Guest Post with Sandie Dunne – Waltzingmouse Stamps

Hi all, we have another gorgeous guest post for you today, from Sandie Dunne of Waltzingmouse Stamps. She is here to show us how she created a fun beach scene using the My Island stamp set.

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Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps My Island
Distress Inks – Frayed Burlap, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade
Black Ink
Patterned Papers
Embellishments – Seashells & Fishing Net
3D foam dots
To create your scene first stamp out the background with Mustard Seed
Then stamp the sunset with Spiced Marmalade on top
And finally add your palm tree island with black ink.
I created a shadow on the palm trees by offsetting with Frayed Burlap distress ink.
Design your card base deciding where you want to place your image. Cut a piece of fish net a little larger than your image and adhered into place with hot glue.
Because the fish net is quite thick you will need to double up on 3D foam dots.
Adhere your image onto the card front. I added a little more fishnet offcuts to the left of the image.
Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of coordinating card and rip across the bottom. Adhere it just slightly under the image. Finally, hot glue some seashells around the card.
This set contains many more elements for creating scenes. It would also be ideal for scrapbooking your vacations, family BBQs, creating invitations and other greeting cards. You can also avail of the My Island cut files, which you can find HERE
Thanks for looking!
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Summer Card – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea, our DT member is going to show you a quick summer card to create.

What you will need:

  • White card stock
  • vellum
  • pale blue scrapbook paper
  • summer themed chipboard pieces
  • other embellishments



Step 1

Cut a window on the front of the card.



Step 2

Cut the patterned paper to size.





Step 3

Die cut a fishing net like background from vellum. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, you can use anything that reminds you to fishing net to achieve a beach feel to this card. Cut the vellum to size and attache it to the back of the window on the card.




Step 4

Add the pale blue patterned paper to the inside of the card


Step 5

Add sentiment using die cut letters or alpha stickers and add the summer themed embellishments.

And there you have a fantastic summer themed card!!



We hope you like this tutorial and we inspired you to create something summer themed.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Altered Sunglasses – Aideen Fallon

Hey guys! Welcome to my altered sunglasses post-this is such an easy project anyone could give it a go.

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I had spotted these designer sunglasses by Dolce & Gabanna online costing about $250 and thought I could make something similar! So I bought a coloured pair of sunnies in Penneys to makeover-I was hoping to get ones closer to the style of the D&G ones but no luck!
photo 2 aideen
Using my E6000 glue from CardznScrapz I added resin flowers to the frames for a cute look. If you were someone who’s good at making little clay flowers you could make a fantastic pair inspired by the Dolce & Gabanna ones….
photo 3 aideenI hope you enjoyed this quick project!! Why not give your sunglasses a makeover and share some pics with us!

Aideen x

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Wedding Card – Timi Konya

Hi Everyone,

It is Timi here today to share how I created a card for a friend who just got married. She is Hungarian like myself and got married to and English guy in Hungary. I thought it would be nice to bring something Hungarian into to the card I was going to make for them. So this picture was my inspiration. This is from a Hungarian folk tale program on TV from my childhood. They told all kinds of folk tales to children and they used patterns from folk art.



I used two cutfiles that I found in the Silhouette store. They were very similar in style and I only needed a little bit of adjustment to create my project.

These are the files:

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I used the Eraser function in Silhouette Studio to erase the dashed lines and the semi-circle. I wanted to lengthen my card base so I can fold it into three.

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I also added two dashed lines where I wanted my card to be folded. It was now approximately 5″ x11 “. I sent this to the Silhouette to cut it out from red card stock. I also cut out the ‘bird and heart’ motif and the lace design from white card stock.

Then I used the sketch pen in my Cameo to create the inside of the card. I used red to draw the ‘bird and heart’ motif again and black for the text.

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When it was ready I cut it out in a square shape to fit the card base.

At this stage I was ready to assemble the card.



I adhered the square with text to the inside of the card.



Then I added the white lace die cut to the front bottom panel and the bird die cut to the front top panel.




Finally I added some bakers twine to keep the card together.


This was a really fun project to create and I was so very pleased that I could personalize and modify a cutfile to achieve a card that I imagined.

If you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, you can still create a similar project with border punches and stamps.

I hope you like this tutorial and we hope you share some of your wedding projects with us on our Facebook page.


Crafting Ireland Team


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Baby Cards -Nicole Mullen

Hi all,

Nicole here today with a little tutorial on creating quick but pretty baby cards. These cards are always great to have in your card stash!

What you will need:

  • Card base
  • Patterned paper and matching paper for layering
  • Baby stamps & sentiments
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive and embellishments

Step 1

I stamped a frame stamp and a baby grow stamp using stormy sky distress ink. I then stamped over these with a congratulations stamp in jet black archival ink.

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I started with a white card base. I then picked out a blue layer and added a white layer over this. My top layer is then my patterned paper. This layering is not too bulky on the card but gives lots of interest.pic 3 Step 3

I inked up all the edges of the blue papers with the stormy sky distress ink.pic 4 Step 4

I like to glue down my layers with wet glue. I like to use the wet glue so that I have some time to move the layers around if I don’t manage to line them up evenly spaced.
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I added some blue seam binding with some red line tape.pic 6 Step 6

I then layered on a fancy frame die cut.pic 7 Step 7

I then added my baby grow topper on foam squares.pic 8 pic 9 Step 8

I repeated this process for a girly version card. However I only had a cream coloured patterned paper for this one. So I used worn lipstick distress ink to ink the paper up to match the rest of the card.pic 10


Here are the completed cards. The boy version….

boy card

And the girl version….

girl card


I hope you like these quick and easy cards and how easy it is to adapt them for any occasion too.

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Beach Mini Album

Hi everyone,

Today Abby is going to share a great Beach Mini Album that she created. This is what Abby said: ” This is a shabby chic style chipboard mini album that will be perfect to display your family photos from your beach vacation.”


What you will need:

  • Chipboard Mini (mine is a sand bucket)
  • Sprays/Glimmer Mists (colors of your choice)
  • Cardstock-patterned paper
  • Distress Tool
  • Distress Ink
  • Craft Paint
  • Ribbons/Trims of your choice
  • Beach themed embellishments
  • Embossing Folder
  • Glossy & Crackle Accents
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive of your choice
  • Additional embellishments of your choice



Step 1

I applied some of the tan craft paint to both sides of each chipboard piece (insert Step 1). I thought this would be a great base coat to build the pages on.

Step 1

Step 2

While the pages were drying, I went to work on the starfish chipboard pieces (these came with the mini album). I created my own texture paste by mixing together some white craft sand and Gesso. I applied it on each starfish and once it was dry, I sprayed them with the Lindy Stamp Gang sprays in the colors I selected.

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Step 3

To create another embellishment to add to the pages, I took some fabric trim in a beach theme and cut the section I wanted to work with. I then used my distress tool and frayed the edges. Next I used another combination of Lindy’s Sprays to add some color & dimension.

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Step 4

Another fun element I created was to add some texture to the remaining starfish pieces I had left. I ran them through one of my embossing folders that had a detailed pattern.

Step 4 Pic 1

I then used more color spray to make them pop .

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After they were dry, I inked the edges with some Distress Ink to give them a bit of a darker edge and to add some dimension (Insert Step 4 Pic 3).

Step 4 Pic 3

Step 5

Burlap reads “beachy” to me so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the pages as well. I cut some down to fit the chipboard piece and added more of the color sprays to give it a touch of distress .

Step 5

Step 6

I used several word stickers throughout the album so to have them stand out a bit and for added texture, I used my Scarlet Lime Doodle Pen around the edges, this really makes them pop off the page I think.

Step 6

This is where creative play comes in, my favorite part. I began adding all of the embellishments and different papers to the pages of the chipboard mini and used some Jute Twine to hold it together when I was all done. This is a fun and easy project to create that lets you show off those family fun beach photos.

Here are some photos of the completed mini album:

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Final Pic 5

Final Pic 7


We hope you liked this fantastic summer themed mini album. Share your summer project with us on our Facebook page.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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At the Sea fridge magnet – Kayta Ivanova

Hi every one,

Today is the 1st July. I can’t believe that we are already in the second half of 2014. The summer arrived in Ireland and we are enjoying these sunny days. Inspired by the beach and sunshine Katya created a fridge magnet and she is going to share her process with you.

What you will need:

  • die cuts- I used circles, but you can use ovals, squares, rectangles or whatever you like
  • scrap booking papers
  • cheesecloth
  • twine
  • magnet tape
  • chipboard
  • foam squares
  • pearls
  • brads
  • distress ink

Step 1
We will start with the base of our magnet. We will need 5 circles all together- 2 cardstock circles (big one and small one), 3 scrapbook paper circles (2 big ones and 1 small one)


Step 2
You can distress all the edges of the papers- this step is optional.


Step 3
Next we are going to fussy cut some details from the papers. In my case it’s a sentiment, shell and star fish



step 3

Step 4
Now we will take 1 big cardstock circles and 1 paper circle and glue them together. I have added some cheesecloth to imitate a net and some chipboard. I fixed them with a stapler, don’t’ worry about the staples, we will cover them later and you wont see them.
step 4

Step 5
Using foam tape glue the smaller circle on, shifting it to the side before. I also added some brads, pictures again on foam tape, twine, seashells and pearls

step 5

Step 6
Cover the back of the magnet with scrapbooking papers, so you won’t be able to see the back of brads.

step 6

Step 7

Add the magnet tape at the back


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And here is the finished fridge magnet!

We hope you liked this absolutely gorgeous summer project.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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The big journey mini album – Timi Konya

Hi Everyone,

It is Timi here today and I am going to share a mini album idea that uses plastic pockets from my Project Life collection.

I have got a selection of smaller pocket pages and I thought it would be really cute to include them into my mini album.

What you will need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Pocket page protector
  • Bind it All wire
  • Bind it all machine
  • embellishments

Step 1

Take the patterned paper and cut them to 41/2 x 8 inches. This will give you 1/2″ border for the binding.

I printed all my photos to 4×4 and I think this idea would be really cool with printed instagram photos.


Step 2

Round the corners and punch the holes for the binding.


Step 3

Take the page protectors. I used the one that has 3 4×4 pockets in them. I cut them apart and made one 4×4 and one 8×4 pocket page.


Step 4

For the cover:

I just doubled up and adhered to pieces of the patterned paper to create a thinker paper for the cover.

When you have decided the order of the papers and pockets then it is time to put it all together.



This is how my album looks like from the outside before decorating.



I designed this little album for my granny who visited us here in Ireland for the first time ever. It was a big journey for here and I wanted to keep all memories in a little album :)

Let’s look inside of the album to see how I filled it with photos and embellished it.

I added blue thickers to create my title. The title is in Hungarian as well as other phrases in the mini album, because my granny doesn’t speak English and the album is for her.

I gather all my bits and pieces before I started embellishing: washi tapes, chipboard pieces, labels, stickers, enamel dots.


I only embellished  photos in pocket with flat elements, like die cuts.



I also cut out some frames on my electronic cutting machine.






I tried to keep to the navy and pink colour scheme with all my embellishments.







I hope you like this mini album idea.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Card – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today it is our Design Team member, Katya is going to  share a project with you.

You will need:

  • scrapbooking papers- 2 patterns- as we have gardening theme, try to pick papers with some sort of natural or neutral print- blues, greens, browns or beige.
  • central element- in my case the chipboard sticker
  • border punch
  • flowers
  • raffia
  • twine
  • pearls
  • flower soft
  • cheesecloth
  • glossy accents
  • sentiment stamp


Step 1

Cut out the base mats- the first measuring 13 cm and the smaller one 11.5 cm. Then I also distress the edges using Antique Linen distress ink
Step 2

Then I decided to use up some of the scraps and added some papers on which I used the border punch. I glued some foam squares onto the chipboard sticker
Step 3

Put the second layer of papers onto foam tape. Beforehand I also stitched around the sides of the square.


Step 4

Add a sentiment

Step 5

Now I start adding some embelishments- cheesecloth under the sticker, some flowers.

Step 6

As final touches I added some pearls, flower soft and glossy accent drops


This is how the final project looks like.


We hope you like this very cute card tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team



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Guest Post with Sandie Dunne – Waltzingmouse Stamps

Hi all, we have another gorgeous guest post for you today, from Sandie Dunne of Waltzingmouse Stamps. She is here to share the process of creating a beautiful layered card. Working with layers can be intimidating to some, so check this out!!

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Adding lots of layers to your cards can give it a rich, luxurious feel. You can also have many surprise elements like pull out tags and gift card envelopes to make your card that little bit extra special.
Supplies -
WMS Cutting Edge Dies – Stitched Tags
Kaisercraft Porcelain Rose 6.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad
White & Pink Cardstock
Red & Green distress  ink
Black Ink
My card base is 147mm x 294mm folded in half.
I cut the layers at:
 Bottom Panel  - Pink Cardstock – 143mm x 143mm, Patterned paper 140mm x 140mm
Top Panel – Pink cardstock – 120mm x 120mm, White Cardstock – 117mm x 117mm, Patterned Paper 114mm x 114mm
Set to one side
Taking Black ink stamp out the packet seed onto white cardstock
Ink the Strawberry from Vintage Garden – Produce and stamp it onto a scratch piece of paper, then restamp into the middle of the packet seed. Twice stamping gives it a more distressed look.
Stamp the sentiment from Vintage Garden – Packet Seed, in black ink, across the Strawberry
Using your scissors, cut around the outline, leaving a little bit of white outside the line.
Taking the Stitched Tags Die cut out numerous tags of different sizes, in coordinating patterned paper. Also, cut some doilies in half.
Layer some of the doilies between the bottom and top panels, on each side. The layer more doilies and the tags behind the Packet Seed. Add twine/ribbon through the top of some tags  - you can also add flower/buttons.
Embellish the card with more die cut flowers and add some pearls/liquid pearls to the centre of each one. Finish the card by adding some white pearls.
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