Send a Smile 4 Kids

Nicole here – before we get on to Annette’s awesome ‘Ink it Forward’ post – I’m stealing a moment to wish you a very love filled Valentines Day! (or, if you just rolled your eyes, think of this as just a really cool TGIF!)

In celebration of Valentines day – we’ve got a couple of my FAVORITE *love* sets on a flash sale. (What’s a flash sale? It’s a one day only sort of awesome sale)

The sets below are marked – today only – $9.99! Yep!


Anatomy of Love – Color Wheel – and (just in case Valentines Day makes you wanna scream) Zombies


(Click on the pictures to see the sets in the shop)




 Ok – Now it’s Annette’s turn — take it away Annette!


Annette here!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I have a fun card perfect for the occasion at the bottom of this post. It uses the brand spanking new Sparkle and Shine set. Before checking out my card, you need to check out the featured organization for Ink It Forward – Send a Smile 4 Kids.


About Send A Smile 4 Kids

Send A Smile 4 Kids donates handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. 


Currently they donate handmade cards to Children’s Hospitals in Neenah and Milwaukee, WI, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City, IA, Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, IA, Sandford Children’s Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, and to the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada.   On any given day, there are many children inpatient in these hospitals so they would love to receive as many cards as you can send to cheer them and their families. The kids may also use your cards as Thank You Notes to the nurses and doctors and to give to parents or relatives on special days like birthdays or Mothers or Fathers Day.

 How to Get Involved

You can find all the details on their Guidelines for Donating Card page on their blog, but here are some basic rules. All cards must be handmade from a smoke-free environment. Cards intended for young children should not include brads, googly eyes or small pieces that could pose a choking hazard. It’s important to keep the cards upbeat to take the focus off the hospital and put it onto the special occasion. Please leave the inside blank so hospital staff can personalize the message. More information and instructions on where to send the cards can be found here.


And here is my Valentine’s Day card for all of you. I made it using the new stamp set – Sparkle and Shine! What a versatile set – I notice I’m reaching for it, and sequins so much these days! I guess I’m easily distracted by shiny things… Oh, you know – that just made me think – how awesome would Sparkle and Shine go with Easily Distracted? (see the sets below…)




Yep, I think I’m already planning my next card!

Did you know that we’re on pinterest, and we share a ton of cards to inspire you – we also have a great ‘tutorial’ board full of links to tutorials that we think you’d like! If you love pinterest – you gotta check us out!

Sweet Stamp Shop Pinterest

Don’t forget – those three stamps are on sale for $9.99 today only – head over to the shop and grab your favorites!

Sweet Stamp Shop 

Have a great day and don’t forget to Ink it Forward.


7 Responses to Send a Smile 4 Kids

  1. Super cute card Annette. I love it, it’s so colorful.

  2. JulieK says:

    Fabulous job Annette! Thank you for sharing this organization- what a wonderful thing that they are doing for the kids! I’m going to go through the hundreds of cards I had made and send some out!

  3. What a great post Annette…such an awesome organization. Your card?! LOVE

  4. Melissa says:

    What a great cause! U of I is close to our family’s heart…
    Such a pretty card!!!

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