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Monday, 13 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B10
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Color me happy! OWH bonus sketch B10 let me use some great color blocking:

I first chose a sticker with apples and trimmed it down to the size shown on the sketch. This was considerably smaller than the original sticker but I like how it frames out the illustration. This got bordered in black.

Then I selected 5 colors of solid papers from the picture and cut them to the specified size. I arranged them in a balanced sequence and adhered them to a black base card with even spacing.

I stamped the sentiment directly on one of the background papers using black ink.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch B9
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I'm taking liberties with OWH bonus sketch B9. This is the sketch:

Now why cut all those vertical strips when I have a perfectly suitable striped paper? I let the paper become the focus of this caaard because the prints were so interesting.

I pulled colors from the stripes for the horizontal bands and selected a pre-stamped sentiment on a similar color.

There was no prescribed place for a sentiment so I just polaced it where it looked good to me.

The border for the sentiment is the same as te base card.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 July 2015
12 Tags of 2015 - July
Topic: Multi-Technique

Go big or go home! that was my dilemma when starting to replicate the July tag from Tim Holtz. Here is his creation:

Tim made HIS tag with the mini versions of the patriotic blueprint stamps which I do not have - I have the standard size of them.

The solution was to up-size the whole project into a 6 x 10 hanging wall piece.

Here are the steps and supplies I used to complete this project:

- adhered text-printed scrapbook paper to the surface of a chipboard cut to size.

- use sandpaper block to scuff all 4 edges.

- stamp patriotic blueprint stamps onto heavy watercolor paper using black Archival ink.

- use deckle-edge ruler to tear against at the top and the bottom of each image.

- use Distress marker ink as watercolors to color the images. include drop-shadows painted with Pumice Stone ink.

- smear Versamark across images to create a resist. (this didn't seem to have any effect so this step could easily be skipped)

- use a very wet brush to add Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the images. blot off excess ink to keep smearing of colored images to a minimum. dry with heat tool.

- trim sides off images to fit them on text background.

- distress the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Wet with aquabrush. dry with heat tool.

- adhere centers only of the images to the text background.

- stitch around all 4 sides of all 3 images. (this is the reason the glue was only in the center in the last step - so the machine needle would not have to go through it)

- decorate flag panel with rhinestone 'stars'.


- add silver Dazzles 'celebrate' peel-off sticker at the top of the USA panel.


- add stickers, rub-ons, rhinestones to star panel.

- use spritzer to spray black soot Distress Marker ink on panels.


- punch holes on upper two corners of panel.

- color opposite edges of cream colored seam binding using a blue Distress Marker and a red one.

- spritz ribbon with mini-mister to start colors running. blot before colors run together in the middle.


- dry with heat tool, scrunching to wrinkle as it dries.

- tie ribbon to holes, attaching star charm by stringing through one end of the ribbon.

So, here is my completed hanging decorator piece which I used as a hostess gift for the neighbors who hosted our Independence Day get-together.

It's on a different scale than Tim's original but the general effect is the same.

I also covered the back of the chipboard piece with scrapbook paper to create an attractive finish.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 10 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 7
Topic: Sketch Challenge

And finally...

Version 7 of OWH sketch 256 is the biggest departure from the sketch while still having all the elements in place.

This all started with a pansy rubon and a snipped of floral paper. I wanted to use yellow as the background because of the yellow centers in the flowers and also found a snip of yellow and white to use as the horizontal piece.

I added another rubon bloom to be the round element and then more where the three dots were supposed to be. I filled in three tiny purple flowers for those dots.

Lots more rubon leaves were used as fillers to unify the parts of the design.

I found some yellow rhinestones to place as the flower centers on the pansies and a tiny green one for theyellow bloom at the top.

A white card base keeps this looking fresh.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 6
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Today's version of OWH sketch 256 is designed to blend in. Here's the sketch:

I chose a rather busy text background and then a more calming dotted feature panel. I used vellum floral stickers on both, one for the feature and one to play as the round element.

The horizontal piece was subtle so I used it as a place to stamp a sentiment, which carries over to the feautre panel.

Three tiny purple rhinestones became the dot elements at the top.

I used a cream base card as white was too high contrast for the papers.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 5
Topic: Sketch Challenge

SWOOSH! That's the interpretation on OWH sketch 256 that I did for today. Here's the sketch again:

Because the heart sticker I chose to use was ls big, I kept the feaature panel the same as the sketch but let the sticker hang off the side.

I chose the background with the radiating lines and concentric circles to give some movement around the heart.

The strip I had for the horizontal was not wide enough so I doubled up on part of it for better impact.

In place of the round element I used two gold hearts (from the same vellum sheet as the red heart) in different sizes.

The three dots got changed to red heart brads and moved to complete the swoosh started by the heart stickers.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 4
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Yesterday's treatment of OWH sketch 256 was all oversized. Today I scaled way back to little pieces. Heres a reminder of the sketch:

I selected the little bird sticker with the text from a sheet I have had on hand for years. I thought it would be perfect to let them sit on some banner paper so cut a piece to size.

Papers bor elements and backgrounds were color coordinated to give this a very low key treatment.

I gave the horizontal piece a banner end and replaced the round element with two stickers of whimsical dragonflies.

The feature panel was popped up on foam tape.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 6 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 3
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This time it will be harder to see the sketch in the card. Here's another look at OWH sketch 256:

I combined this creation with another shallenge to make a card with only the color green.

I started with a sticker of a bindle of green beans and added a 'mesh' background block behind. It is a little wider than the sketch.

I added a green horizontal paper and then found some green adhesive letter stickers. These replace the round element and, in fact, take over the whole left side. But that's a good thing in this case, cause the text suits exactly.

Because of the oversize letters I needed to give the dots some heft as well. So I selected some very large green brads to use.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 2
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Ready for a little deja vu? Here again is OWH sketch 256

For version 2 of this sketch I leaned heavily on the 'circle' theme. The sticker I started with had a big round center surrounded by round petals. I carried this over into the background covered with big dots and then used a punch to create the purple round element and added a floral to it. This got popped up on foam tape.

The main panel needed to be wider to accomodate the sticker and I also bordered it with lavender to separate it from the background.

I used low profile lavender pearls for the upper right dots in the sketch.

I turned the horizontal strip into two (one of which only shows at the right) and used a floral that kind of mimics the rim of the bowl in the illustration.

The white base card creates a border on the card.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:10 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 256 version 1
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A new sketch was posted by Operation Write Home and then a challenge came out to use it in several ways. I took up the challenge and created seven cards with OWH 256:

I'm not thrilled with the first card I made, even though it meets all the design guidelines on the sketch.

I had a sheet of cardstock stickers and pulled the tall tabbed panel and the round text circle to start with. I gave the panel a dotted background and cut it larger than the sketch so it would show around the edges. The dots pull color from the round element.

Some of the other cardstock stickers were text as well, so I used those and then added outline stickers to illustrate them. This is where I got disappointed. I wish I had used something else on the tall panel.

Fortunately, this was only version one and I had lots more opportunities to improve on the style.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 3 July 2015
Operation Write Home - a bonus sketch
Topic: Sketch Challenge

A few of the bonus sketches from OWH are not numbered and I have no idea when they were first produced. So they get generic names like 'a bonus sketch'. You'll probably also see 'another bonus sketch' and unnumbered bonus sketch'.

This is one of those:

I went searching first for a great round element and found this gold filigree medallion peel-off sticker in my stash. It exactly fit in the prescribed circle which I diecut from a coral-red.

In the paper stash I found this great coral and aqua with simple flowers. They look so good with the gold medallion!

I selected other papers that complemented it - the zig-zag mimics the layout of the flowers, the dots both pick up colors from the floral as well as having the same look as the scallops on the flower edges.

Sometimes you just 'know' when papers look good together and then have to do some analysis on the back end to figure out what it is that 'works'. In the case of this collection, they also all share the muted background (cream instead of white). The aqua dot is brighter so it is used as the background to the medallion to draw the attention there.

The medallion element is popped up on foam tape for emphasis.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 255
Topic: Sketch Challenge

With this sketch I have officially 'caught up' with the regular series of sketches produced by Operation Write Home on their blog. After this, I will be working on the 30-some bonus sketches in their collection while sorting in the new sketches as they are released.

So now it is time for OWH sketch 255:

Somewhere along the line OWH changed from somebody 'creating' a sketch every week to selecting a donated card that they particularly liked and 'reverse engineering' a sketch from it. This way we know that somebody already made a great card using that design.

I have resisted the temptation to look at the work others have produced with the sketches and/or the work the sketches are derived from. I want my work to be 'mine' and not copied from someone else.

I first decided that I wanted to use some rub-on flowers and selected a lavender to diecut an oval from. I already had the sentiment stamped on the right color but it was too small. So I chose a block for it to sit upon what has two greens and a design that complements the leaves in the floral.

I kept the backing very neutral so it would not compete with the focal piece but I used a tone-on-tone dot so it would have some movement. It also echoes the little dots that are the flower centers.

For the round element I punched adot of green and then built a layered paper flower which I had colored with alcohol markers. I assembled these with a little flower brad.

The round did not suit where the sketch placed it so mine was moved to a new location.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 254
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Somebody must have hit the 'EASY' button! It sure came in handy with OWH sketch 254:

What's so easy about it? I already had the white circle cut, I already had the green circle cut, they matched the colors in the vellum sticker I wanted to use, I already had the sentiment stamped on the right size and color for the sketch!

The 'hard' parts were cutting the card front and the large rectangle.

I also had to change the alignment a little as my circles were larger and I wanted more of the floral sticker to show.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Nailed It!
Topic: Nail Art

It's been quite a while since I did any art on my nails. Having my nails grown out to an attractive length is my preference for nail art and in the growing-out time span I just paint them without any art on them.

My nails have reached a great length for designing AND there's a holiday coming that makes me want to have a little celebration at the end of my fingers.

I went with a stars and stripes theme. The thumbs got blue with tiny white dots and the fingers got red with double white stripes.

This is before the cleanup of color from the cuticles. Actually, there is very little to clean up AND the stripes are remarkably neat.

Remarkable in that they were done start to finish while a three-year-old was continually trying to convince me to change my color scheme to purple, silver glitter and gold glitter, asking a lot of questions about the purpose of the supplies, and bounced against my knees as he tried to get a closer look.

Hooray for LEGOs that I managed to get out of a cupboard to entertain my little friend WITHOUT smearing any of my manicure!

Bring on the holiday, I'm ready!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:35 AM PDT
Operation Write Home - sketch 253
Topic: Sketch Challenge

I think I'm in LOVE! Yeah, with OWH sketch 253:

I shifted, simplified and shined up this sketch for use!

I decided that more of the layers would be the same so I would have more unity in the pattern. Then I decided to not have the center panels with all that space around them. This was the simplify part of the changes.

I had another of those vellum heart stickers with gold on it. I decided to cut a backing circle of shiny gold cardstock to meet the design of the sketch.

The color of the heart was used to select the papers for the card front, keeping the heart motif for the main piece. For more unity in design I kept two of the strips on the right the same.

When the front was assembled, I wanted to bring back some gold and needed to mimic the layering around the edges. So I selected some very fine gold line peel-off stickers and added them snug up against the colored papers of the front panel.

