I knew if I posted as my facebook status that I was busy this morning making cootie catchers, you wouldn't have believed me - that I'd need to supply photo proof.
So here you have it. I should have included a picture of my very red finger too - we got inky over here today between me playing with cootie catchers and Mark painting his Valentine box for school
I had bumped into a few printable cootie catchers the last couple days, but I was all - meh - I could totally make those. So the first time yesterday that our in house 11 year old muttered the words, "I'm bored, what can I do" - I handed her a stack of 8-1/2" square printer paper and told her to make happy with the cootie catchers. She was folding all evening.
If your tween doesn't know how to fold a cootie catcher, you can find directions here: How to fold a cootie catcher.
I was looking though my stamp collection for a heart stamp for the top, but not finding any the right size, I went with an x and o from my now retired polka dot Big Timber Dots set. There are a million possibilities for the top - just have fun with it.
Next I stamped numbers on the inside from another retired favorite - the Wayfarer numbers from Technique Tuesday. My goal here, again, was to find a number that 'filled' the triangle, and these worked perfectly.
The next thing I did was flip through my stamp books to find sentiments that were suitable and that fit. I ended up using from several sets - you'll find a list down at the bottom of this post.
*** note: I used my scissors to cut the you are a work of art stamp into two pieces so it would fit here. If I ever want the words to go together, I'll simply run them together when I stamp them. That's the beauty of the clear stamps.
Some overlapped both spaces. That's okay. The sample that I had seen only used four sentiments total - there are no rules.
Now that I've stamped a couple with sentiments, I'll be leaving the rest for Wendy to finish, and she'll have my sample as her guide.
The two inks I used. If I was on a deserted island and could only take one ink with me - that Chili Powder one would be it. This week. I might throw it overboard and take the yellow one after I get and try that one.
So with a week to go, I've got Wendy's mostly done, Mark's done, Mark's Valentine box done and now to make a decision on Brian's. We normally do our Valentines on a snow day, but it's not looking very hopeful that we'll have one of those this year.
Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder Ink
Versacolor Opera Pink
Mama = Love by Ali Edwards
This One by Ali Edwards
Big Timber Dots by Technique Tuesday
Wayfarer Numbers and Punctuation Large by Technique Tuesday
My husband made it home yesterday afternoon just in time for me to skedaddle out the door with, "Watch Mark, pick up Brian, I have to run Wendy to the ortho! Love you! Glad you're home!"