Friendly Frolic Release from Simon Says Stamp!

Ooooo exciting day today!! There is a new release over at Simon Says Stamp called Friendly Frolic and it is ginormous! Check it all out HERE!

I had the good fortune of making a couple of fun cards using this awesome new cover plate: Simon Says Stamp DIAMOND PATTERN Wafer Dies.Β 

Here they are! πŸ™‚

I first blended color on a panel and then die cut it out, piecing all these bits in. Don’t lose track! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to cut this out again using a bunch of different colors of bold cardstock. oooooo yes! πŸ˜‰

These sentiments are both from the SSS set: Clear Stamps BIG BIRTHDAY WISHES. Bold sentiments make it quick and easy!

Afterward, I obviously had a whole panel of pretty cardstock, so I just cut that into strips for this card:

ahhhhh rainbow sherbet! πŸ™‚ I used Distress Oxide Inks for the ink blending and just finished it off with some scoring and some stitching.

Be sure to check out the whole release HERE! It is great fun with lots of stuff to follow on the SSS blog HERE.

Thanks for Simon Says Stamp for having me along for the fun to celebrate this release! ❀  I’m off to make my wishlist….shhhhhhh πŸ˜‰

And thank YOU for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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You Are On My Mind

It’s been a doozy of a week and I’m ready for the weekend… are you?

I’m popping in today to share this sweet little Paper Smooches card.Β  πŸ˜‰ Tags, hearts, stripes: ❀

Perfect card to let someone know I am thinking of them! ❀
Paper Smooches goodies: Sympathy Sampler,Inchies Dies, Heart Dies.

Don’t forget if you need a jump-start, check out the Paper Smooches Blog for a plethora of goodness from the DT! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend! πŸ™‚

Jill

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See you Later, Alligator!

Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was great here, but of course, too fast as always. πŸ˜‰

I thought I’d pop in and share these cute little Neat & Tangled critters I colored with Copic Markers. The best part is, they made it onto CARDS already!! πŸ™‚

This card is made with Neat & Tangled’s new Later Alligator and coordinating Dies. I also used N&T’s previously released Polygon Stencil with some Distress Oxide inks. πŸ™‚ I cannot handle the cuteness of that tiny little frog! My son is going to love getting this one! πŸ™‚

Next up, I used the cute little fox, So Foxy! Coordinating dies HERE.

I colored him gray with Copics and added him on top of some Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Paper Pad paper. Gah, cutest little fox! ❀

I also used Neenah white cardstock, as always, for both! πŸ™‚

If you haven’t seen it, Neat & Tangled is hosting another Throwdown: Crafting with Compassion.

There could not be a better idea in my mind, so I wanted to join in on it. I also thought it completely worthy to purchase this Celebrate You stamp set, as all the proceeds are “being donated to the Burning Limb Foundation to help patients at the Neurologic Relief Center receive care for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).” You can find all the info HERE.

A charity that matters to me is the American Cancer Society. Not only is it a cause close to my family’s heart, but is is a cause that my friend and her family help to raise money for every year. My friend and her family have run the Chicago Marathon seven years over, to raise money for the ACS in memory of her brother. This year, my friend is running the New York City Marathon for the American Cancer Society DetermiNATION Team. In the past, I have sold my cards to help raise just a little more money for her. πŸ™‚ She is a rockstar in my book! ❀

Help spread the word for a worthy cause close to you! Join in HERE. ❀

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

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Wish Big!

Happy Friday the 13th! How is it the 13th already?! Wow.

I love these little Paper Smooches dinos! They really get a work out around my house!Β  πŸ˜‰

I colored this little cutie with Copic Markers and then put him on a watercolored tag that I die cut out. To finish this one, I scored the panel, added some stitching, twine and dots. I NEVER use these little dots, so I figured I’d better, before they lose their stick. πŸ™‚

Turned out to be a sweet little birthday card to give. Paper Smooches goodies: Cuteasaurus, Dinos 2 die, For You Tag die

If you’re looking for a jump-start, check out the Paper Smooches Blog for fresh cards made by the DT! One big group of talent there! πŸ™‚ And if you need a kick on Christmas cards, check out the current Paper Smooches Challenge HERE! Take your chances at winning some PS goodies!! whooohoooo!! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Ellen Hutson’s New July Release!

Today, there is a super fun NEW RELEASE from Ellen Hutson! This release is by Julie Ebersole and you know I am a fan of what Julie whips up! This release is no exception! πŸ™‚

There is so much fun on the mermaid front, but this time I flocked to the Rainbow and Unicorns set!Β  Because: Rainbows.Β  πŸ™‚ #trouble

Go Forth and Be Fabulous! ❀

This little unicorn and all the rainbow fun! eeeeek!

For this card, I created a Distress Oxide Ink background with masking and blending.

Fantasmagorical?! ❀

I colored all the little images with Copic Markers and then added them to the cards in little scenes.

This sentiment had me at Sprinkles! I love everything sprinkles!Β  LOL! πŸ™‚

This sentiment is a RIOT! Sure to make someone laugh, I’m sure! I did!

Too funny!

And then this last card, I kept it very simple, but it probably took the longest to make! It was late at night and I was trying to line everything up with tired eyes. Silly! πŸ™‚

Rainbow delight! With Sparkly glitter to boot!! πŸ™‚

I used three new Essentials by Ellen products for these cards:

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Pure Magic By Julie Ebersole

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie Ebersole

Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie Ebersole

I also used the previously released and versatile: ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN CLEAR STAMPS, PATTERN PLAY BY BRANDI KINCAID.

For several of the cards,Β  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits. Love those little sparkly bits!

Be sure to check out all the fun new products released today over at Ellen Hutson HERE! Have a great Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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Summer School!

Happy Summer! My friend Jen suggested we get our Summer School on and participate in the MFT Summer School series. I thought it was a great idea and I was game, as I always love a challenge! πŸ™‚You can Join in the fun HERE. I think there is still several days left to participate. You don’t have to do them all, by any means.

I dug into my MFT archives of well used stamps and dies and pulled out some for these projects. I had fun making them all and enjoyed the challenges. On with the cards, yes?!

For this card, I used one of my favorite Birdie Brown stamps off all time from the Polynesian Paradise set. I also used the Stripes Cover Up and the Four Way Chevron Cover up (embossed). I inlaid the strips to create subtle texture for the white space. White space rules! πŸ™‚

Primary Colors–Red, Yellow and Blue…

For this card, I used the London Mouse set and the Amazing set for the sentiment. Added some Kuretake watercolors for the background and fussy cut the mice. out. I thought this turned out fun!

I love repetition, but even more, I enjoy simplicity. It’s always hard to know if something is too simple or just enough. Especially after you’ve been looking at too long. LOL! My rule of thumb: Walk away! If you’re debating, it’s usually best to walk away. πŸ™‚

The black and white of these pandas is perfection for this. The biggest debate was what color to make the sign! πŸ˜‰ This set is called Happy Pandas and the dies are the old school version (they are solid and not cut out) which was funny to go back and figure out again. πŸ˜‰

For Complementary Colors, I chose to go with Green and “Red”, aka, Pink. πŸ™‚

This dino is from the set You’re Rawr-some! Love that sentiment! πŸ™‚ I watercolored the dino with my Kuretake watercolors (a bit too solidly for my taste). Still not sure I like this look, but it’s good to try something different once in awhile, right?

For this one, I went with these cutie Koalas colored with Copic Markers! Back to my comfort zone. πŸ˜‰

This set is called Cuddly Koalas. I also used the Chunky Herringbone stencil, Stitched Rectangle Frame and Grassy Field die. Cute cute!

To finish these, I added some stitching to each. My Panda card had some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits added.

Big thanks to my friend Jen for suggesting we do this (Jen’s are sure to be showstoppers!!) and thanks to you for stopping by!

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

A Cool Hello!

Happy Friday! WE made it! I thought I’d bring a little chill to our hot humid July air with a couple of cute snow people today! ❀

I hope these lil’ Paper Smooches snow peeps don’t melt.Β  πŸ˜‰

Paper Smooches goodies: Layered Hello Die, Cool Dudes, Cool Dudes dies, Kissables 2

I could not love theseΒ Cool Dudes more–my favorite snow people for sure! πŸ™‚ I colored them with Copic Markers and die cut them out. I stamped the Kissables 2 with gray twice before die cutting out the Layered Hello die. I adhered them down with foam tape, then added some sequins and Nuvo drops for some snowy goodness. I polished off the card with some Glossy Accents and stitching. Just love this sweet trio! πŸ™‚

Be sure to hop over to the Paper Smooches Blog for a continuous stream of cards to inspire your crafty time! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins