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


So Pop over and book your tickets now, Kate xx


Graphic 45 Scrapbook Page :-)

Canon Camera July 2014 928

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

Guest Blogger :-) ..7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder.

Can’t believe February is here already, but we are kicking it off with a great start, a super project by our guest blogger, the gorgeous Felicia from Scrapzville.

Felicia will be teaching a workshop at our CHA Release party on the 15/16 March so for those who aren’t familiar with her work you will get a sneak peak at her creative mind 🙂


Hi, its Felicia here from Scrapzville, doing a little guest blogging today.

Once upon a time, the lovely Kate said “What would you do with this?” and handed me the 7 Gypsies Vintage receipt holder…..


I love anything from 7 Gypsies, so I was delighted with this challenge!

She also gave me some mini file folders,


so off I went to make something lovely and creative ( You should have seen the mess in my craft room when I was finished!)

I decided to make a birthday calendar – there are only ten compartments on the holder and since there are twelve months I had to double up a couple of times, but i’m really pleased with how it turned out!

I used odds and ends from my scrap box, covered the back of the receipt holder first and then started work on the file folders.

(Prepare yourselves for photo overload..!)

I used one little folder for each month and then listed all of my friends and family’s birthdays in it. So, now I have no excuse for forgetting anyone!

As you can see March & April and August & September had to share a compartment –




I used the Sizzix Mini clock key & Pocket watch die to make this watch. I cut it from Kraft paper, added some black dabber, UTEE , some Tim Holtz Ideaology and a chain. This was a really good project for using up that stash!


I’m loving this new  “Flora” die from Sizzix Bigz collection  -, it makes beautiful flowers. I cut two the same size, scrunched them up and added a centre. I put UTEE on the leaves and then cracked them to add some texture. This is the middle size which is about 3″ across.


and this is the smaller one, which measures 1 1/2″ across:




If you fancy creating something similar, Here are the links to shop for the products I used

7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder

7 Gypsies ATC File Tabs

DIY Thickers

Thank you Kate for letting me play!!


Love it !!!

Thanks a mill Felicia for sharing your creativity with us

Kate x

Guest Blogger Mandy Sheridan Part 2


Hello lovely crafters, I am back with some photos of part two of my Prima doll stamp playing, this is her finished in my mixed media journal.

I have created a video on the process, but I am having some issues, my laptop can not seem to take the high quality video editing, so I am working on getting it sorted out…with the help of husband!

So once that is all done I will have the video posted here for you to watch.  In the meantime I will leave you with these pics, hope you like it and see you soon, Mandy xx.


Goodies Sneak Peak!

Mini Accordian project from the Crate Paper Blog

Ho ho ho!

It’s definately going to feel like Santa’s wonderland here next week (once you get past all the delivery boxes, the unpacking, the stacking and pricing – after himself has gone to bed of course).  I’m so excited about the new stock coming in (just in time for the Create with Kate Jamboree and for Christmas pressies!!).

I have the new Authentique paper pad for me, Echo Park Times and Seasons and Tim Holtz for Anne, Rock Distress Stickles and My Minds Eye xmas 6*6 pad for Geraldine, the new Spellbinders and distress reinkers for Kay as well as Crate Paper  for my secret Santa!!  And that’s just to mention a few of the papers!

So watch this space for more sneak peaks! Hint in a word……Canvas!



We have just received some fantastic new Christmas stock from Sizzix and they had a surprise in store, in the form of a bonus embossing folder with the christmas Bigz dies that you can use with the die or on it’s own.

Also in the delivery are the new Tim Holtz sizzlits decorative strip dies; vintage lace and festive greenery, Sizzix decorative strip christmas paper chain with Holly flourish; Tim’s Christmas embossing folder as well as the new Hero Arts cling stamp and Sizzix embossing folder sets; all of which are also pictured below! (RRP: €15-€17.99)

Here’s a taster, full details of the whole delivery on our Sizzix page in our Shop for Goodies section!

Happy crafting and keep smiling!


Crop and Class!

Hello again, from a VERY, VERY, WET west coast of Ireland; I retract my blog entry last month regarding my statement about it ‘not raining in the west, as much as people think’….cos it has been miserable for the last few days.  I HATE drizzle, pouring rain I can handle (a lot of water in a short space of time) whereas drizzle goes on for hours and hours if not days!! Not Fair!!

On a brighter note, I had a great weekend, don’t you just love it when you get one of them!:  I had a lovely class with the Thursday Girls last Thursday, where they got to play with some UTEE.  They were enjoying themselves so much they didn’t get around to making the cards that I had planned for the day.  They were very happy going home with their UTEE’d chipboard shapes.  They were even starting to experiment by the end of the class; mixing different colours, creating melted affects and adding pearl pigments and stamped images.  Happy Days!!

I then had a wonderful day on Friday, I met with the very creative Anne and we went to Westport to see an exhibition by the fab Glass and Felt artist Suzie Sullivan.  It was in a lovely shop with a gallery feel to it, called Kaelidoscope.  The lovely Denise stocks beautiful hand crafted goods from Resin Jewelry, knitted items to wall art.  This shop is a must see for anyone visiting Westport.  After the exhibition we spent a happy couple of hours crafting – A Wonderful Day!  I made a card for Aghna (our prize winner) and Anne made a gorgeous tag for a swap with a fellow GBCE crafter. Here’s a pic of my card.

I First flicked some sand acrylic paint around the edges  of a green square card, I then distressed the edges of a  page from Prima’s Alla Prima 6*6 pack with a distress tool and inked with Mustard Seed and Shabby Shutters distress inks. The Birdcage and Butterfly are from Prima’s Printery resistant canvas shapes (already have pattern so all you need to do is colour them, how cool is that!) that I sprayed with ink sprays.  The stamps I  used were from Anne’s stash (thanks Anne!) as was the  crystal and pearl swirl.  I placed the tag sentiment in the  corner against a backdrop of a Prima Shabby Chic  window and a paper rose.  I was very happy with the end result – pushed my comfort zone a bit!!  Took me nearly three hours, a very enjoyable three hours I might add although I now understand the need for sketches and Kits!!

On Saturday, we had our CROP, a few of the usual suspects couldn’t make it, didn’t dampen the creativity though.  Mary made a fab door hanger for her daughter out of Mount Board, paper, pearls, embossing powder and Mary Magic!!


Ita, who is off to New Zealand for a holiday (soooo jealous!), made a fabulous card using my Tim Holtz’s fanciful flight die, some Sakura pens, some gems and a fab background stamp.  She had such a fun time that she die cut some more to take with her and colour on her holidays!!


Anne played with some great backgrounds and acrylic paints, working on the cover of her handmade art journal and encouraged us in our efforts.  I had a topper that I created during an experiment day and I made a card using it (it’s going on the MINE, ALL MINE shelf).  I also made a card doing what I love, making my own patterned card / paper backgrounds.


We (my very patient hubbie and I) went to Galway that evening for a 40th Birthday party and I got to meet Aghna and hand over her Prize!! I was dying for her to open it to see if we got the mix right, she promised she would post a link to the projects that she creates from the goodies!! Looking forward to that!  Had a few hours at the party and then the hour’s drive back home to get up for work (hubbie) and a three year old (Me) the following morning …both at 6.30 a.m.   Mike went to work and I took Philip off to the beach in Westport with the digs for a very blustery and drizzly walk!!  And the drizzle hasn’t stopped!!

Until the drizzle stops

Happy crafting and keep smiling

Kate xx