Shana Gaff
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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Stamp Review Crew: Perfect Blend Edition

Welcome to the second Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be participating in this Blog Hop. Unfortunately I did not have the stamp set that was used for the first round, Festive Flurry, but you can check out all of the great samples by clicking on the links on the blog.  We will be sharing our creations of a chosen stamp set on the first and third Monday of every month.  

This round we are using a stamp set from the annual catalog, Perfect Blend. If you are following the hop in order, you have come from Jill Coleman's blog. I just love her clever ideas.  For my card this month, I decided to make a Valentine card for my dear hubby. I don't really have any sets that are specific to Valentine's Day, and I like to use what I have instead of buying holiday-specific sets, so I thought this would be a great set to use for the occasion.

I was first inspired by the envelope liner from the Merry Little Christmas Card Simply Created kit.  I used that great Real Red DSP and cut it to size, then embossed it with the Chevron Embossing Folder. The embossing matches the DSP I chose for my hot chocolate cups (we don't drink coffee or tea lol) perfectly!  My sentiment is stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock in Chocolate Chip and then I used my Real Red marker to add some color to it.  I then cut it out with the Hearts Collection Framelit and adhered it with Dimensionals. I wanted to add some more hearts, so I punched out the tiny hearts from the Owl Builder Punch and then added some Crystal Effects to them to add some shine.  

Stamp Sets: Perfect Blend, Yippee Skippee
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools: Hearts Collection Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Owl Builder Punch
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Subtles Collection DSP Stack, Merry Little Christmas Card Simply Created kit, Dimensionals 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today for our hop. I hope you enjoyed my card!  Next up is Yapha Mason. I can't wait to see what she has to share with us this month!

The complete blog hop list: 

  1. Heidi Baks
  2. Cindy Beach
  3. Beth Beard
  4. Adriana Benitez
  5. Tanya Boser
  6. Jill Coleman
  7. Shana Gaff
  8. Yapha Mason
  9. Mary Rindal 
  10. Ann Schach
  11. Nancy Smith
  12. Martha Stewart
  13. Dawn Tidd
  14. Lisa Young 
  15. Kerry Willard Bray
  16. Rita Wright


  1. How adorable! Those shiny little hearts are so cute, they look like buttons on a cup cozy :)
    I am so happy you could join the crew !

  2. Love all your details and colors. Very fun card.

  3. Super romantic crad!! Great combination of pattern!!

  4. What an adorable card! The dotted dsp looks great embossed with the chevron folder and the coordinating sleeves on the cups are so cute! Tfs!

  5. A nice variation on a Valentine's card. I could definitely see that... cozy together with some hot chocolate. Love the texture you added to the background too.

  6. Love the chevrons and polkas - two of my favorite. Lots of great details come together to make a great card Shana!

  7. Hi Shana, I like your take on a Valentine's card. The little glossy hearts really pop and all the clever use of chevrons really attracted me to this card x

  8. Absolutely adorable! The polka dot paper looks fabulous embossed with chevrons. This is a perfect romantic card.

  9. Fabulous Valentine! And the saying is great -- power of two people OR two cups of coffee! Cute and clever!

  10. Great Valentine's card! I love the embossed DSP too. Very cute!

  11. How sweet! Love how you embossed the DSP...great idea.

  12. Wow...awesome! This is the best blog hop and such a great idea to show case one stamp set. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Lynn G.

  13. so sweet ! This is a great sentiment and layout - love it

  14. I'm glad someone else used it for a Valentine's project. It can really work for anything, huh?! I love the cups with this sentiment.