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.
Cards In Envy’s current challenge is Let’s Dress Up (Halloween Costumes). My stack of Halloween Cards will be added to the box of cards from other card makers and mailed tomorrow to the hospitals that I currently ship for SAS4KIDS.
This stamp set and dies are from Sugar Pea Designs (Monster Mash), I also used a die from Stamps of Life (Pumpkin Fold It) to create the pumpkin background. The papers are from my stash. Copics were used to color the monsters.
In addition to Cards In Envy I would like to participate in the following challenges:
I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids. I ship to three hospitals at the present time. One of the hospitals need Baby Cards for those little ones who are born too early or with problems. I make most of the baby cards for the NICU. So when this week’s challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown was “Bundle of Joy” it was right up my alley. Here is my card:
I used Echo Park Designer Stamp and Die set called Little One, the patterned papers I purchased at AC Moore, and I embossed the sentiment using white detail embossing powder.
I recently purchased a Mama Elephant stamp and die set at Joann’s. As many of you know I am a shipper and card maker for Send A Smile 4 Kids, so whenever I see cute stamps for kids (especially if they are on sale) I just have to purchase them. Here is the very simple Birthday Card I made for one of the kids.
This set is called Up We Go, I stamped the images directly on the front of the card and colored with copics (if you use GinaK heavy base weight cardstock the copics do not bleed through to the other side). I added the heart from another stamp set.
Here is another card I made using the Stamps of Life Donuts 2 Stamp set. My grand daughter loves pink frosted donuts. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I know that the kids at the hospitals will find this a funny (punny) card.
I also used MFT die for the green polka dotted mat and the paper I had in my stash. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend.
I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
Shaped Cards is the current challenge over at Cardz 4 Galz. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids and making cards for the kids is my passion. So I made this shaped card for the NICU at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. You don’t think the birth of a baby would be a sad time but for some of these parents it is — just like Jimmy Kimmel shared the other night. So making happy colorful and joyous newborn cards for the NICU to give to these parents brings joy to my heart.
The onesie dies are no longer available but I use them alot (Top Dog Dies). The papers are from American Crafts and the cardstock is from Stamps of Life.
Always Fun Challenges weekly challange has an Easter theme this week. Craftaholics R Us monthly challenge is also Easter. I made this card a few weeks back and included it in the shipment with all the wonderful cards I received from our faithful cardmakers at SAS4KIDS.
I created the background using pan pastels (love love love them). Paper, card stock and ribbons from Stamps of Life and the stamps and dies are from Verve Stamps! I adore those little carrots.
Challenge over at SAS4KIDS is calling for cards for mom that would be coming from the child. Between the two hospitals that I ship for there are about 210 kids, and our faithful card makers never let us down. I had this peel off sticker purse (Elizabeth Crafts), that I had already colored using SAKURA glaze and glitter pens. The sentiment is from Just Rite stamps and the papers are from Stamps of Life.