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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.



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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Crafty kittens!

Hmmm… The kittens are adorable, but they are annoying too!! I had made a 50th birthday card using loads of die cut letters and managed to keep them out of the paws (and mouths!) of the kittens, stuck the card together and just had to add the nuvo Crystal Drops to leave them to dry overnight and suddenly Inara jumped up on my craft table and trod on the three top drops and trailed her little tail through the bottom drops!!!!!!!!!

Inara is fine – as I was there when she did it I was able to wipe as much of the crystal drops off her paw as possible immediately with a wet wipe.

So here is what I managed to salvage of the card! (I tried to colour in the top drops with alcohol markers in an effort to get them to look better, but it just didn’t work!!)

And here are the kittens helping me with photography…

Note to self – if anything needs to dry or set I need to put it in a cupboard in future! I still love them both to bits, despite their naughty ways!!!

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On Sunday it will be my Granny’s 95th birthday, the card is in the post, so I thought I would share it with you. I’m afraid this post is a bit picture heavy due to all the different flowers I made for the card – sorry!

I really wanted to try out a cascade card because they look so amazing, I also wanted it to have a woodgrain base and I had some Kraft coloured Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock that I had bought ages ago, but just admired it and not used it, so I decided to use it for this project.

Note to self: when using someone else’s instructions for the first time, keep them right next to you instead of attempting to remember what they said or you WILL cut a slit in the wrong place and have to start all over again… AHEM!

So… with my kraft woodgrain base all slotted into place I started work on the front panel. I used Whisper White card stock and die cut the floral frame from the Samantha Walker Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Botanical Swirls and Accents’ set and used Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush stampin’ write markers to colour the embossed design. I also die cut the leaves/branch from the same set in Pistachio Pudding card. I used the Memory Box Parker Numbers dies to cut 9 and 5 from Pistachio Pudding card. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the branches behind the frame and Quicky Glue Pen to attach the numbers to the cut out. I wanted to be able to open and close the card easily so I didn’t want to attach the frame to both front sections of the cascade base, so the frame was attached with Hi-Tack glue to the left half of the card, and the cut out was attached to the right half, so the two halves could still move independantly.

For the back of the card I cut a piece of white card to fit on the right hand panel and stamped the ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set and used roll-on glue to attach it to the back panel before too many flowers were added to the front panels and it would have been difficult to write on.

I used the four small flower shapes from the Crative Expressions ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ dies to cut lots of flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to make them more dimentional, then added some nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Buttermilk’ to the centres and left them to dry overnight. I also used the ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ smaller leaves dies to cut some leaves from Pistachio Pudding card stock and attached these and the flowers to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.


When I saw the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy Petals’ stamp with matching die I couldn’t resist, so I wanted to use them on this card. I stamped the image on parchment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my heat tool to dry the ink, then cut out the shapes with the die in my Grand Calibur. I coloured the petals with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir PP4 pen, which didn’t dry very nicely – a bit blotchy, but I figured it was just the joy of homemade… Again I used the HC Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add dimention to the petals, then used Hi-Tack to hold the petals together (so glad I did – parchment is not keen on sticking!!!) When the glue had dried I added a generous blob of nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled on a few black Rocailles, then left this to set overnight. I punched some leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the leaf punch in Ruth Hamilton’s Pick of the Bunch punch and stamp set ‘ Rose – Pansy – Camellia – Gardenia’, shaped them, glued a few toghether, then attached them with the parchment poppies to the bigger panels towards the back of the card.

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Having taken the leaf punch from the Pick of the Bunch set out, I figured I’d keep going so I created two pansies coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in OR2 and FL3.


I had wanted to have a butterfly on the card somewhere because the Red Admirals and Peacocks are out in force in my Mother’s garden. I used a Martha Stewart punch to get a black outline, then stuck it to some parchment with Hi-Tack glue and when the glue had dried I coloured in the sections with DR4, then cut the parchment around the edges of the butterfly and stuck it to the card base.


As per usual I had been taking my time, doing a bit here, a bit there, and suddenly I needed to post the card this week and the left side of the card was finished, the right… not so much – eek!! So, my lastminute.com nature kicked in and I decided to make some really quick and simple bits to stick on the panels – I had been planning to make roses, but that would have taken too long!

I used the Wplus9 ‘Fesh Picked’ stamps and matching dies to make some strawberries and leaves for the back panel. The flowers on the middle panel are the sepal punch from the Pick of the Bunch set punched in white with a dot of nail varnish in the middle, the leaves are Sizzix Susan’s Garden (658413) cut from Lucky Limeade.



Wishing you a lovely weekend, I hope you have some sun to get out in and enjoy!

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Super 30th Birthday card

A friend of mine loves to play computer games and when we were younger he would make little movies with friends where he played the hero against another of our friends as the ‘evil bad guy’. So because of the movies he made I’ve decided to make him a Superhero-themed card.

DSC01398I have lots of Kenny K rubber stamps that I got from Whimsy Stamps, but he’s now doing digi stamps. I purchase the Superhero digi from his website and printed it on Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card. I coloured it using my Spectrum Noir pens: GB5, CT2, CT3, CT4, OR1, OR2, FS2, FS3, CR11, DR4 and DR5. After colouring I fussy cut the Superhero and went around the edge with a black pen to give a bold outline. The Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set fits really well with the Superhero theme, I stamped the ‘explosion’ on Daffodil Delight card in VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink several times. I fussy cut two of the explosions out, I cut one in half and arranged it behind the Superhero so it appeared bigger and used Hi-Tack very sticky glue to attach it behind the image.

Using the Memory Box ‘Varsity’ alphabet dies and Real Red card I cut out my friend’s name and 30. I attached the 30 to one of the ‘explosions’ with Quicky Glue (unfortunately the ink was still a bit wet & I ended up with a smudge of black on the yellow, and if I had unlimited time and card I would have made this element again).

I cut a 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch Tempting Turquoise square and stamped a long ‘shadow’ for the Superhero and a star in Tempting Turquoise ink so it’s only a subtle tone-on-tone image. The ‘shadow’ is from the Waltzingmouse ‘Halftone Backgrounds‘ stamp set. I had the Superhero in place over the turquoise panel so I could place the black lines and stars around the image. I maske the sentiment from the ‘Kaboom’ stamp set so it read “you’re super!” down in the bottom left corner. I tried to put the black line around the edge of the turquoise panel but ended up with a little I attached the turquoise panel to the white 8 x 8 inch card base with roll-on glue.

First I attached the Superhero with Hi-Tack very sticky glue so he was in the right place. I lined up the Varsity letters on a ruler and attached them with Quicky Glue pen. I went to attach the ‘explosion iwth the 30 on it and managed to get some glue on my finger and made a nasty smudge on the white base card, which really annoyed me, but it was one of the last things I did so it was too late to do anything about it 😦 I wanted to have some confetti & streamers on the card for a ‘birthday feel’ so I used my Lawn Fawn ‘Party Balloons‘ dies to cut streamers from Rich Razzleberry card and two balloons from Island Indigo card and attached them with Quicky Glue pen.


Last, but not least I made him a matching tag. I die cut the Waltzingmouse Folding Tag Die from some Tempting Turquoise card. I die cut the star reinforcer from the same die set in Daffodil Delight and stuck them on with Quicky Glue pen.  I stamped the star from the Kaboom set in Tempting Turquoise on the tag and I added some more Lawn Fawn Rich Razzleberry streamers with Quicky Glue pen.


I’m going to my friend’s birthday party now, where he has hired an inflatable bungee run! I’m going to have a great weekend – I hope you have a nice weekend too! Will you be watching Wimbledon or the British Grand Prix?

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Rock’n’Roll Birthday card

Hi All! I hope you had a good weekend? Today is another friend’s 30th birthday and I know he got his card in the post so I feel that I can post about it now. He is an engineer who is also in TWO bands, so I really wanted to make him a music/guitar themed card.

First of all I die cut all the letters for the sentiment and stuck the black outlines onto the white bases with Quicky Glue pen as I was worried this was going to be the most fiddly bit and I didn’t want to leave it to the end in case I ended up in a rush.

Next I cut a piece of patterned 12×12 paper from the DIY Shop paper pad down to 6 1/2 x 6 inches and used the Dreamweaver stencil ‘Electric Guitar’ and Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium in ‘Black Stars’ and Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste in ‘Ocean Spray’ to put two guitars on the paper.


I stamped a few splats onto the patterned paper with the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Splat That’ stamp and SU! ‘Lost Lagoon’ ink. Then I started to distress the edges of the patterned paper with my scisors.


I found this gorgeous black card with glitter in it in my local craft shop – I thought it would be good for adding a bit of bling to masculine cards, so I wanted to see if I could emboss it with the Crafts-Too ‘Musical Notes’ embossing folder. The card tore a bit, so if you put it up to the light you could see the light come through the shapes embossed into it, but as it was going to be attached to a card base, I figured it wouldn’t matter too much. To pull in the turquoise/teal of the ‘Ocean Spray’ texture paste I went over the edges of the embossed card with Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax in ‘Teal’. The embossed panel was attached to an 8 x 8 inch square card base with HI-Tack very sticky glue.


Next the patterned paper with the paste guitars was attached over the top of the embossed pane. Because of the uneven surface created by the sparkle texture paste I attached the letters with Hi-Tack very sticky glue.


I hope this gives you inspiration for a masculine card, or for a music lover in your life. Have a great week!

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I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my Step Dad has a Narrowboat so I regularly make him nautical-themed cards. Today is Father’s Day here in the UK, so this is the card and matching tags I made for my Step Dad.

I used a white textured A5 card base and attached a Kraft card panel to the front. I stamped the ship’s wheel and oars from the WMS ‘Ocean Bound’ stamp set onto Whisper White card stock with Versa Fine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink to make a patterned paper. I die cut a Memory Box ‘Majestic Anchor’ from dark blue card and threaded three lengths of baker’s twin through the hole in the top. I attached the bakers twine to the back of the patterned paper with Glossy Accents, then added Glossy Accents to the rest of the back of the patterened paper and attached this over the Kraft card panel.

The pinstripe panel was stamped with the WMS ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ stamp in Midnight Muse and attached to the card base at an angle. Then the circle and post card panel were attached to the card with roll-on glue.


I used the WMS ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ to stamp another piece of Whisper White card and cut out a luggage tag from it using the largest WMS ‘Stitched Tags‘ die. The gromits were cut from dark blue card, as well as the Memory Box ‘Majestic Anchor’. I attached the gromits and anchor with Quickie Glue pen.


For the bottle tag I cut a vertical strip of A4 piece of kraft card 3 inches wide, then used the third smallest Spellbinders Classic Circles Small die to cut the hole for the bottle top at one end. At the end with the hole in I scored at 2.5 inches and again 3.5 inches from the first score line. Using the smallest of the Classic Circles Small I partially ran it through my Big Shot so only a semi-circle was cut from the card.

I stamped the WMS ‘Pinstripe Mini‘ on Whisper White card with Midnight Muse ink and cut it to size using my Tonic Studios Super trimmer. The panel was attached over the front of the tag with roll-on glue. I also stamped the rope frame and ship from WMS ‘Ocean Bound‘ stamp set and cut it out using a Classic Circles Small die, then attached the circle to the tag with foam pads.


Back view so you can see the cut out to tuck the bottom of the tag in

Back view so you can see the cut out to tuck the bottom of the tag in


What are you doing for your Dad this Father’s Day?

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Hello everyone! Later today I’m going to my friend’s 30th Birthday Party that is going to be a Crystal Maze themed pub crawl around all the places we used to hang around when we were teenagers with challenges along the way.

I wanted to make a card that resembled the Crystal Dome with all the tickets flying about inside it so I decided to make a shaker card.

I used a printout of a dodecagon and cut it out with my Tonic Studios Super Trimmer, then I attached it over some silver mirror card and used it as a template. I also used it to cut out one acetate dodecagon and three Whisper White dodecagons.

To one of the Whisper White dodecagons I attached Sellotape Sticky Fixer Strip around the edge to create the back of the shaker card and poured silver and gold sead beads into it and gold sequins. I die cut three gold tickets using the Whimsy Stamps ‘Ticket’ die and added them inside the shaker too. I attached the acetate over the top so the shaker contents were contained.

On the back of the silver mirror card dodecagon I drew a 1.5cm line inside the edge of the shape that would cover the sticky fixer edge of the shaker card. I used scissors to cut it out and then used double sided red tape to attach it to the front of ‘the Crystal Dome’ shaker element.


Next I scored one of the Whisper White dodecagons so it had a hinge at one end and a score line in the middle so it would be a easel card. I attached it to the base card with Hi-Tack very sticky glue, let the hinge dry and then attached it to the shaker element of the card.


I used the Memory Box ‘Varsity Uppercase‘ Alphabet and ‘Varsity Numbers‘ dies to cut out white backgrounds and gold outlines and stuck them together using Quicky glue pen. I used foam pads to raise the letters above the base so there was a stop for the easel part of the card.

Using Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Bright Gold’ I added some drops to the base of the card to break up the white space and left the to dry over night.


I had um’d and ah’d about weather to put the ’30’ on the base ‘as is’ or to adhere them to another gold ticket, and I didn’t decide for days what to do, so this morning I bit the bullet & die cut another gold ticket and attached the 30 then stuck this to the base.


I’m going to really enjoy this weekend, I hope you all have a great weekend too!

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Josh’s 1st Birthday card

I can’t believe today is the First Birthday of one of my school friends’ son! It seems like only yesterday that he was only a few weeks old when I first met him!

Being a little boy I had to use the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set I got with my Birthday money (in case you were ever in any doubt – all the best people were born in April! 😉 ) When I first saw this stamp set I got so excited – I think quite a lot of my friends (and me) loved comics when we were kids & the love of the style has stayed with me (I still have some graphic novels stashed away somewhere at my parent’s house…).

The co-ordinating die for the ‘Kaboom’ stamp is amazing – you can cut out the inner and outer sections from different card stock and nest them all back together. If you have the time, check out Claire Brennan’s blog or the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog to see how effective the die is.

I stamped the ‘explosion’ using Versa Fine Onyx Black ink onto some Daffodil Delight card stock and fussy cut it with a slight border around the ink. The ‘one’ is spelled out using the Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ dies. I cut four squares from blue card, attached them to black card and used my Perfect Layers tool to create a 1/16 border, so the blue really popped.

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I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

Well I have a long week ahead (I was working on Sunday & now I think I need to work this Saturday so I’ll have worked 7 days in a row, and tomorrow promises to be ~12 hour working day) so I hope I get through my working week, and I hope you all have a good week too!

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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

Charlie’s 30th Birthday card

Next week another of my friends will be turning 30, but I’m travelling to a two-day veterinary conference later today so I need to make the card now because I won’t have time whilst I’m away.

My friend is a sound engeneer so music was an obvious choice of theme for his card. I’ve seen lots of dies recently that look like headphones or like iPhones or MP3 players, but I can’t afford anything like that at the moment, so I’ll have to try going ‘Old School’.

I started with a textured white card for the base. Using images of the iPod Classic for inspiration, I cut a piece of pearlescent grey/black card, then used a corner rounding punch to create the unit. Using two of the circle dies from Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ set I cut a larger circle from black card and a smaller one from pearlescent black.

Using roll-on glue I attached the smaller circle on the larger one, then I used the arrow from Stampin’UP! ‘Show & Tell 1’ clear photopolymer stamp set to create the buttons, and an Inkssentials white pen for the lines.

For the screen I cut a rectangle from Smoky Slate Stampin’UP! card stock and again used the courner rounding punch. The numbers were die-cut using Memory Box ‘Parker numbers’. I used roll-on glue to attach the screen & wheel to the unit, then attached the ‘iPod’ to my card base. I wish I had stamped the background with some musical notes now, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!


I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend & wish you an enjoyable week ahead!

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POST SCRIPT: Errr… so this is awkward!! It WAS one of my friends called Charlie’s birthday on 17th February, the only problem is, it wasn’t sound engeneer Charlie!!! Being Dyslexic means I can sometimes get mixed up or get things wrong, and I think what happened was I was posting out invites to my birthday party & trying to make cards at the same time; I checked my birthday book & saw ‘Charlie’, then wrote the invite for Charlie (sound engeneer) and my brain must have gone “it’s Charlie’s birthday, better make a card.” and I put the invite and birthday card in the same envelope… D’oh!