Merry and Bright

As mentioned previously, I give myself the pass on making our family Christmas cards. As much as I enjoy it, I sort of lose my mind somewhere along the production line. πŸ™‚

Of course, time is even tighter in December, but I kept these very simple and managed them in one sitting. I mailed them out before Christmas, to my teammates! Whoot! πŸ™‚ It’s the little victories!

hawkins_jill_merry&bright_06_wmI was also in a race with the mailman, so I snapped just a few quick photos. πŸ™‚Β  hawkins_jill_merry&bright_wmWhile these cards are very similar, they are all slightly different. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_merry&bright_00_wmFun with non-holiday supplies! Always fun to stretch what you have in different ways. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget, there is a little time left to participate in Sketch Challenge #260 and over a week left for joining Color Challenge #36 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!

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My cards are made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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My favorite MFT Challenge & Inspiration teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Instagram? jilldhawkins.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have posts coming every day this week. Be sure to stop back! (I’m amazed myself! ha!!) πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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MORE MFT Color Challenge #35

Color Challenge #35 is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog! The team made another week of great projects. Be sure to check it out.

My post for my first Color Challenge #35 card is HERE.MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_35Here is my second card for this Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_dream big_wmOh these little elephants. Adorable indeed. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_dream big_00_wmI feel like I have too many neutrals on this card, but I’m going to run with it anyway. Mind the tidbit of orange too. πŸ˜‰

My card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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The new Sketch Challenge #258 started this week! πŸ™‚ <—Click here for the link πŸ™‚ Join us!

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

Thank you for stopping by again! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Color Challenge #35

Today, Color Challenge #35 is on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog! I hope you can hop on over to see what the rest of the Design Team made. Each person really brings their own unique style to their projects. I eagerly wait to read the posts myself! πŸ™‚MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_35Here is my card for this Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_remember that_wmThe Amazing stamp set is a staple sentiment set. It’s font is simple (my fave!), and therefore can fit gracefully into any card type. And the Stitched Stars STAX is another staple. Products like these, are crafty money well spent in my book because of their versatility. Dig that. πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_remember that_00_wmI have another Color Challenge card waiting to be photographed. So I’ll post that one very soon too. I just can’t get a decent photo without the daylight. And well, it’s 10pm. Haaaa!! See you back for that card soon!

My card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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The new Sketch Challenge #258 started yesterday! πŸ™‚ <—Click here for the link πŸ™‚ Join us!

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

Instagram? jilldhawkins.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Sketch #244

photoHey hey! MFT Sketch Challenge #244 is on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_244My card for this week:

hawkins_jill_dew_WMSoda POP! And DEW!? Dewey love? Yes we Dew! πŸ™‚ haaaaa! Laina rocks great designs. I also completely enjoy this stencil and cover up. Ahhh September new releases! πŸ™‚

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I have a second card to share using this sketch. It is quite a loose take. I used the building as the “tag” and went from there. I usually look at a sketch to start and don’t look at it again. That’s how things get a little wacky, often. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_you're sweet friend_wmI decided I had *medium* control issues after making this. The watercolors want to flow, not be controlled. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_you're sweet friend_00_wmSuch a fun set nonetheless. And I’ll keep practicing. πŸ™‚

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

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

Don’t miss Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog! AND TODAY, a super contest starts on the MFT Blog. You’ll need to check this out, get in on it, and WIN! πŸ™‚

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My funny and OH SO TALENTED MFTC&I DT teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for stopping by…
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Color Challenge #27 & Summer School!!

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_27It’s the 2nd Thursday of the month and Boom! Color Challenge #27 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog. PLUS–MFT Summer School!! πŸ™‚

My card for this Color Challenge:

hawkins_jill_gold star_wmThe new Fringe die has lots of possibilities. Here I die cut the Fringe with the Stitched Basic Edges die, to add a little interest. πŸ™‚

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(The Delicata Gold ink holds the embossing powder, but I decided to add another layer with Versamark as well. πŸ˜‰ )

PrintBonus! Today is Day Four of MFT Summer School: Session Three. Today is all about Color Saturation. Hop over to the MFT Blog to read about it all. Susan R. Opel will school us all real good! πŸ˜‰

Color Saturation – The intensity of color. The more white or gray that’s added, the less saturated the color becomes. Cards tend to work best when the saturation of the colors are on a similar scale.

Here is my card: I squealed with delight when I finished. You do that too sometimes right? πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_think happy_wmI definitely lean toward the bright/darker colors rather than the muted ones. I am often in awe of people who use the lighter colors successfully. I love these saturated colors together! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_think happy_00_wmI die cut the new Four Way Chevron Cover-up several times and pieced together. Then I die cut that panel with the Stripes cover-up and pieced that together. Crazy clapping ensued. You just never know what things are going to look like and I do not enjoy wasting time. LOL πŸ™‚ This delights me ever so very much!

Β If you missed my cards from earlier lessons this week, you can click on these links: Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday (<–Including the new Sketch Challenge!)

My Color Challenge card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:
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My Summer School card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:

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

If you’re on Instagram: jilldhawkins.

Find my takes on the previous sessions of MFT School:

Thanks for stopping by :)…Come by tomorrow for my take on the final MFT Summer School 2015 lesson! See you then! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

Xyron sticks to MFT

PrintIt’s the beginning of some special fun posts on the My Favorite Things Blog this week. My Favorite Things meets Xyron!

I have looooong had a Xyron Sticker Maker. It was probably one of the first crafty tools I owned, so I’ve been a fan of Xyron’s stickiness for many years πŸ˜‰

Here is the project I made for this collaboration:hawkins_jill_five_wmThe most important thing when making an inlaid card is adhesive–and LOTS of it. For this I used the Xyron Mega Runner. It worked famously for laying down bulk adhesive and I was pret-ty excited! I go through a lot of adhesive, but this Mega Runner holds so much, I have yet to come close to needing a refill…and I’ve been using this since the lovely folks at Xyron sent it to me! Loving it for sure!! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_five_under_wmThe ‘5’ comes off the card, and using the Xyron Magnet Tape, it becomes a magnet! How awesome is that!? I just love that the card serves double duty and the recipient can use the 5 on their fridge, or wherever πŸ™‚ But I also wanted the card to have its own life and not be naked, so I just inlaid another 5, slightly dressed up too :).

hawkins_jill_five_magnetback_wmThe Xyron Magnet Tape is just like a roll of basic tape. One side is sticky and you just pull it out, tear it off on the teeth, and stick! Voila! Easy peasy! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_five_magnet_wmHere are a couple quick photos I snapped while making my card. The first one shows how I laid out the pieces. Right after this photo, I completely covered the white typing paper with the Mega Runner adhesive. That is the key to inlaid die cutting. Do not cut corners on this because inevitably, that is the part that will pop off. Ask me how I know πŸ˜‰hawkins_jill_five_progressThis next photo shows you how the pieces are all well stuck and then die cut again into a nice tidy panel πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_five_progress_wmIt’s so nice to not use half a roll of your runner on one card! This Mega Runner is a powerhouse. And look at those Blueprint 26 Balloons….ahhhh πŸ™‚

The My Favorite Things blog today is where you can read all about this fun week! You will also be delighted with more cards by two seriously talented MFT Team members: Donna Mikasa and Stephanie Klauck! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see their projects myself! These ladies never disappoint πŸ™‚

You can visit Xyron HERE on their FB page of goodness!

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

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Be sure to follow the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for the Sketch Challenge and the Color Challenge!!PrintThanks for joining me today and awesomely huge THANKS to Xyron for inviting us over to play this week! πŸ™‚

Have a great week all!

Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Summer School: Complementary

PrintDay TWO of fun on the MFT Blog! MFT Summer School: Session Two! Sharpen your pencils! πŸ™‚

Today’s lesson:PrintComplementary sometimes just happens, but it is a quick way to pick your colors if you get stuck. They are opposite colors on the color wheel…such as yellow/purple, orange/blue, red/green…Β You’ll definitely want to hop over to the MFT Blog to see what Susan wrote up for today’s lesson. That’s where the real schooling is πŸ˜‰

There is also a great download for your school notebook πŸ˜‰

Here’s my card:

hawkins_jill_you're the coolest_wmThis was a very happy accident. I wasn’t making this card! I was going to edge a piece of card stock with this Notebook Edge die:

As I did, I got this negative piece and thought it was TOO fun to just leave in the scrap pile…so these little strips happened instead. Hence this card.

hawkins_jill_you're the coolest__00_wmThis reminds me so much of that pom-pom fringe that was used to often in the 70’s/80’s? I remember pink curtains somewhere in my world that had that pom-pom fringe. Awesome. πŸ™‚ Stretching those supplies! Hooray! πŸ™‚

Hope you can check out all the surely fun projects today too πŸ™‚ The My Favorite Things blog is where to hop to!

If you missed my post yesterday, you can link to it HERE.

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

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Be sure to follow the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for the Sketch Challenge and the Color Challenge!!PrintThanks for stopping over! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for this week’s NEW Sketch AND Lesson Three for the week!! πŸ™‚

Have a great Tuesday!

Jill πŸ™‚