Love Ya Bunches

Hope your weekend has been fantastic so far! πŸ™‚

I love this little set: Lawn Fawn/Ellen Hutson United We Flourish Love Ya’ Bunches. I have been wanting to monkey around with it again and I finally got around to it πŸ™‚ .

Eeeeek! So fun! And this paper is hoard worthy, but I am trying my best to use my favorites too vs. saving them. LOL. But the rainbow–want to keep forever–ha! ❀I stamped everything and then used my Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor these cuties on Bristol paper. It turned out so fun, and my son is going to love finding it in his lunchbox Monday!

Oh this little bear is from Lawn Fawn’s You’re Claw-some set. ❀ those little guys. πŸ™‚

I’m entering this for the Lawn FawnaticsΒ Challenge #11 HERE!Have a great weekend! Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

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12th Birthday!

Hola! I’m sharing this card I made for my niece, who is turning 12!!!??? How!!?? I swear she was just turning 3 yesterday. Yup, I’m that adult that cannot digest that children just keep on growing! Haaa! πŸ™‚  ❀

I thought this bear would be fantastic to hold some fun balloons! AND a cupcake, while sporting a party hat! Busy little dude! πŸ™‚

I colored the cutie bear and his accessories with Copic markers, added some Stickles and Wink of Stella sparkle. I tied silver thread to each balloon (which, while time consuming, is a fun detail) and finished it off with a little washi tape and stitching. In the end, it’s a little bit busier of a card than I generally make, but it is a PARTY! πŸ™‚

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen All Inside ( and dies), EH’s Silver Linings, and Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloons and Party Animal  stamp/die.

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson! Perfect! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Biggest birthday wishes to E on Monday! Shhhhhh! πŸ™‚ ❀

Jill πŸ™‚

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You’re Rad-ish!

Hooray for the weekend! I was trying to do nothing last night, but apparently I cannot do that because I ended up making this card. πŸ™‚Β 

Let me just say: I used more purple on this card than I’ve used all year? Haaaaaa!

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen stamps set,Β  Wonky Backdrops and Avery Elle’s Punny Pantry stamps. I completely enjoy this Avery Elle set because PUNS! πŸ™‚Β  I was fortunate (and super excited!) to be gifted this at a crafty retreat. Thank you, Avery Elle! ❀

I colored this radish with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I stamped the Wonky Backdrop with a Hero Arts ombre ink pad. Love how that turned out! πŸ™‚ I stitched on some patterned paper and cardstock strips before I added the lot with foam adhesive. Such a fun card!

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson right now. Plenty of time to join in, so hoping to make another one day. Wishful thinking anyway ;)! Check it out and join in! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

You are Crafty and Kind

Popping in today with this card I made for the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! When I saw this color combo inspiration, I was sold! I do love color!

The pinned inspiration photo for this month makes me so happy! ❀ ! I die cut the rays from all the different colored cardstocks, trimmed apart,Β  and inlaid them on this panel. I clear embossed the sentiment and stitched it on. My sewing machine had some issues recently, and I ended up using the wrong stitch (wanted a straight stitch). But once that needle went through, I was committed! Not tragic, but a bit busier than I’d have liked. πŸ˜‰

For this card, I used the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I also used the recently released, Crafty Ladies Say by Brandi Kincaid. Awesome!! πŸ™‚

So glad I am squeaking this card in for the challenge! Whoooooohooo! Love these challenges at EH!


ETA 8-01-17: Last night, I sat down at my desk and all these bits were still there. Hence, I made four more cards! Love when you get a 5 for 1! πŸ™‚

For these sentiments I used the same Crafty Ladies Say…and also: Warm Fuzzies, Mermaid’s Tail, and All Inside. Goodness, I ❀ the way these colorful rays look! πŸ™‚ And I also was sure to check my stitch setting before starting this time. Double yay! πŸ™‚


Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Essentials by Ellen NEW RELEASE!

I am SO excited to share a couple of cards I made for the new Essentials by Ellen Release! I could not be more thrilled to help celebrate the fun! Especially because when I hear a whiff of a new EH release, I wait with crafty excitement!

Ok–on with the cards already! πŸ™‚

For this first card, I used Brandi Kincaid’s new set, Crafty Lady and coordinating dies. Too fun!

How stinkin’ cute is this little tote stamp AND all these fun sayings?! I knew I had to use them all, and I finally figured out how. LOL. Totes people! πŸ˜‰

For these, I stamped them with Versafine Black ink and used Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor an ombrΓ© look in. For stamping the background, I used the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set. (I use this set A LOT.) πŸ™‚

Here’s a better look at the whole set:

Soooooooooo fun! I love the handwriting “font”!

I have made a handful of cards thus far, using the new release. I thought I’d share one more today and then be back with more soon!

This is made with the new set, Crafty Ladies Say set. I just love the impact of these stamps!

For this, I made a watercolored panel using Distress Inks. When that dried (patience, grasshopper, patience), I heat embossed this sentiment right on top. For the stars, I again used the Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops set. πŸ™‚

Here is a look at this whole set:

Head over and check out all the new release! I think it might be one of my favorites yet! I’ll be back soon, sharing a little mermaid action. That’s right, Mermaids. ❀

Thank you so much to everyone at Ellen Hutson for having me along to celebrate this new awesomeness! Special thanks to Carly for being so organized and super kind! What a fun experience it has all been!

See you all back here with a couple more cards SOON!

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

You Brighten My Day!

I need some sunshine to mail and I saw theΒ  Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge this month: Strawberry, Orange and Lemon–perfection!

Here is my card!

For this, I used two Essentials by Ellen stamps sets: Wonky Backdrops and Warm Fuzzies.I watercolored with Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed. I stamped with Versamark Black ink and clear heat embossed all those. To finish it off, I added some spatters and stitching for texture.

There’s still time to jump in on this Pin-Sights Challenge! I hope to squeeze in another card using this combo–since it is a go-to fave of mine anyway. πŸ˜‰

See you back here tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Today I have the awesome opportunity to join in the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! How excited am I? πŸ™‚

The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!Β  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit, HERE.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration photo: Pretty, right?

And here is my inspired card:

Gah! I had sooo much fun making this card! I rearranged these pieces dozens of times until I finally settled on this little number. πŸ™‚

I first used all the inspirational colors, and that was too much. Then I dialed it down to just a few of the colors: The navy, the off-white and the pinkish hue.

I freaking LOVE the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I mean, how cool are these dies? I really enjoy how they are held together just slightly, which is great for holding the piece together and/or makes them really easy to separate. I separated the pieces, and pieced the colors easily after doing that.

I then used the Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks By Julie Ebersole. Another fun die! I went back and forth about putting a different color cardstock underneath to peek through. Yes? No? Yes?Β  In the end, I always settle on the simpler look. πŸ˜‰

Can you tell I am a big fan of Julie Ebersole’s designs? I am! That Julie is a troublemaker for my wallet. πŸ˜‰ Such fun!

I added some stitching and finished everything off with these Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix (4mm, 6mm, 8mm &10mm ).

A BIG thanks to Laurel for helping me gather all the details for this great challenge! A HUGE thank you to Ellen Hutson, for having me along this month, and for always being so awesomely supportive of me, and all those in our fun crafty community! ❀ ! It has truly been a pleasure to participate this month! Keep the good stuff coming! πŸ™‚

Thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope you participate in this month’s challenge! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins