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Friday, 2 January 2015
On The Edge
Topic: Scrap Recovery

While I was looking for a background to use with yesterday's semi-disaster I ran across this scrap trimmed from one of my stenciled cards. The same bin of scraps had these two strips of dotted green cardstock and, together, they exactly filled a card front! 

I just added some black peel off stickers - leaves, stripe and greeting - and the look was complete.

Must have been meant to be.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 1 January 2015
When In Doubt, Cut It Out
Topic: Stencils

Still in the 'follow the wandering brain' mode I set out to try another odd idea. I had gotten some new spray colors in a product sampler pack and wanted to test them out through a stencil.

So I got out the So I got out the Wildflowers stencil from My Favorite Things to try it out. to try it out.

CRAFT FLOP (not all the way to a fail, but definitely not great). The problem was with the sprays themselves. I had turquoise and black. Did they mist, spritz or spray? No, they snorked, blobbed and blooped. I tried spraying farther away, but that was no help. Turns out the paints were more like an acrylic than a watercolor in viscosity and transparency.

Also, I was using glossy cardstock and they were designed for 'porous' surfaces so they sat on top and did not dry well. I finally had to hit them with the heat gun to dry.

I heard in my head the well-known quilter, Bonnie Hunter, who says (regarding fabric), "If it's still ugly, you just didn't cut it small enough!" Well, the spritzed cardstock I had in hand was obviously not cut small enough because it was hideous.

So I cut out two areas that were passable and bordered them with teal. I decided to use them both on the same card and found a scrap of 'wrinkle-free distress background' left over from a precious project. Well, look at that, it has teal in it. I can work with that!

I bordered it with teal as well and popped one of the flowers up on foam tape.


I added the birthday greeting in black to go with the black in the splattered flowers. Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 28 November 2014 9:32 PM PST
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The 2014 Year In Review

Here we find ourselves at the end of another year in Studio 3D.

I thought I'd do a quick 'by the numbers' calculation on what's been included in 2014, so here we go: 11 pieces of doll clothes, 7 flashy nail finishes, 1 home decor sewing, 21 quilts, 9 pieces of jewelry, 6 wildlife photos, 8 gardening products, 4 cooking posts, 1 handbag, 1 field trip, 1 stamp carving, 28 paper embroidery cards, 195 cards for157 OWH sketches, 64 cards for online class homework, 22 projects for product tutorials, 9 contract kits with 72 cards, and 71 miscellaneous other cards.

From these I have selected 13 items as my favorite creations over the last 12 months.


1) This card is an over-the-top use of dry embossing and diecutting. What an elegant result:


2) Resin jewelry is awfully fun to do:


3) An original quilt designed from scratch. This was the featured quilt for a time on the Electric Quilt 7 gallery (EQ7 isa design software program)


4) This was a new technique, stamping onto wet watercolor paper


5) From a technique taught in an online class I took part in


6) Love the ombre effect over the white embossed text


7) I really like the realistic color effect on this one


8) You can't go wrong with butterflies in my opinion


9) Some great use of stencils I was sent to work with


10) A technique demonstrated on Splitcoast was the inspiration for this


11) A delft tile treatment of rubber stamping


12) A great little purse with stenciled fabric and designed on-the-fly


13) A stunning 66 x 78 Hunter's Star quilt


So those are my favorites. What are yours? Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Blue and Gold Rescue
Topic: Stencils

While making the card that finally worked (posted yesterday) I wanted to try to 'rescue' the gold pigment ink left on the Scrolled Background stencil from My Favorite Things .

So, while it was still wet I flipped it over onto blue cardstock, covered it with scratch paper and burnished it with my hands. Surprisingly, it did not give full coverage as I expected, but left behind all the lines that trace the cutouts. Very delicate look.

I decided to heat emboss this with clear detail powder and the result was stunning. So much that I trimmed only enough to make it fit on the card front.

It reminded me of stained glass so I pulled out some gold peel off stickers of religious emblems and built a scene with them. This included a greeting at the top.

I used a dark yellow base card which works well with the gold stickers and embossing.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 29 December 2014
Golden Grid
Topic: Stencils

Oh, sometimes my brain just wanders off on its own and starts dreaming up all kinds of projects. Then it's up to me to go try them out and see if they work as imagined. Sometimes they do and sometimes not so much.

I had this idea to use a glue pad (like a stamp pad but it has glue in it) pressed through a stencil onto cardstock and then stick gold leafing on with it. CRAFT FAIL! The leafing did not stick well to the glue and this left spots of glue uncovered on the piece. Of course, the glue collected everything else and then it looked grungy. Tossed it out!

Nest idea was to apply the same glue in the same way and use it to adhere foiling. CRAFT FAIL! Unfortunately, the foil I had was designed to stick to laser printer toner when heated. I tried heating with the heat gun to release it and it worked to some extent but a lot of the glue was left uncovered as before. Tossed it out!

Is the third time the charm?  YES! But not exactly like I had planned it.

The plan was to press a gold pigment ink pad through the stencil and heat emboss with clear powder. The gold ink, though, had too dull a look for me. I wanted SHINY, so I used gold detail powder. Yes, it totally covered up the gold pigment ink, which was then redundant. 

In any case, there was success when I used this process on red cardstock with the Scrolled Background stencil from My Favorite Things.


I cut down the resulting panel and bordered it in black. Nothing I tried for the card base really worked until I hit on this shiny bright gold cardstock. It was perfect.

I found some black peel off stickers arranged them to create a text banner. A little 'valentine' sticker bordered in black finishes it off.

The small sticker is popped up on foam tape.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Pencil Stencil
Topic: Stencils

I ran across a stencil technique on someone’s blog that I had not used before. So I got out the Wildflowers stencil from My Favorite Things to try it out.

This is the stencil I used - selecting just the two daisy shapes and the tall weeds.

I don't have a photo tutorial to go with this technique - just a verbal description.

I laid the stencil on watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to scribble color into the blooms, leaves and stems where I wanted them to appear. I moved the stencil around to add more flowers. 

Then I used an aquabrush to blend out the colors and then added more pencil where I wanted additional color, Including a light blue 'sky' behind the flowers. This was also blended with water.

I trimmed the panel to size and then used a pencil to sketch a border and blended this into the background.

I mounted this onto a base card to match the flowers and added a text sticker.

This technique actually makes it look like the illustration is hand-drawn. Very cool!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Winter Bird
Topic: Photo

We live in an area where the birds don't migrate away for the winter so we see a wide variety year-round. In fact, last year, during the ice storms and freezing temperatures of January and February we had hummingbirds trying to peck through the ice on frozen feeders. We started bringing the feeders in at night to thaw, warming the nectar in the microwave in the morning and putting it back in the feeder for the day.

In any case, this little bird was hanging out on the garden fence just after the rain the other afternoon. I love how the light is caught by the netting and spills across his back.

What a sweet little visitor.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 26 December 2014
Pamtry Pack
Topic: In The Kitchen

For two people on my Christmas list I wanted to do some 'Gifts in a Jar' and set my goal at making a dozen for each of them. I sent not only the jars but the canned goods that they would need to make the recipes. The only things not included are fresh items (eggs, butter, milk, meat) and liquid ingredients (vanilla, oil).

I made half of them quart jars and half of them pint jars, depending on the recipe. I used a round of fabric over the cap before screwing on the jar ring. A fold-over tag, tied with baker's twine, identifies the dish on the outside and, on the inside lists the contents, what will need to be added, and the preparation instructions.

I added a couple of packets of home-made dip mix from the farmer's market. I also printed out a 'menu' of dishes that can be used as an inventory of what is available.



Heavenly Herb & Vegetable Dip

Southern Country Fair Dip


Beefy Chili Soup

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

Multi-Bean Soup

Potato Soup

Barley Rice Stew


Ginger Spice Muffins

Dried Cranberry Muffins

Golden Cornbread


Scottish Shortbread

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Chip Bars

Double Fudge Brownies


Yummo! Can I come for dinner?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 25 December 2014
Outdoor Lights
Topic: Pretty Paper

I needed a couple more Christmas cards so I went looking through the trims from 12x12 papers I had already used. The leftover scrap from the Santa and Rudolph cards had a lovely stand of outdoor trees.

I trimmed these down to the required size and 'decorated' the trees with silver 'nail head' stickers. I then used alcohol markers to color these 'lights' and added a bird sticker to the tree tops.

Those silver peel-off sticker sentiments fit in perfectly.

Two papers = two cards, again.

Total made from the 12x12 card-making session 27. And it all started with 16 sheets and only 7 paper designs.

A perfect marathon session saw them all come together in just a couple of hours.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Wreathed in Christmas Wishes
Topic: Quilting

I made this wreath quilt over a month ago but saved it to show until after the recipient would have opened it. I quavered to make a quilt for this person as she, herself, has been quilting as long as I can remember. I figured that, by making something for the holiday season, she would only have it out for a short time every year. Therefore, not so much time to compare my efforts to her own!

This is actually a wall hanging and smaller than my usual projects, at only 33 inches square. It is made up entirely of half-square triangles and matching squares.

I quilted a bow in the center of the wreath with thread matching the background.

Then I quilted holly leaves in all the spaces and edges of the wreath, thereby rounding its shape.

You can also see that I added 24 round red buttons to serve as holly berries. The red binding ties in with the color of the berries, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Snow Bird
Topic: Pretty Paper

I know - doves are not really snow birds - but these cards have birds and they have snowflakes, so there you go.

After trimming the illustration down to fit on the card front with a little border I mounted it on a blue card base.

I used the paper design as a guide to add 6 silver peel-off sticker snowflakes as well as a tiny silver eye.

I had some silver peel-off sentiments on hand which made the perfect finishing touch.

Two papers = two cards


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 22 December 2014
Up On the Rooftop
Topic: Pretty Paper

The 12x12 paper I used for today's cards is a brown line-art illustration on taupe cardstock. Not a lot of interest or contrast.

This was a large corner illustration that I cropped WAY down to just the essentials for a 4 x 5.5 panel.

I used colored pencils to lightly color in the picture. the beard, fur trim and snow were colored with Picket Fence Distress Marker as a whitener.

Vinyl sentiment stickers finish these off. Two papers = two cards.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Leaping Rudolph
Topic: Pretty Paper

Most of the 12x12 papers I've been working with were from a pad that all had a vintage feel to them. This is the case with the paper used for today's cards.

The leaping deer is a very subtle tone-on-tone silhouette on a swirl background. Not much was needed to elevate this to an attractive card front.

I simply added a red rhinestone nose - because that's what I do - and used a vinyl sentiment sticker.

Three papers, three cards.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 20 December 2014
The Christmas Flower
Topic: Pretty Paper

Well, this was even more simple than the last few examples.

1) crop corner illustration

2) glue to card base

3) add glitter dots to the flower center

4) put on a vinyl sticker

And, just like that, I have three more Christmas cards done.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 19 December 2014
The Big Guy
Topic: Pretty Paper

The next 12x12 paper I selected had one large corner illustration. I actually had to crop down to the bare essentials to fit it on a card front but I think it looks good this way.

The illustration started out as a generic reindeer but I turned it into Rudolph with the addition of a red rhinestone on his nose.

The colors were very muted in this and the snow and fur areas looked awfully yellow to me. So I used some Picket Fence Distress Marker over top to whiten them. This marker is a lot like a whitewash effect that allows you to still see the original artwork underneath - just whiter.

A clear acrylic sticker was used on the lower right.

I had two of these papers so only two cards came from this pattern.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 18 December 2014
A Little Bird Told Me
Topic: Pretty Paper

The next 12x12 paper I selected from my Christmas bin was a bottom border of sweet little chickadees. Here is what the border arrangement looked like.

You can see that I was able to get two card fronts from each sheet.

Both cards were decorated with red rhinestones covering berries printed on the illustration, plus I added a few in a fit of artistic license.

Sentiment stickers from the Christmas bin are varied.

I had two of these sheets so that made 4 more cards for the supply.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
A 12 x 12 Christmas
Topic: Pretty Paper

I haven't been making Christmas cards hand over fist all year as I usually do so found myself short when it was time to mail cards to family and friends. I only had half of what I needed for the demand.

I went looking through my bin of Christmas supplies for some inspiration. This bin includes stickers, embellishments, some 3D images, 6x6 printed cardstock and 12x12 scrapbook cardstocks. 

Many of the 12x12 papers had corner or border designs that could be trimmed down to fit on a card front. Then I had only to embellish them and add a sentiment to come up with finished cards. I had 2 to 3 of each design so the stock of cards grew quickly.

I started with a 12x12 with a very large corner pattern of toys under the Christmas tree. This was big enough to trim down to three card fronts. Here is the original layout.

I started in the lower left corner. I cut the scene to 4x5.25 so I would have a 1/8 inch border of the base card showing. Aaaak! I ran out of white cardstock so I chose a variety of colored solids for my cards.

I decorated these cards with gold Stickles on the yellow parts of the garland and Diamond Stickles on the sparkly lights.

I used a variety of dimensional acrylic stickers as greetings.

With three sheets of 12x12 cardstock I have 9 cards done, just like that. BOOM!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Butterfly Hunter's Star
Topic: Quilting

I had seen one of my friends at quilting group making two different Hunter's Star quilts and found the process fascinating. The star is not actually in the block but appears when four blocks are placed together.

I had some scraps of bright prints that I wanted to work with and was persuaded to use some unbleached muslin as the background instead of the gray I had initially intended. I am glad for this change as the result was perfect.

I made the blocks oversized - at 12 inches - which makes for a very dynamic layout. I wasn't sure why this pattern was called 'hunter's' star until it was pointed out that the pattern includes large arrowheads.

Overall, this quilt is 66 x 78 inches.

The quilting was done first on the diagonal through the center of the stars. Then I designed a spiral with a paisley center and placed them with their terminus meeting.

The recipient is a lover of butterflies so a colorful background fabric that featured them was selected. You can just see a hint of the glittery finish in this photo.

At the top edge of the backing you can see that a soft teal tone-on-tone was selected for the binding.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 15 December 2014
3D Flower Thank You
Topic: Coloring

I had a stack of images left over from that day with no power a couple of months back. I decided to use them up by combining them with table scraps left from the crafting sessions with my granddaughters.

Since I had several of this image of a flower in a frame I cut three of them into layers (background, leaves and flower, flower only, and flower center. These were shaped with a ball tool over foam and them mounted in layers using foam tape.

I used this image over a dotted background enhanced with two similar colored strips of table scraps.

I added a Thank You sticker in gold.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Monday, 27 October 2014 7:56 PM PDT
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

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