Sunday, December 16, 2007

Celebrate With Me! It's a Giveaway!

Today is my birthday. I'm 42. Birthdays are typically a time when I look back over the past year and its ups & downs (and most of all give thanks that I've made it through another one!). This year I have much to celebrate. I am fortunate to be healthy and to have healthy family and friends. I have a wonderful husband and four beautiful children. I'm a papercrafter. I am able to do something every day that I LOVE and that hopefully brings joy to others as well. I can't believe how much has happened in just this last year. I started this blog in July, and it is something that has brought new abilities, new friends, and new opportunities. I recently passed 25,000 hits -- that just blows my mind. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to visit me every day!! This year, I was chosen to be on my first Design Team, and I can't thank Christine and Amy at All That Scraps enough for having faith in me. I was asked to be Jen del Muro's Guest Designer for December -- what a thrill! Also, this month, I was published for the first time!! Several of my cards are featured in the Winter 2008 issue of Take Ten magazine, on pages 52-53, as part of their "Variations on a Theme." Check it out if you get a chance!!



Like I said, it's been a great year! *smile* Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself to be sure it's really happening! With all these things to celebrate, I thought I'd give a birthday gift to YOU!!! I'm having my first Celebration Giveaway! I'm giving away some Studio G Clear Stamps and a Clear Block, 12 SU! Long Notes with envelopes, Candy Cane Stickles, some Got Flowers? by Prima in blue and pink, and lots of fun ribbon! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Tell me about your favorite birthday, how you like to celebrate birthdays, or just say hi! On Friday morning, December 21, I'll select a random number to be the winner!


Thanks so much for celebrating with me -- have a fantastic day!! :)

62 comments:

Cathy I. said...

Hi Christina - I just wanted to wish you a wonderful birthday!! Congrats on all your success - I saw your cards in the mag - beautiful - can't wait to get my copy (I made it in too!) Have a wonderful day!!!

Kerry J. said...

Happy Birthday to you! And congrats on a great year! I know the next one will be better! I was a lucky duck this year and got spoiled with a new stand mixer for my birthday 3 weeks ago. Hope you get spoiled too (with love!).

Dianna M said...

Happy Birthday!!
I'm on your site almost everyday. I really like your style.
I would say the birthday I remember most is my 8th birthday I got a bike. It was bigger than me. It had a light on the front, baskets on the back. I thought it was something. I will be 50 next year and I still have that bike. I don't ride it but I still have it.
Dianna

Jen said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on being published!! I hit the 40 mark this year and it kind of bummed me out. I'm trying to keep it all in perspective. Wishing you a another great year!

Jennifer

SueB said...

Happy birthday, Jules! Here's wishing you another banner year!

All my birthdays are my favorites - I pretty much tell folkes who grouse about getting another year older to consider the alternative!

later, alligator!
- SueB of sueblondin.blogspot.com

Lesha said...

Happy Birthday! :)

SmilynStef said...

My favorite birthday is always the one I just had ... I enjoy every single year ... I like to celebrate by going on getaways with my husband ... they are so fun to plan and we love to explore new places. Congrats! on your great year ... hope you have another one even more wonderful.

Kathy Camasso (Kathyc on SCS) said...

Happy Birthday Christina! I really enjoy your blog and thanks for the opportunity to win! I turned 48 3 weeks ago and my husband, daughter and son got tickets for all of us to go see Bruce Springstein in Boston! Our DD is 25 and DS is 22. I LOVE that they want to spend time with us doing stuff like this! Definitely an advantage of having kids when you are younger! After all, how many 20 somethings like the same music as their parents??!!

jen del muro said...

don't count this as an entry... :)
i saw your stuff in TT and was THRILLED to see your name in there!! I can't believe that was your first time in a magazine! I am sure that there are many more to publications to come. BTW...I would have never guessed 42, maybe 32, but not 42. Happy Birthday!!!!!

Kerrie L said...

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and congratulations on being published! What a fantastic accomplishment.

I'd have to say that my favorite birthday was about 4 years ago when my niece was born on my birthday. My sister now calls us "birthday buddies" and we'll be celebrating on the 31st.

Kerrie

Elaine said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Christina! The blog candy looks fantastic - great colors together ! :)
I love to just lay low on my birthday - life has so much going on, I just look forward to the slow times, when there is little that HAS to be done...my best one though, was when I had my daughter a few days before...she's was and still is a treat!

Nikki said...

Well Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a great one! I don't really have a unique birthday tradition...just dinner out and cake and ice cream afterwards. I enjoy it though! Thanks for the chance...{SMILES}

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!
Congrats on your hits!
Congrats on being publish!
Congrats on being on a Design Team!
What a wonderful year you had...so next year how are you going to top this year? Count me in on this sweet celebration candy.
Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Momsnack said...

Wow! You have a lot to celebrate. Congratulations.
NancyS (momsnack)

Jan Scholl said...

the only birthday I did anything for was my 18th-I moved out into my own apartment. no more looney bin for me. My birthday was the 14 of December and I bought my own lunch (eyes rolling) and stopped at Hobby Lobby for some glass jars. then delivered my daughter HER birthday present ( a camcorder). and she gave me----------her cold.

Tricia said...

Congratulations, Christina! What a wonderful year!! :) I look forward to seeing what you'll create in the next year. :)

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday!Thanks for the opportunity! I can't wait to pick up a copy of take ten. It is always so exciting to find a card by someone that you follow! I love your blog!
My favorite birthday was last year actually...I was pregnant with my first child and my husband threw a surprise birthday party for me! It was so exciting and I felt so loved!
Hope you have a great day!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Congrats & happy birthday.

JenMarie said...

Congrats on the great year and Happy Birthday! (Mine was yesterday) December is a great month for a birthday!

ELLIE said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
My favorite birthday was when I turned 40...my children got together with a friend of mine...and met me at my job with 2 dozen balloons with all kinds of messages...like over the hill...old lady...happy 40th...surprise on and on...then on the drive home...they had posted BIG signs (for all the world to see) (including at one of the exit tolls) my mom ELLIE just turned 40....or ELLIE is officially over the hill...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM...and the signs went from my job all the way to my home....just follow the signs...they were awesome...and then a MASSIVE banner wishing me a happy birthday that they spent weeks making and decorating...tacked to the front of our house...then they saved money and took me out to dinner at my favorite restaurant and got me a beautiful cake...IT WAS WONDERFUL...it took them a couple of months of planning and saving and touched my heart and soul...IT WAS THE BEST!!!
Have a glorious birthday!!
Peace--Ellie

karen said...

Happy Birthday!!! I have a copy of Take Ten saw your cards and love them they are gorgeous. Congratulations on being published and have a blessed birthday. The best birthday I can remember is leaving my home late for work on my fortieth birthday finding a little old lady birthday sign in my yard with the words Lordy Lordy Karen's Forty for all the world to see. Place there by my loving little sister for my birthday.
Karen. kmills2@ec.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your successful blog and happy birthday!! Since having kids there always seemed to be something on my birthday - a scout meeting, school function, you name it. One of my favorite memories is coming home late after a scout meeting. We stopped and got some burgers for a late dinner. I was busy getting laundry going before going up to eat and my kids came down to the basement with a candle in my cheeseburger singing happy birthday to me! It was a very sweet moment. I hope you enjoy a wonderful day!

leenda said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy 42nd Birthday dear Christina, Happy Birthday to you!

Trust me you would rather have me type this than sing it!!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on the spread in the magazine.
I put this particular magazine on my Christmas list.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Michelle Adams said...

My favorite birthday was when I turned 19 and my future husband (at the time) presented me with a romantic dinner and a diamond promise ring. Shortly thereafter, we selected wedding rings and tied the knot. We just celebrated our 11th anniversary...Boy, time flies!
Thanks for the chance!

hayley said...

Happy Birthday! I LOVE your site! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent. -hayley

The Lucky Clucker said...

My most memorable birthday was for my step dad. We had ordered an ice cream cake and when it was delivered, we stuck it in the freezer without looking at it first. When we opened it for dessert, it said "Get Well Marla" !! We got a huge laugh out of it and now every year, someone in the family gets a "Get Well Marla" cake!!
Congratulations on your beautiful site!! - Bonnie

Kathy M said...

My most memorable birthday was 2 years ago when my husband and I combined our birthdays and anniversary (all in September) and went on a cruise.
Happy Birthday!!

Jennifer Ofiana said...

Happy Birthday and congrats on the successes! Well deserved!! My birthday is the day after Christmas so I can honestly say that none of them are that memorable! Everyone forgets! So sad! :( I got ripped off! haha!

Dawn Easton said...

Happy Birthday Christina! I'm so happy to have found you and your blog! Your are such a sweet person. All of your creations are wonderful!!
Congrats on the Take Ten publications! If I can FIND one, I'll pick it up for sure! They are hard to find here in Edmonton! LOL
Hope your birthday is extra special! Mine is coming up too but I don't have time to think about it with all the holiday stuff to worry about first!

scfranson said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on having such a lucky year. Your blog is wonderful.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Christi said...

Happy birthday Christina!! My most memorable birthday was my 21st birthday. Everything about it was perfect and just thinking about it brings back such awesome memories. :) Thank you for being you and for your amazing blog.

Mandiannie said...

Just dropping by with a friendly birthday hi. My husband and me celebrate our birthdays by eating out. We've ate at the same resteraunt for the last few years and it's turned into a tradition.

Maissi said...

Happy birthday!My favorite birthdays are in the childhood, lots of friends and the excitement what going to happen. Nowadays I like to celebrate it with couple of friends enjoying life.

Linda SS said...

Happy Birthday:) I liked my birthdays when I was a child and all my grandparents were alive. I don't like my birthdays anymore because almost my entire family has birthdays in January. We are so partied out that none of us feel up to celebrating them.

mochamama said...

happy 42nd birthday, you look awesome. My favorite was actually turning 40, I felt great looked great and was proud of it!

Carolyn King said...

Happy birthday girl! Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

I love birthdays...just dont love getting older...lol!

tyrymom29 said...

Happy Birthday !!! My best birthday was a few years ago ...My children had decorated and baked me a cake with my DH ...IT was the sweetest bday ever ....!!!!

Melissas said...

what nice, spring-y candy! Thanks for sharing. And belated happy birthday wishes! My favorite birthday was when my dh flew my bff across the country just to spend the weekend with me! It was fabulous :)

Amber said...

Happy Birthday (yesterday)! Congratulations on all your success this year! I just recently found your blog and love all your wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a great Birthday! Congrats on being in take ten - always love that one when it comes out!

I don't have 'big' birthday doos - my kids like a cake but I hate being the center of attention so it's usually just us. (My husband is not spontaneous and can never keep a secret so usually we just stay home)
Joanne

Mercy said...

happy belated birthday! i am so glad that you've had a phenomenal year! you have been such an inspiration and help!

thanks for the chance to win some awesome goodies, too!

Mary Lou said...

Hope your 42nd year is your best yet! I love your style - great blog! My favorite birthday was my 30th as I got to spend it in Hilton Head Island - what could be better?

Thanks for sharing all of the great projects!

Melinda Brein said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Every birthday for me is my favorite! Our family tradition with birthdays is to bake a cake at home and then we all decorate it!!! -Melinda

Tracy said...

Happy birthday! I love coming to your blog for inspiration daily, your projects and cards are always so gorgeous.

My favourite birthday was probably when I was a kid. My mom used to plan these parties with games and prizes- I loved those days!

Thanks for such a great giveaway.
~Tracy

Anonymous said...

First of all, happy birthday! My most memorable birthdays, most recently, have been the last 3 of my birthdays. My 2nd son was born one day after my birthday, 3 years ago. It was an emergency c-section and I ws 3 1/2 weeks early, but all came out fine in the end; but I will never forget sucha beautiful time in my life and how fortunate I am for my 2 beautiful boys! Hope you enjoyed your birthday!
From: kearneykrafter

Pat S. said...

Hi Christina!
Congratulations on your birthday, and the success of your blog! I am one of your daily readers...it's always fun and inspiring :)

Thank you for celebrating with a great give-away!

My favorite birthday celebration was when I turned 50 (that was very recently :) My stamping buddies through me a surprise over-the-hill party, complete with a black cake!

Mendi M said...

Hi! I love your blog! I check it out daily!

Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

Happy Birthday! You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing!

Lilian said...

happy birthday! i hope it's one filled with laughter, hugs, and great food with beloved friends and family. :)

wendella247 said...

Happy Birthday--one day late! My favorite birthday was my 40th--I was moving from cold NY to sunny Arizona, was leaving a failed marriage and got to play pin the tail on the donkey and celebrate mutual birthdays with my 78-year-old stepmom! It was wonderful!

Congratulations on your successes!

Staci said...

Happy, Happy birthday! Congrats on a wonderful year! I hope they only get better and brighter! I love to celebrate with my family. I guess I love to do everything with my family so it is no different :) Thank you an awesome blog and great present to us!

Staci L.
www.stacilynch.wordpress.com

Pegg S said...

All this happy news AND it's your birthday!? Congrats on all your success - you deserve it - and I hope your birthday was the best!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on a wonderful year. May 2008 be even better.

Heather said...

Congratulations!!

My favorite birthday would have to be the year I turned 16. I got to have 2 parties. Since my birthday is Halloween my mom decided everyone would be to busy to come to my scavanger hunt party so I got to have 2. Best of all I got to have 2 cakes!!! I love cake...

Darlene D said...

Happy Birthday to you! Love your blog. Thanks so much for your great inspiration.

Tammy-SCS-feathers&ink said...

Happy Birthday! I love to give away gifts on my birthday every year too! ;o) I loved my 21st birthday best. My fiancee had remodeled a whole apartment for us and had gone to my Grandmother's house and picked up everything I owned. He got the whole family in on the act and they put together the whole place. I showed up to a huge party and my own apartment with all the dishes in the cupboards and my bed made!

Bluemoon said...

Happy Birthday! and congratulations on everything. It's nice to hear all the great things happening for you. All the Best! :)

Alyssa said...

Happy, happy birthday! I love your work and your blog. It's wonderful that you share so much creativity and inspiration! I would have to say that my favorite birthday was this year. I turned 30 and gave birth to my wonderful son just 5 short days later! Have a wonderful day everyday! :)

Jen McGaughey said...

Happy Birthday for the entire week! At our home, we celebrate all week long for our birthdays and it is a wonderful tradition. My birthday is the 19th (tomorrow)and I will be 51. Looking back, I can honestly say every birthday has been the best. I am thrilled to have done what I have done, delighted to be here today and looking forward to all my tomorrows! I wish for you the same.

I have enjoyed your website very much and I wish you much continued success! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your time, you have been a wonderful inspiration not only to me, but obviously to many others.

Sincerely,

Jennifer McGaughey

jackie said...

woohoo...my favorite birthday just was....the big 50!!! let me tell you girls - it is not so bad (SMILE) hOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS WONDERFUL....LOVE YOUR BLOG...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...

jeannen2 said...

Happy Birthday Christina! I love all my birthdays -- my favorite part is the days leading up to the birthdays. I treat that time like New Year's Day. New resolutions and a clean slate for a week or two! Jeanne