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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'!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

SAS4Kids : Easter/Spring Cards 4 Kids

 Hi, everyone! Hope 2021 is going well for you and your loved ones.

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it's time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge! Now that our shippers are packing up those Valentines, they are ready to get started on Easter/Spring cards. These themes are the focus of this month's DT cards.

When making my card, I was away from home and working with limited supplies. As a result, I put some odds and ends together to create a flowery, pastel-ly, spring-y card that a tween/teen might like. To make it as versatile as possible (spring, Easter, birthday, just because), I decided to keep it sentiment it free. 


stash cardstock and pattern paper; Stampin' Up! laser cut flowers
My Favorite Things stitched flower dies
Pretty Pink Posh sequins, supplemented with punched-out paper circles

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, January 2, 2021

SAS4Kids: Love/Valentine's Cards 4 Kids

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the start of this new year! YES, a new year! I wish only the best for you and your loved ones in 2021.


Before we get to the first SAS4Kids Challenge of 2021, we have SAS4Kids news to share!

  • For ten years, our fearless leader Karen has coordinated all things SAS4Kids... and we do mean ALL things. Karen has been the heart and soul of this wonderful organization. Karen has decided to step away from SAS4Kids' day-to-day operations. We offer our heartfelt thanks for all she has done for our group all these years. And, we are thrilled that Karen is going to stay on as an SAS4Kids Designer!!!
    • SAS4Kids shipper Jen is going to be handling most of our blog communications... things like announcements, card guidelines, and shipper information. I am taking over as DT Coordinator. (Yes, it's going to take at least two of us to take on Karen's many roles.)
  • And, as we start a new year of challenges, we very excited to have two new members joining our SAS4Kid DT. Bobbi and Celeste are longtime cardmakers, bloggers, talented crafters, and all around great gals! Welcome, Bobbi and Celeste!


Now, for our challenge. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, our theme for this month is love/Valentine cards 4 kids. I was inspired to ink up a cute dino for my kiddie Valentine card!

Stampin' Up! cardstock and pattern paper
SU dino days images and sentiment; SU speech bubble die
My Favorite Things grass and heart speech bubble dies; MFT cloud stencil
sentiment heat embossed with Simon Says white embossing powder
fired brick and fossilized amber Distress Ink and Hero Arts unicorn white inks 

Check out our amazing DT's cards at SAS4Kids, and then stop back by to link up a kiddie card of your very own! Even though this month's theme is Love/Valentine's, any kid-friendly card can be linked up for the challenge.

If you would like to send your card to an SAS4Kids hospital, that would be wonderful! Because of Covid, some hospital needs/requirements have changed. Card guidelines and shipper information can be found under our blog tabs. 


As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!