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Saturday, 8 March 2014
Beddy Teddy
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For a swap the assignment was 'teddy bear'. I only have one pattern for a bear and it was for a baby card with a bear sleeping on a cloud. I'm not sure WHY the bear was on a cloud but I only pricked out enough of those lines (and added a couple) to turn the cloud into a blanket.

The blanket was stitched in light teal and the bear in light brown (with little pink ears).

Bordeering with teal and backing with a brown chevron ( which says "Zzzz" to me ) was the finishing for this.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 7 March 2014
Shimmering Thanks
Topic: Paper Embroidery

A group's swap assignment was to make a paper embroidery thank you card. I decided to stitcch just the frame for a sentiment.

The cardstock is a large swirl (cut down from 12x12) with a shimmer finish. I did all the stitching in silver metallic thread, trimmed and backed it with a mint green card base.

I used a 'Dazzles' brand peel-off sticker in silver for the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Five Tree Forest
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For my second card of the Christmas stash-builders I selected a pattern of a forest of trees. I pricked it out on a green holly paper and stitched using three shades of green thread. The star uses golden yellow thread.

I framed it top and bottom with a red chevron.

I decided it needed more to define it as Christmas so I added red rhinestones all over the center tree.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Baubling Along
Topic: Paper Embroidery

For the February Christmas card stash-builder challenge I chose a free pattern with words and baubles. I used a background ovf words and snowflakes and stitched with metallic threads.

This really comes together quickly.

I used a border of shimmer red cardstock to go with the thread choice.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
A Stitch of Sympathy
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I had a recent vacation with a LOT of time to sit and stitch for cards. In a week's time I had 11 images stitched and then did a marathon session when I got home to turn them all into cards. NO, you don't get to see them all today - you have to take 11 days to see them.

First up was an assignment on two lists to make a sympathy card. One was for a challenge in February and the other for a swap in September. So I shared this for the challenge and will set it aside for the later swap - getting double duty.

I really liked the background paper pulled from a recently purchased 6x6 pad. The radiating design sets off this cross perfectly. I pricked out the bordering elements on the cross, leaving the centers blank to give it a more restful feeling. This was then stitched in burgundy thread.

I used similar colored papers for layering and bordering.

I added a silver peel-off sentiment for the finishing touch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 3 March 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 40
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another milestone - we're 40 sketches into this personal challenge! Here's OWH sketch 40:

I worked from the scrap envelopes again and, because of where the bird appeared on my feature block, I flipped the sketch right to left.

The feature blended in too much to the top paper so I bordered it with some brown doodle lines.

I added a sentiment tab with rounded corners to fill space on the right and balance the layout better.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 39
Topic: Sketch Challenge


Today we're up to another sketch that I already have used in the past; OWH sketch 39:

In fact, this is one that Club Scrap created a cutting diagram for that allows for one big cutting session that provides all the parts for mixing and matching to make multiple cards from the same materials.

So, back in 2012 I made a slew of these from September 23 to 29. http://www.mystudio3d.com/blog/index.blog/2283775/owh-and-club-scrap-cutup/

I got bored and started using the parts in different configurations, too. The one that most represents the sketch is this one:

Wow! I still have some of that pink dot paper in my scraps and have used it very recently, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 38
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This card was a happy accident! I worked from OWH sketch 38:

In the scrap envelope I had the coral plus the blue and floral strips which I cut to sie. Then I went looking for a good background in the stash and chose the pink plaid. I decided on the blue card base to repeat the blue in the strips and cut the background down to show that blue as a border.

OK, now. What to put in the middle? Oooooh, this floral sticker would be perfect if it was not so pinky-pink and went vertical instead of horizontal.

Ha! I turned the sketch on its side and solved one problem. Then I chose a couple of alcohol ink markers and re-colored the flower to give it more of a coral hue.

You'd never know it wasn't planned this way from the beginning!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 28 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 37
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I'm beginning to feel like a broken record... "and here's sketch #..."

Just so you know, I don't sit down and do one of these cards every day. Instead, I will work on 4 (or 8) at a sitting. Four sketches are printed per page in the OWH sketch pdf and that is what I have in my notebook to work from. I pull out a page, make up those 4 sketches (sometimes including multiples), put the page back and pull the next one. I do spread them out for posting, though, as you've noticed. 

Anyway, today we're looking at OWH sketch 37

The scrap envelope included the floral and the postal strip. I went to new stock for the dotted background, choosing a shabby look to go with the vintage-look pieces. Then I snitched the embossed stock from another envelope.

That embossed piece was too creamy so I used some Spun Sugar Distress Ink sponged over it.

I added a sentiment strip that was not in the sketch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 36
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Sometimes it is so simple! Here is OWH Sketch 36:

In my scrap envelope I had included everything you see here! It was just a matter of cutting the parts to the specified sizes, adding some details, and assembling. Easy Peasy!

I stamped a sentiment onto one piece of the soft blue and used a large circle punch on it. The white embossed dots paper got part of those dots colored with an alcohol ink marker, and I drew doodle lines around the edge of the background to echo black from the stamped sentiment.

The tiny embossed butterflies got bodies added on top and both the circle and the butterflies are mounted 3D.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 35
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Sketch as a foundation... OWH sketch 35 is a good one to use this way.

The blue and the coral strips were from the scrap envelope and I added the yellow background and bordering. The pieces were cut according to the sketch dimensions.

So that made a good BASE but it was far from a finished card! I went through my sticker stash and came up with a set of three flowers. I took the stemm from another one and created a cluster of blooms and buds.

I used a warm gray alcohol pen to create a shadow to separate the flowers from the background and from one another. Then I added a gold peel-off sentiment to the center bloom.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 34
Topic: Sketch Challenge

There's some confusion over on the OWH site on what sketch 34 really is. The individually listed ones have one picture and the collective pdf file has another. I decided to just pick one and go with it. Here is the sketch I chose:

I'm still working out of the envelopes of sorted scraps (that's why these are starting to look a lot the same) and here is what I came up with:

I added the striped background from a 6x6 pad and used a lot of bordering. The framed sentiment is not in the sketch but looks good there, don't you think?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 24 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 33
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Forced compliance... when you take two papers that really have nothing in common and force them to work together. This is the story of OWH sketch 33:

I started in the scrap bin envelopes with the red patterned paper and the slightly violet script paper. Nothing in common whatsoever. they are different in color, in style, in value, everything!

So I introduced yet another color with a vibrant background cardstock, keeping it un-patterned to provide 'white space'. I layered up the two feature papers even though the central piece was not as large as the sketch.

Needing something to provide focus, I punched a sentiment on gray paper with a round punch and then used Distress Ink in Milled Lavender to bring the color into the same color family as the script paper. A lavender ribbon trapped underneath reinforces this.

I used faux stitching on the backbround and the punched circle to tie these elements together.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 32
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Time for a change! Watch for it in OWH sketch 32:

Change 1 - background paper was not big enough to cover the whole area so I just covered the top of the card front with it.

Change 2 - Moved the sentiment block down to extend into the exposed base.

Change 3 - Added floral element to balance the empty space left at the top.

Change 4 - Added three rhinestones to the lower corner to keep the eye moving.

I added some doodle lines to the feature panel to set it off from the background without bordering it.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 31
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Close enough - that's what I call it when the measurements of the parts and pieces a just a smidge off but you can still recognie the sketch that was used. Here is OWH sketch 31:

Right away you can see that the sketch has been rotated a quarter turn to the right. this was because I wanted to use a salvaged embossed metal piece with that orientation. the scrap bin held all different shades of green so I chose a chevron paper that had gray to echo the silver in the feature block.

The silver block I used was not the correct size but 'close enough'. I used one of the scrap bin greens to border it.

My camera was having some issues with all the greens and really 'flattened' them They are really much more vibrant that this.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 21 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 30
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Wow! Look how quick we got to OWH sketch 30!

And this time I really did follow the sketch, scraps and all! Aren't you proud of me?

I did add the dotted paper that was not in the scrap bin and cut it slightly smaller than the base card to show a border. The paper patterns were such an eclectic mix - chosen strictly on color blending. I added the rub-on birds, which are glittery, instead of going with a sentiment.

I added two bits of gold peel-off to provide grounding for the birds.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 29
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Still working from the scrap envelopes for these OWH sketches. Here is sketch 29:

And I almost followed the sketch, too! Changes include cutting down the main panel to allow the base card to act as a border, adding a border to the feature panel and adding a sentiment block, also bordered.

The background paper was not in the scrap bin and it was chosen for the color echoed in the clock block. The harlequin paper was paired with the clocks because of both the color and the shape in a couple of the clocks.

The sentiment really plays off the clock paper, tool.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 28
Topic: Sketch Challenge


Well, today is the day to finally decide how to handle the sketches that I have already worked from in the past. I decided I will show the sketch and at least one of the cards I made from it before. I will also reference the original date of the post. In other words, I will not be doing an additional card from these sketches.

So, what does OWH sketch 28 look like?

Look familiar? You have to think all the way back to July 7, 2012 for the original post (http://www.mystudio3d.com/blog/index.blog/2273719/tricolor-with-sketch/).

I actually made a couple of cards on that date - here is the one I liked best:

Now that makes for a quick blog entry - and little work involved!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 27
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Hooray for scraps - this way of working through the sketches is really going well. Today we're up to OWH sketch 27:

I decided to do some bordering on this one since the papers I selected were so similar in tone. The large dot paper was also not as large as the sketch so I made its 'bordering piece' the size indicated and used the dot paper as an added element.

The month block is from a page of random elements in a 6x6 pad I have used recently. It was not the same size as the sketch. Oh well.

I added a stamped sentiment block, popped up on foam tape, to unify the elements.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 17 February 2014
Operation Write Home sketch 26
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Scraps and embellishments... that was the key to a great card for OWH sketch 26, shown here:

In this case the lace paper was not wide enough for the sketch so I added some supplemental strips to the outer edge. The scrap I wanted to use for the crossbar was not wide enough but I used it anyway, just as it came.

I chose a salmon for the base card and layered the elements on it and then found this really great scrap I peeled off of another item as an embellishement. I think it might be lead as it is heavy and very pliable. I stuck it down with super-sticky glue dots.

The center block was way too plain, even with the embossed dots, so I used a silver peel-off sentiment.


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

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