Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Creative Escape Papercrafting April Fully Loaded Kit- first 3 cards

Well hello my friends and fellow crafters, today we finally had some warm sunshine in Montana!  I got to enjoy a bit of it, so this post is coming to you late at night.  I've had some play time with the April Fully Loaded Kit, and I have 3 cards to share with you, more will come later.  This kit is packed with goodies!  It features products from Maggie Holmes "Flourish" collection (papers, cut-outs, ephemera) and other products that coordinate well with them.  My first cards focus on the paper, cut-outs, and ephemera from the collection as well as other pieces from the kit that I will identify.
For my first card (I'll go clockwise from the lower left corner) I started with the beautiful blue roses specialty paper in the kit.  I added a white Avery Elle die-cut frame from my stash, chose 2 flowers from the ephemera in the kit, added the blue cut-apart sentiment tag, then grabbed 2 gold leaves (also in the ephemera pack).  I used some dimensional foam adhesive on most of the roses and the sentiment tag.  I adhered all of that to the pink cardstock provided in the kit (cut to A2 size).  I decided to duplicate the stitches in the white frame die-cut, so I used the Stitched Lines die from Essentials by Ellen that I had on hand to trim the bottom of my base layer.  Lastly, I used some white Nuvo drops from the store to add to the blue sentiment tag.  One down, two to go!
Card #2 utilized the cut-apart tag "Love Ya" as the centerpiece to my card.  I mounted it onto some of the MH specialty paper in the kit, then trimmed the sides of the centerpiece with the green glitter cardstock in the kit.  I adhered that to some of the pink cardstock in the kit that I used my Fiskars punch along the bottom edge, then adhered that to my card's base (the white cardstock provided in the kit).  For embellishments, I gilded the wood heart in the kit with the Nuvo Rose Gold Flakes and glued it to my card.  Lastly, I grabbed three of the pink gems from February's kit (2 small, 1 medium size) and placed them on my card as well. 
 What's nice about the kits is that you seem to always have leftovers to use on other projects.  If you know me, I like to use "bling."  But I have lots of gems still left from February's kit (there were so many!)

Finally, for card #3 I chose 3 flowers from the ephemera pack and the Thank You tag from Jen Hadfield from in the kit.  I trimmed off the left side of the tag.  I decided to make my own background for this card by heat embossing a MFT's background stamp called Roses All Over. I used Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold embossing powder that I got as a substitution in my February kit. 
I layered my flowers on my front panel, popping up the last flower in the foreground.  I adhered my front panel onto the pink cardstock in the kit (can you tell I love this color of  pink?!) so that you see the pink along both sides.  Simple and quick, but I think this is my favorite of the cards.  Which one is yours?















Thank you for visiting my blog!  I hope my cards are giving you an idea of what the April kit is about.  If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit me on Instagram, I'm jktaylor911.  To see other great ideas and videos from the other CEP designers, visit our Facebook page or go to Creative Escape Papercrafting, click the blog tab (but don't forget to visit the store, too!)

Many blessings to you and as always, happy crafting!!

Jill

Sunday, April 8, 2018

New Guest Designer for Creative Escape Papercrafting, February Fully Loaded Kit- My first 3 cards


Welcome friends and crafters, thank you in helping me celebrate my new position as a Guest Designer for Creative Escape Papercrafting!  They specialize in making monthly kits to make cards, scrapbook layouts, or any number of creative projects.  They also sell other crafty stuff that mesh well with their kits or can be used for other projects.  For me, I'll primarily be making cards, 'cuz that's what I love!!  Anyhow, I've made 3 cards (so far) from a kit designed to make 10+ cards.  I thought I'd divide my blog posts up, otherwise this post could get VERY long.  I don't think blog posts should be too long as people naturally lose interest.  My posts are long enough!  I struggle with being concise.  That being said, let's move along to the kit.  I've decided to use the February "Fully Loaded" Kit which is released every other month.  It has lots of goodies, but too many for me to list individually for you. (I did link it to the store).  I will mention each piece I use and identify add-on products or other non-kit items that I use.
February 2018 Fully Loaded Kit

Here is the kit I received.  I did exchange the original embossing powder (because I already owned it).  I got instead, Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold embossing powder.  It's hard to see all that's there in the kit, but it is very generous.  I'll point out each product I use.  I did opt for a couple additional products from the store that complement the kit.  I chose the matching die to the Altenew stamp set and a plaid stencil from Carta Bella.
Card #1




















As you can see, I used the Altenew stamp in all three cards, just in different ways.  In card #1 I stamped the image with Versamark on some watercolor paper, then used Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold Embossing powder and heat set it.  I colored the image using my Color Bursts by Ken Oliver Crafts (Orchid and Ultramarine Blue) and Liquid Metals (Metallic Jade and Platinum).  I then die cut it out once it was dry.   For the white background paper, I dry embossed the Carta Bella Plaid stencil by running it through my Big Shot (like an embossing folder).  The pattern is subtle and I highlighted it by using some rose gold pigment ink with a mini ink blending tool along the edges and slightly inward.  I then sprayed some DIY shimmer spray over it (I use 70% alcohol + silver mica powder, or Perfect Pearls works great, too.)

I then cut the kit's doily in half and adhered all the card layers (I used dimensional adhesive under the floral die cut).  Next I stamped and embossed the "Mom" onto the doily.  Lastly, I added the Bling!  I used both light purple and medium purple gems.

For card #2 I stamped the floral image on the provided vellum and then used the WOW! Turkish Nights embossing powder that originally came in the kit.  It's a quite lovely glittery rose-gold color.  I then die cut out the image.  I scanned through the 12 sheets of 6x6 double-sided specialty paper from the Couture Creations "Hearts Ease" collection and picked out this lovely sage green plaid with leaves and music printed softly along the edges.  This would be my background paper.  In my die collection, I have this Avery Elle die that I love to use.  I chose to keep it simple by just using the white cardstock provided (I wanted all the focus on the beautiful flowers).

I then tediously placed thin strips of Scotch 3M foam adhesive tape all along the back side of the die cut to give the card a lot of dimension. 









                                                 Card #2
                         
I used glue dots strategically placed on the vellum so as not to show.  I considered a handmade sentiment, but decided to cut out this sentiment from the specialty paper, as it coordinated so well.  I used dimensional adhesive to pop it up.  Lastly, I adhered the Bling!  Both the pink and light purple gems.

Card #3
For card #3 I wanted a monochromatic look to the card.  I chose my background specialty paper, trimmed it down to 4"x 5.5" to allow my white card base edges to show.  I used some of my white embossing powder and stamped the floral image directly onto the paper.  I slightly distressed the specialty paper by sponging on some Distress Oxide Ink along the edges in similar color tones (Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap).  Next I used the Kaisercraft Butterfly die in the kit and die cut 3 butterflies.  I used 2 different specialty papers as 1 just didn't look right.  I felt the flowers needed a little green as well, so I pulled out my Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils and lightly colored the center of the flowers and drew in a little veining as well.  I didn't have green gemstones in the kit, so I improvised.  I used the pale purple gems from the kit and used 2 colors of Copic markers to color-correct the gems (I used y19 and B02).  I placed the medium sized gems on the butterflies and 2 small gems on the flowers.  I adhered the butterflies with glue dots positioned off to one side so that I could lift up one side for a more natural and dimensional look.

 I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew stamp set in my Versafine CLAIR ink, in Shady Lane.  It was the first time I used that ink and I just love it!  I bought about 10 colors, and if you are a fan of Versafine Black Onyx Ink (as I am), you'll love them too.  They stamp very crisp and clean, especially better on clear stamps, where dye inks can sometimes fail to stamp completely.  But that is for another blog post! 

As you can see, card #3 is quite simple and quick to make.  I may repeat this card design, just in another color scheme.

This concludes my 3 card blog post (long, I know!).  Please forgive me.  I will continue making cards from this kit and posting them, however... the April kit is due to arrive this coming week, so I gotta hurry!!

If you enjoyed these cards, please visit our Facebook page and company blog and see all the wonderful creations from the other designers, watch card kit unboxing videos, as well as 10 cards 1 Kit videos.  See all the extra information (such as kit contents) and announcements as well.  If you'd like to see more of my work, visit me on Instagram as jktaylor911.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I hope that I've shown what amazing cards can be made from these kits and to familiarize you just a bit with Creative Escape Papercrafting.  Don't forget to visit their store!!

Happy Crafting,

Jill





























Wednesday, April 4, 2018

7 Kids Crafting Supply Store April Guest Designer Card, Amazing Day

Welcome back to my blog, I hope some of you are enjoying some nice warm weather.  Unfortunately it has yet to arrive in Montana.  But I am dreaming of warmer weather and so my card is a depiction of just that!!  I am also a Guest Designer this month for The 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store.  They have so many fun products to choose from.  This time I chose some Penny Black stamps (one of my favorite stamp lines) as the focal images on my card.  I used both Distress Inks and Oxides to watercolor this card.
I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the images on my 140# Hot-pressed Arches watercolor paper.  I first stamped the PB Tweetie image in Versafine Black Onyx Ink and heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder.  I then masked off the girl's head and bird, then stamped the PB Snow Fence stamp in Antique Linen Distress Ink, focusing mostly on the posts and the grassy line of the hill.  The stamp originally was made for a snowy landscape, but it easily converts to a beach-like fence as well.  I used many different browns and grey Distress Inks on the fence posts, then once they were dry I masked off the line of the hill while I worked on coloring the sky.  For that I switched to my Distress Oxide Inks.  I blended Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans then misted the sky with some DIY shimmer spray (I use 70% alcohol for quick drying and some silver mica powder from Finnabair Art Ingredients, but Perfect Pearls works great, too!).
Next I removed the masking off the hill and first blended Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink onto the sandy areas, then water-colored the shadows on the posts and the shadowy areas around the girl with Distress Inks.  I then water-colored the girl and the bird with Distress Inks and Oxides as well.  To get the black barbed wire stamped, I had left the fence stamp on my Stamp Platform so that I could go back later and stamp that part of the image in black.  With the masking back in place, some of the wire didn't stamp well, so I just used my Faber-Castell PITT artist pen to fill in where it missed.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Thoughtful Poppies stamp from The Ton and the Sea Gulls from Inkadinkado's stamp Coastal in Versafine Black Onyx ink.














 Lastly I worked on the grass, using both Distress Inks and Oxides to achieve a satisfactory look.  I mounted my watercolor creation using plenty of foam adhesive from 3M Scotch to keep the panel flat on my Strathmore Creative Cards (white with red deckle).  In the end, I decided to trim down the card a bit, cut off the deckle edge, and use a lightly patterned red washi tape around 3 edges of the card base to coordinate with the red clothing on the little girl.


That completes my card for today.  I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps learned some new techniques along the way.  I will include a list of supplies and a link to The 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store at the end.  Also, if you want to see more of my card creations, Instagram has the largest collection of my works.  You'll find me as jktaylor911.

Thank you and I hope warm weather greets you sooner rather than later.  Hugs!!

Jill Taylor

Supplies used from The 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store:

Penny Black Stamps, "Tweetie" and "Snow Fence"
2018 Distress Oxide Inks

Other supplies:

Inkadinkado Stamp "Coastal"
The Ton Stamp "Thoughtful Poppies"
Distress Inks and Oxide Inks (earlier releases)
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Clear Embossing powder
Scotch 3M foam adhesive tape
Stampin' Up! red pattern washi tape
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, black (XS)
Strathmore Creative Cards (Red Deckle edge)
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
140# Arches Hot-pressed watercolor paper


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Spring card for The Ton's March Challenge


24296489_10103973089932739_7877149814194319883_nWell hello my fellow crafters, thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy my card.  I made this card specifically for The Ton's March Challenge.  The cue word for this challenge is:  SPRING.  I think we are all quite ready for spring to arrive!  I chose blooming magnolia flowers and a butterfly to express the theme of the month.  I love The Ton's new Buildable Woodgrain stamp, so I used that as my background, using The Ton's Inks (Warm Hazelnut, Found Topaz, and Aspen Cocoa).  Then I decided to create a round window and have the magnolia branch and blooms appear to grow through the window.


I stamped and embossed the Magnificent Magnolia branch and flowers using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and some clear embossing powder.  I then colored the image using my Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I then die-cut out the image using the coordinating dies.  I wanted some "bling" to my card, so I decided to use The Ton's Adhesive Glitter Paper in blue behind the flowers (like the sky) and silver along each side of the base layer NSW 110# cardstock.  At first I was going to center the image, but decided that off-setting it allowed for the butterfly I wanted to include as well as the sentiment.  My initial card was 4.5" x 6".  Once I adhered my round frame (which was made by using the two largest circles in the Avery Elle double stitched circle die set) over the blue glitter paper and positioned my magnolia branch, I realized I could trim down the card to a standard A2 size card.  I trimmed the width of the top layer of the card so that I could use the silver glitter paper.  Once I knew I was using the silver glitter paper, I decided to silver emboss the butterfly, which was from the Beautiful Butterflies 3 stamp set.  I used Cali Blue and Azurite inks on the solid-fill stamp to color the butterfly.  I adhered my magnolia flowers with some dimensional adhesive inside the circle frame and used thicker dimensional adhesive for my butterfly.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment, which came from the Fresh Cut Sunflowers stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink and glued on a few sequins (because you can never have too much bling!!).

That completes my card.  I hope it inspires you to create something a little "Springy"!  We'll see how my card does in the Challenge.  I might just get lucky!  You never know.

To see more of my card creations, visit me on Instagram.

Thank you for visiting and have a blessed day!

Jill

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Spring at Last, Santoro Gorjuss Girl card as Guest Designer for 7 Kids Craft Supply Store

Welcome back to my blog friends and fellow crafters!!  We had a "sneak peak" of spring a couple weeks ago in Montana and it inspired me to make this card for The 7 Kids Craft Supply Store, as my second creation in February as a Guest Designer and entrance card in their current Rainbow challengeI know, you say where is the rainbow???   Well, she's looking at it!  I love doing this for Kelly, the owner, as she is so great to work with and she's brought so many fun products to the store to work with.

I was not familiar with Santoro Gorjuss Girls before I shopped at Kelly's store.  Boy was I missing out!  This is my first completed card using a Gorjuss girl as my main image.  I have since bought more because they are great stamps AND they have matching dies as well.  I don't have the dies yet, so I fussy cut my pretty girl!

Since she is laying on the ground in Springtime, presumably, I decided to make a shaker card with Distress Oxide inks on the background paper (in light yellow/greens and green with subtle DIY shimmer spatters) that matched the paper I was using on the frame of the card and my girl's dress.  I used a mixture of sequins, some of which were flower shaped to denote laying amongst the flowers.  My window sheet from Stampin' Up! has some flowers and vines on it, just perfect for my card as well!  As I was also making this birthday card for a friend, she has dogs and a new puppy, so I wanted a cute dog on my card as well.  I used a C.C. Designs Puppy Power image that I first die-cut out with the matching dies, but decided to fussy cut the white outline away since my girl figure didn't have any white around her.  That made all the difference. The stamped images were all colored with Copic markers.

The frames on this card are from 2 different sets.  The larger one from Mama Elephant and the scalloped one from Simon Says Stamp.  The single frame looked too plain, so I added the orange contrasting color with the second frame to balance out the colors in the card and create better visual interest.  The Happy Birthday Banner is from Brutus Monroe's Botanical Banners set.  I fussy cut that out.

After adhering all the top layers together I grabbed my Scotch 3M Foam Adhesive tape and created zones on the back of the card so that the shaker pieces wouldn't congregate in one area (see photo).  Once this was done, I added my shaker elements to all the zones (mental note, use your Anti-static Powder Tool along the sides of your adhesive strips so that the shaker elements don't end up sticking to them).  I forgot, and it was an annoyance but didn't cost me too much time.

With the front panel already flipped over, I adhered my Distress Oxide panel to a standard A2 side-folding card base of NSW 110# cardstock.  I then very carefully adhered that to the backside of my front panel.  Some finishing touches was using some clear Wink of Stella on the flowers on the girl's dress, the flowers in her purse, and the butterfly on her dress.
Project complete!!

I was really happy with how this card came out.  A bit different in style for me, but I really enjoyed making this card!  I hope you are inspired to try a shaker card, try out some Distress Oxides and/or Copic markers, or some of the other products I used from The 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store.  There is a products list at the end of this blog post for your convenience.  The majority of the products used were from the store.

If you'd like to see more creations from the other Design Team members or other customers using products from the store, go to Facebook on the
7 Kids Customers Create! page, visit Instagram  @7kidscraftingsupplystore or go to the store at http://7kidscraftstore.com.

If you'd like to see more of my work, visit me on Facebook or for the largest collection of my work, please visit my page on Instagram.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I wish you blessings and lots of crafting time!!



Jill


Supplies List:


7 Kids Crafting Supply Store-
Santoro Gorjuss stamp - Spring at last (full size), C.C. Designs Puppy Power stamp/die, Brutus/Monroe Botanical Banners stamp, Mama Elephant Hug it Out die, Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Oxide Ink (Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Lucky Clover), Finnabair Art Ingredients- Mica Powder in Silver for DIY shimmer spray, Nuvo Glue Pen, and the MISTI stamping tool.

Other Supplies-
Flower Fantasy Painted Window Sheets from Stampin' Up!, Designer Series Patterned Paper and colored cardstock from Stampin' Up!,  Pistachio Pudding Classic Dye Ink from Stampin' Up!, Scalloped Frames die from Simon Says Stamp, Neenah Solar White cardstock in both 80# for coloring, and 110# for cardbase, Shaker elements from Pretty Pink Posh, Kennedy Grace Creations, and others(?), Scotch 3M Adhesive Foam tape, Tombow Dot Adhesive Stamp Runner, and Wink of Stella in clear, and the Sizzix Big Shot.












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

jktaylor911@gmail.com

















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,

Jill

**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,
Jill

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


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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!

Jill

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

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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,

Jill