November Release Countdown, Day 2 from Technique Tuesday!

Welcome to Day TWO of Technique Tuesday’s November Release Countdown! Today I get to share this VERY cool die!

I am sharing a card I made withe the soon to be released Sweater Weather Crafting Die. I am looking forward to using this die on all the things this winter! πŸ™‚ This great sentiment is from the newΒ Hello Winter Stamp Set.Β (*Links will work when the new products are released tomorrow, November 1st)

I die cut this die four times on this card panel and then popped out one row to make them red vs. white. I adhered everything down well, and then attached it all on an aqua note card. A favorite color combo for Winter. ❀  This card is so cozy!

Be sure to check out the NEW products from Technique Tuesday HERE! (The new products shown above will be available via the link tomorrow, NovemberΒ 1st! πŸ™‚

(If you missed my post yesterday, click HERE to head there next!)

And be sure to follow the new release over at the Technique Tuesday Blog HERE! There you can hop to all the posts from the Design Team! πŸ™‚

I’ll catch you back here again tomorrow for RELEASE DAY and another card!

Thanks for stopping by! Jill πŸ™‚

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Hooray for a Holiday weekend here in the US! I hope you have some fantastic plans for the long weekend! ❀

I’m popping in to share this Paper Smooches card today. I thought this would be fitting to send this weekend, with its patriotic color scheme! I sooooo enjoyed making this card. I completely enjoy inlaying all those pieces, and then making it all work, like a puzzle.

I die cut everything and then had to die cut the die cut for the Postage frame…. put it all together, added some stitching and scoring and finished! πŸ™‚

For this card, I used some awesome Paper Smooches goodies: Postage Stamp, Love Word die, Triangle Dies.

Hop over and check out the Paper Smooches Blog for lots of inspiration and the current challenge!! It’s always fun to join in that and there is a fabulous PRIZE! Big fun! πŸ™‚
Happy weekend to all– never-ending gratitude to the men and women that served our country ❀ .

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Here’s my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #314 and MFT Color Challenge #60!

photo I arrived home late from a school meeting last night, but still wanted to make something. Our household has been under the weather, and I was behind on creating anything! Ahhh! πŸ™‚

I was itching to inlay something, and of course, the strips of card stock is always a fave of mine to do!


I wasn’t sure how it would look with the strips on an angle, but I like it! It’s getting mailed today!hawkins_jill_hugs_wm

I rotated the sketch, so the HUGS is the big rectangle, and the nod to the then vertical piece, is my stitching. I couldn’t decide what to do for that element, but I think the stitching turned out fun, albeit a little off from where I intended. Ha! I held my breath as I started stitching, and as I did that little piece at the bottom. I wanted them aligned, and I wasn’t sure where my needle left off! Oh silliness πŸ™‚

Supplies from My Favorite Things!

Anywho, there you have it! Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚
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Technique Tuesday Happysauce :)

I think I would like Happysauce on everything! πŸ™‚ And it starts with another Technique Tuesday Thursday! Be sure to hop over to the TT blog for this week’s scoop!

First up, these cutie little Bird Friends! I just adore these little stamps and I thought I would just go ahead and stack up the cuteness! This was actually a panel I colored up for Day ONE of Kathy Racoosin’s most recent, The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge. I finished it off with some blending and boom: Happysauce πŸ˜‰ hawkins_jill_whats up_WMAck! πŸ™‚ (Bird Friends and Sending Smiles. <3)

hawkins_jill_whats up_00_WMNext up, I did one of my all time favorite things…strips of paper and die cut inlay. I just think it creates such a fun POW with very simple supplies (and scraps! FTW!). πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_wow_wmI know that I made it, but I still say Wow! πŸ™‚ SO fun! (Clipboard Die & Memo Pad Card die)hawkins_jill_wow_00_wm

Well, that wraps another fabulously fun Technique Tuesday Thursday for me. I enjoyed my weeks over at TT this past month or so, and I Thank Teri and everyone at TT for having me along! Such a pleasure to make fun stuff with their fun stuff! πŸ™‚ You can check out theΒ  Technique Tuesday blog today.

Also, in case you missed any, you can find my previous TT posts: HERE, HERE, and HERE and HERE!

Thanks for stopping by & a huge shout out to thank Teri for being just plain awesome. xo

Jill πŸ™‚

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Top Dog Dies: Guest!! :)

I am so happy Top Dog Dies invited me back to Guest Design some projects for their October release! I enjoyed it so much, I made FIVE projects. You’ll want to hop over to their blog and read my full post there to learn more about each of these projects! πŸ™‚

The first project I made using the Spiders Die Set.

hawkins_jill_spider1_600hawkins_jill_spider2_600Next up is a project I made using Ghost Die set. Smiling Ghosts: Yes, Please. Super cute.

hawkins_jill_boo2_600I love the little pierced holes outlining them.

hawkins_jill_boo1_600The next projects I made are these drink straws. I am a total *sucker* for paper straws. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_straw2_600 hawkins_jill_straw1_600Moving right along to a caffeine fix, ha ha! This next card is one of my favorites. I used the previously released Coffee Cup and Finishers die set, along with the Ghost and Spiders die sets. Ahhh, I die. *wink wink* hawkins_jill_coffee2_600hawkins_jill_coffee1_600

And last, but certainly not least… I leave you with one last card today, drawing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am a firm believer in educating oneself on the topic, and October is a fine month to make it a priority. I made this card to remind everyone:

hawkins_jill_boobs1_600The die from the Ghost set says Boo, but I got to thinking about adding another B and S. Boom. Love Yo’ Boobs! πŸ˜‰

Once again, I used the Coffee Cup and Finishers set, along with the new Borders #2 die set. I also had to blend on some ink to the lid. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_boobs2_600I want to send a very big Thank You out to Top Dog Dies for having me back to Guest Design this month. I enjoy their fun dies in a BIG WAY and I’m grateful they asked me to give them a spin this month! Halloween FUN!!

Thank YOU for popping by today! Be sure to hop over to Top Dog Die’s Blog to read my full post there! πŸ™‚




Guest on Top Dog Dies…

It’s no secret, I LOVE to die cut. Love it! I actually haven’t owned a die cut machine that long, but I can’t remember living without it. Haaaa! Soooooo I was quite excited when Top Dog Dies asked me to be a Guest Designer for their latest release. AND get this: Coffee!!! Hello!! I’m certainly the big winner on this deal. πŸ™‚

Head on over to see my projects there, on the Top Dog Dies blog TODAY! πŸ™‚

Here are the projects I made: TDD_Hawkins_Jill_EnjoyTDD_Hawkins_Jill_hugsTDD_Hawkins_Jill_hello They were so generous and sent me these two sets to work with: Coffee Cup & Finishers Die Set and the Circle Die Set. Very very cool. That Coffee Cup die can cut through several sheets of card stock at once. Which makes me really want to make a card set and gift it to a fellow java lover. πŸ™‚ Shaped cards are SO fun! The Circle Die set works perfectly with the Coffee Cup, or on its own, as you can see on my card above. I love basic sets that have fun little details. They are always my go-to sets because of their versatility.

Here’s some detail shots: Those hearts! πŸ™‚

TTD_hawkins_jill_enjoy_00_wmTDD_hawkins_jill_hugs_01_wmTDD_hawkins_jill_hello_00_wmBe sure to hop over to the Top Dog Dies blog today and check it all out! I’m off to grab another cup of coffee! All this coffee talk… πŸ˜‰

Thanks for joining me today and big THANKS to Top Dog Dies for having me! Fabulous dies o’plenty! Ahhhh! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚


…go with the color (challenge)!

PrintTODAY is the start of the first Color Challenge (lucky #13) on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!! Colors–ooooo la la!

Check it out over there today & get in the know! Then get those wheels turning and join the fun πŸ™‚ Here’s a peek: (hint: These colors make you think *spunky*!) πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_color challenge#13_01_WMI can’t wait to check all the different MFT cards there as well! There really is something for everyone to enjoy! MFT CT&I is the definition of spunk! πŸ˜‰hawkins_jill_MFTCC#13_WM_

Bo-nus card! Bo-nus Card! Ok, here it is πŸ˜‰
…I die cut the words out to inlay, but then just added layers back in…I like them this way better. May give this card on February 14th…they don’t all have to be pink & red right? πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_MFTCC#13_01_WMThis card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things: Die-namics Mason Jar Mug & Die-namics Love & Adore You (dies), Smooth White, Persimmon, Lemon Drop, Tropical Teal & Limelight (Card Stocks)…limelight…can’t stop using it! πŸ™‚Printjoin us! πŸ™‚

My MFTC&I teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Thanks for stoppin’ by πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚


hawkins_jill_dad sauce_Awesomesauce. πŸ™‚ Love it. This was the item I was using for inspiration:

sauce_This card was made for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine‘sΒ June 2015 “Get Inspired” column. You know the fabulous one at the end of every issue that just makes you want to make something STAT!? Ha! No, seriously, it does. πŸ˜‰

Anywhoozle… I was ever so thrilled to be even considered for such by PC&S, and was all a flutter when Susan R. Opel asked me to do it. C.R.A.Z.Y. Fun. Eeek! Just insanely happy and FREAKING nervous!

I started working on this card immediately! Then proceeded to work on it, piecemeal for about three weeks. Tinkering, thinking, die cutting something here, something there… (Lawn Fawn products=good stuff)…And then I was done! Or so I hoped?! I emailed it to Susan one morning. A few hours later, I received the email about publishing coming to a close after the February issue. *sniffles*. I didn’t connect all the dots until later that night…this column wasn’t going to happen. 😦

I was definitely bummed, as this was a big huge humungous honor for little me. But in the end, I am more grateful than anything. I was asked. And THAT is the true highlight for me. I am just so thankful for the consideration, let alone the call to create. πŸ™‚ I loved being challenged like this from a source I greatly respect. I enjoyed the whole process & thought the end result was fun…even though I admittedly panicked at first! ha! πŸ˜‰ ) Again, I’m not even kidding. Lol. πŸ™‚ )

I keep saying it, I’ll say it again and I’ll say it often–Thank you PC&S. You will be missed.

…and Thank you SRO! You’re the sincerest cheerleader! Sharing your last blog post with these cards that “almost were” is another sign of your generosity and character.Β  πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading–

Jill πŸ™‚

Supplies: (Cole’s ABC’s & Speech Bubble Border (dies), Milo’s ABC’s (stamps)) Lawn Fawn. Paper Source & Hero Arts cardstock, Versamark, Hero Arts embossing powder, thread.