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 🙂

The Final Sweet Sunday Sketch

Today begins the new Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #300. It is also the very last Sweet Sunday Sketch. Dang. I did not enjoy typing that. 😦 *sniff*

The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge was started by Karen Giron and has been around for 6+ years. What a lovely group of ladies to hang with. ❤

I am so thankful to my sweet, crafty friend Jodi, for asking me along, and to Karen for being so very welcoming and freaking funny! I am so cookoo over these girls talents!

I then, had the pleasure of “meeting” the whole team, and…They. Are. Fabulous. It’s great that everyone brings their own style every week. I so dig that. In the short time I’ve been along, I’ve had so much fun. We can have complete conversations speaking in #hashtags. It is so silly funny, I find myself laughing at my screen. Often.

I am going to miss these ladies every week. They have all been so welcoming to me as a late comer to their small group, and I truly appreciate their inky warmth. 😉

Be sure to click over to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge Blog post to read more about it. I started reading Karen’s post and had to stop. I will definitely be hopping over to read it today. 😦

Without further adieu, here is the final sketch:

Here is my final Sweet Sunday Sketch card:

hawkins_jill_You_wmI felt this MFT Sentiment was most fabulous for such a goodbye. The light bulb is brilliant, much like this team. Oh, the Sunday fun will be missed.

hawkins_jill_You_00_wmMy card is made with the following supplies from My Favorite Things:

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Any of the past challenges can still be joined in here: sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com

All the past sketches can be found HERE.

The lovely, sure to be missed, Sweet Sunday Sketch team: Barbara Anders, Dana White, Jodi Collins, Karen Giron, Lisa Henke, Lori Tecler, Lynn Put, Sankari Wegman, Sarah-Jane Kale, Tracy Clemente and Vicki Burdick. 🙂

Thank you for coming by each Sunday and joining us. Big, warm thanks to Barbara, Dana, Jodi, Karen, Lisa, Lori, Lynn, Sankari, Sarah-Jane, Tracy, and Vicki for welcoming me, making me laugh, and for all the inspiration. I’m glad our crafty friendships began and will remain. 🙂

Thank you Karen for sharing your talent and SSS home with me. I appreciate and respect your decision on wrapping up your Sketch Challenge. Life has bigger fish to fry right now. And I love that. But, I’ll miss it nonetheless. 🙂

Happy Sweet Sunday Sketch day! Hope you’ll join in on the final hurrah! 🙂

Jill 🙂

My Favorite Things: Sketch #258

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #258 starts on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

This week’s sketch:

MFT_WSC_258Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_freaking_wmThis new Stitched Hexagon STAX is crazy versatile and crazy cool! I could tinker around for a long while with these! I off centered the sketch, but I like the way the whole thing still reads. At first, I had it in the center. But in the end, I guess I just like things a little off kilter. Ha!

hawkins_jill_freaking_00_wmAnd that sentiment. Freaking love! 😉

In messing around with the new MFT Hexagons, I made this card too:

hawkins_jill_sending love_wmLet’s see…on this one I cut the Hexagons, then die cut those hexagons. Then I glued them all together and decided it was TOO much hexagon, so I  trimmed them all down to get this. Ah, geometric fun! 🙂hawkins_jill_sending love_00_wmThis shape laid around my desk for a couple weeks, and then hopped on this card last night.

 My Freaking Amazing (LOL!) 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:

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are always a must see. I’m telling you, people are crazy talented!! 🙂

Speaking of talented, my MFTC&I DT teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for popping in! Hope you’ll join us!
Jill 🙂

My Favorite Things: Sketch #256

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #256 begins today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog! Be sure to check out Susan’s post at cardchallenges.com to see what the rest of the DT made. I can’t wait to see myself! Always such fun to see everyone’s takes and read about them.

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_256Here is my card for the week: Sometimes, you just need a laughable card. 🙂

hawkins_jill_run_wmHopefully the design gets the laugh across 🙂 . The sketch shows feathers— I saw marshmallows. 😉hawkins_jill_run_00_wmI thought I would share this photo. I made another card series for friends and family because they helped me with some fundraising. This card design was for MFT Color Challenge #29. Check out that post HERE.

hawkins_jill_80_thinking of youIt is fun to see them all together after. 🙂

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

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

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Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are good stuff!! 🙂

My fantastically talented MFTC&I DT teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for popping in…Join us on the Sketch Challenge!
Jill 🙂

My Favorite Things: Sketch #252

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #252 begins rockin’ on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog!

This week’s sketch:

MFT_WSC_252Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_you are cool_wmYum! I am a big fan of all Laina Lamb’s designs each month. They are always delicious aren’t they!? I may need to make a card with all of them on it! Hmm and mmmm! 🙂hawkins_jill_you are cool_00_wmI pieced together different strips of card stock and then die cut it all with the Snow Drifts Cover-up. Another one I can’t stop using! 🙂


I squeezed in a second card this week because: Halloween!!!

hawkins_jill_trick or treat_00_wm I went a little STAR crazy on this one. If I had more time to redo, I’d have omitted the stars from the Trick or Treat die cut. But, alas, had to catch the daylight to photograph. 😉hawkins_jill_trick or treat_wmHappy Halloween! Trick or Treat’ers, Enjoy!! 🙂

My Cool Cup 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:

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are HOT! 🙂 This week was super fun and Halloweeny!

My rock ‘n’ rollin’ MFTC&I DT teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!
Thanks for popping in…
Jill 🙂

MFT Sketch #249

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #249 rolls out today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_249Here are my takes this week:

hawkins_jill_boo_wmBoo!! 🙂 Being our first sketch of October, I chose to go Halloween-y! 🙂 I layered in an Orange Zest frame here for interest. It seems to appear more in person. Weird. 🙂

hawkins_jill_boo_00_wmI made a second card with this awesome sketch:

hawkins_jill_eektastic_wmMountain Dies…or ghosts. Whichever 😉 The Sketched Chevron BG is Awesomesauce.hawkins_jill_eektastic_00_wm My BOO 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:

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are to not be missed!

Thanks for stopping by…
Jill 🙂

MFT Sketch #248

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #248 rolls out today on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration Blog today!

This week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_248Here is my take this week:

hawkins_jill_thank you really_wmKeeping it simple and bold. I enjoy using simply detailed supplies in different ways. The MFT Stitched STAX are really the best dies one can invest in. The possibilities!! 🙂 AND this sentiment is one of my all time favorites. PerfectO! The stitching is the nod to the stars in the sketch.

hawkins_jill_thank you really_00_wmIn my continuing effort to create cards faster (Never fear…I’ll always be very slow too!), I made this second card:

hawkins_jill_fella_wmI’m really enjoy the buildings and little scene pieces in the London Mouse set. But I was neglecting these cute little fellas! Awww…and they are cute! 🙂 Errr, I mean, handsome. 😉

hawkins_jill_fella_00_wmHope you’ll join us on the MFT Challenges! And be sure to check out the MFT Blog today to see the results of the Superstar Card Contest!! I can’t WAIT myself!! 🙂

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

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

Tuesdays on the MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog are cooooool!

My terrifically 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 🙂