Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Another Year Goes By!

Hello everyone & Happy May 3rd to you all!  Yep today is my birthday---another year older I am, sigh!  As I hover closer to 40 I don't know that my birthday appeals to me as much anymore, LOL.  I really have liked my 30's and don't want to move into the next decade---so I've decided that THIS year I will REMAIN 37, hee hee.  Yep I will be 37 for at least 8 more years just like Zsa Zsa Gabor :) ('cept I'm not having any more kids, lol)  Birthdays never really bothered me much before---my 30th I spent in the hospital recovering my surgery and 21 was a happy year of course but they always come & go and I'm fine with it.  But when I turn 40 in 3 years---I will be on a remote island and I will NOT acknowledge my birthday in any way.  Yes I know 40 is the new 30 and all that crap that people say but I'm still not digging it and yes Jennifer Aniston & Courtney Cox look fabby but I also don't have personal trainers and plastic surgeons at my disposal.  Just prayer, a good face cream and crossed fingers in my arsenal, LOL!  And I was reading about using cow pee or some kind of urine in face creams the other day in a magazine so I guess I might slather some of that on me too if it works, LMBO!  So we'll see!  As for celebrations---nah, I'm good--Maui was present enough for me.  A dream come true it was so anything else it just icing on the cake so to speak.  I just want a sunny day, quiet day and then hubby is bringing me a dozen MD blue crabs to eat on the patio--YUM! My favorite food in the whole world dipped in vinegar/Old Bay and topped off with a cold Cherry Coke.  NO cake for me--I hate cake (gasp) LOL.  I like pie though and Lemon Meringue or Key Lime are my faves :)

 This was my present from hubby--a white gold & diamond plumeria necklace (love it) so simple and pretty!  Thanks hubby ;)
AND my fave author Karen White released her new book "The Beach Trees" today! Yep it's on my Ipad already, LOL!

A shout out to a few of my birthday twins today as well---both my DT sistah's Candy and Mindy Baxter are celebrating so if you stop by their blogs give them a birthday message too :)  And my good pal Marti Will's birthday is tomorrow too---lots of us Taureans rocking the May birthdays this week! (know what they say about us Taureans, hee hee)!

**And to celebrate the RIGHT way I'm giving away some 
Celebratory--no calorie-BLOG CANDY 
today so read to the end of this post on the yummy details! **

Ok--here is another slideshow of Maui pics for ya today!  This one shows our hike we did off of the Hana Highway with "Hike Maui" (who I highly recommend, the guide was great).  We hiked on a beautiful day and saw 5 waterfalls.  You could jump off the tops (which the kids & James did many times) of the waterfalls but the water was CHILLY!  And if you know Riley for him to jump off that high up was HUGE (he's very cautious and hates heights so I was proud)!  So beautiful to see and our guide fed us fresh pineapple and bananas right off the trees and a gourmet packed lunch.  It was a great time and it was always a dream of mine to see these waterfalls--worth every second!  Then we celebrated Alexa's 15th birthday by going on a Snorkeling Cruise to Molokini with Trilogy (another group I recommend highly).  Not only did we see schools of spinner dolphins but a HUGE sea turtle popped up in front of me & Alexa and scared the PEE out of me---it was bigger than me.  I hope my water camera got some good pics of it--it's head was huge and it looked at me like "Hey lady, what the heck are you doing here?" LOL.  Trilogy provides an awesome breakfast (fresh fruit and homemade, yummy cinnamon buns) and homemade lunch but Capt. Chris' salsa with pineapple was WOW!  Then on the way back they opened the sails on the catamaran and fed us ice cream.  Off in the distance I thought I saw something but kept watching and sure enough it was a WHALE--so Alexa screamed and everyone came running, LOL.  It was FANTASTIC--we saw a baby humpback, its mom and male escort.  The baby was learning to swim so it was flipping and flopping all over.  The cooleset thing I saw in my whole LIFE--a moment to remember for sure.  I have some pics below and a video when I figure out how to post it (I also have it up on my Facebook).  If you missed the other slideshows just page down to see those and I'll have 1 more this week (told you I took LOTS of pics, hee hee)


Maui Slideshow #4


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Sunny Days Are Here Again!!


Today I'm sharing a card with you that I made for this month's Magnolia-licious DT Challenge.  I am the lucky hostess this month so I've created a sketch for everyone to try out.  I love, love sketches--they usually pull me out of mojo-block and get me on the right path (although sometimes when I'm finished they don't look at all like the sketch, lol).  You can find the sketch and how to play along with us at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog!


I broke out a pack of awesome new papers by Fancy Pants called " "--I loved the pops of black in all the patterns.  Black is one of my fave colors and I always think it gives colors and projects such a great POP of definition.  I used two NEW Magnolia images from the Butterfly Dreams Collection from Magnolia-licious called "Tilda Holding Daffodil" and "Tulip Walkway".  Tulips are my fave flower and hubby brought me a nice bouquet of them yesterday--but I have to put them way up high as my one cat (arghhh) likes to eat fresh flowers, LOL.  The flowers are a mix of Primas and the corner brackets were made with my border punch and then just cut into a 90 degree angle and accented with pearls.  The scrolly leaves are by my fave Marianne Designs and then I coated them with stickles.  Butterfly is a punch from MS and I just punched one out of black cs and then punched small holes in it and backed it with another butterfly punched in the yellow cs (the middle is a small pc of the pattern paper).



And yes she's colored with Copics of course to match the papers--- C9,C5,C3,C1/G12,G000/E49,E47,E31,E50/E11,E00,R20/YG67,YG03,G20,YG63/Y18,Y11,Y000.  I cut lil' Tilda out and popped her up on dimensionals on top of the field of tulips.  Each tulip and her white shirt and shoes got a coat of Stickles for more sparkle.  The cloudy sky was done with a sponge dauber and ink and a handcut cloud template :)



So now you need to hop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to see the DT's fabulous projects using this sketch and details on how to join in.

And I couldn't celebrate my birthday without having a yummy celebration candy right?  So just leave a comment today (no questions this time, I'm giving you the day off, hee hee) on this post only I will give 3 WINNERS one of these prizes:  a $25 Gift Certificate to Magnolia-licious, a $25 Gift Certificate to SCACD or a $25 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!  So leave a comment by Saturday (May 7th)!!


175 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Looks like you had a fabulous trip. Your card seem to look a little bit Hawaiian too!

    Deb H.

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  2. Happy birthday from one Taurean to another. Beautiful card ... your trip looks fabulous!

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  3. Happy 37th Birthday! ;) Don't worry about the 40-ies...I am 45...and yes, I get panniced now as well, as I see the 5 in front of me....5 years usually go by so fast. You are so right with personal trainers and operations, Botox and so on...sigh....but we try our best to look great, yeah? ;) And I must say I really admire you for your figure!! Wow! Everytime I see photos of you I think I would love to have such a great figure myself! Really!
    Thanks for sharing more of your Hawaii pics! Loved the one's of yesterday so much, so I am glad to see more =)
    And yes...before I forget...the Tilda with tulip card is soo cute as well! I love the colours! Wouldn't have thought of using grey/black, but it looks cool and suits perfectly to the great papers!!
    Okay, so now this is a long comment ;), eh?
    Birthday-Hugs,
    Martina

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  4. Happy Birthday

    I love that you share what markers you use for the image.. helps me learn what colours blend well

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  5. I wish you a most wonderful birthday. Don't worry about the 40 thing when it happens, I did and shouldn't have 'cos it's true that life really starts then. I should know 'cos it happened to me 22years ago now!!!!!!! You are what you are never mind a number, just keep making those gorgeous cards for me to enjoy.
    Much luv Joanne xxx

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  6. Happy Happy Birthday Suzanne! I love the pictures! You look fantastic! Beautiful! I am so glad you had such a fantastic trip! It is good to have you back, you were definitely missed! I also love your Magnolia card! You know how I love Tilda! The black dp is just gorgeous!
    Have a fantastic day and enjoy those crabs (my very favorite also)! You are so lucky to live where you can get them good and fresh!
    Big Hugs!

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  7. Hope you have a great day today! And don't worry about getting older--it's better than the alternative, and a heck of a lot more fun! :^)

    Big hugs from Arizona,
    Penny

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  8. Happy Birthday, Suzanne.....enjoy your celebration!!! Looks like DH did real well in the present department; love the necklace, it's beautiful!!

    I also love your Maui pictures and your gorgeous card! I sure have missed them! The colors in this one are just superb. What a great combo!!!! And, that Tilda stamp is so darn cute.....

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  9. Happy Birthday to you Suzanne!

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  10. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! I hope you have a great one and I wish I looked as good as you do!
    brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

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  11. Happy Birthday! Here's to a fun filled year!

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  12. Happy Birthday Suzanne. Your card is gorgeous. Hugs, Carissa

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  13. I just love reading about the things you do. The things I dream I could do! Love your card and all its color. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and many more.

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  14. Happy Birthday Suzanne.... I love your necklace you lucky gal.

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  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Age is a state of mind. If you want to be 37 you can be. Or twenty 21 You look absolutely fantastic. I don't think you need all of the fancy trainers, etc. Your card is absolutely gorgeous.
    Enjoy the day!

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  16. Happy Birthday! Glad your trip was so nice - we took our first vacation in over 38 years of marriage this year, and decided we like vacations! Beautiful necklace and happy reading! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday. Your vacation looks like it was wonderful. Love your card. I too love to use black, it really pops! Enjoy your day!

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  18. Happy Birthday, I hope all your birthday wishes come true!

    Love the cared, gift, & pictures from your trip.

    And I too have been hovering at 37 for A LOT of years :-)

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  19. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Hope you have a fab day!
    Wait til those 50's start creeping up! It's only a number.

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  20. Happy Birthday to you ! Happy Birthday to you ! Happy Birthday Suzanne(boss lady) Happy Birthday to you ! I hope you have a great day filled with love and surprises.
    Big hugs to ya♥

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  21. Pssssssst got so busy singing happy birthday forgot to tell you that your card is adorable as always !
    Hugs again

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  22. Happy, happy birthday, Suzanne! I know you celebrated in Maui, but have an extra special day today, too! Enjoy those crabs - yum! Loving seeing your pics from the trip!

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  23. Happy birthday to you Suzanne!! Love the card and have been enjoying all the pics of Hawaii...so jealous, looks beautiful!!

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  24. Happy Birthday!!! I am right there with you I am forever 39 LOL !

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  25. Happy Birthday from a fellow May baby! Love those Maui pictures and the card for today. Have a fabulous birthday!

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  26. LOVE your blog Suzanne! Your pictures from Hawaii are amazing!

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  27. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Love that necklace! Hope you have a great day and enjoy the crabs...my favorite too since I'm from MD! Just got crabcakes at G & M Sat!

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  28. Mahalo Suzanne for the fabulous pictures and happy birthday. Looks like you had a fabulous time. I don't want the summer to go too fast, but I can't wait until October when I go. I know I have been there 10 times already, but I still get very excited when we go. We always have a great time.
    Aloha, Anne :)
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  29. Happy Birthday!!! Loved seeing all the pictures. It looked like you all had a fabulous time. Beautiuful card!!

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  30. sounds like a wonderful time on the vacation with loads of memories and stories. the card is beautiful and I love the coloring of the black and yellow.

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  31. Happy Birthday! Your trip looks amazing!

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  32. A very happy birthday to you Suzanne, and good wishes for many more. Your card is adorable.
    crafty teacher

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  33. Happy Birthday dear Suzanne!
    ohhh wow girl I just remember my 40, I was so happy , but OMG after few months I did get that I am 40 and wow I don't like it a lot :) hahaha, but I am learning to do so.
    The card is sensational, what a great combination of papers and colours.
    Hug's
    Renkata

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  34. Hi Suzanne, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Glad you back, missed you soooooooooooo much. Will email you and introduce myself in the near future, from one of your biggest fans in South Africa, hugs Engie

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  35. Happy Birthday Suzanne. So excited to hear about your Maui vacation. Love the pictures. And 37 isn't that old. Been there, done that.

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  36. Happy Birthday it looks like you had a FAB time away, next time can I come with you LOL. xx

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  37. Happy Birthday Suzanne!
    Don't worry about getting to 40, I'm 42 now and going through a new lease of life!
    Remember it's always better than the other option! LOL

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  38. Hello my dear friend!!! Your card is sooo BEAUTIFUL just like you are!!! Your trip pictures are so fun.. glad you all had a great time!! Now HAHPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!! Kick back and RELAX!! DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ..it's YOUR DAY!!!
    big hugs coming your way...
    Janiel

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  39. Happy Birthday, Suzanne! Sounds like it's gonna be a fabulous day for you! Your card is fantastic, as usual! Love it! And your vacation pics.....I am sooooo jealous! Maybe I'll make it there someday.

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  40. Well happy birthday sweet Suzanne!! I know whatcha mean about the 40 thing. I will turn 39 in Dec, which means just 1 more year for me. However, I've been 28 for a while now!! Maybe this year I'll turn 30, but nothing higher, LOL! Sounds like you've got a perfect, relaxing day ahead of you to match your perfect, beautiful card. I'm working on my sketch card as we speak. Have a wonderful week!! Hugs, Rosie :)

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  41. Hallpy Birthday,
    Years don't matter if you still feel(and look) young, LOL!
    About the card, I really love it, the papers and cardstsock are great together,Thanks for the Birthdaycandy, so nice of you,
    bye Mascha

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  42. Happy Birthday Suzanne! WE're ALMOST Birthday Twins, lol, mine was yesterday but today is DBF's! Can't wait to hear all about your trip - looks like it was a blast! Love your card, as usual - hope you have a great birthday!

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  43. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy

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  44. Happy birthday Suzanne! What wonderful pics and even better memories you have of Hawaii... Your card is beautiful and colored so beautifully! hope you enjoy your day and those crabs!!!!

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  45. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Your trip to Maui looks wonderful. Hopefully 1 day I will get there too. I love your card - the colors are awesome.

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  46. HAPPY BDAY SUZANNE!!!!!!!!!!

    AWHHH you'll be ok lol!!! I love the pixs so very much!

    All the scenes are gorgeous.You know which one i love the most most most!

    The clarity and the sun was hitting on Alexa really nice!I love how the water was falling all around her so softly.You know which one i'm saying?It's where she's int he water with her head coming out the water,LOL!!

    I see you had loads of fun :)

    RIGHT YOUR CARD LOL!!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful gorgeous card!I could feel some of the tropical weather through your card :)
    LOVE THE COLORS AND PAPER!
    WOWSERS OFCOURSE,RubyM:)

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  47. I am not sure if my first comments posted or not so I will try again. Hope you are having a very Happy Birthday and I hope the storms stay away long enough for you to enjoy your Blue Crabs. Of course your card is just beautiful.

