[Guest] Dance Party with May Park

on December 07, 2016
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wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-1 Hi, crafty friends! It's May here and I'm so excited to be guest blogging for Waffle Flower Crafts today. I created a fun card using adorable images from the Willy & Friends stamp set. wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-2 As soon as I received this set, I coudln't resist creating my own stamped background. This time I divided my card front into two parts and stamped different images to add interest on my background. wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-3I didn't do any serious blending but simple coloring with Copic markers to enhense the graphic look of my card design. Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how I made my card: wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-41. Draw a line vertically using a pencil and ruler in the middle of A2 size white cardstock. 2. Stamp the monkeys from the Willy & Friends stamp set with black ink. (I first stamped the accesaries and masked them off with post-it note. Then I stamped the monkeys.) wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-53. After stamping two monkeys, mask off the right side of card front with post-it note. Then stamping banners and flowers with black ink. 4. After done stamping on the left side of card front, start stamping on the right side as well. wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-65. Remove the mask and color the images with Copic markers. Then remove the pencil line using an eraser. 6. Stamp the sentiment from the Willy & Friends stamp set with Versafine Watermark ink on a piece of black cardstock. Next, heat emboss it with white embossing powder and cut it out. Finish off the card by popping up the sentiment on the card front using foam tape. wfc-20161207-dance-card-may-7That's all for today. Thank you so much for joining me. Happy crafting! ~May   Supplies: Willy & Friends Stamp Set

[Guest] Cards for Gift Cards with Amy Yang

on December 05, 2016
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Hello everyone!!! I’m so happy to be back guesting for Waffle Flower Crafts. During the holiday season I purchase a lot of gift cards to give to family members and for people I’d like to thank, like teachers. So I wanted to design projects that be can be mass produced to hold my gift cards. wfc-20161128-gift-card-amy-1 For these projects I used the Gift Bag Die, which I think is an awesome die to have around. It’s just so perfect to hold gift cards and other small gifts like jewelry. You can decorate it to fit any occasion and it looks great on top of cards. I also used Faye Stamp Set, Stocking Stamp Set, and the Willy and Friends Stamp Set. If you don’t want to include the monkeys, you can easily make these projects using the gift bag die set and the stocking stamp set. It’ll look just as nice…I’ll probably do that all the male recipients. I started this project by stamping and coloring the images using copic markers. Next, using colored papers, I used the gift bag die set to cut out the pieces I needed. I didn’t want the cards to have too much dimension (for mailing purposes) so I only used one side of the gift bag with one handle and taped it directly onto the front layer of both cards. Then, I stamped sentiment, Merry Christmas. Lastly, I used double sided tape to adhere the monkeys and their accessories to the front of the gift bags. wfc-20161128-gift-card-amy-2 wfc-20161128-gift-card-amy-3 For the next project I made the gift bag using two of the die cuts. I adhered the two pieces together along with the handles using double sided tape. Once again, I decorated the front of the gift bag using my colored images. Since there was no place to stamp or write I made a mini card, the size of the gift bag pocket. I taped the card directly onto the back of the gift bag. This allowed me to stamp a sentiment and write a little message. You can close the card using clear tape. wfc-20161128-gift-card-amy-4 wfc-20161128-gift-card-amy-5 I had so much fun working with these wonderful products. I hope I have inspired you in some way. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!! ~Amy Supplies: Gift Bag Die Faye Stamp Set Stocking Stamp Set Willy & Friends Stamp Set

