Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile + Unity Friends With Flair {Oct 7th}

Welcome to Operation Julie's Smile! Today, Julie Ranae's dear friends and colleagues are blog hopping to raise money for Julie so she can get the dental treatment she needs. Thank you to Nicole Rixon of Sweet Stamp Shop for organizing this fundraiser for Julie. I know that if I were in Julie's shoes, I'd be speechless at the richness of friendships and generosity of those participating and donating so she can have a new smile. If you've just arrived from Amy Kolling's blog, you're on the right track. If you'd like to start at the beginning, please head on over to the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog for all the details, including a full list of more than 120 participants.

Two companies I design for, Lil' Inker Designs and The Twinery, have donated prizes to Operation Julie's Smile and have made monetary donations toward Julie's surgeries so there was no way I could turn down the invitation to participate today. Julie is the Design Team Coordinator on both these teams, puts in an insane amount of unpaid hours into a job that I could not do and still takes time to be a wonderful friend to me and countless others. That's why I support this benefit wholeheartedly.

My first card features all Lil' Inker Designs products. I made a butterfly out of the Pinwheel and Mini Pinwheel Dies. The body was made by folding the Fringe Flower Die, first in half and then in thirds. The grass/ground was created by repeatedly stamping 'Smile' from the Rainbows & Clouds Sentiments set. The antennae is, of course, The Twinery's Honeydew baker's twine (single strand, double knot).

My second card was published in the now available Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 6. This is the first time I've had a card published featuring The Twinery's baker's twine but certainly not the last. ;) I used a now-retired Suzi Blu (Party Love, still available at various online stores) with a sentiment from my favourite Kit of the Month, Happily Ever After, both from Unity Stamp Company.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to enjoy these cards and for a chance at winning more than $2,500 in prizes provided by generous sponsors. Prizes will be drawn from both comments left and donations made through Sunday, October 9th. If you could find it in your heart to donate, however small, I know that all of us participating today, and especially Julie, will appreciate it more than you'll ever know. :)

Your next stop is Jen Carter!
Enjoy the rest of the hop!!

Sources for Smile: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; Basic Grey Out of Print 6x6 paper pad; Lil' Inker Designs Rainbows & Clouds Sentiments; Memories Black ink; Lil' Inker Designs Rainbows & Clouds Dies, Mini Pinwheel Die, Pinwheel Die & Fringe Flower Die; The Twinery baker's twine in Honeydew; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sources for Joy & Happiness: Gina K Designs pure luxury white & kraft cardstock; SU Early Espresso cardstock; Echo Park Wintertime Collection; Unity+Suzi Blu Party Love; Unity July 2010 Kit of the Month - Happily Ever After; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Tim Holtz for Ranger Antique Linen & Walnut Stain distress inks; Copics; The Twinery baker's twine in Maraschino; SU Basic Rhinestones; Stampin' Dimensionals

105 comments:

~amy~ said...

super CUTE cards Emily...congrats on the Pub!

Laurel said...

Love the cards and congrats on the Pub!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Both cards are ADORABLE!!! Congrats on the publication! I made my donation this morning...

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Erin said...

Of course I notivced the twinery necklace first, SUPER creative once again Emily!

Jingle said...

These are absolutely fabulous cards! So pretty!

Lindsay said...

Adorable cards Emily!

Shauna K said...

fun cards!!! love the twine necklace you created hehe- so creative!! have a fabulous weekend, Emily :D

onecraftymama said...

These are both adorable! I love the funky butterfly, and how perfect is the SMILE sentiment for the occasion...and Suzi Blu is just awesome :) Love her cool scarf, with the perfect little gemstone accent, and all the paper piecing. Congrats on the publication :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Look at these works of art, congrats on the published card and talk about some amazing paper piercing, your fashion self comes through so clearly on your cards.

*Alison* said...

Em..
I love both creations.. they are amazing!! CONGRATS on being published again..girl you are on a roll.. :) so cool..
I "heart" Julie.. and donated! off to the next blog on the hop :) HUGS

Laura Davis said...

Darling work!
hugs
Laura

Basement Stamper said...

both are beautiful cards, adore the butterfly!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love that butterfly card!

Vanessa Middleton said...

Oh, Emily!!! I LOVE this so much!!! I used the mini pinwheel die on my cards, too (the "normal" way) and a friend actually said it looked like a butterfly. I'll have to share a link to your card with her. Seriously love this!!!

Lindsey said...

What an amazing butterfly! Right down to the honeydew antennae. And your Suzi Blu girl is gorgeous in her paper-pieced finery and her wow necklace. Publish-worthy for sure, but aren't all of your creations? :)

Kary said...

Gorgeous cards, Emily!! Love the cute butterfly & Suzi Blu's twine chain. Really clever!! Great cards, Emily & Congrats for being published too!!

Gwen said...

Em!!!! LOOOVVEE your Suzi card! Amazing!

Ruby said...

Love the cards.

lynn said...

both are so creative, emily! congrats on the pub!

wendy said...

so creative ...thinking outside of the box I love it

Mallika said...

hello ..
wonderful job
out of the box
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marla said...

Cute card and what a great butterfly!!

jackie 4124 said...

Super fabulous cards. Love the butterfly!

Lizscraps said...

clever clever execution of the butterfly, it really catches your eye. and the second card is lovely and serene --like :)

Jan Garber said...

Your Suzi Blu card is so creative! Love it!

Michele Gross said...

Oh wow! Congrats on your pub and that first card is just so perfect for this hop!! 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

Lauren said...

wowzers! these are beautiful!

xo
Lauren
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Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Fab card, Emily! And congrats on the publication! :)

Alanna said...

I love these cards! My favourite is the first one, the text at the bottom and those funky yellow clouds! Definitely made me smile :)

Karen B. said...

You are so creative and what a wonderful way to showcase different uses of the dies. Great cards Emily!

Sarah said...

Great cards-- congratulations on your publication news :)

jennifer mitten said...

What a fabulous Suzi Blu creation you've made! Thanks so much for telling us about Julie Ranae, I hopped over and made my donation immediately!

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful and creative, Emily. I love how you used twine in both of these creations. :) Congratulations on your cards being published in Holiday Cards & More!

Monique said...

What great cards Emily...Love your butterfly!!

Linda Harris said...

Awesome cards. Thanks for sharing for this great cause. Linda Harris

Michellem said...

Amazing butterfly!!

Keva said...

Oh my goodness..I love this! Great colors and I really like the butterfly.

jan farnworth said...

cute

mjblahnik56 said...

really lovely cards thanks for sharing

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NinaN said...

Love your holiday card!

Roslyn said...

Amazing cards! Love how you did that butterfly!

Angela said...

You see the most amazing things in your dies -- that butterfly is adorable! Of course, I love the Suzi -- the necklace is perfect!

I can't say I'll make it to all the blogs (!), but wow, what a great response!!

zehra said...

Adorable, both cards are lovely, congrats on being published

v said...

Very inspiring cards! Love all the smiles stamped on the bottom of the first card and the second card... well first of all congratulations for getting published!!! I adore her neckless!!! How clever!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :D

~Vanessa W

Tonya said...

love the butterfly. my daughter is having a bug party soon and i may have to use this idea

JenMarie said...

FABulous and FABulous! These are AMAZING!!

Amy C said...

Beautiful cards!! Congrats on the publication!!

Tammy V said...

I really love that butterfly!

Karin said...

I love your amazing butterfly card, but I came by to tell you congrats on being published! I got my copy in the mail and knew without looking at the name under the cards that they were yours :) Well done and congrats on the Paper Smootches too!

Laura said...

love both of these - and congrats on the pub!!! :)

Laura Pryor said...

Emily, this is SUPER clever!! What a great way to use our dies!! Amazing out of the box creation!!!!

Jen Carter said...

Emily, you are so creative!! LOVE how you used the LID products! What genius ideas and so cute too!! I also love the twine necklace! Very fun look too!

Sarah Anderson said...

Congrats on being published! Love how you repeated the word 'smile'

cappuccino and colour said...

super cool butterfly Emily and the "jewellery" is just brilliant. you are so creative.

Tenia Nelson said...

Love your cards dearie and congrats on getting published!!! Hope all is welll.....

sharon g said...

Nice use of Suzi Blu!!!!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

These are awesome!

Evelene S said...

First congratulations on being published that is such a cute card and I love her necklace or scarf made from twine. Your butterfly card is adorable too!

Dawn L said...

