Day 8 – 30 Days of Giving

Card Making Idea by Becca Feeken -
Saving the Written Word

If you’re not familiar with 30 Days of Giving and how you can receive this card,  read about it HERE.  You can check to see if you’ve won a card by looking under the Features menu item and selecting Giveaway Winners.

I managed to corner my oldest daughter long to enough to get her opinion on some cardmaking elements and it made me wonder if this craft is predominantly enjoyed by an older generation?  It’s a rare thing but she has asked me to make a card or two in the past.   What an honor, I’m always flattered when that happens. But it has me wondering where our young folks fit in.

For today’s comment – given that many young people never even passed notes in class – taking their own phone to school made passing notes obsolete – do you think there’s hope that the younger generations stand ready to carry on with handmade, legacy and tradition in the future?

The card that’s being given away today is shown above.  Just a note – this is a card that has been shown before and there is a possibility that some of the supplies that were used are currently discontinued, no doubt there will be something you can substitute – have a look through my galleries for alternative ideas.  Many things can still be found on the open market, just google and you’ll find that many retailers are still selling.


Stamps: FlourishesInside & Out You
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – 80lb Smooth, Pink Paislee
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Spellbinders 5×7 Matting Basics A, Spellbinders 5×7 Matting Basics B, Spellbinders Window Two, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Corsage Pins, Recollection Pearls

post-header-bottomDon’t give up if your name has not been picked yet, today my be your day!  See you soon!!


  • linda boyceJuly 8, 2015 - 7:16 am

    Hi Becca great card again so fresh , as for todays comment l can only say my granddaughter loves making cards ,boxes and following your blog also when we have her mates round to tea they enjoy it too and they are 11 hugs lindaReplyCancel

  • Sandra spainJuly 8, 2015 - 7:27 am

    Lovely card…so fresh looking. Thankfully my daughter has also dabbled with card making…we can go shopping together and love finding bargains etc xxReplyCancel

  • Kira ZonJuly 8, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Hi Becca.
    What a gourgeos card.
    I think there is hope that the Young people will send hand written post and make cards. My daugther is 24 and my niece is 7 and the both like to spend time in my craft room and they both make very lovely cards. And when they like to make cards, write them and send them there is still hope. In Denmark the Christmas cards are very expencive to send and most people send there Christmas message on mail. Some still hand write but not a lot. I do though, and I love to recirve a hand spritten card or letter and even better if it is home made.

  • Lori kJuly 8, 2015 - 7:31 am

    I don’t think today’s generation would take the time for handmade. It seem like today’s kids are too busy with there electronics to actually sit down ans do something other than play on there phones, I-pads ect… It’s sad too see even with my own children. It’s just such a busy world today…ReplyCancel

  • sandyJuly 8, 2015 - 7:31 am

    That is a beautiful card. I think some young people will continue the handmade traditions. It does cost a bit to get into it so that may be why some of the hobby is attractive for older people.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJuly 8, 2015 - 7:32 am

    Unfortunately not. They don’t even teach cursive writing in school any more. Very sad…..ReplyCancel

  • Lela PlattJuly 8, 2015 - 7:35 am

    This card is just as beautiful as the others. I hope card making doesn’t become an activity of the past and do hope the young people will pick up the craft as they get older. I didn’t start card making myself until I retired from the workforce.ReplyCancel

  • LisaJuly 8, 2015 - 7:35 am

    Don’t fear Becca! I know a bunch of young people who make cards. Don’t forget that it takes time to acquire the tools you need and (especially with your cards) tools aren’t cheap. I know they could just keep them simple but what’s the fun in that!?ReplyCancel

  • LizJuly 8, 2015 - 7:38 am

    Beauty will always be appreciated. However, tastes change. For example, when I was a teen in the late 60’s – early 70’s, nobody would be caught dead wearing a strapless, beaded & sequined prom dress! High neck, long sleeved gowns were the fashion. The styles from “Mad Men” would have been considered old, dowdy, & frumpy! I’m amazed that our old ugly yellow laminate kitchen table is now considered “retro”! Young people today have busy lives & different tastes. Some are very into “handmade”. I’ve made 3 sets of shower invitations & 1 set of wedding invitations in the past year. I made these as a gift of love, never for monetary profit. I now happen to LOVE ribbons, lace, bling, sequins, glam, glitter, & sparkle! You can send me one of your gorgeous creations any time!ReplyCancel

  • Marion TurnerJuly 8, 2015 - 7:39 am

    Hi Becca
    My Granddaughter Ellie 10 loves making cards for her friends, also my Grandson Owen who will be 7 on Saturday Loves to making cards for his Mum and friends too.
    Beautiful card today.
    Love MarionReplyCancel

  • Angela TJuly 8, 2015 - 7:40 am

    Becca –First — what a beautiful card. Secondly — my daughter is now 25. She was always crafty when she was younger. As soon as she could hold kid scissors at the age of 3, she was always making “paper soup” –the tiniest cuts of pieces of paper in a bowl! As she got older and the more I became interested in scrapbooking and then cardmaking, she was not interested. One day last year, she went along with me to a store for supplies, and she saw a homemade album that was being offered as a class. She was interested and I even offered to pay for the cost of the class. She declined my offer but went home, Youtubed homemade albums, and has since made several beautiful albums. She has made advent calenders and is now currently making a functional jewellery box out of heavy weight CS. She does incredible work. So, after a long-winded story. . . yes, homemade items will continue to be created with generations to come, and I know that once she has children, it will be a passion that she will pass on. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SJuly 8, 2015 - 7:41 am

    Such a gorgeous card. That’s a tough one Becca. Other than the children of crafters, I doubt the rest would bother. Our kids understand what it is to make, send & receive handmade cards. Mine surely does.ReplyCancel

  • SvetlanaJuly 8, 2015 - 7:54 am

    Awesome card! Elegant Lace! I love your cards, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Pat BargerJuly 8, 2015 - 7:56 am

    I think it depends on what they are taught growing up. If they are surrounded by loved ones and friends who hand make items for gifts, then maybe they will want to learn and carry on the tradition. For me, it started with my mom and my grandma. My daughter picked it up from me and her grandma. I hope and pray that this is not lost to cell phones and the computer!
    Lovely card today Becca. Would live to receive one of your handmade treasures!REPLYReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 8, 2015 - 7:57 am

    I don’t think they will, to much texting and such….love your card, the lace and stick pins….whooooo thanks for the offer, your the bestest!!!!ReplyCancel

  • KathieJuly 8, 2015 - 7:57 am

    I see more young people scrapbooking, not making cards as much. I’m glad they are still doing some things handmade instead of machine made. I can’t believe all the beautiful cards you have to give away. Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.July 8, 2015 - 7:59 am

    Very pretty card, I think cards are still popular to give at birthdays, weddings etc and many people enjoy receiving one in the mail on their special day. Some people do not send/give cards but they are not always the younger generation. A facebook birthday message or a text, while a nice thought, is not quite as special as a card, which one can display and admire for a few weeks. Hopefully other people do what i do, put the prettier ones away and look at them maybe once a year or two and reminisce.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineJuly 8, 2015 - 8:01 am

    Hi Becca. On the whole I think technology has made today’s generation want ‘instant everything’ and anything that takes time and trouble in its creation is abandoned. How often do you see even those in their twenties not even ringing door bells when they pull their cars up outside. They remain in their cars and use mobile phones to communicate with those in doors that they have arrived……ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonJuly 8, 2015 - 8:02 am

    I think that they will still handcraft items. If they are shown by example. I craft, have a garden, can food. But I was shown by my Mother’s example.ReplyCancel

  • F BondJuly 8, 2015 - 8:02 am

    Gorgeous card! I hope young people will try to carry on with handmade notes, letters and cards. My daughter loves vintage and makes and actually writes a lot of things. Whereas my older will make lists and keep track of everything on her computer and phone. But she is a teacher and she also has her 4th grade class actually write letters each year. I had to show my youngest when she went off to college how to address an envelope- how sad was that- she did not learn that in school! So I give it a 50/50 chance. Take care!ReplyCancel

  • BenteJuly 8, 2015 - 8:02 am

    Love today’s card, Becca, so soft and elegant!
    I have my doubt about young people carrying on the tradition of making handmade cards or send handwritten letters in the future.
    Homemade Christmas cards, maybe, that is quite popular here in Norway where I live.
    I have noticed that another tradition more and more young people seem to start with is knitting, and this is also a good tradition to carry on with ;))ReplyCancel

  • bunnyJuly 8, 2015 - 8:03 am

    I think so. There are many new people today entering into the world of crafting. When I was around 30 my Sunday school teacher taught me the art of quilting. I didn’t even know how to sew. I started out hand stitching everything. Gradually after a few years I learned to sew on her old sewing machine. They would go out of town and I was given a key so that I could sew anytime I wanted. Which was ALL the time. I made quilts for everyone in my family and then some. Now that I’m older and I injured a rotator cuff I started paper crafting a few years ago. My children, even though they are adults love it. They are amazed at the amount of time that goes into making a card. Especially the coloring part. I taught my kids how to quilt, crochet (my mother taught me) and cross stitch. Eventually when life slows them down I think they will pick up the legacy.

    Now, on to your card. It’s breathtaking. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Karen WeddingJuly 8, 2015 - 8:04 am

    I think the scrapbooking industry is going away with the older generations. My daughter-in-law doesn’t like the scrapbooking. She just puts her pictures in an album with pockets or just keeps the pictures on her phone. I’ve tried to get her interested, but to no avail. Gorgeous card! Love the little window.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellJuly 8, 2015 - 8:04 am

    Good question, my son is 19 and over the last year he has asked me to make cards, valentines for a girl he liked, going away cards for 2 college bound friends and some happy birthday cards as well. But he just signs his name hardly ever does he write something inside. I think that they are too busy living life that they do not want or value this now but I hope that they will some day so I think it is a over 25 years old thing when we start valuing what we have and want to share with others. It is a give it to me now generation or it is to much work for me never mind society. Oh how I miss those days back when we were not in a hurry to do or get some where.ReplyCancel

  • JulianaTJuly 8, 2015 - 8:09 am

    you always brighten my day with your beautiful cards! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • JulianaTJuly 8, 2015 - 8:12 am

      forgot to answer your question! I taught my daughter to write her own thank you cards but with today’s electronic society, I’m not sure she will continue that. We had gone to a friend’s graduation party and received a thank you card, but it was from her Mom with only her signature..nothing written by her which I found very odd. I hope people keep up this beautiful tradition!ReplyCancel

  • AnnaJuly 8, 2015 - 8:09 am

    In a perfect world I would love to see the younger generation carry on the handmade legacy. Sadly I don’t think they are interested in learning or even putting in the effort to continue on. I try to teach and encourage it but by the time they hit the age of 10 or so they are on to other things.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth VelazquezJuly 8, 2015 - 8:09 am

    Beautiful card!! Unfortunately, no. The young people these days are not interested in communicating by writing or making a handmade card. They prefer the fastest way by using their cell phones. ????ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 8, 2015 - 8:13 am

    Hi Becca. My hubby never wrote or recieved one Christmas card from work last Christmas for the first time ever! Think that speaks volumes. The pendulum effect must come into play at some point in the next few years. Technology has its place but it does have an off and silence button! Shame some folks are so addicted they can’t use them. I find it a bit scary really re future mental health of the always on line always working generation. I think there will always be some youngsters who want to craft. Passing knowledge from one generation to another will always happen for some I think. Another lovely card again. Cool day here so housework is happening!ReplyCancel

  • LisaericaJuly 8, 2015 - 8:13 am

    Becca, no I don’t unfortunately. Technology has come so far from when we were kids. Everything is so fast paced today the kids don’t have any patience. No one wants to even talk on the phone anymore, it’s all about texting. I hate texting, it takes longer to go back and forth texting then to have the actual conversation.ReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoJuly 8, 2015 - 8:18 am

    I am hoping it doesn’t but I think handwriting and notes will be a thing of the past.ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 8, 2015 - 8:20 am

    Good morning Becca,
    I know my grandchildren like getting my handmade cards and send me cards for special occasions but as far as getting into possibly learning the art of cardmaking, I guess there are a lot of younger generation people who will continue with it but I know my hubby teases me that each card I make costs probably between $15-20 based on machine, dies, embellies, etc. LOL I really don’t care, I love doing it and until my hands won’t allow me to do it, I will always make cards.
    Thanks for showing another of your wonderful and beautiful cards.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettJuly 8, 2015 - 8:21 am

    Wow! Stunning card… love the lace, tulle and stickpins. This one’s a keeper!!

    Sadly, I’m afraid this younger generation is so into their phones, ipads, video games, etc., that there is little interest in doing crafts and other things. What a shame if it eventually dies out.ReplyCancel

  • Dar SirrineJuly 8, 2015 - 8:32 am

    Beautiful card! I agree with one of the previous comments, it depends on if they were raised with a card maker in the family. Card making goes back generations in my family, but sadly I am the only one making them anymore. My youngest grand daughter will make a card at my house, and even though I have given her lots of materials and tools to have at her home, she does not use them. I think there will be few who do a personal correspondence in the future. It is a sad to see this become a lost art.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 8, 2015 - 8:32 am

    Another awesome project, that I remember clearly from the first time, where I fell completely in love with it. Soo gorgeous work.
    No I don´t think we need to worry too much about the younger generation, as I can see, that even my daughter has never shown any interest in any cardmaking or writing at all, I can also see, that all my 7 granddaughters all just love to come and play in my craftroom and write their own cards too. Soo much that they all have each their own drawer with stuff and are all lined up to come and play every time they get a chance, and they all loves it and is pretty good at it too, so I´m very confident, that if we will allow them, there´s many who´ll love to keep it going and make all we love too, but we need to teach them, as they don´t get to learn any of it in schools.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndy WJuly 8, 2015 - 8:36 am

    That is such a great question Becca. From my experience with our grandchildren, I have to answer no. I was mortified when our son told us our grandson’s elementary school no longer has handwriting on their curriculum. Can you imagine not learning how to write anything by hand, not even your name? Everything is done on a tablet or notebook. Progress is great, but at what cost is it coming for future generations?ReplyCancel

  • Deb RobinsonJuly 8, 2015 - 8:36 am


    I doubt that the younger generation will ever put the phones and computer down unless we of the generations before teach them at a younger age to send cards, write thank you notes for their gifts received, etc. I have stared this with my granddaughters who are “crafters” in their own right. They still love the technology, but will send handmade cards. I even have a 23 year old granddaughter who will write her own poetry in her cards. How nice is that. “Train up a Child”ReplyCancel

  • Cathie WearyJuly 8, 2015 - 8:36 am

    Gorgeous card today Becca. I hope the younger generation will eventually continue the homemade tradition. My daughter loved scrapbooking and card making but now between work and caring for 2 little children, one of which is special needs, she just doesn’t have the time. However, for the children’s birthdays, she always does handmade decorations for their little parties and goes all out. Hopefully as the years go on and she isn’t as rushed she will return to the things that she enjoyed.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene DahlbergJuly 8, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Becca, this card is YUMMY ! the colors and lace — gorgeous.
    It would be nice to think the younger generations will get back to writing notes and letters, but I am not sure it will happen as they are all so thrilled with the electronics. Sad to see the lose of the personal touch .ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth LambosJuly 8, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Well, at my house, my kids are 30 & 28, (and several friends 24 and up) always come to me for special handmade wedding and sympathy cards. I try to use parts of the wedding invitation when ever I can to make the cards extra special! So, I would have to say yes, I think some of the younger generation do appreciate the handmade and hand written cards.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 8, 2015 - 8:38 am

    This card is GORGEOUS BECCA!!!! It makes me think of Romeo & Juliet! ;) SO ROMANTIC!!!!!

    Do I think that the younger generation will carry on the hand made tradition? Well, I personally don’t think so. So many Home Ec. Classes have disappeared, kids just aren’t interested in making things…. Our daughter when she was younger enjoyed creating things, but now I can’t get her to sit down & learn how to do anything like a craft! So many other things to distract….. She does keep saying “MAYBE!” So, maybe there is a smidgen of hope, but who will teach her?????ReplyCancel

  • rakJuly 8, 2015 - 8:38 am

    Another beauty! I send birthday cards to many of my “little” friends usually with their names on them and I hear from their moms that they save them. A few have asked how I make them. I think that if prices of supplies come down there will be more younger people interested.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop Oxfordshire UKJuly 8, 2015 - 8:46 am

    Oh this is a beauty Becca! I love it – mind you, I say that about every card you make … lol! Unfortunately I tend to agree with many others that the art of handwritten letters is going to be lost fairly soon. My great niece used to love making cards with me when she came to stay but this year she seems to have lost interest. She is now 15 and her time is now spent texting and skyping all day long. Drives me nuts!!! Hugs Christine xxReplyCancel

  • Beverley OffenbergJuly 8, 2015 - 8:46 am

    I think that there will always be people who prefer to add that personal touch, people who pride themselves on their ability to create handmade keepsakes for others to treasure.ReplyCancel

  • NikiJuly 8, 2015 - 8:49 am

    I think there will always be people who enjoy making things. Whether or not that includes paper crafting remains to be seen. As we become more dependent on technology for delivery of mail, our post office may become obsolete. Then how will we mail cards??

    This card is gorgeous, very light and feminine. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine SavardJuly 8, 2015 - 8:53 am

    I think that the younger generation may not be interested In it now but will eventually come back to it in time.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 8, 2015 - 8:54 am

    There is hope that card making/sending and letter writing will continue. I feel the creative process of card making is a wonderful expression of one’s self and the receiver feels elated to receive such a personal and beautiful gift. I am not sure that letter writing will continue on paper. Current technologies have almost eliminiated this form. But card making should continue as long as the younger generation is expossed to this form of creation.ReplyCancel

  • Ann WJuly 8, 2015 - 8:55 am

    Beautiful card.
    I think the younger generation if exposed to this type of cards will be more inclined to do hand made cards or if not make them would look for those cards to buy and send rather than a commercial one. I have a 25 year old granddaughter that looks forward to receiving my cards and has saved everyone. Now my youngest granddaughter is interested in crafts also.ReplyCancel

  • Clare CurcioJuly 8, 2015 - 8:57 am

    Beautiful card, Becca. I don’t see the younger generation giving cards with all of the phone and online technology of today and the future. Cell phones, ipads, computers and whatnot are taking over all forms of written and physical forms of greetings. I don’t have a teenager to ask, but if they can’t use cellphones in class (or aren’t supposed to, but do anyway)do they pass notes? My daughter is 34, and she has asked me to make a card for her inlaws, but that’s it. My oldest daughter is 38, and she’s never asked me for one, but enjoys the ones I make for her, and neither girl has gotten my craft gene. I wish it would trend toward the past – I love getting cards, and when one shows up in the mail, it makes my day! But I love giving and sending them even better! Great question, Becca. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Raya R.July 8, 2015 - 9:03 am

    Another stunner! I think that if children are shown and encouraged to craft at home, they will continue that tradition throughout their lives.ReplyCancel

  • DeborahJuly 8, 2015 - 9:08 am

    As today’s generation gets more and more tech-savvy, I still see many involved in craft-making. Etsy is gaining in popularity, and craft shows put on by 20-somethings are everywhere. So, yes, I think handcrafting is going to be with us in spite of machines. It’s so soul-satisfying to create something! Much cheaper than therapy, as they say…ReplyCancel

  • KrisJuly 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

    Well, I certainly hope so. I do know younger generation gals who do wonderful things with paper, only in different ways. One delightful young lady is using her hand lettering skills by starting her own lettering business…invitations, chalkboards, weddings…all things with lettering. I had her make me some chalkboard written Christmas ornaments that were awesome. My daughter also surprised me and told me recently that she has saved all the hand made cards I have made her over the years. She wanted to know how to display them…not just the outside but so the inside of the card was visible also. Anyone out there with any creative ideas for that?ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen WilsonJuly 8, 2015 - 9:13 am

    Gorgeous card and so soft and feminine! Your work is always outstanding and a treat to come and visit your blog to see what is new.
    Regarding the comment, I think our young children are losing out on so much with all the technology out there, it hurts me to watch my two grandsons always connected to some kind of devise, when they visit with me I limit that activity, they are missing out with the social graces that we all grew up with. So sad, can’t imagine what it will be like in 20 years from now.
    Hugs and God Bless,

  • RaquelJuly 8, 2015 - 9:13 am

    Wow this is a hard question. Seeing how technology is so popular with almost everyone I hope that these young adults will in some way get to see how wonderful it is to create. Whether in a card, on canvas, sewn, knitted or any medium that can be made into a beautiful piece of art. My Mother passed away a year ago she was short of a few months of being 100 she would say “You are never too old to learn.” She had my sister remove call waiting-voice mail etc. She never had a cell she was still healthy enough to make fresh homemade flour tortillas. We can only hope and pray that these young adults will put the phone down and create a piece of art. Beautiful card Becca.ReplyCancel

  • CheriJuly 8, 2015 - 9:18 am

    Unfortunately, I think the genii is out of the bottle, this is a lost art.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveyJuly 8, 2015 - 9:23 am

    I absolutely love your card Becca, it’s so delicate and feminine. I do feel that there are still a certain few younger people that will take the time and initiative to hand write a Thank You card, etc. We recently received a well written Thank You card from our step niece for the college graduation gift that we gave her. She expressed herself so well and it was obvious how much she appreciated us attending her graduation party and the gift that we gave her. There is still hope.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJuly 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

    That’s a tough question indeed. I think those that have been brought up with the social graces will continue and will pass it along to their children. With so many changes going on it’s hard to say what the future will be like. Love todays card and as always you did a beautiful job.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline PollardJuly 8, 2015 - 9:27 am

    Hi Becca!

    Your cards are just breathtaking! love them!!

    I have mixed feelings on this, I think it depends upon the parents and or the grandparents of this generation. I personally plan on encouraging my grand daughter and soon to come grand son to craft things with me and get our hands all dirty with finger paints; mud & dirt and nature and even garter snakes and all those wonderful things that God created and are close to the earth and are just plain fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJuly 8, 2015 - 9:29 am

    I see that skill being diminished, but for a few, it lingers thankfully. We really have to push for that to to happen.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 8, 2015 - 9:32 am

    Such a gorgeous fresh card today Becca,
    I hope todays younger generation will take time to create cards and write letters, however i am not going to hold my breath as i think they are far too busy playing computer games and using text on their phones to send messages…. So sad.
    Take Care
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJuly 8, 2015 - 9:35 am

    Beautiful card – as usual! I am hopeful handmade & handwritten will continue but electronics are a way of life for young people. My 31 year old daughter, with 2 littles at home, doesn’t have time to make handmade cards. But she does like to play in my craftroom when she comes to visit. And she “goes shopping” in my card stash for her office b’day, etc cards! My 6 year old granddaughter also made “paper soup” when she was younger and now likes to make cards when she comes to visit. Both of my kids, daughter & son, appreciate handmade items – like their grandmother’s crocheted afghans & handmade quilts and the things I’ve made them. They both “go shopping” in my Christmas card stash. I continue to be hopeful…ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Du RossJuly 8, 2015 - 9:37 am

    Hi Becca, another stunning card. My son who has just turned a teenager loves to make & create. He has done some cardmaking classes where he was the only boy (didn’t bother him),now he is doing knitting and he is also doing sewing. In fact he has got my old overlocker working. Every second weekend he cooks dinner for the family. My daughter who is just turning 9 loves to make birthday cards for her friends. I let her choose what & how she would like to make it. She gave her teacher a birthday card that she had made for her, her teacher loved it. If kids show an interest in making things let them have a try.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 8, 2015 - 9:43 am

    I so love this card, Becca! You are so generous in offering your handiwork to your followers. I’m sure that anyone fortunate enough to win one of your creations will absolutely treasure it.
    I run a group at Church teaching cardmaking and the ages of those who come along range from late 30’s to 93! The younger mums also bring their children during the school holidays and these youngsters love playing with card, inks, stamps and dies. Hopefully these children will continue the tradition, but I fear many will not. I also take cardmaking supplies to our young teenage group at Church and several of them really love creating – even a few of the young lads become very absorbed too. So perhaps there is some hope….?
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockJuly 8, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Beautiful card you make such Amazing cards. I think this Generation could carry on this Tradition but the problem is the texting takes over. but there is hope.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca DeeproseJuly 8, 2015 - 9:49 am

    Another beauty! What a wonderful way to use the window die!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen G RatcliffeJuly 8, 2015 - 9:49 am

    Hi Becca
    I’ve been sending handmade cards to my grandchildren for their birthdays and special events. They have responded with joyous thanks and display them on the mantel and in their rooms. They do look forward wondering what their card will look like each year. They are crafty and do make things. They have very busy lives but think they will continue with crafts. And they have made me cards in return!ReplyCancel

  • TeresaJuly 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

    Hi Becca, I think the younger generation will keep up with handmade things IF they are exposed to them. I was always a crafty/artist type and my children grew up with that. My daughter said from a very early age she was going to be an artist. She went on to University (an art college) and after 4 years is now a very talented jewellery designer. She has 2 young sons and they make crafts every day, so chances are they will know the value of “handmade” as well. Also, my son has taught himself how to weld and makes useful tools and ingenious things to work with for around his own home. Our daughter in law said she wasn’t into crafts when we first met but she now has a craft room FULL of things and makes wonderful wooden crafts and sells them at fairs. So I truly believe if the exposure is there it will foster their interest. (Sorry about the long post but it is a great question! LOL)ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJuly 8, 2015 - 10:10 am

    Another lovely card, Becca. Thank you for the inspiration.

