Halloween Watercolored Hedgehog-Penny Black Simplicity

Hello – it’s a beautiful fall day here in the Pacific Northwest, but rains are in the forecast for the next week! I’m sharing another CAS Halloween card featuring the Penny Black 30-318 Bewitched stamp set. (I blogged a card using a cat image from this stamp set here.)

Halloween Hedgehog - Penny Black Simplicity

I colored the adorable hedgehog with watercolor pencils and paint, and when dry, I fussy-cut the image, as well as the pumpkin balloon.

To frame my image, I cut a partial circle in a rectangular panel, which I then dry-embossed. I watercolored a teal blue background, onto which I stamped the hedgehog image again (to get the balloon string), when the panel was dry.

I cut the sentiment from watercolored cardstock with 51-077 Eeek! and added it to the rectangular panel (for extra depth I cut a second sentiment and glued the two together).

Before adhering the watercolor hedgehog to the background with foam adhesive, I glued down a small fence created with the 51-073 Haunted Hallow die set.

CAS Watercolored Halloween Cat + Pumpkin – Penny Black Simplicity

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS Halloween card featuring the Penny Black 30-318 Bewitched stamp set.

First of all, a confession. I’ve had this stamp set on my work table for a month. Last week, I looked at the set and mentally thought, “Darn it, I meant to make a card with that before Halloween,” thinking Halloween had already passed! How nuts is that?! That’s what happens when you’re working on projects a season ahead. Thank goodness October is still out there!

Penny Black Bewitched

Back to the card, I stamped the cat and pumpkin image with VersaFine ink on Strathmore watercolor paper, coloring him with watercolor pencils and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I fussy-cut the image and set it aside.

Penny Black Simplicity Bewitched

I sponged Mustard Seed Distress Ink  onto a card base through a vellum circle, and I stamped the cat image again on the sponged circle. I adhered the fussy-cut cat to the image with foam adhesive. I die cut the “BOO” sentiment with 51-077 Eeek! from foam and white cardstock, adding it to a dark gray cardstock strip. To finish off the card, I stamped and die cut the bat with 30-249 Spooky Spheres and 51-075 Boo Crew.

Pumpkin Bouquet – TE Share Joy Challenge #54

Hello! I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #54.

TE Share Joy Challenge #54

I used the sketch and the inspiration photo to create a fall-themed card:

TE Share Joy Challenge #54

I heat-embossed the Pumpkin Bouquet with gold embossing powder and colored it with watercolors and cut it out with its corresponding die. I dry-embossed the circle background for more texture against the patterned papers from TE 6×6 Paper Pack – Playful Patterns – Harvest.

TE Share Joy Challenge #54

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment from Many Minis – Holidays on to a tag cut with a die in the Mini Tags set.

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


Penny Black Woodland Friends

Today, I’m sharing a CAS spring-themed card combining an image from Penny Black’s #30-278 Woodland Friends stamp set with a die-cut fox, created with #51-193 Woodland Friends II.

Penny Black Simplicity Woodland Creatures

I positioned the Woodland Friends stamp on my MISTI and masked off the fox. I colored the stamped image with watercolor pencils. (On my first try I colored the background blue, but I decided I preferred a more CAS look.) I separately cut the fox with the Woodland Friends II set from cardstock, which I had colored with Distress Inks. I added enamel dots for the nose and eye. I attached the fox to the scene with foam adhesive.

I masked a sentiment from #30-160 Friendship and cut it with one of the word balloons in the #51-003 Chat Bubbles set. To finish off the card, I added a dry-embossed strip along the bottom.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I’m playing along with the Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #28.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I used the sketch to create a CAS card suitable for a number of celebratory situations, such as an engagement.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

I stamped and heat-embossed the blooms from Happily Ever After and cut them with their corresponding Happily Ever After Dies. I watercolored the two larger blooms with several mediums, including Distress Inks and Zig markers. The greenery was cut from vellum and tucked behind the blooms. I added a center to the gold bloom which I cut from watercolored cardstock with one of the Mini Bloomers dies. The sentiment was cut from gold paper and adhered to white cardstock. I finished the card off with a dry-embossed background for additional texture.

Taylored Expressions SJC #28

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


CAS(E) this Sketch #162

I’m sharing a card created with Penny Black supplies for the CAS(E) this Sketch #162 challenge.


CAS(E) this Sketch #162

I cut the top butterfly with the 51-010 Delicate Wings die from silver paper and the lower butterfly with the corresponding die in the same set from white cardstock. Using the 51-007 Tagged die, I cut paper which had been watercolored with Distress Inks, to which I attached a heat-embossed sentiment from the 30-297 Sprinkles and Smiles set that was cut with a die in the 51-027 Triple Banner set. The card background was dry-embossed for added texture.

How You Doin’?

Today, I’m sharing a CAS spring-themed card created with Avery Elle stamps and dies.

Avery Elle How You Doin'?

I paired a sentiment from the Simply Said You set with images from the Storybook set. I stamped and heat-embossed the duck and bird on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Inks before cutting with their corresponding dies. The background was created with Distress Inks, which I applied by creating a mask from vellum, which I cut with a die in the Dotted Borders set. The sentiment was heat-embossed on a panel cut with one of the Double Pierced Rectangle dies, from which I cut out a circle.

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! Spring is just around the corner!

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #23

I’m playing along with Share Joy Challenge #23 at Taylored Expressions.


I used the sketch to create an Easter card:


I interpreted the circle and banner loosely, using two eggs from the Easter Wishes set heat-embossed on watercolor paper for the circle in the sketch. The eggs were watercolored with Distress Inks and cut with the corresponding Egg Stacklets dies. I used just one banner with the heat-embossed sentiment, also in the Easter Wishes set, rather than two banners, as in the sketch. I used the Stitched Scallop Edger die to cut the white scallop tucked under patterned paper from the Build a Scene Paper Pack.

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #23

The card base was dry-embossed with the Butterfly Swirls folder.

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!


AEI♥U Challenge #33 – Friendship

It’s time for a new AEI♥U Challenge!! This month’s theme is friendship – a perfect theme given that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away!

Avery Elle Challenge 33

Here’s my take on the challenge theme:

Jean Manis Avery Elle Challenge #33

I couldn’t resist pairing the whales in the Whale Hello set. At some point, when my sons were much younger, we had several whale books, and I could identify one from another. But I’ve forgotten a lot of that stuff (along with all of the different dinosaurs)! I do know that in the PNW, there are a lot of Orca whales, which we occasionally see traveling in their pods.

I created the card background using the smooshing technique with a variety of Distress Inks. I watercolored the whales using watercolor pencils, Distress Inks, and once dry, I added more shading with colored pencils.

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 until  February 24, 2016 to link up your take on the challenge!

Supplies: Avery Elle Pinked Elle-ments

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day One

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Graphic 1

The 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist at Ellen Hutson’s is one of my favorite events of the year!

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the one shown by Carolyn Peeler.

Jean Manis 12 Tag of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015

I stamped the snowflakes from Avery Elle’s Noel set onto the watercolor paper and heat-embossed with clear powder. I put the five snowflake stamps onto the Martha Stewart Press at the same time (which made creating the design super easy). I then (as Carolyn instructed) added the Distress Inks in layers, drying the paper in between applications of ink. I stamped and heat-embossed a sentiment from the same Avery Elle set onto the kraft tag. To finish off the panel, I cut a piece of white cardstock with the scalloped frame in the Mama Elephant Femme Frames set, to which I adhered the watercolor panel (once dry). I custom-colored the Tim Holtz ribbon with the Broken China Distress Stain.