Day of Giving Friday: Openings in Heaven

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Filigree Side Pocket and Quietfire Design - Perhaps They Are Not Stars -
Good morning sweet friends!  So I had a little adventure.  My sister flew in and we took to the road.  We banned work, donned our sandals and headed out along the sugar white sands of Florida Gulf Coast with no particular place to go.   I guess I’ve been a hermit over the years because what was once woods along the road has sprung up in to tiny hamlet after tiny hamlet.  How does a new little city just pop up?

One of the little shops that we stopped in was a dress designers boutique that made ‘one of a kind’ creations.It wasn’t what they made that caught my eye but it was the feeling in the air that I found surprising and delightful.  Her clothes were creations that were ripped and torn into assembly and occupied the far end of the spectrum from ‘tailored’. Sometimes there was wire involved, there was even a dress covered with keys. The prices were unabashedly in the hundreds of dollars.  As the designer and several helpers were working, they were totally invested in what they were doing.  Their confidence was though the roof and their projection of that confidence was unmistakable.  They were standing there ripping up fabric to make clothes and it was the most normal thing in the world at that particular moment.  It was clear that they were living their art and not concerned about what anyone thinks or waiting for anyone’s permission . . . hold that thought.

How It’s Made
For my card today I’m using one of my new dies and admittedly one of my favorites.  I used Spellbinders Filigree Side Pocket – for a simple, balanced, two color filigree card and then embellished it with a corner from Spellbinders Victorian Reverent Square.  Perfect for large sentiments like the one I’m using from Quietfire Design  called Perhaps They are Not Stars.  The Side Pocket die has filigree inserts that can be used independent of the pocket so for this card I cut filigree into the upper left and right of the card and made to pockets using the same filigree that were attached to the bottom left and right.  That’s it – easy!  I have a project in the wings with this die that I’m really pleased with, so you’ll see it again :-)

About Day of Giving Friday
This card is up for grabs today to one of my sweet readers.  Every Friday, I give away a card to a randomly picked reader who leaves a comment in our conversation. Want to know more about Day of Giving, here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11.  I wanted to say that each of you are artists every time you sit down to create a card.  You never need to worry about what anyone thinks nor if your creation is good enough.  Trust me, it is.  For your comment today – How does the act of giving heartfelt and handmade creations boost your confidence as an artist?


Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – Perhaps They are Not Stars
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – 80 lb Cover, The Fine Touch Metallic Poster Board – Gold
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
Accessories: Spellbinders Filigree Side Pocket, Spellbinders Victorian Reverent SquareSatin Ribbon – The Paper Source, Recollections Pearlspost-header-bottomThanks for stopping by :-)  For those who are waiting, I’m all caught up on mail and all claimed Day of Giving Friday cards have been mailed.


  • Susan B.April 15, 2016 - 10:21 am

    Oh I love your card!! and soon I can make something similar..I just ordered all your new dies!! I can’t wait! thanks for sharing and maybe I will get lucky this time and win this one!!

    Have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SmithApril 15, 2016 - 10:25 am

    This is a little piece of Heaven out of paper! I just ordered a couple of your sets and can only hope to replicate one idea you’ve shared.ReplyCancel

  • Maryann LaursenApril 15, 2016 - 10:27 am

    WOW another stunner here again today Becca. Such a wonderful card, that just express elegance at it´s best. I absolutely love it.
    Soo nice to hear, that you took some time to just get out and have a bit of fun without any goals. I think we should all do that once in a while. I hope, you and your sister had a wonderful time, and now I wish you a wonderful week-end ahead.ReplyCancel

  • ConnieApril 15, 2016 - 10:27 am

    I have been giving handmade cards for some time now, sometimes with hesitation that they aren’t really “good enough”, but then one of my recipients will tell me how much they liked it and how “creative” it was, I get my mojo back. It’s really precious when a young grandkid asks if I made their card this year. You are a fountain of inspiration, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Linda GilliamApril 15, 2016 - 10:27 am

    The card is beautiful but it’s what you wrote about the dress making shop that made me smile, I am a displaced Californian, now living in Missouri. ..what you described is a feeling I used to have in San Francisco and Sausalito watching the artisans go about their pottery, paintings etc.
    Thanks for the memory this morning!ReplyCancel

  • Sue RutzApril 15, 2016 - 10:29 am

    Every time I complete a card or project for a specific person or even, it becomes a “gift” to show my love and appreciation. the reaction of the receiver shows that my efforts are not wasted and makes me willing to do more and more, and to try new techniques and tools.ReplyCancel

  • LorrayneApril 15, 2016 - 10:31 am

    I love those triangle dies. I have been working on a wedding card, die cut out with one of your filigree larger dies. All white trying to decide what I need to layer and allow to show through. Good thing I have a week between appointments to try to figure it out. Will be visiting your pinterest page for ideas. :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda SApril 15, 2016 - 10:33 am

    What a beautiful card and sentiment!
    When giving something handmade and heartfelt, the most wonderful thing is the appreciation of the recipient that I took the time and tailored it just for them.ReplyCancel

  • Jennie BaileyApril 15, 2016 - 10:38 am

    What a lovely card and such a beautiful sentiment too. I was lucky to be able to pick up a couple of your Wedding Collection’ dies at a craft show in Alexandra Palace where there is a spectacular view over London. I can’t wait to plat soon.

    When I give a handmade card to friends they know I have made just for them. I box them in clear boxes and add a bow and flowers. It’s wonderful to see joy and delight in their faces.


  • Karen MApril 15, 2016 - 10:38 am

    I love the sentiment. Just beautiful! How fun to have your sister visiting and that you can just go play tourist.

    I don’t consider myself to be much of an artist but it is nice to hear somebody say that my card was appreciated and liked. Certainly inspires me to be creative.ReplyCancel

  • PennyApril 15, 2016 - 10:40 am

    This card is beautiful, as is all your creations! Love the sentiment you used.ReplyCancel

  • joanne colemanApril 15, 2016 - 10:43 am

    That is a lovely card. My beautiful niece went to heaven 12 years ago at the young age of 25. This week we should have celebrated her 37th birthday. To the family, she was and still is truly an a angel.
    Thank you for sharing this special card.ReplyCancel

  • joanne colemanApril 15, 2016 - 10:45 am

    p.s I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida..a true beauty in itself!
    Glad you were able to experience it.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen RitchieApril 15, 2016 - 10:45 am

    Yet another beautiful card Becca. It’s so nice that you were able to spend some quality time with your sister.
    I have been told that my friends and family look forward to receiving a card from me to see what creation I have come up with this time. That’s reward enough for me.
    Doreen R from Bournemouth UKReplyCancel

  • Connie PowellApril 15, 2016 - 10:49 am


  • MargieApril 15, 2016 - 10:51 am

    Being an artist is a gift from God.when you give a hand made gift you give all that’s is within you .love creativity imagination .this gives me inspiration to be better artist. MargieReplyCancel

  • SueApril 15, 2016 - 10:53 am

    This is a beautiful card and verse, Becca. When I receive nice comments on my cards, it encourages me to carry on and try to be even more creative. It’s a validation, I guess, that what I do is appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Beth JonesApril 15, 2016 - 10:53 am

    Handmade cards seem to mean so much to those who receive them, and they always seem impressed that I actually made them and how. That definitely boosts my
    confidence, and inspires me to branch out more. This is a beautiful card;I love everything about it!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda ThomasApril 15, 2016 - 10:58 am

    Some of the cards that you think are “so-so” but not great creations are the ones that someone says “I keep every one of your cards; they are so beautiful.” If that doesn’t give you confidence, nothing will….ReplyCancel

  • Betty McAlisterApril 15, 2016 - 11:03 am

    Hello Becca. Your card is beautiful and the sentiment Is lovely. I was never artistic at school though I always sewed but it is lovely to have friends and family send very positive feedback on the cards celebrating their birthdays etc. I love card making and find it very relaxing. So glad you had such a lovely relaxing time with your sister – family are very important in our lives. XReplyCancel

  • Carol RossouwApril 15, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Another stunning card in gold and white! When I give my handmade card and I see the look of awe and appreciation, I feel a bit like God felt at the end of His creating when He said, “It’s very good!”ReplyCancel

  • Dale MasonApril 15, 2016 - 11:12 am

    For me its not only the act of giving my cards but more so the reaction of the receiver. Nothing more rew a rding than see the expression on their faces and the compliments they express. Thats my biggest boost.
    Again Becca this card is absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Joni StonekingApril 15, 2016 - 11:14 am

    Ahhh, very pretty card, and one of my favorite Quietfire stamps…of course I say that about a lot of them!

    Creating something unique for someone and then giving it to them, watching their face as they see it for the first time…that first awww, or giggle, or Wow! It is the perfect confidence booster, but that isn’t what seals it for me as an artist. It is all about the love when I am making something specific for someone…the “Judy” card, or the “Jan” card…watching it take shape, picking the right colors, and sentiments, etc. just the joy of creating…making something new…sharing it, whether someone loves it or not. That’s the artist part.

  • Rosie WaldtApril 15, 2016 - 11:16 am

    Beautiful card, Becca. The comment I love is when some of my friends/relatives tell me they save every card you send us. It makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • TerryApril 15, 2016 - 11:17 am

    Such elegance! Thank you for sharing your elegant inspirations! The act of giving heartfelt and handmade creations boost my confidence as an artist because of the response received from the recipient. All the whoo’s & awww’s received from each project inspires me to continue creating! I would love to be the recipient of this week’s elegant creation!ReplyCancel

  • Clare WApril 15, 2016 - 11:19 am

    Hi Becca. Lovely card and fab die! Glad you had a nice break. When I make something there is normally something wrong with it in my eyes! Should have done this or shouldn’t have done that. But the recipient doesn’t seem to notice. I am my own worst critique I suppose. As long as I learn from my errors that OK. Ish!!! Not too many though or it goes in the bin! Sometimes you gota do it wrong to be able do it right. Happy weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BowlbyApril 15, 2016 - 11:21 am

    I’m not really sure that I am more confident in my work, it’s just that as I go along, I find I do a much better job. Practice makes perfect you know. And there are always such talented designers on the internet that help you create. Your pieces always inspire me to get better.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy LudwigApril 15, 2016 - 11:23 am

    I’ve been doing handmade Christmas Cards for approximately 4yrs now but to see all of my handmade cards for each year displayed at Christmas time by the recipient as decoration it really makes you feel good. It’s nice to know that your cards are being appreciated over the years and not tossed away.ReplyCancel

  • Yoshiko GlennApril 15, 2016 - 11:25 am

    Giving a creation that has taken me time and effort to produce affirms my attempts at artistry when the recipient expresses such gratitude and awe that I have made this for them. I am always in awe of your creations. You bring such beauty in to the world – through your work and the life you live. Much gratitude to you.ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleApril 15, 2016 - 11:29 am

    Beautiful card, beautiful sentiment Becca!!!! Would love to win it! I began crafting after retirement by taking pictures and making them into cards because people wanted to buy them – 300 in the collection. I have moved on to hand crafted cards (after walking into a stamp store in 2009), but still get calls for the picture cards.
    Several years ago, my nurse friend in Florida ordered some of the picture cards to send out; last week she called and told me she sent my ‘Peter’s Red Canoe’ to her Pastor – named Peter and in treatment for cancer. She wrote a fanciful note about Peter’s red canoe relating it to him…he later told her how personal the card was and how much he treasured it. Needless to say, I was touched too that the picture I took so long ago could still be a blessing. It was wonderful to know that even my beginning crafting touched someone in a special way and encouraged them in a difficult time. We never really know how much our artistry touches others!
    Paper Hugs,

  • Kyle EApril 15, 2016 - 11:33 am

    Amazing card, Becca! I’m going to have to buy your Filigree dies! Family members have saved every one of my cards since I started 15 years ago. I have a cousin who lives in NC, and she never fails to call or e-mail me to tell me the card I made was beautiful. The joy that others express inspires me to be more creative!ReplyCancel

  • SuzzieQApril 15, 2016 - 11:39 am

    Lovely card today using one of your newest dies and with a heartfelt sentiment. Your Spellbinder Wedding dies were featured on Hochanda yesterday. One can go back for a week to replay the shows. What FUN!!! Hope you have seen the shows. Now to your question: How does the act of giving heartfelt and handmade creations boost your confidence as an artist? Well, I still do not think of myself as an artist. I am working on that. My confidence, to continue to strive to call myself an artist, is definitely boosted by those who I make special occasions and everyday “thoughts of you” cards for them. Their comments are so kind and ego boosting with feeling of “hugs around the neck”, how could one not be uplifted by these generous comments.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BennettApril 15, 2016 - 11:43 am

    What a gorgeous card Becca! Love the gold and white, and of course your beautiful bow. Wish I could make bows like you do.

    I’ve been giving handmade cards for several years to family and friends. Now if I am in a hurry and give them a store-bought card, I get a sad face and am asked why they didn’t get one of my beautiful cards. The feedback with all my cards is so wonderful and a boost to my confidence.ReplyCancel

  • Dayle SApril 15, 2016 - 11:53 am

    What a beautiful card, and so ingenious that it uses just one die set! I may need to get this one.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne NicholsonApril 15, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Hi Becca,
    What a beautiful card. I like making special cards or gift items to give to friends and family,and I love when some of them will phone to thank me.Glad you had a good time with your sister. Happy weekend, YvonneReplyCancel

  • NancyJBApril 15, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    Every card I make is made just for the person that will be receiving it. I make them with images and sentiments that I know they will like and that will touch them. In return I receive calls and letters from family and friends thanking me and saying that they can never throw the cards away. I have one family that brings out my Christmas cards from previous years and uses them for Christmas decorations on their mantle. Others add them to albums or display them on shelves. Knowing that my cards make people happy is the best feeling and that boosts my confidence.ReplyCancel

  • Earlene BostApril 15, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    The act of giving a handmade, heartfelt creation as a gift boosts my confidence as an artist by making me want to stretch my wings and be even more creative. I want to know what they like, what their interests are, how I can incorporate that into my creations for them. It’s inspiration and stimulation, especially when they really like what I’ve created for them. Your card today is gorgeous, truly Beccalicious! So glad you had a wonderful road-trip with your sister.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYApril 15, 2016 - 12:17 pm

    I look forward to your Friday card presentations to enjoy the creativity and imagining how you went about producing such a card. Creating a card is my pride and passion and reflects my thoughts and mood for the moment. I love looking at my cards – past and present – and feeling accomplished and satisfied with the final product and am proud to send my cards to family and friends confident that they too will enjoy my creativity. Building a card allows me to play artist on a small scale.ReplyCancel

  • A. T.April 15, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    I always enjoy the love of creating something beautiful to brighten someone’s day. I am hopeful that my hand’s touch to paper, becomes a paper creation that touches the heart. Confidence is another issue, but it is not about my confidence, it is about the recipient’s confidence that they are loved, even if it is evidenced only by a piece, or pieces of paper, fragile, tear-able, beautiful paper. :)ReplyCancel

  • DebraApril 15, 2016 - 12:56 pm

    Ahhhhhh! You’ve used my favorite stamp today! I was so thrilled when I saw it this morning! I have used this stamp embossed in silver on navy cardstock and punched out small little stars, and added small silver stars. Was for a friend when her mom passed. I think it’s a great thought and very soothing. I usually spend a lot of time making cards and it’s a thrill to me when the recipient really enjoys it, or it makes them smile. Giving cards really does have a lot of meaning and I know people appreciate it. I make cards for occasions for our group at work – congratulations, farewells, births, special birthdays, etc and I know they always enjoy them and are happy to get them. Really makes me happy to know they’re appreciated and enjoyed.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaApril 15, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    What a fabulous card, Becca. I love all of that filagree!!! It just makes my lacy heart smile!
    As for my handmade items making me feel like an artist, well, no. I don’t feel like an artist. I just hope when I give something handmade the recipient will feel special, appreciated, and loved. I just don’t feel like I’m creating “art”. I think I feel more like a crazy craft lady!ReplyCancel

  • Bette SApril 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    It is especially pleasing when the recipient of one of my cards tells me how much they like and appreaciate it. Makes me feel that all the love and effort I have put into making it has been worthwhile. I love your beautiful works of art and this cards is another winner! I just purchased three of your dies and am anxiously awaiting for them to arrive to see what I can create with them. You are an awesome inspiration!!
    Thanks for the chance to actually win one of your beautiful cards.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineApril 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    Beautiful card Becca, so pleased you and your sister had fun,
    I feel happy when i make cards for my lovely family and they know it is made with love just for them.
    Take Care
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • jean marmoApril 15, 2016 - 1:00 pm

    Another beautiful card. I hope with each card I make, that I become better at adding details!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy DuboseApril 15, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    Love this card, especially the setimate that fills so well on the card with the beautiful die cuts, I have several of your design dies, LOVE THEMReplyCancel

  • CindyApril 15, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    Oh Becca…one more gorgeous card. I love your new die, so elegant. I just might need to purchase your die sets.
    When I create a card for my special someone, I am so greatful with the comments that they share that it inspires me to keep creating.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgiaApril 15, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    This is a beautiful card and the perfect comment from you Becca. Any comment that is kind is appreciated by those that recieve it, I think the worst thing is silence and not acknowledging “something” is upon them. You are such an inspration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene IacuzziApril 15, 2016 - 1:19 pm




  • Juanita BraunApril 15, 2016 - 1:43 pm

    Another beautiful card. Thank you so much for sharing. I just made three of my friends a box of cards. I love the look on their face and questions how I did it. It really gives me a good boost.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne SApril 15, 2016 - 1:55 pm

    Your card is gorgeous. Really love the sentiment…made my eyes teary. The joy & the appreciation of the recipients is enough booster for confidence.ReplyCancel

  • christiApril 15, 2016 - 2:01 pm

    it boost’s my confidence because most are appreciated and oo’d and aah’d over. today’s card is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Diana DApril 15, 2016 - 2:14 pm

    Becca, your card is stunning! So happy to get my hands on these wonderful dies :)
    Your road trip sounds like it’s jumped started your motor….nothing like a good time with your sister.
    I love to hear my friends tell me how a card that I’ve given them in a batch made their friends smile. It makes me want to give them an endless supply…and I have with my BFF.
    Your little hamlets popping up around you are the direct result of the winters up north. They just keep coming!! Our landscape is in constant expansion.
    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, DianaReplyCancel

  • BunnyApril 15, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    I love giving cards. I made one for my husband’s co-workers and it turned out so pretty. I can’t wait for them to open it. It does make you feel like an artist.

    What part of Florida did you visit? We live in Jacksonville Beach, FL. I hope you had a lot of fun with your sister.

    Love the beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Deb JuilleratApril 15, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    What a beautiful card! My confidence is boosted when the recipient loves what I made for them. It gives me the incentive to keep crafting.ReplyCancel

  • JoyceApril 15, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    Hi Becca,

    I am working on boosting my confidence when I give a handmade card. I find that actually, you set a wonderful example for me, in your beautiful work and your deeds. Thank you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn LApril 15, 2016 - 2:28 pm

    You have showcased a favorite stamp with this beautiful card, Miss Becca. I frequently use this Eskimo proverb as the sentiment on sympathy cards as it seems sensitive and meaningful in most cases.
    As a life-long crafter, any time my art is verbally congratulated, it not only validates my efforts but feeds the creative fires for whatever project follows. Add me to the list of card makers who light up inside when seeing past work displayed as part of holiday decor…..many of which were created with Becca Feeken designed tools, especially the Spellbinder dies. That will never change.ReplyCancel

  • Christine SpringmanApril 15, 2016 - 2:38 pm

    Another inspiring card. It gives me inspiration and confidence to keep creating more cards. Christine S.ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsApril 15, 2016 - 2:49 pm

    This card is beautiful. So glad you and your Sis had such a nice reunion. Good for the soul!!
    Your question for the day- when someone tells you they are never going to throw a card you made them, it sure makes my heart sing!
    This is so rewarding to me and it makes me want to continue making and giving cards to “special” people.
    Thanks for all you do for us and God Bless.
    Ann R.ReplyCancel

  • Devy CollinsApril 15, 2016 - 3:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy ArtmanApril 15, 2016 - 3:06 pm

    Hi, Becca,
    I loved your story about your visit with your sister. If we listen, the Lord gives us important messages. Sounds like this was true for you…and what a delightful way to receive it.

    Sometimes the card I’m not thrilled with is someone else’s favorite. The gratifying thing about sharing my art is that my creations have been an enjoyment and blessing to many others. Focusing on doing the best I can applies in making art and living life.

    Love and blessings, dear one,

  • NaomiApril 15, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    Becca, thanks so much for the wonderful card . Your inspiration is always showing. I feel good inside when people say how much they adore my cards and that they keep the cards. It feels as if my heart is stretching in my body.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry R.April 15, 2016 - 3:19 pm

    Wow! I love that sentiment! It’s so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Noelene ApapApril 15, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I love the sentiment on this card. Sometimes I think my cards are not good enough, but the compliments I get in return always give me that extra boost. I always try to make a card suited to that persons personality or favourite hobbies. Have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • Granny DApril 15, 2016 - 4:16 pm

    Just adore this card! Recently lost my Mother so the Quietfire stamp is perfect for me. I am not an artist but I am a creator and there is a big difference. I am constantly learning new and different techniques and balance. When I feel a dab unsure about an idea, I take it to my husband who is in Quality Control and he critiques the card for me, whether it is composition or color he is my second set of eyes. If I get an all clear from him, my confidence goes off the chart. (he brought me a centering ruler that changed my world!)ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenApril 15, 2016 - 5:19 pm

    BEAUTIFUL CARD TODAY, BECCA! Making a card to give to someone in particular, is the KEY for me! JUST the thought of giving something to someone to bless them, just makes me HAPPY! It is a token of friendship, love & a piece of my heart! ;) I ONLY HOPE they see it as such! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Janet SaievaApril 15, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    So glad you got to spend some quality time with your sister. Last week I went on an adventure with my niece to visit my brother in Kentucky. It took us 16 hours to drive there from Long Island, NY and my other brother drove up from Florida. It was so much fun to get together and just laugh and enjoy each other’s company. I know that you felt the same with your sister. I actually brought a card that I had made for my brothers birthday and everyone loved it. His gratitude inspired me to make an even better card for my niece this week for her birthday. Can’t wait for her to open it!

    Thanks for your generosity and inspiration Becca!

    Have a beautiful weekend!!!ReplyCancel

  • lisa inversinApril 15, 2016 - 5:51 pm

    simple and elegant card!

    -How does the act of giving heartfelt and handmade creations boost your confidence as an artist?

    for me just knowing that someone enjoys my cards and puts them on their shelf to display, makes me happy!ReplyCancel

  • Christine MillerApril 15, 2016 - 5:57 pm

    I love giving a heartfelt handmade gift that was in every way customized to the tastes of the recipient. It is truly gratifying and confidence building to see a look of joy on the recipient’s face. There’s another boost of confidence when the recipient describes or shows the gift to a friend…then I know it wasn’t just a “good manners” reaction.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy RApril 15, 2016 - 6:08 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. I love the verse and the use of the ornate dies! I love it when someone compliments me on a card or asks, “how did you do that”.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl StaufferApril 15, 2016 - 6:13 pm

    I try very hard to create a card for others that suits their interest, favorite color/colors, and style. Many times the final product boosts my confidence when the receiver feels their card was a true “gift” created just for them.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonApril 15, 2016 - 6:18 pm

    This is another masterpiece Becca I love it.
    When I hand make a card for someone who appreciates what I have made, it lifts my self belief and in turn spurs me to keep creating! Several ladies who have had my cards over the years have bought photo albums which they have used to keep these cards in, which I find very humbling!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleApril 15, 2016 - 6:21 pm

    What boost my inspiration in cardmaking is the appreciation I receive after giving a card and the recipient asks me if I could make one more card for a relative who has never received such a card. That really gets the creative juices flowing.ReplyCancel

  • Anne MushensApril 15, 2016 - 6:21 pm

    So pleased that you and your sister have had a ball! How lovely!
    What an elegant card with all the swirls and that wonderful sentiment. I’ve been using your Cascading Grace die today, cutting card blanks and then using different colours as backing. Each of the cards looks beautiful. Thank you so much for your stunning designs.
    I never think of myself as an artist! I think my old art teacher at School would be turning in her grave to think that I was running a class! But, hopefully, recipients appreciate the thought, time and effort that goes into each creation. Our youngest was asked by a young man if he had offended me in some way as he had been sent a ‘shop bought’ card for his birthday! I’d just run out of time to make one and get it in the post.
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Margaret McGettiganApril 15, 2016 - 6:22 pm

    Giving a card that I have made with love to someone makes me feel good and it makes me happy to see their expression or hear from them how much they like a card that it inspires me to make more cards. It makes me feel good to think one of your cards is appreciated so much. Beautiful card today Becca I love your style of card making and I can see the love and care you put into your cards. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsApril 15, 2016 - 6:35 pm

    Hi Becca,

    So glad you had a wonderful trip, that shop sounds amazing.
    Giving a handmade card to someone is very rewarding especially when they appreciate it, I know I am learning more each day and getting better all the time.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • Rosemary TejaApril 15, 2016 - 6:42 pm

    I know that when I give the card it is meant for someone very special, so I think about it quite a while and the do the card. 99 percent of the time they absolutely love it. I have a friend who has saved every card about 15 that I have given her ans she show cases them in her bookshelf to me that is the highest compliment I could getReplyCancel

  • PAM TASApril 15, 2016 - 6:43 pm

    Hi Becca,
    I do not class myself as an artist more of a paper addict who likes to
    play around and create something to share and make someone feel
    a bit special ! Love your card hugs PamXXXReplyCancel

  • Jan StumpfApril 15, 2016 - 6:50 pm

    Beautiful card. Giving a handmade card boosts my confidence by seeing someone appreciate it. That inspires me to want to do more and better.ReplyCancel

  • Jo AnnaApril 15, 2016 - 7:13 pm

    Beautiful card and new dies. Congrats. I love the appreciation expressed by others receiving my cards, even with imperfections!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtApril 15, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    Most of my cards are made for missionaries & I receive thoughtful comments from them.They appreciate anything I send them because they receive very little mail & it makes me feel good that I can give them a minute of pleasure.

    I love your cards & it gives me pleasure to see them.
    Thanks Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryApril 15, 2016 - 7:51 pm

    Hi Becca your card and saying is just lovely today and so glad you and your sister had such h a good time together.
    When I give a card I am always so thrilled when someone says oh I love and keep all your cards you give me, it lifts me up. Nothing makes you feel better to hear that.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mellor aka Loopy Lynda UKApril 15, 2016 - 7:54 pm

    Good morning Becca, beautiful card as usual!!! It’s good to get away and have fun and with your sister in Florida you lucky lady!!!
    I never thought of myself as an artist!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxxReplyCancel

  • JanApril 15, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    This sentiment brought tears to my eyes, well actually I had a little cry. Greatly missing my dear departed husband of nearly 3 years this afternoon. Beautiful card! How I would love to have this card among my precious things!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E~TownApril 15, 2016 - 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous card!
    I feel like I’ve touched someone with my home made projects with love, and in return knowing I’ve made their day special gives me joy double joy in return. As long as my friends and family say ,y projects are good I’ll keep on making them!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley ZApril 15, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Love the way you use gold in so many of your cards. They have such a regal look to them.
    Yes, sometimes I feel that my productions are not up to par, and then I receive the sweet note from the receiver that they loved it and look forward for their next birthday or occasion. That lifts my spirit and spurs me on to do a new creation!ReplyCancel

  • MaureenApril 15, 2016 - 10:23 pm

    My favorite saying in the world. It makes me happy to think of the love of my dear ones who have gone home to God.
    When I give something I’ve made, I always hope the receiver knows that a bit of my heart is coming to them. It gives me joy to share my creations and hopefully to give others joy as well.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy VondraApril 15, 2016 - 10:57 pm

    Lovely card, Becca! This is a beautiful die and I’m looking forward to the next card made from it. Mom and I have made cards forever! It’s hard now she’s gone, yet my family encourages me and I’m creating again. It’s so wonderful to get reactions from people who receive my cards. It makes me happy. Becca, you inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • TammieApril 15, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    I enjoyed the sweet story you shared in this post today. Wish I could have tagged along on your white sand stroll. I find encouragement and joy when the person I give a handmade gift or card to says “This is extra special because you made it.”ReplyCancel

  • Diane b.April 16, 2016 - 12:29 am

    I am so pleased when I make a card especially with someone in mind and then they say they love the card and will keep it with all the others I have made them, it makes you feel special and pleased that you took the time to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Rosanne SheaApril 16, 2016 - 12:37 am

    Star-tlingly beautiful with a heavenly statement. I will hope tomake 1 soon. God’s best to you.ReplyCancel

  • ClaireApril 16, 2016 - 5:50 am

    Beautiful card…I just lost my best friend of 40 years after a 2 year battle with Cancer. This card speaks volumes to me. Thank you for sharing your incredible , beautifully crafted work, tips and techniques.
    Also, do you give classes during the year and if so, where?
    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy life each day. xoReplyCancel

  • Hazel BasnettApril 16, 2016 - 8:33 am

    It gives me the biggest thrill to see the smiles of the recipients when they open a card I have createdReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Smith-KirkApril 16, 2016 - 8:34 am

    This is a very beautiful card Becca, the sentiment is so heartfelt, the 25th April marks the 20th anniversary of losing my Mum, thank you for sharing Becca X X XReplyCancel

  • Sara AlfordApril 16, 2016 - 10:08 am

    Oh Becca, we are in Florida as well helping out with my Mom who is in decline. I look at her in both amazement and fear, but each day there is a praise GOD in the midst of the craziness.
    Today when I saw this card my creative juices began to flow and my senses left the fear behind. THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN for the beauty you create and share.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthApril 16, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    Hi Becca, Another stunning card, gorgeous, gorgeous, die-cuts and a fabulous sentiment.
    I think we are our own worst critics where our cards are concerned, I know that I am. I feel a sense of pride when I create a card that I love and hopefully the recipient will love too. Let’s face it, it takes us (well me anyway haha) a long time to think of and complete a card for someone, and it is wondrous when the recipient loves it.
    So glad you have had a good time with your Sister.
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • CarolineApril 16, 2016 - 11:41 pm

    so beautiful as always! Love love love!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy DalyApril 17, 2016 - 4:01 am

    Hi Becca, a gorgeous card and can’t get any of your collection till we get home (in Australia at the moment) but been checking the blogs and Julia Watt has been using your wedding collection which we saw on your blog a while back so looking forward to getting home to purchase them. Made a lot of things to bring out for my granddaughter and friends here and a great feeling when they rave about them to friends and family.
    Nancyd xxReplyCancel

  • Sandra SmithApril 17, 2016 - 4:56 am

    This card is so elegant and beautiful. I love all the filagree in the dies and the sentiment is lovely.

    When I give something i have handcrafted, it always boosts my confidence but I also know not everyone appreciates something handcrafted so I try hard not to let someone’s reaction define me as a crafter. I love it when I see expressions of delight or pick up the phone to hear heartfelt gratitude but I’ve also been in situations where the recipient doesn’t acknowledge that the card was one I handcrafted. After my Dad passed away two years ago, I wanted to find the last card I made him for Father’s Day but I haven’t been able to find it . At first, I thought he must have thrown it away and that thought hurt a lot. I decided that it was so special to my Dad that he put it somewhere special. I don’t know if that’s true but I choose to believe it because I love my Dad and know he loved me. I made a choice not to let the missing card mean anything negative so it can’t hurt my confidence.

    I am extremely close to my sister, who is one year and a day older. We took a trip together once and had an amazing time. Memories I will always cherish. My Mom is 85 and her sister is 80. They recently took a road trip together from Arkansas to California and back! Two years ago, they took a 10,000 mile trip to visit each of my Mom’s grandchildren. Someone nicknamed them “Thelma and Louise!” Fortunately, they travel safely and obey all laws! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Sam BurnettApril 18, 2016 - 7:26 pm

    This is the most beautiful card, and one of my all-time favorite sentiments! Love the new dies; ordering them al!!!ReplyCancel

  • FenandaApril 19, 2016 - 12:37 am

    Getting a compliment from one of my card recipients motivates me to continue creating and trying new techniques to add to my cards.ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkApril 20, 2016 - 7:27 pm

    Becca, Thank you so much for sharing your talent.
    I won on my hubby’s birthday and received my beautiful card the day after my birthday!
    Words cannot express how proud I am. In case of fire it will be going with me.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy LythgoeApril 23, 2016 - 5:38 pm

    Becca, who makes the metallic poster board that you use? I have heavy gold and silver card stock but the edges don’t look right because it has a white cord.

    Thank you for your help.ReplyCancel

  • Janet WoodwardMay 5, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    Bacca, your cards are so beautiful. I have just started using Pinterest here in the UK. I’m truly inspired by your cards and haven’t been able to find many scripture stamps here. I haven’t purchased copyright for Bible versions so can only print scriptures from the King James. I have one set of Our daily bread scripture stamps and would be greatful for any you suggest. I’ve started collecting Spellbinders dies so your cards give me inspiration to create my own. Thank you for all your blogs and I’ll enjoy this sîte for a long time to come. Blessings galoreReplyCancel