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Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 241
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A few simple changes actually makes this sketch look more complicated. Here is OWH sketch 241:

I started the changes by deciding to use the same background over the whole card and eliminating the border all around. Then, instead of the three stripes at the top and bottom I chose to do a wide and a skinny where the wide one was border punched with a scallop.

The sticker circle (vellum over a printed background) was backed by a diecut scalloped circle. The colors tie all of the scallops and circles together.

I decided to mount the illustration off center rather than like the sketch and then added a coordinating sticker to the background.

The main illustration is mounted on foam tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 240
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Pick a sketch, pick a sticker. Everything else just follows those two decisions.

Here is OWH sketch 240:

So I started my selections with the birdhouse and bird stickers. The text backgrounds came next as I thought they made a good foil for the stickers.

I pulled green from the birdhouse for the borders on the text blocks and purple from the birdhouse for the overall card background.

The horizontal band made sense in a different shade of green, still from the birdhouse sticker, and I stamped it with a long sentiment.

I flag-cut the ends of the sentiment and popped the bord block up on foam tape.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 15 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 239
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Well, not only is the countdown on for completing all these sketches, but now word has been released that OWH will stop accepting card donations on August 1, 2015 and will close operations by the end of the year as they get the last of the cards out to their contacts.

I guess that means I won't have sketches to 'keep up with' after August 1, so it will truly be a closure of this whole project.

But that's a ways down the road so here is OWH sketch 239:

I started with a sticker on white cardstock one of a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities dies that was rectangular in shape and approximately the specified size.

I selected colors from the sticker for all the added pieces and let the white base card show around the edges to tie in with the sticker.

When it came time to add the oval element I could not find anything that really worked. So I replaced that with a diecut word that I had in the scrap bin.

The larger border around the sticker was created by using a craft knife around the outside rim of the die. It gives just about 1/8 inch over the size that it cut by the die itself.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 238
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Time for another marathon session of cardmaking on my quest to make a card from every one of the Operation Write Home sketches, in order. With that in mind, here is OWH sketch 238:

I started with the floral bouquet (a vellum sticker) and then picked up the plaid. I tied these two together by placing the floral on a pink background.

Other papers were selected from the scrap bin to carry out the color theme and I even already had a round white bit with a single vellum sticker bloom on it. This matched the other floral element which brought it all together.

The round bloom is popped up on foam tape for emphasis.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 June 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - June
Topic: Multi-Technique

Back to some hands-on artwork for a while. It was time to do my version of the June edition of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015.

Here is his original:

I'm pretty sure I did not have a single item that Tim used so I went for more of a 'look and feel' interpretation.

I made a distress background to start with using scattered straw and gathered twig distress pads, a craft sheet and a mini-mister. This was dried and then I had to figure out how to get a distressed plaid over it.

I used a custom inked pad with adriondack reinkers. Then I got out a rubber brayer and wound twine on it until most was covered. This was inked on the pad and then run over the distress background, first one direction and then the other until the coverage was like I wanted. I cut this down to size and used the distress tool on all the edges then inked them with gathered twig. This was set aside.

I drew a pattern for a latte cup and cut various parts from printed paper, corrugated cardboard and clear transparency. I used a scoring tool to make some creases at the appropriate parts.

I cut down the transparency bubble to fit the top of the cup and attached it to the upper edge with scor-tape. I used Picket Fence distress stain on the back of the bubble and dried it with the heat gun.

I didn't have a straw so I got out a clear plastic pick and used alcohol ink to color it.

I used two sets of stamps to create a greeting and cut the strip down to a flag shape. this was distressed with the mini-tool and then inked with gathered twig. I cut a strip of grass cloth to go behind it.

The latte cup was adhered to the plaid piece using foam tape and leaving just the right abount of space for a gift card to slip behind. I then stapled the sentiment assemblage to the front.

The plaid unit with all these layers was adhered to a card front of the same material as the sentiment. It also matches the 'straw'.

With the addition of a 'real' gift card for a coffee stand and a hand-written thank you message inside, this is ready for gifting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 12 June 2015
Winding Up the Trip
Topic: Field Trip

We wrapped up our trip with visits to Cardiff, Parish of St John the Baptist, Bute Park, the Animal Wall, Cardiff Castle, Blue Anchor Inn (Dinner), Royal Crescent and Royal Circus, Roman Baths, Windsor Castle, Statue of Queen Victoria in Windsor, and back to London.

