Tag Archive: Xcut

Cats in a box card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend? I’ve had a nice gentle weekend in preparation for my next big experiment that starts on Monday, so I won’t be cardmaking as much as I would like over the next two months, so I apologise for less frequent posts!

Today is my ‘Fairy Godmother’s birthday and I’d like to share the card I made for her with you this morning. She has two adorable cats, so I wanted to make a cat-themed card for her. My kittens just LOVE cardboard boxes (what cat doesn’t??) so I wanted to start with a ‘cardboard box’ for my card and have cats playing in it and around it. I created a card in a box using Neenah Desert Storm card.

I just bought the Clearly Besotted ‘You’re Purrfect‘ stamp set and coordinating dies – they are just adorable!!! So I stamped several of the cats with Memento London Fog ink on Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock and die cut them out. I coloured them using my Spectrum Noir pens.

I die cut several baloons using the Lawn Fawn baloons and streamers from the X cut Build a Scene ‘Garden Party’ from Stampin’UP! card in Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo.

I attached the cats and baloons to the central strips either directly or with acetate strips. I also used enamel drops to add some dimention.


For the sentiment panel at the back I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento London Fog ink and attached som bits of streamers to it to tie it in with the rest of the card.


I hope you like this card and found it inspiring!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

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!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Moving to Canada card

A former colleague of mine has been hoping to move to Canada for several years and has been attempting to get all the paperwork together for his move, but now he has everything in place he’s handed in his notice at his job and he’s heading off to Canada! A few people are meeting at the local pub tomorrow to say goodbye, but I’m going to the theatre so I can’t go. I wanted to make him a card to celebrate this move to his exciting new life. I wanted to create a card that looked like the Canadian flag and decided that a stepper card would be a great way to do this.

I cut and scored an A4 piece of card to create a stepper card (not my best card – a bit scrappy because the ‘steps’ didn’t qute line up!!). I cut some strips of red card and attached them to the side steps with roll-on glue.

Using the Lili of the Valley ‘set 44 Just to Say’ sentiment stamp in VersaMark watermark ink and Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Tropic Red Blaze’ on Whisper White card stock. The embossed panel was layered on red card and I used my perfect layers tool to create the red mat. The maple leaves were also cut from red card using Xcut dies.

DSC01428Inside the card I stamped the Lili of the Valley ‘set 63 Quotables – Go For It’ sentiment in VersaMark ink and ‘Tropic Red Blaze’.

DSC01430 DSC01429I attached the mats to the front of the card with roll-on glue and the maple leaves with foam pads.


I hope you think this is a nice good luck card! Enjoy the weekend ahead.

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Masculine birthday card

Today is my oldest Step Sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. He loves history, so I know that ‘vintage’ stuff would suit him.

I ran some black card through the Crafts-Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. I stamped the image from the IndigoBlu ‘Little Voice‘ stamp set onto Whisper White card stock and inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I used my Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut some cogs from gold mirror board.

DSC01384I used a cream A5 card base then attached a piece of patterned paper from the Marianne Design ‘Vintage Men’ paper pad. I arranged the gold cogs over the stamped image and black embossed panel until I was happy with the arrangement and used my pokey tool to make a hole for the brass brads to go through to fix the cogs to the embossed panel. The stamped image was placed under the gold cogs, then the embossed panel and stamped panel were attached to the patterned paper with HI-Tack glue.


I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White card in Versa Fine ‘Onyx Black’, I cut it into a fishtail and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used my bonefolder to shape the banner, then attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue.


I hope this gives you some inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sophia Hodgson Signature Tree

Masculine Birthday card

Two posts in one day – I’m on a roll!!! I’ll be out in the sunshine later though – I can’t resist!!!

It was my Step Sister’s boyfriend’s birthday on Friday & I always find men hard to create cards for…

Whilst going into Hobbycraft for something completely un-related I found the new Docrafts Papermania ‘Heritage Press’ A5 paper pack – OOOH!!! It’s fabulous!! So I HAD to use it for a masculine birthday card. I cut a 14 cm x 14 cm piece of paper to go on the Kraft 6×6 base card, then cut an 8 cm x 11 cm rectangle, I marked the centre of an 8 cm side, then 3 cm up from the marked side along both 11 cm sides using my Inkssentials Opaque pen white so it wasn’t blindingly obvious. I cut from the 3 cm marks to the centre of the 8 cm side to create a pocket shape.

I’m using one of my newly purchased IndigoBlu sentiment stamps – the set is called ‘Little Voice‘. I stamped the sentiment in Stampin’ UP! ‘Night of Navy’ ink on white card stock. I used the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Labels 2’ die to cut the sentiment out and emboss it (unfortunately it’s so warm the adhesive on my low tack tape came off on the die cut shape!! I hope no-one notices!!)


I have quite a lot of pocket watch stamps, but I couldn’t be bothered to cut them out, so I used my Xcut dies to create a pocket watch from white cardstock and gold mirror card with the addition of a Doodlebug black mini brad to attach the arms. I used three red buttons from my stash and attached them with Glossy Accents. The blue ribbon is also attached with Glossy Accents underneath where the pocket will be and I used my tweezers to hold the ribbon in place over the attachment loop to the pocket watch because the end didn’t want to stay attached with the Glossy Accents until it had dried!


I put double sided tape around the pocket and lined it up with the check pattern on the backing paper, then made sure the pocket watch could fit in and out of the pocket.

Inside the card I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from IndigoBlu’s ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ in Stampin’ UP! ‘Real Red’ ink.

So here is the finished product. Enjoy the rest of your weekends!!