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New addition!!!

Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been saving for a TODO for I think maybe a year, but everytime I had a bit saved up I either saw some stamps and dies I HAD to have or the kittens needed a vet trip, so I thought I’d never get one, but then Create and Craft TV had a half price deal and I could finally afford one, and it’s arrived today!!!!!!!

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The kittens helped me unpack the box (of course)!

Here it is in-situ in my craft area, along with my Big Shot and Grand Calibur, that I’m planning to sell now as the TODO will replace both of them and I can’t spare the space to store them.

I bought some metallic foils and the Paisley die and letterpress bundle too, and this was my first attempt at hot foiling ever, using the roller settings in the instructions, but I think it was too low as the letterpress/hot foil plate cut into the card a bit.

I’m going to spend the rest of my day playing about with various dies and the roller settings to work out what settings to use for all my different dies, I’m soooooooo excited!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the remainder of #STAMPtember2016.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Umbrella card

My Step Mother lives in Hua Hin in Thailand, and so when I heard about the bombings on Friday I was fearful that she might have been injured or killed. Thankfully she was at home because the bombings were early in the morning so she wasn’t out and about at the time.

I wanted to make a card for my Step Mum as I haven’t made her one in ages and the fear of losing her made me realise that staying in touch is a good thing. It’s monsoon season in Thailand so it’s raining a lot at the moment so I thought my brand new My Favourite Things ‘Layered Umbrella’ die and Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies would be very fitting.

First, I used the 12×12 raindrops stencil and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Ink and ink bblender to make a raining background, but I left a section where I didn’t ink through the stencil that will be where the umbrella will eventually go.

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I die cut the largest umbrella die from matt silver cardstock, then the layering part from white, red, yellow and orange cardstock in my stash (I wanted the umbrella to be a pop of colour in the otherwise sombre card) and the handle from my SSS Kraft woodgrain embossed card [this is no longer available, but they do still sell it in white]. I then used my Quicky Glue pen to stick all the bits together, and when it was dry stuck it to the card front.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Puffy clouds dies from Stampin’UP! Whisper White and Smokey Slate cardstock and vellum, trimmed them to the card width, then used foam pads to attach them to the card base.

I bought the Stampin’UP! Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack last year for scrapbooking, but haven’t used any of the alphabet stickers. The black block stickers were just what I wanted for the sentiment for this card, so I adhered the stickers to the card front (I had to trim a few letters in ‘umbrella’ or it was going to go off the side of the card, but hopefully it isn’t that noticable).

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Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope you found this card inspiring, and I hope you visit again soon!

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

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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Crafty kittens!

Hmmm… The kittens are adorable, but they are annoying too!! I had made a 50th birthday card using loads of die cut letters and managed to keep them out of the paws (and mouths!) of the kittens, stuck the card together and just had to add the nuvo Crystal Drops to leave them to dry overnight and suddenly Inara jumped up on my craft table and trod on the three top drops and trailed her little tail through the bottom drops!!!!!!!!!

Inara is fine – as I was there when she did it I was able to wipe as much of the crystal drops off her paw as possible immediately with a wet wipe.

So here is what I managed to salvage of the card! (I tried to colour in the top drops with alcohol markers in an effort to get them to look better, but it just didn’t work!!)

And here are the kittens helping me with photography…

Note to self – if anything needs to dry or set I need to put it in a cupboard in future! I still love them both to bits, despite their naughty ways!!!

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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

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