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Saturday, September 4, 2021

SAS4Kids: Cute Fall/Halloween Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

With the onset of fall, the schedule picks back up for our shippers. Halloween and Christmas are "official" SAS4Kids holidays. And, while we don't officially ship for Thanksgiving, shippers often include lots of generic fall and thank you cards in their Halloween boxes to accommodate that holiday. 

My card is a CASE of a card made by Terri Walker at Nutz about Stamping that I found on Pinterest. I loved Terri's paper selections. Then I changed up a couple of elements based on the materials that I had on hand. Thanks, Terri, for some fabulous inspiration for a cute Halloween card. 


CASE card by Terri Walker

My Card
Stampin Up cardstock; dp; sentiment; oval stitched dies; brads
sentiment stamped in Versamark black onyx

Hope you'll stop by the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog and check out our DT cute fall and Halloween cards. Then, stop back by later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are focusing on fall and Halloween cards this month, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our hospitals, please check each shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time. 

Thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

SAS4Kids: Thank You Cards

Hi, everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

Again, since we're between holidays, we're taking the opportunity to feature a category of cards we can't seem to get enough of -- thank you cards. When I was a shipper, my hospital liaison said this was the most commonly requested type of card by the kids' parents. So, when I make thank you cards, I try to make cards that look like they'd come from a child even though they might be written by a parent to a doctor/nurse/staff member.

For my cards, I used a sweet little stamp set that had a lot of spring and Easter sentiments. Luckily, it included a few thank you sentiments as well. 


Stampin' Up! cardstock; My Favorite Things dp
Lawn Fawn spring critters stamp set
MFT petite cloud and grass dies; SU stitched square dies
stamping in Versamark black onyx; coloring with SU watercolor pencils


Hope you'll stop by the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog and check out our DT thank you cards. Then, stop back by later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are focusing on thank you cards this month, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our hospitals, please check each shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time. 

Thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

SAS4Kids: Christmas in July

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it's time for a new challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This seemed like a perfect time to think cooler temps and craft to a little holiday music while making Christmas cards 4 our kids.  :)

Stampin' Up! cardstock, pattern paper, vellum
SU gingerbread man, owl-builder, and cupcake- builder punches
oval dies; Pentel white paint pen

Hop on over to the SAS4Kids Challenge blog to check out the rest of the gals' creations, and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own! Remember, any kid-friendly card can be entered for the challenge, but we are a card-only challenge. 

And, if you are interested in donating your card to SAS4Kids, specific hospital/shipper information can be found at SAS4Kids. We ask that you check out each shippers' specific needs because, due to Covid, not all hospitals are accepting cards. 

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Teens/Tweens

Hi, everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

This is the time of the year when our shippers can take a breath or two or three. The first half of the year is really busy for our gals -- going from Valentine's Day... to Easter... to Mother's Day... to Father's Day. WHEW! That's a lot of cards to get out to our kids. 

Since we've got a little break from official SAS4Kids holidays, this month we are featuring cards for our older tween/teen patients. When I was shipping cards, my boxes were often heavy on cards for girls and/or younger kids. So, this month we are featuring cards for our older patients.

For my card, I made a couple of pairs of cards featuring a fun, bold sentiment in some cheery, colorful papers.  :)


Stampin' Up! cardstock and dp
My Favorite Thing die; Paper Smooches wave border die
Maker's Movement adhesive foam

Hope you'll stop by the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog and check out our DT tween/teen cards. Then, stop back by later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are focusing on tweens and teens, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our hospitals, please check each shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time. 

Thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Dads

Hi, everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

Remember last month when I said the spring was a busy, busy time for our shippers? As soon as they finish boxing up all of your wonderful Mom Cards, they will be turning their attention to Dad cards. So, for this month's challenge, our DT is focusing on cards for our kids to give to dads, grandpas, and special guys in their lives.

For my card, I opted for a non-traditional approach. I went with some fun colors and clever speech/text bubble sentiments. To make this card a little more versatile, I went with generic "dad" sentiments as opposed to specific "father's day" wishes. 

Stampin' Up! cardstock; My Favorite Things dp
MFT all about dad stamps
MFT text bubble and stitched rectangular dies
sentiments heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp white powder

Hope you'll stop by the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog and check out our DT dad/guy cards. Then, stop back by later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are focusing on dad/guy cards, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our hospitals, please check each shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time. 

Thanks for stopping, and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Moms

Hi, everyone! 

It's the first Saturday of the month... which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge!

Spring is such a busy time for our shippers. They just finished getting spring/Easter cards to our hospitals, and Mother's Day will be upon us before we know it. So, for this month, our DT focused on making cards for our kids to give to their moms, grandmas, or other special ladies. As for me, I couldn't resist the chance to ink up a brand new stamp set that features baby animals and their moms.

Stampin' Up! cardstock and dp
MFT I'll Love You Forever and SU Praiseworthy Prose stamps
Nestabilities scallop and circle dies; MFT heart speech bubble die
giraffes colored with SU watercolor pencils
sentiment stamped in Distress Ink early espresso

Hop over to the SAS4Kids Challenge Blog to check our DT's sweet cards, and then stop back later this month to link up a card of your very own. Even though we are featuring Cards 4 Moms, any kid-appropriate card can be linked up for the challenge. 

If you are interested in donating your card to one of our children's hospitals, please check our shipper's current needs. Due to Covid, not all of our hospitals are accepting cards at this time,

As always, thanks for stopping! Happy scrappin'!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Boys

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. This month our DT is focusing on cards for boys. During my SAS4Kids card shipping days, I was thrilled when I received boy/guy cards from cardmakers.

For my card, I just had to use my brand spankin' new giraffe dies from My Favorite Things. Isn't this just the cutest little thing EVER?! And, what little boy could resist a baby blue giraffe?!


Stampin' Up! cardstock and pattern paper
My Favorite Things joyful giraffe dies and giraffe greeting
SU speech bubble die
sentiment embossed with Simon Says Stamp white powder


Hop on over to the SAS4Kids Challenge blog to check out the rest of the gals' creations, and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own! Remember, any kid-friendly card can be entered for the challenge, but we are a card-only challenge. 

And, if you are interested in donating your card to SAS4Kids, specific hospital/shipper information can be found at SAS4Kids. We ask that you check out each shippers' specific needs because, due to Covid, not all hospitals are accepting cards. 

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!