Jul 22, 2014

These are the 2 cards I designed for Crafty Critters Limerick
which is starting this week on Thursday 24th
full details are on there Facebook page 

Jul 18, 2014

Happy 21st Birthday
to our Son 
love you loads
and hope you have a great weekend
Mam and Dad

Jul 13, 2014

fruit slices

Recipe for the Fruit slices as promised

For the homemade mincemeat 
1 large orange (grated and juice )
1 lemon grated
glass of red wine or port
500g Raisins
500g Mixed bag of sultanas 
200g Cranberries
2 large cooking apples peeled and chopped
large tub Cherries
large tub mixed peel
1/4 cup of brown sugar
2 Lg tablespoons of honey (optional)
mixed nuts (optional)

put wine, honey, sugar and juice in a pan, simmer until sugar dissolves 
add the chopped cooking apple, and simmer till it start to soften, add all the fruit and nuts and spices. simmer for about 15 minutes stirring to coat the fruit, allow to cool,
this keep in an air tight container for about a month in the fridge.
(this amount should make 2/3 flans  and is beautiful for christmas mince pies)

For the tart
line a flan dish with short crust pastry, (lidl is the best value)

cover base with fruit mixture, (don't over fill) leave room for sponge to rise

Sponge mix 

125g butter, softened
125g  caster sugar
1 tsp almond extract
50g ground almonds
3 eggs
150g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

I put everything into food prosessor for 2 mins,
Put small spoonfulls dotted over the fruit, don't spread the sponge mixture over the fruit as it will take to long for sponge to cook through. 
the sponge mixture will find its own level in the oven.

bake for about 30 mins in the oven 180ºC

Yesterday's Cards

15cm Wedding Easel card

Side view

card when opened

Oval Embossed  Aperture Card
with padded satin ribbon frame, and gathered  lace edge.

Flat view of padded frame.

20cm Sq Scalloped card, adapted to a 20cm Sq Gate-fold

Gate-fold when open

DL Card extended with acetate panels to create a 21ck Sq card

inside view

Tri-fold concertina card for 21st

inside view

back view

I have updated the 
Workshop page HERE
Weekend away page HERE

Jul 11, 2014

Special Card I made this week

2 so cm Sq Scalloped cards back to back, all 6 pages decorated.

Jul 9, 2014

This is the card I made for my
 Uncle Jim's 75th Birthday

This is the verse I wrote to go inside

Well what can I say,
about Uncle Jim
He’s a man of many a tale
of bygone days
and the life he had
when he was a younger man.
The Army made a man of him
The fire brigade much more.
I remember when he was a conductor
and I got let off with my fare.
To building work he turned too
And a gardener in his later years
He’s now retired to a life of leisure
And travelling overseas
to meet up with his army buddies
is something he really enjoys.    
Where he can reminisce
And tell his tales
With all his old buddies. 

Hi Everyone
I am taking names for my 
Creative Card Making Christmas Workshops
I am only doing 2 this year,
1st will be Carlow (date to be confirmed)
2nd will be Kilcoole/Bray depending on Numbers.
please let me know which venue you are interested in.
more details will be added to my blog in September.

I was also thinking of doing one of the classes as Christmas Cards 
at the weekend away in September in Bray
What do you think ?

many thanks 

Jul 8, 2014

Hi Ladies
If your coming to my workshop this Saturday in Kilkenny
please can you bring 
A needle and white thread
and a small box or tidy tray to pop all the small bits and pieces into.
There may be more extras, so please check back Friday
Many thanks
New Craft Group
Starting in Limerick

I did it ladies, well I have created flyers and a fb group but I have
 started a new craft group! If you don't mind sharing it that would
 be great. It is in Limerick but open to anyone and everyone and
any sort of craft!
you can find more details on facebook