Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Echo Park Blog Hop Winner

Hello all,
What an amazing response we have had to our recent blog hop! As promised, one commenter from my blog will receive an Echo Park collection pack of their choice. The winner is - Lillian Child. Congratulations Lillian and thanks for your lovely comments. It was a mammoth exercise choosing just one - wish I could chosen you all!!  Loved all your comments!
Don't forget to also check out the Echo Park Blog to see who won there - winners will be announced on March 27th NZ time.
They have some amazing giveaways this week to launch their fantastic new blog!

I must now share some more news with you. The Echo Park, Graceful cards  I made up for Artfull Crafts is now available as a kit. I will share again the four cards.

Of course, more can be produced with this kit, than just this four!
Leave a comment at the end of this post, telling me which card is your favourite and I will put you in the draw to win one of these Graceful Kits for free. Don't you love it!!

One just has to keep producing with these lovely papers so here are some more examples.

Melody of Life - isn't it gorgeous? Loved putting these together.

These last two were using  Hello Spring. Echo Park have really excelled with all their lovely ranges and I so enjoy working with them - well, that's if you can call it working!!
Orders call and as it's my only free day this week, better make the most of it. Happy crafting and do remember the draw for the free kit.

With many blessings to you all,
Betsy xxx

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Two Kaisercraft Cards

Hello to all you special people out there in blogworld. What an amazing week we have had at Artfull Crafts  focusing on Echo Park. All the comments that have been made on the blog have been lovely to read and I thank each and everyone of you for them. Although we do what we love, it is nice to know that other people  appreciate the different projects that we make. Thank you all so very much, also all the followers that have signed up. It does make blogging all worthwhile!

Now, a couple of cards made with Kaisercraft collections - just for a change!!
This is made with the lovely Tiger Lily range - just new out this month. It is super with it's pink and orange colourings. I so enjoyed working with this for Kaisercraft - do watch out for their workshop magazine, as just maybe, I might be published!! The image is a Lily of the Valley stamp which I just love - so cute!
Of course, coloured with copic markers. Spellbinders Labels 20 die was used to cut the shape.

Charlotte's Dream collection was used for this one. Again a Lily of the Valley stamp - aren't they gorgeous little people?  Another Spellbinders die, Labels 16 and Tim Holtz's clock die.
Must continue with the good work, no bingo for me today!!!

Happy crafting to you all and many blessings,

Betsy xxx

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Echo Park Blog Hop

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper and Artfull Crafts Design Team Blog Hop! I design for Artfull Crafts in New Zealand and I hope you'll enjoy my Graceful Card selection.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next and read carefully below as there are a few ways you can win some fabulous prizes. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused!

Ways to win an Echo Park Collection Kit

  1. ONE winner will be selected from EACH blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To win for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, March 25 to qualify. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, March 26 so be sure to check back to see if you've won.
  2. TWO additional winners will be chosen to receive an Echo Park Collection kit from Artfull Crafts. To win this you must become a follower of each Artfull Crafts DT member and leave a comment on each of their blogs

Here is the hop list!
Echo Park Paper:
Leslie Ashe: http://leslieashe.blogspot.com/
Sandy Ang: http://angsandy.blogspot.com/
Linda Auclair: http://elendae.wordpress.com/
Betsy Clark: http://bestofbetsys.blogspot.com/ === YOU ARE HERE
Nancy Damiano: http://www.thepaperorchard.blogspot.com/
Lowri McNabb: http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/
Amy Heller: http://www.amyheller.typepad.com/
Lisa Skinner: http://mypassiontoscrap.blogspot.com/
Christine Bonifacio: http://christinebcreates.blogspot.com/
Tamara Tripodi: http://happylifecraftywife.com/
Louise Forsyth: http://punknscrap2.blogspot.com/
Wendy Anderson: http://www.wendysueanderson.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Gallacher: http://jengallacher.blogspot.com/
Artfull Crafts: http://artfullcrafts.blogspot.com/


Betsy's Cards
I am so excited to be sharing four cards, made with the fabulous Echo Park, Graceful collection. These are so quick and easy to put together, as there is a wonderful range of chipboard and stickers. Here at Artfull Crafts we are going to create packs so YOU can make these cards too! Keep your eye on the blog and Facebook for when they are available.

Here I've made a banner with the layered chipboard stickers and some twine. I love that stuff! Spellbinders Labels Eight is a favourite of mine for card backgrounds.

Well, it's never a card without a Martha Stewart punch, some pretty papers and organza ribbon! The quality of the chipboard is excellent - so I've made good use of the packet!

Graceful papers look fabulous made up into little rosettes using the Tim Holtz dies. I also love to use my sewing machine to pleat ribbons and make a patchwork effect on the lovely papers.

This is called "Mish Mash!" Old ladies like me should be playing Bingo - but here I am making cards instead!! I hope you've enjoyed my selection.

The next blog to visit on the list is
Nancy and don’t forget to leave a comment and become a follower to win some fabulous giveaways.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Echo Park For The Record

Hello to all my blogging friends. It is such a joy to be part of blogworld, getting to know so many of you.
I know a lot of you don't comment, much and all as I would like you to, but I do know that a number of you do have a peep. Thanks so much, it makes blogging all worth while and I certainly enjoy sharing.

As you can see, I have had a change from EP Graceful, which we, at Artfull Crafts, have been concentrating on lately and used the EP For The Record collection. Again it is so much fun to work with.

I am really pleased with this second card - quite different. Using the stickers and embellishments does make for an easy card. I love the colours in this collection, really being on a par with the Graceful range.
Do remember to keep checking on Artfull Crafts blog - some pretty exciting things going on there, over the next few weeks.
With many blessings to you all, happy crafting,

Betsy xxx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Triple Heart Card

Good evening ladies - just have to show you a card I made, for an order, for a friend.
This template was bought from Sara at Cardmaking Paradise - she has some great templates which I am finding I am using a lot. This one is actually called a Triple Heart Card and although it looks intricate it is really quite simple to make. Kaisercraft, Sweet Nothings was used - I love this range of papers from my favourite company!! I have a feeling I have shown one of these cards before but I'm sure you all won't mind seeing another one.

What do you reckon ladies? Do hope the recipients like it as well.
Off to patchwork camp tomorrow, so will be giving cardmaking up for the weekend. I feel this past fortnight I have done enough cards to last just about a life-time!! Thanks to Liz at Artfull Crafts as well as Kaisercraft.
Nevertheless, I really enjoy doing it.
Well, must be off to pack my bag, sewing machine etc.Trust you will all have a great weekend.
With many blessings to you all,

Betsy xxx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Cards made with the lovely Echo Park

What a lovely afternoon we are have today - the mornings have been a trifle chilly with a real Autumn feel.
I have just added a couple of cards to Artfull Crafts blog, made with the lovely Echo Park's This and That, Graceful range. It is absolutely lovely and I so enjoy working with it.

This first card base was cut out using my Grand Calibur with the Grand Labels 23. Spellbinder's beaded circles and plain circle dies and then I topped it off with a chipboard flower from the same range. So simple but lovely!

I love stitching on my cards, hence we have a patchwork of papers ( from the same collection),then zig-zagged with my sewing machine. Another chipboard flower was added. There are so many different chipboards in this range - I love the whole collection!
Must away, and get some more cards made for Liz tomorrow. 
Trust everyone is enjoying the same weather as we are.

With blessings to you all, happy crafting,

Betsy xxx

Friday, 2 March 2012

A Few New Cards

 A special hello to all my blogging friends.

Just a quick post today to show you some cards I have made recently.

This card was made for an order, for a Nana, who is just having her 100th birthday! As she was born in a lighthouse, the request was to have one on the card. It was enjoyable making this, and I rather like the blue and yellow. What a milestone to reach!

You could almost class this one as a monochromatic card - well, I'm saying it is! The base card is cream, put the navy card through the cuttlebug to emboss, used Martha Stewart punch for the border, of course Spellbinders dies and I used the Retro Flower punch to cut out the flower. Placed a small rose in the centre of the flower. The leaves are also a Spellbinders die.

This is a great way to use up a bit of your scrap card! Cut a piece of Jac paper and start sticking the card onto it,  making sure the edges are very straight and butting them together carefully. Using a Spellbinders die cut out the shape you desire. I find it quite effective for kid's cards.

Another card  similar to the previous one. Both these cards are coloured with copics. After I had completed attaching the coloured card onto the Jac paper, I then put it through the cuttlebug with the Swiss Dot folder. Just adds a little interest.

Well, happy crafting to you all, may you have a enjoyable weekend. Mine will be catching up on some housework!!

With blessings to you all,  
Betsy xxx