Saturday, July 21, 2018

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 17 stops in the blog hop and at each stop you have one or two chances at winning just by leaving a comment. You can also earn a chance to win a prize by commenting on the blog post on our SAS4Kids blog and also by entering the Christmas in July challenge which starts July 21st and runs through August 3rd at noon.

Here is a list of all our wonderful sponsors and the prizes that you could win:

Kitchen Sink Stamps $25 gift certificate
Sparkle N Sprinkle  $5 gift code
Fred She Said $10 gift certificate
Motion Crafts by Uchi's Designs 3 prize packages each with 1 die set and 1 stamp set $35 value each
Bugaboo $12 gift code
Tonic Studios USA Six Tonic Studios Paper Trimmers (159e)
Stampendous Five prizes: CRS5101/DCS5010 Rose Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, CRS5067/DCS5067 Hydrangea Garden Cling Stamps and Dies, DCP1009 Spring Borders Cutting Dies Set, DCP1007 Build a Wreath Cutting Dies Set, DCP1008 Pop Up Stages Cutting Dies Set
Paper Nest Dolls Two prizes of 3 digis each of the winner's choice plus one free digi for a commenter on each blog that uses a Paper Nest Dolls image
Doodles Paper Playground Four prizes of one package of Fairy Dust Sparkle Blends sequin mixes
White Rose Crafts  Gorjuss Tweed Craft Card Compendium (makes 24 cards - retails at $16.99)
Dies R Us $15 gift code
Cheapo Dies (owned by an American I know) $15 gift code
All Dressed Up Stamps - two digital stamps
Janet Bailey - three Stampin' Up Stamp Sets

Here are the rules for this blog hop:

**You do not need to comment on every stop of the blog hop to have a chance to win a prize. One comment on any of the blogs or on the main SAS4Kids blogpost qualifies you to win one of the prizes on that blog. If you leave a comment on each stop, you will have earned 17 chances to win a prize, and if you enter a card in the Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge, you will also earn a chance to win one of 8 random prizes there.

**You MUST have an USA mailing address to qualify to win any of the prizes. We apologize to any of our readers outside of the USA, but this is a requirement to win any of the prizes in this blog hop and in the Christmas in July challenge.

**The blog hop will start July 21st at 8:00 a.m. CST and continue until July 31st at midnight CST. When the blog hop is done, all the winners will be drawn randomly from the commenters on each blog and on the main blog, and announced on the SAS4Kids blog on August 4th and on each individual blog. If your name is listed as a winner, you must contact Karen at khasheck@gmail.com BEFORE August 18th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

**The Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge at SAS4Kids will run from July 21st until August 3rd at Noon CST (as is typical of our two week challenges.) You can qualify for one of 8 prizes by entering a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child following the rules of all of our challenges found in the page above. The prizes will be awarded by random drawing and announced with the rest of the winners on August 4th on our blog. These prizes too must be claimed August 18th at midnight with an email to khasheck@gmail.com with your name, email and mailing address (must have a USA mailing address.)

We are so happy to have some of the volunteers who collect and distribute cards to our many children’s hospitals as well as some TEAM SAS alumni and previous Top Three winners join the SAS4Kids TEAM SAS in this blog hop!

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

SAS4KidsBlog (Six prizes awarded here JUST FOR COMMENTING and YOU ARE HERE)

Thank you so much for supporting Send a Smile 4 Kids and to our wonderful sponsors of this blog hop. Good luck in the drawings! Leave a comment here and hop for more chances at many prizes.

THE NEXT STOP IS:


Below is where you can enter the Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge and get a chance at winning one of EIGHT prizes awarded randomly to participants in addition to the prizes listed above. 


37 comments:

  1. What a great event! I'm always happy to create for SAS4K.

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  2. Wow, this is sounding like a most awesome blog hop, with the added chance of a prize. Much appreciation given to Karen and ALL the volunteers that donate so much of their time in crafting, receiving and delivery of cards to these special children throughout the year. I'm blessed to be a small part of this awesome charity! Now, blog hop away . . .

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  3. Be sure to leave a comment here for a chance at 6 prizes!

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  4. Wow that was fun! I've been so inspired to get out my Christmas supplies and get started making holiday cards! Thank you and all of the volunteers for helping make life a little cheerier for the kiddos, families and hospital staff!

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  5. Awesome hop! I loved seeing everyone's creations! Each of these cards along the hop is sure to bring a smile!

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  6. Thank you for arranging this fun blog hop and for all of your charitable efforts to make this amazing organization!

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  7. Congrats on making it to 175 challenges! Fantastic. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to those 175 challenges and to the volunteers who collect and distribute all the cards. You guys are awesome!!

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  8. Karen, Congrats on 175 Challenges -- and still going strong! WOW! You are amazing, and I so appreciate your warm welcome into the SAS4Kids family. Just think of all the smiles you've helped bring to kids and families at children's hospitals around the country, and I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to have crafters make cards for the kids at Nationwide Children's. Thanks for all you continue to do for SAS4Kids! Here's hoping for another 175 challenges... at least. :)

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  9. Can’t wait to get started on some cards for this challenge! Then I will be able to send them in time!

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  10. What a great organization! Thank you for all you do!

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  11. I am impressed--175 challenges. I cannot imagine how much work you put into keeping this charity going. Thank you for that. I am honored to be a part of your Christmas Blog Hop. I will be back with my entry here with a Christmas Card for Kids.

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  12. What an amazing organization that brings such happiness to so many children. Congratulations on 175 challenges!

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  13. Congratulations on your 175th challenge! What a great blog hop you've put together, and thanks to all the sponsors for the great prizes. I always enjoy making cards for SAS4Kids, and I know all the volunteers devote a lot of time making sure the donated cards are delivered to the hospitals in order to bring smiles to the faces of many children around the country.

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  14. Karen - you have done an amazing job of organizing this hop. This took a LOT of time and energy and I just wanted to say thank you for all you do. I have met some wonderful people by being associated with SAS4K. This is truly a great opportunity to bring smiles to so many hearts. Nice job!

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  15. Congrats... keep up the good work!! (Maranda)

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  16. Bringing a smile to child's face is what you do. Thank you for all the time and energy to bring this blog hop to fruition.

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  17. Great Blog Hop. Would love to win a prize.

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    1. Kay C. you were a winner! Read above and send me an email to collect your prize.

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  18. What a fun event and fantastic cause!

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  19. What a wonderful service you provide! Is there an address to mail the real card too or is it digital? Everything is so technical now, I kinda miss letters on paper.

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    1. Sherry- all the info about donating your cards for kids inpatient in the hospitals we serve is at the top under Guidelines for Donated Cards. It is what we are all about:)

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    2. This sounds like fun, I haven't been in a blog hop in a couple of years. :) I love seeing what others do.

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    3. Sherry- you were one of our winners- read above and send me an email so you can collect your winnings!

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  20. Great challenge and I enjoyed the blog hop.

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  21. Thank you for your blog hop; what a great opportunity to see new ideas for cardmaking!

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  22. Wow, what a lot of great cards on the blog hop and so many prizes! Thanks so much for this great opportunity to win a prize!

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  23. Congratulations on 175 challenges--what a milestone!!! I'm always glad to make cards for the kiddos. Off to hop! :) ~ Andrea

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  24. Thanks for bringing this Hop to my attention! Lots of beautiful cards by such creative designers. And lots of goodies!

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  25. What a great blog hop...I love Christmas in July!! What great cards in the blog hop! Thanks to the sponsors too!

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  26. So much Christmas in July excitement! I can't wait to see all the entries. Thanks to all the sponsors too.

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  27. A very fun way to celebrate your own achievement on the blog. And, what a great cause. I have contributed cards for many years and always love to spread them on the rug and pick out the ones I hope a child would like.

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  28. I just had to come back and tell you what a wonderful blog hop you have assembled. All the cards are inspiring. And the dedication of the SAS4K volunteers is to be commended. Thank you all. Debi

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  29. Fantastic idea to do a blog hop! I'll be back later today to do the complete hop. And I may have another entry in the challenge if I get it finished today. Thanks. :-D

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  30. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous milestone for the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge. It has been a delight.
    Hugs
    Berni Alumni

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  31. Stumbled upon this wonderful charity while searching for some new digis...so glad I did, too. haha! KC

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  32. I must has missed commenting here - I did the hop and entered - thank you so much - and congrats on this worthy organization to help kids

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