Monday, 24 July 2017

Two New Cards

Good morning all.

No, we haven't developed flippers yet but was sure on the verge of it!! We have had so much rain over the past few days, but I must say, we at Geraldine, have been let off relatively lightly compared to our neighbours at Timaru and further afield. Trust the clean up is going well for everyone.

Today I thought I would showcase another couple of cards which I have made recently. Of course I have again used more of the foamiran flowers which I love making, as no doubt you will have guessed by now!




I recently acquired these two Elizabeth Dies - the square stitched one and the circle one on the following card. I really do like them and find there are a variety of ways to use them. There are a number of dies in each set, some with the stitched edge and some with the spot edge. I have made this card using Kaisercraft's Keepsake collection, which is lovely. It is my favourite size card, 5 1/4" square. The roses are made using white foamiran, coloured slightly with my small ink pads. The leaves are made from green foamiran, hand cut. A few sequins have been added for effect.




A very similar card but for this one I have used Ultimate Crafts, Rambling Rose Collection. The  grey and white cut outs behind the flower arrangement have been cut using Marianne Creatables, LR0192. Quite self explanatory otherwise.

Remember ladies that Artfull Crafts stock the Foamiran and the associated products. Thanks again for calling and I do hope I have given you further ideas for your cards etc. I may not be around next week as I am heading down to Dunedin, weather permitting, to catch up with our South families. Looking forward to that!

Happy crafting ladies until next time and may you all know God's blessing.

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 17 July 2017

More Foamiran Cards

Hello special blog friends. We are having a rather cool spell at the moment weatherwise, but we are not going to focus on that, are we?  It is Winter you know, so looking forward to Spring which is my favourite time of the year. To make up for no colour in the garden at the moment, I have been making my own flowers, which I must admit is very addictive, so today thought I would share some more cards using more of this amazing product. Foamiran.



I have used Kaisercraft's Brick Wall die for this card as I wanted to give it a rambling look. The berries are super, I'm sure you will agree. A simple 5 1/4" square card with a bit of distressing round the edges, also some machine stitching.


                       

For this card I have again used my Cherry Lynne Step Card Die, and Kaisercraft's P.S.I Love You paper collection. Marianne Craftables, CR1239 has been used for the circular frame. Some more of the gorgeous berries!
       



This is just a little spray I made to wear on my shoulder at SENZ, as I had to advertise this fabulous product and I was so proud to do so. Ladies, I so love this as I know you will when playing with it. Artfull Craft's now stocks it so do contact them for the latest - you won't be disappointed I can guarantee!

I wonder how long this new addiction will last, many of you will be saying but I can assure you not in the immediate future!! I do really enjoy producing these flowers.

Must head to my workroom, as there is lots awaiting to be done. Thanks for checking in and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Foamiran Flowers

A very good evening to all. As I have an appointment in Timaru tomorrow I thought I would jump the gun and add a post tonight.

We had an amazing time in Auckland last weekend, at SENZ, which is a rather big Paper Crafting Expo held once a year. Crafting ladies from all over came to join us and it was so lovely having my special friends come up with us. A lovely group from Australia where present this year as well. Was so nice seeing a number of familiar faces from across the ditch. Thanks to all the ladies who came and did my class - I enjoyed it, as I trust you all did as well. Sure were a lot of favourable comments. My favourite time was spent at Artfull Craft's Stall, making and showcasing the foamiran flowers. It is a product which is so nice to work with and the results are fabulous. Artfull Crafts now stocks this product, so don't hesitate to contact them if you are tempted.

As I made cards, for samples to take North, I thought I would share some of them today. Do hope you enjoy the viewing ladies.




A very simple card made using a Sue Wilson Die, Mini Gemini Die, Aquila, CED4417. The simplicity shows off the flowers and berries I feel.




Again simple and I have used the Spellbinder's Majestic Labels 25, S5-189. I love the daisy flower on this one.




Lastly a blue poppy. Spellbinder's Nestabilities Die, Oval Regalia, S4-492 was used for this one, being a 5 1/4" square card. Anyway ladies, this is to just give you a little taste of what can be done with this fun product - the possibilities are endless. There are a number of You-Tubes that can be watched on line, to excite you further! I do find it very addictive.I go into my workroom to make cards and end up making flowers! Today it was a lovely big pink poppy which I will share later - it is so realistic.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and it was so nice meeting up with many of you at SENZ. Until next week ladies, happy crafting and God bless each of you.

Betsy  xxx






Monday, 26 June 2017

A New Fun Product

Well, life is fairly busy here at the moment as we are all focused on the big SENZ, Paper Crafting Expo which is held in Auckland, over the next weekend. We so enjoy this time although we are relatively busy. Meeting up with all the fabulous like minded friends that I have made over the years is an absolute bonus and of course, meeting up with new ones. Look out Auckland here we come!!

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made using a new product which we are going to showcase at SENZ. It is so much fun to use and the results are stunning. I am looking forward to being the demonstrator for Artfull Crafts, using this, showing all you ladies what can be achieved. Just a little foretaste today!




Foamiran is the latest trend for making flowers and I can't stop playing with it. I have just added a foamiran flower to this simple card which was made for an anniversary card, for an order.




A birthday card order this time, a circular easel card with another foamiran flower. Just a couple of the many flowers that can be achieved using this amazing product. Watch this space ladies, also Artfull Crafts is on the band wagon, so keep an eye on their web site for all the associated products.

All for today, must go and carry on with the preparing. Thanks so much for checking this out and do hope you all make a visit to Artfull Crafts stand, at SENZ as we would love to catch up. With many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 12 June 2017

Kaisercraft's Hanami Garden

What a fabulous morning we have here in Geraldine this morning. Trust you are all enjoying similar wherever you are. A very quick post today as I am expecting visitors this PM. and I am not long out of my snugly bed! Just as well my visitors know me well, isn't it Lyn?!

Sometime back I did a class at Artfull Crafts using Kaisercraft's Hanami Garden collection and I must say it did make a hit, so thought I would share the two cards today. Hope you get some inspiration from the viewing. This collection came out in February so it is a while ago now.




This first card is a screen card with a few extra fold lines. The range has an almost Asian feel so I thought it did suit this style of card. What's your thoughts ladies? The strip top and bottom is actually washi tape. ( I used some of my decorative stash!!) Oh no!




For our classes we always do one intricate first, then a simpler card for the second one, hence this one was next. It is an easy folded one, just adding some of the lovely papers and a few embellishments. A Martha Stewart border punch was used for the edge.

That's it today, thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day ladies and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Graphic 45

I know I'm a day late and I do apologise for that, but life does get in the way sometimes! We had a lovely couple of days in Christchurch with our girls and families - Rachelle and Mike have headed to USA for about three weeks, so we had to see them before they left. Our grandson Hamilton, is in a competition over there, he did win the New Zealand section and is now competing with the world. We do wish him well in his endeavours. Future Problem Solving is the subject, world problem solving that is! Oh, if there could be some solutions to all the heartache that abounds in the world  at the moment! Do hope he finds some answers!

Graphic 45 papers are still one of my very favourite collections and today I thought I would share a couple of cards I have made using the beautiful Portrait of a Lady range. Actually I am teaching at SENZ with these papers, so ladies we are in for a fab time. Love, love, love it!! Now I must admit, the first card was an idea I saw on the web, so it isn't an original.





I can't give the credit where it is due, as I have forgotten where I found it, but a big thank you to the designer. I think it is lovely - I have changed it slightly. The roses at the bottom have been fussy cut from one of the papers. The big rose is from Prima.




One of my own here - I love the perfume bottles which were fussy cut again, Kaisercraft's Circle Vines Die, DD547 and the vintage clip is from Prima. It really does add to the elegance of this card.

Not long now ladies until we head North for the SENZ expo. I have a few friends who are getting pretty excited about it all, some have not been before so that is giving them an extra buzz. As well as the shop girls, there are eight or nine others coming with us from this area, so should be fun as usual.

Well must away, do trust you are all keeping warm and enjoying whatever you are finding to do.
May God bless each and every one of you,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 29 May 2017

My New Toys!

Hello to all my blog friends. It is so nice to be in touch again for another week - do trust you are all well and enjoying whatever you are doing.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards made with  my new toys!! I have had so much fun using these stamps which are from Altenew. There is no colouring in, just doing step stamping which gives this lovely effect with a minimum effort. Here are a couple of examples ladies.
There are plenty of you tubes available on the web and they are very easy to follow.




I have made these the usual size -   5 1/4" square cards. I must say thanks to Christine for the inspiration. The collection used is a Maja Design, Sofiero which is from Sweden.Very pretty papers.




Both cards are very similar and I love them both. I branched out and bought the Peony Bouquet stamp and some of the ink pad sets, which are so easy to use as they are all matching, light to dark colours. For the first card I used the Red Cosmos set and the second was Rock Collection. I do like the grey colour. You will no doubt see more of these over time, as I so enjoy making them and I have succumbed to adding a few more to the collection!! Stamps that is. When asked now for flat cards for posting, the problem is solved.

Watch this space ladies as I also have another fun product to share - Foamiran. Oh what fun one can have with it! I will share on future posts.

Must away and carry on with the good work. God bless each and every one of you,

Betsy  xxx



      

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sympathy Cards

Good morning to all. After a rather heavy frost, we can now brag we have a beautiful day - behind glass that is! It is always nice to be able to get the washing on the line, for an airing.

Just a short blog today as I have so many UFO's in my workroom to complete and I really must focus on them. Trust you will enjoy the viewing of these two sympathy cards - I don't know whether it's the age but one does seem to be in need of these more, as time goes on.




This embossing folder has always been a favourite - it embosses as well as it cuts out different areas of the card. I understand it is unavailable now. The verse is also a favourite, it speaks volumes doesn't it? The pearl card was used here as well. It sure adds another dimension to cards.




" That Folder" was used here. It originally came as a free-be with a magazine and it has certainly made a hit on the web. It is lovely and makes a 5 1/4" square card. Another choice verse on this card.
Both cards are very simple but I think one does need simple for sympathy!

I'm making a run for the workroom now, thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting. May God bless you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Wedding and Birthday Card

Well, Mother's Day has been and gone for another year. Trust all you Mothers got well and truly spoilt. I did notice some gorgeous cards for Mums, on the web and for those that received them, I do know how much they would be appreciated. My family don't send cards, for some reason, but they did all make contact which was every bit as special.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards, one being a wedding card for an order and the other is a birthday card for a special young man.




My usual 5 1/4" square card, silver and white with a touch of pink. It is quite self explanatory really but the pearl card does give it an extra WOW factor.





I have used an older Collection from Kaisercraft, for Justus's card, Outdoor Trail. He is a young man who enjoys being in the outdoors, with his Dad.

We had a super day on Saturday, at Embellish It's Crop day - we met some more out of the area ladies which we enjoyed. Introduced them to one of our shopping courts and one of them took full advantage of the visit. A fun day altogether. Thanks again Jo.

Catch you all again next week, all being well - I suppose you will all have caught up with the SENZ news. It is a fun time meeting up with many like minded ladies - consider making the trip North as it is sure worth it.

Happy crafting everyone and God bless you all,

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Card Orders.

A special hello to all my lovely blog friends. Monday has again slipped by but here we are today. I did have a super day with a great group of ladies yesterday, making cards, of course. I feel so at home with the Wilson Street Baptist craft group, just a part of them. Thanks for having me there.

I thought I would  showcase a couple of cards I have made recently for orders. Love to know your thoughts ladies.




For this card I have used the outside edge of a Sue Wilson Die, Scattered Leaves, CED-7103. It is a gorgeous die and there are so many different ways for it to be used. The flowers have been made using the Heartfelt Creations Die, Arianna Blooms, HCPC-3608, stamping and embossing onto vellum with white, colouring on the back side with alcohol pens lightly, then cutting out using the Die system to go with these flowers. HCD1-748.





A hexagon shaped card here. As I have been working with hexagons, making a quilt, have got rather fond of them, so thought I would give a card a go. Very plain but I was rather pleased with the effect, as I hope Sandy was!

A lovely Autumn day here so will go and enjoy it.  I have to make a visit before lunch so will go and do that now. Thanks again for stopping by and checking this out. You are all so appreciated.

Happy crafting ladies and many blessings.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 1 May 2017

On Deck Again!!

Good morning to all. Yes, it is a while since I have been here but have been feeling under the weather for about four weeks now. I think I maybe on the upward trend now, thankfully. X-rays on Friday morning - do hope they reveal why I have felt so sick! Anyway, we have a lot to be thankful for and praise God for His goodness to us over many years.

Today I thought I would showcase three cards which I have recently made. Yes, I still try and keep up the card orders etc. It helps me to feel focused and not get too despondent.




Dominique enjoys ballroom dancing - the light has caught the image so not terribly clear. It is a 5 1/4" card using Paper Arts papers, Blue Carte Postale. and the frame was cut using Spellbinder's Labels 10. I rather like the blue and navy colour combination.





Another 21st card, for Isaac this time. Again 5 1/4'" and Kaisercraft's Time Machine collection. It is a very masculine range but the colour does match with Betsy's Couture, my all time favourite!!





I am partial to Grey at the moment and pink certainly goes beautifully with it. My usual size card and the papers are Kaisercraft's  P.S. I Love You collection. The square in the centre is a Sue Wilson Die but I am having difficulty remembering which one and the circle is  Kaisercraft, Circle Vines Die, DD547.

I do hope you enjoy the viewing ladies and so pleased you haven't given up on me. This past week I have been working on my SENZ class kits and I know for sure that you are going to love the collection we are working with. I certainly do - LOVE IT

All for today, happy crafting and God's blessing on you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Daughter's Birthday Cards

I see another fortnight has slipped by but last week we had an appointment in Christchurch, and we also spent a few days with our Christchurch families. Always love my wee catch ups with our lovely daughters! I think by now, we may have done the rounds of every coffee shop in Christchurch but in saying that, we did find a new one for our lunch, one day last week.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards made for my girls for their birthdays, Do hope you enjoy the viewing.




Jo and family have recently moved into a new home in Dunedin so I thought this paper was appropriate. It is a Blue Fern Studios Paper, has this gorgeous house on the corner of one of the papers and then I fussy cut the spray of flowers. Very simple but it is effective. The card measures 5 1/4" square. Dare say you will notice no DIES for this one!! Very much a rarity.






Another 5 1/4" square card and for Rachelle's one I have used another new range, for me, which is a Bo Bunny, Sweet Moments Collection. The colours in this range are so pretty.The border was cut using a Sue Wilson Die, Petite Striplet - Rippled, CED1624. The Green Tara flowers have been layered onto a circle, cut using Marianne Creatables Die,CR1251.

That's it today ladies. As I am filling in for Liz on Wednesday morning, at the shop, had better head to the workroom and finish preparing the kits. Always something to keep one out of mischief!!

So nice to be in touch again, thanks for stopping by, happy crafting and many blessings to all.

Betsy  xxx


Monday, 6 March 2017

Anti Card Making Camp

Card making camp is behind us for another year and what an amazing time we had. A big thanks goes to Liz again for the wonderful weekend, also a special thanks to Cheryll Townley and Trina McClune for the time they spent tutoring us. They are both so talented and passed on a lot of different ideas etc. It was lovely meeting up with all the ladies, some of whom travelled quite a distance to be with us. I know that some of the ladies have already booked in for next year, so that does say something. I so enjoyed giving Trina a little taste of Geraldine - we wouldn't mind if she shifted down this way!!

Here are a couple of cards I have just made for orders.




For Sarah and Barton's card I have used an older range from Kaisercraft called Elegance. Basically it is a 5 1/4" square card but I have cut the bottom edge using Spellbonder's A2 Scalloped Borders One, S5-182. I love the effect this die makes. The heart was cut using Spellbinder;s Heart Die, the leaves were an Elizabeth Die, Curvey Leaves, 730, and the sentiment label is Spellbinder's Fancy Framed Tags One.The heart embellishment is a cake decoration.






Spellbinder's Majestic Labels 25, S5-189 has been used for this card and Kaisercraft's Cherry Tree Collection which is relatively recent. A very simple card but using this die and papers makes it rather effective.

Artfull Crafts are now preparing for their Road Shows and you distant ladies are in for a treat - keep an eye on their web page for the times they will be in your area. With Liz away, it means Betsy has the job of trying to keep our local ladies happy - it's a hard job but must say I do rather enjoy it, just being with the lovely ladies is fun. Anyway, better go and prepare something to do with them.

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by, happy crafting and very many blessings to everyone for another week. Until next time.

Betsy  xxx

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Birthday Cards

Good morning all. Well I have really slipped up over these past weeks but we have been out and about visiting families and having friends come to see us. Sorry about that, but I will try to mend my ways and even though it is Tuesday I will put a post up today. Hope I am forgiven!!

 I thought I would share three cards today which I have recently made for birthdays.




For Jocelyn's card I have used Kaisercraft's January collection called Cherry Tree. I have distressed the front and then have zig-zaged round the edge with my sewing machine, using pink thread. For the brick effect a Sizzix thinlets die was used, 661175. The roses are hand made using one of the papers.





Again the Cherry Tree collection, the famous step card die and for the oval I have used the Spellbinder's Oval Regalia, S4-492. Grey again, you will notice! The silver edging  was got from Embellish It and it's very nice. Not handmade roses this time!




A 5 1/4" square one for Jordyn's card. One of the old Kaisercraft's collection but I've forgotten which one! The image was printed of Pinterest - apparently he is doing his carpentry apprenticeship.

Stavely Stamp Camp is ahead of us this coming weekend, so it will be busy but it is sure fun and we all look forward to it. The following weekend it is Stavely again for me, as we have our Patchwork Camp. Such a busy life but it sure keeps one out of mischief!

Thanks so much for stopping by, happy crafting  and many blessings to you all.

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 6 February 2017

Anniversary and Birthday Card

Well everyone - how are we this morning? We are sure getting our Summer now - many complaints that it is TOO hot. Dare say we better enjoy it while it lasts.

Today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made recently.



A very simple 5 1/4" square card and for the cut out border I have used a Martha Stewart Punch. Some pretty paper from my stash and the sentiment die is Spellbinder's Labels 20. The silver 25 is a cake decoration.




Karena's card is also a 5 1/4" square card and the frame is a Sue Wilson, Swirly Vine, CED7016. It is rather delicate and pretty. The image is a Pion Paper's one - I do love these papers, thanks to Jo at Embellish It.

This is short and sweet today ladies as I have some calls to make now.

Trust you are all enjoying this lovely holiday day. We are heading South at the weekend to take our friends down for a little taste of the Catlins and to show them what real farming looks like!! Do hope the weather performs as it should! We may stay on a few days, hence there will be no post from me next week.

Happy crafting all and may you know God's blessing. Until next time,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Two Wedding Cards - Plus

Monday morning greetings again, to all.

Life is settling back into routine again what with all the  "gettogethers" etc beginning. It is sure nice to be back seeing all one's friends after the Christmas break - it is funny how we all miss each other after a while!

Now today I thought I would share a couple of cards which I have made for weddings, one we were guests at and the other was for an order.




The pearlized card is always lovely to work with. I have used two different embossing folders, some antique lace and the border along the bottom is cut with a Martha Stewart punch. The love is cut using a Kaisercraft Die and mirror gold card and I have sewn a zig zag stitch using my sewing machine. Some flowers and pearls complete this card. Do hope Calista and Jonathan liked it!




A 5 1/4" square card card for Kiri and Josh's card. A Sue Wilson Die was used for the fancy edges, Triple Gemini, Centaurus, CED4419, and for the heart   I have used a Memory Box Die, La Rue Heart,98255. The collection of papers is a recent one from Kaisercraft, I Love You. Prima flowers completed this card.

Now as promised last week I am sharing the three quilt tops I have made over the holidays. They still have to be sandwiched and quilted which does make a huge difference, especially when Ali does them for me. She is a miracle worker!!



A bargello quilt which are always fun to make.


A shadow box quilt using left-over Kaffe Fassett fabrics which I used on a previous quilt.



This one is called Love In Paris - I fell in love with this one when I saw it on line, hence I had to do it!! I am actually going to quilt this one myself, as it is only a wallhanging and I can manage that size.

 That's it today ladies. Trusting you are all enjoying having the children back at school, that is the ones that have started, and now having time to get into a little crafting. Thanks so much for stopping by, be in touch again next week hopefully. Many blessings to you all,

Betsy  xxx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Back On The Radar

Good morning to all. My apologies again for last week's non appearance but I was out socialising with a very good friend and it completely slipped my memory. I will try and make up for it this week though!

As, up to this point, I am not into card making mode again ( patch working seems to have taken over and I am thoroughly enjoying it!) I have had to dig a little deeper into my resources. Anyway here goes ladies.




This card was made at the end of last year for our lovely daughter-in-law. For this one I have used a Sue Wilson Die, Scattered leaves, CED7103. As no doubt you will agree, the die does make an elegant card without too many embellishments etc. Cards always do need flowers though!!





A card made for a special friend and for it I have used an older die, Marianne Design, LR0152 for bordering the Pion Papers image. A bit lace adds a little softness to this card. My favourite sized card, 5 1/4" square.

Hopefully next week, I will share what I have been doing as far as patch work goes. Just have to photograph the three quilt tops I have been working on. Must away ladies as I have CARDS to make, birthdays are creeping up on me now, so I can't put them off any longer.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next week, happy crafting and may God bless you all.


Betsy  xxx



Monday, 9 January 2017

The New Year

Well to my special blog friends at the beginning of 2017, a very happy New Year to you all.

                                The New Year lies before you
                                 Like a spotless tract of snow
                                 Be careful how you tread on it
                                 For every mark will show.
                                       
                                                           Isn't that so true!

A very happy Christmas was had by all our family - we had a lovely time together at Hamner and we shared it with a super family from Germany. New Year celebrations were busy as well, as friends got married on the last day of the year and there was a number of functions in connection with that. It was such a lovely time altogether, catching up on many people we hadn't seen for some time and making a few new contacts.

Now, it's back into work mode, if one can call it that!! I have had to make cards over the holidays so thought I would share a couple of these this morning.




The request was for a sparkly card for a friend, hence this is the result. The border round the edge was cut using a Kaisercraft Die, Card Creations Borders, DD542 and the butterfly is a Marianne Design, LR0115. One of my favourite 5 1/4" square cards.





My special friend had her birthday just ahead of mine and this was the card I produced for her. For this one I have used a Sue Wilson Die, Swirly Vine, CED7106. The image is one off some Pion Papers that I have collected - again, another 51/4" square card.

Well ladies, lovely to be in touch again. I do hope you all had an enjoyable break over the holiday period. Looking forward to the year ahead and all it has in store, whatever it may be. Much love to each and every one of you and we trust you will know God's blessing in a very real way, for 2017.

Betsy  xxx