Taylored Expressions: A2 vs. Mini Slim

Happy Tuesday–just popping in to share some Taylored Expressions fun today! Today, the TE Team is focusing on inspiration to show how to use one product to create cards in two different sizes (both A2 and Mini Slim).

First up today, I am using the new Counting Candles Layering Stencils.Β I decided to first make this on a Mini Slim card and so I used both the Mini Slim Stitched Stacklets and the Mini Slim Petite Scallop Stacklets.

These Counting Candles Layering Stencils make quick work of a festive card with fun results quite easily. And I am allllll about the easy! πŸ™‚ You can pick a bunch of different colored inks and create a fun result using several or you can keep it simple with just a few! I went pastel crazy! πŸ™‚ The new little blending brushes make it even easier to do.

I added a little Stickles to the center of the flames too and in person, you can see it much better than in the photo. πŸ™‚

Next up, I did a similar candle approach but this time I cut it out and decided I was going to make a shaker card. I offset the circles this time, just to mix it up a bit.

I colored Millie from the Millie’s Birthday Bash stamp set with Copic Markers.

Nothing says Happy Birthday quite like a shaker card, right? ❀ I just offset the circles and used the TE Foam Strips to create the shaker window, adding the Rainbow Sprinkles, Sparkly Stars and Hearts. Easy peesy.

Oh and all the little sentiments and details are from the Counting Candles Add-On Stamp set.

These both turned out Birthdaytastic and the stencil works wonderfully on both sizes of cards: A2 and Mini Slim. It’s fun to see them side by side in the end. πŸ™‚

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions.

And here’s the scoop:

If any of the main products that the TE Creative Team used on their projects caught your eye, we are making them available to you for 30% off through this Sunday, May 9thΒ or while supplies last.Β Here are the sets included in the sale:

Counting Candles Cards:

Be sure to find the TE Blog Post HERE with the always amazing TE Creative Team!

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

Take care πŸ™‚


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STAMPtember 2019!

September is a month of many things in my world, and one of the fantastically fun things for me is: STAMPtember from Simon Says Stamp! Today is the Blog Party!! πŸ™‚

Today, I’m sharing a card I made using the new Scripty Happy Birthday Die. This Happy Birthday die can pretty much be used for all Birthday cards, don’t you think? πŸ™‚ Check it out HERE.

This Scripty Happy Birthday die has the back plate, which makes it PERFECT for shaker cards!Β  πŸ™‚

I added a bazillion little sequins and bits from my stash. I can’t even tell you where they are from, because I just kept throwing colors in! πŸ™‚

I scored the panel and added some stitching for added texture. I would super love to receive a colorful happy card like this, so I’m hoping someone else will too!

Be sure to check outΒ  the SSS Blog HERE to get in on all the prize action, links, and PARTY!! πŸ™‚

You can find allllllll things STAMPtember HERE! And Simon Says Stamp HERE!

Thanks for Simon Says Stamp for having me along to celebrate this STAMPtember! ❀

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your STAMPtember!

Take care–Jill

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Hello… Friday!

AreΒ  you ready for the weekend? I am! Though I have lots to do, so I probably shouldn’t be–haaaaa!

Today I’m sharing a card using the NEWΒ Paper Smooches Tiny Stars! OH my stars! I love how festive this shaker turned out! πŸ™‚ You cannot beat having this little die around for stars o’plenty!

For the frame I used Paper Smooches Postage Stamp dies. The background is the new Stitched Square Die. (I dry embossed that. Those dies are probably my favorite for doing embossing! Perfect texture πŸ™‚ ) The Hello is another favorite die from PS (Layered Hello Die), because you can use just one *hello* or layer it! πŸ˜‰

I hope you have had a minute to check out all the new stitching dies from Paper Smooches!

Also, be sure to pop over to the Paper Smooches Blog and check out Kim’s wonderfully exciting news about her family’s new adventure! I’m so very happy for her! ❀ ❀

Hope your weekend is AWESOME! Jill πŸ™‚

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Hooray! The November release from Paper Smooches can be found HERE! Oh goodness, super fun!