    I don’t think the youngsters of today are sending as many letters or encouragement cards, but I do think they send birthday cards and event cards. Not as much as our generation perhaps, but I think they still like to include a card with a gift, or pick out that perfect Mother’s Day card.ReplyCancel

  • NancyRJuly 8, 2015 - 10:11 am

    Beautiful card, as always! Although my daughter loves my cards, and gets upset if I don’t make her one, to get her to make one and send would be impossible. She does send cards but mostly because she knows it is expected of her, plus I make them all for her. If she had it her way it would all be electronic.ReplyCancel

  • LoisJuly 8, 2015 - 10:15 am

    The card is beautiful and is inspiring me to use beautiful lace on my cards. There will always be people that like to work with their hands – wood carving, painting, sewing, making cards – so I think the tradition of hand-made will be carried on but modified for the next generation. I have received a hand-made card that was done on the computer and then embellished. I consider that handmade as much was decided about the design before printed out. My grandchildren love going into the basement to make cards. They do not realize the cost of embellishments and load their cards up on all sides. They love doing it so I do not restrict them. Thanks again for this interesting contest.ReplyCancel

  • Karen GreissJuly 8, 2015 - 10:21 am

    Love the lace on this stunning card!As for your question….unfortunately, the young generation doesnt seem to be as crafty as the older generation.They are all about electronics .I do hope that changes though, I would hate to see this art be part of a dieing breed.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl RotnemJuly 8, 2015 - 10:21 am

    Becca, let’s hope they see some of the amazing things we all do in our art! Maybe some will decide to pick it up!ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne ingramJuly 8, 2015 - 10:22 am

    I have some wide lace that would work for a card like this. I have tried to get my daughter interested. She always declined. Says she has always hated having to do art projects in school, esp for non art classes. Thought teachers were making busy work..I have tried to get a grandaughter interested. I have given her all my old sissors, paper, some punches. When she is here I always have a project to work on with her. I don’t see alot of younger women interested. I wonder if alot of the younger women, who tend to be more minimalists, see only clutter? I show homes to alot of younger women who see all the paper and ect and comment about all the “stuff”..a few though are interested, but they say the cost is out of reach for them.ReplyCancel

  • April S.July 8, 2015 - 10:30 am

    A lot of the kids I see at my library tell me how excited they are to learn cursive. So I hope they will continue to use it for handwritten letters! Also, if we encourage creativity I think kids will continue to be creative!ReplyCancel

  • Linda HeitholdJuly 8, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Well, no one in my family ever quilted but somehow I became interested and ended up teaching quilting for over 20 years.
    I have a granddaughter and great granddaughter that love to craft. My little great granddaughter will make cards with me all day long and not want to stop even for dinner so I’d have to say yes to your question. When I die I’m leaving all my goodies to my granddaughter because I know she and her girls will have a lot of fun with all those toys.ReplyCancel

  • RosieJuly 8, 2015 - 10:40 am

    I have a daughter in law who is very crative. Sadly she lives across the states or we could do lots of handmade things. My grandchildren are very techy and don’t have the patience in waiting for a phone call, they are into texting. Hoping I win your card, thx for giving us the opportunity of receiving you cards.ReplyCancel

  • Diana BJuly 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

    I think there is hope. I see younger people starting to knit. I think it is hard for parents today – when both parents work outside the home – to spend time crafting with their kids. Most kids have outside activities they are involved in – that does not usually leave a lot of time to do crafts, homework, and activity time.ReplyCancel

  • LynneZJuly 8, 2015 - 10:43 am

    Becca – Your card for today is simply stunning! You have such a wonderful design sense. I hope that the younger generation will keep on the legacy of the written word. I will do my part by always giving hand made cards to everyone. Everything has changed so much with the internet and even e-cards that I do fear that alot of the older ways will disappear.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy RJuly 8, 2015 - 10:45 am

    Becca, this is another beautiful card! Yes, I think there is still hope that future generations will make and enjoy receiving homemade cards. My grandchildren enjoy making cards and adding ribbons and stickers to them.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 8, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Hi Becca. What a beautiful card again today. I love the lace and gorgeous flowers. I do hope that handmade can survive this age of mobile phones, email and the ease of being able to order and send a card online. I have no chance of passing on my skills and love of cardmaking to my two boys, however I have nieces who are very creative and I am always passing on crafting stash to them, and love to see the beautiful cards they create :-) Hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • DianeJuly 8, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Beautiful card today as usual. You are such an inspiration. I think that there is always room for hope that younger generations will carry on. Yes, many things, such as cursive writing, seem to be a thing relegated to the past. At the same time, my two oldest grandchildren, ages 10 and 7, love to craft and create.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BakerJuly 8, 2015 - 11:03 am

    I feel that the younger generation will not carry on the crafting of making cards. Crafts come and go and there are the few that like crafting but the electronic age is hard to by past as it is instant gratification. Hopefully trends will reverse and scrapbooking, embroidery, quilting and sewing will revive itself.ReplyCancel

  • DKJuly 8, 2015 - 11:12 am

    The “device” generation will embrace and emulate handwritten correspondence if (A) a major “influencer” or (B) generational family leader(s) practice the art form.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.July 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

    Such a beautiful card! I loved it back when you first posted it and still do!

    That’s a really good question! I do like to think that the young people will get into crafting. I feel like them seeing us “older” ones craft will eventually lead them to it as they get past their busy younger years!ReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwJuly 8, 2015 - 11:20 am

    Though my children do often make homemade cards for family birthdays etc, I do sometimes worry that they don’t have the same concern about the importance of a legacy in the form of handwritten/ handmade letters and cards. Maybe they’re just not wired as sentimentally as me? This is a good question: how will we go about encouraging the younger generation to preserve memories?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy KJuly 8, 2015 - 11:20 am

    What a soft feminine card today. Just beautiful!

    Ya know, I never even gave it a thought that the kids today never pass notes anymore. My goodness, will writing become obsolete all together? I hope not! And I think there is always hope that this art form will be revived by our young generation.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne WeberJuly 8, 2015 - 11:24 am

    As usual, a gorgeous card. Oh, how I wish I had at least half of your talent in being able to layer dies and stamps. But, as for the comment, I have three older children. Two send store bought cards and one makes hers from photos she takes. However, any other communication is via email, text or phone. This goes for most people. I do get a couple handwritten notes in Christmas cards, but all others are typed on computer. It’s been a very long time since I received a handwritten letter. I guess it’s going by the wayside. Sorry to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy HaysJuly 8, 2015 - 11:40 am

    I think there is no hope for this type of tradition being carried on in the future. It will take parents, and grandparents like us, to teach our young ones just how important this type of communication is. I am going to enjoy reading all of the comments to this one. Find out if I’m not the only one worried…ReplyCancel

  • Mary MacJuly 8, 2015 - 11:47 am

    Becca today’s card would brighten anyone’s day – really beautiful. Nah! the majority of people will not be interested in crafting and can you blame them? Their lives are completely different, busy, busy, busy, goals, targets, stress and strife, just to survive. They simply do not have the time, energy OR inclination. I blame Elvis…….
    Yet, the commercial world loves to advertise ‘hand tied sausages!’ ‘handmade sandwiches’ ‘hand decorated chocolates’ ‘homemade soups'(in a factory!!). My preference would be for ‘machine’ decorated chocolates etc. LOL
    However those who do carry on the old traditions are greatly appreciated. Enough guff from me.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 8, 2015 - 11:48 am

    My daughter used to go to workshops with me, but her social life took over. She loves when i make her a card and loves the albums i have made for others. I do believe she will eventually do things herself, when her life slows down.. but that will not be anytime soon as her first child is due any day now. So in that respect, i guess it would be an older person field. I think because it is time consuming, it becomes an interest when you have more down time.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie SJuly 8, 2015 - 11:48 am

    Hello, Becca…such a beautiful card!

    I believe there are still young people who appreciate hand-crafted items, and creative ones will carry on the tradition of both making cards and sending hand-written notes. Not everyone feels electronics are the best or only way to communicate.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy BJuly 8, 2015 - 11:49 am

    This card is amazing. So stunning. I think that the card making craft is becoming less known. So many craft stores, especially stamp stores, have closed. Fewer people are exposed to this wonderful expression of art.ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkJuly 8, 2015 - 11:50 am

    I can hope that today’s youth will continue to do handwork.
    There are so many willing to help others learn crafts.
    Your card is so beautiful. I repeat that sentence almost daily.
    You are a very talented woman.ReplyCancel

  • DoloresJuly 8, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Very nice card. So sad that the younger generation doesn’t think of hand written notes. Very sad.ReplyCancel

  • Diana GeorgeJuly 8, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    I don’t think it will be as common to give a card in the future but I don’t think it will disappear either . My daughter and grandchildren love to get my cards so I think it will be rare but crafting will never die. We all need something g in our lives to make us feel we can do things special for others.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJuly 8, 2015 - 12:06 pm

    Lifestyles today are very busy and the i-pad, i-phone etc., just make it to convenient to just send messages rather then taking the time to make and address something personally. My kids still take the time to pick out a card and hand deliver it for all occasions for immediate family, but I am sure that all of her friends just get a quick text or phone call or she asks me to make something for her to give. But frankly, she and her husband both work lots of hours and anytime she does have is spent with her twins. Which is a good thing. I watch them the rest of the time, and they love to craft with me.

  • Donna brownJuly 8, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    I do not feel that the younger generation as a rule will carry on the tradition of notes or handmade items. It seems it has been lost in modern day conveniences and distractions of electronics. There will always be some that do it but I feel it is like a lost art. I love your beautiful card. It is so elegant. What a treasure for someone to receive.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJuly 8, 2015 - 12:17 pm

    Stunning card again! I think very few young people will carry on the tradition of hand written notes and handmade cards. Thankfully, my 7 year old granddaughter loves making cards and we make lots together. Also she is going to be a pen pal to the grandson of an acquaintance of mine in South Africa so that correspondence will be a great legacy. I know of no other youngster who does this sort of thing – most of them always seem to have their faces stuck into mobile phones!
    Doreen R from Bournemouth UKReplyCancel

  • ShaunnaJuly 8, 2015 - 12:17 pm

    Wow. That’s a tough question. Mostly because it seems like the traditions of old are fading away and different traditions are taking their place. Sadly pen and paper are being replaced everywhere. Even in the classroom – my son turns in his homework through an IPAD. I pray we can instill value in the written word that it wont become a thing of the past for everyone but for most I am afraid it will.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn AlexanderJuly 8, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    Becca, our younger generation is so technically focused that some have issues communicating verbally. I hope and pray that the written word communication will thrive in our society.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara LeonardJuly 8, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    I have noticed that younger children are really interested in making things – and they are great at it! If we nurture that interest at their young age, I think they will do it for a lifetime. Also, having an adult crafter around makes them want to join in.ReplyCancel

  • CatherineC in CanadaJuly 8, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Sadly, for the most part, no. I am/was a biochemist & computer scientist. I still find it alarming how technology centric young kids are today & disconnected from the physical world & tactile experience. I can’t imagine not creating something with my hands.
    The only children that I know who remain interested in crafts are the children & grandchildren of crafters.ReplyCancel

  • Diane MinerJuly 8, 2015 - 12:30 pm

    My fear is that young people today will not have the ability to handwrite notes or letters. I begin to see this in my young grandchildren. I am working on a journal for each of them, to help remember when our generation is gone.ReplyCancel

  • Mary JaneJuly 8, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    I fear that the upcoming generation will not treasure the hand written note/letter as we do. Whether this is good or not remains to be seen. I do know that I love the handcrafted card.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterJuly 8, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    I think if something happened to their phone, lol, they would be lost!! maybe even I would be, all tho I do send cards out, I still use my phone for texts a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth SartainJuly 8, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    No, I don’t think handcrafting will make it big with the younger generation as it has in the past. I see a lack of intrest with my own granddaughters. They are so busy doing so many other things that they don’t have time to be creative.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJuly 8, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    all the kids have iPhones now so I don’t think and written notes will come back Christine (Canada)ReplyCancel

  • Pamela KellyJuly 8, 2015 - 12:59 pm

    Although I love EVERY card you’ve ever done, Becca, this is one of my favorites. Exquisite! In regard to today’s topic, I don’t see handwritten notes being the norm in the future. Hopefully, they won’t dissipate completely. It is sad that so little importance is put on personal etiquette.ReplyCancel

  • JeanJuly 8, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    This card is gorgeous and the perfect gift for a special friend!ReplyCancel

  • Susan WhiteheadJuly 8, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    Well!! I said to my granddaughter (14) I was thinking of giving up making cards as through a difficult year I had lost the inclination. She said no you dont Nanny not until you make mine. This made my mind up and I am still continuing to make cards, not on the level or quality that you do but just for friends and family. They all seem to enjoy my cards. Your cards are a great inspiration to me and I WISH that I had half your talent. XXReplyCancel

  • Diane M.July 8, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Fabulous card! I believe our young people lack interest in anything, their communication skills lack personable contact, they are lazy, and unforgiving at times. I’m glad I won’t be around when they grow up and run the country! Heaven forbid!ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleJuly 8, 2015 - 1:21 pm

    Absolutely!!! There is grace and beauty in cursive handwriting…there will still be young romantics that will cherish this method of communicating their love.
    Paper Hugs,

  • BettyJuly 8, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    Yes, there is hope that there are young people that will carry on this tradition. Your card is gorgeous – thank you for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJuly 8, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    Hi Becca,

    Gorgeous card again, have not seen this one so a nice surprise lol!

    I work in a school so I know no child is going to carry on with handwriting, they all moan if they have to write a few lines lol! Its all texting and computers sadly, most children do not even send cards now a days including, sadly, my own!!!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Patricia HowarthJuly 8, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    Hi Becca, This card is stunning and would be ideal as a Wedding or Anniversary card too, I’m loving the inspiration for this window die-cut.
    I honestly don’t think that children will be ‘passing around notes’ in the classroom anytime soon !! it is sad to say. I remember (all those years ago) we passed around notes to the boys we liked and vice versa, it was so exciting. I think the children of today are sadly missing out, and what is very sad is they don’t seem to ‘speak’ to others either, it is always text and text speak (it is no wonder that their spelling isn’t what it should be hahaha).
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Peggy AllenJuly 8, 2015 - 2:20 pm

    Yes, I do believe there is hope for the younger generation. I personally have seen many college age girls who love to make cards. I pray it is not a fading art because I know how happy it makes the recipient when they receive a card or handmade craft.
    God bless,

  • Victoria LunaJuly 8, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    I think it is up to us to teach our children about tradition and how important it is. Every occasion I have, I give my children a card, I always show them my work and they give me their opinion. I alway tell them that there is nothing better that to get a handwritten card showing how much you care. I can only hope it will stick.ReplyCancel

  • Jane B.July 8, 2015 - 2:37 pm

    Hi Becca,

    What gorgeous card today! I still believe in the younger
    generation, also like us, carry on with handmade cards,
    legacy and tradition in the future.
    I am really very very happy to have won one of your beautiful
    cards. Can’t wait to receive it.
    Thank you so much,
    Jane B.ReplyCancel

  • lisa808July 8, 2015 - 2:58 pm

    I certainly hope so!

    I think it is absurd that some schools don’t even teach cursive anymore. I find it sad that so many schools now have smartboards that kids don’t have the fun of writing on a chalkboard.ReplyCancel

  • Heather MillsJuly 8, 2015 - 2:59 pm

    I’m 35 so I don’t know if that makes me younger or older. : ) But I do think it is our responsibility to pass on all the handmade arts to the next generation. My 3 girls, ages 9 and 6) love to make cards with me and sometimes even do it on their own. My 9 year-old has even started writing letters to one of her young friends. All by her own choice. But if they (the younger generation) don’t see it being done, they won’t know to do it themselves.ReplyCancel

  • Janice BrummettJuly 8, 2015 - 3:00 pm

    Love the lace on this card. I’ve been adding stick pins to my cards (only the ones I can hand deliver), and enjoy making them to match my card. I had 2 sons, and my sister had 3 sons, so I only have them to share my love of paper crafting. I too, feel the younger generation would rather use technology rather than their hands and brain to create cards. There are a few young people that are starting to trend back to paper crafting.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJuly 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    You are asking thought-provoking questions. I am part of the older generation and because our society is enamored with technology, I definitely feel like a dying breed. In time, the tide may turn – faster may not be better and people may long for more beauty, more creativity, and more heart and soul.

    I resonate with the comments of several others, but even when I had few tools, I had the desire to find ways to communicate to others they have a special place in my heart. I am a calligrapher and just writing a person’s name on an envelope has touched people.

    I guess we teach by example and you inspire me with your lovely creations!

    Love & blessings,

  • Lillian L.July 8, 2015 - 3:12 pm

    I think the youth of today are quite creative, and given the chance and being introduced to card making they would embrace it.ReplyCancel

  • marilyn in E~TownJuly 8, 2015 - 3:15 pm

    I am so intrigued with your question today. . . I think if a person is raised in an environment where they experience and witness hand made cards, crafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, quilting, etc, they are more inclined to do it themselves and enjoy the whole experience. They see the joys that these kinds of crafts bring to the person creating them and also the thrill of sending and/or receiving a hand made item! I know first hand that my grown boys (31 and 28) have witnessed my doing ALL kinds of crafts through out their lives. If my boys wanted to try what I was working on, then I got them set up and were able to do whatever craft I was doing. Today, my one son is an accomplished fly tier, my other son has crocheted numerous hats for skiing for himself and his friends. The biggest compliment I’ve ever received is when one of my boys asks me to make them something either for themselves or as a gift to give. By the way, this card just screams girly gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle berceauJuly 8, 2015 - 3:16 pm

    There’s always hope…but I think the younger generation is just too invested in technology. If they can’t do it on their phone or tablet, they won’t do it ????ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte CushingJuly 8, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. I’m disappointed that my daughter isn’t interested in crafting. She does like my handmade cards, but she is too busy to be bothered taking the time to craft them. All young people hopefully are not the same, and some enjoy crafting!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn McInnesJuly 8, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    Such a simple card but you always manage to make them look so stunning.I love your style & the way you have a bow on most of your cards.I look forward to each new blog & try to use similar dies from my stash to copy your masterpieces. My granddaughter has my passion for card making so I know she will continue to make them & send to family & friends.
    The modern world seems to bent on electrics but that is the way of the world today– such a shame.ReplyCancel

  • MildredJuly 8, 2015 - 3:24 pm

    We live in a small town without craft stores. When I leave town to visit craft stores I notice many supplies for weddings and babies to kids growing up. I believe there are some of the younger generation who appreciate the hand crafted items even if they don’t have the time or interest where they are in their life right now. Eventually they will come around!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi SmithJuly 8, 2015 - 3:36 pm

    Another lovely card and I especially love the touch of pink. Would love to win on my birthday today.
    I think there will always be people who love writing even though technology makes handwriting obsolete. My 12 year old Granddaughter is extremely expressive, where sending a text on her older brother’s phone or writing on a handmade card. No, she doesn’t have her own phone. lol! I think her parents are raising my Grandchildren with a mix of modern technology and old fashioned values. I’m really happy to see that.ReplyCancel

  • Rene StansellJuly 8, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    Hi Becca, the younger generation will be
    ok, after all the card makers of tomorrow will be our children and grand children. My 7 year old grandson loves making cards and writing a little note inside.
    Rene from OZ xxReplyCancel

  • Robin BurgesonJuly 8, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I think there will always be people out there with “artist and crafter” in their soul. It is hard to see the changes in young people, simply because they don’t realize the people skills they are losing because of their dependence on technology. However, every day almost I meet a young person who brightens my day with either a comment, opening a door for me, or even just giving me something, so I do see hope for the coming generations.ReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryJuly 8, 2015 - 4:10 pm

    Becca love your card and have to say you brighten my day every day with your lovely cards.
    No I don’t think that they will continue (some will) as all they can do these days is to look at their phones or games.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • PamJuly 8, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    Beautiful card again today. My grandchildren and the kindergarteners I work with all love to stamp and make homemade cards. Hopefully, they will always love it and continue to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Josie WalrathJuly 8, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    sad to say I don’t think so! Not even teaching cursive in schoo!ReplyCancel

  • Sally J.July 8, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    No. I think today’s technology makes everything else obsolete. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards with us!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DugginJuly 8, 2015 - 4:29 pm

    How sad to never have passed a note in school. Check here if you agree__ Check here if you do not agree__!!!! I love the lace on this card. Makes me think of my grandmother. She was a dress, and hat maker for the movie studios a very long time ago. She was a writer. I have kept many letters from her. She is long gone now and I still re-read them from time to time. I fear our younger generation has no hope when it comes to keeping the written word alive. To much technology. I do hope that I have passed my love of card making to my daughter. Blessings to you Becca, and thanks for another chance to win something so pretty. LisaReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJuly 8, 2015 - 4:34 pm

    i do think that there are folks who will pass this along. I meet young women and men who are passionate about writing – plays, poems, stories, and yes, letter. 2 weeks ago, before this blasted broken anklw thingie that has put me off my markets for the rest of the year, I met a lovely young woman who is beginning to make cards. She got a Cricut, and that’s how she started. Well, it’s exactly how I started. We talked about a technique she was having problems with and went from there. I shared some local resources, looked at her mom and said, “I could corrupt your daughter so, soooo easily!” She laughed and said, “I bet you could!” I love encounters like that – talking about what I do with people who share the same passion for it. And they are around us! And growing up among us.

    And whether I win a card or not, Becca – I’ve already won! I’ve come here every single day thus far, had something to write to brighten my day by being grateful and thankful, remember something lovely, or someone who has touched my life. What better than this for a month?


  • Pattie JnsJuly 8, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Some will an some won’t. I think it depends on the contacts they have and what inspiration they receive from them. the value of homemade is most important, because it is part of you. If they don’t understand its meaning and why; I am afraid they won’t like or do homemade.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie McKelveyJuly 8, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    I hate to say it but it seems like the younger generation is happier sending text messages and emails rather than hand writing a note or letter. While it is true my son and grandkids love my cards they communicate with me through their phone. I am lucky if I send them something to even get a thank you text even when I say let me know it arrived. LOLReplyCancel

  • Dorina DJuly 8, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    In my family, yes handwritten will continue as we send cards and notes and are teaching the great nieces and nephews to send thank you notes, etc. as well. But I don’t know if it will happen worldwide. Be so sad to see this happen as how will they learn they past history without reading written letters. So fun to go through and read letters written by my grandmother and great grandmother.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M RothJuly 8, 2015 - 5:00 pm

    I like to think that there are still young people who prefer to do written word just like the stories that they heard of their grandparents doing. There are still plenty of card makers out there? It is just that sometimes we miss seeing it because sometimes it is we ourselves that are too busy to teach these things to our children so they rely on you tube to teach them how to make things. I think that if we were to really think about it this is how our own parents were thinking about us as their times were progressing and changing.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly FlahertyJuly 8, 2015 - 5:24 pm

    Hi Becca, I’ve made this card before although it wasn’t quite as beautiful! I have also been asked by my daughter to make a card or two for her but yes, your question is quite valid. I don’t think I’ve received a “real” card from any of my children (all adults) in many years. Always a visit, a gift, a hug and a kiss (but I’m not complaining), but like you I wonder if cardmaking will go the way of the dodo bird when our generation becomes too old to cut a straight line. I asked my daughter this very question. She loves my cards. She loves my scrapbooking her children. She’s even done some scrapping a few times with me, but she said her life is too busy. She is very crafty and creates some great decorations for different holidays and makes things for her home, but she also thinks cardmaking and scrapbooking are entirely too expensive (she does have a point). Well, I guess we’ll only know when we’re 83 years old and the nurse brings us an envelope. Will we open it and find a hand made card?ReplyCancel

  • Maureen WilberJuly 8, 2015 - 5:35 pm

    What a beautiful idea, Becca! It is so important to really give – and you are doing so much of that. Thank you!. Today’s card is lovely. I was caught by the beautiful lace you used – and, of course, pearls.ReplyCancel

  • Laraine RJuly 8, 2015 - 5:38 pm

    Gorgeous card! Most of the kids I know would rather text instead of a handwritten note!ReplyCancel

  • christiJuly 8, 2015 - 5:39 pm

    I think that handmade paper crafts will continue on but as a novelty not as mainstream. I think it may go like homemade clothes have gone. love the feminine card.ReplyCancel

  • Susie NicholsJuly 8, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    I know I have certainly tried to instill the joy of giving and receiving cards and letters to my son. He is pretty good with thank you cards and birthday cards. He has even “hand made” a few (mostly on his computer). I have noticed some of the younger set at some card making events. Fingers crossed for future paper crafting/card making/letter writing/scrapbooking enthusiasts!ReplyCancel

  • D.AnnCJuly 8, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    Another gorgeous creation!
    Every time I invite kids to make cards with me they get excited. I think we can all contribute to keep the spark alive.ReplyCancel

  • WandaJuly 8, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    I love how my daughter still finds time with her busy college schedule to make me beautiful hand made cards. To me they are priceless.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 8, 2015 - 6:17 pm

    I am hopeful that things will cycle around again and the art of handmaking items will become a popular interest again.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonJuly 8, 2015 - 6:21 pm

    Hi Becca, Unfortunately The young folk don’t very often write letters now days. Even thank yous are a hassle! I have 3 children and I seldom get a card or snail mail from them. Lack of time or do they not think? I think it is rather sad that communications are now electronic and no permanent as they wetre

  • LianneJuly 8, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    Todays card is so pretty.
    I certainly hope so… and the more we share our craft, be it paper, sewing or whatever, the higher the likelihood that someone will like it and be drawn to take it up.
    I have four teen daughters, one really enjoys sewing, making cards and turning her hand to crafty things, two also craft but to a lesser degree and one would rather sing, dance and act!ReplyCancel

  • dorothy harrisonJuly 8, 2015 - 6:58 pm

    What an incredible card! The next generation? One great niece loves my handmade cards the other I’m not as sure,. I do know their mother has taught them well and I can depend on a handwritten (ok, printed) thank you note for the birthday and Christmas gifts! I also know they get more exposure to art than I did in school. In Maine the arts are alive and well with homemade/handmade works from paper to metal to poetry and clothing. So perhaps the art of a written note or card will live on….ReplyCancel

  • Beth PJuly 8, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    What a gorgeous card, delicate colours, which I love, I get so inspired each time I open up your emails. Thank you once again.

    Well that is a hard question Becca, but I feel there will always be some young ones especially if led to appreciate craft who will be inspired by people like you and us too who keep the idea going.

    I have one class of young girls aged 12-14 years who amaze me just how keen and efficient they are with scissors, card and colouring ideas, they just love their few hours in my craft room.
    So that makes me hopeful that some at least will continue with papercraft.


  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJuly 8, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    Good morning Becca,thankyou for another gem, it’s stunning!!!
    When my kids were little we did all sorts of craft, painting,card making, baking, their
    father loved to make bread with them!!!
    My kids always send thankyou cards for gifts received!!!
    Yes they have technology but has parents don’t we have an obligation to parent?
    My eldest daughters baby is 20 months old and she will say paint mummy, she bakes
    with her too and she loves it!!! My granddaughters name is Evie and yes she will be
    making cards with me. God willing!!!
    Good luck everyone!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • TerryJuly 8, 2015 - 7:52 pm

    Thanks for another AMAZING card today! There’s always hope, but with all the modern technology today that allows easy access with the push of a button/key, there may be a handful of the younger generation that stand ready to carry on with handmade legacy and tradition in the future. Most of the younger generation won’t even spell out a word like you. Their version of you is simply the stroke of 1 key “U”. My, how things have changed!ReplyCancel

  • TammieJuly 8, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    I love the pearls on the ribbon tag. Such a cute detail.

    The age of cell phone users seems to get younger and younger. Not sure they will ever pass notes rather than texts. I occasionally texts with my grandkids. Lol!ReplyCancel

  • Julie SJuly 8, 2015 - 8:10 pm

    Hi Becca, another beautiful card today. My daughter is now 14 and seems to have so little time with the amount of schoolwork she gets. She always loved card making when she was younger but these days she only makes them for me.

  • Stephanie WJuly 8, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    I agree that the written word does seem to be less important to today’s young adults. However, I think the legacy of handwritten/hand-made treasures is still valuable. At least, among our 20-something children’s friends, a hand-made gift is something special. Our daughter sends LOTS of hand-written cards.ReplyCancel

  • Leisa CairnsJuly 8, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    I think that writing is becoming a lost art. I was horrified when my stepson would come home from school with numerous spelling errors in his essays, and his teachers didn’t even circle them, so how could he learn what was spelled correctly vs. incorrectly? Grammar also seems to be an unimportant issue these days too. People don’t express their feelings in writing, so how an legacies, personal histories be kept to pass on to the next generation?

    I used to have 2 penpals in my early years – one from Pennsylvania and one from Japan. It was a wonderful experience. I have now developed an online penpal relationship with a woman that I initially wrote to, because she signed her postings with “full-time RV’er” and I wrote her privately to ask her how they found this lifestyle. We have now developed a strong relationship that has lasted for several years now, and we write just like we speak, if we were able to see each other in person. It’s a great relationship with a lot of personal sharing of information.

    I am concerned how my grandsons will ever learn about their ancestors, who helped their parents become the people they are now, and to help both grandsons (13 & 16 yrs. old) understand why they have the characteristics they have, and who they are most like in the family.


  • Charlotte WagesJuly 8, 2015 - 10:09 pm

    Yes, there will be some to carry it on. I make cards with my Granddaughter. We have fun together. She likes to see how much glitter she can glue to a card.
    There is always hope.

    Thank you for sharing your cards.ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiJuly 8, 2015 - 10:22 pm

    I think it is up to parents to give their children a good example whether it is by sending handwritten notes or crafting. Youngsters may seem like they’re not interested in these things but I would hope eventually they will develop an appreciation for handmade and handwritten items.ReplyCancel

  • Linda BrownJuly 8, 2015 - 10:27 pm

    I have that hope that there will still be people that like to do creative things. I hope that people will again begin to see the value in leisure and that taking the time to make something beautiful is just so worth the effort. Your card is so beautiful today. I have enjoyed all of them and always love seeing your work. I hadn’t had time to comment yet but I have written words that I treasure from aunt’s, nieces and others–especially my mom. You are doing a wonderful thing encouraging people to keep these traditions going.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJuly 8, 2015 - 10:28 pm

    Traditions and Legacies continue through the ages if they are taught and exposed to many. Each generation is exposed to family, cultural and national traditions. I was born at the cusp of the communication transition……crank telephones to today’s Apple wrist watch computer and I’ve evolved with each change and I still enjoy talking to dear ol’ friends on my ol’ push button cordless phone tho I do have my iphone6 and 2 pcs.. I have card making sessions at my home for several groups of friends (not for profit thing) and I also am invited to many different religious women and young adult groups to teach card making. I also do volunteer work at several elementary schools for craft day card making projects. I feel that I am exposing these women and children to a craft that they may enjoy and seek to venture into this more in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Pam TasJuly 8, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    Sweet card ! I love the way you have used the lace I have been looking
    for some lace to use like this .When I go to my local craft shop there are often
    young people even males!! with the girls looking and giving their opinion.
    So fingers crossed. !!! Take care XXXReplyCancel

  • RuthJuly 9, 2015 - 1:56 am

    Another stunning card Becca which would brighten anybody’s day!

  • Kathleen LeslieJuly 9, 2015 - 5:22 am

    Becca this is such a beautiful card from a truly beautiful person. Would that I could be the lucky recipient.
    I last wrote to the widow of a cousin late last month, hopefully she will keep the card alongside the birthday card I made for her husband, my cousin. I should write more but text and email is faster, however letters and cards can be kept long after the electronic stuff has been cleared.

  • Helen HolmesJuly 9, 2015 - 5:32 am

    Your card is gorgeous Becca, so fresh and pretty. I think the very young teens don’t use written word, they rely too much on their phones, but I think as soon as they get out into the work force and mature, they start to use other forms of communication including the written word, so hopefully in time, they will all return to it. Here’s hoping anyway
    Take care, and keep up with these beautiful creations

  • AlexandraJuly 9, 2015 - 6:02 am

    I’d like to think crafting is a lovely tradition some youngsters will keep alive. My daughter and her friend love making the hand crafted gifts they give each other. Whether it’s paper or card crafting or fabric or yarn based makes, there’s a special hand crafted love in each and every one, and this makes them even more special to keep and treasure.
    You either have, or develop this interest and the want to learn how to create or not, after all there are a lot of adults who haven’t a clue about crafts now.
    Some people enjoy sports or cooking, some love art, so I don’t think it’s age related it’s a matter of what floats your boat.ReplyCancel

  • Susan SlaterJuly 9, 2015 - 6:17 am

    Excellent question. I hope there will be some who love to craft and take on the tradition of creating cards and writing but unless it becomes a grand gesture symbol that people try to achieve regularly it probably is something that will become more rare. I’ve already seen many friends and relatives move away from sending even the pre printed holiday greetings or the annual letter of events and activities. I do believe it will be there for special occasions and when people want to show extra thought and care. I love this card and so many of your others. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 9, 2015 - 6:59 am

    You are listing all of my mos favorite cards!! Love the layering of different texture along with the versatile design for use in all occasions? So beautiful ? Your heart must be glorious to create all of these works of art!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 9, 2015 - 7:22 am

    I’m afraid for the future of “handwritten” anything. The digital age is here until technology creates something else.
    I do,however, think there will always be crafters, “diy’ers” and scrapbookers too. To that extent, the handwritten word will remain.
    Thanks for the chance. JessReplyCancel

  • NoeleneJuly 9, 2015 - 7:25 am

    I think hamdmade items will still be around but will be rare. Todays children want every thing here & now. Convenience is everything to them in a busy society.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineJuly 9, 2015 - 7:36 am

    Becca, your card is splendid. I love the “drapery effect” of the gorgeous pink ribbon behind the window die!

    I do believe there is hope of preserving the written word with the younger generation. As a teacher, I intentionally seek opportunities for my fourth grade students to express written gratitude. That is good manners, first of all, and is part of the curriculum, too. It is my hope that associating written notes with pretty papers and pleasant events for which they are grateful, correspondence will become a habit.

    My second reason for hope in this area is something I see often in my classroom: Students place cards I have given them in the clear protective covers of their binders. One sweet girl, pulled out a hand-made card and placed it on the corner of her desk “for luck” several times last year. Kids treasure written messages they receive, and I believe they will share their own written treasures with others.ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn B.July 9, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Love your beautiful card.
    I think it is very doubtful that the younger generation will carry on the handwritten legacy in the future with all the modern technology.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle E.July 9, 2015 - 9:21 am

    You are such an inspiration to me! Unfortunately, I think the younger generation has absolutely no interest in continuing the tradition of handmade cards and handwritten letters. I find this quite sad because the personal touch in communicating is being lost.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJuly 9, 2015 - 9:36 am

    I love today’s beautiful card! As for the next generation, my college age daughter hand makes canvases for friends, but never cards so I send her with a few of mine.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy GJuly 9, 2015 - 9:46 am

    I LOVE this card. I’m not sure much of the younger generation is going to pick up this tradition. it was fun to see on the news last night where a summer camp was requiring the attendees to write home twice a week – the letters were cute. We really need more of that (AGAIN).ReplyCancel

  • Diane CJuly 9, 2015 - 9:58 am

    As usual, your card is a work of art. It needs it’s own little frame. I think the younger generation will want to make cards. I just made a very simple card for a 1st birthday and the 16 year old aunt expressed a desire to know how to make one. Most people enjoy making something and it looks like there’s a lot of us that would enjoy winning one of your cards. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Mary EstherJuly 9, 2015 - 10:06 am

    It is sad that handwritten notes or letters are “becoming extinct.”
    I do receive handwritten thank you’s from some young people so that does give me hope that they will continue the tradition.
    It is a shame if schools do not teach or encourage good cursive penmanship.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your stunning cards!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa RepaskyJuly 9, 2015 - 10:21 am

    I hope that the tradition of handmade cards continue. I haven’t purchased a greeting card from a store in years. I make cards for my teenage son’s friends, my mom’s friends and even for my college age nephew’s friends. I think they mean so much more when they are made with love. Thank you for the give away! Blessings, MelissaReplyCancel

  • LorettaJuly 9, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    I sure hope the tradition of cardmaking continues, however I am very skeptical. With all the changes going on, I think cards will be a thing of the past. History repeats itself, and eventually cards will return. Thank You!ReplyCancel

  • Lu CJuly 9, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    I think there will always be handcrafters. They may not show interest at a young age, but believe many will discover the joy of making something unique as they mature. At least I pray that is so.ReplyCancel

  • Pam B.July 9, 2015 - 8:24 pm

    Such a gorgeous card. And You Ms. Becca brighten our lives everyday with your beautiful exquisite handmade cards.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry RoseJuly 9, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    I do think there is hope! Without hope, there is no forging ahead! I just saw an interview with a young artist on CBS This Morning today. The young woman makes miniature paintings that fit on a one inch background! They are beautiful. She now gets almost $1000 per piece! This tells me that art and creativity are alive!ReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostJuly 9, 2015 - 10:28 pm

    Love the femininity this card exudes. I feel that the art of the written word is being lost by the next generation. They are too into instant gratification. It must be quick, fast, and in a hurry! Hoping that some will carry on the tradition of writing.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara MuzzeyJuly 9, 2015 - 11:04 pm

    Love all your cards. You are an artist of sorts.ReplyCancel

  • DesireeJuly 10, 2015 - 10:29 am

    I think that it depends on what we as parents teach them. Even though everything can be done electronically…I think there is still something to be send for making something by hand and having it to hold afterwards. You can’t put an electronic drawing on a frig unless you print it….so, there is less opportunity for them to enjoy it for longer then it lasts on their tablet. Perhaps children will learn that to make an item truly lasting it actually has to exist in the physical world. :-DReplyCancel

  • Linda HeitholdJuly 10, 2015 - 10:57 am

    I try to make at least one card a day if I’m into card making.
    Many time I make three or more of the same card, one to give and a couple to stock pile so if I get busy working on a scrapbook I have a box of handmade cards to choose from if needed.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Lynne C.July 10, 2015 - 11:05 am

    Love this card…..the lace background makes it very appealing. I’ll try this in one of my cards.
    I’d like to think that the younger generation will continue with handmade traditions. The older generation will have to assist though to make this a reality.ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleJuly 10, 2015 - 12:18 pm

    At 76, I love anything that makes my life easier….so technology is my friend! HOWEVER, when it comes to my card making, I prefer to DO IT MYSELF…so I prefer to make all my embellishments except the little rhinestone gems of course. Still reading paper books, although I also enjoy reading on my i-Pad. Can still add and subtract without a calculator, wash a dish or two but prefer the dishwasher because it is more sanitary. LOVE my computer, but still enjoy writing notes and seeing the hand writing…my own included – LOL!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  • MichelleJuly 10, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    There is one thing I still do the old fashion way. When I am receiving a payment from my clinic I still count back the money verbally to the patient. I am beginning to think this is a lost art as so many stores I go into let the cash register machines do it all. Some of the younger generation still gets confused on this approach.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJuly 10, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    I notice that the younger does not make cards but they seem to collect stamps. I have my grandchildren over so we can make cards together. As they are getting older they are in some many sports they we don’t get together as much.ReplyCancel

  • Myrtle J in VA USAJuly 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    I, too, still wash dishes by hand. In crafting, I still like embossing with a brass template, a stylus and light box. Beautiful card, as usual, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa KJuly 10, 2015 - 9:41 pm

    Given the fact that in addition to kids being addicted to their cell phones and ipods/ipads, children are no longer taught cursive writing, I think the likelihood of them making/sending cards are nil. I think it is such a shame. The upcoming generation is going to be composed of stupid people totally dependent on electronics. If there is a power failure, they won’t have a clue of what to do or how to survive.ReplyCancel

  • Terri (terriavidreader) ScottJuly 11, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    I’m not so optimistic that it will continue for the masses, but yes, some girls especially will keep things going. Especially crafters.ReplyCancel