Taylored Expressions: Dad and More!

There is a new release over atΒ  Taylored Expressions today to celebrate Dads and so much more! πŸ™‚

On both my cards today, I used the new Argyle Stamp and Stencil Combo. Please note, I did not do it the traditional way of Argyle for these cards (as the set is built for) –I went rogue! BUT you should know that it is super quick and super easy to do it the traditional way. (Is that right? Or should I just say, make Argyle. Because Argyle is Argyle. ha!! πŸ˜‚)

There are new Simple Strips in town too! These new ones are from the Man Myth Legend Simple Strips stamp. I love how this color combo came together and I actually enjoy the hodge podge of Argyle pattern here, but check out the TE Team’s projects because they all did it the “right way”.Β  πŸ˜‰

I also wanted to use the new Diamond Piercing Plate, so I add that goodness on here too! I used Blueberry, Dijon, and Confetti Cake for the color fills and Mushroom for the pattern.

Next up, I went even MORE rogue! I used practically every color in the Taylored Expressions palette–haaaa! Please see my links below to see what colors I used and try to pick out the ones I didn’t use! I’ll get you started… I did not use Toffee, but don’t tell Heather Nichols. πŸ™‚

I just kept shifting the stencils and then doing a row at a time in each color. I’m still not entirely sure I love this card, but I also don’t hate it, so I guess that is something. πŸ˜‰

I used the Framed Script-HelloΒ die–I die cut it a few times to give it some oomph too and backed it with some Earl GreyΒ cardstock to make it pop more.

I am looking forward to making Father’s Day cards using the Argyle in the traditional way, or the proper way, if you will. πŸ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

And here’s the scoop:

Right now, through Sunday, May 16th (or while supplies last), You can get the Argyle Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Argyle Stamp & Stencil Combo set and Diamonds Piercing Plate.Β The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, May 16th.


Dad BirthdayΒ Card:

Hello ArgyleΒ Card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more manly crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by!Β  Get ready to celebrate all the Dads!

Take care πŸ™‚


Follow me on Instagram: jilldhawkinsΒ πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch #278

Here’s my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #278! This comes from the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog!photoI soooo enjoy the MFT Cover-Ups. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_thank u really_wmI blocked the card stocks and then die cut the panel. After that was cut, I inlaid the pieces, alternating their original positions.Β  I thought I’d reinforced the channel ways with some white strips.Β  Enjoyable. πŸ˜‰hawkins_jill_thank u really_00_wmMy card is made with supplies at My Favorite Things. Die-namics: Four Way Chevron Cover-Up, Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX, Blueprints 13. Stamps: Thanks So Very Much. Card stock: Razzle Berry, Lemon Drop, Blueberry, and Smooth White. <–all the fruity stocks! ha! πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch 266, One!

Here is my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #266 this week. (Check it out: My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog.) <–Susan is there, posting lots of fun things throughout the weeks! Be sure to hop over!photoOne!


I was pretty excited about inlaying these stars in on a card. Um, bad idea jeans. Different sizes, different shapes. You know you are crazy when… πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_one_wmI didn’t have a plan when I started this card, but it worked out swimmingly for a first birthday, in the end! πŸ™‚

My card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Square STAX, Die-namics Stars in the Sky – Vertical, Rolling Hills and Big Numbers. Stamps: BB The Whole Herd. Card stock and Black Licorice Hybrid ink.

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Thanks for popping by! See you back here Wednesday & Thursday!
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Gratitude and β™₯. So. Much.

Wow. I just keep thinking, Wow. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ I thank you again Susan, for your confidence, your encouragement, your delightful words on every week’s posts (!!), your emoji (πŸ’©), 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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_knowing you_00_wmI love these little puppies, with their scarves. Too funny! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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! β™₯β™₯

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

My Favorite Things: Sketch #258

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #258 starts on the My Favorite Things Challenge & InspirationΒ Blog today! Happy Wednesday! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜‰

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 IΒ  trimmed them all down to get this. Ah, geometric fun! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_sending love_00_wmThis shape laid around my desk for a couple weeks, and then hopped on this card last night.

