Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spooktacular Banners For Special Needs Kids Blog Hop: Hello Kitty Candy Banner

Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children! I am joining in on Day Two.

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 (CLICK), so please be sure to circle back to the beginning to see all of the terrific banners that 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:

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Since this banner is going to a child, I wanted to be sure to stay away from anything scary.  Candy immediately came to mind!  I don't know about you, but when I think of Halloween, I get excited about all the candy!  YUM! :)

I created my banner using a base of cardstock and patterned paper from an older Doodlebug collection.  The orange trim is patterned paper cut with a scallop edge punch.  I cut the banner letters out of the same paper using the Storybook Cricut cartridge.  The green circles backing the letters were cut with a Nestie.  Hello Kitty was cut from the Hello Kitty Greeting Cricut cartridge.  

(click on picture for close up view)

I added Googly eyes to Miss Kitty, a sticker to her tummy, and a 3-D Jolee's lollipop sticker. I lucked out with the lollipop sticker.  It fit perfectly in her hand!

All of the letters have a little embellishment.  For example, the letter C has dimensional candy apple stickers.

Here is a close up of the second Hello Kitty included on the banner:

This hop is two days (Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2), and on each day you will see different banners. So, be sure to check out both days' hops 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 her blog ( and become a follower of her blog. For an additional entry, "Like" her 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 CLICK HERE to visit cardmonkey's paper jungle 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: Yvette's Blog. Thank you again for visiting!

Below is the complete lineup for today:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Sandie Dunne -
  3. Ashley -
  4. Lucy ~
  5. Dena ~
  6. Yvette ~
  7. Jamie ~
  8. Nancie ~
  9. Beth ~
  10. Erica ~
  11. Jearise ~
  12. Jenny -
  13. Lisa T.-
  14. Robin ~
  15. Jessica S ~
  16. Lori A ~
  17. Jenny D. ~
  18. Linda Simpson -
  19. Beckie ~
  20. Scrappin Madge:
  21. Jennifer R ~
  22. Debbie T ~
  23. Tami McD ~
  24.  Susan ~


  1. This is just gorgeous Dena, I love the cute images and the colours are fabulous.

    Linda xxx

  2. Dena, OMG what an adorable banner! Great idea using Hello Kitty. She is just adorable all dressed up. I like the sentiment too! What kid doesn't love or think of candy when the word Halloween comes up? What a great thought and use of paper. A child is sure to enjoy this special banner you made for him/her. tfs Tami
    Tambo's Creations!

  3. Cute banner!! LOVE Hello Kitty!!

  4. This is gorgeous.. So bright and colorful!! I love the little details on the flags! Just wonderful!

  5. Dena, your banner is as delicious as a sack full of candy! How fun it is!!

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

    Very fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  6. Sister, very cute!!! Love that you all create a banner for a special needs child. Makes me wanna make one too!!! What a blessing!! Thank You for putting a smile on family's faces during a scary time of their life. May your love bring a little comfort and of course, that the love of Jesus shines through all that you have done!!! Much Love to you, sister!!!!

  7. So precious! Love Hello kitty! She is cute in her costumes. Love that candy paper. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  8. Love your banner, so much detail that you put in, its really fantastic, and to have Candy spelt out gives it a happy feeling of halloween. tfs...xx

  9. Fabulous banner! !!!! Uber love hello kitty.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  10. This is so cute and absolutely the perfect Halloween TREAT banner. It will be adored and cherished! Really lovely and creative!

  11. Love this banner. Super cute HK characters and wonderful job on all the candy details!
    Jessica S

  12. Dena: Your banner is very cute. Ms. Kitty never goes out of style; she came out when I was a teen & she's back again! I like the background paper you used with the candy corn and the candy embellishments, those candy apples are darling.

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

  13. Okay-so I thought I posted a comment here...wil try again! Darling banner that will delight a child and make the family of the child feel supported as well. Such a wonderful thing you all are doing.

  14. What an adorable banner! Love the details! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Candy is the best thing about Halloween. Lovely banner. Love the hello kitty. ♥ Jamie at CraftyGirl21

  16. late hopper but this is too cute! I love hello kitty!
    Happy to be in the hop with you.

  17. so stinkin cute, dena! love hello kitty with googlies! :)

  18. Love your banner great papers and Hekko Kitty is a favorite. The kids will love it!

    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  19. Super cute banner Dena!! I love the outfit on HK and the fun candies!!