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Today is my Godmother’s 70th Birthday. I made her an exploding box as a special birthday card and gave it to her a few days ago, so I’ll share it with you now.

I started with a 297mm x 297mm piece of 300gsm purple card and used my Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro to score the card, then I cut out the squares in the corners to get the basic base.

Then I cut some more of the purple card to 17.7cm x 17.7 cm for the lid and again used the Ultimate to score around the edges so the sides of the lid would be roughly 1.5 inches deep. I die cut the Tonic ‘Jasmine Sunset‘ dies from some teal card (it was the PERFECT size to go on the lid). I also die cut the 70 and name using my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contempory Alphabet‘ dies from black card and ‘Platinum’ Centura Pearl.


For the sides of the box base I cut some squares of the same teal card that the Jasmine Sunset was cut from and adhered them to the outsides of the box base with roll-on glue. I wanted the box to have butterflies exploding out of it when it opened, so I thought I would add some butterflies to the outside too. I used my butterfly punches (one is a Martha Stewart ‘Monarch’ punch, but the other one is just a random one) to punch out butterflies from black and ‘Platinum’ card. I attached the little butterflies to the lid, but the larger ones I layered to create a shadow and attached them to the outer panels of the box base.

I cut a square of white card that would fit inside the lid and stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘say it with style’ clear stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and wrote on it before attaching it inside the lid. I assembled the lid using Hi-Tack glue, and now the lid was ready, I needed to start on the base!

Next I stamped the butterflies from the Kaisercraft ‘Tigerlilly‘ clear stamp set in VersaMark ink onto the same teal card I’d used for the panels on the outside of the box, then added Black embossing powder and heat set it. I decided I didn’t have enough butterflies, so I used the butterfly stamp from the IndigoBlu ‘Wild Meadow‘ rubber stamp set too. When I was sure the card and embossing powder had cooled I fussy cut all the butterflies out and shaped them. I also die cut one of the Crafter’s Companion Sara Signature Collection ‘Butterfly dance‘ from teal and another from black card.

I cut several 1cm thick strips of acetate from a 12×12 inch sheet, then used Hi-Tack glue to attach the butterflies to the strips and left them to dry. For the ‘Butterfly Dance’ die cuts I adhered the teal one to the acetate first, then the black one on the other side so the acetate strip was sandwiched between the die cuts.

I wanted to keep the colour palete rather limited, so to keep the colours from the outside of the box running through the project I cut five squares of ‘Platinum’ Centura Pearl (one for each of the flaps and one for the centre). I stuck the squares for the sides of the box down with roll-on glue, but didn’t attach the centre panel.

The next bit was very fiddly. I cut into the platinum card section that was going to be on the base of the box using a craft knife to create the slots that I could put the acetate strips into. I swapped the butterflies around until I was happy, then decided on lengths and bent the acetate strips at the point they went through the slots and cut off the excess at the bottom of the card, leaving a little tab to attach the acetate in place with Hi-Tack glue.

As per usual, I looked at the ‘finished project’ the night before I was going to give it to the recipient and thought ‘nope, still needs something’. I was loath to add more colours to the project because I didn’t want it to become too busy. As I was mulling it over I decided the best thing would be to add flowers, possibly in Centura Pearl so it would tie in with the Platinum card. I found my pastels pack of Centura Pearl and as I flicked through I saw the purple and thought it would work, so I die cut lots of Creative Expressions ‘finishing touches – Camellia – complete petals‘ and used the leaves from the same set to cut some green card I had in my stash. I attached the flowers and leaves at random with Hi-Tack glue, and it made a real difference.

I hope you like this project and it inspires you to create something similar! Enjoy your weekend, and if you are in the UK, enjoy Mothering Sunday.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Best Friend’s 30th

Today is my best friend’s 30th birthday! I’ll be meeting with her later today in a pub near her house with other friends of hers where I can give her her card & presents.

I wanted to make her a card in a box, which I had never done before, so I started early (in August) watching YouTube tutorials, going on Pinterest to look at some inspiration etc. I decided I wanted to start with a black base, that way the colours would really pop with the dark background.

First I cut three green square panels to go on the bottom of the box. I stamped them with the leaves from the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Funky Flowers’ set in Lucky Limeade (SU!) ink. I adhered them to the sides & I had begun! For the fourth side I cut a full height white panel and stamped it with the sentiment from WMS ‘Say It With Style’ set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and adhered it to the ‘back’ of the box.


Next I cut a white panel that would go on the inside of the box on the back panel. I stamped the flowers from the WMS ‘Two Step Floral Sprig’ with Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ UP! inks.

I cut three more green panels for the flaps of the box. To one of the green panels I attached a 3 and a 0 from the American Crafts Thickers glitter letter stickers in Lavender. I stamped some ‘Funky Flowers’ in VersaMark ink on the other two panels, I had been hoping for the flowers to be random, buth they ended up in a square pattern of nine flowers on each panel! I used Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders for the flowers.



The only thing remaining was to fill in the inside of the box! I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ die sentiments from Centura Pearl cardstock and attached them to acetate strips with Glossy Accents. I stamped several of the WMS ‘Funky Flowers’ on different cardstock with VersaMark ink & embossed with lots of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powders and with Seafoam White embossing powder. Some of the flowers had nail varnish in their centers to be stamens. I used the co-ordinating dies to cut the flowers out.

Last but not least I used my butterfly punch to cut some butterflies from pearlescent teal cardstock.

I used Glossy Accents to attach the acetate strips, flowers and leaves to the ‘bridges’ inside the box to create several layers.


I also made a card for her gift vouchers (due to the Christmas holidays the company I got the vouchers from had run out of envelopes to put the vouchers in!!) I used the WMS ‘Gift Card It’ die to cut semi-circles in the card at the right height for the vouchers by passing half the die through, measuring and then passing the other half through on the second run through my Big Shot.

Jenny's vouchers

I really enjoyed making this card in a box and voucher card, I hope my friend has a lovely Birthday, enjoy your weekends!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Hi everyone!! Enjoying the weekend? I always seem to have too much to do & not enough time to do it in! However, I did find the time to make this quick tag for the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog – Challenge #16 Monochromatic.


I used the Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Tag & Bookplates’ Movers & Shapers die (656938) to cut a tag from white card. I used VersaMark ink and the ink blot butterfly stamp from ‘Nature I‘ A5 stamp set on the tag and embossed it in Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Malachite Fire Aurora’. I used the sentiment from the same set and the same embossing powder on a separate piece of white card. I ran the sentiment through my Big Shot using the Spellbinders ‘Labels 2’ 3rd smallest die. I then ran it through again with my embossing rubber mat. I had been deliberating about using either the Cowparsley or the grass border from the ‘Nature I’ set & then I decided to use the cow parsley and emboss it with Cosmic Shimmer ‘Golden Meadow Blaze’ powder.

Tag and Sentiment #16

Using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in ‘Iced Spruce’, ‘Peeled Paint’ and ‘Evergreen bough’ and sponge applicator tools I added the inks gently to the tag.

I have some Faux silk left over from the IndigoBlu ‘Vintage Button and Ribbon kit’ I bought a while back (I don’t think they still do it) and I inked the ribbon in Promarkers ‘Forest Green’, ‘Holly’ and ‘Pine’, then dried the ribbon with my heat gun. I tied the ribbon in a double bow and then attached it to the tag with some Ric-rac from American Crafts.

Tag Detail #16

DSC00945 signature

Here is my finished tag, I hope you like it! I will be entering it in the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog Challenge #16 Monochromatic. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Strawberry Birthday card

Today is my Grandmother’s 93rd birthday!

I wanted to make her a special card to celebrate her birthday, but not too fussy because it had to go in the post!

Because the Wimbledon Championships have been played recently strawberries are very much in season right now, so I thought this lovely stamp that I bought a while back from Lili of the Valley called ‘Strawberries‘ would be quite seasonal for her birthday. The image on the Lili of the Valley website gave me inspiration and I decided to make her a stepper card, because I bought some pre-made blank cards a few months back that I haven’t used yet.

I have a subsription to Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine and one of the free gifts was a paper stack that had some gingham paper in it. I cut three panels of red gingham paper and attached them to the base stepper card with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped ‘Strawberries’ in VersaFine Onyx black ink onto white card and then cut it to a suitable size for the largest panel of the stepper card. I coloured the image with my Promarkers. I stamped one of the butterflies from the Kaisercraft set on white card and fussy cut it. Then I coloured it with Promarker and scored along the body with my bone folder to get the wings to stand up and attached it to the taller back panel of the steps with double sided tape.

Last year I bought some A4 red card for all the patriotic bits and pieces, so I used that for the embellishments. I punched the bottom border with my Martha Stewart Double Scallop Edger Punch and attached it to the bottom of the card with double sided sticky tape. I cut out the scalloped circle with my Spellbinders die in my Big Shot, then attached the circular sentiment with roll-on (AKA Snail) glue. I lined up the sentiment to where I wanted it to work out where to put the double sided sticky tape and then attached it firmly to the front step, where it stood above the ‘step’.

Granny's 93rd Birthday Card

5th Birthday Card

My youngest niece had her 5th birthday this week and there was a family birthday party yesterday (it was also her granddad’s birthday this week too!)

Everyone had a lovely time. I took these photos of the card at the party because I had forgotten to take one earlier!

I used the Whimsy Stamps ‘Mystic’ (from the Crissy Armstrong Collection) stamped in black ink. I coloured in her horn, hooves, mane and tail with Promarkers (which came through the card to the inside, but my Step Sister said the pattern it created on the inside looked pretty too!).

I’ve had a Mix & Match Stamp Sets Butterflies (Habico) for ages that I haven’t ever used, and because I had the brightly coloured Mystic as the centre piece of my card I decided to use the three largest images in the set inked with Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Picked Rasperry.

Last, I die cut a 5 from my Memory Box Parker Numbers dies and stuck it on with double sided tape.

Mystic 5th card 1 Mystic 5th card 2

Easter cards with my nieces

I’ve had a lovely day today seeing my Step Sister and her three gorgeous girls!

Because my Mum and their Granddad wern’t here today and they were waiting to go to the reception of a wedding I thought it might be quite nice to make Easter Cards for their friends. So I popped to HobbyCraft and bought some Easter themed stickers, ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment stickers and tag cards for my nieces to get creative.

I let them do whatever they wanted to for their cards, using old papers and ribbons I had in my stash to each make a card to say ‘Happy Easter’ for their best friend.

Raw materials for making Easter cards with my three nieces

Raw materials for making Easter cards with my three nieces

The cards they made were lovely (obviously the eldest made the most obviously ‘Easter Card’-like card and the youngest made something that was COVERED in stickers inside and out, but they all really enjoyed making their cards, so that’s always the most important thing)

Pinwheel card

Hmmm… I was going for a grungy look, this is my first pinwheel card, but I rushed it, so I’m not too sure about the finished product – it didn’t turn out exactly how I had planned. When I got back from Reading Festival I realised I only had a few evenings left to complete this challenge for Embellish Magazine‘s Pinwheel Color Trends Challenge, I really wanted to enter the challenge, even if it’s not of the high standard of the other entries, the only way is up!!

I used a Kraft base card, cut some dark purple paper to the right size, stamped it with a butterfly stamp in VersaMark Sepia ink. Then I cut a square of paper from the Docrafts Tea Party paper stack and cut in to the centre from the courners. After coluring in the back of the square with VersaMagic pink chalk I bent the courners over to create the pinwheel and pinned with a brad from the Beautiful collection. I used some Papermania Petals and coloured them with chalk too. I stamped the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps and two more butterfly stamps in VersaFine Watermark ink and then added white embossing powder, shook off the excess and used my heat gun. Then I stuck it all together and added pearl gems to the centres of the flowers.

Birthday and Anniversary!

Wow! I haven’t done much crafting other than my scrap book for ages and then suddenly lots of important card-worthy events loom up on the horizon!!
I must excuse the photography – the flash on my camera has died and so for some reason it seems unable to take good photos, I must get a new one…

The first card is a birthday card for my step sister – I used a store-bought white square card and cut off two corners. The bakers twine and Kraft label I bought from Different Colors at the BSSBS. I inked the edges of the Kraft tag in the limited edition Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘shaded lilac’ then I wound a length of bakers twin through the hole and tied it in a bow. I used double sided sticky tape and a brad from the Papermania ‘Beautiful’ Embroidered Brads set. Using the Martha Stewart and small Hobby Craft butterfly punches on a 12×12 sheet from K&Company ‘Poppy Seed’ set of Designer Paper – the purple/blue side up for the larger butterflies and the green side with little butterfly designs for the smaller ones. These were attached with Scotch Scrapbookers glue and left to dry. Once dry I added some Liquid Pearls in ‘Lavender Lace’ to the bodies of the larger butterflies to make them stand out more. I bought a pack of flower shapes at the BSSBS last year from Capture the Magic (CAM) and never got around to using them, so I used my bone folder to score the pettals so they could be shaped to ‘bloom’ on the card, then added a pearl to the centre of each one. These were attached to the card with Scrapbookers Glue – et voila!

butterfly and flower birthday card

The next card is the same step sister’s 10 year Wedding Anniversary card! I used the ‘love is’ stamp from indigo blu inked with VersaColor ink in ‘Rainforest’, cut it out and attached to the front of the card with sticky fixers, then used the lowercase letters from the Daisy & Dandelion ‘Penelope & Percy’ letter clear stamps inked in black. I attached pink and pearl gems (10 gems in total – the number of years they have been together!).

10 year wedding anniversary!