Monday, 10 December 2018

The Last Of The Christmas Cards

Good evening to all.

I am now back on track hopefully, after having had a fortnight of being under the weather! Maybe it was God telling me in no uncertain terms that I was needing to take things a little more slowly. I have sure been at no-go, but feeling better today. We had planned to go South to see our newest little great grand baby but our plans were hindered, due to not being able to travel. Another little boy has joined our family and he looks so very cute. The farm family are talking of bringing both wee boys up to visit the olds, so that's something to really look forward to.

There hasn't been much activity in my workroom lately but I have managed to get a few cards made for orders etc. I would feel not too bad, head to the workroom, put on a couple of strips of adhesive then head back to lie down - my life for the past fortnight! Anyway, today I thought I would share a couple of Christmas cards I had taught at a class a while back. The last Christmas cards for this year!




I have been so enjoying working with my Amazing Paper Grace 3D Vignettes Dies and this is just another way to use them with out all the cutting out. The ladies seemed to enjoy the exercise and went away with some lovely cards.



A very simple card here but it does give us the real reason for the Season. It sure doesn't need any explaining as far as the making goes. The collection used for both cards was from Mintay Papers, a Christmas range but I have forgotten the name. Sorry.

Well all from me tonight - thanks so much for calling by. Do hope you are not getting too stressed out preparing for the holiday season - it usually is a very busy time of the year for most of us. Most of the family have other plans made for the holidays which is giving them time with their friends etc, so we will join up with some of them in January, all being well. May you all know God's blessing over the Christmas Season, stay safe if driving.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 26 November 2018

Another Two Cards

Well ladies here we are again - sorry we're not very regular but time does seem to slip away at an alarming rate! The past few weekends we have enjoyed having our lovely families stay with us, as well as having the Arts and Plants weekend. I had my other hat on for this as I am involved with the patch work show. Again another very success exhibition. To add to the excitement we have just welcomed another stunning little great grand boy over the weekend, so we are looking forward to heading South to see the newest addition to our family. Finding it hard to exercise patience!!

For your viewing today I thought I would add another couple of cards which I have recently made. Enjoy the show ladies!




My, I do love these Spellbinder's 3D  Die and I must say it sure makes a hit with everyone who sees the cards. It really is stunning and I so enjoy working with them. As a warning, you may get sick of seeing these cards!! This morning I have just put together another three of them, all orders. 49 and Market papers and flowers have been used here.




The collection I have used for this card is perhaps my favourite at the moment. The green is so fresh. Mintay, Secret Place is the name of the collection. A very simply made 5 1/4" square card.for an order. Do hope Judith enjoyed her card and had a wonderful birthday.

Thanks again ladies for checking this blog out, I do appreciate you all and your patience with me. Do trust you are all well and enjoying accomplishing what you set out to do. With much love until next time and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 5 November 2018

Back In Production!

Good morning to all you lovely ladies and what a beautiful morning it is. It's great to be in touch again after a few weeks of silence, but I have been so busy with various engagements that time has just flown. Weekend before last we had our patchwork camp and it was so lovely being with a fabulous group of friends ( I did manage to complete what I set out to do, so that was a bonus.) I am receiving a block of the month from America and the months had caught up on me, so was great to get the ones I had on hand completed. Last Saturday we had our card making day at Ashburton - again an enjoyable day with like minded ladies.

Today I am going to share another couple of cards that I have recently made.




This is one of my recently acquired dies and I absolutely love it!!  Spellbinders's Grand Cabinet 3D die, S6-139, designed by Becca Feeken. It certainly makes a WOW card. The orders are coming in thick and fast for this card or similar. Rose gold mirror card was used to cut this out as it needs a reasonably heavy card stock. It was made for my special patchwork friend Eileen -and she loved it.




A very special card this time made for our lovely grand daughter Ella who has reached the grand old age of 20. For this card I have used the stunning Mintay Collection, called Secret Place. It is a gorgeous range and I so love the colours as it is very fresh. The door was cut from the collection and our beautiful Ella's photo was put behind. It was a lot of fun to make. Do click on the photo for a clearer viewing.

Our big weekend here at Geraldine is coming up in a fortnight and as I am involved with the Patchwork Group it will be rather busy. We have a display of our quilts etc that we have made over the year which seems to have quite a following. Have yet to complete one when it arrives back from my special friend Ali, who is quilting it for me on her big machine. Should keep my out of mischief for a few days.

Thanks so much for stopping by, trust you are all enjoying good health and whatever you are keeping busy with. With special blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 October 2018

Two Card Orders

Good morning to all. We are enjoying a lovely Spring morning here as I hope you all are. A very cold snap swept through over the weekend but all's good now. I have been fairly tied up teaching classes this past while ( another one next week! )  so I haven't had much spare time. Anyway, I love being with lots of lovely ladies and so appreciate their enthusiasm.

Today I am sharing a couple of cards which I have recently made for orders. Trust you enjoy the viewing.



Last post I shared a card made with the same collection as this one. It is Mintay, Farm Life which I really enjoy using. The request was for a flat card, for posting, hence no embellishments except for fussy cutting some of the pictures from the range of papers. As you can imagine, this was for a farm lady. I do hope she liked it and enjoyed her 60th birthday.




For this birthday card I have used the Simple Stories Collection, Dream Big. It is lovely for making little girl cards and I did  had fun making this one. It travelled to Australia for a special little girl's first birthday. My usual size card 5 1/4" square card and it is self explanatory.

That's it today. I am heading back into my workroom to continue making up more kits. We are heading South next weekend for a few days so I am trying to get things organised before we go. So thrilled you have stopped by, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 1 October 2018

More Class Cards

Hello to my special blog friends. No, I am not going to apologise for my tardiness again, re putting up a late post ladies. I'm afraid that life has been rather busy lately what with babies birthdays, baby showers and trips  to Australia. It has been lovely sharing time with our family again and the celebrations went off so well. Being in Australia with a wonderful group of ladies and meeting up with so many of the friends I have made over these crafting years, was fabulous. The Melbourne Craft Show was an added bonus - thanks to Trina and Alison for the time and effort you both spent in organising it for us.

Now, today I thought I would showcase another two cards that I taught at Embellish It, in Timaru. It is always a lovely experience being with these ladies and they are so appreciative of what we do. I am teaching again this week so have been busy preparing more kits.




I don't know if I am getting very shaky in my old age but the photos don't seem as clear as they should be - do click on them to get a clearer vision. For this card I have used the Mintay Farm Life Collection and the Cherry Lyn Designs, Step Card Die. It is still one of my favourites!




A very simple card here and we used Kaisercraft's Gypsy Rose. It has gorgeous colours and plenty in the collection for fussy cutting. I loved this string paper, so had to use it for the foundation piece. The circle was cut using the Elizabeth, Stitched Circle Die, again a favourite.

That's it today ladies, thanks for stopping by. Until next time we're in touch, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 3 September 2018

Class Cards for Embellish It

Well ladies, I do notice I haven't been on here for a month now and my apologise for that, but life has been very busy lately. Firstly, we were down in Dunedin for the weekend before last, plus a few days at the farm,  as we were celebrating our daughter's graduation - we are very proud of our Rachelle as she has had a number of negative things to contend with over the past years, but she has worked very hard and now she takes the title of Dr. Rachelle Martin. The first doctor in our family!

Australia called the following weekend - and what an amazing time we had. Trina McClune and Alison Bevis  took a group of 18 of us ladies over to the Paperific Show which was held in Melbourne. Thanks to these two lovely ladies, we had a wonderful time, enjoying time at the show but also travelling down to Geelong where we spent a super day with Mel Kennedy, in her wookroom doing a double lay-out. The hot scones, jam and cream were an added bonus. These girls have just about convinced me to take up scrapbooking instead of making cards!! LOL.

I thought I would share two cards I did with the ladies at Embellish It a couple of Wednesday's ago. We did have fun using Metallic Gilding Polish and Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes. The results were fabulous and the ladies were quite chuffed.




For this card we used a 3D Embossing folder from Crafter's Companion, firstly putting it through the Big Shot then lightly covering it with two shades of the Gilding Paste, purple and teal. The flowers are from Jo's, some seam binding, a Prima picture and the sentiment is a Stampin Up, also cutting it using their punches.




A Sue Wilson Die was used to cut this frame out in black card, it was added to double sided adhesive  then the gilding flakes were rubbed over. The effect is stunning in real life. The butterfly is cut using Spellbinders Papillion Die and gold mirror card. My memory let's me down as far as the sentiment goes but I think it may be an Indio- Blu. Do click on the images as they do come clearer.

As I have the responsibility of teaching on Wednesday again, had better go and continue putting the kits together. Jo has been enjoying a time away with her family which had been well deserved.
Thanks for not giving up on me ladies and for checking this out. Happy crafting or gardening as the case may be and special blessings to you all, Isn't it lovely seeing some colour in the garden now?

Betsy  xxx

 


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