Awesome

The NEW Paper Smooches JANUARY 2018 goodies released the other day! Whoohoooo! You can check out all the products HERE!

For my card below, I thought I’d mix it up by embossing the new Stitched Square die and filling in the dots with Copic Markers! I’m not sure this photo does it justice though. 🙂

I think the winter light really got me that day, but in person, these are a bit more colorful! 🙂I also used Paper Smooches Awesome die!  I doubled up the die cut and adhered it to my card. I finished this off with a little stitching. Voila! 🙂

These new dies from Paper Smooches are sure to have endless possibilities! ❤️ them!! Such fun to use and create so many different things. Check them out HERE and see what the rest of the Design Team made with them–seriously, WOW!! 🙂

Stay warm and Awesome! Happy Friday! Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Advertisements

Paper Smooches January Pep Rally!

Today is the start of the January Paper Smooches Pep Rally week!! Hooray! Still a favorite of mine. ❤ ! And the Paper Smooches January Release is HOT! Such fun to design with! Eeeeeek! 🙂 It’s timeless too. ❤ THAT! Ok, on with the goodness…..


It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JANUARY 2018 release with you!  ONE new stamp set and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on January 3rd.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, December 31st to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, January 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)


For my card today, I used the soon-to-be-released Embroidery Hoop Die!! I also used the new Stitched Circle Die for making the inside rainbow! You are going to love them too… just sayin’ 😉

The Embroidery Hoop Die works swimmingly with the new Stitched Circle Die. I cannot tell you how excited I was that Kim designed these new dies! They are so awesome to combine paper crafting and stitching! I just die cut a bunch of these circles and take them with me to stitch. Love that!

Honestly, I stitched this up just like I make a card. No real plan or sketch, I just start out with an idea in my head, and hope something shakes out. I counted from the center and crossed my fingers! If you found patterns online or in books, you could make this even more fantastic, but I just started stitching. Fortunately, I thought the result was sweet. 🙂 If I did it again, I may have not stitched in that HELLO (?). 🙂

I also enjoy this Embroidery Hoop die as just a frame on a card. AND these cross-stitch dies make my favorite embossed backgrounds! Just the perfect amount of interest and texture.


Next stop on our Paper Smooches Pep Rally Hop:  Karin Akesdotter! 🙂 I seriously cannot wait to see what Karin stitched up with these goodies. She has such an amazing eye!

Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to hop and leave comments for a chance to win a Paper Smooches prize!! Hooray for fun prizes!

All the new goodies will be releasing Wednesday, January 3rd! So save that gifted money, and be ready! 🙂 I hope to have some more stitched cards completed by then! 🙂

Stay warm and take care- Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

Hey Hey! Welcome to my stop along this fun Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop! There are prizes being offered for comments left along the entire blog hop! So be sure to drop everyone some ❤ along the way for more chances to win. Details and the full blog list can be found on the Lil’ Inker Blog HERE.

I was fortunate to receive this great Lil’ Inker stamp while on an awesome crafty retreat earlier this month. It is such a beautiful sentiment, and I love the way it owns a card! Therefore, I decided to just give it a pretty rainbow backdrop and just let it shine. Literally. Because I heat embossed it. 😉

Gah! How awesome is that stamp? Geesh! ❤ I keep thinking this would look sweet in a frame. 🙂 Might have to do that!

For the background, I masked off stripes and blended Distress Inks on, one by one. I love how vibrant they turned out. I was thinking I’d add a few spatters to this, but in the end, I wanted to maintain the crisp feel that resulted. It’s a pretty simple technique, but it gives a POW, and it almost looks like patterned paper. What do you think?

Here’s are the two stamps, that along with a few others, are being released today:

The next stop on the hop is the always creating Heather Hoffman! I’m sure Heather’s project will be fantastic! Be sure to hop on–sure to be amazing projects to see! 🙂

If you get lost along the way, be sure to head back to the Lil’ Inker blog and start from the beginning. You can get to the LID Blog HERE.

Speaking of kindness, thank you so very much to Laura, for sharing these super sweet stamps and for including us in the fun today!! ❤

Thanks for stopping by! Spread kindness!

Jill 🙂

Instagram? jilldhawkins

My Little Nut

I had to make this card for my little nut 🙂 . He is going to think these little squirrels are so cute! ❤

hawkins_jill_lil-nutI watercolored a rainbow for the background. It went a little awry, but that is what happens with watercolor, right? hawkins_jill_lil-nut_

I’m joining in the Little Tangles Challenge: Rainbow! Love a rainbow!! I’d love to make another one.

ntI colored these little cuties for Kathy’s The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge. If you haven’t joined in, I recommend it! Kathy is a star for keeping it going and dropping smiles everywhere. You can find my attempts on Instagram here –> jilldhawkins . If you join in once or twice, it’s all good! I’m wondering if I’ll complete another full 30 days myself?! Here’s hoping! 🙂

This stamp set is Neat & Tangled’s My Favorite Nut.

Have a great week!! 🙂

Jill 🙂

 

Grandmother Love

Preparing for Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation all this week! Let’s see how many posts I can squeeze in too! 🙂 Here is one of my fun Technique Tuesday cards for my lovely Grannie. She is not online, so I’m in the clear to share! 🙂

hawkins_jill_grandmother_wmThe ‘crazy good looking’ part is so spot on. If only I inherit her genes, in that respect! 🙂

hawkins_jill_grandmother_00_wmI’m mailing this today, so I know it’ll be there in plenty of time! 😉 I only wish I could hug her in person too. ❤

I watercolored with Distress Inks, and used the following stamp sets from Technique Tuesday: Mom’s Day, Man Day, and Beary Sweet. It’s fun to mix the Mom set with the Man set! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

 

 

 

Sending Smiles…

Today, I needed to send some smiles STAT. And I was in a race with the postman. Why a card maker, like myself, who makes dozens of cards, never has the correct one, I do not know. Ack! And the idea of going to buy one? Ludicrous. So I busted out my Technique Tuesday Sending Smiles set and, boom: Done. 🙂

hawkins_jill_sending smiles_00_wmI also used the Photo Frame die. Staple. LOVE this die. I could stamp this smiley face on EVERYTHING. Just sayin’.hawkins_jill_sending smiles_wm^ That is a wonky photo, yes? Oh well. It’s postal. bwwwahhhhaa!

Thanks for stopping by! Get ready, some new TT stuff heading out soon for MAY!! whoooop! 🙂

Jill 🙂

Instagram: jilldhawkins

 

 

 

A Rainbow, Just Because…

Popping in with a little rainbow action from Concord & 9th! 🙂

hawkins_jill_just because_00_wm I used the die from Bags & Tags that is ideal for a bag edge. But you know, I was thinking RAINBOW! I am clearly in a rainbow phase! 🙂hawkins_jill_just because_wmThis stamp set from Concord & 9th is, Lots of Blots. And the die set is Bags & Tags Dies. 😉

The Wonky Stitched Rectangle is from My Favorite Things.

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Thanks for stopping by! See you here tomorrow! 🙂

Jill 🙂