Saturday, September 1, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children

If you are looking for the National Stamping Month Blog Hop, please click here.

Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children!

I am delighted to join with more than 3 dozen other women who have each made at least one Halloween-themed banner that will be donated to hang in the room of a medically-fragile child at Pediatric Specialty Care in Pennsylvania.

Our Hop Hostess (Ellen CardMonkey Jarvis) works at PSC’s Bucks County site as Admissions Coordinator. The Banner Hop starts there, so please be sure to circle back to the beginning to see all of the terrific banners have been made for these very special children.

Ellen shared this information with us about Pediatric Specialty Care: “PSC is a very special place where children stay either long- or short-term, typically after hospitalization.  Most are dependent on ventilators and other technology to survive. Some have been born too early or with genetic diseases or birth injuries.  Other children suffer injuries later in life that require constant care later, including brain injuries from trauma or loss of oxygen (from choking, suffocation or drowning) and spinal cord injuries.

These children and their families -- and PSC’s staff -- will be thrilled to receive the Halloween banners, to help brighten the season when their friends and siblings will be out trick-or-treating.”

Here is the banner I am sending to a child at PSC:

I made this banner using a couple of different Cricut cartridges.  I used Moonlight paper for the background paper on the pennants.  I used our My Creations Banner for the foundation of the banner.  I cut the paper for the pennants using our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The image can be found on page 49, C9, < Banner4 > cut at 6.9".

I used our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut the "Halloween" sentiment.  It can be found on page 77, E7, < Hallween > cut at 3 3/4".

For the costumed children, I used Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge as follows:

Body:  page 29, A1, < Body > cut at 6"

Frankenstein:  page 52, C4, < Frnksn > cut at 6".

Frankenstein's Bride:  page 53, C5, < Frnkbrd > cut at 6".

Dracula:  page 50, C2, < Drcula > cut at 6".

Vampiress:  page 51, C2 < Vmpris > cut at 6".  

Pumpkin:  page 52, C4, Shift, Accessories 1, < Frnksn-s > cut at 9".

This Hop is two days (Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2), and on each day you will see different banners. Be sure to visit on both days to see the truly inspirational work of these generous bloggers, and leave some love (comments) on as many sites as you can – because if you do, you can up your chances to win some Spooktacular blog candy, including from these sponsors:

Madge's Scrappin' Lounge is donating a $25 gift certificate to her store at!

Lisa Peters - $15 shopping spree to her adorable paper piecing store at Scrapping With Lisa Designs at

Lucy Kelleher - Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart is donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Close to My Heart products! To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on my blog ( and become a follower of my blog. For an additional entry, "Like" my Facebook page at:

Debi Weidleman - Independent Consultant for Stampin' Up is also donating a $10 Gift Certificate which you can use towards any Stampin' Up products -

Erica's Craft Room is donating two Cricut cartridges (!!!) -- Pretty Pennants and Mini Books.  Please visit and say thank you to Erica at

To qualify, all you have to do is leave at least one comment on our Hostess’s site (www.cardmonkeyspaperjungle) to name which banner spoke to you – ghostly or not!  What made it appealing to you?  Leave additional comments on as many banner makers’ sites as you’d like for extra chances to win!  Prize winners will be announced on Monday, September 3 on the CardMonkey site, where there will be a round-up of all of the Spooktacular banners for 2012.

Please move on your way to the next stop, which is: Jessica at Chick-n-Scrap

Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thank you again for visiting!


  1. HAPPY SEPTEMBER!! Your banner is ADORABLE, Lucy! I love how you did the Hall-O-Ween in the center, and all those characters are spectacular! Thank you for joining in on the fun and for sponsoring the hop too. VERY sweet of you, on both accounts.

    May you be blessed for all the kind things you do!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  2. Too cute!! I love your little characters.. They are ADORABLE!!

  3. Love it! Thank you for all the instructions! Christina

  4. fun fun fun, they are so cute, and thanks for the detailed instructions.

    thanks for being part of the hop and sharing


    lostnwa98 at

  5. Super cute!! LOVE the characters!!

  6. Lucy: Adorable characters & I love the font. I have been wanting those carts! Oh, and your details are wonderful!!

    We're glad to be a part of the hop with you! ~Beth & Emily

  7. Stinkin Cute!! I love my paper doll dress up cartridge!! You really did an awesome job on your banner! I am a new follower here and look forward to seeing more of your lovley creations!! TFS!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  8. What a great banner!!! Love your characters!!

  9. Very cute banner, love all the Circuit images. TFS Hugs Pammejo

  10. soo cute your cute halloween images look fabulous. Love how you broke up the hall o ween

  11. Adorable images. Love the way you did Halloween. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  12. Wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing with these special children. Blessings to all!!

  13. Lucy, This is such a cute banner! I have not played around with my cricut enough, I can see, because I have some of these carts! LOL You created a banner that the kids will obviously love! The characters on the banner are great. I love the hair on Frankenstein's Bride. It reminds me of Marge Simpson too. LOL I am a new follower of your blog and your FB page. tfs Tami
    Tambo's Creations!

  14. what a fantastic banner....I wish I had this cartridge too...tfs

  15. this is awesome....what a prefect banner for a childs room....awesome job...tfs

  16. This is to stinkin cute !! Love your monster children :)

  17. Adorable banner. I used the same cartridge, but somehow, we only managed to use one similar character. Fun!
    Jessica S

  18. Great banner love the images and that paper is fantastic. I really like what you did with the word!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet


Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to look and comment!

Join my team "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" for only $129! For more info, post a comment, email me, or check out my website - Lucy Kelleher, Executive Manager/Independent Consultant - Close to My Heart