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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor of Love Halloween Banner Blog Hop

Welcome to the first half of the Labor of Love Halloween Banner Blog Hop!!  My project will be up September 2 and 3, but you can qualify for my blog candy until the 5th!! 

If you are looking for my Frosted  Designs Flourish Canvas project, go HERE.

If you are looking for my Witchy Banner for Sweet Sassy Diva, go HERE.

If you found me first, please go see ELLEN at the beginning.  If you are here on the 4th or 5th, go HERE to start the second half of the hop!

We made these awesome Halloween banners to hang in the rooms of the medically-fragile children who live at Pediatric Specialty Care, Bucks County, PA. (

Here is the line up in case you get lost along the way!
Ellen @
Madison @
Jess @
Nicolette @
Jenny @
Nikki @
Jennifer @
Dee @
Sue @
Amy @
Lori @ ***HERE
Bobbi Jo @
Jessica @
Shawnee @
Jamie @
Robyn @
Lisa @
Sandra @
Tonya @
Debbie @

Blog Hop Sponsors and Blog Candy:
***This blog hop and all the fantastic prizes we are offering would not be possible without our awesome sponsors***

CardMonkey (
KinderStampO (
My Pink Stamper (
Pink Cricut
My Creative time (
Karber Design (
Scrappy Moms Stamps (

To be eligible for a prize:

**Leave a comment on Day 1 or Day 2. (Fri./Sat.)

**Leave a comment on Day 3 or Day 4. (Sun./Mon.)

**Thank a sponsor/s for sponsoring our hop by clicking on the icons listed above and leaving a message on our sponsor/s blog saying "What a good GHOUL you are for sponsoring the Labor of Love Halloween Hop, happening today."

**Link a Halloween card to Funky Cards at the link provided at the end of the hop and donate it to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care.  You can link your card HERE!

We will be using Random Organizer to match our prizes to our winners. You can enter all of the categories 1-4 and be eligible to win every prize:) There may be more than one winner in some categories and the more comments you leave the better your chances!!

Now on to my banner.....

I started with this banner shape from Birthday Bash sized at 3.98w x 5.50h.

I cut the pieces out with this batty paper.

I cut out some pumpkins at 3.35 inches tall from Pumpkin Carving with this orange checked paper.

Then I had some fun!  I cut out some hats from several cartridges so the pumpkins could wear costumes!!  I found them on Everyday Paper Dolls, Paper Doll Dress Up and Happy Hauntings.  I used the pumpkins as my guide to size them.
I put some scraps on my mat to cut out the hats.

Here are my hats!

I snazzed them up with stickles.

I put green stems on my pumpkins with stickles.

I took purple acrylic paint and painted the edges of my banner.
I added these circles from Elegant Edges (cut at 4.79w x 4.57h) behind the pumpkins.  I cut out the letters from Happy Hauntings at 1.5 inches.

Here you can see some of the hats!

I hope the kids and their families like my banner!  I wanted it to be more cute than scary!
I have a little of my own Blog Candy to share with you also!!  In order to be eligible to win, you need to "trick or treat"!  Leave a comment and tell me about a Halloween or Fall  memory.  If you like my work become a follower.  It is helpful if you provide me a way to contact you if you win the treat!!

Thank you for stopping by and supporting a great cause!!!  Your next stop is my good friend Bobbi Jo at SweetSassyDiva!


Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Lori, thank you for sharing all of the details and fun of how you made your banner. I've gotten the privilege of actually HAVING your banner and seeing it in person and it's even prettier than the pictures. SO much fun!!

I have many fun Halloween memories of my years growing up, but my most enjoyable are those seen through the eyes as a Mother. I remember one year fondly, when my daughter decided to be "Winter" for Halloween. Not a snow queen, not a snow bunny, but "winter." She dressed up all in white, and cut out little snowflakes that she taped to her dress. She carried a basket of fake snow that she planned on tossing. All her idea! Well, that lasted til about 2 houses, when she stumbled and dumped a winter's worth on a neighbor's driveway. Then she was a "bride". Or the time she was Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat. Or "One Night Stand" -- a bureau drawer (box) with a lamp and alarm clock glued to the top.

Thank you again for participating in this very special Hop!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

AmyJRockstar said...

OMGosh! You did such an awesome job. I really love the hat idea! How super fun! I totally love Halloween and my favorite memories are of when I was little and my big brother would take me trick or treating. I rarely got to see him cause he was already out of the house by the time I was five so spending time with him was always the best thing in the world for me. :0) I always went (at least 3 or 4 years) as a Punk Rocker! LOL Gotta love the 80s. :0)

Thanks for the chance to win!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

Audrey Frelx said...

Lori, what a wonderful banner! You definitely put some work into it. It certainly would be a labor of love if I were to do a banner like that -- a bit too intensive for me!

Great job!

Doris P. said...

AWESOME banner!! LOVE it. I don't have many memories of trick or treating.. Doris

jessica said...

OMG this is soooooo stinking adorable!! I love the paper you used and love all the cuts! TFS your step by step also :)
I love halloween and love being able to celebrate with my kids! There is nothing better than sharing treats and I go all out when it comes to their classes!!
TFS and for the chance to win :)

Eva said...

What a fun and cute banner. Great job, they are gonna love it. Thank you for being a part of this so awesome project.
Eva :0)
I have a giveaway on my blog right now

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Lori that banner is AWESOME! My goodness there is a ton of work in it. You are really sweet to make that for the children. AWESOME!

mamawcindy said...

Oh,I just Love your Banner! I can tell you put a lot of Time and Love into this. The Children are going to Love It! I'm a follower and Thank You for the chance to win. Sweet of you! :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Jens Craft Corner said...

I love your banner and I'm sure the children will love it too! I love how you showed the process in making your banner. You really did a nice job with it! I'm a new follower.

Shawnee said...

What a beautiful banner. My favorite Halloween memory is going to Grandma's house with my children. We would sit and talk and just enjoy the evening. She loved seeing all the kids dressed up. I miss it now.


Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Awesome banner, i am so glag it will be brightening the day of a sick child while they are in the hospital.
Katsews at Gmail dot com

Cherie said...

I love all the little details! It is super adorable! You are so talented!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

cherie.goyer at

Vicki said...

Great banner and wonderful cause. TFS.

My favorite fall memory is when my oldest grandson was 17 months old. It was his first time playing in the leaves and he spent hours building piles and then jumping and throwing the leaves in the air.

vwilson577 at

Linda said...

This is one AWESOME banner Lori, I love the tutorial on how you composed your banner.


Mad Crafter said...

Lori, what can I say that hasn't already been said. This is just awesome. You put so much into this project and the kids are going to love it!!! THank you so much:) Ellen and I are so happy that you joined us for this blog hop. You ROCK!!

The Creative Mommy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your banner! Its SO AWESOME! You did such a wonderful job for such a wonderful cause!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Dee said...

This is just wonderful. I can't believe you went step by step describing how you put this together. That was very kind of you.
I love your banner. TFS


McVic said...

Love the banner, the halloween that sticks out the most to me was when I was 5. it was the year my parents divorced and my dad went with me, I was wonderwoman, and he let me drive my wonder woman big wheel... I loved it.

ScrappinT said...

I love the banner you made, so cute!

Michelle said...

Your banner is adorable I just love how it turned out and for such a great cause. I just know that all of these banners will brighten the days of the children at Pediatric Specialty Care and the staff and the families.
Thanks for all of your hard work on this hop.

I have a funny but disgusting Halloween memory... Let's see I was in 12th grade and My mom was having a Halloween Party at our house and we invited all of the neighborhood kids it was great. Well My, Best Friend, her Boyfriend, my boyfriend and I were all out in our back yard in the "graveyard" to spook the kids as they walked thru well we were kneeling down on the ground and the kids came into the back yard and as my best friends boyfriend got up, now we were all in a hurry, well he accidentally hit me in the nose and my nose started to bleed, so the whole time we're doing our skit my nose was bleeding and my mom thought it was fake blood and she loved it.... She turned white when I went into the house and told her.... that wasn't planned mom my nose is really bleeding....Oh well all in the name of a good scare i say... we love halloween in my family.

mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

SueNJ said...


What a great banner and I love all the detail you shared. In regards to Halloween memories, there was one year that we visited my Dad at his apartment. We were not allowed to go trick or treating so he let us ring his bell about 20 times and we said trick or treat and received a treat of course :D I am a follower.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B
suenj99 at yahoo dot com

Bunnyfreak said...

Thanks for the details on the banner.

I remember going to the Pumpkin patch and feeding the pond ducks corn from the dried corn husks.

Rachelle said...

Your banner is so cute! I love it!!
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Ashley Nicole said...

Such a great banner. I love all the costume headwear/hats lol. Nice being on the hop with you.

Cynthia Vanderhoek said...

I am sure that the kids and their parents are going to love this, because I do too! Hat's off to you, LOL, for participating in this blog hop and donating your banner. My favorite fall memory is the year that I got to decorate my "own" pumpkin. I had beads, paint, feathers and bling all over that poor thing. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Ü Cynthia V.

Dorcas said...

This is a beautiful banner. I love that you went with the hats idea. That was genius. Thank you so much!

Donna Lee said...

Wow this is just super amazing. Love all the details!

Cathie w said...

very cute TFS!!!!

its boo-ti-ful


Tambo said...
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Tambo said...

This is really a cute banner! I have all of these carts and am going to have to do something like this soon! I love these pumpkins and their hats. I think you did a superb job! So festive! Love it.

My memory is going out with my dad trick or treating and he would carry a pillow case for each of us. When our bucket got too full we would dumb it in. Every house participated back then, so lots of candy. Then we would come home, dump it out on the floor and my mom would take all of the 3 musketeer’s bars. She is 74 now and still has that sweet tooth and has them stashed all over her house. LOL tfs Tami

Tambo's Creations

jengd said...

Very cute!! That array of hats is a riot- great idea! As for a memory, something I need to start soon with my son is "find the ghost." When I was a kid, that was a game we had at my Halloween parties- my mom would cut a simple ghost from an index card and hide it somewhere in the living room or dining room and we had to find it. So simple and we had SUCH a blast doing it!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So much fun! I love the step by step, thank you!
summer_sunset54 at hotmail dot com

Percilla G said...

Love the paper you used and those hats are the most boo-ti-ful

Kris Dietz said...

What a colorful, sassy banner. I love all the details to it.

My favorite Halloween was when my son was 3 and went trick or treating -- first time he really understood what it was all about. After he went around the neighborhood, he helped me pass out candy to all the little ones that came to the house. He used to get so excited seeing others all dressed up and then knowing that he was helping me pass out candy. Miss those days (he's 21 now).

I'm a new follower.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Kris Dietz said...

What a colorful, sassy banner. I love all the details to it.

My favorite Halloween was when my son was 3 and went trick or treating -- first time he really understood what it was all about. After he went around the neighborhood, he helped me pass out candy to all the little ones that came to the house. He used to get so excited seeing others all dressed up and then knowing that he was helping me pass out candy. Miss those days (he's 21 now).

I'm a new follower.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Wow awesome banner!!!!! Simply Fabulous!!!!!!

Pammejo said...

Love your banner, One of my favorite memories is we have always had a chili dog neighborhood party, so that the kids could eat before they went Trick or Treating, it is always a fun time. Thank you participating in the hop I am sure the boy or girl that recieves it for over their bed will enjoy looking at it. TFS

Vicki said...

Your banner is great!! I'd love to see it in person too because these pictures never really give them justice..

When my son, Luke was three we took him trick or treating and he went to a door, said trick or treat and the lady handed him a Reese bar..He looked at her and very politely said
"No thank you.." and walked away! I was astonished and I asked, Luke why did you not take the Reese bar and he replied.."I don't like them" But "Luke", I said.."honey..mommy and daddy do!!!" lol

Jennifer said...

Great banner!! Love the detail. New follower!

quilt4fun2 said...

When my son was 4 I had made him a clown suit to wear with a rainbow cute but he would not wear it. He said nobody would know who he was :D
Your banner turned out great and the kids will love it.
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

Michelle said...

I was just stopping back by for day two to see if you posted anything new.
mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

Monica said...

wow I love this banner!! I love the hats on there as their "costumes"!

and I adore that font! I gotta see if I have that cart! If not I'm gonna get it!

My favorite memory would be when my son and I went to the local fall festival at our church and we had our first hay ride together.. the look on my son's face was priceless. We had such a wonderful time.

Thank you for contributing such an awesome project. New follower!

Happy Scrappn'

Leah said...

How super cute and fun! I love that you gave a step by step instruction! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Sugarlips said...

Your banner is so cute. The kids will love it. My halloween memory.. when I was in Jr. high, we had a halloween blizzard, it was soo much snow it shut the school down. Where I live they rarely close school, I think it closed 5 or 6 times the whole time I was in school. Trick or Treating in snow is hard! :)

iluvkatie74 at yahoo dot com

by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

I Love the Color Orange & this Banner is FAB. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com