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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Topic: Backgrounds

Can't let Valentine's Day go by without featuring a little love!

I used a waxed paper background (created Two diecut white corner brackets are featured in the corners and 3D peel-off heart stickers flutter through the center. I added a red puffy heart to each gold heart center.

A gold peel-off greeting rests on the lower corner bracket.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Lottsa Poppies
Topic: Backgrounds

I pulled out the rest of the diecut poppies cardstock and decided to just use it all up in one session. I chose a variety of card bases from cream to golden and used a variety of stickers to decorate their fronts.

This first one uses two canvas stickers with a birthday theme. I also cut out one of the extra poppies and featured it up on foam tape.

This next one uses a large text sticker and two popped up flowers.

Three of the cards use a bright patterned paper ounted on foam and feature text/graphic stickers over that.

The third also has a chipboard swirl.

Next I used three tick acrylic stickers of daisies and one of the trimmed out poppies.

And, finally, liberal use of gold peel-off stickers including borders and a church window.

Quite a bit of variety from those two 12 x 12 diecut sheets.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
A Little Early For Christmas
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I'm going to try, again this year, to create two Christmas cards per month to get a jump on the holiday season. I started with more of the stitching stickers (wich I will probably do for the whole year).

First this month I used a couple of snowflakes and a border on purple dot cardstock and stitched with white thread. Some of the holes are just designated for french knots. I rounded the two right corners and mounted flush left to a lavender card base, also with right rounded corners.

Another of the sticker sheets had Christmas baubles. I mounted two of them on a neon red cardstock with shimmer and stiched with lime green thread. This called for a lime green card base. So I rounded the corners on both and centered the stitched panel.

This is not showing NEARLY as bright as real life which is 'hurt your eyeballs' bright.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 11 February 2013
Winter Shine
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I bought several sheets of stitching stickers in Winter and Christmas themes and it was time to use one - for an assignment to stitch a winter card. I decided to go with the snowflake design mounted onto a shiny gold cardstock. There is very little to stitch on these stickers so it is very minimal. I stitched with a bright blue thread and added some bright blue peel-off stickers for more decoration.

A dark blue card base works to enhance the thread and sticker color. I used several smaller snowflake stickers to improve the composition.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Egg Stand
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Next paper embroidery was to stitch an Easter egg. I actually combined two patterns for this: one for the egg and stand and another for the floral spray. I went with Easter colors and changed up the stitching design for the flowers and leaves.

I used a tent-fold card base so it could be displayed and selected yellow for it to pull out the tiny flowers.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Musical Bouquet
Topic: Paper Embroidery

On assignment to make paper embroidery cards on the theme 'music' I went back to my original pattern for a harpsichord. This time I wanted a romantic feel so I pricked it out on a floral paper. I decided to use black thread for contrast. Dark irridescent beads provide the details.

I used a scallop border and a coral card base to pull out colors from the patterned paper.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 8 February 2013
Color Shine
Topic: Quilting

I followed a recomended link on Facebook to a quilting class on Craftsy.com by Anita Grossman Solomon called Traditional Blocks Made Easy. This workshop is aptly named as she presents completely innovative methods of constructing blocks. My mind was blown and I was immediately off to try out the technique of the first of the five blocks demonstrated.

I selected scraps of Fairy Frost fabric from a previous quilt and set out to create 25 blocks of bright mixed colors. These got arranged in color blocks and bordered with a dark purple with a silver glitter finish.

You can also see that I used a scrappy approach to the binding.

I used the same border fabric for the backing and used scraps to create a  strip of flying geese for the back.

Quilting is stitch-in-the-ditch on the diagonal using invisible thread.

This quilt will go the the Passages program at the hospital.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Starring Horses
Topic: Quilting

Way back when, my second quilt was from the Attic Windows pattern and featured fields of running horses. I had just a little of that fabric left over so I combined it with other scraps from quilts I have made and created a 46-inch square star quilt with sashing and cornerstones.

I had just enough to fussy cut four dark horse groups, four light horse groups, and one oddball block. Then I used the leftover scraps to cut the cornerstones featuring just horse heads.

I backed it with cream tone on tone and wrapped it to the front for binding. This will go to the hospital Passages program.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Cloud Cover
Topic: Backgrounds

I had a hard time deciding what topic label to put on this series. I went with a generic label as so many techniques were used.

First I used the clouds embossing folder on glossy cardstock and went over the whole thing with distress ink. When that was dry I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the clouds only to lighten them. I tore a green patterned paper to create a grassy area and you might recognize those sheep and rainbow from a previous card. I added the vellum sun sticker this time and a clear text sticker on the ground.

Then I used the clouds folder to emboss some waxed paper and made some waxed paper backgrounds. I used Distress Ink to color it and then embossed the background. Finally, I used Picket Fence Distress Stain on the raised clouds. The torn ground is the setting for a clear nest sticker and a chipboard bird. The sky is filled with clear sticker text.

This one uses the reverse of the waxed paper background so embossing it makes the clouds indented. In trying to rework this I inked after using the white distress stain so they now are light blue. Ah well. I tore the ground and added peel-off stickers of an outline deer, backed with designer paper, and some trees. The text in the ground is a clear SRM sticker.

This started out the same size as the rest of them but I messed it up over and over and over and kept hacking away the ratty bits until this is all that was left! I had already added the peel-off deer and trees so I just framed it out and mounted it landscape on plain white cardstock. It was very plain so I added gold peel-off borders and corners. Much better, but the ground was so much larger that I went looking for a large text sticker. I actually used a combination of stickers to create the text.


Now I can get my head out of the clouds and go onto another project.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Poppy Field
Topic: Backgrounds

At a recent closeout sale I found several sheets of diecut 12 x 12 sheets. I cut them into quarters to use as backgrounds for cards. For this one I backed it with a green patterned paper and trimmed it to size before rounding the corners and mounting to a tan card base with rounded corners.

The text medallion is from a sticker sheet and includes the 3D butterfly.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 4 February 2013
Maroon Medallion
Topic: Paper Embroidery

One of the upcoming swap themes is to stitch a medallion. I chose a tone on tone houndstooth paper and stitched in maroon to keep it all in the same color family. I added an extremely fine maroon border as well.

The text strip is a clear sticker from an SRM sheet.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Dotty Corner
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Next challenge up was to paper embroidery a corner pattern. I decided to go graphic by stitching bright red and yellow on a black dotted background. I added a 3D rose in yellow foil.

I decided to leave off a greeting and not clutter this up.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Chinese New Year Kanji
Topic: Paper Embroidery

On assignment to make a card for Chinese New Year I REALLY wanted to stay away from the zodiac sign for 2013 so I used a Kanji 'good luck' pattern that I designed a few years back. I stitched it up in red on a metallic gold background and placed on a red folded card base.

I used gold peel-off stickers to add corners, borders and text.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 1 February 2013
Gracious Get Well
Topic: 3D paperwork

The card that started this whole 3D marathon was this one for the challenge ("make a card using 3D sheets"). This is another of the images that looks like a woodcut and includes the strip of lace with 'woven' ribbon. I placed this over a lattice background and added two butterflies from elsewhere on the 3D sheet.

The text is silver peel-off sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Chocolate and Peppermint
Topic: 3D paperwork

We had a challenge to make a card with brown and pink. This is one of my personal favorite color combinations so I had fun with this challenge.

I used 3D roses from the same sheet as yesterday and placed it on a tone on tone brown dot cardstock ofer a pink folded card base.

The text is a silver peel-off script. I used a butterfly from a set of 3D stickers rather than from the 3D image sheets.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
A Bouquet of Thanks
Topic: 3D paperwork

Well, with these diecut 3D images that just get popped out (no cutting!) a complementary patterned background and a colored card base for framing these cards have really been coming together fast.

Today I selected a lacy diamond background in gray over a pink card base.

The butterfly was the only thing with a touch of blue so I used Copics to color a silver text peel-off before putting it on the card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
An Elegant Thank You
Topic: 3D paperwork

I pulled out a second sheet of 3D images to work with. These are more photographic than the last ones. I built today's white roses on a patterned aqua background and mounted that on a yellow card base to match the butterfly image.

The text is a silver peel-off greeting that I colored with Copic marker (yellow) before adhering.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 28 January 2013
Congrats, Congrats, Congrats
Topic: 3D paperwork

This rose spray is from the same 3D sticker sheet as yesterday. they have a woodcut feel to them and look very old fashioned. I tried to reinforde that by using more of the cardstock sticker trim, this time on  apricot card base.

The text is diecut from irridescent cardstock that matches the sticker trim borders.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Topic: 3D paperwork

I pulled out some 3D sheets for a challenge and ended up making more than I needed to for fulfilling the assignment. So that gives me some shares for the next 6 days! Enjoy...

This one is built upon a diecut medallion in 3D. I used a clear sticker to place the text and added the butterfly from another part of the 3D sheet. The background is the front of the lavender folded card base. to this I added three rows of cardstock border trim.

I added some pink 'dew drop' stickers in the trim and also added a couple to the centers of the roses.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 26 January 2013
We've Been Framed
Topic: Techniques

As a follow-up to yesterday's introduction of the embossed tape technique, I promised to show the cards I made with the tape I created.

I used the red and gold tapes to frame out a sticker with red and yellow in it. I trimed around it and rounded the corners. I used a horizontal band of gold cardstock to pick up the gold in the embossing and cut a flag end on the right. A printed background of text (love) was layered with a red hexigon and a black/white chevron. Red and yellow layers around the frame and a gold peel-off greeting finish it up.

I used another of these little girl stickers for the second card, framing it with the green and silver tapes. I built a card base for it with yellow and green topped with black pinstripe and silver. The silver has a textured stripe on it. I cut a pre-stamped greeting strip with flag ends on both sides and curved it for interest. The center is popped up on foam but the ends are flush with the background. I echoed the flowers in the sticker with three white paper flowers and added yellow rhinestones to the centers.

With the use of metallics in the layering papers the metallic embossing really stands out.


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

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