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Freshly Made Sketches #295 & Guests

It’s been busy around here but I found time to make a card! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m glad you could join us for some inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m back with another card for Freshly Made Sketchs #295.ย  Here is their sketch for this week.

FMS Final 295-001

Here is my card for this week ๐Ÿ™‚


Yes, another card for the kids we serve at Send A Smile 4 Kids ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I used an adorable pre-colored digi from Fred She Said called “Emma in the Leaves Coloured“.ย  You can also get it uncolored in the section named Autumn.ย  I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Crushed Curry.ย  I also used the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.ย  Included in the set are circles, squares and ovals.ย  I do have some buttons shaped like leaves, but couldn’t find them, so I used some foiled leave that I found in my stash ๐Ÿ™‚

I like having Seasonal cards with different sentiments for the kids.ย  There’s more going on in every Season besides a holiday or Birthday! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  You can add encouraging words, general sentiments, as well as Happy Fall, Happy Halloween,Merry Christmas, etc.

I have guest cards today to share, I know everyone likes to see what everyone else is making! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First I have Jill Blasche of TX ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Jill makes and sends in lots of cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Jill for this wide variety of wonderful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Jill sent multiples of most of these cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  A lot of cards for our Peds ICU!

Next I have Vicki Luebke of IN ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Vicki also sends lots of cards and specializes in sending Encouragement cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Not sure what to send as an Encouragement card?ย  Look at some of these sentiments ๐Ÿ™‚

The little boy with the frog is also Fred She Said, it’s called “Nolan & The Bullfrog“.ย  Thank you Vicki for these great cards for our boys and girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly I have cards from Dr. Robin Hayworth of NY ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Robyn has sent many cards ๐Ÿ™‚

Robin doesn’t just send to me, I’ve seen thank yous on our gratitude page.ย  Robin is sending to several of our volunteers! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Robin for your dedication to our kids, with your beautiful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of variety today for just about everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’d like to thank, not just these three ladies, but all of my donors for their wonderful cards and their inspiration to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

For the Send A Smile blog post, please visit here ๐Ÿ™‚

If you come by just to visit, I’m thankful for your interest! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s easy to be a donor if you’d like to give it a try, please visit here, and then check out our other links at the top of the page ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all for coming by! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope to see you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚



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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Maybe I can even make another card and have two cards this week!ย  I can always dream! lol

I have a card for Merry Monday the #218 challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I will also submit it to the current challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids ! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here is the challenge over at Merry Monday ๐Ÿ™‚



I love plaid so I had fun making this card! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I used Wink of Stella on the roof and chimney for the snow, it looks really pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The card wouldn’t stay flat for me to take the photo, so it’s looks a little lopsided.ย  The circle is actually sized correctly.

The paper on the left is from Stampin’ Up!, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.ย  I also cut the little cottage out of another sheet of paper from the same series.ย  I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red, and Early Espresso card stock.ย  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.ย  The current holiday catalog runs until Jan. 3, 2017, but may run short close to the end.ย  You can contact me to purchase Stampin’ Up! products ๐Ÿ™‚

Do I have guest cards today?ย  Of course I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First up is Ann Williams of TX ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Ann for these wonderful Halloween cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next is Nanci Simmons of FL ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Nanci, great non-scary cards for our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up is Janelle Klapperich of SD ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Janelle for the Halloween and the great Fall cards as well ! ๐Ÿ™‚

One more set of cards for today from Debbie Eassy of PA ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Debbie, wonderful cards for the kids to enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d like to thank all of my card donors, what awesome cards for all of our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m pleased to see so many of you using Stampin’ Up! products! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s so much fun for me to see new examples of Stampin’ Up! cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I am so thankful to have all of you on “my” team! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to stop by Merry Monday and our own challenge at SAS4Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I still have some Halloween and Fall to share and then it will be on to Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love Christmas cards, I think they’re my favorites……maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  lolย  I actually love all handmade cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you can come by again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚




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Doodle Pantry & Send A Smile 4 Kids

I’ve been sick for a few days, and I’m afraid it may get worse, before it gets better ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Probably just a cold, I don’t understand how they can make you feel so miserable! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I have the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog near the top on the right side of my page! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can order now if you’re interested, I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the beginnings of Fall ! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love Fall and I have a number of cards to share with you today! ๐Ÿ™‚

First is my card for the Doodle Pantry sponsorship of Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I will enter it in both blogs ๐Ÿ™‚


Hmmm, it looks blurry here, but if you click to enlarge, it looks just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ I used some misc. paper on the right, a couple stickers on the left, and an digital image by one of our sponsors, Doodle Pantry! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  To make the card, I used Thinlits-Circle Card die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!ย  It’s so easy to make this cute card ! ๐Ÿ™‚


Now for some fun SAS4Kids donor cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  First I want to show some cards from my friend,ย  Jill Blasche of TX ๐Ÿ™‚ย  She has made some great examples of Fall themed cards that aren’t Halloween.ย  She also has sent in some cards made for two of my hospitals and then changed them up just a little, so they can go to my hospital with no embellishments ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, the orange one looks kind of Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Both cards are made two ways.ย  On the orange card, it’s made with googly eyes on the left, and on the right, it has just card stock eyes.ย  On the leaf card, on the right, you can see she used some string and a button.ย  On the left there is a paper button and just a strip of card stock in brown.ย  All of the cards are great and with minimal effort, changed into a card with no embellishments!

Again, the black card could be Halloween, but it has a general sentiment.ย  The black card on the left has ribbon, and the one on the right has card stock that looks like a ribbon ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The pumpkin card has a nice Fall theme, with a general sentiment.ย  the one on the right has ribbon and three gems.ย  The one on the right has green card stock and three punched holes to represent gems, very clever ๐Ÿ™‚

Two more that look like Halloween, but have general sentiments, and two more that are very Fall looking ๐Ÿ™‚

Four general cards included in the box, I love the birds! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Jill for all these wonderful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next I have cards from Diane Herniman from ON, Canada ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Diane makes wonderful cards with flowers from her garden and her dog, birds, and other live or flying things in her yard!

This is the front and inside of one of Diane’s cards.

On the left is the front and back of the card, and on the right is the inside ๐Ÿ™‚

All card fronts, gorgeous photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

On the left are two fronts and on the right is the envelope and card front ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Diane for your beautiful cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next is Yara Baird from WA,and she has a blog you can visit HERE.ย  Yara may have sent to other volunteers at SAS4Kids, but she is new to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Yara has sent in a wide variety in her box! ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer all the way to New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Yara for your wonderful cards! I know the kids will enjoy these cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know, it’s a long blog, but I’ve been gone a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  One last donor, and that is Vicki Luebke of IN ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Vicki sends in a lot of cards, she is really good with encouragement cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Great cards, Vicki, wonderful selection! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Vicki for your continued support of our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

All of the card makers on my team are talented and generous!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I couldn’t do my job without all of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s taken me two days to finish this or more, I can’t remember, I hate being sick! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I want to thank all of my cardmakers and everyone who has stopped by today for some inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope to be back soon with a brain that’s not filled with oatmeal!



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Merry Monday #175 & SAS4Kids

I got another card done, only took me three days! lolย  With all that goes on here, it’s a wonder I ever get a card done!ย  I’m actually working 3 different cards that are kind of the same, only not, if you know what I mean;)ย  Anyway….I did finish one of them and I thought I would enter it in the challenge over at Merry Monday #175, and it’s done before the last day, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Here is their challenge for this week:

Merry Monday #175aSDC17953Hmmm, now that I’m looking at it here, it looks like I followed the photo almost like a sketch.ย  That’s really strange, because the other cards I’m working on are totally different.ย  I chose this one because my granddaughters voted, they liked the plaid moose ๐Ÿ˜‰ lolย  I did too, it was not intentional on my part:)

I used two different digital images from Esty.ย  The background which is the trees with the tan color, and the plaid moose.ย  I added a small “snow” covering at the bottom from just some torn cardstock.ย  That layer was added to a Stampin’ Up! Real Red that was embossed with the Stampin’ Up! Tulip Embossing Folder.ย  Finally I put the whole thing onto a white card base.ย  I think it looks even better in hand;)ย  This card will be going into a box for Send A Smile 4 Kids, as will all the cards I showcase today! ๐Ÿ™‚


Yes, that means I have a guest today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Janelle Klapperich is from SD, she has sent many cards before to be shared with our kids at SAS4Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I believe Janelle has told me before what cutting machine she is using, but today, I can’t remember:(ย ย  I guess I should have written it down, maybe she’ll let us know:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOMGoodness, I have seen so many cute cards since volunteering for SAS4Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook how adorable these are, the kids are going to love all of these! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAJanelle has used great papers with her cute images!ย  These trees are gorgeous for and older child or a parent! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAI will have more of Janelle’s Christmas cards in a later post.ย  I thought I would show these two Fall cards to end with.ย  These are both just beautiful!ย  I love the papers, sentiments and the beautiful leaf embellishments!ย  I will still be sending out Fall and Thanksgiving cards for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you Janelle for your wonderful cards and for thinking of our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

Send A Smile 4 Kids has it’s own challenge blog that you can visit here for more ideas, or add your own card for a chance to win a prize! ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards and will come back soon to see more! 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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The Paper Players & SAS4Kids guest

It’s a beautiful Fall day here today, perfect for the card I’ve made! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m going to enter a new card challenge for me over at the Paper Players PP263.ย  I think I’ve entered there before, but it must have been a long time ago.ย  The challenge there is to create a Fall scene.

pp263My card almost looks like sketch card of this scene, I didn’t realize it until I just set my card by my computer just now:)ย  So here it is:

SDC17743I found this awesome paper that had leaves all over it and it made me think of leaves falling on the ground.ย  I found several different examples on Pinterest and finally decided on this layout.ย  I used Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather for the tree and leaves.ย  For the pumpkins, I used So Thankful. I made the hills with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.ย  The yellow paper and the leaf paper were just misc. papers from my stash, and I used Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky for the background.

I decided not to put a sentiment on, because I will be sending it to Send A Smile 4 Kids and with no sentiment, it can be used for any occasion:)ย  Be sure to go check out the challenge blog over at SAS4Kids for more card ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚


Now I’d like to share some cards from one of my repeat card senders, Jill Blasche from TX.ย  Jill has been sending me cards since I started volunteering for SAS4Kids.ย  She sent one of my very first boxes! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Jill does a wide variety of cards, but will also send multiples:)


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at these great Fall colors, and they’re all so different! ๐Ÿ™‚




SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at these icky spiders!ย  Just changing the colors makes them look so different! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhy do kids love spiders for Halloween?!!!ย  Yuk! lolย  Jill really knows her spider cards! lol


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALook at all these cards with the same black and orange striped paper.ย  They all look so different!ย  I could send all these cards to the same hospital unit, yet everyone would have a different card! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe pumpkin paper here is the same as the card above, but doesn’t look anywhere near the same!ย  Also, look at the black card on the far right, it has the orange and black stripe!ย  Jill does an incredible job mixing her papers! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERALast cards, but this is two boxes of cards!ย  Jill sent me a box that was lost in the mail! ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Every cardmakers worst nightmare! ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  She sent me a replacement box of cards, and then, of course, the first box was found! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So I got two awesome boxes of cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I believe I’m set for older kids for Halloween, now I can use some little kid cards for Halloween! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you Jill, for all your wonderful cards, I know the kids will love them! ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for coming by today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall and Halloween cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hope to see you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚





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Merry Monday #170 and SAS4Kids

I’m back with one of my own cards and a guest cardmaker who sends cards to me for Send A Smile 4 Kids๐Ÿ™‚ย  My card is going to be entered into the challenge over at Merry Monday #170 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think I’m even early this time because it’s a two week challenge for Sept. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This challenge is to use Holly on your card.


aSDC17419For my card, I used a beautiful image from Fred She Said called, Poinsettia & Holly Pre-Coloured Set. It comes with red flowers or white, and a number of different versions:)ย  I used Stampin’ Up! products to finish off my card.ย  Real Red cardstock for my base, Hand-Penned Holidays (retired) stamp set, Dazzling Details on the flower centers, and Crystal Effects on the berries to give it some depth and shine:)ย  I finished my card with the gold embossed sentiment.ย  Yes, I still use a Stamp-a-ma-jig;)

aSDC17421Here’s a closer look, the flower centers are sparlky, it’s hard to tell about the berries, but it’s easy to see in hand:)ย  This card will be going into a box for SAS4Kids because we try to send enough cards at Christmas for the kids to give cards to their parents or caregivers:)


Now for my guest I have Janelle Klapperich:)ย  I’ve shown cards by Janelle before, she has great cards with lots of different designs:)ย  Today I have some misc. cards and some Halloween.








Aren’t these cute?!ย  I know, I say that all the time, but I just love kids cards! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m sure these are made with a cutting machine, but I don’t know which one, maybe Janelle will let us know:)



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERATwo cards that I know were made with Stampin’ Up! products!ย  Work of Art stamp set, and Wetlands stamp set.ย  I love the colors Janelle used! ๐Ÿ™‚



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMore Stampin’ Up! products:)ย  Just changing out a little and making them different:)




I love all the Fall colors and papers!ย  Janelle has great matching skills! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThese little ghosts are so cute, they are on some kind of spring thingy (technical term), and they wobble! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The kids are going to love these! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAnother great example of changing it a little to make it different! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Look at that awesome spider web on the right card, that’s a new Stampin’ Up! product from the Holiday catalog! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can see it on the right sidebar near the top:)


Thank you Janelle for making all these wonderful cards for our kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I will be entering one of Janelle’s cards into the challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog:)ย  Until Sat. it’s Anything Goes, then it will be Cute Fall/Halloween 4 Kids, come by and add your card!


Also big news, sorry to bring it to you so late:(ย  Fred She Said is having a big Birthday sale!ย  It ends Sept. 4th, so run over there today! ๐Ÿ™‚

For email orders, add the code to the text of your email order request. Online orders – there will be a place to apply the code when you checkout.


Thanks for coming by today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  As always, questions or comments are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hope to see you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚




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Merry Monday #169, SAS4Kids & Stampin’ Up! sneak peek

OMGoodness, it feels like forever since I made a post! ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I have been so busy with school starting and everything that goes with it!ย  But, today, I have a card I made, and a guest! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So we’ll get right down to business! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made my card for Merry Monday #169.ย  The challenge is to use Light Green, Dark Green and Red:)ย  I will also enter it into the challenge blog over at Send A Smile 4 Kids, which this week is “Anything Goes”๐Ÿ™‚

169My card is using some brand new products from Stampin’ Up! that will be available Sept. 1, 2015! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  If you would be interested the new catalog or any of the products you see here, please email me at bspruce2000@yahoo.com:)

abSDC17305This card is made with the new Jingle All the Way stamp set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I bought them as a bundle and saved 15%! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies, also come with, as you might guess, another die with a horse and sleigh.ย  I actually combined two different edgelits on one line for my card.ย  I also used a new Embossing Folder called Softly Falling.ย  The sentiment is from the Jingle All the Way stamp set, and yes, it’s curved:)

I used the little house edgelet on the left and cut it from Whisper White, then I colored it with my Stampin’ Write Real Red Marker.ย  On the right, I used the tree edgelit and cut the trees from Garden Green.ย  I just cut the trees and a small extra piece that I used to glue my trees to the house card stock.ย  I topped it off with some Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine (retired).ย  I’m very please with how this turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I actually got the idea for this card from the new Holiday Catalog;)ย  You can find the stamp set and the dies on page 12 of the new catalog:)ย  The embossing folder is on the top left of page 24:)


Is it Halloween yet?ย  Well, you’re going to think so when you see the next cards by my guest, Karen Peterson! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Karen is from NE and she has used some card kits from Paper Wishes.ย  I don’t know anything about Paper Wishes, except that Karen sends in some really great cards for our kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚


Isn’t this a great card?!ย  The top photo is the front with the card closed, then I took a photo of the side view open.ย  Finally I took a photo of the inside that you can see from looking at the front open.ย  It’s an advanced easel card, I think it will be a great teen card.ย  I don’t think it’s too scary, what do you think?


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s an envelope made with stickers, I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It goes with the next card.


I love this card, do you think it’s too scary?ย  I think it’s fine for a teen, not for a younger one.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the inside and the front of another card:)ย  Hmmm, now that I’m seeing them here, they all look like teen cards:)ย  Not to worry, I know I’m getting more Halloween cards very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m usually very short on teen cards, so these are great!ย  Thank you so much Karen for supporting our kids and our work through Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚


That’s all I have for today, but I hope to be back soon with more Fall/Halloween cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for coming by today, I’m always thankful for your interest! ๐Ÿ™‚




Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Embossing folders, Fall-Autumn, Guests, Halloween, Kids, Merry Monday, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!

Freshly Made Sketches #190, SAS4Kids, Guest

What do I have today?ย  Well, I have another deceptively easy card;)ย  There has got to be a way to make this cards that’s simple, although I tried Stampin’ Up! markers,ย  I wasn’t thrilled with the colors….I’m getting carried away…

Ok, I made a card! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m very pleased that I’ve made three cards this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  My card is for the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches #190. Here’s their sketch:

FMS Final 190-001A lot of you may know that I stay pretty close to the sketches I do, so you won’t be surprised to see my card;)

abSDC16655So, I can see you’re thinking, how could this possibly be not simple?ย  As I started to tell you, I tried using my markers, but the orange just wasn’t bright enough:(ย  I tried different ways to use ink pads for both the black and orange with varying degrees of success:(ย  Finally, as I was falling asleep in my chair, I decided to ink the black part and cover what should be orange with tape.ย  I stamped the image in black and then stamped the orange pumpkin on a separate piece of card with the halloween from Stampin’ Up!s Teeny Tiny Wishes.ย  I also covered the happy with tape.ย  The cat is part of a set from Stampin’ Up! called Tricky Treats (retired).ย  I then cut the banner with Bitty Banners, Framelits.

I used Memento Black for the cat image and halloween.ย  For the pumpkin, I used Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango.ย  The orange paper just came from my Halloween stash of papers.ย  The green behind it is Stampin’ Up! Old Olive.ย  I used the Stampin’ Up! Extra Large Oval punch for the cat, and behind the cat I used the Decorative Label punch. Yep, it looks simple, and I’m sure for some people it would be a piece of cake!ย  I think I should make cards during the day when I’m awake! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Anyway…one more card to put in a box for Send A Smile 4 Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now on to my guest! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This guest has been featured before, Diane Herniman, from Canada:)ย  Diane doesn’t send many cards at a time, but they’re always awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They all go straight to SAS4Kids! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Diane uses lots of personal photos of animals and plants from her home and yard:)ย  Here are some of Diane’s cards that she has sent over the last couple of months! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERANope, not a card, this is the front of the envelope for the card I’m going to show you:)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the back of the envelope!ย  Diane makes all her own envelopes using papers closely matching the themes of her cards.ย  She also adds a sticker to seal the envelope! ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the outside of the card, you may be thinking, that looks like a regular card….

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a side view, it’s an easel card:)


Here is the inside and the back! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think Diane has a style all her own! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I couldn’t copy her cards if I tried!ย  I’ve held her cards in my hand, taken lots of photos, I still don’t believe I could make cards like hers!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s one of what Diane calls her “regular cards”.ย  Beautiful paper and an image from her garden:)


The inside, with what I’m sure is another photo from her garden, and an envelope:)




Another “regular card” and the inside:)ย  Diane’s cards just make me happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I can imagine her going to her garden and taking photos to share with our kids and their families:)


One more! ๐Ÿ™‚


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACard front, isn’t this so cute?!

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAย  SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe inside and the back:)ย  Don’t like cats?ย  That’s ok, next time you can see her dogs! ๐Ÿ˜‰


I hope you enjoyed the cards today! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thanks for coming by, I hope to see you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚




Filed under Boys-men, Challenges, Fall-Autumn, Freshly Made, Guests, Halloween, Kids, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!

