Oct 5, 2019


Today is a really good day. Saturday's rule! Plus, it's World Cardmaking Day! Gotta love that! AND it's Waffle Flower Release Day! Woohooo! And you know what that means?! Tons of card ideas AND a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Cha-Ching!
This month at Waffle Flower, we broke all the products into 3 bundles. When you buy a whole bundle, you get a discount, so more bundles means more ways to save money! YAY!
My first card is from the floral bundle. Peony Bouquet has so many stunning details that I decided to ombre stamp it rather than color it in and you can still see all the amazing details!
I used Distress Oxide for the ink blended background AND for the stamping!
I also created a tone on tone effect by stamping with Gina K ink on Gina K Cardstock and then paper pieced the die cut images.
A Little Note is a sweet 3x4 floral stamp set. Even with the matching dies it is a budget friendly floral set which makes it the perfect set to try out if you want to get started coloring flowers. For this one I stamped with grey ink on grey yardstick and colored the image with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils. Colored pencils look amazing on grey cardstock!
Next, I have several cards with the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set. For this one, I ink blended the background and then stamped with Vermark Ink and heat embossed clear embossing powder on top of the ink blended background. It gives the leaves a pretty watermark effect.
Whereas with this one, I stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder first. Then I ink blended on top. I wiped away any ink that had deposited on the heat embossed leaves and revealed the white cardstock underneath!
Lastly, I stamped with Distress Oxide ink on Kraft cardstock.
Next up is the Whimsical Bundle!
I created this little Ciao card using the polaroid from the Go Girl Winter Die.
Lastly, we have the Creative Bundle which is a fun mix of cool dies and sentiment stamps.
I used the Oversized Thank You Word Die with the Lattice Panel Die. I cut out the center of the lattice so you could really see the pretty brush lettered font of the thank you.
Holiday Hugs is a fun die that creates a hug on a card! I turned my hug into Santa arms with red arms, black mittens and white cuffs!
I used the sentiment die to cut out the Hugs, also cut out a heart and then used the Holiday Hugs sentiment stamp set to stamp the sentiments.
Phew! What a fun release with tons for everyone! Now it is time for the giveaway! If you just came along to my blog be sure to start at Waffle Flower's blog post. Here is the whole list of the hop: 
If you leave comments on all the blog posts you are entered to win one of three $25 gift certificates to Waffle Flower's shop! Be sure to comment by 10/7 for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 2, 2019

Faux Shaker Card with Waffle Flower Bear Hugs

I love shaker cards. I really do, but sometimes it drives me nutty that all the shaker goodies drop to the bottom of the card and can even end up hidden from view.
I knew that would be the case with this card because the image is so large and the shaker window would be blocked by it substantially.
So, I decided to make a FAUX shaker where the goodies inside would stay put!
 I use Therm O Web's Glitter Dust to adhere some small sequins inside the shaker window so they get an extra shot of glitter AND stay put!
Check out my video on Simon Says Stamp's YouTube Channel here:

If you're interested in these products, look down below for links! Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 5, 2019

Therm O Web & Gina K Fall 2019 Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Therm O Web and Gina K Designs are excited to announce their latest collaboration! There are two new Stamp N Stencil Collections and two new colors of Glitter Glitz Gels. For this card, I used the new Stamp N Stencil Autumn Wishes collection.
It has a stamp set, dies and stencil available! I also used the new Pumpkin Spice Glitter Glitz Gel.
For this card, I used the Wishing You Joy Stamp N Stencil Collection.
I used the new Holiday Pine Glitter Glitz Gels on the holly leaves.
To see how easy it is to combine the stamps, dies and stencils, I have a video. You will get to see all the new products up close! You can check it out here:

Now next up on the hop is Beth Silaika. You can hop over to her blog here: https://silaika.blog

If you are not sure if you hit all the blogs on the hop, be sure to visit Therm O Web's blog here: https://wp.me/p36PgT-dbr
and Gina K's blog here: https://www.ginakdesigns.com/blog/

To enter the GIVEAWAY (Therm O Web and Gina K are each offering $50 gift cards to their shops so there are two chances to win), just enter the Rafflecopter here:


It's the fifth of the month, so you know what that means!?? New Waffle Flower Products are available! There are two bundles this month! The Nesting Dies Bundle 
and the September Release Bundle.
Let's start with some Nesting Die cards! This card is so super simple, but I think it is one of my favorites ever. I cut some bright colors of cardstock with the Nesting Squares Dies  and added a sentiment from he Happy Retirement Stamp Set (which I cut out with the Matching die). I love how bright the colors look on the clean background.
 This is another version of that idea using the Nesting Circles Die. I used the open font from the Happy Retirement set this time and watercolored them using Tombow markers.

Next up, I used similar colors of cardstock, but this time I layered two sizes of ovals on top of each other. I created a sentiment strip from one of the sub sentiments on the Happy Retirement Stamp Set.
OK, now let's move onto the September release bundle. First up is this one using the Poppy Hawthorn stamps and dies. I stamped with white pigment ink on grey cardstock and then colored it with Polychromos Pencils.
That halo if yellow was created by blending some Staz On Pigment ink for the background.
Speaking on Staz On Pigment Ink... I used it here to stamp the Flower Girl Stamp Set on vellum.
When you use a stamp positioner like the MISTI, you can get great results stamping on vellum with the StazOn Pigment inks!
Next up is this faux shaker card made with the Bear Hugs Stamp Set.
I used Therm O Web's Glitter Dust Spray to hold the sequins in place and add a little extra shine!
I had so much fun making that one that I decided to create another with slightly darker colors.
I love making faux shakers so that the sequins don't sit and hide at the bottom.

Next up is this little artists card! I love the little canvas the mice can create on.
All their little outstretched hands make it easy to add accessories.
And last up is the cute Fish & Chips set. This tiny 2x3 set has the cutest fish and chips platter image and the adorable sentiment. I stamped it three times, colored them with Comic markers and cut them out with the Nesting Circles Die.
Phew that's it!! Thanks for making it through all those photos! Now for the giveaway!

To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. You can leave a comment on this blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 9/7/19 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts in this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 9/9/2019.

Here is the hop list:
Rebecca Keppel You are HERE!

Be sure to leave comments on all the blogs for the most chances to win the gift cards! I can't wait to hear what your favorites are from this month's release! Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 25, 2019

Summer Scrappin Series with Audrey Yeager| 15 Minute Beach Layout

I was so excited to be a part of the Summer Scrappin 21 Days of Summer hosted by Audrey Yeager. Please check out Audrey's YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/audreykit1 She shares tons of scrapbooking videos and all of her layouts are amazing. It had been a WHILE since I scrapbooked so it was awesome to have a reason to do so. I've been so crazy busy with work and my kids are back in school. Their school does not have busses so I do a TON of driving back and forth and to practices etc. Doesn't leave a lot of free time.
But my daughter and I had taken a trip back in June to visit her birthplace, San Francisco. One of the best moments when she got to see the ocean. She hasn't been to a beach since she was a baby. Even though the water was FREEZING she was so happy to take her shoes and socks off and run in.

For this layout, since I have been so short on time, I decided to make it super simple and create it in a half an hour or less. Once I pulled all the products together it took me about 15 minutes to complete the layout. And that is pretty much all the time I have these days.
Even in that short time frame I used a couple of products and techniques that I often use in cardmaking, like sprirtzing Distress Oxide Ink Spray on the kraft cardstock to make it look like ocean spray
If you would like to see how quickly this layout came together with a bit of pre-planning, check out my video here:

If you want to check out the products I used, they will be linked down below. Thanks so much for stopping by!