Lawn Fawn: August 2014

Spooktacular by Kim Jackson for Lawn Fawn

Hi everyone! Welcome to Lawn Fawn’s August 2014 release! This is just going to be a quick post to show off the first two of my three projects for this release.

Autumn is my favorite time of year, so these new stamps are right up my alley!

Seriously, how cute is that cat? Spooktacular is just too adorable for words. I combined it with Sweater Weather to create a framed greeting and setting for my watercolored cat. To watercolor the cat and the hat (ha!), I used a dry brush technique with my old Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Close to Cocoa and Elegant Eggplant). I grabbed just a tiny bit of water with a small, flat paintbrush, and applied the water to the crayon to lift some color. I then pounced the brush over the image, without rewetting until I could no longer pick up any color. I didn’t apply any water to my paper at all!

ArgyleBackdrops_KimJacksonI’m so happy that Lawn Fawn came out Arygle Backdrops. Argyle has always been one of my favorite patterns. The look I created here can be accomplished two ways:

  1. Color the stamp using Distress Markers (Broken China and Pine Needles), and then spritz the stamped image with water.
  2. Color the stamp using Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Taken with Teal and Garden Green), and spritz water directly on the stamp.

I love the way watercolored backgrounds look, don’t you? And there are so many different ways to get them: it’s all about finding the medium you’re most comfortable using. Note: I used the textured side of the watercolor paper for this look; for a less “mottled” look, make sure you stamp on the smoother side of the paper.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous projects on the Lawn Fawn blog this week!

Lawn Fawn: March 2014

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Hi everyone! Just a quick look at my projects for this month’s Lawn Fawn release. Have you been following along with Inspiration Week on the LF blog? Oh my word! My fellow DT members are so talented, they leave me speechless. I can’t believe I’m part of such a creative group!

(“I’m not worthy!” she says, in her best Wayne’s World impression)

Anyway, here’s a round-up of the designs I created to showcase this month’s release. Enjoy! The first card was my contribution to our Starry Backdrops showcase. I just love putting Glossy Accents on tiny images, like I did with the stars on the moon piece. Just a hint of shine can make a huge difference to the overall effect, don’t you think?

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I just adore watercolored tags, don’t you? The cupcake was inked using my Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin’ Write markers, and then the color was pulled into the center using a blender pen to create the watercolored look.

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More fun with inlaid die cuts! The #awesome dies are fabulous for this technique!

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This last card came about entirely by accident. I had watercolored both the background and the boat… and then suddenly the boat was a pirate ship sailing through the stars. No… I don’t watch too much Once Upon a Time….

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Hers Watercolored Card: Just Because

Watercolor Cards: His & Hers

Recently, I had some fun watercoloring with my Stampin’ Up! inkpads. I had so much fun that June is now officially Watercolor Month here at Jacksoki. All month long, I’ll be bringing you watercolored cards. Starting with a pair of his and hers cards featuring one of my favorite Paper Smooches images.

Let’s start with the Hers card. To get that soft “watercolored” look, go slowly. Wash color over an image, let it dry, and then add another layer of color where you want to add shading. Letting it dry between layers creates those pretty lines in the color. For this card, I went “clean and simple” letting the image stand out against a white background, and embellishing it with just a strip of grid paper inside the card and a single stamped flower. A bit of Glossy Accents on the headlight adds a bit of cool shine.

Hers Watercolored Card: Just Because
Just Because Card recipe: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White; Patterned paper: American Crafts Amy Tangerine Yes Please; Stamps: Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters and Word Up sets, and Stampin' Up! Raining Flowers set; Dye ink: Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, and Regal Rose; Solvent ink: Jet Black StazOn; Other: Glossy Accents and watercolor paper.

Side note: I love Stampin’ Up! inkpads for watercoloring. Yeah, I may be a little biased, but the flip-back top is ideal for creating little pools of ink in the inkpad’s lid. Just press the pad and the lid together before opening the inkpad, and then don’t lock the lid under. Voila! A nice, neatly contained watercolor palette. I like to use an Aqua brush for watercoloring, but you can also easily use a regular brush and a little cup of water. I tend to spill… so the water reservoir in the Aqua brush is a good idea for klutzy Kim.

And now for the His card. Here, I went with an eclectic look, pulling in a wood accent, some enamel dots, a die cut, and a sticker to embellish the card. But, more importantly, this is a good example of how monochromatic watercoloring can make this technique work well for a masculine card. Watercoloring definitely leans more toward the girly side, since it’s such a soft look. I used three different shades of blue on the scooter and I think this card would be a fun one for a guy. (Especially with the strip of “cork” paper inside the card. It’s a little hard to see in this photo.)

Hey Watercolored Card
Hey! Card recipe: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White; Patterned paper: Studio Calico Spencer's card kit; Stamp: Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters; Dye ink: Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, and Pool Party; Solvent ink: Jet Black StazOn; Sticker: BasicGrey Hey You; Digital die-cutting files: Studio Calico April Flower Bits; Enamel dots: BasicGrey Basics; Wood veneer accent: Studio Calico Front Row scrapbooking kit; Washi: MT; Corner rounder: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll pop by next week for another watercolored card. And, if you like the idea of focusing on one technique/idea per month, let me know.

Tea for Two


It’s been awhile, friends! Things have been rather hectic, but I’m going to get to enjoy a bit of time to relax this holiday season. So, what better way to get in the spirit than to share some . . . not Christmas cards. I made these using a stamp set from Papertrey Ink that I absolutely love. It doesn’t get much better than those cute, chubby teapot images. The line-art image in that set is fabulous for paper-piecing! I’m planning to make an entire set of teapot cards to give as a gift at some point. I think they’re perfect for autumn, but with a slight tweak to the color palette, they’d make wonderful wintertime cards as well.

Birthday Tea Recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Crate Paper and October Afternoon; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Ink and punch: Stampin' Up!; Brad: My Mind's Eye; Fabric Strips: Studio Calico and United Notions; Mulberry paper: K&Company.

Get Well Recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Crate Paper and Studio Calico; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Ink and punch: Stampin' Up!; Fabric: United Notions; Brad: My Mind's Eye; Mulberry paper: K&Company. Note: The background patterned paper comes from a coupon/ad included in a Studio Calico kit.

Friends with Cameras

After a couple of crazy busy months, I decided to make a layout just for posting on the ol’ blog. Okay, I made the layout a few weeks ago, took the photo, and realized that I had no way of getting that photo onto my computer. Turns out, I left the cable in our hotel room in Arizona. Epic Fail!

Anyway, this cute layout was made using the September Studio Calico kit and a sketch from The Color Room. Sketches and kit clubs rule when you feel like creating, but have absolutely no energy to pull together something from scratch or when you want to challenge yourself to work within a set of parameters. A couple of cool things to note here: Glimmer Mist extravaganza on the frames and Crackle Accents on the title letters. Loves!

ribbon flowers

Last week, I decided to try making some ribbon and button flower embellishments. The Sage Shadow one turned out great! The Dusty Durango polka-dot one? Not so much. I think my problem was that I was doing this with Mini Glue Dots when hot glue would have been a much better option. Also, I finally found an instance where I wanted Pop Up Glue Dots instead of foam dimensionals. That button need a little extra “somethin’ somethin'” to secure it through the middle of the ribbon to the card. Whoa!

Adhesive madness aside, the ribbon flower was very easy to make.

  1. Run a piece of thread through the top of the ribbon.
  2. Gathered the ribbon to the center of your thread.
  3. Tie the two ends of the thread together creating a ribbon circle.
  4. Finish by adhering the ribbon to the back of the button.

Hot glue would have definitely helped with that final step!

The color combination was inspired by this week’s SPCC challenge, but Creamy Caramel is one of those colors that I just can’t use, so I substituted Kraft and pulled in Really Rust in place of the Dusty Durango ink.

recipe: stamps: autumn 2009 tags (pti); cardstock: kraft + very vanilla (both su); patterned paper: nutmeg (cosmo cricket); ink: really rust (su); fibers: dusty durango polka-dot grosgrain + district ribbon originals (both su); buttons; dark chocolate (pti); tools: crop-a-dile corner chomper (we r memory keepers) + 1-3/4" circle punch (su)

owl-ways in style

I adore owls! (I mean, who doesn’t, right?) The latest challenge from Embellish magazine had me itching to create. Coral, chocolate, and green feel so very in to me right now. I really appreciate how on top of the trends Embellish is. Incorporating this type of thing into papercrafting is so much fun!

So, about those bad puns. I didn’t use the greeting that came with this stamp set “love owl-ways” — but only because it wouldn’t fit in the space I left. {grins, highly amused} My little watercolored owl is just going to have to stand “owl alone”.

Sorry. Can’t help myself.

Shocker: I actually made a card without any sort of foam pop-up action, and I love it! It feels very “giveable.” Do you struggle with adding too much dimension to your cards too? It’s so hard not to. I always feel sad when my cards don’t fit in their envelopes well.

recipe: stamps: love owl-ways (SU) + vintage picnic sentiments (pti); cardstock: reed (bazzil) + watercolor paper (su); patterned paper: farm fresh (october afternoon) + nutmeg (cosmo cricket); ink: chocolate chip + groovy guava + kiwi kiss + jet black stazon (all su); buttons: melon berry (pti); tools: blender pens (su) + crop-a-dile corner chomper (we r memory keepers) + scallop edge punch (su)

around the world challenges

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Yesterday, Nichole Heady posted a series of challenges on her blog featuring design styles from around the world: Japan, Mexico, India, and Australia. What a fun idea! I had to try my hand at capturing the essence of these countries (in my own way of course). I actually did these challenges totally backwards, starting with India, going to Mexico, then Australia, and ending with Japan — what can I say: I’m a dizzyingly disorganized world-traveler. {giggles} But, for the sake of the challenges, we’re going to present them in proper order here.

Let’s start with Japan. In my mind, Japanese culture always conjures up one of two things:

  • Kawaii: all that is uber-cute, fun, bright, and happy.
  • Zen: peaceful, cultured, and elegant.

For my Japan project, I went with the elegant picture in my mind. Nichole had posted a really cute tri-fold tea bag holder (with instructions) on her blog earlier in the week, and I wanted to make one for this challenge.

japan project recipe: stamps: eastern blooms (su) + autumn 2009 tags (pti); cardstock: bamboo (bazzill) + very vanilla (su); paper: bali breeze (su); ink: old olive (su) + vintage touch tea dye (pti); fibers: very vanilla grosgrain (su); accessories: silver brads (su); tools: parisian edger punch (ek success) + sponge daubers (su)

Next up is Mexico! Bright colors and fun patterns are definitely the hallmark of great Mexican style. Oh how I wish I had Stampin’ Up!’s Quincenera stamp set right now! Well, since I didn’t have that set, I turned to Hello Again, which had just the right playful look that I was going for.

mexico project recipe: stamps: hello again (su); card stock: bermuda bay textured + whisper white (both su); patterned paper: bali breeze (su) + june bug (basicgrey); ink: vintage touch tea dye (pti) + kiwi kiss + riding hood red (both su); fibers: summer sunrise twill (pti); accessories: melon berry buttons (pti); tools: small corner rounder punch + wide oval punch (both su) + sizzix big shot (su) + lots of tags sizzlits dies (su)

India is our next stop in the world tour and this card was inspired by Indian fabrics. It’s all about the bright colors and patterns on this adorable invitation. Chris says it’s an invitation to go visit the new baby elephant at Utah’s Hogle Zoo — trust Chris to make my wacky idea actually have a relevant use in the real world {giggles and claps hands}.

india project recipe: stamps: morocco bitty (basicgrey) + stocking prints (pti); card stock: crushed curry textured + whisper white (both su); patterned paper: june bug (basicgrey) + oasis (sei); ink: melon mambo + tempting turquoise (both su) + vintage touch tea dye (pti); fibers: kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon (su); accessories: rhinestones (kaiser); tools: parisian edger punch (ek success) + sponge daubers (su)

Lastly, we take a moment to visit our friends down under. Australian style is inspired by Aboriginal culture (oooh, Aussies, you are so lucky to have the Maori SU set!), and I chose to embrace the masking aspect of the challenge for my project focal point. But, I really wanted to capture the white dots somehow in my design: my dotted ribbon came to the rescue and I echoed the dots in the piercing around the focal point. I think that totally works! {grins}

aussie project recipe: stamps: all through the year (su) + autumn 2009 tags (pti); cardstock: kraft + very vanilla (both su); patterned paper: offbeat (basicgrey); ink: baja breeze + pumpkin pie (both su); fibers: simply chic brown polka-dot (american crafts); tools: paper-piercing tool + mat pack + small corner rounder punch (all su)

Seriously, I may be going strong with World Card Making Day challenges for the next week! For me, it’s going to be World Card Making Week instead. {grins}

a tale of two color combos

In my continual search for inspiration (color, color, color!), I popped on by the Color Throwdown blog to see what they had going on. Surprise, surprise! One of my favorite color combinations of all time was the challenge this week. I couldn’t believe it. Of course, I’m too late to play, but I wanted to make this fun little holiday card featuring that combination. How much fun are these colors for Christmas? Unusual yet borderline traditional.

I did all of the coloring with my trusty blender pen, though I think next time, I’ll stamp on watercolor paper. I inked the stamp using my Stampin’ Write markers so that each piece of the image would be outlined in just the right color.

The next color combo is one that I saw Kelly use over a month ago, but it really stuck with me. I was a little afraid to try it, but I’m so glad that I did! This is a masquerade-inspired Halloween card, embracing the glam side of that holiday.

Now, you’ll notice something about these cards. Yup. Same template. I wanted to see if I could get two different looks using the same basic layout, and I love the results. I always feel like my layouts have sort of the same look to them, but I’m going to just embrace that.

Holiday Wishes recipe: stamps: vintage picnic; card stock: whisper white; paper: cottage wall + thoroughly modern; ink: Chocolate Chip + Old Olive + Regal Rose + Rose Red + More Mustard marker + Old Olive marker + Positively Pink marker; fibers: berry sorbet twill; accessories: dark chocolate buttons; tools: blender pens + parisian edger punch

Halloween Glam recipe: stamps: 2009 halloween tags; card stock: kraft + whisper white; paper: night & day + razzleberry lemonade; ink: melon mambo; fibers: black satin; accessories: raspberry fizz buttons + rhinestones; tools: small corner rounder punch + 1-3/4" circle punch + parisian edger punch

polka-dot paradise, oh yeah

Oh, how in love am I with the new Embellish online magazine? Even though the first issue hasn’t hit the Internet yet, the challenges have been superb! First, the challenge for the actual issue (kraft, red, blue, chocolate, and twine), and now this fun style challenge for the weekend: orange, light orange, burgundy, cream, and polka-dots. Difficult, but so rewarding. These challenges are similar to the style challenges that Cards magazine does in their monthly pubs calls, but while I haven’t been inspired by the ones that Cards has come up with, I’ve really enjoyed both of the ones that the Embellish team has posted so far. I think great things are in store here.

I wanted to try something totally different for this card, and whipped out Stampin’ Up!’s Extreme Elements set to create a splattered backdrop. I think it looks awesome with the very prim Bravo Burgundy polka-dots pattern (from the Parisian Summer collection, I believe). Of course, I totally inked up the polka-dots with some direct-to-paper to give it more of a grungy-vintage feel. Then I punched a quick scallop border to up the prim factor. Love, love the way grunge + preppy/prim look together!

On the home front, we’re making slow but steady progress. We were working on getting the baseboards finished now that the floor is in, but lost a few days due to rain. It looks incredible, and I have so many ideas for decorating for the holidays! Two years, man, two years without a Christmas tree. Oh, there’s going to be some holiday madness this year. {giggles}

Recipe: Stamps: Extreme Elements, Autumn 2009 tags; cardstock: very vanilla + pumpkin pie textured; patterned paper: bravo burgundy polka-dots from Parisian Summer collection; ink: bravo burgundy + crushed curry + marigold morning + pumpkin pie, tea dye; fibers: summer sunrise twill; tools: small corner rounder punch + scallop edge punch + 1-3/4" Circle punch + paper-piercing tool + mat pack + sponge daubers, staples