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Issue 8 March 2012

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WELCOME to Issue 8 of Crafting Ireland!

Welcome to Issue 8 of Crafting Ireland. Spring is on our doorstep and signs of it are all around us. From daffodils everywhere to long sunny evenings, it is lovely to see all the green and colour emerging. What can be more inspiring for crafting inspiration?! Hopefully the tutorials in this issue will give you lots of ideas and inspiration. We welcome two guest contributors in this issue, Geraldine McCormick and Mandy Sheridan. If you would like the chance to be a guest contributor make sure to get in touch with us.

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Also if you organise crops or classes and would like these published in the magazine let us know. Send the details into We also have our new submissions email address which is Don’t forget you can keep up to date with us on our BLOG WEBSITE and FACEBOOK page. Special Contributors Geraldine McCormick Felicia Thomas Mandy Sheridan

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Editors note........p2 H a t P i n Tu t o r i a l . . . . . . . . p 6 Q u i c k B a g Tu t o r i a l . . . . . . . . p 8 Handmade journaling Cards........p12 S m a s h b o o k R e v i e w. . . . . . . . p 1 6 Altered Birdhouse........p20 Submissions........p24 Te x t u r e d L a y o u t . . . . . . . . p 3 0 CD Case Mini Album........p34 Altered Tin........p38 Aperture Cards........p41 4

Classes and Crops........p46 Fabric Mini Album.......p48 Spotlight on........p52 Bunny Easter Bunting........p56 Back to Basics—Die Cutting........p59 Shadowbox House........p62 Homemade Cufflinks........p65 Crafting On a Budget —Custom Stamps........p66 Crafting On a Budget —Pint Glass Mini........p73 Featured website........p77 Faux Policy Envelops........p84 Challenge........p88


We have a guest writer in Issue 8— Geraldine McCormick. Geraldine will be showing you all two fantastic tutorials. We asked Geraldine to explain a bit about herself.

Geraldine McCormick

Geraldine says: I've always loved all kinds of crafting and even made personalised rosaries for a while. Having six children didn't leave much time for crafting but they're getting bigger now and about three years ago I discovered card making and I love it! You can see more of Geraldine's work at her blog Now on to Geraldines Stick Pin/Hat Pin Tutorial. What you will need:  Head Pins (Blank hat pins are harder to find in Ireland so I used 50mm head pins. These are not as rigid as hat pins so be careful not to bend them when adding them to your project).  Beads (you could take apart cheap jewellery you already have)  Glossy Accents  Earring Backs – optional. Step 1 Start adding beads to the headpin which has a round head to stop beads going off the end. If the hole in your beads is too big and slips off the headpin 6

start with smaller beads or even a seed bead which has a smaller diameter hole. Step 2 Bead caps add some interest to your design. Step 3 When you are happy with your design add some glossy accents to the head pin where the last couple of beads will sit then slide those beads into place and hold for a minute or two, or use something to keep them in place while the glue dries such as an earring back. If you want, don’t use glue at all – just leave an earring back in place after the last bead to stop the beads from moving. Step 4 Your pins are now ready to add to your project!


Here’s how to make a quick gift bag out of a sheet of patterned paper A4 or 12 x 12 - without lots of measuring and cutting.

Geraldine McCormick

What you will need  One sheet of patterned paper  Double Sided Tape or a tape runner  Scoring Board and Scoring Tool  Hole Punch, Ribbon, Embellishments Step 1 Put double sided tape along the short end of an A4 sheet of patterned paper on the unprinted side and halfway down the long end of your paper. If you are using 12 x 12 just tape all the way along one end and halfway down one side). Step 2 Fold over the paper to just underneath the tape on the short side and stick down. Step 3 Place double sided tape along the bottom edge (the side opposite the 8

open end of the bag). Then fold the taped section over and stick down.

Step 4 Score about 1� in from each side and crease these folds really well.

Step 5 Turn the creased section at the open end of the bag to the inside to give a neat edge.


Step 6 Put your hand inside the bag to shape, forming two triangles at either side of the bottom of the bag. Step 7 Fold the two triangle sections under. Punch holes at the top, add ribbon handles and decorate.

We want to say a big thank you to Geraldine for being a guest writer for this issue of Crafting Ireland. If you have any tutorials that you would like to share with us make sure to get in touch. Email us at submissions (at)



I have lots of ready-made journaling cards in my stash, but sometimes I feel that they don’t match Timi Konya the project that I am working on perfectly, so I don’t tend to use them. I found that if I make ones myself then I can match the colours, shapes, patterns perfectly. So in this short tutorial I will show you a few quick ideas on how to create your own journaling cards. What you will need  Cardstock  Inks  Stencil  Stamps  Packaging Journaling card #1 Some of the companies produce beautiful packaging for their products. It is worth keeping them and using them on a project. Here I used packaging from a Prima Stencil. You will need to cut a rectangle out of the packaging and just ink the edges and it is ready to add to your scrapbook layout or even to a card to write a message on. 12

Journaling card #2 The shape of a hand can be a good addition to a page about children. Take a piece of cardstock, draw around your child’s hand. Ink the edges, stamp some lines on it and cut it out. It is now ready to add to the scrapbook page.

Journaling card #3 Take a piece of cardstock, cut a rectangle out of it. Stamp a flourish on a piece of paper to use as a mask later. Then stamp the same flourish on the piece of cardstock.

Cut out the mask and place it right above the stamped image on the cardstock. You can use repositionable adhesive to keep it in place. Stamp over the mask with a large journaling stamp. This is how it should look after removing the mask. 13

Journaling card #4 Take two pieces of cardstock; one should be ½� smaller than the other. Put the smaller piece on top of the bigger one. Place your stencil over the top and using an ink blending tool ink over the stencil.

Remove the stencil and the smaller piece of card. You should be left with a clear rectangle in the middle. To enhance the frame of the journaling spot you can draw a line with a fine marker.


Journaling card #5 This one is a really easy hand doodled one. Take a piece of cardstock.

Doodle around the page and leave the middle clear for your journaling.

I hope you got some ideas on how to make some handmade journaling cards and will use these little tricks to add a bit of interest to your pages.

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In this review Mandy Sheridan from Diaries of a Craftaholic and Demented Housewife is giving us a review of the Smash Book.

Mandy Sheridan

A smashing time A long time ago there was a girl who was given a Smashbook, little did she know how much this little book would change her life............ Hello crafters, let me unleash and reveal my world of smashing. Prepare to become addicted and to play and create like you are a child again, without rules and without over thinking, or it been time consuming, do as little or as much as you like. There are no rules, no right or wrong way, all you do is just grab and stick...creating as much of a memory keepsake as you would like it to be or just a simple daily outlet...just smash it J A smash book is like a pretty old fashioned scrapbook, a journal, a note book or a diary, whatever you once knew them as. It is a kraft coloured bound & spiral hardback book available in different colour options, loaded with loads of good quality pretty papers containing images, quotes and sentiments that are left blank and ready for as much or as little input and sticking as you would like to do. Whether it be nostalgic, daily babblings 16

and finds, a memorable occasion, or a list of your favourite things to do. You can create a themed page or just have no theme at all....there are no rules. Mix this up to suit you and your life. Record even the silly! It even comes with its own one stop tool pen & glue stick, that is held onto the side of the book, brilliantly simple idea that works (these pens/glue sticks can be replaced too!) very cute. Smash greeting cards, tickets, old passport photos, receipts, stamped images, ribbon leftovers, hand written notes and scribbles, anything at all that you can literally just apply the glue to can be stuck down. You don’t have to limit yourself either to just one Smashbook, you can have many, whether you want to buy one or get creative and make your own from your scrapbooking and cardmaking papers. I love using my crafting leftovers on my smash pages too, they give it a real edgy feel and makes it look like I have had loads of fun without over thinking it, play with what is at hand, on your desk, in the car or even in your handbag, this is such a portable therapy.


Adapt these books - have them for just one theme or a mash up of anything and everything. There are new ones available soon this year too that have the papers and covers manu-

factured in line with a certain theme, such as baby, wedding etc., they are even releasing a much larger size too for people who want to smash on a grander scale. There are so many wonderful pre made embellishments and add ons too, packets of all different sizes and patterns, containing die cuts, tabs, pockets, sticky notes, decorative tape and images, so many choices and so well priced too. But remember you don’t have to have these, you can really use what you have and what you lay your hand on....which is even better, making a Smashbook a perfect choice for anyone on a budget. To me life is now complete with a smash book, everything I do now, every occasion and all life events can now be will be on a roll, I can’t imagine not having it at hand now, ever. Remember that you have always been doing some sort of smashing since you where a child, we kept our drawings as kids, we collected pretty images, we wrote notes, remember all that?? Why did we ever stop? is wonderful! So if you are thinking this is not for you, that it is not really your thing or style, prepare to have a welcome change, trust me with this smashing is for anyone no matter what age or 18

what your style is, it gives us that feeling back that we left behind us as kids! So pick up that Smashbook and glue pen and prepare to start having fun! If you would like to know more and get a better feel for smashing then check out all the wonderful inspiration on the Smashbook blog: and or YouTube for inspiration videos too.


With Spring upon us I wanted to create a spring Nicole Mullen themed centre piece for my porch. I chose to create an altered birdhouse. They are so fun and easy to make, you may find you can’t stop creating at just one! What you will need

 Wooden bird house  Gesso  Paint Crackle Medium  Embellishments of your choice Step 1 Take a plain wooden bird house and paint it with a layer of gesso. This is to prime it for our paint. It stops the paint from soaking into the wood and means less coats of paint are needed.


Step 2 When the gesso is dry paint the house with your base colour paint. I painted mine gold so that this will shine through the cracks in the top coat of paint when we apply the crackle and top coat. Step 3 When the gold paint was dry I applied a layer of crackle medium. I picked up a large bottle of this in a craft section of a hardware store. Make sure to apply the medium in brush strokes going all one direction. This is important so that it works. The crackle medium is clear so you just see a slight sheen on the house when the crackle is dry. Step 4 When the crackle medium is completely dry you can now apply your top coat of paint. You need to apply the paint in the opposite direction that you applied the crackle medium in. Try to avoid brushing over the medium more than once as it will not work very well if you repeatedly brush your paintbrush over it. Tip: Make sure to follow the instructions carefully on whatever crackle medium you use. The crackle medium gives a lovely effect. The gold base coat of paint shines through the cracks formed in the blue paint. 21

You can see some close up’s of the crackle detail below.

Step 5 Once all the paint is dry you can now embellish your house. I chose some paper that complemented my paint on my bird house. I die cut some flourishes, some butterflies and a bird. I cut some panels for the top of the house.

I also had some wild orchid cherry blossoms that were a perfect colour match to the house. I distressed the two top panels and adhered them to the top of the house. I then glued on the flourishes with glossy accents. I adhered the flowers with hot glue.


I stuffed the inside of the house with some straw to give a more bird house effect.

By adding flourishes around the sides it gives a nice organic flowing effect.

I added some butterflies and added some gems to the centres of them to give a bit of extra sparkle.

Have fun creating your own bird house, be creative with your colours and your embellishments.



Call for submissions….Calling ALL crafters – we want to publish you!! For each issue we will give you a list of themes to work with. We would love to see what you create inspired by these themes. When you submit an image of your project, please make sure it is clearly photographed straight-on with a neutral background or scanned. Please make sure you only submit projects that have never appeared online or on a blog before, and it can not have been published previously. The themes for this issue were :  Anything but card  Spring/Easter


Geraldine Reardon— 24

Anything but a card

Svjetlana Mulaomerovic -


Geraldine Reardon


Weenie27 Thomas Dublin, Ireland

Frances Peets– Canada 28

Issue 9 Submission themes For issue 9 we have one theme for you to work with. Again you can submit cards, layouts or altered art projects. The theme is: Birthday Celebration—Issue 9 will be Crafting Ireland’s one year birthday celebration so show us how you celebrate birthdays in style! Please email your entries along with your name and blog address to: by the 2nd April Remember your submitted projects can not have been published online or in any other publication before it is featured with us. You can find guidelines for submitting your work on our blog.


This is a quick tutorial to show you how to create a layout using scraps from your table, but still achieve some texture.

Timi Konya

What you will need:

 White cardstock  Scraps  Photo  Decorative tapes  Sewing machine (or needle and thread)  Inks  Stencils Step 1 Take a piece of white cardstock and randomly stencil some letters on it with some black ink. When layering on a page I like to avoid elements floating, so try to start from the egde of the page.


Step 2 Prepare a few scraps of patterned paper that would match your design. On this page I wanted to stick with shades of black and white. Arrange your pieces of scraps on the background and glue them down when you like what you see. Don’t overthink, just do it and stop when it feels right.

Step 3 I have a lovely decorative packaging tape that is transparent and white, so as I wanted to use it I needed to make a dark background. I just took a piece of black cardstock, and adhered the decoartive tape on it, so the pattern was revealed. Then I cut narrow strips of it to use on the page.


Step 4 Now you have different elements on the background. To tie them all together take a little bit of black acrylic paint, add some water and create some splashes on the page here and there. Don’t think too much about it.

Step 5 It is now time to enhance the place of the photo. Using the sewing machine start stiching in a shape of a rectangle, you can also add some other shapes as well, like waves. The more the better!


Step 6 Prepare your photo. Stick some dimensional adhesive on the back and also you can add some decorative tape and/or masking tape on the front. It is fun to use the masking tape as the journaling spot on a layout. Step 7 Add a title and some dimensional embellishments, like paper clips and staples.

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I tend to take a lot of photographs and go through Nicole Mullen phases of actually printing copies of them out. I always have the best intentions of putting the photos into albums, but most of the time they will sit in a shoe box. I had a plain CD case hanging around my office and no CD’s to go into it. So I decided to convert it into a mini album for some photos! What you will need

 CD Case  Paper or light cardstock of your choice  Adhesive  Gesso  Paint of your choice  Embellishments to match your project  Photos—spring themed in my case Step 1 You will need to prime the case for painting. To do this I used white gesso. The gesso will soak into the case quite a lot so you may want to do two coats of it. Make sure to allow for appropriate drying time between each coat. Note: The two coats are not strictly necessary but if you do two coats of gesso you will more than likely only need one coat of paint on top. 34

Step 2 When the gesso is fully dry you can paint over it with a colour of your choice. I didn't try to paint over the zipper of the case as I knew as it was opened and closed the paint would flake off. I just painted right up to the edge of the zipper teeth. Any paint you get on them will easily wipe off while still wet.

Step 3 Rather than try to paint the inside of the case I simply cut some paper to fit and using a strong adhesive (score tape) adhered them into place. If you want you could certainly paint the inside also, but to me it seemed like a lot of work to get into all the awkward areas! Step 4 I then cut down some patterned cardstock to make inserts for each of the cd sleeves. These will act as photo mats or journaling pages. I placed photos on the front of these pages and journaling on the back. 35

Step 5 To decorate the front cover I again adhered a panel of light cardstock that I had cut down to be smaller than the case. I then die cut some felt and added a topper to it. I used some Laura Ashley stickers to make the title at the bottom of the cover. They stuck very well to the painted cover. Depending on what you add to the cover however you may find that you will need to use a strong adhesive like score tape or hot glue to keep it in place!

Step 6 I removed the existing zipper pull. I simply used a scissors to cut it off the D ring it was attached to the zipper by. I then replaced it with a piece of coordinating ribbon. Make sure to use a robust ribbon as you will be opening it using the ribbon so you want to make sure it stands up to wear and tear.


Step 7 Embellish the inside covers and the pages of your album. For my inside cover I chose to add a photograph. I glued it in place and then added tissue tape to make it look like it was only taped into place. For the first insert page I matted a small photo onto the paper insert. I then just added a small felt die cut bird to the outside of the cd sleeve. The pages for inside the sleeves have to be kept fairly flat but you can add decoration or embellishments to the outside of the sleeves. Just don't go too wild, your cd case has to be able to close!

For some of my other pages I left the photos larger and mounted them to some card so that I could journal on the back of them.

I hope you have enjoyed this unusual way to use a cd case, and that you have fun trying it out yourself!! 37

When grocery shopping I came across this lovely tin of sweets. I wanted to buy it and make something with the tin, I wasn’t really that interested in the sweets!

Timi Konya

What you will need:  1 sweet tin  Patterned paper (Prima Londonerry)  Embellishments (Prima Londonerry)  Multi medium Step 1 Measure the height of the tin and cut strips of paper of the same heights to cover the side. I used my biggest circle Nestabilities die to cut a piece of patterned paper for the top. Use the multi medium to glue the paper to the tin. Step 2 When all the paper is glued onto the tin you will have to try to place the lid back on it. If it doesn’t fit, you will have to sand a little bit of the paper, as I did in the picture below. Ink it with some brown ink for an aged effect


Step 3 To decorate the lid I used a 7 Gypsies knob. You simply need to make a hole and screw the knob through it.

Step 4 Decorate with flowers and gems. Step 5 For the inside I first thought that I would make some note cards. However when I had the cards cut I decided to attach them together and turn them into a mini album. To create the note cards or the mini album you will need to use the same size circles that you used for the lid. I used the largest nestabilities I had. I cut twelve circles out from the patterned paper and simply glued two together, since I had single sided paper. 39

I then used a piece of yarn to attach them to each other. Place a piece in between the two circles before gluing them together.

You will end up with a chain of circle shaped pages. I decorated them with flowers from the same collection.

Tip: If you prefer the idea of the note cards try to choose papers without a lot of pattern so that you can actually write a message or note on it. Below is the completed project. I can image it being used for an album holding pictures of a birthday or a long weekend away.


This is part two of the tutorial on aperture Nicole Mullen cards. In part one we looked at standard window and negative apertures. In this tutorial I want to look at layering apertures to get an interesting effect. I also will show you a fun technique for aperture windows. Layered Aperture Card This technique uses multiple dies to create a layered effect on a card. It works with layered dies and layers of paper on the card also Step 1 Gather the dies you want to use. I like to lay them all out one inside the other to get the effect I want. Always work from the largest die downwards. Step 2 Take your top layer of paper and die cut your largest die from it. In my case it was a circus themed sheet of Graphic 45 paper.


Step 3 Take your piece of paper you just die cut out of and glue this down onto your next layer of paper. In my case the next layer of paper was a blue spotted paper. My paper had all been cut down to fit a white card blank. Step 4 You now have a window from your top layer of paper through to the underneath layer. Now take your second die—I used a circle. Place this carefully onto the blue paper and run it though your die cutting machine. You are now left with a window through the blue paper. Step 5 Glue this set of papers down onto your next layer. For me this is a white card blank. Note: My white card layer will be the final layer on my card. You can however have as many layers as you wish. Step 6 Once you have all your papers glued to the card blank take your final die. I used a keyhole die as I just wanted my last layer to be a peek through to the inside. Again you could use any shape 42

you wanted. I positioned my die where I wanted it in the centre of the white circle. Make sure your card is open flat for this stage—you only want to cut trough the front of your card, not the back as well!! On my card this left me with a key hole effect peeking through to the inside of my card. I glued a piece of patterned paper on the inside for a bit more visual interest. This is a fun technique and gives a very fun effect on a card. Glitter window technique This technique starts off like a standard aperture card. I die cut a window in a green piece of paper and then layered this over a white script paper. I then glued this to a white card and die cut a star pattern out of this last layer. I stamped a sentiment in the middle of this star on the inside of the card. Step 1 To create a glitter window 43 on this aperture card you will need sellotape and glitter.

Take the sellotape and place it over your aperture opening—on the inside of the card. I didn't have sellotape that was large enough to cover the aperture so I used three strips and made sure to slightly over lap them so that there was no gap between the strips. You will now have your window covered—with the stick side of the tape on the outside of the card. Step 2 Turn the card over so that you can see the front. You will now put your glitter over this sticky tape. Make sure to cover it well. I used a white glitter to give a frosted effect to my window.

Step 3 Shake off the excess glitter. Make sure to do this over a sheet of paper so that you can save the excess. Make sure to tap the back of the tape to shake off all the excess glitter. 44

You will now be left with a lovely shimmery frosted window over your sentiment.


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Archangels craft club Archangels Craft Club - we meet in St. Gabriels Clontarf every Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm and do all sorts of crafts - knitting, cross stitch, card making, beading and scrapping etc. We are in our 9th year - all very informal but it’s a place to craft with like minded individuals. We are always on the lookout for demonstrators and enjoy the social aspect of crafting (along with the tea and cake!) If anyone is interested in coming along to join us, or maybe there is another club out there who would be interested in doing a Christmas craft day together please do contact me. Contact Christine at or on 0857151759 Create With Kate Workshops in card making, scrapbooking and mixed media. We also are a mobile craft supplies shop. Visit for more information or phone 087 984 1196. Scrapbooking Limerick Create beautiful scrapbook pages & crafts at our Easter crop & class Date: 1st April, 11am - 4pm Theme: Little Chick Costs: ₏25 includes full kit, refreshments & prizes Bookings: 086 3817677 The 3 Mad Hatters Sunday 1st April 2012, Clonegal, Co. Carlow, from 12pm to evening Three classes/projects: cardmaking, scrapbooking and altered items, kits supplied. email: 47 contact: 087 2357494, 087 9917443, 087 8283793

Timi Konya When thinking about mini albums I tend to focus on papers and paper collections. This time I wanted something different. I had a rectangle shaped chipboard mini on hand from a company called Yabo - but that was the only paper based product I wanted to use. Fabric is often overlooked when scrapbooking, which is really a pity since it has lots of texture and gives an interesting effect to the project you create with it. What you will need: Chipboard Fabric Felt Dies to cut shapes Sewing machine Colour wash spray ink Stencil Step 1 Take a long piece of fabric. To determine the size lay all the chipboard pieces onto it leaving a little gap beetween each piece. Measure this length and the take double the lenght of it. Don’t forget to iron your fabric first!


Step 2 Prepare a flat surface where you can stencil onto the fabric. Stencil the whole lenght of your fabric with your chosen inks. Let it dry thoroughly. Step 3 Fold the fabric into half and measure the heights of the chipboard pieces and mark them on the fabric. This is where you will need to stitch. You will make a shape of a pillowcase with an opening on the side. Turn the fabric right side out.

Step 4 Place one chipboard piece inside and stich along the edge of the chipboard. This will make a pocket to keep the chipboard in place. Repeat this with all the pieces. When the last piece of chipboard is in the fabric cover you will need to cut away the excess of the fabric, leaving only a ½�. Fold that piece inside and stich along the edge again to finish the album.


Now you can fold the album into an accordion shape.

Step 5 Using some acrylic paint colour the edges of each page. Step 6 Start to decorate the inside with some die cut felt shapes and some doodling.

Step 7 To decorate the front of the album with a birds nest you will need to take some twine, Mod Podge and a glass or a little bowl. Cover the glass/bowl with some foil and start to place some twine around it. When you have got a few layers cover them with some Mod Podge. Repeat this till you have a shape of a nest. Let it dry over night—make sure to let it fully dry.


When the nest is ready place it on the front of the album and secure it with some hot glue. Put some styrofoam eggs (or polymer clay eggs) into the nest. Add some swirls, flowers and a title.

Now you have a really different Fabric51Covered Easter Mini Album.

Felicia Thomas In every issue we will be spotlighting the work of an Irish based crafter. We will look at paper crafters, scrapbookers, and altered art aficionados. If you think you know someone who you think sound be spotlighted let us know at This issues spotlight is shining on Felicia Thomas. Here is Felicia to tell us a bit about herself and her work.... I’m originally from Kent in South East England, I was living and working in London and then moved to Killarney 20 years ago (is it really that long?) that was a culture shock I can tell you! But I love Killarney; it is a beautiful place and definitely my home. I have had many jobs but due to recessionary cut backs I am now a stay at home mum which means I can concentrate on making my art and crafts into a business (that’s the dream anyway!) W hen and h o w di d y ou g e t i n vol ved w i th p ap er cr af ti ng? I have always loved crafting, making beaded jewelry in particular. Then I went to work in the Crafty Alley Shop, saw the scrapbooking papers and became obsessed with this whole world that I didn’t know existed! That led to mini albums, altered books and mixed media art. 52

What i s yo ur f a vou r i te as pec t of pa p er cr af ti ng? I think it is recycling items into something pretty – I keep everything because one day I might alter it! What are t h e t ec h ni que s tha t y ou u s e m ost of th e ti m e? Straight lines and I are not the best of friends, so I think distressing the edges of everything hides that well. W hat ar e y o ur " ca n't do w ithou t " pr odu c ts? Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo – that is definitely the colour I use most. My ATG gun, I love it, it’s the best adhesive I’ve used – but getting refills isn’t always easy, and my paper trimmer, it helps with my aversion to cutting straight lines! W hat i nspi r e s y ou? Definitely the internet – there is always something on Youtube that’s new; it’s a great source of ideas and techniques. Colour definitely inspires me, I find I’m more drawn to the colour of paper lines rather than the images. How do y o u de s cr i be style?

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I’m aiming for shabby chic, but its probably more a quirky mess! I tend to shy away from “too pretty” but recently I’ve been using lace and flowers more. I like texture and layers and buttons, splashes of colour 53 and metal embellishments. My

paintings are more quirky than my paper crafts and I’m usually working on about three things at once! Do y ou blog? Yes, when I first discovered mini books I came across a swap held by Marion Smith from A Piece of Craft. One of the rules of joining the swap was that you had to have a blog. So I started “Scrapzville – the home of artsy randomness” it’s gone from a crafting blog to a more general life/art/craft kind of a thing. W here can w e se e y our w or k ? Are y o u on a ny des i gn t e am s? I don’t belong to any design teams; I’m always amazed how they come up with so many new ideas! My work is mostly shown on my blog or in the gallery on my website – I attend lots of local craft fairs, and I have an Etsy shop. Hav e y ou any pl ans f or t he f utur e ? I’d really like to get to more workshops this year, there is always so much to learn and I love meeting the people who I’m friends with online. I’d love to do a big event this year like the Ploughing contest or the Electric Picnic, but I’m always leaving things to the last minute so I wouldn’t have enough stock!


Edi t o rs pi cks The editors each picked one of their favourite projects from Clare’s work to share with you below..

Ti m i says.. I love this canvas, I love all the texture and detail Felicia has gotten into it. The heart with wings is a fantastic symbol and I love the quote!

Ni c ol e says.. I love how Felicia has altered this notebook with one of her Polly figures. The muted colours and distressed look are just fantastic. I love the film strip detail along the side also. This would be so nice to keep notes in! 55

Nicole Mullen This is a nice and quick tutorial on making some bunny rabbit bunting suitable for Easter, or for a childs bedroom or playroom. What you will need  Chipboard bunny bunting—I got mine from Crafty Cutting  Patterned paper  Paint  Ribbon  Embellishments of your choice Step 1 Trace one of the rabbit shapes out onto your patterned paper. Cut the rabbit shape out so that you have paper to cover the chipboard shapes. Repeat this step for as many of the chipboard shapes you are using. Step 2 Take a paint that co-ordinates with your papers and paint the edges of the rabbit. This is to make the edges look nice as the paper will only cover the paper. 56

Step 3 Cover all the chipboard shapes with the cut out papers. Use a good wet glue to stick the paper on. Step 4 The Crafty Cutting rabbits have holes for eyes. When covered with the paper I simply used a piercing tool to (carefully) poke through the paper and open up the eyes again. Step 5 Thread ribbon through the eyes so that you can hang the rabbits as bunting.

Tip: You could use ribbon or twine to thread the rabbits together. I had a large spool of yellow so that is what I used. If you don't have a single long enough piece of ribbon you could always use lengths/scrap pieces. Once they are long enough to thread through the eyes and be glued to the back of the rabbit on each side this would work. You could then use a 57 different piece of ribbon for each rabbit!

Step 6 Embellish as you wish and hang up and enjoy!


Back to Basics – Advanced tool kit

Timi Konya

In the first part of this article we discussed punches and die cutting machines. In this part we are going to look at the uses of die cutting machines. Let’s just start with the basic idea: cutting paper and cardstock. So many dies are available on the market and the beginner crafter may have trouble deciding which dies to buy. First you have to think about what shapes you will use regularly. Card makers find it useful to buy simple shapes like circles and squares and their scalloped versions. Spellbinders Nestabilities are great since you get a number of different sized shapes that you can layer on each other.

These are also very useful when creating aperture cards as Nicole showed you previously in Issue 7. Flower shape dies, similar to flower shape punches, are very handy when making handmade flowers. It is useful to have a good set of them. There are lots of tutorials on the internet on how to make handmade flowers from flower shapes so it is worth doing a bit of research before buying a set. 59 dies. Sizzix and Spellbinders have great flower

From left to right below: Sizzix Originals Flower Layers, Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, Spellbinders Peony

Other very popular shapes are hearts, birds and birdcages, butterflies, swirls, leaves, gears, keys… just to mention a few. Alphabet die are also good to have to add titles or sentiments to your projects. Cutting Materials other than paper If you want to use other materials like fabric, felt, cork or metal on your project you will need to invest in a machine that can take thicker dies like Cuttlebug or Sizzix. Sizzix has a few ranges of 5/8” thick dies that can cut lots of different material, including cardstock, chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, metallic foil, paper. These include Sizzix Bigz (pictured right), Sizzix Originals, On the Edge dies and Movers and Shapers. Some of the other brands will cut felt and very thin metal sheets too. It is important to note that many of the dies are compatible with other manufacturers’ machines, so you can easily combine brands. The only thing that you need to know is how to layer the platforms/plate in the machine to be able to put it through the machine. The manufacturer will usually have this information on their website, or you can find it online. 60

Embossing with die cutting machines Most of the die cutting machines are designed not only for die cutting but for embossing as well. There is a huge selection of embossing accessories on the market and sometimes it is difficult to find out what the crafter needs. First though - what is embossing? It is a way of adding raised texture to paper, metal, grungeboard/ grungepaper and so on. To achieve this effect you need to get an embossing folder. You place the paper or other item into it and run it through the die cutting machine. This ‘pushes’ the pattern up through the material to give a raised (embossed) or sunken (de-bossed) effect. Some of the most popular embossing folders on the market are Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Sizzix Texture Fades. There are so many pattern and sizes out there. Tim Holtz’s Texture Fades give you a really deep raised pattern into the material you want to emboss. Using embossing folders you can create fabulous effects on your projects. For example if you ink the embossing folder first and/or stamp on it and then emboss you get a fantastic inked/stamped detail in ‘behind’ the raised embossed area. You can even make custom embossing folders as Nicole showed in Issue 2. The possibilities are endless! In the next issue we will look at electronic die cutting machines. 61

When I saw this untreated house shadowbox I immediately knew that I needed it, I wanted it and wanted to do something nice with it.

Timi Konya

It can be used to hold your house keys, but I just wanted to make a little assemblage art of it.

 What you will need:  Shadow box with compartment in a shape of a house  Acrylic paints  Distress inks  Patterened paper (Echo Paper)  Little elements to put in the box:  

keys, vial bottles etc... Resin windows (Prima) Alpha stickers

Step 1 Dilute acrylic paint in a little bowl. You want the paint to be watery so that it will stain the wood rather than painting an even coat on the surface. Let it dry over night. Step 2 Ink the edges with some brown ink (Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks) to give it a distressed look. 62

Step 3 Measure the dimensions of all the compartments and cut patterned paper to size. Glue them in the back of the compartments. If you want to give little extra textureyou could emboss some of the papers as well.

Step 4 Prepare the resin windows. Place the smaller one on top of the bigger one. Colour them with some permanent inks.

Step 5 Gather all the bits and pieces you want to put into the compartments. You could even include a photo if you wish.

Tip: This is a good way to feature little trinkets you may have picked up over the years. This way you get to display the m instead of them being tucked away in a drawer somewhere! 63

Step 6 Decide what your title will be and where you want to place it. I used coordinating alpha stickers for my title. When everything is prepared plug in your glue gun. When the glue is hot start to put your pieces in the compartments.You could add some flowers, leaves and vines as well on the edge of the compartments. Step 8 Glue the window and the title onto the house. I left one compartment fairly empty so that I couldput a photo into it.


This is a super quick tutorial to show you how to alter cufflink blanks. It is a perfect little gift for a man! What you will need  Cufflink blanks  Alcohol inks  Paper of your choice  Tim Holtz fragments  Glue

Nicole Mullen

Step 1 Colour your cufflink blanks with alcohol ink. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a small baggie with a few drops of ink. Step 2 Choose some paper to feature on your cufflinks. Glue the fragments to the paper. Let dry well then cut out. Glue these to the blanks with a very strong glue—I used E6000. Let dry well then you are done!


Nicole Mullen Welcome to our Crafting on a Budget section. Here we will look at some ways to make custom stamps and also a St. Patricks day project that wont break the bank!

I will be showing you a few different ways to make stamps, from using lino to foam. What you will need  Lino to carve (you can get this in an art shop)  Lino carving tools (again art shop)  Ink brayer (roller)  Ink brayer refills  Foam  Die to cut the foam  Adhesive  Plastic packaging  Ink Technique 1—Creating background stamps from a ink brayer I used the inkessentials Inky Roller (Small) for my stamps. This roller does come in larger sizes too but the small one is the cheapest, naturally! The roller refills come in a 66



three pack. You can pop the refills into the brayer handle super easy. Most importantly the rubber they are made of is super soft so this makes it nice and easy to make custom stamps from. STAMP 1 This one is really easy—simply cover a roller in anything you like to make a textured background stamp. I wrapped an elastic band around the roller a few times and left it at that. You could also glue on some bubble wrap, tin foil, ribbon—anything that will give a fun background texture and that will take ink. STAMP 2 Take a lino cutting tool ( you could use a craft or other knife if you don't have one) and cut out a series of small holes from the roller. You can plan your pattern by marking it onto the roller first or just go with a random pattern as I did. Make the holes all over the entire roller.

You could carve any pattern you wanted onto the roller. You can mark it out by drawing it on in pencil or pen and then just follow the pattern when you carve it. Tip: It can be a bit difficult to carve neatly on the rollers as they are rounded they tend to want to roll away from you. So make sure to be careful 67 when carving with them, watch your fingers!

Below is the first stamp shown rolled onto a tag. The tag was inked up with mustard seed distress ink. I then rolled the roller in wild honey ink and then rolled it over the tag to get the pattern. This stamp gives a very fun effect on the background, especially when the tag is stamped and embellished further. Tip: You could ink this stamp in a different colour each time you roll it on your background for a multi coloured layered effect.

The second roller stamp is shown here. I inked up a tag in mustard seed ink again and this time used aged mahogany to ink up the roller. You need to make sure to get plenty of ink on the roller. When you roll it on the background it will start to fade out as you roll around and the layer of ink is used up. This is what gave the fun patchwork effect on my tag. You can see that my carved circles are not perfect and my pattern is not regular. This gives a nice distressed look and adds more visual interest to it in my option! Tip: make sure to use a nice wet ink for these techniques so that you can get plenty of ink onto the rollers. 68

Technique 2 — Lino carved stamps This is a technique that has been around for years. My slight twist on it is to use a die to cut out a shape and use the lino to make a co-ordinating stamp to the die. Step 1 Trace your die cut shape onto your lino. Step 2 Carefully carve around the shape using the lino cutters. Step 3 Once you have cut around your shape and carved out and detail you want on the shape (for example a eye, beak or wing detail) you can then cut the stamp out of the lino. Step 4 The easiest way to use the stamp is to place it on a flat surface. Ink it up and then lay a piece of paper over the top of it. Carefully keeping the paper


in place use a brayer to rub over the paper. This will transfer the ink to the paper. Your image will not be a sharp crisp image, but rather a more soft and distressed look. This is because of the texture of the lino. It also is also effected by the type of ink you use. Distress ink will give a different finish to a pigment ink. If you wanted a sharp exact image you would have to use a sheet of rubber instead of lino. Rubber sheets such as Speedy Carve are very expensive however. Technique 3 — Foam stamps This is a fun way to get some extra use out of your dies. You can use any die that will cut through foam. You will need to use foam that is about half a centimetre thick to make sure you can stamp ok with it. You can glue two sheets of foam together if you need a thicker foam. Step 1 Take your foam and pick a die you want to make a stamp from. Die cut the foam with this shape. I used a House on the edge die.


Step 2 Take some plastic packaging, something like the packaging that dies come in. You want something that is strong enough to use to mount your stamp onto. I actually used the plastic ‘glass’ part of a 20cent ikea frame. I used the frame for another project and didn't need the ‘glass’ in it. If you use the packaging plastic make sure to round off the corners as they will be sharp. Glue your die cut foam onto the plastic. I actually just used red line tape to glue mine down. It seems to hold up very well.

Step 3 To ink up the foam stamp paint will actually work very well. You can apply it 71 with a brayer. You can also use ink pads but you will need to make sure to

get a good coverage of ink onto the stamp. I used black foam so it can be difficult to see if you get a good coverage. A lighter coloured foam can help with this. Stamp and enjoy!

I created a few foam stamps from some of my favourite dies. They can make great stamps for backgrounds, especially if you use larger dies. The selection below were all mounted onto plastic packaging with the exception of the row of houses ones. I used gold and silver paint on the cog stamps hence their colour. I hope you enjoy some of these fun techniques to making your own stamps and try your hand at it. Don’t forget if you make anything using any of our tutorials fee free to share it with us on our Facebook page!


I wanted to make a mini album for a non Irish friend that was Irish/ St.Patrick’s Day themed. I didn't want to buy anything for the project, I wanted to just use what I had. I wanted it Irish themed but not too cheesy. So I decided to make a mini accordion pint glass album inspired by the green Guinness you get on St.Patrick’s Day. Step 1 Draw out a pint glass shape. Or click on the image to download the template one I made! This will be your pint template for your entire album so it is best to make it on cardboard so it is durable. Step 2 Use the template to cut out two pint shapes on heavy card. These will be the front and back covers of your album. Also use the template to cut out a patterned paper of your choice to cover this cardboard. I went with a green patterned sheet of K & Co. Step 3 Glue the patterned paper onto the fronts of the pint shapes. You will want to make sure that when the two covers are laid one on top of the other they match up perfectly. The backs should be left uncovered. Step 4 You will now need to make the pages for the inside of your album. To do this I used a 12x12 73 sheet of the same green paper.

To make the pages work in an accordion style you will trace the first pint and then move it to the right to trace it again. You will need to line up the top and bottom of the pint with the first pint. You also need to make sure to overlap the design slightly as in the image below.

When you cut these out you will be left with a series of linked pints. The paper will not be long enough for the last pint to fit on fully but we will deal with that in a moment.


Step 5 My paper is single sided. So this made it easy for me to tell what to glue where. I took the white side of the left most pint and glued it onto the inside of the front cover pint that I covered in step 3. I then took the half pint on the right most side of the strip and glued it onto the inside of the back of the back cover. This will leave you with half of the back uncovered as our strip is too short. To deal with this I used my template to mark off how wide a piece of pint I needed and cut a piece out to fit this gap and fill it in. Step 6 Fold the pages up accordion style so that you can close the album up.

Step 7 To make the pint look more realistic I cut a white strip for the top to look like the froth at the head of a pint. I put my template down on a sheet of white cardstock. I decided how big I wanted the froth to be and traced the shape down as far as I wanted. 75

I then cut this piece out twice, once for the front and once for the back.

Step 8 Glue the froth pieces onto the top of the front and back cover. I stamped a title on the front and just added a very small embellishment to the cover. I left the back plain except for one stamped word.

You cant add to many embellishments to the inside of this album but I plan to put in some small photos of my friend and I when we go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade when she comes to visit that weekend. The back of my pages leave lots of space for journaling and writing notes about what we did at the weekend. The pint will actually stand up by itself too so its quite fun. Have a great St.Patrick’s Day! 76

Felicia Thomas In this issues featured website we are going to be looking at Etsy. Felicia is going to take us through how to set up your own Etsy store and all the ins and outs involved. How to Start an Etsy Shop! How many times have your friends and family looked at your crafting work and said, “You should sell that”?? Well, they are probably right, but where are you going to sell it? Your options are usually in local shops or at craft fairs – these are great options but have you heard of Etsy? Etsy is an online market place where each artist or crafter gets their own “shop”. You choose what to charge for your work and can manage it in your own time. It is cheap to run, Etsy sends you a bill by email at the end of each month, which depends on the amount of items you have added or re-listed – it is only 20c (that is US cents) per item and they charge 3.5% on each sale. Even though they are US based you have the option to price your shop in Euro. So, here is how to do it! Firstly you need to have photographed your items; this can be tricky, try and get clear, well lit photos that give a true likeness to the colours you have used. To start with you will need an email address, a password and a username (this is the name of your shop) and a credit card or Paypal account - any sales that you make get paid in to it and you need it to pay your monthly fees. Go to and click the REGISTER button, follow the instructions and they will send you a confirmation email – click the link in the email and there 77 you are, in your own “shop”!

From here, the next step is to “add items” – Click “Your shop” on the top bar and then select “add new item”. Listing items takes some time, especially if you have a lot to add at once. You need to think about the customer, how can you best describe your product? You can create different sections to your shop to divide your work, for example in my shop I have ART and then NOTEBOOKS but I could divide it further into MAGNETS, KEYRINGS etc. There is a section marked TAGS. This is really important - this is how people will find your shop when they search for certain words. You get 13 tags for each item, use them all- You’ll need to stretch your imagination a bit! For example these are the tags I used for this painting. The Tags

The Painting 78

Always mark your quantity as one – even if you have 10 identical items. It will cost you the same to re-list 10 times as adding 10 in the beginning but the reason for listing one item is when new items are listed they flash up on the bottom of the main Etsy page, so if you sell an item and then re-list it will flash up each time you re-list. If you put your quantity as 10 it will only show it once. When it comes to SHIPPING you need to have done a little research. You will need to know how much it will cost you to post a wrapped item. The best way to do this is wrap an item that you intend to sell, take it to the post office (or weigh it and check the An Post website) and ask how much it will be to send it to Ireland, England and America. From this you can get an average price to any other country. If all your items weigh roughly the same you can make your “SHIPPING PROFILE” once and then add it to each item. In the INFO & APPEARANCES section you will find “SHOP POLICIES” this is where you get to set the rules of your shop. What is your return policy? Your shipping policy? It gives you a chance here to be specific; there is a very useful section here called “Getting ideas on writing 79 shop policies”.

You don’t have to go through the whole process to re-list an item, when you sell you can click “SOLD ORDERS” on the left side of the page and under each item will be a “RENEW SOLD” option. Etsy will keep an item on view for 4 months, if it doesn’t sell in that time it comes off your shop page and goes into EXPIRED LISTINGS. To re-list simply click Expired listings on the left, tick the boxes you want to re-list and the RENEW button at the bottom of the page and its done!

You can now link your shop to your Facebook or Twitter accounts, this is a great way to draw attention to your shop. Anything you list will automatically appear on your Facebook or Twitter page.


This is your shop and your customers would like to know who they are buying from so introduce yourself on your PUBLIC PROFILE. You can add a photo and a quick welcome message here.

Then click INFO & APPEARANCE to add a shop message and a message for buyers. You can also add a banner to your shop here.

There are many other options that you can use, for example if you choose to offer a discount you can generate a coupon code for your customers (use 81 of your sidebar) and you can leave a Coupon codes in the PROMOTE section

message to say you have gone on holiday so that potential customers don’t think they are being ignored. That is how you set up your shop, it takes a while to get it right and get everything listed. Now, how are you going to attract customers? There are many thousands of shops of Etsy; the chances of anyone landing on your shop by chance are slim. It is up to you to bring people to your shop, make sure your Etsy shop is linked to your blog, and talk about it on Facebook and Twitter. When you do make a sale, send a personal thank you note or maybe a promotional postcard and at least two business cards. Make sure to wrap your package nicely – it gives a good impression to the customer and hopefully will bring repeat sales! Don’t be disheartened if sales are slow, check your shop regularly for messages and update it monthly to keep it looking fresh. There is a great community on Etsy, this is where the Etsy blog, circles, teams and forums come in …….. But more about that in the next issue! Editors Note You can visit Felicia’s Etsy shop here to get a better look at how it is set up and they layout and so on. Of course while you are there you can check out her beautiful work on offer!


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Timi Konya I frequently find that I see something while surfing on the internet. I just simply can’tbuy because it is too expensive to ship to Ireland. When this happens I then try to figure out how I can make it myself. This was the case with this policy envelope mini album. It is really easy to recreate policy envelopes and to make a mini using them. What you will need:  5 sheets of A4 lightweight cardstock.  Patterned paper  Embellishments  O-wire for binding Step 1 Take one sheet of A4 paper. Score it at 3cm and at 23 cm on the longer side. Then turn it and score at 6cm and at 16 cm.


Step 2 Cut the solid lines to have a shape like below.

Where the arrows are show that you need to cut in at an angle to be able to fold it neatly.


Step 3 Fold the two long flaps in. One of the long flaps is bigger than the other. This will help you to glue the envelope together.

Then fold the 3cm wide flap in and glue it down. Now three sides of the envelop are closed. You don’t glue the wide flap down. This is so you can use the envelope as a pocket for extra space in the mini. Step 4 This is how the envelope should look. You can punch the holes for binding at this stage.


Create five to six envelopes and then bind them with binding rings or o-wire. Step 5 Decorate as you wish with patterened paper and lots of embellishements.

This envelope mini is really easy to make. The A4 paper is just the perfect size. You don’t need to cut too much off so there is not much waste.

And because of it’s dimensions, 10cmx20cm, the 8x8 paper packs are great to use to decorate the project.

If you make an album using this technique share it with us on our Facebook page! 87

In every issue of Crafting Ireland we will have a crafty challenge to help you all get your creative juices flowing. We will pick a winner from each challenge. We will then publish the winners projects in the next issue. The challenge this issue is the sketch below. Create a card, a layout, a altered art piece—anything you want. Just make sure we can see the sketch in it. To enter the challenge go to the challenge page on our blog and link up your project. You can find it at:

Our challenge sponsor this week is LillyPad Craft Supplies. The prize up for grabs is this fantastic hamper. You have until the 9th of April to enter.



Congratulations to Jessica Fitzhenry of Crafts and Coffee who is the winner of our issue 7 challenge sponsored by Crafty Cutting. Jessica wins a fantastic hamper of amazing chipboard goodies from Crafty Cutting. Jessica’s adorable card is pictured below. Make sure to get in touch with us Jessica so we can organise to get your prize out to you. Email to organise this.


out on 16th April. . For the next issue we would love to see more of your work. Remember the submission theme is:

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