Category: Craft


Make it! Farnborough 2017

I won’t lie – I was aprehensive about going to Make it! because I have very little money at the moment (vets bills!!) and I feared I would go on a wild spending spree… I went with the right friend though – she got cash out that morning and was only going to buy with cash, so I followed her lead and didn’t overspend!

Make it! Farnborough is in a hanger on the Farnborough airfield (it’s quite a treck from the gate – we felt like we drove for miles!!) and there were lots of exhibitors and all sorts of different crafts, so if you are new to crafting it’s very exciting – all sorts are on offer for you to try. There are lots of exhibitors selling wool for knitting and crochet (one had some amazing HUGE knitting needles that looked more like toy wooden swords than needles!), some selling MDF shapes to personalise, crafty storage, stencils and stencil brushes, all kinds of ink pads, patterened paper and card, sooo many kinds of adhesives and more stamps and dies than you can shake a stick at!

My friend and I were very taken with Encaustic Art (painting with an iron and wax – it looks so cool!) but we decided that we already have very expencive hobbies and we didn’t need to start another!

Phew! you would think shopping was a sport – we were both very tired by the end of the day.

So… I hear you say, what did I get? Well, as I said I was very restrained. I had made myself a little list of things I needed vs some stuff I would like to have if I had any money left over (ha ha ha ha!! The optimism…). So on my list was Nuvo Jewel Drops (I already have all the Nuvo Crystal Drops, but non of the glitter drops, and when I saw the Jewel drops I had an “I MUST HAVE THOSE” moment, follwed by a look at my bank balance and a “not this month” realisation, but as a result I’ve wanted them for a while and know I would use them rather than lose them in the back of my craft cabinet to collect dust), the brand new Nuvo Aqua Flow pens (I saw Vicky of Clips n Cuts demo them here and I just had to get them!!), a ‘pick-me-up’ tool for embellishments, the Heartfelt Creations Black Friday 2016 set of border dies and a Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool.

I got some, but not all fo the things on my list and a few surprise items snuck in to my basket. I did get the Nuvo Jewel drops and Aqua flow pens (squeal!!) and a Silhouette pick-me-up tool so I could tick them off my ‘needed’ list. Unfortunately I didn’t realise that Heartfelt Creations had a ‘Black Friday’ collection and a ‘Black Friday 2016’ collection, so I bought the beautiful ‘Regal Borders and Pockets’ dies, only to find out when I got home they weren’t the ones I thought they were (d’oh!)… never mind – they are lovely and I will be able to use them on future projects! I hadn’t put a non-slip patterned embossing folder or stencil on my list because it has been on my ‘want one, but it has to be the right one’ list for so long that I’d forgotten I wanted one, but when I saw this stencil I knew I had finally found ‘the right one’ so I snapped it up with glee.

I got a little bit over-excited by some WOW! glitter embossing powders and woosh that was me with not enough money to get a Stamp Perfect, but I did find some Gorguss buttons and 8×8 patterned paper that will go with my Gorguss stamps PERFECTLY so I’m very happy with my haul.

It’s all shiny and colourful!!! Just right for spring projects.

Do you splerge all your money at craft shows, or do you tend to only buy what you need?

Come back soon to see what I create with all my new goodies!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

St Valentine’s Day treat box

As a single person I don’t really celebrate St. Valentine’s day, but the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hey Love’ release is soooo adorable, who couldn’t help but be inspired?

First I used the Stampin’UP! box die to create a box base out of Neenah Desert Storm card. I used my Simon Says Stamp love background stamp and Stampin’UP! Sahara Sand ink to create some subtle pattern on the box base.

The i die cut the love outline die from black card and the love word die from white card several times and created a stack of ‘loves’ and adhered them to the outline die, then positioned this on one of the box base panels.

The heart is the one that came with the box die. I originally cut hearts from reds and pinks, but on such a small surface it looked too busy, so I stuck with three hearts from Red Riding Hood card.

When I was happy with the positions of all the hearts and the sentiment I stuck them to the side of the box with HI-Tack glue and assembled the box. Last, but not least I popped some chocolates in and tied up the opening with some black and white ribbon.

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Let me know if you get any St. Valentine’s Day treats/cards tomorrow in the comments section below!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

SSS haul! February 2017

Squeal!!! This was an uexpected surprise! I ordered some exciting stamps and dies from the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) ‘Hey Love’ release and misread one of the reservation dates – I thought it was 10th January, but actually it was 10th February!! SSS don’t ship until everything in the order is ready, so I thought that I probably wouldn’t get my delivery until after St. Valentine’s Day. However, the crafting Gods must have been smiling on me because I found my order on the door mat this evening when I got back from work!

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I’m so excited to create gorgeous projects with my new stamps and dies – come back soon to see what I create!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Crafty kittens!

Hmmm… The kittens are adorable, but they are annoying too!! I had made a 50th birthday card using loads of die cut letters and managed to keep them out of the paws (and mouths!) of the kittens, stuck the card together and just had to add the nuvo Crystal Drops to leave them to dry overnight and suddenly Inara jumped up on my craft table and trod on the three top drops and trailed her little tail through the bottom drops!!!!!!!!!

Inara is fine – as I was there when she did it I was able to wipe as much of the crystal drops off her paw as possible immediately with a wet wipe.

So here is what I managed to salvage of the card! (I tried to colour in the top drops with alcohol markers in an effort to get them to look better, but it just didn’t work!!)

And here are the kittens helping me with photography…

Note to self – if anything needs to dry or set I need to put it in a cupboard in future! I still love them both to bits, despite their naughty ways!!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Pumpkin Chuckin’

Oh My Goodness! I was up very late on Wednesday night making the bean bag pumpkins for Pumpkin Chuckin’, but it was worth it – the little ones really enjoyed playing the game! I got the idea for the game from Pinterest.

How I Made the Bean bags:

I bought some cotton fabric (doesn’t matter what it looks like because this is the internal bean bag, mine was all flowery!!), Marrowfat Peas and lots of orange felt rectangles and one green and one black felt rectangle.

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All of the making steps I did in bulk, conveyerbelt fashion.

I cut 10x 6 inch squares of the cotton fabric, pinned two squares together and then sewed three sides together on the sewing machine, I then turned them inside out so I had 5 pouches. I put 1 cup of Marrowfat Peas into each ‘pouch’ and then sewed the opening shut on the sewing machine. I had 5 bean bags ready to stuff into my ‘pumpkins’.

From the orange felt I cut 10x 7 inch squares. From the green felt I cut 5x rectangles that were about 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, I folded them in half along the 2 inch side so I had a 1 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangle, then machine stitched around the edge to keep the shape – these would be my stalks. From the black felt I cut 10 triangles for eyes and 5 mouth shapes. I hand sewed these to 5 of the orange squares with black thread, then when I was done I placed a ‘face’ onto a plain orange square, face facing inwards, then I got a stalk and made sure most of it was inside the sandwich, with just a little bit peeking out of the top of my orange felt sandwich. I machine stitched almost all the way around my sandwich, BUT MADE SURE I LEFT ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE BEAN BAG IN THE HOLE LEFT. Then I turned my pumpkins inside out so the stalks were pointing out the top & faces were on the outside of the bag, I then gently pursuaded one bean bag per pumpkin to go in and hand sewed the hole shut.

How I made the Pumpkin Target:

I bought some Westfoam 5mm Foamboard and some Acrylic paints (orange, black and green).

I drew on the foamboard in pencil until I was happy with the pumpkin, then using my craft knife and self-healing cutting mat on the floor I cut out the eyes, nose and mouth holes. Using the pencil lines as a guide I painted the pumpkin with acrylic paints and let it dry overnight.

To set up the game:

Put two chairs back-to-back and prop the target up against the chairs, then separate the chairs so they are supporting the foam at the edges & not obstructing the holes the kiddies will be aiming for! Give the little ones bean bags & let the Chuckin’ begin!!!

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What do you think? Something you might want to try next year? It’s a really good game for toddlers! Enjoy the rest of your Halloween!!!

Pumpkin Chuckin' set up

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

 

New Stamps!!!

I don’t know about you, but when I get a delivery of new stamps to play with I practically squeak with excitement!!!!

I ordered some new IndigoBlu stamps after entering the IndigoBlu Challenge & seeing some of the wonderful creations made with stamp sets I didn’t have yet.

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So here is a peek at my new sets – you’ll probably see some cards/tags made with them soon enough!!!

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Birthday Present Tag

Eeek! It’s my Step Dad’s birthday tomorrow and his present only arrived today!

He has a share of a Narrow Boat and so I thought it would be really nice to get him something to remind him of his boat, so I got this pitcher from Black Country Metalworks.

Because the pitcher is a bit of an awkward shape I didn’t think wrapping it would be a good idea, but I did want to make a tag so he knew it was for him and who it was from.

I used my trusty Kraft tags from BSSBS 2011, blue ink and the Mr Fan-tash-tic stamp set from IndigoBlu.

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Halloween treat boxes

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s also World Card Making Day today!!! Unfortunately I haven’t made a card yet today because I was busy finishing these off, maybe I will be able to get around to a quick one later?

I started this project last weekend & have done a little bit here an there over the week and stuck the final bits on this morning – phew!

I used Woodware ‘Make your own pillow boxes’ that I bought from The Glitter Pot, the stamps are all Waltzingmouse Stamps; I arranged them over a large acrylic block to make a background stamp to (almost) cover the whole of the box – I used Memento ink ‘London Fog’ (because I was going to be inking over the top I didn’t want it to blend or run). The stamp sets were ‘Midnight Feast‘ and ‘Halloween Party‘.

Work in progress!

The next day I cut out 12 2″ circles from white card and inked up some of the circular sentiments with VersaMark Watermark ink, sprinkled them with black embossing powder and then heated them with my craft heater (some of them didn’t come out as well as I wanted, so I ended up making a few more than 12 in the end). After that I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles, the 3rd die (going from the middle) because they would give the 2″ circles a border and cut out 4 orange, 4 lilac and 4 green circles from card in my stash.

Then it was time to have fun inking!!! I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads ‘Mowed Lawn’, ‘Dusty Concord’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ and a little VersaFine Orange. I inked four of each colour (with the Spiced Marmalade and Orange on the same boxes). I also decided to ink the edges of my white card circles with the embossed sentiments in the same colours.

I cut some purple twine from the Docrafts ‘Tea party’ twine set to wrap around 4 of the boxes. The orange and green was going to be a bit tricky so I cut 8 lengths of plain twine and inked it using the Tim Holtz distress ink pads (TIP: wear some gloves for that because the Spiced Marmalade made my fingers orange for a few days!).

Now that I had all the components ready, I just needed to get sticking! I put double sided tape along the tab of the boxes and made up all the pillow boxes together. Then I spent a bit of time deciding which coloured twine should go with which box colour with which scallop colour and in the end decided on the colour combinations in the final photo. I used Glossy Accents (Inkssentials) to attach the twine to the boxes, left to dry. Whilst waiting for this to dry I stuck the circle sentiments to the scalloped circles with double sided tape and finally I attached the scalloped circles to the  boxes with some more Glossy Accents.

60th birthday box

Happy weekend everyone! (well… end of the weekend now, but I hope you had a good one!)

I was asked to make a birthday card/something for a friend of the family and decided to make her an exploding box with paper orchids (I had to work out how to construct them myself, so see my previous post for how I did that). Having had lots of notice of her birthday, but no inspiration until quite late I didn’t leave myself much time to make it, so even though this was the last week of my contract at work, my boyfriend and I split up and lots of other stuff going on in my life I had to really get going with this or it would be too late for her birthday party! I worked on this for a few evenings, but ended up working until midnight on Thursday to get this project done, so it was very last minute (not what I would reccomend) and I took the photos on the Friday morning, but I’ve only just had the chance to write this post now.

I wanted some really thick cardstock so I went to HobbyCraft and purchased some A1 300gsm cardstock from their art section in black and purple. I also went to the childrens section and purchased some wooden numbers.

I wanted the box to be fairly big so I cut a 12 x 12″ square for the base and 8 x 8″ square for the lid from the black cardstock. I scored the lid at 2″ from the edge so the central square was 4 x 4″, then I scored the rectangles in each corner into triangles and cut the triangles out so the lid sides had flaps to glue the lid together, I glued the lid into shape with double sided tape. Then I cut some of the purple card to fit the panels on the top and side of the lid and attached them with double sided tape. I used a die and my Big Shot to cut some flourishes from green card, I used scissors to cut the flourishes up and double sided tape to attach the flourishes to the purple sections.

Using Liquid Pearls (Ranger) in ‘Royal Blue’ I painted the 6 and the 0 from the childrens wooden numbers and left them to dry, then attached over the top of the flourishes on the lid of the box. Lid finished!!

The 12 x 12″ ‘exploding’ base I scored so the central square would be smaller than 4 x 4″ (it has to fit inside the lid, with panels attached to the outside) and removed the rectangles at each corner, then I used my bone folder to fold the scored lines over a few times. I cut more panels from the purple cardstock for the outer and the inner panels of the base. The outer panels were attached first, once they were on the weight really helped the sides to drop down when released from the lid. Before attaching the internal panels I cut some acetate strips and cut some slits in the panel for the bottom of the box for them to go in and attached the ends of the acetate strips on the underside of the panel with double sided tape. I attached the panels to the inside of the box and stuck two of the acetate strips to the panels of the inside of the box and cut the two loose strips short so they would not poke up above the sides when upright & closed inside the lid.

The box was really begining to look good! I stamped the inside purple panels with the flower flourish from the Kanban crafts clear stamp set in ‘Rainforest’ ink by VersaColour. I made some orchid leaves from some very dark green card, scored down the middle and used my Sculpy tools to go around the edge of the leaves to get them to shape a bit, then I cut slits in the leaves to put the base of the next leaf thorugh so they looked like orchid plants. When I had stuck these to the base of the box it was looking much better and I only had the orchids to do.

I punched out about 14 orchid punches so I would have enought petals (for 7 orchid flowers) and started to colour the petals in my promarkers: Plum Preserve, Aubergine and Lime Zest. Again I used my Sculpy tools to help me put the orchids together (it is very fiddly) and shape them. Using yet more double sided tape I attached the orchids at varying heights to the acetate strips & then I galloped up to bed to sleep!

I have been told that the recipient absolutely LOVED her box and put it all back together to show people how it opened, so I’m really glad that I put in the effort – it was worth it!

These are just some more pictures of the box from different angles and with some real orchids for comparison!

Unwell

Eugh… Don’t you just hate it when you aren’t well? I was at a surprise birthday meal yesterday when I suddenly NEEDED to leave the table, it was horrible! Thankfully I had turned up in my own car & hadn’t been drinking so when the worst of it had cleared I was able to head home & feel sorry for myself in my room instead of in the restaruant’s ladies WC…

Needless to say I’m still not felling great today, which is a pain, but I wanted to share some exciting news with you all… I have a Big Shot at last!!! On Saturday I purchased a stamp and die bundle & thought “Hmm… all very well and good, but I don’t have a die cutting machine!”. I had asked several of the ladies that I met on the day which machine they thought was best & the Big Shot came out top & although I’m strapped for cash right now I thought it would be an investment I’m sure to use again and again. My order will probably arrive by the end of the week, so I’m getting really excited about being able to use my Big Shot when I feel better! 🙂