Monday, 25 April 2016

Anzac Day Post.

Well, what can one say when we think again of all the lives that have been lost over the years. A very big thanks goes to our men and boys who fought for the peace of our country and much sympathy to all those who lost loved ones. Lest we forget!

Today I thought I would show you a couple of cards which I have recently put together. I know I again missed last week but you all couldn't have been further from my mind, as I was spending the day in Christchurch with my three lovely daughters. My apologize, for all that ladies!

This card was a template I sourced while we were in Australia - I use it a lot and enjoy making it up. Now, for this card I have used the lovely Sea Breeze from Kaisercraft which I do love and I will let you into a little secret, I am working with it for a class at SENZ. I sure am having fun designing the cards for this kit and I know you will all love it. The classes are due to be advertised very shortly so do keep your eyes glued to Artfull Crafts posts.

I made this card for a special order. A granddaughter who was turning twenty one and it had to have a flapper girl on it which I found on Pinterest as usual, and what a beautiful flapper girl she is!  Cherry Lyn Step Card Die was used to cut the card, and Spellbinders Oval Regalia Die for the frame - both are firm favourites. The lovely vintage lace I picked up in a recycling shop and it just suited the era.
Grandma was thrilled with it I must add, as I hope Emma was.

A beautiful Autumn day here but I still must go and see what I can come up, with in my workroom.

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting to you all and may you all know God's blessing. Until next week.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Two New Cards.

Good morning ladies.

Today I thought I would showcase a couple of cards I have made recently, the first being an order for a wedding and the second is the challenge card we made at the Card Camp.

This card is called a Double Gate Fold and I have used some lovely paper I found on one of my travels. For the back panel I embossed the card then sponged it with matching ink. The effect was stunning. A Tattered Lace die was used for the bride and groom and for the edges I have made use of a new die from Kaisercraft, which I love. The recipient was apparently very pleased with the finished product!

Now, at Camp we were each given a pack of goodies and the challenge was to produce something using the products, with a vintage flavour. It really was fun and I must say the lace down the sides is gorgeous. Just don't know where Liz sourced it from!

We had a lovely few days down in Dunedin with our family there - they have a very busy lifestyle what with a lovely teenager and an energetic nine year old! We also had lunch with our grand daughter Danielle, who is at University in Dunedin. Our oldest grand daughter was too busy with clients to join us - she is in the beauty industry. Maybe next time Zoe Kate. We also fitted a funeral in as well, on Friday. It was a busy few days but we did catch up with so many people.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and checking out my ramblings.

All today, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 4 April 2016

Birthday Cards for the Boys.

Well, Easter is behind us again for another year and we are now back to normal after a very busy weekend. It was enjoyable though, no complaints, although I did miss blogging on Monday.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards that I made for two special boys! Just before his birthday Harvey sat me down for a very serious talk. "Nana, Bruno's birthday is the same day as mine, one card won't do, you have to make two." Nana's are very obliging most times, hence two cards for the boys!! I also sent two separate parcels which tickled Harvey's fancy no end. Money for Harvey and a toy bone for Bruno.

Harvey is a very big cricket fan and is doing very well at the sport, winning a few prizes at the end of the season. For his card I have used Kaisercraft's, Games On Collection, making full use of the collectables in the pack. Nothing too complicated in this one!

Now for Bruno's. What can one say - Furry Friends, again a Kaisercraft Collection was used, the image came of Pinterest which certainly has a look of Bruno. These are both 5 1/4" square cards.

It is a great day to be in one's workroom, as it is wet here, so will head that direction now. Happy crafting everyone and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 21 March 2016

A Couple of New Cards.

Hello to all my lovely blog friends.

The morning has slipped away somewhere but will make an attempt to add this now. The older one gets the longer it takes to get things done - maybe if I got out of bed a bit earlier it would help but my lovely daughter tells me that I should not feel guilty having a little sleep in, at my time of life and I certainly take her advise! It has been rather busy over the past weeks so it has all caught up with me. Last Thursday, our Patchwork group went on a mystery bus trip, ending up at Darfield. It was a lovely day altogether, meeting up with the craft group up there for morning tea, and filling up the day with lots of interesting events and of course, being with some wonderful company.

Now, to share what I have been up to recently.

This card is called a Peek-a-Boo card and a tutorial can be found on Splitcoaststampers site. I have used the lovely Couture Creations Papers called Hearts Ease and as I've said before I love it. The die that has been used is a Spellbinders Labels 20, the sentiment and the image were found on Pinterest. It is a fun card to make and usually gets a few Wow's.

For this card I have again used " my favourite at the moment die ". Spellbinders Oval Regalia, S4-492. The papers are from Paper Arts and they are gorgeous. A big thanks goes to Patsy. They are New Zealand made papers and she has a huge selection. So looking forward to catching up with her at SENZ and viewing her new collections. 

Well, that's it today ladies. Must go and catch up after my late start.

Happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 14 March 2016

Sympathy Cards

Another lovely morning in South Canterbury ladies - do hope you are all enjoying a similar day.

A fabulous time was had at Patchwork Camp this past weekend. I managed to get my jacket fairly well together but ran out of material for the final completion. Will show case it when finished. I am rather pleased with the progress, so far. Also put together an emergency quilt which we do to give out to people who are in need, around the area. A lovely group of friends and a great weekend altogether.

This morning I thought I would share some sympathy cards which I have made. There seems to be a need for them at the moment - does ones age have anything to do with it, I wonder!!

 Recently I purchased a Minc Foiling Machine and what fun I have with it. This design was printed off from Pinterest using a laser printer and then put through the machine to foil. It doesn't show up too well in the photo but the effect is gorgeous. Take my word for it ladies! I have used a teal foil.

I do love this embossing folder from Couture Creations called Tied Together, CO724399. The rose is a Stampendous Stamp and Dies set, coloured with Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. CRS55084 for the stamp and DC55084 for the Die Cut. The borders have been cut using Spellbinders A2 Scallop Borders One. S5182.

This is the die everyone is talking about at the moment - it came out with a magazine some months ago. Having lost the packaging I cannot tell you the name etc but I do hear it is to be included as a freebee with an upcoming Australian Simply Cards Magazine. Keep your eyes open ladies. It is a stunning embossing folder.

The embossing folder used for this card was also another freebee from the Australian Simply Cards Magazine. The frame for the sentiment is Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares and the leaves were cut using the Couture Creations Evergreen Die, CO724096.

Thanks for stopping by - I so appreciated you all. Happy crafting and many blessings for another week,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 7 March 2016

Shared Group Cards

A very good morning to all my blog friends.

Well, what an amazing weekend we have enjoyed at our craft camp, meeting up with old friends and making some lovely new ones. A special thanks goes to Liz again for organizing such a great weekend, and a special mention goes to Cheryl and Megan for all the ideas etc that we were taught and enjoyed. It always amazes me at how so many like minded ladies can get together, from all over the country and how much fun can be had.

Now, even though I am suffering from a nasty head cold ( one would almost call it a MAN'S one! ) I am going to share a couple of cards that I taught with a lovely group at Temuka last week. The first one is a rather fancy one but as there were a few men in attendance, I thought I would do a plainer one as well. One can never have too many sympathy cards around, can they?

I have made this card using one of Prima's gorgeous collections called, Tales of You & Me. I did a little bit of fussy cutting as you will notice, the die is Spellbinder's Floral Ovals and the picture is part of the papers, also the flowers etc are Prima. It is a 5 1/4" square card.

A simple card for this one. Firstly, I put some white card through the big shot with an embossing folder, layered it onto teal card then mounted it onto the main card. For the border I used Martha Stewart's Double Loop Punch and added a strip of pearls. The frame was cut using Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals and one of my favourite sympathy stamps to stamp the message, plus some Kaiser flowers. The group seemed to appreciate the show thankfully and were very taken with the Cuttlebug!

Believe it or not ladies, I have left my bed all made up at Stavely, for my next camp which is this coming weekend. As it is a patchwork camp, I have to put on my other cap, enjoy another group of fabulous friends and change my thinking and working mode! No hardship there, as I do love it, patchwork that is.

Must carry on with the good work, so until next week, happy crafting to you all and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Our Daughter's Birthday Cards.

Well another fortnight has slipped away since I was last in touch, but here we are again!

We had a lovely trip down South, seeing our two families, also our Church friends at Balclutha, on Sunday, but I must admit it was a bit rushed. Anyway we're back home and I'm doing my level best to get back into routine.

Two of our lovely daughter's have had birthdays lately, both in February so thought today I would share their cards that I have made for them. I'm sure they won't mind - anyway they'll let me know if they do, no doubt, but it will be too late!!

Jo's birthday was first and I have used Kaisercraft's Provincial Collection to make her card. It is a very pretty range with it's greens, greys etc and I do love the brick effect which I have added to the centre of the oval. Another fabulous die from Spellbinders, Oval Regalia, S4-492. It is ever so pretty.
Jo did seem to appreciate the effort I made, if one can call it effort!!

Rachelle's, being a week after Jo's, I made her's using Prima, Butterfly Collection and I do love the wine, pink colours of this one. As you will notice, I again used the Oval Regalia die, ( my favourite at the moment!) and have cut the bottom edge using Spellbinder's A2 Scalloped Borders Die, S5-182. As yet I haven't heard back from Rachelle, to see whether she approves!

Thankfully, we can all breath today, as the weather is so much cooler. The heat has been so draining lately, but I dare say it won't be long and we will be complaining about the cold. One is never satisfied!

That's it today ladies. Trust you are all enjoying what you are engaged in. Artfull Crafts have the camp at Stavely this weekend and it is always fun to be with like minded ladies, sharing ideas, food, fun, and laughter etc.

Until next time, may you know God's blessing,

Betsy  xxx