It’s All About the Wings

Hi there blog friends!!  At the same time that so much is going on, I’m trying to make some changes at home.  It’s been slow going over the last year but at the beginning of the year I made a commitment to get things done.  I had u-haul deliver a pod today so that some of my furniture is moving out of the house.  I expect to have foot surgery in the near future so I’m moving the studio to inside my house so I’ll be able to get around on my own. Carpeting is coming up and smooth flooring is going down.  You get the picture – I imagine I’ll be zooming around on one of those little scooters that you put your knee on.  Ha, I may even have to throw a picture of that up on the blog.  Not sure what it will be like to have to sit still but maybe, just maybe I’ll get more done, lol!   In the meantime . . . 

I have a card to share today using a sweet sentiment from Quietfire Design called Wings of the Butterfly that goes particularly well with Spellbinders™ Wings of Hope.  The butterfly from that die template set is absolutely magical – I have lots of die cut butterflies, but this one is so totally elegant!!  I created a medallion for the sentiment by using Spellbinders™ Standard Circles LGSpellbinders™ Wings of Hope, Recollections Crystal Garland, Seam Binding, and one of the small elements from Spellbinders™ Moroccan Accents.  I was intrigued by the doily look I could get from going around the circle with the little curlyique pieces.

I can’t often work it in, but I had some of the jewelled garland by Recollections and I think it was safe to use without clashing.  It’s a big embellishment and I thought I’d just give it a try – I have too much of this stuff sitting aside.   Can I leave you with a thought?  If you buy these tools and embellishments, please use them.  Really!  The more you use things, the more comfortable you’ll get with them and the more value you get from your hard earned money.  

Stamps: Quietfire Design –Wings of the Butterfly
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Spellbinders™ Moroccan Accents, Spellbinders™ Standard Circles LG, Spellbinders™ Wings of Hope, Recollections Crystal Garland, Seam Binding, Recollections Pearls

I spoke recently about being brave . . . I’m considering starting a no pressure “play along” with some inlinkz and am curious if you all would be brave enough to contribute and show your creations?  I’ve found that many people are intimidated by challenges, so I didn’t necessarily want to set it up as a competition.  I’m not opposed to finding a sponsor and pulling a random name to win a prize, but no judging.   Right now I’m more interested in getting people to use the tools they have and to be proud of what you create.   See, you all have given me the wings to fly and now I want to bring you with me.  Weigh in and let me know if this is something you might like to see here.  If it is something you’d never do, please say so – I’d love to hear.

Thanks for stopping by today, I can’t say it enough – I appreciate my blog family here and find myself blessed beyond measure by your sweet spirits!

  • chrisdFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Your changes sound wonderful and challenging too. God be with you always!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    Gorgeous card- the sentiment is beautiful! Love the great flourish. Bless you- I hope everything goes smoothly with your home changes and your surgery.ReplyCancel

  • YvonneFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous idea. I love visiting your blog and being inspired. Good luck with your up and coming surgery. Love your card as always.ReplyCancel

  • ireneFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    Love your creations, best of luck with your home changes and your surgery. I’m not sure I could keep up with a weekly challenge but I’d love to try. I seem to be in a creative funk these days.ReplyCancel

  • Johanne L.February 2, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Very gorgeous card. I admire your talent. You always have great ideas. I hope everything will be ok with your surgery. Thanks for sharing,ReplyCancel

  • christiFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    beautiful card. i just love how you used the larger pearls.

    i would love to play along. if it’s easy to link it. as i have no blog and my scanner distorts things. it sounds like fun. promise you won’t notice how many things we “borrow” from your ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Linda MilroyFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Yes awesome idea, I love doing challenges but it is hard if you don’t have the supplies they are asking for and impossible to buy everything. I think you would get lots of entries. Count me in.
    Your card is awesome as always. I can not wait to get my bow maker. Blessing, LindaReplyCancel

  • DawnllFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    I will be thinking of you when you have your surgery-How great that you can make the changes to your home BEFORE so you will be able to get around.
    How sweet of you to say if you have a challenge it won’t be about competition.
    I do enter challenges here and there but really don’t take it serious, I hate competition!
    I am on several teams that have challenges and like that random org picks so it is fair for everyone.
    Nothing worse then people having hurt feelings or thinking their work isn’t as nice as the next person. Love that everyone has their own skill level and be proud of what they make.
    Blessings BeccaReplyCancel

  • Maxine DiffeyFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    Becca – as ever this is fabulous – love the jeweled garland – and yes, another challenge is always welcome :-) I’m a bit of a challenge junkie….

  • Julie BFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    It sounds as if you have very good plans…it would be hard to waste the pod! Congrats on the decision to up the carpet ( I hate them – such muck harbourors (sp) as my Mum would say).
    I really like this card – you used your imagination to such perfection here – not too much, and just enough embellishment! Love it! Thanks for sharing, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Karen KnegtenFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    I love challenges, Becca! I find it to be a wonderful way to ‘grow’ one’s talent, and sweet comments are so uplifting!! Not to mention a great way to see what other talented people are using to stretch their creativity.ReplyCancel

  • KraftyauntFebruary 2, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Your card is gorgeous, Becca. And good luck with the renovations… I know what you mean about being able to move around your house while recuperating. I broke my ankle a few years ago and was in a similar situation.

    With regard to the play alongs, I probably wouldn’t participate. There seem to be quite a few sites doing sketches and regular play alongs. What I don’t see too many doing (and this is my personal wish list) is to have someone provide constructive criticism on my own cards/creations. Almost like a classroom environment where the teacher could point out opportunities for improvement i.e. what color combinations would have been better; where the composition was weak; how I could have ‘stepped it up a notch’…. as if I was attending a live workshop.

    Good luck with whatever direction you take. You’re talent, personality, and style will always be winners! Sincerely, Beverly.ReplyCancel

  • Carole (FibreJunky)February 2, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    If I can ever get my mojo back, Becca, I would love to play along.

    And I keep meaning to write to tell you that I would dearly love to be on the preorder list for one of your ribbon spool thingies. I’ve been trying to get the spousal unit to help me build one since you first posted about yours and he’s been less than enthusiastic, so I’m totally thrilled that you’re going forward with this.ReplyCancel

  • SuziFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    I do post some things on another website once in a while. It’s a scary thing, but I’m getting braver. The encouragement of others has brought me a long way. I’ll never be able to fly as high as you, though! I might fly along in your wake occasionally.ReplyCancel

  • Mary HFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    Prayers for a successful surgery. Hope you can let us know just when it happens, perhaps your friend can post an address, (?for cards!!!!). You share so many wonderful ones with us, only right & fair for you to get some FROM us! I like your idea of seeing OUR cards, and you are spot on with the idea of no competition. I, for one, never feel confident of my ability. Don’t have a blog either. But it’s lovely to see what everyone does. Beautiful card today, as per usual. Hugs & Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Nan GFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    Another wow card! Yes, love the idea of a fun challenge/show me type set up. You use your tools in such different ways, it would be cool to show what we were able to do. And offer hints and suggestions on how to do something an easier way perhaps or to get a different look! Thanks! I too am anxiously awaiting my bow maker! Good luck with the surgery. You’ll love smooth floors! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • KathyFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:03 pm

    I think your changes sound wonderful! Your designs are always so inspiring and gorgeous…
    I’ve found though that for my money and sanity to stick with cards that are a just a little bit more simple… I don’t know too many folks who would truly appreciate a card that I spent half a day on (which is what it would take for me to recreate one of yours)… ; )
    I love the non-judgemental idea… perfect for those of us who don’t feel we come close to your creativity and originality!
    Thank you for sharing on your blog… it is always a delight to read and drool over!

  • Julie BFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    I’m sure you have answered this question before, Becca, but please forgive me, I am new to your blog. How do you mail your beautiful cards? My Mum is back home in England, along with many friends and other relatives. I know I will want to send some examples of your inspiration to share with them…
    Again, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndie MartinFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Oh Becca, what a beautiful card, but all your cards are beautiful. You have such amazing talent. I really enjoy your blog and your creations. Thank you so much for sharing with us. may God Bless You and your family. Hugs CyndieReplyCancel

  • Barb gFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Your work is always so beautiful and gorgeous! I always look forward to reading your blog. Those who receive one of your creative masterpieces are indeed very fortunate! I’m guilty of purchasing new items with expectations of using those items. Unfortunately I seem to set my new ‘toys’ aside with hopes that I will get to them ‘someday’. While I don’t have much free time to create, I would enjoy ‘playing along’ with you whenever I do have an opportunity to ‘play’. Thanks for thinking of us and for sharing your inspiration with us.

  • sherry gardnerFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:09 pm

    Yes, I would love to do a challenge or something like that with random winners, I think its fun…..

    And this card, wow, beautiful colors and I love the ribbon bow of course, and the butterfly…and the papers…I just love, love, love what you do with spellbinders….

    When I grow up, I want to make cards as beautiful as you (I’m 46)…..:)ReplyCancel

  • Joy HaddenFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    Becca, love the butterfly! Intimidated by your challenges — heck yeah!! But I would love to join in. It will give me an opportunity to stretch my abilities.ReplyCancel

  • cindy ClickFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Love your card. I love all the embellishments. (I tend to add more than probably needed, but I’m with you. What good are they if you don’t use them?)
    I would love to see what you have inspired in all of us. I have done a couple and I find it helps me to stretch my wings and try more. No one, in my opinion, could do a card prettier than yours, but we all have our own style. But we all have this is common- we love your work! So I say, bring on the challenge!

  • Becky GreenFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    This is a LOVELY CARD Becca!!!!!!!! I LOVE the embellishments you’ve used!!!!!!!!! Different than the ordinary, BUT PERFECT!!!!!!!!! It is QUITE FETCHING!!!!!!!!! :) I like the lacyness of these dies too!!!!!!!!!! :) GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!

    As to your idea? WHAT A SUPER IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d LOVE to play along!!!!!! I don’t have loads of dies, only a few. And I don’t have a blog, so…. I guess those would be the only things holding me back if those would be a necessity! HOW FUN!!!!!!!!!! :) AND fun to see everyone elses creations!!!!!

    Have fun with your moving things around!!!!!! I ALWAYS enjoyed that part of homemaking! (Where we live now, I don’t get to do that!) But, having your work space where you can get to it easier will be MORE ENJOYABLE!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY when you won’t be able to get around as well!!!!!!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • miblue1February 2, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    I LOVE your site.You have such a great collection of wonderful projects it is amazing to see such talent.Thanks for sharing and I look forward to visiting again.ReplyCancel

  • ValFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    Good Evening Becca,
    I love your blog and look at it every day. I think your idea is wonderful but not too sure that I would upload my cards…just a time issue. I would also like to know where I can send a card to you once you have had your surgery… I have prayed for you every single night since I have heard of your loss. Keep well Becca and know that everyone is wishing you all the best, we are all behind you in your endeavors as we have come to know you through your blog.ReplyCancel

  • janeyFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    I’m so excited for you and your renovations in your home….I hope it all proceeds as expected. Love the card – clever use of the doily die and using the curlyique to your advantage.

    Sharing my cards ? I do here with my stamping friends, however, I’m not sure I’m ready to go so public…..I may get brave though.


  • Janet CastleFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    Beautiful card Becca. When I had my foot surgery (3 places on one foot at one time), I used my Secretarial chair to get around the house…as long as it will go thru your doorways. It worked great because I could make it highter or lower with a touch of a lever and it would swivel so I could reach what I wanted without fear of falling out of the chair – a terrible thought!
    Will be praying for your successful surgery and quick and total recovery!
    Paper Hugs,

  • Sandy HaysFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Lots and lots of big changes in Becca Land! Be careful you’re not taking on too much… First of all, the Layering Queen has made another beautiful card. One of the things I really admire about your creations, is that you don’t “muck” up the card with a bunch of printed paper. Your plain paper color combinations are so soothing. You truly have a gift. And secondly, I would really like to “play along”, but I am totally clueless when it comes to posting a picture of my card on the internet. If you take on this endeavor, will you be able to post instructions for those of us who don’t know their way around a computer? That way I can play too!ReplyCancel

  • sandi pFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    Beautiful card … you are such an inspiration. Prayers for your surgery and a safe and speedy recovery!!ReplyCancel

  • RufusFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    First, congrats on getting the house in order to deal with that foot! Please let us know when that’s scheduled for…that way we can all keep you in our thoughts. Would love to see you scooting around in the “knee chair”. Had a friend doing that this summer, she loved the darn thing and man was she FAST! Another lovely card and what a great sentiment. While I have nothing at all against challenges or play alongs…I never seem to have the time to get it finished by the deadline, or it’s not a color/theme/design that appeals to me. Or not at all what I need for my stash or OWH at the time. So I probably wouldn’t join in. But that should hardly stop anybody else! Will be thinking of you, and still wondering what your other tool is! (and how the Becca Peg Bow maker is being received at CHA. (I may know some women that would be very interested in one as soon as I can give them more details! They sure like the bows that I create with mine!! All thanks to you, of course!!)

  • TammyFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    WOW!!! Simply amazing!!! LOVE IT!!! I’ve not used Spellbinders before, I would like to do so, though:) you are such an inspiration!!! :) be blessed
    Beyond Measure

  • Donna DFebruary 2, 2012 - 8:57 pm

    Becca, I love your creations, and this one is no exception! I love to watch some of the challenges out there but have not participated so far, but it is something I’ve been thinking of doing. I really like the no competition thought…I always feel that my cards are never quite as good as some that I watch…like yours! I like the idea of a random drawing to make it fair to everybody. I’ve even been slowly putting together a blog so I can become more confidant with my cards…love your inspiration…inspires me with every post! Anxiously waiting for my Becca’s Bow Maker to arrive….yeah!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Anna GrimsleyFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:03 pm

    Congrats on getting some of your projects under way; it’s such a hassle while you’re going through it, but so rewarding when you’re finished. Great card today; love it! I have not participated in any challenges previously, but want to. Two things that intimadate me are: I can’t figure out how to post on some of the sites and I don’t always have the color of cs (they typically use SU colors and I don’t buy SU paper). Thanks for your beautiful creations-they always inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • Omega BrooksFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    This is another beautiful card Becca. I especially love butterflies, I collect them & love their symbolism. This one is gorgeous. Best wishes on your upcoming foot surgery & pray you have a quick recovery. Also, I love your idea of a “play along”, yes I am sometimes intimidated with some of the challenges I see on other sites. I haven’t been doing this for very long and really need to practice using my tools, new techniques I’m learning, understanding color blending and layering. I have a lot to learn but I am always inspired after stopping by your blog.ReplyCancel

  • TeresaFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    you go girl on the changes. glad you are having the surgery and that you are making the necessary changes to be comfortable in your home while recovering. When I was recovering 2 yrs ago from ARDS and a 6.5 wk hospital stay, I remember how unsettling it is to not feel secure in getting around on your own. so you are following a plan that will be successful.

    love the idea of the play along. I know this year of firsts have been a challenge but you have weathered the storm and you are a daughter of THE King my dear one and He is showering you with grace and blessings that are well deserved. I am so happy for you. love ya TReplyCancel

  • Anna KluytmansFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Hi Becca. Your cards are so beautifull, you do such a lovely job on them.
    Wishing you well on your foot sergery, and a speedy recovery, Bless you BeccaReplyCancel

  • PJFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    I love your card, as I always do. I might add today, how much I like the way you write up your description with the links to the different elements you use, It makes it so simple to go there to the link immediately and visually see what you used… for instance the morroccan element…and how it works on your card. At least for me… it sticks in my brain and I learn better this way. Anyway, I appreciate it. As to the “play along”, it sounds like a lot of fun, for when time allows. I’m glad to hear that your foot surgery is hopefully in the near future, and my prayers will be with you for a fast, speedy, and successful recovery.ReplyCancel

  • SueFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    I am sorry to hear you arm having medical issues. I love your work and do not drop you a line often enough. I would join in the fun with or without a prize. I find a challenge is sometimes what I need to break a mojo block. Thank you for teach me so many different things. When you a down with healing you should think about doing some ustream, you could teach and we could chat LOL I wish you well Becca.

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:33 pm

    Hi Becca,
    So pleased to hear you are getting your life organised ready for the surgery. I will be so worth it in the end and will make life easier and more comfortable for you. Hope you are able to get it sorted speedily.
    I love todays card and the added embellishment is beautiful. What a clever idea to bring the ‘curly cue’ to the front and bling it up a little.
    As to doing a challenge without competition for our work, I think that would be delightful. It would be lovely to see what everyone else is working on. However, I do agree with others, please don’t take on too much at the moment, you must take care of yourself, you give so much to us already. But if you do go ahead with it now or later, I, like everyone else, am behind you 100%.
    Take care LindaReplyCancel

  • Cheryl W.February 2, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    In my heart, I’d like to try your challenge, Becca. I’ve never entered a challenge and I don’t have a blog, but maybe this would get me going on both – entering challenges and blogging. Thanks for your uplifting spirit that wants the best for everyone. You’re a jewel!ReplyCancel

  • LorraineFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Another beautiful card, Becca. I will also chime in and say you are a very talented person and your cards are so very lovely. I enjoy your blog and look at it most every day. I’m glad you are making your house foot surgery friendly. It will be so much easier for you. I will be keeping you in my thoughts for a successful and quick recovery. I don’t have a blog and am unsure as to how to upload a card for a challenge. I tend to sit on the sidelines and just look. I’m not a very competitive person so tend to hang back when it comes to challenges.

  • Kelly SasFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    I admire you for taking control of what you need to do to get back on track. You will be in my prayers for a successful surgery and speedy complete recovery. About the challenge; I probably wouldn’t do it although I have learned to never say never. If anyone could inspire me to have confidence to do a challenge it would be you Becca because you make me feel comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Becca: I sure hope your surgery goes well and that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. I love the idea of challenges. They truly are what give me a gentle nudge to try new things and to expand my comfort zone. They also help when the creative juices seem to have dried up. If you choose to have prizes, the random drawing aspect will keep it low pressure.ReplyCancel

  • KarenFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    The card is beautiful. I love the idea of others adding examples– I find your blog the most inspirational and I would love to see what happens with people who feel the same way.ReplyCancel

  • BeckyFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Oh Becca, such a wonderful card! I love that sentiment and the butterfly is one I must take another look at. Good luck with your foot surgery and I hope for a swift recovery for you! Moving of the furniture sounds like a very big undertaking so be careful and don’t over do it! Thanks for sharing your cards with the world :-)ReplyCancel

  • Pattie JonesFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    Becca, I dearly love your creations. like most of the gals cost factor is keeping up with things is a concern. But, the ideas are worth more than the money I would spend on the products. i can see what I have and use them differently and add only a few things. that;s why I like your frugal tutorials, Also all the challenges seem to want you to belong, and I don’t, and don’t have a blog. wouldn’t join it there was a cost.
    I will be praying for your recovery from surgery, and that the house will go well so you won’t worry.God Bless and keep you. God is so good,and He heals.Your cards are absolutely fantastic, and inspire me everyday, with encouragement with ideas to try. Hugs and Blessings,ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MOFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    I think the challenges would be fun. I don’t have a blog, but I have entered a few challenges where I can post on Splitcoast. It’s fun and inspiring to see what others are doing. You are such a great inspiration. I’m glad you’re making your home surgery friendly now. Your creativity will help pass the time while you are recuperating. Please keep us posted on your surgery and its progress. I think you know we all are concerned about you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Cherii GoldsmithFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    You are so inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing the recipe for your works of art.
    What a great idea of using the pod for your funiture…we shifted furniture all over the house when the new floors were put down (lol).
    I love spellbinders!
    Looking forward to using my wonderful stock/stash/bling.
    Creative Hugs to all

  • Marcie SmithFebruary 2, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Oh my, that foot again or should I say still. Keep us posted. Glad to hear you are making occommodations to make life easier for you. You are always so orgainized and think ahead. Love that about you.
    Your card is devine. Love the color palette and that butterfly and butterfly sentiment go so perfectly together. Very cool! I have a significant investment in dies, stamps, paper, and embelishments and would love to use them more so that I felt I was getting my money’s worth out of them. I am one who is slightly intimidated by submitting my work, but I could definitely use a nudge. So I would like a challenge. Count me in if you decide to do it.

  • LorettaFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:06 pm

    Good luck on your upcoming surgery. I will certainly keep you in my prayers. I do not have a blog but would welcome your new idea and creative challenge. Gorgeous card. You’re a real gem.ReplyCancel

  • lorrayne ingeamFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    I would love to share, maybe even get some constructive advice.ReplyCancel

  • Karen LinarezFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Sorry I’ve been absent for such a long time, Becca! It’s great to check back in with you. Your idea for the play alongs sounds absolutely great. What fun, I would definitely play along, I just hope I can find the time, since I now babysit an infant. God bless you with your upcoming surgery, and I’ll keep you in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)February 2, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    You have so much on the go right now. I wish you well with all of it. Best wishes with the surgery. Hope this puts you back on your feet so to speak.

    Your card is terrific. I ordered Quietfire’s butterfly collection of goodies and can’t wait to get my paws on them. When I see what you’ve done with this card, it makes me doubly pleased that I’ll soon receive my stuff and can start to have butterfly fun.

    Good luck with all your challenges and keep smiling.ReplyCancel

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  • YvonneFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Becca, I’m fairly new to your blogging family but look forward to your posts and get inspiration either from your cards or from you. I would love to play along with your no challenge, challenge….lol. I will be watching for it!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    that is soooo gorgeous!! hope everything goes well with your surgury!ReplyCancel

  • JOYCE ANDERSONFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Love the new idea —of presenting our “works” to show…not for competition
    but, encouragement, plus any comments on embelishing which I’m quite
    new at doing. I want soo much to start working with all there is available
    but, gun-shy right now. I’m in the process of moving to a new home and
    hope to organize my Office for crafting as well as computer.

    Please know that I so want to LEARN and become acquainted with all
    the Tools available now. Thank You for sharing everything with us.
    MayGod richly Bless you,ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    forgot to mention, I would be interested in your challenges. I do some, not a lot but most usually the ODBDSLC challenge and sometimes a few othersReplyCancel

  • carolFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:45 pm

    Its lovely! Ever watch Portlandia? I am a Portland girl.. just put a bird on it! Butterfly is even better!ReplyCancel

  • Diana E. BishopFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:48 pm

    What a beautiful card, as always and love those curlys also. Oh if all of your followers could be there to help you with moving furniture. Would go so fast and then you could relax before surgery for sure. Best of Luck with surgery. As to your idea….it is wonderful as I am one that never enters competition. Always think my cards are not as good as what I see on blogs etc. I just might venture out and send you one.
    Blessings to you, as always !ReplyCancel

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  • RebekkaFebruary 2, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    What a awesome idea Becca. I would be interested..
    Your card is stunning, I love that butterfly die and love how you framed the sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy in IdahoFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    I like the idea of posting without competition. : )ReplyCancel

  • SusanFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    Another beautiful card and sentiment Becca. Great idea to use the things we’ve purchased. I am super guilty of buying things and never trying them. I shall try to walk as bravely as you have.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    Looooove that butterfly!!! I’m in trouble now LOL! Great colour combo and a gorgeosu card. Well spoken on the if you have it use it – I tend not to and it was a good reminder :)

    Glad to hear your surgery is scheduled and hope it heals quickly. Have a great mental image of you on a skateboard or scooter zipping around the house LOL!
    Curious minds must know where your stamp studio was if you have to move it into the house?ReplyCancel

  • HettieFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    I would love to make beautiful cards like you. The color combination and sentiment on this one is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Lovely! What a charming card! The color is just wonderful and the sentiment is as sweet as can be. Let us know about your surgery so we can all keep you in our prayers for healing/recovery.ReplyCancel

  • BettyFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    Sounds like fun Becca! Your card is gorgeous! You are right – I have lots of things I have purchased but never used.ReplyCancel

  • AntonellaFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:19 pm

    What a beautiful card! Love the butterfly and quote! Hugs, antonella :-)ReplyCancel

  • MelitaFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    good luck on your surgery! and i think a challenge would be an excellent idea =)ReplyCancel

  • Harriet ClarkFebruary 2, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery when you have your foot surgery, Becca. In the meantime, you’re being very smart to get your home arranged for getting around easily post-surgery.
    Today’s card is gorgeous…another “Becca Beauty!'”
    Thank you for all you share with us!
    Hugs from North CarolinaReplyCancel

  • Sally-Ann (From Down Under)February 3, 2012 - 12:24 am

    I am sure the surgery will be the best thing and over before you know it – as well as the rehab afterwards! Will send healing light!
    The idea of posting our projects is great, photography is not my forte and uploading might need a bit of instruction – I am not a luddite regards using my computer … just need some instruction and advice – would you help me/us with that? P.S. The sponsor sounds a great idea – hopefully this would burden you less with the implementation of the idea.
    As usual you are a STAR!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy SFebruary 3, 2012 - 12:25 am

    as I continually say I would love you to help me spread my wings and think outside the box- am in the middle of redoing my craft space and am limiting what i commit to until it’s done but would love your challenges as long as they aren’t too hardReplyCancel

  • nadineFebruary 3, 2012 - 1:05 am

    love the colour and butterflyReplyCancel

  • MaryannFebruary 3, 2012 - 1:44 am

    Oh boy another beautiful creation here Becca. You´re sooo clever to make these combinations with your dies and realy get the most out of them. It´s awesome work hun.
    So glad to hear, that you´re getting your house sorted before the surgery, so things are easy on you then. Do you know yet, when the surgery will be? I wish you all the best of luck with it and a very speedy recovery too, and hope, it´ll be a tremendous relief, when it´s done. I´ll definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers, that´s for sure.
    Aboout the challenges I think you shall go for it, if it´s not too much for you at the moment?? I love the idea, but don´t want you to take more on your shoulders, than you can take okay? But you can always ask us for help too, if you need that, I hope, you know that??? I would be more than happy to help, if there´s anything I can do to help you. I love the thought, that it´s not a competition, cause it would leave many out, because they don´t feel their work is good enough for that, and that´s a big same, as we can all learn so much of each other and get great ideas even from the youngest newbie, that´s for sure.
    You are always so thoughtful to all others Becca, but you have to think of yourself first right now and be sure, you have the energy for this before you do it okay? We don´t want it to get too hard on you.
    Have a wonderful week-end and lots of crafty fun.ReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryFebruary 3, 2012 - 3:23 am

    Hi Becca, love this card, the stamp and the butterfly just go together so well.
    About the challenge I think its a wonderful idea if you are up to it. What an experience you are thinking of giving us.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.February 3, 2012 - 4:31 am

    Another Gorgeous card. Really like the color combination and the way you used that crystal garland embellishment and of course love the butterfly. I have some of that laying around……….someplace. I just need to find it.

  • BirdFebruary 3, 2012 - 5:03 am

    I’m up for a ‘play along’, good idea Becca :)ReplyCancel

  • Clare DempseyFebruary 3, 2012 - 5:53 am

    I love challenges! The often help me start and finish a project on my to do list! I also love to see others work! Since you will do a random draw it will not be too intimidating!ReplyCancel

  • CheriFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:01 am

    Beautiful card, as always! Count me in, I’m always up for a challenge, great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel BrooksFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:08 am

    Congratulations on your house project! It will make life easier after surgery for sure! Like your challenge idea also, and of course, your amazing card.
    Have had foot surgery on both feet, so hope all goes well for you!ReplyCancel

  • mamajulieFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:43 am

    Surgery is never fun, but mobility is essential. Prayers and encouragement for your recovery. It’s genius to plan ahead and get the house ready before the surgery. My issue is photographing the cards/items I make. I have seen several people’s “set-up” of small areas with spotlights, etc. but have no room. Can a decent photo be taken in just sunlight?ReplyCancel

  • JudyFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Hi Becca, your postings are always interesting and your card uploads are always “over the top.” Glad to hear that you are making some changes in your house to accomodate your foot and when it comes time for surgery, I wish you the best of luck. I’m all for challenges and would definitely enjoy entering some of them, at least the ones that spark my interest.ReplyCancel

  • Pam PFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:52 am

    Another gorgeous card, whatever you touch you make it into something beautiful, what a wonderful talent you have and the best part of it all is that you share your talent with us. Thanks again Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine LawsonFebruary 3, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Beautiful card Becca, and I love the saying. That saying would be perfect to send to someone in so many circumstances.

    I hope your surgery goes well, my DL is going to have foot surgery in a couple of weeks, so we will probably go out and help take care of the GC until she can get around again. Hard to take care of 3, 5 and 7 YOs while you are laid up! Anyway, I will be thinking of you and hoping you aren’t laid up too long.

    I would love to see a “play along” on your blog, you inspire so many of us, and I think we would all have fun with it!ReplyCancel

  • Caryn S.February 3, 2012 - 7:44 am

    I think I certainly would be interested in seeing the creations of others (although I’m not sure I would participate myself, still too intimidated!).

    Your card today is beautiful as usual. I love the MME paper you used for the background, what collection is that?ReplyCancel

  • Susi KFebruary 3, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Another fabulous creation, Becca. Love the soothing colours and that ‘twiggy’ element you added to your luscious bow/ribbon treatment! Your card makes me so happy that I have those beautiful Moroccan Accent dies on pre-order!ReplyCancel

  • charleneFebruary 3, 2012 - 8:18 am

    I just recently had major surgery and it is life altering.God had His Hand on me. He will do the same for you. God Bless you. I would love to be a involved in a challenge. It would be fun and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy ClevengerFebruary 3, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Becca you have a true gift for putting together lovely textured and colored cards. I always love the inspiration you share with us and seeing your work always inspires me to try imbellishments that I have never ever considered before.
    Imagine the possibilities! True challenges can simply be working with what you have to arrive at a similar place.
    My art projects are always a bit strange because I work with different elements but love the challenge idea and if I had the ingredients to play along, time permitting, I would.
    Take care of yourself, Becca as you are most precious to us all!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Oh Becca you are our wings of creativity and inspiration…….you are my hero!!! And I really do mean that… have awaken my creativity within myself….given me hope and encouragement…..when I needed it the most…..I don’t think you realize how you have impact my life….
    I would be honor to play with you……and would play every week…..please….please….do this… be able to play with the master is a dream come true for me…..
    I also have knee problems (arthritis) so I know what your going thru….will pray for you to get the things you need to get done before your surgery…ReplyCancel

  • Clarissa DFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Becca your card is beautiful. I wish God’s hand on you during your surgery. The competition sounds like a good idea. I would like to participate in it.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy E.February 3, 2012 - 9:16 am

    In a word, YES!!! I am, as you said, intimidated by competitions but would love to have a place to share some of my (in my own way) favorite inspired cards etc. What a lovely idea~~take the pressure off and make it fun and playful!

    Be encouraged, Becca; Our Heavenly Father is walking right beside you.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Hey Becca, I think the challenge is a good idea. I don’t do a lot of them. Not because I am not proud of my work. It has something to do with ‘having’ to have something ready by a certain day/time. That’s why I’ve never submitted to a mag or the like. I do put my stuff on my blog. (When I remember to take pix!) But I’m not very good at keeping that up to date either. Classic under achiever I guess. lol But I love to see other people’s creations. So I would certainly look and make nice comments about their work. Thanks for sharing your lovely creations, I am always blown away by your creativity and attention to detail! Also, I wish you all the best with the surgery. I’ll pray when you are enduring it all. Be careful on those wood floors. They can be slick. Hugs, JessReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Go for it, Becca! I’m sure you’ll find a lot of participants!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:06 am

    Your card is beautiful Becca. Love the colors chosen and I like the whole lay-out of this one just so lovely. You have embellished it so nicely too. I’m rather shy about sharing my work but I would be willing to try. God bless you on your upcoming surgery. I hope you decorate your little scooter and show it to us at least it would be fun to ride around on if it is decorated. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • CindyKFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:24 am

    As usual a beautiful card Becca! I love the color blue, so I am especially fond of it for that reason.
    As far as posting photos of creations, I think it’s a wonderful idea, but personally I come to your blog to see YOUR creations. It inspires me tremendously. I would never post a photo, just because it’s hard for me with the set up I have. But if you choose to do this it won’t stop me from coming! Good luck with it all, and with your home changes!ReplyCancel

  • Beth PFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Becca, absolutely count me in! Since you instilled the courage in me to apply for, and get two DT positions I am not as afraid anymore! Playing in a challenge hosted by you would be fabulous!!
    Beth PReplyCancel

  • BernieFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:44 am

    As always your card is stunningly beautiful. Great idea making your home and studio accessible now. I hope you are having help moving your furniture and studio, wouldn’t want you hurting yourself. Praying all will go well but Please do let us know when you actually are having the surgery. It would also be wonderful if you could get someone to update us on how you are doing after it’s over.
    My crafting time is limited but I’d love to Play Along if I can meet the requirements. I can’t afford all the wonderful new things that come on the market. What I do buy must be versatile, timeless and most importantly be on sale. I only have a few Spellbinders and punches and nearly all my stamps are previously loved.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • sheri sFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Found today’s post quite interesting. It would be fun to participate in posting but unfortunately I don’t know how it is done. Today’s card is quite lovely, tho the colors would not have been my choice. You certainly can take darker colors and work wonders with them. Bringing darker colors into my cards was my challenge this year. (Not having too much luck with that, I find I do not enjoy the time spent as much as I do when working with pastels…so why bother)? In any case, if you were to view one of my cards, you would certainly see how many of your ideas I pirated!!! Just admire your blog so much. Beautiful work!!!ReplyCancel

  • EileenFebruary 3, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    Another simply stunning card, you never cease to amaze me! I hope you enjoy your hard flooring, be careful what you put on your feet incase you slip….and pleased you are thinking ahead and moving your studio to be near you. We have just spent two years renovating the whole house and garden, we had every conceivable workmen in and are really pleased with the end result, hope you will be too with your planned changes.
    I am not computer literate, so I will be unable to join your new venture but I will certainly enjoy seeing everyone elses work.
    Hope your surgery goes to plan and you have a speedy recovery.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • julie F.February 3, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Been there, done that, and in the process of the flooring like you are going to do. The foot surgery is debilitating, I got one of those walkers at a thrift store and it was a life saver. I absolutely love all your elegant creations Becca, and may you have a very speedy recovery.ReplyCancel

  • Terri SFebruary 3, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    We changed out from carpet to hardwood floors a few years ago and I love it! Will certainly make mobility easier while you recoup! This card is just so beautiful (as usual) and I love the sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • RockyFebruary 3, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    Your creations always spur me on, especially if my mojo has faded. It would be great to have a ‘no pressure’ challenge. All I ask is would you be able to tell the less blog literate, like me, how to add sidebar buttons and that kind of thing. I’d appreciate the help.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry KushibabFebruary 3, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Love that poem and what soft and serene colors you have chosen. Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda ZFebruary 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    Your card is beautiful, as always. I love your blog. I might be tempted to share my work but, I do not know how to do that.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BFebruary 3, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    I like your idea but do we have to have a blog to be able to participate. I would love your input on how I could make my creations more elegant and beautiful like yours. Thank you soooo much for thinking of us and bringing us along for the ride of your life. Prayers go up for you every day!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisFebruary 3, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Hi Becca, First I love this card of yours and you are right…I, too, do not use a lot of the embellishments I have. I think about how much extra it will cost in mailing these extra special cards. Right now it is $1.70 for one card with a bow and maybe a few pearls. So, I hand deliver the really ornate ones. As far as your blog lovers, lol. I, too would love to be a part of learning more from each others efforts. There is the thing of learning how to upload my pictures from my new camera to the computer then on to your site. I get so busy, the learning curve to doing these things is what I am impatient with. Bless you for caring about us … I am looking forward to how this all pans out, Lord willing.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie EricksonFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    You are such an inspiration. Today’s card is “Becca beautiful”, as usual!
    I don’t have the experience to put my cards on the web, but will be thrilled to see others’ work. As so many have said, take care of yourself first, then expand as you have the energy. I’ll be praying for your surgery’s success and recovery.ReplyCancel

  • LynneZFebruary 3, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    I have never played along and put my work out there in blogland, but I think I would like to try! Sounds like fun!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie CFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    “Amazing” Paper Grace. How fitting as your creations are amazing. I am in awe everytime I visit your blog!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and a huge Thank You for sharing your talents with us and so generously giving of your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • LizFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    Hope you are back on your feet again real soon. (No pun intended.) I would love to start a blog of my own someday and also start entering challenges. I have browsed the web looking for cardmaking blogs over the past year or so and there are literally hundreds and probably thousands of these blogs out there. It’s mind boggling.ReplyCancel

  • SharonFebruary 4, 2012 - 12:21 am

    Becca, I would love to share some of the cards I create but I don’t have a blog and I don’t have time to mess with one. I do like the idea though.ReplyCancel

  • sandra's crafty cornerFebruary 4, 2012 - 3:44 am

    hi hun
    what a lovely card, those colours are fab, thanks for sharing,
    hugs sandra xxx

  • ValleyFebruary 4, 2012 - 6:22 am

    Great is our God!!
    Habakkuk 3:17-19 Thought the fig tee does not blossom, and there is no fruit on the vines though the product of the olive fails and fields give us not food and there are no cattle in the stalls,yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength, my person bravey, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me walk [not to stand still in terror, but walk] and make spiritual progress upon My high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility.]
    May He be all this and more to you today!!!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineFebruary 4, 2012 - 6:31 am

    I don’t think a will participate because I don’have the tecnology but with time I will go further with it. I am so proud since a have I pad it is so easy
    To visit all thoses blogs I just have a real pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterFebruary 4, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Goregous, love the pearl accents around the sentiment and the garland is such a pretty touch!
    Good Luck with all your moving things around and getting ready for your operation, good idea to be thinking ahead!
    Challenges sound neat, I don’t know if I would always have the time but I would be up for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis McKennaFebruary 4, 2012 - 10:40 am

    I like the idea of sharing but, like some others, I don’t have a blog myself. If that is the only way to participate I would not be able to but would still like to see what everyone else creates.ReplyCancel

  • VivaceFebruary 4, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Hey Becca! Love the card, the color combo is gorgeous! I would love to share a card or two, maybe. Love the idea!ReplyCancel

  • chris griffithsFebruary 4, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    I absolutely adore your designs. You give me such inspiration. you have such an eye for colour and texture, I just love it all!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait til you have your gallery up and going. Best wishes ChrisReplyCancel

  • CraftyannyFebruary 4, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Hi Becca
    It’s been a while since I stopped by but I see you’ve lost none of your amazing talent. Super card as always
    Anne xReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.February 4, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    Hi Becca I do enter challenges very occasionally, I don’t have a blog but upload cards to SCS and link to there. I think it would be fun to see what kind of cards your readers would create and would try to play along when I could.ReplyCancel

  • Terry S,February 5, 2012 - 7:22 am

    How clever you are. Folding the paper! You are one smart lady. The card is beautiful and I love the bow.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene CastorFebruary 5, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    I’d love to and I think it’s great not to be judgemental…we all had to start at some time. And lots of times I may not like a card I’ve made and someone will come along and say, “Oh that’s my favorite!” So to each their own huh?ReplyCancel

  • Terry S,February 6, 2012 - 1:12 am

    I love the color combination on ‘It’s all about the Wings’ and butterfly is simply awesome. Thanks for all the great ideas. Now if I could just do them.ReplyCancel

  • JeanFebruary 6, 2012 - 8:16 am

    I would like to but I don’t have a blog and don’t know anything about doing it. It sounds like fun! I love your card with the beautiful butterfly and the Quietfire quote.
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Maree DriverFebruary 21, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    I have just come across your blog and OMG you do the most amazing work. I don’t have a blog (would not know where to start) but would love to have a go at the “No challenge challenge”. I don’t think it is the challenge that scares me but having my work put against your gorgeous creations!!!ReplyCancel