Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Waffle Flower October 2020 Release Blog Hop


Welcome to Waffle Flower’s October 2020 Release day! All of the products from this month’s release are waiting for you on the website here

October is the best of both worlds where we’re enjoying the beauty of fall while the excitement of the coming holidays is building! To celebrate this magical time of year, Waffle Flower is so excited to be releasing 6 new stamp sets, 8 standalone dies, and a new paper release! 

For the autumn-lovers out there, we’ve got the beautiful Layered Sunflowers (stamp, die, combo) by a newcomer Susan Bates and the charming Pumpkin House (stamp, die, combo) by artist Cassie Loizeaux! 

If you’re already diving into the holidays, we’ve got the adorable Holiday Cheese (stamp, die, combo) by Big Bear and Bird and versatile Merry Christmas (stamp, die, combo)! We’ve also got the Christmas Tree Panel (die), Winter Floral Panel (die), and Big Dots Holiday (stamp) by cardmaker JJ Bolton! 

Speaking of the holidays, this month includes the holiday paper release! This release includes the holiday patterns: Happy Gnomes (paper), Christmas Stripes (paper), Half-Half Dots - Christmas (paper), and Half-Half Lines - Christmas (paper) and a new modern fall palette called Caprice: Half-Half Dots - Caprice (paper) and Half-Half Lines - Caprice (paper).

Rounding out the release are some versatile stamps and dies to use all year long! The new Angled Stripe Panel (die), Diagonal Stripes (die), Deckled Frames (die), Essential Sentiments (stamp, die, combo), Happy Birthday Word (die), and Stitched Borders (die) will definitely get some regular usage in your crafty rotation. Last but not least, there’s the Floss Organizers (die) for our thread artists.

The Waffle Flower design team is so excited to share the October release with you today! We hope you find something that sparks your imagination and brings you joy! 

I got lucky this month and found some extra time to work with all the new release goodies! So I hope you don't mind the extra long post today! Let's dive into with the holiday cards first! Holiday cards are one of my favorite types of cards to make. Even though I'm a CAS gal at heart, I can honestly say I love every type of holiday card out there. Even rainbow ones;) This first card today uses the Christmas Tree Panel Die with the Merry Christmas Sentiments Set with some colorful paper from the JJ's Rainbow paper pad. This panel die is such an easy way to make a glittery shaker card!  

This next Christmas card uses one of my favorites this month, the Winter Floral Panel Die. The design is kind of a modern take on a folk art flower design and I love how it works as a shaker! 


The round frame is from the previously released Classic Frames Die set and the sentiment is from the Classic Holiday Sentiments set. This panel has an extra element of fun with die cuts within die cuts like the petal pieces below. 


I was in a shaker kind of mood because I've got one more Christmas shaker using the Angled Panel Die. So technically, the Angled Panel Die is not a holiday die, but when you use it to create a see-through shaker, it kinda is;)!  I put two of the Angled Panel dies back to back to create a card you can see all the way through. As an added bonus the panels make a fun diamond pattern when they are layered like this!


To finish the card, I added a single piece of red card stock for the back of the card. I chose red so that the shaker would really stand out against the Christmas red. The final step was to add 3 round frames: one on the front with the sentiment, one on the backside of the card front (to cover up the sentiment frame), and one on the red back panel. From the front you can only see the sentiment frame. The clean and modern sentiment is from the Big Dots Holiday Sentiments set.


The last holiday card I have for you today uses the leftover die cuts from the first card I shared today. The mini trees work perfectly as embellishments in the previously released Big Dots Panel die. I used another sentiment from the Big Dots Holiday stamp set for this one.


I also wanted to share some non-holiday cards for you today. This next one uses the Diagonal Stripes Die with the previously released Star Panel and Happy Retirement stamp. I've had a version of this card in my head for so long and I knew the diagonal stripes was perfect for the look I wanted. Super crisp and clean!


Before I go, I want to share one last card I made using the Deckled Frames dies. I love the look of the uneven edges and they work so well with natural elements like flowers and leaves. So naturally, I paired with with some die cuts using the previously released Sprigs dies. I used some of the soft pastel papers in the Unicorn paper pad and a sentiment from the Rainbow Bridge set. I love how the organic frames, soft colors, and natural elements just flow together!


Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me today!  Here's the links for the whole release hop! This month, we're so lucky to have some wonderful guests on our hop in addition to the awesome DT!  The fabulous Maria is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.

Jeanne Jachna ~ JJ Bolton (you are here!) 

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on October 11th, 2020 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 9/14/2020.

There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S. For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Waffle Flower September 2020 Home Blog Hop

 


Today is Waffle Flower’s September 2020 Release day! All of the products from this month’s release are waiting for you on the website here!
This month Waffle Flower is celebrating the coming of fall with 8 new stamp sets and 6 new die sets! It’s back to school with the Learn at Home stamp set, Back to School stamp set, Monitor die, and Safe at Home sentiments. This fall, Waffle Flower is also taking time to celebrate all the everyday heroes in our communities! The Frontline series features 4 stamp sets (Frontline Heroes 1, Frontline Heroes 2, Frontline Heroes 3, and Frontline Helpers) to cover all your community heroes from nurses and doctors to grocery workers and delivery folks! For the nature lovers, there’s the Home Sweet Home stamp set and Fall Leaves dies. And just for fun, we’ve got the cute House Outline dies, versatile Nesting Diamonds dies, and the Skinny Stripes die set (similar to our popular Horizontal Stripe and Vertical Stripes dies)!
 The Waffle Flower design team has been having lots of fun with this release and we’re excited to share our cards with you today!  
For my first card I used the combined the new Skinny Stripes die with some stamps I already have in my stash! The Skinny Stripes die set is part of a series of builder dies like the previously released Vertical Stripes die and Horizontal Stripes  die. I love using stripes in my cards, but cutting them with my paper cutter was not working! The Skinny Stripes die cuts 7 narrow strips about 3/16" wide at once. One die cuts long strips (5.5" long") and the other cuts short ones (4.25" long). There's also a small rectangle die that is sized to fit across 7 strips.

For this card, I stamped the Magnolia flower stamp onto 2 separate panels and used the Skinny Stripes just on one panel.  I used Distress Inks to color the strips in rainbow colors and laid them over the uncut panel. This works great with any large scale image stamps. The sentiment is a combination of stamps from the Outline Love set.


This next card also uses the Skinny Stripes! This time I did an open weave and filled in a negative circle. The sentiment is from the Safe at Home sentiment set.


The best thing is that I have a bunch more stripes left for other projects! Tip for folks that want to try this: use cardstock with color on both sides! You get a ton more colors for your work and you can do a see through card where you can see the weave on the inside of the card! 


My last card today uses the new Monitor die set. I don't have any little ones in school (just big ones in college;) but I know lots of students and teachers who could use a bit of encouragement right now! I combined the Monitor die with the previously-released Pencil In set from Kamo (which I've always loved). The Monitor dies come with a square grid die to make a split screen like this.


The sentiments made using the Safe at Home set and other previously released sets (fonts all match:) and the Nesting Speech Bubbles die set. 


That's it for me today! Here's the links for the whole release hop! I'm so lucky to be on this amazing team! They always surprise me with their creativity. The always fantastic Keeway is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.

Jeanne Jachna ~ JJ Bolton (you are here!) 
Keeway Tsao   Natalia Zubkova 

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on September 7th, 2020 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 9/9/2020.

There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

From now till September 7th, 2020, all orders over $50 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a set of Clean & Clear Enamel Dots.

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S. For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!




Sunday, August 30, 2020

Paper Smooches Blog Hug for Kim


Good morning everyone!

Today is a little different kind of post. You may have heard that Kim of Paper Smooches has closed down her shop. Kim has been a huge part of the stamping/carding community for so long, and I was lucky to be on the PS DT for a bit. I love, love, love Kim's fun and whimsical stamps, but it is really her kind and encouraging presence that I will miss the most! 

So to celebrate Kim, some of us decided to put together a Blog Hug (not really a hop, lol)! Here's the card I made and am popping into the mail for Kim as we speak! It's colorful, happy, and fun, just like she is!

This Blog Hug is a surprise for Kim, and I hope she enjoys it and feels the love! Here's the links to the rest of the huggers (heehee)!

Paper Smooches ~ Jill HawkinsAliceKarinMicheleSavannah O'Gwynn 

Teri  ~ KayKim Kesti Emily Leiphart

Thank you Kim for everything! I wish nothing but the best for you and your family! Smooches and hugs!

JJ


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Waffle Flower July 2020 Release Blog Hop



Hi everyone!  

Waffle Flower’s Christmas in July Release is available today! Something about working on Christmas cards in the middle of summer (for us) is so much fun!

In case you missed them, here are the links to the introduction posts:
Intro to Happy Gnomes and Fa-la-la
Intro to Holly Bird, Nesting Hexagons, Holiday Lights and Reindeer Die
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Intro to Poinsettia and Oversized Peace
Intro to Classic Sentiments and Classic Holiday Sentiments
Please note: Waffle Flower didn’t anticipate the popularity of this release and more stamps will be restocked around July 9th and dies around July 21st.

I just have one little card for you all today! We just moved into a new house and all my goodies had to be packed away for a bit! But I couldn't resist one little Christmas card. I love everything about holiday cards! From traditional to whimsical, I enjoy making every single style. Today I made a cute/whimsical style card with the new Happy Gnomes set!

These gnomes are great Christmas cards, but they definitely work all year long! I paired them a trio of sentiments from the Classic Holiday Sentiments set! This set is a good basic set for the holidays because it has the most popular holiday sentiments in 4 different fonts: vintage, handwritten, modern/clean, and whimsical. They also work with the previously released Classic Frames dies!

That's it for me! Here's the links for the whole hop this week! I know you're going to love the cards these fabulous folks have to share!  The wonderful Jessica Frost-Ballas is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.



For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on July 12th, 2020 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 7/15/2020.

There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

Waffle Flower didn’t anticipate the popularity of this release and more stamps will be restocked around July 9th and dies around July 21st.

For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!

Thanks for hopping with us! 




Monday, June 15, 2020

Waffle Flower June 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  

We had a late start this month, but we're so glad to be back!  

Waffle Flower’s June Release is available today! Besides 6 new enamel dots to match our everyday papers, we have some basic nesting dies and cute stamps in this release. Including the much anticipated Slim Layers, Stars and Banners; a new addition to our Oversized Word series: Oversized Hugs; the most adorable critters in Sea Birthday; the popular mail theme with a marine twist in Mermaid Mail, and the versatile Under the Sea sentiments and panel die to complete our release for this Summer.

In case you missed them, here are the links to the introduction posts:
Oversized Hugs + Nesting Stars Die
Sea Birthday by Big Bear and Bird
Mermaid Mail by Cassie Loizeaux
Intro to Under the Sea by JJ Bolton
Intro to New Nesting Dies
Intro to New Everyday Enamel Dots
New Updated Stamps & Dies for June

I've got a couple of cards to share today using some of the new goodies! I'm originally from Hawaii, so I have a soft spot for stamps and dies that have do with the ocean.  My first card uses the Under the Sea frame die and the Sea Birthday set by Big Bear and Bird.  The Under the Sea die set is a frame die but I decided to use the pieces on this slimline card.  Did you know that we have slimline nesting dies this month?  I think I'm obsessed with them!

Scene building sets are some of my absolute favorite and both of the stamp sets this month are perfect for scene building!  That seahorse stamp is the cutest!!!


This month, we also have a sentiment set that coordinates with both of the stamps sets. Great for ocean-themed cards in a fun font that matches so well with these whimsical designs!


This next card uses the Under the Sea frame die again, but this time it's as a frame for a jellyfish from the Mermaid Mail set from Cassie Loizeaux!  This frame is perfect for layering over a soft blended background like this one which was done with Distress Inks. The jellyfish is colored with watercolors using my Karin markers.  


It's so subtle that I couldn't really get a great pic of it, but the jellyfish is washed with some glitter pen. I just love the look of the glitter pen over the watercolors.



That's it for me today, but I know the other folks on the hop have even more amazing stuff to share!  The always fantastic Keeway is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.



For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on June 18th, 2020 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 6/19/2020. There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

From now till 11:59pm EDT on June 17th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! 

For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!


(Click here to see the whole collection)


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Waffle Flower May 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  

Waffle Flower's May release is available today!  We are back this month with a full release of stamps and dies with something for everyone!  

This month we have the fun Tooth Fairy stamps and dies from illustrator Cassie Loizeaux.  We've also got another set in the Bouquet Builders series from Karla Jodoin.  Speaking of series, we've also got the Be a Panda die and Accessories dies which are die versions of the Big Bear & Bird Be Him stamps.  This month, we're also celebrating graduates with the Graduation Panel die and Sentiments set.  For Dads (and anyone who loves beer), we have Home Brew stamps and dies.  To coordinate with all our goodies, we've got the new Star Panel die and the Classic Frames dies.  Last but not least, we've got 3 new additions to the travel sets from Kamo.  This month, we're visiting Mexico, Russia, and Germany!
(Click here to see the whole collection)
For my projects today, it's all about Dads and Grads!  

When I designed the Graduation Panel Die and Graduation Sentiments, I never could have imagined what the 2020 graduations have become!  In a time when we can't attend any ceremonies or celebrate in person, I think a special graduation card becomes even more important. I don't know about you, but this year I'm planning on sending as many cards as I can!

I've always loved the idea of custom graduation cards.  I remember when I graduated from high school (back in the olden days, lol), I actually got 5 of the same Hallmark graduation card!  Not much selection back then!  So nowadays, I love the idea of using school colors to create something a bit more personal.  


For this card, I cut the panel in blue and backed it with yellow (maize for the Michigan fans;).  If you look really closely, you can see a layered trick with the raised panel.  I backed with the same panel in yellow but I flipped it over so only the top of the cap lined up.  This tricks the eye with a feeling of depth.  I also added a fun way to add $ to my card with a "tube" made from a rolled piece of acetate.  


For this next card, I used the little graduation caps left over from my last project.  I used them for shaker fillers using the previously released Shutters Panel Die.  


My last grad card is super customized with the help of the Go Girl dies.  I backed the panel in school colors again using stripes cut with the Horizontal Stripes die.  The graduation cap is just a hand cut rectangle and diamond shape.  In all my graduation cards, I used the new Classic Frames dies for the sentiments.  This die set has a variety of sizes and the stitching works so well with all the stitched panel dies.  


Now on to the Dads!  Actually the Home Brew set is for anyone who loves some beer, but it's especially apropos for beer-loving dads!  I used the Star Panel die to create a colorful  background for my sentiment panel and frosty beer!


It's hard to photograph, but I added a bunch of detail to the mug of beer by coloring with copics, adding some bubbles with white pen and Copic blender pen, and adding a foamy head with Nuvo drops (glossy solid white version).


The Home Brew set includes a bunch of sentiments for non-Dads too like this birthday one!  For this card, I used a negative die cut to create a blended background of bottles.  I also created a table scene with a couple bottles and a frosty glass.  


The bottles and the beer glass were cut from colored cardstock.  I added details to the bottles with some die cuts and some white pen.  Again, I dressed up the glass with some white pen and Nuvo drops.  To finish off the look, I added shadows to the bottles and glass with a bit of masked blending.


That's all for me today!  Next in the hop is the the awesome Keeway, but here’s the full blog hop list, so you don’t miss a thing! 



For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on May 10th, 2020 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 5/12/2020.

We are also hosting a Instagram hop today at 12:00 noon EDT. Follow me at @ribbongirls and Waffle Flower at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

From now till 11:59pm EDT on May 10th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! 

For those of you who are new to Waffle Flower, they have a Last Chance section on their website that lists many goodies for 25% off until they are gone! This would be a great place to start your collection!