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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Swirls in the Night
Topic: New Work

I saved my Christmas cards from last year and used some to make my own cards this year. 

For this card I used a flat front and ran it through the Cuttlebug for embossing.  I used Stickles on the tree to make it shimmer (sorry it doesn't show) and added a gold punched out star to the top. I added a 3D 'celebrate' sticker to the upper left and then placed a gold peel-off under it.

The whole thing was mounted on a blue folded card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Topic: New Work

I had an inspiration the other day while eating my yoghurt for lunch. We do LOTS of crafts for the preschoolers and many of them use scraps which we ask people to save for us. I looked at my container and envisioned turning it into a little penguin!

I drew up paper patterns, added a 2 inch styrofoam ball, and google eyes and this is the result. 

I formalized the patterns and turned them over to the craft lady - along with this sample.



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Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Date Book
Topic: Some Backlog

These were the last of the kits I had left - 11 meander books. The 8 1/2 x 11 page that this begins with is printed with the days of the year - one month per page - where the owner can write in birthdays and anniversaries. The last three pages list birthstones, birth flowers, and traditional and modern gifts for anniversaries. I made these with covers of mat board and spines of scrapbook paper. These are the simple books I taught my grandkids to make. 



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Monday, 1 December 2008
Round and Round
Topic: Some Backlog

I had more of these kits left than any other. I sat down and made 16 bracelets in one day. These are the 'Christ's Story' bracelet and will be boxed along with a card that tells the story with the beads. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Scrappy Scraps
Topic: Some Backlog

I used to have al lot more of these leftover kits. Then my darling grandkids came to visit this summer and we used up 5 of them. So this week I finished up the last 3. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Saturday, 29 November 2008
In Stitches, Again
Topic: Some Backlog

 Next in my kit-finishing spree I make up these 11 stitched pamphlets. They are designed after a card I was taught and I added a fancy liner paper and more pages. There is a metallic card insert in the folded point and it tucks into a double slit in the square cover.



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Friday, 28 November 2008
Such an Angel
Topic: Some Backlog

Well, this isn't REALLY backlog. Let me explain. I cleaned my studio and pulled out all the unused kits leftover from all the classes and workshops I had done. I decided, instead of re-storing them, to just make them all up and THEN put them aside together. Then when a bazaar table opens up, a donation is needed, or I want a quick gift - I'll be ready!

The first to be done were the stitched and beaded Christmas cards I finished on my vacation.

Next up were these 11 kitchen angels made of a hand towel, a dish cloth, a pot holder, ribbon, chenille wire, and rubber bands. I have 6 Fall and 5 Christmas designs.



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Thursday, 27 November 2008
Love is Blue (and Yellow)
Topic: New Work

This bedding set named Sally Blue is from Egyptian Peddler and I was drawn to the combination of this unusual blue and a buttery yellow in stripes and brocade. 

I started with a scrapbook paper in two tones of yellow and placed strips of Eclipse paper over the stripes as a resist. Then I lightly brayered over the paper with Starry Starry Night (Whisper Ink Pad). I used the same to stamp diagonal stripes of decorative pattern. Then I used a scrolly larger stamp to create more decoration. Peeling off the Eclipse paper left me with this patterned paper. Neat huh?

I used it to wrap the inside and outside front of a base card and then turned back one corner to mimic a bedding coverlet. The stripes on the inside are rub-on stitching, the heart is a sticker and the three text blocks are Tim Holtz Adage Tickets on which I penned in a second line.



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Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Fishy Wishy
Topic: New Work

More from the clipping file, I cut this illustration down close to these three fish. I think the speckled background brings to mind the fish coloring and the sandy bottom of their streams. After I put on the text sticker the background was too light so I used a sponge to add color from a Butterscotch Adriondack ink pad. I colored it around all the edges of all the panels and a little bit on the fish as well.



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Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Christmas Angel
Topic: New Work

This print from a magazine was an ad for paper and how well it could be printed on. I tore it out and backed it with a torn strip of music. Three metal musical notes and a metal plaque reading 'peace' are glued on before I placed gold peel-off corners and a Christmas greeting. 



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Monday, 24 November 2008
Birds on a Journey
Topic: New Work

This scrapbook paper with whimsical little clouds makes a perfect backdrop for this trio of birds that were taken from a week-at-a-glance calendar. I mounted them on a folded card base of linen textured cardstock. Up the left side are two rows of 'stitching' which is actually rubons! 

Of course, I added a text sticker, also.



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Sunday, 23 November 2008
Happy Sunflowers
Topic: New Work

Sunflowers from my file of clippings are matted with yellow cardstock and crackle-printed scrapbook paper. The cardstock base is made from the same yellow and the text is a sticker. 



