With my grandkids off to Florida for March break next week, I thought I’d make money holders that I could put some spending money in for them. I’m not usually a card maker and certainly don’t do cute; where’s my Muse gone and who has replaced her?
Central to all is this crab stamp set now discontinued from SU – just the first of several old things dug out of my stash for this project. I don’t do the coloured-in thing, but did unearth a blender pen to help my novice efforts, stamped and cut out of glossy cardstock. A sun die cut, googly eyes and some Stickles, and the first one’s done.
Perhaps the tearing works on this next card because the technique is as old as the paper I used. So last decade, but can I just say how much the cartoon crab against the realistic-looking sand paper tickles my fancy?
I always love the imperfect look of hand-stamped sentiments; an opportunity to say exactly what you want, no matter how punny.
I’ll confess the idea to put a sparkler in the claw of this dude isn’t originally mine but it’s still darn cute – and fortunately I had the perfect fireworks stamp to pull it off. For all 3 cards I used my old Notch & Die cutting tool so the money tucked inside stays put; no need for envelopes.
Now I get why people do cute. I generally have fun at my craft table, but these guys had me actually giggling as I was making them, and I hope they’ll put a smile on the faces of my grandkids when they see them, too. Oh – one final word of advice when you make yours: keep your eye on your critters. When I assembled my cards I couldn’t find one of my crabs – he’d skittered all the way to the other side of my craft table. I haven’t a clue how he got there .