Tag Archive: Crafter’s Companion


Niece’s 13th Birthday card

Where does the time go???!!! I cannot believe my eldest Niece is in here teens!! (she was born when I was at University so that makes me feel REALLY OLD!) As it’s her ‘coming of age’ card, I wanted to make it feminine but not girly and I wanted to make it a bit interactive so I wanted to make another rocker card.

When the Tonic Studios Fairy collection was released Jodie was on Create and Craft TV demonstrating how versatile the fairies could be if you cut off their wings and when she showed a card made with Breena without here wings I HAD to make it for my eldest niece (so the idea for this card has been about 2 years in the making!!)

I die cut Breena from some 300gsm black card stock and embossed it so all the details were clear, then I carefully cut off her wings. To give her a dress I stuck some Centura Pearl in Teal behind the die cut and trimmed off any bits that peaked out from behind it. I wanted to just highlight her necklace and belt so I used a silver gel pen to colour in the cut outs for a little extra detail.

Having gone to all the effort of stamping 13s all over the card base I was loath to cover them all back up again with die cuts, so for the sentiment banner I die cut a stitched banner from vellum and adhered the Tonic die cut on top with Quicky Glue pen. Once I was sure the glue pen had dried I put glue pen on the reverse of the vellum banner over the back of the die cut so the glue wouldn’t show when it was stuck to the card base.

I had made some flowers that were all different colours and made the centres from nuvo Crystal Drops, left them to dry overnight and the Crystal drops had all cracked!!! 😦 I was so sad – they would have been so cute! But I didn’t want them on the card in the state they were in, so plan B kicked in… I die cut several ‘Camellia complete petals’ flowers from black card stock and the co-ordinating ‘Camellia open petals’ from Teal Centura Pearl and the leaves are from the ‘Camellia open petals’ in black card and the ‘Camellia complete petals’ from vellum (to tie in with the banner). The black stars are waste from another Tonic Fairy die set.

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Just as a finishing touch I wanted to add some matching bits to the inside of the card too, so I added the same sentiment with the frame and a flower and leaf.

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I hope you like this card? Crafty hugs everyone and come back soon for more inspiration!

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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?

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Suicide Squad inspired birthday card

Have you seen Suicide Squad at the cinema? I went to see it at the weekend with a friend and we enjoyed it but felt that the costumes were very tailored to a male audience. I loved all the promotional artwork though – a mix of Neon and classic comic book style. Today is my friend’s birthday and she is a huge gaming fan and likes to go to gaming/anime/comic book conventions and makes her own costumes – she’s so creative, so I always want to make a special effort with her card. I thought creating a Suicide Squad inspired card would appeal to her comic book leanings and be really relevant to what is in the cinema on her birthday.

I wanted to add so many elements to this card that I knew it would have to be a big one so I started with an 8×8 card base. I had some metallic yellow A4 paper in my stash from Uni that was just the right colour, so I used my acrylic paints to create some splashes and paint some areas too. I used roll-on glue to attach the paper to the card base (because it was so thin I didn’t want to leave it lying around in case is tore or got creased, so adding it to the card base gave it some support).

To get some more neon in I die cut some neon pink and green card using Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ and Tattered Lace ‘Pentagons’. I stamped the Waltzingmouse BAM from the’Kaboom’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. I also die cut the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom’ die from red and black card stock to create the dropped shadow and I used red double sided tape to hold the whole thing together on the back, then to attach it to the green pentagon.

I didn’t want the neon shapes to be complete, I wanted them hanging off the edge so I cut them with my paper trimmer, then attached them with HI-Tack glue so I had a bit of wriggle time before it grabbed so I could line them up perfectly.

To get the skull in I used my embossing pen to draw some crosses and the triangles for the nose and used black embossing powder, Heat It Up! ‘Cranberry’ powder and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Powder.

For the sentiment I used my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporary Alphabet’ die cut from purple card and I inked the letters randomly with ‘Chipped Sapphire’ Distress Ink. The Suicide Squad posters have cracks in the letters, so I wanted to put cracks in mine too so I randomly chopped in with my scissors. The card was looking a bit tame still, so I added more acrylic paint spashes with the neon panels in place.

Lastly, I wanted to re-create the choker Harly Quinn wears in the movie that says ‘PUDDIN’ so I used the same alphabet dies to create the letters from gold mirri card and cut a strip to adhere them to. I really worked the strip of card as I wanted it to be the choker, so I wanted it to be pliable. I attached the letters to the strip with Hi-Tack glue. To get the end I used my Spellbinders Pennants dies and I also added some holes using my Crop-A-Dile. To the other end I wanted to add a buckle so I used the layering dies included in the ‘Pentagon Box’ die set to cut a square and then cut out the centre, then I cut a rectangle of mirri card to be the pin in the buckle. I wrapped the strip around the square and then used Hi-Tack glue to attach the buckle end and pointed end to the card base with the middle raised up off the card for dimention. Whilst the glue was still wet I inserted the pin under the buckle.

I hope my friend likes her card and can tell it was inspired by Suicide Squad artwork.

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I found a website where you can ‘Squad Yourself’ so I’ve been able to create my own Sucide Squad avatar.

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Do you like comic books? Do you like the style? I hope this card will have inspired you for some weekend crafting! Have you seen the exclusive Simon Says Stamp #STAMPtember2016 releases? I think I might need to do some buying!!!

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I’m going to my friends birthday party today, so I’ll share the card I made for him now before I leave. As the Wimbledon tennis Championships is on at the moment I wanted to make a Wimbledon-themed card.

I found this Tennis Racket die by Leane Creatief, which is just perfect for this card! I cut the tennis ball from Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured the internal parts with my Spectrum Noir pen. I die cut the tennis racket twice – once from gold and once from white so I could have the strings and racket and also I die cut the handle from purple. I used my Crafter’s Companion 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies (again, I know, but I REALLY like this alphabet!) to cut purple and gold letters to shadow.

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I hope you like this card and that maybe it inspires you this weekend! Have you been watching the tennis?

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Welcome baby card

Some friends of mine were safely delivered of a baby boy last week and they have said that now the Grandparents and Aunties have met him, their friends can go over to meet him this afternoon, so I’m going to meet him for the first time today!

To celebrate his birth I have made his Mum and Dad a card. As he is a boy I decided to go with the traditional blue colour sceme with a baby blue and a darker blue. Blue works really well with Kraft, so I wanted to use that too for an extra masculine colour, my Neenah Desert Storm was just right for my base layer.

I don’t have much money at the moment, but I thought it was important to get a die especially (I don’t have any baby specific stash) so I bought this ‘Baby text and pin‘ die by Marianne Creatables. I wanted to have the sentiment ‘welcome baby’ so I die cut the welcome with my 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies by Crafters Companion. I also wanted to use my Sizzix stackable stars dies too.

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I die cut enough of the stars to have one at the top of the card and one at the bottom and the sentiment between them, but the card base didn’t have enough space for both stars! So after a quick re-think I adhered the second stack of stars to the inside of the card to bright the card front through to the inside.

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The last step was adding some crystal drops in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and leaving them to dry overnight.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring. Do you know anyone having a baby soon? Or maybe someone has just had one – was it a boy or a girl?

Enjoy the last remnents of your weekend and have a good week!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Mother’s Day card

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday in the UK and I would like to share the card I made for my Mum.

My family have had several dogs, cats and a guinea pig over our lives, but at the moment we have one elderly Birman – they are now my Mum’s favourite breed and she doesn’t think she will be able to live without their gentle temperament in her life, so I’m sure there will be more Birmans to come. They have distinctive colouring – like a Siamese, but with white ‘mittens and socks’. As they are Mum’s favourite breed I wanted to colour the cats on her card to look like Birmans.

Here is a picture of our Birman out in the garden a couple of summers ago – can you tell my Mum’s favourite colour of flower?

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I don’t use patterned papers very often, and I wanted to put some on this card. I thought about what colours I wanted in the card, but couldn’t quite find a paper that was right, but then I found my April Rose Illustration paper pack and the blue paper with pink roses I thought would work nicely with the image, so I decided to use this one. I tirmmed the paper and attached it to a cream C5 card base.

I bought the Crafter’s Companion Mulberry Wood ‘Love You’ stamp set last Summer intentionally for Mothering Sunday (I can be organised sometimes!!). I stamped the image and sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured the cats with Spectrum Noir IG1, IG4, IG5, IG7, BGR2, BGR3 and PP1. The flowers were coloured with PP2, BP1 and HB3, the leaves were CG4 and LG5. I outlined the flowers and cats with TB1 to ground them and coloured the earth with EB3 and EB6.

My most recent purchase has been the Tonic ‘Ornate Frame‘ dies and I wanted to use them to mount the image and sentiment, but there wasn’t an ornate frame that was the right size for the image – one was too big and one was too small! So I die cut the sentiment using the ‘Ornate Frame’ die and the image with the Tonic ‘Art Nouveau’ die. Then I die cut the outer frames from Stampin’UP! Smoky Slate to mirror the cats coat colour.

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Once I had the layers cut out I used 1mm foam squares to layer the image and sentiment on the frames and I used 3mm foam squares to attach the frames to the card base.

To add some interest I wanted to have some flowers in the card and I wanted to mirror the pink flowers on the patterned paper and in the image. I used some white paper blossoms by Hobbycraft and coloured them using Spectrum Noir pens in PP2 and BP1. I attached them to the card with Hi-Tack glue.

To add a bit of bling I used my Wink of Stella GL.VIOLET 080 on the purple flowers in the image.

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I hope you like this card and maybe it inspired you for your own card making. What did you get up to for Mothering Sunday? Wishing you a good week ahead!

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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

Follow your hearts desire

Today is my friend’s birthday and he is training to be a doctor, he has his finals very soon. I still want to keep going with the positive statements on birthday cards, and I thought I would go with a punny one today – he will be a doctor, so why not have some anatomically correct hearts?

I started this card by stamping the ‘Hot Doctor’ from Kenny K in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (I got this from Whimsy Stamps, but Kenny K designs are no longer available as rubber stamps and can be purchased as digi stamps here). I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pens: clothes – DR5, DR6, IG1, IG2, BG2, TB8 and TB9. Skin – FS2, FS3, FS5, CR2 and PP2. Hair and shoes – GB8, TN7, EB4 and EB6. I used my silver pentel pen to add a few touches like her clipboard and necklace.

I cut the image out, then went around the edges with black pen so there weren’t white bits around the edge. I wanted the image to be prominant on the finished card, so I put some Sellotape Sticky Fixer Strip on the back of the image and set it aside whilst I got on with the rest of the card.

Next, I started on the base of the card. I knew I wanted to stick with the red and blue, so as not to have too many colours. I cut a blue panel to 5.5 in x 5.5 in, then a white panel to 5.1 in x 5.1 in. I adhered them to a white card blank with roll-on glue. I cut another blue panel to 4.9 in x 4.9 in which I was going to cut the apeture into for the shaker element, when I placed the ‘Hot Doctor’ cut-out on top I realised I would have to offest it to fit everything on!! I used the largest of my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to cut the appeture. Then I lined up the apeture over the white panel and drew around the die in the right place on the white panel. I used Sellotape ‘Sticky Fixer Strip’ to go around the circle outline and create the window in which all the shaker elements would sit. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach some acetate behind the blue card with the apeture, then set this aside to dry.

I found an image of an anatomically correct heart online, and when I went to print it out I found I had no ink in my printer, so instead I went the long-winded way about it and got some paper, traced around the desing on my computer screen in pencil, stuck these outlines onto white card, coloured them in with DR5 pen, went over the outlines again with PITT artists pens, cut them out and went over the cut edges with black pen.

I added the hearts and some red Rocailles to the apeture, then removed the backing from the Sticky Fixer strips and stuck the blue panel over the top.

All I needed now was the sentiment, and it’s always a bit of a joke about Doctor’s handwriting so I wanted to use a ‘handwritten’ looking sentiment. As I said my printer has no ink, so I went to my stamps and pulled out my ‘Frumptious’ clear alphabet stamps (part of the Roald Dahl collection). Unfortunately I don’t think they liked my Stampin’UP! ‘Midnight Muse’ ink pad much because they came out a bit blotchy, but I’ll just gloss over that and say “It was the look I was aiming for!”

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I die cut the word ‘hearts’ from Cherry Cobbler card using my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Lowercase alphabet’ dies. The letters were attached to the card base with Hi-Tack glue so they would stick to the acetate.

Last, but not least I peeled off the backing from the pads on the back of the ‘hot doctor’ and adhered her to the card front.

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I hope you liked this card, and found some inspiration! Enjoy your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Reach for the stars

Two of my friends have birthdays today, so I have two cards to share this morning (you can probably tell I was in a bit of a rush to post them on time from the rushed photography!!)

For some reason all of my friends feel a bit down at the moment – maybe it’s just the time of year. They are all looking at their lives and wondering “what’s the point of it all?” and “Why am I bothering?”, so I wanted all of the cards I give them to have positive messages to hopefully give them hope to keep going.

The first card I want to share is a masculine card. Some cardmakers find men hard to create cards for, so hopefully this will help inspire you for a masculine card – either a birthday or good luck or congratulations card.

I started with some watercolour cardstock by Crafters Companion, my Distress Inks and round blening tools. The Distress Inks I ended up using were: Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

First off I added some areas of Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry and Evergreen Bough to the watercolour card, just in random areas, and not covering the whole piece of card.

Next I added some Faded Jeans around the edges of the card and around the more intense areas of colour to make the night sky. After the Faded Jeans I went over the card with lots of Black Soot to darken the card and only leave a few areas of colour.

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Then I used a fan brush dipped in water to create splashes on the card, which I dabbed off with some kitchen roll. This created the appearance of stars. I did end up with too much water on one area, so I dried it and went over some of it with Chipped Sapphire and Balck Soot to bring back the appearance of the dark space with only a few stars.

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To add more stars I used a small round shaped brush to flick Gesso mixed with water over the card. Once the card was dry I removed the Washi Tape from the corners and went over the corners in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

For the sentiment I used VersaMark ink and ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder by Papermania. The stamp set is by Stampendous called ‘Typewriter Alphabet’.

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I die cut some of the smaller stars from the My Favourite Things ‘Lucky Stars’ Die-namics set from white card stock. I also used the Crafters Companion ‘1″ Alphabet Contemporary Uppercase’ dies to cut ‘stars’ from white card. I adhered them all to the watercolour card with Nuvo Glue Pen and then attached the panel to the front of a cream C5 card blank with roll-on glue.

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I really like the way this turned out, and I would definately try it again, maybe with different colours on the base to change things up.

There are several YouTube videos on different ways to create this look including from The Craft Bunny, K Werner Design and Scraps and Stamps. Check them out!

Happy Crafting everyone!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Lose yourself to dance

Now that she is at Grammar School, my eldest niece has become a complete ‘tweenager’ and her younger sisters are ‘so childish’ and she is desperate to be seen as a big girl, so I had to make her a birthday card that wasn’t ‘girly’, but more refined/edgy/grown up. All three of my Nieces love their dance lessons. Last month my eldest Niece performed in a dance show that was put on by her school – the children from all years (11-18 years old) were given the opportunity to either dance, choreograph, do lighting and sound or costumes and the show was amazing. Because of her love of dance I decided to make my her this card with a dance theme.

I like the song by Daft Punk called ‘Lose yourself to dance’, so I thought it would be a really nice sentiment to use on a card. Unfortunately I don’t have that sentiment as a stamp, so I used my new Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Alphabet’ dies to create the sentiment from some white card.

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Everything on this card is a die-cut! I have seen the Tonic Fairy dies used on cards with bits cut out to make them appear as women rather than faries and so I used both the ‘Rococo Fairy Lilly’ and ‘Rococo Petites Fae Ella’ dies and snipped thier wings and flowers off to create silhouette dancing girls.

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I bought the ‘Bohemian Designer Series’ 12×12 paper pack because I loved the colour combinations. As I think the colours are lovely and the patterns are very trendy in fashion at the moment I decided to use this as my background. The Ikat pattern paper made me think of the light-up dance floor in Saturday Night Fever in the dance scene with John Travolta, so I thought it was apt for a dance-themed card. I started with an 8×8 white card base and layered the ikat pattern paper on the card front and attached the die cuts and stuck them down with Nuvo Glue Pen.

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Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get a chance to do some crafting!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree