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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.



When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Moving to Canada card

A former colleague of mine has been hoping to move to Canada for several years and has been attempting to get all the paperwork together for his move, but now he has everything in place he’s handed in his notice at his job and he’s heading off to Canada! A few people are meeting at the local pub tomorrow to say goodbye, but I’m going to the theatre so I can’t go. I wanted to make him a card to celebrate this move to his exciting new life. I wanted to create a card that looked like the Canadian flag and decided that a stepper card would be a great way to do this.

I cut and scored an A4 piece of card to create a stepper card (not my best card – a bit scrappy because the ‘steps’ didn’t qute line up!!). I cut some strips of red card and attached them to the side steps with roll-on glue.

Using the Lili of the Valley ‘set 44 Just to Say’ sentiment stamp in VersaMark watermark ink and Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Tropic Red Blaze’ on Whisper White card stock. The embossed panel was layered on red card and I used my perfect layers tool to create the red mat. The maple leaves were also cut from red card using Xcut dies.

DSC01428Inside the card I stamped the Lili of the Valley ‘set 63 Quotables – Go For It’ sentiment in VersaMark ink and ‘Tropic Red Blaze’.

DSC01430 DSC01429I attached the mats to the front of the card with roll-on glue and the maple leaves with foam pads.


I hope you think this is a nice good luck card! Enjoy the weekend ahead.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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

Christmas Card Swap Card #1

I’ve started on my 5 cards for the card swap!


I really wanted to use the Lili of the Valley ‘Fur Cones‘ because I just think it’s such a cute image & whilst it’s not an all-out Christmas image, I love it! Now I must admit I’m not a ‘fussy card’ maker ie. I don’t use LOTS of flowers, bows and embellishments on my cards, but I do look at cards like that & think “wow, that must have taken ages!” so I just wanted to give it a go for this first Christmas card of the swap.

I started with a 6 x 6 inch kraft card base. I trimmed a 6 x 6 inch patterend paper from My Mind’s Eye ‘Snowed In’ and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I inked ‘Fur Cones’ and ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped them on Neenah Classic Crest Card (Crafter’s Companion). I die cut the image with the largest Spellbinders ‘Scalloped Circles’ die, then coloured the image in Promarkers. [TeaGreen, Pine, Umber, Henna, Walnut, Crimson, Cardinal Red, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5] I die cut the circular sentiment with the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’.

I really wanted the snow in the image to be sparkly, so I went over the snow on the branches and ground with Crystal Stickles (Ranger) and left this to dry overnight before continuing with the assembly of the card.


Using the Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock. I arranged three red roses (habico) under the circular sentiment & when I was happy, adhered them in place with Glossy Accents (Ranger). Then I started to place the branches where I wanted them & adhered them with Glossy Accents, once these were in place I adhered the image and sentiment in place over the metal rose stems and card branches.


I hope the recipient enjoys the card & feels that even though there aren’t Christmas trees, wreathes, baubles or presents on this card, it still has a Christmassy feel!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Father’s Day 2014

Good morning! The weather may not be amazing, but I hope you enjoy the last day of the weekend before another week begins.

In case you have been living under a rock, today is Father’s Day. My biological father died in 2007, so he’s no longer with me, but my parents divorced when I was 6 and my mum met someone new & althought they aren’t married he’s been there for me through all the trials and tribulations as I grew up – so this card is for him.

I was thinking about what to make for a Father’s Day card one weekend when I was watching Create and Craft TV (a very dangerous passtime of mine that I try to avoid becuase I end up buying things!!) and they introduced a company that I had never heard of before called Acid Drops & Whatnots. They team 1920’s-1930’s images with witty sentiments & make clear stamps and toppers. I fell in love – I had to have the stamps and toppers.

For this card I used a topper from the ADTOP10 ‘My Best Shot’ toppers set and I wanted to mirror the colour sceme in the topper in the colours of the rest of the card.

I started with a cream C5 card base. I used my guillotine to cut a 19 cm x 13 cm panel from Stampin’ UP! Gumball Green cardstock. I attached some yellow ribbon from my stash with double sided tape to the green panel and attached it to the front of the card base. I cut the topper from the rest of the A4 sheet with my guillotine and attached it to the green panel with roll-on glue.

I love my Lili of the Valley clear ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ & I stamped the Happy Father’s day on white card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut it out using my Big Shot and the 3rd smallest Spellbinders Classic Circles Small die. To match the topper I used my Promarkers; ‘Poppy’, ‘Gold’, ‘Marsh Green’ and ‘Olive Green’. I attached it over the ribbon with roll-on glue.

As the image is a golfer I wanted some grass somewhere on the card so I used my Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (#825) die to cut some grass from the DCWV ‘matchmakers’ textured adhesive border punch strips Neutrals – there are 2 greens in this set, I used the brighter green as opposed to the ‘sludgy’ green. The wonderful thing about these adhesive borders is you can die cut them and then peel off the backing – no fiddling with Quicky glue!!

Father's Day 2014

The finishing touch was to stamp the sentiment inside the card. I think my IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ is my most used sentiment set by far! I inked up the Father’s Day in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped it inside the card, then inked just the Happy from the Happy Birthday sentiment & stamped it above.

Father's Day 2014 inside

50th Birthday Card

Happy Saturday everyone! Are you enjoying the weekend?

Tomorrow I’m going to one of my Mum’s former colleague’s new house in St. Albans – from what I’ve seen it looks very nice with an ultra modern interior! Even though all the people my Mum worked with eventually left where they were working together, they have stayed in touch & have regular social gatherings. This gathering will be to celebrate one of the group’s 50th birthday.

When he was younger he really enjoyed rugby & his son plays rugby too, so I had to make him a card with a rugby theme. I’ve already created some Rugby-themed cards earlier this year, so I already had Lili of the Valley’s ‘Rugby Mad‘ stamp, so I got him out again & stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink & coloured him in using Promarkers. Because the birthday boy is of Scottish origins I coloured his kit with ‘Indigo Blue’ and ‘True Blue’, his skin is ‘Blush’, ‘Oatmeal’ and ‘Pastel Pink’. His hair is ”Sunflower’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Pumpkin’. His boots are mainly ‘Slate’, the rugby ball is ‘Burgundy’ and ‘Primrose’ and the mud/grass stains are ‘Burnt Umber’ and ‘Forest Green’.

I started with a dark green 6×6 base card, I used my embossing ink pen and drew a line on the card & sprinkled ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder on it to create a try line. Next I used my Waltzingmouse ‘Splat that‘ set inked in SU! ‘Early Espresso’ ink to create mud patches on the pitch.

From some green card in my stash (so it doesn’t match the base card, but I don’t think it should have matched too closely anyway) I cut some grass using my Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (825); because the die isn’t as long as the card I lined the die up with the end of the last cut – & I think you can’t tell where, so it must have worked!!

After much thought I decided a try-themed pun wouldn’t go amiss, so instead of putting the 50 on the front of the card I thought I would put “21 AGAIN?” on the front & on the inside “nice try – Happy 50th!”. I used the Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell It Out‘ set by Raindrop Echo Designs on cream card to create all the letters for the sentiment. Because this set doesn’t have numbers or punctuation I used the empty tile & stamped the numbers etc from another alphabet set I have – no idea who made it now!

I attached the letter tiles with roll-on glue to the card base, then attached the grass with Quicky Glue Pen.


To create the sentiment on the inside of the card I used the Spellbinders Labels 2 die set & cut some dark blue card with the 3rd largest die, then some light blue with the 2nd largest. I ran both labels through my Big Shot again with my rubber embossing mat. I ran the larger of the two Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ dies through my Big Shot with some Snow White Centura Pearl. I attached the light blue label over the pale blue one with roll-on glue, then attached the labels to the inside of the card base. I used American Crafts thickers in ‘sprinkles’ for the 5oth and attached the ‘Happy’ with some Quicky Glue Pen.

Andy's 50th inside

On the Lili of the Valley Monthly Challenge they are doing Male or Sporty because of Father’s Day next weekend, so I would like to enter this card for the June Challenge.


My late Step Brother always used to say I was ‘very lastminute.com’ & he had a point – I would always start a project and suddenly find that it should have been completed yesterday… But my Stampin’ UP! demonstrator Nikki Raine inspired me earlier this year by starting (and finishing) her cards for special occasions early this year, so I’m taking a leaf out of her book! My Mum’s birthday is in August, but you can never be too prepared!!!

My Mum is a keen gardener, so anything with flowers on would be on-target, but she LOVES Sunflowers, so when Lili of the Valley released the ‘Sunflowers‘ stamp in their Folk & Flowers suite I HAD to get it for a card for my Mum.

I used to subscribe to Cardmaking and Papercraft, and the backing paper was a free gift with the magazine from ‘April Rose Illustartions’ with lots of garden themed papers & some toppers too. I trimmed the patterened paper & attached in to a cream base card with roll-on glue.

I don’t have oval dies for my die cutting machine yet, but I do have a Tonic Studios Shape-Mate Ovals set so I cut a few ovals before I got it right, then stamped the Lili of the Valley stamp in Memento ink & cut around it with the Shape-Mate. I coloured in the image with Promarkers and tried to mirror some of the colours on the backing paper, then attached it with roll-on glue to the card.

I cut the smaller oval from some cream textured card to match the cream base card. Using the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ word dies I cut the sentiment from blue card to match the background. I used Quicky glue to attache the sentiment to the cream oval.

D’oh!!! I’d forgotten to attach the yellow ribbon behind the patterned paper before I attached it to the base card!! Oops… So I put some double sided tape on the ribbon and attached it over the bottom of the oval image on the front of the card. I attached the sentiment oval over the top of the ribbon with foam sticky pads and tied a bow of ribbon then attached that to the front of the card with Glossy Accents.

Mum's Birthday card 2014

GodSister’s 21st

It was my Mum’s Goddaughter’s 21st on the 30th March, but it’s her party today, I thougth I would show you the card I made her using my brand new Heartfelt Creations ‘Once Upon A Time’ collection stamps and die.

The base card is a white, textured A5 card. I cut a teal card pane about 1 cm smaller than the card base so there would be a 1/2 cm border, then I used the Kaisercraft ‘Script‘ stamp in VersaFine Vintage Sepia to create a background panel. I inked this with Tim Holtz distress inks in ‘Tattered Rose’, ‘Victorian Velvet’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’ and ‘Peacock Feathers’.

Immy's 21st 1

I watched the Heartfelt Creations YouTube video about the set and so I ran the ‘Once Upon a Time’ die through my Big shot with some scrap paper to create a template. I then stamped the Heartfelt Creations ‘Time Sentiments PreCut Set’ onto some more white card. I inked it with the same distress inks as the background stamped image, then ran it through my Big Shot with a rubber embossing mat to create dimention on the image. If you attach the template to one side of your die with tape & lay it over the stamped image you can line up the die, then flip the die onto your stamped image and tape in place before running it through your die cutting machine.

I love the Lili of the Valley circular sentiments, and some of the sentiments on the stamp set weren’t quite birthday-y enough, so I stamped the Lili of the valley stamp ‘Time to’ twice in Vintage Sepia and stamped Celebrate and Party! on top, then I used the Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die to cut them out. Then I inked them in the same colour scheme again and attached them over the top of the pocket watch and the ‘good times with you’ circle with foam pads.

Immy's 21st celebrate

Immy's 21st Party!

I used the Waltzingmouse ‘Gift Card it’ die to cut out a gift card from Kraft card and the ‘Gift Card envelope’ from teal card. I assembled the teal envelope and checked the gift card still fitted, then I stamped some keys from the Kanban ‘Keys’ set AS6007 in Vintage Sepia on the gift card. I wanted to tie the gift card in with the card so I stamped the ‘Happy 21st’ LotV circular sentiment and attached it with roll on glue.

Gift card 1

Gift card 2

I can’t tie bows – I’m just rubbish, I have some lovely teal ribbon that matches just perfectly, but I didn’t want to cover up any of the circular sentiments on the stamp, so in the end I didn’t put ribbon on the card (even though I had planned to). To make the embossed ‘Time is short’ circle stand out a bit more I used Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax in ‘Teal’ (it smells quite strongly, so make sure to used it in a well ventilated area!).

Final card

Some background… My Mother is of Irish ancestry, born in England (Shropshire) where she would listen to all the Welsh rugby on the wireless, she LOVES everything about France, and feels sorry for the Italians… So when the RBS 6 Nations Rugby is on she has sympathies for all teams and so whoevers wins, she’s happy…

So when Ireland won at the weekend, she was thrilled! So I decided to make her these cards so she could send them to her die-hard England supporting friends…

I used the Lili of the Valley ‘Rugby Mad‘ stamp on white card and coloured him in using Promarkers.

I'll try not to rub it in 1

The base card is a dark green A6 240gsm from Hobbycraft (orignally purchased for Christmas cards) I stamed the stamps from the Waltzingmouse ‘Splat that’ set in VersaFine Vintage Sepia on the card front to make it look muddy & torn up with studs on rugby boots.

Next I attached the main image to the front of the card so I could see where I could put the text, I used some clear alphabet stamps I have (I think they are Kaisercraft?) using versamark watermark ink and used Papermania ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder for the text.

Last but not least I stamped the T, R and Y of the Whimsy ‘Spell it out‘ stamp set on cream card and fussy cut them out and stuck them over the main image with roll on glue.

I'll try not to rub it in main image

Mother’s Day card 2014

This card involved lots of elements! I was hoping to enter it in the February Lilli of the Valley Monthly Challenge, but I finished it too late…

My Mum simply adores gardening, so even though the stamp used is one of the boys from Lilli of the Valley, it always makes me think of her!

Mother's Day 2014 LotV

First of all I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Victorian Picket Fence’ B123 die from some brown 12×12 Core d’nations cardstock. Then I created another easle card from a square kraft card. I attached the fence to the bottom panel of the easle card with small foam dimentional pads, and it will hold the top portion in place.

Next I die cut the Cheery Lynn words ‘Happy’ B226, ‘Mother’s’ B232 and ‘Day’ B236 from orange 12×12 Core d’nations cardstock. I attached the words on top of the fence die with Quicky glue pen (really quite fiddly!!).

Mother's Day 2014 easel

I had stamped the ‘Vegetable Patch‘ stamp from Lilli of the Valley at the same time as I made the “Fields of Gold” card – see previous post. I die cut both of them using the Spellbinders labels die and started colouring them with Promarkers at the same time too, but when it became obvious I wouldn’t get both cards done in time I concentrated on Fields of Gold, so I did a little finishing off with the Promarkers.

Because the image has flower pots in it I wanted to die cut some more to tie it in with the rest of the card, so I used the Memory Box ‘Garden Pots‘ and ‘Wonderful Watering Can‘.

Next came the most fiddly bit! I stamped Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Vintage Garden Seed Packet‘ frame on kraft paper twice with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink. Then I stamped the frame again on a post-it note, making sure the bottom of the image would be over the ‘sticky bit’ of the note. I fussy cut out the window of the frame to create a mask and placed it carefully over a frame on the kraft paper. Then I inked up the carrots from the ‘Vintage Garden Produce‘ set and stamped over the top of the mask.

Seed packet masking 1 seed packet MD2014










Finally I arranged the elements how I wanted them on the ‘pop up’ section of the easel and attached them with roll on glue. I decided there was too much brown in the card so I added three green Liquid pearl drops & they smudged (so this is not one of my best cards!! I’m so gutted it was ruined at the last step…)

Mother's Day 2014 Final