Thursday, September 5, 2019

Waffle Flower September 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hi guys!

This month, Waffle Flower is introducing a new illustrator Cassie Loizeaux with the September release!  Her set Flower Girl (stampdiecombo) is based on her charming and popular flower dress girl illustration.  In the September release, you'll also see new stamps from all your favorite Waffle Flower illustrators.  From Big Bear and Bird, we have Bear Hugs (stampdiecombo) that depicts one of her most popular designs.  You'll also see your favorite mice from Liz Mytinger in the Little Artists (stampdiecombo).  Rounding out the release are the new floral Poppy Hawthorn set (stampdiecomboby Karla Jodoin, retirement-themed sentiment set Happy Retirement (stampdiecombo), and a fun Fish & Chips mini stamp set (271273) from illustrator Kamo. 

This month also includes some basics from the popular nesting dies series, Nesting Circles Die (310332), Nesting Squares Die (310333) and Nesting Ovals Die (310334). Like our popular A2 Layers Die, there are 17 dies in each of these nesting die sets including, as our customers put it, “all-the-sizes-I-need”.Also by popular request, we have our favorite stamp cleaner bottled with a dauber top and named it Tender Loving Cleaner (WFT002) for precise and messy-free applications.

Click here to watch the video introduction to the September release!


This first card uses my new set, Happy Retirement.  At work, there have been so many folks retiring and there wasn't much out there in terms of retirement-related stamps.  (I get it, I'm old!  Or at least my friends are, heehee!) .  The set has 2 large "Happy Retirement" stamps in different styles, one in a script and one in a bolder block.  It also comes with a bunch of smaller sentiments to mix and match for almost any recipient.   I used the script sentiment for this card and added some mice enjoying retirement:)


Each mouse is highlighted with a blended ink circle that I made using one of the many nesting circle dies.  That little painter mouse is from the new Little Artists set. 



For the next card, I used the block sentiment with the new Bear Hugs set by Big Bear and Bird.  This group hug image is just the sweetest!    


This next card uses the first set from our newest illustrator, Cassie Loizeaux.  If you are not familiar with her work, I strongly encourage you to check out her website and IG feed.  I love her charming whimsical style.  This set is called Flower Girl and is based on one of her signature illustrations.  I used the flower stamps from her skirt to heat emboss a floral frame around the edge of the card.  Can't wait to see what Cassie will have in store for us next time!


For my last two cards today, it was a case of one stamp, two cards!  The Poppy Hawthorne stamp from Karla can cover a full A2-sized card on it's own, but it's just as beautiful using just a small portion of the stamp.  With this card, I stamped the large image once, die cut, and colored lightly with Copic markers.  Then I cut the die cut down the middle.  I put the pieces onto separate card bases with a bit of foam and that was it.  I love the CAS look of the end results.


 


Thanks for stopping in and checking out the new release!  If you haven't already, please go check out the other folks on the hop today!  The next and final hop is the wonderful Jessica!  (Here's a full list, just in case)



To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 9/7/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 9/9/2019.

And as a special bonus, all orders $50 and over will receive a FREE Fish & Chips Stamp Set, while supplies last.  (Fine print, no code required, limited 1 per customer, while supplies last, valid through midnight 9/7/19).

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ








Thursday, August 8, 2019

Waffle Flower Swatching Cheatsheet

Hello everyone!  

For those of you who are swatching or thinking of swatching with the new Waffle Flower tools, I put together a PDF version of the cheatsheet with product links.  The cheatsheet will help you match your swatching needs with the available tools.  

Download the PDF cheatsheet here!

Enjoy!
JJ

Monday, August 5, 2019

Waffle Flower August 2019 Release Blog Hop - Cheatsheet Included!


Hello everyone!  

This month's release from Waffle Flower is all about using stamps and dies to organize your ink and paper supplies and document your favorite color combos. Organizing your craft supplies can almost be as enjoyable as using them!  This month, Waffle Flower is releasing tons of new tools that can be used to swatch and organize inks, cardstock, embossing powders, markers, and more!  The essential Color Combos Stamp Set (271264) is a 4x6 stamp set with 6 configurations of combo options. Use the Color Combos for Inkpads Stamp Set (271265) to fill in the configurations or use the coordinating Color Combos Die (310322) to cut out the configurations from paper. This die also cuts six 2x2 squares for the popular coin-pocket-swatch-system. Color Combos Tag Die (310324) provides you the option of binding your swatch tags with a ring. For those who love to have everything pre-configured, we have the 2x3 Combo Swatch Stamp Set (271266) with lines for notes and Combo Swatch Tag Die (310325) to cut it out perfectly for quick and easy swatch organization. For more customization, you can mix-n-match the lists from Bullet List Stamp Set (271267) with the configurations from Color Combos Stamp Set (271264) for a similar look.  Also by popular request, you can now use Watercolor Swatches Matching Die (310320) to coordinate with your Color Swatches for Watercolors Stamp Set (271212).



Look  for the cheatsheet on how to use these amazing tools below!



In addition to all the fun organizational tools, this month's release also has Bouquet Builder 5 (5x7 stamp, die, combo) with another gorgeous bouquet from Karla Jodoin, Make Waves (2x3 stamp) with a cute mermaid mouse from Liz Mytinger, and Big Dots (panel die, stamp, combo) for those who like the bold, graphic look. There's also the new ATC Layers Die (310326) for your artist trading cards.  


Click here to watch the video unveiling of the August release!



My first 2 cards use my new Big Dots die and sentiment combo designs (panel diestampcombo).  Like my previous panel design, Tile Panel combo, this one has a panel die (measuring 4" wide X 5.25" high) and a coordinating sentiment stamp set.  The die has oversized dots and includes a spot right in the middle for a stamped sentiment.  It's little hard to see, but the section in the middle is accented with an embossed rectangle border (I love this little detail).  

The card below uses the Big Dots combo over a card front covered in stripes cut with last month's Vertical Stripes die.  Such an easy way to make a colorful card!



On this next card, I paired the Big Dots die with the Bouquet Builder 5 flower stamps.  To offset the Copic-colored teal blooms, I inlaid dots into the die cut.  The dots were cut from a piece of cardstock that was blended with Distress Ink and misted with white gouache.  The final touch was some clear diamond gems.  I really enjoy mixing the organic stamps like flowers and leaves with the more modern and graphic shapes like the Big Dots die.



This next card uses the fun mini stamp set, Make Waves.  For the background, I flipped the Cloudscape die from last month to make an underwater scene.  Gotta love the crafty tools that do double duty!


The last card of the day uses dies from the ATC Layers Die (310326) set.  Using the scalloping of the die cut as a guide, I added Nuvo Jewel drops to each layer for a simple but colorful card.  (The word die is from Vine Frame die set).


Before I sign off, I want to share a cheatsheet that helps you figure out how to use all the organizational tools Waffle Flower in the release.  I hope this helps you tap into all the awesome possibilities for organizing your crafty tools!

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Cheatsheet for WF Swatching Tools

(*New this release)

If you want to swatch your stamped inkpads:
One color at a time
Color Combos for Inkpads Stamp Set (271265*)  
- Color Swatches for Inkpads Stamp Set (271221)      
Multiple colors side-by-side
- Color Combos Stamp Set (271264*) + Color Combos for Inkpads Stamp Set (271265*)  
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190) + Color Swatches for Inkpads Stamp Set (271221)

If you want to swatch your blended ink on cardstock:
One color at a time
- Color Combos Die (310322*) 
Multiple colors side-by-side
- Color Combos Die (310322*) 
Multiple colors blended together
2x3 Combo Swatch Stamp Set (271266*)  

If you want to swatch your embossing powders:
One color at a time
Color Combos for Inkpads Stamp Set (271265*)  
- Color Swatches for Inkpads Stamp Set (271221)      
Multiple colors side-by-side
- Color Combos Stamp Set (271264*) + Color Combos for Inkpads Stamp Set (271265*)
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190) + Color Swatches for Inkpads Stamp Set (271221)   

If you want to swatch your cardstocks:
One color at a time
- Color Combos Die (310322*) 
Multiple colors side-by-side
- Color Combos Die (310322*) 

If you want to swatch your markers/colored pencils:
One color at a time
- Color Combos Stamp Set (271264*)
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190) + Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)
- Swatch Stamp Set (271197) + Swatch Tag Die (310236) (optional)
 Multiple colors side-by-side
- Combos Stamp Set (271264*) 
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190+ Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)
Multiple colors blended together
2x3 Combo Swatch Stamp Set (271266*) 
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190+ Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)

If you want to swatch your watercolors:
One color at a time
- Color Combos Stamp Set (271264*)
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190) + Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)
- Swatch Stamp Set (271197) + Swatch Tag Die (310236) (optional)
 Multiple colors side-by-side
- Color Combos Stamp Set (271264*)
Watercolors Stamp Set (271212*) (palette style)
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190+ Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)
Multiple colors blended together
2x3 Combo Swatch Stamp Set (271266*) 
- Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190+ Color Swatches Die (310237) (optional)

Dies to cut tags to use for your swatches:
- Color Combos Tag Die (310324*) - works for 3 sets of combos
- Combo Swatch Tag Die (310325*) - works for 1 combo
- Swatch Tag Die (310236) - works with Swatch Stamp  Set (271197
- Color Swatches Die (310237) - works with Color Swatches Stamp Set (271190

Stamps that help you label your swatches:
Bullet List Stamp Set (271267*) - bulleted lists for 3-4 colors
2x3 Combo Swatch Stamp Set (271266*) - numbered list for up to 4 colors
- Combos Stamp Set (271264*) - number stamps from 0-9

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That's it for me today (another marathon post!).  Here's a full list of the amazing folks that are hopping today because I don't want you to miss one stop!  



To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 8/8/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 8/10/2019.

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ







Monday, July 15, 2019

Lakeside Living with Hero Arts July Kit


Hi guys!

I have a couple of cards to share using the latest My Monthly Hero kits from Hero Arts.  The minute I saw the peeks for this set, I knew it would be so much fun to work with and I was soooo right!  Did you all pick it up too?  

I love the stamp of the girl jumping into the water and I pictured her jumping from a tire swing.  So I used inner tube stamp and added a "rope" made from burlap twine that I braided to make thicker.  


The background is just a mix of Distress Inks blended over a masked sun.  Just some tips for those using this set.  I stamped the tree first and then blended ink over them.  The blended ink gives the trees a sun-kissed look.  Another tip is that the tree and mountain stamps are slightly narrower than A2 width, so you have to stamp twice to cover the full width.  It's super easy to do, and you can't tell it isn't one stamp.  I love the layered stamps for the pier and the trees.  They look so awesome stamped together!


I couldn't put the set down, so I made another card.  This time I wanted a more sunset feel.  For the most part, this card is the same as my previous card.  When I saw this lake kit, I knew that I wanted to add a stamp from another previous Hero Arts kit that I also LOVE!  Doesn't that Adirondack chair look perfect on the pier?  (P.S.  The old kit is sold out, but you can get the stamps here)


The sentiment with the beautiful font is from The Greetery and I can just imagine someone sitting at the pier and thinking of a loved one.  



The MMH kit is the only kit that I'm subscribed to right now, and I just have to say how much I love ❤️each kit!   The designers really get us stampers and I love how the kits are so versatile.  If you haven't checked them out, definitely take a look!  

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have an awesome week!

JJ

Friday, July 5, 2019

Waffle Flower July 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  This month is chock full of goodies because Waffle Flower has a regular collection AND a Back-to-Basics collection this release!  That means that you will see new releases from your favorite designers (just like every other month) as well as a collection of versatile stamps, dies, and texture plates that can be used with all the stamps you already own.  Who doesn't love that?

For our regular release, you will find the stunning Zinnia set (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Karla Jodoin, with gorgeous details and the Bouquet Builder 4 set (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Oana Befort, featuring large, modern flowers that you can mix and match to create your own floral arrangement.  This month's stop on our world tour with illustrator Kamo is France with the Bonjour set (stamp,die,combo).  Waffle Flower is also looking ahead to cooler weather with Fall Dreams (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Big Bear & Bird.  Our cute mice, illustrated by Liz Mytinger, are back for a day on the beach with Fun in Sun (stamp,die,combo).  We also have a 3"X4" set, Favorite Hobby (stamp,die,combo), that features the cutest crafty images and cheeky sentiments.  

The Back-to-Basics collection this month includes the Go Girl Summer die set that pairs with the Sisterhood stamp set; Oversized Merry stamp and die combo (stamp,die,combo) for those who love to get a jump on Christmas cards in July; Cloudscape Panel die for quick and easy scene building; and Circle Texture die for subtle backgrounds.  There are also two full panel dies, Micro Grid 1 die and Micro Grid 2 die, that cut backgrounds with micro squares that can be used alone or as a base for all kinds of techniques.  You will also find the Horizontal Stripes die and Vertical Stripes die for creating bold, graphic, and easy striped backgrounds.  Last but not least, there is the Shutter Panel die that turns an A2 card into a faux shutter with five perfectly cut slats.  

Whew!  Like I said, this month is FULL!  Now that you know what's in the release, let's see it in action!  

My first 3 cards use the new Sisterhood Combo (with the Go Girl Summer dies and the Sisterhood stamps).  The Go Girl Summer dies coordinate with the previously release Go Girl sets.  Maybe because I grew up in the time of paper dolls and fashion plates (remember that toy?), I L-O-V-E making Go Girl cards.  With the new die set, you will get  dies for faces/bodies and more options for hair, glasses, and outfits.   And the Sisterhood stamps have lots of fun sentiments for the sister, bestie, and crafty pal in your life. Great to use with or without the Go Girl dies.  


The background for these first two cards were made with the Vertical Stripes die and the Horizontal Stripes die.  The Vertical Stripes die cuts 6 identical strips that are 5.5" long.  The Horizontal Stripes die cuts 10 identical strips that are 4.25" long.  These dies make it so easy to make a striped background or sentiment strips.  


For this next card, I've got more stripes but this time I used the Shutters Panel Die for the background.  I made this card for a friend of mine who is, how can I say this, not shy;) . I glammed her up with some earrings and necklace made of faceted jewels.  The sentiment (from the Sisterhood set) was too perfect.  


This next card was made using the Favorite Hobby combo.  Let's be honest, we all love organizing our crafty supplies as much as creating with them, right?  This set has a variety of crafty supply stamps that are so much fun to color.  I paired the die cuts with the new Circle Texture die and a sentiment from the Sisterhood set.  The Circle Texture die is perfect for highlighting small die cuts without making things too busy.  


These next two cards use the Micro Grid 1 panel die.  This die can be used alone as a background panel, but it can also be the base for all kinds of techniques.  For example, in this card I inlaid colored pieces back into the cut grid for a multicolor background.  I love how it looks behind the flower from Bouquet Builder 4.   


I also used the Micro Grid 1 die to make a kind of stained glass effect.  I backed the die cut with acetate and filled in the "wells" with translucent Nuvo dots.  I didn't back the panel with cardstock, so when the card is standing, the light shines through the back.  So much fun!   


The last card I'm sharing today uses the Fun in Sun set and the Cloudscape panel die.  The Fun in Sun set is sooooo cute!  This I actually made this card for my dad for Father's Day (sentiment is from Be Him).  The Cloudscape die makes it easy to make a scene background because it cuts all the pieces in one die.  All it takes is some strategic ink blending or splattering and you've got the perfectly cut background.  Tip for blending the clouds: blend ink along the lower edge of the cloud die cuts only.  This will make the clouds pop even more!  


I wasn't able to get all the projects I made this month into this post, so I'll be sharing more on IG (@ribbongirls) including these cards...  


That's it for me today!  (Bless you if you made it through the whole thing!)  I'm the last stop on the hop but here's a list of everyone hopping today just in case you missed someone!  


To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 7/8/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 7/9/2019.  

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