Lucky! MFT Sketch 269

Here’s my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #269! (My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog.)photoIt turns out I twisted the card to a vertical orientation and but kept the orientation of the rectangular element. πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_so lucky_wmI thought this would be fun to send for St. Patrick’s Day! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_so lucky_00_wmI’m also impressed I completed a WHOLE card for Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge! #29! Whoot!! πŸ™‚

My card is made with all supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX, Blueprints 24.Stamps: Lucky and Mini Chicken Wire BG. 

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Thanks for stopping in! πŸ™‚

You Mean the World…

Popping in to share my completed card from my Day 25 of Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker, 30 Day Color Challenge project. Today is Day 28!! Wow.

I watercolored a Hero Arts Holiday Christmas Crystal Ornament and trimmed it out to include on a card. This is one of those holiday stamp sets I knew I could stretch for WAY more than Christmas! πŸ™‚ Love these geometric gems. πŸ™‚
hawkins_jill_you mean_wmI paired it up with an older Hero Arts sentiment I have. (I adhered my sphere in a different orientation than I intended to. Do you do things like this when YOU’re tired?)

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I embossed and watercolored with distress inks again. I just love the bright colors I have in Distress Inks and they work so fantastically together. I embossed the sentiment with the Ranger’s Black Sparkle embossing powder. This doesn’t show at all in the photos, but in person, it adds a fun sparkly goodness. πŸ™‚ The panel die and the ink blot stamps are from My Favorite Things πŸ™‚

I hope you have found some time to play in Kathy’s 30 day Challenge! I enjoy coloring, but I would most certainly not do it every night, for a month, without this little nudge. It’s fantastic practice!! πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!
Jill πŸ™‚

You’re Super

Having some fun with my Paper Smooches watercolor panel from Day 2 of The Daily Marker 30 day Challenge! it’ll almost over and I haven’t missed a day yet. Fingers crossed!Β  πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_super happy_wmJars of smiles πŸ™‚ I embossed these and then watercolored with Distress Inks.

hawkins_jill_super happy_00_wmPaper Smooches supplies: Fun & Flirty, Market Fresh.

The stitched dies are all from My Favorite Things πŸ™‚

I’m playing along with the February Paper Smooches Challenge! πŸ™‚ Fun and Cute! Love it!! πŸ™‚imageHave a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚




Technique Tuesday time! :)

Yay! Thank you for joining me on another Technique Tuesday Thursday! You can hop over to the TT blog for this week’s scoop!

First up, The Struggle is (very) Real! I Can’t Even! πŸ™‚ The minute I saw this Say What?! stamp set month’s back, I wanted it crazy bad. The sentiments are so stinkin’ fun!!

hawkins_jill_the struggle_wm…and the Clipboard die!! I stamped the red back card with the Measure Up set, that I have had for years! It still sees a lot of ink here. πŸ™‚
hawkins_jill_the struggle_00_wmI’ve always had a thing for office supplies, so this combo of dies, stamps, and papers makes my organizational heart sing! πŸ™‚

I then busted out the Heart Strings die again. This die is sweet and versatile!

hawkins_jill_with love_wmI used the Memo Pad die too. I sorta kinda want to use this die on EVERY card! Is that wrong? πŸ˜‰ I inlaid and layer inlaid these die cuts in…Delightful!

hawkins_jill_with love_00_wmThis sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set. You know I gush over Teri’s handwriting, mixed with this typeface, so naturally, I totally dig this set too! πŸ™‚

Well, that wraps another Technique Tuesday Thursday for me. Such fun products with endless possibilities!! Be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog today. I’ll be back here next Thursday with more fun! πŸ™‚

In case you missed it, you can find my previous TT posts: HERE, HERE, and HERE. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by & I thank Teri for writing up the most flattering posts about my cards! Geesh! ❀  πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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Thank you, Paper Smooches!

