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Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!

Hello!! And welcome to the Operation Julie's Smile blog hop!! You should have arrived here by way of Fiona's wonderful blog. If you didn't, you really should consider going back to the very beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog. There are about 120 designers participating in this blog hop! Yowza!! TONS of fabby inspiration!! And... tons of fabby prizes!!

As many of you know, I've had the honor & pleasure of being a member of Julie Ranae's Play Date Cafe team. I'm thankful our creative paths crossed and I'm happy to call her a friend. So when I heard about the struggles she is facing, of course I wanted to participate!! I'll tell you more about it in a moment, but first, here's the card I'm sharing today!


I stamped a couple Hero Arts Jewel Daisies, colored them with Copics, cut them out, and then loaded the centers with beads. Oh how I love beaded flower centers!!


The background paper says "strength courage determination" - it's from a wonderful pad of breast cancer awareness paper I picked up at Michael's. I was inspired by this HYCCT challenge on Splitcoast - but I thought those words also describe Julie. Here is her story:


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.


And speaking of all those amazing sponsors, Hero Arts has generously donated several goodies to the pot. You don't want to miss out on a chance to win!! So please be sure to click on the "donate" button up there on my sidebar to the right, and do what you can to help Julie out. Prize winners will be drawn from blog hop comments, the Paypal donation list and from blop hop hosts.

And now it's time to hop on to the next blog along the line, Tami Mayberry!! And just a reminder, there are ~120 hoppers or so in this massive blog hop, so there is a chance there may be a broken link or two. Just head on back to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog if you get stuck, there will be a master list there. And by the way, you have all weekend, until Sunday October 9 at 11:59 EST, to make your way through the hop!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and for supporting Julie!

116 comments:

  1. Oh my those beads in the center of the flowers = stunning!!! Great card...

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  2. Love the beads in the center of your flowers!!!

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  3. Sooo sweet, love the beaded centers of those flowers!

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  4. great use of beads! Enjoying the creativity on the hop, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Oh this is great, look at those stunning flowers!

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  6. Libby: love the beads in the middle of these flowers- beautiful!

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  7. Your beaded centers is a fab idea. Love your card.

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  8. Beautiful, Libby! Love it (and the smell of Stazon too *grin*)!

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  9. WOW.. love the beaded centers.. so fun..
    I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

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  10. so very pretty with those glorious pink beads! love it!

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  11. This is so pretty, love your work!
    Hugs
    Laura

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  12. Love the beads in the middle of the flower! Amazing work!

    Holly

    hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

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  13. Wow Gorgeous card. I never would of come up with using the beads as the center. Awesome!!! Linda Harris

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  14. That card would get me through some of the scariest moments! How sweet!

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  15. OOooooh!! Such a GREAT idea to add the beads in the center of the lovely flowers!!! Great idea! TFS

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  16. This is such a wonderful card! Love those centers :o)

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  17. Love those flowers and the beads in the centers is just gorgeous! Beautiful card!!! :D

    ~Vanessa W

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  18. The beads are great! You must have some mega glue to hold them on.

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  19. What a beautiful card... Using the the beads is so creative :)

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

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  21. Very clever to use those seed beads in the center of those lovely pink flowers. Thanks for caring about others.
    Jean Cross

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  22. Love the flowers so beautiful. I am a new follower.

    mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

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  23. Lovely card!! I ♥ the beads for the flower center.

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  24. ooooo Libby, those beads look fab on these gorgeous pink flowers :)

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  25. What a beautiful card! I love the beaded centres.

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  26. Oh Libby!! Gorgeous...Truly absolutely GORgeous!!!

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  27. Oh this is so pretty! I LOVE the beads! That reminds me, I know that I have some, now to find them. thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. How pretty Libby...love those flower centers!!!

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  29. I just love your card and the center of the flower is great. Thanks for creating and shring it.

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  30. Awesome card! I love the beaded centers of the flowers!

    Tracy
    owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
    owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

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  31. Hi Libby....I am head over heels over your bead centers. They are mega gorgeous! So good to see you joining in on this hop. :)

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  32. My oh my just am lovin' all those beads in the center of the flower! A gorgeous card!!!

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  33. Truly lovely! I love how you used the beads! :D Have a lovely weekend!

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  34. great cards and flowers... thanks for participating! Hugs, N. Rixon

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  35. LOOOVE those beaded centers!!!

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  36. Oh those beads are gorgeous, I have tons and now I have a cool spot for them. TFS.

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  37. Beautiful card! Love your flowers!

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  38. Great card!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  39. love the bead centers on the flowers! very pretty card!

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  40. Gorgeous card! Love that pp behind the beautiful flowers! They fit Julie to the "T"! ;o)

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  41. Your beaded flower centers are fantastic! So pretty.

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  42. what a stunning card. All those beads look amazing.

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  43. Oh, my goodness - love the beaded centers of your flowers. You are so patient to put all those in.

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  44. This is gorgeous, Libby! I love the seed beads!

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  45. A lady after my own heart with all those beads! Your card is so pretty!

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  46. Beautiful card! I agree, the beads are a wonderful touch!

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  47. Hey Libby - fabulous in pink - loving the beads :) Fiona

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  48. Those beads are awesome, your card is great!

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  49. Oh, those flower centers are yummy! Great idea!

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  50. super love your card...those beads are thee perfect touch!

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  51. Libby, it's nice to see you as part of the blog hop for Julie! Those daisies are super sweet, especially with the beaded centers.

    Together, the two look like a fancy bikini top!

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  52. Wow! Love the beaded centers!! Lovely card!!

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  53. Love your card! The flowers are FAB! Thanks for the inspiration. :D
    Janet
    moosisk@hotmail.com

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  54. Cute! LOVE the beaded flower centers!

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

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  55. Such pretty pink flowers I love the beads in the center too!

    dawnweck@hotmail.com

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  56. The beads rock! Beautiful card.

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  57. Gorgeous card, Libby! I love your use of BEADS!! This card is perfect for the hop!

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  58. wow love the beaded centers on the flowers, and great pink colors. Thank you.

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  59. Hi Libby! Love this card! So pretty with all that pink, and the bead centers of your flowers look amazing! :)

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  60. So sweet of you! And I agree the beaded centers are fabulous!

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  61. I love the idea of a beaded center flower. Stunning!

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  62. Love the beaded centers...I had to walk away from the computer to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

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  63. What a great use for all those little beads! TFS.

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  64. Love the use of the beads and the colors are beautiful!

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  65. This is so sweet. Love the background stamping and those adorable seed beads!
    ~ky
    scrapacat at yahoo dot com
    http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

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  66. Such a pretty card! Those beads are amazing!!!

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

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  68. Love the little beads in the flower center.
    indyowens at yahoo dot com

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  69. 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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  70. LOVE IT!!!!!! HUGS AND PRAYERS HER WAY!!!!!!!!

    wyme98@yaho..com

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  71. oh those beads are just the perfect touch. great card.

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  72. awe, love this! so very pretty.
    Eva :0)
    evascrapslife(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://evasscrapsncards.blogspot.com
    I have a giveaway on my blog

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  73. Love the beads in the center of the flowers!

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  74. Hi Libby! Your card is so pretty! I love the background paper and the beaded centers to your flowers are awesome! I am definitely going to borrow that idea ;)

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  75. Those beads are a perfect touch!

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  76. LOVE the sweetness of the pink flowers on your card! So pretty!

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  77. what a pretty card. pink and black is one of my favorite color combininations!! 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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  78. Yay! So glad you joined in the fun! Love your card, those papers are just perfect too!! x

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  79. Great card! I love the beads in the center of the flower!

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  80. Great card! Love those texture-y beads!
    DeniseB

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

    Wendy K
    Chicago

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  82. Such a GORGEOUS card for such a great cause!

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  83. WOW! The flowers with the beaded centers are JUST GORGEOUS!!!

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  84. Those beads in the centers are delightful!

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  85. What a gorgeous GORGEOUS card! I LOVE those flowers--love the beads! Soooo glad you are a part of this hop, Libby!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE you:)

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  86. How cute are these flowers! What a creative idea to use beads in the centers!

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  87. so cute love using little beads in my projects too.

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  88. My dear friend...thank you so much for being a part of this hop. I am so happy that our paths crossed and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me smile with this beautiful creation.

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  89. Ooooo Pink and Beads!!!! Just gorgeous!!

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  90. Gorgeous card, Libby! I love the colours and design! Your flowers with the bead encrusted centres look fab!

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