Monday, 16 May 2016

New Dies.

Hello to all. What a lovely Autumn we are having - do hope you are all enjoying the same, wherever you are.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made using two new dies which I have procured. One can never have too many dies, can they!? These two are particularly lovely!




This card was made using Spellbinder's Cascading Grace, S6-045. I do love this die and know I will get a lot of use out of it. The image was found on Pinterest, very pretty.





A Sue Wilson, Creative Expression's, CED4417 was used here. It is a lovely border die which can be used two different ways, as the following card shows. The collection I have used here is a Prima range called Tales of You & Me. Prima flowers have been used on both cards.




That's it today ladies. We will not be in touch next week as we are going to be having a short holiday up North, but will be back with you the following week. So until then, happy crafting and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Random Birthday Cards

Hello to all. The beginning of another week, so I must add another couple of cards here before I head to Timaru, as I have a job teaching for a friend who has gone South for a funeral. They are super ladies, so it's certainly no hardship.




This is a personalized card made for a young lady who ( as you can see ! ) is turning 21. She owns this little dog and it was suggested that it would be appropriate to add it. I have used a BoBunny Collection called Secret Garden, beautiful purples and bright greens. The main frame was cut using an EK Success punch which forms a square. I then cut the right size for the card, 5 1/4" square. The frame round the dog is Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals. I fussy cut the little bunches of flowers from one of the papers, to add to each corner. Do hope Elsa approves.





Now, for this card I have used the gorgeous papers from Paper Arts. Patsy has some stunning papers and she tells me there are a number of new ones coming out for SENZ - can't wait! The border was cut using Martha Stewart Border punch, called Double Loops. I cut a strip of the wine card at 1 1/2" wide then punched both edges making sure they matched. A couple of rows of pearls were added. The sentiment die is a Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Two.

I had better go and get myself organized - thanks for your interest ladies and do hope you find some inspiration for your cards etc.

Happy crafting and blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 2 May 2016

Cottage Rose Cards

A very special good morning to all on this lovely Autumn day - the weather had been fabulous of late but I am sure some farmers round the area will be wanting some rain. Anyway, we're enjoying it while it lasts!

I have just added two cards to Artfull Crafts blog, using the lovely Cottage Rose Collection from Kaisercraft, so I thought I would showcase another two here. It is a fabulous collection and I did love playing with it. The ladies at Artfull Crafts, Wednesday class, are going to be using it as well and I know they will love it.




A boxed window card for this one. The border down the two sides is a Martha Stewart Border punch, Eyelet Lace and the frame is cut using Spellbinders Oval Regalia. The card measures 5 1/2" square. The word Family is s chipboard which I have coloured with my alcohol pens.





A different shaped card this time. The apricot card was put through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot embossing folder, I tore the paper edge, added some lace under it then attached it to the card. The leaves were cut using Couture Creations Evergreen Die, which I find I am using so much. It is a big die but it can be cut apart and used on various projects. The die under the rose is a Memory Box, Quinn Flourish, 98267.

My job now is to get the kits together for our class on Wednesday - love being with all the fun ladies, I so enjoy them.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out, I so appreciate every one of you. Happy crafting and blessings to all.

Betsy  xxx

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