October 2013 Design-abilities Blog Hop (First One!)

New Home Pocket Card created by Becca Feeken using Quietfire Design Stamps and Spellbinders dies

Card inside its vellum pocket

Sweet sweet blog friends, please forgive my absence of late and thanks so much for hanging in there with me.  I’ve had some health issues lately and weeks of tests that I made headway with this week.  At any rate I’m tickled to be posting today and can’t think of anything I’d like better to share than a card for my sweet daughter who has moved into a new (to her) house and a blog hop occasion that I’m really excited about.  Pop on in and visit with me so I can tell you all about it.


Card outside of Pocket

As you know, for the the last five years I’ve been a member of the Spellbinders Blog Team.  I’ve been blessed to work with this group of fabulous designers for that long and it’s been a wonderful experience…each of us has our own style and I’m always amazed to see their take on the same dies we all handle day to day.  So without further ado, we’re pleased to welcome you to the first Design-abilities blog hop!  As the Spellbinders Blog Team, we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together so we’ve pulled together a blog hop (in the spirit of disclosure I should mention this is not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts, it’s something we wanted to get together to do :-)).  Starting this month, we are doing a Blog Hop every other month (on the 16th) and we’ll have a link list to all of the Blog Team Designers.   You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, papercrafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques.  As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.


Inside of card (isn’t that sentiment so cute!!)

For my first project, I wanted to do something that was right smack dab in the middle of my style wheelhouse.  Pocket cards are at the top of my list of favorites and I haven’t shared one in a while.  The reason I love them is because of the peek-a-boo effect, plus it’s so easy to enclose a simple card while on the outside it can be gussied up to your hearts content.  So my daughter just moved and is totally in love with her house ; I’m going to surprise her with a housewarming card.  Home – Congratulations from Quietfire Design is perfect for the task!!


Ready for shipping!! I love clear boxes!

Lol, I don’t have her new address yet, so I’ll be sending this to her work address and I wanted it to hopefully be a pleasant surprise so I put it into this clear box and have my address label ready to go.  Once inside, I’ll securely tape the edges so that it can’t be pried open.  I hope she likes it!!


Backside of box – lined with design paper

Here’s your Step By Step Recap of die cuts and layers, from the bottom up:  Start out with a Card Base made using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #7 using my Filigree Hinged Card Technique, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #7, design paper layer cut to 4-3/8″ x 6-3/8″, die cut layer using Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics A #4, die cut layer using Spellbinders Matting Basics B #4.

For the pocket you can look at my video HERE to learn how to make it so that it fits the dimensions 5-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ at the peak after cut with Spellbinders Curved Borders Two.  Next, layer two flourishes from Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes and build a bed of flowers made using using the four smallest Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders Foliage.  (Hint:  The calyx on the roses was made using the smallest flower from the brand new D-Lites called Spellbinders Blooms Two, I simply snipped off every other petal).

You can see my other pocket cards at these posts – https://www.amazingpapergrace.com/news-to-share-and-a-card/https://www.amazingpapergrace.com/becca-bit-putting-together-pocket-card/ and https://www.amazingpapergrace.com/success/,

Rubber Stamps: Quietfire DesignQuietfire Design
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Smooth – Natural White, Kraft, American Crafts, Coredinations, white print vellum
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink
AccessoriesSpellbinders Matting Basics ASpellbinders Matting Basics BSpellbinders Timeless RectanglesSpellbinders Curved Borders TwoSpellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, Spellbinders Rose Creations and the leaves are from Spellbinders FoliageSpellbinders Blooms TwoRecollections Pearls, clear embossing powder, silk ribbon,  Becca’s Bow MakerGrand Calibur Die Cut Machine

My fellow designers are hopping too, hope you can peek in on them too!

Debbie Olson
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Seth Apter
Sherry Cheever
Becca Feeken (that’s me)

By the time you read this, my little box will be on its way to her. What’s your guess, it arrives in one piece or scuffed and smushed?? I’ve sent these boxes before but have never asked the person about the condition it arrives in. Since it’s my girl, she’ll give us a full report – I’ll let you know :-)


  • Colleen HowellOctober 16, 2013 - 6:21 am

    Very pretty, love all the special décor on top of the card. Wanted to see you video on how to make it but for some reason it did not work. I will check back later, thanks for the beautiful cardReplyCancel

  • Donna wannellOctober 16, 2013 - 6:22 am

    Inspiring, thanks for sharing your boundless creativity .????ReplyCancel

  • margaret driscollOctober 16, 2013 - 6:33 am

    Hello Becca
    I hope you are well!
    This was a surprise to see a new card!
    This is so beautiful…… your daughter will be thrilled when it arrives.
    I had to re-read as I couldn’t believe you had created the flowers( mine never look like that)
    So lovely Becca!

  • Lynette SadowyOctober 16, 2013 - 6:45 am

    Beautiful card. I love the clear box idea! Wonder where to get those and can you actually mail them? Thanks for your inspiration every day. I just finished up several projects from your — now cancelled :( — kit club and must say, I was really impressed with every one, and so were the recipients of my handiwork and your ideas! God Bless and hope you are back to good health soon.ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsOctober 16, 2013 - 7:03 am

    We were just talking last night at Scrappin’ Tues. night that we had not seen anything from you in a week or so ~ glad you are doing better. I don’t think I would ever mail anything that beautiful in a clear box; it might get lifted period! My friend did a countercross stitch piece and made the mistake of packing it at the post office ~ it never made it to it’s described destination!! Your daughter is going to love it!!! God Bless her in her “new” home.
    This blog hop should be fun! Thanks for doing it.

  • Vicky SchmidtOctober 16, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Becca, That is so sweet to send your daughter a new home card. It is hard to say if you box get there in one piece. Sometimes what I send my daughter gets there in one piece & sometimes it does not look too good.
    Hope you get to visit soon.ReplyCancel

  • lisa808October 16, 2013 - 7:17 am

    Gorgeous! Hope it arrives safely.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle in CanadaOctober 16, 2013 - 7:42 am

    I just truly love everything you make and when I think “this is the best” you keep making other “Bests”
    God has certainly given you the ultimate design skill
    Love GayleReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisOctober 16, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Beautiful card and vellum envelope. I love your idea of putting all our embellishments on the slide envelope. It did surprise me that you mailed it in the clear box. Never thought of that as I always thought you had to put it in some brown paper or such! LOL. Yeh, I’m thinking this may be too much temptation for some people. But, I am hoping it will get there all the same and your daughter will be absolutely delighted!ReplyCancel

  • Lorrayne IngramOctober 16, 2013 - 7:58 am

    I love this card. I hope and pray you are well.
    I have not had good luck sending flowers (raised up) on cards to my mom, heading out into “out” state200 miles away. (She told me the envelope was smashed and ripped) But 25/40 miles away seem to fare better. I had not thought about plastic boxes. Thank you for your point of view with spellbinders and for this blog hop today.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WOctober 16, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Lovely card – I have not seen a pocket card before I dont think – love the fancy cut vellum pocket and the lovely flowers. Not sure about clear boxes – to give by hand yes but to send in UK mail, I think they would get ‘lost’ in the post if you know what I mean! Best wishes and hope all is well with you.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Lynne ClemenOctober 16, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Love your card. I hope it arrived safely, but knowing the post office, I’d be surprised if it was not a little dented. Let’s hope this is not true. I love all the Spellbinders dies you used and I am just crazy about the flat pearl on your bow. Where did you get it? thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • LageneOctober 16, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Beautiful, I love the sleeve & great box for the super dimensional card!ReplyCancel

  • SherryOctober 16, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Beautiful! Where did you get the clear box? Do you cover it or send like that?ReplyCancel

  • SethOctober 16, 2013 - 8:37 am

    What a beautiful card! There is so much to love about it — including the pocket. And I have to say that I am always thoroughly amazed by the care you take on every detail — including presentation. That clear box for mailing is the perfect touch!ReplyCancel

  • Karen MOctober 16, 2013 - 8:39 am

    What a beautiful surprise for your daughter. I bet it will arrive perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannOctober 16, 2013 - 8:44 am

    An absolut stunning card, and I´m very sure, it´ll arrive in perfect condition, as anyone can see, what a beautiful project this is and treat it with lots of care hopefully. I´m sure, your daughter will be surprised and thrilled, when she gets it and My guess is, she´ll be on the phone to you 2 minutes after it´s arrived right? ha ha haReplyCancel

  • Yvonne GavinOctober 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

    I have to say Becca, you are a cut above, I always know when I receive an email from you, inside is going to be something stunning…thank you for sharing :) xReplyCancel

  • MargieHOctober 16, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Hey, Becca! Had to pop in here and say how much I love this sweet card for your daughter! She’s going to love it! Thanks for the reminder of making those wonderful pocket cards – haven’t made one in ages! Hope that card got to her in one unscratched condition! Have a great day xoReplyCancel

  • Teresa HornerOctober 16, 2013 - 9:54 am

    I just love everything that you do!! Lots of hugs across the miles :)ReplyCancel

  • PoojaOctober 16, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Ohh that cabbage roses are just heavenly !! I loved the velum pocket a lot and the card is fantastic !ReplyCancel

  • June MetcalfeOctober 16, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Your daughter will be delighted with such a work of art! Hope your health is now improved.ReplyCancel

  • Beth JonesOctober 16, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Becca, what a lovely idea and so beautifully presented! Your daughter is
    a lucky girl!!ReplyCancel

  • Jean E.October 16, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.
    Hope you’re well.ReplyCancel

  • Judy BOctober 16, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Your cards are just so beautiful! Every time I see one, I am so in awe of the beauty of them. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards with us.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne WeberOctober 16, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Love the card, as I do all of the ones you make. I keep hoping that some day I will be able to create one as lovely as yours. I’m sure your daughter will love it as will all the people who handle it along the way.ReplyCancel

  • EllenOctober 16, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Hi Becca,
    All the cards are amazing…i love it!
    Hugs EllenReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenOctober 16, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    OH MY BECCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your daughter & EVERYONE at work will LOOOOOOOOOOOOOE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! (AND EVERYONE at work will be wanting YOU to make them one too!!!!!) :) SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!:) Where do you get your little clear boxes???? AND DO let us know how it arrives?????????? :) It’s a TREAT for the postman to deliver such a WONDERFUL GIFT TOO!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dolly LaBelleOctober 16, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Such a nice way to “wrap things up”. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • QuietfireOctober 16, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    lol, Becca! It never would have occurred to me that you would use the “How soon can I come visit?” part of that set! But now I see who it’s going to I get it! Thanks for the chuckle and of course your beautiful creative inspiration! Best wishes to your daughter in her new home.ReplyCancel

  • Anne BOctober 16, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous card! And what a great idea to put the card in a see through box! I’m sure she (and the postman!) will be thrilled with the card!ReplyCancel

  • ReisaOctober 16, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    I love your cards but I do have 1 question what do you use for an envelope on some of your cards that have the flowers etc that make the card deeper than most envelopes? Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

  • Regina M. HamiltonOctober 16, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Wow.. That is one beautiful card. Your daughter will love it. I hope it arrives in good condition.ReplyCancel

  • AshleyOctober 16, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Gorgeous work! Hope you’re feeling better!ReplyCancel

  • Terri WOctober 16, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    I know she is going to love this Becca!
    Hope all is well.

  • Sherry CheeverOctober 16, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Becca this is absolutely gorgeous! I just love that long floral spray down the front and once again, you amaze me with the dies that you can put together! Wishing your daughter well in her new home!!ReplyCancel

  • CynthiaOctober 16, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    This card is so very gorgeous and I know your daughter will appreciate it. Your cards are works of art, so I’m sure all of your relatives and friends are eager to receive them. Many blessings to you and yours! CynthiaReplyCancel

  • RoseOctober 16, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Hi Becca,
    so sorry to hear you’ve had health issues and hope that you are on your way to good health.
    Your pocket card is absolutely beautiful – your daughter is so lucky to have you. I also wish her well in her new home.
    Hugs, RoseReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkOctober 16, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    WOW. Like your creation. Praying for blessings for you and family.ReplyCancel

  • Jean BullockOctober 16, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Oh, Becca, I always love your work. You are such an inspiration. Thanks for the instructions!ReplyCancel

  • BonnieGOctober 16, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    A very special card indeed! Stunning as usual and obviously made with lots of love. I don’t know how rigid the clear box is but I would have concerns about it being too tempting for “sticky fingers”! As always, I LOVE your creations.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley ThomasOctober 17, 2013 - 12:43 am

    It’s a stunning card – I hadn’t seen your ‘pocket’ designs before, and I love the idea of using the vellum (partly because I’ve just got some!).ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BOctober 17, 2013 - 1:19 am

    Hi Becca. Sorry to hear that you haven’t been in the best of health, I hope you are on the mend now though. Your cards just get betterand better! The flowers are to die for….beautiful. The clear box is great but I don’t think I would mail it uncovered, it might be too tempting for some people. I am off to look at the others Spellbinders on the blog hop now. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly FlahertyOctober 17, 2013 - 3:41 am

    I missed you Becca and was hoping that everything was all right. You are such a bright spot in everyone’s day, that missing more that one or two is cloudy! Your pocket card is so beautiful and very delicate looking. Much happiness to your daughter in her new home!!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineOctober 17, 2013 - 4:01 am

    Hi Becca, sorry to hear you have not been well i hope you are on the mend now ?

    Your card is beautiful as always ,i do hope it arrives safely and not damaged

    I hope you find time to have a rest in your day take care

    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Francie in MontrealOctober 17, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Hope you are feeling better, Becca. When you don’t feel up to snuff, everything is difficult. Hang in there. Your pocket card is a delight and thanks for the step by step instructions. They’re so helpful. Be well.ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaOctober 17, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Lovely, Becca!!! She will be so delighted to receive your artistic gift! It is a wonderful way to celebrate her new home!ReplyCancel

  • Linda DukeOctober 17, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Oh my friend I’m speechless… there are no words to describe the beauty of your card. I’m sure your daughter will LOVE it, and wishing her well in her new home. HugsReplyCancel

  • Laura O ConnorOctober 17, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    great card to come back with ,love the colours and the design of this card .Laura OReplyCancel

  • Rosy NewlunOctober 17, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    I wish you the best of health, Becca ?

    Your card is simply amazing, and yes, I love the sentiment inside! She will, too! I never would think to use vellum as a card holder, and esp decorated up beautiful enough to be a bridal bouquet! Very best wishes ~ RosyReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonOctober 17, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    Ohm Becca–those flowers are stunning! i can’t imagine how long it took to make this bit of loveliness. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Olga JewellOctober 18, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love looking at your creations!ReplyCancel

  • Norah McPheeOctober 18, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Good afternoon Becca,
    What a beautiful card you have made for your daughter welcoming her to her new home. I just love the flowers you have made for it as they look so real because of the colour you have chose.
    I thought it was just across here in Scotland that our most precious of parcels and gifts get ruined by delivery services whether it be Royal Mail or parcel delivery vans, anyway i’m sure that we all wish her much happiness in her turning her new house into a home.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Norah from across the waterReplyCancel

  • Janet L.October 18, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Simply lovely and I’m sure your daughter will ooh and aah when she sees it.ReplyCancel

  • Starr TimmonsOctober 19, 2013 - 5:54 am

    Becca, as always your projects are amazing. I adore everything that you do. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques!ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsOctober 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

    I didn’t read all the blogs but just wondered where you buy the clear boxes. This would be a great way to ship cards with lots of embellies and ribbons (to not crush them). Then I would put in a bubble envelope but I would be afraid someone might just lift the whole card if it is exposed. Things like that happen. Could you let us know where you get the boxes.

  • Linda MageeOctober 21, 2013 - 9:03 am

    You always inspire me to create!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterOctober 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    She will be just thrilled with this card it is quite lovely! Your flowers are just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi BlankenshipOctober 24, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Gorgeous card Becca!! I am sure your daughter loved it! I hope she is loving her new house too. Beautiful flowers!! Hugs?ReplyCancel