Shana Gaff
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Gorgeous Grunge Edition

Wow, has this month ever FLOWN by!  It's the third Monday of the month, and you know what that means? A new edition of The Stamp Review Crew!

This is one of my favorite stamp sets of all time. I love using it to make backgrounds for my cards, like I have done here on these two thank you cards:

You can cover your entire background or just part of it. Either way, I think it looks fabulous!  I also tried some new techniques with it.  For this next card I used the small splatters in Marina Mist and Silver Encore ink to make snow. We have had tons of it here in Northeast Indiana, so this card is quite fitting for this time of year!
But since I have had enough of this snow, I also wanted to do some cards with a warmer feeling to them! I think the prettiest time of year here is fall, so I pulled out some of my favorite fall colors for my final card: 

I think the splatters make great leaves!  I used the baby wipe technique and added Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler ink to a baby wipe and used that as my ink pad.  I really wanted my tree to sparkle though, so I embossed some of the smallest splatters with Gold Embossing Powder on the tree and on the ground. While I had my baby wipe inked up, I took advantage of it and inked up some more sheets of Very Vanilla cardstock with splatters for future use.  It's like having homemade DSP on hand!  

I hope you enjoyed my projects! As you can see, Gorgeous Grunge is an extremely versatile set and a must-have in my opinion! :)   To continue on with the hop you can click on the tabs to head on over to see what Holly has created for us. Or if you are lost, you can find the complete hop at the bottom! :) 

Blog roll
  1. Heidi Baks
  2. Cindy Beach
  3. Beth Beard
  4. Adriana Benitez
  5. Tanya Boser
  6. Debra Burgin
  7. Jill Coleman
  8. Deb Currier 
  9. Mike Funke
  10. Shana Gaff
  11. Holly Krautkremer
  12. Mary Rindal
  13. Martha Stewart 
  14. Dawn Tidd
  15. Lisa Young 
  16. Kerry Willard Bray
  17. Paula Wright
  18. Rita Wright
  19. Betty Traciak
  20. Nancy Smith


  1. Wow! Great set! Love how you made the snow...great idea!

  2. Great cards. I love how you used the splatters to make leaves - great idea!

  3. Terrific trio! I love all the different uses you've shown on your cards...wonderful! TFS

  4. What wonderful diversity in your projects! Cool idea to use the baby wipe technique for the tree!!

  5. Absolutely LOVE your home made DSP!!! I've gotten so many ideas for using this set - I guess the point of this hop!

  6. What a variety of cards you made!! They are all lovely. Great use to make snow and that tree is awesome, especially the gold embossing.

  7. Gorgeous cards! Especially love the autumn tree!

  8. Wow gorgeous cards!! As always :) I love your tree card that is so clever!!

  9. You did a great job showing how this set makes some beautiful, "flat" cards. I just love your tree card with all the splatter to fill it in... very creative!

  10. Beautiful collection! You did an amazing job with the set. The first card is just fun with all that is going on and I love what you did with the tree card. Will have to try that! All are beautiful!

  11. WOW! These are great cards! What a fab idea to use the set for snow and leaves. Love it!

  12. Wow! Your rocked this set, Shana! You were really able to show many different ways this set can be used and all of them are outstanding.

  13. I have considered this set, but now I may be convinced!

  14. Wow! You really showed some fabulous ways to use this set. Never would have thought of the leaves. Now I've pinned it so I can remember it.

  15. Your projects are positively exuberant! Love all the variations on this set.

  16. Your first two cards are wonderful....but have to admit that the second two are fabulous! Lovely as a Tree is one of my all time favorites (know that I'm not alone in that!)...the snow is lovely!!! and the Fall Tree...what fabulous inspiration! Have yet to try the dryer sheet technique but you have inspired me to use the four or five I have!!!

  17. There's grunge and then there's pretty grunge and that's what I think your grunge is, Shana! So pretty, every one of them! I hope it's okay to say that about grunge! Hugs, Darnell

  18. WOW! Love the different ways you used this set! I especially love the fall tree! So clever and creative!!

  19. Shana - I love all 4 of your cards. The tree concept is fabulous. I think #2 - the blue thank you - is my favorite. Clean and simple yet grungy!

  20. You really shared the versatility of this set - great combination of cards. LOVE the fall tree; what a creative way to use the set. TFS!

  21. Shana, these are all great to show off this set! As a blue fan, the second one is my favorite. :)