Day of Giving Friday: The Holidays are Coming

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker Tool, Spellbinders Sentiments 4, Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags , Spellbinders Arched Swallowtail Pennants - see fully supply list at
News flash:  I’m getting caught up – Nine new card winners have been listed on my Giveaway Page – they have an * in front of their names so that they are easier to find.   Slowly but surely all the prizes are being sent out – please bear with me – it was a busy, busy fall :-)

Whoa Betty, it seems like we just turned the corner into a new year and now the days are flying by like there is no tomorrow!  I’m tickled to be here today and wanted to share a card created last fall that will fit the bill for many of the holidays coming up.  There’s still time to make Valentines Day Cards but as soon as that is done, it’s time to collect ideas for Easter and Mothers Day.  My card today was created with some of the extra special pieces that go along with the Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker; those are fairly big accent pieces.  I simply love the flourish that is included because it’s a strong enough accent to bookend with any other shape to make a great focal point and I was able to thread ribbon through it.   A regular in my stash are the cursive sentiments that fit almost any occasion – this one is Spellbinders Spellbinders Sentiments 4, and it is mounted on the double ended tag from Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags.   So let’s run through this. . . I created a cream card base, added the matted text panel, positioned two of the Crisscrossing elements from the Frame Maker set (cut in gold) then on top added a pointed element like Spellbinders Arched Swallowtail Pennants (cut in black) with the points at the top of the card.  Then, I threaded ribbon through the appropriate holes.  Next  I added the matted lady element, added the double ended tag and topped it with the cursive words.  To finish, I glued a bow on top :-)

This is a huge card (will measure and post the size) that requires a custom envelope – I either send in a bubble wrap catalog envelope or I make a special one using one of the envelope boards on the market.  I have a host of digital elements that I use quite often, so the background digital paper is a free download and can be found HERE and the lady digital is a purchased element that can be found HERE.

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.  I’ll be updating the list of winners this weekend so be sure to stop back by to check the list of winners HERE!  For your comment: My favorite time to sit down and make a card is …

Stamps:  None
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Papertrey Ink – Black, Gold Poster Board – Hobby Lobby, Digital Paper – Antique Lady, Text Print
Ink:  None 
Accessories: Spellbinders Graceful Frame Maker Tool, Spellbinders Sentiments 4, Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags , Spellbinders Arched Swallowtail Pennants, Recollection Pearls, May Arts Silk Ribbon

post-header-bottomSpring is not far off, I promise :-)  Have a good weekend and if you are having chilly weather – stay cozy and warm.


  • dianne schlegelFebruary 10, 2017 - 2:44 pm

    How very pretty Becca!
    Dianne SchlegelReplyCancel

  • Patty HarrisFebruary 10, 2017 - 2:44 pm

    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is … when I am caught up with necessary chores and have time and energy available..ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingFebruary 10, 2017 - 2:48 pm

    What a lovely card, Becca. I like the way you used the flourish, and I really like the newsprint and black digi.

    My favorite time to make a card is nearly anytime, but I really like after dinner – I can escape the basketball games or whatever the boys are watching, head for the cave and have some Mom time alone – it’s quiet in that part of the house, and it’s just me in my space, no distractions.ReplyCancel

  • LoisFebruary 10, 2017 - 2:50 pm

    Such a Victoria look to your card today. It is quite pretty. My favorite time to make cards is whenever the spirit hits. But I try to have at least some of the housework done and supper planned. Have a good sunny weekend. We are digging out of 14 inches of snow with more to come over the weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:21 pm

    A beautiful card and I’m loving the extras in the Frame-maker.ReplyCancel

  • Chris DominoFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:24 pm

    What a special card and that florish is great and would work for so many ocasions.I like to stamp images and then have is available to color in during evening tv shows. I like to have images prestamped and colored to assemble cards as needed.ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie ArmstrongFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:24 pm

    Just love the lady playing chess, so elegant! My favorite time to sit down to make cards is right away in the morning and late at night when I can’t quiet my mind to go to sleep. Loves to you BeccaReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:26 pm

    Hi Becca glad you are feeling better. Love the card. My favourite time to make a card is late mornings after we take the dog for a walk, and do our running around. Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    Gorgeous! My favorite time to make a card is when all my chores are done for the day. No guilt and I can really enjoy the time.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne M.February 10, 2017 - 3:31 pm

    Another lovely creation Becca! I love the Victorian lady. My favourite time is when I am inspired because the cards come together more quickly than when I have to create under pressure.

