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Halloween Wall Hanging – Nicole

Hi all, Nicole here with a fun Halloween wall hanging with you all. I used the super fun and handy diecut frame from Crafty Cutting.

Step 1

I covered the frame with some fabulous Halloween papers. I traced the frame onto the paper to get the size and cut it out, including cutting out the middle of the frame.

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I cut a piece of paper to fit inside the opening of the frame. I used this fun harlequin pattern in black and orange.pic 3 Step 3

I sanded off the edges of the paper to get a smooth edge on the paper and then inked up the edges with black soot distress ink.pic 4 Step 4

I inked up a bat from the crafty catting range and then inked over it in black embossing powder to give a lovely shine.pic 5 pic 6 Step 5

I added some twine in between the two pieces to have something to hang the frame by.pic 7 Step 6

I added some glow in the dark paint on some parts of the paper. This dries clear but gives a cool glow when its dark!pic 8I glued the bat on the frame and called it done! I love the 3d effect and dimension these frames give without being too bulky!
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Thanks for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed this project!

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Photo Display Stand

Hi all,

Nicole here with you today with a new use for chipboard albums you may have stashed away. For this project I used a scalloped chipboard album from an Irish store called Crafty Cutting. Their chipboard is fantastic quality and very heavy duty – perfect for this project!

What you will need:

  • Paper, ink and paints of your choice
  • Embellishments
  • Photos
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesives
  • Bull clips/paper clips
  • Chipboard album or pages (mine is 6*6)
  • Hole punch tool

Step 1

I painted my pages front and back in a pale blue colour. On one side of each page I only painted around the edges.

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I added some interest to the pages by stamping in Archival coffee coloured ink around the edges of the pages.pic 2 Step 3

I cut squares of paper to fit the center of my pages. I only did this for one side of my pages but you could do both sides if you wished.pic 3 Step 4

I needed holes in both sides of my pages so I used one page as a template and traced through the holes on it to get the placement and size that the hole needed to be.

pic 4I then used my cropadile to punch the holes. I did this on all the pages so that each page ended up with four holes, two on each side.
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Once the holes were punched I glued my papers on, centered between the holes.pic 6 Step 6

Time to work on the embellishments. I used these amazing new chipboard shapes from Crafty Cutting. They are a fabulous size and really thick and sturdy too, I can’t emphasise the quality enough!

pic 7 I used Tarnished Brass distress stain and covered the shapes with this.pic 8 pic 9 Step 7

I also gathered some embellishments for the rest of the pages. I cut some jar shapes from some papers I had. I also used the mini Polaroid images on this paper pad for my ‘photos’ on the display model – I didn’t have the energy to go pick and print photos!pic 10 Step 8

I used some papers and mini bull clips to make mini ‘clipboards’ for my photos to go onto.pic 11 Step 9

I added foam squares to the top of these ‘clipboards’ and wet glue to the bottom. This meant the clip at the top was easily removable to add in new photos etc.pic 12 You can see how this works below. The jars were glued down and the embellishments added also. You will need to fully embellish all your pages before the next step.pic 13 Step 10

I threaded my pages together with some ribbon. I fed the ribbon in from the front  to the back on each page.pic 14 I then tied it off inside and trimmed off the excess ribbon.pic 15 I repeated this process for all four sides.pic 16 This is how it looks from the front. You do have to be careful not to tie the ribbon loops too tight. If you do your frame won’t fold down flat for storage/posting as a gift etc.pic 17


Once they are all threaded together the album pages will stand up by themselves. You now have a cute way to display photos/notes etc. You can see photos of all the sides below….

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this idea on using up those chipboard albums!

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Shamrock Mini Album

Hi All,

Nicole here today to share a fun little project with you. I used a superb shamrock shaped mini album from Crafty Cutting. Their chipboard albums are such good quality and fabulous value for money too – and they are all made here in Ireland which is just brilliant! I wanted to make a funny ‘Irish’ gift for a friend abroad and this album was perfect for this.

What you will need:

  • Shamrock mini album
  • Paint and brushes
  • Stamps of your choice
  • Paper of your choice
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments

Step 1

Remove the ring from the album and lay the pages out and paint them. I mixed my own paint colour to get the shade of green I wanted. I only had 2 green paints and one was too dark and one too bright so mixing them gave me exactly what I wanted. I painted both sides of the pages.

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Step 2

When the paint is dry add some interest to the pages by stamping on them. I used a world map stamp and stamped in brown ink for a more faded out impression.

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Step 3

I wanted to be able to put some Irish expressions into my book. I created a flap with some patterned paper. For underneath this flap there is a white slip. The idea is I will write the Irish expression on the flap and ‘translate’ it on the white page under the flap.pic 5


Step 4

Once I had all my expressions written out and glued down I decorated the cover and was done! This book is meant to be a very humerus object. Some of the expressions in it may have rude words but it is how us Irish talk to one another!

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I hope you enjoyed this idea and thanks for stopping by today!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 6!!

Welcome to day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas event. Don’t forget to link up your projects on our day 1 post to be in with the chance to win!

Today I am sharing a simple way to alter some pre made ornaments. I used a selection of ornaments from Crafty Cutting. These were painted white already so nice and primed for what I wanted to do.

What you will need:

  • Ornaments
  • Distress stains – metalics, silver, gold and bronze

Step 1

Cover the ornaments in a base layer of tarnished brass distress stain.

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Step 2

When this is dry dab on antiqued bronze.

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Step 3

When this is still wet dab on the brushed pewter stain.

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Step 4

Use your finger to blend the two wet colours together to give a lovely aged metallic effect.

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You can see the effect on the fully dry ornament below….pic 7

You can see how I did a similar effect on the snowflake but only using the silver stain and letting some of the white show through in order to give a nice frosted effect.pic 8

I also did similar to the reindeer shape too.pic 6

I hope you enjoyed this quick method to alter some ornaments for some last minute Christmas décor!

To be in with the chance to win make sure to link up your Christmas projects on the Inlinkz on our Day 1 post here.

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Crafting Ireland Crop Review

The first ever Crafting Ireland crop took place on Saturday the 26th May in the Athlone Springs Hotel. It was a glorious day, much too nice to be inside! However we still had some dedicated crafters who came along and had a great day.

We had a fantastic make a take demo with the new In the Bag die by Kate of Create With Kate. There was a little prize up for grabs on the best bag too, just to make it that bit more fun. Kate also brought the shop along which I think I can safely say that everyone enjoyed a lot 🙂

Felicia then did a superb mini book class that was great for using up paper packs. You can see the tutorial for the mini book on Felicias blog here.

Timi then did a demo on creating a scrapbook layout using Inktense blocks. She showed how to use this fantastic product to get some amazing effects on pages. These techniques would also work for cards too.

This demo turned into a bit of a discussion about Inktense blocks vs the Inktense Pencils. Nicole had brought her pencils along so did a quick review on the pencils. Other mediums were also discussed such as the Portfolio Water Soluble Oil pastels. This discussion was great as everyone got to ask questions about products that they may not have considered using on cards, mini albums or scrapbook layouts before.

Nicole then also did a demo on the eCraft and showed how it works and the benifits and negatives of it 🙂

With lots going on and then people working on their own projects it was a fun and productive day. We did seem to bring home a lot of biscuits though, so everyone must have been working too hard to tuck in!

The day was wrapped up with a raffle. The tickets were the little tags on the bunch of keys & charms that everone got as they came in.

The raffle prizes were kindly provided by Create With Kate, An Siopa Bui, Crafty Cutting and Hill Agencies.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, especially on such a beautiful day. We hope you all had a great time and enjoyed all the classes and demos.

Note: All photos courtesy of Felicia Thomas – Scrapzville

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Crop Reminder

It’s your last day to book onto the Crafting Ireland Crop!


VenueAthlone Springs Hotel
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: €5 to pre book on-line.
 If there are spaces available tickets will be €10 on the day.

The entry cost includes a space to crop at all day, fun demos throughout the day, snacks and a raffle ticket for some fantastic crafty prizes. There will even be a shop, brought along byCreate With Kate for all those of you who want to get your shopping fix!

We want the day to be all about having fun, getting to meet fellow Irish crafters, and just enjoying yourself while getting as little or as much crafted as you like. The crop is open to all crafters, no matter what your style or medium is. You simply bring along what ever project you want to work on!

More information will follow on the demos. Currently they will be run a little something like follows:

Timi Konya – Dimensional scrapbook layouts
Nicole Mullen – Electronic cutting machines (eCraft)
Sandie Dunne – Quick tag demos
Felicia Thomas – Mini album techniques
Kate Walsh –  ‘Movers and Shapers‘ dies as well as the ‘Stamp and Die Cut Sets


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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to all our fantastic Crafting Ireland readers!! We hope you all enjoy the celebrations where ever you may be celebrating and we wish you a happy, prosperous and crafty New Year.

The Happy New Year sign can be found over at Crafty Cutting.

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Last Minute Christmas Decoration idea

Hi Everyone, it’s Timi here. I just want to show you a quick home decor project I made this afternoon. I used some scraps I had from the Basic Grey Nordic Holiday collection and some chipboard shapes that you can buy from Crafty Cutting.

I covered each piece with some paper and decorated with some stickers and chipboard elements from the same Nordic Holiday collection. I connected them to each other with some red and white baker’s twine to match the colours. I also used some of the Tim Holtz fragments. I just glued some paper on the back of them and then they were ready to hang on my wall hanging.

Here’s a picture before I hung them on the mirror above my fireplace:

… and here one of them is hanging on the edge of the mirror

I hope you like this little idea.
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Happy Festive Crafting!
The Crafting Ireland Team
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