Friends Make Every Day Special

Good morning friends!  I was looking for something different, so I flipped through my die templates for an idea.  I landed on a die that I had only used once or twice but I thought it would make a beautiful addiction to my card.  Can you guess which one?  You might even have this die template, and if you do, who knew it could do double duty, lol!!    My card for today features yet another new set from JustRite Stampers called Your Special Day.  The background features a new JustRite Stampers background stamp called Harlequinn Script,  that will get a lot of mileage with me!!

I edged the bottom with Spellbinders™ Classic Petal Egeabilities and a decorative insert from Spellbinders™ Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities.  For my stamped motif I used Spellbinders™ Classic Squares SM and after stamping the motif again in Vintage Sepia, I trimmed away the outside leaving the circle and border – you know, stamping surgery! 

I finished off with some taupe pearls and a small bow (figure eight loops) made on The Peg Bow Maker with 5 wraps on the 2 1/2 inch width setting.  The bottom layer of the medallion on my card is made with this die template.

I cut the die template, Spellbinders™ Bird Sanctuary, four times and cut them all off across the top, a quarter of an inch underneath the beam that goes across.  Then I cut a square out of scrap paper and attached the bird cages on each side of the square.  Cover the scrap paper square with the next layer of your medallion. 

Lol, who knew?  

Stamps: JustRite StampersHarlequinn Script Background, Your Special Day
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Cream 80lb cover, Bazzill
Ink: Colorbox Chalk – Pastel Pink, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Spellbinders™ Classic Petal Egeabilities, Spellbinders™ Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities, Spellbinders Classic Squares SM, Spellbinders™ Bird Sanctuary, Recollections Pearls, Seam Binding, Clear Embossing Powder, Spare Parts Brad, burlap

Here are the JustRite Designers who have cards to share today.  Links are below:

JustRite Inspiration, Becca Feeken (you are here), Debbie Olson, Beate Johns, Sharon Harnist, Linda Duke, Eva Dobilas, Michele Kovack, Kellie Fortin, Heidi Blankenship, Barb Schram, Angela Barkhouse

Don’t forget, JustRite is having a retirement sale on all 1 5/8″ and 2″ products – they are $10.00 while supplies last.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I’ll see you soon!!. 

  • MarilynJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    WOW another stunning card. I so just love your bows, your cards make them look like they are easy to make!!
    Enjoy your weekend.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Strip of burlap looks fabulous! Great card as always :)ReplyCancel

  • bethann dJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:09 am

    i guesssed the bird cage and was pleased i figured that out, burlap is new for you, only you can make it look elegantReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Well, I sure would never have guessed the bird cage so I am delighted you got more use out of it. I love that little die now it has a bigger future! The card is beautiful and I agree with bethann that you take burlap to greater heights! Very lovely. Isn’t it fun to invent stuff and actually have it turn out this nice? LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Simply SandyJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Love how you cute up the birdcage…how creative!ReplyCancel

  • crystalJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:14 am

    I recently purchased the bird sanctuary die. I love how you used it. It is great to get ideas on how to use the dies for more than one purpose!ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Gorgeous card, love how you used that bird cage to design the back ground.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:18 am

    Very creative! I love the background stamp too. TFSReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:24 am

    i recognized the bird cage right away and marveled at how you find multiple uses for them.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila..../UKJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:25 am

    What a beautiful card.You have really inspired me Becca .I make all my cards for animal charities in Crete,Greece and if I can emulate your cards I am sure they will sell well and raise much needed funds.Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.January 6, 2012 - 9:25 am

    Oh, how clever on how you incorporated the bird cage die on your Gorgeous card. You have such a creative mind.

  • conniecrafterJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:30 am

    that is so cool, love how you can see something in part of a die and make something totally new, Great texture and colors, so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • carolJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:31 am

    That is really a very nice combination of paper skills!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie WeissJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:31 am

    Who knew … well, we all do now. But the real question is … who would think to try it … ONLY BECCA!!! This card is soooo pretty and of course, it’s pink. And I am so liking the stamped background, since it’s a nice change from embossed backgrounds.ReplyCancel

  • FrancineJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:36 am

    So clever!
    I recognize the bird cage because it is my challenge to find before I read the list of what you use.
    Brilliant ,I am so proud of you.
    Thanks for showing us.

  • DeniceJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Good job , now that is really thinking out of the box. Stunning card , as usual. God bless…. DeniceReplyCancel

  • JeanJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Way too cute! A bird cage? Who else but you would have used that template in such a different way! Always challenging your viewers to think out side the “birdcage”!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:41 am

    How Clever!!!! You come up with the best way possible on these dies….. definitely thinking outside the box….ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:42 am

    I love the way you see things– you are always finding new and creative ways to use your tools.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia/GeorgiaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Only YOU! Beautiful card!! I was immediately struck by the burlap strip. Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa SackettJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Genius! beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • CecJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Gorgeous card and you are so clever. Thanks to you, anyone who has that birdcage die knows that it has now become much more versatile .ReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:58 am

    I recognised the birdcage but would never have dreamed of using it in this way. You are absolutely amazing Becca. I wish I had your mind!!! Nother gorgeous card.
    love from Christine xReplyCancel

  • BeateJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful layering and card!
    Hugs and smilesReplyCancel

  • Susi KJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous card, Becca! Sometimes, it takes someone else’s eyes to open our own. Fabulous use of that bird cage die!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne NJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:08 am

    Wow, what a brilliant idea. Wouldn’t have thought of this one. Beautiful card.
    You’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Mc MahonJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Fabulous idea, and beautiful card
    so very clever. if you find double uses for any more dies I would love to know.

  • ChelseaJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Oooo, Becca! You’re starting the new year off with brilliance! I would never imagine using the birdcage die lie that. What a great idea!! You are just amazing, girl. This is a fantastic card!!ReplyCancel

  • ClarindaJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:18 am

    I love how versatile you make all the dies…I did guess when I saw it! But love the look! Keep it up!


  • PatJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Becca I love the way your mind works I wish I could be in it for 1 day you asked what we would like to see more of this year and I would love to see more uses for the does that we have Happy New Year and God bless you for all you do thank youReplyCancel

  • MariaJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:27 am

    I love EVERYTHING about this card. Another Gorgeous creation!ReplyCancel

  • TerriJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Another amazing card. I love how you use a part of something to make it look new on your card.

    Ter ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - CardMonkeyJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:41 am

    WHO KNEW!!!? You see things through such creative eyes/heart. THANK YOU for sharing this brilliance. Yes, it does make a lovely “addiction” to your card…. YOUR blog is MY lovely addiction, and it’s a lovely addition as well, to my otherwise hum-drum life.

    Ellen ~ CardMonkey

  • lizJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:51 am

    WOW , I love it, when I saw the card I thought I love this card I can do it but I don’t have the die you used behind and I will figure out how with one I do have AND I do have Bird Sanctuary I got this when you did the pop up bird cage ,so happy that you showed us another way to use this die, I knew there had to be more ways other than just as a bird cage, THANKS BECCA , your awsome!!!!! can’t wait to see what you do with your New Spellbinders Die coming out next week sitting on pins and needle’s ( or should I say Cutting machine and inkReplyCancel

  • ChristineCreationsJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:53 am

    Becca I just love how you’ve used the bird cage behind the medallion. How gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • lizJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:54 am

    I think we were all caught up in how you used the Bird cage die we forgot to mention Just Rite stamp is awsome to and will get much use.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen PJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Beautiful card as always but especially loved how you showed another way to use a die that I wouldn’t have thought of…Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Another lovely card. I really like how your imagation works. You see so much more in a die than I do.ReplyCancel

  • sherisayJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:19 am

    You sure have a knack for spotting design. You evidently saw the “dome” of the birdcage die, and did your surgery to come up with something new. I did not spot this possibility…should have! (I like spotting different designs. They’re everywhere…even found some on old manhole covers. LOL). Anyhow, congrads on a new, lovely card. I will be looking at my dies with more inquiring eyes.ReplyCancel

  • JalineJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how creative you are. You always amaze me. Using the bird cage that way is stunning.You always improve the product, that is genius.Best wishes in your life.ReplyCancel

  • Marla H.January 6, 2012 - 11:29 am

    WOW Becca you are one of the most talented ladies in “thinking outside the box” using your Spellbinder dies. I LOVE this!! Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • sarahwrightdesignsJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:38 am


    Sarah xReplyCancel

  • auntie em (emily)January 6, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Talk about an amazing way to use the birdcage die! You are such an original thinker. Your card is so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Hi Becca,
    I am astounded, this idea is ingenious and I would never have guessed it was the birdcage. Boy you are clever and always innovative, showing us new ways to use and adapt our dies. Just wonderful.
    Best wishes LindaReplyCancel

  • LaurenJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Wow! You have done it again. Wish I was able to buy more Spellbinders-I only have the basic shapes…the ones you have sure are amazing and your techniques make them pop.
    Have a wonderful restful weekend.

  • DeborahJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    What kind of die cutting machine do you use and have you used the tim holtz die cutting machine.? Why do you like it the best?Your work is gorgeous an so inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • BernieJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Wow I would never have guessed. You are so clever and creative. Gosh I wish I could see things like you do. This card is stunning.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • EveleneJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Such a lovely card maked by a stroke of genious. Wow, a gorgeous feat with the bird cage die turned into an attractive medallion.ReplyCancel

  • Robin GasserJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Using the birdcage that way was brilliant! I don’t have that particular die, but it is very inspiring!

  • Gail L.January 6, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Beautiful card!
    If I did stamping surgery, or die cut surgery for that matter, I’d end up with little chopped up pieces of nothing!ReplyCancel

  • SoniaJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Beautiful card! I also love how you push the envelope with seeing how to use your dies in different ways. It encourages me to try doing it as well. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Becky DJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Wow! You are so clever Becca! I might even like the birdcage this way better than the original – or not – but I love the look of this! Absolutely gorgeous as usual :) Have a lovely Friday!ReplyCancel

  • MarianJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Oh, how very clever. Isn’t it amazing as to what you can come up with, if you put a little thought behind it. I certainly wouldn’t have thought cutting the bird cage up. Very effective and a beautiful card as always. Thanks for another idea.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 6, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t even think of that die! Not even when I saw your card! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJanuary 6, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    What a clever way to transform a die-cut. Beautiful card today. I’m liking the harlequin and script background very nice. Beautiful work as always. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • IreneJanuary 6, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    What a beautiful card! That card would make my day!!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)January 6, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Who’d a thunk? The bird cage! Wow, very neat indeed. You never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity. What a lovely card you’ve created, yet again.ReplyCancel

  • DarleneJanuary 6, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    Wow – just wow!! I wish I had your eye!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy SJanuary 6, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    this is what I love about you you are always thinking outside the box and expanding our ideas on stretching our products versatilities-Thanks Becca great cardReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayJanuary 6, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    OH how clever!! I would love to hide in your scrap room and watch how you develop these ideas LOLReplyCancel

  • HollyJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    who knew indeed????? but what a fantastic “outside the box” trick! I’m endevoring to do that more and more with my spellbinders,,,,,,which I am rapidly getting addicted to.

    but a little funny,,,,,,I bought one the other day,,,,,and my darling son says to me,,,,,,,,,,”don’t you already have one of those things?”

    ONE????????? I almost spit coffee at him LOL :)

    hope you’re feeling better and better!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HurlimanJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Another super card, I did guess the bird cage, don’t have it, but what a great “Becca” die!
    Thank you again!ReplyCancel

  • SuziJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    You think out of the box and out of the cage! Love it! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • PeggySJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Becca, love the new background stamp and other new JR stamps. You amaze me with your use & creativity with SB dies. As always, I love your bow and the use of burlap. Simply amazing.
    Peggy AllenReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    What a fantastic idea – wow!!!!!!! If Spellbinders was smart they’d hire you and you could design new dies. Gosh I’m going to have to get this one.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    I knew right away what it was! Because I love all the birdcage stuff out there. Now I am wondering what other dies I have that could be pieced together in this way… I think you have an engineer’s brain to come up with the things you do… and, as always, it is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Deb PolzinJanuary 6, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Becca, you are so imaginative. You probably could have made a contest out of how you made the element from the birdcage. I bet many of us would not have figured it out.ReplyCancel

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  • Phil(omena) from Dublin, IrelandJanuary 6, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    Super – fantastic visualisation Love your workReplyCancel

  • Linda EJanuary 6, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Pure genius, Becca! I love your gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • barb schramJanuary 6, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    Oh my Becca! LOVE the die you used and how you saw a totally different application for it! YOU are so inspiring to me! Thank YOU!ReplyCancel

  • RiJanuary 6, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    Gosh how beautiful. Love this card.


  • PaulineJanuary 6, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    Becca, this card is Amazing! Love what you did with the bird cage die – your right who knew?ReplyCancel

  • Dianne CJanuary 6, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    You made a beautiful looking card. You always think of different ways to use die cuts or ribbons and fancy folds. Thanks for sharing Becca. DianneReplyCancel

  • PlazinaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    I admire your creativity and love your beautiful creations. They really inspire me. When I get a granddaughter I will surely have them name her Becca (LOL). I was wondering what the size of your cards are. Could you tell me. Thanks. May you be blessed to keep on making these beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • GinnyJanuary 6, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    You’re so amazingly clever! I wish I had your eye for looking at things and seeing other uses for them. Does that stop once you’ve left the craft room? Can you bottle some of that creativity and share it with the rest of us?ReplyCancel

  • sherriJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    Wow Becca! Once again your card is absolutely lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon MooreJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    OH YES!! I really like this card and how you used the die! A wonderful idea that I would never have thought of! Thank you very much!ReplyCancel

  • LalaJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:29 pm

    Becca, I’ve said it before. You are a creative genius with Spellbinders. Fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Chris @ My Arty AttemptsJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:21 am

    Well, aren’t you just too clever. It goes to show what imagination is capable of.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:38 am

    I just read that you will be showing your new Spellbinder creations on January 13th. That will be Friday the 13th which is my lucky day :) I was born on Friday the 13th .ReplyCancel

  • Linda DukeJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:03 am

    Your card is just beautiful Becca. HugsReplyCancel

  • YvonneJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:15 am

    What a gorgeous card and I love how you re-manufactured the die to make it into something so different and lovely!! And of course, your bows are always beautiful!! I’ve watched your video on them and it just works for me everytime! I don’t have the peg system yet and have a sort of self-manufactured bow maker that I use…..I’m going to pull out the drill and screwdriver myself one of these days and monkey one up for myself…..lolReplyCancel

  • Anna KluytmansJanuary 7, 2012 - 2:47 am

    Hi Becca, Happy New Year to you. I love your cards they all are beautiful, and you come up with some great ideas, and I have had my hubby make a bow maker for me and it has been fabulous,
    many thanks, keep up the good work,ReplyCancel

  • CathyJanuary 7, 2012 - 4:42 am

    I just love how you manipulate the dies to create something new! you always provide me with inspiration to think creatively.ReplyCancel

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  • facsmomJanuary 7, 2012 - 7:08 am

    The most beautiful card I have created up to date was inspired by you and has many of the same elements in this one. I am now a happy email subscriber to your blog. Before, my subscription required me to specifically check. That doesn’t work so well for me. Email notification will have me drooling over your work on a regular basis. I am sooooooo excited.ReplyCancel

  • JeanJanuary 7, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Good morning Becca ~ the card and colors are, as usual, beautiful. When I see a birdcage template I see a birdcage, and you see a myriad of possibilities. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I going to look at my spellbinders and see what I can imagine:) Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene GabrielJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:13 am

    This card is so beautiful – love the colours and pearls……and that bow is gorgeous. You have such creativity to be able to see outside the box. You always seem to come up with some way to use things that I for one would never think of. Thank you for sharing that with us. I find that I have stretched beyond my limits many times due to seeing some idea from you that has been unique.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl StaufferJanuary 7, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Becca, this is such a lovely, elegant card! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me and your truly created another masterpiece by using the bird cage die and cutting it to make such a wonderful embellishment!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura with Layers of ColorJanuary 7, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    LOVE your creative use of the die! And I greatly appreciate your bow tying tutorial too!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Have to say I did not guess you had used the birdcage…that was another good idea of thinking outside the box!!!! A beautiful card as always.

    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • ChinnuJanuary 7, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Becca, it is lovely. But…. how DO you think of these creative ways to use these dies? I have the birdcage die set …. butI see only a birdcage, not these amazing creative uses that you see …. lol! You inspire so many of us – thank you for sharing your brilliant creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica FickJanuary 7, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, Ms. Becca! You are so clever – what a great idea!!! Love your work and enjoy seeing your creative projects so much!!!! Big hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • LucyJanuary 8, 2012 - 6:00 am

    I love the bird cage and to use it as a medallion is one more reason to buy it!ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJanuary 9, 2012 - 10:35 am

    You are the queen of manipulating those spellbinder dies and coming up with new and fresh ideas on ways to use them. What would we do without you Becca?????? Love this take.

  • sandie hornJanuary 10, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    I am so excited to find the beautiful crafts
    Thank you so much for sharing with others
    like myself. I sent a email to a friend,she
    will enjoy all your designs.thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaJanuary 10, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Wonderful idea! Love how you used the bird cage, you really can think outside the box at times, that is what makes you such a wonderfully creative person, that and your big Heart!!
    Thanks for sharing

  • venus fortunaJanuary 10, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    Dear Becca,
    What a fun idea!!! I recently purchased this birdcage die and I’m just happy to have a new way to use it.