Topic: In the studio
If you have a WILD IDEA about creating seven ‘stained glass’ windows for your church fellowship hall and you are CRAZY enough to TELL somebody about your idea and you get carried away and agree to ACTUALLY DO IT… let me tell you what you will be doing for the next three weeks of your life:
1. Search Google Images for stained glass window nativities.
2. Save to your PC.
3. Import image into your graphics program and scale or crop to correct perspective (in my case they needed to be twice as tall as wide).
4. Use graphics program to draw ‘leading’ lines over pieces of glass.
5. Use fill feature to color individual sections.
6. Draw a grid in fine white lines marking off four sections wide and 8 sections tall.
7. Scale to full printing height of printer.
9. Mark the row numbers on the right side.
10. Repeat with 6 more windows.
11. Get a 200-foot roll of 4-foot wide black paper.
12. Get a large package of tissue paper in assorted colors.
13. Using the roll of black paper, measure off a 6-inch band at the end and mark with lead pencil.
14. Measure off 1-foot grid and mark with lead pencil.
15. Mark the row numbers on the right edge.
16. Measure and cut a 6-inch band at the other end (after your grid is 8 feet long.)
17. Make a leading tool by gluing two white-leaded pencils together, separated by a stack of 6 popsicle sticks.
18. All drawing takes place with the new tool. Begin by making a leading band on each margin (ends and sides) of the paper.
19. Use your printed cartoons as reference and draw out the design square by square on your grid-marked black paper (this is where those row numbers on both the cartoon and the black grid will come in handy.)
20. Put a huge cutting mat on your table, under the black paper.
21. Put a new blade in two craft knives. Use one to cut out a single section of the drawing. Remember to ONLY cut on white leading lines – your grid will be in regular pencil to distinguish it.
22. Apply a thin line of white glue close to the edge of the opening.
23. Carefully lay on the appropriate color of tissue paper.
24. Use the second craft knife to lightly cut the tissue just outside the glue line. Remove the excess tissue.
25. Proceed thus to the end of the 8-foot grid.
26. At the bottom, turn up the 6-inch band to make a cuff. Glue across the width of the paper.
27. Roll gently, being careful not to wrinkle or crease, till you are back at the top.
28. Bind the other end.
29. Set aside.
30. Change the tissue blade to the grid blade and get a new tissue blade.
31. Proceed thus until all 7 panels are completed, going to the store to buy more tissue paper in selected colors as needed.
32. To display, insert 5-foot dowels in each cuff.
33. Attach to wall over existing windows, using 3M removable hooks.
34. When displayed you can be as impressed as everyone else because:
35. Take pictures to prove you really did it!
36. Get some sleep!
37. Prepare yourself for the let-down when the season is over and these are discarded because they are ‘just paper’.
Over the next few days I’ll post the ‘cartoons’ of the windows I’ve completed. They go up on Tuesday the 4th and I WILL take pictures and start posting them soon after.
Have you tried the 3D medallions for making cards? Tracey Miller does a lot of digital design and has shared a number of them on her blog. I've subscribed to her RSS feed so I will never miss a new design.
Visit her blog at http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com to see her wonderful creations for yourself.
What was long-ago a Post Office in our town is now an events center where weddings, parties, and other celebrations are hosted. Across a back street and up a long path is hidden this garden they developed for outdoor gatherings.
There are wonderful little vignettes of waterfalls, streams, arches, gazebos, antique lampposts, stone walls, and a huge brick floor. My hubby and I discovered it one day this summer and I took photos of my favorite parts to use on cards.
Here are three of the best shots.
I got an iPod Nano a couple of months ago and have started loading my favorite CDs onto it (from my own collection). These are songs that I can listen to over and over and never get tired of them. Here’s the rundown so far:
Forget About It: Alison Krauss
Songs From the Acoustic Mountain: Bob Diehm
Celtic Woman: Celtic Woman
Close To You: The Carpenters
Simple Gifts II: Donna Jo Smith (harp)
Best of Sax by Candlelight: Greg Vail/Time-Life
Floating Into The Night: Julee Cruise
Nickel Creek: Nickel Creek
Voice of an Angel: Charlotte Church
Mirrorball: Sarah McLachlan
Celtic Worship: Eden’s Bridge
Come Away With Me: Norah Jones
And some selections from
Josh Groban, Blind Boys of Alabama, Alan Jackson and others.
This ivy vine was stamped on white and embossed with copper powder. I trimmed close to the image to mount on green cardstock and layered that on a copper background. a final layer is the green folded cardstock.
I added three greeting stickers for a little extra punch.
I know that sometimes it is hard to decide what to put into a card you have created. I have collected greetings from all over and compiled them in categories to make it easier to find the appropriate one. I share my collection here so that you can make use of them as well.
o Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most of them live the longest.
o It’s all right to light the candles on your birthday cake – I have alerted the fire department
o Every birthday holds the promise of a new beginning. Hope this is your best year yet
o Happiness on your birthday and always
o The only way to look younger is to be born later
o Some people make the world brighter just by being in it – some light their birthday candles
o Wishing a special person a special birthday
o This birthday greeting comes across the miles wrapped in a big hug
o So many candles, so little cake.
o Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.
o A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!
o Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
o Sing a song of birthdays, full of fun and cheer, and may you keep on having them, for many happy years.
o Hip-Hip-Hooray – It’s your birthday
o Count your blessings not your hears
o It’s your day to shine
o Let’s party!
o Just to show you how sorry I am for forgetting your birthday… … next year I’ll forget mine!
o Sisters are different flowers from the same garden
o Happy heart day
o For my soul mate and best friend
o Will you be mine on Valentine’s Day – and forever
o You have stolen my heart forever
o With you every day is like candlelight and romance
o Please ‘bee’ mine because you are my ‘honey’
o The thought of you makes me blush
o My romantic dreams pale with the reality of you
o There is no remedy for love but to love more -Henry David Thoreau
o We’ll be friends will we’re blue in the hair.
o A friend is someone you would like to be like
o For a friend who means so much
o Hug enclosed
o Good friends are works of heart
o Friendship is the flower that blossoms in the heart
o In a garden of friends, happiness grows
o Our friendship is a lifetime of magical moments
o Happiness is having a friend like you
o A friend is someone you can lean on
o You’re a priceless gem, and I treasure you
o Friends make life more beautiful
o Life is made up of a patchwork of friends
o Thoughts of you always bring me a smile
o Friendship keeps hearts in touch
o Because of you my world is a better place
o Like ice cream, our friendship has many flavors! And someday I hope to return all the favors!
o You warm my heart
o You mean so much to me
o When I count my blessings, I think of you
o When I think of you my heart smiles
o A hug delights and warms and charms. That must be why God gave us arms!
o Life without friends is a garden without flowers
o A true friend is a diamond of a thousand facets
o I thank my God upon every remembrance of you – Philippians 1:3
o Friends who are dear to us gather near to us
o Chairs are always good to have so friends can sit beside you
o Lots of little moments, one big friendship
o A true friend warms you with her smile, trusts you with her secrets, and remembers you in her prayers
o I’ve always thought of our friendship as one of God’s little miracles
o Friend to me you’ll always be
o I’m here when you need me
o Friends like you are precious and few
o You warm my heart
o You mean so much to me
o Thanks for the memories
o I thought of you today and the world suddenly seemed a little brighter
o Sending very special wishes you way for a bright an happy day!
o Remembering our special times together
o I’m so glad there’s you
o You are in my thoughts and prayers
o Thinking of you with love
o What’s cooking?
o You warm my heart
o We do not remember days; we remember moments
o When this you see, think of me
o This is a Thank You Cod! (use with a fish illustration)
o You shouldn’t have, but I’m glad you did
o Thanks for the memories
o Your kindness warms my heart
o Thanks for all you do
o Your thoughtfulness really put sunshine in my day
o How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it
o Your thoughtfulness will long be remembered
o I’m more thankful than mere words can ever tell
o Your kindness comes as a welcome touch of warmth and caring
o Your kindness meant so much
o This comes with sincere appreciation
o You always do the nicest things in just the nicest way
o Words say so little when someone’s done so much
o Thank you for your strength and support
o Your kindness is a treasured keepsake
o May all the thoughtful things you do for others be returned to you tenfold
o I just can’t seem to thank you enough
o A simple thank you is so inadequate for all you have done
o You’re an angel
o Love is like a butterfly – it goes where it pleases and pleases where it goes.
o Our love is a lifetime of magical moments
o When I married you it was for ‘better or worse’. When does the worse start?
o When I think of all the special moments we’ve shared through the years, I fall in love with you all over again
o I’m so lovingly grateful for everything you do for me
o I hope I have made you as happy as you have made me
o There are so many things I have been thankful for through the years, but you top the list
o Life’s greatest happiness is knowing you are loved
o My partner, my best friend, all my dreams come true; everything I could want, I found in loving you
o You are my sunshine
o Love is in the air
o My heart is filled with love for you
o I love the very thought of you
o Wherever you go, my love is there.
o You warm my heart
o You mean so much to me
o My heart belongs to you
o You make my heart sing
o One word freed us of all the pain of life. That word is Love –Sophocles
o Like the wings of a butterfly your love lifts me up so high I feel like I can touch the sky
o Love can make you crazy in the most beautiful way.
o When we’re apart there’s a space in my heart
o When you speak my heart lifts; when you smile my heart sings; when we kiss my heart melts.
o If you love me as I love you naught can cut our love in two
o When I think of you my heart smiles
o Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. –Voltaire
o Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking in the same direction. _Antoine de Saint Exupery
o Dear to my heart you’ll always be
o You are so precious to me
o Two hearts, one love
o You are the key that unlocks the door to my happiness
o Only God can make flowers and trees but He put me in charge of seeds and weeds.
o Eastertide blessings on this holiest of days – as the light shines upon you give thanks and give praise.
o Hoppy Easter
o Everybunny loves you
o May you rejoice in God’s blessing on this blessed Easter
o Round the table smiling faces – turkey on display – Friends and loved ones join together – giving thanks today
o Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home -Wilbur D. Nesbit
o Take time to be thankful
o Enjoy life’s simple blessings
o Count you blessings
o Windows gently frosted – snowflakes from above – kinfolk, friends rejoicing – sharing in the love
o Let Christmas steal into your heart and remain there throughout the year
o Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All
o Warmest greeting of the season and best wishes for the coming year
o In the true spirit of the season, wishing you peace and joy
o Wishing a bright and happy holy-day to you and those you love
o Joy to the world
o May this beautiful season bring joy to your home and a song to your heart
o May love an light fill your heart and home
o Celebrate the season
o Peace Hope Love Joy
o Have yourself a merry little Christmas
o Warm winter wishes
o May the Christmas star shine its blessings on you
o Well done!
o You did it!
o Follow your dreams
o The sky is the limit
o Hoping the best things in life will always be yours
o An effort a day keeps failure away
o So happy to hear your good news
o This is a day to remember
o You held onto your dreams and they came true
o This is only the beginning of a journey to bigger and better things
o You success is an inspiration to everyone
o No one deserves this more than you
o You have worked so hard and deserve many congratulations on your achievement
o Your brilliant future has now begun
o Go confidently in the direction of your dreams -Henry David Thoreau
o Three wishes I send in sincerity – for health, for peace, and prosperity
o Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer. –Sir Walter Scott
o Happy Trick-or-Treating
o Best Witches
o Love to my little pumpkin
o Happy BooDay to you
o You are so bootiful
o May the love you share today grow still deeper in the years ahead
o May the joy you share today grow deeper through the years
o You are off to a beautiful beginning
o Wishing you happiness every day
o The happiest marriage starts with the comfort of just being together
o Cherish you love and each other
o The glue that holds two people together is love and a great sense of humor
o Hoping your special day and your future are full of happiness and joy
o May your life together be all you dreamed it would be
o Wishing you a lifetime of happiness
o Wishing all your tomorrows are as happy as today
o A day filled with happiness – a future filled with love
o Today is the beginning of a lifetime of love
o May each day find your hearts a little closer, your lives a little fuller and your love a little deeper
o May your love grow stronger as the years grow longer
o May all the dreams you are dreaming turn into dreams come true
o May God bless your union for all time
o May all the love you have come to know continue to grow
o Sharing in your happiness and wishing you all the best
o Blessings for your new life as husband and wife
o A successful marriage requires falling in love many times – always with the same person.
o Here’s my wish for the two of you: A lifetime of dreams that all come true
o Together is a wonderful place to be
o May you live ‘happily ever after’
o Best wishes for a wonderful lifetime together
o Wishing you every happiness as you celebrate the love you share
o Youth may fade, but a lasting love grows more beautiful with each day
o May love always live in the home you share
o Wishing you all the happiness the coming years can hold
o May your love bring you happiness to all your days
o May this special day be filled with joy, love and laughter
o May today be as memorable as the day you were married
o May your anniversary be filled with treasured memories
o All the best to you both on your anniversary and in the wonderful years to come
o May your love continue to grow with each passing year
o Wishing you sunny days and moonlit nights
o May this celebration of your love continue forever
o May you share a wonderful day and a wonderful life
o Wishing you both continued love and happiness
o God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces. Give it all to Him.
o A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand
o Dieting is the penalty for exceeding the feed limit
o If we all get our just desserts, I sure hope mine are chocolate
o The home that is blessed by a baby’s smile has riches beyond compare
o Welcome little one
o The best things come in small packages
o Little things mean a lot
o A baby has a special way of adding joy to every day
o Babies are such a nice way to start people
o Each baby is a most precious jewel in the family crown
o Babies are God’s little miracles
o Congratulations on your new little someone to love
o A baby’s smile makes each day worthwhile
o Parenthood is one of the greatest joys in life
o Having a baby is like finding a treasure in your own backyard
o Love to the new baby, and best wishes to all
o Sending you warm wishes to welcome your new little angel
o May the wonder of a new baby bring much happiness to your home
o A son is the promise that time makes to a man
o Daughter – She’s a little bit of sunshine, she’s a smile to light your days; she will steal your heart and keep it warm with her endearing ways. She’s your precious little daughter with sweetness from above who fills your years with laughter and your lives with lots of love.
o Here she is all peaches and cream, your sweet baby girl, long awaited dream.
o If all were right in this world health would be catching instead of disease
o Wishing you a speedy recovery
o Just a cheery note to wish you well
o May God bless you and keep you in his loving care
o It’s a hard way to get a mini-vacation from work
o Smiles are the best medicine
o Wishing you the very best of health
o By the time this reaches you, I hope you’ll we well on the road to recovery
o Hope you’ll be in the best of health soon
o Hoping each new day will find you feeling better
o May God be watching over you during your time of illness
o Sending you peaceful thoughts and warm wishes
o My thoughts are with you with love and caring
o May your dreams become reality and your wishes all come true
o Success is as easy as ABC – Ability, Breaks, Courage
o Wishing you a long and fulfilling retirement
o It’s time you forgot about the pleasures of business and got on with the business of pleasure
o Let each hour be fulfilling, each day be well spent, and the long years ahead bring you peace and content
o Don’t look at retirement as the end of something; it’s the beginning of newfound freedom
o May retirement be the beginning of your happiest years
o Wishing you life’s best
o May each year bring you added happiness
o Think of retirement as a permanent vacation, and only work when you’re in the mood
o One day the tears will cease to flow. Another bridge will be crossed; then you’ll recall those happy times with one whom you’ve loved and lost.
o Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts
o May time accomplish what no words can do
o May God be with you at this time
o My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer
o May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead
o May God hold you in His arms and heal the sorrow that you feel
o When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure
o May God hold you in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.
o Expressing sympathy is always difficult, but all we can say is how sorry we are
o May memories be a source of comfort at this time
o May it help to know that friends are sharing the sorrow in your heart
o Wishing you God’s peace
o With sincere and heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow
o May God’s love give you strength during your time of sorrow
o All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. –Emerson
o Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined -Henry David Thoreau
o Dreams really do come true
o A joy shared is a joy doubled
o If the shoe fits get (I want) one in every color
o What is now proved was once only imagined
o May you enjoy each day more than the day before
o Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and I am too.
o I wouldn’t be broke if the voices in my head paid rent
o May all your dreams come true
o The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky and sings. –Joyce Kilmer
o I’m the Queen! (My pantyhose even say so!)
o When it gets dark enough, you can see the light.
o If you don’t fall down now and again, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it safe.
o Each life is like a unique quilt created by a patchwork of memories, stitched together by the threads of time and love.
o Hugs and kisses and springtime wishes
o If you practice an art be proud of it and make it proud of you -Maxwell Anderson
o Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. –Leonardo da Vinci
o A creative mess is better than idle tidiness
o Snowflakes fall when the angels have a pillow fight.
o Snowmen are the coolest guys
o Warm winter wishes
o Happy Pappy’s Day
o The values you gave me I will treasure forever
o Every gray hair you have, I earned!
o Home is where the Mom is
o How did God know I wanted you for my mommy?
o I never gave you any gray hairs, did I?
o We have never been closer and I am so thankful
o A mother is a very special blessing
o The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher
o A dog has the soul of a philosopher. – Plato
o There is nothing like a songbird to brighten up your day
o There is nothing like being greeted at the door by a wagging tail
o Bon voyage
o Adios, amigos
o Embrace new lands with open arms
o Leave your cares and problems behind and have a great trip
o May your trip be all you dreamed
o I have wandered all my life and I have traveled. The difference between the two is this; we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. –Hilaire Belloc
I love finding websites that are instructive, useful, well-designed, and inspirational. The one for today is on the topic of jewelry making and includes project designs, tools, how to design, and suppliers for all the bits you might need to make your own jewelry.
Just click on http://www.jewelry-making-instructions.com/jewelry-making-instructions-sitemap.html to get started.
This 3D element is another that provides a full background. With the rainbow coloring of it is enhanced by the little squares on the printed cardstock I found.
The text block is a vellum sticker from a dollar store sheet.
I think this is the last of the Cuttlebug backgrounds given me by a friend. This very intricate pattern needed to shine through so I used translucent stickers.
This 3D train card is for my Daddy's birthday coming up. It is another of those that includes the background in the initial layer. I had some scrpabook paper with the plaid print on it and some bits of ephemera stickers to mock up the train tickets.
If you have the desire for a custom rubber stamp you can get excellent information on how to carve it yourself from the website http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/carving/
Tutorials take you through the entire process from concept to completion including how to get your idea onto the medium, what kinds of things to carve on and the tools you will need.
Did you ever carve soap as a kid? Making your own rubber stamp is no harder than that! Come on - ya know ya wanna!
Love those Cuttlebug embossed backgrounds. This design is a giant sticker from a dollar store sheet. One peel-off greeting and this 5 minute design is finished... really! all the gold trim on the border and the flowers are already a part of the sitcker.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that picks up a couple of paint samples every trip to the store! These squares of metallic finish Ralph Lauren paints make beautiful backgrounds and features on cards. I backed it with a polished stone background and used it to enhance a 3D cutting of a lily.
The layout leaves a perfect spot on the lower left to add a peel-off greeting for the appropriate remembrance.