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St Valentine’s Day treat box

As a single person I don’t really celebrate St. Valentine’s day, but the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hey Love’ release is soooo adorable, who couldn’t help but be inspired?

First I used the Stampin’UP! box die to create a box base out of Neenah Desert Storm card. I used my Simon Says Stamp love background stamp and Stampin’UP! Sahara Sand ink to create some subtle pattern on the box base.

The i die cut the love outline die from black card and the love word die from white card several times and created a stack of ‘loves’ and adhered them to the outline die, then positioned this on one of the box base panels.

The heart is the one that came with the box die. I originally cut hearts from reds and pinks, but on such a small surface it looked too busy, so I stuck with three hearts from Red Riding Hood card.

When I was happy with the positions of all the hearts and the sentiment I stuck them to the side of the box with HI-Tack glue and assembled the box. Last, but not least I popped some chocolates in and tied up the opening with some black and white ribbon.


Let me know if you get any St. Valentine’s Day treats/cards tomorrow in the comments section below!

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Steampunk Birthday card

I love Steampunk, so when I saw the Kanban ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Cameo Clock’ toppers I grabbed them up! But then I just kept them and got them out to look at them rather than use them. Until now…

My friend is an acomplished seamstress and loves gaming so she makes her own costumes for gaming and comic book conventions – they are amazing!!! Today is her birthday and I put the card in the post at the weekend so I’m sure it arrived on time, so I’ll share the card I made for her now.

I love this ‘Cameo Clock – Divas’ image and tried to pick up on the colours and theme of the image. I used some Early Espresso card and embossed it with the Crafts Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. Because the card was bigger than the embossing folder I embossed it twice and stuck some teal ribbon over the join using double sided tape and attached a peacock feather to the sticky tape under the ribbon. I attached the embossed panel to the front of a C5 cream card base, then I attached the image over the top of the embossed panel with clear foam pads.

Using my Bow Maker I made a little bow out of the teal ribbon and attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue and used clamping tweezers to hold it in place whilst the glue dried.

DSC01452I used the Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut a pocket watch from gold mirror board and Sahara Sand for the watch face and Early Espresso for the watch hands. To attach the watch hands to the face I used a Doodlebug mini brad in antique brass. To attach the pocket watch to the card I used 3mm foam pads.

Using my Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ word dies I cut the sentiment from teal card stock and attached them to the front of the card with Quicky Glue pen.

DSC01453Finally, to the inside of the card I attached the ‘Time Machine – Verses’ sentiment with roll-on glue.

DSC01454Here is the finished product.


I hope you found this inspiring and your week is going well!

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Niece’s 7th Birthday Card

My youngest Niece turns 7 today! How time flies!!

I’ve seen so many cards using watercolour techniques that look amazing & I keep jealously thinking “hmmm, mine would never look that good – it would run everywhere and look aweful”, but then I thought to myself – I have watercolour paper, water-based inks, paint brushes, I should just go for it, splash some colours all over the place & see how it looks! So I just went for it!

I cut a piece of watercolour card to 6x6in, then taped it down to a firm surface so it wouldn’t warp too much when it was wet. I used a large watercolour brush to thoroughly wet the card, then I used a small bit of ink on a mixing plate and experimented with water to get contrasts between dilute and more intense colour. Several inks were used at various dilutions on this project, so I might not remember them all, but I think I used Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point.

When I was happy with the look I had created I let the card dry. Removing the tape was easier than I thought it would be, but I cut off all the edges anyway because I wanted the panel to be smaller than the front of the card base. I tied a knot in some Pool Party ribbon and attached it with double sided tape.

The ‘Sweet’ die is from Whimsy Stamps and I die cut it from watercolour card so it had the same texture as the background. The sentiment is from the Wplus9 ‘Fresh Picked‘ stamp set that I stamped with Versa Fine ink in Onyx Black. The sequins are from the Doodlebug Designs ‘Tangerine’ set and I attached them with Glossy Accents.

DSC01366I made a tag to match from Waltzingmouse ‘Stitched tags dies‘ and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies.

DSC01365DSC01364I will be seeing my Niece tomorrow for her Birthday party, so I can give her her card & present then.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead x

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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

Natalie’s 30th Birthday card

So I know two people who’s birthdays happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, one of them was my flat mate at Uni. This year is the year of 30th birthdays, so I wanted to send her a card for the ‘big’ birthday. She’s an amazingly talented lady who makes clothes and fabric accessories, so I wanted to reflect this in her card.

I have a 12 x 12 paper pad ‘DIY Shop’ by American Crafts, that has a sewing pattern page, so I drew around the shaped card I would be using for the base on the back of the paper & fussy cut it out, then used roll-on glue to attach it to the card base.

To continue with the sewing theme I used the IndigoBlu ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ stamp set and stamped a thimble on white card and coloured it with DR3 Spectrum Noir pen and fussy cut it out to adhere to the front of the card. I also stamped the sewing machine on some white card and inked over it with ‘old paper’ Distress Ink, then coloured the reels of thread with the same alcohol pen and attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment straight onto the patterned paper.

I wanted to create some stitching on the ‘badge’ so I used the orange/lemon from the ‘Feeling Fruity’ Whimsy stamp set, but tried to mask off the internal circle (with limited success). I then die cut the circle with the Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die. I die cut this circle twice. Using the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ I cut a 3 and 0 from pearlescent red card and attached it inside the dotted circle with Quicky Glue.


I wanted to add a pop of colour, as the sewing pattern is very beige, so I used some red ric-rac and red buttons from my stash. I attached the ric-rac with Glossy Accents to one of the die-cut circles, let it dry, then attached the other circle on top. I was then able to attach the badge to the front of the card using the circular card back.


Have a nice weekend, if you get Valentine’s card(s), enjoy, if you don’t, don’t worry you aren’t alone – I won’t get one either!

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2014 Christmas Thank you

Wow! Time has galloped past me! I’ve made several similar Thank you cards in different colour schemes so I can thank all the lovely people who gaive me presents for Christmas.

I cut a square of coloured pearlescent card to 9cm x 9 cm, then put a strip of double-sided tape down the centre of it. I adhered some ribbon with the tape, then rotated the square through 90 degrees and put another strip of ribbon across the middle again so the square was divided into 4 quarters by ribbon.

Christmas 2014 Thank you cards

Using my brand new Embellishment Attic Bow Maker (thank you Mummy!!) I made bows for the ‘presents’ with the same ribbon I used for the presents, then adhered it to the top of the presents.

I die cut several small tags using the Waltzingmouse stitched tags dies, then stamped the sentiment from ‘Say It With Style’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I tried to find some bakers twin in my stash that matched the ribbons, but I wasn’t very successful, but I used some anyway to tie through the tags, then attached the loose ends of the bakers twine to the A6 white card base with Glossy Accents underneath where I wanted the present to be. The tag had some 1mm foam pads on it that I used to attach it to the card base.

Then I attached the present to the card base with 3mm foam pads.


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Christmas tags

Just a quick post to show you some of the tags that I’ve made to go on presents this year. WARNING!! This post is very picture heavy!!!

First up is the most common tag I’ve made – I used Kraft card and die cut the largest Waltzingmouse ‘stitched tags’, then stamped the ‘Festive Foliage’ holly and berries and then the sentiment from ‘Say it With Style’.



The ‘to’ and ‘from’ are from the ‘Victorian Frippery’ stamp set and the names are made up from the ‘Victorian Alphabet’, unfortunately both now retired.


Here is another, very similar tag to the one above.


I also made a tag from the Stampin’ UP! set ‘Christmas Deer’, stamped in silver pigment ink, then heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder.



This is my secret Santa tag that I made by die cutting the WMS die from gold mirror card and punching a snowflake and attaching it with glossy accents.

Secret Santa tag 2014

Next, my yougest niece is OBSESSED with Frozen, so I had to make this tag for her present:



Am I the only person who finds men hard to buy for? In the end I always go for the ‘easy’ option of a nice bottle of wine or some Traditional Ale. I made these bottle tags by cutting two strips of kraft card, then die cutting a circle at one end. Once the circle was in place I scored the card twice to create a fold at the neck of the bottle and another going the opposite way. I stamped the card with holly, berries and sentiments, then I used the smallest of the circles in my die set, only put half of the die between the cutting plates and ran it through my Big Shot and ended up with a semi-circle that I could tuck the bottom flap of the tag into.



I feel less stressed now I’ve bought and wrapped a few presents!

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Christmas Card Swap Card #3

Hmm… Somehow I’m only on card #3 and the postal deadline for the swap is 30th November!! I’m dreadful at getting things done before a deadline!!!

I went for a CAS card a) because I wanted to make it before the deadline and b) I found out what the postage was for Card #1 and it was an eye opener!! I bought ‘Penelope’s Blossoms‘ with matching dies back in the summer & just never got around to using the set, which is dreadful! I’ve seen so many gorgeous wreath cards on other people’s blogs and pinterest that I wanted to try to build my own from leaves I already had, so this stamp set really fits the bill!

Using Old Olive, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade and Gumball Green inks (Stampin’ UP!) I stamped the various elements from the set in a circle and gradually filled in the gaps until I was happy with the design.


I inked the banner from the same set in Real Red, then I used the sentiment from the Waltzingmouse set ‘Gift Card It‘ and stampedĀ  in the banner. I used the matching die to cut out the banner and adhered it to the front of the card with clear dimentional pads.

I thought I had a die that looks like a bow, but I couldn’t think what set it was in, so I used some red gingham ribbon and attached it to the front of the card with Glossy Accents (Ranger).


I’m going to a wedding this weekend, but I will post out all the cards I’ve made so far this weekend to be sure they get there before Christmas, but I have checked & the ABSOLUTE deadline for postage to the USA is December 12th so I should be able to post out all my swap card in plenty of time, even if I don’t post them all by the date we were told in the swap!

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Plumeria birthday card

It will be a friend of the family’s birthday on Saturday, so I’ve made her a card to celebrate. She has lived abroad in some very exotic places & I made her an exploding box card with orchids for her 60th birthday. This birthday card wasn’t going to be any less exotic, so when I saw this GORGEOUS set by My Favorite Things, I had to use it on this project!

When I first got the set I just played around with stamping & embossing the plumeria to make sure I was able to get the yellow bit where I wanted it (harder than it sounds when you’ve embossed white embossing powder on white card!) but eventually I had enough flowers that I liked so I cut them out. The petals are ‘Seafoam White’ Papermania embossing powder and ‘Yellow Blush Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

The leaves are clear embossed on Gumball Green card stock – I love the way they turned out!

I have seen lots of ways to make your own enamel dots & I think I will try the clear embossing of card stock some time, but for this project I used nail varnish. I dropped neon yellow nail varnish onto my silicon craft sheet & left the dots for a few days to harden & they just pop off the sheet, then they can be applied to a card with some Glossy Accents.

nail varnish dots

When I bought this ‘black’ card in the craft shop, I was convinced it was black, but the second I put it next to black it was obviously a very dark navy…. Grrrrr…. But, hey we all make mistakes, don’t we?! So I cut out a square from the navy card & attached some yellow ribbon over it, then I stuck the panel on top of a white layer I had gutted earlier & attached this to the black 6×6 base card.

I arranged the flowers & leaves on the card, then when I had them where I wanted them I attached them with Glossy Accents, but they still had lots of dimention.

I stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Sensations on some white card, then used the Spellbinders labels die to cut it out. Because the flowers & leaves were so dimentional I attached the label with sticky foam pads. Last, but not least I attached my nail varnish dots to the navy panel. What do you think?

varnish dots on pbc

plumeria birthday card

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Birthday Fishes

Phew!!! I’ve done with my annual report – that was crazy! I had supervisors read through it to check it & they asked ‘Where are all your ‘the’ ‘were’ ‘was’ words?’ I don’t know how I managed to but I left LOADS out!!!??

Never mind, that’s all done so now I can do some cardmaking!!!!

I’ve always wanted to make a shaker card, but never had the bits required to put one together. I got some doodlebug design sequins on Amazon, I have some adhesive foam and some acetate & I thought, ‘no time like the present’!

I stamped a few of the Mama Elephant ‘Cosmic Stars’ Pisces stamps on white card stock, coloured them with Pumpkin and Bright Orange Promarkers, then fussy cut them.

So, I used the largest of the Spellbinders ciricles dies I have to die cut the self-adhesive foam and removed the inner circle to make a circular cut-out frame for my shaker. i cut a piece of acetate to 12 cm x 12 cm, then put it aside. I cut an 11 cm x 11 cm piece of Pool Party card stock (SU!) and stamped the coral stamp from the ‘By The Tide’ stamp set (again SU!) in Gumball Green ink, then adhered the foam boarder on top so the coral was nicely framed.

I put the fishes & some sequins in ‘Swimming Pool’ in the apeture, then added some double sided tape around the edge of the foam frame, then I stuck the acetate over the top to make my shaker element.

For the front of the card I cut some SU! Lost Lagoon card stock to 14 cm x 20 cm, then, using the same Spellbinders circle die as for the shaker frame I cut out an apeture where I wanted the shaker to be, and this card will go over the top of the shaker element. Unfortunately, I think I could have done this better because trying to line up the apeture in the card with the foam window was a nightmare!! So, eventually I was happy with the way it had lined up, and I stuck the card to the 12×12 acetate, only to find I had the shaker element wonky & there was some acetate sticking up out of the top of the card, so I trimmed that & I hope the recipient doesn’t notice!!

Birthday fishes shakerFor the sentiment I used a clear stamp alphabet set I have, I don’t have the cardboard back it came with so I have no idea what manufacturer it’s by though! So I used the largest Waltzingmouse stitched tags die to work out the placement of my sentiment, stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink & then ran it through my Big Shot. The reinforcers are Lost Lagoon card stock to bring in the tag to the rest of the card, the ribbon is Pool Party that came as the Sycamore Street embellishments set that was only available for a limited time. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but I put some Wink of Stella White (GL.WHITE 000) around the edge of the tag for some birthday sparkle.

Birthday Fishes tagI adhered the tag to the Lost Lagoon with 1 mm foam dimentionals, then adhered the Lost Lagoon with 3 mm foam dimentionals to the cream A5 card base. I thought the Lost Lagoon looked a bit plain, so I adhered some Mother of Pearl button mix by Tilda buttons to the front with some Glossy Accents, just to add some interest.

Birthday Fishes frontOn the inside of the card I used the InidgoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ Happy Birthday sentiment in Lost Lagoon ink & stamped another Pisces in the corner and coloured him in with Pumpkin Promarker.

Birthday fishes insideSTOP PRESS!!!!! As I have used a Waltzingmouse die I am eligible to enter the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge, this fortnight the theme is ‘Birthday/Anniversary’ because the Challenge Blog has been going for one year. This fortnight there is a prize for the top card – a ‘Fine Feathers’ stamp and die sets!!!!! If you would like to win this fantastic prize, just head on over to the WMFC blog & make something with a Waltzingmouse stamp, die or digi (there are even FREE digis HERE so you don’t need to already own Waltzingmouse stamps to enter & be in with a chance of winning!!) Get crafting & good luck!


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