Day of Giving Friday: Hello

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Sentiments 5, Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Elements, Spellbinders Renaissance Tags One - full supply list at
Hi friends, I guess you could say better late than never.  My life is currently being ruled by whether I have internet or not; today was not.  I’m learning my lesson, I had everything ready to go but never schedule posts and it certainly caught up with me today.   No worries, I know you all cruise by when you have a second and I thank you.  Today is Day of Giving Friday and I have a new card to share.  Recently I’ve leaned more to the shabby side and it’s relatively easy to do with inspiration.  I had this lovely piece of vintage looking lace that I simply wanted to build a card around and I love the texture of burlap :-)

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Sentiments 5, Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Elements, Spellbinders Renaissance Tags One - full supply list at
Because there is so much detail in the background, I kept die cuts to a minimum, using simply enough to get a message across.  One of my favorite thing to do is to cut my dies and use the edges as embellishment.  I used one of the tags from Spellbinders Renaissance Tags One to add some interest behind the flowers and I cut up edges from  Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Elements to decorate my hand cut pennant and finished up with the hello from Spellbinders Sentiments 5

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 – our winners list is up to date!  For your comment:  What objects do you look to for inspiration in your papercrafting.

Rubber Stamps:  None
Craft Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Vintage paper from my stash
Ink:   None
Accessories:  Spellbinders Renaissance Tags One,  Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Elements, Spellbinders Sentiments 5, Burlap (The Paper Studio), Tulle (Joanns), Velvet Leaf (Prima), Fabric Flower Petals (Michaels), Darice Pearls, Lace from my stash

post-header-bottomThanks so much for taking a second to stop by – I sincerely appreciate it!  Stay safe friends!


  • DebraOctober 7, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    Oooooh how I love the shabby side and you do it beautifully! Inspirations are many – one being you of course, also Pinterest, maybe a card I see on a blog, or possibly just an idea I get.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantOctober 7, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    Such beautiful details on your card!
    I look to the company blogs for inspiration. I have several favorites I follow and I check them out regularly!ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanOctober 7, 2016 - 5:18 pm

    I look for inspiration in nature, clothing and all around me. Another beautiful card, as always Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer RichardsOctober 7, 2016 - 5:18 pm

    It is usually color that inspires me. Although I do love lace and dies as well. Loving your card today as it is very much my style and colors! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • DevyOctober 7, 2016 - 5:19 pm

    I love this card. As to what I look to for inspiration-I would have to say NATURE!! I love florals, outdoor prints, animals, etc! But florals are probably my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • PAM TASOctober 7, 2016 - 5:33 pm

    Hello Becca wow this card is shabby , vintage and gorgeous why the call
    this sort of work SHABBY beats me lol !!!!!!!! Vintage yes.
    My inspiration objects are Papers , flowers, ribbon, bling and of course
    my die cuts .
    Hope you are weathering the storms your way did not expect to have
    you post this Friday take care hugs PamxxxxxxxReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesOctober 7, 2016 - 5:40 pm

    Such a beautiful card! You do shabby chic very well! You dear lady are an inspiration! and then I go to Pinterest and Company blogs. Creating cards from my own ideas is NOT my forte but I’m pretty good at re-creating…ok by me!ReplyCancel

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  • Marilyn in E~townOctober 7, 2016 - 6:15 pm

    Hope you are safe from all the weather in your area. The objects I look to for inspiration are my ribbons, jewels and die cuts.
    It varies depending on what I have dream up in my mind.
    Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy duboseOctober 7, 2016 - 6:20 pm

    What a gorgeous card. I just love everything you do, you stand at the top of all demonstrators. LovelyReplyCancel

  • CarolineOctober 7, 2016 - 6:29 pm

    I Love Shabby! My go to is many…. Scrapbooking made simple “Stacey”.As well as YOU and Ginakdesigns’ Christina Griffiths. Jennifer McGuire and the list goes on! It’s our Thanksgiving weekend so I am extending my gratefulness to the many wonderful talented crafters out there and the fact that I am able to change aft and create scrapbook pages of my grandchildren! I’m a very lucky and blessed Baba! Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • KathyOctober 7, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    Love it…what’s the ribbon? Gauze? I just start with something I like, but a lot of times it’s what I wanted it to look like..I just have to tell myself, it’s just paper, start over…ReplyCancel

  • Mickey M.October 7, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    Inspirational objects for me would be fabric, paper, lace, trim or even a quotation.ReplyCancel

  • MildredOctober 7, 2016 - 6:51 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. I just gaze out the window at the changing seasons, the birds, trees, leaves, flowers, bees and butterflies.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonOctober 7, 2016 - 7:14 pm

    What a pretty “shabby” card! As always, you inspire me with your creative use of the dies tucked in and about. It just adds so much visual interest.
    As for an object that provides inspiration, well I won’t say my computer, even though it is the things on the computer (specifically YOUR BLOG) that inspire me! I am struggling to answer this, actually. I think things I see inspire me. The colors in a leaf. The shape of a die. The way ink streaks across the paper. That sort of thing – not actual objects, I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SOctober 7, 2016 - 7:19 pm

    You have wonderful ideas Becca.
    Every card gets better than the last.
    I have pictures of the cards I have made &
    I look thru them & get ideas .ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithOctober 7, 2016 - 7:22 pm

    I’m always instantly drawn to any card that has pink on it and this card is no different but the texture really holds the eye. It’s a lovely card. I industry a lot of inspiration in color. It might be color in a piece of decor, wallpaper, clothing or even pattern paper. Using color as my basis, I look for die cuts, ribbon and flowers to build my card. Have a wonderful weekend Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanOctober 7, 2016 - 7:22 pm

    Bless you, Becca, for persevering! I especially love the muted colors in this card – just beautiful. I’m relieved to know that you weren’t forced to evacuate. I’m sure some of your readers were and my prayers go out to all those suffering due to Hurricane Matthew.

    I look to nature for inspiration for my cards and the fall season is one of my favorites. I don’t wear warm fall colors well but I can certainly dress up my cards with them!

    Love & blessings, SandyReplyCancel

  • christiOctober 7, 2016 - 7:24 pm

    hello … I love this shabby card. I look to places like here and other card bloggers for my inspiration. sometimes I see something and It clicks … oh I have that and I can put it with this and poof a card appears.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BOctober 7, 2016 - 7:34 pm

    I look for inspiration at the museum where my husband was curator.ReplyCancel

  • Anita kejriwalOctober 7, 2016 - 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous card as usual . I love all that you make and the bow always steals the heartReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreOctober 7, 2016 - 7:56 pm

    I love this card, nobody does shabby like you, and my inspiration you of course!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha ROctober 7, 2016 - 8:26 pm

    Love the combination of elegance and rustiness!ReplyCancel

  • SueOctober 7, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    Beautiful shabby chic look, Becca…love it! You think of everything, including adding die cut edges behind your pennant! For inspiration I sometimes look to die cuts, paper, embossing folders, etc. to create a card, and then I look through my stash to see what else I can add. I usually have a theme in mind.ReplyCancel

  • Gwendolyn GilesOctober 7, 2016 - 8:38 pm

    Hi Becca. This is a very beautiful card. I would love to see it in person. I look all around me for inspiration. I have used what I have seen on clothing, even furniture, art and of course nature.ReplyCancel

  • TammieOctober 7, 2016 - 8:54 pm


    This card is one of your best! Hmm – when I need inspiration I look to your blog, Pintrest, colors in nature, and textures.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda LilleyOctober 7, 2016 - 9:00 pm

    Wow! You make shabby chic into an art form! Beautiful card! As far as what inspires me, it could be almost anything – from an advertisement, to a piece of art, the colors of nature, someone’s outfit, the pattern of a piece of material, what I see on Pinterest, or even kid’s artwork. Inspiration abounds!ReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerOctober 7, 2016 - 9:26 pm

    My inspiration for card making usually comes from sketches and from paper. I recently made a card inspired by a purse I love, and it was lots of fun! Sometimes, it’s is a color scheme that drives my decisions. I would have been inspired by that pretty lace, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleOctober 7, 2016 - 9:55 pm

    A very different card for you Becca, but oh so Beautiful!! ! You are Smazing! When I need inspiration, I just look around me and think of the color, shapes, and scenes that grab my attention…think on these a bit and usually come up with a card idea!
    Paper Hugs,

  • ShaneanOctober 7, 2016 - 10:00 pm

    I don’t use objects for inspiration, but places. Pinterest, YouTube and Blogs. Stamping magazines and books are also sources of inspiration.

    Beautiful card, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • CJOctober 7, 2016 - 10:09 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. Thank you for sharing these cards each week and giving them away. Such a blessing! My inspiration typically comes from what I have on hand. I have so many ideas & supplies, they’ll last me forever! It may be a particular piece of paper, a stamp I’ve been wanting to use, embellishments, new techniques – you name it.ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapOctober 7, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    Oooh I am in awe how beautiful this card is. Your cards are always gorgeous, but this has to be one of my faves. I love your shanby side.
    I guess I look for inspiration in the paper I am using.
    Keep safe from the weather there!
    Have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothOctober 7, 2016 - 10:49 pm

    First off, Happy Belated Birthday :)

    Oh my ! This card is so dreamy . I love it. I love lace and I love bows like you make that I still have not yet mastered.

    What do I look for in the way of inspiration, I tend to stick with romantic Victorian themes with Christian Values. But I like to also use Nature as in Mountains and water in my cards, too.

    I just purchased my first dies and embossing folders for my new Platinum 6. I cannot wait until after all my Specialist appointments and tests to have the chance to play with them! I bought Spellbinders Vines of Passion and Taylored Expressions At the Cross 3 Item # TE529. Spellbinders Embossing Folders M-Possibilities Flora EL-009, Four Embossing Folders from Darice-Bird Scroll Frame, Peacock (for our Vow Renewal),Fall Leaves Swirl and Snowflake Swirl. Then I also bought a Stencil to play in my Prayer Journal with -It is by Designs by Jaime Echt called Mini Birds of a Feather. It reminded me of the verse that tells me how much more God cares for me than many Sparrows and the book I read called “Uncaged”.

    I would like to ask for prayers of Safety and Protection for My Family members in Florida and the Carolinas.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy UrichOctober 7, 2016 - 11:00 pm

    Another amazing card. I look to my dies for inspiration. I have become a die fanatic.ReplyCancel

  • Laura PapercutsOctober 7, 2016 - 11:49 pm

    Oh hhh how I miss the internet when its down. But when I can write my grocery list in the dust, I know it’s just what I need. I use Pinterest, you, available supplies and fav color of the day for inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Connie L. RileyOctober 8, 2016 - 12:14 am

    Hello Becca. This card is quite beautiful and I love the vintage shabby chic look of it. As to what objects do I look to for inspiration in my paper crafting, I have several containers surrounding me with all kinds of embellishments. Sometimes the shape will catch my fancy, or the color will strike a chord in my muse and I will reach for it. And thus, the card design begins. At other times, I have a particular die I wish to use to structure a card and I build a card to see how to get the best out of the die.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithOctober 8, 2016 - 12:44 am

    Becca, Hope you are staying safe and not in harms way. I have been watching the news here on the west coast, and the hurricane looks to be reeking havoc for so much of Florida and along the eastern seaboard. Hoping you are not caught up in that.
    Your card is certainly a beauty. I just love the gorgeous lace. It adds so much charm and warmth to this card along with the burlap. Stunning.

  • Clare WOctober 8, 2016 - 12:54 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely card as always. Objects don’t inspire my card making I don’t think. It’s usually a theme and colour that I think the recipient will like. Happy weekend and stay safe.ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenOctober 8, 2016 - 1:32 am

    Oh my Becca once again you´ve done such an outstanding job on this fabulous card,. I LOVE Shabby Chic and this is everything one can dream of in that.
    I really think, I get my inspiration anywhere I go. It can be a certain thing, a color, an image or just something someone say or I see, that can suddenly put my mind to work and make me see an idea for me, so I really never know, until it´s suddenly bursting in my head of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Iris HarborneOctober 8, 2016 - 3:28 am

    WOoow! This is one truly fab card, so detailed and interesting with all the various elements. I usually glean inspiration by thinking of the person in making a card for. What they enjoy doing, hobbies, commitments to a church or group/charity. I made an 80th card for my friends parents included gardening and cars for dad and embroidery and other crafts for mum. It has a Bible on the inside to bring them together through their faith in Christ which related to how they met. They loved it and kept it on display for many months.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineOctober 8, 2016 - 3:52 am

    Hi BI love a little touch of burlap too and shabby cards , so your card is a big hit with me , i always look to my Pinterest Card boards for inspiration .

    Take care and God Bless.
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Kathleen ROctober 8, 2016 - 4:11 am

    Your card is lovely. I look at cards that design team members from varioious sites have made for my inspirationReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)October 8, 2016 - 4:56 am

    I am a loving this shabby chic look! Sooo pretty!
    It’s usually the intended recipient of the card who drives the inspiration for the subject, but sometimes I find a piece of paper that I just have to use!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca BillardOctober 8, 2016 - 6:57 am

    Love this card Becca, it is so pretty. For inspiration I usually go to pinterest, youtube, or if I know who it is for it can be something unique to that person.ReplyCancel

  • Carol bOctober 8, 2016 - 7:18 am

    You shabby look is just lovely. Many objects inspire me but nature is a biggy, especially trees. Right now the Fall foliage makes me want to create.
    Carol bReplyCancel

  • Carol H.October 8, 2016 - 8:27 am

    The “objects” for my inspiration comes from awesome bloggers like you! The internet has really changed things in that we can share and be inspired by so many! I totally love your shabby card! It’s beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol HarrisOctober 8, 2016 - 9:12 am

    So simple and so elegant. A simple hello is sometimes just what the recipient needs to know that you care. The simple things in life are what make life worth living each day. Thanks for such a beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Bente SørflatenOctober 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

    I do love your shabby chic cards with all the beautiful details!

    For making cards I find inspiration in nature – all the colours and shapes out there, from my design papers and other things in my crafting stash, and also on Pinterest if my mojo is rather low :))ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KOctober 8, 2016 - 11:00 am

    Hello Becca,
    What a beautiful card today, I am later than you but I have a good excuse. Today, 8th October, is our Golden Wedding and we are having a wonderful time with our family. God has been good and nature provides me with inspiration.
    Maureen xxReplyCancel

  • Ruth M. ArmstrongOctober 8, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    Becca your card is just stunning! For me It would be paper, color, ribbon, and the internet.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthOctober 8, 2016 - 1:14 pm

    Hi Becca, I can sympathise, I have been having the same ‘internet’ problems, it is such a pain I know.
    A fabulous shabby chic card, gorgeous !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • LoisOctober 8, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    I like to just look around my world and see how I can adapt it to a card. Then I check my dies. I also check your website and other crafters. Love the card and the lace.ReplyCancel

  • DottieOctober 8, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    I am “card struck” with this beauty! My absolute favorite is exactly this sort; feminine, Victorian, shabby, and pink and burlap! You nailed it! My head is bowed down!!! Lol. Lol.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonOctober 8, 2016 - 2:25 pm

    What a lovely card, you sure know how to make shabby chic cards look so nice.ReplyCancel

  • gailOctober 8, 2016 - 6:17 pm

    love this card. I like to send “hello” cards too. I look first to paper for my inspiration, then to laces. I have an embarrassing amount of laces and try to incorporate them into my cards whenever I can. thank you Becca, for your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsOctober 9, 2016 - 6:19 am

    Hi Becca,

    Amazing card, so beautiful. What objects do I look to…well everything thats around me in nature I guess.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxxReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoOctober 9, 2016 - 3:00 pm

    Another stunning card! I look to everything – the field next door, other blogs and Pinterest too.ReplyCancel

  • Ang EdwardsOctober 11, 2016 - 2:24 am

    Hi Becca you are my biggest inspiration !!!! Love the card as always
    Hope you had a lovely birthday with those you love
    fond regards Ang from GB xxReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSOctober 12, 2016 - 4:45 pm

    I did not see my comment but remember F.Orinda was haVing a guest called Matthew!!
    Love the chic look of your giveaway card Becca ! The object I look for inspiration is your blog AMAZING PAPER GRACE-I never miss it a day. And always try to make a comment.
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • JanetOctober 16, 2016 - 7:45 am

    Hi Becca, your cards are beautiful as usual, love the burlap on this one. I can relate to the problems with the internet mine has been awful for the past month. Hopefully the issues have been sorted. Thanks so much for your time, and inspiration. God bless xxx

    Jan xxxReplyCancel

  • Michelle GarbuttOctober 21, 2016 - 5:07 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring creations – thank you for sharingReplyCancel

  • Sherry SneddenOctober 26, 2016 - 11:34 am

    You make vintage elegant! Beautiful!ReplyCancel