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


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


Christmas Party update…….

Hi Everyone,

Just over a week to go…..Fa, La, La, la, La……La, La, La La.

Just in case you are planning on coming but haven’t booked a class or ticket, I would ask you to do so this weekend.  Don’t worry if you are a winner of a free ticket as we will refund you 🙂 we are just trying to finalise numbers so we can have everything prepared in advance :-), Santa wants to know how many presents his Elves have to wrap lol!

The other change we are doing this year is that we are going to adhere to the pre-book rule for classes.  It is very difficult to plan a class / pack kits if we don’t know numbers, so again if you want to do a class please book this weekend.

We have some great raffle prizes lined up and the Christmas cake is being iced today….so all we have left to do is pack the goody bags, pack the class kits, make some table decorations, make the name tags,  wrap a few pressies, And drink mulled wine lol!!

Remember, Free Goody Bags for all those who pre-book, so pop over to our web site and book your ticket today.

See you on the 1st
Kate x

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Another Sneak Peak….Kit will include a choice of La La Land Character Stamps 🙂



Create with Kate’s Christmas Party

Hi all, We have four FREE TICKETS to our Christmas Party up for grabs all you have to do is spread the word about this really fun event,

You can do this either by liking our facebook page and sharing our FREE TICKET POST on your own timeline/page or blogging and linking to our Christmas Jamboree Page where you can read all about our Christmas party .

We also have our class timetable finalised as well as two new workshops added.  Anne Mullen is going to teach some fabulous Handmade beads using the melt pot and Eve of Crafty Queens is going to teach a 2014 Diary class.

For Eve’s class I have put a fun twist to the kit in that it’s a kit for Two!!!!  How cool is that, so you can do this class with a son, daughter, sister, mother, friend, brother 🙂

To find out more, head over to our website where you can also book your ticket (remember everyone who books a ticket by 9pm GMT on the 25th November gets a free goody bag on the day ;-))

So go book your tickets now and I will see you on the 1st!

Kate x

Knit and Stitch Show….samples

Hi everyone, I hope you are all tucked up in front of the fire….what a day!!   It’s perfect for crafting though:-)

I took advantage of the rain and took out some some new dies that I have been itching to play with 🙂

When i first saw Brenda Waltons 3 D Cottage die from her latest release i immediately had several projects that I wanted to use it for. So today I started on one.

I made a little village of gorgeous houses from A4 sparkling vellum.

  I am going to attach these to some fairy lights, how cute will that be 🙂

I think grease proof paper, tracing paper or parchment will work great as well


For those of you who haven’t heard, we are running a draw for some free tickets to the Knit and Stitch show, details on our facebook page.

You can see Brenda Waltons new sizzix collection in her fab video here

I will have these Cottage fairy lights at the Knit and Stitch Show, so make sure to pop over to stand A34 to see them 🙂

Kate x

Brenda Walton 3D Cottage

A Little Christmas Project……

Hi Everyone,
apologies for not blogging in a couple of weeks, lots of things happening in the family didn’t allow time for blogging 😦
I want to wish everyone a wonderful day today and lots of festive fun; Peace, Joy and lots of crafting time in 2013!
If you are like me, you will find you have some time on your hands over the next two weeks (kids happily playing with their new toys / gadgets), leftovers in vogue and everyone is in holiday mode :-).  Anne and I are planning on having some creative fun and of course i will blog about it.  To get us started the lovely Anne has made a gorgeous Christmas Tag (tutorial below) and I have also attached some other pics to get the creative juices flowing.  As you know tags are a great way to express your creativity and the finished pieces look great on a card, in a frame, hanging from a light fitting (or Christmas tree) or as a gift tag!
Merry Christmas and keep an eye out for our next project,
Kate and Anne x
Christmas Tag
Christmas Tag Tutorial 2012
Tim Holtz didn’t do his 12 Tags of Christmas this year but he has all his previous years Christmas tags archived on his blog. They are a great source of inspiration and the following Christmas Tag Tutorial uses some of my favourite of Tim’s techniques.
-Start by die cutting one of TH’s Holiday Ornament from chipboard or mountboard. Paint this with a thick layer of Brushed Pewter Crackle paint and leave to dry. (It took almost 5 hours for the paint to dry and ‘crackle’ so do this well in advance.)
-Cut a tag (18cms by 9 cms) from a sheet of cream cardstock. Spray with water and colour with China Blue and Stormy Sky Distress Stains. Dry with a heat gun and stick a few layers of Washi Tape along the bottom edge.
-Stamp the crackle stamp from the Tim Holtz ‘Joyful Song’ stamp set all over the tag with the Snowcap Paint Dauber. (Clean your stamp immediately.) Repeat stamp the music stamp (from the same set) over sections of the tag using Coffee Archival Ink.
-Using the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die, cut a lace strip from gold mirror card. Glue to the bottom of the tag using Glossy Accents. Emboss the whole tag with a flourish embossing folder. Blend Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edge of the tag and lightly rub a Stazon Timber Brown Ink Pad over the tag to highlight the embossed areas.(You can use Walnut Distress Ink for this step but the parts of the tag covered in washi tape don’t take the ink.)
-When your holiday ornament is dry and crackled, colour it with alcohol inks using Red Pepper and Watermelon with a hint of Raspberry. Glue it to your tag. The Brushed Pewter paint and alcohol ink gives a fantastic effect, like shattered stained glass.
-Colour a strip of cream cardstock with the China Blue Distress Stain and cut out the word ‘rejoice’ using Tim Holtzs ‘Once Upon A Time’ die. Glue to the ornament. Using Barn Door Distress Stain and the Tim Holtzs ‘Alphabetical’ die, cut the words ‘in the season‘. Glue to the tag and add red stickles to some letters.
-Use a white pen to create a snow effect on your tag. When dry, go over snow with Crystal stickles. Add red gems, a metal embellishment, some ribbon and fibres and your tag is finished.
Anne x
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Colouring in with Distress Markers

Hi crafties!!  The very talented Sandie Dunne is doing a distress marker demo at our stand at the GBCE in Athlone on Saturday next.

She will be colouring in some gorgeous La-La Land Crafts cling stamps (link to all designs here)

Here’s a sneaky peaky!

See you at the weekend 🙂

Kate x