Day 15 – 30 Days of Giving (Promised Card)

Cardmaking Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Mary Strip -
So here we are at the half way point! I have to admit that this month has been a highlight to my 8 year blogging career.  Had I known how well received these gifts would be, I would have made them available long before now.  (Picture me thinking about what happens after July….)  Today I’m giving away a card that I promised to give last November.   I had to wait until I published how to make the encased border (requested tutorial) and I did that in a post HERE.

If you’re new to the blog, welcome to my 30 Days of Giving – every day during the month of July I’m giving away a handmade card – you can read all the specifics HERE.  You can check to see if you’ve won a card by searching for your name on the Giveaway Winners page.  You get there by the menu at the top of the page – put your cursor on Features then look down the list and select Giveaway Winners.

For today’s comment –  just curious – are your card making talents shared with all or reserved primarily for those who are connoisseurs of handmade?  Is handmade sent for any occasion or just special?  There’s no right or wrong here – just a preference.



Rubber Stamps  Quietfire Design – Give Thanks 
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – 80 lb smooth, Gold Cardstock
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossing powder
AccessoriesSpellbinders Mary Border Strip, Cream Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Studio Button, Paper Studio Pearls
post-header-bottomIt’s my pleasure getting to know you all better.  I’m a little behind on comments because I’m working on a project but when I take a break to get coffee I switch over and do some reading.  I simply can’t smile enough!

P.S.  I just did a little web surfing and thought I might enable you – Spellbinders is offering 25% off your entire purchase.  I’ve never seen this before so if you’re planning a couple of purchases – you just saved some money!


  • Fran BaldwinJuly 15, 2015 - 7:04 am

    Hi Becca, I only ever make cards for friends and family. Always for birthdays and celebrations but sometimes just to say my thoughts are with them. Your card today, as always, is stunning and would love to be lucky enough to win. Fran (Gloucester, UK)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth LambosJuly 15, 2015 - 7:12 am

    I once had someone I sent a handmade card to ask me if my husbands business was failing because I MADE her card!!! I was flabbergasted! Needless to say from that day on I only send my handmade cards to friends and family that will appreciate them! Lovely card! Have a wonderful day sweet Becca!ReplyCancel

    • LisaJuly 15, 2015 - 2:52 pm

      Seriously!? That lady must have been one of those snobs who thinks if you didn’t purchase it doesn’t count. Bet she buys all her cookies too! You can send me a handcrafted card any time! But postage will be extra cause I’m up her in the great white north! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Faulba DorsettJuly 15, 2015 - 7:18 am

    I love making cards, paper crafting and scrapbooking. I share my cards with friends and family. I have even been known to sell some of them. It really makes me feel special when I get glowing words for my art. I really appreciate yours and am glad you share with everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Janet CobbJuly 15, 2015 - 7:22 am

    I make cards for all! and for every occasion! I just love making cards! I have been donating to Operation Write Home but now that their mission is completed I am going to be searching for another worthy cause to donate to. This card is amazingly beautiful, BTW!ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.July 15, 2015 - 7:23 am

    Beautiful card today! I really like the gold a lot! To answer your questions, I don’t really share publicly the cards I make. I do have a blog that I created to mainly keep track of what I make and post a few things to online card class galleries. I don’t ever post to Facebook the things I’ve made. Just doesn’t feel right for some reason. Guess I’m not that confident! Lol! I occasionally make something just because, but most often it’s for an occasion. I’ve loved your questions! I’ve really had to ponder several of them! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Maria RodriguezJuly 15, 2015 - 7:27 am

    I have been making cards for family and friends for more than 10 years and it’s always for special occasions and the Holidays. All of my recipients always appreciate and love my cards, they email me or call me to tell me they have cards from years ago, they say they just can’t bring themselves to discard them, several of them use my cards to decorate for the Holidays, that makes me feel so warm inside.
    I also make cards for Operation Write Home, who sends hand made card to our valiant troops overseas. I love thinking I’m helping our Heroes stay in touch with their families.
    I also created a blog last December because my dear crafting buddies kept insisting I should share my cards more publicly, it’s been loads of fun.
    I hope you visit me sometime, Becca.
    Hugs and thank you for the chance to win your amazing cards.


  • Beverley OffenbergJuly 15, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Hi Becca,

    I prefer share my card making shill with all and for all occasions.



  • Rebya FalkJuly 15, 2015 - 7:29 am

    I do not get as many cards made as I should. The loved ones I send them to really appreciate them.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJuly 15, 2015 - 7:31 am

    I make handmade cards for all occasions for family and friends, and coworkers. Christine Springman.ReplyCancel

  • christiJuly 15, 2015 - 7:33 am

    so glad you made the tutorial for this card. it’s so gorgeous. just in time for the spellbinders sale. plus since I haven’t won yet maybe today is my lucky day. (secret wish) I send cards to both kinds of people. sometimes I make something super special for the people that I know really enjoy them or if I find something that is “so them”. love all of your cards and tutorials. thanks for showing how the imagination can be.ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiJuly 15, 2015 - 7:36 am

    What a stunning card. The gold border is fabulous! I post some of my cards in a couple of online galleries. I only send hand made cards. I used to spend hours in card shops looking for just the right card for an occasion. Now I spend hour at my work table trying to design just the right card. It’s much more satisfying making my own and many of the recipients tell me how much they appreciate them.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene IacuzziJuly 15, 2015 - 7:40 am

    All my cards are handmade. It’s so I feel that if I just buy one, I’m not taking the time to show the recipient how special I think they are.
    It is a problem when I want to be “comical” . I have not found very many stamping choices out there when I want to bring a chuckle to the face of my recipient.ReplyCancel

  • linda boyceJuly 15, 2015 - 7:40 am

    Hi Becca great card as always ,l make cards for everyone wether family or just friend ,also l help make cards for my granddaughters school l think you can give so much if its hand made hugs lindaReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoJuly 15, 2015 - 7:46 am

    I send a thank you card every time I win a prize so many have receivied my cards. From big manufactuerers to little blogs. Everyone gets one.ReplyCancel

  • Rai LynnJuly 15, 2015 - 7:48 am

    We have 2 groups that meet during the school year to make cards. The adult group makes cards for special groups, such as the military, cancer support groups, church staff, etc. The 2nd group is children. We make cards all year for our nursing home ministry. In general, we make cards for holidays. Many of these folks have no one, so these are very special. It also helps to keep the craft moving to the next generation.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJuly 15, 2015 - 7:50 am

    Another stunning card today. I only ever send handmade cards for all occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, thank you and congratulations. Everyone expects a handmade card from me and I daren’t buy a card to send! I like to think all my cards are special but I make ‘extra special’ cards for ‘big’ birthdays, such as 30, 40, 50 etc., or silver, gold, etc anniversaries. It certainly keeps me busy!!
    Doreen R from Bournemouth UKReplyCancel

  • NancyJBJuly 15, 2015 - 7:50 am

    I have a list of family and friends with their birthdays and anniversaries by date. There are 97 on that list right now. I send those out each year and then I send others throughout the year when I see a need such as illness, graduation, encouragement, etc. Also I send lots of thinking of you just to let my friends and family know they are in my thoughts and prayers and I send around 100 Christmas cards each year.
    Some of my friends are other card makers but the majority are not.ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaJuly 15, 2015 - 7:51 am

    This card is absolutely gorgeous!!! Once in a while I’ll post a card, but for the most part I only share with friends who are also card makers. Every card that I give or send is handmade by me now. I never purchase cards. Have a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

  • Pat BargerJuly 15, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Oh my……I remember that card. I love it!!!!!!!!! Oh how I would love to
    give that card a wonderful home!
    I share my cardmaking with everyone, not just those who love this craft. And, I use it for all occasions. I must admit that I do only send my cards I make usiing a paper embroidery skill with family members and close friends because it takes so much time to complete a card. I guess that I want these cards to go to “good homes” where it will be loved and nurtured…..LOL.
    Thx for sharing your talent with us. I do so love your creations, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • NancyRJuly 15, 2015 - 7:54 am

    I loved this card when I first saw it and still do! Most of the time I make my own cards but if it is someone that I don’t think would appreciate it, like a few of DH business colleagues, then I use others. Although you just never know as I found out when one of my neighbors told me that she kept all of my Christmas cards I sent and pulls them out each holiday for decorations. You just never know who will like them.ReplyCancel

  • Lela PlattJuly 15, 2015 - 7:57 am

    Another beautiful card, they are all so lovely. I only send hand-made cards and they are sent to friends, relatives and those whom I barely know. I try to make each card special.ReplyCancel

  • carol haydenJuly 15, 2015 - 8:00 am

    I usually send a handmade card to everyone. They know I make cards so that’s what I send.

    By the way Becca your cards should be displayed in a frame on the wall. What creative ideas you have!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty cJuly 15, 2015 - 8:05 am

    I loved this card so much that I bought everything to duplicate it!!!! It is truly beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • lorrayne ingramJuly 15, 2015 - 8:07 am

    I just love this intricate die. I have loved this gold paper. I have been hoarding some green, gold and silver cardstock. :) I try to make cards for all my clients for closing. I try to send cards to the grands for holidays and of course for birthdays. ….Thank you cards, thinking of you cards, sympathy. …I have not bought a card since I started following you. I am going to watch your tutorial this afternoon after I make a batch of jam, which I gift my clients at closing too.ReplyCancel

  • TammieJuly 15, 2015 - 8:07 am

    This is one of my favorite card designs on your blog. I give only handmade cards. I love the process and I must use my stash. I don’t know if I could get over the guilt of purchasing a store card when I have many, many new items that have not been inked, cut, or glued. SmileReplyCancel

  • Carol bJuly 15, 2015 - 8:10 am

    I only give handmade cards. All our Christmas cards are handmade, then I also do them for all holidays to about 12 people and any other occasions. I give packages of cards as gifts or just as a thank you to doctors, receptionists, etc. or just to people who have been helpful or kind. Any excuse to give a handmade card. I enjoy making them and giving them.
    Carol bReplyCancel

  • StarJuly 15, 2015 - 8:11 am

    I haven’t purchased a card in 6 years. I just enjoy making and sending the cards I have made. People have. Given me so many positive reinforcements, that it has been a delight.wReplyCancel

  • Karen WeddingJuly 15, 2015 - 8:17 am

    I make cards for whoever. But, I have found that there are some people who truly appreciate the effort of a homemade card and they are the ones that I make sure I make a homemade card for every time.ReplyCancel

  • Deb RobinsonJuly 15, 2015 - 8:17 am

    My handmade cards are for Everyone. And appreciated. It’s seldom that people receive handmade cards anymore and are glad when someone takes the time to go the extra mile and add the extra love in a card.ReplyCancel

  • sandyJuly 15, 2015 - 8:17 am

    I try to give handmade cards to family and friends and especially to friends that make handmade cards. Thanks so much for giving away your lovely cards. If you ever open a shop to sell them, I’d be first in line!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UkJuly 15, 2015 - 8:19 am

    Simply stunning card today Becca!!! I only ever send hand made cards, but I spend a lot more time and effort on cards when I know the recipient will really appreciate it. I once once sent a really beautiful handmade card to a friend and it immediately went into the dust bin the day after her birthday. She still gets a handmade card – but a more simple one … lol! Hugs Christine xxReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WJuly 15, 2015 - 8:25 am

    I send my cards to anyone for all types of reasons – even “just because”. However, if there’s a time crunch and I don’t have anything appropriate already made, I will send a store bought card to someone that I don’t think will have a special appreciation for the handmade nature of the card.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 15, 2015 - 8:25 am

    I make cards for all family n friends. Don’t do all my Christmas cards handmade. I should be working in Christmas now. LOL. Thanks for sharing in your ideas and for the give always…your such a blessing…ReplyCancel

  • Chris RJuly 15, 2015 - 8:27 am

    I make and sent cards to my family (especially my mom) and special friends. I’m trying to have my mom to use the dies I have to make cards. When I lived in Colorado I would send her the cut outs. Now I live in NJ near where she lives so now I can have her over to learn.ReplyCancel

  • melindaJuly 15, 2015 - 8:28 am

    Beautiful card! I send my cards to friends and family. Usually it’s a thinking of you type of card that I send friends & none of them are crafty. I do have a 99 year old friend that I send cards to regularly. She’s so precious & keeps all the cards I’ve sent her. Family always gets a handmade birthday card from me.ReplyCancel

  • BenteJuly 15, 2015 - 8:30 am

    I remember this card, and I just love it. It is so beautiful!
    I always make handmade cards for all kind of occasions, mostly to friends and family, but also to others that I think will appreciate receiving one.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SJuly 15, 2015 - 8:35 am

    For connoisseurs of handmade, I take pains to craft. For the rest a quickie because they think its store bought. I send cards to all for Christmas & birthdays to my loved onesReplyCancel

  • CaronJuly 15, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Gorgeous card. I make cards for friends and family. XxReplyCancel

  • RaquelJuly 15, 2015 - 8:39 am

    What a beautiful card Becca–you are super amazing in what you create–Thanks. I make cards for any occasion and give to special people in my life. Any extras I donate to hospital or retirement homes-just in case someone needs a card and can’t get away. I keep some handy for my daughter that at times needs a card. She goes into my box and I see her just enjoy looking. Have a good day Becca-thanks for always giving me a smile.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry DJuly 15, 2015 - 8:41 am

    When I started making cards not so long ago I decided to make my Christmas cards. It took me quite a long time as I only have the occasional evening and being new to card making I’m not very quick. When my brother-in-laws sister opened her card she thought it was lovely and wanted to know where I got it from, upon being told that I made it she thought it was extra special. That made it worth all my effort. Now the family like to see what card they get as each one is different.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca DeeproseJuly 15, 2015 - 8:44 am

    Another new beautiful ‘love it’ card!! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • maryannJuly 15, 2015 - 8:45 am

    Hi Becca,
    I just love reading your writings and see your
    beautiful cards. You are an amazing person.ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteJuly 15, 2015 - 8:46 am

    Hi Becca,

    What a beauty!! I’d love to have it. I try to make homemade cards for all that I send them to. I don’t have too many that I send cards to so it is easy to keep up.ReplyCancel

  • Claire HorvathJuly 15, 2015 - 8:50 am

    Love this card, just beautiful; it is one of my favorites (I have many) and the sentiment is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • JanJuly 15, 2015 - 8:52 am

