Monday, 28 November 2016

Random Orders

The countdown is sure on now ladies - do hope you are not too stressed with all the Christmas preparations. One has to remember it is only one day in the year, but I must admit it has sure come round fast this year! The best part of Christmas is getting with families and as it is the "Clark Christmas" this year we are all going to be together, which will be so good. We are looking forward to it so much.

As it's Monday again, I thought I would share another couple of cards made for orders. Here goes.




I have again used Cherry Lynn's Step Card Die for this card and the collection is Hearts Ease from Couture Creations. Both are favourites, as no doubt you will know by now! The collectables are an added bonus, when making cards.








The young couple this card was made for, have recently bought their new house, so celebrations were definitely in order. It is a double gate fold card and the front edges have been cut using a Sue Wilson Die, Mini Gemini - Aquila, CED4417. The inside image was found on Pinterest and the flowers are from Prima. Apparently, the couple were thrilled with their card.

There just seems to be so much happening these days, break-ups, lunches out with friends, Christmas dinners etc - it is all good, but weight-watchers is definitely on the back burner! It is Christmas Day at Artfull Crafts on Saturday and  I am teaching the Card Kit using the stunning Glisten Collection from Kaisercraft. As usual, should be a fun day. Don't forget to book in, if you would like to join us.

Happy crafting ladies and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx







Monday, 21 November 2016

A Couple of New Cards

A very good morning to all my blog friends and a stunning morning it is too. Spring has arrived here in Geraldine at last, after a rather wet weekend for our Arts and Plants Festival. It is so lovely to see the sun and enjoy the warmth.

This morning I thought I would showcase a couple of cards made recently, for orders again. Trust you enjoy the viewing ladies.




For Gwen's card I have used the Downton Abbey Collection of papers which is lovely and sparkly. A Martha Stewart border punch was used for the border and Kaisercraft's Oval Vintage Frame, DD369 for the surround around the image, which is from Pion Papers. Prima flowers finish this card which measures 5 1/4" square.





Now for completely different card! No bling or ribbons on this one, which I do find rather hard to do. Anyway, do hope the recipient appreciates it and that he is a fisherman.

As I am teaching on Wednesday morning, for Liz, had better go and complete the kits that I have to put together. Christmas cards it is ladies and I am looking forward to being with you all again. It is always a fun time.

Just in passing, the Braid and Poppy Quilt that I shared with you all last week, actually won the viewers choice at the exhibition last weekend, so that was rather thrilling and a big thanks to all those people who voted.

Our thoughts and prayers still continue for the folk up North Canterbury and further North - what a devastating time they have gone through, what with the earthquakes, aftershocks etc.

Well ladies until next week, happy crafting and many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Two Feminine Cards & Patchwork

Yes, I know it is Tuesday ladies but Monday really got away on me! Making the bed on Sunday, I clicked my back out, so yesterday was a lying low day. Am about now with the help of painkillers but moving very slowly, so thought I would share some cards etc with you all, as I can sit to do that. Oh, the joys of getting older!!

The weekend has been very busy but it sure was well worth it all. The weather didn't altogether co-operate but it didn't seem to dampen spirits really. It was an amazing Patchwork and Craft show with plenty of positive comments.

Now to showcase a couple of cards I have made, as I was asked to display some cards at the show. There didn't seem to be any trouble selling them, came home with a relatively empty box.




My usual 5 1/4" square card for this one. I have used the lovely Ultimate Craft's Magnolia Lane papers and the image is a Pion Papers one. Isn't she a gorgeous little girl? This is some lace I found in my stash, when cleaning it out the other day.




Another 51/4" square card this time using Paper Arts stunning papers. The butterfly is a Marianne Design Creatables, LR0115. Again I have used a Pion Paper's image.





Now, I thought I would share the quilts I had in the exhibition. Firstly my Braid and Poppy Quilt - it is a big quilt as it fits a queen size bed with over hang. The poppies are fussy cut from another fabric then appliqued onto the braids. I did have a few buyers wanting this one!!




Another big quilt made purely with 5" scrap squares - trying to use as many scraps as possible but I can hardly see where they have been taken. I think I'll have to do many more like this or similar!

That's it today ladies - I need to go and have another wee lie down to rest this old back. Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out and do hope you enjoy the viewing of what I have been up to. Happy crafting to all and until next time, God bless.

Betsy  xxx






Monday, 7 November 2016

More Card Orders.

Good morning all.

Another Monday is upon us, so I must add a new post to my blog. Isn't time flying!! Christmas before we know it. Geraldine has the big Arts and Plants weekend this next weekend, so it is all go here in our little town. We do hope the sun shines upon us, as there is so much effort being put into the event. The town sure comes to life and it bulges at the seams with visitors. My responsibility is to our Patchwork and Crafts exhibition which displays quilts etc which have been made over the year. It is always worth making a visit, as there is some lovely work on show.

Well, I must share a couple of cards which I have again made for orders - do hope you enjoy the viewing.




Melva's card was made using the lovely Spellbinder's Heirloom Rectangle Die, S6106 and the papers I have used are Maja Design, SummerTime, In The Garden. It is a very pretty range of papers.






Jeannie's card is made using the same range of papers only this one is in blue tone and is called By The Sea. I call this style of card a Shaped Tri Fold card. Martha Stewart border punch was used for the borders and the oval round the sentiment is Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals. Nothing like a bit of bling to complete cards.





Just another view of Jeannie's card.

Thanks for stopping by ladies - I do so appreciate you all. Happy crafting and I do hope I see some over the weekend, locals that is! Trust you will all know God's blessings. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 31 October 2016

Three Card Orders

Well, it's hard to believe that we are again at the last day of October - the months, weeks and days seem to be moving very fast, 2016 has almost come to an end!! The end of the year functions are creeping up fast now! Anyway, it is a lovely Spring day here in Geraldine today and we are enjoying it to the full.

Today I am sharing three cards with you that I was asked to make for orders and I do hope you enjoy the viewing.




My favourite Cherry Lynn Step Card Die was used for Margaret's card, the oval frame is a Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals Die, the image was printed off from Pinterest, the gorgeous lace was picked up in an Op-shop and the collection was Kaisercraft's Ooh la la, which is fabulous.





This is another card for Margaret. 51/4" square one this time and I have used the Downton Abbey collection from Crafter's Companion. It is stunning!! The oval frame is a Spellbinder's Floral Oval Die and again the image was printed off Pinterest. Margaret is a keen musician, hence the music themed cards.





Eric's card is another 51/4" square card and I have used Kaisercraft's Bon Appetit. As he is a keen gardener, I thought this collection would fit the bill. I coloured the vege strip with my alcohol pens for a bit of colour. The image was again printed off Pinterest - I thought it was rather cute and I do hope Eric appreciated it!


Thanks so much for stopping by ladies - I have put up three cards today as I missed last week again, as it was Labour Day and I found myself snowed under! I do appreciate your patience also your likes, emails, comments etc.

Happy crafting, enjoy the day wherever you are and whatever you are doing and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx



Monday, 17 October 2016

Class Cards and Weekend's Achievement

After a very busy fortnight we are back on deck ladies and a special good morning to you all.

We have had a wonderful weekend - chatting, eating, laughing, and doing a bit of patchwork in between times. It is so nice to enjoy the company of like minded ladies, in a camp atmosphere. They are all such a lovely happy group and we all get on so well, passing on many new tips to each other. Now, it's time to put on my other cap and get some cards made. The orders seem to be creeping up and Liz's monthly kit is a priority. Do hope the mojo returns when I enter my craft room. Well, card making mojo, that is - I'm still in patchwork fairyland!

Two Monday's ago, I did a class with the Wilson Street Baptist ladies, so today I thought I would share the cards we made that day. It was their Christmas breakup, so hence we did Christmas cards. I so enjoy being with these ladies - they are a super group and very well behaved!





I absolutely love this new Christmas collection from Kaisercraft - it is called Frosted, the blues and silvers are lovely and it has vintage photos included. For this card I used the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die and the frame round the image is a Sue Wilson Ornate Holly Framed Peace, CED3074.






Again using the same collection, we have used another Sue Wilson Die, Australian Collection Background, CED8101. This would be one of my favourite dies at the moment - it has seven dies in the packet, so a variation of cards can be achieved. The snowflake is a wooden embellishment which has been coated with Gilding Wax in a pewter colour.




Still being in patchwork mode, I thought I would  share with you all, the quilt that I produced over the weekend. I saw this on the web and fell in love with it, so hence the resulting quilt. As there was no pattern, I had to work it all out but I really am pleased with the result. Maybe by clicking on it you would get a clearer viewing.

Better get into that workroom, so that's it today ladies. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully be in touch next week, so until then happy crafting and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

New Home and An Engagement Card

Hello to you all - I know it is now Tuesday but Monday disappeared altogether. I'm not too sure where!

Anyway, thought I would share a couple of cards made recently for orders, so hope you enjoy the viewing and just maybe get some ideas for your next projects.





A card made for a couple who have just moved into their lovely new home - I have yet to visit but it sure looks fabulous from the outside. The card was made using Kaisercraft's  Heirloom Collection. I so enjoyed making this card for Marion, do hope she liked it.





A 5 1/4" square card for this engagement order. I have used pearlized card for this one, putting it through the Big Shot with a couple of different embossing folders. Was rather pleased with the finished result although it is very simple. I usually do the sentiments on the computer, as I can personalise them for the recipient.

Off to Timaru tomorrow for our morning at Artfull Crafts then of course, lunch with the girls. It is always an enjoyable day, basically my ME day.

Well that's it for today, until next week, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx