“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”
– Tyler Knott Gregson
Hi sweet friends. Yes it is quiet here on the blog but I’ve been creating up a storm . . . That poem is me . . . (substitute craft for the word swim). I have to connect to what I’m making. I want to savor every choice. Lately I have been taking my time and enjoying the process – after all, that’s part of what brings us to crafting, right? These days the windows are open, the music is on and if it’s not working out I simply don’t force it. I’m a blank slate crafter meaning I would rather everything be my serendipitous choice – I dream it up as I go along – that’s the sweet spot. I hope that inspires you to remember that you’ve always loved to craft. That leads to my card for today! This sentiment by Quietfire Design called You May Not Be Able to Leave Your Children is hands down in my top five. I’ve only stamped it once but I think about it every time I’m making a Quietfire card. Many times I make the card then make the sentiment fit. Today, nah-ah! The card was built around the sentiment because I was determined to use it. How very, very sweet it is!
I went all vintage-y on you today. As always, I try to dissect my dies to expand how they can be used. This card uses the small motifs from Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments. The smallest motif is cut and laid side by side to create the vertical border and the circle is bordered with the larger filigree motif. Since these dies are double ended I was able to get two motifs from each cut!!
Here’s how I made it – step by step:
Start out with a card base that measures 6-1/4″ square. Add a panel from pink card stock cut to 5-7/8″ square – adhere to base with one layer of foam tape. Add a panel from design paper cut to 5-1/8″ wide by 5-5/8″ tall, rim with Gold Krylon Pen. Cut 3 of the smallest tag motifs from Tranquil Moments – Cut each motif in half and adhere five of the six pieces along the left edge then adhere directly to pink layer. Cut 4 of the medium filigree motifs from Tranquil Moments – cut each motif in half and tape 7 of the 8 pieces evenly spaced around Spellbinders Standard Circles LG #7 adhere to base using a double layer of foam tape. Add a die cut layer using Spellbinders Majestic Circles #5 and #6 at the same time – adhere with one layer of foam tape. Add a die cut layer using Spellbinders Standard Circles SM #7 – stamp sentiment, rim with Gold Krylon Pen and adhere with one layer of foam tape.
|CRAFT SUPPLIES I USED|
|Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – You May Not Be Able to Leave Your Children
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – 80 lb
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments, Spellbinders Standard Circles LG #7, Spellbinders Majestic Circles #5 and #6, Spellbinders Standard Circles SM #7, The Paper Studio Gems, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Prima Roses, Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine
Hey, I wanna say thanks to you for stopping by. I feel so blessed to have the wonder readers I have and I also love how the comments are collaborative – you all help each other. Don’t forget, I’ve started putting a question parking lot so that if you have a question about this particular card – ask it and come back to this post to see your answer!
Question Parking Lot
Becky Green on Comment #6 asked where I got the little pink roses. Those are tiny pink roses by Prima. They measure about 3/8″ across. I’m not sure if you can still get them through Prima or not (I get things out of my stash, you know…) but lots of people see mulberry flowers this size – I’ve even seen them on amazon.com :-)
Ruthie Armstrong on Comment #11 asked what printer I use to print digital papers. Through no great research I have an Epson XP-300. The only reason I have it is because it was the cheapest thing at Walmart at the time and cost about $49.00 and in my mind cartridges have not been too bad BUT, I only use it for scanning and printing the occasional digital paper and Cut and Print for my Silhouette Cameo. Also, since this one is wireless and sits right in my craft room, I needed it to be fairly small – this one is 12″ x 15″. I like that I can print and use Copic and Spectrum Noir markers without the ink smearing. The only downside is that it’s finicky feeding in thicker paper like my Neenah 80# – it will work but I have to hold my mouth just right :-)
Clair W on Comment #33 asked for tips on using a Krylon Gold Marker. Hmmmm….me thinks I should do a video on that – stay tuned!! In the meantime, buy one and just jump in. Hold your pen so that the chisel tip is across the edge of your paper (perpendicular) and press the tip into the edge of the paper. Since the tip is fiber, it will part slightly. Run the pen down the edge of the paper and as you run it down ink will come off on both sides of your edge. Practice!! I’ll be back with more tips because this is a tool I have used a lot over the years and fall in love with it all over again when I pick up a new replacements :-)
Hi Becca, What a beautiful card you are sharing with us today… I would call this one Vintage Charm…. I can understand why you started with this senitment, as it hold such a deep meaning for any parent… Love all the pretty pink roses too !!
Thank you!!!!! Very beautiful!!!!!! )
I love how you use the dies, Becca. I would never think of cutting them and using them like this as a border, but they are just gorgeous! What a great idea. Thanks so much for the inspiration from your beautiful card.
Love it!! Another great card!
Thanks so much for the inspiration that you offer in every project that you do!
This is a gorgeous card and the sentiment is perfect!
Absolutely LOVELY Becca! :D I ADORE the vintage! And the verse is WONDERFUL TOO! sigh! It DOES remind you to be the best you can be, because your kids are watching! Even when they’re older!
My question—-(Hope I can remember to come back & see the answer! LOL) I hope I didn’t miss it in your post, but where do you get your lovely pink flowers? They’re BEAUTIFUL! :D
This is gorgeous Becca, so pretty and that verse…wow! Love it.
Love & Hugs
Jacquie J xxx
Sweet and beautiful little card. Very pretty.
Hi Becca, A very beautiful card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
Becca your card is just beautiful! Love the things you do with Spellbinders dies. Also have a question. What kind or brand of printer do you use to print that beautiful vintage paper? Loves, Ruthie
Such a sweet reminder.
This is gorgeous.. Love the design paper and love that quote.
Gorgeous card. Wonderful sentiment. Love the background paper. Very clever how you utilized your dies. Amazing job.
Good evening Becca,
You are a little tinker, I’ve checked your blog for the last few days every hour that I’ve been in, and then when I go to my daughter’s house for the afternoon with the granddaughters, you post your blog!! (lol).
This is just beautiful, the verse is so true, there is no substitute for love or time.
Your posts are always worth waiting for and they are always so meaningful, thank you.
Hi Becca….as always, a GORGEOUS card!! Have a question about the paper you used – with the flowers on it. I have seen you use this in one or two other projects and I just LOVE it. Can you tell me who makes this paper? The line?
Thanks in advance! Love your work.
Wow Becca this card is stunning. I love how you have used the dies to make your border and surround the focal point. The sentiment is beautiful too. Love everything about it and your gorgeous style xx
Oh Becca, this is so beautiful l just love it it makes me feel so serene. You always make the most beautiful cards & I just love your dies too though they are extremely hard to get here, You work so hard & give us so much of Gods beauty in your work. I also love your US size cards, ours can often be 8″ x 8″ which is enormous compared to your sweet beautiful cards.
ps I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet but I’ve been rather poorly all this year & am only just getting over it…
Oh my! Beautiful card – beautiful sentiment! A double winner!
Anne (UK) x
What a wonderful sentiment, what ever you add …..it always makes me think!
Thank you for the Wisdom !
Love the Card too!
What a beautiful sentiment , now that is love .
Such a lovely card too
Elaine H X
This card is marvelous. I have not been stamping for quite a while but it is a blog like this that I know will get me motivated again. Thank you for your inspirational stamping.
Hi Becca. This is a real beauty, so delicate and I love the sentiment : ) Take care.
Hi Becca, another very beautiful inspiring card. Thank you. Aiveen.
Absolutely love this stamp. And without a doubt your card, as always is gorgeous! Tfs!
Always love to check your blog and see what you’ve posted. You are by far the main reason I purchase from JustRite and Spellbinders! Lol. ;-)
So very sweet and delicate!!!!
Thanks for all of your encouragement, coaching, and card designs!
You are the best!
Becca you truly are inspiring. The way you utilise the ‘bits’ of the die sets to make unique creations amazes me. You certainly make one think outside the box thanks so much for sharing.
Another beautiful card Becca. Thank you so much for sharing.
Another gorgeous card & another lovely sentiment! Thank you for being such an inspirational “enabler”… :-)
So pretty! and this is one of my fav Quietfire Design stamps too!
Thanks as ever for creating with Quietfire!
Lovely card and what a sentiment -here’s a question for you – any tips on how to edge using a krylon pen? I have bought one but dont know how to use it to get a perfect edge. Any tips/advice most welcome!
Good morning Becca,
I always love your cards as they always have a certain meaning behind them and they are always so beautifully crafted. I can understand you wanting to use today’s verse as it is beautiful and so very true in what it says. We are put on this earth to live life to the full and that includes making choices. I love how you make a card as you are feeling and not because it has to be a certain way. Thank you Becca for your continuing inspiration that you so willing give to the rest of us.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah (Glenochil, Scotland)
I love it, so delicate yet powerful in words. I have pinned it, I have a board just for your cards, I love them all. And get excited whenever I see one on their I do not have I have only been on there for about a 1 to 1 1/2 years now. Thanks again for another great card.
Absolutely Gorgeous, love how delicate it is!
Me again – just read your response to my question re the Krylon pen – it inspired me to get it out of it’s packet and have a go – I’ve been looking at it sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks almost frightened of it!! I got the ink going and did as you said and wow! really effective and looks good even 1st attempt – which was a edging a straight line – suspect circles/ovals migth not be as easy though?… Another question for you of that’s not greedy of me -Any special way to store the pen now it’s open? – point downwards or level? packaging is not specific – love the effect it gives – thanks soo much for responding – really appreciated.
Love this sentiment! I totally agree with you about not forcing the creative process! If it isn’t there then it isn’t there! I often find myself working on one project and all of a sudden a new idea pops into my head and just has to come out right that minute! I set aside what I am working on a start the new one so I don’t lose the idea! Then, every couple weeks or months I go back and try to complete all my UFPs. Last night was one of those nights. I got 2 projects finished and one almost done. A few more hours and I will have them all finished! YAY!
Back to your card though! LOVE the sentiment and will be buying it from Quietfire! TFS!
gorgeous, love that sentiment x
just came on your site and love your cards and sayings thank you
Have I told you lately just how awesome you are? Me thinks not…. You are an awesome inspiration. Ok, got that off my chest. Many blessing to you and your process.
Hi Becca, This is a very beautiful and very pretty card, I especially love the heartfelt sentiment, I could read it over and over again, I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx
I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the above beautiful card,I will get to them later, but I am desperately looking for the punch you used the make the rounded shape to place the butterflies in, could you please tell me how I could find one if they are not out of stock by now? I have been looking at that video for over one year and I’m about to go crazy trying to find that punch. It would be greatly appreciated…..Do you want to sell yours? See, I really am desperate, no kidding….