Day of Giving Friday: Your Younger Self

Birthday Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motifs -
Good morning Friends!  It has been a busy week at my house; roller coaster is a better word.  I’ve been busy with new releases and sharing my discoveries with the Minc Machine but in the background my family is in need of some good news. On a personal note, my little brother is in the ICU fighting for his life.   Every day there is no bad news, is very good news and he’s been hanging on since Saturday.  If you could spare a prayer for Ben, he’s been through so much this year.  I’m okay, but it takes a lot of focus to be deliberate and steady and am thankful that the pressure to be productive has kept me distracted from the hard things.  It’s at times like these that we reflect back to our younger times – and our younger selves. So yes, lots of reflecting and actually good reflecting.

For your comment today, it’s okay to look back – what advice would you give to your younger self?   I have to share this time, so you’ll see I put my thoughts in the first comment.  If you are new to my blog and wonder what Day of Giving Friday is all about  – you can find out more about Day of Giving on my FAQ List at #11.Birthday Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motifs -
The card that I’m giving away today is one of my very favorites – a definite departure from my ‘go to’ cream or pink but rich and sultry with a vintage shade of purple.  I hope you’ll weigh in with my weekly prompt – I look forward to reading and know that others benefit from your wisdom!!   Please check my Giveaway Winners List in the coming days to see if your name is going on the mailing label.  There are a couple of unclaimed cards that still live there.

Rubber Stamps: Retired
Craft Paper: TPC, ByDigital – Antique Paper 1
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Clear Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motifs, Seam Binding, Corsage Pins, Recollections Pearls, Copic Markers, Vintage Text Ribbon – Graphic 45

Thanks for all your kind words this week!  Craft on! – cause that’s what we do!


  • Becca FeekenOctober 23, 2015 - 10:27 am

    The advice I’d give to my younger self is that it’s all gonna be alright. Everything is in God’s hands.ReplyCancel

    • LynetteOctober 23, 2015 - 2:35 pm

      Sending a prayer for your brother’s recovery. You have been through so much in your life Becca, and yet you continue to inspire each of us every day with your unwavering faith. Thank you and God Bless you and your brother.ReplyCancel

  • GretchenOctober 23, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Well Becca, first and the most important is that prayers from here are going up for Ben and I throw a few in for you to keep you steady.
    My advice is to take one day at a time because that is what is important at the moment, and let God take it from there,
    Hugs my seer friend,


  • Susan B.October 23, 2015 - 10:55 am

    My advice to my younger self would be to slow down and realize that God always has a plan and just because things may not have gone as I wanted he always has the correct plan for my life.

    I will most certainly keep your brother and your family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • DottieOctober 23, 2015 - 11:01 am

    Every family has trials at one time or another and maybe ongoing ones that seem to want to zap the energy and peace away. Thats when I am reminded there is One who sees the end from the beginning and I can run to. I cannot go back but I can go forward and leave my foolish self with God, all forgiven and restored in Christ. How else in the world can we make it on our own without terrible consequences and the haunting memories of them?ReplyCancel

  • charleneOctober 23, 2015 - 11:06 am

    I send a prayer for your brother! And take care of yourself. Remember the younger times but be grateful for the now. God is a “Healer” Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, YUKOctober 23, 2015 - 11:12 am

    You, your brother and his family are in my thoughts and prayers Becca. In my mind I am singing a hymn I used to sing in our church choir when I was a teenager and the words stay with me to this day.

    “Pray when the storm clouds gather o’er head
    Hiding the light from you,
    Filling your soul with darkness and dread,
    Pray till the light breaks through.

    Just keep on praying till light breaks through
    The Lord will answer, will answer you,
    God keeps His promise His word is true,
    Just keep on praying till light breaks through.”

    My advice to my younger self would be to remember God always answers our prayers, it just might not be the answer we want to hear.!

    Love and hugs. Christine xxReplyCancel

  • Linda GradyOctober 23, 2015 - 11:14 am

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers, Becca. My advice to my younger self is to wake up happy and live each day to the fullest; don’t sweat the small stuff. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonOctober 23, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Hi Becca. So sorry to hear your sad news – sending you, your brother and family hugs and prayers x Love your stunning card today, the colours are gorgeous. My advice to my younger self would be to make the most of and treasure each day. Big hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonOctober 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

    Enjoy life and don’t worry about what everone else has. Prayers being sent out for your brother Ben.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BoveOctober 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

    Oh Becca! I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I will say an extra prayer for him and your family. Stay strong!!

    My advice to myself would just be to stay true to yourself. That’s how I try to live my life now and would never change a thing. :)

    Gorgeous card, by the way!!

    Sending you prayers and hugs…ReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockOctober 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

    I would say to not get so upset if all has not been done and to destress more often. thanks Love the card the added ribbon and jewel adds that wow factor.ReplyCancel

  • Pat GiuffreOctober 23, 2015 - 11:25 am

    I would tell myself to slow down and notice the little things. Time goes by so very fast, I feel I have rushed through the years of raising my children. They remember things that were important to them and I just remember some of those times as a blur. I would enjoy their younger years more. I just love this weeks card,love the lace.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieOctober 23, 2015 - 11:25 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely card, as always. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother and send my love and best wishes for his recovery and also to you and your family. My advice to my younger self would be to live for today and enjoy life to the full. You regret most the things you didn’t do rather than those you did. Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Debra DOctober 23, 2015 - 11:39 am

    First, sorry to hear about your brother. Prayers for him and you too!
    My advice to my younger self would be to slow down and be more deliberate. I feel like my life so far has been too rushed and maybe not spending enough time doing the important things.
    Your card is just beautiful again! I need to spend some time crafting!ReplyCancel

  • Judy BOctober 23, 2015 - 11:40 am

    I think I would tell my younger self to enjoy your family and spend as much time as possible with them. We never know when something will go wrong and they are no longer here with us. I know it sounds trite but it is so true. I am sorry you are going through these hard times Becca. My thoughts are with you at this time.ReplyCancel

  • EvaOctober 23, 2015 - 11:41 am

    Trust the Lord for & in everything. Allow Him to rule in your life & finances. For He always knows what is best. After 78 years I have learned His ways are best!! It has allowed me to be happy, content, & worry free. Why should I worry when He Has it all planned.ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSOctober 23, 2015 - 11:42 am

    Hi Becca,
    Will keep Ben and you also in my prayers. Sorry to hear. My advice to my younger self would be to follow the Golden Rule and live your life to the fullest as we are all on borrowed time. Trust in the Lord as he never asks us to take on more than HE knows we can handle. I have followed that for the past 40 years. Beautiful card, slightly different than your normal colors!
    Bless you my friend.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterOctober 23, 2015 - 11:42 am

    Oh my this is just Beautiful!!
    So sorry to hear about your brother, praying for healing and recovery soon, good to have something else to focus on.
    I would tell my younger self to not get so caught up with day to day things and go out and explore the world around me more.ReplyCancel

  • ruthannOctober 23, 2015 - 11:49 am

    Prayers for your brother and for you! My advice to my younger self would be to just do it! If you wait until you get “around tuit” you will miss out on too many things!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra LesleyOctober 23, 2015 - 11:51 am

    Try not to get anxious about things I can’t change xReplyCancel

  • LoisOctober 23, 2015 - 11:58 am

    I will keep you and your brother in my prayers, praying for healing as the Lord wills. I would tell myself to be more relaxed in raising my children. The card is beautiful and so different in color.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamOctober 23, 2015 - 11:59 am

    Sending prayers for you, your brother and family.
    Love your card!
    The advice I would give my younger self is listen to what your mind is telling you and don’t be so naive!ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkOctober 23, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    Becca, First prayers for Ben and the whole family. I would try to be more mellow in life. Sometimes I get a little up tight.ReplyCancel

  • Connie L. RileyOctober 23, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    Good Morning Becca. My prayers go out to you for your brother; may his condition improve and may he be fully restored soon and may you and your family be given the strength you need to give him the support he needs during this time. The card you shared with us today is absolutely gorgeous; thank you for brightening our day with your talent. I particularly liked the color combinations you used. As for what advice I’d give my younger self (knowing full well that she would have probably ignored it): nurture friendships and family; work is important but don’t risk your health; eat healthy; and you have the right attitude – “be happy” will turn out to be a movement after all!ReplyCancel

  • Mary EstherOctober 23, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Prayers for your brother and you, Becca.

    This hymn immediately came to mind ~ Moment by Moment.


    Moment by moment I’m kept in His love,
    Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
    Looking to Jesus ’til glory doth shine,
    Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

    The words to the verses are wonderful, too.

    Advice to my younger self would be to trust Him through life ~ moment by moment.

    Your card is gorgeous, as all of them are! Thank you for the chance to receive it.ReplyCancel

  • lisa808October 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

    Beautiful card — bearded iris is my favorite flower.

    My advice would be to not waste precious time uselessly. Live for today as you never know what will happen tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Karen GreissOctober 23, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    Prayers for your brother and you and your all will be ok.
    Advice to my younger self would be……work isnt everything, be sure to make time for family.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithOctober 23, 2015 - 12:34 pm

    I am so sorry to hear your brother is in ICU. I will be praying for you Ben and your family. I can imagine how stressful this time is but I know God is always in control.
    Your card today is quite lovely. I love the vintage look the purple adds. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be not to tame life too seriously. Growing up, I was a happy child who enjoyed life. As I got older and life responsibilitieshrew, I began to lose my ability to find fun in life. I seem to have allowed the serious side of life to have too strong a presence. I’m definitely learning to put humor back into my daily activities and that’s a good thing!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineOctober 23, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    Special thoughts and prayers to you and your Family Becca, your card is beautiful as always,
    The Advice i would give my younger self is, not to worry over things and circumstances i know i can not change.
    God Bless.
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Lillian L.October 23, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    My advice to my younger self is lighten up! Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it is ALL small stuff! Trust the Lord in ALL things. Talk to Him about your concerns, then just cast your care. Leave it in His hands.ReplyCancel

  • JeanOctober 23, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    Prayers are lifted up for Ben and you and your family. Advice to younger self. Play more, worry less about my house. Enjoy my kids. They grow up really fast. Let. God control everything. His ways are better, higher and usually more amazing than anything I can do.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian L.October 23, 2015 - 12:50 pm

    Sorry, I hit Post Comment before telling you m thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Loretta LockOctober 23, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    Praying for your brother. This is tough stuff and is very close to my heart as we come up to the 1st anniversary of a very close friend that passed away. Her 2 kids are best friends with my youngest 2.ReplyCancel

  • YvonneOctober 23, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    God Bless you and your family, especially Ben. Prayers are with all of you. Love the colors in the card, and like you said, not the usual colors. If I could look back and give myself advice I would probably tell me that all is well in the long run and what we get is what we get and that God will help us all through it. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • LageneOctober 23, 2015 - 1:31 pm

    I love your card, the Iris is my favorite flower! Advice to my younger self: Don’t worry about what other people think of you, live as unto the LORD others are finiky whereas God is gracious and forgiving.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)October 23, 2015 - 1:31 pm

    Oh Becca, I am so sorry to hear about Ben. I will keep you all in prayer, hoping that he will be out of danger soon and that you can all look to the future.
    What a beautiful card – so subtle!
    Advice to younger self – let go and let God.
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Ruthie ArmstrongOctober 23, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    Prayer said! And will continue saying them. I love this card with all it’s vintageness!(don’t know if that’s even a real word tee hee). I think I would tell my younger self to not let other’s expectations rule your life. Loves, RuthieReplyCancel

  • Terri SOctober 23, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    Sending prayers for all of you in this difficult time. The advice I would give my younger self is: Let go and let God.ReplyCancel

  • Mary HolshouserOctober 23, 2015 - 1:39 pm

    I would tell myself that my husband wasn’t going to be around as long as I hoped and I should spend more time with him – doing the things he liked to do. He loved to fish – I love to read. I’d go fishing with him if he’d let me read – that didn’t fly – so we spent a lot of time apart. After 45 years he left this world. It will 12 years next week. A lot of years alone.
    Love the card. My daughter has Iris in her kitchen – she’d enjoy seeing this card.
    Hope your brother is doing better. All we can do is trust in the Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanOctober 23, 2015 - 1:42 pm

    My advice take time to enjoy the little thing in you life. Another beautiful card hope all goes well for your little brother. Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WOctober 23, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    Sending you and your brother very best wishes. My advice to myself would be listen to and trust your instincts. Lovely card as always.ReplyCancel

  • KathyOctober 23, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Oh becca, so sorry to hear of bens illness. Will continue to Lift the whole family in prayers…makes my heartache….looking back, it would be slow done and enjoyed things in life more…but like the saying, being to busy making a living and not living…take careReplyCancel

  • Carol H.October 23, 2015 - 1:49 pm

    So sorry that your brother is going through such a difficult time. Many prayers for Ben and you and all of your family that God brings you comfort and strength.

    What a beautiful card!!! Love the purple! The advice I would give to my younger self is to not take SO LONG to get out of my comfort zone and not be so quiet like I used to be! I’m so thankful that I’m not so painfully introverted anymore–no one can believe I ever was! Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Mitzi LuttrullOctober 23, 2015 - 2:02 pm

    HI Becca. First of all, I want you to know I prayed for your brother Ben’s recovery.

    Peace be with you and all your family.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanOctober 23, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Blessings, dear Becca,
    My prayers go out to Ben, you and your family. I already know that your brother is surrounded by the love, peace and comfort of God. Prayer certainly helps us feel the strength of that knowing. This morning I am also holding all those affected by Hurricane Patricia in my thoughts and prayers.

    It just occurred to me that my advice to my younger self still applies today: “God speaks directly to you, always. It’s your intuition…Listen! Trust what you hear and act on it! And, remember to give THANKS for this precious gift.

    What an absolutely beautiful card – I love everything about it! I really enjoyed the cards and tutorials this week. Thank you, Becca, for being the wonderfully generous person you are!

    Love, SandyReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FloridaOctober 23, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Sending prayers to Ben and your family…
    My advice would be: never waste time pining for a man…
    Beautiful card. Colors are so warm…ReplyCancel

  • Peggy AllenOctober 23, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    The card is so beautiful. Love the colors, layers and layers. I think I will tell my younger self to listen and learn. Saying a prayer for Ben, so sorry for your families difficulties.
    God bless,

  • Noelene ApapOctober 23, 2015 - 2:34 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I have been busy & not been on the blog for a while.I have missed so much of your beautiful creations. Some of the precious me time I have is reading your blog. If I had to tell my youger self something, it would be take your time, do not stress & to meditate & relax doing more of the things I enjoy & love with the talents & blessings God has given me.
    Will definitley keep you & your brother in our prayers, be strong,
    Noelene xReplyCancel

  • MildredOctober 23, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    I would have advised my younger self to be more adventuresome, not so conservative. Thoughts and prayers are with you and Ben, Becca. Hang in there.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara TranquillaOctober 23, 2015 - 2:41 pm

    Hi Becca, Your card is unusual in composition and color–always a nice surprise when you do some of the unexpected; however, always exquisite, classic, and appropriate for any recipient. The older I get the more I tend to look back and put things into perspective. Never too late to learn that you can’t go wrong by doing what is right. An old adage that keeps proving itself so true. You are in my prayers concerning Ben and others of your family going through the anxiety and waiting period. May the best outcome be yours. BarbaraReplyCancel

  • NancyROctober 23, 2015 - 2:47 pm

    Prayers to your whole family, and extra ones for Ben. Here’s to hoping the the good news gets better and better.

    There are lots of things that I would love to tell my younger self, but the biggest would be to go for your dreams and don’t change your life plan to please someone else. I did and I regret it to this day. Although I have a good life, it could have been so much happier had I just listened to ME.ReplyCancel

  • janet goshornOctober 23, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Love the purple. As far as what I would tell my younger self I think it would be to not worry so much what other people think.ReplyCancel

  • CandyOctober 23, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    The advice I would give my younger self is to take time and THINK before doing anything.

    I am praying for your brother BEN. So very sorry for his illness.

    Big Hugs, candyReplyCancel

  • Rene StansellOctober 23, 2015 - 3:10 pm

    Hi Becca,
    A prayer for Ben from me.
    Thinking back I wish I could have been a more confident child with higher self esteem.
    Rene from OZ xxReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterOctober 23, 2015 - 3:12 pm

    God is still in control, no matter what happens! beautiful card!!! prayers for you and your brother!ReplyCancel

  • MargieHOctober 23, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    Hey friend. It’s the end of the day for me – actually the company website is under updates so I thought I’d visit one of my favorite blogs = YOU! I did not realize about your brother – I am so sorry to read…sending out strong prayers of healing for him and of strength for you! Much love and many hugs to you, MargieH xoReplyCancel

  • Lisa DugginOctober 23, 2015 - 3:21 pm

    Oh Becca, I have already asked the Lord to touch Ben and to keep his family in a hedge of protection, and peace. The Lord has given you something to keep you busy and not fretting, which we know we are not to do. Such a lovely card, love the colors as well as the layout. Blessings, and peace, LisaReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothOctober 23, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    First of All,

    Dear Heavenly Father I lift Ben and his family and Becca up to you give them peace,strength, and comfort. For Ben’s Doctors to have the wisdom and the knowledge and the tools to treat Ben to heal him. We Praise your mighty name God as you are our Healer, Our Comforter, our Dearest Friend. We are thankful that Becca has Ben as her brother. We are Thankful for Becca and all her tenderness,generosity and sweetness and love that she puts into everything she does. We ask these things in the Precious, Mighty Name of Jesus, AMEN

    Becca, my heart aches for you at this time as tonight we will be celebrating the memories of my dear father-in-law we lost just 1 year ago this month.

    Love the card as it reminds me of my mother’s mother who grew purple irises and now in memory of her I grow irises,too.

    What I would tell my younger self:

    1. Stop living to please everyone,you cannot do this as there will always be someone who will be unhappy with you.

    2. Stop regretting your past and stop remembering what God has already forgotten. Let your past make you better not bitter.

    3. Focus on your strengths not your weaknesses but openly admit them when necessary. Keep it real!

    4. Stop looking for love in all the wrong places and people. Go straight to the source of pure love–God Himself.

    5. Build yourself an Encouragement file to keep all things that inspire you and encourage you to be your best self and to stay motivated towards your dreams. But to also be flexible in how you achieve your dreams as God always has something so much better in store for us.

    Becca.Please let me know how else I can pray for you {{{hugz}}} ~KarenReplyCancel

  • D.Ann COctober 23, 2015 - 3:55 pm

    Oh, Becca, I’m so sorry to hear of your stresses. May ‘the God of all comfort’ continue to comfort your family in all your tribulations!
    I’d tell myself to pay close attention to Eccl. 12 because those days come sooner than you think!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellOctober 23, 2015 - 4:02 pm

    Love the card, I would tell myself hold on tight you are in for a bumpy ride!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • BunnyOctober 23, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Beautiful card. Prayers said for your brother and family. I would tell myself to never take up smoking. Even though I quit several years ago I wish I had never started.ReplyCancel

  • Calli MedvedOctober 23, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    your post inspired me that I bought the minc machine!!
    when you copied your die with the laser copier or printer, did you use card stock to copy?ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKOctober 23, 2015 - 4:44 pm

    Good morning Becca, God bless you and yours, you are in my prayers.
    What a beautiful card!!! I would tell my younger self Life is short, live for today because tomorrow never comes and don’t worry about things that don’t really matter.
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • AletOctober 23, 2015 - 5:03 pm

    Love all your beautiful cards. Prayers for your family.
    I would tell my younger self …. Take time to enjoy life…things don’t have to be Perfect to be Wonderful. And it’s ok to say no occasionally. xxReplyCancel

  • ChelseaOctober 23, 2015 - 5:48 pm

    Oh, Becca, I’m so sorry to hear about Ben. Please keep us updated, as I will be praying fervently for him. I will be praying for his recovery and healing, for his strength, his peace, and his comfort. I’ll be keeping your family in prayer as you all suffer with him during his illness.
    I am praying God’s presence with you all.ReplyCancel

  • JennieOctober 23, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    Becca – sending so many hugs to you and prayers for your little brother. My son was also a Ben – and I lost him in 2012 – so his name makes your brother special to me for his name alone. I send you all the courage I have as you and your family face the road in front of you. Much love to you all and wishes for the best recovery for your brother. Kindest regards Jennie xxReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasOctober 23, 2015 - 6:07 pm

    Prayers for you and your family. I wish I had know when I was young how rewarding it is to give of yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara LeonardOctober 23, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    Prayers going up for Ben. God is good!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonOctober 23, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Sorry to hear about your brother my prayers are with you and your family. I have been where you are for my younger brother has been at deaths door a few times and has made it through, so keep the faith.

  • LindaOctober 23, 2015 - 6:38 pm

    Prayers to you and your brother. stay strong. Becca – your cards are an inspiration. Thank you for your sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BOctober 23, 2015 - 6:56 pm

    I truly believe in the power of prayer. Will pray for you and your brother Becca.

    Beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiOctober 23, 2015 - 7:03 pm

    Oh Becca, I’m so sorry for what you are going through right now. You and your brother are in my prayers. Advice I would give to my younger self – cherish the times spent with family – especially parents and grandparents. I had many good years and I do cherish them, but sometimes I don’t feel like I did enough. Your card is gorgeous. I love the iris, and was sorry to see it was a retired stamp. Hang in there – there will be lots of prayers for you and Ben tonight. HugsReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerOctober 23, 2015 - 7:08 pm

    If I could give my younger self some advice, it would be to be kinder to myself. Not to stress over things and to do more to have fun.

    Prayers for you and your brother, Ben.
    Ps. 46:1 – 2ReplyCancel

  • Janet CastleOctober 23, 2015 - 7:10 pm

    My advice would be, if possible try a technique before buying…finding your ‘style’ is important before buying.
    Paper Hugs,

  • SueOctober 23, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    Sorry to hear about Ben, Becca. My thoughts are with you and your family and hopefully a good outcome. To my younger self, I would say to take good care of all aspects of my health as it’s so precious to us all. Beautiful card, as always!ReplyCancel

  • RufusOctober 23, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    Have been loving your Minc video’s, Becca. This weeks card is so beautiful and different than your normal, although still lots of die cuts and of course a gorgeous bow. My advice to my younger self would be very similar to yours with the addition of Don’t sweat the small stuff, and yes, most of what I worried about (in hind sight) was “small stuff”!ReplyCancel

    • RufusOctober 23, 2015 - 7:32 pm

      Forgot to say that Ben will be in my thoughts and prayers, along with you and your entire family.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenOctober 23, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    GORGEOUS CREATION, BECCA! I’m just popping in here to leave a comment, so I have a chance to win this WONDERFUL CARD! You have to leave a comment right? LOL I am about to fall into bed!!! Caring for 24 LITTLE BITTY BABIES here these last few days & I am SO TIRED!!! HUGS DEAR LADY!!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaOctober 23, 2015 - 8:13 pm

    Sending hugs and prayers to you, your brother Ben and your whole family! This is a beautiful card Becca. The advice I would give to my younger self is that life is a gift…live each day to its fullest.ReplyCancel

  • RayaOctober 23, 2015 - 8:19 pm

    Becca, another stunning card! To my younger self I would say, don’t worry so much about what people may think about you and just be YOU! Love every inch of your card!ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingOctober 23, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    Oh, Becca…prayers and more prayers and hugs through the pixels. May your brother know healing as only God can give, and may your family know peace and grace, however that healing comes.

    I love this card – so pretty….and I would tell my younger self to go easy on myself. Perfection is over-rated and joy is found in the journey.

    Many blessings,

  • carol (aus)October 23, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your talent with the world of crafters.
    I showed my hubby todays card and his comment was “THATS CLASSY”
    Coming from him, that is a very special card. BEAUTIFUL!!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQOctober 23, 2015 - 8:46 pm

    God has the plan for us. It is in His hands. Prayers are for Ben, you, and your family. May each of you have the strength to get through this trial with understanding and strength. What advise would I would give my younger self? It would have to be that God is in charge. Take each trial in life as a lesson learned. And learn it well, for God knows what strength one needs in each lesson so as to get through more trials along the way. Growing up, I was caught up in trying to survive and do the best I could. How much easier it would have been to turn over to God the issues I felt where just too much for me to bear while I was trying to make it though the day. God knows best. Bless you sweet Becca. Hugs.

    Your card today is lovely in shades of purple – my favorite color.ReplyCancel

  • CAROL (AUS)October 23, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    forgot to leave my advice to my younger self. It would be “Only allow people to treat me the way I treat others”.

