Toucan Paradise | Concord & 9th Fun!

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my second post as a Concord & 9th Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series! Be sure to check out their projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

Both cards today feature the new Toucan Paradise Bundle. It is such a perfect set for my current vibe: Summer, Tropical, Hot. πŸ™‚

This toucan is so fun and I love that he can be stamped in pieces to change up the colors. I masked off a section and then stamped all the elements within that section with bright and cheerful colors.

I stamped the toucan and die cut him out with a branch, adhering him with foam tape. I added some reverse scored lines on the opposite side for added texture. I really enjoy how simple and crisp this one turned out in the end.

My second card is a little wild! πŸ™‚ It too features the Toucan Paradise Bundle, just keeping it simple with a background and sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment with VersamarkΒ  on vellum and used sparkly embossing powder. It looks awesome in when it catches the light. ❀ I stitched it all down on top of the centered stamped elements. I only wish I had stamped a few of these background all at the same time, because I love the look of these stamps all together. πŸ™‚

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to try something BRIGHT and tropical! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see both Carrie and Karen’s projects too! SURE to be fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you missed my post last week, you can check that one out HERE.

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you back here next Friday!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Concord & 9th

Today is an exciting day, as I’m joining Concord & 9th as a Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series—-I could NOT be more excited!! πŸ™‚ I have always enjoyed seeing this feature and I am delighted to participate this month! Many thanks to Concord & 9th for having me <3….I have been having a grand ol’ time, that’s for sure! Also designing this month are Carrie Rhoades and Karen Reategui! Be sure to check out their projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

On with the cards– That’s why we are all here, right?Β  πŸ™‚

This first card features the new Sew Pretty Dies, Joyful Tiles Turnabout Stencil Pack, and Tropical Vibes Dies. If you haven’t hand stitched a card, I highly recommend giving a go. It creates a lovely added element to each card–and these dies make it quick work. I stitch while watching TV–because I can rarely just sit. πŸ™‚

This “hello” sentiment is perfect for many occasions–I stitched it in dark (navy) blue.Β  I thought it would be fun to stencil the base first, before stitching. Have you used a Turnabout Stencil? It functions just like a Turnabout Stamp. I use my Misti for corner to hold the stencil in place and get the tight fit. πŸ™‚

I thought the flowers, scoring and stitching added the perfect finishing touch! πŸ™‚

Next up, I used the Sew Pretty Bundle and the new Tropical Vibes Turnabout stamp for the sentiment.

I thought it would be fun to stitch up the diamond a little different, and it turned out pretty cool! The trick for this specific look, is to have two colors going at the same time, so you can stitch them alternating, as you go. You can do one color at a time, it just creates a more layered look vs. integrated. Both are fun! πŸ™‚

Next up, I have a sweet stamped little number… This card features the Sew Pretty Stamp set.

I stamped the Hello with a dark blue and then magically found the matching Copic to fill in the outlined Hello. (Insider tidbit: This was completely a strike of luck to find the right color straightaway. Haaa! This will likely never occur again.) I simply adore the “from all of us” sentiment. Just delightful!

For the background, I masked off some stripes with Post it tape and blended on some ink. I stitched the panel on to complete the card.

…So I might have made a few cards because I could not stop! πŸ™‚

This next card features the Sew Pretty Bundle. There are so many possibilities with the stamp and die combos, especially because you can leave the diamond open or complete it, adding a little extra die piece to pierce the holes. This is likely my most straight forward card, if you will.Β  A lovely little number to give to the Bride & Groom!

It’s also delightful that in the bundle, you receive the floss and needles to stitch with. So when you receive your goodies, you are ready to rock! πŸ™‚ The floss colors are all fabulous and go together swimmingly.

I added the simple stitched line and score lines to finish it all off.

And last but not least, is the first card I made! This card again features the Sew Pretty Bundle.

I stamped the diamonds to overlap each other. I originally had three colors of ink to use, and grabbed the wrong one to lay down the last diamonds. But don’t tell anyone. *winkΒ  So if I made this one again, I’m not sure if I’d use two inks or three, as was originally intended…?

This green floss might be my favorite in the bundle. πŸ™‚ Its lovely. Perfect to say hello!
Well, I find my bucket of photos is now empty! πŸ™‚ As you can see, I really enjoyed exploring lots of possibilities with these new stamps and dies. And I still want to try a few other things. I’m hoping to get those done sometime in the next weeks–there should be some new seasons to binge watch soon!?Β  πŸ˜‰

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to try your hand at making something fun and possibly explore trying something a little “different” with them too! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see ALLLLLLL the fun!

Happy stitching–thanks so much for stopping by!

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you back here next Friday! Spoiler Alert: Next week’s cards are bright and uber fun! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

#concordand9thΒ  #C9FeatureFriday

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Technique Tuesday! :)

Hello all! Phew! I’ve been MIA! πŸ™‚ It was weird to not create any cards for nearly a week?! We spent a lot of our Spring Break time visiting family. Loved it! Now, I’m getting back to it! Hooray!

Onward to the exciting news!! I have the super awesome pleasure of joining theΒ Technique Tuesday Creative Team!! What fun for me to work with products I ❀ ! Plus, Teri Anderson. Enough said. πŸ™‚ #terirocks

Annnnnd today is April release day for Technique Tuesday, so I thought I would share a project using one of the new little owl stamps: Proud Owl. There is a new owl each month! Love me some owls!! (The price point on these makes them irresistible! πŸ™‚ )

hawkins_jill_SO proud_wmI stamped the background with the Mom’s Day set. It says Favorite Son. Because I can say that. πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_SO proud_00_wmI loosely watercolored this guy with ink. I quite enjoy the way it turned out and I’m looking forward to trying this some more. I get all cookoo about trying to control watercolor, which if you ask me, is an oxymoron. I’m getting in the groove of just letting it rip! πŸ™‚ So much better!

Be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday and check out ALL the new release there!! I’ll have more cards coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by & HUGE thanks to Teri and Technique Tuesday for having me along for the ride!!Β  πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

One more fun tidbit…my friend, Miriam Prantner, has a new Craftsy class going on now!! I wanted to share a link to her post HERE so you can check it out, and get a deal! Yay Miriam!! So awesome and sure to be a smashing success!! πŸ™‚

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Technique Tuesday Happysauce :)

I think I would like Happysauce on everything! πŸ™‚ And it starts with another Technique Tuesday Thursday! Be sure to hop over to the TT blog for this week’s scoop!

First up, these cutie little Bird Friends! I just adore these little stamps and I thought I would just go ahead and stack up the cuteness! This was actually a panel I colored up for Day ONE of Kathy Racoosin’s most recent, The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge. I finished it off with some blending and boom: Happysauce πŸ˜‰ hawkins_jill_whats up_WMAck! πŸ™‚ (Bird Friends and Sending Smiles. <3)

hawkins_jill_whats up_00_WMNext up, I did one of my all time favorite things…strips of paper and die cut inlay. I just think it creates such a fun POW with very simple supplies (and scraps! FTW!). πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_wow_wmI know that I made it, but I still say Wow! πŸ™‚ SO fun! (Clipboard Die & Memo Pad Card die)hawkins_jill_wow_00_wm

Well, that wraps another fabulously fun Technique Tuesday Thursday for me. I enjoyed my weeks over at TT this past month or so, and I Thank Teri and everyone at TT for having me along! Such a pleasure to make fun stuff with their fun stuff! πŸ™‚ You can check out theΒ  Technique Tuesday blog today.

Also, in case you missed any, you can find my previous TT posts: HERE, HERE, and HERE and HERE!

Thanks for stopping by & a huge shout out to thank Teri for being just plain awesome. xo

Jill πŸ™‚

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Technique Tuesday time! :)

Yay! Thank you for joining me on another Technique Tuesday Thursday! You can hop over to the TT blog for this week’s scoop!

First up, The Struggle is (very) Real! I Can’t Even! πŸ™‚ The minute I saw this Say What?! stamp set month’s back, I wanted it crazy bad. The sentiments are so stinkin’ fun!!

hawkins_jill_the struggle_wm…and the Clipboard die!! I stamped the red back card with the Measure Up set, that I have had for years! It still sees a lot of ink here. πŸ™‚
hawkins_jill_the struggle_00_wmI’ve always had a thing for office supplies, so this combo of dies, stamps, and papers makes my organizational heart sing! πŸ™‚

I then busted out the Heart Strings die again. This die is sweet and versatile!

hawkins_jill_with love_wmI used the Memo Pad die too. I sorta kinda want to use this die on EVERY card! Is that wrong? πŸ˜‰ I inlaid and layer inlaid these die cuts in…Delightful!

hawkins_jill_with love_00_wmThis sentiment is from the Sending Smiles stamp set. You know I gush over Teri’s handwriting, mixed with this typeface, so naturally, I totally dig this set too! πŸ™‚

Well, that wraps another Technique Tuesday Thursday for me. Such fun products with endless possibilities!! Be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog today. I’ll be back here next Thursday with more fun! πŸ™‚

In case you missed it, you can find my previous TT posts: HERE, HERE, and HERE. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by & I thank Teri for writing up the most flattering posts about my cards! Geesh! ❀  πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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Thank you, Paper Smooches!

I have SO enjoyed having the privilege to be the February Guest Designer at Paper Smooches!! Happy 5th Anniversary to Kim and her Paper Smooches!! πŸ™‚ So many great designs in those 5 years! Be sure to follow the celebration on the PS Blog!

My first card uses the new Thank You die. This is such a great basic to have. I was eager and thankful to use this! πŸ˜‰ I also used the fun Bicycle die.

hawkins_jill_thank you_wmI cut the strips of dark gray and then started stacking the bright Thank You die cuts. In the end, it sort of reminded me of a school chalkboard and learning cursive writing! Ha! And: Rainbow. *sigh* πŸ˜‰

hawkins_jill_thank you_00_wmNext up: I was also really itching to use the Bird House dies again. I think there are so many more possibilities ahead with these little cuties!! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_imissyourface_wmI mixed the dies with the the new Fun & Flirty stamp set and the Bitty Bungalows. Eeep! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_imissyourface_00_wmI thought the birds wanted a few little add-ons. πŸ˜‰

Paper Smooches supplies: Fun & Flirty,Β Birdhouse Dies, Thank You die,Β Bicycle die and Bitty Bungalows.

My gratitude to Kim, for an AWESOME February of creating and (oh so much) happiness! πŸ™‚ You are truly a gem, Kim! Keep the awesome coming! πŸ™‚ #bigfan. I’m super grateful I’ve had this fun opportunity to create things and share!! πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

Thanks for popping in! Be sure to check out the Paper Smooches blog! I’ll naturally be using many, many more PS goodies here in the future too! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚




It’s a Great Thursday for Technique Tuesday!*

Welcome to my third week of Technique Tuesday Thursdays*! You can hop over to the TT blog for this week’s low down!

OK, prepare for some fun! Teri’s new little Robot set, Favorite Human, is so very fun! I’m not kidding when I say I had to hide it from myself for a while, so that I would diversify! πŸ˜‰

My first card is actually the first card I made with the new TT goodies! I still geek over it. πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_my heart beeps_wmBeep! This set: <3!! I also used the Clipboard die, which is a staple die set to own, in my opinion. No pun intended, but close, with an office supply and all. πŸ˜‰ haaa!

hawkins_jill_my heart beeps_00_wmSo after I made the above card, with the fun robot background, I thought, hmmmm…and made another! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_talk nerdy_wm“Talk Nerdy to Me”?!! I yelped! SO FUN! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_talk nerdy_00_wmThe Favorite Human stamp set has lots of fun stamps all tucked into one smaller price-point. And, let’s face it, that is enjoyable in and of itself! Because: MORE STAMPS!! Be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog today! I’ll see you back here next week for more! πŸ™‚

In case you missed it, you can find my previous TT posts: Last week HERE, and the week prior, HERE. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by & thanks so much to TT for sharing the FUN!! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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*a technical glitch for posting these yesterday, so Fabulously Fun *Technique Tuesday* Friday, it is! πŸ™‚ haaa!