NEW Mini Slim Essentials from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today and it is of all things MINI SLIM!! It’s a fun new Mini Slim Essentials Release and it’s full of add-ons to really add some details to our Mini Slim cards!

First up, there is some new little stamps in town that I added onto this Mini Slim Tri-Fold Card. This is the new Tutti FruttiΒ set and it is SO cute! I used the previously released Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Circle with the Mini Slim Trifold card base from TE.

I mean really. These fruits just make me happy! And I added some googley eyes for extra fun. πŸ™‚

To create the front of this tri-fold, I used the previously released Masking Stencil – Mini Slim Rectangle along with the new Mini Slim Stencil – Wonky Dots. I used Cilantro, Granny Smith, Lemon Meringue and Pineapple to blend.

I die cut the circles using both and then added the two sizes to create a uniform look from the front. I think it turned out kinda fun! πŸ™‚

This is the second layer, if you will. I used the new Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate to create this fun little border stripe. I cannot wait to use these more and create lots of stripey goodness! The thinness of the frame is going to be great to use for many things.

For this layer, I used the Go with the Flow stencil and the same color combo to blend. The little hearts are from the Little Bits – Hearts die.

The inner most layer, I used the Mini Slim Stencil – Wonky Dots again, this time in Cupcake. And a Cilantro frame from the Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate. These trifold cards are always fun to make in the end and I imagine getting one would be thrice as nice! πŸ™‚

Next up, I have a pink little number with a new friend from the Tickled Pink Stamp & Stencil Combo. The tropically delightful stencil is the new Mini Slim Stencil – Tropical Leaves. For this one I blended on Cookie Monster, Sprinkles, Granny Smith, Cilantro and Pineapple. I used the Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Hexagon to create the window, but this time wonky.

I also used the Masking Stencils – Mini Slim Scalloped Rectangle again. I guess I like that clean edging look. Who knew? πŸ™‚

The sentiment is from the same set and you open it up to find a rainbowtasticness surprise! This one is a Top Fold Mini Slim. Which, unless you have a lot of 12 x 12 heavy weight cardstock around, I’d definitely recommend ordering a pack from TE to use. I do not have 12 x 12, so I am so glad they started offering these. πŸ™‚Β  AND the tri-fold pre-made cards: πŸ’›!!

At first I was just going to rainbow the Flamingo, and then I thought–might as well go all in with the background too! So I lined up the stencil to match the front and did just that! πŸ™‚

This one is definitely different, but I like it! I would either add a note to the back or just sign my name with a quick note somewhere inside here. πŸ™‚

Also, you may have noticed the new Mini Slim Scalloped Envelope Liner! AHHHHHHH– love this die! The TE Creative team did such fun things with it that you definitely want to check it out. For some reason, I went very basic using some Toffee to line the envelope. But stencils and colors are all so fun to add a little more spunk!

Here’s the details from TE:

.Right now through Sunday, July 4th (or while supplies last), You can get the Tickled Pink Card Making Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Tickled Pink Stamp & Stencil Combo set, Tickled Pink die, and Mini Slim Tropical Leaves stencil.Β The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, July 4th.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below to make things easier to see the details for each. πŸ™‚

PineappleΒ Card:

FlamingoΒ Card:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of Mini Slim inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by –have an awesome week! πŸ™‚

Take care πŸ™‚


Follow me on Instagram: jilldhawkinsΒ πŸ™‚

Summer FUN from Taylored Expressions!

Taylored Expressions has a New Release today and it is full of SUMMER fun, Glittery Goodness, COOL things and cute little treats! πŸ™‚ There are a rainbow of TE colors available in Loose Glitter (Lollipop, Cherry Pop, Candy Corn, Peapod, Cookie Monster, Jelly Donut, Pearl, Silver, Gold and Oreo) now and it all can be adhered and enjoyed with the new Glitter Grab!

First up, I used the new Sweet Scoops and Building Blocks-Cool Additions. These Sweet Scoops are so easy to use and quite frankly, make you want a scoop or two! πŸ™‚

You can create any ice cream flavor your sweet tooth desires! I made Mint Chocolate Chip (Mint Julep and Mushroom) and Sorbet and one of my favorites was how the Vanilla turned out! I never thought I could stamp white ice cream and with Sea Salt and a touch of Mushroom for the shading–success! πŸ™‚ To give a little extra fun and sparkle, I used the new Pearl Glitter from TE. Alllllllllllllll the colors are so dynamic, but somehow I used the most muted one in Pearl. Ha! It just gives a subtle kick, which is what I wanted on these yummy scoops.

I added everything to the Pierced Lattice Cutting PlateΒ background that I trimmed out with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets, of course. And allΒ  the fun sentiment blocks are from the Building Blocks-Cool Additions.

Next up, I used the Anything is Popsicle Stencil and Stamp Combo along with the Sun’s Out dies to create this totally chill card. I think those popsicles were begging for shades, so I answered the call 😎. I glittered those cuties up with the new Oreo Glitter and let me tell you, in person, SUCH fun to see that little pop of sparkle!

This fun sentiment is from the new Mini Strips- Hello Summer. I just embossed that in White on Oreo Cardstock. The simple background I created using the Mini Simple Strips-Hello Summer . I used some Lemon Meringue ink in combination with Cookie Monster. I die cut the panel all out the Mini Slim Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. This one would be fun and easy to make several cards to mail out this summer!

Lastly, we gave out a few ice cream gift cards to our little friends here, so I created these little Gift Card holders using the Tag Pocket.Β  For these, I used the larger Sweet Scoops Ice Cream cone and mixed up my flavors even more to create Rainbow Sherbet. TOO fun! I love all those little extra stamps for the ice cream cones and the shading on the scoops. They add soooo much so simply to the already stenciled parts. I’m a big fan of the stencils to create these fun shades of ice cream.

Hello Summer! This sentiment is from the Anything is Popsicle set.

I tried to keep these pretty simple because I was limited on time, but I think they would be super fun with the new TE Glitters and some googley eyes too!

I added a little bit of twine to each. Also, I embossed the Lots of Stars folder (that is retired–eek sorry!) but the Lots of Dots Embossing Folder is a great stand in. Gives it that little extra pizzazz fairly easily. πŸ™‚

And now, I want some ice cream in a cone again! πŸ™‚

Here’s the scoop from TE: (see what I did there? bwwwaaaahaaahaaa!)

Get the glitter party started with our All That Glitters Glamour Box! This bundle is a $60 value for $50 and is available now through Sunday, June 20th. The TE All That Glitters Glamour Box includes: 10 – 1 oz jars of fine loose glitter (Lollipop, Cherry Pop, Candy Corn, Peapod, Cookie Monster, Jelly Donut, Pearl, Silver, Gold and Oreo) + a 4 oz. jar of TE Glitter Grab.Β The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, June 20th.

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. See my links below to make things easier. πŸ™‚

Sweet ScoopsΒ Card:

PopsicleΒ Card:

Summer Cone Gift Card Tags:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with lots of sweet inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so much for stopping by –have a sweet week! πŸ™‚

Take care πŸ™‚


Follow me on Instagram: jilldhawkinsΒ πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ ! I have a “few” more to finish. πŸ˜‰

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! ❀

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Sending Summer Smiles! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

Instagram? jilldhawkins

Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

seasonsgivingsimageHappy 2017 All! Hope 2016 was good to you, and you’re ready to rock 2017! πŸ™‚

I’m joining in the Seasons Givings Blog Hop to celebrate the crafty world and to share the kindness for all the support over the past year. Whether it be here on my blog, another blog, or Instagram, it is always appreciated! πŸ™‚

Today, I’m sharing a couple of cards that are for the super fun New Release of Technique Tuesday! And of course, I have a Giveaway!! First the fun cards πŸ™‚

hawkins_jill_hey-foxy_wmThis uses the new Fredrick and Fiona stamp set from Technique Tuesday. I stamped, colored with Copics, and then masked these cuties to blend on some Distress Ink. They make such a sweet little card. ❀hawkins_jill_hey-foxy_00_wmOf course, I had to balance the cute with some cool, right? Here they are in their sly fox glory! πŸ™‚hawkins_jill_sly_wm hawkins_jill_sly_00_wmThese foxes, I masked again, and colored with my Zig pens. The sunglasses are from THIS Fresh Cut Studio Summer die set. Too fun! πŸ™‚ Too sly. πŸ˜‰

Ok–the Giveaway already, right? A smidge of everything! Fun fun!

Here it is:


You can follow on with the Blog Hop from here! Below is the complete list of participants for today’s fun! πŸ™‚

Lawn Fawn

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Reverse Confetti

Taylored Expressions

Paper Smooches

Neat & Tangled

Technique Tuesday

Clear & Simple Stamps

Richard Garay

My Sweet Petunia


Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Sunny Studio Stamps

Inchie Arts llc

Scrapbook Update

Buttons Galore

Latisha Yoast

Julia Stainton


Cristina Nunez

Wanda Guess

Vera Yates

Amy Tsuruta

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Lori Craig

Lydia Fiedler

Jenn Shurkus

Lisa Henke

Dina Kowal

Libby Hickson

Emily Leiphart

Cindy Lawrence

Kelly Klapstein

Erica Houtghton

Elise Constable

Julee Tillman

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Giovana Smith

Karen Baker

Lindsay Amrhein

Dana Joy

Marcie Sharp

Megan Hoeppner

Alicia Thelin

Asia King

Debbie Seyer

Yvonne Van De Grijp

Tenia Nelson

Michelle Woerner

Christina Griffiths

Lori McAree

Barbara Anders

Jill Hawkins  <—-You are HERE. πŸ™‚

Veronica Zalis

Leigh Penner

Margie Higuchi

Amy Coose

Melody Rupple

Karen Letchworth

Heidi Ramsey Blankenship

Jennie Harper

Jodi Collins

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Gracie Chavez

Stephanie Klauck

Savannah O’Gwynn

Terre Fry

Neva Cole

Maria Levine

Misti Oblander

Ceal Pritchett

Hop on and have fun! Sure to be fun stuff to see and prizes to take a chance on!

ETA: Giveaway is closed. Thank you! πŸ˜‰

For my giveaway, please leave a comment below, telling me what stamp or stamp set you could NEVER part with πŸ™‚ . (If you do not own any stamps, let me know which from the prize photo above, you’d be most excited to own! πŸ™‚ ) Please leave your comment/answer by January 7th, and I’ll use the random selector for a winner. (Please note: I can only ship to a mailing address in the US.) I’ll be back to announce the winner shortly thereafter. I’ll also email the winner to get your prize sent, so be sure to leave your correct email! πŸ™‚

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Thanks again for another great year & all the crafty hugs! More excitement coming here soon! πŸ™‚

Next stop, my delightful crafty friend, and former MFT teamie, Veronica Zalis! ❀

Happy New Year! BIG Thanks to Latisha for all her time, organizing this fun hop! πŸ™‚

Take care-

Jill πŸ™‚

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