Thursday, October 17, 2013

26 Monkeys

A little monkey business! Perhaps an explanation is in order. A friend of ours just turned 26, and is a walking talking cartoon! He claims his brain is run by the banging monkey in his head..... And sometimes I swear I can hear the cymbals clapping, and the monkey chattering! He believes that from time to time the monkey falls over on its' side but continues to clap one handed *giggle* 
 Well of course with such hilarious material to work with,we had to honor the monkey behind the man for his birthday.  

 I wanted to use a fun image of a cymbal banging chimp, and found this amazing artwork by Steve Simpson  I contacted Mr. Simpson to ask him if I could make a card and tag using his fabulous illustration, he also gave me permission to post them here and share them with you.{Is he fantastic or what?} I fell in love with his style as soon as I visited his site, I invite you to visit his blog, or do a little shopping for some seriously cool stuff!  I know where a chunk of my Christmas shopping will be done!!! ;)
  Please please always be respectful when using the artwork, photos, images, or ideas of other artists, these folks work very hard to create original works. Its wonderful to be inspired by each other, share with everyone, to teach or to learn from one another, but always ask permission, always link, and always give credit where credit is due! 

I printed Steve Simpsons art onto glossy cardstock and trimmed it close. I layered the image with a bit Stampin'Up! wood sheet, and My Minds Eye red chevron printed paper, I added some bakers twine and a fun pennant sticker from Echo park. The sticker sentiments are by SRM and add an extra bit of fun! Its no surprise that he loved the card, and went "bananas" for the tube of runts!

 He worked for a long time as a pastry chef and is not too fond of cake, so pre-made cookies topped with a Wilton candy monkey seemed the way to go. They were a hit...with everyone!  And easy, I love it when party items are easy! 

The only thing missing from his day was a barrel, he provided much of the entertainment just by being himself, goofy, wacky, brains filled with a Monkey- cymbals banging away! As usual making us all laugh! 

Special thanks to Steve Simpson for helping to make my friends day special! hugs to you!!!

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