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Hi I'm Eithne, (pronounced Et-na) Mammy to my two little princesses! I am from County Kildare, south-east Ireland. I work part time in graphic design and print, and craft by night! I love creating anything from cards, albums, altered art projects, scrapbooking, crochet, knitting... anything really!! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for random photos and stuff :) My motto for life: "Look on the world as a fruit cake, it wouldn't be complete without a few nuts in it" :)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Autumnal Twist over at Craft for the Craic

Hello! It's been a while since I've blogged. September and October are always busy birthday months in my house, but this September I also had to get used to doing school runs for both my girls! It's been a tough few weeks adjusting to the double runs, but I think we're getting there!

The card I'm showing today for the October challenge over at Craft for the Craic is for my eldest girls birthday. She turned 7 on Wednesday, so in usual fashion we had all my family over for dinner. (the mere 20/25 close family members! An Irish large family ;) )

I used a series of kraft paper, glitter cupcake paper, and layered them. Using some beautiful dies, I die cut the fancy green oval frame, the oval, the figure 7 and the  'happy'. A few gemstones, outline stickers later and a birthday card was made. I had to take a quick photo, so the quality isn't the best. I will try to get some better ones later!


If you are crafting, and your project meets the "Autumnal Twist - must use kraft paper/colour", why not enter?
Hope wherever you are, you enjoy this beautiful Autumnal day.

Thanks for stopping by. Love to you and happy crafting!
Eithne

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Summer Breeze with Craft for the Craic!

Hello! Happy Sunday to you :) over at Craft for the Craic this month, the challenge theme is Summer Breeze. I have been working a lot on crochet lately than paper crafts. There have been a lot of new babies, and I have been making baby blankets! This one I made for my friends baby girl -


I recently printed myself some tags for my crochet, and they have been a Godsend! I left them pretty bare purposely, so I can decorate them as I need them.


This blanket is made up of granny squares crocheted together. I can't resist the colours. They are so summery and cheery. I made sure to have loads of pinks in, and I love the brightness of it!


If you are crafting and it suits the theme, why not give it a go? You can link up here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Love and light to you, wherever you are <3
Eithne :)

Friday, 4 March 2016

Luck of the Irish :)

Hello! Happy New Year!!!! Two months later ;) I haven't been blogging much lately, enjoying too many great television series and crocheting! You can check out some of my unblogged crafts on my Instagram account. In the future there may be some calligraphy coming up, I got some beautiful Calligraphy pens at Christmas and have been doing a bit of doodling.
More to follow!!

Today, I am showing you a card I made for my brother, and for the Craft for the Craic's March theme - "Luck of the Irish". In the middle of March, we celebrate our Patron Saint's Day, St. Patrick or Paddy's Day (*NOT* Patty's Day ;)  ) and our theme is "Luck of the Irish". You can interpret the theme, as usual, anyway you like!
My brother recently changed career paths, so I made him a card to wish him luck on his new journey!


The base was a kraft A5 card, and I used some papers from My Minds Eye 6x6 paper pad - "Follow Your Heart". I absolutely LOVE this paper pack. Love the different colours and how they all combine so well together. (it does help I'm particularly partial to teal and tan lately ;) ) I am forever on the look out for more of this paper, only problem is I noticed a spelling mistake on one of the quotes. I contacted the manufacturer and they said they were not reprinting the paper pad. :(  I will need to look out for old stock and ignore my OCD urge to correct the mistake!


I also used some embossed vellum paper, a kraft tag, some blue raffia, some cork and chipboard embellishments. 
 I stamped a few different stamps in brown ink, to the background layer.
 
I did some doodling around the edge of the tag in a gold pen and added some raffia to the twine to lift the colour.

Thank you for stopping by today, and hope your Friday goes well :) If you are crafting and it matches the theme, why not enter our challenge over at Craft for the Craic. 
I am entering this card in the Simon says Stamp challenge - Touchy Feely (the embossed vellum and all the chipboard embellishments)

Lá Fhéile Pádraig duit! (Happy St. Patrick's Day)
Happy Crafting,
Mise le meas,
Eithne

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Giveaway!!

Hello and happy Thursday! For all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving 😀
Over on my Facebook page I'm having a giveaway! I have two lovely packs of handmade festive pegs (check them out here) to giveaway and a pack of 5 handmade Christmas cards.

 To be in with a chance all you have to do is like, comment on the post and then reshare the post! Easy peasy ;)
I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful day, wherever you are :)
Eithne

Friday, 16 October 2015

When you came in my life you changed my world

Hello, and happy Friday! Today over at Craft for the Craic we have some beautiful mid month inspiration. This month the theme is "Inspired by Music". As this is the middle of Birthday Season for my family, I'm showing the birthday card I made for my daughter Sarah. 

 We are big "Thin Lizzy" fans in our house. Our dog's name is Lizzy because when we found her she was really skinny and scrawny (get it, thin Lizzy?!!) Anyway, unintentionally a few years later our first child was born and we called her Sarah because we loved the name and it suited her. Coincidentally Phil Lynott's (from Thin Lizzy) daughter is Sarah also! The title is the first line of the song, which is so true when kiddies came along in my life! :)

So although, I was making this card for a birthday (it could be inspired by The Beatles Birthday either ;) ) it ties in with a lot of musical influence :) :)

 I used a series of dies (Bigz doily die, Bigz Styled Labels, Technique Tuesday happy die etc), papers, washi tape, embellishments to complete the card. 

I couldn't help a bit of doodling either in my silver pen!

Anyway, I have to go and finish eating some of this - it *IS* quality control before any guests arrive ;) ;)


If you are crafting, and it ties in with the theme, why not enter over at Craft for the Craic?!
Have a wonderful Friday, wherever you are :)
Eithne :) xxx

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Thank You Tattered Lace!

Hello and thank YOU for popping by!
Beautiful Autumnal weather here in Ireland, but you can feel the nip in the air slipping in :) I was asked recently to make a Thank You card for a member of the clergy. Last year my very kind Aunt, die cut some of her beautiful Tattered Lace dies for me. I wanted to use them on something special, so this card was just the ticket!!

With a navy A5 base, I layered it up with some kraft card. Using some of my 3d Matte Gel by Finnabair, I created a stenciled affect and then stamped some music (Finnabair's music stamp) in brown ink over it.

 I embossed some navy board, and mixed some mica in with the 3D Matte Gels and created a glowing affect. I did different levels of colour to create the affect of the light shinning from it. I layered this with another shade of kraft card. Roughening the edge, stamping and inking the edge in navy ink to tie in with the base card. Some gold confetti musical notes glued all around for a bit of "bling".


Look at the beautiful ornate Tattered Lace cross! 


 With another Tattered Lace corner die cut, I placed it over a layer of die cut vellum. Stamping and die cutting the badge, I placed the "Thank You" on top. I find this colour combo perfect for male cards, and I love how the gold mica shows off on the navy.


I hope to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting Desert Divas - Favourite Colours (navy, kraft and gold are one of my favourite colour combos!)
Unstampabelles Challenge - Boys will be Boys 
Simon Says Stamp - Use a Stamp
Glitter n Sparkle - Use a Punch or a Die Cut
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Mixed Media
Thanks again for popping by, hope you have a wonderful day :)

Eithne

Friday, 4 September 2015

Craft for the Craic: Septembers Challenge :)

Check out the new challenge and beautiful inspiration over at Craft for the Craic today!



 Craft for the Craic: Septembers Challenge :): Hello and happy Friday to you!! Wow, September already. Where is the year going to! Thank you so much for all the beautiful entries for ...