Freshly Made Sketches #275 & Easter

Well, I’m finally all moved, and ahead of schedule, I thought it would take until June! lol  I’ve only moved about 2 to 3 blocks away, can you imagine if I had moved to another state?!  I hate moving, and I’m not very good at it! 😦  I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long, I’ll try to do better! 🙂

I have almost all of my craft things here, and I’ve made a card! 🙂   I still have some things in storage, but at least I can do something now 🙂

I’ve made a card for Freshly Made Sketches #275 , here is their sketch:


Here is my card which I will enter at FMS #275 and Send A Smile 4 Kids, then it will get packed in a box to go to one of my hospitals 🙂


For this card, I used Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I used Stampin’ Up! papers and inks, also the Washi tape.  I may have to make more of these, I think it’s a really fun card for kids! 🙂  The green is just an envelope to help you see the white card better;)

Now, on to some really cute Easter cards sent in by the card makers on my “team”.   First is Lee Mae Elkins of WA.  Lee Mae actually sent her Easter cards in during January with her Winter and Valentine’s cards! 🙂

Thank you Lee Mae for these wonderful cards! 🙂  I love the images, papers and layouts, also your beautiful coloring! 🙂


Next, I have some darling cards from Ruby Haugen of MN 🙂  Ruby is a very active donor and she makes all her own envelopes! 🙂

Thank you Ruby, your images are adorable, your paper and layouts are fun, and I personally love plaids! 🙂


My final card maker today is Vicki Luebke of IN 🙂  Vicki also makes lots of cards for the kids! 🙂

Thank you Vicki, I love how you use the same image and change around the layouts or papers! 🙂  Vicki sent multiples of each of these and that works out great because I have three different hospitals and they all have lots of kids! 🙂

Thank you all for your dedication to our kids, we couldn’t do our jobs without you!! 🙂

Be sure to check out the challenge over at the SAS4Kids blog, it’s always lots of fun to see what others have made! 🙂  We’d love to see what you can make! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope to see you again soon! 🙂




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Merry Monday #226 & SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, it’s been a while since I’ve been here again, I’m so sorry! 😦  It’s been a rough year for me, but we’ve also had a blessing!  I had a frozen shoulder over the Summer, the week before Halloween I fell down some stairs, and in the first week of December, my daughter had a baby!  There is never a dull moment here!

I did manage to get Christmas cards to all my hospitals! 🙂  I am so thankful for and proud of my team of card makers! 🙂

Today I have a card I made for Merry Monday challenge #226 🙂  Their challenge is a Christmas theme all year! 🙂



I love to get out my horse and sleigh and go to Grandma’s house……just kidding 😉  I’m sure someone does and it must be great fun in the Winter! 🙂  I started with the November Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit.  It has a cute little card, but I stretched mine out to be A2 size.  Then I added the sleigh and horse from a set from last Christmas.  Stampin’ Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (retired). I used another die, which I can’t find at the moment, to make the bow and ribbon, out of silver paper from Stampin’ Up!.

The hills are two different colors, and I sponged the trees and houses with Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz and Dapper Denim Stampin’ Spots, which came in the kit.

This is the original card design, all products came in the kit from Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin, November, 2016.  Not all their kits are cards, you can find examples of their kits on Pinterest 🙂


All the layers are pre-cut, you just have to punch them out.  I did sponge the trees and put snowflakes in the sky with an included stamp.

I have some cards shared with Send A Smile 4 Kids 🙂  The first set is from Lisa Simokaitis of IL.  I didn’t realize that some were a little blurry, and I’m also having trouble with my lighting, I have some flash showing 😦  This, of course, is not the card maker’s fault, so please forgive me if the photos aren’t the best 😦

You all know I love cards that are the same but different!  🙂  Lisa did a wonderful job with her images, papers and layouts!  Thank you Lisa, I know who ever received these cards loves them! 🙂


Next I have Jill Blasche of TX 🙂  I think I did a little better with my photos, but I’m sorry if they aren’t the best 😦  I’m afraid a new camera is on my list, but not affordable just yet.

Thank you Jill, for these beautiful cards with Winter themes!  I’m loving all the blue! 🙂


My last cards for today are from Trish Cudney of MN 🙂  Please excuse any photo problems.

Trish, you did a great job with your cards, thank you! 🙂  All of these cards have made it into the hands of our kids! 🙂  Thank you all for making Christmas bright and fun! 🙂

This year has been a great year for cards! 🙂  I appreciate every single card that has come in for SAS4Kids! 🙂  I couldn’t do my job without all of you who think of the kids and send in your donations! 🙂  I am so blessed to be able to do what I do and have such a wonderful team of card makers to help me! 🙂

If you are just coming by to look at all the wonderful cards, I’m thankful for your interest!:) It’s so much fun to share with everyone! 🙂

Thank you all for taking the time to visit today! 🙂  I’m wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!! 🙂




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Merry Monday #218 & SAS4Kids

I know, it’s Thursday and in the middle of the day, but I finally got a card done and wanted to post it! 🙂   Maybe I can even make another card and have two cards this week!  I can always dream! lol

I have a card for Merry Monday the #218 challenge! 🙂  I will also submit it to the current challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids ! 🙂  Here is the challenge over at Merry Monday 🙂



I love plaid so I had fun making this card! 🙂  I used Wink of Stella on the roof and chimney for the snow, it looks really pretty 🙂  The card wouldn’t stay flat for me to take the photo, so it’s looks a little lopsided.  The circle is actually sized correctly.

The paper on the left is from Stampin’ Up!, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  I also cut the little cottage out of another sheet of paper from the same series.  I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red, and Early Espresso card stock.  The plaid paper came from an Etsy store.

I used a Stampin’ Up! matching stamp set called Candy Cane Christmas for the sentiment and the little mint candies.  The current holiday catalog runs until Jan. 3, 2017, but may run short close to the end.  You can contact me to purchase Stampin’ Up! products 🙂

Do I have guest cards today?  Of course I do! 🙂  First up is Ann Williams of TX 🙂

Thank you Ann for these wonderful Halloween cards! 🙂

Next is Nanci Simmons of FL 🙂

Thank you Nanci, great non-scary cards for our kids! 🙂

Next up is Janelle Klapperich of SD 🙂

Thank you Janelle for the Halloween and the great Fall cards as well ! 🙂

One more set of cards for today from Debbie Eassy of PA 🙂

Thank you Debbie, wonderful cards for the kids to enjoy! 🙂

I’d like to thank all of my card donors, what awesome cards for all of our kids! 🙂  I’m pleased to see so many of you using Stampin’ Up! products! 🙂  It’s so much fun for me to see new examples of Stampin’ Up! cards! 🙂  I am so thankful to have all of you on “my” team! 🙂

Even if you don’t donate cards, I still appreciate you coming by and seeing all the wonderful examples of cards we have to share! 🙂

Be sure to stop by Merry Monday and our own challenge at SAS4Kids! 🙂  I still have some Halloween and Fall to share and then it will be on to Christmas! 🙂  I love Christmas cards, I think they’re my favorites……maybe 😉  lol  I actually love all handmade cards! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you can come by again soon! 🙂




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Merry Monday #216 & SAS4Kids

I’m back again! 🙂  Today, I have a card for Merry Monday #216, and Send A Smile 4 Kids, Early Holiday Wishes for Kids! 🙂









This is my card for the challenges.  The image and sentiment are from Fred She Said called, Naughty or Nice Elf🙂  The paper is also Fred She Said, Christmas Papers 1 – 2009. This is a panel card that I learned from Stampin’ Up!


There are two white folded places on each side that make the middle panel stand out. It’s easy and looks so nice 🙂

Now on to some donor cards! 🙂  I have wonderful card makers who send cards to me for my three hospitals in Illinois! 🙂  All of our donors make wonderful cards, but I can show you some of the cards that come to me 🙂

I will try to keep my comments to a minimum 😉  First up is Lisa Simokaitis of IL 🙂

Thank you Lisa, these are great cards for the older kids! 🙂


Next I have Lillian Abrams from MI:)



Thank you Lillian, I love your use of the same papers or images and making them look different! 🙂

Next is Debbie Caldwell from MI 🙂

Thank you Debbie for these cards for younger kids and the Thanksgiving cards! 🙂


For my final cards tonight, I have Diane Herniman from Canada:)

Diane always decorates the front, both insides and the backs of her cards 🙂  She also makes her own envelopes with decorations as well 🙂  Thank you Diane for your great cards! 🙂

I have awesome card makers who donate their cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  I’m honored and thrilled to share all these cards with my hospitals here in Illinois! 🙂  I’m always excited to open a box or package from a card maker! 🙂  Thank you all for making my job of sending these cards out so rewarding and fun! 🙂

If you don’t send cards in to SAS4Kids, I’m thankful you’ve come by to check out all of these cards and get some great inspiration! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll come visit us again! 🙂





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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.

FMS Final 251-001


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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