Saturday, February 26, 2011

Welcome to the:

Fifteen terrific bloggers share their interesting cards!

Be sure to read below to see
my project and to win CANDY!

I am very pleased to serve as your hostess for this fun, educational and inspirational event.  Here, I've asked our participants to show at least one card that has either a unique fold or motion.

Many are showing tutorials for their projects; others are offering yummy blog candy.  So hop along and enjoy your journey!  Please leave plenty of comments, and become a follower of blogs you enjoy. 

Here at CardMonkey, you are at the starting blog hop of 15 fabulous stops. Your next stop is Selina's blog at

Hopefully, you won't find any "broken links" but if you do, please pick up where you left off by jumping into any of the blogs listed below.

Our line up for today is:

1. Ellen at <-- YOU ARE HERE
2. Selina at
3. Sarah at
4. Jessica at

5. Sue at
6. Janice at
7. Wendy at
8. Kacee at
9. Jennifer at
10. Amanda at
11. Kim at
12. Brynn at
Late news UPDATE:  13. Ashley at
(I am sorry, hoppers.  Apparently Ashley forgot about us.  Please go directly to Nikki ..)
14. Nikki at
15. Elaine at

Here is my project: A folded gift card box, that features a card with both a tri-shutter fold and motion.

Earlier last week, I showed the box I made that was inspired by Alex @ 's and Ruthie @ 's PJ party webcast.  I designed and offered the template for this box, and showed it before it was "dressed" with the striped paper. 

UPDATE:  Here is a link to my older post that showed how I made the box, before it was "dressed".  It includes a printable template that I designed:

Here the box is dressed. I was careful to match up the stripes, and mounted each piece on blue cardstock before posting each piece on the box.

Next, I made the three cards to enclose in the box. Notice that each card incorporates the same papers as used for the box.

The first two are "basic" (standard fold) birthday cards, made using Cricut's Birthday Bash cartridge:

The third card is the one I made specifically for this hop. Its intricate fold is called a "tri-shutter fold" and the monkey is mounted using an Action Wobble.  As a result, the monkey freely swings over his banana vine to have a really good time!

Here is the card opened.
The yellow panel is the space for a handwritten message. 
The monkey is mounted to the front panel, hanging from the (peeled?!) banana vine, and he has motion thanks to his Action Wobble.

Monkey wobbling to the left, on his spring.

Monkey at rest

If you're wondering about Action Wobbles, allow me to show them to you.  They are self-adhesive spring sandwiches. The spring is a resilient plastic. To use, affix the top part of the Action Wobble to your object (monkey here), peel the bottom sticker, and place the bottom sticker on the card where you want the object to "rest".  Here is what they look like:

Top view

Side view

I purchased the Action Wobbles from  They offer both PayPal and Google check-out services. A pack of 25 wobbles is $9.95, and it is $18.95 for a pack of 50. 

NOW FOR THE GOOD PART .... Blog Candy!
One lucky winner will receive the set of boxed cards made for this hop, along with a printed copy of the template to make the box, a set of five Action Wobbles, and a roll of green and white Baker's Twine -- perfect to use in your St. Patrick's Day cards!  

1.  Be or become a follower of this blog.
2.  Leave a comment on this post; please indicate a way to be in touch with you when you win!  Deadline for comments: Sunday Feb 27 at 7 a.m. EST, when Randy from Random.Org will be picking our winner.

Don't forget to hop on over to

♥ Thanks for joining us today! ♥


Shawnee said...

What a cute box, Ellen!! I love your Tri Fold Card. I hoping to make one of these for a baby shower tomorrow. Great job!


Dina said...

great cards! I love the fold cards they are so fun to do! I am having a challeng if you would like to come over and join in! Dina

Selina said...

I love this project! Beautiful colors! I can't wait to try a tri-shutter card!

Thanks for doing such a great job hosting this hop! I will have to try those action wobbles too!

Jessica Kubit said...

Ellen, this is so awesome! I love the box and all the cards! Thanks for letting me participate in the hop with you!
p.s. my link is there now:-)

Sarah said...

Ellen the tri fold card is adorable, I love it!! I love the others too but that one really stands out. Your box is amazing too, what a great storage solution. Thank you for hosting a wonderful hop.

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower and i love your projects!!!

Unknown said...

What a fabulous box set, love the colors, thanks!
miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

Susan L said...

Absolutely fabulous card box. You must teach me how to make that card! I also see some Action Wobbles in my near future. I am already a follower and want to thank you for hosting this hop :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

Laura said...

Ellen What a great project..The box is so cool and the cards are amazing. I have been waiting all week for this hop..Thanks for having it... Hey those wobbles are pretty neat...I would love to win!!! I am already a follower!!

Patti Ross said...

All I can say is, "WOW". so much inspiration it is hard to take it all in at once. I'm a new follower and I plan on scouring your blog today because it contains a lot of information and ideas I haven't seen before. thanks so much for doing this hop!!! so glad I found you!

Patti Ross

Tami B. said...

I love the monkey card. Wobbles make things so much fun. Your whole set turned out cute.

Kerry T said...

Great box! I am always looking for something to give my cards in. I still haven't tried a tri-shutter card, after seeing your adorable monkey card I think I will.

Andrea said...

New follower! I love that little monkey; my brain is already thinking of all the cool things I could do with action wobbles!

the cricutologist said...

Love the box! The cards are super cute! Thanks for the chance to participate in this blog hop!

Theresa said...

Awesome box, and cards. That lil monkey on the third card is just too cute. TFS!
p.s.- been a follower for a while

Tanya said...

LOVE the box and your cards!! You are sooo crafty!!! :) Thanks for sharing..


Crafty In Carolina Stamper said...

What an awesome hop! I love what you created and will have to try one of those tri-fold cards soon. Can't wait to see what everyone has created!!

skcactusflower75 at hotmail dot com

Melissa said...

Your box is FABULOUS!!! As well as your cards! Wow!


Josie0602 said...

Great projects Ellen!! That box is just awesome!
jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

Wendy said...

Awesome is all that comes to mind Ellen! Thanks for hosting this amazing hop.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

OOpppsss! I sent you an email too! hehehe! sorry! But I just wanted to say I love this box! Amazing work, and very detail oriented I love them all!

Angela said...

Love the box and the cards....the monkey is so cute! I am a new follower and can't wait to lurk at your projects! LOL

lauermaa at gmail dot com

Pammejo said...

Amazing, love the cards and the box rocks. TFS

Amanda said...

This is soooo cute! Your stripes look amazing on that box!

Thanks for hosting such a great blog hop. I am so excited to be involved.

Amanda (

Auntie Em said...

All the cards in that great presentation box are all awesome! I love the banner and border on the first card, the cupcake card is so sweet with it's sparkle and texture and the monkey card is precious! It will certainly make some little person happy on their day!
Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Pamela Lash said...

What a clever idea and I love the elements and colors! TFS!
pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

Love the box! The cards are awesome. I am a new follower and look forward to looking through your blog! Thanks for the chance to win!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

SpantastiKreations said...

What a great project. I love the colors.


Tristan's Time 4 Craftin' said...

I like the box and your cards are nice but I really like the money card.



tristans_time_4_craftin at yahoo dot com

Flair Girl said...

I just received my wobblers a few days ago! Thanks again for hosting this super fun AND educational hop. It's a pleasure and I hope to hop with you again many times. I'm a follower for life! ~Brynn

Missjoanna said...

Hi i luv cards so im joining this blog hop maybe ill win something i never do but its fun trying. joanne

Darlene said...

I love the colors and paper you chose. All of the cards are awesome! TFS

desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Teri Barefoot said...

You have been very busy everything is very nice

Thank you for sharing,

teri dot barefoot at gmail dot com

Lillian Child said...

What delightful projects! Lots of love definitely went into their preparation! I have been seeing wobbles on card creations recently, so I very much appreciate the link you provided! Thanks for a fun hop!

Unknown said...

I just discovered you via the Critictologist (Janice) and I'm now a follower. I love all your ideas/creations!!!

Patti B said...

your projects are great. I love the monkey and action woobles are so cool. You are a talented designer and I love following your blog. Thanks

lebpab21408 at yahoo dot com

Patti's Paper Fun

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Love your projects, You did a great job constructing the stationary box--I made one in November. I love the monkey card with the wobble. I am a follower.

Katsews at gmail dotcom

Penny said...

Your projects are so nice. I love the title of your blog and the monkey. Signed up to follow.

pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

Sandy S. (CraftyCreations) said...

wow.... love your projects. Would love to learn how to make the box. TFS!


Unknown said...

Ellen, Thank you for puting this hop together. Your projects are amazing- your box is adorable I cant even think about lining up those stripes!

Ladybugz Creations said...

This is beautful and I have a daughter who loves Monkey's and Banana's and this is perfect. thanks so much for sharing I am a new follower as well found you on Facebook :) thanks

Unknown said...

WOW!!! love the box and the cards are super adorable!!! Love the bird on the banner - glad to see a card with it... The monkey card is sooo cute!!! I have to get some action wobbles.... Thanks for hosting the blog hop & allowing me to be part of it! Already a follower!
craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

nantastic said...

I love your cool box and your cards, too. Thanks for hosting this awesome hop.

Brenna said...

that is beautiful! i love the action wobbles!! they are soo awesome. thanks for sharing!!

Janice said...

Love your blog...I am a new follower! I am excited to figure out these cool new designs!

Surprise! You are a winner from me! $10 gift card from Joann's! I didn't want people to follow just for reaching 200! I wanted them to follow for fun! You are my surprise winner! I need an addy!

Thanks from me!

Viji Siddharth said...

I think I sent you an email instead of a comment! I was so excited after i saw the monkey card! love your cards! bright and cheerful!
follower now:)
viji.lg at gmail dot com!

Star said...

Clever and creative--that is cardmonkey! Thanks.

Jae said...

You lined up the stripes perfectly for the box! All the cards are wonderful, and that monkey trifold is just SO darn cute! TFS :)
smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great projects! Love the fun paper you used for your box! Already a follower! Thanks for sharing! abusybee24atcoxdotnet

Shana said...