    Regards from Canada

  • TammieFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:31 pm

    . . . My studio is clean and organized. I create better when the chaos is gone.ReplyCancel

  • christiFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:37 pm

    my fav. time is on a yucky weather day or on one of our retreat weekends with the girls. love to have time to unwind. love how you bring so many elements together in your cards. just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Shaunda SniderFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:43 pm

    My favorite time to make a card is anytime! I love making cards. Your cards are beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:46 pm

    This is such a pretty compulation of your bits and pieces that you make into something so lovely.
    My favorite time to craft is well in advance of an event I have to make something for. Procrastation is not in my dictionary and I hate to be rushed so like to get at it well in advance of needing it. I don’t however get that much time to get things done and to have a stash on hand. Unfortunately!
    Have a great weekend and glad you are getting caught up!!
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • Jean marmoFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    My favorite time is mirning. I seem to get more done then.ReplyCancel

  • KarenFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    Any time I have a few minutes is a good time to make a card.Those times dont happen real often,but when they do I make the most of my time…I always make my cards in twos,to help me make a stash!!ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunFebruary 10, 2017 - 3:55 pm

    Very pretty card. I love to make cards when it’s raining or snow fall. To me it says come and play.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.February 10, 2017 - 4:15 pm

    What a lovely card! I really like how you threaded the ribbon through the die cut! So pretty! Well, my favorite time to sit down and make a card is….ANY time! LOL! I really enjoy it though when I’ve finished a major chore (like dusting, mopping, & vacuuming like I did today!) That way I don’t feel guilty knowing I need to do the dreaded chores! Haha! :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BFebruary 10, 2017 - 4:38 pm

    I love to make cards first thing in the morning, the light is great then!ReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:04 pm

    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is after the dinner dishes are washed and the kitchen is nice and clean. It feels like my work is done and I can have permission to do something just for me.ReplyCancel

  • Betty MCALISTERFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:21 pm

    Hi Becca. Very pretty card today featuring the silhouette lady.
    My cardmaking fits into any spare time I have in my days and preferably when my Husband is not at home as he continually interrups. He thinks it’s a waste of time!!!! XxReplyCancel

  • BunnyFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:40 pm

    When I have everything done and can sit and relax.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:46 pm

    Late evenings is when I do most of my cardmaking. I have even been known to go to bed, only to get back up because I have an idea I ‘need’ to try!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:47 pm

    LOL, ANYTIME is my “favorite time” to sit down & do a card!;) IF, I can get out of housework, it makes it even SWEETER! LOL ;) This is a LOVELY CARD, Becca!!! Do you “stamp” anymore? Or just use Digi’s the most?ReplyCancel

  • RayaFebruary 10, 2017 - 5:51 pm

    So beautiful Becca! My favorite time to make a card is early in the morning after coffee. It’s seems my great ideas thanks to your inspiration is a great time to work. Then phone calls, my walk, my chores etc kick in for the day!ReplyCancel

  • Mickey Mc.February 10, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    My favorite time is late afternoon when chores are done, there’s still some daylight and I’m not yet exhausted.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieFebruary 10, 2017 - 6:07 pm

    Beautiful card, once again. This lady is so lovely. My favourite time to make cards is whenever I have a free few days mid week, which, despite being retired seem to be infrequent. I make quite a few together and try to stay at least a month ahead of when they’re needed.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQFebruary 10, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    Lovely card. My favorite time to sit down and make a card is – anytime! I like how I feel when I create something pretty that I share with others to make them feel special. It is cold here. Trying to stay warm with all that snow laying around.ReplyCancel

  • Denice with a "c"February 10, 2017 - 6:46 pm

    Really think this card is soooo elegant. I so much enjoy getting your emails. thank you so much for taking the time to keep us all inspired. God bless…Denice : )ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKFebruary 10, 2017 - 6:48 pm

    Good morning Becca, simply gorgeous!!! My favourite time is early morning or early afternoon!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy LyndaxxxReplyCancel

  • Rosemary TejaFebruary 10, 2017 - 7:04 pm

    My favorite time to make a card is whenever, I get inspird any time of the day or night have even been known to get out of bed and make a cardReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WFebruary 10, 2017 - 7:14 pm

    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is in the evening after supper. I enjoy spending some time in my craft room thinking about my card, usually thinking about our children and having my kitties join me and supervise.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E-TownFebruary 10, 2017 - 7:22 pm

    Gorgeous card!
    My favorite time to sit down and work on cards in a very snow stormy day, I can watch the snow fall, work on cards and listen to my music, happy time, happy place to be!!!ReplyCancel

  • MildredFebruary 10, 2017 - 8:28 pm

    My favorite time to make a card is first thing in the morning – before breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Janice BrummettFebruary 10, 2017 - 8:40 pm

    Very pretty card again today! My favorite time to “create” is anytime! I’m retired now so I can go “play” more often. Husband thinks he should eat a meal 3 times a day! I have to stop playing to cook. If he’s gone, then I don’t always stop to eat.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettFebruary 10, 2017 - 8:42 pm

    What a lovely card Becca! I love the vintage look and you have inspired me to try something like it.
    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is ANYTIME! I especially like to make a card when my craft room is clean and organized… which is not as often as I’d like. But I can make a card even when my crafting table is a total mess!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beatriz JenningsFebruary 10, 2017 - 8:55 pm

    So beautiful!!! love this card, so elegant! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonFebruary 10, 2017 - 9:10 pm

    Becca what a lovely card. I like to make cards when I get some ideas that way it comes easily.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYFebruary 10, 2017 - 9:15 pm

    This card is elegantly beautiful. I’ve found that working on my card projects after lunch the most relaxing peaceful time of the day. The daily household chores are done, fed the husband and it’s nap time for all including the dogs. With my tummy full and my mind at peace, I’m able to casually take my time creating another card project. This isn’t every day but when situations permit midday is best.ReplyCancel

  • Lori SloanFebruary 11, 2017 - 12:31 am

    Yet another gorgeous card….Thank You, Becca! You inspire me to make cards!!! Now I just need to find a nice block of time to devote to my cards. I have added a puppy to my fur family….so 4 dogs and 2 cats. On my time off, I take dog agility classes and compete with them. Hard to find those precious crafting hours! :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea JohnsonFebruary 11, 2017 - 1:06 am

    What a charming card, Becca. The vintage feel is wonderful. How creative of you!
    My time for sitting down to make cards is anytime I have an hour or two of spare time, usually on the weekends or on my days off. Sometimes I’ll sneak up to my craft room in the evening to spend some creative time.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WFebruary 11, 2017 - 1:52 am

    Hi Becca. Fab card as always. I mostly make cards mid to late mornings after I have woken up and done my house jobs. Happy weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenFebruary 11, 2017 - 2:08 am

    Another gorgeous card here from you Becca. Soooo beautiful and elegant as always hun, and the diecuts are also as usual just perfect and makes the most amazing card.
    My favorit time to sit down and make a card, can be anytime at the day, and it´s different from time to time, it´s more about to get the spirit for it, and it can be the most weird times, that I suddenly get an idea, that I just have to try right away. I think, the most weird has been once, I woke up in the middle of a dream and just had an answer to a problem, I´d been playing around with for a few days, and suddenly I woke up and just knew, how to solve it, and went straight dowwn and finished it in a heartbeat.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda LilleyFebruary 11, 2017 - 2:14 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Becca!
    My favorite time to make a card is after I have completed the necessary housework for the day. I love to gather my supplies and then just let the creative juices flow. Knowing that I’m not neglecting anything by taking time for myself just makes it that much more enjoyable! Thanks for sharing your creativity and for all the inspiration you provide!ReplyCancel

  • KathyFebruary 11, 2017 - 2:19 am

    Yes the months r rolling by! Love your card. I like to make cards anytime of the day! Thanks fir sharing! Paper hugsReplyCancel

  • Angela TurnerFebruary 11, 2017 - 2:20 am

    Hi Becca
    Am absolutely in love with this card .Would love to see you making more of this style. Just love the way you have finished it off with the ribbon and pearl .Fabulous !!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineFebruary 11, 2017 - 3:32 am

    Hi Becca, loving your card ,so different and very classy.
    I sit to make a card when i have the time, too much going on at present , but will hopefully find more time when Andrews Chemo is finished.
    God Bless.
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • BenteFebruary 11, 2017 - 5:40 am

    Gorgeous card, Becca, so simple and elegant!
    Love the beautiful image you have used :))
    My favorite time to sit down and make cards is after breakfast when I have the whole day available.ReplyCancel

  • Granny DFebruary 11, 2017 - 8:15 am

    OOHH, really like this design, so different from the others but just as beautiful. The focal point is a strong one but you managed to soften it with the other offset designs. Good one Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthFebruary 11, 2017 - 9:44 am

    Hi Becca, I adore this shabby chic card, I love any script background and this is a fabulous bookpage, I love the die-cuts, and I adore this focal image, all coupled with your beautiful bow and gorgeous embellishment and pearls, I love this !!
    I prefer to craft in the afternoon, mundane household jobs take precedent in the mornings, I wish we could ‘buy’ time as there are never enough hours in my day !!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • jamie schnirchFebruary 11, 2017 - 11:14 am

    Very pretty card. My favorite time to craft is when I start to straighten up my craft space. I find something new to try and there I go….. LOLReplyCancel

  • Judy BFebruary 11, 2017 - 1:38 pm

    Anytime I can find to sit down and make a card. I don’t have any special time that I craft. Love to create anytime. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous card.ReplyCancel

  • PAM TASFebruary 11, 2017 - 4:26 pm

    Love this card ! My favourite time is anytime so long
    as I don’t let the chores pile up .
    Mostly get up early and then the chores then create.
    You are looking forward to spring we are not exactly looking
    forward to Autumn !!! Hugs PamxxxxReplyCancel

  • Susan BFebruary 11, 2017 - 4:47 pm

    Live your card. For me anytime I get in some crafting is awesomeReplyCancel

  • Vicky S.February 11, 2017 - 7:35 pm

    Very nice card Becca.
    The best time for me is in the morning or early afternoon.
    At that time I am not tired & can think better.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia EdwardsFebruary 12, 2017 - 12:03 am

    What a beautiful card. My favorite time to make a card is in the morning before activities of the day take over. It is a quiet and peaceful time.ReplyCancel

  • Maria LuisaFebruary 12, 2017 - 11:01 am

    Bellisima la tarjeta !ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CFebruary 12, 2017 - 11:28 am

    How lovely! I love that paper!! I MUST get cracking on using my Graceful Frames!!
    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is in the early afternoon… it’s restful without taking nap and picks me up better than a nap. : )ReplyCancel

  • WendyFebruary 12, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    Hi Becca such a lovely card for us this week. I really do look forward to seeing your weekly post out gets the weekend off to a great start.
    Wendy xReplyCancel

  • MichelleFebruary 12, 2017 - 9:39 pm

    My favorite time to make cards is on one of my days off from work during the week. I sit down and let the creative juices flow and sure enough the light bulb goes on and busy beaver me gets to work on making a birthday or holiday card. Love the peace and quiet and listening to the birds singing outside.ReplyCancel

  • DeniseFebruary 12, 2017 - 10:42 pm

    Usually at the last minute unfortunately. I always say I’m going to make cards ahead of time, but that never happens. I love this card! I love all of your cards actually! ??ReplyCancel

  • Anne(UK)February 13, 2017 - 6:01 am

    Such a ‘gentle’ card! I love the way you have used the Frame Maker extras!
    My favourite time to make cards is absolutely anytime. I did say that, right??!! ;o)
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Margie LuttrellFebruary 16, 2017 - 6:00 am

    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is in the morning on the weekends. I get a cup of coffee, hubby is still sleeping, and I head to my craft room.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithFebruary 17, 2017 - 8:37 am

    Your card today is so elegant! Loving the combination of die cuts you’ve used. My favorite time of day to create a card is the evening and night. I’ve always been a night owl so I seem to get energized as the sun goes downReplyCancel

  • Chris PecherzewskiFebruary 18, 2017 - 7:27 am

    My favorite time to sit down and make a card is …when I feel I have some creative juices or time to enjoy it without stress of life’s activities and interrupptionsReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Smith-KirkFebruary 27, 2017 - 3:03 pm

    My favourite time to sit down and make a card is … late at night when I know I won’t be interrupted, I have disabilities so it fits around my up and down sleep pattern x x x
    Very pretty card Becca xReplyCancel

  • JackieMarch 3, 2017 - 2:47 am

    Please can you help me with one of your dies i purchased
    Its the Wedding Collection (BOW HELPERS AND CLOSURES) S4-596
    I have tried to find instructions to print off and i have looked for tutorials but I cannot find any please can you tell me were to look
    I think your dies are fantastic I am so hooked on them I want them all

    Thank you so much can’t wait to hear from you JackieReplyCancel