Lawn Fawn and May Arts: What a Hoot!

You're a Hoot Card


Hi all! I’m so happy to share this little card with you today. Lawn Fawn is once again collaborating with May Arts in an inspiration-packed week of fun! I used three different May Arts ribbon to create a little backdrop for my cute Lawn Fawn owl, with everything grounded by a hexagon pattern. I love how it turned out! I totally realize that the owl isn’t available for purchase, as it was a free gift offered over last Thanksgiving, but it has similar styling to Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods set and a little fox would be adorable with this card design. Maybe, if we’re really, really good, Kelly will bring You’re a Hoot back!

Now, onto the ribbon! Really, it was the ribbon that inspired the entire look of this card. With three different colors and textures to work with… I couldn’t choose just one! I love that wide satin ribbon with the smooth and ribbed double texture. I could seriously use that in every color!  And the twine underneath it is the softest cotton… it makes me want to knit something. (Hee!) The multi-tone yellow grosgrain is fabulous for wrapping around a card multiple times. The thin width makes this a great go-to ribbon that you can use whenever you might use twine on a card; it’s so versatile and you can even thread a large button with it!

As a side note: the ink colors I used here are Stampin’ Up!’s Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Wisteria Wonder.

PS. Forgive the shadows in my photo—I took this in the late afternoon, and there was just no way to help it.

Be sure to watch the Lawn Fawn blog all week long for more ribbon-tastic projects!

Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays: Gray Challenge

Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge


Hi everyone!

Just a quick card today to play along with CAS-ual Fridays “Shades of Gray” challenge. The challenge? Create a card with at least 2 shades of gray. Easy enough with Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka papers! Looking at this photo, I wish I’d shot at a slightly different angle; we’re looking a tad crooked here! Eeek!

Anyway, I love no stamp cards for Clean & Simple looks, don’t you? Here, we have two dies and three types of paper (in addition to White cardstock). The two purple shades are from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush collection, which may be my favorite collection since BasicGrey’s Lauderdale. As my CK friends can attest: I love me some Lauderdale. Ha! I’m all about the wacky color combinations!

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

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.

And a Partridge Christmas Card

Lawn Fawn Holiday: And a Partridge . . .

… in a pear tree! I just can’t help but finish that line of the song whenever I think about this fabulous stamp set: And a Partridge! It feels very Scandinavian to me, and so that’s the direction I went with my cards for the final day of Lawn Fawn’s holiday extravaganza.

Super random side note: Every time I say “extravaganza,” I think “Tony Danza Extravaganza!” and miss the peeps at Stampin’ Up! Ha!

Aaaannnyway… Here’s the first card!

And a Partridge Christmas Card

I die cut the edge using two border dies from Spellbinders — I love the eyelet pattern and thought it had the perfect feel for my card. You can’t really see it in the photo, but when I die cut the front edge of the card, I set the dies in a little so the front of the card was shorter than the back. When the card is closed, you can see a pretty piece of Blue Fa La La paper behind the die-cut edge.

I kept the greeting and image simple: stamped in VersaMark on a separate piece of Kraft cardstock and heat embossed using White embossing powder from Stampin’ Up! Banner-cut the bottom edge, and you’ve got a quick focal point! I layered it over a piece of Fa La La paper for extra Norwegian pop!

The next card is a happy, modern Swedish greeting:

Knit Sweater-inspired Christmas Card

The color combo is Wisteria Wonder, Poppy Parade, and Lucky Limeade from Stampin’ Up! Love! And, of course, I had to use my fave trim: Lawn Trimmings! I’m such a sucker for long twine tails, and Lawn Trimmings curls so nicely, creating these big loops that you can easily twirl into place and adhere with a spot of liquid glue.

Hope you enjoyed these cards! Be sure to check out the rest of this week’s festivities on the Lawn Fawn blog.

(Check back next week: I just might be doing a happy giveaway!)

Check This Out

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: August 2012

It’s here! It’s here! Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal is here! Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love this collection. It makes this librarian’s heart go pitter-patter. I went a little overboard with my projects for this inspiration week. But I told myself “no library themed projects”. I wanted to make something that would be applicable to more than just… well… me and my life. Something to inspire you guys, right?

I’ve gotten a couple of questions on this, so let me post it here:
Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with Dewey Decimal are Pool Party, Ridinghood Red, Island Indigo, and More Mustard. Hope that helps! I love coordinating my SU collection with Lawn Fawn. {Grins}

Now, on to the layouts!

A Part of History

For my travel layout, I created mock file folders for my “history” files as a backdrop for a layout about exploring the Freedom Trail in Boston. This collection was perfect for this: it’s full of classic, structured patterns that create a wonderful timeless feel…and fun, trendy colors for a modern twist!

Next up — an everyday, guy layout. Honestly, my fave part of this layout is the sideways, shrinking banner border. I had a lot of fun with that! Here, I combined Dewey Decimal with papers from the August Studio Calico kit. Oh my heart! And the library-inspired Check This Out stamp set really set the mood for this layout!

Check This Out

Be sure to check the Lawn Fawn blog this week for loads and loads of giveaway opportunities. You’ll love this month’s release (available tomorrow!!)

Out for a Swim

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week – May 2012

Out for a Swim

Summer is coming! And Lawn Fawn’s new summery stamp sets and Bright Side collection are just the thing to get me in a sun-shiny crafting mood. For this layout, I went with cool aqua, kraft prints, and loads of glitter to simulate a day at the lake with our good pal, Wren. A few stamped and clear-embossed chevrons look kind of like waves, right? Love the look of clear embossed images on colored cardstock. Mmmmm…..

Check out the rest of the Design Team’s happy Lawn Fawn projects for this month, and don’t forget to enter on the Lawn Fawn blog to win!

My New Hobby

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post, but I managed to pick up a new crafty hobby: knitting! Cyn and Mandy taught me over the new year’s holiday. Talk about an awesome start to 2011; there really is a lot to be said about starting a new year with a brand new skill. Love it! I think I’m going to make that a goal every year.

We have an amazing local yarn store (lys) here in Salt Lake. Blazing Needles is the place to get the best yarn. And I always run into people I know there. It’s a social experience, going to Blazing Needles. Earlier this month, they had a lovely deal where you could get the pattern for the fingerless gloves pictured here with the purchase of Malabrigo Rios yarn. Love! Malabrigo is my new go-to yarn. It’s super soft and pure joy to work with.

Susan Lawrence’s Ragtop pattern is super easy to modify for fit. I had to add a few rows up top for my freakishly long fingers. The results were gorgeous and I love wearing that teal color with my bright orange waffle-weave JCrew henley. There’s nothing wrong with mixing your colors, my friends! Be bold.

After-Christmas Cards

Another Christmas has come and gone, and it was a wonderful one! I surprised Chris with a turntable this year and last night he spun some Radiohead while I made a set of cards. For these little beauties, I challenged myself to pull color combos from Stampin’ Up!’s Color Coach. I love this handy little color guide. I just picked the color I really wanted to use, flipped the card over and picked one of the color combos from the back. Here, I chose colors from BasicGrey’s Curio line and Pink Paislee’s Sweetness line for my main colors, then tied in coordinating cardstock, ink, and ribbon. The first card features the Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie color combination (with a little Kraft ribbon thrown in).

Once the cards were finished, I shot them in the new portable lightbox Chris gave me! In the future, I’ll put some paper down, so you don’t see the lines of the box, but this worked for a first try, right?

This card ended up having a rather cool, masculine flair to it! The color combo here is Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Old Olive.

Here, we have a card that could work for St. Patrick’s Day; I love the way BasicGrey’s green (a stand-in for Stampin’ Up!’s Wild Wasabi) pops against the Early Espresso. A hint of Marina Mist finishes this guy off.

Okay, on this one I totally cheated with my colors. Instead of Pink Pirouette (from the card), I used Blushing Bride, which is a deeper pink. It was also what I had in front of me. Sheer, shocking laziness, I know. {grins} Either way, this ultra-girlie card makes me happy!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too!

Curio Sweetness Card Set Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Pink Paislee; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!; Punches: Fiskars Americas and Stampin' Up!; Die: Stampin' Up!; Die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Adhesive: American Crafts.

Home and Color

Hi everyone! Hope you had a fabulous National Scrapbooking Day–I know I did. It was a blast hanging out with a bunch of scrapbookers on Friday night and Saturday morning at the our CK Scrap & Play event. And if you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the crazy events we had going on over at Club Creating Keepsakes, do. I think there might still be a chance to win some of the incredible prizes we had. Plus, there are loads of free downloads!

In addition to CK Scrap & Play fun, Chris and I went and purchased our living room carpet. By June 1, we should be chilling in our living room! Hooray!! Our dishwasher arrived yesterday morning while I was in Provo, and can I just say how much I appreciate not having to hand-wash dishes after we made homemade pizzas on our George Foreman grill last night? (Yes, we’re getting quite inventive with that appliance. LOL.)

So, here’s our schedule for the next remodel steps: Tile backsplash on the 10th/11th, followed shortly by the range hood installation, then carpet on or around the 20th. We also ordered our pendant lights for the bar yesterday (whew!) and those should be in around June 10th. Progress is being made here folks! I’ll be posting a lot of pictures in June.

Anyway, with all of the great house news, I thought I’d share a little card I made, inspired by the color challenge that my friends at Paper Crafts had in one of their submission calls a little while back. It’s full of “architectural style” (says Chris). {grins}

recipe: cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: American Crafts and Studio Calico; Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Ink, punches, and ribbon: Stampin' Up!.

Not as Serious as I Look

Things have been pretty hectic lately, but I’m happy to have a chance to share this layout I made recently. I absolutely adore the way the misting turned out — I used a BasicGrey Doilie as a template. I’ve been big on misting the last few weeks. There’s just something about adding a touch of sparkle to a page that takes me to my happy place.

This photo was, incidentally, taken at the Happiest Place on Earth (or one of them): Disney World! I was in St. Pete, Florida on business over the Fourth of July several years ago, and Christine and I headed to Orlando for the holiday weekend. We spent a lot of time at Disney that year — we were down in Florida every few weeks — and a season pass came in super handy. They had amazing fireworks on the Fourth.

My face in the photo? I smiled two seconds after Christine snapped this picture. But it has turned into one of my favorite “self portraits” ever.

Here’s hoping you’re all in your happy place as we head into April. Love ya!

Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Laser-cut paper: BasicGrey (template); Baker's twine and journaling card: Studio Calico; Spray ink: Tattered Angels; Marker and ribbon: Stampin' Up!; Crocheted flower: American Crafts; Other: Staples.