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!               
Blog Link


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch Chubby Unicorn Pink and Green

Welcome back my friends, today I am sharing the 2nd card I made as a member of the design team for Witt & Sass's launchThis week has been all about the Chubby Unicorn, and this card I originally made as an example card for W & S's card challenges (this challenge specifically dealt with the colors pink and green, rectangles and rhinestones).  I started out by stamping the Chubby Unicorn in black Amalgam ink from Gina K.  I then stamped the grassy area around him using the 2x3 BB stamp Grassy Hill.  I made a mask to cover up my stamped images, then went to town making the background.  For that I used Distress Oxide inks, starting light pink at the top and ending in a redish-pink color at the grass line.  I used Altenew's Simple Shapes XL to stamp the rectangle shapes.  I spritzed it with shimmer spray before removing the masking.  I stamped a sentiment from the Chubby Unicorn stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink, then covered it in clear embossing powder and heat embossed it to my card base.  Next I colored the grass, again with Distress Oxide inks with the mini ink blending tool.  Satisfied with the background, I Copic colored my Chubby Unicorn and used some clear Wink Of Stella to the hair and horn.  I trimmed the cardstock to 4" x 5.5", allowing me to mount my card panel onto a slightly wider A2 sized black cardstock base.  I then adhered multiple sized rhinestones to the background, following the transition in color from top to bottom.  The rhinestones at the bottom I colored with some red Copic markers as I didn't have that color gemstone.  Finally, I added the very small green rhinestones to the unicorn's hair and tail.

This card was extremely fun to make, I hope it gives you some ideas for the challenges as well as general card ideas.  Please head over to the Witt & Sass FB page for more card ideas from other DT members and all things Witt & Sass.  Please visit the store as it should be up and running before this post publishes at https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/ along with their blog attached to the store's URL. Besides the great products, it has lots of inspiration and information about W & S, some of it quite funny, so don't miss out!  I also have a W & S blog link below for your convenience. If you'd like to see more of my creations, Instagram has all of my cards as I do not write a blog post for every card I make.  On Instagram I am jktaylor911
Stay tuned for card #3 tomorrow.  And again, I love questions and comments.

W & S Blog link
Happy crafting and blessings to all of you!     

Jill ✂                   

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My first DT project for Witt & Sass Stamp Company launch and release, my Chubby Unicorn Has Curves card

Can you say "Hooray!" for Witt & Sass Stamp Company!  This is my first post on the design team for W & S.  This first week of the release is all about unicorns... Chubby Unicorns specifically!  Here's some information on the company so you can take a look at their website, blog and FB pages.  The company website is https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/ and there will be a link to the blog there as well.  On Facebook just search Witt & Sass Stamp Company, request to join, and you are in!  Instagram will be up by the time this posts, @wittandsassstampco.  I believe there will be a page up on Pinterest as well.  Amy Osburn Purdie, the owner and designer has been announcing the design team, and having fun giveaways etc. over the past 2 weeks or so.  We hit 300 members on FB on Monday the 16th (above and beyond her expectations)! More recently we are over 500!  So great work friends and followers of W & S!!

Now that all that business is done, let's take a look at my card.  I used 3 products from the release (each linked to the store).  Of course, the 4x8 Chubby Unicorn Stamp set, the 6x6 Layered Cloud Stencil, and the 6x6 Background-Builder Mountain Stencil
This ended up being somewhat of a multimedia project, with me using Copic markers to color and airbrush (the Chubby Unicorn and the sky), acrylic paint on my Ranger gel plate to create a monoprint image for the pink and green "moon," Distress Inks and Oxide Inks for the mountains, clouds and blue water.  When I was done, I realized I just made a card depicting "the planet of the chubby unicorns!!"  I guess in my somewhat strange mind, this is where chubby unicorns come from!  Ok, I'll move on to the process of making this card. 😀
Here are pictures of the W & S  products I used on my card:  (I put some colored paper behind the stencils to make it easier to see).

