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Organisation

Hi everyone! I’ve just watched the latest episode of Line of Duty on BBC1 – it’s really gripping!

On a completely different note, I wanted to quickly share what I’ve been up to, craft-wise, this weekend. Having watched several craft room tours and gone green with envy over the Christmas holidays I thought to myself “I really need to be more organised in my craft room!”

Right now I’m in the early stages of a 7 week long experiment that requires long hours so I have very little crafting time, but this is the perfect time to get my stash in order… I bought lots of coin collectors plastic wallets and I’ve cut 5cm x 5cm squares from either Stampin’UP! white card or from Crafter’s Companion Watercolour card.

This is still very much a work in progress, but I feel better about having started my organisational efforts. When I’m done I hope to have all my inks, all my Nuvo drops and all my embossing powders in this format so I have them all in one place and I might get more use out of them if I can flick through and see them.

How do you organise your crafty stash? I hope you all have a good week, come back soon!

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Niece’s Birthday card

I thought I would try to share where my inspiration came from in this post, because I haven’t shared a sketch or ‘inspiration’ picture in a while. I had this pin on Pinterest for its positive message and I thought it was gorgeous, then I got to thinking “Come on, you must be able to re-create it with the supplies that you have…?”

Having recently purchased my Nuvo Aqual Flow pens they were my first thought and there is the Spring Meadow set that has the ‘Soft Rose’ and ‘Lilac Blossom’ pens in, so I grabbed them. However, when I tried them out on some watercolour card they were the wrong colours for what I wanted to achieve (if you look at the ‘colour swatch’ I created in the photos they are the bottom two colours – the rose is too rosey [d’oh] and the lilac wasn’t vibrant enough). So I had to re-think my options. I love purples, so I have lots of purple Distress Inks, but did I have the right pink?

I smooshed several Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat and used my Aqua Flow water brush (not to be confused with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens) filled with clear water to paint them on my colour swatch. Instantly I knew that Picked Rasperry was the right vibrant pink for my project and Shaded Lilac was a good purple to blend with it, so that was what i started with on my first layer of colour on my watercolour card. Once it had dried it was quite pale, so I went in with more Picked Rasperry and I contemplated adding the Nuvo ‘Lilac Blossom’ to darken the purple – this was a bit too dark and harsh (it’s the fairly straight line of purple on the right of the card) so I quickly smooshed several purple Distress Inks and used lots of water to spread it around and attempt to tone it down. I think I ended up using load of colours – Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet – I was using so much water they all mixed together on the craft sheet in the end.

I was really happy with it after the multiple layers and loads of colours had been mixed together.

Next came the sentiment – I didn’t want to re-create the image exactly, I wanted this to be similar but not the same. I love the sentiment ‘she believed she could so she did’ – I am a feminist, and I would like my nieces to grow up believing that whatever they want to be when they grow up, they can achieve it, so I chose this sentiment to go on the card so I could give it to one of my nieces. I gave the watercolour cardstock a generous dusting of my embossing buddy because it’s so textured I knew the embossing powder would want to stick in all the texture. I love the My Favourite Things ‘Well Connected Alphabet’ that came out earlier this year – it’s just perfect to make this card, and I’m sure I will be reaching for it over and over again. I used VersaMark ink and Stampin’UP! Gold embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out (OK so my alignment is a bit off, but I think it adds to the whimsy of it)!!

Having not given my nuvo Aqua Flow pens a proper outing I really wanted to use my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I tried them out on the colour swatch too. Again I thought the ‘Rose Water’ was too rosey so I stuck with the ‘Pale Periwinkle’ and added drops here and there, then left them to dry for 24 hours in a cupboard (so the cats can’t tread in them!!)

To attach the watercolour panel to the front of a 6 x 6 inch (rosey!! ha ha!) pink card base I used foam tape. I really love it – it’s one of the few cases where something on Pinterest actually lead to a project rather than just endless hours of pinning and no crafting time left!!

I had real problems photographing this card – the shiny bits were ‘too shiny’ or ‘not shiny enough’ and I tried all sorts of lighting and angles, so excuse my dreadful pictures!! I hope you get an idea of the card anyway!

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Let me know if you would like me to share more inspiration posts showing the thought process behind my crafting projects in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend and come back on Sunday when I will share the card I made for my Mum.

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Punny birthday card

I fully appreciate that this card may not be to everybody’s taste, so excuse me if you don’t like the pun. I have made this card for a lovely, funny woman who did her PhD where I’m studying and has gone on to pastures new, but is still in touch with lots of us at the Institute. I will be seeing her on Wednesday for her birthday meal at Wagamamas, so I thought she would appreciate the mushroom based pun…

I have a confession – I bought the dies used for this card for my niece’s fairy birthday card and was going to make toadstools, they got buried under some cardstock and I totally forgot I had them (how embarrassing!) So I didn’t put any toadstools for the faries on her card… So rather sheepishly, I’m glad I can use them for this card instead… The dies are by Leane Creatief called ‘Mushrooms‘.

I wanted the card to be really plain so that the punny sentiment could hold its own, so I cut a Neenah Desert Storm mat and some green cardstock as a larger mat. The mushroom dies I cut from cream card and inked through the dies with my finger dabbers with Iced Spruce and Old Paper Distress Inks. I cut the grass from the same green card as the mat so as not to introduce too many colours to the card.

The sentiment is die cut from some chocolate card using my Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet Uppercase’ dies.

I used Hi-Tack glue to adhere all the die cuts, bending the mushrooms and grass a bit for dimention. To add even more dimention I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut to the corners.

When the Crystal Drops had been left to completely dry I stamped the sentiment inside the card with VersaFine Sepia ink.

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I think this could work as a masculine card too, the colour sceme is very unisex.

Do you like punny sentiments on birthday cards? I hope this card inspired you and you come back soon to see what else I create!

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Football birthday card

On Monday it will be my friend’s birthday, I finished off his card last night but let the Crystal Drops dry overnight. He is an avid supporter of Chelsea Ladies football club, so when Tattered Lace brought out the Footballers die set with the lady footballer I had to use it for his card. The captain of Chelsea Ladies is Katie Chapman and her number is 17.

I cut the Tattered Lace footballer, 1 and 7 and ball from some Neenah white cardstock and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens to resemble Katie Chapman, then set them aside whilst I worked on the rest of the card. I also cut the sentiment from black card using my Cheery Lynn designs sentiment dies.

I cut a panel of watercolour cardstock with my trimmer and attached it to a cutting pad, then wet it with clean water and smooshed my Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress inks on my craft mat and picked it up with a paintbrush and painted the watercolour panel, then let it dry.

When I attached the panel to the card fron and attached the footballer, ball and sentiment the card still seemed too bare (I know it’s a masculine card, but still I felt it needed something more). So I found some blue card that was close to the blue I had used to colour the football kit and cut some of my Spellbinders ‘Pennants’ dies from it and cut one shorter than the other for some interest. Last of all I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Midnight Blue’ and let them dry overnight.

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I hope this gives you some inspiration for a masculine card, or maybe for a football mad female friend. What have you been making during #STAMPtember2016? (maybe this card would have been more appropriate for #DIEcember!!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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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!

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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!

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Niece’s birthday card

I love Gorguss by Santoro because it reminds me of my youngest niece, so this year I made her a card using the ‘The Runaway’ stamp set by docrafts.

The main image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured it with my Specturm Noir pens. The horse’s body: EB1, TN1, hooves and tail: BG3, BG4 and BGR5. Saddle and saddle cloth: GB6 and GB7, bridle: DR4 and DR5. Her skin: FS2, FS3, FS7 and CR3, her hair: EB3, EB4 and EB6. Her dress: BT5, BT6 and BT8.

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To create a ‘grungy’ background I stamped the IndigoBlu stamp in Ranger Archival Ink ‘coffee’ onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I didn’t want it to be perfectly square so I offset the panel, cut off the corners that were over-hanging the edges of the card so it would still fit in an envelope. I used HI-tack glue to attach the panel to the cream card base, but didn’t add glue right up to the edges so I could do some distressing with my scissors and nail file.

I thought the hearts that came in the ‘The Runaway’ stamp set were adorable so I stamped them on some ‘More Mustard’ card with Ranger Archival Ink in ‘coffee’. I cut the card into a square and inked it a bit with Distress Ink in ‘Vintage photo’ and used a nail file to distress the edges.

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I had some white paper flowers and coloured them with Spectrum Noir BT8 to tie them in with her dress. The tickets are Tim Holtz ‘Adage Tickets’ #TH92716 and I distressed them a bit to add some texture. They were glued in the bottom right corner wiht Hi-Tack glue to balance the yellow panel.

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Work is still incredibly busy so I probably won’t be making any cards for a while, hopefully I’ll find some time in about a month. Enjoy some crafting!!

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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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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!

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