Monday, 18 June 2018

Spellbinders Dies

Here we are again ladies - you haven't got rid of me yet although I do know I have not been playing the game! Those that I have talked to that are retired, all say that when retired one seems to get busier and I sure can vouch for that. Maybe it's because one gets considerably slower over the years.

Anyway, do hope you are all well and progressing through this Winter time with it's cool cloudy days. It's great we have Spring to look forward to.




Firstly I must share our lovely family, well just about all, that is. A few of them had to disappear earlier than this photo was taken. We were all together for the weekend celebrating Grandad's 80th birthday two weekends ago and what a fabulous time we had. It was cold as you can see by the outfits but it was in the Catlins and we were all prepared!




I have been playing with a gorgeous Spellbinder's Die, Amazing Paper Grace, Sweetheart Swirl, which was kindly lent to me and these two cards are both made with the same die. The first was made as is, a slightly bigger card, and the second one I did cut a section out of the middle covering the cut with the ribbon. I love both but maybe the second is more versatile as it does make a square card. Possibilities are endless really.
Foamiran flowers and berries complete both of these and I do like the mirror rose gold card which I cut the die out of. Jo, at Embellish It is only too happy to get this die for you, just contact her. For both cards I have used Prima Collections, Havana for the first and Amelia Rose for the second. Both are gorgeous with lovely foiling.



An exciting little secret ladies - I have been called out of retirement and will be teaching at Embellish It on every second Wednesday morning for a little while ( Jo has a lot to answer for!!) but I must admit, I do love being with these lovely ladies. They do make allowances for age which I am very thankful for. Wednesday we will be using a very similar die on one of the cards, so book in if you are keen, by 'phoning the shop.

That's it today, I must go and complete the kits. Thanks so much for not giving up on me and checking out on my blog. Happy crafting and special blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx





Monday, 21 May 2018

Two More Sympathy Cards

Good morning to all on another beautiful day and what a weekend we have enjoyed, introducing a new Princess to our Royal Family. I sure did watch the wedding, thanks to my lovely friend for inviting me round and what a lovely night we had. Do hope the Royal couple enjoy many years of happiness together and we do pray a blessing on them both and their marriage.

Today I am going to share a couple of cards which I have recently put together. Seeing as now I am retired, the production seems to have slowed up slightly but still can't resist an odd one or two and of course, there are still orders to fulfil. I still love dabbling with lovely papers etc and sympathy cards are still the order of the day.



Now this isn't a die ladies, but a chipboard embellishment which I found at Embellish It. I coloured it using my alcoholic pen in a light grey. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and again a couple of foamiran flowers with some muslin and silver cord. Simple but appropriate I feel.




I love that collection from Prima, Zella Teal and for this card I have used it. A 5 1/4" square card and for cutting the inner square I have used an Elizabeth stitched die. Prima flowers complete this card as they were part of the collection. Another chipboard frame was used after colouring it with my grey
alcoholic pen.

Here we are again - just been putting my washing out on the line to dry. Well, that's about it today and I hope you are all enjoying similar weather to what we are having here. Happy crafting to all, I thank you for checking this out and special blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Sympathy Cards

Hello ladies. How have your weeks been going? We have been very busy here over the past couple of weeks as it was my husband's 80th birthday and the celebrations just seemed to keep going. We did enjoy a number of the family coming to join us and celebratory lunches out with friends. In about a month's time we are having the full family getting together for a weekend of fun, so are really looking forward to that. Not every day Grandad reaches 80!!

As sympathy cards seem to be the order of the day round here ( maybe it's the age we have got to!) I am going to share a couple that I have recently made. Hope you enjoy and perhaps get some ideas for your next projects.



As I think sympathy cards should be plainer I have held back with the embellishments! A simple card and have used the Elizabeth, Romantic Bouquet Die, 1504 which is lovely. The only additions are a foamiran flower, gold berries and cord.




This one is my favourite sized card, 5 1/4" square card. Another Elizabeth die has been used to cut out the circle and I do like the stitching on these dies. Kaisercraft's Romantique Collection was used for this one, very pretty with it's pink and grey shades. I did find some Prima flowers in my stash so have added them here. The butterfly was cut from an acetate sheet which came with the range.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, happy crafting everyone and may you know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Two Random Cards

Good evening to all my blog friends. I feel sure you will all be wondering if I have remembered a blog post this week but yes, here we are! It has been a most enjoyable weekend as we have had our little Clayton staying - he is so gorgeous and we are so thankful we can claim him as our little great grand baby. Mum and Shelma brought him up, so fun was had by all. It was very hard saying goodbye to them this morning. We are heading South in a few weeks as we are all gathering, as a family, to celebrate Grandad's 80th birthday at Pounawea. We so love getting everyone together whatever the occasion and this will be no exception.

Just quickly before heading to bed, I thought I would share another couple of cards which I have recently made.




I have made a gate fold card here, using a lovely die from Elizabeth Crafts called Romantic Bouquet, 1504. Prima, Amelia Rose Collection was used for both these cards and it is very pretty with it's foiled elements. I have tied the fronts together with some seam binding and have made use of two foamiran flowers and some berries. Copper shimmer card was used to cut out some leaves.






A plainer card this time. I have cut the bricks out using the Sizzix Thinlets Die, 661175. The effect is rather nice. An embellishment, some twine and again some leaves cut from the copper shimmer card. The foamiran rose completed this card. The sentiment and butterfly were part of the collection.

Thanks so much ladies for stopping by, you are all appreciated very much. The cards don't seem to be flowing so well these days - afraid I am really enjoying this retirement and making the most of it!!
All tonight, bed time. Happy crafting to you all and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Two New Cards

Well I never, three weeks have slipped by but here I am now to add to the blog! It has been extra busy lately what with Patch work camps, Easter etc and I haven't been on top of the world healthwise but all is back to normal now, hopefully. As we head into Winter there always seems to be a few bugs floating round and as we get older we seem more susceptible to the little beasts.

I am going to share a couple of cards which I have recently made - do hope you enjoy.




Now to be honest, this is the last card I taught for Artfull Crafts. It is made using Kaisercraft's gorgeous collection called Miss Betty, not to be confused with Miss Betsy!! One of the main objectives was to teach the ladies how to make the foamiran flowers and they loved the exercise. Lizzie kindly gave me the card back as a reminder of all the classes and cards I taught for her, with the inscription inside - so thoughtful!! How we're going to miss that girl but we do know we have a very good substitute at the helm. Expecting great things Jo Flannery and a very big welcome.




This next card is made using a stunning collection from Prima Marketing, Lavender Collection. I did love making this at one of Jo's crop days. They are always fun to be at and from now on they will be held at the shop, not Highfield School,.so do put it onto your to-do list. Guarantee you will enjoy yourself. The flowers on this card, is a spray I made to wear at SENZ to promote the foamiran promotion that Artfull Crafts had - I thought it was so suitable for this card. The frame is chipboard and the photo is a Prima one as well.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by - sorry there has been a little slip up but will try and do better in the future. Trust all are well, wrapped up warm and enjoying some crafting time - this weather is certainly conducive to spending time in the craft room.

May you all know God's blessing,

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 19 March 2018

Two More Oh la la Cards

Good evening friends. Yes the day has slipped by but I will try and add a short post tonight, as I again have a busy day tomorrow. Thinking of you specially Margaret as I add this, as I know you will be looking for this add on in the morning!! As I said in the last post I had the weekend at patch work camp - well, I was ahead of myself as it's not until this weekend, so I will don my patch work hat on Friday. It is always a fun weekend and I am looking forward to completing the quilt I am currently working on. Maybe I will share my project in a future post.

Thought today I would showcase another couple of cards, which belong to the kit, that I have made with Kaisercraft's Oh la la Collection.



This is my usual 5 1/4" square card and the papers really speak for themselves. The lovely circle is cut using a Marianne Creatables Die, CR1251. Under the foamiran flower I have put one of Artful Crafts embellishments.




A twisted easel card for this one. Again quite self explanatory. A Kaisercraft die was used to cut this circle, Circle Vines, DD547.

Will close now ladies, hope you are all well and enjoying what you are doing, crafting especially. I pray God's blessing on you all and thanks so much for stopping by.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 12 March 2018

OOH la la Cards

Retirement has begun girls and I haven't found it too gruelling yet!! I was actually teaching at the camp, weekend before last and then Liz got me to do a stint on Friday evening as it was the farewell event ( called out of retirement she said ! ) Thoroughly enjoyed the last evening with Artfull Crafts as it is now. We are thrilled to say that Joanne Flannery, from Embellish It, has bought the business and we know for sure, it couldn't be in better hands. So at this point, we wish Liz and Graham God's blessing on their future endeavours and thank them for all the fun times I have enjoyed with them and as Liz would say " THEY put me on the map "! Jo and I have had a bit of history together, have even been travelling partners to Australia and she is always fun to be with. So looking forward having Jo at the helm and wish her all the very best.

I did make up a kit for Artfull Crafts some time back using OOH la la, from Kaisercraft but as things have turned out it has not got of the ground. I thought today I would share a couple of the cards which I put together - do hope you enjoy the viewing.




A simple 5 1/4" card which is self explanatory. For the closure I have used a labels die, punched holes in it and attached a ribbon. No, I haven't used foamiran flowers here but have made some rolled ones by hand. This collection is so nice.





This is a Z card which seems to be quite popular. For the top border I have used Martha Stewart border Eyelet punch. A Kaisercraft flower for this one, otherwise very simple. In a furure post I will add some more cards using this collection, as I always make six cards for a kit.

I now have time to play, so will head to my workroom as there is plenty still rolling round in this head of mine. Pathchwork camp next weekend so I will have to change hats for a few days - not that that's hard!! I have a lovely quilt to complete, so should be fun.

I have to say here, that I have so appreciated all the messages, texts etc that I have received from so many people who have become my special friends over the years of this card making exercise. It has been a wonderful season in my life. Australia, Stephen and Caroline Kaisercraft and of course Mel, SENZ and all the lovely ones who I have got to know there, not excluding all the wonderful ladies I have had so much fun with, while tutoring. Thank you all so much.

That's it ladies until next week, hopefully. Happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx