Tag Archive: Big Shot

New addition!!!

Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been saving for a TODO for I think maybe a year, but everytime I had a bit saved up I either saw some stamps and dies I HAD to have or the kittens needed a vet trip, so I thought I’d never get one, but then Create and Craft TV had a half price deal and I could finally afford one, and it’s arrived today!!!!!!!


The kittens helped me unpack the box (of course)!

Here it is in-situ in my craft area, along with my Big Shot and Grand Calibur, that I’m planning to sell now as the TODO will replace both of them and I can’t spare the space to store them.

I bought some metallic foils and the Paisley die and letterpress bundle too, and this was my first attempt at hot foiling ever, using the roller settings in the instructions, but I think it was too low as the letterpress/hot foil plate cut into the card a bit.

I’m going to spend the rest of my day playing about with various dies and the roller settings to work out what settings to use for all my different dies, I’m soooooooo excited!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the remainder of #STAMPtember2016.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Best Friend’s birthday card

Hi all! I just wanted to share the CAS birthday card I made for my best friend.

Having a December birthday sucks – everyone always gives her birthday/Christmas combined presents, so I wanted to make her a lovely birthday card to go with her birthday presents to make sure she feels special.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn balloon dies from Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana card. The sentiments are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink. You can probably tell I just LOVE this colour combo – it’s my favourite of all the Stampin’UP! ‘in colors’ sets!


I hope you are enjoying the festive period?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Josh’s 1st Birthday card

I can’t believe today is the First Birthday of one of my school friends’ son! It seems like only yesterday that he was only a few weeks old when I first met him!

Being a little boy I had to use the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set I got with my Birthday money (in case you were ever in any doubt – all the best people were born in April! 😉 ) When I first saw this stamp set I got so excited – I think quite a lot of my friends (and me) loved comics when we were kids & the love of the style has stayed with me (I still have some graphic novels stashed away somewhere at my parent’s house…).

The co-ordinating die for the ‘Kaboom’ stamp is amazing – you can cut out the inner and outer sections from different card stock and nest them all back together. If you have the time, check out Claire Brennan’s blog or the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog to see how effective the die is.

I stamped the ‘explosion’ using Versa Fine Onyx Black ink onto some Daffodil Delight card stock and fussy cut it with a slight border around the ink. The ‘one’ is spelled out using the Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ dies. I cut four squares from blue card, attached them to black card and used my Perfect Layers tool to create a 1/16 border, so the blue really popped.

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I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

Well I have a long week ahead (I was working on Sunday & now I think I need to work this Saturday so I’ll have worked 7 days in a row, and tomorrow promises to be ~12 hour working day) so I hope I get through my working week, and I hope you all have a good week too!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Niece’s 7th Birthday Card

My youngest Niece turns 7 today! How time flies!!

I’ve seen so many cards using watercolour techniques that look amazing & I keep jealously thinking “hmmm, mine would never look that good – it would run everywhere and look aweful”, but then I thought to myself – I have watercolour paper, water-based inks, paint brushes, I should just go for it, splash some colours all over the place & see how it looks! So I just went for it!

I cut a piece of watercolour card to 6x6in, then taped it down to a firm surface so it wouldn’t warp too much when it was wet. I used a large watercolour brush to thoroughly wet the card, then I used a small bit of ink on a mixing plate and experimented with water to get contrasts between dilute and more intense colour. Several inks were used at various dilutions on this project, so I might not remember them all, but I think I used Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point.

When I was happy with the look I had created I let the card dry. Removing the tape was easier than I thought it would be, but I cut off all the edges anyway because I wanted the panel to be smaller than the front of the card base. I tied a knot in some Pool Party ribbon and attached it with double sided tape.

The ‘Sweet’ die is from Whimsy Stamps and I die cut it from watercolour card so it had the same texture as the background. The sentiment is from the Wplus9 ‘Fresh Picked‘ stamp set that I stamped with Versa Fine ink in Onyx Black. The sequins are from the Doodlebug Designs ‘Tangerine’ set and I attached them with Glossy Accents.

DSC01366I made a tag to match from Waltzingmouse ‘Stitched tags dies‘ and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies.

DSC01365DSC01364I will be seeing my Niece tomorrow for her Birthday party, so I can give her her card & present then.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead x

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

I know Easter was last week, but the kids are still off school, which means the roads are practically empty – bliss!!! Because most people tend to go to see family over Easter my work’s social club decided to hold a children’s Easter treasure hunt the weekend after so more parents and children would be around. I rather stupidly volunteered to help at this event and then suddenly it was “ask Sophia, it’s her event, she’s co-ordinating”!!!!!!!! I won’t lie, I was not impressed that it went from me just helping out to having to buy everything and getting asked to OK every bit of paperwork that went with it; next time I’m putting my foot down & saying in no uncertain terms that if I didn’t say I’ll co-ordinate, I WON’T….

Aaaaanyway… I thought the kids will probably have lots of Easter eggs from various adoring family members, so I wanted to give them something else. I had seen a few animals made from Stampin’UP! curvy keepsake boxes & I thought I would give making rabbits/Easter Bunnies a go. Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how I made them; feel free to try them yourself, just say where you got your inspiration from!!

You will need: White card, pink card, a black pen, a pink pen, glue, white pom poms, Curvy keepsake box die, Stampin’UP! Small Oval punch, SU! Large Oval punch.


Die-cut the Curvy Keepsake box templates, attach two templates as detailed in product instructions (I usually use double sided tape). Using a bone folder, curve the sides of the box & assemble. Using the punches punch out two large ovals from white card and two small ovals from pink card.


Using a generous blob of glossy accents, attach a white pom pom to the back of box – hold in place for a few seconds to allow the glossy accents to really grab the pom pom.


Take the white ovals and bend over one edge, creating mirror images – these will be the rabbit’s ears and the small bit that has been bent over will be the base to glue the ears to the box. Once you are happy with the ears, use glue to attach the small pink oval towards the bent-over section, so they will be at the base of the ear when it is attached.


Using Glossy Accents again attach the ears to the front of the box, if you need you can move them around until you are happy with the position, then hold in place for the Glossy Accents to grab.


You should now have something that almost resembles a bunny (maybe slightly more like a Chinchilla than a bunny, but near enough!). I used Tim Holtz Distress Marker in ‘Spun Sugar’ (but I’m sure you could use any kind of pen) to draw the nose and mouth – rabbits have a Y-shaped nose & almost a mini smile on their lips. I drew the eyes with a thick black pen because it was a big area to colour (in hindsight this was a bad idea because on many of these bunnies one eye is bigger than the other and/or one eye is higher than the other… oops!).


So now the bunnies have faces, there is only one thing left to draw – their big back legs!


Hey-presto! Easter Bunnies! I filled them with Galaxy Minstrels, but you could use any small treats/Mini Eggs (maybe don’t put in things that might melt & make a mess, or anything that might cause oil stains on the cardboard).


I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend x x


Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Mother’s Day Card 2015

I’ve been really inspired by the Clean and Simple look recently and I wanted to give it a go, but I was worried that it would look a bit lost with all the white card! Let me know if you think I got it right! I bought the Creative Expressions ‘Finishing Touches – Camellia – Complete Petals’ and Open Petals from my local craft shop and I asked them to order the co-ordinating ‘Striplet – Floral Meadow’ die but there was a UK-wide shortage of the Striplets, so I wasn’t able to get it in time & had to try something else. The Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (Style No. 825) popped out at me as I was perusing my die collection & I thought I could use the smallest of the Camellia flower dies to make a sort of wildflower meadow scene. I started out with a white 6x6in card base. The grass is cut from Lucky Limeade card stock and the flowers are from Wisteria Wonder. The ribbon is also Wisteria Wonder and so I stamped the Lilli of the Valley Circular Sentiment with the co-ordinating ink to tie it all in. DSC01350 I also wanted to create a matching tag to go with the card, so I die cut the largest of the Waltzingmouse ‘Stitched Tags Dies’ from Whisper White card stock and two circular gromits from Wisteria Wonder card stock and attached the same grass and flowers to the tag. The sentiment is from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say It With Style’ stamp set. The twine is from Hemptique and it just matches so well I had to use it to attach the tag to the flowers I was giving my Mum. IMG_0152 After attaching everything to the front of the card base, it looked very plain and I had a eureka moment because I remembered hidden in my stash were some white pearls (so still suitable for CAS) so I attached them as the flower centres & I thought the card looked so much better for them. I decided not to add pearls to the tag as it was around a plant and they were either going to get scuffed on the terracotta or dirty in the magical way only white things can get dirty! IMG_0151 Here is a picture of the card, tag and plants I gave to my Mum. I hope you all have a good week ahead! Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Charlie’s 30th Birthday card

Next week another of my friends will be turning 30, but I’m travelling to a two-day veterinary conference later today so I need to make the card now because I won’t have time whilst I’m away.

My friend is a sound engeneer so music was an obvious choice of theme for his card. I’ve seen lots of dies recently that look like headphones or like iPhones or MP3 players, but I can’t afford anything like that at the moment, so I’ll have to try going ‘Old School’.

I started with a textured white card for the base. Using images of the iPod Classic for inspiration, I cut a piece of pearlescent grey/black card, then used a corner rounding punch to create the unit. Using two of the circle dies from Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ set I cut a larger circle from black card and a smaller one from pearlescent black.

Using roll-on glue I attached the smaller circle on the larger one, then I used the arrow from Stampin’UP! ‘Show & Tell 1’ clear photopolymer stamp set to create the buttons, and an Inkssentials white pen for the lines.

For the screen I cut a rectangle from Smoky Slate Stampin’UP! card stock and again used the courner rounding punch. The numbers were die-cut using Memory Box ‘Parker numbers’. I used roll-on glue to attach the screen & wheel to the unit, then attached the ‘iPod’ to my card base. I wish I had stamped the background with some musical notes now, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!


I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend & wish you an enjoyable week ahead!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

POST SCRIPT: Errr… so this is awkward!! It WAS one of my friends called Charlie’s birthday on 17th February, the only problem is, it wasn’t sound engeneer Charlie!!! Being Dyslexic means I can sometimes get mixed up or get things wrong, and I think what happened was I was posting out invites to my birthday party & trying to make cards at the same time; I checked my birthday book & saw ‘Charlie’, then wrote the invite for Charlie (sound engeneer) and my brain must have gone “it’s Charlie’s birthday, better make a card.” and I put the invite and birthday card in the same envelope… D’oh!

Natalie’s 30th Birthday card

So I know two people who’s birthdays happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, one of them was my flat mate at Uni. This year is the year of 30th birthdays, so I wanted to send her a card for the ‘big’ birthday. She’s an amazingly talented lady who makes clothes and fabric accessories, so I wanted to reflect this in her card.

I have a 12 x 12 paper pad ‘DIY Shop’ by American Crafts, that has a sewing pattern page, so I drew around the shaped card I would be using for the base on the back of the paper & fussy cut it out, then used roll-on glue to attach it to the card base.

To continue with the sewing theme I used the IndigoBlu ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ stamp set and stamped a thimble on white card and coloured it with DR3 Spectrum Noir pen and fussy cut it out to adhere to the front of the card. I also stamped the sewing machine on some white card and inked over it with ‘old paper’ Distress Ink, then coloured the reels of thread with the same alcohol pen and attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment straight onto the patterned paper.

I wanted to create some stitching on the ‘badge’ so I used the orange/lemon from the ‘Feeling Fruity’ Whimsy stamp set, but tried to mask off the internal circle (with limited success). I then die cut the circle with the Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die. I die cut this circle twice. Using the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ I cut a 3 and 0 from pearlescent red card and attached it inside the dotted circle with Quicky Glue.


I wanted to add a pop of colour, as the sewing pattern is very beige, so I used some red ric-rac and red buttons from my stash. I attached the ric-rac with Glossy Accents to one of the die-cut circles, let it dry, then attached the other circle on top. I was then able to attach the badge to the front of the card using the circular card back.


Have a nice weekend, if you get Valentine’s card(s), enjoy, if you don’t, don’t worry you aren’t alone – I won’t get one either!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

21st Birthday Card

A friend of mine has asked me to make a 21st birthday card for his niece! I won’t lie – when it’s a significant birthday card, it feels more stressful to make sure you get it right!!

I decided that I was going to go for bling, with a bit of black for sophistication…

I started with a fuscia 157mm x 157mm base card. I cut a 15cm x 15cm piece of gold mirror card (then gutted it!) and then I cut a 145mm x 145mm of pearlescent black/grey card.

Using the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Fine Feathers’ stamps I stamped on the pearlescent card with VersaMark ink and I embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powders (Ruby Blush Blaze, Navy Viola Blaze, Viola Lavender Blaze, Golden Meadow Blaze and Golden Mint Blaze).

I die cut two circles from my Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies, one from gold mirror card and the other from the pearlescent grey card. I used the numbers from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ dies on the smaller circle so you would see the gold through it.

Using roll-on glue I attached the pearlescent card to the mirror card and attached this to the fuscia card base, then I attached the gold circle with roll-on glue and the ’21’ circle with clear dimentional pads.


Now for the bling! I used doodlebug designs sequins in ‘lilac’ and some gems.

Last but not least I cut a white square for the insert and stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


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First Birthday Card

So many of my friends had babies last year, and the first of them to be born will turn 1 next week. Time flies!!!

I have this 12×12 cardstock pad called ‘Hopscotch’ by K&Company which has lots of bold colours and patterns on it, and I thought this page would be perfect for a little boy’s birthday card.

I cut a 14cmx14cm square from the cardstock and adhered it to the white card base with roll-on glue. I went through my card stash & grabbed some card that co-ordinated with the patterned card (I think it was SU! Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi, not sure!) and using my Sizzix ‘Stars’ dies I die cut several stars of different sizes.

I also die cut the letters o, n and e from the Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ dies (unfortunately I seem to have lost my lowercase ‘s’ at some point – the last time I used it was 19th December & I’ve tidied and cleaned & done all sorts since then so I bet it’s gone for good, which is so frustrating!!!!) I adhered them to the large green star with Quicky Glue pen.


I coloured a few of the small stars in with my TB1 Spectrum Noir pen. Then, I arranged the stars on the front of the card, when I had them where I was happy with them I attached all but the largest with roll-on glue, but the largest one was attached with 3mm foam squares for dimention.

Next, I wanted to decorate the inside of the card (I don’t normally do this, but I thought it would be nice as the front is quite plain. I inked up my ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment stamp from the IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ set in Hello Honey SU! ink. I cut an 8.5cm x 1 inch section of the card I used on the front, then made a fishtail in it, and using roll-on glue I attached it to the inside of the card, then attached some stars over the top.



Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree