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


36 comments:

  1. Wow, your creativity is amazing.

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  2. Love every card. All so very nice. Love the rainbow bridge ones.

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  3. lovely collection of cards - thanks for sharing:)

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  4. Wow! Fabulous set of cards!! Each one is awesome, especially the ones with rainbows! :)

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  5. The doggy sympathy cards are so necessary, and your are really sweet. I have a couple of friends who have lost their beloved dogs lately, and I lost mine a year ago.

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  6. What beautiful rainbow cards. Great April release.

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  7. The sympathy card is beautiful and I love the sentiments. I love the gift card holder card - I am going to try this! Your use of dies is amazing and there is alot of inspiring ideas you have shared with us!

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  8. Great cards. Such bright vibrant colors.

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  9. These are all beautiful, JJ! Love!

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  10. Wow, so many great cards! Love all the rainbow bridge card ideas!

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  11. A beautiful collection of cards!

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  12. I love your artwork! Especially the rainbow clouds. Thank you for your wonderful ideas they are awesome!

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  13. I love all the rainbow ones! It's a great sentiment! I love your rainbow background card too!

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  14. Wonderful cards. I love the colors.

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  15. Sweet cards. I especially love the last one and
    that darling kitty.

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  16. WOW...love em all but my favorite is the rainbow cloud sympathy pet card. Thank you for sharing your creations!!!

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  17. Your Rainbow Bridge cards are my favorite--such well designed "JJ" dies!

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  18. Awesome cards! Love the beautiful Rainbow Bridge set and all the cards you created with it! And the kitty in the window scene is just adorable! Super sweet!

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  19. These Rainbow Bridge dies are so perfect; thanks for creating them. I think my favorite of the cards you shared is the one with the rainbow clouds: clean, simple, and perfect. Thanks for sharing and for all your design contributions!

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  20. Wow, JJ! I didn't know you did designing now! I've been out of the loop for awhile, but glad now to be back. I love The Rainbow Bridge designs & think we have a need for pet sympathy cards.

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  21. Beautiful and unique cards! Happy Birthday to Waffle Flower!

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  22. These are BEAUTIFUL! I love the fun colors of each one!

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  23. So many gorgeous cards! I like the idea behind your Rainbow Bridge set and cards. Your Be Her card is so cute and true!

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  24. I love the rainbow brige cards. So sweet. I also love the Be Her card with the kitty. Beautifully colored.

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  25. Great cards. Love the rainbow of colors.

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  26. You did such a beautiful job designing the Rainbow Bridge dies! I love the cards you've created using them, especially the rainbow clouds. The "Mom" card with the kitty is adorable, as well!

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  27. Fantastic cards! Your clouds backgrounds are fantastic! I think my favorite card is the one with the little elephant. He is adorable and I really like this blended background.

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  28. Love the coler scheme! And your design!

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  29. Beautiful cards. Love the clouds
    in the last of the sympathy cards.
    Wonderful ways to send sympathy.
    thanks for sharing
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  30. So many wonderful cards, all for very different occasions, but each and every one truly special! Well done, thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Your cards are very amazing! Love them all!

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  32. Wonderful projects, esp. Rainbow Bridge stamp & dog die, so many ways to use the new release. Thanks for sharing.

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