Monday, 20 July 2015

Catching Up On Sleep

Well ladies, I am home and doing my level best to catch up on some sleep! Just as well I have a very accommodating husband, who provides me with breakfast in bed and then leaves me to snuggle back up. Look what all you young ones have to look forward to, in your retirement!

We did have a wonderful time both in Australia and at SENZ in Auckland. It is so lovely to catch up with all our special friends and of course to make new ones. Thanks so much to all you people that made our break away so enjoyable, especially Liz and Graham who put up with me for all the time. You are about as accommodating as my husband, except for allowing me to sleep in! All's well now though and I still love you both.

 Today, I would like to share with you some things I have put together since returning home. Imagine-if, at SENZ, had these gorgeous chipboard Hollow Book sets and as I always like a challenge, I bought one to put together. Of course, I had to use my all time favourite collection, Betsy's Couture, and I so love the finished result. The instructions are very easy to follow, even I managed with no trouble!

The front cover of the book.

The inside, as you can see,  is hollowed out. Thanks so much Jo - I love it.

Now, my next Serendipitous find at Auckland, were these stunning flowers which just look like porcelain when played with. KraftersCART are the stockist of these and the selection of flowers is unlimited. Just wish I had had more time to sort through them. They are printed on a transparency sheet which you cut out, place over a candle to soften each petal, then mould.

For these cards I made recessed window cards, so as to allow for the extra height on the flowers. The first is a clematis and the second is a helleborus, which after moulding, I placed a dob of glue in the centre of each then added some seed beads. I am having so much fun playing with these. By the way, they are very strong and,I think a bubble bag would be all right for posting.

All today ladies, do trust you are all enjoying a lovely sunny day, as we are here. Happy crafting and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 22 June 2015

Tattered Lace Dies

Hello again ladies.

For the past few days I have been playing with many of the Tattered Lace Dies as we want some display cards for the SENZ Expo, so I thought I would share three with you. I have actually made twenty, but I sure won't bore you with showing them all! If you are lucky enough to be in Auckland over the big weekend, they will be on display at Artfull Crafts for you to see in person. I have been so enjoying this little exercise.

This is a recessed window card, 5 1/4" square, and I have used the flower die that was on the front of the Tattered Lace, Issue 11 book to make the fuchsia flowers. It is so much fun and the instructions are very easy to follow. There is a variety of different flowers that can be made using these dies, all with the accompanying instructions.

This second card is another recessed window card, I have used the die that was attached to the Issue 14 catalogue as well as the sentiment which came with the Issue 16 book. The photo is one I have had for some considerable time, taken from wrapping paper.

A different shaped card for this one. Issue 12 has two gorgeous corner dies and for this card I have cut one out four times, attaching them to a piece of teal card for a different effect. These Tattered Lace dies are stunning, so intricate and yet they do cut out reasonably well. I do use a piece of greaseproof paper between the die and the card though - it does help release the die easier.

This time next week, all being well, I will be enjoying our time at Geelong with the Kaisercraft folk, at their Retailer's Days. It is always a great time and we so enjoy catching up with everyone there. Then it is flying back direct to Auckland for the SENZ weekend. I am getting a little old for all this jetting but must say, I still enjoy it - my last year I say, but have been reminded that I said the same last year!!

Happy crafting ladies, will be in touch when we get home and may God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Random Cards

A special good morning ladies.

Amongst all the business of the past weeks I have still managed to make a few cards, so thought I would share a couple with you all this morning. Preparations for Australia are well under way, followed by the SENZ expo in Auckland. It is all fun but does lend to being extra busy, with quite a bit of work putting class kits etc together. It is all well worth it ladies because I do love catching up with all the friends that I have made over the years and so looking forward to teaching again this year. It is such a fabulous collection we are working with, Betsy's Couture.

For this easel card I have used a die from Marianne Creatables LR0112, the frame round the photo is Spellbinders Floral Ovals and the sentiment label is again Spellbinders, Fancy Tags One. The papers are from Carta Bella, Rustic Elegance, which is ever so delicate and pretty. The flowers are from Green Tara, which are in stock at Artfull Craft, as well as the collection.

All That Glitters is a lovely collection from Kaisercraft and I have used it for this card. Martha Stewart border punch was used for the back edge, the butterflies are cut from one of the specialty papers and again I have used Green Tara flowers with a Kaiser paper rose. The sentiment is a collectable from the range.

Must head back into my workroom now, as I still have plenty to keep me occupied. Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out and do hope you will get some inspiration.

Happy crafting ladies and may God bless each and every one of you.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Two Different Cards

Well ladies, I see a fortnight has slipped by since last posting here, so will add a new post tonight as I have a busy day tomorrow.

We did have a lovely time over Queen's Birthday weekend, as we headed down to Dunedin on the Wednesday to stay with the family there, back home on Saturday evening to find our Christchurch family in residence, plus another family. It was sure great to have them all here, certainly breaks the monotony for "Darby and Joan"!

Tonight I am sharing another couple of cards which I have made recently. Nothing too exciting really, as we are building up for our trip away and time is at a premium. Nevertheless, I do hope you enjoy and get some ideas for your next projects.

I am rather fond of these Saturated Canary digi stamps and I have coloured her using my Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. The range of papers is a February 2013 collection from Kaisercraft, called Suga Pop. It is rather fun pulling out some of the older collections to work with and I certainly have a few to get through.

Now this step card was made for a very special friend who wanted the complete pack of my collection - I thought a nice card would be appropriate to go with it. Betty was thrilled with them both.

It is so nice to be in touch with you all and many thanks for all the emails, messages etc. Knowing you are at the other end makes blogging all worth while.

Happy crafting and blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 25 May 2015

Isn't She Gorjuss!

Good morning all. What a fabulous morning we have here in Geraldine, New Zealand but I must admit it is a little cold on the fingers and toes! By the forecasts, it sounds as though there is a bit of snow in other areas of our lovely country. Oh well, it is Winter isn't it and we can be so thankful for our warm houses etc.

This past week or two, Artfull Crafts have added some GORJUSS stamps etc to their stock - we love these little girls ( that is Juanita and I mainly!) so today I thought I would showcase some cards made with them. Do hope you enjoy.

Now, for these three cards I have cheated and used the pack of A4 Decoupage Pack which is so easy to use and makes for a quick card. The papers used are also in the pack. Of course one has to have some flowers and the waxed cord is a firm favourite of mine, at the moment. Next week I will share some cards made with the actual stamps which I have coloured using the Kaiserfusion alcohol pens. Do check out at the shop, for these GORJUSS products.

Excitement is starting to mount now at Artfull Crafts, as it is only a few weeks until Liz, Graham and myself head to Australia for Kaisercraft's Retailers Days. We love the time there, meeting up with all our Aussie friends and making new ones. Then of course, it is back to SENZ, in Auckland, where we are having some classes for our ladies there. A gorgeous album, and you have a choice of four different sets of papers to make this. Betsy's Couture is an all time favourite collection, from Kaisercraft and I have the privilege of teaching, using it. Well ladies, it is all very exciting and I am so looking forward to catching up with you all again. There are also plenty of other classes being offered, so do check out the SENZ program and make your bookings.

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

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 18 May 2015

Betsy's Couture Again!

Well, one finds it hard to get past, the lovely collection which Kaisercraft so kindly made with my name attached! I absolutely love it and am very worried that I am getting well through my supply. Maybe I will have to procure another set of these gorgeous papers etc, before it disappears completely.

We had a visitor over the past few days who is from America and as his wife is a card maker, he was very keen to take a card, made with Betsy's Couture, home to her. Hence, this is the card I am sharing today - do hope Linda appreciates it. We did this fold, at our last Wednesday's card class, at Artfull Crafts and the ladies seemed to enjoy it, so thought I would repeat it, as it is a bit different. Actually, it is a tri-fold card but cut a little different and I have also added the same style card to Artfull Crafts blog, this morning.

My friend Heather is an animal lover so I have made this 5 1/4" square card for her. Isn't it a cute puppy? Another of Kaisercrafts collection was used, called Furry Friends. The hessian rose was one I found on my travels somewhere and I thought it just softened an otherwise masculine card. I'm sure Heather will like it. The puppy photo was found on Pinterest.

On a personal note, our Rachelle is still making progress although still having a few problems at times. We had a lovely Mother's Day in Christchurch with our two families there - we so love all our kids and grandkids and are so thankful for each one of them. God has indeed blessed us.

All today ladies, happy crafting to you all and trust you will know many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Two New Cards

Today ladies, I would like to show you a couple of cards which I have made recently. I haven't been very productive lately, as I have had the past week up in Christchurch again, with Rachelle. She has been very sick but is now on the mend hopefully, all being upwards and onwards from this point! It is a privilege to be able to be with her, but it isn't nice to see her suffering.

The first card was an order for a friend, as she wanted to send it to her mother overseas, for Mother's Day. It is a lever card made with Kaisercraft's Oh So Lovely collection. Splitcoastampers have a tutorial for this card, on their resources section and it is very easy to follow if you would like to make one.

I have just been playing with some photos images that I got from my friend Doreen and some lovely papers from her as well. They are a Mixed Media Paper Stack and just gorgeous. Isn't the little girl such a cutey? There  is quite a bit of fussy cutting on the card but other than that it is rather simple.

It was such an exciting weekend, as we welcomed our new Princess - after all the sad things we hear these days and we think especially of the people in Nepal, it was lovely to have something to rejoice over. I am a true blue Royalist, and I feel so proud of this lovely family. A big congratulations goes to William and Kate. Do wonder what they will call her!!

I have a quilt calling - just sewing the border on now and it will be completed. This one is for the spare room. It always gives a good feeling when one arrives at this stage. Maybe, I will share a photo later.

Happy crafting ladies, we are enjoying a lovely day here weather wise, as I hope you all are.

Blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx