Tuesday, 12 December 2017


          Christmas is ......
          A time of blessings and happiness,
          A time of caroling and songs,
          A time for giving thanks,
          A time for presents for all,
          A time of good cheer and friendship,
          A time of love for all,
          A time to help others,
          But most of all, Christmas is a time to stop and thank God for all we have and especially for
          the birth of our Saviour that first Christmas morn.

May it be so for all my lovely blog friends. Do trust you all have a safe and happy time over the festive season. We are heading South to have time with our families down there and to enjoy time with our new little Great Grandson - we are looking forward to that. He is so responsive now - we get a lot of videos and photos of his progress but there's nothing like being with him. What fun!!

Today I have a couple of cards to showcase which I do hope you enjoy. Sorry they are not Christmas cards - I have done my dash on them for this year!

This is a 5 1/4" square card, the die I have used is a Sue Wilson Die, Lattice Arched Adornment, CED6302 which I cut in half placing half at the top and half at the bottom. The sentiment is cut using Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Three and again some foamiran flowers also some bling. The cabochon was one of my finds at SENZ.

For this card I have used an Elizabeth Die, Lace Pocket, 1328, otherwise it is very simple, as there is not much else needed to complete the card. Some bling and foamiran flowers, that's all. I do love this die,it is stunning.

Well that's it ladies again, for another year - I just don't know where it has gone!! Thank you all so much for the support I have been given over the year - I do enjoy being in touch and are so thankful for each and every one of you and for your emails etc that I have received. What an amazing lot of friends I have made through this paper crafting hobby.

Until next time, happy crafting and if travelling do take care over the holiday period.It may not be until next year that I am able to blog again. May you all know God's blessing and care.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Playing With Mega Flakes

Geraldine has put on some very hot weather these past days but it does sound as though most of the country  is having similar. The lawns are starting to brown off and things do look a bit dry altogether. I must say it's too hot for me, just about have melted!! Dare say we shouldn't complain though as it won't seem long until Winter is here again, in New Zealand. One can never be satisfied - human nature, isn't it?

I have been rather busy these past weeks what with teaching classes etc but I have found time to play with the IndigoBlu Mega Flakes. I have so enjoyed this little exercise, so thought today I would share some cards I have made. I do love the results and would love to know your thoughts. Of course it does show up better in real life, but we will have to make do with photos. Do click the photos for a clearer image.

Now, for this card I have cut out a Tonic Studios, Floral Blooms Die, 1332e using black card. I then attached it to some Jak Paper after which I covered it with the flakes, trimmed it then made the card. I love the result. Liz and Graham kindly gave me a Go Press and Foil Machine and the sentiment is done using it and a hot foil stamp. I am sure having fun with it as well!! Foamiran flowers complete this simple card.

Some time ago I bought an Ultimate Craft's, Magnolia Collection, ULT1533 and for this card I have used it. Cut out the die using cream card, placed onto Jak Paper and then added the flakes. The effect is stunning. The greeting is a Rub On which went perfectly with the colour of the border card. Again foamiran flowers.

Spellbinders to the fore this time. Grateful Lattice Die was cut using black card again adding Jak Paper, then the flakes. I have used my Go Press and Foil again for the sentiment and another Hot Foil Stamp. Artfull Crafts sure spoils me and I am loving it!! Thanks so much Liz and Graham.

That's it ladies - I am going to see if I can find a cooler place to hide. My workroom is on the colder side of the house so will be just fine, hopefully. Thanks so much for stopping by - I really do appreciate you all. Happy crafting and don't get too stressed out with the Christmas preparations - very close now!! May you all know God's blessing at this time,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Zella Teal Cards

Good morning all. Just a very quick post this morning as we have an engagement on later in the morning. Life has again being getting in the way, had a very busy weekend with our Christchurch families but was so nice to be with them all.

Today I am sharing a couple more cards made with Prima's lovely Zella Teal Collection, so do hope you enjoy the show and tell.

For this 5 1/4" square card I have used the Sue Wilson Die, Swirly Vines. It has been cut using brown card stock then placed over the gorgeous foiled paper. The sentiment was part of the collection which I have fussy cut, again foiled. Completed the card with a foamiran flower of course!!

A very simple Z fold card here, done in these papers it looks lovely. You will notice on this one I have reverted back to Prima Flowers which are part of the collection. This is perhaps one of my favourite ranges at the moment.

I have been preparing for Artfull Crafts' Christmas event these past weeks which is on Saturday. A great day for all  with plenty going on, so do come visit if at all possible. Give the shop a call to book in.

Well must away ladies, happy crafting to all and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Change of Hats!!

A special hello to all my blog friends.

Another week has rolled round which makes it very close to Christmas now, but all is good here and it's not long until we see our little grand baby, of course, as well as the rest of the family down South. So looking forward to that part of the festive season!

A very busy weekend was had by all here, what with the Arts and Plants Festival. My duty was helping at times with the Patchwork Display which again was well worth a visit. Also spent a lovely day with Jo and company, at the crop day on Saturday. Thanks again Jo for a great day. Yesterday our two lovely grand daughters, from Christchurch, gave us a surprise visit just to spend some time with the olds. Was such a lovely surprise, so thoughtful but then they are so special to us. Thanks Ella and Heidi - we do love you both heaps.

I showcased a couple of quilts in the show so thought I would give you all a look see today.

This is a bargello quilt, the pattern I found on Pinterest. Really love doing this pattern, I have already done a couple of others in different colours but I must say this colourway is stunning. My lovely friend Ali, quilted it for me on her long arm quilting machine. Not too sure yet who's getting this one!! Maybe the one who sings out the loudest.

This one was a fun one to do - I have tried to use all scraps from previous quilts I have made but must admit there is still rather a lot sitting there. The hexagon flowers are all hand sewn then attached to the base quilt by hand. I really stepped out of my comfort zone here and actually machine quilted it myself. That's what getting a new machine does for one! This is another idea I saw on Pinterest. My word Pinterest has a lot to answer for!! Maybe if you click on the phots you will get clearer images.

Now, just to keep all card makers happy I am adding a card which I have made using Prima's, Zella Teal Collection which is so beautiful. I so love the colours in this range and it also has foiling on certain papers. Gorgeous!.

Think probably I have taken up enough of your time, so will close with many thanks for checking this out, happy crafting or whatever you are doing and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

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