Creativation 2017 Booth# 709 + Year 3 Catalog!

on January 15, 2017
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Hello everyone! Popped in to share that we will be exhibiting at Creativation Show 2017 coming this Thursday! This show opens to stores and professionals only but we thought we should share the news here! In case your favorite store is coming, please tell them about us! If you are coming (yippee!), please stop by for hugs, grab a catalog and try our make-n-takes! We will be at booth 709! We will bring our Year 3 Catalog! We will also bring our Spring 2017 release that we will start sneak peeking tomorrow! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Happy Crafting! Nina

[Technique] Gradation Backgrounds by Layering Stamps with Channin

on October 04, 2016
designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here with another technique to share with you today!! This week I’m playing around with creating gradation backgrounds by layering non-background stamps. I’m not really sure why but I just love to stamp backgrounds!! I think it’s simply because I just love to stamp. Which is a good thing because for today’s card I did a lot of stamping. 104-1 First, I picked my stamp. For this technique, I generally favor non-background stamps with more surface area. So basically, stamps that are more solid, less linear. For example, I made a card for August’s challenge using this technique and I chose to create my background with the fairly solid circle stamps from the Flower Circles Stamp Set. For today’s card, I decided to go with the striped bag from the Little Gifts Stamp Set. I thought that the stripes would allow me to create an interesting gradation. 104-3 Now that I had my stamp picked out, I experimented on some scrap paper to find the right pattern. I chose to create a horizontal pattern in which I would overlap the stamp by stamping the proceeding layers in some of the negative spaces created by the stripes of the previous image. Next, I picked out my ink colors. I decided to go with rainbow colors. I chose Waffle Flower inks, Happy Go Lucky, Safe Choice, My Pleasure, Oh Happy Day, You Said What, Chirp Chirp, New Fish in Pond, and Daydreaming. I then arranged my inks on my table in the order I wanted to use them (rainbow order). 104-2 Now, with my stamp picked out and my inks in order, I begun stamping my pattern on a 5” by 6 ½” white card base.I used My Pleasure as my starting point for my rows. I would also vary where I started to disperse my colors so when I was finished all my colors were not just in a column. {Oh and yes that is my daughter's dirty hand in the shot. She just came in from the backyard and had to see what I was up too.} 104-4 Once my background was completed I stamped and white embossed “21” using the Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set on a scrap of black card stock. I then fussy cut my numbers out and adhered them to some black craft foam. I then stamped my sentiment, which is also from the Sketchy Number Stamp Set in black on my stamped card base. Lastly, I adhered my numbers under my sentiment. 104-5 Oh and since I was making this card for a specific person (my brother), I went ahead and stamped the inside. I used the Sketchy Alpha Stamp Set to create “you!” and used the Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set for “happy birthday”. I hoped you enjoyed and will try creating some gradation backgrounds with your non-background stamps! Have a creative week!! ~Channin   Products: Stamps:

Little Gifts Stamp Set

Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set

Sketchy Alpha Stamp Set

Inks:

Happy Go Lucky

Safe Choice

My Pleasure

Oh Happy Day

You Said What

Chirp Chirp

New Fish in Pond

Daydreaming

[Technique] Paper Piecing First Step Stamp Set with Channin

on September 27, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin and I’m here to share with you a couple of cards that I created with Waffle Flower Crafts’ awesome First Step Stamp Set and the paper piecing technique. I don’t know about you but I have tons of pattern paper just sitting around collecting dust in my craft room. I love their designs and patterns (so I can’t just throw them out) but I really struggle using pattern paper in my card design especially with stamped images but then I discovered paper piecing. If you have never heard of paper piecing before its basically stamping your image on pattern paper or colored paper and then fussing cutting out sections and then piecing the sections back together to create the image again. This technique is often used for the clothing of people or animal images, it’s a very clever and easy way to make your images more interesting. When I saw the First Step Stamp Set I knew it would be a great set to use paper piecing with. The large white space of the shoe images is just perfect for pattern paper. I had so much fun with the shoe images and my pattern paper that I actually created two cards to share with you today! I mean pattern paper and shoe images how could anyone resist playing shoe designer!! wfc-927-1a For this first card, first I stamped the pair of shoes on 4 sheets of pattern paper, all from the same paper pack, and 4 times again on a sheet of tan paper in black. I then dry embossed the tan shoes using embossing folders. Next, I fussy cut the all the shoes out but on the pattern paper shoes I cut out the sole portions. wfc-927-1b Then took my black marker and colored the edges of the paper of all the shoes so that the images had a looked nice and clean. I then adhered the pattern shoes onto top of the embossed tan shoes. Next, I splattered some watered down black paint onto the outer portions of a 5” by 6 ½” white card base. wfc-927-1c I then stamped my sentiment, which I created, from the Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set and the Purse-nality Stamp Set in black in the center of my splatter card base. Lastly, I adhered my shoes around the card base and then cut away the overhang with scissors. wfc-927-2a I followed many of the same steps for the second card however, I didn’t do any dry embossing this time. I stamped the pair of shoes 8 times again but this time all on pattern paper. I want the soles to be patterned this time as well. I then fussy cut all my shoes out and again cut the soles out of 4 pairs of shoes. I then colored the edges with a black marker and adhered the shoes and soles together. wfc-927-2b I then splattered a 5” by 6 ½” kraft card base with watered down black acrylic paint. Side note here, I had been using black watercolor paint to do my splatters but I found my paint would smear after it was dry when touched. So now I use acrylic paint and I don’t have any more smearing. wfc-927-2c I then stamped my sentiment, which I created, from the Purse-nality Stamp Set in black ink in the center of my card. Lastly, I adhered my shoes around the sides of my card and then trimmed the overhang off with my scissors. I hope you enjoyed and I inspired you to dig into your pattern paper stash and create some fun cards with the paper piecing technique! Products: First Step Stamp Set Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set Purse-nality Stamp Set

Gift for You - Card by Patricia Roebuck

on September 26, 2016
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DesignTeamHeadshots_PATRICIAHello Waffle Flower friends! I was inspired by this month’s inspiration challenge to use the Little Gifts stamp set. wfc-201609-photo The inspiration reminded me of a party with the circle garland, and gifts are usually at parties!  I started this card with a piece of 4.25x5.5 piece of Canson 140 lb Cold Press watercolor paper to create a watercolor background. Little Gifts Stamp Set wfc-201609-gift-for-you-patricia-photo-1 wfc-201609-gift-for-you-patricia-photo-2 Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Rock & Roll Stamping with Channin

on September 20, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin here with a very colorful project to share with you today using the rock & roll stamping technique!! I love the rock & roll technique, it’s most definitely an oldie but it is still a goodie. If you are not familiar with it, the general idea is to ink up your stamp in a light ink then roll the edges of the inked image in a darker ink, while being careful not to get the darker ink in the center of the image. I often use this technique for flowers, leaves, and sentiments to add a little more interest to the image. Now I can see why many are afraid this technique might mess up their ink pads, but as long as you start with a light ink and rock & roll in a darker one you will be fine. wfc-91916-a Now for this card, I did a lot of rock’n & roll’n because I did it to all the many many gems. First, I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment which is from the Gemstone Stamp Set in the center of a 4 ¾” by 6 ¼” panel of white cardstock. wfc-91916-b You can see in the picture above how I draft my designs. I have a huge box of commercial printer paper (seriously, more paper than I think I can use in a lifetime) that my husband brought home from work. The sheets are big like, 10” by 15”, and they are perfect to use as a work surface or for stamping out design ideas. I just use a ruler to draw the dimensions of my card panel and then start playing around with ideas. Sometimes I even roughly cut stamped images out and just position them on my sketched card panel so I can move things around and play with the positioning. Anyway back to my card. After I stamped and embossed my sentiment, I inked up the heart gem from the Gemstone Stamp Set; first in Oh Happy Day then I rocked and rolled the upper edge in My Pleasure, and then stamped it above the sentiment. I then repeated this inking process and stamped heart gem three more hearts around the sentiment. I then moved onto the smaller heart and circle gemstones. I paired them together on my acrylic block and inked them in You Said What first then rocked and rolled them in Oh Happy Day and stamped them between the heart images. wfc-91916-c I continued to follow the pattern I created in my draft and rock and rolled my way through Tickled PinkHappy Go LuckyDaydreaming, and Chirp Chirp, but always inking my stamp up first with the lighter ink then the darker shade. I sort of used a rainbow pattern of colors as a guide, but I started with yellow, then went to orange, then red, pink, purple, blue, and finally green. Most images I only used two ink colors but for the large square-ish gem, I inked in Tickled Pink (cause it was the lightest) first then I rocked and rolled one edge in My Pleasure and the other edge in Happy Go Lucky, so I had three colors on one stamp. And on some gems I actually rocked and rolled the stamp on one edge in one ink and then rock and rolled the same stamp in another ink on the other edge. I did this to avoid overlapping the colors and a bit and changing their look. wfc-91916-d After I had completed my gem pattern I splattered some slightly watered down gold paint around my panel but avoiding my sentiment. Lastly, I felt my panel needed a little more so I stamped and gold embossed the burst from the Gemstone Stamp Set around my sentiment. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all next week with a new card creation! ~Channin Products: Gemstone Stamp Set Inks: You Said WhatOh Happy DayMy PleasureTickled PinkHappy Go LuckyDaydreaming, and Chirp Chirp

Fun with Vellum - Trick AND Treat Card by Channin

on September 13, 2016
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Hello, everyone! From now on, Channin will be on the blog every Tuesday, sharing her clever creations with us! Take it away, Channin! designteamheadshots_channin Hello everyone! It’s Channin here to share with you a fun card I made for Halloween! I just love Halloween and I just adore Waffle Flower Crafts’ new Trick or Treat stamp and die set and of course I couldn’t resist making another card with them! wfc-91316-1   This time I played around with the ghost images to create a little scene where it appears the little boy ghost has been a tad naughty and, to his sister’s shock and dismay, has eaten all of her candies. I had a lot of fun creating this scene, I even altered the little ghost images just a bit to better create the story. wfc-91316-2   First, I stamped in black ink and clear embossed both the ghosts from the Trick or Treat stamp set on a scrap of vellum. However, before I stamped, I carefully wiped away the ink on the stamp where the girl ghost’s mouth and the boy ghost’s arms had been. I then cut my stamped vellum ghosts with the matching dies and just cut off the little arm bump on the boy. I also cut out an additional girl and boy ghost with the dies but without the stamping this time to create blank backs that I will adhere to the stamped ghosts later. I then stamped the pumpkin basket and the smallest candy 5 times in copic-friendly black ink on a scrap of white cardstock. wfc-91316-3   I then colored the stamped images with my copics but added some striped lines to the candies with my prismacolor color pencils. When I was done coloring I fussy cut the basket and the candies out. Next, I stamped the “trick or treat” sentiment in black and then clear embossed it in the center of a 4 ½” by 6” panel of white cardstock. I then crossed out the “or” and wrote “and” next to it with a black marker. wfc-91316-4 I then placed my colored candies in the center of the unstamped vellum boy ghost and then squeezed tiny dots of glossy accents around the edges to adhere the stamped ghost on top and sandwich the candies inside. I then drew stripes on the girl ghost’s bow and a little oval for her mouth with a black marker and then glued her to her back in the same manner I did the boy. Lastly, I adhered the basket onto the girl ghost, the ghosts onto the panel, and then the panel onto my 5” by 6 ½” card base. I hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for stopping by!! ~Channin Products: Trick or Treat Stamp Set Trick or Treat Die

Jumbo Letter Fun by Katie Gehring

on July 12, 2016
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DesignTeamHeadshots-KatieGehringHello friends, Katie here. I’ve been having so much fun with Waffle Flower Crafts new Jumbo Alphabet Letter dies, and I have a couple cards to share with you today using the Jumbo Letter A-Z set and the Balloon Messages die. My first card uses the Jumbo Letter Dies as rounded letter balloons. I die cut the letters from vellum and adhered them to a panel of white card stock. I die cut and adhered the balloon string to each letter to complete the balloon look. Cutting the letters from vellum helps reinforce the balloon look. The trick with vellum is hiding the adhesive in such a way that it doesn’t show. To do this, I use a Xyron Create-a-Sticker. The 1.5” width is the perfect size for coating the letters with adhesive evenly. wfc-3-jumbo-letter-happy-2 My next card uses the Alphabet dies and the speech bubble die from the Balloon Messages die set. I used more vellum for the bubbles and die cut the letters from white card stock. This design is super flexible and you can swap out letters- OMG can easily become YAY, EEK, LOL, WOW or anything you can imagine. wfc-3-jumbo-letter-omg-1 Thanks for stopping by! Katie

Happy 4th, USA!

on July 03, 2016
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Happy 4th to all of our US friends! USA Banner - Tessa Felt banner made by Tessa using Jumbo Letter Die: U, S & A! Thank you for stopping by!

2017 Catalog Challenge + Neon Lights Hi Card Video by Tessa

on June 15, 2016
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Hello everyone! Nina here! We are preparing for our Year 3 Catalog and feeling very, very grateful. We could not do this without you! Your kindness, love and support is what keeps us going and your creativity inspires us more than anything! It would be an honor to include some of your projects in our new catalog, so we are hosting a little challenge here on the blog! 2017-Catalog-Challenge We challenge you to make something using any of our Jumbo Letter dies. And because it is for our catalog, we do have a few guidelines:
  • Make Jumbo Letter die(s) the main feature of your project(s). You may use other Waffle Flower stamps, dies or inks.
  • Use only stamps & dies that will be in our catalog. This means that you may not use stamps/dies from any other company.
  • Use no patterned paper / designer paper. You may use any colored cardstock/paper/felt, coloring media or embellishments. If you have any questions, please ask!
  • Once your project is chosen, you will need to mail your project to our office at Mesa, AZ by end of October. If you live outside of US, it may take 5 weeks for your mail to arrive.
  • Enter as many times as you would like by linking your project(s) to the Link-up Tool at the bottom of this post.
  • Enter by 11:59pm eastern, September 15! Extended till 11:59pm eastern on September 17!
We will choose up to 5 projects for the catalog! Winners will each receive 3 copies of the catalog plus a $75 gift certificate to our store!
To help get you started, our design team member Tessa Wise is here to share how to achieve a neon lights look with the dies! Watch it below or on our Youtube Channel Isn't it fun?! Neon Hi Card Neon Hi Closeup Now, put your thinking cap on and link away! We are so excited and can't wait to see what you will create!

Valentine Garland by Laura Jane & Invitation to Our New Release Week (Feb 18-24)

on February 14, 2016
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Hello everyone! Happy Valentine's Day! Our Challenge DT member Laura Jane came up with this gorgeous garland for Valentine's Day and we have to share it on the blog today! You can find more details on her blog here! valentine valentine1 Peeking from behind the Rosette Hearts Die is the Lacy Flowers Die releasing on Feb 24! Remember to join us in the release week: Feb 18-24! There will be video demos, lots of cards and awesome giveaways for sure! Everyone's invited! WFC_spring-release-coming