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Saturday, July 21, 2018

SAS4Kids: Christmas in July Blog Hop!!!

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Not only is it a Send a Smile 4 Kids Saturday, but it's a HUGE Send a Smile 4 Kids Saturday. Why you ask? Because we celebrating our 175th challenge. WOWZERS!!!!

An SAS4Kids Blog Hop!

An occasion this momentous requires a HUGE celebration. So, our fearless leader Karen has organized a HUGE blog hop.  :)

  • There are 17 stops in the hop. And, there's a chance to win at a prize at each stop... but more on that later.  :)
  • We are thrilled to have alum SAS4Kids DTers, SAS4Kids Volunteers (aka Shippers), and Top Three Honorees join our SAS4Kids DT for this blog hop. Other participating card makers are: Karen Hasheck, Hilde Marsh, Mary Draper, April Story, Janet Bailey, Anne Slattery, Cathy Cusson, Jill Blasche, Cyndi Amaya, Ina Grehan, Deonna Bemish, Berni Cutttino, Mary Moisan, Donna Wakefield, and Dena Hughes!
  • The theme of our blog hop is Christmas in July 4 Kids... because it is never too early to start making holiday cards for all the kids in the many children’s hospitals we now serve. We would love for each child to not only receive a special holiday card but also to be able to give cards to loved ones and/or medical staff who are near and dear to them. 

Two Holiday Cards for Nationwide Children's!

Since my printer will only print on the thinnest of copier papers, Karen send me images used on the cards below. Thanks again, Karen!


stash dp; Recollections gold glitter paper and black cardstock
image: Paper Nest Dolls: Tree Dress Avery
image colored with Prismacolor pencils
star corner rounder punch; gold Stickles

echo park Christmas this & that; Recollections black cardstock
image and sentiment: Fred She Said Poinsettia Pack
Memento black ink faux stitching; gold Stickles
Blog Hop Prizes!
  • As I mentioned earlier, we have 16 stops in the blog hop. There are lots of prizes... and several ways to qualify for a chance to win a prize. (A complete list of prizes can be found in the post on the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge page.) 
    • Leave comments on the stops along the hop, including this one. 
      • You do not need to comment on every stop of the blog hop to have a chance to win a prize. If you leave a comment on each stop, you will have earned 17 chances to win a prize.
      • Big thanks to Doodles Paper Playground for sponsoring this stop's prize: one package of Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends!
    • Enter a card for the Christmas in July Challenge.... which starts today and runs through noon on August 3.
      • This SAS4Kids challenge runs from July 21 through August 3 (at noon CST). 
      • To qualify for one of the prizes offered here, link up a Christmas (or holiday) card appropriate for a child, according to standard SAS4Kids challenge rules and guidelines. 
      • These prizes will be awarded by random drawing and announced on August 4 on our SAS4Kids challenge blog.
  • We at SAS4Kids want to give a big shout-out to all those wonderful companies who are sponsoring prizes for our blog hop. I especially want to thank Paper Nest Dolls and Fred She Said, whose images I used when making my cards. 

  • Here's a complete list of the wonderful sponsors and the prizes they have donated for this blog hop.
  • And, here are a few final prize-qualifying details...
    • You MUST have an USA mailing address to qualify to win any of the prizes. Our apologies to our card  makers who live outside of the USA.
    • The blog hop starts today, July 21 (at 8:00 a.m. CST) and continues until July 31st at midnight CST. 
      • When the blog hop is done, winners will be drawn randomly from commenters on each blog and on the SAS4Kids Challenge post. 
      • Winners will be announced on the SAS4Kids blog, as well as on each individual blog, on August 4. 
      • If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at khasheck@gmail.com BEFORE midnight CST on August 18 with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.
Parting Thoughts

Thank you soooooo much for all your support of Send a Smile 4 Kids. Good luck in the drawings! Before hopping to the next stop, don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win one of the Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends prizes.  :)

Your next stop on our hop is SAS4Kids DTer and Volunteer Janet Bailey!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Our Top Story

Hi, everyone! Happy Weekend!

Tonight's card is an atypical anniversary card for that stoic hubby of my mind. It was inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday Challenge. I haven't had a chance to play along with the CFC gals for a while. So, I was happy to break out a few embossing powders and play along.


Stampin' Up! gray and black cardstocks, Neenah white; Momenta dp
MFT stay tuned stamp set and television dies
broken china, fossilized amber, and fired brick red Distress Inks
Lawn Fawn mini snowflake die
embossing with Versamark ink and SU white, Simon Says clear powders
page protector acetate; Paper Studio tiny brads
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen' Zots mini dots; SU mini dimensionals

To make the colorful TV screen really pop, I used only white, black and gray for everything else. And, there are areas of heat embossing here: 1) a white-on-white embossed background, 2) a contrasting white-on-black running sentiment, and 3) a resist embossing for the inked up TV screen.

Okay, so I may be totally crazy linking this up at CAS-ual Fridays... because I'm seeing lots of pretty flowers and colorfully inked backgrounds in the gallery. But, here goes...

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'! Have a great weekend.  :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

W2CB: Flip-Flopping Away

Hi, everyone! It's the second Wednesday of the month... which means it's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge!

This month, we at W2CB are in full-fledged beach walking, pool lounging mode. So, our words for this challenge are:

Life is better in flip flops.

These words inspired me to make a card for a flippin' awesome librarian who is going to be flippin' missed when she leaves our local library.

MFT dp: Stampin' Up! cardstock
Two Paper Divas sentiment and image, stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice
SU and Nestabilities circle dies
SU twine; Kaisercraft gems; Wink of Stella accents
SU dimensionals; Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

Hope you'll stop by W2CB to see our gals' cards, and then stop back by to link up a card/project of your own. Naturally, there's a prize to the winning entry.  :)

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

SAS4Kids: Anything Goes!

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. Our theme for the next few weeks is Anything Goes, and this time around you're going to see quite a variety of cards from our DT.

As a former SAS4Kids shipper, I know tween/teen cards can be hard to come by. So, for this challenge, I made a couple of brightly colored birthday that will be headed to Nationwide Children's.


Strathmore watercolor; Stampin' Up! black cardstock and vellum
Winnie & Walter big bold sentiment
sentiment stamped in Versamark black onyx and heat embossed with Simon Says clear powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder; Lawn Fawn mini snowflake dies
fired brick, fossilized amber, broken china, peacock feathers Distress Oxides

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids and check out our DT's fun cards... and then stop back by to share a card of your own.

And, we sure hope you'll join us for our July 21 Challenge. It's going to be BIG!!!

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas: Stockings

Hi, everyone! It's the first of the month, which means it's time for a new Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

This month's challenge theme is stocking and is brought to us by Sparkles Christmas DTer Jacky.



Stampin' Up! cardstock and stash green & red striped vellum
Stampabilities stocking border, in MFT hybrid black licorice
SU decorative mask, inked with various Distress Inks
CTMH gray epoxy embellishments
Truth be told, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about my card. It's not exactly what I pictured when I started out stamping.... but I couldn't think of what I could do to improve it. I was plumb out of ideas... and running short on time.

That said, hope you'll stop by Sparkles Christmas to see all those DT cards that I like so much better than mine.

Have a wonderful July 4 celebration. Until next time, thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I'm popping in to share a card inspired by the current Jingle Belles I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Challenge.

Neenah white; Stampin' Up! black cardstock
Paper Smooches poinsettia dies
SU good greetings sentiment in MFT hybrid black licorice
TCW stencil in Ranger white paste and sprinkled with Recollections white glitter
Recollections pearls


The close up photo at the right more clearly shows the card's stenciled, glittery detail.

Parting Thoughts

There's still a little over a week to play along with us at Words 2 Craft By. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.

Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Have a Farm-Tastic Birthday!

Hi, everyone! Hope it's been a great weekend.

I'm popping in to share a birthday card inspired by the current My Favorite Things sketch.

Since this card will be going to the Cards for Little Hearts card drive for Nationwide Children's, I decided to make a shaker card. How fun!

Close to My Heart stash dp; Stampin' Up! cardstock
MFT farm-tastic images and (masked) sentiment
images stamped in MFT hybrid black licorice and colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment stamped in Versamark and embossed with white SU powder
SU square and word bubble dies; MFT grassy fields die
MFT mini clouds stencil, inked in Distress peacock feathers
SU foam strips; MFT replenishments 

Parting Thoughts


Our current Words 2 Craft By June/July Challenge is open until July 4. So, there's still time to link up a card/project for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice. Hope to see you in the W2CB Gallery.

Have a wonderful week. Until next time, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!