Monday, 6 August 2018

On Deck Again.

Good afternoon ladies and it sure is a lovely afternoon. Time has got away on me again, there has been quite a bit on for an old lady!! I flew up to Auckland with three friends, to attend the SENZ weekend and it was such an encouraging time altogether. So glad I was talked in to going, as it was lovely to see all the friends I have made over the years of crafting. Papercrafting ladies are always so friendly and it is a wonderful catch up time. Weekend before last, we had a trip down to Dunedin as it was our lovely grand daughter's 21st. Lots and lots of young people with lots and lots of noise! It was so nice to share this time with our Danielle, our family in Dunedin then on to the farm for a few days. As our little great grandson had the bug he kindly handed it on to the olds but it has been well worth it just to see him - he is so cute and we sure love him.

Now, I have a couple of cards to share today and I do hope you enjoy the viewing.





I have recently purchased the Spellbinder's Grand Cabinet 3D Die, S6139  which has been designed by Becca Feeken. It is fun to work with and is easily put together and the effect is stunning. For this card I have used the lovely 49 & Market flowers.





Danielle's card was a real pleasure to make even though it makes one feel considerable old!! The years have sure flown since the day I spent with Karena at the hospital, awaiting her arrival. It is an easel card and the die I have used is Sue Wilson, Mini Gemini Die, Aquila, CED4417 cut out with a rose gold mirror card. The collection used is  Prima, Havana, which also has rose gold foiling. You may get a clearer image if you click on the photos - my photography seems to be a bit lacking today!

That's it today ladies - trust you are all well and still enjoying a bit of crafting. Thanks for checking my blog and may you all know God's blessing. Until next time.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 July 2018

Card Class Cards

Good evening to all my lovely blog friends. I apologize again for the lateness of this blog post but the day has got away on me - better late than never as the saying goes.
Thought I would share with you today the class cards I taught at Embellish It a couple of Wednesday ago. The ladies seemed to enjoy making them and the end results they could all be very proud of.




On the web lately there have been a number of cards made the same style as this one - called a Double Tower Card. Very simply made but very effective. The ladies looked very apprehensive when they first saw it but admitted at the end, how easy it was. You Tube has some videos for showing how it is put together. Do check them out. The ovals have been cut using the Elizabeth Stitched Ovals Die. Some of the flowers Jo sells at the shop were used here - and she sure has plenty!!




A gate fold card here and we have used the same die as on the previous one. There were also a lot of favourable comments re this one. I love how the ladies get so enthusiastic when doing the class - it is always so encouraging being with them.

I am heading to Auckland on Thursday for the SENZ paper crafting expo - the decision was made just a week ago. That's what happens when you have very persuasive friends and you're a push over!! I am so excited to be seeing all the friends I have made over the years of this paper crafting journey, and Jo has kindly offered me a little job at her shop, Embellish It. If around ladies do call as I would love to renew acquaintances and check out all the wonderful products Jo sells. Think foamiran flowers again!!

Thanks again for stopping by, hopefully we'll see a good number of you in Auckland but if not, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 2 July 2018

Card Orders

Good morning to all my lovely blog friends. I have been a bit under the weather for this past fortnight - simple things like getting the washing out of the machine clicks the old back out. Oh the joys of getting older!! Anyway, I feel we're on the mend now, so all's good.

I have another two cards to showcase today so hope you enjoy the viewing and maybe get ideas for your next projects.



This first card is a simple 5 1/4" square card but I have recessed the window for the sentiment. The collection used for this one is 49 & Market. Jo stocks these papers at the shop, Embellish It and I have fallen in love with them ( as one does!!) The sentiment is part of the collection. Foamiran flowers, some muslin and I have fussy cut some leaves from the papers.




On the web lately you will have noticed this style of card - it is called an Arrow card and it is rather effective and easily made. Prima's Zella Teal was used for this card, another one of the all time favourites. I am drawn to this colour combo, teal and grey with silver foiling. There are You Tubes available for this design, so do check them out and have a go. You will be impressed I don't doubt.

I am again preparing kits for teaching on Wednesday, so had better get into my workroom so as to get them put together. Not so keen on this part of the job but I must admit I love being with this amazing group of ladies. If you would like to join us on Wednesday 10 A.M. to 12 P.M for a fun time, do give Embellish It a call to book in. While having fun, I hope you will also learn something re card making.

Thanks again for stopping by, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessings for another week. Until next time,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Spellbinders Dies

Here we are again ladies - you haven't got rid of me yet although I do know I have not been playing the game! Those that I have talked to that are retired, all say that when retired one seems to get busier and I sure can vouch for that. Maybe it's because one gets considerably slower over the years.

Anyway, do hope you are all well and progressing through this Winter time with it's cool cloudy days. It's great we have Spring to look forward to.




Firstly I must share our lovely family, well just about all, that is. A few of them had to disappear earlier than this photo was taken. We were all together for the weekend celebrating Grandad's 80th birthday two weekends ago and what a fabulous time we had. It was cold as you can see by the outfits but it was in the Catlins and we were all prepared!




I have been playing with a gorgeous Spellbinder's Die, Amazing Paper Grace, Sweetheart Swirl, which was kindly lent to me and these two cards are both made with the same die. The first was made as is, a slightly bigger card, and the second one I did cut a section out of the middle covering the cut with the ribbon. I love both but maybe the second is more versatile as it does make a square card. Possibilities are endless really.
Foamiran flowers and berries complete both of these and I do like the mirror rose gold card which I cut the die out of. Jo, at Embellish It is only too happy to get this die for you, just contact her. For both cards I have used Prima Collections, Havana for the first and Amelia Rose for the second. Both are gorgeous with lovely foiling.



An exciting little secret ladies - I have been called out of retirement and will be teaching at Embellish It on every second Wednesday morning for a little while ( Jo has a lot to answer for!!) but I must admit, I do love being with these lovely ladies. They do make allowances for age which I am very thankful for. Wednesday we will be using a very similar die on one of the cards, so book in if you are keen, by 'phoning the shop.

That's it today, I must go and complete the kits. Thanks so much for not giving up on me and checking out on my blog. Happy crafting and special blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx





Spellbinders Dies

Monday, 21 May 2018

Two More Sympathy Cards

Good morning to all on another beautiful day and what a weekend we have enjoyed, introducing a new Princess to our Royal Family. I sure did watch the wedding, thanks to my lovely friend for inviting me round and what a lovely night we had. Do hope the Royal couple enjoy many years of happiness together and we do pray a blessing on them both and their marriage.

Today I am going to share a couple of cards which I have recently put together. Seeing as now I am retired, the production seems to have slowed up slightly but still can't resist an odd one or two and of course, there are still orders to fulfil. I still love dabbling with lovely papers etc and sympathy cards are still the order of the day.



Now this isn't a die ladies, but a chipboard embellishment which I found at Embellish It. I coloured it using my alcoholic pen in a light grey. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and again a couple of foamiran flowers with some muslin and silver cord. Simple but appropriate I feel.




I love that collection from Prima, Zella Teal and for this card I have used it. A 5 1/4" square card and for cutting the inner square I have used an Elizabeth stitched die. Prima flowers complete this card as they were part of the collection. Another chipboard frame was used after colouring it with my grey
alcoholic pen.

Here we are again - just been putting my washing out on the line to dry. Well, that's about it today and I hope you are all enjoying similar weather to what we are having here. Happy crafting to all, I thank you for checking this out and special blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Sympathy Cards

Hello ladies. How have your weeks been going? We have been very busy here over the past couple of weeks as it was my husband's 80th birthday and the celebrations just seemed to keep going. We did enjoy a number of the family coming to join us and celebratory lunches out with friends. In about a month's time we are having the full family getting together for a weekend of fun, so are really looking forward to that. Not every day Grandad reaches 80!!

As sympathy cards seem to be the order of the day round here ( maybe it's the age we have got to!) I am going to share a couple that I have recently made. Hope you enjoy and perhaps get some ideas for your next projects.



As I think sympathy cards should be plainer I have held back with the embellishments! A simple card and have used the Elizabeth, Romantic Bouquet Die, 1504 which is lovely. The only additions are a foamiran flower, gold berries and cord.




This one is my favourite sized card, 5 1/4" square card. Another Elizabeth die has been used to cut out the circle and I do like the stitching on these dies. Kaisercraft's Romantique Collection was used for this one, very pretty with it's pink and grey shades. I did find some Prima flowers in my stash so have added them here. The butterfly was cut from an acetate sheet which came with the range.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, happy crafting everyone and may you know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx