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Saturday, 12 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 99
Topic: Sketch Challenge

You really need a 'stand-out' image to make OWH sketch 99 look its best:

Fortunately, I planned ahead and stamped one of my favorite images on watercolor paper and painted it using Distress Markers as the colorant. I also used 'old paper' Distress Ink to tone the edges.

The background papers were selected based on the colors in the image.

I popped the 1-inch square up on foam tape and used a gold peel-off sticker for the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 11 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 98
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Up for another sketch? Here's OWH #98 for you:

Another watercolored stamped image takes center stage today. I used a round die in the Cuttlebug to cut the image and to create the raised edge around it. Then I used 'old paper' Distress Ink to tone the edges.

I wanted the layout to be more subdued than the sketch so I used the same papers for the three blocks instead of three different ones as suggested. These were selected to match the Bible. A background, which came with the scalloped top trim, was selected to go with some of the flowers.

I placed a gold peel-off sticker for the sentiment. I used the right box for this for a little balance.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 97 (reprise)
Topic: Sketch Challenge

It sure makes the sketch challenge go by faster when I've already used some of them! Such is the case with OWH sketch 97:

I used this for a Christmas card challenge on September 30, 2012. Cards going to OWH have to 'beat the season' by many, many weeks in order for them to have time to reach the shipper, get reviewed, get sorted, get packages, get shipped, reach the troops, be selected by a service member, get mailed home and be received by their loved one in time for the specified holiday.

Here is the card I made for that challenge using a variety of Christmas papers and some clear stickers.

Even the sentiment is a clear sticker, although from a different set than all the poinsettias.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 96
Topic: Sketch Challenge

As seen in OWH sketch 96, sometimes the designer's idea is really a good one:

Despite the 'appearance' I did follow the dimensions given. Their sketch is not to scale. Again, this started with an image stamped on watercolor paper and painted with Distress Inks and an aquabrush.

The image panel is roughed around the edges and tinted with 'old paper' Distress Ink.

I chose papers to complement the image and added ribbon snippets where the sketch shopw paper strips. I gave them banner ends and folded under the left edge.

I added a silver Dazzle sticker for the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 95
Topic: Sketch Challenge

You'll have to stand on your head to see how I used OWH sketch 95:

This sketch just wasn't working for me with the image I wanted to use so I turned it 180 degrees.

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and painted it using Distress Marker ink as the colorant.

Papers were chosen to go with the paint colors and I used a border punch to replace the bow in the sketch. 

The edges of the image were distressed with a tool and then toned with 'old paper' Distress Ink.

The sentiment is popped up on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 7 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 94
Topic: Sketch Challenge

When the OWH sketchmakers created #94 it's like they could see my desktop and knew what elements I had scattered there:

From cards made in recent days I still had out that new 6x6 paper pad, the butterfly stickers, and a stamp and ink. Still further back I had used the decorative paper in the strip and that was in my 'recent scraps' envelope. That made this card come together very quickly and only one element had to be cut to size.

I like the clean finish of this card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 93
Topic: Sketch Challenge

What's with the lopsided elements on the OWH sketches? Here's another one on sketch 93:

Well, I don't like it so I'm not going to use it! I just left that layer off entirely.

I searched through my sticker bin for this floral because I knew it would look great in this setting. The papers were selected with the floral in mind which explains why they look so good together. The background, frame and strip are all from a new 6x6 paper pad I found on sale for $1.97! I wish they were't quite so distressed but I do like them for the most part.

The 3D sentiment sticker I've had in my stash for quite a while and I've used many from these sheets. There are still more left, too (YAY!)


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 6 June 2014 7:24 AM PDT
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 92
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH sketch 92 inspired me more than yesterday:

I like the way the elements overlap one another in this sketch.

I started with more of the blue houndstooth paper for the background. I also cut a piece of decoration from the same paper for the center strip. I chose a small floral with the same blue in it and then a neutral print for the smallest block.

Once the elements were all in place I used a fine marker to define the edges.

The sentiment is a gold peel-off sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 4 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 91
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I am NOT in love with OWH Sketch 91:

I guess it's all in the selection of materials, and maybe I just didn't have a good 'vision' for using this one. I started by turning the sketch on the side.

Some blue houndstooth started this card by serving as the background. I had three strips of light cardstock - two were the same print. These were cut to size and adhered. I wish I had left off the cross sticker. After I had adhered the swoosh of butterflies the cross seemed like too much.

I had selected the sentiment but it was too wide to go directly on the strip. So I create a little 'banner' for it to match the butterflies.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Berry Sweet
Topic: Die Cuts

Many, many years ago I ran across an idea for a card embellishment and tucked it away in the back of my brain 'for later'. Mostly because I didn't have the punches or dies to make it come to life.

Since coupons and papercrafting sales were in my schedule a few weeks ago I made it a point to buy a heart punch and a set of flower dies. I had wanted these for quite a while and when I got them home it suddenly occured to me that I now had the elements to make this sweet strawberry.

From red cardstock I punched the heart and then used a corner rounder on the bottom. From green cardstock I diecut a flower, cut it in half and layered it at the top of the heart. The addition of 'seeds' with Liquid Pearls brings the berry to life.

I first made a card with a single berry, using a cross-hatched brown background. I used green cardstock to diecut swirls and leaves and glued everything down. I stamped the sentiment in black. Then, to tie the elements together, I outlined one word in red and created a drop-shadow on the vines in black.

Then I made a second card with two berries on it - all of the processes and materials are the same.

The two cards do use different flourishes for the vines.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
New Best Friend
Topic: Around the House

We have a new visitor to the house that, I swear, thinks she is the family dog. She comes up to the patio door and, if nobody pays attention to her she will lay down on the mat and go right to sleep.

Now I know that having a passel of kids is probably wearing her out but, really!

I ignore her but hubby shoos her down the stairs and then tosses her all kinds of treats: marshmallows, slices of bread, crackers with butter, leftovers from dinner...

She shows up earlier and earlier, now arriving on the step long before he gets home from work. 

I know, I know, "Isn't she cute?" Well, yes she is cute, but she's also eating me out of house and home.

Pathetic how that begging thing works so well.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The Cliche of Christmas In July
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Technically, this is not 'in the garden' but it IS plant-based!

Last Christmas a friend gave us a poinsettia. I would occasionally give it a bit of water but was forgetting so much that I finally moved it to the kitchen window. The green leaves all fell off but the blooms remained. 

Then, around the middle of MAY little green leaves began appearing. I encouraged it by watering more often and, yes, it got more leaves.

So, here at the first of July, I have a happy and healthy poinsettia that I am hoping I can keep alive until December.

Without a doubt this is the longest any plant has LIVED in my house.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 30 June 2014
Sadly Needed
Topic: Stamping

I was truly saddened to need another sympathy card so soon.

I had a single one of the watercolor stamping roses left and it was already trimmed. This got bordered by a matching paper and thus began the layout process.

I found a nice, subtle paper for the background and wanted to include a border around it also. Unfortunately, I did not have any more of the border used on the feature. So I used a Distress Marker to color the edges of the white base card and trimmed the background paper to let that color peek out.

I found a large silver Dazzles sticker for the sentiment and colored it with alcohol marker while it was still on the sheet.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Adriana's Garden
Topic: Quilting

Someone made a gift of many fabric scraps to our quilt group. We took whatever we wanted to make quilts and I chose three coordinating fabrics: a bright yellow, a dark blue and a floral with yellow, white and two tones of blue. 

This went into my stash until I watched a video on 'tube quilting' as demonstrated by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company (check it out here www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOWSp0mTTqE). It is a simple way to cut a lot of blocks all at once and they can be arranged in many ways for a great graphic look.

I made this lap quilt for a child mentored by my daughter.

I was ready for the quilting and binding just as I got my new sewing machine so, of course, I had to try it out. All of the quilting is done with bright yellow thread in the ditch. The ends are all outlined around the yellow pieces. Then both long strips are stitched between the colors. The center is quilted in a grid through all the diamonds in both horizontal and vertical directions.

I also got to machine stitch the binding - LIKE!

Then I learned how to use the fancy stitches for lettering and used that for the quilt label. I stitched with yellow on a piece of fabric to match the backing then pressed it and attached it with Steam-a-Seam2.

Much more to learn on my sewing machine but this was a great start.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Caring Thoughts
Topic: Stamping

I wanted to use more of the watercolor stamping roses but did not have a sketch upcoming that suited the shape or size that I had remaining. So I abandoned the sketch project for a bit and pulled out some paper scraps to make my own layout.

I started with a lavender card base to coordinate with the color of the illustration and added a green swirled paper to work with the leaves. The chevron paper in a neutral creates a nice setting for the bordered centerpiece which is bound by strips of silver peel-off sticker.

The sentiment is provided by a silver script Dazzles sticker and the feature panel is popped up on foam tape.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 27 June 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 90 (repeat)
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Occasionally Club Scrap puts together a 'cutting formula' for chopping multiple papers to create multiple cards for OWH sketches. They did this for sketch 90 and I used the scraps October 15, 2012.

However, I thought the sketch itself was boring and it did nothing to inspire me. So I just used the scraps I had cut up to make random cards.

Here is one of those.

And here is another:

Yeah, so NOT the sketch.

Maybe I should go back and do that again?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 89
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Oh, I think you're going to like this one. I know I do. Here is OWH sketch 89.

So, are you thrilled yet?

I made a few 'adjustments' like widening the three strips, cutting another layer on the square, and using some gold sticker trim. I wanted to use more of the watercolor stamping images and there were none that could be cut into that diamond shape and maintain a good orientation on the bloom. But adding it as another layer just made me happy.

The key to the beauty of this card is coordinating the papers. The only pink is in the image which makes it the star of the show.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 88 (repeat)
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I used the heck out of OWH sketch 88 back on January 3, 2012.

At least I started out that way, cutting a zillion scraps of the right sizes. But along the way I got bored and started rearranging the parts into other configurations.

Since technically that is not 'following the sketch' I'll refrain from showing those again and just stick with the ones that do.

These cards are all about the paper and I added some pre-made paper floral embellishments. I also used some text stamps for a sentiment.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 87 (repeat)
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This was a harder sketch to use than I expected when I used it January 1, 2012. Have a look at OWH 87.

There aren't that many stamped images in my collection that look good in multiples and overlapped. I did come up with a few, though, and am re-sharing a couple of them today.

On this one I used more layers than the sketch called for, stamped the image three times and colored it.

For this version I stamped three parts of a set of border stamps. It also got some extra pieces added and I used another stamp set to create the swoosh of hearts on the right.

Both of these use some scraps of 'Color-Me' papers that I had inked up.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 23 June 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 86
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A perfect sketch for showcasing a beautiful image... this is OWH sketch 86:

Using a watercolor stamp image I cut it large to preserve as much of the beauty as possible. The background of pink chevron was a perfect match but needed to be separated from the image with a band of green.

Instead of using a band across so much of the image I mounted a black Dazzles sticker on matching green and trimmed it out  to the banner shape.

For the embellishment I used more black Dazzles stickers and added one on the lower left for a little balance.


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

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