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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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 🙂

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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…..

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

She also gave me some mini file folders,

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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 –

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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!

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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.

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

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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!!

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Love it !!!

Thanks a mill Felicia for sharing your creativity with us

Kate x

Class Supply List :-)

Just a short post to let you know what you need to bring to the Christmas Party this Sunday

As there will be makes and takes and your own craft space, make sure to bring your favourite craft tools..i.e trimmer, inks, glue,  craft sheet etc…..

For those doing the Christmas Wreath and Wardrobe classes, there are some extra items listed below

Tim Holtz Christmas Wreath Class:
glue gun and extra sticks (if you have)
heat gun,
glossy accents,
crystal or white glitter,
sewing needle,
inks in walnut stain and vintage photo,
glue,
and distress paint (or acrylic paint) picket fence, walnut stain, brushed pewter (silver), fired brick.

Packing List for Kaisercraft Wardrobe Class

Paint:, you will only need one colour. Pale blue, green or pink
will match the Delight papers:  Black, Brown, red or cream will work with Curiousity papers
Paint palette.
Brush for painting small/medium size.
Water carrier, for brush cleaning.
Wet strong glue for gluing the wardrobe parts together.
Sand paper.
Scissors, craft knife (sharp blades), mat, trimmer, ruler, pencil, bone folder.
Glue for attaching paper to the chipboard, I used Mod Podge. Claudine Hellmuth Mat Medium or Good PVA will work just as well.
Brush for the glue, as it must be spread on.
Wipes and apron (my Mod Podge doesn’t like my clothes!!!!!)
Double sided tape, the strong stuff, I used red line.
Ribbon and any embellishments you wish to use to decorate.
Brown ink and sponge (I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Blending Tool).

See you Sunday

I am going back to help Santa wrap his Pressies 🙂 🙂 🙂

Kate x

Another Video :-)

The lovely Anne Mullen gave me some of the beads that she will be teaching you to make in her Melt Pot workshop next Sunday at our Christmas party.  I have also attached a photo as the video doesn’t do them justice.

Anne will teach you how to plan, design, create and decorate a range of beautiful beads that you can use in your craft projects, be it jewellry, charms or dangles 🙂

Using the Ranger Melt Pot, you will use UTEE, mica/perfect pearls, frantage elements, embossing powder, tyvec and fibres to make different shapes, sizes and types of melt art paper and fabric beads.

You can book this class on our web site here

See you Sunday

Kate x

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