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