Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Today I have the awesome opportunity to join in the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! How excited am I? πŸ™‚

The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!Β  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit, HERE.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration photo: Pretty, right?

And here is my inspired card:

Gah! I had sooo much fun making this card! I rearranged these pieces dozens of times until I finally settled on this little number. πŸ™‚

I first used all the inspirational colors, and that was too much. Then I dialed it down to just a few of the colors: The navy, the off-white and the pinkish hue.

I freaking LOVE the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I mean, how cool are these dies? I really enjoy how they are held together just slightly, which is great for holding the piece together and/or makes them really easy to separate. I separated the pieces, and pieced the colors easily after doing that.

I then used the Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks By Julie Ebersole. Another fun die! I went back and forth about putting a different color cardstock underneath to peek through. Yes? No? Yes?Β  In the end, I always settle on the simpler look. πŸ˜‰

Can you tell I am a big fan of Julie Ebersole’s designs? I am! That Julie is a troublemaker for my wallet. πŸ˜‰ Such fun!

I added some stitching and finished everything off with these Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix (4mm, 6mm, 8mm &10mm ).

A BIG thanks to Laurel for helping me gather all the details for this great challenge! A HUGE thank you to Ellen Hutson, for having me along this month, and for always being so awesomely supportive of me, and all those in our fun crafty community! ❀ ! It has truly been a pleasure to participate this month! Keep the good stuff coming! πŸ™‚

Thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope you participate in this month’s challenge! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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Oh, Deer

I was excited to ink up these new little cutie deer from the new Ellen Hutson Oh Deer set last night. I was anxiously awaiting Julie Ebersole’s new sets, and of course, she did not disappoint. πŸ™‚

I say “oh dear” a lot, and I thought it would be punny to make a little *party animal* scene. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill-oh-deer I used a silver ink to stamp the background “confetti”, but when it was all said and done, it doesn’t have the sparkle I was hoping for. That’s ok, it’s still festive looking! Especially because she has lost control of her party hat. Haaaa! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill-oh-deer_00

I also used Ellen Hutson’s Bear Ware and dies for the fun party hats and cupcake! I clear heat embossed and colored on Bristol paper with my Zig markers, before die cutting everything out. I then used some Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink for the aqua background.

I’m entering this in the Essentials by Ellen February Pin-Sights Challenge. Check it out. I always love the jump start of inspiration!

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Aqua is always good thing! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT week!:)

Jill

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Perfect Right Now

I think this little bunny is so stinkin’ cute with his floppiness <3. I’ve been wanting to use him in bulk. πŸ™‚

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When I saw the current Ellen Hutson’s January Pin Sight Challenge, I thought now is the time! The photo inspiration directly and indirectly refers to COZY! ❀ Perfect! πŸ™‚

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I used Ellen Hutson’s All Inside, Bear Ware and Warm Fuzzies! I colored these cuties all with Copic Markers, and die cut them out. I then used some Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to add a little watercolor to the panel. I heat embossed the sentiment and stitched it right on. To finish, I matted the panel and put it all together. This took a little bit of time overall, but in the end, the cute result was worth it! πŸ™‚

I’m entering this in the Essentials by Ellen January Pin-Sights Challenge. Check it out.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT week!:)

Jill

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feel better soon

I needed a little love to send in the mail today. I was inspired by all the lovely RED and white in the current Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sights Challenge, so I ran with that. I love white with some deep, dark red! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_feelbetter I white heat embossed the sentiments on the background repeatedly. It’s such a subtle and delightful detail to add.hawkins_jill_feelbetter_00I then die cut some hearts from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside dies and stamped a sentiment from Warm Fuzzies! The background was stamped & heat embossed with the stamps from All Inside. πŸ™‚

I’m entering this in the current Essentials by Ellen December Pin-Sights Challenge.

Banner-PIN-sightsDecember Pin-Sights Challenge PhotoThe three wreaths in the bottom right photo inspired my three hearts. ❀

I really like these challenges every month! So inspiring πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend! Stay warm!

Jill

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you’re so sweet…

I am sneaking in another post today! I have been trying to make a card for this challenge for days!! I enjoy this challenge and I also always really like the photos to draw inspiration from. I made this card in piecemeal. Please excuse the photo. IΒ  finally finished this tonight, and of course, the night-time photos are always awful. (I’ll try to replace it tomorrow. I hope!) πŸ™‚ Edited: Adding new day time photos! Hooray for daylight!

I love to use Ellen Hutson’s Bear Ware and Warm Fuzzies!

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hawkins_jill_youre-sweetI stamped and then I watercolored with my Zig pens & water. This (original nighttime) photo makes them look washed out and blah, but they are actually much more autumn like and cheery! πŸ™‚

I’m entering this in the Essentials by Ellen November Pin-Sights Challenge.

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Jill

Instagram? jilldhawkins This is my #thedailymarker30day entry too! Find all mine on IG! πŸ™‚ (ETA: Ended up coloring something else last night too!)

cannot bear…

My family gave me an early gift today: I had a WHOLE hour, on a Saturday, to make a card! Confession: I did do laundry at the same time, but it was as close to crafty bliss as I can get in daylight. I craft in daylight maybe 3-4x a year. Literally. LOL πŸ™‚

I had to use Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp and die set. Again. There are so many possibilities with this set and all his goodies from Bear Ware and Warm Fuzzies!

hawkins_jill_cant-bear_wmI just love these sentiments’ font. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_cant-bear_00_wmI stamped and die cut all these images. Then I colored them, and the background, with my Zig pens & water. Such fun! πŸ™‚

One of my favorite colors is Orange. Excited to see all the Orange in the Pin Sights Challenge going on over at Ellen Hutson right now. It also made me think FALL (obviously)…and this week was cold, rainy, and all the plants began withering away. πŸ˜‰

I’m entering this in the Essentials by Ellen October Pin-Sights Challenge.Check it out.

Banner-PIN-sightsHalloween-party-inspiration-board-camille-styles-events2Here’s a few other cards I’ve made with this set: HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Fall! Happy daylight crafting! πŸ™‚

Jill

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Thanks a Bunch!

I so enjoy making cards to send with Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp and die set. That cute little bear and the fonts are perfecto! Well, now this cutie has all sorts of things he can hold! If you saw my card HERE, you know I looooove this idea! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_thnxabunch_00_wmOh my word! This just makes me smile!! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_thnxabunch_wmI had the good fortune (and may have been a little excited!) to be randomly selected for the Ellen Hutson gift card last month, so I figured, it was a sign I should get the new Bear Ware and Warm Fuzzies! Right? Obviously. πŸ˜‰

I blended Distress Inks onto this panel. If I recall, the inks I used were: Fired Brick, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, and a little Carved Pumpkin to round it all out. Then I stamped the sentiment strip, and stitched it on. I used my Zig pens and Kuretake watercolors to color the bear and his wares. πŸ™‚

The colors I chose were inspired by the Pin Sights Challenge going on over at Ellen Hutson right now. As well as narrowing my choice to using the flowers first! See photo inspiration below. πŸ™‚

I also used a My Favorite Things die: Blueprints #13.

I’m entering this in the Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge.Check it out.

Banner-PIN-sightsAugustPinsightsHere’s a few other cards I’ve made recently with this set: HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! And thank you all for leaving such warm fuzzies here on my blog recently. πŸ™‚ So kind!

Jill

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