Doodle Pantry & Send A Smile 4 Kids

I’ve been sick for a few days, and I’m afraid it may get worse, before it gets better :(  Probably just a cold, I don’t understand how they can make you feel so miserable!😦

I have the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog near the top on the right side of my page! :)  You can order now if you’re interested, I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator!🙂

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the beginnings of Fall ! :)  I love Fall and I have a number of cards to share with you today!🙂

First is my card for the Doodle Pantry sponsorship of Send A Smile 4 Kids! :)  I will enter it in both blogs🙂


Hmmm, it looks blurry here, but if you click to enlarge, it looks just fine🙂 I used some misc. paper on the right, a couple stickers on the left, and an digital image by one of our sponsors, Doodle Pantry! :)  To make the card, I used Thinlits-Circle Card die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!  It’s so easy to make this cute card !🙂


Now for some fun SAS4Kids donor cards! :)  First I want to show some cards from my friend,  Jill Blasche of TX :)  She has made some great examples of Fall themed cards that aren’t Halloween.  She also has sent in some cards made for two of my hospitals and then changed them up just a little, so they can go to my hospital with no embellishments🙂

Ok, the orange one looks kind of Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be ;)  Both cards are made two ways.  On the orange card, it’s made with googly eyes on the left, and on the right, it has just card stock eyes.  On the leaf card, on the right, you can see she used some string and a button.  On the left there is a paper button and just a strip of card stock in brown.  All of the cards are great and with minimal effort, changed into a card with no embellishments!

Again, the black card could be Halloween, but it has a general sentiment.  The black card on the left has ribbon, and the one on the right has card stock that looks like a ribbon :)  The pumpkin card has a nice Fall theme, with a general sentiment.  the one on the right has ribbon and three gems.  The one on the right has green card stock and three punched holes to represent gems, very clever🙂

Two more that look like Halloween, but have general sentiments, and two more that are very Fall looking🙂

Four general cards included in the box, I love the birds! :)  Thank you Jill for all these wonderful cards!🙂

Next I have cards from Diane Herniman from ON, Canada :)  Diane makes wonderful cards with flowers from her garden and her dog, birds, and other live or flying things in her yard!

This is the front and inside of one of Diane’s cards.

On the left is the front and back of the card, and on the right is the inside🙂

All card fronts, gorgeous photos!🙂

On the left are two fronts and on the right is the envelope and card front :)  Thank you Diane for your beautiful cards!🙂

Next is Yara Baird from WA,and she has a blog you can visit HERE.  Yara may have sent to other volunteers at SAS4Kids, but she is new to me🙂 Yara has sent in a wide variety in her box!🙂

Summer all the way to New Year! :)  Thank you Yara for your wonderful cards! I know the kids will enjoy these cards!🙂

I know, it’s a long blog, but I’ve been gone a while ;)  One last donor, and that is Vicki Luebke of IN :)  Vicki sends in a lot of cards, she is really good with encouragement cards!🙂

Great cards, Vicki, wonderful selection! :)  Thank you Vicki for your continued support of our kids!🙂

All of the card makers on my team are talented and generous!! :)  I couldn’t do my job without all of you!🙂

It’s taken me two days to finish this or more, I can’t remember, I hate being sick!😦

I want to thank all of my cardmakers and everyone who has stopped by today for some inspiration! :)  I hope to be back soon with a brain that’s not filled with oatmeal!



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Freshly Made Sketches #251 & SAS4Kids

Welcome back! :)  School has started and I have more time to be able to craft…..well some days! lol  I’m back with a new card from me and some great cards from our Send A Smile 4 Kids donors!🙂

First I have a card to enter at Freshly Made Sketches #251, and I will also enter it at our own challenge blog at SAS4Kids! :)  Here’s the sketch for #251.

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This card is made with all Stampin’ Up! products! :)  If you’re interested in any of these products or how my card was made, please leave a comment🙂 I can, as a Demonstrator, sell you Stampin’ Up! products if your interested!  There is a new Holiday catalog coming out next week! :)  I have a bunch of donor cards to show you so more on that next week!🙂


I’m going to try and fit in a lot of cards, so I will keep my comments to a minimum! ;)  My first donor is Lisa Simokaitis from IL🙂 Thank you Lisa!🙂

Next is Robin Hayworth of NY:)  Robin is a retired Doctor.  Thank you Robin!🙂

Janelle Klapperich is next, she’s is from SD :)  Many thanks Janelle!🙂

Jill Blasche is from TX and she’s next:) Jill has some great examples of Fall themed cards!   As always, thank you Jill !🙂

On to Donna Wakefield of IN :)  Thank you Donna, for all you do!🙂

Last, we have, Lee Mae Elkins of WA:)  Thank you Lee Mae!🙂

What a wonderful selection of cards by all our card makers!! :)  Thank you to all of my card makers who help me supply my hospitals with lots of fun and smiles!!🙂

Please remember our teens and older, we have “kids” until 20!

