Tag Archive: Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder

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.


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

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Moving to Canada card

A former colleague of mine has been hoping to move to Canada for several years and has been attempting to get all the paperwork together for his move, but now he has everything in place he’s handed in his notice at his job and he’s heading off to Canada! A few people are meeting at the local pub tomorrow to say goodbye, but I’m going to the theatre so I can’t go. I wanted to make him a card to celebrate this move to his exciting new life. I wanted to create a card that looked like the Canadian flag and decided that a stepper card would be a great way to do this.

I cut and scored an A4 piece of card to create a stepper card (not my best card – a bit scrappy because the ‘steps’ didn’t qute line up!!). I cut some strips of red card and attached them to the side steps with roll-on glue.

Using the Lili of the Valley ‘set 44 Just to Say’ sentiment stamp in VersaMark watermark ink and Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Tropic Red Blaze’ on Whisper White card stock. The embossed panel was layered on red card and I used my perfect layers tool to create the red mat. The maple leaves were also cut from red card using Xcut dies.

DSC01428Inside the card I stamped the Lili of the Valley ‘set 63 Quotables – Go For It’ sentiment in VersaMark ink and ‘Tropic Red Blaze’.

DSC01430 DSC01429I attached the mats to the front of the card with roll-on glue and the maple leaves with foam pads.


I hope you think this is a nice good luck card! Enjoy the weekend ahead.

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.


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

Plumeria birthday card

It will be a friend of the family’s birthday on Saturday, so I’ve made her a card to celebrate. She has lived abroad in some very exotic places & I made her an exploding box card with orchids for her 60th birthday. This birthday card wasn’t going to be any less exotic, so when I saw this GORGEOUS set by My Favorite Things, I had to use it on this project!

When I first got the set I just played around with stamping & embossing the plumeria to make sure I was able to get the yellow bit where I wanted it (harder than it sounds when you’ve embossed white embossing powder on white card!) but eventually I had enough flowers that I liked so I cut them out. The petals are ‘Seafoam White’ Papermania embossing powder and ‘Yellow Blush Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

The leaves are clear embossed on Gumball Green card stock – I love the way they turned out!

I have seen lots of ways to make your own enamel dots & I think I will try the clear embossing of card stock some time, but for this project I used nail varnish. I dropped neon yellow nail varnish onto my silicon craft sheet & left the dots for a few days to harden & they just pop off the sheet, then they can be applied to a card with some Glossy Accents.

nail varnish dots

When I bought this ‘black’ card in the craft shop, I was convinced it was black, but the second I put it next to black it was obviously a very dark navy…. Grrrrr…. But, hey we all make mistakes, don’t we?! So I cut out a square from the navy card & attached some yellow ribbon over it, then I stuck the panel on top of a white layer I had gutted earlier & attached this to the black 6×6 base card.

I arranged the flowers & leaves on the card, then when I had them where I wanted them I attached them with Glossy Accents, but they still had lots of dimention.

I stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Sensations on some white card, then used the Spellbinders labels die to cut it out. Because the flowers & leaves were so dimentional I attached the label with sticky foam pads. Last, but not least I attached my nail varnish dots to the navy panel. What do you think?

varnish dots on pbc

plumeria birthday card

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Phew! I managed to finish this in time to enter the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge! This fortnight’s challenge was colours:


Aren’t those colours lovely & fresh? I LOVE orchids, so my first thought was to make loads of paper orchids in the colour scheme, but then I realised that that wouldn’t really showcase my Waltzingmouse stamps and dies to their best potential! So instead, this is what I came up with in a sketch, and as you can see it changed a bit from the initial idea, but I think the finished product looks quite nice!


I started out with an A5 white textured card base. I cut some Stampin’ UP! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock to make the background and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I inked up the ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ in SU! ‘Smoky Slate’ on white card, cut it out with my guillotine and attached it to the base with roll-on glue. The buttons are SU! Calypso Coral from the ‘Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack’, I attached them to the card base with Glossy Accents.

Then I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Fanciful Flourish’ (#B117) from some more Pistachio Pudding cardstock. I inked up the sentiment from the ‘Vintage Garden – Seed Packet‘ set with Crisp Cantaloupe and then around the edges of the stamp in Calypso Coral & stamped it on white card stock and die cut it with the second smallest Spellbinders Labels 2 die. I also gently inked around the edge of the lable with Crisp Cantaloupe using a sponge.

I used the ‘Funky Flowers’ set for the flowers that I inked in VersaMark Watermark ink & for reasons best known to my embossing powder the ‘Raspberry Violet Blaze’ would not stick properly to the ink so I had to do it in several goes (which is why this card took SOOOOO long to make!!!!), thankfully the centers of the flowers were ‘Orange Flame Blaze’ which behaved as expected! I die cut the flowers with the co-ordinating die set, then arranged the flourish & flowers over the pinstripe panel until I had things how I liked them, then I stuck them down with roll-on or Quicky Glue.


I will be entering this card in the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #20 (Colours). You can still enter too – but you’ll have to get your skates on!!!!


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!


Thinking of you

Years ago I saw a beautiful coat at Badminton Horse Trials – I was enchanted, so I ended up parting with quite a lot of money for a coat that I often get out of the wardrobe just to stare at… I’m sure you will agree the material is gorgeous, teal is my favourite colour. I felt so inspired by my gorgeous coat that I just had to make a card with the same colour scheme.

The fabric of the coat that inspired me to choose this colour scheme for my card - similar available from www.shibumistyle.com

The fabric of the coat that inspired me to choose this colour scheme for my card – similar available from http://www.shibumistyle.com


I’ve been waiting for the ‘Funky Flowers‘ Die Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps to come back in to stock, so when it arrived in the post in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, I felt like it was Christmas!

I had some dark teal card from my local craft shop & because the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge this fortnight is ‘TEXTURE’ I grabbed my Tim Holtz ‘Woodgrain’ embossing folder. (You can probably see that the card didn’t take well to the embossing folder because there are several ‘fault lines’ in the embossing, but hopefully they just add to the textured effect!).

I die cut the ‘Simple Sprig‘ from Pistachio Pudding card stock (Stampin’ UP!), then used the stamps from the ‘Two Step Floral Sprig‘ to stamp the veins on the leaves in Lucky Limeade. On white card stock I stamped the smallest flower from ‘Funky Flowers‘ in ‘Pretty in Pink’ ink by Stampin’ UP! and the stamens in ‘Tattered Rose’ ink by Tim Holtz, then I die cut them using my new dies.

Next I attached the sprig to the embossed background with Glossy Accents, then the flowers on top of the sprig. I cut a length of ribbon to go around the teal card & attached it to the bottom of the card with double sided tape, then I attached the teal card to a white card base with double sided tape.

I used the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment from the ‘Asian Gardens’ stamp set from Waltzingmouse stamps with VersaMark ink & used Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Blue Watercress Blaze’. Lastly I added some pink gems to add a bit of bling.

bling - Shibumi thinking of you

embossing - Shibumi thinking of you

I hope you like it! I will be entering this card into the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge – Textures.wmfansflagbanner

Shibumi Thinking of you