Posts Tagged ‘Stamping with Kids’
When you’re a 5 year old boy, your idea of the perfect Christmas card doesn’t necessarily line up with the traditional view of frou-frou trees, snowflakes and flowery messages. Nope. I asked a 5 year old if he wanted to make a card and he pulled out his favorite stamp set… Make A Monster (see it online – clear 120606 or wood 118742).
When you’ve just turned 5, you’re also not too particular about whether the greeting is stamped right side up or not
The monster’s hat comes from the Owl Occasions stamp set (one of MY favorites — check out all these samples) (shop the set online). It’s always good to have a santa hat stamp on hand. Never know when you might need to ‘deck a monster’ or other character. Don’t wait too long for Owl Occasions though — it disappears after January 2nd when the Holiday Collection Catalog ends! (browse the Holiday Catalog now)
Don’t limit your monsters to just Christmas though… Make A Monster is Tucker’s favorite stamp set for birthday cards too (see his teacher card here).
And apparently the set has wider appeal, because it was one of the favs for the girls in my Summer Scrap Camp last summer — ages 7-14. We made Shrinky Dink charm bracelets (see their bracelets here).
Stamps: Make A Monster, Owl Occasions, More Merry Messages, Ink: Real Red, Basic Black; Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Real Red
Each summer I hold a Summer Scrap Camp for kids, and we meet 5 times during the time between the end of school and back-to-school chaos. This summer we had 2 great groups – one for kids going into 2nd and 3rd grade, and another group for kids going into 4th through 9th grade.
Each time we meet, we work on 4-5 scrapbook pages, plus another project or two. This past week we created locker magnets for the kids to take back to school with them. I put out stamps, card stock and a bunch of fun scraps left from past projects, and the kids went to work!
Here are their creations:
Looking for more projects to do with kids before school begins again? Here are a variety of kid-tested stamping projects on my blog.
You’ll have to provide your own kisses when sharing this card, but the bugs and puzzle–that’s where I can help you! The stamp set on the puzzle to the right is called Bugs & Kisses (see it online) and it’s only available until June 30th. The stamp set on the right is another of my retiring favorites, Cheep Talk (see it online).
These Craft Stick Puzzle Cards are easy so simple. They make a great gift for the young kids (or young at heart) in your life. Or get those ‘kids’ together and make puzzles together. We made these puzzles at my Scrap Camp for Kids this week.
Here are a few tips:
- Cut your card stock base to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″
- Run three strips of SNAIL adhesive across to hold the sticks in place when you stamp and send your card
- Be sure each stick has at least a small amount of stamping on it, otherwise you won’t know where that ‘puzzle piece’ fits!
I’m not quite to the point where I don’t want to have any more birthdays. I mean really–they’re an excuse to eat cupcakes, guilt-free!! I don’t know if you’re with me on that or not, but either way, I know you’ll be sad to see this stamp go, if you have small kids in your life. Simple Birthday Thanks (see it online) is retiring!
While this sweet stamp doesn’t look very flexible, I have a few suggestions that make it a TERRIFIC one to own if your kids need to send thank yous, or if you make many kid-directed birthday cards.
Before you mount the stamp, try using a hobby blade (x-acto knife) to cut the message out from the center. Then mount the cupcake on one side, and the words on the opposite side of the block.
When you mount this way, it’s easy to make projects that don’t include the words when you don’t want them.
Plus it’s easy for kids to find creative ways to color this cupcake. Here are some cupcakes that Abby did with Aquapainters (my favorite kid-coloring tool) when she was 5. You can add back the ‘thank you’ message easily if you want that on your cupcake.
Be sure to order your Simple Birthday Thanks cupcake stamp (shop it online) before it retires on June 30th!
Click here to see the rest of my Simple Birthday Thanks projects.
This past week at Summer Scrap Camp we actually had a BOY join our group of stamping girls!
The ages for this fun troupe of stampers ranges from 9 to 13, and every two weeks we’ve gotten together to make 4-6 pages for our scrapbooks plus a couple of other fun projects. So far the girls had made Father’s Day cards, the Fabulous Fleece Flowers (check out the Video Tutorial), the Faster Fleece Flower bracelets (another Video Tutorial) and several other fun projects.
Definitely the hands-down favorites were both fleece flower varieties, but with a BOY joining us for one of the Scrap Camp sessions, I figured fleece flowers weren’t going to go over well
But everyone loves Build-A-Bear, right? And everyone needs back to school notebooks, right?
This notebook features the Build-A-Bear dies for the Big Shot diecut machine. For the name, I used a variety of Stampin’ Up! punches: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch, Scallop Square Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch & Curly Label Punch.
The background is cut with the Top Note Big Shot Die, and the bear is created with the Stampin’ Up! Bear die, and the clothes are cut with Beary Essentials. Cute, isn’t it? Good to note–the clothing die also includes pants, sneakers and a little jacket so it’s perfectly boy-accepted.
Everyone loved the project, girls and boys alike, and I think there will be a nice collection of Build-A-Bear notebooks when school starts next week!
Looking for more Notebook Projects? I love them! Be sure to check some other ideas here…
Inks: Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Bear Die (117977), Beary Essentials Die (117978), Top Note Die (113463), Big Shot (113439), Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch (118073), Scallop Square Punch (119884), 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850), Curly Label Punch (119851)