Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cherrylana Design Team Call

Hi!  My name is Jill Taylor.  I am very interested in applying for Cherrylana's Design Team.  It may be too late, as I just saw the posting for the first time about 20 minutes ago (Feb. 20, 2018 at 8:45pm, PMT).  That's in Montana, USA.  So this application may be a few hours late.  I'm not sure, but thought I'd go for it anyway!  To achieve your dreams, you need to take a chance, stretch yourself.
I have been crafting for about 11 years now.  Started with scrapbooking, then discovered I really preferred card-making.  I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 4 years, then moved to Montana and chose to expand my crafting world by using other products and tools, taking on-line classes on card-making, Copic coloring and water-coloring.  I'd been posting on Instagram for some time, but decided to start my own blog as I was entering various challenges (won a couple of them), as well as received some honorable mentions.  I was a guest designer for The Ton in August of 2017 after winning one of their monthly challenges.  I was featured on Trending with the Ton a few times as well.  More recently I've been on the Design Team for Kennedy Grace Creations since last September and I have been invited to be a guest designer several times for The 7 Kids Craft Supply Store.  They post on Facebook as 7 Kids Customers Create!  I see myself as a colorist primarily.  I love Copics, Distress Inks and Oxides, and water-colors.  My style does vary a bit as I like to experiment.  I do love florals, fairies and critters as far as stamps go.  I love the creative process, and as I have learned from others, I feel it is time to share back some of what I have learned.  I feel being on a Design Team is a great way to do that.  I also like to work on a team and collaborate, share ideas, etc. I follow Cherrylana Designs and love your stamp designs.  It would be a privilege to be on your team, promoting your quality products.

Here are some links to my social media:

Instagram   -  I post as jktaylor911
Facebook  -  I post as Jill Taylor

Now to the really important stuff... my 5 favorite cards.  Here they are:

 I hope these cards give you a glimpse of my style and perhaps you may find me a good fit for your team.  Thank you for your consideration.

Jill Taylor


Grace's Bouquet

Hello again and thank you for visiting my blog.  Today I have an elegant Get Well card to share featuring the stamp set Grace's Little Note from Kennedy Grace Creations.  Although I used another stamp set on this card, I highlighted the Kennedy Grace Creations stamp by coloring it in with bright, vivid Copic markers.  I left the other stamping in  neutral tones or very pale blue to keep the focus on our flowers.  I used a lot of masking on this card, heat- embossing with Ranger's Liquid Platinum embossing powder of the background floral image from The Ton's stamp, Peony Bouquet and then for the crystal bowl from the same stamp set, I used MFT's Hybrid ink in both Grout Grey and Blu Raspberry so that I could add additional Copic coloring for shading and the water in the bowl.

Masking of the flowers that allowed me to heat-emboss around them.
For added interest, I partial die cut the crystal bowl using the matching die, added some Fun Foam to the back to give it dimension, then adhered it on top of the card base that I had prepped with a layer of embossed dots onto some Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock in Silver Starlight (almost the exact color of the embossing powder I had used on the card).  I also used some Adhesive Glitter Tape in purple from The Ton on both sides of the crystal bowl to tie into the color of my flowers and accentuate the layers of the card.

Final touches included using At You Spica yellow glitter pen for the center of the flowers, clear Wink of Stella on the lines of the crystal bowl, and lastly some light blue adhesive pearls from Hero Arts added to the details in the crystal bowl.  I also used some Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass inside of the flowers with a little bit of water spattering as well for interest.  The Sentiment was from Grace's Little Note stamp set as well.

I hope you liked my card.  I think it shows just how versatile those little flowers from Grace's Little Note are.  If you'd like to see more of my creations, please visit my Instagram account jktaylor911 which has the largest collection of my work, or Jill Taylor on Facebook.

Thank you so much for visiting me, blessings to you-

Jill 🖌

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Guest DT for 7 Kids Craft Supply Shop - Cow Hugs card

Welcome back friends and hello to crafters new to my blog.  It's February and love is in the air!!  I have the honor of being a guest designer for the 7 Kids Craft Supply Store this month.  This is the first of two cards, the second one will post on the 27th, I believe.  
With all the wonderful sales going on, I placed several orders from the store.  This card features:  Cow Hugs from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Falling Hearts from Neat & Tangled, Snow Village from C.C. Designs, Peak A Frame from Mama Elephant Creative Cuts, and Festive and Frosty Designer Paper Pad from Penny Black.
To create this card, I stamped then masked off the cow images in order to stamp and color the background.  For the hills, since I didn't have the Stampingbella  Backdrop that I needed, I improvised.  I used the Beach Backdrop upside down and didn't ink the ocean line at the bottom of the flipped stamp.  Pretty nice hills, right?  I then stamped the 3 tree image from C.C. Designs Snow Village and masked them as well.  I masked my hills so that I could airbrush the sky with my Copic markers.  I used a small cloud die cut in my stash to create the cloud while airbrushing the sky.
I removed the masking on all but the cows and used my Copic markers to color the trees and the grassy hills/ground.  I then Copic colored the cute cows and flowers from the same stamp.  I added a few white gel pen accents to the cows eyes, hoofs, and flowers and some clear Wink of Stella to the cow bell and bow, and flowers.  Next I stamped the Falling Hearts with Versamark and heat embossed it with Ranger Wendy Vecchi Cactus Flower Embossing Powder.  
As this panel was only 3.25" x 5.5", I needed to add some additional layers to achieve a standard A2 size card.  My card base was craft cardstock and I wanted to accent the yellow/green color of the grass and the pink in the embossed hearts.  I decided on some pink Adhesive Glitter Tape from The Ton on either side of my panel and then a strip of paper from the Festive and Frosty paper pad from Penny Black.  Lastly I needed a sentiment and more hearts to heat emboss to tie the card together.  Before stamping and adhering the layers, I did use the Mama Elephant die from the set that was a large stitched rectangle.  Then the sentiment I used was from a Stampin' Up! set called Love you to the Moon.  That I stamped in The Ton's Found Topaz Dye ink.  I found 2 small hearts from an unknown Stampin' Up! set and stamped them in Versamark and the same Ranger Cactus Flower embossing powder as the other hearts on the card.  I adhered all layers together with a tape runner, and I was done!

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Blessings to you all,


**Be sure to visit the 7 Kids Customer Create Facebook page for this card and many others from  their talented Design Team, as well as customers posting their creations featuring products from the 7 Kids Craft Supply Store.**

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Splendid Birthday Roses (for Kennedy Grace Creations) February Mood Board

Welcoming you back to my blog with a card I made for Kennedy Grace Creations February Mood Board.  This month's board is gorgeous, with some of my favorite colors (see below).  My card, of course inspired by it, uses the stamp sets Splendid Roses for the main image and Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose for the sentiment.  I used 2 KGCs sequin mixes on my card, Cotton Candy and Enchanted Evening

This month, as soon as I saw the mood board I knew what I wanted to do.  I recently received the Splendid Roses stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations, and was itching to use it.  I also recently bought an Avery Elle cover die called Horizontal Stripes.  It has a lovely circle cut out in the middle of the stripes (perfect for my roses!).  The two in my mind were meant to be together.

February Mood Board
I first stamped the roses image onto a NSW 80# cardstock (superior for blending Copics) with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink.  I colored the images with my Copics (colors listed below) then lightly colored YR20 around the center background area, blending it softly out from the middle. Wanting a bit of sheen to my flowers, I decided to use a product fairly new to me, Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metal.  It comes out dropper style, so I used a paint brush and applied Metallic Rose to the roses and Metallic Jade to the leaves.  These did intensify the colors a bit and I wanted even more sheen, so after drying, I applied the Platinum color to the roses only.  This is pure sheen and beautiful!
With my cover die cut in hand (NSW 110# cardstock) I wanted my roses to spill over the sides of the die cut circle a bit, so I lightly traced a circle larger than the cover die circle around my image and decided which areas were going to go beyond the circle.  Those areas I fussy cut out.

Next I placed some liquid adhesive on the back side of the cover die's circle to adhere my roses in the proper place.  Once adequately dry, I flipped the entire piece over and applied lots of 3M Scotch foam adhesive tape so that the cover die had some dimension and sturdiness over my white cardstock base.

Once adhered to the cardbase, I white heat-embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment from Beautiful Blooms- Sweet Rose using WOW! Super Fine, Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder on some black cardstock and cut it to size.  Wanting some sparkle on the card, I cut 2 strips of white prism glitter paper from my stash and placed one under the black sentiment banner and one along the bottom edge of my top folding card.  Lastly, I used some gorgeous sequins from Kennedy Grace Creations in pink and green tones from the Cotton Candy mix and the Enchanted Evening mix.
I really enjoyed making this card, and I hope you enjoyed it too!  I hope it inspires you in your next floral card adventure.

**I've linked all Kennedy Grace Creations products in the body of the blog to the store for your convenience.  If you like my card and want to see more, please visit me on Instagram for the most comprehensive collection of my cards and projects (jktaylor911).

Happy crafting my friends,

Products used:

Kennedy Grace Creations Products:  Splendid Rose and Beautiful Blooms- Sweet Rose stamps, Sequin Mixes Cotton Candy and Enchanted Evening.
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80#/110#
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Copic Sketch Markers RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, R22, YG23, YG25, YG97 and YR20
Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metals in Metallic Rose, Metallic Jade, and Platinum
3M Scotch Foam Adhesive Tape
Versamark Ink
WOW! Embossing Powder in Opaque Bright White, Super Fine
White Prism Glitter paper
Black cardstock
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Liquid Adhesive

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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January KGC Designer's Choice card - Grace's Flowers

Hello 2018!  I'm back here finally on my blog from a little medical LOA and excited to be able to craft again!  My card for Kennedy Grace Creations this month uses some lovely flower images from KGCs Grace's Little Note stamp set.  As I've enjoyed a little sunshine these last few days, I felt like creating something somewhat simple with light, happy colors. 
I first stamped the 3 floral images onto some smooth Bristol cardstock with my MISTI so I could get the spacing right.  I then used 2 different border dies by MFTs to create the multiple-bordered look. 

I inlaid the central flower panel into its matching border die cut, then used some fun Gold Foil cardstock by DCWV on the outside die cut frame.  Since I was going to use some Nuvo Jewel 
Drops on my flower images, I decided to adhere all the layers first before coloring, as the drying time can take as much as 24 hours.  I chose a light pink watercolor Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! as my base layer to coordinate with one of the flower colors and make a nice frame of color around all the white going on in the card.

Finally I get to the coloring, my favorite part!  I decided to use some markers that I'd not used in a while, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I chose 2 greens for the leaves and 3 soft pastel colors in yellow, orange, and pink.  After my coloring was done, I picked out coordinating colors of Nuvo Jewel Drops (Limoncello, Orange Marmalade, and Rosewater).  I applied the drops somewhat generously, as I wanted dimension.  Then I set my project aside to dry.  I returned the next morning and adhered the panel to a standard A2 side folding card base.  Project complete!

I hope you enjoyed my card idea.  I've linked the Kennedy Grace Creations products to the store for your convenience.  To see more of my cards, the most comprehensive collection of my cards can be found on Instagram as jktaylor911.

Enjoy the new year my friends!


Supplies Used:

  • Essentials by Ellen Smooth Bristol Cardstock
  • DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock Stack 6x6
  • Stampin' Up! DSP Watercolor
  • Kennedy Grace Creations stamp - Grace's Little Note
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics (Rectangle Frames/In &Out Diagonal Stitched Rect.)
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Nuvo Jewel Drops
  • Hero Arts Intense Black Dye Ink

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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Blog Re-design

Hi there friends and fellow crafters!!  2018 is here and I felt like a change was needed to my Blog.  So I worked on it a bit, but it still needs some tweaking.  Let me know what you think, offer suggestions, etc.  I am hardly very tech savvy, so your advice would be so appreciated!  After all, I want my site to be easy for you to use, helpful, and visually pleasing.  I've been MIA for about a month recovering from hip surgery.  But I have a card post lined up for January 24th!!  I'll continue my 2 posts a month for Kennedy Grace Creations but I also will have some Guest Designer posts for 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store in February and April.  I believe besides my blog post and IG post, it will also post on the 7 Kids Customer Create FB page.  If that changes I will let you know.  But check it out, they have some great posts on their site and I love their store.  I've become acquainted with some new product lines (to me) and Kelly the owner is just fabulous!  Really fast shipping, too.

Yours Truly,


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