Day of Giving Friday: Do Something Creative

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Fans  - fully supply list at
Good morning sweet friends!   Popping in today to share another card for Day of Giving Friday.  Since I’m at CHA I thought the sentiment I’m showing today would be so, so appropriate!  Do Something Creative Every Day.  WRBF-6001-2017
Today I’m giving away another of the cards made with Graceful Borders but it is done in the conventional way.  I’ve taken Spellbinders Graceful Fans and simply stacked it up to make a half-high background (you know I love doing this).  You simply adhere each layer, overlapping, using foam tape.  This seems so frilly!!  For the bottom, I’ve used one of the three borders from Graceful Sweet Words to add an arched scallop to the bottom.

About Day of Giving Friday
For new readers, every Friday it’s my pleasure to give away a card.   The card goes to a randomly picked reader (worldwide) who leaves a comment in our conversation. Want to know more about Day of Giving, here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11.  You can check to see if your name is on the list of winners HERE!  For your comment:  I’m taking in a new city today – where did you grow up and why was it special?

Stamps:  Paper Source – Do Something Creative
Craft Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White – Cover – 80lb smooth,
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black  and Clear Embossing Powder 
Accessories:   Spellbinders Graceful Fans,  Graceful Sweet Words, Recollection Pearls, Offray Satin Ribbon

post-header-bottomI’m blogging from my hotel room today but sending a squeeze and a hug to all of you sweet readers.  I’m looking forward to CHA and carry you in my heart.


  • Melissa BoveJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:32 am

    Wow!! I adore this card!! So beautiful!!!

    I grew up in a small town in NJ and it’s special to me because of all the childhood memories I have there. Times with my sister and family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:55 am

    I grew up in rome, ny. what was special about it was that it was a small town with big city activities. I grew up in the 60’s-70’s. we had supper sports for girl’s and boy’s. long before title 9. we could learn tennis, golf, archery, and swimming at no cost to us. we were encouraged to play outside.

    love today’s card.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:01 am

    Welcome to sunny Arizona, Becca! Lol. Sorry it’s not so sunny for your visit. Normally this time of year is beautiful, but unfortunately this year we are having a rough winter.

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I think my era of childhood was special, not because of where I lived, but rather because of the time period. It seemed to be more peaceful & we certainly did not have to worry about playing in the streets or speaking to adults we did not know. We were taught to speak when spoken to, so we answered.

    I adore the Phoenix area & would prefer to never have to move, but I love the city of Chicago for the culture, architecture, and the lake front. Beautiful!

    Just like your stunning card design today. The softness is so soothing. I could sit & stare at it forever!ReplyCancel

  • DebraJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:04 am

    As usual I LOVE LOVE your cards! I lived in MO. I enjoyed when we took road trips as a family. I got your new collection. I can’t wait until the weekend so I can PLAY with my new dies!!!ReplyCancel

  • TheresaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:16 am

    Truly beautiful cards. I love the colors, soft and lovely. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • LindaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:24 am

    Just ordered my Graceful Borders dies. Looking forward to making cards with the new dies.ReplyCancel

  • Lori EdwardsJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:25 am

    Gorgeous, as always. I grew up in Hawaii and although I’m not a beach person, I loved the weather. My family and old friends are there, it just feels different going back home.ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:26 am

    I grew up in a small town in Pa.Everyone knows everyone and all are hard working families.
    Hard work never hurt anyone and health and happiness are every where!Gratefulness and feeling blessed are a huge part of!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy AtkinsonJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:29 am

    Hi Becca it is always so nice to receive your posts as your cards are always beautiful. The choice of dies the colour of the card and the composition are always so beautifully thought out, I think anyone would be pleased to receive line of your cards. I don’t really have one special special? place as we moved around whilst I was young, but my home now is special as it is where I was living when my children were born so it will always be special.
    I do hope that you are enjoying CHA.

