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Friday 20 September 2019 – Baby Scrapbook pages

Samples of the pages made at a recent scrapbooking class on a baby theme. If you would like to purchase these in kit form, then just get in touch.

Friday 13 September 2019 – Lavender Sachets

In the spring I hosted a lavender sachet making workshop as a make and take at the Carnegie Library Open Day. Below are the samples which were available for participants to copy. This is now available as a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to make a range of lavender sachets, both paper and fabric.

Friday 6 September 2019 – Personalised Notebooks

I made up these little notebooks for a craft fair, leaving the oval blank. On purchasing, customers could decide on the personalisation required and the notebook was then completed while they waited.

Friday 30 August 2019 – Wedding card

Today, I thought I would share with you an unusual fold for a greeting card which can be made to suit a variety of occasions. This fold, together with some other fancy folds will be covered in a workshop where we will make 3 cards using slightly different folds to make cards which stand out from the crowd.

Friday 23 August 2019 – Party Activities, lambs and unicorns

Some alternative party ideas. The lamb is suitable for those aged 9 years and above as it requires basic stitching of the body. The unicorns don’t require stitching but the children learn how to make a pom-pom.

Friday 16 August 2019 – Mini memory album

A pre prepared 4 x 4 memory album, ready for you to add your photos. A nice keepsake as a special gift. Come and make one of these at the scrapbooking classes instead of the large format pages or alternatively order one in your choice of colour and theme.

Friday 9 August 2019 - Kusudama Flowers

Available as a kit or attend a workshop. The kusudama flower is an easy origami project for people interested in learning more about the art of paper folding. The origami kusudama flower is undeniably beautiful and appears complex and difficult to make, but surprisingly there are only a few steps to it. However, you do need a total of five pieces of paper because this flower is actually made up of five petals. Each petal is made with one sheet of paper. Book a workshop now, to be taken through the steps and you will be producing a bouquet in no time!

Friday 2 August 2019 - Mosaic

Mosaic workshops coming soon. Available for a range of ages and abilities.


Friday 26 July 2019 - Doors to a magic kingdom – fairies, pirates, unicorns and mermaids

Some of the ideas for kids parties where they can paint and decorate a magic door. These can also be made to order from the shop section on the website and come with magic keys and dust in a vial.

Friday 19 July 2019 - Needlefelting

New to needlefelting? then why not consider a workshop to make a brooch using needlefelting techniques. This can be embellished with embroidery and beading to make a statement piece.

Friday 12 July 2019 – Quilling

The art of quilling, or coiling paper, has been around for centuries--from monks curling gold paper during the Renaissance, to young ladies learning the art during the 19th century. Today, quilling is just as popular as ever. All you will need are the right tools, a little patience, and some creativity. Why not sign up for a workshop and give it a try?


Friday 5 July 2019 - Friendship Bracelets

Popular activity at kids parties. Kids are shown the basic techniques to make a friendship bracelet and then go home with a party bag containing more threads and templates as well as a ready made


Friday 28 June 2019 - Me to You Card making Kit

This has sold on ebay but more kits are available. Everything you need to make a minimum of 4 cards and up to 8 cards if you alternate the decoupage layers.

Friday 21 June 2019 - Brooches

Needlefelting with embroidery, beads and old jewellery as decoration.

Friday 14 June 2019 - Male themed cards

Some of the samples for male themed cards. These are 8x8 or 7 x7 cards and can be personalised with name and/or age of your choosing. Suitable for birthdays, retirement, get well or thank you. I will also be offering this as a workshop in September as one of the card classes.


Friday 7 June 2019 - Girly Card Kit

Now available on ebay as well as direct from me. Kit contains materials to make at least 9 cards similar to the ones shown in the photo. Toppers include handbags, dresses and shoes.


Friday 31 May 2019 - Fortnite Personalised Birthday Cards with Name/initials and/or Age

Just a reminder that we offer a personalised card making service. Just let us know name, age and theme of card and we will design something especially for you. Why not check out our samples on the commissions page.

Friday 24 May 2019 - Felted soap

New workshop now available – Handmade felted soap. Also comes in kit form with instructions if you haven’t time to attend the class or if we are not in your locality. Great for group activities also.

Friday 17 May 2019 - Kraft Tags

Decorated kraft tags. Made using other project leftovers.

Friday 10 May 2019 – Embroidered pictures – Hen party activity

Why not consider some hand embroidery as part of your hen party celebrations? It is becoming a popular choice with some groups following afternoon tea. Everyone then gets to take home their make. Options exist for traditional white on white embroidery or stitching on organza and net to contemporary pieces where the background fabric is painted and inked before stitching. I will be hosting a hoop frame embroidery workshop on Friday 23 August which is suitable for beginners. More details available in the workshop section.

Friday 3 May 2019 Felt and button flowers

These flowers will never die. Felt and button flowers attached to painted kebab sticks make a pretty little gift.

Friday 26 April 2019 Hoop Art Embroidery

A fun way to expand your repertoire of embroidery stitches. Complete a back stitch outline and then fill in the body with a range of different stitches. Other animals available for you to work on but wouldn’t the unicorn make a lovely gift for a little granddaughter or daughter . Workshop will run on Friday 23 August 2019 at 7pm. Booking available in the workshop section. All materials provided.

Friday 19 April 2019 Pamper Crafts – Foot Soak and Oatmeal milk bath

New for 2019. Pamper crafts have been really popular so I have added a few new additions. In a new workshop you will have the option of making a camomile or a peppermint foot soak depending on whether you want an invigorating or a relaxing experience. Also included will be an oatmeal milk bath. The workshop includes making the labels so as they are ready to gift if you so wish. Workshop scheduled for 28 June 2019

Friday 12 April 2019 Game Night Scrapbook page

Colourful layout which can be completed as a double page or a single page. Available as a kit if you are unable to attend the scrapbooking classes. The black background really makes the colours pop.

Friday 5 April 2019 Box frames

Cricket box frame made as a little thank you for a coach. Personalisation still to be added. The other box frame uses a greeting card topper but instead of making a card, I have put it in the 4x4 frame and added some embellishments.

Friday 29 March 2019 Gift Boxes

Little gift boxes ready for decoration. Suitable for gift cards.

Friday 22 March 2019 Unicorn Mask with 3D horn

Suitable craft activity for a unicorn themed party.

Friday 15 March 2019 Sharpie Markers and Rubbing alcohol – Tie Dye Effect

Photos show the before and after effect of using sharpie markers on fabric and then dripping rubbing alcohol on top. Useful technique for decorating tee shirts or cotton tote bags.

Friday 8 March 2019 Thank you cards

Purchased the black thank you card with the letters die cut but were still in place so rather than discard them, used them to create another card using a white card blank with the letters adhered. Two for the price of one!

Friday 1 March 2019 Scrapbook Page

Scrapbook page using paper pleating technique and also one of the printed quotes from the Little Hunkydory books. Suitable for 2 portrait photos or 3 if the quote is removed.

Friday 22 February 2019 Note cards

Little note cards using printed cards and die cut toppers. Would be ideal as a gift.

Friday 15 February 2019 Unicorn Cards

Unicorn themed parties have become quite popular recently and the birthday girl receives a personalised card with her age. I now have a supply in stock ready for personalisation.

Friday 8 February Decorated Hearts

A few options for decorating wood blanks.

Friday 1 February 2019 Wire Brooches

Wire brooches with felt floral elements and ribbon threaded through the loops.

Friday 25 January 2019 Button pictures on canvas

Great party activity. Painted tree with added buttons.

Friday 18 January 2019 Bird Feeders using recycled materials

The wooden bird feeder is made from lolly sticks layered on top of each other with a ‘bark’ roof whilst the other is constructed from a soup container. Painted and decorated with a deconstructed clothes peg roof and rub-ons.

Friday 11 January 2019 Sympathy cards

Simple and understated.

Friday 4 January 2019 Weaving

Happy New Year everyone. Just thought I would share a little woven project with you which has been mounted on a canvas frame. Very therapeutic to do and also suitable for kids parties in the age range 9-12 years

Friday 28 December 2018 – Cross stitch Poppy

Completed cross stitch, ready to be framed. This piece of work gained first prize at Castlewellan Show earlier in the year.

Friday 21 December 2018 - Clean and simple notecards

Little handmade notelets for a range of occasions using chipboard floral pieces, stamps, paper flowers, twine, washi tape, doileys, diecuts and embossed card. Kits available with a selection of materials for you to make similar at home. Two options available, 6 card pack (£5) or 12 card pack (£9).

Friday 14 December 2018 New Home Card

Alternative use for Christmas dies before they are put away. Die cuts are layered up and put behind an aperture. By snipping out the Christmas trees and adding in other trees, the card would be improved even further.

Friday 7 December 2018 Decorated Tote bags

Stencilled cotton tote bags with little fabric decorations for added interest. These are applied with fusible adhesive backing so no stitching required.

Friday 30 November 2018 Christmas Cards

Following on from the blog on the 16 November, I have created 4 cards using only 1 A4 piece of printed backing card, toppers and card blanks. This really makes your stash go a long way. Here’s how. The swing card was created by cutting a piece of card 22cm x 18cm. The square card with 2 matching triangles was created by cutting a 7.5cm square and then cutting this in half diagonally. The gate fold card was made from a rectangle 13.5cm x 7.6cm and finally the banner card used a strip 3cm x 17cm. By clever cutting you can achieve this too.

Friday 23 November 2018 Christmas Gift Bag

Another little recycling project. Christmas gift bag made using an Easter egg box. Had originally thought of adding panels of printed card to the sides but then decided to cover in paper. Added a piece of card to the base to strengthen it and punched holes in the top for handles which are an old shoe lace! The front is a picture cut from an old Christmas card placed on a die cut shape with a scrap of ribbon made into a little bow. Costs pennies to make.

Friday 16 November 2018 Christmas Cards and Tags

Challenged myself to make three cards from a topper sheet and one co-ordinating piece of card as well as plain card blanks and this is what I came up with. The printed card was cut into 3 equal sized pieces to produce a standard DL card, a tent fold card and an 8x8 Z fold card. Even the printed waste was used to create borders and the left-overs made 4 tags. Why not enrol on a card making class and have a go at making something similar? Next class Wed 21 November at 7pm.

Friday 9 November 2018 Christmas Tags

A couple of different tag options using the same die from Printable Heaven. One is cut on white card and coloured whilst the other is cut on green card. Layers are decoupaged on top of each other.

Friday 2 November 2018 Lavender Sachets

Upcoming workshop in time for Christmas making lavender sachets. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated from stitched pockets, to organza bags to paper sachets. Options on fillings will also be presented as well as techniques to extend the use of the lavender seeds.



Friday 26 October 2018 Halloween Luminaries

Different techniques used to make these sample pieces for a workshop. The orange one is created using strips of tissue paper and then die cutting a scene which is applied on top. The lilac one is created by outlining a scene in permanent marker on the front of the jar. Just needs a little more filling in to create a solid black effect. The purple jar was purchased but a jam jar painted with PVA glue and food colouring will give the same effect.



Friday 19 October 2018 Applique Sail Boats – FOR SALE

Sail boats using applique and machine embroidery techniques. Mounted in a contemporary curved edge frame. Email for further information.



Friday 12 October 2018 Exam Congratulations

Some of the Exam congratulations cards produced last month for those receiving exam results. Dimensional stars were common on all 3 cards.



Friday 5 October 2018 Batch Christmas Card Making

Why not come along and make 6 Christmas cards using embossing folders as the main technique. Class is scheduled for Tues 30 Oct at 7pm. Sample packs will also be available to participants at a reduced cost (£3) so as more of these cards can be made at home, simply by using your own scissors and adhesive.

Friday 28 September 2018 Dreamcatchers

Making a dreamcatcher is a suitable party activity and the project can be tailored to suit most age groups. At the end of the session, participants have the opportunity to take home something pretty for their room.

Friday 21 September 2018 Decorated T shirt

How easy is this? Take a plain t shirt and die cut some felt shapes. With a little stitching and the addition of buttons you have a bespoke shirt. This is a great idea for teen parties and the girls get to take home their creations.

Friday 14 September 2018 Embroidery and applique II

If you have sampled our starter class on embroidery and applique and want to take things a little further, we will have a stage 2 class coming soon where you will have the opportunity to create a larger piece, learn more stitches and apply further techniques to enhance your project such as the incorporation of Angelina fibres.

Friday 7 September 2018 Gift box

Suitable box for a wedding favour or a little gift. Why not check out our range of box making classes in the workshop section?

Friday 31 August 2018 Beeswax candles

Over the past few years I have facilitated a number of classes for beekeepers who are contemplating making their own beeswax candles. The natural aroma of a beeswax candle is beautiful. The picture shows the raw material and the beautiful candle created without additional scent or colouring.

Friday 24 August 2018 Baby Shower Hanging

Another idea for a baby shower. Create a beautiful hanging for the parents to be.

Friday 17 August 2018 Scrapbook layout

Created at a recent scrapbooking class by a participant. Ready for photos. Scrapbooking classes run monthly with each session focusing on different techniques.

Friday 10 August 2018 Felted zipper brooches

Don’t these look amazing? Created using needle felting techniques. Workshop coming soon.

Friday 3 August 2018 Cardmaking - sunburst cards

These cards look more difficult than they actually are to create. Suitable for a range of occasions. I will be covering this technique in an upcoming card and scrapbooking class where you will have the opportunity to make 2 cards or a scrapbook page.

Friday 27 July 2018 Scrapbook page

Feminine scrap page ready for a circular photo. Kit available to purchase if you are unable to attend the classes. This would be great on a canvas or mountboard to display a treasured photo and would be a nice home décor piece. Just get in touch via email.

Friday 20 July 2018 Decorated candle

Just one of the candles made by a participant at a recent workshop. Various methods and techniques explained and demonstrated at the workshop to decorate candles before you embark on creating your bespoke piece.

Friday 13 July 2018 Decorated Tote bag

Use fabric paints and stencils to decorate a tote bag. Further embellishment can be added using fabric flowers, ribbon and buttons.

Friday 6 July 2018 Bathfizzers

Always a popular workshop. Make these in whatever colour you wish and also add a little dried lavender for additional decoration. These classes have also been provided at kids parties.

Friday 29 June 2018 Revamped picture frame

Using chalk paint and stencils, make a bespoke picture frame in the colour of your choice. This can be further enhanced by the addition of 3d embellishments such as gems, bows and buttons.

Friday 22 June 2018 Layered candles

These were made using the leftovers of wax from recent classes. If you are interested in candlemaking why not enrol on one of our courses and have the satisfaction of making your own scented candles.

Friday 15 June 2018 Applique and embroidery I

For those wishing to attempt a little embroidery, this is a great starter piece. Make a little whimsical padded bird or the inset for a little cushion. Basic embroidery stitches. Workshop available on 17 July 2018.

Friday 8 June 2018 Fabric Covered Notebooks – No sewing!

Easy to make using Pinflair Bookbinding glue, mountboard and pretty fabric. A pretty little notebook which can easily be made within a workshop. Great gifts.

Friday 1 June 2018 Felt Brooches

Combine handmade felt with simple stitching and buttons to make little works of art which can be turned into a brooch or a needlecase cover. Alternatively use pre-made felt to make bright fun and funky brooches. Another party option for the tweens.

Friday 25 May 2018 Beginners Paper Quilling

Workshop available on Tues 12 June 2018 7-9pm. You will have the opportunity to make a range of shapes which then can be added to a card or taken home to add to a picture frame.

Friday 18 May 2018 New Workshop - Photo Cube and Card Storage Box

New workshops for 2018. Bring your own photos. Everything else provided including templates for you to keep. Make a personalised gift. Or, why not make a storage box with dividers to neatly keep cards on a monthly basis. Both classes available at the beginning of June. Checkout the papercraft workshop section for more detail.

Friday 11 May 2018 Transforming plain cushions

With limited sewing skills, plain cushions can be transformed into bright home décor suitable for a little girls bedroom. Adult and kids workshops available.

Friday 4 May 2018 Decorated candles

Starting with plain white pillar candles, come to a workshop and make your own bespoke candle using alcohol inks. A real centrepiece for many occasions.

Friday 27 April 2018 Weaving

Now available as a kids workshop. Weaving and pom-pom making.

Fri 20 April 2018 Decoupage on a bottle and wooden heart

Using Modpodge and paper napkins to decoupage a painted glass bottle and wood heart.

Friday 13 April 2018 Card class – Easel

Made from a kit, the roses are decoupaged to create dimension.



Friday 6 April 2018 Hoop Art

Some samples of applique and embroidery available as a workshop. More ideas from recent workshops available on my facebook page.


Friday 30 March 2018 Bird Hanging

Kit from the Works used to make up this little hanging. A pretty little addition to a child’s bedroom.


Friday 23 March 2018 Lighthouse

Lighthouse made from varying sizes of terracotta pots with a lamp and tealight on top. This could be replaced with a solar panel light. Stencil used to create the stone effect at the bottom. Wooden door and fence added.


Friday 16 March 2018 Stamped Cards

It’s been a long time since I shared some cards. This workshop focused on stamped cards, a technique that some people shy away from because it takes a little practice to stamp a clean, clear image. It can be made a little easier with condensed foam blocks or using a stamping platform which allows you to re stamp again if you don’t get a sharp image, first time around. Why not give it a go and join the card making classes. With the correct tools, you’ll be surprised what you can achieve.


Friday 9 March 2018 Scrapbooking – Girls Pages

A couple of samples from the girly themed night. Pretty florals, doileys and lots of pink suitable for your girly photos both young and old. Embellishments included making a rosette.


Friday 2 March 2018 Glass Decorating

New workshop for 2018. Come along and try out a range of techniques for decorating glassware. The choice is yours from painting, decoupage, rub ons and marbling. A fun evening. More dates available soon.


Friday 23 February 2018 Nursery hangers

One of the options for a baby shower party. Create personalised bespoke hangers for the nursery using decoupage techniques. Gifts which will be cherished for years.


Friday 16 February 2018 Scrapbooking vintage photos

Scrapbook vintage photos using delicate floral papers, lace, buttons and pearls.


Friday 9 February 2018 The seaglass look

Glass decorating can take on many forms but after some experimentation I really like the seaglass look to upcycle glass jars. As well as using glass paints, there is an alternative using kitchen cupboard ingredients to get a similar look. Why not come along to the workshops next week and experiment.


Friday 2 February 2018 Baby Boy Brag Book

If you feel that making up 12 x 12 scrap pages is too much of a challenge or if you would like a change, why not opt for making a pocket brag book instead. The theme can be changed to suit your needs. Easy to make in an evening, ready for photos. Choose any of the scrapbooking dates available to get started.


Friday 26 January 2018 Felted brooch

Combine needlefelting and embroidery to make a stunning brooch or pincushion. One of the options available within the needlefelting workshop.


Friday 19 January 2018 Floral Cards and card candi

Ideal cards for anyone who enjoys colouring. Card candi from Craftwork Cards complete the look.


Friday 12 January 2018 Decorated Notebook

Purchased this at a craft fair, nice idea.


Friday 5 January 2018 Embossed Note cards

Simple notecards by embossing the card and then inking.

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