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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.

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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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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

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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!!!

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Two of my friends have birthdays today, so I have two cards to share this morning (you can probably tell I was in a bit of a rush to post them on time from the rushed photography!!)

For some reason all of my friends feel a bit down at the moment – maybe it’s just the time of year. They are all looking at their lives and wondering “what’s the point of it all?” and “Why am I bothering?”, so I wanted all of the cards I give them to have positive messages to hopefully give them hope to keep going.

The first card I want to share is a masculine card. Some cardmakers find men hard to create cards for, so hopefully this will help inspire you for a masculine card – either a birthday or good luck or congratulations card.

I started with some watercolour cardstock by Crafters Companion, my Distress Inks and round blening tools. The Distress Inks I ended up using were: Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry, Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

First off I added some areas of Mustard Seed, Picked Rasperry and Evergreen Bough to the watercolour card, just in random areas, and not covering the whole piece of card.

Next I added some Faded Jeans around the edges of the card and around the more intense areas of colour to make the night sky. After the Faded Jeans I went over the card with lots of Black Soot to darken the card and only leave a few areas of colour.

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Then I used a fan brush dipped in water to create splashes on the card, which I dabbed off with some kitchen roll. This created the appearance of stars. I did end up with too much water on one area, so I dried it and went over some of it with Chipped Sapphire and Balck Soot to bring back the appearance of the dark space with only a few stars.

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To add more stars I used a small round shaped brush to flick Gesso mixed with water over the card. Once the card was dry I removed the Washi Tape from the corners and went over the corners in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

For the sentiment I used VersaMark ink and ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder by Papermania. The stamp set is by Stampendous called ‘Typewriter Alphabet’.

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I die cut some of the smaller stars from the My Favourite Things ‘Lucky Stars’ Die-namics set from white card stock. I also used the Crafters Companion ‘1″ Alphabet Contemporary Uppercase’ dies to cut ‘stars’ from white card. I adhered them all to the watercolour card with Nuvo Glue Pen and then attached the panel to the front of a cream C5 card blank with roll-on glue.

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I really like the way this turned out, and I would definately try it again, maybe with different colours on the base to change things up.

There are several YouTube videos on different ways to create this look including from The Craft Bunny, K Werner Design and Scraps and Stamps. Check them out!

Happy Crafting everyone!!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Happy Chinese New Year

Next week it will be Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey. Outside China the next largest celebration of Chinese New Year is in London – so if you ever get the chance go to China town in London to enjoy the festivities.

I’ve made a Chinese New Year card for my step mother using Waltzingmouse Stamps. I started with a A6 black card base. I cut a red mat and a black layer to go on the card front.

On the black layer I stamped the lanterns from the ‘Asian Gardens Additons‘ set in VersaMark ink. I heat embossed them with ‘Golden Red Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder. I then stamped the tops and bottoms of the lanterns in VersaMark (and you can tell the tassels on the lantern on the left didn’t end up where I had wanted them to be!) and embossed them in ‘Enchanted Gold’ embossing powder by Ranger. Then I used my Emboss Writer pen by Zig to draw a string through the lantern tops so the lanterns were hanging from something.

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I embossed the sentiment on some red card with the Ranger Enchanted Gold and then cut them up to individual pieces and stuck them on the black layer with Nuvo Glue Pen.

I stuck the black layer on top of the red layer with roll-on tape. I tried to stick the red layer on to the black card base, but it didn’t stick straight first time, I tried to stick it down again properly, but the corner of the red layer had torn a bit, so I had to use wet glue to force it to stay down! That corner looks rather tatty, but other than that, I think the card was ok.

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I hope you like this card, and that it might have inspired you. Enjoy any Chinese New Years celebrations you may be having!

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