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


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

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 🙂





Class list Two!…

Hi ladies,

Everything is wrapped, packed and loaded 🙂  All set for the Christmas Party on Sunday, Wahoo!!  Soooo looking forward to it, I think I might even get to do a class 🙂

For those doing the Soap Gfift Box, Graphic 45 or the UTEE Bead class, here are the following materials you will need to bring.

UTEE Beads / Melt Pot

Cutting mat
Ruler and pencil
Craft knife or guillotine
Craft Mat
Clear embossing ink (such as versamark)
Wet glue e.g. Mod Podge/Glossy Accents/Matt Medium/Glue’n’Seal//PVA
Rectangular plastic/cardboard box such as old ice cream tub
Small lidded container (e.g. small jar/match box)
Glue stick
Small selection of Permanent markers (e.g Copic/Promarkers etc)
Metal Knitting Needles, sizes 7, 8, 9
Bead tools- flat-nosed pliers and round-nosed pliers
Packing List for Soap gift box and card kit..
Basic tools, Scissors, craft knife, mat, trimmer, ruler, pencil, bone folder, score board
Foam dots, baby wipes
Glue for attaching image transfer to soap, i used Mod Podge.
Brush for glue small/medium size
Soft Brush for varnish ( don’t panic I will have varnish with me)
Water carrier, for brush cleaning.
Wet glue/ tacky glue
Double sided tape, and red line tape
Brown ink and a finger dauber (I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Blending Tools).
Colours/ pro-markers or copics (you can not use watercolours for this) i will bring some colours with me .
Staz on ink in brown and memento ink in brown and London fog( i will have inks with me) 
Acrylic blocks for stamps..
Looking forward to seeing you all Sunday..

Caroline Whelan..

Graphic 45 Album and Box Kit
Cutter and craft mat and knife
Pva or mod podge
Paint brushes for glue and paint.
Brown ink pad and applicator
Along with the usual crafting kit.
Kate, can you also remember to bring the cardstock for the mini albums please. (oops, that’s for me lol!)
see you Sunday

Remember doors open at 9.30, classes start at 10.30….See you all there and don’t forget your Christmas Jumpers and Elf Hats 🙂

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

UTEE Beads 2

Video Sneak Peak of Graphic 45 Kit……..

Only a few days left now…..:-) 🙂 🙂

Karen has done a short video showing what you will be making at her class using the Graphic 45 Kit.  The one she made was using the Mother Goose collection but you have a choice of the fabulous ’12 Days of Christmas’ Paper, ‘Bohemian Bazaar’ or ‘Steampunk Spells’ .  Kits can be purchased here

See you Sunday 🙂

Kate x


And the WINNERS are…… :-)

Trish Cahill

Alicja Asia Panewka

Michelle Bermingham

Martina Wright

Congrats ladies (tickets will be waiting at the door :-)) A big thank you to all who joined in and here’s a sneak peak of some of what’s going in the goody bags for all ticket holders 🙂Image

See you all on Sunday 🙂

And here’s a little video just to set the mood

Kate x