When Life Knocks

Hi there friends.  I stole away for a small break and was able to finish up two cards that have been lying on my table.  They are not elaborate, but I thought I would share them nonetheless.  Sometimes the act of getting something done is better than all the time put into it.  Since right now I feel like I’m threading beads onto a string with no knot, I’ll go with this small accomplishment.  The first card is made using a new set released in October for Our Daily Bread Designs call Pray from the Full of Grace Collection

I jump every time get to use some of my Zva pearls stash.  This flourish seemed perfect to flank the Spellbinders Mega Ovals L stacked upon the Spellbinders Labels Ten.  A sheer ribbon cinches the whole deal.  See, I told you simple.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Pray
Paper:  K&Co., Bazzill
Ink:  Colorbox Chalk Ink – Olive Pastel
Accessories:  Zva Pearls, Ribbon, Spellbinders Mega Ovals LG, Spellbinders Labels Ten

For my next card I used the new poinsettia die cut by Our Daily Bread Designs – It matches the large poinsettia stamp an existing Christmas set called Blessed Christmas  Now we all know that I’m cutting challenged, so this nifty die made quick work of cutting out the poinsettia.  I colored it with Tombow markers and layered it on top of Spellbinders Labels Fourteen.   For my tag, I used one of the sentiments from the Blessed Christmas set and omitted Holy Night for a sweet little tag.  

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs –  Blessed Christmas
Paper:  Paper Studio, Bazzill
Ink:  Versamark and Gold embossing powder
Accessories:  Our Daily Bread Designs Blessed Christmas matching Poinsettia die, Spellbinders Labels Fourteen, Spellbinders Double Ended Tags, pearls, ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Smooches!

  • Candy MillsOctober 31, 2010 - 1:36 am

    Dear Becca,

    You may think the first card simple, but it is stunning. I have some of that paper from years ago and don’t think it has ever looked better than tonight with how you have used it. That sentiment is one of my favourites, and with all the beautiful pearls and ribbon this card is a knock out!!!

    Your second card is so ‘stately’ in the red and gold! You have the most beautiful papers and ribbons I have ever seen. The way you have put this one together is beautiful and really gives meaning to
    ‘Silent Night’.
    Love and prayers for you and your dear one.ReplyCancel

  • Linda LOctober 31, 2010 - 1:36 am

    Oh my – sooooo beautiful. That first sentiment is inspiring and love how you’ve embellished with the pearls and gorgeous ribbon. Your layers on the 2nd card are totally gorgeous too….thanks for sharing Becca. Hope that string gets a knot in it soon to make life a bit easier for you. xLReplyCancel

  • Judie RymanOctober 31, 2010 - 1:42 am

    Two stunning cards, Becca. I’ll continue praying for your hubby and for you! Thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful talent with us!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene JOctober 31, 2010 - 1:44 am

    I have you both in my thoughts and prayers. Beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraOctober 31, 2010 - 2:00 am

    Both of the card are lovely . Your rushed cards are better than my labor intensive cards :)
    My thoughts and prayers are for John’s improvement and for strength for both of you. I sincerely wish I could help you carry the load you have now.ReplyCancel

  • Marion (Australia)October 31, 2010 - 2:36 am

    Hello Becca!

    Both your cards are beautiful.
    The first one I love the sentiment and am anxiously waiting for it in the mail. The design paper is beautiful and all those beads really add to it.
    The second one is stunning as well. I love the colour you chose for the Poinsettia. it looks very regal and elegant.
    Hugs Marion (Maz)ReplyCancel

  • Donna GOctober 31, 2010 - 3:01 am

    You call this simple, but I call it elegant, beautiful, etc.!
    Donna GReplyCancel

  • PatROctober 31, 2010 - 4:00 am

    Simple? I’d say stunning!!

  • Angella CrockettOctober 31, 2010 - 5:29 am

    Fabulous work, darlin’! The Lord blesses the work of your hands, even during troubled times! May He continue to strengthen you give you both endurance to run this race. God Bless you and John! Mwaaaah back atcha!!!ReplyCancel

  • emilyOctober 31, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Your cards are so beautiful! The soft pink one goes so nicely with the sentiment and the Christmas one is so elegant! Your simple cards are fancier than my fanciest ones! You make the most gorgeous creations!
    Thank-you for sharing and hope things improve soon! {Hugs}ReplyCancel

  • racheOctober 31, 2010 - 6:59 am

    Oh my goodness. These cards are beautiful!!! I will have to borrow from your ideas and create my own.
    Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Grace NyweningOctober 31, 2010 - 7:07 am

    Both are beautiful Becca!!! You can’t do anything but beautiful! Thinking of you and praying!

  • Jerri KayOctober 31, 2010 - 7:23 am

    Both cards are incredibly gorgeous Becca, I love the soft serenity of the first card, and the striking rich colors and design of the second one. You’re an enabler girlie, I’m off to ODB to check out that new die.ReplyCancel

  • laineeOctober 31, 2010 - 7:27 am

    Stunning cards. They are beautiful cards. Prayers and hugs to you and your hubby. Take care and I love your work.

  • Pam L.October 31, 2010 - 7:29 am

    Becca this is gorgeous! as usual. I recognized some of your cards in the Scrap and Stamp Magazine in the Quietfire article. That classy style of yours can’t be missed. Congrats!
    Pam L.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveyOctober 31, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Both cards are stunning Becca, but I especially like the second one. Just love the deep red and gold together. I’m going to have to check the two sites you listed for the papers to see if I can find the ones that you used. Hope all is well, or at least going better, on the home front. I think of you daily and just can’t imagine what you or your husband must be going through. I’ll continue to pray for you both and hopefully soon you will have some good news for your followers.ReplyCancel

  • gabbyOctober 31, 2010 - 7:43 am

    These two cards took my breath away! Amazing your creations truly are! :)ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenOctober 31, 2010 - 7:51 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! SO ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! The pink card reminds me of the wedding of one of my friends, years ago!!!!! The verse, tis TRUE!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! And the Christmas card!!! STUNNING!!! I LOVE GOLD on cards!!! It makes them SO ELEGANT!!!! ALWAYS, ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL Becca!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • CarolOctober 31, 2010 - 7:57 am

    Sometimes simple is better — less is more! Your cards are absolutely stunning and very elegant in appearance. My “simple” cards certainly don’t look as beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • MickieOctober 31, 2010 - 8:09 am

    You have been in my thoughts, I look for your blog updates daily!! My prayers are with you and yours. NO NOT SIMPLE!! Very elegant Becca as all your work is. Both of these cards are just stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Alice LukasikOctober 31, 2010 - 8:15 am

    You say your first card is simple but it is absolutely beautiful and elegant – just like all of your cards. You are so amazing and talented. Many prayers and love go out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaOctober 31, 2010 - 8:20 am

    This is stunning. Gorgeous papers.ReplyCancel

  • CarolOctober 31, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Becca – Both of these are stunning. Of all the blogs I follow, I ALWAYS know your creations are going to be out of this world. Prayers go up for you and your hubby.ReplyCancel

  • LizetteOctober 31, 2010 - 8:56 am

    Hi Even your “simple” cards are amazing!! LOVE them all. I love the sentiment. TFS! Still praying for you and your husband.

  • Mary H.October 31, 2010 - 8:56 am

    Both cards are lovely,as usual. For a change, I have the materials already for the poinsettia card & now I see exactly how to use them! What fun. Prayers are still being said. Thanks for sharing with us, even though you have your hands full of other matters right now. God Bless & keep you BOTH!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MassmanOctober 31, 2010 - 9:35 am

    YOUR pink card is delicious! I know a young girl who could really use that card!!!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carol FroehlichOctober 31, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Your cards are always beautiful. You don’t have to put hours into your cards for them to be an inspiration to others.

    I am continuing to pray for you and your family. I understand when emotions hang in mid air waiting for the end to the suffering.
    May God continue to give you strength.ReplyCancel

  • MarisaOctober 31, 2010 - 10:33 am

    You’ve got more patience than I do to attempt all those beads. Think I’d end up with them all over me instead of the card LOL! Lovely second card too :)ReplyCancel

  • EzOctober 31, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Two very wonderful cards. Thanks you for taking the time to keep creating and sharing your gift with everyone.
    Praying for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Susi KOctober 31, 2010 - 10:52 am

    All your work is SO inspiring, Becca – we are all blessed to have someone like you share your wonderful talents with us! Each of these cards has it’s own appeal. My prayers go out to you & your family at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • MoniqueOctober 31, 2010 - 10:58 am

    My Hat goes off to you Becca.. I just wrote up a post on a card that I cased for TSTR weekly Challenge and my adventure as I tried to apply a string of gems.. Holy Moly it is not easy lol.. Such beautiful cards!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtOctober 31, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Gorgeous and more Gorgeous! Love the sentiment on the first card!ReplyCancel

  • paulaOctober 31, 2010 - 11:55 am

    beautiful creations despite all else you must be dealing with at the moment. Hope all is as well as can be expected with you and John.

    Paula x x x

    Derbyshire, UK.ReplyCancel

  • MyraOctober 31, 2010 - 12:41 pm

    Two really beautiful cards love how youve used the pearls just gorgeous.

  • EileenOctober 31, 2010 - 12:42 pm

    Becca, another two beautiful, stunning cards…as always!!!!
    Sending you lots of heartfelt hugs.

    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • PamOctober 31, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Both of those cards are absolu tely breathtakingly beautiful Becca. You have such a creative, wonderful talent, I’ve never seen cards as stunning as yours. My prayers are with you during your husband’s illness. I’ve walked in your shoes and it is truly not easy. Blessings and hugs, PamReplyCancel

  • AnneOctober 31, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Hi Becca :o)

    Beautiful cards!

    Prayers winging their way from across the pond for you and John. Thinking of you both often.

