Shana Gaff
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Sheltering Tree Edition

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We take a selected stamp set every first and third Monday of each month and show you our creations with it.  This time we are using one of my favorite tree sets EVER, Sheltering Tree. Seriously, this set even trumps LAAT for me, so it's a good one! It has great little accents and sentiments included with it, which is what I think makes it a true home run stamp set.

If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Beth Beard's blog.  Beth has such a detailed style that I LOVE and have not quite mastered myself. lol I made a few projects this time, which is unusual for me, but I start working full time today so I wanted to get in as much crafty time as possible before work tied me down! :)  I wanted to do a few things that weren't obvious with this set and started with the lovely leaf image for a background.

I used three shades of pink for my background and wanted to keep the focus on the lovely background so I just went with the simply stamped sentiment and embossed frame to showcase it.

For my next card, I just HAD to use those adorable little bicycles.  I saw a mirror on Pinterest that looked exactly like this window frame, so that was my inspiration for the circle behind the frame. My frame is stamped with gold ink and the card base is Brushed Gold cardstock. You can see the shimmer a little bit in the upper left-hand corner.  I used my Blendabilities to color my ribbon and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  I will never buy colored ribbon again! This ended up being my favorite card of the three I made. :) 

For my final card, I did an obvious scene with the tree and the bike but I tried a new technique for the background that I saw on Splitcoaststampers.  I watercolored my background on Shimmering White cardstock and then used my Circle Framelits to cut out a variety of circles in a window sheet. I then used white craft ink to color in those circles all of my background. It gives a kind of bokeh effect to the cardstock and looks pretty cool in real life!  I was able to stamp my tree and bicycle over the top after it dried with no issues!

Thanks for stopping by!  You can click on the links below to go on to the next stop, the creative Dawn Tidd. If you get lost on the hop you can find all of the links below.

Blog Roll:

  1. Beth Beard
  2. Shana Gaff
  3. Dawn Tidd
  4. Debra Currier
  5. Ann Schach
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Mike Funke
  8. Nancy Smith
  9. Heidi Baks
  10. Yapha Mason
  11. Lisa Young
  12. Wendy Weixler
  13. Linda Callahan
  14. Betty Traciak
  15. Tanya Boser
  16. Bronwyn Eastley
  17. Holly Krautkremer
  18. Martha Inchley


  1. What a fun mixed of techniques and creative use of the stamps!

  2. What great cards, Shana. I love how you used the "leaves" on the first card. Really clever!

  3. Adorable creations, you obviously love this stamp set! I love the 2 bicycles side by side.

  4. Wow Shana! I'd say you put your crafting time to great use! These are all amazing! I especially like your sky in the last card, pretty :)

  5. Gorgeous cards! Love the bokeh sky and the background you created in pink is terrific! Your framed bicycles are sweet!

  6. Wonderful and creative projects, Shana! I love how you thought out of the box for the first 2 and the scene you created on your 3rd card is so soft and pretty.

  7. What a terrific trio an d awesome ways to use Sheltering Tree!

  8. Three very different cards. Loved reading about all the details you put into each one. My favourite would have to be the last one - gorgeous pastel colours for the bokeh effect.

  9. Love the two bicycles card! I love the shape and all the layers. Amazing!

  10. What a great use of the stamp set! I love all your creations but the first one is my favourite! Love the layering of the 3 colours to create a border around the sentiment all finished off with the heart to frame the sentiment! Stunning!

  11. Very fun and creative! I love all the different looks you created with this set.

  12. Gorgeous cards, Beth! The pink card is absolutely fabulous! Plus, I love the bokeh technique you used. Great projects!