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Operation Julie’s Smile Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Julie’s Smile Blog Hop! And quite the hop indeed. There are 121 of us participating in this hop! You should have come to me by way of the FABULOUS AMY TSURUTA!  If not, no worries. Head on back to the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog for a complete list of participants and sponsors…

We have come together to help one of our own, Julie Ranae.   Some of you may know that a few weeks ago, Julie Ranae had to have emergency oral surgery resulting in the removal of her two front teeth.  The dentist at that time believed the best course of action would be to remove the rest of her teeth and replace them with permanents to avoid years of dental work. Relieved at finding a solution to this major dental problem, she visited the office for dental surgery that week.  After the consultation and scheduling the surgery, the surgeon’s office informed her that she would need to bring $4000 back to the appointment with her and they would proceed.  This amount would not include the dentures to follow.  Here Julie is today, sitting without front teeth that were pulled with the belief that they would be replaced immediately. It is an overwhelming experience and one that I hope our creative community can help with. If you would like to make a donation, (no donation is to small), please click on the button below.

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, paypal donation list and blog hop hosts. With a blog hop this large, there could be a break somewhere in the chain, so please bear with us and head on back to the  Sweet Stamp Shop Blog if you encounter any problems! You have all weekend to hop!!!! Comments close on Sunday at 11:59 EST!!!!

Here is the card I created for Julie….

I created the flower by cutting small cuts in a paper strip and then added a button with floss.   The background is embossed and then I brushed over some Picket Fence Distress Stains to give it that washed look.  Kept it very simple.  Thanks for hopping by. Be sure to leave a comment so you can have a chance at winning! Next up on the hop is the fab Kimberly Crawford!!!!








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  1. love it…that bloom is fabulous!

  2. Love this Laurel! So simple and bright. 🙂 Love the shiny letters and the flower is fab!

  3. A beautiful card for a great cause Laurel! I love the colours and the shine on the letters!

  4. Fabulous card! I love the flower!

  5. This is so so cute Laurel, love those glossy letters!

  6. great card Laurel!

  7. what a great shabby chic card.. I “heart” Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop 🙂 HUGS

  8. Lovely work!

  9. Vanessa Middleton says:

    Love the bright colors on the kraft and that flower is awesome. Great card!!!

  10. Miriam Prantner says:

    Great card and that flower just pops off the page.

  11. Great card!!!

  12. love that blue flower against the grey wash background…sweet.

  13. Karen Day says:

    Great background, and a cheery card :o)

  14. Marla H. says:

    Love this flower you created and the background is very fun. I need to get that distress stain!!

  15. Your flower is cute, Great card. Thanks for sharing. Linda Harris

  16. Love the flower! Great CAS card!

  17. fab glossy letters, and I LoVe that flower

  18. Oh I just love that flower :)..Wonderful card!!

  19. Gorgeous card. Love the whitewash-style background 😉

  20. Pure delight! I love that big flower and fun background 🙂 Thanks so much for supporting my sweet friend Julie! I’d like to personally invite you to link your card with us for our special OJS challenge at http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com

  21. Fab card, Laurel! Love your flower.

  22. So cute!! I love the pop of color on the neutral background.

  23. Love that flower and the happy smile.

  24. Mary Jane Blahnik says:

    Lovely card. Love how you did the flower.

  25. Vanessa Wachlin says:

    I adore your card and sweet flower! Thank you for giving support for Julie!!!

    ~Vanessa W

  26. NinaN says:


  27. Adorable, love the flower, the way you colored the sentiment, pretty

  28. just so cute! i love the glossy accents on the letters 🙂 super colourful. and just gorgeous!

  29. love the flower.

  30. how cute! I love the colors & the flower!

  31. FABBBulous! LOVE your flower!!

  32. Carol E Brooker says:

    What a beautiful card love the colors, thank you so much for creating and sharing it.

  33. This is super cute! I love your flower and the pieced letters!

  34. Evelene Sterling says:

    Simple but so beautiful!

  35. Tammy V says:


  36. lovely simple card, laurel .i love how u added the glossy and love the flower

  37. The flower is so CUTE

  38. This is ADORABLE!!! LOVE that flower and the shiny letters!

  39. Dawn Lee says:

    What a great way to jazz up a flower!


  40. This is darling, so happy and fun!

  41. very sweet!!!

  42. Marsha D says:

    Such a cute, smiley card. Love your flower.

  43. Very pretty card! I love the background!

  44. Heather H. says:

    love that flower!

  45. Hello Laurel 🙂 I love your spikey flower and the punchy bright letters really pop! Fiona (madebyfee)

  46. So cute! Love that flower, Laurel!

  47. Kim H says:

    Love the flower, and the simplicity of the card. like the shine on the smile. thank you.

  48. Love how simple this card is!

  49. A fabulous flower for a very pretty card!!!

  50. Gorgeous card!! Love the flower!!

  51. Adorable card! I just love it!


    hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

  52. Very nice – kraft and white are classic together!

  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.


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


  55. What a pretty card and a great thing to do for a colleague. May she have plenty of reasons to smile knowing how much she is regarded.

  56. Darling! I love the whitewash!

  57. Irene says:

    Such a fun card…have to play with my distress stain more!!

  58. Wonderful, love the pretty letters!

  59. Your flower is awesome! I love the multi-colored sentiment and embossed background, too.

  60. A great simple idea for the flower! So pretty!

  61. What a fun card with a spectacular flower! Great idea!
    indyowens at yahoo dot com

  62. love your color choice – great, bright, cheerful card!

  63. Lisa G says:

    some times simple is just the best! and you nailed it!!! your card is terrific! 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

  64. Yay! Hello my friend!! LOVE your card, I can see I need some of that picket fence distress stain now!!

  65. Such a cute card for such a great cause!

  66. Cute card! I love the flower!

  67. Sweet card! I love the glossy accents on the sentiment and that big, bright flower.

  68. Great card! Love your flower! ;o)

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

  70. Laurel! Glad you got everything to work!! Love your card! xo

    Jessica Griffin

  71. SUPER SUPER cute! LOVE your flower and embossing! LOVE!!!

  72. This card is STUNNING! Very fun…love the colors!

  73. yainea says:

    I love the colors and the glossy letters, this card puts a smile in my face!!

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