The gold circle with the heart is popped up on foam tape to separate it from the background.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 29 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 252
Topic: Sketch Challenge

For so many cards I work entirely out of the scrap bin. Sometimes I think that all the cards are starting to look alike. I wonder what would happen if I threw out all the scraps and only worked from newly cut paper? HA, where did all the scraps come from? From those same pads of newly cut paper! Yeah, I'd have to toss all the 6x6 papers and truly start from brand new paper pads. UM, not going to happen! I'll add in papers here and there, weed the pile for stuff I truly don't like at all and can't imagine ever using, and donate or trade instead of tossing them. I might even reopen those files of 12x12 papers and cut some down to 6x6 for a new mix.

Something has to change, though. Or maybe it's just time to make some Christmas cards - that would get me playing with new papers.

Anyway, what started this rant was a card I made for OWH sketch 252:


Sticker from the files (check), Leftover diecut circle (check), Strips of paper from recently used scraps (check), Border strip of text from recently used scraps (check), Floral to pull all the colors together (check).

Yep, the same old same old.

Oh, wait! I used gray for the base card! That's new!

It may be the same 'formula' as I've used all along, but I still like how it all comes together. And, yes, I popped the focal up on foam tape "just like always."



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 251
Topic: Sketch Challenge

This is a sketch that told me right away what IT wanted and I just jumped on the bus and followed along. Here is OWH sketch 251:

I had a cardstock stitcker from a recenty used sheet laying in the scrap pile and agreed that it could be the focal piece. It requested all the stripes to be an ombre of browns and I complied, making the 'behind' pieces a part of the blend.

Then the sticker said "look at my little strip of decorative trim. Let's add some gold like this to the stripes". Who am I to argue with a good design idea? Gold filligree trim coming right up!

The sticker wanted rounded corners which I supplied with the corner chomper and I gave the same to the right side of the card.

The focal sticker got popped up on foam tape - my version of a 'stage' and became the star of the show.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:10 AM PDT
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Mountain Wildflowers
Topic: Quilting

QUILT # 70 ! Can you believe it? I hardly can, myself.

Since starting quilting in September 2010 I have made:

5 full-size quilts

1 twin-size quilt

3 queen-size quilts

1 king-size quilt

10 banners

50 lap quilts (37 for charity)

Total - 70 quilts!

I just finished this one using a block pattern called delectable mountains and arranged it in a manner I think resembles an Aztec blanket.

I found the bright floral in the 'managers special' section of my favorite fabric store for 40% off. SO BRIGHT!

Right across the aisle were these yummy tone-on-tone brights that picked up the yellow-green, coral and teal from the print and they were 35% off. Gotta take the hint.

Then, gotta hang on to them for a year or so waiting for design inspiration. I got it when I watched a Craftsy quilting series and saw the ease of constructing the delectable mountains block. I cut up ALL the floral and then enough of each of the three brights to match up with them (1/3 of the blocks with each color).

When I tried to lay them out I realized that I needed something to separate the bright blocks. I pulled purple out of the stash for some sashing and bordering - it was another color in the floral.

The floral has black lines in it so I did the quilting with loops through only the floral areas. Then I stitched in the ditch all the purple bands.

This will be going off to the hospital for Passages.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 250
Topic: Sketch Challenge

Let's go back to 'simple' with OWH sketch 250:

I had another of those large vellum heart stickers that I wanted to use in place of the large circle. So as to not be too bold with the background I chose a grey with script.

The gold in the heart sticker led to gold vellum hearts and the black circle backing on the largest led to a black border all around the card.

I chose a pre-stamped sentiment for the crosspiece to reflect one of the colors in the large heart sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Operation Write Home - sketch 249
Topic: Sketch Challenge

"But, I dont WANT to do it that way!" is my response to OWH sketch 249:

I was not impressed with those 'flags, tabs, strips, blocks' or whatever down the left side. So I turned them into a strip of striped paper.

I chose a purble paper for the main block and found I had a floral sticker to go with it.

A yellow border to pull color from the flower centers and a green background to reflect the leaves got me on the way. I added a strip of pink for the blossom color and mounted it all on a white card base with a border.

Another wierd little square at the bottom of the main block was replaced by a tab made of a pre-stamped sentiment.




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

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