Season’s Givings Blog Hop!

SeasonsGivingsimageHappy 2016!! πŸ™‚ You should have arrived here along this fun hop from the fabulously sweet and talented, Julie Dinn’s blog. You can also start back at the beginning via Lawn Fawn here!

Thank you for joining the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! What good company!

We are all hopping today as a way of saying Thank You for joining us on our blogging adventures. Speaking for myself, it takes time to keep up with my blog, and I appreciate when someone enjoys it and even leaves a comment saying so. It’s nice to know it’s not an echo chamber, you know?! πŸ™‚ So I’m sharing a few cards I’ve made and of course, having a giveaway!

This first card is a fun combo of some My Favorite Things Hexagon STAX goodness and some Paper Smooches BEE die fun. Bee You! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_BeeYou_wmAck! Love this cute little Bee! πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_BeeYou_00_wm These next two cards, feature the Lawn Fawn stamp set, “Turn Me On”. Ack. So cute. The fun patterned papers and Say Cheese (Polaroid) die are also Lawn Fawn. πŸ™‚ Eeek! Cute!

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As I was stamping the light bulb for my card, my paper got turned upside down, and well, I had a light bulb moment! Haaaaa! Pun in a pun. Geesh. Anyway, I thought the light bulb looked a lot like a holiday ornament upside down, so hence my second card. πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_merry and bright_wmThe Stitched tag die cuts are My Favorite Things. A staple set! πŸ™‚

Here is the goody goods I am sharing to one person who comments on this post by Tuesday, January 8th. To qualify, I thought it would be fun if you could answer all or any one of the following: (My giveaway is only valid for shipping within the USA. πŸ™‚ )

  1. Your favorite brand of ink and why it is your favorite. Dye ink? Pigment?
  2. A favorite project of yours you’ve created in 2015. (Try to include a link so I can oooo and ahhhh too!) πŸ™‚
  3. Do you do more stamping, die cutting, 50/50, or something else entirely?

hawkins_giveaway_(P.S. I’m in the middle of a HUGE overhaul, so I will be adding more goodies!! As much as the envelope will hold!!)

Thank you again for hopping here today and for all your kindness along the way! If you’re here for the first time, and want to see a great summation of My 2015, check out my MFT post from yesterday HERE. It’s long, but has lots of love and pretty pictures. πŸ™‚

You can also follow me, Jill Hawkins, via my blog, on Instagram and/or Facebook. (Click over on the sidebar to follow my blog, Fastest Turtle, via email)

Big thanks to Latisha for organizing this hop! I’m certain it took a good deal of time to organize things, and I appreciate you doing so Latisha!! πŸ™‚ What a project! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!!

Take care and HOP ON!

Jill πŸ™‚

Please continue to the next stop on the hop: Christiana Reulling’s blog! Sure to be some more fun there! πŸ˜‰ Below is the full list, in case you lose your way! πŸ™‚

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Cards & Today Magazine
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Reverse Confetti
Technique Tuesday
CAS-ual Friday Stamps
Verve Stamps
Donna Salazar
Richard Garay
AdTech
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Inchie Arts
Avocado Arts
OHscrap (Bossy Joscie)
Rubermoon Stamps
Latina Crafter
A Jillian Vance Design
JustNick
Your Everyday Stamps
Latisha Yoast
AJ Otto
Kimberly Crawford
Julia Stainton
Laurie Willison
Teri Anderson
Jennifer Gallacher
Vera Yates
Wanda Guess
Nichol Magouirk
Kelly Klapstein
Anabelle O’Malley
Kim Watson
Chari Moss
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Adametz
Alice Wertz
Daniela Dobson
Jenn Shurkus
Lori Craig
Amy Tsuruta
Lisa Henke
Margie Higuchi
Lee Murphy
Lori Tecler
Dina Kowal
Loretta Lock
Darsie Bruno
Marcie Sharp
Veronica Zalis
Barbara Anders
Maria Levine
Dana Joy
Melody Rupple
Keri Sereika
Asia King
Jennifer Ingle
Yvonne Van de Grijp
Beth Pingry
Erica Houghton
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Piali Biswas
Ashley Newell
Nicole Maki
Julee Tilman
Leigh Penner
Christina Griffiths
Lindsay Amrhein
Laura Williams
Debbie Seyer
Christine Emberson
Kerry Urbatch
Linda Lucas
Tosha Leyendekker
Giovana Smith
Bunny Vance
Stacey Schafer
Lee Ann Barrett
Ruby Naz
Julie Dinn
Jill Hawkins *This is ME! You’re here now! πŸ™‚
Christiana Reulling
Jodi Collins
Gracie Chavez
Michelle Woerner
Tania Willis
Karisse Schilling
Lori McAree
Ashley Harris
Emily Leiphart
Heidi Blankenship
Coralynn Murray
Tenia Nelson
Pretty Philosophie
Jillian Vance
Misti Oblander
still here? πŸ™‚ Thank you again!

