Sunday, September 19, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 2: Feathered Friends 15, Border Bling: Snowflakes, & Inside Greetings: Snow

Hi guys! Welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink September release! Today I'm starting off with the Feathered Friends 15 dies. This little chubby bird is so cute! I put him over a simple shaker using the new Woodgrain stamp (more to come later!) and Skinny Postage Frames dies.


I love how the bird dies always have beautiful embossed details that look great when blended with ink. The background pine branches are from the Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday and the sentiment is from It's a Sign: Christmas Bough. 

This next card uses Border Bling: Snowflakes die as a rainbow card. This die was just screaming for the rainbow treatment!  

Because there was so much color around the frame, I thought I'd go with a simple white on white shaker that lets the sweet sentiment stand out. I added a vellum inner frame as a small extra detail that didn't make things too busy. The sentiment is from the Inside Greetings: Snow.

I'll see you back tomorrow for the Day 3 of the release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Papertrey Ink September Release Countdown Day 1: Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday, Vase Collection 4, Into the Blooms: Poinsettias, & Just Sentiments: Snow

We've got a little bit of a late start, but I'm excited about Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink September release! There are so many fun goodies this month and I've been busily crafting away with all of them! Let's start off today with the new Into the Blooms: Poinsettias set and the Just Sentiments: Snow set! 

The Into the Blooms: Poinsettias dies are a layering set and I used them with vellum. I wanted a wintery look to them, so I edged each flower with some coarse glitter. 


I love how the flowers look sugared! I backed the flowers with a Pierced Feature Frame cut with Dark Indigo cardstock to really make them stand out. 

If my first card was ice, the next card is fire! I used the Sprigs & Sprays: Holiday and Vase Collection 4 to create a fall card with hot pink and orange! I love the combo of Canyon Clay and Raspberry Fizz!

It was fun making a rustic card modern my switching up the colors and backing it with a bold polka dots (Bold Borders: Polka Dots Die). The sentiment is from the Say It Essentials set and fits perfectly on the Love to Layer: Scalloped Circle die cut.

There's lots more goodies in the release, so come back tomorrow for the Day 2 of the release!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Waffle Flower September 2021 Blog Hop


Welcome to Waffle Flower’s September 2021 Release Day! I’m happy to be hopping with the folks from Waffle Flower to show you all the fun new stuff awaiting you on the Waffle Flower website! This month, we’re looking to the change in season with some fall favorites with a sprinkling of everyday goodies! 


My first card today uses the Moon Bay Stencil Trio to make a clean and simple card. Before I stenciled this one, I taped off the edges. I love the white edges like a watercolor painting. I used Distress Oxides for this card for a softer look. The sentiment is from the Classic Sentiments set. 


I used the same stencil set to create this lighter version and added some birds from the Lighthouse set. This sentiment is from the Tender Thoughts set. 


These stencils are so fun to work with and so versatile! For this one, I left one section uninked so that I could stamp the sentiment. Don't be afraid to play around with colors and white space!


This next card uses the Nesting Oval Frames Die to create a channel for the enamel dots. The negative cut is just the right width for the largest size of the Waffle Flower enamel dots. 


The sentiment is from the new Sentiment Additions 2 set. These sets look so good die cut!


My last card today uses one of the Nesting Hexagon Frames dies. I cut them in different colors and then put them together in an interlocking pattern. The key to this technique is to lay out the pattern with the die cut pieces and then cut the frames so that the cuts hide behind another frame. 


Be sure to check out each stop in today’s blog hop for fun, inspiration, and chances to win some of these new release goodies! Next on the hop is the always amazing Laura Bassen!

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 Wednesday September 8th, 2021 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 Friday 9/10/2021.

There are more giveaways to enter on Instagram including 1 winner to receive the entire release! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

From now till Wednesday September 8th, 2021, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift (No code required!).

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, August 14, 2021

Papertrey Ink Release Countdown Day 4: Cover Plate: Apples

Happy weekend everyone! It's Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink release countdown and today I've got the new Cover Plate: Apples on the blog! 

I used the Cover Plate: Apples to make a card that makes me think of so many memories of when my boys were little. For many years, we would go apple picking with the kids. We live outside of Washington, DC, in Virginia, but you can find lots of apple orchards within just an hours drive. Many of the orchards have pumpkin patches and cute general stores filled with produce and baked goods. Such good times!

So today I recreated a scene from those days by using elements from Cover Plate: Apples, Cover Plate: Maple Leaves, and the Pumpkin Party dies. I cut all my elements and went to work with my Copics. I cut the top off the crate die from the Pumpkin Patch set to hold my picked apples. I colored the maple leaf die cuts with Copics and added some veining detail with a thin brown marker. I also colored the pumpkin die cuts with Copics. The pumpkin dies have embossing lines that you can use as guides for coloring. 

The sentiment is from the new Inside Greetings: Fall set and it was the perfect match! How cute are those mini apples?

 

Stop by the Papertrey Ink blog to see more about the new release including the Feathered Friends 14 and Spooktacular Kit!

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Friday, August 13, 2021

Papertrey Ink Release Countdown Day 3: Pumpkin Party, To Die For Sentiments: Hey Boo, Scene Everywhere: Winter, & From Our Home to Yours

Hi everyone! I've got a couple more projects for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink release countdown!  Today, I'm continuing the fall theme with a little of Christmas sprinkled in:)

My first card uses the new Pumpkin Party set. I have already made a bunch of cards with this set (more to come!). This set is so much fun with the outline pumpkin stamps and pattern stamps to decorate each pumpkin. I used the dies to create a silhouette pumpkin scene with the new To Die For Sentiments: Hey Boo word die. I think we all can agree that font on that word die is awesome!



This next card uses the Scene Everywhere: Winter and From Our Home to Yours sets to make a little mason jar snowglobe shaker! I'm obsessed with all the little houses in the From Our Home to Yours!  They coordinate perfectly with the scenery stamps and dies in the Scene Everywhere: Winter. I will definitely be making more holiday cards with these two! 



Stop by the Papertrey Ink blog for more release info on these sets and to see more samples! 

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Papertrey Ink Release Countdown Day 2: Haunted House & Boo Black Cat

Today I've got more projects for Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink release countdown! This time, it's black cats and Halloween for me!

This first card uses the new Haunted House stamps and dies! With all the little details in this set, you can do so many things. Great for treat bags, shaped cards, favors, etc.! I decided to do a little scene card with a spooky cat peering out of the attic in the Haunted House. So much fun! 



This next card uses the Cover Plate: Maple Leaves from yesterday's post with the new release Black Cat set. I love how you can easily make a bunch of fall leaves at one time with the Maple Leaves cover plate! I only needed to cut 2 batches of die cut leaves to cover this little Halloween kitty in a pile of leaves. Who says black cats have to be spooky?



Check out the Papertrey Ink blog for more release info on these sets as well as the Storybook Halloween and Cover Plate: Pumpkins

Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Papertrey Ink Release Countdown Day 1: Fall Bouquet & Cover Plate: Maple Leaf

Happy August everyone! I'm so excited because today I'm participating in my first release countdown with the Papertrey Ink Design Team! Such amazing folks over at Papertrey Ink and I don't have to tell you about all the amazing designs:) I have a couple of cards to share and I hope that you check out the Papertrey Ink blog for more! 

This first card uses the new Fall Bouquet set. This one lets you create your own pumpkin and flower arrangement. So much fun and such beautiful images in this set!




This next card uses the Cover Plate: Maple Leaves. I know you're thinking, where's the cover plate panel? Heehee! If you've seen my cards before, you know that I love getting the most from my supplies. So instead, I used the cover plate to make lots and lots of fall leaves!  You'll see some more of those leaves later this week, but here's a clean and simple use for them. I love the color gradient! 



Check back tomorrow for more from the release countdown! 
Mahalo and aloha!
JJ

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Waffle Flower August 2021 Blog Hop

 


Hi guys! Hope you all are having a wonderful August! We hope you had fun with our Christmas in July release last month. This month's release is a bit smaller, but still filled with some goodies for everyone!

The first card I'm sharing today uses the new set by Liz Mytinger called Coffee Shop Hamsters. This set works perfectly with the new Storebuilder Die set to make little cafe scenes like this. 

This month there's also some other coffee-themed goodies like the Nesting Coffee Cup Die set. I used this set to make some fun holiday tags. The tag on the left uses another new die from the Nesting Square Frame Die set. The block frames in this set are so versatile! Even for Santa's buckle! For my other tag, I used the new Poinsettia Blooms set to create a cup that reminds of a holiday Starbucks cup. 


Last up today is a super simple card I made using the Nesting Rectangle Frames Die set. Instead of using it for the frame, I used the die to cut the negative. The resulting die cut gave me perfect negative space to fill with colorful pom poms. 


I used the smallest pom poms in my stash for this one and it was so much fun! You may have seen another pom pom card from me last month, and I was so happy to pull them out again this month! Really, it's the most simple card, but those are the ones I love the most. The sentiment is from the new set Coffee Shop Talk.


That's it for me for the hop, but don't forget to check out our amazing guests and DT! The fantastic Laura Bassen is next, but here's the whole hop list!
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 Sunday August 8th, 2021 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 8/11/2021. From now till Sunday August 8th, 2021, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift (No code required!).

There are more giveaways to enter on Instagram including 1 winner to receive the entire release! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

Waffle Flower is hosting monthly challenges and this month it’s all about Unexpected Supplies! 
The link party has started now! Find more details here!

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! 



Monday, July 5, 2021

Waffle Flower July 2021 Release Blog Hop


Welcome everyone! I'm so excited today because it's Waffle Flower Christmas is July 2021 release blog hop! July is always reserved for the holidays at Waffle Flower and today we've got a huge release! I'm a super slow cardmaker, so I love getting the chance to start early on my card stash. 

The first card I'm sharing today uses the new set by Liz Mytinger called Hamster Family. The hamsters are some of my favorite characters at Waffle Flower and I love that this set allows me to make personalized cards for the holidays! 

 

I die cut little "photos" of my hamster family and arranged them in a tree shape. I love all that the set has lots of family members from babies to adults and tons of accessories! The sentiment is from the new set Cozy Holiday Sentiments.


This next card may be one of my favorites even though it was the simplest and easiest to make!  I took the Classic Snowflake Die and added mini pom poms! The sentiment is from the previously released Classic Holiday Sentiments heat embossed in white with a bit of hand drawn sticthing. That's it! Such a fun card to make!


This next card uses a die that I designed based on a card that I made last year. I love the design so much, I thought I'd design a die set that would allow me to make lots of the same card this year. The Slimline Christmas Die set is such a value because you get a slimline stitch panel, a single die that cuts a large triangle tree with the star (no more fussing with lining up your die cutting), and even a few extra trees and a label. 

With this car, I used the largest die that cuts the triangle tree (with the stitching on the outside) and the star (with the stitched rays) at the same time. I backed the opening with a bit of a panel die that came out earlier this year, the Triple Line Diamond Panel. I love that you can back the opening with practically anything! I will be playing with this one lots and lots this year!


If you're wondering about the original card that inspired the die, I made a new version! This new version uses the Oversized Joy set as a sentiment, but is very similar to my original with the rainbow stripes using the Skinny Stripes die. 


I have a whole stash of stripes already cut, so this one came together pretty quickly! I love how the Oversized Joy fits perfectly over the card. 


And for my last card, I have a fun shaker card using the Classic Snowflake die! I recently got some little faux sprinkles and it was just what I needed to make this small shaker. 



The sentiment is from the new Labelmaker Holiday set. Even during the holidays, it's still fun to bring in the rainbow colors!


 That's it for me, but I know that the rest of the team and the guests have a TON more cards and they are amazing! The awesome Laura Bassen is next, but here's the whole list because you don't want to 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 Wednesday July 7th, 2021 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 7/9/2021.

There are more giveaways to enter on Instagram including 1 winner to receive the entire release! Follow us at @waffleflowercrafts so you don’t miss out! 

From now till Wednesday July 7th, 2021, all orders placed at waffleflower.com will receive a mysterious gift (No code required!).

Don't forget that Waffle Flower is hosting monthly challenges and this month it’s all about Christmas! The link party has started now! Find more details here!
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, June 5, 2021

Waffle Flower June 2021 Release Blog Hop

 

This month is a special month for me because it's the rainbow release at Waffle Flower! Rainbows are close to my heart for a number of reasons, but they are like a touchstone for me. I'm from the Rainbow state (Hawaii, of course) and rainbows are our thing;) But really, who doesn't love a rainbow? 

 

So with that, less talk and more rainbow! This first card uses the Sun Rays dies. You need these dies! So great for making sunburst or ray patterns with paper. I used a full spectrum to create this CAS card. I made a couple extra cards with the scraps from this card, so it was definitely worth all the cutting! The perfect sentiment is from the new Oversized Rainbow


Speaking of Oversized Rainbow, I used the word die from that set for this card. The background is the new Quilt Cross Panel die all rainbowed up! 


I love that I have a rainbow die cut panel "scrap" to make another card! We'll take a look at this panel again later in the post.


This next card pairs the Slimline Rainbow die and the Unicorns by Liz Mytinger! I thought I'd mix it up by doing the rainbow white and the unicorns rainbow:) This was a giant shaker and I used a ton of sequins and glitter. Still finding them all over my desk!



This next card uses the Duo-tone Heart Stencil with the Get Well Sentiment stamp and die. I have been needing lots of Get Well cards lately, so this set will come in handy for me. The stencil is intended for making a single or duo-tone background, but the staggered openings make it super easy to do multi-color. I stenciled over a panel die cut with the A2 Piercing Panel die. I don't really stitch, but this panel brings in just the right touch of texture without getting too busy. 


And we're still going! This card uses the Rustic Rainbow die with some cloud shakers! I used some of the WF patterned papers to create an inlaid rainbow and added a sentiment from the Oversized Rainbow. Tip for you all, most of the "Oversized" sets also have the main sentiment in the smaller block font that matches the subsentiments. Sometimes you just need it small:)


For the last card, I die cut the Quilt Cross Panel die again, but just used the panel. I added some dots with my jewel drops and added a huge "Love You" sentiment die cut. For a softer background I backed the panel with vellum. If you like the look of the quilt background, there's also the Quilt Hexagon and Quilt Circle panel dies this month!


Whew! That was a rainbow marathon today! I hope you are enjoying the rainbow release. Be sure to check out each stop in today’s blog hop for fun, inspiration, and chances to win some of these new release goodies! Next on the hop is the amazing and fun Laura Bassen!

 (Here's the whole list in case you missed anyone!)

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 Monday June 7th, 2021 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 6/9/2021.

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


Waffle Flower is hosting monthly challenges and this month it’s all about rainbows! The link party will start on June 15th! Find more details here!


Mahalo and aloha!
JJ