Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Status Update

Well, as we in the medical field joke, if you're a patient and in the medical field, something will go wrong!  We also say that about really nice people.  Those mean-spirited, drug using, abusive individuals never seem to have the same medical problems/outcomes that we do.  It's silly, I know, but sometimes it does feel that way.  Maybe I need to get a little nastier or something!!  Not really, but frustration is running high here.  I thought I'd update you on where things are going for me, medically speaking.

So I was supposed to have that Pyloromyotomy surgery on Nov. 13th in Seattle.  Well, I wake up from anesthesia to be told that they started it, but had to stop.  They discovered a mass coming out of the wall of my stomach, looking like the shape of a mushroom's head and attaching to (OK, now just guess!) - my pylorus, the very thing they were going to operate on.  It is not the safest thing to biopsy the mass right then and there (I wish, but I know better), so we had to quickly make arrangements to return to Missoula for an Endoscopic biopsy the very next day!  Needless to say, my husband and I are a bit nervous and concerned.

I get put to sleep, they use ultrasound in my stomach to take biopsies and we wait...and wait...finally the night before Thanksgiving (2 days later than expected) the doctor calls to say the biopsy was NON-DIAGNOSTIC!!!!  That means, they didn't get any cells they were expecting to be able to make a diagnosis.  In other words, the doctor MAY have missed!  Now they do say that 3-4% of biopsies never get a definitive diagnosis (I hope I don't fall into that category), but what this means is I'm getting another biopsy!  Yep, it's tomorrow.  I should hear by Monday or Tuesday the results.  But here's the problem.  No matter what it is (cancer would obviously be the worst), but even if it is a benign mass, the surgeon still has to deal with it because it's in the way.  Depending on what it is will determine how much bigger the surgery will be.  So no matter what, it will have an impact.  I'm stressing because I've paid all my deductible for the year and desperately want to get it done before the end of December, otherwise it's going to cost me a lot more.  Traveling, food and lodging is already expensive enough.  Now we have to do that twice!!  Can you feel my frustration???

So, I've not been in the right frame of mind for much crafting.  Once I have the "bigger" surgery, my recovery will be longer, too.  So please be patient with me.  I will return, it's just going to take some time.  Keep me in your prayers, and God bless you all this Christmas season.

Take care and happy Christmas crafting!

One of last year's favorites/ Copic colored
Jill ✂      



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rest & Restore

Hello my crafty friends, it has been a while, I know.  I thought I'd update you on what's happening with me.  I've decided to take a break from Design Teams for a bit, as I have some health issues making it difficult to meet Design Team obligations.  While recovering from my elbow surgery at the end of August, I decided to do a little mini craft room remodel.  Hopefully you follow me on Instagram where I have posted pictures (jktaylor911).  It's about 90% done, but I also decided to reorganize a lot of my crafting supplies.  I chose the Totally Tiffany's ScrapRack to help me out.  It will take several weeks, maybe months to get that done.  I just got all the supplies and will work on it off and on.  Another surgery looms closely now.  Next week I will have abdominal surgery to try and help my lazy stomach.  In medical terms, it's called Gastroparesis- my stomach muscles don't work properly to move food out of my stomach.  It causes severe bloating, abdominal pain and more.  I've been suffering with this for a few years now and finally got desperate enough to agree to the surgery.  I'm not sure how long it will take me to recover and feel like crafting.  I was thinking of blogging some of my favorite creations from this last year (that were not DT creations).  So don't give up on me, I will be back!  And hopefully feeling better and ready to create and blog.  And after a bit, perhaps get on another DT again!  But I'm going to first spend some time just creating for me, using the many stamps and dies I've bought over the last year and haven't had time to play with.

So farewell for now, but hopefully not for too long.  Please check back with me in a few weeks' time, hopefully I'll be able to post something by then.  Thank you for visiting me, I hope to be sharing again soon.

