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Autumnal Thank you card

Last month I had a long weekend in Devon with my Fairy Godparents, it was so nice to get away from my PhD deadlines for a few days! My parents looked after the kittens whilst I was away so they were at home, not in a cattery. I wanted to give my Godparents a thank you card for taking such good care of me, and I didn’t get much of a chance to make Autumnal projects because of my experimetnal schedule. I have the Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine #11 Autumn edition and it came with lots of exciting freebies, so I thought I would give them an outing for this card.

I used the leaf and sentiment from the clear stamp set that came with the magazine and tried to recreate one of the suggested projects in the magazine with copper embossing powder. I don’t have copper embossing powder, but I have LOADS of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders – the Autumn Lustre was the closest colour I had. I have recently purchased some Creative Expressions stitched banners that will complement my Spellbinders ‘Banners and Pennants’ dies, so I embossed the sentiment on this white stitched banner and attached it to the card base with foam squares for a little dimention.

I think I will have to put copper embossing powder on my Christmas list because this didn’t turn out quite as I was hoping – more orangy than copper… But at least I was able to find a card base that matched, and add some Hempatique twine that wasn’t too bad a match either.

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I hope this inspired you? What colours do you use for your Autumnal cards?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Autumnal thank-you

I’m so blessed – I’ve been working really hard recently and I found it was affecting my mood – I went on Facebook and all my friends were sharing how wonderful their lives were and how they just couldn’t be happier. I had been working 11/12 and 13 hour days and been unable to fit in the usual cleaning and socialising and I would really have appreciated a text or an email from any of my friends to say they were thinking about me, but no one texted me, and they didn’t reply to any texts I sent them. With my mood the way it was it just felt like everyone else was living the perfect life and too busy being happy to spare a thought for me.

Whenever I tell people at work how my project is going they all say “Wow, that’s really bad luck, you poor thing. I hope things get better soon.” so I know things could be better at work, but to get home and see the pile of ironing, dishes to wash, food to cook, vaccuming to be done and no contact from my friends to say, “Hey, come round ours for dinner, just get out of the flat for a bit.” I was almost at rock bottom.

Then a bright orange parcel appeared and it lit up my life. My ‘Fairy’ Godmother (I was never Baptised, but my Mum chose Godparents just in case) had been told by my Mum how hard I was working and that I was struggling with keeping on top of chores. She decided that I would really benefit from a book she had found called ‘5 ingredients 10 minutes’ as I had so little time in the evenings to cook. It was so lovely to find that someone was thinking of me, and that they were thoughtful enough to think how they might improve my situation.

I wanted to make a thank you card to express my heartfelt thanks. I love all the Autumnal cards that are about at the moment, so I drew inspiration from a few on Pinterest and grabbed my Stampin’UP! ‘French Foliage’ stamp set.

I started with a white 6×6 card base and stamped leaves in the middle of the card using Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso and Hello Honey inks.

For the shaker element of the card I cut some kraft card to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, then I used my Spellbinders Circles dies to cut a circle out. I cut some acetate smaller than the kraft panel and adhered it behind the window with HI-Tack glue. Using the same die I had used for the kraft card I cut some white adhesive foam. I attempted to stick the foam to the acetate so the circle of the foam and kraft were overlapping. I added a few 3mm foam adhesive squares around the edges of the kraft card so it would be the same height as the shaker element (because I had made the foam shaker circle quite small it didn’t go to the edges of the kraft panel and the edges of the kraft would have been flapping about with no adhesive). I also stuck double sided red tape all around the edge of the foam circle to adhere it to the card front after all the shaker bits were in.

From white card stock I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ words and adhered them to the front of the kraft panel with Quicky Glue. I also stamped some of the French Foliage leaves onto some spare Kraft card and fussy cut them out.

Next came the good bit; I used a leaf punch I have and punched out loads of leaves in various colours and put them inside the foam circle on the back of the kraft card. I also poured in a few brown beads, bronze rocailles and gold sequins in to add some bling.

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The next step was rather tricky… I removed the backing from the double sided red tape, placed it on my self-healing mat that has lines and measurements on it, then lowered the card front onto the shaker element and pressed down. When I turned it the right way up I pressed around the edges of the window again just to make absolutely sure I had made the adhesive stick.

The last thing I wanted to do was attach the kraft leaves I had stamped earlier with a brown Hemptique twine bow with Hi-Tack glue.

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So here is the finished card:

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I just want to assure you all that I’m feeling much better now – I have some time off booked soon and several friends have arranged to go to the cinema with me or just meet up for a coffee. If you know someone who is feeling down – just text them, even if it’s just to say HI, sometimes that’s all they need to hear.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Cousin’s Birthday card

Today is my cousin in Scotlands birthday, I wanted to show you the card I made for her.

The second I saw the new Farmer’s Market set from Hearfelt Creations I fell in love, so I bought everything in the set. It feels very autumnal this week (I put the central heating back on over the weekend!!) so harvest is a theme I wanted to use for my cousin’s birthday card.

I’m VERY busy at work at the moment – 13 hour days are rather the norm over the last month, so I wanted something that would be simple and quick, but still attractive. I settled on taking one of the panels from the paper pack and creating the vines with the ‘Jars and Vines’ stamps and matching dies.

I stamped the stamp in Lucky Limeade ink on some Pistachio Pudding card and die cut them, then used sponge daubers to add some Peeled Paint Distress Ink to some of the leaves.

The card base is a cream C5 card, then I layered some Simon Says Stamp Kraft Woodgrain cardstock on top. I fiddled around with the vines until I had decided how I wanted them, then attached them to the base with Hi-Tack glue. Once the vines were set I attached the sentiment panel with roll-on glue.

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Inside the card I stamped the sentiment from the ‘Veggie Collage’ stamp set and coloured it with Distress Markers in Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and a little Worn Lipstick on the butterfly.

DSC01458I decided the outside of the card needed some extra embellishment, so I found some Blazing Poppy petals that I had left over from making my Step Sister’s card and inked them up with a sponge dauber and Spun Sugar ink and shaped them with my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. I stuck them together with Hi-Tack glue then added a Sweet Lilac Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower centres. In hindsight I should have made a third flower, but I only had 2 ready made so that’s how many I had to put on the card.

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Is it feeling autumnal where you are? Only one more day of the week left! (although I’m working early on Saturday and dropping my parents at the airport early on Sunday, so it won’t feel much like the weekend!!)

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Hi everyone!! I’ve been seeing lots of mini cards on other people’s blogs – for some cute Halloween ideas see Elizabeth Allan’s blog.

I was waiting for a friend to pop over for a cup of tea and some cake, so I wanted a quick make that wouldn’t involve getting out loads of materials that I needed to quickly tidy away when my friend arrived. I wanted to try my hand at a simple mini card, so I cut one of my square white premade cards in half with my guillotine (TIP: don’t make your blade work too hard & cut it unfolded, then you get a cleaner cut edge).

I’ve had a leaf punch from HobbyCraft for almost a year, I bought it with the aim of sticking some ‘Autumnal leaves’ to a project I never got round to starting, so I had quite a few pre-punched purple, yellow, brown and dark red leaves in my stash. I punched a few more leaves from the sheets of card I had used last time and then started to work out how I wanted my wreath to look (ie. would it be one of each colour in a pattern or random…). Once I was happy with a random colour scheme I drew a pencil circle on the card where I  wanted to have the wreath (don’t try to stick the leaves on free-hand or you could end up with an oval- or egg-shaped wreath!!!) I grabbed punched leaves at random & used roll-on permanent glue to attach them to the circle (TIP: if you are using punched-out leaves they look best if you put the next leaf over the ‘stalk’ of the previous one – you can see on both cards that I tried to change the direction the leaves were going at some point & the stalk bits on show doesn’t look as nice as the tips of the leaves).

For the sentiment I used a HobbyCraft wood-mounted rubber stamp and VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink stamped at a bit of an angle at the bottom of the cards.

Button cards!

Reading October’s Cardmaking & Papercraft I loved the bonus papers and ideas on page 48 so I made 2 of the 3 suggestions – how do you think they turned out?