Friday, February 5, 2021

Waffle Flower February 2021 Release Blog Hop

 


Welcome to Waffle Flower’s February 2021 Release day! I’m blog hopping with the folks from Waffle Flower to show you all the fun new stuff awaiting you on the Waffle Flower website! This month, the Waffle Flower release is full of stamps, dies, and stencils that celebrate the hope and joy of Spring! 

 

You can’t celebrate Spring without fresh flowers and leaves like those in the Crocus Stamp Set (stampdiecombo), Hopeful Girl Stamp Set (stampdiecombo), Spring Blooms Stencil-n-Stamp (stencil-n-stampdiecombo), and Spring Leaves Die (die). To complement the Spring flowers there’s the A2 Lacy Layers Die (die), Lacy Circles Die (die), and Lacy Ovals (die) sets with delicate scalloped edging. For the stitchers, there’s the Oval Embroidery Hoops Die (die) and coordinating Stitchable Pinking Oval Die (die). The warmer days of Spring also inspire the images and messages of hope and faith in the Caring Hands Stamp Set (stampdiecombo), Caring Hands Sentiments (stamp), Oversized Hope Stamp Set (stampword diecombo), and Lighthouse Stencil-n-Stamp Set (stencil-n-stamp). To round out the release, there are two new alphabet dies, Tower Outline Alpha Die (die) and Retro Outline Alpha Die (die), and two new background stencils, Spotlight Oval Stencil (stencil) and Sunburst Stencil (stencil).  

The ground is still covering the ground here in Virginia where I live, but I'm really feeling a Spring vibe! I think it's because the sun is coming up earlier these days. One of my favorite times of day is that sliver of time when the house is quiet, the sun is rising, and I'm getting my first cup of coffee. The new release from Waffle Flower kind of gives me that same feeling!  Like this first card I made with the new Oversized Hope set and word die. I used the word die over a background I made using the new Spring Leaves Die. I added the vellum overlay to soften the colors and used the previously released Ticket Frames Die to add a final detail. I love how the word die fills up the card!


For the background, I die cut one of the leaves in multiple colors and laid them in an angled pattern. I love that triple leaf die!

This next card uses the Caring Hands Set with a background using the Sunburst Stencil. I really wanted the hands to be holding a cup of coffee, but I didn't have a coffee cup the right size. Instead I just used some of my nesting circle dies and made my own cup! So easy. The sunburst background was just what I needed to perk up the background, and the sentiment (from Sending Love set) was just right too.


This next card was super easy and fun to do! I used the new Lacy Circles Die to created an inlaid scalloped circle. Then I cut out the middle and backed it with multi color stripes I cut with my Skinny Stripes Dies. The simple sentiment was made with white cardstock backed with vellum using the Retro Outline Alpha Dies. I'm loving that alpha die set because of the clean, rounded serif font and because each letter die has an outline die. So many options!


This card uses the Hopeful Girl set and the Lacy Circles again, but this time as a shaker card. The images in the Hopeful Girl set are so sweet just as you would expect from Big Bear and Bird. Love the sentiments in that set too!


This next card features one of my favorites from the release. The Lighthouse Stencil-n-Stamp is perfect for folks like me that love making backgrounds. Something about making a blended ink sunset is so soothing! The tall lighthouse image works really well on a slimline card, especially when you add a reflection and a bit of detail in the foreground.


If you look at the set, you will see that both the stamp set and stencil has the lighthouse image. At first, you might say "why would I need both?". The stamp is great for creating a sharp silhouette and has the the window details. The lighthouse in the stencil does not have the windows, but is great for reflections and shadows. Tip for creating windows in the stencil version: Blend the solid lighthouse with Distress Ink or other water-based ink. Use the windows in the stencil to lift the ink and then blend color over the lifted spots. You could also use pigment ink for the windows. 


That's all for me today! Hope you’re enjoying the hop! Next on the hop is Rebecca!  (Here's the whole list in case you missed anyone!)


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 Monday February 8th, 2021 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 2/10/2021.

There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! From now till February 7th, 2021, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mystery gift (No code required!).

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! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Waffle Flower January 2021 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Waffle Flower’s January 2021 Release day! We’re blog hopping today to show you all the new goodies waiting for you on the website here! This month, Waffle Flower is starting the year afresh with 4 stamp sets, 3 matching dies, 6 dies,1 stencil-n-stamp, and 4 stencils!

 

With February around the corner, Waffle Flower is getting ready for Valentine’s Day with two classics, hearts and roses! This release is chock full of ways to share the love with family and friends!

 

To get your floral fix, there’s Love Letter (stamp, die, combo, stencil, outline die) and Rose Bouquet Stencil-n-Stamp (stencil-n-stamp, die, combo). With a heart theme, there’s the Heart Balloons Stencil Duo (stencil), Heart Blooms Stencils (stencil), Heart Frame Die (die), and Heart Spotlight Stencil (stencil). To coordinate with all of the lovely hearts and roses, Waffle Flower has a trio of shape dies with charming scalloped edges with the Scalloped Hearts Die (die), Scalloped Circles Die (die), and Scalloped Squares Die (die).

 

To round out the release, Waffle Flower has three fun sentiment sets, Oversized Heart (stamp, combo, word die), Sending Love Sentiments (stamp) and Happy Birthday Sentiments (stamp, die, combo).


My cards today are all about quick and fun! I'm trying to rebuild my stash, and these cards are just what I need! For my first card, I used the Heart Frame Die to create an easy Valentine's Day card. The Heart Frame Die cuts a pattern just around the edge of the panel, so you can either keep the panel for stamping, stenciling, etc., or you can die cut a shape cutout like I did (used one of the dies from the Additional A2 Layers set).


I backed the frame opening with a bit of striped paper from  JJ's Rainbow pad for some quick color. Since the frame has so much color already, I kept the focal image (the previously released Bear Hugs) uncolored. The sentiment is from the new Sending Love Sentiments which works great with line drawings. 


This next card uses the Heart Balloons Stencil Duo and the Happy Birthday Sentiments set. I used my Distress Oxide inks because they give the balloons that lovely balloon sheen:)


The open font sentiment layers so great over backgrounds! I die cut the sentiment and layered it just for a little extra detail.


This last card uses the Heart Balloons Stencil again, but instead I used it to outline a single balloon to match my stamped image. I love how you can use a thicker or thinner pen just to match the lines of  stamped image. The sentiment is from the Sending Love set and the Heart Frame is used as a panel. Easy peasy!


That's it for me! Thanks for hopping with me today! Next on the hop is Rebecca but here's the full list if you just jumped in! 

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 Monday January 11th, 2021 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 1/13/2021.

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

From now till January 7th, 2020, all orders over $75 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a FREE set of Perforated Pinking Shapes (No code required; Limited 1 per customer; While supplies last).

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, December 5, 2020

Waffle Flower December 2020 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Waffle Flower’s Slimlines & Alphabets Release day! This month, Waffle Flower is looking towards the new year with 4 stamp sets, 4 dies, 2 alpha die sets, and 4 stencils! All of the products from this month’s release are already waiting for you on the website here!

 

For the floral lovers out there, Waffle Flower has the beautiful set Tender Blooms (stampdiecombo) and coordinating sentiment set Tender Thoughts (stamp). These sets are just what you need to create cards of comfort, sympathy, and care. (We all could use more of that, wouldn’t you agree?) For stamps, there’s also the New Beginning stamp and stencil (stampstencilcombo) that can be used independently or together to make cards for the new year and fresh beginnings! 

 

This month, Waffle Flower’s release also includes everybody’s new obsession, slimline dies! There’s the Slim Lacy Layers (die), Slimline Window Trio (die), Slimline Stripes (die), and the Slimline Angled Panel (die). If you’re a fan of the slimline card, you’ll have lots to choose from!

 

If you’re looking to up your sentiment game, Waffle Flower is rolling out two new alpha die sets and a fun stamp/die set of sentiment add-ons! The Bold Alpha Die set (die) is a classic block alpha set and includes a full set of letters and numbers! The second alpha die set, the Wide Alpha Die set (die), has a different profile (wider and shorter) that is ideal for stacking and for larger slimline cards. To pair with the new alpha dies, there’s the fun Sentiment Additions Stamp Set (stampdiecombo). This set has words and phrases that can be used with letter dies, word dies, and other sentiments. Great for bringing new life to dies and stamps you already have!

 

Last but not least, Waffle Flower has added the Stripe Plaids Trio (stencil), Buffalo Plaid Stencil (stencil), and Infinite Triangles Stencil (stencil) to their growing stencil collection. Each of the stencils in the Stripe Plaids Trio and Buffalo Plaid Stencil sets can be used alone or together to create a variety of striped and plaid patterns in your choice of colors. The best part is that these plaid stencils measure 6”X9” and can be used on A2, A7, and slimline cards! If you’re a fan of repeating pattern stencils (like last month’s Rings Builder and Infinite Petals), the Infinite Triangles Stencil can also make multiple patterns just by rotating the stencil or flipping it  over.  

 

To see all these new goodies in action, hop along with us! Everyone’s got some fun and creative ideas to share and get your imagination flowing!  

First up is a quick card I made with the Slimline Angled Panel Die! This die is just like the original Angled Panel die just in slimline size. It's the same scale as the original so that means it also works with the diagonal striped papers in the JJ's Rainbow pad and Christmas Stripes pad. For this card, I used the JJ's Rainbow paper behind the die cut. 


The sentiment on this one uses the new Wide Alpha die and the Sentiment Additions combo. The profile of the wide alphas work great on the expanded slimline size. The "forever" sentiment is from the Sentiment Additions set. I love how the flowy font works with the block die cut letters! 


This next card uses the Stripe Plaids Trio stencil set. This set has 3 different patterns including this one with the triple stripes. I like that these stencils measure 6"X9" so they work where stamps (A2, A7, and slimline cards). And as you can see, they work on a diagonal too! 


To add a bit of shine, I die cut the stenciled panel with 2 square nesting dies to create the negative "frame" with some gold glitter paper. The sentiment is from the Herringbone Sentiment set and it's stamped on a label from the Classic Frames die set. This is a holiday card, but I can definitely see it for lots of other occasions!


My last card today uses the same Stripe Plaids Trio stencil set as the last card. I used the other two stencils in the set, the wide stripe and the narrow stripe. I love how the stripes look on kraft! I used a white pigment ink and blended very lightly to get a softer look. 


The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas combo and added a couple die cuts from the Holiday Lights die. I can't wait to try plaids on other color cardstocks!


That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! There's a bunch of amazing folks on the blog hop today and you're not going to want to miss it! Next on the hop is the always fantastic Laura Bassen but here's the full list for you!

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 Wednesday November 9th, 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 12/11/2020.

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

From now till December 7th, 2020, all orders over $50 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a FREE set of Fish & Chips Stamp Set (No code required; Limited 1 per customer; While supplies last).

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! JJ






Thursday, November 5, 2020

Waffle Flower November 2020 Release Blog Hop


Welcome to Waffle Flower’s November 2020 Release day! Today Waffle Flower is rolling out their new release that includes 3 stamp sets, 1 stamp-n-stencil combo, and 14 stencils! All of the products from this month’s release are already waiting for you on the website here!

 

This month’s Waffle Flower release is all about creativity boosters! For many of us, time in the craftroom is all about clearing the mind and recharging! With that goal in mind, Waffle Flower packed this release full of stencils and silhouettes designed to feed your imagination! So, take a mini-break from your holiday crafting and take a look at these new goodies!

 

This month marks the first stencil release for Waffle Flower! For the artsy types, there’s the Ink Spots Stencil (stencil, bundle), Paint Strokes Stencil (stencil, bundle), and Inky Stripes Stencil (stencil, bundle).

If you’re more a fan of clean and geometric backgrounds, there are 3 builder stencils from cardmaker JJ Bolton: Stripes Builder Stencil (stencil, bundle), Infinite Petals Stencil (stencil, bundle), and Infinite Rings Builder Stencil duo (stencil, bundle). For the lovers of cute and whimsical, there’s Keeway’s Grass Scene Stencil (stencil, bundle), Mountain Scene Stencil (stencil, bundle), and Sky Scene Stencil (stencil, bundle) designed by beloved DT member and cardmaker extraordinaire Keeway Tsao. Just in time for the holidays, there are the Merry Bow Stencil (stencil) and Pine Trees (stencil). Last but not least, everyone could use the new Spotlight stencils series that includes the Spotlight Circle Stencil (stencil, bundle), Spotlight Square Stencil (stencil, bundle), and Spotlight Star Stencil (stencil, bundle). This is just the start of the stencils line for Waffle Flower! You’ll definitely be seeing lots more stencils in future monthly releases! 

 

On the stamp side, the November release stamps sets all have something in common, beautiful and creative silhouettes! These silhouette sets include the classic Herb Silhouettes Stamp Set (stamp), festive Spotlight Holiday Elements Stamp Set (stamp), and unique Power Lines Stamp Set (stamp) by cardmaker JJ Bolton.

 

Last on the release list this month is a new type of combo, the stencil-n-stamp. Stencils are used to create larger elements and the coordinating stamps add focal points and fine details. Waffle Flower’s first stencil-n-stamp is the adorable Fall for You by artist Cassie Loizeaux (stencil-n-stamp).

 

We hope you’re ready to see some of these goodies in action! There’s a full lineup of guest designers and team members in today’s Blog Hop! We hope you find some ideas that spark your creativity!


Today, I've got a collection of cards using the Power Lines Stamp Set. I'm going to admit that this set may not be for everyone out there, but for those cardmakers who love to make backgrounds, this one is so much fun! This set is a true scene builder set with images of power lines and birds. These power lines scenes are popular with watercolor fans because they're all about the background. So today, I've got 4 different backgrounds that I created with these stamps.

This first one is done on a watercolored background. I put masking tape around a watercolor paper panel and painted a very loose sunset scene. I stamped the telephone poles over it with Versafine ink (so dark and great for this application). The set comes with the power lines, but for this card, I just drew in the lines with a thin Sharpie and ruler. I added a couple of birds and a sentiment, and this CAS card was done. 

This next card has a blended ink background using Distress Inks and Keeways's Sky Scene Stencil for the clouds. This card uses the power line stamps instead of the drawn in lines. I added a bit of splattered water and diluted white acrylic paint to finish. 


For this version, I hand painted a very simple background with gouache paints. These paints are water-based and more opaque than water colors. I love how the gouache gives the background a more flat design look. 


My last version is just a straight blended ink background. I used Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Dusty Concord). Blending ink is one of my favorite things to do! Such a simple technique, but the colors you can create are so deep. 


That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Here's the links for the whole release hop! This month, we've got a ton of awesome guest designers joining the DT and I'm so excited to see what they have to share! The always wonderful 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 November 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 11/11/2020. There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

From now till November 8th, 2020, all orders over $50 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a FREE Merry Bow Stencil (No code required; Limited 1 per customer; While supplies last).

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