AEI♥U Challenge #31 – Metallics

It’s time for another AEI♥U Challenge! This month’s theme is Metallics. Here’s my take on the theme in which I incorporated three metallic materials:

Jean Manis Avery Elle Metallics Challenge

I cut the snowflakes (Noel and Snow Caps die sets), mountain tops (Snow Caps die set) and snowy hill (Snow Caps die set) out of white cardstock. The mountains were cut from silver foil paper. The scene’s background is gold glitter paper. The card front (cut with a die in the Custom Panels set) is brushed silver cardstock. For a bit of color, I stamped the sentiment from FA LA LA (and cut with the coordinating die) in red pigment ink.

There’s no limit to how you can interpret this challenge! Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the AEI♥U Challenge Blog!  You’ll also find the InLinkz tool to link up YOUR take on the challenge – we’d love to see your beautiful work in our gallery! There are two $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificates up for grabs for the two best entries!  You have  December  26, 2015 to link up your take on the challenge!


Reverse Confetti “Look for Rainbows”

Today, I’m sharing a CAS encouragement card using Reverse Confetti stamps and dies.

Jean Manis Reverse Confetti CAS Inspirational

I cut the rainbows out of watercolored paper with one of the dies  in the Weather It Together set (I cut a red rainbow, orange rainbow, green rainbow and blue rainbow each nine times) and adhered the rainbows to the card base. I heat-embossed one of the sentiments from the Shine From Within set on black cardstock and cut it with a die in the Class Act set, adhering the panel to the card base with dimensional adhesive.

No matter what the season, this sentiment is always appropriate!

Avery Elle Seasonal Die Cut Trees + Ellen Hutson Sales

I’m sharing a CAS Christmas card using Avery Elle stamps and dies.

Jean Manis Avery Elle Die Cut Holiday Trees

I used one of the dies in the Snow Caps set to cut the simple trees out of three cardstock colors. I added holly leaves cut with a die in the Season’s Greetings set and hearts with a die in the Finished Frames set. I heat-embossed one of the sentiments in the FA LA LA set, cut it with the Double Pierced Rectangles set and popped it up with foam adhesive.

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All of the details are at Ellen Hutson.


Reverse Confetti – Easy As Pie

Today, I’m sharing a “just because” CAS card, made with Reverse Confetti stamps and dies, with the theme of Thanksgiving (and apple pie) on my mind.

Jean Manis Reverse Confetti Easy As Pie

I used the Class Act set to cut the apple and Easy As Pie to create the pie. I added hearts cut with the Shakers ‘n Frames and Donut You Know sets. I stamped a sentiment from the Easy As Pie stamp set onto the white card base.


Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving (and delicious pie)!


Reverse Confetti at 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Reverse Confetti is teaming up with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event.
Jean Manis Reverse Confetti Holiday Tags

For both tags, I used the Thanks Tag Confetti Cuts die as the base to which I added a tag reinforcement cut from silver cardstock with one of the Hang Ups dies. Both tags feature a white, silver, aqua and red color scheme.


For the first tag, I cut a tree and branches with Branch Out and added a sentiment cut with Winter Words. I used the banner die in Tag Me as a visual anchor.



For the second tag, I cut snowflakes with the Layered Snowflake die set and a sentiment with Winter Words.



Another Merry Monday #180 Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with another reindeer card. Turns out, I have a lot of reindeer-themed supplies!

Hero Arts Reindeer Stencil

I used Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter embossing paste with the Hero Arts reindeer stencil. I allowed the red cardstock panel to dry overnight (the product seems to take longer to dry than other embossing pastes I’ve used before) and then added a heat-embossed sentiment from the Hero Arts Family and Friends stamp set. I used a Taylored Expressions stitched banner die to cut the sentiment. Other than the drying time, this CAS card came together quickly.

Penny Black Reindeer

I’m playing along at the Merry Monday #180 Challenge with a reindeer card!

Jean Manis Penny Black Christmas Reindeer

I colored Distress Ink watercolor paper with three shades of Zig Clean Color Brushes (for am ombré effect) and cut the paper with the Penny Black 51-147 a very merry die. I also used the die to cut white cardstock and attached the two die cuts with liquid adhesive. The reindeer (from the 40-258 dancing deers set) was stamped with red pigment ink. I added patterned paper from 80-012 wintertime to a square card base and finished the card off with twine.


Penny Black Supplies:
40-258 dancing deers
51-147 a very merry
80-012 wintertime

Reverse Confetti November SFYTT

Have you seen this month’s Sketch for You to Try at Reverse Confetti?

SFYTT30_NOV15I created a CAS holiday card in non-traditional colors using the sketch as my starting point.

Jean Manis Reverse Confetti November 2015 SFYTT

For the background, I cut garlands from brushed silver cardstock with the Circle Garland Confetti Cuts set and adhered them to a white cardstock base. I embellished the circles with a snowflake cut with the Let It Snow Confetti Cuts set and with a tree and branches from Branch Out. I heat-embossed a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments on a teal blue cardstock strip. I attached the circles to the card base with dimensional adhesive.



I hope you’ll play along! Head on over to link up your card on the Reverse Confetti Blog for your chance to win a $20 Reverse Confetti gift certificate and the title of ‘Fetti Fave!

Taylored Expressions Holiday Moose

Today, I’m sharing a holiday card featuring the Taylored Expressions Little Bits Moose.

Jean Manis Taylored Expressions Little Bits Moose

I couldn’t resist pairing the moose with plaid (patterned paper from American Crafts Deck the Halls). To create the moose, I used a combination of cardstocks: Woodgrain (to give him more texture), Oreo, Sugar Cube, Toffee and Chocolate Truffle. I cut the tag out of Sugar Cube. I heat-embossed a sentiment from Critter Correspondence on Cherry Pop cardstock and cut it with the tag die. To create the stitched strip of Sweet Basil cardstock, I used the Basketweave Cutting Plate to cut a narrow strip, then cut it again with one of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets dies. I finished off the top of the tag with a reinforcement, cut from Cherry Pop with one of the Tag Reinforcements dies, and twine.