Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME! (and prizes too!)


Hello dear bloggers!
Once again, I must send my apologies for my absence. On the day of my last post, I heard word that my grandfather had passed away. We immediately drove home to FL and spent a week with family to be a support and honor the memory of my grandfather. When we finally got home it was a whirlwind of decorating and cleaning before having our first little party at our new house.
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But enough of my apologies... I am choosing to celebrate my birthday week on my blog! :) My birthday is tomorrow and even though I haven't gotten my stamping stuff out of boxes yet... I think a celebration is still in order. Often you see me paying tributes to loved ones while showcasing their custom-made card. Well, today I thought I would highlight some of the cards in my personal pile that I can't let go of.
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I have ALWAYS loved getting cards on my birthday! My cards adorned the mantle or cluttered my school desk in my room and often stayed up past the Christmas decorations! :) I love to read the kind words and see who remembered me on my day. AND I have the HARDEST time throwing away my birthday cards! So I often have a little pile from each year hidden in a drawer somewhere. While I am not as organized as I would like to be, and I know there are many other graet cards hidden away, I figured I would share these with you all!
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ABOVE, was a sweet little card from some pals in my Drama Class back in 2000. Remember the days BEFORE cardmaking was a huge industry, and those of us crafty gals would rip up pieces of magazines and bust out the crayons and stickers?! Love those days!

Here we have another card from one my dear dear BFFS! Aww, Julie K. (now Salcedo). She and I were like PB & J throughout high school. She is goofy, silly, creative, loves the Lord, such an encourager, and she always knew how to speak my love language! She gave great hugs and kept my awake through my physics class! God, Bless that woman! Later, though, Julie and I went to UCF together where we faced the world of big town Orlando as two little 18 year old girls from a much smaller town! I retreated to her dorm when needing advice, and I helped her find her car when it was "lost" in the ucf parking garage. Julie was also my maid of honor in my wedding, and such a source of support for so many years! Below is the long note and parade of stickers and silly notes attached that was on the inside of the card. I love her dearly!!
Back in 2008 I asked for a weekend trip for my birthday! I heard that Joyce Meyer was having her FREE conference tour in Tampa, FL and I knew we could crash at my brother's college apartment since he goes to USF. We got a babysitter for Noah over in Tampa for the time we were in the conference sessions. And boy did we have an AWESOME time! Wow! First of all, I was SUPER blessed when one of the conference staff chose me, my brother, and my husband to go backstage and meet the whole Hillsong Band! I was beside myself. My brother was grinning ear to ear, and my husband was sprinting from the parking lot to get there without missing his chance to meet the worship team. I have a picture on my phone of me, Luke, and Darlene, (pictured on the left below) looking all like we are buddies! Yeah, then when I profusely thanked the staffer for hooking us up, she blessed us again with FRONT row seats, on the floor! Boo-YEAH! It was Soooo awesome!
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This conference changed my life! Not because I got super blessed with backstage passes and great seats... but it was the first time I ever heard about HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Joyce Meyer Ministries is doing a LOT to help combat human trafficking, but overseas and in our own country! When they showed the video introducing the topic, I honestly sobbed in my chair for about fifteen minutes. My eyes were opened, and on the way home, I told my husband, "we have to do something about this. We can't just go on living our lives like nothing happened. Something has to change." That was a pivotal moment in my life. I am greatful for all that Joyce Meyer Ministries has done to encourage me and rescue so many others!Here was a fun card I got from my mother-in-law back in 2008. I just CAN'T get rid of it! I love the green flower she cut out with her pazzle, and the Stamping Bella image and sentiment is just so HAPPY. :)AND, below is another card creation from Gail, my mother-in-law. This was my card from 2009.
Last year, I was in Colorado Springs for my birthday. We were living there for the year while my husband attended the NLC, New Life School of Worship. So with ALL my family 2000 miles away, it was sooo nice to get cards and presents wrapped up in the mail! I kept those cards out for a LONG time! I loved the many layers and girly colors on this card! Gail always makes awesome cards! Well, I think that is enough for my parade of cards for today!
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BUT, how can you have a Birthday Party without PRESENTS?!?!
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>> SO, I am giving away a goodie bag with stamping treats AND my new "Embellishments" stamp set!
>> Just leave a comment on my blog between now and Friday, Nov. 12 and you will be eligible for the prize! The winner will be anounced on Monday, Nov. 15!!
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Have a happy crisp and cool week! It's a high of 60 degrees in Southport today, and I am eating pumpkin bread like there's no tomorrow! :)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!










18 comments:

  1. Happy, happy birthday! It is lovely to see some of your birthday cards through the years. I save all the handmade ones people make me as well as they are all treasures. I am so sorry to hear of your grandfather's death...I lost my grandfather in June and I still feel his loss. Anyway, have a joyous and special day! Thank you for sharing your birthday with us all.

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  2. Happy Birthday! I can see why some of these are such special keepsakes for you. I have trouble even getting rid of store-bought ones.

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  3. Feliz Cumpleanos Tiffany! I want the stamp set! LOL

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  4. Wow, just wishing you a Happy Birthday gets me a chance to win one of your stamp sets? I'd have cleaned your house, made you dinner, and helped you unpack those craft supplies for that. Sounds like you are really enjoying the new adventure. Love your stamp sets and can't wait to see the next one. Have a happy week. :O) Donna

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  5. Tiffany! Happy Birthday! So sorry to hear about your grandpa, but also amazed that you had a chance to talk to him. We just moved again to another home in Denver this past week end. Hope all is going well. Sounds like it is!

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  6. Happy Birthday!! Wow, love all the fun handmade bday cards!So sweet!

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  7. Great idea to celebrat your birthday all week! Amazingly enough, just a few hours ago I was going through some cards (these ones store-bought) that I have received down through the years, trying to decide whether or not to keep them! Isn't it amazing how a card can bring back the memories?
    Have a great birthday, and thanks for sharing your goodies!

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  8. Happy, happy birthday!!! What better way to celebrate than with yummy pumpkin bread!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Friend! I feel honored that the card I gave you made it as a feature for your birthday post. I remember making that card. I had so much fun selecting stickers and coming up with personalized captions that you'd enjoy. I don't remember exactly what I wrote, but I'm sure it was a testament to the dear friend and precious sister in Christ that you are. I love you, Friend, and pray you have a blessed birthday week.

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  10. Happy Birthday ... and many more! Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards with us. Hope you have an awesome day. Blessings.

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  11. Happy birthday!!! Hope your day be filled with love and fun!
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather - thoughts and prayers for you and your family are being sent your way.

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  12. Happy Birthday Tiffany!Really love the beautiful stampsets you've created. You are very talented. God Bless you this coming year!

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  13. Oh I want to win! It's my birthday on the 11th (Veteran's Day!) hehe! Happy Happy Birthday to YOU though!!

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  14. Happy Birthday Tiffany! I am another November birthday girl who loves getting cards. When I was a girl I saved all of my cards and had a HUGE box of cards in my room. Anyway, have a safe and happy year!

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  15. Happy Birthday Tiffany! I love your old cards. How cute! I've always loved all my birthday cards as well.

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  16. Happy birthday!! Thank you for sharing your favorite cards!

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