Twelve Days of Gift Giving - Day 8 - Make Snowman Gift Card Holder with Katie Gehring

on November 08, 2014
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Snowman Gift Card Holder by Katie Gehring

Hello friends, Katie Gehring here to share an idea for dressing up what’s become a go-to gift for our holiday celebrations- that’s right, the ever popular and practical gift card. I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board and Waffle Flower stamps and dies to create a card perfect for gifting gift cards. Gehring- Snowman Gift- Photo 1   First, following the instructions on the punch board, I made a gift card sized envelope, but instead of having the flap open on the long side, I trimmed one of the "short side” flaps to create a pocket for the gift card. Next, I trimmed a strip of patterned paper and created a hat by die cutting and trimming the Santa’s beard die from the Surface- Tag Die- Santa Add-on. I added some fluffy trim to the snowman’s hat with the Surface-Tag Die- Scallop Add-on and then stamped his face using dots from the Holiday Labels- Merry stamp set and the A Homemade Christmas stamp set. The small tree from the A Homemade Christmas stamp set also became the snowman’s nose. Gehring- WFC- Gift Sneak Peek I covered a white card base with a piece of gray card stock and stamped the small snowflake from the Holiday Labels- Merry stamp set to create a background. Next, I die-cut a circle from white card stock using the Flower Circles Die Set and stamped one of the sentiments from A Homemade Christmas stamp set. I trimmed the edge of the circle and adhered it to the card and attached the snowman gift card pocket. I just love how the gift card pokes out of the top of the snowman’s hat. I have a few co-workers and teachers in mind for this card at the holidays! Well, that’s all for me today, but be sure to stop back tomorrow for even more gift-giving inspiration! Katie

Twelve Days of Gift Giving - Day 4 - Make Santa Bookmarks with Elena Roussakis

on November 04, 2014
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Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 4 of Waffle Flower Crafts Twelve Days of Gift Giving! Today we have the super talented Elena Roussakis from Just ME Prints to share a handmade gift with us!

Make Santa Bookmarks with Elena Roussakis

Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena-Roussakis I made a trio of santa bookmarks, one for each of my children. I thought it would be a fun gift, especially if I paired it with a book for each of them at Christmastime.  I'm including a photo tutorial to help you see that you can make these too! step 1: you will need the following dies for this project. Surface – Tag Die – Starter Kit Surface – Tag Die – Santa Add-on-01 310013 Holiday Label 1 Die step 2: create a longer tag by running a 2" wide strip of red cardstock through the Big Shot as indicated. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 2 step 3: create Santa's mustache by cutting into an already-cut frame shape. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 3 step 4: trim the mustache, as we do not want Santa to sport a handlebar. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 4 step 5: cut off the ends - they will now be used as noses. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 5 step 6: these are all of the pieces cut (including the little speech bubble turned mouth that I omitted to show you before now.) Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 6 step 7: add color: I used an E02 copic for the nose, and adhered it together with the mustache and mouth. then, I used E00 and R20 copic markers to add color to the face and blushy cheeks. once you have done this, adhere everything together. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 7 optional: add a pom pom to the top. Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 8 Day-4-of-12-Days-of-Gift-Giving-with-Elena 9 I hope you like what I created! I had so much fun using these Waffle Flower dies! _______________________________________________________________ Aren't they just fun? Thanks Elena for sharing your talent with us!

Scoring Board Basics - Getting Ready for Twelve Days of Gift Giving

on October 31, 2014
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Hello everyone! Happy November! Are your schedules getting busier and busier for the upcoming holidays? We here at Waffle Flower Crafts like to work a little ahead and be prepared :) We are kicking off a Twelve Days of Gift Giving event on the WF Blog today!   Our design team will be using scoring boards throughout the days so we would like to cover some basics first.

Basic Scoring Boards

If you are new to paper crafting, here are the three most commonly used products that can do the scoring for us. All of them have a smaller/mini version but the 12"x12" versions are recommended for general paper crafting purposes.

Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool

Belonging to a well-known brand, the MS Board is widely available all over the world. In the US, they can easily be found at Michael's, Jo-Ann and Hobby Lobby. We also found that they are sold at Amazon for $14.99. (Link below) The MS Board has the measurements for both Imperial (Inches) and Metric (Centimeters) in one package. It also includes a triangle tool to help us score those diagonal lines. The scoring guides (grooves) on the Martha Stewart board are in increments of 1/8". Some people don't like the bone-folder (scoring tool) that comes with the board and they will usually purchase a separate scoring tool of their liking to use with this board.

Scor-pal Measuring & Scoring Board

The thing we like about Scor-pal is that it is a family owned business dedicated to scoring boards. The owners have spent a lot of effort in providing inspiration and craft tutorials. Try their project list here. You can find them now on Amazon for $20.52. (Link below). Scor-pal has two separate products for Imperial (Inches) and Metric (Centimeters) so please pay a little attention when ordering. There is a triangle tool (Scor-ENVI Template) available as an add-on for scoring diagonally. The older version of a Scor-pal (the one linked below) has an increment of 1/4" with a few exceptions to make certain projects easier. The new Scor-pal (available this November) will have the 1/8 inch grooves right across the board. For $29.99, you can pre-order their new and improved version with a free Scor-Envi on their website here. We didn't know about this until we visited their website for this post. We're excited!

Fiskars 12 Inch SureCut Paper Trimmer + Score Blade

Like the MS Board, the good thing about Fiskars is that it is widely available. Many of you probably already have it in your stash. If you don't have a lot of room for storage or don't need a lot of scoring in your crafts, the Fiskars Trimmer + Score Blade would be a great choice. For our project tomorrow, we do not need a paper trimmer but a paper trimmer is a must-have for all paper crafters. If you are just getting started, we recommend getting a paper trimmer before a scoring board. If you can, get both!

Advanced Scoring Boards (Punch Boards)

We think We R Memory Keepers revolutionized the paper crafting industry with their Envelope Punch Board. As of today, there is a family of 6 punch boards in the market with more coming. They can be easily found at Michael's, Jo-Ann and Hobby Lobby as well as online. The special projects can be done on a basic scoring board with some work, but the punch boards make the tasks easier. - Envelope Punch Board - Gift Box Punch Board - Gift Bag Punch Board - Candy Box Punch Board - Pillow Box Punch Board - Flower Punch Board If you are getting just one board, we recommend the Envelope Punch Board. Here are some projects Nina has shared on the blog using the Envelope Punch Board.

A Holiday Cookie Wrap?

nina-yang-christmas-cookie-holder Nina made this for Paper Crafts Holiday Cards & More Vol.8 Blog Hop. May we say that it was a hit? Fun and easy to make! There is something about punching paper that grants us satisfaction!

A Mini Envelope for A Card?

nina-yang-mini-envelopes-love-you-card One thing that we like the most about the Envelope Punch Board is that we can make many different sizes of envelopes! The one shows on the card is a custom size Nina came up with - check out all the measurement details here!

Even Making a Box from it?

nina-yang-pebbles-target-halloween-table-setting-treat-bag We also love the Gift Box and Gift Bag punch boards. You can see them in action in Nina's previous posts:

Playing with Gift Box Punch Board (with Video)

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Take me to Spring Gift Bags (Photo Tutorial)

nina-yang-spring-gift-bags-punch-board-giveaway If you like to make home decors, the Flower Punch Board would be a great tool to have!

Flower Punch Board Tutorial

nina-yang-flower-punch-board-by-we-r-memory-keepers Now, who's looking forward for the Twelve Days of Gift Giving to start? (Wink!) Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

[Video] Stamping Basics for Planner Users

on October 30, 2014
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Hello everyone! We've had some questions about the basics of stamping from our planner users so we put together a short video to show you how to use them. Stamping-Basics-for-Planner-Users   We used a personal size Filofax page in the video but the stamps can be used on any planner. We used Fresh Ink but all pigment inks that dry on top of paper should work. Feel free to leave a comment if you have more questions!

Video: Stamping Basics for Planner Users

Watch below or in HD on YouTube here! http://youtu.be/UMIHH2vDpTg

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Masking with Diecuts - Pamela Ho

on August 25, 2014
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Hello everyone! We have another guest designer today! wfc-one-layer-card-with-Santa-Add-On-by-Pamela I have been a Pamela fan ever since I found her on Moxie Fab World when she was a winner to a challenge. I am amazed by how much effort she puts in to achieve a clean look, over and over. There are always clever uses of products as well. I was on Neat and Tangled's team with her and am so happy for her stamp design debut with them! Such talent! Now, take it away, Pamela!

