Monday, 16 October 2017

Birthday Cards

Good morning to all my blog friends. The weeks are moving round very fast now, one seems to just blink and another Monday is here! Christmas will soon be upon us and it doesn't feel all that long ago I was saying the same thing. The older one gets the faster time moves, I can assure you.

Birthday cards seem to be a priority these days, both family and orders. Just as well I love what I do, isn't it!? Today I thought I would showcase a couple I have recently made. I have used a couple of different folds for these ones, but both are very simple to do.




This card was made for our lovely Ella and for it I have used Bo Bunny, Secret Garden Collection. It is a beautiful collection with it's lime green and purples. The frame round the image is a Marianne Design, CR1251 and the leaves have been cut using Sue Wilson Die, CED1403 and I completed it with some more foamiran flowers.




Prima has brought out this fabulous range called St Tropez - it is gorgeous, has copper foil on it in places and the colours are so nice. The oval, round the sentiment, has been cut using Spellbinder's Oval Regalia, S4-492 and copper card. The effect is stunning in real life! The embellishment holding the front of the card, is one I had in my ever increasing stash!! A foamiran flower, seam binding and some gauze complete this card.

Well, my workroom is going to miss me this week - we are heading down South in the morning to have some time with our families there and of course catch up our most gorgeous great grand baby. I am so looking forward to some more cuddles with little Clayton Jessy - seeing his Mum and Dad will be an added bonus!! Oh the joys of being a Great Nan and Grandad! All the love and cuddles and no responsibility.

That's it today ladies - must go and do some preparing for our trip - my delightful husband was out mowing the lawns at 5.30 AM, in the dark. " Before the rain", he informed me, so there was no shut eye after that!! Thanks for popping by ladies, have a great week and trust you will know many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Two New Cards

Good evening to all you lovely ladies. Yes, it is Sunday night but as I have a busy day tomorrow thought I would share a couple of cards tonight. It's off to Timaru in the morning to be with the Wilson Street Baptist Card Group as it is their last day for the year. Christmas cards tomorrow. It always is an enjoyable time, they are a lovely group to be with.




I have given this card a rather shabby look by distressing round all the edges of each layer. Kaisercraft's Keepsake Collection was used and two different dies.Cherry Lynn Designs Doily, DL103  and Marianne Creatables CR1251, both cut in half then the gauze, flowers etc were placed over the join. Foamiran again!!





This is a wedding card made for an order, my usual 5 1/4" square card. The border round the inside edge has been cut using Martha Stewart round the edge punch called Double Loops. The heart die, Memory Box, La Rue Heart, 98255 was cut out using some gold mirror card.  Kaisercraft's P.S. I Love You Collection was used which I am rather fond of, especially for wedding cards. Foamiran flowers, berries and I have also cut some leaves etc using the mirror card.

That's it for this week ladies. We are feeling a bit flat after our baby excitement last weekend but all's well with the little one and  Mum. Love keeping up with the progress using this modern technology! Thanks for taking the time to check this out - so appreciate you all. Happy crafting and do hope you are enjoying some lovely Spring weather.The gardens are so lovely at the moment with all the colour. Many blessings to all,

Betsy   xxx


Monday, 2 October 2017

Exciting Weekend!!

Good morning ladies - it sure has been an exciting weekend and I can hardly contain myself! In fact it feels almost like a dream now. Saturday, I was having a very laid back day, when after lunch we had very unexpected visitors. Our son Cam, daughter in law Michelle, grand daughter Zoe and our super cute little great grand son Clayton Jessy - he is so gorgeous, one couldn't help but fall desperately on love. It sure was the last thing we expected as Zoe had a C Section just a week ago - she assured us she was fine and the travelling did not seem to effect her. What a lovely surprise and thanks so much Cam for thinking of it - thanks also to Jessy for sharing your little boy with us. He is absolutely perfect! I love the dimple on his chin and he also has a big one on his right cheek with different expressions. Oh, I am besotted!! God has blessed our family over and above anything we could have imagined.






I just had to share our cute little boy - Great Grandad couldn't stop grinning and I had to get my hands on him as much as I was allowed. His Grandad and I usually had a race to pick him up!  Now, back to the everyday day things of life!!

Today I am sharing a couple of cards which have been made for orders.




A very simple 5 1/4" square card using a very old DCWV collection, called Lemon Flower Stack. The circle die I have used is Lea'bilities Die, 011n 45.8275 which I have cut using Mirror Board in silver.It is an older die  that I have resurrected. More foamiran flowers, some berries and some silver cord. Do hope Marge enjoyed her card.




A 50th Anniversary this time. I have made an easel card, gold mirror card cut out using Sue Wilson, Mini Gemini, Aquila, CED4417. Again foamiran flowers, gold berries and some gold fine ribbon.The frame round the sentiment is a Marianne Design die, LR272, that is, the outside edge of the die was used.

That's it today ladies - hope you don't mind me sharing our little boy and the excitement he has caused. Thanks so much for stopping by, it is so nice to know you are there. Liz, I so appreciated your phone call but I am glad I got a cuddle before you. LOL. Happy crafting to all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper Cards

Good evening to all. Yes, it is an early post but I am having some lovely friends coming tomorrow for a crafting day, so time in the morning will be at a premium. We sure have a lovely time when we get together - I don't really know if we achieve much, but we do have fun.

It has been a very exciting week for us here, as we have welcomed a gorgeous wee great grandson into our family. He is a little stunner and not so wee either, as he weighed 9lbs2oz - certainly well covered!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on him but I must exercise a little self control, so as to leave Mum and Dad to enjoy him the first few weeks. Great Grandad and I will be travelling down in the very near future, to be sure - we are both over the moon! We give thanks to God for little Clayton Jessy, also Zoe and Jessy for this perfect little boy. 

So much for our excitement!! I thought I would share a couple of cards today made with Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper Collection which has been ever so popular. The colours are lovely, very delicate.




A simple 5 1/4" square card a bit of lace and of course my favourite foamiran flowers. Seam binding has been used for the ribbon.




This card is the same size as the previous one and I have used the same collection. Heartfelt Creations are bringing out some lovely stamps, dies etc and I have used a couple on this card. The Window Frame stamps and dies are HCPC- 3794 stamp and HCD1-7148 die. The shutters are from the Window Box Elements HCD1-7150. I can see a lot of uses for these products. Again a foamiran flower with some berries and some gauze.

That's me tonight ladies. It has been a very busy day today so I am looking forward to climbing into my bed. Trust all are well and are getting some crafting done. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and may you all know God's blessings. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Three Birthday Cards

Hello to all. Well Spring has disappeared today, it is very wet here but looking on the positive side it is good for Hugh's garden and all his Spring plantings. Tomatoes are still at my front door in shelter and it was his plan to plant them in the glass house today. Another day tomorrow I say!!

Last week was very busy and as you would have noticed, no blog. Birthday morning tea out with my lovely friends, then off to Timaru to the Baptist Ladies Craft afternoon. We're back on deck today and all is well. Do hope I'm forgiven again.

Thought I would showcase three cards today, to make up for being remiss last week. Here we go ladies.


This card was an order, for a horse loving lady. Graphic 45, Off To The Races was used, a doily and a foamiran flower and some gauze. The horse and lady have been fussy cut from one of the papers. My usual size card, 5 1/4" square.




For this card I have used Kaisercraft's Sage and Grace Collection. It is has very delicate colouring, pale grey green and salmon pink. Stunning!  I have cut out one of the shapes then cut a circle in the centre and recessed the sentiment. Another foamiran flower with some gorgeous berries. This card was made specially for my lovely grand daughter. 




As you can see 5 1/4" square cards are my favourite size - I do find them easier to make, as they stand a few more embellishments. One always needs flowers and bling! The die I have used is a Sue Wilson Backgrounds Die, Swirly Vine, CED7016. Staz apparently likes bright colours, so Bo Bunny, Butterfly Kisses Collection did fit the bill. Of course more foamiran flowers!! Do hope she likes her card and enjoys her birthday.

Thanks so much for checking in and I trust you are all enjoying whatever you find to do on this wet day. Certainly won't be any outside jobs here! With very many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

A Baby & Birthday Card

Good morning to all my blog friends. Trust you are all well and enjoying some lovely Spring weather and of course plenty of crafting. It is great when we can disappear into our craft spaces, forget the house work etc and really work on what we enjoy most. Well, that's my thoughts anyway!

Today I am sharing a couple of cards made for an order. This sweet lady has just become a first time Grandma, hence the baby card. A beautiful little girl has joined their family, so congratulations to all. Now, for the viewing.




My usual 5/4" square card and I have used a Sue Wilson border die to cut the lovely border. The image is one that I printed off Pinterest, so gorgeous. You will notice I have reverted back to my little flowers for this card - no foamiran!!




Back to my addiction for this one! Yes, foamiran flowers, I love making them. A very simple card, distressing the edges, cutting out a circle and using my sewing machine to do a little stitching round the outside edge. The berries also come from Foamiran, a bit of waxed cord, some gauze and I placed some sequins randomly. Do hope Bianca liked her card.

Well, my workroom is calling so had better head that direction. Thanks for stopping by and until next week, happy crafting and many blessings to all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Christmas Cards!

Yes ladies, today I am going to share a couple of Christmas cards, as Kaisercraft brought out their fabulous collection already, called Christmas Jewel. I know it feels early in the year, but when such a stunning collection arrives it has to be made! To be honest, I have actually used it for a birthday card as well, as there are so many of the papers in the range which are generic Who could resist purple and silver grey?  There has been a request for a monthly kit made in this, so watch this space ladies.




A Z fold card for this one, just making use of the papers and some of the collectables. The poinsettias have been fussy cut from one of the papers, moulded and added to the card with mounting foam.




Just another view of the same card.




What could be simpler than this 5/4" square card and I have cut the stitched square and the circle, using my favourite ( at the moment! ) Elizabeth dies. I cannot resist making these foamiran flowers, so have done a couple of poinsettias, colouring them slightly with grey ink. I just love playing with this product which is available at Artfull Crafts - you'll be hooked too, once you start playing with it!! Take my word for it.

My workroom is calling, as last week I bought myself a lovely new sewing machine and what a time I am having. Quilting seems to be so much more fun now! Not that there was anything wrong with my old one but modern things always seem to have more up to date add ons.

Trust you are all well and enjoying some lovely Spring weather, as we are. Thank you all so much for taking the time to check this out, do hope you get a few ideas for your next cards. Remember, Artfull Craft stock this fabulous collection and if buying, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx