Welcome all of you hoppers! Thank you for joining in on the fun to help the sweet Julie Ranae! You should have arrived from Alison Spellman's fabulous blog. If you got lost along the way (which is easy to do, this is a BIG blog hop!) head back to Sweet Stamp Shop's Blog. What is Operation Julie's Smile you ask. Well here is all of the info you need to help out Julie AND be eligible to win some awesome prizes.
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 on my sidebar. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500. Holy Cow that is a lot of prizes to give away!
*Prizes will be drawn for the following*
1. For blog comments left
2. From Paypal donation list
3. For blog hop hosts
We have a lot of blogs in this hop but don't worry you have all weekend to make comments! The hop will last from Friday Oct. 7th 8:00am EST until Sunday Oct. 9th 11:59pm EST.
I can't imagine what it must be like to not have your front teeth! When I first heard this story I knew I wanted to help. Julie has always been very supportive of me and offered words of encouragement when I was frustrated. If anyone deserves our help it is her. Okay, enough with all of my talking(writing). I figured since the Sweet Stamp Shop was sponsoring this hop that I would use some of their fantastic stamps! When I saw this stamp set I knew I HAD to have it! So many possibilities! I wanted to make the smaller gnomes peeking out from behind the bigger gnome so I did a little masking. I paper pieced all of the clothes on the gnomes and the mushrooms. I cut out the frame with my Silhouette. The girl's dress is patterned paper from Echo Park and the rest is from My Mind's Eye. I then used the cute border stamp to frame the sentiment and to finish it off.
Her is a closer look.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope all of you are having fun seeing these great projects and any donation you can give to help Julie would be greatly appreciated! Now head on over to Elizabeth Tonkins-Agea's blog! Happy hopping!