Inspiration from the Challenge Team - February 22, 2016

on February 22, 2016
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Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some inspiration from the Challenge Team! Isha, York Tee and Tessa 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

Isha Gupta

Products Bowtiful Die Lotus Stamp Set WFC-02-22-Isha Gupta

York Tee

Products Doily Circle Die Feather More Die Tiny Twine Bow Die
What York Tee Says: I started with die cutting the Doily Circle Die from coordinating cardstock and patterned papers. I “Puzzled” and replaced the cut pieces with the cardstock piece cut earlier, using tape on the back side of the Doily Circle to keep the inlaid piece in place. To inlaid the Doily to the heart shaped frame, I cut out the inner heart shaped frame, overlay the Doily that I puzzled earlier to the frame, die cut them with the same heart shaped frame lit. Repeat the steps of inlaid die cutting for the remaining outer heart shaped frame and Mini Twine Bow. Then, I cut Feathers in a separate white card base, and inlay the shimmering gold Feathers into the opening. Lastly, I “overlay” (cut and inlaid) the whole heart shaped frame that I completed earlier to the card based.
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Tessa Wise

Products Rain Check Stamp Set Partly Cloudy Die Flower Circles Die
What Tessa Says: I diecut some patterned paper with the largest circle from the Flower Circle Die as a base for my sunny sky. Next, I cut out the cloud shape from the edges of the circle. I also diecut the cloud from white cardstock and layed it into the area I had cut from the circle. I love how the clouds go over the edge of the circle! I also inlaid the sun layer, cutting it out of orange and yellow cardstock and inlaying the center of the sun.
WFC-02-22-Tessa Wise

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Freckled Fawn + Waffle Flower Spring Blog Hop

on April 29, 2015
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freckled-fawn Hello everyone! Waffle Flower has teamed up with Freckled Fawn to bring you some awesome project inspiration for Spring! Two members from each of our design team are sharing projects today! Check out their blogs to see how they pair Waffle Flower stamps & dies with the cutest embellishments from Freckled Fawn!

Sneak Peeks

Here are a couple of projects you will be seeing during our small hop! Gehring- WFC-FF 4 WFC-FF-Tessa Wise-Heart Card

Giveaway

Leave a comment here, as well as Katie and Tessa's posts, for your chances to win a $25 gift certificate to our store!

Katie Gehring

Tessa Wise

We will draw a winner next Monday, May 4th!

Don't forget to checkout Freckled Fawn Blog for more inspiration and enter to win an April OHDEERME kit! April_reveal_grande Find time to create and make something today!

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Balloon 5 for Friday - Lorena Cantó

on April 24, 2015
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Hello everyone! It's Lorena here sharing some inspiration for the very versatile balloons! DesignTeamHeadshots-LorenaCanto Ah, balloons… aren’t they dreamy? Either a bunch of them soaring up high in the sky, or beautifully gathered to brighten a celebration. But when I started researching balloon images for this post, I was amazed! I would have never thought there are SO many things you can do with them, other than the obvious decorative use! And, sure, there are a gazillion ways to decorate with balloons, but check this, because there’s so much more… If you’re throwing a party, you can go beyond the bunch of balloons ans amaze your guests with this. So worth the effort! balloons 1

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Balloons can be used to decorate but they can be decorated too. Check this absolutely cute donut balloons! balloons 2

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You love balloons so much that you wouldn’t mind to wear them wrapped all around you? It can be done. And in style! balloons 3

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Did you really think balloons were only for children’s parties? This cool idea proves you wrong. Obviously, the dress above is the perfect outfit for attending this kind of party ;) balloons 4

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And finally, balloons are such a delightful inspiration for cardmaking! Have a look at this wonderful image. balloons 5

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I used this beautiful print as a starting point for my card. The new Waffle Flower Crafts release has the cutest heart shaped balloon image and a coordinating die for it! They are in the Congrats stamp set and Congrats die. Yippee!!! balloons card 2 Instead of using a sentiment in the place of the balloon string, I decided to give the sentiment a fun ride by tying it to a bunch of colorful balloons. The solid cloud from Rain Check stamp set provided the perfect backround. balloons card 3 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!!! – Lorena

Simple Ways to Go Beyond on Clean & Simple Cards

on March 30, 2015
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WFC-Nina-HeadshotHello everyone! Nina here again with another post in our on-going series: The Missing Manual for Card Making. 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 want to go ahead and document what I’ve learned. I'm sharing simple bite-size tips in the hope that they will be useful to you too. Today, I'm sharing some simple ways to go beyond on your normal clean and simple cards! CAS (clean & simple) cards usually utilize a strong focal and a lot of white space. It does not mean that the card should be plain & dull! felt clouds baby shower card

1. Go Beyond Paper

The reason I love card making is that it gives me the chance to incorporate many different materials into a project. The most commonly used for CAS cards are sewing notions (thread, ribbon, button...). Instead of using the cloud stamps from our Rain Check Stamp Set for the focal, I die cut some felt using our Partly Cloudy Die to add texture and dimension to my card. I also used a piece of ribbon for a pop of color. felt clouds baby shower card closeup

2. Go Beyond a Glue Stick

Another great way to add texture and visual interest to a card is to use a different way to attach your elements. Instead of your plain old glue sticks (or tape runners), try using foam dots, your sewing machine or even a stapler! The contrast between the felt and the staple also makes the clouds looking extra soft and fluffy.

3. Go Beyond a Stamp

There is no limit to how you can use your stamps. Use stamps in unexpected ways will always help making your cards shine. For me, it usually happens when I made a mistake. On this card for example, I stamped the raindrops too close to the left edge and needed something on the left. I thought about a piece of washi tape but I wanted a more clean look. And then I saw the outlined clouds from our Rain Check Stamp Set. cloud border Isn't it a great way to add a scalloped border to a card? (Wink, Wink!) Together with the sentiment stamped in black, we've created a visual "frame" to draw the recipient's eyes to the focal. I wish I had stamped the sentiment a little bit lower on this card though... Hmmm...

4. Go Beyond a Square Corner

There was a time when I couldn't make a card without rounding the corners. LOL Remember that you don't have to round all of the four corners? Rounding 1, 2, or 3 corners according to what's already on your card is a great way to fix any small positioning errors. felt clouds baby shower card - square corners Rounding the two corners on the right on a side-folding card is one of my favorite finishes. The rounded corners (as shown above) also help bringing your recipient's eyes back to the focal!

5. Go Beyond Cardmaking

This photo for our current Photo Inspiration Challenge is a fun and creative DIY project. It inspired me to use clouds and raindrops on a baby shower card. I used felt because the clouds in the photo were made from felt. The metallic shine on those stars led me to use my stapler. Waffle Flower Challenge-20150323 My card is a straight forward interpretation of this Home Decor project, isn't it? :) I hope that you can start looking for details on many other creative works to incorporate them into your cards. The possibility is endless. Do you have a favorite trick to spice up a CAS card? Share with us in the comment! We will pick a random winner to receive this Rain Check Stamp Set on Friday, April 3! Rain Check Stamp Set Most importantly, find time to create and make something today!

Silly Valentine Week - Mix-n-Match Mini Card Set by Lorena

on February 04, 2015
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DesignTeamHeadshots-LorenaCanto Hello there! Lorena here with another idea for Waffle Flower Craft’s My Silly Valentine week. Lots of adorable ideas have been shared so far, and today I bring you a set of mini cards with a fun and cute little scene that can be stamped in no time. They are about 3 ¼ square. lorena-pic1 I used Monochrome, On My Mark and Rain Check stamp sets on my mini cards. One of the best things about Waffle Flower’s stamps is how easy it is to combine different sets. Gotta love that! lorena-pic2 The first step is adhering a red cardstock square to the card front. After that, I used a simple square die to cut the white panels where the scene is going to be stamped. The first thing I stamped is the fun birdie from Monochrome set, and then I masked it to stamp a little lawn for him to stand on. The shadow stamp from On My Mark is perfect for stamping little chunky lawns for critters! lorena-pic3The birdie needs a Valentine gift, right? What about a bunch of love balloons? Yeah, I thought so. To achieve this look, I first stamped the balloons from On My Mark with grey ink straight on the scene, and second, I stamped them again with red ink on a piece of white scrap cardstock, fussy cut them and adhered everything on the scene panel. Before adhering the center balloon I white-heat embossed a heart on it (this one also comes from Monochrome set). lorena-pic4 As a final touch, I stamped a cute cloud from Rain Check. The sentiment is a mix from the “It was love at first sight” stamp in Monochrome set and “Wrapped with love” from On My Mark. And yes, I couldn’t resist adding a wiggle eye to the bird. It just cracks me :D Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Silly Valentine Week - Quick and Easy Lunch Box Valentines by Kim Kesti

on February 03, 2015
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DesignTeamHeadshots-KimKesti Hello everyone! Kim Kesti here! My seven year old daughter, Eloise is in first grade and takes a lunch box to school every day. I thought it would be so fun to surprise her for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day with a fun little card tucked in with her lunch. I created these five cards assembly line: first I trimmed five strips of red cardstock (3 ¾” X 8”), next I scored each strip at ¾” and again at 4 ½”, this creates a tiny little matchbox card. Since I am not putting these notes in envelopes, I love using the matchbox fold and securing it closed with a staple. Silly Valentine Card_Kesti   I trimmed patterned paper for each card (3 ½” X 3 ½”) and also trimmed a cardstock panel to stamp on (3” X 3”). Stamping each little panel was so fun! I used a variety of stamps set from the new release including the Flutter Stamp Set, Monochrome Stamp Set, On My Mark Stamp Set and Rain Check Stamp Set. WFValentines_Kesti1 I think this is my favorite card: WFValentines_Kesti2 I used the DT Mix Stamp Set and added “strings” to the heart with markers. Easy-peezie! Thanks for taking a peek! I enjoy making cards that are simple, quick and still have a fun little kick to them. Happy Valentine’s Day! Kim Kesti

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[Watch It Wednesday] Rise & Shine Card from Start to Finish

on January 14, 2015
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Hello everyone! Nina here! I'm super excited to start this new feature on Waffle Flower Blog today!

Watch It Wednesday

Watch-It-Wednesday-square Starting this month, we will have a video tutorial on every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays! Sabrina and Tessa will join us every month for this feature!

Rise & Shine Card From Start to Finish

rise&shine-cards I made the card on the right for our new release. It was my favorite but I made a few small changes to it and made the card on the left. I shared why and how I made the changes in the video. I also shared some tips and tricks on how to stamp the "perfect" sun rays "effortlessly". LOL This is a confession of a "lazy" perfectionist. Watch it below or in HD on Youtube. http://youtu.be/XeAnWyOof_4 Thank you for watching, everyone! SUPPLIES

Introducing Shower, Rain Check and Partly Cloudy Die

on January 03, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 3 of Waffle Flower Crafts Winter 2015 release! With Valentine's Day and Spring in mind, we've gone back to basics with our winter 2015 collection. Whether you are a trend watcher or a collector of unique designs, we have you covered! We will introduce 10 new stamp sets and 6 new dies from Jan 1 to Jan 5 with all products available in our store as well as many of our retail partners on Jan 5. [divider] We have 2 stamp sets and 2 dies for today!

Shower Stamp Set

waffle-flower-crafts-video-271026-shower I had the idea for this set ever since our first release in April, 2014. I just can't have enough circle stamps! I need them by 1/16" increment from 1/8" to 12" with multiples at each size! Anyone the same out there? LOL Well, we have a few in this set to get us closer to the goal! Shower Stamp Set

Ideas for Shower Stamp Set

271026 Shower-02 We need a die for the With Love sentiment, don't we?

With Love Word Die

$5.99 310021 Word Die With Love

Samples

wfc-2015-01-03-with-love-card wfc-2015-01-03-birthday-bubbles wfc-2015-01-03-Shower-by-Katie-Gehring wfc-2015-01-03-cloud-shower-love-card Wait, where do the clouds come from?

Rain Check Stamp Set

waffle-flower-crafts-video-271027-rain-check Shower Stamp Set got me started on weather images and ended up with another set! Now we have more images to work with the beautiful sentiments in the Shower set. And it became my favorite in this release! Rain Check

Ideas for Rain Check Stamp Set

271027 Rain Check-02 We made the die for the sun and clouds. The die coordinates with the stamp set but you can also use it on its own! Super versatile shapes!

Partly Cloudy Die

$12.99 waffle-flower-die-preview-generator

Samples

  wfc-2015-01-03-rise-shine-card wfc-2015-01-03-Rain-or-Shine-Card-by- Tessa wfc-2015-01-03-Rain-Or-ShineSabrina-Alery Use them as clouds or... bushes! Pair them with a critter stamp and have fun! wfc-2015-01-03-love-you-card Thank you for stopping by, everyone! We are going to have videos and tutorials throughout the month to share more ways on using these products. See you tomorrow for more new sets! All products will be available in our store as well as many of our retail partners on Jan 5.