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  48. Happy Birthday Suzanne! I'm so glad you had a great time in Hawaii! Your pictures are great.

    I love this card! Of course, I love all of your cards, but these colors are wonderful!

    Have a great day!

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  49. Happy birthday. Love your necklace. It looks like something I would wear. Your card is a real beauty, Love the black butterfly. And hey 40 isn't so bad. Didn't mind 50, but 60 is coming in a couple of years - that sounds old

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  50. "Happy, happy Birthday....and many more..." LOL. Your card is Wowzers! I too love black for the same reason, really makes things pop. And POP your card does...I love it! Thanks for a chance to win a prize...I love all three places!!! Birthday Hugs to you.

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  51. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Suzanne. Beautiful necklace, enjoy your day. Love the card and the papers.

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  52. Super adorable and sweet card using this sketch. Very pretty :o)
    BTW, gorgeous gift from your hubby!!
    Hugs,
    Cabio

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  53. Happy birthday to you. Love your gift and your card - she is a beauty and stay 37 for awhile, it's a nice year to be!!!

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  54. Happy Birthday, Sweetie Pie! I wish all the very best for you cuz you deserve only the very best! :)

    Love the pics! It's soooo beautiful there! I can't wait to go back one of these days.

    Love your beautiful card too ('natch). Love all of your lovely cards!

    Thanks for offering some yummy delish candy on your special day!

    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  55. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Enjoyed your pics from Maui. Love your card!

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  56. Hi Suzanne!
    A big Happy Birthday to you. It is the 4th here in Australia and it would have been my Mother's birthday. You don't look a day over 25 so I wouldn't worry about numbers at all.
    Fabulous birthday present from your DH and what a super holiday. I love to see your pictures. It is so lovely to see your family having such a wonderful time. We have just seen the first hump back whale on out shore line. What wonderful creatures and to see a baby was a real bonus for you.
    Your card is gorgeous. I love the colors and I too love black. I thought that was a nice way to use the Tulip path with Tilda sitting in the middle. It has given it a new perspective. Love the layout.
    Hugs Maz

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  57. Happy Birthday Suzanne. Hope your day is wonderful and relaxing. Love looking at your Hawaii pictures. I can only imagine how special that trip must have been for you and your family.

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  58. Happy Birthday! Oh to be 37 again - jsut wait! What a trip of a lifetime for your family. Thanks for sharing your memories!

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  59. Happy Happy Happy Birthday..... I guess since your 37 I get to be 18....although you look fab I am 24 and graying early thanks to my grandpas genes... Although I should be thankful I was not born with any gray hair like my aunt! Hope you have a wonderful day off and enjoy your time... Your birthday give away is a good one. And love you card!

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  60. Happy Birthday Suzanne! If you think turning 40 is depressing; wait until you turn 50 or 60! My 40th bd did not bother me in the least but when I was turning 50, it dawned on me that I had lived half my life (how many people live to be 100?)

    Wish I had been in Hawaii instead of Vermont last week! You can read all about my "excellent adventure" on my blog!

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  61. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your 30's and 40's and so on. I'm in my 60's and love every minute of my life. Just like the movie: Eat, Love & Pray!

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  62. So glad you had.a wonderful trip... But I SURE did miss seeing your beautiful cards everyday... Love the colors on this one

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  63. Happy birthday, dahlink! I remember 37! Geesh, I'm old enough to be your mom! *sigh* I hope your day was filled with sunshine, warmth, and love!

    I adore your card! You always have the nicest papers. Tilda looks adorable!

    Blow these out and make a wish ---> i i i i i

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  64. Happy birthday and thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and humor with us.

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  65. A very happy birthday! And you have a beautiful necklace there :) I am enjoying Hawaii through your eyes. Was there any singing in the airports?

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  66. Wow! your trip looks like heaven! happy Birthday!

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  67. Happy, Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a marvelous trip and I would have love to have seen the waterfalls, and a fabulous way to celebrate a 15th B-day. Your card is adorable.

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  68. Hope you had a great Birthday!! I love the yellow and black color combination on your card. Just beautiful!!

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  69. Hey Suzanne,

    Coming in to wish you a very Happy Birthday!!!

    Kathy and Alma!

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  70. Hope you had a lovely Birthday!! Love your card and the yellow and black. It is so cute!!

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  71. OMGoodness Suzanne as always your
    card is GORGEOUS. One thing about
    Birthdays always rejoice it's
    better that than six feet under..
    that is what I tell my best friend
    each year on our birthdays...LOL...
    Thanks for sharing your trip with
    all of us... beautiful pitcures of
    you and your family.
    Thanks for a chance to win some sugar free CANDY
    Birthday HUGS from Texas Linda

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  72. Happy, Happy Birthday!
    I love the colors on this card. I usually stay away from black but you showed how to use it the right way.

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  73. Happy Birthday!!! Love seeing your creations, this card is sooo cute, the details amazing! Enjoy your birthday!

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  74. Happy birthday! I turned the big 40 this year (YIKES) and you're right... those that say it is the new 30 are seriously sniffing something... LOL... Wonderful card... love the black and yellow combo!

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  75. Happy Birthday!! I love it... another May baby, although I'm a Gemini. Geez Suzanne, you've got 3 more years before the big 40, don't harp on it, it really is just a number, you look great! You have a beautiful family and that's what's important. Enjoy your family and the beautiful life you've made for yourselves, 'kay??
    Thanks for sharing your Hawaii pics, it brings back great memories for me. My son wants to go, but we'll wait a couple more years when he's hit the double digits, I think by then he'll appreciate it more.
    Love the card, you do such wonderful work:)
    Hugz,
    Maria

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  76. I recently got hooked with the Copics and Magnolias but I still haven't got any Magnolias. $25 will help me start just right!!!!

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  77. Happy, Happy birthday Suzanne!!!! WOW what a fantastic vacation!!! I'm loving your pictures and anxiously awaiting the videos. The necklace is gorgeous!!! Plumeria is one of my favorite scents. Love it!!! Loving your card, too!! She is beautiful! One of my grandsons will be 18 on the 13th, then on the 15th I'll be eligible for Social Security - YEAH!!!! But, would be nice to be 37 again and know what I know now. May is a busy month for us, many birthdays and anniversaries so I've been busy!! I so appreciate your sharing your life with us here on your blog. I love reading about your adventures. Have a WONDERFUL DAY!!!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

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  78. Happy, Happy Birthday. Your slide show is fantastic--Maui is definately is on my bucket-list.

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  79. Happy 37th Birthday! Your necklace is gorgeous! Loved the Hawaii pictures and, of course, your artwork is always picture perfect!

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  80. Happy Birthday Suzanne here wishing you many more. It only a number. Secret - When your kids go off to college you will have so much more time to do your thing. I encouraged my boys to go away to college because we live in a small town. I have never been so broken hearted when I had to take them and leave them at college. But let me tell you I got over that. Now when I leave for work in the morning and everything is clean when I come home it still is. It really is GREAT!

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  81. Great card and love all the colors. Glad you're back in the card making business again. Hawaii pictures look great. We've been there and missed some of the things you saw. A great place to visit. Edna B.

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  82. I just love your black, green and yellow card! Your work always amazes me. Everything is just so perfect right down to the holes in the butterfly wings. Beautiful card.
    Huggeroonies,
    Kathy

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  83. Happy Birthday Suzanne,
    What a lovely meal you had and such a pretty necklace!
    Many thanks for the shout out about my Birthday yesterday :o)
    Love your card. I have to agree the black is striking with the yellow and green. Beautiful work. Love the corners, and beautiful papers. Great colouring - of course!!
    Hugs, Candy

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  84. Happy Happy Day Suzanne! Pretty jewelry and a trip to Hawaii---wow, what a great combination

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  85. LOVE this card, Suzanne! I have always loved black on a card, and this is just gorgeous! Beautiful coloring and love the images you used! Beautiful flowers too! Happy Birthday!!
    hugs, Sharon

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  86. Happy Birthday to you, Suzanne! Your birthday necklace is gorgeous ~ just like you said, simple and pretty! Sounds like you'll have a nice birthday dinner, too!
    I love your card today ~ black and yellow is one of my favorite color combos! Don't you just love that new Magnolia collection with the butterflies?!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  87. Happy B'day girl! I have to say my 50th was the WORST, LOL! Oh, if I could only go back to fifty now, hahaha! Great card, and welcome back!
    Cheri

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  88. Hey Happy Birthday Suzanne, I'm a Taurean too! May 18th

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  89. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! I am a new follower and I have already learned a ton from you. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Maui...seeing your beautiful pictures of your "trip of a lifetime" literally brings tears to my eye. They are so beautiful!!! I LOVE your necklace...Plummeria's are one of my favorite flowers and I LOVE the scent. That would have totally been one that I would have picked out for myself!!!
    Blessings,
    Valerie Martin

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  90. Happy, happy birthday! May birthdays are the best! Yup - I have one, too, but believe me I wish I were looking at 40 and thinking it sounded old. Just wait until you are staring down 5-0! Ugh! Not this year but soon! Love your adorable Magnolia card such awesome coloring and dp!

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  91. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Love your card and all the detail. We are also celebrating a birthday in our family...our dog turned 17 today...that's 119 in human years so 37 is just a pup...LOL. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  92. happy birthday and i just love your card. great coloring and that new paper is to die for. i have to add it to my list of must haves.

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  93. Happy, Happy Birthday! Your trip photos are spectacular!!

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  94. Happy happy HAPPY birthday, Suzanne! I know you will enjoy celebrating this special one for a long time, especially every time you think about your Hawaii trip. LOVE the color scheme for today's card - talk about fresh and pop!

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  95. Suzanne I am so glad that you and your family are having a wonderful vacation, enjoy getting older. Life gets better as we age!!!

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  96. Happy happy happy birthday! Keep celebrating this special one as long as you can (especially with your trip memories and artifacts.) Love the image and card today - fresh and popping!

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  97. Happy Birthday, Suzanne. Really like your card combining the tulips and daffodile with Tilda. Sweet! Sweet! Shirley

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  98. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!!! Any chance your looking to adopt a Mother ???? One you want to take under your wing and take traveling with you possibly back to Hawaii LOL ? Just kidding LOL I am terrified to travel much a problem I am trying to overcome so I live through you and your adventures! Again Happy Birthday!!
    Hugs

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  99. Happy Birthday to you. I love the colors on the card. It is a very nice combo.

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  100. Happy Birthday, Suzanne.Trust me, I wanted to stop at counting 35, but it doesn't really work. Just enjoy the years you have and think of each of them as a blessing. Congratulations on your trip to Hawaii. I went to Honolulu when I was 18 and in college! It was totally awesome, but I would LOVE to go again as an adult.My best friend and i went, and we knew a married couple who were living there in the coast guard who showed us around. It was amazing.
    Love your card, too, snd missed your posts while you were away.
    Thanks for sharing your pics!
    Donna G

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  101. Happy Birthday. I am fairly new to stamping and just got some copic markers. I love your work and appreciate your sharing it with us.

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  102. Happy Birthday Suzanne,

    Your pics of Hawaii left me drooling. That is my one dream to accomplish before I leave this world!

    Don't let the age thing worry you too much, you look fantastic:)

    Mary (hmheartfelt[at]yahoo.com)

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  103. Happy Birthday Suzanne! Thank you so much for sharing your pics from your trip to Maui. It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

    Hugz, Karen

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  104. Happy Birthday!!!!!! TFS your vacation with us and your cute card love the colors. Thanks too for the giveaway. God Bless

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  105. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Suzanne
    Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!
    Believe me when I tell you this, you are so blessed to be able to do the things that you and your family are doing that you should look forward to each and every coming year....
    Thank you so much for sharing your fab vacation with all of us. You guys look so happy in every picture. You look like everything that you did was so much fun. I am loving sharing it with you..
    Your card is fab as always. I love the butterfly. Great job as ALWAYS..............

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  106. Happy Birthday Suzanne. I thought I was doing good on my 50th birthday, until I thought of it in terms of half a century. Than it seemed old. LOL Loved your card so much. It reminded me of Hawaii.

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  107. Wow, great slide show and beautiful scenery. Happy Birthday! Be sure you enjoy each one to the max cause the years go by much quicker after each one and before you know it you'll back and wonder why you didn't relish being 40 when you turned 60 and where did those 20 years go.....lol
    "Hugs" Carol

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  108. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! enjoy your day! Thanks for all your wonderful creations, etc.!!!

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  109. Happy Birthday Suzanne, don't worry about being 37, I turned 59 last week. Just love all the beautiful cards you share with us.
    Cathie Weary

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  110. Happy birthday!! Looks like you had a great trip and I love the card.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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  111. Happy Birthday to you! And glad your family had a beautiful vacation in Maui. I live on Oahu and haven't been to Maui for about 40 years. We have to travel to the mainland to see our grandchildren instead of going to the outer islands. In fact, when you were in Maui we were in California where I had the stomach flu for a week! yuk.
    You have a beauatiful family.
    Love your card...beautiful.

    hugs
    bobbi

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  112. Happy 37th b-day! I'm also approaching the big 40 and I think I want to stop too! :) Anyway, you were so close to us Hawaii girls but not close enough I guess. Just an island hop away- you'll have to come to the big island next time and teach a class (wink wink) so we can all learn from the best and you can mix business and pleasure. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

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  113. Happy Birthday, Suzanne!!! :)

    Glad you had a great time in Hawaii! Thanks for sharing the pictures and your beautiful card!

    Enjoy your special day!

    Jennifer
    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

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  114. Happy Birthday Suzanne...I hope it's everything you've wished for!
    It's great to see you back in the swing of things!!!
    Hugs,
    Linda

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  115. Happy birthday! Fab pictures. I hope your day is grand. Celebrate life!!

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  116. A beautful card, adorable pictures of your holiday. Your pendant necklace is gorgeous. Do have a wonderful birthdy.
    Hugs
    Suzi x

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  117. Happy Birthday Suzanne. My aunti s40 today, that age you dread so much lol! I was 40 last ocotber and altough I was not looking forward to it I am surviving. Have to say you are looking great for 37 :0)
    Photos are fabulous, looks like tha most amazing holiday. Your necklace is very pretty too. Thanks for offering some birthday candy, very generous x

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  118. Happy Birthday Suzanne. I follow your blog faithfully and your adventures. your adventures bring back memories i have over 20 yrs ago and your art work is always inspiring. from another copic gunky ellen a (cdn)

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  119. Happy Birthday! I'm glad you all made it back safe. You always have entertaining traveling stories. :)
    I love the colors in your card.

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  120. Happy Birthday! My birthday is Sunday, Mother's I go for the double whammy LOL! Thanks for sharing the Maui Slide shows. They look great! Memories are priceless.

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  121. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! I live in MD so I know all about those yummy crabs! Your card is lovely as always. TFS!
    Jill
    Jilliree@aol.com

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  122. Happy Birthday Suzanne!! I had forgot we share the same birthday. I had a fabulous birthday as well. My family bought the new Cricut E2 for me. I love to get craft supplies! Your photos from Maui are fabulous. I would love to go there some day. I haven't played with my copics in a while but you always make me want to. Your work is fabulous!!
    Hugz
    tina gale

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  123. As always, your work is beautiful, I envy your talent. Happy Birthday and may more.
    jman4@comcast.net

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  124. Congratulations on your birthday! I love the details about Maui. We are leaving on 6/18 for ten days in Maui ourselves. Celebrating our youngest daughter's finishing her PhD in Chemical Engineering! We rented a large condo right on the water and we cannot wait. Love the pictures you shared.

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  125. Hi Suzanne ~ Your card is so pretty! Glad you had a wonderful trip and peaceful birthday. Hope your 37th year is filled with many Blessings! Ann :)

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  126. Happy Birthday! Love seeing your pics from Hawaii, as I will never get to go there1

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  127. Happy Birthday and welcome back. Love all your pictures of your vacation and looks like you and your family had a great time.
    Thanks for the chance to win some candy..
    Karol

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  128. You are blessed with a wonderful hubby and two fabulous children!!

    I think family and LOVE is greatest gift any Mom can ever have and I'm sure they made your Birthday very special!!



    Hugs,
    Lis

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  129. Happy Birthday, hope you have a blessed day. The pictures are awesome. What a beautiful place!

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  130. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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  131. Happy Birthday Suzanne. My brother and his daughter are both May B-Day's as well, so there are lots of you guys out there. Love the card, the color combo is beautiful. Want to try the sketch too.

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  132. Happy Happy Birthday!!!
    Thank you for sharing both your lovely vacation pictures and your beautiful cards. I can't wait to see what is new everyday!!!

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  133. Happy Birthday beautiful Suzanne (ok I'm one day late - story of my life! LOL!). I hope your day was FABULOUS and you got the pie of your choice and those yummy blue crabs! Your necklace is beautiful and the pics of Maui are priceless - I am living vicariously through you! Never worry about your age - it's only a number! :)

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  134. Happy Birthday! Mine is this friday. I am over the 40 hill and rolling on down...Love your card and the colors you chose! Aslo thanks for sharing you r vacation pictures with us. I am living vicarously through you as my husband doesn't believe in vacations. =(
    Pam

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  135. Happy Birthday, Suzanne!! Mine is the 5th, Cinco de Mayo!! We Taurus's are so awesome!! I love your card and thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. that would be a wonderful b-day gift for me.
    have a good one!

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  136. Happy Birthday, Suzanne!! Mine is the 5th, Cinco de Mayo!! We Taurus's are so awesome!! I love your card and thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. that would be a wonderful b-day gift for me.
    have a good one!

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  137. Happy Birthday and I loved the card
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  138. Happy Bithday, Suzanne!!! Thanks for sharing the Hawaii pictures, love to go there sometime!! hugs, Frances.

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  139. Happy Birthday Suzanne. Wow I love your card. I really like Tilda and all the colors are just perfect. Thanks for a chance to win some candy. Hugs, Anne
    http://createacardbyanne.blogspot.
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  140. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!!!! Your card is beautiful, as usual!!!! You are my fav all time artist!!!

    Your hubby has excellent taste. The necklace is beautiful!

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  141. Happy birthday Suzanne! I am also a fellow Taurus, I will not be celebrating my birthday on May 5th. I stopped counting at 39 and decided to count backwards, lol actually I will be 58 but I still feel like I'm 21. Thank you for sharing your photos, they are great,it is really beautiful there, also your card is very pretty.

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  142. A Belated Happy Birthday Suzanne - hope you had a fabulous day! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful holiday pics ... I can only imagine how amazing it was to be so close to the whales!

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  143. A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY Suzanne!!! You´re so young my friend!! My older son just completed 38 years old last month.

    For some people we can´t count the age by numbers. They are so creative, so talented and so charismatic that we don´t care about their age. You are one of them but... for now... you don´t need to worry about the age. You have at least 18 years before to worry about this.

    I loved to see all those wonderful pics from Maui and the amazing necklace your hubby gave you!!!

    And... your card is stunning as every work you do. Thanks a lot for sharing such beauties and your talent with all of us.

    A big hug and a kiss on your heart!!:

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  144. Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! Your Maui picks are amazing! Looks like you guys had an awesome time.
    And your cards, always wonderful.

    XOXO Lina

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  145. Happy Birthday! Don't worry about 40 it's not so bad. Fifty was rough for me, but then you start getting SENIOR discounts! Haha.

    Love this card--as usual. The colors are lovely and different together. I agree about the black. Thanks, Kathie (MyAuntKath)

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  146. Happy Belated Birthday Suzanne!! Hope you had a wonderful day!! Your card is gorgeous, love the colors you chose and I just love the way you embellished it. Enjoy seeing the pics of your trip. Looks like such a fun trip!!
    Hugs,
    Kim

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  147. Happy 37th and holding! At least you'll have a whole year to get used to turning 38...maybe by then you'll be okay with it.

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  148. happy Birthday Suzanne, wish you all the best, love your work.
    Hugs from Indonesia, Irene

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  149. Happy Birthday Suzanne! I hope you had a great one. Your pics was so pretty in Maui!

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  150. Happy Birthday Suzanne! I love your Maui pics. Looks like everyone had a blast. There is an unexplainable feeling when you see the whales, it will never leave you :)
    I am not a big fan of the Magnolia stamps but your card today may have just changed my mind. TFS

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  151. You certainly know how to celebrate your birthday! Glad it turned out so wonderful and enjoy seeing all the fun pictures! Love your card how you have Tilda sitting on the pathway and the yellow and black make it so striking!!! Awesome work Suzanne!!!

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  152. Happy Birthday! Beautiful card, love the colors and all the flowers. =)

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  153. Happy Birthday!!! What a gorgeous necklace & card and looks like you & yours had a blast in Maui - beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  154. Happy Birthday. I love Tilda's blouse in black.

    Mari

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  155. Happy Birthday to you ~ mine was May Day! I had a blast with family and friends and a great party at a mexican restaurant! Then Friday vacation for 11 days! Yippee!! Carol M in TX/carolswingster77@aol.com

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  156. Happy Birthday! I just found your blog cause I got some copics and was looking for videos etc. Love it!

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  157. Happy Birthday and I hope it's a great day for you. Your card is adorable. Thanks for a chance to win some sweet candy.

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  158. Happy Birthday Suzanne. Your card is gorgeous. Great job!!!
    Big Hugs Janine

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  159. I love the yellow and black color combination on your card. Just beautiful!
    Hope you had a great Birthday!
    BIG HUGS JANINE

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  160. Wishing you all the love...Hubby hit the spot! Super cute!
    I hope you will have fun the whole month!!!
    Smooch! Huggies
    anaRy

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  161. First, GORGEOUS necklace! Hubby has great taste! ;D
    Second, what a beautiful card! Love your bright, bold colors and Tilda is colored gorgeously (is that a word? hmmm...) as always!
    Rene :D

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  162. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures with us - WOW what a trip!

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  163. Glad you had a great b'day! Don't worry about approaching 40 - I'm sure you'll be just as beautiful!
    Your card is gorgeous as are your holiday photos - maybe one day I'll go back to Maui and spend more than just a day.

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  164. Happy belated Birthday to you Suzanne. I hope your day was EXTRA special.... Almost on on wedding anniversary (May 5th)..... Sad to say I've been married more years than you are old! (39)....
    Your pictures from your vacation are beautiful. Isn't it awesome there? I have always loved our trips to Hawaii.
    Thanks for offering yummy low cal candy! hehee
    Happy Mother's day for Sunday to you.
    God bless.
    Peggy

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  165. Happy belated birhtday. I know your family made your day very special for you. Thank your for always being so generous in the classroom and on your blog with the great prizes you offer us. I love your beautiful card. Your coloring on those jeans is awesome.

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  166. Well Happy Birthday again. From one of those who have (just)entered their 40's, it isn't so bad. You are only as old as you think you are!
    Thanks for showing us your great vacation pics. I am so ready to pack my bags & fly away!!!

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  167. Hi Suzanne!
    Glad you're home safe and sound. Don't be too hard on Alexa's boyfriend lol.
    I love your latest work! Very cute!

    Hugs,
    Abby

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  168. Once again, Happy Birthday Suzanne! My daughter brought me earrings from Maui just like the necklace that hubby gave you. Tilda in the tulips is gorgeous, love the colors. I might have to buy this one. Hugs,

    Barb in Victoria, BC, Canada

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  169. Hi Suzanne,
    Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day. Beautiful artwork on the Maggie as usual. Also hoped you enjoyed the movie "Something Borrowed". I love Emily Giffin's books and I think they did a great job on the movie. Critics weren't too pleased, but what do they know?
    Thanks for the chance to win. Have a wonderful Mother's Day as well.
    Cathy C

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  170. Happy Birthday and thanks for the chance to win blog candy. I am really impressed with your card as I haven't yet learned how to colour with copics. Thanks again.

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  171. Happy Birthday Suzanne. Love your pictures of Hawaii. They brought back memories of my trip many years ago.

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  172. Happy Birthday. It sounds like Maui was a blast. Love your work. Happy Mothers day too.

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  173. I hope you had a wonderful, wonderful day! Love the photos!

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I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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