Hello everyone and welcome to what will probably be my last blog post of the year (thank goodness for people like Jennifer, Kristina and Sandy, who continue posting between Christmas and New Years!) Today we are celebrating day 24 of the Bastel-Traum Advent Calendar for 2017.
We have a great line-up today, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
Thanks for sharing my crafty journey with each like, comment and heart here, on IG and over on my YouTube channel! I wish you all a very happy holiday season and may 2018 bring you all the health, happiness and crafty supplies necessary for it to be a craft-astic year!
Hello Heffy Doodlers! Today I’m over at the Heffy Doodle Blogsharing a super fun shadow box card using a mix of awesome Heffy Doodle products. Although this is not my first time playing with Heffy Doodle’s yummmies (check out a few of my past projects here), it IS my first ever project as a Guest Designer on the Heffy Doodle blog, so I’m super excited to be here. So feel free to leave me some love! (Hint, hint! He he…)
As some of you may already know, I’m the tired… erm… happy mum of two healthy and (mostly) lovely kiddy-winkles: a 4.5 year old boy and a 1.5 year old girl. My son is in his first year of school and, as you can imagine, birthday parties throughout the year abound! And today is no exception, as this afternoon we will be attending his good friend Nandini’s 5th birthday party. Happy birthday Nandini! You hold a very special place in our hearts.
To create this card, I used a shadow box die (although you don’t need one! Just google “shadow box card instructions”) along with my Heffy Doodle “Warm Hugs” Stamps (HFD|SSS) and Dies (HFD|SSS). The full sentiment on my card reads “Birthday Fishes to a Cool Friend” and to find that “BIRTHDAY” sentiment I simply reached out for my Heffy Doodle “Happy Snappy Crocs” Stamp Set (HFD|SSS), from Heffy Doodle’s first release. Don’t you just love how the font in all of their stamp sets matches so perfectly?! Makes sentiment-building possibilities endless!
For my colouring, I was also inspired by Sandy Allnock’s human rainbow series to try and make the cute little boy and girl on this card look like my son and his friend… and I’m really chuffed with the result!
As for my creative process, I did a bit of ink blending on my card base using my distress inks. I used a home-made stencil (cut out from acetate using a cloud border die) to create my cloud background. I stamped my sentiment using some black pigment ink and I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on some mixed media paper, as I knew I would be colouring them with my Prismacolor pencils. When I was done colouring, I went over them with my stumps and a bit of baby oil to smooth out the colours, and I applied some Wink of Stella shimmer pen pretty much everywhere (although, perhaps for the best as I went a bit overkill with my sparkle, you can’t really see it on my photos!)
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and, if you did, please leave me a comment and let me know what Heffy Doodle set you would like to see me play with for in my next Guest Designer Post. I also hope my project inspires you to get creative with your Warm Hugs Stamps (HFD|SSS) and Dies (HFD|SSS) as well as from our first release goodies. And last but not least, please remember to tag us on social media so we can check out all the beautiful things you create with our products. It warms our hearts!!! Until next time :o)
Well hello Heffy Doodlers! And welcome to Heffy Doodle’s Release 2 Blog Hop. Can I get a “Hoot, hoot?!” This is such an exciting day for the Heffy Doodle family and a dream come true for the people behind this awesome family-run business which has made it this far thanks to your love and support. We love you guys and we LOVE seeing what you create with the products we so enjoy bringing you!
Now, time for some crafty fun! In today’s card I used two awesome stamp sets from Heffy Doodle’s Release 2: “Geology Rocks“, a super original set like no other one out there, and “Jet Alphabetters“, which is perfect for spelling out personalised sentiments.
Now, since I know you all love Lesley’s card stories, here’s the story behind my card! Although you may have never guessed it from my name, I grew up in Mexico – right next to an active volcano called the “Popocatépetl“. As I child, when leaving my house for school, it wasn’t uncommon to see the top of our volcano peeping out through the clouds. At times it was nothing but a snowy-topped mountain, but every now and then it would get excited and the ashes from its eruptions would reach us where I lived.
A few years back I moved to Europe and married a native English-speaker. When I first took him back home, I proudly pointed out the Popocatépetl to him (not that he could have missed the darn big thing!) and challenged him to repeat the name. To my surprise, he got it right the first time and spent the rest of our time in Mexico showing off about it.
When I asked him how on Earth he could have possibly gotten the name right from the start and managed to remember it, he said: “Easy: it’s called the “Pop-A-Kettle-On!”
Thanks for stopping by. Please make sure to stop by each of our amazing designers’ blogs and leave us a comment for a chance to win some Heffy Doodle goodies.
A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle blog. Happy hopping Heffy Doodlers!
Hi everyone! And welcome to my last Heffy Doodle post of the month. Today I have 3 good reasons to “cele-bear-ate”: (1) it’s Friday!, (2) it’s my son’s last day at nursery school, (3) with 3 days left ahead on the Heffy Doodle Kickstarter Campaign, there are already 228 of us who will soon be playing with Heffy Doodle’s beautiful designs in just a few weeks. It’s been a pleasure taking part in the Heffy Doodle launch campaign and bringing you some inspiration throughout this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects too!
I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet, since I’ve got a video tutorial for you all about stamp masking (in fact, it’s a bit of a “mask-athon”!) If you have any questions about any of the products or techniques I use, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through my contact form.
In today’s project I simply wanted to remind you that if there is no reason to hold back from adding a stamp set to your collection simply because you already own a set from a different company with a similar theme (as if we needed an excuse to buy more crafty goodies, right?!) Most of the times you’ll be able to mix and match sentiments and images from the various sets and you’ll actually end up getting more out of your supplies. Not to mention the joy you’ll be bringing to your crafty heart!
I hope you enjoy today’s card and video, and that your weekend is also full of reasons to cele-bear-ate!
(To check out Sandy Allnock’s hex chart, click here.)