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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 20 March 2014
It's NOT a Pox
Topic: Nail Art

Inspired by the new spring pastel nail colors in a Cover Girl ad and sucked in by a coupon offer, I bought two small bottles of polish. Unfortunately, the new pastels did not come in the little bottles so I ended up with slightly brighter shades than I anticipated. Oh Well...

I wanted to use both of my new shades and found the easiest way to do that was to immediately dot on color two as soon as color one's second coat was laid on - nail by nail. This allowed the dots to self-level and spread rather than sitting on top and being slightly raised.

Overall, I like the effect even though it is a smidge bright for me.

Not only that, but look how coordinated and hip I look when dialing my new iPhone! LOL!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Cotton Fabric Lanterns
Topic: Quilting

Title translated to Rantan Men'orimono. I thought it sounded more exotic than 'Cotton Fabric Lanterns'.

This is the quilt I cut out at the same time as Logan's Lanterns but it got borders of two of the other fabrics contained in the feature.

All of the lanterns were quilted with meandering in black thread:

The  fishscale bands were all stitched in the ditch:

The borders were also quilted in meandering:

The black blocks got the same strings of free-motion lanterns as Logan's Lanterns.

I also used the same technique to make an inset at the border.

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


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
On The Down Bead
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Can you name that tune? I'm not even sure anyone can PLAY that tune!

An assignment to use beads on paper embroidery led me to choose a pattern with musical notes on it. However, the original pattern had SIX lines on the staff. That's not right! So I eliminated one line. Then, all the plain old notes were boring so I added flags to some to change the timing and tied some of them together. More interesting to view, but not musically sound, I'm sure.

I pricked this pattern out on a musically printed cardstock complete with gold foiling on some elements. I double-stitched the beads onto the notes to make them more secure for mailing.

I added a little treble clef sticker as a finishing touch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 17 March 2014
Kitten Claws
Topic: Nail Art

Quite a while back I shared some nail art of tiger stripes - yellowish base coat with black tiger stripes. I wanted to use the same paint method but with different colors for a more feminine look.

I used some Barbie pink polish as a base and added the stripes with silver glitter.

Here's a couple of the nails close-up

Sorta like tiger stripe but probably more like kittens.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Some of This, Some of That
Topic: Color Challenge

This challenge used four unusual colors together: Burgundy, Red Violet, Dark Blue and Pine Green. When the swatches were laid out together I had a hard time envisioning something harmonious coming out of that, but we were only required to use two of the colors.

In sorting through scraps of designer paper I acrually found a floral with three of the colors in it! It was a corner treatment so I trimmed away the background with a craft knife and backed it with a solid burgundy piece.

I added a red violet border to this and let all the green come from the illustration.

By bordering the sentiment with the dark blue I actually managed to use all four colors.

The sentiment is popped up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 15 March 2014
A Layered Birdhouse
Topic: Stencils

For a February swap we were to make a card using birds or birdhouses. I immediately thought of the stencil I have of birdcages hanging in a tree.

I only wanted one birdcage so I blocked out all the others with removeable tape. I used daubers and Distress Ink to color the open areas of the stencil: green for the leaves, brown for the branches, teal for the birds and grey for the birdcage.

Then I removed this stencil and replaced it with a chevron stencil. This time I used glimmer sprays in blue and pink to spritz the card. This required a heat gun drying step.

I followed this by running the piece through the Cuttlebug with the script folder. Then I used a foam pad to sponge on some Distress Ink in old paper to the raised portions except inside the birdcage.

Then I trimmed down the panel and mounted it on teal and brown cardstock.

I added a string of rhinestones across the base of the birdhouse and some matching individual ones at the base of some of the leaves.

This came out precisely as I envisioned it. How often does THAT happen?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 14 March 2014
Jazzy Cupcake
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Have you been keeping count? This is paper embroidery number 11 from the vacation series.

On assignment to make a birthday card for our stash, I chose the cupcake by Darsie Burno. I pricked it out on red swirly paper and stitched in bright threads.

Backing with red chevrons adds to the jazzy feel of this card. Hard NOT to get excited by this.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Sitting Pretty
Topic: Paper Embroidery

What a combo! I selected the bunny from a pattern that had several images around the borders and then decided to place him on cardstock with a corner of flowers. Now it looks like he just emerged from the garden hedge.

I chose an unconventional teal for the figure to make him an Easter Bunny and bordered with more teal - a little darker.

I found that Distress Ink in Peacock was a perfect match and used that to stamp the greeting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Twisted Tree
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Lots of thread - little time. That is the definition of this Christmas tree stitching. I think more time was used to keep threading the needle than in actual stitching.

I used the snowflake and text paper for a background on this one and layered it over some tan chevrons.

Rhinestones, placed between the stitching lines, turn this potted pine into a real Christmas tree.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Hexies for the Holidays
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I don't like hexagons! Don't know why, either. They just rub me the wrong way. Octogons - OK; triangles - So-so; squares - oh yes! Hexagons - take them away please! LOL!

Anyway - I had a pattern for a cross make up of 'snow crystals' and I wanted to just use the flakes independently. Because of their six-sided nature I decided to actually use a hexagon background (it came in a 6x6 pad I bought). I pricked out three of the flakes and nine of the little centers to stitch. 

Now, you can't tell it from the photo but the flakes are stitched with navy blue AND royal purple.

No reason why I backed it with dark teal other than it looked good with the yellow and pink background.

I added a blue rhinestone to each of the large flakes.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 10 March 2014
Spring Venus
Topic: Paper Embroidery

On assignment to make a 'spring' card I hacked a couple of patterns and combined into one.

The seated woman is from a breast cancer pattern. The flowers are from another free pattern but I've cut it into so many bits and rearranged them that I don't have a record of whose pattern it is.

I used verigated thread for the flowers and vines and selected solid colors for the woman, butterfly and leaves.

I don't make many square cards because they cost more to mail, but this pattern really looked best when cut that way. I added backing of a field of flowers all in muted tones that are found in the feature.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Playing Cricket
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Assignment: Insects

Other than butterflies and dragonflies I don't have 'insect' patterns. Oh, wait! There is that really lame lady bug... Well in one of the books I own I came up with this cricket. 

I pricked it out at home and photocopied the instructions with the colors. However, I didn't take the photo of the finished product so I had to guess at the stitching of the back legs. I don't hang around looking at crickets either, so either they are right or wrong - but they're done!

Not my favorite pattern - kind of creepy!

I bordered to match the leaves and then backed with a triple honeycomb print.



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

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