MFT Gratitude and β™₯. So. Much.

Wow. I just keep thinking, Wow. πŸ™‚

A little over a year ago, one of my favorite people, Susan R. Opel sent me an email. I, like many of you, have had the good fortune of receiving happy emails from SRO several times before (for publication acceptances!). This particular email pretty much blew my mind. Susan asked me to join her and five other superbly talented people on an amazing new My Favorite Things journey. And boy, was it EVER just that and SO much more. My gratitude to Susan cannot be summed into words. Truthfully. The idea that she believed in me to be a part of this amazing team is something I pinch myself about. This adventure was part of Susan’s new job at MFT and we were going to join her. I did not, nor ever will, take that responsibility and (complete) enjoyability lightly! πŸ™‚ I thank you again Susan, for your confidence, your encouragement, your delightful words on every week’s posts (!!), your emoji (πŸ’©), your humor, and for your friendship. Gah. The love.

Today, the My Favorite Things Challenge and Inspiration Team bids adieu. What an awesome, awesome ride it has been. I keep trying to put my gratitude to MFT, awe, love, and experience into a few concise sentences. Well, that’s unrealistic! πŸ™‚ Let’s face it: I’m wordy and mushy. My Favorite Things makes the most fantasticly designed products EVERY month and they were beyond generous in sharing them with me this past year!! ❀  The entire MFT Design Team, as a whole, is a seriously talented (& fun!) group! My MFTC&I teammates: They are some of the best crafty friends a girl could have. They are all amazingly talented, kind, and oh so very funny. We’ve had many laughs and they will forever be some of my favorite cardmakers. More importantly, friends. πŸ™‚

Our journey, as this new MFT Challenge Team began at the beginning of the year, doing weekly Sketch Challenges and two Color Challenges a month. That’s approximately 76 cards we’d each make this past year. I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to do that! Besides previously self-imposed publication submission deadlines, I wasn’t sure I could make 76 worthy cards and on a deadline each week?!! ! I think in the end, I made over 230 MFT cards! πŸ™‚ And I was worried?! I look back and laugh. I just enjoyed it, and kept right on making them! Haaaa!

As promised yesterday, here is my second take on the final My Favorite Things Challenge and Inspiration Team’s Sketch for 2015, MFT Sketch Challenge #261. This sentiment was really fitting, as this is how I feel about our Team. Getting to know each of them better over the course of the year, craft related and non-craft related, has truly been an awesome treat and privilege. Here’s my last “official” MFT Sketch take:

hawkins_jill_knowing you_wmOn my card yesterday, I used mostly die cuts. Die cutting is certainly my jam. However, I am always a stamper at heart, and sometimes cannot get enough of just stamping! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_knowing you_00_wmI love these little puppies, with their scarves. Too funny! πŸ™‚

I looked back at all the MFT Challenge and Inspiration cards I made this past year. Here’s some of my favorite MFT cards: Starts with Hello and ends with Goodbye. Fitting. ❀

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I also thought it would be fun to share SOME of my favorite, My Favorite Things products. I am awful with favorites. I have dozens, but I am going to try and pick just a couple handfuls of MUST MFT HAVES, In my mind, of course. πŸ™‚ I think in terms of basics, that are wickedly versatile, to make my crafty funds go farther. Then I like to try and stretch those basics farther and farther. Just a few of my all time favorites:

Ok, I couldn’t pick just a few, and I had to stop because I wanted to pick everything! πŸ™‚ All the card stocks, all the grays, Laina’s designs, Birdie Brown, STAX, Colors etc. See, that was a bad idea to even try! LOL! πŸ™‚

My final puppy dog sketch card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

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Unending thanks of my utmost gratitude to everyone at MFT. I thank you for this freaking amazing opportunity, the super awesome products, your support, your humor and your assistance along the way. Thank you Kim, Jody, Julie, Laina, Erica, and SRO <3. You are all kind, generous, and crazy talented yourselves. Goodness. xo Print

I also have enormous amounts of gratitude to my skilled and TALENTED teammates, my friends: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel! Thanks girls! β™₯β™₯

My craftiness will continue right here on my blog, on Instagram and Facebook. Follow me on any! πŸ™‚ (Sidebar here to follow my blog, Fastest Turtle, via email)


Susan’s 2015 MFT Challenge and Inspiration Team wrap can be found HERE. Sure to be a good read. Always. πŸ™‚
I’d love to hear from you about any or all of your favorites too!
Thank you for coming by today, reading through this LONGEST post ever and for your support all along. πŸ™‚ I hope I’ve inspired you in some teeny, tiny fashion, as so many have inspired me. Here’s to an amazing 2016!! Be safe and have FUN!!
Take care-
Jill πŸ™‚

The Final MFT Sketch for 2015: Sketch #261

photoThe final MFT Sketch for 2015, MFT Sketch Challenge #261, is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today! Be sure to hop over there to see and read what the rest of the Design Team made! They have all certainly rocked it, as always. πŸ™‚

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_261Here is my take this week: You’ve Been Amazing 2015!! Bye! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_bye_wmI thought it fitting to use some of my most favorite* MFT products on this Sketch card. (More on *this below.) I layered the frame several times, using the After Midnight, along with some Smooth White and some Razzle Berry for POP! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_bye_00_wmThis may be the tightest I have ever stuck to the Sketch? Ha! πŸ™‚

*Be sure to stop by tomorrow. I’ll have my second Sketch #261 card and my wrap on my MFT 2015. The post will include some of my most favorite MFT products and some of my favorite cards I’ve made this year. πŸ™‚

My final 2015 sketch card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

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I’m so very grateful for my AWESOME MFT Challenge Team teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for swinging by today and for all my MFT Challenge posts. I really appreciate you reading them! I really do!! πŸ™‚ ❀
You don’t want to miss my favorite My Favorite Things tomorrow! See you here! πŸ™‚
Jill πŸ™‚

Sending Hugs

Yesterday, I shared cards using non-holiday products for making Holiday cards. Today, I’m sharing a card I made using holiday products for non-holiday cards. πŸ™‚ Did you follow that? I barely did! πŸ˜‰ (Click HERE for yesterday’s post.)

I made this to send some healing hugs a little while back.

hawkins_jill_sendinghugs_wmI used the Winter Wonderland stamp set & dies. When I saw these little envelopes and mailbox, well, that was that. πŸ™‚ It’s one of those stamp sets that I’m glad I have the matching dies for.hawkins_jill_sendinghugs_00_wm Fun with holiday supplies! Stretching those too!! πŸ™‚ And of course, the Sketched Chevron Background stamp…which I think I have used on at least 90% of my cards since it arrived. πŸ˜‰

There is a little time left to participate in Sketch Challenge #260 and over a week left for joining Color Challenge #36 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog! Tomorrow is the last MFT Sketch for 2015!! Wait, what?! Wow.

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My card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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Thanks for popping by! Catch you here tomorrow for the new MFT Sketch Challenge! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Merry and Bright

As mentioned previously, I give myself the pass on making our family Christmas cards. As much as I enjoy it, I sort of lose my mind somewhere along the production line. πŸ™‚

Of course, time is even tighter in December, but I kept these very simple and managed them in one sitting. I mailed them out before Christmas, to my teammates! Whoot! πŸ™‚ It’s the little victories!

hawkins_jill_merry&bright_06_wmI was also in a race with the mailman, so I snapped just a few quick photos. πŸ™‚Β  hawkins_jill_merry&bright_wmWhile these cards are very similar, they are all slightly different. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_merry&bright_00_wmFun with non-holiday supplies! Always fun to stretch what you have in different ways. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget, there is a little time left to participate in Sketch Challenge #260 and over a week left for joining Color Challenge #36 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!

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My cards are made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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My favorite MFT Challenge & Inspiration teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Instagram? jilldhawkins.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have posts coming every day this week. Be sure to stop back! (I’m amazed myself! ha!!) πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Paper Smooches. Love.

More love with the Paper Smooches new ‘Love’ die cut. πŸ™‚

I wanted to mail two hugs out last week. And I wanted them to be uplifting hugs, so I went straight to one of my favorite techniques: Stripes. πŸ™‚ I haven’t pieced these stripes too much lately, so I figured it was OK ;).

Here’s the Love!

hawkins_jill_love nuff1_wmInlaid. Seriously, how cool is this die?  πŸ™‚

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Two cards, full of love. Just be careful not to lose all the tiny pieces you need to piece it back together.

hawkins_jill_love nuff_wmThe little sentiment from the Uplifters set was the perfect finishing touch! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_love nuff_00_wm Oh, these cards make me happy. That is exactly what I wanted to send: Hugs & smiles. ❀

Paper Smooches supplies: Love Word Die 2, Uplifters

Thanks for popping by–

Jill πŸ™‚

 

 

 

MFT Color Challenge #36

Today, Color Challenge #36 is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_36Here is my card for this MFT Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_pretty darn_wmThe Amazing stamp set is well used here πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_pretty darn_00_wmI had to bust out the Proof Positive Cover Up. One of my all time MFT faves!

I made a second card with this combo: Winter light is not my photography friend. 😦

hawkins_jill_thanks_wmI thought this wonky window action would be fun. And the little Alphas from the LLD Bottle Cap Letters set are a fabulous size! πŸ™‚ I went LLD all over this card. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_thanks_00_wmI quite enjoy this color combo! πŸ™‚

My first card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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Β My Thanks card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:

The new Sketch Challenge #260 started yesterday! πŸ™‚ Check it out!
My Amazing MFT Challenge & Inspiration teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Instagram? jilldhawkins.

Thank you for stopping by today. Merry Christmas to you!! Hope yours is joyful and full of fun! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

My Favorite Things: Sketch #260

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #260 starts on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today! Bop on over to the MFT Card Challenges page to see what the DT made. I can guarantee they all rock. πŸ™‚

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_260Here is my first take this week:

hawkins_jill_shine bright_wmI love the pieces out of the newest Diagonal Quilt Square Cover Up. So I die cut a bunch of quilts, then used the pieces. πŸ™‚ I think I stuck a lot tighter to the sketch this week!! Ha! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_shine bright_00_wmI made another card the other night. I had to use this cutie reindeer!!

hawkins_jill_cutethanks_wmBetween the happy jumping Santa, and this reindeer, this BB Jingle All the Way set earned its way into my heart. πŸ™‚ I think I’m going to add a little sparkle to that bright nose.

hawkins_jill_cutethanks_00_wmI used watercolors for these little cuties. The wood paper warms it up so sweetly. πŸ™‚

(This stamp set is a hot commodity. So if you’re interested in it, and it is not in stock, be sure to sign up for the back in stock notification. It’s just a simple click if you have an MFT account! πŸ™‚ )

Hope you can join us for this Sketch Challenge. Maybe using some new stamps you receive for Christmas!? *wink* πŸ™‚

My first card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

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My second card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

Don’t forget to check out Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog!

If you’re on Instagram: jilldhawkins πŸ™‚

Thanks for popping by–see you back here tomorrow or the final MFT Color Challenge of 2015!!
Jill πŸ™‚

The Final Sweet Sunday Sketch

Today begins the new Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #300. It is also the very last Sweet Sunday Sketch. Dang. I did not enjoy typing that. 😦 *sniff*

The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge was started by Karen Giron and has been around for 6+ years. What a lovely group of ladies to hang with. ❀

I am so thankful to my sweet, crafty friend Jodi, for asking me along, and to Karen for being so very welcoming and freaking funny! I am so cookoo over these girls talents!

I then, had the pleasure of “meeting” the whole team, and…They. Are. Fabulous. It’s great that everyone brings their own style every week. I so dig that. In the short time I’ve been along, I’ve had so much fun. We can have complete conversations speaking in #hashtags. It is so silly funny, I find myself laughing at my screen. Often.

I am going to miss these ladies every week. They have all been so welcoming to me as a late comer to their small group, and I truly appreciate their inky warmth. πŸ˜‰

Be sure to click over to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Blog post to read more about it. I started reading Karen’s post and had to stop. I will definitely be hopping over to read it today. 😦

Without further adieu, here is the final sketch:

Here is my final Sweet Sunday Sketch card:

hawkins_jill_You_wmI felt this MFT Sentiment was most fabulous for such a goodbye. The light bulb is brilliant, much like this team. Oh, the Sunday fun will be missed.

hawkins_jill_You_00_wmMy card is made with the following supplies from My Favorite Things:

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Any of the past challenges can still be joined in here: sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com

All the past sketches can be found HERE.

The lovely, sure to be missed, Sweet Sunday Sketch team:Β Barbara Anders, Dana White, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Lisa Henke, Lori Tecler, Lynn Put, Sankari Wegman, Sarah-Jane Kale, Tracy Clemente and Vicki Burdick. πŸ™‚

Thank you for coming by each Sunday and joining us. Big, warm thanks to Barbara, Dana, Jodi, Karen, Lisa, Lori, Lynn, Sankari, Sarah-Jane, Tracy, and Vicki for welcoming me, making me laugh, and for all the inspiration. I’m glad our crafty friendships began and will remain. πŸ™‚

Thank you Karen for sharing your talent and SSS home with me. I appreciate and respect your decision on wrapping up your Sketch Challenge. Life has bigger fish to fry right now. And I love that.Β But, I’ll miss it nonetheless. πŸ™‚

Happy Sweet Sunday Sketch day! Hope you’ll join in on the final hurrah! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Bee Thankful

I made a fun card with the cutest little Paper Smooches Bees. So stinkin’ fun! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_heartfelt_00_wm I wasn’t sure if I liked the way I paper pieced these colors, but it’s growing on me, a little. Usually it looks better later! Does that same thing happen to you? Funny how that works. πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_heartfelt_wmPaper Smooches supplies: Bees Dies, Heartfelt Thanks Die.

Looking forward to tinkering more with these bees soon. They are buzzzzzzzing! πŸ™‚

I’ll be sharing two more Paper Smooches cards next week! So be sure to stop back πŸ™‚

Happy Wednesday!

Jill πŸ™‚