Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Birthday Post and More Giveaways

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed. The winners have been announced -->> HERE. Thanks for joining in my birthday celebration.

Today is my birthday, but today's card is for YOU, my blog friends. I am thankful for your lovely comments and kind words on my blog. I hope that you realize how much your visits mean to me.
I'm celebrating my birthday today with my dear family. I share it with my middle-child and I stopped celebrating after she was born. So, I will be 30 forever :-). My youngest turns 5 tomorrow, so it's a busy week of festivities.

Seriously though, there's nothing like a birthday that will make one ponder about life matters. I often read Jonathan Edwards' Resolutions when I examine my life. Here are some things I like:

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

And my favorite:
Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory.

If you've been a frequent visitor to my blog, you know that my first passion is Christ and my paper crafting is just an expression of that. As I examine my life on my birthday, I can't help but thank God for the joy He has brought to my life through His Son. My prayer is that everything I am and do is an testimony of my love for Him.

Now, you can't have a birthday without a giveaway. I actually have three since we have three birthdays to celebrate this week.
  • One of my upcoming Gina K Designs stamp sets. I can't show you what it looks like yet till the previews begin at the end of the month, but I think you will like it. Hint: it coordinates with Spellbinder dies.
  • Some shabby chic embellishments that include my hand-dyed seam bindings, delicate European lace, doilies and other lovely things for your paper crafting projects. (I will post a photo later on).
To be eligible, just leave me a comment here. If you are (or become) a follower, you can leave me a second comment. I will post the BIG WINNERS next Tuesday.

Have a great day! I know I will.
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147 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous card I so Love your style!!!I hope that you have a fabulous Birthday Nina!!!!!
    Big Hugs!!!!

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  2. big happy birthday hugs to you and your daugther, nina! you are so sweet to do 3 wonderful give aways--i'm off to check the resolutions site!

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  3. I praise God for your life and the work that He has called your family to do. Remain steadfast, immovable and continue to joyfully do His work. I simply enjoy your creativity and am blessed that I stumbled upon it.

    Happy birthday Nina! Thank you for sharing the talents that God has blessed you with.

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  4. **happy birthday** and happy birthday to your girls!

    Such a gorgeous card Nina!

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  5. Hmmm...I thought I was already a follower but guess I just had you in my google reader...so I'm a follower now too:)

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  6. Beautiful card and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and your gal...

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  7. Happy Birthday to you, your daughter, and your son. Love the card. How nice to celebrate with giveaways.

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  8. I'm also a follower for a second chance! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Happy birthday and what a beautiful card!

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  10. I am a follower. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  11. You are so sweet to be giving us gifts on your birthday - just goes to show what a remarkable and kind person you are! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And may your day be filled with friends, family, fun and of course CAKE!

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  12. Happy Birthday! May the Lord bless you and meet you in a greater way than ever before!

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  13. P.S. - Your card is beautiful... and I have been a follower of your blog for many months. :)

    Happy birthday again!

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  14. Nina happy birthday to you and to your daughter. With two birthdays does that mean two cakes?

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  15. Happy Birthday Nina!! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day!!

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  16. I am follower too (I have been for a while)

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  17. Happy Birthday Nina!!!!! Best wishes for you!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win this beauty! Would like to be the lucky winner :) Next week my Birthday :)
    Thanks!!!!

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  18. Happy Birthday from one October baby to another. May it be glorious and filled with love!

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  19. I think your works just perfect! Love your cards! I'm your follower.
    Happy Birthday!!!

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  20. Buon Compliano Bella!!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to everyone here in blog land but also to MY FAMILY. My husband even gets a kick out of me pointing out your stamps that have been featured in publications. Such an privilege to call you My FRIEND. Big Birthday Hugz

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  21. I have been a follower since I first laid eyes on your artwork

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  22. Happy Happy Borthday dear Nina! Happy birthday to your DD's as well - what a wonderful time of celebration in your family!! I pray every blessing on you my friend!! Thank you for the opportunity to play for such delish Candy - how wonderfull it would be to win! Happy birthday to you! {{{hugs}}}

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  23. Wahoo - just popped back to let you know I am a follower and a happy one at that! {{{hugs}}}

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  24. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! Very nice of you to share prizes on your birthday. Thanks!

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  25. Thank you for following God's will for you life. Your passion inspires so many people. I have been following you for several months but I don't think I am a "follower"...yet. Thanks

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  26. happy happy birthday my wonderfully talented friend!!! i just adore your work, and your stamp designs suit my style to a "T", I would LOVE the opportunity to work with them!!
    Wishing you a blessed year! (((birthday hugs)))

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  27. Nina - Happy Birthday to you all!
    a lot to think about in those resolves .... wow ...
    bless you.
    Sandra

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  28. Nina - I am a follower - I have been following you through Google reader for a long time now!
    Sandra

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  29. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to Nina and Gaby!!!!
    Happy Birthday to you two!

    Love you...happiest day celebrating you! Wish I was there to give you birthday hugs!

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  30. Happy Birthday, Nina!! You are truly amazing in your craft! Your BIG heart shine through in your fabulous crerations! God Bless you!

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  31. Nina,
    What an absolutely beautiful card. I love it. I have recently been introduced to Gina K Designs Stamps, and I'm telling you I am loving everything this line has. I really love how the coordinate with spellbinders. I don't have any of these stamps yet, but I have had my eye on a couple to start with. I am a follower of your blog thru Google reader for about a week now and I have got to tell you. I love your style. So I would like to send big "Birthday Hugs" to you and your daughter from a new friend. Hope you both are having a great day.
    Marcie

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  32. Happy Birthday, Nina!!! How special it is to get to share it with your daughter!! I pray special birthday blessings over the both of you, today! I am thankful for your heart towards Christ and all you do to glorify His name, He is Worthy!

    Thanks for a chance at your amazing Labels two set and your up coming one! Everything you create is beautiful, so I just know your upcoming set is going to be a must have! Blessings to you!!

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  33. Here is my second comment!!! Happy Birthday again! Hee hee. :O)

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  34. Happy Birthday, Nina! I know it will be a wonderful day for you!

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  35. Happy Birthday! I hope that it will be a spectacular one! ~chiris

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  36. Happy Birthday - again - from a follower! ~chris

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  37. Happy birthday to you and your daughter!!

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  38. Happy Birthday to you and your daughter. And may we all be fashioned into the image of our Savior, more of Him and less of ourselves. Here is a {hug} for your Birthday.

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  39. I'm your follower, happy birthday to both of you!!

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  40. Sretan ti rođendan, Nina! Hvala za ove lijepe riječi i dobar podsjetnik o preispitivanju :) I svakako, sretan rođendan tvojoj maloj princezi ;) Baš me Mario podsjetio kako ju je Jana zvala: Gajbi :) Fale mi sve te cure s našeg brda :)

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  41. HAPPY HAPPY birthday, Nina!! You def. share God's love with everyone you meet!!!

    How wonderful to share a birthday with your child!! Happy birthday to all!!

    And happy birthday tomorrow to your youngest! SO FUN! Celebrate today and everyday--Psalm 118:24

    ps...thanks for the chance to win! You are super super sweet!

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  42. I follow and RSS feed! Of course;) LOVE visiting here!

    Oh! I forgot to tell you that your card is simply beautiful! I love the yellow hues--and the gems!! OH MY! OH MYx2 for the flower! OHHH! Just love it:) Great job! THANKS for all you do for us!! Sharing your talent, God's word/love, and being such a great friend:)

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  43. Happy birthday Nina! Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. Your love for Christ shows in your work that's for sure!

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  44. Happy birthday to you and your daughter. What a lovely post...maybe I will read over those resolutions today to celebrate with you! May God's peace and grace reside in your home always :-D!

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  45. What a LOVELY card!! Happy Birthday!! It's so wonderful finding so many fellow believers in this craft! God is so wonderful in blessing us all with unique talents that we can use to share his beauty with others while glorifying him!

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  46. Thank you for the chance to win these stamps! I love Waltzingmouse stamps and I can't wait to see you other goodies!

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  47. Happy birthday!!!! Your card is stunning! I love the label peeking out and the rhinestone flourish! Big hugs and birthday wishes to you and your daughter!

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  48. Happy birthday, Nina! I sincerely hope that you have the most wonderful day with your family. How special is it that you share your birthday with your daughter?! That is just so sweet! The card you made is so beautiful..I just love the frosted flower! ♥♥♥

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  49. What a delight to come by your blog to say a long overdue Hello and find that it's your birthday ! Beautiful post , Nina ! Have a very happy birthday, dear sister in Christ !

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  50. Happy Birthday, to you Nina and your daughters!

    Thank you for sharing those 3 resolutions...I like resolution #25. It really made me stop and think.

    Gorgeous card! I love this color combination! :D

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  51. Happy Birthday Nina! Have a fabulous day. Love your card. I'm already a follower

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  52. I hope you and your daughters are having wonderful birthdays!

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  53. Happy Birthday! I share your #1 passion!! He is the reason I get up every morning excited. I can't wait to see what He'll do that day. I love your card- the contrast of colors between the yellow and black is striking.

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  54. I do enjoy getting your newsletter. I look forward to seeing what you've created. You are an inspiration.

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  55. Birthday wishes coming your way! Awesome set Nina, keep them coming.....

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  56. Oh Nina! I do love your Lovely Labels stamps. It is so kind of you to provide gifts for your readers on your birthday. Happy 30th [again]!

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  57. Your Lovely Labels stamps are APTLY named! I own a set!! YAAAH!!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win ANOTHER!!!

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  58. Now, since I follow your blog and am allowed to post a SECOND time, let me wish you and your daughters a most HAPPY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    May God continue to bless you from His abundance ~

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  59. Happy birthday to you and your daughter! Your card is gorgeous. I enjoy receiving your updates and seeing what wonderful things you have created. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and talent. I'm on pins and needles waiting to see you newest stamp set. I love your sets that coordinate with spellbinders dies.

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  60. I'm a follower so here's my second post. Once again Happy Birthday to you and your daughter!

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  61. Hopefully, your daughter and you are having a great birthday! 30 is a great age to be forever! I love this set of stamps that you designed but haven't been able to purchase yet and I'm sure I will love the next set! The sets for the spellbinders are so useful!

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  62. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NINA! You are an inspiration!! I pray that your Christ centered ministry will continue to bring the good news to those who don't know Him and will continue to bless you and others!!!

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  63. Happy Birthday to you (and the rest of your family!) Hope you had a beautiful day!

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  64. Happy Birthday Nina and girls :-) Nina your work and constant witness is inspirational to me, and I have followed your blog for a long time - it was one of the first blogs I signed to follow :-)

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  65. Wow!! That is so awesome of you to give things away when it is your birthday!!! Hope all the birthdays you are celebrating are wonderful!!! I just love Gina K stamps!!!

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  66. OMG...HAPPY BIRTHDAY NINA!! My birthday is tomorrow too :)!!! How fun is that??? Hope you all are doing well??? I started working in September and as you can imagen my life has been turned upside down...LOL!!! I'm so happy I had a chance to do some blogging and saw your post :)!!! Happy birthday again my sweet friend and also happy birthday to your daughter!!! Tell her I'll be thinking of her :) !!! Big hugs to you all!!! ~Silke~

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  67. Happy Birthday Nina!! Your card is GORGEOUS!! I love that bling trail and the way you used the label stamp.

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  68. I am already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful Label sets. Can't wait to see the new one!!

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  69. Happy Birthday Nina!!!!!!!
    What a wonderful card you shared for us readers, but really it is us who should be thanking you for providing us with both creative and spiritual inspiration. I know I truly appreciate it!! <3

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  70. Also, I am already an email subscriber (but just in case that doesn't count) I'm now a follower too!! :)
    Keep up all the wonderful inspiration.

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  71. Oh, Nina, I love coming to your blog! Happy Birthday, sweet friend! I'm sorry I'm so late - we are traveling again, and we just got reception! Hope your day and dear daughter's day has had too many blessings to count. I love that you have such a deep faith in Christ, and that you share so much of what you believe. You are an amazingly talented woman, and I'm proud that you are my friend! Happy Birthday, sweetie!

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  72. Oh, and I am a long time follower! Would LOVE to win any of your stamp sets - you rock! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  73. God Bless You and your family this week! What a wonderful gift - children born the week of your birthday! Congratulations!

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  74. Happy Happy Birthday, sweet Nina!
    I am so glad I got to meet you this year! {HUGS}

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  75. And of course, I'm a follower! :)

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  76. Happy birthday! Wonderful card and I love the sets that coordinate with the spellbinders dies. Can't wait to see your newest one.

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  77. Happy Birthday!! Love the card, thanks for sharing!

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  78. Hi Nina, Happy Birthday!! I love to read your posts although I may not always leave a comment. I am sincerely touched by your love for the Lord, and encouraged by the little I learn about your life. May God bless you today and always (Isaiah 40:30-31). And birthday greetings to your daughters as well. They are lovely girls.
    And I love your cards always & your stamps. They are truly amazing!! Thank you for making stamping fun for me.

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  79. Blessed Birthday Nina! :) Your faith and testimony is a wonderful blessing to me.

    "Only one life,
    'Twill soon be past;
    Only what's done
    For Christ will last."

    Hugs,
    Viola

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  80. Oh Nina... Happy Birthday first of all, to you AND your daughter! I loved reading your reflections today and I love how your light shines so brightly! I just bought this set and thought I was getting another one along with the free set for 3 but something went wrong! LOL! So I do have this newest set and though it just arrived, I can't wait to play with it! I am a follower. May God continue to bless you richly!

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  81. Nina- it is a lovely card, and as a follower I thank you! What a fun week it must be at your house this week. Lots of cake and plenty of candles, I bet!

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  82. Oh- thank you for the chance to win one of the giveaways-that's so generous of you!

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  83. Birthday wishes, Nina! Thank you for your continuing insporation ~ with your creativity and your faith/

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  84. Happy Birthday to you and yours. I really like the first one: never do anything you wouldn't do in your last hour of life. That is so profound and such a way to live life.

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  85. Happy Birthday to you Nina! Thanks for your blog and all the wonderful cards you share with us!
    DeniseB

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  86. I absolutely love that stamp set, and the ideas you've already give on how to use it are beautiful! May God bless you with many more birthdays, and be pleased with your desire to give Him Glory in all you do! Kim

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  87. Happy birthday, Nina!! Hope your day has been filled with the joy of the Lord. What an inspiration you are to so many, thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord Jesus in your talents! Big birthday hugs to you, Nina!
    Happy birthday to your precious middle daughter as well, may she keep Jesus near and dear to her heart!
    Nina, that card is gorgeous!

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  88. Ahhh...Happy Birthday to you and your daughter!!! ;) God bless!
    What a YUMMY giveaway!! ;)

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  89. Happy Happy Birthday Nina!! And Happy Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter as well. Sorry I am late with my wishes - hope you had a very special day. A big Happy Birthday to your sweet five year old today!

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  90. I am a follower - and forgot to say that your card is gorgeous!

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  91. Hau`oli L H nau Nina! Beautiful card! Hope your day was wonderful! I am always inspired and already a follower!

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  92. Happy Happy Birthday Nina!! Wish your dream comes ture.

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  93. Gorgeous card and I am a follower :O)

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  94. Happy birthday to you and to your daughter. I hope you had a great day celebrating with your family.
    This card is gorgeous! I love that yellow paper. The embellishments are beautiful.

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  95. Happy Birthday sweet Nina! And Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  96. Well, of course I am already a follower!

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  97. Happy Belated Birthday, Nina (arg! i am a few hours late....) and Happy Birthday to your girl!! hope you all have the bestest time! =)

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  98. Happy Birthday Nina & DD, Praise God for your testimony..I love to look at your beautiful cards, and this one is just gorgeous!

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  99. Happy Birthday to you and your girls, Nina! I hope you have a week full of wonderful family celebrations! Gorgeous card! I love the yellow paper and the bling and rose!

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  100. Happy belated birthday!! Hugs and blessings!

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  101. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you and your sweet daughter have a wonderful day!

    Blessings!

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  102. I have been a follower for quite sometime!! :)

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  103. Nina what a blessing to share you birthday with one of your daughters... I pray you had a wonderful day and continue to grow in grace each day, drawing closer to Him who makes all things possible. Hugs from NC!

    Your card is beautiful...please don't count me in the drawing :o)

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  104. Happy Birthday to you and your daughter! Spending it with family is the best way to celebrate. Thanks for your generous giveaway.

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  105. Hi Nina, I am a first time visitor to your blog. I am now also a follower! Happy Birthday and may your day be overflowing with all that God has for you!

    Your work is beautiful!

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  106. A big happy birthday to you Nina - beautiful, beautiful card, so elegant. Thanks for the inspirations, too. Fantastic blog candy. thanks for sharing. Hugs, sharon :o)

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  107. Hi again! I am a follower so this is my second post. I am also a great admirer of your stamps!!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

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  108. It is such a blessing that your love of Christ shows through in all you do - God Bless you on your Birthday!

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  109. Happy Birthday!! How lovely to share with your daughter. Beautiful card.

    Lynne

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  110. Happy B-day to you and your girls! Hugs and blessings!

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  111. ... and I am also a follower. ;-)

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  112. Happy Birthday to all three of you! You are very blessed!

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  113. I am also an avid follower of your blog!

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  114. Happy Birthday Nina. Hope you day is filled with happiness. This card is beautiful. Love the yellows and your pretty flower.
    What a wonderful giveaway! Count me in please. I would love your new Labels sets...can't wait to see your new one too. :)

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  115. Happy Birthday to you and your middle child, Nina!

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  116. And I just became a follower! Many Happy Returns of the day!

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  117. Happy Birthday Nina!!!! Your card is gorgeous as are all of your fabulous creations!

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  118. I am a long time follower. Thank you for the chances to win.

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  119. Nina & daughter Happy Birthday!& youngest too! Love your card and would dearly love to win yur new labels set at GKdesigns!

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  120. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!!! Your card is gorgeous!!!! I love it!!!! Beautiful colors!! And that bling is amazing!!!

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  121. Nina - I hope you are having a wonderful week of birthday celebrations! Happy "30"th to you! Hee-hee! You don't look a day over 30 so I think you are really that age -- only the kids get older because they want to. Love your card and can't wait to see your new stamp set!

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  122. I check out your blog every day to enjoy your creations. Thank-you for sharing and looking forward to seeing more.

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  123. Wow, I'm the 136th commenter! Look at all the love here! I thought I've always been a follower already?! Happy Birthday again to you, Katy and Gaby!

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  124. Hi Nina! Sorry late na ako sa greetings ko sa iyo... Happy Birthday! More blessings to come!

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  125. Hope you had a great birthday. I have a lot of October birthdays in my family too--what a great chance to make cards!

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  126. I just became your 425th follower! Thanks for sharing your family's life with us--I enjoy reading your blog every day!

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  127. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful shabby creations and have been a follower (with google reader) for quite a while now. :) Thanks for a chance to win.

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  128. I hope your birthday was happy! I was caught up reading Jonathan Edward's resolutions and it took me this long to come back and wish you well. I enjoyed them and definitely think your favorite was mine too. (Seeking His glory, first and foremost), but the one resolution that I certainly cannot claim, but then if you knew my church friends/family, you'd understand why: #38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord's day.
    Sundays are filled with laughter that's for sure. Hope your birthday was too Nina.

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  129. Oh Nina, you always make the most beautiful cards! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

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  130. Nina, I know I am late to your party on your blog, but I wanted to wish you a very happy belated Birthday here. May you be forever 30...hehe...love that, and I love your stamps, and all your gorgeous creations. God sure gave you a beautiful talent and I am certainly grateful to be able to see your work! Hugs and Much Love

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  131. I signed up to be a follower too, so this is my second post!
    DeniseB

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  132. Yay! I'm a follower too! Hope all the birthday festivities were a blast!

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