Halloween Release from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today for Halloween!! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‚ This is always a fun release and makes me long for crunchy leaves and layers of clothes… because our Fall is often really cold in the morning and then by noon you are sweating bullets. Ha! But I digress… on to the new Halloween Release!

First up, I have this spooky little glittertastic number! For this, I used the new Jack-O-Lantern Stencil with the Glitter Grab and TE Glitter. I was quite sparkly when I finished.

This sentiment is from the previously released Handlettered Halloween. I stamped it on Eggplant and clear embossed for some interest. I die cut the Frame in Frame 2 die with the TE Glitter Cardstock. I love how that made quick work to create a sparkly frame!

Next up, these fun little treat Halloween Critter Clips and with glassine treat bags! And then there are these stickers too! Gah, always enjoy the stickers! โค

I used the TE Halloween Felt Bundle felts and adhered them on some Oreo Cardstock for heft. This extra step also made it easy to attach them to the clip. I love the spider best maybe? Don’t tell the other spooky cuties though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He’s too funny! Naturally, I had to add some google eyes to these guys too. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are going to be so fun to give to coworkers this Halloween. Though, I might eat the candy and replace it closer to Halloween…? shhhhh…

And lastly, I thought it would be fun to make this shaker card with the new Sugar Rush lil lollipops.

This was a fun one to make. I decided to die cut the lollipops out and then re-insert them into their negative cardstock. This just made it easier to use the stencils on them to create the designs. It allowed me to know a little better to center the lollipop. And yes, do not adjust your screen–I did make a lavender lollipop. ๐Ÿ™‚ I masked off the sticks to create stripes.

I thought this would be extra fun as a spiral and a shaker card. These could easily be made into Halloween colors as well. All the Sugar Rush treats would be super fun for tags–especially for treats!

The Simple Strip sentiment is from the SS Thanks set. I stamped that on Toffee and white heat embossed it. Actually, I did this way back. I am a big fan of stamping a lot of Simple Strips at once and then storing them in the Simple Strips Storage Containersย  until I need. Nothing makes my cardmaking day like having an embossed sentiment all ready to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the scoop from TE:

Free envelopes stickers promotion:
With any purchase of Halloween products (old and new!) of $75 or more, you will receive a FREE pack of envelopes and custom Halloween envelope seals. The pack includes 10 envelopes (2 each of Candy Corn, Pumpkin, Oreo, Toffee and Sugar Cube) and 10 exclusive envelope seals (these seals are not available to purchase).ย This offer is valid through Sunday, August 15th, or while supplies last.

Free class promotion:

When you purchase the Spooky Collection (Jack-o-Lantern Cutting Plate, Jack-o-Lantern Stencil, On the Block โ€“ Boo and On the Block โ€“ Boo Shadow) through Sunday, August 15th, you will get a free exclusive 2-card video craft along class with Taylor!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new Halloween goodies to use right away making two different cards at your own pace! Watch the videos as often as you like and learn some new cardmaking tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with links to the class videos on YouTube, as well as a Tips & Tricks Download that you can use to jot down notes as you watch.

Although Taylor will recommend colors for ink and cardstock, you can use anything you have to make these projects uniquely yours!

Hurry! This offer is only valid through 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, Aug. 15, or while supplies last.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below to make things easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jack-o-lantern Glitterย Card:

Critter Clips-Halloween:

Sugar Rush Treats Card :

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of Halloween inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by –have a sweet and spooky week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Fall Bear Ware!

Today, I’m here to share a fun couple of cards using some Ellen Hutson cuteness! They are not new, by any means, but always fun!

First up, I used Ellen Hutson’s Bear Ware 2 (and coordinating dies HERE) and of course, the original, All Inside with dies HERE! I also used Bear Ware 4 and Bare Ware 4ย dies HERE–I don’t know that I have before? How is that possible?

This little guy is always fun and makes up these sweet little cards to pop in the mail! โค Pies on a head? Why not? He’s fit to be pied. ๐Ÿ™‚

The backgrounds are from the set called Wonky Backdrops. This set is always a winner! ๐Ÿ™‚ย . The sweet little embellishments: Crystal Clear Droplets.

I hadn’t used this little All Inside guy lately, and well, I missed him! Plus, he clearly loves Fall too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up is the cute Halloween one! I couldn’t decide which little accouterments to use from Bear Ware 2, so I used most of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Who doens’t love a purple little kitty cat? ๐Ÿ™‚ย  A Beary Happy Halloween!

I colored all these with a very loose watercolor on Bristol paper using the Karin Markers! The Karin Markers are so fab because they stay nice and boldly/brightly colored. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick recap of the goodies I used–all with links if you want to find for yourself:

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Halloween!

Hppe your week is starting off great! I’m here to share another card with the September goodies from Paper Smooches โ™ฅ๏ธ!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today: This fun Halloween card using the new Pumpkin and Ghost Dies and sentiment fromย Face Off so fun!ย ๐Ÿ™‚
I created this background blending on oxide inks in different colors and adding the star stamps from the set in gold and black, along with some ink splatters.
I thought this turned out to be a fun Halloween card to pop in the mail! Looking forward to that!


Paper Smooches New Release: Pumpkin and Ghost Dies andย Face Off.ย 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!
Psssst, by the way, we’ll be sharing new October Paper Smooches soooooon!!!

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taylored Expressions Release Week: Day 3

Welcome to Day Three of Taylored Expressions Augustย Sneak Peek Week! If you missed my other two posts earlier this week,ย  I’ll link you up down below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I am sharing a fun Halloween card featuring Flip the Webย andย Handlettered Halloween sets.

I love simple Halloween cards because that means I can make several and actually send them! โค

I outlined the web with Copic Markers to create a different effect. These Handwritten Sentiments are just the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, I have a card I made with the new Flip the Script–I am looking forward to making some Tags with this in Fall!

Behind the vellum, I added the TE Halloween Sequins–it’s super fun, but doesn’t show up in this photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

So fun!

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Boo to You card:

Boot Tag card:

You can check out all these products, make your lists, and then purchase them tomorrow morning, August 8th, at 9 AM CST.Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blogย to answer Taylorโ€™s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

If you missed my previous posts for Taylored Expressions Release Week, check those out by these links: Day 1 and Day 2.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! Come back tomorrow because I’ll be sharing two more cards for Release Day!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


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Taylored Expressions Sneak Peeks: Day 2

Welcome back to Day Two of Taylored Expressions August Release Week! If you missed my post yesterday sharing day one, I’ll link you up down below. ๐Ÿ™‚

This first card features one of the cutest new sets:ย  Simply Smitten. โค ! This little bear is so sweet!

I thought it would be adorable if he held a sign. ๐Ÿ™‚ This sentiment is from the Simple Strips: Friendship. LOVE.

This is one of my favorite cards from this release. Such a little cutie!

Next up, I have these Autumn Treat Boxes!

These were so fun to make and now to have on hand for the fall! ๐Ÿ™‚

I embossedย  these before using the die to cut the little boxes. After cutting the boxes, I stamped them. They are simply adorable and perfect for giving little treats this fall–or changing up decor and giving anytime! ๐Ÿ™‚ So quick and easy to put together–truly!

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Crafty Friend Card:

Treat Boxes:

These products, make your lists, and then purchase them Thursday morning, August 8th,ย  at 9 AM CST.

Be sure to check out the TE Blog! Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with a giveaway during each day of sneak peeks! Visit the TE Blogย to answer Taylorโ€™s Question of the Day for a chance to win one of the latest products before you can buy it!

If you missed my post yesterday for Taylored Expressions Day 1 of this Sneaks Week, check that post out HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! See you back here tomorrow because I’ll be sharing Day 3! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Tuesday!


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Halloween Treats!

Happy Friday! If you are looking for my Paper Smooches October Pep Rally Blog Hop post (phew! That’s a title!), please click HERE to get THERE! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I’m sharing these super-duper fun treat bags I whipped up for Halloween! I made these pretty quick and easy, so they could be mass-produced for giving! These all used Paper Smooches spooky new Halloween Card dies! As you can see, “spooky” is also translated to *super cute* here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m still looking forward to making a few more of these and some quick little Halloween cards to mail. Check out the Paper Smooches shop for really fun examples! I freaking love Savannah O’Gwynn’s little ghost card! Oh my word! And then Kim made a cutie monster Frankenstein! Gah!! And Laurie Schmidlin created the most lovable little green monster! Seriously inspired! Soooo stinkin’ FUN!! ๐Ÿ™‚

All the new Paper Smooches can be found over at theย  PS online store! And get ready, because the NEW Release will be available Tomorrow NIGHT, Saturday at 8pm PT! ๐Ÿ™‚ Weeeeeeee!!!

Have an awesome weekend!

Take care- Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Halloween!

Popping in quick, to say Happy Halloween!!

hawkins_jill_happy-halloween_wmThese Monster stamps and dies are all from Avery Elle! Soooooo fun! I have been pining to get my hands on them, and I took the opportunity to borrow a friend’s at our recent crafty retreat! Love these little guys! ๐Ÿ˜‰

hawkins_jill_happy-halloween_00_wmI colored them with Copic Markers, die cut, and then pieced it all together. This AE Burst die though! ๐Ÿ™‚ Top of my AE wishlist. I used it at least 10 times while there. Fantastic!

Ok…gotta blaze the day! Have a fun Halloween! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค


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Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge: #287

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #287 starts today!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s this week’s sketch:Here is my card for the week:

hawkins_jill_eeektastic_wmHalloween is approaching! I have one excited little goblin in our house! ๐Ÿ™‚

hawkins_jill_eeektastic_00_wmAll these little MFT images together are oh so fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to see what all the other ladies made this week! Click HERE!

My card was made with supplies from My Favorite Things:



You can join in any of the past challenges too! Have fun! sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com

You can find all the past sketches HERE.

The Sweet Sunday Sketch team:ย Barbara Anders, Dana White, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Lisa Henke, Lori Tecler, Lynn Put, Sankari Wegman, Sarah-Jane Kale, Tracy Clemente and Vicki Burdick. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy last week of summer all! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚


Hawkins_Jill_PCS oct 2014_ghostly greetings_

Here’s one little card (of two!) I was fortunate to have published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking, October 2014 issue. These little ghosts are too cute!

It’s another fabulous issue! If you don’t subscribe, you should consider it. It’s good. Real good.

Trick-or-Treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by-

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Supplies: (Mischievous 6 x 6 Pad) My Mind’s Eye, (Ghost) Micheal’s, (Ghostly Greetings & Envelope Pattern) Hero Arts, (Mister Huey’s Spray) Studio Calico, (Black ink) Hero Arts, Prismacolor, thread, (Twines) American Crafts & Doodlebug, Paper Source cardstock