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!






48 comments:

  1. Love the graduation cards... And brilliant cards for father's day

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  2. Love all you're cards! So fun to do the money as a diploma and great choice in colors ;)

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  3. I especially love the graduation cards. It's so important to encourage our grads this year and to let them know they are special and are loved. You have done that with these awesome products and cards!

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  4. Your cards are amazing and creative

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  5. JJ, these are fantastic! I LOVE that shaker card! What a great way to use all of those little punch outs!

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  6. I love what you did with all the dies! Especially your graduation cards! JUST FABULOUS!

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  7. These cards are soooo awesome!!! Great ideas with dies and wonderful extra details!

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  8. You've shared a lovely range of cards with these panel dies, how clever to add the money rolled with acetate that resembles a certificate! Thanks so much for the delightful inspiration.

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  9. Such a wonderful array of cards! Love your designs.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Nice shares. Good use of the dies for the background.

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  11. SQUEAL!! Such AMAZING Inspiration!! I LOVE it ALL!! Shakers are my FAVORITE, so I LOVE the ideas!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  12. The mortarboard die is very cute----it makes such a great background with all of those tiny hats.

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  13. Fun cards! Like how you used the left over graduation caps as shaker fillers.

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  14. Love the graduation cards, especially the one where you created the depth and line to the hat, it looks incredible. And such fabulous masculine cards, something I'm not good at making at all!!

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  15. Such cute cards! Love them all, but I’m partial to the Grads cards since my grandson is a Senior this year. I don’t know how they’ll handle graduation yet. He’s in Illinois and I’m in South Carolina, but at least I can send him a card. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  16. Such cute cards! Love them all, but I’m partial to the Grads cards since my grandson is a Senior this year. I don’t know how they’ll handle graduation yet. He’s in Illinois and I’m in South Carolina, but at least I can send him a card. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  18. Genius to use grad cap bits as shaker pieces!

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  19. These cards are spot on fabulous!

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  20. Wonderful cards - love the shaker

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  21. I love the bold colours and design's of your cards

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  22. All of these are fantastic, but I love the idea of your first card, with the $$$ attached! Very neat and creative way of delivering some cash to the graduate ;-)

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  23. Your cards are so colorful and fun! Love the flipped-hat trick on the first card and the details you added to the beers in the last few.

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  24. Great cards...love the trick you used with the grad hat die panel.

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  25. Beautiful cards! Love the idea to use the little graduation hats and the stars as shaker elements! Thank you for the amazing inspiration ❤️

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  26. I love your design of the graduation products. Great job. Yes it is important to make sure the 2020 graduates feel extra special. Most will not have ceremonies, one principal in Jacksonville, FL, went to each Senior’s house and had a little graduation ceremony. I salute that principal. He’s a wonderful leader and a great example to the Seniors.

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  27. Wonderful grad cards using the new release! :)

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  28. OMG - LOVE your work - the graduation card ideas have really helped me to overcome my creative block - I am going to case these - especially love the shaker card

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  29. These are great cards. I LOVE how you used the Star Panel Die with the Father's Day card. It's awesome this way, and I'm sure it's super versatile.

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  30. I love your grad cards and this is the year, I have no graduations.Your work is very creative and love The BEER cards!

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  31. SUPER CARDS, JJ!!! LOVE your Graduation Cards! I have a daughter that will be graduating in a few years & these sets would be WONDERFUL for her special day!!! ;)<3

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  32. JJ- your design work on the grad elements is fabulous! And then your tips for using w/ the cap flip, to the creative addition of money, re-use of the cap scraps, and incorporation of school colors-- so clever and very helpful. Your FD cards are great, too-- love the frost and extra suds on the glass. I am in awe of your creativity and thank you for sharing it with us. Be Well!

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  33. Awesome cards! I'm really loving the Graduation Panel Die and the color combos you used for your grad cards! Your Home Brew cards look great too... fab coloring!

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  34. My son is one of those students who will be missing out on his graduation, so I really like your graduation cards. Great ideas!

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  35. Awesome graduation cards. All of your cards are fun and fabulous, thanks for sharing this new release .

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  36. Your cards are awesome! I especially love the new star panel die.

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  37. Beautiful cards! Love the fun colors and layering. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. You made very great designs. Love them

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  39. What a clever layering trick used on the graduation card! The acetate tube is great too!

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  40. That was my first thought too, confetti bits from the cover plates! Beautiful catds. Love the coloring and sparkles yay!, Thanks for the inspiration and please continue to stay safe!

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  41. Such vivid and colorful cards and loving how you used the star die for several of them!! Super gorgeous ways to layer all the new releases together!

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  42. Gorgeous cards. Love the images and colours. Great design too.
    Valerija xx

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  43. Great variety of cards. My favorite is the first graduation card.

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