Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Host Set Bonus Hop

I'm back again, just a week after last week's hop, with a BONUS hop! Yay! This hop is a little different, because we could choose from any of our current host sets.

I chose to use the set with the cute little animals, Love You Lots. I'm kind of in love with those little critters! I decided to use the 2016-2017 In-Colors as the basis of my card. I started by stamping the background with the "love you lots" sentiment. I had a few places that didn't line up as I would have liked, so I added a few pieces of washi tape over the top. After I added my focal panel, I couldn't even tell there was a boo boo. See, you can fix your mistakes instead of trashing your work! 😁

Thanks for stopping by! Click on the links below to continue on in the hop. I can't wait to see what sets everyone used!

Blog Roll:
  1. Betty Traciak
  2. Kelly Kent
  3. Rochelle Blok
  4. Tanya Boser
  5. Shana Gaff
  6. Mickey Roberts 
  7. Dawn Tidd 
  8. Nikki Spencer
  9. Heidi Baks
  10. Holly Stene

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Timeless Textures Edition

It's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew, and this week I got to make my first two cards in my new home in Tennessee! My stamp room isn't quite put together, but I was at least able to get to some things to be able to participate this week. Yay! 

Our stamp set this week is Timeless Textures. This is a great set for doing backgrounds! I decided to only use it with sentiments instead of other images, so you could really see the images in this set. I did a fall card and a Christmas card.

I think this one ended up looking a bit like Christmas ornaments in the background.

I hope you enjoyed my cards. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Jars of Love Edition

Today is my first blog post since moving to our new house in Tennessee! We have been so busy remodeling our house, that I'm glad I was smart and made a trio of Jar of Love cards before we left Indiana. I have not had a second of time to play since we got here on July 31st!

I wanted to use some of the Painter's Pallette DSP because i am notorious for hoarding paper. I find this paper easier to cut in to, because it is smaller 6x6 sheets, so I don't feel as bad cutting it. 😁 I'm also notorious for hoarding embellishments, so I decided to try and use a bunch of enamel dots on my cards.

Eek! I love how they turned out! I thought it would be a pain to stamp all of the little parts and to die cut them, but it was a lot of fun! I stamped a bunch of each flower and die cut them, then played around with them until I liked the way they looked in the jars.

I hope you enjoyed my set of cards. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop: Thoughtful Branches

It's time for a Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop! This is a new set that will be available on August 2nd for you to purchase. It also has a set of coordinating thinlits, which make it super easy to cut out! I have a feeling you are going to love this versatile set after hopping with us!

When I first saw the big tree in this set, I thought it would look great with a big sunburst behind it. I also just got the fringe scissors, and they made perfect grass.

For my next card, I wanted to do something with one of the smaller images, a leaf. I brayered a few different colors onto my cardstock with our fabulous new foam brayer and then stamped my sentiment, along with the leaf image all around it. That was kind of boring so I die cut the sentiment out with a circle die, added some beautiful bronze twine behind it and popped the sentiment up with some dimensionals. Much better! 

Probably my favorite image in this set is the three little trees. There is a dotted stamped that makes great leaves! I had to try this one out next. I did some more brayering on this card, along with some clear Wink of Stella to make the leaves pop . 

I always ask my hubby, Brett, which card is his favorite, and he chose this last one. He was so cute. He said "This must be a Christmas in July card." So he does listen when I'm blabbing away about my cardmaking! He's a keeper for sure. 😊

Well, that's all for this hop. Next time I will be hopping with you from my new home in Tennessee. I can't wait! Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on with the hop!

Blog Roll:
  1. Yapha Mason
  2. Bronwyn Eastley
  3. Heidi Baks
  4. Shana Gaff
  5. Holly Krautkremer
  6. Sue Plote
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Bruno Bertucci
  9. Holly Stene
  10. Kelly Kent
  11. Debra Burgin
  12. Linda Callahan
  13. Mike Funke

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Flourishing Phrases Edition

Welcome to another edition of The Stamp Review Crew! We are officially moved out of our house and in with the in-laws for a month before we make the big move to Tennessee, so I have had extra time on my hands to create this week! 

I realized last Friday that I had not yet ordered this set, so I frantically added it to a customer order, hoping that it would arrive in time. Five days to spare! Yes!

I did some sponging on the first card I made, using all new In Colors. I then stamped the big flourish in black all over. Boy that looks pretty! I didn't want to cover up too much of that beautiful background, so I kept my sentiment pretty small with the layered scalloped circles. Let me tell you, those things are the cutest! I hated to lose the big circles, but I think I am going to get much more use out of these new little guys. 

My next card is an anniversary card for my dear hubby. I actually finished it the day after our anniversary, but better late than never, right? I started this one with the background too. I wonder if maybe that's my style?! I cut some strips of Serene Scenery DSP on an angle and glued them down to Island Indigo cardstock. I then embossed that whole panel and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink. I stamped my sentiment and then punched it out with the new badge punch. This is a great masculine punch! I added another badge punch, as well as some burlap ribbon, behind it to anchor it. Hubby loved it! 

I knew I had to make a card with that big flower and leaves, so I started this one of with a torn strip of Pear Pizazz stamped with Emerald Envy leaves.  I then stamped the flower two times each in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango and fussy cut them out. It looked okay, but I wanted an extra oomph so I incorporated some of the beautiful Flourish thinlits. In my opinion, they are a must have if you are purchasing this set. Plus you get 10% off if you purchase them together a bundle, so you can't beat that!

For my final card, I wanted to keep it clean and simple. That's easy to do with that big flowering flourish! Just a little masking and sponging, along with a few die cuts and it's complete!

I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself. Between the insides and outsides of my cards, I managed to use 12 of the 18 stamps in this set! That's quite the accomplishment for me... Especially the first time using a set! I hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration with this set. As you can see, it's very versatile! 

Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop. Next up is the very talented Betty. I can't wait to see what she has come up with this week!

Blog Roll:
  1. Mickey Roberts
  2. Holly Stene
  3. Shana Gaff
  4. Betty Traciak
  5. Mike Funke
  6. Valerie Moody
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Holly Krautkremer
  9. Rochelle Blok
  10. Jessica Williams
  11. Bruno Bertucci
  12. Debra Burgin
  13. Sue Plote
  14. Kelly Kent

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop Edition

It's Stamp Review Crew time again! This is my last card made from my Indiana studio, so it is kind of bittersweet for me! I knew I wanted to make my very last card here for my best stamping friend and downline, Aimee. She is such a special person in my life and I wanted to make a special card for her. I was a little bummed at first to have to work with this old stamp set when I have new goodies, but in the end I actually love my card! I haven't played with this set in forever, so I just started stamping, punching and moving the flowers around on my card until I was happy with it. If you look closely, I managed to get a bunch of new goodies in there too... Layering Love Stamp set, new In Color ribbon and ink, Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Serene Scenery DSP.

I also remembered to make the inside pretty, which I always forget to do until I have my mess cleaned up. :)

I hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks so much for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop.

Blog Roll:
  1. Debra Burgin
  2. Bruno Bertucci
  3. Yapha Mason
  4. Rochelle Blok
  5. Tanya Boser
  6. Dawn Tidd 
  7. Nikki Spencer
  8. Betty Traciak
  9. Kelly Kent
  10. Shana Gaff
  11. Wendy Weixler
  12. Heidi Baks
  13. Martha Inchley
  14. Linda Callahan
  15. Sue Plote
  16. Mickey Roberts

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Papillon Potpourri Edition

Where, oh where, has the time gone?! School is out and summer has officially arrived! Woo hoo! Less than a month left until we move out of our house! Even so, I had to take a break from packing to create, since it's time for a new round of The Stamp Review Crew! This week we are bringing to you projects with a beautiful butterfly set, Papillon Potpourri.

I am such a sucker for butterfly sets and this one is especially great because of its two coordinating punches. I love folding the wings up to make them appear to be flying off of the card . I added a little Wink of Stella to the two large butterflies. That was not enough bling for me, so I also added some glitter splatter to the background and rhinestones to the corners! Might as well go big, right? :)

Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop.

Blog Roll:

  1. Rochelle Blok
  2. Dawn Tidd
  3. Tanya Boser
  4. Jessica Williams
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Valerie Moody
  7. Heidi Baks
  8. Linda Callahan
  9. Nikki Spencer
  10. Shana Gaff
  11. Mickey Roberts 
  12. Wendy Weixler

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Blended Bloom Edition

Welcome back to another round of The Stamp Review Crew! This week's set is a single stamp that I was really excited to get when Blendabilities were first introduced. Now that we no longer have them, I'm not so excited about it because I don't really like to color. Mostly because I stink at it! :) I found a way around that by doing a watercolor background, which was really easy.

My colors were inspired by the color challenge at Fab Friday. Great spring colors!

The colors don't photograph very well so here's a different shot. Not sure if it's any better! Lol

I started by inking up the Watercolor Wash background stamp in Island Indigo, spritzed it with water, then stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping it onto my Watercolor paper. I repeated this with Hello Honey, then dried it with my heat tool. After it was dry, I stamped the flower in Basic Black and then used my Aqua Painter to add more Island Indigo to the folds on the flower. I got my whole card assembled and then decided it would be a good time to try my new clear Wink of Stella. It sure doesn't look clear to me! It looks more gold and boy does it come out of the pen fast! Lesson learned to test things out first! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to click on the links to continue on in the hop.

Blog Roll:

  1. Bruno Bertucci
  2. Jennifer Timko
  3. Martha Inchley
  4. Kelly Kent
  5. Debra Burgin
  6. Jessica Williams
  7. Shana Gaff
  8. Tanya Boser
  9. Nikki Spencer

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Edition

It's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew and I am SO excited because this is the first blog hop I have been able to participate in in THREE months!  Yikes!  There are two reasons for this. One, I have not had any of the stamp sets because I have not been able to place any orders. Two, we are moving from Indiana to Tennessee in July and have been VERY busy with everything that goes into that.  This is the first time I have ever moved in my life. I have lived in the same house for my entire life, so there is lots to pitch, give away, sell, and pack.  My stamping time has been neglected so bad!  I'm beyond excited about our new adventure but I am ready to get back to stamping on a regular basis.

At the very end of SAB I was finally able to place a small order so I could get this fabulous set, Balloon Celebration. Since it has been so long since I've stamped, I felt like my creativity had been drained so I needed a few challenges to help inspire me. Just Add Ink and CAS(E) this Sketch provided me just the inspiration I was looking for!


Here is what I came up with! 

This card is for my father-in-law and I thought these were great masculine colors!  I decided to use the circle/wheel and stars on my background to make a fun design. I love making my own DSP with stamps! This set has a coordinating punch, which made the balloons really fast and easy to make. 

This little bit of stamping really made me excited to get moved into our new house and start stamping again! I hope you enjoyed my card. Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop!

Blog Roll:
  1. Rochelle Blok
  2. Tanya Boser
  3. Sue Plote
  4. Linda Callahan
  5. Nikki Spencer
  6. Kelly Kent
  7. Dawn Tidd
  8. Bruno Bertucci
  9. Holly Krautkremer
  10. Heidi Baks
  11. Valerie Moody
  12. Holly Stene
  13. Yapha Mason
  14. Martha Inchley
  15. Shana Gaff