Mr. Chicken Says Thanks

by Stefani on 11-March-2009

I think I told you a while back that my guys got a Speedball cutter for Valentine's Day. We have enjoyed it immensely. And when I say WE, I mean that um, the mama likes to pull it out after they go to bed so that she can have a turn playing with it too!

I used it to carve a little chicken stamp for my birthday boy/chicken farmer. I stamped all his birthday wrapping paper with it, and it gave him a sweet surprise… What could be better than waking up to gifts all wrapped up in chickens? 

He loves his little chicken stamp, and has stamped her on every solid surface for a 10 mile radius, including his brothers, who spent the better part of a week covered in wee red hens. 


Anyhow, it's also had a unintended, and awfully sweet use. He used his stamp to write thank you notes for his birthday gifts.

Chicken Scratch 

Ordinarily, he is not such a fan of writing thank-yous, but the stamp made it kind of fun for him. 

I think this could be the beginning of a new tradition for us. Mama makes the birthday boy a special stamp and then he gets to use it to make his thank-you cards. 

I might better look into some washable stamp pads though. 

In case you've missed it, there's some great information on carving stamps and using them with kids here and here
Vintage Chica March 11, 2009 at 6:36 am

Oh…this is just about perfect. His little hands may be red for weeks. So sweet.

Sherry March 11, 2009 at 7:10 am

What a great idea! 🙂

Anna March 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

I love that chicken stamp!

Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie March 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

This is so awesome!

mommyknows March 11, 2009 at 8:00 am

How cute! This mama might like for her daughter to get one of those for her birthday next week 🙂

Pebbledash March 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

I love my speedball cutter too… And that chicken is such fun!

jenny March 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

oh oh oh! That is so cute! I used Eren’s idea for thank you letters this past Christmas and that made all the difference! Even the non-writing, refuses-to-try 5 year old wanted in on it!

Kelly March 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

I love that he had a chicken themed birthday. My middle boy who just turned 4 at the end of February had a hedgehog birthday because he is enamored with the little creatures. He even got a hedgehog stamp! 🙂 I did not make it. It was part of a gift from a very creative friend!

melissa March 11, 2009 at 8:50 am

I love that, Stefani!

Sarah Jackson March 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

darling! I just bought one of those last week. I think I’m trying it out this afternoon. Any tips?

marjorie March 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

I love homemade cards by kids. I need to check out this speedball cutter. very cool!

Amber March 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

A birthday stamp – what a great idea for a new family tradition. (Now I’m off to research speedball cutters). 🙂

Melissa March 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

How fabulous! I must get a speedball cutter. I’ve been using my kitchen knives to make potato stamps ( ) for my little guy. It works but not the easiest thing. I love all your craft ideas.

brit March 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

Market yourself woman…for the love of the chickens!!

elissa March 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

what a great idea and i reminder that i need to get on cal to have him do some thank yous of his own…. with or without the chicken 😉

messimom March 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Love it! Laughing at the washable ink though. Especially permanent red. I can speak from experience that it never quite comes out and more than once someone has thought a bloody nose was involved. Even though it was clearly an “art” shirt with paint splatters.

You are just about to tip me into the gotta-finda-Speedball-cutter-now camp.

And I agree with Brit- for the love of all things chicken and otherwise!

I Wonder Woman March 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Wonderful! And what a thoughtful boy to do thank you notes. I still have the stamp I made in 7th grade art class… I had forgotten how much fun it is! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

Relyn March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

OH, what a fantastic idea! It makes me think of your old, old Mama tips post. If you ever do another list like that one, this should definitely be on it.

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:14 am

Oh good! I’m not the only self serving gifter! Hooray for kids gifts that the parents love to play with too!

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:14 am

Oh yes! Eren’s thank yous were so great! Thanks for the reminder!


Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:16 am

Shallow cuts work best… don’t get in a hurry and take out big chunks.
The other thing that helps a lot is to cut away the rubber stuff from the outside of your design. In other words, if you’re making a flower, cut everything but the flower away, instead of trying to have a rectangle with a raised flower on it. Does that makes sense?


Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

You know, I never have been able to make a decent potato stamp! Once you go speedball you’ll never go back 🙂


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Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

Is that like when I hollar “for the love of all that is holy!!!”

Thanks hon. I kinda want to fold you up and keep you in my purse. I’ll pull you out ever time I need a little boost 🙂

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 7:21 am

Okay, it’s so funny that you say that because when I first saw their legs covered in red chickens I thought something horrible had happened!

Now go! Go and get a Speedball!

caroline thornewill March 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

LOVE this Stefani! How cute is that note!?!

Sarah Jackson March 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

I also found out the hard waythat having a cutter that doesn’t have a screw
on handle is necessary for my left-handedness. My bandaged right finger says
so. I kept unscrewing the thing with my hand and the blade I was using was
clearly designed with a right hander in mind. Ugh.

maya*made March 12, 2009 at 8:14 am

I love your red hen, Stephani…LOVE! I also love the enthusiasm it was met with by your birthday boy. Isn’t it the most addicting thing~ carving? I go to sleep dreaming of new stamps to make:)

Stefani March 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

Oh I know! I’m going to have to find out where I can get a (cheap!) GIANT slab of that rubbery carving stuff

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