My Statement of Artistic Philosophy

Art is the sustenance that gives our creative souls the food it needs to dream, hope and create.   From my core I have a call to create unique work, to see tools in a different way, to celebrate unexpected results and a desire to share and motivate others.

You can’t create until you get started with crafting.  Use whatever you need to get a jump start – allow yourself to CASE, allow yourself to be inspired, allow yourself to build your confidence.  Like me . . . once you are up and running and you know this is your place, then make it your own, make it uniquely you, develop your own artistic center.  I hope to bring you along on my creative journey, so that when we find that fork in the road, you stroll confidently on, knowing that you have your own style, your own purpose for creating and an “artistic philosophy” to share.  Have an expectation to grow, then raise your own bar!! Thank and credit the designers that inspire you along the way and don’t be surprised when one day someone is thanking you for passing it along.

Hi there blog friends, I have something I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks that I wanted to share with you, but first the “back story” to tell you how this came about.  In life for me, there’s usually a back story that propels me to do the things I do, so here goes.  My sweet daughter is a college student studying art.  I can hear you shaking your head and thinking that it probably makes sense but no . . . this is different.  She has never been a crafter.   She has no interest whatsoever in what I do, in stamping or in blogging.  Her art is way different – a kind of grunge and cute would never be a word to describe what she does although I love her work and think she’s very talented.  In one of her classes this semester, she came to me and asked me what an artistic philosophy was – I’m pretty sure it is an artists mission statement.  She turned to me and said “Mom, you should have an artistic philosophy”.  I said, “but oh, I do.  Along with my faith, it’s what I feel in my heart when I sit down to create and it’s the words I want to pass on to my blog family, even though I think they know”.   So today, I’m sharing it with you and in some form it will be on my side bar when I figure out how to get it there :-)  What a sweet conversation we had.   Please let me know if you like it – can I count on you to come along?

The card I created today fits right into the words I’ve created for my artistic philosophy.  As you dream, so shall you become!!  Unlike most of the cards I create, this one was done inside of a half an hour – that never happens!!  Rarely doing shape cards, I used Spellbinders™ Labels Twenty Four and on top of it layered the swirly accent from Spellbinders™ Twisted Metal Tags and Accents.

The sentiment is one of my favorites with Quietfire Design called As You Dream So Shall You Become.

The small flowers were created using the border from Spellbinders™ Damask Accents and the leafy embellishment is Spellbinders™ Floral Flourishes.

Stamps: Quietfire Design –   As You Dream So Shall You Become
Paper: Bazzill, Prima Pixie Glen
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Accessories:  Spellbinders™ Labels Twenty Four,  Spellbinders™ Twisted Metal Tags and AccentsSpellbinders™ Damask Accents, Spellbinders™ Floral Flourishes, Recollections Pearls

See you soon friends, in the mean time, get started with crafting!

  • Linda EFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    Well said, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara BruderFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:12 pm

    Love your artistic philosophy. I would love it if you could share some of your daughter’s art work. I am sure she got your artistic ability even though it isn’t in this format.Thanks for all that you do and share along the way. You are an inspiration to many of us. Thanks for that.ReplyCancel

  • TheresaFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    This is simply gorgeous and elegant. Thanks for sharing your artistic philosophy. You are amazing and I appreciate your creative style! Thanks so much for sharing yourself with all of us!!!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:13 pm

    Becca, another stunning card! Your talents are remarkable and you are such an outstanding person to share them with the world. Everything about this card is beautiful especially the saying! You are the Queen of Cards!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda DukeFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    Oh Becca, I so love your statement, and I will always follow your beautiful art, and heart. Hugs my friendReplyCancel

  • RubyFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    Well stated! When I read it I just kept nodding my head saying… yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes, she does do that! I love coming to your blog because it makes me smile and I feed good and motivated to create! Tks for sharing your wonderful skills.ReplyCancel

  • Linda DukeFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Oh, and your card is gorgeous :)ReplyCancel

  • christiFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    i love your philosophy. it speaks to many of your followers. when i look at your work i get an idea and when i’m finished it’s not yours but a spark that lit the fire that is me. thanks for sharing so much with us.ReplyCancel

  • VivaceFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    I totally agree! You should have an “artistic philosophy” because from that belief system ideas are generated. Right. It’s where the “purpose” and “style” will come from. What a great idea your daughter has presented you with. I wish I could think of an ‘artistic philosophy” to express what I do and why I do it. Have to give that some thought! Thanks Becca, and thanks to your daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MOFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    That’s a wonderful philosophy! The print under the box could be a little larger, those are important statements too. I especially like the part about seeing tools in a new way – you definitely do that and are helping us do that. Thank you for your wonderful inspiring work.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Anna GrimsleyFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Perfect philosophy….and you do inspire me. I have learned so much “visiting” with you each day. You have definitely gotten me to look at tools a differnet way and use things creatively. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us–your blog friends. I may someday take that fork in the road, but I think I’ll always be looking to see what great things you are creating.ReplyCancel

  • Patty GluckFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    You inspire me all the time Becca. Beautiful card. Hope you are going to tell us how you made those beautiful flowers!
    Thanks for creating such beautiful cards for us to admire.

  • YvonneFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Becca, perfect Artistic Philosophy for you. I love the card and I love how you take the ordinary die cut and make it into something different….you do inspire me everyday. God Bless you.ReplyCancel

  • Edna BurgessFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    Very beautiful card. Love it. And the flowers are so pretty. EdnaReplyCancel

  • Sally-Ann (From Down Under)February 15, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    What a wonderful ethos to describe the wonderful work that you create. Truly profound and inspiring. Thank You Becca – with your blessing I may well use to inspire my participants on my next Training workshop!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    I totally agree with you…..coming from your heart and soul what fuels us all…..and to be able to CASE…LOL
    I’ve said this before, you are my inspirational hero….and I’m with you in this creative journey of life….ReplyCancel

  • LorettaFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    Hi Becca. In your Artistic Philosophy you say ” a desire to share and motivate others.” You certainly do motivate and inspire us each day. Your daughter has a great role model and I know you must be very proud of her. Thanks for sharing; you’re a real inspiration. Love the card!!!ReplyCancel

  • BernieFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:48 pm

    What a lovely card and sentiment fabulous.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • FranCineFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:50 pm

    Love your philosophy,and the card is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie GFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    I love your philosophy! No wonder your work is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • VailFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    This is a great philosophy, you are such an inspiration and I always look forward to opening feed blitz to see what you have created for all of us who follow your blog. Thank you for your time and for all you share.ReplyCancel

  • ClaireFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    Once again, you have inspired me not only with your work, but with your eloquent way of expressing how you feel about your amazing creativity. I also love the part about your daughter…one day, she will look back at all the treasures you have left her and she will be beaming at how much you have influenced her life! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. If I might ask one question, how do you take your photos, what kind of lighting, camera, positioning etc.?ReplyCancel

  • Nan GFebruary 15, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Yes we all should have an artistic philosophy. I shall have to consider what mine is and will put it on my blog. Your beautiful cards are truly inspiring! And have many of us looking at die cuts in a whole new light! We’re with you as you explore and so to shall we then explore! God bless!ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    wow.. This is gorgeous, love the little bench.

    I love your philosophy, you inspire me daily..ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    Eeek, Becca! Those blossoms are amazing!!!! Oh, to crawl in your mind when you look at a die! ;-DReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    My Dear Becca, I shall alway be your follower and I will remain with you.. I adore everything you do and try to be happy, stay busy and try to make the best cards I can, though the last is the hardest, but I am trying.. You do inspire me as you do most of us so you have that talent. God helped you design this blog for a purpose and that is for us.. you have us to take care just as well as your own family!! Thank you so much and God Bless you and take care of you..
    Hugs, JeanReplyCancel

  • Joyce HessenFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    Dear Becca
    The words are so true == your card is sooooooooo beautiful ===
    Your Daughters talents may not be the same as yours but in some way your inspiration has lifted her.
    Bless all our fellow crafting friends.
    Continue Becca to inspire us all.
    Your Blog makes my Day.
    Stamping Hugs from Joyce in SA. XXReplyCancel

  • JanCastleFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Your Artistic Philosophy is inspiring, and we all appreciate what you do to inspire us with each blog. So, a special thank you to you Becca!
    I’m sure your example has greatly influenced and. Inspired your daughter too.
    Paper Hugs,

  • ChelseaFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    Beautiful Becca, inside and out. I think everyone before me said things so much better than I could. Your artistic philosophy is something that you are living out without having to put into words. Many of us, as your regular followers, would be able to define your work in these terms. I want you to know that by sharing your art with me, you have initiated an entire new dimension to my crafting. I an honored, thankful, blessed, and humbled that an artist of your calibre would share your gifts so freely. I am eternally grateful to Nancy B for letting me know about your blog, to which I am now addicted. This card is one of hundreds that have captivated my imagination and I look forward to each card you post to enjoy the wonderful gift you have offered.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara JayFebruary 15, 2012 - 11:57 pm

    Your Artistic Philosophy is simple beautiful! You are my inspiration .

    You are the reason I started making cards around 3 years ago. I have a couple of hobbies , but I never had an interest in stamping or scrapbook making. What I saw was too primitive for my tastes. One day in January 2009 I was surfing the Net to find something and somehow I accidently stumbled onto your site. I was enchanted with your creations and said, “This is beautiful . I have to learn to do this!! I spent hours looking at your archives and forgot what I was originally looking to find. I never miss a day coming to your Blog . Even if you don’t have a new creation that day I will look cards you made in the past.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis SFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:24 am

    I’m working on my very own artistic statement….kind of a mission statement for my life in general, the gifts I have been given by God, and what I believe He wants me to use them for. I also would love to see some of your daughter’s work. My 19 yr. old granddaughter is an artist of a very different style, but I love how it draws us together to attend art walks, shows, and even do some art together. I think both of us are enriched by the experience.ReplyCancel

  • SusanFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:38 am

    Your card and philosophy are true reflections of you Becca. Thanks for sharing your “back” story.ReplyCancel

  • TammieFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:51 am


    I keep telling you – you should write a book! Fill the pages with photos of your creations and daily words of inspiration. Basically your blog in print. I’d be your first customer!

    May God continue to bless your family, your treasure of talents and your transformation guidance.


  • Glenda JFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:54 am

    I love this saying you put on this beautiful card. It is such an inspiration. Thanks for all you share!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane SeawardFebruary 16, 2012 - 1:16 am

    Love your Artistic Philosophy and have to say, from the moment I ‘accidentally’ discovered your blog, I have been inspired and amazed by your creativity and sweet, sharing spirit! The first time I saw your blog, I had to smile and I thought, “what a totally appropriate name for her blog!”. You are truly an amazing person and I can tell you let ‘amazing grace’ flow in and through you! I don’t usually post comments on blogs, but I just HAD to let you know what I was thinking. ;-)
    Diane (a friend in Singapore)ReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockFebruary 16, 2012 - 1:23 am

    Beautiful and well said. Love the card. you always make such Awesome and Meaningful Cards.
    thanks for sharing.


  • LynneFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:13 am

    Beautiful sentiment and card Becca, all from a lady with a beautiful soul.
    Thank you Becca for sharing.
    Lynne. ( A friend in England )ReplyCancel

  • AstridFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:29 am

    Becca I love your artistic philosophy and it expresses so clearly what you do and why we love your art and your sweet spirit. This card is stunning, it may have been a quick make for you, but it certainly doesn’t look like it, it’s just beautiful and I love the unusual way in which you have used the diesReplyCancel

  • Vickie Doswell aka okienurseFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:32 am

    I have two artistic children and both hold degrees from prestigious universities and I always felt I was inferior because I was a crafts person and not a degreed Artist!! My daughter corrected me one day when I said I wasn’t an artist and told me that I was one of the most artistic people she knew. Heather told me that art comes from and nourishes the soul and it was obvious that what I created did just that. So I am an artist! BTW did you know that back in the day only MEN could be artists and the works that women were given the designation of craft because they weren’t men. True story out of an art history book! Love your blog! Love your philosophy! Love you too such an awesome person!ReplyCancel

  • GlendaFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:34 am

    Becca, I visit each and every morning. I don’t always comment, but rest assured, I’m here watching. I love your back story and just had to tell you how much coming here each morning means to me! You have so much talent and have inspired me to be a better crafter…person. You are such a kind and giving person I strive to be like more like you. Several years ago I stumbled upon your blog in the early morning hours and I’ve been a follower ever since! There is so much beauty here and you have shared your life with us. I have been joyful when you were joyful and cried with you when you cried. You give me grounding and remind me to keep the faith. Thank you, Becca, for being you!ReplyCancel

  • FrannFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:39 am

    Becca, you have put into words the way you live. Your artistic philosophy comes shining through on your blog. Your work is so inspiring, especially the way you put your own twist on the tools and materials you work with. What you said in the small print is equally as profound as your philosophic statement. I appreciate all of the effort you put into motivating your readers.
    Today’s card is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine IllingworthFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:24 am

    So dream on and enjoy. Everybody is good at something its just how long it takes you to find the out , and then do something about it. Great blog today and a smashing card.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:41 am

