Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wild Flowers Happy Birthday

I'll be in work for one day tomorrow and then back on the rest of my holidays again, so I thought I'd squeeze in a bit of play time today!

Wild Flowers Happy Birthday
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Wild Flowers & Birthday Messages

One of my favourite Hero Arts stamps which I use over and over again is the Wild Flowers image - I just love it! For this card I embossed the flowers twice on grey, shimmery card and added some gems. I had my sewing machine nearby from yesterday's card and decided to try a type of ribbon treatment that I hadn't done before. It was quite quick and easy to do so I'll have to try it again. To finish I just added the bow and embossed the sentiment. Yet again my friend Linda sent me something that I used on this card - the yummy ribbon, thanks again, Linda:)


I'm submitting this card into the Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Wood Take 'n Makeand the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

You're Sew Nice

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas:) We certainly had a very enjoyable one and are still making the most of our break from work/school. It feels a bit strange not to be making Christmas cards and a pity to be putting away those Christmas stamps for another year. So today I made a card which is a bit of a break away from my norm as I used a lot of patterned paper, bold colours and a (very!) wild colour combination for me!

My friend Linda sent me all the gorgeous, gorgeous papers on this card and I wanted to use them on a sewing related card - thanks again, Linda!


Stamp (Hero Arts) - Sew Artsy

To start with I embossed the sewing machine, added the gem and thread and placed the machine on a frayed piece of fabric. The sentiment was also embossed and I stitched on the patterned papers for the background.


I'm submitting this card into the Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Clear Take 'n Make. The picture of the challenge project must include the stamp/s used. As you can see the Sew Artsy set is much loved and much used by me! I'm also submitting the card into the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with your family and friends and wish that all your dreams come true in the year ahead!

Merry Christmas

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Gingerbread Fun, Celebrate Everyday & Write Your Message

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones

This year I wanted to have some cinnamon scented pine cones for Christmas. So on a sunny, crisp afternoon early in November we set off for a walk in a local forest. We all enjoyed the walk, the chatting and coming across a bounty of pine cones in the woods.

After coming home the pine cones were washed and they dried out and opened up in front of the fire we've had lighting every evening since late October - loved the fresh pine smell in the sitting room during this part of the process. After that it was just a matter of adding some cinnamon oil to the pine cones and putting them in plastic bags for the scent to be fully absorbed.


Stamp (Hero Arts) - Merry Christmas Tree

I've a few baskets of the cones in the house now and we gathered so many pines cones, family and friend will be receiving them shortly. So I wanted to come up with a way of packaging them and this is it -


I recently received this wonderful stamp and die set from Hero Arts and couldn't wait to get started on making something with it. So today I pulled out card scraps, embossing powders, some bling and ribbon and played away to my hearts content.

Hopefully my family and friends will like their little scented packages. Here's a photo from when we were on the way home from the woods, you can see one of my helpers striding back to the car - well there was a promise of hot chocolate and a treat at home!


I'm submitting this project into Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Cling Take 'n Make, the current Play Date Cafe Challenge, Simon Says Stamp "What's Your Favourite" Challenge (I've a few favourites on this one - tool is Cuttlebug, stamp is this new one and product would be bling) and also Paper Crafts December Gallery Challenge. Hope you're all having a fun weekend!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shimmery Snowflake Bauble

When I came across the sumptuous Tuesday Trigger over at the Moxie Fab World I wanted to play straight away. So I took a little break from putting up the last of the Christmas decorations to make this card.

Shimmery Snowflake

Stamp (Hero Arts) - Very Merry Christmas

To start with I embossed the sentiment in silver on a panel of cream linen texture card and added the stitching. Then I die cut the snowflake and covered it with lots of white glitter. To make the sparkly centre, I just die cut a circle of cream card and encrusted it with beads, gems and pearls.

I took inspiration from a number of elements in the photo above - the baubles, the colours, the snowflakes, the elegant shape of the tray and of course the sparkle and shine. Also I couldn't quite make out what the white background was, but I envisioned (lol rightly or wrongly!) the silver tray sitting on a crisp linen tablecloth.

I'm also submitting this card into the Oldie But A Goodie Challenge (Let it Snow) as everything I used on the card is over 6 months old, the Addicted to CAS Challenge #2 (Bauble) and the Red Carpet Studio Challenge (use either a snowman or snowflake).

I can't believe I've posted twice in the one day. That's double the amount of posts I had in the whole of November - it's great to be back!

Spelling Bee Party set in Die Cutting for Paper Crafters

I was over the moon to have had a couple of projects published recently in Paper Crafts' Die Cutting for Paper Crafters magazine. The call for submissions couldn't have come at a better time, when I was about to start playing with my new Silhouette Cameo (thanks again P xoxo).

The first cut I made with the Cameo can be seen in a card on page 39 of the magazine, which involves some sprinkles and unusually for me is CAS! The second project I made using the machine is this one, a Spelling Bee Party Ensemble.

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Picnic set & Be Happy set

The set took a little while to make but oh did I have fun putting it together using my Cameo and Cuttlebug! The photography and styling in any Paper Crafts magazine are always fab so I thought I'd show a photo of the set in the magazine.

I was delighted to spot my friend Trinh on page 42 of the magazine with what I think is the perfect retirement card! Die Cutting for Paper Crafters is a wonderful magazine packed full of brilliant projects and tips using a variety of die cutting machines. It also has a machine comparison chart and sandwich recipes which are invaluable.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Craft Fair

Well for the past while I've been busy busy with organising and making stuff for a local craft fair. As always, it was brilliant get to meet and chat with the crafters and see what their creative minds and hands have produced. I also managed to squeeze in a little Christmas shopping at the fair too!

So I thought today I show a little flavour of what was available at the fair. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get photos of all of the stands but have provided links to a couple of other exhibitors towards the end of the post.

First up is Sharon Spendlove (Tel 086 6067726 who works wonders with fabrics and created this cute teddy and beautiful bags.

Deirdre Mellon (087 1273122 made these adorable fabric decorations and gorgeous felted handbag.

She also made the sweetest little baby booties.

Ruth Teskey (Tel 087 2604946 always amazes me with her fabulous ideas and designs and this year was no exception. I just love these!

Next up is Sandra Petitfrere (086 8583832) who had fantastic handmade bags and paintings. I'd love any of these bags

and absolutely loved this painting by Sandra.

Anne Casey ( had painted glass using gorgeous vivid colours as you can see here. I was very tempted to buy something from the top shelf for a purple loving friend in Minnesota but was afraid it might break on the journey.

Paddy O'Connor's (Tel 085 1408941 work is always a pleasure to look at. Among the many items he had on display were these lovely clocks,

pens and pen holder. Did you spot the fun glasses holders in these photos?

Paddy had lots of company at the fair including his cute grandson who was admiring the amazing spinning wheel that Paddy had made.

Virginia McNceill ( created these cosy and oh so pretty items. They'd be perfect for the cold spell we're going through now!

Roisin Monaghan made these beautiful bags. I think she used her Big Shot to make the flowers on her fabric bag - so pretty!

Lorraine Kavanagh had lots of beautiful knitted and crocheted item including these cuties.

From Naas Photography Group we had John Rapple (087 7671736 and Paul O'Rourke (087 7057250 They had fabulous photos and I have to apologise to John and Paul as my photography skills are lacking and my photos don't do justice to their work! You'll get a better idea of their work on either their Facebook page or website.

I really loved John's photo of the snowy old cottage below and he had another fab snowy scene with swans on a local lake - pity I didn't realise my memory card was full when I took that one!

I love Paul's photo of one of my favourite spots in Glendalough

and this gorgeous photo of a local canal with autumn putting on its glorious display of colours.

It was great to meet the Byrne family again at the craft fair. Becky Byrne (Tel 085 7665871 created these gorgeous flowers and I love that the funds she raised are going towards the publication of her nana's book.

Jackie Byrne (Tel 087 9514757 made some gorgeous necklaces and felt work,

while Becky and her dad Martin (Tel 087 2077582) had gorgeous photos on display.

Also at the fair were Cliona Kelliher, Purity Belle with yummy scented candles and Lisa Skidmore, Feelights (087 2153439) with the cutest handmade handbags and dog bandanas.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to organise the Christmas Craft Fair next year but was delighted when Becky Byrne kindly volunteered to run it next year so that the fair will continue on - thanks again, Becky:) I hope you enjoyed your trip to the fair and that you have a great crafty weekend!

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