envelopes can be fun too! decorated envelope with Chunky Monkey Crafts Stamps

How many of you slave for hours over a beautiful card for a friend or family member, and then just whack it into a plain white envelope that came with your card blanks and call it done?
I’m really guilty of this- I’ve spent so much time on the card, that I usually run out of time and energy by the time it gets to thinking about envelopes!
However, when I was sent some stamps to work with, from Chunky Monkey Crafts that were all about the envelopes, I was really excited to take card making to a new level!
I’m really excited to be working with Dani and her stamps – of which there are a limited quantity left for sale!
For this project, I wanted to make an envelope myself- and remembered that I had previously purchased a square 6” chunky envelope svg file from myscrapchick which would be perfect for what I wanted to do!
Using the ‘sealed with love’ stamp from the ‘sealed with love’ A6 set, I got to work.
The envelope itself uses 1 sheet of 12×12 paper, and the insert uses part of another. I cut, folded and stuck the envelope, then set to decorating.
Decorated envelope  front Rachel Gillham Art
front of the chunky envelope- complete with diecut banners, and stacked diecut hearts
back of envelope with stamped image- Rachel Gillham Art
back of the envelope, with a diecut pink heart, stamped sentiment and hand cut banner matts
back of chunky envelope showing inside - rachel gillham art
inner of envelope- isn’t the owl paper so fun?
I cut a banner around the stamped sentiment, and matted it with some gorgeous turquoise cardstock, before adding a diecut pink heart to the envelope flap. I diecut more hearts and layered them , to be used for the space where you add the name on the front.
I then faux stitched with a fine liner and a white gel pen round the edges of the envelope, and round the banner I created, as I can’t resist doodling on my projects!
all that is left to do is to create a card fit for this envelope! I should probably suggest making the envelope to match your card, and not trying to make a card to fit the envelope!
If you’d like to see the rest of this set, you can follow the link above- and if any of the stamps from CMC catch your eye, you can get 10% off your order with code ‘rachelcmc10’ – what a bonus!

Bridal Hangers – DT Charlotte

I decided to create something a little different with the white gel pen from Chunky Monkey Crafts, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it – this pen is literally amazing.

I was asked to make some personalised hangers for a set of bridal party dresses, I’ve seen plenty which have been embossed but though I’d make tags instead. A sweet white bow simply threads over the top of the hanger which has been finished with a tiny little rose gold embellishment in the middle.

The tags themselves were written with the white gel pen, and it is perfect for this! It’s so pigmented it glides onto the brown craft card like a dream! I love it. I’ve used this pen so much already – I’m a fan of brown/rustic cards so it’s ideal for me!

At £1.80 it’s very affordable and with my code charlottecmc2018 you can get a whopping 25% off everything in the shop at http://www.chunkymonkeycrafts.co.uk, along with the shop there’s also loads of inspiration to have a gander at!

Nice one dad!

Thursday 7th June

I’ve been pairing my ‘Narky Finishing Sentiments’ stamps with the ‘Sealed With a kiss’ set to create lovely little duos.

I’ve used the ‘made with love’ stamp on the exterior of the envelope, I placed it at the bottom centre, and it’s so beautifully delicate it finishes the envelopes off perfectly!

The card I designed here is a Father’s Day card, and I’ve simply just used my old stamps from around a year ago to decorate the front with a cheeky phrase.

“They lived happily ever after”

every Disney lovers dream! It’s one of my favourite Sentiments. When I found the stamp for it I just had to have it!

I found the stamp on amazon when I was searching through anything craft related, when I found the set from Papermania I knew I had to get in the game and do a wedding range. I’ll pop links in below of anything I’ve used if you want to grab anything for yourself.

Ive never really layered card before, which is probably going to sound strange to some of you avid crafters reading this blog, but I’ve always worked freehand and flat. For this particular card I decided to contrast cream and brown (my favourite colours to work with obviously!), with brown being the front piece.

I used the wonderful “happily ever after” stamp right on the front with my embossing ink. I went for a copper coloured embossing powder for this one – I think it matches the brown craft card beautifully.

I finished off with two stamps on the back this time, I’ve used a “made with love” stamp which is really nice from Chunky Monkey Crafts, it’s got a variation of lettering just to give it that bit more of an oomph! And I also used my all time favourite stamp on the planet right now – my beloved “shop handmade”.

I really like the Sealed With a Kiss set because there’s so much flexibility in what you can create. You can decorate your envelope for an extra special touch, or still place it on the back of the card like I did.

Links –

Shop Handmade stamp is from the Narky Sentiments pack by Chunky Monkey Crafts – http://www.chunkymonkeycrafts.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1477625-a5.html

Made with Love stamp, also from Chunky Monkey Crafts in their Sealed With A Kiss set –

As an extra treat you can also use my code charlottecmc2018 for 25% off anything on the Chunky Monkey Crafts website for a limited time!

Happily ever after stamp is in this set here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013H2GMN6?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Embossing powder by Papermania in Copper – https://www.therange.co.uk/hobbies-crafts/embossing/embossing-powders/papermania-embossing-powder#428754

Embossing ink pad –
Tsukineko Emboss Ink Pad Clear https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0018NBE7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_IdNdBb52ASBGJ


Thursday 24th May
I was asked to do something a little different to my usual style for a very special reason – I was asked to make two bridesmaids cards, a father of the bride card, and also a best man card for the groom’s father.

My style is usually consistently based on hand lettering, which I’m fine with, but for the gents cards it felt a little bit feminine for the purpose.

I used my white gel pen and also a standard black fine-liner for the hand lettering on the bridesmaids cards – which looks amazing!

I was sent an image of a tag-like design by the lady who requested the cards, which was based on a tuxedo. So I got to work on thinking how I could make the tuxedo tag match the already designed and made bridesmaids cards.

I literally folded card and layered it up to make the shape of the tux, making sure there was a nice big collar and dickie bow.
I also made a little handkerchief pocket and handkerchief to match from folded craft card too.

For the buttons on the tux jacket I used a heart shaped hole punch on contrasting cream card, saved the punched parts and glued them on to the tux jacket.

For the shirt buttons underneath, I decided to make good use of the little dew droplets I was sent from Chunky Monkey Crafts – thanks again dani! – even though they’re listed as dew droplets, who says I can’t use them as little tiny shirt buttons to finish of that tux?! LOVE IT. The dew drops finish it perfectly! I’m usually prone to getting glue everywhere but actually these stuck really well with ordinary craft glue and I also stayed clean-fingered! Win win!

For the best man card, I got a little bit dickie bow happy, and ran with that theme. Instead of hand lettering on this card I actually used individual letter stamps and as plain and simple as it sounds I stamped “suit up Dad” on the front with black ink.

As ever, all cards were finished off with stamping on the back from the Narky Sentiments set to finish off.

Gorgeous set of 4 cards, using some of my favourite products at the moment, as easy as that!

You can find the white gel pen, narky sentiments stamp set, and water droplets on Etsy here – https://etsy.me/2rp96Lp

Charlotte Dt

I had a delivery of these a-mazing stamps from Dani at Chunky Monkey Crafts, my word! They’re such good quality! They’re really sturdy and feel like they’ll last a long time which is great for the price and the quantity per pack.
I absolutely adore the Shop Handmade stamp I think it looks super professional and also promotes a good message too.
I’ve recently decided to start a wedding range of handmade cards, and along with the “shop handmade” stamp on the back, for a particular design I also used the white gel pen.

I cannot rave enough about this gel pen it is literally so nice to work with. It’s really pigmented so its fantastic for using against coloured card, and there’s no need to build layers to strengthen the colour, it’s quick drying too which is an added bonus if you use pencil for a guide before going in with ink like I do.

Design Team Call

Chunky Monkey Crafts is looking for a small design team to help lift a small card making hobby into a brand. Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing or where to start! Yikes!
I’ve recently designed my first set of clear stamps. Eeeekkk!!! I’m looking for cardmakers  and anyone who would like to help with PR or graphic design. That’s not all I do. I sell a range of other products such as mix bag/theme gems and sequins, ink pads, gel pens, ephemera, washi….
The stamps are unusual but in demand, I feel. They’re fun, quirky and at times cheeky sentiments for the back of your cards/projects.
Because of the nature of the stamps, you can’t actually make a project as such. So, I’m happy that you make a card using items from your stash as you usually would and simply add one of my stamps To the reverse. I’m thinking a team of 6 people and myself to cover each day of the week. Then on your allocated day, (so once per week) you blog about (if you have a blog, if not a type up sent to me and I’ll post here) and promote on all your social media accounts.
So in short, 1 day a week, plug plug plug!!!
Does that make sense?!! I’m happy to answer more questions.
In return you will get:
* free stamps from my new release and any future releases.
* free products from my shop
Unfortunately this is not a paid position and please understand I am new to this but have experience of being on design teams.
This will initally be a 3 month term with the view of extending dependent on success. But I’m confident with the right team, we can be a success.
*open to UK applicants only due to postage.
Please do inbox me at chunkymonkeycrafts@hotmail.co.uk with details including some or your favourite makes and your social media links such as Instagram and Facebook.
I hope I can get your support. You’ve nothing to lose other than time!
Lots of love
DaniChumky Monkey Crafts