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Climb every mountain high

Hi! This is my second card for today. So I didn’t leave myself enough time to make this card… So the sentiment has been stamped SOOOOO badly – it was my second go at the sentiment as well, but I had to go with what I got – I’m not proud of it at all, it’s dreadful!!!

As I said in my previous post I wanted to have positive sentiments on all the cards I’m making for my friends as they all seem a bit disheartened at the moment. My friend LOVES skiing and has just come back from a skiing holiday with friends, so I wanted to reference this in some way with her card. She is very active and loves to try different outdoor activities like dirt bike riding, hiking etc. so this sentiment is so apt for her.

I’ve had the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper’ die set for ages, but never got around to using it. There aren’t any YouTube videos on how to use it, so I’ve taken loads of pictures so if you have the die set you can get some inspiration.

First I die cut the main die from some Stampin’UP! 80lb Whisper White card stock. I folded and burnished the card, and found that the crease lines for the side steps had almost cut through the card (note to self – always use heavier weight card stock for the card base!!). I must admit I didn’t have any heavier white card stock at home and no time to go shopping for any either, so I used some sellotape to hold the crease lines together!

I die-cut just the section I wanted to go inside the back of the card from ‘Pool Party’ card and trimmed it so it would be just smaller than the actual card. I also die-cut the rectangles to go on the two sides, front and ‘scene’ inner section from the same card stock. To create the mountains I used the mountain die in the set and cut several times from ‘Smokey Slate’ card stock. For the two side rectangle sections I used the same rectangle die that I had used for the blue card to cut out mountain bits to make them exactly the right size.


I stuck the mountains to the blue sections with Nuvo Glue Pen. To create snow on the mountains I used Liquid Pearls by Ranger in ‘White Opal’. I then set the sections aside to dry.


Whilst waiting for the liquid pearls to dry I started on the sentiment panel. I was planning to use the sentiment ‘climb every mountain high’, but I don’t have that as a sentiment, so I decided to try to make it out of my alphabet stamps, one is the Stampendous! ‘Typewriter Alphabet’, the other one I don’t have the details for any more. I stamped using VersaMark ink and Stampendous! embossing powder in ‘Sterling Silver Metallic’. So… the first time around I stamped the ‘mountain’ in the wrong place, so I hadn’t left enough space between it and the top of the section to stamp ‘climb’ and ‘every’, so when I realised this I started again, but still got ‘mountain’ in the wrong place!!! So it’s too far to the right… I had to stick with this one though because I had run out of card stock to die-cut another rectangle. (I need to buy so much SU! card stock when I get some money!!)

When I came to stick the sections on to the card base I realised that some of the glue I had used to stick the mountains on to the front panel had gone on the blue and become all grubby 😦 I tried to rub it off, but it just made the whole thing worse!! I didn’t have enought time to do it all again, so I just had to stick it to the card base. This is the worst card I have made for a very long time, and I hope my friend doen’t think the quality of the card refletcts on how I think of her…



I must be a very bad/disorganised friend to have left things so last minute to have made such a bad card for my friend!!! Maybe you can learn from my mistakes and make sure you use heavier cardstock and give yourself more time!!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

I saw the Rococo Faries dies on a certain craft selling TV channel & had to have them (and in just the click of a button my Tonic die collection has tripled!). My eye was taken by this stunning card by Karen on the Tonic Studios blog – I just think it’s amazing! So I hold my hands up and fully admit that this card is essentially a total rip-off of the card Karen made, but I just had to have something that lovely in my life!

I loved the star trails arranged in a kind of infinity circle, but I wanted it in a ‘night time’ colour scheme so I could have stars & the Luna die together. I decided to use grey, dark navy and Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver card stock. I already had the Celtic Dream Layering Die so I got to work on making the ‘base’ by cutting the second largest circle from two Centura Pearl sheets of card and one from the dark Navy. Next I tried the slightly more tricky bit of lining up the outside circle with the Celtic cut out bit on the grey card. Next I cut the smaller circle from Centura Pearl and the Celtic shape from Grey. I die cut 5 star trails from dark Navy and another 5 from Centura Pearl. Last but not least I cut Luna and the ‘Dream’ from the Inspirations Sentiment set from both Centrura Pearl and dark Navy. Phew! I had a bit of a sore arm after all that die cutting – such a shame it’s a workout for one arm only!

To construct the card I layered the grey cut out on the Dark Navy solid panel, let the Hi-Tack glue set. I also adhered the grey on top of the white Centura Pearl. In order to get the infinity star trail I turned the dark Navy cut outs around so the ‘back’ was facing outwards (this goes against my OCD so I would never have been able to create this card without the inspiration from Karen!) I had to cut off bits of the central star so there wasn’t a massive raised bit in the middle and used Hi-Tack glue to stick them all together to the central star, then I glued them down to the middle of the smaller grey Celtic circle.

This time with the Centrua Pearl Star Trails I again adhered them all to the central star so they became one piece, but added foam pads under the die so it would pop above the Navy Star Trails. Lining them all up so the central stars overlapped was fiddly, but I got there!

Star Trail card closeup

I covered the back of the smaller Celtic circle with foam sticky pads and stuck it in the middle of the larger circle. I added the drops of White Opal Liquid Pearls to the outer Celtic circle, then set it aside to dry.

Whilst the Liquid Pearls were drying I started work on the circle easel card (I’ve always wanted to try one!) one of the Centura Pearl ‘circles’ was scored so it would hing on the bottom of the easel and hold the Celtic circles in place, then the hinge was attached to the base with Hi-Tack glue.

Later when the Liquid Pearls were dry I attached the Circles to the easel base and I almost had a card – woo hoo! I attached the two ‘Dream’ cuts and two Luna cuts together so the ‘shadow’ was the same way, then I attached the Luna die cut at the top left of the Celtic circles, tucking it between the two layers. The ‘Dream’ sentiement will be the stop to hold the easel in place so I put it on dimentional foam pads to raise it up. I spent ages working out where I wanted it, but when I was done I was happy.

1st circle easel card

Last, but not least, I attached a few Navy stars that were from the waste of the Star Trail dies to the base of the easel to bring it all in together.

Star Trail card

I hope you like my first circle easel card! I think I like it too much to give it away… Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend (I’m afraid I’ll be working!)

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

40th Birthday card

Eeeek!!! It’s my friend’s birthday on Friday, so I’m cutting it very fine for finishing his card (thankfully I’ve had his present wrapped for ages, so I know that will arrive on time!)

I scored the front of an A6 cream base card to make an easel card, then attached a navy rectangle to the inside for the ‘stop’.

I’ve spent several nights covering some wooden numbers in Liquid Pearls (Ranger) in ‘Royal Blue’ & using an old loyalty card to make it smooth (ish), so now they are dry I’ve attached them with Glossy Accents to provide the ‘stop’ against which the easel will rest. I thought the panel looked a bit stark & overly blue, so I added some clear gems to soften the harsh blue (and add some birthday sparkle!)

40th card_side

Using the Happy Birthday sentiment from the IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fantashtic‘ set and the straight Brogue detail from the Waltzingmouse ‘My Kind of Guy‘ set, both stamped in SU! ‘Real Red’ ink I created the background on white card. I layered this on a piece of navy card & attached this to the easel base card.

I love the Brogue circle & I saw a card on Pinterest with the bowler hat/monocle/tache inside it & so I wanted to encorporate this on my card, I staped 3 Brogue ciricles in ‘Midnight Muse’, then stamped the sentiments & face inside them. I realised that the Happy Birthday sentiment didn’t fit inside the circle, so I created a quick mask by stamping on a Post-It Note, you can probably tell I masked the bowler hat too as a bit is missing at the top! I used the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die to cut all three out.

Finally I attached the circles with sticky foam pads – et voila!


Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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