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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 127
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Simple sketch = elegant finish. that's what I found with OWH sketch 127.

I pulled out another copy of the tropical flower and some recently used table scraps. The asian fret-work print mimics color on the upper edge of the pod and the subtle green strip goes with the background.

I used a bit of purple twine to coordinate with the bits of purple in the flower head.

A touch of white bordering adds to the clean and elegant look.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 11 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 126
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Just like yesterday, I had a bunch of ideas on using another sketch. This time it is OWH 126:

I decided I wanted to use an embossed panel as the feature for this sketch and selected four of them.

First, I used hot pink with the heart blocks folder. I distressed it with 'old paper' ink to make the embossing stand out more. I bordered this in purple and added a purple chevron background along with three plain purple strips. The strips got some faux stitching with white gel pen.

Next I embossed the bamboo folder on a cream cardstock. I used Distress Markers like watercolors to color up the parts of the bamboo. T carry the Asian theme further, I selected papers with geometric prints in tan and Chinese red. The feature panel is banded in red and the sentiment is stamped on the same red and popped up on foam tape.

I used the star folder to emboss a red cardstock. I then used the 'picket fence' Distress Marker to color the raised areas of the stars. It was a little stark so I used 'old paper' Distress Ink on a blender to tone it down. Red and tan papers are used for background and bordering while a blue print is used for the strips. I colored a sentiment stamp with 'picket fence' marker and huffed on it before stamping on blue cardstock. This block is popped up on foam tape.

This one is my favorite. A floral corner border was embossed onto white cardstock and toned with Distress Ink. This was banded in green to coordinate with a green background and green strips. A simple sentiment stamped on green is popped up on foam tape.

I shall try to restrain myself from making so many multiples... unless I come to a really awesome sketch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 125
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I love a sketch that generates so many ideas for use. Here's OWH sketch 125:

I had a lot of ideas about what to put in those four boxes but I narrowed it down to just three. First, I pulled a sheet of gold Dazzles butterflies and placed them on grey script-covered rectangles. After combining with several coordinating papers I added gold Dazzles script and a line of 'nail head' stickers.

Next I chose some fun frog stickers and placed them on a large dot paper bordered in black. A green background with a dotted stripe starts off calmly enough but that one jumping frog knocks his block out of line with the others. I carried that up into the stamped sentiment by making it askew as well and then added two green teardrop rhinestones to form a heart.

I went from zany to classy by using vellum stickers of pansies on pale striped paper. These were banded in green to go with the subtle background paper and the band of green printed paper. Everything else is banded in shades of purple like the pansies. I added a stamped sentiment and a hand drawn purple outline.

I won't make quick progress on the sketch self-challenge if I make multiples on many of them but it does add more quickly to the stash of cards to send to Operation Write Home.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 124
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Want a great sketch to feature a large illustration? OWH sketch 124 fits the bill:

There's actually a backstory to the illustration I used. MANY years ago I was fascinated with 'watercolor quilts' and wanted to try my hand at that sort of design without actually quilting anything. So I turned to wallpaper sample books. I took several pages of coordinating patterns and cut them into 1-inch squares. Then I sorted them by how much and where they had the flowers: were they half on the diagonal, half on the square, only a tip, completely covered, just a leaf or part of one and so on.

Then I drew a large heart on half a sheet of watercolor paper and arranged the bits of wallpaper as shown. When they were all in place I took them off one-by-one and used Mod Podge to adhere them to the watercolor paper and seal it.

Then, before I sent it off as a gift I took photos of it. This photo is the result.

For this card, I had to cut the top and botom from the photo a bit but needed it wider than the sketch so as to not cut off any of the heart. I used a backing paper with a bottom scallop to enlarge the square closer to the sketch dimensions.

Backing and accent colors were drawn from the photo.

The sentiment is one I had in my pre-stamped file. I simply trimmed it and matched its border to that on the heart photo.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 8 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 123
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I am very fond of the OWH sketch numbered 123:

This very graphic layout just spoke to me and I decided to recreate it in shades of gray like the sketch. My grays all have a brownish cast to them but they all work together anyway. I cut the pieces as prescribed and then decided they all needed a bit of black border to separate them.

The single pop of color is the heart stamped in black onto red paper and trimmed out with a thin red border.

So simple - so elegant.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Opeeration Write Home - sketch 122
Topic: Sketch Challenge

It's an original!

I came to another sketch that I had NOT used before in OWH sketch 122:

I had another photo of a flower from my 'taken long ago' stash and wanted to use it for this sketch. This necessitated my rotating the sketch a quarter turn clockwise.

I pulled colors from the photo - purple, orange and green - and used these to select papers. What I discovered is how little orange I have in my printed papers.

The gridded lavender background paper makes a great base for the linear elements on the rest of the card. I reinforced this with a purple outline on the card base and around the photo.

This is not a frilly flower so is more masculine than most.

The sentiment is stamped.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 121 - repeat
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Another day off for me! I get to re-post a card from May 18, 2012, made with OWH sketch 121.

Although this sketch shows three different papers in the lower four spaces, I didn't like that and in all of the miriad cards that I made, I used a symetrical layout. I also did all of the cards using a BIG stack of patriotic papers - most of which look like they are woven fabric.

In some cases, I added other embellishments to change up the look a bit.

I found that a small divider between the center strips made them more defined.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 120 - repeat
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Before I started this challenge I didn't realize how many of the OWH sketches I had used before! Here is a reprise of sketch 120 from May 15, 2012.

I actually did a ton of these but used up scraps to create a pinwheel in place of the oval. These sometimes got stickers for sentiments or other sticker decorations on the card. Also, some of the cards were used with the sketch upside down.

Here are a couple from that session:

By chance, these two favorites use the same floral background paper.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 4 August 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 119
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I had some confusion over whether I had used this sketch before or not. The sketch was in my blog folder for 2012 but in the day by day photos I cannot find a card that looks anything like it.

So, I did a new card for OWH sketch 119:

I see that the upper paper in the sketch is part of the background but I just made the top and bottom strips the same. My scallop punch leaves little indents around the edge - but not consistently deep - so I went back with a craft pick and turned them into holes.

The circle element was die cut and embossed in my Cuttlebug  with a Spellbinders die. Then I darkened the edges with Distress Ink and stamped the sentiment.

I used Distress Marker to color the stars to match the houndstooth background paper.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Sparkle and Shine
Topic: Nail Art

I like to celebrate the WHOLE summer with red, white and blue in my house and, if my nails are long enough to do up, that theme carries over onto them.

Though not as long as I like them to be with a real flashy treatment, I did have a go at them. 

I began with a double doat of blue and red, working from opposite ends of the nails on alternate fingers. Then I layered on a coat of silver glitter that just lets the color peek through.

A couple of coats of clear topcoat smooths out the rough texture left by the glitter.

These will last a couple of weeks and then I'll have to think of something new for the last few weeks of summer. What to do?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Orange You Glad
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I recently took on the task of reviewing every photo we own and organizing them by topic. We had generally printed duplicates of every roll so we would have some to send to relatives but this meant I had a lot of duplicates that were never used. I tossed all redundant ones, blurry ones, and random 'whatever' shots.

I also culled out what I called 'artistic' pictures - usually photos of flowers that were taken who-knows-where and who-knows-when. These got put in an envelope to use in crafting.

So, it was time to make some cards and I decided to use florals as the feature element for a while.

First up is a close-up of a hibiscus - one of my favorite flowers. This one was in bright orange, which is a color I don't commonly use on my cards. I selected a muted orange patterned paper and did a straightforward framing of the whole photo.

I added some gold peel-off stickers of butterflies and a vine as accents.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 15 July 2014 7:15 AM PDT
Friday, 1 August 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 118
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A new month today but still the same project! Moving on to OWH sketch 118:

I like the little scallops in the sketch and find that I don't use them as often as I probably should. I have two great scallop punches and decided to use them both to create a little more interest.

I had one more of the photos and it happened to be the same one that I started the whole process with - the orange hibiscus.

I brought back the orange background and covered this with a grey beaturing white text print. This created a calm setting for the floral banded on the top and bottom by those punched scallops.

I shifted the feature toward the top of the card so I had room to add a stamped and bordered sentiment panel at the bottom. Some orange rhinestones in the centers of the large scallops are the finishing touch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 117
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Well, now! This is a sketch that is really different from the norm. Here is OWH sketch 117:

Yes, I had more photos - this time a duplicate of the icy berry branch. I cut it into two for the vertical bars. Then I found two papers with greys that match the photo and assembled to this point.

I couldn't bring myself to plop a big round element in the center, covering so much of the photo elements. In its place I used a 'round-ish' black Dazzles sticker that evokes the feeling of tree branches.

I added a black peel-off sticker for the sentiment and a doodle line with black marker for framing.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 116
Topic: Sketch Challenge

On with the show - time for OWH sketch 116:

Still with some photos on hand I used one for the round element on this card. The background on the card is really a forest green - what is with this silly camera?

The background paper is filled with overlapping circles that echo the round floral. The pink and red patterned paper underlines the floral which has a border impressed into it.

I needed room for the sentiment sticker on the left so the round floral was pushed to the right. I also popped it up on foam tape to match the level of the 3D sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 115
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Now up to OWH sketch 115 in this long self-challenge:

Another flower photo, this time in soft pink, became the focus for this sketch. I used a large block of pink for the middle ground and set this against a field of red patterned paper. A black doodle line sets them apart.

A strip of green with a leafy pattern echoes the photo. This follows the sketch pretty faithfully.

I used a gold Dazzles sticker for the sentiment.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 28 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 114
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH sketch 114 is 'not quite lopsided enough' in my opinion:

You can see the diamond is off center but it is at a place where one is not quite sure if it was meant to be centered but didn't quite make it. I should have just slid it all over where it looked better but I stuck with the sketch measurements.

I started by selecting two pinks in solids to maintain the graphic look of the sketch. A bright green (yes, green not aqua like it looks in the photo) background matches the photo.

Then I used some lacy gold peel-off sticker trim to create a frame. Some fine line gold sticker frames the green background.

The sentiment is also gold peel-off sticker.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 113
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Today we're looking at OWH sketch 113:

This a more exciting sketch than yesterday, to start with.

I went back to the old photos and selected another hibiscus, this time in dark pink. I chose medium pink as a bordering element and added a houndstooth background and a mesh strip in colors to enhance those in the photo.

The thin strip is a printed element from along the edge of the houndstooth page.

I added a text sticker from a sheet of silver Dazzles where I had cut the photo with the extra dark at the bottom.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 112
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I think OWH sketch 112 is pretty 'cut and dried' - and boring!

I decided to zip it up a little and started with patterned papers in the primary colors: a yellow chevron, a blue dot, and a red lattice. I used a scalloped oval to cut out the red and put the card together.

Yep, still boring!

I went through the sticker file and found a 3D unit with the right color of blue. The roses were too pink so I went over them with an alcohol marker to make them match the red.

And there you have sketch 112... sort of.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 25 July 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 111
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Yesterday was a little break from the sketch challenges but today we are right back at it. Here is OWH sketch 111:

I decided to keep using the old photographs and today I selected this branch with berries encased in ice. I added decorative papers to pull out colors from the photo.

The particular paper pad I was using is a little 'over distressed' in my view because there is no way the bottom right corner doesn't look like I spilled coffee on it. There was no way to cut the paper to eliminate this section or to cover it up, either.

I bordered the photo to make it stand out more:

What with the ice, this one will go into a pile for 'winter' cards.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 24 July 2014
New Kids On the Block
Topic: Around the House

We are always happy to see the deer wandering through the backyard and had caught sight of 4 different ones this spring. One looked very round and we assumed this was a pregnant doe and waited anxiously for the appearance of a fawn.

A couple of weeks ago we finally saw when she brought them out of hiding - yes... two of them! This is the fourth year that a doe has dropped twins and nested them in our pasture. Most likely it is the same doe and the others hanging about could be her female children from previous summers.

We finally managed to catch the little family with the camera and are ahppy to report that they all appear healthy.

What fun!



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

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