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!






Friday, April 10, 2020

Waffle Flower Everyday Paper Release Blog Hop


Hi guys!

It's still anniversary month at Waffle Flower, and though we didn't have a regular release, we have something really fun to share!  Waffle Flower now offers pattern paper! These papers are designed by cardmakers, so expect to see some new and innovative stuff!

The new Waffle Flower paper pads measure a generous 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches (half-page of US Letter size). Waffle Flower chose this size to give cardmakers more paper and less waste!  You can fold each page in half to make a standard landscape A2 card or trim a page in half to make two A2-sized card fronts. This larger size can also be used for A7-sized cards (5"x7").  The paper is a smooth, 80lb cover weight which is the perfect weight for layering, folding, stamping, and more.  Waffle Flower is releasing several lines including Everyday Basics (classic designs in different colorways), Modern Neutrals (graytone papers that are meant to be covered in custom color), and Designer Papers that are meant to pair with existing stamps and dies!  So now that you learned a bit more about the paper, let's take a look at some!  

I was lucky enough to work on a paper pad this month.  It's called JJ's Rainbows and that about says it all, doesn't it?  😁This paper pad has 12 different rainbow-themed designs.  They have been specially designed to work with my panel dies: Big Dots, Fresh Rainbow, and Hearts Panel, but they work with lots more too!  I'm super excited with how the papers turned out and I hope you like them too!

Let's start out with a super easy card first.  I used half of a page with a diagonal stripe rainbow pattern and layered the Big Dots panel over it.  The sentiment is just a word die inlaid into the center of the panel die cut.  Seriously, so easy!


This next card uses a vertical stripe page.  This time I die cut the pattern paper to make a panel.  As you can see, the lines match the design perfectly!  Great for layering over or behind the Hearts Panel die cut!


This first card uses the Half Half Dots paper in the Botanical colorway.  There are a ton of different dot color combos in these pads and it makes it so easy to coordinate like this.  And let's talk about the scale of the design?  I have so many scrapbook papers that are too big for cards.  I love them, but the scale is just too big.  The scale of this dotty paper is just right!


Here's another card with some Half Half Dots paper but this time with the Unicorn colorway.  I used the papers to paper piece their little outfits and it was so much fun.  Seriously forgot how satisfying fussy cutting can be?  (Am I the only one?). I added some translucent Nuvo dots and an oversized Thank You to finish it off.  This would be great for a teacher, don't you think?  Love those little Kamo kids!


For my last card, I used the Half Half Lines in the Enchanted colorway.  Each pad has a combination of colors that is great for rainbows.  So of course, I had to use it in the Fresh Rainbow panel.  I love the detail of the stripes in each bow.  


Those are my cards for today, but there's lots more to see in the hop!  YHere's the full list so you don't miss one stop!  

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away the entire Everyday Paper Bundle to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on April 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 4/15/2020.

From now till 11:59pm EDT on April 12th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mystery gift!

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!"

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!

Take care!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

My Top 6 Favorite Waffle Flower Products Blog Hop


Hi everyone!

Today we're celebrating Waffle Flower's 6th birthday!!!  We're blog hopping with the DT and a bunch of really awesome guest designers showing our top 6 favorite products from Waffle Flower.

For me, my top 6 are:
So here are a few cards using some of my favorite products!  Not in any particular order, my first card uses the Fresh Rainbow Panel Die!  I love rainbows, so this one is a real favorite.  I like that you can use it in a variety of ways (shaker, inlaid, etc.) and you can use it portrait or landscape!  


For this one I used solid color cardstock inlaid into the rainbow.  Then I used my die cuts from the Cloudscape Panel die to make clouds in the open windows. The clouds are just layered on top of each other in the openings.  So easy!


My next couple of cards use the Sprigs dies and my nesting circles.  I love dies like the nesting dies and Sprigs dies for their simplicity and their versatility.  I enjoy the challenge of coming up with different ways to use the same products.

For this card, I die cut circles with the Sprigs dies and then backed it with colorful circles.  


It's a bit hard to see, but the colorful circles are heat embossed with lots of clear embossing.  They are super shiny and almost look like enamel!


For this card, I did something similar but instead, I watercolored the circle die cuts and put a Sprig die cut on top of each disc. 


Last but not least, I used my nesting circle dies again to cut a bunch of them in all different sizes.  Then I just did a random design over the card front.  Each circle is on foam tape.  Because the nesting dies (original and additional) sets cover almost every possible size imaginable, this was super easy to do!


I added the Oversized Hello word die and sentiment to finish it off.  


That's it for me today!

You're definitely going to want to check out the rest of the hop.  Here's the full list so you don't miss one stop!  
JJ Bolton (that's me!)

To celebrate its 6th Anniversary, Waffle Flower is hosting lots of giveaways on its YouTubeInstagram and Facebook.

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $100 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on April 8th, 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 4/10/2020.

We are also hosting an Instagram Hop among all team members that will go live at 12:00 noon EDT today! Don’t forget to join us there!  All of our giveaways open to worldwide participants age 16 and above!

Happy Birthday Waffle Flower!
JJ

P.S.  We do not want to encourage impulsive purchases so we are not hosting a sale. Use what you have or join our giveaways here on the blog and on our YouTubeInstagram and Facebook! Stay calm and healthy!

From now till 11:59pm EDT on April 8th, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! It’s a brand new product that will be released on April 10th! Sneak Peeks starts tomorrow!

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!

Take care!



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Waffle Flower & Tombow Inspiration Week


Hi everyone!

Hello everyone! We have teamed up with our friends at Tombow to bring you a whole week of inspirations using products from both of our companies!

I'm excited to share a couple cards with you today using my Tombow Dual Brush pens!  I've had these pens for awhile and they are so versatile!  They are water-based ink pens that have a brush tip on one end and a smaller pen nib on the other.  

For this card, I masked off a rectangle and did a quick rainbow color.  At this point, you don't have to be super precise.  Then I took water and a paintbrush to blend all the colors.  For larger areas like this, a paintbrush works easier than the Tombow blender pen.  Then it was a just a matter of letting it dry, stamping the sentiment, and adding some raindrops.  Super fast and easy!


For this card, I die cut a bunch of flowers with my Sprigs Dies.  Then I used my markers to color each flower.  For the petal parts, I used 2-3 colors for each flower and then used the blender pen to get some spot blending.  Then I took the same marker (in darker colors) and stippled in the centers of the flowers.  This time, no blending.  


This is so easy to do with the Tombow markers because they have a brush tip on one end and a fine point nib on the other.  Then I just "planted" my flowers in a flower box that I made with my Additional A2 dies.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Definitely check out the other Tombow projects this week!  

There will be a giveaway for you to enter on Instagram on Friday for 2 winners to each receive a prize package totaling $150! More details to come! To stay ahead of the game, follow us at @waffleflower.com and Tombow at @tombowusa NOW!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ



Thursday, March 5, 2020

Waffle Flower March 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!

So March at Waffle Flower is a bit different with releases😊 The February and March releases are available on the website in February to coincide with Creativation.  So you may have already seen some of these goodies out there!  

This month we have Tulips Combo by Karla Jodoin (includes stamp and die), Little One Baby Combo (includes stamp and die) and Little One Alpha Die by Cassie LoizeauxPuppy Power Combo by Big Bear and Bird (includes stamp and die), Oversized Hello Combo (includes stamp and die), Be a Unicorn Die, and the Sprigs Die.  
This release we also have the Nesting Basics 2 bundle with the Additional A2 Layers (stand alone die), Additional Squares (stand alone die), Additional Circles (stand alone die), and Additional Ovals (stand alone die).  These dies are sized to fill the in-between sizes of the original nesting sets previously released .  Together, they cover every size that you would need!  A great value for a crafting staple! 
(Click here to see the whole collection)
Let's get to the cards!  For my first card, I used Cassie Loizeaux's adorable Little One Baby Combo.  Cassie always has the cutest images in her sets!  Obviously, this is a baby set, but there are a bunch of cool frames and wreaths too.  You should definitely check it out!  I used all the swaddled little babes to make this fun baby card.  It was so much fun to color each little one.


I used the dies from the Additional A2 Layers (stand alone dieset to create all the little babies in isolettes like in the hospital. If you look closely, you can see I used an embossing folder to make the isolette bed look quilted.  It's all in the details, right?  The sentiment is from the Oversized Hello set.  

My second card uses one of my designs from this release, Oversized Hello, with Karla Jodoin's Tulips set.  I thought that the tulips would be so pretty grouped together in the Spring Basket from last month's release.  For the sentiment, I used stacked die cuts and tucked a sentiment strip in there too.  


Because of the scale of the sentiment and tulips, this card is larger too.  I love A2-sized cards, but it's always fun to mix it up.


My last two cards today use my new die set called Sprigs.  I love builder sets and I designed this set to be flexible.  The petite branches and flowers work great with all kinds of sets or alone like this card.  There are 11 dies in this set, so I used several to create a rainbow.  This kind of card is great to use up your paper scraps!


For this next card, I die cut the sprigs and colored them with Copics, a Micron pen, and a white gel pen.  I used the Additional Squares dies for the planters. I can't tell you how much fun this was.  


For the background, I taped off a rectangle and watercolored a soft blue wash.  


That's all for me today!  Next in the hop is the the awesome Rebecca, but 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 3/7/20 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 3/9/2020.

Receive a FREE Mystery Gift with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last.  No code required; Limit 1 per customer; While supplies last; Valid through midnight 3/7/2020.  

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Waffle Flower February 2020 Release Blog Hop

Hi guys! 

I can't believe it's February already!  I'm so excited to share the February Waffle Flower release with you!  This month, Waffle Flower has a bunch of goodies to get you in the mood for Spring!  There's the beautiful Potted Lily Combo (stamp and die) by Karla Jodoin.  If you prefer a floral in a whimsical style, there's the Jars of Happiness Combo (stamp and die) by Cassie Loizeaux with the coordinating Jars Sentiments Stamp Set.  Speaking of whimsical, Waffle Flower also has the adorable Rejoice Rabbit Combo (stamp and die) from Big Bear and Bird.  To round out the stamps, there's the Simply Plaids Combo (stamp and die) that includes a stamp set with 2 types of plaid and a fun texture die! 

For the die lovers out there, there are 5 die sets this month!  There's the fun and retro Rainbow Birthday Die.  Just in time for your Easter projects, there's the Spring Basket Die which includes the basket plus goodies to put in it!  This month, we've also got the Easy 3 D Bows Die  and Over the Fence Die sets.  Last but not least, there's the super cute Be a Cat Die which is the die version of the kitty in the previously-release Be Her stamp set.  

To see the whole collection visit:   
Are you ready to see a few cards?  For my first card, I paired the adorable Rejoice Rabbit with the Spring Basket die.  Can I just say that the Rejoice Rabbit is the cutest!!!  It was so much fun to watercolor that stamp!  I did a bit of no-line watercoloring and even took the painting out to the edge of the die cut.  This gives a softer look without the white outline.  


This little bunny fit perfectly in the Spring Basket and I added the little tag from the Over the Fence set for my sentiment (from the Jars Sentiments set).


My next card also uses the Spring Basket but this time for Valentine's Day.  I filled the basket with lots of Valentines using the dies from last month's Mailbox Die set.   If you look closely, the basket has a bunch of debossing lines which really give it so much texture.  


The last card for today features the Rainbow Birthday die.  Just like the previously-released Rainbow Thank You die, this fun and unique set includes a combination of dies that allows you to do multiple outlines or just one like I have here.  I paired the word die with another one of my designs the Cake Panel die for this fun card!


I love the playful font of this word die!  So much fun!


That's it for me today!  Next in the hop is the lovely Rebecca, but 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 2/7/20 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 2/9/2020.

Receive a FREE Mystery Gift with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last. (No code required; Limit 1 per customer; While supplies last; Valid through midnight 2/7/20)

Don't forget to check out our bundles!  The Floral Bundle includes the Potted Lily combo and Simply Plaids combo.   The Whimsical Bundle includes the Jars of Happiness combo, Jars Sentiments, and Rejoice Rabbit combo.  The Creative Bundle includes the Rainbow Birthday die set, Be a Cat die set, Spring Basket die set, Easy 3D Bows die set, and the Over the Fence die set.  As always, the bundles make it easy to get all your faves together with a discount!


Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