Hi friends! The April release from Waffle Flower Crafts finally made it's way to me and I couldn't wait to share some ideas with you! One of the big surprises in this release are the new inks. They are amazing, and here's a card to prove it...
I used the solid daisies from A Bunch stamp set to stamp a whole background using a few different colors from the Spring Blend and Summer Blend inkpads. The colors I used are 1, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 16.
The whole background came together super fast! I love stamping my own backgrounds and coming up with different color combinations, it's so very relaxing :)
To finish the card I didn't want to add a lot of distraction from the pretty background, so I adhered a strip of vellum and used the Congrats die and the Tiny Twine Bow die, which I die cut twice and layered for an even more festive look. Isn't that bow adorable? I want to put it everywhere! And the price is unbeatable, too.
And here's our happy card with a matching envelope.
That's it from me today! I hope you'll give a try to this fabulous inks. The coverage, super fast drying and vibrant colors really impressed me. Thanks for visiting!
Well, hello friends! Can you believe it? Waffle Flower Crafts is already 1 year old! And what a great first year it has been! I'm super happy that I got to be part of this exciting adventure from the beginning, and wish Nina lots of success for the coming years.
Ok, so the DT is blog hopping today to celebrate. You should have arrived from the blog of the ever fabulous Katie Gehring or, if you got lost, you can find the start of the hop here.
For our posts we had to choose our favorite product released this first year. Tough decision, people, tough decision...
And here's my pick:
I finally chose Loved stamp set, which is one of the prettiest floral sets I've ever seen. Being one of the first sets released by Waffle Flower, I guess we can say that now it's a classic. It's super versatile and allows millions of different color combinations. I combined it with another great set that I predict will also become a classic in the sentiment category because of it's gorgeous font: In Every Way stamp set.
As you can see, some simple stamping and a bit of die cutting with it's coordinating dies goes a long way with all this different lovely flowers and vines.
If you don't already follow Waffle Flower Crafts in social media, I highly encourage you to do it so you don't miss any of the exciting stuff that we have in store for you this second year!
And of course, what's a celebration without a giveaway? A lucky winner will receive their very own Loved stamp set. Just leave me a comment before Wednesday, April 15 and I'll pick a winner soon after. I'd love to know which is your favorite Waffle Flower product to date :)
Your next stop on the hop is my talented teamie Sabrina Alery. Thanks for hopping with us on this special celebration!
And I thought I could share here how to adapt the biggest frame from Surface - Tag die - Scallop Add on to any size you need. I'm sorry about the low quality pics, we've had the most horrible weather here so I had to use flash.
Ok, first we need to die cut a frame.
Next, we will cut the frame in two pieces. Depending on how small we want our final frame to be, we'll cut more or less length.
And finally, we will adhere the two pieces overlapping each other and trim with scissors any excess that may show around the frame edge. Easy peasy!
I hope you'll stop by the Waffle Flower blog to read all about the list making trend! Happy weekend!
Hi friends! Today I have two different color cards inspired by the same color combo. I used some colors that immediately grabbed my attention when Nina posted them for the Waffle Flower Crafts Challenge some weeks ago. That challenge is now over, but there's another one going on with a very interesting inspiration image too!
Here are the colors I used. I can't pass a cheery and bright one like this, even if I'm totally late to the party!
For the first card I incorporated the color combination by using the ink blending technique. I started by masking a rectangle on the card front, and then went in with an ink blending tool and 3 different colors of Distress Ink. It works best (for me at least) to start with the lightest colors and move on to the darkest ones.
Once all the blending was done, I removed the mask and stamped the main image and a sentiment from Potted stamp set in black.
I loved that background so much that I didn't add embellishments in order to let the colors shine.
On the second card, I incorporated the color combo in two different ways: stamping and with custom embellishments. This one reminds me to the circus :)
I built that pattern stamping the sun ray from Rain Check stamp set repeatedly in fuchsia, orange and red. The custom sentiment is from Bowtiful stamp set. I heat embossed it on a black cardstock strip. Bowtiful is a set from Waffle Flower's first release and to this day it is still one of my go-to sets. It has so many different sentiments!!!
The embellishments are wood veneer diamonds that I inked with the same pigment ink colors I used for stamping. To do this, simply smoosh the diamonds on the ink pad and then add clear embossing powder and heat set it (use tweezers to hold the wood veneers so you don't burn your fingers!) . This will seal the ink on the wood and also provides a cool shiny finish.
That's it from me today! Have a wonderful Thursday!
Happy Thursday! Well, so I've finally carved some time to sit down and play with the new My Favorite Things Card Challenges! My dear friend Susan Opel is the Creative Ambassador (isn't that a cool title?) and hostess with the mostess over there. I was beyond excited when after Paper Crafts Mag closed it's doors, Susan announced this new position because frankly, I just can't imagine this paper crafting industry without her. So here's to many more years of creativity! Oh, and the Challenge DT has some serious talent in there. Just check it!
I started heat embossing white on white a label stamp from s MFT set called Well Worn Greetings. I've checked it on their site and is nowhere to be found, so I assume it's been discontinued *sigh*. Well, at least I'm using one of their products, even if it's in a testimonial way, ha!
Then, I built my focal point with a mix of stuff from my stash. A die cut word from Mama Elephant, flowers from PTI and a sentiment from Studio Calico.
And that's it! I have to confess I made a card and a tag for the previous color challenge but never got around to post them. I hope I'll organize better next time!
Hello, friends! How is your week going? Hang in there, just one more day for the weekend!!! In the mean, I have two cards for you showing some ideas with Pattern Play stamp set. This is one of my favorite sets from the Waffle Flower Crafts January release. It's terribly versatile!
All the different borders can be mixed and matched. You could stamp them overlapped, build a plaid pattern, stripes, polka dots... Lots of possibilities, really. Today I'm sharing two simple ideas that still create a lot of impact.
First, the solid stripes border. This one has two long stripes in the same stamp (one wide and one thick), which makes stamping a full bakground super quick. I love building patterns with stamps and I have a whole Pinterest board full of pattern inspiration. For this card I wanted to replicate this pattern. It's simple but still has a lot of visual interest.
Here's my card:
I stamped the stripes with yellow pigment ink. Two tips: 1. A gridded acrylic block helps to space the stripes evenly. And 2. I didn't want the stripes to overlap, so before stamping the lower part of the pattern I placed a post it note in the exact point where the stripes would meet to mask it.
The sentiment is from In Every Way stamp set. I love the contrast between the swirly calligraphy and the graphic background. For the enamel dots I was between blue or grey, but I finally chose blue. Makes the card look happier :)
Second comes a card that uses one of the patterns from the set as a visual accent as well as the stamps I contributed to the new DT Mix stamp set (chunky flowers and "Hola" sentiment). Stamp any pattern in black and white and you'll have guaranteed impact on your card!
All the images were stamped on the card base and then I added the coral panel on top. The circle was cut with Flower Circles die set. I adore the tiny dots it debosses on the outer edge of the circle!
At the last moment I almost added some twine wrapped around the pannel, under the circle, but I finally decided to leave the card alone and let the stamping shine. What do you think? Too much white space? Enough? I'd love to hear! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hello there! Long time no see, uh? January is a busy month around here, but I hope I'll soon be back on track with my blogging. Today I'm on the Waffle Flower Crafts blog with a Five for Friday post about... bubbles! They are so fun, cute and shiny! I'm also sharing a card there and I thought I could show you a more in detail look here.
The Waffle Flower January release took a bit more than expected to arrive to my little corner of the world, so I was itching to ink up all than fantastic stamps! No wonder I ended up using three of the new sets on my card, ha!
The bathtub and all the lovely bubbles come from Shower stamp set, while the strip (polka dot bath rug, anyone?) is from Pattern Play stamp set. I thought the sentiment was perfect for the theme of the card. It comes from Potted stamp set.
See that rabbit having a blast in the bubble bath? He comes from the previously released Riversidestamp set. I was super happy when I found that he fit perfectly inside the bathtub!
There are also a couple of fun details in this card that I wanted to show you closely in this pic (I put the card under direct sunlight). I stamped the bathtub with grey pigment ink and then heat embossed it with clear powder. The gloss resembles an enamel bathtub! And I added clear glitter to all the stamped bubbles with a Wink of Stella pen to mimic the shine bubbles have in real life. I just love the result!
And now I totally feel like having a bubble bath! Don't you? Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!
And I'm back! Hello friends! Live got busy around here and I haven't been able to stamp a lot lately. I missed it badly! But yesterday I finally carved some time to play with my Waffle Flower Craftsgoodies and today I have a couple of ideas to share.
When I get a stamp set, I tend to skip the obvious, biggest show-stealer images and "explore" the set to find the smaller companion images. There are always some hidden gems in there! That's the case with the small Christmas ornament you can find in Holiday Labels - Merry stamp set. I love the graphic feel!
So let's start with a card:
I stamped and heat embossed the ornament in red, blue and lime green cardstock, and heat embossed it using gold, red, blue and lime green embossing powders. Then I fussy cut them (super relaxing!) and used as craft knive to make the hole in the hanger part.
I wanted to add a little detail to them, so I masked the lower part of the ornament and used a Versamarker pen to color just the upper portion and heat embossed it in gold to make a metal hanger like ones in the real ornaments. It's super easy to do! You can also use a gold pen for this, but I just love heat embossing :)
A bit, uh, ok, a LOT of masking was involved in the sentiment too (it comes from the same stamp set). I masked each part so I could heat emboss it in different colors. All in all it only took around 5 minutes and the result is so happy and colorful! The strings to hang the ornaments were drawn with a Copic multiliner pen.
I also made a simpler tag.
I die cut the tag from Surface - Tag Die - Starter Kit and used a pencil and a roll of scor tape I had on my desk to trace the hanging strings. Then, I stamped the ornaments straight on the tag and the sentiment, which is from A Homemade Christmas stamp set.
Again, I modified the ornaments a bit coloring the hanging part with a metallic Sharpie in silver. Also added shine to the ornaments with a Wink of Stella clear pen. And instead of tracing the strings, I added tiny dots to it with a Copic multiliner. Looks more festive to me this way :)
By the way, Nina has a lovely Thanksgiving offer going on right now. Free stamps with your purchase, people! Find all the details here.