Penny Black Pocket Treasures

Today, I’m changing direction a bit – I’m sharing pocket scrapbooking pages created with products from the recent Penny Black Pocket Treasures release.

Before I made cards, I scrapbooked, and before that, I kept photo albums. The pocket scrapbooking pages work well for my current memory keeping style. I like the ability to create my own journaling cards and a few embellishments with the Pocket Treasures dies and stamps, using my card making tools, (die cutting machine and punches), and supplies, (patterned paper, solid cardstock and twine).

My husband and eldest son just spent several days in NYC taking in the sights, and the pages below capture some of their visit (I have several more pages started documenting the rest of their trip).



Let’s take a more detailed look at some of the journaling cards and embellishments.


Left - I used the Tagged #51-007 die to create a large journaling spot. I added a die-cut quote from A Pocket Full #51-053. Right – I often add maps to my scrapbook pages. I stamped the Let’s Chat #30-244 location indicator and cut it with the coordinating die from Tabs & Toggles #51-051.


Left - I stamped a sentiment from Remember This #30-246 with Staz-On ink directly onto the photo. Right –  I stamped the camera from Bon Voyage #30-224 and cut it with a 1″ circle punch.


Left - I die cut a tab with Tabs & Toggles #51-051 and stamped it with a sentiment from Life’s Journals #30-247. I attached it to the photo with a Tiny Attacher. Right – I die cut a journaling card with A Pocket Full #51-053 and added the stamped sentiment from Remember This #30-246.

NYCPocketScrapbooking3Left – I die cut the frame from Polaroid #51-057 and put it over a photo. I added it to a journaling card stamped with a sentiment and ledger lines from Life’s Journals #30-247. Right – I cut the number frame from Picture This #51-056 and paired it with a journaling card.

Thanks for joining me in this departure from cardmaking!

StampNation Beach Vacation Day 2 – Sunset

It’s Day Two of the StampNation Beach Vacation! Today’s challenge is to create a card with a beach sunset in mind. Ah….to be in a hammock someplace tropical….

SunsetHere’s a sneak peek of the card I created for the challenge.


Not a StampNation member yet? Now is is the perfect time to join! 

Stamp Nation Beach Vacation Blog Hop

We’re kicking off the StampNation Summer Beach Vacation event today with a Blog Hop.  Each of the StampNation Dream Team members, along with a group of Guest Designers (of which I’m thrilled to be included) are hopping along sharing cards inspired by our first challenge — “Beach Style”!


To me, “Beach Style” starts with flip flops (and bright colors) – here’s my card inspired by this challenge theme.

SNBeachVacationDay1-JMLife is better in flip flops! I stamped and die cut the flip flops using the Papertrey Ink Flipping Out Stamp and Die Set. The beach and waves were cut out of a variety of cardstock colors with the Reverse Confetti Doin’ The Wave Confetti Cuts die. I cut the wavy lines with a Spellbinders rectangle die and attached it to a card base onto which I’d stamped the sentiment with VersaFine ink.

It’s time to hop along now. Make sure you leave comments at each of the blogs listed below to be eligible to win:


One of THREE one-month StampNation memberships


Pretty Pink Posh $25 Gift Certificate


 Ellen Hutson $25 Gift Certificate


Choice of Lawn Fawn Stamp Set & Let’s Polka 6 x 6 Pad

For each of these prizes, one winner will be randomly drawn from all the blog hop comments. A second winner will be chosen from all the challenge entries at StampNation!

You will have until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, July 27th to leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Monday, July 28th on Catherine’s blog.

Catherine Pooler
Maureen Merritt
Kristie Goulet
Heather North
Allison Cope
Virginia Lu
Iwona Palamountain
Paulina Nakamura
Jean Manis  <–you’re here
Suzanne Dahlberg
Sandy Allnock
Amy Sheffer
Tracey McNeely

You would have reached me from the blog of Paulina Nakamura. Head next to the blog of Suzanne Dahlberg.

Not a StampNation Sistah yet? We hope you will join us. Learn more here.

This event is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Here’s a peek at another project I have coming later this week.



In Detail: We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board

I’m over in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s today with a review of the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board. I also show how to make boxes with the Envelope Punch Board. I’d love to have you head over and take a look.


Penny Black Bon Voyage

Today, I’m sharing a card created with the new Penny Black Bon Voyage #30-224 stamp set – perfect for summer travel cards or scrapbook layouts!

Bon-VoyageI paired the stamped and Copic-colored Vespa with balloons cut using the Uplifting #51-004 die set. I cut each balloon twice and used dimensional adhesive on some to create a variety of depths. The balloon strings were drawn by hand.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Sweet Birthday Wishes – This is the Life!

It’s a lovely summer day in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we’re calling it hot, which is a rare thing indeed in these parts! I’m sharing a summer-themed card combining the Frozen Treats die with a Reverse Confetti die and sentiment.

SweetBirthdayWishesI’m definitely drawn towards brighter colors when it’s sunny outside. I cut four colors of cardstock with the Frozen Treats die and pieced them together. I stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti’s Sweet Thing stamp set and cut it with the Reverse Confetti Tag Me die. The background is dry embossed with the Simon Says Stamp Ring Cluster stencil.


StampNation Beach Vacation – Coming Soon!

Save the date!  Starting Sunday, there’s a week-long Summer Beach Vacation planned at StampNation  July 20-26. Join the fun of daily beach-vacation themed prompts, inspiration from the StampNation Dream Team and Guests (I’m thrilled to be one of them), and prizes from Lawn Fawn, Ellen Hutson, and Pretty Pink Posh! This vacation kicks off on Sunday 9am EDT with a blog hop.

Stamp Nation Beach Vacation

Not familiar with StampNation? It’s a wonderful online community of fellow stampers. Members have access to hundreds of video tutorials, a gallery, challenges, message boards and so much more. Check it out and be inspired!

Click here to join and learn about StampNation membership benefits!

Stamp Nation Challenge: Fruits and Veggies

The most recent challenge at Stamp Nation is to use Fruits and/or Veggies on a card in celebration of all summer has to offer! This challenge had me stumped for a while, until I noticed that I had more supplies that fit this theme than I realized!


I stamped the Lawn Fawn Make Lemonade set with Memento ink on Gina K cardstock and colored the images with Copics in blues and yellows. I discovered some Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper in my stash that I’ve had for several years. The sentiment is from the Penny Black Friendship set.

The Cutting Edge Challenge #3

It’s time for the another Cutting Edge Challenge! Our inspiration this week is an amazing card created by Design Team member Lisa Addesa.

TCEC_3There’s so much about Lisa’s card that inspires me! Here’s my take.

Challenge3I was drawn to Lisa’s card’s design, featuring an embossed card base and a card panel with negative die cut hearts in rainbow colors. I substituted the hearts with stars, and I made the panel black rather than white. The yellow, green and orange stars on my card are negative cuts – I ran the panel through the Big Shot with three different star dies. I then backed the panel with circles cut in those colors. The pink and blue stars are adhered to the top of the panel.

We’d love to have you play along! Head on over to The Cutting Edge Challenge blog where you’ll  find inspiration from other members of the team, the rules and regulations and the InLinkz tool for you to link up your project!


Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” Release

Today, I’m sharing two cards created with dies from the brand-new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” releaseFrozen Treats and Ice Cream Cone Parade. Do you see a summer treat theme here? :-)

FrozenTreatsFor my first card, I used the Frozen Treats die to cut a variety of cardstock colors. I then fussy cut the Popsicles along embossed lines and layered the pieces onto kraft cardstock bases. The turquoise card panel was embossed with the Tim Holtz Wave embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set.

On the second card, I used the inlay technique with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die.
IceCreamConeParadeI cut a variety of cardstock colors from the Simon Says Spring Rainbow Pack with the Ice Cream Cone Parade die. I also cut the white card panel, onto which I stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stripe Greetings stamp set, with the die. I then began adhering the pieces into the panel. To finish off the card, I added a thin chocolate brown mat.

There are lots of great summer-themed stamps, stencils and dies in the new Simon Says Stamp “This is the Life” release! I’m off to do some shopping. There’s also a hop going on at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.