Sending Summer Smiles!

Hope you are enjoying your summer! Today I’m here to share a sweet little rainbow using The Stamp Market’s Dotted Rainbow! I stitched this one up and have it ready to send ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I have a “few” more to finish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I thought it would be fun to attempt to do this stitching pattern on the rainbow and it turned out! Fun to try something different and have it work! โค

For mounting this to the card base, I used X-press It Foam Mounting Squares. Generally, I’m a foam tape person, but these are awesome to get in the nooks and crannies of a rainbow! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I like them because the backing peels off easy! That’s a big deal to me to not fight with the backing paper. ha!

You can link to the Stamp Market Dotted Rainbow (for stitching) HERE. The sentiment is from a small set that I think was included with an order. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Sending Summer Smiles! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Rainbows and Cuteness!

Happy Day to you! I just wanted to pop in and share a stash of cards I made a couple of weeks ago… they make me smile and I hope they brighten your day too!

Isn’t this little Lawn Fawn Rainbow just the sweetest little ditty?! It’s called: Rain or Shine Before and Afters.I always love the smiling faces! The background paper is Lawn Fawn’s Really Rainbow Scallop. Love it!

Then I colored another Lawn Fawn rainbow and colored him in too. ๐Ÿ™‚

For this one, I stenciled on some clouds for the background. The little background scallop is Lawn Fawn’s.

And lastly, I had to commit this cutie Doodlebug sticker to a card. I wanted to hoard it, like we crafters do, but it just wanted to be on a card. ๐Ÿ™‚ I likely won’t mail this one, but that’s neither here nor there now, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is a smiling typewriter with smiling paper!!! This makes me so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

The stenciled background I made with Altenew’s Halftone stencil.

Thanks for stopping by! Come by tomorrow for a special blog post and VIDEO!! What? I know ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Rainbow Wishes

Hope your week is going well! Mine has been jam-packed, but last night, I just had to stamp some color! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I made these:

Be You. Be Happy. โค

I figured, if you are stamping rainbows, STAMP some RAINBOWS in bulk . ๐Ÿ˜‰ I stitched each one a little different to mix things up. Loving this stamp set and especially โค the sentiments and the font they are in. Gah! ๐Ÿ™‚

For all these cards, I used Concord & 9th’s Rainbow Wishes . Ahhhh rainbows. โค

I added a few scoring lines to the top of this. These were an experiment, and I decided I do not like this broken up look in scoring. But now I know, and I certainly was not going to bin these just because of that little detail. Not tragic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also stamped envelopes with Concord & 9th’s little stamp set. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that is all for now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope wherever you live, you are experiencing a nicer Spring season. Haaaa! We are not having typical weather, but rather a continuing winter. Ugh.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Awesome

The NEWย Paper Smoochesย JANUARY 2018 goodies released the other day! Whoohoooo! You can check out all the productsย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think the winter light really got me that day, but in person, these are a bit more colorful! ๐Ÿ™‚I also used Paper Smooches Awesome die!ย  I doubled up the die cut and adhered it to my card. I finished this off with a little stitching. Voila! ๐Ÿ™‚

These new dies from Paper Smooches are sure to have endless possibilities! โค๏ธ 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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay warm and Awesome! Happy Friday! Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Paper Smooches January Pep Rally!

Today is the start of the January Paper Smooches Pep Rally week!! Hooray! Still a favorite of mine. โค ! And the Paper Smooches January Release is HOT! Such fun to design with! Eeeeeek! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s timeless too. โค THAT! Ok, on with the goodness…..


It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEWย Paper Smoochesย JANUARY 2018 release with you!ย  ONEย newย stamp set and FOURย newย dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on January 3rd. ย You will find our new productsย HEREย once they go live. ย 

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

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

Here are the details:

  • FOURย winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and theย PS Blogย 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!ย  (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 theย Paper Smooches blogย 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’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I did it again, I may have not stitched in that HELLO (?). ๐Ÿ™‚

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:ย  Karin Akesdotter! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to have some more stitched cards completed by then! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay warm and take care- Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 โค 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gah! How awesome is that stamp? Geesh! โค I keep thinking this would look sweet in a frame. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!! โค

Thanks for stopping by! Spread kindness!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Little Nut

I had to make this card for my little nut ๐Ÿ™‚ . He is going to think these little squirrels are so cute! โค

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Have a great week!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