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

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sue Wilson Dies

What a beautiful winter's morning it is - no frost and the sun is shining. A great day for getting the washing on the line.

Today I thought I would share another couple of cards made with the Sue Wilson Dies. For these two cards I have used the same die but got a totally different look. There are some lovely ones available and Artfull Crafts have them in stock now. You won't need be too long deciding which ones though, as they are moving relatively fast.

Black and white cards are always stunning, are they not! The die is Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson, Lattice Arched Adornment, CED6302. It is so delicate and pretty. For the background I have used Couture Creations embossing folder, Tied Together, CO724399 and the leaves are cut from a Ultimate Crafts Die from the Magnolia Lane Collection which also has a lovely rose die. A Prima flower finishes this card.

For this card I have used Kaisercraft's new July collection, called Mademoiselle. It has a very delicate colour palette, rather pretty altogether with a vintage feel. No doubt, it will be very popular. It is a simple card with a bit of fussy cutting, the beautiful die and a Kaiser flower. The butterfly is cut from the papers.

Whose looking forward to the crop day on Saturday? I will be teaching a box card then a couple of card kits, one being the one I taught at SENZ and the other is the monthly kit. Both are lovely collections and I know you will enjoy the day. For the box card I have used the lovely Botanical range from Kaisercraft and the chipboard kit is from Imagine If.

Until next time ladies, happy crafting and God bless you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 11 July 2016

Always and Forever Cards

Good morning to all - it is rather nippy this morning as we have had a good hard frost but the sun is shining so we're hopeful it will warm up soon, as I have to have a trip into Timaru in an hour or so. I am so thankful for our lovely warm house, on days like this!

I know I missed posting last week but after having had a fabulous weekend away at SENZ with the girls, Monday was a day to just relax and find some lost energy. What a wonderful time we had and as it stands, my friends are all anticipating next year. It was also lovely catching up with my many friends from different parts of the country and of course making new ones.

I am showcasing a couple of cards today which I have made using Kaisercraft's, Always and Forever Collection. It is a very romantic range of papers with beautiful colours.

Again I have used my Cherry Lynn Step Card die, B348 to cut this card ( my all time favourite!) the bunting die is from La La Land, Heart Banner, LL8026. The circle for the sentiment is a Nellie Snellen circle die. A Prima flower placed over one of the collectables. Very simple but the recipient was thrilled with it.

Now the request for this one was a flat card for posting - how can Betsy make a flat card you say, when she is into bling, flowers etc. Well here it is ladies. I have done a bit of fussy cutting and the die I have used is a BoBunny, Lattice Frame Die, 12839756. There are four pieces in this die, so various looks can be achieved. The collectables are a real bonus in these collections, as I have made use of another one here. The sentiments are printed off using the computer.

As a bonus, I will show you a kit I have put together since coming home. I found this at Imagine It's shop and it sure was fun making it up. Thanks goes to Jo - the instructions were so easy to follow even though I was well out of my comfort zone!

That's it today ladies. Thanks so much for not giving up on me and stopping by. Very happy crafting and I pray you will all be much blessed. Until next time,

Betsy  xxx