Freshly Made Sketches #242 & SAS4Kids

Summer has been hard!Β Β  With all the grandkids home and lots of medical and other appointments, I’ve had less time to spend crafting! 😦 Β  Well, today, I found time to make one card! lolΒ  Yes, one! lolΒ Β  But, I have lots of cards sent in for Send A Smile 4 Kids to share!

First my card, I will enter it in the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #242 and also at the challenge for Send A Smile 4 Kids πŸ™‚

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OMGoodness, I love this new set from Stampin’ Up!, it’s called Best Birds πŸ™‚Β  You can also get a die set to go with it! πŸ™‚Β  I have to say, I love dies!Β  I cut a piece of magnet sheet and tape it (with very strong tape) to the back of my stamp box and they all stay right where I need them!Β  The stamps fit right on top of the dies πŸ™‚

Everything on this card is from Stampin’ Up! unless noted! πŸ™‚Β  I used a retired embossing folder with clouds for the background.Β  The So Saffron sun was die cut.Β  The bird is Marina Mist, and the branch is Pear Pizzazz.Β  The little thank you stamp is from Wishes Your Way (retired).

I had a lot of fun making this card, until I got Memento black ink fingerprints on it! 😦   It was so bad, I had to make a second one!Β  How disappointing! 😦  This card will be going into a box for one of my SAS4Kids hospitals πŸ™‚Β  I’m a little short of Thank You cards right now, so I’m going to try and make more πŸ™‚

I know you’re all waiting for more card inspiration and IΒ  have a bunch for you! πŸ™‚Β  First I have Judy Martin from PA πŸ™‚Β  Judy is a repeat sender, thank you Judy! πŸ™‚

Wonderful selection of cards, Judy! πŸ™‚Β  I love all the fun Summer and water cards! πŸ™‚Β  It was so much fun to add these to the boxes I just sent out!Β  Thank you Judy for being on my team! πŸ™‚


Next is Lisa Simokaitis from IL πŸ™‚Β  I love getting cards from my home state! πŸ™‚

Great cards Lisa! I love all the animals, I know the kids will too, thank you! πŸ™‚


Karen Peterson from NE is next πŸ™‚Β  Karen makes a lot of her cards from kits and they’re wonderful! πŸ™‚


Beautiful 3D flowers, Karen! πŸ™‚Β  These cards are shiny and have gold accents πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Karen! πŸ™‚


Last for tonight is Lillian Abrams of MI πŸ™‚Β  Lillian has a blog you can visit here πŸ™‚

The last two cards are 6×6, aren’t they adorable! ?Β  I love all these cards Lillian! These are all fun and colorful, just perfect for kids! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

That’s all I have for today, I hope you all have enjoyed looking at these great inspirations! πŸ™‚Β Β  Please use all my links and check out all the sites mentioned! πŸ™‚

Thank you to all my card makers who make it possible for me to send cards through Send A Smile 4 Kids to my 3 hospitals in IL! πŸ™‚Β  I couldn’t do this without you!! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming by today, I appreciate your interest! πŸ™‚Β  I hope to see you all again soon! πŸ™‚






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Freshly Made #240, SAS4Kids

I’m cutting it close, but I have some more Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚Β  First, I have the card I made πŸ™‚Β  I will be submitting it to Freshly Made Sketches #240, and the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge, Anything goes for Kids.


I wanted to use my new Foxy Friends from Stampin’ Up!, but two people had already entered Foxy Friends.Β  I went with my second choice, Best Birds from Stampin’ Up! This set is awesome!Β  It comes with two bird stamps and 5 bird dies!Β  I colored it with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise.Β  I used a sponge dauber to add the color:)

As will most of my cards, this one will go in a box with SAS4Kids cards to go to my hospitals πŸ™‚ I know it looks simple, but it’s granddaughter approved πŸ™‚Β  I love all the colors!

Ok, now on to my guest cards for today! πŸ™‚Β  First up is Debbie Caldwell of MI πŸ™‚

Thank you Debbie for a great selection! πŸ™‚Β  There are cards for boys and girls, young and older! πŸ™‚Β  At this time, I have the only SAS4Kids religious hospital, there is even a card for them! πŸ™‚Β  You are so thoughtful, thanks! πŸ™‚


Next is Donna Wakefield of IN πŸ™‚Β  Donna is a repeat sender πŸ™‚

Really nice cards, Donna, thank you! πŸ™‚Β  Also cards for different ages πŸ™‚Β  I love how Donna used the same boat image in different ways! πŸ™‚


Next is Holly Blaskie of MI πŸ™‚Β  Holly is also a repeat sender πŸ™‚

Holly picked some great designs and sent multiples of each πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Holly for your great cards! πŸ™‚


Next is Lee Mae Elkins of WA πŸ™‚Β  I truly get cards from all over the US! πŸ™‚Β  Lee Mae has also sent cards before πŸ™‚

More great cards with something for everyone! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Lee Mae, the kids will love sharing these with their dads! πŸ™‚


My last guest for today is Ann Williams of TN πŸ™‚Β  Ann has also sent cards before, I have a great team of card makers! πŸ™‚

Thank you Ann, for the fun and colorful cards! πŸ™‚Β  The kids will love these, and I’m sure their dads will too! πŸ™‚


All the card makers I have shown the past few weeks have really come through with great cards for dads! πŸ™‚Β  I appreciate all the crafting you do for our kids and I know the kids do too! πŸ™‚Β  You all have amazing skills, and I’m so happy you use those skills to share your cards with us! πŸ™‚

I will be showing general cards all throughout the Summer πŸ™‚Β  Take it easy on yourselves and enjoy your Summer! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to use everything I have on hand and then let you know what I need the most of πŸ™‚Β  You are all the best team I could ever ask for, Thank you all! πŸ™‚

It’s never too early for Fall, Halloween and dare I say, Christmas cards! lol

I hope to be back soon with more cards to share for your pleasure and inspiration! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you all for coming by today! πŸ™‚






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Stampin’ Up! Foxy Friends and SAS4Kids

OMGoodness, the new Stampin’ Up! catalog has gone live!!Β  I’ve ordered this set but it hasn’t arrived yet 😦  When it gets here, you know I’ll be making some cards! πŸ™‚

I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, if you don’t have one, please email me and I can get you started! πŸ™‚Β  Check out the video and see what fun things you can do with the Foxy Friends set! πŸ™‚Β  If it shows up small, you can click on the lower right and see it on you tube πŸ™‚


I wish I could show you a Foxy card right now, but I have some great Father’s Day cards to share from my card makers!

First up is Diane Herniman from Canada πŸ™‚Β  Diane sends her cards all the way down here to me!Β  I feel so special, I have imported cards! lolΒ  Really, Diane’s cards are all different and one of a kind! πŸ™‚


Even though Diane did send multiples of some of these cards, they are all different by using different colors, and papers!Β  Thank you Diane, the kids will love sharing these cards with their dads! πŸ™‚

I have a number of card makers who I consider to be on my “team”.Β  They send me cards regularly for my three hospitals πŸ™‚Β  Diane is one and next we have Vicki Luebke of IN πŸ™‚Β  She is a regular sender! πŸ™‚

Most of you probably know I’m a big fan of using the same image, papers, layouts and mixing them up a little πŸ™‚Β  This works really well for me because I have 3 largish hospitals.Β  Even though all of these cards are Father’s Day, I can spread them around and no one hospital will get too many of the same card ! πŸ™‚

Thank you, Vicki for all of your great cards! πŸ™‚Β  These are great cards for younger and older kids, and for girls or boys to send! πŸ™‚

Next up is Judy Martin of PA πŸ™‚Β  Judy doesn’t sendΒ  a lot of cards in a year, but her cards are always great! πŸ™‚


I love the two last cards on the right!Β  Judy told me they are made with dies!Β  Wow, you can make almost anything with a die now!Β  Thank you Judy, all of these cards are great and will make dads smile as well as kids! πŸ™‚

I get so many different cards, it’s really amazing! πŸ™‚Β  Everyone seems to have their favorite style and I know it gives our kids a lot to choose from! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you all for your wonderful creations! πŸ™‚

I may be able to get back twice before Father’s Day to show you more cards, if not, at least once! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming by today, I really appreciate your interest in the cards posted! πŸ™‚Β  We have a brand new theme up on our Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog today, be sure to go check it out! πŸ™‚Β  It’s anything goes!





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Freshly Made Sketches #238 & SAS4Kids

Wow, my mother warned me this would happen 😦  The older you get, the faster time goes!Β  Don’t you hate it when your mom is right! ?Β  No bad news, I’ve just been incredibly busy!Β  I’m sorry I’ve been away so long! 😦

First, I’ve made a card for Freshly Made Sketches #238. Almost all of my supplies for this card came from the Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions catalog, ending May 31st.


11aSDC10339The background is Crisp Cantaloupe, the flower is Watermelon Wonder, with a black and white center. On top of the flower is a designer gem that I bought at Michaels πŸ™‚Β  The flower and leaf came from the set Botanical Blooms, it was a bundle that came with a die set.Β  I didn’t get the set at first, but after a number of people sent in cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids with these elements, I had to get it!

The leaf is Mossy Meadow, as well as the sentiment background.Β  The sentiment came from a free Sale-A- Bration set called What I Love.Β  I added one of the Stampin’ Up! doilies, cut to fit πŸ™‚Β  It’s hard to see, but on top of the background color, I added a layer of vellum from the Sale-A- Bration catalog that was free at the time, and layered the whole thing onto the new thick Whisper White cardstock.

I made this card for my grandson’s Pre-K teacher πŸ™‚Β  She was wonderful, and my grandson really liked her, he had a great time in her class! πŸ™‚

Now, because I am so far behind, I’m going to jump right into the Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚Β  Some of these cards came in during March!

First up is Janelle Klapperich πŸ™‚Β  Janelle has sent in cards for SAS4Kids many times! πŸ™‚

Janelle also uses a lot of Stampin’ Up! products!, she does a great job! πŸ™‚Β  Janelle also sent in Mother’s Day cards using the Botanical Blooms set πŸ™‚Β Β  Thank you, Janelle, for all your wonderful cards and support of our cause! πŸ™‚

Brenda Zellner from WI is next, she is also a repeat sender! πŸ™‚Β  Brenda sent in two sets of cards, one in March and one in April, I’m going to show you some of each set πŸ™‚

Brenda sent these cards in and I told her how much I liked them, and she sent more! πŸ™‚

I love the little puppies! πŸ™‚

Thank you Brenda, these are all great cards that I know the kids will love sharing with their dads! πŸ™‚

Next is Sandy Borsheim of MN πŸ™‚Β  Sand sends in cards on a regular basis πŸ™‚

Thank you Sandy for your wonderful cards! πŸ™‚Β  The little kids cards will be great! πŸ™‚

I really appreciate all the different styles of cards our card makers send! πŸ™‚Β  There is truly “something for everyone”! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you ladies, I will be sending out these cards at the end of next week!Β  I’m so grateful that you sent them in early, so I could get them sorted and into boxes sooner! πŸ™‚

If you love looking at and getting inspiration from our cards, but don’t know about Send A Smile 4 Kids, please take a few minutes and check out our site πŸ™‚Β  We also have a blog challenge where you can enter your cards, or just see what everyone else is doing! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming by today, and thank you all who have signed up to follow me! πŸ™‚Β  I’m hoping to be back next week with some more Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚




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Merry Monday #202, SAS4Kids

Wow, I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! 😦  Thank you to all of those who are still receiving my blog posts! πŸ™‚Β  I guess I’ve been a little depressed, even though I feel healthy.Β  Spring has been dark, cold, rainy and snowy, not the sunshine and warmth I was longing for 😦  I hope the weather is nicer where you are! πŸ™‚

Today, I finally made a card! πŸ™‚Β  I will be posting it on the challenge over at Merry Monday #202 and then saving it in my Christmas box for Send A Smile 4 Kids πŸ™‚



My Project (201604301530)

The main image is from Stampin’ Up!Β  I have the stamp set, Winter Memories (retired), but I used the digital format to enlarge the image.Β  The embossing folder is from Ultimate Crafts, Snowflake Frame.Β  I used some Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Details to add some sparkle πŸ™‚

The hardest part, well there were two hard parts, one was deciding what to do, the other was getting the size right to fit in the center of the embossing folder πŸ˜‰Β Β  I know, it sounds so simple, a card with snow, but that leaves so much room for interpretation! I have one hospital that asks for no embellishments and this will fit the bill πŸ™‚

Now, because I’m really far behind, I have a bunch of Mother’s Day cards to share with you! πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to keep my commentary to a minimum so I can show more cards πŸ™‚Β  I show them in the order they were received πŸ™‚

First up is LauraJane Head πŸ™‚Β  LauraJane has a blog that you can visit here πŸ™‚


Next is Diane Herniman πŸ™‚


Next is Vicki Luebke πŸ™‚


Next is Janelle Klapperich, she sent multiples of these πŸ™‚



Next is Andrea La Vigne, you can visit her blog here πŸ™‚


Next is my friend Mairead Reid πŸ™‚


Next is Debbie Caldwell πŸ™‚


Next is Ann Williams πŸ™‚


Next is Trish Cudney, you can visit her blog here πŸ™‚


Next is Holly Blaskie πŸ™‚


Next is Donna Wakefield, you can visit her blog here πŸ™‚

Wow, what great cards!Β  I’m all caught up with Mother’s Day cards πŸ™‚Β  I want to thank every one of my card makers for their beautiful cards!Β  I know the kids will love sharing them with their moms! πŸ™‚Β  All my card makers work extra hard for our kids and I appreciate their efforts and the love they put into every card!Β  πŸ™‚

Thank you for coming by for some inspiration! πŸ™‚Β  I hope to be back sooner next time, thank you for your interest and support! πŸ™‚










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Freshly Made Sketches #231 & SAS4Kids

I started feeling much better this week after taking some antibiotics! πŸ™‚Β  No one knows what was exactly wrong, but the meds worked, YAY! πŸ™‚

Today I have a card I made for Freshly Made Sketches #231.Β  I will also enter it into our own Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge, which is For Moms or Special Females from kids:)

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Yes, I stay pretty close to the sketches;)Β  you’re probably thinking I cut the two pieces on the right.Β  Nope, I actually cut two very small strips of black.Β  I should have added one on the left of my image too, I still may, before sending to one of my hospitals πŸ™‚

The back is black, on top of that is my background image.Β  I should have taken a photo because it’s not a very wide image and what I did was put one image on the left and the other on the right and there is white in the center.Β  You only see one image that way.Β  The background image is from PC Hugware.Β  They’re no longer in business:(Β  But, you can get the cute Nolan & the BullFrog from Fred She Said! πŸ™‚

I was reminded of this image by my daughter telling her kids the other day how her and her brothers went fishing one year and when they came home they knocked on the door.Β  When I went to the door, they had this big bull frog right in my face, made me jump! lol Right away I thought of little Nolan taking his mom a bull frog for Mother’s Day πŸ™‚

The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes πŸ™‚

Ok, that’s enough from me, I have two guests today, the first is Ann Merkins of MN πŸ™‚

You really need to click on these and make them bigger! πŸ™‚Β  Ann has told me she makes these cards with napkins!Β  She didn’t tell me how she does it though:(Β  They’re sparkly! πŸ™‚

I have never seen napkins this pretty in my life! πŸ™‚Β  They really make beautiful cards! πŸ™‚

The card on the far left is so beautiful, the colors are stunning!Β  I really like the card on the far right too! πŸ™‚Β  Ann made several quilt cards in different colors and designs, they’re all beautiful! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Ann for such wonderful cards for our kids to share with their moms! πŸ™‚

Next I have Janelle Klapperich of SD πŸ™‚

You all know I love when you use the same papers, layouts or images in different ways! πŸ™‚ The two cards on the left look really different, even though they’re basically the same πŸ˜‰Β  Now I could split these up and send to two different hospitals, but I don’t think it would matter, even if they were on the same floor πŸ˜‰

Janelle uses a lot of Stampin’ Up! products! πŸ™‚Β  All three of the cards to the right are made with Botanical Blooms, stamp and die bundle.Β  Also the one above with the yellow flower πŸ™‚Β  It’s still available in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions Catalog until May 31st! πŸ™‚Β  Yes, I do sell Stampin’ Up!, I just don’t push anyone to buy it πŸ˜‰

I didn’t buy this set, because I didn’t care for the examples I had seen 😦  If I had seen Janelle’s examples I would have had this already! πŸ™‚Β  The green card in the center is gorgeous!Β Β  Janelle did such a great job, you should enlarge it πŸ˜‰

Here’s a peek at some Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚Β  More Stampin’ Up! products! πŸ™‚Β  These are all great Father’s Day cards! πŸ™‚Β  I really love the plane, and I have that set! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Janelle for sharing these wonderful cards with our kids! πŸ™‚Β  I’m sure the dads will be thrilled! πŸ™‚

Well, I’m off to bed, I won’t stay well if I don’t get my sleep!Β  It snowed here last night and was still on the grass this morning!Β  I hope you all are having some better weather! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming by today, I hope you all have a great week and come back again soon! πŸ™‚





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Merry Monday #197, Easter & SAS4Kids

This has been a horrible month for me! 😦  I had Strep Throat, a cold, and now a Sinus infection! 😦  I am not a happy camper:(

What cheers me up is to make cards, sort cards, box cards & send cards!Β  Actually, anything that involves cards makes me smile! πŸ™‚Β  So I’m here to share some Easter cards with you! πŸ™‚

First, my card, is for Merry Monday #197.

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One of my card makers used this embossing folder by Darise, I loved it so much, I had to get it!Β  It folds up at the corners and looks like a photo frame:)Β  Here’s a side view:


For this card I used the Darise Embossing Folder, I think it’s actually called Photo Frame.I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock, White Glimmer Paper, and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.Β  I used a digital image from BellasScrapsnClips on Etsy.Β  One more photo to show you the Wink of Stella:)


I put the Wink of Stella on all the snow, I think it looks really pretty! πŸ™‚Β  Next I have some guests with Easter cards! πŸ™‚Β  First up is Cyndie Reis of CA:)Β  Cyndie has sent in cards a couple of times now:)

Aren’t these cute!?Β  The colors, the papers the cutouts, all are so adorable! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you so much Cyndie for finding us and sending cards in! πŸ™‚


Holly Blaskie is a repeat sender from MI:)

Pretty colors and images, the kids will love these! πŸ™‚

I love these papers and colors, so Springy! πŸ™‚Β  I adore this little lamb from Stampin’ Up! so cute for Easter! πŸ™‚Β  Thank you Holly, your cards are always wonderful! πŸ™‚


Lastly I have Lee Mae Elkins of WA:)Β  Lee Mae has her own blog that you can visit here,

Lee Mae has sent in a wide variety of cards and very few duplicates, where does she find the time?!

Some really great cards for the boys, and the ones on the right, I think would be great for teens:)

Simple layouts, but great papers and images make them special! πŸ™‚

More cute cards! πŸ™‚

These cards are adorable, love the papers and images!

I love all of these cards!Β  The two on the left are so different from the rest! πŸ™‚Β  The two on the right are also so stinkin’ cute!Β  Thank you Lee Mae for sending so many different cards, I know the kids will love all of them! πŸ™‚

Well, I’m exhausted and ready for bed!Β  Maybe I’ll take a nap and get up again, who knows;)Β  Thanks so much for coming by today, I really appreciate your interest! πŸ™‚Β  I’m hoping to get well at some point soon so I can get back to some kind of schedule.Β  I’m sorry if I’m not as cherry as usual:(

I’m wishing all of you a very Happy Easter, I hope you can enjoy it with people you love! πŸ™‚




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