Tag Archive: Creative Expressions


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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with the  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Best friend’s birthday card

My best friend is having an afternoon tea for her birthday celebrations this year (so many friends are scattered about and some have small children so an afternoon thing means she can see as many friends as possible and they can all get wee people home in time for bed and no need for baby sitters), as she is having an afternoon tea party, I wanted to make her a tea themed card!

I bought the Sizzix ‘Tea Time‘ Bigz die and was going to use it for scrapbooking/art journalling, but it was so perfect for this project I just HAD to use it!! I was in need of a change from square and rectangular cards and wanted to create a rocker card for my base. I used the largest die from the Tonic studios ‘Celtic Dream‘ die set and cut some white Centura Pearl hint of silver card – because it is 300gsm it’s nice and sturdy to use as a base.

I cut the Tea Time from some patterened paper in my stash that had little coloured polka dots on it that made me think of Emma Bridgewater pottery, when I was working out the layout I wanted I realised that I would need two saucers, so I cut a second set of cups (I’m sure I’ll find another project to use them on!!) and used my bone folder to give the cups some gentle rounding and dimention. To add some extra shading to give even more feeling of dimention I added some shading with a Spectrum Noir pen where ther would be shadows. I decided to use the tags that had been cut out of the spotty paper and just use the reverse (unpatterned) side and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pierced a hole with my pokey tool to get some white string through the top.

To continue with the afternoon tea theme I thought about cake, but I don’t have a die that makes a cake the right proportions for the card, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to fussy cut something (I would spend FOREVER snipping and not being happy, then realising I’d ruined it and starting again and after about 5 trys get moody and not want to finish the card, so that was best avoided!!) so instead I decided on a doily. As luck would have it I fell in love with the Marianne Creatables ‘Doily Star‘cut out of vellum on a card I saw on Pinterest (which I now can’t find on my pin boards!! D’oh!) but I thought doilies are also synonymous with tea and cake, so I grabbed my doily star die and cut out some vellum to get a really dainty, different feel to the card base.

I originally wanted a little banner with ‘happy birthday’ stamped on it to be peeking out from behind one of the cups, but it drew too much emphasis to the cups and I wanted something to draw the eye from the doily towards the cups and saucers. I die cut my banner from cream card using the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions ‘Stitched flags‘ and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn ‘Hats Off to You’ using Archival Ink in coffee.

As I was looking at what I had for the card so far it was all very monotone and pale and really needed a pop of colour, I thought about some flowers over the doily but as this is a rocker card I couldn’t put too much weight on that side or it wouldn’t stand correctly. I um’d and ah’d about what to do and eventually decided that as my Christmas dies were still out on my desk that I could just cut some holly leaves for a little colour, but not much weight.

I don’t know why, but after looking at the layout again I still wasn’t happy with it and still wanted to have something more. I was wandering about personalisation and remembered my Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell it Out’ stamps and matching die. I had seen some adhesive stickers that were wood effect Scrabble tiles and I wanted to create my own version of these, so I first stamped my woodgrain in Sahara Sand ink on cream card, then stamped the letters with coffee Archival Ink and used the matching die to cut them out.

I assembled my card using Hi-Tack glue and foam tape for the cups to maintain their dimention. It was only AFTER I had assembled the card that I thought ‘it would be really good if the cups and saucers were glossy…’ so I painstakingly added glossy accents to the cups and saucers when they were attached to the card base and left it to dry overnight.

The last thing left to do was to attach the tea tags to the cups, which was fiddly!

So… here is the finished card, which rocks very nicely, I’m quite proud of the engineering feat!!

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I hope you aren’t working over the festive period (or too ill) and are finding the time to get crafty! Let me know what projects you are working on!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Granny’s Birthday card

Today is my Granny’s 96th birthday, so I wanted to share the card I made for her with you this evening. I’ve been loving all the white with a splash of colour cards I’ve seen on Pinterest, so this is my take on the look.

I started out with the Creative Expressions ‘Striplet – Floral Meadow’ die and I wanted to have it repeated 3 times, so it was going to have to be an 8×8 card to fit them in. I used Whisper White card that I cut down to fit on an 8×8 card and had to measure it all out to get even spacing of the striplet sections.

I wanted the pop of colour to come from sequins peeping through the floral meadow design, so I cut some acetate to the same size as the card and attached to the back with red double sided tape. I wanted to have double height foam pads and I used the Sellotape foam tape roll cut in half as it was too wide to go around the windows and doubled it up.

Then, I filled the apetures with my doodlebug design sequins in ‘limeade’, ‘lilac’ and ‘swimming pool’. removing the backing on the foam tape was fiddly, but I attached some acetate to the foam pads and was able to give it a shake to check the sequins all stayed in. Once I was sure the sequins wouldn’t escape I used red double sided tape to attach the acetate to the white 8×8 card blank. (I know this may seem like a waste of acetate, but it is worth it if you need to fill in a hole that beads or sequins are coming out of and it’s easier to do this whilst the shaker section isn’t attached to the card front yet)

To mirror the colours in the sequins I used watercolour card and my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and blending tools in ‘Peeled Paint’, ‘Shaded lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’, then die cut the sentiment using the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ sentiment dies.

I felt the front of the card was still too white, so I attached sequins to the flower centres.

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To continue the colour scheme inside the card too I inked up the IndigoBlu stamp from ‘Mr Fan-tach-tic’ set in Stampin’UP! inks ‘Lucky Limeade’, ‘Wisteria Wonder’ and ‘Pool Party’.

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Big crafty hugs for stopping by my blog, I hope your week goes well!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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

On Sunday it will be my Granny’s 95th birthday, the card is in the post, so I thought I would share it with you. I’m afraid this post is a bit picture heavy due to all the different flowers I made for the card – sorry!

I really wanted to try out a cascade card because they look so amazing, I also wanted it to have a woodgrain base and I had some Kraft coloured Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock that I had bought ages ago, but just admired it and not used it, so I decided to use it for this project.

Note to self: when using someone else’s instructions for the first time, keep them right next to you instead of attempting to remember what they said or you WILL cut a slit in the wrong place and have to start all over again… AHEM!

So… with my kraft woodgrain base all slotted into place I started work on the front panel. I used Whisper White card stock and die cut the floral frame from the Samantha Walker Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Botanical Swirls and Accents’ set and used Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush stampin’ write markers to colour the embossed design. I also die cut the leaves/branch from the same set in Pistachio Pudding card. I used the Memory Box Parker Numbers dies to cut 9 and 5 from Pistachio Pudding card. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the branches behind the frame and Quicky Glue Pen to attach the numbers to the cut out. I wanted to be able to open and close the card easily so I didn’t want to attach the frame to both front sections of the cascade base, so the frame was attached with Hi-Tack glue to the left half of the card, and the cut out was attached to the right half, so the two halves could still move independantly.

For the back of the card I cut a piece of white card to fit on the right hand panel and stamped the ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set and used roll-on glue to attach it to the back panel before too many flowers were added to the front panels and it would have been difficult to write on.

I used the four small flower shapes from the Crative Expressions ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ dies to cut lots of flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to make them more dimentional, then added some nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Buttermilk’ to the centres and left them to dry overnight. I also used the ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ smaller leaves dies to cut some leaves from Pistachio Pudding card stock and attached these and the flowers to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

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When I saw the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy Petals’ stamp with matching die I couldn’t resist, so I wanted to use them on this card. I stamped the image on parchment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my heat tool to dry the ink, then cut out the shapes with the die in my Grand Calibur. I coloured the petals with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir PP4 pen, which didn’t dry very nicely – a bit blotchy, but I figured it was just the joy of homemade… Again I used the HC Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add dimention to the petals, then used Hi-Tack to hold the petals together (so glad I did – parchment is not keen on sticking!!!) When the glue had dried I added a generous blob of nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled on a few black Rocailles, then left this to set overnight. I punched some leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the leaf punch in Ruth Hamilton’s Pick of the Bunch punch and stamp set ‘ Rose – Pansy – Camellia – Gardenia’, shaped them, glued a few toghether, then attached them with the parchment poppies to the bigger panels towards the back of the card.

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Having taken the leaf punch from the Pick of the Bunch set out, I figured I’d keep going so I created two pansies coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in OR2 and FL3.

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I had wanted to have a butterfly on the card somewhere because the Red Admirals and Peacocks are out in force in my Mother’s garden. I used a Martha Stewart punch to get a black outline, then stuck it to some parchment with Hi-Tack glue and when the glue had dried I coloured in the sections with DR4, then cut the parchment around the edges of the butterfly and stuck it to the card base.

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As per usual I had been taking my time, doing a bit here, a bit there, and suddenly I needed to post the card this week and the left side of the card was finished, the right… not so much – eek!! So, my lastminute.com nature kicked in and I decided to make some really quick and simple bits to stick on the panels – I had been planning to make roses, but that would have taken too long!

I used the Wplus9 ‘Fesh Picked’ stamps and matching dies to make some strawberries and leaves for the back panel. The flowers on the middle panel are the sepal punch from the Pick of the Bunch set punched in white with a dot of nail varnish in the middle, the leaves are Sizzix Susan’s Garden (658413) cut from Lucky Limeade.

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Phew!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, I hope you have some sun to get out in and enjoy!

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Rock’n’Roll Birthday card

Hi All! I hope you had a good weekend? Today is another friend’s 30th birthday and I know he got his card in the post so I feel that I can post about it now. He is an engineer who is also in TWO bands, so I really wanted to make him a music/guitar themed card.

First of all I die cut all the letters for the sentiment and stuck the black outlines onto the white bases with Quicky Glue pen as I was worried this was going to be the most fiddly bit and I didn’t want to leave it to the end in case I ended up in a rush.

Next I cut a piece of patterned 12×12 paper from the DIY Shop paper pad down to 6 1/2 x 6 inches and used the Dreamweaver stencil ‘Electric Guitar’ and Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium in ‘Black Stars’ and Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste in ‘Ocean Spray’ to put two guitars on the paper.

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I stamped a few splats onto the patterned paper with the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Splat That’ stamp and SU! ‘Lost Lagoon’ ink. Then I started to distress the edges of the patterned paper with my scisors.

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I found this gorgeous black card with glitter in it in my local craft shop – I thought it would be good for adding a bit of bling to masculine cards, so I wanted to see if I could emboss it with the Crafts-Too ‘Musical Notes’ embossing folder. The card tore a bit, so if you put it up to the light you could see the light come through the shapes embossed into it, but as it was going to be attached to a card base, I figured it wouldn’t matter too much. To pull in the turquoise/teal of the ‘Ocean Spray’ texture paste I went over the edges of the embossed card with Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax in ‘Teal’. The embossed panel was attached to an 8 x 8 inch square card base with HI-Tack very sticky glue.

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Next the patterned paper with the paste guitars was attached over the top of the embossed pane. Because of the uneven surface created by the sparkle texture paste I attached the letters with Hi-Tack very sticky glue.

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I hope this gives you inspiration for a masculine card, or for a music lover in your life. Have a great week!

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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