Have a wonderful Holiday season, God bless you and happy crafting!!

Jill  ✂ 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Witt & Sass Ghost in a Jar DT Project

Welcome back my crafty friends, I have a spooktacular card to share with you.  I'm still recovering from surgery on my arm, but was still able to complete this card, though at a snail's pace!  I made it for Witt & Sass Stamp Company featuring the stamp set Ghost in a Jar.  This is such a fun stamp set, used alone or with other 
W & S products, such as in my card here, I also used:
-the Background Builders Wave Stencil on the water AND in the sky! 
-I also used the Background Builders Sand and White Caps in the foreground sand area.
-Additionally, I used the new Sassy Pack Boo-licious (the sequins and cool sequin bats). 

I used A LOT of other products as well on my card.  I'd have to say this is somewhat mixed media, as I used Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Dye and Hybrid inks, Copic Markers, acrylic paints, and colored pencils on this baby!

Here's the colors of the products I used from above: (the Distress Inks/Oxides I strictly used on the background areas around the jar)

Distress Ink- Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs
Distress Oxide Ink- Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans
Dye Inks- Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog (the jar and it's elements were stamped in London Fog)
Hybrid Inks:  MFTs Brick Red and Steele Blue (used on the label)
Acrylic Paint- DecoArt Matte Metallics in Pewter and DecoArt Media Fluid in Carbon Black (used on the label and metal ring at the top of the bottle) and Acryla Gouache in Primary White (for the highlights on the bottle)
Colored Pencils- Faber-Castell Polychromos in Burnt Ochre, Raw Umber, Walnut Brown, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey V, Dark Indigo, Black and White
Copic Markers- E21, E23, E25, E51, E53, YR000, YR20, BV000, BV01, BV04, B000, B00, B02, C1, C3,C5,C7 and BG90
Clear Wink of Stella

Paper Elements- American Crafts Spooky Boo! paper pad, EK success Sticko Halloween stickers and other miscellaneous papers from my stash.

Dies and Punches- Top Note Die (?), Large Cross-Stitched Rectangle by Lawn Fawn, and Fiskars Postage Stamp Edge Punch.

I truly had fun making this card and challenging myself to color the glass jar as realistically as I could. Also mixing it up with a variety of coloring products was a great change of pace.  I hope you give it a try.  Coloring glass can be one of the most difficult things to color, but fun too once you begin to master it. If you are still reading down here (congratulations!), shoot me a comment, I'd love to hear from you! 

If you enjoyed this card, please visit my Instagram account where all my cards get posted.  I am jktaylor911.  Also take a look at wittandsassstampco on Instagram where you'll find lots of inspiration from the other designers. 
Witt & Sass has a daily blog with all the DT cards throughout the month and lots of W & S information.  We also post our creations on the Witt & Sass Facebook page (there's so much goodness out there for you to learn and enjoy). 

Wishing you blessings and spooktacular crafting,

Jill   

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

My Crafting Arm is Killing Me!!

Just a quick note to let my followers know I am having some elbow surgery on my R arm this Wednesday, August 29th.  What that means is no crafting or cardmaking for at least 3 weeks.  And definitely no blogging on the computer!  So when you wonder why I'm so quiet and not posting projects...well, that is why.  Hopefully after 3 weeks I'll be good to go, or I may need physical therapy first.  Not sure, I'll cross that bridge as it comes.  But don't think I'm gone altogether, just a few weeks.  And I believe Amy Purdie has it all figured out for Witt & Sass (perhaps a guest designer while I'm gone?).  But seriously, Amy couldn't have been more supportive and understanding.  She treats her DT so well.  I am truly blessed!

So come back in about 3 weeks or so and see if I'm back.  I know Amy's got some great fall treats in store for y'all.  So it's not goodbye, it's "I'll see you again soon!"

As always, blessings to you and happy crafting,

Jill ✂🏥

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch - You are Beautiful, You Amaze Me Shaker card


Hello again!  Welcome back to my blog.  Today I have something very special to show you.  I made it for the Witt & Sass launch of the "You Are Beautiful" stamp set.  My card is sparkly, it's shiney, it's elegant, it's pink and gold, and it's floral!!  AND it's a shaker card!  What could be better than that?  I know, it's very girlie, girl... but I'm sorta that way, so I do love it for a change of pace.  Warning- this did take me quite some time to make (but I'm not known for my card-making speed!)  For me, the key to making this lovely card, aside from the great stamps and layered stencils from Witt & Sass, is Gina K's Wreath Builder Stencil.  I used the smaller stencil and my MISTI to achieve this nice round/balanced wreath.  To make this card, I used two products from Witt & Sass:  the You are Beautiful stamp set and the Layered Stencil Floral.
How I made this card:

I started by first stamping the wreath using the largest floral cluster and the largest single flower stamp in the set.  I used the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Stencil to help me position my stamps and stamp them in a circle.  I started with the largest floral cluster and stamped it twice on opposite sides of the cardstock.  I then created two masks of each end of the floral cluster, so I could stamp the large single flower in the two gaps, but it overlapped a bit, so that's where the masks came in handy.  I stamped the other flower into the gaps, then I used the tiny flower trios in the stamp set to fill in any areas that looked a bit barren.  I set this aside to work on my background paper so I would know what colors to use when I colored my wreath.

For the background paper I found this lovely pink 6 x 6 paper that had some variation in color to it.  Not quite ombre, maybe closer to a watercolor look.  I decided to use the Layered Stencil Floral on it from W & S in slightly darker pinks than the paper (but I did not want it bold).  I started by using the floral stencil's solid flower shape and used Distress Ink, Spun Sugar on both the large and small floral shapes.  Next I shifted the stencil so that the stencil flower petals lined up with what I just colored.  I started with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pink Flambe' on a rag and rubbed it in.  It needed additional color, so I grabbed my Distress Oxide Ink in Picked Raspberry and very gently pounced it on with my mini ink blending tool.  Once a section was done, I quickly ran over to my embossing station and put some Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder over the freshly inked flowers and heat set it.  I repeated those steps until my entire pink paper was done.  I then trimmed it down to 5.75" on both sides, as I didn't want my card to exceed 6" on any side. 

I returned to my floral wreath and practiced colors on a scratch piece of paper before I just dove in.  I wanted 3 colors of roses, one matching the background paper, the other two variations of pink.  I also wanted 1-2 flowers between any same color flower.  Fortunately the numbers of flowers worked!  I started by coloring all the same color flowers first with my Copic markers (I used a 3 color combination on them- but did I remember to write down which ones?  Yikes!  The answer is no 😞
(that's something I have to work on before I clean up my space!)  Anyhow, then I colored the leaves, again I masked a few areas and tucked in some leaves from the large single rose where I thought it needed more for balance.  I used 3 Copic markers in the BG family, then used C5 to make the leaf crease down the center.  I colored the small dainty flowers a deep red, then went around with my Sakura Jelly Roll pen in Clear Star to the centers of all the flowers in the wreath.  Then I used Clear Wink of Stella on all the roses.  Last, I decided to heat emboss the 3 small circle clusters as a single stamp from the You are Beautiful stamp set.  I didn't want them to be too overbearing, so I only stamped them 3 times with Versamark ink, then used my Stampin' Up! Gold Embossing Powder.  I trimmed my wreath cardstock to 4" x 4", rounding the two bottom corners.  I then went about fussy cutting the inside of my wreath using my handy #11 Penblade (the yellow, pointed one).

I placed my wreath cardstock onto the pink background to where I liked how the background flowers showed and left enough reveal on all sides.  I cut down my pink layer a bit more and rounded the bottom  two corners.  

Very Important step:  If you secure your bow with a brad, do it now before proceeding any further, or it may be impossible to use a brad at all!  I made a 3 piece bow from some Stampin' Up! ribbon I had that matched my card nicely.  I made a hole through all 3 pieces of ribbon with my pokey tool, put the brad through it, then poked a hole about 1/4" from the top of my floral wreath, in the middle and pushed my brad through the hole and opened the legs on the back side to secure.

Next I picked out some foiled white cardstock from DCWV to frame and support my pink paper (it was not the heaviest of papers and I was making a shaker card, so I wanted more rigidity).  That layer ended up being 5.75" x 5.5" (well below my 6" max.).  It also brought out the gold elements in my card.  I then adhered that to my card base, that was a top folding card of 11" x 5.75" total (I wanted not to have to cut into a 12" x 12" piece of my cardstock, I prefer using my 8.5" x 11" cardstock for my card bases.)

Next I lined up my wreath paper onto the pink paper, then marked very lightly in pencil the corners.  This would help me when I finally adhere my wreath paper onto the pink paper.  Next I marked a few points of the inside of the wreath onto the pink paper, then removed the wreath paper and drew a very light almost round circle.  I would eventually add my adhesive foam tape around my marked pencil line, ensuring  none of the tape would show.  But first I needed a piece of acetate for my shaker window.  I decided to use one of the floral stamp's sentiment on the acetate.  It just barely fit! So that I got the sentiment centered, I went ahead and glued the acetate in place on the backside of the floral frame.  Once secure, I stamped the sentiment inside the middle of the wreath, using the help of my MISTI for perfect positioning and no slipping around with the ink.  I used Ranger's Archival black ink and did double stamp it to make it darker (not a problem when you use a great stamp positioner!)  I set it aside to dry, while I made my shaker element.

I used Scotch 3M foam adhesive tape around the circle I had drawn on the pink paper.  I decided to make it double think for more dimension and room for more goodies inside the shaker.  I carefully used an antistatic tool along the inside of the tape ring so that my shaker elements wouldn't stick to it.  I used several products on the inside, all light pink, gold, white, holographic/rainbow, and a few tiny hexagons in those colors and a few blueish-green ones that matched the leaves and ribbon on the wreath.  I also used a few pink gem stickers from DCWV inside and outside on the pink paper.  I feel that a few elements glued in place inside the shaker helps keep all the shaker elements from falling to the bottom (unless that's what you want, of course!).  So once all the shaker bits were added...drum roll please... I very carefully laid down my wreath paper onto the foam adhesive ring (using my corner markers as a guide.  One thing I forgot to do was put more double thick foam tape around the rest of my wreath paper.  The edges sagged a bit.  I had to fix it.  I very carefully cut the foam tape lengthwise in half and measured approximately the length I needed.  I stacked them up double, removed the release tape and gently wedged them in place along the outside edges.  Harder to do this way than to have had it done before I placed the wreath paper down, but you can't tell the difference, so only you and I know!!  
Last, I chose 6 of the shaker elements and glued them to the pink paper, 3 each on opposite corners.  Now, finally, this card is done.  Though a little time consuming, I love how it came out, I hope you do too!  I can't help myself but shake my card around and look at all the pretties inside!  
Thank you for visiting my blog (this one more lengthy than usual), I know!  I hope to see some of your shaker creations using Witt & Sass products.  Remember if you are following a challenge from an order you received from W & S, use #wscardchallenge on Instagram so we can see what you create.
To see other Witt & Sass Design Team creations, go to the  
Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first) or check Instagram at @wittandsassstampco.  Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about  W & S, some of it quite funny!  Their website is:   https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/  
  
Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at: 

**For your convenience, I've linked the W & S products to the store and linked to the various social media platforms as well!**

However, if you just want to see more of my stuff, visit me on Instagram, that's where all my work is located.  I'm jktaylor911.  I don't blog every card, so IG has so much more!

Thanks again, and happy crafting!!

Jill




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