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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Oooooh, Shiny!
Topic: Backgrounds

This is another of those papers that has a glittery finish on the flowers.

On the left I did a creative mounting of the sentiment and placed it at the top of the illustration. The mounting matches the bordering color.

On the right I cut a flag end on the right of the sentiment and toned it with distress ink. I used some distress on the upper right of the background as well.

Very simple, but these backgrounds don't need much.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
View Point
Topic: Backgrounds

This is the other half of the background cardstock shown yesterday. I love this low viewpoint of the flowers.

On the left I cut a preprinted sentiment like a cloud and outlined it in a fine line of black. I used the craft knife to slice along the flower and leaf and tucked the cloud behind them. I added three of those butterfly stickers.

On the right I used distress ink to darken a yellow stamped sentiment and then trimmed it out, mounted it and added the butterfly on the upper edge of it.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Daisy Fields
Topic: Backgrounds

I am loving the corner treatments on the 12 x 12 cardstock pads I had in stock and cut up.

Today (and tomorrow) I am using one with a border of daisies as viewed from a low angle. Really nice background treatment for the sky area in an unexpected tone.

For the top one I rounded the bottom corners of the sentiment, toned it with distress ink and bordered it with chocolate brown. The printed panel was mounted on orange and then the sentiment was mounted and orange brads added for accent. I also added a little butterfly sticker.

For the bottom one I staped the sentiment on a yellow plaid paper and backed it with orange like the background. I used my craft knife to slice along the edge of one of the flowers and tucked the sentiment behind it. This also got one of the butterfly stickers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 22 October 2012
Wild Iris
Topic: Backgrounds

There were two pieces of each patterned paper in the botanical pack I used for backgrounds. In some cases they are treated identically but in some I made slight variations.

This blue iris is covered in a glittery finish so it really does not want a lot of detail to compete with it. On the left I tinted a prestamped sentiment with a bit of green distress ink, cut flag ends and did a thin doodle line around it. The center is up on foam tape and the ends are attached directly to the background. On the right I tinted the sentiment with green and bordered it with some brown.

Both of the card faces are tinted with green at the edges and backed with chocolate brown.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 October 2012
I Must Be Cookoo
Topic: Backgrounds

Another of the 12 x 12 sheets had a tight corner grouping with an open tag space. I added a brad to the clock center, threads to the centers of the printed buttons, added a real button with thread knotted in it, and a pre-stamped sentiment bordered with some cute gingham paper scrap.

A chocolate brown paper is used to border the piece.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 20 October 2012
All In Their Places With Bright Shining Faces
Topic: Backgrounds

A few weeks ago I reported on cutting up several pads of 12 x 12 cardstock for future use on cards. Some of that was printed with corner elements or background elements that only needed a bit of this and that to become a completed card.

The future is NOW! I pulled out some that inspired me and went to work on them.

Today's card uses the portion of one of Tim Holtz's papers that is imprinted with clock faces. None of them had hands so I used stamps to add them and then added brass brads in their centers. The sentiment is a pre-stamped one, cut with a flag end and distressed with 'old paper' ink to bring it to the same tonal range as the background.

A backing of chocolate brown paper frames it out.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 19 October 2012
Get In Line
Topic: Paper Embroidery

The pattern challenge for October on one of the paper embroidery lists was one I already had in my files of free patterns. I had never stitched it though so this was a move in the right direction. I pricked it out on two-toned chocolate swirl cardstock and stitched in a golden yellow. After stitching I went to my stock of 3D elements and found one with the same chocolate and golden yellow colors in it. Not only that, it was a linear element so It fir perfectly with this border layout.

The 'tab' is an extra element from the 3D sheet that I stamped for this space.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 18 October 2012
His to Hold
Topic: Quilting

This is the companion quilt to the one shown yesterday. That was for the young lady and this is for the young man. I made this one from another arrangement of the Disappearing 9-Patch layout using scraps of nature fabrics - leaves, vines, pinecones, etc. I wanted to have a quilt that he could grow up with instead of one he would outgrow.

This is also 50 x 50, the same size as the last one. Since they are going to the same family I wanted them to be 'equal'. (Yeah, I'm a Mom, too).


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Come Snuggle
Topic: Quilting

I made his and hers quilts for a couple of children that they could use to snuggle with their mom on the couch. For the girl's quilt I used scraps floral scraps from a quilt I am in the middle of constructing for someone else. I even used the same basic layout - a mix of 9-patch and large blocks set on point.

This is about 50 x 50 inches.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Just Try a Little Sample
Topic: Quilting

When I was making the quilt I called Celtic Dreams I thought I had a better way to construct the blocks - by using strips instead of paper piecing. Um...not so much. It was impossible  to keep the strips uniform and they did not fit together right. I mucked around with it enough to complete three blocks - what would have been the centerpiece of the larger quilt. But in the end it was just too loosey-goosey for me and I couldn't deal with the mis-matching of the corners. I also couldn't imagine trying to do the rest of the quilt that way - fudging, shifting, and cheating my way through the whole thing.

So I set that center set of blocks aside and started over with the quilt and did it with paper piecing as it was supposed to have been done in the first place. Fast-forward six months and I used up the scraps to add corners and borders and backed it with another large scrap. I added a hanging sleeve and turned this into a wall hanging for my fireplace.

I joked that I should name this one 'From a Distance' because it is best viewed from there!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 15 October 2012
Formula Two
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This is day two of the Christmas cards created with the cutting formula provided by Club Scrap at http://clubscrapcreates.blogspot.com/2012/10/owh-sketch-90-had-babies.html

We were left with a patterned card base, two patterned blocks in different sizes and a strip. NONE of these follow the provided sketch!

By using the smaller blocks on two of yesterday's cards I ended up with two larger blocks for today's cards. This one I turned on it's side and decorated with three angel stickers. Then the strip wasn't big enough to hold my greeting sticker so I mounted it on something else and popped it up on foam.

This one also went on its side so I would have room for the foil "MERRY" stickers. I went casual on the placement, repeating at the top and bottom. Then I used the companion foil sticker on the long strip and mounted it with foam tape.

This one actually uses the two blocks from the sketch but, amazingly, I didn't use them in the specified alignment. Imagine that! I backed them with cream cardstock to define them and added a clear sticker to each. The left one is popped up on foam tape. The bow is a punch shape with details in marker.


And then there is the cleaning up of the scraps. I used the patterned card base, the smallest block, the strip and a bunch more strips left over from where I had left them off of other cards. The greeting block and all the poinsettias are clear stickers.

So there you have it... cut once, add a couple packages of stickers and some tape, foam tape and make 8 cards in a snap! Thanks Club Scrap. That filled my Christmas box to OWH and it is outta here.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Formula One
Topic: Sketch Challenge

While not REALLY a challenge, on World Card Making Day, Club Scrap posted another formula for cutting multiples of an OWH sketch. Chrck out their post here http://clubscrapcreates.blogspot.com/2012/10/owh-sketch-90-had-babies.html

The bonus was that they included a sketch to use up the scraps that the cutting formula produced.

I needed some more Christmas cards to send to OWH with my latest package and I already had the papers out from recent projects so I jumped right into this.

Today I will show the four cards produced with the sketch and tomorrow will be the four resulting from the scraps. Ready?

I really love this plaid cardstock! I used three more subdued prints in contrast to it and decorated with foil stickers.

And the sketch went off track just that fast! LOL! I turned this one on its side and moved the smallest band for an orientation that suited the 3d sticker I had. Then I added clear stickers for the corner treatments.

And to get further off track, I replaced the smallest block with a clear sticker tag, mounted to cardstock and raised up on foam. All the elements are bordered with green and three 'joy' stickers in different styles decorate the tag.


This really IS the same sketch! I dropped the large panel out of this one and added another small panel at the top. All the panels are bordered in reds and browns to define them. I added a thick acrylic sticker to the top panel and layered a wreath, pinecones and poinsettia clear stickers to the bottom panel.

A sketch is just a suggestion, isn't it?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Oh Christmas Tree
Topic: Paper Embroidery

One last paper embroidery card for the 2-a-month challenge. This is actually for November but I needed to get it in my box for OWH so did it early. I also only made one.

This is another free pattern (the kind I love best) and it is very stitching intensive. I used a tan dotted paper and stitched with dark red and green. The star and the T (cross) are stitched in metallic gold thread.

I rounded the corners to reflect the curves in the stitching and mounted on bright yellow cardstock with rounded corners. This pulls out the gold stitching.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 12 October 2012
No More Loafing Around
Topic: In The Kitchen

Green tomatoes yielded 24 loaves of delicious bread. Yes I CAN count - we already ate one warm from the oven!

My delicious recipe uses green tomatoes and tart apples (I used Granny Smith). I used the same marathon baking method as for my zucchini bread (double batches with dry ingredients in one gallon ziplock and wet ingredients in another - combine in the mixer).

I also added two mock apple (zucchini) pies to the freezer along with these loaves of bread.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Who's Ready For Halloween?
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Challenge: Make a Halloween Card with Paper Embroidery

I pulled out a pattern of an owl and, though it is not a typical Halloween owl, I used Halloween colors to bring it into the right feeling. Green and orange for the window frame, purple for the sill and black for the owl. I did add some orange for the feet and beak.

I added three bat stickers around the top and mounted it all to a purple base card.

Bring on the creepy!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
In and Out
Topic: Backgrounds

The background on this card was created for a challenge to do something with weaving. I cut strips of paper from table scraps and wove them over a base card.

The butterfly is cut from a scrapbook paper and is ebedded with glitter. Actually, there are two identical butterflies mounted one over the other. The bodies are stuck together and the wings on the upper butterfly are raised up on foam tape.

I used peel-off sticker borders around the edges and a greeting on the center of the butterfly.

The camera refused to focus properly on the glittery surface.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
It's a Frame-Up
Topic: Die Cuts

Technically the die cut item is the HOLE in the frame but I guess this qualifies.  I started out just messing with things on the table left over from other projects. I started with the frame and then found a paper with spot-printed botanical groupings I pulled out a stamped greeting to use that matched the green in the illustration and a bit of stock matching the frame. With all those elements on the table I looked for a good background and chose a cream and black stripe. WHAT? Cream and Black? Yeah, I used distress inks to make it green.

It all came together so easily.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 8 October 2012
A Different Perspective
Topic: Photo

We went on a 'nature walk' the other day to the local 'environmental center' on a college campus. It is, disappointingly, getting overgrown and looks pretty scrungy. But we did happen upon the observatory that is next to it and I took a few photos of that.

It's sad when the man-made is more photogenic than the natural elements.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Before They Blow Away
Topic: Photo

I so enjoy the fall colors! Every year we make a special trip in to town to view 'THE TREE'. Anyone who has lived here through the season knows about the one enormous maple tree that has the best color ever. But it's a challenge to see it at its peak because one day it is green, then yellow, then WHAM it is flaming orange and a couple of days later every single leaf is on the ground. It's like little elves go out in the night and pick them all of and throw them down.

So, when I can see it at that peak time it is quite a treat:

The other spectacular tree is right in our front yard. We actually have THREE maple trees in the yard. One turns yellow, one turns brown, and this one on the end goes nuts with color. It is so close to the house that the side that turns color is over the roof so it is hard to photograph.

You can see it's not quite 'there' yet, but it will be soon. FALL IS HERE, can winter be far behind?




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 October 2012
World Card Making Day - OWH Bloghop
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I am so excited to be participating in my very first bloghop! Today is World Card Making Day and Operation Write Home challenged us to create winter cards (including holidays if we wished) using an OWH sketch.

I chose to use sketch 134 seen here:

I have collected several 12 x 12 pads of Christmas papers and cardstocks over the years and use bits and pieces from them interchangeably. I keep them all together in one bin along with my Christmas stickers, greetings, rubons, etc. I gave up long ago trying to keep track of the manufacturers so won't provide any information along those lines.

This is the card I created (enlarged to show detail):

A patterned background is overlaid by two patterned paper strips which have been given a coordinating border. The panel on the right is a tone on tone metallic gold print. Since this is already a mix of Christmas words I did not add a sentiment to the card. This panel also got a coordinating border to separate it from the background.

The wreath is from a sheet of clear stickers. I mounted it to cream cardstock and trimmed it out. Then I mounted it up on foam tape and added a sheer ribbon bow using glue dots to adhere it.

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Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:00 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2012 1:01 PM PDT

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