Friday, October 7, 2011

Friends & Fellowship = Operation Julie's Smile



The day has finally arrived!


The Operation Julie's Smile Blog Hop
has begun!
If you've arrived here from the
then you are right where you need to be!

If you are just stopping by and have no
clue what this weekend's blog hop is
about, I am going to defer you back to
the link above at SSS because it is there
you will find out the background of this
benefit put together by my very
dear friends, including over $2500 in prizes
that you can be eligible for!

Here on my blog, i'd like to share my story
for those who have question as to why
I would be the recipient of such a benefit.

But first....here is a little creativity to share...


I felt the best way to explain how I felt about the
number of friends who have come out to support this
was immeasurable and this designer paper from
My Mind's Eye's 'Lime Twist' were perfect!
The stamped sentiment is from the Sweet Stamp Shop,
our gracious hosts of this big event.

Over 120 blogs are hosting posts for you to visit
and you will have all weekend to do so.  When you
stop by each and leave a comment, you will be entered
to win any number of our prizes valued in total at $2500.


Before I share my next card with you, here is a little
bit about what happened to bring this benefit to life...

Growing up in the 1960's, there were medications that were used
on children that were very damaging to teeth.  I struggled with
5-6 years of ruptured ear drums and inner ear struggles and was
of course, put on these medications.
My parents did all they could to give me the healthiest teeth possible,
continual root canals, braces that could only stay on a short period
of time due to the weakness of my teeth, etc.
For most of my adult life, I did quite well, but it was always in
the 'future plans' that something major would have to be done in order
to get by, but it was our hope that I might make it until at least 60
before I would have to worry.

But then it happened....
One weekend last month, I chipped my front teeth along with
two others alongside those.
An emergency trip to the dentist came Monday morning after a
weekend of pain and his recommendation was that these teeth were
no longer worth saving and that I ''really needed to get them out now".
We asked what the plan of action would be from there and were told
that now was the time to have the rest of the teeth extracted and face 
the future of dentures, as I apparently had 4 more teeth on the bottom 
that would need root canals within the next six months.
When we expressed concern at the financial burden that would come
with such a decision, the dentist turned to us and said "don't worry, we
will work out payments for you, but for now, we need to get these out
so you can begin the healing process so we can proceed"

So the teeth were removed....
I was then directed to the oral surgeon to have the rest of my
teeth removed, but before I could do that, I needed my dentist to
make the impressions for the dentures first, that way, while I was still
under the anesthetic, he would deliver the dentures so I wouldn't have
to wake up without teeth.

Here is where everything came to a halt.....
When I called to make the appointment for the impressions,
the receptionist told me that I would need to bring $3000 along with me.
I explained to her that the dentist had already said that he would "work with
me to set up payments'' and her response was, ''no, that was just for the
extractions you had that day!!!"
Then I was told that to have the rest of the extractions, it would be
an additional $4000 and if I could ''just bring that along with me..."

Paul & I couldn't believe what we were hearing because now here
I am without front teeth, apparently 4 other teeth
that will cost me a total of $4800 to just 'fix'
and other teeth that chip with the slightest bite into something.

We are a one income couple and Paul works every single
moment he can to make ends meet and we do have some
dental insurance, but it barely covered the cost of the extractions.

So that is where we are today and when my friend Nicole from
Sweet Stamp Shop heard about what happened, she started
the wheels in motion to have this fundraiser in hopes of
helping me regain my smile.


How did I personally become so involved 
in the 'promotion' of this benefit?


Most of you who know me, know that I am a professional
event organizer and am in retail marketing by trade.
I don't work outside of my home and have now
found myself as a professional DT Coordinator.


When I heard what Nicole had already put in motion,
I asked if I could 'work' for the donations...as if I
were outside of my home, working overtime to
earn money to have my dental work paid for.


And THAT is what I have been doing....

Over 120 blogs who are hosting a post for your to visit...
Over $2500 in prizes for you to win
and a chance to help out with a donation in whatever
way you are able.


I couldn't help but think of the friendship
that has come along during my time
of blogging these past 2 years
and these cards are for you...


 For those of you who have
stopped by and said hello
celebrated with me 
when my grandsons were born 
encouraged me when days are rough
and most importantly 
have become real friends
we laugh together
cry together
design together
create together
watch our favorite shows together
and blog together

Thank you so kindly for coming by today.

If you are able to donate a little something
to help re-create my smile,
just click the button here



I would appreciate just knowing you
stopped by to say hello, 
so please leave a comment.

Prizes will be available to those who:

**are able to donate
**host a stop on the hop
**leave a comment during the hop

Over 80 prize packages available!

It's time for you to get on with the hop.
Thank you for indulging me by letting me
share my complete story...I am pretty sure
most stops on the hop will be much shorter!

Enjoy the hop...you have ALL weekend!

Your next stop is my dear creative friend,



Project Recipe: 
Designer Paper: 'Out of the Blue' Lime Twist by MME
Ink: 'Tuxedo Black' by Memento, Red Pepper by Ranger
Stamps:  'Sweet Tooth' by Sweet Stamp Shop
'Trees2Build' by Stamps of Life
Tools:  Labels Ten Die by Spellbinders, 
Big Shot, Fiskars Border punch & Corner Rounder
Embellishments: bakers twine in Caribbean & Lemondrop by The Twinery
Brads by Making Memories, Chipboard Sentiment 'Lost & Found 2' by MME



184 comments:

Lizscraps said...

Loving the rhinestone flowers on the tree. I hope your blog is OVERFLOWING with visitors and uplifting comments for you today!!!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Hey amazing. You deserve it. God is good and He knew this was gonna happen for you. May you be blessed above and beyond what you expect. Love you. Hugs. Jax

Scrapacat said...

Yay! We're off! I love your projects, and I hope we exceed the need in donations!
~ky

Suzanne said...

The big day is here - enjoy this day in honor of you! Your cards are adorable!

Judy1223 said...

Julie, I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers. You are a big part of an amazing group of crafters...we stick together, right? I love your cards and look forward to hopping this weekend!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I donated to you as soon as you mentioned this...I am another Julie that has major dental problems, and can't afford to get them fixed at all... so I feel your pain :) So maybe it's a Julie thing?? LOL! :):):) Loveeeeeeee the cards Julie and good luck! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Teresa Kline said...

here to a great smile Julie...hope this is a huge success!

enjoy *~*

Laurel said...

Good luck with all of this Julie, love your cards!

Monique said...

Hi Julie...I am so honored to be in this blog hop and cant wait to start hopping around to see what this amazing group of crafts have created.... Love your card as always..Big Hugs Monique

CinnamonSally said...

Good Luck Julie, hope this is a huge success for you!

Erin said...

Stay strong Julie, there are many good people who are willing to help those they'e never even met. I wish I could donate more but the little amount I did was the best I could do. I'll be praying for you! Beautiful post and cards today!!! HUGS

GabrielaD said...

Great blog hop and a wonderful reason to donate and comment. Love your card. Good luck Julie, you have a lot of people thinking of you.

Dana said...

I am honored to be called your friend Julie, and am so happy to be a part of this hop. You are a rockstar. Hang in there!

Tami Mayberry said...

So happy to call you my friend. Sending you a huge hug, lots of prayers and hopefully very soon BIG SMILES!! :)

Pattie said...

I am thrilled to be a part of this hop...hope you will soon be able to smile!

Vanessa Middleton said...

Morning, Julie!!! I can't imagine what you've been going through and I'm still shocked at the dentist for doing this. Like everyone has $3,000 sitting in their bank account. Hmph!!! I hope this weekend goes amazing and we're able to help get you some moula!!! Thanks for having me be a part of this, it means a lot to me. So glad we've become friends! :)

Jingle said...

WOW! That is one miserable story with such a happy right now! I hope and pray that this does exactly what it is intended to do!!!

Lindsay said...

Oh Julie, I can't even imagine what this has to be like and hope you are able to get your teeth taken care of swiftly! I always love your projects, so fun and full of life!

cathie said...

There were so many children affected by these medications and it took so long for the medical world to figure this out. Will be looking for your beautiful smile.

Deb said...

I love your cards, Julie! They are both fabulous! I especially love the bling on the trees! :)

Grateful to be part of today's hop, hoping you will be blessed beyond measure! xoxoxo

Lisa said...

My His light contiue to shine upon you Julie to see you through this ordeal. Your cards are as cute as can be! Looking forward to hopping around :)

Houses Built of Cards said...

