Freckled Fawn + Waffle Flower Blog Hop with Katie Gehring

on September 05, 2014
Waffle-Flower-Freckled-Fawn-Blog-Hop Hello everyone! Welcome to day 5 of a week long inspiration brought to you by Freckled Fawn and Waffle Flower Crafts! We have simplified the blog hop to two stops - our blog here and the blog of Freckled Fawn. Stop by both of our blogs for inspiration and prizes! We have our very talented design team member: Katie Gehring here today! DesignTeamHeadshots-KatieGehringHello friends, Katie here taking over the Waffle Flower blog today for the Waffle Flower + Freckled Fawn Blog Hop.  All week long the Waffle Flower Design Team gals have been sharing ideas for cards and project using Waffle Flower stamps and fun embellishments from our friends at Freckled Fawn. I have to admit that I don't find myself reaching for embellishments too often, but I do love what they add to a project, and I am in total awe of designers that use them well.  For me, embellishments need to contribute something meaningful to the design by drawing attention to a focal point, leading your eye around the project or even helping you make your statement.  With the help of Freckled Fawn, I put together three projects that I hope do just that.
First up, is a card with"flair."  When I was browsing the Freckled Fawn shop, I came across the Lovely flair set where the font used for the hello badge reminded me very much of the Flower Circle Stamp Set.  I combined the two to create a colorful Hello card for a friend.
The flair embellishment works for me here because it helps create the sentiment and make my statement.  The sequins (from my stash) lead your eye around the card.
The next two cards make use of the Summertime Airmail Washi Tape, Emoticon Wood Chips, and the Arrow Sampler Paper Clips along with Waffle Flower's Bowtiful and Bowtiful Additions stamp sets.
The Emoticon Wood Chips made me think of all the awesome adjectives that Nina included in Bowtiful and Bowtiful Addition stamp sets.  Taking color cues from the washi tape, I trimmed a piece of lined patterned paper to 3 x 4 and stamped the words in summery shades of pink, orange, and yellow and adhered a wood chip face next to each word.
I matted the stamped panel with some bright pink cardstock and attached it with a bit of washi to a piece of yellow cardstock that I stamped with the random star pattern from Bowtiful.  I added a green arrow paper clip to draw the eye to the sentiment- plus it adds a fun interactive element. 
Finally, I couldn't resist making a card with the sad face emoticon wood chip.
While I used the same general colors, I adhered the matted stamped panel to a piece of patterned paper for a bit of a different look.  The arrow clip points to the win, but you could also position it to fail depending on the situation.  If you are planning to mail the card, you may want to secure the clip with a glue dot so that the card doesn't inadvertently convey an unintended message.
For both of these cards, the wood chips, arrow clips and washi were central to the design on the cards and selected intentionally.  Each of these embellishments serves an important role by helping convey the card message and drawing attention to the focal point.
That's all for me today!  Don't forget to check back tomorrow for a post by the amazing Joni Andaya!

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[Tutorial] You Make Me Dream Card

on July 29, 2014
Hello everyone! I'm very excited to share today's card. I think I outdid myself! I can finally put these products away for a while, knowing that I've done my best. We are going to showcase our next release in a couple of days! It will be another whole round of fun! Can't wait to share with you! wfc-you-make-me-dream-card wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-closeup I was cleaning my craft table and found a piece of green paper that was left from a card I made earlier (another one of my favorites, click here to see it). And my Rock My World Die Set and Surface- Tag Die - Scallop Add-on were still left on the table from the last project. So I combined them again! wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-1 I love the funky shapes the rock dies created. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-2 You could create a similar flower with an oval die but it wouldn't have so much character to it. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-3 The petals were created from the leftover scallop frames: wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-4 I colored and doodled on one of them. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-5 Then I played around with the stamps position. Stems are from Flower Circles Stamp Set. The sentiment is from a new stamp set that will be introduced on August 3. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-6 What do you call this part of a flower? wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-7 Foam adhesives to add some dimension to the flowers. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-8 Wink of Stella pen to add some shine to the petals. wfc-you-make-me-dream-card-step-9 Fun, right? Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting! See you on Friday August 1!


Five for Friday & A Poppy Pod Bouquet Card

on June 27, 2014
Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I drew the flower pod in our Flower Circles Stamp Set with a poppy pod in mind. It makes me smile every time I see it in use. This week's Five for Friday, I'm sharing some love for poppy pods.

Five for Friday

For a rustic wedding

[caption id="attachment_11256" align="aligncenter" width="433"]poppy-pods-rustic Source: JL Designs[/caption]

Fresh with coral

[caption id="attachment_11255" align="aligncenter" width="383"]poppy-pods-coral Source: Au Courant[/caption]

Simple & Elegant

[caption id="attachment_11258" align="aligncenter" width="400"]poppy-pod-for-the-groom Source: Devlin Photos[/caption]

Dried & Dyed

[caption id="attachment_11257" align="aligncenter" width="570"]poppy-pods-dried-dye-yellow Source: EcoLecticEvents on Etsy[/caption]

In Print

[caption id="attachment_11254" align="aligncenter" width="466"]poppy-pods-painting Source: unitedthread on Etsy (by Michelle Morin)[/caption] I like how Michelle describes the poppy pods: they are "like little jewels of the garden".