Merry Monday #79, Friday Mashup #132 & Operation Write Home

I’m having so much trouble fitting my card making in:( ย I have two cards today that look pretty simple. ย Actually they weren’t too hard, just time consuming. ย To send to Operation Write Home, I have to make sure everything is glued down well, but no glue can be sticking out anywhere. ย That way the cards don’t all get stuck together during shipment.ย  Here is my first card for Merry Monday #79, but first the challenge;)

MM New Look Sketches-012

Today we have a colour/theme challenge for you!!! We are looking for Blue, Silver/Gray and White with Snowflakes!!

Half-fold Card1I love the Memory Box die that I used for the bottom of the card!! ย Boy, is it hard to glue down!! ย I used Stampin’ Up! Tombow glue, and put little dots on the back everywhere! ย For the really tiny spots, I put some glue on a piece of paper and used my craft knife to add just little, tiny bits of glue at the very tip of my craft knife. ย I was walking through Michaels, and saw this ribbon that looked perfect for the challenge. ย I glued it to my card using a tape runner. ย The words are Peel-Offs. ย Peel-Offs are very popular overseas, I “found” them about 5 years ago, on a card making site. Peel-offs are pre-glued like stickers.ย  ย You can find some here. ย Here’s a photo of one page, you can see I’ve used most of the “Merry Christmas” and a few of the bells and trees.

Half-fold Card3


If you’re not good at heat embossing, you might want to try these. ย They come in Silver, Gold, and a number of other colors like black, white, copper, or holigraphic. I used cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Tempting Turquoise. ย This card is going in the Operation Write Home box:)

My second card is for the challenge over at the Friday Mashup #132.

Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a project with a “Tree or Leaves.”
Create a project using the “Color Orange.”
Or Mash it Up and create a “Project with Leaves/ Tree & the Color Orange.”

Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2I struggled with this card, because I had sooooo many choices! ย I finally settled on this digital image that I bought on Esty, from BaBaPuff. ย I actually found it by accident so I don’t have a link for you:( ย I printed it on my special brochure paper, matte. ย Then I printed a second one the same size and cut out the small square. ย I backed the square with Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango cardstock, also the bottom colored layer. ย The little tag is Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners. This set has a matching dieย set called Framelits-Bitty Banners.

I’m getting pretty used to making everything close to the card. ย Anything I send to Operation Write Homeย needs to not have “sticky out parts”. ย They can catch to other cards and get pulled off. ย My layers are glued as close to the card as I can get them. ย Actually I tape them andย glue them. It’s become a habit now;)

Operation Write Homeย is working on Winter cards now, Christmas has been sent or are about to be sent. ย Here is a list of themes they will be needing, besides Winter, and Valentines Day:

Accepted themes:
Thank you
Missing you
Thinking of you
Blank (no sentiment) ย All cards should be blank inside,with plenty of room for writing. Blank (no sentiment) means no sentiment on the front, just decorated.

Also, please don’t forget about the Children’s Hospitals. ย Send A Smile 4 Kidsย has less restrictions, and is a very worthy cause. ย I’m sending Halloween this week and than it’s on to Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Because the Hospitals are right here in the USA, cards can be sent closer to the Holiday:)

Do you know card makers with ties to the military, or just appreciates the sacrifice our service people are making, anyone who has a special place in their hearts for children? ย Don’t have a lot of extra cards? ย Don’t worry, any amount will do. ย But think of card making parties, friends, relatives, anyone who crafts. ย I know Christmas is very stressful for a lot of people, that’s why I make Christmas cards all year,ย at leastย one a week! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Take a look at my cards listed under the OWH, and SAS4K ย categories, pop over to their websites and see what others are making. ย Everything should be handmade, but it doesn’t have to be filled with embellishments.

As a matter of fact, if you want to send notes or letters to our troops, they can be store bought cards. ย They do not need envelops. They can be sent anytime. ย Our troops love hearing from people back home, you don’t even have to craft. ย There are coloring pages on the OWH website, children can color or write letters. ย Ask your school or church to help out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, sermon over. ย I guess my Holiday Spirit has kicked in already! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย It breaks my heart to think of anyone alone and sad on a Holiday, or anytime really:(

I’m so glad you stopped by today! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Crafters are one of the best people to know, they are kind and giving, and usually patient;) ย I hope to see you soon:)





Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Fall-Autumn, Friday Mashup, Operation Write Home, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!