Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop: Thoughtful Branches

It's time for a Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop! This is a new set that will be available on August 2nd for you to purchase. It also has a set of coordinating thinlits, which make it super easy to cut out! I have a feeling you are going to love this versatile set after hopping with us!

When I first saw the big tree in this set, I thought it would look great with a big sunburst behind it. I also just got the fringe scissors, and they made perfect grass.

For my next card, I wanted to do something with one of the smaller images, a leaf. I brayered a few different colors onto my cardstock with our fabulous new foam brayer and then stamped my sentiment, along with the leaf image all around it. That was kind of boring so I die cut the sentiment out with a circle die, added some beautiful bronze twine behind it and popped the sentiment up with some dimensionals. Much better! 

Probably my favorite image in this set is the three little trees. There is a dotted stamped that makes great leaves! I had to try this one out next. I did some more brayering on this card, along with some clear Wink of Stella to make the leaves pop . 

I always ask my hubby, Brett, which card is his favorite, and he chose this last one. He was so cute. He said "This must be a Christmas in July card." So he does listen when I'm blabbing away about my cardmaking! He's a keeper for sure. 😊

Well, that's all for this hop. Next time I will be hopping with you from my new home in Tennessee. I can't wait! Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on with the hop!

Blog Roll:
  1. Yapha Mason
  2. Bronwyn Eastley
  3. Heidi Baks
  4. Shana Gaff
  5. Holly Krautkremer
  6. Sue Plote
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Bruno Bertucci
  9. Holly Stene
  10. Kelly Kent
  11. Debra Burgin
  12. Linda Callahan
  13. Mike Funke

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Flourishing Phrases Edition

Welcome to another edition of The Stamp Review Crew! We are officially moved out of our house and in with the in-laws for a month before we make the big move to Tennessee, so I have had extra time on my hands to create this week! 

I realized last Friday that I had not yet ordered this set, so I frantically added it to a customer order, hoping that it would arrive in time. Five days to spare! Yes!

I did some sponging on the first card I made, using all new In Colors. I then stamped the big flourish in black all over. Boy that looks pretty! I didn't want to cover up too much of that beautiful background, so I kept my sentiment pretty small with the layered scalloped circles. Let me tell you, those things are the cutest! I hated to lose the big circles, but I think I am going to get much more use out of these new little guys. 

My next card is an anniversary card for my dear hubby. I actually finished it the day after our anniversary, but better late than never, right? I started this one with the background too. I wonder if maybe that's my style?! I cut some strips of Serene Scenery DSP on an angle and glued them down to Island Indigo cardstock. I then embossed that whole panel and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink. I stamped my sentiment and then punched it out with the new badge punch. This is a great masculine punch! I added another badge punch, as well as some burlap ribbon, behind it to anchor it. Hubby loved it! 

I knew I had to make a card with that big flower and leaves, so I started this one of with a torn strip of Pear Pizazz stamped with Emerald Envy leaves.  I then stamped the flower two times each in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango and fussy cut them out. It looked okay, but I wanted an extra oomph so I incorporated some of the beautiful Flourish thinlits. In my opinion, they are a must have if you are purchasing this set. Plus you get 10% off if you purchase them together a bundle, so you can't beat that!

For my final card, I wanted to keep it clean and simple. That's easy to do with that big flowering flourish! Just a little masking and sponging, along with a few die cuts and it's complete!

I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself. Between the insides and outsides of my cards, I managed to use 12 of the 18 stamps in this set! That's quite the accomplishment for me... Especially the first time using a set! I hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration with this set. As you can see, it's very versatile! 

Thanks for stopping by. Click on the links below to continue on in the hop. Next up is the very talented Betty. I can't wait to see what she has come up with this week!

Blog Roll:
  1. Mickey Roberts
  2. Holly Stene
  3. Shana Gaff
  4. Betty Traciak
  5. Mike Funke
  6. Valerie Moody
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Holly Krautkremer
  9. Rochelle Blok
  10. Jessica Williams
  11. Bruno Bertucci
  12. Debra Burgin
  13. Sue Plote
  14. Kelly Kent