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Jaxson Has The ‘Card’ Bug

My grandsons came to spend the night and Jaxson’s first words were – “Can we make a card?”  You can’t say no to that unless supper is burning!  I went to the blog and showed him cards from the Recipe Box to get his creative juices flowing.  He saw the turtle cards I made for their birthdays a couple years ago and he wanted to make a Ninja turtle card.  I have two turtle sets in my Stampin’ Up! stash – ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Back On Your Feet’.  My heart soared as he said “I want to make it for my brother, I want to say “Best Brother Ever”.  So I pulled out ‘Family Reunion’, ‘A Grand Kid’, and ‘Skating By’.  Jaxson is seven years old, Emmitt is six.

I cut him a base of real red with a layer of black.


He stamped the boy from ‘Skating By’ (thank goodness for a stamparatus) adding the trophy.

He wanted the turtle on the skate board but facing left.  (your guess is as good as mine as to why).  While I read my own technique sheet on reversing an image, he said he needed to make sewer pipes for the turtles.  (To make the reverse image, you stamp 3 times on a silicon pad using the stamparatus, and then place your card stock on the silicon pad and rub with your chuckie!)  Jaxson followed instructions so well!

What’s a chuckie?

That is a tool, Sal, that we use to rub the image on the stamparatus to get even pressure.

While I fussy cut the turtle image – now in reverse – he colored the boy image and cut out the pipes he had made on copy paper.  Then he wanted the turtle to be riding the skate board.  So he stamped and I cut out a skate board.

Jaxson knew the names and colors of their bandanas, though the markers were drying up and giving him grief:

  • Michelangelo – orange
  • Raphael – red
  • Leonardo – blue
  • Donatello – purple

I guided him in using the blue marker to color the back of the stamp that said “Best grandkid ever”, coloring only the ‘best’ and the ‘ever’.  He stamped that and then added ‘brother’, from the Family Reunion stamp set, in the middle.  He stamped the little turtles and colored them and then lastly stamped the big turtle on his back.  Patience was wearing thin as he wanted to be done and Emmitt was growing impatient with playing by himself so as Jaxson stamped the last turtle – he inked it and then—-dropped it on the words!   Panic!   He grabbed a marker and just started coloring over everything.  I reassured him all errors are fixable and removed the right hand layer and the turtle and skateboard and he redid that side and reattached the skateboard and turtle.

Emmitt finally got his card!  Now Jaxson was sad because there wasn’t time for him to make his football card.

I cut a white card base and he stamped a football inside a flourish from the ‘Great Sport’ stamp set so he had something before he ran to play.   They came again this last weekend and he made many cards with his football heroes but he just hand drew what he wanted and didn’t ask to use stamps.  Hmmm…..might have been a bit overwhelming for him to stamp!


ya think! 

He ‘learned’ to ink and stamp with blocks and the stamparatus, he learned to do a reverse image, he learned to do a partial image by coloring only part of the words and he learned to fix your mistakes.  I was just obliging his wishes for the words he wanted and an image going the other way!

So you want us to feel sorry for you trying to meet his demands?!

I did have to say we didn’t have room for the earpods on a phone image he wanted to add to the turtle.

When Papa got home, he ran to show him the card and the first thing he said was, “Grandma made me do the side all over.”   So I guess I did traumatize him.  I used to encourage redos in classes as well.  I would hurry to cut a new layer when someone messed up their card.  I wanted them to go home with one that they were proud of making.  I don’t want them to drop it in the trashcan when they get home.

I thought your new year’s resolution was to quit being a perfectionist?!

It’s March, it went away with the exercise routine!

Thank you for visiting!  Have a wonderful week.

SAL,  Such Amazing Little ones



Riddle For The Day:

Q – Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

A – Because he was stuffed.







Happy Easter

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have so many cards to show you!  Let’s start with Easter, though it is a bit late for you to CASE (copy and share everything!)  If you need a few last minute cards, Donna Truitt, our Stampalosopher teammate, had a beautiful card for the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack.

Easter 2

The card uses the Work of Art Stamp Set, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Oval Framelit #5-(counting from smallest to largest).  The greenery is from the Bird Builder Punch; the Petite Petal Punch with a pearl center makes the flowers.  The wing from the Bird Builder Punch is used for the large leaf at the top.  The banner is from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits set (retired) and the greeting is from the Circle of Spring stamp set. You could make a few of these in no time!

Soft Sky:  8 1/2″ X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Whisper White Top Layer 4″ X 5 1/4″  and egg layer of 3 3/4″  X  5″

Scraps and Inks:  Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, and Soft Sky

I wanted to send Donna an Easter card and couldn’t send her the same one she taught us to make, so I did a bit of revising:


I purchased the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies intending to use it for a Valentine card but chose to make something else, so the set was paid for but totally neglected – until now!  I followed Donna’s example with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder but went down a size in the Ovals Framelits and used the #4 Oval so I could fill most of the egg with the cut-out.  An extra pink flower was placed at the top where the heart shape left a bit of a blank.  The Work of Art Stamp Set was used to create the color before cutting out the Bloomin’ Heart:


I was delighted with the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and Thinlits Dies.  The stamp has a little guide for stamping so that you can cut out a perfect flower with the thinlit that also has a little guide:

Bloomin' LoveBut you do need to mark how you stamped!  Hmmm….. we could have made shamrocks with this set.  I sure hope it carries over into the new catalog coming June 1.  The greenery that you have never seen is Stampin’ Up!  Check it out:

Bloomin' Heart Thinlet DieIt is a little piece of the Thinlit!  I love how the little buds look and one leaf looks like a heart!  So cool. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped on the banner in the Bloomin Love stamp set.  I fussy cut the banner but it does have a framelit in the Large Numbers Framelit Dies set on page 10 of the Occasions catalog.

And for the inside:

EasterInside2016I have used this sunburst from Kinda Eclectic so many times.  Celebrating and Sunshine are both in the Crazy About You Stamp set and I used the retired Family Reunion set for the Son stamp.  The corner stamp is another stamp in the Bloomin’ Love set with an additional thinlit flower cut out with the Big Shot.  The flowers can be stamped solid or there is also a stamp with just the flower outline.  A great set with lots of versatility!

I used Soft Sky for the base and our shimmery white card stock for the layers.

Inks:  Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette

Contact me if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful day and be sure and check out the sales this week, the pearls are on sale!  I will be back with the other cards from the Stamp A Stack, the club cards, and the special Sale A Bration cards.



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