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Bookmark – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today Katya is showing us what to do with those small pieces of paper that are lying around.

This is what she says:

“To those of you who like myself love to read but always use just any piece of paper that is lying around as a bookmark- this tutorial is for you.”
What you will need:

  • cardstock
  • fleece
  • fabric
  • lace
  • ribbon
  • distress ink
  • patterned paper
  • embellishments

step 1

Step 1

Use some cardstock as a base of our bookmark, mine is the package that was left over from an embossing folder. It measures 17cmX6cm. Also we need to pieces of fleece that measure to be the same size as the base.

step 2
Step 2

Glue all three layers together and lay on the riverce side of our piece of material (mine is a shirt which I ruined in the wash).

step 3
Step 3

When you cut off excess material, make sure you leave a bit extra, as in this step we will fold the extra material over and glue it to the base.
step 4
Step 4

Add some lace and ribbon to the book mark
step 5
Step 5

Stitch around the book mark, this step has not worked as well as I hoped for me- my sewing machine wasn’t able to stitch though such thickness so I had to do it by hand. One bend needle and two broken needles later I managed to stitch around the bookmark.
step 6
Step 6

Set it an eyelet.
step 7
Step 7

Cover the back with distressed patterned paper
step 8
Step 8

Pull some twine though the eyelet and decorate it with beads

step 9

and here is the finished bookmark!! Isn’t is pretty?


Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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What our design team is doing….

We thought we would have a browse around our design team’s blogs and see what amazing things they are creating….


Aideen made an adorable Amy Tan style Day Book for her adorable dog here

Mary Jo

Mary Jo has been creating amazing scrapbook pages, we really loved her first project life style one….


Felicia is giving us tantalising sneak peeks of some of her amazing class projects….


Karen has really been getting into her art journalling and these pages are just amazing….


Andrea has some amazing projects up on her blog but we love this one below – it even has a tutorial for creating the adorable embellishments on it….


Katya has some fantastic proojects up on her blog but this fishermans card is just stunning!….


Abby has a fantastic project up that uses up bits and pieces from other craft projects, we love this type of thing, and you can see it here on her framed wall art….

Andrea Kovacs

Our second Andrea has some amazing projects but we really love this layout she made….


Timi Pek Biro

Timi has a fantastic layout up on her blog that we just love….

We hope you enjoyed all this inspiration, we think our team is fantastic and hope you do too! Make sure to stop by and leave them some comment love if you enjoyed their projects!

Happy Crafting,

Nicole & Timi



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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.”

Junk bow 1

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.

Junk bow 2

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.

Junk bow 3

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

Junk bow 4

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.

Junk bow 5

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!

Junk bow 6

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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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.

Abby Henderson

Abby Henderson

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:

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:

Album 1

Album 2

LO 1

To see more of her creations visit her blog at:

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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Introducing Design Team Members: Karen, Andrea and Katya

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to introduce three of our new Design Team members: Karen Mathews, Andrea Ockey Parr and Abby Henderson. Please welcome them!!

Karen Mathews


Karen grew up in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, but now she lives in South Wicklow. She started papercrafting about 6 years ago as a way to meet new people.  Karen always loved to make Christmas decoration and sell them at craft fairs. Nowadays she is more interested in altered art: canvases, boxes, frames. She loves everything paper. Karen loves ditressing and inking, these are the techniques that she would always use. Her style could be describe as grungy, her creating are never really sharp or clean.

Here are a few pictures of her fantastic creation:




To see more of these fabulous projects visit Karens blog:

Andrea Ockey Parr

Andrea Ockey Parr

 Andrea is a former English teacher, an eternal librarian and  she currently works in the field of medical laboratory science But her true passion is crafting and writing and being artsy. Many of her art projects were published in various magazines and she was the featured Guest Artist for her cards in the Mar/Apr 2012 issue of “The Stampers’ Sampler.”  Cards and 3D mixed media pieces are her forte and she has a whimsical style in which she loves to layer different elements and incorporate stitching, fabric, ephemera, stamped images and anything else she can find.

Check out a few samples of Andrea’s absolutely fantastic art:

Altered Sewing Tin

Cookie Cutter House

Christmas Ornaments

If you want to see more of Andrea’s creations please visit her blog:

Katya Ivanova


Katya is oroginally from Russia and she has been living in Iralnd for 12 years. Katya had tried many hobbies before cardmaking and scrapbooking biut nothing had caught her as much as scrapbooking. She has been crafting for over a year now.  Katya’s style is quiet feminine,  she uses a lot of flowers, pearls and lace. She also like to use stamping techniques and embossing. Katya couldn’t imagine her life without her  Cuttlebug and sewing machine. Recycling and using non scrapping materials is part of her everyday crafting as mush as using traditional scrapbooking materials. Over the last year and a bit she has won several challenges and has been a part of Tuesday Alchemy DT too.

Have a look at these very pretty creations:


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Visit Katya’s blog if you would like to be inspired of her beautiful cards:

I hope you are blown away by the talent of our new members. We are sure they are going to inspire you throughout the whole year.

Tomorrow we will introduce two more members, so watch this space!

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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



Colours to decorate

A little one’s hand to trace


Step 1

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


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!

Step 3

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




Step 4

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



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


Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team



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Year in Review Layout – Mary Jo

Hi Everyone,

Only a few days to go and it is a whole New Year again!! This is the time when you can look back and think about all the great things that happened during the year.

Mary Jo is going to show us a tutorial on Year in Review layout.

Mary Jo says:

I wanted to make a title page in my 2011 Family album. So I decided to make a “year in review” layout to recap some of the highlights from our year. My layout uses a grid design and repetitive theme for each month to keep things simple!

What You Will Need

  • Cardstock
  • Letter Stickers (large and small)
  • Embellishments
  • Die Cut Journal Cards


I started out with a sheet of kraft cardstock as my base, and a series of die cut journal cards by October Afternoon.

Once I decided on which cards I wanted for each month, I adhered them to my cardstock.

October Afternoon also has a great series of tiny alphabet stickers that I used to label each month.

Next comes some simple title work using a border sticker, alphabet letters and two flower stickers.


I used some free on-line photo software called Picasa to print up smaller sized pictures on white cardstock. I just created a file with the photos I wanted to use and then hit the print option. It then allowed me to shrink the photos down when hit “shrink to fit” and the border option.


On my completed layout you will see that I labeled each photo with some tiny alphabet stickers by Pink Paislee.

So now I have a fun layout to place at the front of my 2011 album that gives viewers an idea of what they will find inside!

Don’t you just love the grid composition that Mary Jo used. It is a great idea for every year. We hope you liked it too.

This is our last blog post for the year 2012, we hope that you found great inspiration here through the year.

Our next Issue is out on the 1st January 2013.

Crafting Ireland Team is wishing you a very Happy New Year that is filled with crafty goodness!!

Crafting Ireland Team


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Issue 14 Out Now!!

Its that time again – a new issue! Issue 14 is here now. It is packed full of Christmas ideas to get your creativity going over the festive season! Enjoy the issue and happy crafting….

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Altered Pencil Box – Aideen Fallon

Hi everyone,

Today Aideen (Pieces by Aideen), our Design Team member will share a project with you. This is altered pencilcase.

What you will need:

  • Box-I got mine on eBay
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Ink
  • Papers
  • Pencils
  • Eraser

Here is an altered pencil box project I did using a plain card pencil box I purchased on eBay. This is what it looked like at first- It is just plain cardboard box with a nice metal snap closure.

I knew I wanted to use my graphic 45 ABC primer papers as they are cool vintage school themed papers. I painted the box with black acrylic paint all around except where I knew I would definitely be sticking papers.

I added some Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink to all the papers edges and stuck them onto the box.

Next I picked out a few matching embellies from my stash-a prima wooden clock piece, a Maya road kraft doily, a Tim Holtz Ticket, some rub-ons by 7 gypsies and a piece of trim.

And here are my goodies attached to the lid of my pencil box-of course I had to add a little bit of bling too!

Close up of my embellished area….. Then, I thought what would really finish this little box would be some matching pencils to pop inside!!

First, cut you papers to the length of your pencils and about 1 inch wide and roll them around you pencils to prepare them for the gluing. You can use any type of matte glue for example Glue n’ Seal by Ranger, Matte multi medium or good old PVA.

I decided to use my Glue n’ Seal as it comes with a handy built in brush for easy application-I covered the paper in glue and rolled it around the pencil, I then used an elastic band to hold it in place-30 minutes should do it!

And here is the finished set-I also just wrapped my eraser with a little scrap of paper just to complete the set.

These could be made for anyone of any age & to any style or how about a pencil holder or desk tidy??

Happy crafting,

Aideen x

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