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.ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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? โค 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 9thย or while supplies last.ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Did someone say…New Year?

Anyone else ready to celebrate a NEW YEAR like NEVER BEFORE? I am!! So let’s get the 2021 Party started early! We are doing just that over at Taylored Expressions today… These products are available today, November 3rd! ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, I have my main man Big Grumpy and he is SPOT on with this fun new sentiment which is a FREE Download! You must enjoy the sentiments in this set–so so funny! This one is just the truth. ๐Ÿ™‚

I colored him with Copic Markers and added the background using the Star Masking Stencils and the little stamps from the Tag Team Birthday set. I thought it turned out so festive, especially considering how grumpy he is! ha! I also added a little Stickles Gel to the part of the Stars to give it some shimmer! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and his little hat is from the Big Grumpy-Birthday set.

Next up, is the new Party Popper Stencil. This one reminds me of popping one of those confetti things and watching it spray out! ๐Ÿ™‚ I used the recently released Pastel Blender Brushes. โค

And instead of being disgruntled about 2020, I went with a Hello New Year sentiment using the previously released Over the Rainbow Sentiment (for the “hello”) and the NEW On Repeat: New Year!ย  You get a hand full of New Year sentiments all in one swoop! Dig that a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to make it into a shaker with the cutie’s from the set Life of the Party. This card ended up screaming Party! New Year! So fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ This would be great to receive to welcome in 2021! A party in the mail!

I have high high hopes for 2021, so here’s hoping! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below.

Big Grumpy New Year card:


Hello New Year card:

All these products are available TODAY, November 3rdย over at Taylored Expressions!

If you live in the United States, don’t forget to VOTE today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more inspiration from the TE Creative Team! โค

Here’s to a better year ahead–and if your 2020 was a great one, this will still be good, right?

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill

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Paper Smooches NEW Release Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, March 7th at 10am, and you’re going to enjoy it โ™ฅ๏ธ!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here we go! The NEW Paper Smooches MARCH 2019!ย  ONE newย stamp sets and FOURย newย dies will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on March 7th.ย  You will find the new products at their online storeย once they go live.ย ย www.papersmoochesstamps.com. To add extra fun to our blog hop…there isย a prize!ย ย The prize – aย $30. gift code to use at theย PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning)ย 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on March 8th to leave a comment.
  • Please check theย Paper Smooches blog on March 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Here’s the lineup!

Guests:

Design Team:

Ways to increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.ย  If you don’t already like the PS FB page, please doย https://www.facebook.com/PaperSmooches
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop (follow PS on Twitter –ย https://twitter.com/papersmooches)
  • Share our blog hop on Instagram @papersmooches
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

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

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?ย  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details.ย  http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

 

Alrighty–and onto my card! They are soooo adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

This new die set of water and cute fish is called Water Dies and the new critter stamp set with coordinating dies is called Splash!

I had a really cute background behind these guys, but you can’t see it because I overloaded my shaker with shaker goodness. Haaaaa! Oops! Too funny!

Paper Smooches: Water Dies,ย Splash,ย Splash Icons Dies,ย Scalloped Frames

Thanks so very much for joining us– And thank you for stopping by!!

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin is always so creative โค !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Love Ya Bunches

Happy Monday! We received quite a lot of snow this past weekend! I thought I’d pop in here and shake it up a bit with aย ย Taylored Expressionsย card!

The only thing better than a shaker card is a rainbow shaker card!! Love these little shaker bits from TE…they are called Hello Sunshine Shaker Filling–too fun!!

You can find all my supplies and links to the Taylored Expressions Shop below:

Be sure to check out theย TE Blogย and follow all the great posts there too! Now, go shake up your Monday!!

Jill

Instagram: jilldhawkins

A Hug in the Shaker…

PrintToday on the My Favorite Things Blog is the Final Day of SHAKER CARDS!! Confetti everywhere this week!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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). ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you too have enjoyed the shaker fun this week!! There are PRIZES each day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

photoPrintJoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for joining me this week! I’ve enjoyed reading your comments–THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s theme was to use a word die and shake it up! So I did ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

hawkins_jill_thank you shake_00_wmThis card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:ย 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). ๐Ÿ™‚

Join in the shaker fun!! There are PRIZES each day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

HERE is my Shaker post from yesterday. There you can link to a few other Shaker Cards I’ve made ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

photoPrintJoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for dropping in! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

 

MFT Sketch #224 AND Shaker!

photoSketch Challenge #224 TODAY on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!! Sure to be rockin’ cards by my teammates! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a peek at my card this week: Die-namics Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX. Oh yea! ๐Ÿ™‚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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The MFT Blueprints #24 has sequin die cuts, so that is what I used here. The possibilities are endless to make shaker cards. ๐Ÿ™‚
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This card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things:ย Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames, Die-namics Jumbo Dot Cover Up, Blueprints #24, Blueprints #23, Die-namics Jumbo Dot Cover-Up,ย 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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

PrintJoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Gonna shake…

PrintToday on the My Favorite Things Blog is Day 2 of SHAKER CARDS!! Whoot! Love me a good shaker! Yesterday’s MFT blog post was fun, and I can’t wait to hop around today.
Here’s my take on a “flat” type shaker card. Right up my alley with my trusty sewing machine. I couldn’t get the Donut idea out of my head, so I just went for it. Sort of a simple card, but that little detail adds a fun touch I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

hawkins_jill_donut know shake_00_wmThis is also a great way to show how the MFT dye inks can do second generation stamping to get a whole different gradient! I only used two gray ink pads. Hooray!

hawkins_jill_donut know shake_wmThis card is made with the following supplies at My Favorite Things: Die-namics LLD Donuts, Die-namics Polka Dot Cover-Up (dies), LLD Donuts and Sprinkles (stamps), Grout Gray, Steel Blue (dye ink), Grout Gray, Smooth White (card stock), Vellum, Embossing pad. ๐Ÿ™‚

Join in the shaker fun!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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

photoPrintJoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for dropping in! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

MFT Sketch #216…

photoSketch Challenge #216 starts today on My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog!

Here’s a peek at my card this week: (This is an odd color combo for me, but a challenge to try new things? Hooray!)

HAWKINS_JILL_SKETCH216_00_wmThe Ride the Wave dies are fabulous! I mean, I can’t stop using them…and the Donuts! I decided I need more wave dies, that would fit comfy cozy on the top and bottom of these waves… hmmmm?…*wink wink*… ๐Ÿ™‚ teehee ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s the sketch ๐Ÿ™‚ MFT_WSC_216Naturally, I had to make another card with a totally different take. Sure, the wave dies are a perfect fit for this sketch…but if you don’t have the waves, what do you do? Get creative!ย  I did that here:
HAWKINS_JILL_sketch216_1_WMI rotated the sketch, and then cut the card stock in three pieces to create that “dividing” element. I wanted to emphasize it, so I then scored the card stock. I used the Peep shaker element as the “circle”. In my mind, the circle just represents an element and it can be whatever! Be crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Go literal, go loose…but just GO make something & join in! ๐Ÿ™‚HAWKINS_JILL_sketch216_00_1_WMI have a major love of Peeps (the bunny versions seen here), so I had to purchase this die set for just the little bunny Peep. I may have a problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

This card is made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things: In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX,ย In & Out Diagonal Stitched Square STAX, Die-namics Candy Jar (dies), CS Candy Jar Companion (stamps), Orange Fizz, Night Shift, Summer Splash, Kraft (Card Stock), Vellum,ย Steel Grey & Black Licorice (dye inks) ๐Ÿ™‚

PrintJoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

My WAY rad MFTC&I teamies: Veronica Zalis, Vera Yates, Alice Wertz, Erin Lee Schreiner, Miriam Prantner, and Susan R. Opel!

Thanks for checkin’ out the ramble here today!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

MFT Color Challenge #15!

PrintToday is the next Color Challenge #15 on the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog…Three cheers for COLORS!!…and TWO of my go-to colors!

Be sure to check it out today & find out all the details! Here’s a peek: (hint: yum!) ๐Ÿ™‚ I so enjoy these Color Challenges and I hope you join us! ๐Ÿ˜‰

HAWKINS_JILL_MFT CC15_00_WMHere’s a bonus card for today– I just can’t stop with the DONUTS! They are just too fun…So here’s one of my Valentine’s–shake it! ๐Ÿ™‚
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HAWKINS_JILL_donut shaker_WMPhew–this was a doozy to photograph. It’s fun to shake it up though! I recycled packaging for the windows. The shaker part is completely see through–Eeeek! ๐Ÿ™‚

This card was made with the following supplies by My Favorite Things: LJD All My Love, Die-namics Stitched Circle STAX (dies), LLD Donuts and Sprinkles (stamps),ย Nightshift (Hybrid ink), Cherry Crisp (dye ink), Sweet Tooth (Pigment ink),Versamark, Kraft, Nightshift, Cherry Crisp, Sno Cone (card stock), Vellumย  ๐Ÿ˜‰Printjoin us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Thanks for poppin’ by ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