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Happy Sunday!  Today is my 35th birthday and for some reason this seems like a more momentous milestone than all the ones before.  I've never really worried too much about my age, but this year it's kind of left me a little anxious.  I grew up with a solid belief that I could achieve anything I set my mind to.  Things like school and sports always came easy to me, and I left college fully believing I could change the world if I set my mind to it.

Well, I haven't yet and probably won't change the world in the huge way I had imagined, but hopefully I've added a little joy and happiness along the way to the people I've met.  My life's goal is to leave my mark, be a light and inspire others so that when I leave this earth I know I've left it a better place than when I arrived.  As I begin a new year I'm reminded of a CS Lewis quote that always inspires me...

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 

I hope that even when I'm 95 I'm still dreaming new dreams!  And I hope all of you are able to achieve the dreams you've imagined!  Dream it, do it!  Thanks for all your love and support throughout the year.  Your comments always lift my spirits and give me wings to fly!


Card Details:
Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve Stamps), The Artist in You (Unity Stamp: Donna Downey)
Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park), Wild Wasabi (SU!), Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso (SU!), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Emerald Liquid Pearls (Ranger), rhinestones, ribbon (May Arts), flower (Prima), Big Scallop Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), border punch (SU!)

43 comments

  1. beautifully done, julee! happy birthday...have you seen the verve blog lately? teeheehee

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  2. Happy birthday Julee! I love this card. The green tones and amazing sentiment are PERFECTION!

    AND, you HAVE changed MY world. Verve Stamps has played an amazing role in my stamping career and all around life (as a huge portion of my life IS stamping). I know I am not alone. Your stamps speak to me and they inspire me. I love, admire and respect you very much. Happy birthday!

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  3. Great card, Julee! You're definitely making people smile with your art and products! At near 60, I'm starting a whole new career, so, definitely, new goals are always open to make and achieve!
    Kris, Wadsworth, OH

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  4. This is lovely, Julee. Happy Birthday to you! That's a great quote...I need to remember that one.

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  5. Happy Birthday Julee. My only advice for you from someone who is
    almost twice your age is this.
    Always keep dreaming and making goals. Not all of them will be reached, and some will not come in the big way you think, but in small doses equally as important and wonderful as they are. I have
    come to realise that I don't have the time, energy, or money to achieve my big dreams, but I can collect snippets of those dreams and keep them in my memory and in my scrapbooks to look back on. If you have love, family and friends beside you, take a look at their dreams and tag along with them. And add them to your dream list.
    Hope you have many more birthdays to come with lots of dreams too.

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  6. Happy Birthday Julee.
    You Have changed my world. Giving me so much inspiration.
    At 35 you have just gotten into your stride, you will achieve great things. Anytime you can make the world a little brighter for us older folks the more you have achieved as a human being.

    Stay happy, healthy and Creative always.

    Patkatzer

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  7. Happy Birthday Julee! Don't worry about leaving your mark on this earth. You have already done that and just don't know it. Great card!

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  8. Happy Birthday Julee! Don't worry about leaving your mark on this earth. You have already done that and just don't know it. Great card!

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  9. Happy Birthday Julee...you sweet young thing! You are so inspirational...love your cards, love your words...love you too girlie!

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  10. Happy Birthday to a fab girl with a wonderful outlook on life. That is also an amazing card you created; love all of that green

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  11. I love this! I love green and I never see green cards, this is fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. :)

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  12. Happy Birthday Julee! Hope you have a great day!

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  13. I love the card, but more importantly I wanted to stop by and say Happy Birthday! I'd say you've made a BEAUTIFUL IMPRESSION (get it... stamps???) on the world. I for one, and I know I'm not the only one, am very thankful for your inspiration and the dream you made come alive to create meaningful stamps! I love the "generic" pretty designs, but I'm especially thankful for your unique use of scripture and other spiritual phrases to make stamps that share both beauty and a message.

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  14. Ahh...lovely green...my fave! This is such a great sentiment - had to look at your credits to see if it was an old Verve stamp that I missed!

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  15. Happy Birthday Julee! I will say that Verve stamps are in my top list of stamps that I just love so you have most definately impacted my life (yeah, just little ole' me in michigan- that should make you feel good!) This card/sentiment is beautiful and so true- and something that so many shoud realize, especially the young generation! Thanks!

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  16. Oooh, look at all that yummy green!! Love it! Great card and there is that gorgeous butterfly again. Think I know what my next Verve order is going to be LOL!

    LOVE the CS Lewis quote! As they say, if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it.

    May this be your best year yet!!

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  17. Beautiful card Julee, and the sentiment is perfect. Happy birthday! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  18. Happy Birthday Julee! Your artwork & designs are truly an inspiration!

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  19. HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY JULEE!!!

    You have made a difference in a lot of people's lives through your designs and stamps. I am one of those lucky people who have been touched by your creativity.

    Thank you!!

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  20. Oh my gosh Julee, this is truly a gorgeous card and wonderful sentiment! You are such a talented, kind, giving and wonderful friend and I feel SO fortunate to have met you! THANK YOU for the opportunity to be a Verve Diva and to work with your AMAZING stamps!! Have a VERY Happy Birthday my friend!!!

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  21. Happy Happy Happy Birthday dearest Loveliest awesome and amazing Julee!!! I love your card!!! I mean WOW!!! The green is so fresh and new and as you celebrate the newness of this new year - I am wishing you that all that you imagine and desire will manifest for you! You are simply amazing and I am always inspired by all that you!

    Sending you huge birthday hugs and love!!!
    Happy birthday dear Julee!!
    Sankari :)

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  22. Happy Birthday and another great card from you. I love making cards with my Verve stamps especially the wonderful sentiments!

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  23. Lovely card. Hope you had a great birthday.

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  24. The sentiment on your card is just what I needed to remind myself today! Your cards are always beautiful and a source of inspiration for me! thank you! And Happy Birthday!
    Cheers
    Cheri

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  25. Happy birthday Julee! I am almost exactly a year older than you and I felt exactly the same way about turning 35. If I could have accomplished what you have by last year, I would have been over the moon. You are a wonder and an inspiration! Celebrate!

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  26. Happy Happy Birthday 2 U Julee!!! Ditto to what NormaJ said above. I couldn't have said it better. ♥ This was a beautiful post and your card is outstanding, as always!! Enjoy your special day! Smiles, Pam :)

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  27. Hi Julee, Came over to find that ribbon shop you mentioned recently and saw today's post and had to stop and say hello. I've been thinking a lot about life and age, etc. lately as I will be turning 49 on the 29th. (You're just a baby. LOL!) I've found I really love being in my 40's. I think because by this time I've learned a lot more than I knew before and find I'm still learning and that God still teaches me new things each day.

    You do touch people and I am so glad that I came across you and your wonderful talents but also your great way of reaching out to people. I love meeting people that God uses to encourage others and you have such a knack for that! Thanks for being a blessing.

    BTW, you are wearing that Wild Wasabi so well lately. Love that green! Today's card is lovely.

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  28. Happy Birthday Julee! You just keep on doing what you do. You certainly bring happiness and light into my life with your wonderful stamps and inspiration, hopefully I pass it on from there!

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  30. Happy Birthday, Julee! Wow...ONLY 35! LOL! Yeah, pivotal years can seek up on you. Of course, it may not be so much grand gestures that change the world as the ripple effect. One person one change one gesture at a time! Blessings for a fabulous day and year!


    Wanted to add that your card is gorgeous! Beautiful patterns and detailing! Awesome card!

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  31. Happy Birthday, Julee!!! 35 is still very young and, yes, you can have goals and achievements for many years to come. My mom started a new job at age 65 (where she still works at 83), and she recently bought a drum set and is learning to play drums. You're never too old!! You are a talented lady, and I know you will be achieving greatness for years to come. --Lorie

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  32. Happy Birthday Julee!

    You have changed the world...the elegant crafting world with your gorgeous flowers, butterflies and touching quotes. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!
    Hugs to you..

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  33. Fabulous card; love all the green! Happy Birthday; hope you have a wonderful day filled with blessings!

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  34. I love all the GREEN! Gren is my favorite so I love this card more than any I have seen already today! Beautiful!

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  35. This is gorgeous, Julee! I have to tell you, you have definitely changed my world...made it a better, happier place, and you inspire me every day. I'm thankful to call you my friend, and thankful to start my 3rd year with you on the Verve Adventure! <3 ya, girlie!

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  36. The greens are wonderful, LOVE the sentiment and happy birthday!

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  37. Happy belated birthday, Julee! I hope your day was extra special!!!

    Your card is beautiful! Love that green!

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  38. Happy Belated Birthday Julie, love your stamps and love what you create! have a wonderful year ahead!

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  39. Wow I love that green! Great card and butterfly!
    Happy Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to live your life and to the fullest! You already make a diffrance to many with all your wonderful card inspiration!

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  40. Happy Birthday, and thanks for contributing something significant to your world with your art. I just love your sentiments especially the quotes from scripture. These are the truths we need to live our lives by and no matter how old we become those words still hold fast and true without changing.So be enlightened, be strengthened in your faith, and dream those dreams, but hold fast to the God who never changes!!!

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  41. Julee, I hope your birthday was great...you are a huge inspiration to me and have changed my life in many ways...thank you. It is an honor to know you and work for you I do hope our friendship will last a lifetime!

    enjoy *~*

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  42. Love the card!!! The green is fantastic! I hope you had a great birthday!

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  43. Happy Belated Bday, Julee...
    Hope you had a blast on your big day!

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