October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile Blog Hop!


Thanks for joining us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile.  If you came here from Michele Gross’s 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 go from there. You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes... and my oh my are there a LOT of amazing prizes!!!

First, a little about what we're up to...

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 member or 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 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 and that, too, was his understanding. 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 and 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.

Julie Ranae is a design team member here at The Craft's Meow, and so of course we want to help in any way we can! We have donated to the prize pool, and many of our design team ladies are participating in today's hop. Thank you so much for stopping by!

My card features images from Apple Pickin' Time, one of the five new stamp sets released by TCM on October 1st! I hope my card makes you smile, because that's just what it's meant to do! TCM is sponsoring the challenge this week at CAS-ual Fridays, which is to make a card that makes someone smile. As far as I'm concerned, that's just about any handmade card... who doesn't love to receive a handmade card? :)


Your next stop on the hop is Sarah Anderson's blog. Please be sure to leave a comment here before you go for a chance to win a prize... and, if you're so moved, make a donation by clicking the button on the sidebar and help bring back Julie's smile! Thanks!

Enjoy the hop!


116 comments:

~amy~ said...

awwwww....love it!

Vanessa Middleton said...

This is so country-ish. Love it!!!

Lindsay said...

Such a fun and sweet sweet card Lisa! I LOOOVE it!

Jingle said...

Very cute!

GabrielaD said...

Great card!

Lizscraps said...

you managed to capture a very primitive feel with this design. well done :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love your take on the CAS-ual Friday challenge, I'm so literal that I think it has to have the word smile, but you're right, any card will make you smile.

naturecoastcrafter said...

This would make a beautiful fall scrapbook layout as well. Thanks for being a caring person.
Jean Cross

Tonya said...

This is beautiful Lisa. It certainly made me smile.

Anita said...

I love the fall colors. Stunning!

Deb said...

Fun card, Lisa! When this hop is over and Julie's gotten all her dental work done, hopefully she can take a big bite out of a juicy real apple! xoxoxo

Miriam Prantner said...

What a great fall card! Love the distressed look to the paper.

Michele Gross said...

Super sweet card! Something about an apple tree that always makes me smile :) Thanks for helping out with this hop and thanks for sponsoring us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!! :D

*Alison* said...

what a beautiful creation.. love the fall colors..
I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

Jennifer Scull said...

what an adorable card for such a fantastic cause! :)

Linda Harris said...

Awesome card!!! I am totally lost now LOL Thanks for sharing. Linda harris

Holly said...

Beautiful card! I love it!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Laura Davis said...

I always love working with your fabulous stamps! Your card is darling.
Thanks you
Laura

Jessica Griffin said...

Cute card Lisa!! Love your stamps!

Teresa Kline said...

so adorable!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Love the rustic look of your apple card Lisa. Thanks so much for sponsoring this event, you KNOW we LOVE your stamps! I do hope Julie is smiling again soon.

Jan Garber said...

I love the textures that come through on this card! We're all thinking of Julie!

Just me... said...

Thank you so much for participating and gifting such amazing prizes! Some very lucky winners are going to be getting some really cute stamps!! Big Hugs, N. Rixon

Emily Branch said...

Such a sweet and FUN card!! THANKS FOR SHARING!!

Karen Day said...

Great fall card! Love that tree stamp :o)

v said...

Neat card! Love the twine too! :D

~Vanessa W

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

What a sweet card!

Krysta said...

I love the layers on here!

Betty said...

wonderful card and it certainly will make someone smile!

Monique said...

Oh I love your card :)Great work!!

Mallika said...

hello ..
wonderful job
hugs
mallika
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Anonymous said...

love the apple theme. I am a new follower.

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Rema said...

I love Fall and your card!

mommyabbytommy said...

I love the twine!! And, I love how the tree only has the apples colored. Very nice.

wendy said...

simply terrific !

Amy C said...

Such a lovely card!! Thanks for being a sponsor for the OJS blog hop!!

Sarah Anderson said...

love those apples!

marla said...

A very fun card - love that label shape!!

Carmen said...

What a beautiful card! I love it.

Lindsey said...

Beautiful! This card has such a rustic look to it -- perfect for the images!

Tanya said...

So cute! I love this set!

Lisa said...

What a pretty card Lisa! Love the label and the use of twine!!

Carol E said...

What a wonderful card, thanks for sharing it. love the apple tree.

Tracy said...

Awesome card! I love the twine!

Tracy
owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Lots of fun color on your card! Love the button and twine, great job!!:-))

Jaclyn Miller said...

What a great way to make that paper work for you...and so appropriate for the Fall.

JenMarie said...

Super CUTE, Love how the RED apples POP!

Cozycomfycouch said...

Really lovely! :D Have a lovely weekend!

Fiona said...

Lisa this card is beautiful! Love the colours you have pulled together - stunning :) And thank YOU for being part of Julie's benefit, in so many ways! Fiona (madebyfee)

Christina said...

Adorable! I love how you colored just the apples and added that wonderful twine.

Heather@PixieDust said...

awesome card!

jan farnworth said...

great card

NinaN said...

Love that tree!

zehra said...

Very sweet card, love the apple tree

Karen B. said...

Thank you so much for sponsoring CAS-ual Fridays! I LOVE YOUR STAMPS! They are my new favorites!

Janice M said...

Great fall card!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Yummy card!
Thank you for being one of the many sponsor's who are helping bring back Julie's SMILE!! ;o)

Stephanie said...

what a pretty card! I love the colors!

Tami said...

Love the splash of color!

Denise said...

Sweet card! So much love and support for Julie on this hop!
DeniseB

Dawn said...

It is a gorgeous card. Love all the swirls on it and your tree is superb

Marsha said...

Cute with the wood BG.

shirley said...

Sweet card.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Super cute, Lisa! I love the twine!

Evelene S said...

So pretty and I just want to pick those apples!

Tammy V said...

Love the splashes of color!

Suzanne said...

Such a fantastic card! I love it!

Anne Tussing said...

Your card is very bright and pretty! I am joining you in your cause!!

Dana said...

Awesome card!! Love it!

Moosisk said...

Love your beautiful Fall card! Makes me wanna go apple picking! :D
Janet
moosisk@hotmail.com

Houses Built of Cards said...

Gorgeous colors! LOVE the twine!!!

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www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Dawn L said...

This has a nice country charm about it.

dawnweck@hotmail.com

Irene said...

Great stamp! So glad to be introduced to some new designers thru this blog hop!

Tenia Nelson said...

What a wonderful card!!

Mary Jo said...

Love the rustic, fun feel to this card!

Barb said...

Love that background paper and all the wonderful details you've added, Lisa!

Kim H said...

really like the background paper, and the twine with button makes it all come together. thank you.

Michelle Single said...

Love love love all the elements you used on this!

mommakatx6 said...

Wonderful card, the colors are great.

Angela said...

I absolutely love that apple tree! It'll be fantastic for cards to my in-laws since they live on an apple farm! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lindsey Wood said...

Very cute card! I love the apple tree!

Nora Anne said...

Love this! very cute design!

RiNNE said...

Beautiful card!!

Nicki S said...

What a cool card! Love all the texture!

Rona said...

Adorable card! wonderful cause!!

Nichole Bryant said...

This has to be the cutest card ever!

Natalie said...

Sweet card and love that tree stamp! Fun!

Scrapacat said...

Rustic perfection - love the country feel.
~ky
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http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

Rochelle said...

Terrific card! I love the woodgrain/distressed DP!

Tamara said...

Thank you for being apart of such a great hop and cause! Love all the different elements to your card!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Indy said...

The colors are fun...reminds me of fall and apples. Love the twine.
indyowens at yahoo dot com

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

Betty Neville said...

Wonderful card! Really cute apple tree!

Eva said...

lovely card
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scrappycanuck said...

I love the twine on this card! Such a great fall card!

Wendi K said...

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

Wendy K
Chicago

Lisa said...

what a great card i love the distressed look and how the red ties it all together! 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

Jennifer said...

Love apples this time of year. What a perfect card!

ccarr68 said...

What a great card - I especially love the twine! Thanks for particpating in such a special event - I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful crafting community!

Ruby said...

Lovely card and that little apple tree is SO cute!!

Laura said...

love those bright cheery apples!!! so sweet!

Miesje said...

Love this card and the image - it is on my wish list! Great card Lisa!

Lagene said...

Such a cute card for such a great cause!

Lagene said...

Such a cute card for such a great cause!

Alicia said...

So gorgeous! LOve all the details.... :)

Lisa Petrella said...

Super cute and fun card! I LOVE the giant label and how you only colored the apples in the tree---really cool effect!

Sleepy Stamper said...

This is a cute card and I agree handmade cards make me smile:-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! This will def. make Julie smile! LOVE your details! LOVE:)

Wendy said...

Cute card. Love everything about it.

Helen L said...

Love your card, Lisa!! Love how you just colored in the apples: it gives such a bright pop of color!! Hope you are doing well: have a great week!! Hugs from Helen

Sandy said...

love the card love the twine love it! :)

Sandy

Julie Ranae said...

Thank you my dear friend....this card certainly made me smile for so many reasons. I can't thank you enough for your friendship (I'll always remember our 'night' together : ) and for being a very generous sponsor, not just for CAS-ual Fridays but also for the benefit.

scrapperjulia said...

Love the apples on the tree, cute card!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

SWEET card....I'm lovin' that apple tree!!

Wendy Zick said...

Very cool card, thank you for being a sponsor for CAS-ual Friday