Sunday, September 29, 2013

Being put on the spot......

Do you remember years ago comedians would start there shows with the line, "A funny thing happened on the way here tonight"?
Well, I have to tell you about yesterday and it has to start with " A funny thing happened on the way to yesterdays class"........
So, yesterday (Saturday) I was driving to my once a month visit to Ballinameela in Waterford to do a Haunted House class. I leave at 7am because its a 2 hour drive and on Saturday mornings the radio station has a DJ named Alison Curtis (Today FM in case you're interested!) she in Canadian and brightens an early morning start. Anyhoo, she has people text in to explain why they are up that early, its usually because they are up with the kids or training for some race or going to work. So, for some reason I decided to text in and say I was driving from Killarney to Dungarvan to a paper crafting class. (yes, I pulled over to do it!)

At 7.30 my phone rang and before I knew it I was live on air on a national radio station with Alison Curtis asking me to explain what a paper crafting class was...........

I have to tell you I was seriously put on the spot! how do you explain what we do to non crafters? In my panic I may have said "its cutting and sticking for grown ups"................ I did also briefly explain scrapbooking, and then I got into a tizz and couldn't tell you what else I said!!
Cutting and sticking for grown ups???? 
My saving grace was that she is a huge Halloween fan and asked me to send her something, so this is what she is getting!!

  The back needs some more work, but its nearly done.
 The day in Ballinameela was brilliant as usual, they really are such a mad nice bunch - everyone had a constructed house at the end but there was no sign of them going home when I had to leave...... there was serious Stickle adding going on!
Next month (October 26th) we will be doing a basic binding class because we are working up to a BIG project and we need to know the basics..... (it is going to be soooo cool!!)
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!
F xx

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CHA Release Weekend.

I know, don't faint..... 2 posts in one day? I'm shocked myself!
Anyhoo, I am back to tell you about the amazing weekend that Kate has lined up for us in Athlone on 5&6th October.
In fact i'm not going to tell you, just show you this poster and give you a link to the class timetable.
If you have any questions about the weekend you can contact Kate at  - click the link for the timetable and class details.

A Haunted village!

Hello, or should I say Bonjourno?!
I am back from Italy, it was unbelievably fabulous and I have tonnes of photos - but that is for another post.
So, last Sunday I set out in the wind and rain at 6.15am  (that sounds like a hardship but I was delighted to be going!) to Bunmahon in Co. Waterford. Caroline from Crafters Cove had invited me to her home studio for the day... oh my, what a studio!! she had arranged for 10 crafters to come to the class and for Bernie from BK designs to bring her shop along.
I have to say a huge thank you to Caroline, not only did she do all the organising she also had croissants warming in the oven for when we arrived!!!

 Here are the Ladies hard at work, there were times when it was silent because they were concentrating... I was beginning to get worried.
 But then they got chatty again, right about the time we declared a tea break!
 This is Pat hiding behind her house. We used Echo Park "Chillingsworth Manor" paper and the new Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells stamp set, which are gorgeous by the way.
 Now you can see the whole village of haunted houses, all different, some had purple windows, others green and one had turquoise!
 This is my house... i'm still adding bits to it.
 This was the kit for the day - I decided to put the house by itself and a smaller kit (just enough to decorate the house without making the back part) on Ebay, i've never sold anything that way before so it'll be interesting to see what happens! I'm doing it all again on the 28th in Ballinameela and then 10th October here at home for anyone in Kerry. But you could always put in a bid on Ebay if you want!
 I just wanted to show you this album . It was sent to me by Martina in the swap organised by Sandi and I just love it! It is so pretty, this photo doesn't show the colours well. We included tags with "things you didn't know about me" on and its a great way to get to know your swap partner.

She put in a Halloween page because she is a fan too - how fab is it?! Thank you again Martina!!
So, thats all my news - I will be back with a post about Kates CHA release weekend soon, i'm deciding what classes I want to take, spoilt for choice I am!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Its Haunted House time again!

I love September, when the weather starts to change, the kids go back to school (even though this is our last year for that..) and when I can start my using my Halloween paper stash!!

Last year I altered a house from Retro Cafe, which I loved. But it is fairly small and it cost a lot of money to import (that is mainly down to the postal service not Retro Cafe) and I really wanted to do this as a class this year....... so, I designed my own house and the lovely Carol from Crafty Cutting used her magic to make it.
In fact she made loads of them, so I can do Haunted House classes around the country for the whole spooky season!!!!!

So, this Sunday is the first over at Carolines studio in Bunmahon Waterford..... that class is fully booked but I also have the following classes coming up:

Ballinameela Waterford - Saturday 28th September 10-4pm
Athlone - Saturday or Sunday 5 & 6th October (click this link for more details)
Killarney - Thursday 10th October

The cost is €35,  all the times differ so send me an email or phone me or Facebook if you're interested in any of these classes.......

If you are coming along you will need to bring:

Craft knife & cutting mat
Paper trimmer
Wet glue
Paint brushes (one thin one wider)
Pencil & ruler
Black distress ink or a black marker
Distress tool
Plastic packaging -the bag that Prima flowers (or something similar) come in is perfect.
Alcohol ink in orange, green or purple.

I will have alcohol ink so don’t worry if you don’t have it.

Bye!! xx
Mwahahahah (spooky laugh!)

Monday, September 2, 2013