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Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge #180

Hello visitors! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m so happy to be here for the SAS4Kids Celebration Cards 4 Kids Challenge #180! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m posting my card and you can go to our blog to see the other cards made for the challenge, and you can join in too! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here is my card:


I was thinking boy, Winter, Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I used a Birthday die from Stampin’ Up!, and all Stampin’ Up! cardstock.ย  The printed paper is from a stack by Carta Bella, called Cabin Fever, I love this paper stack.ย  If you can’t find the paper anymore, you can get it digital from Snap Click Supply.ย  I used the digital 6×6 paper #1&2.ย  I have a nice Cannon printer and I used Matte, photo paper.

This post will be a little long, I have two guests to share their cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First is Brenda Zellner ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of Brenda’s cards are Winter cards, but there are some Christmas included as well ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Brenda for these wonderful cards, they are perfect for our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next I have cards from Paula Kysilka ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Paula lives in FL but truly understands Winter, and Christmas from a lot of other states! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Paula, these are also wonderful cards that our kids will love! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you both for sharing your talents! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of these cards have general sentiments, and very few actual “Merry Christmas” cards.ย  I’ve been asked to send more cards that have Non-“Merry Christmas” sentiments, such as “Happy Holidays”, “Seasons Greetings”, and such.ย  I know it’s a sign of the times we live in, but it makes me sad just the same ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I want to thank all of my donors who can “go with the flow” and adjust to whatever our hospitals ask for! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope you’ll come back again and maybe join our challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You don’t have to make cards to enjoy our wonderful card makers efforts! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all can celebrate the holiday season whatever way makes you happy! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Freshly Made Sketches #292, SAS4Kids

Welcome back! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ve been making cards again! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love all the sunshine we’ve been getting, it makes me so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It also gives me a lot of energy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  My grandson has been allowing me to make some cards by being really good! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made and will enter into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #292, a fun Summer card, I hope you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here’s the sketch:

FMS Final 292-001


This is where I found this digital image on Etsy. Prettygrafikdesign.

I used Stampin’ Up! papers, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, and a retired DSP.ย  Isn’t he so cute! ?ย  Reminded me of my grandson:)ย  That’s not the only cute card I made, here are a few more:

Some of my images and papers are also from Clipartland, also on Etsy. I had lots of fun making these simple layouts with the cute images! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I also used more cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, and Pacific Point.ย  The printed papers came from Etsy on one of the sites already given above.

I don’t think we have enough African American images on our cards ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I was thrilled to find some cute ones on Etsy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Although I have to say, it’s disappointing to just find “white” kids colored “brown”.ย  At least these images have ethnic hair.

I’m having trouble finding teen boy or girl images, if anyone knows a source, please let me know!ย  A lot of our “kids” are teens.

I haven’t gotten a lot of Summer cards, that’s one of the reasons I decided to make some.ย  I made quite a few of these cards ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  I did just this Saturday get a package from Janelle Klapperich of SD ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here are some of her cards:

On the left are two cards.ย  On the right is the inside of the blue “hat” card.ย  Not a great photo, but I believe you can tell one of the balloons is popping out ๐Ÿ™‚

Janelle let me keep one of the jellyfish cards for my grandson, she is so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  He loves jellyfish and put this card in a place of honor so he can see it every day! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love all of these cards, fun and colorful, sure to bring smiles to lots of faces! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you so much Janelle for sending them in! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I want to thank everyone who makes and sends in cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Be sure to check out our blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The current challenge is “For the boys“, and I will also post my card there ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can join the fun too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all for coming by! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I appreciate your interest, even if you don’t send in cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope you all have found some inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hope to see you all again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚




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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!ย  Today I have a card I made with the SAS4Kids blog challenge in mind ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The challenge ending May 5th is, Punches and/or Die Cuts.


