MFT Gratitude and ♥. So. Much.

Wow. I just keep thinking, Wow. 🙂

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! 🙂 I thank you again Susan, for your confidence, your encouragement, your delightful words on every week’s posts (!!), your emoji (💩), 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! 🙂 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. 🙂

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! 🙂 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! 🙂hawkins_jill_knowing you_00_wmI love these little puppies, with their scarves. Too funny! 🙂

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. ❤

MFT_hawkins_jill_intro_WM hawkins_jill_sketch#210_WM hawkins_jill_fav peeps_wm hawkins_jill_sketch223_wm hawkins_jill_CC17_wm hawkins_jill_THANKyou_wm hawkins_jill_thank you shake_wm hawkins_jill_sending happy way_wm hawkins_jill_You're Darn Great_wm hawkins_jill_close to my heart_wm hawkins_jill_begin with yourself_WM hawkins_jill_good luck love_wm hawkins_jill_even though_wm hawkins_jill_miss you that_wm hawkins_jill_you're the coolest_wm hawkins_jill_five_wm hawkins_jill_ForYoutoo_wm hawkins_jill_love you_wm hawkins_jill_you got this_wm hawkins_jill_saltwater kisses_00_wm hawkins_jill_think happy_wm hawkins_jill_hi two_wm hawkins_jill_i like you_wm hawkins_jill_i'm so grateful_wm hawkins_jill_merryandbright_WM hawkins_jill_elfie_wm hawkins_jill_let's cuddle_wm hawkins_jill_snuggle_wm hawkins_jill_sending love_wm hawkins_jill_freaking_00_wm hawkins_jill_bye_wmGeesh. What an awesome year of fantastic products. 🙂

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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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



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! ♥♥

My craftiness will continue right here on my blog, on Instagram and Facebook. Follow me on any! 🙂 (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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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 🙂


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. 🙂

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. 🙂 I think I stuck a lot tighter to the sketch this week!! Ha! 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂

(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! 🙂 )

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

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



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 ðŸ™‚

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

My Favorite Things: Sketch #258

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #258 starts on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

This week’s sketch:

MFT_WSC_258Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_freaking_wmThis new Stitched Hexagon STAX is crazy versatile and crazy cool! I could tinker around for a long while with these! I off centered the sketch, but I like the way the whole thing still reads. At first, I had it in the center. But in the end, I guess I just like things a little off kilter. Ha!

hawkins_jill_freaking_00_wmAnd that sentiment. Freaking love! 😉

In messing around with the new MFT Hexagons, I made this card too:

hawkins_jill_sending love_wmLet’s see…on this one I cut the Hexagons, then die cut those hexagons. Then I glued them all together and decided it was TOO much hexagon, so I  trimmed them all down to get this. Ah, geometric fun! 🙂hawkins_jill_sending love_00_wmThis shape laid around my desk for a couple weeks, and then hopped on this card last night.

 My Freaking Amazing (LOL!) card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:



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

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are always a must see. I’m telling you, people are crazy talented!! 🙂

Speaking of talented, my MFTC&I DT teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for popping in! Hope you’ll join us!
Jill 🙂

My Favorite Things: Sketch #257

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #257 begins today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog! Hope you can sneak in some crafty time and join us this week!! 🙂

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_257Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_warmest thanks_wmI was scanning my supplies of what to use this week, and there were these little mice, in their winter warmth. 😉 I’m also in a blending phase, so I wanted to do that. Haaa! 😉 MFT Die inks are stellar for blending. Especially on the blending card. hawkins_jill_warmest thanks_00_wm Photos do not do the Sparkle card stock justice. It’s soooo sparkly in person! Ahhh sparkle. 🙂

I hope to be back later this week with another MFT card, time willing! The holidays are beginning to have their rippling effects on time… 🙂 Thoroughly enjoyable, but ripples nonetheless.

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



Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are not to be missed! You could be Spotted!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Join us!
Jill 🙂

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge: #287

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #287 starts today!  🙂

Here’s this week’s sketch:Here is my card for the week:

hawkins_jill_eeektastic_wmHalloween is approaching! I have one excited little goblin in our house! 🙂

hawkins_jill_eeektastic_00_wmAll these little MFT images together are oh so fun! 🙂 Be sure to see what all the other ladies made this week! Click HERE!

My card was made with supplies from My Favorite Things:



You can join in any of the past challenges too! Have fun!

You can find all the past sketches HERE.

The Sweet Sunday Sketch team: Barbara Anders, Dana White, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Lisa Henke, Lori Tecler, Lynn Put, Sankari Wegman, Sarah-Jane Kale, Tracy Clemente and Vicki Burdick. 🙂

Happy last week of summer all! Enjoy 🙂

Jill 🙂

MFT Color Challenge #28

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_28It’s the 2nd Thursday of the month and off we go! Color Challenge #28 is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog! Be sure to hop there as the other girls CERTAINLY rocked this! 🙂

My go at it: I am so digging Tropical Teal right now! 🙂

hawkins_jill_M_wmI know, I used the Four Way Chevron Cover-up again…but I had to! It’s awesome!! 🙂

hawkins_jill_M_00_wmIn my continuing effort to make quicker cards now-and-again (ha!), I made this one below with remnants and pieces made previously for other cards. That sure makes it quicker!! LOL 😉hawkins_jill_good things_wmThen, I accidentally starting stitching in the wrong place. Soooo, that placement was decided. Nuts. I’m not sure I’m loving it overall, but there are some takeaways for sure 😉hawkins_jill_good things_00_wm


My Color Challenge card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:


My second card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:

PrintJoin us! 🙂

My *keep you in stitches* MFT Challenge & Inspiration teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

If you’re on Instagram: jilldhawkins.

See you soon! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Jill 🙂

Xyron sticks to MFT

PrintIt’s the beginning of some special fun posts on the My Favorite Things Blog this week. My Favorite Things meets Xyron!

I have looooong had a Xyron Sticker Maker. It was probably one of the first crafty tools I owned, so I’ve been a fan of Xyron’s stickiness for many years 😉

Here is the project I made for this collaboration:hawkins_jill_five_wmThe most important thing when making an inlaid card is adhesive–and LOTS of it. For this I used the Xyron Mega Runner. It worked famously for laying down bulk adhesive and I was pret-ty excited! I go through a lot of adhesive, but this Mega Runner holds so much, I have yet to come close to needing a refill…and I’ve been using this since the lovely folks at Xyron sent it to me! Loving it for sure!! 🙂

hawkins_jill_five_under_wmThe ‘5’ comes off the card, and using the Xyron Magnet Tape, it becomes a magnet! How awesome is that!? I just love that the card serves double duty and the recipient can use the 5 on their fridge, or wherever 🙂 But I also wanted the card to have its own life and not be naked, so I just inlaid another 5, slightly dressed up too :).

hawkins_jill_five_magnetback_wmThe Xyron Magnet Tape is just like a roll of basic tape. One side is sticky and you just pull it out, tear it off on the teeth, and stick! Voila! Easy peasy! 🙂

hawkins_jill_five_magnet_wmHere are a couple quick photos I snapped while making my card. The first one shows how I laid out the pieces. Right after this photo, I completely covered the white typing paper with the Mega Runner adhesive. That is the key to inlaid die cutting. Do not cut corners on this because inevitably, that is the part that will pop off. Ask me how I know 😉hawkins_jill_five_progressThis next photo shows you how the pieces are all well stuck and then die cut again into a nice tidy panel 🙂

hawkins_jill_five_progress_wmIt’s so nice to not use half a roll of your runner on one card! This Mega Runner is a powerhouse. And look at those Blueprint 26 Balloons….ahhhh 🙂

The My Favorite Things blog today is where you can read all about this fun week! You will also be delighted with more cards by two seriously talented MFT Team members: Donna Mikasa and Stephanie Klauck! 🙂 I can’t wait to see their projects myself! These ladies never disappoint 🙂

You can visit Xyron HERE on their FB page of goodness!

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



Be sure to follow the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for the Sketch Challenge and the Color Challenge!!PrintThanks for joining me today and awesomely huge THANKS to Xyron for inviting us over to play this week! 🙂

Have a great week all!

Jill 🙂