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Mother’s Day card

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday in the UK and I would like to share the card I made for my Mum.

My family have had several dogs, cats and a guinea pig over our lives, but at the moment we have one elderly Birman – they are now my Mum’s favourite breed and she doesn’t think she will be able to live without their gentle temperament in her life, so I’m sure there will be more Birmans to come. They have distinctive colouring – like a Siamese, but with white ‘mittens and socks’. As they are Mum’s favourite breed I wanted to colour the cats on her card to look like Birmans.

Here is a picture of our Birman out in the garden a couple of summers ago – can you tell my Mum’s favourite colour of flower?


I don’t use patterned papers very often, and I wanted to put some on this card. I thought about what colours I wanted in the card, but couldn’t quite find a paper that was right, but then I found my April Rose Illustration paper pack and the blue paper with pink roses I thought would work nicely with the image, so I decided to use this one. I tirmmed the paper and attached it to a cream C5 card base.

I bought the Crafter’s Companion Mulberry Wood ‘Love You’ stamp set last Summer intentionally for Mothering Sunday (I can be organised sometimes!!). I stamped the image and sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured the cats with Spectrum Noir IG1, IG4, IG5, IG7, BGR2, BGR3 and PP1. The flowers were coloured with PP2, BP1 and HB3, the leaves were CG4 and LG5. I outlined the flowers and cats with TB1 to ground them and coloured the earth with EB3 and EB6.

My most recent purchase has been the Tonic ‘Ornate Frame‘ dies and I wanted to use them to mount the image and sentiment, but there wasn’t an ornate frame that was the right size for the image – one was too big and one was too small! So I die cut the sentiment using the ‘Ornate Frame’ die and the image with the Tonic ‘Art Nouveau’ die. Then I die cut the outer frames from Stampin’UP! Smoky Slate to mirror the cats coat colour.


Once I had the layers cut out I used 1mm foam squares to layer the image and sentiment on the frames and I used 3mm foam squares to attach the frames to the card base.

To add some interest I wanted to have some flowers in the card and I wanted to mirror the pink flowers on the patterned paper and in the image. I used some white paper blossoms by Hobbycraft and coloured them using Spectrum Noir pens in PP2 and BP1. I attached them to the card with Hi-Tack glue.

To add a bit of bling I used my Wink of Stella GL.VIOLET 080 on the purple flowers in the image.


I hope you like this card and maybe it inspired you for your own card making. What did you get up to for Mothering Sunday? Wishing you a good week ahead!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree


Hey Ghoul-friend!

I saw this greeting in a stamp set somewhere, I couldn’t justify getting the stamp set, but I have alphabet stamps, so I wanted to make it with my alphabet stamps.

My last blog post hinted that I was stressed and rather unhappy and as a crafter I know that colouring is a really good way of de-stressing. I printed off a lot of Hannah Lynn digital stamps onto Neenah card stock months ago thinking ‘I’ll print these now so I’ve got them for when I need an image for a card.” well, they are all still uncoloured, so that went to plan! Never mind, I had the images and so I wanted to colour in ‘Priscilla’ for my card, because she looks like a very cool witch.

Spectrum Noir Pens used:

Dress – LV1, LV2, LV3. Petticoats and hat band – CG3, CG4, LG5. Gloves, shoes, hat and bodice – BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, IG10. Broom – CT2, CT3, CT4, GB8. Eyes – IB1 and True Black. Skin – FS1, FS2, FS3, FS5, FS8. Hair – EB3, EB4, EB6, TN7. Sky – TB8, stars – blender.

DSC01465I used the circular ‘waste’ from the thank you card I made a few weeks ago to create a mask for the moon behind Priscilla. To make the stars in the sky I pressed the colourless blender pen to the card and just let it pick up the colour from the card and repeated on the same spot until the colour had gone. I then added some wink of stella white glitter pen over the stars to make them slightly sparkly.

DSC01466Next I layered the image on some silver mirror board and used my perfect layers tool to cut a 1/8″ border, then I made another layer of lime green card. It was only at this point that I went to see if my image and layers would fit on the C5 card base I had been planning to use… It was far too big… err… plan B! The mats and layers would fit on an 8″x8″ card base, but with lots of white space. I compared the colours in the image to some card I had and Elegant Eggplant card seemed to be the best colour match so I cut a piece of that to go on the front of the card and attached the layers on with roll-on glue.

Then I needed to create the sentiment, so I took some more of the lime green card I had used for the layering of the image and took my Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Victorian Alphabet’ set and stamped them in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with ‘sterling silver’ Stampendous! embossing powder. I trimmed the sentiment so it would be the same size as the green layer and attached it to the front of the card.

DSC01467I really wanted to stamp a few bits inside the card too so I grabbed my Waltzingmouse Halloween stamp sets and found the sentiment from ‘Midnight Feast’ and the bats from ‘Halloween Party’. I stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant ink and the bats in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

DSC01469You know how you look at a ‘finished’ card and think ‘nope, not quite right. Needs something more.’? Well I looked at this card and thought it needed a ribbon or some sequins or something, but where to put it? So I settled on putting on some rinestone gems for extra stars on the image.

DSC01471I just adore this image!! I love Hannah Lynn’s art work and I will try to colour more of my digi stamps so I can use them in future cardmaking projects.

Wishing you a Happy Halloween this weekend. I’m going to be watching the Rugby World Cup final (my Australian cousin lives nearby so we’re going to the pub together to watch it on a big screen).

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

I saw this card on the Heartfelt Creations site and I loved the colour scheme and how sparkly it was! I wanted to re-create it for my Mum’s birthday card because she loves purples and greens, and then I realised that it’s actually my step sister’s birthday before my Mums! (Yes, I am very scatty!)

I recently got the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp and die set and decided to use this for my card. I stamped the poppies onto Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink and cut them out. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the petals with Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord’, ‘Shaded Lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’. I shaped the petals using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, then attached petals on top of eachother with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I made a large drop of nuvo crystal drops ‘crushed grape’ and sprinkled Purple Seed Beads over it, then left them to dry overnight. I used wink of stella in ‘Violet’ around the edges of the smaller flowers.

DSC01439Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Delightful Daisy’ die to cut leaves from SU! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock. I inked the edges with a sponge dauber and ‘Peeled Paint’, then decided I needed to shape them again with my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.

DSC01441I stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Violoa Lavender Blaze’ embossing powder. I cut out the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels 2 die and cut one size bigger from pale blue card stock, then cut one size bigger from white card. I coloured the largest label with Dusty Concord ink. I layered the labels and glued them with roll-on glue.


I used HI-Tack glue and attached the flowers and leaves and labels to an 8×8 inch white card base.

DSC01440As a sort of after-thought I used a corner rounder punch on two corners of the card.

DSC01438I hope your working week is going well. Do you have kids who are on their summer holidays?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Masculine birthday card

It will be my Godmother’s husband’s birthday this week, so I’m making him this card before they fly to the Scilly Isles for a birthday treat.

You’re probably already aware I like Acid Drops and Whatnots. I got some toppers from them & I think this set is rather good – it’s called ‘Martini Man’. My Godmother and her husband went sailing around the world & would have a drink at about 5pm, wherever they were in the world, so I thought they might like this!

The base card for this is black because of the black borders and lettering, I wanted the base to be very bold.

I cut the picture I was after from the page, then layered it onto Real Red card stock and used my Perfect Layers tool to make a 1/16″ border. Then, I layered it onto an orange card (I can’t tell if it’s Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango, but it came from the SU! Brights set) I think this was a 1/4″ border, but I’ve forgotten!

I used a little Wink of Stella GL.LT.GREEN041 on the potions and GL.ORANGE070 on the bunsen flame to add some birthday sparkle (I don’t know if you can tell in the picture though!). The sentiment is from the same AD&W topper page, attached with roll-on glue.

The Martini glasses are a Memory Box die ‘Party Glasses’, I adhered them to the bottom left corner with Quicky Glue.


For the inside of the card I cut a white insert, stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’UP! ‘Happy Hour’ stamp set in black ink, then the Martini glass in Smokey Slate and the olive in Gumball Green.


Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Halloween Cards 2014 #1

I think it’s acceptably close to October to start making and sharing Halloween cards, don’t you? I’ll be making a few designs this year, so keep checking back to see all the cards I make for this holiday.

First off, two of my friends had babies this year, so they both have little boys who are only a few months old. I wanted to make Halloween cards for both of them to celebrate their first Halloween, so I didn’t want anything scary – it had to be too cute to spook!

In August 2012 Deasy Designs launched two photopolymer stamp sets – Boo To You and Happy Winter. They sold out really quickly, so I ordered the Boo To You on backorder & they arrived & were just too cute for words!!! So I think it’s high time I made a card with the set. Unfortunately I don’t think Deasy Designs are available as clear stamps, but they are available as digis.

First of all I cut a panel of white card to fit on the front of an A5 card and stamped the moon with bats and the spooky landscape on the white card, then again on a Post-It Note and fussy cut them to make masks. I inked the cardstock in Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord. Then I left it to dry overnight. The next day I stamped the stars on the background, they are from the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Midnight Feast‘ set.

At first I was going to do two identical cards, and then I thought I would make one with the witch and the other with the ghosts & sentiment. I inked the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink & die cut the speech bubble from Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me‘ Lawn Cuts. I stamped the ghosts & the witch on white card stock, I made another mask for her & stamped the broom & cat. I coloured the ghosts with ZIG Wink of Stella brush in White and Black, then cut them out. I coloured the witch in Promarkers; Blush, Oatmeal, Wild Cranberry, Gold, Pumpkin, Orange, Plum, Slate, Cool Grey 3, 4 and 5 and Walnut and Chestnut for the broom (the cat’s eyes are Sunflower).


I realised that the cat was quite fiddly to cut out, so I cut off it’s whiskers & tail, then when I had worked out where I wanted the witch I stamped the cat on the background & glued the cat over the top of it so the whiskers & tail were in the right place 🙂


Last but not least, I glued the background to the black card base, attached a white panel inside for my message & stamped the moon with bats on the envelope flaps.

Halloween cards#1

What do you think? Aren’t the images just the cutest?

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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!


Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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