Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


 Hello my friends and followers.  Yet again my health is interfering with my card-making and I must slow down and let my body try to heal.  I felt I should share this as you won't find any recent card posts.  I'm hopeful to be able to return to Three Room Studio’s Design Team, I just don't know when.  So please check back every couple months.  I'm guessing I won't be back until sometime after the new year.  

Stay well and healthy, and have a wonderful holiday season!!


Friday, August 21, 2020


Well hello my "sketchy" friends!  I'm sharing my Three Room Studio Stamps Sketch Challenge card with you.  I'm sorry I posted my blog a couple days late, life happens, right?!!  For me it seems my health keeps getting in the way.  Be patient and hang with me!

The sketch challenge was actually last week at TRS.  I posted my card before the week was out, but am just now getting to my blog.  Here's a picture of the sketch we used to make our cards. 

As I contemplated my card design within these parameters, I was drawn to one of my favorite stamp sets, It's a Ponderful Life.  I just love the little frog stamp, so that's what I used for the centerpiece of my card.  Not just one frog, three frogs- because more is better, right?!  Here's a picture of my card and most of the items I used to color it. 
 First I die cut the panels that I would be using with my MFTs stitched rectangles dies.  I used #80 NSW for both the background and smaller frog panel.  The card base is #110 NSW, as is the "Just a Note" paper piece I cut by hand and colored with the Copic YR21 to match the card perfectly.
The background is made by ink blending Distress Oxide inks, beginning at the bottom with Evergreen Bough, then Broken China, and finally Salty Ocean at the top.  Leave plenty of room to overlap your colors for a smooth transition.  I then used my anti-static bag along where the horizontal line would be so that I would have a crisp embossing line once my panel was completely dry.  I generously used a small ink pad of Versamark directly to the paper while I held a sheet of copy paper in place for my line.  I then used Distress Embossing Glaze in Broken China to create a shiny, but darker side to the background panel (plus I just like to find ways to use the Distress Glaze, I love it!).  I then spattered lightly some Pearl Mica Spray by Wendy Vecchi.  
Next I went about coloring my three frogs that I stamped with my MISTI for perfect alignment.  I chose YR21, YG17 and BV04 as my mid-tone colors for the frogs, then used some lighter and darker tones of each to achieve some semblance of dimension.  I had a big Copic accident well into my coloring.  A big blob of green dropped onto the belly of my green frog.  So as you can see, that frog has spots!!  Luckily I was able to salvage the accident, though truly that frog looked better without the large spots.  I adhered my background panel to my white card base then used some foam tape to adhere my froggy panel.  I then stamped the sentiment on my prepared sentiment strip using the stamp set Simple Sentiments.  I used some snail adhesive on the back of the strip and a narrow strip of adhesive backed fun foam along the outside half of the sentiment strip so that it layed flat when placed along the edge of the frog panel.
That completes my card.  A pretty basic one this time.  In case you don't realize, these weekly challenges are not just for the Design Team, but for all fans of Three Room Studio.  So show off your stuff on Instagram using #trscardchallenge and on Facebook at Three Room Studio's Fourth Room.  We'd love to see your creations!  To see all my card creations, visit me on IG @jktaylor911.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I am truly grateful,


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Three Room Studio's 5th Birthday - Instagram Hop card

Hey there friends and crafters!
  Happy you found your way here.  Believe it or not, due to some health reasons, I had not posted on my blog for a while and as I was attempting to create this blog entry in Chrome (my usual browser) my blogger account was just gone!  It gave me some weird error message that I was unable to work around.  Finally, I decided to check another browser, and voila!!  I could suddenly access my account and get this blog done.  I was freaking out!!  I'm a bit rushed to get this posted in time, so forgive me if this post is not up to my usual standards.😅 If you are following along on the IG Hop, then you've just come from Sandy Allnock's post/blog.  Just my luck to follow such a great artist and creator.  I'm quite a fan of hers, so yeah... no comparison's please!!😆😏

My card for the IG Hop is one I created with Sandy Boone (TRS owner/illustrator) in mind.  So it had to be a birthday card!  I've not made a slimline format card before, so I thought this was a good time.  For this card I used 3 stamp sets from Three Room Studio.  The main image is from the YAY! stamp set, as well as some of the sentiments, I used the grasses stamps from It's a Ponderful Life, and the small dragonflies and a sentiment from the Believe in Fairies stamp set.  I also used a Happy Birthday sentiment from Concord and 9th.
For this card, I first stamped the woman image in Copic friendly ink.  I then went about Copic coloring the background.  I added the dark grass stamp in the foreground last to add depth and dimension to my picture.  Then I colored this fun lady.  I added some black dots to her top for interest.  I then worked on the frame.  I used a MFTs rectangle die that I had to partial die cut twice in order to make the opening so long.  Fortunately it worked out on my first attempt!  I then decided to ink blend the frame as well, using the colors of my picture as inspiration.  I used Distress Oxide Inks (from the top first), Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, (then from the bottom) Mowed Lawn all the way up and Peeled Paint just at the bottom over top of Mowed Lawn.  Using my MISTI I positioned the sentiments and stamped them in Versa Fine Clair ink (dark blue and green).

After looking at it and thinking something was missing, I added some pale grass to the bottom of the frame and two little flying dragonflies.  I also colored over the word Hooray! with a green glitter pen (but you can't see it in my pictures).

For the final step in this card, I chose a fun holographic cardstock from Simon Says Stamp to fill the space between my picture and the frame.  It really looks cool!  I also used some dimensional foam tape to the back of the frame (it made that holographic paper show up even better).

A close-up of my card:

I hope you enjoyed my card and all the other one's on this special IG Hop.  I believe your next stop is with the fabulous Erica A-B, @erica_cacacraft  back on IG.  Have a great day and don't forget to check out the TRS fan site on Facebook, Three Room Studio's Fourth Room for all things TRS!

Stay crafty my friends,


Saturday, April 25, 2020

TRS Instagram Hop - Fairy Love card

Hello my crafty friends!  I'm finally getting around to posting on my blog - for good reason, too.  Three Room Studio is hosting their first Instagram Hop on Saturday, April 25th.  If you are following along the hop, I'm sort of in the middle of the pack, after Sam- @samvandesigns.  I hope you are as blown away as I am not only on the fabulous stamps with this release, but the sheer talent in our group.  There are so many GREAT cards!!  The images are so great to color, which if you know me is sorta my jam.  My card could be viewed as a 2 for 1 deal.  The inside panel is just as nice as the outside panel and could be used for a card front by itself as well!  I didn't really intend on that when I started, it just sorta worked out that way.  Here is the front view of my card:

As you can see, this is a window card, but the window is open, no acetate.  So when you open the card it's the cute frog scene and a sentiment. 

Let's dive into how I made this card.  I started out with a standard A2 folded card base in Neenah Solar White and covered it with Altenew's Washi tape in Watercolor Nebula then die cut a square window in the front, with the card in landscape position.  The 2 stamp sets I used from this TRS new release were Believe in Fairies and It's a Ponderful Life.  I knew I wanted the fairy on the outside and the frog inside the window.  I decided the fairy would be made from 40 lb. vellum.  I first fussy cut her out, then I colored her from the back side first with Copic markers, then used some Prismacolor pencils on the front.  I felt like she needed to sparkle, so I used some Ranger Stickles Glitter Gel in Nebula on her wings, which caused them to curl forward just a bit when they dried.  I actually love that 3-D dimensional look. Then I used some liquid shimmer on her dress- Shimmer Stix by Imagine, which has like double the shimmer power of Wink of Stella.  I finished her off with a white colored pencil for highlighting. 
Next I created a stencil with the same square cut out of it.  I positioned it in the same place as the window, then temporarily adhered it to the inside panel.  First I stamped the frog, then masked him using Post it Notes with full adhesive.  Then I stamped the lily pad he was sitting on and masked that as well.  Then I lightly marked the water line and then did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks for the water and sky.  I then stamped the background grass from the frog stamp set, using MFTS Hybrid ink.  I added lighter and darker tones to the grass with my Copic markers so the grass had some depth to it.  I uncovered my frog and lily pad and Copic colored them.  Next I stamped the foreground grass in a very dark grey color, again to make it feel closer to you and give the scene depth and dimension.  Finally I removed my stencil and I just loved my little scene!  

Next I went back to the front of the card, used some vellum tape to secure my fairy along the left border of the window.  Next I used my Embossing Buddy to remove any static from my card front, then stamped the sentiments in my MISTI with SSS white Pigment ink, followed by some Ranger embossing powder in Silver Pearl.  Next I stamped the star clusters in the same ink but used Ranger's Iridescent embossing powder on them, for a little sparkle!  Last, I finished off the inside panel with some cattails, small dragonflies and a sentiment (all from the 2 TRS stamp sets)..

I hope you like my card and are enjoying our IG Hop!  In fact, just hop on over to Kevin's post @kevinbray10 and see what card design he came up with.  If you like what you see, don't forget to stop by the store - Three Room Studio, I believe the stamp sets are available for purchase.  We also have a Facebook page called, Three Room Studio's Fourth Room.  There you can catch all the DT cards, the weekly challenges, and even post your own creations (we love that) or just post to IG at #trscardchallenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- be safe, be well, and happy crafting (a safe activity, yay!),


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

TRS Coffee "Full set Syndrome."

Welcome to the new week and all the Coronavirus madness!  I hope you all are taking full advantage of this social isolation by digging into your crafting!  What better way to stay safe, right??  Well, I decided I was not happy with my previous coffee cards and wanted to redeem myself.  So I think I hit a home run, or at least close to it.  I combined stamp sets Awesome Coffee with Retail Therapy and came up with this:

Using my MISTI, I centered then stamped the coffee cup in front.  I then created a 2-piece mask with Mask It.  I probably could have made a single mask, but I was considering a pattern on the mugs.  An idea I later scrapped.  I masked over the full cup first, then stamped the cups on either side, moved the mask over to the second position and stamped the right outside cup, then moved the mask to the second position on the left, and stamped the last cup on the left.  Easy peasy! Once that was done I began my Copic coloring.  I first colored with 3 color family markers for the shading for each of the five cups.  After I colored the lids, I felt the shading was a bit understated.  So I added C3 and C5 to the cup's shaded areas (depending on the cup color).  I added a little white colored pencil details to the lids as well.  I then stamped and masked the coffee bean rings onto the cups with some MFTs Hybrid ink in Hot Fudge, then stamped the main sentiment in MFTs Hybrid ink in Steel Grey.  I then die cut a banner from MFTs Blueprint Sketch and white heat-embossed the smaller sentiment on some shimmery, Black Pearl cardstock by Crafter's Companion.  I then trimmed my card panel to 4.25" x 5.0"and mounted my card panel to the same Black Pearl cardstock for my card base. 
I hope you enjoyed my card, poking a little fun at one our crafter's neuroses!  Stay safe and healthy.  Stay indoors and craft more during this difficult time.  God bless you and thank you for stopping by.  Don't forget to visit https://threeroomstudio.com to shop, or click on the blog for all things TRS.  We have a FB page called "Three Room Studio's Fourth Room" for the design team and TRS fans to post their creations.  We'd love to see what you make!


Thursday, March 12, 2020

TRS Photo Inspiration Challenge card for March

 Thank you for visiting my blog!  I made a very different type of card this time- using patterned paper and paper piecing for this challenge. Here's a picture of the Photo Inspiration for this challenge (see right).       

