[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] Watercoloured Snail Mail Card by Nikibee

on July 19, 2016
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Hello everyone! Nikibee is on the blog again today! Take it away, Niki! nikibee-0719-snail-mail-leafy-1 Here is how i created it nikibee-0719-snail-mail-leafy-2 Once I had worked out my layout using the snail mail and leafy stamp sets. I used the MISTI to stamp and mask so i could create a one layer card. nikibee-0719-snail-mail-leafy-3 I used distress inks to watercolour. nikibee-0719-snail-mail-leafy-4 After building up the watercolour til i was happy, I layered the panel on some black card stock and mounted that on a craft card base. Cheers! Niki.

[WIW Video] Watercolor Stamping with Markers - Tessa

on May 18, 2016
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Hello everyone! In this week's Watch It Wednesday video, our inspiration team member Tessa shares how to stamp using waterbased markers! DesignTeamHeadshots-Tessa Watercoloring techniques are my favorite!  I used water-based markers and a spritzer bottle full of water for this technique, creating a fun leafy background for Faye! Supplies: And here's the finished card! Leafy Watercolor Card Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Inspiration from the Challenge Team - April 11, 2016

on April 11, 2016
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Shelly, Laura Jane along with our guest spot winner Amina are here to share their takes on this month's Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! wfc-201604-photo Marcie Sharp Products: Magical Stamp Set Lacy Flowers Die Celebrate Word Die Lacy Flower Mats Die WFC 4-11 Marcie Sharp What Marcie Says: I used the colours in the inspiration picture and channelled all the springtime vibes I could to create a pretty floral focal piece for my card. The Lacy Flower Mats Die and Lacy Flowers Die made this SO easy to do. Repeatedly stamping the thin lines from the Magical set and adding few ink splatters in a tone on tone look make a plain yellow card base a little more interesting. Finally, a bold pink sentiment draws your eye right where it needs to go and sequins give it a bit of bling. :) Daria Grushina Products: Leafy Stamp Set WFC 4-11 Daria Grushina What Daria Says: I was inspired by the gorgeous bouquet from the inspiration photo and decided to make my own... Unfortunately I do not have any umbrella die (that would look cool too)... So I just took a piece of craft cardstock to make the packaging and then colored and fussy cut lots and lots of flowers from Leafy Stamp set... Using coordinating dies would be so much faster... but they are still on my shopping list (wink) Shona Chambers Products: Awesome Word Die Congrats Stamp Set Willy Stamp Set Welcome Spring Stamp Set WFC 4-11 Shona Chambers What Shona Says: Using the tulip image as the focal point, I stamped the images in black on the card front and coloured with pencils. The word die was die-cut 3x, glued together and adhered to the card along with the rest of the sentiment. Thank you for sharing such beautiful creations with us, Ladies! We're lucky to have you! Find time to create and make something today!

[Video] Inspiration from Challenge Team – February 15, 2016

on February 15, 2016
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Marcie, Daria, Shona and our previous Video Gust blogger Galina Filippenko are here to share their takes on the February Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! wfc-201602-technique-inlaid-diecutting wfc-201602-sketche wfc-201602-photo

Marcie Sharp

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Products Leafy Stamp Set Good Stuff Die Doily Square Die

What Marcie Says: I have never snipped apart the super fun Doily Square Die because it's just so awesome as it is! After die-cutting it several times out of various colours and the main white panel, I pieced it all back together. The small star from the Good Stuff Die set was a perfect little piece to inlay into one of the circles. A sweet sentiment and some glitter along the bottom finish it off.

Daria Grushina

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Products Tribal Bear Stamp Set Tiny Die Trio

What Daria Says: I used Tiny Dies Trio to make my inlaid die-cutting and heat embossed Lovely bear from Tribal Bear Stamp Set. I think that is one of my all time favorite combination: craft+white+gold :)

Shona Chambers

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Products Doily Square Die Perfect Word Die Congrats Stamp Set

What Shona Says: I used the Doily Square Die, along with the Perfect Word Die and stamps from the Congrats Stamp Set. I die-cut the middle diamond shape first and added a panel behind it before I die-cut the outer frame. That way the whole panel didn’t fall to pieces and turn into a jigsaw puzzle!!

Guest (Video): Galina Filippenko

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Products Doily Circle Die Hibiscus Stamp Set

Video Link: https://youtu.be/XK1UBaScGpM

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[Five for Friday] Love, Actually - Lorena Cantó

on February 12, 2016
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DesignTeamHeadshots-LorenaCantoHello there! It's Lorena today with a Valentine edition of our Five for Friday. You may have noticed the title of this post is "stolen" from a film. "Love, actually" is one of my all time favorite titles, and even though many catalogue it as a Christmas movie, what I adore about it is how it depicts so many different kinds of love. So there comes my inspiration for this post: many different kinds of love! I guess a good point for starting is romantic love, and this cute bananas idea made me smile (and reminded me of the whole Willy & Friends series!) WFC Love 1

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Other beautiful form of love is love for children, not only our kids, which I know is one of the deepest loves one can feel, but also the love for all children, which represents our love for mankind and our hope in the future WFC love 2

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Of course, in a love list I need to include pets! Animal love is perhaps one of the purest forms of love. They love unconditionally, they don’t judge us, and they sure know how to make themselves a place in our hearts. WFC love 3

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Another one I want to mention is love for our environment, love for nature and for all the beautiful natural wonders that surround us. Oh, and I chose this image because believe, hugging a tree is an amazing, powerful and recharging experience. Promise! WFC love 4

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Last, but not least, is love for others. This quote by the ever charming Audrey Hepburn sums it up beautifully. I’m talking the kind of love that moves us to help other people: compassion. The love that we show towards others in need, the love that makes me believe in mankind. WFC Love 5

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And you see, for today I obviously bring you a Love card… love 1 The star of the show is the Papercut Alpha die, which is super easy to line up. The stamped sentiment comes from Tribal Bear stamp set. love 2 I also put to work the cute flowers included in Leafy stamp set and coordinating dies. I used the outline version and colored it with Copic markers and some Wink of Stella clear glitter. There’s also a solid version of this flower in the set, that allows making an even quicker card. love 3 And there you go! Much love to you all, I hope you have a fantastic Valentine Day this Sunday! - Lorena

Inspiration from the Challenge Team - January 11, 2016

on January 17, 2016
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Hello, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Marcie, Daria and Shona are hereto share their takes on the January Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too!

Marcie Sharp

Using Doily Circle dieIn Every Way stamp set
What Marcie Says: The gorgeous Doily Circle die just BEGS to be used as a stencil. On my main panel I used a DYE ink pad to fully ink up the cardstock, saturating it completely. After die-cutting the doily from a scrap piece of cardstock, I sprayed the back of it with a temporary adhesive and placed it on the inked panel. Using a watermark pen I coloured through the 'stencil' and then discarded it and set aside the panel to dry. As it dries, the pattern appears! WFC-1-11- Marcie Sharp

Daria Grushina

Using Leafy Stamp SetWith Love Word Die
What Daria Says: For the first card, I used stencil to position and stamp dots on the back panel. It is actually a very fun and useful trick when you want to make your own polka dot pattern :) I also stamped lots of leaves from Leafy stamp set to mimic the background pattern from the January inspiration photo. WFC-1-11-Daria Grushina 2 What Daria Says: For the second one, I took a circle stencil and used it to heat emboss some circle pattern with liquid platinum embossing powder. I took for my sentiment a Waffle Flower With Love die! It is so delicate and beautiful and suits to all occasions. WFC-1-11-Daria Grushina 1

Shona Chambers

Using Lotus Stamp SetLeafy Stamp Set WFC-1-11-Shona Chambers Can you tell that the DT girls had some fun with stencils? Hope you will join us in our challenge too! Thank you for stopping by!

[Video] Inspiration from the Challenge Team - December 14

on December 14, 2015
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Marcie, Daria and Shona are here to share their takes on the December Waffle Flower Challenge! Join the fun by linking your projects to our challenge too! wfc201512 Our guest designer for this month: Lydia Evans has a cute video for us with lots of great tips! Products: Good Stuff Stamp Set WFC-12-14-Lydia Evans(guest)

Marcie Sharp

Products: Good Stuff Stamp Set, Starry Night Stamp Set, Magical Word Die What Marcie Says: Layering stamps can be so fun when perfectly crafted sets do most of the work for you! I easily stamped the jar and layers from "Good Stuff" in various ink colours, then layered some tiny stars from Starry Night over top. Choosing your ink colours carefully to make sure they layer well and work together is a must! WFC-12-14-Marcie Sharp Filled with "Magic"?! We love that Marcie carefully trimmed "Magical" word die for her sentiment!

Daria Garushina

Products: Tribal Bear Stamp Set, Leafy Stamp Set What Daria Says: I used the blanket from Tribal Bear stamp set, and stamped it with white pigment ink over kraft cardstock - that is one of my favorite techniques, and then stamped over it with different colors of inks... Love the effect :) WFC-12-14-Daria Grushina The entire Tribal Bear Stamp Set is about layering! We love Daria's choice of colors and that pop of teal and white under the sentiment!

Shona Chambers

Products: Stocking Stamp Set, Stocking Die What Shona Says: I wanted to create the look of pine branches on a mantel (from which the stocking is hung) and was going to use different green colours to get some variation but found that as I overlapped (layered) the stamping, it created darker and lighter areas on its own. WFC-12-21-Shona ChambersJust like what Shona says, one of the benefits of stamp layering is that you can get different shades of color using one ink pad! Hope you are inspired to try the stamp layering technique! Find time to create and make something today!

Inspiration from the Challenge Team – November 23

on November 23, 2015
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! York Tee, Isha and Tessa 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!

York Tee

I used both regular and reverse masking techniques on this card. I die cut several feathers in varied styles and sizes to use as masks.  I also used the negative diecuts for reverse masking. I stamped some feathers and blended over them on white paper with inks using sponge dauber.
WFC-11-23-York Tee Using: Feather More Stamp Set; Feather More Die; Tiny Twine Bow Die; Fall Blend Inkpad; Winter Blend Inkpad

Isha Gupta

I used liquid masking fluid to mask the chain before stamping the pine leaves. I masked the stocking using post it before I stamped the gifts.
WFC-11-23-Isha Gupta Using: Stocking Stamp Set; Stocking Die; Willy and Friends Stamp Set

Tessa Wise

I was inspired by the colors in the inspiration photo! I masked a circle cutout on my kraft colored cardbase and added some rose colored ink to the center to create an ombre look. I stamped the leaf over the top in the same color ink.
WFC-11-23-Tessa Wise Using: Leafy Stamp Set; Flower Circles Stamp Set; Holiday Label 1 Die

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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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Inspiration from the Challenge Team & A Video on Masking Technique

on November 16, 2015
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Ashley is our Guest Designer this month and she has a video for us! Woot Woot! Ashley Ableson (Sparkly Canadian Crafty Girl)

[Video] Masking Technique - Card Tutorial

Watch it below or on Ashley's Youtube Channel here! And here is Ashley's finished card! Isn't it adorable? We love how she took inspiration from the challenge photo and the sketch to compose her card! WFC-11-16-Guest Ashley Ableson1 Challenge team member Marcie, Daria and Shona are also 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! Marcie Sharp

Using a generic circle die as a mask, I masked off the centre of the card and watercoloured the light blue across the panel. Once dry, I removed it and used the negative part of the circle die to mask off the panel so I could focus on the central area of the card. Tiger & Lily coordinating dies were used with masking paper to create the island scene along with no-line watercolouring.

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Using: Tiger & Lily stamp set, Tiger & Lily dies

Daria Garushina
I used the leaves from Leafy Stamp Set, as I really liked the hanging leaves from the inspiration photo. At first, I masked the area with some posted notes, blended my background and then stamped the images slightly off-setting them... I wanted to achieve a more graphic modern look :)
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Using: In Every Way Stamp Set, Leafy Stamp Set, Leafy Die

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Using: Stocking Stamp Set, Stocking Die

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Thank you for sharing with us, ladies! We love the variety in how you have applied the masking technique! Such inspiration! XOXO 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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