You Make My Heart Smile

Happy Weekend! I thought I’d pop in to share a couple more cards with Technique Tuesday stamps and dies today! They can be found HERE!

For this card, I used the new Hi Bouquet stamp set! πŸ™‚ Also, I used one of my favorite sets of sentiments, Find Beauty. I love this sentiment!

If you like detailed flower stamps, be sure to check out Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Society stamps HERE. There are so many lovely ones! You’ll find some amazing colored card samples there too!

I kept this one simpler with some navy blue ink. This would be a great card for making a stack of cards to send! πŸ™‚Next up, I used this month’s release of Animal House, Leonardo the Lion! This cutie went into my son’s lunchbox a couple of weeks back. ❀

I created my own background card base using a couple of the smaller images in the set, and stamping repeatedly with red ink. I colored Leonardo with Copic markers, added a little Wink of Stella sparkle, and some Glossy Accents. (Bonus: HERE are the coordinating dies for this set!)

The Animal House critters all have little background stories, which are quite fun to read. πŸ˜‰

And last, but not least, I made these little list cards with the new Bucket List stamp set. This is fantastic for scrapbookers, but also awesome for us list makers out there! I really enjoy crossing things off a list! I just tuck these in my planner, and use as needed. πŸ™‚

You can find all Technique Tuesday’s May Release HERE!Β  πŸ™‚ The June release will be swimming in next week!! Just sayin’! Wink wink πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by–have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram:Β jilldhawkins

Congrats! ’17

Happy Friday! Hope you’re off to start a wonderful weekend! If you are looking for my Paper Smooches DT June Hop post, please click —> HERE. Prizes to win! Such fun to see the new goodies! πŸ™‚

Today’s card is made with the May released Grad Cap Card Die fromΒ  Paper Smooches. I also used the New Beginnings 2 stamp set. It’s packed with great sentiments!

I ❀ that sentiment, “Bask in Your Awesomeness”!! Perfect! πŸ™‚ This die set makes this fun tassel, which I think can be used in a variety of ways, outside of tassel making!

These fun sunglasses are from the Pineapple 2 die set. Love. Them.

I thought this was a fun nod to how graduates put tape on their caps to say “Hi Mom” etc. Do they still do this? Ha! I don’t think I ever did because I feel like we received our attire late in the game? Hmmmm… You’d think I’d remember my graduations. Nope. Ha! I think I was exhausted πŸ™‚

Check out the Paper Smooches blog for more fun, and stay in the loop on the upcoming release and current challenge! I love the PS Challenges! Always have. πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!
Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches June DT Hop

Gulp, it’s JUNE soon!! I know I say this every month, but wow! Today we are celebrating the new release coming from Paper Smooches!! Get ready–a whole lotta smiles coming with this release!! πŸ™‚

PS DT Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEWΒ Paper SmoochesΒ JUNE 2017 release with you! Β TWOΒ new stamp sets and SIXΒ new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on May 31st. Β You will find our new productsΒ HEREΒ once they go live. Β 

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize!Β 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at theΒ PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and theΒ PS BlogΒ to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!Β  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Tuesday, May 28thΒ to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blogΒ on Wednesday, May29th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)


Here’s my card!

I see this, and I SMILE! Oh my word, this cactus!! And this sentiment! ❀

This die is the forthcoming Cactus Die and the sentiment is from the soon to be released, Kindness Sampler. That’s right, the “Kindness Sampler”. Gah! ❀

I adore Kim’s little smiling creations! Each time I receive them, I squeal! Just so fun!
Also, on this card, I used the previously released Super Star Dies and the Cross Stitch Die. (I posted another card I made with the cross stitch die HERE.) I blended on a few distress inks, and then embossed this card with the Cross Stitch die. I added the star strip, Cactus, and stamped the sentiment. I finished it off with stitching the panel onto the card base, adding a few sequins, and getting it ready to mail! πŸ™‚

Next stop: The multi- talented Karin Akesdotter! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by today! I can’t wait to share more of the fun Paper Smooches products this coming month! Have a great weekend!

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Stencils are Awesome

Happy Wednesday! I’m popping in today to share a card I whipped up with some Neat and Tangled goodies! πŸ™‚

For this, I used Distress Oxide inks. I was trying to avoid them, but after trying a friend’s ink, well, here I am! (They blend like butta’!)Β  A shout out to my crafty friends for helping me acquire them #troublemakers πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Originally, I had this “Awesome” die cut all white, and I was done! As I got up from my desk to go sleep, I instead grabbed my sponge and rubbed on some Worn Lipstick Oxide ink across the top. Then, I was really going to bed. Nope, grabbed the Wink of Stella to add some glimmer, and topped it off with Glossy Accents. It was WAY late at night! Luckily, I didn’t ruin the card…I think I made it better! Phew! πŸ˜‰ In the fog, I forgot to stitch the panel, but I’ll still call this a win! πŸ™‚

I was so excited to receive this N & T stencil, Geometric Blooms, designed by my crazy talented friend, Miriam. I also usedΒ  Neat & Tangled’s Awesome die! This stencil is fantastic, and the possibilities are endless!! πŸ™‚ I lucked into these great sequins from N & T too, Pink Lemonade Sequin Mix. Yum!

Squeaking this in for this month’s Little Tangles Challenge: Stencil! Wish I had could make a couple more entries, but tick-tock!

I was fortunate to win this stencil & sequins from a Neat & Tangled giveaway on Instagram! Super fun! Thank you, Neat and Tangled! ❀

Thanks for stopping by! The rest of the week is downhill, right? πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

love

Happy Tuesday! I’m popping in to share this card I made a little while back. I used the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die. ❀ Very cool and VERSATILE die!!

I stitched this sentiment on a plane ride last month, and forgot to share my finished card! πŸ™‚ I had some friends helping me pop out the holes in the cardstock. It is VERY easy to do, if you just drag your needle (or the like) across a row of dots. It also makes a fun noise–LOL! πŸ™‚

After I stitched this LOVE, I die-cut a window in another black panel. I lined that window with sequins from my stash, and reverse scored the panel to add a little ooomph. I use this technique a lot, because it is quick and doesn’t add anything too distracting. I adhered the stitched panel behind, and popped the whole thing up with some fun foam.

I winged the stitching on this card, but it would go even faster if you had a plan/pattern before you start. Just sayin’ πŸ™‚

The cross stitch die also is fantastic for subtle backgrounds. You can see how I used it for such on THIS card here.

I’ll be back Thursday with the Paper Smooches June DT hop! This upcoming release is sure to make you smile! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

One of a Kind

Happy Monday! ❀

I thought I’d pop in and share the card I made for my son this week. He has 12 days left of kindergarten ( 😦 TOO FAST!), and you’d think it was more like 100 days. LOL πŸ™‚ He’s ready to bust out for SURE!

You should also know that he adores stuffies, his favorite color has always been orange, and these claw games memorize him! Of course, we don’t play them, so this is the next best thing. πŸ™‚ Well, in my mind anyway! Bwwwhaaahaa!

This new set from Lawn Fawn, You’re Claw-some, was a must have here. For all the reasons stated above! πŸ™‚ It is just tooooo cute!

I used my Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor this on Bristol paper. The patterned paper was a bonus I received in one of my Lawn Fawn packages (Thank you, LF!). The background is stamped repeatedly with the stars/hearts from this set. I just randomly colored in a few my Copics, to add a little interest. I finished it off with some stitching and Wink of Stella sparkle.

Also, I am finally getting around to entering the fun over at Lawn Fawnatics! This is for this Challenge #5 HERE! Play along, there is lots of time left!

So spunky and cute! I chose to use the orange, blue, and a touch of green & red. I actually colored the unicorn pink/purple that goes with this set, but he was left off this card. Likely to hop on another one soon!

Have a great week!
Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Awesome

Happy early weekend!Β  Hope you have a great weekend planned or even a lack of plans. That’s always good too, right? πŸ™‚

I thought I’d pop in and share a card I made with the Paper Smooches Triangles Die. I could inlay this die for hours, with all sort of different colors and designs. Now that I have all these colors cut out of different cardstocks, I may just whip up a few more!

This Awesome word die is definitely a favorite PS die that gets used an awful lot around here. πŸ˜‰

I mailed this one out to an awesome crafty friend. πŸ™‚ I need more of these cards STAT!

I am whipping up lots of stuff for June, but hope to be back soon with a few other May posts. Tick-tock, it’s already the 19th! Wow.

Have a great weekend!
Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Today I have the awesome opportunity to join in the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! How excited am I? πŸ™‚

The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!Β  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit, HERE.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration photo: Pretty, right?

And here is my inspired card:

Gah! I had sooo much fun making this card! I rearranged these pieces dozens of times until I finally settled on this little number. πŸ™‚

I first used all the inspirational colors, and that was too much. Then I dialed it down to just a few of the colors: The navy, the off-white and the pinkish hue.

I freaking LOVE the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I mean, how cool are these dies? I really enjoy how they are held together just slightly, which is great for holding the piece together and/or makes them really easy to separate. I separated the pieces, and pieced the colors easily after doing that.

I then used the Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks By Julie Ebersole. Another fun die! I went back and forth about putting a different color cardstock underneath to peek through. Yes? No? Yes?Β  In the end, I always settle on the simpler look. πŸ˜‰

Can you tell I am a big fan of Julie Ebersole’s designs? I am! That Julie is a troublemaker for my wallet. πŸ˜‰ Such fun!

I added some stitching and finished everything off with these Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix (4mm, 6mm, 8mm &10mm ).

A BIG thanks to Laurel for helping me gather all the details for this great challenge! A HUGE thank you to Ellen Hutson, for having me along this month, and for always being so awesomely supportive of me, and all those in our fun crafty community! ❀ ! It has truly been a pleasure to participate this month! Keep the good stuff coming! πŸ™‚

Thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope you participate in this month’s challenge! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Yay!

Hey hey! Happy Friday! Happy Early Mother’s Day to everyone celebrating this weekend!

Today’s card is made with this fun new set from the Paper SmoochesΒ MAY release. For this card, I used the New Beginnings stamp set (that elephant ❀ !) and the New Beginnings Icons Dies!

I mean, goodness, he’s cute! πŸ™‚

For this card, I just masked off these rays/stripes and blended on some Distress Inks. I can’t recall for sure, but I’m guessing I used Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade? I colored this cutie elephant with Copic markers, and heat embossed this sentiment from the same stamp set. I adhered all the mortarboards and drew on tassels. I added some white spatters afterward to give it a celebratory feel–pow! I thought this one was fun to highlight your graduate!

Plus, I went to the University of Illinois for my undergrad degree, so I had to use the Orange and Blue. Go Illini! πŸ˜‰

Next up, I thought I’d share this sweet little card using the same stamp set.

I kept this one very simple with just some stamping, vellum, and stitching. I love these simple cards! πŸ™‚

Be sure you’re following the Paper Smooches blog, and please stop by here again! I’ll be back with more cards to share this month, and I”m hoping I get those posts written soon! πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!
Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Crafty Laughs

If you haven’t already, this weekend is a great time to check out the new (and previously released!) stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday! They are having a fun promotion to receive this fun set…See below!

National Scrapbook Day. Free stamp set with every qualifying order.

I thought I would share some fun cards I made using this awesome new set, Scrapbooking is Happiness! I think it would be fabulous to make a dozen more and mail them to my crafty friends. πŸ™‚

When I saw this stamp, I yelped!! How awesome is THIS?!! Haaaaaaa!! I stamped this on vellum and affixed it to some patterned paper below.

I’m really thinking this would be funny to give my hubby! πŸ˜› LOL!! πŸ™‚

And then there is THIS sentiment! Seriously! I cannot stop loving these! For this, I stamped on some very thin wood “paper” I have and die cut it with the License Plate die. I used some patterned paper for the panel and sparkly paper strips. I finished it all off with some stitching and Nuvo drops! I’m trying to use more of my PP! πŸ™‚

And last, but not least, I stamped this super funny sentiment from this new TT set:

I mean, that is hilarious! For this I stenciled on some pink clouds with two colors of Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar), and added some sparkly accents with stitching. I think it’s too funny! πŸ™‚

I am admittedly not a scrapbooker… I’ve never scrapped a page in my life. LOL! But as you can see, this fun set is for all us crazy crafters!

This is such a fun promo from Technique Tuesday:


We’re celebrating National Scrapbook Day with a special! You can get the Scrapbooking is Happiness stamp set FREE with a $30 order. Here’s how:

1. Fill your cart with $30 of product.

2. Add the Scrapbooking is Happiness stamp set to your cart.

3. Enter coupon code NSD when you check out.


Be sure to check out the new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE!Β  πŸ™‚ My previous new release TT post can be found HERE.

Hope your weekend is full of laughs! Thanks for stopping by! Happy National Scrapbooking Day! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram:Β jilldhawkins