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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.

 

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When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Cousin’s Christmas card

My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.

Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.

Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.

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I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.

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#STAMPtember stamp haul

Just a quick post to share with you the stamps and dies I bought from Simon Says Stamp that have arrived – I’ve got some halloween stamps and the Puurthday stamp and dies from Art Impressions and the SSS ‘Henna Patterns’ and the AI ‘Terrier Stacker’ stamp too!

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Have you bought any SSS exclusive products this month? I hope the remainder of your working week goes well so you can enjoy the weekend!

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Cats in a box card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend? I’ve had a nice gentle weekend in preparation for my next big experiment that starts on Monday, so I won’t be cardmaking as much as I would like over the next two months, so I apologise for less frequent posts!

Today is my ‘Fairy Godmother’s birthday and I’d like to share the card I made for her with you this morning. She has two adorable cats, so I wanted to make a cat-themed card for her. My kittens just LOVE cardboard boxes (what cat doesn’t??) so I wanted to start with a ‘cardboard box’ for my card and have cats playing in it and around it. I created a card in a box using Neenah Desert Storm card.

I just bought the Clearly Besotted ‘You’re Purrfect‘ stamp set and coordinating dies – they are just adorable!!! So I stamped several of the cats with Memento London Fog ink on Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock and die cut them out. I coloured them using my Spectrum Noir pens.

I die cut several baloons using the Lawn Fawn baloons and streamers from the X cut Build a Scene ‘Garden Party’ from Stampin’UP! card in Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo.

I attached the cats and baloons to the central strips either directly or with acetate strips. I also used enamel drops to add some dimention.

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For the sentiment panel at the back I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento London Fog ink and attached som bits of streamers to it to tie it in with the rest of the card.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring!

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Cousin’s Birthday card

Today is my cousin’s birthday, so I’d like to share the card I’ve made for her with you this afternoon.

I’ve been pinning LOADS of cards recently, and was so taken with them all that I lost my mojo. Do you get that some times? I’m so excited by new ideas that I don’t sit down and make anything, I just end up pinning and pinning and not DOING. This card is a bit of a mashup of several cards that have inspired me recently.

I saw an amazing less is more card with a bit of watercolour with just a few pastel colours and a focal image and silver embossed sentiment and I wanted to re-create it so I cut some watercolour card and stuck it to my die cutting pad, wet it generously and smooshed some Spun Sugar Distress ink on my craft mat and picked it up with a wet paintbrush and dabbed it over the wet card. I dried it with my heat gun because I was impatient! I used my embossing buddy to try to reduce the amount of powder sticking where I didn’t want it, but as the watercolour card is very textured there were still a few bits of powder that were sticking around the sentiment. I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ sentiment with VersaMark ink and used Pewter embossing powder.

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I also saw a card that had a ciricle cut out of a panel to reveal a flower stamped on the card base beneath, so I wanted this element in my card too. I used my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to die cut a circle off to the right hand side of the card. I wanted the Waltzingmouse ‘Old Country Roses’ to peek out through the hole, but didn’t line up the stamps and the hole quite right so one of the leaves is behind the top panel. The inks I used for the roses were Stampin’UP! ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Melon Mambo’ and ‘Primrose Petals’ and for the leaves I used ‘Gumball Green’, ‘Garden Green’ and ‘Mossy Meadow’.

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I stamped the sentiment from ‘Old Country Roses’ inside the card with Gumball Green ink.

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I used foam pads to attach the watercolour panel to the card base and last but not least I added some clear sequins with some Glossy Accents for a little bling.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you found this inspiring – are you enjoying #STAMPtember2016 ? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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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.

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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

Climb every mountain high

Hi! This is my second card for today. So I didn’t leave myself enough time to make this card… So the sentiment has been stamped SOOOOO badly – it was my second go at the sentiment as well, but I had to go with what I got – I’m not proud of it at all, it’s dreadful!!!

As I said in my previous post I wanted to have positive sentiments on all the cards I’m making for my friends as they all seem a bit disheartened at the moment. My friend LOVES skiing and has just come back from a skiing holiday with friends, so I wanted to reference this in some way with her card. She is very active and loves to try different outdoor activities like dirt bike riding, hiking etc. so this sentiment is so apt for her.

I’ve had the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper’ die set for ages, but never got around to using it. There aren’t any YouTube videos on how to use it, so I’ve taken loads of pictures so if you have the die set you can get some inspiration.

First I die cut the main die from some Stampin’UP! 80lb Whisper White card stock. I folded and burnished the card, and found that the crease lines for the side steps had almost cut through the card (note to self – always use heavier weight card stock for the card base!!). I must admit I didn’t have any heavier white card stock at home and no time to go shopping for any either, so I used some sellotape to hold the crease lines together!

I die-cut just the section I wanted to go inside the back of the card from ‘Pool Party’ card and trimmed it so it would be just smaller than the actual card. I also die-cut the rectangles to go on the two sides, front and ‘scene’ inner section from the same card stock. To create the mountains I used the mountain die in the set and cut several times from ‘Smokey Slate’ card stock. For the two side rectangle sections I used the same rectangle die that I had used for the blue card to cut out mountain bits to make them exactly the right size.

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I stuck the mountains to the blue sections with Nuvo Glue Pen. To create snow on the mountains I used Liquid Pearls by Ranger in ‘White Opal’. I then set the sections aside to dry.

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Whilst waiting for the liquid pearls to dry I started on the sentiment panel. I was planning to use the sentiment ‘climb every mountain high’, but I don’t have that as a sentiment, so I decided to try to make it out of my alphabet stamps, one is the Stampendous! ‘Typewriter Alphabet’, the other one I don’t have the details for any more. I stamped using VersaMark ink and Stampendous! embossing powder in ‘Sterling Silver Metallic’. So… the first time around I stamped the ‘mountain’ in the wrong place, so I hadn’t left enough space between it and the top of the section to stamp ‘climb’ and ‘every’, so when I realised this I started again, but still got ‘mountain’ in the wrong place!!! So it’s too far to the right… I had to stick with this one though because I had run out of card stock to die-cut another rectangle. (I need to buy so much SU! card stock when I get some money!!)

When I came to stick the sections on to the card base I realised that some of the glue I had used to stick the mountains on to the front panel had gone on the blue and become all grubby 😦 I tried to rub it off, but it just made the whole thing worse!! I didn’t have enought time to do it all again, so I just had to stick it to the card base. This is the worst card I have made for a very long time, and I hope my friend doen’t think the quality of the card refletcts on how I think of her…

 

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I must be a very bad/disorganised friend to have left things so last minute to have made such a bad card for my friend!!! Maybe you can learn from my mistakes and make sure you use heavier cardstock and give yourself more time!!!

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Happy Chinese New Year

Next week it will be Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey. Outside China the next largest celebration of Chinese New Year is in London – so if you ever get the chance go to China town in London to enjoy the festivities.

I’ve made a Chinese New Year card for my step mother using Waltzingmouse Stamps. I started with a A6 black card base. I cut a red mat and a black layer to go on the card front.

On the black layer I stamped the lanterns from the ‘Asian Gardens Additons‘ set in VersaMark ink. I heat embossed them with ‘Golden Red Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder. I then stamped the tops and bottoms of the lanterns in VersaMark (and you can tell the tassels on the lantern on the left didn’t end up where I had wanted them to be!) and embossed them in ‘Enchanted Gold’ embossing powder by Ranger. Then I used my Emboss Writer pen by Zig to draw a string through the lantern tops so the lanterns were hanging from something.

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I embossed the sentiment on some red card with the Ranger Enchanted Gold and then cut them up to individual pieces and stuck them on the black layer with Nuvo Glue Pen.

I stuck the black layer on top of the red layer with roll-on tape. I tried to stick the red layer on to the black card base, but it didn’t stick straight first time, I tried to stick it down again properly, but the corner of the red layer had torn a bit, so I had to use wet glue to force it to stay down! That corner looks rather tatty, but other than that, I think the card was ok.

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I hope you like this card, and that it might have inspired you. Enjoy any Chinese New Years celebrations you may be having!

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!

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I hope you are enjoying the festive period?

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Step-Sister’s birthday card

Today is my eldest step-sister’s birthday, I’ll be going to see her later today, but before I go I’ll post her card and present here.

I must admit I bought her present in May and started work on this project back in August, but with very little urgency. So it was only right at the end of October that I thought, “oh, wait, poppies in November – Remembrance.” so sometimes it doesn’t help to be ahead of the game!

I started with a box I had recieved a shower gel and moisturiser gift set in, which was just the perfect size to put my step-sister’s birthday present in (very breakable). The edges and ribbon were already red, which was where the poppy inspiration came from, but I needed to paint the front and back black to cover up all of the shower gel info! I painted it with acrylic and um-ed and ah-ed about whether or not to cover it with Decopatch to protect it, but for some reason thought better of it… (I wish I had, because it has litrally just now started to wear off on one corner!!)

I stamped the ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp eight times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (four on two A4 sheets of Neenah cardstock) and cut them out using the matching die.

I coloured the poppies with Spectrum Noir pens: CR9, DR3 and DR5. Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I shaped them using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glued two different sized petals together. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled some black rocailles in it, then left them to dry.

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The Spellbinders Labels were die cut from black and red card. The sentiment is Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp that I inked in VersaMark and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Golden Red Blaze’ embossing powder to make the sentiment pop on the black background.

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To create the card base I folded a piece of black A4 in half, then cut two layers (one red, one black) to give the background more impact.DSC01477

I adhered the poppies to the box and the card front, along with the layered labels.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree