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In & Out of Studio 3D
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Beach Scene
Now Playing: 6 beach collages for the guest room
Topic: Some Backlog

Some time ago, I bought some very cheap frames without glass and kept them around for quite awhile without any ideas for using them. Then I redecorated a guest bedroom with an 'at the seashore' theme and decided to make collages using those frames.

For backgrounds I used wavy corrugated cardstock, paua shell scrapbook paper and sandpaper. I added seashells, coral, and agates I had collected on various beaches. Each collage got one gold whale button as an accent.


The set looks nice hanging in grid formation above the head of the bed.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 30 July 2007
More Wild in Oregon
Now Playing: non-bird visitors and residents of my backyard
Topic: Other Hobbies

As promised, here's a list of animals that hang out or pass through our back yard:





Garter Snakes



Black-tail deer

Red Fox



Cottontail Rabbits


Ground Squirrels




Green Tree Frogs

Oregon Newts


Yep, It's WILD outside!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007 1:10 PM PDT
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Wild in Oregon
Now Playing: birdwatching in my backyard
Topic: Other Hobbies

There is a certain fascination with birds, and I watch for different ones wherever I go. Around my own area I log in my copy of Familiar Birds of the Northwest (Harry B Nehls) with the date, location, and something about their activities. I log each bird only once - the first sighting.

We have just over 2 1/3 acres of countryside with a creek, scrub, conifers, fruit trees, pasture, some hardwoods, and 200 feet of the Oregon Trail. On this property, since moving here in 1989, I have observed (*most common marked by stars):

*Great Blue Heron


Turkey Vulture

Sharp-shinned Hawk

*Red-tailed Hawk

Blue Grouse

*California Quail

Ring-necked Pheasant


*Mourning Dove

Short-eared Owl

*Rufous Hummingbird

*Red-shafted Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

*Downy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Williamson's Sapsucker

Ash-throated Flycatcher

*Stellar's Jay

*Scrub Jay

*Common Crow

Black-capped Chickadee


*Varied Thrush

*American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

*House Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Western Tanager

American Goldfinch

*House Finch

Rufous-sided Towhee

*Oregon Junco

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Barn Swallows


More wildlife tomorrow!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007 1:11 PM PDT
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Sitiching Geometrics
Now Playing: variety is the spice of life
Topic: New Work

An on-line group member translated an old string-art pattern to make this one for stitching. I stitched it three times, once with verigated thread, once with metallic, and one only stitching a portion of the pattern.


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 27 July 2007
Using Illustration Methods on Cards
Now Playing: floating acrylics to colorize pen-and-ink
Topic: Some Backlog

One one of my trips to Pittsburgh for shared papercrafts classes one of the ladies taught us to 'float' acrylics on pen and ink drawings. We transfered the provided drawings onto watercolor paper using graphite paper and then used permanent black ink to trace over. After erasing the graphite we used thinned acrylics to apply color washes wet-in-wet.

This is the card I made:


In this case, we made a second image of part of the flower and mounted it 3D. 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 July 2007
String Art Into Stitching Cards
Now Playing: architecture has me in stitches
Topic: New Work

This stitching card is a re-design of a string-art pattern from the 70's. I picked up one of those old pamphlets, with three patterns in it, from a used book store. The pamphlet has odd paintings of historic houses over which one was supposed to stitch. They are all big enough to mount as 8 1/2 x 11 inch wall art.

Unfortunately, they are all designed with strings of bright blue, red, yellow, and green. YUK! So I reduced the pattern down to fit on cards and changed the colors to soft versions of the originals. I like to do them up on watercolor paper.

The pamphlet is still under copyright (more pity to the original artist) so I cannot share the patterns.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Sitting Pretty
Now Playing: Stitched Card
Topic: New Work

I finished this card last night. The threads are gold and green metallic Sulky. Cardstock is cream embossed mounted over blue over more cream embossed over metallic green. The bird is cut from a calendar page and given a branch made of the twisted paper handle of a shopping bag. A little dot of glitter glue gives him the sparkle in his eye.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Christmas Cards Already?
Now Playing: two stitched cards
Topic: New Work

While traveling recently I stitched up a couple of Christmas cards. These are from my own design. Both are stitched with a single strand of rayon embroidery thread. One uses red 'tinsel' and star sequins and green beads. The other uses gold metallic Sulky for the tinsel and finishes off with red beads.



Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 23 July 2007
Open Wide
Now Playing: Pick and eat dinner
Topic: Other Hobbies

My husband fancies me a gardener. However, I grow nothing successfully as far as houseplants (including cactus), or landscaping. I'm also the only person alive who cannot grow zucchini!

A few years ago, said hubby brought in several half-barrels and filled them up with good garden mix. I have a modicum of success growing a few garden vegetables each summer - except any kind of squash or melon. This year I added some little pots with herbs.

Here's the lineup this year: carrots, yellow onions, green onions, sweet peas, parsley, sage, beets, green beans, rosemary, radishes, thyme, beefsteak tomatos, cherry tomatos, marjoram, cucumbers, basil, spinach, and lettuce. The radishes and spinach are starting in on their second crop.


Yum Yum!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Another mini-scrapbook
Now Playing: Build your own mini-scrapbook
Topic: New Work

Here's a little scrapbook I made up but have not decorated or used yet. The instructions are from Craft TV Weekly (http://www.crafttvweekly.com/player.html?wid=94.) You finish with 18 surfaces on which to use decorations and photos (including front and back covers.)

Here it is closed and tied - front cover


Untie the ribbon and open out the left and right front flaps to get this


And the fully expanded scrapbook.


I think I'll be baking lots of these little books.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Make Your Own Supplies and How to Use Them
Now Playing: inspiration galore
Topic: Web resources

Sometimes you'd like to try out a papercrafts technique but don't have 'just' the right supplies? Someone else has already been there and come up with a way to MakeYourOwn! On the site for the Rubber Stamps Club (http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/make-your-own.html) contributors have given recipes for: colorwash, rub-and-buff, mock mulberry paper, dye inks, embossible inks, shadow stamps, magic mesh, no-wax seals, puffy paint, shimmer spray, envelope glue, stamp cleaner, blender pen refill, and embossing fluid.

You'll also find instructions for gift bags, handmade paper, tissue paper envelopes, a tye-dye stamped t-shirt, antiqued paper, and MORE.

When you get done scooping up all these ideas, scroll back up to the top of their list and click on 'tips and techniques home'. BINGO! A list of over 140 (and growing) categories for stamping tips and techniques! Delving into any one of these brings up multiple examples with complete instructions.

Need MORE inspiration? Scroll back up the page to the main index and click on 'Rubber Stamp Art Gallery'. You can then click on the calendar for any month back to 2001 and view the work of their artist of the month contest winner and several others. Their work all includes complete instructions and, when appropriate, links back to the tips and techniques pages. You can get LOST in here!

If you become a member ($6 per year) they will let you play along with them in the contests and view other areas of the site. Go enjoy!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:38 AM PDT
Friday, 20 July 2007
Ittsy Bittsy Bits to Print
Now Playing: print it, cut it, use it
Topic: Web resources

What a fun little site this is! Jim's Printable Minis (http://www.printmini.com/printables/pp.shtml) is a delightful collection of everyday items in PlayScale (1:6), 1 inch scale (1:12), 1/2 inch scale (1:24) and 1/4 inch scale (1:48). If you are not a miniaturist the scale 1:6 means each inch on the model is equal to 6 inches on the full size item.

These items are designed for use in dollhouses and other miniature setups, but imagine the fun of using them in collage and on cards!

Rove through and scoop up a pirate treasure map, movie posters, covers for itty-bitty leather-bound books, nearly microscopic seed packets, legal documents (talk about your 'fine print'), and blueprints! Want more? Go for the eye chart, speed signs (what fun for a 'milestone' birthday card), 1800s tin types, popular board games, or a dollhouse for your dollhouse!

Oh, this is just too much fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 July 2007
A New Tag Book
Now Playing: common materials make elegant projects
Topic: New Work

One more project from the Pittsburgh trip. This tag book is made from legal envelopes! There's LOTS of cutting and pasting which is why I only got a card made (a single panel) in class and brought the rest of the parts home to finish.

This is the extended view:


Here is a closeup of one spread:


I haven't decorated the tags yet as I'm not sure how I am going to finish it. It has a masculine feel so I may go with that or a 'homespun' theme. The tags will get punched and fibers added as pulls.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Last Week's Creations
Now Playing: Projects completed from lessons in Pittsburgh
Topic: New Work

As promised, here are some of the projects we completed while in Pittsburgh at our papercrafts retreat.

