Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dominican Countdown-3 Days

Only 3 more days?  Can that be right?  Man is time flying by!  I at least went to the store and got all of my travel-sized toiletries and a travel-sized blow dryer.  Last time we went I didn't take one, thinking they would have one at the hotel.  They did, but you had to get it from the front desk and you could only have it for a half hour!  The thing that annoys me about travel sizes is that they cost just as much, if not more, than regular-sized items!  I didn't feel like messing with putting what I already had in smaller containers though, so I guess it was worth paying more. :)

I was in a funk today and just couldn't get my mojo going.  Maybe it was because I should have been getting ready for Easton's birthday party instead of stamping! :)  Anyway, I decided to go to Mojo Monday to find my mojo. I am so funny, aren't I?! I get it from Brett.  ;)
This sketch was perfect for die cuts, so I was also able to play along at Stampin' Royalty, where the challenge was to create a project using the Big Shot and/or die cuts.  While I was at it, I threw in the colors from ColourQ.
I don't have Dusty Durango since it retired a few years ago, so I substituted Cajun Craze for it. To tell you the truth, I don't think it was that different from Cajun Craze anyway!  I might have to dig out some scraps and see how close they actually are.  You know, since I have nothing better to do. :)
I decided to make a small 4 1/4" square card for so it could still fit in a standard-sized envelope.  I learned a great tip from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Mindy Backes, for embossing card fronts.  When she wants the front of her card embossed, she cuts a piece of the same color of cardstock about a quarter inch smaller than the card front and embosses it, then layers it on the card.  I did this on my card and I love the way it looks!  It really does make the card look cleaner!  I used the debossed side of the Rich Razzleberry for a change and popped it up on Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from Language of Friendship in Cajun Craze and colored the flowers with markers, stamped off, and stamped them over the sentiment before punching it out with the Decorative Label Punch. The flowers are stamped in the same color ink as the cardstock and punched out with the Boho Blossoms Punch.  It is great having punches that coordinate with stamp sets!   As a last little touch, I colored some pearls and adhered them to the center of the largest flowers.  Gotta love customized pearls!
Stamp Set: Language of Friendship
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Boho Blossoms Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Lattice Bigz Die, Paper Piercing Tool and mat
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Dimensionals


  1. Amazing! The colors look so lively and vibrant, the background pattern is really beautiful and cute flowers crown the whole thing!

  2. Really stunning card. LOVE the embossed background and your focal point is gorgeous Shana. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the colourQ!

  3. Beautifully designed card, Shana, love the embossed background!Thanks for sharing your card with us this week at the colourQ.

  4. Love the embossing on your card, and your "framed" sentiment is gorgeous---as are the flowers! Have fun on your trip! And thanks for playing with the CQC colors this week!

  5. love the embossing! Thanks for joining us at ColourQ!!!

  6. Wonderful card! Love how you used the lattice piece!!