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Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with the  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

New addition!!!

Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been saving for a TODO for I think maybe a year, but everytime I had a bit saved up I either saw some stamps and dies I HAD to have or the kittens needed a vet trip, so I thought I’d never get one, but then Create and Craft TV had a half price deal and I could finally afford one, and it’s arrived today!!!!!!!

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The kittens helped me unpack the box (of course)!

Here it is in-situ in my craft area, along with my Big Shot and Grand Calibur, that I’m planning to sell now as the TODO will replace both of them and I can’t spare the space to store them.

I bought some metallic foils and the Paisley die and letterpress bundle too, and this was my first attempt at hot foiling ever, using the roller settings in the instructions, but I think it was too low as the letterpress/hot foil plate cut into the card a bit.

I’m going to spend the rest of my day playing about with various dies and the roller settings to work out what settings to use for all my different dies, I’m soooooooo excited!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the remainder of #STAMPtember2016.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

6th Birthday Card

My new job starts in 2 days!!!!! Very excited!!!

But enough about me… My niece’s 6th birhtday is very soon (such a shame that it is so close to Christmas 😦 but that’s not her fault!) I decided that I don’t do enough ‘age’ cards, so I made my mind up to do one.

I really hate winter (I know lots of people love the winter because it makes them think of Christmas, but it just makes me cold & tired & depressed) so I wanted to give her card a bright colour palette to shake off winter blues. I had wanted to get her a lovely book I enjoyed about an elephant and a boy travelling in India, but when I looked on the internet it was out of print and only available from collectors for vast sums!!!! So I found a lovely book about Indian children’s tales that had a moral to each short story & thought she would enjoy reading & looking at the pictures in that just as much.

Because of the book and the summer colour palette there was only one thing I could do – break out my trusty Stampin’ Up Paisley Party Stampin’ Around wheel! I found a wood mounted decorated elephant stamp and stamped that onto some super smooth white card. I cut a rectangle around it with my guillotine and then coloured it in with my Promarkers Summer 2012 Limited Edition set and cool greys. I stamped a ‘6’ in black ink and then ran my Paisley Party Stampin’ Around wheel over it, then inked it with Distress Ink ‘Mowed Lawn’. When the ink had dried I cut out the 6.

Next I used my guillotine to cut about 1/3 off the front of a square white base card. Then I stamped the front of the card with Artemo clear paisley stamps in black ink. I used Distress Ink in ‘Picked Raspberry’ (Ranger) to colour the front of the card, masking the back with Post-It notes. Next I used Post-It notes to mask off the inside of the card and inked the exposed section in ‘Squeezed Lemonade’.

close up of front of card

close up of front of card

Last but not least I glued the back of the 6 and stuck it to the front of the card, then I glued the back of part of the elephant and stuck it very carefully over the edge of the front.

Elephant birthday card

Paisley card

It’s a friend’s birthday next week & he is a HUGE fan of Oasis, Beady Eye, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and PRETTY GREEN. He has lots of T-shirts with a bit of paisley pattern on them (paisley features quite heavily in the Pretty Green design theme), so I decided I just HAD to make him a paisley card…

I saw some paisley cards on Michelle Last‘s blog and really wanted to re-create them, but I couldn’t find the ‘Paisley Background stamp’ she said she had used, but on Saturday I saw the Paisley Party roller stamp & thought ‘next best thing’ so I got a Stampin’ Wheel, some black ink to put in it and two roller stamps (you will probably see creations using the other one very soon!) my order arrived on Wednesday, so last night I got crafting!!

The coloured papers are A5 bits I have in my stash, I bought them from a wonderful shop I frequented during my degree in Liverpool called ‘The Paper Mill Shop’ and I just experimented rolling across them until I got the hang of using the Stampin’ Wheel. Next I cut out the best strips using my guillotine, then I arranged them across the card until I was happy with the order and the direction of the strips, then attached them using roll-on glue. The buttons were also from my stash, I attached them with Glossy Accents because I find it holds buttons and other rather heavy ornaments very well.