Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wait 'til you see all of the fabulous CHRISTMAS BANNERS!!

Welcome to Day #2 of the CHRISTMAS is for KIDS BANNER HOP.
Here, fantastic and generous crafters donated their talents, time and holiday banners to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, PA. (See www.PediatricSpecialty.Com

I am privileged to work at Pediatric Specialty Care as Admissions Coordinator. The children (ages 0-21) we see are medically-fragile and technologically-dependent -- many are tethered to a ventilator that runs through a tracheostomy; most are wheelchair-bound, and cognitively impaired. They are all delightful children who face life with optimism and hope for a better tomorrow.

On this hop, we have 34 generous hoppers who have created fabulous banners. I've split the group in half so you're not overwhelmed with completing the hop in just one day.

If you missed yesterday's wonderful banners, do scroll down to my post from yesterday for a list of Day #1's participants. Visit their blogs too, for additional inspiration ... leave ♥love♥ and get extra chances to win fabulous blog candy from our sponsors!

Did someone say "Blog Candy"?? YES, there's BLOG CANDY to be had!!  THANK YOU to our generous sponsors who have provided prizes to those who hop along. Here are our sponsors and their prizes:

One winner will receive four free digi-images of
their own choosing from! will provide one winner with a code
valued at $20 toward your purchase from their terrific site!

Beautiful ribbons, embellishments, charms and more are on the site.  They'll be giving a voucher valued approx $32 USD.

All hoppers are eligible to win.  Here's how:

Follow the blog and comment on as many projects as you choose -- the more blogs where you comment and follow, the more chances you have to win. There's just one catch: please actually comment on the project, which shows you've looked at the project, not just cut/pasting random comments ("CUTE! TYFS") only to win the prize. will choose the winners, subject to verification that winners have met the above-stated criteria.

Without further ado, here is my banner for Day #2:

And here is the detail from one of the pennants, and techniques I used:

After adding an edged trim using Martha Stewart's "double loop" punch,
I sandwiched the border between front decorative paper from an 8x8"
Holiday pack and a piece of cereal box cardboard (love that stuff!!).
Then I made a complementing rosette trimmed with a sticker from
a holiday sheet of stickers.  Double eyelets at the top allowed me to
string the banners with a decorative wrap of baker's twine. Each pennant
was tied together with loops of baker's twine as well.

In case you missed my banner for Day #1, here it is reprised:

I used Meljen's Designs for the digi-art Santa's sleigh collection. I colored each image using Copic markers, and mounted each member of the herd on a snowflake cut from American Crafts glitter stock, using a Sizzix die.  Here is detail from each of the reindeer:

No matter their limitations, the eyes of the kids who reside at Pediatric Specialty Care light up when given a handmade banner or card. They love the bright colors, and knowing that there are so many people from around the world care enough to send them these decorations for their rooms.

Thank you (!!!) to each of the crafters who has made a Holiday Banner. Please stop by each of their blogs to send them some love.  Today (Sunday, November 6), please hop to the following blogs:

    1. Ellen CardMonkey -
                 ^ YOU ARE HERE! ^
    2. Michelle -
                 ^ THIS IS YOUR NEXT STOP! ^
    3. Tonya -
    4. Carol Carlson -
    5. Debbie Trevenen -
    6. Linda Simpson -
    7. Rachelle -
    8. Jamie -
    9. Jess -
    10. Sandra -
    11. Cher-
    12. Lori -
    13. Dena -
    14. Sandie -
    15. Alina -
    16. Lisa L -
    17. Janet S -
    18. Beckie -

NOW for my personal Blog Candy (as your reward for reading THIS far!!) ... I have assembled a Christmas stocking full of scrappers' goodies. It will be won by one lucky person who is selected at random (by from a FOLLOWER HERE who leaves a comment on THIS blog answering the following question: 

Of the 9 reindeer Meljen digi-stamps I've colored and shown above (from my Day #1 banner), which one is your favorite, and why?

Thank you again for visiting today. I hope you're inspired to make your own Holiday Banner ... let your inner Elf emerge!



Debby said...

Of the deer my favorite is the one with the glasses. I guess it just stands out more and most my family wear glasses. Love your banner, thinking of doing one myself.
angel hugs
angels5.2005 at gmail dot com

Sunny79 said...

I wrote zesterdaz that Donner is mz facvourite because of his scraf and it still is }gg}.

Zour second banner is as much beautiful as the first one !

Love, Marina.

Linda Simpson said...

Dear Ellen, Your banner for today is totally AWESOME!!!! I love the pennant shape and the colours you have used.

Thank you so much for asking me to take part in this fabulous blog hop for such a worthy cause.

I hope the children like my banner as much as I enjoyed making it and I am sure they will get a lot of pleasure from all the other banners in this blog hop.

God bless you for your dedication to these very special children. Sending big hugs to all of them.

Linda xxxxx

Beckie said...

Well, it's still Donner...of course. LOL. I really like this 2nd banner too! Don't make me pic a favorite...I just can't do it.

Be blessed, Beckie

lindaplus3 said...

I truly love the second banner also... love the looping around the edge :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

jengd said...

How can you NOT love that Comet with the goggles and all- what a riot! Wonderful banners Ellen!

Tami B. said...

I super love the reindeer banner! I want to say Blitzen is my fav. because he reminds me of my son, but Cupid is gonna take home the trophy from me. Great job on both of these.

Donna Lee said...

Ellen this is adorable! I adore that double loop punch too! I know how long it takes to make those rosettes so I can only imagine the time that you put in this gift of love. Thanks for letting me participate in this hop with you.

Trisha said...

I want to say these banners are wonderful. Just such a special cause. My favorite of the reindeer is Nixon. Just love his fluffy pink scarf. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Trisha said...

Just had to comment again for today. This banner, again, is very special. Love the polar bear and penguin. So, so cute. The kids will love your banners. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

VICTORIA said...

Hi Ellen its me again (my middle name is Ellen) I love your banner today its totally awesome. But I love yesterday's banner the best. I have already made my holiday banner for xmas. It was my first ever banner and it turn out awesome for me considering it was my first at least i thought so. It was made from all my scraps that i has used that month making other things. Anyways if you card to look its on my blog
Wednesday post September 21 oops i told you i wssn't gonna leave a book on this post sry :)

Scrapfaire said...

Love LOVE those rosettes! Um, of course my favorite is Comet...with his little rocket jetpack and glasses he is da bomb!!

angie ashuk said...

Wow. Amazing banners. I love the edging on day2' s banner. And Day 1, wow!!! Those kids are going to love them. My favoriter deer is Dancer. I love he pink little tutu:)I've yet to make a banner, now I'm scared too, lol, I'll always compare them to yours.

ScrappinT said...

I love the banner! So festive and bright! What you are doing with this hop is wonderful! Please post some pics if you can of the children when they see the banner!

Michelle said...

Your banner for today is soooooo pretty. I actually have an idea for one something like this as well.... I just need the time of day so I can make it
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful hop for such as great cause.... and, this time my daughter actually sat with me and helped me and I talked with her (she's 15 and not interested in crafting at all to say the least) but, I talked with her about the kids that spend their time with you and your staff at PSC of Bucks and I think it made her feel good to know that she was helping out other little kids by doing the tiny little thing she was doing.... I don't think she realized that just the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference.

Thanks for get this all organized you are a great hostess...

My favorite of your deer from yesterday is Vixen... I think she looks impowering...I have a few favs but she's my fav.

mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

How pretty! I love that punch you used, now I am going to need to buy it Lol.. Thank You for hosting such a wonderful hop and for having me be part of it, it is truly an honor to do this.
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Jackie said...

Day2 was just as gorgeous as Day1. You have great banners. Not sure which is my favorite of all. Now, as far as my fav deer I would have to say Nixen is. The vibrant color PINK stands out and those are my fav colors this year the pinks and lime greens for Christmas this year. Love it.

thanks for a fab give-a-way too!

Great job again!
another day of hopping and seeing wonderful projects.

Lisa M. Lam said...

Your banners are adorable. One day one, I don't have a favorite, I was too awestruck with all the coloring/detail in each one. Beautiful job. I know the kids will love these. Thanks for letting me participate in this hop with you.

Star said...

Love the tutu on Cupid, although hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Ellen.

Stacey Brucale said...

I commented on yesterday's post answering the question, I just wanted to let you know that I love your project from today. The penguins are so adorable.


Martha galvez said...

Okay, you are awesome!!! Both banners Rocck! You will sure make some child very happy. TFS!

Edwina said...

Ellen, I love your banner! It is so cheerful and cute! A cereal box for part of the banner? It looks great! I would never have guessed. It would give it strength and endurance.I love the rosetts on the triangle. The twine goes so well with the banner. Thanks for sharing how you made it. Edwina Brown

B~T said...

Cute polar bears & penguins today! You have so much detail & color on your designs.
My daughter like Cupid with all the hearts; maybe he is delivering extra love to all the children!

Pammejo said...

Two amazing banners by one amazing lady. Thank you for all that you do for the children you serve. Pammejo TfS

Debby Pannell said...

What a special blog hop. Love the MS double loop punch. Wouldn't have thought to use my punches to add that extra special touch to the banner. Yeah I have another new idea to use. Thanks bunches.
TTFN. dpookybear at yahoo dot com
PS- your Santa and rain deer banner is super cute too and also a great banner idea that I wouldn't have thought of doing.

Pammejo said...

Just finished day two of the hop, all I can say is amazing, the children are going to love all of the banners. So bright and festive. TFS

Jamie M. said...

This banner is super cute also. I almost used the paper fold circle for my background too.

Unknown said...

Great hop, Ellen! I've definitely enjoyed making these banners knowing they're brightening the kids' days. Mthanks so much for doing this! Have a great day!

Shawnee said...

Ellen you made such beautiful banners. I only wish I could make those beautiful rosettes. You are amazing. Thank you so much for this wonderful hop!

Janet said...

Love thw reindeer banner It is adorable, Your coloring is masterful The children will definitely love this!
Big Blog Hugs Janet

Unknown said...

I love your banner for Day 2!! Love the rosettes!!! I think I like this one a tad bit better than Day 1!

Thank you so much for organizing such an awesome blog hop for some amazing kids and their families! I knew of you before, but feel I really know you know and I am honored to call you a friend!!!!

Susan L said...

Utter fabulousness Miss Ellen. This hop has been such a blessing to me. Thanks for having me :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

Ashley Nicole said...

Love your day 2 banner Ellen, I love the shape of the banners. Thanks so much again for hosting this amazing hope.
glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com