Saturday, September 1, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children - Day 2

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!  This is Day 2!

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 decided to make this banner an Elmo/Sesame Street theme -- I just thought it was too cute :)  I used our Moonlight paper again for the background.

For the banner I used a couple of different Cricut cartridges as described below:

Art Philosophy
Banner:  p. 49, C9, < Banner 4 > cut at 6.9"

"BOO":  p. 77, E7, Shift, < BOO > cut at 3 1/2"

Paper Doll Dress Up
Pumpkins:  page 52, C4, Shift, Accessories 1, < Frnksn-s > cut at 10"

Elmo & Friends
p. 41, C1, < Elmo13 > cut at 4 1/2"
p. 43, C3, < Elmo15 > cut at 4 1/2"
p. 45, C5, < CkeMstr 4 > cut at 4 1/2"
p. 47, C6, < Count > cut at 4 1/2"

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: Dena at The Unknown, Entertaining Mind of Miss Dena Jones.  

Here is the entire lineup in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey - Card Monkey's Paper Jungle
  2. Sandie Dunne ~ Exploring the Crafty Side of Me
  3. Ashley ~ The Glamorous Side of Scrapping
  4. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create It All
  5. Dena ~ The Unknown, Entertaining Mind of Miss Dena Jones
  6. Yvette ~ Gamma's Creative Corner
  7. Jamie ~ Crafty Girl 21
  8. Nancie ~ A Little "Piece" of Me by Nancie
  9. Beth ~ Mother and Daughter Designs
  10. Erica ~ My Cricut Craftroom
  11. Jearise ~ Lorby's World
  12. Jenny ~ Crazy About Cricut
  13. Lisa T ~ Bit By the Cricut Bug
  14. Robin ~ Scrap and Chat
  15. Jessica S ~ Jessica's Craft Shaque
  16. Lori A ~ Scrappin' My Stress Away
  17. Jenny D. ~ Yogi Memories
  18. Linda Simpson - Linda's Crafty Piece of Heaven
  19. Beckie ~ Just B Creative Crazy
  20. Scrappin Madge: Madge's Scrappin Lounge
  21. Jennifer R ~ The Crafty Card Gallery
  22. Debbie T ~ Debbie's Craft Time
  23. Tami McD ~ Tambo's Creations
  24.  Susan ~ Susana's Scrappin' Corner
Thank you again for visiting!



  1. A truly wonderful banner and I love the images you have used they are fabulous.

    Linda xxx

  2. I am sooo inspired by YOUR banner! What a beautiful banner! I'm so glad you participated and inspired me! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lucy, OMG what a great idea of using the Elmo cart for the characters! What kid doesn't love Elmo? Dressing him up in costumes was a great idea making them all so cute! Your banner will be thoroughly enjoyed by a special child for sure! tfs Tami
    Tambo's Creations!

  4. Great banner!! LOVE the Sesame Street characters!!

  5. Fantastic banner.. I LOVE all the sesame Street characters.. Absolutely fantastic and perfect for children!! LOVE IT!

  6. OMG, Lucy, this banner is adorable TOO! I forgot I have this Elmo & Friends cartridge and these spectacular Halloween images. My memory now jogged, I'm going to have to create something similar for my granddaughter who is ALL about Elmo and Abby, etc.

    Thank you again for participating in, and sponsoring, my banner hops benefiting the medically-fragile children at Pediatric Specialty Care. You are a dear!

    Very fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  7. The kids will love your fun Sesame Street banner! Cute!

  8. Yaaa! Sesame Street! I love Cookie Monster. It looks like his costume has worked loose because he saw some cookies. Love the Count and Elmo too. Great banner! Love it! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  9. I just LOVE your Sesame Street banner!!! This is so adorable!!!

    Glad to be in this hop with you!!

  10. Such a happy banner, love the images... well done, its great the kids are going to love it.

  11. How awesome with your thinking out if the box! Love it.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  12. As a REAL lover of all things Sesame street, I gotta tell you that your banner speaks to ME!!! It is soooo doggone cute. The recipient will absolutely be in LOVE with it!

  13. What kid wouldn't adore some fun Sesame Street Halloween Fun on a Banner. Heck, I love it and I am all grown up! Fantastic job.
    Jessica S

  14. Lucy: The kids will love your banner! They love things they know & are familiar with. I have been wanting the Art Philosphy cart & now see the Artiste...I want it too! Great job!!

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

  15. Positively wonderful banner that will surly lift the spirits of a child. God bless you for doing this!

  16. Adorable! This will surly bring a smile to a child's face. As the mother of a special needs child, I can tell you that this will not only delight the children but help the family feel less alone at a difficult time. God bless you all for doing this.

  17. Yeah, another kid friendly banner. So cute on the SS characters--lots of details on the piecings.

  18. This is too cute! Love Elmo and all his friends! I'm sure any kid would love this one!

    Dena Jones

  19. late hopper but this too fun! I love the count!!
    Happy to be in the hop with you.

  20. Cute Cute Cute! Love the sesame street characters and the letters Super fun Kids will love it!
    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