Friday, May 2, 2014

Workshop Previews and cupcake things..

Hello from a bright sunny day on my little patch of the planet.  Have been working a good bit over the last week, but now I am off for a few days and can spend some time in the craft room, garden and going for a long walk :) Bliss.........

Am popping by to put up some previews of what I will be making in my next workshop in Enniscorthy on May 3rd (I plan to repeat this workshop in Newtownmountkennedy on 17th May, provided there is enough interest), so if you would like to attend the 17th May workshop in North Wicklow, please contact me at or on 087 274 9929.

For those of you who attended the Kilkenny date last week, thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the day. Die cutting and preparing all the kits is always a lot of work, so the feedback I get is much appreciated.

First up is a christening card for boy or girl, the girl one is shown here:

..and some previews of the other cards are below - die cutting, embossing and use of patterned papers is still very popular, so I used these a lot this month, along with a little colouring and some stamping :)

boxed wedding card:

Boxed centre step card:

Quirky cute ducky birthday card:

Men's seaside theme card - fathers day, birhday etc or this could be sent to a lady too!

Very colourful this month.. it must be spring LOL!!

Onto other things, I have been busy making cupcake toppers/picks. Here is a photo of some recent ones for a local wedding.

Have a Blessed Easter everyone, and here's wishing the great weather continues.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

March Workshop Cards

Yep neglecting the blog AGAIN, but I have been working and crafting away, now the mojo is in full swing with the bright days and good weather. A bit of spring cleaning happening too, so hope my duracell batteries last for another long while ha ha!

So here are the cards we made in the March workshops. Links to products page has been updated for those of you looking for specific dies or other products..

A First Holy Communion card using new Leabilities Special Occasions 1 dies.
Distress inks used to colour the die cuts after shaping them - these are Tea Dye, Pumice Stone and Bundled Sage.
Details of Spellbinders labels dies are on the Products page of the blog.
Pewter and large white pearls are from Cottage Crafts in Gorey Wexford (details of website and shop directs are on the Where I Buy page).

The next card was using a Stamping Bella Image from their Uptown Girls range - so sassy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these images!

Simple stamping nest using Mememto inks, applying pad to stamp and using daubers and a second colour from pad to dauber to stamp - easy and effective technique!
Colours used:
Angel Pink
Rose Bud
Cottage Ivy
New Sprout


Inside of card with single flower

Wanted to show the layering so hope the photo does this justice.
This card is good for all occasions..

Simple Easter basket using Nitwit bunny images and pretty papers, punched borders, shredded paper and chocolate eggs.

the last card was an easel, made using die cut decoupage and clean lines, newsprint card candi and limited to three colours, green, white and brown

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March Workshop Information

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a relaxing day today, whatever you're all up to. I have been trying to do some 'spring' cleaning but it's still so dull I am just NOT in the mood LOL!!

Anyway enough of the weather as I hear it's going to be much warmer and brighter next week.
Here are some details of what we will be making during the March workshops. I wont be previewing all of the cards, so at least there is a little more to look forward to if you are coming along to a workshop and I won't give everything away !
Workshop details - dates and venues can be found HERE if you would like to attend.

Our fun project for this month is a cute easter basket, made from an A4 sheet of card and which is super easy, requires minimal scoring and a little cutting - the decoration is the fun bit, as is adding the chocolate eggs!

We will also be making a masculine card along the lines of a motoring theme using die cut decoupage. 

Not forgetting the ladies, this next card will be suitable for all those looking for a special Mother's Day card, and there will be birthday / other sentiments included if you prefer to use it for any other occasion.
The stamp we are using is from Stamping Bella and it's so chic and classy, teamed with hot pink and brown and Laura Ashley stamps (yep one of my favourite colour schemes, I just couldn't help using that combination with this stamp!!)

Every year fellow crafters ask me to come up with a different First Holy Communion design, and it's always a challenge to do something different. This year I was SO excited when I saw the new Leabilities Occasions dies. Hence, the chalice one was the first one I chose to use, hope you like what I did with the ink and glitter on the embossed die cut.

We will also be doing some more stamping, using a couple of different stamping and inking techniques to create a clean and simple tile effect floral card.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again :)
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Colouring class dates

Following recent requests , I Have scheduled in my next colouring class date, which will be in May, full information HERE on the workshops page.
One day is dedicated to standard Colouring Pencils - this is my first pencil workshop, woohoo! The other day is dedicated to promarkers.
If you have any wax based pencil crayons you can attend.

Places are limited for both days as this is a hands on workshop where we will not be making any cards but maximise the use of your colouring tools.

NOTE this is not a class suitable for learning how to use watercolouring pencils/paints as this would be covered in a watercolouring class and the technique is different for that. If you are interested in watercolouring classes, please let me know, since my colouring classes are based on demand and are technique based small classes.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Projects from First Workshop for 2014

Hope you are prepared for lots of photos when you land on this blog post! Here are the recent workshop cards we made in Limerick, Enniscorthy and Kilkenny.

Tent card using Penny black image, finished with die cut foam embellishment using a quickutz die, image coloured with Polychromos pencil crayons.

This card has room inside the back of the tent fold for a 'hidden' tag.

I will post  a quick Hougie board tutorial in the next few days on how to achieve a QUICK and EASY tent card from an A5 landscape fold card blank, so keep an eye out for this :)

The next card was made with a pre-coloured digi, available from Meljen's Designs HERE:

The scene was created using a Martha Stewart grass border punch, Cheery Lynn fence die and dotty papers, and Memory box cloud dies.

- the inside of the card (we had a choice of valentine message or anniversary message for this card).

Partial embossing and inking on the next masculine card, using a stamp from Stampin Up an alterations embossing folder. This stamp may be retired but the GOOD news is I found it available as a digi HERE

For the next card we did simple and effective inking on the flower die cut and on the background using cloud shaped paper 'masks'. I will put up a step by step post on how I inked this flower and what inks I used, in the next few days.


A New Baby / Twins card made using Lili of the Valley Images:

and the new baby option - coloured in pink or blue for a girl or boy..

Confirmation Card for a boy or girl using the Spellbinders Reverence M-Bossabilities folder (Marion in the Crafty Bride in Kilkenny may have these in stock, so please check with her if you would like one - contact details on the workshop page or the  Retail Corner - Where I buy page).
The embossing on this card was partial embossing again, for a subtle hint of the design, a demo of which was done at the workshops (I will do this on video one of these days when I figure that one out!)

So lots of pictures on this card to show the embossing..


There was a choice of an Easter card instead of the sympathy one for those who wanted to make an Easter card, with more embossing and a stamped image from Flourishes stamp range.

Links to some of the products used this month, will be added to the Links to products page - please note that the products are linked by sections, i.e. all dies together..


Quite often I get asked what attendees can expect from a workshop day.
The answer is to have fun, pick up tips and help your own 'mojo' - in other words, give you ideas of what you can do with things you already have and learn something new!  For those thinking of coming along, here is some feedback from this month's workshop days:

Thanks to those workshop attendees for taking the time to let me know your experience of the day ladies :)

Thank you Jessica ... had a lovely time today ...please let me know when you r coming to Limerick again - Sharon

Thanx 4 a lovey day in Woodfield & for all the prep put into the cards. Peggy thoroughly enjoyed the day and method of layering cards - Mary

Had a fab day crafting with the very talented Jessica Meyer. Thanks for a great day. Lots of ideas popping inside my head so hope the week ahead will be productive. - Norah

Thanks a mil Jess for a lovely day yesterday. The cards are beautiful. More lovely cards to make and to keep us busy. thanks again, Deirdre.

Really enjoyed today.. Margaret

Hi Jess so enjoyed yesterday. Up at 7 trying new things I learnt. Thank you. Marie

If you would like to attend one of my upcoming workshops, or for more information on workshop dates and venues, visit the Workshops Page.

Any questions, email me at

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mam to be using Just Inklined Digi stamps

Popping in to say hello and blog a card I forgot to post - came across the photos when having a sort out :). its for a Mum to Be and using all digi products, papers and image.

The digi stamp is from Just Inklined available here, and the papers from Bearly Mine designs called Patchwork Party - a very versatile set which I have used a few times now!

Inside of the card also decorated with patchwork papers..

and a closeup o the partially punched border and colouring / inking.