Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time to start the celebration!!

Can you believe it?  February is here!  Not just Feb, Feb 2015! That now makes it 5 years.  5 years ago I was so sick that I couldn't do so many basic things in life and was in total denial about my health even though deep down I knew my only chance to get better would be surgery. So I am very much one of the lucky ones who not only qualified for surgery, but also one whose surgery resulted in completely stopping my seizures so far. 
 
I celebrate each year I am given now, and most especially by giving back to all my crafty friends, both new and old as they were my best supporters, my wonderful friends, my lovely prayer team, and what often kept me going!!  I am so thankful for that.
This fun card is made for you all my friends.  There's a wonderful ANYTHING GOES contest over at Your Scrapbook Place, it starts today!  So join in over there.

OK, down to the nitty gritty details!  For those of you who are new, I will have blog candy all month long, I usually announce winners about a week or so after (i.e. around the 7th or 8th the main winner list will get started, then updated everyday).  I don't mail out the prizes until the end of the month as I anticipate that many winners will have multiple prizes.  So, it's a good idea to play everyday!! And at the end of the month I have a lot of big prizes that will go out (die cut sets, larger stamp sets, big gift certificates....) so lots of winners will get additional prizes. 

ALL countries are welcome to play however, please understand if you are overseas that I have to limit what I can send to either flat items like rubber or stamp sets or digital stamps.  I am happy to share worldwide but postage is crazy, lol!!  So digi prizes are a great way to celebrate!

Everyday I often ask some fun question or like to send you to a website and have you check things out...there can often be a method to my madness, sometimes I am curious to learn about you or see what you like, who knows?  I might have a special prize just for you!  One year I had a lady tell me she loved giraffes.  Well guess what I had...so, if you answer the questions, you are more apt to get a prize that you LOVE as opposed to something more random.

THIS posting is the MAIN prize listing and will have winners picked off of it all month long, so be sure to add your comment here, even if it's late in the month. I will always be coming back to this posting to pick winners for some extra items.

Now, lets make a PRIZE announcement! WOOHOO, what a way to start huh?  we had two pre-game prizes, one was for people who shared on my Facebook, we had almost 100 people do so, the winners are:  Leadonna Quick Kimmel, Linda Lechnir Chidster

Second was the people who left a Birthday message on my blog Thursday for Sweet Pea stamps Owner Lynette:  VIRGINIA MONTANGA

OK, here we go....leave your comments, once a day!

Did you miss the blog candy photos?  here they are CLICK HERE

109 comments:

  1. Well that's just wonderful - CONGRATS to you and long may you continue to be healthy. I very much enjoy your Posts and creations and your Candy is extremely generous :-D
    Many hugz

    IKE xxx

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  2. Congratulations on a happy and healthy life Holley!! I shall certainly be popping in regularly - you are so generous and your art is always a joy to see....here's to another amazing five years!!!

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  3. Your card nicely outlines the friendship. Friends are the ones who stand beside you through thick and thin . I want to realize all the good wishes that you send them faithful companions .
    Marjeta

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  4. You mean a lot to me....
    And so does your Health and Happiness......
    Here's a wish to say....
    Take good care of yourself!
    Love this creation, a beautiful message through this card!!!
    I love Giraffes as well. I think you had a CD of movie Madagascar or a giraffe toy.

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  5. Hi Holley great that it is 5 years ago congrats on that.

    You have chosen a stunning and fab image and make a very beautiful card.

    Gr Karin

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  6. Congratulations Holley !!! And to your early winners too

    Your card is just wonderful
    Hugs Nikki

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  7. Happy Anniversary, and I'm so glad you've made it this far! I absolutely LOVE the image today! So simple, and so very large on impact! Have an AWESOME blog candy time this month!

    By the way...I use those giraffe stamps all the time! LOL

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  8. Happy 1st day of your Bog Candy celebration. Hope you have a very happy and healthy year. Love your friendship card. I will send out your postage stamps tomorrow. Going to stamp and craft today while hubby watches footvall.
    Virginia Montagna

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  9. Happy February what a nice thing to do and what a fun way to celebrate life...you inspire us...thank you

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  10. So happy for you Holley. Thanks for all you are doing. Looking forward to all that is coming up

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  11. I love your card! Happy Anniversary and so glad you are here and able to celebrate life. Congrats to your early winners.

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  12. You are such a giver! God bless you sweetie!

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  13. Beautiful card Holley and as always wishing you many more years to be trouble free. Happy Anniversary Hugs Jennifer xx

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  14. I love this card.It?s stamp??Happy Anniversary Holly.

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  15. Congratulations winners and God bless you for being so giving Holley xxxx

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  16. WOO HOO! Congrats on 5 yr. anniversary Holley! Pinky friends forever!

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  17. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! I absolutely love the card.

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  18. Dear Holley... what a bless to be healthy again... to celebrate every year of good health! We've met at Sweet Pea Stamps, as DT-members. And it was always a blessing to be part of the group. And to know you! You know a little of my life.. and my poorly health. So you know how it is. I am hoping and praying for the same good outcome as you have expierenced. Thank you for friendship for over these years. And thank you for your giving heart. And ofcourse.... Congrats on the 5th anniversary! Big hugs, Sylvia xxx

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  19. Love this card Holley. I think friends are very important especially in time of need. It's very generous of you to be giving something back Holley although I'm sure your friends would say no need, that's what friends are for. Take care x

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  20. Happy Anniversary and BIG Congratulations on a blessed, healthy life.

    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  21. Very excited to see a 5th year being seizure free.

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  22. What a lovely reason to celebrate! And thanks for offering us the candy! I'm nearly 5 years cancer free (in April) so I think I'll have some candy then too.

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  23. Congratulations on your continued good health!

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  24. Congratulations on your continued good health!

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  25. I can't believe it's been 5years already. That is amazing. I am so happy that you are doing so well. I love that you are so grateful for all that has happened too. It shows what a wonderful person you are. Your card is wonderful and perfect. All your friends are here to support you and celebrate with you. Here's to many more years of good health. Hugs (AmyMartinJones)

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  26. Yay for you Holley! So happy that your surgery worked and that you continue to remain well! I always love seeing your beautifully colored designs and sassy style! I get so much motivation from online blogs and when I learn a little along the way that's a bonus!

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  27. Happy Anniversary Holley!!! It's been a while since we've chatted, a LOT has changed in my life over the last 2 years, but I'm glad I found my way back to you...and, I'm glad that you are doing SOOOOOOOO well!!!!
    I remember a few years ago, chatting wtih you in messages and such and learning so much of what you'd gone through. You were so strong, even through the disappointment and struggles. You deserve so much of a great life, and everything you have now!
    You're so kind and creative and I'm glad you are doing so great.
    Sending many hugs and continuous vibes of healing!!
    <3 Melisa Marie

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  28. So wonderful to know that you are enjoying good health Holley! I remember reading your story over a year ago and being thrilled to see how you have turned your story into an inspiration to us all! Your cute and often spunky cards bring a smile to my face!

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  29. Happy 5 year anniversary! that is so awesome.... I agree that our crafty friends are the best.... Congrats on this awesome milestone, may you have many more!

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  30. Love this card! Friends are so important - in the good times as well as the bad. I love looking at your posts. I get such great card ideas. Your cards are always amazing! Happy 5th Anniversary and thank you for sharing your healthy blessing with us.

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  31. I think it's Wonderful and the PERFECT way to celebrate LIFE for you dear friend! A great WooHoo to you passing this milestone~ OH and the card is Fab also lol! Especially love the embossed corners for accent! Great job kiddo!

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  32. I love the card, friends forever with a pinky promise! Congratulations on your 5 years, God sure has been good to you! May you enjoy many more years of living to the fullest, and making beautiful cards! Blessings!

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  33. Oh my goodness, you are SO generous! God bless you on your milestone! Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness!

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  34. Hi Holley ! Congrats for your 5th anniversary, and thanks for celebrating such a big thing with us. Hugs, Laila .

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  35. congrats, Holley!
    I hope you stay healthy and fit for a long long time! you are very lucky. :)
    Hugs,
    Natalie
    INKognito

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  36. Wow, 5 years. That's amazing! I hope there are many, many more healthy years ahead of you! :)
    I love that you decided to do a friendship card with this image. It definitely fits perfectly!
    Hugs! xx

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  37. congrats on 5 years.
    nancy dunlap

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  38. lovely card and love that die cut you've mounted pic on and yes friends are everything. and congrats on 5 years heres to many more
    jackiep

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  39. Wonderful news 5 years wow, Many many years of good health, you are a trouper!
    Kath Coughlan

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  40. Congrats! Wishing you well in the coming year!

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  41. Congratulations Holley. I haven't known you very long but you are a great inspiration and I praise God for your miracle. xx

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  42. I love that card! I would like to get the stamp - who made it? Please? As one who has been through the journey with you, I am looking forward to many more years of great news.

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  43. Wonderful card, Holley. I love that image. I'm so happy to be celebrating this big anniversary with you and I'm wishing you many more years of good health!

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  44. Congratulations on the big 5, Holley! I wish you many more... I pinky swear. (Your card is beautiful.)

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  45. Let the celebration begin!!!!

    Beautiful coloring of the hands.

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  46. Congratulations and here is to a long healthy life

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  47. Congrats on your 5 years anniversary Holley. Wishing you many more years of good health, happiness and success.

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  48. Thank you for the lovely card. You have made our day a little brighter already. I wish you continued health and happiness.

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  49. Congrats on 5 years...I hope you have continued good health and as much happiness as you can stand! I love all your creations...you are so very talented! Now for the things I like...I love odd artsy things...strong women...and anything with wings!

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  50. What a very apt stamp. lovely shading in the colouring.
    Well done on 5 years of "peace" and many more.
    keep it up
    kaye G

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  51. Holley - Happy 5th & C O N G R A T S on your Road to BETTER Health!! (Y) :) <3
    ((( BIG ))) T H A N K S for choosing Me as one of the Pre-Game WINNERS!!! "E X C I T E D" !!!

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  52. A gorgeous card Holley and a beautiful image. I'm so pleased for you that your surgery has been a success. There is obviously a bigger plan at work here x

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  53. You are an inspiration! I teared up just reading your intro. Congratulations to you - I am so happy you are still here - five years later! I am your newest follower. Thank you for the generous giveaway - I'm excited about it!

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  54. Congratulations Holley, looking forward to visiting for the next 5 years.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  55. Fabulous card! Love this image. Big congrats on your 5 years!!! Mo x

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  56. The card is so meaningful, and I love the background. Congratulations on the 5 years and the chance to win candy! xxx

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  57. WOW! Has it been five years already? Woohoo for you! The further those days are behind you the better. So glad to have you here and well and crafting. Love you, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  58. Beautiful image and card! Your yearly celebration is always such fun and also makes me realize how grateful we should all be for each and every day!

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  59. Holley, so happy for you and that you're doing so well after your surgery.

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  60. Holley,
    Women of five years are just adorable!
    Congratulations!
    Hugs,
    Borqna

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  61. Hello Holley!!!!! it's great that is has been 5 years since your surgery! you go girl! enjoy life!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  62. Congratulations Holley - and I love this card you have made to celebrate.
    xx

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  63. Congrats Holley! I will be expecting you to do this for many, many years to come!

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  64. I'm back again. Love your cards!

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  65. Hi Holley my lovelie, I always love visiting your blog. Well done to have reached 5 years. Your are a very amazing and lovely person. So thoughtful to everyone. Love your friendship card so beautiful. Wishing you many many years of good health.

    Hugs Erin xx

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  66. Congratulations and thanks for being such an inspiration to others.

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  67. So happy to see that two of my friends are the first winners!! Congratulations to all three of you! Enjoy your goodies!

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  68. This is an absolutely fabulous one! LOVE the image!!

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  69. Here's to another healthy year Holley!! Woot! Your card is amazing! LOVE those hands!! hugs, Stacy H-W

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  70. Five years is a big deal!! Congratulations! Thanks for being so sharing with your artwork and your celebration! :)

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  71. What a Wonderful Celebration of Five Fantastic Years! You are just amazing and such a strong person and soooo giving. unto others. Much Love from the bottom of my heart to you!

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  72. Great card. Am so happy to help you celebrate your birthday/anniversary of good health.

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  73. It's only day 3 and you've already wowed me with 3 amazing projects!

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  74. I love today's card!

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  75. What a wondeful cause to be celebrating, so happy for you <3 xxx

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  76. Well, I missed out on the pre-party fun, but I'm here, front and center, to say CONGRATS Holley! So happy for your good health and good luck. If it weren't for your success story, I would not be the artist I am today. You have inspired me to push boundaries, sample techniques and experiment like a mad scientist. Thank you, and many blessings to you!!

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  77. My Fav Embellishments are Buttons, Lace, Ribbon, and Sequins. What I have sitting around are PaperStacks to Pretty to use. But eventually I will when I'm not so Busy!!! lol

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  78. Congrats on your Anniversary, well done you!

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  79. I think I missed yesterday. Congrats again. I commented on all your wonderful cards this month too.

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  80. Hi Holley,
    I can hardly believe another year has gone by so quickly since we last had so much fun celebrating your health since the life saving surgery. I know I don't comment often, but I do look forward to reading your blog daily and I look forward to more fun this month. God bless for continued good health.
    Love Trish x

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  81. Congrats on your 5 yr anniversary!!! Love the card, can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings. Blessings!

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  82. Awe, I posted, but did it from my kindle and it didn't go through. Congrats Holley on your 5 year mark! So happy for you! I posted earlier about remembering heading to your wedding! I missed the wedding but saw you afterwards at a stamp convention!! I am so happy you made it through and are still here! :)

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  83. It simply amazes me when I see blogs from people who are so dedicated! I've tried keeping diaries but can't even do that, and I'm so envious of those who are more talented than my self...great blog Holley and happy 5 years!

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  84. I've not entered before, but really excited to see what happens throughout the month, you're so generous :) I've got everything crossed X

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  85. It is so special card! I love this idea..

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  86. congrats to you!! really excited for you!!! you are so generous!! beautiul card you have made

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  87. Hi Holley and congrats on 5 years. I must admit I haven't been commenting much this last year, just lurking. I usually pop over when I get the post notifications but have been being lazy!! Naughty ionabunny. Must try harder. Looking forward to the fun month with you. Hugz

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  88. Audrey R in AustinFebruary 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Hi Holley - congrats on your 5 year anniversary. I remember visiting you in the hospital when you had your surgery. (you probably don't remember that) Glad you are doing great!

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  89. I have missed a couple of days. We are off celebrating my birthday. Love the Valentine dard you posted.

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  90. My last message didn't publish. Oh well, I will just do it again. Your valentine card is wonderful.

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  91. I am really enjoying all the beautiful cards so far Holley!! Keep em coming! hugs!

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  92. you are awesome love your cards... and thanks for all you have done to help me in the past

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  93. Congratulations on the 5 years Holley.
    Fabulous card, I love the image. Thanks for the amazing month long blog candy. Looking forward to seeing all your creations.
    Hugs, Rosalee

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  94. So happy for your 5 year mark!! Love your art

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  95. I can't believe that it's been five years since your surgery! You always amaze me with all of your beautiful creations. Thanks so much for continuing to share your blessings with everyone. While you and so many others will continue to be in my prayers, may I ask that you keep those of us that suffer with Crohn's Disease in yours? Thanks again!

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  96. I only found your blog late this month, and so enjoy seeing your creations, and appreciate your comments on my own. I've only just read this post, and would like to wish you continued good health. I can truly appreciate what is like to be saved from a dreadful disease and to feel blessed every day. I shall continue to follow your beautiful works of art. As always, Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  97. Love watching all the creations you come up with...each day is like a birthday surprise!

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  98. Love watching all the creations you come up with...each day is like a birthday surprise!

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  99. I'm new to this blog, also. Wow! A big milestone you are celebrating. That is amazing for you and I know you are feeling very blessed.

    All I can say about the candy is.............I have a sweet tooth and a dentist. Thank you. bunnyscards1.blogspot.com

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  100. It's hard to believe this month is almost over. I hope that things continue to go well for you! Thanks for doing this celebration for us.

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  101. I am so happy you are healthy now dear friend. It is very important for you to take good good care of yourself. do not get to tired and enjoy all you do. you know I love you. you are a dear friend..stay healthy hun
    hugs

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  102. Holley, THANKS for an A M A Z I N G Month!!!
    HAPPY 5th Anniversary~~~CONGRATULATIONS!!! <3

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  103. ((( B I G ))) T H A N K YOU to Holley & All the sponsers for the WONDERFUL Goodies!!
    ~~~C O N G R A T S ~~~ to All the WINNERS!!!
    It was Sooooo Much {{{ F U N }}}
    Beautiful & Creative Projects - AWESOME FEB '15

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