Β 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!! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch #251 + Tag

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #251 begins today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & InspirationΒ Blog!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_251Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_merry_wmI used watercolors on the background here and then used watercolors some more. This one is growing on me a little. I generally like things simpler, less busy. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_merry_00_wmI didn’t get to make a second card for this Sketch. But I did make a fun tag for a little friend’s birthday party last week. So I’ll share that πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_wish big_wmI don’t think the sequin’s glue was dry when I took this photo, but the rain was coming and it was getting dark out! Must have natural light! Haaaa! πŸ™‚ Anywho, I wrote the little girl’s name in the blank space, tied it on the kraft bag, and voila! πŸ™‚

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



My Bionic Bot Tag is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are to not be missed!

Thanks for stopping by…
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Color Challenge #27 & Summer School!!

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_27It’s the 2nd Thursday of the month and Boom! Color Challenge #27 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog. PLUS–MFT Summer School!! πŸ™‚

My card for this Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_gold star_wmThe new Fringe die has lots of possibilities. Here I die cut the Fringe with the Stitched Basic Edges die, to add a little interest. πŸ™‚

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(The Delicata Gold ink holds the embossing powder, but I decided to add another layer with Versamark as well. πŸ˜‰ )

PrintBonus! Today is Day Four of MFT Summer School: Session Three. Today is all about Color Saturation. Hop over to the MFT Blog to read about it all. Susan R. Opel will school us all real good! πŸ˜‰

Color Saturation – The intensity of color. The more white or gray that’s added, the less saturated the color becomes. Cards tend to work best when the saturation of the colors are on a similar scale.

Here is my card: I squealed with delight when I finished. You do that too sometimes right? πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_think happy_wmI definitely lean toward the bright/darker colors rather than the muted ones. I am often in awe of people who use the lighter colors successfully. I love these saturated colors together! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_think happy_00_wmI die cut the new Four Way Chevron Cover-up several times and pieced together. Then I die cut that panel with the Stripes cover-up and pieced that together. Crazy clapping ensued. You just never know what things are going to look like and I do not enjoy wasting time. LOL πŸ™‚ This delights me ever so very much!

Β If you missed my cards from earlier lessons this week, you can click on these links: Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday (<–Including the new Sketch Challenge!)

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


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

PrintJoin us! πŸ™‚

My enabling and talented 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.

Find my takes on the previous sessions of MFT School:

Thanks for stopping by :)…Come by tomorrow for my take on the final MFT Summer School 2015 lesson! See you then! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see their projects myself! These ladies never disappoint πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Have a great week all!

Jill πŸ™‚

Quiet space…shhhh

PrintToday is the last day of Summer School on the MFT Blog! Awesome week of fun stuff.

Today the concept is: Quiet Space. Head over the main My Favorite Things blog to read all the insight and knowledge. πŸ™‚

Here’s the card I made for today:hawkins_jill_miss you that_wmThis penguin, his floatie, and this sentiment screams for quiet space. It really brings home how much he misses you. πŸ˜‰

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The My Favorite Things blog has a whole week of Summer School. Be sure to hop back to Monday and read all the posts. You can also check all my posts out here:

Click: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. What a week! πŸ™‚

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



Don’t forget to check out the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for all the fun on the Sketch Challenge and the current Color Challenge!!

PrintThanks for dropping in! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚




MFT Sketch #227

photoSketch Challenge #227 on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog is kicking off today! It’s possible there could be many new MFT products used by the dynamite team…just sayin’. πŸ™‚

Here’s my card for the week. I may or may not have a slight obsession with the MFT Blueprints. πŸ˜‰ LOL! This is a lot of the new one: Blueprints #25!hawkins_jill_You're Darn Great_00_wmI don’t have the Fishtail Flags STAX, so I just had to elongate the Die-namics Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX with a little die cutting magic. Works fabulously. Literally stretching your dies! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_You're Darn Great_wmHere’s the sketch πŸ™‚MFT_WSC_227I made a second card based on this Sketch #227:

hawkins_jill_hello blooms_00_wmI don’t typically excel at using flower anything, but I have to say I was sooooo absolutely thrilled when I received these! THESE Build-able Blooms are SO up my alley–builder flowers that are on the potentially whimsical/funky side–I can’t wait to use them more! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_hello blooms_wmMy first card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

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

PrintHope you’ll join us!
Thanks for stopping through…
Jill πŸ™‚