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In & Out of Studio 3D
Friday, 10 August 2007
Subtract and Add Color
Now Playing: combining some cool techniques
Topic: Some Backlog

I made this card in a workshop. It is stamped and embossed with black powder on dark brown cardstock. Then the image was lightened using bleach. Final step was to paint with Pearl-Ex powder mixed with water and some gum arabic.

 

When these techniques are combined, the results are quite stunning.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 9 August 2007
More Stitching on the Road
Now Playing: A Christmas Card
Topic: New Work

Off on another road trip yesterday, I stitched up a Christmas card. This is worked with metallic Sulky threads ondark red background. The corners were punched and embossed with a Fiskars 2-in-1 punch. I layered on green and gold metallics to reflect the stitching.

 

The center is a Christmas sticker with a peel-off greeting.

Ddd Studio3D@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Late Summer Sunflowers
Now Playing: stitching again
Topic: Some Backlog

I don't know why, but of the 30 sunflower seeds I planted, not a single one sprouted. Maybe the birds stole the seeds - or perhaps it was the squirrels.

Anyway, I'll have to settle for these stitched ones designed by a member of one of my online groups. She designed it to be stitched like my card on the left. I then made it again but stitched differently.

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Cards are Still Keeping Me in Stitches
Now Playing: two more geometrics
Topic: New Work

Here are two more stiched cards. These were designed by the same lady as the last geometrics that I showed.

 

The one on the left is stitched on irridescent cardstock and layered over a metallicized paper and some paste paper I made.

The one on the right is layered on a watercolored background and burgundy cardstock.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 6 August 2007
Look UP!
Now Playing: entertainment for your brain
Topic: Web resources

Here's a couple of different takes on the same theme (sort of). At this site http://www.wga.hu/tours/sistina/index1.html  you can click and view different scenes of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, zoom in, view background information, etc.

Here http://www.pacorosic.com/sistine_chapel_pictures.asp  you can view the work of Paco Rosic who recreated the Sistine Chapel ceiling in half-scale on the ceiling of his parents' restaurant - using Krylon spray paint!

Way Cool!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 August 2007
More From the Parts and Starts Bin
Now Playing: off to Egypt
Topic: Some Backlog

This is a collage card I started from the parts-n-starts drawer. The background is printed tissue paper, the mummy case is from a catalog ad, the caravanners are from a sheet of collage art images. I added some 'scraps' from gold peel-off stickers, and finished with blue rhinestones eyes and a fabric text sticker.

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 August 2007
Torn Spotlight Cards
Now Playing: I love this technique!
Topic: New Work

Here are a couple more cards made with the torn spotlight technique shared some time back. This hydrangea stamp was one I picked up for a dollar in a clearance.

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 3 August 2007
Tile We Meet Again
Now Playing: rubber stamped fridge magnets
Topic: Some Backlog

Last year a friend taught some of us to make these refrigerator magnets. We used Staz-On and small stamps to print on small tiles. I colored mine with Sharpie markers by making small dots with the fine tip. This was to keep the Staz-On from smearing and to allow me to blend colors. The finished tiles are sprayed with two light coats of acrylic sealer and a magnet is glued on back.

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007 8:21 AM PDT
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Big Circle of Stitching
Now Playing: stitched last summer
Topic: Some Backlog

This is a card I made for a challenge. Our partner stitched up a card and sent it along with another of the same pattern pricked out.

 

I chose to use bright fall colors and added stickers and a tag to complete the harvest theme.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Summer Vacation Cards
Now Playing: serene and relaxing
Topic: Some Backlog

Here are a couple of cards I made a while back from my parts and starts drawer. The illustrations are from cruise brochures and I enhanced them with scrapbook papers and other bits I found in the drawer.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


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

Bats

Raccoons

Moles

Shrews

Garter Snakes

Mice

Opossoms

Black-tail deer

Red Fox

Coyotes

Chipmunks

Cottontail Rabbits

Squirrels

Ground Squirrels

Nutria

Skunks

Bullfrogs

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

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

Sharp-shinned Hawk

*Red-tailed Hawk

Blue Grouse

*California Quail

Ring-necked Pheasant

Killdeer

*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

Bushtit

*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

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