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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Long May She Wave
Topic: Quilting

I went to a quilt retreat recently and had fun stitching up a new banner for my fireplace wall. It was a good break between massive amounts of block making in paper piecing, regular piecing and applique for a big project I am working on.

The quilt is constructed like this one I did last year (http://www.mystudio3d.com/blog/index.blog/2273178/twist-and-shout/) and is the exact same size, too.

I used a flag print plus red and blue for a truly patriotic banner.

Here you can see the twisting stripes in a closeup:

I bought the fabric for this a year ago, as soon as I had finished the pink and green one. Barely made it for the 4th of July!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Singing the Blues (And Reds, And Greens)
Topic: Quilting

Somewhere online I saw a single quilt block that inspired me to create a large wall banner for my guitar-playing son-in-law. I used Quilt Wizard to draft the individual units that would be combined to create interlocking guitars.

I bought fat quarters in 4 each of red, blue and green and combined these with black and woodgrain from my stash. The banner measures 42 x 81 inches.

Quilting is around the black triangles, the dividing lines between the two colors of guitars and 6 zigzag lines down the neck of each guitar. These represent the strings.

I needed a bit more quilting in the large blocks of color in the guitar bodies so I used a bit of artistic license and made large nested circles on each.

I used a black with music symbols for the border and binding.

At the ends of the necks of each guitar I stitched on 6 mis-matched buttons in colors to match the guitar they are part of.

There are hanging sleeves on both the top and bottom so it can hang as well as use another rod to weight it. It is actually large enough to be used as a lap quilt should he desire to.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 7 June 2013 7:35 PM PDT
Monday, 1 July 2013
Topic: In The Kitchen

I really love the dehydrated apples slices I've been making but often delayed making them because I dreaded all the peeling, coring and slicing it takes. To the rescue, a chance encounter with an awesome kitchen gadget. At slightly less than $20 I was enthralled.

Simply push the base of the apple onto the 4 prongs:

Start cranking the handle and your apple is peeled, cored and spiral sliced all in one step. One apple takes about 15 seconds.

The entire apple can be slid off the core in one stack:

I then quarter the stack:

And drop the pieces into cool water with a little lemon juice in it:

My dehydrator holds two apples per tray:

The most time consuming part of the process is now laying out the slices on the trays. Tomorrow I will have a brand new batch of dehydrated apples to munch.

I used it to peel potatoes for a salad the other day, also. It will peel only, peel and slice and core, core and slice. No peel and slice without coring as the corer and slicer are one unit.

This tool was definitly worth the price!















Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Reflections of Summer
Topic: Around the House

I put up the summer decor (red, white and blue - stars and stripes theme) a few weeks ago then forgot to post. Most of it is the same (or similar) to the last couple of years but I wanted to show the display in the dining room.

The mirror trivets are a new item in my decor box (thanks, Mom). They are in three sizes. I used them as an element to tie disparate items together. I included the painted wooden stars, the summer lighthouses, a candle in a hurricane vase and clear flat marbles.

Everything is carefully arranged to look casually arranged!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Some Summer Silliness
Topic: Nail Art

I generally don't do up my nails until they are a 'certain' length. But I had an idea for a fun summer look and didn't have time to grow them out before summer would be gone. So I just decided to go with it.

I used a base coat, red and blue polishes from the dollar store (2 coats), a white nail art polish, clear coat (2 coats) and instant dry.

I painted both thumbnails blue and applied small white dots (for stars) and painted all the fingernails red with two thin white stripes. I did the stripes in varying directions for the look of waving flags.

Ready for the Independence holiday!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 28 June 2013
Hard-Working Friends
Topic: Around the House

New appliances make me happy! I've been babying my old washer and dryer for a while now but they have not been pulling their weight. After 20+ years the washer agitation was spotty and loads had to be 1/2 sized to allow clothes to get moved around enough to get clean. The dryer took 1 1/2 cycles to get a load dry - even those 1/2 loads. Grrrr.

So, we went shopping for some new friends to live in the laundry room and they look very nice in their new home. I would have prefered a colored set but, when you shop the sales, you take what is available!

Here are my high capacity, front load machines on their pedestals.

I debated on the pedestals but then reminded myself that I do not stand around in there looking out the window, anyway, so why not. There is still enough light coming in.

Now, I have to go teach them to fold laundry and my life will be complete.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot
Topic: Sewing

I had some 'orphan blocks' left from a recent quilt project and they were just the right size to make potholders. The pinwheels are 7 1/2 inches and the others are 9 1/2 inches.

I got batting with a thermal barrier built in and also added a layer of cotton batting for a heavier 'hand'. They got a yellow tone-on-tone striped binding to pick up the yellow center in the daisies.


