Saturday, October 5, 2019

Waffle Flower October 2019 Release Blog Hop


Happy Fall everyone! 
Today is release day at Waffle Flower and I am so excited to be sharing the October 2019 collection with you! I hope that you had a chance to check out the introductions this week on the Waffle Flower Blog and are ready to see all the goodies in action! This month, Waffle Flower is excited to celebrate Fall with three sets from the amazing illustrator Cassie Loizeaux: Happy Fall (stampdiecombo), Thankful Mouse Stamp Set (stamp)  and Fall Greetings (stampdiecombo). There’s also the beautiful Fall foliage set Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set (stamp) from me:). For flower aficionados there’s the lovely Peony Bouquet  (stampdiecombo) and A Little Note (stampdiecombo) sets from Karla Jodoin. As a perfect companion to the flower sets, there is the Lattice Panel Die (stand alone die).  From the travel series by Kamo, there are two sets this month, Ni Hao (China) (stampdiecombo) and Ciao (Italy) (stampdiecombo)  To add to your sentiment collection, there’s the Oversized Thank You (stampdiecombo) with a beautiful script font. To get you ready to work on your holiday card reserves, there are the new Forestscape Panel Die (stand alone die) , Go Girl Winter Die (dies)  and Holiday Hugs (stampdiecombo)  For more details on the release, be sure to check out the monthly release video (link below) or check out the introductions on the Waffle Flower blog!

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


I have a ton to share today, so I hope you can stay awhile!  This first card uses my new set called Happy Thanksgiving.  As you can see, this set has a huge handwritten font sentiment and a bunch of fall leaves.  Using the rock and roll technique, I stamped the leaves and branches with Distress Inks on watercolor paper (love the texture it gives).  Then I went back in with water and blended the inks.  


For this next card, I used the adorable Happy Fall set from Cassie!  Such cuteness in that set!  I put the images on a background that I cut with my new die Forestscape.  


Speaking of Forestscape, here's a quick and easy CAS card with the same die.  I used my trusty Nuvo Jewel Drops to decorate the tree and used glitter paper for the snowy ground.  I love using non-traditional colors for the holidays!


These next two cards use my new set Holiday Hugs.  I'm super excited about these dies!  We always talk about cards being "paper hugs" but this set lets you create a card with a real hug!  And of course, there's a set of sentiments to match.  





The set can also be use to create non-hug cards;) . I made this CAS card with just the mittens.  For the background, I made a shiplap type background by cutting stripes of woodgrain paper with the Horizontal Stripes die.  I cut the stripes and then blended some Distress Inks on them.  So much fun to do!


Last but not least, I have a couple of cards that I made with the new dies Go Girl Winter.  This set rounds out the Go Girl series with some fun winter-ish accessories.  For our friends in sunnier climes, there's also a few warm-weather dies too!  For this first card, I used the coffee cup dies and cape dies from the set.


For this card, I used the photo frame from the set (perfectly sized for the Go Girls!).  The fun word die is from the Holiday Hugs die set.  What a happy coincidence that it fits just right on that frame!


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 awesome Rebecca!  (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 10/7/19 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 10/9/2019.


As a special bonus, customers will receive a FREE Tiny Pumpkin Face Die with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last.

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

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