    Anne (UK)ReplyCancel

  • cynthiaOctober 31, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    Breathtaking! I’m on my way to Daily Bread Designs!ReplyCancel

  • Pat JandacekOctober 31, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    Selfishly I’m always pleased you can take/make the time to create and share because you’re such an inspiration. First and foremost, though, II do pray that your creative time is an oasis of comfort for you. Needless to say my prayers are also for strength for both you and John and for his recovery. The verse on your first card is so apt for everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Penny ReedOctober 31, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    You are truly gifted, Becca. Your sweet spirit is obvious in your absolutely gorgeous creations! Thank you for sharing. And you and your dear John are in my prayers! God is able!ReplyCancel

  • Fran GumprechtOctober 31, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Two beautiful creations!

    Continued prayers, Becca! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • CindyOctober 31, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    Beautiful Becca; how can you even think these are not elaborate. WOW – beautiful, elegant – the richness of the colors in the poinsettia card – I think that adds up to elaborate!ReplyCancel

  • JaneyOctober 31, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    Both cards are beautiful, Becca. “Not elaborate” ? I think they are stunning. Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • RufusOctober 31, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    Becca, even your “simple” cards are lovely! I’m glad that you’ve managed to get in a little craft time. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.
    Hang in there,

  • DebraKOctober 31, 2010 - 9:49 pm

    I agree with Candy above, Becca, your ribbons and paper are always so awesome. But, honestly, I think if all you had was a brown paper bag and some twine, you would make a work of art of it. Both cards are lovely, and you are so lucky to have found your God-given talent…!ReplyCancel

  • GinnyOctober 31, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    I especially love the first card. It’s beautiful, and the sentiment is so true. Too bad it takes being knocked down to get us to pray sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Neesey GebalskiOctober 31, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    This is just a beautiful card. Very elegant. How do you do such perfect bows? Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Debby WaltersNovember 1, 2010 - 12:08 am

    Even though it might feel like the string is unknotted and the beads are going everywhere, God knows where each and every little bead is going. We all continue to lift you and John up in prayer.

    I cannot say enough good words about your cards. As always, your works are an inspiration to many and leave me in awe. Thank you fo sharing with all of us, in good times and not so good times.


  • JeanNovember 1, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Beautiful cards. Remember that nothing is too big for God to handle. Lifting you and John up in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaNovember 1, 2010 - 8:46 am

    Hey Becca, These are beautiful cards! I love the Pray sentiment. I may have to buy that t set, just for that sentiment. And the poinsettia! What a beauty! It almost looks real! I have only one question. You said that the Pray card wasn’t elaborate…It sure looks elaborate to me! The pearls, I think, make it look elaborate. (Even if they did come off a sheet already laid out for you to just lay it on the card:)
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!ReplyCancel

  • mary friederichsenNovember 1, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    OMGoodness Becca, these are stunning!
    Thank you so much for sharing these with us today!ReplyCancel

  • MarcieNovember 1, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    There is nothing simple about any of your creations. I just love the first card. It is beautiful with all the pearls. And your second card is just stunningly gorgeous. That red and gold combination is truly beautiful.

  • Donna M.November 2, 2010 - 7:39 am

    Becca, your “Pray” card is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen. What an impact it makes, & what a wonderful statement. My prayers are with you and your family. With love…ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterNovember 2, 2010 - 8:48 am

    Both cards are so lovely, it looks like the first cards paper is embossed, gives it that something extra!
    Your second is so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • CherylNovember 2, 2010 - 7:43 pm

    Your cards are just stunning, Becca.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your Family.
    “When Life Knocks” is so very appropriate.
    Love and Hugs to you. CherylReplyCancel

  • charleneNovember 2, 2010 - 8:23 pm

    Becca, I found this site only recently, all of the designers are AMAZING…but I was drawn to your designs. You are so “gifted”. I feel like I know you, when my friend comes over to paper craft, I say lets look at “Becca’s “cards. :)…. I pray through this very difficult time that you will remember that God knows the plan He has for you Jer.29:11 Be encouraged…you have encouraged me through your “gift” CharleneReplyCancel

  • MarieNovember 3, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    Dear Becca,

    I would NEVER think of any of your cards as simple, or, not elaborate. Every single one is beautiful and inspiring. I feel ashamed that I have only occasionally left comments about your work. Especially as I visit your blog every day. I have even logged on to show family and friends your beautiful creations.

    Much love,
    Marie xReplyCancel

  • PhyllisNovember 4, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Oh Becca,
    My heart is with you……….. I came in very late after work and checked my messages before falling into bed and read the “John” letter. I sent my love and prayers to you right then and have every day since. By now you have hundreds of prayers going up in a steady stream day and night. Take your time and we will all be here waiting for your return….when YOU are ready. The Lord has blessed you more than once in this life and He will bless you again. Silently, we all have our arms around you. Bless you BeccaReplyCancel

  • Deebi27November 8, 2010 - 12:28 am

    Exquisite cards Becca, just sooo beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • JulieNovember 15, 2010 - 10:27 am

    The red & gold card is absolutely stunning. Can you please tell me where I can buy the paper you used. I just HAVE to have some. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Well done on your blog it is always a pleasure to check it out for your new postings………ReplyCancel