All posts by Dennice Watts

Birthday Cards Created Using Stacking Dies

Hello crafty friends! This week I have felt totally inspired (as I am sure many of you have too!) by Jennifer McGuire’s video on creative uses for stacking dies. What I liked best about this technique was that it allowed me to create a number of cars in one go. So here I am sharing a few shots of the cards I created. The colour combo for the first three was more on the girly side. This one went out to my talented crafty-friend Zsofia (happy birthday, my dear!):

The following one will be going to my kind and thoughtful crafty friend Maria towards the end of the month of May (Maria, I hope you’re not reading this too early!):

And this one will be for my office mate mid-June (we share a love of cake and it shows on our waistlines, I’m afraid!):

All of these were created using the following products by The Stamps of Life:
stitched squares die set and birthday sentiment set.

The following two cards I’m sharing today are belated birthday masculine cards. Masculine cards are always so much harder to come up with for me (part of the reason these two are late!), and this technique made it as easy as finding two more “masculine” colours to match together!

One for my father-in-law:

And one for my brother-in-law:

I created these two using the stacked edges dies by Pretty Pink Posh, and the year two stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Leave me a comment below and let me know which one of them all is your favourite. Until next time, happy paper-crafting!

Flowers for Mother’s Day: Bastel Traum Challenge #64

Hello Bastel Traum 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 May 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Flowers/Mother’s Day”.

For this month’s project I chose to create a card set for my mother-in-law:

She is a big fan of my handmade projects and in the past she would often ask me for a thank you or a birthday card with a specific theme and for a specific occasion. Nevertheless, with work and family obligations, most of the times I would be to busy to get the card to her on time.

So for the last couple of years, I have made her a little card set every April as a combined birthday/mother’s day gift and it’s been a total hit!

This year I used the Build-A-Flower stamp layering set by Altenew and a few sentiments from different stamp sets by various companies (“Celebrate” is from a set by Paper Smooches, “Many Thanks” is from a set by Pretty Pink Posh). My used a wonky stitches die to decorate the edges of my card panels. The beauty of this design is that you could use any sentiments you like from absolutely any stamp set already in your stash!

Once my card panels were ready, I adhered them on to a set of kraft cards and packaged them in a little see through box for delivery. And that’s it for this project! I hope you’ll find our theme for this month’s challenge inspiring. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Easter Chocolate Egg Tote Bags: Bastel Traum Challenge #63

Hello Bastel Traum 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 April 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Easter”.

My project for this month’s challenge is a cute little tote bag full of chocolate Easter eggs. I created it using a bunch of Lawn Fawn products, including their Tote Bag Die (BT/LF), Happy Hatchling Die Set (LF), and their Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper (BT/LF). The little chick is stuck on to the bag with an action wobbler, so there is also an interactive element to this card!

I’ve made a bunch of these and I plan to give these to a few people who are close to my heart. What is YOUR favourite way to celebrate Easter?

 

Best in the Mewniverse – Galaxy Background Card

[This post appeared on the Heffy Doodle blog on 31 January 2018, and I’m now republishing it here. Sorry for the delay!]

Hello Heffy Doodlers! Dennice here with a final reminder that today will be your last chance to snap up the free “Mewniverse Stamp Set” which we are shipping out with EVERY and ALL pre-orders of any Release 3 products placed on the Heffy Doodle store.

To create today’s card, I started off by making a watercolour galaxy background (if you’ve never tried this, you totally should! This technique is basically fool-proof!) I then stamped a bunch of kitties on my background using my Versamark embossing ink and covered them with some liquid platinum embossing powder. I did two kitties at a time in order to avoid overlapping them. Then I filled up the smaller gaps left between them by stamping and embossing the little wool ball included in the set. I loved the look of the liquid platinum kitties against my galaxy background. They looked like kitty constellations!

Next up, I die cut a couple of our new word dies “Hey” and “Baby” from some plain, white card stock (by the way, did you know that Lesley herself actually hand-lettered all the word dies in our latest release? How cool is that!) I stacked them on top of each other and pressed them against my Versamark ink pad. Once they were fully covered with this sticky ink, I added a thick layer of that same liquid platinum embossing powder and hit them with my heat tool. I repeated the process a couple of times to give my stacked, die-cut words a nice metallic look.

I then stamped out my sentiment “You’re the best in the whole mewniverse” from the same stamp set on to some plain white card stock. I stamped the first part of the sentiment in black and heat embossed the second half with the same liquid platinum embossing powder. I cut out my sentiment strip with the fabulous “Stitched Strips of Ease” dies and adhered it flat on to my card front. I could then move on to the colouring. I coloured my kitty and basket with my Copics and fussy cut them out leaving that magical little white border that makes them look like die cuts. I used some double sided foam squares to adhere them on to my card and… voilà!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and that it has reminded you to place your pre-orders quickly to snatch our mewnique Release 3 freebie stamp set today!

Heffy Doodle and My Sweet Petunia (MISTI) Blog Hop

Hello Heffy Doodlers! And welcome back to an awesome blog hop filled with crafty inspiration, lots of big names and a fabulous giveaway! You should have arrived here from lovely Kelly Martin‘s blog. Your next stop will be the fabulous Ali Farmer‘s blog.

We will choose two lucky winners from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.com and a 25 GBP shopping spree at www.heffydoodle.com. So please make sure to leave me some love on this post no later than Sunday, March 4th, at 11:59 PM Central for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 6th, on the Heffy Doodle and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

I never like to keep you very long during blog hops. You will find more details about my creative process in the YouTube process video below!

To create today’s project, I used the awesome “Eggcellent NewsStamps and Dies from Heffy Doodle‘s 3rd release. To recreate my tic-tac-toe grid, you could also reach for our “Stitched Strips of Ease” Dies. I’m using a Pretty Pink Posh die since by the time I made up my mind about wanting the Strips, they had gone out of stock!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s card and that you’ll hop along with us for lots of crafty inspiration and a chance to win. You’ll find the full list of participants at the end of this post.  Have a good day and happy hopping!

Our full line-up:

Dennice Watts – you are here!