Oh Julie - isn't it AMAZING? The community of crafters!!! I'm so glad that this will be working out for you - and happy to support! I made a donation this morning! (Are you looking for a new dentist?) ;-)

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

naturecoastcrafter said...

Smile--as you are loved. Made a donation.
Jean Cross

Kryssi said...

Best of luck, Julie!!!

Mallika said...

all the best sweety ..
i m hopping all along
hugs
mallika
would love if you will visit my blog too
mallikakejriwal@gmail.com
www.missnotsogoodwithwords.blogspot.com

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Amazing... love your can do attitude and what a fabulous community :)

Margie said...

Lovely cards-and I hope you get your smile back!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Julie, I'm a big fan of your work. What wonderful friends and fans you have! I wasn't able to give much, but I know that every little bit helps. Can't wait to see the blog you post sporting your new smile!

Sarah said...

So glad to be able to support you, Julie. You do so much for the entire paper crafting community.

Wendi K said...

Hope this is a huge success for you. I am going to try and donate, see if can swing it into the budget.

Thanks for sharing your masterpiece, look forward to see your new smile masterpiece.

Wendy K
Chicago

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

So glad I can be part of this hop, Julie! Love you sweet cards. Sending you hugs.

Virgo5 said...

Beautiful cheery cards! Wishing you a beautiful new smile!

Rae Barthel said...

((((hugs Julie)))) I feel absolutely horrible that I didn't know that you were going through this, and that I didn't act sooner to get involved in the hop.. I feel terrible about that. I am, however, planning on donating. We are struggling financially right now, but I know that even my small donation will help ;) Wishing you smiling success!! xoxoxo ~rae

wendy said...

best of luck!

Linda Harris said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery!!! Been there myself Julie. In this economy you would think the Doctors would work with you but they dont. Look forward to seeing your beautiful smile in the future. Off to the Hop. Hugs To You!!!! Linda Harris Lsunflower58@aol.com

*Alison* said...

Julie.. I just adore your creations.. so beautiful and bright.. Put a smile on my face.. Thank you so much for letting me be part of this amazing journey.. :)
I donated :) hugs

Wendy said...

The blogging world is amazing, especially us crafty gals! I am sure you will be flooded with awesome comments and support! Love your friend cards, great cheery colors.

Holly said...

Oh, Julie I feel so blessed to call you my friend. Thanks for the laughs and inspiration! I am so glad to help you in any way that I can. I am praying that we raise enough money this weekend to get your smile back!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Ruby said...

Hey Julie, my dear dear friend. Isn't this blogging community AMAZING!!! Here's to your new smile darling, I just know that this is going to be a great blessing to you and to all who take part and you will have your smile back soon. Look after yourself sweetie, lovely cards too, SO nice and colourful :o)

Marisa said...

Wishing you a HUGE success on this great coordinated hop, and a bright smile at the end of the line that you can't stop from showing off :) Blessings to you!!

Robby Housley said...

Loved your cards....I know you will be blessed today. I think you can already see how much you are loved. God Bless!

Tonya said...

Beautiful use of Lime Twist.

Just me... said...

with much love and appreciation for all you do. (both personally and professionally) Jacob and I couldn't think of anything we'd rather put our name behind.

With love,
Jacob and Nicole

Michelle P said...

Good luck Julie! I am sorry you had to go through this ordeal. I hope you will be able to get your smile back soon!

Laura Davis said...

You are one amazing woman Julie and I adore you! I hope you get your smile back, you deserve the best! Fabulous cards my friend.
Hugs
Laura

Heather@PixieDust said...

I am so sorry you have to go through this, i hope this fundraiser provide you with what you need :)

Jessica Griffin said...

Finally, the day is here!! I'm so excited. I'm in high hopes that you'll get exactly what you need!! xo. I'm so happy to be a part of this!

Anita said...

Amazing cards! I am praying that you get your teeth fixed. What an amazing job you did with this hop. Sending hugs!

v said...

Hello Julie! Your cards are very pretty! I really love the papers and the designs! I hope the best for you! Sorry you have to endure this situation but I hope you reach your goals!and get your smile back! :D

~Vanessa W

Cozycomfycouch said...

Hello lovely and wonderful Julie! my kind and sweet friend. I'm sorry you had to go through so much and I pray that at the end of this fundraiser you receive enough to help you out. I truly wish the very best and pray for you. :) Here I am as a friend to help you out. I wish I could do more. :) Big hugs and off I go to hop to the other lovely blogs! :D Big hugs Julie!

Jan Garber said...

First, what a terrific card! Secondly,what wonderful friends and supporters within the scrap world! Even with insurance, I am find that dental and medical costs have become impossible to keep up with! Let's all pray that something is done SOON to change the way things are done that limit the care we recieve by the amount of money we can "chuck out" every single visit to our doctors! My donation is small but my wishes BIG! ((hugs))

Carol E said...

What a beautiful card and hope, thanks so much for sharing and doing this hop.

NoraAnne said...

Julie, I love your cards and am so happy that you are blessed with a friend such as Nicole to get the wheels turning on this fundraiser :) and so many other friends in the blogging community to participate! Can't wait to see you flash your bright new smile :)

Laura said...

hugs, hugs, hugs, HUGS. . .i wish i could hug you in person. i wish i could snap my fingers and make it all FIXED and BETTER and OVER right this second. you are beautiful, and AMAZING and creative and I hope you have THE best weekend, as we all HOP for you!!!! :)

Emily Branch said...

We love you and were sooo excited to help you out sweetie!! God will provide mightily! I love both your cards! Such festive and bright patterned paper! These are great!! HUGS! Here's to a great weekend!

Michele Gross said...

Such an amazing weekend for you. I just know everything is going to be ok :) Hugs and love to you!!

Krysta said...

Here's hoping you get MORE than you need! Great projects, by the way.

Karen Day said...

Julie, best wishes to you! Looking forward to seeing your lovely smile :o)

Betty said...

Julie - wishing you good luck in getting those new teeth very soon (I had a good friend who had to have the same thing done and same story with the up front $$). Did a small donation and hope it helps a bit.

Nancy L. said...

so sorry to hear about your teeth story, i will not be able to donate, but i'm with you 100%!!!

Geny said...

Love your cards Julie and am so happy to be a part of this hop! Hope you are feeling all the love today:)!

Janice M said...

What a great card! I'm happy to be a part of the hop!

Tifany said...

I am so glad to be a part of this...thanks for sharing your story...

-Tifany

mommyabbytommy said...

You are an inspiration!! Good luck to you. Love the card.

Tanya said...

Good luck hun, hugs to you! :D

The Vannoy Family said...

Isn't the INTERNET amazing, especially when used for such a "greater good" for our "artsy/fartsy" sisters! I am sure you will be receiving awesome comments and support! Love your spectacular cards, especially your great cheery colorscheme.

Amy C said...

I was so sorry to hear about your situation and I am glad that I have the chance to help you out. You are really sweet and I hope that you will have enough donations to help you get your smile back. :) I love your cars....they are so bright and happy.

Hugs,
Amy
Scrapping Mommy

Virginia L. said...

Julie, you are so LOVED more than you ever know. I am so happy to be part of this blog hop. Love your sweet card and the sentiment is so dear to hear/see! HUGS to you! Hope to see your big smile soon!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

So happy to be a part of this and you deserve this so much!!! You have been such a big support to all of us in so many ways!!!!
Love ya and i can't wait to see your beautiful smile!!!

Sarah Anderson said...

What a wonderful group of people you know! I love that through the internet amazing things like this can happen. Your cards are great, and that's a fantastic sentiment. Here's praying it's not long before you are finally free from painful teeth xxxxx

Ally said...

God bless, Julie. ;-) I hope you are able to raise enough to complete the work you need! Wishing you all the best, and prayers and hugs from me to you.

marla said...

Great cards you have made and what a terrible ordeal to have to go through. Wish you the best in your struggle to get some new teeth!!

Carmen said...

Best wishes! Hoping you are able to get your new teeth soon!

Lindsey said...

So Julie, I have stopped short at your plan to send thank you cards to everyone who donates... you know what you'll be spending your future doing, right? What an incredible outpouring of caring. Not to mention two sweet cards to admire!

JenMarie said...

Julie! I don't 'know you in person' but I've come to recognize your name in the stamping world!
I'm honored to be a part of the hop and got to donate a prize package.
LOVE your cards! Absolutely fabulous!!

jengd said...

Congratulations on having such amazing friends and supporters- it's wonderful! I'm sorry that you're going through all of this but am happy that this is being held in your honor- I hope it all works out for you! btw- fab card! :)

zehra said...

hello Julie
i know exactly how you feel, my teeth are bad becasue of medications, i have spent enought that i can buy a car and still need work on it. I hope you feel better soon and have your lovely smile back. your cards are awesome, i've admired the simplicity of your work and still How beautiful it looks. great cards.

Tracy said...

Good Luck Julie! I love the cards you made!

Tracy
owlbecraftin at gmail dot com

Maria said...

Love the cards you made, Julie! I wish you lots of success with your Operation Smile! Am sure you will have lots of support from your crafting friends! Take care, hugs!!:-))

Lauren said...

ooh love that card and fingers crossed this generates lots of money for that smile! xo

Michellem said...

Sending you big hugs, Julie!!

Billie Dee said...

Wow! Donation made. I remember the first time I stumbled onto your blog. You're even one of those sweet people who have to comment back! Girl - you hang in there. I with you the best of luck in meeting and, hopefully, exceeding your expenses.

Laura O'Donnell said...

Julie, you have had such a rough time with this! I'm glad this weekend is here and I'm sure you'll reach your goal. You are awesome! Looking forward to the hop. Glad its going all weekend, it will probably take me that long to get thru!

Jessica said...

I am sorry to hear about the struggle you are having! You are truly bessed to have friends that will support you thru this! Thanks for sharing your projects!

Fiona said...

morning Julie! (well it is at least morning here ;) ) So glad this weekend has arrived, even down here I could feel the anticipation building, and am so happy that I was able to be pulled in to the chain of hands that have joined together to help you out! May you feel the love of sisters in Christ, and your sisters in craft, this weekend!! xx Fiona

Jan Garber said...

Just finished the most amazing, love-filled blog hop I have ever seen! So many well wishers and prayers... please post how your surgery goes. I just had a large bridge put in and my dentist wants me to have dental implants on my other side. You probably have some idea what that entails. I am concerned that after spending thousands of OOP dollars, (why do we even have insurance?) I will end up getting the dentures anyway. As a grandma who is not ready to give up smiling, I am anxious to hear of your experience. Best to you and I hope you are smiling again soon!

Karen B. said...

Lots of love to you Julie, lots of love. Thank you for what you do.

NinaN said...

Beautiful cards! I hope you are able to show off your beautiful new smile soon! (And I hope you found a different dentist!).

jan farnworth said...

love your card and i hope your able to get your smile back. Hugs.

jennifer mitten said...

Julie Ranae,

You were one of the first followers of my little blog and I have always appreciated your kind comments. I love your cards, they are fabulous, and I know how important dental health is for everyone. I hope you are able to get everything you need from the hop. What a shame that the dentist could not work out something for you, it is certainly difficult for the average family to afford any kind of dental treatment these days. Good luck!

Dawn said...

Julie.... my heart goes out to you... I managed a small donation and hope it helps on the way. Wishing you all the best for the future.

Stefani said...

Julie,

I think the fact that so many people have gotten together as a benefit for you, truly means you are a special person. I don't know you personally...but know you must be one of a kind.

I'm excited to go through all these blogs and hopefully win some loot! Such a great idea. :)

Good luck with everything..your smile is one of the most important parts of yourself. Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.

Angela Fehr said...

Hugs to you Julie! I hope the hop is going well - I am blessed to have been able to participate in a couple small ways.

shirley said...

All the best to you Julie!
Love your creations and looking forward to visiting as many blogs as possible.

kristen said...

I am hoping and praying for you and that this blog hop will raise enough to help you and get you smiling again!!
xokp

mommakatx6 said...

Wonderful cards, great hop so far. I hope you are able to raise what you need for Julie.

Beedeebabee said...

Hey Sweet Girl! I've missed out on so much with all that's been going on over my way. I don't have time for this fantastic sounding blog hop, (construction finally starts this Tuesday!)but I sent you a little something for your new smile. Your a BEAUTIFUL friend, and you so deserve a beautiful smile to go along with your beautiful heart! Good luck Julie!!! Lots of hugs to you and all the fab girls involved in this as well. xoxo Paulette :D

karenw said...

good luck Julie, I'm sure this blog hop will help both financially and emotionally. Nothing worse than dental problems (my two big phobias - clowns and dentists...)Love a good blog hop. xx

emarci said...

What a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing!

~amy~ said...

So thrilled to be part of the hop! Thank you for all that you do...you're super talented {love your cards for today} and obviously so very loved with the turn out for the hop!

Mallory Brynn said...

Hi mom!!! Im very thankful that you have a great group of friends that could put this together for you..you deserve it!!! (ps i have no clue what im doing lol)

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Love your cards! Hope you receive all and more so that we can see you smile! ;o)

Terri E. said...

Lots of fun colors on yor card!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Stephanie said...

Love your cards as always!
I hope this hop brings you the new smile you so deserve :)

Tami said...

Praying for you and Paul! Beautiful cards!

Nancy said...

Lots of love coming your way, Julie!
Thanks for all the ways you enhance our creative community. Praying you will have a radiant smile really soon!

Christina said...

What an amazing hop this has turned out to be! I'm so happy for you and hope you'll be smiling again soon.
I just love the cheerful colors and patterns on your cards. Fabulous!

Crayons and Curls said...

Prayers and blessings to you and your family. You do beautiful work!
Cheryl

Naomi said...

Julie, I really hope that this fundraiser earns enough to cover all of your dental expenses. I made a small donation and I'm sorry I couldn't make a bigger one but, I hope everyone comes together, gives what they can, and make it happen for you!

Hugs,
Naomi

Denise said...

Incredible support you are receiving through the efforts and comments on these blogs! Wishing you the best!
DeniseB

KimberlyRae said...

I'm of lil means
but
with Him He Does
P r o v i d e!
Be assured the Lord
Only wants the Best
for You. I'm inspired
by your courage and strength.
Hugss and Blessings,
KimberlyRae

Marsha said...

Great cards. Love the colors.

Debc06 said...

Good luck Julie your talent and kindness to others will be rewarded this weekend. Have a great one.
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

Evelene S said...

Oh Julie I hope this hop brings you new beautiful teeth! I love your card and can't wait to see a picture of you with beautiful pearly whites!

Sandy said...

loving the rhinestones - loving the card! thanks Julie

cappuccino and colour said...

love the MME card esp Julie with a wonderful sentiment. looking forward to seeing your lovely smile again soon.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Super cute card, Julie! I hope that this hop helps you with your smile! I have had quiet a new dental issues as well and we were just lucky enough to have amazing insurance at the time. But I know what it's like to have gaping areas in your smile and how uncomfortable it feels and how it makes you feel self conscious. I'm glad I was able to do what little I can to help you out!

agdesigns said...

best wishes on the HOP!!! THINKING OF YOU -ag <3

Tammy V said...

I always love your cards and am so sorry you have to be going through this. I do understand what it is like to have unexpected medical bills. My husband fell off his mother's roof this summer and shattered his wrist and broke his humerus. We are so thankful that is all he did. Unfortunately, we hit two annual medical deductibles within 2 weeks ($5500). Like you, we are a one income family. We are lucky enough to have payment plans for the biggest bills. My husband and I can feel your pain and want to contribute something to you. Take care and keep your spirits up! This blog hop proves how much you are loved!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that..wishing you all the best :)

RiNNE said...

Your cards are beautiful and your smile will be as well. Hang in there, Julie! Hugs!!!

Irene said...

My best to you...I have a neighbor who has been living without lower teeth for several years...I need to pray about an option to help her. Blessings and best wishes to you!

hannelie said...

Hi Julie, best wishes from Abu Dhabi! hope you'll be smiling very soon!
Hannelie

chrisd said...

Just love the rhinestones on that pretty tree. This is such a wonderful idea to bring back your smile!Hugs from Michigan.

Anne Tussing said...

I am so sorry for the terrible time you are having! Your friendship cards are beautiful! I'm so thankful for friends!!

Kim said...

It's a blessing to be able to help! Adore your card and praying that you'll be able to resolve the situation quickly!!

Dawn L said...

I sure hope this brings you enough to cover the expenses

Laura Pryor said...

Hi, Julie! I'm so glad so many of your friends were able to rally for you this weekend!
Laura

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card....

I'm totally dental-phobic. And I know that sick feeling that comes with being presented with numbers like this. So, happy to help. :)

Tameko said...

Gorgeous card! I am new to your blog, but I can identify with your situation. I am glad that God has allowed me to be a blessing in some small way to help your cause. You are a beautiful person, and I am praying that we will see your beautiful smile soon!

Jennifer Scull said...

oh gosh, I so love that twine! what a wonderful card! :)

Barb said...

