I really *am* stinkin’ clever!

I really *am* stinkin’ clever!

First, thank you to everyone who commented on the poem. No, I have not killed the child in question…problem is, he's so dang cute most of the time that I don't have the heart to terminate him. His big sister though…fully into puberty, months away from becoming a gen-you-whine teenager…she's much, much closer to death. Though she was awfully cute (and sometimes still is) at one time too….

In the meantime, I now have to show off some more, because I am awfully pleased with how my latest turned out. (yes, self-love is in the air!)

Remember I said I had to go shopping for funny stamps to make my mom a card for her birthday? Well, the only stamp store that used to be nearby moved further away, so it was a serious road trip to visit that one and the other one in the area. I briefly considered it yesterday when I was out in the area at the dentist office with William and the girls. William had a cavity, so he was getting it filled. But the thought of trailing my little crew around the stamp store, one of them with a big wad of padding in his cheek to keep him from biting his numbed cheek, wasn't that appealing. I can never really LOOK at anything with kids in tow. Plus, the endless list starts whenever we are in a retail environment…you know if you have girls, especially, "Oh, mom…can you buy me this? Oh, I need this for school, you should get it for me…" It's wearing on a mom who just wants to contemplate rubber or anything else, for that matter.

So I had to come up with something creative. Crab & Co. is a little funny…but not funny enough. And as I was lying in bed last night, it came to me:

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First, I had done the embossed piece with Stickles on Sunday and Monday, thinking I would use it with Mr. Crabby Pants. The embossed texture is Bashful Blue using a Fiskars texture plate with the BISK (Big Impressions Starter Kit) and I used Waterfall Stickles on top of each wave to give it a bit of bling, because of the RULE…I got the Stickles not too long ago and hadn't used them yet.

You may note that I have added some extra features to make Mr. Crab look a bit on the smarmy side…the eyebrows, the slanty smile and the google eyes all combine to give him a lecherous look, don't you think? I also added the "how 'bout" above the greeting and changed the exclamation mark into a question mark. I used a journaling marker; a regular marker would smear when it was colored. I had to really look at the way the font was done to mimic it…I think it blends in quite well, don't you?

To color Mr. Crab, I used a technique I saw on here on Asela Hop's blog. I colored Mr. Crab with a Ruby Red marker, then used a dark red Prismacolor pencil to shade him and a white one to add the highlights…I rather like it; it's much faster than doing Prismacolors alone.

Now for the funny part:

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I  blurred out the "naughty" word…I know that some of you may  have children looking over your shoulder and I don't want to be responsible for the corruption of the country's youth. My mom will get a big kick out of it, I assure you, and so will my dad, for that matter! I used the KP Quick font off one of the Write Me a Memory CD's for the greeting inside…it is the same font as Crab & Company. I just love having the option to create matching greetings! I am going to try to think up some more "Snappy Greetings" to go with Mr. Crab, compile them into a nice printable document and make it into a PDF file…stay tuned…

Ingredients: Stamps – Crab & Co. and Sandy Shells wheel, Ink – Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, Other – Stickles – Waterfall, Fiskars Texture plate, Stampin' Write markers – Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Journaling Marker – Basic Black, Prismacolor pencils, Write Me A Memory font CD, Making Memories stapler with blue staples, black gingham ribbon, dimensionals, googlie eyes.

So…if you don't think this is dang clever and stinkin' cute into the bargain, I have to wonder what is up with you! (Yes, I love myself and I love anyone else who loves me too!) Smooches!

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