Monday, July 15, 2019

Lakeside Living with Hero Arts July Kit


Hi guys!

I have a couple of cards to share using the latest My Monthly Hero kits from Hero Arts.  The minute I saw the peeks for this set, I knew it would be so much fun to work with and I was soooo right!  Did you all pick it up too?  

I love the stamp of the girl jumping into the water and I pictured her jumping from a tire swing.  So I used inner tube stamp and added a "rope" made from burlap twine that I braided to make thicker.  


The background is just a mix of Distress Inks blended over a masked sun.  Just some tips for those using this set.  I stamped the tree first and then blended ink over them.  The blended ink gives the trees a sun-kissed look.  Another tip is that the tree and mountain stamps are slightly narrower than A2 width, so you have to stamp twice to cover the full width.  It's super easy to do, and you can't tell it isn't one stamp.  I love the layered stamps for the pier and the trees.  They look so awesome stamped together!


I couldn't put the set down, so I made another card.  This time I wanted a more sunset feel.  For the most part, this card is the same as my previous card.  When I saw this lake kit, I knew that I wanted to add a stamp from another previous Hero Arts kit that I also LOVE!  Doesn't that Adirondack chair look perfect on the pier?  (P.S.  The old kit is sold out, but you can get the stamps here)


The sentiment with the beautiful font is from The Greetery and I can just imagine someone sitting at the pier and thinking of a loved one.  



The MMH kit is the only kit that I'm subscribed to right now, and I just have to say how much I love ❤️each kit!   The designers really get us stampers and I love how the kits are so versatile.  If you haven't checked them out, definitely take a look!  

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have an awesome week!

JJ

Friday, July 5, 2019

Waffle Flower July 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  This month is chock full of goodies because Waffle Flower has a regular collection AND a Back-to-Basics collection this release!  That means that you will see new releases from your favorite designers (just like every other month) as well as a collection of versatile stamps, dies, and texture plates that can be used with all the stamps you already own.  Who doesn't love that?

For our regular release, you will find the stunning Zinnia set (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Karla Jodoin, with gorgeous details and the Bouquet Builder 4 set (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Oana Befort, featuring large, modern flowers that you can mix and match to create your own floral arrangement.  This month's stop on our world tour with illustrator Kamo is France with the Bonjour set (stamp,die,combo).  Waffle Flower is also looking ahead to cooler weather with Fall Dreams (stamp,die,combo), illustrated by Big Bear & Bird.  Our cute mice, illustrated by Liz Mytinger, are back for a day on the beach with Fun in Sun (stamp,die,combo).  We also have a 3"X4" set, Favorite Hobby (stamp,die,combo), that features the cutest crafty images and cheeky sentiments.  

The Back-to-Basics collection this month includes the Go Girl Summer die set that pairs with the Sisterhood stamp set; Oversized Merry stamp and die combo (stamp,die,combo) for those who love to get a jump on Christmas cards in July; Cloudscape Panel die for quick and easy scene building; and Circle Texture die for subtle backgrounds.  There are also two full panel dies, Micro Grid 1 die and Micro Grid 2 die, that cut backgrounds with micro squares that can be used alone or as a base for all kinds of techniques.  You will also find the Horizontal Stripes die and Vertical Stripes die for creating bold, graphic, and easy striped backgrounds.  Last but not least, there is the Shutter Panel die that turns an A2 card into a faux shutter with five perfectly cut slats.  

Whew!  Like I said, this month is FULL!  Now that you know what's in the release, let's see it in action!  

My first 3 cards use the new Sisterhood Combo (with the Go Girl Summer dies and the Sisterhood stamps).  The Go Girl Summer dies coordinate with the previously release Go Girl sets.  Maybe because I grew up in the time of paper dolls and fashion plates (remember that toy?), I L-O-V-E making Go Girl cards.  With the new die set, you will get  dies for faces/bodies and more options for hair, glasses, and outfits.   And the Sisterhood stamps have lots of fun sentiments for the sister, bestie, and crafty pal in your life. Great to use with or without the Go Girl dies.  


The background for these first two cards were made with the Vertical Stripes die and the Horizontal Stripes die.  The Vertical Stripes die cuts 6 identical strips that are 5.5" long.  The Horizontal Stripes die cuts 10 identical strips that are 4.25" long.  These dies make it so easy to make a striped background or sentiment strips.  


For this next card, I've got more stripes but this time I used the Shutters Panel Die for the background.  I made this card for a friend of mine who is, how can I say this, not shy;) . I glammed her up with some earrings and necklace made of faceted jewels.  The sentiment (from the Sisterhood set) was too perfect.  


This next card was made using the Favorite Hobby combo.  Let's be honest, we all love organizing our crafty supplies as much as creating with them, right?  This set has a variety of crafty supply stamps that are so much fun to color.  I paired the die cuts with the new Circle Texture die and a sentiment from the Sisterhood set.  The Circle Texture die is perfect for highlighting small die cuts without making things too busy.  


These next two cards use the Micro Grid 1 panel die.  This die can be used alone as a background panel, but it can also be the base for all kinds of techniques.  For example, in this card I inlaid colored pieces back into the cut grid for a multicolor background.  I love how it looks behind the flower from Bouquet Builder 4.   


I also used the Micro Grid 1 die to make a kind of stained glass effect.  I backed the die cut with acetate and filled in the "wells" with translucent Nuvo dots.  I didn't back the panel with cardstock, so when the card is standing, the light shines through the back.  So much fun!   


The last card I'm sharing today uses the Fun in Sun set and the Cloudscape panel die.  The Fun in Sun set is sooooo cute!  This I actually made this card for my dad for Father's Day (sentiment is from Be Him).  The Cloudscape die makes it easy to make a scene background because it cuts all the pieces in one die.  All it takes is some strategic ink blending or splattering and you've got the perfectly cut background.  Tip for blending the clouds: blend ink along the lower edge of the cloud die cuts only.  This will make the clouds pop even more!  


I wasn't able to get all the projects I made this month into this post, so I'll be sharing more on IG (@ribbongirls) including these cards...  


That's it for me today!  (Bless you if you made it through the whole thing!)  I'm the last stop on the hop but here's a list of everyone hopping today just in case you missed someone!  


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 7/8/19 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 7/9/2019.  

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Waffle Flower June 2019 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone! This month, flowers are blooming at Waffle Flower! We have a pretty bouquet in Iris You (stamp, die, combo), gorgeous detailed flowers and script fonts in Peony Notes (stamp, die, combo) and a lovely girl relaxing on a big, beautiful flower in our In Bloom (stamp, die, combo).

We have another stop on our world tour with illustrator Kamo. Konnichiwa (stamp, die, combo) features cute people in traditional Japanese clothing with a ninja and sumo wrestler for fun.

Our popular mice, illustrated by Liz Mytinger are back this month dressed as pirates in 
P-arr-ty Time (stamp, die, combo).

Plant Kindness (stamp), illustrated by Big Bear & Bird, is perfect for friendship cards and the Vine Frame (die) cuts out a modern vine design with a banner perfect for holding one of the included sentiment dies!  This month also includes a new design from me called the Coffee Cup (stampdiecombo) which is a fun way to give your favorite coffee lover a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.  

Speaking of coffee, let's start with some gift card holders!  The  Coffee Cup combo has dies that make it super easy and fast to make a cup-shaped gift card holders.  With these two examples below, I used patterned paper for the one on the left and stamped up the one on the right (that hamster from the Office Party set works so well for this).  The cards are actually 2 pieces, an outer "cup" and an insert piece that holds the gift card.  



The Coffee Cup stamp set comes with a bunch of images to dress up the coffee cup just like the real thing from your favorite coffee shop.   I love how customizable these cards are!



Here's a look at the insert piece that has built in tabs to hold a gift card.   I know that I'm going to get a lot of use out of this set and I can't wait to see what other stamps I can use with these dies!  Check out the Waffle Flower YouTube channel to see these dies in action!



This next card was made using the lovely In Bloom combo.  I wanted to try something a little different with these flower stamps, so I went a little artsy and messy with this one.  I have to say, it was sooooo much fun to do those rainbow splatters!  


For my last project, I used the gorgeous Iris You combo.  The flowers on this set are amazing!  I did a little stacked stamping on the card base and the frame and colored all the flowers with Copics.



Aren't those flower stamps beautiful!  So much fun to color!  (The sentiment is from the Be Him sentiment set and the frame is the Ticket Frame die)



That's it for me today!  Channin is the next stop of the hop and you HAVE to check out her blog!  She is AMAZING!  Here's a list of everyone hopping today so you don't miss any of the fantastic release projects!  


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 6/8/19 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 6/10/2019.  Receive a FREE pack of Stardust Enamel Dots with all orders $50 and over, while supplies last (no code required; Limited 1 per customer; while supplies last; valid through midnight 6/8/19).

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Waffle Flower May 2019 Birthday Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone! It's time for the Waffle Flower May 2019 Release! There's so many fun and new things going at Waffle Flower starting with a new look for our stamp packaging. Starting this month, all of our 4x6 stamp sets will be packaged in our new rainbow packaging.

On the design front, we are kicking off a new series with illustrator Kamo that features different cities around the world! Our first stop is London - Oyez (stamp, die, combo) will sure to help you send some love to those who hold this amazing city close to their heart. 

This month, you will also find beautiful florals in Wild Roses (stamp, die, combo); make fun and clever cards with Go Girl (stamp, die, combo); and send happy wishes to some sweet couples on their Wedding Day (stamp, die, combo), which works with the brand new Cake Panel Die (die) that can also be used for birthdays and celebrations! If you are getting ready for Father's Day, the Be Him Sentiments (stamp) goes great with our popular Be Her (stamp, die, combo) and Be Him (stamp, die, combo) sets with sentiments for Dads and Grandpas.

These next few cards are made with my new stamp and coordinating die set called Go Girl.  The stamps and dies of these builder sets are meant to be mixed and matched together to create totally personalized cards for all the special women in your life.   The sets this month are just the first in a series (cannot wait for you to see the rest!).  I have not been able to stop playing with these sets since I got them!  I love that I can personalize each card to match the recipient.  For this first card, I used mostly dies to create.  (The little flower is from another set).  For the hair, I've been using woodgrain paper and it looks so neat!


For this version, I used the dies again but I stamped the sunglasses.  So fun!


This last version is the simplest but probably one of my favorites.  This time I used the negative cut of the hair and then added a pair of die cut glasses backed with some vellum.  How fun is that?  I have a lot more samples to show you later this month and hope to have a video soon!


This next card features the Oyez set by Kamo.  She makes the cutest stamps!  When I saw the little figure with the umbrella, I knew I wanted to make a rain scene.  The background is done with the Wave Texture die and some cloud dies.  


Speaking of Kamo stamps, she also has a set this month called Wedding Day.  This set works perfectly with a new die I designed called the Cake Panel Die.  This die cuts an A2-sized panel with a cake.  To decorate the cake, the set comes with a variety of cake picks and other toppings.  It's one of those dies I will be turning to again and again because it can be used with so many other stamps and dies.  


Before I go, here's one more cake card.  This card uses the Cake Panel die again, but this time I trimmed it down to just the cake.  This die set comes with two types of birthday candles (straight and spiral).  I colored both the candles and the cake with pastel-colored Copics and added a sentiment from the Bold Sentiments set.  


I have so many projects for this month that I can't share them all today!  Here's some sneaks of what's coming!


Here's a list of everyone hopping today and you don't want to miss any of the amazing release projects!


To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on my blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 5/8/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 5/9/2019.  Receive a FREE Tiny Wings Die with all orders, while supplies last.  No code required; Limited 1 per customer; While supplies last; Valid through midnight 5/8/19.

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ



Friday, April 5, 2019

Waffle Flower April 2019 Birthday Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  This is a such a fun month for Waffle Flower!  Not only are we rolling out the fun April release, but we're also highlighting the Creativation products!  For our April release, we have a sentiment set called Be Her Sentiments (stamp) to go with our popular Be Her (stamp, die, combo) and Be Him (stamp, die, combo) sets. We also have Bold Sentiments (stamp, die, combo) that is great for graphic cards. Grateful (stamp, die, combo) is our take on Mother's Day projects for 2019 with some warm hand drawn kitchen items.

Did you know that Waffle Flower will be 5 years old this month? It's no wonder we have birthdays on our mind! Over the years Waffle Flower has had a variety of floral birthday sets, so this time we've expanded on the birthday theme with some fun and special occasion birthday stamps and dies this time! And of course, we've got lots of other fun stuff too!

April marks the beginning of baseball season and we are ready to hit one out of the park with the fun Batter stamp (stamp, die, combo). We've also got the sweetest gymnasts partying with flips in Tumble On (stamp, die, combo). For the birthday theme, we have the cutest hamsters celebrating their co-workers in Office Birthday (stamp, die, combo). The We Herd (stamp, die, combo) is a reminder that when it comes to birthday parties, the more the merrier! For die lovers, there's the Box Card Die that is an interactive way to give a birthday surprise right on the card (this is one of my faves this month)!

Every year Waffle Flower releases several Back to Basics dies. Usually they are simple, nesting shapes that can be used as mattes, accents or even card bases.  This year we have the A2 Layers and A7 Layers dies for clean and timeless rectangle dies that will be a staple in your stash. For those who like fun shaped cards, layering shapes or paper crafting projects, we have the Speech Bubbles and Nesting Hearts dies. You can never have too many frame dies! So this year we added the Picture Frames and Ticket Frames dies.

Last but not least, Waffle Flower has a special set for animal lovers. (This is one of my designs:) I designed the Rainbow Bridge (stamp, dog die, cat die, combo) sets to create messages of comfort to friends and family who have lost their beloved pet.

This is going to be a whopper today, so let's get to the cards!  My first set of cards uses a die and stamp set I designed for Creativation called Rainbow Bridge.  Sometimes its the cards of comfort that mean the most when they are handmade.  We are a family of animal lovers and we have lots of friends with furry family members, so this design is close to my heart.  For those who don't know the story of the rainbow bridge, it tells us of a peaceful and happy place where pets who have passed away await to be reunited with their owner.  When they meet again at the rainbow bridge, they cross together never to be separated again. I designed two dies and a coordinating stamp set for Rainbow Bridge.  This first card uses the cat version.  I'm going to show you a couple ways you can create the rainbow for this card.  This first one just has strips of rainbow paper behind the die cut.


For this version, I used the dog version of the die and inlaid the rainbow pieces that were cut from colored paper.  You could also die cut white paper and color the rainbow pieces with pens or paint.  


This last version is made with a simple cloud stencil and Distress Oxide inks in a rainbow spectrum.  You never really want to have to send a card like this, but I hope that it will give friends and loved ones some comfort in such a difficult time. 


The next set of cards highlights another stamp and die set I designed called Bold Sentiments (stamp, die, combo). I really wanted to do some sentiments with a fresh and graphic feel, and this is what happened;)! As the name says, these sentiments are BOLD which means they work great with colored backgrounds made with Distress Inks and alcohol inks. For this card, I heat embossed the sentiment and then used Distress Oxide inks to blend a rainbow background. I used one of the Ticket Frames dies to highlight one of the sentiments. So, so easy but packs a punch!


For this next card, I paired one of the Bold Sentiments with the Box Card Die to make a gift card holder. The more that I use the Box Card die, the more I love it! It is an interactive die cut that you can open up to reveal a popup, sentiment, or in my case, a gift card. I decorated my gift box with some floral stamps from the Be.You.Tiful set that came out earlier this year.



The die cuts a slit inside that perfectly fits a gift card like this.  


For my last card, I used one of the Bold Sentiments and the large Ticket Frames die to make another rainbow card. I blended a rainbow background with Distress Oxide inks and then stamped over it with the sentiment. A couple white enamel dots and a little die cut elephant, and we're done!


One last card before I go!  This one uses the new Be Her Sentiments (stamp). This set coordinates with the Be Her stamps and dies that came out earlier this year. This is my favorite stamp from the set:)


Whew!  Thanks so much for stopping by!   Here's a list of everyone hopping today and you don't want to miss any of the amazing release projects!


JJ Bolton (you are here;) ~ Caly Person ~ Channin Pelletier Rebecca Keppel

To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave comment on my blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 4/7/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 4/9/19.  Customers will receive a FREE Mini Egg Die with orders at $50 or over.  Limited 1 per customer, while supplies last (valid through midnight 4/7/19).  

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