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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Lonely Tree
Topic: Stamping

I needed more masculine cards for Operation Write Home and used the opportunity to use this stamp from the one-dollar bin. I stamped it on glossy cardstock and used Copic and Bic markers to color it. I colored four of them, trimmed them out and used a mix of papers, cardstocks and ribbons to complete them.

I used different bits of trim to stamp the text for each card.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Feathered Friends
Topic: Stamping

I picked up a new stamp on sale and wanted to ink it up. I had an assignment to make masculine cards and this was perfect for it. I stamped on glossy cardstock and colored up all 5 images with Copic and Bic Alcohol Markers in exactly the same way. I used a variety of Nestabilities dies to cut them out and then combined with different papers, cardstock and ribbons to make 5 cards.

Here they are:

I used stamping on some of the to add text.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 9 January 2012
Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head
Topic: Dry Embossing

I wanted to try out a technique I was reminded of a while back and selected the snowflake embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. I inked up the inside of the folder with Distress Ink and then impressed a piece of glossy cardstock with it. I messed up with the first piece but saved it and did the procedure again. With the old one I used a circle punch and punched out 5 of the snowflakes. These I mounted on the good piece with foam tape. The feature piece was attached to a turquoise folded card base.

I cut a strip of the turquoise and punched a scalloped edge on it, attached it to the card and added a clear text sticker. Each of the popped up snowflakes got a turquoise rhinestone.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Snowflakes Are Crystals
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment (Several months ago): Make a paper embroidery card for Christmas.

I chose to use a snowflake pattern of my own since I already had it pricked out. Then the problems started:

1. The thread color was too close to the paper color so the snowflake didn't show up very well - solution: stitch beads to the ends of all the branches.

2. Still not enough definition - solution: use a grey marker to shade the branches.

3. Decided to stamp snowflakes around the background and the feature faded away again - solution: cut all the stamping away by making a shaped unit.

4. Mounted snowflake to a folded card base that was too close to the color of the snowflake - solution: add darker borders to top and bottom.

5. Too plain - solution: added silver peeloffs, silver liquid pearls, silver stickles atound the card. Added silver stickles to the snowflake at the intersections.

So... here it is:

For a rough ride, it turned out okay.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Late Tree Trimming
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a Paper Embroidery Card Incorporating Fabric

This was a head-scratcher for me so I started by embroidering a X-stitch style border onto fabric-print scrapbook paper while I pondered a center motif in fabric.

I finally decided to use some scraps to create a layered tree by free-hand cutting 4 trees. I ran a line ov gathering stitch up the center of each separately, gathered each, layered them and stitched through all 4 layers. I then roughed up the edges of each layer and stitched the stack to the border layer. I used markers to color the white thread to match the fabric.

I layered this panel onto folded green cardstock and used sticky glitter dots to decorate the tree. Here is a closeup of the tree where you can see the layers and decorations better.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 6 January 2012
Cattails and Dragonfly
Topic: Paper Embroidery

On assignment: Make a Paper Embroidery Autumn Card

I think cattails for fall are a particularly appropriate image andI always liked this one with the dragonfly. I used verigated thread to simulate the irridescent quality of the wings in the sunshine.

I rounded the corners on the right of the panel and cut a strip for the stamped greeting from the same cardstock. Both are mounted to a cream folded cardstock.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Puppy Love
Topic: Paper Embroidery

A newer free pattern I picked up last year finally got stitched. I chose brown swiss dot paper and stitched with a different brown thread. This is not stitched by the directions as I wanted to have an open face on my version. I just calculated which holes to use based on how open I wanted it to be. I also used tiny google eyes instead of stitching on beads as the directions did and I used liquid pearls to give him a nose that matches the folded card base.

I used rub-ons to give him a little heart and to add the text.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Cut And Tuck
Topic: Techniques

I found this cut and tuck lattice pattern in an old on-line magazine and tucked it away a long time ago. Then recently I signed up for a swap that required some kind of paper cutting. Perfect place to use it. The pattern included all the cutting lines and the little flower pot as well. It is a very easy process to put it together but the effect is elegant.

I finished it off with eyelash yarn woven through for the vines, mini ribbon roses  and a paper vine across the bottom. The text tag is popped up on foam.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Operation Write Home Sketch 88
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Time for another sketch challenge for Operation Write Home.

I started out staying true to the sketch with this pink and black card made from table scraps and some self-stick flowers:

...and this which includes a piece of wrapping paper, two cardstocks and a diecut flower from a friend:

This one almost follows the sketch except the center bar is scooted up and the whole feature piece it toward the top of the card. This uses more of the wrapping paper and more of the self-stick flowers:

This one uses the right layout but I tilted the elements for some interest. These are still self-stick flowers, just a different style:

Then I went way off sketch and started arranging the elements to suit myself (because I was bored). This uses three scraps from the page-a-day scrapbooking calendar as well as a three-layer silk flower held together with a brad and attached with a large glue dot:

This one uses table scraps and felt flowers:

One with ColorMe paper, printed paper, diecut border and a layered silk and felt flower:

...and one with printed cardstock, more of the diecut border and layered silk/felt flowers.

So, what else do they have in common beyond cutting all the parts the same size and attaching flowers? They all use the same stamp set. On the ones that didn't stamp clearly enough I went over the letters with a black fine-line marker and added balls at the ends of the letters for a more casual feel.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 2 January 2012 8:41 AM PST
Monday, 2 January 2012
Leaves Falling in January
Topic: Quilting

I made this quilted banner back in September and just realized I needed to post it!

This is created 100% from scraps and donation fabrics including the batting and backing! I designed it on CorelDraw on the computer. This is the first quilt I have 'birthed' rather than sandwiched and bound and also the first on which I have included a hanging sleeve.

I designed this specifically for the end of our fireplace. The banner is hung with a ribbon attached to the ends of the wooden slat that runs through the sleeve.

In the picture below you can see some of the free-motion stitching by which I quilted it. The swirls are meant to represent blowing winds.

For scale, each of the leaves is a 10" x 10" block.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 2 January 2012 8:42 AM PST
Sunday, 1 January 2012
OWH Sketch 87
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Time for another sketch challenge from Operation Write Home

I found this to be a little difficult to work with as I kept feeling like the rectangles were too large. Maybe it is just that I stamped too large of image on them though. Anyway, I soldiered through (lol) and came up with 6 cards.

I'll start with my least favorite - The colors were fairly dull so I went over them with a yellow marker. Big mistake! The blues all turned green and the pink turned orange. I already had orange so that was not really an improvement. I rounded the corners to make the panels less stark and used some bright colors in the backing papers to help them blend in.

I stayed with the butterfly theme with this stamp composed of dots. I stamped in three colors but the blue and green are too close in hue to differentiate them much. I mounted these on a dot-textured cardstock and chose some scraps that echoed the colors and/or the dots. The greeting is stamped.

Since I had the dot-textured cardstock out I cut some into panels to stamp these fish. I think it looks like bubbles in the water and I added some blue swishes with marker for them to swim in. These are colored with watercolor markers as are the rest of the cards. I used some of the green background I had cut for the first butterfly card and added a ColorMe paper scrap behind that.

I used more of the ColorMe paper scrap tocreate a band to back this scene. These are three stamps from the same set and they seem most suited to this card layout. I used a fine-line marker to doodle lines around most of the panels and the card base then added a meandering line of stamped hearts to fill the right-hand space and reinforce the theme.

This is actually the first image I pulled out to stamp with but not the first I put together. That background is more of the ColorMe papers with a stamped greeting. I pulled out some old text-print scrapbook paper bor a backing strip.

And, finally, my favorite... I messed with the layout and ended up with a different orientation. I colored with very bright markers and added Stickles to the cupcake papers and the sprinkles. Then I used glossy accents on the cherries. Rounding the top corners made them more casual and the snips of fancy borders bring it back to the girly side. A very bright, glittery cardstock base and a yellow accent strip make this an eye-popping treat.

Now I wish I had cheated with the orientation on all of them and I might have liked them better.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 31 December 2011
2011 Year End Wrapup
Topic: Multi-Technique

I noticed on lots of the blogs I follow that people are offering a year-in-review highlighting their favorite projects of the year. Thought I'd do the same and, WOW, is it hard! First I came up with a list of favorites that was way too long and then started paring it down. I even solicited help from family but finally ended up doing the last cuts by myself. It's like saying one of your kids are not among your favorites!

So I finally ended up with the top ten, plus a bonus! I couldn't cut one more! LOL!

In no particular order:

PROJECT 1: I like this one for the combination of techniques used to construct it. I used alcohol inks to color transparency, layered it over stamping on pink paper with multiple images of cherries, placed under a jar-shaped aperture, added a scored gold jar lid and a blue ribbon of fabric, and stamped a text label.

PROJECT 2: This card features atechnique using a scoring mat to create 'tiles'. I scored white cardstock, stamped with flowers and butterfies in blue, colored with more blue, and used blue distress ink on the background. I embellished with an embossed and diecut butterfly and a stamped diecut.

PROJECT 3: I  created these sheep from embossed diecut scallops after sketching a slide illustration at church (yes, I sketch all over my church bulletin). They were one of those things that came out exactly as I envisioned (love it when that happens). Used diecut letters for the text.

PROJECT 4: I have admired watercolor quilts for many years and even made a faux one with 1-inch squares of wallpaper from a sample book (many years ago). However, this project was when I was very new to quilting and used a grid-marked press on interfacing. One cuts the fabrics to 2-inch squares and lay them out on the grid and press. Then the whole thing is folded on the grids and stitched with 1/4-inch seams. Voila! I also learned to do stippling for the quilting on this one which won a red second-place ribbon later in the year.

PROJECT 5: I love this technique that creates a shaft of sunlight effect. Stamp the image, mask the light shaft, apply blue ink to the corners, color the image in the light area. The black borders and bright colors in the framing really enhance the effect.

PROJECT 6: This effect is created by stamping on the inside of an embossing folded before impressing the image. I used distress ink to showcase the embossing. The rest is just layering and stamping a greeting.

PROJECT 7: A test of my drawing skills. This started with a plain piece of paper with a denim print on it. I used markers to draw all the jeans details and cut a slit for the pocket opening. The rivets are brads and the belt label is a sticker. Printed paper mounted behind gives a nice lining to the pocket which was used to hold a gift card.

PROJECT 8: Ooooh, how I love this one! A stamp with dogwood blossoms was stamped repeatedly around the edge and colored with markers. I used multiple sizes of a Nestabilities die to cut and emboss the aperture and stamped inset. All layers/pieces were distressed with 'old paper' ink.

PROJECT 9: This necklace is made up of 1/4-inch squares of actual fabric adhered to a backing fabric with Steam-a-Seam2 and enhanced with threads in the 'ditch'. It is sandwiched between 2 pieces of microscope glass and bound with foil tape.

PROJECT 10: This project shows my best work on Copic coloring. I used an image from a swap and colored her to match the stitched background.

BONUS PROJECT: And here is the bonus project. I reprised my paper teapot making with 'one more for a friend' (the original won a blue ribbon at the County fair in the fall). I designed a cup to go along with the teapot. The color is off, but this is purple (her favorite color) and includes a rose (her favorite flower). The teapot (she collects them) features a rose-shaped button on the top for a knob on the lid.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Happy New Year!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:46 AM PST
Smooshy Flowers
Topic: Techniques

Hard pressed (lol) to come up with an appropriate 'topic' for this entry. Many years ago I saw fabrics that were decorated with what was called 'flower pounding'. They laid the flowers on canvas, covered with absorbent papers and pounded them with a hammer to transfer the flower colors to the fabric. I never tried it.

Then as I was walking along and noticed some attractive wildflowers (weeds) beside the road I decided to try a different version of this technique by laying the blooms and stems between two pieces of watercolor paper and running it through the Cuttlebug..... squish.

The result was very juicy and nothing was clearly defined. So I scraped off all the flower remains, dried the piece with a heat gun and then set to work trying to recover something from the experiment. I first used a fine-line pen to draw alont the stems, define flowers in the yellow places and draw in pods where other blobs occured. I added some grassy lines to the background and then used watercolor markers to redefine the colors as they were very washed out.

I used a dotted cardstock to frame it (along with a thin black drawn line) and a cream cardstock base.

It turned out OK in the end but the process was WAY more than squashing flowers to imprint them as I had originally intended.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 30 December 2011
Double Display Card
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Challenge: Make a Double Display Card. We were given a link to these instructions http://paolaspaperhaven.blogspot.com/2011/08/dbl-display-card.html as a starting point. Since the plan starts with a 12 x 6 cardstock I cut a 12 x 12 in half and made two cards with the materials.

I used three coordinating papers on each card and a lot of the Tim Holtz stamps from Stampers Anonymous. This one has a front with sprayed ColorMe papers and is decorated with punched paper flowers which are burnished to cup the petals and layered with brads.

Here you can see how it looks when it is pulled fron the sides to fold open.

This view from the top shows how all the folds are created.

The other card uses a spotted paper on the front, stamped and havingtissue tape applied. I also attached a punched butterfly on one side only so it would bridge the front gap.

Here is the full open view.



When open there are medium panels on either side for stamping.

It really only looks complicated but is deceptively easy to construct.







Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Forever Beautiful
Topic: Stamping

Ummm, yeah - this is a project from several months ago.

Assignment: Make stamped cards celebrating Autumn

The thing I most like about fall is the awesome color of the leaves. So I pulled out a scenery stamp with trees, several sizes and styles of maple leaves and a mix-and-match word stamp set. I stamped the scenery on white glossy cardstock and masked it, stamped small leaves and masked them, stamped medium leaves and masked them and then the large leaves. The images were all colored with watercolor markers.

