Thursday, January 1, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (and blogaversary to me!)

Today's blog candy contest is closed! The winner is:

Amy Johnson said... Happy New Year. I had a huge New Year's Day Party yesterday, so I wasn't able to get on-line till today. I love your frame of your son's name. I think your animal images are my favorite of yours. I just love them. My biggest blessing in 2008 was good health. I was sick for half of 2006 and all of 2007, so to be completely well in 2008 was such a blessing.

Congrats, Amy! Please email me your addy and stamp set pick, I will let Gina and she will ship it to you! :)

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by my blogaversary celebration and one year anniversary of illustrating for Gina K designs, I hope you'll spread the word about this week long celebration and goodies giveaway (the more the merrier!) and join me every day this week! This year I have been SO blessed, and I'm so happy to be able to share my love of this craft with you every day, and thankful you all keep coming back! YOU put me on the Stampin Top 50 map and I hope to say there and keep moving up in 22009! I have lots of exciting things planned for us and for the blog this year, some you'll hear about this week, can't wait! (Actually been completely distracted the past couple days putting finishing touches on sets coming out later this year you will LOVE, but more about those later!) ;)

My first post I'm sharing a simple project I made for my younger son for Christmas: his very own name frame. (Remember when these were really BIG a few years ago? are people still amkign them as much?) I grabbed several of these frames at the Dollar Spot awhile back and they have been a dream to have on hand whenever I need a quick personalized gift for someone. I dug out my old SU! Headline Alpha* and stamped his name in Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun and Real Red letters(he actually requested orange, green and purple but those colors are nowhere to be found in his train -themed room, so I had to exercise my executive veto power!:) The majority of my releases were animals sets the first half of 2008, and I'm sorry I haven't been playing with them as much the past few months, many of you have asked, so I'll have to do something about that! Many have also asked "when are you releasing more animals?" that's a good question! So many sets, only 12 months in the year!! we'll see...)

Instead of masking in the animals, I strategically placed some of the "skinnier" ones(sorry, hippo!) between the letters where they had room to fit and cut out the hippo to place in front of the name. These pint-sized animals from "Hip Hop Accessories", my 5th release, are the perfect scale for these letter and size frame. Adding a few little balloons (which I placed dot my "i's"and butterflies from my 2nd release "Just So Hoppy" completed this storybook-sweet scene! Everything was colored with Box A Copics (BTW did you hear I'm giving away Copics this week?? ) plus one sketch marker and I made a little shadow underneath all the animals and the letters with Pale Aqua, it really finishes it off. I completed this project in about 30 minutes, they are one of my go-to projects for baby showers or kinds birthdays! :)
Crafty, Decorating $$$-saving TIP(NSR): Now that 2009 is here, all those pricey calendars you've been seeing everywhere are on sale!! I wanted to do a train theme for William's room last year when we transitioned him out of his crib, and I found a "big boy" train calendar with beautifully photographed trains at Border's for only $1 last January! Buy 12 frames in one color or accent colors (these were from IKEA, $2 each) and create groupings with all the pages, your walls will be done in no time! :)

Now! for the prize: My first blogaversary sponsor, has to be, of course, Gina K! Thank you, Gina for being the best boss/mentor/friend I could ask for, your company and this opportunity has been one of the best things that has EVER happened to me! Now! Please leave a comment on this post telling me which has been your one of biggest and best blessings this past year (craft related or other) and you will be entered into a drawing for any stamp set from Gina K Designs valued at 19.95 or less, thanks Gina for donating this prize! (It doesn't have to be one of my sets (but if it is, uhh, don't tell me LOL! (you probably have them all, right??)) Winner will be drawn randomly and announced here on my blog Friday night, January 2nd!

Tomorrow I will be sharing a new sample and a new prize to win! But come back later today, becuase I have another post!! (I know it gets hard to read one long ginormous post!!!)

After leaving your entry, you can find more samples using my sets today from Cindy Lawrence, and Donna Baker, fellow Gina K Senior Design Team Members, and Jessie Rone, Dirty Girl and past guest designer for me! Thanks, ladies!!

*If you don't have a large stamp alphabet, you can print out a perfectly spaced named on your computer! :)

323 comments:

  1. Happy new year to all! We're still 2 hours away here on the West Coast. The frame idea is such a good one and so easy (!) to do. I also liked the use of skinny images to avoid masking (still not too good at that). My biggest blessing in 2008 was probably family health. We had some scares (a heart attack and diabetes-related stuff) but everyone is doing ok now, for which I'm very grateful.

    Heartfelt blessings to Mel, Gina and everyone else out there!

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  2. My biggest blessing this year has been my puppy!!! I got him from a rescue on Mother's Day....how perfect! He's been such a wonderful stress relief and joy in my home!!

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  3. Congrats Melanie, you are truly one talented lady!! Thanks for including me in your celebration, I am honored!! My blessings for this year are all the wonderful people I have met and the friendships I have formed. Also, for all the people who took a chance on me and let me design for them...I am truly honored!! Hope your celebrations is a rip roaring success!!

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  4. Most certainly my most cherished blessing this year is my first grandchild, Emily.

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  5. Hi Melanie,
    Happy New Year to all. It's 1:18 AM on the East coast.
    My biggest blessing in 2008 was the birth of my first child, Alexandra. We call her Lexi. She's just so amazing, beautiful and adorable. A little miracle, which I am most thankful for.

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  6. my blessing...a kodak computer cord that I finally found and which enable me to take pictures of the things that I dont need which I then sold online and used the money that I made to buy the things that I really wanted. I encourage you all to do this, it is a wonderful, liberating feeling, turning junk into the things that you actually want

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  7. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing in 2008 was the love and support of family and friends. With them you can get through anything.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. My biggest blessing is that my baby is OK. He almost died last week, he is perfectly back to normal now thank goodness, I think that may be the biggest blessing of my life except the blessings that brought both of my boys into this world in the first place.

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  9. Happy 2009 Mel. I'm so very happy for your success, but it wasn't without a lot of hard work on your part. May this new year bring you continued success and creativity.

    My biggest craft blessing has to have been the opportunity to attend the last two CHA events. While those, in themselves, are great fun, the best part about attending CHA is getting to meet so many crafting friends that I had only known through on-line forums and message boards. Actually meeting so many talented and creative people has truly been a blessing, and I look forward to more opportunities to meet even more of my crafting friends in the future, as well as meet up with some that I haven't seen in a long while.

    Again, Happy New Year!

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  10. My biggest craft blessing this year was discovering Splitcoast Stampers. My stamping had come to a halt and the wonderful inspiration at Splitcoast got me going again. I love papercrafting and stamping once again.

    Happy New Year and congrats!

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  11. Oh my. I made quite a few name frames a couple of years ago but none came close to how beautiful yours has come out.

    I have had many blessings this year but my biggest is having a new extended family join us.

    Mary

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  12. Happy New Year to you to all...
    My biggest blessing in 2008 was the support I received from my family and friends in my crafting business. Without them I couldn't have made it. I thank them all so much. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Cathy D.

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  13. My biggest blessing in 2008 is having found many wonderful blogs with tutorials. They made me do so much progress in my stamping. Now I'm making my cards more beautifully. I'm greatful for that.

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  14. how wonderful, love the frame!

    my biggest crafting blessing this year was that I got to meet a ton of my SCS friends and became even tighter with them!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. congrats on your successful past year and best wishes on the year to come Melanie. thank you for sharing your creativity with us. My biggest blessing is my hubby walking away from a serious car accident with minor injuries. My family is everything so I am so happy he was saved while the car was mangled. love andrea

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  16. Happy New Year to you! My biggest blessing in 2008 was receiving the go ahead to attempt pregnancy again. We were so excited to hear that news and look forward to adding a new bundle of love to our family in 2009. Best wishes to all for a fabulous 2009!

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  17. Wendy (songbirdwc)January 1, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    I LOVE your name frame! It reminds me to get out those frames I bought for name frames-- and never used. Time to try them out!

    My biggest blessing is God's faithfulness and provision in trying times. It's been a rough 2008, but He has been there and seen us through. AND of course my most amazing husband, who is my dearest friend, supporter, helper and the best DH around (and we've been married for ALMOST 30 years!)

    Congrats, Mel, on your excellent blogaversary and wonderful sets!

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  18. My biggest blessing this year has been my Grandson. He was born in December of '07, but this year has been phenominal with him! He has brought such joy into our lives.
    BTW, I made some name frames for Christmas gifts this year. I think they're awesome!
    And congrats on your blogaversary!

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  19. Hapy New Year and congratulations on your anniversaries.
    My blesing is the wonderful people I've meet this year on SCS and PCP.

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  20. blessing of the year would have to be getting my dear job. I work at a scrapbooking and stamp store.

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  21. LOve the candy! I have been blessed in 2008 with 2 grandsons from 2 different families. They are such a blessing in our lives...we love our grandbabies.
    Happy New Year

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  22. Happy New Year to y'all!! It's only 9 p.m. here but you'd think it's midnight already with all the fireworks and aerials going off. 2008 was a year of constant turmoil with health issues, death in the family, economic fears...all the normal stuff. But I'm just grateful and so very blessed to have my family and friends and the Lord in my life. I believe 2009 will test our strength, belief, intelligence and perserverance and we will prevail. MarilynY

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  23. Happy New Year!! We're a little less than an hour away from 2009 as I type this. I still make name frames and LOVE them! I buy the frames whenever I find them 'cause they do make wonderful personalized gifts. Your frame for William is fantastic, by the way!

    One of my greatest blessings in 2008 has been the health of my youngest daughter. She's had more than a few health issues this year, culminating in appendicitis just last week! Praise be to God, she's home and healing tonight. And so we're entering 2009 HEALTHY! Woohoo!!

    Wishing you and yours abundant blessings in the coming year. :)

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  24. Happy New Year Melanie! Congratulations on your blgaversary! That's just great. My greatest blessing has been growing in my faith and having friends and family that love me, encourage me, and challenge me. My greatest craft blessing has been finding blogs like yours and learning more about the art of stamping so that I can bring cheer and comfort to others. Thank you for inspiring me to do more.
    Happy 2009!
    Kristina

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  25. Happy New Year....my biggest blessing for 2008 and for years to come would have to be my 2 healthy, happy well behaved little boys. I love them both so much.

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  26. My blessing comes from the wonderful people I have met through stamping.

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  27. That name frame is just TOO CUTE!
    My biggest blessing this year was the addition of 2 shih tzu puppies to our home. They make us laugh by the things that they do and they show and accept love so easily.
    2009 is fast approaching here on the west coast.....it's 11:20....so let's say goodbye to 2008 and thank God for all He is and all He has done in 2008!
    Happy New Year all and God bless!!

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  28. Harriet Skelly (SCS hskelly)January 1, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    My greatest blessing this year was the ability for my husband and me to retire from our jobs and my daughter has been able to see a Migraine Specialist who is helping reduce the amount and severity of her headaches.
    Happy new year and happy blogaversary.

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  29. Hi Melanie,
    My biggest blessing this year is as follows: One year ago yesterday (New Year's Eve morning) I awoke with a paralyzed right arm and hand. I'm right handed, too. I had had a TIA years ago but it wasn't that because the problem persisted. After seeing a few doctors and having some tests done "they" said I had the equivalent of a pinched nerve. I was told the nerve would regenerate at the rate of 1 inch per month, and that's exactly what happened. Around May I had total use of my arm and hand again! Believe me, I was truly blessed and know it!

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  30. One delightful blessing has been the encouragement from my stamping friends...what a group!Congrats on your blogaversary!
    Jan

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  31. Happy New Year!!! I love this idea. I want to do something special for my kids for our "mini christmas celebration" when we get to our new home in Italy, and this is the perfect idea! I will have to pick up a couple frames before we leave (since there aren't any Walmart's in Italy!) and take them with me so I can make them coordinate with their new rooms. Once thing that I am so blessed with from this last year, is my family. The kids and I needed a home while I went through a very difficult pregnancy and my husband was in Korea, and my Mom and Stapdad took care of us. That is just ONE of my many blessings from this last year.

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  32. Happy New Year!!
    My biggest blessing in 2008 was turning the big "50". The best part was that I was able to reach that milestone in ITALY and on that day my DD competed in a Track and Field competion in Formia Italy and jumped her personal best in High Jump (1.51 meters) It was TOTALLY amazing!

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  33. Happy New Year and Happy Blogaversary Melanie!

    Biggest Blessings - Learning to Live with Joy through a very lean & difficult year (rediscovering my inner thrift) - Finding a wonderful Church Community and having my sister move to the same state so we can visit in a day with no planes to the coast involved and finding a wonderful online community of creative and generous crafters and artisans.

    Thanks for saving my year everybody and for sharing your own faith so freely!

    May your New Year be blessed with joy, love and peace through each and every day!

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  34. Happy New Year Melanie :)

    Wonderful project fro William :) I did one years ago but with wooden letters - took my ages to do!

    My blessing for 2008 was my Mum finally reaching her 5 years since cancer surgery so thus making remission :) She had a VERY VERY hard time and they didnt expect her to live through the operation let alone all the challenges on the 57 days after.

    Happy 2009
    Heather Vanilla Hevn

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  35. My biggest blessing this past year has been my grandaughter. She is now 14 mos. old. My son and daughter-in-law were married 11 1/2 years when she was born and there will probably be no more grandchildren.

    My craft blessing has been that the Lord gave me the ideas and stregenth to make about 40 cards each month for the shut-ins and nursing home patients that belong to our church.

    Happy New Years!

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  36. Welcome to the new year Miss Melanie. Biggest blessing is partial family get together after 17 years.

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  37. Happy Anniversary and a great New year to come!!! Your ideas are so creative and to be published in a magazine is way too cool!!!!
    My greatest blessing is my 3 year old granddaughter, whenever I'm not feeling the best, she always brightens my day. The other good point is she "loves stamping" with me..I hope it is something that we can continue to share.
    Thank you for continuing to inspire us all with your talent!!!!

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  38. I just got home from my New Year's party (it's about 3:00), and I had to check in on some of my favourite blogs. Your letter frame for William is adorable! Thanks for sharing some fantastic inspiration. I can't wait to come back for the rest of your anniversary celebration. Congrats on you blogging, and designing milestones. You should be proud!

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  39. Happy New Year to you as well! I am happy to say that one thing that blessed me in 2008 was the opportunity to go on the Cruise w/Gina, Em, & Nichole. I got to meet wonderful and amazing women from all over, and learn lots of fun things from the awesome sponsors. I will never be able to thank them all enough :)

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  40. Happy New Year! May every day bring new Blessings into your lives.

    Every year, I thank God older family members are with us and pray they are with us next year. This year, I am also grateful our son regained his health after 5 months of illness and numerous hospital stays.

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  41. Happy New Year and blogaversary Melanie.
    MY biggest blessing has been our puppy Harvey. He's filled a huge gap in our lives since my sons have all left the nest.
    We love the bones of him.
    Viv xx

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  42. Happy New Year! Wishing you and your family all the very best in 2009. May the year be filled with wonderful things for you! My biggest blessing is the fact that we all survived 2008 without any major problems or calamities. That's saying a lot for our family! We are all in great health considering the diverse ages in our family. I hope we continue to have the same type of year in 2009

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  43. Happy New Year! One of my best craft blessings this year has been the discovery of blogs...especially craft blogs. I have learned so much more about papercrafting and stamping and have been so inspired. A wonderful new world opened up for me.

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  44. My husband and I finally bought a house! We are so glad we're out of an apartment and have a "place of our own".

    Happy New Year (it's just 12:18 am here in Alaska)!

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  45. Hi and Happy New Year to EVERYONE!!! May the new year bring much happiness to us ALL!!! My blessing this year is that my husband had 4 way by pass surgery and we didn't even know he was having problems! THAT was our blessing! Hugs to all! Kay M.

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  46. Happy New Year - love the frame and the set of pictures too. They are wonderfull.

    My biggest blessing was my two daughters both succeeding in getting a job on the very same day.

    Ann xxx

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  47. Happy New Year to you!!! My biggest blessing last year had to be my husband's unconditional support toward me. I have been going through up and downs do to my career loss and he has been on my side all the way. I am very blessed to have him in my life.

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  48. Happy New Year Melanie and congratulations on one year! All the best for 2009 to you and your family. I would have to say one of my biggest blessing in 2008 is that my family is doing well, survived a few illnesses. Another wonderful 2008 blessing is that my 101 year old grandmother is still with us!

    Elaine Allen

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  49. Happy 2009.
    My biggest blessing in 2008 was the love and support of family and friends.

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  50. Wow! I have had so many blessings but the biggest is my husband....he was in an accident and almost died in November.... this has really changed the focus of our lives... thanks for the chance to win!!
    Alisa

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  51. Love that frame. Biggest blessing in 2009 was my husband. He is so sweet. Happy New Year and anniversary. Just got 3 of your sets for Christmas from said husband!

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  52. Happy Blogaversary to you, Melanie! I'm so happy for you and your success!

    As far as my blessings this past year goes... well, there are many. As you know my family has had a rough year and has suffered quite a loss.... but my biggest blessing through it all is my family and friends. I know I can get through anything so long as my family and friends are by my side... and of course my faith.

    I really appreciate you reaching out to me and my family too. I wish you lots of love, laughter and happiness this upcoming year.

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  53. Happy New Year Mel and congratulations on reaching this milestone! Your stamps and your blog are a constant source of inspiration to me.

    Our biggest blessing last year was my husband recovering so well from his operation for a new hip and all the fantastic care we got from everyone.

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  54. Congrats Melanie, I love all your sets and look forward to many more in the coming year

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  55. What a wonderful project! My biggest blessing this year has been the health of my parents. They both had some serious scares last year but they are both healthy now. Happy New Year!
    Julie Frokjer

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  56. Happy New Year and congratulations on your bloganniversary. Great achievement. 2008 was a sad year losing five of our elder family members, but in other ways blessings abound. Obviously crafting, starting my own blog, meet much super bloggers and making friends with so many rates highly, but celebrating 44 of marriage and still loving this man so much, must be the biggest blessing for me.

    Thanks for your hard work - look forward to rest of the week. ikki

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  57. my biggest blessing in 2008 is the support I have had of my family while in school. I have been going to nursing school which has been difficult. I am blessed by my family putting up with me. :) Only 4 months til graduation! Jennifer (kevins wife)

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  58. My biggest blessing this year has been my husband. He has been my strength through some tough times.
    Happy New Year! :)

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  59. My biggest blessing has been to be able to use my left hand again, even though it does not have much feeling in it. I am left handed and developed paralysis in my left hand and arm in Feb. One surgery later, some physical therapy, and my determination (I am hard headed. lol) I am able to return to the papercraft/stamping world I love so much.

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  60. My biggest blessing was opening my own real estate office. I have had such wonderful opportunities.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  61. Mel thanks for showing us your son name it is so cute.
    My biggest blessing this year was my family. 2008 was a horrible year for us all.My husband has had serious health problems,my son-in-law was hurt on the job back in March and has been fighting to get benfits since then. They lost their home and had to move in with us. I know because of God we are all together and that 2009 is going to be a better year.
    May God bless each and everyone of you for this 2009.

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  62. Vicki (CraftCrazy98)January 1, 2009 at 6:21 AM

    Happy 2009!! As for my biggest blessing this past year, I don't think I can even begin to narrow it down. I am so blessed in so many ways and I thank God every day. I have a healthy happy family (including extended), a nice home, a church family I love, a craft room full of supplies and lots of friends. What more could I ask for?

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  63. Our biggest blessing of 2008 are the two kittens my husband rescued. We tried to find a good home for them, but it seems they were meant to live with us and our 3 year old cat. They are the sweetest little things, even the vets are amazed at how good they are. Some things are just meant to be...

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  64. Congratulations on all your accomplishements. i have followed your blog for a long time and love your creativity.

    My blessings for this past year are many....the best I guess would be moving to a bigger house, a better church and fulltime work that has eternal value for my dear hubbby. God is so good!

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  65. It has been fun checking out your blog each day...I love your stamping style and creativity. Happy Blogaversary to you, this is going to be quite a party! Thanks for sharing with us all and for this week long giveaway.

    My biggest blessing this year...the Lord blessing us with a distant 3rd child. We thought we were finished in that department 9 years ago, but in His timing He blessed us once more.

    Happy New Year!

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  66. Happy new year and congratulations on your blogaversary! My biggest blessing is definitely my family!

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  67. Happy New Year to all from Michigan.
    The frame project is so cute and I can imagine all sorts of versions to plan out for others as gifts.
    My biggest blessings in 2008 are family and special friends to support each other during some tough times .
    With the new year come many promises for wonderful new experiences if we are open to trying something new.
    Thanks to Mel, Gina and the other paper crafters we have all learned from in the past year.

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  68. Happy New Year Melanie!!!I just love your frame!! It's so adroable! My biggest blessing has been health wise. Now that we are getting things under control, and I am not such a worry to everyone in my family. I am also happy to work for such an incredible company that has let me have the time off that I need to get better. Of course I am so thankful for all of my family, who are always there and so supportive!
    Thank you for the chance to win such awesome blog candy!!!

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  69. Happy new year to everyone!!

    Congrats on your blogaversary! I love your blog...so much inspiration. I really like the name frame you made for William. It's just adorable!! My biggest blessing for 2008 is the health and happiness of my family.
    Take care ~ Angi Rankin

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  70. Happy New Year to you Melanie and your family. My greatest blessing this year is when my Son and his family moved in with us while they build a house. It is giving me oodles of wonderful time with my grandson and granddaughter!! I am so enjoying this but my crafting sure is hurting!!! LOL

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  71. Has to be that I am giving some classes and have actually SOLD some cards at a local flower shop!!! Also, that the fear of not creating something perfect no longer stops me from creating!!!!!!

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  72. I love that Hippo. I really need to get that stamp.Congrats to you on your Blogaversary! Blessings (there were so many)One I had a heart attack last Feb. and it really did change my outlook on my life. I quit smoking and drinking wine and I am fairly healthy now. Need more excercise. I discovered Splitcoast and then blogging and I just became much more focused on my art. I love getting up every day.Most of all I love my family!

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  73. I got a really great job! Thank you and happy new year!

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  74. This past year I was blessed with realizing friends- real life ones, not just online ones!

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  75. My biggest blessing this year has been the little Pomeranian dog we adopted. He was 7 when we got him and we have had him for going on three years. He has now decided he is staying and has quite the personality. He was badly neglected before we got him but is now affectionate and playful. He is truly a blessing. Congrats on both of your Anniversaries. Ann Lind

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  76. Happy New Year! Happy Blogaversary! Love the frames! My biggest blessing in 2008 is my family. We have had alot of ajustments to overcome with health, financial, and moving. We have been blessed with God in our lifes that I can't complain..to much! I have met so many wonderful talented and inspiring stampers along the way in 2008. I just know in 2009 there will be so much to look forward to. So far the first week of 2009 will be fun with celebrating your some of your blessing in your life. Thanks so much for sharing your talent, inspiration, and your dream with us. Thanks for a chance at this sweet gift.

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  77. HI,
    My biggest blessing this year is my husband has regained his health. We had a rocky couple of months. Loved the name frame.

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  78. Happy New Year! Wow, 2009 already!
    My biggest blessing, in 2008 is my wonderful family. I have 2 beautiful children, a boy and girl and they are my blessings everyday.
    I didn't think I would ever be able to have children, but I was blessed with one of each. So I thank god everyday for my little blessings! And of course my dear hubby!

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  79. Happy New Year and Happy Blogaversary Melanie! You are one talented lady-- and a generous one too! My greatest blessing this past year has been the health of my just-turned-one year old little boy. He had some seizures earlier in 2008 (at 5 months old) but responded well to the meds and so far, is seizure free and a sweet, happy boy. Happy 2009!

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  80. Happy New Year and blogaversary Melanie!
    My greatest blessing this year is that all my family is happy and healthy.

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  81. Happy New Year and am I glad to see it come!! My biggest blessing this year has to be the birth of my first grandchild....I can not even begin to explain what a blessing he is...Jamison will be "1" on January 11th and we are celebrating with a "Winter Onederland" party which I have been crafting for during the month of December. May the new year be filled with blessings and good tidings for you and yours!

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  82. Happy Blogaversary Mel!! My biggest and greatest blessing is having a relationship with the Lord and always will be, but a real blessing also is my husband made it to another year. He just had a heart attack and the doctors can't do anything for him and they aren't giving him much time, even though they won't say how much, but I am very thankful that he got to see a new year come in.

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  83. Happy New Year! I hope your 2009 is a very special year. Congrats on your blogaversary! My continued good heallth has been a blessing this year. Which has given me more time to craft. A real blessing!

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  84. Happy New Year Melanie! My biggest blessing this year has been the ability to go back to college with some financial help from my wonderful MIL. Bless her heart! There is nothing like an education for yourself. I also feel blessed to have made many wonderful stamping friends this year too. Thank you for the opportunity tto win!

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  85. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing is that I have my health and the health of my family. I am also happy that I am still working to be able to induldge in my stamping obsession.

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  86. Happy NEW Year to ALL!!
    Welcome 2009 and let the memories begin...

    My biggest blessing in 2008 was the return of my oldest daughter after her being away from our home for 2.5 years {she rebeled big time} expecting a new baby and a fiance!

    It took a while, and much pray, but I am thankful she is with us. I even adore my new son-in-law-to-be...

    God knows best, we just need to step back and watch HIS miracle unfold.

    Not only did she return, she got baptized, and joined our Church PLUS this month our first grandson is born and her fiance gets baptized... Thank you LORD!

    Blessing to you all as you have blessed us blog 'groupies' - Marilyn

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  87. Biggest blessing to me has been the grant we recieved for our boys to go to Catholic school. Last year we weren't able to send our oldest son because money was not ava. but the school went and did research and the church pulled together and we applied for a grant and were blessed to get it! This year our youngest went into K right along with our oldest to a school where its all about love and learning and really feels like a family. It truly has been a blessing :)

    -Ellie

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  88. My biggest blessing this past year was adding a new daughter-in-law to the family.
    Happy New Year!

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  89. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this past year has been the support and love I have received from my husband. Through 'thick and thin' he has been there!

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  90. LOVE that name plaque! I can see one with ZACHARY (my biggest blessing!)in his future..........
    Happy New Year!

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  91. Happy anniversary!!! You are such an inspiration. Thanks for letting us all celebrate with you.

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  92. Hi Melanie -

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I think one of the best blessings we've had as of recent was having my dad here for Christmas (he's from another country) and having numerous delays with flights due to weather (thanks to the snowstorm in Chicago) he was able to be with us for the holidays. He was my Christmas present - he's in good health and was happy to be with us for Christmas. It was my first Christmas with MY family (any family) since I moved to the USA so it was great!

    Brenda G.

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  93. Cute frame and Happy New Year! I think one of my biggest blessings has been learning how to blog surf - amazing projects and tutorials for all different crafts.

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  94. I enjoy seeing your beautiful artwork and have bought several of your sets of stamps.

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  95. I am new to your blog and have added you to my reader.

    Thanks for your ideas and inspiration.

    My biggest blessing has been family and friends that have supported and continue to support us through difficult times. The year 2008 brought many medical problems and death to our family...but God, family and friends have been faithful. We are blessed.

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  96. My biggest blessing this year has been my blogger friends. I look forward each morning for my cup of coffee and my blogs. By reading the blogs, I have improved my stamping. Thank you Melanie and congrats.
    Cheryl Sims

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  97. My family is safe, sound, and healthy! All of the mid-west floods, ice storms, and tornados have missed us so far! Hubby and I both have jobs, even though mine was cut to part-time (which means I have some quiet craft time during the school day).

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  98. I am blessed with a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who have given me two beautiful grandchildren. My DIL is my cohort in our stamping passion and we share in the the love of this craft.

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  99. My biggest blessing I have is the continued love and support from my family. The love that comes from them sustains me through whatever life has or will be thrown at me. I thank G-d for them every day.
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  100. Happy New Year & Happy Blogaversary to you too, Melanie. Love all your ideas & look forward to new ones in 2009. My biggest blessing for 2008 is Health. My husband & I both have recovered from serious illnesses & I still have my eyesight. Looking forward to a great 2009 with family, fun, & paper crafts. - Marlene

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  101. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this past year is probably the friendship of my 4 girlfriends. They are always there and allow a space to vent about daily life, in order to keep on functioning! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  102. My biggest blessing was the birth of my first grandchild on Dec 17th. This was a very long journey for my dd and her dh as they had several miscarriages before this birth. He is our little miracle baby and is just so darn adorable. His name is Stryker and that would make a great name frame! Have a wonderful year ahead and I can't wait to see what you create! darlene

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  103. Happy New Year!!! Congratulations on your blogaversary, I just recently found your blog and I absolutely love it. I just found SCS and began stamping in April. I met a good friend locally through SCS and have learned a lot... so that is my biggest craft related blessing. :-)

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  104. My biggest blessing this last year has been seeing our friends and family be so generous to us when we needed it most! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  105. Happy New Year to you! My biggest blessing this year is that my Dad is still with after such a hard year of medical issues. He is a blessing to our family! My biggest craft blessing this year has been discovering Gina K Designs on a trip to Madison and learning about all the great internet sites affliated with Gina. I love your blog and look at it daily!

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  106. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this year ( and every year) is the time I spend with my two darling children. They make me laugh every day!

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  107. Happy New Year and congratulations on your anniversary. My greatest blessing this year was the birth of my first grandchild. The name frame is adorable--just might have to make one for her room.

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  108. My 3 little grandchildren are my greatest blessing, and the fact that they are all healthy and happy. Since I've had to battle cancer twice within the past 5 years, I no longer take good health for granted & I feel truly blessed for every minute that I'm able to enjoy my adorable family:)

    LindaSS

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  109. Happy New Year! I would have to say that the biggest blessing this year was watching my youngest son as he grew each month. He is my second and I think I was so crazy with my first I didn't really get to enjoy it.

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  110. Happy New Year and Happy Blogerversary!!!

    William's name frame is adorable.

    I would say my biggest craft blessing this year was when I was asked to teach a class in July. I was so honored to be asked and so nervous to do it!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a Gina K stamp set.

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  111. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this year has been that my whole family was able to be home to share the holidays together. I would love the chance to win a Gina K stamp set...thanks for the opportunity. lppking forward to seeing more if your great designs in 2009!

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  112. My biggest blessing this year was my husband's new job. It was the answer to a few years worth of prayer. God's timing is not always our time, but HE is always right on time! My hubby in now happier, healthier, and less stressed, and gets paid more to be happy at work!

    Congrats to you on all your success.

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  113. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this year is my family. I watch as my children are growing and changing daily and I am so very thankful for them! Teresa D.

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  114. Happy New Year!!
    What a cute idea! And so much fun.

    My biggest blessing for this past year has been family and the added family I have found in the stamping community.

    Wishing you the best of 2009!

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  115. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    My biggest blessing was getting an unexpected promotion at work a week before husband found out he was getting laid off.

    Mae in Florida

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  116. My biggest blessing of 2008: my family! They pulled together while I was somewhat incapacitated all year (not-so-fun back issues), even the little ones. They rock!

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  117. Love the framed name!

    My biggest blessing in 2008, and every year prior, has been my two wonderful kiddos! They are my joy and treasure!

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  118. Happy Blogaversary! And hapy New Year. I think the biggest blessing I have had this year has been the fact that my dh has been able to keep his job. There are so many lay offs where his is due to the economy. I only hope the blessing continues this year. I think also it is a true blessing from above that my family is healthy and well. Of course I want that to continue for many years to come!

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  119. Happy new year everyone. My biggest blessing this year was actually starting to stamp, it allowed me to meet new people in the community we had just moved to and gave me a break from my 2 year old when i really needed to recharge.


    Holly

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  120. The best things that have happened this year are #1 - my gramma's heart surgery went off without a hitch, and #2 - my hubby's cochlear implant was a huge success. My whole family made it through this year to celebrate Christmas together. Who can ask for anything more?

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  121. My biggest blessing was just getting to spend time with my nephew and hearing him say "I Love You" to me and just hearing him say my name

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  122. I am happy to join your blog, you are so talented. I am happy at this time for my employment, since I am the bread winner for our family. After loosing my 13 year old daughter 4 years ago, I am thankful for my son who is now 13.

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  123. My biggest blessing this year would have to be my mother's health. In September 2007 she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. After 6 months of treatment she was determined in remission in May 2008. In October 2008 she had another scare, this time with lung cancer, which turned out to be scar tissue from a previous bout with pneumonia. My mother is the person that cultivated my creativity from such a young age. I don't know what I would do if I lost her! Jennifer Martin, djjdmartin@hotmail.com

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  124. What a year 2008 was!!!
    I had many many blessings this last year, but one that sticks out is finally being able to turn my love of photography into a business! It's been a dream of mine for a loooooong time, but I guess the big guy upstairs finally thought it was time :)

    Oh, and just a little thing, did you mean Friday Jan 2nd or Sat Jan 3rd?

    Thanks!

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  125. Happy new year, blogaversary and all other happy things. Love the name!
    My biggest blessing this year was my successful knee revision ( that's what they call it when they replace the initial replacement) Makes going up and down the stairs to my creating space easier.
    nancy_dees@yahoo.com

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  126. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary as an illustrator! That is too cool! I love Gina K!!! She's an awesome woman!

    I have been so beyond blessed...I don't know where to begin. I will have to say that my boys and family. My boys set small goals for themselves in 2008 and they meet them. (11 yrs & 7 yrs) I love to see that they are building their characters, follow through and integrity. You can't start to young these days.

    Thank you for sharing some awesome blog candy!!!!

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  127. My biggest blessing in 2008 has been my family. It was a challenging year and I truly couldn't have made it through without my Lord and my family. :)

    papercandy@gmail.com

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  128. Happy New Year Melanie and congratulations on your blog. It is so inspirational and what great talent you have. My biggest blessing in 2008 was good health for all of my family and my beautiful grandaughter. She is adorable and such a joy. Enjoy 2009!

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  129. Love your designs! My biggest blessing in 2008 was the ability to participate in the Stampin Cruise with Gina K, Nichole Heady and Stampin Bella. It was a dream come true for my girlfriend and me.

    Pam aka AKiteFlier

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  130. Happy New Year! My biggest blessing this year have been the sweet blogs I read daily- always gives me a lift first thing in the morning! Thanks for being one of them!!!

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  131. Our biggest blessing this year is people. Our families are all close (literally and figuratively), we still have everyone we started the year with (3 grandparents 85+) and one new nephew. We've increased our circle of friends and deepened friendships. We are very richly blessed with wonderful people in our lives and are grateful for it.

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  132. Happy New Year!
    Happy Blogaversary!
    I love your blog and use it often for inspiration, Thanks so much!

    My biggest blessing in 2008 has been the seniors I work with....they help me to see that the little things are not always all that important. SharriC

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  133. My biggest blessing this year hs been getting my health back. Thanks.

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  134. My biggest blessing has also been my first grandchild. Now I can make many more scrapbooks and take more detailed and focused pictures. Boy is she ever cute. I can't wait to get those scrapbooks done.

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  135. Happy New Year Melanie. I am so excited to see what you have in store for us this week. I love that name frame. I've never done one before. I'm thinking it would neat to make one with your cookie set for the kitchen. Maybe instead of a name, a food type quote.

    So my biggest blessing this year I believe would be my job. I have the best boss a person could have and I enjoy what I do.

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  136. Happy New Year to YOU! I have enjoyed reading your blog and enjoy another year of your great crafty inspiration! My biggest blessing in 2008 was starting a job at my local scrapbook store. I am a stay at home mom, and while I love my kids, I do need a break from them from time to time! This job allows me some ME time AND I also enjoy seeing all sorts of wonderful products to inspire me. How fun!

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  137. Happy Blogaversary to YOU!
    Thanks for sharing what you do with your Hands, what's in your Head, and always with such a giving Heart.
    My biggest blessing this year was getting to go to Disney World for the first time, and check something off my bucket list in the process.
    Anne

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  138. My biggest blessing of 2008 was my DH getting the promotion to Chief... it was an unexpected blessing and life has been crazy since... We are adjusting to it slowly...

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  139. Happy New Year '09!! My creative blessing is loosing my creative BLOCK!, it's gone and my personal blessings is the love of family & friends. Ellen A

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  140. Happy New Year, everyone! Love the name frame for William.
    My biggest blessing in 2008 is that my husband finished radiation therapy, has recovered from the side effects, and is cancer free!

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  141. Hi Melanie, congratulations on your first blogaversary!!! Keep up the great work and may 2009 be your best year ever! I'm so proud of your work and all of the joy that you share with others through your art, energy and sense of fun and beauty. My biggest blessing this year has been the love and support of family and friends through a difficult year, and I also have to include your Year of Flowers set and the Peerless Watercolors that you gave me for my birthday. My inner artist is coming out at last! Thanks for your encouragement.

    Love,

    Mom

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  142. We had two huge blessings in 2008... the biggest was my husbands' safe return from his 13 month tour in Afghanistan... and the other was discovering, during her double masectomy surgery, that my 33 year old sister-in-law's lymph nodes were CLEAR. She's got another year of chemo, radiation, and reconstruction, but her prognosis was significantly improved with that news.

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  143. Trying to make my blogger work, and besides I forgot to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  144. Happy New Year! So many blessings to be thankful for. First of all my family and their support of my crafting which sometimes takes precedence over them! My friends who craft with me, and all the on-line people who are so willing to share their ideas and talents. I am definitely a better crafter due to them. THank you all! and congratulations on your blogaversary.

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  145. Thanks for all your creative ideas! You really are an inspiration. My biggest blessing this past year was the birth of my 3rd grandchild, and my daughter's health. She is a juvenile diabetic and the pregnancy was difficult, but baby and mom are both okay. God is good!! Thanks for the chance for the blog candy, and have a Happy New Year!

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  146. My biggest blessing is my family and God's grace. Craft related, I am blessed that my husband doesn't mind all the things I "need" for my scrapbooking and card making.
    Happy New Year!

    Margie
    Harrison,Ohio

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  147. MY biggest blessing this past year is the pregnancy that will come to be my baby boy in February. We tried for a very long time and lost a pregnancy, so he will be a blessing! (Also, this pg has been very healthy as well:))

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  148. Melanie, what an adorable gift for William! What a great idea! Happy new year to you and congrats on blogging for one year--I can't believe it has already been a year!! My biggest blessing this last year was finding the Lord as comfort, peace and supply during my miscarriage. I am looking forward to what He will do this year!

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  149. One of my biggest blessings of last year was the continued health of our family.
    One of my exciting blessings that is craft related was being asked to be on the Design Team for ClearDollar Stamps. I am still on cloud nine.
    Happy 'Blog'aversary....thanks for the awesome blog candy opportunity.
    Gloria

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  150. Happy New Year! I think my biggest blessing this year is that my Mom is still with us. She was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her brain. She was given 8-12 months to live, that's it. BUT she is still in great shape and we had a great Christmas and are planning to go to Las Vegas in February! We've had a very good year.

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  151. Happy New Year and congratulations to u on your blogaversary!

    Since I'm still studying I feel blessed when I get good grades. Also for all the friends I have all over the world due to craft groups that I am a part of and for the many blogs( including yours) which I check every day and feel refreshed and happy after seeing all the cards and other paper crafts made by everyone.

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  152. My youngest sister was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer just one month after my oldest brother died of liver cancer...she went through surgery and part of chemo. God intervened and miraculously healed her...she did not have to finish her chemo and was declared cancer free on Dec 15th...

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  153. Happy Blogaversary!! You have an amazing talent! My wonderful family is my most treasured blessing of 2008. HAppy New Year to you and yours! God bless, Tina

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  154. Your frame is fabulous!! Happy New Year to you!!

    My biggest blessing this year has to be my baby girl!! She's 2 and brings such joy into our lives! That's been especially great this year since things have been rough with my husband out of work!

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  155. Happy New Year and may you be richly blessed. My biggest blessing this year was the chance to camp with my grand children. Although we were blessed beyond measure in so many ways.

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  156. Happy 2009! My biggest blessing was the time I got to spend with my family over the last year. We had many wonderful family get-togethers and made lots of great memories.

    Happy blog anniversary and thanks for the chance to win :)

    Teresa

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  157. Happy New Year, Melanie! Thank you for doing this. I love William's name frame. How sweet! We had some rough patches in 2008 with health, anxiety and employment in my family, so I'm thankful that we are past the poor health and anxiety and my husband feels strong and ready to find that perfect job. I am also thankful for my dog, Elsie, a cocker spaniel rescue. I got her in January after losing my canine companion of 14 years in August of 07.

    Sorry this entry is so long. Many blessings to you and all of our fellow bloggers.

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  158. My biggest blessing of 2008 was my new job. It is wonderful to enjoy your job and to work with people you really care about.

    Melissa McClary
    spmissy @ aol.com

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  159. I have two "biggest" blessings. One was the birth of our first grandchild in October, and the second was the news that my dad does not have cancer! Happy New Year!

    Wonderful Name Frame for William.

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  160. My biggest blessing of 2008 is that of good health and the ability to enjoy the world of stamping and paper craft. As I am retired I find great pleasure in blogging for new inspirations to carry on my craft. I enjoy your blog daily.

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  161. Happy blogaversary! Thanks for all the inspiration. My biggest blessing this year was the emerging personality of my youngest son (now 16 months). So far he's been a total sweetheart (although yes, that could all change in a heartbeat!).

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  162. My greatest blessing in 2008 was the birth of my second grandbaby, Rachelle, born 12/29/08. She's beautiful and healthy.

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  163. the biggest blessing would have to be my husband of 20 years...standing by me through my ill health and weight gains LOL.But i have so many things to be thankful for,my son,my online crafting friends,my wonderful dog and the two kittens my son saved and brought home.Its been a tough few years but i still lucky to have so much that gives me joy:)

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  164. Happy New Year Melanie! I just love your creativity. I'm sure William adores his name frame! I really feel blessed that in 2008, my family is healthy and happy. With today's economy, that's so important!

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  165. Happy New YEar!!!! I am glued to your blog, you have so much talent. You have been a blessing!!!

    I'd have to say that my BIGGEST blessing for 2008 is my husband. Unfortunately, he is among the many Americans who have lost their jobs. Our road has gotten a little bumpy, but together we are getting through it. He is amazing!!
    Hugs,
    Vicky~~

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  166. Stephanie Wall of floridaJanuary 1, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    I just love your name frame. so bright and yet simple. i am now motivated to make a name frame for each of my grandkids. can't wait to get started!!!
    I believe one of the best blessings i have had this year was being able to go on the cruise and crop trip with Gina K, Nicole, and the bella girls. it was so much fun and gave me lots of inspiration and ideas for my stamping. now i just have to get my craft room organized so i can get to work. Thanks for all your great ideas!! Love your blog!!
    Stephanie

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  167. Happy New Year! I think our biggest blessing is our health. Although we've had more than our fair share of colds, ear infections, etc -- but minor blips on the radar.

    Love the frame -- a great gift idea!

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  168. Well Melanie one of biggest and best blessings this past year has to be my boyfriend! Yeah . . . love sick puppy here even after 2 years, but he really is. With him I've tackled all kinds of projects, learned new things, gone to amazing places, strengthed my body in ways I never thought I could, applied and got accepted into nursing school . . . there's alot. And the best thing is that I get to scrapbook all these moments!

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  169. Such an adorable name frame!! Love the colors and the little animal accents, boy do I love that hippo!!!
    My biggest blessing of the year was making it to 2009!! 2008 was an amazingly difficult year but showed me I have the strength to get through pretty much anything!
    Congrats on your blogaversary and best wishes for 2009.

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  170. Happy New Year!
    I will have to say that I am just so blessed with family and the opportunity to be with them. My husband and I have a big family and we are always so happy for our time together!
    Thanks for the fun Mel!
    Sandra

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  171. What a wonderfylproject! I just discovered your blog and will be spending much more time here. My blessings this year include the love and support of my husband and family (3 amazing boys!) and the fabulous friendships that continue to be there for me even when others can't. Thank you for this blog! Happy 2009!

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  172. Happy New year. Thanks for the chance to win your fab giveaway. My biggest blessing this year was discovery of blogging. I never new it can be this much fun and educational.
    x Natasha x

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  173. my biggest blessing came yesterday after I heard from my sil that her husband is cancer free. he had a long struggle all year long with this and we just prayed that it would turn out and it did.

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  174. Oh I love the train calender frames!!! My son would love that!
    I thikn our biggest blessing is just knowing how God watches over us. Times when things could be much worse and they aren't.

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  175. Happy new year!
    I am having a hard time picking the blessing...but I guess was that my mom's heart attack turned out to not be so bad.
    On a happy blessing, I found your blog along with others that make each of my days a lot brighter.:)

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  176. My biggest blessing--the health and happiness of my boys (we've had many ups and downs in the past couple of years) and when I met my partner.

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  177. Happiest of happy anniversaries, Mel!!

    One of my biggest blessings beyond my family and my friends was the cruise that my DH gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary! A stamping cruise! I was able to take time for ME and meet some of my favorite people including sweet Gina K...it was so much fun and such a blessing to my state of mind, thereby blessing both my family and my job....I am still in the caribbean in my mind some days...especially days like today with a foot of snow outside my front door! And I met so many new friends...not new friends...kindred spirits! What a great time we had!

    Thanks Mel for designing some of my favorite sets!! And thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Kim Marie

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  178. One of my best blessings was getting into stamping. I love the world of stampers, such wonderful people!!! Congrats on the big year!!

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  179. Happy New Year! Some of my Big Blessings this year have been the many stamp/craft blogs I have found and the new outlets I have had to share my projects!

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  180. Happy New Year. I love that frame idea. My biggest blessing of the year is all my stamping friends that I have met throughout 2008. That I was finally published. I hope 2009 is just as good or not better in the stamping department

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  181. You are such a talented woman. I think my biggest blessing in 2008 was finally finding peace with the fact that my husband and I can't have children. We both really wanted them for so many years and though we have tried numerous procedures none of them ended with us bringing a child home. After praying for years to become a mother I started asking God to help me find peace in whatever was going to be. I've finally found it. I think that is the biggest blessing I could ever hope for in life, not having regrets.

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  182. Happy blogaversary
    Happy New year
    Love you the frame
    My biggest blessing in 2008
    arrived on June 13, Jaydrin
    my first grandson, what a joyful
    little one.

    Jean

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  183. 2008 has been a weird year, a real roller coaster, and the biggest blessing has to be the baby I will deliver soon!... :-)

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  184. I would have to say besides my wonderful family, my biggest blessing is my Cricut Expression I got for Christmas! If it wasn't for my wonderful family I never would have gotten it!! Tammy Klein

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  185. Congrats on your blog success and your wonderful designs at Gina K's! Thanks for the chance to win the awesome blog candy! I have so many blessings in my life, my ever-faithful God,my husband of 28 1/2 years ,my 2 wonderful children, my mother and sister and extended family and all friends and my church family. Our biggest blessing was when my 82 year old father-in-law came through quadruple by-pass open heart surgery with flying colors and he's now as feisty as ever!!!( He and my husband were splitting wood for the fireplace when we were home for Christmas!) The doctors said he did better than most 60 year old patients they have! Praise the Lord for his blessings in my life!
    janet@swofford.com

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  186. Happy New Year!!! My biggest blessing is my Family. We've been trying to have more Extended Family activities so that we can enjoy and learn more about each other. As the family continually grows and as our work schedules keep us busy it is so hard to have these gatherings. I have so many fond memories of family gatherings as a child I want my children to experience this same joy!

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  187. Happy New Year to everyone! My biggest blessings this year are my wonderful husband and our 2 beautiful daughters. God has given me a wonderful family.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win and I hope everyone has a blessed 2009.

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  188. My biggest blessing this year was to be able to celebrate my 10:th anniverary with the love of my life. I'm so thankful for having him.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    If you're interested I have a blogcandy too:

    kamadesign.blogspot.com

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  189. I am blessed by friends and family, good health, a roof over my head and food on my table. But the most treasured thing this year was....MY CRAFT ROOM!!! Happy New Year!

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  190. My biggest craft blessing has been joining the Stampin Up Family as a demonstrator. It has opened so many doors and given me so many new friends.
    My greatest blessing of 2008 though has been my family - thru the love and support of everyone in the family we have undergone ups and downs in health and seen crosscountry moves, and by years end all were healthy and happy!

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  191. Love your frame! what a great idea! My biggest blessing this year was the adoption of our Daughter Emmy, she is now 3 yrs. old and our daily blessing!

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  192. Happy Blogiversary Mel!!! Everything you do brings us back for more so keep doin' what your doin' girl!!!

    My biggest Blessing this year was my daughter's wedding in July & now my son just got engaged a few weeks ago & is planning an october wedding...Yippee!!! My son is 33 & my daughter is 28 so I'm thrilled that they have had their fun & have finally settled down. I am so grateful & thankful that both of them have found such wonderful partners to share their life with.

    Happy New Year Mel!

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  193. Melanie, I love your stamps. They are so fun to use and so versatile. Glad you have been able to do this (for us). Happy Blogaversary! Keep it coming!

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  194. Happy New Year! My most treasured blessing for 2008 was my growing grandsons and getting to spend a lot of time playing with them. This will hopefully continue in '09!

    Congrats on your blogaversary! Great blog candy! TFS!

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  195. Darling frame, Melanie! One of my biggest blessings this year was a new job and a new apartment I am grateful to be employed and to finally have a washer and dryer again!

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  196. My biggest blessing would be my family. I have three wonderful kids who make everyday a blessing. (even on the days when I am not seeing what that blessing might be:) )

    Christi S

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  197. 2008 crafty blessings... winning a seat in the year-long Life Well Crafted class at BPS!

    Happy Blogoversary!!! And Happy New Year!!!

    It's my blogoversary too!

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  198. My best blessing this year was my mom got thru her triple bypass surgery just fine and well on her way to recovery. I don't know what I would do without her.

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  199. Happy New Year! My greatest blessing of 2008 was the health of my family. My second bestest :) was discovering this blog world- I love it! I am getting such enjoyment from all the wonderful bloggers and new friends. Thank you! debb

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  200. 2008 has been an extremely rough year for me, due to the passing of my mom. I will say that I was able to spend time with her before her passing and it was just a blessing to have her in my life.

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