[Guest] Purses that POP by Clara

on November 30, 2016
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Hello! This is Clara here today, sharing with you what I have created with the Purse-nality stamp set. My idea was to have a patterned backdrop behind a hanging purse. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-1 I made 2 variations. Let's begin with the backdrop. I used the floral image (which is part of the stamp set) to provide a wallpaper-like background and to do so I used strips of masking tape to first mask off the middle section on the card panel. Then using Versamark ink the image was stamped a few times to fill up the space. After removing the masking tapes the area was clear heat embossed. This embossed surface would resist the colors that I applied with Zig Clean Color RB markers and a waterbrush. These markers were used to color the purses as well. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-2 A brad was inserted into the cardstock and secured with a piece of tape behind. The hanging purse was glued in place. I did stamp the sentiment before hanging up the purse. The front panel was adhered onto a card base. The following 3 pictures show more of the working process for this card. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-3 To color the background, I used Blue Gray, Gray and Light Blue markers. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-4 The image was stamped in Black Onxy VersaFine ink before getting clear heat embossed. As I was after a denim look, I colored it blue with a Blue Gray marker and a waterbrush. Then I hand cut the image without leaving a white border. I braided with thin gold string and adhered onto the back of the image. To make the purse pop, I cut the image apart separating the top and lower portions. Next I used the corresponding die to cut out two pieces of (black) foam which I will name F1 and F2 (for easy reference). On F2, I trimmed and left out the bottom portion as I only needed the top. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-5 Both the top portions of the purse and F2 were adhered together, then subsequently adhered onto F1. Finally the bottom portion of the purse was adhered onto the bottom of F1. A blue sequin was adhered to complete the look. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-6 On the second card, I was hoping to make the purse look like leather so I tried Mustard, Beige, and Mid Brown colors. Blue Gray and Mustard were applied onto the background. A gold elastic cord was used as the handle and a gold sequin was added as well. wfc-20161130-purse-nality-clara-7 For just that additional "purse-nal" touch, I adhered a ribbon bow tied with brown cotton cord. That is all from me. Thanks for dropping by! I hope you have a great time creating with your supplies. Supplies: Purse-nality Stamp Set Purse-nality Die

[Guest] Peaceful Fox by Lisa Spangler

on November 28, 2016
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Hello, hello! It's Lisa here and I'm so excited to be guest blogging for Waffle Flower Crafts. I can hardly believe that December is almost upon us! I love making Christmas cards -- it's my favorite time of year. Even better? Making a BUNCH of cards all at once! wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler0 To get started, I grabbed the Wild & Free and Peace on Earth stamp sets and did a little stamp surgery on the "Peace on Earth" sentiment to cut off the dove. Don't get me wrong, I love doves and all but I wanted the FOX to be the star of this card. As a nature lover, that Wild & Free set really calls to me. I seem to want to use it on everything! Plus, using non-Christmas stamps for your cards is also a great way to get more from your supplies. If you've never done it before, stamp surgery is really easy to do -- just go slow, use sharp scissors, and be brave. Since the stamps are clear you can remount the dove on an acrylic block later if you want to use it the way it was intended. :) wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler2 I used this washi tape as inspiration for my ink colors -- love doing that, because then you can have a matching envelope later. I swatched out some colors and ended up going with a darker orangey red for the fox to make him really pop. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler3 The card fronts are all done on off-white paper that has little recycled bits in it -- I think it really goes with the nature theme. Plus the little bits are kinda like confetti. Or snow! I planned out my layout by stamping it by hand first on some scratch paper, then I pulled out my MISTI tool and stamped all the main parts. I stamped the "Peace on Earth" and Mr. Fox as part of the same step, then I heat embossed them with clear sparkle powder for that extra little something. The rest of the stamping is all un-embossed. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler4 I went in and stamped the dots and the tiny star by hand, so each card is a little different. I know the photo above with the MISTI shows the tiny details already stamped, but I was having so much fun I forgot to stop and take a photo, oops! :) wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler5 I layered the stamped pieces to a navy base card, and then it was time to add some sequins! I like to pour out some sequins in these little ceramic dishes as it helps to keep them from getting all over my desk. I bet you know how that goes! Now I thought I'd walk you through the finished card from top to bottom. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler6 Here's a closeup of the heat embossed peace sentiment so you can see that sparkly embossing powder. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler7 And here's Mr. Fox. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler8 Using the MISTI tool I was able to make six cards all at once -- and I could have kept going, too. wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler9 I decided to pair these cards with a mint envelope as I'm just loving mint these days. I put some of that inspirational washi tape on the back flap, even though the colors aren't an exact match. Here's one last look at the finished card: wfc-20161128-peacefox-lisaspangler10 Thank you so much for joining me, and to Waffle Flower for having me. I had so much fun and I can't wait to pop these cards in the mail. Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas, Lisa xo Supplies: Wild & Free Stamp Set Peace on Earth Stamp Set

[Guest] Wild Christmas Deer with Lisa Spangler

on November 21, 2016
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Hello, hello! It's Lisa here and I'm so excited to be guest blogging for Waffle Flower Crafts! I'm going to be sharing a Christmas card, but with a Texas twist! You see, it's usually in the 80's and sunny at Christmas -- no snow here -- or if we do get some it all melts by noon. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa6 I'll be working with the Wild & Free and Peace on Earth sets to combine them into a merry warm weather Christmas card. Yep, all that greenery is from my yard -- it's really that green right now! wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa1 So, I started out by doing some stamp surgery on the deer from the Wild & Free set. I just grabbed a pair of sharp scissors and trimmed off the "Wild & Free" message plus one of the vines. This is a great way to get more from your stamps! You can easily put the stamp back together on an acrylic block and use it how it originally was. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa0 Then I positioned stamps from the Wild & Free and Peace on Earth sets on my MISTI and stamped them with copper ink on watercolor paper, then heat embossed them with copper powder. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa2 Next I went to town watercoloring the card with Distress inks. If you haven't done this before, you just swipe the inks on a non-porous surface such as this white plate, then pick up the color with a damp brush and color. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa3 Once the card was dry, I added some snowy white dots with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof white. This is kind of an opaque ink that you can paint with and it works like magic! I've been using it a ton lately. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa4 I finished up the card by layering my stamped piece to a kraft notecard, and that was that! I thought about adding some sequins but decided to keep it clean and simple. wfc-20161121-wildchristmasdeer-lisa5 I think this card is great for making in batches, especially if you have a MISTI tool. Plus the card is flat for mailing, so no extra postage needed, yay! Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope you have a warm and cozy Christmas! xo Supplies: Wild & Free Stamp Set Peace on Earth Stamp Set

[Guest] Doily Circle CAS with Niki

on November 14, 2016
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Hello Niki here, thank you for taking a moment to stop by. Today's card is certainly clean and simple, but it showcases the intricate Doily circle die in all its beauty. img_20160824_140530 I started out with a panel of watercolour cardstock, and used 3 distress ink colours to blend together until gradual and seamless. Then took a water Spitzer and sprayed some water over the top, used a paper towel to soak up any excess water. img_20160823_134932 Now here's a technical bit of magic. I wanted to die cut the doily circle as a whole but I certainly didn't want the negative pieces of the die to detach themselves and find myself piecing together a puzzle for the next hour. So I used the trick I saw Jennifer McGuire do were you take a drier sheet (normally for laundry purposes) and rub your cutting plate with it. I don't understand what magic exactly happens but it allows you to have a die cut stay as one complete piece! Perfect! img_20160823_134832 Next up I took the Doily Cirle Die and used multi matte medium to adhere it to a piece of fun foam to add dimension. Once dry I fussy cut around it to make sure nothing was sticking out. I adhered the whole die cut piece back into its original spot. I wanted this card to be a "yay! I support you" card so I die cut the YIPPEE! die twice from black cardstock, adhered them together for strength then added shimmer and a ton of glossy accents and allowed it to dry. img_20160823_143614 From the Feather More stamp set I took the 'you are the best' sentiment, stamped it onto grey cardstock and popped it into place. Once the YIPPEE was completely dry I adhered it above the sentiment strip. img_20160823_185328 Finished up with a sprinkling of my favorite sequins and beads and voilà! Complete. Happy crafting! Supplies:

Dies:

Doily Circle Die

Yippee Word Die

Stamps:

Feather More Stamp Set

Waffle Flower Challenge - November, 2016 with Guest Designer Eva Sanchez Rubio

on November 10, 2016
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Hello everyone! Time for another Waffle Flower Challenge!

What is it?

  • Each month, we host a Photo Inspired challenge here on the Waffle Flower Blog.
  • Challenge starts on the 10th and ends on the 25th of each month.

How to Join?

  • Make something new (card, layout, tag, planner spread, etc...) based on the inspiration photo.
  • Post your project(s) to your blog or an online gallery (i.e. Flickr, Instagram)
  • Link your project post(s) to the Link-up tool at the bottom of this post.

Rules?

  • Please explain a little how you drew your inspiration from the challenge photo in your post(s).
  • Enter as many times as you want.
  • Combine up to 3 challenges if you want.

How to Win a Stamp Set of Your Choice?

Use at least one product from Waffle Flower to be eligible to win!
  • We will draw a random winner from all participates.
  • We will choose a guest spot winner to help create a project for a future challenge.

Winners of our October Challenge

Woot Woot! Winners, please email your stamp of choice along with your mailing address to the following email to claim your prize! Big thanks to everyone for joining us! email Let's get started with our November Challenge!

Photo Inspiration for November, 2016

Follow it closely or as loosely as you want! waffle-flower-challenge_201611

To usher this new challenge in and to give you all some inspiration we have our September challenge winner, Eva, sharing a beautiful card she created featuring the Succulents Stamp Set! Take away Eva! ;)

Hello everyone! I am Eva. I am absolutely excited and thankful to be a guest designer for Waffle Flower Crafts this month. Thank you very much to the whole Waffle Flower team for giving me this opportunity. I have made a card, inspired by the November Challenge photo/color combo. wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-7-jpeg First I die cut some words using the Awesome word die, and glued them on a piece of white cardstock to create my background panel. I love this die!!!Then I stamped some flowers from the Succulents stamp set, using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and colored them with Distress ink. The flowers were adhered to the panel, with 3d foam to add dimension and applied perfect pearl.  wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-2-jpeg I cut my panel diagonally. At the bottom of the card I added an Awesome word die cut out of violet cardstock and foam. To finish my card, I inked the edges with grey Distress ink, added a ribbon and some sequins. I hope you like it! wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-3-jpeg wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-4-jpeg wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-5-jpeg Inside the card I stamped a flower and then used the Welcome spring stamp set to add some stripes and the partial sentiment YOU'RE, from the Succulent stamp set. wfc-20161110-awesome-flowers-eva-6-jpeg I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration. Have a wonderful day! Eva   Supplies: Awesome Word Die Succulents Stamp Set Welcome Spring Stamp Set  

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[Guest] Festive Friends and Stretching Your Stamps with Amy Yang

on November 07, 2016
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Hello everyone!! It's Amy here today! I’m so happy to be guesting with Waffle Flower Crafts for the first time! Have you started making your holiday cards? I’m getting an early start this year because I’ve made so many new crafty friends through social media. I’d like to send each of them a special handmade card. wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-amy-1 For both my cards, I used Peace on Earth , Faye and Willy and Friends Stamp Set. I love working with critter stamps so I had fun pairing the bold and gorgeous holiday sentiments with the adorable monkeys to create my cards. wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-amy-2 For my first card, I stamped and colored the images using copic markers. I kept the card design simple to let the characters and the sentiment stand out. One thing I did do here is stretch my stamps by making small changes to the characters using my copic friendly pen. I drew some lines and dots to create dressy outfits for the monkeys, it’s that simple. Don’t they make an adorable couple ready for a Holiday Party! Photo 3 20161014-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-amy-4P For my second card, it’s pretty much the same thing with a different color scheme and sentiment. Once again, I colored the images with copic markers. I added glossy accent to the heart for shine and dimension.   wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-amy-5 Thank you for stopping by today!!! Supplies: Peace on Earth Stamp Set Faye Stamp Set Willy & Friends Stamp Set  

[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] Floral Tags with Woodgrain Details by Clara

on October 24, 2016
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Hello! This is Clara from Bloomize, and I am overjoyed to be a guest on the Waffle Flower blog today. The Loved stamp set is one of my favorites as there are diverse ways to use the florals and foliage. I've used them to adorn a set of four tags that were die cut from the Surface Tag Die Starter Kit. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-1 Besides using plain white cardstock, I have also stamped and die cut on woodgrain (in three shades: white, beige and dark brown) and red cardstock as well. The sentiments were adhered with foam tape. Waxed cotton cords were tied to the ends to compete the tags. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-2 I thought of adding a subtle textural detail on this white tag so I used the sprig die from the coordinating die set to dry emboss on it. This was done twice to make two imprints. After that the cut images were adhered, semi-revealing the embossed impressions in the background. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-3 On this dark brown woodgrain tag, I added the same sprig but die cut from white woodgrain cardstock and with no stamping of the corresponding stamp image. I simply wanted the leaf shape to lend contrast to the arrangement. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-4 Here on these two variations, the blooms and leaves mix and match very nicely no matter which direction they are arranged. Hope you will enjoy creating with this beautiful stamp set! Supplies: Loved Stamp Set Surface – Tag Die – Starter Kit