    I can only agree to everything, you´ve said here Becca. Your philosophy couldn´t be defined any better, I think. You are such a huge inspiration to so many people, me included and it has definitely helped me to grow in my crafting, and dare to try new ways and things and made me a better artist, that´s for sure, and thanks sooo much for that hun. You´re soo amazing, sharing and caring person with anything you ever do, and I admire both you and your work really really much.
    And your card today is absolutely awesome too. All of it is just sooo perfect and so gorgeous. My goal with my crafting is sure to be this good too one day, If I just have enough years to ever get this far thoug? LOL.
    Have a wonderful day hun and thanks sooo much for all you always do to inspire all of us inhere, it´s truely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SchultzFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:43 am

    Becca your card is stunning! I always look to your blog for inspiration. I love how you use the Spellbinder dies in such creative ways. Your art is stunning to me and I love that you are such a giving person to share your art with us.Thank you for your kind and giving spirit. I don’t always leave a comment but I do check in on you every day you mean a lot to me. Thank you Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • EveleneFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:43 am

    Your artistic philosophy conveys not only outward beauty but also spiritual beauty that lies beneath each every card that you create. Such a lovely and simple card that speaks volumes.ReplyCancel

  • sarahwrightdesignsFebruary 16, 2012 - 4:15 am


    hugs Sarah xReplyCancel

  • Donna DFebruary 16, 2012 - 5:33 am

    Oh Becca, THANK YOU!!! This is exactly what I needed!!! I’ve been struggling with creating and am feeling bad about CASEing other folks work. The card making bug bit me one year ago and I’ve been building my stash of supplies and making cards for friends and family. I want to move forward and start entering some challenges and share my work. I’ve been creating a blog and have it ready but am very scared to start adding my work. Will it be good enough? Can I find enough time to create new pieces and add them on any type of regular basis? How will I have enough new items to create new things so all my efforts do not look the same? And my fear goes on and on…. Your inspiration this morning is perfect! Thank you for sharing this. I love your work and can only hope that one day I will be able to create pieces of my own that will be as beautiful as yours! Again, THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle E.February 16, 2012 - 5:56 am

    What a fantastic Artistic Philosophy!! To create, to dream, to hope and to inspire others to join you on the journey. I’m right there with you, Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisFebruary 16, 2012 - 5:56 am

    I think your artistic philosophy conveys your love of God and family. Your beautiful soul shines thru with each piece of work that comes from your gifted hands. I’ve noticed that you are left handed and I believe that left handed people use their whole brain and right handed people do not. I also believe that left handed people are more creative. God has blessed you Becca and it shines thru with your work. Your card is beautiful. Love how you have placed the die-cuts to look like little flowers. Please remember that this post is just my opinion. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • PJFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:00 am

    You put your artistic philosophy into as eloquent wording as the eloquence of the creations you share with us on an almost daily basis. I read the words and can feel the spirit of Becca. The first day I came across your blog a little over a year ago, I knew it was “special” There is never a posting that doesn’t touch me in some “positive” way. I always seem to come away with a feeling of wanting to be a better crafter with my hands, and a better person with my heart and soul. Thank-you my friend.


  • JudyFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:04 am

    Becca, your card is gorgeous, as always, and I love how your describe Artistic Philosophy to your daughter, and it’s very obvious to your readers that you are a person full of faith and artistry. You are the most creative blogger that I have ever visited. With every challenge, you always deliver, above and beyond what is expected. I look forward to reading your blog every morning as I begin each day. Love yah!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie WeissFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:06 am

    No one can say it better than you Becca.ReplyCancel

  • PeggySFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:12 am

    Becca, you definitely create unique and beautiful projects. Thank you for taking the time to share and inspire. I am always AMAZED at your projects and the sweet spirit behind them.
    God bless,

  • JessicaFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:16 am

    Wonderful ‘mission statement’. I never thought about having such a thing, but it makes sense. Yours just says ‘Becca’ to me. I love this card. You often use the cuts you make to do something unexpected. I love that. Thanks for sharing your talent with me.ReplyCancel

  • HollyFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Love, Love, love your artistic philosophy! Once again I am in love with your card. I was just looking at those dies online and thought I bet I could create some interesting flowers with those accents! Guess you are rubbing off on me. Thanks for keeping me inspired!ReplyCancel

  • EffieFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:34 am

    Dear sweet enabler,
    I made a card using the same nesties, only not shaped! I feel your smile when I read your words, and it helps me overcome some of my fears(no one will like it etc,etc) God has not given us a spirit of fear…..I’m getting there slowly! I visit daily and LOVE YOU and your talent you so freely share with anyone willing to look. Continue to grow and share.
    Rejoicing with you!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Farneth-KerrFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:39 am

    How beautifully put!! Its extraordinary to have the gift to express yourself with art. I am glad you shared your philosophy today. It can be very difficult to put into words. You inspire me every time I get to see anything you have created. Thank You !!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

    Thank you so much for inviting us on your journey. If you are still creating yourself then I want to be there when the final creation happens. I love your story about you and your daughter. We have such precious little time with our children that we have to cherish every single moment.
    P.S. She gets her creative gene from her mom.ReplyCancel

  • Mary KFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Knowing the beautiful things you make, I don’t think you could have said it any better! Well done…and I know how difficult it can be sometimes to come up with those things.ReplyCancel

  • EileenFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Becca, it is coming out through all these posts just how much you are inspiring us and we know you really enjoy what you are doing, we can feel it. You are one very talented lady and are so giving in what you do. Your life recently has been hard but you are finding your way again through the fog and hope that you can feel the love coming from us and that helps you on your journey.
    Your card today is just one more masterpiece that you have shared with us to inspre us and make our day.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • FrancineFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:22 am

    For me i fell artistic when i have an idea and I just don’t know where this idea come from. I surprise myself and I am so excited it just flow easily.
    It don’t take eternity to do what I want to achieve. It is easy and it don’t take times it is just a real pleasure.
    I would like so much to see your daughter’s work.

    Beautiful card.
    Merci! FrancineReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:24 am

    BEAUTIFUL Becca!!!!!!!!! How TRUE is that statement!!!!!!!!!!!! :) When doing art, there IS SOMETHING within that tells you, you HAVE TO SHARE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just as there is with our Faith! Can’t wait to read your conversation with your daughter!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • ColleenFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:27 am

    I love your philosophy! Your cards are always so amazing and in fact I’ve tried to CASE some of yours and other designers I’ve seen and admired. As much as I love them when you do them they just are not me. Therefore they just don’t work for me. I am able to take some of this one and that one and create something that is me. I thank my lucky stars every day that I’ve found this wonderful world of stamping and have found designers who provide such wonderful inspiration. Thank you for being you and sharing with us. PS can’t wait to get your Bow Maker!ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Oh my, Becca!
    Everyday you amaze me. i am a new follower, just lately haven gotten into the Spellbinders. While I have quite a few, everyday you come out with something that I don’t have. This is just georgous and love all your work.

  • Pat JandacekFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Wonderful philosophy. You accomplish all you set out for. The beauty of all your cards has your inner beauty at its core which is why you have so many adoring followers. Another gorgeous card, Becca! Thanks for all your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Another beautiful and delightful card. The flowers are adorable….all light and airy, I would never would have thought of using that die for flowers. Now, its time to get crackin!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Johanne L.February 16, 2012 - 8:12 am

    I totally agree with you. Great art philosophy. You made a very beautiful card. Thanks for sharing,ReplyCancel

  • terriavidreaderFebruary 16, 2012 - 8:13 am

    i’m glad she prodded you to post this! I think a philosophy is to ignite someone and your art has done that for me. It’s one of the reasons I’m doing this. I don’t create cards that look like yours, no one else does better, but I try in my own way to make something nice to give to someone to create a sense of wonder to them.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynFebruary 16, 2012 - 8:49 am

    WOW!! Beautiful is all I can say!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna MackintoshFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Beautiful card, fabulous sentiment – I’m with you :)ReplyCancel

  • MichelleFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:09 am

    I love your philosophy and this card is just sooooo beautiful. Thanks for always being such an inspiration in every way. :)ReplyCancel

  • Teresa SmithFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Your philosophy is perfect. Creativity is a gift that I thank God for on a regular basis. The time I spend designing cards helps be function in a world that moves faster than I’d like. I’ve stamped for many years and I have found my niche. I love simplicity and elegance. I WILL follow your journey because your creativity, originality and attention to detail is an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy BFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Becca, I have been CASEing you from the 1st day I found your blog many years ago. You are the best of the best and provide me so much artistic inspiration. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Joy HaddenFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Becca, I love your statement “Art is the sustenance that gives our creative souls the food it needs” because it is so true. Since we are created in God’s image — and he is the ultimate in creativeness, there must be a little creativeness in all of us — how we develop and use it is our responsibility.
    Blessings, JoyReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterFebruary 16, 2012 - 10:06 am

    very pretty and such a lovely airy feel to it, great photographing too!
    Perfect statement!ReplyCancel

  • Donna LaCroixFebruary 16, 2012 - 10:18 am

    We hear your artistic philosophy in everthing you do. Keep singing that song and we will follow.ReplyCancel

  • BrendaFebruary 16, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Hi Becca … I love and admire your beautiful cards! They do inspire our creativity! I noticed the Artist Ability logo that you have … can you tell me what that font is called … it is so pretty!


  • Vicky SchmidtFebruary 16, 2012 - 10:36 am

    I agree with you that God has given us our talent. My statement has been to use the talent God has given me to bring joy to other people but especially to missionaries. I am with you. Your talent has shown me that I can do better. My goal has been to be the back line for God’s soldiers the missionaries in other countries. Msny of them recieve no mail at all.
    Thank you for making me think about what I am doing & make it better.

  • Margie LuttrellFebruary 16, 2012 - 10:50 am

    Hi Becca, that is wonderfully stated – and SOOOO you ! I am shocked and amazed that your daughter isn’t into stamping – but then, it’s hard to believe people aren’t “hooked” like us !! I definitely am inspired every day when I see your latest creation. It’s so hard to keep up with all those wonderful Spellbinders dies !! I followed when they released all the new ones a month or so ago – but it seems you come up with more new ones every day ! Those are the coolest looking flowers. On another note, I ordered your bow-maker – but it hasn’t come yet. Seems to be taking a while…hope it comes soon !ReplyCancel

  • Elaine JohnsonFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Absolutely beautiful, the statement even more so than the card and it is beautiful, as well. You do so inspire us to reach higher than we think we are able. I look forward to each post and have been able to see such a growth in your abilities from the beginning til now. I see God at work in you. Blessings throughout your life!ReplyCancel

  • JoyceFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:26 am

    I believe the companies create punches and dies to see what YOU come up with…even they are surprised I bet. You just keep on doing your best cause it sure blesses others. JoyceReplyCancel

  • SuziFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:29 am

    You said it so well!ReplyCancel

  • sherry gardnerFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:37 am

    This is excellent advise…and yes, absolutely…I will follow you on this wonderful artistic journey….you inspire me… and this is part of the fun of daily following your blog….have a great day….

  • Monika/buzsyFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:39 am

    Oh, how fabulous Becca. Your card and your philosophy. You are a true artist how feels her art and passion in her heart! I am so glad you are sharing your art and philosoph with us! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Anne McIntoshFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Count me in…I’m ready for an artistic journey. I’ve been trying to get started for at least 10 years and haven’t really put a foot out there. You are an inspiration and I’ll be honored to follow you on your journey! Thank youReplyCancel

  • rosalieFebruary 16, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    I love your artistic philosophy and the beautiful story about your daughter! Thank you for sharing. You are truly very creative to say the least!ReplyCancel

  • Diana E.February 16, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    I took the time to read the comments and Becca, there is nothing that I could say that hasn’t already been said, so with that….
    Blessings to you and your Daughter. Your a fantastic inspiration to all !ReplyCancel

  • AlisonFebruary 16, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    I too love your artistic philosophy We all grow but some in ways different to others. Although your daughter doesn’t “do” what you do she is inspired in other ways. Each day when I visit your blog I sit and admire what you have created even if my efforts in no way match yours. You give everyone the ideas to achieve what we each can achieve or at least try. Thank you for being there and showing us the beauty you createReplyCancel

  • Peggy E.February 16, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    Like it? I think not. I think it is INSPIRED and fits you to a T, my dear friend. I have not had any crafting time in what seems like forever. And my house is a disaster~~haven’t dusted in probably 6 weeks. All I seem to have time for these days is work and more work. But I vow to start taking some days off, at least 2 a month, to do what I love and what inspires me and what makes me feel whole~scrapbooking/cardmaking/teaching card/scrapbook classes. Yes, I’m going to do it. And it’s because of your inspiration, Becca. So you be encouraged as you encourage me.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl WFebruary 16, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    I, too, would love to see some of your daughter’s artwork.

    I think written philosophies or mission statements are a great way to coalesce our thoughts into a pathway for that part of our life. When we get off track from time to time, we can go back and read what we once wrote and determine if that is still the direction we want to go. If so, we can get right back on track!

    This is a beautiful card!!ReplyCancel

  • JeanFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Hi Becca – your artistic philosophy statement is simply beautiful and you are as talented with words as you are with your imaginative card creations. This card is beautiful, and as always, thank you for sharing.


  • JeanFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    p.s. would love to see some of your daughter’s artwork!ReplyCancel

  • PauletteFebruary 16, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    I love my Twisted Metal Tags and Accents. It’s so versatile. I love your cards always. I think it’s a good idea to have an Art Philosophy. After reading your blog, I realized that was what was missing in my work. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • mayFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Such a beautiful card ! when i am feeling down with all this weather we are having !
    Go to your blog makes me feel i can do anything
    God BlessReplyCancel

  • Sandra MontgomeryFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Love your philosophy. I feel the same….used to teach many things, but now just enjoy it myself. And congratulations on reaching over 7000 readers. Your creations are so far above those created by anyone else. You do have a great talent that I CASE. In fact, you are the only person I do CASE! How you combine the spellbinders die shapes is truely a gift. In my opinion, you are their greatest asset! Love you bunches….SandyReplyCancel

  • deborahFebruary 16, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    First of all what a breath taking creation I love every single element of this card. The sentiment not only has a beautiful meaning but the script is amazing.
    The second thing is that art comes in so many forms, thank goodness but art in any form brings people together. It is wonderful that you and your daughter can be brought together by art regardless of how it is created. What a blessing and a gift. God has blessed you both.ReplyCancel

  • SonyaFebruary 16, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    I just wanted to say I loved your blog post today. I visit almost everyday for the inspiration and the beauty you share but I appreciate the soul inspiration today. So, simply, thank you, Becca. Much love and peace.ReplyCancel

  • KelleyFebruary 16, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Love your philosophy!! Well said!! Pretty card too!ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenFebruary 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Gorgeous as always, Becca! Thanks for sharing this time with your daughter. Your art philosophy is so wonderfully stated and expresses so beautifully the essense of you! You are an inspiration. God bless!!ReplyCancel

  • kim r.February 16, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    This card is really cute. And I really like your Artistic Philosophy Statement. It really captures what comes across your blog. You create unique works of art and you teach and motivate those who read and see this blog. Thanks for your sharing your creations. I do believe that is a gift right from the hand of God.

  • Robyn JosephsFebruary 16, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    I love the simple elegance of this card and of course always happy to see you enjoying using Quietfire to express your inner creativity.

    For me, Art is a universal language that enables us to communicate universally from the inside to the outside ,that allows all to interpret and be inspired by our art and encouraged to find their own creative voice.ReplyCancel

  • Karen BFebruary 16, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    Lovely philosophy. It is so you. I will have to ponder one for myself.
    Thanks and I love the card especially the small flower embellishments.

  • Tanja S.February 16, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    Love this card Becca – the lacy flowers are superb – could you take some photos (or just explain) how you made them sometime – that would be lovely. Many years ago I used to suspect that I was maybe “wasting time” in God’s eyes with craft (should have been doing something more relational or reading the Word etc.). These things are important but I now know God is the creator and we have been given the desire from Him to create also. It was so for me freeing to learn this. Craft also recharges my batteries so I am more emotionally able to cope with the demands of a busy family. Craft/Art is also a celebration of all that is beautiful and moving (music is this also) which again stems from God who has made all things good!
    There that is my mini sermon for today. I forgot one thing, craft can bring people together, especially ladies, I run a craft group at church and it is a great time of sharing and fellowship.ReplyCancel

  • TheresaFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Love your statement! It is clear and fresh, and definitely moving. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Terri SFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    Seems to me that this statement reflects perfectly with how you have been “living” on what you share and inspiring us in your blot each day. Well said and succinctly put.ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneFebruary 16, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    Love the story, love the philosophy, the card – and the artist! Create without limits, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • auntie em (emily)February 16, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    Love your philosophy! Mine is quite a bit simpler…If I don’t craft I will go crazy! Probably why my work is never going to reach the level of artistic beauty yours does but it does keep me from going round the bend. :) At least on most days.

    Your card is so pretty. Your little flowers and vine are so lacy and delicate. Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah MillerFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    Becca, I was just talking about this to the Lord the other day. I was praying and praying about doing His will and what I have been getting by listening to my heart and reading scriptures is that He has put the desires in my heart that he wants me to pursue and to use my talents and gifts. I went to art school and loved it,tell your daughter that I’d still be going at almost 60 if I could.ReplyCancel

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKFebruary 16, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I began my creative journey many, many years ago, but as a young girl I had no idea of the use and need for crafting. All through this creative life, I have had the need, like you, to share and teach what I have learned from others or taught myself. Craft kept me busy when I was not well, it gave me a lift when I was low, it helped to take my mind off the trials of life; then it began to draw life into me and make me strong, it became the added joy not the only joy. Now it is my lifeline and my pleasure. It constantly brings a smile to my face whatever frame of mind I am in, and as Tanya S. says it is the celebration of all that is beautiful.
    With this in mind I have found myself coasting along with you since the beginning of our ‘blog friendship’ and as you have invited each of us, I shall continue to travel this road with you and, as you say, one day be brave enough to go my own way and who knows- the sky is the limit, as they say.
    My next challenge in this creative journey is to learn to create a blog. I am so nervous about it as I have no skills or understanding of this medium, but with the encouragement of a dear, dear blog friend I am going to try.
    So here’s to 2012 and the continuation of parallel crafting journeys.
    God speed and inspiration to all. Hugs LindaReplyCancel

  • DorothyFebruary 16, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    Becca you have been and remain to be my daily inspiration. I started my own blog because of yours spurring me on that I can do it and recently I posted my first YouTube video. I enjoy receiving your emails with it beautiful artistic contents. Thank you! I admire you boldness in faith and I support you in your dreams and prayers. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • charlene merricjFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:09 pm

    Becca, your artistic philosophy is amazing; your card is beautiful; and you are so talented! Thanks for sharing it all with us.ReplyCancel

  • Linda TFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Your artistic statement should be….. Through my blessed faith, God uses my work shows love,grace and peace and my hands He guides.
    This is what I see in your work.

  • Linda TFebruary 16, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    But I Love your statement !!! Your is so beautiful. I just meant this is what I see in your work.ReplyCancel

  • GailFebruary 17, 2012 - 2:28 am

    Beautiful philosophy and card Becca! I am one of those who needs a guiding hand until I reach that fork in the road and you truly are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing xReplyCancel

  • ElizabethFebruary 17, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Becca, I somehow found you as I was searching for inspiration one day last summer. I am absolutely in love with your creations. Although I have never posted a comment before (on any site) I was compelled to tell you how much you have inspired me and given me wings. I retired from my “day” job last February, but prepared to live my dream now that I had the time. I was always a crafter and am obsessed with paper crafting now, but I get stuck sometimes. I always come back to your site for a little push. Muchas, muchas gracias dear lady. You don’t know how much you motivate me, I’d just like to let you know much you are appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :)February 17, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Lately I’ve been struggling with my crafting…I want so much to CREATE and have so many ideas swimming around in my head, but find it hard to put them all together. You are an inspiration, have a BEAUTIFUL heart and are such a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)February 17, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Normally I am not at a loss for words. But your post today left me speechless – in a good way – gave me pause for thought. Now that I have digested your message – OK, I’ve started, I’ve cased and now I am on the edge of beginning to find my own style. Still struggling with the unique, different and unexpected. I believe desire, tenacity and dreaming may come in handy at this point. I joined you a quite a while ago on the journey. It’s just that you move at laser speed and me, like a turtle. I know I’ll get there and that’s when the sharing and movitating others will kick in. Thanks again for all you do and have done. You inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • CynthiaFebruary 17, 2012 - 10:17 am

    Oh, what a wonderful creation! And, the statement is so true. You must pursue your dreams with actions. Dreams without action are simply dreams. This creation would be perfect for one of my friends who dreams about stamping, but never finds the time to do so! Many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SFebruary 17, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Well said Becca! That’s a wonderful statement. Just your signature below is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy MFebruary 17, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    Oh Becca, you have always inspired me since I first saw your blog site. I have wanted to create a blog to post my creations, but am totally intimidated by it. I went so far as to create a blog name, but don’t know how to create the design of the pages, etc. Is there a site that helped you with this?

    I started a card ministry at my church in November so that I could share my creations with others. It has been so worthwhile. We make cards for the elderly in a nursing home.ReplyCancel

  • Phil from Dublin, IrelandFebruary 17, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    How lovely – your artistic philosophy is so much what you are – a wonderful caring person of faith – I love it and all you do – hopefully the journey which has me watching and learning but mostly admiring the artistic creations will prompt me and others to do likewise. thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Miss AnnFebruary 17, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    What a beautiful card AND quote. Isn’t it amazing to have those conversation w/ your kids – they suprise you sometimes, don’t they?ReplyCancel

  • EllenFebruary 17, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    Your entire blog is so very beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Jean CFebruary 18, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Thank you for sharing your artistic philosphy. You have a wonderful talent that you so freely share with your blog friends. Thank you. I love your shaped card. Always something unique and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy tFebruary 20, 2012 - 8:41 am

    I love your artistic philosphy! Isn’t it great When your children get old enough that they actually become friends and help you grow in ways you nevwer even dreamed about. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ursula UphofFebruary 23, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Becca, thank you for sharing your artistic philisphy and inviting me on your journey. I hope that travelling with you on this journey I will be able to take what you share and use it to make a difference to others. I have always admired your work..but don’t comment too often. Your quote is so meaningful…thank you so much for being such a giving and sharing personReplyCancel