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??)


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


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.


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 🙂


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


Madhatter’ Workshop!

Just thought I would spread the love, copied this from the Madhatter’s Facebook page (thanks Karen, Betty and Mandy…can’t wait!!)

COMPETITION TIME!!! If you would like to win a place at the Madhatters Workshop on 16th September 2012, just like and share this post. If you live too far away we will send you a kit with full instructions. The winner will be drawn from all of the entries on Sunday 9th September.

Madhatters full day workshop, 16th September 2012, Clonegal, Co. Wexford. We are creating a Halloween album with the new Happy Haunting collection from Graphic 45!! We will also be making some cards on the day too 🙂 If you would like to book your place just contact Karen Mathews, Betty Cumiskey or Mandy Sheridan, full day costs €40.00, refreshments provided and the lovely Kate from Create with Kate will be there to tempt us with her shop! Perfect day out 🙂

Soooooo excited…., I will have the G45 New collections with me (Nutcracker and Birdsong) as well as their existing lines incl. Ladies Diary!  Not to mention all the other new CHA products that have been arriving in the last couple of weeks… Play time!! 🙂

good luck with entering

Kate x


Haunted Halloween – Spooky Swaps

Anne here from Create with Kate doing my first ever blog post… I’ve been doing some Halloween swaps with friends in Ireland and England and on the UK Stampers site (which is great crafting community ). It’s a little late but I wanted to make sure that all my swapees had received their ghastly gifts before I blogged them. I was inspired to take part in these swaps after I bought this wonderful set of Wandas Pantry halloween stamps from WaltzingMouse back at the Great Big Craft Extravaganza in Athlone in September. They were irresistable….

I did this postcard for Pat on UK Stampers. All postcards had to be sent naked (no envelope) in the post so no big embellishments and everything well secured. Using good sturdy mountboard, the background is painted in Eco Green copper acrylic (a terrific, quick drying paint with a great coverage, available on site here from Kate) and then, using the PVA crackle technique, painted over in black ecogreen acrylic with subsequent liberal application of copper glitter. I stamped the house (from Paperbagstudios) onto a background paper made with homemade glimmer sprays and cut it into a spooky shape, then I stamped the dancing elf in silver and stuck them to the postcard with PVA glue.  I stamped out the words (7 gypsies) and witch and labels (Wanda’s Pantry) and a few other little additions and stuck them on. All finished with blood red nail polish and (when dry) a good thick coating of PVA glue to hold it all firmly in place.

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The two halloween tags were done for swaps with crafty friends and I could go to town on texture and 3D elements (so I did..).  The first tag was done on  mountboard with a similar copper and black crackle background as the postcard. In the second tag the mountboard was covered in metal tape, embossed with a Sizzix halloween texture plate and alcohol inked and sanded it.  Using the same Paperbagstudio house stamp, some Blonde Moments UTEE in Sugar Lilac with Perfect Pearls and black stazon ink (all except stamp available on site here from Kate) I created spooky house embellishments. I had some great silvery spidersweb-like fabric (from Guineys) that I distressed with my heat gun. The skeletal arm, metal skull, black spiders web material and cockroach all came form the €2 shops halloween stock. I had to use them as Louise, the recipient of the second tag and a great and talented crafty friend, was with me when we bought them. The fabulous Wanda’s Pantry tags (some stamped onto shrink plastic, some stamped on to the Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stack) were suitably goulish embellishments. I had great fun making these tags.

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween.

From Anne at Create with Kate