MFT Gratitude and ♥. So. Much.

Wow. I just keep thinking, Wow. 🙂

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! 🙂 I thank you again Susan, for your confidence, your encouragement, your delightful words on every week’s posts (!!), your emoji (💩), 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! 🙂 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. 🙂

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! 🙂 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! 🙂hawkins_jill_knowing you_00_wmI love these little puppies, with their scarves. Too funny! 🙂

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. ❤

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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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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! 🙂

My final puppy dog sketch card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:

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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! ♥♥

My craftiness will continue right here on my blog, on Instagram and Facebook. Follow me on any! 🙂 (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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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 🙂

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(endless) gratitude to PC&S

pc&s hophawkins_jill_cookies2_I always love a good laugh…and while I fully intended to post a Thank You card, I thought we might need a laugh at this point! 🙂 But please, pass the tissues :(.

Today we, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine enthusiasts, say a BIG THANK YOU and a fond farewell to a beloved publication & the people that made it all happen…ok, seriously, get the tissues 😦

You should have arrived here (stop #133) from Taylor Usry’s blog.

When I received the contributor email regarding the ceasing of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine after the February issue, my heart sank. The people. The amazing people at PC&S. I so feel for their loss on many levels. Then, after awhile, it sank in further…no more Paper Crafts. No more? 😦

Well, what the heck? What do I do now? What do WE do now? PC&S is soooo much more than publications. It’s a community. It’s inspiration. It’s fun and let me be frank, awesome! AWESOME. AWESOME. 🙂

I am guessing I am similar to many…for years I’ve read and admired issues of Paper Crafts (& Scrapbooking). I’ve always considered it the go-to publication/resource in the industry. It just spoke to me with it’s clean look, clear layouts, fun articles, Go-To-Gals, and AMAZING content. Seriously. Every issue I find myself gasping at people’s talents! Gosh–the talent is unbelievable. And it is clearly a reflection on the publication itself, drawing that talent issue after issue.

One day, like MANY, I read the publication calls. It was for scraps. Well, gee, I have a card on my desk that fits this bill entirely. Maybe I should finish it and send it in? What the heck! And after letting it sit on my computer for awhile, rethinking it over and over, I did. By golly, I’m glad I did! I got that coveted email from Susan R. Opel. It’s like the heavens opened with sunshine, and that music played in the background…and I kept thinking, “Is this a joke? Surely this is a joke!?” If you’re a paper crafter/card maker/scrapbooker, being in PC&S is like the FREAKING BOMB. That giddy feeling of an acceptance email is unexplainable. I buzzed around not knowing what to do with my hands! What do I do with my hands!!? LOL. Too funny. I must have read that email over 27 times+. Then I responded to Susan’s email with about 10,000 exclamation points. I figured she’d think I was nutso. (Which I was!) Instead, she shared in my joy and cheered me on. SRO…a truly delightful and sincere person :).

Then there were the contests I always admired from afar too. I again figured I had nothing to lose but not trying seemed silly. So I made cards and entered. The honor to be a winner! Geesh. And the community. Just loved it so. I have been so fortunate, being included in issues and amongst contest winners. It’s humbling, as I still feel like I’m “looking in”. 🙂

Anywhoozle…this was way longer than my usual post of 50-100 words, so I’ll close it out with this: Thank you to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking–for the fun, the inspiration, the challenges, the amazing issues EVERY time, the community, the fabulous photography, the hip articles, the outstanding blog, rewriting my card instructions so they make sense ;), the elevating of oneself, the fun escapes to create, embracing my excitement with me (!), and the long distance friendships. I still struggle to say exactly “something” but…well, Be Cool. It’s a fond farewell to the publication and a see you soon to the people. 🙂

Cheers to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking! and Thank you again…and again…and again.

Next on the hop is: Chunyuan Wu. Big thanks to Taheerah Atchia for spearheading this hop! And to those who helped her. What an undertaking! 🙂

…start at the beginning on Jennifer McGuire’s blog!

Thanks for hopping by–group hug! xo

Jill 🙂

My first blog hop…how fitting it’s for a tribute to PC&S. xo

Supplies: (Milk and Cookies, Milo’s ABC’s, A Little Birdie Told Me (and die)) Lawn Fawn, (Shadows) Paper Smooches, (Graph Background) Hero Arts, (Hello) Avery Elle. Hero Arts ink, Paper Source & Neenah cardstock, Prismacolor pencils, blending stumps, thread.