Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Half Term Havoc!!!

Hi Blogland, how you doing? For those with kiddiwinks I hope you are surviving half term this week? I know I know, for some it's next week and for some it was last week.. It doesn't seem only 6 weeks since they went back to school after the Summer break does it? But with the arrival of half term it means firstly Halloween is just around the corner, I.E 3 days away!! and then Christmas begins it's rapid approach..
So I'll be out to Lakeside and Bluewater shopping malls very soon to do battle with everyone else, although I think I need to sharpen my elbows first....

Today's card encompasses, ooohh big word for me, 4 of my favorite crafting items.. Mirror Card, Stamping, Cuttlebug/Sizzix Embossing and of course my Cricut.

Firstly, I cut out 24 2.5" leaves from Silver Mirror card using my "Speaking of Fall" cartridge. Me and leaves at the moment are like best buddies and this cartridge has soooo many of them on it that it was ideal for this project.

Once they were cut out I positioned them inside the Summer Fun Sizzex Embossing Folder and passed them through my Cuttlebug. Although the leaves I had cut from the Cricut had the veins already cut into them, they were a little bit flat, so embossing them gave them a little more texture and dimension.

Once they had been embossed I added some high tack double sided tape to each stem and layered them one on top of each other slightly over lapping... I found I had a few left over so decided to do half a flower, I may use it I may not I thought!! In the end I did.!!

I then took my newest EK Success Punch (Morocco Lace EKPL8032) although to me it looks more like Art Deco than Moroccan Lace, but then again I have never been to Morocco and seen their lace so who am I to judge??!! Although I did have an incident with a rather jeleous camel in Lanzarote once so does that count? No! I didn't think so!

I punched out a border on some light Green Mirror card.

I tend to start in the middle of the card stock when doing a border and line up each side as I go..
I also cut out a 4" circle using Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge. I used the Centre Point function to then cut out an inner circle at 3".

Why I positioned these elements on the card where I did I will never know, I just fancied ringing the changes a bit..

Usually for me if it's not a right angle it's a wrong angle, however I'm pleased with how it worked out. Once the border and circles were stuck down I attached the full and half flowers to the card with Pinflair Glue..

Now, the centres of the flowers needed something. I came across these frosted brads which off set the shiny mirror card perfectly.

I removed the shanks of the brads with pliers and attached them to the centre of the flowers again with Pinflair glue.
Stamping is what I love best, no! Cricut, no! Stamping, no!.. oh you get the gist!! Any hoo, I wanted to show you how I got the greeting and border stamped onto the card.
It's probably not that clear on the final card so here it is on White card stock.

I used Cactus Green StazOn and the Poinsettia border from Inkadinkadoo Winter Borders (LM809529) and stamped out the image.

I then used my sentiment stamp which was inked up using Forest Green StazOn and stamped directly over the border image..

I hope you like the result and why not trying embossing an image which has already been cut out (like the leaves) it makes using your Cuttlebug or Big Shot and Embossing Folders more fun than just doing backgrounds for your projects...

Happy Halloween to you all and thanks for checking us out.
See you soon..


  1. Im following your blog because of the contest for carts.. but now am returning for the creations.. wow I love what you did with the leaves. very creative. I dont have speaking of fall in my collection.. may be have to take a second look at that one.. I love the embossing but then I love anything embossed. You should join our weekly challenges at


  2. Lovely card Andy...I haven't played with my boarder punch yet.

    Toni :o)

  3. Excellant instruction for the beautiful card. Thanks for sharing,

  4. Oooh! Nice one Andy, one more idea to steal....oops sorry, share!!! Lovely idea, very usable, very impressive! Other colours and variations running round my head, I have so many Christmas cards to make, you're a star. I can see my Cricut and Bigshot taking the strain well and truly this year.

    Renee xx

  5. Most beautiful Andy!!I wil have to try and find some of that Mirror card.Ive never seen it...that I know of anyway! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  6. I really like that "mirror card". I tried using foil in my Cuttlebug, but sometimes it rips a little, lol. :)

  7. ooh thats pretty, i have some green staz-on i bought in the sale at papaermill and always wonder what i could use it for, thankyou for the insipration to get it out x

  8. That's beautiful as always Andy- well done! Will you be open for the Spooky Night tomorrow evening?
    Might just agree to bring Bethany if you are LOL ;)

  9. I love it! I have never heard of mirror card before, so pretty!

  10. Your cards are very elegant. I love them. Perfect for the upcoming holidays. Such a crafty one you are!