Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Card Making: My Review of the Heffy Doodle A Little Shellfish Stamp Set

Earlier this year, with some encouragement from one of my crafty friends, I decided to give card making a try.  Within a week I was instantly hooked, and spent hours browsing Instagram looking at all the cool cards people were making.  While most of my makes for a while utilised the Cricut, it wasn’t long before I wanted to try the more traditional way of making cards using a die cutting machine and stamps.  So, I invested in a Gemini and purchased my first set of stamps from a lovely British company called Heffy Doodle.  While I am a complete beginner, I thought it would still be nice to review some of the stamp sets I use in this hobby, especially if it helps others starting out on their own journey with this craft.

So, without further ado, here’s my review of the Heffy Doodle A Little Shellfish Stamp Set.

Ordering from Heffy Doodle

I’d seen Heffy Doodle stamps used quite a lot on Instagram, and was half expecting them to be based in the United States, like the majority of the cute stamp companies.  So, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover they’re a British company.  Their website stocks a wide range of stamps and dies as well as essential craft equipment, like glue and card.

I placed an order for a couple of stamp sets, including the ‘A Little Shellfish’ set, and my order was dispatched on the next working day.  It was sent via Royal Mail 48 and arrived two days later.  Inside the box were the stamps I’d ordered, as well as a cute little freebie and a note saying ‘Happy Crafting’.  There’s a picture of this below.  This is fantastic customer service and left me with a great first impression!

What Do You Get with the A Little Shellfish Stamp Set?

The Heffy Doodle clear stamp set comes with 20 individual beach themed stamps.  Included in the pack is some cute images of a lobster, crab, crayfish and starfish. You also get a bucket and spade, beach hut, two sandcastles, a party hat, a gift, and a pinwheel.  You also get some fabulous sentiments that are full of puns.  “Let’s crab lunch sometime” literally made me laugh out loud, and “You’re My Lobster” gave me strong vibes from Friends.  I can’t wait to use that on a birthday card for my husband.

While I didn’t order it, there’s also a coordinating die set available from Heffy Doodle for this stamp set.

Let’s Get to Crafting!

I grew up in a small British seaside resort, and for most of the year, the weather was bleak.  Don’t ask me why but I decided to emulate this in my card.  For the background, I used a plain grey card and a beach themed paper pack from the Works.  I then stamped four of the little beach huts and a crab from the Heffy Doodle set using Memento black ink.  To finish, I also printed a couple of seagulls from Cricut Access.  All of these were coloured in very basic using Ohuhu Brush Markers.  After affixing all of the little elements to my card using foam dots, I finished by adding the sentiment ‘Long Time No Sea.  Let’s Crab Lunch Sometime’.

My finished card is below and while it’s by no means amazing, I’m quite proud of it.  It was my first time using traditional stamping methods, and I love how effective this type of art is.  It’s also perfect for sending to one of my old friends who grew up by the sea with me.

The A Little Shellfish Stamp Set can be purchased from the Heffy Doodle website for £11.99.  You can also purchase the dies to accompany them for £17.49.

This review was not in any way sponsored by Heffy Doodle – look at my card, they wouldn’t pay a beginner.  I just wanted to share my thoughts on it 1) so I can look back on it in the future and 2) because it’s a really cute set that I think more people need to hear about.  I highly recommend checking out Instagram for some more inspiration on how to use this cute set.

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