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



Hi Everyone,

Just a short note to quickly show you some of the new Sizzix product just in :-).  It will be on sale at our shop this weekend in Athlone and up on our NEW website, yes NEW!!!! in two weeks time 🙂 (will tell more next week….!!)

tim holtz Alterations Winter 2014

I also want to thank everyone for the comments they left on my facebook page re the passing of my Aunt.  I wish to comisserate with anyone who has and is dealing with Cancer right now.  Sending light your way.

Crafty hugs!!

Hope we see you in Athlone this weekend

Kate xx


CHA Release Party Timetable :-)

Hi Everyone,

We have been very busy sorting our all the new product that has arrived in the last two weeks :-)….. getting it ready for the Create with Kate CHA Release Party ( Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone 15th & 16th March).

We have finalised our timetable for the workshops, demos and make and takes.  Check it out here!

It’s going to be a great two days with lots of fab new goodies to see first hand.  Remember…… you will have your own crafting/cropping space, it will be great to see what everyone is creating at the moment.

Just in case you haven’t seen the line up yet, here is a brief overview

* Felicia Thomas of Scrapzville will help you create a fabulous bunting, she is even going to include some of her art work in the kit 🙂   here is a sneakey peakey!!

* Martina Downes (who wowed us all with her gorgeous Tim Holtz wreath at our Christmas Jamboree) will be doing a Kaisercraft & G45 trinket box (with a secret :-))

* Julie Magill (who will just be back from a workshop with Dyan Reaveley) will be passing on her tips and techniques in a Dylusions Canvas Class….as requested 🙂

* Julie is also going to teach a card class and has all the kits ready to go

* Betty Cumiskey is also going to teach a one hour Card Class, Not to be missed as you will pick up great tips and techniques from this Master Crafter 🙂

* Mandy Sherdian (Pink Goose Craft House) is going to teach a scrapbook workshop.  Create a Fab Double layout using Finnabair’s papers and embellishments

On top of all this we will have a demo station where among others we will be demoing the new Tim Holtz Spritzer tool, stencils, paint techniques, and of course some of the new dies that have just arrived in store 🙂

We will also have our make and take, where you will get to play with some of the new products straight from CHA winter 2014 🙂

And as if that isn’t enough lol!, there will be a raffle for some great prizes and a “Free Goody Bag” for all tickets purchased before the 13th March

so pop over now to our website here and book your tickets

Looking forward to catching up with everyone

Crafty Hugs

Kate x

CHA NEWS!! everyone,

I hope this blog post is finding you all recouperating after the christmas…I know we are!  January is a catch up month for me!

I am also busy planning our Two day CHA release party in March, lot’s of exciting things happening, more info to follow over the next few weeks, Happy Days!!!.  This year, I will be concentrating on the display, the shop as well as demos/makes and takes.  We will have a classroom available for tutors who want to teach a class, so with that in mind I am sending out a call for teachers, so if you want to book the class room over the weekend, drop me an email 🙂

In anticipation of the event, I will share some of my CHA favourites here over the next few days. I don’t know how many of you have had a chance to see any of the new releases coming out this spring…some really gorgeous products and cool techniques!

So let’s start……….

Ranger Products (including the new Dina Wakely line…loving it!)

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection

Prima marketing Something Blue and Stationer’s Desk

Prima Insta-scrap by Leeza Gibbons

More to share tomorrow 🙂

Happy crafty Viewing

Kate x





50% off Clearance Sale

Well everyone, I hope this email finds you all enjoying 2014 so far 🙂

I have lots of things to share and also some questions for you…first off

1)  We are having our first ever Clearance sale….up to 50% off on brands like Prima, G45, Ranger, Dylusions, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Spellbinders, Bo Bunny, Simple Stories, basically all your favourite brands.   It’s In the Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone on the 19th January.

There will be approx. 40 spaces to craft/crop so come for the day and bring along your unfinished projects or just pop in and pick up some great products at great prices….a perfect way to start your crafting year !
2)  It’s also that time of year….The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) are holding their biggest release event of the year starting this weekend…with all the new products being shipped in Feb/March.  This is a fantastic colourful event and to mark it we are having our own CHA Release Party Paddy’s weekend the 15th and 16th March in the Hodson Bay Hotel.
So, mark your diary.  It’s two days of cropping, crafting, demos, makes and takes, classes and shopping.
We will host the event, have our shop and will have a dedicated demo and make and take table.  The classes will be run by tutors from around the country.

So, if their is a particular type of class you would like to do, or a specific product you would like demoe’d email us and let us know asap and we will include it in our list.

Seeing as it is a Bank Holiday weekend we can organise some kids activities through the hotel if we have enough takers, so if you are interested, email me details age, etc of the kids and we can start planning.
The hotel have quoted the following rates for those who wish to come and stay for the weekend, however I would advise you book in the next week to guarantee availability.

“We do have rooms available at the moment. As it is a bank holiday weekend I would recommend that attendees book as soon as possible (link below).

 Rooms Sale Deal (book in Januray) – B&B rooms for €89 per night (Kids B&B €10 per night)

2 B&B 1Dinner – €139 per person sharing (Kids B&B €10 per night)

 Family B&B – €150 per night – €300 Total

Total Family Package (2 B&B, 1 Dinner, Kids Camp & Comp. Activity Voucher) – €355 Total


That’s all for now, email me with any questions.  Hopefully we will see you at our Clearance Sale on the 19th January.
Wishing you lots of Happy Crafting for 2014
Kate x

Ps.We will be showing the new product lines coming out on our blog over the next couple of weeks so make sure to keep an eye out, in the mean time here are a FEW sneak peaks 🙂





Video and some pics!

We are finally getting back to normal here, Tummy bug has been banished, boxes unpacked, internet back to normal and house kinda tidy lol!  It’s the simple things in life 🙂

Anyway I just wanted to share this video I made on the second morning of our CHA Release Party in Athlone at the beginning of this month. We are busy finalising the class details for our Christmas Party (sample of one in the video :-)) and will be sharing all by next week…fa, la, la, la, la…la, la, la, la!

I also wanted to share this pic with you of the cards some of the lovely ladies made in my class yesterday, start of the Christmas Card season!!
The stamp we used was one of Stampendous Cling Stamps – Angelic Gifts and we heat embossed it in different colours. Isn’t it fab, its is one of the new products added to our website here

Happy crafting

Kate x

Simple Christmas Cards
Simple Christmas Cards

Make and Take !!

Hi Everyone,

Had to share this with you before I head to the motor tax office today ( deadline…everything till the last minute as usual lol!)  But here are some sneak peaks of some of the items you will get to play with at our makes and takes this weekend 🙂  I really can’t wait.

Two of the classes are nearly full, so if you are planning on booking a place I would do so now (it will also help the teachers have their kits ready :-))

Remember we are also having a competition in three categories, so make sure to bring your entries along this weekend.  i will have more details on this tomorrow, until then here are the categories and the sneak peaks 🙂

1) Handmade cards

2)  Scrapbook Layout

3) Mixed Media / Altered Item

CHA Party Sneak Peaks 1   20130930_113805

The pics are a bit dark, sorry, but I can tell you that you are going to just Love, Love, Love playing with these 🙂

Happy Crafting and don’t forget to book

Kate x