Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Break!!!

Yikes, I have been so exhausted from going back to work full time that I haven't made a card in two weeks! :( That makes me so sad!  I did have scrap camp last night though, so at least I got some time to hang out with my crafting buddies.  Today we have a brand new challenge at ATCAS, brought to us by the lovely Loll.
We are joined once again by Birgit as Guest Designer. She has the cutest card to share with us this week! This one was kind of hard for me because I don't make many cards that I would consider cute!  I do have a few animal sets though, so I decided to take the little monkey for a balloon ride. 
Cutting that little guy out with my craft knife was kind of torturous but I thought it ended up kind of cute! :) The background is a Project Life card from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  You can earn a whole set of cards for free if you spend $50, but you only have a few more days until the end of the month! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to get in some more crafting time this week because I am on SPRING BREAK! Woo hoo! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Back in the Dominican!

We're so excited to be in the Dominican on another missions trip! I had to schedule this post early since we have no internet while we're there. :) This week we have a new challenge for you at Addicted to CAS.
We are joined this month by Guest Designer Birgit. She does beautiful CAS cards and often uses wonderful linen-looking cardstock that I must check into because it makes every one of her cards look like they should be framed pieces of art!  Make sure to stop by her blog and give her some stampy love! 

I guess the most obvious way to go with this code word this time of year would be St. Patrick's Day. However, I have no stamps of that theme, nor a reason to ever send someone a St. Patrick's Day card! :)  So I decided to make a card using only my new go-to green, Mossy Meadow. It is so rich and beautiful! 
I used generation stamping with Old Olive ink for my leaf image and the sentiment is Mossy Meadow.  The ribbon started out white and I colored it with my (sadly now discontinued) Blendabilities.  I rounded the two bottom corners, added some pearls and called it a complete CAS card! :)  When I showed it to Brett he told me it was classy and one of his favorites that I have ever made so I will call that a success! lol 

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to check out all of the creations by the entire design team over at ATCAS!

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ready for Spring!

I know Indiana is not the best place to live if you don't enjoy the snow, but up until last winter, I do not remember being so miserable this time of the year. We have had so many school delays and closings, and days and days below zero.  I am ready to move south NOW!  I laughed when I saw the code word that our lovely Kylie chose for us this week at ATCAS, because it describes exactly how I have been feeling lately!

I started by stamping my back panel with the Hardwood background and Gorgeous Grunge. My favorite tool to use for distressing is the little hand held distressing tool. It makes the edges look really rugged. I then sponged some soft suede ink on them to make the edges really stand out.

To balance out the distressing I decided to add a little bit of a feminine touch with the pastel feathers. I love how they look over the wood grain background! My sentiment is stamped on vellum and then I inked the edges to make them look soft.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to visit all the other lovely ladies on the ATCAS design team!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's time for another challenge at Addicted to CAS and we would love for you to join us!  Our lovely hostess this week is Harriet and she chose a fun code word for us this week:
There are lots of different ways you could go with this word and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!  We are joined by Guest Designer Ellen Parker this month and she has a beautiful card to share with us. Make sure to stop by her blog and check it out!  Here is what I came up with this month:

If this sketch looks familiar, it is from one of the My Paper Pumpkin kits!  I love getting those each month for additional inspiration!  I used the colors from the Fab Friday challenge as well:
I never would have thought to put the red in there with the two shades of coral, but I really like it! I used the beautiful die cut from the Artisan Embellishment Kit, masked it off with Washi Tape so I would not get ink around the edges of it, and sponged in my three colors. I created my own frame with the Squares Collection Framelits and used In Color and Silver Sequins for inside the shaker. I made this card for my amazing hubby, Brett. I hope he loves it as much as I do! :)

Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to check out the rest of the ATCAS design team's projects!