Saturday, July 26, 2014

TEAM S.A.S. Welcomes Two New Members and Winners for Bright Colors 4 Kids!

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It's a doubly fun Saturday at Send a Smile 4 Kids today because not only are we announcing the winners of the Bright Colors 4 Kids challenge, but we are also thrilled to be introducing two new members joining TEAM S.A.S.  

Please help us welcome Berni Cuttino of Chasing the Dream blog to our design team. Here is her smiling face, a card she designed for our kids, and some information she shared for her introduction: 


"Hi, I am Bernardine Cuttino, kindly called me BERNI.
I live in Santa Clarita, CA, USA, 40 miles North of Los Angeles. I guess you could say, it is the High Desert, weather is triple digit's in the Summer and cold in the winter. In fact, there is snow on the mountains in the winter, very pretty. Now if you go South towards the water, there is the beach. You have the best of both worlds.
 I retired from Princess Cruises, the cruise line. Have had the good fortune to have traveled the world and visited all seven continents. My favorite place in the world is Italy. I also worked in the Motion Picture Industry for twenty years. I have worked with many actors and actresses, producers. I cast Star Trek The Next Generations, TV show.
Started with scrapbooking and went into card making when I retired. I love to create and experiment with different techniques; and enjoy gardening. I am involved in the Women ministry at church. Create cards for OWH (Operation Write Home) for the soldiers worldwide and create cards for the Missionaries in my church who are also worldwide. Living the life of the retiree. Always looking for inspiration and ready for a challenge."
We have also invited Kathy Stacy of The Crafty Nurse blog to join our design team. Here is Kathy’s picture, a card she designed for our kids and what she shared with us about her life and stamping background: 



"Hello! My name is Kathy Stacy, also known as "The Crafty Nurse".  You'll find me at kathystacy.com  I'm a Southern California native who is now living in Upstate New York.  By day, I'm a Registered Nurse, but most any other time you'll find me at my craft table where my true passion is to create.  I mostly make cards, but also really enjoy art journaling and scrapbooking. I have a full set of Copic Markers and use them just about every day. I also enjoy Primsacolor Pencils and any techniques using ink.  I participate in many different challenge blogs and enjoy interpreting sketches.  I also donate cards to Operation Write Home, an organization that supports deployed hero's by providing cards for them to send home to their families (my youngest is an active Marine).  When I found Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge blog, I was thrilled.  As a nurse I know how hard it is for children who are hospitalized or not feeling well.   I'm even more excited now to be a part of this great group and look forward to both getting and giving some fun inspiration. On a personal note, I have been married to my dear husband for 21 years and have two adult boys, Dan and Matt, who I am exceedingly proud of. Now with all that said - let's get to making some cards for kids!!!!! Woo Hoo!"

Now for the winners from Bright Colors 4 Kids! The lucky winner of the 7 digis from Bugaboo is #7 Melanie Smith!  The winner of the $20 gift certificate from The Paper Shelter is #11 Rebecca! And the winner of the prize of 5 digis of her choice from QKR Stampede is #21 Jenny! Congratulations to the winners! Please grab your winner’s blog badge from the side of the blog and send me an email at khasheck at gmail dot com and I will put you in touch with the sponsor to claim your prize. 

Now for our Top Three as chosen by TEAM S.A.S. in no particular order. Remember to see any of the winner's blogs or our sponsor's websites, just click on their names.
 

Top Three Card by Kevin

Top Three Card by Cristina 

Top Three Card by Lucy P. 

WOW - What awesome cards for kids! Thanks for sharing your talents with us this week, and be sure to grab our Top Three blog badge to put on your blog with pride. If you would like to join us as a guest design team member on a future challenge, just fill in the Contact Form on the side of the blog and I will get back to you with all the details.

You have until Friday August 1st at noon CST to enter our current challenge for a chance at some great sponsor prizes and/or the top three. It is not required that you donate your card after entering, but our kids in the eight children's hospitals we currently serve would sure love it if you did. For all the info you need to know before donating your card(s), just click on the tabs at the top of the blog. Thanks!

Stamping smiles 4 Kids, Karen 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July 4 Kids Challenge

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge here at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas or Happy Holidays card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We start early here at SAS4Kids for holiday cards because we would love for every one of the kids in the 8 children’s hospitals we currently serve to receive a card on all the major holidays and to be able to pick some out to send to relatives or friends they are missing while in the hospital. So after making your holiday cards of any kind during any time of the year, please consider sending them to one of the addresses under the tabs on the top. If we get them early (or late) we will save them for the next box going to the hospitals close to the holiday.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge:  Doodle Pantry is giving their winner a $10 gift certificate! Sassy Studios is giving their randomly picked winner 4 images of their choice!  And Whoopsi Daisy’s winner gets 2 sheets of stamps of their choice! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

Now for some great inspiration, here are the cards created by TEAM S.A.S. for this challenge using our generous sponsors’ images. To visit any of their blogs or to go to our sponsor’s websites, just click on any of the names or the pictures at the side of our blog.

Today we are saying good-bye to TEAM S.A.S. member, Joyce. We are sad to see Joyce go and have enjoyed her cards and having her as part of our team. Here are Joyce’s cards for this challenge:



Deonna's Cards


Karen's Cards 



Hilde's Cards


Ina's Cards 


Lucianna's Cards 


Awesome cards for kids as always from our wonderful design team!  You have until Friday August 1st at noon CST to enter this challenge. After you do, please consider sending in your card(s) to cheer a child who is inpatient in one of our eight children’s hospitals. All the information you need is under the tabs at the top of the blog.

**We have decided to start a new tradition here at Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. We all love comments and followers on our blogs, right? So we are suggesting- but not requiring- that all participants in our challenges pick 2-3 (or more) other participants in the challenge, click on their card, visit their blog, leave a positive comment about the card and become a follower of that blog. In your comment, leave a link to your card and blog and hopefully the blogger you visited will come to your blog and become a follower too. **

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen 



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Winners Announced for Animal Card 4 Kids!

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It's another fun Saturday at Send a Smile 4 Kids because we get to make 6 lucky and talented participants in our Animal Cards 4 Kids challenge very happy!  We have three lucky winners of our randomly chosen sponsor prizes and we are also announcing our Top Three.

The lucky winner of the 3 digis  or cutting files from The Cutting CafĂ© is #24 Shell!  The winner of the $15 gift certificate from  Inspired by Stamping is #21 Cindy! And the winner of the prize of 3 digis of her choice from Oak Pond Creations is #5 KT Fit Kitty! Congratulations to the winners! Please grab your winner’s blog badge from the side of the blog and send me an email at khasheck at gmail dot com and I will put you in touch with the sponsor to claim your prize. 

Now for our Top Three as chosen by TEAM S.A.S. in no particular order. Remember to see any of the winner's blogs or our sponsor's websites, just click on their names.
 

Top Three Card by Cristina 

Top Three Card by Jenny

Top Three Card by Emily

WOW - What awesome cards for kids! Thanks for sharing your talents with us this week ladies, and be sure to grab our Top Three blog badge to put on your blog with pride. If you would like to join us as a guest design team member on a future challenge, just fill in the Contact Form on the side of the blog and I will get back to you with all the details.

You have until Friday July 18th at noon CST to enter our current challenge for a chance at some great sponsor prizes and/or the top three. It is not required that you donate your card after entering, but our kids in the eight children's hospitals we currently serve would sure love it if you did. For all the info you need to know before donating your card(s), just click on the tabs at the top of the blog. Thanks!

Stamping smiles 4 Kids, Karen