Card Making, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, Digital Image, Hero Arts, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown

Down The Shore

In the Philadelphia area when you want to go to the beach you head “Down the Shore”. I used the adorable Paper Nest Dolls digi “Beach Ball Emma” and created a scene using the My Monthly Hero June Kit (sold out).

I just love the sand embossing powder that came with the kit and used it for the Hello greeting and footprints. I created the beach using Copic markers. Emma was colored with Copics and I added the sea shell adornment in Emma’s hair which came with the MMH kit.

This card is shipping off to Send A Smile 4 Kids – I am a shipper and ship to four different hospitals.

I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Tuesday ThrowdownUse Stencils (clouds)
Die Cuttin DivasAnything Goes
Pinspirational – Photo Inspiration (the girl on the bike was my inspiration to use Emma)
Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread – Anything Goes

Card Making, Challenges, Copics, Digital Image, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown

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.

Card Making, Challenges, Copics, Die Cut, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown, Your Next Stamp (YNS)

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.

Card Making, Challenges, My Favorite Things, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown

Turtle or Tortoise

The main difference between a turtle and a tortoise is that the tortoise lives on land. A turtle is omnivorous (feeds on both plant and animal) and the tortoise is vegetarian.

My daughter has had a desert turtle since it was a baby and now has grown to full size – she has had it for 15 years. Desert turtles can withstand heat because they were made to survive by burrowing themselves in the ground and they live on vegetation. So her turtle has borrowed himself in her backyard and lives a very comfortable life feeding off of plants and her offerings of kale and other greens.

The Die Cuttin Divas challenge caught my eye this week – use a turtle. Here is my card.

It’s a turtle girl. This image and sentiment is an old stamp set from MFT which has gone bye-bye. I colored her in using Copic Markers and die cut her out. The papers are from my stash. The flowers were created using a punch and I added the sequins to add a little bling.

Tuesday Throwdown’s current challenge is tic-tac-toe and I chose the last column – die cut, florals, sequins. This card will be shipping off to Send A Smile 4 Kids (I am a volunteer shipper).

Take a moment to reflect on those who have served our country. Thanks for stopping by and have a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Card Making, Challenges, Die Cut, Hero Arts, Send A Smile 4 Kids

SSS Stencil Challenge

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Wednesday challenge which is to use stencils. For this card I used a stencil from my arsenal, I think I got it at Tuesday Morning (for $2). Using three Oxide Inks from Ranger and a sponge dauber I colored it in.

I used the same colors to color in the circle. The stamps and die cut are from the My Monthly Hero Kit for April. The rhinestones are also from Hero Arts. This card will be going to one of the hospitals I ship to for Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Hero Arts, Kids, My Favorite Things, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown, Your Next Stamp (YNS)

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.

Card Making, Challenges, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Stamps of Life, Your Next Stamp (YNS)

Valentine Step Up Card

This is my second post today — I have finally been able to catch up with making cards. With the excitement here in the Philadelphia area, and the Eagles winning their first ever Superbowl, we have been celebrating all week and unable to focus on anything else.  Time to get back to normal. I created this card for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I made three more for my Grands.

The step up is a die from Stamps of Life which includes 20 dies. The stamp set I used is from Your Next Stamp,  I couldn’t find the bee mine sentiment which is part of the stamp set so I wrote it in myself. Then I found it stuck to something on my desk (don’t you hate when that happens).

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Making, Challenges, Copics, Kids, Send A Smile 4 Kids, Tuesday Throwdown

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.