You all will have to indulge me or forgive me, whichever you’re more inclined to do.  I have fallen in love with the Birds and Vine set from Flourishes and again I want to present something Victorian.  From the moment I saw these images they whispered "victorian" in my ear.  It’s just plain indulgence that again I get to make something I have wanted to make for so long.  The Flourishes feel is so perfectly victorian and the stamp set lends an elegance to anything it touches.   If you can’t tell, I so love things with a Romantic Southern Charm or Victorian feel and I adore Early American.   Not only that, I am wildy interested in the history behind objects, traditions and ettiquette as well as the early vernacular. 

Here’s some interesting facts about communication using the fan in the Victorian days when a young lady would not be caught without hers.  This Fan Language was registered with the US Patent office in 1879.

Holding it in the right hand…."Yes"

Holding it in the left hand…."I would like to know you"

Dropping the fan…."I would like to be your friend"

Twirling the fan…."Go away"

Twirling the fan in the left hand: You are being watched.
 Opening and shutting it….."You have been unkind"

Tapping it with one finger…."My mother (or chaperone) says no"

Opening it wide…."Shall we meet later?"

Touching the fan to the cheek…."I love you"
The fan placed near the heart: You have won my love.
Half-opened fan pressed to the lips: You may kiss me.
Hiding the eyes behind an open fan: I love you.
Opening and closing the fan several time: You are cruel.
Fanning slowly: I am married.
Fanning quickly: I am engaged.


My, my, my the times have changed, haven’t they?


This was a very simple project.  I used Nestabilities for the top part of the fan and used a Sizzix Original Die Cut (Tag) for the lower part of the fan.  The Scroll embellishment is a Cuttlebug Die Cut.  After I cut all my pieces I aged them by smudging on Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The Birds and Vines stamp was embossed in gold and the insides of the leaves and flowers colored with Tombow Markers.  I embossed the Birds with black embossing powder and finished the head of the fan with a Prima Flower and pearl.  The final touch to draw the separate pieces together was a double tassel.

Stamps:  Flourishes Birds and Vine Stamp Set
Paper:  The Paper Company, Blonde Columns, Sage
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Black Embossing Powder, Tombow Markers, Oval Nestability, Petite Scalloped Oval Nestability,  Sizzix Original Tag Die Cut, Prima Flowers, Pearls, Ribbon, Tassels

So, what’s your passion?  Is there something in your craft muse that really speaks to you?  I hope you take the time to listen and follow that passion!  Bless you and have a lovely weekend.



  • Joan BOctober 3, 2008 - 8:36 am

    Wow, your brain goes places that my brain has never thought of! What a creative and beautiful project.ReplyCancel

  • Laura (scrapnextras)October 3, 2008 - 8:59 am

    Becca, you are going to be the next Martha Stewart! Love your fan…so luxurious with the gold embossing and silk tassels! Love all the facts…they intrigue me too!ReplyCancel

  • lengowOctober 3, 2008 - 9:21 am

    WOW !!!!

    Amazing work, beautiful and elegance.

    You must be an ANGEL .

    Thanks !!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Donalda MOctober 3, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Awesome, I enjou everything you do. So please let your mind continue to confound us .
    Thanks for sharing with us!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy LOctober 3, 2008 - 11:46 am

    Wow, Becca! This is so elegant!!! Love the fan facts too…didn’t know any of that! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • DebbieOctober 3, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    What a stunning project and how very clever of you to combine these die cuts. TFS.

    Debbie/Phx AZReplyCancel

  • Teri FrankOctober 3, 2008 - 1:04 pm

    Inspirational! Thanks for sharing the idea. I just may have to pick up that stamp set after all…..


  • NancyOctober 3, 2008 - 1:22 pm

    Oh my, you never cease to amaze! I love Victorian stuff…my brother teases that I should have lived in that period, though if I were to teleport there now I seriously doubt my fan etiquette would pass the test. :) This is simply beautiful! I think I’ve finally talked myself into getting that stamp set. Why not…I have almost all their others! :)ReplyCancel

  • Troy LouiseOctober 3, 2008 - 2:59 pm

    Simply beautiful! Wow, Becca, you are truly amazing with your creations. Thanks for the fun fan facts. I’d probably mess up & send out the wrong signal.ReplyCancel

  • JanineOctober 3, 2008 - 3:29 pm

    Becaa you WOW me every time!! FAbulous project!!! Have a fabulous weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk)October 3, 2008 - 3:40 pm

    Stunningly gorgeous!! Wonderful job!! TFSReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}October 3, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    These are gorgeous Becca!! I love the victorian look – I can only imagine what your house looks like! Thanks for the history – it’s fun to learn tidbit of info like that!!
    hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • DianeOctober 3, 2008 - 5:56 pm

    Fabulous!!! This is a perfect example of why you are my
    most favorite blogger. You never cease to both surprise
    and amaze me.
    Blessings right back at you and you to have
    a lovely weekend as well.


  • Lisa D. AthaOctober 3, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Beautiful, Elegant, Gorgeous, these words and more come to my mind as I look at today’s creation. Are you going to use it as a fan, use it as decor, maybe in a shadow box frame? Just curious. I love it. I look forward to seeing what new creation you are posting each day.

    Hugs back at ya, Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • AnitaOctober 3, 2008 - 8:41 pm

    Very cool, Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerOctober 3, 2008 - 10:03 pm

    You do the coolest projects, this is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • LazyKayOctober 4, 2008 - 2:40 am

    Truly beautiful and very interesting language of the fan!


  • Beth NormanOctober 4, 2008 - 4:26 am

    Wow, such a beautiful fan. I really enjoyed reading the “language” who. Who would have thought?ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterOctober 4, 2008 - 7:51 am

    Your creativity just amazes me, this is just beautiful, I think I share your love for the same things :) love the background to these and how you added a touch of color, the history on the meaning of using the fan was very interesting, I think if people back then could see us now they would go into shock..LOL!ReplyCancel

  • KarenOctober 4, 2008 - 8:01 am

    Your project is beautiful and thank you so much for the history of the fan. What a fabulous project to make with that set. I had to add you to my favorite blogs. I know I’ll want to be back.ReplyCancel

  • DawnOctober 4, 2008 - 8:43 am

    Woaah!! Becca such inventiveness this is utterly stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerOctober 4, 2008 - 12:07 pm

    Very interesting about the language of the fan! What a beautiful piece. You certainly do have a flair for all things Victorian!ReplyCancel

  • HBOctober 4, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Oh my Becca, you have really WOWed me this time! What a beautiful, and very creative, project!!!ReplyCancel

  • karen LOctober 4, 2008 - 6:48 pm

    wow!! very very nice!! and I WILL indulge you anytime my dear! love the pearls and the whole fan!ReplyCancel

  • Pam aka/YorkieMomOctober 4, 2008 - 7:27 pm

    Becca, these are lovely and what an absolutely brilliant idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • ElenaOctober 5, 2008 - 6:22 am

    I’ve never seen gorgeous project like this! Brilliant idea how to make it! Love the facts about the fan! Thank you, Becca, for your wonderful project!ReplyCancel

  • GigiOctober 5, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    You are amazing!! How do you come up with such beautiful and unusual ideas?! Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYOctober 5, 2008 - 10:29 pm

    How utterly elegant and yet with an air of vampishness. With that fan a woman didn’t have to speak at all……it said everything. You are indeed a very clever artistic woman and your style is on a different level. Thanks for sharing your creations.ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayOctober 6, 2008 - 4:45 am

    A beautiful fan Becca, I love vintage Victorian fans!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda K.October 6, 2008 - 4:24 pm

    This is awesome! Very elegant and beautiful. I love all of your creative ideas. You come up with some very unique and fabulous ideas that I don’t see other places! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us.ReplyCancel

  • PatJuly 24, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    Beautiful project and lovely colorsReplyCancel

  • […] (I love Victorian Fans, I have another  that I did some time ago – you can see it HERE along with my post about the language of the fan.  You know you wouldn’t want to flop it […]ReplyCancel


Here is another card featuring a new Our Daily Bread Designs set.  This one is from Flourished Christian Symbols.  Be sure to hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs to see all the new releases and samples.

I got to play along with the Technique Lovers Challenge, TLC188 with Batik, the colorwash way.  I made my background by embossing a motif with clear EP then adding drops of reinkers on my teflon sheet followed by spritzing water on my teflon sheet and laying my paper down on the wet  sheet.  I did the technique this way because I didn’t have a fine mister so I didn’t want to try to mist directly on the paper.  I liked the outcome!  I finished by laying a sheet of paper over the embossing and ironing to remove the EP. 

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper:  The Paper Company, Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor, Bazzill
Ink:  Versamark, Clear EP, Colorbox Chalks – Blue Iris
Accessories:  Ribbon, Pearls

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  • LenoriaOctober 2, 2008 - 7:01 am

    This is fantastic! Your idea for laying it down on the sheet instead of spritzing is great. I don’t have one of the sheets but wax paper works pretty well too. I love these sets – and I have to have some!ReplyCancel

  • Linda EOctober 2, 2008 - 7:11 am

    Absolutely stunning, as usual! I love the paper and, of course, the pearls add your special touch of elegance.ReplyCancel

  • Pam aka/YorkieMomOctober 2, 2008 - 7:15 am

    Oh Becca, this is just breathtaking….and your bows are to die for!!!ReplyCancel

  • NancyOctober 2, 2008 - 7:59 am

    That batik paper is beautiful. The whole card is beautiful! You are amazing! I ordered two of the new releases…can’t wait to get my hands on them!ReplyCancel

  • Julie KoerberOctober 2, 2008 - 7:59 am

    Becca, This is just too lovely! I am really loving this new ODB set. I might just need to pick it up! It’s so perfect for so many things!ReplyCancel

  • GaylaOctober 2, 2008 - 8:39 am

    You have such an elegant style. Your work is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • JanineOctober 2, 2008 - 10:09 am

    Hey Becca!! Love this and the background is awesome. Such beautiful colors!!
    Hope you are having a great week***ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyOctober 2, 2008 - 11:29 am

    Gorgeous card! The ribbon is just amazing with your artwork. I love the little pearls too. Nice soft touch!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (scrapnextras)October 2, 2008 - 11:55 am

    What a gorgeous outcome for the batik technique…I don’t think I’ve tried it, but you’ve inspired me to with this gorgeous card! Love all the pearls and the organdy ribbon is the perfect finish to this elegant card!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerOctober 2, 2008 - 12:46 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Sammie BryantOctober 2, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    Another beautiful card. Something about that bow, so beautiful, it completes the card. I am so partial to big bows, everyone of my daughters childhood pictures have them in bows that are sometimes look bigger than their heads, lol. That big white bow is especially gorgeous, you know just how to make that ribbon look good. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • DianeOctober 2, 2008 - 3:24 pm

    That card is truely beautiful.
    Terrific job as usual.


  • jami {sgtStamper}October 2, 2008 - 4:17 pm

    So beautiful and soft!! Love the little pearls – very elegant!
    hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk)October 2, 2008 - 8:45 pm

    This card is stunning!! The dp technique is gorgeous! WOW!!ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyoneOctober 2, 2008 - 10:12 pm

    Beautiful design and the pearls and flourishes make so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. AthaOctober 2, 2008 - 10:56 pm


    Absolutely stunning! I so love this stamp set and what you are making with it. I can’t wait until I can get this set. Beautiful.

    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonOctober 3, 2008 - 1:13 am

    Becca. . . Wow! You’ve inspired me! I need to go play now. (Love ya! You’re amazing!)ReplyCancel

  • Nutka1911October 3, 2008 - 2:18 am

    Becca as always great card, beautiful paper, stamps. This is amaznig, what you doing here!ReplyCancel

  • cherylOctober 3, 2008 - 3:19 am

    this so beautiful Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Karen wOctober 3, 2008 - 4:19 am

    Stunning card I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlou McAleesOctober 3, 2008 - 5:34 am

    a stunning card!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayOctober 3, 2008 - 6:27 am

    This is gorgeous Becca, what a fantastic way to do a background wash, I’ve definitely got to try this!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterOctober 3, 2008 - 6:51 am

    Beautiful, I love the blues and the pearls and sheer ribbon are such a lovely touch!ReplyCancel

  • kpenn1700October 3, 2008 - 8:35 am

    I am new to stamping but I love your cards. What is Clear EP and could you tell me what stamp you used for the white flourish in the background that has the pearls on it. Thank you for your work.ReplyCancel

  • AnitaOctober 3, 2008 - 8:41 am

    How beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Shirl MartinOctober 3, 2008 - 12:19 pm

    Hi Becca,

    I love the card so much I am going to buy the set from ODBD, you didn’t say where the white background flourish set with the pearls is from. I really would like to buy that one also. I checked on the ODB site and didn’t see anything like it. Was the Blue Iris the reinker?ReplyCancel

  • MariOctober 3, 2008 - 2:23 pm

    This is stunning Becca! I think I like your version of batik better than the original way. Seems more subtle (and appropriate fot these stamps) and soothing. Just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • LaurieOctober 4, 2008 - 8:51 am

    Those pearls were perfect! You add just the right something to each of your cards. You have such a (God-given) talent! Thanks for sharing it with us!ReplyCancel

  • ElenaOctober 5, 2008 - 6:24 am

    Very beautiful and very elegant! Little perls give a very delicate look!ReplyCancel


It is new release day at ODBD and there are five new sets available beginning today.   Here are the names for the new sets:

Reason for the Season
We Three Kings
Flourished Christian Symbols
Footprints in the Sand – Version 1
Footprints in the Sand – Version 2 – Single Stamp

Be sure you go to the Our Daily Bread Designs site to see these along with all the samples that have been made – they are amazing!

My card above uses the Flourished Christian Symbols set which has three ornate images and six sentiment stamps.  My word, I know I will get a lot of use from this set because of the variety of occasions and the fact that the ornate images can be used for many occasions. . . so many opportunties to spread blessings!

My card follows the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge, SC196.  I love the sketch and seized it as the perfect opportunity to showchase the Christian Symbols set.  I like it so much that you may see me use it again this week to showcase more ODBD images.


Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper:  The Paper Company – Red, Blonde Columns; Hobby Lobby Artist Paper Pack
Ink:  Colorbox Chalk Ink – Lipstick Red
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folders – Swirls, Swiss Dots, Cuttlebug Die Cuts, Brads, Ribbons
Size:  6" tall by 7" wide

  • Marlou McAleesOctober 1, 2008 - 5:07 am

    absolutely beautiful!!! love the stamps :)ReplyCancel

  • JanineOctober 1, 2008 - 5:22 am

    Just gorgeous Becca!! I love the ribbon and all the layers with the different textures. Really lovely!!
    Have a great day!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeOctober 1, 2008 - 6:03 am

    Just beautiful. I love all the different textures as well.
    And what a stunning bow.


  • JenniferOctober 1, 2008 - 6:49 am


  • DebbyOctober 1, 2008 - 8:21 am

    Gorgeous! Especially the textures on the background. You have such talent for making elegant cards.ReplyCancel

  • DawnOctober 1, 2008 - 8:55 am

    Oh my gosh – This is stunning layering and embellishments!”ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerOctober 1, 2008 - 10:08 am


  • kimOctober 1, 2008 - 11:21 am

    Sweet! Thanks for sharing with us Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon in NEOctober 1, 2008 - 12:58 pm

    I usually don’t buy things on a whim, but between Dina’s talent and your card, I just had to go to the ODBD site and buy this. Now, if my cards don’t turn out as lovely as yours, I expect you to come over and help me. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Laura (scrapnextras)October 1, 2008 - 1:18 pm

    So beautiful and elegant Becca! I love the way you used the cuttlebug corners…really adds interest and you signature elegant touch!ReplyCancel

  • crafty barbOctober 1, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    I love this card I have only just bought a cuttlebug just love it
    your cards are so inspiring

  • Rhonda K.October 1, 2008 - 7:00 pm

    Beautiful card! I really like that stamp set. All of the new sets are fabulous. Great job, love all the little details!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. AthaOctober 1, 2008 - 7:11 pm


    Absolutely gorgeous again. I absolutely adore this stamp set. Someday I hope to own one.

    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • Judith -Overland Park, KSOctober 1, 2008 - 7:36 pm


    Beautiful images and you did a wonderful job. Love it. Am planning on ordering especially Footprints in the Sand set. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanOctober 2, 2008 - 4:24 am

    Stunning card. The triangle behind the sentiment REALLY adds a unique flavour. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterOctober 2, 2008 - 7:40 am

    very cool stamp and such pretty layering of the papers!ReplyCancel

  • gailOctober 2, 2008 - 11:22 am

    Becca, lovely as usual. What is the little flourish in the left corner? Is that a cuttlebug die cut? TFA gReplyCancel

  • ShirleyoneOctober 2, 2008 - 10:11 pm

    I love the colors and the collage you did with the shapes! Very creative!!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayOctober 3, 2008 - 6:30 am

    Oh my gosh, you’re amazing! This card is simply stunning!ReplyCancel

  • GiovanaOctober 3, 2008 - 9:26 pm

    Beautiful card Becca!!!
    God bless

  • MelanieOctober 4, 2008 - 11:14 am

    I love your elegant and beautiful card — it is such a great take on the sketch challenge!!!! TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • AngelOctober 4, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    I can’t find your email address, Becca, so I am contacting you by blog comment….sorry. I found this set of Cuttlebug dies today at Hobby Lobby on clearance. I am so excited!! It’s called Vintage, right?ReplyCancel

  • MarianJanuary 24, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Wow…I just bought the set of Vintage yesterday! Imagine my surprise to see this gorgeous card showcasing such a beautiful way to use them! I also have those folders, so I know what I’ll be doing today. I’m going to try to incorporate a Valentine here. I have several to make with my Grandaughter…she loves cuttlebugging and was thrilled when she found out that I had one!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth S.July 13, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    I love what you can do to a card, wish I was that talented, RuthReplyCancel