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Sunday, 15 December 2013
In The Pink
Topic: Coloring

I like a little variety in my poinsettias so I decided to do up a set in pink. On the other hand, I'm not fond of the faded yellowed look of those petal tips so mine are not realistic - prettier, just not realistic!

I started out with a pale to medium range of pinks and some leaf to lime greens for the leaves. A pale blue was the way to go for the background. I I used a strip of pink stripe over the greenand added a sentiment in clear sticker.

After that I upped the intensity of the darkest pink and showed more of the lime green in the leaves. This called for more lime in the background green. I kept the pink stripe but used a rub-on for the sentiment.

I went back to the original set of pinks but drew the darkest out further from the center. Yeah, I'm liking this. I kept the same layout but freshened it up with a stripe that echoes the colors and makes me think of ribbon candy. The sentiment on this one is also a rub-on.

Anc, finally, the coloring just as the last one (since I found what I really liked) with a little pink plain background. As I was bordering and trimming the feature block I suddenly stopped before the last trim and realized it would be the perfect place for a silver peel-off sentiment!

Now this big block of four stamps can go back into storage until next Christmas.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 14 December 2013
Velvety Petals
Topic: Coloring

Three rich reds make up the velvet petals of this poinsettia. I controlled the bleeding of the red by not coloring up to the borders until the very last when all the other ink was dry. Both cards use the same two greens for the leaves but sport different values of blue background.

The first is the lighter blue. I found a scrap of red cardstock that had been run throught the Cuttlebug with the distressed stripes folder. This matched the lightest red from the image so well I fairly makes the blooms glow. I used blue bordering pieces and added a red foil greeting.

The second card is even simpler. I used a green background to echo the leaves and a yellow strip to pull out color from the flower centers. Blue bordering echoes the background in the feature and a red foil greeting nods to the flower colors.

Next time we'll be 'in the pink'.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 13 December 2013
Drunken Birds
Topic: Coloring

You've probably noticed by now that the cards you saw earlier in watercolor painting are now appearing in alcohol marker coloring. I have a limited number of Christmas stamps so I did a little marathon stamping session and made multiple impressions of each on a watercolor pad with Archival black ink and then on plain cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black. The two inks are each designed to work with a specific coloring medium with out smearing or bleeding.

I colored up most of the watercolor images first and now I'm working on the multiple images in alcohol inks. As usual, I am using a combination of Copic, Bic Mark-It, Spectrum Noir and PrismaColor.

For the shading on this first set of cardinals I tried a method I had used before hoping to control bleeding with the reds. To do this type of shading you use a pale blue first to color the shaded areas. Then you color over the whole image with the feature color and get automatic shading. I used the same method in the pines but I should have used a color from the opposite side of the color wheel like a light orange. 

I used a diecut for the image and this one got plaid paper and a foil red greeting.

Back to the regular coloring method for the birds, using three reds. I used a different die cut shape and a striped background with glitter. The sentiment is a cardstock tag from who-knows-where and I covered the hole with a puffy acrylic sticker.

The coloring on this one is the same as the last. I fancied it up with a different diecut and a more solid background. A single strip of the glittered stripe and three sentiment pieces ( clear sticker, puffy acrylic, and clear thick acrylic sticker) finish it off.

The borderin on all of these is sage to match the coloring of the pines.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 12 December 2013
All I Want For Christmas
Topic: Coloring

I bought this stamp several years ago thinking I would like it a lot. I like it very little! I never know how to color it but it looks so lame left in black and white. Many elements do not 'read' well unless they are colored to define them.

So I used pale alcohol markers to color the tree and other greenery and then do spot coloring throughout the rest of it.  I trimmed it out and bordered it in black.

Then I selected a very pale batterned paper for the backing and bordered that with black as well. It was still a little plain so I added a casual smappeting of gold stars along two borders and one in the panel (J*Y).

I was not happy with the definition in the tree image with gifts on the left side so I covered it over with a 'Frost Fairy' shimmer sticker. Much Better!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Encore Edition
Topic: Coloring

I used the same stamp as yesterday but on watercolor paper. This time I colored it with Distress Markers and an aquabrush. I colored both panels at the same time to allow the paint to dry. the main difference is the first one did not get as dark of impression so it has a more casual look to it.

I took advantage of the casual look and found some patterned paper with a yellow burst on it. With careful centering and cutting I was able to make it look like the sun streaming in behind the window. I bordered with glimmer mauve and added a rub-on sentiment.

The next uses a printed paper with a watercolor look to it that echoes the colors in the feature. I added a single strip of mauve glimmer paper and bordered it all in pale blue. The sentiment is a clear sticker.

Both cards have the feature popped up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Back To My Roots
Topic: Coloring

This stamp is one of the first I owned when my daughter bought the set of four seasonal stained glass for me. For today's cards I stamped on regular cardstock and colored with alcohol markers.

I did not do any shading on these as I wanted them to look like flat glass rather than 3-dimensional objects. This one was done in 2 reds, 2 yellows, 2 greens and 2 browns. I trimmed the panel and bordered it in black. The base card is also trimmed in black and features a large diamond in two-tone green. The sentiment is metallic red stickers.

For the next I changed some of the colors. One of the blues is lighter and I swapped out orange for one of the reds in the border. I used a rust-colored base card and left bands of it showing downthe sides. Wide strips of yellow and green patterned paper form the background and are bordered in black along the outside edges. I popped the feature up on foam tape and added a peel-off greeting.

The coloring on the last one swaps 2 yellows out for the reds in the border and it certainly changes the character of the piece. I chose to change the orientation for this card and made use of brown and black bordering. The colored background strips were decorated with a gold foil sentiment and gold peel-off stickers.

Stay tuned for an encore....





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 9 December 2013
Snowflakes and More Snowflakes
Topic: Coloring

Snow is forecast for today but I'm hoping today's cards are all I see of it!

Last week I showed some cards stamped with the 4-way Christmas stamping block - one day the poinsettia and another the pinecones. I didn't use the side with the holly this year but did stamp several of the snowflakes. These are stamped on regular white cardstock and colored with the palest values of alcohol markers. I did the flakes themselves in yellow, peach and pink and then filled in the swirly background with blue.

These were cut out and all of them matched up with a snow-covered glossy cardstock. It is hard to match up blues but these worked together so beautifully.

For the first card, I used a dark blue shimmer card base and a pink shimmer border on the feature. Then I added a sentiment sticker.

Next I did two identical ones (I KNOW! Right?) by using Sizzix dies to cut the block into a shape and backing it with a larger version of the same die shape. The base border is glimmer white and the shape border in glimmer mauve. These got a plastic sentiment sticker. I'll just show one of them:

I then repeated the style using different border colors. The first uses the same glimmer white for the base and a bright glimer yellow for the shape. The second uses blue glimmer for the base and a pale yellow for the shape. Both got a gold peel-off greeting:

Finally, I used a cream glimmer for both borders and made the block border thinner. This got a couple of penguin stickers and a peel-off sentiment on the feature block.

All of the cards have the feature block popped up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:27 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 9 December 2013 8:47 AM PST
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Window On My World
Topic: Quilting

When life gives you scraps, make stained glass.


I saw a photo of a quilt for which a pattern was being sold and it was SO simple I knew I could graph it out easily and save the cost of a pattern. And it would be in the size I wanted instead of having to convert from the prescribed measurements.

I decided on a rather large block size - 15 inches - composed of sub-units of one 9 x 9, one 6 x 6, and six 3 x 6. Each piece needed to be in the same color family with similar values.

So, I pulled out all my scraps and sorted them into those color families and then into values. I ended up with 10 divisions so I used two groups to make two blocks: 2 orange, 2 dark purple, 1 dark blue, 1 medium blue, 1 teal, 1 pale yellow, 1 bright yellow, 1 pink, 1 dark green, 1 lime green. From each of these I used the largest scrap to cut the 9 x 9 unit (plus seam allowances of course), then selected a largish scrap for the 6 x 6 unit, and on down. If I did not have enough variety I used some fabrics twice as some fabrics could be repeated in the same block but not placed next to each other (this will all make sense when you see the block). Speaking of that, here is my favorite block - in rich dark purple:

Ah yes, you noticed that black line between each unit. That is 1/2 inch single fold bias tape. I used 1/2 inch Steam-A-Seam2 to attach it after the top was assembled.

The quilt was laid out in a 3 x 4 grid with the center row of blocks rotated one quarter turn.

I wanted a border that would not compete with the blocks and found this marbled print that echoes all of the colors. I used it for the backing as well.

Before binding I quilted by stitching close along both edges of every bit of black 'leading'. I stitched in a particular order so that the ends of sewing that butted up to an edge would be locked in by later stitching over it. Here you can see a little of the stitching:

This quilting also makes a lovely grid of double lines on the quilt back.

The final touch was to bind with black.

This quilt finished at 53 x 68 inches and will be donated to the hospital's Passages program.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Poinsettia Patchwork
Topic: Pretty Paper

I always make a Christmas card for our quilting group leader that has a 'quilted' look to it.

This year I went BIG with a 6 x 6 inch card. I used scraps from some of the recent Christmas papers I had on my desktop and started cutting lots of strips from them. Then I used the plaid and cut a 1 inch square. I used the strips around the squares to create a log cabin block - 9 times. 

These were arranged in a grid with a quarter turn between each placement. The seams between the blocks were then covered with a striped band to make a faux sashing and borders.

I used some plastic stickers of poinsettias to create a little focal area and then applied a gold peel-off greeting to some of the brown and trimmed it out. The greeting is popped up on foam tape and I added a gold star to the center of each flower.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 6 December 2013
Piney Woods
Topic: Coloring

From the same big block of Christmas images as the poinsettias I used the pinecones and branches. This is an overall image and works well when stamped continuously as a background.

I used very simple watercoloring on this with one brown and two greens. Since there was so much stamping (9 times) I just did one piece of this and kept as much as possible for the card.

I selected a piece of cardstock with a plaid stripe and some supporting trims already printed on it. I used red bordering to pick up on the plaid.


The plastic sticker for the sentiment has a little edge of pines that makes it blend in with the background.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Mmmmm, Chocolate
Topic: Coloring

One of my dollar purchase stamps had this image of a cup of hot chocolate. You can't mistake it for coffee because of the mini-marshmallows on top!

I wanted this scene to be a cup shared with friends so I used masking to add a second serving.

For the first one I used a snowflake background. Chocolate brown is the bordering and I combined two stickers for the greeting.

I kept everything the same for the second except for the background which is now a plain blue embossed with circles.


So, here's to a cup of cheer!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The Bloom of Christmas
Topic: Coloring

The stamp used on the card today is one of 4 on a large cube. They are all Christmas images: poinsettia, pinecones (showing later this week), holly, and something I've forgotten now. The poinsettia works best as a self-contained unit so I stamped once on the watercolor paper for coloring. I used the Distress marker ink in three reds, two greens, and a yellow.

The first impression did not stamp very darkly so is not as well-defined.

The other got a better inking and is much easier to 'read'.

I decorated both the same - glittered strip, red borders on card base and strip and then an acid green border on the rounded cornered feature panel. It is also popped up on foam tape.

Both got the same gold peel-off greeting.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Cardinal Colors
Topic: Coloring

Continuing with the watercoloring on stamps I went back to the image of the two birds in the pines. I have colored these up as bluejays before since that is what we have locally, but for Christmas I decided to go with the cardinals as the stamp is designed for.

I used the ink from Distress markers again, three reds and two greens. I used a dark yellow directly from the marker for the beaks.

The first one got sage bordering and a strip of glittered stripe as an accent. I used aplastic sticker for the sentiment.

The second one uses the same background paper and strip but I bordered with dark green and added a gold peel-off sentiment.

These birds are very time consuming to paint but the result is very regal.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 2 December 2013
Furry Friend Greetings
Topic: Coloring

Time to get serious about making Christmas cards! I decided to do some sets of stamped/colored images and started with a small pad of watercolor paper.

The first set I did was by combining a little polar bear with a decorated tree, stamped three times.

I used ink from Distress markers and an aquabrush to watercolor the image. The bear and snow have just a touch of blue shading.

On the one above I added three silver stars in the sky. Below I added the stars to the tops of the trees.

