Believe in Yourself

Encouragement Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design If You Don
Good morning friends!  Just another quick thought about the written word.  There’s a poem that says, that the scent of the rose always lingers on the hand of the giver, and I mused yesterday about how true that statement is.  Most of my cards are inspirational in nature and I have to admit that by the time I’m done with the card, I feel like I’ve reaped the wisdom of the message.  What a blessing, right?  As you may well imagine, even during the rare store bought card purchase, I stand for hours making sure to pick exactly the right words.  Same with handmade, the selection of the sentiment takes me as long, if not longer, than picking the color.  Today I picked a bold sentiment from Quietfire Design from the If You Don’t Believe in Miracles set.
Encouragement Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design and Spellbinders (closeup)
I’m not going to do a step by step today, but I’ll give you a couple of clues about how this card goes together; it is simpler than it looks.  It’s a regular card base with an embossed background – I used Spellbinders Dainty Dots (Side B).  On top of the embossed background is Spellbinders Grand Ovals cut in half vertically then the cut side of each oval is glued to the edge of the card and the round edges scored and folded in on a diagonal – the resulting piece looks like a diamond.  Both diamond pieces are arranged to meet in the middle.  I cut a matching piece of embossed cardstock into the same diamond shape to line the inside of the oval.  Underneath each of the scored rounded edges I lined with Spellbinders Grand Decorative Oval for the pretty detail.  On top of that I mounted the filigree piece from Spellbinders Tranquil Moments.  Here is a kind of behind the scenes quick look at the piece (I used two)  I put on my card to create the background illusion.
Amazing Paper Grace - Card Tip using Decorative Ovals and Grand Ovals
I thought this was a nifty trick and even if you don’t have the Grands to do it with, scale it down and try it out with the core Spellbinders Circle shapes and some of the decorative circles.  If I get a chance, I’ll whip up a smaller sample for you.

Rubber Stamps:  Quietfire DesignIf You Don’t Believe in Miracles 
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Smooth – Solar White. My Minds Eye, PTI Aqua Mist
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx and Clear Embossing Powder
Accessories:   Spellbinders Dainty Dot, Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Spellbinders Grand Decorative OvalSpellbinders Tranquil MomentsMay Arts Silk Ribbon, Recollections Fabric Flower, The Paper Studio Pearls

You all bless me so much!  Thank you!  I’ll see you soon!

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  • CynthiaJuly 24, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Simply beautiful, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 24, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness Becca, this is so gorgeous. You always comes up with such awesome creations and this is one of them too. I absolutely love the color you´ve used here today too, and the dotted background with the lace in the diecuts it´s just so elegant. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 24, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Love the colour and design – the more you look at it the more you see. It’s hard sometimes to believe in yourself I find -harnessing the power of postitive thinking n all that jazz -there’s something in it but at the same time not sure I buy it 100%. How’s that for a cop out statement! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E-TownJuly 24, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Absolutely stunning! Oh how this is going to make someone feel the love, peace and thoughtfulness of this gorgeous card! Becca you have out done yourself! I feel all kinds of wonderful emotions just looking at this gorgeous card! Absolutely love it!
    P.S. You can mail it to me!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 24, 2014 - 9:50 am

    This IS BEAUTIFUL BECCA!!!! :) I love your little “trick!” Looks like FUN to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D I SO AGREE with you about looking for verses on cards in the store—of which I NEVER buy anymore! LOL It used to take me FOREVER to find a card! Of course, I just make my own now! :D Have a BLESSED DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJuly 24, 2014 - 10:02 am

    What a lovely card!! The sentiment is perfect and that cool color very refreshing. Thank you for such beautiful inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy HoyJuly 24, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Wonderful card! Love the colors and the message!

  • Georgia WJuly 24, 2014 - 10:09 am

    You make the most beautiful & Elegant cards. I don’t know how you come up with so many ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Diane JJuly 24, 2014 - 10:15 am

    This is such a beautiful card. Love the colors and idea.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJuly 24, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Another stunning card! and your choice of verses never fails to warm my heart. I keep looking at your little “trick” and admit I am stumped – but I do love a challenge. I’m mechanically-inclined & I “believe” I will figure it out. I so look forward to your daily posts, they’re the best part of my morning – even better than my morning coffee…(don’t tell my mocha)!! Thank you for another beautiful card & a good morning!!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 24, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Oh just so beautiful Becca , love the colors and thank you for the tutorial , such a lovely card .
    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 24, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Good afternoon Becca,
    I love this, in fact I’d be a fool not to!! I’ve read and re-read the instructions you’ve given and by jove I think I’ve got it. I’ll have a go later (I’m about to prepare evening meal) and will be so pleased if it turns out half as good as yours.
    Love xxReplyCancel

  • Lynn G.July 24, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Wow…Your card is amazing! I love the folds. Thank you for sharing!!! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkJuly 24, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Another stunning card. Thanks for sharing your God given gifts with us.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BJuly 24, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Hi Becca. Gorgeous card and I love the “Believe in yourself” sentiment. Great way of using dies, it makes for an unusual look which is very pretty in this paper. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 24, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Another beauty today Becca. I love how you have used the oval dies xxxReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKJuly 24, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Hello Becca
    What more can I say other than….Beautiful !
    Take care
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • MyraJuly 24, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Lovely card and I am not usually a big fan of green! You see had to wear a green school uniform for 12 years so refused to wear green for years. Your card is lovely and what you have done is very clever – love the textures too. Not forgetting the little flower. Igot one of your dies the other day – Justrite Heirloom Flourish Two. It is so pretty and very versatile. Very hot here in the UK – we are not accustomed to such settled weather.
    Take care, God Bless,

  • Robyn JosephsJuly 24, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Lovely setting for a lovely sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJuly 25, 2014 - 2:16 am

    Hi Becca, This card is truly pretty, I love the colours, they are gorgeous, and love the finished parts of the card, I’m not actually sure how you have achieved this ‘turned back’ look, so I will have to re-read your instructions, and hopefully have a go myself. I love this !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • NickyJuly 25, 2014 - 2:42 am

    Dear Becca,
    I love your cards, even if I do not leave comments often do not speak your language perfectly. I particularly appreciate the softness and elegance of this card and the tip you give us for “lace”. Shame that the brand does not make balances as Sizzix, the cost of these courses is a serious obstacle for us .
    Have a great day !
    Nicky from FranceReplyCancel

  • Gail (UK)July 25, 2014 - 2:49 am

    Gorgeous Becca! xReplyCancel

  • JenniferJuly 25, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Such a clean crisp looking card Becca I love it x x xReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterJuly 25, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Oh my that is just gorgeous, love that design, you are so creative with the dies!!ReplyCancel

  • BJJuly 26, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Beyond beautiful and creative. Instructions please.ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsJuly 28, 2014 - 5:17 am

    Don’t know how I missed out on this one -aqua is my favorite color. Nice and easy but elegance with simplicity! You go girl

  • ChrisdJuly 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

    So pretty and thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 28, 2014 - 10:03 am

    I absolutely love this card, Becca! It’s gorgeous!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Petra SzakallJuly 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Such a beauty!ReplyCancel

  • shiJuly 29, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    that is such a good idea thank youReplyCancel

  • Lori KuceraJuly 30, 2014 - 6:12 am

    There you go again…Another stamp set I want!
    Your work is as beautiful as usaual Becca !ReplyCancel

  • MayAugust 4, 2014 - 5:31 am

    Blessings on another lovely card!! Where can i buy these Quiet fire designs?ReplyCancel