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Issue 17 Out Now!!

Issue 17 is out now! This issue is full of great ideas and tutorials as always – enjoy!


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Issue 16 Now Out!!

Issue 16 is out now! It is our first issue featuring our 2013 design team and we think its a fantastic one! To read it click on the image below, and enjoy!!

issue 16 cover

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Design Team Call Reminder!!!

Check out the Call!


We are looking forward to your entries,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Design Team Call Reminder – You can be one of our designers

Check out the Call!


We are looking forward to your entries,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Altered Christmas Decoration – Aideen Fallon

Hi Everyone,

Today Aideen is going to show us a little technique on altering a birdhouse.

Here is what Aideen says:

“Have you heard of people altering items and wondered what it was all about? Or have you seen altered projects and thought I would love to try that but you weren’t sure where to start?

Well here is a quick altered decoration and altering guide.

All the items used are things you would have in your stash anyways and it’s nice to try something new.”

What you will need:

  • Something to alter (start with something small and quick like this birdhouse decoration)
  •  Patterned paper
  •  Ruler
  •  Wet glue & paint brush
  •  Paint/ ink/ glitter glues/ liquid appliqué …..whatever you have really.
  •  Embellishments
  •  Hot glue/ glossy accents

Step 1

Ok, so step one for me always is to pick out the papers I want to use, I will then paper the areas I want to cover. So, go in with your ruler and measure the areas you are covering. It’s very simple with something small like this decoration.

Cut out your patterned paper to fit the area and glue them on using your favourite wet glue. Today I used Claudine Hellmuth’s matte multi medium.

Use a paint brush to spread the glue and stick on your papers.

I also added a thin layer of glue over the papers to seal them.

This is what my decoration looks like now with the papered areas.

I decide to use blue Christmassy papers so I next went in with my matching blue paint and painted the remaining areas and also the edges of the whole piece.

Now I had a root throught my embellishments for something small to add to the front and found this little wreath topper.

The colours weren’t exactly what I wanted but no worries anything can be altered so let’s alter the little wreath-I took off the gold beads and added some silver and blue bling stars! Already looking better….

I felt it was still a bit green so I went in with some ‘Waterfall’ stickles over the green areas.

While rooting throught my supplies for the Stickles, I found my liquid appliqué. So I added this around the roof. You leave this to dry overnight and then go over it with your heat gun and……

TAA-DAA snow!!!!

Because this is a little birdie house-it needs a little birdie-back for a stash root and I found this little Prima resin birdie, shall we alter him?

Ok then… go in with your ink pad. Here I used a blue Prima chalk pad and just lightly swiped it over the little birdie.

Now just attach your wreath using a heat gun and your birdie using some glossy accents and there you have it a little altered project.

Once you start altering you won’t want to stop, its so much fun. I hope you enjoyed this project.

Why not try a little altered project and share with us on the Crafting Ireland Facebook page…  Just go for it!!!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Design Team Call

Did you see we are having a Design Team Call? All our details are below….


We look forward to seeing all your fabulous entries!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 5!!

Hi everyone, welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration – Day 5,

Today we will show you a tutorial on how to create a custom cutting file for your electronic cutting machine.

What you will need:

  • Inkscape program (free to download)
  • Electronic cutting machine (I use an eCraft)
  • Cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • ribbon

Step 1

Open Inkscape. You can work on the default canvas.

Step 2

Draw a  18 cm wide and 8 cm high rectangle. If you want the edge rounder use Rx and Ry – I added 0.310 cm, it is just a nice rounded corner.

Step 3

Open the Text window and set the font you want to use and the size as default. I used Arial Black and size 48.

Step 4

Write the text you want to add. Type each word separately.

Step 5

You need to change the letter from filled to strokes.

Step 6

Select all the text

Step 7

Open Object/Align and Distribute

Step 8

Align all the text to the right

Step 9

Distribute centres equally vertically

Step 10

Select All

Open Path and click on Exclusion

Step 11

Save as a Plain SVG file.

Use this file with your electronic cutting machine.

After cutting a tag you can decorate it with some washi tape and add to a present with some ribbon.


I hope you like this very easy tutorial and will try it this Christmas.

To be in the chance to win some Christmas goodies visit our Day 1 post here and you’ll find the InLinks there

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Halloween Class Reminder!

Hi everyone,

Just a little reminder of our Ustream Online Class!

It will take place on the 20th October at 6pm BST on our Ustream channel here.  We will be creating a Halloween mini album. We will be using a coffin shaped mini from a store called Scrap Kreatura. Scrap Kreatura are kindly sponsoring this class so we will be using some elements from their store.

What you will need:

  • 1 chipboard mini album in your desired shape
  • Papers – enough to cover your chipboard album
  • Papers – approx 6 sheets of 6×6
  • Black paint or ink – we will be using both
  • Adhesives of your choice
  • Cutting tool and corner rounder and score board and any other basics you use when creating!
  • Chipboard embellishments or any embellishments of your choice, for example tulle, lace, buttons etc

Below is a sneak peek of the coffin mini album. This is one that was created by the team at Scrap Kreatura, just to whet your appetite!

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all at the class!

Happy Crafting

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Crafting Ireland Live Reminder

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder about our Altered Lunchbox Online Class on 22nd September on our Ustream Channel.


Supplies you will need:

*1 lunchbox ( I am going to use a soft one, but you can get a hard one too) I get mine in the local toyshop.

*acrylic paints


*gel medium

*chipboard or grunge board elements/alphabets to decorate the bag

*hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

*old book pages or music sheets

*stamps or objects that you can stamp with (eg.: toilet roll, bottle tops)

*few charms

It will be a messy crafty class so prepare craft sheet, apron and a cloth to clean your hands and desk.

Share it with all your crafty friend, we will have a great evening!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Digital Layout tutorial – Eve Louw

Hi everyone,

Today Eve is going to show us a great tutorial on a wonderful digital layout.

Product she used:

*Paper is Webster’s pages Digital range

*Photoshop (you can also use photoshop elements)


Start off by opening your files that you would like to use in your project. (Go to File,

open and select the files and press open.)


Make sure your page is the right size that you would like your project to be, I selected a 8”x8” as that is the size the album will be printed in.


I always arange all the open files so I can see them all and deside where I would like to begin. I selected the blue pattern as my base page and will drag and drop all the other elements one by one on there.


I would drag one element on and place it where I like it to be on the base page, the fun starts by arranging them once they are all one the page. (all you do is just click and move them around until you are happy where they are places)


The next step is to place your image in your layout. When you pull your image onto your layout, be sure that the image layer is under the other Elements on your page that way it blends in nicely.


Looking at my layout the Blue background is just to dominating, so to change or lighten it a bit I did the following.

-Created a NEW LAYER

-Fill that layer with a colour that would suite the layout


Change the opacity at the top of the layer bar to lighten and that create a effect that you can still see the bottom layer.


Adding Text To you Project

On your side bar select the ‘T’ icon, that is for your text, click on you project and you can write your heading or journal  a bit.

To change the font, you select all your text and go to the top bar  and change to the desired font.


To change the Font size you can select all your text and change it at the top bar.

OR you can change it manually by pressing ‘CTL T’ this will selt your text to  ‘free transform’ I prefer this way so I can control the size of the text.

You then just pull from the side to the desired size.

STEP 10:

You select the colour of your font at the top bar. (same place where you change your size and Font)

If you would like a colour that would suite perfect with your project you can personally select a colour from your project by clicking on the colour block in your top tool bar, a colour menu will open and you can pick your colour with the colour picker.


When you are done with your project you have to flatten all the layers in your project,

Save your project under File and Save as, this way you can rename your file to the desired name.

There you go as easy as that.

It is a fantastic layout, I hope you liked it too.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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