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CHA Winter 2014

You may be aware that the Winter Craft and Hobby Association show (CHA) has just taken place in the US. You may have seen some of your favourite brands showing off their new products and releases. We thought we would share some of our top pics from some of our favourite brands. Get your shopping lists out and ready to add to!!


Prima are well loved for their flowers and embellishments and their new releases do not disappoint. You can see more details of the releases on their blog here. We love the colours of the new flowers, very on trend with all those hints of gold and bronze!


We also loved Primas new Ingvild’s Junkyard Findings and Shabby Chic Treasures….



The Dylusions line has lots of new releases that those of you into mixed media will love. She has lots of new ink colours, stencils and stamps perfect for getting inky with! We really love this shattered stencil….

And these background stamps are just perfect for any project….

Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz has a lot of new products released at this CHA. Trying to limit it to two picks was difficult! You can see all the releases here. One of our favourites are the new framework dies, especially the hexagon and trellis ones….



Crate Paper

We love Crate Papers collections and these new releases are no exception. You can see the new collections listed here. We love the Boys Rule collection – it will make those difficult projects for boys and men so much easier….


And the Style Board collection is gorgeous, we love the colour pallet on this one….


Graphic 45

Graphic 45 have some lovely new collections out. One of the things we love about their collections are the matching stamps. We love this vintage By The Sea collection and the  matching stamps are gorgeous.



Lawn Fawn

We are huge fans of Lawn Fawn and always adore all their new releases! They have brought out a range of gorgeous note cards that we love. This range also has a paper collection to match….

And of course we love all their new stamps, especially this set Happy Trails….

Lily Bee Design

Everyday collection is such a fun design to use in Project Life or in traditional scrapbooking.

Basic Grey

The new Mon Ami collection by Kelly Purkey is absolutely fantastic. We love all the clouds and building shapes.  Great for all the travel themed projects.


Simple Stories

The Homespun collection from Simple Stories is full of gorgeous patterns and lovely colour combinations….


We hope you enjoyed this post on some of our favourite releases from this year’s show. All companies blogs have been linked to in each section so you can go and have a look at all the inspiration projects their DT’s have created with the amazing new products.  All images are courtesy of the respective companies blogs.

Enjoy looking…any maybe shopping?

Happy Crafting,

The Crafting Ireland Team

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Tag Holder by Karen Matthews

Hi everyone,

Today Karen, our fantastic DT member will show you a quick tutorial on how to create a tag holder.

Materials used:

  • 8×8 in black cardstock
  • 1 Ranger Inc, No 8 manila tag
  • 1 Ranger Inc, No 5 manila tag
  • Patterned Paper. I used The Olde Curiosity Shoppe from Graphic45
  • Ribbon and lace
  • Edge Punch

Step 1

Score the 8 x8 black cardstock at 2 ¼ in from the left and right sides and fold in. Cut the top two corners off at 45 degrees, i.e. to look like a tag.


 Step 2

Cut a section from each of the side panels, to leave you with a central tag shaped section and 2 side pieces measuring 2 ¼ x 4 1/2.


Step 3

Glue the two side flaps together, and also close the bottom of the tag holder by gluing.


Step 4

Decorate the tag holder, creating a smaller pocket on the front using a piece of patterned paper.


Step 5

Decorate the tags, being careful not to over-embellish, as the tags will not slide in properly if they are too bulky.


 The finished product


We hope you liked this quick but fabulous idea,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Suitcase mini album

Hi Everyone,

It is Timi here today, and I am going to show you a suitcase mini album that I made using a few Tim Holtz goodies.

What you will need:

  • chipboard (2 pieces of 12×12 sheets)
  • patterned paper or paper that you want to cover the suitcase
  • patterned paper for lining
  • Tim Holtz binding rings
  • Tim Holtz buckles

Step 1

Cut the chipboard to size. My suitcase is 6 inches high, 8 inches wide and 2 inches deep. So cut out chipboard in the following sizes:

  • 2 pieces of 6×8 inches
  • 2 pieces of 6×2 inches
  • 2 pieces of 2×8 inches


Step 2

Lay down the paper that you are using to cover the suitcase. Place the chipboard pieces about 1/8 inch away from each other and glue them down with strong liquid glue.


Step 3

Cut around the pieces. At the corners, cut triangles that can fold in. This will keep one side (6×2 size) up and attached to the two other side (8×2 size).

The othe 6×2 side I wanted to keep unattached to the longer sides, so it will fold out when the mini album is inside.


Step 4

Cut the lining paper to size. You will need a little experimenting with this, because the size depends on the thickness of your paper and the precision of your work too.



Step 5

I covered all the edges with some washi tape. If you are a clean and precise crafter you may only need to ink the edges. My edges were far too messy, so I choose the “cover up” option.


Step 6

Attach the binding ring. Don’t forget that the brads will stick out on the outside of the suitcase. These will have to be covered too.


Step 7

I created a very simple mini album to go inside. I cut patterned paper to 11 x 6.5 and just folded it into half and glued it together. I left the top unglued, so every page is a pocket for tags or other keepsakes.



This is a mini album for a friend’s hen party, hence the hen party in Hungarian on the cover 🙂


Step 8

For the outside of the suitcase I cut some grunge paper into strips and coloured it with white paint. Then I attached the buckles and it was ready to go.



If you change the orientation of the suitcase then it could be turned into a back pack. That would make a nice back to school gift to somebody.

I hope you like this idea,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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CHA 2013 Review

So unless you have been hiding under a rock lately you will have heard that CHA has been happening. CHA is the craft and hobby association and it is a trade fair where all our favourite companies set up booths, demo their products and more importantly show off their new lines of stuff. We couldn’t make it to CHA but we did the next best thing – we picked out 5 things we saw featured by companies as our top 5 picks and are going to share them with you below!

Pick 1: Lawn Fawn Dies

Our number 1 pick is the new Lawn Fawn Dies! We both adore Lawn Fawn and their new co-ordinating dies have knocked our socks off.  They also have some adorable new sets out too. You can see the full range of the dies on their post here, but we also have a little peek below….

Pick 2: Tim Holtz Distress Paints

We also love the new distress paints from Tim Holtz. If you know us you know that we like products that are versatile and can be used for many different mediums such as card making, altered art, scrapbooking etc. And these certainly tick all the boxes! You can see all the info here. These pains are similar to the fluid vintage style milk-paints with a mixing ball inside when you shake it up.  They work on multi-surfaces including paper, chipboard, grungeboard, fabric, wood, metals and plastics.  They react with water while the paint is wet allowing you some great blending ability and awesome textural effects.  However, is once the paints are dry, they don’t re-wet so you’re able to layer these with the other distress products like inks and stains to achieve incredible effects. They come in 24 colours too so lots of choice!

Pick 3: My Mind’s Eye Washi Tape Sets

We love these new sets from My Mind’s Eye. I think it is safe to say most of us are on a washi tape craze and these sets sure satisfy the cravings for more sets! There are six sets…gray/yellow, orange/pink, green/navy, red/turquoise, blue, and red/black. Each tape set contains eight rolls of decorative tape and each roll has over 15 feet of decorative tape! Each set is comprised of classic+trendy patterns. Amongst the sets  you will see stripes,zig zags, arrows, polka dots, and others. We think these are a perfect collection of tapes to go with nearly any project!


Pick 4: Crate Paper DIY Shop

This gorgeous new collection from Crate Paper is just stunning. So stunning it was so difficult to just share one image of it below, you simply have to check out their blog posting here showing off the full collection! We are in love with this collection, it has something for everyone, the colours and patterns are beautiful and the elements, oh my! Crate Paper says about this collection: “DIY Shop is a collection of some of our favorite essential items designed with a vintage touch and the signature Crate Paper style. Scattered throughout the collection are several must-haves for the Crate scrapper: wood, numbers, days of the week, months, Crate flowers, doilies and a vintage ephemera pack that is adorable (the gold glitter tags are a perfect touch for any project). Along with all the Crate basics you’ll find our new photo overlays, which add an Instagram feel to your photos and of course, our new washi tape. Get ready to get back to Crate basics and make every project a DIY masterpiece!

We love it!


Pick 5: Simple Stories Sn@p

We love scrapbooking but sometimes it can be time consuming and you end up falling behind in the memories and photos you are scrapping. We love Simple Stories system to allow for super easy and fun scrapbooking. There new collection includes lots of amazing new coloured binder systems and pockets and pages. We really love the need add on’s to the Sn@p range that you can see here. There are so many exciting add ons with this release from new pages, chipboard dividers and pockets to new embellishments, stamps and an oh-so-perfect snap pouch that lets you store all your snap goodies in your little albums (or big 12×12 albums) for all of your on-the-go snapping! We really love the colours too, they are so on trend and fun! Again you really have to check out the link to it, there is so much in this range you need to see it!

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So there you have it, our top 5 picks. There are so many amazing new products out it was incredibly difficult to pick out only 5, but this blog post could only be so long! We hope you enjoy these peeks and don’t forget to visit each companies blog to check out the rest of their ranges. However Crafting Ireland refuses to accept any responsibility for your shopping splurges on new craft supplies 😀

Happy Crafting,

Nicole & Timi

PS: All photos are taken from the respective Companies blogs.

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Halloween Tag – Aki IInuma

Hi Everyone,

You can never start early enough creating  Halloween decorations.

Today Aki from our DT will show us a fantastic Halloween Tag tutorial.

Aki says:

Here is a Halloween tag, with some inking techniques. I used many Tim Holtz products but this tag is not so much Tim Holtz-like.

What you will need:


Grunge board – Tim Holtz

Fragment charm – Tim Holtz

Patterned paper – Tim Holtz

Metal plaque – Tim Holtz

Baker’s twine


Stamp – Tim Holtz

Ink, Acrylic paint

Step 1

Paint the tag with orange acrylic paint.

Step 2

Stamp with embossing ink, and then cover images with clear embossing powder. Heat until powder melts, and let cool.

Step 3

Paint over the tag with black acrylic paint. Wipe the tag with wet cloth.

Step 4

Distress the metal plaque with black ink.

Cover grunge board piece with black stickles.

Step 5

Apply adhesive to one side of fragment and place it on a cut-out patterned paper.

Step 6

Embellish the tag with grunge board and tie the fragment with baker’s twine. Now it’s done!

So? Isn’t it great? Let us know what type of decorations are you planning for Halloween this year.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Workshop Alert!

Hi Everyone,

Create with Kate is organising a workshop this Saturday (23rd June) in Athlone to celebrate that all the beautiful Distress Markers have arrived.

You can find all the information here:

And also…

Anna Dąbrowska from 7 Dots Studio is coming to Ireland to teach four classes over one weekend. We are so happy that she will show us some of her tricks. Here you can visit her blog for an amazing insight into her fab work. 

I have already booked my place so Crafting Ireland will be present at this fantastic mixed media event of the year. If you would like to book your own, you can do it here:

And if it is not enough, then I will share with you that Kate and her shop, Create with Kate will be there with all the latest CHA Summer releases!!!

We can’t wait to be there and hope to see you there too,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Day 12!!

It’s the 12th and final day of the 12 Tags of Christmas! Tim’s day 12 tag can be found here. Don’t forget to post your tags up on our Facebook wall or email them in to us. You have until the 14th December to enter!! We will then pick one lucky winner for a Tim Holtz prize, kindly sponsored by Create With Kate. (Check them out for all your supply needs!!)

Nicole’s Tag

I loved the vintage shabby style of Tim’s tag today. I didn’t have any sheets of the tissue paper so I just got regular tissue paper and stamped some music notes on it and then followed Tim’s technique, using Mod Podge instead of glue and seal. I created a strange tissue tape flower, and stole some tinsel from my Christmas tree! I had none of the adhesive tape for the word ‘Wish’ but I used the silver mirror board again, and crumpled the letters a bit to get the same effect as on Tim’s tag. I had no doll part or wings or crown charms. So I changed the sentiment on the house form to ‘all things bright’ and added a star instead!

We really hope you have enjoyed Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas and that you have also enjoyed playing along with us as we improvise our way through the 12 tags!! Make sure you post your creations to our Facebook wall by the 14th December!!

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Day 11!!

It’s the second last day of the 12 Tags of Christmas! Tims Day 11 tag can be found here.

Nicole’s Tag

I loved the technique that Tim used on his tag today. The method of shrinking the plastic in the UTEE while coating it was fantastic. However I simply didn’t have the time today to do this. I have no large Christmas stamps so I stamped a sentiment and cut it out and inked it. I created a background similar to Tim’s and then came my big cheat! I took a trip over to the Graphics Fairy and downloaded a image of some holly and berries and a fantastic Victorian (and blue) Santa!

I printed these both out and added to my tag. I put a layer of glossy accents on the holly to get a glassy look like on Tim’s tag. This little cheat made my tag quick and easy to make. I am looking forward to having some free time to try out the fantastic technique though!!

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Day 10!!

Only two days left to go after this tag!! You can see Tim’s Day 10 tag here. How are you all getting on with your tags? Make sure to post them to our Facebook wall to be in with the chance to win a fab Tim Holtz prize!

Timi’s Tag

I liked today’s tag, although I haven’t really followed Tim’s directions. Mine turned out a lot simpler, but anyway I like it.

Nicole’s Tag

I loved Tim’s tag today, it was very vintage Christmas looking. I had fun with the technique for making the baubles that he did also. I didnt actually have packaging tape that was wide enough for my images so I just slightly overlapped smaller strips of tape. (Note: if you dont overlap the smaller strips of tape when you remove the paper backing your tape will come apart and your image will be in separate strips!!) I also didnt have adhesive foil tape so I just used mirror board and spread a very thin layer of glossy accents on the mirror board. I used my finger to spread it out very thin.

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Day 9!!

Tim’s Day 9 tag can be found here. It is full of great techniques as always!

Nicole’s tag

I used a damask stamp and stamped my background in Forest Moss ink and clear embossed it. I then inked the red on and embossed again as Tim did. I added the word peace and the flourish easily enough. I didnt have the candle die though, so I improvised. I used a hinge from the hinge/keyhole/key die and turned it into a candle stick. I painted it black and painted the central spike white to make a short stubby candle! I added an orange gem to make the candle flame. In real life this looks very effective! I added some leaves cut on my eCraft and some pearls coloured red to make holly berries! A few pearls on the bottom of the candle holder decorated the ‘candle stick’ and also hid the holes from the hinge die 🙂

My tag ended up looking very Gothic without me meaning to. I guess it will make a great bookmarker for all my Edgar Allen Poe books though!!


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