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Up In The Air

Our oldest son lives in a rural area and close to a little airport that offers hot air balloon rides (no thank you). When we visit when it is getting closer to sunset we like to sit out on his deck and watch the hot air balloons. They are so beautiful and peaceful to look at.

Tuesday Throwdown‘s current challenge is Up In The Air. Here is my card.

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Here is a close up showing all the sparkle.

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I used an outline sticker from Krazy Kreations adhered it to glittered cardstock (SSS) and colored it with copic markers. Sometimes the sticker doesn’t adhere very well but I add the smallest amount of glue to help it along. Then I fussy cut it out. The cloud paper was from my stash and I ran it through the cuttlebug using the birthday embossing folder (my favorite). The critters are from Your Next Stamp and the grass is a stamp from Stamps by Judith.

I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids and this will be going to them.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday Throwdown #405 Sketch

Over at Tuesday Throwdown the challenge this week is to use the posted sketch to make a card. I have been trying to use watercolors (when I think or say the word watercolor my mind thinks mess).  I am a very messy card maker.

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For this card I stamped the Stamps by Judith cupcake onto watercolor cardstock and using Polished Jade and Fresh Lime Dylusions Shimmer Sprays watercolored the cupcake with Pentel Aquash water brushes.  I heat embossed the happy birthday sentiment in black. The sprinkles were dotted with the good old faithful Stickles.

This card will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Interactive Card

When I was a little girl I could swing on the swings for hours on end looking up into the sky and just day dream. I especially liked it when my younger siblings (I am one of seven, second oldest), found other things to do and I could be all by myself in the back yard on the “swings”.

The challenge this week over at Little Red Wagon is to make an interactive card. I must say that I have only made a few other than shaker cards. So I “challenged” (isn’t that what challenges are all about?) myself and made a slider.

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For this card I used distress oxides to create the background. I used stamps, dies and the sentiment from My Monthly Hero. The slider element is from My Favorite Things. I propped up the branch on double thick foam tape, then attached the leaves – I wanted her to swing under the branch and leaves. I also propped up the little girl on the left.

This card will be shipping off to one of the hospitals for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

 

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Tuesday Throwdown Heatwave

The current challenge over on Tuesday Throwdown is “Heatwave-Use Hot Colors”. For this card I used a digi I won from Kittie Bee Designs on Tuesday Throwdown’s challenge in June called Birthday Emilee – also available in clear stamp form.

The Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder in my opinion is a must have. I am not even sure if they carry it any longer but it was my very first ef. I paper pieced Ellie with the same polka dotted paper I used on one of the flags (to coordinate). I colored the rest of her with Copics and the cupcake is colored with another one of my favorite (markers) Zig Wink of Stella glitter markers. When making cards for the hospitals I ship to glitter is frowned upon. So to add sparkle without it coming off these markers work great. The papers are from Hampton Arts (old).

I would also like to participate in the Seize the Birthday challenge. I made stripes using the thin flags.

This “happy” card will shipping off to one of the hospitals for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Card Making, Christmas, Copics, Die Cut, Digital Image, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids

SAS4KIDS Christmas In July Blog Hop

Christmas in July Challenge and Blog Hop Celebrating our 175th Challenge!

Welcome to our huge blog hop and celebration of Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175th Challenge! 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 receive a holiday card as well as be able to pick some for special medical staff or loved ones they are missing during the holiday season.

We have 16 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning – just leave a comment. If you are hopping you should have arrived here from Janet Bailey’s blog. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting on the blog post on our SAS4Kids blog and also by entering your hand made card (for KIDS) to the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.

All rules are listed on the SAS4KIDS challenge page. See a list of all the wonderful sponsors and prizes you could win HERE SAS4KIDS challenge page.

The prize being awarded through my blog is a Stampendous (Spring Borders) die set (oh the possibilities with these dies — right?)prize for hop

Because I used a Paper Nest Doll digi today in my first card, you will have a chance to win Avery Christmas Dress digi.

This is the list of the participants in the blog hop with links to their blogpost:

SAS4Kids Blog (six prizes awarded here)
Karen Hasheck
Hilde Marsh
Mary Draper
April Story
Sybrina King
Janet Bailey
Anne Slattery YOU ARE HERE!
Cathy Cusson YOUR NEXT STOP
Jill Blasche
Cyndi Amaya
Ina Grehan
Deonna Bemish
Berni Cutttino
Mary Moisan
Donna Wakefield
Dena Hughes

Now onto today’s cards.

A few years ago I saw a Christmas Tree decorated in Peacock Feathers and colors, it looked absolutely gorgeous, and these colors have been my favorite Christmas colors ever since. I thought I would give it a try with this card.

I used a digi image from Paper Nest Dolls called Christmas Tree Avery. I love how Avery is holding the tree topper in her hand waiting to put it on top of the tree. The sentimet is from Stamps of Life. I used Copic Sketch Markers for coloring and Wink of Stella glitter pens for the ornaments on her dress. For the die cut tree, papers from my stash were used. I inked up some cardstock with Distress Oxides and then die cut the lights and ornaments, I used glitter paper to cut out the string for the ornaments and li,ghts.

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And this is the second card. I try to make cards that nothing will fall off. This is a card a little one could carry around with them (they love to do that). I used Stamps of Life Santa2stamp and dies along with the HoHoHo sentiment (this sentiment was part of 2015 Christmas card making kit from Stamps of Life). All were colored with copics, papers from my stash.

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Thanks so much for hopping along. Good Luck with winning prizes, don’t forget to make comments (we love them) and most importantly thanks also for all the cards you make that put smiles on all the kids faces.

Happy Hopping!!

Card Making, Challenges, Christmas, Copics, Digital Image, Hero Arts, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge

Santa Baby

I am very familiar with Christmas babies.  My husband’s birthday is Christmas Day and my nephew was born on December 23rd. This month’s challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge is Santa.  One of the hospitals I ship to for Send A Smile 4 Kids requests Welcome and Congratulations Baby cards. So why not a Santa Baby? Here is the card I created.

The image is a digi from Tiddly Inks colored with Copics and I used puffy fabric paint on the hat and the tips of the shoes. The paper and stickers are from my stash, the sentiment is a Hero Arts rubber stamp embossed with fine detail white embossing powder. I used some washi tape and ribbon from my stash and blinged it up with some stickles.

In addition to Sparkles Christmas Challenge, I would like to participate in:

The Merry Christmas ChallengeAnything Goes
Sweet Stampin Christmas – Anthing Goes
Happy Little StampersAnthing Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s ChristmasAnything Goes
Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anthing Goes

Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday Throwdown Tag

Tuesday Throwdown’s Challenge this week is to make a tag. I won the Your Next Stamp prize for Tuesday Throwdown’s Challenge #386 (random.org) and I chose the Magical Unicorn and Die that I used to make my tag today. Here is the card.

The paper I used is from BasicGrey called Euphoria and the ribbon is from my stash. I colored the unicorn with Copics. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids so this tag will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to. Two of the hospitals have school programs for the kids to attend while they are receiving long term care (makes me sad), so hopefully this will brighten up one of the kids spirits when they see the happy unicorn if they use it for a book mark.

Thanks for stopping by and maybe this will inspire you to make a tag for the challenge or start donating your creations to SAS4KIDS.

Have a great day.

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Rainbow Colors

Tuesday Throwdown‘s challenge this week is “Rainbow Colors” and the sponsor is a favorite Stamp Company – Your Next Stamp – I used two stamp sets from my YNS stamps, Scribble Fun Two and Paint Swooshes and Splatters.

Using the smallest of the paint swooshes I used various inks (MFT, Memento and Distress) inking the panel using a stamp positioner. I then used retired stamps from Stamplorations to stamp the words Make, Today, A. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Scribble Fun Two stamp set. The Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder is the very first one I purchased years ago. The ribbon was a donation from one of the faithful card makers with SAS4KIDS and the sequins are from Hero Arts.

The next card is a bonus (haha). I had to use the paint splatters just for fun. I used a Wink of Stella pen to sparkle the droplets on some of the splashes.

I would also like to participate in the SAS4KIDS challenge and Craftaholics R Us.

Both cards will be going to SAS4KIDS.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the remainder of your evening.

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Tuesday Challenges

This year I want to step out of my comfort zone — make three cards each week and post them to various challenges. I am very picky about the challenges I choose to enter. I am most comfortable with entering challenges that I am familiar with or that I know the card makers who may be on the design team. Being a part of Operation Write Home for five years, I have come to know quite a few bloggers/card makers. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I know immediately when I receive cards that the card maker was involved with Operation Write Home by the way they insert the cards into the envelopes.

One of the weekly challenges that I want to enter is Tuesday Morning Sketches where Carol (a fellow OWH member and who lives relatively close) is on the Design Team and today I enter this challenge by way of her blog.

Another one of my blogging friends is Debi B and she is on the Tuesday Throwdown DT challenge and one of the faithful card makers for SAS4KIDS. She actually is one of the “Three Musketeers” (a team of local ladies who are always helping me especially in times of crisis. They are Debi B, Sybilla G, and Eileen K). Luckily for me the challenge this week is Anything Goes so I will be entering this card into all three challenges.

I used a new to me stamp from Sweet N Sassy Stamps called Love Birds and various papers from my stash. I paper pierced a few areas on the birds.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Christmas, Digital Image, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Red Red and More Red

This card was inspired by the challenge over at Little Red Wagon – What’s Red All Over (I will be participating in this challenge).

The digital image and sentiment are from Digi Stamp Boutique, papers are from my stash, heart edge punch is from Martha Stewart. The card will be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids (I am a shipper).

I would also like to participate in Dragonfly Dreams (fully loaded).

Thanks for taking a look.