This card came about after several others I tried just didn’t seem to fly .  We always go back to the things we love and that give us comfort.  I guess it is no coincidence that I have a full drawer of pink ribbon and and a quarter of a drawer of every other color – likewise with my paper stash.  Okay, I give – even though the style is not my usual balance – the asymmetrical circle works for me and of course the pink made me feel right at home.  The images are a Close to My Heart Set called Free Spirit, you can check out others here with Nancy, a sweet, sweet friend of mine.

I cut the circle with a coluzzle and smudged the edges with SU Close to Cocoa and stamped the CTMH sentiment.  The Free Spirit , swirl and the cut out bird from the same set was stamped with Pixie Pink.  The paisley, striped flower and green dotted paper is from Making Memories and is smudged with Close to Cocoa and sewn with my Sew-Mini (first use – yay!).  Topped off with a Paper Studio flower and brad, and a Quickutz tag, the last addition is three of my favorite Dew Drops.

The two different patterns makes this my submission for Splitcoast Stampers Technique Lovers Challenge TLC-157 I’m All Mixed Up where the challenge was to use two or more different patterns on one card!  Thanks so much for looking.


You live this day but once….make it amazing!



  • MicheleFebruary 28, 2008 - 10:21 pm

    I absolutely love this card! I love the quotes on your blog too!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)February 29, 2008 - 12:03 am

    This is wonderful! I totally love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideFebruary 29, 2008 - 7:23 pm

    love the card, love it love it, gotta know where can i find some dew drops? ive seen them on lots of cards and i gotta just gotta have some.ReplyCancel

  • NardiMarch 2, 2008 - 9:03 am

    THis is such a sweet card. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • BethMarch 21, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Love it!! I appreciate the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • JeannieMay 16, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    I’m going back through your blog to take a look at all your great work. I just have to say again your designs are just so ‘complete’. What I mean by that is you know exactly how to make every inch of the card visually interesting. You have a good sense of composition and color choice. Thanks for sharing your amazing creations :)ReplyCancel

Real life strikes again!  I really wanted to make some cards but time just did not allow.  Several evenings ago I did get to sit down and nothing seemed to come out right.  I’m working on a simple card that I’ll post tomorrow from one of my new, never used, Close To My Heart sets.   I hope you’ll come back for a peek.

You live this day but once…..make it amazing!
  • Martha NicholsonJuly 12, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    Let me be the first to respond to a day with no card. I know that everything happens for a reason. But my day was so amazingly a day of everything happening to us in one day. It started out normal. Husband on his way to work and the chain of events was started. First the transmission in our car went out. So that ment repairs and towing. Plus a day of lost work that we truely needed the pay for. After my husband got home, he was so upset that he started having chest pains. So that added a doctors visit, because he has had bypass surgery. Then when doctor says it’s just stress to not worry so much about what you can’t change, my husband okay to that. While waiting for the doctor to write prescriptions for my husband, the office had a water pipe break and water was coming into the office. So my husband went and cut off the water. The doctor was worring who he could get to fix the break. My huband explained he was a plumber and he would do it. After the repair was made the doctor said my hubands bill was paid. My husband told him he was greatful because of all the trouble we had had with our car and that we were gonna have to buy a new one that we could not afford. With that the doctor asked my husband if he work on house not just businesses. My husband said yes. The doctor made a deal with my husband that if he would come and run lines to his pool house so they could have a wet bar and water at their BBQ grill that he had a nice car that we could have. My husband did all the work and now I have a very nice car, a well husnamd, and our doctor is send us business for my husband to do side work plumbing. He has now made more money than he lost missing one day of work. God does work in mysterious ways. Hopw all your days go better and end up even better. Looking forward to your next design and your next BLOG CANDY. I’m on here everyday to see what you do next.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna JohnsonOctober 28, 2010 - 3:17 pm


Hi all, I received a couple of questions through email and comments on the ribbon storage.  Rather than send the answers by email, I decided to post it here in case anyone else was curious. 

Size of the Drawers: The drawers are designed to hold 12 x 12 paper so the dimensions are just a little bit larger.  The unit of three drawers can be purchased at Walmart for about $10.00.  They also sell drawers to hold 8.5 x 11 paper, so the one is used is the larger of the two.

The Dividers: Ok, the dividers almost hold themselves in place and some people could get away with just putting a piece of mat board (12-13”X2”) in without anchoring it.  Me?  I’m a little bit too anal so what I did was tape the divider down on three sides.  It’s not a perfect science and I didn’t try to get to pretty with it because you really never see it, especially if you use clear packing tape.  So, what I mean by three sides is if you hold the mat board just like it sits when you are going to put it in the drawer, I taped the front edge on the left and right, the bottom edge on the left and right and the back edge on the left and right.  You could probably get away with only taping the bottom edge.  Does that make sense?   I divided the drawers into four equal sections, so I needed three dividers.

Matboard: I purchased full black matboard sheets from Hobby Lobby, they are 32″ x 40″.  I have a heavy duty 25″ Carl Cutter that cuts matboard like butter, but believe it or not, my older Fiskars Rotary Cutter for 12X12 paper worked fine as well.  It’s a pretty big board, so if you want it cut down to a more manageable size, I think HL will do it for $.50 a cut.   Depending on how efficient you are when you cut, you ought to be able to get about 220 – 240 bobbins out of one sheet of matboard.

The Rubber Bands: The rubber bands I picked up at Walmart in the hair section.  They are really small, about the size of a ring on your finger.  The ones I found were black but I understand that they exist in other colors and clear although I’ve never been lucky enough to come upon other cool colors.

I hope this helps, but feel free to send me any other questions you have!

  • Dagmar MerrittFebruary 15, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    I too sometimes feel like I never have the right match of ribbon for my project. So, I just tended to buy more and more. Many times now, what I do is, I select a ribbon that I really want to use and I design my project around it instead of vice-versa.
    Just a hint, that I thought might help.

  • Tomi JoApril 21, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    Dear Becca, Well I will start winding ribbons soon—-got my foam board at Hobby Lobby, it’s 20×30 and cost 1.99—then I found all sorts of colors of rubber bands at The Dollar Tree—-500 for 1.00—can’t beat that with a stick.
    Thanks for all you wonderful cards and great tips.
    A Daily Reader, Tomi Jo, Moore, Ok.(just between so. OKC and NormanReplyCancel

  • Kathy OJune 26, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Thanks, Becca. I simply love this method of ribbon organization! No more searching, no ribbons ends hanging down, no more dust….it’s all there at a my fingertips…ready to see, choose, and use!ReplyCancel