Thursday, September 29, 2011

Its here!!!!

The Great Big Craft Extravaganza starts tomorrow!!

We were asked to bring name badges, so this is mine......

I am supposed to be packing my craft supplies and choosing clothes, but I am the worst packer in the world! I always leave it until the very last minute and I am the only person I know who never brings enough clothes with me........ ( I blame Mr. RyanAir and his luggage restictions for that!) but since we are driving to Athlone I can bring as much as I like.

I've never tried to pack my craft stuff before, it proving quite difficault! exactly how many distress inks should I bring? will I need stamps? and if I do, which ones? As they say "its better to be looking at it than for it" so I think i'll just bring everything!

I recently got a pot of UTEE and now everything is being enamelled and cracked..... I know, years behind!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Little Bird.

I made this page in my art journal - I like the way it came out because I rarely use pink. The tree is stamped with leaf designs and the wording says,

" Little bird, please take all the negative thoughts that stop me being who I really am, and lock them away in a jar where they can't do any harm"

In the jar are the words, anger, self doubt, impatience and fear - I liked the idea of the bird flying around picking up all those words , flying back to its nest and locking them away, how it does it i'm not quite sure... what with wings instead of hands!

I hope you have a great week and that your little bird is keeping an eye on you!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I am soooo excited, its only one week away - The Great Big Craft Extravaganza!!!!!!!!

Two nights away, lots of shops, demos, classes and friends - whats not to love?!

The first class i've signed up for is " how to photograph your art" ( or some similar title) this i'm really looking forward to, its something I need to learn about.

Nicole and Timi are taking Crafting Ireland to the show, I suspect that i'll be suffering a sore throat from all the chatting!

So now i'm off to make a name badge, if you read this and are going, come and say hello - i'll be the one with a big smile on my face who doesn't stop talking!!!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ta - dah!!!!!

I am very pleased and proud to announce that I was asked to write a tutorial for Crafting Ireland and whats more Nicole and Timi have asked me to be a regular contributor!!!!!!

I have to tell you, I was nervous.... but today issue 4 is out and you can see not only the Back To School mini I made but a huge amount of tutorials, hints, tips, reviews and the like from a lot of talented crafters. There are even some digital papers to download!

There are 93 pages of crafting goodness here, so when you get some time to yourself, make some tea, click the link and settle back ....... I'm pretty sure it'll send you running to your craft table full of ideas!!

Thanks Nicole and Timi for producing such a great magazine!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Hi again,

My teeny, tiny desk area got featured on "Where People Create" - the lovely Ann from AMG-Arts runs this blog that shows peoples studios, desks, kitchen tables, or wherever it may be that they make their art/crafts.

Send in your photos and answer the questions so that I can have a nosey at your space too!

Check out some of the older posts...... FABULOSO!!!! warehouses and beautifully decorated rooms, just the thing for nosey parkers like me!!!!!


Hello, the lovely Dee has requested a mini book swap - something that hasn't happened for ages!
So, if anyone is interested then leave a comment here and maybe the Scrapzville Swap will be brought to life again!!!

F x x

Friday, September 2, 2011

A little bit of randomness.........

So, I noticed on one of my visits to Youtube that Mr. Tim Holtz had brought out a die called "Artful Dwellings"- I am always so far behind the lastest trends so this may not be news to the rest of you, but it was to me!

Anyhoo, I thought, I like that, but its straight lines for goodness sake and since I am the proud owner of a steel ruler and a craft knife, I set off on a crafting spree....

Let me just say, this is NOT an anti Tim Holtz post, but apart from his round roof it looked pretty easy.

Here are the results, this project was such FUN!!! I used My Minds Eye Lost and Found papers. It was one of those collections that I was saving for "best" (why? why do I buy paper that I don't want to cut???) and then I opened up all the boxes of embellishments that are on my shelves and just used a bit of everything!

I used things I haven't used for ages like Stickles and Crackle Accents, I used stamps, buttons, beaded pins,lace and the paper roses that I am currently obsessed with making (another example of me being SO behind the current trends!)

The basic shape was cut from chipboard (they are 5" in height) and I used "Frayed Burlap" to distress the edges.

I don't know if any of you have tried cutting chipboard with a craft knife, but I would just like to say that if you get the die you will be saving yourself AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK!!!!!
Mr Holtz knew what he was doing!!!!!

But mine are cuter because they have chimneys!