Peace & Love

Hooray for Friday! I find it a little odd to be posting this on Friday the 13th (ha!), but so it goes! πŸ™‚

Today, I’m I’m sharing my Paper Smooches card using the new Mini Cross die and the the Boxed Greetings, along with their coordinating dies HERE.

 I created this background using the two Distress Oxides Blues–Broken China and Faded Blue Jeans. I added some flicks of water and white, a few embossed stars to polish that off. I partially diecut both the Mini Cross and the Boxed Greetings. I added some quick stitching and done! πŸ™‚

Check out all the NEW Paper Smooches OCTOBER 2017 release HERE! Lots of holiday fun!!

Have a fantastic weekend! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

 

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Merry Christmas…and scene! :)

Happy ALMOST weekend!

Today, I’m popping in with a sweet little Christmas number using the New Paper Smooches Merry Christmas dieΒ and the previously released, Promenade (and coordinating dies). The little snowflake balls are from the new going-to-be-used-a-lot-set, Boxed Greetings. Good gravy, do I enjoy Kim’s handwriting, and this die is dynamite for the holiday season!

One of my favorite combos of all time is kraft, red, and white. Well, to be 100% truthful, kraft is one of my favorite colors of all time on its own! πŸ™‚

I white heat embossed this scene on the kraft panel, and then added a smidge of Versamark pen to darken some areas. I also added a few bits with Prismacolor colored pencils for the berries and glowing light. I die cut the Merry Christmas die from a couple of layers of red cardstock and one or two white for some POP! πŸ™‚

I love all the little parts in the Promenade set and the fact that you can die cut them out, is the icing on the cake. Those wreaths alone are a card waiting to happen. πŸ™‚

Check out all the NEWΒ Paper SmoochesΒ OCTOBER 2017 release HERE!

Have a fantastic Friday friends! and Go CUBS!! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

 

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches October Pep Rally!

It’s Paper Smooches Pep Rally week!! And it’s all about the HOLIDAYS! Lots of great new ideas and goodies to use! eeep! I haven’t even scratched the surface myself!!   πŸ™‚


It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches OCTOBER 2017 release with you!  ONE new stamp set and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on September 30th.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, October 1st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, October 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

 

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  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

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

AND, we have something special to share…we partnered up with XYRON this week.

Our designers received Xyron adhesives to use on their October projects and Xyron’s design team were given Paper Smooches stamps to create with.  They are sharing their Paper Smooches cards on the their blogs this week. You can find them all HERE


For my project today, I used the super fun and festive new Paper Smooches Santa Card dies! Eeeeeeeeep! How cute is he?! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Bonus that we received Xyron adhesives to use on our projects this month! The Xyron sticker maker makes this Santa a breeze to piece together. I am always amazed when I peel up that plastic topper and BOOM: Sticker! Love. It. You can check out the Xyron Sticker Maker HERE. It’s a staple for a crafty stash. πŸ˜‰

For Santa’s face, I decided it would be fun to use the Flower Frames dies. These Santa Card dies cut a larger beard to fill a card front, but I trimmed mine down to work on the Flower Frame. I added a little Liquid Applique to his hat brim and a huge pom-pom! πŸ™‚ Oh what fun it is!

His cheeks are rosy!! πŸ™‚ For the background, I used Paper Smooches Graffiti alpha set to create the repeated HO HO HO! Don’t you just love his bushy eyebrows?! ❀

I also used the Xyron Mega Tape Runner to adhere the larger elements and the panel to the card base. I am a fan of this tape runner because I don’t have to refill it nearly as often as I do some of my smaller runners. Big fan of that! Thank you for sharing your awesome stickiness with us this month Xyron! πŸ˜‰

Next stop on our Paper Smooches Pep Rally Hop:  Karin Akesdotter! πŸ™‚ Karin wow’s me constantly! Geesh! ❀

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to hop and leave comments for a chance to win some Paper Smooches goodness! Merry Christmas! Errr, I mean, Happy Fall! πŸ˜‰

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

 

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Fall Tidings and more!

Fall Tidings? That’s a thing, right? Well, it is now. LOL! πŸ™‚

Today, I’m popping in with a few more cards from the September Release (and others!) of Technique Tuesday! All the new goodies can be found HERE!

My first card features this month’s cutie owl, Framed Owl! Awwwww! ❀ I also used the sentiment from Sassy Birthday! Perfectly funny! πŸ™‚

I colored this cutie with Copic Markers and cut him out using the Clipboard die.

Next up, is this perfectly seasonal sentiment paired up with these layered leaves from the Fall Favorites set. These leaves stamp in such a cool fashion and I love the look in the end! It’s pretty subtle is these photos, but in person, it is lovely. Imagine the possibilities of layers with these!

I also added in some sweet acorns from the Fall Accents dies. When I made this card, we were actually experiencing sweater weather and I loved it! Suddenly, we are back into the low 90’s. Phew!

Another sweet and simple card using the Fall Accent dies is this one below:

This card is pretty simple and straight forward, but it would be easy to create a bunch of these for that very reason. This sentiment is from the Echinacea Stamp set. (All the finches are currently eating our dried up Echinacea flowers in the yard. ❀ )

And last, but not least, is this tidy little holiday number:

This pinecone (Pinecone Builder) ROCKS and I need to use it more! It comes with a solid cone to create a background for your delicate die cut. I used both delicate cuts here however. I die cut the pinecone,Β  as well as dry embossed it, to create some texture on the background

If you eliminated the “letterpress” background, this card would be fairly simple to create by the dozen! Of course, I love this handwritten sentiment paired with the typeface of “wishes”. This is from the Spirit of December stamp set. This sentiment set is crazy versatile, because you can mix up the sentiments as needed… and you don’t have to cut them. (the horror! LOL!) πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Be sure to hop over and check out the new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE!Β  Lots of trouble to be had! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!!

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram:Β jilldhawkins

Technique Tuesday: Christmas in August!

A new month, a new bunch of stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday ! They can all be found HERE! Not only are Christmas stamps in this release, but lots of camera-y goodness and of course, the latest flower. πŸ™‚

Today, I’ll share the Christmas cards I made because they make me laugh! And I NEED to make more…so hoping this gets me going! πŸ™‚

Both cards use awesomely funny new sentiments from this Dear Santa set. Crack. Me. Up. πŸ™‚

I stamped this on kraft and colored with colored pencils. I also used the new planning set, Christmas Doodles ( ❀ these little doodles!) for stamping a tone on tone background for this card base. The die is a favorite go-to: Postage Card Die.

This next card, I also use the same Dear Santa set, but also I used the newly released, Spirit of December. A versatile set with simple images (aka, not intimidating) and great sentiments for scrapbook use (and ALWAYS cards)! πŸ˜‰

I colored the images with Copic markers and added some washi tape along the bottom before stitching the panel on.

How super funny is this sentiment?! LOL! How many of these could I send out? Bwwwaaahahhaa! πŸ˜‰

Be sure to check out ALL the fun new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE! It’s a release I can’t wait to get out and use some more!Β  πŸ™‚

Have a great Sunday!

Enjoy- Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram:Β jilldhawkins

Good Tidings

Good Tidings to you! Following up on yesterday’s post, I thought I’d share a card I made with the new Paper Smooches Decorate a Tree die. This is a little more conventional use of this die, unless of course, you consider the colors! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_good-tidings_wmThe little squiggle of garland that floats down the tree & the star can be used in many more fun ways. Love that.

hawkins_jill_good-tidings_00_wmIf you missed my post yesterday, check it out HERE. I used this die in a much different way! πŸ™‚ My other November release Paper Smooches posts can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

This great sentiment is from Paper Smooches new Be Merry stamp set.

See you back here tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Jill

Instagram? jilldhawkins

 

 

 

More Paper Smooches fun!

Surprise, I’m back today with one more card using the fun November Paper Smooches release! The DT Blog Hop is bumped up to tomorrow, Wednesday, so I wanted to squeeze this one more in today!

Apparently, this month, I was all about mixing up the Christmas colors. Be sure to check out my previous posts, which I will link to at the bottom.

This card uses the new Triangle Tree Die from Paper Smooches. This die has some mega possibilities too! I have a bunch of cards unfinished on my desk with this one! Some can be finished, some were just experiments gone awry. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_we-wish_wmThis card is a bit different, and is really non-holiday. I thought the geometric fun of this die was great to mix it up a bit! I also used the new Christmas Tree Die words on this. And a heart from another Paper Smooches die. ❀

You can find some of my previous November Paper Smooches posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Phew. πŸ™‚

Be sure to head back here tomorrow for the Paper Smooches DT Hop! I am excited to be filling in again for December, and cannot WAIT to share some of the new release. ❀ !! Such a pleasure to take part in the Paper Smooches fun! πŸ™‚

Thanks again for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Jill

Instagram? jilldhawkins