[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!

[WIW Video] How to Make a Succulent Mini Canvas

on May 20, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Watch It Wednesday! Watch-It-Wednesday-square DesignTeamHeadshots-TessaIn this video, Waffle Flower design team member Tessa shares how she incorporated different media on this adorable mini canvas project.    

[Video] How to Make a Succulent Mini Canvas

Watch it here or in HD on our Youtube Channel. http://youtu.be/MbHnlTw0Gj8 A closeup: WFC Mini Canvas Closeup

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Take a Challenge with Amanda Coleman

on May 18, 2015
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DesignTeamHeadshots_AmandaHappy Monday, Waffle Flower fans!  Amanda here today with another take on this month's Waffle Flower Challenge.  Inspired by the delicate white flower bouquet in this month's challenge inspiration photo, I set out to create a flower bouquet of my own.
Flower Heart Gift Bag
I love that the dies from Waffle Flower Crafts are so versatile.  The size and scale of the Rosette Hearts Template Die is perfect for small projects like cards, or for bigger projects like this gift bag.
Flower Heart Gift Bag 2
I die cut several white rosette hearts and yellow circle centers using the Rosette Hearts Template die.  I folded a piece patterned paper to create the flower wrap and adhered the hearts to the bag to create a bouquet.  I stamped celebrate and the banner from the Congrats Stamp Set in two different shades of pink--#5 from the Spring Blend Ink Pad and #10 from the Summer Blend Ink Pad--and fussy cut the image before adhering it to the bag.
Flower Heart Gift Bag 1
The Rosette Hearts Template Die add so much dimension to the front of the gift bag.  Cut a few leaves from patterned paper to add color and character to the flower heart bouquet.
Rosette Heart Die Assembly
Assembling the Rosette Hearts Template die is really easy.  Start by folding each half of the heart along the score lines, starting the folds in opposite directions.
Rosette Heart Die Assembly 1
Adhere the two rosette heart halves together at the top.
Rosette Heart Die Assembly 2
Bring the paper around in a circle, then overlap and adhere the ends together.
Rosette Heart Die Assembly 3
Bring the flat side of the rosette heart circle together in the middle, creating a cone-like shape.  Place a small dot of hot glue in the center of the heart.
Rosette Heart Die Assembly 4
​Flatten the heart and hold in place until the hot glue is cool.
Flower Heart Gift Bag
​The Rosette Hearts Template Die makes perfect embellishments for cards or projects.
Have fun creating!
Thank you for sharing the step photos with us, Amanda! We love your out of the box take on the challenge!

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.
Stamped Gesso Flower Stripes Card 4
​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!

Faber-Castell & Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 3 - [Video] How to Add Texture & Color to Card Using Gelatos

on May 13, 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 Mayline here today! DesignTeamHeadshots_Mayline Hello everyone, it’s Mayline here today to share. Faber-Castell has amazing products; there are watercolor pencils, Crayons, Pastels, Pens, and so on. I believe that the most innovative product from Faber-Castell is Gelatos. Gelatos are very buttery so you can easily blend them like Pastels using fingers without water. They are also watersoluble so they can be used to create watercolor effects. How great is that?! I am fully in love with the Gelatos. They also work well with Waffle Flower products! Let’s take a look at my projects.

Project 1

It was my first time trying to create a mixed-media project using Gelatos and Textural Accents Whipped Spackle. I did not know what to do or how to apply them. So I watched tutorials on YouTube and found many techniques. I used simple techniques on my first card. textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it was to create the background for the card. textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-steps
  1. Use washi tape to create stripes on cardstock.
  2. Apply “Lemon” Gelato; blend with finger.
  3. Mix Whipped Spackle with "Lemon" Gelato; apply to the left side of the card base; let dry.
  4. Apply a random coat of Whipped Spackle for additional texture; let dry.
  5. Peel off washi tape.
As a result, I made a textured yellow-striped background. Here are some close-ups: textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-1 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-2 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-3 textured-stripes-love-you-a-bunch-closeup-4 I used three different ink colors to create a blended look on the petals. It is a fast and easy technique and here are a few pictures to show you how. I used A Bunch Stamp Set , A Bunch Die and Spring Blend inkpad, the color numbers are 4(Sweet lilac), 5(Pretty Peony) and 6(Rose Bud). doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-flowers

Project 2

I had fun getting messy with the Gelatos and Whipped Spackle on my second card. I used Doily Circle Die from Waffle Flower as the stencil for this technique. doily-congrats-card-by-mayline Here are a couple of close-ups: doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-closeup doily-congrats-card-by-mayline-texture And a quick video to show you how I made the card. Watch it here or on Waffle Flower's Youtube Channel here. http://youtu.be/mud88qPYZoo I used A Bunch Stamp Set & A Bunch Die (flowers), Congrats Die (sentiments), Doily Circle Die (yellow background), Pattern Play Stamp Set (banner) from Waffle Flower, and Gelatos (Lemon, Guava, Bubble Cum, and Metallic Melon) and Artist Pens (SILVER 251 and Gold 250) from Faber Castell faber-castell-products   That’s all for today. I hope you like my mixed-media projects and are inspired to make something yourself. --- Mayline Thank you for sharing your amazing cards with us, Mayline! We loved watching the video!  

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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!

Faber-Castell & Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 2 - Mixed Media for Beginners

on May 12, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 2 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 Katie here today! DesignTeamHeadshots-KatieGehring

Mixed Media for Beginners

Hello crafty friends! Katie here. When I heard that Waffle Flower Crafts was partnering with Faber-Castell, I was really excited, but also a little bit scared.  I have a confession, mixed media isn’t really my thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think it’s GORGEOUS, and I greatly admire others that have mad art skills, but whenever I try my hand at some of the techniques, it’s generally an epic fail. There is a reason I try to keep it clean and simple folks! But when I received an AMAZING box of supplies from Faber-Castell, I was ready to roll up my sleeves and give it another shot.  I came up with three cards using my Waffle Flower stamps and the art supplies from Faber-Castell that are still definitely my style.  Each card builds a bit on technique from the last, but all are perfect projects for mixed media newbies. Gehring- WFC- FC Collage

Level 1 - Stamps + Markers

For my first card, I decided to keep it pretty simple.  I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen sets in green and yellow along with Waffle Flower’s A Bunch Stamp Set to create this card for Mom. Gehring- WFC-FC- Mom 1 To start, I stamped the outline of the flower trio in black ink on a piece of white card stock.  I used a stamp positioner to help determine the placement of the filler image and I proceeded to color the stamp first with light yellow and green, then with darker green and orange.  This was a pretty large area that I was coloring, and I have heard of tricks like huffing on the colored stamp to reactivate the ink before pressing it to the paper, but that seemed a bit germy to me, so I just let the markers do as they will. I loved variation effect in the petals and leaves. Mom Card Steps Stamp markers are a great medium for sets like the A Bunch Stamp Set.  Despite being a single overlay stamp, I was able to shade the flowers yellow and orange and the leaves green with no difficulty at all. Gehring- WFC-FC- Mom 2 To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Feather More stamp set, trimmed the edge and adhered it to a green note card.

Level 2 - Stamps + Gelatos

Feeling bolstered by the success of my first card, I decided to reach for the Gelatos next to create this gem of a card using the Gemstone stamp set. Gehring- WFC-FC- Gem 1 Since I knew I was going to be adding water to the paper to blend the gelatos, I stamped the gems and sentiment in black ink on a panel of watercolor card stock.  Next using the Red Gelatos Collection, I scribbled a bit of the pigment inside each gem. Gem Card Steps I followed up with some water and the paintbrush included in the Gelato set to soften and spread out the color. Gehring- WFC-FC- Gem 2 I trimmed the panel and adhered it to a bright pink note card.

Level 3 - Stamps + Gesso + Gelatos

Ok, this is where it gets real.  For my last card, I used Gesso, Gelatos, and the Congrats stamp set to create a rainbow hued Celebrate card. Gehring- WFC-FC- Celebrate 1 Before I pulled out the Gelatos, using a paintbrush, I brushed Gesso all over a panel of water color card stock and I set it aside to dry.  I remembered using Gesso before in my High School painting class.  When you open the jar- it looks like white glue or paint, but among its many uses, it does a great job of priming paper and canvas for painting. Once the Gesso was dry, I scribbled some Gelatos in rainbow colors.  I used: I added water to the scribbles to smooth out and blend the colors.  I was amazed at the difference the gesso base coat made- the colors were much more creamy and I didn’t see any of my scribble from the Gelatos on the paper. Celebrate Card Steps I let the panel dry and stamped “Celebrate” from the Congrats stamp set in black ink repeatedly over each color. Gehring- WFC-FC- Celebrate 2 After allowing some additional dry time, I attached the panel to a red note card. A cascade of candy-colored enamel dots finished the card. Well, that’s all for me today.  Even if you think mixed media isn’t for you, I hope these cards encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and try something new while still keeping it you. Thanks for stopping by! --- Katie Thank you for sharing these fun and simple techniques with us today, Katie! We can't wait to try them!

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!

Faber-Castell + Waffle Flower Inspiration Week - Day 1

on May 11, 2015
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Hello everyone! Welcome to day 1 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 Tessa here today! DesignTeamHeadshots-Tessa Hi everyone! I created a mixed media canvas.  It measures 12 x 6". Flower Canvas 5 I started by painting the outside edges with a citrus green paint.  I then layered torn book pages to create the background.  I used the Faber-Castell Gel Medium to decoupage them down piece by piece. Collage 1 I added some background stamping next, using the heart from DT Mix Stamp Set and the doily from Doily Circle Stamp Set and black ink.  I added some random washi tapes too. My next layer was Faber-Castell's Whipped Spackle over the vines stencil. Collage 2 Once it was dry, I painted over the entire surface with gelatos. Collage 3 Next, I began to build my focal image- a pot with flowers from A Bunch Stamp Set and coordinating die.  The pot was torn out of a dictionary page and painted a terra cotta color.  I layered it over the center of the canvas using the Faber-Castell Gel Medium and darkened the edges with a black marker.  I used the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens to shadow it in even more. Collage 4 I stamped the flowers from the Bloom Stamp Set on white cardstock with black ink.  I used #16 Sunshine from the Waffle Flower Summer Blend Ink Pad to stamp each of the centers and then diecut them all out using the Bloom Die Set. Collage 5 I adhered them to the canvas with a mix of foam adhesives and regular adhesives for dimension. Flower Canvas 3 More beautiful details: Flower Canvas 4 -- Tessa Thank you for sharing with us today, Tessa!

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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!

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!

[Guest] Fun Ways to Use Your Word Dies

on March 19, 2015
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Hello everyone! Our friend Virgina is here to share photo tutorials for two beautiful cards she's made with us! We love the use of color on her cards and the ways she used our With Love Word Die! --- Dear Waffleflower friends, I am Virginia Lu from Yes, Virginia… blog. I am so honored to share my love of Waffle Flower Stamps with you today. I honestly had a hard time choosing which stamp set to use when I went about this guest design work. Her are what I came up with: Card #1 guest designer virginia lu photo #1
  1. Create several dies with the set called ”With Love Word Die
  2. Make bows with “Bowtiful” and DCWV paper
  3. Start with the strips of paper and bow in the middle
guest designer virginia lu photo #2
  1. Glue the dies
  2. Trim off the excess
  3. Adhere sequins and dies
  4. Make a bow with silver strings
guest designer virginia lu photo #3 (with bow) I also stamped a flower (from “In Every Way”) and added to the bow for the extra pop of color and interest. This card requires little stamping and I think anyone can create a card like this! Card #2 guest designer virginia lu photo #4
  1. Gather colorful inks and start stamping flowers with “In Every Way” stamps
  2. Make 2 dies with white and black card stock
  3. Glue them together, but slightly offset
guest designer virginia lu photo #5
  1. After stamping the flowers, position the die
  2. Use a paper-piercer and a rule, start piercing the holes
  3. Hand-stitching the sentiment with silver thread
guest designer virginia lu photo #6 (with flowers) Thank Waffle Flower for inviting me to guest design here! I had a blast playing with the Stamps and Dies. I know that I will continue to reach for them in the future. I am so happy that you stopped by to check out my guest design projects today! --- Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Virginia! Virginia is also sharing a video on her blog showcasing some cool tools! Head over and check it out! We hope you can find time to create and make something today!

[Watch It Wednesday] Easy Color Blending with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush

on February 11, 2015
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Hello everyone! Nina here! I'm very excited to share today's video. I took a ZIG class a few weeks ago and fell in love with their Clean Color Real Brush. These brushes make color blending easy! I found that these three colors are perfect for coloring the succulents from our Planted Stamp Set and Potted Stamp Set! Succulent Color Blending Kit The colors are so clean and pretty! This Succulent Color Blending Kit includes three pieces of 4"x7" Bristol paper needed for this technique.

[Video] Easy Color Blending

Watch it below or in HD on Youtube. http://youtu.be/Uc9La_xmRck Aren't they fun? Here is my finished card. Sentiment from In Every Way. perfect-together-succulent-card I added the dimension with foam adhesives. perfect-together-succulent-card-closeup I also added Wink of Stella Gold glitter for some messy free shimmer! Wink of Stella Brush Set I had so much fun playing with these products. I hope that you are encouraged to color a few things too? Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

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