Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor
Jill Taylor

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,


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