Happy Christmas !

Everyone at Inspiring Ideas would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas & Peaceful New Year.

Dont Forget .... the Big Sale starts Sunday, December 27th at 10am.

Best Retail Store !!

We're delightd to announce that we recently won Best Retail Store in Dublin 15 ! It was awarded by the Chamber of Commerce and we beat some very tough competition. Thank you to everyone who passed on their best wishes and sent cards to the shop .

Upcoming Events

The new schedule for free instore events is now live on the website
click here

New for this season is a card making " Make & Take" . For a nominal charge of €5 you will make a Christmas card & matching tag using rubber stamps and ink pencils. All materials are supplied and the class will last approximatly an hour.

Places are limited and it must be booked in advance.
Ring us instore now on 01 8219277 to book your place !

Like Minds October Meetup

Thank you to everyone who came to the October meeting. A great night was had by all of us.

A very special thank you to Bernadette Kelly from the Irish Patchwork Society, who was our guest speaker for the evening. She showed us her wonderful quilts and the stories behind them. The eastern branch of the I.P.S. are holding an open day on November 14th in Clontarf for every one who would like to more about patchwork. Click here for more details

Our next meet up is Thursday November 26th

Craft Awards 2009 VOTE NOW

Vote in this years Craft Awards and you could win some top prizes!

We're nominated in the Best Independent Store - Ireland
so don't forget to vote for us !

New pictures added

Our Flickr stream has been updated so you can view marbling and polystyrene samples. New Chritmas cards have been added to the Xmas Card Set


A Big Thank You !

Thank you to everyone who came to the first meeting of Like Minds - our new craft group. We had a great turn out and had a fun time talking about and doing crafts. Some great projects such as Sinead's knitted quilt, Viv's cards and Fionula's glass painted bowls were shown around. We made secret cards and great advice was doled out to anyone who needed it while we enjoyed a cuppa tea!

Our next meeting is Thursday October 29th at 6.30pm in the cafe at the back of the store.

New Events for Autumn

As part of our exciting, new Autumn schedule we will be holding instore events where you can meet and chat with fellow crafters !

TRY IT TUESDAYS 10am - 11.30am

commencing Tuesday September 15th and then fortnightly.

Come along and try a different craft product at each session. We'll answer any queries you have and give you all the information you need to try something new!

LIKE MINDS Craft Group 6.30pm - 8pm

commencing Thursday September 24th and the last Thursday of each month

Meet and chat with fellow crafters in our cafe.Have you a crafty problem that needs a solution? - then come along and let us solve it. Bring along your current project to show to everyone else, share your crafty tips with others or just enjoy time spent with like minded crafters

a full list of upcoming events can be viewed here

New Christmas Card Samples

New card samples are up on Flickr for you to view. Many are made with the Slice cordless, digital cutter from Making Memories. This is the first Christmas that it has been available so we've had great fun creating samples for Christmas

follow this link

Things to make with a heart paper punch

Have you ever sat down with your heart punch and wondered what else does it do besides just punch a heart ? Well, here you go....8 things you can make using a heart punch including a bunny, clover and some strawberries

just view the photos here

Marbling Inks

The new range of marbling inks is now in stock. Ideal for using on paper, silk, styofoam, plastic etc it's a great product to use on Christmas decorations. Keep an eye out instore and on Flickr.com for examples of what you could make.

Peelable Glass Paint is back in stock !

We are now stocking Marabu "Fun & Fancy " peelable glass paint. It's available in 15 colours and is a great buy at only €4.75 for80ml. This is a great craft for all ages especially children and it's in stock just in time to start making your Halloween & Christmas designs.

Christmas Demonstration

Originally uploaded by Inspiring Ideas Craft Store
There was a great turnout on July 18th to see the first of our Christmas
Demonstrations. Rubber Stamping and decoupage were the techniques demonstrated by Frances Boylan. Thanks to everyone for coming along !

see more photos here