Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Banner 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 used the super-fun Gingerbread Land line of papers from Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker to make this jolly banner.
The gingerbread men, cut using a Sizzix die and my Cuttlebug machine, are on Action Wobbles for extra fun!
  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 my:

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 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 (
  2. Scrappin' Madge: $25 Gift Certificate to The Scrappin Lounge Shoppe (
  3. Fresh Brewed Designs: Two prizes - One prize is a rubber stamp, Item #497 "Cutie Pie Ice Skating" (, and the other is a $15 Digital Stamp gift card.
  4. The Paper Temptress ( - Owner Patricia Dunbar will donate a $25 Gift Certificate to her online store, the Paper Temptress.
  5. The Pinque Peacock ( - 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 ( and/or Facebook page ( 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!)...

Welcome to the Christmas Banner Hop for Special Needs Children. You have arrived at Lezlye's Ink and Paper Creations, if you'd like to start at the beginning head on over to Ellen's Blog

Cricut Cartridges used:
Art Philosophy CTMH
Don Juan
Papers are retired Close to my Heart
Small Dots Cuttlebug Folder
Crystal Bling CTMH
white Tulle Hobby Lobby

Thanks for hopping along on this Awesome Hop for the Children's Hospital. I will be sending off my banners( come back tomorrow for a different banner) to Ellen for the Hospital.

Blog Candy
Follow my blog, Facebook and leave me a comment with contact to let me know you did so to be entered to win!

Now on to

Blog Roll

  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Edwina -
  5. Jenny -
  6. Sandie -
  7. Lucy -
  8. Lori -
  9. Jenny D -
  10. Shawnee -
  11. Scrappin Madge -
  12. Jeannie D. -
  13. Jessica E.~
  14. Kimi ~ 
  15. Janet ~
  16. Theresa Neubaum ~
  17. Khrista -
  18. An'Jenic -
  19. Jennifer R -
  20. Gloria W.


snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful banner! Lee-Ann :)

Edwina said...

Love your banner. It is so pretty. Love the word with the snowflakes. pretty paper. Thanks for sharing. I am already a follower of your blog. I liked your facebook page and left a comment. Edwina Brown

Shawnee said...

I love the paper you used and the cute letters that you created for this banner. It is so beautiful. :)

Marianne said...

Am i really the first one to comment? i love your banner, so much about the meaning of Christmas. i am a new follower and like your facebook page.


Ellen Jarvis said...

Lezlye, this is really a beautiful banner. I don't think anyone's ever used the word PEACE before, and it is so very fitting, for both the season and those whose lives are up-ended by illness at the holidays. THANK YOU for making it, and sharing it so generously with the kids at Childrens Hospital Central California. May you be blessed in kind.

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Rexann Menz said...

Awesome Banner and Great colors and snowflakes are pretty!! Love it!! TFS!!! I am a follower here and Facebook!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Nicole said...

Very pretty and the colours are so crisp and wintery. Great cause.

Scrappy Moms Stamps said...

Very pretty Lezlye! I'm sure it will brighten up the hospital! :)

- Mel

Madison said...

The color and message of your banner is amazing!!! Thank you so much for making this for the kids. They will really appreciate this so much just like me!! You ROCKED it.

Lori Apgar said...

What a nice, simple banner ~ very pretty too!!! The children and their families will love it!!

Glad to be in this hop with you!!

Sarah Biswabic said...

What a beautiful banner! I am a follower!

Melissa Chesser said...

Beautiful! Now a blog and FB follower.


Jennifer Restivo said...

Both banners are beautiful! The bears are super cute though!