Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Little Helper

Both of my parents have August birthdays, so my son and I have been making cards.  My son (who just turned 3) LOVES to play with my craft stuff.  He sneaks into my shape punches as often as he can and is beyond thrilled when I let him run his punched shapes through the Xyron machine to make stickers.  He helps me make cards for different family members on special occasions, and when I saw Simon Says Stamp is hosting a Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge, I decided to share a couple of his most recent creations here.
Now this is where the real fun happened...the cutting.  He's been dying to cut for a long time, but I keep forgetting to get him little scissors.  I realized that some of my old craft scissors really aren't very sharp, so I finally gave in and taught him how to use them.  He was in heaven.  All he wanted to do was cut and cut and cut some more.
And here is his card!  I know it may look like I helped him with placement of some of the things on the card, but I honestly didn't.  I had the idea of doing a fish and that is about it.  He punched out the fish head and tail (he LOVES using my punches and will sit for quite a while punching out shapes if I keep handing him paper).  I held one of his punched squares, and he cut it in half with the scissors for the tail.  Then he glued the pieces on.  He also used the crimper for the first time and thought that was awesome.  I did put the glue on the back of the eyes, but he placed them on the fish.  Then I let him put glue on the fish and put the sequins on.  If you look close you can see he put glue on the majority of the body, but when he put the sequins on he placed them all in a row.  He scored the card (another tool he really likes), and I helped him fold it over, but he definitely got in on the folding action.  And finally he inked up the stamp and stamped it on himself.  I didn't even show him where to put it.  I just let him choose.  I've got to be honest.  I was so proud when he finished.  It turned out way better than I thought it would, and I was so thankful I restrained myself and let him do it on his own.  He didn't put things where I thought they should go in my head, but I think his idea turned out way better than mine. :)
He wrote on the inside of the card, and then I asked him what he wrote.  Then I wrote exactly what he said.  I know my dad will love the card.  How could he not? :)
P.S. Many sincere thanks for your sweet words about this post.  What a blessing to have such thoughtful, kind blogging friends.


  1. Too stinkin' cute!!! My boy who's also three, is always asking me for stickers (the pearl stickers that I use to embellish), in fact he was just asking me for one right this moment! Your son did an incredible job! This card looks neat. And I love the indication inside "a balloon" LOL.

    Been wanting to come comment for a week now. I'm glad to see you sharing more of your work! Hugs.

  2. Wow! So is your son 3 or 13? Because that is some serious card making! I love his little fish--reminds me of a flounder--and how fun is it to have a little crafting companion?

  3. Oh this is absolutely fabulous Lindsey. Your dad is going to cherish this adorable card from your sweet boy!

  4. This is so adorable. What a treasure and keepsake your little man created. It did turn out quite well, too. Nice to see that the apple has not fallen far from the tree. Sounds like you two have quite a lot of fun together in your craft room.

  5. super cute card :-) the fish is adorable and I love the googly eyes and sequins, what a lovely creative boy you have here :-) His Grandad will absolutely LOVE this ! :-) A work of art to treasure :-)

    thanks for joining in with the Simon Says Summer Vacation Kid’s Challenge on the Wednesday Challenge Blog and good luck with the prize draw :-)
    Lols x x x

  6. Love the sweet (and very creative) card your son made for his Poppy, Lindsey. I think you have some serious competition in the craft room. ;-)

  7. Oh Lindsey, your son has such an eye for colour and detail already ... and at only three years old! What a fabulous card he made ... it's sure to be treasured forever, particularly so with the very special hand drawn party balloon on the inside. Anita :)

  8. Aw.. Lindsey, your little guy is SO sweet! I am glad that he loves cutting! Indeed, the apples do not fall far from the trees! Can you please tell him how much I adore his fish card. His hand drawing is precious! Hope that he continues to play and cut! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids’ Challenge!

  9. So sorry I missed this one Lindsey... I was getting my husband off to his Canada fishing trip for the week.
    Oh my goodness Luke sure has some freestyle creativity... wow ! I love that he was in heaven just cutting paper. Now you know how to keep him busy for next time. Its always the small things in life that make us happy. I am sure this melted your dads heart.

  10. Eep, you have been a busy girl! How fun to find all these posts to catch up on! Can I just say off the top that your photo of your lad holding the card he made is so sweetly perfect. I'm sorry but what I really noticed were those pudgy little fat 3yo fingers and I just wanted to smooch each one!! Geez, why can't they stay little for longer? So I had to say thanks for that photo!

    I totally believe that he made the card having sat here (gratefully) with the twins while they did these same activities. I'm not sure I let them cut that young and now I wish I had! When he is a few years older and advances to the paper trimmer, it will be the same. I swear the guys spent an entire weekend just cutting strips of paper for hours and hours!!

    Thank you for sharing and bringing back memories. His grandad will treasure it always and now, thanks to blogging, you will have this pictorial memory! BTW, he has some seriously advanced spatial skills (IMHO) to be able to place the eyes and sequins like that!! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Such a fabulous card - I love your crimping on the blue panel and a beautiful fish - love the gorgeous googly eyes and sequin fins!!

    Thank you so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Childrens Vacation Challenge
    Heather xx

  12. What a lovely fishy card, love his tail.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Childrens Challenge.