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

Monday, 7 November 2016

More Card Orders.

Good morning all.

Another Monday is upon us, so I must add a new post to my blog. Isn't time flying!! Christmas before we know it. Geraldine has the big Arts and Plants weekend this next weekend, so it is all go here in our little town. We do hope the sun shines upon us, as there is so much effort being put into the event. The town sure comes to life and it bulges at the seams with visitors. My responsibility is to our Patchwork and Crafts exhibition which displays quilts etc which have been made over the year. It is always worth making a visit, as there is some lovely work on show.

Well, I must share a couple of cards which I have again made for orders - do hope you enjoy the viewing.

Melva's card was made using the lovely Spellbinder's Heirloom Rectangle Die, S6106 and the papers I have used are Maja Design, SummerTime, In The Garden. It is a very pretty range of papers.

Jeannie's card is made using the same range of papers only this one is in blue tone and is called By The Sea. I call this style of card a Shaped Tri Fold card. Martha Stewart border punch was used for the borders and the oval round the sentiment is Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals. Nothing like a bit of bling to complete cards.

Just another view of Jeannie's card.

Thanks for stopping by ladies - I do so appreciate you all. Happy crafting and I do hope I see some over the weekend, locals that is! Trust you will all know God's blessings. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 31 October 2016

Three Card Orders

Well, it's hard to believe that we are again at the last day of October - the months, weeks and days seem to be moving very fast, 2016 has almost come to an end!! The end of the year functions are creeping up fast now! Anyway, it is a lovely Spring day here in Geraldine today and we are enjoying it to the full.

Today I am sharing three cards with you that I was asked to make for orders and I do hope you enjoy the viewing.

My favourite Cherry Lynn Step Card Die was used for Margaret's card, the oval frame is a Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals Die, the image was printed off from Pinterest, the gorgeous lace was picked up in an Op-shop and the collection was Kaisercraft's Ooh la la, which is fabulous.

This is another card for Margaret. 51/4" square one this time and I have used the Downton Abbey collection from Crafter's Companion. It is stunning!! The oval frame is a Spellbinder's Floral Oval Die and again the image was printed off Pinterest. Margaret is a keen musician, hence the music themed cards.

Eric's card is another 51/4" square card and I have used Kaisercraft's Bon Appetit. As he is a keen gardener, I thought this collection would fit the bill. I coloured the vege strip with my alcohol pens for a bit of colour. The image was again printed off Pinterest - I thought it was rather cute and I do hope Eric appreciated it!

Thanks so much for stopping by ladies - I have put up three cards today as I missed last week again, as it was Labour Day and I found myself snowed under! I do appreciate your patience also your likes, emails, comments etc.

Happy crafting, enjoy the day wherever you are and whatever you are doing and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 17 October 2016

Class Cards and Weekend's Achievement

After a very busy fortnight we are back on deck ladies and a special good morning to you all.

We have had a wonderful weekend - chatting, eating, laughing, and doing a bit of patchwork in between times. It is so nice to enjoy the company of like minded ladies, in a camp atmosphere. They are all such a lovely happy group and we all get on so well, passing on many new tips to each other. Now, it's time to put on my other cap and get some cards made. The orders seem to be creeping up and Liz's monthly kit is a priority. Do hope the mojo returns when I enter my craft room. Well, card making mojo, that is - I'm still in patchwork fairyland!

Two Monday's ago, I did a class with the Wilson Street Baptist ladies, so today I thought I would share the cards we made that day. It was their Christmas breakup, so hence we did Christmas cards. I so enjoy being with these ladies - they are a super group and very well behaved!

I absolutely love this new Christmas collection from Kaisercraft - it is called Frosted, the blues and silvers are lovely and it has vintage photos included. For this card I used the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die and the frame round the image is a Sue Wilson Ornate Holly Framed Peace, CED3074.

Again using the same collection, we have used another Sue Wilson Die, Australian Collection Background, CED8101. This would be one of my favourite dies at the moment - it has seven dies in the packet, so a variation of cards can be achieved. The snowflake is a wooden embellishment which has been coated with Gilding Wax in a pewter colour.

Still being in patchwork mode, I thought I would  share with you all, the quilt that I produced over the weekend. I saw this on the web and fell in love with it, so hence the resulting quilt. As there was no pattern, I had to work it all out but I really am pleased with the result. Maybe by clicking on it you would get a clearer viewing.

Better get into that workroom, so that's it today ladies. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully be in touch next week, so until then happy crafting and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

New Home and An Engagement Card

Hello to you all - I know it is now Tuesday but Monday disappeared altogether. I'm not too sure where!

Anyway, thought I would share a couple of cards made recently for orders, so hope you enjoy the viewing and just maybe get some ideas for your next projects.

A card made for a couple who have just moved into their lovely new home - I have yet to visit but it sure looks fabulous from the outside. The card was made using Kaisercraft's  Heirloom Collection. I so enjoyed making this card for Marion, do hope she liked it.

A 5 1/4" square card for this engagement order. I have used pearlized card for this one, putting it through the Big Shot with a couple of different embossing folders. Was rather pleased with the finished result although it is very simple. I usually do the sentiments on the computer, as I can personalise them for the recipient.

Off to Timaru tomorrow for our morning at Artfull Crafts then of course, lunch with the girls. It is always an enjoyable day, basically my ME day.

Well that's it for today, until next week, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Two Easel Cards

This Sunday evening seems to be getting a bit of a habit for adding my weekly blog but as I have an early start again tomorrow, will do it tonight. I am going to be curtain making with my lovely friend for the day, well almost my fifth daughter, so an early start is required. I know we will have fun together and do hope we achieve the completed drapes by the end of the day.

I thought today I would share a couple of easel cards which I have made recently. Do hope you don't mind Lyn! The second one is one I taught at Artfull Crafts a short time ago, the ladies seemed to enjoy doing it.

Lyn's card was cut out using a Marianne Designs Die,LR0236 which I think is very pretty. Of course it is also one of my favourite colours. Prima flowers have been used and the leaves are a Couture Creations die, which I cut apart after putting it through the machine.

For this card, another Marianne Designs die was used, LR0112. Easel cards are so fun to make and are certainly easy to put together and they do have the WOW factor. Kaiser flowers have been added to this one. The picture is one I got from my lovely friend Doreen.

It seems to be building up to the Christmas season again, at Artfull Crafts - there are so many new collections and bits and pieces in stock and I have been playing with a number of them. The show case will be coming up later, no doubt. Do check out the web site for all the goodies that are available. Juanita is back and as she is the top salesperson you just won't be able to resist the pressure! Speaking from experience.

Must close, special greetings to you all, happy crafting and God bless.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Back On The Radar

Hello to all you lovely blog friends.

 Sorry I have been  remiss in adding to my blog lately but we have had a busy few weeks.and as we are off to Christchurch early tomorrow, to a funeral, I thought I would make the most of these few moments now. The older one gets the faster time moves and the slower it takes to get things done!

Amongst all the rush and bustle, I have still managed to get some card orders done as well as some for very good friends, so thought I would showcase a couple of them today.

The die I have used for this card is a Spellbinder's, Triple Floral, S6-027. It is a lovely die and cuts the whole edge at once, making a stunning border. Spellbinder's, Majestic Labels 25, S5-189 was used for cutting the frame round the Pion lady. The finished card measured approximately 5 1/4" square.

My Cherry Lynn Step Card Die, B348 is an all time favourite and as you will notice it has been used again. Pion Papers have some gorgeous ladies in their collections, I have used another one here, again bordering it with the Majestic Labels 25 die. Both my friends were very pleased with their cards and I certainly enjoyed making them.

Our daughter Jo is arriving tonight, as she has a week in Christchurch but is heading up to the funeral with me first thing in the morning. Early start I presume!! Apart from the funeral, am looking forward to being with my three girls and families.

All for this week ladies, happy crafting and God's blessing to you all. Catch you next week, hopefully,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Always and Forever

Good morning to all on this lovely day. It sure makes ones want to rise and shine!! Well almost!

I thought today I would go back a few months to one of Kaisercraft's May collections and share with you all, some cards I made for a kit for Artfull Crafts - it is lovely to work with, has a romantic feel but it can also be used for a number of different occasions.

This card is a Shaped Tri Fold Card and is very simply made. Check on Splitcoaststampers site, you will probably find a tutorial for it in their resource area. It is my go-to site! The circle die I have used is Kaisercraft's Circle Vines Die, DD547 - it is a very versatile die.

My favourite 5 1/4" square card here and the die is Spellbinder's, Fleur De Lis. The flower embellishment can be bought at Artfull Crafts - there is such a wide variety of these Embellies in stock, so do check them out.

Another 5 1/4" square card but I have made this into a shaker card. This is a fun card to make and it certainly gets a few WOW"s. The die an Impression Obsession, DIE001-Z. This was bought at Artfull crafts as well, so don't hesitate to contact them if you are keen to duplicate this card.

That's it today ladies, until next week, happy crafting and God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 22 August 2016

A Couple of Orders

Spring is starting to spring ladies - there is a little bit of colour in the garden which is always so nice to see after the Winter months. I do love the Springtime!

Today I am going to share a couple of cards which I have made for orders. Would love to know your thoughts on these latest projects and do hope the recipients enjoy them. I rather like doing orders as I feel I almost know the person by the time I have completed them.

Great Grandma is very excited to be welcoming her little great grand-daughter - she is is England but we have already seen some gorgeous photos, a few hours old. Modern technology is so amazing. This is a 5 1/4" square card using Kaisercraft's, Little One collection. The pram was cut using Marianne Design, LR0218 and the oval die is a Spellbinders, Floral Ovals. As you will notice, I have also done some zig-zag stitching, with my sewing machine, round the inner edge just to add a little interest.

Now, Graeme has had many hobbies and interests over his eighty years and it was rather difficult to choose which to focus on, for his card. Anyway, here it is and I do hope Graeme enjoys it. Again a 5 1/4" square card and Kaisercraft's Time Machine collection for the base of the card. Rachel Grieg's film strip across the card depicting his farming interests and the rest is self explanatory. Trust the recipient will have a wonderful birthday.

As I have a teaching stint to do on Wednesday morning, at Artful Crafts ( Liz has deserted us again!! ) I had better go and prepare some kits, so as to have some happy pupils. They are always fun to be with and are really not much trouble at all.

Until next week ladies, happy crafting and special blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Last of Sea Breeze Kit

Hello to all. I know I missed last week but life does get in the way at times!  All's well this week though, at the moment, so will do my best to add to this now. It really is hard to imagine where the year is going though, as it is August already - be Christmas before we know it.

Today I thought I would share the remainder of the kit that I tutored at SENZ, using Kaisercraft's lovely Sea Breeze collection.

A very simple 5 1/4" square card which I think is self explanatory. The butterfly is cut using Spellbinder's Les Papillions Die.

Another simple card making use of the gorgeous papers in the collection. To distress the card I have used my sepia ink pad, also the seam binding ribbon.

Now this last card is a double gate fold and I have just cut the fronts into peaks, so as to be a bit different. It is also simple to do but it does look rather effective.

I have quite a pile of projects waiting in my workroom, so had better head that direction. Patchwork took over the weekend, which I so enjoyed. We had a class all day Saturday with a lovely group of ladies and I must say I achieved quite a bit. Will perhaps share my project when it gets closer to completion.

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessing. Until next week,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

Kaisercraft's Sea Breeze Cards

This is a stunning collection which Kaisercraft brought out for the month of April - it really suits me fine as I just love these colours that they have chosen. At the SENZ Expo I taught this kit and then Saturday week I also tutored some lovely local ladies, at Artfull Crafts. It sure seems to have made a hit! Today I thought I would share three of the cards which were in the kit. There are six altogether but will spread out the show and tell into another week!

The first card is called a lever card and the ladies enjoyed making this one. Even though it looks complicated it is rather simple to make. A tutorial can be found on Splitcoaststampers site, in the resource area, for any of you ladies who would like to try your hand at it.

I have gone rather shabby with this one, distressing and using sepia ink on the edges. A few layers of paper were used and the roses are made using Spellbinder's Rose Creation Die. I am also into muslin just now - it does give a softer look to an arrangement and of course bakers twine is a must.

A simple card for this one. Martha Stewart Border punch for the edges, Kaisercraft's Decorative Circle Vines Die, DD547 which is so versatile, again some muslin with the flowers.

I must mention a very interesting book I have been reading lately, about a young girl who had her arm bitten off by a shark and through much adversity, she still held strongly to her faith in God. It is called Soul Surfer and her name is Bethany Hamilton. An absolute encouragement to all. Millie our grand-daughter, put me onto it as they have been studying it for Religious Studies. She apparently got a A+ for her assignment - well done Millie and thank you for the commendation.

All today, until next time happy crafting and maybe reading!! Many blessings to all

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Latest Achievements

The morning has past me by somehow, but I must add a blog now, so as to keep in touch with all you lovely ladies. It has been busy over the past few days but I feel we are now back into our retirement mode! We have thoroughly enjoyed our weekend though, it is always so nice to have visitors stay and to get to know them so much better.

Today I am going to share a card I have made for our lovely grand-daughter Millie Rose who has reached the age of 13 years - my how the years fly!! Then I thought I would show you a kit I have put together which I bought off Imagine-If, while at SENZ. It is a photo album and as yet I am waiting on photos of the family, to add to it. Hopefully at our Christmas get together, they will oblige me with their lovely smiles!

Millie's card is made using one of  Kaisercraft's June collections  called Boho Dreams. It is a 5 1/4" square card and I have cut the fancy borders using a Sue Wilson Die, Centaurus, CED4419. There are five dies in this pack, so lots of different ideas ladies! The camera girl is part of the range - I have cut her out from one of the papers.

Now again, I am well out of my comfort zone with this one but the end result is rather fabulous even though I didn't  altogether enjoy the process of assembling it. It is good to stretch one limits at times!!

That's it today ladies, have a call to make now. So thankful for your interest and taking the time to check this out. Love your emails comments etc. Do hope you are all enjoying as lovely a day as we are having here, happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sue Wilson Dies

What a beautiful winter's morning it is - no frost and the sun is shining. A great day for getting the washing on the line.

Today I thought I would share another couple of cards made with the Sue Wilson Dies. For these two cards I have used the same die but got a totally different look. There are some lovely ones available and Artfull Crafts have them in stock now. You won't need be too long deciding which ones though, as they are moving relatively fast.

Black and white cards are always stunning, are they not! The die is Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson, Lattice Arched Adornment, CED6302. It is so delicate and pretty. For the background I have used Couture Creations embossing folder, Tied Together, CO724399 and the leaves are cut from a Ultimate Crafts Die from the Magnolia Lane Collection which also has a lovely rose die. A Prima flower finishes this card.

For this card I have used Kaisercraft's new July collection, called Mademoiselle. It has a very delicate colour palette, rather pretty altogether with a vintage feel. No doubt, it will be very popular. It is a simple card with a bit of fussy cutting, the beautiful die and a Kaiser flower. The butterfly is cut from the papers.

Whose looking forward to the crop day on Saturday? I will be teaching a box card then a couple of card kits, one being the one I taught at SENZ and the other is the monthly kit. Both are lovely collections and I know you will enjoy the day. For the box card I have used the lovely Botanical range from Kaisercraft and the chipboard kit is from Imagine If.

Until next time ladies, happy crafting and God bless you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 11 July 2016

Always and Forever Cards

Good morning to all - it is rather nippy this morning as we have had a good hard frost but the sun is shining so we're hopeful it will warm up soon, as I have to have a trip into Timaru in an hour or so. I am so thankful for our lovely warm house, on days like this!

I know I missed posting last week but after having had a fabulous weekend away at SENZ with the girls, Monday was a day to just relax and find some lost energy. What a wonderful time we had and as it stands, my friends are all anticipating next year. It was also lovely catching up with my many friends from different parts of the country and of course making new ones.

I am showcasing a couple of cards today which I have made using Kaisercraft's, Always and Forever Collection. It is a very romantic range of papers with beautiful colours.

Again I have used my Cherry Lynn Step Card die, B348 to cut this card ( my all time favourite!) the bunting die is from La La Land, Heart Banner, LL8026. The circle for the sentiment is a Nellie Snellen circle die. A Prima flower placed over one of the collectables. Very simple but the recipient was thrilled with it.

Now the request for this one was a flat card for posting - how can Betsy make a flat card you say, when she is into bling, flowers etc. Well here it is ladies. I have done a bit of fussy cutting and the die I have used is a BoBunny, Lattice Frame Die, 12839756. There are four pieces in this die, so various looks can be achieved. The collectables are a real bonus in these collections, as I have made use of another one here. The sentiments are printed off using the computer.

As a bonus, I will show you a kit I have put together since coming home. I found this at Imagine It's shop and it sure was fun making it up. Thanks goes to Jo - the instructions were so easy to follow even though I was well out of my comfort zone!

That's it today ladies. Thanks so much for not giving up on me and stopping by. Very happy crafting and I pray you will all be much blessed. Until next time,

Betsy  xxx