Monday, 6 February 2017

Anniversary and Birthday Card

Well everyone - how are we this morning? We are sure getting our Summer now - many complaints that it is TOO hot. Dare say we better enjoy it while it lasts.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made recently.

A very simple 5 1/4" square card and for the cut out border I have used a Martha Stewart Punch. Some pretty paper from my stash and the sentiment die is Spellbinder's Labels 20. The silver 25 is a cake decoration.

Karena's card is also a 5 1/4" square card and the frame is a Sue Wilson, Swirly Vine, CED7016. It is rather delicate and pretty. The image is a Pion Paper's one - I do love these papers, thanks to Jo at Embellish It.

This is short and sweet today ladies as I have some calls to make now.

Trust you are all enjoying this lovely holiday day. We are heading South at the weekend to take our friends down for a little taste of the Catlins and to show them what real farming looks like!! Do hope the weather performs as it should! We may stay on a few days, hence there will be no post from me next week.

Happy crafting all and may you know God's blessing. Until next time,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Two Wedding Cards - Plus

Monday morning greetings again, to all.

Life is settling back into routine again what with all the  "gettogethers" etc beginning. It is sure nice to be back seeing all one's friends after the Christmas break - it is funny how we all miss each other after a while!

Now today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made for weddings, one we were guests at and the other was for an order.

The pearlized card is always lovely to work with. I have used two different embossing folders, some antique lace and the border along the bottom is cut with a Martha Stewart punch. The love is cut using a Kaisercraft Die and mirror gold card and I have sewn a zig zag stitch using my sewing machine. Some flowers and pearls complete this card. Do hope Calista and Jonathan liked it!

A 5 1/4" square card card for Kiri and Josh's card. A Sue Wilson Die was used for the fancy edges, Triple Gemini, Centaurus, CED4419, and for the heart   I have used a Memory Box Die, La Rue Heart,98255. The collection of papers is a recent one from Kaisercraft, I Love You. Prima flowers completed this card.

Now as promised last week I am sharing the three quilt tops I have made over the holidays. They still have to be sandwiched and quilted which does make a huge difference, especially when Ali does them for me. She is a miracle worker!!

A bargello quilt which are always fun to make.

A shadow box quilt using left-over Kaffe Fassett fabrics which I used on a previous quilt.

This one is called Love In Paris - I fell in love with this one when I saw it on line, hence I had to do it!! I am actually going to quilt this one myself, as it is only a wallhanging and I can manage that size.

 That's it today ladies. Trusting you are all enjoying having the children back at school, that is the ones that have started, and now having time to get into a little crafting. Thanks so much for stopping by, be in touch again next week hopefully. Many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Back On The Radar

Good morning to all. My apologies again for last week's non appearance but I was out socialising with a very good friend and it completely slipped my memory. I will try and make up for it this week though!

As, up to this point, I am not into card making mode again ( patch working seems to have taken over and I am thoroughly enjoying it!) I have had to dig a little deeper into my resources. Anyway here goes ladies.

This card was made at the end of last year for our lovely daughter-in-law. For this one I have used a Sue Wilson Die, Scattered leaves, CED7103. As no doubt you will agree, the die does make an elegant card without too many embellishments etc. Cards always do need flowers though!!

A card made for a special friend and for it I have used an older die, Marianne Design, LR0152 for bordering the Pion Papers image. A bit lace adds a little softness to this card. My favourite sized card, 5 1/4" square.

Hopefully next week, I will share what I have been doing as far as patch work goes. Just have to photograph the three quilt tops I have been working on. Must away ladies as I have CARDS to make, birthdays are creeping up on me now, so I can't put them off any longer.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next week, happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

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