Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

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 ✂🏥

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch - You are Beautiful, You Amaze Me Shaker card

Hello again!  Welcome back to my blog.  Today I have something very special to show you.  I made it for the Witt & Sass launch of the "You Are Beautiful" stamp set.  My card is sparkly, it's shiney, it's elegant, it's pink and gold, and it's floral!!  AND it's a shaker card!  What could be better than that?  I know, it's very girlie, girl... but I'm sorta that way, so I do love it for a change of pace.  Warning- this did take me quite some time to make (but I'm not known for my card-making speed!)  For me, the key to making this lovely card, aside from the great stamps and layered stencils from Witt & Sass, is Gina K's Wreath Builder Stencil.  I used the smaller stencil and my MISTI to achieve this nice round/balanced wreath.  To make this card, I used two products from Witt & Sass:  the You are Beautiful stamp set and the Layered Stencil Floral.
How I made this card:

I started by first stamping the wreath using the largest floral cluster and the largest single flower stamp in the set.  I used the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Stencil to help me position my stamps and stamp them in a circle.  I started with the largest floral cluster and stamped it twice on opposite sides of the cardstock.  I then created two masks of each end of the floral cluster, so I could stamp the large single flower in the two gaps, but it overlapped a bit, so that's where the masks came in handy.  I stamped the other flower into the gaps, then I used the tiny flower trios in the stamp set to fill in any areas that looked a bit barren.  I set this aside to work on my background paper so I would know what colors to use when I colored my wreath.

For the background paper I found this lovely pink 6 x 6 paper that had some variation in color to it.  Not quite ombre, maybe closer to a watercolor look.  I decided to use the Layered Stencil Floral on it from W & S in slightly darker pinks than the paper (but I did not want it bold).  I started by using the floral stencil's solid flower shape and used Distress Ink, Spun Sugar on both the large and small floral shapes.  Next I shifted the stencil so that the stencil flower petals lined up with what I just colored.  I started with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pink Flambe' on a rag and rubbed it in.  It needed additional color, so I grabbed my Distress Oxide Ink in Picked Raspberry and very gently pounced it on with my mini ink blending tool.  Once a section was done, I quickly ran over to my embossing station and put some Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder over the freshly inked flowers and heat set it.  I repeated those steps until my entire pink paper was done.  I then trimmed it down to 5.75" on both sides, as I didn't want my card to exceed 6" on any side. 

I returned to my floral wreath and practiced colors on a scratch piece of paper before I just dove in.  I wanted 3 colors of roses, one matching the background paper, the other two variations of pink.  I also wanted 1-2 flowers between any same color flower.  Fortunately the numbers of flowers worked!  I started by coloring all the same color flowers first with my Copic markers (I used a 3 color combination on them- but did I remember to write down which ones?  Yikes!  The answer is no 😞
(that's something I have to work on before I clean up my space!)  Anyhow, then I colored the leaves, again I masked a few areas and tucked in some leaves from the large single rose where I thought it needed more for balance.  I used 3 Copic markers in the BG family, then used C5 to make the leaf crease down the center.  I colored the small dainty flowers a deep red, then went around with my Sakura Jelly Roll pen in Clear Star to the centers of all the flowers in the wreath.  Then I used Clear Wink of Stella on all the roses.  Last, I decided to heat emboss the 3 small circle clusters as a single stamp from the You are Beautiful stamp set.  I didn't want them to be too overbearing, so I only stamped them 3 times with Versamark ink, then used my Stampin' Up! Gold Embossing Powder.  I trimmed my wreath cardstock to 4" x 4", rounding the two bottom corners.  I then went about fussy cutting the inside of my wreath using my handy #11 Penblade (the yellow, pointed one).

I placed my wreath cardstock onto the pink background to where I liked how the background flowers showed and left enough reveal on all sides.  I cut down my pink layer a bit more and rounded the bottom  two corners.  

Very Important step:  If you secure your bow with a brad, do it now before proceeding any further, or it may be impossible to use a brad at all!  I made a 3 piece bow from some Stampin' Up! ribbon I had that matched my card nicely.  I made a hole through all 3 pieces of ribbon with my pokey tool, put the brad through it, then poked a hole about 1/4" from the top of my floral wreath, in the middle and pushed my brad through the hole and opened the legs on the back side to secure.

Next I picked out some foiled white cardstock from DCWV to frame and support my pink paper (it was not the heaviest of papers and I was making a shaker card, so I wanted more rigidity).  That layer ended up being 5.75" x 5.5" (well below my 6" max.).  It also brought out the gold elements in my card.  I then adhered that to my card base, that was a top folding card of 11" x 5.75" total (I wanted not to have to cut into a 12" x 12" piece of my cardstock, I prefer using my 8.5" x 11" cardstock for my card bases.)

Next I lined up my wreath paper onto the pink paper, then marked very lightly in pencil the corners.  This would help me when I finally adhere my wreath paper onto the pink paper.  Next I marked a few points of the inside of the wreath onto the pink paper, then removed the wreath paper and drew a very light almost round circle.  I would eventually add my adhesive foam tape around my marked pencil line, ensuring  none of the tape would show.  But first I needed a piece of acetate for my shaker window.  I decided to use one of the floral stamp's sentiment on the acetate.  It just barely fit! So that I got the sentiment centered, I went ahead and glued the acetate in place on the backside of the floral frame.  Once secure, I stamped the sentiment inside the middle of the wreath, using the help of my MISTI for perfect positioning and no slipping around with the ink.  I used Ranger's Archival black ink and did double stamp it to make it darker (not a problem when you use a great stamp positioner!)  I set it aside to dry, while I made my shaker element.

I used Scotch 3M foam adhesive tape around the circle I had drawn on the pink paper.  I decided to make it double think for more dimension and room for more goodies inside the shaker.  I carefully used an antistatic tool along the inside of the tape ring so that my shaker elements wouldn't stick to it.  I used several products on the inside, all light pink, gold, white, holographic/rainbow, and a few tiny hexagons in those colors and a few blueish-green ones that matched the leaves and ribbon on the wreath.  I also used a few pink gem stickers from DCWV inside and outside on the pink paper.  I feel that a few elements glued in place inside the shaker helps keep all the shaker elements from falling to the bottom (unless that's what you want, of course!).  So once all the shaker bits were added...drum roll please... I very carefully laid down my wreath paper onto the foam adhesive ring (using my corner markers as a guide.  One thing I forgot to do was put more double thick foam tape around the rest of my wreath paper.  The edges sagged a bit.  I had to fix it.  I very carefully cut the foam tape lengthwise in half and measured approximately the length I needed.  I stacked them up double, removed the release tape and gently wedged them in place along the outside edges.  Harder to do this way than to have had it done before I placed the wreath paper down, but you can't tell the difference, so only you and I know!!  
Last, I chose 6 of the shaker elements and glued them to the pink paper, 3 each on opposite corners.  Now, finally, this card is done.  Though a little time consuming, I love how it came out, I hope you do too!  I can't help myself but shake my card around and look at all the pretties inside!  
Thank you for visiting my blog (this one more lengthy than usual), I know!  I hope to see some of your shaker creations using Witt & Sass products.  Remember if you are following a challenge from an order you received from W & S, use #wscardchallenge on Instagram so we can see what you create.
To see other Witt & Sass Design Team creations, go to the  
Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first) or check Instagram at @wittandsassstampco.  Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about  W & S, some of it quite funny!  Their website is:   https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/  
Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at: 

**For your convenience, I've linked the W & S products to the store and linked to the various social media platforms as well!**

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!

Thanks again, and happy crafting!!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Witt & Sass Launch - Designer Cupcake with Candy Sprinkles

Welcome Sassies & fellow crafters and welcome Friday!!  Today will conclude our week of the Designer Cupcake here at Witt & Sass.  What a fabulous stamp set, and so versatile (you'll have realized this if you have been following Witt & Sass's Design Team share their card creations with this stamp set all week).  This is card #2 for me (and my favorite)!  Products used on this card include:  Designer Cupcake stamp and Layered Stencil Dots.
How I made this card:

I started off with a teal colored ombre paper that I used the W & S Layered Stencil Dots on with my Distress Oxide inks.  I used several colors and overlapped the different sized circles, then set it aside to dry.  Next I stamped my plain cupcake in Antique Linen Distress Ink so I could do a little "no -line coloring.  I started with my Copics, then added additional details and highlights with my Polychromos colored Pencils.  I then stamped the strawberry on another piece of card stock, colored it, then fussy cut it out.  I also fussy cut my cupcake out as well.  I decided to use die cut elements from my Blueprints 26 die from MFTs.  I used the balloon, the words "happy & Birthday" and a small bow.  

I decided to die cut some of the card elements from paper I found in one of my 12 x 12 paper packs from DCWV.  This one was actually for DIY projects, mostly mini albums, but I liked the paper so I used it!  The balloon is cut from a very thick, colored vellum that looks very much like the texture of the bokeh dot background I had made.  I also die cut the word "Birthday" from that paper pack as well.  For the "happy" and the cupcake bow, I used a foiled cardstock from a 6 x 6 DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock stack (white with gold foil dots) as the card needed some light/brighter elements.  I die cut the "happy" three times and glued them together for a slightly more raised, less fragile look to the word die cut.

With everything cut and colored, I arranged the elements onto my colored background.  I decided to cut down the width of the colored piece so that I could mount it to a standard white top-folding A2 card base and have the white show on both sides of the card.  I also decided to cut my die cuts to overlap onto those white edges, I like that effect.  Since the "happy" was in front of the balloon element, that was where I strategically placed my adhesive for the vellum balloon, so it wouldn't show.  I also decided to pop up the "Birthday" sentiment strip as well, to give the card more dimension.  I cut a slit in the top of my cupcake icing so that the base of my strawberry would disappear into the frosting.  

It was at this point I decided I needed some additional shine and dimension to my card.  I grabbed my strawberry and loaded on a thick layer of Glossy Accents onto it and set it aside to dry (overnight).  I then stamped the elongated sprinkles onto my cupcake then chose 3 coordinating colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops and somewhat randomly filled in the candy elements with the very dimensional and opaque Nuvo Drops.  I set that aside to dry overnight as well.  The next day, I assembled my card and lastly grabbed a piece of natural hemp twine and tied it to the balloon, placing a glue dot underneath to keep the twine from loosening up.  I also coated parts of the twine with clear drying glue so it would keep it's shape and adhere to the paper.  The final touch was the tiny white/gold bow (same paper as the "happy" die cut) and enamel dot that I adhered to the cupcake!

I hope you enjoyed my card, it was really fun to make!  I also realized that I love how the Nuvo
Drops look and that I don't use them enough in my card-making (especially since I just HAD to have so many colors!)   So remember to look around your craft space for embellishments you've not used in a while - you'll probably come to the same realization I did... "why don't I use these more?"                                                               

To see other Witt & Sass Design Team creations, go to the  Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first) or check Instagram at @wittandsassstampco.  Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about  W & S, some of it quite funny!  Their website is:   https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/    
Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at: 

**For your convenience, I've linked the W & S products to the store and linked to the various social media platforms as well!**

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!

Thank you for visiting me and to all you Leo's out there - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy crafting and bless you all,


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Creative Escape Papercrafting August Kit, card #4 Flowery goodness

Welcome back to my blog friends and crafters.  If you've already seen some cards from CEP's August Kit, (including my own!) hold onto your markers and colored pencils, cuz this one came out nice, really nice!  Mind you it did take longer to make, and I was using some products I'd never used before (the Vicki Boutin Art Crayon and Iridescent glaze).  So here it is:

Products I used are: (those in red from the August Kit).

Vicki Boutin All the Good Things stamps and Dies

Altenew Stencil - Half Tone

Concord & 9th Petals and Pallets stamp/die

Vicki Boutin Art Crayon (green)

Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze

Distress Oxide Ink:  Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain

Copic Sketch Marker R20

Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils (36 ct.)
    Mid Cadmium Red
    Deep Scarlet Red
    Rose Carmine

Tim Holtz idea-ology Cutout Floral Cling Foam stamps

Distress Crayon in Dried Marigold

Tombow Dual Brush Marker #243 (Mint Green Color)

White Heavy Weight cardstock

Light Grey and Charcoal Cardstock

Butterfly from Jen Hadfield "My Bright Life" foiled ephemera piece

How I made it:

I started by preparing the iridescent glaze for stenciling.  I scribbled a moderate amount of the green VB Art Crayon onto a stamping block then added maybe a teaspoon (or less) of the glaze and mixed it up to give me this beautiful mint green color.  I used the Altenew Half Tone stencil I bought from CEP and taped it to the light grey cardstock from the backside.  I then spread out the green glaze I had made but left the edges imperfect.  I set it aside to dry.
Next I stamped the flowers, using Memento London Fog on the rose and Lawn Fawn's Chili Pepper from the kit for the other flowers. First I colored the rose in R20 Copic marker, just leaving what would be the lightest parts of the flower white.  I then moved to using my FC Polychromos pencils.  Originally I picked out 6 colors, but as I started to color, I realized I only needed 3 + white.  Once done coloring, I used some clear Wink Of Stella on the lightest parts of the flower. 
For the other flowers, I decided to first color them with the VB glaze, but instead of green, I used a Distress Crayon in Dried Marigold mixed with the glaze.  I used it full strength on the large flower, then diluted it with more water for the mid-size flower, and diluted it again for the smallest of flowers and only used it in the center and curled tips of flower petals.  I wanted them all to look slightly different from one another, yet clearly grown from the same garden!  I decided once the glaze was dry (didn't take long) to add some color with the same FC Polychromos pencil colors as the rose.  I used it for shading near the centers of the flowers.  I also used a yellow glitter pen for some of the details in the center of the largest and middle sized flowers.  Once the coloring was done, I die cut everything out with their matching dies.
It was at this point that I decided to make a wood pallet from Concord & 9th's Petals and Pallets stamp/die set.  I stamped the long wood planks in Distress Oxide Ink- Gathered Twigs, die cut them out with the matching die, then I wet a paint brush and loosely spread out the color.  To finish it off, I grabbed my Distress Oxide Ink in Walnut Stain and added darker areas where it seemed logical.  Next I adhered the plank to the left side of my stenciled cardstock.  As I was arranging the flowers, I really felt that I needed leaves to have it look right.  I used the leaves from the C & 9th Petals and Pallets because they looked like rose petals to me.  I rubbed off more color from the green Art Crayon onto my block, then just added water (not too much).  I then used my paint brush to brush the color onto the leaf stamp and stamp it onto some plain white cardstock.  I loved how they came out.  I ended up using three of them (I fussy cut them out).  The other two leaves I stamped in similar fashion but they were flat cling foam stamps from Tim Holtz idea-ology called Cutout Floral.  I decided to add some detail to the leaves by using my Tombow markers in just a slightly darker color than the leaf.  I fussy cut those as well.
OK, it's showtime!  I placed all the elements where I wanted them, then grabbed some Press-n-Seal and pressed the sticky side down so I could lift off the arrangement just as it was.  Then starting with the top most layers, I glued each piece down on my pallet area.  I did decide to pop up the rose as I wanted her to stand out the most.  Once everything was adhered, I grabbed the cute butterfly from the ephemera pack and glued one half down and placed some foam adhesive behind the other wing to keep it at the desired angle.  I trimmed my card panel to 5.25" x 4" and centered it on the provided charcoal cardstock.  I then adhered that to my top folding heavy white cardbase.   Voile', my card was done!
As you can see there is a lot of sheen from the glaze, both on the stenciled dots and the flower petals (I love it!)

I hope you enjoyed my card and how I used the Vicki Boutin products.  More to come! 
Please visit CEP's Facebook page for lots of inspiration from the Design Team and all things CEP. 

Also check out the store, as their stock of products is growing at https://creativeescapepapercrafting.com/

However, if you'd like to see more of my creations, come visit me on Instagram where I post all my cards.  I'm jktaylor911

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting my friends!


Witt &Sass Launch- Designer Cupcake Pic 1

Well hello my crafty friends, today I am sharing a card that I designed for the Witt & Sass release of their Designer Cupcake stamp set I had so much fun with this set that I made 2 cards.  The other one will be posted on Friday, 8/24.  I like this card a lot, but I saved the best for last!
For this birthday card I started by stamping the main cupcake image in black Amalgam ink from Gina K.  I then restamped the bottom of the cupcake on some mint green patterned paper with stars with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I used a combination of Distress Inks and Prisma Colored Pencils to create this fairly realistic looking cupcake wrapper.  I fussy cut it and set it aside.  I masked my cupcake on my card panel and airbrushed the background lightly with some yellow, light blue, and light blue/green Copic markers (see picture).  I decided to use the candy trim piece in the stamp set in the background behind my cupcake, delineating the sky from the surface the cupcake was on.  I then grabbed my Tim Holtz "Rays" Layering Stencil and from above the candy trim piece I positioned my stencil and colored in the rays of light from yellow-orange, to yellow, to light yellow, to light blue to medium blue-green, and finally the medium/dark blue-green using my Copic markers and airbrushing the rays.  
I them masked everything from above the base of the candy trim and airbrushed that area below a light yellow-green, with giving a hint of a shadow by using a light greenish-tan to the right base of the cupcake.  I colored in the candy trim piece with Copic markers and added some shimmer by using some Wink of Stella clear to that area.  I colored in my cupcake's frosting and small area of cake showing with my Copic markers.  To help make the cupcake more sparkly (cuz sparkly is good!), I used my Nuvo Glue Pen to the highlighted areas of the frosting, then sprinkled some Hero Arts Prisma Glitter.  I love the effect!  Much more glittery in person.  I then grabbed the cupcake wrapper and glued it in place.  To make my candle, I stamped the candy trim again on a piece of scrap cardstock and colored it similarly to the strip in the background except that I made the blank area more greenish to go with the cupcake wrapper.  For the wick, I grabbed a medium thickness twine, colored it black then coated it with the Nuvo Glue Pen to both make it stiff and stick to my card.  For the flame, I drew a flame onto some white cardstock then traced that image onto some 40# vellum.  I fussy cut them both out.  I colored the cardstock piece with my Copic markers and then colored the back side of my vellum piece.  I first adhered the cardstock piece behind the "wick" then placed the vellum piece on top of the "wick."  Because the wick was not dry yet, the vellum stuck to it nicely.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the vellum flame for some shimmer.  Last I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Designer Cupcake stamp set underneath my cupcake in Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  I then colored in the "Birthday" word using my Sakura Gelly Roll pen in Clear Star (it is very shimmery).  Before I adhered my card panel to my base, I trimmed the card to be 4 inches wide so that I could add some trim to each side of the card.  I picked a somewhat neutral color stripe that coordinated nicely with the color of the frosting.  You notice it, but it's not so loud that it competes with the focal point of the card.  Once all the layers were adhered together, I grabbed some medium sized clear gems and glued them onto my card as shown.  That completes my Designer Cupcake card #1.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  There are so many options for your cupcake with this stamp set, I hope my card inspires you to give it a go!  I have linked all Witt & Sass products to the store and placed links to the social media sites as well.

To see other Witt & Sass Design Team creations, go to:
Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first) or

check Instagram at 

Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about W & S, some of it really funny!  Their website is


Also, don't miss out on all the Blog stuff, too.  You'll find that at: 

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!

Thank you for visiting me and to all you Leo's out there - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Happy crafting and bless you all,


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!


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