Autumn Easel Card – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today it is Katya who is going to share an Autumn themed easel card with you.

What you will need:

  • cardstock
  • scrapbooking papers
  • raffia
  • twine
  • flowers
  • chipboard
  • cheesecloth
  • leaves or leaf punch
  • sentiment


Step 1

Take card base, my was 13cm by 13cm and score one side of the card at 6.5cm and fold it inwards. And we also need a second piece of cardstock, also measuring 13cm by 13cm.


Step 2

Choose your papers- since I was going with an autumn theme, I picked wooden print, maroon and orange. Distress the edges with some ink


Step 3

Decorate the inside of the card. Place the die cut near the top so it wont be visible when you fold the card. Also cover the front of the card with papers



Step 4

Decorate the front of the card. I used flowers,  cheesecloth, leaves, berries, twine and a chipboard bird


Step 5

To stop the card from sliding down and closing, add something to the lower part of the card. In my case I used a wooden circle with the words I love fall


Step 6

Final touch- add some glossy accent to imitate rain drops



This is how the final project looks like!



We hope you like this card and we inspired you to create something with autumn colours.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Glossy Accents

Hi everyone,

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here and today we are going to show two ideas with Glossy Accents, the adhesive that we all love!! Nicole and I decided to create something that uses glossy accents and here is how we used it on our projects.

Timi – Custom Title

I few weeks ago you saw a layout I made that was called Stop & Stare. Sometimes I want to use a custom title that could be a few word of a song or a catchphrase.

Since I got my Cameo there are no limits in creating titles for my scrapbook pages. This time I mixed a few techniques together.

Step 1

Cut out the title from white cardstock.


Step 2

Using some Gelatos create watercolour effect on the background of the title.


Step 3

Glue down the letters to complete the title.


Step 4

Add Glossy Accents to the white letter to create interest and dimension.



Nicole – Custom background

I love making custom backgrounds on projects. It allows me to have them perfectly co-ordinated with the rest of my project. It also allows me to have fun creating them and thinking up of new ways. On this tag I used glossy accents to help dress up a strip of grey paper and also decorate a chipboard shape!

Step 1

I added drops of glossy accents to a strip of grey card stock and let it dry.
pic 1 Step 2

I also added glitter to a coloured butterfly and coated this with glossy accents.



pic 2

pic 3 Step 3

When my dots of glue were dry I inked over the card stock with black ink. The glossy accents acts as a resist to the ink and gives a fun pattern.pic 4


I put this all together and made a little tag with it.

glossy accents tag complete



These were the project that we created for this private challenge!

We hope you liked them,

Happy Crafting,

Timi and Nicole

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Autumn Card – Nicole Mullen

Hi all,

Nicole here with you today to share an autumn themed card. I started with a sketch idea I scribbled out on a scrap of paper. It was the rough idea of what I wanted to do…

pic 1

I wanted to use the Nature Garden papers from Prima for this. They are lovely muted autumn colours and perfect for what I needed.pic 2 I cut some paper down to size (with a cream mat for behind it). I then distressed the edges of the paper.pic 3 I die cut a panel for the center and used some distress inks to stamp some leaves on it.pic 4 I then die cut another shape from the Prima papers for on top of this.pic 5 I stamped and cut out one of the leaves individually.I used two colours to stamp, you can slightly see this in the image below.pic 6 I tore a strip of paper to size to fit across my card and wrapped some twine around it.pic 7 My two die cut pieces then got mounted on foam pads on top of this. I added some brads in the holes in the top die cut piece.pic 8 The leaf got mounted into the center of this section.pic 9

I put this all together and mounted it onto a kraft card. I also added some flourishes in behind the panel to add some more colour. I diverged from my sketch a lot at this point and didn’t add in the tag elements I had sketched out. I may keep that idea for another card some time!complete 2 small


The colours and texture all give this card a lovely autumn feel.complete 1 small


I hope you enjoyed this card and get inspired to use some of your craft supplies to create seasonal projects!

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Stop and Stare Layout – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,


It is Timi here a quick Scrapbook page.

What you will need:

White cardstock


Spray ink

patterned paper



Step 1

Using a stencil spray some ink on the white card stock to create a background.


Step 2

Add some splashes with the same ink on the page.


Step 3

Add a second colour for more interest.


Step 4

Cut patterned paper to the same height as you photo. You don’t need to use a paper trimmer. Just eye ball it and use your scissors.



Step 5

Start layering a piece of glassine envelope, journalling card and the photo with the patterned paper. You can add the title too.



Step 6

Cut a very narrow strip of paper to place on the top of the page and another one or two to the bottom.


Step 7

Add embellishments to your page and finish it with journalling.


Some close ups:





If you would like to know how I created the custom title watch this space, we will be back with some fun techniques next week!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team



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Autumn Door Decoration – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today we are back with an Autumn Decor idea by Andrea Kovacs. Andrea is going to show you how she created this fabulous door decor piece.

What you will need:

  • Bo Bunny scrapbook paper
  • chipboard
  • big chipboard letters
  • fall felt leaves
  • yellow, orange, beige paper roses
  • other paper flowers
  • rose leaves
  • rhinestones
  • gold acrylic paint
  • yarn


Step 1

Cut out 3 chipboard rectangles or as many as you need for your word. In Hungarian autumn is only 3 letters so that’s why I’m working with three here.

Cover the chipboard rectangles with patterned paper.


Step 2

Apply acrylic paint on the letters. You could apply thinker layers for more texture.



Step 3

When everything is dry, it is time to adhere the letters to the chipboard backgrounds and decorate them.





Step 4

Arrange paper and felt flowers around the letters in nice bulky clusters.




You could add some stamping on the letters if you like, or some rhinestones, enamel dots.

Step 5

Using some yarn or twine attach the pieces and hang them up on your door.


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Altered Clipboard – Nicole Mullen

Hi all,

Nicole here with a project for you today. I have had a wooden clipboard going from junk pile to junk pile in my house for ages. (Everyone knows those junk piles I speak of, right?!) So I decided to finally turn it into something useful for my house. It was pretty boring as it stood so out came the supplies and I got to altering it!

What you will need:

  • Clipboard
  • Gesso
  • Papers and paints to decorate
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesives – I used gel medium and glossy accents

Step 1

I covered my clipboard with a coat of gesso. This was to prime the surface for painting and decorating.

Step 2

I tore up a page of text printed paper to apply to the background. I was quite rough in my tearing and aimed to make the page roughly centered in the middle of the clipboard. I applied  the paper with gel medium.

pic 1

Step 3

I applied a thin wash of gesso over this to knock back the pattern of the paper a bit.

pic 2 Step 4

I used a palet knife to spread some teal paint onto the clipboard. I wanted the texture that this gives rather than using a paintbrush.pic 3 pic 4 Step 5

I stenciled in white paint over some parts of this.pic 5 Step 6
I used tissue paper to cover the metal clip on the board. I also applied some to the background of the board. I used gel medium to adhere it all.
pic 8 pic 9 pic 10 Step 7

I fussy cut an image from some Graphic 45 papers and glued this down with gel medium also.

pic 6

pic 11 Step 8

I cut some notebook paper down to size for note pages. I liked the grid pattern on the note paper so I used it instead of plain paper.

pic 7Step 9

I die cut a key from grunge paper and inked it black. I then added a layer of crackle paste. When dried I added some gold leaf gilding over this.pic 12 I added the note paper on using the clip from the board. I added the key to this section also.pic 13 I adhered a post it note block to the board for shorter quick notes that I can grab and take with me if needs be.pic 14 The bigger list if for more long term projects or commissions and keeping me on track!pic 15

I hope you enjoyed this and it gave you some ideas for creating to do lists from some odd materials!

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Project Life – Week 29 – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,

It is Timi back with another quick Project Life page.

Recently I discovered a blog with lots of label print and cut files. I love adding labels to my PL pages, so I was delighted when I found this blog.

I use my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut out all the labels and it really only takes a couple of minutes to have lots of different labels.

As always  I started with placing my photos on my desk.


Then I filled the gaps with some Project Life cards. Most of the card are from the Dear LizzyDaydreamer Collection.


The next step was to place some of the labels on the photos. I like to place some of the label a little bit off the page to add a bit more interest.

Labels are great to use when you have lots of photos in a spread and you don’t really have space left for journalling.


Photography tip: There are lots of colourful walls, doors and gates in Dublin. I like to use them as background in my portrait photos.


I also added some woodveener shapes.

The next step is then to add some letterstickers, rub-ons and some more embellishments.



Some close ups:

You can use the labels to anchor a page element, so that those elements don’t just float on the page. I used two labels and place under my title.



If you use a piece of memorabilia (like I did with this screen-print) don’t be afraid to add some decoration to it. Here I added one label sticker that already had some text on it, and I drew some lines with a ruler for my journalling.



You could also add stamping details to journalling card that has a title already printed on it.


This is my final Project Life spread for Week 29




I hope you liked these pages and found some inspiration in them.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team


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Art Journal Page – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea is bringing an art journal page where she used lots of her border punches and dies.

What you will need:

old book to turn into an art journal


acrylic paint

border punches and dies

flowers and other embellishments


First, apply gesso with a pallet knife. Try to add texture with lots of gesso.


When the layer of gesso is dry then you can start adding layers of acrylic paint. let it dry.


And now comes the fun part.

Andrea tried to use only card stock to punch and die cut different broders.


She built these fantastic layers with just using white and orange cardstock. On the top of the layers of borders she added the title and some bulkier embellishments, like the paper flowers.


On one side she left space for a quote and on the other side for a photo. To make sure that you incorporate the quote or the photo in the composition, you have tp treat it as one of the layers and preferably add one more layer on the top. This could be a frame or some butterflies on the side of the photo.



It is nice to keep the two pages in balance with each other, this way they will create a composition together.


This is the finished art journal spread.


We hope you like the idea of using those border punches again!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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What are our DT up to??

Hi all,

We thought it was about time for another design team recap post. You know we love peeking over at our teams blogs and seeing what they have been creating and sharing with you all!


Aideen Fallon –

Aideen has some really fun haul photos and videos over on her blog that are a must watch – who doesn’t like lace and flowers! She also had the exciting news of being featured over on the Graphic 45 blog, so exciting!!


Katya Ivanova –

Katya has some stunning creations up over on her blog. She has an adorable Bambi card here that is just the sweetest. She also has an adorable cook book she made as a gift for her nana.


Abby Henderson –

Abby has an adorable layout with tutorial up here. It is in celebration of her 5th wedding anniversary too! She also has a really cute canvas bag and tutorial here. This was a gift for a friend and it is just beautiful!


Andrea Kovacs –

And last but by no means least we have Andrea. She has a gorgeous page here from her art journal book – it is really beautiful! There is also a perfect bright and summery mini album from her that you can see all the details on here.

So there you have it, a quick recap on what our amazing team has been up to. Check out their blogs and stop by and leave them a comment if you like their work!

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Craft room Tour – Gill Comerford

Hi everyone,

We are back today with a peak into one of our readers, Gill’s craft room. Gill lives in a small town near Dublin and we are delighted that she si going to show us her very own, creative space


This is my little crafting haven!  It was originally a very small bedroom, but with some careful planning and numerous trips to IKEA, I managed to make the most out of the small space.


I have (almost) completely converted over to pocket scrapbooking so my room layout is set up with that in mind.



My most recent purchase is the Raskog cart.  I use the first two shelves for storing Project Life cards.  I have a segregated storage box in the top one which was a lucky find in TK Maxx, and I used pieces of chipboard to make dividers/labels.  The second shelf has an IKEA Antonius insert which stores 3×4 and 4×6 cards perfectly.  I keep the cart beside my work desk so I have easy access to my Project Life cards.  This would also be a good storage solution for anyone who doesn’t have a room specifically for crafting, as it has coasters for moving it around from one room to another.






The Antonius insert is also a handy storage system for small crafting items like washi tape, embellishments, adhesives etc.  I have two of them at the end of my main desk and I love them as I have all the items I need close at hand and nicely organised.





I keep my collection of Project Life page protectors stacked in a large box at the other end of my main desk. This way they are easy to flick through to find the layout I need.



On the opposite wall, I have an Expedit Unit from IKEA in the 2×2 format.  The sections are perfect size for storing albums (both Project Life and traditional). 

In the top right section I have a Kvissle Letter Tray It is actually designed to hold A4 sized paper but I use it for 12×12 scrapbooking paper – the trays pull out so I have them all pulled out slightly from the holder so that the bigger sized paper will fit. It works perfectly for keeping my papers in some sort of order. I have a fairly big collection of paper/cardstock and I find this unit great for sorting the different patterns in loose categories (floral/stripes/multi-colour etc)



Beside the Expedit Unit is a Norbo Table which is a drop-leaf design.   It works well in the small room as it can be lowered against the wall to open up the space if necessary.


The organisers on the wall with the baskets and holders are from the IKEA Bygel range. They have two different lengths of bars which you mount on the wall and then a selection of different attachments for them. It’s a really great way of getting storage into a small space without using up vital workspace on the desk. I also have a few of them hanging on the sides of the Raskog cart.


Bygel Rail
Bygel Basket
Bygel Container



The thick shelves on either wall are from the Lack series and the cute glass jars are yet another IKEA bargain perfect for storing small embellishments!




So, in short, my solution for craft storage in a small room is a trip (or two!) to IKEA  :)

This is fantastic!! We love the great space saving ideas in this beautiful craftroom. We love IKEA for all the great storage solution and of course their prices range is affordable which is an added plus.

Big Thank you to Gill, who let us into her crafting haven!

Crafting Ireland Team


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