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Christmas Card – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

We are back with another Christmas project from Andrea

What you will need:

  • Sizzix Die Cuts : Fancy Banner, Rosette Snowflake, Ink and Pen
  • Scrapbook paper, white cardstock
  • Chipboard heart ( Scrapfellow )
  • Copic Markers Ciao,
  • Rangers – Stickles ( Diamond )
  • Glossy Gel ( Viva decor )

Step 1

Die cut 10 feathers and the snowflake rosette.

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Step 2

Take a piece of patterned paper and shape the edge with a wafer thin die as shown in the pictures below:

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Step 3

Layer 5 feathers into a shape of a wing, cut the excess of and glue them together. Repeat this with the other 5 feathers.

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Step 4

Place the wings on the card base, leave a little space between them for the snowflake rosette.

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Step 5

Add some stickles to the edges of the wings for a bit of sparkle.

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Step 6

Place the snowflake rosette between the wings and glue it down.

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Step 7

Add a chipboard heart to the centre of the snowflake rosette. Colour it with a marker and add some Glossy gel for some dimension.

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Here is the finished card, I hope you like it

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This is a fantastic dimensional card. A big thanks to Andrea for the tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 7

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to 12 days of Christmas. Today is Day 7 and Aideen is going to show us her Matchbox advent calendar tutorial.

Aideen says:

Hi everyone-first of all…how exciting that we are now counting down to Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year!!

My tutorial today is a fun advent calendar I made for a Christmas swap over on the Swap meet page on Facebook for my partner Kerry. I hope you enjoy it Kerry!

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Here are some pics and also a link to my video-all supplies are from http://www.cardznscrapz.com

Aideen x

 

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to 12 Days of Christmas. Today is day 4 and Timi is going to share another fun Christmas card tutorial.

What you will need:

  • Card base
  • Patterned paper
  • Snowflake die
  • Christmas Stamp set

Step 1

Gather all your supplies.

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Step 2

Using removable tape adhere the patterned paper to the card base. Secure the die with some washi tape and die cut the snowflake.

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Step 3

Set aside the patterned paper. Take the cardbase that has a snowflake window diecut into it. Hold the front down with some washi tape and stamp a sentiment on the card.

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Step 4

Before adhering the patterned paper to the front, place a piece of acetate between the patterned paper and  the card base. So it is really like a window.

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And there you have it, fun and easy Christmas Card.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 1

Hi All,

Welcome to Day 1 of Crafting Ireland’s 12 Days of Christmas! We have 12 fun days of projects from our team and some guest post too. We want you inspired to get your Christmas crafting projects started – and maybe even finished too and leave you with time to enjoy the run up to Christmas!

Day 1

For Day 1 we have Timi with a wonderful Christmas tag project. It is just a simple and easy way to add some interest to your Christmas present wrapping.

What you will need:

  • Solid Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • embellishments
  • Chipboard elements
  • Stamps

Step 1

Gather everything that you might want to use on this tag. Cut out the tag shape from the solid card stock and a slightly smaller tag shape from the patterned paper.

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Place the patterned paper tag onto the solid card stock and glue it down. You can add a hole to the tag too, if you like.
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Stamp and clear emboss a sentiment. I really like this set from Simon Says Stamp.
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To bring all the colours together ink the edges of the tag with the same ink that you used for stamping.
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Decide on the composition and assemble the tag. I added a little bit of sparkle with the new Distress Glitter on the chipboard reindeer. I think it really adds to the Christmas feeling.
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We hope you enjoyed this tutorial, happy crafting!!

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Winter Muslin Gift Card Bag – Abby Henderson

Hi everybody,

Today Abby from our Design Team is going to share a tutorial on a gift bag

 Abby says:

“I wanted to come up with a creative and unique way to give someone a gift card that could be re-used if they wished or kept as a piece of art/décor if they chose to display it. This is a fun and easy way to give someone a gift card anytime of the year.”

What you will need:

  • Muslin bag (cotton will work as well)
  • Tree/branch stencil
  • Glimmer Sprays/Spritz (color of your choice)
  • Distress Paint (White Picket Fence)
  • Stickles (I used Star Dust)
  • Distress Marker (I used Walnut Stain)
  • Crinkle Ribbon
  • Wood embellishment piece
  • Craft Sand (white)
  • Heat Tool
  • Perfect Medium/Embossing Powder
  • Acrylic Wheat Spray (or foliage of your choice)
  • Adhesive of your choice (I used Scor-tape)

Step 1

Place your stencil on the muslin bag  then begin layering your sprays from dark to light . Once your done spraying, carefully lift the stencil and you’ll see your image on the bag . Tip-I always use the overspray that’s left on top of my stencils by reversing the stencil and pressing down on some blank card stock or other medium. This will give you a reverse image of your stencil that you can use on another project.

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I wanted to define the lines of the tree/branches so I used my Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Walnut Stain. I then traced around the lines with some Star Dust Stickles.

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Step 3

I wanted to add a wood element to the project since I had a tree theme for the bag so I used some Distress Paint to cover the wood piece. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled some white craft sand on top to create an icy/snow effect. You can use your heat tool on this or set it aside to dry while you work on the rest of the project.

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Step 4

To dress up the stamped sentiment, I used some embossing powder then added more Stickles to the circle tag.

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Step 5

I used more of sprays on some crinkle ribbon so it had the same tones as the muslin bag.

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After all of my embellishments were dry, I began layering the different items on the muslin bag and used added my wheat spray and crinkle ribbon. This is always my favorite part, where you can just get creative with layering your items and creating the end result.  You can create this project for any theme or season throughout the year by just simply changing your stencil design and colors to suit the occasion. Don’t forget to include your gift card!

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This is a great tutorial, I hope you liked it too.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Halloween Mini Album – Mary Jo Rhoda

Hi everybody,

Back again with another Halloween project. Are you excited about Halloween already?

Today Mary Jo is sharing a Halloween Mini with us.

Mary Jo says:

Halloween is a favorite holiday in our home! We celebrate big every year with some fun and familiar traditions. I wanted to capture some of the memories from Halloween last year. A mini album seemed the perfect format to do this since I could include several photos and journaling inside giving me more space than a traditional layout.

As you look through my album though, you may notice one goof. As I was punching the holes for my rings to bind the book, I realized I had punched holes on the wrong side for several pages. Instead of stressing and starting over, I decided to just go with the flow. This album is going in a basket of minis that I keep in our living room, so it will be handled a lot. And I am pretty sure my intended audience will not care one bit about a few extra holes. But just make sure that you line up your pages so they are facing the correct way whenever you go to punch holes for a mini!

What You Will Need:

Leftover cardboard or chipboard for album covers

Patterned Paper

Embellishments

Stamp Ink

Journal Spots

Pens

Hole Punch

Rings for Binding

 

Step 1

When I was looking at a pack of 100 4×6 plain project life cards by Becky Higgins, I knew that there were a ton more than I probably needed! Then the thickness of the cards made me think of the pages of a mini album. So I decided to use some of the cards to create pages for my Halloween mini.

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Step 2

I also noticed the cards were the exact same size as my photos, and I love the look of using a photo as the entire page. So I glued each photo to one of the Project Life cards. I knew at this point that I was going to follow a pattern of an embellished page with journaling next to a photo page.

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Step 3

I then took a piece of cardboard that I had kept on hand from a scrapbook package I had received in the mail. The cardboard had been used to back some patterned paper so it wouldn’t get bent during shipment. I cut it the down to the same size as my photos for my front and back covers. From then on my process was pretty simple.

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I decorated my cover with patterned paper, chipboard and stickers.

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Each page follows a similar theme – patterned paper, borders, a journal spot, and some embellishments. I decided to use chalkboard stickers by American Crafts because they worked really well with my white pen.

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And here are the rest of the pages from my album.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my little mini album today. And that it gets you in the mood for some Halloween scrap time!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Halloween tag – Timi Konya

Hi everyone, it is Timi here with a fun Halloween tag.

What you will need:

cards stock

Halloween image and media to colour (markers, watercolour) My image is from Tiddly Inks

washi tape

Heat resistant acetate

embossing powder

Spiderweb stamp

Tag and keyhole dies

Step 1

Die cut a tag with a keyhole on it from Halloween coloured cardstock

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Step 2

Print the image.

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Step 3

Colour the image with markers or other media and cut it out.

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Step 4

Stamp the spiderweb on the acetate and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.

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Step 5

Adhere the acetate on the back of the tag. Cut off the excess.

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Step 6

Add some washi tape and patterned paper to the front of the tag.

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Step 7

Add sentiment, embellishments and the coloured image. And there you have a cute Halloween tag!!

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Any other Halloween projects coming up? Watch this space!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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3D Halloween frame – Karen Mathews

Hi everyone,

Today, Karen is sharing a great 3D frame tutorial with us.

Karen says:

This project can be done for any occasion including baby births and Christmas. It is a lovely way to use those precious pieces of paper that you have been saving!

Materials used:

10 x 10 inch Ribba Frame from Ikea

Ranger Ink, Distress Paint in Seedless Preserves and Antique Linen

1 Ranger Inc, No 5 manila tag

Graphic45 Patterned Paper. ‘Halloween in Wonderland’ and ‘Happy Haunting’

Sizzix Bigz die by Tim Holtz: ‘Branch Tree’

Ideology by Tim Holtz: Metal clock and hands and light bulb.

Flowers

Dylusions Sprays: Black Marble, Lemon Zest, Cherry Red and Crushed Grape

Step 1

Paint the frames 2 parts inside and out using the Seedless Preserves Distress Paint.

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Step 2

Cut strips of paper to cover the outside of the frame. I left a slight border in order to see the painted surface. Cut additional strips to cover the inside. I used Happy Haunting ‘Bewitched’ paper for this. The front of the frame was then covered using strips of paper from Happy Haunting ‘Midnight Magic’

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For the main image I chose the ‘Halloween in Wonderland’ paper. Cut the image to size. For the 3d images fussy cut the paper ‘Through the Looking Glass’. This sheet has lots of different images that can be layered up. Using foam pads stick the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit to the background image.

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Next stick the hand, the fence and the pumpkin to the top of the inner frame.

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Step 5

Die cut the Branch Tree from black cardstock and hang pumpkins, clocks and teapots from it. On the outside of the frame stick the tree and the Cheshire cat using foam pads.

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Step 6

Paint the face and hands of the clock piece using Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves distress paint. When the paint is dry, gently sand the clock face back to reveal the metal underneath. Stick to background using foam pads.

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Step 7

To make the lamp I stole a little wooden lamp from my daughters Dolls House! Paint the base with Seedless Preserves distress paint, and then cover the lamp with patterned papers. Add a light bulb which has been coloured with alcohol inks to the top of the lamp and stick inside the frame.

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Step 8

Spray some white flowers with Dylusions inks and add both inside the frame and to the front of the frame.

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What a great 3D project!!

Happy Creating,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Autumn Layout – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everybody,

Today Andrea is going to share another masking tape technique on how to create a stencil with masking tape.

What you will need to create the background:

Masking tape

Structure tape

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Tear the tape into narrow stripes and add them to the background paper in brick wall pattern.

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Using a palette knife add structure paste or thick gesso.

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Leave it standing there for a while and then remove the tape pieces.

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Then you can colour the brick wall with inks or paint. You can also add the paint to the structure paint before applying it to the background.

Check out the finished autumn themed layout:

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and the details:

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This is a fantastic layout and a great technique to add texture to you scrapbook pages.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Masking Tape Technique – Andrea Ockey Parr

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea is showing us a great masking tape technique to create dimension on your project.

Andrea says:

“Want to add some texture to your artwork?  Look no further than your trusty roll of masking tape!  Here’s all you need to add some dimensional oomph to your projects.”

  • Sturdy patterned paper
  • Masking tape
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Paper/ephemera

To start my collage, I glued a piece of vintage textbook paper to a piece of patterned paper.  You can add as many or as few papers and patterns as you’d like.

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I crinkle and wrinkled some strips of masking tape as I stuck them to my paper.

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I painted over the top of the paper and tape with gesso and acrylic paint.

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For even more visual interest, I used several different colors and shades of paint.

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I let my project dry, then I cut my background down to a postcard-sized rectangle.  I inked around the edges and added more ink here and there for some depth.  For most projects, I apply ink with a wedge-shaped make-up sponge.

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After inking the edges, I stamped several images on top with darker colored ink.

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Masking tape is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to go 3D with your paper projects.  And if you’re going to do one collage, you might as well build a few more at the same time.  That way, you’ll always be prepared when your creative muse descends.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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