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Saturday, November 4, 2023

SAS4Kids: Happy Holidays 4 Kids

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday! Happy weekend!

Today is such an exciting day here at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Not only are we announcing our November challenge, but also we are welcoming Melanie Hungerford to our Design Team!

Melanie, who shares her adventures in card making at Cards by Melanie has been a loyal supporter of SAS4Kids for a while. You have probably seen her creations featured in several of our mid-month Design Team Shout-outs. Melanie has the sweetest design style -- a perfect style for kiddie cards -- and we are thrilled that she has joined our SAS4Kids family. THRILLED! Welcome, Melanie!!! 

FYI  The deadline for getting holiday/Christmas/winter cards to our shippers is December 5. So, this month we are focusing on holiday cards for the kids.  

MFT Happy Pawlidays stamp set and pattern paper

Hope you will stop by Send a Smile 4 Kids to check out our DT's seasonal greetings... and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your very own. While we are featuring holiday/Christmas cards, any kid-appropriate card can be linked up to play along. 

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!

Saturday, October 7, 2023

SAS4Kids: Holiday/Celebration 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

Right now, our shippers are finishing up their Halloween boxes and getting ready to start on those Christmas boxes. So, this month, we are featuring Fall/Halloween, Christmas, AND Happy Birthday cards for our kids. (Yes, even during busy holiday seasons, birthday cards are appreciated. Always appreciated.) 

Please note the deadline for getting fall/Halloween cards to our shippers is October 5. If you still have any of these cards to mail in, please touch base with your favorite shipper(s). Thanks!

Stampin' Up stamp set, punch, cardstock
My Favorite Things designer paper
CASE design inspired by fellow SAS4KIDSer Bobbi

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to check out the other designers' cards and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own. We'd love to see one of your creations in our SAS4Kids October Gallery.

Until next time, take good care. As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, September 11, 2023

Home Tweet Home

Hello, everyone! 

Okay, don't pass out. And, no, it's not the first Saturday of the month. I am here with a rare mid-month, non-SAS4Kids post.   :)

The truth is I stopped blogging during the pandemic because I had pretty much lost my crafting mojo. While I envied friends who were finding some joy inking up and getting crafty, that wasn't the case for me. And then, like many folks, my priorities changed post pandemic. Yes, I've still been busy making cards... but I have gotten away from blogging about them.

But a funny thing happened this past weekend while making a new home card for some friends. Not only did I make a card that I really, really like, I found out there's a Card Design Superstar Contest going on over at My Favorite Things. Moreover, it turns out this tweet card -- sorry, I couldn't help myself -- seems to meet the criteria.

  • MFT Pattern Paper: Tiny Check
  • MFT Stamps: Tweet Greetings
  • MFT Die-Namics:
    • Branch & Leaves: Beautiful Branch
    • Birdhouse Hanger: Filled with Joy
    • Birds and Birdhouse: a retired set gifted to me years ago

So, without further ado, here's my tweet housewarming card.

Ink and solid papers used:
  • Versamark onyx black
  • Stampin' Up cardstock: base, birdhouse, birds Core'dinations core paper: blue mat behind MFT check Ranger Distress core paper: leaves                                      Recollections value packs: branch, black mat behind MFT DCWV Glitter Mat Stack: birdhouse hanger 
Since my friends are moving into a brand spankin' new place, I thought I should add a little extra shimmer. A touch of Wink of Stella (on the birdhouse and birds) and a few tiny Recollections pearls did just the trick! 

I'll be back October 7 with a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge... if not sooner. In the meantime, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


Saturday, September 2, 2023

SAS4Kids: Cute Fall/Halloween Cards 4 Kids

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope everyone is enjoying this Labor Day weekend. And, I send heartfelt well wishes to all those who have been affected by Hurricane Idalia. 

For us cardmakers, September means it's time to get out those pumpkin stamps and leaf die cuts, right?! At Send a Smile 4 Kids, our focus turns to cute Fall/Halloween cards. These are fun, whimsical cards that family members and/or hospital staffers can give to kiddo/tween/teen hospitalized patients. The deadline for getting these cards to our shippers is early October. So, there really is no time like the present to ink up those pumpkins and cut out those leaves. 

I found the dies to make this cute little mummy -- with wiggly legs!!! -- while shopping at a scrapbooking store last year with my friend Anna. I just couldn't resist this little cutie. Since I had just gotten these sentiment rip strips from My Favorite Things... Well, how could I pass up this interactive combo?

Stampin' Up dp and cardstock
Spellbinder's Dancin' Mummy die
MFT sentiment rip strip die
Stampin' Up! Good Greetings sentiment

Our designers really outdid themselves this month. Hope you'll stop by Send a Smile 4 Kids and check out their adorable kiddie cards... and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own!

Saturday, August 5, 2023

SAS4Kids: Birthday Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! 

Today is the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge. Those of us who make cards for SAS4Kids will soon be making fall and winter holiday cards. So, this month, we are focusing on birthday cards... in the hope of helping our shippers stock up on birthday cards before we all start inking up pumpkins and cutting out Christmas trees. 

MFT pattern paper,
MFT You Make My Tail Wag stamps and dies,
sentiment: MFT Happy Pawlidays and BB Greetings Galore combo
Stampin' Up! cardstock

I've gotta give credit where credit's due.
This is a CASE of an adorable card by 
Jodi Williams.
Thanks for your amazing inspiration, Jodi!

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see some adorable birthday cards, and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own. Remember, you can link up any kiddie-appropriate card to play along. Even though we are featuring birthday cards, anything kid-friendly goes.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 1, 2023

SAS4Kids: Christmas in July 4 Kids

 Hi, everyone! Hope this is the start of a fun holiday to all those celebrating The Fourth here in The States!

This month at the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge blog, our theme is Christmas in July 4 Kids. That's right, we are making cards for family and hospital staff to give to kids/tween/teen in-patients this coming holiday season.

So, I was crafting with a couple of friends earlier this year when Lori was making some adorable penguin cards... and making them a whole lot faster than I typically take. When I saw the punch and stamp set she was using, I decided that I needed to add these Stampin' Up! cuties  to my stash. (Helpful Hint: The English-version stamp set was sold out... but not the French one. I mean, we all have sentiments we could use... right?!) The paper is holiday dp from My Favorite Things.  

Hope you'll stop by SAS4Kids to see our DT's fun creations... and then stop back by to link up a card of your very own.

Thanks for stopping. Happy scrappin'... and Happy Fourth!

Saturday, June 3, 2023

SAS4Kids: Cards 4 Tweens/Teens

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Since it's a first Saturday, we have a new challenge over at Send a Smile 4 Kids. This month, we are focusing on cards for our older tween/teen patients. 

My Favorite Things stamp set and cloud stencil
images colored with Stampin' Up watercolor pencils
clouds inked with Distress Ink oxide
Paper Smooches dies; Distress Ink core paper; 

Hope you will stop by SAS4Kids to check out our DT's takes on this fun theme... and then stop back by to link up a kid-friendly card of your very own.

As always, thanks for stoppin'... and happy scrappin'!