Friday, January 6, 2012

Love Bugs Banners for Kids Blog Hop - Jan. 6 and 7

It is my pleasure to host the LOVE BUGS BANNERS FOR KIDS, where 40 fantastic and generous crafters donated their talents, time and Valentine's-themed buggy banners to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, PA. (See www.PediatricSpecialty.Com) 

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 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:

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 (Friday, January 6), please hop to the following blogs:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey - (YOU ARE HERE)
  2. Sandie Dunne - (THIS IS YOUR NEXT STOP)
  3. Lori Apgar -
  4. The Scrapbooking Queen~
  5. Linda Simpson -
  6. Lisa Lam-
  7. Jenny (Crazy About Cricut) -
  8. Ashley -
  9. Haidee-
  10. Carol -
  11. Edwina -
  12. Jearise -
  13. Janet S -
  14. Denise -
  15. Jamie
  16. Teresa -
  17. Alina -
  18. Dena -
  19. Martha-
  20. Erica
...and stop back tomorrow, when ~20 different crafters will be showing their banners, and giving you more chances to win blog candy!

On Sunday, January 8, I'll do a round-up of all of the banners from both days, with a SPECIAL BIT of BLOG CANDY for the commenters who visit that day ... so come back one more time then and CHECK IT OUT!!



Unknown said...

Now that is the cutest thing! I would of never thought of making a cute!
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Jeana said...

This is such a terrific idea for a blog hop! Your banner is adorable!

Lori Comeau said...

Love the chain idea. I think this looks like a charm bracelet. You did use the Doodlecharms cartridge :)
I love it.

Cindy :) said...

awwwww, I saw the love bugs banner hop button thingy on a friends blog yesterday and I hopped over here to check it out and didn't see anything about it so I came back today :) Before I went off work a yr ago with an injury I worked with special needs individuals of all different ages and abilities at 3 different jobs. These individuals are so awesome and mean so much to me, I miss them all dearly, have already lost 2 of my three jobs while waiting for a diagnosis of my chronic pain issues caused by said injury. when I seen that this hop was for special needs kids I had to be a part of it, it is a fantastic idea and all these banners will truly brighten their lives. God Bless all of you, I am so happy in my heart with tears of joy on my cheeks, only saddened that I didn't find you sooner and been able to participate.
Your banner is so cute, I totally wasn't expecting it to be done from a paper chain, great idea, I am now a follower and off to see the other 19 banners for today :)

Shawnee said...

Beautiful banner. I love that you used Doodlecharms!!

Lori Comeau said...

Just made it to the end of the hop but will have to revisit later today. Being on the east coast I guess I hopped a little to early for some LOL!

Linda Simpson said...

Ellen your banner is stunning! I love how you have used a paper chain and it looks gorgeous.

Just to say a very BIG thank you for asking me again to be part of this wonderful hop again for the Children. You have a very big heart my dear friend and God Bless you!

Hugs from "across the pond"
Linda xxxx

Kards by Kathi said...

Banners are so popular and this one is spectacular. You did a great job and I love the little things in the middle of the circles. Very clever. Thanks for your time and talent.

Angel-23 said...

Hi Im delighted to say that this is my first ever blog hop and wow your banner is adorable, love the images and colours you've used. For such a wonderful cause I'd love to be with the children when they recieve these just to see the sparkle in their eyes.
Im not sure how to become part of a blog hop, however could I ask if you would like any more people to participate could I be considerd please. I would like to contribute and give my support.
Hugs Rachael xx

Angel-23 said...

In future blog hops xx

Doris P. said...

what a beautiful thought to be sharing with those special kiddos! I love the idea of the rings on the larger ring.. gives me ideas! tfs :) PARKERNANA5@COX.NET

JaniceA said...

First I want to say what a wonderful thing you are doing. This is such a easy banner to do yet so cute. My daughter would love this one because she loves cute bugs. Thank you for all you are doing.

Dena said...

Hi, Ellen! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful project! You are such an angel for coordinating this.

What a great idea to use the Doodlecharms cartridge. Never would have thought of that! Very cute!

Thanks again!

lorby said...

I love your banner and the paper chain is a great way to put it together. very creative. Thank you for this hop and for what you do. Putting your heart out there every day is very hard and only very special people (such as you) can do it. Hugs. Jearise in Lorby's World.

Nancie said...

I love the way you made the paper chain for your banner. You are a very special person...thank you putting together this hop and letting me become a part of it!


Beckie said...

This banner is so GREAT!!! I love the alternating hearts with them cutie bugs. You're riches in Heaven will be great my friend. You are a true blessing to these children through your hard, love-filled work.

Be Blessed, Beckie

Vicki said...

Oh this is super cute. Love that you used a paper chain. Will have to remember that for future banners.

vwilson577 at

Cards and Crafts by Sheree said...

Awesome idea and helpful too! I know the kids love their rooms decorated. I remember making paper chains as a child...I need to check out the bugs on this cartridge.

Anonymous said...

such a fabulous blog hop you are hosting.... Your banner is Fabulous. I love it.

Cathie w said...

great hop with the hearts of wonderful crafters to boot...


jessica said...

I LOVE your banner!! What a great idea to use the links :)
Thanks for putting together this hop...You are an Angel and I am so glad to be a part of such a great hop!

Jessica Buffa said...

I have never seen a chain link so cute. Love all the bright colors. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful event!!!

jengd said...

Fun banner Ellen! LOVE the paper chain with this!

Tee said...

Your banner is adorable. I never considered making a paper chain to string my banner - what a great idea.

Jennifer Scull said...

love the paper chain! and Claire is so happy to have Jellypark sponsor your blog hop! :)

Unknown said...

Ellen love the bright colors and t he paper chain.

Marianne said...

So simple and sweet!

Unknown said...

I love your paper chain banner!!! Super cute!!

Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity with us!!

Gaylynn said...

Adorable chain design and for such a great cause.

Debbie said...

My grandchildren love making these paper chains thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

simply monica said...

awesome banner in support of a beyond worthy cause!!!! Monica

truckmaniii said...

I love the dragon fly in the center

grammiej said...

What a great idea for your banner and bless you gals for doing this for others!

Cathy said...

This is such a great reason for a hop, I have not. It is great that a lot of crafters participated. I love the chain being used for the banner, so festive.

Pam said...

I really love the way you made each one look like a charm. This is a really cute idea!

Janet said...

I love the paper chain idea , never thought about that one. ayour cuts are adorable Love the Bugs. Thanks for hosting this hop I just love creating these banners for the kids. You are truely a wonderful person ! Blessing comming your way!
Big Blog Hugs! Janet

Salnclts said...

I love your chain and all the details! I'm sure the kids will love it! :)

Liz Terrazas said...

so cute... Love this hop and look forward to seeing more

Tambo said...

Ellen, I see that you still love the chain idea. I am glad that Laura sent the Halloween one to inspire you, because this is adorable. I should make a NY's resolution to use my Cricut at least once a month so I can find cute things on my carts like these. Great job and I know the kids will love it. Thanks for including me in the chance to do such a great thing for the kids. Tami
Tambos Creations!

lauralee53 said...

My granddaughter saw your banner and asked if she could make some. She loves doing paper chains and this is something new to add to it.
Thanks for showing us.