Monday, 1 February 2016

Birthday Cards

Good afternoon ladies.

I am rather late today but have been out socializing with a group of lovely friends. As one of our patchwork ladies has recently shifted to a lovely new home in Geraldine, we were invited over to lunch - her home is delightful and the lunch was as well! A great time was had by all.

Today I thought I would share a couple of birthday cards I have made - one for our daughter and the other for a special friend. It is hard to believe that it is 50 years since the arrival of our beautiful baby girl - she was a little stunner and still is. We were besotted with her then, and still are! Special love to our Karena.

The collection I have used for Karena's card is a Couture Creations range called Vintage Rose Garden and the card is called a Shaped Tri Fold Card. I am sure Splitcoaststampers would have a tutorial for it in their resource section. That's my go-to place if I am searching for different shaped cards.The dies that are used are from Kaisercraft, both the circle and the edge die. I love the colours in this collection.

For Patti's card I have used the Secret Garden Collection from Graphic45 and the die is from Spellbinders, called Reflective Moment, S6-011. It is a 5'' X 7" die and a good size for a card, as well as being lovely, as no doubt you will agree.

We have a beautiful day here today, so must go and enjoy it while it lasts.Everything seems to be back to routine normal again now, as all the meetings etc are beginning again this week. It is always so nice to catch up on ones friends again, after the break.

Thanks so much for checking this out, I love hearing from you all, sure makes blogging worthwhile. Trust you are all having a lovely day, happy crafting and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 25 January 2016

Two Birthday Cards

Good morning to all.

This morning I will share a couple of cards that I have made for very good friends, for their birthdays.
I do hope Tina and Ruth don't mind me showcasing them here and I do hope you enjoy viewing them.

This card for Tina is a Double Gate Fold Card. I did enjoy making this as I have just procured a Heidi Swapp Minc Machine which is so much fun  to use. The fronts have been foiled in a lovely teal colour, the borders are cut using Kaisercraft's new border die and the circle is another of Kaisercraft's recent dies. The image is of Pinterest. I was thrilled with it as I hope Tina was!

For Ruth's card I have gone with Kaisercraft's Botanical collection which has some gorgeous greens, navy etc The background paper is navy and white stripped, again I have used Kaisercraft's Border die and the embossing folder is a Couture Creations, Tied Together. Some little pearls were added. I fussy cut the leaves from the papers then added some daisies to match the quote, which I framed using Spellbinders, Decorative Labels 8.

All today Ladies. Trust you are all have a great day, happy crafting and and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 January 2016

Graphic 45 Cards

Good morning to all my blog friends.

Today we are having a wet morning here in Geraldine, New Zealand but are so thankful for the moisture, as it has been very dry lately. My lawns are looking much better already, recovering from being brown and burnt up. So all things considered,we will put up with a few dull days and enjoy them.

I love Graphic 45 collections, as I have already indicated, so today I thought I would showcase three that I have made using Mon Amour. Again, thanks to Pinterest, as I did get the ideas for these cards from there.

Graphic 45 never let us down with all their fabulous ranges and again I am smitten!

Tomorrow we are heading back up to Christchurch, to meet up with our families, as we celebrate our oldest daughter Karena's birthday, so we are looking forward to that. It is always lovely to get together, whatever the excuse. It is so hard to believe that all these years have flown by, where to, I just don't know!

Trust everyone is getting back into work mode again and that you have all had a great holiday time.
We certainly have, but it's back into that workroom this morning, as there is plenty calling. My husband says that it has been wonderful having his wife back again, over the holidays!! Dare say it won't be long until he reverses that statement. He has always said that he is going to set up a lonely husbands club, for all the men around in similar situations!! Don't you love him.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope you all have a lovely day whatever is before you. May God bless you all as we begin another year.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 11 January 2016

Two More Provincial Cards

I have just been reminded, by my friend, that it is Monday, why haven't I got a post up!! Just as well someone keeps an eye on me as I had completely forgotten, both that it was Monday and that I hadn't posted. Thanks Lyn.

As I did share two cards last week made with the lovely Provincial Collection from Kaisercraft, and  I  so enjoyed working with this range, I thought I would showcase another couple today. Hope you enjoy viewing them ladies.

A special thank you to Splitcoaststampers for the idea for this card. It is called a Decorative Corner Card and a tutorial can be found on the resource section of their website. It is very easy made, stands beautifully and can be folded down for fitting into an envelope. The papers of course are an added bonus!

Lastly a 5 1/4" square card, again very simply made. The clock is a chipboard from BoBunny which I have coloured using my sepia ink pad. Kaiser flowers complete this one.

We are heading to Christchurch tomorrow to welcome our family home from their overseas trip and are really looking forward to seeing them after about five weeks. They have had a wonderful time by all accounts. Boarded the plane in Germany this morning early so will be en- route now. Isn't it amazing how we can get across the world in such a short time - not that I thought it was too short when travelling home from Spain a few years ago!! Air travel is certainly not my favourite, well, long trips, that is.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out, trust you are all enjoying a lovely day.

Until next week, if my memory doesn't let me down, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 4 January 2016

A New Year, 2016

Well ladies, here we are at the beginning of a new year and doesn't one wonder what lies ahead!

I said to the man that stood at the gate of the year,
"Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown"
And he replied, "Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God,
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
                                                             Minnie Louise Haskins - 1908

How true that is and I just had to share with you all.

I do trust the holiday season is treating you all well and that you are all having a relaxing holiday. We had a lovely time with two of our families, firstly at the farm and then at Wanaka. What a joy they all are to be with - very busy but oh so happy and we do thank them so much for looking after the OLDS and for giving us such a great time. How we love each and every one of them.

Before Christmas, Liz at Artfull Crafts, gave me a couple of collections, from Kaisercraft, to play with. These are November ranges, Provincial ( which I am showcasing today ) and Sail Away. I have really enjoyed working with Provincial, the colour pallet is lovely. Maybe, on the Artfull Crafts blog, in the near future, I will share the ones I have done with Sail Away. I still have to photograph them.

This is a 5 1/4" square card and I have used the Circle Vines Die, DD547 to cut out the circle. It is one of their just released dies which I rather like. Clocks are part of the collection, so that is a Collectable clock in the centre. the butterfly also being a collectable.

What would I do without my Cherry Lyn Step Card die!! B348. Don't you love these papers? A bit of muslin, a sprayed Kaisercraft flower and the lovely tatting at the base of the card was made for me by a dear elderly lady. Thanks so much Noeline. It really does suit this card.

Thanks for stopping by ladies, happy day whatever you are doing and may you all know God's blessing as we have stepped into this New Year.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 14 December 2015

New Cards

Dare say you will all be very busy, with the last minute preparations for the BIG day. We have almost come to the end of our celebrations, for this year, only a birthday one later this week. My birthday years are now on the reverse! LOL.There have been so many dinners out, that my husband assures me it's weigh-in next week - will not be too happy with the results, no doubt! Oh well, it's only once a year, thankfully.

Well today I thought I would step away from Christmas cards and share some random ones that I have made. Do hope you enjoy.

I made this birthday card for Hamilton, our grandson, who is travelling overseas  with his family. They are in China at the moment and as Hami has always shown a love for history etc, he will no doubt be enjoying himself. They were all pretty excited, as they are visiting a good number of countries and are having Christmas in Switzerland. Maybe, a white one! We do miss them, but are thankful that we can to be in contact all the time.

I am rather fond of these Tilda stamps which I coloured with my Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. A friend cut me out this frame and I thought Tilda would look rather cute sitting in it. I am sorry, but I am not sure what the name of this one is. For the border at the bottom, I have used a Martha Stewart border punch, called Doily Lace Edge.

One day, we were at our friend's home and she had these cute serviettes, with owls on them. Of course, my imagination went wild. As a result, we have this window card with the googly eyed owl sitting in it. I have used an older collection from Kaisercraft, called Suga Pop. I did set a challenge for the other ladies as well, and  the results were fabulous. Pity I can't share them here.

This will be my last post for the year, as we are heading South on Monday, to enjoy time with our families there, over the festive season. Thank you all so much for the support you have given me over this past year via emails, texts and comments etc. I so appreciate you all.

 Trust you will all have a fabulous time over Christmas, do drive safely if travelling, and enjoy your time with family and friends. That to me, is the best part of the season.

             The star that guided the wise men,
              Has long since faded and gone,
              But the light from that first Christmas
              Keeps shining on and on.

Trust you will all know God's blessing, not only for the Christmas season, but throughout the coming year.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Birthday Cards

A lovely Sunday evening to all my friends. As we are heading up to Christchurch early in the morning, thought I would add this blog tonight, just showing you some cards I have made for the birthdays in our family.

This card was made specially for our lovely oldest grand-daughter who has just turned twenty. Having recently purchased a Heidi Swapp Minc foiling machine, I had to try it out on this card. I certainly am having fun with it, only need more time! This collection is a Christmas one called Christmas on Market Street, from My Mind's Eye - it is stunning with it's gold accents.

Heidi has just turned twelve, so I made her a easel card with a Kenny Image on it. The scalloped circle shape is a Marianne Design die, LR0112 and I have used a Spellbinders Labels die for the sentiment.

This last card is a random one I created. Another Spellbinders die, Timeless Rectangles. The papers are of course from Graphic 45, Secret Garden, which to be honest, I hate cutting into. I love all their collections so much.

Must away and sort myself out for our early start.

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx