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March Challenge: Cards for Kids!

March Challenge

Hi All!

As I mentioned in the heads up post last week, I haven’t been getting very many cards for the foster kids, so this month’s theme is all about the kids: you’re awesome, you’re great, thinking of you, hello, hang in there, etc. If you don’t usually make cards for kids, think rainbows, sunny skies, cute animals, monsters, robots, boats, cars, cupcakes… it could pretty much be anything – even just plain old stripes. The thought of the card is what counts.

I would love to have you create a card for the challenge and also mail it to me for donating. Mailing the card to me is optional – you can still enter the challenge by just uploading a photo of your card. I will do a highlight video of some of the cards received after the challenge is over. I usually separate the cards into boy/girl and baby/elementary/tween, so feel free to make it for any age (2-12) or gender. If you would like to mail your card(s), please SIGN THE CARD (a brief encouraging message or stamp, along with your first name and location) and include an envelope. Send to:

Darlene DeVries
LiveLoveCards
PO Box 670126
Dallas, TX 75367

The last day to submit your entry is Friday, March 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Saturday, April 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry should be geared towards children, ages 2-12.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

Gopher It

I used my new Gopher It set along with my new Ice Layers Stencil by Faber Castell. These stencils are fantastic! Watch the video for more detail.

Here is a close-up of the gopher and his glossy-accent glasses:

Gopher It

The glasses are probably my favorite thing about the set – it just makes the gopher unique and special. In fact, I think a sentiment along those lines would work great with this gopher.

If you need more inspiration, you can check out the “young” category in the Gallery by Style.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

signature

Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
White panel 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches 4.4 x 10.8 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic sketch markers used: E53, E55, E57, 110, YG09, YG25

Gopher It
Gopher It
Ice Layer - Bubbles
Ice Layer – Bubbles
S.COM|SSS
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
BLSY|EH
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
EH|SSS
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! White Ink
Stampin’ Up! White Ink
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
EH|SSS
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Surf Blue Cardstock
Surf Blue Cardstock
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

2017 March Challenge Entries
Gopher It - What's Up?
Gopher It - What's Up?
Launching the March Challenge: Cards for Kids!
What's-Poppin'.jpg
What's-Poppin'.jpg
Annie A. Kids Card Challenge
Toadally Awesome
Toadally Awesome
This stamp is from the Quite a Pear set from SSS. I put the frog on a wobble spring so it moves.
Science is fun
Science is fun
Colored embossing powders and sponged stampin up ink.
Spinner card
Spinner card
Spinning card with Paper Smooches Chubby Chums. The key to making it spin vs slide is to use 2 pennies. One attached directly to the image, then a round foam piece, then another penny attached to the foam piece. The extra weight on top is what makes it spin. Made me crazy because I had to have it spin to fit the sentiment. LOL!
Monsterrific Twist & Pop
Monsterrific Twist & Pop
SU Monstermaniacs and Playful Backgrounds stamp sets. Colors rich razzleberry, basic black, and Neenah white. Picture shows front of card and inside design when you pop it open. Copics coloring.
Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
Turtley Awesome.JPG
Turtley Awesome.JPG
Stamp set used is Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties. I added a piece of patterned paper to the bottom of the card to add a bit of sea for the fish.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Sugar Nellie little Fairy. Stamped onto Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored with Stampin Up! markers and aqua painter. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her wings and silver glitter to the Fairy Dust on the little bag.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
This little and adorable skunk is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Pun Fun", love it, it's perfect for making cards for kids. I stamped the image on to Strathmore mixed media paper with Stazon black ink and colored with SU markers, an aqua painter and Prismacolor pencils. The pattern papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley.
Three Amigos Scratch Off Card
Three Amigos Scratch Off Card
Top scratch off reveals "You're Awesome"; second one reads " I agree"; and third one says "Me too".
Some Bunny Loves you
Some Bunny Loves you
Mama Elephant stamps and copic markers
Awesome you
Awesome you
Tried a night time landscape, having fun with others no matter who should be enjoyed.
Without Clouds There Would Be No Rainbows
Without Clouds There Would Be No Rainbows
Used Gelatos and a stencil to get the windy background.
You're the best
You're the best
Pull card using Lawn Fawn stamps and Memory Box tree
Be Unique Monster Card
Be Unique Monster Card
Monster stamps are from Paper Artsy. They make such fun and unique children's cards. Sentiment is MFT.
Monster Hugs
Monster Hugs
Fun stamps from Paper Artsy and copic markers
Monster Friends
Monster Friends
More Paper Artsy Monster stamps. Sentiment is from MFT
You are my sunshine
You are my sunshine
Last of the monster cards. More paper artsy stamps
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Stamp from Lili of the Valley, I used Stazon black ink and Stampin' Up! markers to color it.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Verve Stamp set called "Masquarade" stamp set, Stazon black ink, mask die is from the companion set.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Discontinued stamp from "Sweet Pea" stamps. I used Stazon black ink on water paper, colored with SU markers, aqua painter and Prismacolor pencils.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Penny Black stamp set "Fairy Sweet", stamped onto water color paper with Stazon black ink, colored with SU markers, aqua painter and Prismacolor pencils.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
House Mouse stamp "Feathered Friends" Stazon black ink onto water color paper, colored with SU markers, aqua painter and Prismacolor pencils.
Blowing Bubbles
Blowing Bubbles
This is a peek-a-boo card, when you open the card the message on the inside slides into place. The front design, card base and trim is cut with my electronic cutting machine; sentiment is computer generated.
Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
Penny Black "Raged Angel" stamped onto water color paper with Stazon black ink, colored with SU markers and aqua painter.
Encouragement Card
Encouragement Card
This is a peek-a-boo card, when you open the card the message on the inside slides into place. The front design, card base and trim is cut with my electronic cutting machine; sentiment is stamped and hand written.
Birthday Card
Birthday Card
This is a peek-a-boo card, when you open the card the message on the inside slides into place. The front design, card base and trim is cut with my electronic cutting machine; sentiment is computer generated.
Pigs in windows
Pigs in windows
I used a card from Darlene as my inspiration for this card. She used the whole herd stamp set and had different animals in the Windows, but I used all pigs from the MFT sow much cuteness set. I thought any kid would get a kick out of these funny pigs! And interactive cards are always a hit.
Encouragement Card
Encouragement Card
This is a peek-a-boo card, when you open the card the message on the inside slides into place. The front design, card base and trim is cut with my electronic cutting machine; sentiment is computer generated.
You Are Purrfect
You Are Purrfect
The best is yet to come - hang in there
The best is yet to come - hang in there
Encouragement cards using the Up and Away set from Mama Elephant. Clean and simple yet fun and happy colours.
Sending Monster Hugs
Sending Monster Hugs
On the inside I put a plastic eye followed by sentiment.....think you're neat.
Flying Owls.JPG
Flying Owls.JPG
Lots of owls in bright colors! The owl stamp is from Technique Tuesday and the sentiment from Paper Smooches. I wrote a couple of jokes from the book that Darlene used for her daughter's lunch. I thought the kids could have a few laughs while waiting.
Hey Chickie.JPG
Hey Chickie.JPG
These Paper Smooches stamps always bring a smile to my face and thought the kids would like them. I found my googly eyes, so they were added. I wrote jokes on the inside.
Let's Play.JPG
Let's Play.JPG
Another card with Paper Smooches stamps. I saw this idea on You Tube this morning and it fit perfectly for my critters.
Owl on branch.JPG
Owl on branch.JPG
Paper Smooches critters once again. I found the branch in a Gina K Designs set. I added jokes to the inside.
Silly Monster Shaker card
Silly Monster Shaker card
I used the Silly Monsters stamps and dies along with Stampin Up paper to make this fun shaker card! As you can see...I love using lots of sequins!!!
Cuddly Critters Birthday shaker card
Cuddly Critters Birthday shaker card
I used the Cuddly Critters stamps and dies to make this shaker card, along with Stampin Up paper. I did the coloring with Prisma watercolor pencils and a blender pen.
Happy Panda Birthday Card
Happy Panda Birthday Card
I loved this set ever since Darlene first used it, so I finally bought it and made this Happy Panda card!
French Fries!!
French Fries!!
Everyone loves french fries, so this is a card for all those people! I used the Happy Meal stamp set and colored it with Stampin Up markers.
Silly Monster Wobbler!
Silly Monster Wobbler!
I used the Silly Monsters stamp set and dies and put him on a wobbler for even more fun! I used the Eery Eyes and Stampin Up designer series paper. The green dots are made with a pearl pen.
Thank you
Thank you
Love this All Cars stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Made this for my niece's 12th birthday. From the All Cats stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs.
You Are Amazing PopNTwist Card
You Are Amazing PopNTwist Card
I was creating a card for someone a while ago and decided I didn't like the colors I had used. So the unfinished card sat there for a couple of months. When this challenge came up, I knew that it would be a great way to turn the card into something that perhaps a child would enjoy.
BeeYouTiful
BeeYouTiful
I saw someone had made a shaker card with insects underneath of a magnifying glass, and this was my inspiration. I colored the card with Copics and placed the bee under a "magnifying glass" cut from silver foil paper. I then applied Crystal Effects on top to create the "glass." My initial trial was not a success, as I had used a black Copic marker to color the edges of the bee to hide imperfect fussy cutting. This didn't work, and the Copic ink bled with the Crystal Effects. I am sending the card anyway, as I figured that maybe a child wouldn't care so much!
You're Cool Popsicle Card
You're Cool Popsicle Card
Inspired by one of our community members, I used the glitter glass bead gel and Distress inks to create these sparkly popsicles. I tried to colormatch some Copic markers to color the border and also to stamp sprinkles in the background. I had fun working with the glass bead gel!
Bugs and kisses
Bugs and kisses
fun shaker card for kids with a jar of "bugs"
Alligator Card for young and old
Alligator Card for young and old
This alligator is one of my favourites. He is a perfect card for anyone but especially for children. The alligator stamp is from Carabelle and I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils. This is a sturdy one-layer card with Stampin Up extra heavy Whisper White cardstock. I'm sending it to Darlene for one of the Foster Kids. I hope he brightens up some child's day!
Blast off
Blast off
Found this "new" Recollection Robot stamp set at a thrift store and had a difficult time stamping with it. Thank goodness for the MISTI. I used Tombow Dual Brush Markers for the first time. Had a difficult time blending but still worth putting them together on a card. I probably did not use the correct paper. 🙂
Zap
Zap
Robots
Robots
IMG_1832.JPG
IMG_1832.JPG
I made seven of these little cards for the challenge and also to donate to the Foster Kids. I made cute little envelopes to go with them.
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IMG_1833.JPG
Another one
Ready to pop
Ready to pop
Made 20 pop up cards for my cub scouts that sold popcorn.
Rainbow Hugs Shaker card.
Rainbow Hugs Shaker card.
Piggies with flowers
Piggies with flowers
I made a fun slider card with the cute pigs from MFT! I thought the one pig looked like he was leaping through the flowers, so I decided to make him do just that with a slider!! I hope makes someone smile!
You Make My Tail Wag
You Make My Tail Wag
Tim Holt's mini dogs wishing to open his present!
Farm Frients
Farm Frients
Fairy Friends
Fairy Friends
Glad We're Friends
Glad We're Friends
Have a Ball
Have a Ball
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Fun Birthday card for any age.
Mice for Jeb.jpg
Mice for Jeb.jpg
This is an easel card using House Mouse images. It is an Easter card.
Birthday mouse.JPG
Birthday mouse.JPG
Another House Mouse. I just love these little guys, and kids love them too!
You are amazing
You are amazing
Hero Arts Birthday Animals with a Paper Smooches Chit Chat sentiment
Georgina farewell 3-17.JPG
Georgina farewell 3-17.JPG
This card was inspired by Darlene's design. I finally got around to using this adorable stamp set! I guess the recipient could be a child too.
I Wheelie Like you
I Wheelie Like you
Charlene Thompson-Cat Card
Charlene Thompson-Cat Card
Stampendous Cat stamp/die cuts and Silhouette cut out (leaves). I water colored cat with SU Markers and Aqua Pen.
Love you much by Anita
Love you much by Anita
SU! kids at play. Stamped images, colored with copics, fussy cut. Adhered with dimensionals. Sponged clouds and grass. Left border is SU! Chalk lines. My clouds were pathetic, hence the need to cover up with cloud die cuts! this card almost ended up in the garbage bin! I added wink of stella on the balloons and turned the boy's little fingers up to hold the strings.

Comments

  1. wrote on March 1st, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Dayse

    Oh my goodness this is cute as, instant smiles at my house when we saw this card.
    I agree Darlene, the glasses add a little somethin somethin!!!
    Any child would be tickled pink to get this and feel very special indeed. I hope we all get on board with this cause and you get plenty of cards to contribute..

  2. wrote on March 1st, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Teresa S

    His buck tooth grin made me smile and chuckle. Super Cute!! Love the glasses. I wore glasses as a kid, my children do, and it’s nice to have a little critter wear them too. That would have made me feel a little special as a kid.

  3. wrote on March 1st, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Connie

    This card is adorable and would be perfect for a boy or girl. The sticky stencil is intriguing. I must try one! I look forward to seeing how you use the other stencil on Friday!

  4. wrote on March 1st, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Almadirpaul

    Oh he is a cute gopher. I just bought my first Gerda Steiner stamp. I will make to use it for this challenge!

  5. wrote on March 1st, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Glenismaree

    I absolutely adore this card Darlene. What a great choice for this occasion. Kids will love it.

  6. wrote on March 5th, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Anita

    Super cute! Love the background and the critter. I never heard of them before. Perhaps that BG would be suitable for fishes too?

    • wrote on March 6th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Definitely Anita!

  7. wrote on March 6th, 2017 at 10:57 am

    jennyjo88

    Darlene, that card is adorable! That card makes me smile 🙂

  8. wrote on March 8th, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Almadirpaul

    If we mail cards in, do they have to reach by the 31st, also?

    • wrote on March 10th, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Alma. No, I will hold off for at least another week for all the cards to come in.

  9. wrote on March 16th, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    lovinpaper

    I finally completed a few cards today specifically for these kids. Hopefully they will get mailed tomorrow at my husband’s work. I included them all in one bubble wrap envelope.

    • wrote on March 16th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Lisa!! 🙂

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