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In & Out of Studio 3D
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Cruise Card 2
Topic: New Work

The second of my cards made from the kit of supplies:

I also inked all the edges of the pieces used for this card. My original touched on this one was the shape of the scrapbook paper (because of the corners I cut off for yesterday's card) and using bits of ribbon as 'photo corners' on the front panel.

I can't believe I PAID for these cheeseball supplies! It cost me $3.50 apiece to make these two cards.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Cruise Card 1
Topic: New Work

The second project the cruiseline had available was making cards. Basically, we got a packet with 2 folded card bases, 2 buttons, 4 rhinestones, 2 scrapbook paper bits, 4 paper flowers, 2 rubons for the card back, a length of ribbon, and the use of two rubberstamps.

For my first card I cut corners off one of the scrapbook papers, inked the edges of everything with the black inkpad and layered it all with glue dots. For the front panel I stamped the greeting on it and then cut my popsicle stick (for applying rubons) into bits and used glue dots to make dimensional spacers for lifing the panel away from the backing.

I used three pieces of the ribbon to make 'leaves' for my flower.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 18 February 2011
Write This Down
Topic: Books

One of the cruiseline's craft projects offered is to decorate a blank journal. You get the journal, three sheets of cardstock, stickers, tags, ribbon, photo corners, and the use of a few rubber stamps.

I chose to be unconventional and used the photo corners on the cardstock and mounted it to the covers of the journal. Then I attached ribbon 'handles' to the unbound edge on both front and back. I tore out sections of the third piece of cardstock to use as travel labels, and attached tags to the handles.

The result was a 'suitcase' style journal.


I applied stickers and stamps to both sides for a bit more decoration, and a few of their paper-clips at the top edge.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 17 February 2011
The Green Flash
Topic: Photo

There's nothing quite as beautiful as a sunset at sea! I took some photos on a recent cruise and here they are to share with you.

I like this one for the watercolor gradation in the sky:

This one is awesome because of the streaks the sun makes over the tops of the clouds:

And this one is my first successful photo of the green flash. We've seen this phenomenon 3-4 times over the years. It happens just at the point when the sun disappears below the horizon. There is suddenly a bright green flash right at the edge of the water. My timing on this was perfect:

More photos of ports of call in a few days.

Ddd

 


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Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Sending Sunshine
Topic: Stamping

Assignment: Make a masculine card

Layers, layers, layers and Stamping, stamping, stamping and Distressing, distressing, distressing and Imagination!

The base card is double-sided cardstock (with the stripes on the inside and black on the front). I folded it off-center so the inside would show and roughed up all the edges before distressing with inks. I added a blue die-cut band on the right. I used two layers of scroll die-cuts and ink-distressed a scalloped square to place over them.

The gold chipboard frame came with the dots on it so I used a clear stamp with butterscotch ink to add a text border. The stamped image was colored with watercolor pencils and the water is covered with glaze. The chipboard circle was stamped in black and mounted on foam dots.

A little bit of the outdoors.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Topic: Quilting

I learned to sew when I was in 5th grade on my mother's Singer Touch-n-Sew. That was when I started 4H and I remember my first project was an apron that gathered onto a plastic molded band. I used that machine to make many clothes for my fashion doll and for myself. I continued using that machine into my teens, making crafts, gifts and toys along with even more clothing.

Imagine my joy when I took home economics in high school and there was the same sewing machine! I was 'home'! After graduation I started my degree in home economics and found that I needed a sewing machine of my own. YAY! The high school was selling their machines - just 5 years old - and they included an overhaul and cleaning. I paid a whopping $75 for my first sewing machine.

I used that machine for all the sewing for my degree in clothing, textiles, and design and for making my clothes. When the kids came along I made baby clothes, play clothes, school clothes, and even formal wear for my daughter. Still later I made wedding crafts and bridesmaid dresses for her and then some baby clothes for the grand-daughters our son presented.

I have been using that workhorse for 39 years - plus the use of it and it's cohorts for 3 years in high school - plus the one at home for another 7.

Sadly, I was just starting to do the quilting on a second quilt I had pieced when the gears inside began breaking. Oh, the horrible sound of grinding and crunching as cogs snapped off!

(not the actual gears)

Off to the sewing machine shop and a repair estimate to drop the jaw. I ended up buying a new machine for only $50 more than the repair bill.

I didn't want to go right back to the quilt without learning about the new machine and all the fancy feet. So I took 4 hours of instruction at the store and set out to make a separate project to learn the 1/4- inch foot, the walking foot, and the free-motion foot. I had materials for a watercolor quilt so used them to make a wall hanging.

This is the result:

 It measures about 29 inches square (the interior blocks are 1.5 inches square). I did stippling for the first time ever, learned to install hanging loops, used a glued basting for the binding, and used a product called quilters ease for layout.

Good lessons learned - now I can get back to quilting the pieced top that started the whole thing!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 15 April 2013 11:46 AM PDT
Monday, 14 February 2011
My First Quilt
Topic: Quilting

I've been holding off showing this quilt since I finished it in early November. It was made for my eldest grand-daughter and I had to wait until she had opened it for her birthday before revealing it.

I used a pattern called Puzzling Pieces. It is made up of 33 colors (used twice each), black (for the 'missing pieces') and a colorful dotted print (for the backing and binding.)


This is a full-size quilt. Each of the 9-inch blocks is made up of 7 separate pieces. I backed it, free-motion quilted it, and hand-bound it. Here you can see the diagonal wavy stitching that is the quilting as well as getting a better view of the backing fabric:

I hand embroidered the label for the back of the quilt as well (name redacted for security).

I am doing one for each of the 5 grandkids, but they will wait for posting like this one did, until the birthday when it is presented.

Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 15 April 2013 11:46 AM PDT
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Big Star
Topic: Fantastic Folds

As I was sitting in a restaurant at Christmas I looked up and saw their huge 5-point 3-dimensional stars haning from the ceiling. While waiting for service I started trying to figure our how I could construct one using 5 sheets of 12 x 12 cardstock.

I drew on my napkin.

When I tried to use those sketches, though, I wisely used paper instead of cardstock and scaled back to 6 x 6 sheets.

As it turns out, you cannot make a 5-point star from my design. You CAN, however, make a 7-point star!

I added gold Stickles along the creases and ridges of each spoke and placed a giant flower brad in the center. This is a two-sided star - the same on both sides - so it could be hung from the ceiling... maybe in a restaurant! LOL!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Live to Ride - Ride to Live
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Assignment: Make a card for a teenager.

I had a brainstorm about using an oval tag as a skateboard by adding wheels. It actually worked much like I envisioned, though the tag was wider than I remembered it. I used rubons to make it look like it was covered with graffiti. The wheels are black circle punches, hole reinforcements and eyelets.

I accordion folded a 12 x 12 cardstock then cut on an angle to make a multi-level top. I decorated the front with bits of silver card impressed with diamond plate, black leaf stickers, and handwritten text "ride like the wind".

Along the top edges I arranged these cut out words:

On the inside I added more diamond plate and some industrial-looking scrapbook paper.

And here is the full view:

I have no idea if a 'real' teenager would like this card, but it worked for the swap I was in.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 11 February 2011
Stamp(maker) of Approval
Topic: Supplies

New toy alert! When I saw that the Teresa Collins Stampmaker was on sale before Christmas I asked my personal Santa to get it for me. He kindly drove 60 miles to the store that had it marked down and I didn't even have to wait to open it (he never wrapped it!)

This unassuming box opens up to reveal all this:

It includes a CD of instructions.

So, what does it do? It allows you to make your own clear stamps from any black and white artwork (samples included). You create a 'sandwich' of the artwork and a packet with a gel-like medium between two clear plates. This goes inside the machine which has 4 UV lights in it. After a few minutes explosure the packet is opened and rinsed off and scrubbed with a little brush. Then you put it back in the machine to harden. Sticky-back medium is included to make the stamp a cling. A block with a handle is included.

Here's the machine up close:

There are materials included so the machine can be used for making stencils and embossing dies.

I haven't had a chance to play with it yet but will post when I have done so.

Ddd

 

 


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Thursday, 10 February 2011
Cheeky Squirrel
Topic: Photo

We have had a squirrel feeder in the front yard for several years and it is quite a popular spot in the neighborhood. We will it with blackoil sunflower seeds. Not only do the squirrels feed there but a variety of birds. We've even had raccoons up there scooping out seeds by the handful and stuffing their mouths. Occasionally a deer will stand up on hind legs and manage to get their tongues inside to lick out seeds.

Lately, we've had a lone squirrel come to peek in the back door (where the raccoon comes in the evening looking for handouts). He comes in the morning after the birds have all taken away the bread scraps left out for them. He knows that if he can get out attention we will throw out a handful of treats for him. So far he is the only one that has caught on to this.

We toss him a few nuts from the kitchen. This day he got slivered almonds.

Here he is waiting for the treats to arrive:

Love how he uses his 'hands' to eat:

That one went quick:

Oh, good, there's more:

I like this picture because you can really see the tufts on his ears:

Just a cute pose:

Ddd

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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Red and Black Romance
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a paper embroidery card with only red and black.

I started with the red paper doily by glueing it to a black card. Then I used red metallic thread to stitch the black ribbon border using Xs. When it was all stitched in place I tied the ends into a bow. Then I made free-form 5-spoke thread bases and wove the black ribbon through them to create ribbon roses. Finally, I used black thread to free-form stitch some leaves.

Here's the whole card:

I mounted it to a folded red base and added a thick clear acrylic sticker for the text (mounted on a red background).

Here's a closeup of the ribbon stitching:

And here's a closeup of the ribbon roses:

Ddd

 


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Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Moon Shine Fairy
Topic: Paper Embroidery

This was a pattern challenge. The pattern is from Ann's Paper Art and one of the groups challenged us all to use the same one to see what we came up with. I had already planned on doing it up and had pricked it out on this nice purple cardstock. I chose to stitch in bright yellow and followed the pattern instructions (1-4 for the facial features, 1-7 for everything else).

I remembered these cute fairy stickers in my stash and this one had the best coloring for the card. It is a sticker of two layers so the body sticks and the wings and feet remain free. Another clear sticker set in two layers creates the flight trail.

I layered a clear thick text sticker on bright yellow card and trimed it out for the bottom of the card. Then I rounded all four corners and added a yellow folded card base.

Ddd

 


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Monday, 7 February 2011
Butterfly Rainbow
Topic: Paper Embroidery

When I first stitched this pattern back in June I pricked out 4 cards at one time. I had an assignment (butterflies) coming up for a swap so I pulled this out to stitch again. I used brighter colors than last time and accented with a black border and a clear text sticker.

I pulled out some background paper with a softer blend of rainbow colors and some light text. This over folded brown cardstock finishes off the card.

Ddd


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Sunday, 6 February 2011
A is For Alphabet
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I've had this pattern hanging around for quite awhile (it is from Darsie Bruno's free patterns) but it seemed like SO many holes! In reality it stitches up pretty quickly.

I backed it with a plaid scrapbook paper and black folded cardstock. I finished it off with faux stitches with a white gel pen.

Ddd

 


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Saturday, 5 February 2011
For Space Cadets
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a paper embroidery card with a 'space' theme.

I chose a shimmery blue background and randomly pricked out circles of 5 holes to stitch stars of varying sizes. I used bright yellow thread for them. Afterward, I used two hole punches to punch stars and mounted it on yellow folded card so it would show through the punches. The top corners were rounded on both layers.

The colors were chosen to feature the tag that I wanted to use for the centerpiece. I mounted it on yellow and cut a thin border around. Then I pricked the stars and stitched them. Where the tag 'hole' would have been, I punched a star and then mounted the tag with 3D glue dots.

I used three sizes of red rhinestones to fill the punched stars. This would make a great card for a boy if it weren't already going to be a swap card.

Ddd

 


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Friday, 4 February 2011
Take Flight
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a card with paper embroidery and butterflies. I chose some stitching stickers. I got these cheap since the manufacturer printed them on gold sticker stock instead of clear. Hey, I don't mind - in fact, I like them this way.

The background cardstock is really a very nice shimmery violet color and the thread is dark purple. I stitched in the antenna and the clear flowers with metallic gold thread and then went back and added beads to the butterflies.

The folded card base is metallic gold.

Ddd

 


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Thursday, 3 February 2011
You Made My Day
Topic: Stamping

Assignment: Make a 'thank you' card with a different fold. I chose to do a gate fold. I already had a basic stamped and colored image so I cut it in two along the edges of the illustration for a curved breakpoint and mounted half on each side of the gate. This is what it looks like closed:

I used chalk ink to match the flowers and stamped a multiple text greeting stamp repeatedly over the background. Then I used black ink to stamp the text in the upper right and colored around it with a matching colored pencil to highlight it.

Here you can see how the card opens:

A lot of detail going on here - with just three stamps!

Ddd

 

 

 


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Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Forest Floor
Topic: Photo

As my family can attest, I usually walk around looking at the ground (my mother probably told me too many times to 'watch where you're going.) But, over the years this habit has come in handy many times - finding money, searching for agates on the beach, and spying great shots like this:

If you are walking through the forest looking at the leaves in the trees you will not see these little bits of nature.

Just wanted you to see what you were missing.

Ddd


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Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Drying Out
Topic: In the studio

I thought I'd share today how I use a drying rack in my studio. It is really a wire CD holder that I picked up at Goodwill.

I sue it mainly when I've used Stickles on card fronts as I can dry 10 at once without covering my work surface or having them stick to each other. It works best when I put the fold of the card OVER a divider and let the card open into the two neighboring slots.

So what am I drying? 10 thank-you cards for the people who took part in the Christmas program I told you about yesterday. 

These are napkin fronts that have been stuck down to a cardstock piece that has gone thru the Xyron for dry adhesive. I trimmed them down to cut off the top and bottom red border but include a portion of the borders on the right and left. Then I mounted on folded cream cardstock and traced out scrolls and dots on the ornaments and one ribbon with gold Stickles. I placed a gold peel off "Thank You" sticker and traced it out with gold stickles as well... Times ten and into the drying rack.

Ddd

 

 


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