Monday, 20 October 2014

Graphic 45 Cards

Good morning ladies. Yes, I know I did not get a post up last week and my apologise for that,for those of you who keep a track. The week turned out relatively busy as I headed up to Christchurch on Monday, after teaching a class in Timaru, to be with Rachelle for her second chemotherapy treatment and I stayed until Thursday night. Then of course, it was off to patchwork camp early Friday morning where I worked on my quilt all weekend. I am very pleased with what was achieved - should get it completed today, hopefully!

Rachelle coped well with the second round of treatment, she was not near as sick, thanks to the drugs they had given her for the nausea. Fatigue seems to be the major problem now but she is still bright and happy and a joy to be with. We even managed a little retail therapy while I was with her and that's always fun with your daughters!

Today I would like to share some cards I have made with the super Graphic 45, Raining Cats and Dogs. I really am in love with Graphic 45 collections, well most of them that is!! For those ones who love animals, this is gorgeous range.

That's it today ladies - I think the papers speak for themselves and there is nothing too intricate design -wise on these cards.

Must away and get my quilt completed.
Happy crafting everybody, God bless you all,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 6 October 2014

Card Kit With Yuletide Collection

Good morning to all my special friends in blogworld.

After having a couple of days with Rachelle and family in Christchurch we came home on Friday afternoon and I taught some lovely ladies, in the evening, in Timaru. We actually were working on the kit for September which is Kaisercraft's Yuletide collection. We all love the vintage feel of this range and it was so much fun being with you ladies. I so enjoy you all. Now, I promised to put photos of the cards up on my blog so as you can again view them.

Do hope this helps ladies and that you get the cards all completed if you didn't do so, on Friday evening. Six cards in two hours can be quite a mammoth task! You all did amazing though.

For those of you who are interested, I will update you on Rachelle's progress. We went into the Oncology Dept on Thursday to get the PICC sorted, they decided as she was still vomiting etc that she was dehydrated and needed more fluid, so we sat for four hours while they replenished the supply. The alternative was to be hospitalised again. Anyway it was lovely to be able to be with her and to meet with other patients who are going through similar circumstances. Hopefully with the next chemotherapy they are going to try her with stronger medication, for the nausea. She is also feeling very fatigued but is coping very well.

Maybe I will see some of you ladies again on Wednesday morning, as it appears you will have to put up with me again. I look forward to it, as I hope you do!!!

Do check out the new challenges at Artfull Crafts - Liz always has something exciting up her sleeve - and of course there are prizes to be won.

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

Betsy xxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Raining Cats & Dog Cards etc

Good morning ladies. Sorry I didn't manage to get a blog up last week but time just got away on me somehow.

Firstly, I must give you an update on our daughter Rachelle. On the whole she is keeping very positive but as you can imagine she has her moments. The chemotherapy begins on Tuesday, she has two treatments of that, then starts having radiotherapy as well. The chemo is fortnightly for six months but the radiotherapy is daily for around four to five weeks. I am planning on being with her for a while but we will see how it pans out and how she tolerates the treatments. She is an absolute treasure, we love her dearly and pray she will be given the strength to cope with it all, also for Mike, Ella and Hami as a family.

Last weekend five of us "girls" had a crafting weekend at Lake Opuha and what a lovely time we had. I managed to get all my orders done, classes prepared and generally felt I had achieved quite a bit.

This is a photo of the five of us taken at the farm where we stayed. Doreen's brother owns the run and we have the farm  cottage. It certainly is a lovely area up under the snow topped mountains. Now I must share some cards that I have made.

I love Graphic 45 papers and Raining Cats and Dogs is no exception - this is one of their newer ranges.

Lastly, I am sharing the card I made for our Ella who has reached the grand old age of 16 - this does look a bit like her only she has honey blonde hair. Anyway she seemed pleased with it and Nanas can make allowances at times! It is a Kenny image.

Thanks ladies for your interest and taking the time to check out my blog. It is so nice to know you are all there and it sure makes blogging worthwhile. Your messages, emails are prayers are very much appreciated.

Happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy xxx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Mix and Match Cards With Box

Good morning ladies and what a lovely morning it is. Doors and windows are all open to let the lovely Spring air blow through.

Our Rachelle got home on Tuesday, from hospital and it was lovely having four days with her - she is really very good and ever so positive. She hasn't started the chemo yet, as the surgery has to heal but hopefully there will be not too many adverse effects. She is still struggling with the stoma but it will not be forever - although six months seems a long time to her, at the moment. The family are coping just fine - being with them all is a real encouragement. They have a very wide network of friends so she hasn't time to get too lonely and does enjoy them around.

Today I would like to share with you the cards and box I have made, for Artfull Crafts, using the Mix and Match Collection from Kaisercraft. I really enjoyed playing with this one and I love the finished result. The colours are gorgeous and I know it will be a good seller. What's your thoughts ladies?

The box was made using the envelope maker - what an invention that is! The four cards fit nicely into it and can be given as a gift which I find people do appreciate.

All today, happy crafting and God bless you all. Thank you all so much for the feedback I have received, since my previous post - it is so lovely to associated with such a caring group of friends.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 8 September 2014

A Little Personal Update

Well ladies, I am finding it rather hard to settle this morning as we received the news last evening that our daughter Rachelle, has now to go through chemotherapy, after having surgery last Tuesday. The surgeon was so positive that the cancer was contained but it's not to be so. We had Friday and Saturday with her and I am heading up to be with her tomorrow, for when she gets home from hospital. There are still a few problems that need to be sorted out. She is so lovely and really positive under the circumstances, after having a little meltdown when the surgeon was in last night. We would value special prayers for our precious daughter, husband Mike, Ella and Hami, as it is so hard seeing one you love so much, suffering. We are still trusting all will be well and to this end we are praying.

Last weekend we celebrated three gentlemen's, combined 80th birthdays. We had a lovely time on Sunday afternoon and I thought I would share the three cards I made for them.

Denis's card I made with an August collection from Kaisercraft, Outdoor Trail. We made this style of card with Liz at Artfull Crafts and as I liked it so much, thought I would make one similar. As you no doubt guessed, Denis is a fisherman.

Donald is a retired headmaster and as I wasn't sure of his interests ( I do know he loves books!) so thought maybe he would enjoy a sea card. This is using Graphic 45, By The Sea Collection.

Peter is also a fisherman, but  he does have a vintage car and I have used Kaisercraft's August 2012 collection, Sears and Son, for his card. It was great to celebrate this milestone, with them all.

Happy crafting to you all and may each one of you know many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Cards X's Four

Hello to all my special blog friends.

Spring has Sprung, but at Geraldine, New Zealand, it is rather hard to imagine as we have a dull, cloudy day, here today. After a lovely warm Summer's day yesterday, it is a bit disappointing but dare say it will arrive when it's ready. We really haven't had much rain at all lately, as a result the garden is getting a little dry. Still the spring bulbs are well through, camellias are out and the magnolia trees are bursting. I LOVE Springtime!!

Today I am going to share three cards that I have recently made.

This card was made for a lovely lady up North, who wanted purple and butterflies. For it I have used the Elizabeth Butterfly Die which is gorgeous and Kaisercraft's  Violet Crush. This collection is ever so popular.

As Fiskars are so kind, having sponsored me and sending me the wonderful Fuse Cutting Machine, I had to have a play with the letterpress. Found it so much fun and it so happened, I had a number of Thank You cards to make. A BIG THANKS goes to Fiskars for their generosity.

One always seems to need sympathy cards! A very simple card using Spellbinders Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8 dies. The cross is a Marianne Die and I'm sorry, I haven't the code for it. It was borrowed from my friend, Faye.

Well, we have a busy week ahead of us with quite a bit of travelling - our daughter is undergoing surgery tomorrow in Christchurch and Nana and Grand-dad just need to be on hand. Mind you, we couldn't stay away, as we love our Rachelle so much, we want to be there for her. We just pray all will go well and that the Surgeons will be given wisdom, in what to do.

All today ladies, happy crafting and much blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Attention Teresa!!

Good morning all.

While we were in Australia at the Kaisercraft Retailer's Days, I had the privilege of spending some time with the lovely Teresa Abajo and, as usual when we meet, we think of a challenge. As we were playing with Kaisercraft's, Teddy Bears Picnic at the time, it was only natural that we put together a collection of bits and pieces of that gorgeous range. Oh, how I love teddy bears and this collection is so fabulous. (Yes, I know it is not due out until next month but that's only a week away, isn't it?!)  I think I may have missed out as a kid!

I must share a photo of my family, sitting on their seat, at the front door. A number of years ago, I did go through the bear making craze, hence my collection. Plenty more went to the grandchildren as each arrived.

Now, to return to the challenge. We visited a Quilt and Craft Show while we were in Melbourne and I picked up this lovely box card cut out, from a stall that was there. For those interested, they are called Scrapmatts & Papertole Australia and their website is was a lovely selection of goods and I certainly will be returning, to visit them. I also have another couple of different ones to try out, so you may see them in the future, when I get them made up.

It was fun to put this together but I do hope I haven't overstepped the challenge Teresa, by using the cut-out.

Well ladies, I do enjoy these challenges with Teresa, as she really stretches my mojo and I wait with anticipation for her showing!

Special love to you Teresa and family, and also Leslie - I did enjoy my time spent with you both.
Must away, happy crafting  and pray you will all be blessed today and this new week.

Betsy  xxx