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Best friend’s birthday card

My best friend is having an afternoon tea for her birthday celebrations this year (so many friends are scattered about and some have small children so an afternoon thing means she can see as many friends as possible and they can all get wee people home in time for bed and no need for baby sitters), as she is having an afternoon tea party, I wanted to make her a tea themed card!

I bought the Sizzix ‘Tea Time‘ Bigz die and was going to use it for scrapbooking/art journalling, but it was so perfect for this project I just HAD to use it!! I was in need of a change from square and rectangular cards and wanted to create a rocker card for my base. I used the largest die from the Tonic studios ‘Celtic Dream‘ die set and cut some white Centura Pearl hint of silver card – because it is 300gsm it’s nice and sturdy to use as a base.

I cut the Tea Time from some patterened paper in my stash that had little coloured polka dots on it that made me think of Emma Bridgewater pottery, when I was working out the layout I wanted I realised that I would need two saucers, so I cut a second set of cups (I’m sure I’ll find another project to use them on!!) and used my bone folder to give the cups some gentle rounding and dimention. To add some extra shading to give even more feeling of dimention I added some shading with a Spectrum Noir pen where ther would be shadows. I decided to use the tags that had been cut out of the spotty paper and just use the reverse (unpatterned) side and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pierced a hole with my pokey tool to get some white string through the top.

To continue with the afternoon tea theme I thought about cake, but I don’t have a die that makes a cake the right proportions for the card, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to fussy cut something (I would spend FOREVER snipping and not being happy, then realising I’d ruined it and starting again and after about 5 trys get moody and not want to finish the card, so that was best avoided!!) so instead I decided on a doily. As luck would have it I fell in love with the Marianne Creatables ‘Doily Star‘cut out of vellum on a card I saw on Pinterest (which I now can’t find on my pin boards!! D’oh!) but I thought doilies are also synonymous with tea and cake, so I grabbed my doily star die and cut out some vellum to get a really dainty, different feel to the card base.

I originally wanted a little banner with ‘happy birthday’ stamped on it to be peeking out from behind one of the cups, but it drew too much emphasis to the cups and I wanted something to draw the eye from the doily towards the cups and saucers. I die cut my banner from cream card using the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions ‘Stitched flags‘ and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn ‘Hats Off to You’ using Archival Ink in coffee.

As I was looking at what I had for the card so far it was all very monotone and pale and really needed a pop of colour, I thought about some flowers over the doily but as this is a rocker card I couldn’t put too much weight on that side or it wouldn’t stand correctly. I um’d and ah’d about what to do and eventually decided that as my Christmas dies were still out on my desk that I could just cut some holly leaves for a little colour, but not much weight.

I don’t know why, but after looking at the layout again I still wasn’t happy with it and still wanted to have something more. I was wandering about personalisation and remembered my Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell it Out’ stamps and matching die. I had seen some adhesive stickers that were wood effect Scrabble tiles and I wanted to create my own version of these, so I first stamped my woodgrain in Sahara Sand ink on cream card, then stamped the letters with coffee Archival Ink and used the matching die to cut them out.

I assembled my card using Hi-Tack glue and foam tape for the cups to maintain their dimention. It was only AFTER I had assembled the card that I thought ‘it would be really good if the cups and saucers were glossy…’ so I painstakingly added glossy accents to the cups and saucers when they were attached to the card base and left it to dry overnight.

The last thing left to do was to attach the tea tags to the cups, which was fiddly!

So… here is the finished card, which rocks very nicely, I’m quite proud of the engineering feat!!


I hope you aren’t working over the festive period (or too ill) and are finding the time to get crafty! Let me know what projects you are working on!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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.


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.


The last step was adding some crystal drops in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and leaving them to dry overnight.




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

Awww! I can’t believe this crop of Sandwich Students have been with us for just under a year already! They have been wonderful – really engaging & outgoing, throwing themselves into the science & any social occasions with gusto, I’m sure the work groups they have been based with will be sad to see them go!

Because the Institute is well known for working on diseases of livestock I wanted to have cows & pigs & sheep etc. on the card, I went to my stamp sets & amazingly I don’t have them in my collection!! But, I just recently got the Mama Elephant ‘Cosmic Stars‘ set & I decidied to use the Aries, Taurus and Capricorn stamps & hope no one would know the difference…

I started with some blue A4 card that I scored & turned into A5 cards. I used the Marianne Creatables ‘Horizon Pinetrees‘ to create the field for the critters to be in from Stampin’ UP! ‘Gumball Green’ cardstock. I attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then I cut a circle from my Spellbinders nested circles from 10.8 cm x 14 cm Core essentials Cardstock in yellow, cut it to fit in the top left corner & attached it with roll on glue.

I used the Memory Box and Joy! Crafts ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies to cut the clouds from white card stock and attached them with Quicky glue to the blue card base.

The fence was a bit long-winded; first I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Victorian Picket Fence’ (B123), then I cut off 4 of the uprights, left the 5th, then repeated so it looked more like a stock fence than a garden fence. I attached this to the bottom of the cards using Scrapbookers Glue (Scotch). I die cut the Lawn Fawn ‘Grassy Border‘ from green adhesive border punch strips (matchmakers, DCWV) ‘Neutrals’ and peeled off the backing to attach it over the top of the fence.

Sandwich 2014 goodbye close up 1

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cu2

I coloured the animals with Promarkers and fussy cut them, then attached them with Scrapbookers Glue or 1mm foam pads. Last but not least, I die cut the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me‘ from white card & wrote the sentiments on them by hand with 0.5 Letraset Fine Line Drawing Pen. I attached the speech bubbles with 3mm foam squares.

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cards x3

Sandwich 2014 goodbye cards x5

What do you think? I hope they like them – I tried to make them all slightly different so they were individual to the student.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Thank you

Eurgh! I’ve been very ill this weekend – I must have eaten something that didn’t agree with me because I’ve been sick since Thursday & I’m only just beginning to feel better!

My Mum always works incredibly hard over Christmas feeding and entertaining the whole family, and we always SAY thank you, but sometimes it has more impact if you write it down.

My Mum ADORES Boston Terriers & French Bulldogs, so a card with either on would warm her heart – I got the ‘Stylish Simon‘ set from Simon Says Stamp just for her, because I know she will just LOVE him!

Before I had even decided on the base card I stamped Simon and his Scarf, then die cut Simon & fussy cut his scarf & attached his scarf with Quicky Glue pen. I die cut a speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told me‘ die set and stamped the sentiment from ‘Critters at the dog park‘ stamp set on it.

Next I started to think about the base card – I decided on a dark grey 6×6 card because I wanted a snow scene behind Simon & when it’s about to snow the sky always goes a dark grey/purple kind of colour…

I have some Snow White Centura Pearl card that I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Snowflakes‘ from – some of the snowflakes were almost as big as Simon, so I only used the smallest ones for the card. I have some pearlescent paper from The Paper Mill that I cut the Marianne Creatables ‘Horizon Pinetrees‘ die from; it was a bit short for the 6×6 card, so I used my Crafter’s Companion Top Score Multiboard and scoring tool to score an extention to the hills using the ‘wiggly line’ on the board and cut it out using scisors.

I attached the background to the base card with roll-on glue and attached Simon and the speech bubble in the same way. I thought the card looked a bit bare, so I decided to cut a ‘Frosted Christmas Tree‘ from dark green card to add extra interest. I attached it with roll-on glue and then attached the snowflakes with Quicky glue.

Thank you mum Xmas 2013