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Old 06-29-2006, 05:55 AM   #1  
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Question HELP! Any Suggestions for friend/customer who has had stroke?

A dear friend of mine had a stroke 3 years ago, she has bounced back and doing remarkable (all with 3 small children, stroke happened days after giving birth to twins). Anyways, I have encouraged her to try stamping and it can be difficult for her at times because she only has the use of her right hand and she was left handed before the stroke! I have encouraged the 2 step stampin sets and was wondering if anyone out there has any recommendations on anything stamping related! I would appreciate it - Thank you!!!
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:03 AM   #2  
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I was thinking about this too. I have a friend with CP and wondered what would be best. I think that bold images that don't need coloring in and collage-y type layouts, so centering or aligning things aren't so important. And maybe word sets opposed to alphabets. punches might work well too. But I wonder about cutting the paper? Maybe the card/envelope packages? but, still I cut so much paper that is not the actual card itself.

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Old 06-29-2006, 07:36 AM   #3  
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I dont' have any ideas, but I just wanted to say how sweet you two are for caring for your friends...You are very special people...and welcome to the board! I see you are new!
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:20 AM   #4  
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My daughter was born with only one hand and she loves to stamp! She cuts paper using the fiskars paper cutter without too much trouble althout sometimes it moves. Punches are great, especially the lever punches. She loves to color in the images. The only thing she needs a a non-slip pad so things don't slide around on her (we use a product called Dicem). Feel free to PM or email me if I can help further.

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Old 06-29-2006, 10:05 AM   #5  
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Also, if she has the non-lever type punches, there are a couple of different kinds of punch-helpers. They're wonderful! The non-skid mat is great... for a lot of things! It's really like having an extra hand.

Brayering backgrounds might be nice as well...you can make lots of beautiful cards just stamping images over the colored background...no need for coloring in!

I use my little 1.5" xyron to attach ribbon a lot. With my MS, some of my fingertips are numb, so tying knots and bows can be a problem. With the xyron, I just stick the ribbon on.
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Thank you all for your kind words and great ideas. I know there is a new cutter out there that has magnets on it, maybe fiskars, that should help with sliding paper.

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Old 06-30-2006, 02:12 AM   #7  
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You can also slip your paper that you're cutting or card that you are working on, on a clipboard. The clip part holds the paper. If you also put the dicem on the back of the clipboard, it will stay in one place. That way she could color things if she wanted to and the cs would stay in one place so she could stamp on it.
She could use temporary tape on the back of cs to hold it in place while she cuts it. Or use the clipboard again to hold the cs and use a small cutter to cut her cs.
If you put dicem under the stampin scrub, it won't slide and will make for easier cleaning. You might want to look at an easier inkpad to use, not sure how easy SU stamp pads are to open with one hand. Sometimes it's hard with two! LOL. You can pm me if you have any questions. I've worked with children with physical disabilities for a lot of years and we've come up with some pretty neat ways for kids to do things. Good luck and God bless you for working so hard to help this woman.
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You don't have to use dicem, you could attach the rubber stuff you use under rugs to the clipboard and scrubber. That is more easily gotten at any store. Good Luck.
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I had a stroke two years ago and, thankfully, I have the use of my right hand back. (I'm right handed.) My upper arm and shoulder are a little stiff but I find that stamping is good therapy. I went in for surgery and woke up with a stroke. I can stamp all right, use the cutters, etc. However, I find coloring with markers especially difficult. Just one little shake and you have a mark outside the line and it's not very repairable. Coloring with pencils is a little better, as the mistakes are a little less obvious. But the things I found more confidence building and forgiving were crayon resist and coloring with the pastels. Maybe these two techniques will help your friend. Good Luck.
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oh that must be so hard and so sad too.
I know that for working with unmounted rubber on acrylic blocks (I suppose it would work on CTMH blocks too) TAC just put out a handle that suction cups onto the back of the blocks. That might be easier to hold?
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Someone previously mentioned Dycem. This can be a great aid but can be a little pricey. But if your friends really enjoy stamping it would be worth it. Here is a site that tells you more about it:

activity pad
http://www.sammonspreston.com/Supply...p?Leaf_Id=6621
or by the roll so you can cut it to the size you need
http://www.sammonspreston.com/Supply...Leaf_Id=920481

I have worked with Dycem in the rolls but never the activity pads. It offers a nice flat surface and I think it would be great aid for someone stamping one handed.
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Old 06-30-2006, 07:09 AM   #12  
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wheels

they are so easy to use, and would be a good replacement for background stamps that can be difficult to use with 2 hands.

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Old 06-30-2006, 07:10 AM   #13  
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[QUOTE=thebota]Someone previously mentioned Dycem. This can be a great aid but can be a little pricey. But if your friends really enjoy stamping it would be worth it.

If you just want the non-slip aspect for items like the scrubber, rug hold will work or you can get small rolls of it in the shelf line section of the store (it's sort of waffle weaved, light weight.....I've also seem placemats made out of the same or similar material. Kayla uses the dycem to hold her paper from slipping while she's drawing or writings. It's a smooth, flat surface so it's better for laying paper directly on. Hope that helps!
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:29 AM   #14  
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That's right! CHALKS! As Joan said, chalks are an excellent coloring medium. Of all the different ways to color, chalk is the most forgiving, as it can be completely erased if you oops or change your mind.
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