Tag Archive: Whimsy Stamps

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!!


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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Follow your hearts desire

Today is my friend’s birthday and he is training to be a doctor, he has his finals very soon. I still want to keep going with the positive statements on birthday cards, and I thought I would go with a punny one today – he will be a doctor, so why not have some anatomically correct hearts?

I started this card by stamping the ‘Hot Doctor’ from Kenny K in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (I got this from Whimsy Stamps, but Kenny K designs are no longer available as rubber stamps and can be purchased as digi stamps here). I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pens: clothes – DR5, DR6, IG1, IG2, BG2, TB8 and TB9. Skin – FS2, FS3, FS5, CR2 and PP2. Hair and shoes – GB8, TN7, EB4 and EB6. I used my silver pentel pen to add a few touches like her clipboard and necklace.

I cut the image out, then went around the edges with black pen so there weren’t white bits around the edge. I wanted the image to be prominant on the finished card, so I put some Sellotape Sticky Fixer Strip on the back of the image and set it aside whilst I got on with the rest of the card.

Next, I started on the base of the card. I knew I wanted to stick with the red and blue, so as not to have too many colours. I cut a blue panel to 5.5 in x 5.5 in, then a white panel to 5.1 in x 5.1 in. I adhered them to a white card blank with roll-on glue. I cut another blue panel to 4.9 in x 4.9 in which I was going to cut the apeture into for the shaker element, when I placed the ‘Hot Doctor’ cut-out on top I realised I would have to offest it to fit everything on!! I used the largest of my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to cut the appeture. Then I lined up the apeture over the white panel and drew around the die in the right place on the white panel. I used Sellotape ‘Sticky Fixer Strip’ to go around the circle outline and create the window in which all the shaker elements would sit. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach some acetate behind the blue card with the apeture, then set this aside to dry.

I found an image of an anatomically correct heart online, and when I went to print it out I found I had no ink in my printer, so instead I went the long-winded way about it and got some paper, traced around the desing on my computer screen in pencil, stuck these outlines onto white card, coloured them in with DR5 pen, went over the outlines again with PITT artists pens, cut them out and went over the cut edges with black pen.

I added the hearts and some red Rocailles to the apeture, then removed the backing from the Sticky Fixer strips and stuck the blue panel over the top.

All I needed now was the sentiment, and it’s always a bit of a joke about Doctor’s handwriting so I wanted to use a ‘handwritten’ looking sentiment. As I said my printer has no ink, so I went to my stamps and pulled out my ‘Frumptious’ clear alphabet stamps (part of the Roald Dahl collection). Unfortunately I don’t think they liked my Stampin’UP! ‘Midnight Muse’ ink pad much because they came out a bit blotchy, but I’ll just gloss over that and say “It was the look I was aiming for!”


I die cut the word ‘hearts’ from Cherry Cobbler card using my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Lowercase alphabet’ dies. The letters were attached to the card base with Hi-Tack glue so they would stick to the acetate.

Last, but not least I peeled off the backing from the pads on the back of the ‘hot doctor’ and adhered her to the card front.


I hope you liked this card, and found some inspiration! Enjoy your weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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

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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

50th Birthday Card

Happy Saturday everyone! Are you enjoying the weekend?

Tomorrow I’m going to one of my Mum’s former colleague’s new house in St. Albans – from what I’ve seen it looks very nice with an ultra modern interior! Even though all the people my Mum worked with eventually left where they were working together, they have stayed in touch & have regular social gatherings. This gathering will be to celebrate one of the group’s 50th birthday.

When he was younger he really enjoyed rugby & his son plays rugby too, so I had to make him a card with a rugby theme. I’ve already created some Rugby-themed cards earlier this year, so I already had Lili of the Valley’s ‘Rugby Mad‘ stamp, so I got him out again & stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink & coloured him in using Promarkers. Because the birthday boy is of Scottish origins I coloured his kit with ‘Indigo Blue’ and ‘True Blue’, his skin is ‘Blush’, ‘Oatmeal’ and ‘Pastel Pink’. His hair is ”Sunflower’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Pumpkin’. His boots are mainly ‘Slate’, the rugby ball is ‘Burgundy’ and ‘Primrose’ and the mud/grass stains are ‘Burnt Umber’ and ‘Forest Green’.

I started with a dark green 6×6 base card, I used my embossing ink pen and drew a line on the card & sprinkled ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder on it to create a try line. Next I used my Waltzingmouse ‘Splat that‘ set inked in SU! ‘Early Espresso’ ink to create mud patches on the pitch.

From some green card in my stash (so it doesn’t match the base card, but I don’t think it should have matched too closely anyway) I cut some grass using my Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (825); because the die isn’t as long as the card I lined the die up with the end of the last cut – & I think you can’t tell where, so it must have worked!!

After much thought I decided a try-themed pun wouldn’t go amiss, so instead of putting the 50 on the front of the card I thought I would put “21 AGAIN?” on the front & on the inside “nice try – Happy 50th!”. I used the Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell It Out‘ set by Raindrop Echo Designs on cream card to create all the letters for the sentiment. Because this set doesn’t have numbers or punctuation I used the empty tile & stamped the numbers etc from another alphabet set I have – no idea who made it now!

I attached the letter tiles with roll-on glue to the card base, then attached the grass with Quicky Glue Pen.


To create the sentiment on the inside of the card I used the Spellbinders Labels 2 die set & cut some dark blue card with the 3rd largest die, then some light blue with the 2nd largest. I ran both labels through my Big Shot again with my rubber embossing mat. I ran the larger of the two Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ dies through my Big Shot with some Snow White Centura Pearl. I attached the light blue label over the pale blue one with roll-on glue, then attached the labels to the inside of the card base. I used American Crafts thickers in ‘sprinkles’ for the 5oth and attached the ‘Happy’ with some Quicky Glue Pen.

Andy's 50th inside

On the Lili of the Valley Monthly Challenge they are doing Male or Sporty because of Father’s Day next weekend, so I would like to enter this card for the June Challenge.


Niece’s 6th Birthday Card

It will be one of my Niece’s 6th Birthday on Thursday, so I’ll share with you the card I made for her.

I used a dark blue square base card and stamped the stars from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Midnight Feast‘ on it in silver ink.

Olivia's 6th B'day stamp

Next I cut out a circle from white Centura Pearl cardstock and drew on some craters & valleys so it looked like the moon. I drew around it with my new Wink of Stella Brush GL.WHITE 000. Unfortunately you can probably see I got some of it where I didn’t want some white glitter!!! So I die cut some clouds using Memory Box and Joy! Crafts Clouds dies from white and grey cardstock & strategically positioned them over the mistakes!

Olivia's 6th B'day card Clouds

I stamped the ‘Wind Beneath my Wings‘ stamp from Whimsy Stamps in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and fussy cut it out. I coloured it in using Promarkers and some more Wink Of Stella in white.

Olivia's 6th B'day card Promarkers

Next I worked out where I wanted all the clouds to go & the layering I wanted to create, then I glued the clouds on one by one. I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ (B226) and ‘Birthday’ (B231) dies from Centura Pearl cardstock and stuck them on with Quicky glue.

Last but not least I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ stamp set from IndigoBlu on the inside of the card in silver ink.

Olivia's 6th B'day card inside

Olivia's 6th B'day card

Some background… My Mother is of Irish ancestry, born in England (Shropshire) where she would listen to all the Welsh rugby on the wireless, she LOVES everything about France, and feels sorry for the Italians… So when the RBS 6 Nations Rugby is on she has sympathies for all teams and so whoevers wins, she’s happy…

So when Ireland won at the weekend, she was thrilled! So I decided to make her these cards so she could send them to her die-hard England supporting friends…

I used the Lili of the Valley ‘Rugby Mad‘ stamp on white card and coloured him in using Promarkers.

I'll try not to rub it in 1

The base card is a dark green A6 240gsm from Hobbycraft (orignally purchased for Christmas cards) I stamed the stamps from the Waltzingmouse ‘Splat that’ set in VersaFine Vintage Sepia on the card front to make it look muddy & torn up with studs on rugby boots.

Next I attached the main image to the front of the card so I could see where I could put the text, I used some clear alphabet stamps I have (I think they are Kaisercraft?) using versamark watermark ink and used Papermania ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder for the text.

Last but not least I stamped the T, R and Y of the Whimsy ‘Spell it out‘ stamp set on cream card and fussy cut them out and stuck them over the main image with roll on glue.

I'll try not to rub it in main image

Scrabble Card

This week is a Danish friend’s birthday (no prizes for guessing her name as I’ve put it on the front of the card!)

I started with a dark green 6×6 card base. I used some cream card and stamped it with ‘Spell it Out‘ by Whimsy Stamps in Jet Black Archival Ink and Stampin’ UP Rasperry Ripple ink. I fussy cut all the ’tiles’ out, then I arranged them how I wanted them on the card until they were all fitting on.

I cut a piece of brown Cor’dinations card to be the tile support and attached it with roll-on glue. The tiles were attached with thin foam sticky fixers.

Happy Birthday Lisbeth

10th Birthday Card

Today is my eldest Niece’s birthday, but because I’ve been ill for the last few days I didn’t get her card completed until today!

I used a white 6×6 tent-fold card for the base. I cut the green square from some patterned paper I got as a freebee with Cardmaking and Papercraft and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped the Carousel horse from the ‘Summer Garden and Sentiments‘ Whimsy Stamps set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I fussy cut all around the horse and used my craft knife to cut out the bits between the tail, legs & ribbons. I coloured it in using my Promarkers:

The pole & saddle were ‘Summer sun’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Gold’. The Leaves were ‘Apple Cider’ and ‘Pear Green’. The flowers were ‘Tropical Orchid’, ‘Orchid’, ‘Blossom’ and ‘Rose Pink’. The ribbons were ‘Powder Blue’ and ‘Sky Blue’. The hooves, mane and tail were ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5’. The body had some shading with ‘Cool Grey 1’ and Blender.

Next I used my Martha Stewart ‘Double Scallop‘ edger punch to create a carousel top & bottom section using Centura Pearl card. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die with pale blue card and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies with the same card. I found some pink card and die cut out the 1 and 0 from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers‘ dies.

I attached the carousel horse with very shallow foam sticky fixers, then I wrapped the Habico Paper Roses’ stems together and used Glossy Accents to attach them to the card. Once the roses were dry I used thick foam sticky fixer pads to attach the top and bottom border over the top of the horse and roses.

I used Quicky Glue pen to attach the Happy Birthday and 10 in place and roll-on glue to attach the scalloped circle.

10th Birthday Card