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Wednesday’s Card: Hang in There Monkey

Hang in There

Hi All!

If you like my Facebook page, you probably already know that my video camera died! Luckily, it was right after I transferred this card video to my computer. I knew this would happen any day – I feel like I’ve had this camera forever! Anyway, I ended up buying a Canon Vixia HF M40. It’s supposed to arrive today actually! I sure hope next week’s video goes smoothly… you never know with new technology.

I’ve had this monkey stamp for probably a year. I just haven’t gotten around to using it! Sometimes I feel like all I want to do is buy stuff and then I don’t use it – you know? Does anyone else have this disease? I’m literally standing in my craft room with tons and tons of supplies and I think, “I don’t have anything I can work with.” Kind of like being in my closet with all these clothes and nothing to wear! I seriously need to start using my existing stamps more often.

When I made the first version of this card, I grabbed some Neenah white cardstock for the leaves and used Stampin’ Up! ink. When it was done, I realized my mistake and used Stampin’ Up! white cardstock the second time. See both examples below – Neenah first, Stampin’ Up! second.

Hang in There

Hang in There

Wow, it’s an amazing difference, don’t you think? The Stampin’ Up! ink absorbs so much better into the paper.

Another interesting thing I figured out… the Top Note die is not perfectly centered. In other words, if you line up your card in the middle of the die to run through the Sizzix, the cut will not be in the middle. Not good, huh? So, I marked the center with a pen, centering a 4.25×5.5 box around the die cut. Make sense? It works!

The inside of the card says “Hang in there” – it’s just plain in the middle so I didn’t take a photo, but it’s in the video.

Have a great week!









  1. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 8:10 am


    so cute ….love it!

  2. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 9:42 am


    So fun! Can I borrow your creative brain for a while? 😉

  3. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 9:49 am


    Oh finally someone else in the same situation…. I felt so quilty for all the stuff I buy and never use it because I just can’t keep up with all the great creations out there. I will be trimming my supplies so I can find things! Tks for a great card… I also happen to have this stamp and now some inspiration! Tks for sharing.

  4. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 11:22 am


    So cute. Love the way you created your “Jungle”. Such a sweet little guy. Makes you smile. I guess I never knew Stampin’Up cardstock absorbed so much better.

  5. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 11:47 am


    Absolutely adorable! Thanks for all the great tips!

  6. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Darling card. So glad to hear you’re expecting your new camera! Oh, and thanks for admitting your “problem”. I have a huge case of collect-itis myself. Knowing I’m not alone makes me feel better!

  7. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 6:15 pm


    I was just playing with that same stamp last night to make a card for my niece’s birthday next week. She loves monkeys. Love the card you made with it. I’m new to card making and appreciate your coloring tips and creativity. I too can relate to buying supplies and not using them even as a newbie. Also, I’m amazed and impressed at how nice you cut the monkey image out. I attempted and failed miserable so I stamped him directly on the card. I may give it another try. So happy I found your blog.

  8. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 7:18 pm


    How fun! I have that little monkey and the grass and must have some leaves in my stash – what a great idea you have given me. Like you, I have a room full of things. I love collecting them and wish I had time to use them all.

    Thanks for another wonderful creation!

  9. wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 9:26 pm


    I look forward to your videos each week. You are truly talented! Thanks for sharing!

  10. wrote on March 8th, 2012 at 8:07 am


    Thanks for sharing this adorable card and video. Always enjoy your work and especially your video’s showing you the card was developed. Since I am a visual learner, I wondered if you could share with us by video how you centerd the top note die so it would be straight. I use that die a lot and would like to do the same on my die but just not sure I understand what you did.

    Thanks for sharing your artistry with us!

    • wrote on April 15th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Carol – I’m not sure I will have time to video this process, but maybe I can explain it…

      Place a rule across the center of your top note outline (long side) so that it measures a total of 5.5″ across. So, the ruler will have a fraction of an inch outside the top note outline on both sides. The key it to make sure this fraction is exactly the same on both sides. When you have it set, use a pen to mark 0″ and 5.5″.

      Do the same thing on the short side and measure 4.25″.

      When you run your top note die through the machine, you’ll line up your 4.25×5.5″ paper against the pen marks you have made.

      I hope this helps!

  11. wrote on March 10th, 2012 at 10:15 am


    Delightful! Thanks for the continued inspiration ~ I now know how I could’ve/should’ve/would’ve improved a monkey-on-a-vine birthday card recently sent 😉

  12. wrote on March 13th, 2012 at 9:55 pm


    BTW ~ when is your Michael’s craft-master episode going to air? Can’t wait to see what you created in 2 hours time . . .

    • wrote on March 18th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Mary – thanks for asking!! I’m supposed to go to a screening party this week, so maybe it will air next week on 3/27? I’ll let you know when I find out!!

  13. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Danielle woods

    Loved this monkey card. So very creative as always! Great advise about the stamp not sticking to the block. I’ve been having that problem!!!

  14. wrote on April 23rd, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Meli Isen

    oh i see what you mean…thanks!!!

  15. wrote on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    darah inouye

    LalalaLove your site and videos! I have tons of paper and cardstock, I have been a paper freak since childhood and I love having it all! I rarely feel guilty about having so much, I’m actually very thankful that I have so much. It makes it fun to give friends stuff if they need something. I love making card sets for relatives to use and when they want to pay for my supplies I tell them “I don’t charge family!”. “I already had everything and I didn’t have to shop for anything.”I absolutely love to make stuff and make my loved ones happy.

  16. wrote on September 15th, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Shirley H

    Love your videos and creativity. I laughed when I read your 2nd paragraph about a craft room full of supplies but nothing to make a card with. You are in very good company with that affliction, I have it, too. I suspect there are thousands of us and it is good for the stamp companies so they can continue to design new products.

    Also, thank you for the instructions on centering the top note die.

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