Photo Display Stand

Hi all,

Nicole here with you today with a new use for chipboard albums you may have stashed away. For this project I used a scalloped chipboard album from an Irish store called Crafty Cutting. Their chipboard is fantastic quality and very heavy duty – perfect for this project!

What you will need:

  • Paper, ink and paints of your choice
  • Embellishments
  • Photos
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesives
  • Bull clips/paper clips
  • Chipboard album or pages (mine is 6*6)
  • Hole punch tool

Step 1

I painted my pages front and back in a pale blue colour. On one side of each page I only painted around the edges.

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I added some interest to the pages by stamping in Archival coffee coloured ink around the edges of the pages.pic 2 Step 3

I cut squares of paper to fit the center of my pages. I only did this for one side of my pages but you could do both sides if you wished.pic 3 Step 4

I needed holes in both sides of my pages so I used one page as a template and traced through the holes on it to get the placement and size that the hole needed to be.

pic 4I then used my cropadile to punch the holes. I did this on all the pages so that each page ended up with four holes, two on each side.
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Once the holes were punched I glued my papers on, centered between the holes.pic 6 Step 6

Time to work on the embellishments. I used these amazing new chipboard shapes from Crafty Cutting. They are a fabulous size and really thick and sturdy too, I can’t emphasise the quality enough!

pic 7 I used Tarnished Brass distress stain and covered the shapes with this.pic 8 pic 9 Step 7

I also gathered some embellishments for the rest of the pages. I cut some jar shapes from some papers I had. I also used the mini Polaroid images on this paper pad for my ‘photos’ on the display model – I didn’t have the energy to go pick and print photos!pic 10 Step 8

I used some papers and mini bull clips to make mini ‘clipboards’ for my photos to go onto.pic 11 Step 9

I added foam squares to the top of these ‘clipboards’ and wet glue to the bottom. This meant the clip at the top was easily removable to add in new photos etc.pic 12 You can see how this works below. The jars were glued down and the embellishments added also. You will need to fully embellish all your pages before the next step.pic 13 Step 10

I threaded my pages together with some ribbon. I fed the ribbon in from the front  to the back on each page.pic 14 I then tied it off inside and trimmed off the excess ribbon.pic 15 I repeated this process for all four sides.pic 16 This is how it looks from the front. You do have to be careful not to tie the ribbon loops too tight. If you do your frame won’t fold down flat for storage/posting as a gift etc.pic 17


Once they are all threaded together the album pages will stand up by themselves. You now have a cute way to display photos/notes etc. You can see photos of all the sides below….

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this idea on using up those chipboard albums!

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Guest Post – Waltzingmouse Stamps

Hi all, we have another gorgeous guest post for you today, from Sandie Dunne of Waltzingmouse Stamps. She is here to share a gorgeous thank you card project with us.

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Supply List: 
Waltzingmouse Stamps – Vintage Garden Seed Packet
White & Wine Cardstock
Brick wall Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Foam Dots or Tape
Staz-On or Archival Ink (Black)
Fold the wine cardstock in half on the long side and cut in two, to make two card bases of 105mm wide x 248mm long. You will only need one base.
Cut a piece of white card at 100mm x 243mm and emboss with the Brick Wall folder
On watercolour card, stamp out the flower from Vintage Garden – Packet Seed with either Staz-On or Archival black ink. Colour it up with distress markers, then fussy cut it leaving a little white border all around.
Adhere the flower to the card front with 3D foam and stamp out the sentiment carefully, pressing down firmly to ensure even coverage over the embossed bricks. Then adhere the whole panel to the card base with foam tape, for extra dimension.
Hope it inspires,
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Voluntary Arts Week ‘CraftBomb’

Hi all,

We wanted to stop by today to share an event that is happening in May…CraftBomb!

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Call for crafts groups to liven up their local areas with the Voluntary Arts Week ‘CraftBomb’ 

From 9 – 18 May, Voluntary Arts Week will celebrate creative activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland – and all craft groups are invited to take part.

The idea behind the week is to showcase current activity – and encourage newcomers to join in! Here’s how craft groups or crafty individuals could get involved:

  • Decorate your local area as part of the nationwide ‘CraftBomb’ Download our handy CraftBomb pack, filled with useful tips and ideas to get you started – then turn your meeting place or neighbourhood into a riot of colour!
  • Hold a ‘come and try’ taster session or workshop to encourage newcomers to join your craft group Or simply make your usual get-together welcoming to newcomers during Voluntary Arts Week.

Any craft can be used for the CraftBomb – from knitting to embroidery, paper-craft to woodwork – it’s up to you! You could CraftBomb your local park, school railings, meeting place, village square – the possibilities are endless (once you’ve sought permission!).

Voluntary Arts Week and the CraftBomb are run by Voluntary Arts, the development organisation for amateur arts and crafts.

But the real stars of Voluntary Arts Week are the thousands of crafts group who regularly bring cultural activity to their local areas.

To find out more about Voluntary Arts Week, download a CraftBomb pack and find out how you could get involved, visit or email or visit our Facebook page

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Hello Spring – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,


Today Andrea is sharing a shabby chic home decor banner project.

What you will need:

  • Sizzix die cuts ( banner, circle, butterflies and branches )
  • craftcardstock ( white ) and cardboard
  • Scrapbook papers ( Grapphic 45 – Once upon a Springtime )
  • Mulberry flowers ( hydrangeas and roses )
  • Pearl Pen, flitters
  • chipboard letters
  • laces
  • string
  • hot glue, glue


banner 01

Step 1

Die cut the banner shapes from white cardstock and patterned paper.

banner 02

Step 2

Cut a long piece of twine and start gluing it on to the banner pieces. Try to space them out evenly.

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Step 3

Die cut small circles, these will be the background of the chipboard letters.

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Step 4

Stert layering flowers, the die cut circles, pieces of lace and the chipboard letters.

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Step 5

To embellish further add pears and sequins in coordinating colours. You can also add some diecut butterflies or branches.

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Step 6

When everything is dry, you are ready to hang up the finished piece.


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Hello tavasz banner 01

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I hope you liked this very pretty spring idea. It could be easily altered to an Easter banner with die cut eggs and bunnies.


Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Window Card – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today Katya is going to share a window card project.

What you will need:

  • scrapbooking papers
  • raffia
  • flowers
  • central element (it could be a sentiment, chipboard, sticker or die cut)
  • twine


Step 1

Select a colour palette and cut out coordinating papers. I decided to go a bit non traditional and add a pop of colour, rather than going pastel and soft colours. Distress the edges of the paper with distress ink, I used Antique Linen.


Step 2

Next step is optional- I always stitch around my cards and I always use zigzag stitch tsss… but I can’t stitch in a straight line so I use zigzag because it’s harder to mess up =)


Step 3

Decorate inside of the card with some washi tape. Make sure the washi tape is not anywhere too close to the centre.


Step 4

Place a die cut in the centre and secure it in place with washi tape to make sure it’s not moving anywhere. Make sure as well that you use a washi tape which easily comes off and doesn’t mark the papers. Mine pulled away a bit of the paper so I had to cover it up with other embellishments.


Step 5

Place whatever is going to be your centre piece in the window. I am going to use a glittered chipboard sticker. I have put it on some foam tape.


Step 6

Add a bouquet of raffia, twine and flowers. If using hot glue, don’t glue the bouquet too close to the window edge otherwise you will have glue spilling into the card.


Here is the finished card:



We hope you liked this pretty window card.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team


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Break Free!!

Hi All,

Nicole here today to share another mixed media tag with you. The background of my tag was made using the techniques on my tag from last year here. In fact I will let you in on a secret…this tag base was created at the same time as that last tag…and has sat on my desk ever since waiting to be finished!

So what I want to show you is how easy it can be to finish off those projects that end up by the wayside.

What you will need:

  • Unfinished project (optional – you can start a new one also if you like!)
  • Adhesive
  • Ink
  • Embossing powder
  • Chipboard shapes – all mine are from and I used the Cogs, Butterflies and Stars.

Step 1

Create a base using my previous tutorial here or else use an existing one. I did add some sparkle to my tag by smearing on some glossy accents and then sprinkling some distress glitter over this.

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Step 2

Ink up the chipboard, I used a nice juicy ink so that I could sprinkle embossing powder on it. I used copper ink and copper embossing powder. I coated the inked up chipboard in the embossing powder and then tapped a lot of it off. This gave me a patchy embossed look where the ink underneath could shine though. It is a lovely effect.

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Step 3

I used some Tarnished brass distress ink mixed on a craft mat with some water to stain some cheesecloth.

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I made some mini banners and glued them to the two small butterflies I am using on my tag.pic 7 pic 8 Step 5

I inked up the cogs with the Tarnished brass stain and when dry aged them up a bit using black soot distress ink. I then glued these onto the tag.pic 9Step 6

Glue the butterflies down onto the tag and staple the cheese cloth over them. I wanted it to look like two were trapped in a net and the third was flying free from the net.

pic 10 Step 7

I used some mini stickers to give my tag a title.pic 11 And it was done! It was such a fast process to finish this tag I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner!pic 12 This picture is a better indication of the true colour of the tag…. You can also see the lovely texture on the butterflies from the embossing method I did.pic 13 Another close up showing more of the bottom of the tag….pic 14


I hope you enjoyed seeing this process. We all get creative blocks at times, but never throw out those unfinished projects!



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Needle Felted Lamb

Hey guys, Aideen here today!

I got a fun craft book for Christmas from my brother and it has not only paper crafts but many others too! I really enjoy looking through craft books and seeing some projects I would like to try and one that I saw in the book was needle felting and in particular a needle felted lamb.

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The video explains the story so please take a peep and enjoy… My first ever needle felt project-the little lamb.

Thanks for having a look,


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Shamrock Mini Album

Hi All,

Nicole here today to share a fun little project with you. I used a superb shamrock shaped mini album from Crafty Cutting. Their chipboard albums are such good quality and fabulous value for money too – and they are all made here in Ireland which is just brilliant! I wanted to make a funny ‘Irish’ gift for a friend abroad and this album was perfect for this.

What you will need:

  • Shamrock mini album
  • Paint and brushes
  • Stamps of your choice
  • Paper of your choice
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments

Step 1

Remove the ring from the album and lay the pages out and paint them. I mixed my own paint colour to get the shade of green I wanted. I only had 2 green paints and one was too dark and one too bright so mixing them gave me exactly what I wanted. I painted both sides of the pages.

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Step 2

When the paint is dry add some interest to the pages by stamping on them. I used a world map stamp and stamped in brown ink for a more faded out impression.

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Step 3

I wanted to be able to put some Irish expressions into my book. I created a flap with some patterned paper. For underneath this flap there is a white slip. The idea is I will write the Irish expression on the flap and ‘translate’ it on the white page under the flap.pic 5


Step 4

Once I had all my expressions written out and glued down I decorated the cover and was done! This book is meant to be a very humerus object. Some of the expressions in it may have rude words but it is how us Irish talk to one another!

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I hope you enjoyed this idea and thanks for stopping by today!

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Design Team Feature

Hi all,

Every now and again we like to have a wander around our design team’s blogs and look at their gorgeous work. We then like to share some of it with you just to show you all how talented they are! So welcome to the first design team review of 2014 – and boy our team have been busy!

Aideen Fallon -

Aideen has been crafting up a storm lately, not just for us but for her other design team (Cardz n Scrapz). She has also put in an application for the Graphic 45 design team call and created some stunning projects for it! You can see her post on these projects here and can see two of her samples below….

aideen 1 aideen 2 She also created this gorgeous canvas covered mini album which you can see here and also a peek in the image below…aideen 3 And another gorgeous canvas here….aideen 4


Fabulous work Aideen!!

Katya Ivanova -

Katya has a beautiful soft style and we love seeing her gorgeous creations. We picked out a few of her recent ones to share with you all. The first up is this beautiful cookbook. You can see lots more photos of it on her blog here.

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Then there are some beautiful mothers day cards. You can see information on them here and here.katya 1
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And then we have this beauty, a gorgeous card made from recycled materials. We love the detail and texture on this one!
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Superb work Katya!

Abby Henderson -

Abby has been out of crafting action for a few months due to some surgery but she is on the mend and getting back into crafting now. We love her unique style and it is great to see her able to create again as it is such a passion for her.

We love this gorgeous card she made for a wedding. It is so pretty and feminine. You can see lots more images of it here.abby 1

She has also altered this journal and the results are just stunning! You have to look at the rest of the images on this one, its gorgeous!abby 2

She also created this amazing tag book. It has so many layers it is fabulous! You can see more on it here.abby 3


Andrea Kovacs -

Last but certainly not least, we have Andrea. Andrea has fabulous creativity and recently became a member of the Sizzix blog design team – such an amazing achievement, well done Andrea!

This gift box she created is beautiful, such pretty colours too!

andrea 1 This card is stunning, shabby chic perfection! You can see more images and the mood board that inspired it here.andrea 2 This journal page is just amazing, love all the colours and details on it. So creative! You can see more on this here.andrea 3

This layout she created for a family day out is just super too, the background is brilliant! We love the way she framed the photos on the page too, so clever. andrea 4


We hope you liked this little peek into our design teams creative worlds! Make sure to leave them some comments if you visit their blogs and tell them what projects you enjoyed the most!

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Project Life Week 10

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here today, and I will show you how I approached my week 10 in  my Project Life 2014.

This time I decided to work with one colour and as we were just approaching St Patrick’s Day I thought green would be the best colour.

I only had three photos for the week, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I picked two smaller page protector and I was ready to fill in the pockets.


Step 1

Gather PL cards, patterned paper and embellishments in the colour you want to work with.


Step 2

Arrange the photos and cards in the pockets. If you have only a few photos to work for the week, try to fill the pockets with filler cards or more journalling. You can also add a ‘currently’ card where you can add random journalling about what is happening with you. Eg: you favourite song of the week, or news that you here again and again on the news etc…


Step 3

Make the title card. I simply printed mine on patterned paper, but you can add letter stickers, chipboard alphas or anything that you like.



Step 4

Add embellishments and there you have another week of your life documented in your PL Album.





Working with one colour can be fun. You need to find the shades of one colour that works well together and then you could mix and match the patterns. You could also add some neutral colours to help you fill in the pockets: black, white, kraft…


I hope you like this PL spread, share your PL pages with us on our Facebook page

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team




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