Friday, January 6, 2012

Love Bugs Banner Hop For Special Needs Kids

*** I have two posts today.  If you are looking for the Forever Night Challenges post, please CLICK HERE. 

Welcome to the “Love Bugs Banners for Kids” Hop.

Forty very talented crafty people have come together for a two day hop (Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th) to showcase handmade banners that will be donated to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care. The hope of these banners is that they bring smiles to these children's faces and awareness of Pediatric Specialty Care to all those that hop along.

The “Love Bugs Banner for Kids” Hop has some awesome sponsors and prizes to give away to all those that hop along and leave comments. The more blogs you visit and leave comments at, the more chances you have of winning. That means if you hop through all 20 blogs each day and leave a comment on each blog then you are in the drawing 40 times!

Our Generous Sponsors are:

Jellypark Digital Stamps will award 2 free digi-images to one winner.

K Andrews Designs has donated a stamp set to one winner.

Robyn's Fetish will donate FIVE digital images of the winner's choice as a prize!

Now on with the hop....If you have come from Alina's blog, then you are on the right track but if you have come here by chance – great! but please start from the beginning at Ellen's (AKA CardMonkey) blog and continue through from there.

Now, on to my project:

The theme for this banner project is Valentine's Day and Bugs.  I wanted to create a cute banner for the kids, and I immediately thought of ladybugs!  I turned to my Cricut Create a Critter cartridge for an adorable ladybug image.  I cut her out at 5 1/8 inches.  The letters spelling "HUGS" were cut from the Cricut Storybook cartridge.  I used Design Studio to widen the letters a bit and get them to just the size I wanted for my banner pieces.  The super cute polka dot paper is from Reminisce.  I just LOVE it and think it goes so perfectly with this project!  I tied my banner pieces together with some sheer red ribbon.  Overall, this was a pretty easy project that turned out pretty cute.  I hope it brings a lot of smiles to the kids' faces!

Thank you for joining us today on our “Love Bug Banner for Kids” Hop for the children of Pediatric Specialty Care.   A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Ellen for coordinating these banner hops.  It is such a great cause, and I feel very honored to have a part in it.  Please continue on to Martha's blog to see what she's created for the kids.  Have a great day and don't forget to come back tomorrow!

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:

  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Sandie Dunne -
  3. Lori Apgar -
  4. The Scrapbooking  Queen~
  5. Linda Simpson -
  6. Beckie Woodall -
  7. Lisa Lam-
  8. Jenny (Crazy About Cricut) -
  9. Ashley -
  10. Haidee-
  11. Carol -
  12. Edwina -
  13. Jearise -
  14. Janet S -
  15. Denise -
  16. Jamie
  17. Teresa -
  18. Alina -
  19. Dena -
  20. Martha-
  21. Erica


  1. This is really cute, Loving the colours and image you've used.
    Hugs Rachael xx

  2. Gorgeous - love what you created. Fabulous banner.

  3. HUGS - how cute this banner is!! love the bugs adorable :) I love paper and this is one i don't have :)

  4. Love the little bug you used and everyone needs hugs!

  5. great hop with the hearts of wonderful crafters to boot...


  6. Beautiful fun banner!! Love the pattern paper and LOVE those bugs!!

  7. Gorgeous!! I love your choice of font and dp!!

  8. awesome banner, the kids will love it, so pretty and fun, love the ribbon, adds so much texture to your creation!
    hugs from your newest follower #189, :) Cindy
    have a blessed day and be scrappy

  9. ADORABLE BANNER, Dena!!!! LOVING the HUGS with bugs! :)

    Thank you for participating in this special needs hop where the banners will be hung in the rooms of children who are critically ill with long-term care needs.

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  10. Awesome banner. Love it's simplicity! Great 'em.

    Be Blessed, Beckie

  11. Love your banner, your colors are great and the bugs are adorable. Hug is such a great word to use for the kids!

  12. I love the poke-a-dot paper! the word Hugs is so wonderful on the banner. The ladybugs stand out and are easy to see. I love the cheerfulness of your banner! Thanks for sharing and doing such a good job! Edwina Brown

  13. Beautiful banner Dena! I love the polka dot background and this will be really cheerful on the unit.

    Linda xxx

  14. ladybugs are so cute and colors just pop a lot of people used this cart it was really popular
    upnurse at aol dot com

  15. Great work with these carts and the polka dots really pop.

  16. Just adorable, the colors are perfect and little ladybugs girls, I love!


  17. Getting in the mood for valentine's day. This is a lovely banner

  18. So very cute!!! Saw this on facebook before I had a chance to finish the hop!! I have never seen (or paid attention to) the lady bug on Create A Critter ~ so cute!

    Honored to be in this hop with you!!

  19. Wow. Hugs to your ladybugs. Super cute banner.

    vwilson577 at

  20. So very cute Love your 'Bug" turned out adorable Great paper too? ni=ce hopping with you
    Big Blog Hugs! Janet

  21. Your banner is so bright and adorable. Some liitle kid is gonna love it. Thanks for saying how you did it.

  22. great banner... the polka dot paper is great with the cute bugs!
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