Summer School!

Happy Summer! My friend Jen suggested we get our Summer School on and participate in the MFT Summer School series. I thought it was a great idea and I was game, as I always love a challenge! 🙂You can Join in the fun HERE. I think there is still several days left to participate. You don’t have to do them all, by any means.

I dug into my MFT archives of well used stamps and dies and pulled out some for these projects. I had fun making them all and enjoyed the challenges. On with the cards, yes?!

For this card, I used one of my favorite Birdie Brown stamps off all time from the Polynesian Paradise set. I also used the Stripes Cover Up and the Four Way Chevron Cover up (embossed). I inlaid the strips to create subtle texture for the white space. White space rules! 🙂

Primary Colors–Red, Yellow and Blue…

For this card, I used the London Mouse set and the Amazing set for the sentiment. Added some Kuretake watercolors for the background and fussy cut the mice. out. I thought this turned out fun!

I love repetition, but even more, I enjoy simplicity. It’s always hard to know if something is too simple or just enough. Especially after you’ve been looking at too long. LOL! My rule of thumb: Walk away! If you’re debating, it’s usually best to walk away. 🙂

The black and white of these pandas is perfection for this. The biggest debate was what color to make the sign! 😉 This set is called Happy Pandas and the dies are the old school version (they are solid and not cut out) which was funny to go back and figure out again. 😉

For Complementary Colors, I chose to go with Green and “Red”, aka, Pink. 🙂

This dino is from the set You’re Rawr-some! Love that sentiment! 🙂 I watercolored the dino with my Kuretake watercolors (a bit too solidly for my taste). Still not sure I like this look, but it’s good to try something different once in awhile, right?

For this one, I went with these cutie Koalas colored with Copic Markers! Back to my comfort zone. 😉

This set is called Cuddly Koalas. I also used the Chunky Herringbone stencil, Stitched Rectangle Frame and Grassy Field die. Cute cute!

To finish these, I added some stitching to each. My Panda card had some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits added.

Big thanks to my friend Jen for suggesting we do this (Jen’s are sure to be showstoppers!!) and thanks to you for stopping by!

Take care– Jill 🙂

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MFT Double Down

Here’s my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #280 AND MFT Color Challenge #45! These challenges come from the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog!photoThis color combo reminds me of candy! 🙂 Ha!

hawkins_jill_happy birthday_wmI kept this one simple too, diecutting and blending ink into the new MFT Stencil Chunky Herringbone.

hawkins_jill_happy birthday_00_wmThis was definitely a card where I looked at the sketch, started working, and didn’t refer to the sketch again. But, I’m sure you can see the sketch’s inspiration overall, right? 😉

My card is made with supplies at My Favorite Things. Die-namics: Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, Stitched Rectangle Frames, Blueprints 23, Brushstroke Birthday Greetings. Razzle Berry, Orange Fizz, Cornflower, and Green Room dye ink.

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Have a lucky Friday the 13th! 🙂

MFT Color Challenge #34

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all can sneak a nap today! 😉

Today, Color Challenge #34 is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_34Here is my card for this Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_thank you_00_wmThis is a spunky, fresh color combo. I thought this crisp look played nicely for gratitude today 🙂 !hawkins_jill_thank you_wmI made a second card. This sentiment gets such a workout on my desk. 😉

hawkins_jill_i miss you_wmI thought the sentiment from Penguins in Paradise paired well with this little cutie Penguin from BB Toastly Greetings.hawkins_jill_i miss you_00_wmJust makes me say awwwwwww. 🙂

My Thank You card is make with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:


My little penguin card is make with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:

The new Sketch Challenge #256 started yesterday! 🙂 Get crafty for both!!  🙂

My lovely MFT Challenge & Inspiration teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

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Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

Jill 🙂

My Favorite Things: Sketch #254

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #254 drifts on in to the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today!! Join us!

This week’s sketch: I really like this week’s sketch! 🙂MFT_WSC_254Here is my take this week:hawkins_jill_snuggle_wmEggplant, grays, hot cocoa with marshmallows…and The Snuggle is Real. ❤ I could not wait to use this sentiment again, and again, and again… 🙂 Plus, I’ve always loved that banner type piece from Blueprints #25. Geometrically fun!

hawkins_jill_snuggle_00_wmOh goodness, I am so so very happy MFT has introduced the two new GRAYS! They compliment the existing ones I use so often. I am trying hard not to order a back up pack of each gray. I believe this is a common crafter problem, right? A version of hoarding your supplies you most adore. So silly! 🙂

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



I’ll be back tomorrow with TWO cards for the new Color Challenge!!  🙂
Thanks for popping in…
Jill 🙂

MFT Sketch #249

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #249 rolls out today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_249Here are my takes this week:

hawkins_jill_boo_wmBoo!! 🙂 Being our first sketch of October, I chose to go Halloween-y! 🙂 I layered in an Orange Zest frame here for interest. It seems to appear more in person. Weird. 🙂

hawkins_jill_boo_00_wmI made a second card with this awesome sketch:

hawkins_jill_eektastic_wmMountain Dies…or ghosts. Whichever 😉 The Sketched Chevron BG is Awesomesauce.hawkins_jill_eektastic_00_wm My BOO 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 to not be missed!

Thanks for stopping by…
Jill 🙂

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 😉

hawkins_jill_just because_wmThis New York die is awesome. 🙂 I’m pining for a Chicago one now. LOL 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂 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. 😉 I wanted to keep mine quick, simple and oh so fun! 🙂

hawkins_jill_meow treats_wmI do love fall and all it brings! Treats! 🙂

 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!! 🙂
Jill 🙂

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #284

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge!! #284 drops in today! Join in the sketch anytime, but there is a spotlight feature if you can link your card up before Thursday! 🙂

Here’s this week’s sketch:

Here is my card for the week: hawkins_jill_i like you_wmI love this Sketch Karen made! I had so many ideas for it, I finally just had to just make something! 🙂

hawkins_jill_i like you_00_wmI stamped the inside of the card with the Abstract Background (a fav!) too. I think that always fun, when I remember (at the time) to do it! 🙂

My card was made with supplies from My Favorite Things:



Be sure to see all the cards this week! I can’t wait myself. This team should have a lot of fun takes on this sketch! 🙂

You can find all the past sketches HERE.

The Sweet Sunday Sketch team: Barbara Anders, Dana White, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Lisa Henke, Lori Tecler, Lynn Put, Sankari Wegman, Sarah-Jane Kale, Tracy Clemente and Vicki Burdick. 🙂

Happy weekend! Enjoy the rest of it! 🙂

Jill 🙂