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.

I am part of the volunteer team for Send A Smile 4 Kids and send donated cards to kids at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. I used a digi from All Dressed Up Stamps called All Dressed Up For Christmas! Please go check out her store on Etsy! Her digi stamps are adorable!

all dressed for Christmas card blog hop

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 a 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 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:
SAS4Kids Blog (six prizes awarded here)
Karen Hasheck
Hilde Marsh
Mary Draper
April Story
Sybrina King
Janet Bailey
Anne Slattery
Cathy Cusson
Jill Blasche
Cyndi Amaya – Me! You could win a Tonic Studios Paper Trimmer (159e) on my blog!
Ina Grehan
Deonna Bemish
Berni Cutttino
Mary Moison
Donna Wakefield
Dena Hughes

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.


Have fun hopping! And, please join us for the card challenge or send us some cards to donate to the kids!!

Thanks!  Cyndi – Oh You Made Me Ink!



Happy Holidays Deer card

OMG! It is sooooo hard to think about a Christmas card wile it is 99 degrees outside!!! This was a hard one to do since it is so stinkin’ hot outside and we have African dust cloud that is blocking the pretty blue sky! Yuk! But, I’m here with my Design Team card for Shopping Our Stash Challenge #363 – Christmas In July!

I shopped my stash from last Christmas and found a few leftovers that hadn’t been used! Then I thought up a new way to use them and came up with this! I hope you like it and join us for the challenge! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

SOS#363 Holiday deer


Super Sized Birthday card

Hi there, my crafty friends! This is my Design Team card for Always Fun Challenges Challenge #67 – Paper Piecing! I love paper piecing and I don’t know why I don’t do it more often! I was looking for ideas and remembered that I had won some images from an online store called Dollar Graphics and decided to use one of them! Ok, Ok, they are pre-colored so I cheated a bit but I did sponge some distress ink around the cut edges! I love to color so this was a big deal for me to just use them! I hope you don’t mind that I cheated a little! See you at the challenge!

AFC#67 super size birthday

Ice Cream Makes Everything Better card

Well, Hi there! Here is my card for Shopping Our Stash Challenge #362 Feed Me! Feature food of some sort on your project! Oh my goodness! I didn’t know where to start! Should I do eggs and bacon or burgers and hot dogs or cupcakes and donuts??? There were sooooo many choices of stamps to use!! I thought about what to make and remembered I just bought these super cute teeny pink pom-poms and just HAD to use them!! Here’s my card! I hope you like it! Please join us for the challenge! We’d love to see what you create!

SOS#362 ice cream

I’m linking this card up at Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge! And, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Their next challenge starting July 21st is their 175th and we are celebrating that milestone with a huge blog hop with many prizes to be won! The theme is Christmas in July 4 Kids, so you may want to get a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child ready to go as there will be EIGHT random winners chosen from the entrants in the challenge. I’ll be one of the stops on the blog hop so stay tuned for more info!!



I Love Hanging Out With You card

Hello, my fellow cardmakers! Here is my card for Shopping My Stash Challenge #361 Geometric Patterns! I was going to make my own background paper but thought I’d shop my stash instead! I mean that IS the name of the challenge after all! So, I grabbed some background paper that reminded me of leaves and finally got to use the sloth stamp I picked up at a big box store! Please join us for the challenge!

SOS#361 sloth

United We Stand card

Welcome back, my crafty stampers! Just in time to see my Design Team card for Always Fun Challenges Challenge #65 Patriotic theme! I was going through my stash and found these super old stickers from Creative Memories and also this leftover polar bear from my Christmas cards and thought, “Hey, this would be a cute patriotic card!” So, here it is! Please join us for the challenge! See you there!

AFC#65 god bless bear

I’m going to link this card up at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Red, White & Blue challenge and at Cards in Envy  Twinkle Little Stars Challenge!

Celebrate the 4th card

Hello again, my crafty peeps! This is my Design Team card for Shopping Our Stash Challenge #360 Red, White & Blue – In honor of Canada Day and Independence Day, use red, white, blue, one, two or all three!

I wish you could see this card in real life because it looks so pretty! I struggled to get a good picture and I hope you like it! See you over at the challenge blog!

SOS#360 celebrate stars