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Oct 22, 2007

I'm SO Excited!!! I think I'll give away some blog candy to celebrate......

Wow! This is a big week for me! I turn 30 in a couple of days (which I'm fine with). Thirty still seems like a good number to me. Plus, I've been working as a nurse for 9 years (yeah... started young!) I've been married for 8 years... I have 2 kids... I FEEL 30! My twenties have been full. I wonder what the next 10 years will be like.

So... want to know what I'm so excited about? (I don't MIND being 30... but I wouldn't say I am EXCITED about it either) So... this afternoon, I was checking my e-mail and received a letter from an editor. So... my heart starts beating a little faster as I start scanning the message. I had to read it 5 times to make sure I read it correctly. I'm going to be PUBLISHED! Agh! Me?!? It's not going to be for several months, but I'll share info when I can. Agh! Double Agh!

I don't know if any of you have read my "about me" section... but when I created my blog this June, I wrote about some of my goals. One was to become a design team member and the other was to become published. I just can't believe that in 4 months, both of my goals have become a reality. So, now I'm going to set some more goals. My BIG goal is to find a way to turn this passion into a career. I keep asking the "experts" and everyone gives me the same response. Basically... this craft will never be able to replace a "real job" financially unless you create a company or design stamps. I don't plan on doing either... so I'm hoping there is a choice "C". I would love to work for a magazine or papercrafting company... as long as the work involves creativity. I am starving for a job where I can be creative! Does anybody out there need an employee? :)

So... in lieu of beginning to conquer my goals.... I'm going to give away some blog candy! Let's celebrate together! Just leave me a comment on this posting telling me what you would like to see more of on my blog.... or what you would like to see less of. I'm open to ideas! Want to see what you're playing for???

One lucky winner will receive this fabuloso clear stamp set courtesy of Rubber Soul! I'll pick a random winner on Thursday (MY B-DAY!!!). What's the catch? You HAVE to check back on my blog to see if you are the winner! If I don't have a response by Saturday, I'll pick another lucky winner! (Also, make sure you don't leave a comment as 'anonymous' ) Good luck!!!

77 comments :

  1. Well, happy birthday!!! I had a wonderful 30th, so I highly encourage it. ;)

    What I'd like to see more... more of your card designs. Or any design ideas you have. Love your blog either way. :D

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  2. I am so happy for you Julie!!!! Rockstar!
    You must check out my blog tomorrow...I am sending you a little love, like you need more of it! God is so good!

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  3. SOOOOOO happy for your Julie!! What an awesome thing - you've accomplished much more than I did by 30! Amazing girl and so deserved! :)

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  4. Always more cards! Happy Birthday!

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  5. Congratulations to you! Happy Birthday to you!

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  6. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!!! I LOVE your blog just the way it is. :)

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  7. Congratulations Julie, this is exciting news I am so happy for you. Keep reaching for the stars. You'll be one soon.

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  8. You make me so proud! Julie, reading this post just made me smile. You have come a long way in a short period of time! I just know you can do anything you set your mind to.

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  9. Congratulations!! What fabulous accomplishments! Also, a very happy birthday!
    Heather L.

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  10. I like your blog. I think your stick people are my favorites.

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  11. A very very happy birthday in advance..(just celebrated my bday yest!)
    It seems you've had a great year...and I do wish all your dreams come true..I'm sure when you want something ..you do get it.

    Thanks for the candy!!

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  12. Congrats on being published! That is fantastic!

    Would love to see more of your work on your blog.

    Happy Birthday!

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  13. kendell

    He is an Awesome God and in his time he has allowed you to reach your goal. Happy Birthday and congratulations. I have just started reading blogs and having fun but cannot keep up to all the ones I have subscribed to but I just love cards and more cards and SB and tutorials. Thanks for sharing all your work.

    kendellm@bigpond.net.au

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  14. Congratulations on your upcoming publication - look forward to seeing it. I enjoy your blog as it is, I am a sucker for cards so if you must do anything with it put on more cards (lol!!!). Thanks for the chance.

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  15. Happy Birthday to you, Julie! Congratulations on your recent success'...that's so awesome that you have already achieved 2 of your goals so quickly. Thanks for sharing on your birthday!
    Pat

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  16. Congrats on your b-day!! AND on hitting those goals! Way to go! Love your blog just the way it is. I check on you whenever time allows!

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  17. Happy birthday and congrats!

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  18. Happy 30!! I recently found your blog and enjoy it! Congrats on your success!!

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  19. Happy almost 30!!! I love your blog. Way to go on getting published.
    Wendy
    wjlittle@earthlink.net

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  20. Happy Birthday a little early...how sweet of you to give *us* a present! ;)
    Congrats on reaching your first goals...on to the next with lots of luck!
    Love your cards....can't wait to see them in print now too!
    ~Michelle P.

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  21. Happy Birthday Julie and congrats on reaching your creative goals!

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  22. Happy Birthday! I actually love your blog- I think you have a great blend of creativity and personal life. Your personality shines through your blog. If I could see more of something it would be more altered projects! Have a great one!

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  23. Happy Birthday!! I also celebrated the big 3-0 this year!! It has been good to me, and I hope it will be good to you too!! I have to say that Rubber Soul and Wordsworth have been by all-time favourites for a while now. Love them. Have a great day!!

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  24. I love your blog, Julie. I can't think of anything you would need to add or take away. Love your ideas.

    Happy Birthday!

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  25. Oh Julie, you must be so proud to have acomplished so much in 4 months! Way to go! I can't wait to see your stuff in magazines!
    Are you going to do something FUN for your 30th BD?
    I don't need an employee, but you can come be creative with me! Together we'll papercraft all day long and...oh wait, we need to have a job in there somewhere don't we...*grin*
    A girl can dream, can't she?!
    Happy early BD. I'm proud FOR you!

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  26. Congratulations on reaching your goals! That IS very exciting! And happy birthday as well. 30's are pretty good - I turn 40 in December and it makes me laugh when I think how OLD I thought that was when I was a child! Doesn't feel so old now!! LOL

    I enjoy reading your blog and all I can say is just keep it up! I love to see all the creations - so more, more!!

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  27. Congratulations on your goals and accomplishments! And Happy Birthday! 30 is not bad at all, a little older and wiser.

    I almost ordered this set yesterday but I will hold off a few days to see if I'm a lucky winner.

    Kim Howard

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  28. Woo hoo, Julie! That's awesome! I'm so happy for you!

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  29. Congrats! It doesn't surprise me that you got published...nor that you are on a Design Team! Your stuff is wonderful. I've also met both those goals and would love to find a job doing what I love. I figure if I keep putting my name out there (getting published and on Design Teams) that at some point maybe it'll pay off. Good luck and happy pre-birthday!

    Jane

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  30. Congratulations, you have a great blog. I'd like to see/hear less music, it scared the pants off of me when it suddenly played.
    Claudia

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  31. What a great birthday present!! Hope you have yourself a great birthday!

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  32. Happy Early Birthday! So far the 30s' have been great for me and I'm sure they will be for you too! I enjoy reading your blog and would like to see more card designs.
    Meredith

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  33. Happy Birthday! I turned 30 last year and it has been very good to me. Congrats on reaching both your goals.

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  34. First off I want to say congrats on being published. Can't wait to see it. It's going to be hard for your family to top this sweet present for your birthday. Happy Birthday and hope it's the best ever.
    Ok now what do I want to see on your blog. Anything, I just love your creative and talented artwork you share with us now. Just keep them coming.
    Thanks for a chance at this sweet stamp set.
    cmeyers@hughes.net

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  35. Sandy Hill (stampin sandyh)October 23, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Congratulations Julie on your upcoming 30th birthday. You have accomplished so much this past year, so congratulations on being published and being a design team member. Your work is phenominal. I love seeing what you do with new stamps and paper. You make it seem so easy. I really love seeing your new cards, so for me it is just make more and more cards.

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  36. Happy early birthday.

    Allison sent me over for the first time and I immediately loved your banner, In His Image! That is so great and so very true!

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  37. Wow, congrats! And what fun candy too.

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  38. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great day!!!Congradulations!! Judy R

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  39. Happy Birthday and Congrats!!

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  40. Happy 30th and Congrats! What a great week for you!! I love visiting your blog and seeing your work and ideas. Keep up the great work and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of your cards in publication!!

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  41. You go, girl! I'd like to see more of... the same. Keep up the awesome blog!

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  42. Nicki (your sister-in-law)October 23, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Holy moly! I'm so excited for you! My eyes are filling with little tears for you......whew....had to wipe them away! :) Congratulations, Julie and Happy Birthday!!! :) Love you!

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  43. Happy Birthday and congratulations! Can't wait to hear where we can see your project... I'd say just keep the samples coming... I can't get tired of seeing too many cards. :o) TFS!

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  44. Such a cool set and happy early birthday! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Heather

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  45. Happy Birthday!! I wish I could be turning 30 again (sometimes). I just had my 46th. Enjoy the years as they do go quickly. Love your blog - visit it almost daily. I wouldn't change a thing - I really enjoy your talent and love seeing what you come up with next - it is very inspiring - Best of luck in seeking a job that allows you to use your creativity - that would certainly be the perfect job!!

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  46. happy birthday julie!! i just turned 30 this year as well... i had mixed feelings about it.

    hope you have a wonderful day!!

    lilian :)

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  47. Congrats!!! I know this is something you had hoped for.

    And Happy Birthday!!
    I turn 30 next year and am already dreading it.

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  48. What would I like to see more of? I think sometimes content isn't everything...I would lvoe to see/read more of that enthusiasim you unbottled for this post. It's contagious you know.... :) I would like to wish you many, many, congrads on your newest accomplishment. You have every right to be excited, being published is a very BIG thing...you go girl...LOL Keep up the creative juices flowing...

    Love the blog candy...perfect for the brand new grandma....ME! I think I am as excited about the baby as you are about being published....tee hee...

    thanks for sharing...

    anette648@yahoo.com

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  49. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day and celebrate all day long. Great blog candy! I would love to have this set as I just got my first grandson. I wanat to make him a scrapbook. I hope I win! Mary Campbell

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  50. Happy birthday and congratulations! I would love to be published someday and also have a career in it too. Great job!
    Cheryl KVD

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  51. Happy Birthday Julie! Why, you're just a babe!! LOL Congratulations on being published!! Great things are bound to head your way - your enthusiasm, creativity and spirit are already in place - now just get busy and continue creating!! :)

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  52. Happy day to you! :) I always like to see good birthday card ideas! :) Thanks!

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  53. Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful day on your birthday!

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  54. Hppy bday kiddo. I would like to see some orange-not halloween orange but odd shades of orange. just because/

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  55. Would love to see some holiday tag ideas! Thanks so much. Really like your blog. Happy 30th Birthday!

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  56. Congrats on being published! Can't wait to see the card in the magazine! And have a wonderful birthday - 30 was a good year for me and they do just keep getting better. Thanks for all your inspiration!

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  57. Happy birthday!!! and congrats on being published! That's awesome!!

    Love reading your blog!

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  58. Congrats on being published and the design teams! (Those are my secret wishes, too! lol) And a very happy birthday, too! I love your cards!

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  59. Julie,
    Your site is a piece of sunshine. Wish we were closer to each other to create masterpieces together, but hard telling the trouble we could get into. Hope to see you soon.
    Carole

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  60. Happy Birthday to you, the big 30 and published, great job! I love the music you have playing and your blog header.

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  61. Happy Birthday!! Please count me in to win the awesome stamps!

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  62. Wishing you oodles of birthday blessings! Congrats to you for achieving your 2 big crafting goals. Your cards are always so wonderful, I have you in my favorites so I won't miss a thing on your blog.

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  63. Congrats on being published Julie...I'm just SO excited for you!! Wishing you an awesome 30th birthday too! Don't let the numbers scare...just live in the moment and celebrate with JOY for the rest of the journey!! Thanks for this chance to win sweet candy! I love your blog....love seeing great pics of beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your creativity & inspiring me!
    ~Brenda H.

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  64. Happy Birthday!!!! Please include me in your drawing. Hope it isn't too late.
    ~Amy

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  65. Happy Birthday.

    ltellev @ yahoo dot com

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  66. Happy Birthday and congrats on getting published. That's very exciting. Your blog is lovely.

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  67. HAPPY HAPPY Birthday!!! Your blog is so full of great ideas - not sure I can add anything. Maybe more step by step pics?? Congrats on Getting published!

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  68. Happy birthday - have a blessed day!

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  69. Happy Birthday! And congrats on being published! What a great accomplishment. I have such fond memories of my 30th...I was in Paris...

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  70. Happy Birthday! Ahhh I miss 30

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  71. Happy Birthday. I like your attitude about everything. You should be proud; you have accomplished a LOT!!!
    congratulations....

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  72. I'm new to your site and love it... so not really sure what i want to see more of just yet... maybe more cards, they are awesome!

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  73. Congrats on getting published (and turning 30). I've been hearing more and more lately about goal settings, and I'm very happy for you that you've achieved your initial goals. Time for new ones. Thirty is a good time for that!

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  74. that's great, being published is an amazing accomplishment..i would like to hear more about that on the blog and how everything came to fruition

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  75. Happy Happy Birthday Julie!!!! Please include me in your drawing. Hope it isn't too late.
    I'm a mom of two energetic boys too!! (9 and 5)
    Hugs from Argentine
    Adriana adrianavander@gmail.com

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