It all started with me playing around with my new Ranger Gel Plate.  I was experimenting with Carabelle Studio Rubber Texture and I was being somewhat random with the colors and textures, but this particular monoprint reminded me of a planet or moon.  So I die cut it round, and thought it was a good jumping off point to starting my unicorn card.  I then decided to airbrush the sky using some of the same pink color in the moon.  I then created the mountains using the Layered Mountains Stencil using my Distress Inks, taking the cues for coloring it from the sky (I used blues and purples), then I fussy cut out the mountains.  Next I stamped my Chubby Unicorn on some NSW 80# cardstock with Gina K's new black Amalgam Ink.  I colored her in with a light bluish-purple body with pink hair/tail with tiny rhinestones.  I knew I wanted to use the Layered Cloud Stencil, but I didn't want to have more layers to my card, so I decided to fussy cut only the unicorn's head out, like a partial die cut, leaving the rest of the cardstock for the clouds and water below.  I actually used the cloud stencil in reverse.  I traced the image of the cloud onto some vellum, cut it out, then used temporary adhesive to keep the cloud where I wanted it.  I then used my Distress Oxide inks to color around the clouds (masking off my unicorn of course).  Once all 3 clouds were colored around, I used the stencil to add the shading at the bottom of the clouds with Stormy Sky Distress Ink and Copic marker BV00.  The long cloud at the base of the card was made using a MFTs Mini-cloud stencil.  I cut down the chubby unicorn panel so that the card would be 4.25" x 5.25" total when assembled.  That allowed me to add the pink adhesive glitter ribbon from The Ton to my cardbase bottom edge.  I adhered all my layers, using some foam tape behind the mountains and the panel with the unicorn and the clouds (however those 2 layers are nearly flush), with the unicorn's head flat on top of the mountains.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the Chubby Unicorn stamp set in the same black Amalgam ink, added my rhinestones and sequins, then used some Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White on a small paintbrush to the sky for some stars.  Finally, some clear Wink of Stella to the unicorn's hair, horn and base of the clouds.  That right there completed my card!

I had so much fun making this card, using the new products, and hopefully showing you the versatility of the products.  To see more examples of these W & S products, and see what the other designers have made, visit the W & S FB page or blog.  Their URL is:  https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/ Also look for their page on Instagram- wittandsassstampco.  However, if you'd like to see more of my creations, visit my Instagram page, I'm jktaylor911.  I post all of my creations there and that has the most extensive collection of my work.  My blog unfortunately, only covers a portion of what I make. I hope you will visit me later this week here on my blog as I showcase 2 more cards made with this stamp set (Thursday and Friday).  FYI, in general my cards get posted every Tuesday during the new release and company launch.  Don't be a stranger, and leave some comments (I love to hear from you!).
I just got the blog link, so if you want to go directly to the W & S blog, just click this image below.  The address in case my link fails is https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/blogs/news

Wishing you many blessings and happy crafting!


Sunday, July 29, 2018

New Design Team Adventures, Witt and Sass Stamp Company

Hi friends and crafters!  Some of you may already know if you follow me on FB or IG, but I am on a new Design Team for the new Witt & Sass Stamp Company!!  I've been preparing for the launch and release for at least a month, busy making cards and blog posts (can't release them yet, though).  My first blog post and social media release of my creations is on August 31st.  So hold tight!  My scheduled day of the week is Tuesday, but because I got carried away and made additional cards, there are other days as well.  So check back frequently in the coming weeks, I will have numerous posts.  What is super exciting though is that today the online store is open, ready to take your order or answer any questions you may have.  The blog is also on the store site, so lots of information and inspiration there.  Look around the store website, not only fun products, but some great links, but information on the entire Design Team, and some hilarious pics and information about Witt & Sass (see About us).  Seriously, don't skip that- it's so much fun!!  Anyhow, head over to the store and see all the goodness!  https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/

See you on Tuesday!!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Congratulations card with The Ton

Hello there my crafty friends!  I realize this post comes a little behind schedule, but we all know, "life happens" right?  Well... I broke my foot, that's what happened.  A little water on the tile floor and down I go!   But I'm thanking God, because it could have been much worse.  So I finally get to sit down and share this card I made (before I broke my foot) that is a bit different for me, but I really like how it came out.  I used primarily products from The Ton (which I dearly love), and no hand coloring.  Amazing, I know!  If you know anything about me, it's that I love to color.  But the stamps were so fun to use together, that coloring something on it would have detracted from the main elements of the card.
The products I used from The Ton are:  Toned Squares, Vogue Skies, and Pyrotechnics.  I started off by stamping the Toned Squares in 3 inks from The Ton.  I used the Amethyst Minis set (Soft Amethyst and Iris Blooms) and Cosmopolitan Pink Hybrid Inks.  Using my Stamp Platform, I stamped all three layers of the stamp twice (vertically next to each other) in order to cover my A2 sized card panel.  It was the first time using this layered stamp for me, and I did mis-stamp my first set of stamping on the left side of the card panel, but as I planned to cover up the base of the card and have the large fireworks stamp at the top, I didn't think it would be noticeable.  Next I stamped 2 images of the Vogue Skies building skyline in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I still think there is no equal to this to when you want a really black, crisp image.  I quickly heat set it with my heat tool to avoid smudging.  I die cut the 1st piece out, then did some partial die cutting for the second image (that would leave a segment of plain white cardstock at the bottom for me to apply the silver Glitter Adhesive Paper from The Ton, to look like the light reflecting off water, and a place to mount the first image onto).  The building images are longer than the width of my paper, so I staggered the placement of them to avoid them looking identical.  I also added the image of the Ferris Wheel behind the first image, as a way of balancing the card front with the two big fireworks in the sky.  Next, after seeing where the buildings would be on my card base, I then stamped the 2 fireworks images in Versamark ink.  It was difficult deciding on the embossing powders as I wanted them to sparkle and my supply of sparkly embossing powder is limited.  I decided on a pinkish-gold embossing powder from WOW! called Turkish Nights for the smaller image.  The larger fireworks image was more difficult.  I didn't have any embossing powder that was purple, but I did have red, blue and a previous hand-made mixture that was light pink.  I mixed them together to achieve a color fairly similar to what was on my card (DIY at its finest!).  These embossing powders were Ranger's Blue Tinsel and Stampendous! Red Tinsel.  Not sure what was in the pink mixture I used.  The larger fireworks also had a second stamp of just dots that I decided to use my Metallic Silver Sparkle from WOW! on (hard to see on the photos, but does look pretty cool in real life). I decided to mount the Vogue Skies buildings about 3/4 of an inch up from the bottom of my card base, to leave room for the sentiment.  I adhered the stamped building panel with the water and Ferris Wheel onto my card base, then applied some Scotch 3M foam tape to the back of the other building panel, to give it dimension in front of "the water." 

I then stamped a banner image from Simon Says Stamp in the Soft Amethyst Dye ink from The Ton, followed with the "congratulations" sentiment from an Altenew stamp set I had in Violet Fringe Dye ink from The Ton.  I trimmed the banner piece to fit at the base of my card.  Last of course, I adhered this to my card base and I was done!  
I hope you enjoyed my somewhat different card!  I also hadn't made a card using The Ton's products in a while.  If you'd like to see more of my card creations, I post all of my cards on Instagram, as jktaylor911.  Unfortunately I don't have the time to do a write-up on every card I make.  Besides my DT cards, I pick and choose which ones I think would be most interesting, either product-wise or technique-wise. 

Thank you for visiting my little crafty space.  I hope you check back again to see what I'm up to.
Until then, I wish you many blessings and happy crafting!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Banners and Blooms, Concord & 9th from CEP

Welcome back to my blog my friends, today I have the pleasure of sharing a card I made for Creative Escape Papercrafting as their Guest DT.  I am again featuring products by Concord & 9th that are featured in the store.  The stamp set I used is called Banners and Blooms.  I primarily used the floral component and a couple words as well.  No banner on this card!
Here's the process to make this card:
I started by placing the floral stamp on my Stamp Platform then proceeded to stamp the image along the diagonal line of my landscape A2 sized 80# NSW card panel.  I never moved the stamp, I moved my cardstock for each stamping of the image.  I did use some masking in a few places so that where the images overlapped slightly it would look natural.  The stamp set also has individual stamps of the floral image, so I could "fill-in" with leaves and branches where I thought they needed to be.  I used Gina K. Designs new Amalgam Ink to stamp all the floral images.  It worked wonderfully, no smearing at all.  After that I chose my color palette for the flowers and started coloring with my Copic markers.  Once that was done, I stamped "Happy Everything" in the blank areas between the floral diagonal lines in Lawn Fawn's Manatee (a light grey).  Also some hash marks from the stamp set.  Next I die cut the panel using a large stitched rectangle die, so the panel was 4" x 5.25".  Next I taped 2 of my Simon Says Stamp rectangle dies together to cut out a frame from the central portion of my card panel.  This was so I could make a shaker card with a fun die cut sentiment over the front of the card.
I also decided to place a piece of black cardstock behind the shaker window so that just the frame had a narrow band of black around it.
I adhered my floral panel to some turquoise cardstock, then the black cardstock, then the inside floral panel.  I then cut narrow strips of the Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips from CEP and made the shaker frame just to the outside of the inner floral panel.  I filled the space mostly with CEP's Glam Metal Sequin Mix of rose gold, gold, silver and clear elements.  I did add some yellow sequins and light purple pearls from my stash to better coordinate with my colored flowers.  I chose to glue a few elements into the top half of the shaker so that there would always be a little bling everywhere in the shaker, not all pooled up at the bottom.  Next I adhered some clear acetate to the back of the floral frame.  Once dry, I carefully placed it atop the adhesive strips.  My shaker element was complete!!
Next I went about die cutting Concord & 9th's You've Got This die 3 times: once in the turquoise cardstock, then the black cardstock, and finally the black fun foam for more dimension.  I adhered the layers together, making sure I offset the turquoise so the black looked like a shadow.  So that everything lined up how it was supposed to be, I fit the letters and word segments back into the cardstock it was cut from (it's negative piece), then applied some Press and Seal over the top to make it all stick together.  I flipped the whole piece over and applied the glue to the back of the letters.  I then carefully positioned it over my shaker window and lightly pressed down.  I let it stay there a couple minutes before I peeled the Press and Seal off and the other paper piece.  Last, I took 5 sequins from the CEP Glam Metal Sequin Mix and glued them on and around the frame.  Card complete!  And oh how it sparkles. It only took me 4 days (sessions) to finish.  I never said I was a fast card-maker.  You'll probably never hear me say that!!  Quality over quantity, that's my motto.😃

To see more of my card creations, visit me on Instagram as jktaylor911.  Visit Creative Escape Papercrafting's Facebook page to see other designer's work and other information regarding everything CEP.  Don't forget to visit the online store.  It's been given a face lift and has lots of new items.

Well that's it for me.  I hope wherever you are, you're getting a little summer sun, because here in Montana its been rain almost every day...
Until next time, blessings to you all and happy crafting!


Monday, June 18, 2018

CEP Hi There Bear!

Welcome back to my blog friends and crafters.  Do I have a treat for you!  I will be sharing cards with you as Guest Designer for Creative Escape Papercrafting (CEP), periodically focusing on products they are selling in the store, outside of the kits.  They have really expanded their store and they want me to help promote those products and boost overall awareness of them.  The online store has had a "make-over" and it's much nicer to shop as well!

So here is my card, showcasing Concord & 9th's cute as a button "Hi There Bear" stamp set. 
There are many options with this stamp set.  I just opted to use the textured bear stamp, the umbrella and fill-in panels, and the 2 stamp layering bouquet.  I also added the small flowering ground plant along the edge of the walkway and bank of flowers.

So this is how I made my card.  I first stamped the bear in a medium and dark brown dye ink at the same time (they were mini cubes).  I followed that up with my new Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils, to really provide good contrast and shading (and yes, I love them!).  I stamped the umbrella using Gina K's new Amalgam Ink, then stamped the fill-in panels from the stamp set.  I added the 2 step bouquet using some Gina K inks as well.  I then added shading to the ground with my Copics.  My inspiration for this background is from a Sandy Allnock card that she did a video of as well.  I changed it by adding the gravel surface and sidewalks on the side. 

When I colored the background, I did switch to my Copic markers.  I first made the sidewalks and gravel surface.  I then grabbed 3 very light colors that I rather randomly colored around, simulating a soft flower background and greenery.  I did add some slightly darker tones to mimic the flowers, but then softened them out with the lighter shade again. 

I wasn't happy with the colored stamping on the umbrella, so I went back with my Polychromos and a white gel pen.  I also added yellow centers to the bouquet with a Copic marker.  To create the clouds in the sky, I airbrushed it with my Copic markers and a stencil I had in my stash from MFTs- Mini Cloud edges. I did mask the umbrella before airbrushing, the stencil covered up the rest.  It was my first time using the stencil it, and it is really easy to use and gives great results.  Next I stamped the small flowering plant from the stamp set along the sidewalk edge, just towards the front.  I colored them with my Copics.  Last, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Gina K's Amalgam ink.  I must say, my first time using it and I like it a lot.  Very crisp/black.  I next mounted my card panel on some peach cardstock (top-folding A2 card base).  I had trimmed my card panel to a width of 4 inches so that the peach card base is seen on both sides.
I hope you enjoyed my card!  This is just one of many ways to use this stamp set.  You can stamp it, color it, and add multiple elements.  One funny thing happened as I was making my bear.  I didn't see the small bear stamp that is the eyes and nose, so I made my own.  So your bear face will look distinctly different than this one.  Oh well, silly me!!

Don't forget to check out the store and all it's new products, as well as their Facebook and Instagram pages for other great ideas from the other designers and updates from the store.  Feel free to add your card creations to the FB page, too.  I hear rumors that even more products are coming!!  The most comprehensive collection of my work can be found on Instagram, as jktaylor911.

As always, happy crafting and may you be blessed,


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Creative Escape Papercrafting June's Fully Loaded Kit, First Four Cards

Well hello my fellow crafter's and friends, I know it's been a while since my last post (I believe I mentioned there may be a delay through May) as I dealt with some health issues and the death of a very dear friend.  But I'm back, and I have a very fun kit to show you from Creative Escape Papercrafting (CEP).  I'm a guest designer and I've made 4 cards so far from the June kit and I'll share how I made each one.

June Fully Loaded Card Kit

My first card (going counter-clockwise from the back right corner) is the Giraffe Shaker card.  I used a lot of elements in that card alone.  The June kit is built around The Pebbles Happy Hooray Collection.  There are 18 sheets of specialty paper, a 40 pack of ephemera, and a 12" x 12" cut-apart sheet that has a nice pattern on the back, so you have options.  The other 2 major items are the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set and a Spellbinders Celebrate word die + balloon die.  I'm not going to list all the other pieces in the kit except when I use them on a card.

I knew I wanted to do a shaker card as soon as I saw the Heidi Swapp hot pink glitter decorative frame.  I decided first on the elements for the outside of the frame, then decided on 2 different specialty papers for inside the shaker and around the frame.  I used the giraffe and star ephemera on the outside, and a piece of rolled up candy ephemera on the inside, which I adhered so it wouldn't shake around with the other elements.  I used the Spellbinders die to make the balloon and string, then used a small piece of white/yellow baker's twine from the kit for the bow, which I adhered with a glue dot from my stash.  The Spellbinder's "celebrate" was die cut from some green glitter cardstock from the April card kit I had leftover..  That's what's nice about the kits, there are leftovers to use with other projects/cards and keeping the non-perishables like the stamp sets and die cuts are great items to either start a stamp and die collection, or add to your existing ones.  I used some of the 3D foam from the kit to adhere the giraffe where it hit the acetate window.

