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Friday, November 9, 2012

Banners for Special Needs Kids Blog Hop

Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids BLOG HOP, November 10-12, 2012

"In the eyes of children, we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts, we find its meaning."

As joyous as Christmas is for most families, for some, their holidays are filled with worry, medical treatments and tests, and pain -- for their child must be hospitalized or she or he needs long-term care rather than being home with their families. 

For these kids, Santa doesn't slip down a chimney but rather, often comes in the guise of community volunteers who help make the season bright.  

This is the second Christmas season that our own band of dedicated and loving paper crafters have come together to make Holiday banners for children who are too sick to be home for the holidays.  Welcome to the Christmas Banners for Special Needs Kids blog hop!

I am especially pleased that this year, not only have our numbers of generous crafters swelled so our Hop is over three full days, but also, that we have partnered with another great cause and recipient of our banners!

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

First, let me show you the banner I made for today's post. I'll be sending this to Madison and the children at CHCC who are benefiting from the I Feel the Love project in December:

I cut the mittens from Joy of the Season the letters are from Creative Memories Tis The Season Cartridge and the snow flakes are from Winter lace. All the papers are from my huge paper stash I strung them on some chenille yarn.

  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 :
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 www.ifeeltheloveproject.blogspot.com 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 (http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/susanbermudez/).
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (http://madgesscrappinlounge.storenvy.com/)
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (http://www.freshbreweddesigns.com/item_497/Cutie-Pie-Ice-Skating.htm), and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress (www.papertemptress.com) - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock (www.pinquepeacock.com) - 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 (http://love2createitall.com) and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LucyK.CTMH) 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!)... 

  YOUR NEXT STOP is:  Theresa

Thank you again for visiting us here for a beautiful and worthwhile endeavor.  God bless all the little children wherever they spend their holidays!!
Happy Holidays
Big Blog Hugs, Janet


Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

what a great adorable banner . . . thanks for sharing

Edwina said...

Janet, I love your banner! It is gorgeous!!! Love the colors you used. The saying is great on the mittens.Love the snowflakes. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Lezlye said...

Great Banner! I love the plaid paper and anything snow rates #1 in my book! Great Hopping with you!

Marianne said...

What a lovely banner for some precious child to cherish. Thanks for sharing!

Shawnee said...

This is beautiful. I love the mittens and how they stand out. It is such a wonderful banner for a great cause!! Great job!!

Ellen Jarvis said...

Janet, your banner is SNOW much fun!!! I don't think we've ever had a mitten banner, and it's PERFECT!! THANK YOU for sharing your talents with ill and injured children who need extra love over the holidays!

Very fondly,
Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

Madison said...

Awesome banner. Love your paper choice and colors and the sentiment is perfect!!! Thank you so much for honoring the kids and donating you banner to Children's Hospital. I know the children will love this. Can't wait to see all the smiles!
~Madison Ifeeltheloveproject.blogspot.com

Sarah Biswabic said...

What a beautiful banner! Love it!

Jenny said...

OMG! Absolutely beautiful! What a fun banner! Thanks for participating on this wonderful blog hop! Hugs, Jenny

Melissa Chesser said...

Beautiful. Love the paper :)


Edwina said...

Hi Janet Go to my blog. There is an award for you. http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/

Karenladd said...

Oh my...this is SO cute!!! Love those mittens!

fabric banners said...

It's a very nice gesture, giving back something to help these wonderful people. It's a small act of kindness but the effect of it goes a long way, especially for these children. Thank you for the share of this wonderful thing.