My grandkids have been spending a lot of time with me this summer while their mom works and studies. They love to be outside, but it has been miserably hot, and so we have turned to all types of crafts to fill our days. With these two sweeties in mind, the Garden Girl and Birthday Delivery stamps were on my first order from the new catalog. “Oh! You ordered the stamps I like! (insert huge hug),” exclaimed my seven-year-old granddaughter when we opened the box recently.

She and I have been coloring and stamping together since she was a toddler, and she is now allowed to use the ink, markers, and stamps with only mild supervision. As you can see from her picture, she does a great job stamping the images and coloring them. (She is excited to be able to use the actual Stampin’Up! markers now instead of Crayola ones.) You might be able to tell from her labels that a story evolved as she worked. Can you believe that she just finished first grade this past year?

Of course, little brother was not going to be left out of today’s stamping adventure. His medium of choice these days, however, is watercolor. You may notice a distinct preference for the color blue, also. As he is only three, he and I work as a team. He chooses the stamps and sits in my lap to supervise the placement  of the images. However, he takes control of the watercolors. He has only had them for a few weeks, but he already remembers to clean his brush when he changes colors. You may be able to tell that he prefers the wet on wet method! He also enjoys explaining his color choices. I never understood the unbridled joy of being a grandparent until I became one. It’s the best job I’ve ever had!

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. If you enjoy coloring, check out these two stamp sets. Stampin’Up! has a number of sets that can be colored, as well as their Just Add Color Designer Series Paper with a variety of designs suitable for coloring.