the day my sewing machine got REAL mad…

I have been waiting years for my sewing machine to get angry with me, because I’m always sewing paper. Truth is, I’m not sure it’s ever seen fabric!? Long story short, it got REAL mad at me while making this card last night. Luckily, it didn’t go as awry as I thought it would. However, I’m not entirely pleased with its behavioral outcome either. Oh well…sometimes you just gotta roll. 😉

The AEI♥U Challenge this month is a Non-White Card Base!! Well, Kraft is like peanut butter to my jelly, so I went straight there. Haaaa!

Here’s my card…

hawkins_jill_thank you_AEwmhawkins_jill_thank you_AE_00_wmI’m glad I was able to participate in the AEI♥U Challenge this month! I love challenges and I like to partake and support them. 🙂

Challenge 28

Here’s a few more previous Avery Elle projects (if you’re bored): here, here, here, here, here and here! And HERE is my second card for this challenge! 🙂

Thank you for popping by…

Jill 🙂

Avery Elle stamps: Rounded Diamonds and Many Thanks.


hawkins_jill_thanks PCSholy *bleep*! FREAKING OUT (still)! Happy New Year! This is on the January 2015 cover of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking!! And the cards it shares space with?!! Heather Campbell’s & Betsy Veldman’s cards are um…hello!? WOW!! Humbling. I’m still floating. La la la. 🙂

I love a good laugh and trying to write out the instructions for how to make this card sounded like an Abbott and Costello routine…”die cut the die cut, then die cut that die cut into the other die cut…”. But of course, because they know their stuff, they broke it down visually inside the magazine. And can I say, Thank you! 🙂

Check it out:

I cannot wait to sit and really take this whole issue in…the colors inside are fabulous too! PC&S never disappoints…issue after issue after special issue. Incredible. I just can’t imagine only one more month and special to come? Not going to dwell today. Let’s enjoy them while they are here, shall we? 🙂

Thank You to PC&S! 😉 & Thank you for stopping by and reading my freak out!

Jill 🙂

The die cuts I used are two of my favs: Lawn Fawn’s “Scripty Thanks” and Avery Elle’s “Rounded Diamonds”. I rather enjoy a good, bold scripty word, but I am so picky about them…not too swirly, or spaced or whatever it is. It’s silly. This LF one is perfecto! 🙂 Avery Elle also makes another fav of mine, “Chevron Bits”. I had to put those away to let them rest a lil’ while. 😉

Supplies: Dies: (Scripty Thanks) Lawn Fawn, (Rounded Diamonds) Avery Elle. Cardstock: Paper Source, Bazzill Basics, Hobby Lobby & the Paper Company. Thread.


hawkins_jill_hello watercolors_The AEI♥U Challenge this week is KRAFT!! Hands down, kraft is my go-to. It’s my “white”! Funny enough, I needed white to watercolor, but I wanted kraft for a neutral matte & card base. I’ve never watercolored (much) before, but I did enjoy making this…Maybe I’ll do it again?! I have lots of room to improve 😉

Challenge 13

BTW-The ‘Hello’ from the “Oh Yeah” set, gets a workout around here! 🙂

Thanks for popping by…Enjoy your (waning) summer!

Jill 🙂

Supplies: Avery Elle: Rounded Diamonds & Oh Yeah. Distress inks (Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed & Picked Raspberry), Hero Arts Dye ink (black) & white embossing powder, Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Paper Source Khaki cardstock & sewing machine.