Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Madison–Sweet 16

Good morning crafting friends,

This is Melin from I am so pleased and honored to be here with you today. I am excited to kick off this awesome celebration! For the next 16 days we will be celebrating the birthday of the wonderfully sweet and UBER talented Madison!
I just have to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate this marvelous, young lady. She has been on the Design Team since the beginning. She is also our Prize Coordinator. She posts our winners each week and helps me keep track of who needs which prize, etc. She has been absolutely invaluable to us at CWC.

So here is the project that I created in honor of Madison’s birthday.
Cricut Madison Loves Volleyball-500j
Here is a picture of the complete layout.

Here is a close up of the “Volleyball Bear”  I created her with Madison in mind. Madison’s sport of choice is Volleyball. I created this layout with the colors of Madison’s school team. Usually my bears are a little shorter and a lot chunkier…. but this one needed to be taller and a lot more slender…lol Smile

madison volleybear-350j
So in honor of Madison’s Birthday, I would like to give anyone who uses their cutting machines and “cutting files” this FREE VOLLEYBALL N’ HEART Cutting file. I created it and it is available in the following formats: AI, DXF, EPS, GSD, KNK, MTC, SVG and WPC. So it should work with most cutters and the compatible software. It is free during our 16 days of celebration :-) So be sure to snag it while you can.
volleyball n heart200-wjl
Add to Cart

Now for some additional blog candy:
I would like to give one special person a chance to win 16 single cutting files or digital stamps from
madison 16-jwl

In order to be eligible to win this prize, you must leave a comment on this post and you must be a follower of Madison’s blog. At the conclusion of this celebration our birthday girl will randomly draw one name and that person will get to pick 16 single cutting files or digital stamps of their choice.

Lastly, Some of you may or may not know what a precious God’s Girl Madison is. It is evident in the way she conducts herself and her business. I am so super impressed that in today’s world, she loves the Lord and it shows!

Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

The crafting community is comprised mostly of women who are quite a bit older than Madison. But she has such talent AND Holy Spirit inspiration to offer us.

Madison, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He continue to demonstrate His Love to you all the days of your life. May your relationship to the creator always be your source. May His abundant mercy be your guiding light. Glory to God for His indescribable gift to us all our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. May your name be forever written in the book of life so on that day you will hear Him say….Well done my good and faithful servant.

Much love to you my beloved little sister in Christ and

Thank you for coming by today and sharing in this fun! Be sure to keep coming back each day as a new friend will share.



  1. This is realy cute!! and a lovely idea :0)

  2. What a sweet way to celebrate the upcoming birthday of a talented young lady! Madison, sending early Happy Birthday Wishes and Love!

  3. What a fabulous card for sweet Madison. And, your written tribute to Madison was a "tear-jerker." Thanks for being a helper and friend to Madison.

  4. So cute and what a wonderful post to honor Madison!

  5. Melin, way to make a mom cry:) What you said about Madison was beautiful. Thank you so much for your kind words. The LO is adorable:) This was the perfect start to Madison's birthday celebration. Thank you again for being a part of these 16 days.

  6. Just stopping bye to wish the Sweet Birthday Girl a very Happy 16th Birthday! May all your wishes come true!

  7. Melin, thank you so much! I just love the volleyballer! What a great layout. Thank you for all of the wonderful things you said about me. That was so nice of you!!

  8. Happy sweet 16 to Madison! What a great layout. Now if I could only get past age 5 on my daughter's book. She is going to be 32 next month. LOL

  9. very cute layout Melin! Happy countdown to your birthday Madison !!!!!!!!! Hope you enjoy it!

  10. What a great way to have your 16th birthday celebrated! Looking forward to seeing the creativity from the fabulous designers. Love your work! I also love the Volleyball layout - adorable.

  11. Happy birthday, Madison!! My daughter is 16 and it's such a fun and wonderful time. God has given you such incredible talent in a few areas and it's wonderful to learn that you are shining for your Him. May you continue to be richly blessed.
    And what a treat that layout is!! I LOVE that tall volleyball bear. Isn't he adorable?
    Madison - please thank you mother for the kind words she left on my Autism Awareness post.

  12. Madison, I hope you have a Super Great Birthday Month!!! I love seeing such a young talent and think it is so COOL that your into Volleyball!! My all time favorite sport! I even was my daughters VB Coach at her school her 8th grade year!
    I Love the volleyball bear page that your friend Melin made you!

  13. Melin, your LO is how you sized that volleyball bear for Madison!

    Happy Birthday, Madison! I'm so glad to have met you through our blogs and CWC!! :-)

    ~Sharon C.

  14. Happy Birthday Madison. Hope it is as special as you are. God bless you and yours.
    Wonderful layout. My 14 yr old GD loves Volleyball at her school so I am always looking for VB items. Love this one. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win and for the awesome freebie.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  15. Happy Birthday Madison - Wishing you a good one. Already a follower of your blog.
    Hugs ~ Jacqueline
    ps. stop by my blog for some candy and a hop it end 04.05

  16. What a sweet post and a perfect way to start out Madison's celebration! Hugs- Glora

  17. Great lay-out! Perfect way to start your Birthday Celebration!

  18. Happy Birthday Madison! Volleyball is my favorite sport to watch, coach and referee. Hope this will be a fabulous year for you.

  19. Happy Birthday Madison..........Perfect layout for your sport

  20. Great layout Melin. Love the tall lanky bear!!!I look forward to seeing the other work that will be displayed for the next 16 days. What an awesome way to celebrate with Madison the talent that God has given her and she has developed with such grace. She is so deserving of an amazing 16th birthday!

  21. Happy Birthday Countdown, Madison!!!! Melin, your post was really touching. It was just perfect :) I love your LO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. This is sooooo super adorable!!! Melin, great job!!!

  23. Such a cute layout! Happy Birthday Madison!

  24. Sweet layout Melin! I loved all the sweet things you had to say about Madison. I did not know she was a sister in Christ but happy to know it :) I knew she was special!

  25. Happy Birthday Madison!
    --Karlee: Great job! It is very cute.
    Greets Sabina

  26. Such lovely words Melin...
    Your little VB bear is adorable as always. Thanks so much for offering the cut file. I just wish I had a program in which I could use it! :) Madison, I know it's not officially your BD, but you will be getting 16 Happy Birthday's from me!!

  27. Happy birthday! the layout is super cute! Very sweet post and I love your blog. (already a follower!)

  28. Happy Happy Bday to a super talented you!

  29. I thought I had posted already? I saw it first and got teary eyed! (maybe that's what happened, I walked away to come back?)
    Melin DID a WONDERFUL INCREDIBLE job not only with the crafty creation but with such a incredibly warm heartfelt dedication...

  30. oh well, here I go teary eyed again !!! LOL But so worth it. Madison is an exceptional young lady :) And this LO is just adorable ! Martha Caballero

  31. Madison is a rare young lady indeed. I play the Cooking with Cricut Challenges and she always leaves me such positive comments. She gets my sense of humor. I would never have guessed she was so young. She even signed up to be a follower of my blog! Me a 67 year old Granny has an alnost 16 year old follower!!!!. She would make any grandma proud to call her grand daughter!
    Ann M

  32. I saw this at Cooking with Cricut and I had to stop by! Such a fabulous LO for a fabulous crafter! I love seeing your Funky Cards at CWC and I love when I see you've payed a visit to my blog with your sweet comments! Have a wonderful celebration Madison! You deserve it!

  33. I am already a follower and just love for such a young and beautiful girl you are involved with good things.Hope you had a wonderful birthday.Melin love you scrapbook page and the Teddybear-I have a soft spot for teddys.

  34. happy birthday! may you continue to follow and love the Lord.

  35. Happy Cake Day Madison!This is the cutest layout and I am a new follower!!
    otrbanks at earthlink dot net

  36. Happy Birthday to Madison, how lucky she is to have a wonderful group of friends!

  37. Happy Sweet 16. That is such an important part of a young lady's life. Stay Blessed with your sharing gift.

  38. I love this layout of course I love volleyball too. Thanks for the post.

    Crystal Little

  39. What a wonderful thing to be involved in...Art is truly something beautiful , You*Go*Girl!

  40. First off I want to say, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY Madison". I remember my Sweet 16 and I hope you have as much fun as I did on such a special day!:) Melin all I can say is "WOW"!, what a post. It is true that Madison is very talented and your words for her are very inspirational. Keep up the good work! :)

  41. Awe, how sweet is this. I'm new to blogging and am glad to be following now! It's great to see a young paper crafter! Happy Birthday.

  42. Happy Sweet 16 Madison!!!! I am a new follower but am sure this is going to be a fun & funky ride!!! Thank you all for allowing us to participate is such a special occasion for such a sweet, God fearing teen. Those like her are few & far between. My daughter was this same way & was given many of the same kind of comments when she was this age. Must be the God in these young women!!! They shine like the beautiful halos that they sport on top of their sweet lil heads!!!! TFS!!! ChelleBelle

  43. Happy Sweet 16, Madison!
    Just became a follower after seeing some of your projects.
    LOVE the layout :0)
    And a wonderful post, Melin.
    PJ(Jessie Adams)

  44. Such a sweet layout that was made for your Birthday. Enjoy your day as you are rich in friends who care for you.
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