Darling Butterfly



Bunnies and Blossoms for kids Blog Hop

     Welcome to the bunnies and blossoms blog hop for special needs children. Between yesterday and today 30+ fantastic paper crafters have come together to create spring themed banners. We will then donate these banners to Ellen (cardmonkey) Jarvis who works as the admissions coordinator at Pediatric Specialty Care (P.S.C.) in P.A.  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 U.S.
     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.

     A few months back I saw a post for a love bug  banner hop and decided to check it out. It was fantastic and I loved that the banners were being donated to these children. So much so that when I saw the call for the spring/Easter hop I jumped at the chance and signed up. I know the banners will give them joy which will be like sunshine to their families and staff at the centre. It's like bringing spring time and sunshine to those that can't go to it. :) I worked as a developmental support worker before my accident, and know that small gestures mean so much to these kids and their families. 

If you have happened upon my blog today by chance and would love to hop, or are already hopping, this is the line up for today.  Please make sure you start at Ellen Cardmonkey's blog :) She has an awesome prize for one lucky hopper and you don't want to miss out on your chances to win :) 
Lisa T. - http://bitbythecricutbug.blogspot.com/<< you came from here
Cindy Potentier. -  http://toolsofacropingqueen.blogspot.com/<<mine :)

Yay.... it's finally time to share my very first banner with you, I'm so happy with how it turned out and I hope the kids will like it as well ....warning.....pic/dialogue  heavy :) LOL  All the bunnies and chicks are dies designed by Peachy Keen and made by The Scrapping Cottage, with Peachy Keen face stamps to use with each. This is an awesome set and so versatile. I had fun playing with them and embellishing them either the same or differently than the pic of them on their pkging. :)

I used a 5" doily, two Big Scalloped Circles (Lg) and one Big scalloped circles (sm), as well as one Classic Circle sm spellbinders die for each segment. Each small scalloped circle was embossed with a different folder.
The doily was glued between the two largest scalloped circles, the smaller ones were glued together and then pop dotted on top of the larger set after they were inked and decorated with their embellishments.
I had put the grommets (hole thingys) in the wrong location so I used the second set I had on hand for the Easter banner I was planning to make but took so long to make this one I ran out of time. 
"Happy" was cut from the Easter 2010 cricut cart. I cut it out in shadow and regular then cut off the word
Easter, ran the reg cut through the xyron upside down, glittered and glued onto the shadow.

      Here I kept my "Easter Basket Bunny" as is but added tulips to the basket instead of Easter eggs. I cut the tulips with a fiskars punch twice for each flower, once in green for the leaves and stem, once for the colour of the flower, did some inking, cutting and shaping and used lots of pop dots to give dimension and to help the tulips on the sides keep their shape.
how I made the tulips 

 This little chick was kept the same as her packaging, I just cut out extra flowers for the background, and pop dotted her up. She is one of the cuties on the Shower Peepers 4X6 die :)
 This is the "Crunchin' Carrot Bunny", I replaced her carrots with the daisies I made using the 6 petal  EK Success flower punch. Love her happy little face :)
How I made the daisies

I cut the rainboot freehand from a punched flower, then traced it on another flower and cut to match. I made the back ground flowers from the flower bits from the Fiskars scalloped flower border punch. I just ran a line of tacky glue, shaped the flowers, inked the centres and set in the glue. The umbrella is popped up and the chicks head is inside it. She's so cute!!
 This bunny was way more work than the rest and so were her flowers. She is the "Paintin' Easter Bunny" die that I cut twice because I wasn't using the egg and she cuts out as only half a bunny, a foot and paw for the other that you glue in front of the egg. After cutting it twice I flipped one image over, placed them together best I could to make it look right, did a bit of trimming, cut off most of the bunnies heads leaving a bit for a pop dot, then popped a third cut using just the head on top. I glued flowers in front to cover where the bodies over lapped. The face for this bunny has really long whiskers that are actually a seperate stamp from it's face but when you add a lot of dimension it wouldn't look right with the whiskars in the back ground so I used the rabbit face from the Peachy Keen Animal Faces (sm) set for the Animal Kingdom Cricut Cart. It fits perfect :)  I made the daffodils, with two different EK Success flower punches. I will be doing a blog post later on how to make the flowers from this banner. :)
how I made the daffodils

 This lil peeper is doing the spring cleaning, she has a different stamp for her face that kind of says ewwww house work, LOL but I wanted her to look happy it's spring. The flowers were also made with the 6 petal EK Success punch,, shaped and blinged :)
 Spring was cut from the April showers cricut cart in regular and shadow. I cut off the flower that is part of the cut, ran the reg cut through the xyron and glittered before gluing to the shadow cut.  I only had a small piece of ribbon left over after making the banner spreader so I cut it in half, tied two bows and hot glued in place. I wish I had another roll of this gorgeous ribbon, I would love to have a bow between each segment.
 The next few pics are just to show some of the dimension on these segments.
 I love the umbrella, I actually cut it twice and glued a solid piece to the back of it with the pop dots in between to make it look like an actual umbrella, kinda sorta, lol it's not round but their is a space in there.
 Can see how deep the daffodils are, these were a ton of work but I think they came out so cute and well worth the time it took. Added glossy accent and stickles to lots of areas :) Face parts, flowers, etc.
Before glueing the smaller embellished sections on, I turned over the whole banner and wrote a msg to everyone :) 
     I hope you enjoyed the hop and got some inspiration along the way to make something special for your family or someone else for the up coming spring season and/or holiday :) If you have any questions or would like to let me know what you think, please leave me a comment. I love to read them and know you were here so I can pop over and visit your blog tooo :)  Thank you so much for dropping by our hop today, maybe I'll see your creation in the next hop, Ellen is always looking for more peeps in the line up :)
     I'd just like to thank Ellen for hosting and letting me be a part of it. It was a fabulous hop and I totally loved every minute I spent making my banner. It was a labour of pure love, thinking of the smiles on their little faces when they see all the brightly coloured, whimsical characters and flowers. To all the ladies in the hop, thank you for hopping by, I enjoyed checking out your banner as well and left you a lovely comment :)Have a great day every one, be crafty, be blessed!! 

Cindy  :)



  1. Wow, that's amazing. Can't believe it's your first. Such a work of love straight from the heart. Great job!

  2. Cindy: Cute banner...I think the Peachy Keen dies are cute, too!

    Happy to participate with you in the hop. :)


  3. CINDY!!! What an amazing banner ... it's hard to believe it's your first one! Thank you for taking the time to show us how you made your intricate pennants. An awful lot of love was put into making this adorable banner -- Thank you again for participating in the banner hops for special needs children. May your life always be blessed for the many kindnesses you show these children.

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

  4. Great idea the doileys. Speed the making up a bit while keeping it fancy. smashing idea/ thanks for sharing .

  5. WOW!!! What a fantastic banner! I love all the added elements you added....those flowers are all beautiful! Loving all the adorable critters also! This is for sure going to bring a huge smile to a kiddo!

  6. Oh wow Cindy, your attention to detail is fabulous. You must have a lot of patience my friend, punching out all those tiny pieces and putting them together. I admire you and think you've done a fabulous job! Apologies for not taking part in the blog hop for now, but health-wise I'm not up to it. All the best, tons of hugs, Sharon xx

  7. Wow, Cindy, what an awesome banner you have created! I know that it truly was a "labor of love" for a very worthy cause! You have me thinking spring, big time with your cute images and the fantastic details which you have included. Hugs, Pat

  8. What a fantastic banner. So much time consuming work for such a great cause. Be proud. The child who recieves this will smile for a long time.

  9. Wow! This banner is Jaw-dropping gorgeous!! And this is your first? Geez, can't wait to see more. This is such a sweet idea... it surely to bring a smile to a child.

    I will be following you.... need some of your inspiration.


  10. Cindy, I love your banner! It is so precious! I love the cute images and their friendly, happy faces. The flowers you made are so pretty. I love the jonquils! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live.com

  11. Supper cute Banner love the layering and the colors the little flowers and the chicks and Bunnies are great. thanks for sharing.

  12. Your banner is amazing Cindy, you did such an awesome job on it.
    Great Work!
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  13. This is adorable! I love all the spring banners that you guys created! This cause is amazing and def deserves the best and you all have done a fabulous job at that! You are all saints. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us.

  14. Super cute banner! I love what you all are doing!

  15. OMG your banner is awesome so much detail in every little flowerand image! The colors are great I love everything about it! WOW
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  16. Cindy thank you for taking part in this blog hop and giving your beautiful banner to the kids, all that hard work that I can see went into making this banner will bring smiles to all the kids that look at it, never mind the families and staff. Thank you for sharing.

  17. WOW!!! Stunning! The detail and love you have put into this banner are just AMAZING! I super love it.

    Be blessed, Beckie

  18. Super cute. Love the colors and the dimension. Nice being in the hop with you.

  19. Super cute banner. Love the different layers you used.


  20. Fabulous banner--I like all the cute critters and the embellishments.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  21. Oh Cindy, your circle Spring banner is brimming with beauty!!! Look at all those wonderful layers, WOW! Ilove that you made yours with doilies and so many adorable Spring critters! This is sure to brighten the day of anyone who walks in the room and thank you for being a part of such a great thing! I just love this and because I found the blog hop this past weekend, I was able to contact Ellen soon enough to make and send a banner to her too! :) Thanks again for sharing your talent with so many and have a wonderful day! hugs xoxo

  22. Hi Cindy, just stopping by to say hello and I've loved scrolling through your cards and projects. This is spectacular! It will absolutely brighten everyones day! The amount of work you have put in definitely shows and I love all the dimension. The doilies are genius.
    {Hugs} Barb.