This card is actually for one of my granddaughters.ย  She just turned 12 and is very picky about her cards.ย  I did use a punch, and a die cut.ย  Her favorite color is red, at least for now ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  She was very happy to get a “grown-up” card ๐Ÿ™‚ย  She may feel differently next year, I guess we’ll see. lol

Now for some great cards from our SAS4Kids donors! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First up is Holly Blaskie of MI.

I love these cards, they are great examples of making different cards using almost the same supplies! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Holly for these beautiful cards, that either boys or girls will love to share with their moms! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next is Tammy Gullett of IA ๐Ÿ™‚

I love Tammy’s cards too! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Similar products with different outcomes ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Now I know both of these ladies have other supplies, they have both been donating a long time! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So it’s not that they don’t have other supplies to use ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  This is a great way to make cards that look different so everyone doesn’t get the same card ๐Ÿ™‚

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!ย  I could send all of these cards to the same hospital and everyone would feel they have a different card! ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, I have three hospitals, even making multiples of the same card would reach different patients, and in this case, moms! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  We want your card making to be fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Tammy for continuing to share your wonderful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next I have Lee Mae Elkins of WA ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Lee Mae actually makes almost all different cards, she makes very few multiples, that’s just the way she rolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Lee Mae, for these beautiful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

All the cards shared today, on my last few posts and those that were went in but not pictured here, have all been sent! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  My husband and I took them to the Post Office today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thanks to everyone who has donated for Mother’s Day,ย  I sent over 300 cards for the kids to share with their moms for Mother’s Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

I appreciate everyone who makes and sends cards for our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I appreciate everyone who stops by and visits my blog, and thank you to all who join our challenge over at SAS4Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ll come back again to see the amazing cards, even the cards that I make ๐Ÿ˜‰



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The Paper Players #265 & Halloween guests for SAS4Kids

Okay, we’re winding down on the Halloween cards, but not tonight!ย  Tonight, I have three guests with cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First, my card for the challenge over at the Paper Players #265๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s a Halloween challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

pp265pumpkinThere were no guidelines, except to make a Halloween card.ย  I chose to make a Stampin’ Up! circle thinlits card.ย  I’ve been thinking about making this type of card for a few weeks.ย  Then some came in for SAS4Kids, and I knew I had to put one together! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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.ย  The cute puppy and the moon are from Lawn Fawn, they come with matching dies.ย  The candy corn on the left I bought at Michaels at least a year ago, it’s all sparkly:)ย  My granddaughter approved this card, as a matter of fact, she wants to keep it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I guess I’ll have to make at least one more! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Now on to our guests!ย  My first guest is a repeat sender, Nancy Simmons, from FL:)ย  Nancy makes great cards and usually uses a lot of ribbon.ย  Today she has used Bakers Twine.ย  I’m only showing some of her cards.ย  She made a few designs but changed up the papers and sent multiples! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how I display them in my log book.ย  I keep track of everything! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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!ย  I’m not good at this, it takes me forever just to pick out one paper! lol

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t these great?!ย  I know Nancy uses Stampin’ Up! products a lot of the time! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love all these cards, they’re fun and definitely not-too-scary! Thank you Nancy for the great cards! ๐Ÿ™‚


Next I have Tammy Gullett from IA:)ย  Tammy is also a repeat sender!ย  I love all my cardmakers, I have a great group! ๐Ÿ™‚ Tammy also sent some great cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhat fun cards, I know the kids won’t be afraid of these! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis a great Frankie card!ย  I’m sorry my photo is a little blurry, but I couldn’t take a new photo:(ย  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.ย  Tammy used a similar technique, but I can’t tell if she used the die I used.ย  These are all wonderful cards to share with our kids, Thank you Tammy for sending them in! ๐Ÿ™‚


My last guest today is Andrea La Vigne from TX:)ย  Andrea has her own blog ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Please visit Andrea’s Paper Antics for more details on her cards:)ย  I’ve linked the page for this card, because it’s awesome, but she has plenty of other cards that are great as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is an awesome shaped card with sequins inside! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The kids are going to be jealous of whoever gets this one! lolย  Andrea tells how she made it on her blog, so be sure to check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI love the papers Andrea uses, and her layouts are great too! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI love these 4 cards!ย  They are such gentle Halloween cards!ย  I know any age would appreciate these cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Andrea for sharing your talents with us and the kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Check out the SAS4Kids challenge blog to see what other cardmakers are sending in for our hospitals! ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I appreciate everyone who visits my blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you can come back again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚




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May Blog Candy!

Yay, it’s May 1st!ย  Time for some Blog Candy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday to me Blogย Candy!

Iโ€™m changing my Blog Candy to May instead of April.ย  My birthday is in May, two of my grandsons have birthdays in May, and my husbandโ€™s birthday is in May.ย  What a great month!!:)

So hereโ€™s what Iโ€™m thinkingโ€ฆ..throughout the entire month of May, you can make a comment on my blog, this will get you one chance to win.:)

You can send me a card for a โ€œchildโ€ 1 year to 19 years, that willย  get you two chances to win:)

If you make a comment during May, and send at least one card, you will have three chances to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

If youโ€™ve been following me for the last couple of months, you know I am doing volunteer work for Send A Smile 4 Kids, you can find my address and info here. ย  This is a wonderful group of people who make, collect, and donate handmade cards to childrenโ€™s hospitals:)ย  Any and all cards sent to me will be donated to The Childrenโ€™s Hospital of Illinois:)

What kind of Blog Candy do I have, you might ask.ย  I have 4 items that I will send out.ย  You will be able to let me know what your wish list is by numbering the letters 1-4.ย  One being what you would like the most, but this is not a guarantee. ย  These items have not been donated, all these items are from my own personal stash of craft items and are unused!ย  So hereโ€™s my list of Candy:)

A-From Stampinโ€™ Up, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.ย  I love this folder! ๐Ÿ™‚









B-From Stampinโ€™ Up, Tagtastic, cling mount stamp set.


Samples were part of the catalog display, not included.


C-From Stampinโ€™ Up, You Brighten My Day, cling mount stamp set.









D- From me, die cut outs.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI cut these out myself and took a photo, all are included.ย  I have cats in black, top center and white so you can color yourself.ย  Kittens, in white, below the cats, and black.ย  I have puppies, in Stampinโ€™ Up! Chocolate Chip and white.ย  There are two guitars one in silver and one in black.ย  Bottom left is a boy on a sled in black.ย  I love all of these cut outs, so I thought someone else might like them too:)

So, now, Iโ€™m hoping youโ€™re wondering what kind of card to send;)ย  Here are the SAS4Kids suggestions. You could send birthday, thank you, thinking of you, sending prayers, thoughts & prayers, have a great day, encouragement, no sentiment with a cheerful image, Fatherโ€™s Day is in June, so that would be fine as well.ย  Please no Get Well, some of these children will not get well:(ย  We would like to concentrate on cheerful cards:)

I will announce the winners by June 15th, so please follow me so you will be notified of the winners:)ย  Also, if you send cards, make sure you include your email address and I will be able to notify you personally:)


Now, I have a card today:)ย  I’m going to enter it in the Freshly Made Sketches # 184 challenge๐Ÿ™‚

FMS Final 184-001abSDC15713For this card I used Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, hmmm, I think the birds are Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo, but I don’t remember, sorry.ย  I added the birds as a last thought and I made them more than a month ago.ย  Both of the dies are from Impression Obsession.ย  The kite is DIE153-I and the birds are DIE154-A.ย  The bird die has 10 small birds and the kite comes with this big kite, the pieces to go inside the big kite, a small kite, two strings and 4 bows, really awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also going to enter again into The Challenge #32 over at Always Playing With Paper.

New Banner-005I really like this card:)ย  Yes, it will be going into my box for Send A Smile 4 Kids;)

One more bit of news:)ย  This card was chosen as a runner-up, (Glamette) for the Friday Mashup #206๐Ÿ™‚ย  Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚










Ok, I think that’s all for today:)ย  Thanks for coming by today, I hope you’ll enter to win my Blog Candy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  See you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚



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