Day 24 – 30 Days of Giving

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design and Spellbinders -
Top of the morning to you!   I have a new card to share this morning – Day 24 of the 30 Days of Giving.   I was playing around with more Sapphire Dies and loved this set of wings and heart called Love in Flight.  I stamped my sentiment on Spellbinders Baby Buntings and topped it off with Spellbinders Victorian Corners.  The sentiment is one of my favorites (yes, another favorite) from Quietfire Design called  There Are Two Things We Can Give Our Children.

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design and Spellbinders -
If you’re new to the blog, welcome to my 30 Days of Giving – every day during the month of July I’m giving away a handmade card – you can read all the specifics HERE.  You can check to see if you’ve won a card by searching for your name on the Giveaway Winners page.  You get there by the menu at the top of the page – put your cursor on Features then look down the list and select Giveaway Winners.

For today’s comment – Which weighs heavier with you when you’re creating handmade cards – the overall look or the message?   There’s no right answer, just a preference :-)

Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – There Are Two Things We Can Give Our Children
Craft Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White 80 lb, Gold Poster Board, Printed Book Page, PTI Sweet Blush
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Baby BuntingsSpellbinders Victorian Corners, Love in Flight (available at, The Paper Studio Pearls, Satin Ribbon
post-header-bottomTake care friends, thanks so so much for stopping by!!


  • CyrusJuly 24, 2015 - 9:02 am

    Beautiful, stunning, Gorgeous. These are the words I can think of this lovely card. Becca, you’re so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle BerceauJuly 24, 2015 - 9:05 am

    The overall look, I know it should be the thought that counts, but I want my card to look perfect. Although the recipients love any kind of handmade card.ReplyCancel

  • Jane BJuly 24, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Hi Becca , stunning card again like the sentiment,I found it very difficult to have the children use their wings! My cards I try to have a balance between design and sentiment so both options are important to me.Take care Jane B.ReplyCancel

  • Marzee CarnesJuly 24, 2015 - 9:16 am

    I think, to me, it is the overall look. I already have a message in mind when creating the card, so it is the design that I struggle with. Though the message is the most important part to get across, it is usually the easiest for me, and I have to spend much more time on the design.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJuly 24, 2015 - 9:18 am

    The look of the card, I do not have a lot of saying stamps….another beautiful card, love how u mix book page, pearls and etc, u sure know how to pull it off…just enjoy looking at your photos over and over, hoping one day to be brave and try to make something like yours……thanks for all u do and for sharing…you are a true blessing to a lot of us…ReplyCancel

  • LindaJuly 24, 2015 - 9:22 am

    Morning Becca! Beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment, love it! Both the design and message are important to me.
    Have a fabulous day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet CobbJuly 24, 2015 - 9:23 am

    It depends on the purpose, if it’s a sympathy card then the message is most important. If it is a birthday card, get-well, etc. then the overall look can be more important to me. Beautiful card, by the way! It would make an amazing Mother’s Day card for my new daughter-in-law!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra spainJuly 24, 2015 - 9:25 am

    This card is so pretty..loving the sentiment and the colour particularly.
    I think it is the overall look of the card as I tend to write a message inside to personalise it. XxxReplyCancel

  • DK KeelsJuly 24, 2015 - 9:26 am

    Daily we are bombarded by words (emails, texts, on and on). I concentrate on images that will hopefully relay my positive sentiment and will spark a positive feeling.ReplyCancel

  • Judy SmedleyJuly 24, 2015 - 9:30 am

    What a gorgeous card and the sentiment – touches my heart. Actually when making cards I like an overall WOW look but each one has to have just the right sentiment for the occasion or for the recipient. The sentiment always has to live up the occasion for me.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 24, 2015 - 9:34 am

    Hi Becca. Gorgeous card and lovely sentiment. I tend to concentrate more on the overall look of my card, although I love using sentiments :-) Hugs xxxReplyCancel

  • Terri (terriavidreader) ScottJuly 24, 2015 - 9:34 am

    I think it’s the overall look. It depends on what the card is for naturally, but I like CAS cards mostly, I think because I’m uncomfortable in how to make the more elegant cards like you do so well! I have only made a couple of those and although they turned out oK, it was stressful to me. but I want the person getting the card to be very happy with what I’ve sent also.ReplyCancel

  • Denise BryantJuly 24, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Gorgeous card! Love that delicate Victorian Corner!
    The overall look is what I aim for in creating a card.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 24, 2015 - 9:40 am

    Oh Wow Becca, what a lovely card and the sentiment beautiful, Yes it is the sentiment for me , love a beautiful sentiment i do.
    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Niki WinchellJuly 24, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Yet another gorgeous card. The dusty pink is just the right shade.

    I strive for an overall look of a card. Often the sentiment is integral to that look, but not always.

    Thanks so much for sharing your boundless talent.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria LunaJuly 24, 2015 - 9:43 am

    Both. The card could be gorgeous but if the stamp is not right … or vice versa. You always manage to match card and stamp perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • KarenJuly 24, 2015 - 9:44 am

    Another stunning card Becca!!!
    I already have my message picked out for the person ,so I strive for perfection on the cardReplyCancel

  • Cheryl RotnemJuly 24, 2015 - 9:46 am

    I would have to say it would be the over all card. Then I pick my message for it.ReplyCancel

  • Mitzi LuttrullJuly 24, 2015 - 9:53 am

    Hi Becca. That is a great sentiment on your featured card. For me, that is the biggest challenge is getting wording for what I’m making the card for. I like the professional look of a stamped sentiment, but often I hand write my own.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 24, 2015 - 9:53 am

    O that’s a tough question! Both are important bit I think the look just pips it for me.ReplyCancel

  • Mary EstherJuly 24, 2015 - 9:58 am

    Many times I make cards that are “blank” so that I may hand write a suitable sentiment inside…so I would have to say that the design is more important to me.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter to win one of your gorgeous creations!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine S.July 24, 2015 - 9:58 am

    It really depends on the occasion. If it’s something like a birthday or a happy occasion, I usually focus on the stamp or image . If it’s a sympathy card or a get well ( card for a cancer patient ) then I focus more on the sentiments used.ReplyCancel

  • SueJuly 24, 2015 - 9:59 am

    Another beauty! The wings and heart look so nice. In answer to your question, I concentrate on the overall look. I don’t have many sentiment stamps and sometimes think that a sentiment on the front can take away from the design. However, I think that you incorporate your sentiments into the design with other dies, gems, ribbons, etc. so that they blend together well.ReplyCancel

  • Gay FerlandJuly 24, 2015 - 9:59 am

    As always, you are so inspirational!
    For me, stamp companies never make enough sayings for outer cards and for inner cards. I so struggle with sentiments in and out of the card.
    Great opportunity for an entrepreneur. ….make stamp sayings for in and out of cards!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DeborahJuly 24, 2015 - 10:01 am

    This is a hard question to answer because both are important to me! However, if I have to choose I guess it’s the sentiment – and the one on this card is fabulous, by the way.ReplyCancel

  • DebraJuly 24, 2015 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful card Becca!
    I usually know what stamp I will use and choosing one is not difficult. I struggle always at the very beginning of creating a card. It’s like I can’t remember how! Once I decide what colors I’m using and the design, it all seems to come together. Magic happens while I’m making the card and it always amazes me. Almost always looks great when I’m done.ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQJuly 24, 2015 - 10:02 am

    This sentiment is one of my favorites as well. When I am creating a handmade card, I think of the recipient and their likes. The gender of the recipient is the first requirement in my thought process and definitely determines the look of the card. The message is most important and sometimes I will think about the message for a day or two to make sure I say what I want to say and not just choose a generic statement. Many times I will type up on my computer my message and add it to the inside of my card as a folded layer. I always add a short handwritten sentence or two also before signing the card. Just wanted to tell you how elegant your dazzlers are on your bows.ReplyCancel

  • Marcie SmithJuly 24, 2015 - 10:06 am

    Love this message!!! I want both on my cards, but I usually start with the message and design around that.

  • Becky GreenJuly 24, 2015 - 10:07 am

    Call me a “perfectionist,” but I worry about the over-all appearance & the sentiment the same amount! LOL I like for the appearance & the sentiment to meld together as one piece! ;)

    LOVELY CARD BECCA! AND SENTIMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL ;) (That is the reason EVERYONE LOVES your cards! They do EXACTLY what I am aiming for. That PERFECT MELDING!!!!!!!!!!!! ) ;)ReplyCancel

  • Karen WeddingJuly 24, 2015 - 10:09 am

    I’m all about the message. I want the card to convey exactly what I’m trying to say. It can be the simplest card but have a great impact with the saying that’s on it.ReplyCancel

  • Sally J.July 24, 2015 - 10:10 am

    The overall look of the card is my main concern. I can write what I want to convey inside. Pretty card!!!ReplyCancel

  • NancyJBJuly 24, 2015 - 10:12 am

    I would have to say a little of both but the message is definitely the most important. Each card I make is for a certain person and the message must say what I want to tell them. I often change the message several times before I finish the card. As usual your card is beautiful and has a wonderful message. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettJuly 24, 2015 - 10:14 am

    The overall look gives me problems a lot of the time. Everyone says I am too critical of my work. The message is usually the easiest part. :)
    Gorgeous card Becca! I just got the baby bunting die set last week, so I’m going to try something similar to your card next. Thanks for sharing. xxReplyCancel

  • PamJuly 24, 2015 - 10:14 am

    Gorgeous card! I am concerned withboth, but a bit more so with appearance.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry RoseJuly 24, 2015 - 10:14 am

    The look,but I feel that the message is part of the look! By the way, this card AND message are absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and it’s my favorite yet!ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleJuly 24, 2015 - 10:16 am

    The overall look weighs heavier….then I fit the sentiment to fit the look.
    Your card is STUNNING Becca!!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  • gayleJuly 24, 2015 - 10:17 am

    Very Elegant card,

    I don’t think there is a right answer…just a preference
    but it could be all 3ReplyCancel

  • BenteJuly 24, 2015 - 10:18 am

    Such a beautiful card you have made today, Becca, and the sentiment is just so true…
    For me the overall look usually is the most important, but it depends on the occasion the card is made for.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita BraunJuly 24, 2015 - 10:19 am

    Becca, you certainly know how to make the most beautiful cards. Love this card. I know the message is important but I do go for the overall look of the card.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy KJuly 24, 2015 - 10:20 am

    I love this shade of pink on the card today. Beautiful design!
    I try to shoot for a clean look, no flaws, no mess-ups. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to start over! lolReplyCancel

  • Melissa BJuly 24, 2015 - 10:26 am

    I think they both have equal importance, and must compliment each other.ReplyCancel

  • christiJuly 24, 2015 - 10:27 am

    I start with the general purpose, birthday, sympathy, cheer. then I design the card then look for a sentiment that fits my feelings. today’s card is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Pat GJuly 24, 2015 - 10:29 am

    I try to be as thoughtful as I can with the saying but I have to admit the overall look is most important to me. Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing card!ReplyCancel

  • Ann wJuly 24, 2015 - 10:32 am

    Beautiful card. I start out with the message and then find I spend more time on the look of the card.ReplyCancel

  • ShaneanJuly 24, 2015 - 10:34 am

    The message is always important, but won’t matter if I don’t like the overall look of the card.

    Gorgeous card Becca, as is the message.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanJuly 24, 2015 - 10:34 am

    I think the overall look is very important, even though the message is meaningful. Christine SpringmanReplyCancel

  • Cheryl SJuly 24, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Both are super important to me as the overall appearance is what the recipient sees first and the sentiment is what conveys your heartfelt message.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane SJuly 24, 2015 - 10:37 am

    I start with the overall look and/but then I focus on the sentiment. Both matter to me.ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaJuly 24, 2015 - 10:46 am

    Beautiful card!!! It is always the person that I’m creating the card for that weighs heaviest with me. So, both the design and the message have to be perfect for that special person.ReplyCancel

  • Carol GeigerJuly 24, 2015 - 10:53 am

    It isn’t always easy to find the right message for a particular person so, I guess, I would have to say I try to get the best overall look.ReplyCancel

  • CarolineJuly 24, 2015 - 10:57 am

    good morning Becca!
    Both are of equal importance to me. The overall look should go with the message to really make an impact and convey your heartfelt message!ReplyCancel

  • BerniceJuly 24, 2015 - 10:57 am

    Coming up with words for my card is not so hard. Coming up with the design can some times take a couple of hours.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJuly 24, 2015 - 11:00 am

    I like this card & the saying on it.

    I think the overall look of a card is important.
    I like for the front & saying to match the person
    if I have the right stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Mary DavisJuly 24, 2015 - 11:01 am

    I go for the overall look. I love embellishing with ribbon, pearls, etc.
    Love your beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Judy InukaiJuly 24, 2015 - 11:18 am

    Beautiful card. I love that gorgeous bow. I think both are important, but if it’s a thinking of you or sympathy card, I lean more toward the sentiment being important. Of course I always add a brief hand written note and think that’s important as well.ReplyCancel

  • Carla HundleyJuly 24, 2015 - 11:24 am

    When I create my cards,
    I put more effort into
    the look of it. The
    saying comes later and
    depends on what stamps
    I have to go with the
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Pat BargerJuly 24, 2015 - 11:27 am

    Hi Becca! Happy Day 24 to you! This has been such fun to participate in with you. Love your card today. The new dies are gorgeous!
    I think I have to look at both……because they interlink with each other.
    If the look isn’t right for the sentiment…..or vice versa…..the card won’t
    work for me. Guess I’m undecided which is more important!
    Hugs, PatReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKJuly 24, 2015 - 11:28 am

    Love the colours of this and the sentiment is beautiful. I put equal weighting on the overall look and the sentiment on my cards. I love to use quotes on my cards and if I don’t have a suitable sentiment stamp then I computer generate my sentiment/quote. Hugs Christine xxReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 24, 2015 - 11:30 am

    Another spectacular card and lovely sentiment.
    Hard to choose, but many cards I make are simply ‘happy birthday’ cards, in which case, it’s the overall look.
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Katherine HillJuly 24, 2015 - 11:35 am

    Hi Becca, First I just love today’s card.The sentiment is spot on. When I am making a card the person I am making it for is most on my mind.Their favorite colors likes, dislikes,hobby and etc.Have a great day Becca and God bless.

  • Juanita BakerJuly 24, 2015 - 11:39 am

    Another gorgeous card. Love the saying and the colors are perfect. I feel that both are important in making the card and the saying is very important as it finishes off the card. Thanks again for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieJuly 24, 2015 - 11:40 am

    Another fabulous card! The overall look is very important to me since I hand write the message inside. It’s difficult to believe we are on day 24, with only another six to go. Well done Becca for such a great idea and for delivering such wonderful posts.
    Doreen R from Bournemouth UKReplyCancel

  • Karen M. RothJuly 24, 2015 - 11:58 am

    For me it has always been the Message the card contains as words can affect us so permanently and on such a deep level without our even recognizing it.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanJuly 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

    Hi, Becca,
    Another thought-provoking question. Being a singer-songwriter, a similar question comes up. What’s more important, the melody or the lyrics?

    Songs and handmade cards are powerful because of the harmonious balance of medium and message. The written word sometimes needs no embellishment but give it beauty for eyes and ears and that speaks directly to the heart. That’s why I love expressing this way, my heart can touch another’s heart. Isn’t that an amazing grace?


  • Maureen WJuly 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm

    I think it’s the message, but the overall look is such a big part of that……….ReplyCancel

  • Joyce B.July 24, 2015 - 12:01 pm

    Pretty is important but overall, I want the sentiment to be great and from the heart.
    As always, fantastic card. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Faulba DorsettJuly 24, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    They are equally important. If I am going all out on the card, the message needs to reflect my sentimentReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSJuly 24, 2015 - 12:04 pm

    Good afternoon Becca,
    I have to say 50/50. In some cases such as sympathy cards, I do a general all white card with black stamp “With Sympathy” on the outside but in the inside I write a personal message. All my cards are made for receipent specific. Sometimes it is all about the outside and how decorated but the message is so important too.
    Love today’s card. Very impressive.
    Ann RobbinsReplyCancel

  • LisaJuly 24, 2015 - 12:06 pm

    Hmmmmm. I’ve always told my kids that they should always do their best so I put 100% into my cards; and then spend sometimes just about as much time thinking about the words inside! So I’d have to say that both are equally meaningful to meReplyCancel

  • Cathie WearyJuly 24, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    I think both are equally important. I custom make the card for who I am giving it to. So I try to make something I know they would enjoy and the sentiment is just as important. Hope you have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Lela PlattJuly 24, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Since I personalize my cards, I believe the overall message weighs on me more than the card itself. Really love the message on your card today. It is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Connie LudgateJuly 24, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    The inside message is the hardest part for me. I probably stress more over the overall look of the card. I haven’t quite made it to elegant yet, but I keep trying.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen HowellJuly 24, 2015 - 12:20 pm

    Both are important to me, I want the look to appealing to the receiver but the message is also important I want that person to know that we care about them.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJuly 24, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Such a beautiful card, Becca. Love your design layout. And the color is so lovely. I never think I need a die until I see what you do with it. Then I have to have it!!

    Which weight heavier for me….I’d have to say the overall design weighs the most. I find sentiments are often interchangeable within a design.ReplyCancel

  • SharonJuly 24, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    Both. I like to make sure the sentiment fits with the image.ReplyCancel

  • Lu CJuly 24, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    There isn’t an ‘either or’ answer for me. Since I don’t seem to be able to make cards ahead of time for a ‘stash’, all my cards are made for a particular individual so the message and look is all intertwined. Maybe one of these days I will learn how to put a card together without having to know who it is being given to. LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkJuly 24, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    I go for the design first. I have a difficult time with the sentiments.ReplyCancel

  • Diane CJuly 24, 2015 - 12:34 pm

    I guess the overall look, but I try very hard to convey a fitting message too. This card of yours is beautiful overall and what a fantastic message. Giving our children wings is important and oh so hard when they use them. When my youngest complained about chores, I replied with a something I had heard before. Our job as a parent is to work our way out of the job. Hopefully they will still ask for help or advice, but we should make sure they have the skills to survive on their own.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth LambosJuly 24, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    That’s a hard question. Depends on what I’m making I guess. Lovely card today sweet Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Susie NicholsJuly 24, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    For me, the card always starts with the sentiment. I have several sentiment stamps that were only used once because they were perfect either for the occasion or the person. The rest of the card is built around the sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaJuly 24, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    I think it’s a combination of the two. I almost always make each card with a specific person in mind. So their style is a big portion too.
    I love this sentiment! ThanksReplyCancel

  • lorrayne ingramJuly 24, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Everything points to the message to be delivered. .the over package is important..but letting the other know that they are loved.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJuly 24, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Hi Becca, Wow !!!! this is a stunning card, I really love these colours, and the sentiment is fabulous.
    The overall look of the card means a lot to me, but so does the sentiment, although sometimes I don’t put a sentiment on the front, I handwrite a greeting inside.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Raya R.July 24, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Beautiful Becca! The message is the most important part of a card! It certainly helps if the card is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostJuly 24, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    I hope and like to think both attributes are important. Love your card for today. Becca, you always align both. Almost always, they weigh equally in your work. You’re my card designer role model.:-)ReplyCancel

  • RaquelJuly 24, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    Beautiful saying on this card. Children are a blessing from up above-my Mama use to say that God would lend us our children-to take care of nourish with love and faith. Than we need to let them go and let them begin their journey. Always knowing they took our hearts prayers and thoughts. But leaving their hearts with us. I think that I prefer the overlook of the card first and the finishing touch is the words that makes it all a great creation. Have a wonderful Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara van TongerenJuly 24, 2015 - 1:50 pm

    Hi Becca. It depends on the situation.. Beautifull card. We don’t have childeren. Well 4 cats looks like childeren sometimes lol. Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KJuly 24, 2015 - 1:53 pm

    Hello Becca,
    As I only make cards for friends and family, I tailor my cards for the person – and the occasion – so the overall look is important. Then I concentrate on the sentiment. If I don’t have the perfect stamp, then I try to compose something appropriate.
    Maureen xxxReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJuly 24, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    I usually start with a message and then the design of the card evolves around this. The size of the message on a tag and the person’s gender and occasion will determine the coloring and embellishments used. Of course by the time everything is selected the whole room is a disorganized mess again. But it’s a happy mess.ReplyCancel

  • fusiafscrappingJuly 24, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    Very nice!!!ReplyCancel

  • fmgardneJuly 24, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    Again I am overwhelmed by your creativity! Love this card and sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DugginJuly 24, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Becca I heard this saying this morning on AFR. They were talking about raising children. It is what we strive for with our children to know they can take care of themselves when we are gone. They need to know where they come from so they understand why we did what we did with them. When I make a card for someone I really want it to look perfect. I really want the msg to fit the look that I am going for. So I guess both! We can have it all! Blessings, LisaReplyCancel

  • DottieJuly 24, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    What a beautiful rich looking card Becca! Just gorgeous. What weighs more with me the look of the card or the message? Hard to say as I want every card I make to be special for that individual person. I guess as I look at who its going to and what pleases them, I think it comes out a balance. Sometimes though I want to get more extravagant with a particular person and really push myself to make a “just right” card. Thanks Becca for a chance to win this creation of yours!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieBJuly 24, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    For me it is a mix. The look of the card I like to be designed with total regard for the recipient….do they like flowers? That kind of thing. After going to the trouble to decide on that then the message becomes important as well.

    Gorgeous card again today!ReplyCancel

  • RoemaryJuly 24, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    You always seem to touch my heart and read my mind when I need the most encouragement and an uplifting thought Thank youReplyCancel

  • Jean MarmoJuly 24, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    Wow- this is simply beautiful! I worry more about the design!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie`July 24, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    Very lovely card as usual, Becca. I try to pull things together with the design of the card even tho I know what I want for the message. Usually I have a stamp that will be good for the card, however, it is not the swirly text you use which I love that makes it unique and traditonal. What font are most of your texts made with?ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 24, 2015 - 2:41 pm

    Oh my goodness! I believe the overall card is important, but I believe the sentiment and what I say in a card is part of the overall appearance. So I cannot pick one over the other.ReplyCancel

  • NancyRJuly 24, 2015 - 2:51 pm

    Very pretty. I love the Quietfire sentiments. I think the main thing for me is the design of the card. The design drives the sentiment and I love to see the look on the face of the people when they see the design made especially for them. I try to match the design and colors for the person who will receive the card.ReplyCancel

  • Anita BraddockJuly 24, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Its the look sometimes I’m not sure if its enough on it or too much. but in the end i make the right choice. thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • D.Ann CJuly 24, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    I always make my card first, then choose the message, so I guess overall look.ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingJuly 24, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    Ooh, I may have to like this sentiment again. I think it got so overused for a while it became trite for me, however true it is. Love the heart and wings die, and I don’t usually like that image….hmmm…wonder how soon I can roll into JoAnns!
    Love how you anchored the wings with the pearls, great visual with the sentiment. Awesome card, Becca. Thanks.

    Definitely for me, it is the message in a card, and then I try really hard for the design to support that. I want it to fit the person I am making it for, so color and taste come into play…steampunk for one niece, flowers for another, definitely the princess for one grand-niece, pink/purple for my daughter…but that very special saying first. For me it begins with the words and then works with all the other elements to say, “I love you and you are so important in my life…”
    And now you have me thinking especially of my wonderful family, and how much I love them and the next card I will be designing for them….blessings and gratitude, Becca.

  • Carol RossouwJuly 24, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    Lovely card again today! For me the two go together.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria DentJuly 24, 2015 - 3:26 pm

    Funny, but I make the card and the “feel” of the card gives me the message.ReplyCancel

  • trish AveryJuly 24, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    Becca another wonderful card this morning, and to be honest if the overall look is not good then it looses from the message to me. so my answer would be both I think.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJuly 24, 2015 - 3:30 pm

    Wonderful sentiment, as you say! For me, the overall look of the card is most important. I am not so good with sentimental words but I like to think that the thought and work that goes into the card tells the recipient how much I care. A picture is still worth a thousand words in my book.ReplyCancel

  • sherry AndersonJuly 24, 2015 - 3:36 pm

    I love the overall look. I mainly make cards only for really special occasions, so I really want it to stand out.ReplyCancel

  • Nannie AnnieJuly 24, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    Fabulous card. Not goid with words so the overall look of the card but I make the card suit the person it is for.ReplyCancel

  • Carol H.July 24, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    Beautiful card and such a true sentiment! I think I focus a bit more on the look of the card. I don’t have a lot of sentiment stamps and I can always write on the inside of the card the words I want to say to the special person.ReplyCancel

  • BunnyJuly 24, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Once again, another beautiful card.

    Looks or sentiment. It kinda depends. Right now I have been on a kick of using up my scraps. So, I’m making 4 ¼” square cards with scripture verses and some that are get well cards. They are still pretty but it’s basically The Word that I am concentrating on. I will give them to our church secretary who will send them as needed. So far, I’ve made 19 and I’m close to using up the small scraps. One of the cards unfortunately was mailed to my grandson in Georgia who broke 4 ribs yesterday clowning around in the gym after he just ran for 30 minutes at school. School is out, but he is in track and they are in practice. He knows he was wrong and all he was worried about was the coach was going to tell me how dumb it was. Yes, grandson, a lesson learned. He’s down and out for 4-6 weeks. Praise the Lord he didn’t puncture a lung or damage his spleen. Maybe his Daddy can preach about him this Sunday. Oh those teen years.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterJuly 24, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    gorgeous card!!! I would have to say both, lolReplyCancel

  • Bernie K.July 24, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    Hi Becca,

    When making cards I go for the overall look. I save my message for the inside of the card but really need to purchase some that you use. Not only is the script beautiful, the sentiments can really touch the heart. Have a great weekend.


  • Noelene ApapJuly 24, 2015 - 3:59 pm

    Hi Becca,
    What a lovely sentiment. I am a bit of a perfectionist so its both. I want the card to look good, but a verse can be touching as well.xReplyCancel

  • AlisonJuly 24, 2015 - 4:06 pm

    Becca for me the overall look is important. If I don’t like what I have done I have ti change it ’til I do. but the message it conveys is important too so I try to make it personal to the receiver. A catch 22 question!ReplyCancel

  • TammieJuly 24, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    This card is spectacular! When making a card, the sentiment may be the inspiration, but it is the finished overall appearance that weighs heavily on my mind.ReplyCancel

  • CatherineC in CanadaJuly 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    The overall look, however, the sentiment ,or occasion, are usually intertwined when I create a cardReplyCancel

  • Dorina DJuly 24, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    Another gorgeous quote on your beautiful card. As I don’t have a lot of wonderful stamped sayings at the moment. I have to say the design, EXCEPT for sympathy cards of which I have several different stamps. Those are personalized to each individual.ReplyCancel

  • Sandi SmithJuly 24, 2015 - 4:29 pm

    Hope you are having a wonderful day Becca! Your New Card Is So LOVELY and the sentiment is beautiful. Thank you for sharing so many unique cards that are so inspiring.
    When I create a card for someone, I want the card to convey what I am sending it for as well as have a sentiment that puts into words what I want to say. I hope my card draws them in to take a few minutes to really look at the card and that my sentiment will share the emotions behind my card. I would like to share how much I care, how many birthday wishes I am sending or that my deepest sympathy with prayers and love are being sent both by the look of the card and the sentiment. I do
    always write my own personal note in every card I send.
    Have a wonderful day Becca!ReplyCancel

  • LorettaJuly 24, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Love the card! It’s almost impossible for me to separate the two as the overall look and sentiment are both intertwined. I find the sentiment is the most difficult to capture.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy AllenJuly 24, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Beautiful card and sentiment. When making cards the look & message are both equally important.
    God bless,

  • Debbie McKelveyJuly 24, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    For me it is actually both. I try to make a card with colors or stamps that have some meaning to the person and get the message that fits them as well. As I am sure you know sometimes it seems that we get hung up on the outside only to find we can’t seem to find the right words. I will hand write something in addition to the stamped message if I cannot find anything but a simple stamped message like Happy Birthday, etc. that fits.ReplyCancel

  • AnnaJuly 24, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    That question had me thinking Becca.
    We look with our eyes and read with our minds basicly.
    So in saying that the look of card weighs heavier for me.
    When I make a card for a person I will do it with colours they like.
    Many thanks
    Annamieke from the land down underReplyCancel

  • JudyBJuly 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    While they are both important, I really focus on the overall look of the card first and then the message.ReplyCancel

  • ruthannJuly 24, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Usually the overall look and then leave room inside for a handwritten note. Beautiful card again today!ReplyCancel

  • Angela TJuly 24, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    Both! but. . . the overall look of the card has to support the message.ReplyCancel

  • dorothy harrisonJuly 24, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    you have outdone yourself again as usual! I like how you printed material for the wings instead of just plain paper. for me I start first with the outside design,I want it to be perfect. If I don’t have to see him for an outside, I use the computer and print own on my card stock and then cut it with my die. The inside card i typically write myself (on the computer). So I am picky about both – but have the control over the words that will speak to their heart.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndy WJuly 24, 2015 - 5:54 pm

    I think the message is the most important. That is why we create and send the cards we make. We want to convey our message to the recipient. The overall appearance can help make the message pop, but it is our message that we want the recipient to getReplyCancel

  • Mary MacJuly 24, 2015 - 5:59 pm

    Hi Becca, a magnificent card carrying a very sound sentiment.
    You know how we say ‘first impressions are very important’ I think it is the same when someone receives a card. So, No.1 the best design you can produce in suitable or the favourite colours of the recipient, No.2 a spot on sentiment, expressing the reason for the card and appropriate personal message on the inside. Perhaps a suitable verse as well.
    Bless you. Mary.ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasJuly 24, 2015 - 6:18 pm

    Embarrassingly enough, I have enough stamps to convey the right message, so the look takes top priority….ReplyCancel

  • Susan SlaterJuly 24, 2015 - 6:25 pm

    For me it is often about the look of the card as I like to make things than determine what sentiment goes well with it. I really like the wings on this card. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Lynne C.July 24, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    The overall look of my cards is more important to me than the inside. Yet many of the insides of my cards could also be card fronts. . Lovely card. great bow, even better sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy HaysJuly 24, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    The overall look is what I always go for. The message, for me, is my personal note on the inside for my recipient.ReplyCancel

  • Judy CoveyJuly 24, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    Adorable card! Love the embellishments, beautiful bow and, of course, the sentiment. I seem to weigh heavier on the overall look of the card, but I must say that the sentiment has to be well written and fit the person that I’m giving the card to.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy mJuly 24, 2015 - 6:40 pm

    I place the message in the overall look and feel. The look needs to tell the story by generating a feeling similar to a painting. However, I do search for specific words to clearly communicate the feeling. That is why I always like the word stamps that you find at your favorite stamp vendors! It is fun to find the extract message in a stamp! Thanks for finding Quietfire, Waltzinghouse, Justrite, Our Daily Bread, and others!ReplyCancel

  • JudyJuly 24, 2015 - 6:53 pm

    I have the hardest time with the overall look of my cards. Too many choices of paper and embellishments! Thanks so much for this month of cards and questions. It is soooo much fun!ReplyCancel

  • LynneZJuly 24, 2015 - 6:55 pm

    Another stunner today Becca! I think are just as important. Couldn’t pick one.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne LoweJuly 24, 2015 - 6:57 pm

    You always use such elegant, gorgeous ribbon on your cards. And the amazing buttons/embellishments on the ribbon are WONDERFUL!!! WHERE do you buy your buttons/embellishments? They have just the right touch of elegance without being too grandiose for the card to take it out of balance. Brilliance!!! You never stop inspiring me with each card, and how I appreciate this! You introduced me to QuietFire Designs, some of my favorite sentiment stamps everywhere, and I’m glad to see that they are now mounted stamps–so much easier to use…

    Thank you for this opportunity to win one of these beautiful cards!!! :)


    Joanne LoweReplyCancel

  • Joanne LoweJuly 24, 2015 - 7:02 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to answer your question. I do think that the message is more important than the overall appearance, but I do spend more time on the appearance. So in a way it’s rather even… Perhaps as I improve as a card-maker, I will be able to spend more time on the message, at the moment I work on the appearance as I see my technical flaws all too clearly in my cards. But I’m grateful I see improvement over time… :) Partially for sure due to all I learn from seeing your cards and from other card-making great artists. :)

    Thanks again for this opportunity to win one of your cards.



  • Pam TASJuly 24, 2015 - 7:14 pm

    Hi Becca this card is sweet the sentiment is so true but not easy when they
    take flight .
    The hardest job in the world is to be a parent but can be the most rewarding.
    For me the card and the sentiment are both important they work together to
    make it happen .
    But then there is the BECCA BOW !!!!!
    Have a safe and happy weekend everyone . XXXReplyCancel

  • Stephanie WJuly 24, 2015 - 7:22 pm

    This is a tough question. Probably the message…especially since I include so much Scripture on my cards. I’m usually making non-Scripture cards with a specific person in mind, so I’m wanting it to be “just right” for that person in both the look and the message.ReplyCancel

  • LoisJuly 24, 2015 - 7:32 pm

    Love the way the heart was presented. I have trouble with a saying for the front of the card as I rarely use stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Linda GradyJuly 24, 2015 - 7:52 pm

    I think the overall look is my priority before declaring a card done and ready to be mailed. Your card is so pretty; great sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamJuly 24, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    Love this card and the sentiment! With me it depends on who I am making the card for. I go for the overall look unless it’s personal.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKJuly 24, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    Good morning Becca,thankyou for another beautiful gem!!! It’s usually the overall look for me!!! Good luck everyone!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • April S.July 24, 2015 - 8:30 pm

    I think I’m more concerned with the overall look. I love your card today the heart with wings is really neat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownnJuly 24, 2015 - 8:39 pm

    WOW tough question. . . I think with a true heart I would have to say the over all look for most of my cards. . . tho I do spend some time on the message, especially depending on who the card is for. . . some I know like it simple but sweet and others I know love a more in depth message! The one thing I always do is to hand write my message inside the cards, always!!!
    This is a stunning card!
    Have a great weekend, Becca, can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!ReplyCancel

  • chris rJuly 24, 2015 - 8:54 pm

    It’s the overall look. I want to wow them.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah M.July 24, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    Both the design and message are important. You always seem to capture both when designing your cards. This is another beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Toni LJuly 24, 2015 - 9:13 pm


    Love the card as usual.

    I think the overall design weighs heavier with me. I want it to be pleasing to the eye as well as speak to the receiver. I want the person getting the card to know i spent time to make sure it reflects their likes as well as their personality.


  • KrisJuly 24, 2015 - 9:23 pm

    Definitely the over all look. I can usually find a sentiment that expresses what I want but often I get caught up in the over all design.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie ScholesJuly 24, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    Yet another beautiful card! I am in constant awe! I’d say the overall design weighs heavier. I pick my sentiment first & then fret the design – APG & Pinterest here I come…!! Thank you for your generosity!ReplyCancel

  • Helen GiesbrechtJuly 24, 2015 - 10:06 pm

    wonderful card again ,I choose my color and desine then I put my wording on ,I may do it all wrong ,I need help to improve my card makingReplyCancel

  • DesireeJuly 24, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    The overall look is my focus, but obviously color effects the card if I am making a condolence card. That would probably be the one case where I focus on the sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • NancyJuly 24, 2015 - 10:31 pm

    I love your card and sentiment!! I find that the look of the card is very important but the sentiment needs to appropriate to the occasion. I often computer generate my own sentiments since I just can’t have every stamp I might “need.”ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SJuly 24, 2015 - 10:33 pm

    Gorgeous card. Lovely sentiment. Both the look & sentiment are vital.ReplyCancel

  • Anita kejriwalJuly 24, 2015 - 10:58 pm

    This is so beautiful. The quote touches your heart. I am always searching for right cards for my cards . Never find any appropriate ones. So I keep hunting for right words.ReplyCancel

  • MildredJuly 24, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    The sentiment needs to fit the recipient, then the overall look works out. Another beautiful card, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Dar SirrineJuly 24, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    Beautiful card. I want my cards to be as nice as they can be. I always try to personalize them to the receiver and the occasion. So the look of my card is more important to me.ReplyCancel

  • Dar SirrineJuly 24, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    Beautiful card. I want my cards to be as nice as they can be. I always try to personalize them for the receiver and the occasion. So the look of my card can be more important.ReplyCancel

  • RnthJuly 25, 2015 - 1:12 am

    Hi Becca this card is stunning!
    I think I have to get the look I have in my mind onto card first , sometimes I have a specific sentiment in mind , or even a couple of possibilities.
    But on occasion I design my card around my sentiment , especially with cards that reflect nature.
    Hope you are well , take care ,

  • janet goshornJuly 25, 2015 - 2:44 am

    I usually am more concerned about the overall look of my card although the message is an important part as well. Love this quoteReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 25, 2015 - 3:48 am

    And you did it again, and made such a beauty Becca, and I absolutely LOVE this sentiment too. It is sooo true and actually the best gift you can give them at all.
    I think I value both equally, as I always try to make all my cards so they fit just right for the person, who´s recieving it, and if I can find a sentiment, that just fiit that person too, I really feel a big satisfaction, when I´m done, and I know many of my friends have often said, that it was spot on and just hit them, and then I feel I´ve really managed to do a really good job. So as far as it´s possible I choose everything with passion.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleJuly 25, 2015 - 8:57 am

    Wow! To get my creative fix is different every day. Today we are having the kids and grand-kids for dinner. My creativity for today is making a lemon meringue pie.ReplyCancel

  • Diane M.July 25, 2015 - 9:14 am

    Which weighs heavier when I’m creating cards? THE LOOK definately, followed by the sentiment inside. Love your card today.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelJuly 25, 2015 - 10:01 am

    Wonderful topics you’ve been choosing this month! Love this idea of daily blogging. At least for me. Lots more work for you, I’m sure.
    When I create an item, whether it is a card or not, I plan the design & the sentiment to coordinate with each other. I don’t care to put a cute sentiment on an elegant card, or an elegant sentiment on a cute card. That doesn’t appeal to me. Then again, I am not producing huge quantities of cards or projects. I can afford to be slow in my thinking process! LolReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane CiurlaJuly 25, 2015 - 11:08 am

    This card just takes my breath away — absolutely beautiful. Your talents never cease to amaze me. It would thrill me no end to be the recipient of this card. Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • Susan B.July 26, 2015 - 11:04 am

    Awesome card! For me it is the messageReplyCancel

  • Dorothy HarrisonJuly 26, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    How is it I have some of these same dies and would never come up with such a beautiful card! Yet it makes me keep going, keep experimenting when I see your unique creations – so thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    My Stampin Up person – Jenny Hanson showed me what was happening in the stamping world, then Yardgoods Center’s stamping group and Sheila Bacon, encouraged, emboldened, instructed, and generally helped me look behind a rubber stamp, ink, and embossing powder! There are so many talented artists who share their work and do training – so a little of each gets molded into who we are.
    And of course, YOU! Thanks Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsJuly 27, 2015 - 6:50 am

    Hi Becca,

    Stunning card, so love the sentiment. Now for me I tend to think of the overall look of the card first then find a sentiment but on occasions they have both come together, although I feel the sentiment is more important than the look of the card! Now that has confused you hasn’t it? Lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Gretchen WilsonJuly 31, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Now this is more like a Becca card, Stunning, love the pearls that swirl and your bow is perfect! The quote is one of my very favorites! I sen to go with the overall look of my cards and not so much on the message, I usually go find a verse that fits the card or the occasions.

    Hugs and God Bless,