Sunday, 25 September 2016

Two Easel Cards

This Sunday evening seems to be getting a bit of a habit for adding my weekly blog but as I have an early start again tomorrow, will do it tonight. I am going to be curtain making with my lovely friend for the day, well almost my fifth daughter, so an early start is required. I know we will have fun together and do hope we achieve the completed drapes by the end of the day.

I thought today I would share a couple of easel cards which I have made recently. Do hope you don't mind Lyn! The second one is one I taught at Artfull Crafts a short time ago, the ladies seemed to enjoy doing it.

Lyn's card was cut out using a Marianne Designs Die,LR0236 which I think is very pretty. Of course it is also one of my favourite colours. Prima flowers have been used and the leaves are a Couture Creations die, which I cut apart after putting it through the machine.

For this card, another Marianne Designs die was used, LR0112. Easel cards are so fun to make and are certainly easy to put together and they do have the WOW factor. Kaiser flowers have been added to this one. The picture is one I got from my lovely friend Doreen.

It seems to be building up to the Christmas season again, at Artfull Crafts - there are so many new collections and bits and pieces in stock and I have been playing with a number of them. The show case will be coming up later, no doubt. Do check out the web site for all the goodies that are available. Juanita is back and as she is the top salesperson you just won't be able to resist the pressure! Speaking from experience.

Must close, special greetings to you all, happy crafting and God bless.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Back On The Radar

Hello to all you lovely blog friends.

 Sorry I have been  remiss in adding to my blog lately but we have had a busy few weeks.and as we are off to Christchurch early tomorrow, to a funeral, I thought I would make the most of these few moments now. The older one gets the faster time moves and the slower it takes to get things done!

Amongst all the rush and bustle, I have still managed to get some card orders done as well as some for very good friends, so thought I would showcase a couple of them today.

The die I have used for this card is a Spellbinder's, Triple Floral, S6-027. It is a lovely die and cuts the whole edge at once, making a stunning border. Spellbinder's, Majestic Labels 25, S5-189 was used for cutting the frame round the Pion lady. The finished card measured approximately 5 1/4" square.

My Cherry Lynn Step Card Die, B348 is an all time favourite and as you will notice it has been used again. Pion Papers have some gorgeous ladies in their collections, I have used another one here, again bordering it with the Majestic Labels 25 die. Both my friends were very pleased with their cards and I certainly enjoyed making them.

Our daughter Jo is arriving tonight, as she has a week in Christchurch but is heading up to the funeral with me first thing in the morning. Early start I presume!! Apart from the funeral, am looking forward to being with my three girls and families.

All for this week ladies, happy crafting and God's blessing to you all. Catch you next week, hopefully,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Always and Forever

Good morning to all on this lovely day. It sure makes ones want to rise and shine!! Well almost!

I thought today I would go back a few months to one of Kaisercraft's May collections and share with you all, some cards I made for a kit for Artfull Crafts - it is lovely to work with, has a romantic feel but it can also be used for a number of different occasions.

This card is a Shaped Tri Fold Card and is very simply made. Check on Splitcoaststampers site, you will probably find a tutorial for it in their resource area. It is my go-to site! The circle die I have used is Kaisercraft's Circle Vines Die, DD547 - it is a very versatile die.

My favourite 5 1/4" square card here and the die is Spellbinder's, Fleur De Lis. The flower embellishment can be bought at Artfull Crafts - there is such a wide variety of these Embellies in stock, so do check them out.

Another 5 1/4" square card but I have made this into a shaker card. This is a fun card to make and it certainly gets a few WOW"s. The die an Impression Obsession, DIE001-Z. This was bought at Artfull crafts as well, so don't hesitate to contact them if you are keen to duplicate this card.

That's it today ladies, until next week, happy crafting and God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 22 August 2016

A Couple of Orders

Spring is starting to spring ladies - there is a little bit of colour in the garden which is always so nice to see after the Winter months. I do love the Springtime!

Today I am going to share a couple of cards which I have made for orders. Would love to know your thoughts on these latest projects and do hope the recipients enjoy them. I rather like doing orders as I feel I almost know the person by the time I have completed them.

Great Grandma is very excited to be welcoming her little great grand-daughter - she is is England but we have already seen some gorgeous photos, a few hours old. Modern technology is so amazing. This is a 5 1/4" square card using Kaisercraft's, Little One collection. The pram was cut using Marianne Design, LR0218 and the oval die is a Spellbinders, Floral Ovals. As you will notice, I have also done some zig-zag stitching, with my sewing machine, round the inner edge just to add a little interest.

Now, Graeme has had many hobbies and interests over his eighty years and it was rather difficult to choose which to focus on, for his card. Anyway, here it is and I do hope Graeme enjoys it. Again a 5 1/4" square card and Kaisercraft's Time Machine collection for the base of the card. Rachel Grieg's film strip across the card depicting his farming interests and the rest is self explanatory. Trust the recipient will have a wonderful birthday.

As I have a teaching stint to do on Wednesday morning, at Artful Crafts ( Liz has deserted us again!! ) I had better go and prepare some kits, so as to have some happy pupils. They are always fun to be with and are really not much trouble at all.

Until next week ladies, happy crafting and special blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Last of Sea Breeze Kit

Hello to all. I know I missed last week but life does get in the way at times!  All's well this week though, at the moment, so will do my best to add to this now. It really is hard to imagine where the year is going though, as it is August already - be Christmas before we know it.

Today I thought I would share the remainder of the kit that I tutored at SENZ, using Kaisercraft's lovely Sea Breeze collection.

A very simple 5 1/4" square card which I think is self explanatory. The butterfly is cut using Spellbinder's Les Papillions Die.

Another simple card making use of the gorgeous papers in the collection. To distress the card I have used my sepia ink pad, also the seam binding ribbon.

Now this last card is a double gate fold and I have just cut the fronts into peaks, so as to be a bit different. It is also simple to do but it does look rather effective.

I have quite a pile of projects waiting in my workroom, so had better head that direction. Patchwork took over the weekend, which I so enjoyed. We had a class all day Saturday with a lovely group of ladies and I must say I achieved quite a bit. Will perhaps share my project when it gets closer to completion.

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and may you all know God's blessing. Until next week,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

Kaisercraft's Sea Breeze Cards

This is a stunning collection which Kaisercraft brought out for the month of April - it really suits me fine as I just love these colours that they have chosen. At the SENZ Expo I taught this kit and then Saturday week I also tutored some lovely local ladies, at Artfull Crafts. It sure seems to have made a hit! Today I thought I would share three of the cards which were in the kit. There are six altogether but will spread out the show and tell into another week!

The first card is called a lever card and the ladies enjoyed making this one. Even though it looks complicated it is rather simple to make. A tutorial can be found on Splitcoaststampers site, in the resource area, for any of you ladies who would like to try your hand at it.

I have gone rather shabby with this one, distressing and using sepia ink on the edges. A few layers of paper were used and the roses are made using Spellbinder's Rose Creation Die. I am also into muslin just now - it does give a softer look to an arrangement and of course bakers twine is a must.

A simple card for this one. Martha Stewart Border punch for the edges, Kaisercraft's Decorative Circle Vines Die, DD547 which is so versatile, again some muslin with the flowers.

I must mention a very interesting book I have been reading lately, about a young girl who had her arm bitten off by a shark and through much adversity, she still held strongly to her faith in God. It is called Soul Surfer and her name is Bethany Hamilton. An absolute encouragement to all. Millie our grand-daughter, put me onto it as they have been studying it for Religious Studies. She apparently got a A+ for her assignment - well done Millie and thank you for the commendation.

All today, until next time happy crafting and maybe reading!! Many blessings to all

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Latest Achievements

The morning has past me by somehow, but I must add a blog now, so as to keep in touch with all you lovely ladies. It has been busy over the past few days but I feel we are now back into our retirement mode! We have thoroughly enjoyed our weekend though, it is always so nice to have visitors stay and to get to know them so much better.

Today I am going to share a card I have made for our lovely grand-daughter Millie Rose who has reached the age of 13 years - my how the years fly!! Then I thought I would show you a kit I have put together which I bought off Imagine-If, while at SENZ. It is a photo album and as yet I am waiting on photos of the family, to add to it. Hopefully at our Christmas get together, they will oblige me with their lovely smiles!

Millie's card is made using one of  Kaisercraft's June collections  called Boho Dreams. It is a 5 1/4" square card and I have cut the fancy borders using a Sue Wilson Die, Centaurus, CED4419. There are five dies in this pack, so lots of different ideas ladies! The camera girl is part of the range - I have cut her out from one of the papers.

Now again, I am well out of my comfort zone with this one but the end result is rather fabulous even though I didn't  altogether enjoy the process of assembling it. It is good to stretch one limits at times!!

That's it today ladies, have a call to make now. So thankful for your interest and taking the time to check this out. Love your emails comments etc. Do hope you are all enjoying as lovely a day as we are having here, happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx