All posts by Dennice Watts

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!




It’s the Time of Year for some “Holiday Cheer”, Christmas is here!

This post appeared on the Heffy Doodle blog on 22 November 2018 and features a holiday and/or Christmas card using Heffy Doodle products, old and new.

Hello Heffy Doodlers! Dennice here with a project full of holiday and Christmas cheer using my favourite set from our last holiday release: “Elfish Antics”. I hope your holiday cards and Christmas crafts are well underway! As for mine, I seem to be running quite late! I put it down to the fact that my daughter is moving to a new nursery  school soon and we’ve been spending some time at the new school and giving her a chance to familiarise herself with her new environment.

Last week, when she first walked into her new classroom, her face light up as she caught sight of all the “new” toys she’d get to play with… including a little jack-in-the-box. And that’s exactly where my inspiration for today’s card came from.

To create this cheery holiday card I pulled out my favourite Heffy Doodle Christmas sets of all times: the Elfish Antics stamp set and coordinating dies.  I also added a few additional Heffy Doodle products to the mix: the Elfing Christmas Words sentiment stamp set, Stitched Rectangle dies (perfect for layering rectangles on to a standard size card. Choose between our metric/European or A2 American/Imperial card sizes).

Have you created any holiday and/or Christmas projects using this set recently? If so, make sure to tag us on social media. We love to see what you create with your Heffy Doodle goodies. Until next time… happy holiday crafting!

Veggie Congratulations to an Auber-Genius!

This post appeared on the Heffy Doodle blog on 31 October 2018 and features a congratulations card using some Heffy Doodle products, old and new.

Hello Heffy Doodlers! Dennice here with a “veggie congratulations” card to that “aubergenius” in our lives. To create the background pattern on my card, I used the Basket Case Stencil from our latest release, placed it over some kraft cardstock and used my white pigment ink and an ink dauber over it.

I then reached out for the Veggie Patch Clear Stamp Set and coordinating dies, also from our latest release. I stamped out my veggies and coloured them up using my Copic markers. (I have to say, this is one of my favourite Heffy Doodle sets so far since the shapes of the veggies really lend themselves for some fun and easy colouring.)

To create my main sentiment, “Congrats“, I covered a piece of white cardstock in golden embossing powder and then cut out the sentiment using my Congrats Heffy Cuts die. I then stamped out my sub-sentiment with Versamark ink and used some of the same gold embossing powder over it to match my main sentiment. Last but not least, I framed my little scene using our new Stitched Rectangle Dies (available in Imperial/USA A2 card-size as well as Metric/EU card-size).

And that’s about it for today’s congratulations card! I hope you will like this bit of inspiration I’ve brought you today and that you’ll remember to tag us on social media so we can also be inspired by your beautiful creations using our Heffy Doodle goodies. Until next time!

Heffy Doodle Release 5 Blog Hop- Two for one cardmaking!

Hello Heffy Doodlers! And welcome to another wonderful release by Heffy Doodle Stamps. Our fifth release is full of crafty goodness and it’s just in time for your holiday projects too, so make sure to check it out! You should have arrived here from amazing Franci’s blog and your next stop will be lovely Jessica ‘s blog. But before you move on, please remember to leave me some crafty love on the comments below by 11:59 PM PST on 22nd October 2018. A random winner will be selected to win a £50 gift certificate to the Heffy Doodle store. The winner will be announced on the Heffy Doodle blog on 24th October 2018.

For today’s project I’m bringing you some two-in-one cardmaking inspiration with what is probably my favourite item of this new release: our Metric Stitched Rectangles Dies (EU Size). I’m certain this is going to be a total hit among card-makers in Europe, as it is the first of its kind. The standard card size in the US is A2 (the equivalent of a letter-size paper folded in half twice). In Europe we tend to use A4-size paper instead of letter-size, and the largest rectangle in this die set is the equivalent of an A4-sized paper folded in half twice, which makes our standard A6 European card size! As if that wasn’t enough, this set has stitching on both sides of the cut line, giving you beautiful stitching detail on your positive and negative pieces.

To create this card I used the second largest rectangle in the set to cut out a window from my teal card base. I then adhered a piece of acetate behind that window for a very special effect. After that, I used the positive pieces cut out with all the smaller rectangles in the set and adhered them one on top of the other on the inside of my card, behind my acetate window. The smallest piece, however, I glued on top of the acetate for that extra umph! The little birdie and the sentiment are from our very popular release four set called “Wingman” which I’m sure you all know by now.

My second card project for this blog hop is a birthday card which was very quick and easy to create, as I did so using the little frame pieces which I had left when cutting out the rectangles for my previous project. The “happy” and “birthday” Heffy Cuts dies are also from our latest release and they are sure to be a versatile addition to your collection, since they can be paired up with our new “winter” and “wishes” Heffy Cuts dies for a bunch of different sentiment combos (happy birthday, birthday wishes, happy winter, winter wishes, winter birhtday wishes, etc.).

So that’s it from me for today. I leave you with one last photo to wrap up this post. Please remember to tag us on social media when you put your new release goodies to good use, as we love to see what you create and often find inspiration in your work too! Until next time… happy hopping! Next stop: Jessica’s blog.

Halloween Card – Bastel-Traum Challenge #70

Hello Crafty Friends! And welcome back to another one of our monthly challenges, 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 November 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject this month is: “Halloween/Fall”.

In today’s card project, I decided to pull out my Big Bear and Bird Waffle Flower Crafts stamp and die set called “Boo” to create a Halloween-themed thank you card. My son’s school is about to break for half-term and I thought it might be a nice gesture to give his teacher a thank-you card for all her awesome work so far.

To create the cob-webs on my background, I stamped using some Versamark ink and covered the stamping with some Liquid Platinum embossing powder by Ranger. I then stamped my images, coloured them using my colour pencils, and positioned them over my card base. My sentiment comes from the My Favorite Things “Essential Sentiments” stamp set, and I slightly raised the little banner using some double-sided foam adhesive.

That’s it for today! If you decide to play along with us, make sure to tag us on social media and link your holiday/travel themed creations over at the Bastel Traum Challenge blog. Until next time… happy Halloween!