I bordered with dark red and added a silver peel-off greeting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Finders Keepers
Topic: Jewelry

A couple of weeks ago my mom spied a dangle earring in a parking lot and gave it to me for crafting. I immediately remembered a stone charm at home from who-know-where and could imagine them combined.

The charm had a bail on it already and that had a long upright shank. No idea what it was designed for but I took some small round-nosed pliers and created a loop out of it. This was used to link onto the hole in the earring where I had removed the ear wire.

I just added a silver chain and it was ready to wear.

The ghost image is from taking the photo in the mirror.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Turkeys With Glasses
Topic: Around the House

A little late, but I thought I'd show what I used to decorate the table for Thanksgiving dinner. This combined the napkin, the glassware and the place card all in one!

I opened the paper napkin out flat and pleated it. Then I folded over the base of it and tucked it into a wine glass. When I pulled out the pleats at the top it curved it over a bit and make it stay extended.

From golden-brown cardstock I cut scalloped ovals and added a red upside-down heart, two tiny orange triangles and a couple of googly eyes.

I wrote the guest names on the left side and... voila!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Saturday, 30 November 2013 8:19 AM PST
Friday, 29 November 2013
Big Birthday
Topic: Stamping

I needed a person-specific birthday card this week and decided to do some stamping. I started with two birthday stamps, left off the greeting on the upper one and stamped them one above the other on bright yellow cardstock. There was not much room for coloring on these but I added some bright markers to the candles and flames. I also decorated the lettering with some black dots.

This panel got bordered in black. Then I found two pieces of graphic black and white cardstock. The chevron got cut into 1/2 inch strips to use as a frame. The diagonal wide stripe got colored with a variety of bright markers.

I mounted the graphic panels onto a yellow card base and the text panel is popped up on foam tape.

I seldom decorate the inside of cards but decided to do it on this one. I cut a couple more strips of the graphic cardstocks and mounted them down the left side. Then I drew a black border to contain the elements and echo the look of a frame from the front.

The age was stamped with my 'hacked' number set and a greeting got hand-lettered. When the sentiment mentioned 'banner' I knew I needed to include one in the card. I hand-drew and decorated the banner and colored it and the numbers with bright markers.

I added some black dots around the numbers to echo the dots on the front panel text.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Blue Belle
Topic: Quilting

Yet another quilt from my marathon cutting/piecing sessions. The fabric for this one started out as a wide stripe repeated 5 times across the width of the fabric. By leaving 1/4 inch on each side of the dark blue strip the width was 7 1/4. I cross-cut these long borders to 7 1/4 lengths giving me that size of a square.

I turned every other block and the result looks like long strips that are woven together. That's it! 25 big blocks and 4 borders. Easy-peasy!

Here you can see what ONE block lookks like:

Like the three previous quilts this one is done with a meandering line. On those with only 2 inch borders I did not quilt in the borders. This one had 6 inch borders to the quilting goes all the way to the edge.

I chose a tone-on-tone dark blue for the binding.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Christmas Crush
Topic: Quilting

Here is the third quilt I made with the same pattern. This one features a Christmas print of holly, poinettia and amaryllis in teal, cream and berry pink. I used a teal print and a tone-on-tone cream for accents.

The border is a wine tone with small multicolored dots in teal, cream, pink and yellow. 

I think I am REALLY done with this pattern, though I reserve the right to change my mind and make another sometime down the road!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Fruit Basket Upset
Topic: Quilting

Mystery of the Vanishing Blog Post - I have NO idea where the post went for today. I'll tey to recreate it with all of the original wit and wisdom but who knows how that will go. And, it may always magically turn up at some point and make me look foolish!

This is another of the three quilts I made from the same pattern. For this one I wanted to use this rich fruit fabric but did not have enough for the 20 block called for in the pattern. So I re-drew the pattern! I enlarged the feature square from 6 to 7.5 inches and this allowed me to get 12 out of the fabric I had available. 

Then I decided to made 12 inch blocks so redrafted the surrounding parts of the block to make that work.

I used a golden yellow as the background and a green marble for the boxes. The border is a rich purple with a tiny flower.

In the above shot you get a better view of the feature fabric as well as a hint of the meander quilting I used.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:38 AM PST

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