Masking with Diecuts

Hello everyone! This is Pamela and I'm so excited to be guest designing for Waffle Flower's August release! I'm using the new Surface - Tag Die - Santa Add-On die and I will be doing a lot of masking for a simple, one layer card. I first die cut everything on some masking paper. I first adhered the buckle negative onto my card base and I will be blending some yellow ink onto my card base. Santa Step 1 I then adhered the buckle's positive mask directly onto the yellow and discarded the buckle's negative mask. Then it was time for me to adhere the belt's negative mask and blended some black ink. Santa Step 2 After, I adhered the belt's positive mask and discarded the negative mask. I adhered the bottom part of the beard mask and blended the remaining in red. Santa Step 3 It's time to rip off all those masks and post-it notes! I'm now left with some simple shapes that suggests Santa Claus! I inked up the "HO HO HO" sentiment from A Homemade Christmas and stamped it on the bottom to finish the card off. Santa Step 4 Here's the complete card! I love how flat and mail-friendly this card is! Of course you could always die cut it in coloured cardstock but this masking/blending/planning process was so fun! Santa Add-On Here's a close up of the card. I'm in love with those vibrant colours! Santa Add-On Close Thank you Nina for inviting me to guest design with her amazing stamps and dies!

[Tutorial] You Make Me Dream Card

on July 29, 2014
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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!

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Five for Friday and a Cake Card Tutorial

on July 25, 2014
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Hello, everyone! It is Friday again!

Five for Friday

I'm sharing some cake inspiration today! [caption id="attachment_11785" align="aligncenter" width="192"]bow-mini-cake Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11788" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Hearts on Cake Source[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_11787" align="aligncenter" width="400"]White Cake with Pink Flower Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11786" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pink Cherry Blossom Cake Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11790" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Ruffled Cake Source[/caption] They look so good! Here is a card I was inspired to make!

A Cake Card Tutorial

The sentiment is a sneak peek to a new stamp set we are going to introduce in August. wfc-nina-yang-3d-cake-with-scallop-add-on-cardThe cake was made from our Surface - Tag Die - Scallop Add-on. Diecut the rectangle label twice from pink paper and the scallop frame once from white paper. wfc-nina-yang-3d-cake-with-scallop-add-on-step-1 Layer the scallops on top of the labels to make the cake layers: wfc-nina-yang-3d-cake-with-scallop-add-on-step-2 Adhere the layers together and trim off the extra. wfc-nina-yang-3d-cake-with-scallop-add-on-step-3 The flower is made from our Rock My World Stamp Set and Die Set. Stamp the flowers on pink paper and die cut. wfc-nina-yang-3d-flower-stamp-and-diecutUse a stylus and a mousepad to shape the flowers into little cups. wfc-nina-yang-3d-flower-shaping Adhere the two flowers together with foam adhesive and you will get a great dimensional embellishment for your cake! wfc-nina-yang-3d-cake-with-scallop-add-on-closeup That's all for today! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Flower Punch Board Tutorial, Coupon + Giveaway

on July 23, 2014
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Hello everyone! Have you heard the news that We R Memory Keepers and American Crafts are now one company? I am excited about this acquisition. For my Studio post today, I used the new WRMK Flower Punch Board and some beautiful paper from AC/Pebbles Special Delivery. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-by-we-r-memory-keepers The flowers are BIG – ranging from 3" to 9" in diameter. I had so much fun mixing and matching the sizes. It is amazing how these beautiful flowers were made from a simple punch board and a stem kit! flower-punch-boardstem-kit-catalog Flower sizes and simple directions are printed on the board but it took me a while to figure out how to fold the petals. Once you have it figured out, it will be very fun and relaxing! So I put together a quick tutorial to share today!

