Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids Blog Hop

Hello and thank you so much for joining me for today's hop, let's start with a message from Ellen aka Cardmonkey...

"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!

  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!

This is such a wonderful project to be a part of and I am only too happy to share the fun little banner I have made and mailed over for this 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!)...

Speaking of giveaways I have one that can be seen right over there on my sidebar... just give it a click and leave a comment for your chance to win a MME 6x6 paper pad, lots of twine, a small stamp and stamp pad... and I may be throwing some more goodies into the pile wink wink so make sure to enter!

  1. Ellen ~ CardMonkey -
  2. Marianne -
  3. Beckie ~
  4. Tami -
  5. Heather D. -
  6. Jearise -
  7. Susan B -
  8. Jamie M.
  9. Linda Simpson -
  10. Theresa ~ www.thescrapbookingqueen.com_
  11. Vicky -
  12. Debbie T-
  13. Pam Funk -
  14. Shelly -
  15. Alina -
  16. Lisa L. -  <---you are="are" br="br" here="here">
  17. Nancie -  <----go br="br" here="here" next="next">
  18. Dorcas -
  19. Debbie _
  20. Rexann -
 Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!!
Happy Crafting!


Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

Love the different shades of blue and the sweet, happy little snow people. Very precious and fun banner.

Sarah Biswabic said...
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Sarah Biswabic said...

Your banner is so adorable! Love it!

Unknown said...

I love the blue papers you used!!! Snowmen are my favorite :)

Glad to be in this hop with you!!

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous papers and loving the sentiment. The snowmen are fabulous.

Linda xxx said...

Totally Awesome Banner and the Blues are the most favorite color of mine!! TFS!!! I am a new follower here and look forward to seeing more of your Creations!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Edwina said...

I love your banner. It is so pretty. Love the cute snowmen and snowflakes. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Emily Leiphart said...

I love your sweet banner, Lisa! Great shape and colours!

Jenny said...

Love, love, LOVE the colorful banner! Love the snowflake paper and cute little snowman! Hugs, Jenny

Vicky said...

Wow way too cute I love snowmen

Tambo said...

Lisa what an adorable banner. I love how you put one word on each pennant. tfs Tami
Tambos Creations!

Unknown said...

The snow people are so very darling. i love the panner. Thanks for sharing. i am your newest follower

Madison said...

I am loving this banner!! The color blue is always a favorite of mine for Christmas. You ROCKED it!! Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and donating your banner to the kids at Children's Hospital. I appreciate that so much!

Unknown said...

Great color choice. I like how each word is a different font.


Ellen Jarvis said...

What a sweet banner, Lisa! The light blue is icy-refreshing ... beautiful.

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