Paradise Found Release Blog Hop, Day 2!

Hello! Welcome to my stop on this fun Blog Hop to celebrate Catherine Pooler’s new Spa Ink Release and Paradise Found products!!

I could not enjoy the new inks more! My favorite might be the Green Tea! And I did NOT see that coming! Haaaa! ๐Ÿ™‚

How about some cards? Yes- Onward!


I stamped the new Plaid Background with the Sauna Ink and then added some black lines with a fine black pen. I like how it pulled some of the black into the background. I then cut the scalloped panel (gulp!) and stitched it on to my card base before adhering the white embossed sentiment. I die cut the Best die a couple of times and layered that up, adhering that along with a tiny heart for the Tags, etc. Dies (Counting Blessing SOA Collection).

This is one of those cards that grew on me over time. At first I almost binned it, but I’m glad it stuck it out because it is now a fave! ๐Ÿ™‚


My next card uses the Birds of a Feather stamp set and the new Birds of a Feather Die.

How awesome are these new ink colors?! โค them! They are: Daydream, Mandarin Spice and Green Tea. (Watch out Tutti Frutti, there’s a new orange in town ๐Ÿ™‚ )

For this, I inked up the large feather from the Birds of a Feather set, and stamped them all on white cardstock. I die cut them all out with the new die and gave them a slight score line to fold along before stitching and pinching them upward. I scored the card panel and adhered all to my card base. Fun!


This next card I’m sharing today, uses the new Winter Wonderland stamp set. The little critters on this set are very cute and there are lots of little detail stamps that help make a complete scene easily.

I stamped the trees in my new a fore mentioned fave, Green Tea. The red elements are stamped in Peppermint Scrub and the deer is stamped in Icing on the Cake. Oh, and the snowflakes are stamped in second generation of Black Jack. Catherine’s inks work awesome for that technique– which is fabulous if you’d like just a lighter version of a color.

It’s such a cozy little scene!


Next up, a card featuring the new Small Doily die and stamps from the Medallion Mix-Up Stamp set. Again, I used the new Green Tea color for tag. ๐Ÿ™‚ The tag and the hearts are from the previous Counting Blessings SOA Collection–the Tags, etc. Dies.

This card was very tricky to photograph at a good angle. I also didn’t predict that challenge–ha! But in person, it looks very delicate and lovely cut from vellum and folded up to create a flower type element. This card is going to be for my Grandmother on her 94th Birthday next week!  โค

I again scored the card panel and stitched everything on to the card base after adding some twine to the tag. This card turned out so lovely! I can’t wait to give it to my Grannie. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed my stop along this hop! I ended up having several cards because once I started creating, they just kept coming! And I still have two more to share in the future!

Be sure to check out all the stops along today’s hop (and yesterday’s!) (and tomorrow’s!)!


Here’s the complete list if you started here and need to head back:

Catherine Pooler

Ilina Crouse

Laurel Beard

Kristie Goulet

Jill Hawkins <– ๐Ÿ™‚ you are here

Maureen Merritt

Lisa Harrolle 

Chrissie Tobas

Youโ€™ll have through Friday, November 17 at 11:55 am eastern to leave comments. Three winners will be randomly picked for $25 gift certificates to Catherine’s shop!


Check out all the fabulous NEW release HERE and be sure to check out ALL Catherine Pooler’s bold color inks –they stamp like butta’! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fabulous week! Thank you for hopping here and be sure to head to the next stop at Maureen’s Blog! Maureen is sure to have some fabulousness there!!

Take care and happy crafting!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! :)

I am SO excited to share a couple of cards I made for the new Essentials by Ellen Release! What an awesomely fun opportunity to help celebrate another fabulous release! Hooray! Let’s check out some cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card is made with the newย Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole AND this new sentiment from Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole. That Julie!! Good gravy–always knocking it out of the park! ๐Ÿ™‚

How fun is this?! I stamped the one dotty dash stamp repeatedly with a bunch of different inks.ย  This went remarkably quick, once I figured out what I wanted to do! ๐Ÿ™‚ It almost looks like one full background stamp, doesn’t it? Love a rainbow! ๐Ÿ™‚

To finish off this card, I just white heat embossed the sentiment, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and a few stitched lines. ๐Ÿ™‚

The second card I made to celebrate, uses the sameย Abstract Paint Strokes set. I thought it would be fun to make some mushrooms! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw these round stamps. ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished this card off with some enamel dots and some stitches. I enjoy this card’s simplicity and pops of yellow. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I made it again, I’d do some extra shadow stamping on the ‘shrooms to give them a little more gusto. Stamp and learn, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a better look at these sets. You can click on them to go directly to Ellen Hutson’sย website.

Sending envelopes full of gratitude to everyone at Ellen Hutson for having me along again!! This is an awesome release with a crazy amount of possibilities! I sure love that, and have greatly enjoyed working with all these new goodies! ๐Ÿ™‚

I posted a couple more New Release cards on my blog Sunday. You can find that post HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today and have fun hopping on to Ardyth’s stop next! Ardyth is sure to have some serious goodness to check out:ย Ardyth Percy-Robbย  <—Hop hop! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’ve started on my blog today, be sure to head back to the beginning in the Classroom HERE!

Take care! Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop, Day 3!

Hello all, and welcome to the final stop on the The Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Collection Blog Hop! Eeeep! Have you loved seeing all the projects! GOOD stuff! I always think this is a party in a box, delivered! And this collection is definitely my most favorite yet!! โค

The Stamp of Approval Collection is an exclusive collection. These individual products were designed just for this collection box. Each product is a brand new design, and will not be available again from Catherine Pooler Designs for many months. Make sure you subscribe to the wait list to get first notice of the sales link…these collections sell out quickly! You can get on the waitlist here: WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM


Are you ready for my cards?! I am! I really enjoyed playing with this collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh my word! THIS LEAF! โค ! For this card, I used several of the products in the box. The tag and scalloped panel are from the Tag, Etc. Dies. I die cut the Thankful die a few times and layered it up for some pop! The leaf is cut using the Falling Leaf dies. (I adhered them, and then stitched them like crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I used the Marching Leaves stencil on the background. (This stencil is definitely one of my favorite things in this box– โค !!!!)

I love this color combo that shook out during the process! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Next up, is a celebration card showing the versatility of this collection! I think this color combo is so festive! ALL Catherine Pooler’s bold color inks are a stamper’s dream! Very inky, but not TOO inky. You know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Those can be found HERE.

For this card, I used the following products from this collection: The Tags, Etc. Dies, Good Things stamp set, and the Leaf Motifs stamp set.

I used my favorite CP color, Tutti Frutti, on many of my SOA projects this month! I can’t stop. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย For this card, I also used the new gray Black Jack, Party Dress, Tiara and Fiesta Blue!

This collection is FULL of possibilities! I myself, am super loving all the graphic elements in it!

Be sure to leave comments along the way for the BLOG HOP PRIZE!

ย One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on AUGUST 17th on Catherineโ€™s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Here’s the Blog Hop list for today:

  1. Catherine Pooler
  2. ย Taheerah Atchia
  3. Lydia Evans
  4. Ingrid Blackburn Pagliocca
  5. ย Kimberly Wiener
  6. ย Jill Hawkinsย  <— You are here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out the previous two days of hopping for more fun projects and chances to win a box of your own! Start HERE on Catherine’s Blog!

And don’t forget to get on the wait list! Last go round, they sold out lightening fast, so be sure to do so ASAP! Join the wait list here: WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM

Thank you very much for stopping by today! Sending out HUGE thanks to Catherine! I appreciate you having me along to celebrate another awesome Stamp of Approval Collection! โค ! I look forward to sharing more tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fabulous week! Thank you for hopping all the way here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop!

Happy Monday!! Today I have the fun opportunity to participate along with The Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired Collection Blog Hop! What fun I’ve had working with this party in a box, delivered to my door!The Stamp of Approval Collection is an exclusive collection. These individual products were designed just for this collection box. Each product is a brand new design, and will not be available again from Catherine Pooler Designs for many months. Make sure you subscribe to the wait list to get first notice of the sales link…these collections sell out quickly! You can get on the waitlist here: WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM

The question for this hop is: What keeps you naturally inspired? My answer is pretty simple: COLOR! I love to mix up different and random color combinations. I find combinations of color randomly in catalogs, stores, advertisements, fashion, home decor, paper goods, in my scrap discard pile (most used source), etc. Iย  find that the most unexpected color combinations are often the ones I like best. Of course, I also always trust a good rainbow color combo too, as I did below today! ๐Ÿ™‚ The rainbow will never fail us! ๐Ÿ™‚

On with the party! I mean, cards! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For these cards, I used the following from this collection: Wild Garden Stamp Set, Simply the Best Stamp Set, and the Best die. I also used all Catherine Pooler bold color inks. Those can be found HERE.

How festive is this Wild Garden stamp set?! It has Spring and Summer written all over it! I shocked and amazed myself that I had the forethought to create two of these cards (altering the sentiment) at the same time! I think that is a huge perk of this collection: The sentiments can be changed up so easily to make dozens of sayings! ๐Ÿ™‚

You’re the Best! I really โค the font style of this *best* die. It’s pretty awesome.

I die cut the word a few times and layered them up for pow! I then adhered the other heat embossed sentiments with foam adhesive.

I love all these ink colors together! โคย  The Catherine Pooler inks are all juicy and stamp well, with very little little effort. A huge win in my book. My favorite color is Tutti Frutti. It’s an awesome orange-red and it’s called Tutti Frutti for cryin’ out. ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought I’d share another rainbow inspired card, this time with more of a graphic take:

These sentiment stamps ROCK! Sending You Laughter! Perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know exactly who I am sending this one too! I used the same Catherine Pooler bold ink colors.

For this card, I again used the Simply the Best Stamp Set as well as the Birds of a Feather Stamp Set. This crosshatch stamp is great for stamp kissing techniques too!

Be sure to leave comments along the way for the BLOG HOP PRIZE!

One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on June 9 on Catherine Pooler’s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Here’s the Blog Hop list:

  1. Catherine Pooler
  2. Chrissie Tobas
  3. Deepti Stephens
  4. Kristie Goulet
  5. Justine Hovey
  6. ย Jill Hawkinsย  <– ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. Kimberly Wiener

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Huge THANK YOU to Catherine Pooler for having me along for the ride!ย  It’s definitely a great collection of goodies in one tidy box! I’ve had such fun making cards already ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up, is Kimberly Wiener . I can’t wait to hop over and see what Kimberly whipped up!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out the Blog Hop from yesterday HERE. There is more coming tomorrow, not to be missed!

Have a great week!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cutest Video Hop Ever!

logo_finalHappy โค Day, and welcome to The Cutest Video Hop Ever!ย  My son and I are VERY excited and grateful to be joining Emily Leiphart for this fun hop celebrating 5000 subscribers on her YouTube channel but, more importantly, inspiring the next generation of crafters!ย  We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids, as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you. ย We are also proud to have two very inspiring young crafters joining us on their own YouTube channels.

I prepped everything, and my son colored all the critters. Afterwards, he excitedly shouted, in a *chop chop* fastion, “Ok, let’s make the video!” I started to explain what the overall plan was, and he said he wanted to do it all on his own, HIS way. Perfect! (But I wasn’t sure what to expect! haaa!) He started, finished twenty minutes later (including our glue mishaps), and that was that! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Bam! ๐Ÿ™‚

Please note: I have NEVER crafted a video before, so be warned. From the filming, to editing, it is all new to me. My son however, seems to be a natural at the instruction. Who knew?! โค

Here is our video โค :

Here is a list of the awesome guests on this hop!
Jill Dewey Hawkins ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re here

 

Complete hop details, including all participant links, prize list, and store coupons are on Emily Leiphart’s blog! Be sure to head over there! ๐Ÿ™‚

The following is a list of sponsors and their PRIZES!! Whoooooot! ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€ข Catherine Pooler Designs,ย two $25 gift certificates
โ€ข Ellen Hutson,ย $50 gc + 10% discount code โ€œcraftykidsโ€
โ€ข Just ME Digital Stamps, 4 digital files, winner’s choice
โ€ข My Favorite Things,ย $25 gift certificate
โ€ข Neat &amp; Tangled,ย $25 gift certificate
โ€ข Paper Smooches,ย $50 gift certificate
โ€ข Pretty Little Studio,ย $25 gift certificate + 10% discount code โ€œprettylittleโ€
โ€ข Simon Says Stamp,ย $25 gift certificate
โ€ข Sunny Studio Stamps,ย $20 gift certificate
โ€ข Technique Tuesday,ย $25 gift certificate
โ€ข Winnie + Walter,ย two $25 gift certificates
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Theย winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 21, 2017ย and winners will be announced on Emily’s blog on February 24, 2017.ย Winners must be subscribed toย Emily’s YouTube Channel.

Here are the photos of my son’s valentines and a handful of valentines I made! โค
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I think these are so stinkin’ cute! Our family and his friends are going to love them! ๐Ÿ™‚
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He put pom poms on that little Paper Smooches sheep! So cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

I laugh because he colored this one Technique Tuesday fox fairly traditionally, and the other is a party! Also, one gets all the Tootsie Rolls? LOL. Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚hawkins_tt-valentines

Here are a few cards I colored using Elena’s new Just Me Digital Stamps–so stinkin’ cute!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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I colored all these with Copic Markers. The images are so sweet, and it is easy to download and print them yourself! Another first for me on this hop: Digital Stamps! And…now I want them all! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚hawkins_jill-smore2
These frame dies and the heart dies my son used, are all from My Favorite Things. hawkins_jill-smore_01
Oooops, a little stitching blooper on this one above! shhhh! ๐Ÿ™‚
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This Technique Tuesday card is made with the Long Love die. It is super delicate, so I recommend using one of the sticky papers so you can die cut all at once to adhere. The hearts are from the Heart Strings die. Awwwww love. ๐Ÿ™‚
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And, last, but not least, is this valentine using Paper Smooches I Love You die and the For You tag die. This one is for my hubby, so I thought the gray was perfect to “man” it up a bit. This is a fun die for many occasions! ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to give a HUGE HUGE thanks out to Emily, for first, being crazy enough to ask my son and me to join this hop. And secondly, for her encouragement to make this video and edit it. I can’t say whether or not I’ll ever craft another video, but I will say it was a very good thing to try.ย (I embedded this video link above and felt so accomplished! LOL!!). My son will likely request to make another ๐Ÿ™‚ . I always enjoy a challenge…Even if I did miss a typo in the video. Bwaaahaaaa! I did that on “purpose”… wink wink! Thanks again, Emily! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for joining us today…be sure you hop on to Laura Bassenย (& leave comments too for a chance at the fantastic prizes!).ย Laura’s videos are inspiring and I always find myself laughing out loud! Her daughter is sure to add even more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Signing off!

Jill and my little buddy โค

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Still Lighting It Up Blue!

light it up blue mini hopToday’s post is another special one. I am joining in a Mini Blog Hop to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness. My friend Veronica Zalis is keeping the Blue Light shining this month, and I’m oh so glad she is. I’ve learned a lot this month.

This hop is sure to be a fun one, so hopefully you can start at the beginning and check out everyone’s projects! Links are below. Most importantly, I again encourage you to check out some info at Autism Speaks… Knowledge.

On with my card!

Because Lawn Fawn is generously sponsoring our little mini hop here, I didn’t waste the opportunity to use some of my favorite Lawn Fawn goodness. I made a handful of cards using this LF Crayon set before, but I gravitated to it again for this hop. Love these crayons! And these Alpha/Number dies! Eeeeek! Lawn Fawn makes some super fun stuff!

hawkins_jill_urgr8_00_WM hawkins_jill_urgr8_wmLawn Fawn Supplies: Cole’s ABC’s, Quinn’s 123’s, Say Cheese (die cuts), Color My World, Love You S’more (stamps).

The Light It Up Blue mini hop celebrates the last day of Autism Awareness month! We wanted to hop one more time to remind everyone that Autism Awareness is important every day of the year! We are being sponsored by Lawn Fawn. One commenter will get to pick out the Lawn Fawn stamp set of their choice. Veronica Zalis is also offering a $20 gift certificate to the stamp company of YOUR choice to one lucky winner. Be sure to visit all of the blogs playing along today to increase your chances of winning!

Commenting closes Monday, May 4th at 12 pm. Winners will be announced on Tuesday!

Thanks for stopping in &ย Lighting It Up Blue again this month! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awareness is always a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next on the hop is Vera Yates!

And here’s the whole list of fabulous:

Thank you to Veronica for organizing this hop, inviting me, and for all her patience on my technical difficulties ๐Ÿ™‚

One more note today: I’ve needed a real watermark for a crazy long time, and finally, I have one! Thanks to the awesome created by my *visually off the charts talented* friend Karen Giron. If you find yourself in the same predicament, go check out Karen’s ‘The Sweetest Thing’ Blog and order yourself one. Oh, and hang out there for awhile because she makes LOVELY projects! Phew! Thanks again Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

(endless) gratitude to PC&S

pc&s hophawkins_jill_cookies2_I always love a good laugh…and while I fully intended to post a Thank You card, I thought we might need a laugh at this point! ๐Ÿ™‚ But please, pass the tissues :(.

Today we, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine enthusiasts, say a BIG THANK YOU and a fond farewell to a beloved publication & the people that made it all happen…ok, seriously, get the tissues ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

You should have arrived here (stop #133) from Taylor Usry’s blog.

When I received the contributor email regarding the ceasing of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine after the February issue, my heart sank. The people. The amazing people at PC&S. I so feel for their loss on many levels. Then, after awhile, it sank in further…no more Paper Crafts. No more? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Well, what the heck? What do I do now? What do WE do now? PC&S is soooo much more than publications. It’s a community. It’s inspiration. It’s fun and let me be frank, awesome! AWESOME. AWESOME. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am guessing I am similar to many…for years I’ve read and admired issues of Paper Crafts (& Scrapbooking). I’ve always considered it the go-to publication/resource in the industry. It just spoke to me with it’s clean look, clear layouts, fun articles, Go-To-Gals, and AMAZING content. Seriously. Every issue I find myself gasping at people’s talents! Gosh–the talent is unbelievable. And it is clearly a reflection on the publication itself, drawing that talent issue after issue.

One day, like MANY, I read the publication calls. It was for scraps. Well, gee, I have a card on my desk that fits this bill entirely. Maybe I should finish it and send it in? What the heck! And after letting it sit on my computer for awhile, rethinking it over and over, I did. By golly, I’m glad I did! I got that coveted email from Susan R. Opel. It’s like the heavens opened with sunshine, and that music played in the background…and I kept thinking, “Is this a joke? Surely this is a joke!?” If you’re a paper crafter/card maker/scrapbooker, being in PC&S is like the FREAKING BOMB. That giddy feeling of an acceptance email is unexplainable. I buzzed around not knowing what to do with my hands! What do I do with my hands!!? LOL. Too funny. I must have read that email over 27 times+. Then I responded to Susan’s email with about 10,000 exclamation points. I figured she’d think I was nutso. (Which I was!) Instead, she shared in my joy and cheered me on. SRO…a truly delightful and sincere person :).

Then there were the contests I always admired from afar too. I again figured I had nothing to lose but not trying seemed silly. So I made cards and entered. The honor to be a winner! Geesh. And the community. Just loved it so. I have been so fortunate, being included in issues and amongst contest winners. It’s humbling, as I still feel like I’m “looking in”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anywhoozle…this was way longer than my usual post of 50-100 words, so I’ll close it out with this: Thank you to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking–for the fun, the inspiration, the challenges, the amazing issues EVERY time, the community, the fabulous photography, the hip articles, the outstanding blog, rewriting my card instructions so they make sense ;), the elevating of oneself, the fun escapes to create, embracing my excitement with me (!), and the long distance friendships. I still struggle to say exactly “something” but…well, Be Cool. It’s a fond farewell to the publication and a see you soon to the people. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking! and Thank you again…and again…and again.

Next on the hop is: Chunyuan Wu. Big thanks to Taheerah Atchia for spearheading this hop! And to those who helped her. What an undertaking! ๐Ÿ™‚

…start at the beginning on Jennifer McGuire’s blog!

Thanks for hopping by–group hug! xo

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

My first blog hop…how fitting it’s for a tribute to PC&S. xo

Supplies: (Milk and Cookies, Milo’s ABC’s, A Little Birdie Told Me (and die)) Lawn Fawn, (Shadows) Paper Smooches, (Graph Background) Hero Arts, (Hello) Avery Elle. Hero Arts ink, Paper Source & Neenah cardstock, Prismacolor pencils, blending stumps, thread.