Shana Gaff
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Grunge...oh yeah!

Ooh, one of my FAVORITE things in the world is happening over at Addicted to CAS for the next two weeks! Perfect timing too, since my stamping studio is now back to its normal self after our home renovations! 
Our Guest Designer this week is Anita, and she has a wonderful CAS style about ALL of her cards. You are in for a treat when you visit her blog!  

I was so inspired by the code word this week that I made two cards.  I started off making a one layer card using the fabulous colors at Just Add Ink
I fell in love with this color combination and thought it would be perfect for sponging and stamping all of my grunge! I struggle with one layer cards, but masking and sponging makes them easy to make. 
I started by die cutting the tag and placing it in the center of my Very Vanilla cardstock. I then sponged over the entire thing with Crumb Cake ink. I used Baked Brown Sugar ink to highlight around the outside of the tag and the card base. I then stamped all of my grunge over it.  I wanted to make sure my bicycles stayed on the tag, so I used the negative of my tag die cut and placed it over my card, then stamped the bicycles.  They are from the Photopolymer stamp set Greetings From in case you did not recognize the image!  I love these little images but always forget I have them!  I can't wait until the Photopolymers start coming in regular cases in the new catalog, since I have no printer to make my own covers!

After I finished my card I saw this color combo at Create with Connie and Mary and thought it would make for some fun grungy flowers.   I paired it with the sketch at Fusion
I also used sponging on this card. It just works so well with the grunge look, I cannot resist it! :) 
This time I die cut a square in the center of a card front and used the negative to stamp my grunges on the inside. I then sponged in the Calypso Coral, making it light in the center and darker toward the edges.  The flowers are stamped in Basic Gray on Crumb Cake and then I stamped a bunch of grunge over them.  The edges are rolled with a bone folder to make them pop out a bit. The center flower is on Dimensionals and each flower is blinged out with a Large Rhinestone. I am SOOO sad these puppies are retiring. :( I absolutely love them!  

Hope you enjoyed today's creations. Make sure you stop by the ATCAS website to see the rest of the design team's beautiful creations!

Card 1
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid, Yippee Skippee, Greetings From
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay
Tools: Chalk Talk Framelits, sponges

Card 2
Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Really Good Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Tools: Pansy Punch, Square Framelits, sponge
Accessories: Large Rhinestones, Dimensionals 


  1. Oh my, Shana ... such awesome inked backgrounds on both your cards ... love those cute little bikes and the dimensional flowers (and bling!) are amazing! Thanks so much for the lovely shoutout! Anita :)

  2. Beautiful cards, Shana. It is so wonderful to see you inspired by the code word. LOVE your masking!! xx

  3. Great grunge cards - I really like the background you have created - it is very effective. Chantell JAI

  4. Two great designs Shana! love the background you stamped on the first - and your row of flowers on the Fusion card - thanks for playing along with us this week!

  5. Hi Shana,

    You put some work into your creation and it was worth every second. Your sentiment is a good reminder to enjoy life. So glad I stopped by.


  6. I knew you would love this one and two card! Love the grid on the first one and the white tag provides a great contrast x

  7. Fabulous inking Shana ! You do Grunge soooo well!
    Sylvia x

  8. Hola Shana, thank you for your kind comment:D.
    Oooh what fantastic inked backgrounds!!! your small bikes are simply gorgeous, fantastic job!.
    A warm hug from Palma

  9. WOW! A lot of details went into your beautiful grunge card! I really like the grungy look with the added "bling" of the rhinestone flower centers! Thanks for joining us in the color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary.

  10. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week, Shana. Fabulous grungey card, and clever use of ink and stamps - love it!

  11. Not open but two amazing cards and I can tell you were inspired by the code word, love the grungy colors and great designs on both.


  12. That gorgeous colour combo certainly looks terrific all 'grunged' up Shana. Awesome one layer card. Thanks for playing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  13. What a fabulous one layer card Shana! You really created a wonderful grunge pattern that makes your "tag" pop right out. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  14. Fantastic grunge cards! Wow!! And I love your grungy flowers! What a great idea! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  15. Fabulous grunge cards - I particularly love the first one - love that color combination!

  16. You've created a super grungy card and it works perfectly with the colour combo at Just Add Ink!
    Thanks for sharing with us :)

    JAI Design Team

  17. I love both cards...great grunge look! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge this week!

  18. I love both of your grunge cards. The way you created and stamped the square on the second card is so clever. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary.

  19. loving your CAS style! So cool! Thanks for playing with us at Fusion!

  20. LOVE both of your cards! I love the layout of your flower clean and simple! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  21. Very pretty "grunge" cards! The bling of the jewels against the grunge is unexpected and wonderful! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  22. I love all the details you incorporated into your CCMC card this week! You made one-layer cards look easy with your techniques and embellishments! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  23. Two fabulous grunge cards Shana!! Looks like you had a lot of fun making these! I was really surprised when I read that the first card was one layer - no way!! ... looks like many layers - great job! Loll xx

  24. Stunning creations :) you seem to have excelled in grunge creations. Thank you for sharing with Fusion !!

  25. Shana, I love your masked background to ground these fab fabulous elements. The flowers are beautiful. Gorgeous card.