Monday, 23 February 2015

Betsy's Couture Cards

Good morning all. Today I am going to share some of the cards I have made using my VERY favourite collection! Betsy's Couture. I so love it, gorgeous colour palette and vintage - could one ask for more! Kaisercraft have been so kind naming a collection after me - I really do feel very honoured.

Today I have doubled up with my post on Artfull Crafts and I have made some explanations there, regarding the cards shown, so do check them out if you are interested or maybe contact me if you have any questions. I love hearing from you, it makes blogging well worth while.

A busy day ahead of me today - my husband had deserted me this morning, as he has headed down to the farm for a few days. He informed me, as he left this morning, that it is the first time he has left me in 51 years - I certainly can't say the same! I am going to be in Dunedin for the weekend as we have a patchwork workshop there and Hugh is going to stay with us for a night, on his way home.  He was so excited about his big adventure this morning. The farm still seems to be a big draw card! He even left me to look after the tomatoes - what a responsibility!

Well, happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Birthday Cards

A big hello to all my special blog friends. Now, I am not going to be mentioning the weather today as it is a taboo subject! My daughter informed me that it sounded as though I was obsessed about it! Isn't it great that I still have someone to keep an eye on things and keep me in line! Oh I do love you Shells.

Well, today I thought I would share some cards that I have made recently, for orders.

I have used the lovely new collection from Kaisercraft, for this card, called All That Glitters. It certainly does glitter and is very nice. Lucy was a farm lady in her younger days and apparently very fond of her horses, hence we had to have a horse on the card. Again I have used the Cherry Lynn Step card die both for this one, as well as the next.

Sarah loves shopping, so I found a silhouette image on Pinterest which I thought was appropriate and printed it off. Another Kaisercraft Collection, out this month, called Shine Bright. I love the colours of this one, thought they suited a twenty year old young lady. Bright and cherry!

This is a 5 1/4" square card and the Marianne Creatables Die was used. I seem to be attracted to grey at the moment and of course pink goes beautifully - very delicate. This is made using the BoBunny Madeleine collection.

Must away and pack my little bag, as I am heading up to Christchurch to be with Rachelle for her second last treatment - there is light at the end of the tunnel now, thankfully. Although she is struggling with tiredness she is still bright and chirpy. It is so nice to be able to be with her, even though she could manage by herself and I do enjoy the time spent at the hospital with folk who are going through the same. What an encouragement most of them are.

Happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Two Birthday Cards.

Guess what ladies - it is raining, for how long I don't know, but I suppose, something is better that nothing. The temperature is certainly more bearable today, thankfully! Dare say, it won't be too long before we are complaining about the cold - human nature!!

Today I would like to share a couple of cards which I have made with the lovely BoBunny, Madeleine Collection. I rather like this one and find it very suitable for ladies cards. What's your thoughts?!

For this card I have again used Spellbinders, Reflective Moments, S6-011. It is perhaps one of my favourites at the moment, as no doubt you can tell! You will notice there are no flowers on this one as the request was for one that can be posted. In other words, flat. Oh, I do miss adding flowers.

This card was made for my special friend, who is a fabulous musician. I didn't conceive the idea myself  but found it on Pinterest. I did make a search on line for a template but with no success, so I just cut a shape out myself, which I was rather pleased with. Think Jocelyn may have been as well.

Well, that's it today ladies. I am off into my workroom to continue, ( believe it or not! ) making cards.It sure is a great day for it, listening to the rain on the roof is fabulous.Thanks so much for stopping by, and I so love getting your emails and comments.

Happy crafting all, and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 2 February 2015

February Is Here.

Good morning ladies, and another warm day is predicted. It is actually rather warm already - Oh dear, where is the rain? My thoughts go to all those farmers who are really needing a bit of moisture.

Today I am going to showcase three cards which I have made for orders. They are all a bit different so hope you enjoy.

This card was made for a couple of students who were getting married - " nothing fussy and nothing too serious ". Well, do you think I achieved the right look? The person that ordered the card was very pleased as I hope the recipients were.

A birthday card for a lady who was turning ninety and had been a wonderful seamstress all her life.

The die I have used for Betty's Card is Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 and as with the previous card, they are both made using older collections from Kaisercraft.

I am just leaving for Christchurch now, as Rachelle has her next treatment on Tuesday. Just as well the car has air conditioning!! I enjoy this time spent with my lovely daughter and family, also catching up with our other family in Christchurch. Most of the kids have started back at school now, so things will be resuming a bit of normality.

Hope you've got some inspiration from these cards and thanks for stopping by. Do keep a check on Artfull Crafts blog as my lovely collection is due to make an appearance. Betsy's Couture which is so nice - I just love it ladies! Kaisercraft have again excelled, well I think so anyway!

Happy crafting  and God's blessing as you all settle into a new year.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Kaisercraft's Close Up Collection

Back in November, Kaisercraft put out a new collection called Close Up and this morning I would like to share a couple of cards which I have made using this fun range. For those people who do photography or maybe you want something for a holiday card, lay-out etc, it is just perfect.

A very simple 5 1/4" square card with a bit of distressing round the edges. The film strip is from Tim Holtz - just perfect for this card.

The collectables in each collection are amazing and here I have made full use of them. A very quick card altogether.

Rachelle has been down staying with us for a few days, as it is her treatment free week and the family are walking the Routeburn Track. We did have a fun time, catching up on some retail therapy and generally enjoying each other's company. What amazing weather the walkers have had - dare say they will be lovely and sun tanned when they walk out today.

I am feeling like life is getting back to normal this week, as most of the group activities are starting again and it will be lovely to catch up on old friends, some of whom it seems ages since last seeing.

Thanks so much for stopping by, may you all have a great week.

Many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Spellbinders Reflective Moments Die.

Good morning all and what a glorious morning it is here in Geraldine, New Zealand. In fact we are all looking longingly at the sky and wondering when some rain clouds will appear. It is very dry here, my lawns are very brown and we have a watering ban on at the moment so they will just have to stay brown in the meantime.

Today, as promised a couple of posts ago, I will share a couple of cards made with another of the dies that "I just had to have" before Christmas. I think is is lovely and so effective. Your thoughts ladies!

Ruth's card is made using the lovely Authentique, Crush collection. The die is Spellbinders, Reflective Moment, S6-011 - I am so thrilled with it.

Karena's one is made using the same die but using it slightly different. Bo Bunny, Madeleine collection was used for this one. I do like both cards equally and will certainly be making use of this die a lot.

As my afternoon seems to be quite full I must away and continue. A little sewing job has just come in, another wedding card and I am heading up to Christchurch later today, to be with Rachelle for her next treatment, as well as we are expecting visitors to arrive. Oh, the joys of being popular!!

Until next week ladies, happy crafting and God's blessing,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 12 January 2015

Kaisercraft's Blue Bay

Today ladies, I would like to share with you the gorgeous collection that Kaisercraft have put out for January. It is called Blue Bay and it is stunning. I would love to know your thoughts on it.

This first card I have made is a circle step card which is fun to make. I feel sure Splitcoaststampers will have a tutorial on this, under resources. There is one problem making this card and that is, it has to be balanced so as to sit up and I did find the easiest way to achieve this was to cut a very small slice from the centre bottom. Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant die was used to cut the grey circle. I seem to be going through a grey craze at the moment and this collection lends itself to just that.

My second one is very simple but I have used the lovely Tattered Lace die ( which came with their book) to overlay the spotted paper. I do like the effect.

I have gone a bit grungy for this one, distressing the edges of the papers and sponging with sepia. The oval die is a Spellbinders Floral Oval, and Marianne Lamp and Post die was used for the lamp. The lovely bird picture was found on Pinterest. It is a 5 1/4" square card.

Do hope you enjoy seeing some of my latest creations and thank you all so much for taking the time to have a look. At the moment I am working with the best collection ever - BETSY'S COUTURE which Kaisercraft are bringing out in February - Oh ladies, you're going to love this one - it is just super. Well, I think so anyway!! Colours I love, and I'll leave you to guess.

Remember that Artfull Crafts, in Timaru, carry these collections and of course many others. Betsy's Couture isn't available though, until the beginning of February but it wouldn't hurt to do an order now - it is going to be a big seller!! Well, that's my thoughts anyway, for what they're worth.

Must continue with the fun, so happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy xxx