MFT Stamps – Beast Friends

Hello! Today, I am sharing a winter-themed, friendship card showcasing the MFT Stamps Beast Friends set.

MFT Stamps - Beast Friends

I stamped the Yeti figures and colored them with Copics. I went for a crazy fur color. (Since I have never seen a Yeti, or a Sasquatch, I am not certain about the color of their fur!)

For the sentiment, I cut a black strip of cardstock with the Poppystamps Let It Snow Frame die. To create the slit in the Snow Drift, I cut apart a seldom-used square die and used a portion to cut the straight line. (I could have cut the slit with an X-ACTO knife, but I wanted to try the idea of cutting with a portion of a die.) I tucked the sentiment into the slit and taped it from behind.

MFT Stamps - Beast Friends

I had everything assembled when I realized I had left off the snow! I cut two sizes of the Mini Snowflakes and added them to the background.


Fresh Snow in the Woods

Hello. Today, I’m sharing a winter scene featuring Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.

Die-Cut Christmas Sleigh

I took some artistic license with the Reindeer Parade die-cut – I’m imagining the reindeer flying off, leaving the sleigh in the woods! The heat-embossed sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages – one of my favorite sets of the season.

Die-Cut Christmas Sleigh

May your day be Merry & Bright!

Supplies: Memory Box, Fresh Pine Trees, Memory Box Fresh Pine Curved Border, Memory Box Reindeer Parade, Poppystamps Santa’s Magic Sleigh

Hello Fall! Die-Cut Scene

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a die-cut fall scene created with a variety of die cuts.

Let’s take a look!:

Hello Fall Die-Cut Scene

I couldn’t wait to use the Poppystamps Dies, Patient Pup die (I’ve professed my love for similar dies in the past). This scene was inspired by our beloved Golden Retriever “Ginger.” She would not have been this patient, however, with squirrels in the yard! This card combines some of my favorite card making elements: lots of color, die-cuts and a heat-embossed sentiment.

Hello Fall Die-Cut Scene

Supplies: Stampin’ Up sentiment

Nautical Greetings

Yes, I’m sharing another nautical-themed card! Absolutely, hands down, it’s my favorite summer theme. I’m already making lists of Halloween and Christmas projects (and products to buy!), but since it’s still July, I want to celebrate the “now” just a little bit before moving into the fall- and winter-themed projects!

Jean Manis Nautical Greetings

I used the smaller of the two boat dies in the Poppystamps Marina Sailboat set, cutting the boat from kraft and red cardstock. I trimmed off the lower portion of the red one so that the boat would be wood-colored and the sail red. I have a couple of anchor dies, the one in the WPlus9 Design Studio Dies, Nautical Notions set being the smallest (which worked best with the boat).

The Stampin’ Up sentiment is one that I’ve used several times before. I keep looking for more nautical sentiments but haven’t seen anything that’s caught my eye.


Stampin’ Up sentiment; Poppystamps Marina Sailboat die; Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder

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

Let’s Set Sail!

Warmer, sunnier days this past week had me in the mood to make something nautical (one of my favorite card themes). I created a whimsical sailing scene with a miscellany of products from my stash.

Sailing Cat


I’ve professed my love of the Poppystamps Walking Cat die, which I’ve used on quite a few cards. I would have used the same die here, but the Walking Cat didn’t fit on the Paper Smooches Sail Boat (it was too big).

With the Paper Smooches Sail Boat die, I cut the sailboat from a variety of colors and adhered the pieces to a dry-embossed background. I attached the boat part (red) with foam so that the cat could be placed behind the hull. I heat-embossed the sentiment (from a Simon Says Stamp set) onto a panel that I cut with one of the dies in the Poppystamps Marina Sailboat die set.

Have a great weekend!

Supplies: Paper Smooches Sail Boat die, Poppystamps Sitting Cat die, Poppystamps Marina Sailboats die, Simon Says Stamp sentiment

“So I said to the cat…”

Today, I’m sharing a CAS “hello” card created with Memory Box and Poppystamps supplies.

Cat + Bird Hello

I have made many cards with this walking cat die (it’s the perfect size, it works for a number of different scenes and it reminds me of a black cat, named “Decaf”, that we had when my sons were young). For this card, I thought it would be fun to pair the cat with a bird in a birdhouse. I don’t see the cat as necessarily menacing, but then again, do we really ever know what a cat is thinking? I usually make my scenes more realistic (by adding grass, fence, flowers) but kept this one abstract.

Sailing Away

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by one of Laura Bassen‘s for the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

Jean Manis Sailboat and Wave

Laura used embossing paste with a Simon Says Stamp wave stencil for her background, to which she added a Copic-colored swimmer. I dry-embossed the waves with a Memory Box stencil and then added Distress Inks with the stencil still in place. Because the Memory Box stencil width is smaller than an A2 card, I cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn die. I heat-embossed a Stampin’ Up sentiment on black cardstock and cut that with a small Lawn Fawn die. (I’m finding that I use the Lawn Cuts Stitched Rectangle die sets a lot.)

Because I used Distress Inks on the background, I decided to do the same for the sailboat, which I cut from cardstock colored with Candied Apple. I then trimmed off the lower half and adhered the sails to a boat cut from white cardstock.


Valentine’s Day Cottage

Today, I’m sharing a card featuring the Poppystamps Cute Cottage dressed for Valentine’s Day.

Poppystamps Valentines Cottage

It took me a while to figure out the colors for the cottage body, window boxes, trim, etc. But once decided, the card came together quickly. Since Valentine’s Day takes place during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere, I created a winter landscape with snow banks and a falling-snow dry-embossed background.

I heat-embossed the sentiment, from Taylored Expressions Welcome Home stamp set.