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Halloween Card & Treat Bag

Hi all, we have another treat from Waltzingmouse Stamps DT member Sandie Dunne. She has created this really fantastic Halloween Card and Treat Bag…. enjoy!!
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Hi! It’s Sandie here and today I am sharing a Halloween Card and Treat Bag set I made featuring  Waltzingmouse Stamps Boo and Friends & Peek a Boo Sentiments
The card measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ and the papers I’ve used are ‘Enchanted’ by Authentique. I’ve matted them with black and orange cardstock. I cut the spiderweb circle with nestabilities and mounted my ghost on 3D foam. I added some Spiderweb corners and some Eerie bats to embellish.
Copics markers used – C3, D5,C7, C9
The treat bag is simply a cellophane bag cut down to size. I used the same patterned papers as on the card. I cut a strip of stripey paper about 2″ deep, folded it in half, slipped it over the top of the bag and stapled it closed. Then I used nestabilities scalloped circles and classic circles for the sentiment. I adhered the sentiment, from Peek-a-Boo Sentiments with 3D foam and added a bat to tie it in with the card.
Waltzingmouse Stamps products used – 
Other products used –
Authentique “Enchanted” 6×6 paper pad
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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…

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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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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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Two terrific trees – Andrea Ockey Parr

Hi everyone,

Today our DT member Andrea is going to show us a few ideas on how to create Christmas trees on a project.

‘Tis the season for all kinds of tree-laden cards and tags.  If you’re looking for a couple of trees that are a little different than just a stamped tree image, check out these two designs.  They add a bit of dimension and texture to any paper project you might have on your list.

The first is a fabric tree that’s quick to make and that looks great on gifts and packages.  I attached mine to a gift card tin.

Tree 1

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • A Sharpie or black thread
  • A piece of cardstock or chipboard
  • Ink
  • Yarn
  • A tree topper such as a puffball

Start by drawing a triangle on a piece of fabric.  Then sew around it with black thread or draw “fake stitches” around it with a Sharpie.  You can see on this example where I started to sew around my penciled-in tree image.

Tree 2

Once your tree is outlined either with thread or drawn-on stitches, cut out the tree and glue it to a cardstock or chipboard triangle of the same size so it has some stability.  Ink around the edges of the fabric (I used Tim Holtz’s Mowed Lawn ink).  All that’s left is to take some fancy yarn or ribbon and wrap it around the triangle to simulate tree ornaments or garlands.  Add a puffball or star sticker on top and you’re done!

The second type of tree, a corrugated or accordion-folded tree, is even easier!  Here’s what some of them look like on a card I made:

Tree 3

Here’s what you’ll need for these fun trees:

  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Paper crimping tool or a scoring board

Cut out a triangle in the shape of the tree you want.  Run it through the paper-crimping tool (I used Marvy Uchida’s Corru-Gator).  In this picture, you can see how much dimension is added by one simple pass through the crimping tool!  But if you don’t have a paper crimper, you can also just score the accordion fold lines using a scoring board.

Tree 4

After you’ve folded your tree, rub across the surface of it with various inks to make the folds stand out even more.  Adhere it to your card or tag and you’re done!  Easy and unique!

Fantastic ideas, big thanks to Andrea!

Watch this space for more Christmas craft ideas,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Autumn Photo Challenge!

Hi all,

We are here today with a lovely photo inspiration challenge for you all. We loved this gorgeous image and thought it just summed up Autumn perfectly.  We would love to see your creations inspired by this image…..


We had fun with the image ourselves creating a little sample each inspired by it….


I created using most of the colours. I tried not to include so much black and make the card a little bit brighter. The maple leaves are cut out with my eCraft.



I loved the deep red and orange colours in the image. I also loved the hints of gold on some of the leaves too. So I went with these as my main main colours on my project. I made a place card setting and a napkin ring holder for a dinner party. I used my eCraft to cut out this free Fall Leaf SVG template. I used gold card for the leaf and red card for the place card. I used the same card to create the napkin ring for a nice matching set. On the napkin ring I inked up some feather stamps in matching ink colours and fussy cut them out….

place setting and napkin

Challenge Details

We would love you to take part in our little challenge. To enter create something inspired by the picture above. Post your creation on your blog or Facebook page and then add it onto our Facebook page so we can see it. if you don’t have Facebook you can add your blog link on this blog post. You have until the 25th October. We will have a crafty goody bag for one lucky entry!

Good luck and happy crafting!!


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Masking & Spraying

Hi All,

Nicole here today! Quite often when we look at our ink sprays we think more mixed media. I love using my sprays on cards and here I will show you one way to do this.

Step 1:

I stamped the butterflies on scrap paper and cut them out. Make sure your scrap paper is thin or else they wont work very well as masks. Place them on your panel (I used white).

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Step 2:

Place in a safe place to spray – I use a mini pizza box from a kit. Spray as heavily as you like. I used turquoise Dylusions spray.

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Step 3:

When this panel is fully dry mat it onto black card stock. I also stamped the butterflies in a light blue inside the masked off area and stamped a sentiment on the panel too.

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Step 4:

Stamp the butterfly again and ink it lightly for colour. Then cut this out carefully, curl the wings to give some dimension and adhere it onto a butterfly on the panel.

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Step 5

Put all your card elements together. I matted my striped paper onto balack card and then made a pink card base for it. I added some sequins as embellishments, trying to make them ‘flow’ up the card.

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Here is the completed card. I love the fun effect the masking, spraying and stamping gives on it.

butterfly birthday

Thanks for stopping by today,

Happy Crafting!

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Valentine’s Day Card – Aki Iinuma

Hi everyone,

Today Aki is going to show us a great tutorial on how to create a Valentine’s Day card with using some colours other than red and pink. It is a very pretty card.

Aki says:

“This tutorial is for a lovely card for Valentine’s Day.”

What you will need:

Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye, BasicGrey, Prima Marketing, daisy d’s)

Button (Jenni Bowlin)

Chipboard (Maya Road)

Trim (BasicGrey)

Die (Tim Holtz)

Baker’s twine

Paper doily

Acrylic paint

Step 1

Hand-cut patterned paper to make 3 hearts in different sizes and a banner.


Step 2

Machine stitch the hearts and a paper doily as shown, and write a sentiment on the banner.


Step 3

Die-cut a paper rosette.


Step 4

Colour a piece of chipboard with white acrylic paint.


Step 5

Glue hearts and other embellishments on the card. Now it’s done!


We hope you like this very pretty Valentine’s card.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team


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12 Days of Christmas – Day 2!!

Welcome along to Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series. Its Nicole here with a lovely simple card inspiration for you all!

For today’s card I used another one of the Lawn Fawn polar bear images that I coloured in a batch of that I mentioned yesterday. To colour my polar bear I added some light blue shading with inktense pencils and the used my water brush to blend this out. This hint of blue makes his fur appear even whiter. I coloured his nose in black and added some glossy accents to it to give it a cute little shine.

For the rest of my card I cut a sheet of white card down to be slightly smaller than a standard size card blank. Using scrap paper I then masked off 3cm on each side of this and stamped down the centre with a snowflake stamp and Peacock Feathers distress ink. When I removed the paper mask I ended up with a lovely strip of snowflakes down the centre.

Then I used a swiss dot embossing folder to emboss down either side of the snowflakes. This just involved careful positioning of the card in the embossing folder. I used a bit of washi tape to keep it in place while running it through my big shot.

I then used some red card stock to create the banner at the bottom. I stamped my sentiment on it and added a gem that in real life is actually the exact colour of the Peacock Feathers distress ink!

I then added the polar bear on foam pads for dimension.

This is a lovely and fun card to make and looks fancy but does not take much time at all. My type of crafting – especially at the busy Christmas season!

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration and if you have created any Christmas projects make sure to link to our Inlinkz on our Day 1 post for your chance to win!

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Great Big Craft Extravaganza!!

As you probably all know by now the Great Big Craft Extravaganza is taking place on the 30th September – 2nd October.

We are going to have a stand at the show on the Saturday and Sunday, and we would love for you to stop by and say hi. It would be great to put faces to names of all our readers 🙂

We will have a giveaway running on both days for some Crafting Ireland goodies…..

Plus we are running some challenges over the weekend.

The first of the challenges we will be running is the SKETCH CHALLENGE!! We have a sketch below and we want you to create a project using it. You can email us in a photo of your entry before the show ( or else bring your entry along on the GBCE weekend for us to photograph for the prize draw. There will be great goodies up for grabs for the winners 🙂

You can rotate the sketch and change it from a rectangle to square etc – once we can still see the sketch in your project!

Here are a few samples made with the sketch to give you some inspiration….

We look forward to seeing your entries and meeting you at the show!!

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