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Week 25 Project Life – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,

It’s Timi here today with a Project Life spread. Sometimes I have so many photos for a week, it’s hard to decide which to include in my spread. And then, there’s no space left for journaling.  In this spread instead of adding lots of journaling I added some mini title to my photos. This way I could share the atmosphere of photos.

What you will need:


PL cards



Step 1

Lay down the photos on your desk.



Step 2

I added PL cards to both sides. I chose one card for my title and started with adding the letter stickers. ( Later I changed the whole thing around though )



I like to take my box of labels and cards out and try to find something that would suit each photo. I also don’t mind cutting cards into little pieces if there is only a small bit that I want to use from it.

In this picture you can see that I used one packaging from Studio Calico. I keep everything that might be useful later on a spread. This was just the perfect colour.




Step 3

I glued down the labels and mini titles and added some washi tape here and there. As you can see I changed the title card.

Photo idea: Recently I really like to take photos of house numbers. They can be really cool.



I also added a flair button and pieces of chipboard.



Step 4

Last step is to add little embellishment like enamel dots and the journaling. I wish I had a sewing machine I would then add some stitching too.




Here is the whole spread



I hope you like this Project Life page and if you feel like sharing your PL spreads with us, leave a comment below with a link of your creation.

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
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
Step 3

Put the second layer of papers onto foam tape. Beforehand I also stitched around the sides of the square.


Step 4

Add a sentiment

Step 5

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

Step 6

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


This is how the final project looks like.


We hope you like this very cute card tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team



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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.


Step 2

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




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.




Step 4

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



Step 5

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


Step 6

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


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.



Here is the finished card, I hope you like it




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 11

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to our Day 11 in our 12 Days of Christmas. Today Andrea is going share a beautiful tag.

What you will need:

  • Sizzix Die Cuts : Cirles, Christmas, Stars
  • Scrapbook paper ( pale blue ), white cardstock, chipboard, Music Sheet, Cake lace
  • Chipboard deer
  • White Gesso
  • Glossy Gel ( Viva decor )
  • Glitter powder

Step 1

Die cut all the shapes and text  you will need.


Step 2

Start layering the elements. Put down the doily paper first, then the circle and then the round frame. Adhere them to the base card.


Step 3

Add the diecut snowflakes to you creation.


Step 4

Add some twine in a round shape and glue it down. Then add some stars, some can go on the top and some can go between the twine layers.


Step 5

Take a chipboard reindeer, piant it white with acrylic paint. Add Glossy Gel and some glitter to it for more sparkle.



Step 6

Add the reindeer to the composition and add a ‘winter’ title too.



And there you have a beautiful Winter tag




I absolutely like Andrea’s tag, it is so feminine and I just love all the layers.

I hope you like it too.

Come back tomorrow for the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas!

Happy Christmas Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 10

Hi all and welcome to Day 10 of the Crafting Ireland 12 Days of Christmas. Today Katya is going to show us a very cute pinecone tutorial.

What you will need:

  • brown cardstock
  • scalloped scissors
  • scalloped circle die cut
  • glue
  • glitter (optional)
  • acrylic paint

Step 1

Cut out a few scalloped circles, you can use one size or a few different sizes. Don’t take any die cuts smaller than say 2 inches, as unless you have tiny hands it’s impossible to work with

Step 2

Using scalloped scissors, start cutting from the edge in a spiral.


Step 3

Then starting from the inner part, twist the cardstock to form a cone. Add a glue dot every couple of twists.


Step 4

You can leave it as is and use it to decorate your cards. Or you can go one or two steps further and using acrylic paint do an imitation of snow and sprinkle with glitter.


I hope you like this fantastic tutorial.

There’s only two days left from our 12 Days of Christmas, come back tomorrow for Day 11!

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.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial, happy crafting!!

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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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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


Stamp Ink

Journal Spots


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.



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.


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.


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



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.


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







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


Step 2

Print the image.


Step 3

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


Step 4

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



Step 5

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


Step 6

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


Step 7

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


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.


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.

Photo 1

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’

Photo 2

Photo 3

Step 3

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.

Photo 4

Step 4

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

Photo 5

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.

Photo 6

Photo 7

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.

Photo 8

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.

Photo 9

Photo 10

Step 8

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

Photo 12

Photo 13

What a great 3D project!!

Happy Creating,

Crafting Ireland Team

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