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

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