Big Boy Overalls

Stampin up choo choo overalls

My grandnephew, Henry, is almost "there."  I thought this "big boy" card (see inside below) would offer a little encouragement as he reaches the potty training finish line.

I discovered the design and instructions for these darling overalls on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Web Site.  One of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is seeing and learning how to create fun projects like this one. 

My prototype was created by Stampin' Up! demonstrator Kristian Ethridge, who used the fish stamps from Just Beachy (113796) as her accent.  However, I immediately knew the Choo Choo stamp set and Right on Track Wheel (both from the Occasions Mini Catalog) would be perfect for my rough and tumble little Henry. 

  • Night of Navy Textured card stock was cut at 4 1/4" x 11".  It's folded in half (scored on the 4 1/4" side).
  • Along the top score, lightly mark with a pencil the halfway point at 2 1/8".
  • Punch a half circle for the "neck" using a 1 3/8" Circle Punch.
  • For the sleeves, measure from the top  2" down from the sides and mark.
  • Using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch, punch out half the circle at the top and on the sides.  TIP:  The mark that was made at 2" on both sides is where you should align the edge of the circle in your punch–meaning the very edge of your sleeve circle is 2" from the top of the card.
  • Cut off the paper from the top edge of your punched circle to finish the sleeve.
  • For the pants, measure 1 1/2" in from both sides and place a small mark with a pencil at the base.
  • Measure from the bottom 1 1/2" up and centered at 2 1/8".  Place a small dot.
  • Cut from the marks on the bottom to the small dot to cut out the pant legs.
  • The Chocolate Chip train tracks are matted on Certainly Celery.
  • The Bashful Blue and Certainly Celer Choo Choo train cars were snipped and mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals. TIP:   I am grateful to my Paper Snips for their precision in the tiny nooks.
  • The original design had cute "Levi" jean style pockets.  However, after all that snipping of the train cars, I simply used the remaining half circles as pockets (from when I chomped the neck).
  • A Signo Gel Pen was key in creating the dashes and stitched look.

Aren't these the cutest little undies?

Stampin up choo choo underpants

  • Cut 2" x 4 1/2" of Whisper White card stock.
  • Measure 1" down each side from the top and make a small mark. 
  • Measure 2 1/8" at the bottom and make a small mark.
  • Start your cut from this mark up to each side mark.
  • Using a Stampin' Up! Night of Navy Marker, I made dashes around the Whisper White card stock and adhered to the inside.

The letters for "henry" (front) and "big boy" (inside) are from Fashion District Rub-Ons.

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Stampin up choo choo overalls 2 Stamp Set:  Choo Choo (113982, Occasions Mini Catalog), Right on Track Wheel (113838, Occasions Mini Catalog)
Paper:  Night of Navy Textured 108696), Whisper White (100730), Certainly Celery (105125)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Certainly Celery (105217), Bashful Blue (105209), Stampin' Up! Night of Navy Marker (100069)
Cool Tools:  1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch:  White Signo Gel Pen (105021), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Fashion District Rub-Ons (113884)

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  1. I like the overalls card, very cool

  2. colleen kramer

    What a fun card! I forget how adorable shaped cards can be…but this one is just too cute! I liked your later comment about making a pair of Pink overalls for all the little girls! Side note: SOO glad potty training is a few years past in this house. Good luck to all the Mom’s out there working on it!

  3. This is ADORABLE! I’ll definitely need to make one for my nephew when he starts training….he’ll be a big brother in July and I’m sure they don’t want to be changing too many diapers!

  4. Oh my gosh, this is totally cute! And the inside is just as adorable as the outside! I love everything “train”, so this card is right up my alley 😀 Absolutely lovely!


  5. I just showed this card to both of my grand babies… and with their mouths full of Reese cups that they found in my stash… they were so excited about the “big britches”… their eyes told me how much they loved the card…It’s a really cute card and I’d love to make it for my grand son who will soon start this potty training journey… thanks for sharing and good luck to Henry…. Ta

  6. Totally stinkin’ cute – Mary!!! Love this sweet card!!!

  7. How cute! I need to come up with something for a little girl to encourage my little Sami!! Thanks for the idea 🙂 I’m thinkin bloomers and ruffles?!!

  8. I love this card! I can appreciate it having just gotten my 3 year old daughter potty trained. I love seeing the choo-choo set used this way. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Very Cute card!!!! I don’t have the train set, but it is a must have!

    Hi Angie: You don’t need a train set. You could run a row of colorful square or star punches across the band or perhaps a fun dinosaur or teddy stamp (if you have one). Even a strip of plaid or striped designer paper would be charming. Frankly, the overalls could be done in textured pink card stock with little flowers or butterflies for a girl. Hugs, Mary

  10. ACK!! This is adorable! The undies are a great touch!

  11. If this just isn’t the most adorable thing I’ve seen lately!! The overalls in and of themselves are precious, but the “undies” are the icing on the cake. I love seeing all your clever ideas!

  12. That card is just too cute. Love all the ideas that you have.

  13. I can’t wait to try this for my 2-year-old grandson. Boys are so different training than those of us with girls! Their attitude just isn’t the same. Thanks for a great idea.

  14. Too cute!!! You are so clever, I don’t know how you do it. Thanks for the idea.

  15. I’m continually amazed at your creative ideas – for cards AND occasions!! Thanks for so generously sharing with us!

  16. Miriam Napier

    Great Card Mary! I’ve looked everywhere under Show & tell on the SU! site and can’t find the original Just Beachy overalls. Can you tell me where to find it? Miriam

    Hi Miriam: Thank you for your question. You can find it (and lots of other cool stuff) on the demonstrator web site under: Show and Tell > Stamping Challenge Ideas.

    Hugs, M

  17. That card is adorable!!!!

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