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Hey Ghoul-friend!

I saw this greeting in a stamp set somewhere, I couldn’t justify getting the stamp set, but I have alphabet stamps, so I wanted to make it with my alphabet stamps.

My last blog post hinted that I was stressed and rather unhappy and as a crafter I know that colouring is a really good way of de-stressing. I printed off a lot of Hannah Lynn digital stamps onto Neenah card stock months ago thinking ‘I’ll print these now so I’ve got them for when I need an image for a card.” well, they are all still uncoloured, so that went to plan! Never mind, I had the images and so I wanted to colour in ‘Priscilla’ for my card, because she looks like a very cool witch.

Spectrum Noir Pens used:

Dress – LV1, LV2, LV3. Petticoats and hat band – CG3, CG4, LG5. Gloves, shoes, hat and bodice – BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, IG10. Broom – CT2, CT3, CT4, GB8. Eyes – IB1 and True Black. Skin – FS1, FS2, FS3, FS5, FS8. Hair – EB3, EB4, EB6, TN7. Sky – TB8, stars – blender.

DSC01465I used the circular ‘waste’ from the thank you card I made a few weeks ago to create a mask for the moon behind Priscilla. To make the stars in the sky I pressed the colourless blender pen to the card and just let it pick up the colour from the card and repeated on the same spot until the colour had gone. I then added some wink of stella white glitter pen over the stars to make them slightly sparkly.

DSC01466Next I layered the image on some silver mirror board and used my perfect layers tool to cut a 1/8″ border, then I made another layer of lime green card. It was only at this point that I went to see if my image and layers would fit on the C5 card base I had been planning to use… It was far too big… err… plan B! The mats and layers would fit on an 8″x8″ card base, but with lots of white space. I compared the colours in the image to some card I had and Elegant Eggplant card seemed to be the best colour match so I cut a piece of that to go on the front of the card and attached the layers on with roll-on glue.

Then I needed to create the sentiment, so I took some more of the lime green card I had used for the layering of the image and took my Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Victorian Alphabet’ set and stamped them in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with ‘sterling silver’ Stampendous! embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment so it would be the same size as the green layer and attached it to the front of the card.

DSC01467I really wanted to stamp a few bits inside the card too so I grabbed my Waltzingmouse Halloween stamp sets and found the sentiment from ‘Midnight Feast’ and the bats from ‘Halloween Party’. I stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant ink and the bats in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

DSC01469You know how you look at a ‘finished’ card and think ‘nope, not quite right. Needs something more.’? Well I looked at this card and thought it needed a ribbon or some sequins or something, but where to put it? So I settled on putting on some rinestone gems for extra stars on the image.

DSC01471I just adore this image!! I love Hannah Lynn’s art work and I will try to colour more of my digi stamps so I can use them in future cardmaking projects.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween this weekend. I’m going to be watching the Rugby World Cup final (my Australian cousin lives nearby so we’re going to the pub together to watch it on a big screen).

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Pumpkin Chuckin’

Oh My Goodness! I was up very late on Wednesday night making the bean bag pumpkins for Pumpkin Chuckin’, but it was worth it – the little ones really enjoyed playing the game! I got the idea for the game from Pinterest.

How I Made the Bean bags:

I bought some cotton fabric (doesn’t matter what it looks like because this is the internal bean bag, mine was all flowery!!), Marrowfat Peas and lots of orange felt rectangles and one green and one black felt rectangle.

Pumkin Chuckin' ingredients

All of the making steps I did in bulk, conveyerbelt fashion.

I cut 10x 6 inch squares of the cotton fabric, pinned two squares together and then sewed three sides together on the sewing machine, I then turned them inside out so I had 5 pouches. I put 1 cup of Marrowfat Peas into each ‘pouch’ and then sewed the opening shut on the sewing machine. I had 5 bean bags ready to stuff into my ‘pumpkins’.

From the orange felt I cut 10x 7 inch squares. From the green felt I cut 5x rectangles that were about 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, I folded them in half along the 2 inch side so I had a 1 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangle, then machine stitched around the edge to keep the shape – these would be my stalks. From the black felt I cut 10 triangles for eyes and 5 mouth shapes. I hand sewed these to 5 of the orange squares with black thread, then when I was done I placed a ‘face’ onto a plain orange square, face facing inwards, then I got a stalk and made sure most of it was inside the sandwich, with just a little bit peeking out of the top of my orange felt sandwich. I machine stitched almost all the way around my sandwich, BUT MADE SURE I LEFT ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE BEAN BAG IN THE HOLE LEFT. Then I turned my pumpkins inside out so the stalks were pointing out the top & faces were on the outside of the bag, I then gently pursuaded one bean bag per pumpkin to go in and hand sewed the hole shut.

How I made the Pumpkin Target:

I bought some Westfoam 5mm Foamboard and some Acrylic paints (orange, black and green).

I drew on the foamboard in pencil until I was happy with the pumpkin, then using my craft knife and self-healing cutting mat on the floor I cut out the eyes, nose and mouth holes. Using the pencil lines as a guide I painted the pumpkin with acrylic paints and let it dry overnight.

To set up the game:

Put two chairs back-to-back and prop the target up against the chairs, then separate the chairs so they are supporting the foam at the edges & not obstructing the holes the kiddies will be aiming for! Give the little ones bean bags & let the Chuckin’ begin!!!

Pumpkin Chuckin' bean bags

What do you think? Something you might want to try next year? It’s a really good game for toddlers! Enjoy the rest of your Halloween!!!

Pumpkin Chuckin' set up

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Uh-oh! Can you tell I’ve become OBSESSED with my new Curvy Keepsake Box die? It’s just got my creative juices going, every morning I come up with a new character to make with them!

So this week has mostly been about Sesame Street characters – I started out making Count Von Count because of the Halloween mood I’ve been in recently, then I thought about Cookie Monster & Oscar The Grouch & Elmo quickly followed!!!

The Count is made with Wisteria Wonder card stock. I coloured in one side of the box in black for his hair. I attached googly eyes & drew his triangular eyebrows over the top in black pen. To make his ears & nose I used the Sizzix Framelit largest Stars die. I cut three ‘points’ of the largest star from Wisteria Wonder card stock. Two points I cut off for the ears & the remaining point was for the nose. I scored down the centre of the point for the nose piece, then cut it to make a diamond shape. I folded the bottom bits of the diamond in & stuck them together with some Glossy Accents (Ranger) to form the point of his nose, then attached the bridge of his nose to the box, again with Glossy Accents. His mouth is a cut out piece from a black Curvy Keepsake Box handle, with a little red triangle & two white teeth drawn on with Inkssentials White Opaque pen. last, but not least I made his cape from some Basic Black card stock & attached it to the base of the box with double sided-tape.

Count Von Count 3

Count Von Count 2

Count Von Count 1

I won’t lie – the Count was a labour of love, he involved lots of cutting & sticking & colouring, so he isn’t really suitable for mass production, but the other 3 are much faster to make! Elmo was made from some red card stock, his nose is the smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die cut from some Pumpkin Pie card stock. His mouth is a bit of a circle cut with the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies.

For Elmo, Oscar and Cookie I wanted to create some fur so I snipped along the edges of the sides of the boxes.



Oscar is made from Old Olive card stock and Cookie Monster is made from Pacific Point card stock. Cookie Monster’s cookie is Crumb Cake card stock with some Henna Promarker on it for the chocolate chips.

Oscar has a bin lid made with two cicles of tin foil and a circle of card stock, stuck together & a slit cut in the middle to put the handles of the box through. His eyebrows are coloured with Henna Promarker pen.

Oscar The Grouch and Cookie Monster

Oscar The Grouch and Cookie Monster

From this angle you can see Oscar's bin lid better

From this angle you can see Oscar’s bin lid better


Sesame Street CKB

I hope you could tell which character was which & you enjoyed my attempts at making Sesame Street characters from Curvy Keepsake Boxes. Feel free to try them yourselves, but please let people know where you got your inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Halloween Treat Boxes

I hope you liked my Spider Curvy Keepsake Box from my last post? Making that really put me in the Halloween spirit, so I wanted to make more Halloween-themed treat boxes!

This time I thought I would use my We R Memory Keepers Candy Box punch board to make some Halloween treat boxes. I cut a sheet of Whisper White card stock to 7″ x 12″. I punched the card along the 7″ edge according to the instructions with the board and adhered it so I had a square tube, then I drew lines over the box to look like mummy wrappings, stuck on large googly eyes with Glossy Accents (Ranger) and finally tied up the ends with some white ribbon.

Mummy treat box

For the second box, I cut some Pear Pizzaz to the same dimentions as before, assembled the box & attached the googly eyes. Next I drew a thin line just above the eyes and drew on ‘stitches’ along the line. I cut some foil from the kitchen & punched it using the punch board, then attached it to the box ends with Glossy Accents (I didn’t apply any Glossy Accents where the card would need to fold once closed so this area was still bendable), then when this was dry I tied up both ends with green & white bakers twine from Hempatique.

Frankenstein's monster treat box



I hope you like them!

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I won’t lie, but I’m a bit of an arachnophobe! As long as a spider stays still, I can deal with it, the second it scuttles anywhere, that’s it – I’m shrieking & leaving via the nearest exit! So I have no idea why I came up with this idea, but I thought the Stampin’ UP! Curvy Keepsake Box (CKB) dies would make a cute spider!

I went to Hobbycraft & bought some black Chenille Stems & Adhesive Eyes (both in the Halloween section, so a really quick shopping spree!). From some SU! Basic Black card stock I cut two of the CKB shapes to make the box, adhered them together with double sided tape, and used my bone folder to create the curve of the box sides. Then, with the box unassembled, I made sure the bottom of the box was facing upwards & I added a line of Glossy Accents (Ranger) to the ‘front’ of the box bottom & pressed the middle of a Chenille Stem into the Glossy Accents and held it in place for a short while with tweezers. Next I added a line of Glossy Accents at the ‘back’ of the bottom of the box and pressed another Chenille Stem into this. I repeated this process two more times between the first two Chenille stems so there would be eight legs, then to make sure this set firmly I placed it under a heavy book overnight.

The next day I recovered my flattend spider from under the dictionary & assembled the box, then added two googly eyes. I bent the Chenille Stems to look like spiders legs – et voila!

spider keepsake box 2

spider keepsake box 3

I’ve decided to call this Charlotte (from Charlotte’s Web), now I just need to figure out how to make Wilbur!

spider keepsake box 1

What do you think – too cute to spook, or still as scary as the real thing?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

World Card Making Day 2014

world cardmaking day 2014

Happy World Card Making Day everyone!! Are you excited about getting inky fingers? Ha ha – my fingers are an attractive shade of ‘Vintage Sepia’!

I’m really excited today because I got my Stampin’ UP! delivery this morning & the main bit I was looking forward to was the arrival of my curvy keepsake die! I’ve seen SO many amazing creations on Pinterest that I think I won’t sleep for a week just playing with it!

So below are photos of the first thing I’ve made with my new die, obviously it’s not perfect, I just really wanted to play with the die & MAKE SOMETHING!!!! The tags that come with the curvy keepsake box have been stamped with sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Wanda’s Pantry‘ and ‘Halloween Party‘. The little leaves are from the ‘Funky Flowers‘ stamp set & cut out with the co-ordinating dies.





This isn’t the only thing I’ve made today – this is the card I’ve made for the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #28 ‘Anything Goes’:

I inked the fir branches and cones from ‘Festive Foliage‘ in Mossy Meadow & Early Espresso and stamped them all over the front of this Kraft 6″ x 6″ base card.

Then I cut the largest of the stitched tags from white card stock and stamped the sentiment from ‘Say It With Style’ in Early Espresso. I cut the re-enforcer from Mossy Meadow card stock, adhered it with Quicky Glue and then inked the edges of the tag with Vintage Sepia Distress Ink.

I threaded some bakers twin through the tag, then used 3mm sticky foam pads to attach the tag to the front of my card.


I hope you will be able to play along with the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge too – just remember you MUST USE A WALTZINGMOUSE STAMP, DIE OR DIGI!


Enjoy the rest of your World Card Making Day!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Halloween treat boxes

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s also World Card Making Day today!!! Unfortunately I haven’t made a card yet today because I was busy finishing these off, maybe I will be able to get around to a quick one later?

I started this project last weekend & have done a little bit here an there over the week and stuck the final bits on this morning – phew!

I used Woodware ‘Make your own pillow boxes’ that I bought from The Glitter Pot, the stamps are all Waltzingmouse Stamps; I arranged them over a large acrylic block to make a background stamp to (almost) cover the whole of the box – I used Memento ink ‘London Fog’ (because I was going to be inking over the top I didn’t want it to blend or run). The stamp sets were ‘Midnight Feast‘ and ‘Halloween Party‘.

Work in progress!

The next day I cut out 12 2″ circles from white card and inked up some of the circular sentiments with VersaMark Watermark ink, sprinkled them with black embossing powder and then heated them with my craft heater (some of them didn’t come out as well as I wanted, so I ended up making a few more than 12 in the end). After that I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles, the 3rd die (going from the middle) because they would give the 2″ circles a border and cut out 4 orange, 4 lilac and 4 green circles from card in my stash.

Then it was time to have fun inking!!! I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads ‘Mowed Lawn’, ‘Dusty Concord’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ and a little VersaFine Orange. I inked four of each colour (with the Spiced Marmalade and Orange on the same boxes). I also decided to ink the edges of my white card circles with the embossed sentiments in the same colours.

I cut some purple twine from the Docrafts ‘Tea party’ twine set to wrap around 4 of the boxes. The orange and green was going to be a bit tricky so I cut 8 lengths of plain twine and inked it using the Tim Holtz distress ink pads (TIP: wear some gloves for that because the Spiced Marmalade made my fingers orange for a few days!).

Now that I had all the components ready, I just needed to get sticking! I put double sided tape along the tab of the boxes and made up all the pillow boxes together. Then I spent a bit of time deciding which coloured twine should go with which box colour with which scallop colour and in the end decided on the colour combinations in the final photo. I used Glossy Accents (Inkssentials) to attach the twine to the boxes, left to dry. Whilst waiting for this to dry I stuck the circle sentiments to the scalloped circles with double sided tape and finally I attached the scalloped circles to theĀ  boxes with some more Glossy Accents.