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Make A Monster Birthday Stampin' Up Card by Andrea Walford

I’ve decided that instead of just 5 children, I actually have 6 children, one of them just happens to be 91 years old!

This morning, I got mad at my grandpa when I found him feeding my 4 and 6 year old sons chocolate chip cookies at 8 am in the morning – while I was in the midst of breakfast preparations – for the second time this week – keeping in mind that today is only Tuesday – after I had already gotten mad at him yesterday for doing so!  My grandpa has been living with us for almost 3 years now, and him sneaking sweets to the children whenever they ask has been a constant problem – especially with the youngest two.

It all started when my grandpa discovered that we had a Lindt Chocolate Outlet nearby and could get the Lindt Chocolate Truffle balls at a steal.  He started buying bags and bags of them. I can’t tell you how often over the years I’ve found my youngest two, at all hours of the day, looking like little chipmunks with a Lindt chocolate ball stuffed into their cheek (sometimes both cheeks). It didn’t matter how often I asked him, begged him, got mad at him – it only stopped after they got bored of the chocolate and didn’t want it any more.

I heaved a sigh of relief until my grandpa discovered no-name oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies – for $4.59 he could get a box of about 50 cookies.  So of course he stocked up (he’s notorious for buying things in huge quantities- and I’ll tell you about that another time).  At any one time he probably has 6 – 10 boxes in his closet. It didn’t matter what time of day the kids asked, or how often they asked, he would give them a cookie.  It got to the point where I would find partially eaten cookies ALL over the house – in cupboards, under beds, on chairs, in toy boxes, you name it. Over and over again I would ask, beg, plead, get mad…and my grandpa’s answer?  “They always ask…what can I do? I can’t say no”.  It seemed to get better for awhile…..so I thought he was actually listening….until I caught the boys sitting with him in his living room eating cookies at 8 am yesterday morning.

On the one hand it is kinda funny. On the other hand it’s also frustrating  because he’s the same person who is always telling me how poorly the kids eat their meals (which is true and I know why), how they’re too skinny etc. No wonder! If they’re stuffed with cookies, obviously they’re not going to eat their meals, especially if they fill themselves with cookies right before mealtime.   Doesn’t matter how many times I tell him though, he either changes the subject, or he pretends he can’t hear me, or he says “okay, okay” (and does it anyways), or he gives me the dismissive hand wave and a “bah!”.

Anyways, today I finally told him that if I caught him feeding the kids cookies before mealtime again I was going to take away all his cookies, and I wouldn’t make him his morning coffee anymore (a whole other story). And can you guess what he did? Rather than answering me directly and promising not to, he turned to my two boys (keep in mind that they’re 4 and 6) and said “See, I told you that we’d get in trouble!”  *Sigh* So that’s the story behind why I’ve decided I really have 6 children.

Okay, so on to today’s card. This card is a great example of what can be done with outline image stamps if you are short on time, or aren’t very good at coloring. I stamped my monster images from Stampin’ Up!’s Make a Monster stamp set onto different colors of patterned paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Brights Color Collection designer Series Paper Stacks.The center monster is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and I tied some Island Indigo Twine around the bottom one on the right. The greeting comes from the Family Reunion stamp set.

You can link to most of the products I used above.  Make sure you are logged into your country’s Stampin’ Up! site.  You can purchase any of these products through your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator or if you don’t have one, you can use the “Find a Demonstrator” feature at www.stampinup.com – just make sure you select the appropriate country first.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section of this post and I’ll answer them in my next post.