Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 3 of the Christmas Banners For Special Needs Kids Blog Hop

It has been my sincere pleasure to host the annual  "Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids" Blog Hop. This year, the number of generous women who wanted to make and donate a banner grew so greatly that we expanded into a 3-day hop!  

So welcome, to what is the third day of our very special Hop.  This year, we have partnered with Madison Womack's I Feel The Love Project so that our handmade banners will be donated through IFTL to children hospitalized over Christmas at Children's Hospital Central California.

In addition to hosting this hop, I have made two banners that I will be sending to Madison for the kids. Here they are:


Will you join us in making your own Christmas banner or cards for the IFTL kids at Children's Hospital Central California?   

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 on this 3-day hop (this past weekend, and today), 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. 

Here is the Hop line up for Monday, November 12:
  1. Ellen ~ CardMonkey -
  2. Tami -
  3. Heather D. -
  4. Jearise -
  5. Susan B -
  6. Jamie M.
  7. Linda Simpson -
  8. Theresa ~ www.thescrapbookingqueen.com_
  9. Vicky -
  10. Debbie T-
  11. Shelly -
  12. Lisa L. -
  13. Nancie -
  14. Dorcas -
  15. Debbie _
  16. Rexann -




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,


Linda Simpson said...

Thank you so much again for all the hard work you have put into another amazing banner hop for the Children. I love both of your banners they are stunning.

Lots of love and blessings.
Linda xxxx

Linda Simpson said...

Thank you so much again for all the hard work you have put into another amazing banner hop for the Children. I love both of your banners they are stunning.

Lots of love and blessings.
Linda xxxx

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your banners are so beautiful!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of this blog hop this year. I can only imagine the love and smiles that will be shared by hanging these banners and the additional prayers these families will receive. God Bless you for all you do.

Your banners are SO SUPER SWEET!!! Very fun and eye catching and perfectly adorable.

Off to hop :)

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for organizing and coordinating this wonderful blog hop! Your dedication to bringing smiles to children is awesome!! Partnering with Madison just makes sense!!!

Thanks again Ellen!!


Unknown said...

What a lovely banner. i love the rosettes. Thanks for sharing. i loving the hop

Edwina said...

Ellen, You are one special person. I love your banners. I love all the care and love you have in your heart for the children. thanks for sharing.
Go to my blog here. there is an award for you. Edwina Brown said...

And I Thank you so much for having a very Special and meaningful hop!!!And allowing me to be part of it!! I am so sorry that my post was late going live, Had it set for the wrong time :( I also changed the photo and added better ones that are close up... I hope to participate in the next one. I love this Idea and making 2 cards to send to Madison along with my Banner . Crafty Hugs!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This was a fantastic blog hop!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful blog hop. Thank you for hosting! I came across the ad on another blog and had to check it put. i would love to be able to participate in future hops.


Madison said...

Thank you so much for all that you do Ms. Ellen!! I am so happy you contacted me. The kids at CHCC are going to benefit from your generosity and kindness. Thank you again too to all the wonderful crafters who made banners these past three days!!

Karenladd said...

Have been seeing so many adorable banners! What an awesome project to help make the holidays merry!
kladd94803 at aol dot com