    I share my card making as much as possible, I would like to see everyone enjoy this process and what they have made.ReplyCancel

  • F BondJuly 15, 2015 - 9:02 am

    I send out handmade cards on every occasion. I try to send out as many as I can- this year to send out more than last year. Even though most of the cards I send are to non crafters, I find they they enjoy them and I often get a call thanking me for making them smile- which makes me feel wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FloridaJuly 15, 2015 - 9:08 am

    I used to make cards for anyone, but now only for those who I know love handmade cards. But there are too many occassions to keep up! I just don’t have the time while working full-time. I would love to be able to send cards out for just a pick-me-up, not just for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Also would love to make altered albums and give as a surprise.
    Ps. Your card is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Carol GeigerJuly 15, 2015 - 9:09 am

    I quit buying cards a few years ago as I love to make them myself. Also, I have so many supplies on hand that I think I could open my own store. Becca, the cards you make are always beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 15, 2015 - 9:09 am

    I make all my cards, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, baby, wedding, get well, think of you, etc. I send to everybody I’m friends with not just ones who like handmade or that I know will keep them. It gives me great job to give someone a handmade card.
    Love your card today! And as we count down the last half of the giveaway, this is so inspiring to again see your lovely creations! Thank you BECCA!

  • Judy CoveyJuly 15, 2015 - 9:12 am

    Great card Becca, love all the embellishments! I make cards for ALL occasions … every card that I mail out for family and close friends are ALL homemade, plus 99.9% of the sympathy cards and probably 90% of all my Christmas cards are homemade. I will share the “ins and outs” of any and all of my cards to anyone that shows an interest.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJuly 15, 2015 - 9:13 am

    HI Becca,
    Your card is beautiful ! Someone will be very lucky to win it.
    I send only hand made cards – no matter what the occasion. I try to keep a stash of birthday cards on hand as that is the one I send most often.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl RotnemJuly 15, 2015 - 9:15 am

    Becca, with all the supplies I have on hand, I would be appalled to send anything, but a handmade card! I have a friend who always buys a card to send me at different holidays, and I really wished she would use the supplies she has and make it herself. Oh well, I guess I’m a diehard for homemade!ReplyCancel

  • AdalineJuly 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

    Such a beautiful card, Becca, as usual. I make my cards and give them to everyone. Everyone seems to really enjoy them. I send them on any occasion. I just enjoy making them and people enjoy getting them.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

    Great card. Your technique is on my must try list! I send handmade to all. Some are more appreciative than others! If its to a fellow crafter it has to be perfect though! Even a simple handmade card is so much nicer than a shop bought effort in my book.ReplyCancel

  • JudyBJuly 15, 2015 - 9:27 am

    Sometimes I give my handmade cards just to brighten someone’s day. But most of the time, it is for a special occasion,like birthdays or Anniversary’s.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine HillJuly 15, 2015 - 9:35 am

    Good morning Becca,Love the intricate design and colors of this card.I make all my cards for family and friend for all occasions.Thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful cards.
    Hugs and God Bless you.


  • Tamara van TongerenJuly 15, 2015 - 9:39 am

    Hello Becca, first.WAUW WOW AWWW what a beauty this card. I love it when you play with gold in your cards. It’s so romantic and i know that the person who recieved the cards with the gold in it, is feeling special :) :)
    Do I sare my talent? Yes I share it with my mother and on facebook and my own blog and yes on instagram too.
    When a card is finished and im so glad that I have to share it so anybody can make the same technick i did. I also use tecknick from others so who am I that I don’t? Hope you understand my English. And handmade cards are for any occasions to send. Thats what I feel because everybody is special. Thats it. Greetings and with love. TamaraReplyCancel

  • Judy SmedleyJuly 15, 2015 - 9:39 am

    Such a wonderful card.

    handmade cards go to everyone! Even those who aren’t into homemade have seemed to appreciate the efforts.ReplyCancel

  • Christine UKJuly 15, 2015 - 9:50 am

    Hi Becca. I do send handmade cards to a large proportion of friends and family but if I am short of crafting time those who I know, don’t actually appreciate the time, effort & let’s face it, money that goes into a hand crafted card will be the ones with a shop bought one. In the past I have had comments that shows relatives don’t understand the work that goes into one of my cards. These range from ‘why not make a card – it has to be cheaper than shop bought’ to a disbelief that I actually coloured the images etc.ReplyCancel

  • ConnieJuly 15, 2015 - 9:51 am

    My kids and grandkids have come to expect a handmade card from me, so the majority of them are. I do find myself giving a store-bought card when I find one with just the right sentiment. Finding the right words is sometimes an issue for me.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane SJuly 15, 2015 - 9:56 am

    99% of what I send is handmade. People expect handmade from me.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 15, 2015 - 10:01 am

    My cards are sent to all those persons who I wish to acknowledge for multiple reasons, never just for connoisseurs of handmade items. My handmade cards are sent for any occasion, but most seem to be sent for birthdays, anniversary, and sympathy. I also send a number of cards for “Thinking of You”.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki SopcakJuly 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

    Becca Becca Becca, I LOVE this card. Your talent is amazing. I think, no I know this card would look great at my house. Thank you for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJuly 15, 2015 - 10:16 am

    Hi Becca,
    This is a beautiful card as are all your cards.
    I send cards to everyone especially missionaries.
    Most of them never receive a card. I do birthdays,
    anniversary, think of you, thank you & sympathy if
    I have time. Right now I am working on Christmas
    Cards for the missionaries because they need to go out
    in Sept.ReplyCancel

  • RuthannJuly 15, 2015 - 10:19 am

    I send handmade cards to everyone. Some, I just take a little more time than others!ReplyCancel

  • April S.July 15, 2015 - 10:21 am

    I share my handmade creations with everyone and I try to send handmade cards anytime I send a card. Your card Is fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane M.July 15, 2015 - 10:24 am

    Beautiful card! My handmade cards are only shared privately with connoisseurs of handmade cards and are made for only special people.ReplyCancel

  • Mary MacJuly 15, 2015 - 10:27 am

    Becca today’s card is out of this world. Sublime, magnificent, superb, stunning, drop dead gorgeous, indescribably beautiful or words to that affect :). Would you say I like it? lol
    I am retired and have quite a small number of family(but growing)and smaller number of friends. None of them are into card making, scrapbooking etc. but I’m always very delighted to explain how their card was made. The usual response is “it’s beautiful but I’d not have the patience, thank you very much for it though”.(!)I buy some (Charity)Christmas cards and make every thing else except when an occasion creeps up on me. Do any of you crafters get the feeling that sometimes your efforts are considered to be ‘a cheap way out’? Boy, are they wrong! Just one friend occasionally has the courage to ask me to make a card for someone in her life.
    Thank you Becca for sharing so much with us – never stop. Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJuly 15, 2015 - 10:32 am

    I used to send only handmade birthday, get well and always purchased Sympathy cards because I didn’t think mine were good enough. Now every card I send is handmade for any occasion. Which reminds me, I had better get down to the stash and send a couple of get well cards!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 15, 2015 - 10:32 am

    My card making started out with mostly birthday cards for my family and friends. Then I joined a group who made and sent cards for any one who asked for them. Cards for kids birthday, seriously ill people, special anniversaries etc. But I’ve even sent a card to a woman over 100! As time went by, it got rather expensive. So I had to stop. Now I make them for friends and family, and even friends of friends and family. ???? my list expands a bit each year. But it’s still 5. I do enjoy it very much, and the people savvyReplyCancel

    • JessicaJuly 15, 2015 - 10:37 am

      Sorry, I sent this message accidentally.I meant the people seem to enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Karen GreissJuly 15, 2015 - 10:32 am

    Any reason to send a card is good for me…lol..and to ALMOST everyone.I did have one person a few years ago ask me if I couldn’t afford to BUY a card , that I had to send a home made one…..needless to say, I dont waste my handmade treasures on that person any more.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJuly 15, 2015 - 10:33 am

    There are a cole of people who do not receive my handmade cards. They made gun of handmade gifts a few years ago, so anything they get is boughten. Certain others get the really special ones.ReplyCancel

  • CatherineC in CanadaJuly 15, 2015 - 10:33 am

    I give cards to all but the best cards go to those who really value them and appreciate the care that goes into making them. Most often they keep them rather than throw them out. I send cards for all occasions not just special occasions. Then again isn’t Christmas and BD always special occasions:).ReplyCancel

  • Cindy KJuly 15, 2015 - 10:35 am

    only on rare occasions do I give a store bought card. If I don’t have one to fit the occasion, and need it fast with no time to make one then I will resort to buying one. But if I do that, I feel like I’m cheating myself, what with all my supplies!ReplyCancel

  • LynneZJuly 15, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Becca – I can’t believe how beautiful this card is. I must have missed when you originally showed the encased border – it is totally genius. Definitely going to try this so simple – yet so unique. Love the way you did it on the side on this card. I like to give homemade cards to anyone that I know for any occasion. Just love making cards! Thanks again for this wonderful giveaway you are running this entire month. I look forward every day to your post.ReplyCancel

  • MildredJuly 15, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Extra beautiful card, Becca. I send my cards to everyone for all occasions. Do a lot of thinking of you cards.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 15, 2015 - 10:43 am

    Hi Becca. Oh I so love your card, I have the border die and it’s gorgeous. I love to make cards for everyone and for all occasions. It’s lovely to receive the compliments when you have given a handmade card :-) Hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJuly 15, 2015 - 10:44 am

    Great questions, Becca! Wow, you have been thinking about these haven’t you?
    Since I have been creating with paper, my family pretty much expects handmade. (At least in my mind.) My Christmas card list is not that long any more, so I usually plan something simple for the majority, and save the complex ones for those that I know appreciate them. Not to be self- serving, but my cards & projects are very nice.
    That opens a new can of worms. Since what I make is usually not very simple, & my competition is myself, I do stress myself out by setting the bar higher each year. My craft space is not very big, and my work area is even smaller, lol, so when I am in the middle of a project, oh my, what a mess I have! Sometimes I can’t hear myself think!
    I do enjoy this paper crafting stuff. Makes me smile to think about it! Wish I could not eat or sleep, just create!ReplyCancel

    • Sandy ArtmanJuly 15, 2015 - 8:39 pm

      Hi, Kristine,
      It made me laugh to read your comments. You are a kindred spirit, for sure! I may have ‘to-do’ lists a mile long but I have never regretted immersing myself in my paper world. At times it feels more like meditation – the loss of time awareness, the single-mindedness and the divine gift of ideas. Yep, I’m totally hooked at so many levels!

      Isn’t it amazing how you keep sailing over that bar time after time? That’s how love is!

  • RonnyJuly 15, 2015 - 10:44 am

    Its amazing how you come up with such beautiful cards day after day. love them all.
    I make handmade for every one. Neighbors, family, sympathy, every occasion including Christmas. My style is like yours, not that I can do as you do and my dies are limited, but I like the frilly, elegant cards for the ladies.ReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockJuly 15, 2015 - 10:49 am

    Beautiful card I make my cards more for Family and Friends for almost all and sometimes for just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Diane MinerJuly 15, 2015 - 10:50 am

    I usually use my cards for special family and friends who appreciate hand made items but lately I have started making them for my pastor and the deacons to use. They send cards for birthdays, sympathy, thinking of you, get well and just notes to church members and friends.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria LunaJuly 15, 2015 - 10:57 am

    Hi Becca.
    I send cards to everybody I know and for any occasion. It makes me feel good when people tell me they feel appreciated with my cards. Thank you for giving away pieces of your wonderful talent.ReplyCancel

  • NancyJuly 15, 2015 - 10:58 am

    I have not bought a card in years!!!! I think people might be offended if I sent a store bought card! The card you shared today is so beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Connie L. RileyJuly 15, 2015 - 11:11 am

    Good morning, Becca. I’m really enjoying the 30 days of giving series although I don’t seem to be able to comment on every one. I am reading them in batches! I love the encased border technique; thanks for the reminder that I wanted to try this one day! I share my card making talents with everyone. However, I do make extra special ones for special occasions and for “special” people. There are several crafting people that I know have an appreciation for the technical aspects and those I really go all out! My family expects handmade. In fact, I am always behind in cards for birthdays, so I sent a store bought card to a grand niece recently and she asked her Mom why I didn’t love her any more. I guess there will be no more store bought cards to family members! Thanks for this wonderful emphasis on saving the written greeting. You are great.ReplyCancel

  • SandylynnJuly 15, 2015 - 11:13 am

    That is such a beautiful card. How you can even imagine that to do it is truly an amazing gift.
    I do Christmas cards and the odd birthday card for family and very close friends. Christmas is a must or I hear about it all year. Very flattering really. There is just a satisfaction in sending something you made because it is truly a piece of you your giving.
    Thank you Becca for all the pieces of yourself that you keep sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sally J.July 15, 2015 - 11:22 am

    I make my cards for all my family and friends. I don’t buy any cards but make what I need as I need them.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie McKelveyJuly 15, 2015 - 11:28 am

    Most of my cards are handmade, once in awhile depending on health and situation I send handmade cards. I like trying to make a card to fit the person’s favorite colors, things they may relate to in their life. I may send a *gasp* store bought card if it is a sympathy for someone I am not close with.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CJuly 15, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Oh, SO very lovely!!
    I get behind on sending thank you cards when I don’t have a stash of handmade ones to pick from as I feel like I’m cheating to use a store-bought one any more! ALL my cards are handmade. One because my peeps seem to appreciate them more and two because I can’t stand to pay the price of store bought cards when I have the means to make one at home! : ) My peeps have insisted I start a blog. That’s still a work in progress, but whoever stops by always asks for ‘show-and-tell’ of the latest projects.ReplyCancel

  • Judy RyanJuly 15, 2015 - 11:38 am

    Every card you make is unique. I always look forward to getting new cards and tutorials from you. I MAKE cards for everyone and every occasion. Sometimes my husband says “Why don’t you just buy a card and send it?” My rely is “NO”. Your cards give me so many ideas although for mailing purposes without a lot of extra packaging and postage I can’t always make them so fancy. Fancy ones are saved for hand-carrying or inclusion in a package with other gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen WilsonJuly 15, 2015 - 11:45 am

    Elegant and nothing but elegant! Well to put it mildly, I won’t send my sister a handmade card as she just thinks I am wasting my time. Most all of the cards I send are appreciate and made for a specific person in mind, that why I always behind, I worry too much about it and try to put everything into it.
    Hugs and God Bless,

  • Sherry RoseJuly 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

    I give hand-made cards to anyone that gave time to me or my loved ones; the surgeon who saved my mom, the specialist in HR who helped me with all the paperwork when I was out ill, etc. Of course I do the birthdays and celebrations for family and friends, but I like put in time to a card for someone who clearly out their own time in for me!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy BJuly 15, 2015 - 11:50 am

    Your card is stunning as always. Thank you for sharing. My cards are all handmade and sent to everyone who I consider family or close friends. I do birthday and special holidays. I love creating cards and always look to you for inspiration for the very special occasions. Thank you for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJuly 15, 2015 - 11:52 am

    OOooo, what a lovely card, Becca. The layout is just so interesting with the lacy edge. Thank you for showing it again.

    I send hand made cards to anyone, for any occasion. I love the process, the creativity of card making, so I have a little stash going all the time from which to draw when I want to send something. But every so often I get caught. I wanted to send thank you cards to the ladies who sang the special music in church last Sunday, and I didn’t have any musical cards in my stash! So I quickly had to crank two out to send them.ReplyCancel

  • LageneJuly 15, 2015 - 11:59 am

    This is so intricate and GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle BerceauJuly 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

    No one I know crafts, but they love to receive a fancy, handmade card. They are a lot of work for me, so I usually save them for really special occasions.ReplyCancel

  • DebbieBJuly 15, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    Another beautiful card Becca.
    I haven’t purchased a card in years….I make them all for any occasion and for all people. I used to manage a Hallmark card shop and I used to show people how to add extra glitter, ribbon etc to personalize them more.ReplyCancel

  • BettyJuly 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    If I have enough cards in my stash, I will use a hand-made card for any occasion. But the cards that required more time and effort to make are reserved for those who I know will appreciate them. Thanks so much for the chance to win your gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian L.July 15, 2015 - 12:18 pm

    Another beautiful creation! My handmade cards are for everyone and all occasions. I very rarely send one that isn’t handmade.ReplyCancel

  • LorettaJuly 15, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    Lovely card, as always. I make all of my cards. Some are not as embellished as others, just depends on the occasion. Have to admit I purchase a card when I’m really in a bind and time is of the essence.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJuly 15, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    I share with all… I teach a class and I sell my cards so I never know when someone will be interested in either of those when they see what a handmade card can be. And, I use them for any occasion including as gift card sets for Hostess gifts. I’d rather make a card than go shopping for one, anyway..!ReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettJuly 15, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    I send or give handmade cards for everything. Haven’t bought a card in years. The recipients rave about them and many have framed them, or at least save all my cards.

    Becca, your card today is so beautiful. I did one similar to this with the decorative border cut through both sides, but at the bottom. I like it on the side… never thought to do it that way. Thanks for sharing. xxReplyCancel

  • ernestineJuly 15, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    First of all: I like your wonderful card,its amazing.. I like to send handmade cards for all occasions ,especially when someone is very down. When you are sick or have trouble,how else could I show that I really care ? Please never stop showing us your great work,it has “healing power”.hugs,ErniReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJuly 15, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    I was so happy to see that encased border tutorial! And now the card here. I just love your work, and one can’t go wrong with Suzanne’s gorgeous stamps!

    If I am giving a card, it is handmade. If there is something going on in my husband’s office, they call me for a card. He works for the excise tax folks for the IRS, so it,s not a huge office, but a regional one, so I have some presence out there! I occasionally end up in a crunch and have to buy a card, but it doesn’t happen often and it pains me when it does…not more than once every couple years or so….

    I’m having surgery on my ankle tomorrow, so I’m sadly going to miss a couple days of this…but I’m going to back read and catch up.. This has been a good discipline for me this month. Thanks again, Becca. This has been the hidden gem of my summer.ReplyCancel

  • Carol PinkeyJuly 15, 2015 - 12:41 pm

    Love your elegant, vintage style.ReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerJuly 15, 2015 - 12:43 pm

    I had a terribly difficult time giving away my cards when I first started. My beginner abilities showed, and I measured my success against crafters who blogged, had experience, and possessed lots more crafting tools and supplies than I. I first gave my cards to people who were “safe”. Those who treasured needlework samplers made with hours and hours of care and those who loved my scrapbooks designed to help us count our many blessings were on the “safe list”. When a friend told me that my cards were better than the hand made ones she purchases in a local shop, I started giving them to everyone and for all occasions except Christmas. I can’t handle the volume for all that we do to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

    I am continually surprised at how people go out of the way to express thanks for a humble card bearing a scripture and a note of encouragement. That encourages me to keep crafting.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieJuly 15, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    This is
    one of my favorite cards!! Mostly for occasions but with this reminder I really NEED to do more random sending!!! Thanks BeccaReplyCancel

  • Dar SirrineJuly 15, 2015 - 12:59 pm

    I really like this card. I will definitely be trying to make a similar one. Most of my cards go to family and friends who appreciate them. I do on occasion make some cards (Christmas/Mother’s/Father’s Day)and my office staff bought them to give to their families. Everyone tells me my cards are too beautiful to toss and keep them all. I too have had people tell me they too incorporate my cards into their holiday home decorating, which makes me feel special. Thanks for the opportunity to win a card.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJuly 15, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Another beautiful card. I almost always send my handmade cards to all except if I spend a great deal of time and a difficult one I will usually send that to one of my card friends.ReplyCancel

    • Juanita BraunJuly 15, 2015 - 1:08 pm

      Can you show again or tell me where I can find your lesson on how to color in the edges of the die cut. This really gives a special touch to the die cut. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy RJuly 15, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Love the look of this card!!!

    Still waiting on the baby…

    I like to share my cards with all.. but that said, i send out way too many cards to make enough for everyone. So i try to send my handmade cards to those who do the same, and then what is leftover goes to those i feel will appreciate them the most.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie in ColchesterJuly 15, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    I love the simple elegance of this card.

    I make most of my cards and send them for any occasion, I also make cards for others to send on a regular basis.xReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleJuly 15, 2015 - 1:18 pm

    Cards to any and all for sure! Some sent or given as random acts of kindness, but most for a specific reason. Any swaps I receive go to a lady in our church who sends them to shut-ins, etc. SHARING is the fun of it!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  • JulianaTJuly 15, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    gorgeous! I make cards for anyone for any occasion. I love to personalize them if I can.ReplyCancel

  • Susie NicholsJuly 15, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    I try to do hand made most of the time. Christmas is always harder just because there are a lot of cards to send all at once. To me, handmade is special, but I have found store bought cards that are just perfect. I always hope that the receiver knows how much thought and love were put into a card, either bought or crafted.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 15, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Stunning card, Becca!
    I send handmade cards 95% of the time and I spend more time on cards where I know the recipient will appreciate it. On the odd occasion, I send a shop bought card – and it’s usually to a male!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • CheriJuly 15, 2015 - 1:54 pm

    I only make cards for those who would appreciate the work involved. It is primarily for b’days’ but I do anniversary, sympathy and a lot of thank you cards.ReplyCancel

  • DalyceJuly 15, 2015 - 2:02 pm

    This is a very lovely card.
    I love the gold and the cream.
    Of course I love all your cards.
    They help me to be more creative.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us all.ReplyCancel

  • bunnyJuly 15, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    Mine are shared with everyone and especially for no occasion at all.

    Beautiful card today. I think I keep forgetting to tell you that because I’m always thinking about my answer.ReplyCancel

  • Jan FJuly 15, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    I recall when you first posted this gorgeous, beautiful card. It’s a showstopper! I make birthday cards for each of my family members and special occasion cards for friends and family. The positive feedback keeps me motivated to keep producing them due to the personal satisfaction received. Plus I have a large stash I need to put a dent in. Sometimes I think that maybe I enjoy collecting and efficiently storing the products as much as I do crafting! Cardmaking is a joy!ReplyCancel

  • LisaJuly 15, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    I share my cards with everyone of course! Would a knitter only give a knitted outfit to another knitter? Where would we’ be if we only shared our talents with each other similary talented? It’s the thought behind the card not the talent…

  • Debbie DunhamJuly 15, 2015 - 2:50 pm

    Wow! Stunning card! Everyone gets a handmade card from me. I never buy one.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJuly 15, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Oh Becca I love this card! I have even made this card – but with a basic bow – not your gorgeous bow. I send handmade cards to everyone for everything. Only my special people get “Becca” cards though. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards, your creativity, helpful hints and your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJuly 15, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    Would you please never stop creatingReplyCancel

  • Elaine MellorJuly 15, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    another stunning card. Love it xxReplyCancel

  • Sandy HaysJuly 15, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    Every time I give someone a card, it is handmade. I have a couple of friends who would actually be offended if I sent them a store bought card. Although sometimes it would be so easy just to go buy a card that has the perfect sentiment, where I don’t have to come up with the right words to say. I give a handmade card for any occasion that comes up. Everybody gets a handmade card from me… my mail lady, our garbage man, our neighbors, my grocery store clerk, and all my friends and family.ReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwJuly 15, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    I have been giving handmade cards for years and pass them out for any occasion. In particular I could mention that I make laminated Bible verse cards that are half an A4 size so that people can put them up on their walls. These I use as birthday cards for every person who regularly attends our church (where my husband is the Pastor). I think most people appreciate the effort and thought behind handmade cards.ReplyCancel

  • Linda GradyJuly 15, 2015 - 3:36 pm

    How can you give up this card, Becca? Simply gorgeous! I swap on-line with my cards. I also send hand-made cards to family members and a few friends who I know appreciate the work involved in card making. For Christmas, make a lot of hand-made cards for approx. 40 people. Casual friends receive store bought cards.ReplyCancel

  • Raya RJuly 15, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Beautiful card Becca! I only send cards to people that I know will treasure them as my cards take so much time . My friends do treasure my handmade cards. I do sell cards at crafts show on the fall.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 15, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Hi Becca, i just love your card today.
    Me,,,,, well i make all my cards the specials i add a box to put it in,so all in all i have not bought a card in over 25 years .
    Take Care
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Peggy AllenJuly 15, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Love the use of Gold, white and cream, beautiful. My cards are made for all. I know many who don’t craft but still love to receive a handmade card. I make cards for holidays but also like to make them for other reasons like Just a note, thank you or get well, etc.
    God bless,

  • Marion TurnerJuly 15, 2015 - 3:55 pm

    Hi Becca
    I never buy cards now, not bought one for many years, I sometimes go into a card shop just to see what style is in.
    also to see the price of them, and you get a big shock.
    Beautiful card today.
    Love Marion.ReplyCancel

  • Julia MorrisJuly 15, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    What a beautiful card Becca. I love to make and send a handmade card to everyone. It’s my way of sending a little bit of extra love their way. My friends look forward to cards I make them.ReplyCancel

  • trish AveryJuly 15, 2015 - 4:09 pm

    Becca your card is lovely and love the way you have used the Spellbinder border strip in gold. I make a handmade card for everyone, to me everyone is special. Last night we went out with friend for dinner and then went to their home for coffee, sitting on the cupboard was a card I had made for the husband, he thought it was lovely because I had put a car on it and it was identical to his first car. incredible but he loved it.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DugginJuly 15, 2015 - 4:19 pm

    I send hand made cards to everyone. I have not sent a store bought card in years! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful card. Blessings, LisaReplyCancel

  • LoisJuly 15, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Oh my, how beautiful is this card! Thanks you for the tutorial It is just stunning. I share my tips with anyone who wants to know. And I send cards for all occasions. I use to make only birthday cards but now I make Easter and Christmas cards for friends. Friends want to buy them and I always say no – then it’s not fun and people get really fussy when they are paying for them.
    Have a great week. I am really enjoying seeing all the cards again.ReplyCancel

  • Deb MorrisJuly 15, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    I try to always send handmade cards, very, very seldom do I purchase a card these days. Beautiful card Becca, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJuly 15, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    When I first got ‘hooked’ on cardmaking and felt confident and comfortable about sharing my newfound love, I had my gfs over for ‘lunch & fun’ and had mini sessions of card making. This evolved into 9 yrs and going of card classes with 45 friends……no product to sell or money involved except to pay for supplies used. We now have 5 girls who all rotate teaching/sharing their works every month. I send ‘specially-made’ cards to special people and those who really appreciate these cards. Cards that are not as ornate go to others who don’t seem to be aware of the work that goes into the production or seemingly blind to it. But I do want to include all because I care for them and I remember birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, sympathy and everything else in between.ReplyCancel

  • Jonna CarpenterJuly 15, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Another beautiful card! Thanks for the reference on how you mail your cards. Looking forward to tomorrows card.ReplyCancel

  • JudyJuly 15, 2015 - 5:06 pm

    Beautiful card! Two ladies and I make cards for our women’s circle to send to the sick, bereaved, troubled, etc. we only hope they recognize a handmade card!ReplyCancel

  • KrisJuly 15, 2015 - 5:12 pm

    Beautiful card today. I make cards for everyone but I go the extra mile with multi layers and more bling with friends and family.ReplyCancel

  • SuzMJuly 15, 2015 - 5:48 pm

    I make birthday cards for the people I work with and my extended family. And there are Halloween, Thanksgiving invitations, Christmas season, get well and thank yous. And some are just saying hello–saving the hand-written word one card at a time!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJuly 15, 2015 - 5:56 pm

    Hi Becca, I remember commenting on this card the first time you showed it!!! It’s one
    of my favourites!!! It’s Divine!!!
    I try to give handmade cards all the time, but sometimes it has to be shop bought!!!
    Good luck everyone!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

    • Pam TasJuly 15, 2015 - 7:36 pm

      Hi Loopy Linda you are good value !!!
      Always like to read your comments can just imagine you dancing around
      the kitchen table well done!
      Ps hope I get to dance around mine lol XReplyCancel

  • Yvonne WeberJuly 15, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    I LOVE this card. The gold on the side really sets it apart. As for my cards, I send handmade cards to anyone that I would send a card to whether they stamp or not. So many tell me how much they like receiving one and one of my sister-in-laws actually frames some of them. It’s a rare occasion that I purchase a card and when I do, it’s usually for my hubby as I don’t think I can make one that quite meets what I want to express to him. Keep the cards coming. They are such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret McGettiganJuly 15, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    I always make hand made cards and I get great pleasure from making something to suit each individual I am making for. For wedding anniversaries for example I love to put a photo of the wedding day on the card or for new baby or engagement I also put a photo on the card and lots of people have told me they frame them. I love the chance to give a card and I put lots of love into each one. I love angels and a lot of the time I put a feather on the card with a special wish for each recipient .
    I love your cards and your style and enjoy all your videos. Thank you for being Amazing Becca,

  • Karen M. RothJuly 15, 2015 - 6:05 pm

    This card is so lovely that I really want it! I will tell you why: I just found out that I have Emphysema with COPD and that I also have minimal damage to the lining of my lungs for which they can do nothing for the lining. Also found out that Albuterol is not even working for me. They want to put me on Spiriva and an inhaled Steroid.

    So you see, todays quote really speaks to me hard. My sweet hubby is also facing some serious health issues himself. So we can really use prayers and encouragement right now. You just really have to learn in each circumstance that you find yourself to be Thankful for the little things in this life because life is not guaranteed it is a priceless precious gift from God.

    Now to answer your question about my preference, I make cards only for those I care deeply for and it is for all Occasions and sometimes just for the encouragement I have been seeking all my life for myself and have never received. Even though I am only 43 I have had a very traumatic hard life and I have always tried to turn my “Ashes into Beauty” with God’s help and to be an inspiration for others.

    I just have one more thing to say: Do not spend your life just sitting and waiting for the good things to happen to you. Be an active participant in your life and chase your Dreams with fervor and never let go. Take from me, I have learned too late to see my dreams come true.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy ThompsonJuly 15, 2015 - 6:10 pm

    Dear Becca,
    No reservation for me. Yes, it is heartwarming to have someone realize that I made the card for them, but that’s not the heart of the matter for me. It’s more about the person receiving than me giving. It’s an attempt to reach out to them where they are,create something that is pleasing and honoring.
    I suppose that’s the best answer I could hope to give. If the gift is all about me, then I probably need to reconsider my attitude.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonJuly 15, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    Beautiful card. I share my work with every one and send handmade cards for all occasions.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn McInnesJuly 15, 2015 - 6:26 pm

    Firstly I love all your cards Becca, they really are amazing.
    I give a selection of my cards as a gift to many friends for birthdays & christmas. They really appreciate them & I look at it as a gift that keeps on giving.
    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantJuly 15, 2015 - 6:29 pm

    Special occasions for me! I don’t find a lot of time to create (mostly because I am so disorganized!)… so I don’t get a lot of cards made! I have good intentions though…ReplyCancel

  • DKJuly 15, 2015 - 7:16 pm

    Hand-crafted cards are not a “preference”. They represent my preferred channel of communication. Recently, have you seen the high prices for store-purchased cards with minimal workmanship? Whew! I willingly share my time and talents to all who are interested. I am blessed to utilize my talents to communicate with friends, family and donate cards for distribution to people I may never meet.ReplyCancel

  • Pam TasJuly 15, 2015 - 7:23 pm

    Hi there , loved this card when you fist put it up and your tutorial was easy to follow .
    My attempt was not as good but ok apart from the BOW !!!
    It takes me longer than most to make my cards so they mostly go to people who
    enjoy them
    .Thank you Becca for your help .
    Well done to the ladies who have so far won ! XxxReplyCancel

  • Juanita BakerJuly 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    I make all my cards and send to everyone. Get many compliments and they tell me they show them to everyone too. I don’t post on Facebook or other sites as even though I like them I do not have the fantastic talent that so many others do. My friends and family love getting them knowing that I spent the time to make them and think of them. Another gorgeous card Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DJuly 15, 2015 - 7:40 pm

    My cards are used all the time, for every occasion… and sometimes I can sell them too, which enables my addiction even more :-)

  • Sandy ArtmanJuly 15, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    In thinking about how to respond to your question regarding who receives my cards and for what occasion, it’s really quite a challenging subject. Most everyone who knows me knows I make cards. In fact, I just made appreciation cards for the outgoing members of my chorus board and I heard through the grapevine that they were hoping for a “SandyCard”.

    The pure and simple answer to your question is that I make cards for everyone and I send them for all occasions with the hope that people will feel special in having received a card made just for them. That being said, I hope to heaven that when people don’t get a handmade card they don’t assume it’s because they’re not special enough. (See? It’s tricky!)

    Love and blessings,

  • Silvia M.July 15, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    I shared with all kimd of people …even if sometimes you feel like your work is not really apreciatesd from people who don’t care for handmade things.ReplyCancel

  • CyndyJuly 15, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    Hi Becca!

    Since I simply cannot purchase a card any more :) handmade cards are used for all occasions and to all kinds of folks. And here’s an example of why: When our church women’s group was organizing a Women’s Conference (for about 200 gals), we decided to bathe our speaker in prayer for the entire year we spent planning. I supplied the handmade cards to our planning group and we took turns writing in a card and sending it to her.On the first day of the conference, our speaker said to the audience that she has never felt so pampered or so cared for. She mentioned the cards and…she brought them all with her and….she put them up on a table for all to see.

    That is the impact of sending a beautiful handmade card!ReplyCancel

  • Beth PJuly 15, 2015 - 7:59 pm

    All the cards I send out are handmade, and I love making and sharing them. Many friends and family would wonder what was wrong if they received a card I had not made.
    Love today’s card Becca just beautiful as all your cards are.ReplyCancel

  • DianeJuly 15, 2015 - 8:13 pm

    Yet another gorgeous card. You have amazing talent. I give most of the cards that I make to my daughters so that they have handmade cards to use.ReplyCancel

  • PamJuly 15, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    I haven’t purchased a card in years. I make cards for everyone for any occasion.ReplyCancel

  • Angela TJuly 15, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    Hi Becca. I reserve my cards for people who appreciate the time and effort that I put into making my cards. Those people are special to me and know how much time is lovingly put into each one!ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryJuly 15, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    Oh how I would love to have any one of your cardsReplyCancel

  • Laura PapercutsJuly 15, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Becca, not only do you make the most stunning and unique cards, but THE most beautiful website too!

    I make specially ordered cards for clients, and for my Mom who gives them to all her friends at church (every month there’s a new list), and of course for family for any occasion.


  • Noelene ApapJuly 15, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Thanks for the heads up on the Spellbinder sale :)
    Due to the fact that I am time restricted I mostly make my cards for close friends & family or special occassions.
    This card is stunnning xReplyCancel

  • KathleenJuly 15, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    I make and send hand made cards to everyone. Your cards are gorgeous


  • Kit LJuly 15, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    I reserve the cards I make for those who will appreciate handmade items. Usually on special occasions like birthdays, weddings, and when friends welcome new babies.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonJuly 15, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Hi Becca Just love your card! My card making is mainly for friends and family, but I do do request for special occasions. Some people to whom I have sent cards, have the in photo albums just to keep which is quite humbling
    Thanks always for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownJuly 15, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    No prejudice here, my cards go to everyone!!! Crafters are touched and the non crafters just feel like a million bucks when they get my cards!!! I send for any occasion, it’s just fun to send them!!!ReplyCancel

  • bJuly 15, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    I make cards for everyone. Birthdays and Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah M.July 15, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    I have wanted to make this card for some time. I absolutely love it! I send my cards to everyone…friends, co-workers, parents, boss, and family. You don’t need an occasion to send a card…just because is a great reason. People love a handmade card because it really comes from the heart. Thank you for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • Helen GiesbrechtJuly 15, 2015 - 10:14 pm

    Becca this card is lovely ,I love to make cards ,I have granddaughter twins and they said to me ,grandma We don’t want any other cards then what you make ,so I nearly always try to make them each one ,Thank you for being such an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie MartinJuly 15, 2015 - 10:19 pm

    Oh Becca!
    I can not tell you just how much I adore this card! I think it is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!

    Everything I create I give away. When I create, I create because I have a purpose. I am usually placing the recipients likes and tastes into their creation. I am also usually praying specifically for that person as I am creating for them.


  • Laraine RJuly 15, 2015 - 10:51 pm

    Gorgeous creation! I make cards mostly for friends & family but also send to others.ReplyCancel

  • ShaneanJuly 15, 2015 - 10:56 pm

    I mainly give cards to friends and family for birthdays and Christmas. Sometimes I will give a set of note cards.ReplyCancel

  • Sue D.July 15, 2015 - 11:12 pm

    Oh, I love everything about this card, Becca! My handmade cards are shared with all and sent for various occasions.ReplyCancel

  • Sandi SmithJuly 16, 2015 - 12:22 am

    This card is so elegant Becca and I love the tutorial. I already purchased the dies to create my version.
    I create cards for all occasions but primarily for adults and also for my Grandchildren who are 14 and 12. Missing the days when I made fun cards for my Grandchildren when they were younger, I was inspired with the idea to create fun cards for children and donate them to our Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I’ve already ordered some cute sentiment stamps to use. As soon as my shoulder has recovered, I’m going to start creating these cards. I’ll still create cards for my gown up family and friends but I definitely get excited with the idea of sharing my love of cards with little ones who are going through a difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterJuly 16, 2015 - 12:48 am

    gorgeous card!!! probably more for special occasions, don’t do many just because cards.ReplyCancel

  • TrishaJuly 16, 2015 - 1:15 am

    Love the border on this card, so happy you shared the tutorial.
    I give handmade cards for all occasions but only when I have them on hand. Need to find more time for crafting ????ReplyCancel

  • Louise RolphJuly 16, 2015 - 2:15 am

    I hand make all my cards not just for special occasions and I make them for everyone. So far, I’ve never had any negative comments and everyone seems to be happy to have a handmade card. Shows you care I think. Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous card. Would love to win this one (or any of your gorgeous cards actually).ReplyCancel

  • Jane BJuly 16, 2015 - 2:28 am

    Hi Becca, A stunning card ,thank you for sharing . I make cards for every occasion I just love making them as I know the recipient do appreciate and some of my friends collect them.If ever I sell some than the money goes to a day centre for the disabled here in our village..ReplyCancel

  • FrannJuly 16, 2015 - 2:29 am

    All of the cards I send are handmade–for special occasions, holidays, get well, sympathy and short notes. All of my friends, relatives and family members get them. I usually make more elaborate cards for those who I know appreciate them but sometimes I get carried away and spend a lot of time on a card for someone who really doesn’t care if it’s homemade just because I enjoy making them.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 16, 2015 - 4:02 am

    I´m always stunned by the beauty on all your work Becca, and this is no exception today. Wonderful work as always and sooo beautiful.
    I share my cards and work with all except one person, because she´s the one who never likes any handmade and find that people are cheap, if they give this kind, and I have made her a few earlier, but as she always just read it and then cross it all together with the wrappingpaper and throw it in the bin, I admit, I thought she can as well get one of these very cheap storebought notecards, as she just toss it out anyway LOL, but everybody else gets handmade, unless I don´t have one ready and find out about a birthday or something right here and now.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley ThomasJuly 16, 2015 - 4:12 am

    Another stunner, I love the ‘lacy’ edge. I dont think I have that die but I know I have one or two that would substitute – though I would much rather win this one made by you.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenJuly 16, 2015 - 4:56 am

    I love the card, so pretty. I share with anyone, I do not buy cards unless an extreme emergency.ReplyCancel

  • Susan SlaterJuly 16, 2015 - 6:22 am

    Depends on how much time I have but I like to make all my own holiday cards, graduation, wedding and sympathy cards. Typically for those who appreciate them I will try to make birthday cards but they are often a little late. I have a stash of cards at work and those get used for a variety of reasons but mostly for that last minute need. I absolutely love receiving a handmade card so really try to return the favor.ReplyCancel

  • Dalyce MangumJuly 16, 2015 - 8:26 am

    I make cards for family and friends at the monent. I am just getting started. I would like to eventually give to church members and people who need a gift of love.ReplyCancel

  • DeborahJuly 16, 2015 - 9:39 am

    I share my cards with all, crafty or not!ReplyCancel

  • DesireeJuly 16, 2015 - 10:38 am

    I share my handmade cards with everyone for all sorts of occasions, but if I know them and that they don’t value that sort of thing I give store bought cards. For example, my husband doesn’t value my handmade cards (he thinks it’s selfish to give something I enjoyed making to someone else because it was more for my pleasure then for theirs)…hard to explain I guess. It doesn’t hurt my feelings that’s just the way his engineers mind works. LOL.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJuly 16, 2015 - 11:10 am

    Your cards are always so beautiful and the sentiment is perfect for a friend of mine now. She broke her leg and is unable to go home right now.ReplyCancel

  • Karen BenedictJuly 16, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Beautiful card so creative with words and tags.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJuly 16, 2015 - 11:21 am

    Wow Becca, this is simply gorgeous!!!! For some unknow reason, I do not remember seeing this one. Boy did I miss out so I am so very glad that you brought it back. I make handmade cards for all family occasions. They seem to look forward to them, and sort of feel slighted if I buy a card versus making it. Just not as personal I guess. But there are times when certain occasions just sneak up on me and I have no choice but to run to the store and buy one.

  • dorothy harrisonJuly 16, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    I almost never buy a card anymore! I will be honest and say that the fancier cards, the more intricate cards, go to those I know will appreciate them or for special occasions. each card is unique and that the sentiment inside is typically written for the specific person. I have a long list for my church family for birthdays and a longer list for Christmas! How can I give someone a store-bought card when they know I usually take the time to make one?ReplyCancel

  • MonicaJuly 16, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    You create the most beautifully elegant cards I’ve seen. You inspire me to make better cards I’ve showed your cards to Amish card makers. They just drink in your designs. And I know I’ve shown them something very special. Bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJuly 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

    Hi Becca,

    Gorgeous card, I do remember you posting this one lol!
    My card making is shared with family, some friends and those who I make them for as well as crafty hand making friends from my blog etc. I find that unless a person loves craft themselves, especially cards then they are not really interested in your creations. I know some people I work with consider me to be a boring person because I craft at home rather than going out drinking or partying like they do! I know which I would rather choose lol!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • DeniseJuly 18, 2015 - 10:58 pm

    I only make Christmas cards. I can’t afford to buy a lot of supplies so just sticking to Christmas cards helps. I make them for both friends and family.ReplyCancel