1 Die Set 4 Ways

Helly crafty friend. If you came here from Kari VanNoy’s blog, you’re in the right spot! Welcome to the Heffy Friends Inspiration Blog Hop! In addition to all of the cool cards you’ll see today, you also have the chance to win a Β£50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store! (Details below.)I don’t know about you, but I love stretching my supplies, and finding additional ways to use what I’ve got. When I first got the new Hot Air Balloon Dies, I couldn’t wait to piece one together. But as I looked at the dies, I started seeing other things I could create with them too. Can you believe I turned the balloon into a puppy, a monster, and even a lightbulb that really lights up? After you see what I did, I wonder what different images you’ll see!

I know there are quite a few stops in the hop today, and I don’t want you to miss any, so I’ll just show you how I laid out the dies for each card, and a few of the steps, where necessary to show you how I made each card. You’ll notice I brought in a few additional supplies for each card, to coordinate. (Click on any of the pictures to make them larger.)


The original way to use the Hot Air Balloon Dies, is of course, to create a hot air balloon. I did that first, tucking a sweet little raccoon in, and adding a birthday sentiment banner. If you do nothing else with this set, the intended use is awesome!


As I moved the dies around, I saw a puppy’s nose and mouth. After that, I played with the dies until I had the rest of a dog…


As I was playing with the dies and discovering new shapes, I mentioned it to the design team, and Lesley told me that her daughter, Piper, saw a monster head. You know I had to look for one myself, and this is what I saw. The pennant banner teeth crack me up! Wouldn’t it make an offbeat Halloween card?


And last, but not least, the lightbulb. This is actually the vision that set the rest in motion. Lol, I might just be wired to see things I can light up with my EZ-Lights. This one was too cute not to add lights to though. And I turned it into a shaker for good measure! If you want to give this one a go, good news – Heffy Doodle carries EZ-Lights in their shop, so you can order them along with your Hot Air Balloon Dies! Here’s a look at how this card came together…

Alright my friend, I know that was a lot, and instructions were minimal. Let me know if you have any questions; I’ll be happy to go into more detail. I hope these cards inspire you to stretch your supplies and think outside the box with some of your Heffy Doodle goodies. I’d love to know if you see any other images in the Hot Air Balloon Dies. Let me know in the comments below.

The next stop in the hop is with Jessica Frost-Ballas! If you get lost along the way, here is the complete lineup…



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  1. OMG! These are amazing! I LOVE the light bulb and the pup! Too clever!

  2. Hi, Amanda – HOLY SMOKES, you blew me away… Great cards, great features… Thanks so much for sharing!
    Lori S in PA

  3. Amazing work & cards! They’re all so great, my favorite is the card with the raccoon! Great thinking to use your dies in other ways!

  4. You are so clever!!! I love the lightbulb!!!

  5. Amazing! You are so talented to come up with that many ways to use that die! I really love the hot air balloon!

  6. Wow!! I love how you came up with different ways to use the same die!

  7. The lighting is great. It adds such a wonderful, clever element. NICE

  8. The hot air balloons are adorable.

  9. I love the creativity of making so many uses from just one die set!! Great inspiration!!!

  10. These are fabulous! So much fun and creative!

  11. Just fabulous!! I would have never thought to create all those things with one die set.

  12. Andrea Megan Hastilow says:

    Oh my goodness you do stretch your supplies, you have an awesome inmagination, I could do with a good lesson from you please. The balloon is so sweet in those pinks, living little critter. My favourite out of your extra inspiration has to be the cute monster/ spook, so cute he’s not scary. Can’t wait to see more , thank you x

  13. So inventive! I’m in awe! I especially love the light bulb card.

  14. Amazing cards! I love the creativity

  15. Love how you did these! Really encourages people to use what they already have

  16. Amanda these are just amazing, I love the dog one!

  17. A light up shaker. Way to go EXTRA. It is really nice, well done.

  18. Wow! Wow!! Wow!! How wonderful! I love to be able to use my products in more than one way and you’ve certainly done that over and over!! The original hot air balloon is so cute and then the dog is super fun, not to mention the monster!!!! Well done!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Stay safe! πŸ™‚

  19. Super creative use of the balloon die, it is definitely on my wish list. Awesome job

  20. Love the dies. The puppy is darling.
    thanks for sharing

  21. AMAZING, simply amazing!!! I wish I had your imagination. Gosh you are talented and so versatile!

  22. thanks for always inspiring us! I would never have imagined using that die as you used it, you are very creative! β™₯

  23. So many clever ideas with these dies! Very fun creations!

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