Saturday, September 1, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular Banners For Special Needs Kids Blog Hop

Welcome to the Halloween Spooktacular Banners For Special Needs Kids Blog Hop.

Today and tomorrow (September 1st and 2nd), 30+fantastic papercrafters have come together to create Halloween-themed banners.They will then donate these banners to Ellen (CardMonkey), who works as Admissions Coordinator at Pediatric Specialty Care (PSC),

PSC is a long-term care facility for special needs children who are medically-fragile and/or technologically-dependent. The babies, children and youths at PSC range in age from birth to 21, and are admitted from all over the country.
Some are infants, born prematurely and before their lungs have had a chance to mature. Others have serious birth defects,illnesses or injuries from accidents that cause them to need tender loving care in a home-like environment -- many for their lifetimes.

If you are coming from Sandie's Blog, you are right on track. If you just came across my blog and would like to hop along, please start over with Ellen.

Our banners are meant to cheer the young patients, their families, and the staff at PSC. Here is the banner that I made and will be sending to Ellen to decorate a child's room:

Papers are from my stash
Banner and font is from the Silhouette store
Carving Out Memories from Treasure Box Designs
Halloween Twine from Trendy Twine
ColorBox Chestnut Roan
White gel pen
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade

I have made banners since we started the Halloween Banner Blog Hop last year. I just can't tell you how much I enjoy making them for the children. I would like to share my banners I've made thus far.

I'm so honored that I get to be a part of each blog hop that we've had for the kids.  I thank Ellen for letting me be a part :)

Now the hop wouldn't be complete without some blog candy that Ellen is giving away....

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 increase your chances to win some Spooktacular blog candy from these kind sponsors:

$25 Gift Certificate to Madge's Scrappin Lounge

 $15 Shopping Spree to Scrapping With Lisa Designs

Lucy Kelleher (
$10 Gift Certificate toward any CTMH product
Donated by Lucy Kelleher 
Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart 
Special entry requirements: To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on Lucy's blog ( and become a follower of her blog. For an additional entry, "Like" her Facebook page at:
Limited to U.S. entrants only, sorry.
 $10 Gift Certificate toward any Stampin' Up product
Donated by Debi Weidleman
Independent Consultant for Stampin' Up. 
Limited to U.S. entrants only, sorry.

Two Cricut Cartridges ("Pretty Pennants" and "Mini Book") 
Donated by Erica's Craft Room

$25 Gift Certificate to Paper Temptress

To qualify to win one of these great prizes, please leave a comment on (Hop Hostess Ellen ♥ CardMonkey's) blog site and answer this question: 

What was your most memorable 
Halloween costume, and how old were you 
when you wore it?

In your comment, please leave a way for her to reach you if you're randomly picked to win one of the prizes!  Leave additional comments (leave ♥love!) 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.

Thanks for hopping by and be sure to stop back again tomorrow as I will have another banner tomorrow.

Your next stop is Pam's Blog!

Here is the lineup in case you get lost...


Ellen Jarvis said...

In case anyone is reading this comment, I'd also like to give a special shout out to Ashley for not only participating in each of my banner hops, but ALSO making very special name banners for kids who come into PSC. Her welcoming banners are very special to these children. In one case, Ashley made a banner for a young girl who was medically unstable and she never got to leave the hospital to come to PSC. She died at the hospital after a 6-year, lifelong fight. But one of the very last things she got to enjoy was the banner that Ashley made for her. She was deeply touched by it, seeing her name made in such a very special way.

Thank you, Ashley, for all you do for these very special children! May you be blessed for all the kind things you do!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Kate said...

OMG These banners are so super CUTE! I love them and I'me sure each and everyone of the kids that sees them will too. You are so sweet.

the PaperTemptress said...

Great job on ALL the banners! I love them and I am sure all the children will too.
the PaperTemptress

Unknown said...

Your banner is beautiful.Love those bears hugging the jackolanterns. Fantastic! And I think you are absolutely wonderful for doing what you do. I'm glad Ellen shared with us.. To do that for those kids is so special. You have a big heart! God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Such a cute banner! The pumpkins in the center remind me of trick or treat bags we had as kids.

cema1cema said...

So cute! All your banners are great! Christina

Crafty Teacher said...

Very cute banner! I love the bears hugging the Pumpkins :) All your banners are gorgeous. The smile one makes you smile just reading it.
:) Thank you!
Khristamcbride @

Hannah's Stampin' Nana said...

what a great collection of banners... each one so adorable

thanks for being part of the hop and for sharing.


lostnwa98 at

silvia said...

Ashley~ I read the first comment from Ellen mentioning your "welcoming" banners. I just wanted to say Thank you for brightening the days of others with your banners.

Beth said...

Ashley: Your banner is cute! I like how you incorporated the boo greeting onto the pumpkins. The bears hugging the smiling pumpkins are cheery too!

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

Theresa said...

boo-ti-ful! said...

Hi Ashley!
Oh you are one of a kind Girl!! I read Ellen's Comment at the top and It was very touching and you have such talent and a big heart!! The children and their family's are sure to be delighted to have such great art work in their rooms! Love all that you create!!! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

YOU ARE THE BANNER QUEEN!!!!! Not only are your banners super cute, but you make Name banners for the kids too?? Wow!!

This is my favorite hop to participate in!!

Lisa said...

Ashley, your banner is so fabulous!! I love the adorable bears hugging the pumpkins!! All of your banners are amazing and gorgeous!! What a wonderful thing you are doing for the children!! :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Pammejo said...

Super cute banner Ashley and thank you for sharing the others that you have sent. I read Ellen comment and I know you must be blessed from having touched so many lives. Hugs Pammejo

Vicky said...

WOWZER you have been real busy and your banners are soo cute they are sure to make the kids smile real big

Edwina said...

Your banner is just too cute. love the bears on it. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Tambo said...

Ashley, Your Spooktacular banner this year is so sweet! I love the bears hugging the pumpkins. It looks like it should be right above a babies crib for sure! tfs Tami
Tambo's Creations!

Retta said...

Ashley I read Ellen's comment. Bless you honey for all the beautiful things you share with this group. Thank you!!! I love them all.

Shawnee said...

This is a very beautiful banner. I love the teddy bear you used. :) Great job!

Gloria Westerman said...

All of these banners are em...what a big heart you have....bless you...

Brianna loeffelbein said...

Great banners Ashley !! You are definatley a pay it forward kind of person it sounds, what a sweet thing to do for all the children .

Denise Bryant said...

Sweet banner with the pumpkins and bears! Also enjoyed seeing your other banner creations! Great thing to cheer up these kids!

Jessica Buffa said...

Cute pumpkin hugging bears! Awesome job to you for all the banners you have created and donated Ashley!
Jessica S

Gramjak said...

Ashley -- I have LOVED each one of your banners -- and these Halloween ones are just perfect, too!
Thanks for helping these patients enjoy a bright spot in their days of treatment!

Janet said...

Adorable banner love the bears hugging the pumpkins too cute!
Big Blog Hugs, Janet