I have no immediate need for these so thought I'd put them in the 'gift cupboard' for an occasion to arise. they might end up being a donation to a cause, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Fourteenth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

...and the LAST installment, too!

This final group of cards uses a sheet of thick word stickers I was gifted in a swap.




for this one I 'joined' them with a stamped word

...and one punched butterfly.

So, there we are with 42 cards all in one 'style' of construction/design.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Thirteenth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

Feeling a bit punchy today? Although I used punched butterflies on a few of the other cards in this series, for this card that is ALL I used. I glued down a solid colored one then 3D mounted a patterned one over the top.

I couldn't leave it at that so I added a cardstock sticker of text.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 24 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Twelfth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

I had a sheet with just three vinyl stickers. Had I more of these I might have used them, but alas...

I mounted them on bordering materials to match the rest of the card and they are all popped up on foam tape.

This one got an extra strip of patterned paper.

This one had a large open space so I stamped a sentiment in it.

You can see why it would have been nice to have more of these.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 23 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Eleventh Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

One lone card - that's all I have for today as it is all I made with a hard acrylic sticker. This was one left on an old sticker sheet.

What a romantic feel!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 22 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Tenth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

Another gift of supplies contained some black and white acrylic text stickers. YUMMY!



I didn't use very many of these because the high contrast was a bit much for most of the cards I had set up.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 21 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Ninth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

Next to butterflies, I guess I like flowers next best. I chose some flower stickers to embellish the cards being shown today in the 6x6 cutup project.

This one also got a 3D text sticker

Love the scalloped border punch on this one.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 June 2013
6x6 Cut-Ups - Eighth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

We're still got several days of 6x6 cutups to go through. that was a BIG project!

Today I decorated with 3D butterfly stickers I picked up on sale recently. For some of them I placed them on a bordering color to match that on the patterned paper pieces.




Some of these got punched butterflies added as well






These butterfly stickers have a glittery bit on them, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Cut-Ups - Seventh Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

In a gift of card supplies I got a sheet of text stickers. I used some of these to decorate some of the 6x6 cutup cards.






Now THOSE are some simple cards.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Cut-Ups - Sixth Installent
Topic: Multi-Technique

For this installment of 6x6 cutups I used tissue tape (washi tape, paper tape) on my cards. I don't have a lot of this and I'm not fond of it being SO removable. For this reason I always make sure I wrap it to the back before adhering a unit to a card.

This one uses an opaque tape with number markings. I also added some wooden flowers.


For this card I added a single strip of translucent tape that echoes the butterflies in the lower papers.

And, finally I used a wrap of several strips of text-printed translucent tape on this one. I also added three double-layered silk flowers adhered with grey brads.

LOVE this color combination!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 17 June 2013
Cup-Ups - Fifth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

After that little graduation break I'm back with more from the 6x6 cutup sessions.

This one features a standard sticker.

I added some punched butterflies to cover part of the text on the sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Thanks Dad
Topic: Digital Projects

Miss graduate also asked for a Thank You card for her Dad with the request that his be humorous.

For this I wanted to incorporate personalized elements: He is an engineer, she will be studying engineering, she is an artist.

I worked from a sketch for this card again but I did all the layout and design in CorelDraw. I downloaded some graphics from Google Images and used the program to remove color and tone down contrast. The idea was to end up with a light sketch of tools with the girl on top.

The image was printed on white cardstock with an inkjet printer. I then used a black watercolor marker to draw in the girl and her cap with bolder lines. I then used Copic markers in warm greys to color them in. Colored Copics were used to trace out the background images.

I trimmed and mounted this image onto a warm grey card base. Inside, a second printed panel is mounted.

I used a playful mix of fonts to contrast against the structure.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 9 May 2013 10:15 PM PDT
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Thanks Mom
Topic: Multi-Technique

I had an opportunity to make a card for a young lady graduate to give her Mom as a thank you. The only request was that it be 'fancy'.

Unlike most cards I do, I sketched out a plan before I started. The card base is a pink 5 x 7 fold. I trimmed off a portion of the right front panel for mounting the flagged text. A white front panel was run through a heart embossing folder. White cardstock with text printed was cut out with butterfly dies, tinted with 'spun sugar' Distress Ink and mounted with the wings up on foam tape.

I tied sheer white ribbon top to bottom with a bow. A row of rhinestone trim graces the cut edge of the front. I finished off with lots of 'dew drops' in pink tinted hearts.

When open there is a printed white panel on the inside and another row of rhinestone trim.

I used a scallop border punch on the bottom edge.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 14 June 2013
Cut-ups - Fourth Installment
Topic: Multi-Technique

Only one card to show today as I only used one vellum sticker.

This was mounted on cardstock matching the bordering materials and popped up on foam tape.

A clear sticker of text was added over the top of it.



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

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