Monday, 23 March 2015

Cards For Alice.

Another wonderful weekend was had by all, as our patchwork group ( fabulous ladies!) had a camp, again at Staveley. It was most enjoyable and we all seemed to have a productive weekend. I put together a patchwork bag which I am really pleased with - the pattern has been hidden in my cupboard for a number of years, no moth holes though! Managed to start another which has been on hold as well. One can never have too many bags!

Today I would like to share two cards made for the same lady. They are both orders.

Again I have used the Step Card die, from Cherry Lynn, B348 for the base card, Tattered Lace, High Heel Bella, D188 is the gorgeous die used for the shoe, the border was punched using an EK punch. Alice, is apparently, very fond of trendy shoes. The collection used, was BoBunny, Madeleine.


A tent fold card this time, using an embossing folder instead of papers. I feel it gives a rather elegant look, just a little colour in the flowers and the butterfly which was cut using Spellbinders, Les Papillions Die. I do hope Alice liked her two birthday cards. It was fun making them.

That's it ladies, thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting and trust you will all know much blessing. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Two Sympathy and A Birthday Card

Well, what an amazing weekend we have enjoyed, having been up at Staveley for a Card making camp and what a lovely lot of ladies we shared it with. It certainly was a lot of fun, and in between, we did make a few cards. I so enjoyed teaching, using Betsy's Couture collection, and the general consensus was very positive.  Thanks again to Liz, at Artfull Crafts, for organizing it all for us - most of the ladies were emphatic that they will be back next year.

Today I am going to share two sympathy and one birthday card with you. They are perhaps, more simple cards this week, than I usually do, but I do hope you will get some inspiration.

The die I have used for this one is CO723224, Fantansia Collection, Irish Dreams from Couture Creations. The sentiment is a lovely set of stamps, from Stampin' Up.

This card was made using an embossing folder, which does cut out small portions of the card. It is DS0908, from Marianne Designables. This is a sentiment I particularly like, one of my wooden stamps I have not given away.

A 5 1/4" square card and for this one I have used, for the rose, a Marianne Creatables LR0294, the bud is LR0295 and the frame is LR0293. The image I have got of Pinterest - my, that site is very time consuming!

Today I have been preparing for a class that I am taking, for Liz, at the shop on Wednesday and as it is a wet day, I have really been enjoying just spending the time in my workroom cutting card, papers etc and not having to think too much. I'm not quite as young as I used to be, so the exciting weekend has taken it's toll, but nothing that a good sleep tonight will not rectify, I hope!

Our Rachelle seemed back to her chirpy self again the morning, no chemotherapy this week - just has to build her strength up for the coming surgery now. She has been amazing through it all and thanks so much for all your good wishes and prayers. We do value you all.

Happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Three Card Orders

Sorry ladies but I somehow lost last week - just don't know where it went to! Anyway we are back today and I would like to share some cards that I have made for orders.Do hope you will get some inspiration from them. Male cards are not my favourite to make, as I love flowers, bling, ribbon etc and I don't know if a man would appreciate them.

John apparently was a golf man so hence the golf card. It was made with Kaisercraft's Games On collection and the image was from Pinterest. I printed it onto one of the woodgrain papers in the collection and was quite pleased with the end result.

David is a keen motor bike man - this card was made using Kaisercraft's Garage Days collection, image was again of Pinterest and other than that it is very simple. Collectables are a bonus when making cards.

Getting back to what I love - more feminine, even if it is a sympathy card. Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles was used for the frames and the special request was for the colour blue.

As I have already indicated, last week was very busy - the weekend was spent in Dunedin with a group of friends doing a patchwork workshop, which was very enjoyable, and I must add, very productive. I competed a quilt top for my husband, for his office. Home Sunday night, then it was up to Christchurch on Monday to be with Rachelle for her final chemotherapy treatment - it is wonderful to have that behind us, we just have to wait now until she has her surgery next month. She has coped
really well, although starting to feel the effects of the chemo now.

Next weekend we have the Stampcamp at Staveley, which is always a lot of fun - I am teaching one of the card classes using my very favourite collection, Betsy's Couture. Ladies, if you have a free weekend we would love to see you - just contact Artfull Crafts in Timaru. I think there maybe one or two places still available.

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Betsy's Couture Cards

Good morning all. Today I am going to share some of the cards I have made using my VERY favourite collection! Betsy's Couture. I so love it, gorgeous colour palette and vintage - could one ask for more! Kaisercraft have been so kind naming a collection after me - I really do feel very honoured.

Today I have doubled up with my post on Artfull Crafts and I have made some explanations there, regarding the cards shown, so do check them out if you are interested or maybe contact me if you have any questions. I love hearing from you, it makes blogging well worth while.

A busy day ahead of me today - my husband had deserted me this morning, as he has headed down to the farm for a few days. He informed me, as he left this morning, that it is the first time he has left me in 51 years - I certainly can't say the same! I am going to be in Dunedin for the weekend as we have a patchwork workshop there and Hugh is going to stay with us for a night, on his way home.  He was so excited about his big adventure this morning. The farm still seems to be a big draw card! He even left me to look after the tomatoes - what a responsibility!

Well, happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Birthday Cards

A big hello to all my special blog friends. Now, I am not going to be mentioning the weather today as it is a taboo subject! My daughter informed me that it sounded as though I was obsessed about it! Isn't it great that I still have someone to keep an eye on things and keep me in line! Oh I do love you Shells.

Well, today I thought I would share some cards that I have made recently, for orders.

I have used the lovely new collection from Kaisercraft, for this card, called All That Glitters. It certainly does glitter and is very nice. Lucy was a farm lady in her younger days and apparently very fond of her horses, hence we had to have a horse on the card. Again I have used the Cherry Lynn Step card die both for this one, as well as the next.

Sarah loves shopping, so I found a silhouette image on Pinterest which I thought was appropriate and printed it off. Another Kaisercraft Collection, out this month, called Shine Bright. I love the colours of this one, thought they suited a twenty year old young lady. Bright and cherry!

This is a 5 1/4" square card and the Marianne Creatables Die was used. I seem to be attracted to grey at the moment and of course pink goes beautifully - very delicate. This is made using the BoBunny Madeleine collection.

Must away and pack my little bag, as I am heading up to Christchurch to be with Rachelle for her second last treatment - there is light at the end of the tunnel now, thankfully. Although she is struggling with tiredness she is still bright and chirpy. It is so nice to be able to be with her, even though she could manage by herself and I do enjoy the time spent at the hospital with folk who are going through the same. What an encouragement most of them are.

Happy crafting all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Two Birthday Cards.

Guess what ladies - it is raining, for how long I don't know, but I suppose, something is better that nothing. The temperature is certainly more bearable today, thankfully! Dare say, it won't be too long before we are complaining about the cold - human nature!!

Today I would like to share a couple of cards which I have made with the lovely BoBunny, Madeleine Collection. I rather like this one and find it very suitable for ladies cards. What's your thoughts?!

For this card I have again used Spellbinders, Reflective Moments, S6-011. It is perhaps one of my favourites at the moment, as no doubt you can tell! You will notice there are no flowers on this one as the request was for one that can be posted. In other words, flat. Oh, I do miss adding flowers.

This card was made for my special friend, who is a fabulous musician. I didn't conceive the idea myself  but found it on Pinterest. I did make a search on line for a template but with no success, so I just cut a shape out myself, which I was rather pleased with. Think Jocelyn may have been as well.

Well, that's it today ladies. I am off into my workroom to continue, ( believe it or not! ) making cards.It sure is a great day for it, listening to the rain on the roof is fabulous.Thanks so much for stopping by, and I so love getting your emails and comments.

Happy crafting all, and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 2 February 2015

February Is Here.

Good morning ladies, and another warm day is predicted. It is actually rather warm already - Oh dear, where is the rain? My thoughts go to all those farmers who are really needing a bit of moisture.

Today I am going to showcase three cards which I have made for orders. They are all a bit different so hope you enjoy.

This card was made for a couple of students who were getting married - " nothing fussy and nothing too serious ". Well, do you think I achieved the right look? The person that ordered the card was very pleased as I hope the recipients were.

A birthday card for a lady who was turning ninety and had been a wonderful seamstress all her life.

The die I have used for Betty's Card is Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 and as with the previous card, they are both made using older collections from Kaisercraft.

I am just leaving for Christchurch now, as Rachelle has her next treatment on Tuesday. Just as well the car has air conditioning!! I enjoy this time spent with my lovely daughter and family, also catching up with our other family in Christchurch. Most of the kids have started back at school now, so things will be resuming a bit of normality.

Hope you've got some inspiration from these cards and thanks for stopping by. Do keep a check on Artfull Crafts blog as my lovely collection is due to make an appearance. Betsy's Couture which is so nice - I just love it ladies! Kaisercraft have again excelled, well I think so anyway!

Happy crafting  and God's blessing as you all settle into a new year.

Betsy  xxx