Merry Blooms Kit from Taylored Expressions–Merry Merry!

Today, there is a NEW Kit available over atย  Taylored Expressions and it is VERY Merry! And very Bloomy. Is that a word? It is now. ๐Ÿ˜„! This kit is the perfect scenario if you just want to create a good stack of cards and get ahead for your holiday card mailings. It’s all there for you, you just need ink! ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to try out a couple different things with my cards here today.

First up, let’s talk about this card, because I think it might very well be my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so different from anything I have made and honestly, I’m not entirely sure how it happened. ha!

For these flowers, I used the following ink colors, blended on with TE Blending Brushes: Sea Salt, Salt Water Taffy, Confetti Cake, Potato Chip and Mushroom. I started first with the Sea Salt adding that down to create kind of a base and a good white shadow, if you will. On top of that I went very lightly with the other colors. I have seen blue poinsettias, but I am not entirely sure about them, so I gave these a white with a tinge of blue hue.

I used the stamps in the Merry Blooms Clear Stamp set to add all the details to the individual pieces. For the leaves, I inked the background stamp with a bunch of different greens and even some yellow.

The sentiment is from the Clearly Crafty Joyful Season stamp set and then I used the coordinating dies (which need to be purchased separately from the kit) to die cut it out before adhering with a couple layers of cardstock underneath.

I added this vellum frame using the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets and the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets. I am digging how this turned out. It is not only full of holiday cheer, but it also says winter to me–cozy winter! The good kind of winter. ๐Ÿ™‚

I finish everything off with some stitching and Clear Drip Drops.

Next up, I made a few tags using the Pierced Tag Stacklets and added one to the TE Clear Treat Boxes. For these I went to more of a traditional holiday red, using lots of different TE Reds and pinks. I even used Mulled Wine, which I admittedly do not use too often, so that’s always fun for me!

I white heat embossed these little sentiments on some strips of Sweet Basil cardstock. Looking forward to using these tags at the holidays for sure!

On these tags and both of my cards, I also used the Spattered Background and white heat embossed that. I like how it gives it a snowy wintery look. I could use this background on most every card, I think. โค

Lastly, I have this card, using more of a Spearmint looking set of leaves. I also used Mint Julep. This green combo is delightful.

I added some Silver Glitter to the center of these Poinsettias. Again, I also used the Spatter Background with some Mushroom ink to add little extra bit of goodness. I used the Frame in Frame die to create this panel. I added a nest of silver thread behind the sentiment to tie into the silver glitter. So festive!

Of course, I love these envelope colors in this kit and the stickers. Always the stickers. But I’m going to need some more Dijon envelopes. How do I not have these already?

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions. Here’s the TE scoop:

Hereโ€™s everything included the Merry Blooms Kit โ€“ which is available for $69:

  • Merry Blooms Stamp, Stencil, & Clear Combo set
  • Perfect Poinsettia die collection
  • Clearly Crafty Joyful Season stamp set
  • Bits & Pieces โ€“ Red Pearl & Gold Drip Drop Mix
  • 6 A2 Envelopes: Sugar Cube, Toffee, Cherry Pop, Mulled Wine, Djion, and Cilantro
  • Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label

Limited quantity available. Most items not available to purchase individually.

You will be able to purchase additional envelope packs, envelope seals, the new Bits & Pieces โ€“ Red Pearl Drip Drops, and the Joyful Season die collection separately.

PLEASE NOTE: The Joyful Season die collection (for the sentiments) is an add-on purchase that is available to purchase separately. It is not a part of the kit.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card:

Pinks Poinsettia Card:

Poinsettia Tags:

Find the TE Blog Post HERE with more holiday inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

Thanks so MERRY much for stopping by!

Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


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Taylored Expressions: Holiday Ready!

Happy Tuesday! There is a new release to make your holiday creations more fun over at Taylored Expressionsย today! All the new products are available over at Taylored Expressions now! Happy Holidays indeed!

This is a fun new Tag making kit designed by my friend Heather Nichols– โค this kit, Heather! Because I have a lot of tags ready for the giving now–Hooray!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ This kit is called Tag Team Christmas Kit and it has all the goodies you need to create A LOT of fun tags.

This kit features a clear stamp and coordinating set of 3 tag dies for quick and easy mass-production of tags. The kit also includes red/white twine, eyelets, and cardstock – all the supplies needed to create up to 30 tags. Add-on kits will be available for purchase separately.

There are so many fun sentiments that also make me laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of little stamps to add fun details to your tags too! Check out a photo of most of the tags I made. I actually have more, if you can believe that! ๐Ÿ™‚

They are perfect for your holiday gifts and for little gift bags filled with treats or a gift card. โค

Love it! The twine that comes with the kit is super fun too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Tag Team Christmas tags:

All these products are available now over at Taylored Expressions!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We have snow, so this was the perfect project to get me in the holiday gift giving mode! Hope you have fun with it too. I’ll be back Thursday to share some more sweet ideas & another fun part of this November release! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Counting Blessings SOA Release Day!

Happy Release day for the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection!

Thank you so very much for all the amazing and truly kind comments everyone left here yesterday! The consensus is that we love the leaves and that leaves and gratitude are not just for autumn! Love that! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can check out my blog post for the Blog Hop yesterday HERE. Be sure to head over to Catherine’s website below for all the latest info!


I am sharing a couple more cards here to celebrate RELEASE DAY! Yay!!

How awesomely graphic is this Geo Trio stencil!! โค !! It has three different patterns to use on it! Catherine’s inks make blending this on flawless! I used Icing on the Cake, Tutti Frutti (fave!) Orange Twist , and Tiara for this.

I also used the collection’s Thankful die and the Tags, Etc. dies for this strip. I was intending to stitch above it, but ended up right on the line the die creates. I could never stitch this way if I intended too! But on a fluke, no problem! LOL!

Just love the graphic nature of this card and how those inks blend! So flawless! And can we just enjoy the handwritten script of this Thankful die? Good golly! So fantastic!

Next up is a ‘Thank You’ card!

I just trimmed the Thankful die to make a fun “Thank You” card! ๐Ÿ™‚

For this card, I used the Tags, Etc. Dies, Thankful Die, Autumn Blessings Stamp set, Geo Trio Stencil, and the Marching Leaves stencil!ย  Eeep! Again, I used Catherine’s fabulously blending inks! (Tutti Frutti and actually all the same ones as the above card! How did that happen? LOL!! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I made with this collection, as much as I have enjoyed making them!

Thank you again for stopping by today! A BIG crafty hug to Catherine for having me along, and many thanks to the team for help with details! It’s been a pleasure hanging with everyone! Be sure to check out Catherine’s Blog HERE for more fun!

I look forward to seeing what everyone creates with this fantastic collection!!

Happy creating!

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram: jilldhawkins

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop, Day 3!

Hello all, and welcome to the final stop on the The Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Collection Blog Hop! Eeeep! Have you loved seeing all the projects! GOOD stuff! I always think this is a party in a box, delivered! And this collection is definitely my most favorite yet!! โค

The Stamp of Approval Collection is an exclusive collection. These individual products were designed just for this collection box. Each product is a brand new design, and will not be available again from Catherine Pooler Designs for many months. Make sure you subscribe to the wait list to get first notice of the sales link…these collections sell out quickly! You can get on the waitlist here: WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM

Are you ready for my cards?! I am! I really enjoyed playing with this collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh my word! THIS LEAF! โค ! For this card, I used several of the products in the box. The tag and scalloped panel are from the Tag, Etc. Dies. I die cut the Thankful die a few times and layered it up for some pop! The leaf is cut using the Falling Leaf dies. (I adhered them, and then stitched them like crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I used the Marching Leaves stencil on the background. (This stencil is definitely one of my favorite things in this box– โค !!!!)

I love this color combo that shook out during the process! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up, is a celebration card showing the versatility of this collection! I think this color combo is so festive! ALL Catherine Pooler’s bold color inks are a stamper’s dream! Very inky, but not TOO inky. You know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Those can be found HERE.

For this card, I used the following products from this collection: The Tags, Etc. Dies, Good Things stamp set, and the Leaf Motifs stamp set.

I used my favorite CP color, Tutti Frutti, on many of my SOA projects this month! I can’t stop. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย For this card, I also used the new gray Black Jack, Party Dress, Tiara and Fiesta Blue!

This collection is FULL of possibilities! I myself, am super loving all the graphic elements in it!

Be sure to leave comments along the way for the BLOG HOP PRIZE!

ย One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and announced on AUGUST 17th on Catherineโ€™s blog. The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Here’s the Blog Hop list for today:

  1. Catherine Pooler
  2. ย Taheerah Atchia
  3. Lydia Evans
  4. Ingrid Blackburn Pagliocca
  5. ย Kimberly Wiener
  6. ย Jill Hawkinsย  <— You are here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be sure to check out the previous two days of hopping for more fun projects and chances to win a box of your own! Start HERE on Catherine’s Blog!

And don’t forget to get on the wait list! Last go round, they sold out lightening fast, so be sure to do so ASAP! Join the wait list here: WWW.CPSTAMPOFAPPROVAL.COM

Thank you very much for stopping by today! Sending out HUGE thanks to Catherine! I appreciate you having me along to celebrate another awesome Stamp of Approval Collection! โค ! I look forward to sharing more tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fabulous week! Thank you for hopping all the way here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Today, I have the fun opportunity to participate in my friend Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Technique Tuesday! I love that Tracey puts all this together every year. because I love to see all the tags in my IG feed! Plus, Tracey is just one of the sweetest, joyful people you could meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a couple of tags I made for the fun today:

hawkins_jill_a-kind_00_wmThese snowflakes! Plus, these sentiments are just soooo fantastic! Such a great set! โคhawkins_jill_a-kind_wmThis little snowman makes me smile! I colored him with Copic markers and added some twine. ๐Ÿ™‚hawkins_jill_tag-snowman_00_wm hawkins_jill_tag-snowman_wmI may add these to a card base, or just use them as package tags. Either way, love having them done! ๐Ÿ™‚

Technique Tuesday supplies: Memory Keeper’s Being Unique, Fresh Cut Studio Sparkle and Shine snowflake dies, Snowflakes dies, and the retired, Let it Snow.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to hop over to Tracey’s blog for all the details and link up. There is 25 days of crafty fun there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you, Tracey! โค

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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to you from me…

hawkins_jill_to u from me_Theย AEIโ™ฅU Challenge this month is Inlaid Die Cuts!! Oh dear, one of my favorite things to do! So here’s my entry…To You From Me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Non-holiday products to make a holiday card–Fun!

This is a lot of die cutting, and that panel takes a beating running it through the machine so much, but it’s worth it! So enjoyable. ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple of tags stamped, cut out…and Bam! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Challenge 19

Love me some Avery Elle-ments dies. Ooooooweeee. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a few more: here, here & here!

…And the random winner from the World Card Making Day Blog Hop is….#32: Amy Jones #8546! Thanks to you Amy for your kind comments and to everyone who took the time to leave one–they were fun to read! ๐Ÿ™‚ Amy please go to the “About” section, and fill out the comment form including your name, mailing address and email. I’ll send the crafty fun out to you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for stopping by…

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

Supplies: Avery Elle-ments: Modern Leaves, Custom Panels & Simply Tags. Avery Elle stamps: Simply Tags: Every Day. (Jute) American Crafts. Hero Arts Dye inks. Cardstock: Paper Source. Bazzill, American Crafts, Hobby Lobby, Micheal’s. Thread.