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Saturday, 14 April 2012
Little Girl's Dream
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I created this pattern for my granddaughter who is learning ballet. She is having a recital and I wanted a special card for her. I am making the pattern available on my free pattern site at http://mystudio3d.com/StitcheryDoDodd.htm

I had a pad of paper that is all about music and selected this black tone-on-tone with a piano keyboard border. I used metallic copper for her hair, cream for the arms and legs, and shimmery lavender for the dress.

I mounted on a tone-on-tone purple card base and added a greeting in gold peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 April 2012
Topic: Paper Embroidery

If I get a challenge to make a card with an insect you will most likely see a dragonfly on it. I've always loved them. As a kid I called them helicopter bugs (truthfully, I still do).

I selected a ColorMe paper of swirls and used Glimmer Mist to give it a silver shine background. The weed is stitched with purple and green metallic threads and the helicopter bug is stitched with gold and copper threads. I used a black shimmer mat and a purple folded card base.

Won't be long and they'll be flying around for real.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 12 April 2012
At the Cross
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For an Easter card assignment I selected a fairly simple pattern and stitched with a verigated bright thread which makes it look more complicated. I decorated inside the branches with gold peel-off elements and bordered the panel with peel-off borders. The background is printed cardstock which contains all the same colors as the cross and kind of looks like stained glass. This anchors the front panel. I used a blue folded card base.

Simple elements - dramatic impact.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Four For Christmas
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I've been stitching again, trying to 'get ahead' on swaps and challenges that I know will be taking place on two of the lists I belong to. Today I have Christmas Cards - 2 for April and 2 for May.

For the April cards I made two from the same pattern of tree. This one is on a shimmery paper that is finely dotted. I chose light/bright threads for it but the dots still make it blend in more than I would like. I used lime green for the tree and sunshine yellow for the ornaments and star. I mounted with a very fine line of yellow and a green folded card base. An off-center mounting maintains the whimsy introduced by the pattern style and colors.

For the second tree I also started with a dotted background but found thecontrasting threads to be much more effective. I selected dark green for the tree, burgundy for the ornaments and metallic gold for the star. A fine band of cream sets it off from the burgundy folded base.

For the cards for May I selected two different snowman patterns. This first is pretty straightforward so I stitched it onto a background embossed with a holly branch. I used a shimmery blue thread for the snowman so he would stand out from the white background. Makes him look icy, I think. I mounted on a printed blue paper over an orange folded base which picks up color from his carrot nose.

Finally, is this very whimsical snowman on skates. How adorable! I placed him on a printed blue cardstock and used bright colors for his mittens, scarf and hat. The buttons are actually brads. This is mounted off-center to expose more of the lacy pink cardstock and the card base is lime green to match the trims of his outfit.I left room on the left for a greeting if I decide to add one later.

That adds up to 10 Christmas cards completed in stitching already!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2012 8:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Stitch and Stamp
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Make a paper embroidery card with stamping on it.

I started with the stitching by choosing this border pattern and then selecting the background paper for it. The thread choice was nest and when all the stitching was done I decided on the stamp to use and settled on the brown chalk ink for it. Because the sentiment is embedded in the stamp image no additional text was needed.

Since the stitching was so low-contrast with the background the image is the real focus of this. I reinforced that by swiping the chalk ink on the panel edges before mounting on a golden backing. I selected a brown and a gold ribbon and knotted them together around the golden panel and mounted all on the chocolate brown folded card base.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 9 April 2012
Signs of Spring
Topic: Stamping

I haven't worked much with 'digital stamps' (also known as 'digis') because 1) there haven't been many free ones I have been impressed with 2) I don't have a printer at the ready so I have to save, move to a thumb drive, take to another computer, and print 3) I have a lot of stamps already and should use them since I paid for them!

However, I did download and print some free digis from the OWH Stars and Stamps site and have started coloring up a few. Because the printer is inkjet I have to use Copic or other alcohol markers to keep from smearing the ink when I color.

This is the first I have colored up and I also tried an alternate shading method that I saw done on a blog. This method uses a light neutral (I used warm grey) to color the shadow areas FIRST then color over the image areas with the feature color. This way I used only four pens: a light warm grey, a medium warm grey, one pink, one green.


I used one of my own card sketches for the layout and layered green and yellow over a light pink base. The image was cut close around with a craft knife and a pink ribbon tied onto the stems.

Fine-line pen doodles adorn the edges of the diagonal sash and a layered block provided a place to stamp the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Stitching Stickers
Topic: Paper Embroidery

One one group I signed up for a swap of cards made with 'stitching stickers'. These are generally an outline in clear with a silver or gold design and pre-marked holes. One affixes the sticker to a background cardstock, pricks out the designated holes, and stitches through them to enhance the sticker design. I also have some in sparkly white and a matte gold finish.

