Saturday, July 6, 2019

Happy Birthday to Me -- Blog Candy for YOU!

It's July 6, and today is my 60th birthday.  When I was diagnosed with stage 4B non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 57, and given about a 15% chance of surviving, I never thought I'd see 58.  Now, I'm celebrating 60!  Every day is a gift, every year a cause for great celebration.   I have more than enough crafty supplies, so I want to share the wealth with you, my blog followers.  More on that in a bit.

Today, there is a new challenge starting at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog.  It's an Anything Goes challenge, so you can link up absolutely anything you want this week.  Bugaboo Stamps has such a wonderful variety of images that you're bound to find something you can color up.  There's always yesterday's freebie.  Have you grabbed it yet?  Or Tuesday's wonderful New Release?  She's 1/2 off this week.  

Since today is my birthday, I made a birthday card for today's Anything Goes Catch the Bug Challenge.  I used this Happy Birthday Chickie image to create this:

I colored the Happy Birthday Chickie with Copic markers, then used this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to create the card.  Here's the sketch:

I used scalloped and stitched dies from Spellbinders to cut out the image and the papers.  Papers have been in my stash forever.  They are the Soiree collection from Pink Paislee.  Are they even still in business? The twine is from the same collection.  The balloon is a die from Paper Wishes.  The sentiment is a stamp from them, too.

Now, for the blog candy.  Please follow my blog.  For the month of July, if you comment on this post, you will be eligible.  Leave me a way to contact you.  I have over $60 of crafty goodies to send to a US winner.  I will use to choose my winner.  If the winner is from elsewhere in the world, they will be able to pick a $15 gift certificate from an online store of their choice. 

 Blog candy -- Spellbinders dies, a Memory Box die, Close To My Heart stamps, Cricut vinyl and iron-on, Basic Grey 12x12 papers, 3 6x6 paper pads, bling and ribbons

So, that's it for this post!  Follow my blog, leave a comment, then head over to the Catch the Bug blog for the Anything Goes Challenge.  Ready, Set, party!

Take a look at this fun event, coming up in a couple weeks:

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Tuesday morning Sketches -- Week #510
Crafty Animals -- ATG with an Animal
D.L. Art -- July Linky Party
Outlawz Festive Fridays -- birthday
Seize the Birthday -- cover the card
Crafty Sentiments Designs -- bright colors
Outlawz Twisted Thursday -- Yarn or string


  1. Happy birthday! Glad you are still around and have beat the odds. I am a follower. Love this fun birthday chickie card!
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  2. Wishing you a fantastic birthday, Julie! I knew about your cancer, but I didn't realize that the prognosis was 15% survival. You are a walking miracle! God has plans for you 💕
    Your card is adorable. I love the bright colors and that image as well!

  3. Happy, happy birthday to you! I love your festive card! Love the layering and the birthday chickie image! Pretty coloring too!

  4. Hello my friend. I'm popping over today to wish you a fabulous birthday. I'm with Beth--a bit floored right now as you never shared your survival rate. I mean, I know you had said it was bad, but you also said that the kind you had may be affected better by the treatment. Thank goodness it was. Walking miracle indeed! This world and myself especially are so fortunate that you are still here with us and you're correct, every single day any of us get is a gift that should never be taken for granted.

    It is nice of YOU to be offering up gifts on your birthday. For today only I wish I was a US citizen. ;)

    Anyway my dear I hope you are having a fabulous day and I wish you the absolute best for the year ahead.


    p.s. I've got a free paper in honour of Independence Day on my blog (and Canada as well for that matter) that you might like.

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  5. Happy birthday Julie! My hubby also has non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been beating the odds for 10 years now (he wasn't supposed to see his next birthday either). Every day truly is a gift. I agree with the other comments that God has plans for you (and for my hubby) :-) You've created a wonderful card to help with the celebration.

  6. I love your generous heart. You are having the birthday but are giving your followers the chance to win a gift. Count me in. [And if Mr Random draws my name, I'll treat you to coffee when we meet up so that I can get the goodies. And... if I don't win, let's still plan a coffee date.]

  7. Happy Birthday! Each day is such a blessing and hearing your story makes my heart smile. You inspire me!!!
    Hugs, Joy

  8. Julie, Happy Birthday!!! You are so awesome. I remember when you were diagnosed and I was so worried about you and your treatments. So have been such a trooper and have such determination. Statistics are just that, and I would always tell patients that. You are either going to do well or not so that is 100% or 0. You have a strong faith and I know that helps and I do believe that does help too. Whatever you doing - keep it up!!! Julie I not looking for a prize I would rather have a play date with you sometime.

  9. Julie, 15%!!! WTH!!! Well done for showing that it can be done. I am proud of you my friend and sincerely hope your 6oth was awesome. Fab card BTW! xxxx

  10. AWESOME proof of survival, big hugs and congrats too on your achievement of turning 60 young...big hugs.xx

  11. Happy Birthday Julie! I hope you had a wonderful day. Your card is beautiful.

    1. Forgot to leave my email addy: ruthanncarnes@yahoo dot com

  12. Belated happy birthday Julie and congratulations on beating the odds -brilliant and well worth celebrating here's to many more years-fabulous card and colouring.Great blog candy but no need to consider me as been downsizing myself too but thank you for the offer
    Carol x

  13. Happy Birthday ... You are still young... Wow that is some delicious (and fat free yummy) candy !!! Thanks for the chance to win...

  14. Such an adorable bugaboo Birthday card, I love the fun image you used. I am so glad you are here. what a great Birthday blog candy you are offering!! Thank you for the chance to win
    Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes JULY 2019
    Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  15. Happy Birthday! I am so happy that you are doing so well. I have been dealing with a lot of cancer in my family, two of my sisters have had breast cancer and my sister that is 11 months younger than me has leukemia.

    I would love to win this prize!


    chrissreal at comcast dot net

  16. Hia Julie,
    Oh, im sorry, I didnt realise that you were 60 (I would have done something special with my Birthday wishes post), and also for not realising that youd been through such a horrible killer disease. My mum died of cancer aged just 54 so Im so glad that I will be 58 next month, Even though im disabled with several really painful issues, im so pleased to know that Ive not got cancer so I feel for you.
    Your birthday card is so cute and I love Bugaboo images and have been collecting them for some years now.... and still Jodie keeps surprising me.
    Anyway, Thank you for the chance to win your fabulous candy. I live in a town just halfway between the beauiful the town of Cannock (which is the town named the same area of outstanding natural beauty called Cannock Chase) and the gorgeous city of Lichfield In Staffordshire, England. If I win I would love you to donate my prize to a Cancer charity in your area...
    Love always and keep up your fabulous colouring & imagination when it comes to arranging how a card/project should be layed out.
    or Facebook, Marg Byatt & Cards By Marg
    ;) xxx

  17. Happy Birthday, Julie! I'm so glad you beat the odds! I had no idea you were dealing with that. I think it's a great thing that you are doing a giveaway. I will recuse myself as I have so many supplies I will never be able to use them all. But I know your lucky winner will love getting a prize!! Your card is adorable. I just commented on it at the Outlawz Festive Friday's Challenge. I love the bright colors and the happy Chickie just gave me a big big smile!!

  18. Happy birthday to you! Wishing you the best and your card is so happy! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  19. Love the mix of dies and papers.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Bright Colors challenge.

  20. Happy birthday Julie! Your card is super cute, of course! Have a wonderful day! 😊

  21. Happy birthday to you! What a blessing to hear your story! Wishing you many more years!
    Your card is so fun!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!
    Debbie ~ TMS DT
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  22. Wow! What an incredible birthday story, Julie, so full of hope and love. How exciting to be enjoying The Moment in life. Like you, I was told I would not live to see my 60th birthday, and here I am 67. Each day’s beauty is always appreciated. I was already following your blog and would love if you were to follow mine, too! Birthday hugs, de

  23. Happy Happy Birthday Julie!! Another birthday that we get to celebrate with you!!God is a wonderful god!! I am a true believer in prayer and that god has such beautiful plans over your life as well as your family.Celebrate this specials occasion everyday!! It's not just one day!!My birthday was in June and I had such a wonderful month.God has blessed me with such a wonderful, funny and loving family. Your card is too cute!Love the cute chick!!
    Hugs to you my crafty friend
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia Rodriguez
    Migdalia's Crafts

  24. Happy belated 60th birthday, Julie! What a gift God has given you and us-the gift of healing and hope! You are a true example of what faith and prayers can do. Many wishes and prayers for many more birthdays! Take my name out of the drawing, though. I have some serious craft supply purging to do, or dear hub will start purging his way!

  25. Hope you had an amazing day to celebrate <3
    Andrea x

  26. Happy Belated Birthday. Love your adorable card and the colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  27. Congratulations on reaching 60!! Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! I am just popping by to support your giveaway as I live in the UK - but thank you for reminding me of Catch the Bug and their July celebrations. Not sure if I will be able to join in as I am currently on holiday in Australia, enjoying meeting up with all my family and looking forward to my middle son's wedding in Fiji...Best wishes from your teamie in 12MOC...

  28. Happy 60th birthday Julie! What an amazing outlook you have. We should all cherish every new day. Love your Bugaboo card. They are one of my favorite stamp companies and Jodie is so generous. I miss being on the team. I'm a little past your actually birthday so I hope it was a very special day for you. Celebrate the whole year through. You deserve it!

    1. Forgot to leave my email: drinckel at yahoo dot com.

  29. I love your card and the papers. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  30. Hey Julie, Happiest of days to you this month! I'm so happy for you and every day that you spend sharing your talents with all of us! Hope your birthday was full of fun and surprises! Katrina