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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Topic: Multi-Technique

These cards all use two of three coordinating papers. I had some large bells with glitter, some overall jingle bell print, and snowflakes with glitter.

This first set uses both bell prints. I stamped an old car image from a Tim Holtz set onto cream colored print paper and rounded two corners. Then I plopped a clear tree sticker on the roof and drew in a trunk on each tree.

Three more using both bell prints got stamped vellum greetings trimmed out with gold peel-off stickers of bells and holly.

The last two with both bell prints got a sash of gold-on-gold text print and a mini-tag sticker with a tiny snippet of ribbon. I gave the tags a clear sticker greeting.

Then I switched to a combination of the large bell print and the snowflakes. These two cards use a larger tag sticker with a folded ribbon snippet and a clear sticker greeting.

And finally, two more with the large bells and showflake papers. I only had one each of these embellishments to the cards are handled entirely differently.  I did start with a vertical band of green cardstock for both. On the left is a panel with rounded corners cut from an old card. It is popped up on foam tape. For the carousel horse sticker I first border-punched the green strip and added a clear sticker greeting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Pinecone Paper
Topic: Multi-Technique

Four cards with the same two printed cardstocks and folded bases are all decorated differently.

These two use stickers of trees that are inhanced with gold glitter. The dark trees are clear stickers with glitter orbs. The white trees are glossy stickers with Stickles on the dots. The rhinestones came on the top of these trees.

The next card is decorated with a stained glass window cut from an old card. There was a smaller version as well so I added that on top. The greeting is a clear sticker. For the 4th card I used some vellum stickers of holly and pinecones.

I added a clear sticker greeting after the photo was taken.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Monday, 28 November 2011
Topic: Multi-Technique

I had several papers that were predominantly pink and combined them in a variety of configurations while keeping the folded base cards all pink.

These first three all use a holly print and a village and I added a strip of multi-patterned stripe crosswise. On the first card I cut a night sky scene from an old card to place Santa above the village. This is popped up on foam tape and I added a clear sticker greeting.

On the next one I added a piece of the musical tissue tape and a color clip-art of Santa with kids. The lower greeting is a clear sticker. Then for the last one I added two strips of tissue tape and a 3D sticker wreath. There is a clear sticker greeting to the right of the wreath.

With a different paper combination (kept the holly and added a dark swirl paper) I cut out an image from the page-a-day calendar and backed it with a shimmery paper matching the blue in thepapers. This was popped up on foam tape and a clear sticker greeting was added. Then for the second card I cut an image from an old card, popped it up on foam tape and added Stickles glitter to the wings and tail fo the dove. The greeting on the lower right is a clear sticker.

For the next set I kept the dark swirl paper and added an ornament print. The ornament on the first card is from the page-a-day calendar and is mounted on foam tape over the backing square. I used a thin gold border sticker to create a hanging thread. The other card has two irridescent angel stickers and a clear sticker greeting.

Lastly I went back to the holly paper and added some winter children. I border punched a strip of matching turquoise and applied foil print clear stickers of ornaments down the length. I drew in strings for them with a fine-line marker. The second card is made up of snippets of three of the patterned papers. They were offset on a green dotted background paper and separated by strips of gold border sticker. I embellished it with a 3D wreath sticker to which I added red Stickles.


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Sunday, 27 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Swirling Trees
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The swirling dots pattern and the tree print are actually reverse sides of the same piece of cardstock. Certainly ensures that the colors will match!

The first is embellished with an image cut from an old card with a Nestability die. I added a stripe of burgundy cardstock behind it for contrast. The second uses an image from the page-a-day calendar, bordered with a green paper and popped up on foam tape.

These both gor green card bases to echo some of the tree colors.




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Saturday, 26 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Reindeer Wreaths
Topic: Stickers

The hardest thing in using a multi-directional print is deciding which image you want to feature! That is surely the case with the deer print. On the other hand, they all have bows or wreaths around their necks so it was easy to decide on the embellishment!

For these two I used 3D wreath stickers and nothing else. The gold printed paper creates the message.

Choosing to feature the images in burgundy, I used that color of print for the alternate blocks. I chose the wreath from a clear sticker sheet and found that the round printed greeting from the same sheet was a perfect counterbalance.




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Friday, 25 November 2011
Topic: Stickers

Combining some paper from the poinsettia print with these hexagon snowflakes was a matter of color choice. Even the dotted paper carries that same teal which I also echoed in the choice of card base.

The large image is a vellum sticker and ther greeting is a clear sticker.




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Thursday, 24 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Poinsettia Patch
Topic: Stickers

Did you notice? This isn't scrap recovery! I actually used all new product for these (OK, most of them).

These cards are a mixture of layouts and some of the papers are different. The common element is they are using the light version, the green version, or the black version of a poinsettia print. (well, something has to tie them together).

This one uses the black version of the paper along with a diamond plaid and a strip of a light text print. I added a cardstock sticker tag and trimmed it with a fold of green ribbon and a thick acrylic text greeting.

This one uses stripes of the black and the light versions of the paper that were scrap after cutting other parts out. I layered some clear stickers to create the pinecone wreath and added a greeting sticker from the same set.

This card uses the green version of the poinsettia print and is combined with a light text print. From that same sticker sheet I used a tag with a poinsettia on it and then added another poinsettia sticker to the upper left. I gave it a thick acrylic greeting sticker.

Both of these use the black and light versions of the paper and also both use the same stickers. The tag, the extra poinsettia on the tag and the greeting at the upper left are all from the same clear sticker sheet. I used a black folded card base on both of these so they will require a liner to write the inside message on.

This is the one card I used a recovered scrap on. I used the green background and some of the light text print. I tore a silhouette photo from a magazine, added a clear text sticker to the upper right and wrote script text on the lower left.











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Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2011 7:16 PM PDT
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The patterns and colors on these papers are SO not Christmas-y so I selected a blatantly holiday image to get them in the spirit!

These gingerbread men are from the page-a-day calendar and were cut out to include their printed borders. I mounted them up on foam tape.

In case there was any confusion as to the intent, I added thick acrylic greeting sticker on the lower right block.




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Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Some patterned paper packs contain a sheet or two that combine all the papers in a stripe. I cut these up in an even grid and mounted them abutted together with some of the gold-on-gold text.

That made a pretty lively background so I kept the embellishment simple. Each of these has an image from the page-a-day calendar which I bordered with colored paper. All except the triple ornaments are popped up on foam tape.

I also added a doodle line to the tree to coordinate with the black border on the image.




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Monday, 21 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Bitty Red Snowflakes
Topic: Scrap Recovery

OK, technically the paper is red and the bitty snowflakes are white... I combined this paper with a vintage-look paper of kids playing in the snow.

From a page-a-day scrapbooking calendar I got these cute stocking images. There were two of them so I made use of both. They are trimmed close with a craft knife and mounted to a rectangle of golden-tone paper. I rounded the corners and drew doodle lines around the edge before mounting.

Since I had no more of the stockings I cut this greeting block from the front of an old card, rounded the corners and mounted it up on foam tape.




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Sunday, 20 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Snowman Season
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I've had this printed text paper hanging around for years - gleaned from the inside of a large mailing envelope. It was a little too stark for the printed paper so I used Old Paper distress ink on it. Then in the country painting pattern book I found three snowman images to use, cut them out, colored with watercolor markers and applied with a golden border paper underneath for contrast.

You can see that, on these cards, the pieces were cut with the original grid measurements, but I sometimes arranged them differently.



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Saturday, 19 November 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Blue Snowflakes
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Yes, the Christmas Card Parade is starting already!

I really liked the recent Operation Write Home sketch (83) and thought it word work well for creating a variety of card bases out of all the scraps of Christmas cardstock I had left over from last year. These could be embellished in various ways - stickers, cutouts from old cards, stamped images, etc. Some of the pieces were even cut to different dimensions to create a symetrical grid instead of the original off-center one. I sometimes left space between the papers and sometimes butted them together. When I had used up the big pieces I combined the scraps to make more cards with different layouts. So, I think I have enough to show from now til Christmas - but I have to show several each day to fit them all in. I'll combine similar projects together to do this.

Let's begin!

I got 4 cards out of this combination of gold-on-gold print and blue stamped snowflakes. These were all cut with the grid pieces even and butted together. The first was decorated with a trio of holly leaves cut from an old card front. Then, from a pattern book on painting country decorating, I clipped and colored these mittens using watercolor markers. They did not have enough contrast from the background so I punched a square of colored paper and mounted it on angle behind.

From the same pattern book I gleaned these two angel images, colored with watercolor markers and affixed one to each of the remaining cards.

Because of the text print in the gold cardstock I did not add any greeting to these cards.


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Friday, 18 November 2011
U is for Up
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Up, Up and Away!

I had this wonderful piece of printed cardstock with swirls and shimmer and it just called out to me to be the sky backdrop for a hot air balloon. The shimmery thread is so close to the card color that it makes a very subtle image. I used a matching folded card base.

I ran across these awesome glittered letters in my stash and they just lent a touch of class to the card.



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Thursday, 17 November 2011
T is for Tools
Topic: Paper Embroidery

More of the stitching through the alphabet...

Today we're up to 'T' so I stitched up my Tool pattern. I used a dotted cardstock with a diecut edge. I roughed up the edges with adistressing tool and applied distress ink with a foam applicator to all the edges. The stitching is doen with re, brown and gray threads and a slate blue folded card base was added.

I used bubble letter stickers to spell out TOOL TIME.



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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
His and Hers
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Two totally different cards from the scrap bin today.

One of the Goodwill books I bought to cut up had oodles of clip art designed for re-use. I clipped out this bunny and set it on a printed tag that I trimmed down to look like a couch. Crumpled printed tissue over Xyron covered cardstock forms a center panel which is bordered with silver peel-off stickers to separate it from the lavender shimmery background paper. I also added a greeting in silver peel-off stickers.

A travel brochure netted me this lighthouse picture and I worked to echo its colors in borders and panels. I mounted a clear text sticker onto a dark red that was used in the photo border and trimmed it out for use.


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Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Sticker Stacker
Topic: Stickers

In a supplies swap I was sent these brightly colored vellum stickers. I ran across a scrap of super-shiny tissue paper and decided to pair the two. I started with a folded card base to match the stickers, crinkled the tissue and it pressed flat onto a cardstock piece covered with Xyron adhesive. This was trimmed up to fit the card base and glued in place. I added the stickers to make it look like they were haphazardly stacked. Each one has an added flower sticker in the bow. The gold peel-off greeting echoes the gold on the packages.



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Monday, 14 November 2011
Serendipity Duo
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I can't remember how long ago I made these serendipity squares, but it may have been years. I ran across them recently and laid them out to work into cardmaking at some point. Today is the day!

I had four of the one-inch squares so I laid them out on a silver metallic cardstock to create a unified piece. Then I created a panel by layering printed tissue paper over a colored cardstock covered with Xyron adhesive. This was trimmed up and layered over a reddish panel and a lilac folded card base. I added silver peel-off bordera and greeting words to complete it.

I also had three serendipity squares about 1 3/4 inches across. I gave these a purple backing and layered with ColorMe papers I had spritzed with color. Two irridescent foil butterfly stickers and a clear text scripture are featured on the right and the whole is mounted to a purple folded card base.


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Sunday, 13 November 2011
Three In Stitches
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I had some assignments for swaps and sat down to do them all at one time.

First swap was for a 'masculine' card. Though I know of no men specifically that yearn for boats or the ocean my tendency is to gravitate to these themes. I designed this lighthouse stitching many years ago and stitched it up on cardstock that was run through the Cuttlebug with a Happy Birthday folder. I kept the colors in the primary range and gave the card a blue folded base to match the lighthouse.

The next swap was for 'Autumn Flowers". Other than cattails I think this sunflower is the only pattern I have that suits the theme. This was a pattern drawn up by someone on one of the lists I belong to but I always stitch it up differently than the pattern indicates. I stitched it on a 'ledger print' cardstock and added a cardstock sticker text. I rounded the corners of the stitched panel and mounted on a chocolate brown card base.

And finally, for the assignment of "Ethnic" I went with this Eiffel Tower that I patterned after a string art pattern from a library book. It is simplified greatly from the string art but maintains the overall feel. I stitched on a shimmery printed cardstock with a copper thread and added a copper metal text plate.


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Saturday, 12 November 2011
I Went Jewelry Chopping
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Yes, chopping, not shopping. I chopped up a jewelry catalog, cutting out really neat pins to feature on cards.

For this lovely I cut out a dragonfly with my craft knife and layered it on a ColorMe tag and a lively striped cardstock. The words are from a sticker sheet of mix and match phrases.

I selected a black cardstock backing for this and made Cuttlebug distressed stripes on it. A keyboard from the cover of a cardstock pad and a line of musical tissue tape form a backdrop for the flower from the jewelry catalog. The piece is mounted on foam tape. One petal and the center of the flower had rhinestone settings so I added some over the top of those in the picture. I used a deep red card base.

A dragonfly pin was my next inspiration. I set it on a square of printed card from the cover of a cardstock pad. Then, from table scraps, I compiled a collection of like-minded colored papers and cut stripes from them for a background. The feature panel is popped up on foam tape. I added golden stickles to all the rhinestones on the pin and a gold peel-off greeting.

The owl pin was added to a tag from my recent purchase of 'booklets' of tags, though I cut off the bottom for another use and re-rounded the corners with a punch. Because of the black eyes I selected a black accent strip and the black ribbon tied onto the tag. The burgundy printed background is a carker tone of the tag and the bright folded card base picks up the gold in the pin. I added stickles to all the rhinestone spots including black stickles for the eyes. The greeting is a gold peel-off.

I pulled another ColorMe tag as the background for this bird-of-paradise pin. Thr rich colors of the bird are echoed in the blue brocade background paper and the emerald green card base. I added a burgundy strip to anchor the tag and a gold peel-off greeting to the upper left. The rhinestones were again colored with stickles.


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Friday, 11 November 2011
Sketch #83 - Operation Write Home
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Not ONE of the 5 cards I did fit the scketch exactly but they do all use the proper size blocks in the background plus at least one embellishment or focal element. Here is the sketch:

To start with I pulled out some patriotic papers and cut them into the right sizes for the blocks. Then the blocks looked too regimented so I added some other color strips to relax the design a little. For this one I actually used a circle like the design showed but added little ribbon tails and then a definition sticker to it. I also make red doodle lines around the circle to integrate the color better into the rest of the design.

Then I used the same base color blocks but added different accent strips. For this one I used a scarecrow from my parts and starts drawer as the focal element and added a sentiment sticker to the lower block.

I still had small pieces of the original blocks but not enough to make the whole card. So I tossed in some solid color blocks and added a new patterned paper into the mix. This uses a cardstock sticker that looks like a sewn patch.

And in trying to use up the last of those scraps I added in still more patterned papers from the scrap bin and cut an image from a scrapbooking page-a-day calendar for the focal.

With the pattern in my head I went looking for more papers to play with. From the scrap bin I pulled this shimmery printed cardstock and found that it was exactly the right size to create the assigned blocks. The challenge for this was finding matching papers for the backing card and the rest of the elements. I found these vellum butterflies and applied them... good, not great. So I pulled out the silver outline butterflies and placed them as well... getting better, not quite there. Aha! When all else fails, add Stickles! I filled in all the outline butterflies with this glitter glue and added three silver "Happy" greetings to the right edge. Perfect!


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