Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 2: Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids Blog Hop (November 10-12)

...the day even the Grinch made a banner.
Welcome to Day 2 of the "Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids" Blog Hop!  It's no fun for children who must spend Christmas in the hospital ... no fun for their families, not for their friends, not even for the Grinch. 

Our paper crafting volunteers realize this, and now for the second year in a row, have come together from across the world to make and donate fantastic holiday banners, to help lift their spirits in the hospital.

Last year when I hosted this Hop, I served as Admissions Coordinator at a group home for medically-fragile children. They loved getting our banners!  This year, I am out on disability myself (and I miss "my kids" terribly!!), so I looked for another worthy recipient of our great banners. 

I didn't have to look far -- in fact, I looked back, to the young, wonderful woman named Madison Womack who partnered with me on the very first banner hop in 2011!  Madison's perfect cause is her "I Feel The Love Project."   

By teaming up with Madison Womack's I FEEL THE LOVE PROJECT, the banners our crafters have handmade will be going to the hospitalized children at Children's Hospital Central California

Here is the banner I made for Day #2 of this Hop. I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the I Feel the Love project in December:

  Now, have I inspired you to make and donate your own banner or a Christmas card or two to the I Feel the Love Project?  I hope so!  Because if you will, you'll be entered into a drawing to win my:

Super-Fantastic Gift Basket

Throughout the month of December, I'll be adding crafty goodness to this basket so that it will be over-flowing and ripe and ready for under your tree. I'll be picking the winner on Christmas Eve, announcing the winner on Christmas Day, and if you win, you'll have the basket in your hands by New Year's Day!! 

Stay tuned to the CardMonkey blog over the next few weeks leading up to the drawing, as I'll be posting the contents of the basket as they mount. 

 OK, so to win the GRAND PRIZE (all continents are welcome!), here's what you must do:

1.  Be a follower of the CardMonkey blog and tell me in your comment how I can contact you.

2.  Leave a comment telling me what you plan to make and send to the IFTL project by their deadline, December 10.  Then do it!  Go to for mailing information for your card or banner.  Your card or banner MUST be received by Madison by the deadline to be eligible to win the GRAND prize!  

NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME??  You can still win great blog candy just by being here and commenting on as many banner makers' blogs over the course of the next three days.  

Since we have more than 50 banner makers today, tomorrow and Monday, I'll be picking 5 blogs at random, and then one random comment from that Blog site, for that commenter to win one of five great prizes, which are:

  1. Susan Bermudez, Independent Consultant for Creative Memories, donating a $20 gift certificate for Creative Memories products from her catalog (
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (, and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress ( - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock ( - Owners Jessica Shelton will donate a gift certificate to her NEW store (products are being added daily -- watch as she grows!)
  6. In addition, Close to My Heart Independent Consultant Lucy Kelleher will award a $20 gift certificate to a randomly-selected hopper who visits her blog ( and/or Facebook page ( and posts a comment about the banner blog hop!
P.S. -- Be sure to check out as many blogs as you can, as several will be providing their own blog candy with their own requirements.  If I catch them along the way, I'll add them to this list, as a shout out of gratitude, and also so you don't miss out on some sweet candy(canes!)... 

Here is the Hop line up for Sunday, November 11:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica S -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Lori -
  5. Jenny D -
  6. Lissa Marie -
  7. Robin -
  8. Jenny -
  9. Scrappin Madge -
  10. Jeannie -
  11. Rebecca T. -
  12. Lisa T. -
  13. Kimi ~




Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!




DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,


Unknown said...

What a darling banner my friend!!!! I am so proud to be a part of this blog hop with you!!!

Unknown said...

What a fun banner. i love it. Thanks for sharing!

Chriss America Real said...

This is such a wonderful cause! I am in! I will start working on my banner tomorrow! Let me know if you need more boy or girl banners, I can make whatever you need. I can never turn away from a child in need.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful banner, Ellen. Thank you so much for allowing me to participate again. THis is such an amazing cause!

Sarah Biswabic said...

What an adorable banner! This is a wonderful thing you are doing for these wonderful children!

Jenny said...

Darling banner! Kids are so lucky to have such a caring person to organize the banner hop! Love your pics that pertain to the Christmas theme! Hugs, Jenny

Anonymous said...

I am already a follower and huge fan!

I am so touched by what you are doing for these children. Wow!

I am going to start making my banner today. It should be done in a couple of days.

Thank you also for a super awesome chance at winning such an amazing basket of blog candy! It is like a basket full of heaven!

Will start working on my banner now.

Thank you!

Suzanne Roseberry

Anonymous said...

The banner you made is incredible. It has inspired me and has put some ideas into my mind of what I will make my banner look like!

Suzanne Roseberry

Edwina said...

I love your banner! It is so precious. Love the cute images you used. i love the grinch and words at the top of your blog. I wish I knew where to get digis of that story and those words. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown
PS. Madison got my banner yesterday.

Madison said...

Ellen, what can I say. Another sweet banner. Your love for the kids and your support mean more to me than you will ever know. THANK YOU so much. I hope we get to meet one day!!
~Madison said...

Great Banner Ellen!! Love all the Rosettes and the Grinch is so cute!! Thank you for Allowing me to be part of a very Special Hop!! {{{HUGS}}}


Unknown said...

What darling images. I will be creating a banner to send.