Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Creative Escape Papercrafting- 3 cards from the August kit

Hello my friends, here is my first post Guest Designing again for CEP, this their August kit.  Now this kit is just fabulous!  I made these 3 cards in record time (for me!), and I have so many more ideas in my head to do, just not the time.  I wanted to do some cards strictly using the kit's supplies (well mostly!).  In reality I used just a few of my things, but much less than is typical for me.

Card #1:  Thinking of you  
This card came together quickly.  I picked the patterned paper I was going to use and the coordinating Navy cardstock.  I die cut the two layered rectangles using my Gina K. Designs Stitched Rectangles (Large and Small) so they layered closely together.  Once glued together, I die cut the bird shape from the dies included with the Vicki Boutin stamp set.  I then stamped the bird image on a piece of acetate cut smaller than the two rectangle pieces.  I used Ranger Black Archival ink, allowing it time to dry.  In the meantime, I cut my A2 white card base, floral background paper, and the two strips of matching paper and adhered them as shown.  I then positioned my die cut pieces onto the prepared cardbase then placed the bird die inside the previously cut pieces and ran it through my Big Shot so that it was perfectly aligned when all the pieces were put together.  Before adhering everything together though, I glued my stamped acetate onto the back of the die cut rectangle pieces, then adhered it to my card base.  I picked out the coordinating floral ephemera piece along with one of the cut out tags that I liked and popped them up with some dimensional adhesive, and I was done with the first card!

Card #2:  Believe in Yourself  
I think this card was the quickest of the three.  Because I loved the floral paper in the first card so much, I decided to use it on the second card.  I found another nice coordinating ephemera piece and bordered it again with the Navy cardstock from the kit.  I picked out the lovely foiled dots paper from the kit and adhered them side by side with a strip of Navy cardstock between them to my white A2 card base.  I decided to pop up the ephemera piece on top of the Navy cardstock for more dimension then adhered them both to my cardbase at an angle as shown.

Card #3:  Hello
This last card took me slightly longer to pick out the pieces I wanted.  I knew I wanted the foiled and floral paper for the background and the red and white plaid tag, but stumbled a bit before choosing the other pieces.  It was almost like there were too many great choices, really.  In the end, I chose the round floral Hello piece and one of the die cut blue plaid birds I cut out from card #1.  I placed a strip of Navy cardstock along the left edge and as I was arranging the pieces, I decided to bring in a little more blue to the ephemera elements and the bird.  I decided to use my Distress Oxide Ink in Faded Jeans to just use along the edges of all the pieces.  I then grabbed the blue and white twine and added it to the top of the red and white tag.  I adhered everything down, but decided to pop up the bird element and add one of the golden gems in the kit for the bird's eye.  Card #3 done!  

I hope you enjoyed my cards and got a little inspiration as well.  I will challenge myself on the next few cards to do some fun coloring and use some of Vicki Boutin's art crayon and iridescent glaze.  

Don't forget to visit me on Instagram, as they have my largest selection of card creations.  I am jktaylor911.  Please visit the store, there are so many new items to see and a newly redesigned online store at https://creativeescapepapercrafting.com Also visit their Facebook page to see what all the talented designers are creating, as well as new happenings with CEP.  For your convenience, I've linked everything to the store and social media.

Good bye for now, and blessings to you all!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Witt & Sass Tropical Party card

Tropic like it's Hot, Baby!!  I'm having my own "Tropical Party" here on my blog, celebrating the release of this fabulous Tropical Party stamp set.  Sorry, I was sipping my Mai Tai as I was daydreaming about being on that beach!  OK, I'm back now and can tell you how I put together card #2 for this stamp set.  I used 4 Witt & Sass products to make this card:  1)  Tropical Party stamp set   2)  Background Builders stamp Sand and White Caps   3)  Background Builders stamp Palm Tree   4)  Background Builder Wave Stencil. 
Ok, let's start at the beginning, shall we?!

I started with my A2 sized NSW 80# cardstock in the vertical position.  I sort of started in the wrong place, but I did it intentionally as I didn't want to have to mask my flamingo for this part (I tell you, I am truly lazy at heart!).  I decided I could start with the sky, using the BB Waves Stencil, then later stamp my flamingo's head so only the fruit would be in the sky.  I figured I could color the fruit dark enough to cover the orange (it mostly worked).  I positioned the stencil so I would have enough room to stamp the sentiment in the clouds at the top.  I then blended my Distress Oxides Ink  from a medium bluish purple into yellow then into an orange color just at the horizon.  After removing my stencil, I used a BVOO Copic marker to add a shadow at the base of the clouds (similar to the  Layered Stencil Cloud).  I then stamped my flamingo in Gina K's Amalgam black ink and also made a mask for her so I could work on the background elements.  Using the BB Sand and White Caps, I stamped where I wanted the sandy beach to be and the sandy area for the palm tree.  As there seemed to be too much "open water" in the background, I decided to make a sand bar further out.  For that I actually used the BB Wave Stencil and used the wave elements with Versamark ink and embossing powder (I wanted some reflection, like it was a little wet from the waves crashing into it).  I started out with gold embossing powder, then used the narrower wave on the stencil on top of the gold embossing powder and applied silver embossing powder.  I did it a couple times to add more dimension to my "sand bar."  I then went about coloring the water with my Copic markers, using the BV's near the horizon to pick up that color in the sky, then moved closer in and changed into several layers of blues and blue/greens.  I left a wide area where I wanted to blend the sand and the water together.  I stamped my palm tree on a separate piece of paper, then colored it with my Copics and fussy cut it out.  I worked on the sandy area for my palm tree, Adding more dots for the sand with a slightly darker Copic marker.  I repeated this in the pale areas of the water close to the chore.  I adhered my palm tree and added a shadow in the sand.  Next I stamped the sand along where my flamingo was standing, using the BB Sand and White Caps stamp.  I decided to white emboss some of the waves in the water and also use one of the white caps stamps to create a small "wave" right on the water-line of the beach.  I white embossed that as well.
It was finally time to remove the mask and Copic color my beautiful flamingo!!  My plan of covering up the orange in her fruit hat worked well except for the bananas.  I ended up using a white gel pen to color in the bananas first, then add color on top of that.  It worked!  I also added very small white reflection marks on some of the fruit with my gel pen (it really made the fruit come to life).  I also added small white highlights to my flamingo (on her back and legs) and a bit to the palm tree trunk.  Back to my Copics, I added some shadows in the sand around the flamingo as well.
I returned to the top of my card and stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Party stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I cut down my card panel to a width of 4 inches, then I mounted it to a turquoise A2 top folding card base.  Again, as I always do, I looked at my card and felt something was missing.  I had left the string of pearls white on my flamingo, but now I had a better idea! 💡       I went to my embellishment drawer and found some small sticky backed pearls that were strung together (just like my pearl necklace!!)  I layed out the pearls on my card, around my flamingo's neck and Yes!!  I was now done.

I hope you enjoyed my card, I love doing scene building cards!  I hope this gives you some inspiration of your own, and try using some of the products you have not only as they were intended, but perhaps in some other creative capacity (like the stencil I used for the embossed sand bar or the sticky backed pearls for a necklace!).

To see other Witt & Sass design team creations, go to Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first), or check Instagram @wittandsassstampco.  Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about W & S, some of it really funny, really!  Their website is https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/  Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/blogs/news  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!

Hope to see you soon, thanks for visiting!


Witt & Sass launch Tropic Like It's Hot- Celebrate Weirdness Card

Hi there and happy you made it back to my blog!!  This week it's a "Tropical Party" at Witt & Sass!  My first card focuses on the funny sentiment and small pineapple image from the Tropical Party stamp set that I slightly modified 😁  Look at the stamp image below my card and see what I changed.
To make this card, I started by die cutting the Concentric Circles Die by Neat & Tangled for Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval release.  It is a smaller die, like for a notecard, so I opted to layer it on some striking foiled cardstock by Creative Vision Stamps.  It comes as pre-designed toner sheets that you foil with the heat transfer foil of your choice.  I used Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils in Silver Sequins.  I rounded the corners to match my diecut.  To adhere my die cut, I opted to emboss the red cardstock with the Concentric circles die, then fussy cut around it to match my diecut.  With embossing the red cardstock, the white die cut sort of "settled in" to the embossed layer and made adhering it much easier (plus the delicate circles almost seem to sink in a bit, which is a cool look, I think).  I then stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Party stamp set in the middle of the white band of cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink then added some clear embossing powder to make it pop even more.  Next I stamped my pineapples and colored them first with my Copic markers, then used my At You Spica Glitter Pens to add subtle sparkle to the colored tops of the Pineapples and their glasses (used silver sparkle on the glasses).  I next added a layer of adhesive backed Fun Foam behind the red cardstock that was layered behind my die cut piece for a little dimension, then adhered it to my foiled layer.  I then adhered that to my A2 top folding base layer red cardstock.  I added some adhesive backed epoxy stars from Stampin' Up! and looked at my card.  It wasn't quite right.  That's when I knew I had to change the mouths on the pineapples.  I got out my black, fine tipped Faber-Castell Pitt Artists Pen and made that final adjustment.  Yes... that was much better!!
I hope you enjoyed my somewhat "weird" card!  To see other designer's creations, go to Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first), or check Instagram @wittandsassstampco.  Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about W & S, some of it really funny, really!  Their website is https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/  Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/blogs/news   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!
That's it for me (on this card), because I have another card to share today on my very next post!  So don't go away.  (I think you'll really like my next card!)

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!  Blessings to you my friends 💗


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch - Magical Creatures card

Welcome back to my blog, friends!  Hopefully you are returning to see what kind of card I am making with Witt & Sass's Magical Creatures stamp.  I have created a "Harry Potter-esque" type of card!  I decided to use the bird with a magic wand in my card.  I colored the bird, who I decided looked like Ron, with my Copic markers, giving him red hair, of course!  For a little shimmer, I used the At You Spica Glitter pens on his hair and cape, then I fussy cut him out.  I decided on this card to use a MFTs Blueprints 31 die set to help me design my card.  All of the elements on my cardbase are cut from that die set.  I also had in my stash some Game Spinners from Tim Holtz idea-ology.  I chose the antique brass finished hardware as I planned to have a somewhat distressed look to my card. 

I used some patterned paper from my stash for the background areas.  On the pink ombre paper I clear heat embossed the little flying key all over it in different directions.  I die cut the round frame piece with tabs off to the sides twice so I could have the star paper as the inside circle on my spinner apparatus.  I distressed the spinner frame with Distress Inks to all edges then glued the spinner pieces onto the pink layer.  I marked the center of the spinner, then made a hole with my pokey tool for the brad to go through.  I first placed the dial in place then put my brad's legs through the hole and then opened them on the backside of the pink panel.  I stamped the "You are..." in brown ink, then clear heat embossed it.  Next I distressed the 4 banners in the same way I did the spinner frame.  I then stamped each of the 4 character letters onto the banners and colored them with my Copics, then added some shimmer with the At You Spica Glitter pens.  I arranged them evenly across the top of the spinner and foam mounted them for a little dimension.  I added some aqua enamel dots from my stash to either side of the spinner.  I then foam mounted my "Ron" bird so he was pointing at the spinner.  Last I added the black banner that I silver embossed the word "Magical!" on from the Magical Creatures stamp set.  I adhered everything with some Fun Foam onto the stars patterned paper for more dimension, then adhered that to my A2 ivory card base that I had rounded the corners on.  And that completes my card!  I really enjoyed being a little creative with this one.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

To see what the other designers are creating and all things Witt & Sass, go to their Facebook page.  You can also check out @wittandsassstampco on Instagram as well.  Lastly, the store's website is https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/ and here's a link to their blog here, as well.  On the store's site you will find lots of inspiration and information (some of it really funny)- so don't miss it!  If you would like to see more of my creations, visit me on Instagram, I'm jktaylor911.  I post all my creations there as I don't blog every card I make.  Thank you again for visiting me, see you next week for the launch of another new stamp set for Witt & Sass Stamp Company!

Happy crafting and many blessings to you!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch Chubby Unicorn- You Rock

Hey there friends and crafters, today I am sharing my last card featuring the Chubby Unicorn Stamp set by Witt & Sass Stamp Company.  This is such a fun set, I could make many more cards but alas, there are other stamp sets to present, so this will have to be it for now!!  This card is relatively simple.  I of course featured "Mr. Cool" with his shades on as the center of my card.  I colored him with my Copic markers and some clear Wink of Stella for shimmer to his hair, horn and snout.  I had a card base previously made of Yupo paper and Ranger alcohol inks that was perfect for this card.  I die cut Avery Elle's Horizontal Stripes in some NSW 110# cardstock, layered up my Copic colored image onto some coordinating patterned cardstock with silver embossed accents, and another die cut circle in silver cardstock. 
I used some dimensional foam to pop up my "Mr. Cool" then found the perfect die cut sentiment from Essentials by Ellen- the You Rock (but in the shape of a gemstone).  The perfect match for the cardstock I'd used around my "Mr. Cool," as it had the very same gemstone shapes!  I die cut it 3 times and glued them together for added thickness.  I then heat-embossed several layers of Brutus Monroe's Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder to make them really sparkle!  I adhered all my layers together and glued on the You Rock sentiment, then adhered it all to a standard A2 card base.  Lastly, I used 3 iridescent gem stickers from DCWV for a little more bling.  That's it, card done!  Very simple, but flashy... I love it!

I hope you enjoyed my Chubby Unicorn series.  Next up will be Magical Creatures.  Please take the time to check out Witt & Sass on Facebook and @wittandsassstampco on Instagram.  The other DT members have some fabulous creations!  The store's URL is: https://wittandsassstampcompany.com/   Their blog link is below on the right side.  If you'd like to see more of my creations, Instagram has the largest collection of my work, as I do not post blogs on every card I make.  I am jktaylor911.  Again, thank you for visiting my little crafty space.  My W & S posts are mostly on Tuesdays in August.  Come see me again soon!

Happy crafting and blessings to you all!               
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