Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February TRS Color Challenge- Mermaid Shaker Card

Welcome back to my blog, I hope you are having a delightful, productive weekend.  I've been suffering with some acute on chronic GI problems this week, so I surprised myself when I completed this card on time!  This is my DT card for Three Room Studio's monthly card challenge.  You can participate as well by checking out their blog for the monthly photo inspiration, then post your card using TRS stamps to Instagram using #trscardchallenge or post it to their Facebook page, Three Room Studio's Fourth Room.  Initially I wasn't planning on this being a shaker card, but once I got to a certain point, I got stuck.  Does that ever happen to you?  I thought I knew where I wanted to go, but then I didn't really like it and I'd spent a lot of time on the background and coloring the images that I didn't want to scrap it.  So, I switched gears (or really directions) and turned it into a shaker card.  So here's my finished card.  Below, I'll explain what I used and how I made it.

Here's the inspiration photo:

I started off this card by white heat-embossing a waves stamp from I believe Hero Arts (it's unlabeled in my stamp bin).  I then used 3 shades of blue/green ink from Gina K. Designs and ink blended the background, going from light to dark as I went
down the card.  Using an oval stencil I cut from masking paper, I repeated the colors but more intensely.  Next I stamped the TRS images from "Mermaid at Heart" stamp set in black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs, then colored the images with Copic markers that coordinated with the color palette above.  On the mermaid tail I used the 0 Copic blender to create little dots in the lighter colored areas, then followed with dots of ink from a Gelly Roll pen in Clear Star (see other photo below).  I then fussy cut all the images out. 

Next I prepared the frame.  I first ran it through my die cutting machine using Altenew's Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Plate.  Next I die cut that with the frame die from Mama Elephant.  The dotted scales are subtle, but coordinates nicely with the theme.  The "celebrate" die cut is from Birch Press Designs.  I had previously die cut and colored it for another project that I ended up not using it for, however it was perfect for this project.  I believe I used a mixture of embossing powders together to achieve this metallic dark blue/green color.  Next I applied X-press it foam tape around the edges of my card panel then glued the little fish and sea horse in place and added various elements for my shaker (sequins, glitter, glass balls, etc.).  I glued a few of them in place so that when the card is held upright, some of the elements stay at the top/middle.  I then carefully placed the frame and clear acetate window that I had previously glued in place onto my card panel.  Last, I glued the lovely mermaid and sentiment in place then adhered it to a standard folded card base.

The specific Copic markers I used were R20, R22, E07, BG11, BG72, BG75, B99, and E53, E55, and E57 for her hair.  Skin colors were:  E50, E00, BV00 and R20 to cheeks and R24 to lips.

I hope you enjoyed my underwater shaker card.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I will have this posted to Instagram and FB, and you can see all the DT cards up on the TRS blog or just #trscardchallenge on IG and you'll see all the cards from all the challenges.

Thank you again for visiting my site.  Stay crafty my friends!


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sending Loads of Hugs and Kisses from Three Room Studio (TRS)

Well, hello my friends!  I'm here on the TRS design team, sharing two Valentine's Day cards with you using current non-Valentine stamps from TRS.  The TRS weekly card challenges are starting off with of course a Valentine theme for February.  We are to make these cards using non-traditional stamps from TRS.  This challenge can be found on Instagram at #trscardchallenge.  It's not just for the Design Team either.  Play along with the TRS weekly card challenges by visiting their blog to see what the current challenge is and post your cards on Instagram.  New challenges will post every Saturday.  We'd love to see what you are making!  This first challenge wasn't hard at all, as you will see from not only the cards I made, but the ones made by the team as well (check out TRS Blog).  My first card is a rather CAS card (unusual for me), using stamps from three different sets (Let's Hygge, Skate Sleep Repeat, and Loads of Love.)
I first checked for sizing of the mug and hearts on the Avery Elle scalloped heart die cut I wanted to use.  Lucky me, it fit!  So I die cut the heart first, then stamped the mug (I removed the ink from the back of the mug where the cluster of hearts would be) inside my MISTI.  Next I stamped the cluster of hearts.  I decided to color the image with my Copics first, then finish the rest of the stamping (just in case I didn't like how I colored it).😁  Next I stamped the floating hearts, and the sentiment and heart on the mug using Catherine Pooler ink in Peppermint Scrub.  I colored a grey shadow at the base of the mug so that it didn't look like it was floating.  Next I used a finger sponge dauber to add color (Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink) to the edge of the scalloped heart, as it sort of disappeared when placed on the background panel.  That panel was die cut using a Hero Arts background die.  I wanted the background hearts to be translucent, so I adhered a panel of 30# Platinum Translucent Vellum from Grafix to the back side of the front panel.  I cut it about 1/2 inch long so that I could score it at the top and adhere it to the back panel at the top.  I did this to retain the translucent look to the background hearts.  Last I used some foam tape to adhere the scalloped heart to the card, for a little dimension.

My second card is a little more "typical me" with lots of coloring and scene building.  I first stamped the woman and cart in my MISTI, then added the cart contents, masking small areas where needed.  The stamps I used from TRS were:  Retail Therapy and Loads of Love.   I then masked that entire image so I could use my Copic airbrush to color the background.  I used Altenew and Honey Bee Stamps stencils on my background.
Once the background was dry (it didn't take long), I colored my stamped images with Copic markers in mostly reds, pinks, and blues since I felt the color palette would be too busy if I added more colors, since the background was so vibrant.  I drew in extra boxes inside the cart, and drew in a shadow of the cart on the ground as well.  I used clear Wink of Stella on the hearts and X's and O's.
Back to my MISTI I used my embossing buddy to remove static and any remaining stickiness from my Copic airbrushing.  I then stamped the sentiment in Gina K's Black Amalgam ink first, then in Versamark and then heat-embossed it using WOW's Black Glint embossing powder.  The sentiment stamps were from TRS, SSS, and Hero Arts.
Finally, I trimmed the card to 4 inches and mounted it onto some red card stock that had a strip of Adhesive Glitter Paper in pink from The Ton adhered to the right edge.

That concludes my February Valentine post for Three Room Studio.  I hope you can see how you can use non-traditional stamps for just about any occasion.  Save your money and stretch the stamps and supplies you have.  I bet you'll be surprised!

Thanks again for visiting my blog.  I hope you found it useful.  Please visit Three Room Studio to see not only the products but also their blog (which is linked to on the top of the Home page) which will show all the DT's Valentine's Day cards and everything TRS.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Three Room Studio First Design Team. I'm in!!

Hello friends and fellow crafters!  I'm happy to announce (a little late) that I was chosen to be on Three Room Studio's first Design Team for 2020.  I'll include a couple winter/Christmas cards that I made with the December release, but my first complete card blog for TRS will be in early February just in time for Valentine's Day!
I've been busy with the holidays (just like most people) and recovering from a total hip replacement (early damage to joint due to hip dysplasia... yes, just like dogs).  I'm recovering well, I just can't sit for too long as things really stiffen up.  Below is a picture of  the amazing design team that I'm on.
Just as promised, here are the two cards that I made with the December Release.  The first one was made using the stamp set "Let's Hygge."  I'll be honest, I didn't even know what that term meant until it was explained to me.  It's a word used to convey all the things you do in winter to get cozy.  Hence, it's a term primarily used in places that have long, cold winters.  I also used the stamp set "Moving Sentiments" for the cat, plant, lamp shade, sentiments and window elements.  I colored it using Copic markers and a white gel pen.

The second card used the stamp set "Skate Sleep Repeat" as the focal point of my card.  I ink blended the background using Distress Oxide Inks then stamped a Simon Says Stamp Holiday Background stamp in varying tones of green.  I die cut an oval from the center and replaced it with an oval piece I had stamped and colored (with Copics) the skater image on, then die cut 2 oval frames.  Using the MISTI I was able to stamp the image over 3 layers so that she appears to be one image over all the layers.  I masked the skater and ink blended the blue background before I adhered it to my card.  I hand lined the hash marks around the oval, then cut the width of the panel to 4 inches.  I mounted it to a dark blue-green cardstock that I applied some clear Wink of Stella to the outside edges for a little sparkle.

I hope you make your way back to my blog to see what other neat cards I'm making for TRS.  Check out their website www.threeroomstudio.com as well as their blog that's on their website for all things TRS.  We also will be having a weekly color challenge that will be posted to Instagram.  The DT and any other crafter who uses TRS stamps can join in.  I believe the # is #trscardchallenge

Thanks so much, I look forward to engaging on my blog again and hopefully inspiring some of you on your crafty journey!


Friday, November 8, 2019

I'm Baaaack!! Let's celebrate with a couple wedding cards.

Hello my dear crafty friends, I know it has been awhile... a long while!  Not only has this past year (yikes!) been a medical challenge for me, but also for my husband and son who is 20.  Let's just say that 2019 has been just awful for my family, so please keep us in your prayers as we continue to deal with medical issues (and let's not forget the bills!).  We've been fortunate enough to not have financial problems our entire 30 year marriage, but this year has definitely taken its toll.  Medical bills up the you know what!  Anyway, my crafting has definitely seen a slow down this year.  I'm just now starting to get back into the swing of things.

I recently had a need for two wedding cards, one for my best friend in California and the other for a good friend to give to her nephew who's getting married soon.  She loved the first card I made for my best friend and asked me to make another just using the colors in her nephew's wedding.  I so enjoy making cards for a specific person or event.  These cards you will notice are very different in style for me.  I also used some new products, so that's always fun!

I started the foundation of my cards on some watercolor paper from Ms. Sparkle & Co.  I chose the light grey and light pink papers then used some white Glitz Glitter Gel from Gina K. Designs through a SSS Falling Leaves stencil and let it dry overnight.  I knew I wanted to use the beautiful butterflies from Spellbinders, they are a layered or 2-piece die-cut and I wanted to use the Platinum vellum for the top layer ( a product I bought several months ago but never used).  I also wanted to use similar colors in the cards that the weddings had in them.  For the layering paper behind my front panel I chose a paper pack from Clarity Stamps called Indian Summer- very organic colors and designs.  Reminded me of how alcohol ink flows and dries on Yupo paper.  Anyhow, I chose fall colors for the first card and blues and maroon for the second card.  Each card also got a 1" strip of the paper to place underneath the lace adhesive strip I used on the cards.  I have a stash of silk and paper flowers in my stash and picked out ones I thought would look nice.  The cards are a bit bulky with the flowers but I knew they would be sent in a box, so I wasn't too worried about that.

I fiddled with the arrangements until they came to my liking.  I taped down the paper strip/lace strip, then used my hot glue gun to adhere the floral elements securely.  I adhered the butterfly layers with some small glue dots just in the middle along their bodies then repeated that to secure the butterflies to my card.  I added pearls and gems from my stash.  The sentiment strips are from Tim Holtz Ideology, called Small Talk and are adhesive backed.  Lots of wonderful sentiments black on white and white on black.  When I was done, I felt the right upper corner was a bit bare, so I stamped in a light grey ink from Altenew a "Wedding Wishes" sentiment from Stampin' Up's Floral Phrases stamp set.  I also used other sentiments from that stamp set on the inside of the cards.  For the second card I added a couple flat die cuts under the flowers.  I used silver glitter paper and a Penny Black sprig die plus a MFTs Abstract Heart die in pink paper with shimmer added.  FYI I also recolored the dark paper flowers to Navy Blue with my Copic markers.  Worked great!  I added a large pearl to the dark red flower as well.

I prepared the white card bases from 110# Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock.  The first card I stamped a large sunflower stamp at the top and bottom of the inside panel, again in a very light grey ink (my friend is to have a sunflower in her bouquet).  For the second card I stamped a large butterfly instead in the same manner.  I stamped some sentiments on the inside then mounted my cards to their corresponding card bases.
 I do think they came out quite lovely and elegant!  I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I hope you enjoyed my cards as well.
Hopefully I'll be able to post more often.

Take care and God bless,


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Status Update

Well, as we in the medical field joke, if you're a patient and in the medical field, something will go wrong!  We also say that about really nice people.  Those mean-spirited, drug using, abusive individuals never seem to have the same medical problems/outcomes that we do.  It's silly, I know, but sometimes it does feel that way.  Maybe I need to get a little nastier or something!!  Not really, but frustration is running high here.  I thought I'd update you on where things are going for me, medically speaking.

So I was supposed to have that Pyloromyotomy surgery on Nov. 13th in Seattle.  Well, I wake up from anesthesia to be told that they started it, but had to stop.  They discovered a mass coming out of the wall of my stomach, looking like the shape of a mushroom's head and attaching to (OK, now just guess!) - my pylorus, the very thing they were going to operate on.  It is not the safest thing to biopsy the mass right then and there (I wish, but I know better), so we had to quickly make arrangements to return to Missoula for an Endoscopic biopsy the very next day!  Needless to say, my husband and I are a bit nervous and concerned.

I get put to sleep, they use ultrasound in my stomach to take biopsies and we wait...and wait...finally the night before Thanksgiving (2 days later than expected) the doctor calls to say the biopsy was NON-DIAGNOSTIC!!!!  That means, they didn't get any cells they were expecting to be able to make a diagnosis.  In other words, the doctor MAY have missed!  Now they do say that 3-4% of biopsies never get a definitive diagnosis (I hope I don't fall into that category), but what this means is I'm getting another biopsy!  Yep, it's tomorrow.  I should hear by Monday or Tuesday the results.  But here's the problem.  No matter what it is (cancer would obviously be the worst), but even if it is a benign mass, the surgeon still has to deal with it because it's in the way.  Depending on what it is will determine how much bigger the surgery will be.  So no matter what, it will have an impact.  I'm stressing because I've paid all my deductible for the year and desperately want to get it done before the end of December, otherwise it's going to cost me a lot more.  Traveling, food and lodging is already expensive enough.  Now we have to do that twice!!  Can you feel my frustration???

So, I've not been in the right frame of mind for much crafting.  Once I have the "bigger" surgery, my recovery will be longer, too.  So please be patient with me.  I will return, it's just going to take some time.  Keep me in your prayers, and God bless you all this Christmas season.

Take care and happy Christmas crafting!

One of last year's favorites/ Copic colored
Jill ✂      

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