Friday, March 23, 2012

Bunnies and Blossom Banners for Kids Blog Hop - March 24 and 25

WELCOME to the BUNNIES and BLOSSOM BANNER HOP for Special Needs Children.  

Today and tomorrow, 30+ fantastic papercrafters have come together to create  Spring-themed banners to bring smiles to the faces of the children at
Pediatric Specialty Care (PSC) in Bucks County, PA, where I work as Admissions Coordinator.

The children we admit to PSC range in age from newborn to 21 years, and most of them come to PSC for long-term care. They come to PSC from all over the country, because there are so few facilities nationwide committed to caring for children who are medically-fragile and technologically-dependent.

Some of the children we see have been born too early -- preemies born so small they'd fit in the palm of your hand -- and before their lungs have had a chance to mature. 

Some children at PSC have genetic diseases or birth defects or injuries, such as spina bifida, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or short gut syndrome, which leave these children less than able without significant mechanical support.

Other children have shorter stays to receive sub-acute care including a month-long course of antibiotics, or while their family home can be modified with ramps etc. that enable a wheelchair-bound child to live at home.   

Other children suffer injuries later in their young lives that forever change their future -- those who have traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries from accidents (car, diving, bicycle, struck by a car), or choking injuries that have caused permanent brain injuries, and a lifetime of dependency on medical technology in order to survive, and the love of their families and PSC's staff to thrive.

These children and their families -- and our staff -- will be thrilled to receive these special Spring-themed banners, to help bring the flowers inside to cheer and delight. 

Here is the banner I made for this hop:

I used Cricut's ART PHILOSOPHY and FLOWER SHOPPE cartridges to make this banner.

THANK YOU to the women who made banners so lovingly! 

Without further ado, here is the line-up for Saturday's banner hop:

1.     Ellen CardMonkey -
3.     Jearise -

6.     Theresa ~

8.     Janet S -

11.    Jenny D -

15.    Shelly Lynn -

Please stop back tomorrow when the following women will be posting their banners:


And now for your blog candy.... drum roll, please........

I DO have some blog candy to thank you for visiting us today!  What's the prize??!  

photo: Courtesy of Lori Apgar, winner of this CardMonkey Cricut Cozy Cover

How about one of these beautiful handmade (by me, CardMonkey!) Cricut Cozy Covers?!  Each one is individually styled in your pick of colors and embroidered words! These are RARE because I do not make them for sale and I don't sew that often!  

To qualify, there are two steps:  

1.  Comment on as many Bunny & Blossoms Blog Hop blogs as you wish -- the more blogs on which you comment, the more chances you have to win.  There will only be one winner, picked at random by Random.Org, 'cause ... like I said ... I really don't sew that often!  It's PRICELESS!!

2. Follow and comment on the CardMonkey blog ... Leave a comment for me here and let me know if your name is picked, what 2 accent colors you'd like on your Cricut Cozy Cover, and what text you'd like embroidered (up to 3 lines). You MUST be a follower of the CardMonkey blog to win and you MUST leave a way for me to contact you if your name is picked. 

So now .... onto your next stop on the Bunnies and Blossoms Banner Hop:

By the way, congrats to Ashley for just hitting 700 followers!!! WOW!!

Thank you for stopping by!


Cindy :) said...

love it Ellen, very bright and cheerful :)

Vicki said...

Super sweet banner.

vwilson577 at

Lucy Kelleher said...

Such a pretty banner Ellen - I love the colors!


Shelly Lynn said...

Beautiful banner Ellen!! I love the bright colors!! Thanks for allowing me to participate in the hop with you!! I'm already looking forward to the next banner hop!! :)

Shawnee said...

Ellen your banner is so bright and perfect for spring. :)

Cathie Rigby said...

Ellen this is a wonderful cause and your banner is so bright and cheery! I know the kids will love it.
Your E2 cozy is wonderful and I would love to own one. My two favorite colors are red & black and would love my website name on it The Creative Cutter Room.
Thanks for the chance to win such a work of art. Cathie

Nancy said...

I follow via GFC: allibrary

If I won, I'd like the colors to be cobalt blue and yellow.

I'd have Nancy and Love to Scrap as the test, I think!

Thanks for the lovely banner project. Very special people at your facility: patients, parents , and staff!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

What a wonderful idea. I am sure this will brighten everyone's Spring!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Donna Lee said...

Awesome! Love the flowers with the beautiful butterflies!

TheTulipCollector said...

A great cause and a wonderful banner. I'm a new follower. Thank you for the opportunity. I love bright pink and lime green.

Unknown said...

Beautiful banner just know it will bring some smiles to all the wonderful children!
miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

MizMaryAnn said...

If I'm so lucky to win one of your beautiful cozies I'd love any color available. I'm not picky!

Chris said...

WOW, I love the prize :) guess I better get hopping :)

Beth said...

Ellen: Your banner with the butterflies and nice bright colors say Spring has arrived!

Thank you, for the opportunity to participate and make a banner for such a wonderful group of kids. My daughter & I are looking forward to the next one!


Unknown said...

Love your banner Ellen and again I thank you for including me in this wonderful blog hop. As a crafter, I love giving my work away and it is a big bonus when the recipient loves it as well!! This is such a worthy cause!!!

As the winner of your first Cricut Cozy I can say it is the most special gift I could have ever received!!! It matches my craft room perfectly and I was very touched by the personalization. If I am lucky enough to be selected again, please draw another name!

Also, please keep us up to date on the card drive for Brandon!!!


Edwina said...

I love your banner! it is so pretty and cheerful to look at. I love the flowers! Did they come from a Cricut cartridge? Thank you for sharing. Edwina Brown
PS. I love your Cricut cover. I need one of those.

missstamper said...

Such beautiful banners for a great reason! Thanks for sharing the information about PSC. My color choices would be: forest green and rust or golden yellow. My text would be: "It's never to late for Happily Ever After". Thanks for hosting such a wonderful hop!

missstamper (at)

kimmiluxich said...

I love your project and the wonderful thing you are doing for these children! I hope your event is a great success! I am really glad I came across this on one of my favorite blogs. (Crazy about Cricut)

kimmiluxich (@)

Tina Campbell said...

Sweet! You did a great job on the banner

Unknown said...

I <3 your banner Ellen, so bright and cheerful. I am so thankful for being part of such a wonderful way to give back to these kids.
If I were to win, I love pink and chocolate browns.
Thanks again Ellen
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Janet said...

Adorable banner I might just have to lift it for a gift to my granddaughter. Thanks for another awesome hop and letting me participate !
Big Blog Hugs, Janet

Star said...

You are a,ways so creative. Thanks for sharing.

Anita Braddock said...

How beautiful is this Banner. My favorite Butterflies and flowers. great job. thanks for sharing

Beckie said...

Uber cute ;0) Great hop.

Be blessed, Beckie

jessica said...

What a beautiful banner!! I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful group of crafters! Those kiddo's are so very lucky to have an amazing person like yourself taking the time to brighten up their days and coordinating such a fab hop!!
Thanks for all your dedication and hard work!

K Clark said...

love your cheerful banner!!
if i was to win... i would like me cover to be in brown and pink :)
thanks for the opportunity
leokc34 at gmail dot com

sarah said...

to cute!!!never done any banners, but u have inspired me to make 1 this wk..luv the colors..

Maria said...

This banner is gorgeous!!! I love the flowers and butterflies! TFS

If I were to win my favorite color is pink.
mvasquez69 at aol dot com

Alljazzed2create said...

Love your flowers and butterflies. This is the best blog hop I have even participated in. Fantastic cause.
Bless you,
If I am chosen I would like what ever colors you chose, I like surprises. For the wording I'd like it to say "I am the Winner of the Bunny Hop Blog Hop..

Beth said...

Ellen: Again, Emily & I have had so much fun participating!

We forgot to include our colors & Design choices if we won.

*They would be teal/aqua blue and chocolate brown

*Text would be Mother & Daughter Designs

Thanks again! :)

Blessings~Beth & Emily

Jenny said...

Ellen, thank you for including me in this wonderful opportunity to give! I thank Lori Apgar for sharing about this opportunity too! It was a blessing to get to know you too! We are "kindred spirits". I enjoyed your creative images of spring too! The colors were so vivid! TFS

Ashley Nicole said...

Ellen, you are one awesome lady. Love the banner, I def need to get that cart. Thank you so much for hosting these banner hops and allowing us to make those kids smile.

Sue D said...

Very cute butterfly and flower banner. I am a follower and would pick a med blue and green. No clever idea for the text--maybe just Sue's Cricut.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Linsey R said...

What brighten's ones day more than a beautiful bounty of butterflies and blossoms?....not much!!!! I tell ya, this is just SO very pretty Ellen! smiles it brings, yes indeedy! TFS and great big hugs!