Sunday, January 5, 2020

Waffle Flower January 2020 Release Blog Hop


Happy New Year and welcome to the first Waffle Flower release day of 2020! 


In our January release, Waffle Flower is excited to bring you another gorgeous floral set illustrated by Karla Jodoin called Blossoms (stampdiecombo). Pair it with the brand new Oversized Love (stampdiecombo) or any of the popular oversized words designed by our fellow cardmaker JJ Bolton for a bold and sophisticated look. 

You will also find the sweetest couple of critters in Love You Bunnies (stampdiecombo) and a fun 2-step-layering lovebird letter carrier in Special Delivery (stamp) illustrated by Cassie Loizeaux. The Nesting Postage set (die) includes 6 stand-alone dies in the shape of a classic postage stamp to help you complete the look of a Special Delivery and is available with the stamp set as a combo

If you can’t get enough panel dies, Waffle Flower has 3 for you this month!  The Hearts panel die features a full A2-sized pattern of adorable mini hearts with stitching detail around the edges. The Sweet Scallops panel die combines the look of classic stripes with the charm of scallops.  It has a built-in diamond panel that works with many of the Waffle Flower sentiment sets.  Last but not least, there is the Fresh Rainbow panel die and coordinating Fresh Rainbow Sentiment stamp set (stamp, die, combo).  This combo will brighten up your new year!   

To see the whole collection visit:   

Now let's see some of the these new goodies in action!  My first card uses a couple of my new die designs, Oversized Love and Hearts panel.  I just love the font and size of the "love you" word die!  For this card, I blended some inks onto a scrap piece of paper and then die cut.  Then I did a bit of misting and splattering with some white gouache.  


For the background, I used the panel die but did not break up the pieces.  The white-on-white is such a cute and easy background.  The sentiment strip uses a stamp from the companion Oversized Love stamp set.  I love how you can nest the sentiment strip into the loops and curves of the word die.  I love the little details like this.


I used the same word die for my next card, but this time I went dramatic!  I layered two word die cuts over a floral background using Karla Jodoin's new set Blossoms.  I stamped the flowers and clear embossed them to get this shiny black on matte black look.  The I just added a sprinkling of mirrored gems.  I love that you can get two totally different looks with the same die!


This next card uses the sweet Love You Bunnies set from Cassie Loizeaux!  That set is full of the cutest stamps!  I used one of the bunnies to create a support card using a sentiment from the Fresh Rainbows sentiment set.  The background was created by layering the Hearts panel die over strips made with the Vertical Stripes die.  You can use the stripes as is to get the split color look or offset to get a solid color look.  


The last card for today features the Fresh Rainbow panel die and sentiments. Being from Hawai‘i basically means that you are born loving rainbows 😉(they don't call it the Rainbow State for nothing).  So it's no surprise that I like paper rainbows too! 


For this card, the new panel die does most of the heavy lifting and just needed a bit of blended and misted ink and die cut clouds (using the previously-released Rainbow Panel die set).  This sentiment from the Fresh Rainbow sentiment set was just what I was needing for the start of this new year!


That's it for me today!  The Design Team has really outdone themselves this month creating cards with the new release, so I really hope you get a chance to click through the whole hop!  Here’s the full blog hop list, so you don’t miss a thing! 

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 1/7/20 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 1/9/2020. 

And for orders $50 and over, receive a FREE Mystery Giftwhile supplies last.  (No code required; Limit 1 per customer; While supplies last; Valid through midnight 1/7/2020)


Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Waffle Flower December 2019 Release Blog Hop


Happy release day everyone! 

Waffle Flower's last release of 2019 turns our thoughts to themes of LOVE and Valentine's Day!   From the whimsical to the bold and graphic, this release has got you covered!  This month, you will find the whimsical mice of the Secret Admirer stampdiecombo) and coordinating Sending Love sets (stampdiecombo) by Cassie Loizeaux; bold and graphic word stamps and dies of Outline Love (stampdieword diecombo) by JJ Bolton; and the fun and creative Sweet Mailbox shaped gift-card holder die with coordinating Sweet Sentiments stamps (stampstand-alone diecombo). This month, Waffle Flower also has the adorable and punny Harpy Birthday set (stampdie, combo) for musical lovers from Big Bear and Bird as well as the 6th set in our popular Bouquet Builder series (stampdiecombo) by Karla Jodoin.  
Today I want to share a couple of cards I made with my new design Outline Love.  The Outline Love collection includes a stamp set  and matching outline die.  If you prefer a die cut word, I've also designed a separate word die that is the die cut version of the stamp.  All 3 pieces can be used separately or together.   For this first card, I just used the stamp set and painted it with rainbow watercolors. 


To finish it off, I just added a simple sentiment strip heat embossed in white on black cardstock.  


For my next card, I used the word die version of Outline Love and inlaid the pieces in rainbow colored cardstock.  The Outline Love stamp set includes a variety of simple sentiments that you can use to customize your card for all your loved ones from your sweetie to your bestie to your kids.  


I know this release is all about LOVE, but I just couldn't resist sneaking in a holiday card!  This month, Nina has designed the most fun Sweet Mailbox die set.  This set includes a die that cuts a gift card holder in the shape of a mailbox.  If you don't want to use it for gift cards, they make great 3D elements for your cards . Which is exactly what I did!  


For this holiday card, I dressed up the Sweet Mailbox die cut with a festive holiday wreath from last month's Merry Wreath set and added lots of holiday cards!  The Sweet Mailbox die set includes a bunch of teeny envelopes (the cutest!) and other accessories.  The sentiment is borrowed from the previously released Holiday Hugs set.  


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new Waffle Flower release!  Here' s a full list of the blog hoppers in case you just jumped in! 

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 12/7/19 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 12/9/2019.

Receive a FREE Stardust Enamel Dots with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last.

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Waffle Flower Tools & Storage Blog Hop


Hi everyone!

To celebrate the Waffle Flower November 2019 Tools & Storage Release, we have a fun hop for you!  Be sure to leave comments at all the blogs in the hop by November 14, 2019 midnight Eastern for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Waffle Flower's shop. Winner will be announced here by November 16, 2019 on the Waffle Flower Blog.
Today Waffle Flower is putting out a mini release of new tools and storage supplies!  Like the Water Media Mat and the swatching system, these new products are designed by crafters for crafters.  This release includes some super fun dies and supplies for disc binding.  Disc binding is perfect for swatching, mini albums, journaling, planners, and more!  Waffle Flower is releasing 3 new die sets that cut disc binder pages and the discs in a variety of fun colors.  

Also new this month are new die storage Magnetic Boards.  These boards are definitely an upgrade to your current die storage system.  The boards are thick and have a glossy white surface side and a magnetic side.  The thick boards are less flexible which means that your dies stay put.  They work with the Cloud Storage Pockets.  You will love them!

Last but not least, Waffle Flower is releasing Premium Palette Paper.  This paper pad contains 30 sheets of waterproof synthetic paper.  You can use it as a work surface, but it also can be used as media for painting, inking, and more.  

Click here if you want to see the whole collection on the website or check out the release video!

Today I want to share a couple of ways I used the new disc binding tools.  Disc binding is so much fun because you can bind different size pages together and you can add, remove, and rearrange pages whenever you want.  For my first project, I made a mini desk calendar.  I printed out the calendar and then used one of the dies from the A2 Disc Bound Die set.  I(f you want to make your own calendar, you can download the PDF file for the calendar on the Waffle Flower site)


After cutting each page, I loosely watercolored each one with different rainbow colors.  After they dried, I popped them onto the discs. 


I fashioned a little stand so I could set the calendar on my desk.  I used the previously released  Disc Bound Hole Punch to make the stand, but you can use any of the larger dies to get the same effect.  


I also used the same die set to put together a swatch book for some inks.  I used previously released Color Swatches for Inkpads stamp set and the Bullet List stamp set for this book.  
I think swatch books like this are so useful because you can bring the swatches to your project.  For my inkpads, I like to stamp a solid stamp and a word stamp to get an idea of how the ink behaves.  The beauty of the disc system is that I can always add to my swatch book when new inks come out:) .  BTW, the little tabs are from the Color Combos A2 Panel die.  


That's it for me!  Here's a full list of who's hopping today!  So many fun ideas to are sure to get your creative juices flowing!


Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Waffle Flower November 2019 Release Blog Hop


Happy release day everyone! 
Today I’m so happy to be hopping with the Waffle Flower crew to celebrate the November 2019 release!   This month, Waffle Flower is introducing three whimsical style sets:  Blessed Bear from artist Big Bear and Bird, Merry Wreath by illustrator Cassie Loizeaux, and Winter Hamsters from illustrator Liz Mytinger.  Also new this month is the beautiful floral set Sunflower Love by illustrator Karla Jodoin.  This floral set pairs beautifully with the calligraphy style sentiment set Simply Said 1.  For those who enjoy coordinating panel dies and sentiment sets, there's the new Herringbone Panel and Herringbone Sentiments.  Rounding out the release are the Rainbow Thank You and Cozy Cabin die sets.  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 November release!


There's such a fun variety of stamps and dies this month, so I have a bunch to share!  Let's start off with this easy holiday card using the new Winter Hamsters set.  This set is so cute and I had so much fun coloring these guys.  


I also used these guys in my next card with the new die set, Cozy Cabin.  I designed the Cozy Cabin die set as a builder set to work with for petite images like the Winter Hamsters.  Makes it so easy to build cute little scenes like this.


Speaking of cute, Cassie Loizeaux has a new set this month called Merry Wreath.  This set has a multi step wreath and a couple of the sweetest little foxes.  For this rustic card, I made a wood-panel background with some woodgrain paper and the Horizontal Stripes die.  I love the look of that die cut wreath!  I used a sentiment from the Holiday Hugs set from last month.


This next card used the new Herringbone Panel die and matching Herringbone sentiment set.  I used the panel die to create a fun New Year shaker card.  There are a bunch of fun sentiments in the Herringbone sentiment set and they all fit perfectly on the Herringbone Panel (which can be used portrait or landscape).  More hamsters, of course!


Last but not least, I want to share some cards I made using my new die set called Rainbow Thank You.  This word die set is a bit different because it includes one large die and 3 coordinating dies.  The combination of dies means that you can do a bunch of different techniques like layering, inlaying, reverse die cutting, and more.  This first card shows what you can do with the one large die and the largest outline die.  The large word die cuts the "Thank You" with 5 outline rings, so it is perfect for creating rainbow designs.  I just love the retro feel of this design:)


For this next card, I used the large die with the 3 coordinating outline dies.  I used the inlaying technique (for the top layer) and layering for the other layers.  You can get so many looks with these dies!


For this next card, I just used one of the negative die cut pieces (one "ring" of the large die) in different colors to build a background.  


For this last card, I combined the Rainbow Thank You dies with  the Coffee Cup die set to make a fun gift card holder.  


This card has a fun little secret detail in the stacked sentiment.  I've used this technique before in the past and it's a fun way to add a little something extra to your die cuts.  The extra outline dies in this set make it possible to do this very easily.  


That's it for me today!  I'm the last one in the hop, but here's the full list in case you just jumped in! 
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 11/7/19 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 11/9/2019.

Receive a FREE Mystery Gift with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last.


Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