Welcome to the "Operation Julie's Smile" Blog Hop -
a benefit for the lovely and talented Julie Ranae Murray!
I am so glad that you joined us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile. If you came here from Lindsey’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 take your time. You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes!
A few notes before we begin...
- With a blog hop this large (120 blogs in total, yay!), there could be a break somewhere in the chain, so please bear with us. A complete list of blogs on the hop is posted on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog. You have a complete weekend to get around to all the blogs to be eligible for prizes by leaving comments.
- We have over $2500 in prizes donated by the very generous companies. A complete list of sponsors is listed on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog. Prizes will be drawn from the blog comments left on all blogs and from the PayPal Donation list, so you have many chances to win!
What is 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 & 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 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 & 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. On my blog, it is located on the right-hand sidebar of my page, underneath the "Operation Julie's Smile" button. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.
Please consider donating to help the wonderful Julie Ranae out - she is a fantastic crafter, a wonderful friend, and someone who DESERVES a wonderful smile to match her great personality!
Now, onto my project for this hop...
I wanted to create something fun using my Unity stamps - I am in a love affair with those stamps right now - so I decided to create a bright, cheerful tag using one of the adorable stamps from the "Total Cuteness" set. Add some fun paper...an adorable saying from Pink by Design's "Go Green" set...a little bit of ink and glitter...AND VOILA! A tag that is a "HOOT"!
|Love, love, LOVE this fun little owl from the Unity "Total Cuteness" stamp set!|
|And this saying is too perfect from Pink by Design's "Go Green" set!|
* Unity "Total Cuteness" Stamp Set
* Pink by Design "Go Green" Stamp Set
* Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Tags - 5" Size* DCWV "The Colorful Life" Cardstock Stack
* Patterned Cardstock Scraps
* Fiskars High Density Pigment Ink in "Navy Blues"
* Stickles Glitter Glue in "Cotton Candy"
* studio G Glitter Glue in "Orange"
* Scotch Double-Sided Tape
I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop! The next stop is Angie’s blog. Make sure you leave a comment here 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.
Hope to see you again soon!
~ Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"