Monday, 27 June 2016

Two Orders

Special greetings again for another week. It's almost BLAST-OFF time, as next weekend is full on and we have to pack our bags etc. My friends are certainly getting excited, one especially as she has never experienced SENZ before - she's sure in for a shock!

I have been busy making cards for orders lately, so today I thought I would share a couple with you. It is always fun making personalised cards for people - I almost feel I get to know the recipient by the time I have made them.




The gentleman I have made this for is a retired farmer and he also plays the bagpipes. Rachel Grieg's film strips for the farming side and the image was googled. It is a 5 1/4" square card and I used Kaisercraft's Time Machine collection. Do hope John appreciates the fun I had with this one and many congratulations on attaining the young age of 90 years. Well done!





I rather like these Kenny images for teen girls. She was the wrong colour, as it was requested teal and lavender, so I recoloured her using my Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. The die is a Sue Wilson Background Die, Scattered Leaves, CED7103. The little flowers are from Green Tara. Grandma was thrilled and assured me she just looked like Jazmin. Another fun card!

Well, I must go and do a bit of organising. So looking forward to catching up with you all in Auckland - I do spend most of my time at Artfull Crafts shop as I am supposed to be the demonstrator, except for the class time on Friday morning, so would love for you to pop round for a chat and check out the fabulous products that are stocked.

Until next time, happy crafting and shopping and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx






Monday, 20 June 2016

Sue Wilson Dies.

Good morning to all.

Time is moving fast these days, as the preparations are all well underway for SENZ. Artfull Crafts is in full swing as it's only a week until the pallets have to be packed and on their way. Poor Graham is bearing the brunt of things but is standing up very well!! We sure love him.

Today, I thought I would show some more Sue Wilson dies for you - I have just put up a blog post for Artfull Crafts, sharing some more cards using these dies. Do check it out as well, as the cards are all so different. 




I have used the Sue Wilson Die, CED8101, Australian Collection Background for this card, which looks quite different from  the one shown on Artfull Crafts blog.As said previously, a card can be made very quickly using these dies and as this particular one has seven dies in the pack, various looks can be achieved.







This is a 21st card made for an order and I have used the Sue Wilson, Lattice Arched Adornment,
CED6302. The papers are from Kaisercraft, True Love and I found the flapper girl image on Pinterest.

That's it today ladies, check out Artfull Crafts Blog to see the availability of these dies - I'm sure you will fall in love with them, as I have! Mind you, I do fall for most dies, mores the pity!!

Happy crafting, blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx



Monday, 13 June 2016

Two New Cards

Well, another fortnight has slipped by but we are back into routine again for a few weeks, that is, until we have to go North for SENZ. The countdown is really on now and we are so looking forward to catching up with you all. We had a lovely time down South, staying with our Dunedin family a couple of nights then down on to the farm after having caught up with a number of old friends at Rona's 90th birthday party. It was so nice being with them all and the birthday girl looked so well and happy.

Today, I thought I would showcase a couple of cards which I have recently put together and would love to know your thoughts. As usual, I have made use of my dies but I do so love them and there seems to be a never ending list of new ones coming out. No wonder one is always poor!




For this card I have used Spellbinder's Cascading Grace Die, S6-045. The oval was cut using Opulent Ovals, also from Spellbinders. The image is from the Pion Paper range and the colours I chose were teal and navy, also adding a bit of lemon. I did make it for my sister-in-law Anne, who did an excellent job looking after us while we were North.





This next one is not cut using a die as I wanted it to be slightly different - have actually cut it by hand.
Grey and pink are lovely together so for this one I have used the Magnolia Lane Collection from Ultimate Crafts. The die round the image is Floral Ovals from Spellbinders. For this one I have used Prima Flowers and the button comes with the collection. A gorgeous silver edging was bought from Jo, at Embellish It.  Am pleased with the overall effect.

Talking about dies, I am really having fun at the moment preparing cards for SENZ using some lovely Sue Wilson Dies. My, are they gorgeous and I'm sure in my element! I must go and continue the playing.

Thanks so much for popping by ladies, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 30 May 2016

Pion Paper Cards

Good morning to all my special blog friends and what a lovely morning it is after a rather cold spell. A trifle nippy first thing but now the sun is shining beautifully. A great day to get the washing on the line.

Lately I have been playing with some of the Pion Papers, thanks to Jo, and I so love them. The images are just gorgeous and usable, so I thought I would share three of the cards I have made recently. I really do love the vintage feel of these papers.




For this card I have used Spellbinder's Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8. The frame round the image is Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals with some muslin and a border of lace at the base. Cards always need some flowers, don't they!? Kaisercraft and some from I Am Roses.





I love this new die I have purchased! Sue Wilson, Australian Collection, Background, CED6101. It is a Creative Expressions Die. There are actually seven dies in the pack so a variety of different cards can be obtained by just layering etc. What a find!! The flowers on this one are from Prima.





Spellbinder's Majestic Labels 25, S5-189 makes a lovely card, I am sure you will agree and isn't she a gorgeous lady? Very simple but elegant. I could show you some more but will make that do for today. Three today, seeing I was away last week.

We did have a lovely time away - I heard Hugh tell someone that he enjoyed every moment of it. It was cold and wet but we were in a lovely warm home and were well looked after. A special thanks to Hugh's lovely sister. Maybe, it may be the start of more trips away - my husband is very much a home body!

It's all go now as SENZ is looming up fast but I am looking forward to all the hype etc and seeing all the friends I have made over the years. This year I am travelling and staying with three special friends from Timaru, so that should be fun - let Graham and Liz of the hook!

Patchworking is on the roster today so must get into my workroom.

Happy crafting and many blessings to you all. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 May 2016

New Dies.

Hello to all. What a lovely Autumn we are having - do hope you are all enjoying the same, wherever you are.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made using two new dies which I have procured. One can never have too many dies, can they!? These two are particularly lovely!




This card was made using Spellbinder's Cascading Grace, S6-045. I do love this die and know I will get a lot of use out of it. The image was found on Pinterest, very pretty.





A Sue Wilson, Creative Expression's, CED4417 was used here. It is a lovely border die which can be used two different ways, as the following card shows. The collection I have used here is a Prima range called Tales of You & Me. Prima flowers have been used on both cards.




That's it today ladies. We will not be in touch next week as we are going to be having a short holiday up North, but will be back with you the following week. So until then, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Random Birthday Cards

Hello to all. The beginning of another week, so I must add another couple of cards here before I head to Timaru, as I have a job teaching for a friend who has gone South for a funeral. They are super ladies, so it's certainly no hardship.




This is a personalized card made for a young lady who ( as you can see ! ) is turning 21. She owns this little dog and it was suggested that it would be appropriate to add it. I have used a BoBunny Collection called Secret Garden, beautiful purples and bright greens. The main frame was cut using an EK Success punch which forms a square. I then cut the right size for the card, 5 1/4" square. The frame round the dog is Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals. I fussy cut the little bunches of flowers from one of the papers, to add to each corner. Do hope Elsa approves.





Now, for this card I have used the gorgeous papers from Paper Arts. Patsy has some stunning papers and she tells me there are a number of new ones coming out for SENZ - can't wait! The border was cut using Martha Stewart Border punch, called Double Loops. I cut a strip of the wine card at 1 1/2" wide then punched both edges making sure they matched. A couple of rows of pearls were added. The sentiment die is a Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Two.

I had better go and get myself organized - thanks for your interest ladies and do hope you find some inspiration for your cards etc.

Happy crafting and blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 2 May 2016

Cottage Rose Cards

A very special good morning to all on this lovely Autumn day - the weather had been fabulous of late but I am sure some farmers round the area will be wanting some rain. Anyway, we're enjoying it while it lasts!

I have just added two cards to Artfull Crafts blog, using the lovely Cottage Rose Collection from Kaisercraft, so I thought I would showcase another two here. It is a fabulous collection and I did love playing with it. The ladies at Artfull Crafts, Wednesday class, are going to be using it as well and I know they will love it.




A boxed window card for this one. The border down the two sides is a Martha Stewart Border punch, Eyelet Lace and the frame is cut using Spellbinders Oval Regalia. The card measures 5 1/2" square. The word Family is s chipboard which I have coloured with my alcohol pens.





A different shaped card this time. The apricot card was put through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot embossing folder, I tore the paper edge, added some lace under it then attached it to the card. The leaves were cut using Couture Creations Evergreen Die, which I find I am using so much. It is a big die but it can be cut apart and used on various projects. The die under the rose is a Memory Box, Quinn Flourish, 98267.

My job now is to get the kits together for our class on Wednesday - love being with all the fun ladies, I so enjoy them.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out, I so appreciate every one of you. Happy crafting and blessings to all.

Betsy  xxx