Lawn Fawn: Joy to the Woods and Love You a Latte

Joyful Wishes by Kim Jackson


Hi everyone!

Oh my word, have you been following Lawn Fawn’s September release week? Those girls…. they never cease to amaze me with what they come up with! For my part, I went minimalist with my Joy to the Woods card and “Peppermint Mocha holiday” for my Love You a Latte/Stitched Rectangles card.

Inspired by the awesome Debby Hughes, I used a small, 4-Bar size for all of my cards in this release. I love this size! Combine a 4-Bar card with Lawn Fawn’s smaller images, and you can easily create adorable scenes with little effort. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the “mustache face sleeve” is popped up over the coffee cup for the tiniest bit of dimension.

Speaking of tiny details, I die cut windows in the Joy to the Woods card using the set’s coordinating dies, and put the Snow Day patterned paper behind the windows to create the ornaments. The bows are die cut and put on top of the card for a bit of extra dimension that is really only noticeable when you’re holding the card. Still counts as a one-layer card, right?

Smile! by Kim Jackson

I’ll be back later this week with some more fun Lawn Fawn 4-Bar cards!


Hello February 2014

Hello Hi Hi Card
Hello everyone! How has your 2014 been treating you? It’s been a whirlwind for me: two business trips already and another one coming up. Whew! Anyway, I thought I’d take a little time to share some cards with you. For these cards, I used the “With Love and Thanks” stamp set from Inspiration Ave.

A side note: I worked with Amy, the smarty pants behind Inspiration Ave, at Stampin’ Up! Amy is one of the most creative people I know and one of the great designers from my Stampin’ Up! years that inspired me to start making cards and scrapbooking in the first place. I was thrilled when she started coming out with her own stamps! How elegant and fun is that font? BTW, she doesn’t know I’m posting this and I bought the stamp set with my own money. Ta da! Disclaimered! (Which is totally a word….)

For the above card, I┬ástamped the “Hi” stamp over and over in Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green ink, then die cut the piece using Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die (available Feb 20, 2014). I love this die way, way too much! So, once it was cut, I stamped Hello on the top portion of the die cut in Tempting Turquoise ink. Adhered the bottom “Hi” piece flush with the bottom of a top-folding White card, then inset the top portion of the die cut into the bottom and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive. The result? That crisp double line around the bottom edge of the speech bubble and lots of dimension!

And now, more cards! Some of these you may have seen before, if you follow me on Instagram.

Thoughtful You Card

This color combo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry, is one of my favorites! A few die cut heart windows (Hearts-Lawn Cuts) finishes off this clean-and-simple design. Pretty happy with how this one turned out!

Hooray Card

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to combine stamp sets for birthday cards. Pairing the “Hooray” from “With Love and Thanks” with a Papertrey Ink candle made this simple card come together super quick! And the Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry color combo makes this card look fresh and modern. Another one I’m pretty happy with! Don’t you just love it when you have a good crafting night? (I credit the stamp set!)

Say Hello Card

This is my favorite card of the bunch. Clean, simple, and the color combo makes me so happy! It doesn’t stand up, so it was kind of hard to photograph. Ha! Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo go together beautifully, and create such a feminine vibe on a card. Love!

And now to show something on this card that doesn’t photograph super well:

Say Hello Card Marcro


Look closely… yup, there’s a tiny, pressed heart! I used a technique I learned from Online Card Classes’ Stenciled class to use the positive die cut left over from my “Thoughtful You = Thankful Me” card and my die-cutting machine to basically letterpress the heart into this card. This technique is so much fun. Once you start, it’s kinda hard to stop…. Hee!

That’s it from me today. I’m off to watch Seattle kick some Bronco butt! I got my Master’s from the University of Washington, so I’m a Seahawks fan. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone!


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!!)

Scrapbooking Sprint 1: June 2012

Yesterday, I sat down and cracked open my June Studio Calico kit. And, guess what? I polished off almost the entire kit! Oh my. Lately, I’ve discovered that I like to scrapbook in large chunks of time. Like a marathon crop with just me and Netflix. Yesterday, in five hours, I made a whole bunch of layouts — sans photos. That’s one thing that is probably backward about my process: I never start with photos. (Except that one time when I had to for an article in Creating Keepsakes). I put together a design that I like, and then title it according to how it feels to me, and find the photos after that. Weird, I know, but it works for me. HA! Anyway…

So when I was cranking through the June kit, I also finished (aka. added photos to) three layouts that I made back in May. Like the one at the top of this post. I made this layout with the intent of adding a photo of myself from my birthday. Hence the dorky Instagram self-portrait. ­čÖé Normally, I share my WIP layouts through Instagram as I knock them out. I didn’t share this one as a WIP, intending to just share it here.

The next one, however, I did share — Storytime:

Here’s the work in progress (WIP) version: pretty simple. When I added a photo, I also added a few more embellishments.

I deliberately left the journaling blank, since I plan to give this to my sister. I’ll let her say what she wants to about this cute moment with her girls. (Hey someone’s gotta do her scrapbooking for her….)

Another WIP that got finished yesterday, was this:

Now, this one didn’t change a whole lot when I went back to add the photo. I did add one die cut to sort of fill in that space behind the photo. But other than that, the WIP was almost the finished version. Love it when that happens.

This is one of my favorite photos from last year — an afternoon with the CK team when Amy Tan came to visit us. It felt right for this layout.

Okay, so none of those layouts use the June kit. I have one layout from yesterday’s scrapbooking sprint that’s almost finished — I just need to add one more photo, which I actually took last night when I was having dinner with some friends. The rest? Photoless, but ready to go. Like this one:

Next time I hit the farmer’s market, I’ll take some photos for this layout. (See? BACKWARD!)

Have a great weekend!

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week – April 2012

Hello friends! It’s inspiration week over on the Lawn Fawn Blog, and “” are the projects gorgeous this month. Everyone on the design team is just knocking it out of the park — be sure to stop on by and check out their fab projects! And comment to win some of Lawn Fawn’s brilliant stamps while you’re there.

For this week, I made a few cards, the above set of treat boxes (perfect for an assortment of little candies), and a happy layout. Love all of the products Lawn Fawn’s featuring this month!

For the boxes, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Matchbox Bigz XL die. I worked there when they designed this awesome die and even got to help try out some of the prototypes. Hooray! Want to know a secret? No need for adhesive to put the bottom of the box together! It’ll stay all by itself with the clever folding involved. Pre-scored by the die, of course. You’ll just need a little adhesive strip to hold the wrapper together. Easy peasy!

My layout makes me think of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing “Blue Skies” in White Christmas. That little bitty snip of a tune in a montage that always gets stuck in my head. Nooo! Ha! But I love that song, and the sky scene in this layout makes me smile. Check out the clouds blowing away! I wish you could see the sparkle better. Perfect Pearls mist works beautifully when you want intense, even shimmer.

I’ll share more of my Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week projects later on. I hope you like! In the meantime, here’s a bonus card:

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win CK’s newest special issue: Simple Scrapbooks!

Best Trip Ever Layout

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week – March 2012

Best Trip Ever Layout

Time for another Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week! For today’s bit of inspiration, I made this layout about a trip to Epcot using the Bright Side collection. Bright Side really is the best collection ever for scrapbooking Disney trips. How can those papers not make you smile? And how can I not smile when I remember the fun I had on that business trip?

Best Trip Ever Detail 1

For this particular design, I wanted to play up the whimsical factor of Bright Side, and went crazy with the layering. I die cut frames using nesting dies, and I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. A bit of lace tape tucked behind the frame was just the right eclectic touch. And, of course, I had to include lots of little bits: a fabric-covered brad, rhinestones, a metal flower, and a star pin!

Best Trip Detail 2

To create my memorabilia envelope, I took an old Stampin’ Up! die cut (circa 2006) and traced it onto my Lawn Fawn paper. I did the same thing to create the little tab attached to my frame. Hang onto one die-cut from a bulk assortment to use as a template. Pro tip, my friends. Pro. Tip.

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my Best Business Trip Ever layout! Be sure to comment on the post over at the Lawn Fawn blog every day this week for a chance to win some awesome goodies.

Best Business Trip Ever layout recipe: Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn; Die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Dies: Spellbinders; Pin: Maya Road; Flower: Making Memories; Rhinestones: My Mind's Eye; Brad: Crate Paper; Stickers: American Crafts and Bella Blvd.

March/April 2012 CK + Giveaway!

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Have you seen the March/April 2012 issue of CK yet? Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite issues ever! And not just because I’ve got three layouts in it. (Three?! Geek out!) This issue’s jam packed with fab ideas for sharing your story and using your stash in innovative ways.

Honestly though, I think this is one of my favorite issues because I had such a great time working on it! Cindy Tobey and I had a blast putting together “Scrapbook Family Style” based on a wild idea I had during one of CK’s issue concept meetings. If I recall, there was a lot of vague hand-gesturing on my part and talking about drawing inspiration from your dad’s plaid shirt to scrapbook his love of movies. (“Noooo, the layout doesn’t need to be about the shirt!”) Ha! That Cindy’s a genius–she got what I meant. The article turned out beautifully! You’ll find it on page 67. And, to get an idea of what a concept meeting involves, turn to page 4 of the issue and take a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” snippet in Jennafer’s Ed Note.

In another wild turn of events, Stacy Cohen was a total super trooper when I sent her scouring LA for glassine to recreate Tim Holtz’s ultra-cool technique for my “Tips & Tricks” column (page 19). Go Stacy!

And then there’s the fun I had creating a layout for Lori’s “Leap Ahead” (page 55) feature. The folks at Sizzix were kind enough to lend me one of their brand new dies to use on my Party Moves layout (featured at the top of this post). It was so hard shipping the die back to them! You have no idea! Don’t those die-cut transparency doilies look cool?

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Lastly, I challenged myself to use four different Tattered Angels products on a single layout! Check out my Shopping in Chicago layout, and find out about all the techniques I used by visiting this issues online extras at And, because I just couldn’t help myself, I also used my fav Studio Calico chicken wire background stamp that Nicole Harper graciously sent me. But while I totally love that stamp, it’s her note that I’ll always remember:

I laughed so hard, I fell out of my rolly chair and bonked my knee on a stack of boxes!

Win It!
Now for the best part–I get to give away a copy of this fantastic issue to one of my readers! Just leave me a note here, and I’ll select one winner on or around March 26, 2012. And hop on by the blogs of these other CK friends for even more chances to win:

Kim Watson
Adele Beck
Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Deena Boese


Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Gnome Sweet Gnome

I had so much fun playing with Lawn Fawn’s new Gnome Sweet Gnome set! For this month’s inspiration week, I really wanted to focus on how you could take a single image from the set and make a super-satisfying card to brighten someone’s day. So here’s my very Floridian looking flamingo, tucked behind a punched bit of “grass” or it could be a little scalloped lawn border. I couldn’t really decide!

I also wanted to show a fun way to go “sentimentless” on a card–by using letter stamps to create a background. I love Lawn Fawn alphabets because you can easily line up the little rectangular stamps to create a word on your acrylic block, then start stamping. It makes it so, so easy to put together a custom background like this one. It probably took me three minutes at the most.

All in all, this is a great, quick card design. The flamingo is easy to cut out for paper piecing. And, if paper piecing just isn’t your thing, a single monochromatic flamingo punched out with a circle punch would look great with this design too.

Have fun! And don’t forget to check out all of the Lawn Fawn inspiration week posts for your chance to win these fab products!

You are the Best Card

World Cardmaking Day 2011

Happy World Card Making Day everyone! Here are three cards and one bitty notecard set that I created using bits from my scrap stash. Yeah, I’m making cards Susan Style! Okay, not entirely; I have a hard time duplicating a design on multiple cards. Gotta change it up, you know. I also reached into my stash and pulled out stamps from Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, and Paper Smooches for these happy projects.

You are the Best Card

You Are the Best Card recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design, My Mind's Eye, and Sassafras; Stamps: Paper Smooches and Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin' Up!; Paint: Clearsnap; Brads: Crate Paper; Sticker: Studio Calico; Punch: EK Success; Other: Patterned paper.

Look to Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking from Creating Keepsakes, for scrapbooking ideas for using the border punch I used on these cards. You’ll love the scrapbook pages Kelly Purkey and Shelley Aldrich created!

Hello Typewriter Card

Hello Typewriter Card recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: American Crafts and Sassafras; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Clip and ink: Stampin' Up!; Punches: EK Success and Stampin' Up!; Other: Patterned paper.

Butterfly Card

Butterfly Card recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: BasicGrey and My Mind's Eye; Baker's twine: My Mind's Eye; Punches: EK Success and Martha Stewart Crafts.

The base for this card is left over from a card of mine that’s featured in Paper Crafts’ Holiday Cards & More Vol. 6 special issue! I’m proud to be sharing page 47 with the uber-talented Maile Belles!

Veggie Notes

Veggie Notes recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Crate Paper, Sassafras, and Studio Calico; Stamps: Paper Smooches; Ink, pins, and punch: Stampin' Up!

I hope you’re having lots of fun making cards today!

Sea Critters and Autumn Leaves

With all the rain we’ve gotten today, I felt like posting some sea critter cards was rather appropriate. It’s seriously dark here today! I’m glad I went up the canyons to take photos of the fall leaves yesterday with the gals from work, because there’s snow up there today. Snow! I’m against it.

Love how misty the mountains looked yesterday as the storm rolled in. It was bit chilly, but the light was really lovely and soft. Perfect for getting some great shallow depth of field on leaves. Nice.

Today’s cards both feature Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Sea stamp set. Too cute! While I’m Copic certified, I don’t have all the colors that I would like, so I love using paper piecing with stamps like these. The goal here was funky and whimsical.

Hope your Saturday is full of fun!

Just Wavin' Hello Recipe: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye and Studio Calico; Die cut: Sassafras; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Ink: Stampin' Up!; Metal flower: Making Memories; Fabric: Moda.

Have a Whale of a Time Recipe: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: October Afternoon; Die cut: The Girl's Paperie; Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Brads and ink: Stampin' Up!; Decorative edge scissors: Fiskars Americas; Fabric: Moda.