I've watched a few other card makers do this technique recently, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here's what I came up with:

I used stamps from TRS- Moving Sentiments.  The paper pack that I used is from Echo Park, a 6x6 pad called Celebrate Autumn by Lori Whitlock.  I chose it because it had patterns that I liked and would work well with my design concept, and they were the right colors, of course!  First I selected the papers for the background wall and floor, cut them to size and adhered them to my card panel.  I then cut a narrow strip of white card stock to be base board for my wall.  I then went about stamping the boxes and potted plant onto the tan fabric-like paper, then did some Copic coloring on top of it.  The paper was light enough that the potted plant colors worked well on it.  The boxes I colored shadows for dimension and colored the tape and tape dispenser.  I did stamp on white card stock for the lamp and the cat, as I needed some lighter colors to balance out the card.  I Copic colored those as well.  I then fussy cut everything, then arranged them to my liking.  I decided to use some foam squares behind the boxes only to achieve a dimensional look.  The other pieces are adhered directly onto the paper.  Next I heat embossed the sentiment in Copper embossing powder from Stampin' Up!  I tried a few different colors, but felt the copper was the most complimentary.  Last, I cut my completed panel down to 4" x 5.5" and adhered it to a top folding white A2 card base, allowing the white to show along the sides of the card, again to coordinate with the white strip on the card.  This was a pretty fast card to put together, and I must say that I am surprised how much I enjoyed making it, and I love all the coordinating colors.  I do think that this set lends itself to paper piecing well.  I hope you give it a try... use up some of that patterned paper I know we all have!  If you are so inclined, come play along with us and the TRS challenges.  Visit Three Room Studio's Blog for all the details and post your creations using TRS stamps to Instagram at #trscardchallenge or on Facebook at Three Room Studio's Fourth Room.  You can also see all the DT cards in those locations as well.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Awesome Coffee Cards

Hello crafters, thanks for visiting my blog.  March has arrived in Montana and we are seeing some lovely spring weather (and the snow is almost gone already- except in the high mountains of course!)  We here at the TRS design team are making coffee themed cards using the new stamp set, Awesome Coffee.  Though the weather seems to be shifting, I still want my coffee hot, so my cards reflect that!  I made two cards because I made an alcohol ink rainbow background on Yupo paper and cut it in half for two backgrounds.  Here are my cards:

The first card I made by stamping the coffee cup and sleeve onto some mottled light tan card stock from my stash, that I also used for the card base.  I used the "kissing" technique to transfer a stamp pattern onto the sleeve, then stamped the sentiment shadow in a darker shade of teal, then stamped and embossed the sentiment in black.  I used my Copic markers to create shading, then I fussy cut out the image.  Next I die cut the background Yupo paper using a Deckle die from Spellbinders.  I foiled the next layer.  It is a toner graphic image on card stock by Creative Vision Stamps called Foilables.  There are several patterns to choose from.  I foiled this one using bright blue foil.  I adhered the layers, drew in the surface the cup was on, and stamped the 4 point stars in the stamp set in purple, then placed light purple gems from Hero Arts in the centers.

For the second card, I started by stamping then embossing the coffee bean rings.  I arranged them like a rainbow.  Next I stamped the coffee cup and sleeve on two different patterned papers from the 6 x 6 bundle called Lively by Authentique.  Again I used some light brown Copic markers to create the shading on both elements after I had stamped the sentiment and shadow.  I then fussy cut both out. Next I stamped the coffee cup lid on shimmery black card stock in Versamark ink, then used some silver embossing powder, heat set it, then fussy cut it out.  I adhered all 3 pieces together, then used some dimensional foam squares to pop the cup up off the Yupo panel.  Next I die cut a frame from MFTs in white, then adhered those pieces onto a layer of orange card stock, then adhered that to a white A2 top folding card base. 

These cards were pretty quick and simple to make, since my cards are usually more complex with lots of Copic coloring or water-coloring, which takes more time.  I'm enjoying the paper piecing that I've done on my last couple of cards.  It's a good way to use up your scraps or just use the loads of patterned paper we all have laying around.  Plus it looks pretty cool too and saves time!  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Don't forget you can join in on our theme if you have the Awesome Coffee stamp set only available at the Three Room Studio website.  Post your creations on IG using #trscardchallenge or post on FB at Three Room Studio's Fourth Room.  You'll also have the opportunity to see the other DT cards while you visit the sites.

Come see me again soon with my next post.  I really appreciate you visiting.  Hopefully I help your creative process as well. 

Craft creatively my friends!


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!


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