Tuesday, 12 December 2017


          Christmas is ......
          A time of blessings and happiness,
          A time of caroling and songs,
          A time for giving thanks,
          A time for presents for all,
          A time of good cheer and friendship,
          A time of love for all,
          A time to help others,
          But most of all, Christmas is a time to stop and thank God for all we have and especially for
          the birth of our Saviour that first Christmas morn.

May it be so for all my lovely blog friends. Do trust you all have a safe and happy time over the festive season. We are heading South to have time with our families down there and to enjoy time with our new little Great Grandson - we are looking forward to that. He is so responsive now - we get a lot of videos and photos of his progress but there's nothing like being with him. What fun!!

Today I have a couple of cards to showcase which I do hope you enjoy. Sorry they are not Christmas cards - I have done my dash on them for this year!

This is a 5 1/4" square card, the die I have used is a Sue Wilson Die, Lattice Arched Adornment, CED6302 which I cut in half placing half at the top and half at the bottom. The sentiment is cut using Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Three and again some foamiran flowers also some bling. The cabochon was one of my finds at SENZ.

For this card I have used an Elizabeth Die, Lace Pocket, 1328, otherwise it is very simple, as there is not much else needed to complete the card. Some bling and foamiran flowers, that's all. I do love this die,it is stunning.

Well that's it ladies again, for another year - I just don't know where it has gone!! Thank you all so much for the support I have been given over the year - I do enjoy being in touch and are so thankful for each and every one of you and for your emails etc that I have received. What an amazing lot of friends I have made through this paper crafting hobby.

Until next time, happy crafting and if travelling do take care over the holiday period.It may not be until next year that I am able to blog again. May you all know God's blessing and care.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Playing With Mega Flakes

Geraldine has put on some very hot weather these past days but it does sound as though most of the country  is having similar. The lawns are starting to brown off and things do look a bit dry altogether. I must say it's too hot for me, just about have melted!! Dare say we shouldn't complain though as it won't seem long until Winter is here again, in New Zealand. One can never be satisfied - human nature, isn't it?

I have been rather busy these past weeks what with teaching classes etc but I have found time to play with the IndigoBlu Mega Flakes. I have so enjoyed this little exercise, so thought today I would share some cards I have made. I do love the results and would love to know your thoughts. Of course it does show up better in real life, but we will have to make do with photos. Do click the photos for a clearer image.

Now, for this card I have cut out a Tonic Studios, Floral Blooms Die, 1332e using black card. I then attached it to some Jak Paper after which I covered it with the flakes, trimmed it then made the card. I love the result. Liz and Graham kindly gave me a Go Press and Foil Machine and the sentiment is done using it and a hot foil stamp. I am sure having fun with it as well!! Foamiran flowers complete this simple card.

Some time ago I bought an Ultimate Craft's, Magnolia Collection, ULT1533 and for this card I have used it. Cut out the die using cream card, placed onto Jak Paper and then added the flakes. The effect is stunning. The greeting is a Rub On which went perfectly with the colour of the border card. Again foamiran flowers.

Spellbinders to the fore this time. Grateful Lattice Die was cut using black card again adding Jak Paper, then the flakes. I have used my Go Press and Foil again for the sentiment and another Hot Foil Stamp. Artfull Crafts sure spoils me and I am loving it!! Thanks so much Liz and Graham.

That's it ladies - I am going to see if I can find a cooler place to hide. My workroom is on the colder side of the house so will be just fine, hopefully. Thanks so much for stopping by - I really do appreciate you all. Happy crafting and don't get too stressed out with the Christmas preparations - very close now!! May you all know God's blessing at this time,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Zella Teal Cards

Good morning all. Just a very quick post this morning as we have an engagement on later in the morning. Life has again being getting in the way, had a very busy weekend with our Christchurch families but was so nice to be with them all.

Today I am sharing a couple more cards made with Prima's lovely Zella Teal Collection, so do hope you enjoy the show and tell.

For this 5 1/4" square card I have used the Sue Wilson Die, Swirly Vines. It has been cut using brown card stock then placed over the gorgeous foiled paper. The sentiment was part of the collection which I have fussy cut, again foiled. Completed the card with a foamiran flower of course!!

A very simple Z fold card here, done in these papers it looks lovely. You will notice on this one I have reverted back to Prima Flowers which are part of the collection. This is perhaps one of my favourite ranges at the moment.

I have been preparing for Artfull Crafts' Christmas event these past weeks which is on Saturday. A great day for all  with plenty going on, so do come visit if at all possible. Give the shop a call to book in.

Well must away ladies, happy crafting to all and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Change of Hats!!

A special hello to all my blog friends.

Another week has rolled round which makes it very close to Christmas now, but all is good here and it's not long until we see our little grand baby, of course, as well as the rest of the family down South. So looking forward to that part of the festive season!

A very busy weekend was had by all here, what with the Arts and Plants Festival. My duty was helping at times with the Patchwork Display which again was well worth a visit. Also spent a lovely day with Jo and company, at the crop day on Saturday. Thanks again Jo for a great day. Yesterday our two lovely grand daughters, from Christchurch, gave us a surprise visit just to spend some time with the olds. Was such a lovely surprise, so thoughtful but then they are so special to us. Thanks Ella and Heidi - we do love you both heaps.

I showcased a couple of quilts in the show so thought I would give you all a look see today.

This is a bargello quilt, the pattern I found on Pinterest. Really love doing this pattern, I have already done a couple of others in different colours but I must say this colourway is stunning. My lovely friend Ali, quilted it for me on her long arm quilting machine. Not too sure yet who's getting this one!! Maybe the one who sings out the loudest.

This one was a fun one to do - I have tried to use all scraps from previous quilts I have made but must admit there is still rather a lot sitting there. The hexagon flowers are all hand sewn then attached to the base quilt by hand. I really stepped out of my comfort zone here and actually machine quilted it myself. That's what getting a new machine does for one! This is another idea I saw on Pinterest. My word Pinterest has a lot to answer for!! Maybe if you click on the phots you will get clearer images.

Now, just to keep all card makers happy I am adding a card which I have made using Prima's, Zella Teal Collection which is so beautiful. I so love the colours in this range and it also has foiling on certain papers. Gorgeous!.

Think probably I have taken up enough of your time, so will close with many thanks for checking this out, happy crafting or whatever you are doing and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Three New Cards

Good evening to all - yes, it is evening and the day has just disappeared somehow. I have spent it completing a quilt for the big Arts and Plants Weekend,  at the end of the week. It was a mammoth job but it is now done, so we can relax. The Patchwork Group have a display of all quilts and crafts etc that have been made over the year and it is sure a must to go and see, as there is some beautiful work. The town really does comes alive over the weekend and we see a lot of people, both new and old acquaintances. A busy weekend all round.

Tonight I thought I would showcase three cards that I have made, which I do hope you will enjoy viewing.

This card was made for an order for a young lad who apparently is very musical. Hope Reef enjoyed receiving his card. A very old collection from Kaisercraft was used, On Stage. The image was found on Pinterest and I have fussy cut it. My normal 5 1/4" square card.

Now, back to the lovely 3D folders which I have previously shown examples of. For this one I have used pearlized card and Tim Holtz distress inks, inking first then putting it into the 3D folder and through the Big Shot.The effect is gorgeous I think. A foamiran flower and some berries was all one needed to complete the card.

This is perhaps, one of my very favourite embossing folders. It looks so like lace, in fact it is called Ornate Lace. I brayered the folder with Brilliance pale blue ink first, then put it through the Big Shot with the pearlized card. It is so delicate and pretty. Another foamiran flower was all that we needed.

That's it tonight ladies, trust all are well and enjoying what you are busy with. Until next week hopefully, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Birthday and Baby Card

Here we are again ladies - another Monday has arrived and don't they turn up fast now. Christmas will be upon us in no time with all it's busyness. We are going to be spending some time at the farm with our family  and of course catching up with our little Clayton, as Zoe and Jessy are going to be down as well. Now, isn't that something to look forward to. We think he is the cutest baby there has ever been - maybe we are biased!

Today, I am going to put up the card I made for our little great grandson's arrival, for Jessy and Zoe.

Clayton's card is a 5 1/4" square card made with the lovely Pion Paper range, called Theodore and Bella. I love it with it's teddy bear theme but then I do love teddy bears. Maybe I lacked something as a kid!! The card is quite self explanatory - I have fussy cut the feature picture out of one of the papers.

MacKenzie's card was made for an order - I have actually made her one, from her Grandad, for the past three years and as she is now heading off to school, this collection from Kaisercraft was appropriate. It is called Class Act and was released some time back - so thankful to Kaisercraft, for all the built up supply of collections I have in stock. I will need to live an awful long time to use them all up!!

As it is a Twist and Pop card, this is the card open. Grandad had to be given instructions on how it opened but seemed very pleased with the completed card. The collectables, with the range, certainly come in handy for embellishing the card. Trust MacKenzie's school days begin well.

I am teaching again on Wednesday, so had better get putting the kits together for our lovely ladies. They are always fun to be with. We are going to be playing with some of the new 3D folders from Crafter's Companions, just sharing how we can get so many different looks using inks and Mousse.
Maybe we will get a bit messy but will be fun and the folders are gorgeous and give a super impression.

Well thanks all for taking the time to pop by. May you all enjoy whatever you are doing today and may you also know God's blessings. Until next week,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 30 October 2017

New Folders

Well, what a whirlwind of a fortnight we have had - we went South and had time with our lovely families down there and of course catching up with our beautiful little great grand baby. He is absolutely divine and I couldn't get enough of him. Zoe very kindly sends progress photos of him through and the last evening's one he had a really cheeky smile - all dimples showing. As our other grand daughter Jade said, Clayton's Aunty, she never realised how much she could love someone. If only we lived closer - Jessy would probably be throwing us out after a time!!

Sorry for the lapse but life does get in the way at times! On the doorstep, when arriving home, I found this parcel which caused me to be rather excited. I ordered, from Crafter's Companions,a  couple of  3D Embossing Folders and the results when using them are  lovely, so today I thought I would share a couple of cards I have made with them Love to know your thoughts ladies..

For this card I embossed on black card then used some gilding wax on my finger and gently rubbed all over the surface. I was so pleased with the result. Completed the look with some foamiran flowers of course!

This one I embossed again, then rubbed a pearlized stamp pad gently over the top. Both folders are so lovely and the effect is gorgeous. When using these folders the cards can be very simple, easily made, but the results are WOW.

I am so thankful for lovely friends and this is what one of them kindly made me. Lyn I so love it , colour and all. Lilac Whispers, from Kaisercraft is the collection Lyn has used and as she hasn't been card making very long, I think her work is just beautiful. Thank you my dear.

I have a teaching engagement ahead of me this week so had better get back to reality and get some kits put together. I do love the teaching side of it but must say, the kitting up can be quite time consuming. Oh well, the sooner one starts the quicker one will be finished.

That's it ladies, for another week, thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting and blessings to all.

Betsy   xxx

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

Monday, 21 August 2017

Kaisercraft's Factory 42

Good morning everyone. Monday again -  the weeks seem to be flying by! Be Christmas before we know it, in fact I have done some cards with Kaisercraft's Christmas Jewel Collection already and it is lovely. Today though, I thought I would share a couple of cards made with Factory 42 range which I must admit, even though very nice, is out of my comfort zone, as I do like flowers, bling etc.
Lizzie is working with this collection at the moment as well, preparing for her road trips and what she is producing is fabulous. There are going to be some lucky ladies in the near future! Watch Artfull Crafts posts!!

A simple 5 1/4" square card which I think is self explanatory. My Tim Holtz Clock Die is always a favourite for men's card. I did do quite a bit of mixed media grunging on the base paper, then of course, covered it up and apart from dirty hands, one wouldn't know. Oh well, I know it's there!

Another simple card, the usual size. I have added some paste to the corrugated card for a grunged look, and some Nuvo Mousse to the chipboard cogs, nothing too exciting ladies here.

I couldn't help myself, although no flowers or bling, but have added a baby card, recently made for an order. For this one I have used Pion Papers, Theodore and Bella. It is a lovely baby range and a very simple card, being my usual 5 1/4" square. I am enjoying using the stitched circular and square dies which are from Elizabeth Dies.

I have a baby quilt to complete today, so had better get into my workroom and continue with the good work! Thanks for checking in again, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

SENZ Class Cards

Hello to all my lovely blog friends.

As I have a busy morning tomorrow, heading into Timaru for the Baptist Ladies Craft in the
afternoon, I thought I would add this hurried post tonight. We had a busy day at Artfull Crafts on Saturday, as I was teaching the Portrait of a Lady cards to the local ladies who didn't make it to SENZ in Auckland. They were a fun group to be with and I so enjoyed spending time with them. The bonus of course being, the stunning collection we were working with! I do love Graphic 45 papers. Many of you ladies have seen or done the cards but I thought I would add them here for those who haven't.

I won't spend time in adding the details of each card, as they really are self explanatory. Don't hesitate to contact me though, if you want further instructions on any of the cards. Do hope you enjoy the viewing of our fun class.

Must away ladies as my bed is calling. Thanks for so much checking this post out again - you are all very special to me and I do enjoy the feed back that I get given. Happy crafting and God's blessing on you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper Cards

What an amazing Spring morning we have here this morning - isn't it lovely to see a few bulbs poking their heads through, adding a bit of colour to a rather dreary garden scene? What an amazing God we have, in providing us with Spring after Winter - I am so thankful for His goodness in more ways that one!

After a lovely weekend down in Dunedin with my families , Jo had a visit to hospital but she's feeling a lot better now and we had a baby shower for our grand-daughter who is expecting our first great grand baby. Was so nice to share with them all at this time but we did miss the male members of the family. For some reason they didn't fell like putting in an appearance!!

Kaisercraft have brought out a gorgeous collection called Lilac Whisper, so today I thought I would share a couple of cards made with this range. I love the colour combination,  lilac with a lovely teal.

My favourite 5 1/4" square card, simply tearing, added some nice lace, a doily, the banner trim and of course, some foamiran flowers and waxed cord. I am having so much fun making these flowers - sorry Prima!!

Another example using the same collection but focusing on the teal this time. What do you reckon about my imitation brick wall? Little bricks all cut out then distressed and mounted onto the card. Again I have made use of my foamiran flowers.

That's it today ladies, must carry on with the good work. A baby cot quilt is in the making today, so that should keep me busy for a little while. It is so exciting to be welcoming a new little one into our family.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, happy crafting  and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Two New Cards

Good morning all.

No, we haven't developed flippers yet but was sure on the verge of it!! We have had so much rain over the past few days, but I must say, we at Geraldine, have been let off relatively lightly compared to our neighbours at Timaru and further afield. Trust the clean up is going well for everyone.

Today I thought I would showcase another couple of cards which I have made recently. Of course I have again used more of the foamiran flowers which I love making, as no doubt you will have guessed by now!

I recently acquired these two Elizabeth Dies - the square stitched one and the circle one on the following card. I really do like them and find there are a variety of ways to use them. There are a number of dies in each set, some with the stitched edge and some with the spot edge. I have made this card using Kaisercraft's Keepsake collection, which is lovely. It is my favourite size card, 5 1/4" square. The roses are made using white foamiran, coloured slightly with my small ink pads. The leaves are made from green foamiran, hand cut. A few sequins have been added for effect.

A very similar card but for this one I have used Ultimate Crafts, Rambling Rose Collection. The  grey and white cut outs behind the flower arrangement have been cut using Marianne Creatables, LR0192. Quite self explanatory otherwise.

Remember ladies that Artfull Crafts stock the Foamiran and the associated products. Thanks again for calling and I do hope I have given you further ideas for your cards etc. I may not be around next week as I am heading down to Dunedin, weather permitting, to catch up with our South families. Looking forward to that!

Happy crafting ladies until next time and may you all know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx