Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas Party Crop 2009

Well, we had a great day at last Saturday's Christmas Party Crop in Donnycarney, Dublin. It was a really festive day and totally kicked off the Christmas season for me. We had Christmas Carols playing in the background, mince pies and goodies to eat, a fantastic Secret Santa where everyone got some beautiful pressies and to finish it all off a Christmas Prize Draw ... not to mention a few layouts and Workshops along the way!

Jolly by Golly Layout 1

Jolly by Golly Layout 2

I used the new Jolly by Golly Collection from Cosmo Cricket in my class to create two Christmas/Winter themed layouts. The sparkly snowflake is from Basic Grey, Bling It! I used two 5" x 7" portrait style photos in the first layout and a selection of smaller photos in the second layout.

Thanks to everyone who came along to shop, chat and take part in the classes. We really appreciate your loyal support throughout the year and look forward to seeing you all again in 2010.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zoo and Kid Layout Ideas with K & Company Actopus to Zelephant!

I've been looking forward to using the new K & Company Actopus to Zelephant range for ages and last weekend I finally got to work with them using some holiday photos from a few years ago and some more recent photos from a trip to Dublin Zoo.

No fun in the sun

I called the first layout "No fun in the sun" and used some Bazzill Java cardstock, Actopus to Zelephant Train Paper and chipboard animals from the A to Z range (you get them free when you buy all the papers in the Collection). The title is made from a mixture of Pink Paislee Fetching and Captivating Chipboard Alphabet letters and the smaller letters are Pink Paislee Chocolate Whimsies Alphabet Stickers. The photos were three 4" x 6" photos with a white border.

Pals at the Zoo

I called the second layout "Pals at the Zoo" again using a sheet of Bazzill Java cardstock as the background and a sheet of Colorcore Grassroots Green cardstock on top of that. I also used a strip of K & Company Actopus to Zelephant Words Paper some Pink Paislee Captivating Chipboard letters, Chocolate Whimsies Stickers and a couple of K & Company Actopus to Zelephant Animal Alpha Diecut Stickers in each corner of the layout. The photos were two 5" x 7" with a white border.

Now only another 9,999 kids photos left to scrapbook :-)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn Layouts & Christmas Cards!

I am loving the new Pink Paislee Amber Road Collection! I used them in my Workshop at the Halloween MegaScrap and as I had loads more Autumn and Halloween photos left to scrap I kept going with the Amber Road papers, they are so easy to work with! I made these two from the scraps from the kit (which is now available in the store) plus some new full sheets for the backgrounds, Amber Road brads and Amber Road Borderlines Stickers:

sweet autumn days

I made these from the scraps:

joy card 2 xmas traditions card

and I even dug deep into my stash and found some gorgeous glittery letters and buttons I've been looking to find a home for and made these Christmas cards:

joy card christmas card

The Snowman and Snowflake chipboard diecuts are from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly Chipboard Ready Set Chipboard pack and the cardstock is Bazzill Kraft.

TFL :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween MegaScrap - Sneak Peeks & Class Lists

Well, we're counting down to the Halloween MegaScrap in just over a weeks time at Le Cheile Community Centre, Clanranald Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 5 on Saturday 31st October 2009. The kits are almost packed and we thought we'd share with you a few sneak peeks from the classes.

Tickets for the full day (10am to 4pm) cost €60.00 and include:

  • 2 Scrapbooking Workshops with full kits
  • 1 Candle Painting Workshop with Jackie Campbell
  • Tea, coffee and goodies
  • Entry to the prize draw
  • A fun day out!

If you just fancy coming along to enjoy the craic and finish some of your own projects, a crop space for the full day, 1 Candle Painting Workshop with Jackie and entry to the prize draw costs €25.00.

Tickets are now on sale at or you can also email with any questions.

To complete the Scrapbooking classes you'll need to bring along:

  • a craft knife and craft mat
  • a paper trimmer
  • acid free adhesive
  • black ink
  • a scissors
  • black felt tip pen
  • black, red or clear Ranger Stickles
  • a scalloped edge punch
  • a corner rounder punch

to complete Jackie's Candle Painting Workshop you'll need to bring:

  • acrylic paint (you must bring white but all other colours can be your choice)
  • a square candle
  • a flat paintbrush
  • baby wipes

Lainey's Workshop

Kit includes:

5 sheets of Basic Grey Indian Summer paper

1 sheet of Basic Grey Indian Summer Element Stickers and

1 pack of Basic Grey Indian Summer Woolies.

It's an interactive double page layout and you'll need one 5" x 7" portrait photo with a white border (can be Autumn or Halloween themed). The 2nd page of the layout uses an 8" x 6" collage of photos which you can create on Photoshop or alternatively you can make your own using 5 portrait photos cropped to size.

Laineys Class Sneak Peek 1Laineys Class Sneak Peek 2

Annamarie's Workshop

Kit includes:

1 sheet of Pink Paislee Amber Road die cut paper

1 sheet of Pink Paislee Amber Road Postcards

4 sheets of Pink Paislee Amber Road patterned paper

1 pack of Pink Paislee Amber Road punchouts and

1 pack of Pink Paislee Expressions Licorice Glitter Alphabets

It's a double page layout with more than a hint of sparkle! You'll need to bring along a minimum of three portrait format 5" x 7" photos printed with a white border (my photos measure 5" x 7" including the border), but bring along as many as you have. They can be Autumn or Halloween themed as the papers and diecuts would suit either.

HMS Class Sneak Peek 3HMS Sneak Peek 2

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Have a fun crafty day out and help a worthy cause too!

This Sunday 4th October, is delighted to be attending the SuperCrop & Craft Fair fundraiser for the Petra's Trust Charity.

We're bringing the shop, doing makes & takes and hoping to help raise funds for this very worthy Charity.

To see what Petra's Trust is all about take a look at the website here!

If you're a cardmaker, scrapbooker or crafter of any kind, why not join us in Dunshaughlin Community Centre, County Meath from 2pm to 6pm for a fun crafty day out.

For the bargain price of €20.00 you'll get:

Entry to the event with a dedicated crafting space just for you!

Access to a range of stalls selling a variety of craft and non-craft items!

A chance to learn new skills like: how to create an icing rose, quilting skills from the Trim Quilt Group, papercrafting make & takes from Jackie Mooney, Lainey from Happy Day Memories and myself!

Tea, coffee and biccies all day!

There'll also be a bumper raffle held on the day with tons and tons of fantastic crafty prizes to be won! (Tickets for the raffle cost €10.00 and can be bought on the day).

So whether you're an experienced crafter or new to crafting and would like to find out what it's all about why not come along! If you have any craft materials you'd like to work with or if you have any crafty tools bring them along with you too because you'll be assured of inspiration!

Directions to the Centre are here

Monday, September 14, 2009

September Workshop Sneak Peeks & Supply Lists

Our September Workshops are:

Thursday September 17th in Whitehall Parish Centre, The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm


Saturday September 26th in the Quaker Meeting House, Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin 6 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For both Workshops we'll be using the gorgeous new Lemonade Collection from Basic Grey. The Workshop costs €25.00 and that includes a full kit containing 8 sheets of Basic Grey patterned paper from the Lemonade range and some Lemonade Felties ....

September Class Kit 2009

.... plus tea, coffee and goodies (homebaking at the Whitehall Workshop!)

Here's a couple of sneak peeks of the Workshop layout:

Sneak Peek 1Sneak Peek 2

To take part in a Workshop you'll need to bring:

  • A paper trimmer (or craft mat, ruler and craft knife) and scissors,
  • Acid free Glue (if you don't have any we'll have some for sale in the shop)
  • Crop-a-Dile (if you don't have one you can borrow one of ours at the Workshop)
  • Distress Ink (we used Walnut Stain)
  • One 5" x 7" photograph in either portrait or landscape format and two 4" x 6" portrait format photos (black & white or if they're colour try to pick ones with colours that match the papers). Please print all photos with white borders or matt them on white cardstock.
  • A black fine tip felt pen and a white Gel pen (we have these in the shop too).

Crop spaces are also available in Whitehall at a cost of €10.00 and limited crop spaces are available in Churchtown, also €10.00.

If you'd like to join us just email or telephone/text 086-2065346

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New Cosmo Cricket - Boyfriend, Earth Love & Jolly by Golly NOW IN STOCK!

The new Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend, Earth Love and Jolly by Golly lines has just arrived in store. 

Earth Love is definately our favourite and we've got papers, rubons, two types of chipboard and 6" x 6" Mini Decks all in stock and shipping now.

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The Boyfriend line is really trendy and designed with an 80's flair.  According to Cosmo it's for "that, mysterious, misunderstood, slightly moody male that wanders back and forth from the fridge to the couch. The Boyfriend™ celebrates his world with sports, school, music and soda pop."  You'll find the papers really versatile and suitable for boy and male themed layouts and cards and at this time of the year they're absolutely perfect for Back to School/College layouts and teacher's cards.



Jolly by Golly is Cosmo's line for Christmas 2009 and it's loads of fun.  It's got the traditional colours of Red and Green in it's colour palette but also loads of pinks and blues too.


If you're stuck for ideas on how to use all of the latest Cosmo Collections, why not take a look at Debbie Olson's blog.  Debbie is one of the Cosmo Cricket Design Team and her cards are some of the best I've ever seen.  She's brilliant with Copic Markers too and shares loads of ideas on her blog which you might enjoy and find useful.  Here are some of Debbie's designs:

Boyfriend Card IdeaEarth Love Card Idea 2

Earth Love Card ideaJolly by Golly Card Idea

Friday, September 04, 2009

New Prima Goodies just arrived in the shop and shipping NOW!

A few crates full of gorgeous Prima goodies from CHA Summer 2009 just arrived today and they're all on the site and ready to ship! 

Click here to see the full range!

Brand new is their range of recession busting E-Line Flowers!  The very same top quality Prima Flowers in plain packaging, but at a very special price of €1.95 a pack.  Here's a taste of what's in stock:

Gorgeous Confetti Cake - €1.95 for a pack of 24!


Embossed Celebrations - €1.95 for a pack of 30!


Embossed Chelsea - €1.95 for a pack of 30!


and finally, Daisies - €1.95 for a pack of 30!


All brilliant value for money!

Plus, we've plenty for those of you with more luxurious tastes with the kind of rich colours and designs you've come to expect from Prima.  Here's a selection of more of what's in the shop:

Painterly Petals - Hydrangeas in Olive, Blue, Coffee, Violet and Rose - €5.95 per pack of 72!:


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and for those of you who love bling, we've got the Say it in Pearls (SiiP) and Say it in Studs ranges:


and if that wasn't enough ... there's the new Animal Bash double sided paper range:

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All of the new products can be viewed HERE!