It is a Miracle . . .


I’m so grateful to be easing my way back!  I made it through surgery with a couple of hiccups but if anything they were precious reminders that life is not to be taken for granted and that through the course of our lives – everything is a choice.  I’ve felt well enough to get back at the computer perhaps as early as a week ago but have spent a lot of time thinking and planning how to savor the things I love to do, how to make time for the family and people who have time for me, how to treat and expect to be treated with worth and finally, how to take better care of myself.  The doctor and I had a heart to heart talk about stress and how it affects your health.  I believe him, no arm twisting here!   Thankfully and gratefully, writing and posting my crafty endeavors here on my blog is one of the things I truly savor – it is a stress reliever.    You sweet readers have always been engaging, delightfully enthusiastic and always full of well wishes.   Thanks for waiting so patiently as I get back to normal.  Thanks so much for checking on me and the wonderful emails!  Thanks so much for being you!!  

I’ll be back with a card tomorrow but in the mean time, did you know that Spellbinders is hosting a fabulous contest??  Yep, time is running out, I’m sharing the details here because there’s $$ involved and after this time of the year, some extra in the ole pocket may come in handy :-)

Huge Spellbinders Contest Details

Spellbinders is currently running the BIGGEST contest they’ve ever hosted to date! Spellbinders Explore Beyond Challenge: Craft to Win gives you a chance at a $5,000 Grand Prize Package from Spellbinders and their cross promotional partners! They’ll also be choosing a 2nd place winner to receive a $1,000 prize package and a $500 3rd place prize package!Prizes will include products from WorldWin PapersWant2ScrapXyronKaiserCraftScrapbook Adhesives by 3LBasic GreyScrapbook & Cards Today MagazineBoBunnyFancy Pants DesignsCanadian ScrapbookerNikki SivilsElmer’sBazzill BasicsGraphic 45IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and more!  How do you participate?   It’s easy!Simply create an original project using at least two (2) Spellbinders dies. And get creative with it! Push your own creative boundaries…do something different. We’ll be looking for those crafters and artists who have really taken on the challenge to truly “Explore Beyond”.

Take photos of each step of your project. If chosen as a finalist… You’ll be asked to submit these photos.

Submit a photo (of your finished project only!) to the appropriate Spellbinders Flickr Group.

Contest runs from November 26th, 2012 through December 26th, 2012 Midnight EST.


Card Making

Home Decor

Scrapbook Layout

Jewelry Making

Fabric Arts

Mixed Media Art

Official Rules:

You may enter more than once in multiple categories. Projects entered must be original. A total of twelve (12) finalists will be chosen. There will be two (2) finalists from each category. Finalists will be announced on December 27, 2012. Finalists will be asked to submit photos of the steps of their projects to validate their originality. Finalists will be asked to mail in their final original project to the Spellbinders office. Original projects must be received by end of day, Friday, January 4, 2013.

A celebrity panel of judges will review the twelve (12) final submissions and narrow it down to three (3) winners. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 11, 2013. There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner of a $5,000 prize package and the project will be featured at the Spellbinders booth at the Craft and Hobby Association show on January 12, 2013. There will be one (1) 2nd prize winner of a $1,000 prize package and featured on the Spellbinders blog. There will be one (1) 3rd prize winner of a $500 prize package and featured on the Spellbinders blog.


All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. By acceptance of the prize, winners agree without limitation to the use of his/her name, photograph and/or likeness for publicity purposes without any additional compensation. Winners agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the Spellbinders panel, which are final and binding in all matters regarding this event. Winners agree that the event and its representatives affiliates, agents, directors, officers and employees have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind relating to or arising from this event or resulting from participation in this contest.Contest is not open to Spellbinders Employees, Various Team Members, or their immediate family members (Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Children).

  • Carol SouthernDecember 14, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    It is great to know you are on the mend Becca. Look after yourself please.
    Loved the Miracle verse.ReplyCancel

  • Grace NDecember 14, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    So glad to “hear” from you Becca! Have been concerned, and wondering how the recovery was going.

    Praying and Trusting from here there will be no more hiccups and that full recovery is just around the corner!


  • vicki dutcherDecember 14, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    Gla dto hear you are doing well and hope to get back into the blog soon. Your cards and projects have been missed. you always inspire me to try harder, and be a better crafter! :) Merry Christmas~ReplyCancel

  • Debbie DunhamDecember 14, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    Wonderful to hear you are on the mend! I don’t make many comments but I always look forward to seeing your beautiful creations! Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Maxine DDecember 14, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    So glad to hear all went well in the end, and that you and life are on good terms :-)

  • Marilyn MaeDecember 14, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Dear Becca, I am glad to hear you are on the mend. I love your blog and your most absolutely gorgeous elegant cards. Thank you for sharing.

  • Diana NguyenDecember 14, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Glad to see that you are back! Keep recovering and taking it easy and if making cards is a stress reliever for you, yep, keep making them because we do love to see them!ReplyCancel

  • Rosy NewlunDecember 14, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Continue healing, ‘hear’ what your body is saying :) Very best to you — RosyReplyCancel

  • Mary H.December 14, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    Becca, what a wonderful Christmas gift to hear that things are back on track for you, that you’re healing well (AND looking after yourself!). So happy to hear this, and thank you for sharing the update with your blog buddies. Many Hugs and Merry Christmas as well, to you and your family. God Bless and you know that you were missed.ReplyCancel

  • PJDecember 14, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    I am happy to hear that all in all your surgery went well, and that you are taking time to put things in perspective, and assess what is important for you. I haven’t posted for quite some time, but when I have been able to pop in to visit your blog it has and continues to be one of my best blog stops ever. Thanks for your continued inspiration. Take care and be well.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BDecember 14, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    So glad to hear that you are doing better. I have been praying for you and wondering how things were going. Really! I enjoy your posts and look forward to them. God bless you this time of year and always.ReplyCancel

  • Mary AllenDecember 14, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    Speedy recovery to you. Hugs, MaryReplyCancel

  • Jean S ~December 14, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    Becca, so happy you’re on the mend. Please continue to take care of yourself and heal. {{{hugs}}} Jean ~

    p.s. I’m lovin’ my Becca’s Peg Bow Maker :)ReplyCancel

  • VivaceDecember 14, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    Glad to hear your are getting better. Take it one day at a time.ReplyCancel

  • ava gDecember 14, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    nice to see you back… take care
    ava gReplyCancel

  • LoriDecember 14, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Becca, I haven’t posted before, but have followed you for a long time. I really hope you are able to heal, and relax a bit. You are loved and admired by so many of us, and though you may not hear from us directly, be assured we are thinking and caring for you.ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenDecember 14, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better Becca! :) MISSING your LOVELY WORK!!!! :) Eagerly awaiting your presence back out here on the web! :)ReplyCancel

  • MaryDecember 14, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    Glad that you are on the mend Becca. Take it easy and dont try to rush the healing process. All the very best for a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New yearReplyCancel

  • Linda W.December 14, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    So glad that you are better and I will be here for your next card I
    hugs from Texas

  • lizDecember 14, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    Becca so good to hear from you, I too had listen to the doctors a few years back about “stress” and that is when I found your site and made a “Becca Day” meaning I would make all the things you show cased to destress and now for 3 years I have been making sure that I keep a day each week just to reflect and enjoy . Thanks for all you have given us . HugsReplyCancel

  • Betsy B.December 14, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better and getting back to the things you love! I’m sure you’ll be as good as new very soon! Enjoy your “time off” and the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy KeoghDecember 14, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    So very glad to hear you are one the mend Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn NimmoDecember 14, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    So glad you are feeling better.ReplyCancel

  • lori ILDecember 14, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    Happy to hear that you are on the mend! Thank you for blessing us all with your lovely spirit and wonderful creativeness! Please take care and I am looking forward to seeing more beautiful creations from you.

  • Shelly SchmidtDecember 14, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Bless You- will keep you in prayers! Glad you are feeling better!ReplyCancel

  • LorraineDecember 14, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I pray that your recovery is swift. Looking forward to more of your beautiful creations. Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Sally-AnnDecember 14, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    So happy to hear you are on the up and up! Missed your blogs but really I know and appreciate that priorities are firmly with you getting you and yours all sorted. All the best from Down Under.ReplyCancel

  • BethEDecember 14, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    Christmas Blessings to you, dear Becca. So glad to hear you are rebounding after your surgery. Continue to listen to your body and do not push yourself too hard. Take time for yourself and your family at this very Holy time of year. I look forward to your blog in the New Year – wonderful things are coming I am sure.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonDecember 14, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    Becca, so glad that you are through your surgery now! Wishing you and strong and quick recovery. {{{Praying for you!}}}ReplyCancel

  • Diana E. BishopDecember 14, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    May God’s Blessings surround you and keep you in His Light ! Have a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Love, Happiness & Health.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy BDecember 14, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    So happy to hear from you, Becca!! I’m glad you are on the mend, and hope you feel 100% soon :D I need to let you know how grateful I am for you and your blog…you have inspired me to start up my crafting again, and yes, it is a wonderful stress reliever!! Prayers continue.ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsDecember 14, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    So glad you are back and feeling better but take it slow and easy! You are much to important to suffer any relapses! We missed you and are praying you will continue on the mend. God Bless!

  • RufusDecember 14, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    So happy to read that you are on the mend. Now you need to listen to the Dr (heaven’s I hate to say that!) and to your own body. While we miss you terribly, we’d rather wait to have you back till you are truly healed. We want to keep you around you see! So do what feels good, relax and enjoy the season of Miracles, Christmas.

  • CaroleDecember 14, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    So glad to hear you are recovering and able to spend some time back in your studio! Doing things that you love will get you feeling better a lot quicker. You have been missed, but you have also been in my daily prayers. I just received my December kit on Wednesday and in spite of my hopes to stretch out the projects over the next month, I finished the last one today!! They are beautiful and I just couldn’ t seem to stop working on them. Take care, follow your doctor’s orders, and come back to us when you are ready.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaDecember 14, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    So glad to hear you are doing well Becca. Hugs :)ReplyCancel

  • MarilynDecember 14, 2012 - 11:37 pm

    So glad to hear you are on the mend. Please take good care of yourself, I truly have grown craft wise and spiritually just by reading your blog, you have made me think outside of the box.
    I’m glad you have had good quality time to heal and reflect on your time, life and family.
    You are one very talented crafter, keep on crafting it is so relaxing for you and good to let go of stress too.
    May you continue to be Blessed by Gods grace.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly LDecember 15, 2012 - 12:31 am

    So glad to hear you are healing well and looking forward to seeing more great creations on your blog when you are ready. Take care of yourself and rest so the healing can continue. We will be here when you are able to return. :) God bless, KellyReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleDecember 15, 2012 - 12:56 am

    Happy you are recovering well!!!
    Blessings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with those you love!
    Paper Hugs,

  • ChelseaDecember 15, 2012 - 12:57 am

    I’m so glad you’re back, Becca! I’ve been keeping you in my prayers over the past month or so (more than usual!) and am very thankful you are on the other side of your surgery.ReplyCancel

  • Anna,December 15, 2012 - 3:17 am

    I have been checking each day, and I’m so glad that you are back, and that your health is improving, and that is the main thing,
    Have a blessed Christmas and a healthy 2013.
    Anna from Down under.ReplyCancel

  • June MetcalfeDecember 15, 2012 - 3:21 am

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Becca. You give such a lot, now do some taking –

    – Take care
    – Take your timeReplyCancel

  • MaryannDecember 15, 2012 - 3:35 am

    So glad to hear, that you´re back and well, and don´t worry you just take all the time you need to get completely back on your feet without anymore risks okay? We´ll all be here waiting for you, when you feel up to it. I know too well, how it´s like to go on too soon and believe you, you don´t want to do that for sure, so better take a few more weeks now hun okay?
    Have yourself a very Merry Christmas and hope the New Year will be your best ever. Take good care girlfriend.
    Love and big warm hugs to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • EveleneDecember 15, 2012 - 3:50 am

    It’s a sigh of relief that you’re back in the groove of things. I missed you and your wonderful creations so much that every single day I checked out how things are going with you with your surgery. Thank God, his gracious hand made you well. I will continue to pray for you and your family with my best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a great year ahead. Love you!ReplyCancel

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  • kathy/NorthCarolinaDecember 15, 2012 - 4:13 am

    Wonderful to know that you are resting and healing and taking time to re-evaluate what is most important. I pray your recovery will be complete, and that your holiday will be richly blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Karen WallaceDecember 15, 2012 - 4:33 am

    I”m so glad you are doing ok. Take care and we missed you!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel BrooksDecember 15, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Glad your doctor had a hear=to=heart on stress. It is indeed a serious factor in the health we enjoy or don’t enjoy! Glad all is going well – great time to reflect on life, on friends, on all aspects of your life. Your faith is such an inspiration and I know it is the fiber that binds life together for you and yours. Loved seeing your full photo in the tribute to Randi this week. What an inspiration she has been to so many, and has at last found the lasting peace she so deserves. Keep mending and keep well.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisDecember 15, 2012 - 6:56 am

    After not seeing anything new on your blog my mind raced around wondering what was up…well here it is. Surgery. Another learning time in the recuperating process. Though we don’t like physical problems there is something to be said about them being our teachers. God is faithful to educate us on every note, and at such times after surgery when we are still and quiet, we hear better. Strange but true. So, I do ask God to help you heal and to bless you with greater knowledge of Him and to see His great love for you.ReplyCancel

  • MelanieDecember 15, 2012 - 7:17 am

    So glad you are on the mend jst take it easy .MelanieReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 15, 2012 - 7:22 am

    With all these best wishes Becca, how could you fail to get better. You are loved by so many people, you are a beautiful person with a loving heart. Take care my friend and I wish you a happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year from across the pond.
    LOL Eileen

  • Elaine JohnsonDecember 15, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Thank God for His mercies. I am so pleased you are mending and so happy that you are back. May God bless real good over the coming year. We are so delighted with your crafting endeavors and the sharing of the same.
    Merry Christmas and a bright, joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

  • Jane FiresDecember 15, 2012 - 8:01 am

    It is great that you came through surgery well and that the good Lord has His hand you each day. Do relax some even though this is Christmas time and do remember to take time each day for yourself and the Lord. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Blessed New Year. I love the box directions in our last kit. I have made a lot of them for gift card holders. Thanks again. Love and Hugs, JanIeReplyCancel

  • HeikeDecember 15, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Wishing you all the best.
    Take care, greetings from GermanyReplyCancel

  • JeanDecember 15, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Hi Becca: May God hold you in His healing arms as you recover. Take care,

  • RedGemDecember 15, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Glad to hear you’re back! I always look forward to your creations on your website and I did miss you, but you have your health to look after first. Take care and I’ll be praying for a very fast recovery!ReplyCancel

  • bethann dDecember 15, 2012 - 10:50 am

    so glad you came thru surgery well, i had no doubts about it. this holiday season is the first without my DH, he’s only been gone for 8 weeks and i still feel like he’ll walk thru the front door any minute and everything will be all right again. i haven’t crafted throughout his illness but have surfed a lot for stress releif. this is one of my favorite blogs, always get so much inspiration and comfort in so many ways, especially since you have walked this way before me.ReplyCancel

  • auntie emDecember 15, 2012 - 11:13 am

    So glad to hear you are recuperating well and taking the time to mend. It’s very wise of you!
    Take care! :)ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanDecember 15, 2012 - 11:51 am

    So glad you are feeling better. Sending blessings.ReplyCancel

  • SusieDecember 15, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    God is in control, he needs you to make us smile at all your projects….Take care and rest………
    hugs…Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Amy A. MontrealDecember 15, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    Thank YOU for all those inspirational cards and creative ideas you keep sharing with us daily and for which I look forward to every morning. I hope you are feeling better and better and want to wish you and your family the best of the season and a Very Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene LeBelDecember 15, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    So glad you’re on the mend Becca. I love all of your beautiful cards. God Bless You and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too.

  • Francie in MontrealDecember 15, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Wow! You are up and around and blogging. What a treat! I hope you are on your way to a full and speed recovery. Sending positive thoughts and wishes your way from Montreal.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkDecember 15, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Take time for yourself. Keeping you close in thought and prayer, God bless.ReplyCancel

  • LenoriaDecember 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    I am so glad you are on the mend! I check your blog everyday even when I wasn’t a registered follower. I truly enjoy your style of cards and you always seem to have just what I need to lift me up. Thank you for being such a blessing and I pray God heaps His blessings upon you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jan GarberDecember 17, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    So good to hear you are recovering ! I am so looking forward to a new year of fabulous Feeken creations!ReplyCancel

  • Remigia PouloDecember 18, 2012 - 10:21 am

    So glad that you are better. Take care.
    Greetings from Curaçao.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie SparrowDecember 18, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    Becca, I hope your feeling better…. About four weeks ago I had to put my horse down… Only had him for about 9 months… Beautiful guy, Pinto! Had this amazing personality that all the kids in the barn just loved… But I knew in my spirit I had to let him go, tried everything! The day before we were going to do this we were attacked terribly by people in the barn and in three towns in my area….Words are so hurtful and you can’t take them back… I said all of this to say how stress affected me so much through it all… I had first to give it to God and try to relieve my stress some how, cuz I know longer could ride my 17 hands NSH… I’m standing in Faith because of so many changes in my life.. being 56, and my hubby 67….I just wanted to say how much I admire you and your words… Your strong Faith in our Savior.. I pray that your have a Wonderful Christmas and wish that we you could just by for a cup of coffee and cookies!!!! LOVE AND HUGS. forgive my spelling..ReplyCancel