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In & Out of Studio 3D
Friday, 17 August 2007
Time To Do Some Ironing
Now Playing: a gift for friends
Topic: New Work

I have used the ink-jet transfers for several different projects over the years. Beyond the standard t-shirts (my favorite is hubby's 'Disgruntled Employee of the Month'), I have done illustrations for covers on handmade books, illustration transfers to the pages of altered books, and most recently a set of aprons.


These aprons were designed for the ladies who attended our retreat in Pittsburgh in July. The group began as instruction in parchment craft so the design was made to resemble parchment white-work.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Photo Chest
Now Playing: you'll do a double-take
Topic: Some Backlog

This project was made a few years ago.

I started with three old ring-bound computer manuals that came with slipcases. The slipcases were glued together and then covered with shantung silk by using heat fusible webbing. I then covered each of the ring binders in a similar manner and lined them with black water-taffeta. The 'drawer pulls' are beads and are sewn on, with a locket charm caught in each one. A locket and key on ribbon are attached to the side of the case as well.

 

I adapted page sleeves to serve a photo holders in the three binders. When the binders are in place the unit sits on the table looking like a small chest of drawers.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Love-Letters Box
Now Playing: a romantic home decoration
Topic: New Work

I have wanted to do this project since I saw it on Carol Duvall about a year ago. Today I finally made the time.

This is a box that is made to look like a stack of ribbon-tied love letters. I make mine with larger envelopes than the instructions and I love how it came out.

 


The instructions are on episode CDS-1329.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Watercolor Effect Stamping
Now Playing: ink - spritz - stamp
Topic: Some Backlog

This is a card I make to try out a technique from Tim Holtz's first DVD, "An Altered Journey".

A rubber stamp is inked with a variety of colors of water-based dye inks. Have your cardstock and heat gun at the ready. Use a sprayer to liberally spritz the stamp and immediately impress on the paper. Hit it with the heat gun to set the colors. You can make a few impressions before reinking the stamp.

 

I really like this technique with leaves, florals and the like that have 'loose' design. They lend themselves well to this look of handpainted watercolors.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 13 August 2007
One-Stroke Painting
Now Playing: my first try at this painting technique
Topic: Some Backlog

I read a terrific book on painting different flowers with the 'one-stroke' technique and had to give it a try. These are two of my efforts, not bad for the first try, I thought.

 

The book is "Flowers A to Z With Donna Dewberry : More Than 50 Beautiful Blooms You Can Paint" By Donna Dewberry, North Light Books, 2004, ISBN 1581804849

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 August 2007
3D Spotlight Cards
Now Playing: A different kind of 3D card
Topic: Some Backlog

Many moons ago someone overseas (Netherlands, I think) sent me sheets for these cards. They have the full picture, a small colored spot, and a spotlight area of the picture (some have two). These are all cut out and mounted with foam tape like a 3D card.

 

Backgrounds and embellishments are added to complete the cards.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 August 2007
On the House
Now Playing: another stitched house
Topic: New Work

Here is the second house converted from the 'string art' pamphlet I have. It is not my favorite so I only pricked out one to stitch. My least favorite I haven't even pricked out one!

 

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  


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

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