Fishful Thinking – or – how to give a gift of money in a card!

A relatives Birthday  and he wanted money as gifts rather than presents from everyone so that he could get enough to buy himself a particular  game for his Xbox One machine.  This sounded brilliant to my ears because it meant I didn’t have to try to find a ‘man’ present (why are men always so difficult to buy for? ).  But then came to problem of how to ‘dress up’ a gift of money so that it looked like I’d at least tried to make something look special and as if I’d made some sort of effort other than just finding a paper clip and putting the money inside a card.

I remembered a card I’d seen on Pinterest and thought that I could ‘go’ with that sort of idea, but change it so that it was my own design rather than someone elses.

So I combined one of his loves – his fish tank and the amazing fish in it,  with the gift of money – and this was the result.


handmade by Cobwebs at the Cobweborium Emporium.
handmade by Cobwebs at the Cobweborium Emporium.

The red fish, big blue fish and the purple octopus are all made from balloons.  Regular sized balloons.

I pushed a little cushion wadding (the stuffing from a cushion pad) into the big blue fish so that it kept its puffy shape.  The red fish and the purple octopus – I simply cut up two balloons to make those.  With the addition of googly eyes they came to life.

The little fish-shaped sentiment at the top of the card (hidden  a little bit by the money) says ‘Fishful Thinking’.  The watery effect behind the fish is made from a piece of plasticky type backing ‘paper’ which I’ve had for aaaages and never found a use for until now.  The shells are plastic adornments which I’ve had for a long time too, and the green water ‘plants’ were cut out with my die cutting machine. as was the window shape cut into the card blank.  Oh … and the bubbles coming from the big fish’s mouth are flat back pearls.  You can just see some other ‘bubble’ – these were made with tiny amounts of hot glue, but I had to practise making these bubbles (A LOT!) before I felt they were the correct shape to glue onto the card.

The receiver LOVED the card and it was said that it was the  best card you’ve EVER, EVER made!.  …… aw … some people are so easy to please, eh?  lol

So .. are you a card maker, do you ‘make’ anything?    Pleeease leave a comment in the box below because I love to talk to people, and if you have a blog then leave me a link and I’ll come and visit you and leave a comment for you too.   Or perhaps do you save your makes to a Pinterest account?  If so, please leave a comment with the link to your Pinterst board and I promise that I’ll visit and leave you comment – I might even ‘like’ and re-pin some of your pins!

Have a great rest of your day!  ~

Cobs siggy sml


(to leave a comment on any particular post in my blog all you need to do is go to the top of the particular article you want to leave a comment on, and click that little grey looking square(ish) speech bubble – it will then open a comment box for that article and you can type your message in the box.)


Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: