Autumn – Bastel-Traum Challenge #81

Hello Bastel Traum lovers! It’s time for  Autumn / Fall crafts over at the Bastel-Traum Challenge blog.

You guessed it, the subject for this month’s Bastel-Traum Challenge is Autumn. I hope this blog post will inspire you play with us for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop(they ship worldwide!) This challenge will run until 15 October 2019 at 8:45 am GMT+2.Check out our cute challenge photo this month!

For my design team project this month I am bringing you a “Happy fall” card created with supplies from two of my favourite brands: Heffy Doodle and Lawn Fawn (available in Switzerland too!) For this card I used Heffy Doodle’s last Stamptember’s set, along with Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Dieand their Happy Fall Line Border Die. However, you don’t need the exact same supplies to recreate this project (read on!)

This card was inspired on a project by a fellow IG crafter @handmadebymirella and it’s a perfect example of how you can recreate a project even if you don’t have the exact original supplies. Instagram is a great source of inspiration for my crafts. It’s a great place to meet other crafters around the world, make friends and find projects that you love and want to recreate.

Where do you tend to find your inspiration? Let me know in your comments below and make sure to join our challenge this month and tag us on social media so we can check out your beautiful creations. Until next time… happy fall!

 

Back to School Teacher Appreciation Cards and Banner

Well hello everyone! And welcome back to my blog. I’m here today with a lovely back to school teacher appreciation project for you.

My kids started school again today after a lovely long summer break. (They are getting so big! Which means I must be getting older too… Eek!) So last week, just in time, I started thinking of this year’s “back-to-school” projects for their teachers. Teachers play such an fundamental part in our kids’ lives and development, they should never go unacknowledged!

So yesterday afternoon we popped into the supermarket to pick-up a pack of apples, and this morning we handed them over to their teachers and TAs, along with these cute little apple shaped cards. My daughter was so excited to play my assistant in handing these over, she was so cute! We also had a banner for one of the teachers, which I failed to photograph when I finished it late last night. So here is a picture of the banner I made last year for another teacher.

And for those of you who might be curious, here it is in the making on a rare “behind the scenes” snap of my craft room:

I’m hoping the cards and banners will be a reminder to all our lovely teachers and TAs of how much parents do appreciate their effort and hard work, how we are grateful to them for their healing hugs and kisses when we can’t be there to deliver them ourselves, and how we thank them everyday for having chosen to make the world a better place through all their hard work.

I used mostly Lawn Fawn products to create thes projects: Cilantro, Kraft, Chili Pepper and Sticky Note cardstock; their Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop Die; as well as their Outside-In Stitched Apple Stackable Die and their Stitched Apple Frame Die. The sentiment is from a retired Avery Elle Set called Little Minds on which I performed some stamp surgery. For the letters on the banner, I believe I used my Heffy Doodle Stitched Alphabetters Die set.

Here’s wishing you all a lovely 2019-2020 school year! Until next time…

Stencil Technique – Bastel Traum Challenge #73

Hello crafty friends! In today’s post I’m bringing you a card with a background created using a Heffy Doodle’s Starfall stencilsome Nuvo Glimmer Pasteand a few images from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yakula. It was my first time ever using a stencil with glimmer paste (I’d used them with ink blending before) and I had a blast, so I hope you’ll give this technique a try too.

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This card is part of out monthly challenge over at bastel-traum.blogspot.ch, where you can play with us for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) This month’s challenge will run until 15 February 2019 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject this month is: “Die Cut/Stencil”.

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Four new houses were built on our road at the end of last year and over the Christmas break we went for a walk and discovered new neighbours had moved into one of them. So I dashed back to my craft room and decided I’d put together a little “Welcome to the neighbourhood!” card to bring over with a tin of home-made biscuits. Have you ever been on the giving or receiving side of a kind gesture by a neighbour? Leave me a comment here or over on my IG account (link on the top right of my blog) and give me some more ideas to welcome the other three neighbours when they move in. In the mean time, I hope you will pull out your stencils and play along with us in this month’s challenge. Until next time!

Interactive Valentine’s Day Card

This post appeared on the Heffy Doodle blog on 9 January 2019 and features an Interactive Valentine’s Day Shaker card using Heffy Doodle products, old and new. A shaker card is a fun and easy technique for card-makers of all levels to create interactive cards. Here is an example of a Valentine’s Day shaker card using our Dino Days Stamp and coordinating die set. I hope you’ll give it a go!

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Hello Heffy Doodlers! Today I’d like to share with you some new ways to use a bunch of Heffy Doodle products you probably already have in your stash.

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To recreate this Valentine’s Day shaker card, you’ll need:

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If you’ve never created a shaker card, allow me to redirect you to a video tutorial where a create a fun shaker card (which even includes dome heavy duty nuts and bolts for a masculine touch!)

And that’s it from me for today. If you got this far, thanks for spending time with me. And if you decide to create a shaker using your Heffy Doodle goodies, make sure to tag me (IG @DenniceWatts) and #heffydoodle on social media so we can also enjoy your beautiful creations. Until next time!

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Quick and easy New Years cards

This post appeared on the Heffy Doodle blog on 30 December 2018 and features three New Year’s card using Heffy Doodle products, old and new.

No time for Christmas cards this year? How about some New Year dino cheer with these quick and easy New Years cards! Hello Heffy Doodlers! And hands up if, like me, you had no time to send any Christmas cards this year (oops!) Tee hee! Indeed, this year I have decided to embrace the chaos in my life (after having miserably failed to make or send any handmade Christmas cards) and I’m skipping straight on to the New Year with some Happy New Year cards for 2019.

To create today’s three cards I reached for my Dino Times stamps and coordinating dies (watch our product  intro video here for more details!) I did some very simple colouring this time which I hoped would encourage those of you who gave up on Christmas cards this year (like me!) to give these last minute New Year’s cards a go.

If you don’t have any number die cuts, you could use any large number stamps in your stash. Likewise, if you are short of a Happy New Year sentiment stamp, go check out our Holiday Sentiment Duos stamp set (mine are in the mail and will hopefully get here soon!) (my stamp sentiment comes from a small set by a Spanish designer).

To give my cards a bit of additional depth, I did some very light handed ink-blending on the background, matching the colour of my little dinos. Likewise, I chose to alternate the colour used on my dinos when die-cutting my “2019” numbers. If you are stamping your numbers, you could also choose to do so with different colour inks to match the colouring on your dinos.

What’s great about this project is that you could actually recreate it using any images you may have coloured on the go without thinking of a specific project (which is what I often do). I’m thinking of sending mine to some of the other girls in the Heffy Doodle design team.

Would you like to exchange some Heffy Doodle happy mail with me this 2019? If so, drop me a direct message on Instagram (@dennicewatts) and we’ll make sure 2019 is a crafty one! Until then, happy crafting!