Thursday, 26 January 2012

A couple of new cards

Hello to all you lovely people.

We have had a most enjoyable day today - it was our first patchwork meeting for the year. It was lovely catching up on all the ladies - seems to have been so long since we have been together.
Just a quick post today to show you a couple of cards I have made for different family members.

This is a step card made for our oldest daughter, Karena. For this one I have used, the Prima, Romantique collection. The gems and  the small flowers also come with this range - I think it is very pretty! Spellbinders Labels 16 die was used for cutting out the sentiment.The two borders were cut using the Martha Stewart punch, doing both sides of a 1 1/4" strip of card. Very simple, but I was pleased with it. Think Karena was as well!

Now, this card is a bit different! Our youngest little grandson, Harvey had his 5th birthday on Tuesday. Instead of pirates this year, he has a fetish with 'Knights in Shining Amour'. Aren't these grandkids delightful!!
Apparently, he was very pleased with it, actually took it to bed with him. When he rang he said " Did you make it all by yourself Nana, for me?" Love him!
The Kaisercraft, Shaken Not Stirred collection was used and I sourced the Knight of the web.

Another card making day tomorrow with a special group of friends, so had better go and sort out what I am going to do.
No doubt, you will all be watching what comes up on Artfull Crafts blog re the big CHA show. Should be fun to see what Liz and Graham get up to and what they see. The sneak peeks of what is being shown for the next six months is just amazing - will be really excited when they all arrive in the shop!!

Happy crafting 'til next time,
With blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Kaisercraft's Cards.

Hello to all my bogging friends,
What fabulous weather we are having just now - Summer has really arrived and it is sure appreciated. We found it usually did, once the children went back to school but this year it seems to have come a bit earlier. Too hot to garden though - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
The January Kaisercraft Workshop magazine has just come out and believe it or not, your's truely has some more cards pubished in it, under Miss Betsy - that's what they call me at Kaisercraft. Don't you love it?
They are so cool over there at Geelong, and I so enjoy doing their designing.

Well, these are the six cards that I designed using the cute Lil' Primsose collection. It has everything one would need to make gorgeous cards for little girls. Lovely double sided papers, rub-ons, collectables, sparklets, well the list goes on! The colours in this range are so pretty.

I decided I would try something different with this one as it had lots of tea cups, teapots etc. Shows that you don't only need it for little girls! Recently, I also made a sympathy card so will show that some time soon.

Well, that's all from me today. Hope where ever you are, you are enjoying the same lovely weather that we are. Thank you so much for checking this out - I love talking to you all and showing you some of the things that keep me entertained. Do hope you enjoy it also and get some ideas from my cards.
To see the photos enlarged, just click on the images - you can see more detail that way. Better still, get  a FREE Kaisercraft Worshop magazine from Artfull Crafts - there are certainly much more to see in it over and above my work!! In the same magazine, are cards I made with the Hummingbird collection which I have shown on Artfull Crafts blog this week - do check it out as well.

With love and blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Holidays and New Cards

Hello everyone,

 I thought I would show you a few pictures of where we lived for nearly fourty years. We returned to the farm for Christmas to be with our farm family - had beautiful weather and lived on blue cod and paua!!

Here we are sitting at Long Point while the men and my grand-daughter Jade, are paua diving. Michelle, our daughter-in-law made paua patties for tea but I'm afraid I cannot eat them! The general concensus though, was that they were delicious.

This photo is looking inland over the farm from the house. Hugh spent some considerable time driving the tractor, smoothing out gateways,  roads etc. He was in his element - I reckon he almost forgot he had a wife in tow!!

Cameron, our son, has just bought an adjoining farm which goes right down to the coast. This is a paddock he has just worked up on the new property, and sown crop.  Must admit, even though I wouldn't go back to live, I still think the views are fantastic. Wouldn't you all agree? He has a boat, so goes out fishing quite a bit, hence the blue cod - nother nicer than fresh blue cod!

Now, just to keep ones focus centered, I will add a card that I made for an order. Don't know what I did before I had my Grand Calibur - I use it all the time and really enjoy doing so. I do like making different shaped cards.
Trust you are all back into work mode after a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, as I am! I do like getting back into routine. Getting a bit set in my ways, I'm thinking!!

Happy crafting to you all and may you know God's blessing,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Three cards for the New Year

Hello to all my blogging friends.
As 2012 begins we hope and pray that it will be a more positive year for many of you that have been under considerable pressure and strain. Surely it can only get better! May you all experience God's loving care and His blessings, for this new year that we have entered.
We had a lovely time, down in the Catlins, over Christmas, with a number of our family. All, couldn't be with us this year as we have to share them with their in-laws, every other year.
It is great to be home though - back to a semblance of routine. I have been trying to tidy up the garden today but still have a lot to go. Am feeling a trifle stiff tonight!
Now I thought, as it's been some time since I blogged, I would show some cards that I have recently made.

I made this card using my Grand Calibur, cutting the Grand Labels 23, three times, smaller each time,with different card and paper.They are attached at the top with strips of double sided tape. The heart shape is the centre of a silver heart doily. I handmade the flower using the navy card, then used the Cherry Lyne flourish die. The initials are also cut out of navy card, after attaching jac paper to the back, with the Harmony Cuttlebug Alphabet. This is a tip for having initials already adhesived, to put on the finished project.

This perhaps is one of my MANY favourite colour combinations. To make the border, I cut a strip of card, one and a quarter inches wide, then using Martha Stewart punch, punched along both edges. Very simple but effective I think.The girl image is from Moonlight Magic Studios - a wonderful site for finding vintage images.Kaisercraft flowers were used and gems attached round the scallop circle.I used my bow-tie to tie the organza ribbon into a double bow.

This card, and the previous one, were made using the Basic Grey, Out of Print range. I cut the brown card, then using Martha Stewart, Round The Page punches, cut out the edge. My base card was then made to fit this shape. Again, I've used Tim Holtz Rosette die for the flower, placing a gorgeous button I had on hand, in the centre. Don't you love the Bakers Twine?

Now in closing, I must just show you a photo of my three lovely daughters. They came to spend the day with me for my birthday, with the kids, and took Hugh and I out for lunch. It was supposed to be a surprise but the son-in-law let the 'cat out the bag.' Anyway, we still had a super time together. You girls are pretty special and I love you dearly.

Thank you for checking this out - it is great to get your comments as it makes blogging seem worth while.
With love and blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx