Recycled packaging tag – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today Katya is going to show us a great recycled tag idea.

What you will need:

Bo Bunny stamp packaging
Scrapbook papers
Sentiment or Stamp


Step 1

Measure the length and width of the tag and cut out coordinating paper, measuring about 5 mm less than the base. The piece of paper I had wasn’t long enough to cover the company logo so I used a bit of lace to cover it.
Step 2
Start creating volume and dimension by layering skeleton leaves with raffia, tied with two different coloured twine pieces.
Then add some swirly die cuts and flowers.
3Step 4

Stitch around the edges of the tag to secure papers in place.
4Step 5

Using hot glue, glue all the elements to the raffia bouquet. I also added some washi tape and leaves.
5Step 6

Using a brad attach the sentiment and tie a bow through the loop


 This is the finished tag:


What a fantastic project! We hope you are inspired too and start looking for packaging to create your own recycled tags.

Happy Crafting,

The Crafting Ireland Team

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Altered Birdhouse

Hey guys Aideen here today!

Ok so I have had this wooden birdhouse in my stash for AGES and because this year I am really trying to use up some of my much loved and hoarded stash I had to use it. And it fits perfect for our spring theme so why not….
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I have shown in the video how I made this cute shabby chic house using these cute kaisercraft papers from CardznScrapz! I love these papers and they add such great texture.  Here are some close ups of the details of my house-all of the embellies are prima.
photoAnd here is my video:


Thanks for looking,

Aideen x

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Love Book Canvas

Hi All,

Nicole here today to share a fun little canvas I made with you all. It has lots of texture and dimension but it is very simple to put together.

What you will need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Background stamps
  • Adhesive and foam squares/tape
  • Gel medium or similar
  • Crackle paint
  • Embellishments

Step 1:

Paint your canvas. I used a small 15cm x 15cm canvas. It cost me €2 in a Tiger store! I used a copped colour paint and gave it two coats to make sure all the white was covered. Make sure to paint right around the edges also.

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Step 2:

Using a script background stamp I stamped all around the edges of the canvas. I didn’t worry about the middle as I knew it wouldn’t be seen.pic 3

Step 3:

I cut out some old book pages. I cut them down to recreate a double page spread on my canvas. I left the inside edges perfectly straight but the outer edges I tore up to give an uneven look. I inked the pages up to distress and age  them more.pic 4 pic 5

Step 4:

I applied a coat of gel medium on the back of what will be my bottom 4 pages on each side. I did not ink the back sides as you won’t see them. The gel medium just adds some rigidity to the pages for when they are on the canvas. You can see these pages in the image on the left below. On the right of the image are my two top pages. These will be the first pages on my ‘book’. I applied a coat of clear rock candy crackle paint on these to really distress them up even more.pic 6

Step 5:

I glued my first pair of pages onto the canvas. I found the center point of the canvas and used this as a guide for the straight edge of my book pages. I only glued down the center of the pages and left the outside edges to curl naturally.

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To keep this curl and dimension I added some very thick foam pads….pic 8

Step 6:

I then layered the rest of my pages over these first ones. I again only glued the centers down and left the edges loose to curl naturally.pic 9 pic 10

Step 7:

I used some chipboard shapes for embellishments on my canvas. I inked these up using distress inks and then applied a layer of the clear rock candy crackle paint over them to give a more aged look again. I adhered these across my faux book using the same high foam pads and had fun layering them over one another. I doubled the foam pads on the bird so that it would sit above the branch and to allow for the difference in height on my canvas from the center of the faux book pages and to the edges.pic 11

I also added some scrabble tile letters that I inked to age further. You can see the crackle and aging on the paper quite well in the image below.pic 12

And here it is all completed. I wanted it to look like an old book on a canvas and nice muted aged colours.

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Pretty CD as a present – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea is sharing an idea on how to create a pretty presentation for a CD or DVD that you want to give as a present.

What you will need:

  • White cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Sizzix dies
  • Chipboard gears from Scrapfellow
  • liquid pearls

Step 1

Cut a card shape from white card stock



Step 2

Die cut a heart on the from of the card.



Step 3

Cut out a piece of double sided patterned paper and cover the inside of the card.



Step 4

Create a pocket on the other side of the inside of the card. This is where you will place the CD or DVD.


Die cut a semi-circle on the edge of the pocket, so it is easier to pull out the CD.



Step 5

Add a little bit of decoration to the inside.



Step 6

Then add decoration to the outside of the CD holder.


Andrea layered some flower and chipboard gears. She also adhered some paper roses. To finish it off, she added liquid pearl dot into the centres of the flowers.


Close ups:



This is a great idea!! You could collect your favourite songs or a DVD full of pictures and videos of your family. This would be a precious present to anybody.

Or to go even further… you could use less dimensional embellishments punch holes on the side of the card and add it to your Project Life album.

We hope you found this article inspiring.

Happy Crafting,

The Crafting Ireland Team

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Altered Paintbrush

I recently did a swap with a friend that involved altering paintbrushes. I have seen these altered paintbrushes before and thought it looked like so much fun. We set no theme, just whatever we wanted/were inspired by. I took a few photos of my creative process and thought I would share them here so you can see how easy it is to alter a paintbrush.

Step 1

Cover the paint brush with a few light coats of gesso. I used a plastic handled paint brush so it was a little bit more difficult than a wooden one but it still worked out perfectly.

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I covered the bristles in the gesso also, I wanted to add paint to them and wanted the paint to keep its true colour.
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Step 2

Paint the brush with your paint colour choice. I used teal paint on mine and painted half way down the bristles. I also added some pink at the bottom of the bristles to make it look like the brush had been dipped in pink.step 4

Step 3

I stamped all over the brush handle with a crackle stamp.step 5

Step 4

I added some blue crackle paint to places on my brush.

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Step 5

I also added clear rock candy paint over the top of this to make it look like there were fine cracks all over the brush.step 7

Step 6

I took some grungboard shapes and painted and inked them up.step 8

On some of the shapes I added the blue crackle paint over the top and then when dry smeared on some black ink to tone it back down a bit. You can see the before on the right wing and the after on the left.step 9

Step 7

I added all my elements onto the brush using a strong wet glue, but hot glue would work great too.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you feel inspired to alter your own paint brush too – reusing items in new ways is fun!

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Competition Winners!!

We recently held a competition for some fantastic Graphic 45/Echo Park Photo Freedom kits . These are the G45 Transatlantique ones and you can see them in the Cardz ‘N’ Scrapz store HERE. Cardz N Scrapz very kindly sponsored this little giveaway.

Our two lucky winners of the Graphic 45 kits are:

Graphic 45 Winners


winner 1

winner 2


Congratulations ladies! Email us at: with your postal addresses and we will get your prizes out to you. Thank you to everyone who entered – keep an eye out for more competitions soon!! We will also post the winner of the Waltzingmouse Stamps prize shortly.

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Spring Wall Decoration – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to share a Spring Wall Decoration  by Andrea. It is an altered sweet box project. Scroll down and have a look how Andrea transformed a simple paper box into a fabulous spring decoration.

What you will need:

paper box

Prima flower backing paper (with the hole on it)

paper roll

Structure paste

water colours

Distress Inks

Paper flowers and leaves

Cutting dies

Step 1

Cover the inside of the paper box with some scrapbook paper. Glue the Prima flower backing on the back of the box, if you want to hang it later on.




Step 2

We are going to create a well. Cut apart the paper roll and show in the pictures below.



Cover the paper roll with structure paste and let it dry.


Step 3

Start building the scene in the inside of the box. Cut out some flowers from patterned paper and place it in the background. Then glue the well in the corner.


Step 4

Add more flowers and leaves around the well. If you have a fairy on the pattern paper, cut out and add the fairy to the composition. Graphic 45 papers would work really well with this project.



Step 5

Die cut some letters to spell out SPRING and banner pieces in matching size. Colour them to match your colour scheme. And finally hand them from the top of the box.


This is the final Spring Wall decoration.



We hope you liked this home decor idea. It brings a little warmth to these cold winter days…

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Project Life – Week 7

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here and today I am going to show you how I approached Week7 in my Project Life 2014.

The first thing I am going to talk about is digital printables.

If you have a printer at home or one close to you, it is a great way to bring some variety into your project life. I have used a Just Jaimee collection from Paislee Press. It is fantastic. I used some of the cards on the PL spread below, but I am sure that I will use them again and again.

Many of the files are in .png format, so you can customize the colour or add text or dates to the cards.

This time I printed the 4″x4″ date card. Originally there was a white border around it, but I cut that off. I chose a patterned paper from Studio Calico and used it as a background for the date card.


Then I added some embellishments to it:


I also printed two 4×6 journalling cards from the same collection  and cut them to 4×4 sizes to fit my pockets.


I really enjoy the freedom that these digital printable kits give me. There are such a variety in them and you can only print the ones you need.

The second thing I would like to show you is how I added a custom sized insert.

I got a really nice card for Valentine’s Day, but it didn’t fit any of the pockets in my spread. So I took a 6×8 page protector from Studio Calico and cut it down to fit my card. Unfortunately the holes on this page protector are spaced differently from the Becky Higgins page protectors.


So I covered the side of the page protector with a washi tape and punched holes that would work with my album.

On the back I wanted to create a big journalling spot, so I went through my drawers and I found an old copy book. I tore some pages out and cut them to size. I really liked the pink line on the side of the page, so I tried to add washi tape without covering it.


I also adhered a chipboard heart and some enamel dots in the corner of the page. This is how it turned out.


When I take photographs of things I like or want to document, I try to leave some white space on the photo. I find it is  a great way to add journalling to the PL spread.

As you can see in the picture below there is a some paper peaking out underneath the photo itself. It happens sometimes that I trim the photo a little too small and it moves in the pocket. I don’t like things falling out of my album, so I just add some scrap paper in the right size and that will hold the photo in place. This time I used up some more form the old copy book…


My style in Project Life is happy colourful approach, but I try not to over embellish my spread. I really liked this card from the Studio Calico PL kit. I added a flair button and some journalling and it was ready to go into my album.


Here is the full spread and the insert of  Week 7.




I hope you like some of the ideas in this post and you will try them out in your own Project Life album.

Happy Crafting,

The Crafting Ireland Team

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Graphic 45 Giveaway

Hi All,

Our friends over at Cardz ‘N’ Scrapz have very kindly given us some Graphic 45/Echo Park Photo Freedom kits to give away. These ones are the G45 Transatlantique ones and you can see them in the Cardz ‘N’ Scrapz store HERE.

We were intrigued by these kits and had to give one a go to see how useful and versatile they are…..


I am not a scrapbooker/project lifer/album maker. I make cards, alter things and throw in a bit of mixed media on the side. But I saw a lot of potential in these kits. The journaling cards and sticker embellishments could easily be used up on cards if you have them left over from doing your layouts.

There are lots of sticker elements – this is just half a sheet of them….

step 1

The journaling cards also have a lot of potential on cards and mini albums etc. I took one of the cards….step 2 And inked it up to age it a bit, distressed up a corner and stamped a sentiment on it….step 3

I then had some fun combining these altered journaling cards with the sticker sheets to make some fun cards.card 1 card 2

I even cut up a page protector to get the little journaling card pockets. I punched a slot in the pocket and added in a journaling card – with a gift card stuck to the back of it. There is space to write a little note on it for the recipient.

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I do believe Timi has a more orthodox approach to share with us using these kits….


Since I went back to college and I have a student card I decided to put the student ID to a good use and  avail of student discounts on cultural and heritage sites in Dublin and maybe around the country too.

My first stop was Kilmainham Gaol. As I don’t have much time lately for mini album, I thought I would document my trip on an insert in my Project Life album.

The vintage style of the G45 papers was a great match to my photos.

I started with a date card. I used a piece of scrap paper from another G45 collection and added some Thickers to it.


Then I created a title card with using one of the 4×6 cards that had a banner on it. I simply added the title using the letter stickers that were in the collection.



I edited my journalling on my computer. I used Bohemian Typewriter font. I wanted to make two journalling spots, one to tell about my “mission” to visit heritage, cultural sites and the second one about the trip itself.

I chose a 4×6  journalling card from the collection and adhered my printed journalling on it. I didn’t mind to cover a the design element, it wasn’t the same theme anyway. Then as a little decoration I added some Studio Calico sequins.



To decorate the smaller journalling spot I added a chipboard arrow that I coloured with orange marker and covered with Glossy Accents. The arrow lead the eye to the pocket besides with a title ‘Places to visit’.


After my photos were printed I placed them into the page protector. I used 10×12 protector as an insert in my weekly spread.

This is one side of my insert:


I added a few bits and pieces to decorate my page a little bit. I thought that my photos and papers were busy enough and I didn’t add too much embellishing.


I like to take pictures of me standing somewhere, it reminds me of how it felt to stand there. I added a sticker from the G45 Photofreedom Kit that says ‘explore’. And just added a few enamel dots to go with is.

This is the back side of the insert.


Like on the front of the insert I only added very few embellishments. I used the word stickers from the G45 kit again, they are great to add interest to the page.

I hope we inspired you with our take on the uses of the Photofreedom Kits.

How to Enter the Giveaway

To enter for the chance to win just leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you would like to do with the kits. Two winners will be selected at random to win one of the kits each. Entries will close on the 26th February at 5pm. Good luck!!

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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 spring scene card with us.


Oh and big hint….make sure to read all the way to the end to see the fabulous GIVEAWAY hidden in this post!!

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Good morning! Today I have a quick and easy Spring themed card to share with you.
This card showcases Spring Baskets from Waltzingmouse Stamps – a wonderful set which not only covers Spring but also incorporates Easter and Mother’s Day.
Staz On Ink (if you are using watercolours)
Distress Markers
Distress Inks – Shabby Shutters & Tumbled Glass
Watercolour paper
Spring coloured papers & cardstock
Stamp a scene, using various stamps from the Spring Baskets set, onto watercolour paper with Staz-On ink. If you wish to colour with alcohol markers you should use Memento ink.
Once you are happy with your scene, colour it in and trim the panel to size.
Taking Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass, sponge the background to create a ‘sky’ and ‘grass’
Create a border around the edges, about .25″ from all sides.
Make the card base and cut all your papers/card to size.
Layer up the papers & card adding the scene panel with 3D foam tape or dots. Embellish as desired. I simply cut a pennant and 2 ‘washi’ strips from the patterned paper and added a button flossed with baker’s twine.
If you’re feeling more adventurous you can find the WMS Spring Baskets template HERE – perfect for using this stamp set with.  For more Waltzingmouse Stamps inspiration why not visit the Pinterest Board, or pop onto the Forum & Gallery.


To brighten up someone’s day, while we await those first signs that Spring is finally here, we are going to have a little giveaway. One lucky commenter will win the Spring Baskets stamp set used on today’s project.
Here’s what you have to do.
* Leave a comment here telling us what your very favourite Waltzingmouse Stamps product is.
* Hop over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog and leave a comment on the tutorial post.
That’s it! Easy peasy.
We will pick a winner on Thursday, February 26th.
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