Saturday, November 10, 2012

Spirit of Christmas

"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.  

  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!)... I just might have a prize here too!!!! (HINT....HINT)

Here is the Hop line up for Saturday, November 10:
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Jessica -
  3. Lezlye -
  4. Edwina -
  5. Jenny -
  6. Shawnee -
  7. Scrappin Madge -
  8. Jeannie D. -
  9. Jessica E.~
  10. Kimi ~ 
  11. Janet ~
  12. Theresa Neubaum ~
  13. Khrista -
  14. An'Jenic -
  15. Jennifer R -
  16. Gloria W.


  1. A girl after my heart, I love snowmen! Perfect banner and sure to bring happiness to the children!

  2. i love all the embellishments you added to your banner. Awesome. thanks for sharing

  3. I love your banner! the snowmen are so adorable! love your coloring of them. The papers and red bows are so pretty. thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  4. Oh My gosh!! Love your banner and so much love went into it, It is so Obvious!! TFS!!! I have followed your blog for some time!! Be sure to stop by on Monday for more Inspiration!!

    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  5. Last but not least on this Saturday blog hop ... what a beautiful banner!! Gloria, seeing yours posted on Facebook and hearing from you and others who were still committed to the Hop inspired me to keep it going. I really appreciate your sticking with it, and me! THANK YOU for sharing your talents with ill and injured children who need extra love over the holidays!

    Very fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  6. Gloria, I love everything about your banner. The colors, the embellishments, the coloring... all amazing!!! You are so talented. Thank you so much for your support and for donating this banner to the kids at Children's Hospital. I really appreciate it.

  7. What a wonderful banner! Love the images and the colors you chose. The kids will love it.
    Hugs and smiles

  8. Just love, love, love the snowy themed banner! Such bright cheerful colors and cute snowman! Thanks for participating in this worthy cause! Hugs, Jenny

  9. Love the colors. And the snowmen images are adorable.



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