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In & Out of Studio 3D
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Going Coastal
Topic: Stamping

I couldn't resist the pun!

I swap one-on-one every month with another Oregon lady using stamps and Oregon themes. This month I wanted to use some of my hand-carved stamps and decided to create a little scene of things you might find at the beach. I haven't been to the coast for a couple of years and I miss it, but this made me feel right at home.

I used watercolor paper and stamped in black. I added more detail around the base of the lighthouse to extend the ground off to both sides more. I used Distress markers to color on an acrylic block and then picked up colors with an aquabrush for painting on the images. After I dried it with a heat gun I laid on the chevron stencil and sprayed with blue glimmer mist.

Then the pun occured to me and I added it with letter stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 21 September 2012
Oasis Cover
Topic: Quilting

I finished up another quilt for the Passages program at the hospital. For this one I started with a small piece (only about 1/4 yard) of a print that had little desert oasis pictures in framed panels all over it. I cut each out and used scraps to build multicolored log cabin strips around them. They were various sizes and shapes so when they got up to a good size I squared them up to the same size and arranged them for a pleasing layout. I didn't have enough to fill out a squared quilt so I found some blue frog print batik and used that as whole blocks at the four corners. I attached vertical rows together with green bars and then attached thost together with vertical orange strips. Orange around the outer edges for a border pulled it all together. I cut the backing large enough to double wrap to the front and stitch down with a decorative stitch.

I think this turned out so fun!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Waxing Poetic
Topic: Backgrounds

While I had the waxed paper background papers and the Distress inks out I did simple coloring on three more pieces and turned them into cards.

The first is this herringbone that I colored with both a blue and a yellow and burnished to blend and create a green.

I got out some sheets of floral stickers and layered some blossoms on this. Then I rounded only the right side and mounted flush to the left edge of the of a sage green card base. The prestamped greeting was trimmed out and mounted on foam tape.

For the star background I used a blue ink

I used more of the floral stickers and added the prestamped greeting along the outer edge. Three pink rhinestone stickers match the card base.

The swirl background got sage green Distress ink.

For this one I had several sheets of vellum stickers with pansies. I added them randomly across the bottom and then added more of the leaves at the bottom. By letting them run off the edges it looks like a slice of a larger scene. I added a prestamped greeting that I trimmed down and mounted on foam tape. Then I placed a golden rhinestone in the center of each flower.

What's next?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:10 PM PDT
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Ups and Downs of Zig Zags
Topic: Stencils

The other new stencil I picked up is this zig zag

I started with a floral waxed paper cardstock and laid on the stencil. Then I sprayed with two colors of shimmer sprays. I dried it but the color did not burnish off the pattern. I thought I would use Distress ink to make the background pattern visible. This actually made the simmer mists migrate, too, so I began to see the background pattern over the whole thing. It made the zig zag very subtle.

I chose some table scraps that went well with the colors of shimmer spray. These were layered and an orange card base added. The stamped greeting was on yellow so I added soem light blue Distress ink to bring it into the right green range.

Next I went with a herringbone waxed paper background and used a dark purple simmer spray. A light blue Distress ink over the top keeps the pattern visible and reinforces the herringbone.

I added a strip of violet under a blue ColorMe strip and dropped on some diecut swirls. One of those stamped hearts (yes, another one) is popped up on foam tape.

I turned the still-wet stencil over and pressed it to another herringbone background. After drying it I used a sage Distress ink to bring out the background. Not very exciting.

I had a sheet of stickers in the right color range so I really went to town with them and created a little scene, along with the sticker text.

Much better as a card than as a blank background.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:08 PM PDT
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
White Out
Topic: Stencils

I picked up another couple of stencils and just had a chance to use them. Today I'll feature the butterfly stencil. Unlike the others I have used this one makes the feature item the blocked out area, leaving the background open to take coloring. It covers a 6 x 6 area.

