Attention Heffy Doodle fans! It’s time for the new challenge, and we’re getting punny. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good play on words; dad jokes are my jam! Luckily, Lesley (the owner of Heffy Doodle) speaks my love language, and most of her stamps feature sentiments with puns.
To play along with us this month, create a punny card using Heffy Doodle products (mostly) and enter to win a £35 gift card! The challenge starts now in the Heffy Doodlers Facebook Group, and runs through February 28th, 2021. Want to see my inspirational card?
I was inspired by the “wheely” sentiment in the Hello Squeakheart Stamp Set, but I wanted to make a masculine card. My mind immediately jumped to motorcycles and wheelies, so I decided to paper piece my own motorcycle. If you’ve never paper pieced your own images, don’t be intimidated. It’s not hard. I just Google the image I want, and look for clipart images (in this instance, I googled motorcycle clipart). Clipart images are usually less complicated, and easier to recreate in die cuts. Next, I search through my stash and look for dies that will mimic the shapes I need. You’ll be amazed at what you can put together, if you don’t limit yourself to what the die was originally meant to be. Can you pick out the dies I used from these sets to create the bike?
I’ll walk you through the pieces. I used stitched and plain circles to cut the fender, tire, and center of the wheel. The Fancy Nancy heart frame forms the rim (I cut the outside edge down with a circle die). The spokes are formed with the straight tree trunk in the Forest Builder set. I cut thin strips from More Strips of Ease to form the green supports, and the shock is a thinner strip, along with the hole reinforcers from Tag Along (stacked up like donuts on a stick). On either end of the fender, you see narrow silver strips; those were cut with the slot dies in More Strips of Ease. The lights were cut from the confetti pieces in the Tag Along set. To create the body of the bike, I cut the end of a rectangle scrap with my largest circle die, then trimmed it to fit the edge of the card base.
I colored all of my green and red pieces with Copic markers. The tire was cut from black cardstock. The silver pieces were cut from white stock, and embossed with two coats of silver embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment with green ink, onto a 6″ square card base, that had green ink blending and splatters for interest.
I really love how this turned out. Paper piecing like this is fun. It reminds me of putting a puzzle together, only you get to create the pieces. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. You don’t always have to have the exact same shape that you see in your inspirational (googled) image. You might have something that is a little different, but will still get the point across. Also, size matters. If you find the perfect shape, but the proportions are too big, or too small to work with your other die cuts, keep looking. Lastly, try to be color blind as you hunt through your stash. Often, when we see flower dies, we automatically imagine them in pink, or red, but if you were to cut them from green, or black, or silver, would you see something other than a flower? And don’t forget, your sentiment can really help pull things together.
Alright, are you inspired to play along? Feeling punny? Pull out your Heffy Doodle stamps and create a punny card of your own! (It doesn’t have to be paper pieced.) To enter, go to the Heffy Doodlers Facebook Group and post a picture of your project in the February 2021 Challenge album (it will be pinned to the top). Enter as many cards as you like. The winner will be randomly chosen from all entries posted prior to Midnight (UT) on February 28, 2021. You are not limited to cards, feel free to post tags, scrapbook pages, home decor projects, etc. Just be sure the bulk of the stamps and dies used are from Heffy Doodle, and that your project features a pun. All of the details can be found on the Heffy Doodle blog. Good luck my friend!
Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back soon with another fun card to share.
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