Monday, 23 November 2015

A Couple of Kid's Cards

Hello everyone.

A quick post this morning as we are getting rather snowed under at the moment. Christmas always seems to do that to one and as we get older it takes longer to get things accomplished. Oh well Betsy, stop complaining and get on with it!!

Today I am sharing some cards that were made for orders, and specific orders at that! Hope you all enjoy.

Grand -dad had to have a card for MacKenzie, who is turning three and she is fond of the Wiggles. I went onto the net, found a picture, printed it out twice and 3'D it. My Cherry Lynn Step Die was used to cut the base card and I must say, Grand -dad was very pleased with the outcome, as I hope MacKenzie was. Well, as much as a three year old could be!!

Solomon is a little Nepalese boy, who I found out after I had made the card, was turning six. I'm sure he didn't mind that his age wasn't on it. This is a Kenny image that I had in my stash.

As you will notice this card isn't a kid's card but I am going to show it anyway. I have used the lovely Ma Cherie Collection from Kaisercraft and the rose has been cut out using a free die from a Tattered Lace Magazine. I have sprinkled glitter on the top of the rose which I am rather pleased with. A 5 1/4" very simple card. The butterfly is cut from one of the accompanying papers.

Trust all your Christmas plans are coming together - not long now ladies!

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 November 2015

Getting Into The Christmas Spirit!

Hello ladies on this lovely day. Spring has really sprung today after a rather cool weekend but still we managed to get our BIG weekend over mostly, before the rain came. It has been very busy and even though we all enjoyed it, it is nice being back to normal once again.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards that I did with the ladies at Artfull Crafts, one Wednesday morning, recently.

Kaisercraft's Holly Jolly collection was used and we made a gate fold card. The poinsettia was cut out using the Tattered Lace die, the border was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and the sentiment stamps are from Kaisercraft as well. It is held together with a belly band.

Now, I must admit I saw this one on Pinterest and loved the simplicity of it. It is a Penny Black poinsettia die, both a solid and lace. I have cut out the solid, three times, placed them on the card then sprayed with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine which has left a rather stunning gloss.Sorry it doesn't show too well in the photo. After cutting the lace one three times I have placed them on top, not centred, with mounting foam. The sentiment is also from Penny Black. The frame is a Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8.

That's it today, do hope you are all well and enjoying what you are occupied with. Thanks for taking the time to check this out. It makes it well worth while when I get your e'mails, comments etc. Thank you.

Happy crafting and special blessings to all,  

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 9 November 2015

Playing With New Dies

Good morning all. It is so nice to be back in touch with you again, for another week.

It sure is a busy time of the year with Christmas fast approaching but it is also a lovely time being able to be with all the family. One of our families are heading overseas this year, for their holiday, so we are going to miss them but know they will have a fabulous time. To all intents and purposes, at this stage, we are going to spend time with our Dunedin family, at Wanaka - they have taken pity on the OLDS - so we are looking forward to that.

Here in Geraldine, it is perhaps the busiest week of the year as we have an Arts and Plants Festival weekend and the town sure comes to life. I am tied up with the patchwork display which is always fabulous. It is held in the beautiful St Mary's Church and it is a lovely display of all the quilts etc we have made over the year. We are tired by the end, but we sure enjoy all the hype.

Now, here are a couple of cards I have recently made using some new dies, I have recently acquired.

This is one of the recently released dies from Kaisercraft. I loved it when I saw it at the Retailer's Days in Australia, so was pleased when it arrived. It makes a lovely edging down the front of a card. The sentiment die is a Spellbinder's Label die and I have used Heart's Ease Collection from Couture Creations.

We had a friend over card making with us one day recently and she had this embossing folder which was a free with one of the Card making Magazines. It is lovely. I have embossed it using Pearlized card and it is a lovely effect. The leaves behind the flowers are a die from Couture Creations which, after putting through the E' Bosser, I cut up. I know I will get a lot of use out of this die, as one can never have too many leaves!

All today ladies, I must go and get some groceries and I broke the last needle that I owned for my sewing machine, so will replenish those as well. I can't complete the cushion I am making until I do so and I need it for the display.

Blessings to you all and happy crafting,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 2 November 2015

Christmas Cards.

As I turned the calenders over this morning, the thought came to my mind, how did we get so far through this New Year? I sure don't know where this year has disappeared to - seems to go faster as one gets older!

 Anyway, we are just almost at Christmas again, and today I would like to share a couple of cards which I have made. Dare say, most of you will have your stash completed by now but if not, these are two simple cards which can be put together in a hurry. All that is needed, is some different papers.

 The collection I have used for theses cards is from Indigo Blu - it was a 6' X 6" pad, I cut the paper down slightly as I prefer a 5 1/4" square card, I then fussy cut another sheet and 3D'ed it over the first. Added a Kaisercraft Season's Greeting Die sentiment, punched out some snowflakes and for the poinsettia flower I have used the Tattered Lace, Christmas Florals Die, DO95.

Again, I have done something very similar, although I did punch round the edge of the paper using a Martha Stewart punch. Very simple, but I think they make rather a nice Christmas card. There are two sheets of the same paper in each pad, hence I was able to do the fussy cutting. A double bow and some snowflakes were all that was needed here.

Thanks so much for stopping be ladies and I do hope this gives some more ideas. Happy crafting and blessings to you all. Until next time.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 26 October 2015

Three Random Cards

Well, what a lovely Labour Day we are having here in New Zealand - the weather couldn't be better. Thinking especially of all those fortunate people who are enjoying time away. Mind you, I do like being at home. Saying that, I had a super time up in Christchurch with two of my lovely daughters at the beginning of the week - coffee, shopping etc and just being able to have time with them, is lovely.
As a result, putting up blogs was the furtherest from my mind last Monday - hope I am forgiven.

Today, I thought I would share three cards that I have recently made.

Jay absolutely adores sparkly shoes, so this die is from Tattered Lace and it is gorgeous.I have used glitter card. Still wish I could wear shoes like this but those days have well and truely gone!! I have used the Cherry Lyn Designs Step Card die for cutting the main card.

Attached to one of the latest Australian Simply Card Magazine was this free stamp. A new Martha Stewart Punch, I have just acquired, to do the bottom edge and I have added Sospeso Transparente flowers - the Helleborus series. I am rather attached to these. They are so fun to make.

The last card today, is one made for a retired farmer who owned a dairy farm, as well he was a dog trialist. I was asked to incorporate the two aspects of his life,  hence this is the final result. The images were found on Pinterest.

Out for lunch today with our second lovely daughter and family - we were all invited to spend time with a fabulous couple who have recently shifted to our area. Jane and Vaughan are old friends of Jo and Wals, so was super to catch up again. Now we are off to a little boy's birthday party. No time to get bored here.

Trusting you have all had a relaxing few days, happy crafting and special blessings. Thanks for popping by.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Class Cards Today

I know ladies it is Tuesday but Monday slipped by so quickly - it is better late than never they say!

We had a lovely day yesterday, spent with a super group of ladies. Out for lunch, then in the afternoon we enjoyed a fabulous Christmas break-up, with the Wilson Street Baptist Ladies, making cards. I do love these ladies and it is always fun being with them. The card that was made for me is so beautiful, that I just have to share it today - I don't know why they call me in to tutor really!! There is so much talent among these ladies, as you can see. Thanks so much Daphne.

Isn't it stunning ladies? Graphic 45 and Daphne sure knows my favourite colours.

Being Christmas of course, we made appropriate cards and these two are what I taught. Very simple but I think our ladies enjoyed making them. We have a magnetic closing on this first card and they are always a little tricky to attach but all went well. Kaisercraft's Holy Night collection was used, also their star die and the picture is from Pinterest again.

One of my old stamps, which I have never had the heart to give away, is the window stamp and we have used it here. Embossed with gold then cut out. The brickwork is another die from Kaisercraft, also the sentiment is as well. Again, I resorted to Pinterest for the image. Considerable time is spent on that site!!

I have another class tomorrow, at Artfull Crafts, so had better go and get myself prepared. It is wet here today, so I have no urge to get outside, just as well.

Thanks for stopping by ladies, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 5 October 2015

Cards Using Couture Creation

A special good morning to all my friends, and what a lovely morning it is.

I have been having a lot of fun lately, playing with the collection from Couture Creations,  called Hearts Ease. It is one of my very favourites at the moment - the colours are stunning and it has a very vintage feel about it. I feel it is very appropriate for sympathy cards, so have added two here for your perusal.

A very simple card, making full use of the lovely papers. The frame round the sentiment was cut using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8. This stamp has been well used and it has been around for a while - I can't remember where it came from but I do love the words.

Again, I have just used the papers and one of the collectables, for the sentiment. A card that can be put together at a moment's notice. I think you will agree the colours are gorgeous. The collection was bought at Warehouse Stationery.

After a very boisterous day yesterday, it is lovely to see the sun and to see all my tulips standing up tall again. There is certainly a lot of colour, to enjoy, in the garden at the moment, so had better go and make the most of it.

Trust you are all enjoying the school holidays and also finding a little time to get some crafting in. With very special  blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx