Sas4kids christmas in july blog hop simply made cards

Welcome to our huge blog hop and celebration of Send A Smile 4 Kids’ 175 th 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.

**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.


**The blog hop will start July 21 st at 8:00 a.m. CST and continue until July 31 st 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 18 th at midnight CST with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND MAILING ADDRESS. If you do not contact Karen before August 18 th at midnight CST, your prize will be forfeited.

**The Christmas in July 4 Kids challenge at SAS4Kids will run from July 21 st until August 3 rd 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 4 th on our blog.

This is the second card I made using the Christmas Poinsettia Pack, from Fred She Said 🙂 I’m sorry, parts of this look a little blurry to me 😦 I hope you all can see it okay 🙂 I used just the Poinsettia from the pack and mounted the whole thing of Stampin’ Up! Real Red. The black paper is from Carta Bella, Christmas Delivery paper pack #2. Nope, I don’t have it sitting around, I bought it from Snap Click Supply. It’s a digital paper pack, and it printed out beautifully on Canon, Matte, photo paper.

I used Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock. The tree is from Peaceful Pines, the sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments, The hat is from Jolly Friends, it also had a punch for the hat, and of course, the panda is from Party Pandas, all sets from Stampin’ Up! I believe they are all retired, but Stampin’ Up! has a lot of sets that are similar and the new Holiday catalog will be coming out before you know it! 🙂

I cut down the hat and white hat band, it was a little too big, but it helped to have the punch 😉 The panda actually has a card in his hand. I cut out his arms and made a little Christmas gift and colored it with Stampin’ Up! markers. I drew the bow right onto his lower face 😉 The inks I used were Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Real Red and Early Espresso on the tree trunk.