I got out some of the waxed paper Cuttlebug cardstock I had left over from the first session I used it for. First I tried using Distress ink on one and then laid the stencil on and sprayed with shimmery mists. It did not make enough contrast for me so, after drying it, I outlined the stencil with a brown fine-line Sharpie.

To turn it into a card I just rounded the corners and added it to a tan card base. Then I selected a pre-stamped greeting, rounded the corners and popped it up on foam tape. I added bodies of 'nail head' stickers.

While the spray was still on the stencil I turned it over and pressed it to another background covered with Distress inks. This was missing some of the outline so I used a red Sharpie to freshen the lines a bit

I used the corner rounder on the front as well as the red card base and added a stamped banner along with three red half-pearls.

Then I switched up methods and laid the stencil on the background and held it in place while rubbing Distress ink over and through it. I love the white pattern this leaves!

For the card I used the corner rounder again on both the front and the brown card base. The finishing touch is nothing more than a stamped greeting, cut out and mounted on the card face.

This one is done exactly like the last one with the stencil moved to create more background color

Like the last one this got a brown card base and rounded corners. I gave these butterflies nail head bodies and craeted a banner from a pre-stamped greeting.

I like this new stencil!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:13 PM PDT
Monday, 17 September 2012
What a Cutup!
Topic: Supplies

I've bought several 12 x 12 pads of printed cardstock over time andhave been storing them separately from the card-sized stuff. So today I decided that, since I really use it all for cards, I would cut it down to suit that.

Depending on the pattern I cut some to 6 x 6, some to 5.25 x 4, and some I cut to feature items on the cardstock. The 'backgrounds' stuff in 6 x 6 all went into the box with the stuff from 6 x 6 pads

The feature items got set aside in another box so they are ready to pull out for card fronts

Then all the smaller bits got sorted in with the table scraps for use as 'whatever'

Now I'm all stocked and ready to make a bunch more cards.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 16 September 2012
As Seen On TV
Topic: In the studio

I have been moving my alcohol inks from place to place and from one kind of rack/box/shelf to another. Then I was walking through the store the other day and came to the section for 'as seen on TV' products. There I found a spice storage rack that has two sections that slide out and rotate to make the items accessible.

Well, I thought that looked like just the thing for the alcohol inks, and for $10 I brought it home.

I used the inks to color up 1/4" dots for the tops of the lids and divided them up into color groups.

Here is the unit closed:

When I want a bottle I just slide one of the sides forward and rotate it to make it fully accessible.

I just want to label the fronts of the units to indicate the color groups that are on each shelf so I open the right side the first time.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Garden Update
Topic: Other Hobbies

Wow! The whole summer flew by and I forgot to show the progress of the garden. Surprised

So much of the produce has come and gone that there is not much to show at this point but we are still eating from it and a few things are just coming into their own. Tonight we had spinach, beets, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and potatoes from the garden for dinner. I have white onions in the crisper, too.

The deer ate the strawberries right down to the stems and the blueberries produced two berries this year. No raspberries at all. None of the garlic came up. Lettuce did well but the deer snacked on that, too. Radishes did like every year - about half a dozen created radishes and the rest went right to seed. A re-planting did even worse with no radishes produced at all. Green beans did good, peas did fair and sugar snap peas did dismally.

Successes are green onions:



Potatoes - this is the first time I have grown potatoes and I planted three kinds: purple, Yukon gold, russet:

Tomatoes - I planted two regular and one cherry tomato plants. They are not loaded but all have a few fruit and they are just starting to ripen:

and, finally, sweet corn - this is the first time I have grown corn, too. It is doing GREAT!

Look at these cobs!!!

We'll be eating on this garden for quite a while yet.








Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 14 September 2012
Sitting Pretty
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For a challenge to stitch yellow and blue I chose a glittery yellow cardstock and stitched up this peacock in two shades of blue and some gold - all metallic threads. The sequins (two blues) are stitched on with beads (two blues).

Then I bordered in dark blue and mounted on a teal blue card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 13 September 2012
October's Real Holiday
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For a challenge to stitch a Halloween card I chose a witch's shoes. The pattern has only one so I flipped it to make the second and overlapped them a bit for effect. I added some matching shading with Distress markers and bordered with the same three colors.



The text at the top is some printed satin ribbon. I wrapped it from the inside to the front and folded back the raw edges of the ends. then I used glue dots to adhere four punched-out bats


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Creature From the Sea
Topic: Paper Embroidery

An online challenge was to stitch a 'water animal'. This is the only pattern I had that fit the bill (other than frogs and fish). I stitched him on a paper with a lacey pattern and afterwards founf the thread blended in too much. So I did some coloring with colored pencils. I was disappointed that the threads on the back made the colors lay down strangely on the front (like doing a rubbing)

I rounded the corners and used the last corner of a diecut swirl cardstock in my scraps. There is a blue paper with a subtle print behind that and a plain blue card base.

I do love seals. They always look so friendly, like a big puppy.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 7:40 AM PDT
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
October Holiday
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I'm not talkin' about Halloween, here. I'm just working ahead on my Christmas cards again and these are the two that I completed for October's 'two Christmas cards per month' stitching challenge.

First up is a winter scene that I've done several times before. I usually do it on blue with white thread so it looks like a snow scene. This time I decided on dark blue background and light blue thread so it looks like a night scene. I mounted it on a medium blue and gave it a couple of lines of peel-off sticker border in silver.

This tree is supposed to be stitched with round and bugle beads but I was in an airport when I stitched it and had no beads with me. So I just used purple and red metallic threads and stitched in a broken line method to make color changes. It was incomplete looking so I added the broken outline as well. When I got home I mounted it on purple cardstock and then wanted to add red and purple rhinestone stickers. Since I had none I colored clear rhinestones with Copic markers and let them dry before sticking.

Aren't all patterns only a 'suggestion'?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 7:39 AM PDT
Monday, 10 September 2012
A New Passage
Topic: Quilting

I gathered up more fabric scraps and put together another lap quilt for the hospital's Passages program. I was inspired by the center medallion which is a pre-printed panel and I added strips round and round until it got to be the size I wanted.

You know, I always want to try something new on every quilt I make. This time it was machine-stitched binding. I attached on the front as usual and wrapped to the back, where I pinned it in place and overlapped the seamline. Then I stitched from the front in the ditch. This caught about 1/8 inch of the binding on the back side.

All but the pink and the thin black (dotted) fabrics were in the scraps from out quilting group. Those two fabrics were from my stash.

We've moved out quilting group and, beginning next weekend, will be meeting two Saturdays per month. More room and better tables to work at. Excited to start up again for the Fall.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 9 September 2012
First an Artist, Now an Artisan
Topic: In The Kitchen

Every time I visit at my son's house I come back inspired (challenged) by my multi-talented daughter-in-law. This time I was inspired to try making no-knead artisan bread. Awesome stuff to eat - easy to make.

I followed the master recipe in the book Artisan bread in five minutes a day : the discovery that revolutionizes home baking by Jeff Hertzberg

It is a wet dough that keeps in the fridge for up to a week while you take off portions to bake up fresh. I baked two loaves right away and kept two in the fridge to bake in the next few days. I will defininately be making more of this!

Here are my first two BEAUTIFUL loaves:





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 8 September 2012
A Dazzling Fall
Topic: Stickers

Time to break out a new 6x6 paper pad and a set of fall peel-off stickers. This company calls their stickers 'Dazzles'. The set I am using comes on three large sheets and they are in a luscious dark bronze color. I cut up the papers from the 6x6 pad (with lots of woodgrains, checks, and a nice fall palette) into smaller strips and shapes and combined them in pleasing groups. Then I selected a base card and some bordering papers. A pre-stamped sentiment was also selected for each.

Then I set to work making 10 cards in this session:











Love all the acorns, apples and leaves.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 7 September 2012
Creepy Birds
Topic: Photo

I looked out the window at dusk the other day and spied this tree full of creepy birds. I wish the tree had more bare branches as it would make a great Halloween picture. I did play with the color and contrast in my photo editing software, too.

Creepy, huh?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Two for Christmas
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Another two paper embroidery cards for Christmas!

This time I used some metallic threads to stitch up a new-to-me tree pattern. I left off the outer border and trimmed fairly close to the stitching. This gave me extra room around the edge to add some gold sticker trim. Then I added a gold and green metallic text sticker.

My second card is snowflake redux. This is my own pattern that I have done a zillion times. I stitched it with metallic purple thread over a light teal paper and backed it with a lavender card base. The different treatment this time is using rhinestone stickers for decoration.

Anybody keeping track of how many Christmas cards I have done already? Me neither!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Scrappy Flags
Topic: Scrap Recovery

In the kits I made up some time ago I had two that had patriotic cardstock stickers; the last leftovers from a large sheet. One of them had a blue card base and one a red card base - both in muted tones. I had also dropped in these kits lots of red, glue and neutral scraps.

So I treated both in a similar manner by making scrappy flags. For the first I used a single block of blue checked paper for the upper left corner. I used a heart punch on it so the card base shows through. Then I l alternated printed paper strips in reds and neutrals. Then i placed the cardstock sticker under the blue field.

For the second I used slightly brighter colors. I started with a block of three blue patterned papers. Then I used cream and yellow strips on the field while letting the red background show between them. I placed two diecut swirls on top and then placed the cardstock sticker in the center.

I like how these came out - scrappy but still recognizable.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Shiny Wafers
Topic: Supplies

A quick stop by the craft store the other day had me scanning the shelves for things marked for clearance. I happened upon a package of round and oval stickers that are acrylic domes but still very low profile. These are perfect for cards.

I grabbed up some of the kits I had made up and took out the old 'feature items' and replaced with these new disks. First up is one using some crushed tissue paper over cardstock (the background purple strip) and a 'sample' of cardstock off the cover of a pad (the netting and lace circle page) as well as a gold metallic diecut (the shaped item) and a clear greeting sticker.

Next I used three pieces of printed cardstock (left, center, right) and a clear plastic greeting bar. It had to be mounted over white cardstock and trimmed out as the colors showing through made the text unreadable.

This one is simply a strip of striped paper and a cardstock text block. The bird, label and scrollwork are all printed on the striped paper. I just had to place the circle sticker carefully to cover up the printed sentiment.


This has a green card base, pink colored panel and a floral stripe panel with rounded corners. The flowers on the striped panel are glittered. I added a clear scripture at the top.

A blue patterned paper, a tag backed with green and a diecut circle backed with green. A clear scripture sticker covers the circle. Three losenge-shaped gemstones are pn the right.

I used a couple of table scraps for background and added dotted stripes to each side. Then I placed a block cut from a printed tag at the left side. The text is a large clear sticker. 

Three strips of patterned paper, a bordered tag with scrappers floss knot and a clear sticker. 


For this one the printed papers included this with the butterflies printed down it. I gave each butterfly a color-coordinating word sticker. Then I mounted some textured shiny paper with two rounded colors to be the backpiece for the focal wafer.


Sorry about the quality of the photos. I got a new computer and that meant new photo-editing software. Still learning!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 3 September 2012
Hummingbird House
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I grabbed one of the kits I had created a while back and whipped up this card. The birdhouse is from the page-a-day scrapbooking calendar. I combined it with one green paper, one red dotted paper and a brown paper. The stand is a diecut bracket that someone sent me in a swap.

I finished it off with a pre-stamped sentiment with rounded corners and two peel-off gold hummingbird stickers.



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

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