The box is neat, cards are cute. Thanks for the hop.

Lizzie Laine said...

I just love all the colors, this is my kind of box & cards! You did a beautiful job on this project.
Thank you for having me be a part of the hop.
Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

Auntie Em said...

I just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I have enjoyed this blog hop! So many talented and creative card makers to see! Thank you for being such a great hostess! :)

(I am going to try going back to Scraptastic Ideas sometime soon to see if the posting is up!)

Cyndi S said...

I really like your cards. I am looking forward to trying the tri-fold card. Thanks.

Heather said...

OMG love love love that monkey!! The fold cards look like a lot of fun. I am a new follower, i love the paper clip book marks too! ;)

TuttleTime said...

This is a great blog the idea of incorporating motion into the card. I need to try those action wobbles. If I am lucky enough to win, please leave me a comment at my blog:

TuttleTime said...

Oh, I am a follower already. :)

Lucy said...

I love this box! What a great idea. I am a new follower and glad I found you. Thanks, Lucy,

jengd said...

CUTE stuff! I love those bold colors on these types of projects and your box is just fab!

Jolanda said...

Love your box and your blog - I am a follower and also a fan of fairycut too!!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love your project. It is very nicely done and I love the strips. I am already a follower. TFS and have a great weekend. Dee:)

Marianne B in AZ said...

I will gladly become a follower of your blog. Your cards are great and I am always looking for new ideas. Thank you for hostessing this fun hop (I started in the middle).

mariannebrinkley at msn dot com

Kimmarie Baker said...

So many fantastic things you made. I really like them all but that trifold monkey card is my favorite. I just ordered some springs. My friend told me about them yesterday and I forgot about them so tfs. Come visit my blog - I'm in a hop and you have until Monday-blog candy from me as well.

Ashley Nicole said...

Love the cards. I will have to buy some of those action wobbles. Thank you for hosting the hop.

Kathy Salido said...

Love that cute wobble monkey card and all your great office supply ideas. TFS!

Becky Dunham said...

Oh Ellen - these projects are fabulous! I love the box - definitely going to have to try it. One of these days I am going to try one of those shutter cards too - they are so clever and I just love them :) Ever since I first saw this hop advertised I have been waiting for it!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

Love the box and the cards. The monkey one is too skinkin' cute!

paperbutterflies AT sbcglobal DOT net

Erin G said...

The monkey card is great - I have so many ideas now!

Vivi Martínez said...

Beautiful cards and the box is amazing.
I am your new follower


vivienpapel (at)gmail(dot)com

JustYolie said...

Fabulous projects!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

wow super awesome projects!

Thanks for sharing


Brenda said...

I love your cards and the card box! I have became a follower.

Pat N. said...

This is fabulous! Absolutely love the box (would love the template) and the cards are just beautiful. Would love to win your blog candy! Thanks so much for the opportunity. The hop was great; really enjoyed it (I didn't start at the beginning). Pat N. at

Hello said...

Very cute projects. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win. I'm a new follower.

Jessica said...

I loved these unique cards!!! Very creative!!!

Celeste B. said...

WOW!!!!!!! I bookmarked this page (and the link); I absolutely LOVE what you've done!!! The cards are beautiful and I love the holder!! :) TFS!!!

Celeste B.
mctdbillman at gmail dot com

Sue in CT said...

I can't wait to go hopping along this blog hop. I think that this is a fantastic idea. I love your cards. I am a follower.
susanslomski at yahoo dot com

Anna said...

WOW Awesome cards and box. Just wonderful!!!
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

These are some great cards and a super cool box!!

Cathy S said...

Great card holder and the cards in it are gorgeous. Love the action monkey on the tri-fold...that would be amazing in person/action.
Ellen just back to you from hopping and wanted to thank you for assembling these talented ladies. My card do list has grown from the many ideas. Thank you all for your time, talent and generosity.
Cathy S

Jamie M. said...

Your projects are so cute. I love them all. Nice job. If you get a chance stop by my blog.
jrredrose21 at yahoo dot com

Ellen Jarvis said...

BLOGGERS, PLEASE NOTE THAT A WINNER FOR THE BLOG CANDY HERE HAS BEEN CHOSEN. I will be leaving up the post for today (Sunday 2/27) while I work on more projects to post, and your comments are still LOVED. However, as promised in the post, the deadline to post to win the candy was Sunday 7 a.m. EST.

IT WAS A FABULOUS HOP, and I sure learned a lot too!! THANK YOU to the following sources of inspiration for joining me on the hop:


They were all wonderful bloggers to work with, and I would welcome them on any hop again!!

And thank you too, to all of my Facebook friends and YOU, for visiting this blog hop and leaving such warm comments. You encourage us to reach higher into our creative brains!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
Cardmonkey at Comcast dot net

SiskiyouSue said...

I've finished the hop, what fun! I saw so many great projects today and got lots of ideas. Thanks for everything! I am a new follower for lots of interesting sites including this one!

Cricutting Wendy said...

I'm a new follower. I love all the projects but the monkey card is my favorite. I love him being on a wobble! I really like seeing all the different kinds of cards. I'm planning on trying out some of the ones I've seen on this hop! Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win!