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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Grapes of Wrap
Topic: Backgrounds

This large botanical is of luscious grapes with a glittery finish. I had two of these prints and treated them exactly the same.

I used a dusty purple sentiment strip and wrapped bakers twine around three times before tying a knot.

Little juicy bites!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Just Peachy
Topic: Backgrounds

Well, it's back to the botanical 12 x 12 cardstock pad.

Today I used one of the big prints with glittery finish - of Peaches! For the one on the left I cut a sentiment strip with a flag end and used one copper brad on the right end.

For the one on the right I made the sentiment go all the way across and placed three copper brads underneath.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 5 November 2012
Punch JUNK - Product Review
Topic: Supplies

My large circle punch started chewing the edge and will not punch plain paper at all. So I went looking for another and decided to get the Fiskars Everywhere Punch to give myself more versatility. Unfortunately, the round punch is an 'add on' and you have to buy the 'starter kit' to use it. OK, I did it - I bought them both. The starter kit comes with a square Everywhere Punch.

The starter kit is the black base ring and the clear alignment ring. Half of the punch drops into the base and then the clear alignment ring is placed on the paper and both are laid on the base. They hold together with the embedded magnets and then the punch is placed on top and depressed to punch out the shape.

Here's the bad news - you CANNOT use the part that is punched out! WHAT???? All I get is a shaped hole and a piece of scrap paper? Yep!

See those three prongs in the center of the punch? They poke three holes in the paper before they punch out the shape!

Well, frankly that makes it pretty much useless to me. The worst part? There is no hint of this on the packaging anywhere. And to get into the product you have to totally destroy the packaging so there is no returning it.

Extremely disappointing all around.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 November 2012
What's Your Impression of this!
Topic: In the studio

When you work in a library for 38 years you have a tendency to want to organize and catalog things. Just because you retire, that tendency does not go away.

I've been just keeping my embossing folders in a drawer and rummaging through them to find one that might suit the project I have in hand. So, I got them ALL out and made an impression of each on plain white cardstock. On the back I wrote the manufacturer and the folder name. Then I hole-punched them all and strung them on ball-chain.

I have them sorted by the style: dots, swirls, fabrics, grid, borders, oversize, mini, and many more categories.

I have these hanging over my work area so I can quickly find an appropriate design and then go find the folder to mak it on my project.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
For Future Reference
Topic: Books

YAY! I was gifted with a new book on making mini-books! I haven't made any for quite a while but I am definately inspired to get back to it. Here is the new title:

LOVE the tiny necklace book, leather covers, a book of cards, and SO much more.

I actually have quite a number of books on making books in my collection. Here are my favorites:









Hmmm, I need to go make books now.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 2 November 2012
Ah One, and a Two
Topic: In the studio

Here is another way I have gathered together inspiration for myself. I have great intentions of doing scrapbooking but other things always take first place and it gets set aside over and over.

But I have collected lots of scrapbook sketches and transfered them to 3 x 5 cards. I file these by how many photos they will display and keep them in a file box.



Here's one for 7 photos (see the number above the sketch so I can file it back in the right place.

and here's one for 4 photos

Someday I will be ready to scrapbook.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Picture This - On a Card
Topic: In the studio

We're back to 'inspirations' today. I have collected many photos that I use (or plan to use) as inspiration for cards. I chose them for their patterns, colors, layout, or just because I like them. Sometimes I get inspired by a single element in the photo and sometimes try to replicate the design as closely as possible. Some of these I have shown along with their resulting cards on this blog.


















































Whew! That's a lot of inspiration!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Creepy Green
Topic: Other Hobbies

Halloween has come again and we were off the other nite to a costume party. We always try to go as a 'couple' with costumes that are tied to one another and this year was no exception. We decided to go as Shrek and Fiona.

Hubby shaved his head for the green face paint and I made him 'ears' of green felt mounted on a green child's headband. Tan pants and black boots were topped with a white long-sleeved tee. He wore his belt on the outside and I made his cut-down vest out of an old black sweatshirt. I cut away the sleeves and neck and shortened it before  binding all the edges with bias tape. The ends of the bias tape were used to tie the vest closed.

I made more of my costume by using a satin fabric to sew a dress based on a pattern for a peasant blouse. I simply lengthened it and then used some decorative trim as a tie to create an empire waist. I created the headpiece by coloring the stones on a child's crown with alcohol inks (they started out purple) and attaching the 'ears' made from green felt with hot glue. I sprayed red coloring in my hair and used green face paint (horrible stuff - always turns out blotchy). Simple black shoes were all that it needed for completion of this outfit.

Happy Haunting!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Topic: In the studio

Lacking any new work to show today I thought I'd answer a question that has not been asked... "Where do you get inspiration?"

Much of the time the materials at hand - stamp images, clip art, papers, etc - inspire me but I also use challenges and references on a variety of websites and blogs as a jumping-off point for projects. In many cases I have printed 'catalogs' of these inspirations and can thumb through them to find ideas to work from.

One of these is a catalog of color challenges. I have a section for the color challenges I have created:

A section that includes the full run of challenges from Color Throwdown blog includes their variety of presentation methods as well.

I like this new way as they show you the picture that inspired them to choose that color combination

I also have a catalog of card sketches. This has all the Operation Write Home sketches,,,

Card Positioning Systems (which is now discontinuing)

A blog called RetroSketches

And my own sketches

For stamping inspiration I have the binder of instructions and classes from the recent class Stretch Your Stamps.

This includes 12 classes focusing on different categories of stamps and the miriad ways to use them.

I have TWO binders of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas series. I formatted each lesson into a Word document to save paper and printed them all up.

All of the ideas can be translated to cards and other projects. Tim uses mostly his own brands of products so there are lots of ideas on using Ranger, Adriondak, Stampers Anonymous, Alterations, etc.





I also have reference books on card making, stamping and other paper crafts to use as inspiration.

So many Ideas - so little time!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 29 October 2012
Cherry Bird
Topic: Backgrounds

This is the last of these botanical background prints for a while.

Today I used again one with the lattice background. This one comes with a sweet bird perched on a cherry branch. On the left I cut the sentiment into a little tag, punched a hole in it and tied a bow with a bit of twine. I used the craft knife to cut around the toes of the bird's foot and tucked the tag under to make him hold onto it.

On the right I rounded the corners of a stamped sentiment and backed it with soe red to match the cherries. I popped it up on foam tape and tucked two snippets of colored paper underneath.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Roses and Dragonflies
Topic: Backgrounds

This botanical paper is just Yummy! I love the big pink rose and the overall vintage feel of all the blooms. That lattice background is especially nice.

The treatment is similar on both the samples with just a bit of difference in the sentiment. The one on the left has a plain pink stamped sentiment backed with a crackle-finish paper and a solid that matched the mounting of the main card.

The one on the right has a sentiment with a subtle floral background and is backed with a tiny chevron paper and a solid.

Both cards have two outline dragonfly stickers upper right and a small solid dragonfly sticker on the sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Topic: Backgrounds

This botanical print has an open area built in for the sentiment. I used different scripts for the sentiments but used the same paper to stamp them on, rounded the right ends and used the same mounting treatment. I used the craft knife to slice around the lower edge of the leaf and tucked the sentiment strip underneath.

Each got one of the butterfly stickers on the lower right.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 October 2012
Seeing Double
Topic: Backgrounds

Two blooms, Two copies, Same treatment. Don't know why I bothered to photograph them both!

The sentiment was toned with distress ink and bordered to match the background border. I added a laser cut wooden flower and placed a rhinestone in the center.

Feel like you're seeing double?


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

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