This year, at my hospitals only, feel free to add sentiments to the inside of Halloween and Christmas cards :)  If you send to volunteers in other states, please respect their policies. I’m so excited to be getting Fall and Halloween cards already! :)  I’ve also received a few Christmas! :)  I’m gearing up for the Holidays!🙂

If you don’t send cards, that’s ok too :)  Some of you may stop by to look at the cards, get ideas and see what’s going on, I appreciate everyone who visits!🙂

I hope you all had a great Summer and are now ready for some cooler weather! :)  Thanks for coming by today, I hope you can come visit again!🙂

Fall iscious



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Freshly Made Sketches #242 & SAS4Kids

Summer has been hard!   With all the grandkids home and lots of medical and other appointments, I’ve had less time to spend crafting!😦   Well, today, I found time to make one card! lol  Yes, one! lol   But, I have lots of cards sent in for Send A Smile 4 Kids to share!

First my card, I will enter it in the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #242 and also at the challenge for Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂

FMS Final 242-001


OMGoodness, I love this new set from Stampin’ Up!, it’s called Best Birds :)  You can also get a die set to go with it! :)  I have to say, I love dies!  I cut a piece of magnet sheet and tape it (with very strong tape) to the back of my stamp box and they all stay right where I need them!  The stamps fit right on top of the dies🙂

Everything on this card is from Stampin’ Up! unless noted! :)  I used a retired embossing folder with clouds for the background.  The So Saffron sun was die cut.  The bird is Marina Mist, and the branch is Pear Pizzazz.  The little thank you stamp is from Wishes Your Way (retired).

I had a lot of fun making this card, until I got Memento black ink fingerprints on it! :(   It was so bad, I had to make a second one!  How disappointing! :(  This card will be going into a box for one of my SAS4Kids hospitals :)  I’m a little short of Thank You cards right now, so I’m going to try and make more🙂

I know you’re all waiting for more card inspiration and I  have a bunch for you! :)  First I have Judy Martin from PA :)  Judy is a repeat sender, thank you Judy!🙂

Wonderful selection of cards, Judy! :)  I love all the fun Summer and water cards! :)  It was so much fun to add these to the boxes I just sent out!  Thank you Judy for being on my team!🙂


Next is Lisa Simokaitis from IL :)  I love getting cards from my home state!🙂

Great cards Lisa! I love all the animals, I know the kids will too, thank you!🙂


Karen Peterson from NE is next :)  Karen makes a lot of her cards from kits and they’re wonderful!🙂


Beautiful 3D flowers, Karen! :)  These cards are shiny and have gold accents :)  Thank you Karen!🙂


Last for tonight is Lillian Abrams of MI :)  Lillian has a blog you can visit here🙂

The last two cards are 6×6, aren’t they adorable! ?  I love all these cards Lillian! These are all fun and colorful, just perfect for kids! :)  Thank you so much!🙂

That’s all I have for today, I hope you all have enjoyed looking at these great inspirations! :)   Please use all my links and check out all the sites mentioned!🙂

Thank you to all my card makers who make it possible for me to send cards through Send A Smile 4 Kids to my 3 hospitals in IL! :)  I couldn’t do this without you!!🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I appreciate your interest! :)  I hope to see you all again soon!🙂






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Freshly Made #240, SAS4Kids

I’m cutting it close, but I have some more Father’s Day cards! :)  First, I have the card I made :)  I will be submitting it to Freshly Made Sketches #240, and the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge, Anything goes for Kids.


I wanted to use my new Foxy Friends from Stampin’ Up!, but two people had already entered Foxy Friends.  I went with my second choice, Best Birds from Stampin’ Up! This set is awesome!  It comes with two bird stamps and 5 bird dies!  I colored it with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise.  I used a sponge dauber to add the color:)

As will most of my cards, this one will go in a box with SAS4Kids cards to go to my hospitals🙂 I know it looks simple, but it’s granddaughter approved :)  I love all the colors!

