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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
Sharing at Jingles Belles All Bundled Up Challenge
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!

78 comments:

  1. SAS4K is such a great cause and your cards are so sweet.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet message... as well as your support of SAS4Kids. Good luck in the drawings!

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    2. My favorite is the poinsettia, but they are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Great cards, Sybrina, and I especially love the poinsettia card -- bright and cheerful, and the quilt-style background is really cute. Thank YOU for all time you put into volunteering, as well as crafting - great job!

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    1. Thanks, Lillian, for your support of SAS4Kids.... and for these kind words. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  3. I absolutely adore that girl with the tree dress image! Makes me want to sew a dress and put lights on it just for fun! Thanks for all you do to warm the hearts of kiddos in the hospital!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! You are too kind. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your special cards. I follow your blog and have been looking forward to what you were going to share with us. Thanks.

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    1. Lenora, Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing these sweet words. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  5. Super cute cards! Thanks for all you did to make the blog hop a success!

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  6. I, too, really like the little girl image. I can only imagine the smile on some patient's face when she opens that card. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill, for stopping by and leaving these kind words. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  7. Pretty cards! I especially love that beautiful poinsettia and the papers you used with it on your card!

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    1. Denise, Thanks so much for hopping along with us at SAS4Kids. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  8. Loving the hop - sweet coloring on number one and love the poinsettia! Thanks for the hop!

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    1. Gail, How nice of you to hop along with us at SAS4Kids! Best of luck in the prize drawings!

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  9. Both cards are gorgeous, but I LOVE the poinsettia one! Oooh so pretty!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cathy, for stopping by and sharing these kind words. Good luck in the prize drawings!

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  10. Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing

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  11. Sweet adorable little girl image. And your poinsettia is beautiful

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    1. Donna, How nice of you to hop along with us at SAS4Kids as we celebrate our 175th challenge! Best of luck in the prize drawings. :)

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  12. I really like the background layout used on your poinsettia card! It is such a fun way to use a variety of scraps to make one theme!

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    1. Kelly, Thanks for hopping along with us at SAS4Kids. Good luck in the drawings!

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  13. Isn't it nice that we can make some cards that are more adult-like?

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    1. Janelle, I do enjoy making cards for the tween and teen patients at Nationwide Children's. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! So glad you stopped by. Good luck in the drawings!

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  15. Feeling so Christmasy with these cards. I just adore red and green.

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    1. Isn't nice to think Christmas-y thoughts while in the midst of summer heat?! Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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  16. I love the sweet Christmas tree-girl card!

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    1. Thanks, Erica! So glad you stopped by. Good luck in the drawings!

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  17. Thanks for sharing your pretty cards!

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    1. It was my pleasure to participate in the SAS4Kids blog hop. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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  18. Avery's little Christmas tree skirt is so cute, and your poinsettia card is lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! So glad you stopped by, and good luck in the drawings!

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  19. Love the poinsettia card. Such a great organization.

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    1. Thanks, Paula! I, too, love SAS4Kids and appreciate the chance to give back to a hospital that gave so much to me when I was a baby. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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    2. Paula- you were a winner of the prize on this stop of the blog hop! Contact me at the email on this blog post: https://sendasmile4kidschallenge.blogspot.com/2018/08/anything-goes-4-kids-challenge-and.html

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  20. That Christmas Tree Skirt is super-cute ... so glad you got all *bundled-up* with us at jingle belles.

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    1. Thanks! I looooove Jingle Belles and am always happy to get to play along. And, thanks so much for stopping by our SAS4Kids blog hog. :)

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  21. Lovely and wonderfully festive cards! The little girl image is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Dana, for stopping by and hopping along with our SAS4Kids blog hop. Good luck in the drawings!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry, for your support of SAS4Kids. Good luck in the drawings!

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  23. Both such great cards. Thanks for all your hard work.

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    1. Awwww... Thanks, Debbie, for these kind words. And, thanks for all your support of SAS4Kids. Good luck in the drawings!

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  24. So cute and pretty. I like your coloring and choice of papers.

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    1. Thanks so much for hopping along with us at SAS4Kids, Sue. Good luck in the drawings!

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  25. Love seeing all these wonderful ideas; what a great opportunity to see new techniques for cardmaking!

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    1. I'm with you, Ginny! It was great having so many card makers join us in this blog hop. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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  26. love these fabulously layery creations, and for such a wonderful cause! congrats on 175 chakllenges! such a fun addition to the "all bundled up" gallery at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I looooove Jingle Belles and am always happy to get to play along. And, thanks so much for stopping by our SAS4Kids blog hog. :)

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  27. What cute cards! I love the image and the poinsettia card is my style, country, with the 'quilt' background. GREAT cards!

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    1. Thanks so much for these kind words, Gail. Good luck in the drawings!

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  28. I love the quilted look of you second card, & you did a magnificent job coloring the first! :) ~ Andrea

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    1. How sweet of you, Andrea. Thanks so much for all your support of SAS4Kids, and good luck in the drawings!

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  29. Andrea La Vigne stole my thunder! I too think the poinsettia card has the look of a small quilt. Love that look!

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    1. Awwww thanks, Deborah, for these kind words. And, thanks so much for hopping along with us at SAS4Kids. Good luck in the drawings!

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  30. Your cards are decked out for the holidays! Love the dress on your girl...how fun!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck in the drawings!

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  31. Super cute cards! I love paper dolls.

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    1. Kimberly, Yes, Paper Nest Dolls has been really good to SAS4Kids. Thanks so much for these kind words, and good luck in the drawings!

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  32. Your cards are so delightful and full of holiday cheer!!

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    1. Awww thanks, Elizabeth! So glad you hopped along with us at SAS4Kids, and good luck in the drawings!

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  33. You cards are fabulous. I especially like the poinsettia card. The flower with the quilt background makes for a very traditional look.
    The time & effort you put into SAS4K is very much appreciated.

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    1. Jennifer, Thanks so much for these sweet thoughts.... as well as for all you do for SAS4Kids. I miss not seeing your cards up close and personal. Good luck in the drawings!

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  34. Wonderful cards. Don't you just love watching the pile for SAS4K grow? I know I do. Thanks for sharing, here and with the kids.
    Hugs, Debi

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    1. Hi Debi, Your are so right... It's been such fun watching SAS4Kids grow. Thank you for your support of this wonderful organization, and good luck in the drawings!

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  35. I love the little girl with her red ornament dress, but the poinsettia card is gorgeous!

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    1. Awww... Thanks, Kathy, for these kind words. Glad you hopped along with us at SAS4Kids, and good luck in the drawings!

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  36. That Christmas Tree dress is just darling! Thanks for sharing! I'm sure some little girl will love that card!

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    1. Holly, Thanks so much for this sweet comment. So glad that you joined us for our SAS4Kids blog hop!

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  37. Hi Sybrina K, What fun to be a part of this fabulous Christmas in July. Miaa You
    Hugs
    Berni, Alumni

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    1. Hi Berni, How nice of you to join in the fun as an SAS4Kids alum! We miss seeing your creations on a regular basis, so I was so glad you were able to join in the fun. :)

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    1. Thanks. Mary! Glad you were able to hop along with us at SAS4Kids. :)

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  39. Yeah!!! This "hopping" is seriously inspiring!

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    1. Oh my gosh... you are so right! I struggle with digis and am always in awe with the way SAS4Kids designers use them. Thanks so much for hopping along with us. :)

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