[Guest] Festive Friends and Stretching Your Stamps with Amy Yang

on November 07, 2016
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Hello everyone!! It's Amy here today! I’m so happy to be guesting with Waffle Flower Crafts for the first time! Have you started making your holiday cards? I’m getting an early start this year because I’ve made so many new crafty friends through social media. I’d like to send each of them a special handmade card. wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-amy-1 For both my cards, I used Peace on Earth , Faye and Willy and Friends Stamp Set. I love working with critter stamps so I had fun pairing the bold and gorgeous holiday sentiments with the adorable monkeys to create my cards. wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-amy-2 For my first card, I stamped and colored the images using copic markers. I kept the card design simple to let the characters and the sentiment stand out. One thing I did do here is stretch my stamps by making small changes to the characters using my copic friendly pen. I drew some lines and dots to create dressy outfits for the monkeys, it’s that simple. Don’t they make an adorable couple ready for a Holiday Party! Photo 3 20161014-merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-amy-4P For my second card, it’s pretty much the same thing with a different color scheme and sentiment. Once again, I colored the images with copic markers. I added glossy accent to the heart for shine and dimension.   wfc-20161014-merry-christmas-amy-5 Thank you for stopping by today!!! Supplies: Peace on Earth Stamp Set Faye Stamp Set Willy & Friends Stamp Set  

Come Mingle! (Mesa Local Show this Weekend! Nov. 5-6, 2016)

on November 04, 2016
Hello everyone! We are so looking forward to seeing our local stamper friends again this weekend!!! If you are local and have some free time this weekend, come mingle!!! Everyone's welcomed! Try ink smooshing at the booth or maybe take a copy of our idea book home for inspiration later? ;) Nina and Channin will be there! Find the address below: Mesa Convention Center 201 N Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201 See you soon! WFC-Nina-Headshotdesignteamheadshots_channin 201611-flyer-blog  

[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] Floral Tags with Woodgrain Details by Clara

on October 24, 2016
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Hello! This is Clara from Bloomize, and I am overjoyed to be a guest on the Waffle Flower blog today. The Loved stamp set is one of my favorites as there are diverse ways to use the florals and foliage. I've used them to adorn a set of four tags that were die cut from the Surface Tag Die Starter Kit. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-1 Besides using plain white cardstock, I have also stamped and die cut on woodgrain (in three shades: white, beige and dark brown) and red cardstock as well. The sentiments were adhered with foam tape. Waxed cotton cords were tied to the ends to compete the tags. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-2 I thought of adding a subtle textural detail on this white tag so I used the sprig die from the coordinating die set to dry emboss on it. This was done twice to make two imprints. After that the cut images were adhered, semi-revealing the embossed impressions in the background. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-3 On this dark brown woodgrain tag, I added the same sprig but die cut from white woodgrain cardstock and with no stamping of the corresponding stamp image. I simply wanted the leaf shape to lend contrast to the arrangement. wfc-20161024-floral-tags-clara-4 Here on these two variations, the blooms and leaves mix and match very nicely no matter which direction they are arranged. Hope you will enjoy creating with this beautiful stamp set! Supplies: Loved Stamp Set Surface – Tag Die – Starter Kit

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

on October 23, 2016
Hello everyone! Popped in to announce the winner of our Creative Monthly Giveaway! winner-number winner pelArgoNNia, please email us at the following address to claim your prize! email Thanks everyone for joining us! There will be a blog hop and more giveaways coming soon! Stay tuned~~~

[Guest] Little Stamps Background with Monochrome Animals by Ashwini Rao

on October 17, 2016
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Hello everyone! Its Ashwini here. Thank you so much Waffle Flower Crafts, for having me over as a Guest Designer! I have a couple of cards today with the cute animals from the Monochrome stamp set - wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-04 I've used some pattern paper and some custom made background for these two cards. I chose all the little stamps from Waffle Flower I could find in my stash (I've used stamps from MonochromeA BunchCongrats and Lacy Flower). wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-01 I then chose a series of at least 6-8 colors for each card, choosing greens, blues and grey for the card with the zebra and pinks, yellows and grey for the one with the mice (grey makes as good a combination as black with any other color!!) and started stamping on a card panel. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-02 Once I was done, I also stamped the cute animals and the speech bubbles + sentiments on scrap cardstock and fussy cut them. I also added a piece of torn vellum for the card with the mice, since the critters themselves are too small to draw focus on them..and the vellum would soften the background and draw the line of sight. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-03 Finally, I covered the card base with pattern paper, and then adhered my stamped panels on them before foam mounting the critters and the sentiments, along with some wood veneer embellishments. wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-05 wfc-20161017-little-stamps-background-with-monochrome-animals-ashwini-06 Did you notice that the cards can easily be interchanged into masculine or feminine cards, based on the colors - for example, the mice card could be made to a Dad card, using the blues and greens instead of the pinks and reds! So easy!! :) Hope you liked the cards I made, and could get some inspiration from them! Thank you so much for having me over today!! Have a great day! Ashwini Stamp sets used: Monochrome, A Bunch, Congrats and Lacy Flower

Waffle Flower Challenge – October, 2016

on October 10, 2016
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Hello everyone! Time for another Waffle Flower Challenge!

What is it?

  • Each month, we host a Photo Inspired challenge here on the Waffle Flower Blog.
  • Challenge starts on the 10th and ends on the 25th of each month.

How to Join?

  • Make something new (card, layout, tag, planner spread, etc...) based on the inspiration photo.
  • Post your project(s) to your blog or an online gallery (i.e. Flickr, Instagram)
  • Link your project post(s) to the Link-up tool at the bottom of this post.

Rules?

  • Please explain a little how you drew your inspiration from the challenge photo in your post(s).
  • Enter as many times as you want.
  • Combine up to 3 challenges if you want.

How to Win a Stamp Set of Your Choice?

Use at least one product from Waffle Flower to be eligible to win!
  • We will draw a random winner from all participates.
  • We will choose a guest spot winner to help create a project for a future challenge.

Winners of our September Challenge

Woot Woot! Winners, please email your stamp of choice along with your mailing address to the following email to claim your prize! Big thanks to everyone for joining us! email Let's get started with our October Challenge!

Photo Inspiration for October, 2016

Follow it closely or as loosely as you want! waffle-flower-challenge-201610

Link Your Project(s) Below!

[inlinkz_linkup id=669508 mode=1] Did you know that you can use your Instagram photos to enter? Learn more here! A Quick Tip: If you share your projects on Instagram, hashtag #waffleflowercrafts and/or #waffleflowerchallenge for your chances to be featured in our feed!

Drum Roll...

on October 07, 2016
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Hello everyone! Thank you for patiently waiting on us choosing the winning projects for our Jumbo Letter Die Catalog Challenge and without further ado, the 5 projects are: (in the order they were submitted) B&W Card by Laura Dovalo We love the clean and graphic look of Laura's Card. The colorful "U" pops against the cleverly created background using the letter diecuts in black and white. We love how she made all the elements on her card work together to bring out the "story": you color my world! laura-dovalo Cool Pattern Card by ScRapEva Eva's card is such a fun play on color and dimension. Did you notice that the purple/blue decorative border at the bottom is created using the center part of Jumbo Letter A Die? Thanks for bringing out the possibilities, Eva! scrapeva Fun in the Sun Card by Bonico de Corazón We couldn't help but smiling right back at the fish on Bonico's card! He's even cuter peeking from behind the letters! And the fun little circles (bubbles?) bonico-de-corazon-sun   LOVE banner by Yuu Izumi Yuu's banner is a classy beauty. We love the balance of the project: With Jumbo Letter dies taking the center stage, there are just the right amount of details / supporting pieces to keep you looking! yuu-izumi Hello Card by Hannah We are so glad that Hannah got to submit her card in time! We love the interlocking letters and the fun mixing-n-matching of solids/lines. We also love the lacy square layer that gives the whole project a whimsical lift!   hannah-hello Congratulations, ladies! Please email us at the following address to claim your $75 gift certificate and find out what you need to do to mail your project in! email
Here's a big thank you to everyone who have joined us in the challenge! You guys are seriously creative! You may also want to check out the lovely layering on LauraJane's card here and the fun colors on Kelly's card here. Check back on Monday to see the winners of our September Challenge! Have a wonderful weekend!  

[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

#TBT - Tiny Trick or Treat Bags - Katie Gehring

on September 29, 2016
DesignTeamHeadshots-KatieGehringHello friends, Katie here continuing my mission to mix older Waffle Flower Crafts products with new in another #TBT. This week, I’ve pulled out the Little Gifts stamp set with the newly released Little Gifts 3D die. I combined these coordinating products with the Trick or Treat stamp set and the Tiny Pumpkin Face die. I also used Oh Happy Day dye ink and some items from my stash including black pigment ink, black spray ink, and a glue pen. wfc-20160929-trick-or-treat-katie-1 First, I built the Trick or Treat bags by stamping the outline and the patterns onto card stock and die cutting the bags using the Little Gifts 3D dies. I used Oh Happy Day ink on the orange bag for a great tone on tone look. Next, I added the pumpkin faces- one happy and one scary. The scary face was created by just flipping the eyes and mouth upside down. wfc-20160929-trick-or-treat-katie-2 For the background, I die cut a piece of card stock using the Lacy Layers 2 die. I spattered ink onto the background and stamped some of the stars and the sentiment from the Trick or Treat stamp set. wfc-20160929-trick-or-treat-katie-3 I adhered the trick or treat bags to the white panel and attached the completed panel to a purple note card. wfc-20160929-trick-or-treat-katie-4 Well, that’s it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Katie

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