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Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Out Of The Stashes
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I ran across some 'kits' of card bits and pieces that I had put together about a year ago. WHAT? Unfinished projects? Can't have that!

First, I had put together a striped background paper and a colored crayon box image out of a scrapbooking page-a-day calendar. I added a couple of strips of leftover patterned paper from other projects and a blue card base. I also had a blue diecut swirl.

I just brought them all together by using blue as a border to each piece and layering them in a pleasing arrangement.

The next kit had a red card base, checked paper, a tag, a printed circle and a diecut word. Since so much of the red base was exposed I chose blue as the bordering color. I tied red and blue twine around the base of the tag and popped the word circle up on foam tape.

Next up was a dark yellow card base with a strip of text scrapbook paper, a checked strip from the scrapbooking page-a-day calendar and one of those sundresses made from a large scalloped circle. I had run the dress through a Cuttlebug folder for texture. bordered the dress and the checked strip on dark yellow and added ribbon to the dress for straps and a belt before mounting on foam tape. I pulled a stamped sentiment out of the file and bordered it with blue.

Last project was a mix of patterned strips and a couple of blocks. I also had an illustration from the scrapbooking page-a-day calendar and a couple of diecut swirls. When I mounted the strips to form a background I ended up with that bold red stripe down the right side. I used this as a color key to breate borders for the blocks. Then I cut my illustration to the same size as the blocks and bordered it too. I pulled a stamped sentiment from the file and bordered it with the red before arranging and mounting all the elements. The sentiment and illustration are popped up on foam tape.

Just a few more sessions like this and I will have all these old 'kits' used up. THEN what will I do?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Multi-Purpose Word Frame
Topic: Stamping

I have a set of clear stamps that is strictly text - individual words. These can be mounted on a single acrylic block to form sentiments and phrases. I had an idea to use multiple words to make a frame for joyous occasions.

I placed the words with three corners being made of two word phrases. After I stamped this it wasn't clear that it was not one big run-on sentence so I used markers to color block them. I also used marker to frame the center sentiment which is from a different set entirely.

On two of the cards I used two clock images to do second generation stamping in brown ink to create a background, rounded the corners and distressed the edges with old paper distress ink. The last card has no distressing or background stamping.

After that it was just the mounting. I cut a 6" paper apart so I could spread it to go to the ends of my 5x7 card base (with a thin border exposed). Then I cut and bordered an accent strip to cover this gap. I tied colored twine (on two of them), mounted the bordered sentiment on foam tape and added some bling to finish it off.

This first one I sent as a graduation card for a young lady:

And the second one was a birthday card for a man

The third one was also a birthday card but for a woman. I used a different center sentiment on this one, too.


I think this makes a good mix of masculine/feminine, non-specific celebration occasions, and vintage/modern.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 28 June 2013 1:51 PM PDT
Monday, 5 August 2013
Topic: Coloring

Well, this has been a looooo-o-o-n-g stretch of coloring images. But today marks the end of those so we will move on to something else after today.

For this last round I stamped and colored with alcohol markers some little green frogs. I have no idea why they are wearing crowns. I think they might be companions to some other stamps with a castle, a carriage and something else I've forgotten. If so, they would represent fairy tales and this must be the frog prince.

On the first I used some distressed papers and green ribbons over a taupecard base. The sentiment suits the 'kiss the frog' under-message.

More busy papers on this one with embellishments of crocheted trim, ribbon and twine. I stamped the sentiment words onto separate strips of striped paper.

I love this fine blue dot paper and decided to add just a bit of zing with the green chevron paper. A little green twine ties into the frog and a sentiment stamped on white echoes the border on him.

I used the same papers as before but with a different balance. the same sentiment was used and this, again, uses a blue card base.

Actually, I am more than ready to move on to a new focus.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, 5 August 2013 8:58 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Leap Frogs
Topic: Coloring

The stamp I used for today was one I got in a grab bag at Goodwill. There were few useable stamps in there as many of them were damages, poor quality foam stamps or ones with the rubber hardened on them.

I colored this up twice on plain white cardstock using alcohol markers. IFor both cards I used denim prints from a 6x6 pad, green bordering and the same sentiment stamp.

Due to the variety of papers in the 6x6 pad the cards come out looking toad-ally different! (hee hee hee)


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Great Day At The Beach
Topic: Coloring

This is another image that was sent to me in a swap. It was a very light impression which worked OK in the image itself but the bold border on the round image looked lame. So, after watercoloring the image, I glued three rounds of twine around the edge.

I chose a base card to pull out the colors in the sky, the dotted background that echoes the circle element, and the bottom border which picks up the green from the bamboo.

I stamped the sentiment directly onto the background paper and used one with a casual feel to suit the theme.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 2 August 2013
Potted Hedgehog
Topic: Coloring

The images colored today were sent to me in a swap. I took a chance on the ink they might be stamped with and did the coloring with alcohol inks. Both of the images were colored identically.

The first little guy was trimmed out and got the corners rounded. Both bordering layers also got rounded corners. I pulled soft colors into the background and added three square rhinestone brads. The sentiment was cut into a flag and bordered with the same color as the image panel.

Little Mr. Hedgehoggot trimmed with a white border this time. He got some love added in the form of strips of heart papers and a 'love' text background.

I used Stickles on the flower centers. Then I added Glossy Accents to the ladybug and the four large hearts in the center strip.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Pleasant In The Glass
Topic: Coloring

The image I used today is small, simple and elegant. I made three color choices and trimmed each of them with a thin white border.

For the orange tulips I chose burnt orange as the bordering color and added a stripe with that as well as green and ogange. I brought the blue of the vase in with a patterned background. I used one of the wide stripes in the signature color to stamp the sentiment.

I do love me some yellow and grey. So when I pulled out the yellow tulips it seemed natural to back them with three grey elements. I used yellow for the borders and added some blue and white twine to pick up the color from the vase.

The final tulips got colored up in pink. I went with a soft pallette in vintage papers for a romantic feel. A tie of thin coral ribbon on the left provides some balance.

I think these tulips need to come out to play more often.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
She Sent Me Roses
Topic: Scrap Recovery

A friend stamped and sent me this panel of roses to which I added rhinestone centers. I wanted them to take center stage so I bordered them and added complementary papers in a diagonal background.

A simple sentiment is bordered in the same color and popped up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Sitting Pretty Kitty
Topic: Coloring

Other than the stamp artist's signature in the center front (which I think looks like a hairball) I like this image. I used alcohol markers for coloring and cut them out square.

the first one got a border of bling on the floral backing panel. These pull color from the colored image. The red of the floral panel is repeated in the backing papers and all elements are bordered in navy.

I used the same floral panel behind the cat but toned down the red background. The addition of a stamped tab picks up the color from the cat.

On both cards the cat image is popped up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 29 July 2013
Something To Crow About
Topic: Coloring

Every time I try to use this image I have a big FAIL! The image is kind of indistinct and comes out looking like it is just poorly stamped. I chose to stamp with a brown ink for a more country feel. Then I used alcohol markers to color them in bright colors.

For the first card I cut down the image, rounded the corners and distressed the edges with Distress Ink. A red patterned paper with a country lookgoes behind the rooster and is tied with some blue twine. I created a background with strips of country papers and used red bordering to tie it all together.

One of my 6x6 pads had some paper with little images printed on them in subdued line art. I used one of these as a background and colored some of the elements to match the rooster. I added a couple of patterned papers for contrast and mounted the chicken with foam tape.

This is another paper from the 6x6 pad with an element imprinted. I used a craft knife around the edge of that label and tucked the rooster image behind it. The dotted paper was just plain white dots on blue paper. I used markers to randomly color the dots to pick up colors from the rooster image.

I MAY use this rooster again sometime... maybe.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Raggedy Angel Doll
Topic: Coloring

I colored up this doll a while back and decided to have another go at it. I used alcohol inks on plain cardstock again.

I decided to whack off her topknot which I think makes her cuter. The coloring covered so many hues that it was difficult to put together a card that didn't look too busy. I accomplished this by using some colors only in bordering and letting the red become the focus.

By stamping the sentiment directly on the background I was able to eliminate one layer of detail.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Jazz In The Garden
Topic: Coloring

Here is another of my hand carved stamps that I found in the drawer. Simple coloring with alcohol markers gives them real impact.

I didn't want to detract from that so I played it up with graphic papers for the background. The grey lace and grey dots allow the eye to rest shile the black and white chevron and the red dot echo the colors in the image.

I decided to use the green of the leaves in the bordering for the other elements.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 July 2013
On The Lookout
Topic: Coloring

Some time ago I stamped up every one of my hand carved images for a display. Then I just threw them in a drawer. When I pulled out this lighthouse I decided to use alcohol markers in very pastel colors to not overwhelm the blue ink of the impression.

I went with a taupe card base and bordering. Color blocking with squares of patterned paper provide a base for the image which is popped up on foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment ona piece of the backing color and then bordered it with the same color as the stamping in the image.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Boston Tea Party
Topic: Coloring

These tea elements are from different sets so the only way to make them look like they were the right scale was to set the cup way out in front. I used the bands of bordering as anchor points for the china and used backing papers to echo the colors in them.

So, what's with the title of the blog entry today? Look at the backing paper. At the top edge is the word 'Boston'. Planned? Not at all! In fact I didn't notice it until I was editing the photo. LOL!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Let Them Eat Cupcakes
Topic: Coloring

Cupcakes make me happy. Not necessarily REAL cupcakes, either. Just cupcakes in general. I have several images of them and this is my favorite.

For a single image I pulled green borders and card base from the cupcake paper. Combining these with pastel patterned papers keeps them the focus. I added a gold peel-off sticker and three gold brads for accents.

I used the three remaining cupcakes like they are sitting on the table with a wallpaper background.The blue version is popped up on foam tape. I mounted a birthday peel-off sticker onto cardstock to match the card base and trimmed it out. This is up on foam tape, too.

All the cherries on both cards have Glossy Accents for a little shine.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Another Great Mystery
Topic: Coloring

This is another flower that I am at a loss to identify. But it looks tropical to me so I gave it vibrant colors.

I cut the flower with a narrow white border and echoed that  with deep purple. The purple was carried on to the borders on the patterned papers and as the card base.


I stamped the sentiment repeatedly in a staggered pattern on the largest strip to create a text background.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 22 July 2013
That's For The Birds
Topic: Coloring

I am really so-so on this image. Trying to remind myself why I even bought it. It can technically be colored up as a Stellar Jay as well as a Cardinal. In fact, I tried the jay but it turned out horribly so I trashed it.

So, here is the cardinal. I backed it with many layers of patterned papers and color borders. The black scalloped papers are a perpared journaling block that I cut apart to fit this space.

This image was colored with alcohol markers on plain white cardstock.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Sun In The Garden
Topic: Coloring

I watercolored two sunflower images using Distress Marker inks and fussy cut them for mounting on two very different cards.

I combined papers from a 'denim' 6x6 pad for the first treatment. I used some denim blue for the card base and some buttery yellow to back three accent strips. the image is popped up on foam tape and the sentiment is stamped directly on the background.

From girly to masculine with a change in papers. I used three papers from Tim Holtz and bordered them with chocolate brown. The image is adhered directly to the background. I stamped the sentiment on green paper to match the stem and cut the top into 'grass' as an anchor for the flower.

Now THAT is a difference in treatment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 20 July 2013
You Can Send Me Flowers
Topic: Coloring

This is an image that I've had around forever and never used. It came in a large set and just never seemed to speak to me. I colored it up three times in Distress Marker ink treated as watercolors.

With the first image I cut it out with an oval die and backed it with a large scalloped die. Three strips of patterned paper are laid out in a formal arrangement and I have tied a bow on three strands of purple twine.

With the second image I went with a bold yellow card base and added four squares of patterned paper as a backing for the scalloped focal piece. a little faux stitching on the blocks and a black tracing on the image help the pieces stand out. Then I found some awesome border stickers and applied those to either end before rounding the corners.

Finally, I used a fancy die to cut out the colored image and backed it with a deep purple paper. A green patterned paper underlies this with a base background of a diamond stripe. Borders of the dark purple at every layer ties it all together.

You certainly can't say they all look the same!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 19 July 2013
Chicka, Chicka
Topic: Coloring

Sometimes you just have to break out a stamp you've had forever that has never been inked. Such is the case with this chubby chick. I stamped and colored it identically four times using Copic markers. Each image got it's own treatment, though.

First is a cheery little Hello backed with greens and bordered in yellows. I used die cuts for the image and the scalloped circle. I combined patterns in the papers with the yellow chevron and the green houndstooth. The style of the sentiment is casual enough to suit this layout.

Using the same colors I made the chevron paper more of a focus on this card by stamping a sentiment directly on it. I cut the chick and the backing with scalloped dies.

The next two are very similar to one another. I used some bold red to set the stage and added a strip of black and white chevron to jazz it up. A little snip of yellow chevron contains the sentiment nicely and ties in with the color of the chick. 

For this one I used a prepared journaling card and cut the chick in a rectangle to fit the open area.

With the same materials and layout I used a round die to cut the chick for the journaling tag.

What a cute chick!


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

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