I too think the necklace is devine!

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Tracy said...

Adorable cards! I love the butterfly!

Tracy
owlbecraftin at gmail dot com
owlbecraftin.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Emily, you are sooo creative with these LID dies! I love the body of the butterfly......would NEVER have thought of that! You go....you rock!!! :)

Tami said...

This is so cute!

Fiona said...

Emily these are lovely - I like the way you created your 'ground' in your first card - and congratulations on being published! Fiona (madebyfee)

Suzanne said...

These are adorable Emily! Congrats on the publication!

Tanya said...

These are adorable! And big congrats on your pub!! :D

Kim H said...

Both cards are adorable. like the stitching and twine details. thank you.

Annette said...

Congratulations on being published again...that is so awesome and well deserved..this card is so awesome love that girl and that butterfly is so cool...

Nichole Bryant said...

awesome cards!

Kerry said...

I love that girl on your second card. What a unique holiday card :)

Dana said...

Love the butterfly!! Awesome!!

Maria said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous cards! Just love the dimension and uniqueness!!!

Jen said...

Gorgeous cards! Congrats on your publication!

Marsha said...

Clever, creative cards.

MissScrapAlot said...

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

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Meg said...

Great cards for a great cause, Em! That butterfly is so fabulous-love your use of the lil' inker dies and the paper you chose.

Congrats on another published card! Woohoo!

Lisa said...

Both are delightful! Love your group of "smiles" and her creative twine necklace!!!

Heather@PixieDust said...

love how you made that butterfly

Sunghee said...

Oh my EM!!!!! So fabulous! I admire how you turn ordinary things into wonderful creations. Genius!!!

Jen W. said...

Your butterfly card is fantastic - I love when you use dies for totally different images than what they were created for. :) And the smile grass is the perfect touch.

And congrats on your pub card!! Love the fabulous necklace and paper pieced dress. You rock!

Tiffany said...

Such darling and fun cards, Emily! Congrats on the pub again!! You rock!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

You never cease to amaze me, both cards are simply wonderful.

Donna said...

Those are some great cards!

scrappycanuck said...

I love that butterfly! Way too cute!

Christina said...

Congrats on your publication! I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive, but I can't wait to see it in person. Love the butterfly, too!

Indy said...

Both are fun, funky cards!
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Deb said...

Love your butterfly card...but that Suzi Blu is my fav of the two! Congrats!

Betty said...

your butterfly is so clever - great cards!

Irene said...

The butterfly is just wonderful... Thanks for sharing two very clever cards!!

Lisa said...

what a super cute way to use twine!!! wow TFS

It is truely inspiring to see so many people giving of themselves to help a friend! God bless!


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Pryn said...

Fabulous cards! Love how you used the twine in the second card!

Lagene said...

Such a cute card for such a great cause! & congrats on being published!

Sue Lelli said...

Emily, CONGRATS on the publication! She is so DARLING and I LOVE the twine with the bling!

Scrapacat said...

Very cute - congrats on being published!
~ky
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Ruby said...

Fab cards Emily! Well done on being published too!

Holly said...

Love the card! Congrats on being published, I love her twine scarf and bling!

Holly

hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

Lindsey Wood said...

Great cards! I love how you created the butterfly!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Great cards! Congrats on the publication! ;o)

Tamara said...

Thank you for being apart of such a great hop and cause! Cute cards!
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Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SWOOOOON X2~ I love your cards--that butterfly is soooooo fab and the scarf on your gal is SOOOOOOOOOO CLEVER! LOVE LOVE LOVE your style:)

Jessica Griffin said...

Love your cards!! congrats on your pub!! xo

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Nicki S said...

Great cards! I Love the butterfly one....it's so creative! Love the Smiles at the bottom!

Brenda said...

I wouldn't expect anything less creative from you Emily! Love how you made that butterfly! These are beautiful cards!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Holy macaroni, Emily! Both of these are so fabulous. I love the "smile" at the bottom and the butterfly is soooo cool! I've already told you how much I love the Suzi card, but seeing it again--wow, it's perfection!

walchowDesign said...

Congrats on your publication, Emily! Love your creativity with the twine!

Virginia L. said...

What a gorgeous card! LOVE your brilliant use of twines from The Twinery! Thanks for sharing this with me!! xoxo