Monday, April 27, 2009

Invitation to the Midsummer MegaScrap 2009 - June 20th

Just in case you didn't get our Newsletter inviting you to our Annual Midsummer MegaScrap 2009, here's all the details.  This year's event will be held in the Main Hall, Le Cheile Community Centre, Donnycarney, Dublin on Saturday June 20th 2009 from 9am to 5pm.

Sunflower Image

For this year's event we're so lucky to have Celine Navarro travelling over from France to teach a full day of Scrapbooking Classes for us.  As a mixed media and scrapbook artist, Celine travels the world teaching her fun and funky classes (she's just back from a teaching trip to Singapore!) and she is really excited about her trip to Ireland.

Celine Navarro Photo Entre Artistes Mag

Celine is the Founding Editor of the French {entreARTiste} Magazine and she's a Designer for American Crafts, Hambly Studios and Pink Paislee.  She's also been Guest Designer for Jenni Bowlin, Studio Calico and Prima to name but a few.  These are a sample of Celine's style from her blog:

Celine Layout 1Celine Layout 2  

To check out more of Celine's work take a look at her Green Frog Studio Blog!

Celine will be teaching two 3-hour scrapbooking classes (details of kits/themes will be posted later in the week) packed with inspiration and techniques and aimed at a broad range of abilities.  If you've never scrapbooked, made cards or played with paper before, don't feel left out because we're holding a beginners Cardmaking & Scrapbooking Workshop on the same day for all you newbies!

Package Times Includes Price
Full Day 9am - 5pm Two 3-hour Scrapbooking Classes with Celine Navarro including kits, prize draw & refreshments €87.50
Half Day 10am - 1pm or
2pm - 5pm
One 3 hour Scrapbooking Class with Celine Navarro including kit, prize draw & refreshments €50.00
Beginners Class 10am - 12noon One 2 hour Card Making/Scrapbooking beginners class with kit & refreshments €25.00

To reserve your space at Celine's Classes simply book online and pay your deposit by Friday May 8th or for further details of the event or to book the Beginners Class please email


Some more useful info:

Where's the venue? - To see a map of the area click here

What's the closest DART/Train Station? - Killester (Trains run from Connolly Station)

Which Dublin Bus Routes can I use? - 20B, 27, 27B, 42, 42B,43 from directly opposite Connolly Station

I'd like to make a weekend of it! Closest Hotels - Bewleys Dublin Airport and Crowne Plaza Northwood

Looking forward to seeing you there

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Distress Week on the Hero Arts Blog!

It's Day 4 of Distress Week over on the Hero Arts Blog and if you're a fan of distress techniques or if you'd like to improve your distressing then you should definately check it out.

All this week, they'll be showcasing layouts and cards using a variety of ways to distress and I promise you'll find something that you like.

Take these cards by Shari Carroll:

Aren't they just gorgeous???

There are also "How to ..." videos and a Challenge ...

"This week’s challenge is to create a project with some sort of distressing.  Make it your own style - with as little or as much distressing as you would like.  (Think of it as “distress your way.”) All you have to do is use at least one Hero Arts stamp. Easy!  Upload your projects to the Hero Arts Flickr Group by Sunday, April 26th at 11:59 PM PST and tag them with the code word “distress“.

We will then award the following prizes:

  • Fresh Face Winner (someone who has not yet won a contest): $50 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2009 catalog
  • Scrapbook Page Winner: $50 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2009 catalog
  • 1st Place: $50 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2009 catalog
  • 2nd Place: $25 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2009 catalog
  • 3rd Place: $15 of new Hero Arts stamps + a 2009 catalog"

Best of luck,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's definately Scrapbooking Weather!

What a day, cold, windy and raining, but a perfect excuse to do some scrapbooking!

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the March Kit featuring the gorgeous Making Memories Flower Patch range and over the Easter Weekend I got some fabby Easter photos which match the papers to perfection!

All of the papers used in the card and layout are in the March Kit. 

I used a 5" x 7" photo with a white border for this layout and matted it onto the pink check paper from the kit.  Then I cut a butterfly from the Glitter Butterfly paper and placed it at the bottom left of the photo and added a rubon from the Flower Patch Easter Rub-on Pack in the top left corner.  The large butterfly was cut from the Flower Patch Pattern Stripe paper, using a Jenni Bowlin chipboard butterfly (which I had in my stash) as a template.  The title "Spring Chick" was also from Flower Patch Easter Rub-on Pack.

Easter Layout

For the 5.5" x 5.5" card, I used a square of Bazzill Kraft Cardstock as the background and added two pieces of Flower Patch paper (Eggs reserve side and Small Floral) and covered the join with some Making Memories Crochet Yellow Ribbon also from the kit.  The "Spring" stamp is from my own stash (its a Pink Paislee Spring Fling Clear Stamp set) and I printed the stamp onto Bazzill White cardstock with Black Stazon ink.

Spring Card


Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Party Crop - Annamarie's Class Sneak Peeks

Wasn't that spell of good weather an unexpected surprise today!  I love this time of year, the evenings getting longer and the promise of long and hopefully sunny Summer days ahead!

I'm really looking forward to next Saturday's Easter Party Crop in Dublin and I've even made a start on packing up the kits for my class.  While I was doing them I just remembered I hadn't posted up any sneak peeks yet ... so here they are:

Sneak Peak 1Sneak Peek 2  

These Pink Paislee Fascinating papers are soooo gorgeous!  The colours in them are so vivid.  Plus there's lime green, red, blue, black and brown in the papers so you should have no problem getting a photo to match.

The kit includes cardstock, 3 patterned papers, a diecut sheet and a book of stickers.  The book of stickers includes loads of alphabet stickers so you can decide on your own title.  Just bring along a favourite photo with colours that match the papers.  For this layout I used a 5" x 7" portrait format photo and printed it with a white border or alternatively you could mat it onto white cardstock.

To do the class you'll need to bring all the usual tools e.g. Glue, scissors, paper trimmer plus a Crop-a-Dile/Eyelet Setter, a sewing needle, a small black inkpad and some foam dots.

If you've any questions about the class just check out my class thread on the forum or email  If you haven't booked your place you still have time to grab one of the last remaining places by emailing or texting 086-2065346.

Have a very Happy Easter and eat loads of chocolate, it's the one time of year when you have the perfect excuse!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New Products now in stock & Easter Party Crop

Our Easter Party Crop is taking place on Saturday 18th April 2009 from 10am in Le Cheile Community Centre, Donnycarney, Dublin 5. It'll be a fun packed day with classes, prizes and craic!

Annamarie from will be teaching a scrapbook class using the new Pink Paislee Winsome Fascinating Collection of papers and stickers.



Lainey from Happy Day Memories will be teaching a scrapbook layout using Jenni Bowlin's Trendy range of papers.

And Caroline Moore will be teaching you how to make a handmade journal. These photos show you a finished journal but the class will involve the making of the journal which you can decorate yourself afterwards. More details of Caroline's class are available on the forum:

journal_2_001 journal_1_001


There are a few ticket options available:

● Shop & Crop Only Ticket - €15.00
● Crop Day plus 2 Scrapbooking Classes (with Annamarie & Lainey), crop space & entry to prize draw - €50.00
● Crop Day plus 2 Scrapbooking Classes (with Annamarie & Lainey), 1 Handmade Journal Class (with Caroline Moore), crop space & entry to prize draw - €75.00
● Shop & Crop plus Handmade Journal Class (with Caroline Moore) - €35.00

For further details or to book a place at any of the classes just email


I've just finished updating the website with all of the latest new products including 7 Gypsies Gypsy Market:

Gypsy Market BlazeGypsy Market DulwichGypsy Market Sheena

7 Gypsies Board Kit, Ephemera and Tags:

Board Kit CityscapeEphemera GypsyVintage Tags

The new collections from K & Company ... Madeline:


and Que Sera Sera:




and some beautiful new papers and embellishments from Jenni Bowlin:

BC199 Lucky Bingo CardBingo Card CollectionBC317 Chip Buttons ReaderCC350 General 3x3 Diecut Calendar

PP369 Flour SackPP368 Clothesline

PP326 Vintage Red Black SparrowPP331 Vintage Red Black Grandmas Apron

You're sure to find something that you'll like!