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


New Stock!

I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks to Christmas day, i finally got the house cleaned, the christmas decorations down and the tree put up :-)……there has to be a business there…..”stage your house for christmas lol!”

Honestly though, Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I have always loved putting up the decorations! , I had help this year and I was really excited about the prospect of sharing the fun with my 5 year old son!!

THAT’S when i found out that we don’t share the….. “I love to decorate gene”.  His favourite part was going into the attic to get them down lol!  I think he hung two decorations on the tree and knocked about 30 off (when he decided to race his dinky cars up the tree!)

My only consolation is that the car race on the Christmas tree will probably form one of his earliest Christmas memories…and you never know it might become a tradition 🙂

That for me sums up the Christmas Season.  It’s about the people you share it with, the memories you re-live and the new ones you create.  It’s about spending time with family and friends with the odd pressie thrown in (in appreciation for their love and support over the past year).

And this Christmas, I definately feel a positivity in the air, more than there has been the last few years, so hear’s hoping it is a sign of better things to come for one and all……

Now, back to business lol!!  I just unpacked our last delivery before Christmas and I just had to share this pic with you…….

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Peace and Joy for 2014

Digi Hugs

Kate x


Sneak Peak for our CHA Party :-)

I am again sitting at my Kitchen table, 5 year old in school, hubbie on the phone, Jasper asleep under my chair, house tidy and cup of tea in hand……What a change!!

It’s not that long ago when my 5 year old would be hopping around the house after being up half the night, the house would be chaos, my hubbie would be in the middle of a lupus flare up and I would be well, the less said about that the better!! Lol!

It’s amazing what a different doctor, second opinion, a change of diet and some sleep will do!!!  Not to mention school lol!

I have two sneak peaks to share with you today.  The fabulous Mandy (Pink Goose Craft House) is going to demo this gorgeous little mini…not to be missed!


The second pic I have is from a Make and Take happening on Sunday…My wonderfully talented Mum, Kay Hardiman (who I got my creativity from) created this fab card for you to make, just in time for Christmas 🙂


This is only one of the makes and takes…I will have some more sneaky/peaky’s next week.  remember all tickets booked before the 3rd october will get a free gift 😉

tickets and classes can be booked here

happy crafting

Kate x

First of our Sneaky Peaky’s for this weekend….

Hi Everyone,

Lots happening….great sunshine, barbecues, pixie hunt on facebook (great fun!) and broken noses!!  Yep, I did write that right!.  My son got hit in the nose with a rock at a barbecue at his nana’s house last Sunday, poor mite!  He has a HUGE black and blue nose with a deep cut on the side AND two black eyes 😦   I don’t know who was crying harder when it happened, the 5 year old or his mother! TG, it could have been a lot worse.

Now that my eyes are drier, have a few sneak peaks to share with you.  Sandie has sent me a pic of one of the cards you will be making in her class as well as the make and take 🙂  remember you can book your tickets for our “Christmas in July” event this sat on our website

Kate x

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A Big Thank You……

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU  to all you lovely crafty ladies who came to our CHA Party / Jamboree last Sunday.  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did :-).  It was great to see so much creativity and happy cheer, a great start to an Irish Springtime lol!

The only thing is that i never took any photos :-(, so if anyone has some would love to see them.

We arrived back late yesterday evening, unpacked everything into the kitchen….agh! and then I went to a Zumba class in my local community hall (it’s only my second time going and boy am I feeling it today lol!)

I will be spending the rest of the week (while the little lad is either in playschool or bed), restocking and updating my website and finishing off a project or two.  A little birdy metioned something about ‘an unfinished project event’ which i think we can all find at least one project to bring along lol!

Happy Crafting and thanks again

Kate x   (ps. some exciting news coming soon….Yippee!)


COMPETITION TIME……€50 Create with Kate Voucher up for grabs…closing date 17th March

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This winter sun is a great way of shaking off the Recession blues :-). We are in to the last few days before our Create with Kate CHA JAMBOREE (check out the details and KIT VIDEOS here).

To celebrate this, the sunny weather 🙂 the arrival of the new product to our online store (here) as well as to shine a light in this seemingly never-ending recession …we are going to have a little competition

And that’s right, the Prize is a…………

€ 50 voucher for our store   Wahoo!!!!

And How do you win????

It will be a random draw, and to enter all you have to do is to send a link to this post to your friends telling them  a) about this competition    and

b) which CHA PARTY kit you like the most, you will find a link to the kit details in the first paragraph :-).

(here is the link to send to your friends)

You can send the link in three ways: –

1) email your crafty friends (include my email address with theirs in the receipient list –

2) Share the post on your facebook page (from my facebook page)

3) or text (include 0879481196 in your recipient list) making sure you include your name and address

The best of luck and make sure to watch out for more new product arriving online in the next two weeks

Happy Crafting

Kate x


Closing Date is Paddy’s Day, 17th March, 6pm GMT, draw will take place 9pm GMT 17th March.

Voucher may be redeemed against product on our online store

Winner must be able to show proof of link sharing on request.

CHA Party Video Kits

Hi Everyone,

As promised here are the first two videos of the class kits that are available for the Create with Kate CHA Party/Jamboree (more info about the party here)

All of the classes can be booked on our web site

The first one is for Mandy Sheridan’s class, using Prima’s new doll stamps, lifetime collection and tag pad

The second and third are for Felicia’s class which is the Kaisercraft Wall hanging.  You will have the choice of two of Prima’s New Paper Collections..Engraver or Life-Time.

More to come Friday

Kate x