Monday, 18 May 2015

Betsy's Couture Again!

Well, one finds it hard to get past, the lovely collection which Kaisercraft so kindly made with my name attached! I absolutely love it and am very worried that I am getting well through my supply. Maybe I will have to procure another set of these gorgeous papers etc, before it disappears completely.

We had a visitor over the past few days who is from America and as his wife is a card maker, he was very keen to take a card, made with Betsy's Couture, home to her. Hence, this is the card I am sharing today - do hope Linda appreciates it. We did this fold, at our last Wednesday's card class, at Artfull Crafts and the ladies seemed to enjoy it, so thought I would repeat it, as it is a bit different. Actually, it is a tri-fold card but cut a little different and I have also added the same style card to Artfull Crafts blog, this morning.

My friend Heather is an animal lover so I have made this 5 1/4" square card for her. Isn't it a cute puppy? Another of Kaisercrafts collection was used, called Furry Friends. The hessian rose was one I found on my travels somewhere and I thought it just softened an otherwise masculine card. I'm sure Heather will like it. The puppy photo was found on Pinterest.

On a personal note, our Rachelle is still making progress although still having a few problems at times. We had a lovely Mother's Day in Christchurch with our two families there - we so love all our kids and grandkids and are so thankful for each one of them. God has indeed blessed us.

All today ladies, happy crafting to you all and trust you will know many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Two New Cards

Today ladies, I would like to show you a couple of cards which I have made recently. I haven't been very productive lately, as I have had the past week up in Christchurch again, with Rachelle. She has been very sick but is now on the mend hopefully, all being upwards and onwards from this point! It is a privilege to be able to be with her, but it isn't nice to see her suffering.

The first card was an order for a friend, as she wanted to send it to her mother overseas, for Mother's Day. It is a lever card made with Kaisercraft's Oh So Lovely collection. Splitcoastampers have a tutorial for this card, on their resources section and it is very easy to follow if you would like to make one.

I have just been playing with some photos images that I got from my friend Doreen and some lovely papers from her as well. They are a Mixed Media Paper Stack and just gorgeous. Isn't the little girl such a cutey? There  is quite a bit of fussy cutting on the card but other than that it is rather simple.

It was such an exciting weekend, as we welcomed our new Princess - after all the sad things we hear these days and we think especially of the people in Nepal, it was lovely to have something to rejoice over. I am a true blue Royalist, and I feel so proud of this lovely family. A big congratulations goes to William and Kate. Do wonder what they will call her!!

I have a quilt calling - just sewing the border on now and it will be completed. This one is for the spare room. It always gives a good feeling when one arrives at this stage. Maybe, I will share a photo later.

Happy crafting ladies, we are enjoying a lovely day here weather wise, as I hope you all are.

Blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Using Kaisercraft's Oh So Lovely Collection

Well ladies, I see a fortnight has passed since last blogging but card making has been the furtherest from my mind lately. I have spent this past week in Christchurch, with Rachelle, as she has had her surgery and is struggling with the post op results, that being, just not well at all. They were considering further surgery but thankfully haven't followed through with it. Just a matter of time now until she gets over the pain etc. I will head up again tomorrow to be with her as she is home now, but still not up to being by herself. We trust it won't be long 'til she is back to her usual happy self.

I have made the following cards using Kaisercraft's Oh So Lovely Collection, and it sure is super. Love to know what you think ladies.

At our Ashburton card making group, we were given a challenge to make a card using something from an old calender. I chose these small floral pictures and this is the end result. The die I have used, and attached to acetate on the front, is a Memory Box Die called Large Ringlets, style no 98790. I have mounted the border up using foam mount so it gives the impression of looking through a window.

When I saw this die at Artfull Crafts, my mind went to all the possibilities that it could be used for. This is my very first idea! Another Memory Box Die, Bloomington Border, style no 99008 - I cut it out first in green then again in white and mounted the flowers up. The sentiment frame was cut using Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five, again a gorgeous die. I did notice after taking the photo, that the pearls were falling off, but have since reattached them!

A dismal day here today but I must say we have had some lovely weather lately. Do hope you have all had an enjoyable break over the weekend and recharged all your batteries.

Happy crafting ladies and may many blessings come your way.

Betsy  xxx

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