Monday, 19 February 2018

Two Birthday Cards

Hello friends.

A quick post today as I would like to share a couple of birthday cards which I have recently put together.

This card was made for my lovely grand-daughter who has recently turned 19 years old. Oh dear, these kids just seem to grow up far too fast and they just get better and better each year! Couldn't love them more!

 I have used a BoBunny collection called Secret Garden. It is rather vibrant with it's purple shadings and has been a great seller. The frame round the photo  was cut using Marianne Craftables, CR1251 and the gorgeous little girl was printed off Pinterest. Foamiran flowers complete this card. I can't remember what this fold was called but it really is very simple to make.

The second card is another different fold and I have used a Prima collection called St. Tropez. I love the colours in this one and also the foiling. Spellbinder's Oval Regalia, S4-492 was cut from some mirror card, in bronze, which went well with the foiling on the paper. I printed the sentiment off using the computer. Again a foamiran flower with some seam binding.

Well, ladies I suppose by now you will have caught up with our Timaru news!! Yes, Liz and Graham are stepping down at the end of March, getting ready for their big holiday. It has been a very enjoyable part of my life working with them and we do wish them well in their new endeavours. It is sure nice to know that the shop will not be closing and I do wish the new owners all the very best - there is no doubt it will still be well supported and we are confident that the standard will be upheld.

That's it today ladies. Happy crafting and many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 12 February 2018

New Cards

Good morning to all my blog friends. Another beautiful morning here in Geraldine, trust you are enjoying the same where you are.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards that I have put together, using two delightful collections.

Prima has been bringing out some gorgeous ranges lately and this one is particularly stunning. It is called Zella Teal, very pretty with it's teal, grey and foiled elements. For this card I have used my Elizabeth Stitched Circle Dies, making it into an easel card. I have really kept to Prima for the flowers etc and the collectables. I was thrilled with the finished card as I hope the recipient was.

Back to Kaisercraft's Romantique Collection for this one. Again a lovely range with it's greys and pinks predominantly. I have made a very simple 5 1/4" square card and made use of the collectables again. I have also succumbed to a foamiran flower for this one! There is a sheet of acetate butterflies with the collection, so the butterfly was cut out from this.

That's it today ladies but I would like to say a special thank you to all the folk who have messaged me etc over this past month or two. I so appreciate you all, your love and prayers. It has been a very trying time but things are looking up now, we are very thankful to say. Life seems to give us all a few valleys at times but it is great to know there is ONE in control and that He can still perform miracles, as happened in this case. Thank you all so very much.

Happy crafting, enjoy this lovely day and may God's blessing be on you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 5 February 2018

What Will 2018 Hold?

A very special good morning to all.

I know I have been lying fairly low for a while but have been trying to process much that has happened over the Christmas holidays. I must say the holidays haven't gone as anticipated but feel things are on the mend now, hopefully. We have so much to be thankful for and we rejoice in that. 2018 is a new year and we do look forward to what is in store for us and our loved ones. Do trust you all had a great holiday and kept safe.

Today I thought I would share a couple of random cards which I have managed to make over these past weeks.

Liz and Graham kindly gave me a Go Cut and Press Machine and I must say I have been enjoying playing with it. The frame has been cut and foiled in silver, using the Anna Griffin, Foil Stamp Die. It is called Classic Frame,  CO725297.  The sentiment is also foiled and the Hotfoil Stamp is an Ultimate Crafts, ULT158110 . I love the effect of this foiling. Of course one had to complete the card with some foamiran flowers and some berries.

For this next card I have made use of the 3D Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder, EF5-3D-OLACE. I actually inked the embossing folder first before I put it through the Big Shot and I used pearlized card. It is fabulous. Another foamiran flower was used with pearl strip round the edge. Do hope Tina liked her card. I am so thrilled with these embossing folders.

Well, it is so nice to be back in touch again and sorry for the long delay.

Trust everyone is all well and enjoying this HOT weather - not so fond of it myself bur dare say it won't be long until we are complaining of the cold. Happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

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