Joy to the World

Hi there blog friends!  In my quest to reconstruct my new (in box laying on the floor since April) bookcase where it should be, my little house is turned upside down.  If you have ever played that sliding number puzzle where you have to get the numbers lined up consecutively in the square, moving them space by space, then you would be well acquainted with exactly how crazy it is to move a large piece of furniture in my house. . That’s the reason the picture of my card is taken with real light today, because my light tent and lights are not reachable.  So yes, I managed to reconstruct the bookcase (even if it did take me forever).  I’m so checking that one off of my list!  I do have a Christmas card to share today made using the Joy Tree set from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I used Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants and Nested Pennants to cut out and frame the tree.  They were not an exact fit but can be trimmed down to size. For the background I used Spellbinders Creative Book Pages for my bottom layer then added Spellbinders Grand Circles backed by Spellbinders Grand Big Scalloped Circle for an off center element.  I topped the tree off with a Jennie Bowlin Doily Flower and also snatched the opportunity to use some of my dark lace.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread DesignsJoy Tree
Paper: Authentique, Bazzill
Ink:Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Grand Circles, Spellbinders Grand Big Scalloped Circles, Spellbinders Nested Pennants, Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants, Spellbinders Creative Book Pages, Jenny Bownlin Doily Flower, Lace, grosgrain ribbon, Recollections Pearls

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hopefully tomorrow I can get a couple of things put back in place so I don’t feel so much like a fish out of water.  Hope you had a fab weekend friends!!

  • Kathy OOctober 23, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Excellent card, Becca! Love the bright red with the shades of green! And congrats on the bookcase!!!! :) That’s always a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtOctober 23, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful card! I love the colors- fun use of the Spellbinders die.ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisOctober 23, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Beautiful card Becca, love how you have made a tree out of the different die-cuts. Love the colors chosen and the way you have embellished. Beautiful work. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-D

    PS so glad you got the bookcase together.ReplyCancel

  • Dee in N.H.October 23, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Beautiful!! Love that lace and the pretty tree!ReplyCancel

  • AntiqueladyplayingwithpaperOctober 23, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Love the tree with the words inside it. lovely card.

    Good for you for accomplishing a big, heavy job all on your own.
    Don’t know your circumstances but it seems that you have only yourself to rely on for every thing.
    I admire you and all that you do.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayOctober 23, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    Beautiful card! I also love the colors. So traditional Christmas
    Do you have any plans to buy a matching bookcase ? LOLReplyCancel

  • Frances EricksonOctober 23, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Becca all I can say is that you continually amaze me with your creativity!!! I had purchased alot of items to make my Christmas cards and our house sold and the new owner wants us out in 2 weeks. We are moving cross country so I will not even have my craft room available … Oh well I guess I can just make them for next Christmas and be ahead of the game… LOL Much love to allReplyCancel

  • Magi DuncanOctober 23, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    I love this card, Becca! What beautiful papers, along with the fabulous tree! Glad to hear the bookcase adventure went well, even if it took too long! Take care! Hugs, MagiReplyCancel

  • Kathy EOctober 23, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Great Card! What I admire is how you can use the Spellbinders dies in such unusual ways…or such different collections of dies in one card! The result is always lovely and unique….thank you for inspiring me to look at my supplies in new ways.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenOctober 23, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    BEAUTIFUL Becca!!!!!!!! What’s this having your house upside down???? Looks like you already have the house decorated for Christmas!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • MarisaOctober 23, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    Gorgeous card, Becca. Love the tree with the banner dies and the fun postage stamp border and tree topper, Congrats on getting the shelf built and good luck sliding the squares around ;)ReplyCancel

  • ShortscrapperOctober 23, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Love this one! I don’t have this die set, but I think I can find this same shape on one of my cricut cartridges. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Dana MooreOctober 23, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    Your cards are absolutely beautiful! I wish you lived next door…ReplyCancel

  • Anita B.October 23, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    Your blog is my favorite and I love your card creations. Your steep learning curve occurring while constructing a very large storage unit reminds me of my first year of widowhood. I took on all kinds of challenging projects to keep my mind and hands busy. I even had some remodeling done so I would have something to focus on. The year passed in a busy blur designed to keep my grief manageable. It has been eight years for me, and I still miss my husband every day. Sending you thoughts of encouragement, peace, and support as the anniversary of your loss approaches.ReplyCancel

  • BernieOctober 23, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Your card is stunning!!! Love all the shapes, colors and textures. You have such an amazing talent for combining layers, colors and embellishments which always result in such unique and beautiful creations!

    So proud of you for taking on such a big job and completing it. To many women wouldn’t even try. My son says when I call he knows it’s serious because I always do everything I possibly can myself on my own. Hope you get your house right side up soon.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • JoOctober 23, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    beautiful christmas card.ReplyCancel

  • janeyOctober 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    I love the black accents and I love the off center look!!


  • Cheryl LeaOctober 23, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    What a gorgeous card! Love the strips of different paper behind the pennant. And, of course your bow is spectacular. I like the photo with a background. Is that a Christmas tree in the background of this one? If not, how’d you make it look like one? It’s fab!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)October 23, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    You are truly amazing! First a first-class, A-1, cream of the crop, top notch crafter, but also a handy-woman. Congratulations on a super card and finished bookshelf.ReplyCancel

  • rosalieOctober 23, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    I love your cards Becca! You are so creative and love your finishes touches! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannOctober 24, 2011 - 1:34 am

    Your card is just gorgeous as always Becca, I just love it very much. And I sure hope, that you can get your house to turn right pretty soon, I know exactly what you mean, as it´s the same here in mine, and we´ve also been moving and redecorating and a lots of things here lately, and at some time, you just get pretty tired of everything in mess, so it´s awesome, when you can finally begin to tic some things of the lists, isn´t it? I sure hope, you´ll soon be finished qwith all so you can get back to normal times again hun.ReplyCancel

  • KelleyOctober 24, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Moving things is always the pits! Reward yourself in a MAJOR way. :D

    I love the tree on your card. I would never have turned the banner upside down. I need to learn to think outside of the box! No, I know I do.ReplyCancel

  • Helen BerryOctober 24, 2011 - 5:35 am

    Becca, this is just exquisite – I’m delighted to now be following your blog and all subscribed up so I can drool over your gorgeous creations xReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.October 24, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Beautiful card. Wish I had just a small amount of your creativity.

  • Bonnie WeissOctober 24, 2011 - 6:04 am

    Very classic Christmas card, Becca. That ribbon is so, so rich and wraps the card in beauty. And using the banner as a tre frame … why doesn’t my mind think like that?!ReplyCancel

  • IreneOctober 24, 2011 - 6:09 am

    Beautiful!!! Your mixture of papers are stunning and really show off that great ODBD stamp!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaOctober 24, 2011 - 6:28 am

    Hey Becca…I’d love to see a picture of the new piece of furnature. It sounds like quite a large piece. Lovely card as always…TFS
    Hugs, JessicaReplyCancel

  • Clare DempseyOctober 24, 2011 - 6:47 am

    Becca, I love your blog and am a follower! I like it so well, I featured it on my blog.
    Hope that is ok. If not just let me know and I can take it down.

  • Ree DonnellyOctober 24, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Oh, so beautiful, Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • SheilaOctober 24, 2011 - 7:59 am

    Hi Becca,
    I love all your cards,they are so inspirational.I have managed to find a UK company that stocks the Daily Bread stamps and I will certainly be purchasing a few in the hope I can make wonderful cards like you.
    Thank you.
    xx SheilaReplyCancel

  • Sheila-UKOctober 24, 2011 - 8:12 am

    Stunning Becca!!

    Love Sheila xxReplyCancel

  • bethann dOctober 24, 2011 - 8:25 am

    beautiful. makes me realize i haven’t even started my Thanksgiving cards much less Christmas. i was looking thru the tutorials and couldn’t find the one on lining up the punch all over the page punchs. i could really use that info if you might mention where it is i’d really appreciate it. i learn so much from youReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterOctober 24, 2011 - 9:33 am

    so love that stamp and how you used the banner die with it, lovely backgroundReplyCancel

  • DeniceOctober 24, 2011 - 9:50 am

    I have had to put together many pieces of furniture in my life time, some easy , some I have had to keep myself from saying a few “explecives” before it was over and done with but when it is done , and where it is suppose to be , I always am glad I did it. I guess most things worth doing are hard and I guess that is a blessing in itself as it makes us realize how fragile we really are and how much we really need God. Not just for the big stuff but for the everyday things too. By the way, the card was beautiful . You are such an inspiration to so many people. I am not just talking about the card making but to see you go on with such a great attitude , hardly ever complaining, with all the things you have had to deal with, well, it just reminds me and so many others out there that if you can do it with a smile , so should we. I think about all the people in the Bible and I think just about all the great names in there had to go through many trials and tribulations and still God was with them and loved them enough to know that is what they needed to go through. He allowed them to travel the roads they needed to go on because He loved them so much. He didn’t take all the trials away because He knew that is what they needed to go through to get closer to the image God wanted them to be. Trials and tribulations are a blessing. They hurt, but they are proof God loves us. All my best to you , my friend…….. God bless……. DeniceReplyCancel

  • EileenOctober 24, 2011 - 10:22 am

    A very “Joyous” card, thank you for sharing, it is beautiful as always!
    Well done on getting your bookcase assembled, dismanteled, re-assembled!
    A lot of work but well worth it! and a job well done!

    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenOctober 24, 2011 - 11:30 am


  • LESLEY CALABRIA-BROWNOctober 24, 2011 - 11:59 am

    LOL…Becca, I soooo feel your pain! My house has the same floor plan! But what a beautiful card you made! I’m still oooh-ing and ahhh-ing. Your creativity continues to soar, in spite of the space limitations you work in! Love & Blessings to you, Girl, you’re my Hero ;DReplyCancel

  • Jean COctober 24, 2011 - 12:18 pm

    Love your Christmas Card. My house is turned upside down with most of everything we owe in a pod in the front yard right now. Hopefully, one day it will all be back to normal. Hang in there! I am about to be finished with the downstairs and I have finally found my stamping desk and have organized my craft closet. It is the most organized I have ever had it. That is the sweet reward!ReplyCancel

  • Robin GasserOctober 24, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Love the card. I was wondering if you have photos (or video) of your studio online anywhere? I have a very large space for my studio but I am always looking for better ideas on storage !ReplyCancel

  • Suzi YerkesOctober 24, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    This is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineOctober 24, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    Have you use as usual because the off white paper look very thick… Maybe it is better like this it cannot be bend by the post… Good job for your bookcase. Francine.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BOctober 24, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. The card is gorgeous. I enjoy stopping by and visiting your blog every day. Thank you for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Susan SOctober 24, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    love this card…I think I have a pattern for my Christmas cards! :DReplyCancel

  • SusanOctober 26, 2011 - 12:32 am

    I just love that stamp and your card is stunning.ReplyCancel

  • kendellOctober 30, 2011 - 4:15 am

    That stamp is just so great, I will have to try and get it, thanks for sharing your card, it is excellent and inspiring as always. Kindest regardsReplyCancel

  • Pet73October 30, 2011 - 8:26 am

    Such a wonderful christmas card! Great sketch and the papers are so pretty! Very beautiful!ReplyCancel