Monday, November 12, 2012

Banners for Special Needs Childern Blog Hop

"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts, we find its meaning."

As joyous as Christmas is for most families, for some, their holidays are filled with worry, medical treatments and tests, and pain -- for their child must be hospitalized or she or he needs long-term care rather than being home with their families.

For these kids, Santa doesn't slip down a chimney but rather, often comes in the guise of community volunteers who help make the season bright. 
This is the second Christmas season that our own band of dedicated and loving paper crafters have come together to make Holiday banners for children who are too sick to be home for the holidays.  Welcome to the Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids blog hop!

I am especially pleased that this year, not only have our numbers of generous crafters swelled so our Hop is over three full days, but also, that we have partnered with another great cause and recipient of our banners!

 By teaming up with Madison Womack's I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT, the banners our crafters have handmade will be going to the hospitalized children at Children's Hospital Central California!

First, let me show you the banner I made for today's post. I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the I Feel the Love project in December:

I got out my Seasame Street Seasons Cricut Cartridge to bring this banner together. I have never used teh cartridge before and just loved making this once I got started. Seasame characters are so friendly and cheerful that I'm sure the child that receives it will have a smile on his/her face.

Now, have I inspired you to make and donate your own banner or a Christmas card or two to the I Feel the Love Project?  I hope so!  Because if you will, you'll be entered into a drawing to win my:
Super-Fantastic Gift Basket
Throughout the month of December, I'll be adding crafty goodness to this basket so that it will be over-flowing and ripe and ready for under your tree. I'll be picking the winner on Christmas Eve, announcing the winner on Christmas Day, and if you win, you'll have the basket in your hands by New Year's Day!! 
Stay tuned to the CardMonkey blog over the next few weeks leading up to the drawing, as I'll be posting the contents of the basket as they mount. 
 OK, so to win the GRAND PRIZE (all continents are welcome!), here's what you must do:
1.  Be a follower of the CardMonkey blog and tell me in your comment how I can contact you.
2.  Leave a comment telling me what you plan to make and send to the IFTL project by their deadline, December 10.  Then do it!  Go to for mailing information for your card or banner.  Your card or banner MUST be received by Madison by the deadline to be eligible to win the GRAND prize!  
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME??  You can still win great blog candy just by being here and commenting on as many banner makers' blogs over the course of the next three days.  
Since we have more than 50 banner makers today, tomorrow and Monday, I'll be picking 5 blogs at random, and then one random comment from that Blog site, for that commenter to win one of five great prizes, which are:

  1. Susan Bermudez, Independent Consultant for Creative Memories, donating a $20 gift certificate for Creative Memories products from her catalog (
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (, and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress ( - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock ( - Owners Jessica Shelton will donate a gift certificate to her NEW store (products are being added daily -- watch as she grows!)
  6. In addition, Close to My Heart Independent Consultant Lucy Kelleher will award a $20 gift certificate to a randomly-selected hopper who visits her blog ( and/or Facebook page ( and posts a comment about the banner blog hop!
P.S. -- Be sure to check out as many blogs as you can, as several will be providing their own blog candy with their own requirements.  If I catch them along the way, I'll add them to this list, as a shout out of gratitude, and also so you don't miss out on some sweet candy(canes!)...

Please continue on to Susan B's blog.

For Monday, November 12:  
  1. Ellen ~ CardMonkey -
  2. Marianne -
  3. Tami -
  4. Heather D. -
  5. Jearise -
  6. Susan B -
  7. Jamie M.
  8. Linda Simpson -
  9. Theresa ~ www.thescrapbookingqueen.com_
  10. Vicky -
  11. Debbie T-
  12. Pam Funk -
  13. Shelly -
  14. Alina -
  15. Lisa L. -
  16. Nancie -
  17. Dorcas -
  18. Debbie _
  19. Rexann -


  1. How sweet. And I agree that Seasame Street characters bring a smile to anyone's face.


  2. OK, now who doesn't love Sesame Street?!?!? This is really so sweet and adorable. love the shimmery blue paper

  3. What a cute banner for the children!!!! Super sweet!!!

  4. What a darling Sesame Street banner. i love it. thanks for sharing

  5. I just love this banner Lorby. The images are fabulous and the children will absolutely adore this. Great being in the hop with you again.

    Linda xxx

  6. Adorable Banner and Thanks so much for sharing it and being part of a very special event!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  7. Jearise, So glad to see you here. Love your Sesame Street banner. It is adorable! The kids will love it. Hey I do and I am not a kid. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  8. Just love a trip down memory lane visiting Sesame Street! Love the colors and cute little characters! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Jenny

  9. This is very cute. I have that cart too. It can make some cute things. The kids will love this one for sure. tfs Tami
    Tambos Creations!

  10. OMG! What kid doesn't love Sesame Street? This is so adorable!! Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and donating your banner to the kids at Children's Hospital. You are the best!!

  11. DELIGHTFUL banner, Jearise! We love Sesame Street in our house. Thank you again for participating in this hop that is so very dear to me. It is hard to describe the look of wonder and pure, innocent delight in the child's eyes when he or she first sees the banner hanging bedside... precious! That child appreciates you more than I can ever. May you always be blessed knowing the joy you bring.

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey


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