Taylored Expressions: Mom Release!

We are celebrating all the Moms over atย  Taylored Expressions today. It’s a lovely release that can be used for many occasions AND people, even other than Mom. โค

First up today, I am using the new Dear Mom and new Gathered Greenery.ย  The boldness of this font and the size of this sentiment lends itself to a lot of different techniques! For this card, I kept it pretty simple stamping the background, color blending, and then embossing the sentiment over it.

I did use sort of an ombre inking technique on the Gathered Greenery background while stamping it. I used all the colors on the stamp, as I learned that would give me the look I wanted vs. stamping it all in one color. It just takes a little more patience and you want to be sure to put your yellow ink on first etc.

I thought this turned out quite happy! And the funny part is inside…


Next up, we have Pretty Posies. I actually used this flower upside down and made it into a cone flower vs. a posie! ha! How’s that for stretching your supplies?

For the background, I used the Mini Slim Cable Knit stencil, blending on Lemon Meringue, Pineapple, Grannie Smith and a touch of Cilantro!

Lastly, I wanted to try the kissing technique with the bold font of the Dear Mom, in combination with the new Gathered Greenery. It worked out so well!

First I stamped the Dear Mom in all the different colored inks in a solid. Then, once again, I inked the Gathered Greenery with multiple inks to create a rainbow sherbet background.

The last color I used was Honey and I didn’t blend it super well, but I went with it all anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Perfect Parent sentiments are too funny for the inside (or outside) of the cards!

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Dear Mom Cards:

Pretty Posie Card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a lovely week–hope yours is warming up too.

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Hello Beautiful: Simon Says Stamp

Hello! Today I’m sharing this Spring-Get-Here-Already card from Simon Says Stamp beaufiful new release called Hello Beautiful!ย  (See what I did there? wink.) This lovely is called Lavender Garden Stamp set. The coordinating dies are HERE. You can find the whole Hello Beautiful release HERE.

I stamped the watering can from the Lavender Garden Stamp set onto this tag and then masked it off to stamp the flowers next. I colored everything with Copic Markers and then added a few details to give it some oomph! ๐Ÿ™‚

Definitely a different card than I normally make, but I am warming up to it a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find all the goodies I used over at Simon Says Stamp! The new release is called:ย Hello Beautifulย 

Link to products used below at Simon Says Stamp:

Thanks for stopping by! Happy almost Spring!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care–Jill

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Field Notes 2 Kit from Taylored Expressions!

Today is a lovely new release. This one follows on the heals of the previously release kits Field Notes. This is a smaller set, but just as delightful. It’s the Field Notes 2 Kit release today at Taylored Expressions! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lori Craig has quite the knack for drawing up these lovely florals, a skill I don’t even remotely possess, even one iota! ๐Ÿ™‚

This new release is available at Taylored Expressions today! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, I really wanted to make a full bundle of flowers and tie it up with twine. The die that is included in the kit makes this so easily achievable and I just love that look. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used Karin Watercolor Markers to watercolor this in.

I used the Frame in Frame 2 to create a frame and then used the line stamps in this set to create a border. I love those sketched lines (I stamped in Mushroom) and I think I could those often for other cards o’ plenty too! ๐Ÿ™‚ These flowers are just so lovely! โค

I also used the little splatter stamp included on this set to fill in a little white space on this card. Love that little stamp and I am going to be using that A LOT! It’s a controlled splatter for when you need a little something.

Next up, I created a more “one layer” card with just two layers–wink wink. I stamped the lovely bundle off the corner of the card on both ends and then stamped this beautiful sentiment in the middle. I filled in a little blue watercolor with the Karin Markers again to create a wash.

After it was all set, I die cut the whole panel with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets and stamped it with the Splatter Background stamp in Mushroom. Another stamp that will be used pretty much all the time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I wanted to use the mask that is included in the kit as well. I wanted to use it very simply and it worked out wonderfully. I highly recommend going this route if you are a little pinched for time. I enjoy the lovely look it creates very easily.

First I stamped the flower bundle, again off the corners of the cards. Then I sprayed the back of the mask with some Pixie Spray to hold it in place. After all that was set, I laid the patterned stencil over top (again pre sprayed with Pixie Spray) and blended on a few colors of ink over top.

Oddly, I used the same two sentiments again, but there are I believe four sentiments to choose from in the set. I do that a lot! ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the fonts on these sentiments. This card, I am not as super fond of, but I do think that it still turned out and I will be sending this–hopefully I need it no time soon though. โค

So many things you can do with this lovely Field Notes 2 Kit. Another big shout out to my friend Lori would created these flowers! So much talent! โค

The TE scoop on Field Notes 2:

Hereโ€™s everything included theย Field Notes 2 Kitย โ€“ which retails for $55:

  • Sketchbook Bouquet stamp set
  • Sketchbook Bouquet Die
  • Sketchbook Bouquet Stencil
  • Splatter Background stamp
  • 6 Watercolor 111 lb. A2 Cardstock Panels
  • 6 Textured Watercolor A2 Envelopes
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Limited quantity available. Most items not available to purchase individually.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

Bunch of Flowers card:

Watercolored card:

Masked Flowers cards (both):

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more crafty inspiration from the TE Creative Team! Sure to be a plethora of lovely cards! โค

Thanks so much for stopping by! ย Have a fabulous week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Let’s Connect from Simon Says Stamp!

I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the new Let’s Connect release!! Hooray for mailing cards and staying connected! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am using the fabulous NEW SSS Stamp:ย Drawn Daises and you can find it HERE. The sentiment I used is from the previously released Just Because Word Mix 2. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cut it all out with the SSS Basic Rectangles.This stamp is quite pretty! I’m not entirely sure I did it justice, but it was fun to create. ๐Ÿ™‚ I stamped and white heat embossed this on some watercolor paper before painting it with my watercolors. I think this card could definitely be better with some more practice. Watercolor is tricky for me to use on images because I want to control it too much. ๐Ÿ™‚ ha!

I wanted to make the Daisies pop, so I did a dark background. I am looking forward to sending this one out into the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the Simon Says Stamp products I used:

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the Let’s Connect fun ! Be sure to check it all out >> HERE <<.ย 

Have fun creating and mailing your cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Send Happiness from Simon Says Stamp!

Today I am joining the fun over at Simon Says Stamp for the new Send Happiness release!! Wait til you see this stamp I used below–whoah! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am using the NEW SSS Stamp:ย Poppies Background and you can find it HERE. The sentiment I used is from SSS Love Messages. โค I cut the whole thing out with the SSS Basic Rectangles too. )

This Poppies Background stamp is a lovely one and large to cover your whole card front, if you so choose. I decided to white heat emboss it and then blend on some Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Ink (with a dab of Hickory Smoke). Then I splattered it with paint, added some stitching the sentiment and done. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the Simon Says Stamp products I used:ย 

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to join in the Send Happiness! Be sure to check it all out >> HERE <<.ย 

Enjoy your crafty time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care–Jill

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Right at Home’s Anemone set

I’m over on the Right at Home blog today, sharing a few more cards I created with the latest Right at Home release! You can also check out the whole release HERE!
All of these cards are made with the super easy to use Anemone set! It’s a lovely set that can be used in quite a variety of ways. I’ll share the cards here, but please head over to the RAH Blog to read more! ๐Ÿ™‚
This first card, is one of my favorites!
I used a scalloped circle to mask off the stamping area. Which is why the edge is “blurred”. You can easily make it a crisper edge with a solid circle. ๐Ÿ™‚
 And here is a PURPLE card! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Rare!
So easy to layer exactly OR slightly offset! ๐Ÿ™‚
And here is a whole set, one of which I shared a couple weeks back!
You can make this simpler and crank them out much faster in a pinch.
I’m digging the blue one! I didn’t think I’d like it, but it looks good!
I used a white Prismacolor pencil to color in the sentiments. I go back and forth on if I like it or not? I wish I had thought ahead and left the sentiment stamp to be stamped precisely on top again. But, I make decisions as I go vs. planning ahead on cards. Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I used sentiments from RAH’s previously released set, Make Something Beautiful for a few of these cards! โค that set!

I hope you have a chance to check out all of the new Right at Home release! Thank you again to Nicole! I’ve loved inking up all these Right at Home stamps and I’m looking forward to more! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello Friend

I am quite excited to have this Neat & Tangled set, Scandinavian Prints, designed by my friend Miriam Prantner! Oh my word–SO many possibilities! I had to dive in and get the inky ball rolling.

hawkins_jill_hello friend_wmI stamped this panel twice, and settled on this one.I’m looking forward to all the different possibilities ahead!

hawkins_jill_hello friend_00_wmMiriam is crazy talented. Gah. โค

ETA: In my morning haste, forgot to paste this fun in:Excited to submit this for the Little Tangles Challenge this month–Anything Goes! Check it out HERE! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!


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MFT Sketch #277

Here’s my take on MFT Sketch Challenge #277! This comes from the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog!photoI thought I’d get ahead for either Teacher Appreciation or more likely, the end of the school year! ๐Ÿ™‚ My son’s teacher is beyond AMAZING! And I like to tell her that. โค hawkins_jill_teacher_wmI thought this was a little different take on the sketch this week. I clear embossed the Roses All Over BG and then rubbed in distress inks. Pretty quick and easy, which is what I like these days! ๐Ÿ™‚


My card is made with supplies at My Favorite Things. Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX, Candy Jars, Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX. Stamps: Roses All Over BG, LLD Soda Pop, and Rainbow of Happiness. Card stock: Ripe Raspberry and Smooth White.

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Out of the Zone

I received THIS Fuchsia stamp set from Technique Tuesday, and was wondering if I could do it justice. I cannot lie: Flowers, especially lovely, realistic ones, are not my forte. But, always up for a challenge, I tried! ๐Ÿ™‚

hawkins_jill_you make my_wmDefinitely something different for me overall. I also tried using watercolor over watercolor. Does that makes sense? Haaa! Something to build on going forward. ๐Ÿ™‚

hawkins_jill_you make my_00_wmFor these cards, I used Technique Tuesdays’ set Fuchsia – Greenhouse Society Stamps – April 2016. I know many people who would rock these stamps, and they are issued monthly. Very cool. If you want to see some pretty examples with this set, check these out HERE.

I also used the Be Happy set. โค

Thanks for stopping by to see something out of my comfort zone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I figure, if nothing else, it is good for my brain. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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