Paper Smooches August Pep Rally!

Hooray! It’s one of my favorite days of the month–PS Team Blog Hop Day! If stamping had a holiday, this would be one of my choices. 😉 Buckle up my crafty friends, because as always, Paper Smooches has rocked some awesome goodies available next MONDAY! 🙂

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches AUGUST 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on July 31st.  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, July 30th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, July 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

The super talented, Yana Smkula is filling in for Alice while she visits her family.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)


Here’s my fun projects to share today!
Eeeeeep! How awesome are these new Flower Frames Dies?! I made these cards before I trimmed the dies apart, and look at the bonus coolness you get!
I have since trimmed them apart, and therefore now have three fun little frames and this adorable heart! I love this heart. (I’m kinda picky about hearts and I definitely ❤ this ❤ !) ha!
The fantastic part about these cards is, when you die cut the Flower Frame Dies like this from several different cardstocks, you can piece them together for quick cards! I’ll probably have about four-five cards from this one die cut lot. Love that! 🙂
These sentiments are both from Paper Smooches’ Kindness Sampler. Fantastic set full of 🙂 sentiments!
Next hop stop:  Karin Akesdotter! 🙂 Karin always has amazing things to see!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to hop on and leave comments for chances at the prizes! And save your pennies for Monday, when you can purchase all the fun new products!

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches July DT Hop

Happy Summer!! Here we go with some July FUN from Paper Smooches! As always, this release does not disappoint and has a very funny set! ❤️ ! A lot of laughs! 🙂

PS DT Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on June 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 increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, July 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, July 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • 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)


On with my project!!
How delightfully calming is this new Dove Die? Goodness. I find it so peaceful. I also used the forthcoming new stamp set, Faith Sampler.
 I watercolored with Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade (I think?), and Mustard Seed. I die cut the dove several times and layered them up for a stronger look. Such a great die for many occasions of cards. 🙂
I’ll have lots more Paper Smooches fun to share in July! Whooohooo! I can’t wait for you all to see the fun coming!
Next hop stop:  Karin Akesdotter! 🙂 Buckle up! Sure to be awesome!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to hop on and leave comments for chances at the prizes!

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches June DT Hop

Gulp, it’s JUNE soon!! I know I say this every month, but wow! Today we are celebrating the new release coming from Paper Smooches!! Get ready–a whole lotta smiles coming with this release!! 🙂

PS DT Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JUNE 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on May 31st.  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 increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Tuesday, May 28th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Wednesday, May29th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • 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)


Here’s my card!

I see this, and I SMILE! Oh my word, this cactus!! And this sentiment! ❤

This die is the forthcoming Cactus Die and the sentiment is from the soon to be released, Kindness Sampler. That’s right, the “Kindness Sampler”. Gah! ❤

I adore Kim’s little smiling creations! Each time I receive them, I squeal! Just so fun!
Also, on this card, I used the previously released Super Star Dies and the Cross Stitch Die. (I posted another card I made with the cross stitch die HERE.) I blended on a few distress inks, and then embossed this card with the Cross Stitch die. I added the star strip, Cactus, and stamped the sentiment. I finished it off with stitching the panel onto the card base, adding a few sequins, and getting it ready to mail! 🙂

Next stop: The multi- talented Karin Akesdotter! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today! I can’t wait to share more of the fun Paper Smooches products this coming month! Have a great weekend!

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches May DT Hop

Yay for May and all it brings! 🙂 Today is the Paper Smooches Design Team Hop to celebrate Paper Smooches May release! Buckle up! There are some new faves debuting soon!

PS DT Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on May 2nd.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  The release date was postponed one day because Kim will be on her honeymoon until May 2nd.

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 increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Tuesday, May 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Wednesday, May 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • 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)


On with my project!

For this card, I used the soon to be released, New Beginnings stamp set! This set has an awesome variety of stamps to celebrate special and everyday occasions. 🙂

I was so happy how this turned out! Honestly, I was afraid it was going to be a mess, but in the end, I ❤ it!! 🙂 This rose is fantastic in its simplicity, for people like me.

I watercolored these with my Zig markers and added a “few” little pixels in after it was all dry.

Hope you are excited for the release too! I can’t wait to make some more things myself! 🙂

Next stop: The way talented Karin Akesdotter! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches April DT Hop

Happy Spring 🙂 ! We are ushering in APRIL Paper Smooches, if you can believe that? Wow. April. Get ready for some sweet things from PS this month! I have more to make!! ❤ ❤ 🙂

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches APRIL 2017 release with you!  TWO new stamp sets and SIX new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on April 2nd.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  The release date was postponed one day because Kim will be out of town until April 2nd.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 increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, April 2nd to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, April 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • 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)


On with my project!! ❤
Once again, Paper Smooches sentiments do not fail to delight! This Thank You is from the new forthcoming Pineapple Crush 2 stamp set and this AWESOME pineapple is the new Pineapple 2 Die. Ooooo it’s fun! I love this typeface and its bold statement, perfect for repeated linear stamping! ❤
I was definitely sweating as I got further along with this stamping and then when I was done, I die cut it! Ahhhhhh the panic! 🙂 🙂 It turned out–phew!

Be sure to hop along everywhere here today. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has whipped up! 🙂

Next stop: The SUPER talented Karin Akesdotter! 🙂

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches March DT Hop

Hey hey!! March is coming in FAST! February has been a wacky month, so I am ready to rock March, and so is Paper Smooches! Buckle up crafty friends, because there is a lot of creative POW about to hit!


It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MARCH 2017 release with you!  THREE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on February 28th.  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 increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, February 26th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 27th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Alice is away on vacation, so Katie Gehring was super sweet to fill in for her.  We are all in for a treat!

Jill Hawkins <— 🙂

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
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(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)


For my project, I used the soon to be released Cat & Dog Card Dies! Shaped cards? YES please!!  I chose to make a cute kitty for my first go: Those eyelashes! ❤

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I kept this one pretty simple because the dies do all the work. Love that! I added some big googley eyes for added fun. 🙂 This sentiment is from the forthcoming PS stamp set, Critter Card Puns.jill_cat-dog-card-die_inside

This die set is chock full of fun pieces that you can add or mix up and use in different ways! Eeeep! Wait until you check out all the other fun shaped dies coming from PS this month too! They are fun to use and surely fun to receive! 🙂

One last Happy Birthday shout out to Paper Smooches, and turning Six in February!! Looking forward to many more years of fun! 🙂

Gah! This release is going to be super fun! Be sure to follow the whole hop! Your next stop is: Kalyn Kepner 🙂

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Paper Smooches!! DT Hop! (!!!)

Today, I share some most exciting news!! I am joining the fun and talented Paper Smooches Design Team! I cannot tell you how elated and grateful I am!!! Paper Smooches has always been a HUGE favorite of mine, so I’m still a bit (very large understatement) in awe. Thank you, Kim ❤ ! My crafty lil’ heart is  beyond excited! 🙂

The other very awesome news, is that Paper Smooches is turning SIX this month!! I think that is definitely something to celebrate, and I’m super delighted to do so! Congrats to Paper Smooches on Six inky years!!

On with the HOP!


It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches FEBRUARY 2017 release with you!  ONE new stamp set and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on January 31st.  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 increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, January 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, January 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • 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)

FEBRUARY is Paper Smooches Anniversary month, They are celebrating 6 years!  Be prepared for a TON of fun all through the month of February!


For my project, I used the brand new Celebrate Balloons Dies. Balloons are always a go-to for any celebratory card, so their versatility is a big win! Plus, I super love the big balloons. 🙂

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For this card, I die cut a bunch of balloons, and blended a little ink on each. Then I piled them on and added this cute little Bee from Courteous Cuties with the sentiment from Courteous Cuties 2 (and their dies). I think this Bee is ridiculously cute! Buzzzzz! 🙂

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I thought it would be fun to make another project for today. I kept this one simple by just using my favorite balloon from the new Celebrate Balloon dies and the You Are Loved die.

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Oh goodness, I love googley eyes. 🙂 (This little smiley is from the Market Fresh set, which I believe has been retired.)jill_celebrate-balloon-dies_02_00

Thanks for stopping by today! I can’t wait to make more fun! All smiles! 🙂 🙂

Take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins 🙂