Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Welcome Friends to My New Blog!


Welcome Friends!
I am very excited today to open the doors and invite you to a new part of my world. After much thought, I decided to step out into the warm glow of Flourishes with a new blog - one that really shows who I am - Jan Marie's Flourishes! I wanted to create a place that just wraps my guests with friendship. And, that's why I picked this special quote to be at the head of my blog. I liked this quote so very much, I had it created into a stamp!


If you like this sentiment as much as I do, please leave a comment on this post. I will be giving away 25 of these stamp sets to the first people who leave me a comment here to celebrate my new blog! Don't worry, you can always find this beautiful sentiment in the Flourishes store, here, if you don't want to hedge your bets! 

Would you like to see a creation made with this beauty?


To make this creation, I used a bit of My Mind's Eye Paper (Blush) and cut out an area using the Classic Keyhole Die. I added some cotton linen ribbon in a nice shade of hot pink and the frame was create with a set that you'll see later this week - this is a bit of a sneek peak.

Here's a close up. If you'd like to know more about the supplies that I used, please scroll down to the bottom of this post.


WHY A NEW BLOG?
The reason goes right back to the very beginning of Flourishes. What many don't know is - when this company was started I was a very sick lady, and the prognosis was dim. Several friends that had been students of mine for years asked what I would like to leave behind if I, in fact, "kicked the bucket." I knew the answer. I wanted to leave a company that would produce beautiful art that would be timeless for today's paper crafters. And so, while I was in the fight of my life, I began Flourishes and set very high standards for this company. 

It wasn't easy. In fact, the very day we opened Flourishes, I laid in a hospital bed. Why didn't I share this with anyone? I didn't want my health to hold my dream back and I especially didn't want sympathy. I wanted a company that would be noticed for it's own merit - a company that set new standards for art in the industry. I am not a prideful person, but I am proud. I have a smile on my face and in my heart when I see each and every new stamp set released and I get to hold them in my hands. I have an even bigger smile when I see the creations made by YOUR hands.

SO, HOW BAD WAS IT?
Now that I am on the road to wellness, I can reflect on how truly bad it was. Doctors gave me a 2% chance of survival. Over the course of six years, there have been many surgeries. I have lost a portion of my stomach and my pancreas in the process. There were days, of course, that I wondered why all of this was happening to me. Thank God for my faith and for the love of my wonderful husband, Mike (the Shipping Guy). I knew God had a plan for me and that I should take every opportunity that I had to live in the moment. Flourishes was a reason to live each day and do the best I could manage on that day. Over the years, I attempted to "put on the right face" and represent Flourishes. Some of you may have seen me at CHA. Others came to my home for classes and I am sure that many suspected I was not well. I never addressed the issue with anyone other than a trusted few. I stood in the shadows so that Flourishes could make its own mark on the industry in spite of my health. I am proud to say that I really feel that this has been mission accomplished.

WHERE IS MY HEALTH NOW?
This year, along with Flourishes' 5th Birthday (which we will celebrate with a bang this August), I have made it to another milestone. I have made it to the five year point of survival. It is a point that most don't make facing this type of medical situation, but I did. I made it against the odds! Today, I am blessed to say that I am well and Flourishes is indeed flourishing! I felt that now that my future is full of hope, it was time to step out of the shadows and tell my story. It's long overdue.

EXCITING THINGS AHEAD!
A few weeks ago, I shared pictures and thoughts from overseas as I traveled to Australia for a huge paper craft convention in Brisbane. I never imagined that I would be in that spot! It was the first time in the last six years that my doctors agreed to let me travel out of the country. Some of my friends said they held their breath and made me PROMISE to come home healthy (my friends are very protective of me). Truth be told, I did better than well, I think I did exceptional. I was face to face with stampers -- stampers that love Flourishes! I rediscovered that I really enjoy teaching, sharing and being a part of stampers' lives and sharing my life with them. I found that there was no longer a reason to lurk in the shadows of Flourishes! Flourishes is now global. Did you know we are in hundreds of stores worldwide? That is in addition to the thousands of loyal customers that we have in our own store! It's amazing to me. And, we've only just begun! You will have to stay tuned because we have a lot of new and exciting plans in the works. The main mission is simple - to hold true to our philosophy to be "timeless for today's papercrafters." This means that what was good yesterday will be good for years to come. I did not accomplish this by myself. I have the greatest support system in the world! Mike has worked along side of me. Sharon Doolittle has been the best friend and colleague that anyone could ask for. Julie Koerber is my strongest ally.  All of my designers both past and present have never given less than their best for Flourishes! I owe a great deal to all of them.

COME, SIT & STAY AWHILE
I have found over the years that the quote I have at the top of my blog is indeed true. "In the sweetness of friendship there IS laughter and the sharing of pleasure. I am truly blessed. Some very great people have become a part of my life because of Flourishes (some virtually and some "in real life") and our mutual shared pleasure of stamping. There has also been a lot of laughter!

So, come, sit, stay awhile and share my stamping world with me. Remember, if you leave a comment on this post - the first 25 will be given the "Sweetness of Friendship" stamp, which is the keystone of my new blog. I hope you will walk down this new road with me. I hope that you and I will become better friends and that we will enjoy much sharing and laughter! I am Jan Marie. I am Flourishes!

Ciao,





SUPPLIES USED:
Stamps: Sweetness of Friendship, Flowers & Frames
    Dies: Tailor Made Classic Keyhole
    Ink: Black, Copic Markers
    Ribbon: Linen Cotton
    All from Flourishes Store
    Misc: Button, foam tape

104 comments:

  1. What and beautiful card and such an amazing journey. I am so happy that you have made it to the five year mark and are doing well. Flourishes is favorite stamp company of mine and one for you to be very proud of. I am following your blog and look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations.

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  2. What a wonderful way to start a new blog! I simply love the sentiment - it is so meaningful and I really enjoyed reading your story. So glad you were able to come out and see a bit of our wonderful country in June and that you went home well! Congratulations too on the fifth birthday of Flourishes coming up - an achievement on its own!

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  3. I believe that there's always a reason for the troubles that life brings. I'm so glad the reason for yours was the creation of my favourite stamp company, but even more glad that your health is so good now that you could visit "down under" Love, Helen (aka Kathy's Mum)

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  4. Jan Marie, you are amazing! I have tears in my eyes... I wish you many many healthy years to come! Your stamps are all so gorgeous! Love them!!

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  5. Congratulation to your new blog!!
    The sentiment is amazing!
    Nela xx

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  6. Jan, what a beautiful post! And what a beautiful blog! I am so excited to see more from you - I already started following. You have such an incredible story of survival, thank you so much for sharing - what an inspiration!

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  7. What a story...I am a Flourishes fan. I am so glad you have shared your story with us. What a story it is. Glad to hear you are doing well and I hope you continue to do well. Looking forward to August and the big celebration!

    Love your card!

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  8. Very excited for this fresh start for you Jan Marie, and the sentiment says so much... congrats and keep it coming!!

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  9. What a wonderful journey and to be able to share it is even more amazing! Your cards are lovely as you are!

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  10. What a beautiful life story and I'm so glad you shared it with us! Congratulations on making it to remission!! I'm so glad you started Flourishes, It represents you, both inside and out - Beautiful!!

    ~ Amanda H :)

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  11. Jan Marie, congratulations on your new blog! I love the new quote at the head of your blog and this sentiment stamp will truly reflect how we feel about our friends...a very lovely statement. I'm happy your health is great, and congrats also on your milestone of reaching the 5 year mark, with many, many more successful years. Your card is simply elegant and beautiful, a reflection of you.

    Cami

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  12. Congrats on your new blog! Your card is so gorgeous I just love it! Hugs, Sujin (bastelarena)

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  13. I think you are a fighter! You do what you want, whenever you want. I wish you many successful years to come, what you do is fantastic and I love your stamps!
    Hugs, Birgit

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  14. Congratulations on your new blog.. that card is amazing and I just love that stamp.. ! I am a new follower for sure..

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  15. Such an amazing post, Jan Marie... made me cry tears of joy! I had no idea. Gosh! You are such a strong person, the sweetest one too, and I look up to you. Thank you for being who you are, an amazing woman who was able to overcome the biggest obstacles in life and build a successful business while doing so. Here's to a bright future, filled with love and laughter! Much love, Chupa

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  16. Your story brought me to tears! What a strong woman you are! Thank you for sharing your story--it is such an inspiration. And, congrats on your new blog, as well as the success of Flourishes! It was one of the first stamp companies I found when I began stamping. I absolutely loved your beautiful images then, and it continues to be my favorite stamp company now. Best wishes for your continued successes, both professionally and privately! ~Hugs, Cheryl

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  17. Congratulations on your new beautiful blog! Thank you for sharing a part of your amazing self here. God bless. ;)

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  18. Congradulations on your new blog and the next step on your journey!!! I just love the card your showed - love the panels and the die cut window and that is an awesome phrase!!!!

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  19. Firstly Jan Marie, congratulations on getting well after what must have been a harrowing time for you and your family. I love the Flourishes stamps, and I'm so glad that we can get them here in the U.K now, your images bring a smile to my face.
    I love this wonderful sentiment, such a great quote celebrating friendship!

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  20. A beautiful sentiment. Thank you for the chance of winning one of your sentiments.

    May you continue in good health for many years to come.

    irene
    xxxx

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  21. Your stamp is just so beautiful as is your new blog:) Hugs x x

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  22. Wow! Powerful words! I love it! Congrats on all of your challenges/ I love the new stuff!

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  23. I really like the inclusion of the birdhouse stamp. Really great card =)

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  24. Great blog and this is a wonderful saying. your card is breathtaking! Thanks for continuing to share your creative talents with us!

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  25. wonderful sentiment and stunning card. TFS!

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  26. ok, I already left one comment (too bad I can't go back and edit),I left it before I read your whole story and now I just have to say WOW! You are one strong lady! Most people when sick just want to curl up in a ball, feel sorry for themselves and pray/wish to get better.
    Starting a new company takes courage, strength, lot of work and determination and it's not easy even when somebody is healthy. I'm in awe!
    Take care and thank you for starting Flourishes!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. To begin a company while facing such a dire health situation took such great courage and faith. I applaud you, and am so pleased that your company, your health, and your life have flourished while providing such beautiful, indeed timeless, stamps. I have enjoyed many pleasant hours creating with Flourishes stamps. Thank you!

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  28. Thank you for all you shared and I wish you a very healthy future and lots of fun with your new company! The stamp is lovely and even though I am not one of the first 25, I wanted to congratulate you and wish you a very happy and healthy future!

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  29. Congratulations to you! God is good! He definitely did have a plan! I wish you all the best!...Nancy :o)

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  30. What a beautiful sentiment and looking forward to your new blog.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  31. Jan Marie, congratulations on your new blog. Thank you for all you shared and so glad your health is great. This stamp is a beautiful sentiment.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and congrats on your new blog. Looking forward to visiting often. And give my thanks to Mike for being there for you and helping you start rhis wonderful company. Wishing you continued health and success.

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  33. Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  34. You are a very inspiring person not only with your talents but with your sharing of your story. You have over come so much but have faced life's challenges with determination and blessed us all. Thank you.
    I will be adding your blog to hear updates but I really LOVE your stamps. They say so much in a beautiful way.

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  35. Thank you for sharing your story. You are a strong and courageous woman, and your faith in Jesus Christ truly shows through. You are truly and inspiration to others, but you have given so much inspiration yourself. Your blog is beautiful, and you are a beautiful person. Please continue to keep us update. I have truly enjoyed every stamp that I own (which is many), and will continue to enjoy them and cherish them even more. God Bless you. Kit

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  36. Thank you for sharing your story! and congratulations on your triumphant conquest and your new blog!

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  37. Soooo glad to hear about you health being restored! I subscribed to your blog and will look with excitment to what you are making and inspiring us with!!! Love Flourishes stamps!

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  38. Jan Marie, it's a beautiful blog, and it was time to tell your story, for sure! We need to share with each other; that's part of connecting. Thank God for all He has done in your life, and it's wonderful that you have such a wonderful team. Mike is a wonderful husband, and we all love how much he helps us customers. Best wishes and love to you and the team...and today especially to you and your health, Jan Marie. I love Flourishes! Cheryl

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  39. Praise God that you have been victorious over this big obstacle in your life. Flourishes is the best company out there as far as I'm concerned. I cherish each one of my sets and they never fail to help me create lovely cards. A beautiful lady knows how to put a beautiful company together!! I'll always be a big fan!

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  40. Jan Marie, thank you so much for sharing your story. God is so faithful!!! Flourishes is a beautiful company!!!

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  41. Sweet Jan Marie, how wonderful to see your blog start with such an out pouring of love! After meeting you, it doesn't surprise me at all that you beat the odds, your faith and strength are extraordinary and I feel blessed to call you friend! Many blessings to you as you start this new blogging journey! {HUGS}

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  42. I'm so happy you made it thru your medical challenges and have created such a wonderful stamp company!
    Best Wishes, Kim

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  43. Bless you Jan Marie! Thanks for sharing your uplifting story. I'm so glad you are doing so well. I love your blog, your company and your stamps! God had a plan for you! Take care and hugs to you and your shipping guy

    Many more blessings,
    Jacky

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  44. Love your new blog...and you! Have a fabulous day!

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  45. Love it, LOVE it and I"m so glad you are doing so well. I hope in the future we can come back to FL and play again, that was the most fantastic weekend!!!! Take care, Karen

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  46. What a wonderful story Jan Marie!!!! I have to say, when I visited with you and your husband in 2009, I never would have guessed your health struggles. You both were so warm and sweet! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see how you celebrate Flourishes 5th next month!!!!! Beautiful set AND new blog!!!

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  47. A lovely story of friendship and strength. You are blessed.
    I'm looking forward to August and your 5th. Congratulations on all accomplishments!

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  48. What a heart warming story! You are an amazing woman, who has beat the most incredible odds. I love your blog, your products, and the wonderful ladies that you trust with your challenges. You have built a top rate company, and one that I'm certainly proud to be a guest with this month. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for next month! Congratulations, good luck, and may God continue to so richly bless you and the shipping man!

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  49. I would love to have this stamp. Good luck with your new blog.

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  50. What a fabulous story. Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story of survival. Congratulations!

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  51. I love the new look Jan as you know, very fresh and inviting just as it should be! I love ya girl! Enjoy your day! ;0)

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  52. This is awesome Jan, I love the colours you selected for your blog, well done and congrats. "Flourishes" ... love the blog, the stamps, all the gals and guys who make Flourishes what it is today and your smile!

    May our Creator continue to bless you with good health, prosperity and of course bless our "shipping" guy too!

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  53. Jan Marie you are AMAZING, I love your new blog!!~

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  54. I was touched by your story and I also treasure Kahlil Gibran's "Friendship". Your stamp honors it and is beautiful.
    Linda L in Tennessee

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  55. This was such a special sharing time and since I cry so easily, the tissues were a necessary "tool" on my desk this morning! :-) I love the sentiment and it's even more special knowing the story behind it! ((Hugs))

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  56. Thank you for sharing your story, you are an amazing lady. I must say that I love your stamps - they are timeless, elegant, stylish and will never go out of 'fashion'. One cannot fail to make a beautiful card. I'm looking forward to seeing what your 5th birthday brings.

    Wishing you many more years of health and happiness.

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  57. All the best in your new venture

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  58. What a beautiful post from a beautiful lady. God has truly blessed you...and all of US with the gift of you, as well! It is such a joy to see you doing so well, and to watch Flourishes grow and blossom into the amazing company that it is today. I am SO thrilled to get to be a part of it all! Congrats on your beautiful new blog...and love the gorgeous card, too! Love you LOTS, my friend!

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  59. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for creating and blowing life into such a wonderful company!

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  60. Thank you for sharing your story, and infusing your beauty and strength into such a a wonderful company. You are inspiring!

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  61. Congratulations on the new blog Jan Marie! It's beautiful. Gorgeous card and a beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. It's inspirational people such as yourself that make this world a wonderful place. You truly inspire all of us! I know Flourishes has a great future ahead of it!

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  62. I feel so blessed for you Jan Marie. Telling your story now gives God the ability to use it to touch and inspire others else too. We treasure you, and your drive and determination to create something beautiful and lasting. You have, and even through very difficult struggles. I feel so blessed to be a small part of Flourishes. It's given me wings to fly on a creative level that I wouldn't have imagined 5 years ago. Thank you for everything. Keep sharing yourself, you are a beautiful lady. Hugs and love from me!

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  63. Congratulations on your new blog and wishing you continuing better health. Your card is lovely and the sentiment is beautiful. Thanks for starting Flourishes, Flourishes create beautiful stamped images and words.

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  64. Congratulations on your new blog and continuing better health of years to come and may you live everyday to the fullest! For I am, glad your started Flourishes, you create the most beautiful images in the world and you gave me back the reason to get out pencils, markers and color those beautiful images. I thank you!

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  65. bummer...didn't make the first 25! love your set!!!

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  66. What a precious story you've shared! I am newer to Flourishes - I only have two sets - but I have found them just lovely to work with and can't wait until I can afford to get the summer bouquet set that just came out. It is a joy to work with beautiful stamps, and more so now that I know the story behind them!

    Blessings!

    Tricia

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  67. What a wonderful story! Wishing you continued health and success!

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  68. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful posts on your new blog.

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  69. Thank you for sharing your amazing story with us, Jan Marie. I am so I sorry that you have had to endure so much.
    It was also lovely to read that you are now well and thinking so positively...That's wonderful! I wish you many, many healthy and happy years to follow.

    Congratulations! on your new blog. I will visit often.

    I love Flourishes stamps, and have recently found a supplier here in the UK. I have purchased quite a few sets, and love to stamp with them, they always give such perfect results. The new sentiment is beautiful.

    Take care! xx

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  70. Oh my goodness, what a GORGEOUS new stamp! I can't wait to see the rest of the set.

    Congratulations on Flourishes' fifth birthday! I adore your beautiful stamps and it is wonderful to hear that you are feeling better. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next 15 years holds in store for you and Flourishes!

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  71. What a touching story Jan Marie, TFS. Wishing you good health and happiness in the years to come. I have become a follower and will be delighted to walk down this road with you. You, your dream and your amazing stamps inspire all of us. Congrats on joining the wonderful family in the blogosphere, looking forward to seeing your creativity.

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  72. Love the new saying! Looking forward to my next visit to Pensacola. Hugs Yvonne

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  73. What a sweet post! Congrats on your new blog...it looks awesome! :)

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  74. Jan Marie,
    What a touching story. I'm so glad you have such a great support system it is something everyone deserves. Thank you so much for putting your heart and soul into this company. Love the card by the way!

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  75. Thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. Your stamps are always so elegant and classy. Your new blog is great! God Bless!
    Sherry107

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  76. Congratulations on the new blog as well as being a 5 year survivor. Thank you for sharing your story with us and every time I now use a Flourishes stamp, will remember how much care and love has gone into it. Your card is gorgeous and I love the sentiment.

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  77. Wow, this card is beautiful. Love the blog - very cool - it is now on my favorites list!

    Thanks for sharing your talent & your life - very inspirational!

    Patti

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  78. A beautiful card and a beautiful new blog Jan Marie!

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  79. Do you know happy I am that you are well and in good health . . . I'm elated! I've been one of those who have wondered and questioned and worried about you and your health, but have always been happy to see you at CHA! Sadly I will be missed this summer CHA due to my own family medical issues, but I look forward to seeing you at other CHAs. Take care!!!

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  80. beautiful card and sentiments!

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  81. I so did not make the top 25! Darn it. But I wanted to congratulate you on all your success and especially on your 5 year milestone. It is so wonderful to hear/read your story. I am a nurse and have seen so much of the other side in the hospital that your story renews my faith in medicine and knowing that if even one person can make it, it's all worth it. Thank you so much.

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  82. After meeting you at the Brisbane Papercraft show and now reading of your personal journey I know what the reason is for me taking an instant liking to you. Such a beautiful story,one I have read over and over. You probably won't remember me as you would have met many people at the show but I was the person that received the foam backing from you that you brought out from the US. It works absolutely well and was so pleased to get the hint. One other thing I remember is that you made the comment that we both had green engagement rings. It was so sweet. Best wishes and keep up the great work with Flourishes - they are my favourite stamps. God Bless, Prue C

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  83. I enjoyed reading your inspirational story. Congrats on your 5 year recovery and may you enjoy many, many years of good health! I love your new blog!

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  84. What an inspirational story and an amazing journey!! Thank you for sharing that with all of us. I hope your health continues to improve, as you never know what miracles lie ahead.

    I have enjoyed your stamps for quite some time now, and Flourishes is one of my favorite companies. I love the beauty of the stamps, and the intricate lines. Every release has something I can't live without. Funny how my storage box keeps getting replaced, because I own almost every set!!! In fact, your sample card is classic Flourishes, the sentiment is perfect!!

    Continued success not only with your health, but with the wonderful business as well. And, congratulations on your new blog, and much success with it as well. :)

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  85. I too was delighted to meet you at the Brisbane Expo In June. I so enjoy using your lovely stamps and have quite a few of the sets. I used to have problems stamping and the Flourishes stamps are such a joy to use they look great every time, they certainly help produce great results.
    Your story is so powerful and such an inspiration; congratulations on finding your health and for building your business dream.

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  86. What a wonderful and blessed accomplishment you and your supporters have made! So thankful that your health continues to improve. I absolutely love your stamps! Keep up the fabulous work!
    Beth Greco

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  87. Congrats on the new blog, and that is a great quote!

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  88. Dear Jan Marie,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us and congratulations on being a survivor and flourishing, along with Florishes. You are right - your stamps are loved all round the world, especially here in New Zealand.
    God bless

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  89. Congratulations, Jen Marie!! Your story brings a scripture to mind, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Blessings to you as continue to "do all things" with a Flourish!!

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  90. Jan Marie, I love the quote and stamp, and I look forward to
    visiting your blog!

    Hope that you enjoy this new endeavour as much as we
    are sure too!

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  91. Jan Marie, your stamps are the most beautiful on the market. Congratulations on your success in your company and continued success in your health.

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  92. Your story is such an inspiration!!! I am so happy for you and wish you continued good health and success with your company. I love your stamps and creations and have been a avid customer. So glad you shared your story because it makes you and Flourishes all the more special.

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  93. This is a beautiful sentiment and reflects the beauty of Jan Marie who runs a company to remind us of all the beauty in the world.

    Gail

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  94. What a beautiful card and beautiful new blog! Congrats on your 5 years of success with Flourishes, and your amazing recovery. I love the beautiful designs here at Flourishes and I am glad to be part of the family. Thank you for all you do for us. :)

    Hugs,
    Heather

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  95. I know you have had many wonderful days since your very frightening health problems, but I wish you many more to come, and with your new blog and already successful company and all the hard work you have put in, I have no doubt that you have many more in your future.
    Best wishes
    Julie

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  96. hi jan marie, nice to meet you. congratulations on meeting your 5 year milestone and for starting a blog. thank you for sharing your background and your personal journey.
    linda

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  97. jan Marie, I have shopped on line with you from close to the beginning of Flourishes. Even though you may have thought you were in the background, I knew your name and could tell that you strive for a quality product and good customer service in your company.
    I am thrilled that you are now able to take a more active part in the day to day. I'll be back to visit you here and will keep coloring the wonderful stamps with my Copics and prismacolor pencils.Welcome to the blogs I follow.

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  98. Thank you for sharing this testimony of your timeless love for Flourishes and the timeless love of God's healing! Your new blog looks beautiful!
    Linda Marie

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  99. Jan Marie, thanks so much for sharing your story, sweet friend! So thrilled for your smashing success and know that the sky and its infinite reaches won't limit you! Praying fervently for your continued good health and prosperity. Congratulations on you exquisite, new blog!

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  100. Jan Marie, I can't wait to give you a BIG HUG when I meet you! God is good and I thank him that he had great plans for you!!! I'm so bless to be part of your awesome Flourishes family... and I'm looking forward to sharing your stamp sets for many years to come! CONGRATS on your new blog...~S~

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  101. Jan Marie, I'm so grateful for your faith and your fighting spirit that has brought you back to good health! What a blessing you are to me and so many others with the wonderful company that Flourishes has become! I am honored to be a part of the Flourishes family, and love being one of your girls so much!

    Your card today is outstanding! LOVE how you framed out the sentiment with the Keyhole die, and the scoring on the designer paper is fabulous! Beautiful work!

    Congrats on the new blog, too. I know so many are going to love having the chance to get to know you better through your new adventure here! HUGS!!!

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