To assemble my shaker, I adhered some strips of Thermoweb dimensional foam (from April's kit), but cut them in half down the length of the strip.  I then adhered it all around the back side of my frame (I previously glued the clear acetate window in place).  I then filled the window with about half of the Studio Katia Crystal Rainbow Fusion Sequins that I received from CEP.  They are very bright and almost iridescent!  I then carefully placed the rainbow striped specialty paper to the foam adhesive on the back of the frame.  I decided to keep the card large so that you could really see the specialty paper on my card base.  It is 5.5'' x 5.5''.  I cut and scored the yellow cardstock in the kit for my card base, rounded the bottom corners, then adhered a slightly smaller piece of the specialty paper on top, so that the sides would show the pop of yellow that coordinated so nicely with the other elements in the card.  Lastly I positioned and adhered the shaker element to my card base.  Card #1 complete!! 

In card #2 I decided to use the Altenew stamp set.  I first cut some cardstock that was about 3.5" wide by 5.5" in length.  I heat embossed the 3 stars onto the panel using my Ranger's Silver Pearl embossing powder (it leaves a really nice sheen to the stars).  

I then blended 3 colors of Distress Oxide Inks- Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber over the star panel.  I buffed the stars with a cloth when done to remove any ink remaining on the stars.  I then splattered some DIY shimmer to the panel and blotted dry.  

I picked out an acetate cupcake ephemera to use at the base of my star panel.  I used small glue dots from my stash to adhere it so that the adhesive would be nearly invisible.  For my card base, I used the blue cardstock in the kit, die cut a piece of white cardstock using Lawn Fawn's Quilted Backdrop that I bought from CEP and adhered it to the blue base.  Next I cut strips of the green glitter cardstock (from April's kit) and positioned them so that the reveal was about 1/8th" on both sides from my colored panel.  Last I adhered my colored star panel to the prepared base.  Card #2 done!

Card #3 features a large central oval ephemera sentiment image that I applied some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink along the edge to coordinate with the main specialty paper in the background.  That paper was the 12" x 12" Pebbles Happy Hooray cut-apart sheet, which I chose to use the backside of, and take advantage of the "YAY" sentiment strip along the bottom edge.  I also applied the same Distress Oxide ink to the other 3 edges to make the card more cohesive.  

I chose red to be my accent color and used it for my card base, as well as the Sizzix Ticket die that was placed between the ephemera piece and the specialty paper.  The red paper came with the kit.  I adhered all layers (popping up the ephemera piece) with the included 3D foam pieces in the kit.  To finish off my card, I used the blue and white cord included in the kit by tying it around the top of the folded cardbase and tying it off on the right side.  That'll do it for card #3!!

Card #4 uses all kit supplies except for the die cut background hills and frame.  That is a Lawn Fawn product called Stitched Hillside Backdrop: Landscape (as it comes in Portrait as well) that I purchased from the store (though I believe they sell the Portrait version).  I inked the edges of the 2 hills with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink as I felt that coloring the entire hill would look too obtrusive.  I decided on the blue and white polka dot specialty paper for the sky.  I glued that to the back of my die cut frame/hills, and while it dried I picked through the ephemera to decide what would go on next.  First I found the "PARTY" rectangular piece printed in rainbow colors.  It was just a tiny bit short, so I decided to frame it, again with the green glitter cardstock from April's kit (I love that stuff!).  I adhered the two pieces together, then found several animal pieces in the ephemera.  I picked out the Zebra.  I adhered both elements, using my small glue dots on the Zebra that you can barely see.

I also added a star that I found in the ephemera pack.  I adhered all of this to my white standard A2 card base.  Looking at the card, I decided it needed a little bling!  So I pulled out 4 sequins (red, orange, yellow-green, and green) from the Studio Katia pack I received and applied them following the color of the words "PARTY."

Now I thought I was done.  However, as I was writing this blog and looking at my cards, I realized I had to do one more thing to this card.  The flat yellow star was screaming for some of my  Wink of Stella!  So I grabbed not the clear one I usually use, but the yellow one.  I wanted the star to be a bit more vibrant.  So now my friends, card #4 is done!!

I hope you enjoyed my examples.  This kit is a lot of fun, especially for kids celebrations.  Although the Altenew stamp set makes it very versatile.  My goal for the next few cards are making some a bit more for adults.  So stay tuned and see how I do!  
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.

For now I say goodbye, and blessings to you all,

Jill Taylor

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Creative Escape Papercrafting, April's card kit- cards #5, 6,and 7

Welcome back to my blog friends and crafters, I have three more cards I'd like to share with you from Creative Escape Papercrafting (CEP), made from their April card kit.  As a reminder, this kit coordinates with the Maggie Holmes "Flourish" collection. 
These three couldn't be more different from one another, even if I tried!  If you are keeping track, these are cards #5, 6 and 7 for this kit.  I still have lots of supplies left (more supplies than time right now!).  May is a very busy time for me, so I may not get to posting all my projects here (at least some of the time), but we'll see! (please follow my Instagram posts though, as those will continue).
My first card that I created here is the pink rose card.  I love this background paper and as I was looking at all the ephemera provided in the kit, I realized that one of the die cut flowers was exactly the same shape and size as the main rose on my background paper!  So I decided to pop it up with dimensional adhesive and slightly stagger it down and to the right.  I then grabbed a foiled vellum double leaf shape and adhered it behind the rose at about the 11 o'clock position.  In looking for a sentiment, I knew I wanted something in black to really pull out the dark colors in the rose paper.  In the kit there are 4 Jen Hadfield tags, some in black, like I wanted.  I chose the "I miss you" tag, cut off the eyelet end and adhered it at an angle near the base of the popped up rose.
Feeling like it needed another gold embellishment of some kind, I found in my stash some Stampin' Up! gold epoxy stickers.  I picked out the heart and added it to my sentiment tag.  To finish off this card I adhered it to the mint cardstock that was in the kit, but after I had added a strip of black cardstock near to the bottom edge, so that you would see just a small strip of black against the rose background paper. 

The "Lemon Card" is my 6th card made from the April kit.  It is a horizontal gatefold card, but with about a 3/4" overlap.  I started with the white cardstock in the kit, cut it to a width of 6" by 9 1/2".  I scored the cardbase at 2 3/8" from the top and 2 3/4" from the bottom.  I then cut 2 pieces of the lemon specialty paper to the size of the two front sections of the gatefold card.  I then decided to use one of the cut apart images as the center of the gatefold card. 

I mounted it with dimensional foam tape to the green glitter cardstock I received in the kit.  Before adhering this to my card, I decided to cut down the size of the specialty paper on the top portion of my card by 1/4", so that the white cardstock base showed.  I liked the contrast and how it made the small white flowers on the specialty paper pop!  I adhered the specialty paper to the bottom of my card.  I then used some very strong adhesive to the top half of my framed cut apart image and adhered it to the top half of my gatefold card.  I then added a removable glue dot to the bottom half of my framed cut apart image.  That allowed the card to stay closed, but also be easily opened. 
For card #7, I chose the lovely foiled fern specialty paper as my background.  I decided to cut a window in the center, then make a frame, using my Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies.  The frame was made using my Crafter's Companion Shimmering cardstock in Silver Starlight.  For inside the window, I chose a cut apart image, "life is Lovely" that I decided to stamp on as well.  I used the fern image from the Vintage Artistry stamp set from 49 and Market that came with the kit, with Hero Arts Soft Granite dye ink.  
Finally, I picked out the ephemera from the kit that would complement this card.  I chose just the top portion of a foiled sprig and a cluster of small-ish yellow flowers.  I inserted the foiled sprig inside the top right corner of the window and positioned the yellow flowers outside the window in the lower left corner of the card.  After adhering all elements, I adhered my card panel onto the white cardstock provided in the kit, cut to A2 proportions, allowing for a nice white border around the card. 

I hope you enjoyed my cards and perhaps they gave you some inspiration in creating some of your own cards.  If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit me on Instagram as jktaylor911.  To see all things Creative Escape Papercrafting, visit their Facebook page and see what all the designers are up to.  Please visit the store for featured Card Kits and many other card making supplies.

As always, I wish you many blessings and happy crafting!


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