I have SO enjoyed having the privilege to be the February Guest Designer at Paper Smooches!! Happy 5th Anniversary to Kim and her Paper Smooches!! πŸ™‚ So many great designs in those 5 years! Be sure to follow the celebration on the PS Blog!

My first card uses the new Thank You die. This is such a great basic to have. I was eager and thankful to use this! πŸ˜‰ I also used the fun Bicycle die.

hawkins_jill_thank you_wmI cut the strips of dark gray and then started stacking the bright Thank You die cuts. In the end, it sort of reminded me of a school chalkboard and learning cursive writing! Ha! And: Rainbow. *sigh* πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_thank you_00_wmNext up: I was also really itching to use the Bird House dies again. I think there are so many more possibilities ahead with these little cuties!! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_imissyourface_wmI mixed the dies with the the new Fun & Flirty stamp set and the Bitty Bungalows. Eeep! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_imissyourface_00_wmI thought the birds wanted a few little add-ons. πŸ˜‰

Paper Smooches supplies: Fun & Flirty,Β Birdhouse Dies, Thank You die,Β Bicycle die and Bitty Bungalows.

My gratitude to Kim, for an AWESOME February of creating and (oh so much) happiness! πŸ™‚ You are truly a gem, Kim! Keep the awesome coming! πŸ™‚ #bigfan. I’m super grateful I’ve had this fun opportunity to create things and share!! πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

Thanks for popping in! Be sure to check out the Paper Smooches blog! I’ll naturally be using many, many more PS goodies here in the future too! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚




MFT Sketch 268

I thought I wouldn’t make it this week, but here I am! MFT Sketch Challenge #268! (My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog.)photo

I hope to be back ASAP with a better photo, but I have to use this not-so-good one for now! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_celebrate in color_wmLines! Lots of lines. I also enjoy these newer rainbow sentiments and dies. I’m looking forward to really taking them out for a spin! πŸ™‚ I can’t say I love the way the spatters stuck on this. I’ve been using so much watercolor paper, I forgot how blah they look on regular stock.

My card is made with all supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics, Stamps, & Card stock.

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Thanks for popping by! See you back here Wednesday & Thursday!
Jill πŸ™‚

Love Love Love

Dropping in to share my completed card from my Day 14 of Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker, 30 Day Color Challenge project.

I did a quick watercolor of a Hero Arts Stitched Heart. In doing this, I just cross my fingers and hope it dries into something I like :). I thought this would brighten a mailbox!

hawkins_jill_love3_wmIt was Valentine’s Day when I made this, but I think it works any day.

hawkins_jill_love3_00_wmThis Stitched Heart is an older Hero Arts Woodblock stamp. These are the only stamps I used to own! πŸ™‚ I still have all my Hero Arts woodblocks. Keepers for sure. The sentiment here is from the newer Hero Arts Holiday Set, Christmas Crystals! That set is awesome! πŸ™‚

Also, I used my favorite Wonky Stitched STAX dies from My Favorite Things. πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!
Jill πŸ™‚

The Day Marcie Threw It Down…

It’s awesome to have crafty friends, as they understand and speak the same crafty language. My one such friend, Marcie Sharp, has been collaborating with a bunch of peeps for some fun blogging. πŸ™‚ Marcie had this great idea to challenge each other out of our comfort zones. Which, let me tell you, I was ALL about. Because, let’s face it, we like our grooves, right?!Β  πŸ™‚ Marcie totally called me out to do a feminine, elegant, layered card. You want me to do WHAT now?! Haaaaaa!! I did say this would be fun! πŸ˜‰

Lots to say, but here’s my card:

hawkins_jill_birthday wishes_wmSo naturally, my first thought was flowers. It was the layers/feminine I knew I’d struggle with. I didn’t realize until I finished, but I rebelled when it came to the colors. They are not necessarily feminine, per say. But I guess it was my unconscious trade-off to making this challenge my own. I still laugh seeing it now. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_birthday wishes_00_wmI definitely pictured something way more *pretty* in my mind, but this is what came out. I do think it is: A) lovely overall B) a fun color combo C) definitely not something I would normally make D) falls slightly short of my overall “elegant” goal. But I definitely went out of my zone and tried, which is what it was all about, I do believe. πŸ™‚

AND let me say, the card base is stamped with MFT’s All Over Roses BG stamp. The first thing I grabbed, was the Grid BG Stamp, because I wanted to ground it graphically. But thinking in our challenge terms, I grabbed the Roses. So, that’s something! πŸ™‚

Be sure to head over HERE and find out what Marcie whipped up. My Challenge to her: WATERCOLOR!! I know it is going to rock, as Marcie really covers a gamut of card making styles, often. So it was hard to Challenge her! I think Marcie probably hustled me, because I’m certain she’s a closet watercolor master, but has claimed the opposite. πŸ™‚

My card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, Build-able BloomsΒ  Stamps: Build-able Blooms, Birthday Wishes & Balloons, Roses All Over BG. Card stock.

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HUGE HUGE Thanks to Marcie for inviting me along, the challenge, and for laughing with me (in fear! haaaa!)! πŸ™‚ It was a fun challenge and a lesson about my style! πŸ™‚
Have a great weekend!
Jill πŸ™‚

It’s a Great Thursday for Technique Tuesday!*

Welcome to my third week of Technique Tuesday Thursdays*! You can hop over to the TT blog for this week’s low down!

OK, prepare for some fun! Teri’s new little Robot set, Favorite Human, is so very fun! I’m not kidding when I say I had to hide it from myself for a while, so that I would diversify! πŸ˜‰

My first card is actually the first card I made with the new TT goodies! I still geek over it. πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_my heart beeps_wmBeep! This set: <3!! I also used the Clipboard die, which is a staple die set to own, in my opinion. No pun intended, but close, with an office supply and all. πŸ˜‰ haaa!

hawkins_jill_my heart beeps_00_wmSo after I made the above card, with the fun robot background, I thought, hmmmm…and made another! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_talk nerdy_wm“Talk Nerdy to Me”?!! I yelped! SO FUN! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_talk nerdy_00_wmThe Favorite Human stamp set has lots of fun stamps all tucked into one smaller price-point. And, let’s face it, that is enjoyable in and of itself! Because: MORE STAMPS!! Be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog today! I’ll see you back here next week for more! πŸ™‚

In case you missed it, you can find my previous TT posts: Last week HERE, and the week prior, HERE. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by & thanks so much to TT for sharing the FUN!! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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*a technical glitch for posting these yesterday, so Fabulously Fun *Technique Tuesday* Friday, it is! πŸ™‚ haaa!




Paper Smooches fun!

Fortunately, I have not been voted off the island as February Guest Designer at Paper Smooches!! πŸ˜‰ Such fun to use some of my favorites!! Hop over to the PS Blog today!

I will not mention how long this first card took to land on. I tinkered and tinkered and tinkered, and then #boom. Funny how the simplest things take me quite a long time! πŸ˜‰

The sentiments and fonts in the new Fun & Flirty stamp set can truly hold a card, as you can see here:   hawkins_jill_wonderful_wmI mean, really. That’s fun. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_wonderful_00_wmFor my second card this week, I used the fun new Wine Glass die! Got things shakin’! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_amazing_wmYou are Ridiculously Amazing. My sentiments exactly. Go figure! πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_amazing_00_wmI’m clearly in a Distress Ink watercolor mode, and the results are fun. I decided I don’t enjoy  when I make cards too “neat”, so this technique is fitting for me to use! If that makes any sense, at all. LOL πŸ™‚

Love Love Love this Fun & Flirty sentiment set! So fortunate to have it on my desk! πŸ™‚

Paper Smooches supplies: Fun & Flirty, and Wine Glass die.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again next Wednesday for my last Paper Smooches Guest Designer post. Wow, that’s crazy–February is flyin’! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