Monthly Archives: December 2015

Merry Monday #184, Freshly Made #217 & guests

I was sick, and down for a while, but now I’m better and playing catch-up! πŸ™‚Β  I have lots to show you tonight, so lets get started! πŸ™‚Β  First I have a card that I made and I will submit it to two different challenges.Β  Merry Monday #184 and Freshly Made #217.

Merry Monday’s theme is baking:

184Freshly Made Sketches, has a sketch;)

FMS Final 217-001My card stayed pretty much to the sketch, which is what I normally do;)


UPDATE:Β  My card has the honor of wining the Merry Monday #184 challenge! πŸ™‚

Winner Badge

For this card I used a digital image from Raspberry Road Designs, from the Christmas Cookies collection.Β  I also used one of the papers from the paper pack that goes with this collection.Β  I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red, and either Wild Wasabi or Pear Pizzazz for the words.Β  I cut the words with a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and the middle rectangle, I cut with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles.Β  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop-up my sentiment:)

I’m pretty pleased that I was able to pull a card of any kind together in the last couple days, so I hope you like it:)


I have 5 guests today!Β  I will be showing only a few cards from each guest, and then I’m done showing Christmas cards for this year!Β  So hold on tight, here we go! πŸ™‚

My first guest is Lee Mae Elkins:)Β  This is the second time Lee Mae has sent cards to me, personally, for my hospitals:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALee Mae sent a nice selection of cards:)Β  I have to admit, it was really hard to pick just a few from each guest.Β  I picked these because I thought they were all so much fun! πŸ™‚Β  Kids love animals of just about any kind and dress them up for Christmas and it’s all the better! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Lee Mae for sending such wonderful cards for our kids! πŸ™‚


Next is Kayla Ford from IL, not too far from where I live:)Β  Kayla is a repeat sender:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAll of Kayla’s cards are bright and cheerful, with lots of colors and patterns! πŸ™‚Β  Kayla’s cards remind me of quilts:)Β  Thank you so much Kayla for thinking of our kids again to cheer them for Christmas! πŸ™‚


My next guest has sent in a number of times before, Andrea La Vigne from TX:)Β  Andrea has her own blog that you can check out to see how she makes her cards:)Β  Pop over to see her blog Andrea’s Antics, hereπŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these all cute! ?Β  Andrea does wonderful coloring and water coloring! πŸ™‚ I know the Reindeer is from one of our sponsors at SAS4Kids, but I’m sorry, I don’t know which one:(Β  Maybe someone could fill us in on that?Β  I love how Andrea positioned him on her card! πŸ™‚Β  Great cards Andrea, thank you for being a repeat sender, I know the kids love your cards! πŸ™‚


Holly Blaskie from MI, is my next guest:)Β  Holly is also a repeat sender:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHolly used some really cute cats this time, and some really pretty silver accents:)Β  The tall card next to the kitty has the silver, but it looks kind of black:(Β  Holly sent in 75 cards this time, it was hard to pick just 4!Β  Thank you Holly for your continued support of our kids, they will really love these cards! πŸ™‚


My last Christmas cards for this year were sent in by Geri Dean and her sister Melanie Carruth of MN:)Β  Geri and her sister sent in an amazing 151 cards! πŸ™‚Β  I know everyone can’t send in that many, and I assure you, every card counts toward a box for a hospital!Β  Don’t ever feel rushed or that you have to do as many as someone else!Β  I don’t care if you send 5 cards, you are making a difference in a child’s life! πŸ™‚Β  Every card made and sent, is a happy smile in an envelope to a child! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERANow aren’t these fun! πŸ™‚Β  The first cards are made with Lawn Fawn, I have those little birds! πŸ™‚Β  I’ve made some of these little penguins, and Geri has these wonderful horse stamps that she uses a lot:)Β  Here she’s added Christmas paper and a sentiment to really dress it up!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOk, there were a lot of cards, I really had a hard time narrowing it down!Β  I love the soft, cute animals in the first set, and the last card is genius! πŸ™‚Β  The tree card had the background paper and sentiment added, and then included is a set of stickers that a child can decorate themselves!Β  I’ve never seen this, what a great idea! πŸ™‚Β  They can put on the tree and the little ornaments any way they want to, what fun! πŸ™‚Β  I took off the paper clips and put the cards and stickers into a clear envelope along with a regular envelope.Β  Geri and Melanie always send in great cards, thank you ladies for working so hard to made Christmas a wonderful time of the year! πŸ™‚


I want to thank every single card maker who spent time making cards to bring a smile to the faces of our kids here at Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  Without all of you, we would not be able to do what we, the volunteers, do! πŸ™‚Β  The world is a crazy place, I believe we, cardmakers and volunteers,Β  are doing an important job, that affects lots of kids all over the USA!Β  I am so proud to share your talents and pieces of art with our kids!:)

I thank you all for your help making Christmas brighter for so many! πŸ™‚

I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! πŸ™‚Β  I hope to continue working with you through the next year! πŸ™‚




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Friday Mashup #236, SAS4Kids & Guests

I’ve been sick and in hiding for 4 or 5 days:(Β  I’m tired of being sick, so I’m here to share some Christmas cards! πŸ™‚Β Β  Hopefully, I’ll stay awake! πŸ˜‰Β  I’m going to submit this first card to theΒ  Friday Mashup #236πŸ™‚


This week’s Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project inspired byΒ Christmas Cookies.
  • Create a project with Dies.
  • or Mash it Up!Β and create aΒ project using Christmas Cookies and Dies.

aaSDC18599From Stampin’ Up! I used Red Glimmer paper and sequins.Β  The main image is from Doodle Pantry called, Milk and Cookies.Β  If you click on it to make it bigger, it gets blurry:(Β  I don’t know why, it didn’t happen until I added my Watermark:(

I also made a card for Freshly Made Sketches, but with being sick, I missed their deadline:(Β  But here’s my card:) I’m going to enter it into the Challenge over at Doodle Pantry, Ants in my Pantry Digital Challenge 12.

aaSDC18601I used the same Stampin’ Up! Red Glimmer paper, and the same Doodle Pantry image.Β  I changed the layout to match the sketch, and used some cookie border that I found in my stash:)Β  I think it’s pretty cute and I’m sure a kid will love it next year, when I send it out for Send A Smile 4 Kids:)


Now, on to my guests who have sent in cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids.Β  These cards have already been sent out:)Β  My first guest is a friend of mine who I know through Stampin’ Up! πŸ™‚Β  She knows how much I love SAS4Kids, so she sent in some cards:)Β  Welcome Debbie Essay from PA:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI believe all of Debbie’s cards were made with Stampin’ Up! products, but since my head is still full of cotton balls, I’m not going to look them all up unless you ask;)Β  Aren’t these cute! πŸ™‚Β  The kids are going to love them! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERANow I know off the top of my head, that the tree, candy can and the gingerbread men, all came from the same set.Β  It has stamps with matching dies (retired).Β  Now look at these snowglobes, they’re from the 2015 Holiday catalog and I think they’re still available:)Β  The set also includes a ballerina.Β  I love how she did the two cards on the right.Β  It reminds me of how you make a card and then step it up for the second card:) I remember this set is called Sparkly Seasons.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese Santa’s remind me of the step it up cards too.Β  Santa is here on the left, then in both cards on the right:)Β  Great coloring, Debbie:)Β  I love the snowman card also:)Β  I’m sure kids will be getting these cards this week and next:)Β  Thank you Debbie for joining us and sharing your talents! πŸ™‚


My next guest is a first time sender:)Β  Hopefully we’ll see more of her cards in the future:)Β  Please welcome Ann Merkins from MN:)Β  Ann has shared with me that she makes most of her cards with napkins! πŸ™‚Β  They have a beautiful sparkly shine to them:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI checked out the snowmen and if you click on them to make them bigger, you can see some of the sparkle;)Β  Beautiful cards! ;0

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know where Ann finds these, I’ve never seen napkins like this!Β  The kids are really going to love all the sparkle and shine! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMore really cute cards! πŸ™‚Β  I really love the Cardinal paper! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI remember the reindeer had shiny paper, my camera didn’t like it, but they are so pretty in hand:)Β  Finally two Winter cards, one has no sentiment and can be used for anything, and one Thank You:)Β  Great job Ann, thank you for sending cards to our kids! πŸ™‚


Sorry to rush off, I feel like I’m not even sitting upright in my chair:(Β  I think I’ve had enough of pretending I’m all better;)

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoyed all the cards and maybe found some inspiration:)Β  I do have some more Christmas cards to share, but it will depend on how I’m feeling:)





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Merry Monday #183 & SAS4Kids guests

I’ve been so busy sorting cards and packing boxes, I haven’t had time to make any cards myself!Β  All my boxes are now packed and waiting to be mailed.Β  I sent a number of boxes last week and the last ones go out tomorrow! πŸ™‚Β  I’m so excited for the kids to get all their Christmas cards! πŸ™‚

Meanwhile, I put together a card to enter in the challenge over at Merry Monday #183.

183Here’s my entry:

My Project (2)I had a terrible time taking a photo that wasn’t blurry! 😦  The yellow paper has glitter on it and it played havoc with my camera lens! 😦  The little elf has glitter on it too!Β  I used lots of different supplies to make this card and they all came out of my stash.Β  Yes, I have a great stash of card making leftovers! πŸ˜‰Β  Oh, and the circle candy cane mint is full of glitter too!


I have more guests today who have sent in Christmas cards for the kids with Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚ If you’re unfamiliar with SAS4Kids, just click our link to find out more! πŸ™‚Β Β  My first guest today is Barbara Roe, from CA:)Β  This is the first time Barbara has sent cards to me personally for my hospitals, so welcome Barbara! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese are so cute, the stocking one reminds me of Halloween legs, too funny! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMore cute overload! πŸ™‚Β  The little boy on the sled would be good for just a Winter themed card:)Β  I love the puppy and the mouse, and how about that Santa?Β  Very nice cards for our kids! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese two are my favorites! πŸ™‚Β  I’ve never seen anything like the turtle before, and I just love this reindeer with the ornaments on his antlers! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Barbara for all these wonderful cards, I know the kids will enjoy all of them! πŸ™‚


Next I have Brenda Zellner from WI:)Β  Welcome Brenda, this is the first time for Brenda as well! πŸ™‚ I get a lot of wonderful cards, I couldn’tΒ  possibly show all of them, so I will only be showing some of them, but they’re all great! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERABrenda has done some really great coloring! πŸ™‚Β  These are all adorable! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHow cute are these! ?Β  I love kitties for Christmas, or anytime really;) lol

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAStarting to see a theme? Ok, I really love kitties all the time! lolΒ  I think all these kitties are from Newton’s Nook, but I won’t say that for sure;)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese are the best of all worlds…kitty, bear, and baby….how could you go wrong?Β  These are both adorable cards!Β  Brenda has really done a great job!Β  Thank you Brenda for sharing your cards and talent with all of our kids! πŸ™‚

One more guest to squeeze in today:)Β  My last guest is a repeat sender from IN, Donna Wakefield:)Β  Donna has her own blog that you can visit, click here to go there:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERADonna has sent a wide variety of cards, but you all know how I love when you use the same papers, or images and make them look different! πŸ™‚Β  So take a look at these penguins and trees!Β  The penguins are just adorable and these 2 cards look very different, both are great! πŸ™‚Β  And how about the trees?Β  Same tree, two different ways with color! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere are some similar papers and layouts, with totally different images!Β  I love all of these, but look at those cut kitties! πŸ™‚Β  Nice coloring by Donna! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOk, these cards are all different and unique in their own ways, but take a look at Yoda, is that not too funny! ?Β  Some kid is really going to get a laugh out of that one! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMy last cards for tonight, and they are traditional colors:)Β  All great cards, totally different, wonderful colors and images! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Donna for always doing a great job for our kids here at Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚


Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration! πŸ™‚Β  Also check out the cards on our challenge blog! πŸ™‚Β  This week is Winter Fun For Kids! πŸ™‚Β  I hope you see you all again soon! πŸ™‚






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