Winter Wonderland

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a holiday card which showcases the Elizabeth Craft Designs Build a Snowman die set.

Winter Wonderland

I applied embossing paste to the background ( Stampin’ Up Dapper Denim) through the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil (I use this stencil so often during the holidays that I just leave it out). I placed the snowman and broom against a landscape cut with the Memory Box Fresh Pine Curved Border to which I added a few Memory Box Fresh Pine Trees. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Two Feet Deep set.

Winter Wonderland



Die-cut Summer Chairs

This past weekend, my husband and I visited Gig Harbor, just about an hour away from Seattle. It is a picturesque town whose harbor is graced with a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. Many of the houses on the main street had Adirondack chairs on their porches. One house, of which I wasn’t able to take a photo, had three colorful chairs, and it is that which I have tried to capture with my card.

Summer Beach Chairs

I cut the chairs from Stampin’ Up cardstock in Lucky Limeade (retired), Pumpkin Pie, and Bermuda Bay. The PTI Flipping Out sentiment was heat-embossed on SU Basic Gray. I dry-embossed the white background with the SU Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder. The card base is SU Crumb Cake.

Summer Beach Chairs


Beach Dog

A lot of my paper crafting focuses on holidays and events, such as Halloween and Christmas or birthdays and weddings (as I’m sure yours does as well). You know the adage “write what you know”?  Between holidays and events, I like to create cards in the season I’m experiencing that relate to my world.

This card, created with a variety of die cuts, is inspired by our Golden Retriever Ginger’s love of the beach. Ginger died two years ago (and we still miss her every day!).

Jean Manis Beach Dog

During the last year of her life (in which she battled cancer) we took her to the beach as much as possible, as it was truly one of her favorite places to be.

Ginger at the Beach

Enjoy your day!


Papertrey Ink Flipping Out stamp set; Poppystamps Puffy Cloud Border; Poppystamps Labrador; Impression Obsession Small Grass Die Set

It’s Your Day – Beach Scene

Today, I’m sharing another summer-themed, beach scene crafted with die cuts.


I used my favorite red/white/blue scheme again! Hope you’re having a terrific day.

Let It Snow

I’ve had these penguins and snow banks on my work table for several months! We’ve had a particularly chilly couple of days, so I thought it was time to put this card together.

I had been playing around with different backgrounds, and the Taylored Expressions embossing folder gives just the right scale snowfall for the rest of the scene. I dry embossed the cardstock with my Big Shot  extended multipurpose platform on Tab 1. This gave just a bit more depth to the embossing. I cut the penguins twice and adhered them together for extra depth. The front two penguins and front two snowbanks are attached with dimensional adhesive as well.

Supplies: Memory Box Playful Penguins; Papertrey Ink die cut and sentiment

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.


For the 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.