Friday, September 23, 2011

Spellbinders Wonderful Wings

Well, I think most everyone knows by now that I LOVE butterflies and when I saw one of Spellbinders newest releases, Wonderful Wings, it was no surprise I had to have the set! Given the $60 price point, I thought I might never actually give in and buy it. However, my anniversary is next month, my birthday's in November and Christmas is in December. Duh! So I though "hmmm!" hehe Today, I got an e-mail from a website I've purchased from pretty regularly saying that their Spellbinders dies were half off and knowing they carried this set, I ran over to purchase it, but it was SOLD OUT! Grrr!!! So I went onto my friend Google and started seeing if there were any other sites out there offering the set for roughly the same price and ended up finding it on Amazon for $34.70 shipped. WHOOT! Now that I scored my deal, I thought I'd share with you! :P

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!!! :)

Hello out there! I'm sure many of you have heard by now that Nicole, Owner of Sweet Stamp Shop, has been putting together a blog hop for our friend Julie Ranae Murray who is pretty well known in our crafting world. She is the creator of CAS-ual Fridays and The Play Date Cafe. She is also the Design Team Coordinator of such companies as The Twinery, Lil' Inker Designs and OF COURSE, Sweet Stamp Shop. I'm pretty sure there are a couple of others that I missed, but you catch my drift... she is involved with a lot and I'm sure you all know her or have seen her face somewhere along the way. You can also get to know her better on her own blog, Julie's Open Window. This is the story about our friend who has lost her smile... for now!!!

Many may know that a few weeks ago, Julie Ranae had to have emergency oral surgery resulting in the removal of her two front teeth. The dentist at that time believed the best course of action would be to remove the rest of her teeth and replace them with permanents. Relieved at finding a solution to her major dental problem, she visited the office for dental surgery. Unfortunately, it wasn't the visit she was expecting. After the consultation and scheduling the surgery, the surgeon's office informed her that she would need to bring $4000 back to the appointment with her and they would proceed. This amount would not include the 'dentures' she would need as well.

Here Julie is today, sitting without front teeth that were pulled with the belief that they would be replaced immediately. This has been an overwhelming experience for our dear friend and one that I hope our creative community can help with.

Join us beginning October 7th for a blog hop to benefit Julie called 'Operation Julie's Smile'. There are a variety of companies and design teams who will be participating in this hop to help raise funds for this benefit.

Julie is such a sweet person and befriended me quickly even having never met her in person. She takes the time to get to know you even if you think you're a "nobody" in this crafty blogging world sometimes. I have my own thing in the works that I will be sharing more publicly soon and she's been willing to help and offer me advice. Again, having never met. I just love her and want to help in any way I can.

I called Nicole today to tell her I would be donating a couple of stamp sets and was WOWED at the fact that my donation brought the running total up over the $2,000 mark. Can you believe that?!?! How AWESOME!!! The blog hop will run October 7th - 9th and everybody that donates will be entered to win some fabulous prizes that have been generously and lovingly donated by fellow stampers, scrappers, businesses and FRIENDS alike. You can help, too by donating any amount you feel comfortable with. Every $1 counts and is appreciated deeply. I will also be making a monetary contribution and sincerely hope YOU will as well. We can make a difference!

Let's see our friend SMILING again SOON!!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Butterfly Elegance

I had a chance to play around and made this card a week (or two) ago. Time sure does go by quickly I tell ya!!! I had used Stampin' Up!'s Manhattan Flower Cuttlebug folder. I bought this from a friend who hosted a party a couple of years back and it really is quite lovelyl. I embossed it on SU!'s thick vellum paper, mounted it on black cardstock and adhered it to my grey card base. I used a piece of flower ribbon, punched a large butterfly out of black cardstock and added some silver bling to the body to complete the card. Really easy and really beautiful. Gotta love that!!!