Julie, you don't know me, but I heard about your difficult ordeal from some of my blogging friends and am so happy to help out. I'm planning on hopping lots this weekend. I'm sure to be quite inspired by all these creative women! I have a feeling we'll be seeing a beautiful smile from you sooner than later. Best of luck and hugs!

Tenia Nelson said...

I love you and this wonderful card!!!! You are a awesome and strong lady....you rock!!!!

Lagene said...

Love your cards and I just know that this will be a perfect success for your dental monnitary needs!

Kim H said...

Beautiful cards, love the color combo and decorative punched edges on the 1st friend card, and you can never go wrong with alittle bling. The 2nd card is really visual, the color, layering, and the pop of rhinestones flowers. I hope you have a great day today reading all the love peopel are sharing. You will be in my thoughts today, tomorrow, and in the future. Thank you for sharing.

Michelle Single said...

This is SO sweet of you to do!!! I'm sure she feels loved! I love the bright colors you used on these cards.

Nicki S said...

GREAT CARD! So bright and colorful! I'm honored to be a part of this event! I hope it's a great outcome for you!

A said...

Beautiful card! Good luck with the hop. I hope it's super successful 'cause everyone deserves a great smile! :)

Angela said...

Love the numbers idea as the background! Good luck with the hop!

Kerry said...

These are lovely. I hope the hop is successful and you are able to have your surgery soon.

Ronnie said...

Julie, my heart goes out to you, and I hope this hop will help bring back your smile!

Your card is wonderful! I love your DSP, and the fun design!

Lindsey Wood said...

Great card Julie! I hope we are able to help you get your smile back! You encourage and inspire so many people!

Anita Braddock said...

wow what a great card love the colors and the papers wor well with each other. thnks for sharing and for the chance to win,
abbraddock@msn.com

Mary Jo said...

Hugs and prayers! What great friends you have-your card is a great reflection of that.

Moosisk said...

I am so sorry for all your teeth troubles. I have a friend who also grew up in the 60s and had the same meds. She has had discolored teeth all her life. I definitely feel for you. Thanks for that sweet card that you made for all your cyber friends. I am sure I speak for many in saying that we hope only the best for you. Let the healing begin! :D

Nichole Bryant said...

Your cards are beautiful and I really hope you raise all of the money you need!

Rona said...

Julie I hope this raises everything you need - I wish I could do more!! I had a similar experience with a dentist when I needed crowns!! I was told one thing by the dentist's wife and then when they had the temporary in they ended up charging me DOUBLE!! I lived in pain for almost a year because I couldn't afford the root canal that I needed but at least they did let me make payments on the "other half" of what I owed for the crowns. It does leave a bad taste in your mouth for sure!! Anyway crafters are the most wonderful people in the world and I am just thrilled to be a small part of this community of people :) HUGS, Rona

Natalie said...

Glad to see such support, Julie! What a blessing. I saw this a few weeks ago and it just touched my heart that I donated then, I think it was through Savannah's blog. Praying that all will go smoothly and you will get the finances you need to get the work done. God bless.

Rochelle said...

Julie! I'm so glad that this hop is finally here. I love your projects and admire your strength!

Tanya said...

I am so happy to see all of the support here! good luck hun, so happy to help.

Eva said...

wow, such support!!! Good for You...Great card!!!
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Colleen Dietrich said...

An eloquently written post, my dear Julie! It breaks my heart that you've been put in this position. I'm sure you felt a range of emotions over losing your teeth in such a cavalier manner. Anger, frustration, sadness...

I'm proud of you for being an integral part of this extra special blog hop. It shows me, and hopefully others, how sincerely appreciative you are about the work that is going into this endeavor.

Biggest hugs to you!

Tamara said...

I am so sorry this happened to you! I hope you get tons of donations to help with your procedure too...I love seeing so many people come together for a great cause! :)
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Indy said...

Best of luck with everything!

The Browning's said...

Good luck...

MissScrapAlot said...

LOVE IT!!!! SENDING HUGS AND PRAYERS HER WAY!!
wyme98@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

Glad I could be part of the fun. Here's to a nice big smile!

Helen L said...

Good Luck Julie!!! I too have bad teeth, but more due to my own carelessness in my youth, so I feel for you with those dental bills!!! (my husband said he should have gotten a warranty from me when we got married :-) I'll be donating tomorrow (I can't remember my paypal password so I have to ask my daughter for it tomorrow :-P
Hope you make it to your goal!! Hugs!!

lynn said...

love your card, julie--in fact, everyone has done such wonderful work! wishing you a beautiful smile:)

scrappycanuck said...

Julie - I am wishing you the best! I can only imagine what you are going through! I will smile for you today in the hopes that you will get your own back soon!

Dana said...

Wishing you all the best!! And lovely card!!

Meg said...

Julie I hope all of you and your friends' work pays off and you can get your new smile ASAP (and it sounds like maybe find a new dentist, too!) This has been a great hop!

Lisa said...

Julie, I am so honored to be part of such a Lisa G
http://lisa-scrappingspot.blogspot.com/
lkgra@hotmail.comgreat event -- we don't see enough of this kind of caring and support on daily basis! God has blessed you with many amazing friends! Good luck with everything!

Lavender Rose said...

Sorry to hear how you have been treated Julie and hope my small contribution helps a little. Your work is amazing and always makes me smile :) Good luck, Denise x

Indy said...

Best of luck with your upcoming ordeal! Hope all of our small donations add up to a big contribution to your new smile.

Rema said...

Good luck to you Julie! Your card is fab....

Alicia said...

You inspire me.... we all have difficulties and sometimes it is so hard to accept the generosity of others. You are well-deserving of any and all help!

Alicia

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful cards, Julie!! What an AWESOME hop!!! It's so amazing what a community of friends can do when we all pull together!!! Best of luck and lots of HUGS to you!!!!

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards, best wishes to you Julie.

Mary Friederichsen said...

Hi Julie!
Your cards are adorable,I love how you combined all the designer papers together. That is one things I still struggle with. ;)Doing what I can to help and
Keeping you in my prayers that you receive all that you need!

Blessings and Hugs,
Mary

PapierGirl said...

Dearest Julie - I am so sorry to hear all of this!! I am in the dental field, and I know how costly it is to repair ones smile -I am happy to help - I just wish it could be more!! You are sooo blessed to have so many friends come together in such a wonderful way. Here's to you Julie and your future smile!! xxx Cathy

Sleepy Stamper said...

Julie I'm wishing you well and I'm more than happy to donate what I can to help bring your smile back:-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

It's an honor to be a part of this hop--I def. didn't want to miss out on blessing you!!! You do so much for us--and I just wanted to give back (in a little way!).

Your cards are super cute! I LOOOOOOOOVE those trees and your papers--OH MY! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

I hope you are smiling because you are loved and blessed! And we are blessed because of you!!! <3

Jinny Newlin said...

I'm absolutely positive that you've been overwhelming blessed by all that has been done in your honor this weekend! What a treasure to be thought of so highly by so many talented women! I truly hope that everything works out for your cause.

Your creations are so fun! LOVE the layered, punchy edges of the first and your bits of bling in the trees of the second. God bless!

Amy said...

You already know that I am supporting you to get your smile back! Wishing you the best!

Kimba's Kreations said...

Julie, I just want to say that youare truly blessed b/c you have so many friends who love and care about you. Your creation is AMAZING!!!

Larissa Heskett said...

What a CUTE card!! =) I LOVE the details and the colors that you used!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

donna mikasa said...

What an outpouring of love and support! Wishing you all the best and I know you'll be smiling once again! Love your sweet cards...

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

<3 <3 <3...that is all.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Julie, I would love to send you the card I made for your challenge. Would you please send me your snail mail address to slan.zal@verizon.net
I hope the donations are still pouring in and your smile is soon to be shining.

scrapperjulia said...

I love your bling on the tree. Good luck with the blog hop and your new smile!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Hi Julie!!! I'm finally getting some time to hop thru every.amazing.blog!!! Starting with yours! I LUV the adorable paper piecing and your cards always have a way of bringing a smile!! I hope you also can soon smile big with a beautiful smile you so deserve my friend!!! HUGS!!!

Eveline said...

Hi Julie, I got here when I was bloghopping. I didn't do the hop for you're smile but I did donate some $$'s. Good luck.
Eveline.

Lyneen said...

Dear Julie... I just read this post. I am so sad to hear about your teeth, I know how much a beautiful smile means. Missed the hop. I too donated a trifle I know that every dollar adds up. Take care and I pray you meet your goal.