Monday, 13 November 2017

Three New Cards

Good evening to all - yes, it is evening and the day has just disappeared somehow. I have spent it completing a quilt for the big Arts and Plants Weekend,  at the end of the week. It was a mammoth job but it is now done, so we can relax. The Patchwork Group have a display of all quilts and crafts etc that have been made over the year and it is sure a must to go and see, as there is some beautiful work. The town really does comes alive over the weekend and we see a lot of people, both new and old acquaintances. A busy weekend all round.

Tonight I thought I would showcase three cards that I have made, which I do hope you will enjoy viewing.



This card was made for an order for a young lad who apparently is very musical. Hope Reef enjoyed receiving his card. A very old collection from Kaisercraft was used, On Stage. The image was found on Pinterest and I have fussy cut it. My normal 5 1/4" square card.



Now, back to the lovely 3D folders which I have previously shown examples of. For this one I have used pearlized card and Tim Holtz distress inks, inking first then putting it into the 3D folder and through the Big Shot.The effect is gorgeous I think. A foamiran flower and some berries was all one needed to complete the card.




This is perhaps, one of my very favourite embossing folders. It looks so like lace, in fact it is called Ornate Lace. I brayered the folder with Brilliance pale blue ink first, then put it through the Big Shot with the pearlized card. It is so delicate and pretty. Another foamiran flower was all that we needed.

That's it tonight ladies, trust all are well and enjoying what you are busy with. Until next week hopefully, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Birthday and Baby Card

Here we are again ladies - another Monday has arrived and don't they turn up fast now. Christmas will be upon us in no time with all it's busyness. We are going to be spending some time at the farm with our family  and of course catching up with our little Clayton, as Zoe and Jessy are going to be down as well. Now, isn't that something to look forward to. We think he is the cutest baby there has ever been - maybe we are biased!

Today, I am going to put up the card I made for our little great grandson's arrival, for Jessy and Zoe.




Clayton's card is a 5 1/4" square card made with the lovely Pion Paper range, called Theodore and Bella. I love it with it's teddy bear theme but then I do love teddy bears. Maybe I lacked something as a kid!! The card is quite self explanatory - I have fussy cut the feature picture out of one of the papers.



MacKenzie's card was made for an order - I have actually made her one, from her Grandad, for the past three years and as she is now heading off to school, this collection from Kaisercraft was appropriate. It is called Class Act and was released some time back - so thankful to Kaisercraft, for all the built up supply of collections I have in stock. I will need to live an awful long time to use them all up!!




As it is a Twist and Pop card, this is the card open. Grandad had to be given instructions on how it opened but seemed very pleased with the completed card. The collectables, with the range, certainly come in handy for embellishing the card. Trust MacKenzie's school days begin well.

I am teaching again on Wednesday, so had better get putting the kits together for our lovely ladies. They are always fun to be with. We are going to be playing with some of the new 3D folders from Crafter's Companions, just sharing how we can get so many different looks using inks and Mousse.
Maybe we will get a bit messy but will be fun and the folders are gorgeous and give a super impression.

Well thanks all for taking the time to pop by. May you all enjoy whatever you are doing today and may you also know God's blessings. Until next week,

Betsy  xxx




Monday, 30 October 2017

New Folders

Well, what a whirlwind of a fortnight we have had - we went South and had time with our lovely families down there and of course catching up with our beautiful little great grand baby. He is absolutely divine and I couldn't get enough of him. Zoe very kindly sends progress photos of him through and the last evening's one he had a really cheeky smile - all dimples showing. As our other grand daughter Jade said, Clayton's Aunty, she never realised how much she could love someone. If only we lived closer - Jessy would probably be throwing us out after a time!!

Sorry for the lapse but life does get in the way at times! On the doorstep, when arriving home, I found this parcel which caused me to be rather excited. I ordered, from Crafter's Companions,a  couple of  3D Embossing Folders and the results when using them are  lovely, so today I thought I would share a couple of cards I have made with them Love to know your thoughts ladies..




For this card I embossed on black card then used some gilding wax on my finger and gently rubbed all over the surface. I was so pleased with the result. Completed the look with some foamiran flowers of course!



This one I embossed again, then rubbed a pearlized stamp pad gently over the top. Both folders are so lovely and the effect is gorgeous. When using these folders the cards can be very simple, easily made, but the results are WOW.



I am so thankful for lovely friends and this is what one of them kindly made me. Lyn I so love it , colour and all. Lilac Whispers, from Kaisercraft is the collection Lyn has used and as she hasn't been card making very long, I think her work is just beautiful. Thank you my dear.

I have a teaching engagement ahead of me this week so had better get back to reality and get some kits put together. I do love the teaching side of it but must say, the kitting up can be quite time consuming. Oh well, the sooner one starts the quicker one will be finished.

That's it ladies, for another week, thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting and blessings to all.

Betsy   xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Birthday Cards

Good morning to all my blog friends. The weeks are moving round very fast now, one seems to just blink and another Monday is here! Christmas will soon be upon us and it doesn't feel all that long ago I was saying the same thing. The older one gets the faster time moves, I can assure you.

Birthday cards seem to be a priority these days, both family and orders. Just as well I love what I do, isn't it!? Today I thought I would showcase a couple I have recently made. I have used a couple of different folds for these ones, but both are very simple to do.




This card was made for our lovely Ella and for it I have used Bo Bunny, Secret Garden Collection. It is a beautiful collection with it's lime green and purples. The frame round the image is a Marianne Design, CR1251 and the leaves have been cut using Sue Wilson Die, CED1403 and I completed it with some more foamiran flowers.




Prima has brought out this fabulous range called St Tropez - it is gorgeous, has copper foil on it in places and the colours are so nice. The oval, round the sentiment, has been cut using Spellbinder's Oval Regalia, S4-492 and copper card. The effect is stunning in real life! The embellishment holding the front of the card, is one I had in my ever increasing stash!! A foamiran flower, seam binding and some gauze complete this card.

Well, my workroom is going to miss me this week - we are heading down South in the morning to have some time with our families there and of course catch up our most gorgeous great grand baby. I am so looking forward to some more cuddles with little Clayton Jessy - seeing his Mum and Dad will be an added bonus!! Oh the joys of being a Great Nan and Grandad! All the love and cuddles and no responsibility.

That's it today ladies - must go and do some preparing for our trip - my delightful husband was out mowing the lawns at 5.30 AM, in the dark. " Before the rain", he informed me, so there was no shut eye after that!! Thanks for popping by ladies, have a great week and trust you will know many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Two New Cards

Good evening to all you lovely ladies. Yes, it is Sunday night but as I have a busy day tomorrow thought I would share a couple of cards tonight. It's off to Timaru in the morning to be with the Wilson Street Baptist Card Group as it is their last day for the year. Christmas cards tomorrow. It always is an enjoyable time, they are a lovely group to be with.




I have given this card a rather shabby look by distressing round all the edges of each layer. Kaisercraft's Keepsake Collection was used and two different dies.Cherry Lynn Designs Doily, DL103  and Marianne Creatables CR1251, both cut in half then the gauze, flowers etc were placed over the join. Foamiran again!!





This is a wedding card made for an order, my usual 5 1/4" square card. The border round the inside edge has been cut using Martha Stewart round the edge punch called Double Loops. The heart die, Memory Box, La Rue Heart, 98255 was cut out using some gold mirror card.  Kaisercraft's P.S. I Love You Collection was used which I am rather fond of, especially for wedding cards. Foamiran flowers, berries and I have also cut some leaves etc using the mirror card.

That's it for this week ladies. We are feeling a bit flat after our baby excitement last weekend but all's well with the little one and  Mum. Love keeping up with the progress using this modern technology! Thanks for taking the time to check this out - so appreciate you all. Happy crafting and do hope you are enjoying some lovely Spring weather.The gardens are so lovely at the moment with all the colour. Many blessings to all,

Betsy   xxx


Monday, 2 October 2017

Exciting Weekend!!

Good morning ladies - it sure has been an exciting weekend and I can hardly contain myself! In fact it feels almost like a dream now. Saturday, I was having a very laid back day, when after lunch we had very unexpected visitors. Our son Cam, daughter in law Michelle, grand daughter Zoe and our super cute little great grand son Clayton Jessy - he is so gorgeous, one couldn't help but fall desperately on love. It sure was the last thing we expected as Zoe had a C Section just a week ago - she assured us she was fine and the travelling did not seem to effect her. What a lovely surprise and thanks so much Cam for thinking of it - thanks also to Jessy for sharing your little boy with us. He is absolutely perfect! I love the dimple on his chin and he also has a big one on his right cheek with different expressions. Oh, I am besotted!! God has blessed our family over and above anything we could have imagined.






I just had to share our cute little boy - Great Grandad couldn't stop grinning and I had to get my hands on him as much as I was allowed. His Grandad and I usually had a race to pick him up!  Now, back to the everyday day things of life!!

Today I am sharing a couple of cards which have been made for orders.




A very simple 5 1/4" square card using a very old DCWV collection, called Lemon Flower Stack. The circle die I have used is Lea'bilities Die, 011n 45.8275 which I have cut using Mirror Board in silver.It is an older die  that I have resurrected. More foamiran flowers, some berries and some silver cord. Do hope Marge enjoyed her card.




A 50th Anniversary this time. I have made an easel card, gold mirror card cut out using Sue Wilson, Mini Gemini, Aquila, CED4417. Again foamiran flowers, gold berries and some gold fine ribbon.The frame round the sentiment is a Marianne Design die, LR272, that is, the outside edge of the die was used.

That's it today ladies - hope you don't mind me sharing our little boy and the excitement he has caused. Thanks so much for stopping by, it is so nice to know you are there. Liz, I so appreciated your phone call but I am glad I got a cuddle before you. LOL. Happy crafting to all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper Cards

Good evening to all. Yes, it is an early post but I am having some lovely friends coming tomorrow for a crafting day, so time in the morning will be at a premium. We sure have a lovely time when we get together - I don't really know if we achieve much, but we do have fun.

It has been a very exciting week for us here, as we have welcomed a gorgeous wee great grandson into our family. He is a little stunner and not so wee either, as he weighed 9lbs2oz - certainly well covered!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on him but I must exercise a little self control, so as to leave Mum and Dad to enjoy him the first few weeks. Great Grandad and I will be travelling down in the very near future, to be sure - we are both over the moon! We give thanks to God for little Clayton Jessy, also Zoe and Jessy for this perfect little boy. 

So much for our excitement!! I thought I would share a couple of cards today made with Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper Collection which has been ever so popular. The colours are lovely, very delicate.




A simple 5 1/4" square card a bit of lace and of course my favourite foamiran flowers. Seam binding has been used for the ribbon.




This card is the same size as the previous one and I have used the same collection. Heartfelt Creations are bringing out some lovely stamps, dies etc and I have used a couple on this card. The Window Frame stamps and dies are HCPC- 3794 stamp and HCD1-7148 die. The shutters are from the Window Box Elements HCD1-7150. I can see a lot of uses for these products. Again a foamiran flower with some berries and some gauze.

That's me tonight ladies. It has been a very busy day today so I am looking forward to climbing into my bed. Trust all are well and are getting some crafting done. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and may you all know God's blessings. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx