Video and some pics!

We are finally getting back to normal here, Tummy bug has been banished, boxes unpacked, internet back to normal and house kinda tidy lol!  It’s the simple things in life 🙂

Anyway I just wanted to share this video I made on the second morning of our CHA Release Party in Athlone at the beginning of this month. We are busy finalising the class details for our Christmas Party (sample of one in the video :-)) and will be sharing all by next week…fa, la, la, la, la…la, la, la, la!

I also wanted to share this pic with you of the cards some of the lovely ladies made in my class yesterday, start of the Christmas Card season!!
The stamp we used was one of Stampendous Cling Stamps – Angelic Gifts and we heat embossed it in different colours. Isn’t it fab, its is one of the new products added to our website here

Happy crafting

Kate x

Simple Christmas Cards
Simple Christmas Cards

Our next Event…….CHA PARTY DETAILS :-)

Ok, so i am here in my kitchen not surrounded by boxes anymore (“Yahoo,” says Mike!) and am putting together the final details of our next big event, which of course is our Bi-Annual CHA release party… I also realised that there are probably a few people who read my blog that don’t know what CHA is?

CHA stands for the Craft and Hobby Association based in the US, Canada and the Uk. You can find more info about them here

One of the things that the CHA do, is run two big Trade events every year (January and July) where the top companies in the industry launch and showcase their new craft products and designs 🙂

And that in a nutshell is what our CHA release parties are……an opportunity to see all the new CHA releases under the one roof.

Our next CHA  release party is on in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone; on the 5th and 6th of October.

So what can you expect:-

1) Gorgeous Displays from the fab new ranges released by

  • Prima Marketing
  • Bo Bunny
  • Simple Stories
  • Project Life
  • Sizzix
  • Ranger, including Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley
  • Stampendous
  • Kaisercraft
  • Memory Box

as well as lots more 🙂

2)  Four Makes and Takes (two on each day) being hosted by Betty Cumiskey and Mandy Sheridan 🙂

3) Craft Competition and door prizes as well as our daily challenges 🙂

4) Crop Space

5)  Classes in Card Making, Scrapbooking, Mixed Media and Beyond the Page by teachers like

To give you a hint of some of the class content….

There are two fab card classes planned as well as a mini album class.  Louise is planning a Grunge Quilt, Martina’s class will involve 3D Assemblage using Tim Holtz’s new Luminary Die, Karen is in Canvas Art mode, Mandy is planning a Prima Double Scrapbook layout and Felicia is Teaching a Haunted House Class 🙂

We will have more class details to follow along with Sneak Peaks but to give you an idea here are a few pics for inspiration 🙂

Remember, pre-booking can be done on our web site here, tickets are €10 and for that you will get

  • Raffle Tickets
  • Makes and takes
  • Demos
  • Competition Entry Form
  • Cropping Space

FREE Gift for all advance purchased tickets 🙂  (tickets muct be bought by the 3rd October to qualify)

We will have the class timetable up on Monday next along with the booking link 🙂

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Guest Blogger: Mandy Sheridan Part 1

Hello my lovely Create with Kate peeps.  Mandy here, also known as craftyangelmandy, you can visit my new blog here, Pink Goose Craft House.

Today I am here to share some playing I did with one of the new Prima Doll Stamps along with a few Tim Holtz Distress Markers from Ranger.  I will be sharing the finished project in parts, so this week is part one.  I will show you how I created my doll, next week, part two will see me adding her to Prima’s new Mixed Media Finnabair Art Journal along with some papers from the Prima Divine Collection (all of which are available over at CreatewithKate’s online store.  So without further ado lets get colouring…….

What you will need:

Good quality watercolour paper, Distress Markers, Water brush, Acrylic Block, Permanent Inks (Stazon, Archival), Kitchen Roll.

What you need

Part 1.a

I started with Scattered Straw, I used my marker direct to paper and some scribbled out on a acrylic block.

Part 1

Part 2

I then layer over the Scattered Straw with a very small amount of Vintage Photo at the very edges, blending with my water brush.

Part 3

Part 4

add some Worn Lipstick to her cheeks, again blending out.

Part 5

Start on her hair with Vintage Photo as your base, Walnut Stain on the edges and to deepen I added some of my Black Soot Distress Ink Pad.

Part 6

If you feel your paper/image is becoming to wet, just give it a blast with your heat tool and you can always use your water brush with no water in it.

Part 7

Stamp out your image on some pattern paper (I used the new A4 Divine Collection from Prima)  Cut out the dress and adhere to your base doll.

Part 8

 Colour over the edges of the pattern paper dress with Victorian Velvet to enhance.

Part 9

Add some subtle highlights to her hair with a white gel pen and decorate her hairband with Tumbled Glass.

Part 10

Now you have your finished doll she will be ready for next weeks part two, where we will add her to the journal.  You will be able to apply this doll to any project, so if you have a card or scrapbook page in mind you can still join us!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you would like to contact me with any questions feel free to email me at or maybe you would like to attend a class, I have a canvas one coming up in April.  Take care, hugs Mandyxx

Dylusions Class List!

Well, I am sitting in my mums living room in Athlone in front of a roaring fire doing the last minute prep for this year’s GBCE in Athlone!  And I thought I would put a list of the non-kit items we will be using in the Dylusions class on Saturday.  If you have any of the following bring them along to make the most of our play time 🙂 ooo can’t wait!!

Craft Sheet,

Water brush or Small Paint brush

Distress Inks and distress tool

White and Black Pen

Double sided tape / 3-D Foam Pads

Scissors, Trimmer, craft knife

Black Archival Ink

The van is packed to the rafters even Philip was holding goodies in his lap on the way down lol!

See you all in the next few days

Kate x


CHA Jamboree!


It’s Kate here, and yes, i’m still kicking lol!

Apologies for my MIA the last few weeks, but on the home straight now and should be testing the new site next week..Happy Days!!!!     I just wanted to give everyone the heads up ‘cos,…..

Create with Kate is running a CHA Winter 2012 Showcase in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland on Sunday 15th APRIL 2012.

……and if you love your paper and stamps, you really can’t afford to miss it!

You can get more info at this link here (the Jamboree CHA home page) with more details to follow next week!

We are also in Limerick the 31st March and the 1st April with the two fabulous crafting clubs there (Hi Girls!!).

Have a Fab Paddy’s weekend! I’m spending it with my brother and his wife to be (they are getting married on Saturday), leaving hubbie and son behind, so the hair is coming down lol!

Can you imagine getting to celebrate your wedding anniversary on Paddy’s day EVERY year (now why didn’t I think of that lol!!)

Hope to see you in Athlone and don’t forget to spread the news,