Friday, March 2, 2012

Seuss's Imagination Blog Hop - March 2nd (Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!)

"Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"― Dr. Seuss

Don't Hop on Pop but hop on top of the Dr. Seuss Blog Hop, where a bunch of talented people came up with their own interpretations of the wonderful imagination of Dr. Seuss.

The sky's the limit when you have an imagination like Dr. Seuss and talent like those in this hop. Our hop today is hosted by Jearise in Lorby's World and that is were to begin if you've happened here by chance ... otherwise continue on, my friend.  Jearise in Lorby's World has some fun blog candy for this hop. She has a stuffed Cat in the Hat and a fun Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft, plus a $10 gift card to Michaels. She says they're silly but what else would you expect when you're following in the steps of Dr. Seuss?

Now here's what I've been monkeying around with -- goodies for a Seussical party!

First up, a paper cone to hold your candies or popcorn:

For the striped paper, I purchased some digital Seuss-styled paper
on line, from the Etsy shop of Mindy Goldberg.
I created the red, yellow and blue checkered paper
just by putting color blocks in a row using my computer's Adobe
Illustrator Program and printing on my home computer.
The image of the hat-tipping Cat in the Hat came off of
the back of a 2012 Seuss calendar that came free with
my granddaughter's Dr. Seuss Club books.
I pop-dotted the Cat in the Hat to stand above the cone.
I'd love to see this cone filled with popcorn that's been
colored with blue and red Kool-Aid!

Next up, some candy treat bags, filled with "Red Fish" (Swedish fish) ...

I found the red fish image online and printed it out
to the size I needed (4" wide) for a bag topper.
I Stickled the fish to make it seem more magical,
and added Glossy Accent dots to the water for
bubbly fun.  I trimmed out the topper using a
Martha Stewart double loops punch.

Next up .... I made some "Dr. Seuss Anti-Grumpy Pills". They're really jelly beans, prescribed by "Doctor" Seuss...

This blue medicine bottle was literally snatched from the trash!
(When will my hubby learn never to throw anything away!!?
A gentle scrub and sanitizing -- no Prilosec leftovers here! --
and it was ready for re-use!!)
I made the label for the anti-grumpy "pills" on my computer.
Easy peasy, and fun!

Rounding out the fun ... Party favors! What's a Seussical party without celebrating one of the country's most prolific juvenile-market writers of the century with a bookmark?!  I made this assortment and gave out some to ladies with whom I cropped last weekend at a local library:

These are made using Seuss art, sayings, etc., all from the Internet.
I created them in Adobe Illustrator, printed and laminated.
BLOG CANDY:  Would you like some of the Seuss treats for yourself? I'll be giving away the bag of Red Fish and a bookmark or two to one lucky person who follows CardMonkey and posts a comment here to this Seussical blog post. 

“You're off to Great Places!  Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,  So... get on your way!”
                                                        ― Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Get on your way to: Your next stop is my JAMIE at

If you get stuck behind the great parade down at Mulberry Street, Hop on back to find the full Blog line up on the Great Thing-a-majigger:   Jearise -  - Your hostess, serving up Green Eggs and Ham!


jengd said...

Cute stuff Ellen! Seeing your fish is making me think of running out and getting some to make that for my 4yr old while he's at preschool this morning. They've been talking Dr. Seuss all week and they're having a bday party today. :)

Laurie said...

Great party ideas, love them all!

Cathie w said...

as always super cute
cute cute it


Jenn's Paper Crafts said...

I love the grumpy medicine!! What a neat idea :D

silvia said...

Fabulous projects!! I LOVE the "grumpy pills".
That bottle would be a hoot to keep at the office.

Tammylee said...



*****A Creative Journey with Melissa***** said...

LOVE all of your amazing creations! My favorite is... hmm... all of them! LOL :) Thanks for sharing! I am a follower and would love it if you checked out my blog and did the same if you aren't already at ACreativeJourneywithMelissa. blogspot dot com. Have a great weekend!

Star said...

as always, so very clever and cute, Ellen. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Lash said...

I adore your projects - those bookmarks are especially neat to promote reading at the library - TFS! And the reading on your blog is delightful!!
pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Ashley Nicole said...

You always make me smile Ellen. Your projects are awesome, I love them all. Always nice being in hops with you.

TuttleTime said...

Your projects never disappoint! I lovve your treat ideas...very cool and creative. I love the Grouchy Pills. I think Dr. Seuss needs to prescribe some to my hubby. LOL :) hee hee...I am so excited to hop along with you on this fun and challenging hop. I would love to win your treats. My son's bday is also today! :), already a follower and friend on FB. :)

Anonymous said...

I love these! I may have to pin them so that I can remember them for next year. I work at an elementary school and the kindergarten and preschool classes always celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. These would make great party favors. FABTASTIC!! I'm a new follwer now.

Anonymous said...

Love this!!

Jamie M. said...

I love all your Seuss items. We have been celebrating all week at school so excited to see a hop with him!! Jamie at CraftyGirl21

marg0006 said...

You did such a wonderful job with all your projects. I want to learn how to use the Adobe Illustrator.

Lucy Kelleher said...

Love your projects Ellen -- as always :)


rlovew said...

Awesome stuff. Is there any way I could possible get a copy of your grumpy pills label- that is just awesome and I would love to use it myself?

Shawnee said...

I love your grumpy pills. These are such cute Dr. Seuss ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Shelly Lynn said...

Wow! I am always amazed at your projects!! Love them all. I am pinning some of these for ideas next year... especially the swedish fish idea... would be perfect party favors for my preschool class next yr. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects with us Ellen!! :)

Aim said...

Ellen, such sweet projects!! My kiddos and I celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by seeing "The Lorax" last night!! YAY!! It was SO FUN... Hey... You should enter these projects in the challenge over at Decorate To Celebrate ( for the Boy challenge (must use blue) -- Dr. Seuss is a boy and you used blue (and these are definitely party supplies!!).

Amy :) at
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

Aman said...

I love all of your projects! I will definitely be making some of these for my kindergarteners next year!

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Lynne said...

How absolutely adorable your Dr. Seuss projects are --- I love love love red fish!!!! The bookmarks are adorable and love your creativity with the Dr. Seuss pills! As always, a pleasure hopping with you!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Claire Spielman said...

You've made my week-end complete! I LOVE hopping through your blog with soooo many fun, unique, creative things to look at. You are 100% FUN. I'd love to meet you! Thanks for the explanation of the Prilosec!!

Creative Wishes,

lorby said...

Hi Ellen,
I'm late making my rounds but want to tell you that you are one creative lady and always have the most fun and unique things in hops. I love your red fish and the jelly bean pills. How cute! Thanks for being part of this hop. I so appreciated having you on board. Jearise in Lorby's World.

Cathie Rigby said...

These projects are much Dr. Seuss fun!! TFS Cathie