Monday, 5 October 2015

Cards Using Couture Creation

A special good morning to all my friends, and what a lovely morning it is.

I have been having a lot of fun lately, playing with the collection from Couture Creations,  called Hearts Ease. It is one of my very favourites at the moment - the colours are stunning and it has a very vintage feel about it. I feel it is very appropriate for sympathy cards, so have added two here for your perusal.

A very simple card, making full use of the lovely papers. The frame round the sentiment was cut using Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8. This stamp has been well used and it has been around for a while - I can't remember where it came from but I do love the words.

Again, I have just used the papers and one of the collectables, for the sentiment. A card that can be put together at a moment's notice. I think you will agree the colours are gorgeous. The collection was bought at Warehouse Stationery.

After a very boisterous day yesterday, it is lovely to see the sun and to see all my tulips standing up tall again. There is certainly a lot of colour, to enjoy, in the garden at the moment, so had better go and make the most of it.

Trust you are all enjoying the school holidays and also finding a little time to get some crafting in. With very special  blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Two Birthday Cards

Hello to all. Even though ' Spring has sprung ' I am finding it a little chilly today. The sun has been out but for some reason it has now disappeared behind the clouds. Always hope for better tomorrow!

For the past couple of days, about seven of us got together and had a great time card making out at Doreen's home - I managed to get ten cards made so was feeling quite pleased with myself. As is usual there was plenty of food, talking, laughing etc and a good weekend was had by all. Thanks so much Doreen for putting up with us.

Today I am showcasing a couple of cards I have made - firstly one for an order then the second one has been made for our grand daughter, Millie Rose.

I was given this tartan material to use, as he is Scottish and his hobby is paddle boarding. Do hope Keith enjoyed receiving his card. I managed to find the picture on Google.


I am not sure what you would call this shaped card but I do use it quite a bit. The girl is an image from the Kenny collection  and other than that, I have used Kaisercraft's Hopscotch Collection which is an older range. She seemed to be pleased with it when she phoned up. Millie hasn't been so well lately, as she has had glandular fever. Do hope she responds to some relaxation over the school holidays.

As we are expecting visitors shortly, I had better go and prepare myself.

Happy crafting and may you all know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 21 September 2015

Three Random Cards

Just a very hurried post this morning ladies, so as to keep in touch. I seem to have a fair bit on my plate just now, still catching up on my weeks out of commission. It is great that we enjoy what we are doing though, isn't it!

I will add three cards which I have made, two male ones, which I must admit I find harder to do and a pretty one. Enjoy!

This card was made especially for a young gentleman who was preparing for his driving test. Grandma was heading overseas, for a visit, and decided a card would boost him up. I haven't heard whether Christopher was successful or not, but I do hope so. I have used  Garage Days papers from Kaisercraft, the image is from Pinterest and it is a 5 1/4" square card.

We have a grandson who just loves hunting, so hence we have a hunting card using the collection from Kaisercraft, called Outdoor Trail. Cherry Lyn Step Card Die has been used to cut the card. I do get so much use out of this die and end up with a different look every time. Money well spent here, I reckon!

Back into my comfort zone! This card was made using one of Kaisercraft's new die and embossing folders. It cut out the circle while embossing the trellis effect, which, while the die was still on I sponged it with pearlescent purple ink. The effect is super.The frame round the circle was cut using Marianne Creatables Die LR0129. Again, Pinterest  was where I found the image.

Well ladies, a very happy day to you all, whatever you are doing, thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully we will be in touch again next week, so until them many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Two New Cards

Good morning all. Monday morning again - I just don't know where the days are going! Christmas before we know it.

Today I would like to share two cards that I have made, for friends, using the stunning Couture Creations Papers, called Hearts Ease. I fell in love with this collection as soon as I saw it and am not disappointed with how the cards turned out. Love to know your thoughts ladies.

Eileen's card was a 5 1/4" square card and I used a Marianne Craftables Die, CR1239. This is one of my all time favourite dies. The papers are very vintagey with pansies as the flowers. I love it. Eileen specially liked the bug!

A tri-fold easel card for Myrtle, cut slightly different. I have cut the pansies from the papers and have 3'D them for the front of the card. I was pleased with the effect, as was Myrtle.

All today ladies, must carry on with the good work!

Happy crafting to all and may you know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Two Birthday Cards

Good morning to all my special blog friends. It is so lovely to know you are all there and seem to enjoy these posts, as indicated by the emails comments etc. Thank you so much for taking the time to check them out. I do appreciate you all.

Am feeling much better now thankfully - maybe it's because Spring has sprung!! We have a lovely day today, weatherwise, hence some cleaning has occurred at our house. Not before time mind you. I need some more energy now, though.

Today, I am sharing a couple of birthday cards which I have made for my lovely friends.

Lyn's card is a 5 1/4" square card and I have used the stunning Tattered Lace Die, Hummingbird Tapestry D491. The idea for this card came out of the Tattered Lace Magazine which is a very good buy, as you get a free die with each book and plenty of ideas, plus some extra papers. Was thrilled with how it turned out, as I hope Lyn was. Artfull Crafts have these books available and I feel sure you would not be disappointed if you bought one.

For Marla's card I have used an Xcut Nesting Die, XCU503045 for the main cut, then Marianne Craftables Die, CR1241 for the scalloped frame. The image was found on Pinterest, where one can spend many hours searching and never be disappointed! Pink and wine is always a lovely colour combination.

Well ladies, happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 31 August 2015

Back On Deck Ladies.

Well, it does feel like we are getting back to normal, at long last! For this past fortnight I had succumbed to the nasty flue which is doing the rounds in our area and I must say, I haven't felt SO sick for a long time, that I can remember. Anyway, all's well that ends well, as the saying goes. My energy level is nil at the moment but dare say it will return again soon and as far as my mojo is concerned, it has well and truely disappeared.

Today I thought I would share some cards that I had previously made, using Kaisercraft's lovely Botanical Collection. The colours are absolutely gorgeous in this range and it would be a match for most anything.

This card is a template that I found on one of our Australian trips - it is so easy to make and yet looks rather effective. I have used Tim Holtz rosette die to make the flower.

As well as all the lovely greens, there is a touch of lavender on some of the papers, hence we had to focus on it. A very simple 5 1/4" square card.

I have gone with brown as my contrast for this card and I do love it. The border die is Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die, Heirloom Rectangle, S6-016 and don't you love the verse which is one of the collectables. I am in love with the waxed cord just now, as know doubt you will have noticed, as I have included it on most of my cards lately. Artfull Crafts do have a lovely range of colours available to buy, so don't hesitate to contact them. They also stock this fabulous collection.

Must head back into my workroom and see where my mojo is hiding! It better be easily found as I have a few classes coming up over the next weeks, so have a bit of preparing to do as well as the designing of the cards. It's back to Christmas ones again - hasn't this year flown by so quickly? Kaisercraft have a couple of lovely Christmas ranges - Holy Night is out now - a very traditional one which I am aiming at using with the classes. The second I particularly like, is called Silver Bells and as the name suggests, is soft delicate pastel colours - we played with this collection when we were at the Retailers Days and it is so lovely.

Happy crafting ladies, it is so nice to be back with you again and thanks for not giving up on me.
Many blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Class Cards

Good morning ladies and it is a lovely day after a hard frost. There are a few bulbs starting to show through now, so can't be too long 'til we get our Spring,  accompanied with warmer weather.I so look forward to it after the Winter - everything seems to come to life again.

I know I am a day late this week but yesterday was a visiting morning, then off to Timaru as it was the Wilson Street Baptist ladies card making afternoon and I had to make sure they were all behaving! They all seemed to be managing very well really!

Last Wednesday, I tutored the class for Liz, as she was otherwise engaged, so today I am sharing the cards that we made. It is so much fun being with all the lovely ladies, we really do have a fun time.Occasionally I am told the tutor is a bit grumpy, but one really does have to show who's boss!! Isn't that right Lyn?

Using one of the new collections from Kaisercraft, called Fly Free, we made a Bendi Card. If anyone is interested in making this card, you will find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. We all enjoyed making it and it is really quite simple and the possibilities are endless. Don't you love the bright colours in the collection?

We always make a different fold card, then for our second card we do a simpler one. Again we used the same range of papers, stamps from the collection and colouring with the Kaiserfusion Alcohol Pens. Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 was used for cutting the main frame, then Spellbinders Floral Ovals for the smaller one. Very simple, but the ladies enjoyed making these. This collection is available from Artfull Crafts, and of course many other favourite products are there to tempt you!

A home day today, so I really must make the most of it. A group of us card makers are heading through to the Cake and Craft Show in Christchurch, on Friday, so that should be an enjoyable day. Artfull Crafts are going to be there with their shop, so do stop by to have a chat with Liz and Graham, if you are going to be there.

Thanks so much for all the interest, comments, e'mails etc that you kindly send - it does make blogging well worthwhile.

Happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy  xxx