Hi Everyone,

Just a short note to quickly show you some of the new Sizzix product just in :-).  It will be on sale at our shop this weekend in Athlone and up on our NEW website, yes NEW!!!! in two weeks time 🙂 (will tell more next week….!!)

tim holtz Alterations Winter 2014

I also want to thank everyone for the comments they left on my facebook page re the passing of my Aunt.  I wish to comisserate with anyone who has and is dealing with Cancer right now.  Sending light your way.

Crafty hugs!!

Hope we see you in Athlone this weekend

Kate xx



CHA NEWS!! everyone,

I hope this blog post is finding you all recouperating after the christmas…I know we are!  January is a catch up month for me!

I am also busy planning our Two day CHA release party in March, lot’s of exciting things happening, more info to follow over the next few weeks, Happy Days!!!.  This year, I will be concentrating on the display, the shop as well as demos/makes and takes.  We will have a classroom available for tutors who want to teach a class, so with that in mind I am sending out a call for teachers, so if you want to book the class room over the weekend, drop me an email 🙂

In anticipation of the event, I will share some of my CHA favourites here over the next few days. I don’t know how many of you have had a chance to see any of the new releases coming out this spring…some really gorgeous products and cool techniques!

So let’s start……….

Ranger Products (including the new Dina Wakely line…loving it!)

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection

Prima marketing Something Blue and Stationer’s Desk

Prima Insta-scrap by Leeza Gibbons

More to share tomorrow 🙂

Happy crafty Viewing

Kate x






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

Catching Up!

Hi all,

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, we’ve had a busy few weeks with new product arriving, the Craftschool event  in Waterford, not to mention new calves, sick son, communions, christenings and confirmations!

Although it didn’t get the numbers, the Craftschool in Waterford was fabulous!!.  Hats off to Midi and helpers for organising a fantastic venue 🙂

The classrooms were big and bright with lots of space (perfect for classes lol!).  The ‘shopping room’ had vaulted oak beam ceilings with fab handmade bunting hung around.  As well as the shops there was also a crafting table where some of the products we demo’d were;- Tim’s new distress paints, Bert, Flossie and Annie the new Dylusions stencils, as well as new sizzix dies and the Woodware crafty edger!

Meet Annie!
Meet Annie!

As well as classes in card making, scrapbooking, altered art and mixed media there were classes in knitting, quilting, basket weaving and sugarcraft / cake decorating (which looked too good to eat..). Carol Grogan from Crafty Cutting and Marian from Crafty Bride were also there as well as sampler fabric and wool shops.

There was a huge choice of homemade goodies to help keep the creative juices topped up, i personally sampled the chocolate biscuit cake, the lemon drizzle cake, the coffee and walnut cake, the strawberry cheesecake, the coffee cupcakes; but missed the trifle, the pavlova, the bailey’s cheesecake, the crumble, four other types of cupcakes, apple pie, chocolate cake, chocolate brownies and at least two others I can’t think of……needless to say, it was all yummy!!!

Already drooling over what will be there next year 🙂

Here are photos and links to some of the fab classes that were taught over the weekend by the fabulous trio Felicia Dwyer, Karen Matthews and Betty Cumiskey.

I have lots more to share with you in the coming weeks, including some exciting new developments :-).  We are also going to be in Killarney for most of next week, doing a couple of short workshops with the NBAB in the Gleneagle Hotel and also with Felicia Dwyer from

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and happy Crafting

Kate x

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!)


Check out these Mini Album’s!

Greetings to all you bloggers out there from a sunny west coast of Ireland! 🙂 (over my house anyway lol!)

My apologies for not blogging lately but our house has been under a tummy bug attack for the last two weeks, so I havn’t had much time (or energy) to do the things I love.  But Yippee! Entire household is back to normal and school starts next week, so expect a few blog posts and some crafing tips!

To whet your appetite, the very talented Anne Mullan created these two beautiful albums that she kindly allowed me to share with you in these you tube videos, so check them out!

And for those of you who are attending Finnabair’s workshop in Newbridge this weekend, I am all packed (well nearly packed lol!) and am really looking forward to getting to meet you all and to share Anna’s creativity

Roll on Saturday Yahoo!!

Keep creating

Kate x

Spotlighted Crafter!

Hi all, I am only just home from a wonderful two days in Limerick.  I spent all day yesterday in the fabulous company of the gorgeous ladies of the Busy Bees Cardmaking Club in Limerick who were hosting a crafting workshop with the equally gorgeous ladies…. The 3 Mad Hatters!  It was a great day with lots of creative projects happening all day as well as some shopping of course, lol!

I stayed over last night in Limerick and spent the day today with my 93 year old Grandmother who has lived there all her life.  She is a fabulous lady who is definately the Matriarch of the family,  I wasn’t in the door 5 minutes when she handed me her comb and told me to brush my hair lol!!   I love spending time with her as she always has wonderful stories from her past, that are full of colourful characters. Love you Grams!

Getting back to the title of this post…..i can’t believe I didn’t post this before now, but guess what…..I am the spotlighted crafter on the latest issue of Crafting Ireland.  I was soooooooooo excited when the girls asked me  to be there “Spotlight on..” crafter for the magazine.  So if you want to find out how i went from being a scientist messing in laboratories to becoming a crafter messing with inks, as well as seeing some of what I create; check out issue 9 here.

Be sure to check out the other issues too as there are great tips and techniques in them and it’s IRISH, which I think is fantastic!!

Happy Crafting

Kate x