  • Anita Carol GambrellOctober 23, 2015 - 9:03 pm

    Sending loving prayers to you and Ben !
    Note to younger self, be more careful when playing and being a daredevil stunt person! When momma says you gonna regret that when you get older, it’s true!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry RoseOctober 23, 2015 - 9:37 pm

    Beautiful vintage look!ReplyCancel

    • Sherry RoseOctober 23, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      My advice to my younger self would be :”Don’t take yourself so seriously!”ReplyCancel

  • Shari AlbrechtOctober 23, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    Mat you & your family have the strength to support Ben during this health crisis. The Power of Prayer is incredible! My mantra is from one of my sons’ retreats: “Let go and Let God”

    I have enjoyed reading all the tips to our younger selves. Many of the thoughts similar while some very enlightening!

    My advice to younger self: Know the difference between want and need. Don’t be so serious. Plan for rainy days!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownOctober 23, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    Beautiful card, love your bow and embellishment! Advice to my younger self. . . Would be you are smart enough, you are talented enough, you CAN accomplish your dreams and don’t let others take you down!!
    Thank you Becca for the thought provoking questions, you always make me think out of the box!
    Prays for your brother Ben and your entire family.ReplyCancel

  • Janice BrummettOctober 23, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    This is a beautiful card. I have this stamp and will grab it when I need to make a sympathy card.

    Some time ago I started writing in a journal words of encouragement, joy, positive thoughts, etc. After reading your post today, I picked up my journal looking for something to help you through life’s trials. Here are a few I selected. I hope these might touch you.

    An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

    Keep your head up. God gives his hardest BATTLES to his strongest SOLDIERS.

    When something bad happens you have three choices. You can:
    o Let it define you
    o Let it destroy you, or
    o You can let it strengthen you.

    The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

    Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were today, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

    By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer–“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, you job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period”

    Been sending up prayers for your brother, you, and your family all day today. May God’s love and strength get you through the days ahead.ReplyCancel

  • LianneOctober 23, 2015 - 11:14 pm

    Prayers sailing heavenward for you all, especially for Ben.
    I would tell myself to trust my intuition, and not allow my self esteem to be destroyed by others.ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne IngramOctober 23, 2015 - 11:33 pm

    Hold to the course, don’t compromise. Trust the truth.ReplyCancel

  • nancy dalyOctober 24, 2015 - 12:17 am

    A beautiful card Becca as always, keep all the positive things in your life and let go the negative. Prayers for Ben and all who are suffering.ReplyCancel

  • Pam TASOctober 24, 2015 - 4:06 am

    Hello Becca so sorry to hear about Ben thinking of you and your family
    may your faith keep you strong.
    I went to a demo day at my local craft shop yesterday and believe it or not
    one of the things we were shown was how to make a bearded iris !
    To self If I knew then what I know now I would do things a whole lot different
    for my Sons hugs Pam xxxReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsOctober 24, 2015 - 5:45 am

    Hi Becca,

    Firstly I send my love and prayers to you and your family, I pray your brother Ben pulls through and makes a full recovery.

    Secondly looking back I would have told myself to be more confident and strong, everything would be okay and choose your friends wisely.

    Thirdly I adore your card, love the vintage look you have given this one, so beautiful.

    Love & God Bless hun

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Norah McPheeOctober 24, 2015 - 5:51 am

    Good morning Becca,
    I am sending a prayer up for your brother Ben to pull through this but also for your family for what it is going through which i wouldn’t put my worst enemy through. I can’t relate to your stress of your beloved Ben in ICU because i never got that chance with my twin brother Jim but i do know how it feels, so please wrap your arms around and give yourself the hug that i am sending to you this day flower.
    I would tell my younger self not to be so timid and shy but take life’s opportunites with both hands and run with them as you never know where it might lead you to. I also need to tell my older self this to as there is only one time on this earth so to take the chance if only i weren’t such a coward.
    Thank you flower for such a gorgeous card that without the sentiment could be so good for all sorts of occasions. Take care dear Becca and your family and i hope that Ben has a turning point soon for you all
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah (Glenochil Village, Scotland)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthOctober 24, 2015 - 7:13 am

    Bless you Becca, and Bless Ben and all of your Family.
    I have prayed for Ben this morning, and I will pray for him every day until he is well again. You are all in my thoughts.
    This card is absolutely stunning !!!!! I love everything about it, the colour is fabulous, the papers, the ribbons and pins, everything is stunning, it ‘makes my heart sing’. The person who wins this will be eternally grateful to receive it.
    If I had the ability to give my younger self some advice with hindsight, I would tell myself that ‘the grass is not always greener on the other side’. I feel as if I have spent most of my life searching for something (I don’t know what !!) and have made some really stupid decisions. If I could go back, I would definitely make different decisions and maybe my two Sons would still be with me today. I know we can always be wise after the event, but wouldn’t it be lovely if we could go back and change things.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Maureen KOctober 24, 2015 - 8:15 am

    Hello Becca,
    Let me first of all say that Ben, his family and yourself are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your card today is beautiful, and the advice I would my younger self is “Be more confident and remember – God is a loving God”
    Maureen xxReplyCancel

  • Rain LynnOctober 24, 2015 - 9:03 am

    My advice would be to my younger self would be to slow down and savor each moment. Time passes so quickly. Good or bad — each moment can be special.ReplyCancel

  • Sara AlfordOctober 24, 2015 - 9:10 am

    Dearest Becca,

    Please know that my prayers and those of my Bible Study Class are being offered up for Ben.

    My best advice to younger self would be…’don’t be so hard pressed to make everything perfect’. I’ve found that pressure to be perfect takes away from the free flow of ideas and creative engagement. At 77 years of age, I’m so grateful for flexibility in my hands and a calm spirit. Love your inspiration and talent. You have such a gift for words and expression. Thank you for all you do for us!ReplyCancel

  • Susan ThomasOctober 24, 2015 - 9:24 am

    If I could go back and talk to myself, I would tell that stressed-woman to take a deep breath and realize that the world is not in crises mode for me. And I would laugh more. Lots and lots more.ReplyCancel

  • linda boyceOctober 24, 2015 - 9:44 am

    Hi Becca super card just so you fresh and inspireing ,so sad to hear your news and send love and good wishes.What would l tell my younger self ,not to buy so much craft rubbish just because it looks good you dont use it still its all learning hugs lindaReplyCancel

  • Judith WyckoffOctober 24, 2015 - 11:10 am

    May God keep your brother in his care and keep you and all your family safe and healthy to be there for your brother and each other. I check your site daily and love the beautiful work you do.ReplyCancel

  • Judith WyckoffOctober 24, 2015 - 11:11 am

    May God keep your brother in his care and keep you and all your family safe and healthy to be there for your brother and each other. I check your site daily and love the beautiful work you do.

  • Carol RossouwOctober 24, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news! We will certainly keep him – and you – in our thoughts & prayers xxReplyCancel

  • Toni LuceroOctober 24, 2015 - 7:11 pm

    I think the advice I’d give to my younger self would be to write down the stories of family. As a young person I had the unique opportunity to sit and talk with my grandparents every week. I wish I had either recorded or written down the stories of their lives as they told them to me. I was so interested in how they grew up and remember certain things but not everything. Also wish I had written down the things my mother shared with me about her growing up years and the things she knew about my dad. I lost my mom about 16 months ago and long to talk to her. I cherish the time spent with my grandparents and with my mom! And you are so right Becca, God is in control. Hallelujah!ReplyCancel

  • April bishopOctober 25, 2015 - 2:53 am

    We will be praying for your brother Becca.
    To my younger self I would say… You shoulda listened more, talked less, and definitely not be so serious all the time.
    Stunning card by the way. I am always in AWE of your talent??ReplyCancel

  • TammieOctober 26, 2015 - 9:45 am

    Love this card.

    Sending prayers for Ben.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronOctober 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

    My prayer is for peace for your brother, your family, and you. My advice to my younger self would be to remember that I am the child of the King therefore I am well favored and protected.ReplyCancel

  • Joan SchoppeOctober 27, 2015 - 5:39 am

    Prayers for you, your family, and Ben. Thank you for everything you do for us Becca, even in the midst of difficult times. You are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah HarrisOctober 28, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    Praying for your brother Ben.ReplyCancel