SAS4Kids Anything goes for kids

Hi everyone, I have a very short post today.Β  I wanted to share some cards I’ve made and a couple of sites I use for clipart and background papers πŸ™‚Β  I have some cards that I’ve made over the last 4 days, I don’t know how I got so many done, except that they have pretty simple layouts and they all use digital art πŸ™‚

My first card I will enter into our own SAS4Kids challenge, which is currently “Anything goes for kids”.Β  I didn’t receive very many Summer cards, so I decided to make some πŸ™‚Β  I decided what girls love right now are Mermaids and Unicorns, so I made some Mermaids first πŸ™‚


How cute is this little mermaid?!Β  I found it on Etsy, who knew right? πŸ™‚Β  The vendor didn’t have any matching papers so I found another site that seemed to match.Β  But guess what?Β  I asked the vendor if she could supply matching papers and she said “yes”!Β  I paid extra for them, but guess what?!Β Β  She’s having a SALE, $1.00 per set! πŸ™‚Β  The Sale is until June 11th, but she said she will have another sale, a different one, after that! πŸ™‚

No she didn’t supply me with any images for free, but she has tons of them, great for kids! πŸ™‚Β  You can check her out on Etsy here, it’s called clipartland πŸ™‚Β  These are digital images and papers, that I printed out on my personal printer.Β  Here are some more cards.




Very simple cards, but I think kids will love them πŸ™‚Β  I added some Stickles to the “pearls”.Β  Of course it’s hard to tell here.Β  All of the cards are flat, except the first one I showed.Β  For that one I used some special foam.Β  It’s pretty thin, thinner than a pop-up.Β  I cut it out with the oval die I used for the image and then just glued it on the back.Β  I think you can tell in the photo that it’s not flat πŸ™‚

Lawrence wasn’t a lot of help on these cards 😦  He did say he thought a “girl” might like the ones that had crowns. lolΒ  Maybe he’ll like the next cards I make better πŸ˜‰

I’d also like to share another shop where I get digital images, Fred She Said Designs.Β  I didn’t make a card to show, but I’ve made plenty of them and you can search with the bar on the left.Β  Tracy just put up a bunch of beautiful butterflies, but she has lots of images to choose from, she also has some cut files πŸ™‚Β  You can also check out her blog here.

One last site that you may like for digital images is called Dollar Graphics Depot πŸ™‚Β  They have some new language about “sharables” on the home page.Β  I was confused so I asked for clarification.Β  The response said we are free to use any of the images in the store to make cards to sell or give away, but you can’t give away or sell the digital files to others.

If you’ve never used digital images, you do need to set up folders on your computer to store the files.Β  I also use Print Shop to change the size of my images and print them.

If you have questions, you can leave them here or send me an email πŸ™‚Β  I hope you enjoyed my post today and you’ll come back again! πŸ™‚Β  I’ll be preparing more donor cards to showcase πŸ™‚





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Freshly Made Sketches #289 and SAS4Kids

I’m back, today I have guest cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids, and a card for Freshly Made Sketches #289.Β  So off we go with the sketch for Freshly Made πŸ™‚

FMS Final 289-001

Here is my card:


For this card I used some images from Fred She Said’s store called Daisies & LadyBugs.Β  Right now she has brand new butterflies! πŸ™‚Β  There are lots of options in her sets.Β  Here I used a cloud background in JPG format.Β  The flower and ladybugs are PNGs.Β  The JPG format has a white background, the PNGs have a clear background so you can layer your images.

I fussy cut the flower including the ladybugs and left it hang over the left side and bottom of the cloud background I cut in a square.Β  I think this will make a really cute card for one of our kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids πŸ™‚

Now we have Father’s Day cards sent in by our SAS4Kids donors! πŸ™‚Β  First I have Diane Herniman from Canada πŸ™‚

The insides and the backs of Diane’s cards are always decorated too!Β  Thank you Diane for your continued support of our kids in the hospital ! πŸ™‚

Now some cards from Brenda Zellner of WI πŸ™‚Β  Brenda has done an awesome job of taking the same images and making them look different! πŸ™‚

Oh, my, I see I’ve done it again 😦  My hands are getting shaky and my eyes are not as good as they used to be, I can see in some of my photos today, that they are a littleΒ Β  blurry 😦  I look at every one of these when I put the names on them, apparently my eyes are getting bad enough that I don’t see the blurry ones until I post them here 😦  I’m so sorry, please forgive me.Β  I’m going to have to dig out my tripod 😦

Thank you Brenda for these wonderful Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚Β  I love how you used the same image more than once! πŸ™‚

On to Tammy Gullett of IA πŸ™‚

Tammy sent in multiples of her cards as well using the same images but different backgrounds πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Tammy, I’m so glad you were able to make some cards! πŸ™‚Β  Please take care of yourself! πŸ™‚

Donna Wakefield is next, she has a blog, you can visit here here πŸ™‚

Thank you Donna for these great cards for kids to share with their dads! πŸ™‚Β  Thanks for taking my challenge of sending at least 10 cards! πŸ™‚

Lastly I have Jill Blasche of TX, and her card making friend, Jan Kloss, also of TX πŸ™‚Β  I don’t know how far they live apart, but they get together and make cards for our kids, what could be more fun ? πŸ™‚

Jill Blasche

Ok, now I know these cards were not blurry on the preview page, but the last two are blurry here 😦  Try clicking on the blurry images.Β  The plane cards are beautiful, I’d like for you to really see them!

Jan Kloss

Jan sent multiples of each of these cards πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Jill and Jan for the wonderful cards! πŸ™‚Β  I’m so glad you can get together, have fun and share what you make with our kids! πŸ™‚

I want to thank all of “my” card makers for continuing to support such a good cause! πŸ™‚Β  Even though I make fewer cards now, I really enjoy receiving boxes and sorting your cards into boxes for my hospitals! πŸ™‚Β  You are all so talented and generous, the world is a better place because of you! πŸ™‚

If you’re just stopping by for some inspiration, I hope you found something that you might be able make! πŸ™‚Β  There is plenty of inspiration here for next year as well ! πŸ™‚

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend ! πŸ™‚Β  Please remember those who have fought and fallen to preserve our way of life!

Thanks for coming by today, I appreciate your interest! πŸ™‚




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Freshly Made Sketches #286 and Guests

Well, this is fast for me, twice in one week! πŸ™‚Β  I have some cards to share and then I have cards from donors to share! πŸ™‚Β  First I have a card I will be entering in the Freshly Made Sketches #286 challenge πŸ™‚Β  Here’s the sketch πŸ™‚

FMS Final 286-001


Ok, it’s really close to the sketch, and I like it, but I made two more! lolΒ  Yep, my grandson was being really good and he let me play for a while! πŸ™‚Β  Here’s the second one I made :


The first two cards are considered “no embellishment” cards.Β  Everything is flat and glued down.Β  Nothing extra that could be pulled off πŸ˜‰

Now here’s the third card I made, a little different.


This one is technically not “no embellishment”.Β  I popped up the shark with dimentionals, it could be pulled off.Β  I used Avery Elle stamps and dies πŸ™‚ I used Copics to color, only because I happen to have 3 markers, two greys and one purple. lol

One of our donors sent in some cards a while ago with the Avery Elle sharks.Β Β  I knew I wanted to use it for some teen cards! πŸ™‚Β  Here are her cards for your inspiration! πŸ™‚


Now, since I’ve already mailed out our Mother’s Day cards, here are some Father’s Day cards that I’ve already received πŸ™‚Β  Vicki Luebke of IN is first, she’s sent in small groups of cards three times! πŸ™‚

Thank you Vicki for these great Father’s Day cards, there seems to be one for almost every type of dad! πŸ™‚


Here’s a few from Janelle Klapperich of SD πŸ™‚

Thank you Janelle, I love how different your cards are! πŸ™‚Β  Love all the different Tee Shirts! πŸ™‚

And lastly, here are a few from Debbie Caldwell of MI πŸ™‚

The last four could be used for teen boys or Father’s Day, whatever might be needed more πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Debbie for these great cards, I don’t have anything like it so far! πŸ™‚

Thank you ladies for sending these cards early, I like to be prepared as early as I can πŸ™‚Β  You never know what might happen around here to put me behind! πŸ˜‰

Thank you card makers for your efforts for our kids, I know the kids will love to share these cards with their dads! πŸ™‚Β  There is plenty of inspiration here for Father’s Day cards, lots of different ideas! πŸ™‚Β Β Β  Please don’t think I have all I need!Β  There are plenty more dads that will still need cards!Β  Don’t forget I have three hospitals! πŸ™‚

Don’t like making Father’s Day cards?Β  Make some masculine cards, they can be used for Father’s Day πŸ˜‰Β  Masculine cards hard to make?Β  Be sure to check out my categories for more Father’s Day caed ideas.Β  Pinterest has some nice cards, also SplitCoastStampers! πŸ™‚Β  A lot of people have trouble making masculine cards, you’re not alone!Β  Use other people’s sketches, take their idea and change it up with different papers or colors, make it your own! πŸ™‚

Made it last year?Β  Not to worry, I’m hoping that we’ve had a turnover on kids being in the hospitals, so old ideas are new again for new kids! πŸ˜‰Β  You can also take last years idea and make it look different! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your interest in our cause! πŸ™‚Β  If you’re stopping by just to get inspiration, we’re glad to have you too! πŸ™‚Β  I hope you all will come again! πŸ™‚





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Send A Smile 4 Kids with donor cards

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


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

Now for some great cards from our SAS4Kids donors! πŸ™‚Β  First up is Holly Blaskie of MI.

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

Next is Tammy Gullett of IA πŸ™‚

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

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!Β  I could send all of these cards to the same hospital and everyone would feel they have a different card! πŸ™‚ Plus, I have three hospitals, even making multiples of the same card would reach different patients, and in this case, moms! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚Β  We want your card making to be fun! πŸ™‚

Thank you Tammy for continuing to share your wonderful cards! πŸ™‚

Next I have Lee Mae Elkins of WA πŸ™‚Β  Lee Mae actually makes almost all different cards, she makes very few multiples, that’s just the way she rolls! πŸ™‚Β  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! πŸ™‚

Thank you Lee Mae, for these beautiful cards! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚

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

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



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Stampin’ Up! retiring list

Hi everyone, just a quick post about the Stampin’ Up! retiring list!Β  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! πŸ™‚Β  Just click on the photo to go to the catalog page and click on the retiring list πŸ™‚Β  There are many discounted items! πŸ™‚


I hope to be back soon with some Mother’s Day cards to share! πŸ™‚



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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 πŸ™‚

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

FMS Final 279-001


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


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

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

Diane’s cards look like regular cards, but they’re not.Β  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! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Diane for your special cards for the Kids! πŸ™‚


Next is Debbie Caldwell of MI πŸ™‚

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

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


Next is Donna Wakefield of IN πŸ™‚

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


My third donor is from TX, Roberta Giefer πŸ™‚

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


Lastly IΒ  have Jill Blasche, also of TX and her friend Jan Kloss πŸ™‚Β  Jan will be first πŸ™‚

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


Are you seeing double?Β  I have another hospital that requests cards with no embellishments.Β  Jill does a wonderful job of making cards for this hospital and shows how easy it is! πŸ™‚Β  The four cards at the top are regular cards for Jill and could be used at any of my hospitals.Β  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 πŸ™‚

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.Β  The last card with the trees has paper “eggs” in the grass, the one on the right has gem “eggs”.Β  Simple changes that make a big difference! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Jill for always thinking of ways to help me do the best job I can for all of my hospitals! πŸ™‚


Wonderful cards from all my card makers, even the ones not shown here! πŸ™‚Β  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! πŸ™‚Β  I hope you can come by again soon, and also click on some of my links! πŸ™‚






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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! lolΒ  I’ve only moved about 2 to 3 blocks away, can you imagine if I had moved to another state?!Β  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! πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ™‚


For this card, I used Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.Β  I used Stampin’ Up! papers and inks, also the Washi tape.Β  I may have to make more of these, I think it’s a really fun card for kids! πŸ™‚Β  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”.Β Β  First is Lee Mae Elkins of WA.Β  Lee Mae actually sent her Easter cards in during January with her Winter and Valentine’s cards! πŸ™‚

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


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

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


My final card maker today is Vicki Luebke of IN πŸ™‚Β  Vicki also makes lots of cards for the kids! πŸ™‚

Thank you Vicki, I love how you use the same image and change around the layouts or papers! πŸ™‚Β  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! πŸ™‚

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

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

Thanks for coming by today! πŸ™‚Β  I hope to see you again soon! πŸ™‚





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