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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Big Bird
Topic: Other Projects

 More painting stuff for Vacation Bible School. I designed and painted this 'buzzard' and then it was mounted on foam. The legs are made of shiny 3/4 inch ribbon and I hung the feet (brown paper mounted on cardboard) from the ribbon.

The body is about 3 feet across, for scale.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
You Be the Judge
Topic: Photo


I mentioned (complained) a while back that the preview screen on my digital camera had burned out, making photography somewhat hit and miss. I finally had enough and went looking for a replacement (and an upgrade, while I was at it).

Old camera: Kodak EasyShare C633 with 6.1 mega pixels and a 3X optical zoom.

New camera: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with 10.0 mega pixels and a 10X optical zoom.

For comparison, I took the same photo across the valley of this barn. It is about 1/6 mile (300 yards) away.

With the old camera:


With the new camera:

Just a LITTLE difference, huh!?! Including the ability to preview the shot and center the subject. Oh, YEAH!

I am hoping my card and project photos also show this much improvement in quality...time will tell. Actually, TOMORROW will tell, as that is the first project that will be photographed with the new equipment.

Stay tuned...



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
'Til the Cows Come Home
Topic: Photo

We have no animals on our farm, yet, but I woke up this morning and found this neighbor trying to peek in the windows of the camper! I'm calling him Tom, now.

There are actually a pair of these beefers who ALWAYS are together so you'd think they were conjoined! They are SO curious and follow us around the fence line watching to make sure we know what we're doing.

They won't be petted but if you are patient they will come and touch their noses to your hand briefly. THEY have to be the one doing the touching.

Here's another shot of Tom, peeping at me. Love the colors created by the backlighting of the sunrise.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 21 June 2010
Topic: Around the House

A glance out the front window the other day and I spied this bandit raiding the squirrel feeder. THAT'S not a squirrel!

When one shot caused the flash on the camera to go off she suddenly realized she was BUSTED!

Uh-oh! She watched me for a few minutes and then quietly walked down the back of the tree and waddled off around to the back of the house where she lives.

We'll se her again - as soon as somebody steps out on the deck and hollers, "Racoon buddies, I've got marshmallows!" Then she'll come running up to the bottom of the deck stairs to beg for treats.





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Sunday, 20 June 2010
Shell Sparkle
Topic: Stamping

Another new stamp (they were having a 40% off sale). This is one of the style I especially like that looks like it is sketched. I stamp these once on scrap paper then on the panel to look more like pencil drawing. I colored with watercolor pencils and blended with aquabrush. 

I used a Cuttlebug frame folder to impress right over the stamped image and then traced over all the raised portions with Stickles. Sticky-back pearls are added at the frame corners.

I rounded the corners of the embossed panel, the designer paper and the folded base card before adhering all together.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 19 June 2010
This Is My Country
Topic: Dry Embossing

Assignment: Create a card for swap that tells about your country. So I created this little history lesson!

The stars are a Cuttlebug folded on which I applied Adriondack 'denim' directly on the folder before impressing. The same is true of the stripes using Adriondack 'cranberry' ink. I tore both and glued together.

I used a Marvy marker to hand write in the patriotic phrases and used the denim ink to stamp the image at the lower right.

After mounting on white then cranberry cardstock I added a gold star to the stamped image and a border of gold stars to represent the flagpole.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 18 June 2010
Oh Happy Day
Topic: Stamping

This is another of the stamps from the new set I got. See how the words are all embedded in the flowers? This is the commonality in them. The text at the bottom of the card, though, is a rub-on but I thought the style really fit.

I added Stickles to all the 'daisies' including the one at the bottom. The ribbon is tied around the front panel which has been rounded at the upper left and lower right.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Topic: Stamping

Sometimes I get a ways into a card, don't like the way it is going, but just keep adding stuff trying to 'rescue' it. Can't seem to just let it go.

This is just such a card...

The lower image is stamped. The rest is designer papers and stickers.

So there you go. It is what it is and it is done!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Wheel On In
Topic: Stamping

What a cheery card! Maybe it will finally usher in some sunshine at my house!

I used the Cuttlebug to cie-cut the wheelbarrow image and the designer paper behind it. Then prepared the yellow backing card with Cuttlebug embossing. The swirls at the corner were scraps I had from way back and I added sticky-back pearls around the image.

The image panel and the silk flower are mounted 3D. I used Sharpie marker to color the center of the flower to match the stamped image and also colored it's leaves.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
A Little Swagger
Topic: Paper Embroidery

More combining stamping with stitching... This stamp is from a new set for me. After coloring, I pricked out the pattern at the bottom and used colors to match the focal image. I added a Cuttlebug embossed border at the top and then added sticky-back pearls to all the flower centers throughout.

I backed with pink and green to match the flowers, leaves and swags.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 14 June 2010
Pink and Blue
Topic: Stamping

Same stamped image as yesterday with a little twist on the colors. I went more pastel with this card. I used an embossing folder on the pinc card front and Nestabilities dies to cut the image and a blue backing. The two panels are mounted 3D.

I added Stickles to all the flowers and a text sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Coral Stitching
Topic: Paper Embroidery

This card could really have TWO headers: Paper Embroidery OR Rubber Stamping! I did a bunch of stamping and coloring and finally sat down to start putting them together. For this one I obviously added a corner stitching element to match the color of the roses. Then I found some related colors in patterned paper and ribbon.

The text is a sticker and I added rhinestones to the stitching.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 12 June 2010
What a Challenge
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Group leader sent us a pattern to use as a challenge. No instructions or sample so we each just did it as we wanted. This is my result.

I stitched with butter yellow, goldenrod, and rust and added a button brad to the center. The borders on either end are Cuttlebug and I framed it out in goldenrod and rust.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 11 June 2010
It's About Time
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Every other time I have made this pattern I have turned it into a bookmark. But the assignment was to make a 'card' with the theme 'time'. So I mounted on floral paper with a couple of border pieces and found sticker border with strings of 'time' phrases to finish it off.

One more 'time flies' oval sticker was added along with clear bubble stickers over the top knob and the pendulum.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Tea Party
Topic: Fantastic Folds

LOTS of teapots! I made many more so they could be used as centerpieces at an upcoming event. They will actually be used as floral containers with the lids set aside and a glass inserted to hold the flowers in water. Here are all 7 of them:

And here they all are individually:

That's it!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Mail Train
Topic: Some Backlog

Now THIS is really backlog! I made this train mailbox about 25 years ago as a gift for my parents. They no longer have a place to use it so I've got it back - decorating my front porch.

I designed this around an actual mailbox and added the coupula and cow catcher using sheet metal (a friend with a riveter helped with assembly). The funnel is actually a funnel from the hardware store and is screwed on. The bracket for the bell is a curtain rod bracket and it is supposed to have a little bell tied on that is the kind you buy for your birdcage (for the bird to play with). It also used to have a little convex mirror on the handle to represent the headlight.

I used large spaghetti sauce cans for the back wheels and tuna cans for the front. Then I masked off the flag and spray painted it with glossy black paint.

She's all pretty tired looking now after many years in the weather, but I kinda like that look with the wrought iron railings of the porch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Purple Haze
Topic: Backgrounds

Practising the brayer techniques I learned last month, I chose pinks and purples from my set of Whispers die ink pads. This uses some brayering, some sponging and a little bit of stamping (the tree and distant brush. I drew in the birds with Sharpie marker and the water lines with white gel pen.

The sentiment is white rub-ons.



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Monday, 7 June 2010
Take to the Air
Topic: Stamping

 More of the same from yesterday! The reverse of my sample brayer cardstock was green and there was enough left over from yesterday's project to mount a different butterfly. I used the same techniques - including the same Stickles. The green backfround picks up more of the gold tones of the glitter, though.

The cardstock for this one is a green metallic textured stock. It looks SO nice with the glittery butterfly! I used the same faux text stamp but changed out the greeting for the bottom.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 6 June 2010
If I Could Fly
Topic: Stamping

Where it all started... I had a sample card that I practiced brayering techniques on. I laid on the gold outline butterfly and then trimmed around. Then I colored the body black. I applied 'diamond' Stickles to all the open areas and clear Glossy Accents to the body.

So, what to do with it???

I saw this structure on Gina K's blog StampTV ( http://stamptv.ning.com/video/reverse-nestabilities ). And knew the butterfly would look great this way. The area behind the large cutout is stamped with a faux script and a greeting stamp was placed behind the smaller coutout. Both of the cutouts are done with the Nextabilities Labels 11 dies.

The 'frame' is mounted with foam dots to provide dimension and the same is done with the butterfly. The wings of the butterfly turned up on their own as the Stickles dried. Cool!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Here Is My Handle, Here Is My Spout
Topic: Fantastic Folds

A reprise of the teapot adventure. I couldn't resist making another one and this time I did it without the directions! They each take about an hour to make.

The cardstock I chose for this one has a sheen to it that makes it look more like porcelain.




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

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