My Thanks and a Becca Bit

Oh sweet blog friends, I just can’t say thank you enough!!!   More than 325 of you left sweet messages to congratulate Lauren on her graduation.  It had both her and her friends in tears as they read through your well wishes.  She was speechless – I’m not kidding!  As for me . . . I’m still on cloud nine – so many of you found me at the show to wish her a happy graduation and to give me a hug.  Humbled and thankful can’t exactly describe what I’m feeling in my heart after being showered by your kindness.  
I woke up this morning knowing that life is wonderful and I’m blessed beyond measure!!!  I’m keeping your hugs – there were sooooooo many of them and because I’m usually so isolated I’m putting them on reserve for later to pull them out when I need that little boost.  I know I’m gushing but I’ve had the best weekend!!!!  So, believe it or not I had some things prepared to show before I left and today I want to share with you one of my favorite Spellbinders Die Templates as well as some new JustRite Papercraft stamps – together that spells a new technique that uses them together!!  Come along :-)

As you know, I’m a big fan of background stamps and since sometimes I spend way to much time hunting for just the right paper, background stamps save me more times than you can know.   For my card I wanted to use the new Fleuriste Newsprint background stamp by JustRite Papercrafts along with Spellbinders™ Around About (Cut-Fold-Tuck) die template for a peek a boo kind of card.  Today I’m showing you how to custom color your double sided stamped paper for use with the Spellbinders Cut-Fold-Tuck dies for a cohesive look.  My sample today doesn’t have a border but in the YouTube I’ve prepared will show you how to get this look with a border around it.   
I backed my sample with two of Spellbinders™ Splendid Circles and topped off with a sentiment using Spellbinders™ Picot Edged Circles and JustRite Papercrafts sentiment from Spring Rose Medallions.

Here is the Becca Bit covered by a short YouTube:

StampsJustRite Papercrafts – Fleuriste NewsprintSpring Rose Medallions
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Cream, My Minds Eye, Coredinations
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink,  Color Box Chalk Ink – Rose Pastel
Accessories: Spellbinders™ Around AboutSpellbinders™ Splendid Circles,  Spellbinders™ Picot Edged Circles, Recollections Pearls, Pearl Pic, Zva Creative Pearls, Silk Ribbon, Spare Parts Brad, Peg Bow Maker

I’ll be home soon — thanks for stopping by, see you soon!!

  • MaryannApril 30, 2012 - 9:21 am

    Sooo glad to hear, that you had such a wonderful week-end Becca. You sure deserve that, and also that Lauren was happy about all her well wishes too, but she sure also sounds like a wonderful person, who could deserve some good times and joy as well, so I´m really glad to hear, that it was happening to both of you this week-end, it sure makes me very happy too, and it feels so great, that we could finally give a little kindness back to you, who always share so much with all of us here..
    Your card here is absolutely gorgeous as always hun, and I just LOVE what you´ve made here. It´s soooooooo absolutely gorgeous work once again hun. Thanks so very much for all the amazing inspiration, you always bring us here.
    I hope, that the rest of the week here will be just as fantastic as the week-end were, and you´ll keep on feeling it´s a wonderful life hun, cause it sure is. Take good care.ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterApril 30, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Oh, Becca. This is genius!! Now you are going to make me want to get these dies. lol. And the credit card tip is a great one, too.ReplyCancel

  • Denise~Paper PonderingsApril 30, 2012 - 9:38 am

    Another genius idea from you! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene PavlickApril 30, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Hello Becca! So glad to hear you made it home safely!
    First of all … this creation is FABULOUS (as are all your designs) and thanks so much for always inspiring us not only in crafting but in how to be a ‘good person’! You are a true blessing to each of us!
    What a thrill to sit down with you and chit chat for a while at convention! I hope I have the opportunity again some day! In the meantime, I will continue to be inspired by you and wish you all the best!
    Darlene Pavlick

    P.S. I gave that big hug electronically to Joan this morning! It put a smile on her face and a song in her heart! God Love Ya!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy LApril 30, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Wonderful technique Becca! You are so creative and I want every single thing you use to make your gorgeous creations! Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Amy A.April 30, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Absolutely gorgeous and the tutorial is so easy to follow.
    Thank you for sharing Becca!ReplyCancel

  • PamApril 30, 2012 - 9:56 am


    So happy to hear of your wonderful blessings. You give so much, it is nice to see it returned with a kind word or hug. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynApril 30, 2012 - 9:59 am

    WOW what a beautiful card!!! I so wish I lived closer to attend the stamp show and have meet you in person. How lovely to feel such unconditional love from fellow paper crafters! You are an amazing person and crafter, I so love your blog page and your bow maker, it’s the BEST!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy ConwayApril 30, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Gorgeous! You have the most unique ideas. Love your site. Keep them coming. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.April 30, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful card and I do love your Becca bits. Also was admiring your stick pin that you have on your card as well. It goes so well with the rest of the card.
    Great tip on the use of the credit card as well

  • Francie (Montreal)April 30, 2012 - 10:03 am

    What a cool technique! Thank you for a clear, comprehensive video. You are just so generious with your talent. Your card is a beautiful illustration of the end product.
    Also, I am so pleased that your trip went well and that your request was answered by 335 + blog buddies. You can’t imagine how much you mean to us and by extention, your amazing daughter Lauren.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa SackettApril 30, 2012 - 10:06 am

    Great technique. tfs! So nice to hear that your daughter enjoyed the surprise you set up for her, and that you enjoyed your trip as well. God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • BetsyApril 30, 2012 - 10:11 am

    So happy that I got to meet you at the stamp show Saturday afternoon! As I told you, I just drool over your creations ~ wishing I had just an ounce of your creativity!
    Love this card and this die ~ now I’m wanting to get one to try out the technique!
    Have a happy day!!ReplyCancel

  • Nan GApril 30, 2012 - 10:14 am

    What a fabulous technique! You are amazing! Now I want to get these dies. LOLReplyCancel

  • Nichol RoskampApril 30, 2012 - 10:14 am

    So proud of Lauren and her accomplishments!!! I also had the distinct pleasure of having dinner with Jordan on Thurs. night while we were in Orlando. I was a bit anxious because we really don’t know each other other than the little bit of conversation we have had but we had the best time! He is a great conversationalist and we had plenty to talk about. He seems like such a level headed good kid! It was a great time!!!
    Glad you had a great trip to OH!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineApril 30, 2012 - 10:18 am

    This ia a beautiful card and with the tutorial it make a super technique to learn.
    Many thanks.

  • Kathy HApril 30, 2012 - 10:18 am

    So beautiful, Becca! It was a pleasure to meet you. So happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and safe travels home. God Bless You!ReplyCancel

  • BernieApril 30, 2012 - 10:31 am

    So nice to hear that your daughter enjoyed her surprise, and that you are enjoying your trip as well. As always you card is Amazing and beautiful and what a wonderful tutorial.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • LageneApril 30, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Gorgeous card, Love your Becca Bits! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn B.April 30, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Gorgeous card. Love your video tutorial on how you custom colored the diecut. TFSReplyCancel

  • RebekkaApril 30, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Awesome card Becca and awesome tutorial. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean CApril 30, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Oh Becca, Glad you had such a wonderful weekend. I love the cut, fold templates. I have some old ones that you use an exacto knife to cut. I like them but they take so long. I am so glad that Spellbinders has developed this one! I love your card and hope you have a wonderful week.ReplyCancel

  • EileenApril 30, 2012 - 10:44 am

    Becca, I sat reading your post with tears in my eyes. It was lovely to hear that both you and Lauren were so happy and touched with all the Best Wishes sent to Lauren which were so deserved, you give of yourself to us all the time so it was great to give something back to you and yours<3
    Thank you for the tutorial video, as always you make everything seem so easy, but without you thinking things out many of us wouldn't think about doing what you do.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • Gail L.April 30, 2012 - 10:46 am


  • LizApril 30, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Wow! A very pretty card.

    Sorry I missed out wishing Lauren a big CONGRATULATIONS. What a milestone.ReplyCancel

  • Mary HApril 30, 2012 - 10:49 am

    So COOL! Aren’t you clever to figure this out! And it’s a beautiful piece. TFS …enjoy the stamp show.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna MackintoshApril 30, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Some great ideas here Becca, thanks for working it all out for us so we can just go play :) At least, when my die arrives, that is (waiting for a shipment from the USA to the UK).ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - CardMonkeyApril 30, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Becca, thank you for sharing this neat technique for the Cut-Fold-Tuck dies. I bought a set of these dies after seeing your projects, and I like them enough but wanted to add a bit of versatility to them. Of course, I KNEW you’d show that, and now I can’t wait to try. THANK YOU too for the tip about the credit card to fold these dies. Duhhhh…. what’s so obvious to you is something I just didn’t think about. How nice and crisp you’re able to get these folds. LOVELY. So now that I’ve shelved my credit accounts, I have plenty of new crafting tools to use, LOL!

    Thank you too for letting us know Lauren’s reactions to our well-wishes. You, and she, are loved for your many kindnesses and generosity!

    Best of all good things to you and your family,

    Ellen ~ CardMonkeyReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithApril 30, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Beautiful card – love the tip. Lauren sounds like an amazing young women and you have every right to be as proud of her as you are. It is wonderful to see your kids grow into such lovely adults and to know that your parenting skills actually paid off. Congrats to both of you.

  • lois skiathitisApril 30, 2012 - 10:59 am

    You gotta love the cut tuck and fold dies the one you chose for the card and for the Becca bit which I just love by the way. Thanks for sharing the bit with us Becca. Your card is just beautiful. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisApril 30, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Please excuse the second post Becca, I forgot to say that I’m so glad that we made Lauren’s day. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Donna SicafuseApril 30, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Great about Lauren and wanted to say nice seeing you at the Stamp Show. There is just soooooooooo much to see that I wish I had a memory to remember it all! Enjoy looking at your cards and seeing how excited you get with the arrival of new PLAY TOYS!——-DonnajeanneReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)April 30, 2012 - 11:11 am

    You never cease to AMAZE, Becca!!! TFS this clever idea!!! NOW I need another SBs and more JRs — LOL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri SApril 30, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Wonderful to hear that you had such a good time and a “warehouse of hugs”…so important. I love this tutorial and the options you have introduced using the Spellbinders new dies. Thanks for all you do, and I’m sending you a cyber hug.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SchultzApril 30, 2012 - 11:34 am

    What an awesome idea Becca! I love how your mind works! Thanks for sharing this tip. I think this idea will make beautiful Mother’s Day cards.
    Thanks Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia T.April 30, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Hi my friend. It was such a pleasure to meet you in person. My first craft adventure and I had a great time. You are such a lovely person. I am soooo… happy for Lauren. This is a special time for you and her, Enjoy the moment! Her graduation card you made for her is gorgeous, Becca. This tutorial is great, you are so giving. Thank You for all you do. Hugs! Patricia TumpkinReplyCancel

  • SuziApril 30, 2012 - 11:48 am

    Glad your had a happy, happy time! Lauren, too! The card is beautiful! I have some cut and fold dies that I got from a European seller some time ago. I’m sure I can use the same technique for the masked border on them. Thanks for sharing the tip!ReplyCancel

  • Anne ( Midlands UK)April 30, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    I am so gald you had a wondrful weekend as you surely do deserve it. The card is amazing as always. Anne xReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleApril 30, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    What a great demo!!!! Thanks so much!

  • Megan FaheyApril 30, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Well Becca, I have been drooling over the beautiful cards & things you make for almost a year now. My sister is a big fan of yours (Charlotte Zweigoron at and now so am I. I love the pinks and browns in this card and the spellbinders cut and fold die. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful talent and giving me loads of ideas!ReplyCancel

  • SallieApril 30, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    My Goodness you never cease to amaze me. Such talent. I must keep in mind we can not all be so skilled and it is okay, or else I have expectations that are unattainable. ;( ;) Some day I hope to meet you and am glad you had a grand weekend. My daughter is graduating as well -double major Biology and English. (Yep, it’s different :) ) She is loving student teaching Middle School. They make our hearts so happy, don’t they?ReplyCancel

  • D IdletApril 30, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Wow Becca, what a great tutorial. This weekend I made a card using that spellbinder. I wish I could have seen your video first! I still like how my card turned out. Here it is if you want to take a look. It’s not nearly as nice as yours, but I think it came out nicely. ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen WilsonApril 30, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Thank you, thank you, I have the dies and you have made it look so easy. I can’t wait now to go try this out. Thanks for the Becca Bits.ReplyCancel

  • Jean FayApril 30, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your daily inspiration and allways having such a great outlook on life.
    Hugs JeanReplyCancel

  • ConnieApril 30, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Another gorgeous card, Becca! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisApril 30, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    After seeing this video I now think I would purchase this die. It didn’t interest me before but seeing what you have done with it opens up my crafting interest! The whole card is just plain gorgeous! Thank you for the Becca Bits. We all love them!ReplyCancel

  • FayeApril 30, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Becca, you are just so smart. I have some of the spellbinders tuck and fold as well some of the same kind of dies of another brand. I have searched for two sided papers, glued paper together, but I never thought of stamping my paper, duh, sometimes I think that my brain is on vacation. :) I love your ideas and the card today is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Diana StewartApril 30, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Hi Becca,

    I absolutely loved your card. Your imagination and creativity is something to behold. I LOVE getting your e-mails each day to see what you have done and what we can learn next.
    Many thanks. Diana StewartReplyCancel

  • CarolApril 30, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Stunning card … and great video too. I really like this technique, what a great way to create your on look with inks! Thanx for sharing it with us!


  • FrancesApril 30, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    BECCA!!! What an awesome video. I love these new dies. I have a few of these dies and had just made a couple of cards but this will just take it to the next level. You are so talented. I look forward to my daily emails from you. God Bless you !!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenApril 30, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    This looks FABULOUS Becca!!!!!!!! (Of course, you are the EXPERT!!!!!!!! ) :) SUCH TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterApril 30, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Gorgeous, pretty coloring and love that metal embellishment with the ribbon!ReplyCancel

  • Connie SmithApril 30, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Such gorgeous cards Becca… I had to say I cried after reading your story about Lauren, and her dad.. I was busy this weekend attending MY DAUGHTER’S 2nd college graduation. She too had put her career dreams on hold and went back to school for her 2nd degree to become a nurse. She graduated on Sat and I know her daddy (died 22 yrs ago) would have been so proud of her. Congrats on your daughter’s accomplishments. These young ladies will both go far. I have followed your blog for a long time and am always amazed at the beauty of your cards. Love them!! Hugs. Connie in the southwest.ReplyCancel

  • deborahApril 30, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Becca what a wonderful tutorial and your card is scrumtious. TFS :)ReplyCancel

  • Anne DaviesApril 30, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    So pleased that Lauren enjoyed her surprise. Thank you for posting the tutorial, such clear instructions, must now get the die! The card is so pretty, love it. Welsh AnnieReplyCancel

  • JoannApril 30, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Oh my goodness Becca this is just amazing! Beautiful! I love your work and I’m so thankful for you doing a tutorial because I have never even see a tuck and fold die until now. I really want one!!! LOL


  • AntonellaApril 30, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    What a beautiful card… thanks for the tutorial… what a wonderful surprise for Lauren!! Hugs, antonella :-)ReplyCancel

  • AndreneApril 30, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Beautiful card and I love your stick pin!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsApril 30, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Wow! I am impressed. Don’t know if I blogged for your daughter but I know if she is anything like her Mama she will go a long way! God Bless her and you and glad to hear you had a great time in Akron! Hopefully some day we will be able to meet you in person! Just love your work!!!

  • Lynn WildApril 30, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    What a great idea Becca – thank you so much for the tutorial! I bought this die last week and haven’t used it yet, but now I know how to make it really special when I do make a card with it.

    Lynn WildReplyCancel

  • SusanApril 30, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    So glad to hear you’re having a great time in Ohio and that Lauren enjoyed all of the graduation messages. What a great idea to honour your beloved daughter.
    Your card today is so lovely (as always) and I really enjoyed your video on creating your own custom coloured design with the Cut-Fold-Tuck Spellbinders dies. Although I haven’t had the good fortune to get any of these dies, they look amazing!
    Have a safe trip home!ReplyCancel

  • Claire SApril 30, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    LOVED the tutorial..please do lots more!!!!!!!!!! Sharing your ideas is such a beautiful way to further enhance our creative world.ReplyCancel

  • Lindyloo, South Wales, UKApril 30, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I hope the hugs help to comfort you any time you need them. I am thrilled that you and your daughter felt the true feeling that was expressed within the words written here. You have been so generous sharing your talent and parts of your life with us, the least we can do is return a little of the favour once in a while. Isn’t that what life is supposed to be about, sharing and caring!
    Thank you for the tutorial, it’s a fabulous idea and so very effective, you are a true gem. Bless you for sharing this with us. Take care and keep smiling.
    Sending a sunny smile your way today. Linda xx :¬)ReplyCancel

  • JudyApril 30, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    Love your latest card Becca and so glad that you also included a video instructing how to use the “cut and fold” dies, something that I’ve never done. Love the idea of stamping and coloring them with the same color to give them that POP.

    So glad to hear that your daughter was bombarded with well wishes and that it really touched her. I wish that I was one of the lucky shoppers that got to see you over the weekend, maybe one of these days :-)ReplyCancel

  • Beth GrecoApril 30, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Very cool! Thanks for doing that tutorial. I didn’t know how to use that die before. So glad we could help to make your daughter’s day special!!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria C.April 30, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    Becca, I am so glad that you have had a wonderful week. Congrats. to Lauren for her graduation…Your special, inspirings and a blessing to me. Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • chrisdApril 30, 2012 - 9:53 pm

    What a lovely card and so glad Lauren and you liked the kind words from your readers. Blessings to you both at this time of reflection and honor.ReplyCancel

  • RufusApril 30, 2012 - 9:56 pm

    So happy that you had a good week. Congrats again to Lauren, neat that you and she got soooo many notes! Thanks for doing this tutorial. I’ve been using this sort of thing for ages (back when you had to trace and cut!) but LOVE that background stamp you used!!! Now when somebody wants to know how these work I can just send ’em here to you.

  • Anna KluytmansMay 1, 2012 - 12:47 am

    Thank you for the video, and a great idea using stamps and colouring the back of the die cuts,your cards are so beautiful, I’m always inpired by creations, Hugs and kisses to you and Lauren, congratulation to you both.

  • loftylassMay 1, 2012 - 5:03 am

    Hi Becca – I love what you did with the dies (mine are in the post – can’t wait!) – now of course I NEED the stamp you used for the back, it’s so beautiful and such a good idea…. So glad you enjoyed your trip and your daughter has ‘recovered’ from the excitement of all those well done wishes.
    Great video too. tfs.
    Heather (UK)

  • Bonnie WeissMay 1, 2012 - 9:03 am

    You so deserve good things in life Becca and I’m happy to read that your weekend was one of them. Great video and a great idea … thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Carole LassakMay 2, 2012 - 9:13 am

    Great to finally meet you Saturday at Adventures in Stamping!! This card really caught my eye. It somehow has almost a steampunk flair. Must be the sprocket-like dies you’ve used. Wish you the very best with all you ventures.ReplyCancel

  • DorothyMay 2, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Becca!! Whata girl! Awesome – I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for this Becca bit..I love these dies I call them the Nip and Tuck die..LOL
    Great creative thinking ..I will spread news re: your becca bit and tell everyone to check out your video on it!! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen LuceroMay 2, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Love your tips, Becca. Looking forward to seeing you back home. And congratulations to Lauren again!


    Carmen LReplyCancel

  • Cheryl WrightMay 2, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    What an awesome card, and fantastic technique, Becca! I hadn’t seen that die before (although I’d certainly heard about it), so now I want it! LOL

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with us.ReplyCancel

  • Dorina DMay 2, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    Fantastic video and gorgeous card. I’m so happy I found your blog. you have some of the most amazing cards I’ve ever seen, Thanks for sharing them with us,ReplyCancel

  • MaryMay 3, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Becca……love your tutoral on the cut-fold-tuck dies. It put a twist on my demos I was doing all weekend in Akron. LOL It was wonderful seeing you again. Hope our paths cross again in the near future, HUGSReplyCancel

  • Sharon J. JonesMay 5, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Wow, Becca! You are SO creative, honey!! I just happened here by accident and am so glad I did! God led me here, I know and you are the sweetest and most wonderful person! Thanks so much for the inspiration…these dies are a must-have! Now God has blessed me with you!
    Hugz2u, SharonReplyCancel