Courage Does Not Always Roar

Sweet day blog friends.  I hope today finds you well and full of adventure.  June is here, can you even believe it?  So, for my card today I reached in the stash for a little bit of inspiration.   It’s so true that courage does not always roar, indeed trying again is an act that is brimming with courage and faith.  It was such a blessing that Suzanne with Quietfire Design turned one of my very favorite quotes,  Courage Does Not Always Roar into a stamp.  I know you’re with me on this, sometimes just the act of stamping, preparing this for someone else and reading the words over in my head makes it resonate in my heart.  This goes into the stash for the next time someone (or me) needs lifting – there will be one, but I will be ready :-)

The card measures 4-1/2″ x 6/1/2″ and uses Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four.  The second layer is made by cutting Elegant Labels Four and Spellbinders Labels Four at the same time – it creates the perfect matching opening for the frame.  A flower made using Spellbinders Jewel Flower and Flourishes for an embellishment finish the front and the second part of the sentiment for the inside of the card. I took a little creative license and stamped the quote’s author on the inside of the card with the inner sentiment so that it wouldn’t be covered up.  The paper (ByDigitalPaper – Flower Lady) that I used for this was so pretty that I dare not cover it up.  So today, with two layers, it’s truly a simple card.

A Note About Printing:

No recap today because the card is so simple but I’ll walk you through my workflow for printing and hopefully answer a couple of the questions that have been coming in to me.  I’ve had notes from several people about printing digital paper and as this was a full size sheet, printing could not have been simpler.   I copied the .jpg file to my desktop and on my Windows laptop, I right clicked the file name and a menu comes up.  To use the picture printing resident in Windows I selected print from the menu. Because it is a .jpg file the program assumes I’m trying to print pictures and gives me a choice on size and a multitude of other settings.  I simply said to print full sheet to my small Epson XP-300 Inkjet printer.  I printed it out on the Georgia Pacific White Cardstock that can be purchased at Walmart.   Although I’m very happy with the printer, it was not a purchase I researched thoroughly as I picked it up at Walmart when I was visiting my daughter and we needed an inexpensive printer, quickly.  So there you have it, I did no cropping or resizing (this time) because I needed a big area to cut from this delicious collage paper.

Stamps: Quietfire Design – Courage Does Not Always Roar
Paper: By Digital Paper – The Flower Lady, GP White 80 lb Cardstock
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Victorian Velvet Distress Ink for Ribbon
Accessories:  Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four Spellbinders Labels FourSpellbinders Jewel Flower and FlourishesSeam Binding, Mulberry flowers, Recollections Pearls, Becca’s Bow Maker, Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine

Savor the day!  I’ll see you tomorrow :-)

  • ChelseaJune 2, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful card of inspiration. The words of the sentiment would bring cheer to any heart, and the beauty of your design brings joy to the soul. Thank you for another inspiration, another blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Chris GualazziJune 2, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful sentiment and a lovely card. You are so inspirational!!ReplyCancel

  • sharon dymerskiJune 2, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    hi, becca. as usual your card is lovely, but i have no idea how you attached the front to the back. there is so little paper at the top as it is all cut away. what is your secret? i have watched your tutorial on how to make the extra little flap to adhere to the second piece, but there does not seem to be room enough on the cut out part to do this. if you have time, could you send me a photo of the inside and back side of the card? i make cards for soldiers in afghanistan/iraq and have made over 6,000. i do not make fancy cards like yours, but i use old cards people save for me, cut out bits and pieces and make new cards. i also start from scratch. i am always scrounging supplies as the cost can become prohibitive. i would love to learn how to make pretty cards like this one so i can have a change of pace from my normal simple cards. this is my pain therapy as my endorphins are raised when i am doing something i like and i know will help others. now that more troops are coming home i don’t have to make my 1,000 cards per year, whew, but i still make tons and give them away to different non profit groups, etc. i also will make cards for senior citizens in low income housing apts as they elderly ladies love to give and get cards. so, even though i have made made so many, i still am not making lovely cards like yours. any hints would be greatly appreciated. i hope life is getting easier for you, i know that god has held your hand the entire time as he never lets go; i am so thankful to know that. have a wonderful summer and keep making us smile with your marvelous talent and love of god shining through your works and words.

    sharon dymerskiReplyCancel

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  • Rebekka KJune 2, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    This is just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJune 2, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    WOW BECCA!!!!!!!!!!!! This is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING & WHAT A WONDERFUL VERSE!!!!!!! :) It is SURE to lift ANYONE’S DAY!!!!!!!!! :) (Including MINE!) :) BLESSINGS SWEET LADY!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen RatcliffeJune 2, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the paper and especially the dies you used over the paper.ReplyCancel

  • ReisaJune 2, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    I love the sentiment and of course the card is just beautiful. When I get home from vacation I will definitely have to buy that sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • MelanieJune 2, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    absolutly stunning .MelanieReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJune 2, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Great Card Becca. Just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)June 2, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Another absolute stunner, Becca! You never cease to amaze and inspire :o)
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Kay G.June 2, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    This card is gorgeous. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly FlahertyJune 2, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    This sentiment brought tears to my eyes. My favorite aunt died in May and each day I must muster the strength to help my mother with the loss of her sister as well as deal with my own grief. The card itself is beyond beautiful and I am so blessed to have found your site so I can enjoy your creations. Thanks Becca, you have once again brightened my day!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann robbinsJune 2, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    How very beautiful and inspirational, Becca! I am going to have to try the digital paper; really love this one. Like as though I didn’t have any floral paper LOL! Becca I hope you have a blessed week.
    Most gang

  • JudyJune 2, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Gorgeous card Becca and lovely sentiment …ReplyCancel

  • Francie in MontrealJune 2, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    So very pretty! And love that sentiment too!ReplyCancel

  • Rosy NewlunJune 2, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    Your creations brighten and cheer up each day – thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJune 3, 2013 - 1:14 am

    Really lovely card – I soooo love the shape of these dies.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJune 3, 2013 - 1:59 am

    Morning Becca, A stunning card, the paper from By Digital is so pretty, no wonder you wanted to use it in all it’s ‘glory’. Beautiful die-cuts and the gorgeous flower finishes off this really elegant card. Stunning.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • MaryannJune 3, 2013 - 2:08 am

    I actually just fell over this saying somewhere else just last week and saved it on my computer, as I thought it would be perfect for a card some time, and then you just use it here today already, that is amazing, almost like we think alike, as it´s not the first time, this has happened.
    Your card today is sooooooooooo gorgeous and absolutely stunning work.Well done on a perfectt job here again Becca, I really really love this one too.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BJune 3, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Becca, you are exactly right! Sometimes it is the act of stamping and creating that will help me too. I read the sentiment and it hits home. It is very therapeutic. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • VickiJune 3, 2013 - 10:16 am

    This is one of my favorite quotes. Thank you for previewing the stamp set here, as I would probably have never seen it otherwise. The muted print is a perfect background!ReplyCancel

  • Lu CJune 3, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    I love this quote as well! I don’t have the Quiet Fire stamp so I just printed the words on a piece of card stock and cut it out with a die. I used it on a card that I sent to my grandson during his Sophmore year at college. He mentioned when he came home that summer that it was one that resonated with many of his friends as well. I had no idea he was actually displaying the cards of encouragement that I had been sending periodically. He is finishing up his junior year. One more to go!
    Your card is a beauty…as they all are. Thanks for the ‘walk thru’ of printing digital paper. I think I might actually be able to handle that! lol.
    Blessing to you for all you do for us!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle HJune 4, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    this is my very favorite courage quote card and the card is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy PotentierJune 12, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    wow Becca… beautiful, I look forward to your emails but wonder why I don’t get them regularly, its like I get one and scroll back to make sure I haven’t missed any and there’s 4 or more new one’s I didn’t know about….good thing I scroll…lol I just love to admire your cards….so gorgeous!!! tfs with usReplyCancel