Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Slow Return

Hi, friends! Well, it's been well over three months since I've posted. On November 28th, we lost our home, our truck, and all of our belongings in the Gatlinburg fires. We have been very blessed with help from family and friends, and are getting back on our feet and rebuilding soon. If you would like to see our whole story about that, you can visit my personal blog Adventures on Silverbell Lane.

Several of my friends, as well as Stampin' Up!, sent me some stamping goodies. I am so grateful for that! It's hard to go from having everything right at your fingertips to having nothing, so I was beyond excited to have some toys to play with! 💕 I figured the best thing to do to help me get back into the swing of things was to find some fun challenges to play along with! I did a CAS card for the Addicted to Stamps challenge, along with the color challenge at Color Throwdown and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

I have been in need of MANY thank you cards, so the sentiment was easy. It comes from the SAB set Any Occasion. The cute little truck is also a SAB stamp set, Tasty Trucks. I used the new watercolor pencils from the Occasions catalog and a blender pen to color it. They are fantastic!

This is one of Stampin' Up!'s notecards. I had never used them before, believe it or not, but I am addicted! What an easy way to make a fast little card.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be posting more often now that things have settled down a bit here. 😊


  1. Shana, I'm so so sorry to hear what has happened, sending big hugs and prayers! Beautiful card, I love the cute truck and touches of bling x

  2. Yay! You're back! I love this card. It's adorable! (I was hoping Stampin' Up would send a few things your way!)

  3. Iam so sorry for what has happened to are in my prayers..Peggy

  4. So sorry to hear about the loss of your home. God always brings beauty from the ashes.. and this is a darlin' little card. This is my first time stopping by your blog so I don't know the history, but I see a fabulous artist in your work. Blessings.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Shana, and I hope things are getting better for you. I love your cute CAS design and that sparkly ribbon is a fabulous touch,
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  6. Oh I love this! I love how you've used the food truck image - so cool and a great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

  7. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your home. What a journey you have been on, I'm sure, but thanks for taking some time to join our little challenge. Your card is adorable and I love that bit of glittery washi tape. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches and good luck!

  8. I'm so sorry to hear that your family was one of the many affected by the wildfires. Thank goodness for good friends and family! Your thank you card is great! Thanks for sharing with us at the Color Throwdown this week!