Friday, December 21, 2007
I used Daisy D's Snowflakes and Holly papers and Telling the Story Rubons with some Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock for the handcut title. I used a sheet of Making Memories die-cut paper as the template for the shape on the right of the layout. The background is a sheet of Scenic Route background cardstock.
If you haven't checked out the ScrapWest blog yet, why not have a look now. Each week the team try to inspire you with a new theme and we love it if you join in a leave a link to your layouts and cards with your comments.
Monday, December 17, 2007
If you fancy making some all you'll need is the ingredients listed below, cookie cutters and some flat baking trays:
Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits – Makes 25
1lb/450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 and a half teaspoons ground ginger
1 and a half teaspoons ground mixed spice
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
4oz/115g butter, plus extra for greasing the tin
3 and a half ounces/100g golden syrup
4oz/115g light muscovado sugar
1 beaten egg
Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Grease 3 large baking sheets and put to one side. Into a large bowl, sift the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Put the butter, syrup and muscovado sugar in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted. Pour onto the flour misture and add the egg. Mix together to make a dough. The dough will be sticky to start with, but will become firmer as it cools.
Knead the dough and then roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut out about 25 gingerbread shapes using shaped cutters. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they become firm and slightly browned.
Leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes and then transfer to wire racks and leave to cool completely. Decorate with icing, chocolate buttons, smarties, raisins, glace cherries or whatever you have to hand.
If you want to hang them on the tree piece a hole in the top of each biscuit with a skewer as soon as you remove them from the oven. Then thread a ribbon through the hole. Make a cup of coffee/tea and pour a few glasses of milk for the children, sit back and enjoy.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Two weeks ago I was in Derry giving a beginners class to a lovely bunch of women. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the class and they were all really enthusiastic about scrapbooking. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day but unfortunately didn't get a chance to do any sightseeing which is a pity as I had heard it's a beautiful City.
On the weekend of the 16th I flew off to Amsterdam to Scrap-a-Ganza in the company of a great bunch of Irish scrapbookers (you know who you are!). We had a really fantastic weekend. I did two very exciting classes with Karen Burniston, using Making Memories and Scenic Route products and one with Jen Starr from Rusty Pickle. It's great to get a chance to take classes with such talented tutors that you normally only get to see in magazines.
Me and Jen Starr from Rusty Pickle
Me and Karen Burniston
Then last weekend myself and the shop were in Killeens in Cork at Caroline's Crop and Class. Caroline did a fantastic class with a transparency layout and mini book. She had a huge crowd there and everyone looked like they were having a ball and were in no hurry to leave! Many thanks to Eva for the B&B! Caroline will continue to hold crops every month from January 2008 so if you're living within driving distance check out her blog for full details. Thanks for the invite Caroline and I hope to get back to Cork early next year.
To finish off the month, my monthly Workshop will take place this Thursday 29th November in Whitehall Parish Centre, Dublin from 7pm to 10pm. Places are still available so email me at email@example.com to book in.
Monday, November 12, 2007
There's only a few of the kits remaining in stock so get your order in today!
Everything you see in the layouts is included in the kit, ribbons, buttons, rubons etc.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Everything in the Kit co-ordinates and it includes:
5 sheets of Patterned Paper (Poppy, Daisy, Tulip, Bluebell and Wall Flower).
1 pack of Botanical Rubons (8" x 8" sheet.
One 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock Tags and Titles.
One 12" x 12" sheet of Felt Shapes (the picture shows the Pink sheet but colours may differ)
18 assorted buttons
9" of assorted ribbons (6 different designs as shown in the picture)
The Kit is priced at €30.00 and is available until stocks last!!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Then on Monday morning I was at Elaine's Monday Morning Crop in Castleknock. Nearly managed to finish my Christmas album and would have done if I hadn't been so busy chatting and drinking tea. Love these Monday morning crops!! What better way to start the week. The next one is on Monday 19th November from 10am to 1pm and admission is only €5.
This Saturday myself and the shop will be at the Cabra Crop from 10am until 3pm. The class is full up for this month but if you're interested in coming along to the next one on December 8th then you can email Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, the new stash:
Christmas papers, rubons, stickers, ribbons and buttons from Daisy D's:
Christmas papers from Junkitz:
Great bargains in the paper sale from American Crafts, multi packs of The Goods Collection in Pinks, Blues, Pastels and Wedding designs for only 30c per sheet!
Also, arriving soon ... goodies from Prima Flowers, Making Memories, Creative Imaginations and more.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Why not bring your tools and stash and come along and meet some other crafters. It's a great chance to get some projects done and to stock up on some stash too! Well done Debs on getting the whole thing off the ground, really looking forward to it!
Friday, October 26, 2007
The winners have been announced over on the ScrapWest blog tonight and congratulations to:
Littlebit/Liz ... the winner of a €30 voucher from The Scrapbook Store
Tracy Kedney ... the winner of a prize from Craft Supplies
Evonne R ... the winner of a €30 prize from the Crafteire shop
To a very special small person called Lucy who won a special prize (sponsored by Crafteire) for being the top up and coming young scrapper and finally to .....
Jackie C for being voted Queen of the Crop. Well done Jackie for all your hard work and enjoy your €50 voucher from The Scrapbook Store.
ps. I've been tagged! Thanks Kate!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Also The Scrapbook Store's new October Kit featuring Love, Elsie! Jack & Abby is now available. It's packed with papers (including embossed cardstock and fabric papers), chipboard, rubons and cardstock stickers and we've posted up loads of ideas (created by the very talented Eva Birdthistle) on the gallery to show you the kind of things you can get up to!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
This is the layout I submitted ...
It really topped off a great weekend in Cork at ScrapFest by the Lee. Mary did a brilliant job organising such a fantastic event. There were 7 brilliant classes, challenges and prizes galore. I even won a beautiful pack of new Rusty Pickle papers which I was delighted with. It was great to meet up with everyone again and meet loads of new scrapbookers. The Ambassador Hotel where the event was held was really lovely and the staff were so attentive they even helped me to unload the shop.
Thanks again Mary - looking forward to next years event. Can't wait to see how much she raised for Action Breast Cancer.
Monday, September 17, 2007
An all-day ticket costs €40.00 and entitles you to dedicated scrapping space in the Scrappin' Studio PLUS light lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments PLUS a goodie bag!!
They also have 7 optional classes available to book. None of the classes overlap which means you don't have to miss out on anything. Classes cost €20.00 each.
There'll be plenty of shopping available (TheScrapbookStore.ie and Crafteire for starters!!) and there'll also be great prizes throughout the day.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Everything in the kit co-ordinates and this is what's in it:
- 2 Sheets of Bazzill Cardstock - White and Lily Pad
- 7 Sheets of Daisy D's Patterned Paper
- 1 Pack of Cardstock Die-Cuts
- 1 Pack of Rub-on Transfer
- 3 Yards of Assorted co-ordinating ribbon.
- 36 assorted co-ordinating buttons.
The whole lot including postage costs €25.00 and you can buy it by clicking here.
WORKSHOP NEWS ....
17th - Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath, County Meath from 11am to 12noon. All are welcome to our Free Scrapbooking Demonstration and for anyone interested in starting to scrapbook it's a great chance to see what it's all about. Monthly Workshops will commence in Ratoath on Monday morning at 10.30am on October 22nd.
27th - Whitehall Parish Centre, The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 from 7pm to 10pm
At this month's Workshop we'll be making a calendar using the new Karen Foster Special Occasions Calendar Base and Micro Bundle Calendar Kit. The Workshop costs €25.00 and with this month's kit worth €22.00 that's got to be good news!
20th - The Silver Bear Centre, Bawnboy, County Cavan. We're back in Cavan in October for a fabulous Halloween themed class. This is an all day Retreat in the beautiful Silver Bear Centre and a great chance to chill out and scrap. The day runs from 10am to 6pm with two classes and loads of cropping time. It all costs €35.00 or €15.00 if you just want to come along and crop.
22nd - Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath, County Meath from 10.30am to 12.30pm. We'll be making some gorgeous Halloween goodies at this Workshop, just in time for the witching season!!
25th - Whitehall Parish Centre, The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9. We're back in Whitehall for our regular monthly workshop.
If you'd like more details or if you'd like to book a place at any of our workshops just email email@example.com we'd love to hear from you.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Over at the ScrapWest blog this week's theme is a celebration of blogs! So we're asking everyone to join in and share some of their crafty secrets on their blogs and we'll link to them.
I love downloading free fonts from the internet and use computer printed journalling in most of my scrapbook layouts. It wouldn't be possible to have stickers, stamps or rubons for every occasion but I can always find the perfect font to match every project. One of my favourite sites for free fonts is http://www.dafont.com/ and one of my favourite fonts is called "Mom's Typewriter". I find it suits lots of layout styles as its kind of rustic and distressed!!
I hope you can see the screen snapshots ok - they seemed to get smaller once I uploaded them!!! BTW I used Windows XP.
Step 1 - Go to http://www.dafont.com/ and find the font you're looking for either by style or by name. In this case I put the words into the search facility. Once the font appears you'll see a box on the right hand side of the page which you click to download the font to your pc.
Step 2: Once you've clicked "Download" a pop-up box will appear asking if you want to "open" or "save". Always choose "save".
Step 3: Once you've clicked "save" you'll now have to choose where to put the file containing the font. It's best to keep all your fonts in the one place so you should use the "Fonts" folder which should already be on your hard-drive. It contains all the preinstalled fonts which you use in Microsoft Word e.g. Arial, Times New Roman etc. If you're having trouble finding it, it should be at C:\WINDOWS\Fonts. Once you've opened the fonts folder click "Save" and the font will be saved into the Fonts file as "Mom's Typewriter".
Ok, you've now saved the new font in the proper folder. Now it's time to install the font into Word so that you can use it in your journalling.
Click on the "Start" button at the bottom left of your screen and go to "Control Panel". If you're not using Windows XP you might have to get to your Control Panel another way.
Once you've clicked "Control Panel" this new screen should appear. What you're looking for here is the "Appearances and Themes" category. Once you've found it, click on it once.
Once you've clicked "Appearance and Themes" this new screen should appear. On the left hand side of the screen there is an icon for the "Fonts" folder. Remember this is where you saved your new font to. Click on the "Fonts" folder icon.
You'll now see a screen which has a listing of all the fonts which are currently available to you and saved in your fonts folder. Just because a font is saved doesn't mean you can use it though, it first has to be installed. You should be able to see your new font "Mom's Typewriter" in the list.
To install the font so that you can use it in Word. Click "File" at the top left of the screen. Now move the mouse down and click "Install Font".
A new pop-up window will appear asking you to choose the location of the fonts you wish to install. Again choose C:\windows\fonts
The list of fonts will then appear in the top left window of the pop-up and you simply click on the name of your new font "Mom's Typewriter" and then click OK and voila! your font is now installed.
To check if you've done all of it right open up Microsoft Word and from the drop-down Fonts menu you should be able to find the name of your new font in alphabetical order all ready to use.
Once you've done all the hard work just type in your journalling in your new font. Then to make sure it fits into your layout print the journalling onto a plain A4 sheet. Choose the paper you want the journalling on in your layout and cut it to a size to fit onto the layout. Then, using removable!! adhesive, stick the piece of paper or card over where the journalling printed and run it through the printer again. The journalling will now be exactly where you want it. Just remove the cut piece and add it to your layout, card or other project.
I hope you find this useful. It looks so good it encourages me to add in that priceless journalling without having to use handwriting.
Don't forget to check out all the other crafty ideas on the ScrapWest blog and leave your comments with a link to your creations (if you're feeling inspired).
Anyone who leaves a comment here will have their name put into a raffle for a gorgeous prize of a new Basic Grey Collection Pack and I'll announce the winner next Friday.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
One of Julie's stunning LO's:
A sample of Linda's gorgeous cards:
The class was a 12" x 12" boy themed layout using the gorgeous Crate Paper Zoom Collection and the finished layouts looked amazing. The mini book in a CD tin class used the same papers and again the finished books and tins looked fantastic.
Even though we were there from early morning until after 6pm the hours flew by. I don't know how much tea and coffee we all drank but we got through about 3 litres of milk between 20 of us. I think I had about half a dozen cups myself!! That must've been what kept everyone going, that and the chocolate, buns and craic :-)
Many thanks to everyone who travelled from near and far to make the day so special. We had scrappers from Cavan, Kildare, Dublin, Louth, Galway, Belfast and Donegal and what a brilliant crafty bunch you all were. I hope I'll get to meet you all again soon. Thanks also to Linda K who brought along her shop packed with mini books and other goodies.
TheScrapbookStore's next outing to Cavan is planned for October so keep an eye out for the dates and details on our workshops page. If you'd like to be notified by email about any of our upcoming classes just send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org