Saturday, 6 November 2010

Happy Birtday Sis..

Hi everyone. I hope you all enjoyed your fireworks last night? Lots of oooowwwwsss and aughsssss I guess!!! Just for our international visitors who might not know, yesterday in the UK was Bonfire Night! Where we celebrate the fact that in 1605, (the year that is, not 5 minutes past 4..) Guy Fawkes was prevented from blowing up the Houses of Parliament. Every year on the 5th of November we have Fireworks and Bonfires where effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt. See, it's not all about crafting on here, you get a history lesson too... Anyway enough of that, you can always google it if you need to know more. Just look for the Gun Powder Plot!.Today is my wonderful Sisters' Birthday, and I wanted to share the card/present I made for her.I didn't know what to get for her for her Birthday so I pre booked some cinema tickets to go and see the new Harry Potter Film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One!)" which I know she will enjoy. I couldn't really just give her the confirmation slip from the order so I jazzed it up a bit... Here's a step by step if you fancy giving something similar a go.I started off by cutting out some flowers and leaves using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves dies.I embossed them all using a Basic Grey embossing folder from the Sugar & Starry Night set, I'm not quite sure which one is which in this set because neither one looks like Sugar or a Starry Night to me, but what do I know!I then made Roses out of the flowers. Check back here to see a step by step on how to make them.
Whilst the flowers were drying I set about making my base card.I cut a strip from the Martha Stewart Punch Blossom Trim,adding a little piece of it to 2 corners of some matt and layered Black and Gold Mirror card which I had already applied my sentiment to. The sentiment was cut from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge using my Cricut Machine from the same Green Glitter card I used for the leaves.I then applied the leaves, and now dry Roses, to the card using Pinflair Glue.
Now, for the present.
I was going to do a separate gift card but decided to combine it with her Birthday card.I cut out my letters from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge as this was the nearest sort of Harry Potterish font I could find. These again were applied to some matt and layered Black & Gold Mirror card, to keep the theme going.I found a Harry Potter font on my PC and printed out my invitation (if you click on the picture it should enlarge so you can read what it says),cut it to size and applied it to the back of the invitation.Added some Hook & Loop fixers so that the invitation could be held securely in the card but also could be removed easily.And then popped it inside the card.Finishing off with a little more greeness by way of the Martha Stewart Vine Trim punch!!!And there you have it!I hope she likes it!I'll find out in a mo as she is in shortly.
Happy Birthday Jo, have a great day.
Right, I'm off for a full day of Tim Holtz crafting with a clasroom full of lovely ladies waiting to play with some ink.. It's ganna be messy, but oh so much fun!
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.


  1. Happy Birthday Jo!!!

    Beautiful card Andy and great idea for containing the gift.

    Okay, I'm prepared for the 'messy'...see you soon for a wonderful day.

    Toni :o)

  2. Absolutely stunning Andy! Beautiful design I love all the shine and what a fabulous way to present a gift and card! Your sis will love it! Happy Birthday Jo!

  3. Love the card! Love all the pics of the process, that's awesome. You have a beautiful blog BTW

  4. Super cute and creative! Love the "potter" invite!

  5. Oh this is a brilliant way to dress up a gift certificate and I love the shimmer of the card it looks so elegant.
    Kim xXx

  6. wow! thats cool! love this idea! a simple present has turned into something really amazing! tfs xx