Send A Smile 4 Kids with donor cards

I’m back, I’m so sorry I’ve been gone so long!  Today I have a card I made with the SAS4Kids blog challenge in mind 🙂  The challenge ending May 5th is, Punches and/or Die Cuts.


This card is actually for one of my granddaughters.  She just turned 12 and is very picky about her cards.  I did use a punch, and a die cut.  Her favorite color is red, at least for now 😉  She was very happy to get a “grown-up” card 🙂  She may feel differently next year, I guess we’ll see. lol

Now for some great cards from our SAS4Kids donors! 🙂  First up is Holly Blaskie of MI.

I love these cards, they are great examples of making different cards using almost the same supplies! 🙂  Thank you Holly for these beautiful cards, that either boys or girls will love to share with their moms! 🙂

Next is Tammy Gullett of IA 🙂

I love Tammy’s cards too! 🙂  Similar products with different outcomes 🙂  Now I know both of these ladies have other supplies, they have both been donating a long time! 🙂  So it’s not that they don’t have other supplies to use 😉  This is a great way to make cards that look different so everyone doesn’t get the same card 🙂

It’s also great for kids because they are often picky, they might pick one card over another to share because of the color or image, you just never know!  I could send all of these cards to the same hospital and everyone would feel they have a different card! 🙂 Plus, I have three hospitals, even making multiples of the same card would reach different patients, and in this case, moms! 🙂

It’s great for card makers, you have all your supplies out, cutting different colors, using different inks or papers, makes it easy for you to supply more cards with less effort 🙂  We want your card making to be fun! 🙂

Thank you Tammy for continuing to share your wonderful cards! 🙂

Next I have Lee Mae Elkins of WA 🙂  Lee Mae actually makes almost all different cards, she makes very few multiples, that’s just the way she rolls! 🙂  Of course, this is fine with us as well, whatever you have time to do and what makes you happy, makes us and our kids happy! 🙂

Thank you Lee Mae, for these beautiful cards! 🙂

All the cards shared today, on my last few posts and those that were went in but not pictured here, have all been sent! 🙂  My husband and I took them to the Post Office today! 🙂  Thanks to everyone who has donated for Mother’s Day,  I sent over 300 cards for the kids to share with their moms for Mother’s Day! 🙂

If you’ve come by just to check out the cards shared, I hope you’ve enjoyed the wonderful gifts made to share with the kids at my three hospitals! 🙂

I appreciate everyone who makes and sends cards for our kids! 🙂  I appreciate everyone who stops by and visits my blog, and thank you to all who join our challenge over at SAS4Kids! 🙂

I hope you’ll come back again to see the amazing cards, even the cards that I make 😉




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Stampin’ Up! retiring list

Hi everyone, just a quick post about the Stampin’ Up! retiring list!  These products will be gone forever May 31st, so if there is anything you want, let me know and I’ll order it for you! 🙂  Just click on the photo to go to the catalog page and click on the retiring list 🙂  There are many discounted items! 🙂


I hope to be back soon with some Mother’s Day cards to share! 🙂



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Freshly Made Sketches #279 & Easter

I thought I would have so much time after I moved to my own apartment……it’s not turning out that way yet! 😦  Sorry there is so much time between posts, I still have hope that things will work out and I’ll have more time to craft 🙂

I did make a card this week and I’ll enter it over at Freshly Made Sketches #279 🙂  I’ve made this card for a very special reason!  This card is kind of simple, and masculine. I had teen boys in mind while making this card.  I don’t think teen boys, want to be seen walking around with Easter bunnies or chicks on their cards! lol  That would just be too much!  So I designed a card so they can also enjoy getting a card without looking childlike.  Here is the sketch #279:

FMS Final 279-001


I used a retired Stampin’ Up! set called “For Peeps Sake”.  I also used Stampin’ Up! papers and cardstock.  I’m pretty pleased with it, I hope it gives you some inspiration for some teen, boy cards 🙂


I have donor cards today! 🙂  This has become my custom, for anyone unaware, these are cards made by donors for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  You can check out our blog and even join in the fun of challenges 🙂

Today I have several ladies’ cards to share, first is Diane Herniman from Canada! 🙂

Diane’s cards look like regular cards, but they’re not.  These are card fronts only!

These images show how Diane creates on every surface of her cards, no blank spaces for Diane, or the kids who receive her cards! 🙂  Thank you Diane for your special cards for the Kids! 🙂


Next is Debbie Caldwell of MI 🙂

Debbie has some great ideas how to use the same image and make it look different! 🙂

Okay, these aren’t Easter, I just loved them so much! 🙂  I’m always looking for teen cards, and I thought of teen girls the minute I saw these! 🙂  Thank you Debbie for your great examples, and for sending your cards for the kids! 🙂


Next is Donna Wakefield of IN 🙂

I have three hospitals in IL, one of them is a religious hospital and I am the only SAS4K volunteer that accepts religious cards 🙂  Thank you Donna for remembering this special hospital and all the other kids! 🙂


My third donor is from TX, Roberta Giefer 🙂

The last four cards look like they could be for older kids or teens 🙂  Thank you Roberta for your great cards for our kids, lots of smiles here! 🙂


Lastly I  have Jill Blasche, also of TX and her friend Jan Kloss 🙂  Jan will be first 🙂

Jan sent some other cards, but these were her Easter cards 🙂  Thank you Jan, these are so cute, I know the kids will love these! 🙂


Are you seeing double?  I have another hospital that requests cards with no embellishments.  Jill does a wonderful job of making cards for this hospital and shows how easy it is! 🙂  The four cards at the top are regular cards for Jill and could be used at any of my hospitals.  But the last 8 cards, if you look closely, the cards on the left have all been modified in a small way for my “no embellishment” hospital 🙂

The Easter bunnies in the eggs have paper flowers on the left and flower brads on the right. The Easter bunnies hiding in the grass, have paper bows on the left and ribbon on the right. Same goes for the blue flower cards.  The last card with the trees has paper “eggs” in the grass, the one on the right has gem “eggs”.  Simple changes that make a big difference! 🙂  Thank you Jill for always thinking of ways to help me do the best job I can for all of my hospitals! 🙂


Wonderful cards from all my card makers, even the ones not shown here! 🙂  You can visit our Facebook page to see more cards that were sent in:

Thank you all for coming by, I love to show off the cards received for our kids! 🙂  I hope you can come by again soon, and also click on some of my links! 🙂






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Freshly Made Sketches #275 & Easter

Well, I’m finally all moved, and ahead of schedule, I thought it would take until June! lol  I’ve only moved about 2 to 3 blocks away, can you imagine if I had moved to another state?!  I hate moving, and I’m not very good at it! 😦  I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long, I’ll try to do better! 🙂

I have almost all of my craft things here, and I’ve made a card! 🙂   I still have some things in storage, but at least I can do something now 🙂

I’ve made a card for Freshly Made Sketches #275 , here is their sketch:


Here is my card which I will enter at FMS #275 and Send A Smile 4 Kids, then it will get packed in a box to go to one of my hospitals 🙂


For this card, I used Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I used Stampin’ Up! papers and inks, also the Washi tape.  I may have to make more of these, I think it’s a really fun card for kids! 🙂  The green is just an envelope to help you see the white card better;)

Now, on to some really cute Easter cards sent in by the card makers on my “team”.   First is Lee Mae Elkins of WA.  Lee Mae actually sent her Easter cards in during January with her Winter and Valentine’s cards! 🙂

Thank you Lee Mae for these wonderful cards! 🙂  I love the images, papers and layouts, also your beautiful coloring! 🙂


Next, I have some darling cards from Ruby Haugen of MN 🙂  Ruby is a very active donor and she makes all her own envelopes! 🙂

Thank you Ruby, your images are adorable, your paper and layouts are fun, and I personally love plaids! 🙂


My final card maker today is Vicki Luebke of IN 🙂  Vicki also makes lots of cards for the kids! 🙂

Thank you Vicki, I love how you use the same image and change around the layouts or papers! 🙂  Vicki sent multiples of each of these and that works out great because I have three different hospitals and they all have lots of kids! 🙂

Thank you all for your dedication to our kids, we couldn’t do our jobs without you!! 🙂

Be sure to check out the challenge over at the SAS4Kids blog, it’s always lots of fun to see what others have made! 🙂  We’d love to see what you can make! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope to see you again soon! 🙂





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Merry Monday #226 & SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, it’s been a while since I’ve been here again, I’m so sorry! 😦  It’s been a rough year for me, but we’ve also had a blessing!  I had a frozen shoulder over the Summer, the week before Halloween I fell down some stairs, and in the first week of December, my daughter had a baby!  There is never a dull moment here!

I did manage to get Christmas cards to all my hospitals! 🙂  I am so thankful for and proud of my team of card makers! 🙂

Today I have a card I made for Merry Monday challenge #226 🙂  Their challenge is a Christmas theme all year! 🙂



I love to get out my horse and sleigh and go to Grandma’s house……just kidding 😉  I’m sure someone does and it must be great fun in the Winter! 🙂  I started with the November Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit.  It has a cute little card, but I stretched mine out to be A2 size.  Then I added the sleigh and horse from a set from last Christmas.  Stampin’ Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (retired). I used another die, which I can’t find at the moment, to make the bow and ribbon, out of silver paper from Stampin’ Up!.

