Saturday, January 5, 2019

Waffle Flower January 2019 Release Blog Hop


I have a ton of stuff to share today, so bear with me!   I am so excited because this is my first release hop with the Waffle Flower design team  And there is so much goodness coming your way from Waffle Flower (I wish I could tell you EVERYTHING) and it starts today with the January 2019 release!

Did you know that starting with this release, Waffle Flower die sets will come de-tabbed and pre-arranged on magnet storage sheets? (Dies smaller than 4"X4" will be adhered to a backer card with tape)  All you avid die fans know what a game changer this is!  

Also new this release, enamel dots have been added to the Waffle Flower line!  The sets are designed for cardmakers and include lots of the tiny dots that cardmakers love!  In this release, there are 3 different designs of enamel dots.  The Clean & Clear set includes both white and clear dots, perfect for adding dimension and shine to any color combination.  The Stardust set includes white and silver glitter dots.  And the Up & Running set features 7 colors of dots from the rainbow of Waffle Flower ink colors.  Check them out in the ink section of the Waffle Flower website.

So now on to the stamps and dies:)  This month, we have 5 new stamp sets and 7 dies.  There is the Magnolia set (stamp, die, combo), illustrated by Karla Jodoin, with elegant, oversized flowers.  You'll see lots more beautiful designs from Karla in the future!  This set is perfect for coloring, and the exquisite details of these stamps make it easy for even beginners to enjoy.  Also in this release you will find the sweet Group Hug set (stamp, die, combo) illustrated by Big Bear & Bird.  This set is guaranteed to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.  In this release, there is also a sentiment set from a new Waffle Flower designer, me!  I designed the Here for You set with all the sentiments you may need to send a heartfelt message to a friend in their time of need.  This set works with two standalone dies that I also designed (we'll talk about those in a minute).  Another set in the release is Favorite Valentine (stamp, die, combo), illustrated by Kamo, and is just perfect for creating valentines for the classroom or your favorite little ones.  To round out the release, we also have a 3"X4" stamp set, Spice Pot, for quick and easy cards.   

Along with the stamp sets, there are a couple of standalone dies this month.  The first die is the Tile Panel die.   This one is a 4" X 5.25" panel die with a classic, modern pattern that can be used for both feminine and masculine cards.  Great for either a focal point or a background piece.  The second die is named the Painted Landscape die.  This unique, one-piece die makes it easy to create colorful mountain landscape scenes with depth and texture, all in one layer!

Today, I want to share just a few cards using the Tile Panel die and the Painted Landscape die with the Here for You stamp set.   The first card uses the Tile Panel die and could not have been easier.  I just backed my die cut with a background made with alcohol inks on Yupo paper.  The Tile Panel die has a built-in strip, so there's no guessing where to put a sentiment.  Many of the sentiments from the Here for You set work perfectly with this die, but I'm sure you already have tons of sentiments in your stash that would work just as well.  

Around the edge of the die is a subtle stitch pattern that just gives that finished feeling.  I've been using this die a bunch lately because it really does work with feminine or masculine elements.  I used one of my favorite sentiments from the Here for You set on this one.  I chose a classic font for this set so that it can be used for any recipient.  

With my next cards, I wanted to show two different looks you can achieve with the Painted Landscape die.  To achieve a clean, graphic look, I used solid cardstock to create the look of a desert mountain landscape.  

For a more muted, textured look, I watercolored the die cut pieces individually and then inlaid them back together.  I added some super easy hand-painted trees along the mountain range for more detail.  With this die, everything has a layered look but it's all one layer.   

Before I go, I have one more card to share using the Group Hug set by Big Bear & Bird.  Who doesn't love that bear?  I used copics to color the image, die cut it, and placed it over my stamped background.    

That's it for me!  Thank you so much for hopping with us!  I'm the last one in the hop, but if you just jumped in, here's the list of everyone hopping today!  Did you miss any?

Waffle Flower (Nina)
Amy Rysavy
Channin Pelletier
Nichol Spohr
Rebecca Keppel
Caly Person
Kelli Cool
Alix Davis
Keeway Tsao
JJ Bolton (you are here;)

To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners.  Please leave a comment on my blog and along the hop by 11:59 pm ET on 1/7/2019 for 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 1/9/2019.  Plus, orders of $50 or more will get a FREE set of Up & Running Enamel Dots (limited one per customer, while supplies last, valid through midnight 1/7/2019).  


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Waffle Flower Design Team

Good morning guys,

With the New Year comes a new announcement from me!  I'm super excited to say that I'm joining the Waffle Flower Crafts Design Team!  

I am fortunate to have met Nina in 2012, and from the beginning, we were fast friends!  At first, I just knew her by her fun and creative cards, but then I got to know the warm and generous person behind the cards.  I was so happy for her when she started Waffle Flower and have been one of her biggest fans!  So it makes it even sweeter to be a part of Waffle Flower and their wonderful team.  

Speaking of team, have you seen the team?  Wowsa!  These ladies do not mess around:)   I can't wait to see what they will create this year!  And I can't wait to show you all the fantastic stuff that's coming out (it's really cool, really!).