Paper Smooches JULY Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, July 7th at 10am ♥️!! 🙂 This release is chock full of AWESOME sentiments and fun patterns–this is a release that you will use over and over and over and over! 🙂 ❤ it so much!

Here we go!

  • Hello!  It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY 2019 release with you!  THREE new stamp sets, THREE new dies and TWO NEW stencils will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on July 7th.  Once they go live, you will find the new products here: www.papersmoochesstamps.com

    To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize!  The prize – a $30. gift code to use at the PS online store.

    Here are the details:

    • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
    • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
    • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on July 8th to leave a comment.
    • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on July 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

    Paper Smooches blog

    Guests:

    Design Team:

    Ways to increase your chances of winning:

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

    Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details.  http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Today, I’m sharing a card showing off the new Pattern Builder Dies! This is a die set that can be used often to just add bits and pieces here and there on so many cards!

The sentiment is from the forthcoming Inhale Exhale sentiment set! The lettering on this stamp set is just THE BEST! So unique and fun!! 🙂

Paper Smooches: Pattern Builder Dies, Inhale Exhale. (These will be available tomorrow.)

I’m really looking forward to sharing all my projects this month–the sentiments: ❤ !

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin never disappoints! 🙂 Thanks for joining us today!!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Paper Smooches June Release Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, June 7th at 10am ♥️!! 🙂 This one is full of bright and fun goodness!! It is one of my favorite releases this year… do I say that often? shhh 😉

Here we go!

  • Hello!  It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JUNE 2019 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets, FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on June 7th.  Once they go live, you will find the new products here: www.papersmoochesstamps.com

    To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize!  The prize – a $30. gift code to use at the PS online store.

    Here are the details:

    • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
    • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
    • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on June 8th to leave a comment.
    • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on June 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

    Paper Smooches blog

    Guests:

    Amy Tsuruta

    Emily Leiphart

    Design Team:

    Ways to increase your chances of winning:

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

    Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details.  http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Today, I’m sharing a card showing off the new Sunny Dies! Eeeeep! So cheerful and cute!

l added a fun rainbow of background there and the Mini Cloud dies to create a little nesting spot for the cute sun! 🙂 I love this sentiment from the forthcoming Sunnyville stamp set too (definitely a new go-to set! All. The. Time!) 🙂

Paper Smooches: Mini Cloud dies, Sunnyville, Sunny Dies. The rest of the new release is HERE!

I can’t wait to share all my other June projects this month! 🙂

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin is sure to have something sunny too !!! 🙂

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Paper Smooches May Release Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, May 7th at 10am ♥️!! 🙂 This one is Mantastic!! 🙂

Here we go!

  • Hello!  It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY 2019 release with you!  THREE new stamp sets and TWO new dies will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on May 7th.  Once they go live, you will find the new products here: www.papersmoochesstamps.com

    To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize!  The prize – a $30. gift code to use at the PS online store.

    Here are the details:

    • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
    • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
    • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on May 8th to leave a comment.
    • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on May 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

    Paper Smooches blog

    Guests:

    Audrey Tokach

    Kelly Booth

    Design Team:

    Ways to increase your chances of winning:

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

    Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details.  http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Today, I’m sharing a card showing off the new Dress Shirt die! How fun is this one?! The pocket! The pens. I can’t handle it in plaid–so fun! 🙂

I wasn’t sure how this would be with the plaid patterned paper….but sure enough, I find it delightful! The pens in the pocket slay me! 🙂

This sentiment is from the new stamp set called Daddy Yo 2–How fun is “Mantastic? ❤

Paper Smooches: Dress Shirt Dies, Daddy Yo 2, Power Rays Die.

I love the contrast of the May release of manliness to the April release of feminine. Thanks so very much for joining us– And thank you for stopping by my blog!!

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin is sure to have something mantastic too !!! 🙂

Take care–Jill 🙂

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The Cutest Video Hop Ever!

Helllllllooooo and welcome to our stop on The Cutest Video Hop Ever!  My son and I are VERY excited and grateful to be joining Emily Leiphart for this fun hop, inspiring the next generation of crafters!  We hope you have as much fun watching us craft with our kids–or in my case, watching my son craft! Ha!

Thanks so much to our very generous sponsors who have donated over 30 prizes for this hop. Sit back and enjoy!

My only contribution to his card was stamping and diecutting all the critters for him. You’ll be able to tell, he handled all the rest (and then some) himself. He REALLY likes to chat and has SO MUCH to say. Believe it or not, I actually trimmed this WAY down. Unfortunately or fortunately, you will miss out on all the banter about restaurants, allergies, Minecraft, 2nd Grade, etc. But you will learn about Spring, Dog Man, half birthdays, bees, snails, extra teeth and so much other goodness. I do love him so! ❤

Please note: I do not make videos. For those who do, I always admire you because it take a great deal of time to do an amateur version, I can’t imagine completing a finessed version! 🙂

Here is our video ❤ :

Here is a list of the awesome guests on this hop!
All of the artists’ YouTube links are below. Please remember that comments here on my blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.

Complete hop details are also on Emily Leiphart’s blog! Be sure to head over there! 🙂

We’re incredibly grateful to Ranger Ink and Simon Hurley for sending Simon Hurley create. products to several of our designers, and also to Catherine Pooler Designs for sending her inks to several of our designers.

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated over 30 prizes for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 17, 2019 and winners will be announced on Emily’s blog on April 24, 2019.

Ranger Ink, 2 Simon Hurley create. Goodie Bags

Jennifer McGuire Ink, 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags

Catherine Pooler Designs, 2 ink pads per video

Simon Says Stamp, $50 gift certificate

Avery Elle, $50 gift certificate

Studio Katia, 2 x $25 gift certificates

Winnie & Walter, $50 gift certificate

Pretty Pink Posh, $30 gift certificate

Ellen Hutson, $25 gift certificate

Hero Arts, $25 gift certificate

My Favorite Things, $25 gift certificate

Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 gift certificate

Paper Smooches, $25 gift certificate

The Stamp Market, $25 gift certificate

Waffle Flower, $25 gift certificate

Here are the photos of my son’s sweet little “flying tooth” card:

He chose to use this super cute set from Paper Smooches called So Fairy Cute (and dies HERE)! And it is adorable, especially with the tooth. I also like how he refers to the stamp set as “his pack”. HA!!

Be sure to check out Emily’s YouTube ChannelThanks again, Emily! ❤ It takes an amazing amount of time and effort and it is so worth it to see the kids create! 🙂

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and for all your kind words to me in the past. My son definitely loves to hear from his “viewers”! Haaaa! Cracks me UP!

Your next stop is the fantastic Laura Bassen–CERTAIN to be a treat! 🙂 Head over there by clicking HERE!

Signing off!

Jill and my little buddy

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! 🙂

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! 🙂


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?! ❤ them! They are: Daydream, Mandarin Spice and Green Tea. (Watch out Tutti Frutti, there’s a new orange in town 🙂 )

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. 🙂 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!  ❤

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. 🙂

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 <– 🙂 you are here

Maureen Merritt

Lisa Harrolle 

Chrissie Tobas

You’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’! 🙂

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 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins See you there! 🙂

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! 🙂

This first card is made with the new 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! 🙂

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

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

The second card I made to celebrate, uses the same 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. 🙂

I finished this card off with some enamel dots and some stitches. I enjoy this card’s simplicity and pops of yellow. 🙂 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? 😉

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

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: Ardyth Percy-Robb  <—Hop hop! 🙂

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

Take care! Jill 🙂

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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!! ❤

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! 🙂

Oh my word! THIS LEAF! ❤ ! 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! 😉 ) I used the Marching Leaves stencil on the background. (This stencil is definitely one of my favorite things in this box– ❤ !!!!)

I love this color combo that shook out during the process! 😉


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? 😉 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. 🙂  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!

 One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on AUGUST 17th on Catherine’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.  Taheerah Atchia
  3. Lydia Evans
  4. Ingrid Blackburn Pagliocca
  5.  Kimberly Wiener
  6.  Jill Hawkins  <— You are here! 🙂

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! ❤ ! I look forward to sharing more tomorrow! 🙂

Have a fabulous week! Thank you for hopping all the way here! 🙂

Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins See you there! 🙂