Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!!! :)



The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae. You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more. What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child. It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out. But then it happened... she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them and that it was his recommendation that she give in and have all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments' with her to have ALL this work done, but when she called to make her appointment for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her and that was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation... needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process. A total of $7000!

Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight! Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done. It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.

If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.


This past weekend was World Card Making Day and I had a good friend down visiting as mentioned in my previous post. On Sunday, my hubby was off so I made him keep an eye on the kids so her and I could play up in my scrap area for a while. Semi uninterrupted anyways!!! I had made a card using the same technique the day before, but had an idea for using the new mini pinwheel die I bought from Lil' Inker Designs thanks to my friend (and enabler), Julie Ranae!!! LOL What a cutie that thing is, let me tell you!!! I was giggling as I separated each little petal. ADORABLE!!! The stamp set that you can get along with the die has some really great sentiments as well. I chose to use the "I miss having you 'round" and "You mean the whirl to me" ones for my cards. I used papers from Fancy Pants' "It's the Little Things" line and made two cards because one of these simply wouldn't be enough... and it's also WAY easier to make two at once. hehe What CUTE paper this is, I really wish I had bought the full kit. I still might. ;)






I am so glad that you joined us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile. If you came here from Avocado Arts blog, then you are in the right spot. If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog and take your time. You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes!!!

I was super shocked to be asked to join in on this as this is my very FIRST blog hop I was actually a part of. So thank you to Julie Ranae and Nicole for thinking of me to be included. I am happy to be here and help in any way I can! I donated a few prizes and am also making a financial donation. I hope it helps Julie get to the place she needs to be. If everyone can make a donation in any denomination, it would be kindly appreciated. It could be $1, it could be $10, it could be $100... whatever you're comfortable with. The donation button is located just to the right. ;)

I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop! The next stop is Lynn Miller's blog. Make sure you leave a comment HERE on my blog before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend. REMEMBER, there are over $2500 in prizes donated by very generous companies and us crafters, too. Prize winners will be drawn from the following: blog comments left, PayPal donations and blog hop hosts. A complete list of sponsors is listed on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog as well as the FULL list of 120+ blogs participating this weekend so if you get lost along the way, head on back over there!!!

THANKS SO MUCH for being with us. Grab a cup of coffee, tea... or MANY! Enjoy the rest of the hop and the rest of your weekend!!! :)

104 comments:

Erin said...

Oh I LOVE me some pinwheels! Great cards!!!

Jingle said...

These are so fun!

GabrielaD said...

Great card!!

Lizscraps said...

Love the window and pinwheels! very lively card makes you want to look and look and look

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What a fun sentiment...

Tonya said...

Fun! Love the pinwheels and the sentiments.

Miriam Prantner said...

Those are great pinwheels!

Deb said...

Both of these are darling! What a cool die and such fun sentiments! Glad you were able to be part of the hop! Fun, huh?! :)

Jennifer Scull said...

oh gosh, how I adore those pinwheels! wonderful!!!

*Alison* said...

LOVE the pinwheels.. :) I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

Laura Davis said...

Beautiful work!
Hugs
Laura

Holly said...

Beautiful work! I love it!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Linda Harris said...

I love these cards and the pinwheels. Paper is amazing also. Linda Harris

Emily Branch said...

OOOohhh!! I like the paper rolling technique in your cards and the pinwheels! Great idea! TFS

Karen Day said...

These are just gorgeous! Great mix of prints :o)

Jan Garber said...

WOnderful cards, both of them!

Krysta said...

Ha! I love the punny sentiments and pinwheels.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Great cards!

v said...

U Rock, Vanessa! Thanks for supporting Julie this way! Congrats on this being your first hop as well! You made an awesome card! I love the pinwheel and background text paper!!!

~Vanessa W

Monique said...

Oh what a wonderful card... I love the pinwheels :)

Mallika said...

hello ..
wonderful job
so fun
hugs
mallika
would love if you will visit my blog too
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naturecoastcrafter said...

Great use of pinwheels and playing cards. Thanks for being kind and caring, too.

mjblahnik56 said...

hydribI am a new follower. Loved your cards.

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Amy C said...

What a lovely card!!

marla said...

Wow those are great pinwheels!!

Sarah Anderson said...

GoRGeouS pinwheels, and how fab is that paper!!? Love it

Carmen said...

Cute cards, so clever!

Michele Gross said...

Love your cards!! I love pinwheels and the colors you chose are just fab!

Tanya said...

Oh I love them! I love pinwheels, your cards are so fun!

Carol E said...

Wow! The pinwheels are great, thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Fabulous pinwheels! Great job, take care!!:-))

Cozycomfycouch said...

really beautiful! :D Have a lovely weekend!

Just me... said...

Vanessa! Thank you so much for participating and jumping on board so quickly. Clearly, your heart is as amazing as your creativity! So glad we were able to 'meet' and get to know one another. Great things are to come for you. for sure! Big Hugs, N. Rixon

jan farnworth said...

very neat card.

NinaN said...

Beautiful work!

zehra said...

Those pinwheels and sentiment are cool

Heather@PixieDust said...

love those pinwheels!

Rema said...

Very nice card...

Lindsey said...

Wow, these cards are beautiful! I love how you used these gorgeous patterned papers. Nice!

Terri E. said...

Great card!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

JenMarie said...

LOVE your pinwheels, so FUN!

Janice M said...

Awesome cards! Love those pinwheels!

Stephanie said...

such pretty cards! I love this line of papers too :)

Tami said...

This is superb! Fabulous!

Tracy said...

Great cards with the perfect sentiments!

Tracy
owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Oh goodness how fun are these!!!

Christina said...

These are such fun cards! I love the pinwheels and darling sentiments. Happy to see you are in southern NH, near me!

Marsha said...

Love those pinwheels and flowers. Great idea.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Stunning cards! I love both of them! I just ordered this Fancy Pants paper and I LOVE it!

Evelene S said...

Wow I love your cards! I love how you made the window!

Tammy V said...

I absolutely love these!

Dawn said...

what an amazing couple of cards. very pretty.

Fiona said...

These are such lovely cards Vanessa! Loving those pinwheels :) Fiona (madebyfee)

Karen B. said...

Wow, now this is a beautiful of a card. Those pinwheels are awesome, and the patterned paper is great.

~amy~ said...

love your pinwheels card!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Beautiful! Awesome pinwheels!

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www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Dawn L said...

Pinwheels are something to smile about, just ask any kid :O)

dawnweck@hotmail.com

Tenia Nelson said...

Beautiful cards dearie!!!

Mary Jo said...

How fun! Love the sentiments!

Dana said...

Lovely cards!!

Kim H said...

Love the pinwheel cards, and the colors are amazing. They would be great cards for anyone (its hard to find masculine card materials). Thank you.

Barb said...

Really cute cards, Vanessa! Love these papers!

Irene said...

What great cards!!! The pinwheels are so fun!

Moosisk said...

What fun flowers! Love your card. Thanks for sharing with us during this wonderful hop. :D

Suzanne said...

I love those pinwheels, Vanessa!

Ms. Sanderfoot said...

I love the card, the paper is excellent!

RiNNE said...

Love your cards!!! So gorgeous!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Such fun paper. Love the rolled out frame and those adorable pinwheels.

Nichole Bryant said...

The pinwheels really add a lot to the card :)

Scrapacat said...

Great recessed cards - who doesn't love a pinwheel? Congrats on your first hop!
~ky
scrapacat at yahoo dot com
http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Gorgeous cards! ;o)

Rochelle said...

Oh my! Cuteness!

Nicki S said...

WOW! These are so great! Very creative! Great work!

Tamara said...

Thank you for being apart of such a great hop and cause! Love the pinwheels!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Natalie said...

Lovin' the pinwheels!! Fun!

Indy said...

What a great card.
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Denise said...

Very sweet of you to join this great operation....hope it is successful. I am doing my part by participating in the blog hop.

Denise

MissScrapAlot said...

LOVE IT!!!!!! HUGS AND PRAYERS HER WAY!!!!!!!!

wyme98@yaho..com

cappuccino and colour said...

how cute are these. love the pinwheels.

scrappycanuck said...

Pretty pinwheels for a great cause!

Betty said...

great cards - love the colors you chose - congrats on this being included in this blog hop!

mommakatx6 said...

Great cards, love the pinwheels.

ccarr68 said...

I simply love the pinwheels and how you used darker colors. Thanks for participating in the wonderful endeavor to help one of our craft sisters!

Lisa said...

What pretty cards! i really like the swirl sentiment! TFS It is truely inspiring to see so many people giving of themselves to help a friend! God bless!


Have a scrap-happy day
Lisa G
http://lisa-scrappingspot.blogspot.com/
lkgra@hotmail.com

Ruby said...

Ooh gorgeous card Vanessa!! I've added myself as a follower, love your work :o)

Anita said...

The pinwheels are awesome.

Lindsey Wood said...

Love the vintage feel of these cards!

Laura said...

i LOVE those pinwheels, and that sentiment stamp set is CALLING my name!!!! stop tempting me!!! your card is precious!

Denise said...

Love the pinwheels!
DeniseB

The Browning's said...

never thought to use pinwheels, they look so festive...

lynn said...

such great pics, vanessa!

Wendi K said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity. It's so cute. Here's to Julie's new smile.

Wendy K
Chicago

Angela said...

I love the way you did the roll back on the edges of the windows! Great job.

Lisa Petrella said...

FUN cards! LOVE those patterned paper pinwheels!!!!

Alicia said...

Beautiful colors, paper and GREAT use of that pinwheel die too!

Jennifer said...

Those pinwheels are killer!

Jessica Griffin said...

Love your card Vanessa!! xo

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! I have never been into pinwheels--but this took my breath away! I LOVE them! Great card--love the sentiment! YOU ROCKED this hop:)

Sleepy Stamper said...

A lot of pin wheels a long this hop how fun!!

Billie Dee said...

Those are very pretty cards!

Kimba's Kreations said...

I love this card@

Sandy said...

beautiful card, thanks for sharing...

Julie Ranae said...

Finally...I made it! Thank you so much my dear friend for being a part of this hop. It has been such an unplanned journey for me, but the people I have met along the way have made it so much easier to deal with and YOU are one of those people.
Wouldn't have been the same without you on the hop! ; )

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhh those pinwheels are amazing!!! Love them!!