Sunday, October 9, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile Blog Hop (over $2500 in PRIZES)

***This post has been moved to the top of my blog until the end of the hop on Sunday night. Please scroll down for new posts.***

Hi friends! Boy, do I have a special event for you today! I am honored to be a part of the Operation Julie's Smile blog hop to benefit my friend Julie Ranae. You should have come here from Jennifer Rzasa's blog. If not, go back to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to start the hop. LEAVE COMMENTS along the way, there are SO many prizes to be won!

Here's the reason we are hopping today:


“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 & that it was his recommendation that she give in and have them 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 appt 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 & that too, 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.”


Here's my card for today. When I think of Julie, I always think of her joining her hubby at Barnes and Noble for a cuppa so that's where I got the inspiration for this card. I used Paper Smooches new Hot Concoctions for this card along with some new Free Bird paper from Authentique. The little roses are from my Etsy shop, Heart Hugs Designs. I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 137 for this card.
MY DONATION: I'm always trying to teach my children to give what we can. For this event, I've donated 1 new in package Ippity Stamp set, a couple sets of cabochons from my Etsy Shop and some seam binding that I dyed myself.

I hope you enjoyed my card! Next up on the hop is MICHELLE MATHEY! Don't forget to leave comments on each stop of the hop for your chance to win one of the amazing prizes! If you can, please make a donation (button is in my sidebar) to help our friend get her smile back.

101 comments:

  1. SWEET card..I love it! Happy Friday!

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  2. Gorgeous card!!! I made my donation this morning!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  3. The roses caught my eye first but the simple sentiment is my favorite part, I love how pretty this card is!

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  4. This is such a warm and cozy card!

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  5. Love how you used the same paper in the border and for the stamp. Great card.

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  6. love the fall colors of your card.. :) I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

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  7. This is stunning Ashley!
    Hugs
    Laura

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  8. Hi, Ashley!!! Love your card and those roses are awesome! I'll have to check out your Etsy shop! :) That Hot Concoctions stamp set is on my list to get sometime, too. So CUTE!

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  9. Hi, Ashley!!! Love your card and those roses are awesome! I'll have to check out your Etsy shop! :) That Hot Concoctions stamp set is on my list to get sometime, too. So CUTE!

    OOPSIE! I posted under my other name by mistake. That one's not "active" yet. I've got something in the works. haha

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  10. love that embossed paper behind it all and then those patterned papers -- very relaxing.

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  11. Your card is beautiful, Ashley! I love how feminine it is with the soft pink and lacy edges! You are so sweet (and such a great example to your kids) to donate your lovelies! Big hugs!

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  12. Gorgeous card!!! I made my donation this morning on Miss Julies!!! Linda Harris

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  13. very cute card and u know I love the flowers!!

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  14. I love the tiny little flowers. Very cute.

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  15. I love that you put your heart into this card with thoughts of Julie & Paul:D Thanks for sharing!

    ~Vanessa W

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  16. hello ..
    wonderful job
    i m njoying
    hugs
    mallika
    would love if you will visit my blog too
    mallikakejriwal@gmail.com
    www.missnotsogoodwithwords.blogspot.com

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  17. hello ..
    wonderful job
    hugs
    mallika
    would love if you will visit my blog too
    mallikakejriwal@gmail.com
    www.missnotsogoodwithwords.blogspot.com
    i m having real fun

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  18. Great idea to tie that card to a story you heard about the blog honoree. Thanks for your generosity as well.
    Jean Cross

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  19. Lovely card. Already made my donation. I am a new follower.

    mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

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  20. What a beautiful card :)Love it!!

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  21. Wow that card is amazing. Love that coffee cup!!

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  22. this is lovely, the background is fab, and I really like the teacup too

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  23. Wow! What a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing it.

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  24. Ashley! I loved it! Thank you so much for donating and participating... means a lot to Julie (and me too!) ... Thank you! Hugs, N. Rixon

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  25. This is so sweet! I love paper smooches! :D

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  26. Great card!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  27. Beautiful card, and how generous of you to donate a prize, too!

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  28. very cute card, love those roses!

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  29. This card is so cozy! Cute :)

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  30. so pretty- love the paper piecing

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  31. I love this card. Such a cute idea!

    Holly

    hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

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  32. What a cute card and I love the added touch of roses!

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  33. love the design. such a sweet card, Ashley!

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  34. Such a sweet card Ashley - perfect for Julie I'd say! And thank you for contributing to the prize pool as well! Fiona (madebyfee)

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  35. Your so generous to make a donation. Your card is lovely, perfect set of elements.

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  36. Love that you got a cuppa in there Ashley, such a lovely card and I adore the colours too! FAB!

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  37. Very pretty card! Love the flowers and paper! Take care!!:-))

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  38. This is so soft and pretty! Makes me want to curl up with a hot mug myself!

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  39. What better way to warm up your greeting!

    dawnweck@hotmail.com

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  40. Love this card dearie!!!! Hope all is well....

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  41. Cute card! I love the little roses!

    Tracy
    owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
    owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

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  42. Like the edge and the cup matching.

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  43. What a sweet card! Love the paper pieced cup. :D

    moosisk@hotmail.com

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  44. Really like this card, the layering and flowers are a sweet touch. going to go check out that store later after the hop. thank you.

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  45. Adorable card, Ashley! Love the multicolored roses!

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  46. This is so sweet! I love the trio of flowers you added.

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  47. This card is so a la Julie - cute patterns.

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  48. ashley, this card is just charming! cute flowers:)

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  49. Beautiful card, wonderful thought of them sitting sipping coffee. Thanks for putting up some goodies for this, too. You are such a sweet soul!
    ~ky
    scrapacat at yahoo dot com
    http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

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  50. Thank you for being apart of such a great hop and cause! Beautiful card too!
    sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

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  51. Beautiful card! Love the warm colors!

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  52. What a beautiful card.
    indyowens at yahoo dot com

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  53. 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

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

    wyme98@yaho..com

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  55. Pssst! Your card is my favorite so far in the hop :). Looove your designs, the roses, the papers, & your paper piercing! So good of you to help out, Ashley!!! Gotta check out your Etsy soon!

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  56. Such a sweet card...thanks for participating!!!

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  57. Warm wishes to you for participating!

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  58. So pretty Ashley. The papers are lovely. :o)

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  59. cute card - great color choice!

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  60. Very pretty...the papers, colors and flowers are fantastic.

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  61. This is beautiful and sweet....love it!

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  62. very nice card! I like that you used the pattern paper for a paper as well as the cup!! 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

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  63. Very cute card for a great cause! I just got my Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions stamp set and after seeing your card, I can't wait to ink it up!

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  64. Stunning card! I love the roses.

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  65. Beautiful card! Love the colors!
    DeniseB

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  66. Cool card! I love the colors you used!

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  67. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

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  68. This is just beautiful! And the perfect tribute to Julie's cause! Hugs!

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  69. OHHHHH! I just love your papers!!! LOVE your flowers (are you selling them???)!!!! LOOOOVE that you are a part of this hop--thanks for being a GREAT friend! LOVE ya!!

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  70. What a "sweet" cuppa!! LOVIN' that dp!! I'm such an addict! LOL

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