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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

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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.


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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

 

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Step 4

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

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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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I also added some woodveener shapes.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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This is my final Project Life spread for Week 29

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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

gesso

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.

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

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And now comes the fun part.

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

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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.

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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.

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


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This is the finished art journal spread.

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

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Beach Mini Album

Hi everyone,

Today Abby is going to share a great Beach Mini Album that she created. This is what Abby said: ” This is a shabby chic style chipboard mini album that will be perfect to display your family photos from your beach vacation.”

 

What you will need:

  • Chipboard Mini (mine is a sand bucket)
  • Sprays/Glimmer Mists (colors of your choice)
  • Cardstock-patterned paper
  • Distress Tool
  • Distress Ink
  • Craft Paint
  • Ribbons/Trims of your choice
  • Beach themed embellishments
  • Embossing Folder
  • Glossy & Crackle Accents
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive of your choice
  • Additional embellishments of your choice

 

 

Step 1

I applied some of the tan craft paint to both sides of each chipboard piece (insert Step 1). I thought this would be a great base coat to build the pages on.

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Step 2

While the pages were drying, I went to work on the starfish chipboard pieces (these came with the mini album). I created my own texture paste by mixing together some white craft sand and Gesso. I applied it on each starfish and once it was dry, I sprayed them with the Lindy Stamp Gang sprays in the colors I selected.

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To create another embellishment to add to the pages, I took some fabric trim in a beach theme and cut the section I wanted to work with. I then used my distress tool and frayed the edges. Next I used another combination of Lindy’s Sprays to add some color & dimension.

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Step 4

Another fun element I created was to add some texture to the remaining starfish pieces I had left. I ran them through one of my embossing folders that had a detailed pattern.

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I then used more color spray to make them pop .

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After they were dry, I inked the edges with some Distress Ink to give them a bit of a darker edge and to add some dimension (Insert Step 4 Pic 3).

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Step 5

Burlap reads “beachy” to me so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the pages as well. I cut some down to fit the chipboard piece and added more of the color sprays to give it a touch of distress .

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Step 6

I used several word stickers throughout the album so to have them stand out a bit and for added texture, I used my Scarlet Lime Doodle Pen around the edges, this really makes them pop off the page I think.

Step 6

This is where creative play comes in, my favorite part. I began adding all of the embellishments and different papers to the pages of the chipboard mini and used some Jute Twine to hold it together when I was all done. This is a fun and easy project to create that lets you show off those family fun beach photos.

Here are some photos of the completed mini album:

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We hope you liked this fantastic summer themed mini album. Share your summer project with us on our Facebook page.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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At the Sea fridge magnet – Kayta Ivanova

Hi every one,

Today is the 1st July. I can’t believe that we are already in the second half of 2014. The summer arrived in Ireland and we are enjoying these sunny days. Inspired by the beach and sunshine Katya created a fridge magnet and she is going to share her process with you.

What you will need:

  • die cuts- I used circles, but you can use ovals, squares, rectangles or whatever you like
  • scrap booking papers
  • cheesecloth
  • twine
  • magnet tape
  • chipboard
  • foam squares
  • pearls
  • brads
  • distress ink

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Step 1
We will start with the base of our magnet. We will need 5 circles all together- 2 cardstock circles (big one and small one), 3 scrapbook paper circles (2 big ones and 1 small one)

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Step 2
You can distress all the edges of the papers- this step is optional.

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Step 3
Next we are going to fussy cut some details from the papers. In my case it’s a sentiment, shell and star fish

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Now we will take 1 big cardstock circles and 1 paper circle and glue them together. I have added some cheesecloth to imitate a net and some chipboard. I fixed them with a stapler, don’t’ worry about the staples, we will cover them later and you wont see them.
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Step 5
Using foam tape glue the smaller circle on, shifting it to the side before. I also added some brads, pictures again on foam tape, twine, seashells and pearls

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Step 6
Cover the back of the magnet with scrapbooking papers, so you won’t be able to see the back of brads.

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Step 7

Add the magnet tape at the back

 

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And here is the finished fridge magnet!

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We hope you liked this absolutely gorgeous summer project.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Card – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today it is our Design Team member, Katya is going to  share a project with you.

You will need:

  • scrapbooking papers- 2 patterns- as we have gardening theme, try to pick papers with some sort of natural or neutral print- blues, greens, browns or beige.
  • central element- in my case the chipboard sticker
  • border punch
  • flowers
  • raffia
  • twine
  • pearls
  • flower soft
  • cheesecloth
  • glossy accents
  • sentiment stamp

 

Step 1

Cut out the base mats- the first measuring 13 cm and the smaller one 11.5 cm. Then I also distress the edges using Antique Linen distress ink
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Step 2

Then I decided to use up some of the scraps and added some papers on which I used the border punch. I glued some foam squares onto the chipboard sticker
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Put the second layer of papers onto foam tape. Beforehand I also stitched around the sides of the square.

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Step 4

Add a sentiment

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Now I start adding some embelishments- cheesecloth under the sticker, some flowers.

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As final touches I added some pearls, flower soft and glossy accent drops


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This is how the final project looks like.

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We hope you like this very cute card tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

 

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Mixed media layers on layouts – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today it is Andrea‘s turn to show you a little mixed media technique.

What you will need:

  • Sizzix dies
  • Patterned Papers
  • Mists
  • Strips of fabric
  • gesso
  • chipboard shapes

 

Step 1

Cut your photo to desired size and shape.

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Step 2

Mark the place of the photo on the cardstock that will be your background.

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Step 3

Adhere pieces of fabric to the cardstock around the pencil marks.

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Step 4

Spray some mist on the fabric and cardstock.

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Step 5

Cut strips of patterned paper and start layering them on the top of the fabric.

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Step 6

Take a stencil and apply gesso here and there on the page.

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Step 7

Add some embellishment, the photo and your title. And there you have a fantastic mixed media filled scrapbook page!!

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We hope you liked this tutorial and will give it a go.

 

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Envelope album – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea’s turn to show us her take on an envelope mini album.

What you will need:

  • DL envelopes (6 or 8 would be plenty)
  • chipboard sheet for the cover
  • patterned paper
  • embellishments
  • inks
  • cutting dies

 

Step 1

Take your envelopes and cut off a little piece from both ends. This will create the pockets.
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Step 2

Punch half-circles on both ends of the envelopes.

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Step 3

Adhere the envelops together as shown in the picture below.

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Step 4

Adhere all the envelopes together.

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Step 5

Cut three pieces of the chipboard sheet for your cover. Your envelops will determine you the dimension of the cover.

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Step 6

Use some washi or other tapes to connect the chipboard pieces together.
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Step 7

Ink the edges of the cover before gluing down the patterned paper.

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Step 8

You can distress the edges of the paper if you want to.

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Step 9

Die cut some hinges form grunge-paper and ink it with some Distress Inks.


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Step 10

Assemble the mini album. Glue the hinges into place and add brads to complete the closure of the album.

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Glue the first envelope to the front and the last one to the back cover.

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Step 11

Decorate the front cover. The polymer clay embellishments are from a brand new craft store in Hungary: NoiCsizma. She sells handmade very unique scrapbooking embellishments. Absolutely fantastic!!!


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You could finish decorating the album when you put all your photos in it.

We hope you liked this mini album.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Photos on Canvas – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying a bit of this fantastic sunshine and good weather, it is so nice here in Dublin.

Today we are going to show you a project from Katya. She created a canvas with a twist.

What you will need:

  • canvas (can be bought in Dealz, Easons or art shops)
  • photo
  • scrapbooking paper
  • die cuts
  • embelishments
  • lots of foam tape

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Step 1

I had two sheets of paper to pick from and I really liked the one with the hats. And it matched nicely the hat I am wearing. Place the photo to where you want it to go

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Step 2

Start adding different mats and die cuts for extra layers.

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Step 3

I wrote the date of our graduation in white gel pen

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Now time for embellishments – I wanted to add a pop of colour, so I added some washi tape and resin flowers. I have some added some stamping, twine and parchment paper.

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I have glued most of the layers with foam tape and some layers on double layer of foam tape

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This is a fantastic idea to use lovely graduation photos that you have or going take, now that we are approaching the end of another academic year.

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We hope we inspired you to use more canvas as a base of you project.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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DIY Ombre Lampshade – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here today and I will share a quick idea. I am trying to refresh our place at the moment and I came across some ombre home decor ideas that I really liked. I wanted to create something that would coordinate nicely with my current colour scheme. And since we live in a rented apartment I had no intention to spend a fortune on anything.

What you will need:

Regolit lamp shade from IKEA

acrylic paint in your chosen colours

soft brush

water

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Step 1

Take the lampshade out of the packaging. Assemble it as per instructions.

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Step 2

I used two shades of turquoise and water them down a bit.  Start with the darker colour.  Apply the paint in concentric circles. When you think you would like to start applying lighter colour, add more water to the paint.

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Step 3

If you are using two colours like I did, when you are changing the colour make sure that you blend the two colours together. I wanted my lamp to be dark on the bottom and light on the top, but it could be the other way around too.

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Tip: Use a very soft brush and dry the lampshade using a heat tool. Since this shade is made form rice paper it gets very soft and easy to tear when when.

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The whole project cost me €2.50, that was the price of the lamp shade.

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