Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Classic Sets

There is another great challenge at retro sketches this week and I couldn't wait to start on this one!  The sketch challenges are always my favorite because I have such a hard time coming up with layouts that are different!  There are so many possibilities with this one and I know I will be using it again to make a window card!

I have been doing all of these fall cards and can you believe that I haven't pulled out Lovely as a Tree ONCE?!  I have been having so much fun with all of my new stuff that I have neglected my poor, classic stamp sets!  This set is so great because you can use it for any time of the year and it is great for masculine cards as well.  

For the trees, I adhered a strip of Crumb Cake that is 2 1/4" x 5 1/2" with a temporary adhesive onto the Crumb Cake card base.  Then I colored the trees with my markers and stamped them several times.  When I pulled up the smaller piece of cardstock there was a space where the ink didn't hit the card base, but it is okay because it is completely covered by the strip of Early Espresso Core'dinations Cardstock!  I had a lot of fun coloring the leaves and cutting them out. They are stamped with Early Espresso ink on Watercolor Paper and colored in with More Mustard and Cajun Craze using my blender pen.  I then curled them a little bit before I adhered them to the 1" squares (which are popped up on Dimensionals).  Little things like that add so much to a card!

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Petite Pairs
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, More Mustard
Tools: Blender Pen, Sanding Block, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Accessories: Natural Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals


  1. Just spotted your lovely creation in the SCS gallery and had to visit your blog to get more details. Thank you for explaining your techniques. Your design can easily be used for both men and women .... it's just stunning!

  2. What a lovely creation...pretty design. I have worked for the Print VIP cards company and this design inspire me so much. I would like to try once to design like this, if you don't mind. I appreciate this.

  3. This card is absolutely GORGEOUS! Since I first saw it a few weeks ago, I knew I was in love... so much so that I had to make a version of it for myself! It started out as a CASE, but kinda turned in to its own thing as the afternoon progressed ;-) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Kindest regards,