October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile, CR84FN39, & Textured to Perfection



Happy Friday, friends!  I'm thrilled today to be participating in a special blog hop for the sweet and talented Julie Ranae.  If you are following along on the hop, you should have arrived here from 
the blog of Vera Yates.  If not, make sure you stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to start at the beginning and learn how you can win some fabulous prizes while helping a fellow stamper.  

There are over 120 blogs participating in this hop, so if you encounter a broken link at any time, just head back to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for the full list of participants.  You have all weekend to visit and comment, so take your time and have fun!

Please keep reading to learn more about Julie's story and how you can help give her back her 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 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.”

You can find the donation button on my blog's sidebar, and on all of the other blogs along the hop.

Now to share the card I've made for today, with Julie in mind. 


I combined the colors of the current CR84FN challenge with the Textured to Perfection challenge in the Moxie Fab World to create a fall-inspired card of encouragement.


I cut a piece of cream felt with pinking shears and embroidered vines in two shades of orange (although one looks red in the photos) and yellow.  This was adhered to an Early Espresso card base and embellished with buttons.

I stamped a sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites onto a strip of Vintage Cream cardstock, notched one end, and adhered it with foam dots.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Think Big Favorites #4)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Early Espresso)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (felt, buttons), DMC floss

I'm so glad you stopped by today for this special post!  Your next stop on the hop is Carisa Zglobicki.  Don't forget to leave a comment here before you go for a chance to win prizes, and please click on the donation button to help our friend, Julie.

Have a great weekend!

99 comments:

Suzanne said...

OMG
Are you for real?
This is tooo amazing! My jaw is on the floor!

Jingle said...

This is so fabulous! The stitching is amazing!

Cristina said...

Holy cow. Jaw on floor. Most gorgeous card I've seen in a while. AMAZING.

Laura B. said...

WOAH! this is amazing!!!

Lindsay said...

Look at this awesomeness girl! WOW! I just want to touch it! Very pretty!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, way to knock this card out of the park, love the texture, and you put all those challenges together AND a card for this amazing hop, you go girl.

*Alison* said...

WOW.. this is simply divine.. I adore this :) what a great creation.. I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

Keva said...

Woweee...this is so so amazing. I love all of the texture. This is really very pretty.

Marisa said...

You go girl! This is wonderful!! Blessings to you for being a part of this fabulous cause :)

Laura Davis said...

Stunning work!
Hugs
Laura

Vanessa Middleton said...

Love this! The fall colors are great and I love the texture of the floss and the felt. Nicely done!!! Oh and I see you're in MA... I live in NH! :)

Vickie Z said...

Wow... All of the embroidery and felt bg is perfect!!

Miriam Prantner said...

I LOVE this card! I love the embroidery and use of felt. It's the perfect fall card!

The Paper Parade said...

This card is stunning. I love the fall colors, the way you balanced it perfectly, and the stitching. The whole thing is superb :)

Lynn said...

SERIOUSLY! You are so amazingly talented Christina! Love it, love it, love it!

Lizscraps said...

Hello to another NEW Englander from one in NH (also just north of Boston LOL)You're the second one on this hop who is in my neck of the woods. I ADORE the stitching on this card -- It is beautiful and really makes an impact. Hope you'll get to my blog (I'm number 42 in line hehehe) Thanks for sharing such a lovely creation.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

This is blowing my mind! Super fantastic, amazing, fabulous, gorgeous, etc, etc, etc........

Karen Day said...

Yup, another jaw on the floor here - just gorgeous!

marla said...

Wow that is an amazing textured card that must have take a LONG time to create!!

Cassandra said...

Really gorgeous Christina, so much work for such a worthy cause.

Jan Garber said...

I only wish I could sew like that! Should have listened when my g'mother tried teaching me years ago! Your card is wonderful!

Sarah Anderson said...

what a beautiful, beautiful card, I love the stitching :)

Marie said...

WOW what a beautiful work of art. Your embroidery is fantastic. Thanks for playing along at CR84FN.

Chunyuan said...

amazing. Love the color, texture and detail.

Monique said...

Wowza this is awesome Christina... so creative!!

Michele Gross said...

Truly a special project! WOW!!! Thanks so much for supporting my sweet friend, she is feeling so loved today :)

Linda Harris said...

Awesome card and stitching job on it. Thanks for sharing . Linda Harris

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Wow... those stitching are awesome!

Amy C said...

This is fabulous!! I love the colors and texture.

mjblahnik56 said...

Nice cards love the stitching. I am a new follower.

mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

v said...

Such a lovely caring card and the time and effort you put into making this surely touches my heart! Thank you for supporting Julie in this way!

~Vanessa W

Karen B. said...

Holy cats, this is a beauty. I love the texture, I love the colors, I love the design. Yes, I just love the whole thing.

Michellem said...

I believe I may have fainted dead away - now that I've used my smelling salts I wanted you to know how amazing your card is!! WOW - Plus, I've added you to my Google reader so as not to miss any more of your amazing creations!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

How fabulous Christina. Love the sewing/stitching. Just so pretty! The colors show up perfectly... also love the buttons. :o)

jan farnworth said...

love it

NinaN said...

Beautiful stitching!

zehra said...

Beautiful colors and use of embroidery, love it

Tonya said...

WOW, stunning.

Stephanie said...

oh my! I love this card, so inspiring

JenMarie said...

O.M.Gosh. AMAZING! Absolutely AMAZING!

Carol E said...

Wow! What a beautiful card, thank you so much for sharing it.

Karen said...

Christina I am SPEECHLESS! lol

This is truely a piece of artwork........just beautiful! Whoever receives this card will frame it I bet!

Karen
x

kasia c. said...

First of all, i think what you guys are doing is so sweet!

Second, your card is absolutely AMAZING!!! Thie stitching is just incredible.

Debgem said...

Great card - I do like the texture with the felt panel and beautifully stitched vines - the colours are super. The sentiment is so appropriate. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Holy SMOKES!!! That is GORGEOUS! You just got yourself a new follower!

Evelene S said...

Wow embroidery too! What a beautiful card for fall!

Tammy V said...

Fabulous card!

~amy~ said...

♥ ♥ ♥
This is simply a-mazing!!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Pretty card! Lovin' all the stitching! Thanks for joining along with CR84FN :)

Jenny said...

Fabulous stitching Christina and amazing colours too :)
Jenny x

Tami said...

WOW- I adore this one (and am going to have "pin" it to pinterest for my future inspiration) :)

Laura said...

OH MY GOSH - this is simply AMAZING. everything about it is absolute PERFECTION! :)

Houses Built of Cards said...

Gorgeous card! LOVE all the texture!!!

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

Dawn L said...

What a great way to show Julie that we are here for her!

dawnweck@hotmail.com

Tenia Nelson said...

This is awesome!!! tfs!!!

Corinna said...

This is gorgeous!!!! :D

Tanya said...

Wow, this is AWESOME! Fantastic work here, great texture and colors.

Marsha said...

This is amazing. Absolutely stunning. How talented you are.

Tracy said...

Gorgeous card! I love the embroidery!

Tracy
owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

Heather@PixieDust said...

your embroidery is so awesome!

Fiona said...

Hey Christina what a beautiful card! Your hand stitching is so neat and pretty :) Fiona (madebyfee)

Amy said...

Girl, you went above and beyond here! WOW! I love your stitching handiwork! This is beautiful!

How is work going? I've missed visitng with you!

Kim H said...

Fabulous work, I love the details, the buttons, the edging, stitching... Thank you.

Kara said...

so beautiful!!

lynn said...

beautiful, christina! your stitching is awesome:)

Nichole Bryant said...

The stitching on this amazing!

Maria said...

Am am like WHAT??!! Just stunning work with the floss...WOW!!! Just absolutely LOVE IT!!! Great job!!!

Dana said...

Wow!! LOVE the card!!

Diane Jaquay said...

LOVE the stitching on this, just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Scrapacat said...

I LOVE this. Wow! That stitching is perfection.
~ky
scrapacat at yahoo dot com
http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

Denise said...

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
dopey423@aol.com

MissScrapAlot said...

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

wyme98@yahoo.com

Deb said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! love love LOVE!

Irene said...

Stunning...the colors, the stitching...absolutely beautiful!

Lisa said...

OH MY GOODNESS...STUNNING!!!!!

scrappycanuck said...

The stitching on this is amazing! Wow!

Indy said...

What an amazing fall card. Love the stitching!
indyowens at yahoo dot com

cappuccino and colour said...

wow all that detail. this is brilliant.

Betty said...

the colors, wonderful stitching, and design all combine for a gorgeous card!

Holly said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

oh my goodness what talent!!! your card is breathtaking !!! 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

Ruby said...

Wow, how clever! Really gorgeous card!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, my gracious! LOVE at all that yummy stitching, and the absolute perfect sentiment for such a cause! Just beautiful, Christina!

Lagene said...

Such a cute card for such a great cause! Love the embroidery~

Lindsey Wood said...

Wow! Cool card! That must have taken you forever! I love it!

Lindsey said...

I am in awe of your embroidering skills! This is such a beautiful card, perfect for autumn.

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

WOW!! Awesome job embroidery that design! Absolutely Beautiful!!! ;o)

Tamara said...

Thank you for being apart of such a great hop and cause! Wow! Love the stitching on your card!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Jessica Griffin said...

Oh my gosh, your card is GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love the stitching!! xo

Jessica Griffin
http://www.canyoupixelthis.com

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOLY COW--I LOVE this card! I LOVE your stitching and the textures! BEAUTIFULLY done:) Great colors too!

Nicki S said...

This is GORGEOUS! Fabulous work..great colors!

Emily Leiphart said...

Christina, my mouth is hanging open! This is stunning and your embroidery couldn't be more perfect. I just love those colours together. Thanks so much for supporting Julie in her time of need!

whoistracy said...

This is just fabulous!! LOVE that stitching. What a great idea.

Alice Wertz said...

wow! this is so beautiful. fabulous design and your stitching is amazing. love love this!

Virginia L. said...

How AMAZING is this!! You are SO talented, Christina!! I had to look it over several times to see if it's for real (LOL)!! So glad that you are part of the blog hop!! What a great friend you are!

Dr. Ivy said...

Christina this is amazing. You are so talented.

Lisa Petrella said...

HOLY SMOKES!!!! This is absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!! Those vines are beyond FABULOUS!!!! Amazing work, girl!!

Emsworth Girl said...

wow wow so beautiful, colourful, so 70's...love it, so much work you did bravo!

Cath said...

Hey Christina! Thanks for linking this up to the Textured to Perfection challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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