 Beaded Spirelli:

Floral Punch:

 Folded Butterflies and Envelopes:

 Origami Top:

Torn Spotlight Stamping (this was one class I taught):

Challenge Card (everyone started with the same 8 items - a quilled ducky, a square paper doily, a sheet of round silver stickers, a decorated button on a square card, a feather, a silk rose, a piece of floral ribbon, and two decorative paper clips. We had to use at least 5 on our card, plus anything else we had in our stash of supplies.):

I don't have photos of all the other stuff we made last week, but we were busy from 9:30 am to 10 pm as a group and then went to our rooms and kept playing! We took an hour for early dinner but the rest of the two days was class after class. We took one day for shopping (craft and stamp stores).

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:20 AM PDT
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Classy Act
Now Playing: sharing classwork completed by my friends
Topic: Field Trip

One of the classes I taught to my friends in Pittsburgh was the microscope slide necklace/pin from my website page at http://mystudio3d.com/SlidePin.htm  

Here are the results from the 8 ladies (myself included):



Now who wouldn't be proud to wear any one of these beautiful jewelry pieces?

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 16 July 2007
More Fun Tools to Own
Now Playing: great cornering techniques
Topic: Supplies

I really like these plastic corner templates by Paper Deckle. They are laid upon the card or othe page and traced around. Cutting along the lines creates extremely elegant corners. There are 6 templates and they are available at: http://www.franticstamper.com/tools.htm

Here is one of the 6 templates:


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Inspired by Local Arts
Now Playing: view art performances
Topic: Field Trip

Today I'll be going to the First City Arts Faire in Oregon City (where I live).I thought I'd inspire you with some art from the web. I have always been fascinated by the sand painting artists featured on YouTube. Here's a link where you can go to view a bunch of them. Totally mesmerizing!


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 July 2007
A Project for YOU!
Now Playing: Make a business card holder
Topic: Web resources

How do you carry your business cards? Don't you think an artist ought to carry them in an artistic way?

This fellow designed a card holder to be made out of a large paint chip from the paint or hardware store. http://www.designverb.com/2006/11/12/paint-chip-card-holder

This original posting is for a non-regulation business card but a later note in his blog says "for the regular business cards, expand 'A' on the template to 2.5 inches and lower the red line some."

Now you can have a whole wardwobe of card holders!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 13 July 2007
Good Food
Now Playing: sharing from my recipe files
Topic: Other Hobbies

Are you going to be entertaining this summer - or have you been asked to bring a dish for a get-together? My son gave me this recipe for a spicy relish to be eaten as a dip with tortilla chips. Oh Yeah! This is good!


2 15-oz cans black eyed peas

1 15-oz can black beans

1 15-oz can yellow niblet corn

2 small cans chopped green chilies

1 15-oz can white shoe peg corn

1 16-oz bottle Italian dressing

1 bunch spring onions, chopped

1 bell pepper, deseeded and chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, deseeded and chopped.

3 tomatoes, chopped

Drain & rinse all wet ingredients, combine with chopped ingredients. Pour in dressing and mix well. Marinate at least overnight. Drain and serve with tortilla chips. Makes 3 to 3.5 quarts.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Listen While You Work
Now Playing: background for the working artist
Topic: In the studio

So, what do you listen to while you're crafting? I have a little stereo in my studio where I cycle through a variety of things.

There's always the radio - set to a local Christian music, oldies, or jazz station.

Books on tape, CD or MP3 are favorite listening, too. I love reading, and being able to read a book while I craft is a bonus. (I listen while I clean house and drive, as well)

I have some music on CD in the studio and can load up to 5 disks to play straight through or randomly select from the stack. I have a variety of musical styles in my collection including all of the above as well as Celtic, men's quartets (Statlers, Oak Ridge Boys), and (don't laugh) Yanni. I also like to listen to Julie Cruise, Nickel Creek, Charlotte Church, and Sarah McLachlan.

However if I had to pick just one thing to listen to forever it would be Alan Jackson's CD Precious Memories. This man has the perfect voice for singing my favorite old hymns and he presents 15 of them in this 2005 release. Disappointingly, the title song is not included!

Someday, I hope to have a mini TV and media player in the studio so I can play instructional DVDs and craft along with the instructions. I guess I could do that now with my laptop..... say..... I better go check out some DVDs!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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