One More Day :-)

Almost there :-)  Lol, I never realized how long three days would seem when this kicked off, but thankfully I’ll be able to share with you tomorrow.   In the meantime to recap, I have a secret to share with you on the morning of August 15th and to make it fun I’m offering blog candy of a $35.00 gift card that will go to a random commenter from 8/12, 8/13 and 8/14. You can leave one comment on each of these posts and the winner will be announced on Wednesday as well.  A slight change today, instead of it being about me, let’s make it about you – leave a comment saying what gift you give or receive from crafting. Mine is the fabulous friendships I’ve made far and wide (received), and the awesome power of kind, faith-filled words (give).  There are many more but I’ll keep it short because I’d much rather read what you all have to say :-)

I even have a card to share today :-)  I’ve had this piece of designer paper from Yellow Bicycle on my desk for a while and I made myself use it!  It’s not often that I deal with such a bold blue, navy blue and I really had to hunt for the right in color.  Here’s how I stacked my layers.  On the bottom I started out with Spellbinders™ Floral Ovals (I cut the oval in half and spread it so that I could have a bigger size base); my next layer is Spellbinders™ Grand Decorative Ovals One.  For my next layer I used a matching JustRite Custom Die/Matching Stamp combination with JustRite Antique Labels One and the matching stamp set Royal Antique Labels One.  This combination fit perfectly so I selected another JustRite Custom Die Set/Stamp Combination of Antique Tags One Dies and the sentiment from Antique Autumn Tags One stamp set.   Typically I would do this combination of dies in a horizontal layout card but then thought by turning the last set, it would add some visual interest.  

Stamps/Custom Dies:  JustRite Papercraft –  Antique Labels One Royal Antique Labels One, Antique Tags One Dies,  Antique Autumn Tags One
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Coredinations
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders™ Grand Decorative Ovals OneSpellbinders™ Floral Ovals,  Recollection Pearls, Lace

It’s been a hoot hanging out the last couple of days!  Some of the comments were sooo funny.  Like I said, you all have taught me a thing or two about dreaming big!!  I have lots of design team releases this month so hang on, I love playing around with new things.   Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you tomorrow!!

  • TeresaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Love your card. The blue bow is really nice. I like to give cards or make boxes. I really like to make something that is not so ordinary. Like I see on your blog sometimes. Lots of inspiration from what you create.ReplyCancel

  • Pat S.August 14, 2012 - 9:10 am

    This is another gorgeous card, Becca! I love that rich, Navy ribbon. My guess for today is that you will be travelling to a lot of craft conventions demonstrating your peg bow maker!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S WilliamsAugust 14, 2012 - 9:16 am

    First I would like to say I am a child of GOD also! The thing of crafting that I would give would have to be various supply’s and cards that I have made.I would also offer to help anyone learn how to craft.I am also the decorating person at our church,somehow someway I always manage to come up with ideasReplyCancel

  • Cyndy WAugust 14, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Hi Becca, beautiful card today. I love the bold colors and as usual you have given me a great idea in cutting the spellbinder in half. I know, you have done this in the past, but it never hurts to remind us. In fact, that is my greatest gift received–the fact that you and others in the craft world share your talent–it sparks my creativity tremendously. Hey, could that be your new endeavor–you are going to get your Gallery up and running? Hmmm? That would be awesome!!! Can’t hardly wait for the announcement tomorrow. Have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineAugust 14, 2012 - 9:17 am

    I love the old-fashioned feel of this card. The colors and lace are simply fabulous!

    To answer your question about what I receive from crafting……Last week, my husband came home from work stating that the next day a co-worker would have a birthday and he’d not purchased a card. I had a wonderful time crafting a card to the gentleman’s taste. My husband shared with me that the recipient showed the card to everyone in the office saying, “Look what Christine made for me.”

    It is so much fun to craft and to be a blessing to others. It shows, in a very special way, that deliberate care was taken to remember or to encourage.

    Thanks for the inspiration and techniques you provide through APG.ReplyCancel

  • JanaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:19 am

    To give for me is pure JOY and LOVE. Joy because it brings joy to my heart to make something by hand and with every creation I pour as much love as possible into what I create. To receive I have to say mutual love because I know that the gifts I receive are made because another friend loves the craft as much as I do and it was made with as much love as we can possibly pour into our card designs. Therefore, it equals into great friendships made along the way.ReplyCancel

  • Rhea ThompsonAugust 14, 2012 - 9:19 am


    Can’t wait until tomorrow and your “reveal”! You have me waking up at night wondering what to expect!

    I have found, since finding your blog, that I absolutely LOVE making cards. I doubt that would be the case if I had not found YOU! You are an inspiration to me. I am completely in awe of your creativity.

    As for the gift I get out of making something creative, all I can say is that it blesses my heart to have someone say that THEY were blessed by receiving a card. This is my therapy; a reliever of stress. I enjoy thinking of the person to whom I will send a card and finding just the right colors for them. Truly, each card is special because the PERSON is special!

    YOU have made this possible and now my heart sings each day!


  • JamieAugust 14, 2012 - 9:22 am

    I love to give homemade cards because every person that receives one fells special. That’s the whole point right? :)ReplyCancel

  • Maureen K.August 14, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Hi Becca….lovely, lovely card. My crafting gift to me is peace ! When crafting I feel such a sense of peace and calm…..away from the day-to-day pressures of life and into my version of a dream world. Can’t wait to hear what the great news is !!!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna SealanderAugust 14, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Becca, this blue and white card is stunning. Of course, ALL your creations are stunning, but this color combo just makes this one particularly so. I receive the gift of peace through my crafting. It helps to quiet my soul with the added benefit of giving a special something to someone special when the card or project is complete.ReplyCancel

  • RUTHANN KAugust 14, 2012 - 9:24 am

    I love to see the expressions of pleasure when someone opens one of my cards (which are no where as beautiful as ours) made especially for them. Can’t wait til tomorrows announcement! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronAugust 14, 2012 - 9:25 am

    This is not a one-sentence-answer type of question, Becca. New friends and wonderful comments are very special to me, as well. However, I have had a creative urge all of my life and no real outlet emerged until I discovered paper crafting. Drawing is a struggle for me, painting is out of the question, home decorating and gardening are outside my budget. The second crafting venture that I do indulge, miniatures, is also a bit pricey. Paper crafting can be as expensive or inexpensive as you make it and, somehow, it just seems to roll out of me in a way that pleases me. Sharing and inspiration abound in this crafting community. Support for each others efforts comes as naturally as breathing in this community. I feel I have found a home for the deeper part of me as long as I care to stay. This is not something I have found in relationships or in the work place in my 67+ years. Can you even imagine what it means to me?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea ClinardAugust 14, 2012 - 9:25 am

    a bookReplyCancel

  • RobinBNYAugust 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

    I receive the gift of peace when I craft. It puts me in that “happy place”. Even when no one else sees what I did.ReplyCancel

  • Betty MooreAugust 14, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Your Masterpieces are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your creations with us.ReplyCancel

  • Jane LuxemAugust 14, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Can’t wait! Another lovely card!ReplyCancel

  • crystalAugust 14, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Beautiful card Becca, can’t wait for your big announcement tomorrow! I have a card ministry at my church and it blesses me to know that my cards are an encouragement to others.ReplyCancel

  • Connie C.August 14, 2012 - 9:28 am

    This is such an elegant card…very beautiful, as always! Whatever you have in store for us tomorrow is bound to be exciting…you are so creative and inventive. Maybe it’s something for Spellbinders? My family and friends have so come to expect my handmade cards that their joy in receiving them is my gift for giving them. They are always a work of love.ReplyCancel

  • Diane HAugust 14, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Gorgeous~gorgeous card you tease you! I feel when I am crafting I am giving a piece of myself, as I try to put love into each piece, I feel the same way when I receive a handcrafted item from someone, it has a piece of themselves in it…I can remember years ago my Mom made a silk small poinsettia tree for the craft fair at her church, stating that “us girls” (my sister and I) got all the crafting talent…she was upset that no one was buying her little tree, so, unbeknowns to her, I purchased it and she was so happy it “was gone”….I still have it…a piece of her…I will keep it forever, and I have written a little note with it, explaining it all, so the day I am gone, hopefully my daughter will treasure it too…my Mom is 85, and I think that tree is 40 years old now …thats what crafting means to me…a piece of yourself!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkAugust 14, 2012 - 9:30 am

    Lady, you are so gifted, the card is gorgeous as always.
    I make cards to send to recepients just to let them know I am thinking of them….get well, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, etc.
    On a side note, your bow maker is wonderful and has helped me with cards and gift wrapping.
    Thanks for all you do for us followers. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • DawnAugust 14, 2012 - 9:30 am

    I too have gotten the gift of friendships and fellowship with other who enjoy the time to get together to share ideas and encourage each other, we have a few of us who get together each month and besides creating there is always the gift of laughter!
    Thank you too for sharing this pretty blue card, I like the idea of celebrating our blessings.
    Hugs, DawnReplyCancel

  • VioletAugust 14, 2012 - 9:30 am

    Wonderful cards, as always. You are my favorite site to go to for inspiration. Now let me guess. You are going to design your won paper.
    What do I get from card making…..the joy of creating and the pleasure I see in someone’s face and smile when they open the card I gave them.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy RobitailleAugust 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

    Hey Becca
    Another Stunner – Wow! Love the design elements here also — navy and cream is sooo elegant!
    I was online when your blog feed came through… haha — you also have a gift for turning it over on us too eh? This is alot of fun Becca and I can hardly wait to see what you have in store for us – whatever it is I know I will love it!! As for my crafting – the gifts I recieve and give are many and the ability to get into this wonderful hobby of mine allows for an amazing balance in my life. I have been enriched with many wonderful friends and relationships directly resulting from my involvement in the scrapbooking and cardmaking movement. I teach workshops a small scale with a local scrapbooking store and I love to share my gifts with others and help inspire them to let their creative spirits soar!! So much more — too much for this post. Thanks Becca for turning it on us to share our stories…kReplyCancel

  • Suzanne HicksAugust 14, 2012 - 9:34 am

    I receive joy, and a fulfillment of who God created me to be when I make something to share with someone else. And the satisfaction of seeing someone’s face when they receive my gift, just adds even more joy!ReplyCancel

  • Angela PersonAugust 14, 2012 - 9:34 am

    Each day I check your blog I am amazed at how beautiful the cards you showcase are! The gift I get when crafting and sharing my creations is as I create each card I know who the recipient will be and I can but an extra bit of love and good thought into their card.ReplyCancel

  • Beth GrecoAugust 14, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!! Love this card.

    What do I get from card making. I love pondering the special thing that the recipient would like… their favourite colour, topic, flower etc. Sometimes it’s the message inside… sharing in their sorrow or joy… encouragement to keep going… special gifts that I see in them. So I guess my greatest joy comes from the blessing that “hug with a fold” gives to someone.ReplyCancel

  • JanieAugust 14, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Gorgeous card – – as usual; we would expect no less from you. For the me gift of making cards is two-fold – – I receive the gift of satisfaction when I make a card, and my recipient receives the gift of my labor of love. You can give nothing worth any more than your time and love. Just being able to create and share my creations is gift enough for me. Can’t wait till the BIG announcement – and thanks for giving a chance to win…you are the BEST!!!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.August 14, 2012 - 9:36 am

    Beautiful card. Love the blue.
    For me, I give gifts from the kitchen; homemade baked goodies, candies,different meat rubs, etc. All made with love of course. I also make and give homemade note cards as well.
    Can’t wait till you reveal your big secret. You sure are keeping us all in suspense

  • Anna/OmaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:36 am

    Gift I receive or give from crafting – I would have to say that I receive the gift of satisfaction and joy I feel when I create a card for someone special. I am now making large ( 5 x 7) cards for all of my co-workers. I had to make the cards large to have enough space inside for the other co-workers to add their birthday wishes. I just finished making one not too long ago so I will need to take a picture and post it to my blog. I can’t use too many layers or layered embellishments as then people would not be able to sign the card inside.

    My guess for today is that you will be designing dies for Spellbinders to go with the stamps and sentiments that you also create for them.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda KerrAugust 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    The wonderful friendships I have made along the way!!ReplyCancel

  • JayneAugust 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    I receive peace, comfort and pure quietness in my craft room
    having nursed my Mum who I lost in January, and recently
    loosing my best friend Lynne in May who was my shadow,
    and for making my Husband smile when I want to buy
    crafting goodies, and he say’s ‘do you really need that’.ReplyCancel

  • Pattie JnsAugust 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Good Morning, Becca, I love your gorgeous blues, perhaps because it one of my favorite colors. Just beautiful. My homemade cards are a touch of love to friends and family. Family lives in Australia, and New Zealand, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends around the world as well. This is a way of blessing them, and their responses are a blessing back to me as well. God is so good, he keeps us closer with His gift, of sharing homemade cards and sentiments. Miles mean nothing, but love does. And this craft is a gift of love……thanks for your inspiration of love a gift to us.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy MorrisAugust 14, 2012 - 9:38 am

    OMG! That is so beautiful, Becca! Blue is one of my favorite colors but I usually tend toward the lighter blues. Now you have me thinking…lol! My guess as to your surprise is your own line of card making supplies.ReplyCancel

  • NikiAugust 14, 2012 - 9:38 am

    I receive a mental creativity “push” from crafting that I don’t get in my job (accounting.) I enjoy giving a tangible remnider to folks that someone is thinking of them, loving them, cherishing them. You just don’t get the same “hold in your hand” feeling from Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Karen WeddingAugust 14, 2012 - 9:38 am

    I love giving handmade gifts. I feel I’m giving a part of me and my creative spirit. I hope that it might even inspire whoever receives it to pay it forward and make something for someone else and spread the love. By the way, LOVE the colors you used in your card. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Anna/OmaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Forgot to add that this card is a real stunner! Love the navy and cream together!ReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterAugust 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Such a Gorgeous combo of Lace, Ribbon and dies!!
    I would have to say the smiles I get from people who think it is so neat to get a home made card and know the time that goes into them and that I thought of them.ReplyCancel

  • Millie SpeckAugust 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

    This is like saying….How do I count the ways….Friendship would have to come many friends from across the world. Satisfaction would be another. I love it when I finally get the card/paper/etc. just the way I want it. Continual learning..both about the craft and about myself. I often have to remind myself..that the point is to have fun, not to be perfect. I don’t have to make the perfect card..LOLOL. Have a grrrreat day!ReplyCancel

  • Lori ReinholzAugust 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Spellbinders Dies! That’s my story and I’m stickin to it!!! LOL!!ReplyCancel

  • ErnaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:39 am

    I love your work, whether you have special offerings or not, it is one of the first pages I open when I switch my computer on! Thank you for sharing – you are inspirational. You should design your own spellbinders!ReplyCancel

  • Lori ReinholzAugust 14, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Becca, I meant to tell you how teeerificallly beautiful your card is!! Love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy MorrisAugust 14, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Ooops…in a hurry this morning and didn’t finish. Card making/papercrafting has helped me thru some difficult times and helped me to make good friends who share the same interests. Sometimes I think it saves my life or sanity!ReplyCancel

  • MickieAugust 14, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Well you SHOULD dream big lady, you do the most beautiful things with your crafting. I LOVE my bow maker for sure!! Can’t imagine what you are up to now unless you are designig dies!!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa RansoneAugust 14, 2012 - 9:43 am

    My gifts are absolutely self-serving: I receive joy! When I am in my studio, alone, I get completely involved in making art. I lose myself in design and beauty and all the worry, angst, pain goes away. When I am with friends, I receive an overwhelming gift of sister-hood and the wonderful synergy there is when we are all creating together. I do find if I do not make time for my craft, I have a hard time concentrating, lean toward depression and become very vexing and cranky. So, in reality, disappearing into my own little art world is giving all those around me — some peace!ReplyCancel

  • lizAugust 14, 2012 - 9:43 am

    Breathtaking I just love that blue paper , crafting calms my soul thats why I go by crafts4thesoul and though it I now am going to be abe to start working with people who have brain injury and help them to make gretting cards, I also love to put a smile on the kids at our local hospital with cards and tray mats.
    Thanks to everyone for sharing all there great post.ReplyCancel

  • Carol HintermeierAugust 14, 2012 - 9:44 am

    I receive so much pleasure when I give a card I’ve made and see a smile. :) Your card of blues is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Joy HaddenAugust 14, 2012 - 9:46 am

    One of the best things I’ve received from crafting is the companionship of my sister. We take extended time every two months (a long weekend) for papercrafting. We often go to stamp shows, special scrapbook events and even CHA together. It is always a special surprise to get a card from her in the mail.ReplyCancel

  • NinaAugust 14, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Another lovely card. Your work is true inspiration for me. I just wish I had your talent. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations!. Can’t wait to hear your announcement.ReplyCancel

  • Diane JAugust 14, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I love the blue color. Very pretty.
    My sisters and I have not gotten together to make cards on a regular bases. I add a couple bottles of wine, some dinner and loads of fun. Might even have a prize or two just for the fun of it. As my daughter says it is a “family bonding”.
    I still am going to make a guess that you might be opening an online store of your own??????ReplyCancel

  • Sue NelsonAugust 14, 2012 - 9:47 am

    This blue/white card is another gorgeous creation. What I give from crafting would be letting people know they are close to my heart and that I can add a bright moment to their day when they receive something from me. What I get from crafting is immeasureable … the calm, the peace, the satisfaction, the knowledge, keeping my brain exercised and on and on. Still trying to figure out what the surprise is … could it be you will be making more public appearances at scrapbook shows where more of us could have a more personal one-on-one with you or participate in a workshop that you would lead? Can’t hardly wait for tomorrow … see you then.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenAugust 14, 2012 - 9:48 am

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE hearing from others how my crafts have blessed them! It just makes me WANT TO DO MORE! I feel I am sharing the gift The Lord has given me with others to bless them & touch them, in whatever time they’re in! Whether it be a Birthday, a time of encouragement, a time of need…etc.! I am uplifted when I can uplift others! I LOVE SURPRISING others! Sending them a little gift when it isn’t even expected! (My problem is coming up with something new! ) Cards are SOOOO PERFECT for this! :) Keep WOOOWING us Becca! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)August 14, 2012 - 9:48 am

    I’ve basically been crafting in some form for as long as I can remember, but for me paper crafting was truly life changing. I’ll never forget the first time I picked up a rubber stamp, applied pigment ink, then heat embossed — that’s all it took — I was hooked! I received the gift of feeling I could create a piece of ‘art’ and truly treasure that feeling. I know I’m not nearly as talented as many of the truly gifted paper crafters I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know, but I still receive so much pleasure from tackling a new challenge, learning a new technique and then ‘making it my own’ and finally sharing my creation with someone I care about. It’s truly a craft from which we receive so much and in turn give back — what more could we want?!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beverley LeesonAugust 14, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Once Again Becca with Blue being my Favorite Color, I have to say that I find this Card to be a thing of Beauty. I can’ believe how easy you make it all look to pull it all together. I love that you Turned that last Die Shape around it really does make it Pop. I have now decided that you have some BEAUTIFUL Dies ready with Just Right and that there many more to come.
    Can’t wait until 2moro I;m getting so excited now.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya PhillipsAugust 14, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Wow, this is stunning Becca! I have also found some wonderful friendships, and have received some beautiful cards in the mail :DReplyCancel

  • SianAugust 14, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Another fabulous, and blue card Becca! Two blue cards in a row :) they are beautiful :)

    I think my answer to your questions is one and the same – the gift I give (I hope!) is to give someone something handmade, from the heart and specially for them. The gift I receive is seeing their face when they open it – it’s priceless :) I made my friend a booklet in which I wrote out (in calligraphy) her favourite poem. She nearly cried when I gave it to her and told me it had instantly become a family heirloom!! How do you beat that!!? :)

    Can’t wait to see what awesome things you’ve been up to in secret! Roll on tomorrow!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenAugust 14, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Oooops! P.S. GORGEOUS CARD!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE the Navy Blue! :) You’re THE BEST Becca!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • DARLENEAugust 14, 2012 - 9:50 am

    WITH A POTLUCK.ReplyCancel

  • Claire SAugust 14, 2012 - 9:51 am

    You sure know how to be suspenseful ! LOVE today’s card and know I’m thinking you are going to be THE designer for Just Rite because you do it JUST RIGHT!
    Thanks for sharing your creative talent.

  • lois skiathitisAugust 14, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Reading the sentiment today I’ll be singing all day long Count your Blessings name them one by one, which I learned as a child. Your card is beautiful done in shades of blue. Love the layering behind the main focal which is the sentiment. Beautiful work. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Carol WAugust 14, 2012 - 9:54 am

    I just read the comments already here, and I have to echo what so many have said… the peace and personal fulfillment of creating are a wonderful gift, and giving something made with a person specially in mind is what I hope I give to others.ReplyCancel

  • Pet BarnesAugust 14, 2012 - 9:57 am

    You are my inspiration in card making! I also love the comments I received from the cards I give.
    I also think you will be on HSN with your products.ReplyCancel

  • BunnyCAugust 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

    My gift from crafting is a sense of accomplishment and well being.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineAugust 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

    Gorgeous bow Becca (again!) to finish of your card perfectly. I love to create the cards and I know several of the recipients at least, appreciate the time I have put into creating them. My crafting makes me happy and I hope that my cards make others smile too.ReplyCancel

  • Maynetta RaymondAugust 14, 2012 - 10:03 am

    It’s a slow process, but I learn how to put a card together and how to work around mistakes.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BoveAugust 14, 2012 - 10:03 am

    Your card is amazing! Just stunning Becca!

    My favorite gift is seeing the smile on someone’s face after I give them something that I made for them. It’s priceless!


  • Juliana TAugust 14, 2012 - 10:04 am

    my gift I receive from my paper crafting is my friends and family’s pleasure in the cards I make for them.ReplyCancel

  • LaureenAugust 14, 2012 - 10:04 am

    The gift I hope I give is the love and caring that goes into making a card just for that person and the gift I get is when the card I send helps make the day better for some one.
    Love your card and can’t wait to hear the news.ReplyCancel

  • FayeAugust 14, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Your card today is soooo beautiful, AS ALWAYS :) I don’t think that I have ever checked your blog and seen a card that I didn’t like.
    The gift that I receive when I give a handmade card is the look on the face of a friend when they open the envelope and take out the card. They are amazed that I made it just for them.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LAugust 14, 2012 - 10:08 am

    The best gift from crafting I have rec’d is the friendship of 5 special women that I meet on line. We just celebrated our 8th annual gathering. We have meant in Baltimore, Boston, Minneapolis, Houston, Madison, Indianapolis etc. We gather in July for a long weekend of crafting, eating and laughing. It is always the highlight of my summer.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:08 am

    What I receive is the pleasure of creating a unique card and I hope I also give pleasure to the recipient. Your wonderfully creative cards are an inpiration…thanks so much for sharing them.

    Joanne from CanadaReplyCancel

  • DeniceAugust 14, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Let me see, what do I get from my crafting hobby, far more than words can really express. I have always loved making things. I started with miniature dollhouses and continually am expanding my creativity. When I craft, it lets me be me, not a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a housekeeper, homemaker, cook, secretary, taxi driver, animal tender, nurse, etc, etc, etc……. When I walk into my craft room, I can just be me. To see a person’s face light up when they recieved something home made from my heart, well, how can you describe that feeling. God bless…. DeniceReplyCancel

  • eliAugust 14, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Crafting for me is a wonderful creative outlet. So part of the gift is the time I give myself to do it. (Helps me stay balanced.) I also love being able to give the items I make with my family and friends. They appreciate it and I know it is something they can’t get any where else. So for the person “who has everything?” Give them something hand made…ReplyCancel

  • Mary MacAugust 14, 2012 - 10:10 am

    A unique and classy card – again. It seems that your bucket always comes up full from the well of creativity and you bless us all with your creations.Now to your question; the gift I receive is that look, that joy, and the thanks from the people to whom I’ve given a card and I suppose that is the answer to both questions really. I don’t make a lot of cards so it is a case of what’s seldom is wonderful!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne O'BrienAugust 14, 2012 - 10:11 am

    I love to sent cards. I hope the cards will inspire or cheer those I send to, many are people who are ill, some are birthday cards and also some are sympathy cards. I send at least 3 a week to family and friends at church.
    I like the feeling I get from doing something personal with my cards.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaAugust 14, 2012 - 10:11 am

    Ooooo, this is so beautiful! The color is just gorgeous! No matter what color you pick, you always seem to create magic with it.ReplyCancel

  • Jean KeefeAugust 14, 2012 - 10:11 am

    Crafting gives me peace: peace of mind, peace in my heart and spiritual peace. It lets me use my head, my hands and my heart to say what my words cannot say. It gives me an outlet for the gifts I’ve received from God and those who love me. I am so very blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Bert RiveraAugust 14, 2012 - 10:13 am

    I love to give anything that I make. It feels like I am giving a piece of myself each time. Eagerly waiting for the big news.ReplyCancel

  • BrendaAugust 14, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Exciting countdown!
    I receive the gift of inspiration, the awe of looking at such beautiful creations and if something works ‘out’, a sense of success.

  • Mary Ann La FalceAugust 14, 2012 - 10:13 am

    I give the majority of my cards to seniors. They joy they express not only for the gift of my homemade cards but the joy in their being remembered. It fills me with wonder.ReplyCancel

  • FrancineAugust 14, 2012 - 10:14 am

    It keep my head busy. I do a lot of card just in my head. I think of new stamps new spellbinder and how I can present it.
    The exchange with other crafter are so rich of different experience, and for sure the pleasure when a do something and I am very proud of.
    Beautiful card love the navy color.

    Merci francineReplyCancel

  • MarisaAugust 14, 2012 - 10:14 am

    Love being able to make a personalized card for friends (colour, style etc.) and then give or mail it to them to encourage them. Have also enjoyed meeting so many wonderful crafters via my blog and this hobby!ReplyCancel

  • LageneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Gorgeous! You totally made the bg paper work!ReplyCancel

  • VikiAugust 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Beautiful bows! And stunning card. The sheer joy of being creative. What could be better.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie g.August 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

    You always have the best surprises. Waiting …ReplyCancel

  • LeoneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:17 am

    Crafting has been my passion every since I learned to sew on a treadle machine without thread. This was the passion that led me to become a home economics teacher. There probably isn’t a craft that I haven’t tried over the years.ReplyCancel

  • BernieAugust 14, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Oh My Gosh this is fabulous! I love the colors and design, GORGEOUS!

    I have a one word answer to the question of the day. JOY.. It is such joy to be able to create and give a card or gift that came from my hands and heart. It brings me such joy to see how the recipient reacts when they open that envelop or package. It is a joy to bring a smile to someone’s face. It seems whenever I send a ‘Thinking Of You’ card out of the blue it always arrives on a day the recipient needed it most. Knowing I’ve brought some cheer or made someone feel special is a gift you can’t buy.
    Blessings BernieReplyCancel

  • Susan WhiteheadAugust 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

    I love making cards and I get my pleasure from seeing my friends and families faces when they open them.
    Just wish I had the talent you have.

  • AnneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

    The gift I receive most is meeting here with such wonderful kind people that re-establish my mindset each time that there is more good in the world than bad and it is there for the sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Susan JoyceAugust 14, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Love your beautiful card today, so pretty. I love to inspire others by showing them that they can be a papercrafter, creating and sending cards to others and the joy I receive when I receive a phone call from the person saying how much they love my cards and that they will treasure it always. Hugs, Sue xxReplyCancel

  • Sandy HaysAugust 14, 2012 - 10:22 am

    I think the greatest gift I receive from my paper crafting is ANTICIPATION! From the moment I sit down to make either a specific card for a special friend, or a bundle of cards for friends and family, or Christmas tags for neighbors, I just can’t wait for the moment they see their gifts. It’s almost a little “needy” on my part, because I thoroughly enjoy their responses. So thank goodness I have so many friends and family… enough to keep me in a constant state of ANTICIPATION!ReplyCancel

  • IreneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:25 am

    My gifts are the inspiration, the friendship and the camraderie… all means so much.

  • MinnieAugust 14, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Oh wow. You are so talented. I am inspired by your work.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy EatonAugust 14, 2012 - 10:28 am

    I was in a cancer hospital for 2 months and so many wonderful people sent me cards of encouragement. I promised myself if I survived I would return the favor and make cards for everyone on every occasion because it showed me the TRUE MEANING a card and well wishes can actually mean. Today I am cancer free (knock on wood) and get to enjoy making cards for others that need them. I get SO MUCH inspiration from your blog and you and I hope you know how special you are to all of us followers. Hugs!!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie WAugust 14, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Wow. I love this card. While all your cards are so pretty, this one is in MY favorite color combo-sapphire & cream. Love how all the elements work together.
    What I receive from crafting is peace. I can be tired, cranky & out of sorts, or stressed, and I go to my craft spot, dig into my papers and stamps, and all the stress falls away-at least while I am working there. It’s my little retreat from life’s issues.
    I like to think that the cards I give bring some beauty and peace into the lives of others and let then know how much I care. It seems whenever I need a specific card for someone I can’t find one among those I have already made and must sit down and make one especially for them.
    Can’t wait to see what your news is! Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • MinnieAugust 14, 2012 - 10:28 am

    I receive satisfaction from bringing smiles to others faces as they receive cards I have made.ReplyCancel

  • Jan ButlerAugust 14, 2012 - 10:29 am

    As always, beautiful! The stamped sentiment is one we all need to stop to think about every minute of every day.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny K.August 14, 2012 - 10:30 am

    I receive much joy from crafting and it lets me see such beautiful creations from everyone out there in the cyber world. I give to others what I create, be it cards, frames, boxes, scrap books or other crafting goodies. It is a way for me to relax and enjoy my free time and it allows me to share this creativity with others. I am a child of God also and I share the talents which he has given me to others in hope that I can spread the word and also some love around in doing so. Thank you for all the inspiration that you and your website provide. ~Gin~ReplyCancel

  • Susan FennAugust 14, 2012 - 10:30 am

    I ADORE the blue and white combo!!! Great card! I do have another idea. Maybe you will be openng your own online store and will be offering all the products you use so well to we card lovers!! You would be a major success!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley L.August 14, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Gorgeous card today! Greatest gift from rubber stamping are the wonderful friendships I have made with people who love to create and who inspire me to grow in my stamping. Love all the blogs out there, too, with wonderful people such as yourself who share their creativity with all of us. Okay, my guess today is a new line of stamps. Can!t waitron hear your news. Wheeeee!
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CAReplyCancel

  • Sandy LaneAugust 14, 2012 - 10:33 am

    you are going to become a celebrity in the paper craft industry, but you all ready are anywayReplyCancel

  • Karen KnegtenAugust 14, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Sorry I have been missing but a hospitalization tied me up
    most of summet. I love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Fran LAugust 14, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Beautiful card, Becca, as always. You are such a blessing in my life. The gift I receive from crafting is the hapiness in the face of someone receiving my cards. It truly gives me great joy. Another wonderful gift/compliment I receive is when my family requests I make a card for them to give to someone. I delight in card making, and it makes me very happy to accomodate my family/friends in this way. I also receive the wonderful gift of fellow crafters such as you. You are always so willing to give of your talents. It helps me and keeps me motivated and inspired. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Susan B.August 14, 2012 - 10:37 am

    I love your card!! but then again I truly love all your cards and projects. I love sharing what I have made with others. I really enjoy it.ReplyCancel

  • MeganM.August 14, 2012 - 10:37 am

    I love giving scrapbooks! they are a lot of work and very time consuming, but the few I have given away made me feel so awesome! It helped that the receivers were very excited. :)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HuberAugust 14, 2012 - 10:38 am

    I spent most of my adult life as an Army Nurse. When I retired, I went to work as a Nurse Practitioner in bone marrow transplant. There was not much balance in my life…work, work, work. Stamping, making cards, scrapbooking all allow me the creativity I have been missing. And, I love teaching so it gives me the chance to interact with others to make pretty things. Love your card, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Linda MilroyAugust 14, 2012 - 10:40 am

    I totally adore the blue and white combo. Crafting is my outlet, my way of destressing and coping with all the adversities life hands you at times. Work, illnesses and even deaths of those we love so very much. But at the same time it is a way for me to celebrate the living, those who are my friends, love ones and co workers. By making something beautiful for them it gives me joy right along with the joy it gives them. It may start out as a thought to lift someone elses spritits but it ends up lifting mine as well. Thanks for all your inspiration. Blessing , LindaReplyCancel

  • carolAugust 14, 2012 - 10:42 am

    Crafting lets me release my stress while creating things that I can share.
    carol bReplyCancel

  • Carol LAugust 14, 2012 - 10:42 am

    This card is heavenly with those beautiful blue colors! The ribbon is just fabulous!
    My gift is putting a smile on the face of any child, spouse, or parent when they receive a card I made from their loved one serving overseas through OWH. I also love to see the looks on my friend’s faces when I surprise them with a scrapbook they didn’t know I was making! I’ve saved pictures for decades, and sooner or later they become treasured scrapbooks for my dear friends.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie MartinAugust 14, 2012 - 10:42 am

    I love to give. I always have felt bad b/c I have never been able to afford to Purchase gifts for people when the occasion rises. Making my gifts for people give me great joy to bless others. Ever project I make is w/ that person in mind. I try to use color or patterns that remind me of them and try to really personalize it our make it symbolic in some way. Also, as I am creating for them, I specifically pray for them and their families. I hope it blesses them as much as it blesses me.

  • Cynthia XAugust 14, 2012 - 10:44 am

    I started stamping my own cards a few years ago when I was invited to a Stampin Up party. I never heard of the company or even knew you could stamp your own cards. Well, I been hooked every since and have branched out to shows and many websites like yours. I really enjoy making the cards and giving them away. The best part is the response I receive. I can’t believe that my family and friends actually save them. My aunt gave me the greatest compliment a few months ago. She said “we really forward to receiving your cards, you send them on birthdays, holidays and just because you want to say hello.” I make cards because it makes me feel good and now I know it makes others feel good to.ReplyCancel

  • Betty HerringAugust 14, 2012 - 10:49 am

    My most favorite thing I love is my church family. I know they are always there for me and they know I’m there for anyone of them. And doing work in the community, always something going on. A few weeks back the brotherhood came out and built a ramp for my husband and boy was it HOT but no complaint. Just good fellowship.ReplyCancel

  • Martha BaileyAugust 14, 2012 - 10:50 am

    I teach a class to two ladies, not my class minimum. But one of the ladies has had some serious illnesses, of which she is an overcomer. Each class she says, “This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time, this just brightens my day, I look forward to it.” etc. This reaction from her makes it all worth while for me. I would continue the class even if it was one-on-one.

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us, and can’t wait until tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

  • Connie L. RileyAugust 14, 2012 - 10:51 am

    Becca, how appropriately your “Blessings” card matches your question of the day. I feel the crafting community for me is a constant giving and receiving venue; one in which I receive so much more than what I give. There is always so much inspiration to be had from generous people like yourself who are willing to share their tremendous talent with others. This is then multiplied when people like myself turn around and make gifts to brighten the days of friends and family members and others in need.ReplyCancel

  • Betty HerringAugust 14, 2012 - 10:52 am

    My most favorite thing I love is my church family. I know they are always there for me and they know I’m there for anyone of them. And doing work in the community, always something going on. A few weeks back the brotherhood came out and built a ramp for my husband and boy was it HOT but no complaint. Just good fellowship. and my crafting goes a long way in VBS. love my church!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca WAugust 14, 2012 - 10:56 am

    I enjoy the smiles I see when I make a gift for someone else and being able to share memories with them.ReplyCancel

  • LucindaAugust 14, 2012 - 10:59 am

    There was a lady that always sent homemade cards.Last year I didn’t receive her card and really missed it. It stood out from all the others. So I just started in March learning to make cards. I saw Heartfelt Creations at a show and fell in love with there cards.ReplyCancel

  • EileenAugust 14, 2012 - 10:59 am

    What a beautiful card yet again! you never cease to amaze!
    I get a lot of Joy from giving someone a very personal card, made just for them. I always add thier name somewhere on the card or insert and with words that I know will please them and then to see the pleasure it gives them is just wonderful! Your cards Becca are just a sight to behold <3

    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • Cindy WelchAugust 14, 2012 - 11:01 am

    I give many gifts through my crafting. I donate cards to charities, I cheer someone up when I send them a card, and I share my creativity when I teach card making and stamping with people every week. In turn, I have received many gifts through crafting like making new friends and sharing ideas. It feels good to share something you love with other people and it is the best therapy!ReplyCancel

  • ShelleeAugust 14, 2012 - 11:01 am

    I receive many gifts from crafting. The very best gift has been the many new friends–both in person and in the blog world. Crafting does ease the daily stress of my life, but that is multiplied many times when crafting in the company of my friends. These friends also inspire and lead me in creative directions I would not go without them. I love sharing tools and tips and watching someone’s eyes light up when an idea sparks their interest. I receive immense satisfaction when a recipeint reacts to something I have given them. I will also admit to being quite surprised by the end results of things I have made, and know that I did not create them alone! I have creative genes from many people in my family, and can often see their influence in the things I craft. I love the connection it gives me to those who have passed on. Crafting just takes me to my Happy Place!

  • Dianne CAugust 14, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Beautiful card again. I guess you are coming up with a line of ribbon, I see such beautiful bows on these cards.ReplyCancel

  • ClarindaAugust 14, 2012 - 11:01 am

    I love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Beth EllisAugust 14, 2012 - 11:02 am

    This lovely card reminds me of the Delft chinaware I saw in Holland! The blues are wonderful and I fell in love with them anew when looking at this card. The things I gain from crafting are Friendship and Fellowship. I have made wonderful friends through my scrapbooking and card making. I love giving my cards to friends and family and am always amazed that they often save the cards I send!ReplyCancel

  • CheriAugust 14, 2012 - 11:02 am

    I had a miserable three years of foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, job loss (the list goes on and on LOL!) During that time, I could actually lose myself by crafting and not think about a darn thing! I am on the other side now (for everyone troubled, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel!) I am fortunate to have a wonderful hobby that picked me up!ReplyCancel

  • TerreAugust 14, 2012 - 11:02 am

    One of my favorite things to do (besides making cards, of course) is teaching a class at a retirement home in my town. I have between 12 – 15 ladies once a month. (Two have macular degeneration and several have joint issues that they have limited motion, so creating cards can be a challenge, but each of them is determined and they make two different cards every month). It’s really satisfying.ReplyCancel

  • charleneAugust 14, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Love, love this card!!!!cant wait to see your surprise! I have the guest room ready for your trip to ATL…….Ha-ha!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane M.August 14, 2012 - 11:06 am

    OH MY! Love that card, and the navy seam binding ribbon/bow… Beautifully done, once again. I still believe you are going to reveal that you will be or have designed your own dies. (smiles)ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseAugust 14, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Lovely card today.
    Hhmm, what gift do I give or receive from crafting? I give an expression of my love & caring for the recipient of my creations. I send joy, sadness, support, happiness, inspiration, hellos and friendship to people around the world. I send a part of my heart.
    I receive the warmth of friendship & family, their sharing of personal & family events. The shaping of young minds, the comfort of life experiences, the silliness of giggles. I receive internal peace & serenity during challanging, stressful life events. Crafting gives me the ability to keep my head above the tides of depression, health & financial burdens. Creating keeps me centered & sane.

  • CandyAugust 14, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Just a wonderful card. I love giving papercraft gifts…cards, albums, sachets, etc. and making their day special helps make my day special.ReplyCancel

  • Sue BraileyAugust 14, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Hi Becca! Can’t wait to hear your news!
    I get a ton of pleasure out of crafting things I am giving to others. My daughter and I just made 30 favors for a dear friend’s bridal shower! Had to color 30 glass votive holders with alcohol inks (lots of blue fingers!) and configure a top (made out of card stock and tulle) so it would look like a cupcake! They came out great, altho the coloring wasn’t my best. So gratifying to see them all displayed on a 4 tiered stand….they looked just like cupcakes! with blue tulle bows! Your card would have been perfect with them!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win. Excited for your news!

  • Jan SchultheisAugust 14, 2012 - 11:16 am

    I make cards for family, to send and also to take to craft shows to sell, I know this will make someone happy.
    I do cards, scrapbooking and other paper crafts and it is a really good stress reliever and fills my days since I retired.
    I always tell everyone that retirement agrees with me.
    Lovely card today Becca

  • Barbara BruderAugust 14, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Hi Becca
    I love this card. Beautiful blue and another fabulous blue bow. Stamping has opened so many doors for me. New friends, new opportunities, new endeavors. Without this wonderful craft, the things just mentioned would not exist and my life would be so different. What a wonderful gift of those things.I am so looking forward to the news. I just can’t imagine what it is. I wonder if anyone has guessed what it is. See you tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Margie FulcherAugust 14, 2012 - 11:27 am

    First off, I love this card, especially the background paper. The blue is so pretty. Second, the friendship and love that I receive from my stamping friends is beyond words. Also, the sharing of ideas and techniques we as stampers share. I find that “crafty/artistic” people are so giving and are willing to share their talents. I feel so blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen WilsonAugust 14, 2012 - 11:27 am

    OH! This is absolutely gorgeous. You’ve done it again with another beautiful design. You are one mighty talent lady and using your God given talent to share with all of us that don’t quite have it yet. The blue is so rich. Can’t wait til tomorrow and I’ve run out of guesses.ReplyCancel

  • DebbiAugust 14, 2012 - 11:28 am

    Absolutely love this blue card! Blue is such a soothing color, all shades of it. I think this would make a wonderful sympathy card, too. As for giving of myself through my crafts, I like to make cards to send and give to friends, co-workers, and others. I’m planning to branch out into boxes and other things soon, though!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKAugust 14, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Beautiful card as usual Becca. I find cardmaking so relaxing. I love the feeling I get when somebody says how lovely their card is – handmade cards are always appreciated so much because the recipient usually recognises how much time and effort has gone into it. I started my own blog last week and have made some terrific blog friends already in such a short time. To receive nice comments from “strangers” is very uplifting. Roll on tomorrow so that we can all be put out of our misery!ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantAugust 14, 2012 - 11:30 am

    Crafting is my escape from a stressful job and relationship. I get some relaxation and satisfaction from it.

  • sheri sAugust 14, 2012 - 11:30 am

    I find crafting takes me to some other place for a short while. It is great release of stress and brings out creativity…something we all have in one way or the other. The satisfaction of a job well done is a gift in itself, and when someone appreciates my efforts, that is a great bonus.ReplyCancel

  • BradlynAugust 14, 2012 - 11:32 am

    I make cards, boxes, and other papercrafts–I give candy and cookies in boxes and bags that I create for gifts to my grandsons’ friends for school holidays, cards to the soldiers that give so much to protect us, and I do this because I get something too–it makes me feel good to create and to give.
    Last day of the mystery; I am looking forward to see what you have been withholding!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • CecAugust 14, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Gorgeous card with such a lovely layout. Like many of your followers, I get more than one gift from crafting – lovely comments about my work both online and in person, a creative outlet (although my mojo decides to take a vacation from time to time) and the opportunity to meet some of my fellow crafters along the way such as the two I will be getting together with when I head to England on vacation next month and the 7 gals I will be spending a week with in late October. I am blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne IngramAugust 14, 2012 - 11:36 am

    I get an opportunity to tell my friends thank you by sending cards that I make that were inspired by going to your blogs. I like to send bible verses that fit circumstances that a friend is experiencing. One of my friends is an old testament professor. I love finding stamps and verses that fit what she is teaching at the time. Or finding verses that fit the bible study that a group of us are in, to make bookmarks from the study so we can stay focused on the key verse. I love Making the verse visual to help to remember it.ReplyCancel

  • Sue FriesAugust 14, 2012 - 11:37 am

    You never cease to amaze me! What a pretty card. Thank you for being you and for your creative ideas. Hugs! SueReplyCancel

  • LorieAugust 14, 2012 - 11:37 am

    I have to say that crafting has given me peace. I am so relaxed after creating a card. I find that I am so lucky to have the time to craft and a husband that is patient and is there to support me in my addiction. LOLReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanAugust 14, 2012 - 11:39 am

    Almost everything I make I give freely to others… cards or mini albums…and any of my other 1000’s crafts….its just how I roll…..

    Day 3, I think you have a job offer of some sort….ReplyCancel

  • Bette SAugust 14, 2012 - 11:40 am

    I’m not a “joiner”. When I started “crafting”, I was scrapbooking. I’ve scrapbooked my family genealogy and my husband’s also. Then I started making scrapbooks for my five grandchildren. I just do from birth to high school graduation. But I was invited to go to a card making party several years ago and fell instantly in love with card making! I now belong to a great group of women who also love to stamp. So the first thing I thought of is the friendships I have formed that I would probably never have if I hadn’t taken that first step out of my comfort zone. And secondly, I love making my cards and sending them out to family and friends. Mine are not up to par with your beautiful creations, but still, many have told me they have kept every card I’ve sent them. That does wonders for my self-esteem! It’s just a nice, relaxing hobby I love!ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsAugust 14, 2012 - 11:41 am

    I started out scrapbooking but got into cards and enjoy the pleasures that are brought to everyone I send a card to. They know that you thought about them when you made it instead of going into a store and purchasing one. I find this especially true with sympathy cards. When a fellow I know, Mom passed even though I had had a falling out with him, I still wanted him to know that I was thinking about him and his loss. I received a call from him telling me that it was the most beautiful card he received and he would treasure it and keep it for the rest of his life. That meant a lot to me.
    When I got started I joined a group for some stress relief and am still involved with a group of 8 or 9 who meet weekly to do paper crafts, be it card making, scrapbooking or whatever else. We call ourselves “The Tuesday Nite Scrappers.” Good fellowship and lots of fund, sharing and caring.

  • MercedesAugust 14, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Siempre tan femeninos y hermosos tus trabajos!!! Felicitaciones!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie BAugust 14, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Another wonderful card. I enjoy blue, and this is very vibrant and alive! I am fairly new to paper crafting, and I have yet to get into a routine. My head is full of ideas, then I spend my day looking at other’s videos and blogs, and my crafting time is gone. So I guess I get a little frustration at the moment, but it is a delicious pain – if you get my drift!ReplyCancel

  • SallieAugust 14, 2012 - 11:44 am

    With baited breath I wonder…….ReplyCancel

  • Lana EdwardsAugust 14, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Becca I think and pray that your “news” is that your moving here to Ohio and have bought the house on my street and want to be my stamping buddy and friend !!!!! Yeah thats my take on it hey what can I say I dream REALLY BIG!!
    Like you I have made new friends due to my crafting AND I get to help others learn and get enjoyment out of learning they too can make beautiful
    things and most importantly I can share my faith through my art work. Can’t wait to hear what your news is tomorrow still hoping it’s my first sentence !!

  • Debbie MAugust 14, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Love your card! My gift or what I receive from crafting is the smile on the face of the recipient when they see what you created just for them.
    The grandkids and kids are always so excited to get their special card. I may not be as great as some of the design teams, but the kids don’t know that! LOLReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)August 14, 2012 - 11:51 am

    First let me say, that your card is so sunazzzzy. You knocked this one outta the park. Again. Zowee!
    Next, what can I say about what making cards does for me? I guess the sentiment on your card says it all. There is so much to be thankful for. I was introduced to cardmaking at a vulnerable, somewhat sad time in my life. It brought me joy which had been missing. What a lift to see the smile on a recipient’s face. One can’t put a price on that. On top of this, I feel incredibly fortunate to have found your blog. I love everything about it and it also makes me happy. What’s not to love about cardmaking?ReplyCancel

  • lisa808August 14, 2012 - 11:53 am

    I have made so many friends through crafting and blogging. That has been a real gift and treasure for me.ReplyCancel

  • TheresaAugust 14, 2012 - 11:55 am

    In addition to friendships, I love the giving process and letting my creative side complete a project to share with others. It’s the laughs and giggles along the way with friends that fill my soul and especially, and when my friends are so appreciative of the simple things I have done and created. Thank you all for your sharing and giving a little piece of yourself with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • yvonneAugust 14, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Most of the cards I make go to Chemo Angel patients. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisAugust 14, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Beautiful card! The layering is so beautiful, too. I absolutely love making different assorted cards for my family. They just love them as they feel so special when the card design is exactly for them. I am so delighted with my cards sometimes I can hardly contain the joy of this God given talent. Thank you for the chance to win the gift card. One more day to go! Whoopee!ReplyCancel

  • AnnaAugust 14, 2012 - 11:58 am

    So many people that I give a card comment to me that they save every one. That kinda makes me feel special. My friend and I make cards for the Missions group at my church to sell. It’s not a lot of money but each card has a special message to send on. Can’t wait til tomorrow, I feel like a 10 year old waiting for the day to come when he goes to Disneyworld!
    Thanks and may your blessings always be many.ReplyCancel

  • Janet BAugust 14, 2012 - 11:59 am

    First, I have to say that I really love this card. That background reminds me of those porcelain plates..I think they were called wedgewood? It’s just beautiful.

    As for a gift I receive from card making, it’s got to be the friends I have made. I’ve met a wonderful group of ladies and we work together to create the Brandon Scrapbookers Charity Convention. I get to work with four fantastic women and help out local charities at the same time. What a joy and blessing, that I cam thoroughly grateful for.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Marie RutallieAugust 14, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    Can’t even imagine, Becca. Maybe a die.ReplyCancel

  • FranAugust 14, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    I enjoy getting to continue the fun of coloring, cutting, glueing and creating after I retired from teaching kindergarten (30+years). I also enjoy being able to bring a smile to the face of family, friends and lonely elderly” shut-ins” from our small rural church.ReplyCancel

  • LINDAAugust 14, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Everything I make is an inspiration of me given by God and am willing to give this card to someone hopefully filling their day with the blessings of cheer and love.ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraPAugust 14, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Being a crafter has richly blessed me by allowing me to share my creativity with others and create new friendships that I never would have had.ReplyCancel

  • CarolAugust 14, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    This response may be a bit lengthy, so please allow me to apologize in advance. First of all, I came to card crafting from the inside out … I know this sounds a bit strange, but I’ll explain. I come from a crafty family, in that home crafts of various types were always abundant in our home. For me, even as much as I enjoyed crafting (and I dabbled in a nice variety of mediums), my particular passion was in writing … short stories, poems, verses. I often received comments that my works should be published, which I considered a dear compliment, but nothing more. One day, more out of curiosity and fun than anything else, I thought I might give it a try and attempted to sell a verse. Local papers and magazines did not seem to have much interest, but I did find a small market open in the greeting card industry.

    I have to admit that it was an “iffy” market at best, but still I was totally thrilled to have an ocassional verse purchased … and even more so to open a card and see my words in a card. However, my passion remained in the writing and not the selling. Then I had this “high in the pie” kind of dream that I might one day like to write a book of verses designed for those making their own cards (I know of many card crafters that would love to have such a book), but if I sold my verses, to the card companies, I could no longer claim them as my own as I sold the rights to them as well. So I started writing for free online greeting card groups and also started making my own cards as a way to give my verses a home. To my utter amazement, I found myself caught up in the crafting of cards … so much so that it now shares an equal passion to my writing.

    Since I am now retired, and have much more time to dabble at these passions. My poor family and friends find themselves recipients of a special card from me for every possible occasion that comes along that I design especially for them, including the verse. Get a good check up at the Dentist? Here’s a card. Got a new puppy? Here’s a card. Off on vacation? Here’s a card. Break a fingernail? Here’s a card. Well, you get the idea. Lucky for me, they all seem to enjoy them and even rave over my abilities. But who am I kidding? I am sure they endure them mostly just to humor me … but in my mind, they love them, and that delights me, which in turn gives me great pleasure and keeps me inspired to keep creating them.

    BTW, I am equally delighted when I receive a hand crafted card from someone, as I picture it as having been made with as much love as I put into mine. Ohhh, and that book of verses? Well, that is still nothing more than a dream … but then, who know, maybe one day. Till then, I’ll continue to enjoy doing what I do now.

    Thank you Becca for sharing your lovely creations with all of is … I cannot begin to tell you how much creative inspiration your lovely work gives me.


  • lydiaAugust 14, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    i know i know….(lol) your own line of card kits in a box and all we have to do is put them together…yah…ReplyCancel

  • Holly ThompsonAugust 14, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    My favorite gift that I’ve given is a toss up between three. I made an album filled with pictures of the people in my grandma’s life with their names and their favorite memory of her to help her remember people and their names. She suffers from Dementia. The other gift would be all the cards that I made for Operation Write Home. They send blank cards to the troops overseas so they can go ahead and send cards to their loved ones. The third is birthday cards that I helped asemble to send to patients who suffer with Aids, many times they do not have loved ones to remember their birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Sally J.August 14, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    A fun thing for me has been getting my close friend started in cardmaking and watching her get excited about something I love to do too! I so love when people who receive my cards have really nice comments about them.ReplyCancel

  • lydiaAugust 14, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    my thought is that sometimes God puts a gift in your hand and with the tenderness you received it then when you forward that gift through a card or such… the receipient…maybe that day opening that card or reading the words made a world of a difference in their day and the smile radiates throughout in kind…
    thank you for your gift…ReplyCancel

  • Laraine RAugust 14, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous card! You make it look so easy! Just gorgeous! My guess would be a book or a video show!ReplyCancel

  • vickiAugust 14, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    I think I get more out of the friendship too. Have agreat group of stamping
    buddies I get together with regulurly.
    Love your card as usual.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen ~ CardMonkeyAugust 14, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    So my final guess is this … I am HOPING this is the answer: You’re going to become a STAR. Maybe featured on your own Crafting Channel (like Oprah has her network) on a cable network, better than a Craft Wars and better than Martha Stewart … Where you’ll serve us up some Becca Bits and interviews with our favorite crafters. Oooh, and publish all of those Becca Bits into an interactive “book” (Mac app) where we can watch the videos and see the pictures. There ya go. I’m hoping!!

    Oh, and what is the best thing I have received from crafting? I think it will be self-actualization. Self-worth. Self-esteem … much of self. Of course, I could not have found any of that were it not for the wonderful crafting friends I have found in the online communities and in crafting classes/crops and conventions. One sent me a beautiful hand-painted plaque of an Iris, with this quote from Leo Buscaglia handset over it: “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” I hope I make Him pleased.

    Ellen ~ CardMonkey

  • Vickie KrivacsAugust 14, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    When I make cards for someone, I feel that I am giving part of myself. It is an extra special way to show I care.ReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MOAugust 14, 2012 - 12:41 pm

    Your blue card is beautiful. I think the best gift I get from crafting is having someone tell me how much they appreciate something I’ve made. I’m really looking forward to hearing your big announcement tomorrow. Today I’m going to guess that you’re now designing some awesome dies for Spellbinders.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen GAugust 14, 2012 - 12:41 pm

    With all the great tools available now it is so easy to create and let the design inside of me come out. Thanks you for supplying some of those tools.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiAugust 14, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    I love to make explosion boxes. Everyone is always amazed and surprised when they receive. What I generally do is get these little snow globes from The Dollar Store and glue that down in the center. When it’s opened I have some of my favorite sayings on all four sides but the snow globe is in the center. My birthday or whatever greeting is in the top and that’s generally where I sign.ReplyCancel

  • VailAugust 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Love this card it is both bold and beautiful. My gift is the joy of crafting that comes from the joy of others when I give them something I put my time into and also from having the ability to give to my church craft group to raise funds for mission work.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaMAugust 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Closer relationships is the gift I get. My family always tells me how much they love, and appreciate the cards I send. It seems to keep them closer to my husband, daughters, and myself.ReplyCancel

  • BetsyAugust 14, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    Ooooohhhhh … I really like the colors on this card!!! Those bold blues are beautiful with the cream!
    And I’m so excited to find out what your secret is!!
    I love it when people say they get enjoyment out of the cards I make and send. I’ve had people say they never put them away because they just like to look at them. Makes me feel good that I can give joy to someone who may be shut in or having a bad day ~ and all just by sending a simple card!ReplyCancel

  • BobbiAugust 14, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    Love those blue cards. I think the thing I like best about crafting is the look on someone’s face when they look at something I’ve made. I’m not the most creative person in my family or circle of friends, so with your help I can reproduce some of your designs ( not nearly as wonderful as yours, but they don’t know that) and they are impressed. They say, you actually made this.
    Thanks for your inspiration and friendship. Love, and prayers for success to you.ReplyCancel

  • mary puskarAugust 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    I’ve received so manythings from crafting. Relief from depression, online friends, inspiration. It would be hard to pick just one.


  • Laura Kirste CampbellAugust 14, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    I ADORE the blue and white patterns!! Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FLAugust 14, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    Beautiful blue card–I love your ribbon! When I craft or make a card for someone, I love the expression on their face when they see it. I love they way the look at each and every detail, and I love the hugs and ‘thank you’s” I get. I love to be able to personalize each card to the person’s taste and color favorites. I have one other guess for your surprise–I wish you would start a magazine of how-to’s and ideas–none of them out there really pique my interest enough, but I would cherish one with your ideas and creativity in it…! Even if this isn’t your surprise, I think you should give it some thought. We really do need a great magazine for making cards and layouts… I already have my fav artists/crafters in mind that you could include in it: you of course, Bev Rochester, Gabrielle Pollaccoat, Krista Smith, to name a few right at the top.ReplyCancel

  • tina kuhlmannAugust 14, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    i have RSD which is a chronic pain disorder. my crafting helps me focus on something besides the pain. and many friendships and people that i wouldn’t have known if not for craftingReplyCancel

  • Diana McConnellAugust 14, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    My biggest joy I get from crafting is that I get to share it with my dear friends. Jan is 82 and she had started me making cards and she has such great ideas and believe me there is NO waste where she is concerned or no mistake that cannot be “covered” up. This lady is very dear to me, just like a mother. I also met my best girlfriend through my love of cross-stitching and the tables are turned there because I am old enough to be her mother also. Strange how crafts make friend of all ages.

    I love your design today as usual and is your secret the thing we already know, your daughter is going to college tomorrow?ReplyCancel

  • Robyn BlakeAugust 14, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    I think the thing I like best about scrapping and card making is the creative outlet it allows me. It is so rewarding when a card or page just comes together as I had envisioned and sometimes even better then I had originally designed. I also love the women I have befriended through a web site and crops. They are such amazing, creative, giving women, so willing to share ideas and products and are just fun to be with.ReplyCancel

  • JudyAugust 14, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Another gorgeous card Becca. The gift that I receive from crafting is a feeling of accomplishment. I love it when I feel like my project is well done and the receivers are truly overjoyed with it, it really gives me a great feeling inside.ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneAugust 14, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Gorgeous card! Can’t wait to hear your news! Will you be designing a line of dies for Spellbinders?? I have gained many new friends through my card making but best of all are the closer family ties that have developed. Now we have almost weekly gatherings of my sisters, SIL, nieces, daughter and granddaughter; creating memories as well as cards and crafts.ReplyCancel

  • Connie SMithAugust 14, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous card as usual… I so enjoy seeing your work. The gift I get from crafting… I love making things. It makes me feel like I accomplished something, and when I teach that craft to someone else, I feel then that I have passed a little bit of creativity along to others. You never know how much of an impact you have on someone else’s life, until you hear them comment, or have someone else tell you… remember when you taught us such and such.. well, I did that and my project came out wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Connie SMithAugust 14, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Forgot to comment on your secret… Are all your works going to be published in a book?? That would be cool…all of you in one place!! to drool over all your projects!!ReplyCancel

  • sherry gardnerAugust 14, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I love this card…..I think the best gift I receive besides friendship is the peace of mind I receive when I slow down and craft…ReplyCancel

  • Kim CalviAugust 14, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    The gift I receive is His Presence with me, that is the greatest motivation of all! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.:)ReplyCancel

  • MarinaAugust 14, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    OH MY GOSH!! I almost can’t take the anticipation of what you will come up with. I make cards that are also elaborate, so I know it takes time to come up with ideas. BUT, Becca you are “amazing.” I have a very stressful job so making cards is my zen. When I am in my craft room I am so happy. Even if it is just organizing or playing with all my stuff. I have a disease call paperism. I love to hear people say they keep my cards. I wish I had the time to learn about blogs, etc and swaps as I have tons of stuff and all you ladies that write in sound wonderful. Becca, are something else, I can’t explain how much stress relief you provide by just reading your site. Bless you and many prayers for you to continue your love for making cards.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth CampauAugust 14, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Beautiful card:0 Crafting has been therapeutic and has helped me deal with a life threatening illness. It has also made it possible for me to make friends across the WORLD, which has also been extra special!ReplyCancel

  • France's BlackwellAugust 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    I am thankful for all the friends I have made since learning to stamp. It also provides me with quiet time when I stamp. Seems like it helps clear my mind and calms me down and helps me know I can be creative. Frances BReplyCancel

  • TinaHAugust 14, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    “For it is in giving that we receive” – THAT is what crafting does for me. I enjoy creating cards for family & friends which I have been told bring them joy, and in turn, I am gifted with the joy of giving joy to others. What a great thought to ponder, thank you again Becca for your amazing gifts to all of us. Anxious for tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Robin BurgesonAugust 14, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    Beautiful blue card. You ar always right on! I love to hear friends say that they forward cards they receive as gifts to someone else, by just putting a post-it note inside with their message. I also receive a lot of happiness from the friendships I’ve made in my crafting journey.ReplyCancel

  • SharonAugust 14, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    I receive the bounties of the enormous talent out there that all you wonderful ladies create with your card making.ReplyCancel

  • Jean HempelAugust 14, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    When my son was in Iraq then in Afgan I got involved in sending my him packages where I went to my local dentest and got loads of toothbrushes
    toothpaste, Walmart donated washcloths and socks and small things they needed such as dedorant and other things and then we got busy making cards for the troops to fill out and send back to their families. My son said the guys loved that and so when he caie home I would continue doing the cards and now am doing cards for cancer patients and have met so many friends through that, but now I am not able to walk so I send the cards up to the Chemo clinic and they call me and wish me well even with all they are going through and I love them all for it… That is why I make cards and Love using your quotes and designs and your ideas. Thank you so much for being you. You know I wish they had something like the Cards for guys when My Husband was in Vietnam, but they didn’t.. would have helped them and us. But glad life has gotten better, maybe no more war! I also love making cards for my family they love them as do my friends. I get so much love from seeing smiles on their faces.
    Hugs, JeanReplyCancel

  • Terri SAugust 14, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Most of the cards I make are Christian based so I get the thrill of sharing the Lord with others when giving them with others. You give me so much inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • NikkiAugust 14, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Crafting gives me the ability to find calm, peace and total relaxation especially after a day spent working with the patients on the mental health ward on which I am privilaged to be the Sister – Crafting is my therapy !! x It gives me the strength to fight on with them and for them xReplyCancel

  • MelitaAugust 14, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    So beautiful!! Crafting has also provided me with opportunities and friends I would otherwise never have had and what I am able to give back is minimal in comparison, but I feel like I put a little bit of myself in each project/card I make. It’s a tangible way I have found to say I love you/You are special to the person who receives my creative endeavors.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Anna GrimsleyAugust 14, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    What a lovely card, as always, you have amazed me! I love sending cards that I have made; it is a calming, creative outlet. And, it’s especially fulfilling when friends say that they have saved every one of them! Thanks for sharing your many talents with us, your on-line friends!ReplyCancel

  • Gail BriggsAugust 14, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    I would have to say the people that I have made friends with. And I would like to say how beautiful your card is. It never seaces to amaze me how you can layer the nestabilities and have it come out beautiful all the time. You do have a gift from God!ReplyCancel

  • Gail D.August 14, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    LOVE your card!! It is really a beauty. That is the one thing about crafting that I like. You can express yourself through your creations. Crafting gives me the opportunity to make something very special for the person that I am going to give it to but most of all it lets me be me with my imagination taking over. I love to work with my hands and mind to create something special for a person who is very dear to me. I am so glad the day I was given the opportunity to have a chance to become a crafter. Thank you for all the beautiful cards you make and share with us. Love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl B.August 14, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    I too have met some wonderful friends through stamping etc. I’ve had some fun times at conventions and classes. I have learned to make cards for my friends and family that they treasure as works of art.ReplyCancel

  • PeggieAugust 14, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Becca, I love the dark blue and white. Please do this more often! With those beautiful colors and your talent they would be so lovely! I have to agree with a previous poster…if a book is not what your surprise is, please consider it! I am sure many, many folks would be purchasing that book! Probably at least everyone here! If it’s not a book then I’m hoping you are going to open your own on-line store and sell cards you have made along with supplies that you recommend. As for me, I have made a very wonderful friend that I would never have even met if it had not been for our card making hobbies. I get to share things with her which is a benefit to me. I’m always offering to share my tools with others, because I love to share, plus it gives me a little bit of peace knowing I’m not spending all that $$$ on tools just for me to use! : )ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleAugust 14, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Very pretty card Becca…your ‘one more day’ made me laugh as it reminds me of the kids in the current TV ad counting the days off until they go on vacation..I can hear the count down in my head…LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  • Barbara JayAugust 14, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    The gifts I receive from card making are self esteem and the chance to make something unique and special for some one . When I finish a card sometimes I am amazed that I actually made thatReplyCancel

  • Mary CAugust 14, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    I have always loved to craft, and have always had some project or projects going. Sometimes I would have more than one thing going on at a time. My mother taught me to quilt, so over the years I have peiced and quilted several quilts until I begin to have trouble with my eyesight. When I had cataract surgery I thought that would end my eye problems but it didn’t and am still troubled by this. I manage to do a few cards from time to time and I get so much pleasure sending a card to a friend or loved one who is in need of cheering up.. I also find time to create 20 cards a month for a hospice center near my home. My mother died in 2000 from cancer, my mother received so many cards from friends and loved ones, this got her through many a tough day. So however small the gesture may be to send someone a cheerful note to help them through the day gives me great pleasure. I can use something I love to do to help others feel good also.ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn R.August 14, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Aside from thinking you may be a new designer forfSpellbinders, I’m thinking you could be a designer in a magazine or book or other publication. You have a huge bank of ideas that all card and paper crafters could benefit from.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaAugust 14, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    wow, I am loving that design paper, and love the ribbon and lace.
    The gift I receive, is when I give a card to see the look on someone’s face who thought no one cared or remembered.ReplyCancel

  • Tammie BennageAugust 14, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Hello Becca. I absolutely adore your works of art. I so look forward to seeing what you post everyday. I believe I go through withdrawals when you are away. So… I’m going to guess that you have something to reveal involving maps. You’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately so my guess is something with maps.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannAugust 14, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Another stunning card here today Becca. You really are amazing, and I wouldn´t be surprised, if you were going to teach other to become craft teachers too maybe?
    What I´m getting from crafting? A lot of awesome friends all over the world, and I have just learned soo much, not just about other people, but also about myself as well, and I´ve got a much bigger selfconfidence, because I´ve found out, what I´m really good at and learned not to be afraid of trying new things and ideas and that everything is possible, if you just believe in it.ReplyCancel

  • PamAugust 14, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    I love your card! Fabulous colors! I really enjoy seeing the faces on those I give my cards to. Your inspiration is so appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcherAugust 14, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Whoa – FYI your blog is going crazy when I try to comment – its like locked up.

    Beautiful card – Looking forward to your NEWSReplyCancel

  • Tammie B.August 14, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Hi Becca, the gift that I get out of making cards is the peace and understanding of patience. I takes me forever to
    Ale each individual card because I think of the joy that the person receiving it will get. I’m going to start a class at my home this Friday and hope others enjoy the love it brings them as well. I love your choice of colors these last two cards. Very pretty. I believe that your reveal will be something regarding maps. So much traving you’ ve been doing lately, makes me think of maps.ReplyCancel

  • CharlotteAugust 14, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    The gift that card crafting gives to me is keeping me on track. I work for hospice and when I’ve had a really difficult day, week, etc. it gives me great peace to retreat to my crafting space and create something for the special people in my life. It helps me to be thankful for being able to connect with these people in my own special way and to let go of those I was able to comfort for a few days, months or sometimes only hours.ReplyCancel

  • Jan D.August 14, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    Give….something I have made specifically with someone special in mind; pouring myself into making it perfect for folks I care a lot about….letting them know they mean that much to me.

    Get….the smiles and oohs and aahs I get back from them.

    I think this sounds corney, but……that’s it.ReplyCancel

  • SuziAugust 14, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Loving these blues! From crafting I receive a sense of satisfaction knowing that I have created something that will make someone else smile.ReplyCancel

  • Ann CAugust 14, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Blues…..ahhh……my favorite color. Beautiful! I’ve gained much inspiration from other crafters. You can always learn something new. that is the real job of crafting for me. Learning and doing something different each and every year.ReplyCancel

  • TrinaMAugust 14, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Love that designer paper – and another inspring card.

    When I give a hand made card to someone special, I love to see the look of appreciation when they realise the time and effort that I have taken to give them something special and personal.ReplyCancel

  • Susan NanceAugust 14, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    At a very young age my mother taught me to crochet. To that I’ve added knitting, stained glass, counted cross stitch and now card making. Each of these I have shared with others hoping to put a smile on their face. I know when I get a hand made gift it is a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 14, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Love all your cards!!! I love cardmaking, but the best part is when people will tell me that they save all my cards I send them. It’s such a great feeling to know they appreciate the time it took me to make them.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne WeberAugust 14, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Love the blue. Reminds of the blue willow china my mother used to have. As for giving, I always like to make small gifts to give to others, especially family members. As for receiving, I love the fact that so many love the cards/gifts I make and say they have every one of them. To me, that is so fulfiling. Can’t wait till tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • OlgaAugust 14, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    What a fantastic card, Becca! Love the blues :-) Cannot wait to find out what your “secret” is. If not a book, then, probably, a set of dies with Spellbinders? Wrt the question, I get absolute tranquility with crafting. It’s like a stress therapy for me…ReplyCancel

  • Mary GuikemaAugust 14, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    As everyone has already said I too love the looks on peoples faces when they know that I took the time to make a card just for them. I also enjoy donating cards to charitable organizations and knowing that I gave something of myself to someone I don’t even know.

  • Lori GauerkeAugust 14, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    I love meeting new people who are also fellow stampers and I also love donating hand stamped cards for other people to enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy S.August 14, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Beautiful card – love the paper from LYB…..I’m anxious to find out your secret! Hoping it’s a book. About me – I think the biggest thing I get from all my crafting is that creative outlet that I would go crazy without! My day-to-day job can be boring and frustrating/stressful at the same time and if I don’t get to craft a little I think I would go bonkers! There is something so soothing about sitting down and just cutting something out, or coloring….ReplyCancel

  • JOYCE ANDERSONAugust 14, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    OKAY~~ I’m not a “blue” that Blue is not really my first choice
    but……THIS CARD is Wonderful. I LOVE IT!!!! The sentiment is Perfect
    for the bold Blue —your choice of layering adds a Richness to it as well.

    thank you Becca.

  • Barbara McLachlanAugust 14, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Becca, again you have done a wonderful job. You do inspire people to continue to look outside the circle when making cards.


  • KayAugust 14, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    I am so inspired by the use of dies I just want more. It’s a god given gift to inspire and then pass that inspiration on to future generations xReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterAugust 14, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Beautiful card!! love the colors! I have made friends also and get a lot of insiration from the various places I look online, especially yours!! I like makeing cards that encourage and uplift others!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy RAugust 14, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    I love todays’ card. It’s just beautiful along with the beautiful bows!! Love those Beccas’ bows! As for me, I receive friendship along with my cardmaking. A group of 8 or so of my friends from our church and from our community get together on Thursday nights for crafting, and most of us make cards. It’s all about sharing tools, ideas, and fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie McRaeAugust 14, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Hi Becca, thank you for your efforts of inspiration and sharing. I often think of how blessed I am to be able to make and send greeting cards to family and friends, and the gift I often receive is (thank you that’s the nicest card and/or the most beautiful card I’ve ever received. These thank you’s come from persons I might never meet if God had not given me this opportunity.
    Thank you and God bless you.ReplyCancel

  • SusanAugust 14, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Your stunning card and that fabulous ribbon are amazing Becca!
    I think the greatest gift I get is the chance to be inspired and the pleasure of just having fun and creating.ReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryAugust 14, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Good morning Becca. Love this card and the blue is amazing with the die cuts and that saying just wonderful.
    I feel i am so lucky as I have made some wonderful friends through crafting. I was lonely till I started and now I have this fantastic circle of special friends that cheer me up so much and help me with my crafting.
    Hope you also have a wonderful circle of friends to help you.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • MelanieAugust 14, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Stunning work ,well the gift is when you make a card you know you have put your heart into it and the recipent will be receiving a one off as there can never be a double its a masterpiece .melanieReplyCancel

  • CarolAugust 14, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    Having a creative outlet that I share with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Joan M.August 14, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    I impress myself when I can take a piece of card stock and make something out of it via templates or tutorials. Something that can move or be able to create a theme with colors, punches, piecings, embossing, etc. I, then, can share the sense of WOW! with my friends, who then show the cards or boxes with others. None of us knew that a Magic Card, or 2 View Card, or a Never Ending Card could be made by hand (or be made by US). All that sharing is due to the generosity of others so that we can share with others.ReplyCancel

  • Rita S.August 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    The gift I recieve when I give a handmade card or gift is seeing the smile on their face…that is the BEST gift of all!

    Another beautiful & oh so elegant card!ReplyCancel

  • SandiAugust 14, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Love your creations, always beautiful. I think you are opening your own design shop and you are designing more dies to use with your own stamps.ReplyCancel

  • diana gAugust 14, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    So very pretty. I’m a novice and my gifts from crafting are all the wonderful women I’ve met and their generosity of spirit in teaching me the fun art of card making. Your website is one of my favorite “gifts”!ReplyCancel

  • MargeAugust 14, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    Beca, I get such joy from giving my cards. People love to get them and say they save them. It is fun to think of ways to make them smile and be happy. My cards are in no way as beautiful as yours but I try and I put a lot of thought and love into each one. God Bless you MargeReplyCancel

  • Debbie EricksonAugust 14, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Love your cards today and yesterday especially – blue and white are so crisp, clean and eye-catching. What I love about card-making is that it’s a blessing to those who give AND to those who receive. It’s an enjoyable way to spend some time, a satisfying hobby with immediate results, a fun way to connect with other people who have a similar bent, and a therapy for difficult days. Yet it can convey to the recipient how much he or she is valued because one took the time to make the card especially for him or her. And the smiles one receives in return are priceless! So, dear Becca, thanks for all the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Monica BlackAugust 14, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    The gift I receive is inspiration from all the wonderful crafters out there in blogland. Hopefully my creations pass this forward.ReplyCancel

  • Sue WelshAugust 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    I have a small store and when I sell something I take great pride in knowing someone bought that to give as a gift and spent time picking an item to give.ReplyCancel

  • AndreneAugust 14, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    Beautiful card – love the colors! To me crafting gives me the ability to relax. It is a very therapeutic hobby. And every crafter receives satisfaction from giving handmade cards, mini albums, etc and seeing the true joy and appreciation that the recipient feels. I am glad you didnt ask for a 3rd guess of the secret cause I am all out of ideas…….maybe a repeating article/section in a craft/mixed media magazine?ReplyCancel

  • Jean CAugust 14, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Love your card today. Blue is my favorite color and you have been on it for 2 days! I love to send cards because I feel that I can use them as a ministry tool and the joy I receive when someone thanks me because I have taken time to create a handmade card for them is what I receive. I also have developed some lasting friendships with people who share my love of this art form! Keep on keeping on!ReplyCancel

  • ElenaAugust 14, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca!
    I love making cards for family and friends and the feeling that I get of knowing that I stay in touch with them in my own special way. Family and friends sometimes call me on the telephone just to tell me that they loved the card that I made for them.
    I am always looking forward to learning something from your creations. Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • TrishaAugust 14, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Hello Becca
    Blue & white, one of my all time favorite color combinations. You have done them proud!!
    Crafting, paper or fabric, yarn or other, gives me a sense of calm; the ability to tune out the world for a little while. Then once finished, I get to give a personalized gift to someone special, yeah!
    Hugs & Smiles

  • Nadine IllingworthAugust 14, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    I love to give and share, and most of my crafting friends do too. Crafting gives me fulfillment, pleasure, and relaxation. Who could ask more?ReplyCancel

  • Caroline D.August 14, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    Your card is beautiful!! The blue and white reminds me of delft blue china… so pretty. I love creating and giving handmade cards to my friends and family. I love sharing techniques with other crafters. Crafting has brought many happy memories and I’ve received the gift of friendship from others who enjoy the same.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy RailsAugust 14, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    Love for the beauty of the work is what keeps me going. I love the items made with scripture especially!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraAugust 14, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    I receive the gift of fully realized self-expression through my crafting and a further closeness with extended family members and old and dear friends, as well as many new ones. That’s important to me in the sunset years of my life. It is also a way for me to communicate with grandchildren I will never see grow up, so that I can give them a sense of their roots.ReplyCancel

  • NancyJBAugust 14, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    The gift I receive is the Happiness I see on the faces of my friends and family that receive the cards I make. I also make cards for Operation Write Home and the thought that I might make a difference in the lives of a family that is missing their loved one makes me very happy and thankful that I have that opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • D IdletAugust 14, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    Hmmmm, it’s hard to talk about yourself, but my gifts from my crafting is hear people tell my how talented I am. When I give my cards to people, they can’t believe I made them. I just live crafting and I love all the people I have come in contact with. There are so many talented people in this world and Becca you are on the top of the list!ReplyCancel

  • kathy/NorthCarolinaAugust 14, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Boy, do I ever love this card. That blue and white palette makes me think of the Blue Willow plates that I have always loved so much. Stunning…and the bow!!!!

    OK…what I get from crafting…it’s the release of creative energy, that satisfaction you get when you start with just a piece of paper and you end up with something beautiful that will speak (hopefully) to someone else’s heart. What I give…..a lot of $$ to several of my favorite craft companies! LOLReplyCancel

  • Debbi GallowayAugust 14, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    Wow!! Another beautiful card! Love the blue! What do I get out of crafting you ask? I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finally finish a project! I love showing my family and seeing how much they like it!!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.August 14, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    The gift I receive is some much needed “Me time” where I can create something to be admired. So much of a mum’s day involves tasks that are transitory, washing, cleaning, cooking, it is so special to make something that you can stop and look at. Of course the gift I give is the way someone is blessed to receive a handmade card made to suit them personally and with much love and thought.ReplyCancel

  • RizwanaAugust 14, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Hi Becca

    Your card is beautiful as always I love creating things it gives me so much satisfaction. I love it when I am asked to create a card by someone who wants something unique and in return watching them being happy that they have got something special for their loved one. Cant wait for tomorrow.

    Hugs RizwanaReplyCancel

  • Sharon WilliamsonAugust 14, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Another wonderful card, Becca! I love the creative process and coming up with a wow! card that amazes someone who appreciates it. That’s such a gift and the cardmakers who share their ideas are wonderful! Cannot wait until tomorrow for your big news!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn WildAugust 14, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    I have made some wonderful, life-long friends through crafting – both nearby and many miles away (through the wonders of the internet). Crafters are a friendly lot and often freely share new techniques and magnificent artwork (just like you do), so I gain so much from this. I also love it when friends and family admire my work too. I especially like to make sure that my cards are themed for their intended recipients, so that they feel special too.
    Only one more sleep now!

    Lynn WildReplyCancel

  • Kathy SAugust 14, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Firstly this card is so pretty and such a classic colour.- What do I get out of crafting- the pleasure of knowing I am creating something I love and the gift of part of myself in everything I create.- To see the face of someone who receives something I have made is such a joy and the fact that I know I have put a bit of me in the gift is such a great feeling. The friendships I have made both locally and via the computer are fantastic. Thank you for being one of the people I consider a crafting friend.ReplyCancel

  • Pat FaulhaberAugust 14, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Love your card today, Becca. You have such a way with lace and ribbon. I can’t imagine what your surprise will be—maybe have your own magazine or book that will be published. PatReplyCancel

  • VivaceAugust 14, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    I love this blue, too! Really gorgeous card, Becca!

    I think my payoff in crafting, the joy I get, is the reaction of friends and family. One friend put it this way, “Your cards are so prett!” Of course I was so proud, even though my card quality could be way better. But what I do brings ME joy. Isn’t that all that really matters?ReplyCancel

  • Jody HammondAugust 14, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    I have alot of people tell me that I should sell my wares, but I get so much more enjoyment out of making things and giving them away. I just take their comments as compliments and that way, I receive and I give back. It’s a win-win situation!ReplyCancel

  • Linda R.August 14, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Beautiful card! I get from crafting a sense of accomplishment and the ability to bring a smile or some pleasure to someone else. I hope what I give is a little piece of “art” that’s a little piece of me.ReplyCancel

  • AnneAugust 14, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    There is great satisfaction in seeing a completed card that I have created with my mind and not copied the idea from something I have seen. I tend to keep the cards more simple but sure do enjoy seeing your cards with the many layers and ribbon!! They are beautiful and very inspiring! I’ll be checking early tomorrow for the “big” surprise!ReplyCancel

  • caroline hillAugust 14, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    Becca simply stunning , love the blues .God bless Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • DianalAugust 14, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    I like the feeling I get when I give my projects to someone and then they show me all the projects I have done for them over the years because they treasured and saved them … there are no real words to describe how I feel when this happens. I have an aunt who has all the cards I have made her for more than eleven years, I fell that is a real tribute to myself and the cards I have created.ReplyCancel

  • loisAugust 14, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    I enjoy each and every one of your cards. I love the chase of finding a new design and giving the decorative cards to friends and see the joy on their faces. Several of my friends save the cards from year to year. You are my inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Donna BAugust 14, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    The gift I get is the smile I see on their faces when they open one of my handmade cards. Everyone loves to get a card for a special occasion or just a thinking of you.
    Thanks for all your talent and ideas you share with us everyday.

    Donna BReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtAugust 14, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    The friendships are the best thing about blogging! I love the friends who laugh at my jokes, and pray when prayers are needed (or not needed…) I love the inspiration and sharing alot too. I love the card you posted- the blues are really pretty and love the dies- esp that you cut the bottom layer in 1/2 to spread it open wider. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • LeanneAugust 14, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    I love this blue on blue combination Becca. Such a lovely card. Just like all of your beautiful work.

  • Kyle E,August 14, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    As always, your card is fantastic!! The gift I receive from crafting is the joy in making something for a loved one or dear friend. The gift I give is something from my heart!ReplyCancel

  • TammieAugust 14, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    I enjoy the gift of making something unique for the person receiving the card or gift. The time creating and the kind words from the recipients always overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • KellyGAugust 14, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    For me, the gift I receive is me time and fun while syuck in the house.ReplyCancel

  • AnitaAugust 14, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    I love the feeling inside me when someone opens something I have made. I also love the social aspect of card making, meeting new and wonderful people and having gatherings with something we all love.ReplyCancel

  • EffieAugust 14, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    The joy of hearing someone say “you made this?!?!” never gets old, and always brings a smile. Thanks for all you do, LOVE all three cards this week. Saturday a person at the craft show told me to watch your blog cause you had something BIG coming up, but I did not press her for info! I think she was surprised hahaha, be back tomorrowReplyCancel

  • BarbAugust 14, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Your card is lovely, as usual! For me – every card I create is one of a kind. I try desperately NOT to reproduce and to bring something unique and special to every paper craft project I work on. I love to see that person smile and feel special.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine S.August 14, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    I happen to like the “bold blue” – a lot! Very pretty. I know, you’re introducing a paper bag pop-up card with the cat fighting his way out when you open it. VBGReplyCancel

  • gail robinsonAugust 14, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    whenever i spend time in my stamping “room” i’m in my happy place. if i’ve had a difficult or frustrating day at work, it fades into the corners and dissolves away. i get peace . yeah, it’s my happy place.ReplyCancel

  • ChrisAugust 14, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    That is easy! Working in my studio helps me to relieve the stress in my life! Time just flies when I am in my creating mood! I love it! Your card is beautiful, by the way!ReplyCancel

  • sandyhAugust 14, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    i love hearing someone say to me, oh, you made this? it’s so beautiful!
    and the gift to myself is just letting the process take me over….i go inside myself and it is peaceful there!

  • HollyAugust 14, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    what gifts I get from crafting,,,,,,hum,,,,,I get the gift of smiles when someone gets my cards,,,,,I get friendship and companionship from others who craft,,,,,,,and I get peace and solitude when I am in my craft room doing what I love doing :)

    and I’m STILL going to guess again today!!!! I guess that you will be on television,,maybe QVC, HSN,,,,,,,or maybe CRAFT WARS!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene CastorAugust 14, 2012 - 6:40 pm

    The gift of giving is a reward in itself, it’s great to see people’s reaction to things I’ve made, especially when they don’t craft and think it’s really hard to do…LOL!
    Releasing the desire to be creative is theraputic.
    I love making cards…I’m just sad that not more people send them.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelAugust 14, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Becca, maybe this blue isn’t your normal color, but this card is just gorgeous! Your layering always makes me smile. And your bows are always stunning. I enjoy making cards & sending them ’cause it makes someone smile, or feel better, or just simply know that someone cares. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us. Can’t wait to hear the great news tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • laura holtAugust 14, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    I get to go to a quiet, meditative, creative, self-satisfying place down deep inside. I receive peace, self-confidence, relaxation, and the gift of friendships. And I so enjoy giving the gifts of encouragement and love, through cards made from my heart.

  • Anne(UK)August 14, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Oh love your card, Becca!
    I love seeing the faces of those who come to the outreach Craft Group I co-run at our Church, when they finish the project of the day – they are so thrilled with what they have made. It makes all the hard work of planning, preparing and transporting all the machines, punches, ink pads, ribbons, pens, tools etc so worthwhile. When you’re told that coming to the group is the highlight of their week – it’s priceless!
    Can I guess as well…:o). Etsy store or similar….? Oh, the suspense!

  • Heidi KimmerlyAugust 14, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    My guess is to that will sell your own home made gorgeous ribbons….ReplyCancel

  • SherriAugust 14, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    I get a lot of JOY from crafting. In making of course, but also from giving my projects away. I get great JOY from the reactions of the recipients. they love their cards and/or gifts and I love making and giving.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn JosephsAugust 14, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    I get the gift of communion with the Spirit through creativity.ReplyCancel

  • Jan BrumbelowAugust 14, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    I have met, both in person and virtually, some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. It is so totally awesome to give support to others, either by a encouraging word, empathy when going through difficult times, or admiring another person’s creativity.ReplyCancel

  • MehrllAugust 14, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    Gorgeous card. One of my favorites! I love the combination of blue and white on almost anything. Thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • jean w.August 14, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    I get to give a birthday card to the seniors in two different places each month. Birthdays are special, without them we would not be here, so they should be celebrated! God has blessed me with the ability to make them and I enjoy blessing them!ReplyCancel

  • Judy GoodwinAugust 14, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    I’m thinking you’ll have your own line of cards? You should. Yours are so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa BradaAugust 14, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    Beautiful card today, Becca! I can’t wait to find out what the news will be! What ever it is, you will rock it!!ReplyCancel

  • NancyAugust 14, 2012 - 7:49 pm

    Too stunning for words. You do blue very very well! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog some weeks ago. I finally picked my jaw up from the floor.
    God bless!ReplyCancel

  • NancyAugust 14, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    Oops! Forgot to add – What gift do I get from crafting? Time with the Lord. I play my gospel music and medidate on God’s word as I listen to the lyrics. It’s my favorite time of all.ReplyCancel

  • Linda AllmonAugust 14, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    I have never seen so many Beautiful Cards – WOWReplyCancel

  • Linda TAugust 14, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    The sweetest gift is when I get ahug from a reciever of a card. Or when I send one with no signature and people ask who sent it. It does my heart good!!ReplyCancel

  • Dorina DAugust 14, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    i enjoy making a gift that will make someone happy and feel good!ReplyCancel

  • MarshaAugust 14, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Crafting is the best way for me to relax and use my creativity.ReplyCancel

  • DixieGAugust 14, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    I can hardly wait for tomorrow morning to get here. Becca I love making cards to give to the folks that I love and care about. Although I love GIVING the cards, I also RECEIVE such great pleasure when I see how my little act of love touches their hearts so deeply. I also love having “dates with Jesus” as I “play” in my craft room. It’s just a lovely time to have some quite time with the Lord. Love your blog and your creations Becca….thanks for all that you share with us!ReplyCancel

  • FranCineAugust 14, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    Wow! Crafting has just been so many things to me, it brings me a calming peace, when I’m creating. Joy, because what I create make me happy, & I cannot tell you all of the many friends I have made and have grown to cherish, through cardmaking, so for me cardmaking is just a win- win situation all the way around.
    Becca, I am just so happy for you, and I love your card, that is one of my favorite color combinations.
    Peace & Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Corrie WagnerAugust 14, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Can’t wait to see the news tomorrow, I am guessing its a new line of dies or some great organizationReplyCancel

  • BonnieGAugust 14, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    Another beautiful card! There are many gifts I receive from crafting. One is the total enjoyment of creating. I get totally lost in it and am often unaware of time passing! It’s my therapy. I also love the enjoyment I receive when I see the joy the recipients of my work have, and the delight my grandchildren have with something made especially for them. I also love your blog and all the cool things I learn. Your work makes me want to be better with mine!!ReplyCancel

  • Nan GAugust 14, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Loving the navy blues! From crafting I receive new friendships and am told I inspire others (give).ReplyCancel

  • Debi PinsonAugust 14, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    WOW!!!! After reading so many of the comments made by everyone, the easiest thing for me to say is “ditto”. I guess this proves that crafters craft for a lot of the same reasons: joy, peace, love, giving to others, and so much more. Can’t wait to hear your announcement.ReplyCancel

  • JANIS LITYNSKYAugust 14, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    I think you will design your own spellbinders dies. Thanks for all your cards. You will be great at whatever you do.ReplyCancel

  • liz sAugust 14, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    Love love love the card. Crafting is very relaxing and stretches the imagination when paper crafting. I’m a perfectionist and never leave a mistake in my creations. So its relaxing to create something perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamAugust 14, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Gorgeous card! Making cards relaxes me! I have about 100 seniors in my apartment building and I make them all a birthday card. The look of joy on their face when they receive their card makes me so happy!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnnAugust 14, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Crafting has added so many things to y life. I receive so much… inspiration, friendship and let me say I have found some treasures in friends. I also receive a relaxed and calming effect when I enter my scrapping world. As far as what I give I try to give some of what I receive but I could never get as much as I receive. I can tell you this for sure, if you want to find a true friend for life then you need to join the crafting world and attend some crops and retreats! You will find some true friends!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonAugust 14, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    Crafting is not work, but fun. It brings me pleasure to make a card or a gift for someone.ReplyCancel

  • PJAugust 14, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Like others, the gift I receive is the appreciation of the recepient when they get the card that I have made for them. They are so thankful and suprised that I made it – It makes me happy.The gift I give is a part of me; time and love. Your card ~ Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie RaeAugust 14, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Delicious blues, Becca! Maybe you should take a walk through the blue spectrum more often–beauty. Crafting as a gift to others tells them I care, that they are on my mind, they matter. People respond so kindly to just a simple gesture of a card or framed photo or baked goods, it melts my heart. Crafting as a gift to myself helps fulfill my need to create. Most days are not the best they can be without having made something, anything. Can’t wait for your announcement!ReplyCancel

