Monday, 17 July 2017

More Foamiran Cards

Hello special blog friends. We are having a rather cool spell at the moment weatherwise, but we are not going to focus on that, are we?  It is Winter you know, so looking forward to Spring which is my favourite time of the year. To make up for no colour in the garden at the moment, I have been making my own flowers, which I must admit is very addictive, so today thought I would share some more cards using more of this amazing product. Foamiran.

I have used Kaisercraft's Brick Wall die for this card as I wanted to give it a rambling look. The berries are super, I'm sure you will agree. A simple 5 1/4" square card with a bit of distressing round the edges, also some machine stitching.


For this card I have again used my Cherry Lynne Step Card Die, and Kaisercraft's P.S.I Love You paper collection. Marianne Craftables, CR1239 has been used for the circular frame. Some more of the gorgeous berries!

This is just a little spray I made to wear on my shoulder at SENZ, as I had to advertise this fabulous product and I was so proud to do so. Ladies, I so love this as I know you will when playing with it. Artfull Craft's now stocks it so do contact them for the latest - you won't be disappointed I can guarantee!

I wonder how long this new addiction will last, many of you will be saying but I can assure you not in the immediate future!! I do really enjoy producing these flowers.

Must head to my workroom, as there is lots awaiting to be done. Thanks for checking in and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Foamiran Flowers

A very good evening to all. As I have an appointment in Timaru tomorrow I thought I would jump the gun and add a post tonight.

We had an amazing time in Auckland last weekend, at SENZ, which is a rather big Paper Crafting Expo held once a year. Crafting ladies from all over came to join us and it was so lovely having my special friends come up with us. A lovely group from Australia where present this year as well. Was so nice seeing a number of familiar faces from across the ditch. Thanks to all the ladies who came and did my class - I enjoyed it, as I trust you all did as well. Sure were a lot of favourable comments. My favourite time was spent at Artfull Craft's Stall, making and showcasing the foamiran flowers. It is a product which is so nice to work with and the results are fabulous. Artfull Crafts now stocks this product, so don't hesitate to contact them if you are tempted.

As I made cards, for samples to take North, I thought I would share some of them today. Do hope you enjoy the viewing ladies.

A very simple card made using a Sue Wilson Die, Mini Gemini Die, Aquila, CED4417. The simplicity shows off the flowers and berries I feel.

Again simple and I have used the Spellbinder's Majestic Labels 25, S5-189. I love the daisy flower on this one.

Lastly a blue poppy. Spellbinder's Nestabilities Die, Oval Regalia, S4-492 was used for this one, being a 5 1/4" square card. Anyway ladies, this is to just give you a little taste of what can be done with this fun product - the possibilities are endless. There are a number of You-Tubes that can be watched on line, to excite you further! I do find it very addictive.I go into my workroom to make cards and end up making flowers! Today it was a lovely big pink poppy which I will share later - it is so realistic.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and it was so nice meeting up with many of you at SENZ. Until next week ladies, happy crafting and God bless each of you.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 26 June 2017

A New Fun Product

Well, life is fairly busy here at the moment as we are all focused on the big SENZ, Paper Crafting Expo which is held in Auckland, over the next weekend. We so enjoy this time although we are relatively busy. Meeting up with all the fabulous like minded friends that I have made over the years is an absolute bonus and of course, meeting up with new ones. Look out Auckland here we come!!

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made using a new product which we are going to showcase at SENZ. It is so much fun to use and the results are stunning. I am looking forward to being the demonstrator for Artfull Crafts, using this, showing all you ladies what can be achieved. Just a little foretaste today!

Foamiran is the latest trend for making flowers and I can't stop playing with it. I have just added a foamiran flower to this simple card which was made for an anniversary card, for an order.

A birthday card order this time, a circular easel card with another foamiran flower. Just a couple of the many flowers that can be achieved using this amazing product. Watch this space ladies, also Artfull Crafts is on the band wagon, so keep an eye on their web site for all the associated products.

All for today, must go and carry on with the preparing. Thanks so much for checking this out and do hope you all make a visit to Artfull Crafts stand, at SENZ as we would love to catch up. With many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Kaisercraft's Hanami Garden

What a fabulous morning we have here in Geraldine this morning. Trust you are all enjoying similar wherever you are. A very quick post today as I am expecting visitors this PM. and I am not long out of my snugly bed! Just as well my visitors know me well, isn't it Lyn?!

Sometime back I did a class at Artfull Crafts using Kaisercraft's Hanami Garden collection and I must say it did make a hit, so thought I would share the two cards today. Hope you get some inspiration from the viewing. This collection came out in February so it is a while ago now.

This first card is a screen card with a few extra fold lines. The range has an almost Asian feel so I thought it did suit this style of card. What's your thoughts ladies? The strip top and bottom is actually washi tape. ( I used some of my decorative stash!!) Oh no!

For our classes we always do one intricate first, then a simpler card for the second one, hence this one was next. It is an easy folded one, just adding some of the lovely papers and a few embellishments. A Martha Stewart border punch was used for the edge.

That's it today, thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day ladies and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Graphic 45

I know I'm a day late and I do apologise for that, but life does get in the way sometimes! We had a lovely couple of days in Christchurch with our girls and families - Rachelle and Mike have headed to USA for about three weeks, so we had to see them before they left. Our grandson Hamilton, is in a competition over there, he did win the New Zealand section and is now competing with the world. We do wish him well in his endeavours. Future Problem Solving is the subject, world problem solving that is! Oh, if there could be some solutions to all the heartache that abounds in the world  at the moment! Do hope he finds some answers!

Graphic 45 papers are still one of my very favourite collections and today I thought I would share a couple of cards I have made using the beautiful Portrait of a Lady range. Actually I am teaching at SENZ with these papers, so ladies we are in for a fab time. Love, love, love it!! Now I must admit, the first card was an idea I saw on the web, so it isn't an original.

I can't give the credit where it is due, as I have forgotten where I found it, but a big thank you to the designer. I think it is lovely - I have changed it slightly. The roses at the bottom have been fussy cut from one of the papers. The big rose is from Prima.

One of my own here - I love the perfume bottles which were fussy cut again, Kaisercraft's Circle Vines Die, DD547 and the vintage clip is from Prima. It really does add to the elegance of this card.

Not long now ladies until we head North for the SENZ expo. I have a few friends who are getting pretty excited about it all, some have not been before so that is giving them an extra buzz. As well as the shop girls, there are eight or nine others coming with us from this area, so should be fun as usual.

Well must away, do trust you are all keeping warm and enjoying whatever you are finding to do.
May God bless each and every one of you,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 29 May 2017

My New Toys!

Hello to all my blog friends. It is so nice to be in touch again for another week - do trust you are all well and enjoying whatever you are doing.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards made with  my new toys!! I have had so much fun using these stamps which are from Altenew. There is no colouring in, just doing step stamping which gives this lovely effect with a minimum effort. Here are a couple of examples ladies.
There are plenty of you tubes available on the web and they are very easy to follow.

I have made these the usual size -   5 1/4" square cards. I must say thanks to Christine for the inspiration. The collection used is a Maja Design, Sofiero which is from Sweden.Very pretty papers.

Both cards are very similar and I love them both. I branched out and bought the Peony Bouquet stamp and some of the ink pad sets, which are so easy to use as they are all matching, light to dark colours. For the first card I used the Red Cosmos set and the second was Rock Collection. I do like the grey colour. You will no doubt see more of these over time, as I so enjoy making them and I have succumbed to adding a few more to the collection!! Stamps that is. When asked now for flat cards for posting, the problem is solved.

Watch this space ladies as I also have another fun product to share - Foamiran. Oh what fun one can have with it! I will share on future posts.

Must away and carry on with the good work. God bless each and every one of you,

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 22 May 2017

Sympathy Cards

Good morning to all. After a rather heavy frost, we can now brag we have a beautiful day - behind glass that is! It is always nice to be able to get the washing on the line, for an airing.

Just a short blog today as I have so many UFO's in my workroom to complete and I really must focus on them. Trust you will enjoy the viewing of these two sympathy cards - I don't know whether it's the age but one does seem to be in need of these more, as time goes on.

This embossing folder has always been a favourite - it embosses as well as it cuts out different areas of the card. I understand it is unavailable now. The verse is also a favourite, it speaks volumes doesn't it? The pearl card was used here as well. It sure adds another dimension to cards.

" That Folder" was used here. It originally came as a free-be with a magazine and it has certainly made a hit on the web. It is lovely and makes a 5 1/4" square card. Another choice verse on this card.
Both cards are very simple but I think one does need simple for sympathy!

I'm making a run for the workroom now, thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting. May God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx