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!




Sunday, August 30, 2020

Paper Smooches Blog Hug for Kim


Good morning everyone!

Today is a little different kind of post. You may have heard that Kim of Paper Smooches has closed down her shop. Kim has been a huge part of the stamping/carding community for so long, and I was lucky to be on the PS DT for a bit. I love, love, love Kim's fun and whimsical stamps, but it is really her kind and encouraging presence that I will miss the most! 

So to celebrate Kim, some of us decided to put together a Blog Hug (not really a hop, lol)! Here's the card I made and am popping into the mail for Kim as we speak! It's colorful, happy, and fun, just like she is!

This Blog Hug is a surprise for Kim, and I hope she enjoys it and feels the love! Here's the links to the rest of the huggers (heehee)!

Paper Smooches ~ Jill HawkinsAliceKarinMicheleSavannah O'Gwynn 

Teri  ~ KayKim Kesti Emily Leiphart

Thank you Kim for everything! I wish nothing but the best for you and your family! Smooches and hugs!

JJ


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Waffle Flower July 2020 Release Blog Hop



Hi everyone!  

Waffle Flower’s Christmas in July Release is available today! Something about working on Christmas cards in the middle of summer (for us) is so much fun!

In case you missed them, here are the links to the introduction posts:
Intro to Happy Gnomes and Fa-la-la
Intro to Holly Bird, Nesting Hexagons, Holiday Lights and Reindeer Die
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Intro to Poinsettia and Oversized Peace
Intro to Classic Sentiments and Classic Holiday Sentiments
Please note: Waffle Flower didn’t anticipate the popularity of this release and more stamps will be restocked around July 9th and dies around July 21st.

I just have one little card for you all today! We just moved into a new house and all my goodies had to be packed away for a bit! But I couldn't resist one little Christmas card. I love everything about holiday cards! From traditional to whimsical, I enjoy making every single style. Today I made a cute/whimsical style card with the new Happy Gnomes set!

These gnomes are great Christmas cards, but they definitely work all year long! I paired them a trio of sentiments from the Classic Holiday Sentiments set! This set is a good basic set for the holidays because it has the most popular holiday sentiments in 4 different fonts: vintage, handwritten, modern/clean, and whimsical. They also work with the previously released Classic Frames dies!

That's it for me! Here's the links for the whole hop this week! I know you're going to love the cards these fabulous folks have to share!  The wonderful Jessica Frost-Ballas 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 July 12th, 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 7/15/2020.

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.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

Waffle Flower didn’t anticipate the popularity of this release and more stamps will be restocked around July 9th and dies around July 21st.

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!

Thanks for hopping with us! 




Monday, June 15, 2020

Waffle Flower June 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  

We had a late start this month, but we're so glad to be back!  

Waffle Flower’s June Release is available today! Besides 6 new enamel dots to match our everyday papers, we have some basic nesting dies and cute stamps in this release. Including the much anticipated Slim Layers, Stars and Banners; a new addition to our Oversized Word series: Oversized Hugs; the most adorable critters in Sea Birthday; the popular mail theme with a marine twist in Mermaid Mail, and the versatile Under the Sea sentiments and panel die to complete our release for this Summer.

In case you missed them, here are the links to the introduction posts:
Oversized Hugs + Nesting Stars Die
Sea Birthday by Big Bear and Bird
Mermaid Mail by Cassie Loizeaux
Intro to Under the Sea by JJ Bolton
Intro to New Nesting Dies
Intro to New Everyday Enamel Dots
New Updated Stamps & Dies for June

I've got a couple of cards to share today using some of the new goodies! I'm originally from Hawaii, so I have a soft spot for stamps and dies that have do with the ocean.  My first card uses the Under the Sea frame die and the Sea Birthday set by Big Bear and Bird.  The Under the Sea die set is a frame die but I decided to use the pieces on this slimline card.  Did you know that we have slimline nesting dies this month?  I think I'm obsessed with them!

Scene building sets are some of my absolute favorite and both of the stamp sets this month are perfect for scene building!  That seahorse stamp is the cutest!!!


This month, we also have a sentiment set that coordinates with both of the stamps sets. Great for ocean-themed cards in a fun font that matches so well with these whimsical designs!


This next card uses the Under the Sea frame die again, but this time it's as a frame for a jellyfish from the Mermaid Mail set from Cassie Loizeaux!  This frame is perfect for layering over a soft blended background like this one which was done with Distress Inks. The jellyfish is colored with watercolors using my Karin markers.  


It's so subtle that I couldn't really get a great pic of it, but the jellyfish is washed with some glitter pen. I just love the look of the glitter pen over the watercolors.



That's it for me today, but I know the other folks on the hop have even more amazing stuff to share!  The always fantastic 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 June 18th, 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 6/19/2020. There are more giveaways to enter on our Instagram! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

From now till 11:59pm EDT on June 17th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! 

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!


(Click here to see the whole collection)


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Waffle Flower May 2020 Release Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  

Waffle Flower's May release is available today!  We are back this month with a full release of stamps and dies with something for everyone!  

This month we have the fun Tooth Fairy stamps and dies from illustrator Cassie Loizeaux.  We've also got another set in the Bouquet Builders series from Karla Jodoin.  Speaking of series, we've also got the Be a Panda die and Accessories dies which are die versions of the Big Bear & Bird Be Him stamps.  This month, we're also celebrating graduates with the Graduation Panel die and Sentiments set.  For Dads (and anyone who loves beer), we have Home Brew stamps and dies.  To coordinate with all our goodies, we've got the new Star Panel die and the Classic Frames dies.  Last but not least, we've got 3 new additions to the travel sets from Kamo.  This month, we're visiting Mexico, Russia, and Germany!
(Click here to see the whole collection)
For my projects today, it's all about Dads and Grads!  

When I designed the Graduation Panel Die and Graduation Sentiments, I never could have imagined what the 2020 graduations have become!  In a time when we can't attend any ceremonies or celebrate in person, I think a special graduation card becomes even more important. I don't know about you, but this year I'm planning on sending as many cards as I can!

I've always loved the idea of custom graduation cards.  I remember when I graduated from high school (back in the olden days, lol), I actually got 5 of the same Hallmark graduation card!  Not much selection back then!  So nowadays, I love the idea of using school colors to create something a bit more personal.  


For this card, I cut the panel in blue and backed it with yellow (maize for the Michigan fans;).  If you look really closely, you can see a layered trick with the raised panel.  I backed with the same panel in yellow but I flipped it over so only the top of the cap lined up.  This tricks the eye with a feeling of depth.  I also added a fun way to add $ to my card with a "tube" made from a rolled piece of acetate.  


For this next card, I used the little graduation caps left over from my last project.  I used them for shaker fillers using the previously released Shutters Panel Die.  


My last grad card is super customized with the help of the Go Girl dies.  I backed the panel in school colors again using stripes cut with the Horizontal Stripes die.  The graduation cap is just a hand cut rectangle and diamond shape.  In all my graduation cards, I used the new Classic Frames dies for the sentiments.  This die set has a variety of sizes and the stitching works so well with all the stitched panel dies.  


Now on to the Dads!  Actually the Home Brew set is for anyone who loves some beer, but it's especially apropos for beer-loving dads!  I used the Star Panel die to create a colorful  background for my sentiment panel and frosty beer!


It's hard to photograph, but I added a bunch of detail to the mug of beer by coloring with copics, adding some bubbles with white pen and Copic blender pen, and adding a foamy head with Nuvo drops (glossy solid white version).


The Home Brew set includes a bunch of sentiments for non-Dads too like this birthday one!  For this card, I used a negative die cut to create a blended background of bottles.  I also created a table scene with a couple bottles and a frosty glass.  


The bottles and the beer glass were cut from colored cardstock.  I added details to the bottles with some die cuts and some white pen.  Again, I dressed up the glass with some white pen and Nuvo drops.  To finish off the look, I added shadows to the bottles and glass with a bit of masked blending.


That's all for me today!  Next in the hop is the the awesome Keeway, but here’s the full blog hop list, so you don’t miss a thing! 



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 May 10th, 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 5/12/2020.

We are also hosting a Instagram hop today at 12:00 noon EDT. Follow me at @ribbongirls and Waffle Flower at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for hopping with us! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

P.S.
A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

From now till 11:59pm EDT on May 10th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! 

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!






Friday, April 10, 2020

Waffle Flower Everyday Paper Release Blog Hop


Hi guys!

It's still anniversary month at Waffle Flower, and though we didn't have a regular release, we have something really fun to share!  Waffle Flower now offers pattern paper! These papers are designed by cardmakers, so expect to see some new and innovative stuff!

The new Waffle Flower paper pads measure a generous 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches (half-page of US Letter size). Waffle Flower chose this size to give cardmakers more paper and less waste!  You can fold each page in half to make a standard landscape A2 card or trim a page in half to make two A2-sized card fronts. This larger size can also be used for A7-sized cards (5"x7").  The paper is a smooth, 80lb cover weight which is the perfect weight for layering, folding, stamping, and more.  Waffle Flower is releasing several lines including Everyday Basics (classic designs in different colorways), Modern Neutrals (graytone papers that are meant to be covered in custom color), and Designer Papers that are meant to pair with existing stamps and dies!  So now that you learned a bit more about the paper, let's take a look at some!  

I was lucky enough to work on a paper pad this month.  It's called JJ's Rainbows and that about says it all, doesn't it?  😁This paper pad has 12 different rainbow-themed designs.  They have been specially designed to work with my panel dies: Big Dots, Fresh Rainbow, and Hearts Panel, but they work with lots more too!  I'm super excited with how the papers turned out and I hope you like them too!

Let's start out with a super easy card first.  I used half of a page with a diagonal stripe rainbow pattern and layered the Big Dots panel over it.  The sentiment is just a word die inlaid into the center of the panel die cut.  Seriously, so easy!


This next card uses a vertical stripe page.  This time I die cut the pattern paper to make a panel.  As you can see, the lines match the design perfectly!  Great for layering over or behind the Hearts Panel die cut!


This first card uses the Half Half Dots paper in the Botanical colorway.  There are a ton of different dot color combos in these pads and it makes it so easy to coordinate like this.  And let's talk about the scale of the design?  I have so many scrapbook papers that are too big for cards.  I love them, but the scale is just too big.  The scale of this dotty paper is just right!


Here's another card with some Half Half Dots paper but this time with the Unicorn colorway.  I used the papers to paper piece their little outfits and it was so much fun.  Seriously forgot how satisfying fussy cutting can be?  (Am I the only one?). I added some translucent Nuvo dots and an oversized Thank You to finish it off.  This would be great for a teacher, don't you think?  Love those little Kamo kids!


For my last card, I used the Half Half Lines in the Enchanted colorway.  Each pad has a combination of colors that is great for rainbows.  So of course, I had to use it in the Fresh Rainbow panel.  I love the detail of the stripes in each bow.  


Those are my cards for today, but there's lots more to see in the hop!  YHere's the full list so you don't miss one stop!  

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away the entire Everyday Paper Bundle to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on April 12th, 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 4/15/2020.

From now till 11:59pm EDT on April 12th, all orders at $50 and over, placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mystery gift!

Mahalo and aloha,
JJ

P.S.  A kind reminder from Waffle Flower:"We appreciate every order we receive but we also recommend at this time of uncertainties, reserve your resources and use what you have first! Stay positive and healthy!"

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!

Take care!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

My Top 6 Favorite Waffle Flower Products Blog Hop


Hi everyone!

Today we're celebrating Waffle Flower's 6th birthday!!!  We're blog hopping with the DT and a bunch of really awesome guest designers showing our top 6 favorite products from Waffle Flower.

For me, my top 6 are:
So here are a few cards using some of my favorite products!  Not in any particular order, my first card uses the Fresh Rainbow Panel Die!  I love rainbows, so this one is a real favorite.  I like that you can use it in a variety of ways (shaker, inlaid, etc.) and you can use it portrait or landscape!  


For this one I used solid color cardstock inlaid into the rainbow.  Then I used my die cuts from the Cloudscape Panel die to make clouds in the open windows. The clouds are just layered on top of each other in the openings.  So easy!


My next couple of cards use the Sprigs dies and my nesting circles.  I love dies like the nesting dies and Sprigs dies for their simplicity and their versatility.  I enjoy the challenge of coming up with different ways to use the same products.

For this card, I die cut circles with the Sprigs dies and then backed it with colorful circles.  


It's a bit hard to see, but the colorful circles are heat embossed with lots of clear embossing.  They are super shiny and almost look like enamel!


For this card, I did something similar but instead, I watercolored the circle die cuts and put a Sprig die cut on top of each disc. 


Last but not least, I used my nesting circle dies again to cut a bunch of them in all different sizes.  Then I just did a random design over the card front.  Each circle is on foam tape.  Because the nesting dies (original and additional) sets cover almost every possible size imaginable, this was super easy to do!


I added the Oversized Hello word die and sentiment to finish it off.  


That's it for me today!

You're definitely going to want to check out the rest of the hop.  Here's the full list so you don't miss one stop!  
JJ Bolton (that's me!)

To celebrate its 6th Anniversary, Waffle Flower is hosting lots of giveaways on its YouTubeInstagram and Facebook.

For today’s hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $100 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm EDT on April 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 4/10/2020.

We are also hosting an Instagram Hop among all team members that will go live at 12:00 noon EDT today! Don’t forget to join us there!  All of our giveaways open to worldwide participants age 16 and above!

Happy Birthday Waffle Flower!
JJ

P.S.  We do not want to encourage impulsive purchases so we are not hosting a sale. Use what you have or join our giveaways here on the blog and on our YouTubeInstagram and Facebook! Stay calm and healthy!

From now till 11:59pm EDT on April 8th, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift! It’s a brand new product that will be released on April 10th! Sneak Peeks starts tomorrow!

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!

Take care!