Shana Gaff
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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

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Endless Birthday Wishes

Welcome to another round of The Stamp Review Crew! This week we are featuring a great birthday set that is in the main catalog. There are lots of great sentiments to choose from. So many, in fact, that I couldn't decide which one to use! I opted to use a bunch of them as my backdrop so I didn't have to choose! 

And here is the inside...
My inspiration came from the challenges at Fusion and Addicted to CAS.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop!

Blog Roll:
  1.  Martha Inchley
  2. Jessica Williams
  3. Dawn Tidd 
  4. Shana Gaff
  5. Valerie Moody
  6. Tanya Boser
  7. Lisa Young
  8. Linda Callahan
  9. Yapha Mason
  10. Holly Krautkremer
  11. Sue Plote
  12. Nikki Spencer
  13. Debra Burgin
  14. Wendy Weixler
  15. Rochelle Blok

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Wonderland Edition

Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  I am especially excited about this set, Wonderland, because this will be my first Christmas card that I have created this year!  Even though we've had our Christmas tree and lights up since November 1st, I just haven't really been in the mood to make Christmas cards yet. I was still feeling the fall when it came to colors and stamp sets. :)  I just recently purchased Wonderland when it was discounted, and I think it is going to be my new go-to tree stamp set!

We are really hoping to move to the mountains in Tennessee in the future, so I knew Brett would love for me to make a mountain card.  This one took a lot of sponging and blending, but I love it!  I found the sketch at Fusion Card Challenge. Maybe this time I will remember to actually link up to the challenge.  :)

I also wanted to make sure to use the antlers in some way since Brett is an avid hunter. I thought a wreath would be a perfect way to showcase them and it ended up working out exactly as I had pictured in my head, which rarely happens!
I hope you enjoyed my cards!  Make sure to click on the links below to continue on in the hop!
Blog Roll:
  1.  Rochelle Blok
  2. Debra Burgin
  3. Tanya Boser
  4. Nikki Spencer
  5. Lisa Young
  6. Sue Plote
  7. Deb Currier
  8. Mike Funke
  9. Shana Gaff
  10. Linda Callahan
  11. Heidi Baks

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Lighthearted Leaves Edition

It's the beginning of November and time for another round of the Stamp Review Crew. I didn't originally purchase this set at the beginning of the catalog period, but the more I saw it used, the more I loved it! I had a lot of fun coloring in these leaves with my Stampin' Write markers. I found my inspiration from TGIF Challenges and The Friday Mashup.

Aren't these some fantastic challenges for this time of the year? Here is my card. 

I wanted to keep it fairly simple since I had all of the coloring going on, but I did add a little bit of Crystal Effects to some of the leaves. The gold cording was the perfect fall touch for my bow. I just couldn't stand the blank Pumpkin Pie at the bottom so I added two score lines to complete the card.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: For All Things Edition

Thanks for joining us for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  This week we are using one of my favorite fall sets of all time, For All Things.  I used this set SOOO much when I first got it that I needed some help with ideas to use it this time around! :) I found inspiration for color and layout at Fusion Card Challenge

I've never used traditional Halloween colors with this particular set, so this was the perfect choice!  I used Tangelo Twist, Basic Black and Soft Suede.  You can't really see it in the photo but the black circle is embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder for some extra texture.  My leaves are fussy cut and my final touch was some gold thread in a jumble in front of my top leaf. :)  

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

Blog Roll:

  1. Mike Funke
  2. Nancy Smith
  3. Deb Currier
  4. Yapha Mason
  5. Shana Gaff
  6. Debra Burgin
  7. Linda Callahan
  8. Tanya Boser
  9. Heidi Baks
  10. Dawn Tidd
  11. Jennifer Timko
  12. Sue Plote 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Happy Scenes Edition

Welcome to our first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for October!  It sure is starting to feel like fall here in Northeastern Indiana. Last week we wore shorts to the football game. This week we wore winter coats! I don't know if I'm quite ready for fall because it means that winter is right behind it and I loathe winter. lol

I'm really excited about the stamp set we are sharing with you today, Happy Scenes. I am using this stamp set along with my new Project Life kit, Seasonal Snapshot 2015, from the Holiday Catalog. I will be doing this as a Stamp Camp class and I can't wait to get started! I am using the Variety Pack 2 Page Protectors for this class, so some of the pages are not as wide and you can see the next pages in the book. I really love the look!  The scrapbook will start with Back to School, head into fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, and finish off with Christmas and winter.  Happy Scenes was a great set to start off my album, almost like a title page so you know what the scrapbook will be about. Here is what the first page will look like.

And a close-up shot of each of the 4x6 cards:

I had so much fun creating the little scenes behind the window panes with the Happy Scenes stamp set.  I sponged on extra color over my scenes for the sky and ground, and on the bottom card I used our new Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds to add some little snowflakes. LOVE that glue!

I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook page. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to click on the links below to continue your way through the hop!

Blog Roll:  
  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Yapha Mason
  3. Heidi Baks
  4. Holly Krautkremer
  5. Lisa Young
  6. Nancy Smith
  7. Dawn Tidd
  8. Nikki Spencer
  9. Linda Callahan
  10. Betty Traciak
  11. Jessica Williams
  12. Shana Gaff
  13. Sue Plote

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: No Bones About It Edition

I'm super excited about this round of The Stamp Review Crew!  I don't work a lot with kid stamp sets (even though I have three! lol), so No Bones About It is kind of out of my comfort zone.  I find that I NEED kid cards now that my kids are school-aged and going to more birthday parties, so I decided to make some with this set to have on hand. Unfortunately, time got the best of me and I only had time for one, but I guess it's a start! :)

I was really excited to try one of my Pinterest pins on making texture paste. I'm probably the last one to the ballgame on making this, but just in case you don't know, you can make your own by mixing 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon white all-purpose school glue, 1 tablespoon white acrylic craft paint and some water until it gets to the consistency you like.  I used the paste with our dots stencil on Crumb Cake cardstock and then I sponged it with a variety of blues after it dried. I then was able to stamp over the top of it which was really cool too!

I was also ecstatic to see the Burst Through Tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers this week. What a perfect technique for a dinosaur card, don't you think?!

After I did these two really cool techniques, I felt like a sentiment would just take away from everything, so I added it on the inside.  I'm really bad about designing on the inside of a card, so I was quite proud of myself for "finishing" a card. :)

I hope liked my card and  maybe learned a new technique or two. :) Click on the links below to continue on in the hop or to go back if you like to work that way instead.

Blog Roll:
  1. Heidi Baks
  2. Shana Gaff
  3. Martha Inchley
  4. Dawn Tidd
  5. Yapha Mason
  6. Jessica Williams
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Nancy Smith

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Vintage Leaves Edition

Wow, can you believe it is September already?  Fall is creeping in here in northeastern Indiana, and we have a great stamp set to share with you during our Stamp Review Crew blog hop this week, Vintage Leaves.  I am in LOVE with this set, and made several cards with it this round.  I love it when I find a set that I just CAN'T stop creating with!

This first card  uses one of my favorite layouts of all time. You just stamp and sponge everything, then make two cuts, sponge around the outside edges and adhere to your card base. Easy peasy!

For my next card, I made my own ink pad using a wet folded up paper towel and ink refills.  I accidentally adhered the wrong side of my brick to my card, so I had to sponge it again after it was already glued down, but I think it still ended up looking pretty cool.

I think this last card is probably my favorite. I initially wanted to just use water stamping for my background. I did this by wetting a paper towel and using that as my "ink" pad to stamp the leaves. However, they didn't all show up great, so I decided to add the glitter leaves over the top so you could see more of the stamp set.  I love the result!

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week. Click on the links below to continue on to the rest of the hop!