Our only disappointment was realizing, too late to do anything about it, that we would not get to go to Stonehenge.

I guess that means we'll have to take another trip there someday.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 11 June 2015
So You Think You Know Cobblestones
Topic: Field Trip

We weren't far into the trip when I became fascinated with the various cobblestone walks and streets. Whenever I remembered, I recorded these.

Thank goodness it wasn't like this everywhere as your feet get very tired walking on the stones.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Iconic Sights
Topic: Field Trip

Such wonderful things to see in the next set of photos that I included more than one shot for many of the stops:

These wer: The Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle, the Treaty Stone, views in Adare, the Dingle Penninsula, Killarney, Blarney Castle, the Waterford Crylstal Showroom, and the ferry back to Wales.

Nothing impressive on the interior of the ferry so I left out those photos.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
More Comings and Goings
Topic: Field Trip

Further in our trip we visited Beleek Pottery, Donegal Castle, the Abbey Graveyard, Rosses Point, St Columba's Church, the gravesite of William Butler Yeats, Classiebawn (Lord Mountbatten's Castle), Tobernault Holywell and Galway.

So little time at each stop, just enough to whet the appetite for more.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 8 June 2015
Boyle Abbey
Topic: Field Trip

Of all the places we visited Boyle Abbey was the most rewarding to photograph. There was hardly a view that was not spectacular.

Thats why it will be the singular focus of today's entry.

This 12th century abbey has had some restoration along one side to halt the collapse of a wall. But it is spectacular to visit and we were the only ones of our tour group to do so.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 7 June 2015
In Another Country
Topic: Field Trip

The next leg of our trip ran us through 4 countries.

Gretna Green, Wordworth's grave, boat on Windemere, train on banks of Windemere, Liverpool, King Charles' tower in Chester, chester Cathedral, Ferry to Dublin, Book of Kells, Cathedrals, and the River Shannon.

It's almost overwhelming to review how MUCH we saw in such a short amount of time. AWESOME!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 June 2015
On the Road Again
Topic: Field Trip

Our tour director put on a recording of Willie Nelson singing 'On the Road Again' EVERY MORNING as the coach started out. GACK!

The next legs of our trip took us to: Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish border, Jedburgh Abbey, Airth Castle, Edinburg Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, St Andrews Cathedral, Links Golf Course, RSS Discovery (ship) in Dundee, Blair Castle, Commando Memorial, Loch Ness, Inverness, MacBeth's Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Loch Lomand, Glasgow.

Some of these were 'drive by' or 'stand in the yard', some were full tours, some self-guided tours.

SO much history!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 5 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 237
Topic: Sketch Challenge

The last in this marathon session is OWH sketch 237:

I actually had a smaller sticker that I wanted to use so I backed it with a neutral gray cardstock. I bordered this in red to call attention to her hair bow. This panel is popped up on foam tape.

I pulled colors from the sticker illustration inbl ues and golden browns for the various panels and strips.

The lower panel seemed to create too much open space so I filled it with a red diecut word.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 29 May 2015 4:40 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Afternoon, Evening)
Topic: Field Trip

It seemed like everywhere we looked on our trip there were beautiful scenes. I couldn't help capturing some of these. Even if not tied to a specific place, they just make me happy.

...and these are only the BEST views. Plenty more of NICE views, as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Floral Story
Topic: Field Trip

I love to take photos of little snippets of nature that I come across in my travels. These usually involve flower of some sort but trees and other elements sometimes sneak in.

The photos shared today are not identified by site at all as they were just part of the overall experience.

No rhyme, no reason, just beauty.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Epic Tour Continues
Topic: Field Trip

On the next day the tour actually started with the group. Highlights of the day included visiting Anne Hathaway's cottage, walking the streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon, viewing the birthplace of Shakespeare, wandering the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, taking a walking tour of York including the minster there, and viewing roadside art like the 'Angel of the North'.

Kind of a lot to wrap your head around.


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Monday, 1 June 2015
Whirlwind Tour - From the Top
Topic: Field Trip

We recently had an opportunity to take a trip through England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The entire adventure was 20 days including two 'coming and going' days.

I took over 2000 photos as we traveled by coach, walked and toured while our travel director gave us in-depth history lessons about the countries, their governements, and the invasions, wars and other events that affected them.

I won't go into much detail here, just enough to orient you. If you want details on various sites, you'll have to look them up on line.

Also, the photos won't necesarily correspond to the exact day taken.

So, ready to see some UK and Ireland?

The first day we were entirely on our own in London. We rode the London Eye, took the tube to Parliment Squaare and Westminster Abbey, strolled through St James's Park, went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard (on the day Princess Charlotte was born!), and visited Trafalger Square.

Just the beginning of an awesome experience.


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Sunday, 31 May 2015
Eight Years Down!
Topic: Welcome to my Blog

Eight years ago today I posted my first entry 'Welcome To My Blog'. Since that date I have posted every single day (sometimes more than one entry) covering mostly arts and crafts with a few other creative endeavors thrown in.

I've done cards of all sorts, remodeling, painting, jewelry, tutorials, gardening, photography, manicures, quilting, sewing, writing, and supplies reviews. I've also taken classes (online and in real life), gone on retreats, shared vacations and experimented in the kitchen.

All of it has been a blast!

Since the inception of this blog I have retired so I have a LOT more time to devote to creative pursuits. The most ambitious new hobby that I have taken on is quilting. It was totally different than anything I had been doing up to that point and I am loving it.

That started 4 1/2 years ago and the quilt I am finishing right now is number 70! That is a LOT of quilting!

I also started contributing to two charities: Quilts which go to our local hospital for dying patients (the family keeps the quilt) and making cards for Operation Write Home which you have heard a LOT about on this blog.

In the future I'd love to do some video tutorials, get a paper craft book published, overhaul my main website and take some beading classes. This fall I will get to take a quilting cruise and I am quite excited about that!

So, stick around - I plan to be here for a long time.

Can I ask a favor? If you read this blog, will you give a comment on this post. No need to share anything specific or make a big statement. Just a 'hi' to let me know I'm not talking to an audience that consists of three family members. LOL!

Seriously, I get maybe one or two comments a year, so anything is appreciated.

Back to regular postings tomorrow.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 30 May 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - May
Topic: Multi-Technique

Just squeaking this challenge tag in under the wire. In two days it will be time for another challenge!

Here is the original tag made by Tim Holtz:

As always, I read the original instructions (with photos) and made notes for myself. Then I went to the studio with just the written step-by-step and pulled supplies from my stash that were 'sorta like' the ones Tim used.

Here's my process:

-Use Xyron to adhere neutral-colored grasscloth wallpaper sample to stiff cardboard

-Cut into tag shape

-Place a letter stencil on upper left and use an old gift card to spread texture paste in a small section. Let this dry

-Select bits of small ephemera that look vintage and set aside

-When texture paste is dry, use foam tool and distress ink to tint the paste.

-Ink edges of tag with brown distress ink

-Select a small black and white photo

-Use distress markers to color the photo and follow up with immediate blending away excess ink with cotton swab

-Use matte medium to attach ephemera and photo

-Apply postal-type rubons to surfaces of ephemera and tinted photo

-Dye crinkle ribbon with distress ink and water. Scrunch and dry with heat tool

-Tie crinkle ribbon around tag

-Select word token and memo pin and attach to ribbon

-Use heavy glue dot to secure bottom of token

-Select small quote and cut into strips. Adhere with matte medium

-Attach tiny paper flowers with heavy glue dot

-Use brown distress ink to tint word strips

And here is the finished tag, very vintage with lots of texture.

Whew! Made it!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 29 May 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 236
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Rectangle, circle, banner...Yep, we're all here. Here is OWH sketch 236:

A rose sticker gave over the color palette for this card. I followed the sketch almost exactly and kept the smaller elements very plain so as to not compete with the green patterned paper.

The green backing paper is much lighter than the other greens but draws attention to the highlights on the leaves around the rose.

The bottom was a little vacant so I cut a pre-stamped sentiment into a tab shape and attached it there.


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