Day of Giving Friday: Love You to Bits

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and Spellbinders Labels Fourteen -
Good morning friends!  Happy Friday!  I just want to say thanks for your kind remarks about my video, it was lots of fun discovering my new little tool and I knew you all would appreciate my frugal approach to flower making.  I have more flowers to share in the near future and now I’ll smile every time I share them.  It’s been a busy week and I’ve been doing a bit of behind the scenes work to revamp and update some of the things I work with on a daily basis.  Because I’m always learning and researching, progress is slow but I’ll get there.

Back on Track

I’m feeling much better and so sorry I  missed out last Friday.  Today is Day of Giving Friday and I pulled a blue layered card from the stash with a tiny sweet sentiment.  Using a full sized 5 x 7″ die is a quick and easy way to square away a card front using a Hinged Card Bases.  Add some layers, add some sentiments and you have a complete card – my favorite kind of getting it done.  For this card I’ve used Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four.  On top I’ve layered Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.    My sentiment is stamped on Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and the final layer is Spellbinders Labels Fourteen (no longer available) but a wonderful substitute is Spellbinders Labels Eighteen

About Day of Giving Friday
I have tons of cards stashed away and last year I decided to share them with readers rather than let them sit and age.  It’s a great review of some of the tools we might not have used in a little bit.  It happens every Friday, where I give away a card to a randomly picked reader who leaves a comment in our conversation about a thought provoking prompt I dream up to discuss – here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11.     For your comment today – This word won’t mean anything to the youngsters, but did you ever have a pen pal and what was your best memory of that sweet exchange?

Have a great weekend friends!  I’m tickled because this weekend I have a date at the craft table.  I hope you have some wonderful things going on!!


  • RobertaMarch 4, 2016 - 9:09 am

    Good morning Becca another beautiful card. I always loved hearing about all the different things my pen pal did during her play time cause it would make me day dream about playing with her and laughing until we were called in by our mothersReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelMarch 4, 2016 - 9:24 am

    Love the patterned layer on this card design, Becca. I think I have a few of those dies…..need to drag them out. Lol
    I remember pen pals, but never had one. I was waaaaaayyyy too shy to try writing to someone I never met. I sure broke through that shell as an adult! LolReplyCancel

  • Faulba DorsettMarch 4, 2016 - 9:33 am

    The Vietnam War was going on when I was in high school. I had numerous guys that I corresponded with while they were over there serving our country. Some of the guys I still corresponded with after they came home. One guy played a sax and sent me a cassette recording of some of his tunes.ReplyCancel

    • Faulba DorsettMarch 27, 2016 - 9:45 am

      My address is 105 Amanda Dr., Vicksburg, MS 39180.
      I am so excited to get your card! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockMarch 4, 2016 - 9:36 am

    I remember pen pals I didn’t have one but has a Special friend who was always there for me through thick and thin. Becca I love your cards you always give so many Awesome cards and Ideas on how to use our dies.thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • RuthannMarch 4, 2016 - 9:43 am

    I had a pen pal from Sweeden in grade school. I had to have a friend translate her letters but we continued writing for three years.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterMarch 4, 2016 - 9:43 am

    beautiful card!! no, I didn’t have a pen pal growing up.we just didn’t have the money for the extra stamps.ReplyCancel

  • VickyMarch 4, 2016 - 9:45 am

    I’m so inspired by your beautiful cards and would love it if you gave classes. As inspired as I am I would never attempt to replicate any of the cards without a class. Wish you could visit us here in Ohio during Stampaway and give a class! Blessings and continued creativity.ReplyCancel

    • TheresaMarch 4, 2016 - 9:59 am

      I would love more information on the Stampaway.ReplyCancel

      • RobertaMarch 5, 2016 - 9:05 am

        I live in Ohio and would love to know about the Stampway. Can you please send me some information.

  • ColleenB.~TexasMarch 4, 2016 - 9:48 am

    Years ago when I was in Jr. High School I had a pen pal person who was in the militaryReplyCancel

  • Linda KMarch 4, 2016 - 9:49 am

    My pen pal was my older sister. After I graduated from high school I moved to California to go to school. She wrote me every week and let me know what was going on with all the family. She died in 1985. I still have a few of her letters.ReplyCancel

  • TheresaMarch 4, 2016 - 9:58 am

    I had a penpal from England the entire time I was going through jr high and high school. I still remember her name. I can not remember why we stopped writing each other.ReplyCancel

  • BunnyMarch 4, 2016 - 9:59 am

    I never heard one. It’s weird to say but we didn’t have the extra money for stamps back then.

    Beautiful card today. As always.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KMarch 4, 2016 - 10:01 am

    Hello Becca,
    What a beautiful card today, and I have the dies hooray!!!
    I had a pen pal called Joan Goldfeder who lived in Queens, New York and she had such a glamorous life. It was in the early 1950’s when everything here was grey and we still had rationing after the war. She would tell me all about her life and I thought she was so exotic!! When I was 14 I had to go into a Sanatorium and the exchange just petered out, but I’ve never forgotten her, and here we are 60 years later and I still have some of her letters.
    Maureen xxxReplyCancel

  • Karol HallMarch 4, 2016 - 10:06 am

    I had two pen pals when I was younger. One was in Japan and one was in Columbia. I love the exchange of news around where they lived and since we were about the same age to find out how much we shared in likes and dislikes.
    My gosh I had not thought of them till your brought up this subject, now I want to look at some of the letters we exchanged.
    Thanks Becca it’s nice to look back on fond memories.


  • margaret driscoll UKMarch 4, 2016 - 10:08 am

    Hello Becca
    So glad you feel better, soon be Spring which will lift everyones feelings and make them smile!
    Love the backing papers on this card so pretty.
    Nice to see you using spoons on your Video what a clever idea!
    take care
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • Linda SMarch 4, 2016 - 10:18 am

    Beautiful combination of dies. Just the perfect balance of patterned paper and cardstock. Your question brought back a flood of memories from childhood. My best friend moved away so we stayed in touch through letters. I was so excited to see her handwriting and to receive mail. My granddaughters (cousins) write to each other even though they live in the same town. Lack of distance should never prevent sending a letter!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQMarch 4, 2016 - 10:23 am

    Good morning Becca, so glad you are feeling better. Your card today is so lovely with all its colors and layers. I agree with you that using the basic 5 x 7 card makes card making easy for a “get it done” crafting project. Using this size card also gives me “more elbow room” to design and layer. I am now ready to make some of your beautiful measuring spoon flowers. I found a die on amazon which came yesterday. And I found a set of measuring spoons, round like the ones you showed in your video, I found at Michaels this week in copper! The copper ones will be easy to spot in my craft room. Seems all my measuring spoons in my kitchen are some other shape than the round bowl type. LOL. I am curently feverishly working on thirty-two Easter cards to send to family and friends. Seems like I just finished St. Patick Day cards. :.) Wishing you a wonderful weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WMarch 4, 2016 - 10:24 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely card as a!ways and I am glad to hear you are feeling better. I had 2 penpals. One in Germany and the other in South Africa if I recall correctly. I don’t remember why we stopped. But we did. I’ve made some of your spoon flowers today. I wasn’t sure about them after the squidging in the spoon but when dry I stuck them together they look really good! I will be making more for sure. Happy crafty weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Anne BrittonMarch 4, 2016 - 10:25 am

    I remember having an American pen pal years ago when I was in my early teens. I’m in England and when she was describing herself to me, she said her bangs were very long. It took me years to figure out what she called bangs, we call a fringe! Lovely card today, as always xxReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSMarch 4, 2016 - 10:34 am

    Pretty, pretty card,Becca.
    I DID have a pen pal from Nebraska (North Platte) to be exact and I even remember her name (Karen Farrell). I think we wrote back and forth for 4-5 years. Wish I could find her again bur that was during our teen years, they were so good!!!!!
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQMarch 4, 2016 - 10:34 am

    Oops, I forgot to comment on your question. Yes, I had a pen-pal during elementary school days, “Sweet Jill”. She was my favorite play friend. Her father was transferred to the coast and they moved hundreds of miles away taking my sweet friend from me. We wrote letters back and forth to each other in a secret code of symbols. Alas, we could not keep it simple. I had to make sure I did not lose my “key” to the code or I would not have been able to read her letters or write her back. We lost touch and I offen wonder what became of my Sweet Jill”. The memory of her brings smiles to my heart.ReplyCancel

  • MildredMarch 4, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Yes, I had two pen pals when we moved to another state when I was about eight. It was so exciting to see my name on those envelopes. We wrote through grade school, high school and marriage! Very fond memories. To this day I still love to receive a handwritten note. Your card is beautiful. I found some measuring spoons in the back of the drawer that I think will work for the spoon flowers. Thanks for all you share, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie ArmstrongMarch 4, 2016 - 10:48 am

    HI Becca! Beautiful card love the beautiful floral paper, all the lacy layers. I think I had a pen-pal but was very young and don’t remember much about it. I used to be a big letter writer. Now that the age is of emailing and texting is here, I’m much more used to doing that than pen and paper. I do have one friend that I grew up with that I write back and forth with. At Christmas and we both write a book, a lot to catch up on, I always enjoy the read. Loves, RuthieReplyCancel

  • KathyMarch 4, 2016 - 10:57 am

    Always wanted to have pen pal, but parents didn’t like idea, so never did it..ReplyCancel

  • Cathy HomanMarch 4, 2016 - 11:10 am

    I think in 4th or 5th grade we wrote to someone in a different state. It was kind of fun to find out things about another state.ReplyCancel

  • Jan StumpfMarch 4, 2016 - 11:12 am

    Love the way you layer the different dies. I never had a pen pal.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara GMarch 4, 2016 - 11:14 am

    I never had a pen pal so I can’t write anything about that. But I do love your card today and hope you have fun in your hobby room. :)ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunMarch 4, 2016 - 11:19 am

    Yes, I had a pin pal in my early years and he was from Scotland. He did call several times but I just couldn’t understand him. He was my pin pal for years from elementary years until I married. When he became older he drew illustrations for children’s books on the history of Scotland. He sent me several of the published books. I often think of him and wonder how his career went.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithMarch 4, 2016 - 11:21 am

    Lovely card Becca and your flowers are perfect. Nobody combines dies like you to make stunning layers that always showcase the sentiment stamps perfectly. Someday, you will have to clue us in on your selection process for determining layers coming from so many die sets. They always match up so perfectly even though they are from such a variety of die sets. I have over 550 spellbinder die sets but can’t ever achieve the beautiful layers that you always manage to come up with. I would love to know your selection process. Do you have each layer from every die set already cut so you can just go through and see what layer from this set would size up with and look good layered with another layer from another set?? Just wondering how you choose from so many die sets.

  • Judy BennettMarch 4, 2016 - 11:24 am

    Gorgeous card Becca, with another beautiful bow!
    I remember pen pals, but sadly never had one.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMarch 4, 2016 - 11:28 am

    Another beautiful card Becca, gorgeous dies, sentiment and backing paper.
    Yes i did have a Pen Pal just after i left School i found her through a Craft Magazine we swapped ideas and card and papers for about 15 years, then she got Married and the letters stopped coming , so sad really .
    God Bless.
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • SueMarch 4, 2016 - 11:31 am

    Such fond memories having a P.P. – mine was in France!! Always dreamed of going there to meet her! Wished I had the letters to reread from 57 years ago….oh my!! Loving your romantic card card today with all the layers! Thanx for stirring forgotten memories Becca ?ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyMarch 4, 2016 - 11:32 am

    Such a beautiful card, Becca, I love all the Spellbinders layers.

    I had a pen pal in New Zealand during my early schooldays. I can still remember her address now, sixty years later. Sadly, we lost touch.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaMarch 4, 2016 - 11:34 am

    What a beautiful card, Becca. I love the inspiration of using these beautiful dies again and again.
    I didn’t have a pen-pal growing up, but I always wanted one!ReplyCancel

  • Christine CoileMarch 4, 2016 - 11:35 am

    My pen pal was my best friend until he past away. I miss all the good time we talked about. Love your card as always.

    Your Sister in ChristReplyCancel

  • loisMarch 4, 2016 - 11:48 am

    My grandchildren know about pen pals although they do not have one. When I was in high school I had a pen pal from Hawaii. That was so exotic to me. I wished I had kept up. I love the card and how you tucked the decorative paper in the corners.ReplyCancel

  • christiMarch 4, 2016 - 11:50 am

    gorgeous card. yes, I had a couple of pen pals. kind of a rite of passage back in the day. the one I kept in touch with the longest was from when I was 13 until at least jr year in college. we met twice. I moved a lot after college and we lost touch. but it was a fun experience.ReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoMarch 4, 2016 - 11:53 am

    So very pretty! I remember having a pen pal in school – a long time ago. Can’t remember anything specific other than we wrote letters back and forth. Too bads kids now don’t do this.ReplyCancel

  • Aiveen JudgeMarch 4, 2016 - 11:57 am

    What a beautiful card. I love the way you made the bow. From very young I wrote to my aunt, a nun who left home when she was only 14. Sadly she has passed away three years ago. My brother who was in Germany also got many letters from me until he came home. It was always lovely getting post.ReplyCancel

  • Claire HorvathMarch 4, 2016 - 12:01 pm

    I just love this sentiment! The card is beautiful and what’s more is that I have all but one die!ReplyCancel

  • RaquelMarch 4, 2016 - 12:04 pm

    Hi Becca as always another stunning creation–love it! I did have a pen pal which actually was during the Vietnam War-I was in high school and our English teacher started the pen pal club. It was nice we even baked and mailed a box of goodies. Thank you for serving and for those that continue to serve for our country. God Bless our soldiers and this wonderful country USA!ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleMarch 4, 2016 - 12:22 pm

    Lovely old fashioned card!!! I never had a pen pal when I was young…..however, I reconnected with my best friend from high school after 50 years and we are now PHONE PALS…every week! What a delight. I sent her cards over the last few years and she told me she has a box full and treasures each one. Of course, this encourages me to send even more cards – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  • MaryannMarch 4, 2016 - 12:28 pm

    Sooo glad to hear, you´re feeling better again Becca. And what a wonderful card here again too. I love the dies you´ve used on this one and the beautiful pastel colors looks sooo beautiful.
    Back in my teens, I had a Korean pen-pal, and we wrote together for several years, until suddenly all my letters was returned unopened, so we guessed something might have happened to him, and I unfortunately never heard from him again after that, and it have nagged me many times over the years, that I never found out, what had happened, but I gave up after I´d got 5 or 6 letters returned unopened.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanMarch 4, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    Happy Friday, Becca,
    I love everything about this card but particularly the rose-patterned paper you used for the background. So elegant!

    I only leave comments on your blog on a regular basis, so this is the closest I’ve ever come to having a pen pal. I have a huge family and have always been challenged with keeping up with family and friends.

    I’m so glad you are feeling better so that you can enjoy your playtime!
    Love and blessings,

  • WendyMarch 4, 2016 - 12:40 pm

    Hi Becca I have missed a couple of you blogs recently but think I have now caught up. Just watched you video and have to say what a great idea I will be having a go at this.
    Unfortunately I did not have a pen-pal when I was younger

  • DeannaMarch 4, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    My pen pal lived in Auckland, New Zealand. I was in the fifth grade and we wrote for about three years. So interesting learning about a new culture and country.ReplyCancel

  • TrishMarch 4, 2016 - 1:22 pm

    That card is so elegant… YOU! I don’t know if you would call this a pen pal….but when I was in Jr High school my Uncle was in Vietnam….I wrote him everyday…and I also mailed him kool aid coz the water was awful.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonMarch 4, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    Another of your masterpieces Becca. Yes I had penpals when growing up. They lived in different places and it was always exciting getting their letters and sharing in their lives.We had billets from visiting sports teams and often wrote to them for several years to keep in touch ENJOYABLEReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantMarch 4, 2016 - 1:30 pm

    Gorgeous card! Love the layering!
    When I was young, I had a pen pal. That was in the ’70s! I lost touch decades ago, but I still remember his name. He was a serviceman stationed in Vietnam during the war.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl S.March 4, 2016 - 1:52 pm

    Your cards are always so elegant and gorgeous, Becca! I had a pen pal from Australia when I was a pre-teen. My mother had a pen pal and she thought it was important for me to have one also. I always looked forward to receiving my airmail letters. I just learned from a local TV station that one of the deans at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine started a “gratitude” note writing session – she provides the pens, notecards, stamps and some stickers for the students. It is an extra curricular activity and it has been very well received. Hooray!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothMarch 4, 2016 - 1:55 pm

    This card is gorgeous!

    I had 2 pen pals for a Short time. I remember that the girl named Candy looked just like me almost like she was my twin. She was the same age as me, 12. But then I lost contact with her when I ended up in Foster Care for 18 months.

    Then after her, I had a 16 year old male from the Philippines whose parents were Missionaries. We wrote to each other a few times then also lost contact. His name I still remember to this day and pray for him. His name is Amram Dulag. I remember that he had the neatest writing that I had never before or since have seen.

    Now my hubby and I support two children through World Vision and I try to write to my girl every chance I get to do so. So I suppose you can count her as a pen pal :o)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKMarch 4, 2016 - 2:04 pm

    Good morning Becca, what a beautiful card!!! Never had a pen pal but I used to write to my best friend every Friday when I should have been working : ) I’m so glad we did!!! I’ve still got them!!! Both my daughter’s had pen pals!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryMarch 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    Morning Becca, your card today is just lovely and yes I did have a pen pal who lived in America . We wrote for a while but then we didn’t have the money for stamps so had to stop writing. Now I send cards to anyone that asks for one, no matter where they are.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa SmithMarch 4, 2016 - 3:03 pm

    My sweetest memory is sharing secrets and the excitement I felt when my pen pal’s letter was in my hand. It always brought a smile to my face.ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapMarch 4, 2016 - 3:04 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Glad to hear your feeling better!
    I love this card & I think I have the dies, yay :)
    I had a pen friend from then US. I am in Australia. I remember her name was Cassie. I think she was from Massachusetts, I remember the state Ma on her address. I remember one time she sent me some magnets made of modeling clay. I remember sending her a cassette with all my favourite songs at the time recorded on there. I used to get so excited when I used to get her mail. So sad how nobody writes like that anymore. Facebook & emails are great, but no where near as exciting!
    Have a lovely weekend! xReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonMarch 4, 2016 - 3:15 pm

    Lovely card, I think I have some of the dies so will have a try at making one. I had a penpal in High School he was in the army some where in the States I can’t recall.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)March 4, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    So glad you are feeling better, Becca!
    I loved your ‘Spoon Flower’ video. You are a genius!
    I had a penpal for many years after meeting one summer holiday. Some years later we were holidaying in the vicinity of her home and my father suddenly saw a signpost to the village where she lived. We made a detour and arrived unannounced (not many telephones in those days) for an impromptu reunion. So sweet!
    Thank you again for your days of giving. What a generous spirit you have and someone is going to be delighted to own a ‘Becca Creation’!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanMarch 4, 2016 - 3:40 pm

    yes I did have a pen pal she was from Greece, but I do not remember to much about her. Love you card Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca BillardMarch 4, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    Beautiful card Becca! I remember as a kid that I did have a pen pal for awhile, I really can’t remember to much about her though. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DugginMarch 4, 2016 - 3:57 pm

    oh yes, I had a pen pal. We shared long letters of hopes & dreams. Love the card today. Was out of pocket last week. Glad to hear all is well with you now. I got to watch the video this morning about 3am. Loved it. So creative as always. Blessings, LisaReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonMarch 4, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    Hi Becca. Love your beautiful card today with the gorgeous dies and flowers. I had a few pen pals and remember eagerly awaiting for the postman to bring their letters. I did meet one of them a few times and we spent some good times together.
    Hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamMarch 4, 2016 - 4:22 pm

    Beautiful card! I love when you bring out the older dies that I have! I had a pen pal when I was young, but we lost touch when we moved.ReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerMarch 4, 2016 - 4:22 pm

    The most rewarding pen pal experience I ever had was through Dear Abby program back in the 1990’s. My teaching career and the first Gulf War had just begun. Abby shared an address that would deliver letters to “any soldier”, and the big envelope of my students’ letters was received by a very thoughtful young man. He took the time to answer each child’s notes as packages were exchanged. When one of the children inquired about food, he sent us a case of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and we had a class picnic! May God continue to bless him.ReplyCancel

  • * Lisa *March 4, 2016 - 5:04 pm

    Gorgeous card as always! I had a penpal from new Mexico and I always loved getting letters from her to see what she was up to. Unfortunetly we lost touch after a few years. Still wonder what happened to her, hmmmmmReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkMarch 4, 2016 - 5:05 pm

    I never had a pen pal, a I child.
    As an adult, I wrote lots of letters from overseas, since I was an AF wife.
    Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.ReplyCancel

  • Sue D.March 4, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    This card is such a beauty! I had a pen pal from Scotland. My sister wrote to her sister and then the two of us got started. It was always exciting to receive a letter. We exchanged gifts for Christmas and that was interesting to get something from another country. My sister also had a pen pal from Australia and they kept in contact for decades and even got to meet one another.ReplyCancel

  • RayaMarch 4, 2016 - 5:30 pm

    I paired my second graders with another second grade class in our district. Each month we would exchange letters and art projects with one another. As a culminating activity at the end of the school year we meet one another, had picnic lunches outdoors and played circuit games. The children loved our pen pal experience. It was such a learning tool. What lovely memories for us!ReplyCancel

  • DottieMarch 4, 2016 - 5:43 pm

    Lovely blue floral card that anyone would be tickled pink to receive! Lol. Yes we had pen pals as kids. My favorite one was this girl and I used to draw “medical equipment” and send the pictures to each other. We both wanted to be nurses at the tender age of 9 yrs old. Medical equipment were always needles! Haven’t thought of that memory in decades!ReplyCancel

  • Mary EstherMarch 4, 2016 - 6:11 pm

    My childhood pen pal was in Barbados and became my “kindred spirit friend.” We have been very best friends for over forty years. She lives in the USA but we are hundreds of miles apart. We seldom see each other but when we do we pick up just where we left off as if we were never apart.ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteMarch 4, 2016 - 6:27 pm

    Hi Becca, beautiful card. I did have a penpal from England for many years. She even came over to the US and I met her in New York. But then we lost touch. Hope everything is well with you.ReplyCancel

  • Susie NicholsMarch 4, 2016 - 7:09 pm

    No, I never had a pen pal when I was younger. My sister lives across the country (I am in Colorado and she is in Virginia) and we are trying to get her daughters interested in trading hand written letters and cards with their favorite aunt (Me!) LOLReplyCancel

  • JoyMarch 4, 2016 - 7:11 pm

    I had a pen pal in high school. It was arranged through the school’s pen pals programs. I don’t remember much of it as I only received one letter. But getting mail was as special then as it is now!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa DoyleMarch 4, 2016 - 7:35 pm

    I always wanted a pen pal when I was in school but our teachers didn’t really participate in that in those days:(ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYMarch 4, 2016 - 7:43 pm

    This brings back memories that I haven’t thought of in ages. While in grade school, my mom signed me up for a pen pal from Germany. I had to do a lot of ‘home work’ with the encyclopedia finding the town he came from and he was fascinated with island living. I had to do extra chores to help pay for the ‘expensive’ stamps and occasional gifts I sent over. It ended during high school days when I became ‘too busy’. Great memories.ReplyCancel

  • Granny DMarch 4, 2016 - 7:45 pm

    Just love the idea and the card Becca. I appreciate you passing on your beautiful cards to those of us who love what you do.

    I had pen pals in grade school who where in Ireland. (it was a girl scout project) and we communicated for years after the project was done. I had so much fun figuring out what was being said because words for normal things are so different (sticky fixers = tape) Then in High School there was writing to servicemen to let them know we had not forgotten them. (not a romance thing)

    I think I just love the written word and the touching of paper as a way to communicate to others may be part of the reason I love card making so very much.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.March 4, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    Goodness I love your card! The soft blue with the little rose background, ahhhh, it’s a relaxing look to me. Never did have a pen pal. Would’ve been fun though.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DMarch 4, 2016 - 7:54 pm

    What a sweet card Becca – it is beautiful.
    Yes I had a pen pal – it was the nephew of my father’s pen pal, and we wrote to each other for many years – unfortunately I lost contact about the time I married, but he did sent us a wonderful post card of congratulations.

  • D.Ann CMarch 4, 2016 - 8:12 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better! Love THIS card to bits!!
    When I was little I had a pen pal that I never met – the granddaughter of a friend of an older friend I had. We kept in touch for many years. My best memory was the joy of receiving a letter from her as I never got mail back then.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasMarch 4, 2016 - 8:49 pm

    Now that’s one I haven’t heard in FOREVER!! I had a penpal in Australia that introduced me to Koala bears. Wow, had forgotten all about that. Thanks for trip down memory lane….ReplyCancel

  • AmeliaMarch 4, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    When I was a young teen I had a pen pal in England. She sent me news clippings about Queen Elizabeth being crowned. Wish I had saved them.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SMarch 4, 2016 - 10:49 pm

    What a gorgeous card! Yes I did have a pen pal but not for long as I went to continue my studies & had no time.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~ TownMarch 4, 2016 - 11:06 pm

    I’ve personally have never had a pen pal. But I am the Media Specialist at an Elementary school and I’ve connect with another school 3 states away and our 5th grade classes are pen pals; my students are thrilled to type a letter to them!!!!
    Becca your card is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy DalyMarch 5, 2016 - 12:01 am

    Morning Becca, this is a gorgeous card and keep the videos coming they are fantastic. When I was about 14 the school got us all pen pals and we kept in touch for years mine was in America and I remember she sent a parcel one Christmas with a rain mate and instructions how to use it which we found very funny as we are in Scotland she must have thought we were lived in the dark ages we are talking about 1959 but with all the rain we get ( which then wasn’t as much as now) we sure knew how to use them, she also sent me a friendship ring which I treasured for years thanks for remembering me about a lovely memory.
    Nancyd xxReplyCancel

  • ChristineMarch 5, 2016 - 12:07 am

    Didn’t have a pen pal, but I did correspond with the young girl I sponsored in Uganda. It was very special watching her grow up over the years.ReplyCancel

  • joni StonekingMarch 5, 2016 - 12:11 am

    Love you to bits, too!

    Never had a pen pal, always thought it would be fun! Now I do it with friends and such…

    Happy Friday, Becca…

  • PAM TASMarch 5, 2016 - 12:12 am

    Hello Becca yes I had a pen pal in America his name was Joe it was
    nice but when we moved to Australia I lost contact .
    The card today is so pretty the colours are soft and feminine and
    It is nice to use dies from the past as we do tend to forget them !
    When we bring them out again it can be good as they are a bit like new
    again lol . Have a good weekend and so glad you are feeling better
    Hugs PamXXXReplyCancel

  • GiovannaMarch 5, 2016 - 12:14 am

    Meravigliosa !ReplyCancel

  • RosemaryMarch 5, 2016 - 6:25 am

    Beautiful card glad you are feeling betterReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostMarch 5, 2016 - 6:29 am

    This card is stunning. It has all your wonderful highlights, as usual. I did have a pen pal once. It was a little extra my French teacher, Mr Watkins, suggested we do. It was a lot of fun. It was very enlightening to write in french and get a response in french. It was also fun to learn about the life and thoughts of someone in such a far away place.ReplyCancel

  • Donna CooperMarch 5, 2016 - 6:38 am

    Love love love the card. I see the little flowers u used your new favorite tool on! I tried to track down my measuring spoons but some r missing. So will buy a cheap plastic set to craft with. I’m not sure if this was really a pen pal but my college boyfriend quit n joined the Navy n we corresponded a whole. Until I got an envelope from him but contained a letter to another girl! I was heartbroken. He was my first love. But I used to daydream that we would connect years later. And we actually did! But he was married n I made it very clear I did not see married men. Guess that was to be expected he’d cheat on his wife since he cheated on me in college. N cheated on other girls with me in college. So disappointing! He started my love affair with men’s lips- his were gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthMarch 5, 2016 - 7:55 am

    Hi Becca, This card is stunning, I love how all the die-cuts work perfectly together and the backing paper is so pretty, and I also love how the corners of the die-cut ‘hold’ it in place.
    I had a penpal when I was at school, it was really great to correspond with someone from a different culture and in a different part of this beautiful World.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiMarch 5, 2016 - 8:15 am

    What a beautiful card. I love all the layers. I just swooned over your spoon flowers. Awesome – who would have thought? My measuring spoons are shaped differently, but I’m inspired to go find some round ones just for crafting. I had two friends that I exchanged letters with on a regular basis – I never really thought of them as pen pals, but I guess they were. I met them at a conference on the tail end of the typewriter era and at the beginning of the computer era. I still have their letters as well as copies of the letters I sent to them. It’s fun to go back and read and remember events I thought I’d never forget. I haven’t seen either of them for about 15 years. Now we connect through Facebook. It’s not the same, but at least the contact is still there.ReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreMarch 5, 2016 - 8:48 am

    My parents would take my sister and I to Danbury Connecticut every summer to escape the heat of Brooklyn New York. It was there I meet one of my best friends Elaine. She lived in New Jersey so during the winter months we were pen pals. We would draw pictures and paste magazine clippings onto our letters, I guess it was my introduction to paper crafting and cardmaking, now it is my passion.ReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwMarch 5, 2016 - 10:47 am

    I loved this card when you first showed it – beautiful! We knew about pen pals, but sadly never had any. I think the cost of mailing overseas was an issue. But I love the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lizzie Dev.March 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm

    What a beautiful elegant card. I love those frames. Just wish I had all your lovely cards to take from a stash.
    I did have a penpal when I was young and thought it was really lovely because he was in France and I am in the UK. This was done through my school to encourage our French.ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne ingramMarch 5, 2016 - 10:17 pm

    I. Love rectangles dies. I went to have lunch with my friend Roxy. She made sure I brought your card with to show your work. She wondered how I am going to display it? She had a good idea. She is creative like you. Your work of art is an aspiration to work harder on card making.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithMarch 5, 2016 - 10:35 pm

    A lovely card made with some of my favorite dies! I love it when older dies we have in our stash are used. It gives me inspiration to create my own version.

    I had pen pals as a teenager. Most were older friends from church who went away to college. As a young married, I regularly corresponded with the daughter of long time family friends. She was younger than me by 10 years and was getting ready to enter junior high school and was terrified. I still have the letter she wrote saying she hoped she would die before she had to start school. Oh no! I quickly wrote her back to reassure her that she was going to do great and I was proud of her. Of course she did great and is now a Grandma. Time goes so quickly but I still treasure the letters we shared.ReplyCancel

  • janet goshornMarch 6, 2016 - 3:54 am

    Yes I did have a penpal many years ago. I used to love getting my very own “mail” and to this day love getting some snail mail from family and friends.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen RMarch 6, 2016 - 6:45 am

    Becca – Your cards are gorgeous. I also make cards and I donate them to charity because I do not need all the ones I make. My cards are nice but not as gorgeous as yours. Maybe someday…. I had a heart attack several years ago and it took out half of my breathing capacity and I can no longer do physical stuff but I need to keep busy, so I make cards. It is a wonderful hobby.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy PotentierMarch 6, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    So beautiful Becca :) every detail just perfect, and love that pretty bow :)
    I remember pen pals, in school we had to pick a name out of a hat and secretly write to that person, I never got a return letter, I tried a few times then gave in and gave up. I thought it was a great idea and entered into it with great enthusiasm, wish it had worked out, I might still have a pen pal :)ReplyCancel

  • Sara AlfordMarch 7, 2016 - 7:47 am

    A little late to compliment you on your card.
    I have looked at some of your cards from 2011
    and I am very impressed with how you have grown.
    You are confident in what you do, adept technically
    and have such a loving sharing heart. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Susan B.March 7, 2016 - 8:29 am

    Oh yes! And most recently I got pen pals for my girl scout troop from a troop in Paris! the girls from both sides loved it! And we hope to visit someday. thanks for chance to win. I LOVE this card.ReplyCancel

  • Heather (mtl)March 7, 2016 - 11:42 am

    Your card is deliciously beautiful! Is that a WMS used in that delicate blue?
    I was so lucky to have a penpal! Anne and I were introduced by her aunt, who happened to live behind me, when we were 13. I live in Canada and she lived in Trinidad and Tobago. I loved writing to her and, especially, when she’d respond back – her penmanship was so beautiful. For my 21st birthday I was able to visit her and meet up for the first time. I have never found kinder, more generous people than in the Caribbean.
    We still correspond, albeit at Christmas mostly, but I cherish our friendship still.
    There’s something magical about getting a letter in the mail and it sure is fun when pretty stamps are used :)ReplyCancel

  • MarshaMarch 8, 2016 - 12:05 am

    Beautiful card, thank you for sharing your talent, you are such an inspiration. During upper elementary I met someone from Richmond, VA who had family in our small community. We attended church with her relatives and I met her during her summer vacation visit. She was a grade or two older and we wrote back and forth a few times and exchanged friendship chains made from gum wrappers. How funny that something so simple as gum wrappers would trigger a memory of times gone by. Such a pleasant thought to end my day. Our paths separated but I never forgot our meeting.ReplyCancel