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Saturday, 22 November 2008
Heat Makes a Snowman Melt
Topic: New Work

I saw these cute snowmen made from candles on the Michaels website videos. They are just eyelets pressed into the wax and a ribbon tied around for a scarf. When they used the taller pillars they pressed big brads in for buttons below the scarf.



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Friday, 21 November 2008

Topic: New Work

For today's inspiration piece I chose this screen from images.smarter.com. I was drawn to the Asian branches, the graphic colors, and the marching rows of panels. 

I started with sheets of mini-labels, taping several together to make 9 columns. I stamped the branches on them with 'Weathered Wood" Distress Ink from Ranger. The full branch was stamped twice and just the top half twice again. I used Sharpie marker in red to color the flowers and a warm grey watercolor marker for the branches. I laid removable tape over sections of 3 columns and peeled them off their backing. Then they were attached to black paper and the tape removed. This keeps the labels aligned properly. The three panels were then attached to the front of a white card and the feet cut from just the front layer.

The two stickers reading "Simple Delight" were applied to the front.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Handmade Book Display
Topic: Books

This week I put up a display of some of my handmade books in the case at the library I manage. I included our instruction books on the topic on the table below for those who get inspired and want to have a go at it!

From left to right top shelf: Star Book, Japanese Stab Binding, Post Bound, Flag Book, and Stitched Pamphlet

Shelf two: Wire Binding, Case Binding, Ribbon Tied, Japanese Stab Binding, and Interlocking Accordion

Shelf three: Case Binding Over Comb, Swiveling Rivet, Accordion Book, Dos a Dos, Accordion, and Case Binding.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Belated Birthday
Topic: Work By My Friends

I have just realized I have been remiss in not posting the beautiful cards handmade for my birthday by my Internet friends! SO LATE am I that I must admit my birthday was TWO MONTHS AGO!

Sorry to all these lovely ladies:


















So again, many thanks for these lovely cards.


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Tuesday, 18 November 2008
A Swirl of Thanks
Topic: New Work

Inspiration today comes from this Bed In A Bag set. I decided to mimic the colors, swirls, trims and even the general layout! 

A piece of textured burgundy cardstock was run through the Cuttlebug swirl plate and then sanded, leaving some of the texture to mimic the look of fabric. The cardstock has a white core so I was able to apply Butterscotch Adriondack ink using a water brush. A full sheet of textured deep yellow cardstock was streaked in both directions by pulling the edge of the Butterscotch pad over the surface. I used a burgundy watercolor marker to apply ink to a rubber stamp of diagonal stripes to create a border along the bottom edge. Since the stripes only went one direction, I hand drew in the opposing lines.


The same marker was used to color in a vine stape which was applied along the top edge after folding the deep yellow cardstock and trimming to fit the burgundy piece. Scraps of that trimming were used to stamp the text and a round punch finished the ends.



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Monday, 17 November 2008
Flowering Branches
Topic: New Work

This is another inspiration piece. The bathroom set is called LAUREN and is from YourBedroomSource.

I used cream cardstock and a Cuttlebug folder. The raised leaves were tinted using a Q-Tip and Ranger distress inks in two colors Old Paper and Frayed Burlap and used a blending tool with the Old Paper to darken the edges of the cardstock. Then I pulled some punched out flowers in cream - in two sizes. These I streaked with distress ink in Faded Denim, layered the two sizes with brads, and curved the petals with a ball-burnisher and craft foam. After mounting the flowers, I attached the feature piece to a piece of dark blue folded cardstock.


A couple of curly clips mimic the swirls on the inspiration piece and added a 'dream' text metallic piece with foam tape.



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Sunday, 16 November 2008
Dreaming of Yellow Roses
Topic: New Work

This card literally came to me in a dream! I used Butterscotch Adriondack ink to stamp my handcarved roses onto cream cardstock. I used a lot of masking to make a small circle of blooms, a large circle of blooms and one single large bloom.

I used a water brush over the stamping to pull yellow into the petals and a bit of green for the stamped hips on the buds. A warm grey marker was used to create shadows for what would be the under layers when the flowers were stacked. This grey was blended using the watercolor brush.

I used foam tape to separate the layers. Beaded line, silk leaves and plastic grasses (used as stems) were glued in and a bow tied on the stems.

The whole bouquet was mounted on irridescent dark-green cardstock using foam tape. Finally, a tag was mounted with foam tape and a gold peel-off greeting attached.



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Saturday, 15 November 2008
Tropical Garden
Topic: New Work

This bunch of flowers was a full-page ad in a travel brochure that was in my mail this week. However, it originally was a group of three connected flowers plus a single face-on and a single side view. I cut them out of their leafy background and used foam tape to arrange them at three levels. The background is irridescent dark green cardstock on which I glued 'grasses' cut of dark green paper. The back flower is directly on the cardstock level, the triple group at one layer of foam tape and the front flower at two layers of foam tape. 

The text is a texturized sticker.



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