Friday, January 13, 2012

Valentine Card Blog Hop for Kids with Cancer - January 14

One of my greatest joys is to craft for the benefit of ailing children and their families.  Perhaps I'm an old softie, or just like an appreciative audience. Nonetheless, when the call went out by Liz Decade for blog hop participants in the Valentines for Kids with Cancer Blog Hop, I joined right in.

Liz is battling cancer (leukemia) herself, and knows how much a tender thought and a generous gesture like a card can help someone in need of a smile. The cards made during this Hop are being sent to the Jackson Memorial Holtz Cancer Unit in Florida.

So if you've come from Misty's beautiful MBTreasurista's blog, you're in the right spot. If you've just stumbled upon my blog (and thank you, and welcome!), feel free to go to the Hop's beginning at Liz Decade's blog at
<>  <> 
I made this cute set of Valentine cards simply and quickly, using a single sheet of Valentine's specialty paper (I think it's by Making Memories?) and a 12x12" piece of black paper, three pre-made boxed plain cards, and the Cricut cartridge called "A Child's Year." 

For the card on the left, I used Flower Soft to embellish the two bouquets, and trimmed out the card using red seam binding from Zipperstop. The silhouettes are sitting on a die cut from "My Favorite Things."  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts.

For the center card, I fussy cut the hearts being carried by the girl in the silhouette, and pop-dotted the one in her right hand. The Eiffel Tower image was pre-printed on the specialty paper for a Parisian feel for this romantic card.

The framed card on the right was layered with a piece of the same specialty paper, and criss-crossed with white seam binding from Zipperstop. The small red heart on the kite was also fussy cut and adhered.
Here are some additional cards I made for this Hop, and am just posting at 3 p.m. These sweet .jpg images are FREE from Lettering Delights. I sized them to fit a standard pre-made card size purchased inexpensively at Michael's (with envelopes, and using a coupon, what a deal!)  After printing these images on white cardstock (4 up on an 8.5x11" piece of cardstock), I trimmed them and used my Pink ATG gun (LOVE IT!) to adhere these images to their cards. I used Stickles to highlight little areas ... added a heart on top of the basket for the hot air balloon, for instance, and little dots in the corner of the "live, laugh, love" card ... and ta-ta! DONE!  How easy-peasy is that?!
My BFF (Beautiful Bloggy Friend) Edwina Brown -- -- made these three cute BEE MINE cards for me to include with those I'm donating to the Jackson Memorial Holtz Cancer Unit. Aren't they the sweetest!? 

I can't resist giving away a little blog candy ... so I've put together a SWEET package of Valentine's goodies for you. I'm working in the PaperJungle this weekend, so the goodie pack will grow as I find more sweetness to include. To win it, simply be/become a follower, and leave a comment to this blog post.  Winner will be picked at random from qualified entries, and announced on Monday, 1/16.


Here is the full blog line-up,
in case you get lost along the way:

1. Liz-
2. Ashley-
3. Teresa -
4. Lina-
5. Nikki-
6. Nicolette
7. Misty -
8. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey - <--YOU ARE HERE
9. Theresa Neubaum - <--GO HERE NEXT!
10. Beckie
11. Doris -
12. Amber -
13. Leslie-
14. Melissa-


lorby said...

Hi Ellen, You're cards may be simple but they are beautiful and will brighten a child eyes and heart. I'm glad I happened upon your hop. It is such a great cause.

Glennis F said...

Your cards are simply stunning.
Thanks for the chance to win

Shawnee said...

I love A Child's Year but I can never think of how to use it. Thank you so much for these inspiring cards. They are simply beautiful. What a wonderful blog hop!

Doris P. said...

what beautiful precious cards!! I love them!! you too are a very generous person for kids!!

Ellen Jarvis said...

Just me, checking in ... making sure the post got up there correctly and editing...

JaniceA said...

Wow! Love these cards, so sweet!
modjjjash at yahoo dot com

Beckie said...

These are too stinking adorable! I love that paper and those cuts!!!!!

Be blessed,Beckie

jengd said...

Your cards are adorable Ellen! I don't know how you manage to do it with all of the hops you're in but they're all wonderful!

Anniesstampingcorner said...

Love these cards they are adorable really cute thank you

Leslie-kbgirlygirl said...

I ♥ these Ellen!! Too cute!! Thanks so much for sharing!


Nancie said...

Ellen, Your cards are fantastic! I love this little kids, I need to go by cricut cartridge


Vicki said...

Outstanding cards. Perfect cartridge for Valentines. TFS.

vwilson577 at

Pamela Lash said...

You are such a wonderful inspiration - no monkeying around about that!! Love your cards and such a wonderful cause!
pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Theresa said...

omg Ellen, these are stunning! you always fill my mind with inspiration!

Jolanda said...

your cards are beautiful - those silhouettes are very striking!!!

Marissa said...

Your cards turned out beautiful!! I am a follower...

rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

kathie said...

so creative. I am dusting off my cartridge now! Thanks for the inspiration.

Joann Hill said...

I made these cards too! I love that catridge!!!

Liz said...

i love love love your cards....thank you so much for participating. God Bless You


Crafty Lady said...

You are not a softy... Just a kind hearted person who makes adorable cards! One is truly cuter than the next.

Amber J said...

I absolutely LOVE your cards. I may have to "scraplift" because they are so cute.

AmyJRockstar said...

Hi Ellen,
Oh my, those cards are so beautiful and evoke such a warm and fuzzy feeling. I never wanted that cartridge until now. I love that set you made. They are all beautiful works of art! The next set from Lettering Delights are so great too! That balloon one is right up my alley. I am totally into hot air balloons right now so I'm gonna hop over there and see if I can grab those files. If they don't have them, would you mind sending to me? I would so appreciate it! Your friends cards are very bee-utiful as well! ;) Thanks so much for being a loyal follower of my blog. I always love your sweet comments. They mean so much to me. You are such a great friend and so amazingly talented. This is one of my favorite card sets ever (1st set). I am so inspired right now! *Hug*

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

sweetnothingspaperco said...

Wow! What a great set of cards! I know the kids will just love them! Great job!
xo Lina

felmanjones said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
jimi said...

your cards are admirable - those silhouettes are actual striking!
hyperlink:valentine card

Frenie said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Unknown said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.