If you'd like to first swing by the Love Bugs Banners for Kids from Day #1, click HERE for yesterday's post.
Welcome to Day #2 of the L♥VE BUGS BANNERS FOR KIDS BLOG HOP!
This is the THIRD banner hop where 40 fantastic and generous crafters donated their talents, time banners to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, PA. (See www.PediatricSpecialty.Com) Previously, we made banners for Halloween and Christmas ... and this one's for Valentine's Day.
Before I get on to the business of this hop, let me invite you to participate in our next banner hop. Most of our talented friends who make banners will be re-joining us to make banners again this spring, with a Spring/Easter kid-friendly banner hop for special needs children. If you too would like to join us, our needs are great. Typically at our ONE facility in Bucks County, we have about 50 children. We DO have four other facilities throughout Pennsylvania, with about 50 other kids.
So right now, we focus on the largest facility (where I work) ... but if we have more crafters, we have more children who would give their most precious gift -- their smiles -- for your banner. Please send me an e-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to join in. You can either join our hop and post about your banner, or you can simply make/send a banner, your pick. Will you join us??
I 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.
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.
On this 2-day hop, we have 38 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.
So DO stop back tomorrow to visit the second set of unique and precious banners. Please scroll down for the full list of today's hop stops.
And 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:
|Jellypark Digital Stamps will award |
2 free digi-images to the winner of this prize!
The winner of this prize will be selected
via RANDOMdotORG from all the
comments received on Day #1.
|K Andrews Designs (thank you, Kristal!) will donate|
one fabulous stamp set to the winner of his prize!
The winner of this special prize will be presented
to the creator of the banner picked by the kids
at Pediatric Specialty Care as their favorite.
|Robyn's Fetish Digital Designs will donate|
FIVE (5!!!) digital images to the winner of this prize.
The winner of this prize will be chosen via
RANDOMdotORG from all the comments
posted on Day #2 (Saturday).
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.
Without further ado, here is my banner for Day Two:
These bugs are created by using one of my favorite clip art programs: www.ClickArtOnline.com. This is a subscription-based clip art program ... I believe it's $39.95/year for unlimited access. Using it, I found these adorable bugs, printed them out on cardstock and fussy cut, and mounted the cuts on wide ribbon. Quick, simple and colorful.
I also use ClickArtOnline to find my backgrounds for my blog, and also for art with which to make blog buttons (like the one for this hop). I don't get anything for this endorsement (I pay my own annual fee), but I thought you'd like to know one of my best-kept secrets, LOL! Consider it your own little blog candy!!!
And in case you missed it, here's my banner from Day #1:
I alternated buggy images from Cricut's Doodlecharms cartridge (cut at 5.75") with heart charms, strung on a paper chain of red and white alternating strips. Here's a close-up:
Thank you (!!!) to each of the crafters who has made a Love Bugs Banner. Please stop by each of their blogs to send them some love. Today (Saturday, January 7), please hop to the following blogs:
- Ellen ♥ CardMonkey – http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
- Tami - http://tamboscreations.blogspot.com/ THIS IS YOUR NEXT STOP
- Jessica- http://thecreativestamperspot.blogspot.com/
- Robin – http://scrapandchat.blogspot.com/
- Theresa Neubaum - http://scrappyartcrafters.blogspot.com/
- Nicolette - http://beyondscrapin.blogspot.com/
- Vicki - http://scrapbookingcreationsbyvicki.blogspot.com/
- Lisa T.- http://bitbythecricutbug.blogspot.com/
- Jessica ~ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com/
- Jessica ~ http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
- Jennifer ~ http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/
- Nancie ~ http://alittlepieceofmebynancie.blogspot.com/
Tonya Wilson - http://creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com/
- Monica - http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/
- Rachelle- http://creationsbyrachelle.blogspot.com/
- Beckie - http://justbcreativecrazy.blogspot.com/
- Alina - http://neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com/
DON'T FORGET ... TODAY, HOP OVER TO TAMI NEXT!
Thank you again for visiting us on this
very special blog hop for even more special needs kids.
Our next banner hop will celebrate
Spring holidays, flowers, Bunnies, chicks...
To be held March 25-26.
Please e-mail Cardmonkey@comcast.net
if you're interested in joining us!