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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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Altered summer themed frame

Hi everone, it is Timi here again. Today I am going to share an idea for a summer altered frame. I had this frame for long and I could’t really use it, because the little clips in the back are gone. I tried to fix it, but couldn’t. So then I decided that I glue chipboard and patterned paper to it and then use it that way.

This is the frame here:

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So then I cut the chipboard and the patterned paper

 

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I decided on a summer and sea life theme, hence the blue patterned paper. I added more ‘waves’ to the front of the frame.

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Then I coloured in a mermaid image and a liitle crab to go with it.

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To make it a bit more shiny I applied embossing ink on the image and embossed it with clear power.

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Shiny, right?

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And finally I glued the images to the frame.

 

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Here is a few close ups:

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That’s a very sweet sentiment:

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I hope you liked this very quick idea,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

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Colouring bare chipboard shapes

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here today, and I am going to show you how I like to colour my chipboard shapes to add to my projects.

First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to Scrapfellw.com for their kindness in providing all these absolutely fantastic chipboard shapes.

They are great quality and they come in so many different shapes that you will never be stuck for ideas.

 

Their original colour is lovely too, but I like to add a bit of colour to them.  Here I show you how great these chipboard shapes are to be coloured with markers. I colour them with my Promarkers, but I’m sure other markers would work  perfectly too.  You can also use different inks, acrylic paint, mist and stains.

 

 

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Distress Crackle paint is a great little pot of paint in anybody’s stash. It creates this crackled glaze on the chipboard shapes giving it a distressed look.

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In the picture below you can see some shapes that I covered with Glossy Accents. This is one of my favourite techniques with these chippies. I just love the raised shiny coat.
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Distress Stickles add an interesting “sugar like” coating to the chipboard shapes.  They are fun to use too.

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It is really like it is covered in sugar!

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Stickles, you have got to love them!! They add a nice cover to the chipboard shape. I really like the shine of them.

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It will be less shiny when it dries though.

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Do you have a Meltpot? Why not try to dip the shapes in melted UTEE. I had some UTEE in my pot that was coloured with some perfect pearls. First I coloured the chipboard shape with a marker.
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When the UTEE was melted I dipped the shape into it.

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The UTEE covers the chipboard beautifully. Please be careful when working with UTEE, it’s extremely hot!!

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And here’s a few cards I created using these chipboard shapes…
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You can see the close up of the shape that was treated with Crackle paint.

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Another close up of the shapes that I covered in Glossy Accents.

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I hope you liked this little tour and will show some love to Scrapfellow.com.

Happy Crafting,

Craft Ireland Team

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Structure paste technique – Andrea Kovacs

Hi Everyone,

Today Andrea will show us a very interesting technique using structure paste.

Step 1

Take a sheet of chipboard embellishments, pop out a few of the shapes and now you have a frame to make the same shape, but this time from structure paste. Place the chipboard frame on the poly-pocket and fill it in with structure paste. Take the chipboard off and let it dry.

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Step 2

When it is dry, peel it iff the poly-pocket. You can sand the edges or you can leave it as it is for more distressed look.

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Now you have a set of home made embellishments that can be perfect addition to you shabby chic pages.

This is what I created with my embellishments.

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What I used for the layout:

–          Sizzix Framelits Set 8 pk – Circles

–          Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs and Tags

–          Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Black Soot

–          Bo Bunny papers and comment tags

–          Martha Steward – Doily lace edge punch

–          Chipboards by me ( most saját nevemen, azaz Sapimanó néven fognak futni a chipboardjaim, nemsokára feltöltöm őket etsy-re 😀 )

–          Webster’s Pages pearls

–          Dusty Attic chipboard – Label / Title

–          Flowers, twine, watercolor

–          Viva Decor – Glossy pen, Clear stamps

–          YABO craft cardstock

We hope you liked this great idea on how to recycle these sheet of chipboards. Big thanks to Andrea to share it with us.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Junk Bows – Andrea Ockey Parr

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea Ockey Parr, our fabulous DT member is going to show all our readers how to create beautiful bows from some ribbons that we all have lying around.

Andrea says:

“If your craft stash is anything like mine, you probably have a tangled pile of random ribbon, yarn and lace, not to mention a few hundred half-used ribbon spools lying around!  I buy these with a specific project in mind, but after I use a bit here and there, I never know quite what to do with the rest of it and it can really stack up if I’m not careful.”

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The solution?  Junk bows!  Junk bows are created from all of those leftover strands and strings that have been lying around in our craft stash for too long.  Junk bows are unique and a snap to make, but best of all, they’re a great way to give your leftovers a wonderful new purpose.

Start your junk bow by cutting pieces of similar-length strips of coordinating ribbon, yarn and/or lace.  You can cut them straight on the ends, or angled, or even fish-tailed like I’ve done with the piece of bird ribbon.

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Start with the widest strip of ribbon on the bottom, then layer the other strips on top going from widest to most narrow.  Don’t worry if your edges don’t line up or if your middle strips are longer than your base strip.  They are supposed to look sort of unplanned and “junky.”  Do remember to keep one strip aside, however, to tie the bow together in the center.

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Use the narrow strip you set aside and tie it around the center of your ribbons to form the bow.

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Once your junk bow is finished, you can attach it to all sorts of things!  Since you can make junk bows in any size and in any color, they’re great for hair accessories, scrapbook or card embellishments and for gift-wrapping.  You can attach them to a rosette base, like I’ve done, for another fresh look.

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Junk bows can be made from any scraps, even if the ribbons or lace don’t seem to “go” together.  The point of them is that they’re made from strays and spares and leftovers.  Go crazy with the scraps and remember that even though these are called “junk bows,” there’s really no such thing as junk to a crafter!

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What a great idea!! If you would like to see more of Andrea’s creation, visit her blog.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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St. Patrick’s Day layout – Mary Jo Rhoda

 

Hi everyone,

Today Mary Jo is sharing a great St Patrick’s Day layout. For more of her beautiful layouts visit her blog.

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We love St. Patrick’s Day, but have realized that since our kids were born we don’t quite celebrate the same as we did in the early days of our marriage. I thought it would be fun to document how we do celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids.

What you will need:

Cardstock

Patterned paper

Embellishments

Mist

Stickers

Alphabet Letters

 

Step 1

I decided to use the Fabulous line by Simple Stories because I loved this patterned paper with the bingo cards. That green “fabulous” card at the top went well with my photo and I thought it would be a great element to use on my page.

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Step 2

As you will see in the photo, I started out with a misted background on my cardstock. That will change a little bit later in my process.

I decided to use a journal block cut from another piece of patterned paper and the bingo card along with the photos as my main design block.

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Step 3

I created my title at the top using chipboard letters and smaller letter stickers that complemented the colors of the layout and photos. I love adding titles to photos in the open spaces! And the little pink letter stickers fit perfectly at the top.

I then went on to create a visual triangle with my embellishments – a flower, piece of flair, and sticker cluster.

 

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Step 4

At that point I decided I just didn’t like the misted background at all. It felt too messy and distracting to me. Since my daughter’s sign involved paint, I decided to use more of a paint splatter with my mist. So I gently took everything from my page and added a few splatters of mist by removing the nozzle and tapping on the tube over my paper in two of the corners.

I then added my journaling to the card and matted it on white cardstock to help it stand out a little more. My focal point photo is matted on pink patterned paper to also help it pop out.

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Step 5

Once I replaced all of my paper, photos and embellishments, I decided the layout needed a little bit more pink to mix in with the green paint. So I used a punch that makes confetti, some patterned paper and a few enamel dots.

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Step 6

Here is my completed layout. Not quite the same as how it started, but I think the paint splatters work much better! And now one of our favorite holidays is documented.

 

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Beautiful Layout!! Thank You Mary Jo for sharing this St. Patrick’s Day Project with us.

What is your favourite project for St. Patrick’s Day? Share it with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Mother’s Day Gift Bag – Karen Mathews

Hi everyone,

We are back with some more fantastic projects from our Design Team.

Today Karen is going to show you a tutorial on a Mother’s Day Gift Bag. Check out Karen’s blog for more fabulous projects.

Materials used:

Kraft paper bag or brown envelope

Patterned papers

Doily

Ribbon

Distress ink – Vintage Photo

Embellishments

Die-cutting machine, Tim Holtz rosette die

Edge punch

Step 1

If you are using a ready made bag please skip to Step 8 for decoration information

Step 2

Take a large brown envelope (I used an A4 size). Cut the opening end off just below the adhesive.

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Step 3

On a scoreboard, score the 3 closed sides at 3cm. Crease down well.

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Step 4

Open out laying the envelope flat. Placing your hand inside the envelope, push the bottom upwards, creating a valley fold.

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Step 5

When this is done you will be left with 2 flaps sticking out. Glue these to the base.

Step 6

Crease the sides inwards in the same way.

Step 7

At this point you will add the handles. These can be ribbon or you can recycle an old bag as I did and use the handles from it.

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Step 8

Now we are ready to decorate! I used papers from October Afternoon for my bag. The range is called Sidewalks. Firstly ink all edges of the bag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Step 9

Cut 2 pieces of paper to fit the front of the bag, leaving a border of about 5mm between each layer. Draw some faux stitching on each of the layers; bag, base layer and second layer. Then ink the edges.

Step 10

Cut a doily in half and ink the edges. One half will go between the base layer and the second layer.

Step 11

Cut 2 more pieces of paper (in different patterns). Ink the edges and faux stitch them. Put the second half of the doily between the second and third layers and the last layer on top of this.

Step 12

Using a border punch, punch a strip of paper for the top of the bag, add a co-ordinating strip to the top of this and finish with a ribbon and bow.

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Step 13

Die-cut the rosette from co-ordinating paper and make up 2 rosettes. Apply to the front of the bag along with any other embellishments.

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Step 14

Write the word Mum in the centre of the bag.

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What a fantastic little gift bag!!

Thanks you Karen for sharing this great idea with us!

What are you creating for Mother’s Day, share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Introducing Design Team Members: Abby and Andrea

Hi Everyone,

Today is another day or our Design Team reveal week. Please welcome the very talented Abby Henderson and Andrea Kovacs.

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Abby has been “playing with paper” for 17+ years, she started after her son was born and since then it is an ever growing passion. Abby initially began with making just 12×12 layouts and filling up tons of scrapbook albums and mini brag books for the grandparents, things like that. In addition to making LO’s,  she also enjoys making cards, mini albums (made from various materials, paper bags, canvas etc.) tags, altered art items, paper flowers…pretty much anything you can think of : ) Abby has a very unique style, she loves to use a mix of new scrappy/craft items along with vintage & up cycled items. Abby loves being able to mix in “non-traditional” crafting items into her projects,  it’s a creative way to incorporate different textures and layers which is something she loves to do in her crafting.

Check out these fabulous pieces of art: 

Accordian Minis Front Pic

Happiness Altered Frame

Thinking of You card

To see more of Abby’s creations visit her blog at: http://scrappin-abby.blogspot.com/

Andrea Kovacs

Andrea Kovacs

Andrea is a hungarian paper crafter, she lives in Budapest, Hungary. She is married and has one son, who is the subject of several craft projects. Andrea started scrapbooking a few years ago, in 2008, and since she just cannot live without it.She says: Creativity is my life!

Andrea is involved in some other crafts as well, like crocheting. She enjoys making LO-s and mini albums. Andrea likes to create in mixed media and Shabby Chic styles.

These are some of her favourite projects that she made in the past few years:

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Album 2

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To see more of her creations visit her blog at: http://sapimano.blogspot.hu/

Tomorrow we will be back to introduce two of our guest designers, so stop by and say hello,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland team

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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.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

Die-cut a paper rosette.

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Step 4

Colour a piece of chipboard with white acrylic paint.

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Step 5

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

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

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

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Easy Hand Traced Valentines with the Kids! – Robin Funge

Hi everybody,

Today  we are going to share a Valentine’s day idea that you can create with your kids.

Robin says:

“Need a quick and easy craft for you and the kids in February? How about these fun hand tracings, perfect for family and friends. The kids will love to see their hand tracing make a heart shape in the the centre and it makes a super sweet card to give away!”

What you will need:

Plain piece of coloured card

Pencil

Scissors

Colours to decorate

A little one’s hand to trace

 

Step 1

Fold a piece of plain white or coloured card in half.

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Step 2

Have the little one put their hand down on the paper with the thumb and first finger along the folded side and trace with a pencil. This is what shapes the heart centre!
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Step 3

Cut along your pencil line while folded and then unfold for your super sweet handprints with heart centre!

 

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Step 4

Lastly, your little one can now decorate as they please!!

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If you try this fabulous idea, share it with us on our Facebook page.

 

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

 

 

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