Lawn Fawn: Scripty Joy

Joy by Kim Jackson

 

Hi everyone! Time for another Lawn Fawn card! Today, I focused on the Scripty Joy die rather than Winter Penguin… I’ve used the greeting from Winter Penguin twice this week already. Yup, it’s that versatile. (LOVE!) So, I decided to do some die-cut piecing with Scripty Joy, a Stitched Snowflake, and the Stitched Journaling Card for a cozy, sweater-inspired look. I cut “Joy” from the bottom of two die-cut journaling cards and then pieced the bottom of the card back together to re-construct the greeting.

Happy die cutting!

Lawn Fawn: Hedgehugs!

Holiday Hedgehugs by Kim Jackson

 

Hi there! This little hedgie has a surprise—his spines are covered in glitter! It’s a bit hard to see in the photo, but this is such an easy way to add a holiday touch to any stamped image. A little glitter… and he’s a holiday hedgie! I simply colored his back with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. (Which is, by the way, my absolutely favorite new thing in the world!) This card is a small and sweet 3-1/2″ square. The perfect size for tucking into a gift!

A quick note on the greeting. I masked off the “s” from “Holidays” in the Winter Penguin set and cut apart the “Sending Hedgehugs” stamp. I’m a huge fan of cutting apart clear stamps to separate the words. That way, I can quickly use just part of the greeting, reposition the words to fit around images, or put it back together on an acrylic block to use it as it came.

For more hedgehog hugs, check out today’s post on the Lawn Fawn Blog!

Lawn Fawn: Violet’s ABCs

Warm and Cozy by Kim Jackson

 

Welcome back for Day 2 of the October 2014 Lawn Fawn release! Today is all about the alphabets, and I used Violet’s ABCs to create a sweet greeting on one of Lawn Fawn’s pre-folded woodgrain notecards. Then, I bundled up some Blue Jay twine and added a wood veneer Fall Leaf. Done and done! This card went together in no time at all! The hardest (aka. most time-consuming) part was waiting for the Glossy Accents holding the twine and leaf to dry.

Don’t forget to stop by the other girls’ blogs and give them some love!

 

Lawn Fawn: Critters in the Arctic

Happy Holidays - Moose by Kim Jackson

Hello, Hello! Welcome to Lawn Fawn’s October release… did you have a chance to check out the adorableness on the blog today? Makes me want to cut some vellum to make “water” for my sea critters! For my part, I did some simple paper piecing. A few hills, a Critters in the Arctic moose, and a stamped greeting, and you’ve got a cute and simple holiday card. For a bit of extra pizzazz I added watercolor shadows to my moose and outlined the word “Happy” using a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. It doesn’t really show in the photo, but in person, it’s fab.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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!

 

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: Critters Down Under Lawn Cuts

Oh Happy Day Koala Card

 

Oh, cute sleepy koala, how I love you! Lawn Fawn is releasing dies for some of its older sets this month, including Critters Down Under!

This card features a stacked die cut made by die cutting three koala-branch images from watercolor paper, watercoloring the branch on the first, the koala on the second, and the leaves on the third. Then I just cut apart second and third die cuts and adhered them on the first (with the watercolored branch). I bent the leaves for a little dimension, and popped up the koala with some foam adhesive. Pretty easy and I really love the results.

Head over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more new takes on older sets, featuring some cool die cutting!

P.S. Check out one of my older Critters Down Under cards, here!

Random Thoughts: Burn Out and Recovering

Hold onto your hats people, this is a post that has very little to do with crafting and nothing to do with Lawn Fawn (though there’s LOTS of that coming later this week!)

Beware: rambling ahead.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. A lot. Mostly about the things that make me happy that I haven’t been incorporating into my life, and I don’t know why…. Okay, that’s not true. I do know. It’s because they are things I “should” do. “Should” makes these things feel like chores. Like work. Like something that’s being imposed on me. When I say “should” it usually makes me turn on some sort of rebellious switch in my head that craves “me” time without any obligations whatsoever. I immediately think “But I’m so tired….” Perhaps over the last few years, I’ve overextended myself and have reached a point of burning out. What a horrible feeling. But it’s there.

Anyway, while dwelling on this rebellious streak against things I “should” do, I came across this insightful blog post.

Here’s where I have landed in working to get over the feeling of “burn out”, and, because of #2 below, I decided to share it with you:

  1. I feel better when I don’t eat gluten. I could completely cut it out of my diet instead of just whittling back. It wouldn’t be that difficult. And my sister-in-law type person (aka Chris’ brother’s girlfriend) is already gluten free. If most of what we eat is too, that would make family dinners a snap.
  2. I feel better when I write. I could write more. About anything. Who cares? It doesn’t have to be marketable. (Burned out me: “Dear god, I’m tired of trying to think about my writing in terms of profit.”) This is why I haven’t written that novel yet. It really is. Because, crap, I have to write something that I could sell. (Terror). But I could just write about anything I want. I could sit and write a rambling blog post about my random thoughts instead of surfing the internet. What? Yup.
  3. I feel better when I exercise. “Exercise for fun,” people say. But getting your body and mind to the point where exercising is fun again is hard. It just is. At that point exercising is a “should”. So, here’s what I’m doing about it. I joined Daily Burn. It’s only $10 a month. And I put my pride aside and started with the True Beginner program. Instead of thinking “I should be able to do these harder workouts…” I said “I can’t do them right now. I have to start over. I could easily get there in the four weeks it takes to do this program… and fix my IT Band issues on the way.” I just finished that program and am two grueling days into the Cardio Sculpt program. I hurt all over. But it’s a good hurt.
  4. I feel better when my house is clean. Honestly, who doesn’t? I could clean my house. Do I really want to? No. But I really want the results… so change that no to a yes.
  5. I feel better when I look put together.  I could look put together all the time. It’s not that hard. Pretty hair. Check. Stylish clothes. Check. Nice makeup. Check.
  6. I feel better when I’m learning new things. Things that are not programming related. I love making things and I could make more. There is so much out there to learn and there is nothing stopping me from learning more about things that catch my interest. Recently, my friend Mandy taught me to make Kombucha!
  7. I feel better when I have things to look forward to. Subscription boxes, for example, which have been both fun and useful in helping me do other things that make me feel better. Granted, I could have a lot more things to look forward to. We recently started doing Sunday dinners with some new friends, which have been a little sporadic thanks to work and travel schedules, but we do them as often as we can. I really look forward to those.

So, that’s my ramble for today. Thanks for listening!