[Guest] Doily Circle, 3 Ways with Ashwini Rao

on October 31, 2016
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Hello everyone! Its Ashwini for my second (and last! Sniff!) post as a Guest Designer! Today, I am sharing a few cards using the Waffle Flower Crafts Doily Circle. This is a die that I really love, but haven't made many projects out of - so I challenged myself to use this die in a variety of ways - 3 ways in fact. So here goes -

Technique 1 - Aluminum foil

wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-01 Using aluminum foil might be an old techqniue, but it is new for me! :) Moreover, since this is such an intricate die, I learnt a thing or two about using it as well. I used double sided, thin tape to adhere the foil. wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-02 Here are a few tips (more like things I found out by trial and error!!) - * I tried the technique twice - with some wider tape and then some thinner ones. I actually found the thinner ones to be helpful, since I could remove then bit by bit, adhering the die cut as I went along. It was a bit difficult to remove the backing partially, with the wider tape. * After adhering, if you find that it hasn't stuck properly, or the foiling looks too wrinkled, don't worry! Just roll it along your die cut machine, and flatten it out. It will look gorgeous! :) * If you die cut tears, don't worry. Just stick it in the right place. When you flatten the whole piece, you won't even see it. Same with a torn piece. If you can't find the missing piece just save the negative pieces - you can cut it and adhere it in place. And no one will know!! ;) * Since the foil can be easily colored with alcohol inks, you can get make your own pretty colors to use! Supplies Used: Doily Circle, Leafy

Technique 2 - Cut it out

All you have to do is do some careful fussy cutting, and you get two pretty die cuts for your crafty projects! :) wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-03 Here are the two cards - wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-04 For this card, I also created a mask, just by cutting out a scribbled circle out of some scrap paper, which I used to apply the distress inks. I then adhered the die cuts on them. wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-05 You could trim the inner piece further and get flowers of 3 sizes to use in a project - an idea can be to color them in different or ombre colors and stack them, for a pretty look. Supplies Used: Doily Circle, A Bunch, Lacy Flower, Congrats

Technique 3 - Backgrounds using Gesso and Paints

wfc-20161031-doily-circle-3-ways-ashwini-06 For my last technique, I die cut two pieces of the die cut, then used gesso to place and adhere the pieces on a card panel. Once this dried, I used some acrylic paint to add some color and splatters, and used this as a base to make my card. I the cut out the flowers and sentiment and adhered these on the card. Supplies Used: Doily Circle, A Bunch, Monochrome I had so much fun making these projects, and I hope you had as much fun looking and gotten inspired too!! Thank you so much Waffle Flower Crafts, for having me over as a Guest Designer!

[Guest] Little Stamps Background with Monochrome Animals by Ashwini Rao

on October 17, 2016
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Hello everyone! Its Ashwini here. Thank you so much Waffle Flower Crafts, for having me over as a Guest Designer! I have a couple of cards today with the cute animals from the Monochrome stamp set - wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-04 I've used some pattern paper and some custom made background for these two cards. I chose all the little stamps from Waffle Flower I could find in my stash (I've used stamps from MonochromeA BunchCongrats and Lacy Flower). wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-01 I then chose a series of at least 6-8 colors for each card, choosing greens, blues and grey for the card with the zebra and pinks, yellows and grey for the one with the mice (grey makes as good a combination as black with any other color!!) and started stamping on a card panel. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-02 Once I was done, I also stamped the cute animals and the speech bubbles + sentiments on scrap cardstock and fussy cut them. I also added a piece of torn vellum for the card with the mice, since the critters themselves are too small to draw focus on them..and the vellum would soften the background and draw the line of sight. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-03 Finally, I covered the card base with pattern paper, and then adhered my stamped panels on them before foam mounting the critters and the sentiments, along with some wood veneer embellishments. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-05 wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-06 Did you notice that the cards can easily be interchanged into masculine or feminine cards, based on the colors - for example, the mice card could be made to a Dad card, using the blues and greens instead of the pinks and reds! So easy!! :) Hope you liked the cards I made, and could get some inspiration from them! Thank you so much for having me over today!! Have a great day! Ashwini Stamp sets used: Monochrome, A Bunch, Congrats and Lacy Flower

Inspiration from the Challenge Team – November 9

on November 09, 2015
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Annette, Shelly and Laura Jane are here to share their takes on the November Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! wfc-201511-technique-masking wfc-201511-photo wfc-201511-sketche Don't forget the check out the full detail on their personal blogs!

Annette Allen

I stamped the bear image first in center. Using masking paper I stamped the bear again and covered so I could create this fun feather wreath around the bear. Stamp the feather image twice on masking paper and trim. Stamp cover..stamp cover. You can use the same masking paper several times.
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Using: Tribal Bear Stamp Set; Tribal Thank You Stamp Set; Tribal Bear Die

Shelly Kurth
I started by stamping on my leaves on multiple post it notes and cutting them out for the masks. After, I stamped my first leaf on my card where I wanted it. Then used a mask and stamped on my next leaf. I continued this process until I was happy with the amount of leaves I had and being sure to leave some space to add my monkeys in.
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Using: Willy Stamp Set; Faye Stamp Set; Willy & Friends Stamp Set; Leafy Stamp Set

Laura Jane
Die cuts from A Bunch made the perfect masks for the floral background.
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Using: A Bunch Stamp Set; A Bunch Die; Pattern Play Stamp Set; Willy and Friends Stamp Set; Willy and Friends Die; Holiday Label 1 Die; Doily Circle Stamp Set

--- Thank you for sharing with us, ladies! We love the variety in how you have applied the masking technique! Such inspiration! Join us by linking your projects here! wfc-201511-technique-masking wfc-201511-photo wfc-201511-sketche Find time to create and make something today!

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Five for Friday - Resourceful Repetition by Lorena

on June 26, 2015
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DesignTeamHeadshots-LorenaCantoHello friends! Lorena here today with your Five for Friday fix! This week my post tackles a design topic, one of the many axiomas I wasn’t aware of before jumping into the paper crafting world. There are many: the rule of thirds, the wonders of white space and, of course, repetition as a design resource. And it’s a powerful one! Repetition can be pleasing to the eye and it’s an easy way to add balance to a composition, still allowing you to play with color, placement and texture.   Let’s see a few examples…
  1. Repetition is not some fancy concept graphic designers invented. It’s been on beautiful nature for thousands of years. Think about the rings on a tree trunk, flower petals, honeycomb
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  1. It can give some stunning results when wisely applicated to architecture
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  1. One thing that can make repetition visually powerful is introducing an element of rupture. Think about a “one of a kind” inspired card…

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  1. Who knew that a bunch of trashed green bottles could be so pleasing to the eye? Once again, repetition in concept and color is the key factor here.
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  1. One last example, this time to repetition applied to graphic design. Here, the designer played with color and placement. Isn’t it amazing how a simple bird shape can convey such a great and clear message?
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So for my card, I took the repetition rule and ran with it, combining a single image with symmetry, texture and color. I used Gemstone stamp set and the sentiment comes from A Bunch stamp set. gems 1 The texture comes from the glitter I added to the gems. gems 2 As a final touch, I finished the inside of the card gems 3And that’s it for today! Will you give a try to repetition in your card making? Have a fantastic weekend! --- Thank you for sharing with us today, Lorena! We love that you stamped the inside of your card too! Find time to create and make something today!

[WIW Video] Stamped Flowers with Hand-drawn Detail

on June 10, 2015
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Watch-It-Wednesday-square DesignTeamHeadshots_MaylineHello friends! Mayline here today. I'm sharing how to give your flowers a different look by adding hand drawn lines to the petals! In the video, I used A Bunch Stamp Set and Summer Blend Inkpad (10 & 15).

[Video] Stamped Flowers with Hand-drawn Detail - Mayline Jung

Watch it below or in HD on our Youtube Channel http://youtu.be/FD3sdBtQprM mayline-love-you-a-bunch-card mayline-love-you-a-bunch-card-closeup Here are some more cards using the same technique. mayline-a-bunch-card mayline-congrats-card I hope you like my card and are inspired to add hand-drawn details to your stamped images! - Mayline Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards with us today, Mayline! You are so talented! Find time to create and make something today!

A Card, A Sneak Peek + A Winner!

on June 05, 2015
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WFC-Nina-HeadshotHappy friday, everyone! Nina here! I'm snowed under with the preparation of our July release so we will skip this week's Five for Friday post. But I still found time to create a quick card for our current Waffle Flower Challenge! You have until Sunday, June 7 to enter! Waffle Flower Challenge-20150525 I drew inspiration from the colors and the doily floor mat for my card. Pretty straight forward, isn't it? congrats-so-happy-for-you-card I heat embossed the zebra and the flower in white on vellum for a soft look. congrats-so-happy-for-you-card-closeup Our Doily Square Die just makes everything prettier! Thank you for stopping by! Find time to create and make something today!

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A Sneak Peek

Wonder what's the theme for our new release? Think tropical! Here is a sneak peek for you! Join us on the 16th for a full preview of the new products! WFC Summer 2015 Sneak Peek

Winner for Tombow + Waffle Flower Blog Hop

Thank you to everyone who joined us in this fun hop! The random winner drawn from comments left on all of our blogs is: tombow-bloghop-winner-number tombow-bloghop-winner Congrats Brithzi! Please contact us via the following email to claim your prize: waffle-flower-email

- Doily Square Stamp Set

- Doily Square Die

tombow-wfc-hop-prize Find time to create and make something today!

[Guest] One Stamp Three Ways - Yana Smakula

on June 01, 2015
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Hello everyone! We have three cheerful cards from Yana for you today! We especially love how she used the banner stamp from our Congrats Stamp Set on all three cards. 271035 Congrats Stamp Set

Card 1: Celebrate

yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Celebrate-1L Yana stamped the solid banner on the lower right of the white panel in yellow and the "Celebrate" sentiment in black on top. This pop of color ties the sentiment back to the flower bouquet (from A Bunch Stamp Set), which is also colored in pink/yellow. yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Celebrate-2L Yana also heat embossed the flowers in silver to add more pizazz to her card. yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Celebrate-3L Did you notice that Yana left the top portion of her card blank? This "white space" leaves room for your eyes to rest and makes the focal stand out even more.

Card 2 Congrats

yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Congrats-1L On her second card, Yana paired the sentiment with our Rosette Hearts Templates Die. yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Congrats-4L This "front and center" design is a great way to showcase a handmade embellishment. yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Congrats-3L Did you notice the solid banner peeking behind the rosettes? Adorable little details can add a lot to a clean and simple card!

Card 3 Yippee

yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Yippee-5L Yana took the solid banner stamp from Congrats Stamp Set further by stamping a background on her third card! yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Yippee-6L We love that she bent the sides of the heart shaped balloons for some extra dimension! yana-smakula-2015-Waffle-Flower-Yippee-1L Thank Yana for sharing these three cheerful cards with us today! Check out Yana's awesome video showing you step-by-step how she created theses cards! Find time to create and make something today!

Tombow + Waffle Flower Blog Hop

on May 29, 2015
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BLOG-HOP-BADGE-TOMBOW WFC-Nina-HeadshotHello everyone! It's Nina here! We are excited to team up with our friends at Tombow to bring you another fun blog hop with awesome prizes! I'm sharing a video focusing on a fun & easy twist of the popular no-line watercolor look with the help of some Tombow Dual Brush Pens! Here are the two cards I made in the video: tombow hop a bunch cards

[Video] Faux Painting Technique with Tombow Markers

Watch it below or in HD on our Youtube Channel. After diecutting the flowers I "painted" with the brush tips of the Dual Brush Pens (from Soda Shop Set), I stamped the flowers with stems (from A Bunch Stamp Set) on a A2 card base and adhered the flowers in place. I used the bullet brush tips to draw the three lines at top for perfect color matching! tombow-pens-love-a-bunch-card On the second card, I also used the bullet tip of the pink pen to draw the lines on a card base. I then adhered a piece of blue cardstock to the bottom of the card and die cut a circle layer from Flower Circles Die to mat the flower and sentiment (from A Bunch Stamp Set). circled-love-a-bunch-card Fun and easy, right? :)

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Stop by all participating blogs for more inspiration on using Waffle Flower stamps and dies with Tombow pens and adhesives!

Waffle Flower Blog <-- You're Here! Amanda Coleman Jennie Garcia Lorena Cantó Jennifer Priest Sabrina Alery Daniella Hayes Mayline Jung Latrice Murphy Tessa Wise Beth Watson Katie Gehring Tombow Blog

Giveaways

We are giving away  a set of Doily Square Die and Doily Square Stamp Set. Leave a comment on all participating blogs for your chances to win! Enter by June 2! tombow-wfc-hop-prize Tombow is giving away a set of Bright Dual Brush Pens, the Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid GlueTombow Adhesive Dots and Tombow Foam Tape. Check out the giveaway details on Tombow Blog! Waffle Flower Blog Hop Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Winners for Waffle Flower Challenge (April 27 - May10)

on May 15, 2015
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Hello everyone! We are here to announce the winners for our last Waffle Flower Challenge! We are thrilled to see every one of your cards! Thank you for sharing the fun with us!

Guest Spot Winner

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6. Beth Harriman

There are so many beautiful details on Beth's card! We love the copic shading, the tinny tiny white dots on the petals and the randomly stamped background! To see how Beth created this card, check out her VIDEO!

Random Winner

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14. Shona Chambers

Congratulations, Beth and Shona! Please email us your choice of a stamp set along with your snail mail address to claim your prize! waffle-flower-email Thank everyone for joining us!

More Fun Challenge

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A new Waffle Flower Challenge is live! Share your creations here!

Faber-Castell + Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 4

on May 14, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 3 of Faber-Castell and Waffle Flower Inspiration Week! We team up with our friends at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to bring you an entire week of mixed-media inspiration! Blog-hop-badge-Faber-Castell-Waffle-Flower We have Amanda here today! DesignTeamHeadshots_Amanda Hello Everyone!  I hope you have been enjoying Waffle Flower Crafts + Faber Castell week as much as I have.  A long time fan of gesso, I was super excited to pair Faber Castell whipped spackle with Waffle Flower inks and stamps.
Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card
​I knew I wanted to pair the flowers from the A Bunch Stamp Set with black and white stripes.  I wanted the flowers to pop against the striped background so I added a thin layer of whipped spackle to create contrast on the front of the card.  I created the sentiment by die cutting the Congrats Die four times and stacking them on top of one another to add some dimension.
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​I love how the texture of the whipped spackle comes right through the stamped image.  I also love that you can still see the stripes through the thin layer of spackle.  The little imperfections in the whipped spackle surface add a lot of character to the card.
Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card 1
Applying a thin layer of whipped spackle to patterned paper is easy and doesn't require any special tools.  ​Simply scoop out a little bit of whipped spackle and spread it around with a popsicle stick.  I wanted the area of the spackle to be just a bit bigger than the flower stamp, so I kept the stamp set near for easy reference.  It takes a little while for the whipped spackle to dry, but you can speed it up a bit by using a heat gun to dry the spackle.
Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card 2
Stamp your first color right on top of the dry spackle.  Press your stamp firmly to make a nice impression.Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card 3 ​Stamp your accent colors one at a time.  I used #2 and #4 from the Spring Blend Inkpad and #16 from the Summer Blend Inkpad.  Embrace the imperfect ink coverage.  It looks artsy.Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card
Thanks for stopping by today!
Thank you for sharing this fun technique with us, Amanda!

Blog Hop Prize

waffle-flower-crafts-logo-RGB We have prepared a $50 gift certificate to our store as this week's prize! A random winner will be drawn from comments left on all the postings for this event! Enter before 11:59 pm Eastern on May 17, 2014. The winner will be announced on May 18. Don't forget to check out Design Memory Craft Blog and their Facebook for more inspiration and prizes! See you tomorrow!