Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Addicted to CAS Farewell

Well, after being with Addicted to CAS for several years now (since Kylie very first started it!), I have decided that I just do not have the time to continue on.  Now that my kids are getting older and are in activities, I could not give it the dedication that it deserved.  I will definitely still visit the ATCAS blog, because I LOVE clean and simple cards!

Being my last CAS card as a member of the design team, I am bummed that I could not get a better picture, but my camera was just not cooperating. :(

I didn't have anything that screamed "splash" to me, so I decided to use the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and make it look like a water splash!  I inked it up in Pool Party and then inked one end in Lost Lagoon and one end in Island Indigo. I really like those three blues together. They all seem to have somewhat of a dirty look to them, if that makes sense, so they all really look great together.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. You will still see me blogging a bit here and there!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Petite Petals Edition

Welcome to another edition of The Stamp Review Crew!  This time we are all sharing projects made with the cute little flower set Petite Petals. It has a coordinating punch that makes it really easy to use.  I chose this beautiful color combination from colourQ to use on my cards.  
I thought these were pretty unique colors to use on a flower card. Not your typical pinks and purples, that's for sure!  Here are the cards that I came up with.  My backgrounds are made by putting So Saffron and Hello Honey ink directly onto a clear block, spritzing it with water and then stamping it onto my cardstock. I finished off the background on this first card by stamping some So Saffron flowers onto it.  I had lots of fun punching out the little flowers for my accents! 
 I really liked the way this next background turned out, but it was crooked on my cardstock, so I ended up cutting it out for something different and matting it with a distressed/embossed piece of Soft Suede cardstock. That's the new bokeh embossing folder if you didn't recognize it!
 Thanks for stopping by!  Click on the links below to continue on the hop, either forwards or backwards!  Or if you get lost, all of the links are at the bottom!

Blog Roll:
  1. Debra Burgin
  2. Yapha Mason
  3. Deb Currier
  4. Bronwyn Eastley
  5. Dawn Tidd
  6. Rochelle Blok
  7. Mike Funke
  8. Betty Traciak
  9. Tanya Boser
  10. Lisa Young
  11. Jennifer Timko
  12. Shana Gaff
  13. Adriana Benitez
  14. Holly Krautkremer
  15. Heidi Baks
  16. Linda Callahan

Saturday, June 6, 2015

School's OUT for SUMMER!

I don't know about you, but I am so looking forward to all of things our family has planned for this summer!  We have been crazy busy with school activities, working, etc. and are ready for a break.  I am also looking forward to more time in my stamp room. I feel like I haven't had any ME time in months. Oh, wait...I haven't!  

This week we have a fabulous challenge at Addicted to CAS going on, hosted by the lovely Bonnie:

There is a great new butterfly set and coordinating dies in the new Stampin' Up! catalog that I am itching to get my hands on, but until then, I am satisfied with this lovely butterfly thinlit we already had. :)

I just love the intricacy of this thinlit. If you use wax paper between it and the cardstock, the little pieces pop right out like buttah! lol I'm not really sure how I came up with this random color combination...Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo.  I just started grabbing for colors and stamped them and they just worked well together! :)  Don't you love it when things just flow easily like that?

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to visit the rest of the team at ATCAS

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Dotty Angles Edition

Wow, can you believe it is June 1st?!  This year is just flying by!  Only one week of school left for us, but I'm sure a lot of you are already out and enjoying the start of your summer break. I am very jealous of those of you who are! I have been subbing in a math class full time for a little over three months, and my house and my crafting room have been missing me. lol

It's time for our first Stamp Review Crew blog hop for the month and this one was a tricky one for me!  Dotty angles is a great stamp set for backgrounds, but for the life of me I couldn't think of anything else to do with it!  That is the great thing about blog can get so many creative ideas when you are stumped! I can't wait to see what all of my stampy friends have come up with. I went with a simple background in Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie. This was actually the first time I have used this background, I think! It's so easy to line up in the Photopolymer.

I used the Hello You thinlits and cut right through my background.  I was going to pop it up, but I liked the way it looked flat, so I just added dimensional tape to the back of the entire piece and stuck it down to my card front. Then I looked at it and said "Phooey!  You forgot to stamp the rest of the sentiment first you goof!" lol Lucky for me, it stamped wonderfully. I think the cushion of the dimensional tape actually helped! :) Finally, I punched out a circle for my balloon and added some cotton thread for the string and popped it up for more dimension.  Here is a closer look at the sentiment. It shows up a lot better in real life! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to click on the links below to see what the rest of the gang has created! a side note, I made a card for the last blog hop, got my card done and post written DAYS early (very unusual for me lol), and accidentally deleted it on my phone minutes before the hop went live! I didn't have computer access because my husband was out of town for business with the lap top, so I couldn't rewrite my post. :( Sad day!  I will be sharing that card, which uses Four Feathers, later on this week. I hope you will check back in to see it, as it's one of my favorite that I've ever made! :)

Blog Roll:
  1. Rochelle Blok
  2. Deb Currier
  3. Nancy Smith
  4. Tanya Boser
  5. Shana Gaff
  6. Heidi Baks
  7. Holly Krautkremer
  8. Debra Burgin

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Down to Single Digits!

Yes, that is correct. Only 9 days of school left, 9 days of full-time working, 9 days until I can STAMP whenever I want to!  I am so ready to be FREEEEE again!!! I haven't had much ME time lately, but I was able to sneak in a few minutes when we got home from the ballgame tonight.  Our challenge this week at ATCAS is a fun one!

After looking through my stamp sets, I realized that I have a big void in the animal department! lol I guess I know what I MUST buy from the new catalog. :) :) :)  I do have this cute koala stamp, and it makes very easy CAS cards!
It's kind of hard to tell, but I snuck in a BRAND NEW color from the 2015-2016 catalog, Watermelon Wonder.  It looks dreamy with Smoky Slate!  My background DSP is Calypso Coral, and I think it will pair nicely with that color too!  I will have more sneak peaks for you in the near future.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

No time for play!

Wow, I don't remember a time in my life that I have been as busy as I have been lately!  Between teaching, coaching Academic Super Bowl, taking the boys to baseball practice and games, and going to watch Brett coach varsity baseball, our schedule is pretty much filled every week!  While it's been nice to be busy instead of sitting at home all week, I do miss my stamping time. :( Only 20 more days of school though and then I will hopefully be back to more stamping!  

Our challenge at ATCAS this week was a tricky one for me. 
I'm not a huge bird lover, and I don't have many bird sets. The one I do have, For the Birds, requires coloring for it to look good, I think, and I'm not a fan of coloring! lol I do love feathers though and they are fast and easy to stamp!  

Being short on time this week, I knew I was going to have to be quick with this one. I have a card on Pinterest that gets pinned ALL the time, so I decided to CASE it. :) I don't know why it gets pinned so much, but I'm guessing because it's CAS and one layer.  I went the same route with this card, The splotches from Gorgeous Grunge remind me of spotted birds egg, especially when stamped in Soft Sky and Marina Mist!  I stamped the feathers in Baked Brown Sugar and Marina mist, stamped my sentiment and called it complete! :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you check out our guest designer, Monika's, lovely card that she has to share with us this week, as well as the rest of the design team of ATCAS.  This week there is also a call to be on the new design team, so be sure to enter your own card if you are interested!  I am sadly stepping down because I just don't feel I am able to put the time into it that it deserves. :( I have been on the ATCAS team since its conception and I will miss it so much!  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Basics Edition

It's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew and this week we are using one of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog, Butterfly Basics. I was so happy to see that this set, along with its coordinating thinlits, are returning in the new catalog. We demonstrators got a sneak peek of the catalog this week, and it is fabulous!  I can't wait to start ordering from it so I can share some of my new favorite things with you! 

For this hop, I combined the color challenge at Colour Me with the layout from retro sketches.  Lots of fun ideas floating around blog land this week and I just couldn't resist the "help." lol 

Using these two challenges, along with our fabulous Butterfly Basics stamp set, I was able to throw this card together in less than 30 minutes. I really encourage you to try challenges if you are stumped for ideas. They have helped me tremendously, especially now that I don't have much free time on my hands.  

I started by stamping the background with Rose Red at the top and Coastal Cabana at the bottom. As I got closer to the center from each direction, I stamped off to create sort of an ombre effect.  I thought the long stamp at the bottom created an almost brick wall effect. I love this stamp set in Photopolymer, because I was easily able to line it up each time for the repetitive stamping.  The leaves are stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I used generation stamping for this stamp to get the different intensities of color.   It's kind of hard to see, but I used this same technique with the little butterfly and Coastal Cabana in the background.  This stamp set is great for layering!  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card. Make sure to continue on to the fabulous Ann's blog to see what she has to share with us.  Or if you like to be different and are working backwards, you will go back to the talented Dawn's blog!  I know I can't wait to see what they have in store for us! 
Blog Roll:
  1.  Lisa Young
  2. Mike Funke
  3. Holly Krautkremer
  4. Beth Beard
  5. Tanya Boser
  6. Jennifer Timko ‎
  7. Betty Traciak
  8. Debra Burgin
  9. Bronwyn Eastley
  10. Cindy Beach 
  11. Deb Currier
  12. Rochelle Blok
  13. Dawn Tidd
  14. Shana Gaff
  15. Ann Schach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Countdown is On!

It's hard to believe it, but we are almost at the end of the school year!  Less than 30 days until summer break. It's been awhile since I have counted down with the kids, but now that I am back to teaching it seems almost second nature again. :)  I have applied for the full-time position for next year, and should be hearing soon when my interview will be. I don't know what God's plan is for me yet, but I will go with it either way!

Since it is nearing the end of the year and Brett and I are both working at the school, I am sure we will have some graduation parties to attend. Our newest challenge at ATCAS uses our school colors, so I thought it was the perfect time to whip up some quick and easy Congratulations cards!
Work of Art is my FAVORITE go-to stamp set for a quick background.  This swoosh looks gorgeous stamped in the Gold Encore Ink. I am so sad that it is retiring from the catalog! I hope they give us a new gold ink, because I love the luxurious feel it has.  I just recently purchased the refill for my Black Memento ink pad, and MAN did it ever make a difference!  The words really pop over the top of the gold. Before I reinked it, it was almost a grey. I need to remember to do this to all of my ink pads for more vibrant colors!

Thanks for stamping by today.  Make sure to check out the rest of the cards our talented design team have created for your viewing pleasure! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies Edition

Wow, this month is going so fast now that I am back to working full time!  It's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew, and this month we are all making projects with the animal stamp set Zoo Babies. I could not resist making another card with some of the soon-to-be-retired In Colors.  They just scream baby card to me!
I made my own background DSP by stamping the animals randomly all of the cardstock.  I went out of my comfort zone and used Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White. Very unlike me! :)  I didn't use the elephant and toucan in the background so they would stick out better in the front. I stamped and cut out an extra ear and and popped it up with a Dimensional. The toucan is also on a Dimensional to separate him more from the background.  

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to click on the links below to continue on to Debra's fabulous blog, or to go back if you missed Ann's spectacular creation!  

Blog Roll:

  1.  Ann Schach
  2. Shana Gaff
  3. Debra Burgin
  4. Bronwyn Eastley
  5. Yapha Mason
  6. Dawn Tidd 
  7. Kerry Willard Bray
  8. Betty Traciak
  9. Tanya Boser
  10. Rochelle Blok
  11. Heidi Baks
  12. Linda Callahan
  13. Martha Inchley
  14. Wendy Weixler

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Showers...

It's time for a new challenge at ATCAS and I am the hostess!  I chose the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of April:
Not my favorite thing, by far, but a fun stamping code word. :) We are joined this month by the lovely Pia. Make sure to stop by and give her some love on her beautiful card!

I combined THREE stamp sets to make my card this week. That is very unusual for me, especially for a CAS card!  This card NEEDED three stamps though! lol
For the rainbow, I colored one of the swooshes from Work of Art with markers two different times, first with red, orange and yellow, then with green, blue and purple.  I was able to bend my photopolymer sentiment to match the curve of the rainbow. That is one of my favorite things to do with the photopolymer stamps!  

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure to check out the rest of the awesome shower cards the design team has created this week at ATCAS

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Painted Petals Edition

It's the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means?  Holllaaa!!! It's time for another round of The Stamp Review Crew!  This week we bring you a lovely stamp set from the Ocassions Catlaog, Painted Petals.  At first glance, this set looks like it would strictly be a feminine set. But no! There is a great strip of polka dots that can be used to create a wonderful background for any type of card. I have this set in the photopolymer, which made it extremely easy to line up each row perfectly. Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana will be leaving us in a few short months, so I paid tribute to them here:
I didn't want Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe to feel left out, so I included them in my next "girly" card. :) I used the stamp set to create my background DSP. So fun and easy with this set! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can click on the links below to continue on through the hop.  I know everyone will have fantastic projects for you to enjoy!

Blog Roll:
  1.  Debra Burgin
  2. Nancy Smith
  3. Betty Traciak
  4. Mike Funke
  5. Heidi Baks
  6. Cindy Beach
  7. Holly Krautkremer
  8. Shana Gaff
  9. Adriana Benitez
  10. Tanya Boser
  11. Lisa Young
  12. Bronwyn Eastley
  13. Yapha Mason
  14. Deb Currier

  15. Linda Callahan
  16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Wendy Weixler