Poppy Pod Bouquet Card

I was so inspired by the poppy pod bouquet photo that I made this card: [caption id="attachment_11270" align="aligncenter" width="600"]wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card Poppy Pods: Flower Circles Stamp Set
"Love You": Notions Stamp Set
Sentiment Diecut Surface – Tag Die – Scallop Add-on.[/caption]


Here is how to create this look: 1. Stamp 5 pods on some scrap piece of white cardstock, using Peeled Paint distress ink. wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card-step-1 2. Cut-out closely following the stamp. Don't worry if you have white edges, the inking will cover them all up. Color the bottom half with Evergreen Bough distress ink.wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card-step-2 3. Color the top portion with Peacock Feathers distress ink. Blend together. Add more color if needed. wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card-step-3 4. Cut thin stripes of white cardstock (about 1/8") and color as shown below for the stems. wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card-step-4 5. Adhere to card with foam adhesive for dimension. wfc-poppy-pod-bouquet-card-closeup Easy, right? I don't use my distress inks often but every time I use them, I am impressed with the results :) I had a lot of fun making this card!

A Heads-up

June 28th, Tomorrow Joni will share some fun ways to use our Surface Tag Dies. June 30, Monday Remember to checkout Lorena's Blog! There will be another GIVEAWAY! July 2nd, Wednesday All products will be back in stock! July 5th, Saturday Waffle Flower Design Team Blog Hop!  


Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Flower Circles Hello Card

on June 23, 2014
Hello everyone! Popped in to share a card I made with our Flower Circles Stamp Set. flower-circles-hello-card I first stamped the poppy pod outline on white cardstock. flower-circles-hello-card-starting After I created the background, I stamped the label from Bowtiful Additions Stamp Set and cut out. I used a circle punch to open the inside of the label for my scissors to get in. flower-circles-hello-card-punch Then I added some sparkle with a glitter pen and some enamel dots. flower-circles-hello-card-closeup I had fun playing with some of my old inks on this card. Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

[The Missing Manual for Card Making] Stretch A Sketch

on June 16, 2014
Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a post for a series of postings I've wanted to do for a while. I am one of those people who reads every word in a user manual and hopes there is one for everything, haha! While I am still learning new things everyday, I think I should go ahead and document what I've learned. I will share simple bite-size tips in the hope that they will be helpful to someone else too. When I first stumbled across card sketches, I felt like that I found a piece of that missing manual for card making. A sketch takes out the majority of the "guess work". I believe limitation is what stimulates creativity! The example I'm using today is the sketch for our current Waffle Flower Challenge. It was based on the card on the right. Waffle Flower Challenge Sketch 2014-06nina-yang-waffle-flower-challenge-sketch-card We can follow a sketch closely or give it a little twist to make our card standout. Stretch a sketch is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Rotate the sketch

This should be the first thing we try whenever we get a new sketch. Rotate the sketch, see the options and discover the possibilities. In my case today, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees clockwise. Waffle Flower Challenges

2. Give it Meaning

I've found the most effective way to make a card standout in a sketch challenge is to give it meaning. Remember all the elements in a sketch can be replaced with other shapes, images or embellishments? When I saw these circles, I wanted to make them into balloons! So I pulled out my Flower Circles Stamp Set and picked a couple of circles to stamp on a scrap piece of white cardstock. I used both sides of the circle stamps. I then used a pencil to draw a little triangle tail for each balloon. nina-yang-strech-your-sketch-balloon-birthday-card-flower-circles Cut them out as shown and I had my "meaningful" elements for the card. nina-yang-strech-your-sketch-balloon-birthday-card-balloons

3. Add a Special Touch

As I was playing with the layout elements, I decided to create a birthday scene for my card. nina-yang-strech-your-sketch-balloon-birthday-card-layout At this point, we were getting close to make a card that makes people wow. But it still needed something special. For example, the white piece of cardstock looked plain. So I replaced it with a cloud patterned paper (I think we need cloud stamps, anyone?). Balloons don't just float in the air, right? No brainer, let's add the strings! nina-yang-strech-your-sketch-balloon-birthday-card-closeup The sentiment form our Surface – Tag Stamp Set is just perfect for this card! I popped the pieces on with some foam adhesive to add dimension. I stopped here for a clean look but you can continue to add special touches here and there to make your card you!
  • Add glitter to the balloons?
  • Use a white pen to add highlights?
  • Stamp some cloud with Versamark ink on the card base to create a subtle background?
  • Add Enamel dots? Sequins? Buttons?
  • Ink the edges? Round the corners?
The possibilities are endless, right? :) nina-yang-strech-your-sketch-balloon-birthday-card Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you are inspired to create something with a sketch! Happy Crafting!

Waffle Flower Crafts June Release Day 3 - Introducing Flower Circles Stamp Set

on June 03, 2014
Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of Waffle Flower Crafts June, 2014 Release! All of our new products will be available for purchase on June 5th. Today's stamp set is my personal favorite in this release! My motivation for this set was simple – we need circles, textures and  flowers!!


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Introducing Flower Circles Stamp Set

Flower Circles Stamp Set Preview

Stamp Cheat Sheet

Flower Circles Stamp Set Examples


A simple two-step stamping on our Surface – Tag. The sentiment is a sneak peek for tomorrow's set ;) nina-yang-love-card I adhered our new Tag Hole Reinforcer to the rectangle to create a faux tag look. Easy peasy! nina-yang-love-card-closeup I used the circle stamps on my second card. nina-yang-circled-hello-card I first stamped a sentiment in the center of the card front and then tried to build a random pattern around it: nina-yang-circled-hello-card-step-1 The circles are designed to be used on both sides: nina-yang-circled-hello-card-step-2 I found that it was too busy to have both "hello" and "friend" so I cut the sentiment out with my scissors and put a simple "hello" sentiment behind the opening. nina-yang-circled-hello-card-step-3 I used foam adhesive for more dimension! nina-yang-circled-hello-card-closeup The possibilities for this set are endless! You will want to check out our design team samples during the next few weeks!

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