This card was inspired by a lot of different things. Stampin' Celebration's Inspiration Challenge #18 is to create something to celebrate the end of summer. This summer we had a great vacation in Virginia. Alex was so excited that he caught a blue jimmie crab in Grandpa's crab pot. I combined 2 sketches to get my layout, Stamping 411 SSC167 and Our Creative Corner Sketch Challenge 31.
I think my biggest inspiration is Ellen Kemper. She is an amazing punch artist and I visit her blog almost every day. I wanted to do a crab card but I don't have any current Stampin' Up! sets with crabs. I decided that I would try my hand at creating a crab out of punches. The body is the Ornament Punch with the top rounded off with the Large Oval Punch. Jimmie's arms are the medium heart from Heart to Heart Punch, punched in half again by the same heart. The claws are the large heart from the Heart to Heart Punch, cut in half and rounded parts glued together. The eyes are from the Two-Step Owl Punch. Jimmie is punched out of Pacific Point. The wooden posts are Sahara Sand inked with the Woodgrain stamp in Early Espresso. The background blue is Baja Breeze. I layered everything on Confetti White Cardstock.