The resulting large image was trimmed out with a craft knife, sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist, and layered onto a golden panel cut with a large nestability die. This was popped up on foam tape over a lighter golden folded card base. From the same color as the card base I cut a strip and made sections of short flag-end blocks and long blocks. These were stamped with the sentiment and layered to make little 'banners'. I added some randomly punched fall leaves gleaned from swaps.

Here's one in close-up so you can see the details better:



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
OWH Sketch Challenge 85
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another sketch for Operation Write Home that I really liked.

I started by pulling out table scraps and coordinating the colors of the large block, the banner block, and the oval. Then I selected a folded base and, finally, some small brads. I used a square punch, turned on a 45 degree angle, to cut the banner notches. The ovals were cut with a scalloped oval nestabilities set in one of two sizes, depending on the size of the scrap I had pulled out to work with. I stamped greetings on either the oval or the banner, added doodles or faux stitching with pens around various parts, and assembled them with glue and/or foam tape.

I ended up with eight of these cards.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Mundane to Marvelous
Topic: Beads

Mundane: A medic alert bracelet with a plain, industrial chain

Marveous: Beads on stretchy string with clasps on each end to clip onto the medic alert bracelet

Project: Make a 'wardrobe' of these from donated beads and beads from my stash

Oooo, aaaaah! The lady who requested these was very pleased with the result. She had purchased one and wanted more to go with her wardrobe. Yes, one is still chain but it has a twist in it and is much nicer quality than the one that comes standard on the bracelet.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Monday, 26 December 2011
Christmas Creations
Topic: Other Hobbies

Just ONE (OK, technically 4) more Christmas project to share.

First up is the set of ornaments I made. I got the idea for these from one of the blogs I follow and actually bought the balls to make them with. I started with 6 red satin-glass balls, used glue dots to adhere a grosgrain ribbon around and attached a square of gold metallic cardstock to cover the seam. The center of the buckle is colored in with Sharpie marker. I did not have any black ribbon so I colored some cream ribbon with black alcohol ink.

The rest of the projects involve food - for the Christmas brunch we went to. I got the idea to make cucumber cups from a magazine but changed it up by peeling mine and making a filling of spicy crab salad for the filling. The centers are scooped out to make the cups.

Then from Google Images I got the idea to arrange the veggie tray as a Christmas tree. I used cauliflower for the snow, snap peas for the trunk, broccoli for the tree and decorated with yellow bell pepper strips, radishes and black olives. I shaved carrot over the top for color and served two kinds of dip in hollowed out bell peppers.

I made a wreath for the fruit tray using cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple rings (cut in half). The pineapple centers each got a grape and the spaces between these got half of a strawberry. I cut slices of the cantapoupe and carved them to make a bow for the center.

Still eating leftovers...



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Winding down on the embroidered alphabet!

First up today we've got W is for Wreath. I grabbed a piece of striped glossy cardstock gleaned from the back of an old thank you card I had received. I changed up the stitching for this the way I always do as the original design is very pedestrian. I stitched using a variety of colors to make a very spring look. I added it to a lavender card base and used lavender Liquid Pearls to the center of each flower. It is finished off with a silver peel-off greeting.

Then I went on to X is for X-stitch (X is a hard letter to illustrate!). I chose a printed paper that looks like aida cloth and selected green and red threads to stitch with. The Tilda image was received in a stamped image swap and I colored her with Copic markers to match the stitching. I trimmed her out with a craft knife and colored a little shadow for her stool. I created a text block with a stamp.

Finally, we have Z is for Zig-zag. I chose this pattern of zig-zag trees and a background of burlap printed paper. I would choose a darker color for the stars next time but I am basically satisfied with this. I used a frame of green like the trees and a yellow card base to bring out the stars. This is a very easy pattern to stitch up and I taught my grand-daughters (12 and 10) to do paper embroidery with this as the beginning design.

What's left? Just the letter Y and this series will be finished.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Sunday, 25 December 2011
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Angels We Have Heard
Topic: Scrap Recovery

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I am finishing the display of all my handmade Christmas cards right on time. Something new tomorrow...

For both of these cards I started with a combination of papers that looked good on a pink folded card base. These were the leftovers from all the other paper cutting I had done for this project and I was fortunate that they combined so well. 

For the one on the left I cut an image from an old card, rounded the corners and mounted it on a shimmery blue paper to pick up the blue in the papers. This got its corners rounded as well. The greeting is a combination of two clear stickers. Card two is also embellished with an image from an old card but this time I trimmed right around the angel with a craft knife. I gave her wings a dusting of Stickles and then applied a thick acrylic greeting sticker. I sprinkled the solid color blocks with silver snowflake stickers.

I hope you have been blessed by the collection of cards I have shown.




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

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