Monday, 1 September 2014

Cards X's Four

Hello to all my special blog friends.

Spring has Sprung, but at Geraldine, New Zealand, it is rather hard to imagine as we have a dull, cloudy day, here today. After a lovely warm Summer's day yesterday, it is a bit disappointing but dare say it will arrive when it's ready. We really haven't had much rain at all lately, as a result the garden is getting a little dry. Still the spring bulbs are well through, camellias are out and the magnolia trees are bursting. I LOVE Springtime!!

Today I am going to share three cards that I have recently made.





This card was made for a lovely lady up North, who wanted purple and butterflies. For it I have used the Elizabeth Butterfly Die which is gorgeous and Kaisercraft's  Violet Crush. This collection is ever so popular.




As Fiskars are so kind, having sponsored me and sending me the wonderful Fuse Cutting Machine, I had to have a play with the letterpress. Found it so much fun and it so happened, I had a number of Thank You cards to make. A BIG THANKS goes to Fiskars for their generosity.




One always seems to need sympathy cards! A very simple card using Spellbinders Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8 dies. The cross is a Marianne Die and I'm sorry, I haven't the code for it. It was borrowed from my friend, Faye.

Well, we have a busy week ahead of us with quite a bit of travelling - our daughter is undergoing surgery tomorrow in Christchurch and Nana and Grand-dad just need to be on hand. Mind you, we couldn't stay away, as we love our Rachelle so much, we want to be there for her. We just pray all will go well and that the Surgeons will be given wisdom, in what to do.

All today ladies, happy crafting and much blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 25 August 2014

Attention Teresa!!


Good morning all.

While we were in Australia at the Kaisercraft Retailer's Days, I had the privilege of spending some time with the lovely Teresa Abajo and, as usual when we meet, we think of a challenge. As we were playing with Kaisercraft's, Teddy Bears Picnic at the time, it was only natural that we put together a collection of bits and pieces of that gorgeous range. Oh, how I love teddy bears and this collection is so fabulous. (Yes, I know it is not due out until next month but that's only a week away, isn't it?!)  I think I may have missed out as a kid!


I must share a photo of my family, sitting on their seat, at the front door. A number of years ago, I did go through the bear making craze, hence my collection. Plenty more went to the grandchildren as each arrived.






Now, to return to the challenge. We visited a Quilt and Craft Show while we were in Melbourne and I picked up this lovely box card cut out, from a stall that was there. For those interested, they are called Scrapmatts & Papertole Australia and their website is www.scrapmatts.com.There was a lovely selection of goods and I certainly will be returning, to visit them. I also have another couple of different ones to try out, so you may see them in the future, when I get them made up.







It was fun to put this together but I do hope I haven't overstepped the challenge Teresa, by using the cut-out.

Well ladies, I do enjoy these challenges with Teresa, as she really stretches my mojo and I wait with anticipation for her showing!

Special love to you Teresa and family, and also Leslie - I did enjoy my time spent with you both.
Must away, happy crafting  and pray you will all be blessed today and this new week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Grand-daughter's Birthday Tags.

A special hello everyone - sorry I am a trifle late but we had a funeral this morning, an elderly friend from Hugh's young days. It was a lovely service, almost a happy occasion really as she was 94years old and well ready for her " Homecall ".

We had a very happy weekend with our daughter Rachelle and son in law, as we travelled to Dunedin to see Rachelle receive her Masters, with distinction. She certainly made her Mum and Dad very proud as she walked across the stage, to be capped. . She has worked so hard, as well as performing her duties as a wife, mother to Ella and Hami, running a home and also holding down a job. Well done Shells.

Today I thought I would share two tags that I have made for our two grand-daughters, Danielle and Jade. They have reached the grand old age of seventeen - my, how our little girls are growing up!







I don't know about the girls but I love these Julie Nutting dolls and have so much fun dressing them. These are quite self explanatory really, very easily made using the Prima Tags and of course Kaisercraft's lovely papers.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out. Happy crafting to you all and may you know much blessing. Hope you are enjoying the same lovely weather that we are.

Betsy xxx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Recent Cards

Good morning to all my blog friends. Another week has flown by with not much evidence of anything I have achieved, other than cards, cards and more cards. The list seemed to have crept up on me but there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel now. Whew!! The garden is calling very loud and clear, needing lots of attention, so that will have to be the next project.

Today I will share three cards that I have recently completed - all are very different.




These Julie Nutting dolls are rather fun to dress, as a lot of my friends have discovered. They bring back memories of the paper dolls that we used to have as kids. The teenage girls seem to like the tags and Millie Rose did love receiving this one. We were with her for her eleventh birthday before the family left for their overseas trip.




Another card using Marianne's Step Card Die, made for an order. The paper was bought from Paper Arts, while at SENZ - it is gorgeous and Patsy has a lot more in stock but one can't buy them all as one would like to!!





Who loves Spoodle dogs? Again this was made for an order and Graham  is a Spoodle dog owner. I searched Google for this photo and wasn't disappointed. I have recessed a window and placed him in, after printing him off twice and raising him up. I am not a doggy person but I thought he looked so cute - could almost be tempted!!

Timaru is calling this afternoon, as there is a church craft afternoon, making cards - Hugh has threatened to clamp the wheels on my car, so as to keep me at home ( all in good nature, I'm sure!!) so had better get some work done before I head out. It's not gardening weather today, thankfully!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I do appreciate you all and love hearing from you.

Trust you will all be blessed today, happy crafting.

Betsy  xxx





Monday, 4 August 2014

Another Three Cards

After being out of commission for the weekend it is so nice to be up and moving again and feeling so much better. The tummy bug sure takes it out of one!!! Anyway what a lovely day we are having here, weather- wise - it is great to be able to enjoy it. " Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all His benefits " How true that is.

I have three cards to share today, random ones at that. So here goes ladies.




Who loves the Tattered Lace Dies? There are some gorgeous ones coming out and this one came out with one of their catalogues. It is so fine and pretty. Firstly, I cut it out using green card then again using wine card and have mounted the wine roses over the green ones.The petals on the roses, stand up slightly. Spellbinders Floral Ovals was used to cut the frame out.




This die is from Spellbinders - it is a Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern Die and is so much fun to use. I have attached it to acetate then mounted it. The borders are made using Martha Stewart's Eyelet Border Punch.




A card specially made for our friends' 25th wedding anniversary. For this frame I have used the Marianne CR1241 die which (yes, I'll say it again,) is one of my favourites! The image is from Pinterest, the flowers from I Am Roses.

That's it today ladies. I must go and finish the kit for the month of August, for Artfull Crafts. It is the lovely Pitter Patter collection, that Kaisercraft brought out for this month. I do love making baby cards now that we're past having babies in our family!!

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy xxx

Monday, 28 July 2014

Four Random Cards.

What a lovely morning it is after a hard frost - haven't we so much to be thankful for? Looking round the garden I notice some Spring bulbs shooting through the ground, even surpassing the weeds!! Spring is my favourite time of the year with all the colour in the garden and of course, leaving Winter behind. Not that it has been a hard Winter at all down here in Canterbury, New Zealand!

Last week was lost to me, as we were down in the Catlins seeing our farm family and our daughter and grandchildren at Mosgiel, who are leaving for overseas for 5 months, meeting up with our son-in-law in London. He is a consultant on oil rigs, so hence travel is not new to him. We trust they will have a great time and our prayers go with them.

Today I would like to share four random cards that I have made.




I love making baby cards and this one was no exception! I have used a Martha Stewart Round The Page punch to do the edging, put the pink card through the E'Bosser with a folder, added some lace and the gorgeous baby picture was from Pinterest. I LOVE it!




For this card I have used the lovely Prima Stationer's Desk Collection added lace and tulle, then a felt Prima flower which was a perfect colour match. Again my image is of Pinterest. I love the vintage look this range has.





One always seems to need sympathy cards!! Marianne Designables DS0907 was used. It  actually embosses but also cuts out small sections which lets the under colour show through. I cut the label frame out using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals and the stamp is from Stampin' up. They are lovely words.




A Couture Creations Ornamental Lace Die CO723240,  Lotus Filet was used to cut the frame for this card.
Spellbinders Ovals to cut the picture from Pinterest - a very simple card. Again I have used Prima flowers.

Must away and enjoy this lovely day. Thank you all so much for stopping by and do hope I have given some inspiration for your next projects.

Happy crafting ladies, God bless you all,

Betsy xxx







Monday, 14 July 2014

Kaisercraft's Be-You-tiful Collection Cards

Good morning ladies. I know I haven't been around for some time, but all this jet setting gets one out of routine, especially at my age! Liz and I had a wonderful time at the Kaisercraft Retailer's days in Australia, meeting our lovely friends over there. Our travelling companions were pretty good as well - Jo, Sarah, Christine and Brigid. Thanks so much for dragging this old lady around - you are all so lovely.

Our time at SENZ in Auckland proved to be so much fun as well - was great to catch up with all our special friends there, both from North and South. I now have my feet on the ground and it's back to work!!!

Today I would like to share the cards I have made with Kaisercraft's Be-You-tiful collection which came out for July. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and had so much fun making these cards. I decided to go back to the templates that I got of Sara, at Card Making Paradise which I enjoy making and I always get positive feedback. What's your thoughts ladies?



Who doesn't love butterflies?  An easel card in the shape of a butterfly. Sara has some lovely templates available and the papers just seem to be made for this one.




As you can see I have brought another colour out of this collection - think outside the square is my motto.
There is this lovely green paper, with mustard, in the collection which when you look at it doesn't seem to match, but it is lovely. This is a triple easel heart card, again from Sara.




This one is so delicate and so pretty - all cut by hand using Sara's template. Don't hesitate to contact her if you would like these patterns - she is so lovely.




We now have a change. Marianne's Step Card Die again, B348, and I have used a Marianne Creatables Die LR0111 for the frame. I think I may be addicted to DIES - I love them so much. Don't you agree the collection is fabulous?

Well ladies, for all ones that came and introduced themselves to me at SENZ, thank you ever so much. It is lovely to put a face to the names I have known for so long, and your comments were so appreciated. To all the ladies that take the time to check this out, my very sincere thanks as well - it is so nice to know you are there and it makes blogging well worthwhile.

Off to Timaru now to another card afternoon - can't you tell I love what I do?!! 

May you all know God's blessing today, happy crafting,

Betsy xxx