Tutorial

Flower Size: S (5" dia.) Paper Size: 2-5/8" x 12"

1. Punch and Score:

Follow the directions printed on the board. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-1

2. Fold the Paper:

nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-2 "Mountain Fold" means that you fold the paper down at score-line to create a "mountain"; "valley fold" means that you fold the paper up at score-line to create a "valley". nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-3 Keep folding and you will see a flower shape forming: nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-4

3. Finish the loop:

Add adhesive to the first little triangle as shown and adhere the two ends together. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-5 nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-6 And when opened up, you will get a flower! nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-7

4. Curl the Petals:

I think it is a genius idea to include a roller in the board! nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-9 Curled petals give the flower a more realistic look. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-8

5. Add Stem

We get 10 sets of stems in one Stem Kit. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-10 I punched a scallop circle to use as a simple layer with the flower. nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-11 Remember to add the beautiful center stem piece before you screw on the end: nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-12 nina-yang-flower-punch-board-step-13 Easy, peasy, right? All you need is to pick your flower size and punch away! Here are the sizes I used on my project: nina-yang-flower-punch-board-by-we-r-memory-keepers-closeup

Giveaway

We R Memory Keepers is generously letting me giveaway a Flower Punch Board + Stem Kit to a lucky winner on the blog!

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For your convenience, here are the direct links to the products I used on my project.

Flower Punch Board

Flower Stem Kit

Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

[Tutorial] Strawberry Rocks Card & Five for Friday

on July 18, 2014
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Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I was inspired by this rock painting project to make a card for today! [caption id="attachment_11503" align="aligncenter" width="233"]painted strawberry rocks Source: Found on Pinterest[/caption] Since I've been having fun playing with our Rock My World Stamp Set and Die Set lately, I immediately wanted to make strawberries with our rocks! And here is my take! wfc-strawberry-rock-card

How to Make Strawberries from Your Rock Stamps

1. Stamp the rocks on the card front.

I'm using the reverse side of the "live, laugh, love" rock to get a solid image. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-1

2. Stamp the leaves (from Flower Circles Stamp Set) and cut out.

Cut about 1/16" away from the stamped image will actually give it a more finished look. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-2

3. Use a black pen to add some random dots to your "strawberries".

Wait until your ink is dry on paper to do this. The dots do not need to be perfect. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-3

4. Use a white gel pen to add the seeds.

Use the gel pen to cover part of the dots to mimic the look of strawberry seeds. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-4

5. Glue your leaves on.

Try to use the leaves to compliment the shapes of your strawberries. nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-5 Easy peasy, right? When I got to finish the card, I decided to add one more strawberry to the left. Don't be afraid to stamp off the edge! nina-yang-strawberry-rock-card-step-6 These strawberries make me so happy! :) The sentiment "you're sweet" is a sneak peak to a stamp set in our next release! ;) Hope that you will join us on August 1-5 for the introductions. Starting next Monday, we will be sharing more sneak peaks on our social media outlets! Stay tuned~~ wfc-strawberry-rock-card-closeup

Five for Friday

I've been pinning great rock painting projects that can be easily adapted to use our Rock My World Stamp Set and Die Set to the dedicated pin board. I want to share 5 more of my favorites with you today! [caption id="attachment_11516" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-cactus Pin: Rock Cactus Garden[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11514" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-gold Pin: Gold Painted Rocks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11517" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-fish Pin: Rock Fish[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-snowman Pin: Rock Snowman[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11515" align="aligncenter" width="400"]rock-painting-flowers Pin: Rock Flowers[/caption] The last one especially reminds me of the flowers in our Rock My World Stamp Set and this card I've shared. Rock My World Stamp Set Preview nina-yang-watercolor-rock-card Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!!

Faux Watercolor Look on Vellum

on June 19, 2014
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Hello everyone! I was excited about all the new dies and embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts / We R Memory Keepers. I immediately ordered a few of my favorites using my Studio Team credits. I played with the Mason Jar Die yesterday and wanted to share what I have discovered while playing: a faux watercolor look on Vellum! nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-card The Mason Jar was screaming to be cut with vellum! nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-card-closeup The technique is very simple: use your Copics or any other alcohol markers to color in the embossing window. Use as a template is one of my favorite features of this die! I was putting the colors on very liberally and was happy with the results! nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-card-copic-coloring I traced the patterns with a 0.05 Copic multiliner to give them more definition. nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-card-outline It was a nice surprise to find out that the "Be happy, it's a decision." sentiment from our Bowtiful Stamp Set fits nicely in the banners. Remember to bend your clear sentiment stamps if needed. nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-card-bend-your-stamps I die cut the jar cap from some Silver Shape 'N Tape and used it to adhere the jar to the card front. nina-yang-faux-watercolor-vellum-mason-jar-washi-top Fun, right? If you are interested in ordering from shopwer.com (The official store of We R Memory Keepers), you can use code WAFFLE to save 20% on your entire order. lifestyle-studio-code-waffle Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!