Under the Sea

Even though the StampNation Beach Vacation week has drawn to a close, I’m still thinking about beach-themed cards! I particularly like the recently-released My Favorite Things “Sea Life” set for the beach theme.


I used the Sea Life die set to cut the fish and the coral plant. I used Stampin’ Up inks for all of the stamping – the coverage of this ink with the solid image stamps is fantastic.


Stretch Your Stamps 2 Giveaway

I’m delighted to be one of the guest artists in the upcoming Stretch Your Stamps 2 class at Online Card Classes, and I have one seat in the class to giveaway.

SYS2BannerHere’s a bit about the class:

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

In order to enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here on my blog. You have until 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to enter.

The Cutting Edge Challenge #5

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


I was inspired by her beautiful clustering and use of color. Here’s my take:


I used the Lil’ Inker stitched butterflies die set and a Lil’ Inker sentiment to create my card. I cut the butterflies in three sizes in a variety of cardstock colors, and then began to put them together in a manner that would give justice to the subtle combination on Melania’s card. (Let’s just say that my work table, aka the kitchen table, has a pile of butterflies on it!) I cut a white panel at 4″ x 5 1/4″ for the elements and added it to a white card base.

Ready to 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!

Online Card Classes FLASH SALE

It’s a Flash Sale – $5 off all of the previous Online Card Classes! 


For the first time ever, you can take any (or all) past Online Card Classes at a discount! The savings? $5 off each of any previous independent card classes — no coupon code needed, just register for the classes of your choice. Tell your friends! Now is the perfect time to stock up on inspiration!

Poppystamps Twinery Blog Hop

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Welcome! If you’ve been hopping along on the Poppystamps & The Twinery Blog Hop, you should have arrived at my blog from the blog of Stacey Schafer.

Here’s my card combining a Poppystamps die and twine from The Twinery.


I paired the Poppystamps Superstar Border with twine in Maraschino Stripe and Midnight Blue from The Twinery. I cut the Superstar Border in white, red, and blue cardstock, replacing the stars in the white border with red and blue ones. The border section sits on top of a cardstock strip around which I wrapped the red and blue twine. The sentiment was created on my computer. It is printed onto the card base to which I attached the wrapped twine panel and die cut border.

Next on the blog hop list is the blog of Melyssa Connolly.

There are prizes! The Twinery is offering a Metallic Sampler Pack ($32 retail value ). Poppystamps is giving away the Frozen Flakes and the Elsa Butterfly Branch dies ($26.50 retail value). For details on how to enter to win, visit
The Twinery and Poppystamps.

TT Sampler


Here’s the entire list for today’s hop:

The Twinery
Jaclyn Miller
Chunyuan Wu
Lezlye Lauterbach
Stacey Schafer
Jean Manis  <—that’s me
Melyssa Connolly
Suzanna Lee
Diane Barney 
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Katarina Damm-Blomberg

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!