SAS4Kids Christmas in July Blog Hop

Two weeks and here I am again! 🙂  Today is a special day, we have our Blog Hop today! 🙂  I’m so excited and I hope you are too! 🙂


Christmas in July Challenge and Blog Hop Celebrating our 175th Challenge!

Welcome to our huge blog hop and celebration of Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175th Challenge! The theme of our blog hop is Christmas in July 4 Kids because it is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals we now serve. We would love for each child to receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick some for special medical staff or loved ones they are missing during the holiday season.

We have 17 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning just by leaving a comment. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting on the blog post on our SAS4Kids blog and also by entering the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.

Here is a list of all our wonderful sponsors and the prizes that you could win:

Kitchen Sink Stamps $25 gift certificate
Sparkle N Sprinkle  $5 gift code
Fred She Said $10 gift certificate
Motion Crafts by Uchi’s Designs 3 prize packages each with 1 die set and 1 stamp set $35 value each
Bugaboo $12 gift code
Tonic Studios USA Six Tonic Studios Paper Trimmers (159e)
Stampendous Five prizes: CRS5101/DCS5010 Rose Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, CRS5067/DCS5067 Hydrangea Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, DCP1009 Spring Borders Cutting Dies Set, DCP1007 Build a Wreath Cutting Dies Set, DCP1008 Pop Up Stages Cutting Dies Set
Paper Nest Dolls Two prizes of 3 digis each of the winner’s choice plus one free digi for a commenter on each blog that uses a Paper Nest Dolls image
Doodles Paper Playground Four prizes of one package of Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends sequin mixes
White Rose Crafts  Gorjuss Tweed Craft Card Compendium (makes 24 cards – retails at $16.99)
Dies R Us $15 gift code
Cheapo Dies (owned by an American I know) $15 gift code
All Dressed Up Stamps – two digital stamps
Janet Kay Bailey – three Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set

Here are the rules for this blog hop:

**You do not need to comment on every stop of the blog hop to have a chance to win a prize. One comment on any of the blogs or on the main SAS4Kids blogpost qualifies you to win one of the prizes on that blog. If you leave a comment on each stop, you will have earned 17 chances to win a prize, and if you enter a card in the Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge, you will also earn a chance to win one of 8 random prizes there.

**You MUST have an USA mailing address to qualify to win any of the prizes. We apologize to any of our readers outside of the USA, but this is a requirement to win any of the prizes in this blog hop and in the Christmas in July challenge.

**The blog hop will start July 21st at 8:00 a.m. CST and continue until July 31st at midnight CST. When the blog hop is done, all the winners will be drawn randomly from the commenters on each blog and on the main blog, and announced on the SAS4Kids blog on August 4th and on each individual blog. If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

**The Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge at SAS4Kids will run from July 21st until August 3rd at Noon CST (as is typical of our two week challenges.) You can qualify for one of 8 prizes by entering a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child following the rules of all of our challenges found in the page above. The prizes will be awarded by random drawing and announced with the rest of the winners on August 4th on our blog.

We are so happy to have some of the volunteers who collect and distribute cards to our many children’s hospitals as well as some TEAM SAS alumni and previous Top Three winners join the SAS4Kids TEAM SAS in this blog hop!


Now, on to some cards! 🙂  I have two cards from one of our sponsors, Fred She Said Designs 🙂  This link goes right to the page of this set called Christmas Poinsettia Packs: Red or Blue 🙂

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This first card was made with items in the pack, except for the shiny gold medallion behind the flower.  The medallion is from Stampin’ Up!, it’s retired, but I had a few left over from last year.  It’s just an idea how you can make the pack items look a little different.  I also used Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock for my base layer 🙂


This is the second card I made using the Christmas Poinsettia Pack, from Fred She Said 🙂  I’m sorry, parts of this look a little blurry to me 😦  I hope you all can see it okay 🙂  I used just the Poinsettia from the pack and mounted the whole thing of Stampin’ Up! Real Red.  The black paper is from Carta Bella, Christmas Delivery paper pack #2.  Nope, I don’t have it sitting around, I bought it from Snap Click Supply.  It’s a digital paper pack, and it printed out beautifully on Canon, Matte, photo paper.

Behind the black designer paper is just some Stampin’ Up! Basic Black. For the Memory Box, Holly Vine, I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green. I used a set by Avery Elle called Winter Woodland Wonders for the “Merry Christmas” sentiment. Lastly, I used a retired embellishment for the middle of my flower from Stampin’ Up!

The Poinsettia was so easy to cut out once it was printed, also on Canon, Matte, photo paper.  This card shows that you can take items you have sitting around, add a FSS Christmas Poinsettia and you have a beautiful card! 🙂

Now, I will be giving away, free, to one of my commenters, one of two Stampin’ Up! Party Pandas stamp sets! 🙂  All you have to do is make a comment on my blog and you will be entered to win! 🙂

I made a card for this occasion, the set is usually for Birthdays, but I saw a panda with a Christmas hat somewhere and thought it was so cute! 🙂


I used Stampin’ Up!  Real Red cardstock.  The tree is from Peaceful Pines, the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments, The hat is from Jolly Friends, it also had a punch for the hat, and of course, the panda is from Party Pandas, all sets from Stampin’ Up! I believe they are all retired, but Stampin’ Up! has a lot of sets that are similar and the new Holiday catalog will be coming out before you know it! 🙂

I cut down the hat and white hat band, it was a little too big, but it helped to have the punch 😉  The panda actually has a card in his hand.  I cut out his arms and made a little Christmas gift and colored it with Stampin’ Up! markers.  I drew the bow right onto his lower face 😉  The inks I used were Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red and Early Espresso on the tree trunk.

I am personally supplying 3 Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  One on Dena’s blog and 2 on my blog.  I have two sets of Party Pandas 🙂  These were very popular and very cute! 🙂


I enjoyed making all these cards and encourage you to check out Fred She Said and Stampin’ Up!


Thank you so much for supporting Send a Smile 4 Kids and our wonderful sponsors of this blog hop. Good luck in the drawings! Leave a comment here and hop for more chances at many prizes.

THE NEXT STOP IS: Anne Slattery


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Filed under Blog Candy, Christmas, Digital Images, Fred She Said, Kids, Memory Box Dies, Punches, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!, Uncategorized

47 responses to “SAS4Kids Christmas in July Blog Hop

  1. texasredhead

    This is so much fun!! I love these cards. Thanks for all you do for kids!

  2. sharonhuffman

    Janet how creative of you to transform that panda into a Santa! Great way to use what you have! Thank you for all that you do to help cheer up the kiddos!

  3. Lenora Scott

    Beautiful cards. I appreciate what you do for the children and also what you do for us as cardmakers.

  4. Denise Bryant

    Gorgeous cards with the poinsettia designs! Love the Real red color you used for the cardstock bases on them and the print papers! Beautiful details! Amd the panda is absolutely adorable! Very fun card!

  5. khasheck

    Super cute cards! Thanks for all you did to make the blog hop a success!

  6. Lillian A

    I love the poinsettias, Janet, and the second one with the darker backdrop really makes it POP. Of course, I’m a sucker for cute bears, so your panda’s adorable and I can see why this set’s been popular. You work so hard at volunteering and crafting and making deliveries — I’m in awe and amazed at all you do, but am so appreciative there are those as dedicated as you – and, I’m sure the children really are grateful, too, for the smiles.

  7. Jill

    Awesome cards, Janet. I like the way you add little touches that make the designs different. Great new use of the panda.

  8. Loving the Panda and poinsettia card very much — happy to have found this challenge -have a blessed week!

  9. cathy

    Beautiful cards. I love them all!

  10. Janet, your poinsettias are gorgeous. Love that penguin in the Santa hat. Will have to give that a try.

  11. I have the Panda set but never thought of making it a Christmas panda–how clever and fun for kids. Thanks for the idea

  12. Always love the red and green for Christmas, your cards are very inspiring and I must get started on some myself. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Kelly Breese

    What a cute way to use the Panda in such a unique way! I love when card makers think outside of the box and can utilize “non=traditional” Christmas stamps to make such awesome cards!

  14. Stephanie Johnson

    The panda card is absolutely darling!

  15. Brenda Zellner

    Great cards. Thanks for all you do

  16. Nancy Boatwright

    These are all wonderful, Janet Kay. I so need to get busy making cards for Christmas. I have 116 on my list for this year so far. Hard to think about Christmas when it is 95 degrees and 100% humidity. 🙂

  17. How different the poinsettia cards are even though they are made with the same stamp!

  18. Erica Lang

    The poinsettas have so much depth!! Beautiful!

  19. Jennifer Kubo

    The red poinsettia card is stunning. The floral black background makes the card pop!

  20. Hi Janet! Your poinsettia cards are so pretty! I love the gold medallion behind the poinsettia on your first card and the black background of the paper makes the colors so vibrant and rich on the second card. Two great looks from that one image! The panda is adorable in his Santa hat – such a cute idea! Big hugs.

  21. Love the idea of printing on photo paper.

  22. Karen Peterson

    What beautiful cards you made! Makes me want to get all my stuff out and start making Christmas cards!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Thank you ladies for all your wonderful comments! 🙂

  24. Paula Kysilka

    Janet, that panda is too cute. Love this card. Thank you for all your efforts to get the donations of “heartfelt” cards to so many hospitals.

  25. Kate Deignan

    Cute idea with the panda! I would have never thought of that!!

  26. Holly Blaskie

    Janet, Wow! Your cards are great! I think my favorite is the 2nd one. I’m loving how vibrant the contrasting colors are. Very sharp!!! I love how the poinsettia in both cards looks like it has depth to it, with the color shading. Thanks for the first card, as I wondered what a Christmas card would look like when using that creamy yellow color. It looks so warm, welcoming & cozy! And that panda looks so darling cute wearing a Santa hat!!! Great example of how versatile card making can be! Thanks for sharing!!!

  27. Janet, These are two great cards that are going to bring huge holiday smiles to their recipients! Thanks for ALL you do for SAS4Kids. Shipper, DTer, FB guru… You totally rock!!!

  28. Dana M

    Gorgeous cards! The panda is absolutely adorable. Such a fantastic cause!

  29. Sherry

    Your cards are very bright and cheerful!!

  30. Dolores

    Beautiful cards, love the poinsetta’s and also the neat panda card.

  31. Janet
    these are great cards. I love digital paper and this is some nice designs. Very cute what you did with the Pandas. Thanks for all you do for SAS4Kids

  32. Garlene Petersen

    These are so cute. I want to put a hat on my pandas too. What good ideas you provide.

  33. Sue D

    Pretty poinsettia cards and adorable panda.

  34. Love the poinsettia cards, Janet. Thank you for all your help getting me started!

  35. What pretty cards! I love that poinsettia card with the black patterned paper…talk about jump off the page! Adorable cards!

  36. Such neat cards! I especially love how you altered the panda stamp to make him look more Christmas-y. Great designs, too! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  37. Deborah A Love

    The second poinsettia card is gorgeous!

  38. Elizabeth K. Hart

    Love your gorgeous poinsettia cards – the red is so pretty and vibrant. Plus, who wouldn’t love that darling panda all dressed up for the holidays in his cute santa hat.

  39. The poinsettias on your cards are very striking. Beautifully colored. The panda with a Christmas package is a great idea. So kind of you to offer two sets as prizes. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Debi

  40. What a cute little penguin! I just love the poinsettia cards and the red one with the black floral backround reminds me so much of a Christmas quilt!

  41. Hi Janet, Fabulous Christmas beauties.
    Berni, Alumni

  42. MaryM

    Beautiful cards 🙂

  43. Yeah!!! This “hopping” is seriously inspiring!

  44. Marsha D

    Especially love the poinsettia cards. Beautiful.

  45. Gorgeous cards! You’re going to bring many happy smiles!
    Hugs, Joy

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