I thought I’d share this shaker card I made with two new goodies! The new Layered Hello Dies and Sympathy Sampler. The Sympathy Sampler works well for other things too. πŸ˜‰

Eeeeep!I love that HELLO! Kim has the best writing! I haven’t made a shaker card in sooo long! So this was cool to do. πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy your week! And Happy Halloween to those little trick or treaters! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Paper Smooches fun!

Fortunately, I have not been voted off the island as February Guest Designer at Paper Smooches!! πŸ˜‰ Such fun to use some of my favorites!! Hop over to the PS Blog today!

I will not mention how long this first card took to land on. I tinkered and tinkered and tinkered, and then #boom. Funny how the simplest things take me quite a long time! πŸ˜‰

The sentiments and fonts in the new Fun & Flirty stamp set can truly hold a card, as you can see here:   hawkins_jill_wonderful_wmI mean, really. That’s fun. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_wonderful_00_wmFor my second card this week, I used the fun new Wine Glass die! Got things shakin’! πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_amazing_wmYou are Ridiculously Amazing. My sentiments exactly. Go figure! πŸ™‚ hawkins_jill_amazing_00_wmI’m clearly in a Distress Ink watercolor mode, and the results are fun. I decided I don’t enjoy  when I make cards too “neat”, so this technique is fitting for me to use! If that makes any sense, at all. LOL πŸ™‚

Love Love Love this Fun & Flirty sentiment set! So fortunate to have it on my desk! πŸ™‚

Paper Smooches supplies: Fun & Flirty, and Wine Glass die.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll see you again next Wednesday for my last Paper Smooches Guest Designer post. Wow, that’s crazy–February is flyin’! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚




MFT Sketch #239

photoMFT Sketch Challenge #239 on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration is starting TODAY!

Here is this week’s sketch:MFT_WSC_239This is my card for the week:

hawkins_jill_hope your day_00_wmI so enjoy this little sunny dude! πŸ™‚ The Abstract stencil and background…well, I’ve mentioned my adoration of these many-a-times too! I stamped and embossed the Build-able Blooms for the sun. It ended up a little more subtle than intended, but, alas πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_hope your day_wmI squeaked in a second card. This one was made in probably five different sit-downs, so it feels a bit disjointed. But, meh, I think it’s kinda fun still πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_don't know_wm…and I think my stitching went a bit awry πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_don't know_00_wmMy first card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:



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

The MFT Challenge and Inspiration blog features cardsΒ every Tuesday that have been spotted by the MFT Design Teams! So fun!

Thanks for stopping by…
Jill πŸ™‚

MFT Color Challenge #22!

MFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_22Today starts Color Challenge #22 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog. Head on over there and see what our wickedly talented team busted out this week!

MFTC&I Blog–sure to be FABulous!

Here’s my card for the week:

hawkins_jill_hello_cc_00_wmI double die cut the Jumbo Dot Cover Up after inlaying the first set of circles. When you do this, you can’t exactly tell where you are cutting because the die is solid, but it worked out. πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_hello_cc_wmPolka dots… love ’em! πŸ™‚

I made a second card with some left over dots. It’s been a week of “hmmm, that’s not quite what I was thinking it would look like…”. Too funny. It’s still fun to send a shaker, right?

hawkins_jill_happy cc_00_wmI popped up the black front panel in hopes that Sour Apple would show through the window a bit, but…not so much. Ha!! πŸ˜‰hawkins_jill_happy cc_wmIt’s already growing on me more though. πŸ™‚

My Hello card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:



My Happy card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things:

PrintJoin us! πŸ™‚

My My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration inspirational teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

A Hug in the Shaker…

PrintToday on the My Favorite Things Blog is the Final Day of SHAKER CARDS!! Confetti everywhere this week!! πŸ™‚

Today’s idea was to show the inside of the card…a Peek-a-boo, if you will. I ended up making the inside basically “the card”. It’s funny how things happen. πŸ˜‰hawkins_jill_can't wait shake_wm hawkins_jill_can't wait shake_00_wmThe scalloped circle is actually from the Die-namics LLD Cupcake Stand set and works fabulously as a centerpiece, don’t you think? πŸ™‚ The tricky part on this one was hiding the foam. I didn’t completely excel on that task, but didn’t want to toss it either. Once again, a “handmade” card right? πŸ˜‰

This card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics LLD Cupcake Stand, Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX, Photo Booth, In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX (dies), BG Diagonal Lines Background, CS True Friends (stamps), Black Licorice (hybrid ink), Steel Grey (dye ink), Bubble Gum, Steel Grey, Ripe Raspberry (card stock). πŸ™‚

Hope you too have enjoyed the shaker fun this week!! There are PRIZES each day! πŸ˜‰

HERE is my Shaker Thank You card from yesterday. HERE is my Shaker post (AND Sketch!) from Wednesday. HERE is my Shaker card from Tuesday. There is also a link there to a few other Shaker Cards I’ve made πŸ˜‰

Be sure to check out the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for the current Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge too.

photoPrintJoin us! πŸ™‚

Thanks for joining me this week! I’ve enjoyed reading your comments–THANK YOU! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚


Shake to Thank…

PrintToday on the My Favorite Things Blog is Day 4 of SHAKER CARDS!! A plethora of goodness to see this week. Shaker cards are super fun in BULK!! πŸ™‚

Today’s theme was to use a word die and shake it up! So I did πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_thank you shake_wmConfession: I love all things sprinkles. It’s borderline ridiculous ;). But why not add them to a card!? It’s like the perfect storm of goodness. πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_thank you shake_00_wmThis card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:Β Die-namics Thank you, Die-namics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX (dies), BG Diagonal Stripes Background (stamp), Grout Gray (dye ink), Field Day & Smooth White (card stock). πŸ™‚

Join in the shaker fun!! There are PRIZES each day! πŸ˜‰

HERE is my Shaker post from yesterday. There you can link to a few other Shaker Cards I’ve made πŸ˜‰

Be sure to check out the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog for the current Sketch Challenge and Color Challenge too.

photoPrintJoin us! πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping in! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚


MFT Sketch #224 AND Shaker!

photoSketch Challenge #224 TODAY on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!! Sure to be rockin’ cards by my teammates! πŸ™‚

Here’s a peek at my card this week: Die-namics Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. Oh yea! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_sketch224_00_wmI used the Die-namics Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX repeatedly to get that one banner. It came together so well. LOVE that! Go check it and all the other fabulousness from the DT on the MFT Card Challenges blog today!

Here’s the sketch πŸ™‚

MFT_WSC_224Also this week, the MFT Stamps Blog is all about Shakers!!PrintHere’s one for today!hawkins_jill_sending happy_wmI recommend static treating all parts of your shaker card before you put the goodies inside. I did that here, but as you can see, some still sticks wacky. But hey, that’s the nature of the card. They are meant to shake, so a still shot is never quite as enjoyable as a good SHAKE!! Ha!! πŸ˜‰ The MFT Blueprints #24 has sequin die cuts, so that is what I used here. The possibilities are endless to make shaker cards. πŸ™‚
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This card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:Β Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames, Die-namics Jumbo Dot Cover Up, Blueprints #24, Blueprints #23, Die-namics Jumbo Dot Cover-Up,Β Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX (dies), Totally Happy, BG Grid Background (stamps), Grout Gray (dye ink), Nightshift (hybrid ink), Smooth White, Nightshift, Field Day (card stock) πŸ™‚

You can find the Donut Shaker card I made yesterday HERE. I made a fun Peep Shaker you can see HERE. One more Shaker Donut card HERE. πŸ™‚

PrintJoin us! πŸ™‚

My superb MFTC&I DT teammates: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Thanks for dropping in! I appreciated all your fun comments yesterday πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