Monday, 13 April 2015

A Couple of Cards Plus.....

Special hello to all my blog friends. It is so nice to be back with you all again and I do hope you are all well and happy, in what you are doing.

 I have had another busy week but it has been so enjoyable. My four lovely girls and I spent some time away at Akaroa, to celebrate Rachelle's chemotherapy completion and before she has her surgery. It was an absolutely fabulous time, staying in a 1800 something B&B which was stunning. I would recommend it to one and all! What could be better than climbing into beautiful linen at night, all pin tucked with 4" of vintage lace! It was sure scrumptious. We're back to real life now!

Today, I would like to showcase a couple of cards which I have made recently, also a couple of bags which I put together at our Patchwork Camp, a few weeks back.

Firstly, a wedding card made for an order. The background embossing was done with a folder which came with the latest Australian Simply Stamps book. The couple is a Tattered Lace die, D169, and the label was cut using Spellbinders, Heirloom Rectangle, the smaller die. The card measures 5 1/4" square.

When at Cardmaking Camp, we were given a bag with bits and pieces and our challenge was to make a card using some of everything. This is the result of that challenge. Our theme for the weekend was the 1980's, so of course orange was a  really dominant feature. A fun weekend was had by all.

The weekend after, we had our patchwork camp and this is what I achieved over that weekend. ( Not that I really need any more bags!!)

Well ladies, that's it today -  thanks so much for stopping by. I do love getting all the comments, emails etc and I appreciate you all.

Happy crafting, many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 6 April 2015

Piano Card etc.

A special hello ladies - sorry I missed posting last week but time got away on me! I did get a few complaints from some local ladies, so I am trying to rectify that by adding one now, although I know it is rather late in the day. Easter seems to be a very busy time for us, but feel now we can get back into a more relaxed life, hopefully! We have had a lovely weekend with many visitors around and the weather was pretty good over all.

Today I thought I would share a card that I taught at Artfull Crafts a couple of weeks ago. The ladies seemed to enjoy it and all were thrilled with their finished project.

You will see no doubt, that I was trying to beat the rain taking this photo! The collection used was Kaisercraft's, On Stage, which was perfect for this card. It can be folded flat for posting as the leg just folds under and as the two back layers open revealing the sentiment.

I have branched out with this one, instead of a card, we have a box. Now this pattern was found in Tattered Lace, issue 14 and it was such fun to make, with the instructions being easy to follow. I am usually a visual person but had no problems at all just following the steps. Under the lid of the piano it is an actual box, which could of course, be filled with lots of goodies. I thought flowers were better for the waistline!

Hope I am forgiven for the slip up last week. On Wednesday I am heading up to Christchurch as we are going to have a girls time away to celebrate, with Rachelle, the completion of her chemotherapy and before she has further surgery. As the girls have organized it all, it is going to be a bit of a surprise and at the moment I am in the dark. I am so thankful for my three lovely daughters and my very special daughter-in-law.

All tonight ladies. I do hope you all had an enjoyable Easter weekend and that you all have a happy holiday time with the children.I know my daughters enjoy the holidays, as there is not so much pressure  getting the kids to school etc. Many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cards For Alice.

Another wonderful weekend was had by all, as our patchwork group ( fabulous ladies!) had a camp, again at Staveley. It was most enjoyable and we all seemed to have a productive weekend. I put together a patchwork bag which I am really pleased with - the pattern has been hidden in my cupboard for a number of years, no moth holes though! Managed to start another which has been on hold as well. One can never have too many bags!

Today I would like to share two cards made for the same lady. They are both orders.

Again I have used the Step Card die, from Cherry Lynn, B348 for the base card, Tattered Lace, High Heel Bella, D188 is the gorgeous die used for the shoe, the border was punched using an EK punch. Alice, is apparently, very fond of trendy shoes. The collection used, was BoBunny, Madeleine.


A tent fold card this time, using an embossing folder instead of papers. I feel it gives a rather elegant look, just a little colour in the flowers and the butterfly which was cut using Spellbinders, Les Papillions Die. I do hope Alice liked her two birthday cards. It was fun making them.

That's it ladies, thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and trust you will all know much blessing. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Two Sympathy and A Birthday Card

Well, what an amazing weekend we have enjoyed, having been up at Staveley for a Card making camp and what a lovely lot of ladies we shared it with. It certainly was a lot of fun, and in between, we did make a few cards. I so enjoyed teaching, using Betsy's Couture collection, and the general consensus was very positive.  Thanks again to Liz, at Artfull Crafts, for organizing it all for us - most of the ladies were emphatic that they will be back next year.

Today I am going to share two sympathy and one birthday card with you. They are perhaps, more simple cards this week, than I usually do, but I do hope you will get some inspiration.

The die I have used for this one is CO723224, Fantansia Collection, Irish Dreams from Couture Creations. The sentiment is a lovely set of stamps, from Stampin' Up.

This card was made using an embossing folder, which does cut out small portions of the card. It is DS0908, from Marianne Designables. This is a sentiment I particularly like, one of my wooden stamps I have not given away.

A 5 1/4" square card and for this one I have used, for the rose, a Marianne Creatables LR0294, the bud is LR0295 and the frame is LR0293. The image I have got of Pinterest - my, that site is very time consuming!

Today I have been preparing for a class that I am taking, for Liz, at the shop on Wednesday and as it is a wet day, I have really been enjoying just spending the time in my workroom cutting card, papers etc and not having to think too much. I'm not quite as young as I used to be, so the exciting weekend has taken it's toll, but nothing that a good sleep tonight will not rectify, I hope!

Our Rachelle seemed back to her chirpy self again the morning, no chemotherapy this week - just has to build her strength up for the coming surgery now. She has been amazing through it all and thanks so much for all your good wishes and prayers. We do value you all.

Happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Three Card Orders

Sorry ladies but I somehow lost last week - just don't know where it went to! Anyway we are back today and I would like to share some cards that I have made for orders.Do hope you will get some inspiration from them. Male cards are not my favourite to make, as I love flowers, bling, ribbon etc and I don't know if a man would appreciate them.

John apparently was a golf man so hence the golf card. It was made with Kaisercraft's Games On collection and the image was from Pinterest. I printed it onto one of the woodgrain papers in the collection and was quite pleased with the end result.

David is a keen motor bike man - this card was made using Kaisercraft's Garage Days collection, image was again of Pinterest and other than that it is very simple. Collectables are a bonus when making cards.

Getting back to what I love - more feminine, even if it is a sympathy card. Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles was used for the frames and the special request was for the colour blue.

As I have already indicated, last week was very busy - the weekend was spent in Dunedin with a group of friends doing a patchwork workshop, which was very enjoyable, and I must add, very productive. I competed a quilt top for my husband, for his office. Home Sunday night, then it was up to Christchurch on Monday to be with Rachelle for her final chemotherapy treatment - it is wonderful to have that behind us, we just have to wait now until she has her surgery next month. She has coped
really well, although starting to feel the effects of the chemo now.

Next weekend we have the Stampcamp at Staveley, which is always a lot of fun - I am teaching one of the card classes using my very favourite collection, Betsy's Couture. Ladies, if you have a free weekend we would love to see you - just contact Artfull Crafts in Timaru. I think there maybe one or two places still available.

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

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