Freshly Made Sketches #324 & Easter

Hello again! 🙂  I know, I’ve been gone a long time again 😦  I hope you all are making Easter cards! 🙂  Easter is early this year, April 1st!  Hard to believe there are only a few weeks to get your cards sent in! 🙂  I have some cards to show you that I’ve been working on 🙂  My first card is for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #324.  I will also be posting on the SAS4Kids challenge blog, you can too! 🙂

First up is the sketch I worked from:

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For this card I used a retired Stampin’ Up! set, Basket Bunch 🙂  I think it’s such a cute set, I wish we still had it for sale! 🙂  It comes with all the stamps and dies, I just used a little ink and it was all done! 🙂  I find these minimal sketches very challenging, I’m so used to putting so much more on a card!

Here are a few more cards I made for Easter, not very exciting, but I’m sure some kids is going to love them! 🙂  I also found making “boy” Easter cards to be a challenge!  I hope some of you are making “boy” cards! 😉

Donor cards for Easter have been very slow coming in, but I have some cards to share 🙂  First up is Diane Herniman from Canada 🙂  Diane was joined by her daughter, Dawn to make these great cards! 🙂

Thank you Diane and Dawn, beautiful cards! 🙂  Lots of variety here for kids of all ages! 🙂

 

I also have cards to share from Ruby Haugen of MN:)

Thank you Ruby for always sending such adorable cards! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at all the Easter cards! 🙂  Hopefully you’ve gotten some inspiration, or decided you’d like to send in cards to our cause as well! 🙂  It seems most of our volunteers have a good supply of cards, except holidays.  Easter will be very soon!  Please try to get cards to your volunteers at least 2 weeks prior to a holiday! 🙂  After Easter/Spring is Mother’s Day and then Father’s Day, I know, hard to believe! 🙂

Please let me know if you would like to become a volunteer! 🙂  You get to choose your hospitals, and donors would send you cards to share with that hospital or hospitals 🙂

Kids love to receive cards and handmade cards are the best! 🙂

Thank you for coming by today, it’s always fun to share the wonderful cards received for our kids! 🙂  I hope to see you sooner next time! 🙂

JanetKay_LuckyDuck

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Freshly Made Sketches #319 & Encouragement

Some of you must wonder what I do that I don’t have time for many cards.  I adopted one of my grandsons, and he’s only 6.  Quite a handful for someone in their 60s, at least I think so! lol  I also have 2 sons, 3 daughters and 10 other grandchildren! 🙂  Four of my granddaughters live right down the street and their family doesn’t have a car so I do all the driving.  Plus I manage cards for 4 hospitals!  There is seldom a dull moment in my house! lol

You may think all this time I haven’t made any cards, but I have 🙂  I’m going to show you some of my cards today, because my theme is Encouragement cards.  A number of people have asked about Encouragement cards, so I’m going to show you some, and give my advice for making them, and it’s easy! 🙂

First off I want to show the card I made for Freshly Made Sketches #319, I will also post it on the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog 🙂  Here is the #319 sketch:

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And here is my card:

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What can I say, my cards aren’t really exciting, I make them for kids, I try to make them cute and fun 😉  What can be more cute and fun than this adorable little panda?!  You can get it free from Stampin’ Up! with a $50 purchase during Sale a Bration! 🙂  I bought the cute envelope paper at Snap Click Supply Co.  I got it last week on $1.00 Wednesday.  They have rotating digital products for sale every Wednesday 🙂  I saw the paper and knew right away what I wanted to do.  I fussy cut my little panda.  As always I kept close to the sketch and my card is clean and simple 🙂

Now for some other cards I’ve been making:

This is mostly digital papers that I printed with my computer and printer, but you could use paper stacks.  You could use any paper, with any theme.  People seem confused when I say Winter theme cards.  These are Winter themed Encouragement cards.  Winter papers with Encouraging sentiments 🙂

Also Winter themed with Encouraging words.

I made these Winter themed Encouragement cards with older (teen, pre-teen) kids in mind.  All Stampin’ Up! products.  These are certainly not the only type of card that is Encouraging.  Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer all have nice papers and images that can be considered Encouraging 🙂

I’m including some cards from Vicki Luebke of IN 🙂

Now click on the images to enlarge and read some of the sentiments.  Some of my sentiments were rubber stamps and some printed off my computer.  I’m pretty sure Vickie’s were computer generated.  It works out great if you can size them so they fit into punches or dies that you already have.  Please no hand written sentiments.

There are many more sentiments that you can find or print.  Great Job, Good Job, Have a Wonderful Day, Wishing you Sunshine, You Did it, Congrats, Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Happy, Smiles, Hugs, Enjoy Your Day, Make Memories, Have Fun.  If you can think of anything that might be good for Encouragement, feel free to add it to the comment section!

If you still have questions, you can ask in the comments or email me for a more personal answer 🙂  I plan to make more Encouragement cards for other Seasons.

Thank you Vicki for letting me share your Encouraging cards!

I hope you all have enjoyed these cards! 🙂  Thanks for coming by whether you send in cards or just join us for inspiration, I appreciate your interest! 🙂  I hope you can come by again! 🙂

It’s was warm earlier this week but we’ve fallen back down to the single digits 😦  Hence my signature of snowmen! lol  Spring is coming…….sometime…….wait for it! 🙂

janet_kay-snowblokes

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Stampin’ Up! New catalog

Wow, I had a nice long vacation, kinda 😉  I’ve been making cards, just not for any challenges.  Today, I want to talk about Stampin’ Up!s new catalog, the 2018 Spring Occasions, and the Sale a Bration catalog.  I’ve been having some issues with the widgets on my page.  Things keep disappearing since I can’t use Photobucket anymore 😦  I wonder how many people are actually paying for that service?  Anyway, I’m trying to fix things, we’ll see how long that takes……

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This is the Spring Occasions catalog.  You can click on the link on the right, there’s no photo, but if you click the blue words, it will take you to the PDF of the catalog.

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This is what I ordered early, isn’t it great! ?  How much fun will this be for the kids! ?  I’m going to order the new Stampin’ Blends, our new alcohol markers, and start coloring! 🙂

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Here are the markers and the next set I’m going to order, it’s beautiful 😉

20180103_SAB18-1_en-US-page15Here is the set I got for FREE for placing an order of $50 or more 🙂  You can get one too! 🙂

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This is the catalog with the Free stuff! 🙂  I’m having trouble with my links, try this page.

I am a Stampin’ Up! Demo, and I would be happy to be yours, but if you already have a Demo, give them a call and ask about the new catalogs! 🙂

I try not to be a pushy sales person, I think 3 or 4 times a year is not too often to mention Stampin’ Up!, but let me know if you think that’s too many times to mention Stampin’ Up!

Let me know what you think in the comments or email me 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this today! 🙂  I hope to see you again soon with some new cards for challenges! 🙂

janet_kay-meow

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Freshly Made Sketches #311 & guests

Hello! 🙂  It seems like I never have time to make cards myself anymore 😦  But I made one today, plus I have guest cards to share, I hope you’re ready! 🙂

My card will be submitted at Freshly Made Sketches #311 I will also post it on the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog 🙂  I’m thinking this card would be good for a teen 😉  Here’s this weeks sketch:

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Here’s my card:

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I thought it was a little hard to see, so I took the photo again with a green background.

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It’s hard to tell about the silver accents in either photo I think 😦

Well, on to my guest donors 🙂  First I have Deborah Caldwell of MI 🙂

Thanks Debbie for these great Christmas cards! 🙂  I love to get cards early for a holiday! 🙂  Some of our kids need to mail their cards and I like to have plenty of time for them to get where they need to go 🙂

Next I have Janelle Klapperich of SD 🙂  Janelle sent her cards in Oct. so I have some Fall and some early Christmas to share 🙂

Thank you Janelle for the great cards and the early Christmas! 🙂

Now I want to share some cards from Trish Cudney of MN 🙂  Trish sent in Winter cards! 🙂  Winter cards are really important, Christmas isn’t the only thing going on during Dec., Jan., and Feb.

Lots of Thinking of You, and “no sentiment” cards, these can be used for anything in the Winter! 🙂  Really cute examples of layouts and look at those same images with different layouts and papers, you know I love those! 🙂  Also, don’t be afraid to send up to 10 of the same card.  I have 4 hospitals now and can divide them up 🙂

Thank you Trish for sending some early Christmas cards! 🙂 Trish shared that the papers she used were 6×6 pads from Echo Park, “A Perfect Winter” and Carta Bella, “Cabin Fever”.

I appreciate you all and the wonderful cards you send for our kids! 🙂  I can’t imagine our kids without holiday and general cards, I don’t even want to 😦  It must be so exciting to receive a card while in the hospital! 🙂  You are the ones spreading those smiles, be proud! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today and looking at the great cards that donors share! 🙂  If you are part of our group, I’m so glad you’re here! 🙂  If you just come by for inspiration, I hope you found some! 🙂  I appreciate every one of you!! 🙂

Please take a few minutes and check out both of the blogs linked above for more card ideas! 🙂  Hope to see you again soon! 🙂

janet_kay-snowblokes

 

 

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #308 & SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, it’s been too long again! 😦  I thought when school started it would calm down here……not so much 😉  But, I made a card!  Big laugh for those of you who send in cards for my hospitals!   Yes, I made one card! lol  And I’m going to enter that card at Freshly Made Sketches #308.  Here’s their sketch 🙂

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Those of you who know me, know that I stick pretty close to the sketch, so here’s my card:

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Everything on this card is Stampin’ Up!  Almost everything is from the new Holiday catalog that you can see here on my page, upper right.  The sentiment is from an older set, but still Stampin’ Up!  I used the new Christmas Quilt Stamp set, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, Quilted Christmas 6×6 Designer Series Paper, Stitched Felt Embellishments and the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Quite a mouthful, but I can hardly wait to use it for other occasions than Christmas!  Also used is Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Cardstock, and one of the sheets from the Designer paper stack.  I hope you like it 🙂

Now, on to my guests! 🙂  First I have Janelle Klapperich of SD 🙂

Thank you Janelle for these great Halloween cards and I love the Dinos! 🙂

Next, I have Andrea La Vigne of TX, who has a blog of her own that you can see here 🙂

Ok, the last one on the right, is because I just thought they were so darn cute! 🙂  Not for Halloween, just because 😉  Thank you Andrea for these wonderful cards, these are sure to please! 🙂

Last is Lillian Abrams from MI 🙂  Lillian says she has a friend who colored a lot of the cards and then she put them together, great job ladies! 🙂  Now this is a set up to get you in the mood for……..Christmas! 🙂

Thank you Lillian and your friend for these wonderful cards! 🙂  Look at all the girls cards, we need some boy cards 😉  Boy images are so hard to find 😦  Although I’m sure they would like Santa and the snowmen! 🙂

Thank you ladies for all your effort and dedication! 🙂  You make the world kids live in a better place! 🙂

Thank you all for coming to visit today, I hope you found some inspiration, and had some fun! 🙂  I appreciate every one of you, even if you don’t make cards! 🙂

I hope to see you again! 🙂

janet_kay autumn harvest

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Freshly Made Sketches #306 & SAS4Kids

It’s the first day of Fall here in the Midwest and it hit 93 today!  I love Fall, but that’s a tad hot for me!  I hope it’s nicer where you are! 🙂  Today I have some cards of my own.  These cards are made for younger kids and are very simple!  I’m not kidding about this! 🙂  I wanted to share these cards because they are simple for one, and for two it gives an example of what I mean when I say “everyday sentiments with Fall themes”.

My first card is for Freshly Made Sketches #306.  Here is their sketch:

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If you’ve been here before, you know I stick pretty close to the sketch 😉  I used an ESTY digital image and a sentiment by TLC.  All the papers are Stampin’ Up!  This card I made thinking of teen girls.  Life is tough for teens and being in the hospital is really tough!  Notice the Fall leaves embossing folder, the Fall leaves strip and the Fall colors 🙂

Next I have a card made for the challenge at our own Send A Smile 4 Kids blog, Fall colors for kids.

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All of the cards I’m showing next are mine.  I have weird signatures and watermarks going on 😦  My Print Shop program decided to stop working and I had to do the best I could on my own, not a pretty sight, sorry 😦  But please pay attention to the sentiments and the “Fall themes”.

On the cowardly lion, the one on the left says “Have Courage”, the one on the right has a medal and says “You did it”.

I notice the sizes are all wonky too, I don’t know why, sorry again 😦

Next time I’ll be back with more cards from my SAS4Kids donors! 🙂  Cards are starting to come in for Fall and Halloween, I hope you’re getting excited, because I am! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoyed my cards, even though they are very simple and intended mostly for younger kids 😉  I hope to make some more teen cards soon 🙂

JanetKay_MapleStencil

 

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Freshly Made Sketches #304 & SAS4Kids

Thanks for coming back to visit, I’m excited to be here today! 🙂  It’s been a long week with my 3 year old granddaughter visiting with her brother 6.  They don’t get along very well, so there’s been a lot of arguing 😦  Grandchildren are so strange, they just don’t get that grandma has enough love for all of them!

So here’s what is going on today, believe it or not, I actually asked for another granddaughter to visit and keep the 3 year old busy, so as I’m trying to write this blog, I have three kids running around and hubby has gone to work some overtime!  I know, glutton for punishment! 😉

I have a card to share and I also have a bunch of cards from donors to share, so I hope you have time to stick around! 🙂

First, I have a card that I will share with Freshly Made Sketches #304. Then I will also share it over on the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog.  You can also make a card and share with either or both of these challenges! 🙂  Here is the sketch for this week:

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And here is my card:

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For this card I used all Stampin’ Up! products.  Everything is in the new holiday catalog that you can find on this page, top right.  You can contact me if you would like to order anything 🙂  The background paper is the only thing that is retired, it’s Motley Monsters.

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The word paper, the cat and the hat all come from the new Spooky Night paper.

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The stamp set, Spooky Cat, comes in a bundle with the cat punch.  I cut the cat out of the paper with the punch.  I cut a strip of the worded paper, and then I fussy cut one of the hats out of the paper. I used a Stampin’ Up! punch to cut my So Saffron moon and then one of the Layering Circle Framelits to cut the back circle.  This card was a lot of fun to make, and I’m hoping one of our SAS4K children will love it! 🙂  Here’s a look at the set:

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Ok, enough about me, now on to my guests! 🙂

First up is Donna Wakefield from IN 🙂

Thanks Donna for these great cards!  I’m sure the kids will enjoy them and have lots of fun showing them off! 🙂  Donna has also used a number of Stampin’ Up! products 🙂  I know for sure I will be using that cute scarecrow! 🙂

Next is Barbara Roe of CA 🙂

Ok, the first two are holiday cards, but I love them so much I have to share! 🙂  I also love the turkey, same image, two totally different cards! 🙂

I love when the same papers or images are used to create different cards! 😉

Thank you Barbara, I love your papers and images, these will be loved throughout the season or even longer! 🙂

Lastly I have Lisa Simokaitis who lives not too far from me here in IL 🙂  Look closely at Lisa’s cards, these are one of the best uses of stickers, 3D stickers, and 3D embellishments I’ve ever seen! 🙂

Thank you Lisa, these are wonderful cards for Halloween and Thanksgiving! 🙂  I don’t often get a lot of Thanksgiving cards so these are a real treat 🙂

Thank you all of my team donors, you’ve all done a wonderful job of expressing yourselves for our kids! 🙂  I don’t think I can ever thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication! 🙂  It may seem small in the light of current events, but you are making a difference in a child’s life, be proud! 🙂

Thank you to any and all of you who have taken the time to look through my post! 🙂  You’re welcome to join us on our mission or just pass through and get inspiration! 🙂  If you have time, take a look at the Freshly Made Sketches blog, and also the SAS4Kids blog! 🙂

janet_kay abra-cat-dabra

 

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