  • jean marmoJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:35 am

    I grew up mostly in NJ. It was a small town where we hung oyut with the neighborhood kids!ReplyCancel

  • AletJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:40 am

    Lovely card, always an inspirationReplyCancel

  • SheilaJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:42 am

    Becca that is stunning. Oh my gosh your talent is inspiring to all of us. I grew up in the small town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Talk about being raised by a town. You knew if you ever did anything it would reach your mother’s ears before you even got home.ReplyCancel

  • Marie BoudvilleJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:45 am

    Love you creative card Becca.
    I grew up in SandaKan, Sabah when I was 10th old after leaving Myanmar which was then Rangoon, Burma. My time growing up there brings back lots of memories before migrating to Perth, Australia where more memories were n are still being madeReplyCancel

  • BunnyJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:46 am

    I started growing up in a small rural area. No neighbors really. We were a small mom and pop gas station that sold different sundries. We did have a small store not too far from our house that I would now call a convenience store. We lived on US1. When I95 was built that basically killed the business. But before that we had good times. I played with my brothers and we always got along. You laid on the ground and watched the clouds and made shapes out of them. You watched airplanes when they flew over, you got to watch doodlebugs dig in the sand. When you went into town it was exciting. School was wonderful. Then when we moved to the suburbs everything changed. I learned things like cuss words and how bad and mean people could be. It was a culture shock. I wish all kids could grow up in small towns and be just kids and not have to worry about the internet and video games.ReplyCancel

  • MildredJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:47 am

    Well, I didn’t grow up in a city. It was a rural area. Gravel roads, no sidewalks, septic systems, no street lights. And we walked a mile each way to school. And to church, to the movies and to each other’s houses. It was special because it was just so peaceful and quiet. And I got to have a big German shepherd. Good times. Another great card.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:50 am

    Awesome card, have fun at CHA …moved around a lot as my dad was in the Air Force for 20 yrs..ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:54 am

    Another beautiful card today, Becca, for a very lucky recipient. I was born and grew up in a coal mining community in a South Wales valley in the U.K. It was special because of the real sense of community, where people had very little but helped one another. Although I have moved on, I will always remember my roots and be grateful for the true values on which I was brought up and remain adhered to.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:54 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely petticoat card. So pretty. Have a fab time at CHA.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:59 am

    I grew up in a small town in southwestern Ontario called St. Thomas. It was special because because it was close to the beach and the larger city of London, people were friendly. I love how you layered your dies to make another beautiful cards . Have fun at the show. ChristineReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    BEAUTIFUL CARD BECCA!!! Hope you are having fun at CHA!
    I was born and raised in Miami, Florida…it was warm and sunny and FUN!
    Now live in Salem, OR with all the season changes, but mostly mild weather…loving it!
    Paper Hugs,

  • Earlene BostJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:08 pm

    Lovely card, Becca! Hope you have a wonderful time at CHA. Wish we had a list of all participants. Love seeing new product. Can not wait for any tidbits you have to share.ReplyCancel

  • Mickey M.January 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Where I grew up in Pennsylvania there were no fences separating the backyards which were connected by a small woods where we could walk, climb trees and explore. And no safety worries for us being out on our own.ReplyCancel

  • Susan B.January 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Gorgeous card! thanks for sharing. I grew up in small town in Delaware. I like small town life but Delaware gets all seasons which is why I like it. Close to beaches and mountainsReplyCancel

  • Frederica BondJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Amazing card- so very pretty! Loving the dies! I grew up in Washington, D.C. LOVED IT! So many different people and cultures and so many places to visit for FREE! You could wander through the Smithsonian for days and still not see all of it. The outdoor concerts- every genre- just lovely! My husband loves to go there- every vacation! He started calling that home! It is for me as most of my family members are in the area.ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:21 pm

    Lovely card today! I grew up in a suburb of LA. IT was special because it was right up against the foothills and we could go hiking easily, and be out of the house within ten minutes or so to from our home. I learned to be independent that way. Ave an awesome time at CHA while you are there…can’t wait to see all the new goodies everyone has!ReplyCancel

  • Candace B.January 20, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    I love the new dies! And the colors in this card are so soft and it is so beautiful. I grew up in a very tiny village in Wisconsin, Mt. Horeb, which is much bigger today. The town was full of traditions and was so proud of its Norwegian heritage. I missed the music, the festivals and the Norwegian language sung in the churches, long after I left.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy DuBoseJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    This is absolutely Gorgeous, love your cardsReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:28 pm

    Hi Becca!
    Have FUN at CHA!!! I KNOW you WILL! LOL First, what stamp did you use for the scripty writing? I didn’t see a credit for it. It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! AND your card is GORGEOUS with the dies! SIGH! YOU NEVER FAIL to please us with your creations!!!!
    I grew up in Ohio & why was it special? Because God brought my husband to me there! ;) SAFE TRAVELS HOME!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous card. Love those dies. I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis MO. What’s special is there were (and still are) a lot of fun things to do that are free or cost very little. We have an amazing park that includes a wonderful zoo, a huge open air theater, two wonderful museums and lots more. Of course now there’s the Gateway Arch (it was finished the year I graduated from high school) which is amazing. There is also a great botanical garden and lots of fun neighborhood festivals. I also love the changing seasons (though not crazy about cold weather). I still live here and still love it.ReplyCancel

  • Donna DaileyJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    Hello Dear Becca and your followers:
    What a gracious and loving heart you must have and that I see with every message to your friends. I”m so proud of your accomplishments, a faithful child of God is evident and rewarded with such wonderful talent. I especially love your choice of colors, beautiful and elegant simplicity that speaks to my heart every time I look at your posts/blog. May God continue to bless, keep you safe, and grant you His best. Loving and kind wishes to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous card today, Becca. I’m loving these new border dies, they are so versatile.
    I was born in a suburb of London UK and had a wonderful carefree childhood and the ability to go where ever I wanted. Now I live miles away from any major towns and love the peace and quiet.ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    WOUW Becca this is sooo gorgeous. I´m always sooo amazed by the beauty you manage to get out in every single card you ever make, and also this one here.
    I grew up on a huge farm, where my dad was wmployed to help in the stables with the animals, and it was amazing, but ofcause very different from living in a city, but I absolutely loved it there, even I was the only girl among all the workers kids, all the rest was about 7 or 8 boys in different ages, so I had to learn things the hard way, if I wanted to be in, but I wouldn´t trade it for anything in the world, and it sure learned m,e to deal with most issuess through life, one can think of, which is pretty cool.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJanuary 20, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    I grew up on Penn Yan,NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, wine country. It is said that the lakes were formed by God laying his hand on our land. It is beautiful, rolling hills, crystal lakes, wonderful people!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:21 pm

    Another great use of those borders; I’m really loving all the different uses you present!
    I grew up in RURAL Wyoming and Colorado (1 room school and all). Being 60 miles from something as simple as a gas station provides you GREAT planning skills – in use still today!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly FuchsJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:27 pm

    Beautiful and elegant. It’s always a pleasure to see what you have created and you never disappoint.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous card, Becca! I love the lacy look and the rich colors. So elegant.

    I grew up in Panama City, FL. I couldn’t wait to get out of there once I grew up. But now, many years later, I remember it with great fondness and nostalgia. The beaches were so glorious back then!ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:37 pm

    My goodness Becca, how do you come up with so many beautiful cards? I am so glad that I bought your set of dies. This card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Juanita BraunJanuary 20, 2017 - 1:39 pm

      I forgot to answer your question. I grew up in Washington,DC. I just love it because of all it has to offer.ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    Hi Becca,
    This card is gorgeous, I love what you did with it. I grew up in a suburb in Sydney Australia. I love it & continue to love it because of the community feel, family friends, the weather & nature that surrounds us.
    Enjoy CHA, wish I could be there! Have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • Judy BJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:45 pm

    I grew up in the Midwest in Des Moines, Iowa. As a young person, I never thought that my city and state were anything special. As I’ve matured and visited other places, I’ve come to realize there is a lot to love about where I grew up. I’d say the people are one of the reasons. We are friendly here. I’m sure everyone feels the same about their birthplace.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:48 pm

    Hi Becca – this is another gorgeous card!! Love the texture the repeated dies cuts give.
    I grew up in a very small town in New Zealand, and it was special because of the love within my family and the great friendships I had – it was the sort of town where most people knew everyone :-) couldn’t really get into mischief as it would soon get back to my parents ears!!

  • Anita BraddockJanuary 20, 2017 - 2:59 pm

    I grew up in Seattle Washington the Bremerton Washington till I married the man of my dreams he was Navy and Transferred to California we are back in Bremerton in the house I grew up in and we own it and love the fact that each of our children graduated from the same school and took pictures of them in front of the Fireplace that I had mine taken as well. It’s very special for me. This is a Beautiful card thanksReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJanuary 20, 2017 - 3:23 pm

    Another gorgeous card! Even though you have again used the “stacked borders” design on your card it looks different than the other “stacked borders” cards – love that!! Can’t wait to see the new products from CHA! Enjoy!! I was born in Washington, D.C and we moved to Southern California when I was 6. Torrance isn’t considered a small town but our neighborhood was very close-knit and it was a lovely place to grow up. It didn’t hurt that we were only 5 miles from the ocean and maybe 2 hours from the desert or the mountains and we could visit whenever we wanted.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy UrichJanuary 20, 2017 - 3:31 pm

    Another amazing card. And welcome to my home town. I am from Phoenix. Growing up, I loved Wallace and Ladmo. And Legend City. And, Monte’s La Casa Vieja. And, as more and more people move here, we have lost much of our culture to other people’s cultures.ReplyCancel

  • DottieJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Just live the soft colors and gorgeous lace scalloped edges. So beautiful becca!
    Born and raised in the Waterford Michigan area and have settled with my hubby here 52 yrs ago. Though there are other lovelier places this is my beloved home that the Lord has blessed me with so I am content. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful card you made.ReplyCancel

  • Bette SJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Bautiful card – as always!! I grew up in a small town in Iowa called Strawberry Point. Supposedly it was called that because the early pioneers found of a small hill where wild strawberries grew. Whatever – it was a great place and time to grow up. Everyone knew everyone – we were all in the same boat, only the banker and lawyer was “wealthy”. We lived less than a block from school and came home every day for lunch. After school, my sisters and I and five or six girlfriends would gather around the TV and watch American Bandstand. And we saw Elvis on TV!! Such memories.Mom was a stay at home Mom and took such good care of us. We had not one, but two huge gardens and Mom would can and pickle everything she could get her hands on. In the spring we went to the 100 acre woods and look for morel mushrooms (and spring flowers) and in the fall, it was walnuts, butternuts and hickory nuts. In the winter Dad would crack them out and we would pick them out for the cookies and candy Mom would make. I learned to count by playing cards with my folks and siblings (there were 9 of us kids – just the one boy). Church was a important in our lives and I enjoyed Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When the church ladies put on their dinners, we girls were always called upon to help. There was the theatre to go to on weekends and after school was the Dairy Bar where you could buy a coke for 5c and put a few coins in the jutebox and listen to your favorite music! My husband and I always say were were born in the best of times and we were!! For which we both are very thankful. Good luck at CHA! I’m sure you will be a hit with your new dies!!ReplyCancel

  • DevyJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:34 pm

    What a precious card! I grew up outside of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area-in the middle of nowhere, way out in the country. I loved it-wide open spaces, room to roam, and always fun to be had!ReplyCancel

  • elaineJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:35 pm

    Hi Becca , so beautiful and soft is your card, i love it .
    I grew up in a little village in Alsager S O T England , we could play in the road safely because it hardly had traffic to come along , it was a rare treat for us kiddies to see a motor car .

    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Penny GJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    Hi, love the card, so beautiful as all your cards are! Welcome to “sunny” Phoenix!! I now live about 10 min away in Avondale, Az where it is pouring rain! I grew up in a small town in Jamestown,North Dakota, it was a wonderful place to grow up surrounded by lots of family and good german cooking!ReplyCancel

  • PAM TASJanuary 20, 2017 - 4:59 pm

    Hi Becca love this card looks like real lace ! Especially the bottom
    row your dies are so clever .
    I was born in Derbyshire U.K. In a small village right across from the
    beautiful stone church and school was our home.
    The toilets were outside and the playground was directly opposite our
    house,my Mum had to be so carefull if she was in the garden or going somewhere as I would call out and want to go with her lol.
    In my teens I was in the church choir and used to ring the bell for church
    it was a beautiful , even sang a Christmas carol solo ! (Can’t sing for nuts now lol.) enjoy CHA and stay safe and HAPPY !!! hugs PamxxxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Gin K.January 20, 2017 - 5:27 pm

    What a lovely and appropriate card! Love the frilly look. I grew up in a small town in Ohio and what made it very special actually wasn’t the town at all, it was my grand mother who actually ived in the next town over. Visiting her and being with her was my favorite thing to do. I just loved her yard, full of flowers that she let me pick! A cherry tree that I ate all of the cherries I could off of and the rest my Grams made into sweet pies! A small cluster of apples trees in the back yard kept us supplied with Granny smiths and red apples. Being at Grams house was like my Heaven on Earth. I still dream about that place and have fond memories of it still. It was truly the love of my Grandma that made the place so special and I miss her still today! Now that I am the Grammie, I try to make my house and yard just as appealing to my grand daughters with Flower fairy gardens, strawberry and raspberries and all sorts of veggies to snack on, similar to how my Grams did for me. But most of all, I try to love them as much as I possibly can!

    ~Ginny, AKA “Grammie” ~ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)January 20, 2017 - 5:29 pm

    I love this card with the petticoat effect! It brought back memories of a party dress my mother made for me out of lace when I was about 6. She was a fine needlewoman and so my clothes were handmade and different!
    I grew up in a town in the south east of England. We lived in a small cul-de-sac of 31 houses and we lived at one side of the banjo and my aunt and uncle lived at the other side, just 4 doors away. Our houses backed onto a large field where all the children from the road would play and where every November, we would build a huge bonfire and everyone would pool their fireworks to have a display. We would wrap potatoes in tin foil and bake them in the fire and heat tomato soup, sausages and baked beans round the edges which we would then eat in our wellies, coats, hats and scarves! So exciting! Most of our neighbours didn’t have cars and so we were able to roller skate quite safely around the pavements. Life was uncomplicated, gentle and good!
    Thanks for the memory prompt, Becca! hope you are enjoying CHA.

  • Lori SloanJanuary 20, 2017 - 5:30 pm

    Yet another gorgeous card! Thank you! I love the delicate lacey look. I grew up in a rural area outside a small town in Oregon. I learned to truly appreciate the country life and enjoyed the company of many precious dogs and cats over the years. They are still a very large part of my life!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJanuary 20, 2017 - 5:49 pm

    Hello Becca, Hope you have a wonderful time at CHA. Your “petticoat” card today is lovely. I grew up in an east coast mid-Atlantic city. It was special for me because it was “home”.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa StaymanJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:02 pm

    I grew up in the only town burned by the Confederate Army – Chambersburg PA. It was a small town. I walked 6-7 blocks into town from about 8 yrs of age onward…anytime I wanted (I loved the library!). Also walked 9 yrs out of 12 to school, needless to say I was skinny and healthy back then!! Hope you are enjoying Phoenix and Creativation. Today’s card is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • TammieJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:25 pm

    Enjoy your time in Phoenix Becca. I grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico – home of the hottest green chile, great wine, and one of the largest pecan producers in the wo le.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:31 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous card!
    My first home was in Van Nuys, CA. It was special because it was close to Disneyland, which opened the same year I was born. I actually have pictures of myself at the park when I was very young. At first glance I thought the pics were just a regular park. Looking closer I realized that they were taken at Disneyland! At that time, it looked nothing like what it looks like now!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret McGettiganJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:38 pm

    I grew in a place called the Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland. The largest walled park in Europe. We lived in the married quarters of the police force in Ireland. All our dads were police, Garda called here. We all live all over the world but lots of us are still friends. I spent the day yesterday with my girlfriend, we met 50 years ago when her Dad came to work with mine. Great times and the best of friends. Thank you Becca for your beautiful new dies, I am having great fun with them. I hope I am lucky enough to win one of your cards.

  • Peggy PighettiJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:47 pm

    Your card is gorgeous! Enjoy CHA!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:51 pm

    Hi Becca
    Beautiful card today – as always. Never cease to amaze me!
    I grew up in the Catskill mountains of upstate N Y in a one-horse town Shinhopple. No lights and maybe 150 population including cats and dogs. One little general store with gas pumps and the post office. 50’s and 60’s were a great time and I wouldn’the change a thing. Been married now for soon to be 54 years.
    Have a ball at CHA!!
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • RayaJanuary 20, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    What a beauty! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I grow up in the burbs in iowa. Loved the time with family and friends. It was the best! Go Hawkeyes!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JordanJanuary 20, 2017 - 7:35 pm

    I just cry when I see your beautiful new cards and dies! I love your Graceful sweet words set and now I want this one too!
    As for my home town, it was Homestead, FL but highly recommend not to go there. Not nice anymore. I live in Orlando and it is a ton of fun as everyone knows! My husband and I travel to north Georgia in the fall and love the small towns like Elijay, Blairsville, and Dahlonega. We go for the fall parades and it so fun to see all the festivities of small town America. HOpe that you have fun and tell us more about the places you find out there!ReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreJanuary 20, 2017 - 8:01 pm

    Another gorgeous card Becca! I grew up in Brooklyn NY, one of the five boroughs in New York City. I took for granted that anything I wanted to do was available and my parents made sure my sister and I experienced most of it. We enjoyed the Broadway theater and the museums the art galleries and the ice skating rinks, the shopping and the parks. It was when I retired and move out of the city did I realize all the wonderful exposure we had as New Yorkers. I loved growing up and living in one of the most fabulous cities in the world!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJanuary 20, 2017 - 8:02 pm

    Good morning Becca, simply stunning!!! Have a great time at CHA!!! I grew up in a place called Eckington in Derbyshire. U.K we had fun riding our bikes being outside during the summer holidays and just being kids. Happy times!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Pamela HeroldJanuary 20, 2017 - 9:19 pm

    Another really beautiful card. Would love to be there with you at CHA. Got connections in Phoenix and it could be so much fun. Anyway, Martinsville Va was a fairly midsized town in its day with a booming economy. Nylon Capital, Textile Capital and Furniture manufacturing were all very productive business growing up. The stories you hear about living in “good ole days” were very true there. Now it is a very lazy town with not much going on. Folks there are trying to bring the arts to the area to make it a quaint small town. We’ll see.ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:33 pm

    I am so in love with this card so much!!!! The sentiment has always been my mantra :)

    Well, I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas and well they are famous for the State Fair, The Annual RV Show, The Annual Home and Garden Expo. But the last time I was there they were suffering a major loss of residents due to the Brine well explosions and the Gas pockets up under the city due to the Cary Salt Mine . They closed the mine and turned it into a museum and restaurant last I heard. but hat would have been 13 years ago this February 14th when my now hubby flew me up to get me out of a very volatile family situation.

    I was afraid I was going to miss this as I just got back into town after traveling three hours over the mountain to have a biopsy done. I will not find anything out until Tuesday at the earliest. Just praying it is not the Big BC…. So I would like to ask anyone who prays to think of me :).ReplyCancel

  • MaryJanuary 20, 2017 - 10:52 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca!
    I grew up in WV–I still miss the beautiful hills!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:02 pm

    What a gorgeous card. . . Gosh I hope I win this one!!! You’ve out done yourself, I’m in love with this gorgeous card and sentiment!
    I grew up in the SanFernando Valley, Sepulveda, CA, yes you can say I’m “a Valley girl” ha ha ha.
    Why was it special, oh I have such fond memories of growing up, family time, a neighborhood where all our neighbors lived there for at least 35-40 yrs, so they are more like family than the neighbor next door, many, many a night of playing kick ball/softball/fressbie in the street with teams consisting of children and parents. Lots of times where families would gather at a house just to visit! Summers spent going to the ocean, Zumba beach, or play games, card games, Spoons or whatever we fancied at the time for a whole afternoon.
    What a wonderful question, thank you for letting me return to my childhood and the wonderful memories.
    Have a great time at CHA, visiting the new city and visiting with all who stop by to meet you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • VickieJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:15 pm

    I Love this Card!!!! I was born in Northville MI at the Ford Motor Co. hospital which was so small it is now a dentist office! This Ford plant still has the working water wheel that powered the plant back in ths day.ReplyCancel

  • CJJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:33 pm

    Such a yummy card!! So beautiful!! I grew up in California during the 60’s. Lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in Santa Cruz. What a great time…long hair, hippie beads, psychedelic art, black lights, the beach & boardwalk, baby oil suntans, bikinis, surf boards… Oh to be young again!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJanuary 21, 2017 - 12:17 am

    Just beautiful Becca, love the layering

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxxReplyCancel

  • Kathleen ReillyJanuary 21, 2017 - 2:14 am

    Another beautiful card. Thank you for posting it


  • BenteJanuary 21, 2017 - 4:56 am

    What a gorgeous and elegant card, Becca!
    I just love it :))
    I grew up in a small town by the sea, and could not settle down any place without being able to get a glimpse of the sea and the wide horizon everyday.
    Watching it gives me the feeling of freedom and calmness…ReplyCancel

  • Iris harborneJanuary 21, 2017 - 5:12 am

    Just have to comment on this totally fabulous card. It is amazing. Represents a lot of work but every minute was well worth it for this result. One of the most beautiful I’ve seen. xxReplyCancel

  • Iris harborneJanuary 21, 2017 - 5:19 am

    I think I got so caught up with the beauty of the card I forgot to comment on this week’s topic. I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A beautiful city, great architecture and history and surrounded by all the beauty of nature you could ask for – mountains, sea etc. But it was most special simply because it was HOME. xxReplyCancel

  • Ang EdwardsJanuary 21, 2017 - 6:04 am

    Hya Becca stunning card as always !!
    The place i grew up in is stoke on trent in staffordshire GB
    its a special place because we were called “the potteries” for obvious reasons But now its all gone abroad leaving our area bare of pot banks
    I still live in the area and love it
    Keep inspiring us with your talent Becca i sooo look forward to my friday inspiration
    Thank you Ang from GB xxReplyCancel

  • erniJanuary 21, 2017 - 6:13 am

    oh Becca, your card is perfect! I grew up in the countryside of Austria and had a wonderful time,learnig to take care of others and do my best to please parents and God and nature. Now we live in the City and many things around have changed,but the rules we learned at home still are number one. hugs from oversea, ErniReplyCancel

  • Carol H.January 21, 2017 - 9:46 am

    What a beautiful card!! That sentiment is perfect too, because isn’t that what we want to do!! I grew up in Mesquite, Texas. Honestly, I cannot think of anything special about living there. Which is why, I guess, I’ve not lived there since I moved out on my own. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJanuary 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm

    This is such a pretty card Becca, and it is on my wish list to purchase. I grew up in Colorado and what a great time it was. When we finished chores we would head up to the mountains, which were only a few blocks away, and hike all afternoon. We would take a lunch, snack and some water. It was good to share the hike with a sister or friend. The best of hiking was lunch time as we sat on a big rock and watched all of God’s critters scurrying around and listen to the pines sing on a windy day. I wished those who were unable to experience this time will somehow hear and see it.ReplyCancel

  • Granny DJanuary 21, 2017 - 1:29 pm

    This is a beautiful design, I truly adore it. We are all so glad you came into our lives with your designs.

    I grew up on the California coast in Rolling Hills Riviera,(not as swanky as it sounds). We had so much freedom as children, we could play on the hills and slide down them in boxes, ride skateboards down the steep hills and skin every part of our bodies (including noses) and never lock our doors. It was safe and fun. Couldn’t go home again but sure had some great memories from grade school to high school graduation and my first year of college.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJanuary 21, 2017 - 1:29 pm

    Hi Becca, A truly stunning card with a fantastic sentiment!!
    I grew up in a small town in Lancashire, England called Leigh, I had a fantastic childhood and my childhood home holds many ‘special’ memories for me, in fact I would love to live in that same house again if I could.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonJanuary 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm

    Very pretty card as usual, but you only make beautiful ones.
    Born in Jamaica and lived there till I immigrated to Toronto,Ontario.I have called this my home for over 60yrs, and never missed Ja. for its not the same any more.ReplyCancel

  • crafty violetJanuary 21, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    Lovely card and I wish I could tie a bow like that!
    I grew up on a farm outside the city of Hamilton, ON. It was special because my parents made all 8 of us feel special including the foster children they took in and others who had no place to go. Their home and heart were open to all.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJanuary 21, 2017 - 9:44 pm

    Yours is a card that I must learn to make. It’s lovely. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in a country sugar plantation camp. It was an idyllic wonderful place to grow up. We played kick ball and marbles in the ball field, hop scotch in the middle of the road, made sling shots out of guava branches and ate seasonal fruits from your yard, baked our own cookies and learned embroidery and sew our own clothes. The camp no longer exist but the memories are forever.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithJanuary 22, 2017 - 1:15 am

    Hello Becca – you are in my neck of the woods this weekend since I live southeast of Phoenix! I hope you enjoy your time here. I actually grew up in southern California and feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in a small town atmosphere outside the big city of Los Angeles. Our town was in the foothills above Los Angeles and was a wonderful place to grow up. A job transfer is the only reason I’m in Arizona but I do love it here too.

    Every time I see a card or project you’ve created with your border dies, I get even happier that I purchased the entire collection. Today”s card is no exception because it is so lovely yet I can see it isn’t too difficult to recreate. I love the ruffled look! I wish you could know just a bit of the inspiration we feel when you share with your beautiful projects with us! Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaJanuary 23, 2017 - 6:50 am

    Wow…absolutely gorgeous card Becca. Love, love, love it!!! I grew up on Long Island in New York and as a child was able to walk to the the beach and the boardwalk.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie HoaglandJanuary 23, 2017 - 2:19 pm

    I love this card! Beautiful as usual. I grew up in Horseheads, NY. It wasn’t a huge town…I’d say just right. No big city worries. I have to say though, I love living in small town Florence, AZ. There always seems to be something going on.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CJanuary 24, 2017 - 9:35 am

    You know, I shouldn’t be surprised when I pull up your blog and it takes my breath away, but here I am delightfully surprised with this stunner!!
    I was away this weekend, too. Sanibel, one of my favorite spots in the US! I also love going back to southern Indiana where I spent a lot of my youth. Rolling hills beautiful woods and farmland and friendly folk (many still don’t lock their doors!) make that area special to me.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Jo WoodJanuary 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Such a gorgeous card, Becca! It is beautiful and inspirational. :)ReplyCancel

  • Pat LittlejohnsJanuary 26, 2017 - 6:40 am

    Hi Becca, it was SO good to see you on tv here in England, please can you come back again soon and stay longer! I grew up in Northampton here in England during the 50s. We were very poor and always had toast and dripping for tea on thursdays, the day before payday. They were wonderful, carefree days. We played ball games and skipped in the street and always felt safe. Good manners and a caring attitude were top of the way we were expected to behave. I loved it all, even having a heated brick, wrapped in old blanket to warm me at night in bed. Now I live in North Devon where it is a slower pace of life and I can spend sunny days looking out over the estuary from my terrace. Bliss! Love, love, love your designs xReplyCancel

  • PaulaJanuary 26, 2017 - 9:34 pm

    Becca yours is the only blog/page/site/crafter I’ve subscribed to! You are surely one of THE most creative cardmakers I’ve ever come across. You blow me away! God bless your talented soul! Thanks for the inspiration and for such beautiful cards to behold.ReplyCancel

  • Rene from OZJanuary 27, 2017 - 1:48 pm

    Exquisite card Becca
    I was born in Scotland moved to Sydney Australia when I was 7
    What a country what a city. I love being Australian
    Take care
    Rene from OZ xReplyCancel