Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

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 ✂      

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rest & Restore

Hello my crafty friends, it has been a while, I know.  I thought I'd update you on what's happening with me.  I've decided to take a break from Design Teams for a bit, as I have some health issues making it difficult to meet Design Team obligations.  While recovering from my elbow surgery at the end of August, I decided to do a little mini craft room remodel.  Hopefully you follow me on Instagram where I have posted pictures (jktaylor911).  It's about 90% done, but I also decided to reorganize a lot of my crafting supplies.  I chose the Totally Tiffany's ScrapRack to help me out.  It will take several weeks, maybe months to get that done.  I just got all the supplies and will work on it off and on.  Another surgery looms closely now.  Next week I will have abdominal surgery to try and help my lazy stomach.  In medical terms, it's called Gastroparesis- my stomach muscles don't work properly to move food out of my stomach.  It causes severe bloating, abdominal pain and more.  I've been suffering with this for a few years now and finally got desperate enough to agree to the surgery.  I'm not sure how long it will take me to recover and feel like crafting.  I was thinking of blogging some of my favorite creations from this last year (that were not DT creations).  So don't give up on me, I will be back!  And hopefully feeling better and ready to create and blog.  And after a bit, perhaps get on another DT again!  But I'm going to first spend some time just creating for me, using the many stamps and dies I've bought over the last year and haven't had time to play with.

So farewell for now, but hopefully not for too long.  Please check back with me in a few weeks' time, hopefully I'll be able to post something by then.  Thank you for visiting me, I hope to be sharing again soon.

Have a wonderful Holiday season, God bless you and happy crafting!!

Jill  ✂ 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Witt & Sass Ghost in a Jar DT Project

Welcome back my crafty friends, I have a spooktacular card to share with you.  I'm still recovering from surgery on my arm, but was still able to complete this card, though at a snail's pace!  I made it for Witt & Sass Stamp Company featuring the stamp set Ghost in a Jar.  This is such a fun stamp set, used alone or with other 
W & S products, such as in my card here, I also used:
-the Background Builders Wave Stencil on the water AND in the sky! 
-I also used the Background Builders Sand and White Caps in the foreground sand area.
-Additionally, I used the new Sassy Pack Boo-licious (the sequins and cool sequin bats). 

I used A LOT of other products as well on my card.  I'd have to say this is somewhat mixed media, as I used Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Dye and Hybrid inks, Copic Markers, acrylic paints, and colored pencils on this baby!

Here's the colors of the products I used from above: (the Distress Inks/Oxides I strictly used on the background areas around the jar)

Distress Ink- Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs
Distress Oxide Ink- Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans
Dye Inks- Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog (the jar and it's elements were stamped in London Fog)
Hybrid Inks:  MFTs Brick Red and Steele Blue (used on the label)
Acrylic Paint- DecoArt Matte Metallics in Pewter and DecoArt Media Fluid in Carbon Black (used on the label and metal ring at the top of the bottle) and Acryla Gouache in Primary White (for the highlights on the bottle)
Colored Pencils- Faber-Castell Polychromos in Burnt Ochre, Raw Umber, Walnut Brown, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey V, Dark Indigo, Black and White
Copic Markers- E21, E23, E25, E51, E53, YR000, YR20, BV000, BV01, BV04, B000, B00, B02, C1, C3,C5,C7 and BG90
Clear Wink of Stella

Paper Elements- American Crafts Spooky Boo! paper pad, EK success Sticko Halloween stickers and other miscellaneous papers from my stash.

Dies and Punches- Top Note Die (?), Large Cross-Stitched Rectangle by Lawn Fawn, and Fiskars Postage Stamp Edge Punch.

I truly had fun making this card and challenging myself to color the glass jar as realistically as I could. Also mixing it up with a variety of coloring products was a great change of pace.  I hope you give it a try.  Coloring glass can be one of the most difficult things to color, but fun too once you begin to master it. If you are still reading down here (congratulations!), shoot me a comment, I'd love to hear from you! 

If you enjoyed this card, please visit my Instagram account where all my cards get posted.  I am jktaylor911.  Also take a look at wittandsassstampco on Instagram where you'll find lots of inspiration from the other designers. 
Witt & Sass has a daily blog with all the DT cards throughout the month and lots of W & S information.  We also post our creations on the Witt & Sass Facebook page (there's so much goodness out there for you to learn and enjoy). 

Wishing you blessings and spooktacular crafting,


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

My Crafting Arm is Killing Me!!

Just a quick note to let my followers know I am having some elbow surgery on my R arm this Wednesday, August 29th.  What that means is no crafting or cardmaking for at least 3 weeks.  And definitely no blogging on the computer!  So when you wonder why I'm so quiet and not posting projects...well, that is why.  Hopefully after 3 weeks I'll be good to go, or I may need physical therapy first.  Not sure, I'll cross that bridge as it comes.  But don't think I'm gone altogether, just a few weeks.  And I believe Amy Purdie has it all figured out for Witt & Sass (perhaps a guest designer while I'm gone?).  But seriously, Amy couldn't have been more supportive and understanding.  She treats her DT so well.  I am truly blessed!

So come back in about 3 weeks or so and see if I'm back.  I know Amy's got some great fall treats in store for y'all.  So it's not goodbye, it's "I'll see you again soon!"

As always, blessings to you and happy crafting,

Jill ✂🏥

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