Monthly Archives: February 2016

Merry Monday #193, SAS4Kids, Guests

Just in case you haven’t noticed, Merry Monday is a Christmas Challenge all year:)  Just in case you were wondering why I keep mixing Christmas with other holidays;)  So yes, today, I’ve made a Christmas card, actually, I’ve made three!  I’m going to be entering one of them into the challenge at Merry Monday #193🙂


This is the card I will be entering.



For this card I used a digital image from Raspberry Road Designs. I used the Small Stitched Rectangles from Lawn Fawn to cut my image, and an embossing folder from Sizzix.

The background paper is Real Red from Stampin’ Up!  I also used silver Glimmer Paper from Stampin’ Up!  This card is Simply Made with very few products:)

The next two cards are also Simply Made with almost the same products:)

This is also a Raspberry Road Designs digital image, I just rotated the image. When I was taking photos of the cards I realized you can’t rotate the words;)  The digital sets are older, so if anyone would like to know what sets they’re from, please leave a reply:)

I used the same Real Red cardstock, embossing folder and cutting dies. I also added some Wink of Stella that you can now get from Stampin’ Up!  I used the clear glitter, and it adds a really nice shimmer to the cards.  I did use gold Glimmer Paper:)

I’ve tried to take a couple of photos to show the Wink of Stella.


Oh, there it is, can you see it?  I used it on the swirly decorations, the gold stars, and the Holly leaf outlines.  It actually looks much nicer in hand;)


Now it’s on to Easter! 🙂  My first guest is Deborah Caldwell from MI:)  Deborah is fairly new to my hospitals, but she has already been featured here once before:)

These are so cute!  Fun colors and papers for the kids! 🙂

More bright and cheerful cards! 🙂


I love the egg paper on both of these, cutting a strip behind the bunny is a great idea! 🙂  Thank you Deborah for donating to our kids, these cards will be loved! 🙂

My next guest is Ruby Haugen from MN:)  Ruby sent in 20 Easter cards, but when she found out I could use more, she sent in 10 more:)  How sweet is she?!

Ruby uses adorable images that she colors with, from what I can tell, mostly colored pencils:)  Here are some similar images for boys and girls:)

Wonderful papers and colors!  On the right are two of the same images with different papers and layouts.  You know I love when card makers do this! 🙂

All of these cards came from the first set Ruby sent in:) If you look closely, you can see she made all her own envelopes in pretty pastels and brights! 🙂

Here are the cards from the second set:)

Here she’s used brights and pastels!  I love the plaids and dots! 🙂


I love the colors and papers on these two cards!  Plaids are my favorite and the colored stripes on the yellow background are just so pretty! 🙂  Ruby didn’t make the envelopes this time, but she put stripes of paper to match the cards on the envelopes:)

Thank you Ruby, I love all your cards and I know the kids will too! 🙂  I have such generous card makers on my team, I appreciate all of you! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope you got some inspiration from all of the cards! 🙂  You can visit SAS4Kids own blog challenge here🙂  I hope to see you again soon! 🙂



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Doodle Pantry #14, SAS4Kids, Guests

It seems I’ve settled into posting once a week, but I’m going to try and post twice a week:)  It’s just so darn busy around here!  With 7 people in one apartment, we just seem to recycle all the germs! 😦

Anyway, I’m going to enter this card in the challenge at Doodle Pantry, ANTS IN MY PANTRY DIGITAL CHALLENGE 14.   Also, at our own, SAS4Kids, Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge.



I actually made this card for my brother’s birthday.  My “baby” brother just turned 57, so hard to believe!  I like this card so much, I’m going to make more than a couple of them for the kids! 🙂

I used an image from Doodle Pantry, they are one of our sponsors over at our SAS4Kids challenge! 🙂  This image is called Sweet Stuff and it’s free with any purchase! 🙂 The stripe paper is also in the kit with other candies and papers:)

I used a number of Stampin’ Up! products and I will list them in this paragraph.  Embossing folder Large Polka Dot, cardstock, Real Red & Daffodil Delight, Stamp set A Round Array,  with circle punches 1″ round, 7/8″ scallop, and for the inside I used the 1/2″ circle punch for the gumballs, and Smoky Slate ink pad.

The little blue gumball was cut from one of the papers I printed from the DP kit:)

Now on to some guests! 🙂  I have quite a collection tonight of mixed cards and some Easter:)  My first guest is Robin Hayworth from NY:)  Robin is a retired Dr. and her cards are clean & simple! 🙂


Aren’t these cute, I love them all!  These are great cards for not only the younger ones but up into the next age group:)  Great encouragement cards!

I love all the colors on these, bright and fun! 🙂

Here are some that would be great for the older kids!  The flowers look hand painted! 🙂 Thank you Robin for these great cards! 🙂

My next guest is Kayla Ford from IL, my home state:)  Kayla is going to knock you out with her colors and papers!

What did I tell you, bright and fun!  🙂

Even the “plain” kite card is adorable!  These cards will bring sunshine to any room!  Thank you Kayla for sharing your talent with our kids! 🙂

Jill Blasche from TX is next, she has been with me since I started and I love how I can ask her to make cards a certain way, and she does 🙂

Jill has a lot of sentiment stamps that I love!  Look how different these cards are!

I had asked Jill to make some cards for teen boys, aren’t these great! ?  Not girly at all!

I hope you get a kick out of the ones on the left:)  My grandson, 4, colored these dinos, and I showed Jill, she asked if Lawrence would color some for her, and here they are!  I think she did an awesome job, and so does Lawrence! 🙂  On the right, the tea cup card, has some beautiful gold stitching across the center, and I sent her the rose.  It’s new from Stampin’ Up! the stamp set is called Rose Wonder, but all I used was the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  I used my Big Shot to cut it out of white card stock, then I colored it with Blendabilities (retired).  I love the way Jill put it on the sparkly craft cardstock and embossed it with dots all over! 🙂  Thank you Jill, for sharing with our kids and being a wonderful friend! 🙂

This post is getting pretty long, so one more guest, Ruby Taylor, from MS:)

These are so cute and bright, Ruby made several of each design, so more kids can enjoy them! 🙂  Thank you Ruby and all of my card makers, you are talented and generous! 🙂  I appreciate every single one of you! 🙂  I’m excited every time I get a box to share with our kids! 🙂

Thank you everyone who has stopped by today to visit, I appreciate you too! 🙂  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the cards and maybe got some inspiration for your own cards.  Please visit our sponsor, Doodle Pantry, and our SAS4Kids challenge blog! 🙂  Hope to see you again soon!




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Merry Monday #191, Valentines, SAS4Kids

I think this is going to be a long post loaded with card photos today! 🙂  I’m starting this Sat. night, we’ll see if I get done before Sunday;) lol

First, I have the card I made for Merry Monday #191.  Actually, I made three, everyone kept coming by my desk and saying “try it this way”.  Good grandma that I am, I agreed:)  Here’s their challenge this week:)



The one on the left, is the one I wanted, until I made it and then the snow seemed too big:(  The one on the right, my younger granddaughter wanted with the bunny:)


This is the one my older granddaughter wanted me to make.  I really like her idea so this is the one I’m going to enter in the challenge:)  I used some digital images from three different artists on Etsy.  For the base, I used Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist:)

Now, because Sunday is Valentine’s Day, all of my guests have sent in Valentine’s for Send A Smile 4 Kids to share! 🙂  My first guest is Sandy Borsheim of MN.  Sandy has sent in cards a number of times:)



I think by now, everyone knows my fondness for cards that are the same, but different;)  Same images, different papers:)

My next guest has also sent cards a number of times, Brenda Zellner of WI:)



I don’t know where Brenda gets her images, but they’re very cute! 🙂

All of my guests today have sent in more cards than I’m showing!  I’m choosing samples from a number of card makers to make sure more of our Valentine’s get shown, before I start Easter:)

So we’re on to Deborah Caldwell of MI:)



All of the cute animals holding hearts are from Doodle Pantry, they’re from a set called With Heart.


Here’s another animal from With Heart, and the basket of hearts is from Spring Trimmings🙂


One last set from With Heart. Not only did Deborah send Valentine’s, she sent some misc. cards and some Easter that I’ll show soon:)

Cyndie Reis of CA is my next guest, she sent 5 cards, but they’re all great!  Here are the two Valentine’s she sent:)


These are so darn cute, I love them both! 🙂

My last guest for today is Lee Mae Elkins of WA:)  Lee Mae has only sent me cards a few times, but they’re always nice:)



I don’t know where Lee Mae gets her images either, but they sure are cute! 🙂



Lee Mae has cards for boys and girls:)




I hope you got a ton of ideas from all these wonderful cards! 🙂  Thank you ladies, all of you, for sharing your time and talents with our kids! 🙂  I appreciate every single one of my card makers!  It doesn’t mater to me if you send 5 cards or 100, you are an important part of what we do at SAS4Kids, thank you! 🙂

I want to thank everyone who’s stopped by to enjoy all of these wonderful cards! 🙂  I hope you come again!  I don’t have very many Easter cards yet, but I’ll be sharing what I do have and I have lots of misc. cards to share if I run out of Easter! 🙂

Stop by Merry Monday and the SAS4Kids challenge blog, lots more to see! 🙂



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The Friday Mashup #242, Valentines

Hmmm, I was hoping that when I came back, so would the “old” way to add a post.  No such luck:(  I’m forging ahead with the “new” way to add a blog post, so I hope it goes faster than last time:)

Welcome back! 🙂 I have another card and I have a guest as well:)  So first off, I have my card that I made for the Friday Mashup #242.


The Mashup Challenge this week is:
  • Create a project for your Valentine.
  • Create a project featuring a Candy image.
  • or Mash it Up!! and create a V-day Candy themed project


I didn’t take this photo straight on so it looks a little strange, at least to me;)  Everything is actually straight and even:)  I made this card with Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge (retired), Rose Red & Blushing Bride ink, and a stamp that I know is Stampin’ Up!, but I’m not sure of the set.

The main image is from Fred She Said called Valentine’s Day-Better than ChocolateBehind the heart, I used Baked Brown Sugar, and the background cardstock is Blushing Bride, both by Stampin’ Up!  A little different from me, but I love the finished card! 🙂


My guest today is a repeat sender, Vicki Luebke of IN:)  Vicki sent a few Valentine’s in this box, but mostly she sent Winter themed cards:)  Because I made a card with Fred She Said today, I’m going to show you her Winter cards because she also used a lot of Fred She Said images:)

All of the Fred She Said images are listing in the shop under Christmas, here is the main link:)

Aren’t these cute?!  I love when the same image is used in different ways!  This is called Emma the Skating ElfI also love that she used 4 of the 6 colors available in the set! 🙂

On the left is Emma the Snow Angel.  This was a special request by me for Tracey the shop owner, wasn’t that sweet of her?!  I love it! 🙂  On the right is Catchin’ Flakes, this one reminds me of my brother when he was small:)

The image on the left is Hat Tipping Snowman, and the one on the right is Winter WestieMost of these sets also come with the plain digi that you can color yourself:)  Vicki has done a great job with her designs! Even though the snowmen have the same layout, they look very different:)  All of these cards are great! Even if they went to kids in the same hospital on the same unit, each child would feel they have a special card!


I have a lot of FSS images!  I think this is the first image I bought, and it’s still my favorite, this is Emma the Hugger! I, myself, have used this image many times, it just makes me happy! 🙂

I have a few more from Vicki I’d like to share:)

Vicki does an excellent job of making encouraging cards, and they’re so cute! 🙂

Aren’t these adorable?!  I believe all these images are from Dollar Graphics Depot.  All of their images are only one dollar!  I love Vicki’s clean and simple designs! 🙂


These are the last images for Vicki today.  Both of these images are rubber stamps from Stampin’ Up! (retired).  Thank you Vicki for sharing your talents with our kids!  All of these cards will be donated to hospitals through Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂

Thank you to Vicki and all card makers who make and send cards for our kids! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today, even if you don’t send cards, I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration for your own cards! 🙂  Hope to see you again soon! 🙂




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