Monday, 14 July 2014

Kaisercraft's Be-You-tiful Collection Cards

Good morning ladies. I know I haven't been around for some time, but all this jet setting gets one out of routine, especially at my age! Liz and I had a wonderful time at the Kaisercraft Retailer's days in Australia, meeting our lovely friends over there. Our travelling companions were pretty good as well - Jo, Sarah, Christine and Brigid. Thanks so much for dragging this old lady around - you are all so lovely.

Our time at SENZ in Auckland proved to be so much fun as well - was great to catch up with all our special friends there, both from North and South. I now have my feet on the ground and it's back to work!!!

Today I would like to share the cards I have made with Kaisercraft's Be-You-tiful collection which came out for July. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and had so much fun making these cards. I decided to go back to the templates that I got of Sara, at Card Making Paradise which I enjoy making and I always get positive feedback. What's your thoughts ladies?

Who doesn't love butterflies?  An easel card in the shape of a butterfly. Sara has some lovely templates available and the papers just seem to be made for this one.

As you can see I have brought another colour out of this collection - think outside the square is my motto.
There is this lovely green paper, with mustard, in the collection which when you look at it doesn't seem to match, but it is lovely. This is a triple easel heart card, again from Sara.

This one is so delicate and so pretty - all cut by hand using Sara's template. Don't hesitate to contact her if you would like these patterns - she is so lovely.

We now have a change. Marianne's Step Card Die again, B348, and I have used a Marianne Creatables Die LR0111 for the frame. I think I may be addicted to DIES - I love them so much. Don't you agree the collection is fabulous?

Well ladies, for all ones that came and introduced themselves to me at SENZ, thank you ever so much. It is lovely to put a face to the names I have known for so long, and your comments were so appreciated. To all the ladies that take the time to check this out, my very sincere thanks as well - it is so nice to know you are there and it makes blogging well worthwhile.

Off to Timaru now to another card afternoon - can't you tell I love what I do?!! 

May you all know God's blessing today, happy crafting,

Betsy xxx

Monday, 23 June 2014

Heirloom Cards - Kaisercraft

B r r r -  it sure is cold this morning! The sun is shining beautifully but the ground is very white - just too white to put the washing out yet but I'm sure it will get warmer as the day progresses. Hope so anyway!

This month, Kaisercraft brought out three collections, as per usual - Something Blue, Dream Big and Heirloom, so today I am sharing the cards I did with the Heirloom range. These were just for Artfull Crafts as we didn't make it into the Magazine.

There are a vintage range of papers in this collection as you can see - the colours are lovely - of course, being one of my favourite colour combinations. For this card I have used a number of the collectables and I have added Prima flowers which go so beautifully.

A very simple card again making use of the collectables. Plenty of sponging with Sepia ink adds to the vintage look.

As I only did two cards with Heirloom, thought I would show you one I have done with the fabulous Graphic45, Botanical Tea collection. The papers are so gorgeous!! I can't remember what this style of card is called but I did have fun making it. While we were at camp, Liz, Trina and I played with the design, this being the end result, which we were quite pleased with. Trina has even taught it since, in one of her classes, as she liked it so much.

Well ladies, this will be my last posting for a couple of weeks, as I am heading off to find some warmer weather!! No, not really, but Liz and I are flying out to Australia on Saturday, as we are going to be attending the Kaisercraft's Retailer's Days, at Geelong. We do have fun and are really looking forward to catching up with all our Australian friends and all the special people at Kaisercraft. Maybe the last time for this OLD lady!! After being in Australia for four days, we are flying direct to Auckland where we are attending the SENZ paper crafting exhibition. Artfull Crafts have a shop and I am so excited at the prospect, to again be meeting all my friends up there, even though I will not be teaching this year. Some of us are past our used-by date!! Liz has kindly given me a little job to do, at the shop, which I know will be fun.

Thanks ladies for all your support, comments and emails and for taking the time to check out my blog - I really do enjoy being in touch and appreciate each one of you.

May you all have an enjoyable day and know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Dream Big Cards - Kaisercraft

Another week has flown by and here we are on another Monday morning. It is a very dismal day here, certainly not an outside day! Even so, my husband has gone to check on a local bull sale today and do hope he doesn't get tempted! I sure don't know where I would house an Angus bull on our little section!! They say, once a farmer always a farmer - how true!

Today I am going to share the cards I have made with one of June's Kaisercraft Collection, Dream Big. It has a gorgeous colour palette - I love the mint and orange combination, but as you will see I have also brought another colourways out, which I love to do. Nothing is in concrete, not even Kaisercraft's collections.

For this card I have mainly used the collectables, fussy cut a flower from one of the papers, added a Tim Holtz negative tape and a little camera trinket attached with bakers twine. It is a 5 1/4" square card.

Another 5 1/4" square card and again I have used the collectables from the pack. The doily is also a collectable.

Now, this is the card I referred to as being totally different!  There was a page of red in the 6 x 6 pad which I thought lent itself to more romantic card. The mannequin and the love, are wooden flourishes from Kaisercraft which I coloured using my Kaiserfusion pens. Martha Stewart Lace Heart Edge border punch was used for either sides of the border. A heart doily, and some Kaiser flowers completed the look. One would never know it was from the same collection, would they?!

Not many sleeps now 'til we are winging our way to Australia and then of course our big weekend at Auckland. So looking forward to both. Must carry on with the good work in the meantime, just heading to my workroom to do some more samples for our Lizzie, at Artfull Crafts.

Happy crafting ladies, thank you all for taking the time to check out this ramble and hope you enjoy viewing the cards I have added. This collection is available now, at Artfull Crafts.

With blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Something Blue Cards - Kaisercraft

Good morning ladies - yes, I know I am a day late but sometimes life gets in the way! An unexpected trip to Christchurch yesterday after having a fabulous weekend with my patchwork friends at  camp. It was a super weekend and I did manage to achieve quite a lot, of course, as well as eating and having lots of fun. It was rather cold but we had plenty of heaters going and a few layers of extra clothes. Will show you some photos of the accomplishments at a later date.

Now, to share three cards made with the romantic Something Blue from Kaisercraft which is one of June's collection. It is another lovely range with gorgeous colours. Black, white, camel and a touch of blue. Hope you enjoy ladies and get some ideas for your next wedding, engagement or anniversary cards.

Again, the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die for the main card, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Spellbinders Oval die plus the scalloped ovals die. The silhouette I love - it is Tattered Lace, Couple, D169.

For this card I have used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die, Butterfly Magic. After cutting it out I placed it on acetate for stability then foam mounted it onto a shape cut with the Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8. Using my multi-mat ( another must have, but unavailable at the moment to purchase ) I went round the outside of the cut frame to make a bigger size. Foam mounted both onto the base card. Now the butterfly is wrapping paper I bought many years ago, I glued it to card then put it through the die again. I love the effect.

Lucky last ladies. A 5 1/2" square card this time. The die I have used is a Memory Box, Tiffany Frame Die which is very delicate. Style 9840. The card is self explanatory really, a bit of lace, cut out some leaves using Spellbinders Foliage Die and script paper and I added a Prima canvas flower.

We are getting a little excited here, as our trip to Australia is looming up fast now, that is for Liz and I, then of course we fly direct to Auckland for the big SENZ weekend. Even though one gets a little tired, it is all well worth it, just wish I was twenty years younger, at times like this!!! I love catching up with all the friends that we have made on previous occasions, it is fun, fun, fun!

Well ladies, hope you are all keeping warm and enjoying whatever you are engaged in.
May God bless you all.

Betsy xxx

Monday, 26 May 2014

Three New Cards Using Story Teller

Well ladies, I haven't as yet disappeared altogether but I certainly have been busy with various appointments etc. Am now back into routine and all's well as far as we can tell - well, the Doctors that is! Do hope to fill the various engagements, that we have ahead of us, over the next month or two. Sorry I wasn't on the ball last week.

On Friday evening, at Artfull Crafts, we had the showcase of Kaisercraft's next three month's collections - what a treat you are all in for! A fun evening was had by all. Today I would like to share three cards that I have made using the Story Teller collection, which is one that they have brought out for this month.

I love these Spellbinders Dies I have used for this card. A2 Scalloped Borders One for the outer edges and  Marianne Creatables, LR0272 for the centre. Both are gorgeous, I think you will agree!

For the outside edge of this card I have used the Martha Stewart Cherish border punch.  The organza flowers are from Kaisercraft as well as the main ones. Tags always look nice on cards Love the colours!

This is a simple card, making use of the collectables which come with the range. I fussy cut the bottom border from one of the papers, added it, then the other bits and pieces. The flowers are also Kaisercrafts.

Well ladies, hope you are all keeping warm wherever you are and whatever you are doing - Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance, here in New Zealand, but we have to admit it is WINTER. Just have to hibernate in our workrooms, until the sun shines again. Not too hard a life really! I am actually preparing to take a class on Wednesday, in Timaru, for Liz, so have plenty of preparing to do. I do love getting with all these lovely ladies and we do have fun.

All today, with many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Honey Chai Cards.

Good morning all - yes, I know I am a day late but yesterday morning I had a very special appointment at Timaru which I could not get out off! Feeling a lot better today and ready to get some work done!

I would like to share the Honey Chai cards that I did for the Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine, for the month of April. I have just added a blog post at Artfull Crafts and have shown the Happy Snaps range which was also April's. The collections are quite different but I did enjoy working with them both. Kaisercraft have been bringing out some lovely ranges lately - it is hard to pick my favourite.

As you can see, I have used a considerable amount of the collectables for these cards. They do make card making so much easier and they are in the packs for that reason. Very simple cards which are quite self explanatory - the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die was used to cut the first card out. One of my favourites!

We are having a lot of cool damp days lately but I do suppose we have to remember it is Autumn - we will have to join our son and daughter-in-law in Vanuatu or our daughter and son-in-law in Australia, to maybe get some sun. Well, I hope they are anyway!

A great day for spending time in one's workroom, hopefully to achieve something. Happy crafting to you all, keep warm and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 5 May 2014

Three Cards for Orders

Monday again ladies - how is everyone getting on this morning? Hope you have all had a relaxing weekend before the routine of school starts again. We have had two of our grandchildren staying, with their Mum, for a couple of days during the holidays and it was lovely - certainly broke the monotony for " Darby and Joan "! Liz, at Artfull Crafts, had a card making class for kids on Wednesday afternoon,  so our two thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks goes to Liz, for an excellent  class. Millie and Harvey are now hooked, not that they weren't before - my workroom is usually one for their first ports of call!

Here are three cards that I have made for orders, that I would like to share today, The production line hasn't been up to scratch lately, but hopefully it won't be long until we are back  to our usual.

A step card,  using the Cherry Lynn Step Card Die. For this one, I have used the Hidden Treasures Collection from Kaisercraft, which was one of their October 2013 ranges. I love the navy and gold combination.

A simple tent fold card. This collection is called Tea Break, again from Kaisercraft, November 2013. The sentiment has been printed off using my computer.

Now, I will have to admit I can't remember where this collection was from!! I am rather fond of the shaped easel cards - I have used the Spellbinders Labels 20 to cut out this shape and it went together very easy.

No outside jobs today, as it is raining AGAIN so I will just sneak into my workroom  and see what I can come up with. Do remember the challenges at Artfull Crafts for this month, "Anything Goes" and there is a great sketch you can follow. Lots of prizes to be won, it is a lot of fun and we love seeing what you come up with.

Happy crafting ladies and may you all know God's blessing,

Betsy  xxx