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In & Out of Studio 3D
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Winner Of the Ugly Baby Contest
Topic: Around the House

We are NOT running a wildlife park, despite the increasing number of animal sightings. We've lately seen the nutria come out of hiding a lot more and then suddenly, here she is with the ugliest baby on the planet.

It, unfortunately, looks exactly like the adult - which is one of the nastiest looking things on the planet. At about the same size as a beaver, this rodent has a giant rat-like tail and gnarly huge orange teeth.

Because of their dark coloring and the bright sunlight it was difficult to get a shot with any detail.

The question I have is - why doesn't the bobcat eat these nasty things instead of snacking on the cute little bunnies?

The only entertaining thing was when the baby did not see mom come up from behind him. She touched his backside with her nose and he levitated several feet and jettisoned into the brush - much like a cat that has been startled.

You wouldn't know by their lumbering gait that they were that quick and agile.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:26 PM PDT
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Oven Roasted Salsa
Topic: In The Kitchen

This year I was given three tomato plants and three pepper plants by a neighbor. It was a guessing game to see what varieties they were!

When it all shook out I had regular, heirloom and roma tomatoes as well as two bell and one hot pepper. I have no idea still what variety the peppers were but they got a nice bright red color to them.

When I had collected enough ripe fruits from each of the roma and hot pepper plants I added a couple of green peppers from the same plant. To this I added the remains of the white onions from the garden and made some oven roasted salsa.

I cut the tomatoes and the peppers in half lengthwise and placed cut side down on a baking sheet:


On top of these I spread out the sliced onions:



These were placed in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

While this was roasting I added to the bowl of the food processor some Mexican oregano (1 tsp), cumin (1 1/2 tsp), plus salt and pepper (2 tsp each).

I measured out 1/4 cup each of lime juice and apple cider vinegar:

After 20 minutes of roasting I sprinkled on chopped garlic and cooked another 5 minutes. This was followed by covering the pan with foil to sweat the skins off.

When pulled from the oven after a total of 30 minutes I had this:


I used a couple of forks to remove the seeds from the peppers and the skins from everything. Then all the 'good stuff' was placed in the food processor:

This was pulsed and the liquids added before more chopping. Oh My!

The recipe said it will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks and it can be frozen. So I measured out little containers of 1/4 cup for the freezer and a little more to put in the fridge for immediate use.

This may be the most ambitious I've gotten with my own garden produce. However, I am planning on trying some quickbread that uses acorn squash.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:24 PM PDT
Friday, 12 December 2014
I'm So Blue
Topic: Stamping

I had so much fun wandering around the SplitCoastStampers tutorials. I ran across a technique I haven't done for a long time - blue delft tile.

I decided to use 1-inch increments for the tiles, scored them on my ScorPal and stamped with dark blue Distress Ink. After the ink was dry I used an aqua-brush to blend the ink. I used a heat gun to dry it and then used a lighter blue Distress Ink and a sponge to tint the edges of the 'tiles' for dimension.

I went over the lines with a white gel pen (not effective) and then a white Distress Marker (much better).

I ended up with two panels to use and treated them only slightly differently.

First was by adding a sentiment stamped onwhite. I used some of the blue ink to tint the edges and popped it up on foam tape.

For the second card I added a blue stamped sentiment which I banded in white. This was also popped up on foam tape.

I'm going to have to go do more cruising around the SplitCoastStampers site for techniques and tutorials. These experiments have been a blast.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:22 PM PDT
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Changing Your Stripes
Topic: Coloring

Also on SplitCoastStampers I found a suggestion to do the stamp etching with color. I actually did the illustration in black and then added the color in stripes over it. I used two colors for the flower and two for the leaves.

I pulled colors from the illustration to make up the background, including a black stripe.

When I ran across the stamped sentiment I knew it would be perfect for this card. I then added black dots along the edges of the green background to echo that on the sentiment.

I added a faux stitching line to the illustration and popped the sentiment up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:55 PM PDT
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
What's My Point
Topic: Coloring

I was trolling through SplitCoastStampers for techniques and came across one on coloring with 'pointillism'. This uses dots of color - applied with alcohol markers - instead of the traditional blending.

I chose one of the new stamps from a Hot Off The Press set and used three greens, four pinks/reds and one gold for the flower and leaves. I used three blues for the background.

I selected many papers for the background, matching them to various parts of the illustration.

The sentiment was stamped on golden to go with the flower centers and bordered with maroon. The sentiment and illustration are popped up on foam tape.

I used a fine marker to add a double line border on the illustration.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:54 PM PDT
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 157
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH 157 was such a complicated sketch that I had to simplify it to make sense of it.

I ended up going for the 'essence' of the sketch - a large bordered square center backed with a wide band bordered at least twice. I think I accomplished this.

I also included the leaves in the stamp etching and added black petal tips.

I went with a wider color palette by including teal, red and yellow as well as the black and white. By using all graphic papers they look like they belong together.

I added a double red pen border to the illustration and popped it up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:54 PM PDT
Monday, 8 December 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 156
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Sometimes a sketch just needs to be turned on its head. Such is the case with OWH sketch 156.

Notice that I did not 'rotate' the sketch to get it upsidedown but just 'flipped' it top to bottom. This is what keeps the illustration on the left side.

I went with a bold purple and white combo, using a chevron for the main background. Three purple brads are the enhancement to the black-bordered stamped sentiment.

On this illustration I carried the 'etching' into the leaves and added some black detailing to the petal tips.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:53 PM PDT
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 155
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Sketch 155 from OWH was more natural for the etched stamp illustration.

I went back to red / white / black for this card and moved the horizontal band behind the illustration. I'm not sure how effective this is though as you only see that little stub on the left.

I used a rub-on for the red dot feature.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:52 PM PDT
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 154
Topic: Sketch Challenge

OWH sketch 154 presented a challenge to using one of my etched stamp images.

I decided to go right ahead and cut it into 4 quadrants but NOT to put the circle element in the center as it covered too much of the flower. Instead, I used a heart sticker and moved it off-center.

I wanted a romantic feel to this one so I went with pink instead of the red used yesterday. Ooooh, I LIKE!

The large dot is playful.

I used white rub-on to create the sentiment on the band prescribed in the sketch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:51 PM PDT
Friday, 5 December 2014
Operation Write Home - Sketch 153
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I did the next few sketches in a series, using a technique I found on Splitcoaststampers called Stamp Etching. There is a tutorial at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/stampetching/

Basically, you start with an outline floral, stamped in black on white paper. Then a marker or fine pen is used to flick in parallel lines from the inside and the outside of the petals to make them look like a woodcut or etching.

OWH sketch 153 was the first one up to use one of these drawings on.

My first inclination with these graphics was to add red to the stark black and white. I selected a bold stripe, a solid red, and red and white lettered strips.

I had to work with the size of the die that I had so the panel is not exactly that prescribed, nor is the red border around it.

I wanted another touch of red so used a marker to color in some of the petal curls and stamens. I also used a black fine marker to add a little border around the illustration, but under the leaves.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:49 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Oeration Write Home - Sketch 152 (repeat)
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I first posted OWH sketch 152 on January 11, 2013.

I turned the sketch 90 degrees and used some bright, fun papers. I pulled a sticker to decorate the center of the circle element.

Since the little girl was painting I used a set of metal punches to hammer letters into scraps of cardstock, creating a suitable phrase. By coloring in the depressed letters with white gel pen I enhanced the sentiment.

I rounded two opposing corners for interest.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:49 PM PDT
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Operation Write Home - sketch 151
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Wow! It's been a long time since I posted a sketch challenge. Here we have OWH sketch 151 which is very simple:

I rotated it 90 degrees counter-clockwise and adjusted the circle size just a smidge to use the size of diecut round that I had on hand.

I used a tone-on-tone dot for the smaller top area and a muted coral for the lower. I had vellum rose stickers that I wanted to use but they were a bit too pink. I solved that by mounting them on cream cardstock. That bit of yellowness showing through the pink makes them look more coral and they go very well with the paper.

I rounded the top corners and used a white gel pen for faux stitching around the coral paper.

I used several words from a sheet of white rub-ons to create a sentiment block.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 23 October 2014 4:47 PM PDT
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Teabag Fold Published
Topic: Some Backlog

Waaaaaay back in 2003 I was contacted by someone at the Origami Societeit Nederland to see if I would allow one of my original teabag folding designs to be published in their journal "Minori". Of course, I said 'yes' and they promised to credit me with the design and to send a copy of the issue.

Here is the cover of that issue:

And here is the two page spread, pages 20 and 21. You can read my by-line on the left page.

I have looked on a translator to see what a 'sterbloem' is but it does not translate it for me.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 1 December 2014
Kit Design Work - 7
Topic: Some Backlog

The theme of this last kit I worked on was 'thank you' and the technique was decorating envelope cards. The kit included the envelope cards in white and dove grey, decorative papers, diecuts, brads, ribbons, metal flower charms, fabric flowers, sticky-back pearls, and rubber stamps.  



I did not get the published booklet for this kit either.

The envelope cards are decorated only on the outside.

This may be my least favorite of the kits I worked on. This is also the last kit that I was contracted to design for CardMaker Kit-Of-the-Month.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 17 October 2014 7:20 PM PDT
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Kit Design Work - 6
Topic: Some Backlog

This was one of the last two kits I worked on. The theme for this was Thank You and featured the technique of outline stickers with foil. The kit contained charms, ribbon, stamps, outline stickers, and diecuts.

I did not get the booklet from this kit after production.

I also did not get two of my sample cards returned but I still had the original scans that I had submitted so I will show those here:


The stickers came in a variety of sizes.

Love the pewter charms.

I used 'corners' to make some medallions for these decorations.

I love the dragonfly stamps included in this kit.

This was an entirely new technique for me so I had to learn to use the product before I could design with it and write directions.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Kit Design Work - 5
Topic: Some Backlog

It's been a long time since I looked through these kits that I did design work for so it is fun to revisit them and reminisce.

This kit had a theme of "friendship" and featured the technique of "teabag folding". It included papers with designs in chocolate brown, light blue and a bright yellow-green. Stickers and diecuts along with chocolate brown rhinestones and some fancy ribbon rounded out the selection. I remember that I did the design work for this while on a cruise vacation!

The first card is the one featured on the booklet. It uses a teabag fold with one corner cut along the outline of the motif.

This card features a standard fold.

Some of the teabag papers were round instead of square. This card uses one of them.

This one also uses a edge motif trim:

This card uses a standard fold.

This one is a standard fold as well.

Another standard fold.

A standard with a rhinestone center.

This one uses the round teabag paper.

This is a more fancy fold for the round teabag paper.

Another standard fold.

The kit I was working from for the samples contained VERY stiff papers making it difficult to get sharp creases, but they turned out OK in spite of this.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 28 November 2014
Kit Design Work - 4
Topic: Some Backlog

Time for a little Christmas Magic! That's the theme of the fourth kit I did design work on. The kit contained glitzy blue papers in two tones and lots of neat stickers in white, clear, and gold. Rubber stamps, ribbon, and brads were also included.

Here is the booklet that was published for the subscribers:

There's not a lot to say about the individual cards:

Beautiful in real life but very hard to photograph because of the ultra-shiny coating on the cardstock.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Kit Design Work - 3
Topic: Some Backlog

Flowers and Flourishes kit had a theme of 'Mothers' and featured the technique of 'Spirelli'. The kit contained glimmery papers in lavender and light blue, sheer ribbons, flowers, rhinestones, rubber stamps, decorative papers, floral stickers, and scalloped diecuts in a variety of sizes. 

 The kit also included three spools of metallic thread for winding on the scalloped pieces.

My plan in designing these cards was to cut the scalloped circles or find other ways to turn them into something else for the sake of the design.  This card is a pretty straightforward design:

This card uses the spirelli as a clock face:

This one cuts away parts and uses them a sea shells:

This cut and reassembly makes the spirelli into a butterfly:

this card layers three sizes of cut spirelli to create a peacock:

These flowers were designed with unwound scallops and many stickers:

This uses the spirelli as the wheel on a wheelborrow:

This one becomes a teapot:

And this one uses two spirelli posing as an old-fashioned bicycle:

This is the kit that I have seen in the advertising most often.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 17 October 2014 5:29 PM PDT
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Kit Design Work - 2
Topic: Some Backlog

The second kit I designed for included bright papers in plain and patterns, a rubber stamp set, stickers, rub-ons, ribbons, brads, puffy balloons, rhinestones and glitter.

The theme for the kit was Children's Birthdays and the technique to use was Revolving View Cards (think of the ViewMaster from your childhood). 

In all of these cards there is a round aperture in to front and a cutout along the edge. Inset into the cutout is a white circle of cardstock with knotches in the edge. Designs are placed on this circle that can be rotated into place in the aperture.

This card rotates a message through the opening:

This card rotates a variety of facial expressions into place on the clown:

This card rotates different toppers for the candle:

This rotates a birthday message:

This tops the cake with different candles:

This card has no aperture or wheel:

This card tops the hat with different patterns:

This card makes the juggler an action figure:

I hope these were fun cards for some children to recieve from the kit subscribers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Kit Designer Work - 1
Topic: Some Backlog

Following up on introducing the kit designer work I did several years ago, today I will begin sharing the kits one by one.

For the first kit, the theme was 'good luck' and featured paper embroidery. The supplies I was sent included blue, green and cream cardstock and papers, stitching stickers, blue and green holographic stickers, and blue and green metallic threads. There was also a rubber stamp set on the 'good luck' theme.

The rules were that I could add glue, scissors, pencil, etc. but could not add any supplies to the designs not included in the kit.

I did cards with interesting folds, some with original embroidery patterns, and some with the stickers and stitching. For all original patterns I had to supply the artwork for publication so the customers could duplicate my work. Here are the cards I created (these are ALL of my samples - some were not selected for publication).

You can see there was also some fluffy yarn in the kit.


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

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