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 #247 + treats!

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #247 begins its reign on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_247Here is my take this week: I rotated and flipped the banner a bit πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_just because_wmThis New York die is awesome. πŸ™‚ I’m pining for a Chicago one now. LOL πŸ™‚ I also dig this sketch!

hawkins_jill_just because_00_wmI die cut the skyline and then used the positive and negative cuts as a stencil to spray with Copic markers. Something different. Fun fun! πŸ™‚

I didn’t get my second sketch card made yet this week (September is a bit cookoo around here!), but I thought I’d share these cute little treats.

hawkins_jill_treats_wmQuick and simple. I thought I’d attach all the clothespins differently, to illustrate the options.

hawkins_jill_batty treats_wmI think this bat one is my fave! πŸ™‚ But these ghosts below are my favorite images in this set. So cute!

hawkins_jill_boo treats_wmIt would be really easy to take these to the next level and add some twine and coloring. I also think some sparkle would be fun! But I knew the sparkle wouldn’t photograph well. πŸ˜‰ I wanted to keep mine quick, simple and oh so fun! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_meow treats_wmI do love fall and all it brings! Treats! πŸ™‚

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



My Favorite Things

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

Thanks for stopping by…See you here tomorrow for the latest Color Challenge!! πŸ™‚
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch #245

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #245 is on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_245My card for the week:hawkins_jill_i'm so grateful_wmFall florals! Suddenly I need more ink pads… ha! πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_i'm so grateful_00_wmI made a second card, loosely based on this Sketch too:

hawkins_jill_happy hello_wmLove this apple! Hel-lo Teacher Cards!

hawkins_jill_happy hello_00_wmMy first card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:



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

Don’t miss Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog! Spotted!! πŸ™‚

Also, did you see this!? Click HERE for the details! LOVE it!


See you back here tomorrow for the newest Color Challenge! It’s another good one! πŸ™‚

Thanks for popping by…
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch #244

photoHey hey! MFT Sketch Challenge #244 is on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_244My card for this week:

hawkins_jill_dew_WMSoda POP! And DEW!? Dewey love? Yes we Dew! πŸ™‚ haaaaa! Laina rocks great designs. I also completely enjoy this stencil and cover up. Ahhh September new releases! πŸ™‚


I have a second card to share using this sketch. It is quite a loose take. I used the building as the “tag” and went from there. I usually look at a sketch to start and don’t look at it again. That’s how things get a little wacky, often. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_you're sweet friend_wmI decided I had *medium* control issues after making this. The watercolors want to flow, not be controlled. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_you're sweet friend_00_wmSuch a fun set nonetheless. And I’ll keep practicing. πŸ™‚

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



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

Don’t miss Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog! AND TODAY, a super contest starts on the MFT Blog. You’ll need to check this out, get in on it, and WIN! πŸ™‚


My funny and OH SO TALENTED MFTC&I DT teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for stopping by…
Jill πŸ™‚