Monday, 9 January 2017

The New Year

Well to my special blog friends at the beginning of 2017, a very happy New Year to you all.

                                The New Year lies before you
                                 Like a spotless tract of snow
                                 Be careful how you tread on it
                                 For every mark will show.
                                                           Isn't that so true!

A very happy Christmas was had by all our family - we had a lovely time together at Hamner and we shared it with a super family from Germany. New Year celebrations were busy as well, as friends got married on the last day of the year and there was a number of functions in connection with that. It was such a lovely time altogether, catching up on many people we hadn't seen for some time and making a few new contacts.

Now, it's back into work mode, if one can call it that!! I have had to make cards over the holidays so thought I would share a couple of these this morning.

The request was for a sparkly card for a friend, hence this is the result. The border round the edge was cut using a Kaisercraft Die, Card Creations Borders, DD542 and the butterfly is a Marianne Design, LR0115. One of my favourite 5 1/4" square cards.

My special friend had her birthday just ahead of mine and this was the card I produced for her. For this one I have used a Sue Wilson Die, Swirly Vine, CED7106. The image is one off some Pion Papers that I have collected - again, another 51/4" square card.

Well ladies, lovely to be in touch again. I do hope you all had an enjoyable break over the holiday period. Looking forward to the year ahead and all it has in store, whatever it may be. Much love to each and every one of you and we trust you will know God's blessing in a very real way, for 2017.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 19 December 2016

Another Couple of Cards

Well, a special hello to all my lovely blog friends. This will be the last post for 2016 - I sure don't know where the year has gone, but gone it has! I certainly appreciate the support I have had over this last year and look forward, with anticipation, to 2017 and being in contact again. Even though one gets older each year ( 76years old today!) I couldn't imagine life without all the super friends I have made over the years, through this wonderful hobby.

As I have thought about this time of the year with all it's busyness etc I thought I would share a quote I found which I thought you all may appreciate.

Christmas can be a maze of commercialism if we let it. Instead, let's make it a moment of clarity in which we view our sometimes confusing and threatening world against the backdrop of God's gift to us: The Prince of Peace who was announced by the angels, on that "midnight clear".
                                                                                                                David Jeremiah

Here are the two cards I thought I would showcase today.

Alison's card was made for an order and I have used the lovely Sue Wilson Die, Backgrounds, Swirly Vines, CED7106. Ooh La La Collection from Kaisercraft, makes a very nice card I'm sure you will agree. I did fussy cut the roses and leaves from one of the papers. I do hope Alison liked her card and that her 90th birthday proved very special.

Heidi, our youngest grand daughter, has turned the grand old age of 13 years - as I mentioned before, I don't know where the time has gone!! A Kenny image was used on this card and the Cherry Lynne Step Card Die. The collection is another one from Kaisercraft, called All That Glitters.

Must away and carry on with the good work - we are preparing to head to Hamner with all the family for Christmas and we are really looking forward to that, I do trust you will all have a great holiday season and if travelling, do take care. May God bless you all, catch you next year.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 12 December 2016

The Last of The Christmas Cards

Well, the countdown is sure on now ladies! No doubt the kids have the sleeps all tallied up. I must say the best part of Christmas is being with the family and I have been counting down the sleeps 'til then!! It is so nice to be all together - Hamner here we come!

I thought today I would share a couple of Christmas cards - just maybe you will have one or two to make before the big event. Promise, this will be the last for the year.

Kaisercraft brought out this fun collection called Glisten and glisten it is! It has lots of foil and glitter accents, both in gold and silver and is stunning. For this first card I have made a Twist and Pop Card which are so popular at the moment. There are a number of tutorial on the web if you would like to have a go. Here we have it open and the following photo is it closed with a belly band.

This one is more simple, again using the gold from the collection. A Kaisercraft chipboard window has been used and other than that, I have made use of the collectables in the pack.

I thought I would share one done in the silver as well. This is a shaker card, the die being an Impression Obsession, DEI001-Z. I have a clear bubble in the centre to hold the star glitter. The greeting is a Kaisercraft Decorative Words, Die DD322 cut twice, so as to get the shadow.

As this year comes to a close, I would like to say a very special thank you, for your support again, over this year. You are all very special to me and I so enjoy receiving all the feedback. May you all have a blessed Christmas and holiday period and if travelling, stay safe.

God bless you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Card & Two Boxes

Well, December seems to have arrived all too fast!! Just in case you haven't completed your Christmas cards etc, I thought I would share a card, as well as a couple of little boxes which we made at Artfull Craft's Christmas Day on Saturday. Maybe it just might give you some inspiration for those last minute projects.

For the card and the boxes I have used an older Graphic 45 collection called, T'was the Night Before Christmas. I am rather partial to these papers, all Graphic 45 that is! They are a very good weight for making up these boxes etc.

This is called a Self Closing Box and a tutorial can be found on Maria's Creative Place. It is fun to make and I know the ladies enjoyed this little project. I am filling them with goodies for the grandchildren for Christmas and of course they won't have a clue what's in them!!

This one really is cute and as well as teaching the ladies on Saturday, I have also given our Patchwork Group some lessons. Almost got them hooked on papercrafting!! It is called an Origami Basket or Box and a big thank you goes to Frenchie, at Stamp and Scrap, for the You Tube. The uses for this one could be endless, with or without the lid.

I had to make a little visit to the Doctor this morning as my hip has been playing up again. Another ex-ray and a further trip to the surgeon who did the replacement - hence I'm a bit behind with my posting. Do hope I get it treated before the holiday season as it does hinder ones progress and of course, upsets the equilibrium!!

Talk again shortly, happy crafting and many blessings to you all. Trust all the holiday preparations are going as planned.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 28 November 2016

Random Orders

The countdown is sure on now ladies - do hope you are not too stressed with all the Christmas preparations. One has to remember it is only one day in the year, but I must admit it has sure come round fast this year! The best part of Christmas is getting with families and as it is the "Clark Christmas" this year we are all going to be together, which will be so good. We are looking forward to it so much.

As it's Monday again, I thought I would share another couple of cards made for orders. Here goes.

I have again used Cherry Lynn's Step Card Die for this card and the collection is Hearts Ease from Couture Creations. Both are favourites, as no doubt you will know by now! The collectables are an added bonus, when making cards.

The young couple this card was made for, have recently bought their new house, so celebrations were definitely in order. It is a double gate fold card and the front edges have been cut using a Sue Wilson Die, Mini Gemini - Aquila, CED4417. The inside image was found on Pinterest and the flowers are from Prima. Apparently, the couple were thrilled with their card.

There just seems to be so much happening these days, break-ups, lunches out with friends, Christmas dinners etc - it is all good, but weight-watchers is definitely on the back burner! It is Christmas Day at Artfull Crafts on Saturday and  I am teaching the Card Kit using the stunning Glisten Collection from Kaisercraft. As usual, should be a fun day. Don't forget to book in, if you would like to join us.

Happy crafting ladies and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 21 November 2016

A Couple of New Cards

A very good morning to all my blog friends and a stunning morning it is too. Spring has arrived here in Geraldine at last, after a rather wet weekend for our Arts and Plants Festival. It is so lovely to see the sun and enjoy the warmth.

This morning I thought I would showcase a couple of cards made recently, for orders again. Trust you enjoy the viewing ladies.

For Gwen's card I have used the Downton Abbey Collection of papers which is lovely and sparkly. A Martha Stewart border punch was used for the border and Kaisercraft's Oval Vintage Frame, DD369 for the surround around the image, which is from Pion Papers. Prima flowers finish this card which measures 5 1/4" square.

Now for completely different card! No bling or ribbons on this one, which I do find rather hard to do. Anyway, do hope the recipient appreciates it and that he is a fisherman.

As I am teaching on Wednesday morning, for Liz, had better go and complete the kits that I have to put together. Christmas cards it is ladies and I am looking forward to being with you all again. It is always a fun time.

Just in passing, the Braid and Poppy Quilt that I shared with you all last week, actually won the viewers choice at the exhibition last weekend, so that was rather thrilling and a big thanks to all those people who voted.

Our thoughts and prayers still continue for the folk up North Canterbury and further North - what a devastating time they have gone through, what with the earthquakes, aftershocks etc.

Well ladies until next week, happy crafting and many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Two Feminine Cards & Patchwork

Yes, I know it is Tuesday ladies but Monday really got away on me! Making the bed on Sunday, I clicked my back out, so yesterday was a lying low day. Am about now with the help of painkillers but moving very slowly, so thought I would share some cards etc with you all, as I can sit to do that. Oh, the joys of getting older!!

The weekend has been very busy but it sure was well worth it all. The weather didn't altogether co-operate but it didn't seem to dampen spirits really. It was an amazing Patchwork and Craft show with plenty of positive comments.

Now to showcase a couple of cards I have made, as I was asked to display some cards at the show. There didn't seem to be any trouble selling them, came home with a relatively empty box.

My usual 5 1/4" square card for this one. I have used the lovely Ultimate Craft's Magnolia Lane papers and the image is a Pion Papers one. Isn't she a gorgeous little girl? This is some lace I found in my stash, when cleaning it out the other day.

Another 51/4" square card this time using Paper Arts stunning papers. The butterfly is a Marianne Design Creatables, LR0115. Again I have used a Pion Paper's image.

Now, I thought I would share the quilts I had in the exhibition. Firstly my Braid and Poppy Quilt - it is a big quilt as it fits a queen size bed with over hang. The poppies are fussy cut from another fabric then appliqued onto the braids. I did have a few buyers wanting this one!!

Another big quilt made purely with 5" scrap squares - trying to use as many scraps as possible but I can hardly see where they have been taken. I think I'll have to do many more like this or similar!

That's it today ladies - I need to go and have another wee lie down to rest this old back. Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out and do hope you enjoy the viewing of what I have been up to. Happy crafting to all and until next time, God bless.

Betsy  xxx