Monday, July 7, 2014

It's my birthday and I'll journal if I wanna......

Shhhh.....Maria sneaking in here at the beginning of the post to say....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY BETH!!!!!!!
I decided since it was Mary Beth's birthday, let's celebrate by giving YOU all a present!!!
Join me back at the end of the post for a GIVEAWAY and Discount Code!
Take it away Mary Beth.....


Yep, I am 54 today. It seems a lot older than 53, go figure. Geez has it been a busy year or what?? I have a feeling that trend is going to continue.  


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My cats like to journal, at least two of them do.
In honor of my birthday, I think Maria has a little something up her sleeve, a discount perhaps? Yay!!!!
But I am here today to talk about DLP =  Documented Life Project brought to you by the girls at the Art to the 5th Academy.
If you would have asked me in January what that was, I would have had told you I had no idea. Then I heard a few people talking and the name kept coming up. Even though I am typically under a rock, I do hear things, ya know.
But I still wasn't really paying attention until March when I taught at Random Arts in NC. A bunch of my very favorite people were there and they all brought their DLP journals. 
Oh.My.
They were gorgeous. 
Maria is one of these people with a gorgeous journal; she lays low on this sort of thing but that girl has more talent in her baby finger than a lot of people I know. Her planner is chock full of fancy schmancy parts. It is totally yummy. 
But back to DLP and Random Arts. 
I got home and looked it up. Of course it had started in the beginning of 2014 so I had missed the boat by more than three months. Someone suggested I could pop in at any time but I really didn't want to play 'catch up', you know what I mean? 
My birthday seemed like a really good time to start though, I mean it is a new year, right?
When I found out that Moleskine made a journal that started in July 2014 and my birthday is on the 7th and all, I figured it was meant to be. 
What I didn't realize is that journal went all the way thru to the end of 2015. 
All the edges of my ginormous journal, covered in Washi tape = beautiful!
And that once I added my pages it would be 
SO.FLIPPING.BIG.


Hmmmm. I will confess to trepidation.
I am up for it though.
LOVE the concept, every single thing about it.
Journal, planner, diary, call it what you will, I just like it. 
Even though mine is flipping ginormous. 



These girls, the DLP gang, they go by Art to the 5th.....and they are uber talented. I haven't met any of them in real life, at least I don't think I have (you know I am of advanced age), but I can tell you I love what they are doing and how they have created a thriving community around their passion. 
They are generous girls; I bought their online workshop about doing Planner Pages and it is really worthwhile. 
So now, let the journey into my new natal year begin. 
The DLP way.
Did I mention that my journal is B-I-G?

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Maria back again....so are you ready??? 
GIVEAWAY and SALE-NOW CLOSED

Maria back again....so are you ready??? 
There are quite a few of us on the StencilGirl team doing the Documented Life Project and we are EXCITED to tell you that we are dedicating this ENTIRE week to posts about the DLP-Documented Life Project! Even better--the girls from the DLP will be here on StencilGirl Talk and their personal blogs using StencilGirl stencils! YAY!!!

We are SO excited to have them, not to mention Mary Beth's Birthday.....so......

We will be GIVING AWAY one 9" x 12" stencil each day 
AND
in honor of Mary Beth's Birthday......having a sale! 
We haven't had a sale since Cyber Monday last year and we won't have another until 
Cyber Monday this year!

7 + 7 = 14% off your ENTIRE order of stencils on the StencilGirl Products website!!!!
and YES our everyday discount of 10% off when you buy 6 or more of the same size also applies! and YES free shipping over $50 in the US still applies!!!
This week only!!
July 7th 12:00 AM - July 12th 11:59PM Central Time
Use Coupon Code HAPPYBDAYMB at checkout.
Fine print....good for stencils ONLY, not good on books, DVD's, Deal of the Day or StencilClub. One time use per customer.

To be eligible for the stencil GIVEAWAY each day just leave a comment on StencilGirl Talk each day AND go over and leave a comment on the DLP blogs featured that day--links will be provided. All comments in each 24 hour period, on each of the blogs will be eligible.



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100 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Mary. Beth! How auspicious you got a planner that started this month. I like what you've done so far. They do get quite fat don't they. I think next year I might wait to add my tip ins until the week of because mine don't coral ate to the art suggested or I will make them all blank watercolor. I hope you enjoy DLP! Happy Mail is fun too! :)

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    1. I found it auspicious too!! In a good way :)

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  2. Happy, happy birthday, Mary Beth!!
    Gorgeous DLP!! Wow!! Loving all the layers and colors!

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  3. Happy birthday Mary Beth! What a lovely present to give yourself: a gorgeous journal and fun in playing along with DLP. Your year is off on a great start! Looking forward to your week of celebrations here, and at Art to the 5th blogs :D
    PS your journal is BIG! ;D

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  4. Love the big journal. Happy Birthday, Mary Beth!!

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  5. Happy birthday to Mary Beth! sometimes big is better. lol!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  6. Happy birthday, Mary Beth! Can't wait to see the DLP pages created this week!

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  7. Happy birthday. I'm way behind on my DLP but I follow faithfully.

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  8. Happy birthday Mary Beth! So excited about this blog hop, excited to see what's in store! :0)

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  9. Happy Birthday and keep those wonderful stencils coming

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  10. Happy, happy birthday Mary Beth! We are the same age now :) We are so thrilled that you decided to join us on the DLP journey and hope your journal just keeps getting bigger and chunkier and you have to pull it behind you in a wagon! Thanks so much to you and Maria for including us this week - it is truly a labor of love!

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    1. Thank you also, Lorraine, for playing along. I adore my journal and am just a tad obsessed with it :)

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  11. A very Happy Birthday to you, Mary Beth. Love your stencils!

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  12. Love the DLP. I am new to all of this, but love what all I am learning. This is a great giveaway. Happy Birthday Mary Beth.

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday!!! I LOVE the DLP!! And i love your stencils!!! Enjoy your day:) Oh your photo with your cat babies is adorable....all my pets hang out in my studio, too:)

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  14. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! Love your planner so far, the edges are just so inviting! Can't wait to see each week as we go along.

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  15. Happiest of birthdays! Just getting ready to start my DLP this week as well! I'm not using the Moleskine journal, and decided to add the extra pages as I go, so I don't feel anywhere near as prepared as you look. Love this idea, and looking forward to this week!

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  16. I hope your birthday is wonderful, Mary Beth. You will so enjoy using your BIG journal. It's beautiful.

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  17. Happy birthday, Mary Beth!

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  18. Happy Happy Birthday Mary Beth!!!!! its going to be an awesome birthday week!!!

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  19. Happy birthday Mary Beth! I started DLP late too but I'm loving it so far :)

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  20. Happy birthday. This DLP is so exciting and your stencils so beautiful that they had to meet.

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  21. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! Now to go check out DPL.

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  22. Happy Birthday MB! I'm loving the whole DLP adventure and would love to have new stencils to jazz it up! :)

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  23. Happy Birthday, Mary Beth...and I turned 54 four days ago...it's a good age :)

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  24. Happy Birthday Mary Beth!!....and thank you for the wonderful StencilGirl sale!! I'll be putting in my order for some yummy new stencils!! :)

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  25. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! Hope your day will be full of magical goodness! Great idea to join the DLP with the new 2014-15 journal. This will be a fun week of hopping...looking forward to seeing all the projects!

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  26. Happy, happy birthday Mary Beth! I joined in on the DLP journey late, too...I hope our journals just keeps getting bigger and bigger! I'm loving this journey so far and glad to have made so many friends. Looking forward to seeing all the projects in store for us :)

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  27. Blessings on your birth day ~ we celebrate >you< ....& as far as a giveaway = yes, I sure could use new stencils, to be sure. THANK*YOU !!!

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  28. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! I think that 54 is way better than 53! Who wants to be a prime number anyway. 54 is much more elegant as a number (I'm one number ahead of you!). You are Birthday buddies with Ringo Starr and my B-I-L. Many Birthday Blessings!

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  29. Happy Birthday Mary Beth, we share, my birthday is today too!! Have a great day!

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  30. Happy Birthday Mary Beth, fellow July Birthday Girl. I am also a DLP girl and didin't start until the Beginning of March.

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  31. I live all the DLP classes! And your stencils will help
    Soooo much!

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  32. happy birthday Mary Beth hope you had a lovely day

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  33. Have a great birthday MaryBeth!

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  34. Enjoy your birthday Mary Beth... spoil yourself.

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  35. Happy Birthday MaryBeth! And welcome to the DLP obsession!

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  36. Lots of congratulations and very best wishes for a gorgeous day. I'm a DLP junkie so I know you'll have lots of fun!

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  37. Yummy journaling. Happy Birthday. You and hubby, who just celebrated on the 1st. Hope John has something uber special planned for you tonight! xox

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  38. Happy birthday Mary Beth, and just surprise us always with your stencils and techniques!

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  40. Birthdays are an affirmation of our persistence. Hope you have a lovely one!

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  41. Don't obsess.....enjoy your day!

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  42. Happy birthday, Mary Beth! You're not "older" -- you're simply a survivor! And if that still doesn't make you feel less "old," I would gladly trade with you! I'm 65!

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  43. Happy Birthday Mary Beth, hope you have a great day! I now am going to check out DLP!!

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  44. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! Love your planner and am happy you enjoy doing it. Have a wonderful birthday week.

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  45. Yes, I started DLP in the middle of March, when I finally decided to do it. I loved seeing everyone else's work and felt like it was doable. I already do a handwritten journal daily, Project Life daily and an art journal that is supposed to be daily but I don't keep up with it. And 54 old? Ha! Try 70, 80, 90!
    Aloha, Kate

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  46. Happy birthday, Mary Beth. I turned sixty three months ago so I don't have much sympathy! Have a good day!
    P.S. I can't get the discount code to work for me??? Boo hoo

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  47. I can't believe it Mary Beth, today is my birthday too! You are only the second person I have ever met that shares the same birthday with me. I turned 56 today, so a couple of years older than you, but the way I look at it is that I just keep getting closer to being able to ask for the Senior Citizen's Discount! Have a great one!!

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  48. Happy birthday! You got me curious about this DLP.

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  49. Happy Birthday Mary Beth - have a great day !!

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  50. Love DLP! Happy Birthday Mary Beth!

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  51. hapy b-day Mary Beth!! thanks for thinking of us! :)

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  52. Happy, happy birthday. Enjoy your special day! Wish I were 53 again.....I'm about to hit 67 in Dec. Don't know where the time has gone......my goodness.

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  53. woop woop-Happy Bday!!!!! Hope your day is swell and that you get some Stencil time!!

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  54. Happy Birthday Mary Beth. I really like your stencils. Have an awesome week...

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  55. Happy birthday Marybeth. Hope your day and your whole birthday week are awesome

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  56. Okay! So, my birthday is in January, so I guess I missed the boat completely, but, like you, MaryBeth - even though I'm under a rock most of the time, I still hear things too…and I have heard about this, a little here, a little there. You have so kindly challenged me into getting on board with this as well, birthday or not. So, this week, I will look into it myself! I already know it's right up my alley and will be FUN! Thanks for the kick in the buttutti! Cyberly speaking, of course

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  57. Wishing you all the best on your birthday!!

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  58. Happy Birthday MB!! and many more. This is so exciting. I love love love your Stencil Club and cant wait to see if I can win a stencil for your birthday celebration. Thank YOU!!
    suzschultz23@aol.com

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  59. Not only can't you do this on iPad, you can't anymore on iPhone. I'm not sure why because even my website and my new soon to be seen blog has an app for it that was free or just a few dollars.

    MB, Happy Birthday again. My question is do you plan to use the Moleskin journal as your art journal? Are you going to gesso all those pretty pages?

    It wouldn't be hard for me to resurrect a journal, I keep an online diary of sorts, and I also download or the app downloads what I write on FB, along with my paintings, jokes etc.

    Interesting idea.

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    1. Tommy, I am so early in this process I am not sure where it will take me. I will probably document my "day to day" life in this DLP journal and do experimental stencil stuff in my other journals.

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  60. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I really do hope it is a wonderful day for you :)

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  61. I tried several time to say this, but something happened. Happy Birthday Mary Beth! Yay! Love your pictures. Your planner will be bursting at the seams before you know it! Have fun, enjoy it all.

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  62. This is my first time at your site. Great stencils! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  63. Happy Birthday, Mary Beth! I'm NO singer so I won't try to sing to you. (Be very happy about that.) LOVE all the stencils!
    Thanks,
    Grandma Nancy

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  64. Happy Birthday from "Downunder" Mary Beth..... don't stress over 54..... good years are ahead (I'm 74 LOL)

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  65. Happy Birthday, Mary Beth.. A ginormous journal will work well with your 9x12 stencils. I just turned 60 and life is grand. You are just a baby.

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  66. Happy Birthday! Love the huge journal!

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  67. Enjoy your special time. Love your stencils.

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  68. I am another DLPer and love Mary Beth's work. I look forward to reading all the posts this week.

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  69. Happy Birthday Mary Beth and thank you for having us this week ! I look forward to Really Meeting you all and can't wait to spend the week with you on Stencil Girl- which, by the way ROCKS! xx

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    1. Hi Rae, so nice to meet you ;) hopefully one day we will meet in person. I am a great fan of your work.

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  70. Happy Birthday! Enjoy celebrating the entire week! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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  71. Happy birthday! 56 -- woo hoo! I am also a DLP'er and love it! Enjoy your birthday week! It only gets better in your 60's!

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  72. Happy Birthday. I'm thrilled you are showcasing the Art To The 5th ladies! They are wonderfully inspirational. Thank you!

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  73. Denise HuntingtonJuly 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Happy Birthday, Mary Beth. We are almost twins since my birthday is July 6th (but I'm older - Yikes!!) I'm thrilled to find out more about DLP and look forward to seeing what you do with yours. I am also thrilled about the discount this week. Oh, yeah! The 7 stencils I had in my bag are now on their way to me.

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  74. Happy Birthday Mary Beth. Looks like you're going to have a great week.

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  75. Happy Birthday Mary Beth. Thank you for this wonderful way of celebrating your birthday with us. I am a member of DLP and love the weekly prompts and it has been a great journey so far.

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  76. What a fun week to celebrate your birthday! I love it!!! I love stencils AND DLP!!!!

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  77. Happy Birthday Mary Beth!! And DLP Girls - I'm excited about this week! Looking forward to it.
    I have the most pathetic tiny collection of stencils so my fingers and toes are firmly crossed over here!! :o)

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  78. Happy birthday, Marybeth. What a wonderful idea, Maria! A match made in heaven! I love the Art to the 5th gals!

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  79. Hope your birthday was filled with lots of fun and cake of course. This hop looks so fun!

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  80. Happppppppppppppy, Happppppppppppppy Birthday Marybeth!! Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, This weeks your Birthday and next week, Me Tooooooo!!!!

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  81. I don't see my posting, so I'll try again. Happy Birthday, Mary Beth! I can't think of a better way to celebrate than a blog hop and a sale! I hope you have many more birthdays!!

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  82. Happy Birthday Mary Beth!! Hope to stop by and see you in Cinci. Your kitties are so cute. Stephanie in Columbus

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  83. Happy Happy Birthday Mary Beth!! I am sure you had a great day and this week is going to rock all about your birthday!! Many more to come!!

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  84. Happy birthday Mary Beth! And here's to many more... because I love Stencil Girl stencils and your daily emails. You inspire me and make me want to be in my studio playing and creating. Enjoy your journal. It sounds like a fun project.

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  85. happy bday mary beth. so kind to have a great giveaway and do love DLP

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  86. I love your huge journal! I was considering it myself, and you make me think it might be possible! ;-)

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  87. Happy Birthday---a day late! I enjoyed your post....LOVE the cats! Mine tend to try to help me a lot, too! I am really enjoying the DLP projects!

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  88. Happy, Happy Birthday Mary Beth. I'm late, but the sentiment is still there. BTW your cats are gorgeous! So happy that Stencil Girl and DLP joined up, and looking forward to browsing the specials. Also hoping to win a free stencil!

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  89. Not sure if the first comment went through, but if it did not, I'll repeat my comment about your lovely cats...they are darling.

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  90. I just have to say I love stencils and Stencil Girl stencils ARE the best! The artists used by stencil girl to design/ demonstrate the use of the stencils are all top notch too. Love it! Hope you've had a great Birthday week Mary Beth.

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