Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

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




Friday, August 24, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch - Designer Cupcake with Candy Sprinkles

Welcome Sassies & fellow crafters and welcome Friday!!  Today will conclude our week of the Designer Cupcake here at Witt & Sass.  What a fabulous stamp set, and so versatile (you'll have realized this if you have been following Witt & Sass's Design Team share their card creations with this stamp set all week).  This is card #2 for me (and my favorite)!  Products used on this card include:  Designer Cupcake stamp and Layered Stencil Dots.
How I made this card:

I started off with a teal colored ombre paper that I used the W & S Layered Stencil Dots on with my Distress Oxide inks.  I used several colors and overlapped the different sized circles, then set it aside to dry.  Next I stamped my plain cupcake in Antique Linen Distress Ink so I could do a little "no -line coloring.  I started with my Copics, then added additional details and highlights with my Polychromos colored Pencils.  I then stamped the strawberry on another piece of card stock, colored it, then fussy cut it out.  I also fussy cut my cupcake out as well.  I decided to use die cut elements from my Blueprints 26 die from MFTs.  I used the balloon, the words "happy & Birthday" and a small bow.  

I decided to die cut some of the card elements from paper I found in one of my 12 x 12 paper packs from DCWV.  This one was actually for DIY projects, mostly mini albums, but I liked the paper so I used it!  The balloon is cut from a very thick, colored vellum that looks very much like the texture of the bokeh dot background I had made.  I also die cut the word "Birthday" from that paper pack as well.  For the "happy" and the cupcake bow, I used a foiled cardstock from a 6 x 6 DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock stack (white with gold foil dots) as the card needed some light/brighter elements.  I die cut the "happy" three times and glued them together for a slightly more raised, less fragile look to the word die cut.

With everything cut and colored, I arranged the elements onto my colored background.  I decided to cut down the width of the colored piece so that I could mount it to a standard white top-folding A2 card base and have the white show on both sides of the card.  I also decided to cut my die cuts to overlap onto those white edges, I like that effect.  Since the "happy" was in front of the balloon element, that was where I strategically placed my adhesive for the vellum balloon, so it wouldn't show.  I also decided to pop up the "Birthday" sentiment strip as well, to give the card more dimension.  I cut a slit in the top of my cupcake icing so that the base of my strawberry would disappear into the frosting.  

It was at this point I decided I needed some additional shine and dimension to my card.  I grabbed my strawberry and loaded on a thick layer of Glossy Accents onto it and set it aside to dry (overnight).  I then stamped the elongated sprinkles onto my cupcake then chose 3 coordinating colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops and somewhat randomly filled in the candy elements with the very dimensional and opaque Nuvo Drops.  I set that aside to dry overnight as well.  The next day, I assembled my card and lastly grabbed a piece of natural hemp twine and tied it to the balloon, placing a glue dot underneath to keep the twine from loosening up.  I also coated parts of the twine with clear drying glue so it would keep it's shape and adhere to the paper.  The final touch was the tiny white/gold bow (same paper as the "happy" die cut) and enamel dot that I adhered to the cupcake!

I hope you enjoyed my card, it was really fun to make!  I also realized that I love how the Nuvo
Drops look and that I don't use them enough in my card-making (especially since I just HAD to have so many colors!)   So remember to look around your craft space for embellishments you've not used in a while - you'll probably come to the same realization I did... "why don't I use these more?"                                                               


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!

Thank you for visiting me and to all you Leo's out there - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy crafting and bless you all,

Jill 

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