Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from Bethies Cards

New Year's Greetings!

A new year means new cards are in the works for my shop!

I've been working on some Valentine's Day cards and will soon be working on Easter cards, so check back often!

Bethies Cards can be found at: www.zibbet.com/BethiesCards

I'd like to take a minute to share some great shops I have discovered on Zibbet.com.  There are so many talented artists!

I hope you will take a look at them.  Here are just four great finds I have discovered.

This shop has some fantastic gem stones!

Beautiful original hand painted works of art.

Wonderful collection of items with buttons!

Fun, creative creatures with such great personalities!

Time to get to work and create some cards for you!

Friday, November 8, 2013

November News

Well, I'm trying to figure this blog thing out still, and somehow ended up deleting most of what was on here, SO, I start again!

As some of you may know, I have recently opened up another shop on Zibbet.  It's a lot of work trying to keep three shops open and updated, but I'm working on it :)

I have updated my Facebook Bethies Cards page to reflect my Zibbet shop.  I removed the Etsy part of it as I will be closing that shop sometime after the first of the year.  I'm really torn on this, as I started with Etsy and at the present time, that is really the only shop that has any customers.  But, hopefully that will change and my Etsy customers will follow me to my new shop on Zibbet.

To ALL my faithful and wonderful Etsy customers, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many sales you have given me and all the wonderful feedback! Even though I will be closing my Etsy shop, please note that all my cards are still going to be available in my other two shops!  So, stop on by and thank you!

Like my Handmade Artists shop, Zibbet is strictly for handmade items.  Unfortunately, Etsy took the "money route" and changed their policies and definition of what handmade is.  It no longer will be a place for handmade artists to thrive now that they are going commercial, so to speak.  

Anyway, with that said, and I could say a lot more, but to me the point is moot, at least my greeting cards are on sites where they appreciate the "handmade" artist and support us as well.

If you are in need of some great greeting cards for Christmas, Birthdays or some very cute animal cards, then please visit either my Zibbet or Handmade Artists shop.  I am trying to keep different cards in the "other occasion" sections, so there is a variety for you to pick from.  I will maintain all my animal and teddy bear cards on both sites, as I can readily make those anytime.  But, for kids birthday cards and other occasion cards, those have been split up between the two shops.

New Cards for Christmas

Here are some of the new Christmas cards I have listed.  I'd love for you to check them out!  Thanks so much for reading my blog :)

Bethies Cards can be found at:

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Look Inside My Animal World

To most people, animal cut out cards are just that...cut outs done by a machine and slapped together.  To me, it's entirely different.  They each have their own personality and I love trying to think of new ways to present them.  Each animal card is made with a lot of time, thought and love.

When I first started making animal cards, all I did was cut them out, gave them a premade envelope and called it good.  They were great that way, but I wanted more.  I wanted my customer's to get the "whole package" (minus the pen...), so that's what I did.  It was just that important to me.  

So, what that translated into was this:  I needed to make the best looking card, hand make my own envelopes, line them and make a smaller animal into a sticker (because kids LOVE stickers)!  And yes, make sure that the packaging was perfect.  Every one of my cards comes in a plastic sleeve, the sticker included.  (I guess that'll be another blog entry...)

Each animal card I make is made with a lot of thought to color combinations and what embellishments would make the card stand out from others who are making the same kind of card.  Some come with a big bow, some with flowers and others are just fine left plain.  Some are dimensional while others are best left just glued together.  I try different patterned paper on some while others I just use plain solid colored paper.  Some animals are colorful, meaning, not what you would find out in the wild, while others I tried to keep truer to their real life colors.  And, well, sometimes I just make both!

The process to make the animal cards starts right here.  This is my craft area / spare bedroom / and command center.

I have two Cricut cutting machines, an embosser, paper scorer, several paper cutters, a sticker making machine, loads of embossing folders and die cuts and most importantly, TONS of paper!

Even though I own TONS of paper, that is the one thing I find I need to restock at least once every couple of months.

The process is fairly simple.  Select the animal to make, lay the card stock out onto the cutting mat, turn on the Cricut machine, select the size the animal is to be, insert the mat into the machine, and then cut it out.  Each animal has anywhere from 3 to 5 layers.  So, with each animal, I am cutting out several different shapes to create the entire animal.  Lots of cuts!  And then there are the tiny animal stickers...well, I'll get to that in a minute.  That's a whole other thing.

So, take a look at what it looks like sometimes when I am busy making a lot at once.  These are the tiny animal stickers.  Same exact process as the card, just A LOT SMALLER and the pieces are much harder to assemble.  I ended up having to buy what I call a "picker-upper" because the pieces are so small.  And believe you me, the smaller they are, the harder it is to glue and not get glue all over the rest of the animal!  And, then there's the other problem, where sometimes the pieces "go missing" and I have to cut more.  That's when I came up with the process of keeping all the same animal pieces in exactly the order they are cut out at and in what direction they go too.  Yes, there actually are certain pieces that only together in one way.  Found that out several times...LOL  It's a challenge sometimes, but the end result is just the cutest little animal stickers!!

So, after all the cutting and assembling and gluing are done, this is what I get:  

After the animal stickers are all assembled, it's time to run them through the sticker making machine.  This is very easy to do, but the sticker refills are a very costly thing, so I usually only make them into stickers when I have an order.  After they come out of the machine, I have to run a pencil around the outside edge of the animal, then peel away the top layer.  I then cut them to size and put them into a plastic sleeve.

So, now you have a little better idea of what it's like in my animal world!  I love making these cards...they're such fun and as I said before, they each have their own unique personality.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Please check out all my cards at

Friday, March 8, 2013

Welcome to Bethie's Cards for Kids Blog!

Here you will find some wonderful greeting cards just for kids :)

Thanks for taking a look and helping me spread the word about my greeting cards!

Here is just a sampling of cards I have for sale.

To see more of my cards, please visit my Etsy Shop at:

I also just opened up a new shop and am getting my items loaded there too.  That shop's location can be seen at:  handmadeartists.com/shop/Beth

So, until I get this blogging thing figured out, I'll at least get this much posted.

Thanks so much for checking my blog out!