Sunday, September 2, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children

Welcome to the annual Halloween Spooktacular Banner Hop for Special Needs Children!

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 created this BOO banner using coasters.
 Close Ups
 I used dimensionals.
Materials Used
Cartridge: Hello Kitty Font (letters cut at 2 3/4 inches)
Paper: Halloween by We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger

To make the rosette, I first cut a 12x12 sheet into 2 inch strips.
I then cut 1 of them in half and taped them together to make a longer strip.
I then used a punch and I only punched out 1 side.
I used my score board to score the strip.
I scored the strip on every inch.
I then cut out 3 squares measuring 3X3 because that's the size of the coasters I used.
 I glued them to the coasters and cut out the edges.
I then used distress ink on the edges and glued the rosettes and letters on them.

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.

Thanks for hopping by and your next stop is Jamie.


  1. Awesome banner!! LOVE all the colors.. Its just perfect!

  2. Fantastic banner and I love the beautiful papers and the tutorial is wonderful. TFS

    Linda xxx

    1. What a wonderful banner! Love the bright Halloween colors you chose! TFS!

  3. Yvette, this is an adorable banner! I love the font choice you used. Wow, I have been collecting these coasters for awhile, although I was going to make a mini out of them, but what a great use for them! I love that you made your own rosettes with your score board too. I have done that for bigger ones, but got lazy for the littler ones and bought the TH die. LOL I am sure that this banner is going to make a special child very happy hanging up in his/her room. tfs Tami
    Tambo's Creations!

  4. Dear Yvette,

    What a GREAT use of coasters!! Who would have thought? I love the colors, and also the unique vertical hang on this banner. It turned out beautifully.

    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

  5. Great idea! I pick up coasters at different times. Now I have a really good use for them. Love the pretty papers you used. So cheerful. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  6. Awesome banner! Love the way you linked the pennants.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  7. This is truly a Elegant banner with such a beautiful combination of colors! It will fascinate the children, and they will love to be BOO'd!!!

  8. Lovely job. Great rosettes, too. Thanks for the tutorial!
    Jessica S

  9. Yvette: Nice bright colors & wow creative! Thank you for the GREAT instructions on how to make a rosette; nothing is better than learning from a fellow hopper/friend! =)

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

  10. Such a great idea for this banner hop. I am so touched by this hop. My eldest child was special needs and he spent too much of his precious life in the hospital. this banner will not only cheer the child, but make the family feel supported at a difficult time. God bless you!

  11. Oh my goodness, that is darling! Love the fun papers and the rosettes! You are sure to put a smile on the face of so many children and their families :)

  12. Love the bright, fun colors and that Hello Kitty font!

    Dena Jones

  13. late hopper but this is great! Love the colors!
    Happy to be in the hop with you.

  14. Love the paper and the design Very cute and fun!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet