Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christmas in July Challenge and Blog Hop Celebrating Send a Smile 4 Kids' 175th Challenge!

We are celebrating Christmas in July and our 175th Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids with a huge blog hop with over 30 prizes you could win by commenting or participating! My first card for the blog hop features Fred She Said’s Dancing Penguin colored digi and Sprinkle N Sparkle’s “Jingle All the Way” sentiment in an “impossible card” fold. Here is another look at this fun fold: 




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.

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 blogposts:

SAS4Kids Blog (six prizes awarded here) 
Karen Hasheck (YOU ARE HERE)

My second Christmas in July card for our kids features a super cute colored snowman digi from Sparkle N Sprinkle and some oval dies from Gina Marie Designs. Here is a look at the inside with another digi from that set:


Thank you so much for supporting Send a Smile 4 Kids and 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 prize you can win just by commenting on my blog is a die and stamp set from Motion Crafts by Uchi's Designs valued at $35! 

THE NEXT STOP IS: Hilde Marsh

42 comments:

Enigma Artist said...

Great cards and I especially like the shapes!

Lillian A said...

Both are really "cool" cards, Karen, and who doesn't love penguins and snowmen. These are adorable and will be well received by a child. Thanks for ALL you do and the work on making this blog hop happen!

Sharon Huffman said...

Karen you inspire me to try some of those fun fold and die-cut shapes cards! Thank you so much for your dedication to the kiddos in hospitals!

Denise Bryant said...

Adorable cards! Love the sweet snowman images you used and your pretty coloring! I have to try one of the impossible fold cards.... that looks so fun!

Lenora Scott said...

What cute cards. This is such a wonderful Blog HOP. Thank you for all you and your crew have done for the past several years. May you receive as many blessings and you give!

just jill said...

I love these two cards. The "impossible" card is awesome and I love that you used a round shape for contrast in the middle. The second card is unique in shape and is sure to bring smiles to whomever gets it. Nice cards! You did an amazing job of getting this blog up. Thanks for all your hard work!

Gail said...

HI Karen - your cards are wonderful - I like the impossible card - I have made a couple - need to do some more - I just found this challenge and happy to have joined in - have a blessed week

Cathy said...

Your cards are adorable! I love both of them.

designbydonna said...

Karen, your cards are so cute. Dancing penguin--sure to cheer up the kids. That fun fold intrigues me. Hope there is a video coming.

Kelly Breese said...

Oh my goodness - I LOVE that first card layout! I am new to card making and that is so creative (and looks very time consuming!) Thanks for inspiring me to try a new cut/fold! Love your creativity.

janelle said...

Very creative cards--different folds and shapes. I especially like the oval one--the snowman in green is really eye-catching.

Stacy said...

So cute, I really like the pop up style card that you created!

Stephanie Johnson said...

The cards are adorable.

Sundaystamper said...

That penguin card is too cute. I just learned how to make this fold. May have to try it for a Christmas card.

Erica Lang said...

This is all so cool! I love the hard work that goes into these, and how they're all so selflessly given. What a wonderful program.

kathy bull said...

Snowmen and penguins are two of my favorites. I especially love the coloring on the snowman. I will have to try the impossible fold card, too!

Karen Peterson said...

Your penguin is absolutely adorable, but then I've always liked penguins!! I'll have to check out "Sparkle N Sprinkle"!

Nancy R. said...

Two super cute cards sure to bring a smiles to the recipients faces!

Kate Deignan said...

That snowman melts my heart! Cute design!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful cards for the kids. Your cards are so well designed and fun!

Sybrina K said...

Karen, Thanks so much for all you've done for hospitalized kids and their families. Just think of all the smiles you've brought to these little patients through SAS4Kids. :)

Sue D said...

Cute cards for kids. I like the fold on the first one.

Dana M said...

Wonderful cards, love the interactive card! Thanks for all you do to support this fantastic cause!

Sherry said...

Love your snowman card!! He’s adorable!!

Sherry said...

Beautiful cards!!

craftyd said...

Beautiful cards, really love the penguin in your first card.

Debbie Caldwell said...

oh my gosh how cute, I love These...how creative.

Debi said...

Great cards Karen. Love the second image and the shaped card.

Dena J said...

What fun cards! I've never tried the 'impossible' fold. That dancing penguin is too darling. Thanks for all your work, attention to detail, and patience to make this blog hop a go!

Multiplicity Crafts said...

What a darling little Penguin easel card!

Ginny B said...

Love seeing all these wonderful ideas; what a great opportunity to see new techniques for cardmaking!

Gail Lass said...

Wow, a card with a penguin and one with a snowman. I love both of them a lot. The penguin fold is awesome. Great cards!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Awesome cards, Karen--especially the impossible fold one! Love the colors you chose to go with the images. :) ~ Andrea

Ina G said...

Simply awesome cards Karen. Love the oh so different fold. That penguin is just the cutest. May just have to get that one. Your second one is a pearler with that pipe smoking snowman. Such a fun image.

Deborah L. said...

I love the snowman! He looks part snowman and part Santa!(The nice thing about blog hops is you find new vendors to buy from!)

Superfly Mcguy said...

What fun cards the kids will love them. I love your snowman with his carrot nose dressed in blue and green!

Kimberly Bower MLIS said...

I have not yet made an impossible card, but I'm sure going to try it now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Shelley C said...

Cute cards - I'm so not in the Christmas mode, but this is a great prod to move that direction.

Elizabeth Hart said...

Your holiday cards are both fun and so fabulous. I love the folded card - a must try for sure. And, the snowman has so much personality.

Berni Cuttino said...

Love your take on the Penguin and Snowman, So cute.
Thank you again 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

Mary M. said...

Thanks for letting me join in on the fun Karen. I LOVE your penguin card :)

Marsha said...

Fun cards. Easel type cards are great because they can be displayed. This one is so cute.