Monday, 17 October 2016

Class Cards and Weekend's Achievement

After a very busy fortnight we are back on deck ladies and a special good morning to you all.

We have had a wonderful weekend - chatting, eating, laughing, and doing a bit of patchwork in between times. It is so nice to enjoy the company of like minded ladies, in a camp atmosphere. They are all such a lovely happy group and we all get on so well, passing on many new tips to each other. Now, it's time to put on my other cap and get some cards made. The orders seem to be creeping up and Liz's monthly kit is a priority. Do hope the mojo returns when I enter my craft room. Well, card making mojo, that is - I'm still in patchwork fairyland!

Two Monday's ago, I did a class with the Wilson Street Baptist ladies, so today I thought I would share the cards we made that day. It was their Christmas breakup, so hence we did Christmas cards. I so enjoy being with these ladies - they are a super group and very well behaved!

I absolutely love this new Christmas collection from Kaisercraft - it is called Frosted, the blues and silvers are lovely and it has vintage photos included. For this card I used the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die and the frame round the image is a Sue Wilson Ornate Holly Framed Peace, CED3074.

Again using the same collection, we have used another Sue Wilson Die, Australian Collection Background, CED8101. This would be one of my favourite dies at the moment - it has seven dies in the packet, so a variation of cards can be achieved. The snowflake is a wooden embellishment which has been coated with Gilding Wax in a pewter colour.

Still being in patchwork mode, I thought I would  share with you all, the quilt that I produced over the weekend. I saw this on the web and fell in love with it, so hence the resulting quilt. As there was no pattern, I had to work it all out but I really am pleased with the result. Maybe by clicking on it you would get a clearer viewing.

Better get into that workroom, so that's it today ladies. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully be in touch next week, so until then happy crafting and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

New Home and An Engagement Card

Hello to you all - I know it is now Tuesday but Monday disappeared altogether. I'm not too sure where!

Anyway, thought I would share a couple of cards made recently for orders, so hope you enjoy the viewing and just maybe get some ideas for your next projects.

A card made for a couple who have just moved into their lovely new home - I have yet to visit but it sure looks fabulous from the outside. The card was made using Kaisercraft's  Heirloom Collection. I so enjoyed making this card for Marion, do hope she liked it.

A 5 1/4" square card for this engagement order. I have used pearlized card for this one, putting it through the Big Shot with a couple of different embossing folders. Was rather pleased with the finished result although it is very simple. I usually do the sentiments on the computer, as I can personalise them for the recipient.

Off to Timaru tomorrow for our morning at Artfull Crafts then of course, lunch with the girls. It is always an enjoyable day, basically my ME day.

Well that's it for today, until next week, happy crafting and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Two Easel Cards

This Sunday evening seems to be getting a bit of a habit for adding my weekly blog but as I have an early start again tomorrow, will do it tonight. I am going to be curtain making with my lovely friend for the day, well almost my fifth daughter, so an early start is required. I know we will have fun together and do hope we achieve the completed drapes by the end of the day.

I thought today I would share a couple of easel cards which I have made recently. Do hope you don't mind Lyn! The second one is one I taught at Artfull Crafts a short time ago, the ladies seemed to enjoy doing it.

Lyn's card was cut out using a Marianne Designs Die,LR0236 which I think is very pretty. Of course it is also one of my favourite colours. Prima flowers have been used and the leaves are a Couture Creations die, which I cut apart after putting it through the machine.

For this card, another Marianne Designs die was used, LR0112. Easel cards are so fun to make and are certainly easy to put together and they do have the WOW factor. Kaiser flowers have been added to this one. The picture is one I got from my lovely friend Doreen.

It seems to be building up to the Christmas season again, at Artfull Crafts - there are so many new collections and bits and pieces in stock and I have been playing with a number of them. The show case will be coming up later, no doubt. Do check out the web site for all the goodies that are available. Juanita is back and as she is the top salesperson you just won't be able to resist the pressure! Speaking from experience.

Must close, special greetings to you all, happy crafting and God bless.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Back On The Radar

Hello to all you lovely blog friends.

 Sorry I have been  remiss in adding to my blog lately but we have had a busy few weeks.and as we are off to Christchurch early tomorrow, to a funeral, I thought I would make the most of these few moments now. The older one gets the faster time moves and the slower it takes to get things done!

Amongst all the rush and bustle, I have still managed to get some card orders done as well as some for very good friends, so thought I would showcase a couple of them today.

The die I have used for this card is a Spellbinder's, Triple Floral, S6-027. It is a lovely die and cuts the whole edge at once, making a stunning border. Spellbinder's, Majestic Labels 25, S5-189 was used for cutting the frame round the Pion lady. The finished card measured approximately 5 1/4" square.

My Cherry Lynn Step Card Die, B348 is an all time favourite and as you will notice it has been used again. Pion Papers have some gorgeous ladies in their collections, I have used another one here, again bordering it with the Majestic Labels 25 die. Both my friends were very pleased with their cards and I certainly enjoyed making them.

Our daughter Jo is arriving tonight, as she has a week in Christchurch but is heading up to the funeral with me first thing in the morning. Early start I presume!! Apart from the funeral, am looking forward to being with my three girls and families.

All for this week ladies, happy crafting and God's blessing to you all. Catch you next week, hopefully,

Betsy  xxx

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