Can you tell that I’m having a ball working with these new folders?  I neglected the old ones so I’m really excited to have something new to play with and I’ve enjoyed the challenge trying to do something different, not anticipated, with each one.  Of all the folders (believe it or not), this one really had me stumped.  When you think of houndstooth, you think of dark colors, fall attire, perhaps a masculine flavor.  After coloring up a few samples on dark colored paper, I decided to do the houndstooth in pink!!  I felt it would be a fair companion to the little boy card I did a couple of days ago. 

As with the other samples this week, I decided to use chalks – even for the little girls dress.  I wanted the card and images to appear soft and I think that’s an easy order to fill with chalks.  Again, for the clean simple look I used Fabriano Acquarello watercolor paper layered with a pink metallic cardstock.   I used another Fiskar border to make the top seem like a lacy valance and embellished with small white pearls and finally, ribbon.

Bless you today and through the weekend.  I hope you find and embrace joy in your living.

Stamps:  Stampendous, Paper Salon – Sentiment
Paper:  Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor, The Paper Company – Metallic
Ink:  Black Brilliance, CTMH Baby Pink
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Embossing Plate, Nestabilities, Sizzix Window Cut, IKandee Chalks, Fiskars Border Punch, Brads, Pearls

  • NoelleJuly 26, 2008 - 7:19 am

    You are becoming the standard in which to be compared. Your work is beautiful. You display such creativitiy. Congratulations on your card of the week. Looking forward to what comes next.ReplyCancel

  • LaurieJuly 26, 2008 - 8:29 am

    Becca, I am responding on this one but if I look at the body of work that you have done with these new CB folders — Wow — is all I can say. You have really made them work! I love your design style anyway, but you have really made the element of the background come to the foreground, yet on the ones that had another primary element it just blends so seemlessly. You win an award for excellence in elegance. (don’t expect a lot of prizes as a result of this award, since I just made it up, I haven’t had a chance to get a lot of sponsors yet :o) ) Thanks as always for sharing~ReplyCancel

  • BarbJuly 26, 2008 - 9:30 am

    What a perfect and beautiful companion for the little boy card. Now adding ‘three’ folders to my list of things to get (sigh). I love all your cards- you are super blessed with talent :).ReplyCancel

  • JanineJuly 26, 2008 - 10:22 am

    Hi Becca

    I love this one too. I ordered some of the new folders so can’t wait for them to arrive.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend.!!


  • AngelJuly 26, 2008 - 10:53 am

    Ooooh! How pretty. I’ve got my eye on these folders and you’re certainly fueling my fire! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Linda EJuly 26, 2008 - 11:07 am

    I love everything about this card. The Cuttlebug embossing folder, the Nestabilities, the punches — they are all on my wish list. You are quite an enabler!ReplyCancel

  • BarbJuly 26, 2008 - 11:39 am

    Hi Becca- it’s me again :D. I left something on my blog today for you to pick up.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy MorganJuly 26, 2008 - 12:39 pm

    Becca, your work is amazing, right down to the tiniest detail! I can see why Kelley has invited you to be ODBD’s guest designer, welcome aboard!! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with her upcoming stamps. What a treat to see your fantastic projects : ) ! -nancyReplyCancel

  • KerryJuly 26, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    Absolutely DARLING!!!!!
    Talk about “Pretty In Pink”ReplyCancel

  • LoisJuly 26, 2008 - 3:59 pm

    Wow — I just stumbled upon your blog, and I must say I love your style and talent. I have subscribed and will look forward to being inspired by your God given gifts. Thanks. LoisReplyCancel

  • JoaniJuly 26, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Becca, your card is beautiful! I don’t know which I like better – the boy or the girl card. Oh heck, both of them!
    Great work…

  • JauniceJuly 26, 2008 - 9:52 pm

    Again you never cease to amaze me. I wish you lived close enough to teach me. I am always amazed at your work.

    Jaunice Minor

  • claireJuly 27, 2008 - 4:05 am

    I am such a big fan of your cards.
    This one is no exception. I love itReplyCancel

  • PearlJuly 27, 2008 - 5:10 am

    Oh My ! Becca ! Just love looking at all your new CB folders in action ! stunning they are here !

    I’m on the verge of hitting the order button for 8 different folders in this new release but thought of waiting to see some sampes before I do so – while they are pretty I thought they might be a little challenging to use compared to the first series of folders released.

    Did you not get the folders with the borders too ? just wondering ! can’t wait to see more Cuttlebugged creations from you !ReplyCancel

  • PatJuly 27, 2008 - 7:08 am

    Your cards are a work of art…You WOW me beyond words!ReplyCancel

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  • Pam SparksJuly 27, 2008 - 11:13 am

    Becca – your cuttlebug cards are altogether lovely! thank you so much for sharing your creations! Curious though, how you got the label looking die cuts w/the sentiment on…are they die cuts?

  • Jody MorrowJuly 27, 2008 - 11:52 am

    This is adorable! I think you just made me want that embossing folder. :)ReplyCancel

  • MonicaJuly 27, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    I just started subscribing to your blog and absolutely LOVE your creations. Beautiful work!!ReplyCancel

  • Joy KennedyJuly 27, 2008 - 8:35 pm

    You work is absolutely GORGEOUS! I looooove this!ReplyCancel

  • kim/ohradiogirlJuly 28, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Very nice. I like the CB, but I like the Nestabilities too. Thanks for sharing your work.ReplyCancel

  • JudyJuly 29, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    WOW!! I just found your blog, and I am in AWE!! You are truly AMAZING!! :)

    Could you tell me how you actually apply the chalk to your embossed items after running the paper through the Cuttlebug? (Here, you used pink chalk on the Houndstooth folder.) Are you using regular chalks that scrappers/stampers use? Do you just rub it on each of the raised sections? Your card looks so beautiful that I can’t believe it is that simple!!

    I would love to order this folder. If you say that I can probably get even close to the same results as yours, I’m definitely buying it!! :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!!


  • Julie KoerberJuly 29, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    This is by far the cutest card I have seen in a while! All the details and that lovely houndstooth— stunning! You are one talented card maker!!ReplyCancel

  • Merrily SchulzAugust 2, 2008 - 8:01 pm

    Hi, it is me again. We have been studying your casrd with the little girls dress. I love it.!! The piece that says Sweet girl. I think you said it was a sisix die and I can’t find it on their web site. They don’t even have anything that looks like that. We went to Michals last night and they do have a few papers by the paper company but don’t have any with the colors that you use. Where do you find them? do you order from the Paper Company? I can’t find anyone in the Portland-Vancouver area that carry Paper Company paper. I love the colors that you use.Also we tryed to use the border punches with the watercolor paper and it does not work. I love your blog and am on it everyday. You have a large fallowing in this area. Thanks, your stuff is Great!!!ReplyCancel

  • TracyAugust 4, 2008 - 2:54 am

    Wow Wow Wow, your work is amazing some of the best i have seen. We have just received the new folders over here in Australia. I can hardly wait to use them, you have given me inspiration. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • StephenieAugust 27, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    This card is gorgeous and I am so pleased that I stumbled upon your blog. IT IS AMAZING!

  • Maria Antonieta GarciaJune 10, 2009 - 12:08 pm

    Hola Becca querisa tienes unas manos que no cualcuiera tiene, Dios te a dado un don precioso para crear, te felicito de todo corazon que Dios te bendiga siempre. Saludos Maria Antonieta
    Te saludo desde GuatemalaReplyCancel

  • Patricia GessnerJune 21, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    Becca, this is really great!!! What a lovely idea! Could you please tell me what you used to cut the piece that has sweet girl stamped on it???ReplyCancel

Howdy, I’m back again with another new Cuttlebug embossing folder, this one is called Leafy Branch.  I rearranged the items on this card several times because I wanted to be stingy about how much of the leaves would be covered up – that’s how I settled with the half oval shape.  Here again I tried to keep things pretty simple.  The background is colored with chalks and I tried to use as light a touch as possible.  Once finished, I went over it with a chalk pencil, to add just a tiny bit of shading to the sides of the leaves.  The half oval is the largest of the set and is cut twice and offset just a little bit to give some dimension.   The left side scallop is done with the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch.  Instead of lining it up to make a perfect scallop, I spaced it out and missed a scallop so that I could keep the flat edge of the paper.

The dotted embossed edge on the half ovals is another new Cuttlebug Embossing Folder…it’s very different though because it’s less than a half inch wide and as tall as the regular embossing folders.  This is a border embossing folder and there are five different borders in each set.  I know I’m going to love those because you can target different areas with a little bit of embossing without overwhelming. 

I’m having fun with the Cuttlebug stuff so don’t be surprised if you see more.  In the meantime hoop and holler – it’s Friday!

Stamps:  Hampton Arts
Paper:  Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor, Sage – Becca’s Stash
Ink:  SU Mellow Moss
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Embossing Plate, Nestabilities, IKandee Chalks, Fiskar Border Punch, Pearls, Ribbon, Pin, Rhinestone Rondelle, Corner Punch

  • JanineJuly 25, 2008 - 5:27 am

    How is it possible that you get better with each card!!?? Just gorgeous. I hope you have a great weekend planned. We are going up north a bit to visit friends for dinner and unfortunately it is supposed to rain so we have lots to keep us busy inside the house. Painting, cleaning closets!! Oh joy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish DJuly 25, 2008 - 6:25 am

    I keep telling myself that I don’t need the new embossing folders, but you’re not helping me out with these beautiful cards! Love how you’ve used the border punch along the edge, tooReplyCancel

  • mary puskarJuly 25, 2008 - 7:19 am

    Becca: There is nothing simple about this card. It is drop dead gorgeous and so delicate in its coloring. You are a genius in your concepts and ideas and you follow that through with gorgeous coloring and technique. I admire your work so much!


  • JoaniJuly 25, 2008 - 8:27 am

    I love that folder! Your cards are always so elegant Becca. You should really sell your creations if you don’t already. They are so beautiful!

  • ShirlJuly 25, 2008 - 11:07 am

    This card is so very lovely, my dear. I bet you are having fun letting those creative juices flow out into these amazing cards.

    It’s Friday ladies, and this afternoon I will be at table enjoyinag myself.ReplyCancel

  • DianaJuly 25, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    Absolutely love this card. You are so creative.ReplyCancel

  • MariJuly 25, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    Long time stalker, first time commenter!
    This is stunning. I really liked the bird call card, but this one just blew me away!ReplyCancel

  • AngelJuly 25, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    I was referred to your site by Kelley (ODBD). LOVE your stuff girl! And I am getting these Cuttlebug folders SOON. You’ve got me hooked! I’m a new subscriber and adding you to my blogroll so I can make sure I see all your Cuttlebug stuff and also your ODBD stuff too! (wink)ReplyCancel

  • Anne GaalJuly 25, 2008 - 3:13 pm

    Very nice chalking job!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy LondonJuly 25, 2008 - 5:55 pm

    This is the most beautiful card I have ever seen. You are wonderfully creative. KathyReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanJuly 25, 2008 - 7:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so elegant.ReplyCancel

  • stampmonkeyJuly 25, 2008 - 8:50 pm

    What an elegant card — so soft and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • hbJuly 25, 2008 - 10:27 pm

    Becca, I am so enamored by your creations! OMWORD each one is more beautiful than the last!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley HollandJuly 25, 2008 - 11:09 pm

    Awesome!! I love it…so soft and pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly VJuly 26, 2008 - 12:06 am

    Simply, elegantly, awesome as usual…..I am whooping and hollering this Friday because I get to spend tomorrow with you! I just hope some talent will rub off on me….ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyoneJuly 26, 2008 - 12:34 am

    All of your cards are lovely, Becca. Could you please tell me where you found the new Cuttlebug Embossing Folders online? Thanks so much Becca.


  • Laurie SchmidlinJuly 26, 2008 - 8:46 am

    GASP!!! This is SOOOOO beautiful!!! Soft yet exquisite!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie W.July 26, 2008 - 11:24 am

    This is simply lovely!! I love the way you popped those cuttlebugged circles on the side and the chalking on the embossing is SOOOOO pretty!ReplyCancel

  • DariaJuly 26, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    This is lovely. I like the way you colored the raised image with such a soft green.ReplyCancel

  • Sue McGJuly 26, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    These are very beautiful cards, love the touch of ribbons, the unusual way you used the threading water punch, lots of balance – nice!ReplyCancel

  • Merrily SchulzJuly 28, 2008 - 7:18 pm

    Where can we get the paper you use? love it.ReplyCancel

  • kim/ohradiogirlJuly 28, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Oh, the ribbon w/the pin is a wonderful touch. I like the embossing too.ReplyCancel

  • liannallamaJuly 30, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    Amazing and beautiful! I’m adding you to my blogrolls so I can get inspired regularly!ReplyCancel

  • Pam aka/YorkieMomAugust 1, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Becca, I love ALL of your creations, but I believe this one may be my favorite one!!! Last night I ordered Leafy Branch embossing folder and I just hope I can do it justice!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineAugust 8, 2008 - 4:49 pm

    Ok, I love your site, but I keep looking for new stuff and it’s just not coming quick enough. You are so talented and I love your verses. Do you handwrite or stamp them? Please post more. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • ShirleyoneAugust 12, 2008 - 4:24 pm

    Becca, I love all of your cards and would be here forever if I wrote on every one what I thought was elegant about it. I must ask, however, where did you get the sliver pin for your beads? I love to use stick pins on my cards and haven’t seen that head pin any where.ReplyCancel

  • EarlineOctober 5, 2008 - 7:59 pm

    I too am in love with these embossing folders and have to get more of them your work is amazingReplyCancel

  • Mel McCarthyJanuary 29, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    WOW! How stunning! I’ll get a lot more use out of those border folders now that you’ve helped me see them in a new light! Hope it’s alright if I link you up? Thanks so much for the tips. You never cease to inspire! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia AAugust 15, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Can’t find your questions page, so here goes. Do you have directions on making those gorgeous ribbon stars? LOVE everything you do.ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.July 29, 2010 - 9:39 am

    Beautiful and love the chalks. Neat way to use the punch-like the attached edge. tfsReplyCancel

  • KathiAugust 29, 2010 - 8:38 am

    Very very pretty card. I want to make one. Which border embossing folder did you use?ReplyCancel

Yes, I am loving, loving, loving the new Cuttlebug embossing folders.  This one is called Argyle.  I’m trying to keep things simple, but I feel a little bit naked without layers.  To emphasize the dimension on this embossing folder, I used soft chalks to add a little bit of color.  The background is then popped on a piece of metallic blue paper then attached to the background.  I’ve been using Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor paper because it gives such a deep impression when embossed.  It has a rough texture and takes chalk very differently than the smooth white Georgia Pacific cardstock I normally use.   I’ve also tried to use a little bit of depth with the border punch used at the top – it reminds me of a fancy valance.

I hope to have more this week using Cuttlebug items!

Stamps:  Stampendous – Baby Boy Clothes, Scrappy Cat Stamps – Sentiment
Paper:  Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor, The Paper Company – Metallic
Ink:  Black Brilliance, SU Brocade Blue, SU Barely Banana, SU Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Embossing Plate, Nestabilities, IKandee Chalks, Fiskars Border Punch, Brads, Ribbons


  • HBJuly 24, 2008 - 4:38 am

    Oh Becca, this is so darling! I love the way you popped up the layers! What an impact that creates! DARLING!ReplyCancel

  • JanineJuly 24, 2008 - 4:52 am

    Fabulous card Becca… The watercolor paper does take on such a nicer impression that regular cardstock.
    Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • BarbJuly 24, 2008 - 6:26 am

    I love this card! I didn’t order this embossing folder, but I just knew that someone would make me regret not ordering it :). Now I will have to get this too ;). The card is just beautiful, but all of your cards are.ReplyCancel

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  • StefanieJuly 24, 2008 - 9:33 am

    This card is absolutely stunning !! Every detail is perfect. I sure hope it ends up in someone’s baby book to be looked at for years to come ! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry FitzpatrickJuly 24, 2008 - 10:35 am

    Becca….is that Three Layers to the nestibilities with the cute little boy jumper? It looks almost like a button effect, the way the top layer stands out and the scallop looks like it’s underneath. Darling card… usual.ReplyCancel

  • JoaniJuly 24, 2008 - 11:16 am

    How adorable :) That’s a keeper for sure! I can’t wait for the day I get a cuttlebug!

  • TiffanyJuly 24, 2008 - 11:18 am

    Absolutely adorable! The argyle background is perfect for this card.
    Great job!!!

    God bless.ReplyCancel

  • claireJuly 24, 2008 - 11:43 am

    I lopve this one. It is stunningReplyCancel

  • claireJuly 24, 2008 - 11:43 am

    I love this one. It is stunningReplyCancel

  • GiovanaJuly 24, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    This is so cute!!!!
    God bless

  • katieJuly 24, 2008 - 12:59 pm

    This is awesome. The coloring and layout are great. Plus You have to coolest new toys. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Troy LouiseJuly 24, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Wow, I just found your blog and love your designs. Everything is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonJuly 24, 2008 - 10:40 pm

    Oh, Becca! This is so gorgeous! I love the chalked texture and that punch. . . Hmmm–might need another punch now! ;-DReplyCancel

  • Joan BJuly 25, 2008 - 4:38 am

    Every detail is perfect. I’m so so so glad I found your blog!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathrine StClairJuly 25, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    This is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. I am totally impressed! Wow.ReplyCancel

  • stampmonkeyJuly 25, 2008 - 8:49 pm

    Darling baby boy card, Becca! All the details on here are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • BabetteJuly 26, 2008 - 9:02 am

    Becca, I love your designs. This card is stunning! I have never seen theat punch before. I think I need it… What is the name of it? Thanks and I look forward to more of your ideasReplyCancel

  • DariaJuly 26, 2008 - 3:10 pm

    I love this! I knew that I wanted that folder as soon as I saw it. Now I have to find it. Your card is wonderful. I appreciate your detailed explanation. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • SharonJuly 27, 2008 - 2:31 pm

    This is just precious. The layout, the border, the little romper…all adding up to one fabulous creation. Thanks for sharing on SCS and for the details there and here.ReplyCancel

  • kim/ohradiogirlJuly 28, 2008 - 10:00 pm

    Love the colors and the bow and the argyle is so appropriate.ReplyCancel

  • patJuly 29, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    I have just purchased this folder and was looking for some ideas, I never thought of baby cards but this works so well, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your idea – not the whole card just the background.ReplyCancel

  • liannallamaJuly 30, 2008 - 11:43 am

    Oh this is lovely! Thanks for the tips of all the details–they really do make a difference as shown in your work!ReplyCancel

  • PatJune 20, 2009 - 6:13 am

    I am new to your site and am amazed at your talent. After seeing your work with the argyle folder and your tips on the paper, I am anxious to try this method. Many thanks for your generosity to share ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth StahlNovember 22, 2010 - 1:13 am

    baby books should have as many pictures as possible because babies like to see pictures .:~ReplyCancel