Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Turn Up The Music - It's My Birthday!

Hi there everyone! Welcome to Tuesday!
I am feeling overwhelmingly blessed today - it's my 46th birthday and already this morning, I've received so many wonderful wishes from my friends near and far! I've received cards, phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messages and they all add up to one very BLESSED birthday girl!

I have a few things to share with you today and I'll begin with a creative project for you - how's that sound?!
When I spoke at Jan Wakeland's group meeting this month, I received a wonderful card from Beth Ann Wilson from WVA and I loved it so much I cased her idea for these cards I'm showing you today! Hers used Tempting Turquoise cardstock, but since Bermuda Bay is retiring at the end of June, I wanted to enjoy that color while I still could. So I simply substituted and here is the result:

If you were at card class in the studio this month you will sort of recognize these cards since you did a simplified version of them, but the first one here I made for my Mother-In-Law whose birthday was last Friday - Hi Mom!
And this next one went out to a client and friend whose birthday was also last Friday! Hi Laura!

Both cards were made with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Whisper White. The Big Shot did most of the work, cutting the Daisies out and giving the main panel the Lattice background. Love that machine - it makes my stamping so easy and fun!
The greeting was added with Teeny Tiny Wishes and I stamped on the inside with Fifth Avenue Floral. As you can see, even the envelope was stamped to celebrate!

I loved Beth Ann's idea of using the Build-A-Brad for the Daisy center - I hadn't pulled out mine in forever and they were dying to be used! I think they add the perfect finishing touch!

Now, since it's my birthday, AND, my blog went over 100,000 hits last week-
(Can I get a big WOOHOO!!! for that?!)
I'm giving away a little blog candy!
Does that make you smile? I sure hope so because you make me smile every time you leave a comment on my blog. And that's what you'll need to do to be entered into the drawing for this Birthday/Celebration Blog Candy!

Simply comment on this post and tell me what you like best about my blog and/or why you visit me and on Friday morning, May 28th I'll pick a random winner from all the comments and post the winner here!

Thanks so much for sharing my special day with me! I truly love blogging and sharing from my heart with you. It is such a blessing to know that there are folks like you out there who actually read my ramblings about many things, stamping, family, faith and FUN! I'm truly doing what I love with Stampin' Up! and living my life with the music turned WAY Up!

Which brings me to something special I want to share with you today - hey, it's my birthday so I'm taking the privilege! :)

This morning, I got to take an extra long walk with our two dogs and as I did, I was listening to my iPod and one of my favorite groups, Point of Grace. They recorded a song a couple of years back that speaks to the heart of how I want to live life - arms wide open, taking it all in and holding nothing back! We have all been blessed with a certain number of days and each one is precious. This song is a reminder to live each one to the fullest and treasure what is truly important - for me that is my faith in Christ, my family and my friends.
Enjoy the video of this song and I hope it brings you joy today as you have brought me joy everyday!





Stamped blessings!
~~Robin

56 comments:

  1. Hi Robin, I first started visiting your blog about a month ago after seeing it mentioned on another Stampin' Up demonstrators blog. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day! What I love about your blog in particular is the simpleness of your cards. There is just an elegance to each and every creation that you share with the world. Your creations are like a home that is properly staged. You can see yourself and your own things in it. For every card you share, I can see my favorite color combinations and stamp sets in them and I'm truly inspired!

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  2. Happy Birthday Robin!!! I follow your blog on my Google Reader, but I have to click over to read your full posts/see pictures. Your card are beautiful and I save many of the pictures/posts to CASE!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Happy Birthday Robin! I enjoy reading your blog. Have a wonderful day! Elaine
    quilter7@verizon.net

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  4. Happy Birthday, Robin! I hope you have a great day.
    My favorite thing about your blog is that your cards are great and I can CASE them. I love your style and spend more time than I should probably admit looking at your projects.

    ~Wendy Hawkinson
    www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi Robin,
    Happy Birthday and Congrats on the 100K hits! I follow your blog with my Google reader and check out every new post. I enjoy your cardmaking style and have saved several ideas for future inspiration. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some fun blog candy.

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  6. Happy Birthday, Robin! I visit your blog from time to time. Today's post is beautiful and very inspirational for me ... in more than one way. The video was special, and touching. Thanks for sharing your talent and yourself.

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  7. Happy Birthday Robin - I hope it's a great one! What I like about your blog is how clear and precise your photos are. When you post a photo of a project you can see all the textures and colors perfectly. I think that is what really stands out on your blog! Thank you.
    Shannon Edwards

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  8. Hi Robin. Happy Birthday! and congrats on your 100,000th blog hit! What do i love most about your blog? Your elegant, clean designs, and the great instructions, just in case a person might want to CASE your ideas!

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  9. Happy birthday beautiful!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that song!!! I'm adding it to my motivated list that I listen to all day every day to keep me on my path. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. What a gorgeous card, Robin. Happiest of Birthdays!!! Celebrate!!

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  11. Happy Birthday, Robin! Hope you got my card in your paper box yesterday!!! :) I love to visit your blog to see what you're up to. I especially love when I get to see the projects that you offer in your classes - it gives me great ideas!

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  12. Happy Shmappy Robin- I have been loving you forever and reading your blog along time-you know I love you and what you do- you are the best- I wish you a wonderful day and the best year ever- I am praying for you-and these cards are great- very familiar-it was such a good time
    Sue

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  13. Happy, happy birthday, Robin! I wish you a day FILLED with your favorite things!

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  14. Happy Birthday! Hope its awesome. Love your cards! Especially the build a brad.

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  15. WHOHOO! Congrats to a fellow Gemini, and a very happy birthday to you. I love your blog, and come by every day...your projects are wonderful, and your very talented and willing to share. Thanks for all that you do.
    Dorene
    jayco@pacbell.net

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  16. Happy Birthday Robin! I have been following your blog for a while now and always return for the wonderful cards and ideas. Thank you for them!

    Minna W. from TX

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  17. Happy Birthday Robin!
    I love Gemini girl! Although I am not one of you, I have one who is turing 6 tomorrow! Woo Hoo!
    I first hopped on to your blog becasue I was curious to see who Tiffany's BFF is : ), and just love your card design!
    By the way, I "think" I saw you (or someone looks really like you) in JFK airprot at the end of March, but I wasn't sure if it's OK to just go ask a stranger "are you SU demo?"....anyway, were you at JFK airport on 3/26 night?

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  18. Ann & theDogMay 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    I don't want the blog candy. My gift has been getting to know YOU. You really have a good artful eye. Thanks so much for sharing. I think I'll take the do for a walk too! Happy birthday, friend.

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  19. Robin-
    I LOVE your blog. Your inspiration, your honesty and the fun of living vicariously through you and your creative life! Happy Birthday!

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  20. Happy happy birthday Robin! I love your blog...it is right there on my list of favorites. I'm afraid I don't comment very often, but I really do enjly reading it all. Today is no exception...thanks for sharing that wonderful song.

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  21. Glad you have such a fabulous start to your birthday--You should celebrate for the rest of the month. That has always been my motto--and mine is very early in the month! I like your blog because of the variety of your topics including your faith--so few are afraid to take that stand. Of course you always have awesome projects! Happy Birthday--Darlene

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  22. Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I stop by because I like your projects!!! Pure and simple as that!

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  23. happy Birthday...love the song...it is one of my favourites as well...good reminder of what is important in life! I visit your blog often, whenever you post on LNS and love your projects. Many blessings for today and always!
    woodray@shaw.ca
    Tracy Raymond

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  24. Happy Birthday Robin! I love to visit your blog because I always find inspiration... your cards and your attitude are always uplifting... Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I love your blog! I love to case your ideas and that you are unashamed to share your faith.
    jackiethestamper@gmail.com

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  26. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the 100K hits on you blog. My life has been the better for having you in it. Thanks for putting up with me! Thanks, also, for a chance at the blog candy and for sharing that wonderful video. Jean C.

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  27. I love not only your cards but that you share your faith! That is an encouraging thing to see and read!! Keep it up! I love the PoG song too! That is how I want to live!! Happy Birthday and many blessings!

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  28. Hi Robin,
    Sending you Birthday Wishes!! Have a great day!! I love visiting your blog and seeing all your creative cards and projects. I love them all. Today's card uses some of my favorite colors.
    Thanks for sharing all of that talent!

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  29. Happy Happy Day!! I hope the next 12 months are all wonderful!
    I love the cards you posted today. I was sorry I missed you at Jan's but I know it was wonderful. And of course, I always love your daily shares! Keep 'em coming!

    Sharon

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  30. Hi Robin! First, after meeting you in person I can't believe you're 46! Second, I hope you had a fabulous day. I found your blog through RemARKables. You've helped me get through lots of "stampers block". Your cards are always gorgeous.kris

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  31. Happy Birthday Robin! I hope some day we will meet. My sister-in-law lives near you in VA and I visit her about twice a year. I enjoy your blog and your projects!
    Thank you for always sharing.
    Monika Davis
    monikastamp.wordpress.com

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  32. Happy Birthday, Robin! I just love the cards you make, you're a great inspiration! Congrats on all the hits, and thanks for the offer of blog candy.

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  33. Congrats Robin on your blog hit mile marker!!!
    I have been visiting your blog for the last 6 months.......and I just want to thank you for all of the inspiration. Have a Happy Wonderful Birthday also :0)
    Debbie

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  34. I like the clean look of your cards. They are not fussy and overdone.
    Sharon L

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  35. You are very blessed Robin, and it is so refreshing to see the world through your eyes and heart. I don't know what you look like (sorry, but I have been coming here for months -- I am just the type who likes to imagine what a person looks like), but in my eyes you are forever young in spirit. Happy Birthday and keep on enjoying those seconds in every day.
    Sandi Dailey
    gdailey@concentric.net

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  36. Happy Birthday! I just found your blog thru Gretchen Barron. I believe you are one of the key contributors to stamping 411. Thanks for all the hard work and your site has now be bookmarked and checked daily.

    Jessica

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  37. Happy birthday. don't know why it didn't post, but I learned your website through Gretchen Barron when she features stamping 411.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Happy Birthday, Robin. I found your blog when I signed up for the Late Night Stampers blog. You provide me with much inspiration, especially when my mojo is hiding from me. BTW, I love the song you posted.

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  39. I popped over from LNS, This is my first time visiting....I think, anyway HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love the daisy card !

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  40. Happy birthday, Robin!!! And, a big WOO HOOO to you for going over 100,000 hits! Awesome! And, the cards you made are beautiful, as always!!!

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  41. Congrats on all the hits and celebrating your bday! I enjoy checking your blog every chance I get! I have you bookmarked so I can go straight there anytime I want! :) I really enjoy the clean designs you present with your cards. They are beautiful but easy enough to make and not spend hours doing, if you know what I mean! Thanks for your constant inspiration!

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  42. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! (It's my daughter's birthday today as well...so we've been celebrating with you today! :) ) I hope you had a FABULOUS day!!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You deserve it!!!!

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  43. Happy Birthday Robin!!! I hope it is a wonderful one! Love following your blog.

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  44. Hi Robin, this is a special date as it is our 47th. anninversary. We have been blessed and our 8th. grandbaby is on the way. Thank you for sharing your love of stamping, you are very creatve. I wish you a year filled with Love, Laughter, Health and Happiness. Carol G.

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  45. HI Robin,
    Happy Birthday!!
    I look forward to reading your blog everyday. Yes, everyday. I not only get inspired to make cards even though i never have time to make any. But i also like reading about how you manage your life with a stamping career and your family. That inspires me too!

    Hope to see you soon!!

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  46. Hi Robin,
    I love your blog, (and happy birthday) but today I especially loved the Point of Grace video. I remember that song but didn't know of the video - and it really touched my heart! Thank you for sharing it! :-)

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  47. Hi Robin! Happy Birthday and congrats on 100,000 hits! I truly can see why you have had that many hits! Your blog is awesome and your creativity is amazing! I visit everyday to see what your creative imagination has come up with next! I truly appreciate ALL you do for us and I hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday! You truly make my days wonderful by sharing your awesome creations with us! THANKS!!!!!

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  48. Happy Birthday, Robin! I love your style and personality that shows in your craft. I also enjoy the quality of your photography. Love Point of Grace! Have a great day!

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  49. Happy Birthday, Robin! Congratulations on getting 100K hits!!! Yahoo! Enjoy your special day! I met you at Janet Wakeland's event in York, PA on Saturday, May 15th. I love your card style (it is simple, uses good color combinations and yet elegant). I loved your presentation on how you conduct a class/workshop. Everything posted on your blog is an inspiration. You are a beautiful person! Thank you for your willingness to share. Enjoy!

    Karen Long @ klstamps@yahoo.com

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  50. Just saw the pics of your B-day. I see you truly enjoyed yourself! Looks like the weather cooperated for your day out.

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  51. Happy Birthday, Robin! I have been checking in on your blog for quite awhile. Love all the inspiration I get from your projects and all the other interesting things you include in your blog. Thank you so much!

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  52. Happy Birthday, Robin!! I visit often & get my daily emails of your posts to get the woonderful inspiration that you share with all of us! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  53. i love your blog because of your talent!!! your sensitivity, your way with words, the sharing of your family and your faith.
    and no, i don't post very often, but i do check out your blog regularly. xoxo

    cheers ~ carol.

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  54. Hi Robin & Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful day with family & friends! I love your blog because your cards & projects are all styles that appeal to me and that I want to CASE. I also love your outlook on life! Blessings, Carole

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  55. Hi Robin,

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I visit your blog regularly however I do not post comments, since it is a special occassion I thought I should wish you and also try my luck at teh blog caddy.

    You make awesome cards, I love the white card - Merci.

    Regards
    Zaheer

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