Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Card, God's Greatest Gift

Hello holiday crafters, I'm in full Christmas swing here on my Blog!!  My card today is called "God's Greatest Gift."  I wanted to shake things up a bit by using a technique I had never used before - Yupo paper and Ranger alcohol inks.  I created my card background using several colors (in hindsight I would have used fewer) and the silver metallic mixative (love it!).  I then embossed the Yupo paper with a Sizzix Christmas snowflakes embossing folder that I discovered in my stash (I don't tend to use a lot of embossing folders, so I sometimes forget about them).  But that was exactly what this Yupo paper needed to make it look like a Christmas background!

I then die cut Penny Black's Manger die from the middle of the central embossed snowflake on the card panel, then die cut it again from NSW #110 cardstock.  I inlaid the white die cut into the Yupo paper, then adhered some clear acetate to the back side of it.  I used some Fun Foam on the back side of the Yupo paper so that my shaker window would have some depth.  I then used my 1/4" Scor-Tape all the way around the circle opening on the Fun Foam.  With the card facing down, I filled the shaker window with several types of Kennedy Grace Creations fabulous Sequin Mixes (Dress BluesBeachside Bliss and Caramel Apple).  I then very carefully adhered my Brushed Silver top folding card base from Stampin' Up!
I felt the card needed more white cardstock to balance out the white of the Manger die cut, so I added a white frame, using Avery Elle's Scalloped Pierced Rectangle die.  Then to finish it off, I heat embossed the sentiment from Kennedy Grace Creations Sweet Baby Mine stamp set with Brutus Monroe's Sterling Ultra Fine Embossing Powder.  I cut the sentiment strip from a MFTs Blueprints 29 Die-namics that I cut down as it was a bit too long, then adhered it with dimensionals.  Thinking I was done, I took some photos of my card and looked at them as I was writing this post, and decided one thing was missing.  It's on the last picture here.  It's the rhinestone on the Star of David above the manger scene.  It just looked incomplete without it, so I added it at the very last moment.  Sometimes you can't tell what's missing until you see your card on your blog post and it's one of those Ah-Ha moments!

I hope you enjoyed my card.  For tips on how to create different types of backgrounds using Yupo paper and alcohol inks, see Jennifer McGuire's videos (she has 2 that I know of).  To see more of my card creations, or others on the Design Team for Kennedy Grace Creations, go to http://kennedygracecreations.blogspot.com/  or jktaylor911 on Instagram for all my creations.

Wishing all of you Christmas Blessings and a fabulous Holiday season!


** I've linked all the KGC products to the store for your convenience, as well as the Jennifer McGuire video I refer to. **

Please be sure to follow the Kennedy Grace Creations blogfacebooktwitterinstagram and pinterest. Our Design Team has great projects to inspire you with our great stamp sets. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Oh Holy Night Christmas Card

Welcome back to my blog, this one is for me for a change.  I love playing with my new Christmas Stamps and dies!  I hope I'm not the only one who buys more than I can ever hope to use in one season.  Does that make me a hoarder??  Well, perhaps but I'm OK with that!

For this card I used a beautiful background stamp from The Ton called, Poinsettia Close Up.  I stamped it in Versamark on Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe's Sterling Ultra Fine Embossing Powder.  I then water-colored it with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  I used a combination of Mayan Blue Genuine, Moon Glow and French Ultramarine on the flower portion, and along the edges (in a few places) I used Iridescent Sunstone to give it a golden hue.  I then took my Simon Says Stamp die, O Holy Night (2 pieces)  and die cut out the outline portion of the die from the middle of the Poinsettia.  I adhered some clear acetate to the back side, then adhered the silver glitter paper die cut, O Holy Night, to the front side.  I had used my 5 inch Xyron to apply adhesive to the back of the die cut.

I next adhered some cut up pieces of Fun Foam to the back side of my card around the window portion to keep the sequins confined.  I chose a hand-picked mixture of Kennedy Grace Creations sequins (Dress Blues, Tropical Treasure, and Beach Side Bliss) to create the perfect color scheme for my card.  For the back of the shaker window, I decided a dark background looked best, so I chose The Ton's gorgeous Glossy Fine Black Adhesive Paper.  It's a subtle sparkle in the background that I just love!  Now that my sequins were secure in their window, I adhered the panel to a 5" x 5" white #110 NSW top folding card base.  Feeling like the card needed a frame, I used the largest Scalloped Square Die from Stampin' Up! and used the outside portion to frame my card.  Lastly, I used the same sequin elements I chose for the inside of my card as the sequin details for the outside of my card as well.

I hope you enjoyed my card creation, I had fun making it!  Hope you visit again for some more Christmas inspiration.  If you like this card and would like to see more of what I make, I post almost everything on Instagram as jktaylor911 and also as a Design Team Member on Kennedy Grace Creations blog (link on left side of this page).

Blessings to you,


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Grateful for Your Friendship (November Mood Board) card

Hello friends, I made this card for Kennedy Grace Creations using their November Mood Board  as inspiration.  This card is called, Grateful for our Friendship, because life is truly so much better with friends!  It showcases how you can stretch your stamp sets to be used for the holidays even though they are not holiday stamps.

 I primarily used the KGC stamp set You Inspire me to make this card.  I first prepped my card panel with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink (DOI) by dragging the pad down in vertical stripes to create what looks like a weathered wood panel door.  I then lightly traced a circle the size that I wanted my wreath to be and then used 3 of the small images from the stamp set (small leafy branch x 2, and the 3 dots) to make my wreath.  I used mostly Distress Oxide inks, inking each stamp one color and stamping it around the circle, then changing colors and again stamping around the circle, turning the leafy branches in different directions.  I tried to space out the colors in my stamping so as not to have one color be predominant in any location.  I did also use metallic gold pigment ink and metallic copper pigment ink to give the wreath a little shimmer here and there.  I stamped the dots (berries) on the wreath last using Fired Brick DOI and filling in any areas that needed it.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set from KGCYou Inspire Me, in DOI using two of the colors from the wreath.  I stamped and die cut the bow from The Ton's Christmas Wreath Builder stamp set.  The tails ended up being a bit too long, so I trimmed them down to fit my card.  It is a layered ink stamp that I embellished with Copic markers for depth of color and a white gel pen for highlights.  I also stamped additional small branches around the "Grateful" sentiment and found some metallic gold card-stock and die cut some small poinsettias from a Spellbinders die set I had.  I placed rhinestones in the centers of each flower that I had colored with a Copic marker to match the deep red on the card.  I also found in my stash of adhesive stickers some small gold dots from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used three around my sentiment as well.

November Mood Board

To finish my card, I mounted a scalloped-stitched die cut frame from Avery Elle in a complementary color.  I them adhered it to a Confetti Cream side folding card base from Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoyed my card and will feel inspired to stretch some of your non-holiday stamp sets this year. 

Gratefully yours,


Please be sure to follow the Kennedy Grace Creations blogfacebooktwitterinstagram and pinterest. Our Design Team has great projects to inspire you with our great stamp sets.  You Inspire me

**Kennedy Grace Creations products are linked to the store for your convenience!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Whimsy Stamp Christmas card (and a winner on 7 Kids Create! on FB)

Hello, my friends and fellow crafters.  It's November, so it's officially (I think) Christmas card season!  I'd like to share a Christmas card I made using a Whimsy Stamp, called Berry.  I decided for the first time to enter it in the 7 Kids Create! October challenge on Facebook.  Theme:  Anything Goes.  I posted it on the very last day of the challenge, and wouldn't you know (to my shock and awe) - I won!! 

So here's what I did to make this card.  I stamped little miss Berry on NSW 80# card-stock, then used Molotow Art Masking Liquid (2.0mm pump marker) to protect the image while I worked on the background.  I used two different winter snow trees because I didn't want them all to look the same.  I used a Penny Black Stamp Nature's Friends and Hero Arts stamp Color Layering Snowy Trees.  I used some WOW! Opaque White embossing powder on the trees.  I masked the foreground Penny Black trees with Post-it paper to then stamp and emboss the Hero Arts trees.  I used Distress Inks blended with Ranger Mini- ink Blending tools (Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Broken China) for the sky.  I stamped the sentiment from The Ton Stamps Holiday Love Poinsettia in Versafine Black Onyx ink

Then the fun part - removing the masking fluid to Copic color this little cutie!!  I also used my Copics to color the snowy ground.  I like using a combo of cool greys (COO, C1, C3) and the very light BGs (BG000, BG00) for snow.  I also applied a bit of clear Wink of Stella to parts of the snow and on miss Berry. 

I cut down my card to 4.25" X 5.25" and adhered it to a red A2 side-folding cardbase that I had applied some Wink Of Stella to the bottom for some extra shimmer.

So that's it!!  I hope you like my card and you try out making some cards with some scenery in the background and masking.  It's so rewarding to make these little scenes that make your focal image come alive!!

Enjoy your Christmas and Holiday season, blessings to you -


**To see all of my card creations, look for me on IG as jktaylor911**

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