Apr 26, 2013

handmade cards

Book Card
This is one of the styles of card we will make at Kilkenny
Because we are making some nostalgic memory cards
I don't want to give the themes away
but as you can see
there is an awful lot of cutting as there are 8 pages to decorate,

Card when closed
This card was for a lady gardener

 Back view of card

In side view of card
This card fits in an A5 envelope, but is quiet weighty so would need to be weighed at the post office

Gardening poems

She dug the plot on Monday –
the soil was rich and fine,
She forgot to thaw out dinner –
so we went out to dine...
She planted roses Tuesday –
she says they are a must,
They really are quite lovely
but she quite forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was daisies –
they opened up with sun,
All whites and pinks and yellows –
but the laundry wasn’t done...
The poppies came on Thursday -
a bright and cherry red,
I guess she really was engrossed –
she never made the bed...
It was violets on Friday –
in colours she adores,
It never bothered her at all –
all crumbs upon the floors
I hired a maid on Saturday –
my week is now complete,
My wife can garden all she wants –
the house will still be neat!
It’s nearly lunchtime Sunday –
and I cannot find the maid,
Oh no! I don’t believe it!
She’s out there WITH THE SPADE! 


The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart
in the garden,
Than anywhere else on earth.

In a garden green and gay
All my troubles fade away
Sweet contentment here I find
Joy of heart and peace of mind

The Gardeners Morning

The robins song at daybreak
Is a clarion call to me,
Get up and get in the garden,
or the morning hours will flee.
I cannot resist the summons,
For what earnest gardener could?
For the golden hours of morning,
Get into the gardener’s blood.
The magic spell is upon me,
I'm glad that I did not wait;
For life’s at its best in the morning,
As you pass through the garden gate.


Gardener's Blessing

May God grant thee
Enough sun to warm the earth,
Enough rain to make things grow,
A good strong back,
A wide brimmed hat,
And a good sharp goose-neck hoe,
Strength for a day of toil
And some quiet evening hours,
With a sip of tea
And a gentle breeze,
And may all your weeds be wildflowers.

By Ralph Emerson Purkhiser


click on the images for a larger view

Apr 22, 2013

Hi Everyone
I have 2 place come free for my Workshop
on Sunday the 5th of May
(as two of the ladies have had to cancel)
Theme; Nursery rhymes and lullaby's
Time 10.30 to 5.30
This is a full day workshop making 5 cards
for new baby, Christening, and 1st birthday.
we will stop half way for
 a home cooked Sunday Lunch

If you fancy coming along 
please phone me on 012010117
to book in

I have updated the club page with details of our May get togethers. HERE
thank you

Apr 20, 2013

Camilla's Card Swap

Hi Ladies,
We would like to invite you to join a group CARD SWAP.
How many of us would love to find a handmade card in your post-box instead of the day-to-day bills, just to brighten  up your day? I know I would, and I reckon most of you would too. The point of this swap is not to see who receive the best card, but to exchange skills. You might be the best at making a different folds, or at colouring, stamping, embossing, etc and sharing is what the swap is all about.
So here are the rules:
* If you are willing to play, send me your Name and Address, so the card can be posted to you. Your details will be secured and WONT be posted online anywhere. I will be sorting partners and sending each one of you the address of where you should send the card.
* Our first swap would be a FREE STYLE swap. Any pattern, any sketch, anything that comes to your mind regarding designing the card, and any size. Because this is our first swap, you can create something you are comfort to make. If you find it hard to design a card by yourself and would rather have a sketch/template of what to work from it, please let me know and it can be arranged.
* Cards are to be made in cardstock (220g – the usual). Please send to your partner a card you would be happy to receive. You can add a insert if you wish, or if you wish to leave the card blank so the recipient can use it for a personal occasion, just add a post-it with a message to them. And don't forget to sign the back of your card. It is your creation and it should be signed by the artist :)
* I will be taking names from for the next 2 weeks (til end of the month), and let you know who you should send your card to. After partners are assigned, you have 2 weeks to send the card to the person. We all know that life sometimes gets on the way of our crafting, and if you have any problem in sending the card to your partner, please let us know as soon as you can so I can arrange another partner.
Postage rates have come up a bit last week, normal stamp is now €0.60 for flat envelope up to A5 size, so please keep this in mind when making your card if you are trying to keep your costs down.
Yvonne is helping to spread the word on this exchange and you should send your details to me at camila_lino@hotmail.com or text/call me at 086 2484469.
This will be our first try so bare with me if I don’t reply to you quickly on your enquiries. If it works and if you are all happy with it, then we can make this monthly.
And don’t hesitate in contact myself if you have any queries, doubts or want more information.
Looking forward to hear from you soon!!
Camila Lanigan

Apr 19, 2013

Card Art Kilcoole

Next morning class is
Tuesday the 7th of May (3 places Remaining)
this is a class for 8 people max
we will make 2/3 cards but you will bring the 3rd kit home if we don't finish it
and we stop about 1.00 for a light lunch
please get in touch to book in. HERE
this is a very relaxed class, and would suit anyone new to card making, as we take our time and work in a step by step method,
I demonstrate the card first, then we make it together. step by step.

Next fun evening
Tuesday the 14th of May (Full)
Time 7.30 to 10.00
max 8 places
this is a fun get together, where we make 2 kits have a light supper and share news and any new items we find,
this month, we will make the my fair lady card in pink
and a decoupage card with punched detail.
please get in touch to book in. HERE

Kings Hall Belfast creative craft show

Hi Everyone
Great Day at the Kings Hall Belfast yesterday
lovely to meet up with old friends
Catherine and Martina and there friend from Monaghan
Trish, Phil, Sally, Aiveen, Anne, Barbara, Nancy, Mary, Mary O, 
Had a brilliant fun day out with Roberta, Clare, Sarah and Olive,
thanks so much girls for all the laughs, and your wonderful company, and wonderful long lunch across the road in the kings head pub,
Well the show wasn't great, about 10 card making stands, and to be honest only got 2 things off my list.
A much smaller show than normal, and most of the bigger name companies were not there,
But a Touch of craft, who are great for backing card, card, envelopes, polys, and die cuts, was there with a great selection of basics, and some new products.
and a great spellbinders stand Carole's craft store. 
J.J.D Cards, Beads.4.crafts. Ribbon Box and a few more. 
worth a day out, but we all brought money home.
which normally never happens.

Apr 15, 2013

Apr 13, 2013

I have 4 tickets for the Creative Craft Show at the Kings Hall Belfast
as we over bought, there €6.00 each, I can email them to you or you can collect from me at connolly station on the 18th Thursday morning, we are heading up to Belfast on the 7.35 am train
full details for the show below

Email me HERE

Apr 12, 2013

Hello everyone, I am still alive, just got the internet sorted today, I replaced 2 modems, and this morning was told it was my computer, so 2 hours on to a lovely Lady in Dell.ie and she sorted the problem, I had corrupted the driver, by un-installing the old network, which Eircom told me to do, anyway I am happy to be reconnected with the world, as I felt I was living on another planet,

Anyway news to share about workshops
I have rearranged the date for my

Creative Card Making Workshop
At The Crafty Bride Wedding Stationery Studio
Kilkenny Retail Centre
Saturday the 18th of May
Time 10.30 to 5.30
Theme Special Birthdays and Occasions

The Ladies have requested a mixed selection of styles and occasions, to inc some special "O" Birthdays 

This workshop will suit Beginners as well as advanced crafter's
as I work in 2 groups with the help of Margaret Driver and Marion Kilbride, giving more hands on help to anyone who needs it, allowing the more advanced crafters time to chat while they craft.
Bookings Via Marion Kilbride
or Yvonne 01 2010117
Please see details of what you need to bring on the last post at the bottom of the page.

Card 1. 40th Birthday Lady
Card 2, 50th Birthday Lady
Card 3. 60th Birthday Lady
Card 4 Gents card
Card 5 Gents Card
The male cards will suit a selection of occasions 
I have been asked to design these cards to suit any birthday, and although I am giving them a Special age, they will also have a simple Birthday insert, and some embellishments in re-placement of the Age. hope that makes sense.
These cards with have a reminiscent's of our teenage years,
nostalgic with fond memories.
I will share the designs early next week.
Sorry for letting everyone down, but it simply couldn't be helped with no internet, I couldn't finish my designs,

Looking forward to Belfast on Thursday, there is a group from Kilcoole going, and we are meeting a few more at Connolly station,
so if the trains noisy, you'll know where to find us,
say hello if you see me there,
Have a lovely weekend everyone
Yvonne xx

Apr 11, 2013

Hello everyone I am still alive, just have no internet, so I am working on Roberta's computer
I am so sorry I had to cancel Kilkenny this weekend, but can't access my computer, so can not get my images, I have re arranged the date with Marion for Saturday the 18th of May,
Hopefully it will all be sorted next week,
looking forward to Belfast, just got our tickets sorted, so say hello if you see me there
Yvonne xx

Apr 1, 2013

Hi everyone
just letting you know,
I have started a new Tuesday morning get together
where we will make 2/3 kits depending on the cards
it’s a small group of max 8 people
time 10.30 to 2.30
and we stop about 1.00 for some lunch
we meet the 1st Tuesday morning of each month.
I have 2 places left for tomorrow morning, if you fancy joining us,
please ring me to book in on 2010117
many thanks Yvonne