The hills are two different colors, and I sponged the trees and houses with Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz and Dapper Denim Stampin’ Spots, which came in the kit.

This is the original card design, all products came in the kit from Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin, November, 2016.  Not all their kits are cards, you can find examples of their kits on Pinterest 🙂


All the layers are pre-cut, you just have to punch them out.  I did sponge the trees and put snowflakes in the sky with an included stamp.

I have some cards shared with Send A Smile 4 Kids 🙂  The first set is from Lisa Simokaitis of IL.  I didn’t realize that some were a little blurry, and I’m also having trouble with my lighting, I have some flash showing 😦  This, of course, is not the card maker’s fault, so please forgive me if the photos aren’t the best 😦

You all know I love cards that are the same but different!  🙂  Lisa did a wonderful job with her images, papers and layouts!  Thank you Lisa, I know who ever received these cards loves them! 🙂


Next I have Jill Blasche of TX 🙂  I think I did a little better with my photos, but I’m sorry if they aren’t the best 😦  I’m afraid a new camera is on my list, but not affordable just yet.

Thank you Jill, for these beautiful cards with Winter themes!  I’m loving all the blue! 🙂


My last cards for today are from Trish Cudney of MN 🙂  Please excuse any photo problems.

Trish, you did a great job with your cards, thank you! 🙂  All of these cards have made it into the hands of our kids! 🙂  Thank you all for making Christmas bright and fun! 🙂

This year has been a great year for cards! 🙂  I appreciate every single card that has come in for SAS4Kids! 🙂  I couldn’t do my job without all of you who think of the kids and send in your donations! 🙂  I am so blessed to be able to do what I do and have such a wonderful team of card makers to help me! 🙂

If you are just coming by to look at all the wonderful cards, I’m thankful for your interest!:) It’s so much fun to share with everyone! 🙂

Thank you all for taking the time to visit today! 🙂  I’m wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!! 🙂




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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! 🙂   Maybe I can even make another card and have two cards this week!  I can always dream! lol

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



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

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

Do I have guest cards today?  Of course I do! 🙂  First up is Ann Williams of TX 🙂

Thank you Ann for these wonderful Halloween cards! 🙂

Next is Nanci Simmons of FL 🙂

Thank you Nanci, great non-scary cards for our kids! 🙂

Next up is Janelle Klapperich of SD 🙂

Thank you Janelle for the Halloween and the great Fall cards as well ! 🙂

One more set of cards for today from Debbie Eassy of PA 🙂

Thank you Debbie, wonderful cards for the kids to enjoy! 🙂

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

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! 🙂

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

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you can come by again soon! 🙂




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Merry Monday #216 & SAS4Kids

I’m back again! 🙂  Today, I have a card for Merry Monday #216, and Send A Smile 4 Kids, Early Holiday Wishes for Kids! 🙂









This is my card for the challenges.  The image and sentiment are from Fred She Said called, Naughty or Nice Elf🙂  The paper is also Fred She Said, Christmas Papers 1 – 2009. This is a panel card that I learned from Stampin’ Up!


There are two white folded places on each side that make the middle panel stand out. It’s easy and looks so nice 🙂

Now on to some donor cards! 🙂  I have wonderful card makers who send cards to me for my three hospitals in Illinois! 🙂  All of our donors make wonderful cards, but I can show you some of the cards that come to me 🙂

I will try to keep my comments to a minimum 😉  First up is Lisa Simokaitis of IL 🙂

Thank you Lisa, these are great cards for the older kids! 🙂


Next I have Lillian Abrams from MI:)



Thank you Lillian, I love your use of the same papers or images and making them look different! 🙂

Next is Debbie Caldwell from MI 🙂

Thank you Debbie for these cards for younger kids and the Thanksgiving cards! 🙂


For my final cards tonight, I have Diane Herniman from Canada:)

Diane always decorates the front, both insides and the backs of her cards 🙂  She also makes her own envelopes with decorations as well 🙂  Thank you Diane for your great cards! 🙂

I have awesome card makers who donate their cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  I’m honored and thrilled to share all these cards with my hospitals here in Illinois! 🙂  I’m always excited to open a box or package from a card maker! 🙂  Thank you all for making my job of sending these cards out so rewarding and fun! 🙂

If you don’t send cards in to SAS4Kids, I’m thankful you’ve come by to check out all of these cards and get some great inspiration! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll come visit us again! 🙂





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