  • CindyKAugust 14, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Another gorgeous card. I love this color of blue with the white, and the stamp is such a nice saying.
    I would have to agree with you on the gift of friendship that has come from crafting. Every friend I have now is a result of this common interest!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa SackettAugust 14, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Lovely card Becca. I actually really like the bold colors.
    I have to say I love to give instruction for using new materials, and then seeing the lightbulb moment come on for others gives me such a joy.ReplyCancel

  • KarenAugust 14, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!And at this point, I wonder if you have stamp and die combo
    designs coming.ReplyCancel

  • AgnesAugust 14, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful as always! The gift I receive from giving is some quiet time to myself and the smile on the recipients face when they see the card I made that was clearly made with them in mind.ReplyCancel

  • Michel EAugust 14, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    The gift I give by crafting is love-the fact that they mean enough to me that I made them something with my own hands. The gift I receive from crafting is the satisfaction that I created something by my own hands.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot comReplyCancel

  • Gail M in COAugust 14, 2012 - 9:47 pm

    What do I get from crafting? The satisfaction of creating one-of-a-kind items to share with my family and friends. Creating relieves stress and puts me in a better mood. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations,ReplyCancel

  • MimiAugust 14, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    I love to give cards and paper goodies in person cause Imlove seeing their reactions to them! It makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Mary DAugust 14, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    the gift I give to others is a part of me from enjoying what I love to do which is creating. I get satisfaction from knowing that I did my fair share for the day of creating something new.
    I am thinking maybe your surprise is something to do with becoming a designer for your own Templates & Stamps to match!ReplyCancel

  • Julia MAugust 14, 2012 - 10:12 pm

    I love to randomly send a card to brighten someones day. I recently gave a co-worker a thank you card for helping me plan a baby shower for another co-worker and the surprise and huge smile she had on her face was priceless. Even though she thanked me for it , she called me the next day to tell me how much she appreciated the card and that it really made her day.So for me it’s all about the gift of happiness and joy.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian F.August 14, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    I have found that I made a lot of new friends that I would otherwise had never met.I don’t know how to explain it but alot of people that I stamp with are older than we and I would probably have never met then if it wasn’t for stamping, but I think wow we really had a great time.ReplyCancel

  • JanaAugust 14, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    I love your cards, I am learning a lot from you. I am trying to learn the craft of card making and enjoy giving them to others along with getting to know a lot of really neat ladies thru blogs and fellow card makers I have met. It makes me feel great when I can give a card of encouragement or Happy Birthday to a friend. PS. I love the blue in this card…beautifulReplyCancel

  • MaryAugust 14, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    Really, really like the blue in this card. Am anxiously awaiting the surprise in one day!! Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy BAugust 14, 2012 - 10:30 pm

    I love giving hand made cards & gifts. It shows people I care & I spent time on their behave. In my little card group we have a saying that some people are “card worthy” & others are not. They would just throw away the card after looking at it!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen McCoyAugust 14, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    With crafting I get a chance to relax and recharge plus a chance to put a smile on someone else’s face.ReplyCancel

  • DebraAugust 14, 2012 - 10:53 pm

    LOVE the card you made today – navy is my all time favorite color and this navy ribbon just speaks to me! When I make a great card I really get a sense of fulfillment and a bit of a thrill that I was able to make something that looks so great. I then get another thrill when I see the recipient open the card and the smile on their face! Will be checking in tomorrow morning ….ReplyCancel

  • Paulette AkagiAugust 14, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    My IFFs—Imaginary Friends Forever…some I have met in person and some through swapping or through their sharing on their wonderful blogs.ReplyCancel

  • PamAugust 14, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    Why is it that each time I click on your site Becca I say “Oh Wow!!”? Today was no exception! Another absolutely gorgeous card!!!! Love it!! I like creating and sending cards just to make people smile.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy PAugust 14, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Elegant cart, love the navy blue! A friend and I try to make cards for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines day and Easter. It gives us a chance to spend time together and It has helped our family stay in touch more. They love getting handmade cards and look forward to our next creation.ReplyCancel

  • CCAugust 14, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    One gift I receive from my crafting is hearing the kind compliments when people like the cards I’ve sent to them. Another is just the joy of creating something that I can be proud of. One gift I give is to make cards when my husband needs them. I make Thank You cards for his business when he needs them as well as any other kind of card he might need. And my cardmaking has also provided me a way to give little gifts to people like my 87 year old aunt who is always just thrilled to receive another hand made card from me. She tells me that she keeps every one of them and looks at them often so I know they mean a lot to her.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie HaferAugust 14, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    I love the blue and white cards!

    I think I receive a bigger blessing from making and sending cards than those who receive them.

    I started making cards after my best friend died and it was so therapeutic. About that same time, I found your blog and fell in love with all the beautiful cards that you posted, and gradually, I found that I was able to begin to heal just by starting to think of others and sending them a card with words of encouragement when I could.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy FreemanAugust 14, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    I am not an artist, but I consider myself a pretty good technician. I can’t draw and I depend a lot on creative blogs like yours for inspiration. I think I make some pretty cool cards – stamping and paper crafting provide a creative outlet for folks like me!ReplyCancel

  • Judy HeddenAugust 14, 2012 - 11:24 pm

    Crafting is relaxing and enjoyable and I consider it a great stress buster. If I don’t have the time or energy to work on a project, I can go online and enjoy a creative project that someone else has completed. I especially enjoy your site, Becca. Thanks for all you do and share.ReplyCancel

  • Lois KennedyAugust 14, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    When I’m scrapping, my mind is at total peace and relaxation. All woories go out the door. And visiting your site daily reminds me of all that I am thankful for.ReplyCancel

  • Eva DAugust 14, 2012 - 11:47 pm

    Could you possibly have started a line of embellishments? I know you have the talent.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KAugust 15, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Just one more sleep!!! The anticipation will surely keep me awake all night !ReplyCancel

  • Harriet ClarkAugust 15, 2012 - 12:43 am

    A gift I receive from stamping is all the special people I’ve met–both face-to-face and online-who love to stamp, too. A gift I give is the cards I make for my church and also all the cards I make for Operation Write Home to help our deployed military personnel keep in touch with loved ones. I also love to make cards for family and friends. My neighbor says she keeps every card I make for her.

    Your navy and white card is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • EveleneAugust 15, 2012 - 12:49 am

    Another lovely card. Paper crafting for me has enabled me to establish and renew relationship and friendship. It truly brings so much joy and excitement which prompts me always to thank the Lord for blessing the works of my hands and give all the glory that’s due Him.ReplyCancel

  • Audrina ThorsenAugust 15, 2012 - 1:05 am

    Making cards does not relax me because I don’t feel like I’m creative or imaginative, so I am often very stressed. This is the reason I get so much inspiration from sites such as yours. But what I do get from card-making is (1) my husband is my biggest fan and he always love my cards for him, and (2) I make cards for Operation Write Home. Our U.S. military are my heroes and if there is anything I can do to show them my support and offer my thanks and appreciation, I want to do it., Thank you for sharing your wonderful art. It is truly a blessing to see.ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenAugust 15, 2012 - 1:35 am

    Hi Becca! I’m checking in with you kind of late…only a few more minutes before it’s a new day. Papercrafting, in particular card making, has brought me friends from all over the country and beyond. I treasure these cyber friendships and some I’ve had the joy and pleasure to meet in person. I also find through my cards that I can bring joy and pleasure to family and friends who love receiving my cards. I am blessed!ReplyCancel

  • ernestineAugust 15, 2012 - 1:53 am

    hallo and thanks to you to spend your blessing with others. I love crafting because it gives me the possibility to show someone they are important enough to give a handmade card or gift. And it helps me to forget many troubles and sorrows. Hugs,ErniReplyCancel

  • Lynne IbergAugust 15, 2012 - 2:48 am

    It’s hard to say since I love all of your cards, but this one is really a favorite, I love blue and this lives up to that and so much more. Wish I had just a tiny portion of your talent! I think Becca you may be designing your own line, including everything as I think you have the best cards out there and so many ideas, can’t be just one thing you are too talented! Hugs, LynneReplyCancel

  • caaraAugust 15, 2012 - 2:50 am

    I feel inspired and have a sense of peacefulness when I am making cards for my friends and family. I try to think of the person’s likes and dislikes and aim to portray those on the card as I visualize their smiles and happiness when they open up the envelope to see what I have created for them. Love that shade of blue on your cardsl Last thought is that your surprise is that you are going on a “scrapbooking/cardmaking cruise where you will be teaching your techniques of cardmaking. Will wait and see!ReplyCancel

  • LydiaAugust 15, 2012 - 3:00 am

    What a wonderful card!!! Crafting gives me the possibility to go on a world- journey without leaving the house. And is much, much cheaper. And on this journey I meet many lovely people and you are one of them!ReplyCancel

  • LisaAugust 15, 2012 - 3:34 am

    Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors.

    I like to make cards in sets to give to friends as gifts. It’s always really appreciated because not only do they not have to run out and get a card when they need one, but the one they get to give out is handmade.ReplyCancel

  • MayAugust 15, 2012 - 5:14 am

    The navy on this card is beautiful!!
    My mum learnt me to knit age 4yrs ,ever since that have been doing some sort of craft . Love to try different things
    Good few year’s ago told i had Lupus was a big gonk but the Lord has brought me through! Now i make cards! Also knit and crochet for the 3rd world nice to give something back as the Lord has been so good to me
    Bless His Holy NameReplyCancel

  • Karen McAugust 15, 2012 - 5:58 am

    As always beautiful work! Papercrafting gives me a peaceful creating outlet.ReplyCancel

  • Susan SlaterAugust 15, 2012 - 6:07 am

    Another beautiful card, thanks for sharing. I love paper crafting and am fortunate to have a wide selection of card making supplies. My favorite thing is to make cards and card kits for friends and family. I’ve donated cards to local clubs, humane society and such. Card making is a way for me to relax and get away from the stress of my normal day. Take care.

  • EvelynAugust 15, 2012 - 6:15 am

    First I’d like to say that I love this card. For me scrapbooking and card making (which I started recently) help me relax, other than the satisfaction I get from the gratitude of the gift receiver. I work 40+hrs., and am helping my daughter raise my grandson (4yrs old) so I could use some relaxation….he heReplyCancel

  • Diane SeawardAugust 15, 2012 - 6:16 am

    I LOVE the craft of card making because it gives me a way of expressing myself artistically and it brings a smile to someone else! What could be better than that??ReplyCancel

  • Kit SteffensAugust 15, 2012 - 7:13 am

    I love your blog, you give me the most creative inspiration. Crafting gives me the gift of knowing I have something to offer others that will make them happy, I love seeing smiles of love ones and friends when they receive something I have made especially for them. Bless you for all you do.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BAugust 15, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Beautiful card. The tension is building and I can’t wait until you tell us your secret. Maybe you are starting your own company with exclusive stamps, dies, inks, and papers. You are truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Anne HartschlagAugust 15, 2012 - 7:35 am

    I have received so much from paper crafting. I only started this craft about three years ago at the age of 75. I thought it would be just a passing whim. Was I ever wrong. The gifts I have received are numerous. I have had time with my daughters sharing something they have been doing for many years. When I craft with paper I forget anything and everything around me and only live in the moment, which is a good thing. But the joy I receive when I give a card to a friend or family member cannot even be measured. Can’t wait until you reveal your surprise, especially since I was the one who said “Are you pregnant?”ReplyCancel

  • Sue MAugust 15, 2012 - 8:23 am

    love the colors…..ReplyCancel

  • Debi PinsonAugust 15, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Becca, could it be that this is not a “business” surprise but rather a “personal” surprise? Maybe you’re going to relocate. Whatever it is, you have given us something to be excited about… and that’s a good thing.ReplyCancel

  • Camille M. RussellAugust 15, 2012 - 8:57 am

    The gift I get from card-making is the feeling that I have truly expressed my thoughts, feelings,sentiments,etc. to the card receipient and they really feel what I wanted to tell them from my heart.ReplyCancel

  • JeanAugust 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Good morning Becca, your card is beautiful and elegant. I very much enjoy making and giving cards. It’s the happiness that this gesture gives to others which in turn makes me happy. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas. Take care, Jean.ReplyCancel

  • lacyquilterAugust 15, 2012 - 9:49 am

    This card is yummy gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • sandiAugust 15, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    I know I am late on the comment but here it is anyway. I enjoy making things for people. It is a joy to let creative juices flow and then to express a phrase that is needed to touch where a person is at. Also, I enjoy making journals, booklets with creative fronts and papers where people can be free to express what is going on inside of them or use as a photo album.
    It is an an outlet from me and hopefully a blessing to the receiver.ReplyCancel

  • Myrna SweetAugust 16, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    FIRSTLY, CONGRATULATIONS! I signed up for the gold membership, because I know you will offer us the best of the best! I don’t think you have ever made a card that I wasn’t in love with. I can’t wait until September…it is my birthday present to myself.

    p.s. I purchased one of your Becca Bows kits, and it is so pretty. I will be leaving it on display in my craft room when I am not using it.

    Super Wow!

    Myrna from Belleville, ON CanadaReplyCancel

  • Karen M RothAugust 16, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    What I have received from crafting is a brief reprieve from the immense pain I live with day in and day out along with many new crafting buddies.

    What I give is a little bit of saying that “Yes, someone does care about you and love you” along with a smile for every card I hand out.ReplyCancel