Craft Weekend Belfast

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Stormont Hotel, Belfast, February 21st – 22nd 2015
Join us for two days of crafting, make and takes, raffles, classes and of course Shopping :-). Doors open at 10 am and we will be crafting away till 5.30pm. Your ticket will reserve you your own crafting space and if you purchase your ticket before the 20th February you will also recieve a goody bag. Tickets can be bought HERE

Click on the link below to see the the full details including Time Table


So Pop over and book your tickets now, Kate xx


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

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

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
Tag_Feb2012 tim tag day 8

Latest Christmas Jamboree Tidings!!

Hi Everyone,

Only a few days left to our Crafting Christmas Party…Yippee!!  And Yes, we have added a Card Making Class 🙂

NEXT please take note that it is on in the HODSON BAY HOTEL, Roscommon Road, Athlone.

It opens at 10am, with a planned kit start at 10.30
For those not taking part in the kits and just planning on bringing their own crafting projects we will have the cropping stations set up, ready for when you arrive.  Once you arrive, make sure you say hello and collect your goodie bag / kit.

There will be different tables depending on the different activities you are taking part in, but feel free to wander 😉 and check out what everyone else is doing.

Remember, we have also added a card making class (with the lovely Mandy and Betty) to the event and this can be paid for on the day if you wish to take part.

Other things to expect:  There will be two different makes and takes as well as three crafting challenges to take part in :-).  You will also get a raffle ticket when you arrive, hang on to this as there are prizes to be had lol!

Things to bring!
Usual suspects / crafting tools e.g Trimmer, glue, double sided tape, foam pads, scissors, inks etc….

For the kit’s; if you  have any of the following please bring them, but don’t worry if you don’t as we will have one available:

Tim Holtz Kit:    crop-a-dile, mod podge/pva/gel medium, glossy accents, sanding block/tool or paper, pokey tool, craft sheet, gloves (if you want to keep your hands ink free), round nose pliers.  any knick-knacks / ephemara or other items that you would like to place in your Christmas box.

Kaisercraft Advent Calendar:  heat gun, glossy accents, mod podge/pva/gel medium, small circle punch, craft sheet, Paint Brush, sanding block / paper

Dylusions Mixed Media Canvas:  Small paint brush, white gel pen, black pen,  acrylic blocks, stickles, craft sheet, mod podge/pva/gel medium, gesso, heat gun, apron and gloves (if you want to keep your hands ink free)

Graphic 45:  Scoring tool, craft knife / Trimmer, strong double sided tape, glossy accents.

We will have a spray station set up as well as a die cut station so feel free to use, just take care while using and if you are unsure just ask 🙂  There will be 6 of us ready to lend a helping hand throughout the day and Mike will be manning the shop if you find that you are short of anything.

We are in the Killinure Suite of the hotel, and they serve a carvery from 10.30 am, so plenty of food and drink available.  They are also offering anyone who wishes to stay B&B for €59pps ( ) , just qoute Create with Kate.

I think that’s everything covered but if not just give me a call or drop me an email.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday…and don’t forget your Christmas Hats / Jumpers

Kate x

Christmas Jamboree Kit Video’s!

Hi everyone, apologies for not blogging the last two weeks, still trying to re-organise after the show (catching a flu didn’t help, ugh!)

Anyway, Anne and I recently made two videos to talk through two of the kits available at this year’s Christmas jamboree (a crafting party for crafter’s yippee!).  Make sure you check out the videos HERE,

The other two kits are a Kaisercraft Advent Calender (you got to check out this you tube video by Leane , Aka Luvlee Scrappin. It’s one made up using the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet and it’s even set to it! )  the final kit is with Eve from Crafty Queens, and it’s for a gorgeous G45 mini album, brill!

Of course you don’t have to do a kit you can just come along on the day and play with your stash and join in the fun and crafty frolics.

You can find more details about the Christmas jamboree on our Christmas Jamboree page or you can call me on 087 9481196.

PRE-BOOKING IS ADVISABLE!!           Event tickets and kits can be booked here or if you would prefer to pay by cheque you can email me (Kate 🙂 ) at

Looking forward to seeing you on the 2nd..

Kate x


Sitting having a coffee this morning (BEFORE sunrise ugh!). I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. I think I am still on a visual stimulus after all the gorgeous creativity I witnessed at the GBCE at the weekend. Thanks to all who attended and made it such an enjoyable weekend. Thanks to Louise who demo’ed for us all weekend, you have got to check out her blogs here

A big hello to all who joined me in my Dylusions class, hope you managed to get your inky fingers squeeky clean again lol! We’ll have to raid Kerry’s box of gloves the next time 🙂

Keep an eye out for a dylusions video coming soon, I will demonstrate one of my favourite ways to use Dyan Reaveley’s range of stamps and sprays and I will also demonstrate the binding of the mini.

And bookings for our Christmas Jamboree live by the end of the week, Yah!! It’s going to be sooooo much fun!

Looking forward to crafting with you all again

Kate x