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





Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Waffle Flower October 2020 Release Blog Hop


Welcome to Waffle Flower’s October 2020 Release day! All of the products from this month’s release are waiting for you on the website here

October is the best of both worlds where we’re enjoying the beauty of fall while the excitement of the coming holidays is building! To celebrate this magical time of year, Waffle Flower is so excited to be releasing 6 new stamp sets, 8 standalone dies, and a new paper release! 

For the autumn-lovers out there, we’ve got the beautiful Layered Sunflowers (stamp, die, combo) by a newcomer Susan Bates and the charming Pumpkin House (stamp, die, combo) by artist Cassie Loizeaux! 

If you’re already diving into the holidays, we’ve got the adorable Holiday Cheese (stamp, die, combo) by Big Bear and Bird and versatile Merry Christmas (stamp, die, combo)! We’ve also got the Christmas Tree Panel (die), Winter Floral Panel (die), and Big Dots Holiday (stamp) by cardmaker JJ Bolton! 

Speaking of the holidays, this month includes the holiday paper release! This release includes the holiday patterns: Happy Gnomes (paper), Christmas Stripes (paper), Half-Half Dots - Christmas (paper), and Half-Half Lines - Christmas (paper) and a new modern fall palette called Caprice: Half-Half Dots - Caprice (paper) and Half-Half Lines - Caprice (paper).

Rounding out the release are some versatile stamps and dies to use all year long! The new Angled Stripe Panel (die), Diagonal Stripes (die), Deckled Frames (die), Essential Sentiments (stamp, die, combo), Happy Birthday Word (die), and Stitched Borders (die) will definitely get some regular usage in your crafty rotation. Last but not least, there’s the Floss Organizers (die) for our thread artists.

The Waffle Flower design team is so excited to share the October release with you today! We hope you find something that sparks your imagination and brings you joy! 

I got lucky this month and found some extra time to work with all the new release goodies! So I hope you don't mind the extra long post today! Let's dive into with the holiday cards first! Holiday cards are one of my favorite types of cards to make. Even though I'm a CAS gal at heart, I can honestly say I love every type of holiday card out there. Even rainbow ones;) This first card today uses the Christmas Tree Panel Die with the Merry Christmas Sentiments Set with some colorful paper from the JJ's Rainbow paper pad. This panel die is such an easy way to make a glittery shaker card!  

This next Christmas card uses one of my favorites this month, the Winter Floral Panel Die. The design is kind of a modern take on a folk art flower design and I love how it works as a shaker! 


The round frame is from the previously released Classic Frames Die set and the sentiment is from the Classic Holiday Sentiments set. This panel has an extra element of fun with die cuts within die cuts like the petal pieces below. 


I was in a shaker kind of mood because I've got one more Christmas shaker using the Angled Panel Die. So technically, the Angled Panel Die is not a holiday die, but when you use it to create a see-through shaker, it kinda is;)!  I put two of the Angled Panel dies back to back to create a card you can see all the way through. As an added bonus the panels make a fun diamond pattern when they are layered like this!


To finish the card, I added a single piece of red card stock for the back of the card. I chose red so that the shaker would really stand out against the Christmas red. The final step was to add 3 round frames: one on the front with the sentiment, one on the backside of the card front (to cover up the sentiment frame), and one on the red back panel. From the front you can only see the sentiment frame. The clean and modern sentiment is from the Big Dots Holiday Sentiments set.


The last holiday card I have for you today uses the leftover die cuts from the first card I shared today. The mini trees work perfectly as embellishments in the previously released Big Dots Panel die. I used another sentiment from the Big Dots Holiday stamp set for this one.


I also wanted to share some non-holiday cards for you today. This next one uses the Diagonal Stripes Die with the previously released Star Panel and Happy Retirement stamp. I've had a version of this card in my head for so long and I knew the diagonal stripes was perfect for the look I wanted. Super crisp and clean!


Before I go, I want to share one last card I made using the Deckled Frames dies. I love the look of the uneven edges and they work so well with natural elements like flowers and leaves. So naturally, I paired with with some die cuts using the previously released Sprigs dies. I used some of the soft pastel papers in the Unicorn paper pad and a sentiment from the Rainbow Bridge set. I love how the organic frames, soft colors, and natural elements just flow together!


Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me today!  Here's the links for the whole release hop! This month, we're so lucky to have some wonderful guests on our hop in addition to the awesome DT!  The fabulous Maria is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.

Jeanne Jachna ~ JJ Bolton (you are here!) 

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 October 11th, 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 9/14/2020.

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

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, September 5, 2020

Waffle Flower September 2020 Home Blog Hop

 


Today is Waffle Flower’s September 2020 Release day! All of the products from this month’s release are waiting for you on the website here!
This month Waffle Flower is celebrating the coming of fall with 8 new stamp sets and 6 new die sets! It’s back to school with the Learn at Home stamp set, Back to School stamp set, Monitor die, and Safe at Home sentiments. This fall, Waffle Flower is also taking time to celebrate all the everyday heroes in our communities! The Frontline series features 4 stamp sets (Frontline Heroes 1, Frontline Heroes 2, Frontline Heroes 3, and Frontline Helpers) to cover all your community heroes from nurses and doctors to grocery workers and delivery folks! For the nature lovers, there’s the Home Sweet Home stamp set and Fall Leaves dies. And just for fun, we’ve got the cute House Outline dies, versatile Nesting Diamonds dies, and the Skinny Stripes die set (similar to our popular Horizontal Stripe and Vertical Stripes dies)!
 The Waffle Flower design team has been having lots of fun with this release and we’re excited to share our cards with you today!  
For my first card I used the combined the new Skinny Stripes die with some stamps I already have in my stash! The Skinny Stripes die set is part of a series of builder dies like the previously released Vertical Stripes die and Horizontal Stripes  die. I love using stripes in my cards, but cutting them with my paper cutter was not working! The Skinny Stripes die cuts 7 narrow strips about 3/16" wide at once. One die cuts long strips (5.5" long") and the other cuts short ones (4.25" long). There's also a small rectangle die that is sized to fit across 7 strips.

For this card, I stamped the Magnolia flower stamp onto 2 separate panels and used the Skinny Stripes just on one panel.  I used Distress Inks to color the strips in rainbow colors and laid them over the uncut panel. This works great with any large scale image stamps. The sentiment is a combination of stamps from the Outline Love set.


This next card also uses the Skinny Stripes! This time I did an open weave and filled in a negative circle. The sentiment is from the Safe at Home sentiment set.


The best thing is that I have a bunch more stripes left for other projects! Tip for folks that want to try this: use cardstock with color on both sides! You get a ton more colors for your work and you can do a see through card where you can see the weave on the inside of the card! 


My last card today uses the new Monitor die set. I don't have any little ones in school (just big ones in college;) but I know lots of students and teachers who could use a bit of encouragement right now! I combined the Monitor die with the previously-released Pencil In set from Kamo (which I've always loved). The Monitor dies come with a square grid die to make a split screen like this.


The sentiments made using the Safe at Home set and other previously released sets (fonts all match:) and the Nesting Speech Bubbles die set. 


That's it for me today! Here's the links for the whole release hop! I'm so lucky to be on this amazing team! They always surprise me with their creativity. The always fantastic Keeway is next on the hop, but here's the whole list in case.

Jeanne Jachna ~ JJ Bolton (you are here!) 
Keeway Tsao   Natalia Zubkova 

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 September 7th, 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 9/9/2020.

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

From now till September 7th, 2020, all orders over $50 placed at waffleflower.com will receive a set of Clean & Clear Enamel Dots.

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!