Category Archives: Fall-Autumn

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! πŸ™‚ Β  Maybe I can even make another card and have two cards this week!Β  I can always dream! lol

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



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

The paper on the left is from Stampin’ Up!, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.Β  I also cut the little cottage out of another sheet of paper from the same series.Β  I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red, and Early Espresso card stock.Β  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.Β  The current holiday catalog runs until Jan. 3, 2017, but may run short close to the end.Β  You can contact me to purchase Stampin’ Up! products πŸ™‚

Do I have guest cards today?Β  Of course I do! πŸ™‚Β  First up is Ann Williams of TX πŸ™‚

Thank you Ann for these wonderful Halloween cards! πŸ™‚

Next is Nanci Simmons of FL πŸ™‚

Thank you Nanci, great non-scary cards for our kids! πŸ™‚

Next up is Janelle Klapperich of SD πŸ™‚

Thank you Janelle for the Halloween and the great Fall cards as well ! πŸ™‚

One more set of cards for today from Debbie Eassy of PA πŸ™‚

Thank you Debbie, wonderful cards for the kids to enjoy! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚

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

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you can come by again soon! πŸ™‚




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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! πŸ™‚Β  You can order now if you’re interested, I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator! πŸ™‚

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the beginnings of Fall ! πŸ™‚Β  I love Fall and I have a number of cards to share with you today! πŸ™‚

First is my card for the Doodle Pantry sponsorship of Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  I will enter it in both blogs πŸ™‚


Hmmm, it looks blurry here, but if you click to enlarge, it looks just fine πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚Β  To make the card, I used Thinlits-Circle Card die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!Β  It’s so easy to make this cute card ! πŸ™‚


Now for some fun SAS4Kids donor cards! πŸ™‚Β  First I want to show some cards from my friend,Β  Jill Blasche of TX πŸ™‚Β  She has made some great examples of Fall themed cards that aren’t Halloween.Β  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 πŸ™‚

Ok, the orange one looks kind of Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be πŸ˜‰Β  Both cards are made two ways.Β  On the orange card, it’s made with googly eyes on the left, and on the right, it has just card stock eyes.Β  On the leaf card, on the right, you can see she used some string and a button.Β  On the left there is a paper button and just a strip of card stock in brown.Β  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.Β  The black card on the left has ribbon, and the one on the right has card stock that looks like a ribbon πŸ™‚Β  The pumpkin card has a nice Fall theme, with a general sentiment.Β  the one on the right has ribbon and three gems.Β  The one on the right has green card stock and three punched holes to represent gems, very clever πŸ™‚

Two more that look like Halloween, but have general sentiments, and two more that are very Fall looking πŸ™‚

Four general cards included in the box, I love the birds! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Jill for all these wonderful cards! πŸ™‚

Next I have cards from Diane Herniman from ON, Canada πŸ™‚Β  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 πŸ™‚

All card fronts, gorgeous photos! πŸ™‚

On the left are two fronts and on the right is the envelope and card front πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Diane for your beautiful cards! πŸ™‚

Next is Yara Baird from WA,and she has a blog you can visit HERE.Β  Yara may have sent to other volunteers at SAS4Kids, but she is new to me πŸ™‚ Yara has sent in a wide variety in her box! πŸ™‚

Summer all the way to New Year! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Yara for your wonderful cards! I know the kids will enjoy these cards! πŸ™‚

I know, it’s a long blog, but I’ve been gone a while πŸ˜‰Β  One last donor, and that is Vicki Luebke of IN πŸ™‚Β  Vicki sends in a lot of cards, she is really good with encouragement cards! πŸ™‚

Great cards, Vicki, wonderful selection! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Vicki for your continued support of our kids! πŸ™‚

All of the card makers on my team are talented and generous!! πŸ™‚Β  I couldn’t do my job without all of you! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚Β  I hope to be back soon with a brain that’s not filled with oatmeal!



Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Christmas, Doodle Pantry, Fall-Autumn, Guests, Halloween, Kids, Send a smile 4 kids, Uncategorized, Winter

Merry Monday #176, Freshly Made #209, and a tribute to a cardmaker

I have a lot to share with you tonight!Β  Two cards and then a tribute to a fellow cardmaker with lots of card photos!Β Β  First, I have a need for some very simple cards to send on behalf of Send A Smile 4 Kids.Β  I’ve made two to share with you tonight, the first one if for Merry Monday #176. I know if you go to their page, the title is very confusing, because this is #176, but the page says #175.Β  I know it’s #176 because I entered #175 last week;)

Merry Monday #176

I found this challenge, well, a challenge.Β  I was over thinking what I wanted to do.Β  I keep thinking I should add more, but that would defeat my purpose of a simple card.Β  Did I mention I was asked to make cards with no embellishments?

aSDC18018For this card, I cut some of the new Red Foil paper from Stampin’ Up!Β  I cut the paper A2 size and then used a die to cut out the center, creating a frame for the rest of the card.Β  Now here is where you might be confused.Β  The image is a pre colored digital image.Β  Actually, everything, including the black “chalkboard” are all digital images.

I printed the “chalkboard” with a white border around it, then added my “frame”.Β  The black is actually much blacker in hand, not so white and the colors pop more than I was able to get in my photo:(Β  But, you can see the shimmer on the left side of my foil paper;)

FMS Final 209-001Yep, here’s where I got my inspiration;)

aSDC18022But I made two cards! πŸ™‚Β  This card will be entered into the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #209. This is what I did with the center of my “frame”.Β  The same info applies to this card, all digital! πŸ˜‰Β  Now if you’ve never made a digital card, please don’t think it’s an easy way out!Β  Even with this simple design, I had tons of problems! 😦  I tried to print both on one piece of paper, but the program said I had used too much memory, so I deleted one whole card!Β  Still wouldn’t print, and it wouldn’t save either!!Β  I had to close the program and start all over!Β  How frustrating!Β  Then it would only let me do one card image, so I had to print one, and then flip the paper over and print again!

I don’t give up that easily!Β  It did let me save the last one so I can make more if I would like to:)Β  Maybe with added snowflakes, but I’ll have to stamp them because the program wouldn’t let me do that either! Modern conveniences to help make our lives easier, right?! lol


This next section is my tribute to the mother of one of my friends and fellow cardmakers.Β  My friend, Jill Blasche, who has sent many cards for SAS4Kids, sent in a large box which included a good number of cards from her mother, Helen Matrisciani.Β  I emailed Jill when the cards arrived and she told me her mother had a fall and was in the hospital:(

I kept in touch with Jill over the next few days, and her mother had come home and seemed to be getting better.Β  Then I didn’t hear anything for a few days, and I was worried.Β  I sent a message to Jill and found out her mother had passed:(Β  I don’t know all the details and it doesn’t really matter. Someone I cared about had lost her mother, I was so incredibly sad! 😦  It’s difficult to know what to say or do:(Β  How do you help?Β  All I could do was pray for my friend and her family.

I lost my mother only a year and a half ago, I understand how hard it is! 😦  Jill lived very near her mother, they did lots of things together!  Jill wanted me to express how much she treasured her time doing things with her mother! They loved making cards together and would share ideas back and forth.  Jill said that her mother gave her her love of art and crafts:) Jill said her mother was a very giving person, and I believe it! Helen was 93 years young when she passed.  I believe she will be missed by many, and remembered with love!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALooking at Helen’s cards, I can see where Jill gets her talent for using the same images or paper and making the cards very different!Β  The paper on the ghost card is the same as the skeleton only turned sideways.Β  And look at the two skeletons, both are very different cards using a very similar image.Β  Jill was a little embarrassed that I had said she uses the same paper, but actually, I am very impressed!Β  It’s a talent to use the same images or papers and make your cards look different!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAnother example, lots of similar images, but different papers and layouts! πŸ™‚



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these fun?!Β  Helen truly sent cards for all ages! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI love these Halloween pumpkins, lots of color!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese are the last four cards I’m sharing.Β  Helen sent in an incredible 78 cards! πŸ™‚Β  I love this orange hats floating in the air and the cards on the right are bright and shiny with lots of glitter glue that won’t come off! πŸ™‚Β  What an amazing group of cards and they have already been shipped out to my hospitals, I know they will be loved by our kids!

It’s truly not what we take with us, it’s what we leave behind.Β  Loving children with handed down gifts and memories to last forever! πŸ™‚

Hugs and prayers, Jill!







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Freshly Made #208, The Friday Mashup #230 & SAS4Kids

I got another card made! πŸ™‚Β  And, I’m going to enter it into two different challenges!Β  The first one is Freshly Made Sketches #208, the second one isΒ  The Friday Mashup #230.

FMS Final 208-001FM230F

This week’s Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project featuring Donuts or Baked Goods.
  • Create a project with a Friendship Theme.
  • or Mash it Up!Β and create a Friendship themed project with Donuts.






This is so sad, I have no donuts:(Β  So I substituted baked goods:)

aaSDC17964I wanted to meet the both of the challenge rules and still make a card that a child will love.Β  I think I did it! πŸ™‚Β  What kid isn’t going to love Gingerbread cookies?Β  The central image and the background paper are digital images from Raspberry Road Designs.Β  The set I used is called Christmas Tradition, I used two sets, the Paper and the Side Clusters Set 1.Β  The sentiment, which I thought was perfect, I found in a set called Fancy Pie, from Doodle Pantry.

I can’t remember what die I used for the circle, but the oval punches are both Stampin’ Up!Β  I also used Stampin’ Up! Real Red and Garden Green cardstock.Β  The sequins are Stampin’ Up! and I used some Dazzling Details on the snowflake.Β  Of course, this card was approved by my grandchildren;)


Even though I didn’t use a stamp set on this card, I’d like to mention that Stampin’ Up! is having a 15% off sale on stamp sets next week Oct. 19th thru Oct. 23rd.Β  I’d be happy to order some sets for you is you don’t have a demonstrator:)Β  If you have a demonstrator, be sure to ask about the 15% off sale! πŸ™‚


Now, I just can’t walk away from Halloween yet;)Β  I have a special guest today from Canada, Diane Herniman! πŸ™‚Β  Diane makes cards like I’ve never seen!Β  All my cardmakers are special, I love all their different styles! πŸ™‚Β  Diane’s cards are just another different style:)Β  I couldn’t copy them if I tried!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the envelope and the back of the card.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the card opened, I took two different views.Β  The little mummy pops up with a little side panel with a bat.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the front of the card, isn’t it great? !Β  I love the whole card, it’s already been sent to one of my hospitals:)Β  I know someone is going to love it! πŸ™‚



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the back on the left and the center on the right.



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOf course, this is the front, great card! πŸ™‚



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe is the back, I love how Diane matches the puzzles to the cards!Β  Do you see the gems on the bottom of the card back?Β  The inside is great too!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the card front, is that wonderful?!Β  All of Diane’s cards are different! πŸ™‚





SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI’m sorry the back is so blurry, but the cards are all shipped already and I can’t redo:(Β  But you can see that a cat card is coming up, right?Β  Look at the inside of this one, very detailed:)



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at this great cat!Β  Isn’t it awesome?!


One more card to go!



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERADiane makes all her own envelopes, they’re all different too! πŸ™‚Β  And here is the back, are you guessing a spider is coming your way?


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the center, it’s an easel card!Β  Isn’t this great?!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the card opened all the way and the front.Β  Diane has such a great imagination! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Diane for these wonderful cards, I know the kids will love them! πŸ™‚


Well, that’s the end of the cards for tonight, I hope you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚Β  Thanks for coming by today, I’m always glad to have you! πŸ™‚Β  Come back again soon to see more cards! πŸ™‚

All of these cards will be sent to my Illinois hospitals donated through Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  Be sure to check out our challenge blog, get card ideas, enter to win a prize, and be sure to send your cards in to one of our volunteers! πŸ™‚




Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Christmas, Doodle Pantry, Fall-Autumn, Freshly Made, Friday Mashup, Guests, Halloween, Kids, Punches, Raspberry Road Designs, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!, Uncategorized, Winter

Merry Monday #175 & SAS4Kids

I got another card done, only took me three days! lolΒ  With all that goes on here, it’s a wonder I ever get a card done!Β  I’m actually working 3 different cards that are kind of the same, only not, if you know what I mean;)Β  Anyway….I did finish one of them and I thought I would enter it in the challenge over at Merry Monday #175, and it’s done before the last day, yay! πŸ™‚Β  Here is their challenge for this week:

Merry Monday #175aSDC17953Hmmm, now that I’m looking at it here, it looks like I followed the photo almost like a sketch.Β  That’s really strange, because the other cards I’m working on are totally different.Β  I chose this one because my granddaughters voted, they liked the plaid moose πŸ˜‰ lolΒ  I did too, it was not intentional on my part:)

I used two different digital images from Esty.Β  The background which is the trees with the tan color, and the plaid moose.Β  I added a small “snow” covering at the bottom from just some torn cardstock.Β  That layer was added to a Stampin’ Up! Real Red that was embossed with the Stampin’ Up! Tulip Embossing Folder.Β  Finally I put the whole thing onto a white card base.Β  I think it looks even better in hand;)Β  This card will be going into a box for Send A Smile 4 Kids, as will all the cards I showcase today! πŸ™‚


Yes, that means I have a guest today! πŸ™‚Β  Janelle Klapperich is from SD, she has sent many cards before to be shared with our kids at SAS4Kids! πŸ™‚Β  I believe Janelle has told me before what cutting machine she is using, but today, I can’t remember:(Β Β  I guess I should have written it down, maybe she’ll let us know:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOMGoodness, I have seen so many cute cards since volunteering for SAS4Kids! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook how adorable these are, the kids are going to love all of these! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAJanelle has used great papers with her cute images!Β  These trees are gorgeous for and older child or a parent! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI will have more of Janelle’s Christmas cards in a later post.Β  I thought I would show these two Fall cards to end with.Β  These are both just beautiful!Β  I love the papers, sentiments and the beautiful leaf embellishments!Β  I will still be sending out Fall and Thanksgiving cards for a while πŸ˜‰ Thank you Janelle for your wonderful cards and for thinking of our kids! πŸ™‚

Send A Smile 4 Kids has it’s own challenge blog that you can visit here for more ideas, or add your own card for a chance to win a prize! πŸ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards and will come back soon to see more! πŸ™‚






Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Christmas, Embossing folders, Fall-Autumn, Guests, Kids, Merry Monday, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!, Winter

Tis’ The Season…#52, Christmas that is

This week I mailed out to my hospitals, all my Halloween boxes of cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  I will still be accepting Thanksgiving and Fall cards, but it’s time to get in the mood for Christmas cards! πŸ™‚Β  It may seem early, but we need cards not just for the kids, but for the kids to give to their parents, siblings, favorite staff members! πŸ™‚Β  That’s a lot of Christmas cards! πŸ˜‰Β  Of course, there are the every day cards that can be made with Winter themes and colors! πŸ™‚Β  I love Christmas, I hope you do too! πŸ™‚

And, I made a Christmas card! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to enter it over at Tis’ The Season….#52.Β  I’ve never entered a challenge at TTS, so this should be fun! πŸ™‚Β  Their challenge is Christmas all year, this week they have a sketch.

ts52fFor those of you who know me, you will be surprised that I didn’t follow the sketch exactly, but I’m not far off;)

SDC17912You may also be surprised that I made a square card.Β  I almost never make square cards, but this design just worked out better that way:)Β  No, I didn’t make the bokeh by hand:(Β  I bought it on Esty, I’m not sure where, sorry:(Β  But I love it!Β  The vine is from Memory Box, as well as the ornament and the ornament background shape.Β  You may not be able to see it well, but the ornament was cut from Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, it’s beautiful! πŸ™‚

The ornament background was cut from Stampin’ Up! Red Foil Sheets, they’re in the new holiday catalog.Β  I also cut the berries from the Red Foil using my Owl Builder Punch.Β  The Owl Builder punch has so many uses, it’s amazing!Β  The Holly is also a Memory Box die, and I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green. The silver ribbon is also Stampin’ Up!

I’m very thrilled the way it turned out, especially since I was going to go another way at the beginning.Β  I couldn’t find the die I wanted to use, so I went with another die, and the whole concept changed:)Β  Life is just full of surprises! πŸ™‚

Now, I have even more inspiration for you with some guests!Β  First up is Vicki Luebke of IN!Β  Vicki is a repeat sender, and I love the way she makes cards that can easily go into an envelope and be mailed! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI actually love when cardmakers use the same papers and change the layouts and/or images! πŸ™‚Β  I love all of these, they’re so cute!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese 4 cards are all Fred She Said images, I love FSS! πŸ™‚Β  Here’s the store link for Emma the Hugger, but you can scroll through the Christmas list and find all of these images! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Vicki for all these wonderful Christmas cards! πŸ™‚Β  I know they’ll be loved whatever hospital gets them! πŸ™‚


Next I have Alissa McKinney from IN also:)Β  This is the first time Alissa has sent in cards to us, but she’s off to a good start!Β  Alissa has told me she bought a Silhouette Portrait, and she buys cards online to cut out her images.Β  I have a vague idea how this works, so I hope you understand:)


Alissa has used lots of designs and bright colors, perfect for kids!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these cute?!Β  Mugs of Coco and a fun Santa.Β  All of the main images are popped up.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAll of Alissa’s images are colorful and fun, but wait for the next ones!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at all these fun Santas enjoying the sunshine on the beach!Β  These are so cute!Β  I think the kids will have a good laugh when they image Santa taking a break from his work to go to the beach!Β  Thank you so much Alissa for these great cards!Β  I hope to see more of your cards in the future! πŸ™‚


Now because it is still Fall, I want to end with a few Fall cards also using Fred She Said images.Β  These cards are made by a repeat sender, Holly Blaskie from MI:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the link for Emma in the Leaves, that’s the one with the leaves in the air.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the link for Raking, I love both of these images and have used them quite a bit myself! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Holly for these great Fall cards for the kids, I know they’ll enjoy them! πŸ™‚

All of these cards will be going into boxes for Send A Smile 4 Kids!Β  Thank you to all the cardmakers who make this possible for the kids! πŸ™‚Β  SAS4Kids also has a challenge blog where you can enter a card or just check out what others are making! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  I’m thankful for your interest, even if you don’t send in cards;)Β  I hope you come again to see more cards for inspiration! πŸ™‚




Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Christmas, Emma, Fall-Autumn, Fred She Said, Guests, Kids, Memory Box Dies, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!, Tis' The Season, Uncategorized, Winter

The Paper Players #265 & Halloween guests for SAS4Kids

Okay, we’re winding down on the Halloween cards, but not tonight!Β  Tonight, I have three guests with cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  First, my card for the challenge over at the Paper Players #265πŸ™‚Β  It’s a Halloween challenge! πŸ™‚

pp265pumpkinThere were no guidelines, except to make a Halloween card.Β  I chose to make a Stampin’ Up! circle thinlits card.Β  I’ve been thinking about making this type of card for a few weeks.Β  Then some came in for SAS4Kids, and I knew I had to put one together! πŸ™‚Β  I even used one of the same papers:)

The card base is Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, and I used Motley Monsters DSP from last year for the right side.Β  The cute puppy and the moon are from Lawn Fawn, they come with matching dies.Β  The candy corn on the left I bought at Michaels at least a year ago, it’s all sparkly:)Β  My granddaughter approved this card, as a matter of fact, she wants to keep it! πŸ™‚Β  I guess I’ll have to make at least one more! πŸ˜‰


Now on to our guests!Β  My first guest is a repeat sender, Nancy Simmons, from FL:)Β  Nancy makes great cards and usually uses a lot of ribbon.Β  Today she has used Bakers Twine.Β  I’m only showing some of her cards.Β  She made a few designs but changed up the papers and sent multiples! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how I display them in my log book.Β  I keep track of everything! πŸ™‚Β  There are even more than this, but here are some close-ups:)


Nancy is another one of my cardmakers who is a wiz at changing papers around to make cards look different!Β  I’m not good at this, it takes me forever just to pick out one paper! lol

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these great?!Β  I know Nancy uses Stampin’ Up! products a lot of the time! πŸ™‚Β  I love all these cards, they’re fun and definitely not-too-scary! Thank you Nancy for the great cards! πŸ™‚


Next I have Tammy Gullett from IA:)Β  Tammy is also a repeat sender!Β  I love all my cardmakers, I have a great group! πŸ™‚ Tammy also sent some great cards! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhat fun cards, I know the kids won’t be afraid of these! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis a great Frankie card!Β  I’m sorry my photo is a little blurry, but I couldn’t take a new photo:(Β  All these cards have been packed in boxes and are ready to be mailed out this week:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere is Tammy’s card that gave me the idea to use the Stampin’ Up! DSP.Β  Tammy used a similar technique, but I can’t tell if she used the die I used.Β  These are all wonderful cards to share with our kids, Thank you Tammy for sending them in! πŸ™‚


My last guest today is Andrea La Vigne from TX:)Β  Andrea has her own blog πŸ™‚Β  Please visit Andrea’s Paper Antics for more details on her cards:)Β  I’ve linked the page for this card, because it’s awesome, but she has plenty of other cards that are great as well! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is an awesome shaped card with sequins inside! πŸ™‚Β  The kids are going to be jealous of whoever gets this one! lolΒ  Andrea tells how she made it on her blog, so be sure to check it out! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI love the papers Andrea uses, and her layouts are great too! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI love these 4 cards!Β  They are such gentle Halloween cards!Β  I know any age would appreciate these cards! πŸ™‚

Thank you Andrea for sharing your talents with us and the kids! πŸ™‚Β  Andrea is also a repeat sender:)

I don’t think I can thank my cardmakers enough for all they do for the kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  Check out the SAS4Kids challenge blog to see what other cardmakers are sending in for our hospitals! πŸ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  I appreciate everyone who visits my blog too! πŸ™‚ I hope you can come back again soon! πŸ™‚




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Friday Mashup #227, guests & SAS4Kids

Wow, I’m starting this post really early, about 4pm!Β  We’ll see if I get to finish, my grandson is taking a nap after a tough day at pre-school! lol

Today, I have lots to share:)Β  First is the card that I made.Β  I actually colored this image all by myself! lolΒ  Really, I did! πŸ™‚Β  I got a rubber stamp years ago, but every time it was Halloween, I couldn’t find it! 😦  I found it!! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to enter my card in the challenge over at the Friday Mashup #227. Β  I didn’t compare them side by side, but the image looks the same as my last challenge.


Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create aΒ project with Pumpkins.
  • Create a projectΒ using Die Cuts to create a Frame.Β 
  • or Mash it Up!Β and create a project with Pumpkins and a Die cut Frame

So some of you are expecting a card full of pumpkins.Β  Not today;)


aSDC17761There are three little pumpkins:)Β  And actually, on the original rubber stamp, there is only one pumpkin.Β  I added some pumpkins that I got from a friend who has a store called Dozens of Paper Cuts.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI actually couldn’t find the first rubber stamp, so I bought a second from Impression Obsession πŸ˜‰Β  lolΒ Β  I couldn’t find the second stamp until about a week ago!Β  Yes, the older I get, the more things I “misplace”, it’s so sad:(

For coloring I used markers and colored pencils.Β  I made black lines on my pumpkins with a pen and used marker to color the edges so my “new” pumpkins would look like the one already there:)Β  Not a lot of coloring, but a little time consuming with all those tiny things! πŸ™‚Β  I hope you like it, it’s my specialty, Simply Made;)Β  Be sure to check out the other cards at the Friday Mashup! πŸ™‚


Now on to our guests! πŸ™‚Β  My first guest is Donna Wakefield of IN.Β  Donna is a repeat sender but in this box she only sent in 3 Halloween cards,Β  she sent others that I hope to get back to at a later time.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe little ghost is on a ribbon so he swings. Great layouts of both of these cards! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIsn’t this too cute?!Β  A little ghost kitty, I love it! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Donna for your Halloween cards for our kids! πŸ™‚


Now I have a couple cards from Bev Schoepke of WI.Β  Bev has sent cards before as well:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERABev sent multiples of both of these cards, so I have plenty to share with my three hospitals! πŸ™‚Β  Great Halloween card, and look at this Thanksgiving card!Β  I love the layout, the embossing, the ribbon, and the button, it’s just an all around great card! πŸ™‚Β  Thanks Bev for thinking of our kids once again! πŸ™‚


My last guest is Geri Dean from MN.Β  Geri has sent in many cards over the past year, some of these cards may have been made by her sister, Melanie Carruth.Β  They weren’t separated by maker.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAGreat not-too-scary cards for the kids! πŸ™‚




SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe sunflower card has a little prayer.Β  At this time, I have one of the only hospitals accepting religious cards:)Β  If you like to make religious cards, be sure to send them for my hospital! πŸ™‚

I love this little turkey and the embossing on the card! πŸ™‚Β  The scarecrow is not scary and the kids will love it! πŸ™‚

Now, I have to share three cards that I thought were excellent for teen boys! They’re not Halloween, but I’m going to add them anyway;)










I love all of these cards! πŸ™‚Β  Girls might like them too, I shouldn’t say only boys would;)Β  I loved them the minute I pulled them out of the box! πŸ™‚Β  I personally love guitars and guitar music!Β  I used to own a Fender guitar….in my younger days, and it wasn’t electric;) lolΒ  I love the embossed music background and everything else about these cards! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Geri and Melanie for creating some really great cards for our kids! πŸ™‚


Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration from our cardmakers!:)Β  I’ll only have a few more posts of Halloween cards.Β  I will post some general cards, and then it’s on to Christmas!!:)Β  I love Christmas cards, I try to make some all year so that I have enough! πŸ™‚

I hope you’ll come back again for more card inspiration, and be sure to check out the challenge blog over at SAS4Kids!! πŸ™‚




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The Paper Players & SAS4Kids guest

It’s a beautiful Fall day here today, perfect for the card I’ve made! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to enter a new card challenge for me over at the Paper Players PP263.Β  I think I’ve entered there before, but it must have been a long time ago.Β  The challenge there is to create a Fall scene.

pp263My card almost looks like sketch card of this scene, I didn’t realize it until I just set my card by my computer just now:)Β  So here it is:

SDC17743I found this awesome paper that had leaves all over it and it made me think of leaves falling on the ground.Β  I found several different examples on Pinterest and finally decided on this layout.Β  I used Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather for the tree and leaves.Β  For the pumpkins, I used So Thankful. I made the hills with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.Β  The yellow paper and the leaf paper were just misc. papers from my stash, and I used Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky for the background.

I decided not to put a sentiment on, because I will be sending it to Send A Smile 4 Kids and with no sentiment, it can be used for any occasion:)Β  Be sure to go check out the challenge blog over at SAS4Kids for more card ideas! πŸ™‚


Now I’d like to share some cards from one of my repeat card senders, Jill Blasche from TX.Β  Jill has been sending me cards since I started volunteering for SAS4Kids.Β  She sent one of my very first boxes! πŸ™‚Β  Jill does a wide variety of cards, but will also send multiples:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at these great Fall colors, and they’re all so different! πŸ™‚




SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at these icky spiders!Β  Just changing the colors makes them look so different! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhy do kids love spiders for Halloween?!!!Β  Yuk! lolΒ  Jill really knows her spider cards! lol


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at all these cards with the same black and orange striped paper.Β  They all look so different!Β  I could send all these cards to the same hospital unit, yet everyone would have a different card! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe pumpkin paper here is the same as the card above, but doesn’t look anywhere near the same!Β  Also, look at the black card on the far right, it has the orange and black stripe!Β  Jill does an incredible job mixing her papers! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALast cards, but this is two boxes of cards!Β  Jill sent me a box that was lost in the mail! 😦  Every cardmakers worst nightmare! 😦  She sent me a replacement box of cards, and then, of course, the first box was found! πŸ™‚Β  So I got two awesome boxes of cards! πŸ™‚Β  I believe I’m set for older kids for Halloween, now I can use some little kid cards for Halloween! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Jill, for all your wonderful cards, I know the kids will love them! πŸ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall and Halloween cards! πŸ™‚Β  Hope to see you again soon! πŸ™‚





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Fall colors for Send A Smile 4 Kids

This is different, I have no card to show you that I’ve made.Β  All my cards today will be guest cards! πŸ™‚Β  I’ve had a very busy week and didn’t have time to make even one card, I know it’s sad! 😦  But a new week will start Monday and I will try again! πŸ™‚

Today is a new challenge over at SAS4Kids! This next two weeks will be Fall Colors 4 Kids! πŸ™‚Β  You can enter too! πŸ™‚Β  I will be entering one of my guest cards…..hmmm, which one?

My first guest will be Ruby Haugen from MN! πŸ™‚Β  This is the first time Ruby has sent cards for my hospitals.Β  I don’t know if she has sent to any other SAS4Kids volunteers, but thank you Ruby! πŸ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERARuby has used lots of different papers, and images! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see that she’s using similar layouts, but all the cards look very different! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAΒ  Ruby sent 30 cards, but they are all different! πŸ™‚Β  Clearly she worked very hard! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThere are plenty of ideas here to use for your own cards! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe last two cards I have from Ruby today!Β  Aren’t these all great cards?!Β  Thank you Ruby for thinking of our kids and sending in such great cards! πŸ™‚

Now I have a few cards from Margaret Gilmer!Β  I’ve also never received cards at my location from Margaret.Β  She sent in more cards with other themes, but today I’m showing her Fall/Halloween cards:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve seen the card on the right before on the internet, I’ve never seen one in person.Β  It’s really cute, someone is going to love this card! πŸ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAnother great card with awesome colors!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFinal card for today, but look how cute it is! πŸ™‚Β  That little mouse is just so sweet! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Margaret for all the cards you’veΒ  sent in for our kids! πŸ™‚Β  To visit Margaret’s blog, please click hereπŸ™‚


That’s it for today, but I hope you’ll come back for some more cards very soon! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  Get out your supplies and make cards! πŸ™‚




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