I chose four sticker sets to work with:

This is actually multiple stickers from a single sheet, arranged to form a blooming vine. Very small number of holes to stitchso I chose bright threads in order for them to show up. The little flowers are decorated with a single french knot in the center hole. I rounded two corners, stamped a greeting in chalk ink and mounted to a coordinating folded card base. (all the photos today have the image sharpened a LOT so the clear stickers with their fine detail can be seen)

This next is also multiple stickers (4) arranged to form a wreath. The larger flowers have 6 hole, allowing for a starburst stitching. The smaller ones have only that center hole again so they have only the french knot in them. Knowing that I was going to use this specific pyramid image I selected the thread color accordingly. Then I layered on green and rust cardstock, echoing the pyramid image with rounded corners.

I chose a circle sticker for this card and added the corner stickers from the same sheet. Very few holes to stitch but it suits the delicacy of the 3D foil image that I intended to use. (all three of these cards use stickers from the Dazzles line available from Paper Wishes)

The last sticker is left over from a kit I designed cards for (CardMaker Kit of the Month Club) several years ago. It has much more holes for stitching. I used a verigated thread on this one, cut the stitched medallion out and mounted it on a maroon dotted cardstock. The bow on this card is the first I have tied with my new Bow-Easy which I won online as blog candy. Several coordinating card layers bring this all together. THis is the one I sent for the group swap.

Sorry it is so hard to see these clear stitching stickers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 April 2012
The Thinker
Topic: 3D paperwork

I made up this little 3D image at least a year ago and kept setting it aside over and over. I finally decided to MAKE myself use it.

I first cut it out using a scalloped die and in the process flattened all the self-stick pearls I had placed on it. Now they are little colored disks, but it will mail better (LOL). I used fine line marker to doodle the scallops as they did not stand out enough from the background.

Speaking of the background, this is make up of strips of table scraps.

I stamped the greeting onto the background and used a soft golden folded card base.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 6 April 2012
Vision Check?
Topic: Supplies

In a recently recieved gift package I got a card 'kit'. There were 5 envelopes, 4 folded white cards and 3 cello packets of silver, white and pink snippets. I pulled some light pink checked paper from another packet and - for one card - also added some burgundy table scraps. I came up with 4 cards but they are very sparse on the decor and, due to the coloring of the elements, really freaked out the camera. It was like taking pictures of a white rabbit eating cotton balls in a snow bank.

If you can manage to see any detail on these, consider yourself fortunate!

This uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a square of vellum, a mother-of-pearl heart charm, a white bow (not part of the kit), a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', and a single heart rhinestone.

This card was turned on its side and border punched throught the front layer. It uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a square of vellum, a mother-of-pearl circle charm, a strip of silver cardstock, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', and three heart rhinestones.

I went back to the original orientation for the rest. This uses the pink background paper, a square of white cardstock (part of the packaging), a square of pink non-woven mesh, a mother-of-pearl heart charm, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', three heart rhinestones, and a couple of strips of silver peel-off borders (not part of the kit).

Running short on the provided bits I added some burgundy dotted cardstock for more impact. To this I added the pink background paper, a mother-of-pearl circle charm, two strips of silver cardstock, a silver paper imprinted 'thinking of you', three heart rhinestones, and a diecut burgundy heart (not part of the kit).

I guess it is OK that the 5th folded card was not in the kit as I only have a single pink rhinestone heart to decorate it with. THAT would be understated!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Purple Is the Color Of Love
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Like yesterday, I used an illustration from the clipart section of my bargain book. This time it is the frilly heart. You've seen this one before as there was a whole page of them in a couple of sizes. The colors shown are so far off as to be laughable. The only thing that appears really correct is the love heart and the flowers in the basket. The embossed background matches these exactly in real life! The frilly heart is printed in pink and yellow rather than the orange and green it looks like.

These were all left-over pieces except for the flower basket 3D sticker which was a gift I received from an online friend. I added the ribbon snippet to the basket and to the tag to tie the elements together.

No sentiment - I let the embossing and the heart say it all.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Elephant Says Hello
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I'm still finding little illustrations I got from the clipart section of a book from Goodwill. This little 'ark' and elephant were cut away from blocks in one picture.

I pulled out a mix of table scraps for making a striped background and connected all the pieces with faux stitching using a Sharpie pen. I layered a couple of punched border strips and then created a black diamond for the ark background.

The card did not have any blue to match the elephant so I found a scrap to stamp the greeting. I backed it with black like the ark and added 'stitching' to it as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Friendship Row
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I used all sorts of table scraps and an illustration from the page-a-day scrapbooking calendar to put together a little collage card.

The row of birdhouses is the main feture of this card and I tore two edges to border the top and bottom of it. This is layered over a circle-dotted paper on which I added a strip of text-printed scrapbook paper. The clouds are stamped from one of the Hero Arts sets onto printed paper and cut out. 

Because of the lines created by stamping the clouds I thought it needed more lines so I added faux stitching around all the torn edges.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 2 April 2012
Owl Always Love You
Topic: Dry Embossing

I started with a dry embossed page and used a craft knife to cut away the plain background. I backed this with a pink and green hand-marbled paper and placed both on a green folded card base.

I used large letter stickers and little tag letter rubons to create the text.

OK, it's a bit corny but I kinda like it.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 April 2012
All the Pretty Tags
Topic: Multi-Technique

The commonality between all of this batch of cards is that they use printed decorative tags as their focal feature.

For the first I pulled out a background I've had for a long time - a glossy cardstock stmped with Versamark and brayered with multiple colors. I tore some printed scrapbook paper for the left edge and then added a matching tag to the right side. On top of this I layered a square 'sample' from the packaging of some scrapbook paper (save everything!). Then I placed a cameo from a jewelry catalog as a feature. Multiple stampings of text from one of the Hero Arts sets and a ribbon are the finishing touch.

For this next one I started with an embossed white background and carefully colored in the raised elements with markers. I backed it with a green mat and added the same mat to the chosen tag. On the tag I stamped with oen of the Hero Arts stamps from the OWH sets and added the stamped solid hearts. When they did NOT stamp solidly I filled in with markers and it gives them a 3D look. Cool! I stamped the 'love text' heart on blue scrapbook paper and layered it over a white mat. This is popped up on foam tape.

I love this little bear I cut from the clip-art section of an arts book. The only disappointing thing is the face is so dark and then they did not color the hands so the head really stands out a bit too much. Oh well, it is what it is. I chose a lacy tag to back it and then used a razor blade to scrape some of the edges to remove printing and give it a shabby-chic feel. For the background I pulled out a patchy pastel with overall text script. The Hero Arts stamp set had this cute house and I used it to stamp over the whole background. The text and hearts on the banner are from the set as well.

This one has a totally different look. Dark tones are the main difference and bandinge every element i black is a part of this. I chose a couple of butterflies in different materials (one tatted and one punched) and different colors. The yellow is then echoed in the text banner and base card. The white is echoed in the heart border. Then I echoed the pink heart with the tag ribbon and glitter inside the white butterfly. The stamp set used for this one is NOT the Hero Arts.

4 tags - 4 looks.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Background Check
Topic: Backgrounds

Challenge: Use a scoring tool to make a background with the scoring as the focus.

I started with a scrapbook paper with a large diamond tone on tome print. By scoring all the intersections as well as halfway between each of them I created a small diamond that now looks like argyle! I had enough to make three cards from this sheet.

First I added a scalloped border to the bottom and a tag to the center. The tag was stamped with a combination of stamps. I got the jeans illustration from a tag on the new pair I bought. The tag had a button printed on it so I took a cardstock one, tied twine through the holes and popped it up on foam tape. One rounded corner makes it even more casual.

For the second card I started with the same card base, background, and tag. I added an illustration from a page-a-day calendar and a scrap of polished stone background paper with a stamped text. This stamp is from one of the three new Hero Arts sets in cooperation with Operation Write Home. I just picked up all three sets. To create a more casual feel I added faux stitching lines around all the elements.

With two smaller pieces of the argyle paper left I used it to create bands at the top and bottom of this card. I started with a dark blue card base and added a greenish leafy print paper. Over this I added the bands of argyle and a center band of polished stone paper. Each of these was thinly banded. Two scalloped borders of dark blue frame a strip of felt diecut hearts. I added one rhinestone to the strip of hearts and on the lower right is another stampr from the Hero Arts set.

I am loving having all these challenges from the groups I belong to - it gives me a great starting point when I sit down to create.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 30 March 2012
Get Out Your Sunglasses
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Color Challenge: Yellow and Orange


I used two tones of orange and one of yellow to stitch on yellow cardstock. This was layered on two tones of orange cardstock and added an orange punched dragonfly with orange Stickles on him.

The text is gold peel-off stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Spread Your Wings Again
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I last did this butterfly in multi-colors as designed. This time I decided to just use two colors in keeping with the assigned theme - Spring.

I stitched onto pink printed cardstock and cut with a Nestability die. Under this is a yellow layer covered with printed tissue and the base card has a strip of tissue tape at the top and bottom. The butterflies on the tissue tape are tinted with Copic markers to match the pink, yellow, blue theme.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
A Little Birdie Told Me
Topic: Collage

With lots of those bird images left I did some matching up with various table scraps and die cuts then added a mix of embellishments to come up with several cards that are quite different from one another.

First is a selection with which the starting element was the frame left in white cardstock after having diecut scalloped oval. These had all been sprayed with a shimmer mist. This first card uses a couple of birds with a lot of purple in their coloring. I backed the aperture with a bit of floral printed tissue paper, tied the base with a ribbon, rounded the corners, and mounted the birds. A lavender card base and letter stickers finish this one.

Another simple treatment uses a single bird and lots of swirls. The swirl background paper is placed behind the aperture and diecut swirls mounted over it. I placed tissue tape across the bottom and used Copic marker to lightly tint it and the bit of card below it. Another diecut swirl was added for the bird to stand upon and dark blue marker stitches drawn around the aperture and the panel outline.

For the next card I cut the aperture cardstock down quite a bit so other papers could be seen around the outside. The yellow layer is the back of a printed index card, the pink layer is leftovers of a paste paper, and the center blue layer is leftovers of a cardstock sprayed with Glimmer Mists. More scraps (background from a cardstock used to clean the brayer) were cut into long triangle strips to serve as branches for the birds.

This next one also uses a cut down aperture, this time with rounded corners. I laid some music printed tissue on the folded card base. More paste paper scraps are used at the base of the aperture (the pink and the woodgrain). Then the pink is repeated in strips at the top and bottom of the card. The bottom strip serves as a backdrop to the text sticker. All this pink is to echo the bird colors and provide balance.

Finally, I used some of the music printed tissue to cover the aperture cardstock and cut the aperture back out of it. Behind this I placed some 'polished stone' cardstock. The bottom is banded with layered tissue tapes and I added two diecut swirl elements and a bit of tied twine. This bird has subtle coloring but the red background and blue base cardstock pick out elements of its palette.

Then I made three cards using a variety of branches for bird perches. The simplest branch is just a single long triangle. I used this for the card using a background of printed glossy cardstock with some torn music over one corner. A printed tag serves as a backdrop tying the birds together and I stamped the text.

By adding two more long triangles to each branch you get little twigs. I did this on a background created with wome of the paste paper scrap overlaid by a diecut scrapbook paper. I used a scrap of the diecut paper in the upper corner and stamped a greeting.

The last set of branches were free-hand cut and laid over a background of leafy scrapbook paper and a marbled paper. This is so simple that I added some gold peel-off corners and stamped partly onto one of the birds.

For the next card I went super-simple by using a plain white background embossed with birthday greetings. I tore a piece of green scrapbook paper for a grassy knoll and tied these onto a brown cardstock with a bit of twine. The coral base card echoes the color of the bird.

I had several diecuts on the table and layered them creatively on a blue card base to pick up the colors in the birds. The text is stamped. Simple and elegant.

And, last, is a mix of stuff I had pulled out when I started the series and hadn't used yet. All are table scraps and I just layered for the best effect.

Yep - all these cards in one sitting. And I'm all done with the birds!














Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Four The Birds
Topic: Multi-Technique

A long time ago on a blog far-far away I collected some free pages of hand-painted birds and printed them out for later use. Later finally came.

I cut out the individual birds and matched them up based upon their coloring. First up were two that had a base rose coloring. I pulled out a background I had created by spraying doilies with Glimmer Mists. I had laid them on the same spot on cardstock to spray them with different colors. Rather than treat it as scrap I saved it to use. Glad I did. For the birds to stand upon I tore a piece of green patterned paper and created a branch of it. One strip of tissue tape and a few silver peel-off stickers bring it all together.

Next I used a little blue-colored bird. I echoed the black in the bird with black bordering on the other elements. The background for this one is from a commercial thank-you note I had received. Love the coloring of this. The center oval is from table scraps and I used a Nestability die to cut the scalloped backing for it. This is all raised up on foam tape and I added a black peel-off sentiment.

Finally, I had two of these golden birds. I treated them essentially the same with lavender card bases, embossed backgrounds, a printed tag, and diecut hearts. This first one only had a bit of ribbon and a rubon text.

The final one got a table scrap diecut popped up on foam with a rubon text. Then I added torn tissue tape borders to the top and bottom.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 26 March 2012
Stand Up and Be Counted
Topic: Fantastic Folds

Now that I got a taste of the Funky Fold (center step) format I really like working with it. So I used some table scraps and feature elements to whip together a couple more.

First up is this adorable bunny from a scrapbook page-a-day calendar. I used an embossed background that is 'numbers' but by exposing only a bit of it it becomes an abstract design. The original borders of the page were cut and used as borders on the outer sections. Added to that on the lavender base are a bit of frilly diecut border and a cardstock text sticker.

Then I took a selection of super-bright elements and combined them for an eye-popping production. It started with the heart from the old stamp catalog colored up with watercolor markers. The black and white stripe came next followed by the pink border. Everything else just leaped on board! I'm not sure if I created this or it created itself.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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