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 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 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 stamped 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!

 

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.

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.