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SAS4Kids- Easter

Welcome back! 🙂  I had intended to post another blog entry this month, and the month just flew by too fast, sorry 😦  But here I am, and today, I have a card to share for kids with Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂


I saw a card on Pinterest with these eggs by PaperTrey Ink and I thought they were adorable! 🙂  The green paper is Stampin’ Up! and the Happy Easter die is from Memory Box.  It was fun to put together with Stampin’ Up! inks 🙂

I have a couple of guests cards today 🙂  Please enjoy the Winter cards made by Trish Cudney of MN, where it’s still Winter as well as in IL!


Here are two cards showing what I mean by Seasonal, everyday cards 🙂  Happy Birthday and a miss you card.  Nice winter themes and paper, but with everyday sentiments 🙂

I love blue Winter cards, it’s my favorite color! 🙂  You can click on them to make them larger.  Winter themes with no sentiment can be used for any occasion! 🙂


Thank you Trish for these wonderful cards! 🙂  The kids will still be able to enjoy them during the deep freeze here in IL&IN! 🙂

Now I have some more Easter cards, this time from Vicki Luebke of IN 🙂


Thank you Vicki, for these super fun, colorful and cheerful cards! 🙂

I would like to thank all of my donors for their continued support of our SAS4K, kids! 🙂  You help bring cheer to our kids all year long, and I know they will have large smiles on their faces when receiving these cards and all the cards sent in so far this year! 🙂

If you’re not a donor, that’s fine with us, we hope you enjoy our inspiration and hope you might join us at some point! 🙂

Thank you all for stopping by, I’m thankful for your interest! 🙂  I really do plan on having another post around the 15th of the month 🙂  If you sign up to follow me, you’ll receive my post in your email 🙂




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Freshly Made Sketches #324 & Easter

Hello again! 🙂  I know, I’ve been gone a long time again 😦  I hope you all are making Easter cards! 🙂  Easter is early this year, April 1st!  Hard to believe there are only a few weeks to get your cards sent in! 🙂  I have some cards to show you that I’ve been working on 🙂  My first card is for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #324.  I will also be posting on the SAS4Kids challenge blog, you can too! 🙂

First up is the sketch I worked from:

FMS Final 324-001My Project (201802152018) c

For this card I used a retired Stampin’ Up! set, Basket Bunch 🙂  I think it’s such a cute set, I wish we still had it for sale! 🙂  It comes with all the stamps and dies, I just used a little ink and it was all done! 🙂  I find these minimal sketches very challenging, I’m so used to putting so much more on a card!

Here are a few more cards I made for Easter, not very exciting, but I’m sure some kids is going to love them! 🙂  I also found making “boy” Easter cards to be a challenge!  I hope some of you are making “boy” cards! 😉

Donor cards for Easter have been very slow coming in, but I have some cards to share 🙂  First up is Diane Herniman from Canada 🙂  Diane was joined by her daughter, Dawn to make these great cards! 🙂

Thank you Diane and Dawn, beautiful cards! 🙂  Lots of variety here for kids of all ages! 🙂


I also have cards to share from Ruby Haugen of MN:)

Thank you Ruby for always sending such adorable cards! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at all the Easter cards! 🙂  Hopefully you’ve gotten some inspiration, or decided you’d like to send in cards to our cause as well! 🙂  It seems most of our volunteers have a good supply of cards, except holidays.  Easter will be very soon!  Please try to get cards to your volunteers at least 2 weeks prior to a holiday! 🙂  After Easter/Spring is Mother’s Day and then Father’s Day, I know, hard to believe! 🙂

Please let me know if you would like to become a volunteer! 🙂  You get to choose your hospitals, and donors would send you cards to share with that hospital or hospitals 🙂

Kids love to receive cards and handmade cards are the best! 🙂

Thank you for coming by today, it’s always fun to share the wonderful cards received for our kids! 🙂  I hope to see you sooner next time! 🙂



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Happy Mother’s Day at SAS4Kids

Mother’s Day is coming next month! 🙂  I finally made some cards that I’ve been seeing everywhere!  I love these cards and I think they’re great for Mother’s Day:) So I’m going to get right to it.  I made all these cards myself:)  I’m going to enter one into the challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids, take a look:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the paper looked like before I cut it up.  It’s a sheet from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Blooms.  The other side is beautiful too! 🙂


I did the top row first. I used Soft Sky for the words and background.  I felt the words came out too light.  One the second card, I also used Soft Sky for the background, but Blushing Bride for the sentiment background.  I used Rose Red for the rest of the sentiments because I liked the way it looked;)  The third card, I used Crushed Curry, even though that wasn’t one of the colors listed for the paper package.  I thought it went better with the flower centers.


On this row, I used Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky and Rose Red for the backgrounds.  The center one has a little butterfly cut from the reverse side.  The card on the right has Dazzling Delights added to the purple flowers.  I couldn’t find any SU sentiments that I liked so I used a Mother’s Day stamp from Recollections, the Michaels brand.

There’s no shipping charges on any Stampin’ Up! order this week until Friday, April 10th! 🙂  Let me know if you would like to order anything:)

Here are some Birthday cards I made:)


abSDC15181For this one, I used some paper out of a stack by Prima, called Firefly, I think it’s retired, but still beautiful:)  This is one of the more plain papers, my granddaughter picked it out:)  I cut it with a Memory Box die, Grand Happy Birthday.  I added a little bow in Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight.  The bird I got from Dozens Of Paper Cuts on Etsy.  I ordered two sets and I requested Stampin’ Up! Brights and Subtles.  Sue does a great job! 🙂

abSDC15201Another bird from Dozens Of Paper Cuts. I used the same Memory Box Die as above.  I stamped the birthday hat from a SU set that I just can’t remember right now:(  I cut out the hat part and then cut a small circle with a Stampin’ Up! hand punch, I think the 1/16th.  The paper is Night of Navy, and the DSP is from the current Occasions catalog, it’s called Birthday Bash Specialty because it has some embossed gold foil.  I printed mine with My Digital Studio.  I’m going to use the “real” paper next time to get the gold embossing:)

abSDC15203Again I used Designer Series Paper, Birthday Bash Specialty, and Night of Navy. I used the same Memory Box Die.  The little dragon is from Lawn Fawn, called Critters Ever After.  It has a matching die set.  The balloons I cut out of SU cardstock, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and I think Old Olive, but I could be wrong about the green.  I colored the dragon with my Stampabilities markers.  I drew the balloon strings with my SU white pen.  I did use My Digital Studio to print my Birthday Bash paper, so it doesn’t have any gold in it:(  I like it, but I will use my paper package next time:)

I forgot to post some of my own Easter cards so I will add those here.  I made them for SAS4Kids, I was thinking teenager cards;)




For these I used a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog called, For Peeps’ Sake.  The SU DSP is retired, Kaleidoscope.  I got it when it was in the Clearance Rack! 🙂  I used SU Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay as my background cardstock.

Please be sure to read my post about my May Blog Candy!

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I’m not sure what I’ll be posting yet, it will be a surprise for all of us;)





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One last Easter post with a guest

Okay, I’m sneaking in with one more Easter card:)  My guest today is Gail Beggs from Illinois, my home state:)  Gail actually sells cards on ebay, but she sent me a lovely box of cards as a donation for the kids! 🙂  You can find Gail and her cards here.  Gail sent a number of great cards for kids plus some Easter and  Mother’s Day, which, surprise, I will show you as well:)  Now for the Easter cards:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese cards are both made with Stampin’ Up! products.  The embossing folder used is the same as the one I will be sending out in May to one lucky winner:)   You can read about the May Blog Candy here🙂  I love everything about these cards, the colors, the embossing folder, the flowers, the crosses…… beautiful! 🙂   At this time, I am the only SAS4K hospital that accepts religious cards.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAIsn’t this a sweet Mother’s Day card?  The sentiment looks better in hand than in this photo.  I love the colors and the gentle flowers, someone’s mother will really enjoy this card:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHow about this card, is this one too cute?  She sent a few of these, I think someone’s mom will love this one too:)  I love the image, colors and sentiment! 🙂  Gail is very creative and I know she has recently put up new cards:)

Take a look around the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog, this is the link for their card challenge. You can enter your cards and maybe win some freebies for yourself! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today:)  I do appreciate everyone who stops by and takes a look:)  I’ve been making my own cards and will be back again soon to show some off:)







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SAS4K with another guest with Easter

I think this will be my last post with Easter cards……I may be able to squeeze in one more…..we’ll see:)  For today I have another Easter card made by Diane Herniman from Canada:)  Diane makes beautiful cards that I couldn’t CASE in a million years!  Diane uses lots of photos that she’s taken herself in her gardens!  They are truly one of a kind cards! 🙂

This card, as well as the other cards she has sent to me, have already been boxed up and sent to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois:)  Diane and many others, donate their time and efforts to make sure the children at the hospitals served through Send A Smile 4 Kids, have cards to brighten their days at the hospital:)  I know it makes me and many others happy to do this for the children! 🙂

What you’re going to see today is one card, with photos in and out, be sure and see all the photos:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the handmade envelope.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the back of the card. So cute for the kids:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the front of the card.  I love the bunny from Diane’s garden, and look at that cute paper! 🙂

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the inside of Diane’s card.  Usually our cards are blank inside and on the backs, so don’t let this scare you.  SAS4Kids, does not expect all cards to look like this!  But isn’t it beautiful?  Look at those darling little bunnies in their nest.  Even though there are things inside this card, there is still room for a personal note:)

Diane has a talent that she is sharing with our children!  I am so thankful to have been able to receive some of her cards to share with the children in “my” hospital! 🙂  However, if you have sent me cards for the kids, or are thinking about doing so, I love all the cards that come in through me!  Everyone has a different talent to share!  I have showcased other cards from other donors, and I appreciate every single one!  I know the children in the hospital appreciate every card that they receive!  I have spoken with “my” hospital, every card that I have sent in so far has been given to a child:)

At the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the children are all different ages.  The different cards I receive are good for certain ages.  I leave it up to the staff at the hospital to determine who gets which card.  Some of your cards will be used by the children to give to their parents or siblings.  I will be posting some of the cards I’ve made soon, and you will see that my cards don’t look like this!  I’m proud of my cards, I try to make them for certain age groups, and most of them are pretty simple. I do the best job I can, with the children and parents in mind:)  I don’t compare my cards to Diane’s, I don’t compare anyone’s cards to Diane’s or anyone else that sends cards!  I know that anyone who makes cards for this group or any group has love in their heart to share! 🙂

I have a lot more cards to share!  This month has been about Easter, April will be about Mother’s day.  I’ll also show some cards that don’t have these themes, but mostly I’ll be showing whatever the next holiday will be:)

I’ve decided to make a change to my Blog Candy for April.  It will instead be in May, 2015.  My next post will have all the Blog Candy info, so be sure to sign up to follow me! 🙂

Thanks for coming by, I will be back real soon, I hope you will too! 🙂


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SAS4Kids with Guest

This is the month heading into Easter, so I’m trying to show cards that are Easter related.  My guest today is Jill Blasche, from TX.  She sent in cards that she made herself and those of The Card Makers of Glazier Senior Ed. Center.  Jill shared this lovely photo with me of the group:)



2-3-15 002I have 4 Easter cards to share that Jill and her group sent in to share with the kids at The Children’s Hospital of IL.  Sponsored by Send A Smile 4 Kids.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAren’t this precious?!  The first one could be Easter or just Spring, but it has little gems that look like Easter eggs to me;) I love them both and I know the kids will too! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese two look like they’re for older kids, maybe boys.  I really like the colors and layout of the top one.  The second one uses a big piece of worded paper.  It opens at the top by the little orange circle tab, so the top and bottom both fold out with space inside for your message.  Really cool, some bunny will really get a kick out of it! 🙂

These are all really great cards for children!  Many thanks to Jill and her group for sending these in to us! 🙂

Here’s some more info about my April  MAY blog candy.  Throughout the month of April 2015, anyone who makes a comment on this blog, will be entered into a drawing for some blog candy:)  What might that be you may ask.  Well, I’ve already decided on one prize, and that will be a Sale A Bration stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  You could, and still can, earn it for free, but you, as well as I, would need to spend $50 on Stampin’ Up! product to qualify.  Here’s a photo of the set for you.

20150106_SAB_en-US-page11I will be announcing more blog candy in the coming weeks so be sure to follow my blog to see everything that I will give away in April MAY! 🙂

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  My next blog will have some more Easter cards from a guest in Canada. Yay, imported cards! 🙂 lol  Hope to see you soon:)


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Freshly Made Sketches #177

Wow, here I am with 3 new cards, and I made them all!  Shocking, I know!  lol  Okay, I actually made one last week and didn’t get a chance to post it;)  Still counts as me making it:)

The first card I made for the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #177.  Here’s their sketch for this week:

FMS Final 177-001And my card

SDC15053aYes, it looks almost exactly like the sketch;)  But the color is a little off:(  The background and the sentiment are both Very Vanilla from Stampin’ Up!.  The next layer is not grey, it’s Sahara Sand also Stampin’ Up!  The ribbon is Primrose Petals Seam Binding (retired).  The seam binding and the other embellishments come from a retired set from 2013 called Embellishments Artisan Kit from Stampin’ Up!  (Not the current Artisan kit)

OMGoodness, all that info is correct, but I couldn’t stand it, I had to stop everything and go take more photos!!

abSDC15057Ok, now does it look better?  It’s a little dark, but the colors are more true.  I’m happy now:) This is the card I will enter in the challenge.

This next card, I made for the challenge, but decided it had too much going on.  Any opinions?

SDC15052aFor all my cards today I used my favorite white cardstock bases from Michaels.  You can scroll down on my blog a bit and find all the info on card bases:)  Next I layered Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, and the strip is some new DSP from Stampin’ Up! called Painted Blooms.  It’s in the new Spring catalog and I love it! 🙂  I used a Stampin’ Up! retired embossing folder on the Daffodil Delight oval, and Wild Wasabi for the sentiment with Chocolate Chip words.  Does anyone recognize the retired Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Bunny?  It’s embossed with clear so you can see a little glare on his ears, I cut him out by hand. Lastly I used the Bitty Banners Framelits for cutting my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, SU.  I think I’ll enter this one in the challenge over at SAS4Kids, you can check out more cards for kids here.


SDC15051aNow isn’t this little guy cute?!  This is a precolored digital image from Doodle Pantry.  I’m going to enter this one in the Doodle Pantry Challenge, ANTS IN MY PANTRY DIGITAL CHALLENGE  3.  They actually had a shorter challenge name and changed it. lol  It’s all good, I copied and pasted the title;)  This image is called Quirky Bunny, and can be found here.  The kit comes with the background paper as well, and a b&w image you can color yourself.  I used some pretty Easter egg ribbon, hmmm, where did I get that?  Sorry, I can’t remember:(  I did use Tempting Turquoise from Stampin’ Up! behind the bunny, and the same Bitty Banners Framelits to cut the sentiment, which also comes in the kit.

All my cards today will be going in the boxes for Send A Smile 4 Kids:)

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I still plan on showing more Easter cards, so come back and see:)

I’d like to remind everyone that in April, I will be having some blog candy!  All you have to do is comment on any of my blog posts in the month of April.  Any comment will be entered to win! 🙂  I’m not sure what I will have yet, but I’m pretty sure there will be three prizes and one prize will be a brand new stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called You Brighten My Day.  I’ll show it next month and make a card with it:)

This is my Stampin’ Up! blog where you can see the catalogs and more cards:)  See you soon! 🙂





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SAS4Kids Easter/Spring with Guest

It’s Easter/Spring cards over at Send A Smile 4 Kids! 🙂  Maybe you’re thinking it’s too late to send in Easter cards:(  Not for my location! 🙂  I have until March 23rd to get my box in.  So if you’re done with your cards, or if you’re almost done, please send them in! 🙂  If you still want to send them in, go ahead, I’ll save them until next year:)

If you’re just starting your Easter cards and you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve got some! 🙂  Today my guest is Holly Blaskie from MI.  I’ve shown some of Holly’s cards before, she does a wonderful job with colors, papers and themes! 🙂  I love the way she can use the same supplies and make cards that look really different, yet similar:) Lets see how many I can fit in today:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFour cards almost exactly the same.  See how just the different colors, can make the cards feel different?  Cardstock and Washi tape, I bet the kids will love them! 🙂


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere are two different layouts with the same paper.  I think they have a completely different feel.  The eggs feel like a younger child, and the flowers feel like an older child, maybe a parent.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI get the same feeling from these two cards.  I don’t know if that was Holly’s intention, but she sure did a great job! 🙂  These are wonderful cards with thought and effort put into every one!  I know the kids will love all of these cards, no matter which one they get! 🙂

Thanks to Holly for allowing me to share her beautiful cards with you all today! 🙂  Check out the SAS4Kids blog challenge page! 🙂  You can see more samples of cards for our kids:)  My location is the only Hospital right now accepting religious cards.  Always upbeat and cheerful, please no Angels waiting at the gates of Heaven.  Suggested sentiments:  Praying for you, Hugs & Prayers, You’re in my thoughts and prayers, all are good sentiments.  I will accept cheerful animal angels, such as cats, or bears.

Praying Birdie

This image is available at Doodle Pantry, very cute:)


This image is available at Fred She Said Designs.  Fred She Said is only taking email orders right now, but you can still get it.

These are both digital artwork and are downloadable to print out on your own printer.  Just suggestions on cheerful angels and prayers.

Thank you for coming by today!  I will be back by soon with some more Easter cards:)





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Friday Mashup #98

Today I have a card for the Friday Mashup #98.  Here is their sketch for this week:


So here is the “Mashup” Challenge:


  1. Make a project “using the Sketch”.
  2. Or Make a project with “Bunnies”.
  3. Or “Mash it Up” and create a project with the “Sketch featuring Bunnies”

I didn’t use the sketch this week, I went for the Bunnies;)  Here is the card I made:

Half-fold Card3I used a pre-colored, digital image from Fred She Said called, Bunneh!   How cute is that?!  On Feb. 28th, FSS is going to be welcoming some new Design Team Members.  In their honor, she will be having a showcase of cards on her blog, Fred, She Said Digital Designs.  I hope you’ll come by and see some new cards, including this one:)

The background paper is from Raspberry Road Designs.  I used some random embellishments and Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green.  The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! set called Teeny Tiny Wishes🙂

I’m still so far behind from being sick:(  I missed two challenges last week:(  Now that I’m feeling better I hope to catch up:)

Thanks for coming by today, hope to see you again soon:)





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