Ok, now on to my guest cards for today! :)  First up is Debbie Caldwell of MI🙂

Thank you Debbie for a great selection! :)  There are cards for boys and girls, young and older! :)  At this time, I have the only SAS4Kids religious hospital, there is even a card for them! :)  You are so thoughtful, thanks!🙂


Next is Donna Wakefield of IN :)  Donna is a repeat sender🙂

Really nice cards, Donna, thank you! :)  Also cards for different ages :)  I love how Donna used the same boat image in different ways!🙂


Next is Holly Blaskie of MI :)  Holly is also a repeat sender🙂

Holly picked some great designs and sent multiples of each :)  Thank you Holly for your great cards!🙂


Next is Lee Mae Elkins of WA :)  I truly get cards from all over the US! :)  Lee Mae has also sent cards before🙂

More great cards with something for everyone! :)  Thank you Lee Mae, the kids will love sharing these with their dads!🙂


My last guest for today is Ann Williams of TN :)  Ann has also sent cards before, I have a great team of card makers!🙂

Thank you Ann, for the fun and colorful cards! :)  The kids will love these, and I’m sure their dads will too!🙂


All the card makers I have shown the past few weeks have really come through with great cards for dads! :)  I appreciate all the crafting you do for our kids and I know the kids do too! :)  You all have amazing skills, and I’m so happy you use those skills to share your cards with us!🙂

I will be showing general cards all throughout the Summer :)  Take it easy on yourselves and enjoy your Summer! :)  I’m going to use everything I have on hand and then let you know what I need the most of :)  You are all the best team I could ever ask for, Thank you all!🙂

It’s never too early for Fall, Halloween and dare I say, Christmas cards! lol

I hope to be back soon with more cards to share for your pleasure and inspiration! :)  Thank you all for coming by today!🙂






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Stampin’ Up! Foxy Friends and SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog has gone live!!  I’ve ordered this set but it hasn’t arrived yet :(  When it gets here, you know I’ll be making some cards!🙂

I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, if you don’t have one, please email me and I can get you started! :)  Check out the video and see what fun things you can do with the Foxy Friends set! :)  If it shows up small, you can click on the lower right and see it on you tube🙂


I wish I could show you a Foxy card right now, but I have some great Father’s Day cards to share from my card makers!

First up is Diane Herniman from Canada :)  Diane sends her cards all the way down here to me!  I feel so special, I have imported cards! lol  Really, Diane’s cards are all different and one of a kind!🙂


Even though Diane did send multiples of some of these cards, they are all different by using different colors, and papers!  Thank you Diane, the kids will love sharing these cards with their dads!🙂

I have a number of card makers who I consider to be on my “team”.  They send me cards regularly for my three hospitals :)  Diane is one and next we have Vicki Luebke of IN :)  She is a regular sender!🙂

Most of you probably know I’m a big fan of using the same image, papers, layouts and mixing them up a little :)  This works really well for me because I have 3 largish hospitals.  Even though all of these cards are Father’s Day, I can spread them around and no one hospital will get too many of the same card !🙂

Thank you, Vicki for all of your great cards! :)  These are great cards for younger and older kids, and for girls or boys to send!🙂

Next up is Judy Martin of PA :)  Judy doesn’t send  a lot of cards in a year, but her cards are always great!🙂


I love the two last cards on the right!  Judy told me they are made with dies!  Wow, you can make almost anything with a die now!  Thank you Judy, all of these cards are great and will make dads smile as well as kids!🙂

I get so many different cards, it’s really amazing! :)  Everyone seems to have their favorite style and I know it gives our kids a lot to choose from! :)  Thank you all for your wonderful creations!🙂

I may be able to get back twice before Father’s Day to show you more cards, if not, at least once!🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I really appreciate your interest in the cards posted! :)  We have a brand new theme up on our Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog today, be sure to go check it out! :)  It’s anything goes!





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Freshly Made Sketches #238 & SAS4Kids

Wow, my mother warned me this would happen :(  The older you get, the faster time goes!  Don’t you hate it when your mom is right! ?  No bad news, I’ve just been incredibly busy!  I’m sorry I’ve been away so long!😦

First, I’ve made a card for Freshly Made Sketches #238. Almost all of my supplies for this card came from the Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions catalog, ending May 31st.


