Saturday, October 8, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile

I have been eyeing the CAS-ual Fridays challenge for a while, and thinking about playing in it. When I checked the blog on Friday and saw that this week's challenge also helped a fellow cardmaker, I knew I had to do it.  The challenge is to make a card inspired by the sentiment "Everyday you spend without a smile is a lost day." It is in support of a fantastic cardmaker named Julie Ranae Murray.



I read Julie's story about a month ago and it touched my heart. Julie, who designs for many companies because she's so awesome, has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime as a result of medication she took as a child that left her teeth in an irreparable condition. She recently had to have emergency oral surgery to remove her front teeth. In addition, the dentist believed the best course of action was to have all of her teeth removed and replaced with dentures. Unfortunately her surgery is not covered by insurance and there is no payment plan. Until she has the money to cover the cost, she must remain without her two front teeth.You can read more about Julie's story and the blog hop to help cover the cost of surgery and replacement dentures here.

I have never interacted with Julie, though I've "seen" her around the online cardmaking world. She makes beautiful cards. My heart goes out to her. I can't imagine not being able to smile because everyday you spend without a smile really is a lost day. Therefore, I am sending her some smiles with this card:


I've had this Lawn Fawn stamp in my stash for a couple months. I have been brainstorming since I got this set on how to use this sentiment. I've used other stamps from the set, but not this one. Then I came across these cool happy face dingbats called Fazings One and an idea was born. I installed the dingbats and then used my Silhouette to print and cut them. I colored them with Copics. Because I didn't have any cloud paper on hand, I created my own. I used a Stampin' Up! cloud outline stamp from the Up, Up and Away set. I colored the clouds in with a white Prismacolor pencil because I wanted it to have a soft cloud look. I folded white card stock into the envelope and used a circle punch at the top for the opening. I'm really happy with the result. I hope it makes Julie smile, even if it's on the inside. 

I'm also entering it into the Just Add Ink challenge. This will be my second time playing with them. You should give it a try, too. It's a lot of fun. This week's challenge is to add a die cut. Since all the little smiley critters were cut with my die cutting machine, it qualifies for the challenge!!

12 comments :

Jocelyn Olson said...

The dingbats look adorable!! What an awesome card! And, the way you made the clouds in the background is sooo fabulous.

Annette Witherspoon ♥ said...

Awe. Thanks, Jocelyn. If it weren't for you, my poor blog would not have any visitors or comments!! Ha!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

This is very cute indeed and for such a great cause too. Thanks for joining in with the challenge at JAI.

Mae Collins said...

A lovely bright, cheery card. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink this week.

Michele Gross said...

Oh my goodness! What a delightful card!! I love all the happy little faces-pure delight! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Julie Ranae said...

Annette...thank you so very much for your very sweet post and for sharing my story. I have met so many amazingly creative people through this journey and now I add you to that list.
Your card is so adorable and I thank you for being a part of our challenge at CAS-ual Fridays. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work soon.

Patrice said...

This is a terrific, fun card and for a great cause. Love your little clouds. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Hope you come back again really soon.

Julie Day said...

Oooo I love that pocket full of cuteness! Great sentiment to boot :) Thanks for joining us this week at CAS-ual Fridays for this special blog hop!

Wendy said...

Love this happy card.

Jaclyn Miller said...

What a cutie patootie idea. It's like fun is just waiting to pop out of that pocket. Thank you so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays and for participating in this amazing hop.

Jingle said...

Well, I'm obviously super late, but this card is SO STINKING CUTE! I love all the happies popping out of the pocket!!! Thanks for your super sweet comment on my blog!

Annette said...

aww now that is a cute card... love how you did that little envelope full of smiles... great idea..

I know what you mean about typing your name for someone else... but we do have a great name...lol

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