Monthly Archives: January 2015

Send A Smile 4 Kids announcement!

If you are part of my card swap group, please go to your email and look for your special message:)

I have an important announcement to make, and since you are all my friends, I’m telling you first! 🙂

I have been asked to volunteer at Send A Smile 4 Kids……. and I have accepted:) !  My true friends know that I will give until it hurts. I’m hoping this doesn’t hurt too much because it’s something I really want to do:)  You all know I have a special place in my heart for children, all children!

So guess what?  Now if you have extra cards laying around just waiting for somewhere to go, you can send them to me:) !  I promise not to keep them for myself!!! 😉  Please go to the SAS4Kids website below to view their guidelines.

I would be thankful for any good thoughts or prayers on my behalf and the behalf of all those who will be depending on me to send them cards:)

You can see my info here on the SAS4Kids webpage

Once again, that means I may be making less cards and focusing on the task at hand.  I promise I will still make cards though.  I also plan some giveaways coming up.  I will let everyone know in advance, and it will probably run a month.  Plenty of time for you all to join in:)

One of my granddaughters had her first birthday today:)  The sweet on top of my sorrow.  My mother passed this week last year:(  It’s so hard to imagine that she is no longer with us:(  It’s a blessing to have a birth the same week as a loss.  My mother loved children as much as I do and would be very proud of my volunteer work with kids:)

Please join me for the ongoing journey! 🙂


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More Doodle Pantry Valentines

Oooops, I thought I would be better today, but I feel like I’m having a setback:(  My poor head is full of mush:(

I just wanted to stop by and show you two more Valentine cards that I’ve made for boys, using Doodle Pantry’s new set, Little Boy Valentines.

Little_Boy_Valen_54b1d6824cef8I’m going back to bed, but first here are my cards:

Doodle Pantry Val 1a

Doodle Pantry Val 1bI hope to be back this week with some updates and new cards:)

Thanks for stopping by:)



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Doodle Pantry Valentines

Well, everyone survived the flu, but now we all have colds!  Bummer:(   I was sick this weekend, but I got up and made some cards, because tomorrow, Jan. 20th, there will be some new images over at Doodle Pantry, and a sale!

I got to use some of the brand new images to make some cards to show you how cute they are! 🙂 I don’t even know what the set will be called yet, but you’ll know these images when you see them;)  And then tomorrow, I’ll be posting two more cards!  I want to make at least 2 more after that because they will all be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids! Doodle Pantry sponsors at SAS4K quite often and you could win some free digis:)

Click here to learn about SAS4K:  A blog dedicated to collecting and distributing handmade cards to children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. Please send us your handmade kids’ cards for holidays, birthdays, and everyday cheer. Help us put a smile on our kids’ faces!

I’m working with the pre-colored digital images, but the sets almost always have images you can color yourself.  Ok, enough talking, on to my cards:)


Doodle Pantry Val 1c

Doodle Pantry Val 1dAren’t these adorable?!  Hmmm, what do you call “boy” Valentines, probably not adorable? lol  Well, I think they’re adorable!  The truck was a special request I made, and then Laurie surprised me and made a whole set for boys! 🙂  How awesome is that?!

I did a little resizing and some punching.  Please feel free to ask if you have questions, I’m happy to share! 🙂 I’m off to make two more cards while it’s quiet and before I fall asleep.

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate all my followers and everyone that happens to drop by! 🙂

Be sure to read my post tomorrow for more cards and don’t forget the new images and sale over at Doodle Pantry! 🙂  I’m not sure what time the DP post will be up, but if you’re a night owl, stop over and check it out;)




Stampin’ Up!

Heart Punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Banner Punch

Paper-Real Read, Basic Black, (White with Black dots) DSP Night & Day (retired)

Bakers twine-Wisteria Wonder

Doodle Pantry

Purple digital paper, blue zig zag digital paper, teal digital paper

Truck and Dino images

Hearts resized, and sentiment


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More Send A Smile 4 Kids

I’ve been feeling kinda depressed lately:(   I made myself sit down and make 3 more cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  It helps to think of other people when I get overwhelmed.  I sat for about 3 hours under my special light that simulates sunlight, that helps too.  So if Winter is getting you down, take a seat and make some cards.  Don’t forget to turn on some upbeat, happy music:)

I wasn’t feeling terribly creative, I hope the kids will still be happy with what I’ve made.  I used all pre-colored, digital images from Doodle Pantry. Laurie’s images are so cute and cheerful, I love to work with them! 🙂  I do not get any compensation, or free images from Doodle Pantry, I just love their images! 🙂  And a lot of you know that I’m coloring challenged! lol

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s not that I don’t think my cards are cute, I just used very similar layouts for most of my cards this week.  I think the beaver would be nice for a boy, I tried to not make it too cutsie.  Both of the papers for the beaver card, come with the kit.  Hmmm, I’m really having a hard time concentrating:(  I used two different sets today, one is With Heart, a portion of the  proceeds from this set will  be donated to Operation Write Home.  The little beaver comes from the set, Loving Critters.  Trust me, you can spend days looking at everything in the Doodle Pantry store!  You can also color most of the images yourself as well.

Well, I’m off to bed, I will be up early with all the grandchildren;)  Thank you for stopping by today, I do appreciate all my followers and anyone who happens to drop in! 🙂  Life is short, make it matter:)




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Valentine: Send A Smile 4 Kids

Wow, you’re not going to believe that I actually made 4 more cards this week!  Good thing they invented lights, because I’m up very late at night making cards!  It doesn’t get quiet here until about 10pm, my hubby has been taking over in the morning:)  Even still, I’m up by 9am, that’s when I have to get up whether I want to or not;)  lol

I’m just posting cards today, if you would like info regarding supplies or techniques, please ask:) These cards are all for Send A Smile 4 Kids, except the last one, it’s going to my granddaughter;)  All digital images are by Doodle Pantry, so far, I have only worked with the pre-colored images.

Half-fold Card2 Half-fold Card3 Half-fold Card4 Half-fold Card5

I CASEd the card with the XOs from Susie B at SplitCoastStampers.  I think I found it on Pintrest.  Susie’s had a bear, really cute, thank you Susie for the inspiration:)

I hope you like my cards today.  Lawrence was taking a nap but he’s up now, and Grandpa is sleeping so I have to go be in charge:)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look:)  I hope to have more cards by next week.  Hopefully it will be warmer next week and the kids will all go back to school so I can make cards;)  Please stay warm, or cool, wherever you may be! 🙂




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Yes, I have a card and photos! :)

Ok, sorry, not here:(  Please go here to my Stampin’ Up! blog and see my card and photos:)  I will be making cards for both of my blogs when I get organized, I promise;)


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OMGoodness, am I still here?

Yes, my friends, I have moved from Wisconsin, back to Illinois!  Still unpacking in an even smaller place, with even more people!  I haven’t made any cards yet, but I plan to! 🙂

So for now, If you head over to my Stampin’ Up! blog, you can read about the Sale-a-Bration! 🙂


20150106_sab_en-us32ae15583795661a8962ff0000f7f0e6And the new Occasions Catalog!


20150106_occasions_en-usI promise to have cards and photos soon! 🙂



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