11aSDC10339The background is Crisp Cantaloupe, the flower is Watermelon Wonder, with a black and white center. On top of the flower is a designer gem that I bought at Michaels :)  The flower and leaf came from the set Botanical Blooms, it was a bundle that came with a die set.  I didn’t get the set at first, but after a number of people sent in cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids with these elements, I had to get it!

The leaf is Mossy Meadow, as well as the sentiment background.  The sentiment came from a free Sale-A- Bration set called What I Love.  I added one of the Stampin’ Up! doilies, cut to fit :)  It’s hard to see, but on top of the background color, I added a layer of vellum from the Sale-A- Bration catalog that was free at the time, and layered the whole thing onto the new thick Whisper White cardstock.

I made this card for my grandson’s Pre-K teacher :)  She was wonderful, and my grandson really liked her, he had a great time in her class!🙂

Now, because I am so far behind, I’m going to jump right into the Father’s Day cards! :)  Some of these cards came in during March!

First up is Janelle Klapperich :)  Janelle has sent in cards for SAS4Kids many times!🙂

Janelle also uses a lot of Stampin’ Up! products!, she does a great job! :)  Janelle also sent in Mother’s Day cards using the Botanical Blooms set :)   Thank you, Janelle, for all your wonderful cards and support of our cause!🙂

Brenda Zellner from WI is next, she is also a repeat sender! :)  Brenda sent in two sets of cards, one in March and one in April, I’m going to show you some of each set🙂

Brenda sent these cards in and I told her how much I liked them, and she sent more!🙂

I love the little puppies!🙂

Thank you Brenda, these are all great cards that I know the kids will love sharing with their dads!🙂

Next is Sandy Borsheim of MN :)  Sand sends in cards on a regular basis🙂

Thank you Sandy for your wonderful cards! :)  The little kids cards will be great!🙂

I really appreciate all the different styles of cards our card makers send! :)  There is truly “something for everyone”! :)  Thank you ladies, I will be sending out these cards at the end of next week!  I’m so grateful that you sent them in early, so I could get them sorted and into boxes sooner!🙂

If you love looking at and getting inspiration from our cards, but don’t know about Send A Smile 4 Kids, please take a few minutes and check out our site :)  We also have a blog challenge where you can enter your cards, or just see what everyone else is doing!🙂

Thanks for coming by today, and thank you all who have signed up to follow me! :)  I’m hoping to be back next week with some more Father’s Day cards!🙂




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Merry Monday #202, SAS4Kids

Wow, I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! :(  Thank you to all of those who are still receiving my blog posts! :)  I guess I’ve been a little depressed, even though I feel healthy.  Spring has been dark, cold, rainy and snowy, not the sunshine and warmth I was longing for :(  I hope the weather is nicer where you are!🙂

Today, I finally made a card! :)  I will be posting it on the challenge over at Merry Monday #202 and then saving it in my Christmas box for Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂



My Project (201604301530)

The main image is from Stampin’ Up!  I have the stamp set, Winter Memories (retired), but I used the digital format to enlarge the image.  The embossing folder is from Ultimate Crafts, Snowflake Frame.  I used some Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Details to add some sparkle🙂

The hardest part, well there were two hard parts, one was deciding what to do, the other was getting the size right to fit in the center of the embossing folder ;)   I know, it sounds so simple, a card with snow, but that leaves so much room for interpretation! I have one hospital that asks for no embellishments and this will fit the bill🙂

Now, because I’m really far behind, I have a bunch of Mother’s Day cards to share with you! :)  I’m going to keep my commentary to a minimum so I can show more cards :)  I show them in the order they were received🙂

First up is LauraJane Head :)  LauraJane has a blog that you can visit here🙂


Next is Diane Herniman🙂


Next is Vicki Luebke🙂


Next is Janelle Klapperich, she sent multiples of these🙂



Next is Andrea La Vigne, you can visit her blog here🙂


Next is my friend Mairead Reid🙂


Next is Debbie Caldwell🙂


Next is Ann Williams🙂


Next is Trish Cudney, you can visit her blog here🙂


Next is Holly Blaskie🙂


Next is Donna Wakefield, you can visit her blog here🙂

Wow, what great cards!  I’m all caught up with Mother’s Day cards :)  I want to thank every one of my card makers for their beautiful cards!  I know the kids will love sharing them with their moms! :)  All my card makers work extra hard for our kids and I appreciate their efforts and the love they put into every card! 🙂

Thank you for coming by for some inspiration! :)  I hope to be back sooner next time, thank you for your interest and support!🙂










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