Friday, October 26, 2007

Christmas cards !!

Firstly can I encourage you to pop over to SCRAPWEST and take a look at the lovely creations for this weeks theme " Focus on the photo". I tried to add as little as possible and make the photo stand out by double matting it.

Secondly I have started making my Christmas cards - well it is nearly November and I know time will fly by. This is a Santa Silhouette with Glistening snow on the text.

I love this stamp of the Feathered Friends . I have coloured with watercolours and added glistening snow(can't you tell I like it!!!) under the robins as well.

This is a fabby design for a stamp. I love the way the Christmas Words shape the tree. I have stamped in OPALITE and added platinum liquid pearls for the decorations and a silver bow to finish it off.

These Furry Friends are looking very festive in their Christmas attire and the hats have tiny little furry pom poms on them too!!

A gold version of the Christmas word tree.

Here are the feathered friends again but with out the personalised name - just a Christmas greeting.

Finally I have included a picture of a card of which I have done a few for a very kind hearted lady who is raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society and has asked a few of us card makers to design and donate some cards for this very worthy cause.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Scrapwest & Cork Croppers

What a super day!! I headed off this morning to Carolines Cork Croppers Crop and spent the day in crafting heaven. I had 2 kits from the Scrapwest online crop with me so I got stuck in. There were a few people at the crop who had kits for my class and they did lovely layouts. I love the LO that KAte and Mireille from Crafteire did . A very elegant LO and one I will definitely do again. Thanks girls. The rub on is really stunning and the overlapping hearts are gorgeous.
I had great fun doing Eva's class. A very creative LO and beautiful papers. I just love the way the flap lifts up to reveal the full photo and the story behind it. Thanks for this Eva.

And then we had Caroline's Crop class and we used beautiful Daisy D's papers. I wouldn't normally use such bold colours but I really like the way this turned out. Caroline has such a great way with detail in her LOs and this is one to treasure. I think this picture will go in the photo albums of all my family as it is such a special moment shared between the generations.
I still have more classes to catch up on . It has been a very busy day. Make sure you check out the classes over on SCRAPWEST for wonderful inspiration.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Scrapwest - my class!

ONLY 3 more sleeps to Sunday and SCRAPWEST online crop on Sunday!
I will be using the Gretel papers but if you haven't got the kit or these papers what you can use are -
1 x sheet coloured cardstock of your choice
3 x sheets of contrasting patterned papers( the Gretel papers are double sided so you may need to add scraps of plain paper from your stash - something everyone has!!)
1 metre embroidery thread- colour of choice
Needle for stitching
Ink for distressing paper
White pen for doodling
Button x 1
Glossy accents - if you have great - if not - no worries!

The photo I used is a black & White landscape photo.
Hope you will join in.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Picasa to blogger


I've been playing around with my Picasa photo editing programme and have just discovered how to upload pictures to blogger directly from Picasa. This is a trial post...let's see...
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

A stitch in time

You have to visit SCRAPWEST this week to see some fabulous creations incorporating stitches. Some very unique takes on it. There are still kits available for our SCRAPWEST 1st Birthday online crop next weekend. It will be a great day for getting inspiration as well as sharing your progress online on some of the crafting forums.I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's work and participating in the classes.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Catching up...

Ooh Bad Blogger. I had a ball last weekend at SCRAPFEST. Great company with Audrey, Elaine and Linda staying here for the weekend and great uninterrupted hours of glorious scrapping with super classes. I made amazing LOs under the tutelage of Lainey, Beckie and Annamarie but have yet to get photos to put into them to take pics and show you them!!!! Will get my act in gear for the next post.
I do have a great pic of the kids with a New BEST FRIEND in this house - Audrey!!
She's still talking about you Auds!!!!
My parents came home from a trip abroad and brought their Princess crazy grandaughter these sugar characters. I had to take pictures of them as she ripped into them and decapitated them with delight.
How could she - they are sooo cute. Crying out to be included in a LO.

Eventhough I haven't posted my LOs from SCRAPFEST I have shamelessly lifted the one we did in one of Beckie's classes for a LO I had to do for someone. I will be using this design a lot! Thanks Beckie!

Today we visited my Granny, the kids Great Granny, who had a stroke at the beginning of the year. What a woman. She walked out to the front door to greet us and later proceeded to walk up the yard and into the milking parlour with her Zimmer Frame which is half on wheels!!She'll be 88 at the weekend. I love the picture below of Great Granny and Great Grandaughter.A keeper.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Looking forward..

Last week's SCRAPWEST was Shopping. What girl could say no to a day of shopping!! My little girl certainly can't and the pic in my LO was taken on St Stephen's Day 2005 when she was 17 months old and she took off with her new handbag from her Gran. A real little lady hitting the sales. There are some beautiful Layouts and cards over on the Scrapwest blog so don't forget to take a look.

I have been busy making cards for the last week and am in the middle of Wedding invitations for a great couple Fiona and Kieran who are having a Christmas wedding in Schull in Cork. Will post up the invites when the couple have posted them!!
So many things to look forward to at the moment. SCRAPFEST by the LEE is taking place in Cork next Saturday and there will be some amazing tutors there with fabulous classes for crafters.Make sure you book your place. I'm looking forward to the "Dubs" coming down to stay with me for the weekend!!!!
On the 21st October not only is Caroline's crop on in the Commons Inn in Cork( book your place here too - a treat of a day!!) but also the Scrapwest Online crop is on. You can folow all the classes on the blog on the day and you can even purchase kits to make the LOs if you wish. More information is on on the chat forum . Kits are available from and and
Here's a sneaky peak for my class.Gorgeous papers from the PIGGY TALES Gretel Collection. You will need a 5"x7" landscape photo. Mine is in B&W.I have tried to keep it simple and have included stitching,staining,cutting and doodling. Hope you want to give it a shot.