Friendship card making ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Damask, Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Quietfire Design - In A Perfect World Stamp Set - full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
And then in an instant, our plans changed and an adventure was in the making (but I digress).  Good morning sweet friends, I’ve just finished a trip to CHA in Phoenix, Arizona, where all the new crafts are on display and artisans from the US and indeed, the world, come together.  It’s always nerve racking for me but on the other side I get a huge creative boost because I get to talk to real people, face to face, who share where I fit into their crafting life!   It’s definitely a two way street – I create the things I love and try to find a way to give them to you in a way that lifts you up.  Why?  Because day after day, you lift me up.  January 2017 has been one of the hardest months of my life – a family event brings me to a place in my journey where life will change for me;  it has to, for my heart to survive.  But just as it has been a hard month, I can’t even begin to count all the blessings of new friends and a renewed spirit to embrace and celebrate each day.  As I encourage you to do, I’ll craft and create through it and love that you understand my vulnerability and faith comes out in all I create.

Friendship card making ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Damask, Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Quietfire Design - In A Perfect World Stamp Set - full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
On to my card – using one of my favorite sentiments from Quietfire Design (waving hi at my friend Suzanne Cannon who saved time, hugs and a cup of coffee during CHA).  I reached for this stamp because I’m reminded that so many of our friendships are across the miles – it doesn’t diminish them but should remind us that others from far away hold us in their hearts.  This card is made using the Spellbinders Graceful Damask in a conventional way along the side of the card, topped off by a pretty bow.   I wanted texture and different details for this card so I embossed using a texture plate then rubbed over with Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink.   I cannot find a name to link it up but once I’m home and can see the packaging, I’ll link it up.  Last, I used the traditional photo corners from Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker, just to add balance to the right side of my card.  These are a favorite for me and their jumbo size makes them just right for card making.

Friendship card making ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Damask, Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Quietfire Design - In A Perfect World Stamp Set - full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
And now a little bit more about that adventure :-)  My sister went with me to CHA again this year and instead of going home, we changed our flight plans and decided to knock one thing off of our bucket list.  Our persistence paid off because as night fell in the mountains of Arizona – we wondered if this wild hair might be our undoing.   Us Florida girls perceived Arizona to be completely desert and hot all year round – what a surprise.  Apparently our trip on a lark was on the cusp of a pretty bad snow storm.  The roads had been plowed but as the temperatures dropped, it became less obvious where the road really was.  And then out of thin air – a snow plow.  We fell in behind him and he got us through the last 30 miles.

Amazing Paper Grace - and then in an instant we were off on an adventure - Grand Canyon - January 2017
The parks oldest and probably most passionate ranger, Ranger Ron Brown, chatted with us about the park and what it meant to him and his wife (also a ranger) who lays at rest on this majestic site.  He said that we had come on one of the most spectacular days of the year.  Apparently after a snow storm, the snow clears the air for a crystal clear view of the Grand Canyon.  People say it all the time, but pictures simply do not do it justice.  This is God’s majesty and is a sight almost too glorious to take in.  I was humbled and the smallness of my daily life was certainly put into perspective.   Thank you for letting me share a day spent in breathless awe and wonder.

About Day of Giving Friday
For new readers, every Friday it’s my pleasure to give away a card.   The card goes to a randomly picked reader (worldwide) who leaves a comment in our conversation. Want to know more about Day of Giving, here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11.  You can check to see if your name is on the list of winners HERE!  For your comment:  Have you had the opportunity to witness something awe inspiring that left you nearly speechless – what was it?

WR-Supplies
Stamps:  Quietfire Design – In A Perfect World Stamp Set
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, My Minds Eye, Gold Poster Board – Hobby Lobby
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black  and Clear Embossing Powder 
Accessories: Spellbinders Graceful DamaskSpellbinders Graceful Frame Maker, Recollection Pearls, May Arts Silk Ribbon

post-header-bottomLife isn’t about what happens to you but how you handle it.  Choices and options take the hard edges off of disappointment and mold what may be perceived as a down stairway into an up stairway – it’s all in how you look at it.  I struggle just like anyone else, and this month I’ve found comfort in the simplest things – three kiddos that love me – and a creative outlet and a community that keeps my face pointed up towards the sun.  I hope you will continue to visit – I consider you all friends and you are an integral part of my journey.

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  • Helen JonesJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:04 am

    Becca
    love you card keep see some of your dieReplyCancel

  • Chris DominoJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:16 am

    We had the opportunity to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon a few years ago. What a magical place. Just love the beautiful work you share with us.ReplyCancel

  • LoisJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:28 am

    I pray that the family event which will change your life will all be for the good. The Lord is in charge and knows the outcome. My awe-inspiring moment was driving home and in the sky I saw what I call the rays of the Holy Spirit. It is the sun shining behind a cloud with the rays reminding me of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for all of your inspiring cards.ReplyCancel

  • RuthannJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:34 am

    I live in the Phoenix area and am so sorry you came at such a cold time. However, thankfully you did come at a beautiful time to see the Grand Canyon! It is one of the most majestic sights I have visited! So glad you enjoyed it….even in the snow!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy AtkinsonJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Hi Becca a really beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment.
    So glad that you enjoyed the CHA and that your an your sister decided to visit Grand Canyon your Photos are stunning, nature really is the best artist around.
    I do hope that whatever the family event you mentioned in your blog has a positive solution for you and that you find peace and loving in that solution.
    WendyxReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:41 am

    Another beautiful card, but all your cards are beautiful Hugs YvonneReplyCancel

  • jean marmoJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:46 am

    We were at the Grand Canyon several years ago and it is quite awe inspiring. We took our children and their spouses to Italy for a week this May. Seeing sights that are so old is just mind blowing. It really makes you stop and think.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJanuary 27, 2017 - 8:50 am

    I saw the birth of two of my grandchildren! Nothing more awe inspiring than that!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette SadowyJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:20 am

    I haven’t commented in a long time, but your words at the end, about how you handle life, touched me. I want to print them out and pass them on to my sister and my children. I pray that whatever challenge you are facing now becomes a stairway to something else great. You are an amazing talent and a beautiful soul. Hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:35 am

    I do not comment very often. I received one of your beautiful cards a few years back,since then I thought I should not try for a second win. You are an inspiration to many.May God continue blessing you!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine GallJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:36 am

    Becca, it was my wish to actually meet you at CHA, and that wish came true! You have such a wonderful patient spirit when dealing with those of us making your lovely make and take at the Spellbinders booth. For me, that was a little snapshot of your very generous nature, and just how much you love creating graceful paper products. I have followed your blog for years with countless untold inspiration. I thank you for being brave enough to show your vulnerability to the public and somehow smiling through it all. I hope you find peace in your current situation, and rest in your heart for any decision(s) you have to make.ReplyCancel

  • TammieJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:37 am

    This is a lovely post and inspired message. Thanks for sharing your story about the Grand Canyon and your closing message about the “up” staircase. I am occasionally awestruck by the words of a song, or witnessing a RAK, a hug from my son, God’s beauty in a sunset/sunrise, or the inspiration in a Bible verse.ReplyCancel

  • CarolJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:40 am

    We went to the Grand Canyon in Sept as it was on my bucket list as well! Words cannot describe it! Unbelievable! Love your cards!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky S.January 27, 2017 - 9:42 am

    Becca,
    We visit some friends that live in Mesa.
    They took us to the Grand Canyon after a snow.
    As you said, pictures do not do it justice.
    We came after the snow & it was a wonderful trip.
    I was just in awe of the beauty & colors in the Grand Canyon.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:44 am

    Hi Becca. Fab card. I love the damask border. It’s a fave! Great photos also. Venice left me awestruck . It’s just amazing to see. You can quite believe what you are seeing. Happy weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:52 am

    Hello Becca,
    First of all you show us the most beautiful card with a sentiment which is so true, as 9 of us meet up twice a year travelling from all over the length of the UK and Germany, and then almost stun us with photographs that defy description. The name Grand Canyon does not describe the majesty of the view.
    Today I was at a Holocaust Memorial Service at my Granddaughter’s school, and seeing 10 and 11 year old Catholic children honouring the Holocaust was both moving and awe inspiring, and their reading of Survivor’ stories rendered us all speechless. We need more understanding of each other.
    Maureen xxxReplyCancel

  • Catherine UrichJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:56 am

    This card is so amazing! I must say the most awe inspiring place for me was visiting the King’s Mountain Battle Ground in South Carolina. My ancestor died in the battle in 1780. Walking in an area where walked and gave his life for our country was very humbling for me. Thomas Jefferson referred to this battle as the turning point of the Revolution.ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:58 am

    LOVE LOVE this card Becca…..your creativity just floors me with every card you show us!!
    I agree about the Grand Canyon being breath taking.Another site that made my heart skip a beat was Mt. Rushmore.I have seen pictures galore of it….but when you walk to the viewing area,it takes your breath away!!ReplyCancel

  • AletJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

    Witnessing birth, and the strength of the human spirit in face of diversity and how on adapts to their situation.
    Lovely card, enjoy seeing each new one, or scrolling back through your old ones.ReplyCancel

  • Linda SJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

    Sweet Becca . . . Sending hugs and prayers to you.ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:03 am

    Hi Becca…your card is absolutely gorgeous! So glad you got to spend some special time with your sister at CHA and beyond. I’ve seen many things in my lifetime that were awe inspiring but absolutely nothing can compare to witnessing the births of all three of my beautiful Grandchildren. The oldest is 14, the middle one is 10 and the youngest is 6 and I remember each of their births like it was yesterday. God’s miracles.ReplyCancel

  • Janet L. CastleJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:04 am

    Hi Becca,
    So glad you had the opportunity to take in the Grand Canyon – unforgettable inspiring views (even though I am sure you were shaking in your shoes traveling there – LOL! Your card is a show stopper too, as always…you do a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing Becca.
    We had a snow and ice storm here in Salem too and I was housebound for several days. Each time I looked out our window lined living room windows I saw a panorama of white – on the ground, on all our fir trees and shrubs…it stayed that way frozen and shining like diamonds for days…finally it warmed and truly ‘overnight’ the white went away and everything was totally green in the morning. I looked out my bedroom window and was stunned and awed – let out a praise and said ‘spring is here!’ Well, it was actually in the 40’s so not exactly spring, but i felt that way after seeing white for such a long time – LOL! Still amazes me when I thing about it!
    Paper Hugs,
    JanReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:06 am

    What a beautiful card Becca and another of your fabulous bows! I wish I could do bows like you. It takes a real talent to do this!

    I’ve been to the Grand Canyon and it is absolutely majestic. However I think the many waterfalls that are flowing in Northern California now are also an awe inspiring sight. My cousin is a photographer and has taken several pictures of these gorgeous waterfalls. He’s even taken some videos with sound. One of God’s truly magnificent creations!ReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:07 am

    lovely card. awe inspiring for me was to sit on the Canadian side of niagra falls and watch the water as it cascades over. it looks so calm there then just at the bottom you see it landing in a powerful rush.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:35 am

    Lovely card today. I was able to purchase some of your latest dies from Create and Craft before they were available in the US. The first one of your dies that I used was the Graceful Damask die you used on today’s card. Love it. I am concerned for you and sending prayers for God to give you strength and understanding as you go through this new path of your life. Stay strong my friend and know others care. Your trip to the Grand Canon is awesome. I have not been there, but hope to do so. At least you did not have to battle the crowds. Now to your question: I had the opportunity to witness something awe inspiring that left me nearly speechless. My awe inspiring trip was to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I have never lived in Colorado, but instantly felt this was “home” to me. Strange – yes? Take careReplyCancel

  • Candy B.January 27, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Jaw dropping for me was the … Grand Canyon! Just after a snow in October and then, a RAINBOW went over the canyon. What a wonderful wonderful place. Thanks for sharing and your beautiful new products!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:54 am

    I just love being a part of your journey through your blog Becca and so proud to call you a friend .
    Your card is beautiful as always .
    My jaw dropping moment was when i visited the Vatican in Rome , i would love to go back one day .
    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Bette SJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:59 am

    Love your card and especially the sentiment, but especially the wonderful thought at the end about the stairway. Seems there are a lot of people these days that do not want to take responsibility for their actions and decisions. Life is what you make of it. I love to look for the rainbows at the end of a shower. I was a member of the Rainbow Girls when growing up. Reminds me of God’s promises and they are just a beautiful sight! That and a beautiful sunset – both awe inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie baileyJanuary 27, 2017 - 11:24 am

    Just beautiful and the sentiment is very special. I’ve been in touch with Suzanne and I’m buying a few of the Quietfire stamps to bring back to the UK with me in the summer.
    These are wonderful pictures of the Grand Canyon and it seems as though you had a perfect day.
    Jennie xReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn HoaglandJanuary 27, 2017 - 11:42 am

    When we moved to Arizona from NY, I knew I was going to miss my beautiful flower gardens. I was sure that in the desert I wouldn’t see any. The mountains were jaw-dropping gorgeous. Then it happened. Our cactI had blossomed huge white flowers. The hedgehog cactus had vibrant fuchsia-colored blossoms. After it rains, the desert has a carpet of green with flowers. I still had flowers to enjoy. Arizona is such an amazing state. So glad you enjoyed the Grand Canyon. I’m looking forward to going there.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantJanuary 27, 2017 - 11:56 am

    Gorgeous card and such beautiful scenery!
    I get to visit the beautiful Lake Tahoe area frequently, as it isn’t too far from where I live. Love to see the beauty of the lake and the surrounding area!ReplyCancel

  • BenteJanuary 27, 2017 - 11:58 am

    Beautiful card, Becca!
    And your photos of the Grand Canyon are great :))
    I love traveling; and seeing wonderful nature scenery and beautiful cities in new countries, always makes me speechless.
    Some of the most memorable places have been the Grand Canyon and the arches in the mountains of Idaho, and cities like Rome and Brussels.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 27, 2017 - 11:59 am

    Pretty pretty card as always…glad u got some things off your bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    An abasolut stunning card here again Becca, you just never seise to amaze me anymore, but always deliver pure beauty and also today.
    About your question, then we visited some friends in Albuquerque, New Mexico a few years ago, and they took us up wo the highesty point on the mountain with the tramp, and it was our very first time ever this high and it was absolutely breathtaking. The trip took ½ hour each way and it was soooo stunning and amazing, that we still talk about it very often.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene IacuzziJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:21 pm

    My speechless moment happened many years ago. I was in San Francisco and had taken a trip to the Japanese gardens at their park. (This in itself was a biggie because I am fearful of traveling alone and took a bus from the hotel without my husband to guide me.). I found a big Japanese pagota-no longer there- and climbed up to a lovely view. I was filled with a sense of peace and I sat there and prayed. I felt God’s presence in that structure. I really believe that He doesn’t care if we’re Buddist, Muslem, Christian, or Jew– He loves us all and only wants us to follow His golden rule. He was surely there for me that day.ReplyCancel

  • Erlene TaylorJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:39 pm

    Stunning Card!!! Can’t wait to try it with my Collection. The most breathtaking, awe-inspiring event for me was riding up to the foot of Niagra Falls on the Maid of the Mist boat!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:47 pm

    Becca,
    Card today is absolutely awe inspiring. As a matter of fact, most of your cards leave me in awe, almost speechless at times.
    Glad you and your Sis were able to cross the Grand Canyon off your bucket list. A few years ago, when we went back to New York (lived there the first 32 years of my life), my hubbie and I went to Niagara Falls and that too was quite the sight.
    Since we are approaching Feb. hope it will be better for you and as a Child of God, know HE will handle everything for you. God Bless my friend.
    I sent you a message on your Contact Page. Did you receive it?
    HUGS
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • GayleJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    Beautiful card Becca, & pictures. The Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion & so many scenes in the Arizona Desert have left us in awe as have so many scenes in our Canada like Lake Louise in British Columbia .
    These are just a few in our world God created & has placed them all over it. There are so many I can’t list them all, that we have been fortunate to see thru the years. Wish you well & God will take you thru anything-God BlessReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostJanuary 27, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    Gorgeous card. Love you showing us how you use your dies. It’s inspiring to see how you perceive an effect. Having said that, your stairway comment is enlightening. You should think about a line of sentiment stamps yourself. :>) I see a lot of awe in all God’s creations. I haven’t traveled much, but the awe is in the eye of the beholder, eh? Glad you consider all us blog readers as friends. I like to think of you also in that way. Hoping whatever the family event you spoke of turns out to be a testimony for you in the future. God has you!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonJanuary 27, 2017 - 1:01 pm

    Hi Becca Hugs across the miles today! Love your card as always. Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip to the Grand Canyon. Surely the most wonderful day to go even if the driving was a bit tricky!Your photos are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJanuary 27, 2017 - 1:38 pm

    What a gorgeous card, Becca. So elegant!
    I’m thrilled you had such a glorious trip to the Canyon. It just looks fabulous! I hope it refreshed and restored your soul.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJanuary 27, 2017 - 1:59 pm

    Dear Becca,
    I love today’s card. What a lovely technique you applied to the embossing! The distress ink definitely made it ‘pop’.
    You expressed so beautifully why you hold such a special place in my heart – through all the trials and tribulations of life you remain faithful to your purpose and bring all you have to it. You are a shining example to all of us. I pray that you are finding support and comfort for the hardships you suffered this month and I praise God for His presence in your life as you prepared for and journeyed to CHA and your adventure, with your sister, to the Grand Canyon. Sounds like both adventures were blessed…thank you, God!
    Love, blessings and gratitude, dear Becca,
    SandyReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryJanuary 27, 2017 - 2:19 pm

    Becca the canyon is the most awesome thing I have seen and yes like you this left me breathless to think that this is so old and huge and I felt like an ant. So glad we got to see this as our part of the world has nothing like it.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJanuary 27, 2017 - 2:38 pm

    WOW, Becca! What fun!!!! I love your card {{{hugz}}}.

    Hun, do not ever feel like you are less than. You are a Masterpiece of the Master Artist… just as you are –so do not ever change for anyone or anything….mmmmk. God never makes mistakes.

    Your adventure is what memories are created by so enjoy the moments with your precious Sister.

    Sometimes God allows things to happen to stretch us and grow us but as you have said it is all about our focus. We can sit here and feel sorry for ourselves and make ourselves and everyone around us miserable or we can rise above by watching out for those treasures in the desert places. They are meant to draw us closer to our Heavenly Father. The best place to be is to use your hard times and help out others who are in that very spot you have just made it through. For myself , I reach out to the Chronically Ill who deal with Chronic Pain and the Abused as that is what I am dealing with and have been through and have survived, but I was tired of just being a survivor and decided to R.I.S.E { R= Refine, I= Illuminate, S= Sparkle, E= Edify} above and to S.O.A.R {S= Strong, O=Obvert, A=Aesthetic, R=Reformers} in Christ.

    Anyway, I am so glad you had your fun with your Sister. Family is precious and to be treasured. <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • DeniceJanuary 27, 2017 - 2:48 pm

    Hi Becca my cyber friend, I hope and pray whatever is going on in your life right now will fall in line as our God wills it to be. I have several events in my life that I have felt the same way and I now can look back and see how God allowed it to happen in order for better to come about. I pray you find peace . Now for the most awe inspiring moment in my life. There have been several, the day I first held my newborn only child, the day I saw the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen in my life looking like it was coming down directly from Heaven with the most vivid colors you could imagine and the morning I awoke with an entire poem flowing from my mind about finding peace knowing my best friend was in God’s care after she passed away from cancer. It was about 8 stanzas long and I hopped out of bed and started furiously writing just to get it all captured on paper before the morning fog took away the memory. God is so good, I just wish all people would know this and honor Him by excepting Jesus as their savior and only way of salvation. My very best to you my friend, we have never met and I know you don’t know me at all but I have watched you grow for many years, since before John passed and I feel like you are part of my family. May God continue His many blessing for you and your family. Many Hugs, Denice : )ReplyCancel

  • Debbie McKelveyJanuary 27, 2017 - 3:13 pm

    Love you card, just gorgeous! Glad you finally got to cross off one item on things to see. As an Arizonan we tend to forget how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and what a marvel. I have been there a couple of times and still forget until someone mentions having gone there and how breath taking a site it is. You are right pictures don’t do the canyon justice. I have found that true in a lot of places. My hubby and I recently did a Panama Canal cruise and it was so much better in person than in pictures. Glad you had a great time in AZ and hope you come back again.ReplyCancel

  • Debra StewartJanuary 27, 2017 - 3:15 pm

    Becca:
    This card is beautiful, as always. My story: I also saw the Grand Canyon in January. My then-to-be husband convinced me that we could walk down the South rim to the Blue Angels campground, and back in the same day. There had been a snow storm, so when we walked to the canyon rim, we could not see the path. A man yelled “heads up” and he steered a team of donkeys who knew the path and passed on through. That was the path we took. We completed the journey in one day – barely. That was the most strenuous event I ever participated in. We both survived, and I later married him.
    Debra StewartReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJanuary 27, 2017 - 3:32 pm

    My awe inspiring would be Alaska,we visited it there about eight years ago and would definitely go back again. Another beautiful card as always Christine SReplyCancel

  • Marcia TattersJanuary 27, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    Becca, I just love your bows. No one does them quite like you do. Your work is always ‘eye candy’ I love it.ReplyCancel

  • DottieJanuary 27, 2017 - 4:07 pm

    What a glorious surprise to see this beautiful card on your blog. I just got these dies in the mail today so I can’t wait to have time to play with them. I hope you can use more of the newest dies in your future cards so we can see for ourselves how versatile they are. We loved Grand Canyon and like you were engulfed in the magnitude of the place. Gives us perspective, though we are but a speck of dust we are sooo important to our Creator!!!ReplyCancel

  • PAM TASJanuary 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm

    Hi Becca love the card everything about it drooling over
    the BOW …… The words are so real .
    Knowing you are going through a hard time and that it has
    family involved makes me so sad for you ,
    Like you say you have three kids that love you !!!
    Wow what gorgeous photos you have of your trip to the Grand Canyon
    thank you for sharing .
    I have had a few moments that have left me speechless
    I love nature and especially when it involves animals .hugs PamxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Victoria LunaJanuary 27, 2017 - 4:36 pm

    Gorgeous card! One place that took my breath away was MACHU PICCHU (Peru), it’s mind blowing to see what the Incas were able to accomplished, great history there.ReplyCancel

  • Betty NJanuary 27, 2017 - 5:04 pm

    Your card is gorgeous! Sorry to hear you are going through a tough time.
    A few days ago, hoarfrost covered all the trees and vegetation- truly a beautiful and awe-inspiring sight! Thank you for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • RayaJanuary 27, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    What a beautiful card Becca! So inspirational. I went to hawaii for the first time and was so inspired by the beauty of the ocean, wildlife, plants and beautiful people. Had the time of my life.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJanuary 27, 2017 - 5:37 pm

    Good morning Becca, Beautiful card as usual you clever girl!!! My thoughts are with you, you lovely lady!!! Glad you got to go see the Grand Canyon it looks amazing!!! My breath was taken away when I looked up in the Sistine Chapel.
    Keep your chin up my dear friend!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerJanuary 27, 2017 - 6:20 pm

    We took an Alaskan cruise three summers ago. We saw so many amazing things including a glacier calving. I was stunned by the fresh clear air, and how untouched so much of the surroundings seemed. Babbie Mason put it best when she stated that God was showing off when He created Alaska.ReplyCancel

  • DevyJanuary 27, 2017 - 6:39 pm

    Becca-Your card is stunning-as always!
    I had the opportunity to travel to Africa, and visit the country of Kenya and a little tip of Tanzania. We got to see the beautiful Rift Valley, and travel from the rim, to the bottom, and all the way across it! So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara TranquillaJanuary 27, 2017 - 6:45 pm

    Hi Becca, I’m so sorry this is a difficult time for you. I don’t know your situation but am praying for you. God knows your circumstances and needs. May He give you an extra measure of grace to see you through this. Sending prayers and love via the internet.
    BarbaraReplyCancel

  • Robyn JosephsJanuary 27, 2017 - 9:32 pm

    Lovely card Becca- so glad you had a time to chat and chew with Suzanne- thanks as ever for so beautifully using #Quietfire Design. New stamps you are going to LOVE! in the mail tomorrow.
    Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Janice BrummettJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    Beautiful card! Just ordered your new dies from Spellbinders (missed getting them on Create) and can’t wait till they arrive! Most awe inspiring–Grand Canyon, Royal Gorge, ocean with Diamond Head in view, flying over Coral Reef, beautiful sunrise/sunset? Has to be the first time I held my newborn grandson and granddaughter!ReplyCancel

  • Penny GJanuary 27, 2017 - 10:42 pm

    Love the card , so beautiful. I live in Avondale, just outside of Phoenix, I have not been to the Grand Canyon yet, but it is on my bucket list! Glad you enjoyed your trip.ReplyCancel

  • Mickey Mc.January 27, 2017 - 11:53 pm

    I was awe inspired seeing the Rosetta Stone at the museum in London. I remembered learning about it in grammar school and couldn’t believe that I was seeing it in person. It was so very key in unlocking the history of ancient civilizations.ReplyCancel

  • Judy W.January 27, 2017 - 11:59 pm

    An awesome moment for me was at Max Patch on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. On top of this bald, grassy mountain, we had a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. And the quietness of this place was just as amazing as the view! The silence was only broken now and then by birds or the voices of hikers on the Appalachian Trail.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara GJanuary 28, 2017 - 12:22 am

    Lovely card as always. The photo of the Grand Canyon was beautiful! Hubby and I went to Alaska years ago and you see paintings of Alaska but words can not describe the beauty in person. Best vacation I have ever taken!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJanuary 28, 2017 - 2:34 am

    Morning Becca, A beautiful, beautiful card, I love your techniques on this.
    A fabulous post with lovely piccies and lovely sentiments which are reciprocated back to you, it’s lovely to have a ‘friend’ like you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Kathleen ReillyJanuary 28, 2017 - 3:38 am

    Beautifu card. You are so lucky to travel in the USA. It’s something I always dreamed of doing but never will

    KathleenReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJanuary 28, 2017 - 5:14 am

    A delightful card. Funnily enough my awe inspiring moment was at the Grand Canyon in September 2013. We had climbed up the hill from the train and as we reached the top this wonderful sight came into view and it brought tears to my eyes. It truly took my breath away. Pictures can never do it justice – the real thing is awesome beyond belief. Whatever your changes in life, Becca, I wish you all you could hope for and I hope your new direction will bing you peace and happiness. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Fran BaldwinJanuary 28, 2017 - 6:24 am

    Hi Becca, another beautiful card, but then, when don’t you come up with superb creations! My husband and I did a road trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas via the canyon a few years ago now during February. We got there just as the sun was setting, it was freezing and we went back very early the following morning and watched the sun rise. An unforgettable experience.
    Fran Baldwin (UK)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithJanuary 28, 2017 - 8:18 am

    I love this stunning card and the sentiment. I’m still a huge fan of your border die collection and I am enjoying the ideas you share. I’m so glad I purchased the entire collection.

    My grandson, Noah, is now 16 but I still remember the joy in my heart when I saw him the first time. His Mom was in labor doing fine until they suddenly lost his heart beat!!! God had things under control and a doctor was nearby to do a truly emergency C-section. The doctor said if he had been 10 minutes away, Noah wouldn’t have made it! As we waited in the waiting room, not knowing if our blessing was going to be alive, my 6’2″ son came out of the OR with tears running down his face. In his arms was this little bundle of pure happiness! I will never forget that day! I became a Grammy for the first time and Noah was perfect! I was there when his sister, Emma, was born without all the anxiety but nonetheless pure joy once again! God is so great!!!

    I am praying for you, Becca, that you find peace in every aspect of your life! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJanuary 28, 2017 - 9:20 am

    I too was inspired by the Grand Canyon Becca. Several years ago was my first trip to the canyon and it left me speechless. As I was looking down from an overlook I saw a dot flying around and after asking someone what kind of bird that was and informed it was an eagle. The significance of the grandeur around me hit me like a lead balloon. God granted me the health to visit other places like Yellowstone and Chalco Canyon. What a wonderful time it was to spend with my husband of 48 years and my sister and brother-in-law, now both passed away.Creating memories and enjoying God’s country. Becca I am so glad you could travel and do one thing unexpected. God has so many things around the corner for you when you do. Best trips ever is doing it on the fly.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJanuary 28, 2017 - 10:20 am

    I love this card and how you are using your new boarders. Two two places that took my breath away was the Grand Canyon and the Swiss Alps. Thanks for sharing your photos.ReplyCancel

  • Ang EdwardsJanuary 29, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Hi Becca i say it every week ….you just blow me away with your creativity !!!! And for that i thank you .
    I am on a downturn myself at the moment ,,just hoping it passes ,
    Posting hugs yourway
    Ang from GB xxReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJanuary 29, 2017 - 5:01 pm

    Becca, you card is amazing — you are such an inspiration – not just though your art but with sharing your faith and outlook on life. I am so glad you and your sister got to see the Grand Canyon. it is spectacular !! I hope February is a better month for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenJanuary 29, 2017 - 8:25 pm

    Becca, I’m so delighted to read that you braved seeing one of God’s greatest wonders, The Grand Canyon, in winter weather! I’m an Arizona resident and cherish that this national treasure is here. I, too, was awestruck when I visited the Grand Canyon and agree with you that pictures just cannot do it justice. It’s true majesty can only be experienced in person. There are no words!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lori SloanJanuary 29, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    Dear Sweet Becca…My heart goes out to you. May God hold you in his hands and bring you Peace, Strength & Comfort. A pastor once told me…Life is like a glow stick…sometimes we have to break a little before we can shine. Thank you once again for a stunning card! I have been lucky to see some of God’s beautiful lands…Tahiti, Fiji, Western Samoa, New Zealand and a bit of France and Belgium. The waters of the South Pacific are fabulous. I will always remember looking up while descending into Waitomo cave in New Zealand and seeing the sky through the exotic greenery that rimmed the mouth of the cave. Awe inspiring! Sending love. LoriReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)January 31, 2017 - 9:21 am

    Oh Becca! Such a post from you and my heartfelt prayers go out to you across the miles for strength to deal with this family event and for God’s peace which passeth understanding as you come through it. You lift us up sharing your creative genius with us and I pray that your followers’ words will raise your spirit in return.
    Your card is simply stunning as always!
    So glad that you and your sister were able to spend time together and make such a spontaneous visit to one of the most incredible places on this earth. Fabulous!
    Driving through Switzerland, we witnessed several of those moments where your breath is taken away! It is so easy to see how we get the description, ‘breathtaking’!
    Hugs
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapJanuary 31, 2017 - 4:38 pm

    Hi Becca,
    How your cards are always so beautiful! You trully have been blessed with a talent!
    What a lovely adventure for you & your sister. So glad you were safe & oh the site you must have witnessed. How beautiful. My awe inspiring moment was at the Grand Canyon nearly 24 yrs ago on my honeymoon, but there was no snow. It is one of the most amazing things made by God. We take so much for granted then you see a beautiful site from nature & it brings us back to Earth.
    I have never personally gotten the chance to meet you, but I feel like I know you. You’re cards are like a piece of your heart, pouring with passion. I love seeing your work you have been a huge inspiration.
    Crafting is also my outlet. Sending you my friend hugs & prayers from Australia & may God help you to find comfort at this difficult trying time. xoxReplyCancel

  • LindsayFebruary 3, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    Friends. When it comes to friends, quality over quantity. Here’s to a 60 year friend. We’ll both be 65 this year.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen JohnsonFebruary 10, 2017 - 7:34 pm

    Your cards are so beautiful. I love looking at them. I make cards also and am having a problem finding envelopes that will fit the thicker cards. What kind do you use. Do you make them or buy them? I would appreciate any suggestions you have on this.ReplyCancel

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Fans  - fully supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
Good morning sweet friends!   Popping in today to share another card for Day of Giving Friday.  Since I’m at CHA I thought the sentiment I’m showing today would be so, so appropriate!  Do Something Creative Every Day.  WRBF-6001-2017
Today I’m giving away another of the cards made with Graceful Borders but it is done in the conventional way.  I’ve taken Spellbinders Graceful Fans and simply stacked it up to make a half-high background (you know I love doing this).  You simply adhere each layer, overlapping, using foam tape.  This seems so frilly!!  For the bottom, I’ve used one of the three borders from Graceful Sweet Words to add an arched scallop to the bottom.

About Day of Giving Friday
For new readers, every Friday it’s my pleasure to give away a card.   The card goes to a randomly picked reader (worldwide) who leaves a comment in our conversation. Want to know more about Day of Giving, here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11.  You can check to see if your name is on the list of winners HERE!  For your comment:  I’m taking in a new city today – where did you grow up and why was it special?

WR-Supplies
Stamps:  Paper Source – Do Something Creative
Craft Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White – Cover – 80lb smooth,
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black  and Clear Embossing Powder 
Accessories:   Spellbinders Graceful Fans,  Graceful Sweet Words, Recollection Pearls, Offray Satin Ribbon

post-header-bottomI’m blogging from my hotel room today but sending a squeeze and a hug to all of you sweet readers.  I’m looking forward to CHA and carry you in my heart.

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  • Melissa BoveJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:32 am

    Wow!! I adore this card!! So beautiful!!!

    I grew up in a small town in NJ and it’s special to me because of all the childhood memories I have there. Times with my sister and family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:55 am

    I grew up in rome, ny. what was special about it was that it was a small town with big city activities. I grew up in the 60’s-70’s. we had supper sports for girl’s and boy’s. long before title 9. we could learn tennis, golf, archery, and swimming at no cost to us. we were encouraged to play outside.

    love today’s card.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:01 am

    Welcome to sunny Arizona, Becca! Lol. Sorry it’s not so sunny for your visit. Normally this time of year is beautiful, but unfortunately this year we are having a rough winter.

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I think my era of childhood was special, not because of where I lived, but rather because of the time period. It seemed to be more peaceful & we certainly did not have to worry about playing in the streets or speaking to adults we did not know. We were taught to speak when spoken to, so we answered.

    I adore the Phoenix area & would prefer to never have to move, but I love the city of Chicago for the culture, architecture, and the lake front. Beautiful!

    Just like your stunning card design today. The softness is so soothing. I could sit & stare at it forever!ReplyCancel

  • DebraJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:04 am

    As usual I LOVE LOVE your cards! I lived in MO. I enjoyed when we took road trips as a family. I got your new collection. I can’t wait until the weekend so I can PLAY with my new dies!!!ReplyCancel

  • TheresaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:16 am

    Truly beautiful cards. I love the colors, soft and lovely. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • LindaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:24 am

    Just ordered my Graceful Borders dies. Looking forward to making cards with the new dies.ReplyCancel

  • Lori EdwardsJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:25 am

    Gorgeous, as always. I grew up in Hawaii and although I’m not a beach person, I loved the weather. My family and old friends are there, it just feels different going back home.ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:26 am

    I grew up in a small town in Pa.Everyone knows everyone and all are hard working families.
    Hard work never hurt anyone and health and happiness are every where!Gratefulness and feeling blessed are a huge part of my.life!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy AtkinsonJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:29 am

    Hi Becca it is always so nice to receive your posts as your cards are always beautiful. The choice of dies the colour of the card and the composition are always so beautifully thought out, I think anyone would be pleased to receive line of your cards. I don’t really have one special special? place as we moved around whilst I was young, but my home now is special as it is where I was living when my children were born so it will always be special.
    I do hope that you are enjoying CHA.
    WendyxReplyCancel

  • jean marmoJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:35 am

    I grew up mostly in NJ. It was a small town where we hung oyut with the neighborhood kids!ReplyCancel

  • AletJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:40 am

    Lovely card, always an inspirationReplyCancel

  • SheilaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:42 am

    Becca that is stunning. Oh my gosh your talent is inspiring to all of us. I grew up in the small town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Talk about being raised by a town. You knew if you ever did anything it would reach your mother’s ears before you even got home.ReplyCancel

  • Marie BoudvilleJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

    Love you creative card Becca.
    I grew up in SandaKan, Sabah when I was 10th old after leaving Myanmar which was then Rangoon, Burma. My time growing up there brings back lots of memories before migrating to Perth, Australia where more memories were n are still being madeReplyCancel

  • BunnyJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:46 am

    I started growing up in a small rural area. No neighbors really. We were a small mom and pop gas station that sold different sundries. We did have a small store not too far from our house that I would now call a convenience store. We lived on US1. When I95 was built that basically killed the business. But before that we had good times. I played with my brothers and we always got along. You laid on the ground and watched the clouds and made shapes out of them. You watched airplanes when they flew over, you got to watch doodlebugs dig in the sand. When you went into town it was exciting. School was wonderful. Then when we moved to the suburbs everything changed. I learned things like cuss words and how bad and mean people could be. It was a culture shock. I wish all kids could grow up in small towns and be just kids and not have to worry about the internet and video games.ReplyCancel

  • MildredJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:47 am

    Well, I didn’t grow up in a city. It was a rural area. Gravel roads, no sidewalks, septic systems, no street lights. And we walked a mile each way to school. And to church, to the movies and to each other’s houses. It was special because it was just so peaceful and quiet. And I got to have a big German shepherd. Good times. Another great card.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:50 am

    Awesome card, have fun at CHA …moved around a lot as my dad was in the Air Force for 20 yrs..ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:54 am

    Another beautiful card today, Becca, for a very lucky recipient. I was born and grew up in a coal mining community in a South Wales valley in the U.K. It was special because of the real sense of community, where people had very little but helped one another. Although I have moved on, I will always remember my roots and be grateful for the true values on which I was brought up and remain adhered to.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:54 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely petticoat card. So pretty. Have a fab time at CHA.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:59 am

    I grew up in a small town in southwestern Ontario called St. Thomas. It was special because because it was close to the beach and the larger city of London, people were friendly. I love how you layered your dies to make another beautiful cards . Have fun at the show. ChristineReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    BEAUTIFUL CARD BECCA!!! Hope you are having fun at CHA!
    I was born and raised in Miami, Florida…it was warm and sunny and FUN!
    Now live in Salem, OR with all the season changes, but mostly mild weather…loving it!
    Paper Hugs,
    JanReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    Lovely card, Becca! Hope you have a wonderful time at CHA. Wish we had a list of all participants. Love seeing new product. Can not wait for any tidbits you have to share.ReplyCancel

  • Mickey M.January 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Where I grew up in Pennsylvania there were no fences separating the backyards which were connected by a small woods where we could walk, climb trees and explore. And no safety worries for us being out on our own.ReplyCancel

  • Susan B.January 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Gorgeous card! thanks for sharing. I grew up in small town in Delaware. I like small town life but Delaware gets all seasons which is why I like it. Close to beaches and mountainsReplyCancel

  • Frederica BondJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Amazing card- so very pretty! Loving the dies! I grew up in Washington, D.C. LOVED IT! So many different people and cultures and so many places to visit for FREE! You could wander through the Smithsonian for days and still not see all of it. The outdoor concerts- every genre- just lovely! My husband loves to go there- every vacation! He started calling that home! It is for me as most of my family members are in the area.ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:21 pm

    Lovely card today! I grew up in a suburb of LA. IT was special because it was right up against the foothills and we could go hiking easily, and be out of the house within ten minutes or so to from our home. I learned to be independent that way. Ave an awesome time at CHA while you are there…can’t wait to see all the new goodies everyone has!ReplyCancel

  • Candace B.January 20, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    I love the new dies! And the colors in this card are so soft and it is so beautiful. I grew up in a very tiny village in Wisconsin, Mt. Horeb, which is much bigger today. The town was full of traditions and was so proud of its Norwegian heritage. I missed the music, the festivals and the Norwegian language sung in the churches, long after I left.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy DuBoseJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    This is absolutely Gorgeous, love your cardsReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:28 pm

    Hi Becca!
    Have FUN at CHA!!! I KNOW you WILL! LOL First, what stamp did you use for the scripty writing? I didn’t see a credit for it. It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! AND your card is GORGEOUS with the dies! SIGH! YOU NEVER FAIL to please us with your creations!!!!
    I grew up in Ohio & why was it special? Because God brought my husband to me there! ;) SAFE TRAVELS HOME!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous card. Love those dies. I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis MO. What’s special is there were (and still are) a lot of fun things to do that are free or cost very little. We have an amazing park that includes a wonderful zoo, a huge open air theater, two wonderful museums and lots more. Of course now there’s the Gateway Arch (it was finished the year I graduated from high school) which is amazing. There is also a great botanical garden and lots of fun neighborhood festivals. I also love the changing seasons (though not crazy about cold weather). I still live here and still love it.ReplyCancel

  • Donna DaileyJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    Hello Dear Becca and your followers:
    What a gracious and loving heart you must have and that I see with every message to your friends. I”m so proud of your accomplishments, a faithful child of God is evident and rewarded with such wonderful talent. I especially love your choice of colors, beautiful and elegant simplicity that speaks to my heart every time I look at your posts/blog. May God continue to bless, keep you safe, and grant you His best. Loving and kind wishes to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous card today, Becca. I’m loving these new border dies, they are so versatile.
    I was born in a suburb of London UK and had a wonderful carefree childhood and the ability to go where ever I wanted. Now I live miles away from any major towns and love the peace and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    WOUW Becca this is sooo gorgeous. I´m always sooo amazed by the beauty you manage to get out in every single card you ever make, and also this one here.
    I grew up on a huge farm, where my dad was wmployed to help in the stables with the animals, and it was amazing, but ofcause very different from living in a city, but I absolutely loved it there, even I was the only girl among all the workers kids, all the rest was about 7 or 8 boys in different ages, so I had to learn things the hard way, if I wanted to be in, but I wouldn´t trade it for anything in the world, and it sure learned m,e to deal with most issuess through life, one can think of, which is pretty cool.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    I grew up on Penn Yan,NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, wine country. It is said that the lakes were formed by God laying his hand on our land. It is beautiful, rolling hills, crystal lakes, wonderful people!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:21 pm

    Another great use of those borders; I’m really loving all the different uses you present!
    I grew up in RURAL Wyoming and Colorado (1 room school and all). Being 60 miles from something as simple as a gas station provides you GREAT planning skills – in use still today!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly FuchsJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:27 pm

    Beautiful and elegant. It’s always a pleasure to see what you have created and you never disappoint.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous card, Becca! I love the lacy look and the rich colors. So elegant.

    I grew up in Panama City, FL. I couldn’t wait to get out of there once I grew up. But now, many years later, I remember it with great fondness and nostalgia. The beaches were so glorious back then!ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:37 pm

    My goodness Becca, how do you come up with so many beautiful cards? I am so glad that I bought your set of dies. This card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Juanita BraunJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:39 pm

      I forgot to answer your question. I grew up in Washington,DC. I just love it because of all it has to offer.ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    Hi Becca,
    This card is gorgeous, I love what you did with it. I grew up in a suburb in Sydney Australia. I love it & continue to love it because of the community feel, family friends, the weather & nature that surrounds us.
    Enjoy CHA, wish I could be there! Have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • Judy BJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:45 pm

    I grew up in the Midwest in Des Moines, Iowa. As a young person, I never thought that my city and state were anything special. As I’ve matured and visited other places, I’ve come to realize there is a lot to love about where I grew up. I’d say the people are one of the reasons. We are friendly here. I’m sure everyone feels the same about their birthplace.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:48 pm

    Hi Becca – this is another gorgeous card!! Love the texture the repeated dies cuts give.
    I grew up in a very small town in New Zealand, and it was special because of the love within my family and the great friendships I had – it was the sort of town where most people knew everyone :-) couldn’t really get into mischief as it would soon get back to my parents ears!!
    Blessings
    MaxineReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:59 pm

    I grew up in Seattle Washington the Bremerton Washington till I married the man of my dreams he was Navy and Transferred to California we are back in Bremerton in the house I grew up in and we own it and love the fact that each of our children graduated from the same school and took pictures of them in front of the Fireplace that I had mine taken as well. It’s very special for me. This is a Beautiful card thanksReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJanuary 20, 2017 - 3:23 pm

    Another gorgeous card! Even though you have again used the “stacked borders” design on your card it looks different than the other “stacked borders” cards – love that!! Can’t wait to see the new products from CHA! Enjoy!! I was born in Washington, D.C and we moved to Southern California when I was 6. Torrance isn’t considered a small town but our neighborhood was very close-knit and it was a lovely place to grow up. It didn’t hurt that we were only 5 miles from the ocean and maybe 2 hours from the desert or the mountains and we could visit whenever we wanted.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy UrichJanuary 20, 2017 - 3:31 pm

    Another amazing card. And welcome to my home town. I am from Phoenix. Growing up, I loved Wallace and Ladmo. And Legend City. And, Monte’s La Casa Vieja. And, as more and more people move here, we have lost much of our culture to other people’s cultures.ReplyCancel

  • DottieJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Just live the soft colors and gorgeous lace scalloped edges. So beautiful becca!
    Born and raised in the Waterford Michigan area and have settled with my hubby here 52 yrs ago. Though there are other lovelier places this is my beloved home that the Lord has blessed me with so I am content. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful card you made.ReplyCancel

  • Bette SJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Bautiful card – as always!! I grew up in a small town in Iowa called Strawberry Point. Supposedly it was called that because the early pioneers found of a small hill where wild strawberries grew. Whatever – it was a great place and time to grow up. Everyone knew everyone – we were all in the same boat, only the banker and lawyer was “wealthy”. We lived less than a block from school and came home every day for lunch. After school, my sisters and I and five or six girlfriends would gather around the TV and watch American Bandstand. And we saw Elvis on TV!! Such memories.Mom was a stay at home Mom and took such good care of us. We had not one, but two huge gardens and Mom would can and pickle everything she could get her hands on. In the spring we went to the 100 acre woods and look for morel mushrooms (and spring flowers) and in the fall, it was walnuts, butternuts and hickory nuts. In the winter Dad would crack them out and we would pick them out for the cookies and candy Mom would make. I learned to count by playing cards with my folks and siblings (there were 9 of us kids – just the one boy). Church was a important in our lives and I enjoyed Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When the church ladies put on their dinners, we girls were always called upon to help. There was the theatre to go to on weekends and after school was the Dairy Bar where you could buy a coke for 5c and put a few coins in the jutebox and listen to your favorite music! My husband and I always say were were born in the best of times and we were!! For which we both are very thankful. Good luck at CHA! I’m sure you will be a hit with your new dies!!ReplyCancel

  • DevyJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:34 pm

    What a precious card! I grew up outside of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area-in the middle of nowhere, way out in the country. I loved it-wide open spaces, room to roam, and always fun to be had!ReplyCancel

  • elaineJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:35 pm

    Hi Becca , so beautiful and soft is your card, i love it .
    I grew up in a little village in Alsager S O T England , we could play in the road safely because it hardly had traffic to come along , it was a rare treat for us kiddies to see a motor car .

    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Penny GJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    Hi, love the card, so beautiful as all your cards are! Welcome to “sunny” Phoenix!! I now live about 10 min away in Avondale, Az where it is pouring rain! I grew up in a small town in Jamestown,North Dakota, it was a wonderful place to grow up surrounded by lots of family and good german cooking!ReplyCancel

  • PAM TASJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:59 pm

    Hi Becca love this card looks like real lace ! Especially the bottom
    row your dies are so clever .
    I was born in Derbyshire U.K. In a small village right across from the
    beautiful stone church and school was our home.
    The toilets were outside and the playground was directly opposite our
    house,my Mum had to be so carefull if she was in the garden or going somewhere as I would call out and want to go with her lol.
    In my teens I was in the church choir and used to ring the bell for church
    it was a beautiful , even sang a Christmas carol solo ! (Can’t sing for nuts now lol.) enjoy CHA and stay safe and HAPPY !!! hugs PamxxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Gin K.January 20, 2017 - 5:27 pm

    What a lovely and appropriate card! Love the frilly look. I grew up in a small town in Ohio and what made it very special actually wasn’t the town at all, it was my grand mother who actually ived in the next town over. Visiting her and being with her was my favorite thing to do. I just loved her yard, full of flowers that she let me pick! A cherry tree that I ate all of the cherries I could off of and the rest my Grams made into sweet pies! A small cluster of apples trees in the back yard kept us supplied with Granny smiths and red apples. Being at Grams house was like my Heaven on Earth. I still dream about that place and have fond memories of it still. It was truly the love of my Grandma that made the place so special and I miss her still today! Now that I am the Grammie, I try to make my house and yard just as appealing to my grand daughters with Flower fairy gardens, strawberry and raspberries and all sorts of veggies to snack on, similar to how my Grams did for me. But most of all, I try to love them as much as I possibly can!

    ~Ginny, AKA “Grammie” ~ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)January 20, 2017 - 5:29 pm

    I love this card with the petticoat effect! It brought back memories of a party dress my mother made for me out of lace when I was about 6. She was a fine needlewoman and so my clothes were handmade and different!
    I grew up in a town in the south east of England. We lived in a small cul-de-sac of 31 houses and we lived at one side of the banjo and my aunt and uncle lived at the other side, just 4 doors away. Our houses backed onto a large field where all the children from the road would play and where every November, we would build a huge bonfire and everyone would pool their fireworks to have a display. We would wrap potatoes in tin foil and bake them in the fire and heat tomato soup, sausages and baked beans round the edges which we would then eat in our wellies, coats, hats and scarves! So exciting! Most of our neighbours didn’t have cars and so we were able to roller skate quite safely around the pavements. Life was uncomplicated, gentle and good!
    Thanks for the memory prompt, Becca! hope you are enjoying CHA.
    Hugs
    Anne(UK)xReplyCancel

  • Lori SloanJanuary 20, 2017 - 5:30 pm

    Yet another gorgeous card! Thank you! I love the delicate lacey look. I grew up in a rural area outside a small town in Oregon. I learned to truly appreciate the country life and enjoyed the company of many precious dogs and cats over the years. They are still a very large part of my life!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJanuary 20, 2017 - 5:49 pm

    Hello Becca, Hope you have a wonderful time at CHA. Your “petticoat” card today is lovely. I grew up in an east coast mid-Atlantic city. It was special for me because it was “home”.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa StaymanJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:02 pm

    I grew up in the only town burned by the Confederate Army – Chambersburg PA. It was a small town. I walked 6-7 blocks into town from about 8 yrs of age onward…anytime I wanted (I loved the library!). Also walked 9 yrs out of 12 to school, needless to say I was skinny and healthy back then!! Hope you are enjoying Phoenix and Creativation. Today’s card is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • TammieJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:25 pm

    Enjoy your time in Phoenix Becca. I grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico – home of the hottest green chile, great wine, and one of the largest pecan producers in the wo le.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:31 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous card!
    My first home was in Van Nuys, CA. It was special because it was close to Disneyland, which opened the same year I was born. I actually have pictures of myself at the park when I was very young. At first glance I thought the pics were just a regular park. Looking closer I realized that they were taken at Disneyland! At that time, it looked nothing like what it looks like now!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret McGettiganJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:38 pm

    I grew in a place called the Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland. The largest walled park in Europe. We lived in the married quarters of the police force in Ireland. All our dads were police, Garda called here. We all live all over the world but lots of us are still friends. I spent the day yesterday with my girlfriend, we met 50 years ago when her Dad came to work with mine. Great times and the best of friends. Thank you Becca for your beautiful new dies, I am having great fun with them. I hope I am lucky enough to win one of your cards.
    MargaretReplyCancel

  • Peggy PighettiJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:47 pm

    Your card is gorgeous! Enjoy CHA!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:51 pm

    Hi Becca
    Beautiful card today – as always. Never cease to amaze me!
    I grew up in the Catskill mountains of upstate N Y in a one-horse town Shinhopple. No lights and maybe 150 population including cats and dogs. One little general store with gas pumps and the post office. 50’s and 60’s were a great time and I wouldn’the change a thing. Been married now for soon to be 54 years.
    Have a ball at CHA!!
    Hugs
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • RayaJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    What a beauty! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I grow up in the burbs in iowa. Loved the time with family and friends. It was the best! Go Hawkeyes!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJanuary 20, 2017 - 7:35 pm

    I just cry when I see your beautiful new cards and dies! I love your Graceful sweet words set and now I want this one too!
    As for my home town, it was Homestead, FL but highly recommend not to go there. Not nice anymore. I live in Orlando and it is a ton of fun as everyone knows! My husband and I travel to north Georgia in the fall and love the small towns like Elijay, Blairsville, and Dahlonega. We go for the fall parades and it so fun to see all the festivities of small town America. HOpe that you have fun and tell us more about the places you find out there!ReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreJanuary 20, 2017 - 8:01 pm

    Another gorgeous card Becca! I grew up in Brooklyn NY, one of the five boroughs in New York City. I took for granted that anything I wanted to do was available and my parents made sure my sister and I experienced most of it. We enjoyed the Broadway theater and the museums the art galleries and the ice skating rinks, the shopping and the parks. It was when I retired and move out of the city did I realize all the wonderful exposure we had as New Yorkers. I loved growing up and living in one of the most fabulous cities in the world!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJanuary 20, 2017 - 8:02 pm

    Good morning Becca, simply stunning!!! Have a great time at CHA!!! I grew up in a place called Eckington in Derbyshire. U.K we had fun riding our bikes being outside during the summer holidays and just being kids. Happy times!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Pamela HeroldJanuary 20, 2017 - 9:19 pm

    Another really beautiful card. Would love to be there with you at CHA. Got connections in Phoenix and it could be so much fun. Anyway, Martinsville Va was a fairly midsized town in its day with a booming economy. Nylon Capital, Textile Capital and Furniture manufacturing were all very productive business growing up. The stories you hear about living in “good ole days” were very true there. Now it is a very lazy town with not much going on. Folks there are trying to bring the arts to the area to make it a quaint small town. We’ll see.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:33 pm

    I am so in love with this card so much!!!! The sentiment has always been my mantra :)

    Well, I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas and well they are famous for the State Fair, The Annual RV Show, The Annual Home and Garden Expo. But the last time I was there they were suffering a major loss of residents due to the Brine well explosions and the Gas pockets up under the city due to the Cary Salt Mine . They closed the mine and turned it into a museum and restaurant last I heard. but hat would have been 13 years ago this February 14th when my now hubby flew me up to get me out of a very volatile family situation.

    I was afraid I was going to miss this as I just got back into town after traveling three hours over the mountain to have a biopsy done. I will not find anything out until Tuesday at the earliest. Just praying it is not the Big BC…. So I would like to ask anyone who prays to think of me :).ReplyCancel

  • MaryJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:52 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca!
    I grew up in WV–I still miss the beautiful hills!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:02 pm

    What a gorgeous card. . . Gosh I hope I win this one!!! You’ve out done yourself, I’m in love with this gorgeous card and sentiment!
    I grew up in the SanFernando Valley, Sepulveda, CA, yes you can say I’m “a Valley girl” ha ha ha.
    Why was it special, oh I have such fond memories of growing up, family time, a neighborhood where all our neighbors lived there for at least 35-40 yrs, so they are more like family than the neighbor next door, many, many a night of playing kick ball/softball/fressbie in the street with teams consisting of children and parents. Lots of times where families would gather at a house just to visit! Summers spent going to the ocean, Zumba beach, or play games, card games, Spoons or whatever we fancied at the time for a whole afternoon.
    What a wonderful question, thank you for letting me return to my childhood and the wonderful memories.
    Have a great time at CHA, visiting the new city and visiting with all who stop by to meet you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • VickieJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:15 pm

    I Love this Card!!!! I was born in Northville MI at the Ford Motor Co. hospital which was so small it is now a dentist office! This Ford plant still has the working water wheel that powered the plant back in ths day.ReplyCancel

  • CJJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:33 pm

    Such a yummy card!! So beautiful!! I grew up in California during the 60’s. Lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Santa Cruz. What a great time…long hair, hippie beads, psychedelic art, black lights, the beach & boardwalk, baby oil suntans, bikinis, surf boards… Oh to be young again!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJanuary 21, 2017 - 12:17 am

    Just beautiful Becca, love the layering

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxxReplyCancel

  • Kathleen ReillyJanuary 21, 2017 - 2:14 am

    Another beautiful card. Thank you for posting it

    KathleenReplyCancel

  • BenteJanuary 21, 2017 - 4:56 am

    What a gorgeous and elegant card, Becca!
    I just love it :))
    I grew up in a small town by the sea, and could not settle down any place without being able to get a glimpse of the sea and the wide horizon everyday.
    Watching it gives me the feeling of freedom and calmness…ReplyCancel

  • Iris harborneJanuary 21, 2017 - 5:12 am

    Just have to comment on this totally fabulous card. It is amazing. Represents a lot of work but every minute was well worth it for this result. One of the most beautiful I’ve seen. xxReplyCancel

  • Iris harborneJanuary 21, 2017 - 5:19 am

    I think I got so caught up with the beauty of the card I forgot to comment on this week’s topic. I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A beautiful city, great architecture and history and surrounded by all the beauty of nature you could ask for – mountains, sea etc. But it was most special simply because it was HOME. xxReplyCancel

  • Ang EdwardsJanuary 21, 2017 - 6:04 am

    Hya Becca stunning card as always !!
    The place i grew up in is stoke on trent in staffordshire GB
    its a special place because we were called “the potteries” for obvious reasons But now its all gone abroad leaving our area bare of pot banks
    I still live in the area and love it
    Keep inspiring us with your talent Becca i sooo look forward to my friday inspiration
    Thank you Ang from GB xxReplyCancel

  • erniJanuary 21, 2017 - 6:13 am

    oh Becca, your card is perfect! I grew up in the countryside of Austria and had a wonderful time,learnig to take care of others and do my best to please parents and God and nature. Now we live in the City and many things around have changed,but the rules we learned at home still are number one. hugs from oversea, ErniReplyCancel

  • Carol H.January 21, 2017 - 9:46 am

    What a beautiful card!! That sentiment is perfect too, because isn’t that what we want to do!! I grew up in Mesquite, Texas. Honestly, I cannot think of anything special about living there. Which is why, I guess, I’ve not lived there since I moved out on my own. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJanuary 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    This is such a pretty card Becca, and it is on my wish list to purchase. I grew up in Colorado and what a great time it was. When we finished chores we would head up to the mountains, which were only a few blocks away, and hike all afternoon. We would take a lunch, snack and some water. It was good to share the hike with a sister or friend. The best of hiking was lunch time as we sat on a big rock and watched all of God’s critters scurrying around and listen to the pines sing on a windy day. I wished those who were unable to experience this time will somehow hear and see it.ReplyCancel

  • Granny DJanuary 21, 2017 - 1:29 pm

    This is a beautiful design, I truly adore it. We are all so glad you came into our lives with your designs.

    I grew up on the California coast in Rolling Hills Riviera,(not as swanky as it sounds). We had so much freedom as children, we could play on the hills and slide down them in boxes, ride skateboards down the steep hills and skin every part of our bodies (including noses) and never lock our doors. It was safe and fun. Couldn’t go home again but sure had some great memories from grade school to high school graduation and my first year of college.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJanuary 21, 2017 - 1:29 pm

    Hi Becca, A truly stunning card with a fantastic sentiment!!
    I grew up in a small town in Lancashire, England called Leigh, I had a fantastic childhood and my childhood home holds many ‘special’ memories for me, in fact I would love to live in that same house again if I could.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonJanuary 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm

    Very pretty card as usual, but you only make beautiful ones.
    Born in Jamaica and lived there till I immigrated to Toronto,Ontario.I have called this my home for over 60yrs, and never missed Ja. for its not the same any more.ReplyCancel

  • crafty violetJanuary 21, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    Lovely card and I wish I could tie a bow like that!
    I grew up on a farm outside the city of Hamilton, ON. It was special because my parents made all 8 of us feel special including the foster children they took in and others who had no place to go. Their home and heart were open to all.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJanuary 21, 2017 - 9:44 pm

    Yours is a card that I must learn to make. It’s lovely. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in a country sugar plantation camp. It was an idyllic wonderful place to grow up. We played kick ball and marbles in the ball field, hop scotch in the middle of the road, made sling shots out of guava branches and ate seasonal fruits from your yard, baked our own cookies and learned embroidery and sew our own clothes. The camp no longer exist but the memories are forever.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithJanuary 22, 2017 - 1:15 am

    Hello Becca – you are in my neck of the woods this weekend since I live southeast of Phoenix! I hope you enjoy your time here. I actually grew up in southern California and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in a small town atmosphere outside the big city of Los Angeles. Our town was in the foothills above Los Angeles and was a wonderful place to grow up. A job transfer is the only reason I’m in Arizona but I do love it here too.

    Every time I see a card or project you’ve created with your border dies, I get even happier that I purchased the entire collection. Today”s card is no exception because it is so lovely yet I can see it isn’t too difficult to recreate. I love the ruffled look! I wish you could know just a bit of the inspiration we feel when you share with your beautiful projects with us! Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaJanuary 23, 2017 - 6:50 am

    Wow…absolutely gorgeous card Becca. Love, love, love it!!! I grew up on Long Island in New York and as a child was able to walk to the the beach and the boardwalk.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie HoaglandJanuary 23, 2017 - 2:19 pm

    I love this card! Beautiful as usual. I grew up in Horseheads, NY. It wasn’t a huge town…I’d say just right. No big city worries. I have to say though, I love living in small town Florence, AZ. There always seems to be something going on.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CJanuary 24, 2017 - 9:35 am

    You know, I shouldn’t be surprised when I pull up your blog and it takes my breath away, but here I am delightfully surprised with this stunner!!
    I was away this weekend, too. Sanibel, one of my favorite spots in the US! I also love going back to southern Indiana where I spent a lot of my youth. Rolling hills beautiful woods and farmland and friendly folk (many still don’t lock their doors!) make that area special to me.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Jo WoodJanuary 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Such a gorgeous card, Becca! It is beautiful and inspirational. :)ReplyCancel

  • Pat LittlejohnsJanuary 26, 2017 - 6:40 am

    Hi Becca, it was SO good to see you on tv here in England, please can you come back again soon and stay longer! I grew up in Northampton here in England during the 50s. We were very poor and always had toast and dripping for tea on thursdays, the day before payday. They were wonderful, carefree days. We played ball games and skipped in the street and always felt safe. Good manners and a caring attitude were top of the way we were expected to behave. I loved it all, even having a heated brick, wrapped in old blanket to warm me at night in bed. Now I live in North Devon where it is a slower pace of life and I can spend sunny days looking out over the estuary from my terrace. Bliss! Love, love, love your designs xReplyCancel

  • PaulaJanuary 26, 2017 - 9:34 pm

    Becca yours is the only blog/page/site/crafter I’ve subscribed to! You are surely one of THE most creative cardmakers I’ve ever come across. You blow me away! God bless your talented soul! Thanks for the inspiration and for such beautiful cards to behold.ReplyCancel

  • Rene from OZJanuary 27, 2017 - 1:48 pm

    Exquisite card Becca
    I was born in Scotland moved to Sydney Australia when I was 7
    What a country what a city. I love being Australian
    Take care
    Rene from OZ xReplyCancel

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Spellbinders Wrought Iron Die along with Quietfire Design - Follow Your Dreams - see full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
Sweet friends it’s a glorious morning!  I’m so tickled to share something with you today that is truly from my heart (and stick around, a surprise at the bottom of my post, a video link and a contest).  Years ago I sketched out an idea on my desk and hoped and dreamed that one day I’d have to the tool in hand to create with.  Today, that idea is here – it became the Graceful Frame Maker.  It survived all my silly doubts and  thoughts that people would think it was positively dumb and is a reminder to me to keep plugging along.  The pieces of this card – the four pieces of my frame – have hung on my cabinet for the last two and a half years . . . reminding me to keep trying.   It gives me a lot of joy to finally make it into a card and now I have the die that makes creating the card easy; today I’m so tickled to show you what inspired it all!

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Spellbinders Wrought Iron Die along with Quietfire Design - Follow Your Dreams - see full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
This Spellbinders Wrought Iron Die had been languishing in my stash – when I looked through the rest of the stash of dies I already owned, I realized how many of then could be used/repurposed the same way, to create a background or frame!  I paired it with a Quietfire Design sentiment – Follow Your Dreams. Oh, how I love this frame!  How many of your dies are just waiting to be transformed?

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker and Spellbinders Wrought Iron Die along with Quietfire Design - Follow Your Dreams - see full supply list at www.amazingpapergrace.com
So right on the brink of CHA, today Spellbinders is peeking yet a new collection that I will have available – Vintage Elegance!!  You must pop over here to have a quick look – CLICK HERE – scroll to the bottom of the Spellbinders post to enter the contest and leave some comment love over on that Spellbinders blog post if you have a moment today. Vintage Elegance is made up of sweet little pieces that add that special flair to your cards and features tags, pockets, folded flowers, Sentiment Medallions and my pride and joy, a mini booklet.  I mean who couldn’t use a Spellbinders shopping spree?  I’m over the moon – walk through the collection by watching the video that even has a sneak peek of my craft room!! Click here for the sneak peek video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCt2gNgBgE4

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Stamps: Quietfire Design – Follow Your Dreams
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, IralamijaDigital Paper
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Ranger Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Spellbinders Wrought Iron DieSpellbinders Graceful 6 x 6 Frame Maker, Recollections Pearls, Hug Snug Seam Tape – Rose Beige, Pearl Button from my Stash

post-header-bottomI’m so excited – more goodies to play with.  I’ll share more soon!

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  • Jan CastleJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:12 am

    Hi Becca, Just had to take a quick look at your post before leaving for church…so happy I did – what a beautiful card!!!! A real show stopper! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration…hope to be moved soon and being able to craft again!
    Paper Hugs,
    JanReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:13 am

    I can’t wait……this die sounds amazing! Your cohort, Robin, mentioned something BIG was coming from you but she wouldn’t say what. Maybe this is it? YEAH!
    I have many ideas for this! Thank you for your creativity, Becca. You keep it exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:16 am

    Yet another massive wow for this truly stunning card, Becca. Congratulations on your continuing success – long may it go on!ReplyCancel

  • LizzieJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:17 am

    What a delightful delicate card. Must check out more of my dies for the frame maker.ReplyCancel

  • TeresaJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:18 am

    Absolutely beautiful! !!ReplyCancel

  • NADINE ILLINGWORTHJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:20 am

    HAVING SUCH FUN USING OLD DIES TO MAKE FRAMES WITH YOUR DIE. WONDERFUL DIE.. HOPE EVERYONE BUYS IT . THANKS SO MUCH FOR SUCH A FUN DIE .ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MartinezJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:21 am

    Wow, so beautiful and elegant! Wouldn’t expect anything less!
    Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day!!ReplyCancel

  • Nellie SchuurmanJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:33 am

    What a delightful gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Hugs, Nellie.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi SchieJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Wow! My mind is spinning with ideas. I, too, have had the wrought iron die for quite a while now and just love, love, love this idea! Am in the midst of creating 45 special cards for my daughter’s 45th birthday next month and this will surely be one of them! Time to pull out my frame maker! Thank you Becca for all your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Becca, your card is stunning !!love the use of the fence die and not must get your frame making die!! thanks so much for all your inspiration !!ReplyCancel

  • Suzann AndersonJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Always love it when I can find another way to use supplies I already own. How ingenious!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:40 am

    Hi Becca
    Superb work congratulations on your success.
    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Rosie SJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:43 am

    Beautiful! Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy AtkinsonJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:46 am

    Hi Becca what a lovely surprise two posts in one week but what a post this is a truly beautiful card so delicate,. You are one talented lady and it is so kind of you too share your talent with us. I wish I could create such beautiful cards. Would like to wish you good luck at the. Craft Show although I don’t think you will need it.
    Looking forward to seeing what else you have to show/inspire us with
    WendyxReplyCancel

  • June SchmidtJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:02 am

    Becca your cards are always amazing and I have scrap lifted a few already……this die is a must have for a die cut junkie like me………lol…..look forward to watching the videos from CHA…..ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:05 am

    BECCA, BECCA, BECCA,
    OMG, girl! This is over the moon! One of these days I am coming to see you. I just can’t imagine your craft room and wish I could get inside your brain!! You just have an inner-born talent for this hobby for you but a lot of hard work for people like me. I get so excited when I see what you do and then realize that I have all the dies and embellies to create something just like you did! In my next life, I want my name to be BECCA!!!!!!!
    GOD Bless your talented hands!
    Hugs
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • Marie BoudvilleJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:09 am

    What a fabulous range of gorgeous cards. So glad I purchased the border die set together with the frame maker. Becca you have inspired me to follow all your creations. How I love them all. I thank the Lord for having you in my crafty life.ReplyCancel

  • DottieJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:17 am

    It is so great to see that fence die used as a frame as I have used it in several other ways too. But the beauty of it is using your new square frame die a wonderful thing happens! Gorgeous happens! I will want to be purchasing the frame set soon!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:37 am

    Oh my! Be still my heart! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I too have the Wrought Iron die and will have to try it our with my new Frame Maker die. I am so glad you continued to work so hard and your success is so well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:41 am

    I can’t quit drooling, I love this die…I don’t own a lot of dies, but use the ones I have. Thanks for sharing!! Paper hugs….ReplyCancel

  • Vicky S.January 15, 2017 - 11:46 am

    Hi Becca, Love all your dies.
    I tried to leave a comment on Spellbinders but it would not allow me in even with my password.ReplyCancel

  • KathymJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:51 am

    So grateful for all your inspiration… both life philosophy, cutting dies, and card designs!!! This ca d is fabulous! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn RaylJanuary 15, 2017 - 11:57 am

    Gorgeous card! I love using Spellbinders dies!ReplyCancel

  • Christine HarropJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    I lobe the way you can think out of the box Becca! This die makes a perfect frame but I didn’t see it until you showed us. Beautiful card with a super sentiment . Christine xxReplyCancel

  • Lorna BaumannJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:19 pm

    Love your new dies. Would love to see a video using the frame maker die set.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:25 pm

    What a gorgeous card, Becca! I love, love, LOVE that border!!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    HOW EXCITING BECCA! You ALWAYS BLOW US AWAY with your creativity! AND WE LOVE IT! ;) GORGEOUS CARD & SENTIMENT!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • SusanJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    I love this card. I actually have this die, but have only used it for Halloween spooky cards … lol! Never thought it would make such an elegant card as this. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:32 pm

    That’s a gorgeous looking die with many possibilities. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • RoseJanuary 15, 2017 - 12:40 pm

    Becca
    I love all of your work and I am so awed by your creativity. You have been given a great gift and you share it with us. You are an inspiration to us all.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJanuary 15, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    Your cards are always so,beautiful hope you have fun at the show.,it looks it would be a dream to go so many new products and ideas and things to learn. Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Shaunda SniderJanuary 15, 2017 - 1:45 pm

    I love your cards! They are so inspiring:-)ReplyCancel

  • CarolbJanuary 15, 2017 - 1:55 pm

    Just a beautiful card, so elegant!
    Carol b (cc)ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy MutafopulosJanuary 15, 2017 - 2:18 pm

    Becca this card is so beautiful and that die is so fabulous. My head is spinning with ideas and can’t wait to add it to my collection of dies . Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! HugsReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FloridaJanuary 15, 2017 - 3:04 pm

    Love the card. Very creative way to use that die. So wish I had more time to play in my craft room! I only dream…ReplyCancel

  • Debbie McKelveyJanuary 15, 2017 - 3:25 pm

    I love this card and the frame is gorgeous! Who would have thought to use the die for a frame?!! You of course! I love to see what you create because I know it will be fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellJanuary 15, 2017 - 3:48 pm

    Looks amazing, can not wait to see moreReplyCancel

  • Penny GJanuary 15, 2017 - 4:10 pm

    Another beautiful card, so delicate and just took my breath away. Loved the sentiment also!ReplyCancel

  • theresaJanuary 15, 2017 - 4:18 pm

    What a beautiful card! The die cut reminds me of a white picket fence. Love that saying!!ReplyCancel

  • LISA DUGGINJanuary 15, 2017 - 4:20 pm

    Becca, you are so blessed to do what you love. I got your new set of frame dies in Nov from Create & Craft. I even made some Christmas cards with them! These new vintage dies will go so well with them. Oh the things we can do with your dies! Congratulations and many blessings, LisaReplyCancel

  • Ms LindaJanuary 15, 2017 - 4:22 pm

    Such a beautiful card. The gate gives it a depth of elegance. Love it. The die is one I would love to own for I can see multiple uses.
    LindaReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonJanuary 15, 2017 - 4:57 pm

    What a beautiful card, I will have to get your frame maker die, so I can use some of my old dies to make frames.Love.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownJanuary 15, 2017 - 5:00 pm

    What a stunning card. . . I love all the cards you make and post. You are truly an Amazing creator, inspiration and designer. I can’t wait to get my hands on these new dies to add to my Amazing Paper Grace collection of dies.
    Have a wonderful week!ReplyCancel

  • CarolJanuary 15, 2017 - 5:11 pm

    I love the ideas you come up with!
    But, it’s amazing to me how many times the titles of your posts send me a personal, and sometimes, much needed message.
    Thank you BeccaReplyCancel

  • Betty McalisterJanuary 15, 2017 - 5:20 pm

    Becca this is a stunning card. This wrought iron die is so pretty. Your new collection looks amazing too. XxReplyCancel

  • RamonaJanuary 15, 2017 - 5:47 pm

    A beautiful card today! Thank you for sharing it,ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJanuary 15, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    You always amaze me with your wonderful designs.A long time ago I purchased the Wrought Iron Die and never used it. I pulled the die out today along with the frame maker and that’s what I’m making tomorrow. Beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BJanuary 15, 2017 - 6:21 pm

    Becca, your cards are always so beautiful. These new dies look amazing! Thanks for sharing your awesome talents with us.ReplyCancel

  • jean marmoJanuary 15, 2017 - 6:31 pm

    Congrats! Such a gorgeous card! THe release is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara TranquillaJanuary 15, 2017 - 6:33 pm

    Hi Becca, You have just breathed new life into some of my old dies. Also Spellbinders has your mitered frame making dies available now, so I ordered just about all of them. It will be such fun playing with all my new toys. Thanks so much, BarbaraReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJanuary 15, 2017 - 6:34 pm

    WOW! Only you Becca can make a wrought iron fence into a gorgeous frame! Beautiful. I watched the video. I like the look of your newest die creations. Oh, what fun will be had with these dies.ReplyCancel

  • DaleJanuary 15, 2017 - 7:48 pm

    Becca this card is so gorgeous. It is so rewarding to see your dreams come to life. Such a feeling of accomplishment. I am so excited and happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene SirrineJanuary 15, 2017 - 7:58 pm

    Just beautiful!! Can’t wait to be able to get the new dies. Your work is just so gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJanuary 15, 2017 - 8:31 pm

    I am so tickled for you , Becca! how Exciting :) Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lori SloanJanuary 15, 2017 - 8:56 pm

    Becca….your beautiful cards just take my breath away! I am in the market for a new printer and am looking for a color laser printer. I was wondering what you use or would recommend? I really want to buy some of the wonderful digital paper that you use! Thanks LoriReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:09 pm

    How exciting to see your dreams come true! I have your frame die and I love it! How did we craft will out these beautiful frames. I have used many of my dies to make the most gorgeous frames I am so proud of what I was able to accomplish and all because of your dream! THANK YOU for your wonderful vision in creating such a beautiful collection and sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Christine RayJanuary 15, 2017 - 10:34 pm

    Becca, I’ve run out of words to describe your beautiful cards and dies. Their beauty is beyond definition,! God Bless you!!ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CJanuary 16, 2017 - 12:35 am

    This is gorgeous! I MUST get moving on using my Graceful Frame Maker!! Have fun at CHA!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJanuary 16, 2017 - 2:40 am

    Good morning Becca, only you, you amazing girl!!! If only I had the talent you have in your little finger!!! Well a girl can dream : )
    Bless you Becca and congratulations!!! You don’t need it but Good luck in CHA!!!
    Your card is divine!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJanuary 16, 2017 - 3:24 am

    Morning Becca, Fabulous sneaky peeks, and I really ‘need’ the frame maker, I love everything you create.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • PAM TASJanuary 16, 2017 - 4:15 am

    Becca you have done it again !!!
    You are so blessed and you bless us with your creativity
    all the time .
    Have a great time at CHA and enjoy what comes with it .
    Hugs love PamxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyJanuary 16, 2017 - 8:34 am

    Wow! What an amazing collection and stamps too, I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • BenteJanuary 16, 2017 - 9:05 am

    Gorgeous card!
    Love the frame :))ReplyCancel

  • barb macaskillJanuary 16, 2017 - 9:32 am

    Your new dies are simply spectacular!! Can’t wait to play with them!! TFs!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJanuary 16, 2017 - 2:27 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    Reading your post gave me goosebumps! What an honor to have a front- row-seat as you take wing and fly! You are so deserving of all the goodness life has to offer!
    What lovely pictures of you and your craft room in the sneak peek. I Can’t wait to see more of the Vintage Elegance collection, particularly the pockets and the mini booklet, since I make a specialty card that can be ‘signed’ by large groups of people and I am always on the look out for design ideas for the pockets/sleeves/boxes/envelopes that hold notes that people sign.
    Love and blessings,
    SandyReplyCancel

  • SandiJanuary 17, 2017 - 3:20 am

    Another very very lovely card created using your new frame die. I continue to be over the moon happy that I purchased it from Create and Craft when you were on the show. It wonderful to see an older die being used with the frame maker. You are such an inspiration and I’m excited about your new collection. I love EVERYTHING you do so please keep creating! God bless you, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • ZettaJanuary 17, 2017 - 9:37 am

    I have absolutely fallen in love with this idea of card making. They are breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • Beatriz JenningsJanuary 17, 2017 - 10:23 am

    So beautiful and elegant!!! I love to see how you use my papers, makes me so happy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)January 18, 2017 - 7:28 am

    Yet another stunner. Love, love, love this card!
    Congratulations on your richly deserved success :o) Couldn’t be happier for you!
    Hugs
    Anne(UK) xReplyCancel

  • Diane Lynne ClemenJanuary 19, 2017 - 10:29 pm

    Yet another beautiful card from Becca….you give us nothing but the best in your cards. Thanks for sharing your techniques as I have learned soooo much from you over the years that I have read your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJanuary 20, 2017 - 7:06 pm

    Stunning card and looking forward to getting more of your dies!! Love your work!ReplyCancel

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