I told Chuck a few weeks ago "Hey, ya know you should make Shiane a Valentine's Day card. I know it would mean a lot to her" and he said "I could do that". Of course trying to time when to make it became a problem because one night we had planned on finishing it and she got off work early so we had to wait until the night before for him to finish it up!
was quite proud of Chuck. I gave him my drawer of Valentine paper and
he picked out the paper he wanted to use and what he wanted to have on
the card. I did find an image on the internet for the birdcage, well
actually several but the one on the card is the one he chose. While I
did work the Make The Cut Software, Chuck did all the loading and
unloading of the paper and taking it off the mats. I told him he could
do it all but he said "we will be here forever" and he was probably
He knew exactly what tools he needed to get the
paper off the mat and to punch paper out on some of the images. He has
either been around long enough now and watched me use the paper cutting
machines that he does really pay attention, or is just use to seeing me
use different things for the same purposes over and over that he
was very good paying attention to detail and while I did give him a few
suggestions, like using ribbon instead of rope, he did a wonderful job
of putting elements together. I am beginning to wonder if maybe he
doesn't just come in and hang out in my craftroom when I am not home and
wonder what all he could make!
enough Chuck was the first to use my Kellycraft Laser Square! It was
really handy in being able to line up the letters he was gluing to the
inside of the card. I did see a few things that I will have to figure
out on it, like how to keep the paper from sliding around or the square
moving, but that can be reviewed at a later date.
is the finished product!! The paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle.
Chuck liked the saying on the paper so we measure and cut it so the
saying on the paper could be featured on the front of the card. Getting
the papers even was a little difficult for him, as he said "my fingers
are too big" but he was very patient and got the papers down rather
nicely. I was going to suggest inking the edges but I didn't want to
send the poor boy over the edge.
My daughter was impressed and at first didn't
believe he made the card. She said "the first thing I did was flip it
over and look at the back", of course she was looking for my stamp I use
on all the cards I make LOL. I had written "handmade
by:________________" and had Chuck sign his name and put the year so she
can always remember and treasure that he took the time to make her a
card with his own hands....and best of all, we got the pictures to prove