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Friday 15 November 2019 - Wooden Advent calendar

Decorate a pre-formed box to make an advent calendar that can be rolled out year on year. I shared this with you last year on facebook but it was too late to organise a workshop. Check out the Christmas crafts for workshop dates and times.

 

Friday 8 November 2019 - Large Christmas Cards

Large 8x8 format Christmas Cards which will make a statement on the mantelpiece. Very popular classes this year. Even the tepee shaped card, folds flat for posting. The easel pop up card is very suitable for someone special.

Friday 1 November 2019 - Felt applique

Various ideas for an upcoming workshop. Combine a little embroidery with felt applique to personalise a little room hanging

Friday 25 October 2019 - Horse themed cards and tote bags

All manner of things equine. I have also made some little gifts on an equine theme including tote bags, key rings and framed art. Makes nice little gifts for those with an interest in horses.

Friday 18 October 2019 - Candle decorating - Image transfer to a candle

Come and learn how to transfer stamped images onto a candle. Personalise them for a special gift.




Friday 11 October 2019 - Ice candles

New option within candlemaking II workshop. The ice creates a beautiful and unique lacy effect as the hot wax hardens around it. Ideal for those who have completed the candlemaking I workshop and want to try something a little different.


Friday 4 October 2019 – Mixed Media Covered Notebook

Interested in doing some messy crafting? What about trying out a range of techniques such as embossing, diecutting, inking, spritzing, stencilling with texture paste etc …. And ending up with a beautiful personal journal. A fun workshop where anything goes.


Friday 27 September 2019 – Dragonfly gemstone cards

Three slightly different cards made for a recent craft fair which would suit a range of occasions..


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.

 

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