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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.

 

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When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Halloween Treat Boxes

I hope you liked my Spider Curvy Keepsake Box from my last post? Making that really put me in the Halloween spirit, so I wanted to make more Halloween-themed treat boxes!

This time I thought I would use my We R Memory Keepers Candy Box punch board to make some Halloween treat boxes. I cut a sheet of Whisper White card stock to 7″ x 12″. I punched the card along the 7″ edge according to the instructions with the board and adhered it so I had a square tube, then I drew lines over the box to look like mummy wrappings, stuck on large googly eyes with Glossy Accents (Ranger) and finally tied up the ends with some white ribbon.

Mummy treat box

For the second box, I cut some Pear Pizzaz to the same dimentions as before, assembled the box & attached the googly eyes. Next I drew a thin line just above the eyes and drew on ‘stitches’ along the line. I cut some foil from the kitchen & punched it using the punch board, then attached it to the box ends with Glossy Accents (I didn’t apply any Glossy Accents where the card would need to fold once closed so this area was still bendable), then when this was dry I tied up both ends with green & white bakers twine from Hempatique.

Frankenstein's monster treat box

 

Frank&Mummy

I hope you like them!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Well I’ve handed in my first draft of my annual report, so I figured I could have a quick bit of crafting this evening!

I love pillow boxes and other little treat boxes, especially if you can colour-coordinate them to a card or gift tag. So I’d like to include a little tutorial for how to make a six sided treat box.

Things you will need:

  • a 12×12 piece of card in your chosen colour
  • a 12 inch wide paper trimmer
  • We R Memory Keepers ‘Candy Box Punch Board’
  • Scissors
  • Strong glue
  • Ribbon/twine

Start with a 12 x 12 in sheet of paper (Picture A), then cut it down to 11 x 9 in (Picture B).

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Next, using the We R Memory Keepers ‘Candy Punch Board’ (or as I call it ‘The Purple One’) line up the paper so the 11 inch side is against the guide lip & the 9 inch side is lined up on the purple ‘start line’. Punch, then move the paper along so the punched shape is over the top of the ‘diamond’ raised area, then punch again. Repeat, but this time a full diamond will be over the diamond raised area – score down the score line. Repeat until you have 6 whole ‘sides’ and the seventh half side (Picture C).

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Fold over the sides so the score lines go all the way down the 9 inch side, score all along the paper 5 cm up from the edge opposite where all the diamonds are, then cut up 5 cm along the scored lines back towards the diamond cut outs. On the seventh half section, cut off the bottom 5 cm section of this side (Picture D).

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You may not feel the need to do this, but I like to put some Washi tape along the score lines that will be the corners of the box on the inside to just give it a bit more strength (Picture E).

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Using your choice of adhesive attach the half section underneath the full section at the other end of the paper creating a six-sided paper tube (Picture F). Take a bit of time to work out which flaps of the bottom section will be inside and which will be facing out so you don’t get glue on a section that will be on the base. Put the tube upside down so the diamonds are closest to your table & the flaps facing upwards & start carefully sticking them together. I have found that if the first two flaps meet perfectly edge over edge the ridgidity of the box is good, but the further flaps don’t meet up exactly (Picture G).

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Now turn the treat box up the right way & gently fold the diamond cut outs so they pinch in as a ‘waist’ (a vey odd hourglass shaped lady I’m sure!; Picture H). Add whatever treats you want, then use ribbon to fasten the ‘waist’ shut (Picture I).

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I hope that made sense! Enjoy the coming weekend & watch out for all this horrid weather that’s being forcast for the UK!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree