Monday, 31 August 2015

Back On Deck Ladies.

Well, it does feel like we are getting back to normal, at long last! For this past fortnight I had succumbed to the nasty flue which is doing the rounds in our area and I must say, I haven't felt SO sick for a long time, that I can remember. Anyway, all's well that ends well, as the saying goes. My energy level is nil at the moment but dare say it will return again soon and as far as my mojo is concerned, it has well and truely disappeared.

Today I thought I would share some cards that I had previously made, using Kaisercraft's lovely Botanical Collection. The colours are absolutely gorgeous in this range and it would be a match for most anything.

This card is a template that I found on one of our Australian trips - it is so easy to make and yet looks rather effective. I have used Tim Holtz rosette die to make the flower.

As well as all the lovely greens, there is a touch of lavender on some of the papers, hence we had to focus on it. A very simple 5 1/4" square card.

I have gone with brown as my contrast for this card and I do love it. The border die is Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die, Heirloom Rectangle, S6-016 and don't you love the verse which is one of the collectables. I am in love with the waxed cord just now, as know doubt you will have noticed, as I have included it on most of my cards lately. Artfull Crafts do have a lovely range of colours available to buy, so don't hesitate to contact them. They also stock this fabulous collection.

Must head back into my workroom and see where my mojo is hiding! It better be easily found as I have a few classes coming up over the next weeks, so have a bit of preparing to do as well as the designing of the cards. It's back to Christmas ones again - hasn't this year flown by so quickly? Kaisercraft have a couple of lovely Christmas ranges - Holy Night is out now - a very traditional one which I am aiming at using with the classes. The second I particularly like, is called Silver Bells and as the name suggests, is soft delicate pastel colours - we played with this collection when we were at the Retailers Days and it is so lovely.

Happy crafting ladies, it is so nice to be back with you again and thanks for not giving up on me.
Many blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Class Cards

Good morning ladies and it is a lovely day after a hard frost. There are a few bulbs starting to show through now, so can't be too long 'til we get our Spring,  accompanied with warmer weather.I so look forward to it after the Winter - everything seems to come to life again.

I know I am a day late this week but yesterday was a visiting morning, then off to Timaru as it was the Wilson Street Baptist ladies card making afternoon and I had to make sure they were all behaving! They all seemed to be managing very well really!

Last Wednesday, I tutored the class for Liz, as she was otherwise engaged, so today I am sharing the cards that we made. It is so much fun being with all the lovely ladies, we really do have a fun time.Occasionally I am told the tutor is a bit grumpy, but one really does have to show who's boss!! Isn't that right Lyn?

Using one of the new collections from Kaisercraft, called Fly Free, we made a Bendi Card. If anyone is interested in making this card, you will find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. We all enjoyed making it and it is really quite simple and the possibilities are endless. Don't you love the bright colours in the collection?

We always make a different fold card, then for our second card we do a simpler one. Again we used the same range of papers, stamps from the collection and colouring with the Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 was used for cutting the main frame, then Spellbinders Floral Ovals for the smaller one. Very simple, but the ladies enjoyed making these. This collection is available from Artfull Crafts, and of course many other favourite products are there to tempt you!

A home day today, so I really must make the most of it. A group of us card makers are heading through to the Cake and Craft Show in Christchurch, on Friday, so that should be an enjoyable day. Artfull Crafts are going to be there with their shop, so do stop by to have a chat with Liz and Graham, if you are going to be there.

Thanks so much for all the interest, comments, e'mails etc that you kindly send - it does make blogging well worthwhile.

Happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Three New Cards. Tattered Lace Dies.

I have been out socializing with a lovely friend this morning, hence the delay in adding to this post. I do love going out for coffee, playing ladies! Thank you so much Linda for your company.

Last week, I am sorry I missed adding here but I had a dental appointment in Christchurch and I stayed for a couple of days with my daughters, which was so lovely. We managed to fit in a few coffee appointments as well. The girls certainly know their mother!!

These cards I am about to share, are ones I have recently made and I do hope you enjoy viewing them and maybe get some inspiration for your next projects.

This card was made using three of the Tattered Lace Dies - the border, the heart and the couple. The dies are so intricate and I could have sold this card a few times over at SENZ in Auckland. It is a  5  1/4" square card.

Another one of their dies for cutting out the centre and the flowers are their Lacey Daisy Die which makes such gorgeous flowers. I think you will agree.

Another way of using the heart die also the daisy die. These dies are so special and the magazine always comes with a free die, as well as lots of different ideas and an odd template. They are available at Artful Crafts, if you are tempted. 

My contribution today ladies, I do hope you are all enjoying a lovely day whatever you are doing. Many blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Catching Up On Sleep

Well ladies, I am home and doing my level best to catch up on some sleep! Just as well I have a very accommodating husband, who provides me with breakfast in bed and then leaves me to snuggle back up. Look what all you young ones have to look forward to, in your retirement!

We did have a wonderful time both in Australia and at SENZ in Auckland. It is so lovely to catch up with all our special friends and of course to make new ones. Thanks so much to all you people that made our break away so enjoyable, especially Liz and Graham who put up with me for all the time. You are about as accommodating as my husband, except for allowing me to sleep in! All's well now though and I still love you both.

 Today, I would like to share with you some things I have put together since returning home. Imagine-if, at SENZ, had these gorgeous chipboard Hollow Book sets and as I always like a challenge, I bought one to put together. Of course, I had to use my all time favourite collection, Betsy's Couture, and I so love the finished result. The instructions are very easy to follow, even I managed with no trouble!

The front cover of the book.

The inside, as you can see,  is hollowed out. Thanks so much Jo - I love it.

Now, my next Serendipitous find at Auckland, were these stunning flowers which just look like porcelain when played with. KraftersCART are the stockist of these and the selection of flowers is unlimited. Just wish I had had more time to sort through them. They are printed on a transparency sheet which you cut out, place over a candle to soften each petal, then mould.

For these cards I made recessed window cards, so as to allow for the extra height on the flowers. The first is a clematis and the second is a helleborus, which after moulding, I placed a dob of glue in the centre of each then added some seed beads. I am having so much fun playing with these. By the way, they are very strong and,I think a bubble bag would be all right for posting.

All today ladies, do trust you are all enjoying a lovely sunny day, as we are here. Happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 22 June 2015

Tattered Lace Dies

Hello again ladies.

For the past few days I have been playing with many of the Tattered Lace Dies as we want some display cards for the SENZ Expo, so I thought I would share three with you. I have actually made twenty, but I sure won't bore you with showing them all! If you are lucky enough to be in Auckland over the big weekend, they will be on display at Artfull Crafts for you to see in person. I have been so enjoying this little exercise.

This is a recessed window card, 5 1/4" square, and I have used the flower die that was on the front of the Tattered Lace, Issue 11 book to make the fuchsia flowers. It is so much fun and the instructions are very easy to follow. There is a variety of different flowers that can be made using these dies, all with the accompanying instructions.

This second card is another recessed window card, I have used the die that was attached to the Issue 14 catalogue as well as the sentiment which came with the Issue 16 book. The photo is one I have had for some considerable time, taken from wrapping paper.

A different shaped card for this one. Issue 12 has two gorgeous corner dies and for this card I have cut one out four times, attaching them to a piece of teal card for a different effect. These Tattered Lace dies are stunning, so intricate and yet they do cut out reasonably well. I do use a piece of greaseproof paper between the die and the card though - it does help release the die easier.

This time next week, all being well, I will be enjoying our time at Geelong with the Kaisercraft folk, at their Retailer's Days. It is always a great time and we so enjoy catching up with everyone there. Then it is flying back direct to Auckland for the SENZ weekend. I am getting a little old for all this jetting but must say, I still enjoy it - my last year I say, but have been reminded that I said the same last year!!

Happy crafting ladies, will be in touch when we get home and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Random Cards

A special good morning ladies.

Amongst all the business of the past weeks I have still managed to make a few cards, so thought I would share a couple with you all this morning. Preparations for Australia are well under way, followed by the SENZ expo in Auckland. It is all fun but does lend to being extra busy, with quite a bit of work putting class kits etc together. It is all well worth it ladies because I do love catching up with all the friends that I have made over the years and so looking forward to teaching again this year. It is such a fabulous collection we are working with, Betsy's Couture.

For this easel card I have used a die from Marianne Creatables LR0112, the frame round the photo is Spellbinders Floral Ovals and the sentiment label is again Spellbinders, Fancy Tags One. The papers are from Carta Bella, Rustic Elegance, which is ever so delicate and pretty. The flowers are from Green Tara, which are in stock at Artfull Craft, as well as the collection.

All That Glitters is a lovely collection from Kaisercraft and I have used it for this card. Martha Stewart border punch was used for the back edge, the butterflies are cut from one of the specialty papers and again I have used Green Tara flowers with a Kaiser paper rose. The sentiment is a collectable from the range.

Must head back into my workroom now, as I still have plenty to keep me occupied. Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out and do hope you will get some inspiration.

Happy crafting ladies and may God bless each and every one of you.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Two Different Cards

Well ladies, I see a fortnight has slipped by since last posting here, so will add a new post tonight as I have a busy day tomorrow.

We did have a lovely time over Queen's Birthday weekend, as we headed down to Dunedin on the Wednesday to stay with the family there, back home on Saturday evening to find our Christchurch family in residence, plus another family. It was sure great to have them all here, certainly breaks the monotony for "Darby and Joan"!

Tonight I am sharing another couple of cards which I have made recently. Nothing too exciting really, as we are building up for our trip away and time is at a premium. Nevertheless, I do hope you enjoy and get some ideas for your next projects.

I am rather fond of these Saturated Canary digi stamps and I have coloured her using my Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. The range of papers is a February 2013 collection from Kaisercraft, called Suga Pop. It is rather fun pulling out some of the older collections to work with and I certainly have a few to get through.

Now this step card was made for a very special friend who wanted the complete pack of my collection - I thought a nice card would be appropriate to go with it. Betty was thrilled with them both.

It is so nice to be in touch with you all and many thanks for all the emails, messages etc. Knowing you are at the other end makes blogging all worth while.

Happy crafting and blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx