Posted in kits, Uncategorized

Christmas Party pictures and a New Year begins…

Christmas is an extra busy time in our house.  As well as the normal Christmas shenanigans we have three birthdays, one of them was extra special as my mum reached a significant milestone (not telling lol!).  We also celebrate our wedding anniversary (our 15th :-)) and both my grandmother and my father in law passed away several years ago during this time, so we remember them during the holidays too.

Because of this, we get to see all of our families over the season…..a lot to be thankful for🙂

As you know we also had our christmas party before Christmas in Athlone (picture evidence above :-)),  a big thank you to all you crazy ladies for braving the floods, Santa is still recovering lol!

Looking forward now, January 2016 is here….this is an exciting time for us crafters.  A new year, new projects, new inspiration, new events and of course the CHA Winter show. I have to admit I am very excited about what I have seen so far, I will be posting pictures, links and taking pre-orders next week, so stay tuned🙂

I am also really excited to finally launch our new KIT CLUB… Through the year I will bring out a new kit, full of my favourite brands.  Our first Kit is a Diary / Planner kit and contains craft goodies from Bo Bunny, Kaisercraft, Technique Tuesday  along with a hand picked embellishment bag that i know you will just love.  There will be plenty left to make some additional projects too🙂  I will be posting You Tube videos showing what i did with mine but to whet your appetite, here is a quick video showing the kit and what i started doing with it :-).

To order the kit click on this link Kit Club January 2016, hope you like and remember to watch out for more news next week. Kate xx

 

 

 

Posted in Craft Shows, Halloween, Sewing, tim holtz

Yip! It’s Me!! Hello again…….

For those who haven’t been following our shenanigans on Facebook and Mailchimp, here is a brief summary while i have been away from the blogging world!!

Family Stuff:  My 7 year old is now off Gluten.  After 10 months of cyclical illness’s, 4 trips to A&E, 2 hospital stays, massive weight loss, leukemia scare etc. it turns out that it was Gluten that was the problem all along.  He is now off it 5 months and is flying.  Can’t believe one of the most worrying periods in my life so far has been summarised in two sentences.

The last I will say on it, is that for all parents out there who have sick children, sending you lots of HUGS xx (and a lighted candle xx)

Life Stuff:  We have moved beside our farm yard, into a lovely cottage that once belonged to a wonderful man (my husband’s uncle Frank).  Settling in has it’s moments lol!  (much smaller cottage….6′ 2″, giant of a husband (gentle giant I might add xx))

Work Stuff:  I now have my bricks and mortar shop🙂 as well as a craft studio🙂.  I will do another post on that at a later date as i want to share with you some of the lovely things we have been making for the upcoming Craft Shows.

Yes, a new adventure for us.  We are taking our shop to the NEC, stand G49, (I have to admit i am a little nervous, nerves are good though, right??)

http://www.stitchandhobby.co.uk/birmingham/autumn/

Straight after, we are in Dublin for the annual Knitting and Stitching show, Stand F48

http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/dublin/page.cfm/Action=Exhib/ExhibID=35/loadSearch=5997_9

Pop over and say hello if you are at either event.  We will be giving away some tickets so make sure to keep an eye out .

Ok, down to crafting makes, there is a video link at the top of this post that shows you one of them… a cute little Fairy door I made for my gorgeous niece.  We will have kits for this at the show in conjunction with another Irish Company, Crafty Cutting.

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This is another fabulously easy project Kit that will be available at the show, you don’t even need a sewing machine, it can de sewn by hand🙂

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I also made a fun bag for Halloween, “Every respectable Witch needs an Evening Bag, lol!”

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Ok, that’s all for now, have a fab weekend and thanks for visiting!

Kate xx

Posted in scrapbooking, workshops

Craft Weekend Belfast

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Stormont Hotel, Belfast, February 21st – 22nd 2015
Join us for two days of crafting, make and takes, raffles, classes and of course Shopping🙂. Doors open at 10 am and we will be crafting away till 5.30pm. Your ticket will reserve you your own crafting space and if you purchase your ticket before the 20th February you will also recieve a goody bag. Tickets can be bought HERE

Click on the link below to see the the full details including Time Table

Belfast2015_newsletter

So Pop over and book your tickets now, Kate xx

Posted in Uncategorized

SALE 20% OFF

January Sale BannerGreetings from Co. Mayo🙂, I hope you are enjoying the quiet after the storm!

We have spent the last couple of weeks doing a complete stocktake and prepping for our first ever online SALE.

This is a coupon sale which you apply to your shopping basket and it will update as you add items to your basket, happy days!!

Now the important bit…..it’s  A MASSIVE 20% OFF ALL of our entire stock (except events).  I just love January Sales🙂

Just enter CWK20OFF and watch the price drop🙂.

Flat rate shipping will still apply although a surcharge will apply to some large items, e.g Big Shot machines (we’ll email you to let you know)

If you have any questions re the sale, email me at kate@createwithkate.com

So head on over and check it out
Happy Shopping
Kate x
Posted in Uncategorized, workshops

DINA WAKLEY WORKSHOPS

 We are Sooo..excited here to announce that we have booked the fab Dina Wakley to come to our new studio to teach a series of workshops 27-29 March 2015
 

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it.  As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. She also has recently published two Art Journal Books.

Dina is passionate about teaching art and in her spare time she is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art.

She has travelled the world teaching her “Art Journal Play” series and was thrilled to be asked to share her passion and skills with us here in Ireland🙂

So…. here are the details.  Dina is going to teach 6 different 3 hour workshops over three days 27-29 March 2015.  Here, in our NEW converted farmhouse SHOP & STUDIO in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo.
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We are 17km from Castlebar and Westport ( both on the Dublin-Westport train route), an hour’s drive from Galway and 3.5 hour’s from Dublin Airport and only 50 mins drive from Ireland West International Airport  (pick-up can be arranged from the train stations and Ireland West Airport)
 
We live and work on a small farm on the lake shore in the shadow of the Partry mountains, a very, very beautiful part of the world…perfect place for Creating works of ART🙂
There is plenty of accomodation locally, both self catering and B&B’s (links to follow), or you can travel the 35 mins into Westport and stay in one of the many lovely hotels.
 
Now down to the workshops…(and don’t worry about trying to choose, as I am definite she will be back🙂, Happy Days!   A very, very excited Kate xx)
 

In Dina’s own words……..

 

My “Art Journal Play” classes are all about exploring and playing with art journaling techniques. The goal is to learn techniques, experiment, play, and make finished journal pages. We’ll be working in journals, but the techniques apply to all mixed-media projects (canvases, book-making, etc.). 

 

Art Journal Play Series: Conquering Color  (3-hour class)

Friday 27th March 2015  10.00am – 13.00pm   Cost €65

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Join me as we conquer color! We’re going to first make color charts with our paints. Then we’ll practice specific color schemes. We’ll play with split-complementary, triadic, analogous with complement, to name a few. I’ll show you how to take each color scheme and make a vibrant page with it.  Along the way I’ll give you tips and techniques for managing color and using contrast effectively. We’ll mix ink and acrylics to give interesting layers and color effects.

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors,  palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • Your art journal (I recommend the Dylusions journal by Ranger)
  • Gesso
  • Gel medium (I prefer soft-gel matte)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Rubber stamps–bring your “muses.” I will have some to share, too!
  • Black Ink Pad (I like Archival by Ranger). I will have several to share, if you don’t have one.
  • Pen(s) for journaling onto your pages
  • Optional: your own ink spray and stencils. I will have plenty for class use, but if you have your own, you won’t have to share.

Book This Class Here

 

Art Journal Play Series: Beyond the Ink Pad (3-hour class)

Friday 27th March 2015  15.00pm – 18.00pm   Cost €65

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In this class, we’ll explore one of our favorite addictions, rubber stamps. But we are going to go beyond the ink pad and use stamps with Pan Pastels, acrylic paints, crayons, gelatos, and more. I will show you techniques for creating and then we will build finished pages on top of our stamping–that means we’ll consider color, composition and layers as we finish our work.

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors,  palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • Your art journal (I recommend the Dylusions journal by Ranger)
  • Gesso
  • Gel medium (I prefer soft-gel matte)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Rubber stamps–bring your “muses.” I will have some to share, too!
  • Black Ink Pad (I like Archival by Ranger). I will have several to share, if you don’t have one.
  • Pen(s) for journaling onto your pages
  • Optional: PanPastels, Gelatos, Neocolor II crayons. Bring these if you have them…if not, don’t worry, I will have plenty in class.
  • Optional: your own ink spray and stencils. I will have plenty for class use, but if you have your own..you won’t have to share.

Book This Class Here

 

Art Journal Play Series: Delightful Painted Deli Paper (3-hour class)

Saturday 28th March 2015  10.00 – 13.00   Cost €65

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Join me as we create random painted deli papers. We’ll paint, scrape, rub, stencil, and stamp. Then I’ll show you my favorite ways to use the deli papers in your journaling and mixed-media projects.

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors,  palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • White acrylic gesso
  • Gel medium (I prefer soft gel matte) or a glue stick (I like the Ranger glue stick)
  • Acrylic paint. Bring your favorite colors.
  • Plastic palette knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Your art journal (I recommend the Dylusions journal by Ranger)

Book This Class Here

 

Art Journal Play Series: Creature Feature (3-hour class)

Saturday 28th March 2015  15.00 – 18.00   Cost €65

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Ah, little creatures. You can call them spirit animals, good luck charms, treasured companions, or even just a peek into mother nature’s goodness. Let’s spend a day creating creatures for our art work. Birds, dogs, foxes, anything goes!  I’ll show you various art techniques for getting creatures into your work. We’ll be stamping with PanPastels and Gelatos, and even drawing and collaging, with lots of scribbles and artsy lines. We’ll celebrate our creatures with bright colors and marks.

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors,  palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • Your art journal (I recommend the Dylusions journal by Ranger)
  • White acrylic gesso
  • Gel medium (I prefer soft gel matte) or a glue stick (I like the Ranger glue stick)
  • Acrylic paint. Bring your favorite colors, and please include white, a dark neutral, and a red/pink and a yellow.
  • Plastic palette knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Print-outs of your favorite creatures. Butterflies, birds, dogs, coyotes anything!
  • Optional: Your own black Archival ink pad. I will have some to share, but it’s nice to have your own.

Book This Class Here

Art Journal Play Series: Marvelous Mark Making (3-hour class)

Sunday 29th March 2015  10.00am – 13.00pm   Cost €65

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Mark-making is one of my obsessions! Join me for some mark-making play time. We’ll start pages with marks made from all kinds of materials and media. We’ll use string, sticks, cards, paint lids, and just play and see what happens. Then we’ll “read” our marks and listen to what they’re saying. We’ll turn the marks into layers, and then the layers into finished journal pages. You’ll be surprised how this class will help you grow and stretch as an artist!

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors, palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • Your art journal (I recommend the Dylusions journal by Ranger)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paints
  • Pen(s) for journaling onto your pages
  • Optional: your own ink spray and stencils. I will have plenty for class use, but if you have your own, you won’t have to share.
  • Optional: rubber stamps & black Archival ink pad.

Book This Class Here

Facing the Facts (3-hour class)

Sunday 29th March 2015  14.30am – 17.30pm   Cost €65

     

I always say I don’t know how to draw, yet I have taught myself how to draw faces. Guess what, you can draw faces, too! I will teach you how to draw a face with easy tips and tricks. We’ll use the “magic pencil” to make your faces look artsy and interesting (and I will give you each your own pencil in your kit, so you’ll have one to play with at home).  I’ll also show you how to paint the faces with artistic, fun colors. Even if you can’t draw, you can learn to draw faces. I promise!

Please bring:

  • Basic tool kit: Ranger craft sheet, paint brushes, pencil, scissors, palette knife, baby wipes, old gift card to use as a scraper.
  • White acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic paints. Please include Titanium White and a dark color for shadows (like Raw Umber or Payne’s Grey.
  • Gel medium (I prefer matte)
  • A note about paint brushes: please include a small flat brush and a small round brush. I like the Claudine Hellmuth brush assortment by Ranger. They are inexpensive and good quality.

Book This Class Here

 And that’s it🙂.   if you need any of the items listed for the class, don’t worry as we can order them in for you and have them here waiting🙂
If you have any questions, just email at kate@createwithkate.com
Happy Christmas Crafting
Kate x
Posted in scrapbooking

Graphic 45 Scrapbook Page :-)

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It’s been ages since I have blogged…I honestly don’t know where the time goes, the weeks just roll into one another.  For those who hadn’t heard, I broke my ankle playing cops and robbers with my 6 year old son and his his young friends😦, (my own fault, running in Fit Flops…not a good idea)

Walked on it for a week before I realised that I might have a broken bone, So I have been in plaster for the last few weeks, can’t drive, can’t walk, eating all around me and going stir crazy!!!

However, the up side to this is that I am getting to spend a lot of time tweaking our new website (would love your feedback, so check it out here ) and crafting🙂🙂

It made me realise that I am a little ‘rusty’ lol!  But I have managed a lovely scrapbook page using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection.  I loved this the minute it came out and I knew what I wanted to do with it straight away🙂

My Aunt Mary turned 80 in June and we had a family birthday party for her last Saturday.  For as long as I remember she loved working with her hands..her speciality was making jams and chutneys (I can still taste them) from her own produce, rhubarb, gooseberries, tomatoes etc.

We are supposed to look alike, so she gave me a picture that she loved, it was a formal one of her when she turned 18. So I created a scrapbook layout using a copy of the photo she gave me, papers, banners and the flower die cut pack from the Botanical Tea collection, a Prima resin Frame and some canvas.

I took a short video of the finished layout (which I framed in a 12″ x 12″ Prima Wooden Frame) and have some photos also. Leave a comment and let me know if you like it, Crafty Hugs, Kate xx

Posted in CHA

NEW product Online Now!

a Quick post for those who missed our CHA release party last weekend, we have most of the new releases available online now in our New product section link here

With the exception of the new G45, having a technical difficulty with it at the mo😦, but hope to have it sorted tomorrow.

thanks a mill to all who was there over the two days, will have some pics for you as well later this week

In the mean time, pop over to Karen’s blog where she talks through how she made this :-)….isn’t it fab!!!

 

crafty hugs

Kate x