Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions Edition

 It's the second Monday of the month, which means it's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew! This set, Daydream Medallions, has been one of my favorites since it came out, and I don't use it enough!  I was glad to be forced to get it inked up. :)  I chose to do a pull-out card in an envelope because I think the big medallion makes a nice topper. Here is a look at the finished card in the decorated envelope:
 I used Soft Sky, Old Olive and Blackberry Bliss, a combination I got off of the Color Coach. Gotta love the Color Coach!  I colored the rhinestones with my Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities.  Not exactly the same color, but the different hues allow them to coordinate nicely.  Here is a look at the card once it is pulled out.
I used Dotty Angles to add some interest to the edges of the card portion.  The sentiment comes from Starburst Sayings. It fits quite nicely in the center of my medallion! I love how Daydream Medallions works with these stamps that you wouldn't necessarily match them with. It's really actually very versatile, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to click on the links below to return to Kerry's blog or to continue on in the hop to Ann's blog. They have some wonderful projects to share with us as do the rest of the team, and you won't want to miss a single one!

Blog Roll:

  1. Dawn Tidd
  2. Debra Burgin
  3. Cindy Beach
  4. Heidi Baks
  5. Mike Funke
  6. Yapha Mason
  7. Lisa Young
  8. Tanya Boser
  9. Paula Wright
  10. Kerry Willard Bray
  11. Shana Gaff
  12. Ann Schach -Christmas themed project
  13. Betty Traciak
  14. Beth Beard
  15. Wendy Weixler
  16. Adriana Benitez

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fun with Shapes

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and it is right up my alley, being a major in math and all! :) 
We have the lovely Lyndal joining us once again as Guest Designer. She has made a really cool shaped card for us to enjoy. You must check it out and I must give it a try some time!  It looks really easy and a great way to add interest to a card while still keeping it CAS. For my card, I used the CASE with a twist challenge at Time Out Challenges. I had lots of geometric shapes to choose from, but I decided to go with triangles and hexagons.

I started by sponging the rectangle with four different shades of blue and blue/green. My card was originally supposed to be a one layer white card but stupid me sponged my rectangle in the wrong spot so it would have been on the right of the card instead of the left. Duuuuhhhhh!!! I put all three triangles on one clear block and stamped the row of them first in the center, then worked my way up and down, making five rows altogether. Then I filled in the spaces with the hexagons for some more geometric interest. I love how it turned out!  I then simply finished it off by adding my sentiment and a few rhinestones. I just LOVE CAS cards and there is a lot of fun inspiration from the design team so make sure to hop on over there and check it all out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beauty of the Season

Wow, it's been a while since I have blogged!  This craziness of a summer is winding down, but I have a feeling things aren't going to be much better once school starts. All three kids will be in school now, so I have decided that I will substitute teach a few days a week to keep me busy.  That means even less crafting time than I already have. Waaahhh!!!

Today we have a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More...Holiday!  I don't generally make Christmas cards this early, but I earned the Beauty of the Season stamp set for free during a Stampin' Up! promotion, so I decided to give it a try. Sometime between then and now I have managed to misplace that silly stamp set, so you know what that means I have in store for me today?  Stamp studio cleaning session! And my kids thought they could sit here and enjoy their last few free days before school starts. Riiiight. :)

I decided to keep this one CAS in case I decided to make a few more for my actual Christmas cards. I generally don't do that because I have enough cards left over from challenges I participate in, but I have really slowed down with the challenges, so I am thinking I might have to reproduce a few!
I pulled out my gold embossing powder for the image and the sentiment. I looks gorgeous on the Kraft paper. So much better in real life!  I then used my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color in the bird, the branch and the berries. I love how the Blendabilities allow you to color on the Kraft without really changing the color of the marker.  To finish it off I folded down the corner and added some gold glimmer paper underneath for a little extra sparkle.  Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the ATSM home page to see the other beautiful holiday creations by the design team and to play along!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Flower Patch Edition

Today we have another Stamp Review Crew Convention hop for you!  Flower Patch, my first MUST HAVE set from the new catalog, was one of the sets we agreed to use for our Convention display board.  I love flowers and this one is so funky and fun and it also has a coordinating set of framelits, which is one of the reasons it is a must have in my opinion. :)

I did two projects with this set, a scrapbook page and a card.  I decided to use a black and white photo of Janae for my scrapbook page so the colors in the picture didn't fight with the colors of my page. I used some In Colors on this one, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush, as well as some fun and shiny silver.
I had so much fun layering these flowers!  The outside of the big flowers is cut with the framelits, but each of the smaller layers is hand cut, so it took me quite some time to get them all cut out! Totes worth it though because after layering each of them with Dimensionals and popping an In Color sequin in the middle, they look like store-bought embellishments to me!  Don't you just love the Striped Scallop Thinlit with the flowers, too?! I think it looks like lattice!  I chose to pop in some of the leftover silver pieces. I saved all of the rest of them, hoping to find a project for them soon. :)

My next project is a CAS card. These flowers are all cut out with the coordinating framelits.  Aren't those little dots adorable?!  I love that there is a framelit to cut all those little puppies out!
The larger flowers have little circles of Crisp Cantaloupe baker's twine behind them. I just love this stuff!  It's thick enough to add a lot of extra texture, and it coordinates with our colors! And at $3.50 a roll, it's a bargain. Can't go wrong there!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Click on the links below to continue on to Mike's blog, or if you missed someone you can always go backwards to Beth's blog too!

Blog Roll:
  1. Mike Funke
  2. Betty Traciak
  3. Kerry Willard Bray
  4. Tanya Boser
  5. Nancy Smith
  6. Heidi Baks
  7. Dawn Tidd 
  8. Lisa Young
  9. Holly Krautkremer
  10. Yapha Mason
  11. Debra Burgin
  12. Jill Coleman
  13. Adriana Benitez
  14. Beth Beard
  15. Shana Gaff

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

It's time for another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS and OHHHHH did I have fun with this one! :)

We have the talented Lyndal joining us for this challenge. Make sure you stop by her blog to leave her some love. She has some great style!!!

I used this fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches to kickstart my creativity. I knew I had to dig out some gold glimmer paper for this challenge and this sketch was perfect for some!
I have always been in love with gold. When all of my friends were getting silver engagement rings, I was THRILLED to get a gold ring. And I'm not talking white gold here! lol  I just love the shine that true gold has. It's so elegant and princess-like. :)
Oooh, just look at all that gold!  Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Encore Ink and gold stretchy cord. Yummy! And paired with Kinda Eclectic? Really, can you ever go wrong with that set? I just love it so much!  This Be You Tiful sentiment from Flower Patch is pretty fabulous too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the rest of the design team's beautiful creations. Lots of beautiful and shimmery cards this week! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kind Koala

It's time for a new ANYTHING GOES challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  I know this should be easy because you can do anything, but that's why it is so challenging for me...I have to do whatever I want!  No rules or regulations...anything!  For that reason, I just HAD to find a challenge to help me out and I found a fun challenge at retro sketches that gave me a chance to use one of my fun new stamps that has been sitting uninked, Kind Koala. I also decided to use the rainbow challenge at CASology.
Those rays are so much fun but I really struggle at getting my paper cut just right, so I opted to use one of my favorite stamps instead for the rays, Work of Art.
Eeeek!  Isn't he so cute!  I was so happy to get my gray and pink Blendabilities so I could finally ink up this little fella!  I know, he doesn't have to be gray with pink in his ears, but that is how I first imagined him. lol   And don't those Work of Art stripes make for a quick and easy rainbow of color!  I just love the options that stamp set offers! 

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the rest of the ATSM design team's wonderful creations!  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Addicted to NEW STUFF! :)

It's time for a new challenge at ATSM and it's such a fun challenge that it's not even my design team week but I wanted to make a card for the challenge anyway!  It's a photo challenge and I just LOOOOVE it. :)
I just love the colors and the flowers on this picture. I have a lot of NEW goodies from the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog that I haven't even touched yet so I thought this would be a great time to play...I mean work. hahaha
I saw a pretty cool technique SOMEWHERE out there in blog land to do my background. I sponged Elegant Eggplant ink all over a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I then spritzed this gorgeous new embossing folder, Lovely Lace, with a bit of water, turned it upsidedown on my cardstock, and pressed it down so the ink would absorb the water. It turned out pretty good for my first try!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to drop by ATSM to see the rest of the team's lovely creations!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Lovely as a Tree Edition

This past week The Stamp Review Crew had the opportunity to create a display board for Convention.  We decided to choose one older stamp set and one new stamp. The new stamp set we chose is a classic, Lovely as a Tree.  I've seen so many cards made with this stamp set that it is actually hard to think of something new to do with it!  I decided to try a technique that I have not done before.
I started by stamping my trees in Early Espresso on a Whisper White piece of cardstock. Then I took a brand new pencil eraser and used it as my stamp to color in my sky. This was a really fun technique!  I used mostly 2014-2015 In Colors, along with some Wild Wasabi in the grass.  After I had my colors dotted on I went back with a sponge to fill in the white spaces on the cardstock.  I really like the finished look!  I will definitely be trying this one again!

Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on through the hop to Yapha's amazing project or to go back if you missed seeing Deb's creative project!

Blog Roll:
  1. Mike Funke
  2. Ann Schach
  3. Holly Krautkremer
  4. Beth Beard
  5. Debra Burgin
  6. Deb Currier
  7. Shana Gaff
  8. Yapha Mason
  9. Nancy Smith
  10. Kerry Willard-Bray
  11. Jill Coleman
  12. Lisa Young
  13. Cindy Beach
  14. Heidi Baks
  15. Wendy Weixler
  16. Tanya Boser
  17. Paula Wright

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blue Ribbon

Wow, it's been a long time since I've used the Blue Ribbon stamp set!  I thought it would work great for new challenge we have going on now at Addicted to CAS:
What better way for a child to celebrate than with a blue ribbon?  I made this with my 8-year-old son, Talan, in mind. It's a little late, but his team won the season and the tournament in lob ball for the second year in a row. I am SOOO proud of him. He doesn't have the natural baseball talent that his daddy does, but he loves to have fun playing and he has improved so much in two years. Even though lob ball is over for the season, I want him to know how much we loved watching him play!  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card.
I wanted to use primary colors on my card to give it an elementary feel. I know it won't be long before Talan is out of elementary school, then middle school, then...yikes!  Let's not get carried away here or the tears are going to start flowing! lol
I just LOVE the new large polka dot embossing folder, and I punched out some circles to add some color to a few of the dots.  I stamped the two banners and then fussy cut my Pacific Point ribbon to go over the top. The "#1" was stamped in Daffodil Delight with "The Winner" stamped over the top of it in Real Red. I then punched it out with a circle punch and popped it up on Dimensionals. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the creations from the rest of the ATCAS design team. Also pay a visit to Cathy, our Guest Designer.  She has a beautiful card to share with you, and it reminds me of a few acts I have seen on America's Got Talent. If you have seen the show, you will probably know what I am talking about!  Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Peace, Love and Cupcakes!

It's time for a CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! I received a bunch of brand new goodies just in time to make a card for this challenge. :)

Peace, Love and Cupcakes was on my list as soon as I saw the new catalog. I just love that big cupcake! And aren't those dots from dotty angles so much fun!  I got my color combination from the Color Coach. Which reminds me...I still need to order the cards for the new In Colors!  I have an order going in tomorrow for some freebies I earned (last day to get them...way to wait til the last minute, Shana!) but knowing me I will probably forget to throw them on there. lol  Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you drop by and pay a visit to the rest of our fabulous design team!

Stamp Sets: Peace Love and Cupcakes, Dotty Angles
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate
Tools: Circle and Starburst Framelits
Accessories: Dimensionals

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Happy 4th of July weekend!  I know it's a day after, but I think a lot of people are celebrating the entire weekend so I still consider today as part of the holiday. :) This is why I chose this particular code word for our new challenge at Addicted to CAS, where I am the hostess this week:
All I can think of right now is fireworks, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  Never mind the fact that I woke up at 7:00 yesterday morning and realized I only had about an hour of time to make my card AND blog it before we got busy for the rest of the weekend!  YIKES!  This is why I love CAS challenges. lol
I used The Friday Mashup challenge to do a waterwash CAS card and the colors from colourQ on my card.

Exactly what I was looking for for my card!  I love it when things come together just as you had envisioned. :) 
I just love the new Flower Patch stamp set. It's photopolymer so you can see exactly where you are stamping and it has a coordinating framelit set. If you stamp the images on a piercing mat the images turn out perfect every time! I thought this particular flower could double as fireworks and they turned out pretty good! I added a bit of silver Dazzling Details and some rhinestones to add to the firework effect.

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to stop by the rest of the design team, as well as our guest designer, Cathy. She has a beautiful card to share with us this week!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nuts About You

It's time for a Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! I originally made this card for last week's Anything Goes challenge, but the internet at our hotel we stayed at on vacation was nearly non-existent, so that didn't happen!  Luckily I had the card though, because I haven't had time since we returned to do ANY cardmaking. Hopefully tomorrow!

I used one of our brand new hostess sets for this challenge, Nuts About You.  It's the perfect set for a marker challenge because there are lots of little images to color!
Aren't those images so stinkin' cute?!  I just love that little tree too. So whimsical and fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure you stop by and check out the rest of the design team's wonderful creations!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eclectic Feels Good

It's time for another challenge at ATCAS and it is the perfect time of year for this code word:
Everyone who knows me KNOWS that I am always cold. ALWAYS. I carry a fuzzy blanket around with me everywhere I go, including to church and restaurants. It's kind of like a purse or a cell phone. It must go everywhere with me!  So, I am particularly fond of the sun and am always questioning why we live in Indiana, the most indecisive state I know when it comes to weather! lol

We have Karen joining us again this week and, as usual, she did not disappoint! I cannot wait to find out what technique she used on her beautiful sun!  Make sure you pop on over to her site to find out as well! 

I was also inspired by the challenge at TIME OUT Challenges, which was to CASE this beautiful card with a twist. 
As soon as I saw that lovely honeycomb, it reminded me of a technique I saw over on Splitcoaststampers so that is what I did for my background. You take an embossing folder and sponge ink onto it, then spritz it with water. Then place your cardstock on top of it and press it into the ink. Really easy and oh so pretty!  Here is what I came up with:
I waited for it to dry and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I then stamped the sun from Kinda Eclectic twice, once on the panel and once on the card.  I lined up the two suns as best as I could and then popped up the front panel on Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the rest of the cards by the design team at ATCAS

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Feels Good
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Black
Tools: Chevron Embossing Folder, Sponges, Spritzer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kinda Eclectic, Kinda in LOVE

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and guess what??? ATSM is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with this challenge!  Kylie has put a ton of work into this challenge site, so make sure you stop by her blog and congratulate her on reaching her 2nd anniversary!

This week is a photo inspiration challenge, and there are so many options for this one.
Don't you just love all of those colors?  Lots to choose from here!  I also used the sketch challenge at Stampin' Celebration on my card.  It really worked well with the ideas I had in my head. 
I just got my first new catalog order today, and couldn't wait to ink up Kinda Eclectic. I'm kinda in LOVE with it already!  I honestly don't think it is going to be possible to create an ugly card with this set. I think it may even be my new Gorgeous Grunge I love it so much! :) 
That kraft panel is the new kraft paper that is thinner than our regular cardstock. It is definitely going to be a staple in my crafting from now on. It's awesome! 

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to hop on over to ATSM to see what the rest of the design team has created for us!

Stamp Set: Kinda Eclectic
Cardstock: Kraft, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Ink: Hello Honey, Mossy Mellow, Real Red, Pacific Point
Tools: Circles Collection Framelits, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Accessories: Dimensionals 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Life in the Forest Edition

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there today!  Today is also another kind of special day, because it is time for another Stamp Review Crew challenge! :) This month's set, Life in the Forest, is on of my favorite sets because you can use it for so many different occasions. This time I needed a baby card, so I picked up some of the 2013-2014 In Colors to help me out.  I also used the sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.
I thought this was a really fun sketch, and perfect for popping in some of my little forest friends on Dimensionals. 

The sentiments are from the new Photopolymer set Bravo, a great addition to the catalog.  The sentiments are nice and big and can be used for a variety of occasions. I hand cut the "Congrats!" out and glued it to my panel. If Stampin' Up! ever comes out with an e-cutter, it is SOOO on my list to get immediately! :)

The braid has a funny little story that goes along with it. I have been watching Youtube videos like crazy, learning different braids for Janae's hair. Now, I am 35 and JUST NOW learning how to french braid. I've had short hair most of my life, so I never really cared to learn. But now that Janae is 10 and has hair past her shoulder blades, I decided to learn how to do some braids. I've been braiding her hair, my hair, the babysitting kids' hair...and now my ribbon and Baker's Twine. lol This is just a regular braid, I know, but I just cannot keep from braiding everything in sight. :)

Stamp Sets: Bravo, Life in the Forest
Cardstock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, Black StazOn
Tools: Window Frames Framelits, Blender Pen
Accessories: Crisp Cantaloupe Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the next stop on the blog hop...the amazingly talented Dawn Tidd! Pssst...Make sure you check out the rest of her blog too...she has lots of fun projects using brand new supplies from the new catalog!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

More Endless Birthday Wishes :)

I cannot get enough of this new photopolymer stamp set!  Apparently it was very popular because it sold out within days and is currently unavailable.  Don't fret though, because Stampin' Up! has informed us that they are getting in another shipment sometime soon. Make sure you order it as soon as it is available again, because once it is gone, it is GONE!

I paired it with another one of my favorite new stamp sets, Work of Art, for our latest CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  I also used the challenges at retro sketches, Seize the Birthday and The Paper Players.
My grandpa's birthday is on the 4th of July, so this was a great chance for me to knock out a card early for him. Look at me, being all AHEAD of schedule! lol 
I just love how quickly I can create a card using these two stamp sets!  The paint swooshes from Work of Art remind me of smeared frosting too. :) I added a little bit of Silver Dazzling Details to the tops of the candles to make them look more like sparklers for the 4th of July celebration. The Top Note panel is popped up on Dimensionals. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to check out the awesome cards created by the rest of our ATSM design team!

Stamp Sets: Endless Birthday Wishes, Work of Art
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Black, Night of Navy, Real Red
Tools: Top Note Die
Accessories: Silver Dazzling Details, Dimensionals 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Greetings From

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and this week we have a very creative code word:
We are so lucky to have Karen joining us as Guest Designer this month. Make sure you stop by and check out her lovely card. I LOVE her work. She does some FABULOUS backgrounds! 

For my card, I decided I wanted to keep it VERY clean as simple, because the only "transport" images I have are very tiny.  I used the challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch and Colour Me...Monochromatic as well. 

I forgot how much I love creating cards that take less than ten minutes to create. This card was truly stress-free, because I didn't have to drag out a ton of supplies, I didn't make a mess, and I didn't have a lot to clean up!  
As much as I like my card in person, I hate it on the computer!  I don't know WHAT happened to my editing program, but everything has changed from what I usually do. UGH!!!  The colors here look so muddy. Sad, sad day. :( Unfortunately, I only have access to a computer for a little while each night, so it is what it is. lol 

The stripes are from Work of Art. I just love this set!  I just stamped it three times, without reinking, then did the same thing again. Then I stamped my images and sentiment with black ink and colored in the little flags on the boats with my Coastal Cabana marker. So easy!  I think I am going to CASE this card using Wild Wasabi and the little car image or bike image instead.  This would be a great card for kids to make for their birthday thank you cards!

Stamp Sets: Greetings From, Petite Pairs, Work of Art
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Black