Between Breaths

Card Making Ideas using 2014 Spellbinders Tranquil Moments
Sweet friends, today is Valentines Day.  Love while you can.   I’m reminded this every day.  I’m thankful today that there are so many people I’m truly fond of.  There will always be a special place in my heart for my sweetie but there’s plenty of room for everyone – my family, my friends, the lonely lady I see in the grocery store – you know, everyone.   I was talking with my daughter last night and we found out that her sweet friends father passed away yesterday.  It had only been a week since they found out he had an aggressive cancer, and he was a doctor.  We were a little bit stunned, it happened so fast — it’s a steady reminder that today is what counts.  I hope you spread some Valentine cheer and let your loved ones know that you love them :-)  That leads to my card today – while it’s not a Valentines Day card per se (see yesterdays post), I love the sentiment.  It reminds me to stop being so darned preoccupied and breathe!!  This is the year that (already) I’ve found so much clarity in between the breaths.  I hope you do too…
Even though it wasn’t so much intentional, I layered up my card with quite a few dies.  Starting with a base made using Spellbinders Fanciful Lattice, I built the next layer with Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine (embossed with Framed Petite Labels)  followed by Spellbinders Labels Sixteen.  My final two layers are using Spellbinders Elegant Ovals and the center piece from  Spellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments.   My apologies on that sentiment, I went to link it up and cannot locate it so I’m pretty sure it has been retired :-)

Rubber Stamps: Flourishes – Around the Arbor
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Bazzill
Ink: Fresh Ink – Pear
Accessories: Spellbinders Fanciful LatticeSpellbinders Labels Twenty NineFramed Petite LabelsSpellbinders Labels SixteenSpellbinders Elegant OvalsSpellbinders A2 Tranquil Moments, Recollection Pearls, May Arts Ribbon, Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine

Sending you Valentine Hugs!!  I’ll see you soon!!

  • EveleneFebruary 14, 2014 - 1:56 am

    Another eye-catching brilliant creation. The new SB A2 Tranquil dies are gorgeous that matches the frame. Nobody does it better, Becca. Every card that you make always stands out.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:13 am

    Once again you´ve just made such a breathtaking card Becca, and I hear everything you say about this. You really don´t know, what tomorrow will bring, so better live today to the fullest, I totally agree. I too lost my mum to cancer in just 4 days. We found out wednesday when she felt soo tired and not well and already saturday morning she left this world, so it´s really unbelievable how fast these things can go, so yes please tell your loved ones every day, as we never know.
    Hope you have a wonderful Valentines day too.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:21 am

    Hi Becca. I love the card, so many beautiful layers and a meaningful sentiment. It is so true that we must live for today as we never know what tomorrow will bring, do we! Have a good day. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:50 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. Your card took my breath away.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:52 am

    Happy Valentines Day to you too – just lovin that lattice! adn great dies combo yet again – how do you do it again and again? amazing and appreciated by all your folwers I am sure.ReplyCancel

  • margaret driscoll UKFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:58 am

    Hello Becca
    I don’t know whats worse, preparing to say goodbye, and suffering…. or going quickly, and leaving everyone in shock!
    Whichever……. its the way it must be!
    I like the card today and the sentiment Becca!
    Take care
    Love MargReplyCancel

  • Ruth UKFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:00 am

    Hi Becca , another very pretty card with your usual elegance.
    I agree with all you say , it’s very easy to get caught up and not live each moment, as you get older you realise this. So here’s to looking up and sing beauty all around us- and even crafters need to pause and consider!!

  • CraftysusanFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Hi Becca. Gorgeous card today and wonderful sentiment. Such a shame it has been retired. The old saying ” life is not a rehearsal” is so true. Live for the day and cherish all your loved ones while you can.ReplyCancel

  • jacquie jacobsFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:36 am

    This is stunning Becca, love, love, love the sentiment.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Norah McPheeFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:58 am

    Good morning Becca,
    What a beautiful card and so right in what it says. Todays world has everyone always moving and not stopping to enjoy the here and now. I know we only get one chance at life, but that is why it is all the more important to enjoy the small things as well as the big, the simple things as well as the complex. My heart goes out to your daughter to have the strength to help her friend as much as she can. It sometimes is just as simple as listening, but a true friend doesn’t care how many times she is called upon. It can take time to know that they are in a better place and a lot of healing, but after the tears i hope she listens for her father, because no one can take away where he will always remain, in her heart and her head.
    Love and hugs sent to you and your daughter for the brave task that is before her,
    Norah (Scotland)ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)February 14, 2014 - 4:26 am

    Such sad news, Becca, but I feel sure that your daughter will be just the right friend to help her through this, having faced a similar loss. I pray that she will be given the right words to help ease her friend’s pain. We must all remember to say those three little words – I love you – frequently to all those whom we love.
    A breathtaking card, Becca!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKFebruary 14, 2014 - 4:33 am

    A wonderful sentiment Becca which is so meaningful. Love your card with all its’ wonderful layers. Christine xxReplyCancel

  • LaceladyFebruary 14, 2014 - 4:59 am

    Happy Valentines day to you Becca, Have a great day. Love your card, but then you haven’t made one I didn’t like.ReplyCancel

  • Laura O ConnorFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:03 am

    love the sentiment and of course all the layers .Laura OReplyCancel

  • Dorothy HarrsionFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:14 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Becca, your posts are always uplifting and full of love. The Lord tells us that Today is the day, and NOW is the time – so many times we let time slip by with all the “to-do”s and miss the opportunities. I am so stingy with my time!! UGH! Your post is a gentle reminder – so thank you. The card, well, they are ALWAYS beautiful, because they come from your heart. Have a wonderful day, sweet memories, and may it be filled with laughter and joy – and yes, deep and refreshing breaths.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:38 am

    LIFE is SO FRAGILE!!! Praying for your daughter’s friend! It’s ALWAYS difficult to loose someone you love! LOVING my SWEETIES HERE TODAY! :) I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this day too, Becca!!!!!!!!!! HAVE A VERY HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TODAY, BECCA!!!!!!!!!!:) GORGEOUS CARD, as USUAL!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Know that this type of holiday is likely to very hard for you – but our Faith in God and family gets us through difficult times. My hert and prayers gout to your daughter’s friend. I’m sure she is jusst like her Mama.
    Another absolutely Georgia’s card, Becca. I have got to try a hinged card. Right now I am into bity blossoms and will probably never buy another flower! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY MY FRIEND!

  • Eileen L.February 14, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to a lovely lady with a beautiful Heart. Your card is
    “as always” totally gorgeous.ReplyCancel

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  • pat s witneyFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Hi Becca
    A beautiful card today with a beautiful sentiment. Love all the layers you have put on this card.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Happy Valentine day Becca. May God bless you. I pray peace for your daughter’s friend father. Valentine Day is a hard day for us too. My wonderful father in law died on Valentine,s day.
    Beautiful card, love all the layers.ReplyCancel

  • KathieFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Thanks for all your wonderful blogs. Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Mary H.February 14, 2014 - 8:17 am

    So very true, with the beautiful sentiment. I am so lovin’ these elegant new S/B dies. Can’t wait until they are available. A lovely use of them on this beauty. TFS & Happy V DayReplyCancel

  • kathleenFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:38 am

    I have followed your work for 5 years (?) and still…you never cease to amaze me! KathyReplyCancel

  • Gayle in CanadaFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Becca
    God BlessReplyCancel

  • MarianneFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:48 am

    What a great sentiment and a beautiful card to show case it!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterFebruary 14, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Absolutely Beautiful, such lovely shape and great layering and embellishing. It is always a good reminder to remember that we are very blessed to have those people in our lives that are special to us. Sending hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy HomanFebruary 14, 2014 - 9:07 am

    I LOVE this card. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and providing inspiration to us.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonFebruary 14, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Hi Becca,
    Love the layering of all the different dies, and a nice saying. Hope its not too cold , for I know the south has been having lots of cold weather, any way better than here its been so cold and lots of snow, had a break from the snow for a few days but to get more today, the snow banks are so high when a car goes by on the road you can’t see it. Happy Valentines day to you.
    Gravenhurst,Ont. CanadaReplyCancel

  • CynthiaFebruary 14, 2014 - 10:10 am

    And, this is the truth! What a beautiful card, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn HardyFebruary 14, 2014 - 11:02 am

    A gorgeous card with a lovely sentiment. Thank You for reminding me that love is precious and should be treasured every day. I’m sure your John would be so proud of you – he will be looking down on you and loving you (how could he not). Thinking of you Becca, hugs xReplyCancel

  • ChelseaFebruary 14, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    A beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment. And thank you for your important words also, Becca. Life is just too short not to make sure we tell people we love and appreciate them. Thank you so much for sharing your art and your love to all of us, your readers. I’m sending you lots of love in return!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka KFebruary 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    WOW Becca, this is gorgeous. I love all the layering and love those dies.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthFebruary 14, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Hi Becca, A truly stunning card, and a fabulous sentiment. We all get caught up in things, we need to stop and take notice of the people around us, and tell them every day how much they mean to us. No-one knows what is around the corner, we need to make the most of the time we all have together. It is my hubby’s Birthday today, I made him a fabulous card (even if I say it myself haha) and have just made him a fabulous meal, and he got some great ‘surprise’ pressies.
    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Gould in AustraliaFebruary 14, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Sooo Ooh Soooo Ooh… Beautiful Oooh. How blessed we are with family and friends… thank you for sharing.
    Lorraine FDUReplyCancel

  • Vicki RobeFebruary 14, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    Hi Becca, another beautiful card. The layering is exquisite and the way you embellish is just right, never overdone. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Frances EricksonFebruary 14, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Happy Valentines Day Becca and I am sending you my love and Blessings. This is such breathtaking card. I can hardly wait to make it. Have a wonderful day and know you are Loved!!!ReplyCancel

  • RoseFebruary 14, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    What a beautiful card, simply divine. I love everything about it, the dies used, the colour combo and sentiment and embellishment. You are such a talented lady.
    And yes, we forget that life can all of a sudden stop. This is not a bad thing because we should not live in fear – just as long as we truly appreciate all that life has to offer us and the many different kinds of love we encounter.
    Hugs, RoseReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E-TownFebruary 14, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Becca what a stunning card and wonderful reminder to breath and and enjoy every moment! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, just love all the layers and especially all the pretty pearls around the lattice!!!ReplyCancel

  • TammieFebruary 15, 2014 - 7:11 am

    Your card sentiment spoke to me. Do you ever get the feeling in church that the pastor is talking to you? Well your card is lovely, and the sentiment is powerful! Thanks for the inspiration. I am totally ready to breath and hugs some special people!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda BrockFebruary 15, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Hi Becca this is a stunning card love the dies and a beautiful sentiment
    Your cards are always gorgeous .
    Hugs Lynda xxReplyCancel

  • Lenora JacksonFebruary 17, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    You did it again. I never need anyone to send me a card. I can just read yours.! Thanks for the inspiration. I have made one of your cards. It turned out nicely. Have a great week.

  • Lenora JacksonFebruary 26, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Your cards always warm my heart. Thanks for sharing!