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2. Maximize my crafting time!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Love Bugs Banner Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Love Bugs Banner Blog Hop for Special Needs Kids!!!

If you are looking for the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge post, go HERE.

 Forty very talented crafty people have come together for a two day hop (Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th) to showcase handmade banners that will be donated to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care. The hope of these banners is that they bring smiles to these children's faces and awareness of Pediatric Specialty Care to all those that hop along.
These precious children and their families will have one of these adorable banners in their doorways to help brighten up their Valentine's Day!  It is my pleasure to participate in the LOVE BUGS  BANNER HOP, where fantastic and generous crafters donated their talents, time and holiday banners to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, PA. (See

The “Love Bugs Banner for Kids” Hop has some awesome sponsors and prizes to give away to all those that hop along and leave comments. The more blogs you visit and leave comments at, the more chances you have of winning. That means if you hop through all 20 blogs each day and leave a comment on each blog then you are in the drawing 40 times!

Our Generous Sponsors are:

Jellypark Digital Stamps will award 2 free digi-images to one winner.

K Andrews Designs has donated a stamp set to one winner.

Robyn's Fetish will donate FIVE digital images of the winner's choice as a prize!

Below is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way!

  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Sandie Dunne -
  3. Lori Apgar - ***HERE
  4. The Scrapbooking  Queen~ ***NEXT
  5. Linda Simpson -
  6. Beckie Woodall -
  7. Lisa Lam-
  8. Jenny (Crazy About Cricut) -
  9. Ashley -
  10.  Haidee-
  11. Carol -
  12. Edwina -
  13. Jearise -
  14. Janet S -
  15. Denise -
  16. Jamie
  17. Teresa -
  18. Alina -
  19. Dena -
  20. Martha-
  21. Erica

For my project today, I made 2 different banners.  

The first one is made out of bugs.

I used this bug shape from Simply Charmed sized at 5 inches for my banner.  I needed 7 bugs total so I put 4 on Layer 1.  I cut this page out twice in black cardstock.

On Layer 2, I put the layer sized at 5 inches.  I cut out the top four bug layers out of red Valentine's Day paper and the bottom three out of green paper.

On Layer 3, I put seven hearts from the bug layer (at 5 inches) on the top and cut them out of black patterned paper.  I put the letters LOVE BUG from Art Philosophy sized to 1 inch and cut them out of gold cardstock.

I assembled and adhered the layers.  To jazz up my bugs, I used gold, red and black Stickles.

I punched holes with my Crop-A-Dile and strung gold glittery ribbon through the bugs.

Here is my Love Bug Banner all put together.

I wanted to send an extra banner and also try out a different style.

I used scalloped hearts for my banner flags.

I found this doily heart from Sweethearts and sized them to 4.41 inches.  I cut them out of red cardstock.

I found the frog, cat and dog from Sweethearts.  I cut them (and the layers) out at 2.61 inches.  I cut out the Love (also from Sweethearts) at 1.82 inches.

Again I added Stickles to my banner pieces.

I tied the hearts together with some twine.

I tied a long loop of  twine to each end for easy hanging.

Thank  you so much for stopping by our hop today!

Your next stop is The Scrapbooking Queen!


Dena said...

I love your step-by-step post, Lori! Both banners are cute, but I have to say the doily heart one is my fave! :)

Dena Jones

Angel-23 said...

These banners are adorable, great job and love how you've explained how you made these.
Hugs Rachael xx

Deirdre said...

ADORABLE... love what you created for this wonderful cause.

JaniceA said...

That Love Bug banner is so cute! My DD loves bugs so this is great. The heart one would be great for Valentine's Day! Thank you!

Doris P. said...

makes my heart ache for them and their families... I LOVE both banners - simply adorable!! love how you used twine to connect the hearts :)

Nancie said...

Your banners are just adorable...the twine is a super idea to connect them together.


Beckie said...

How super-duper cute!! Love your ideas for both banners.

Be Blessed, Beckie

Vicki said...

Both banners are super, but I love the first best. The smiles on those little bug faces are so cute.

vwilson577 at

Anonymous said...

such pretty banners.... I need to really start making some banners. so fun.

Cathie w said...

great hop with the hearts of wonderful crafters to boot...


jessica said...

Awesome banner's Lori! I love that both are so different! Thanks for sharing your step by step...They both will be much appreciated! TFS

Jessica said...

Both banners are adorable. I bet you needed to give your Gypsy a cool off period after all that fantastic work!!!

Hi...I'm Cindy said...

I love both banners, the bugs are adorable, and the hearts are sweet of you to prepare and extra one :)
hugs Cindy :)

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What cute sets of banners.... I could use the heart one for my party Friday night it would look great..... hmmm wonder if I could whip one up before then. Thanks for the added pressure! Love it!

Audrey Frelx said...

Such cute banners, Lori! I think it's wonderful you all got together to do this for such a very worthy cause!

Hugs, my sister-friend!

"Tee" said...

Both of your banners are adorable. The Love Bug is super cute, my favorite.

Ellen S. Jarvis said...

Lori! A-DOR-ABLE, and BEEE-YOU-TIFUL banners!! I love them both and I'm sure the kids at Pediatric Specialty Care will cherish them for many years to come. THANK YOU (again!!!) for participating in this hop with me. I am so very glad I've met such a lovely, caring woman as you ... my friend of the heart.

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Jeana said...

Both of your banners are adorable! I really like the bugs, such a cute idea and I love the doily hearts for the other banner.

Edwina said...

Love your banners! You did a great job! I love the bugs with the spelling of Lovebug on them. I especially like the heart with the puppy on it. He is so cute in the print you used. You can never go wrong using stickles. Thank you for sharing. Edwina brown

mjblahnik56 said...

I really love your love bug banner and It was cool to see you use your gypsy to do the lay outs to do the cutting.

Linda said...

Two Stunning banners Lori I love them both!!! The children will love these and I am sure put a lovely smile on their little faces.
Great Hopping with you again.

Linda xxx

Debbie said...

love both banners, but of course the heart banner is my fav since i have this cart thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

Gaylynn said...

Cute bugs with legs. Very creative.

truckmaniii said...

I love you're bugs. I love my gypsy and use it all the time so glad to see that you use it also.

grammiej said...

that is just the cutest ever!!
you are so special to do this for others

Cathy said...

Super job on both banners, I would have to say I really like the lovebug:) thanks for being in the hop, great cause

Scraps2treasure said...

Lori just too cute - great job on the banners you made and for such a worthy cause - Monica

Pam said...

I think both of these are great! I have to admit that I just love the bugs! They are sooo cute.

Janet said...

Gosh I love both of your banners The ladybugs are too darna dorable1 and the hearts a great Lov e th puppy and the frog. Very cute design Nice hopping with you this week end!
Big Blog Hugs! Janet

Amanda said...

I love all your banners! I became a follower a few days ago! I think a Crop A Dile is going on my scrapbooking wish list next! :)

Liz Terrazas said...

so so cute... great job and love the visual tutorial...

lauralee53 said...

Love the heart banner. It is so kind of you to show pictures and tell how you did the banners. I'm a visual person and it's always nice to see photos showing how to do things.

CraftyGirl said...

Lori.. these banners are adorable!! The kids (and families) at the hospitals are really going to enjoy them!!

Barb :)

Rachelle said...

I love both of your banners, you did a wonderful job.
joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Both banners are super cute! Love the froggy!
craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

Pink Cricut said...

Both banners are adorable! I love how you used twine to tie the hearts together!