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Thursday, 25 February 2016
Super Bowl Winner? Me!
Topic: Quilting

I can't remember where I read that the quilting site on 'about.com' was going to have a mystery quilt sewing day on Super Bowl Sunday. I zipped right over to investigate and found that the designer has done this before and also does a New Years Day mystery quilt every year.

Well, I immediately selected some fabrics that I had purchased without a project in mind and cut up the pieces specified. The cutting instructions were issued over several days leading up to SBS.

We needed 5 fabrics: a dark, another dark or bright, two mediums and a light. All needed to contrast with each other. I chose a beautiful floral for my bright, and to match the colors in the print; a dark green from the color of the leaves, purple and coral from the flowers for the mediums and butter yellow for the light - also matching one of the flowers.

On Super Bowl Sunday the instructions started being posted early in the morning. I had to go to church and then prep food for guests so I didn't get to start my sewing until kickoff time (3:00 local time).

As I proceeded there were places where I wanted to use a different one of my fabrics for a border and these pieces had not been pre-cut so I was able to do so. I changed the inner border to the purple fabric and I changed the flying geese border to feature the floral.

Unfortunately, I misread the instructions and installed a set of corner blocks backwards but I liked the result so I left it that way.

Here is the wide view of this 48-inch quilt:


Can you say "Spring?"

I thought the solid green blocks were too bold so I did free-motion quilting over them in the style of the flowers in the print:


The rest of the quilt has free-motion meandering.

With a Christmas quilt and a Fall quilt now in my personal collection, I decided to keep this Spring one for the house.

In season, it will display in the living room, across a cedar chest in front of the window.


I guess I need to make Summer and Winter quilts so I have a full set for seasonal decor.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
It's an Open Book
Topic: Other Projects

I was fortunate enough to get another coupon from Shutterfly - this time for a 20-page hardbound full-color book. All I had to pay was a small shipping fee.

The website allows you to choose a 'theme' for the page backgrounds. I selected solid black pages with white text.

As you go through the process you get to specify how manu photos you want on each page. You are then presented with sample layouts that have that number of spaces as well as a text block on many of them.

Whenever I had a layout without a text block I made sure the facing page had one that I could use to reference across the gutter.

I had SO many photos from out trip to the UK last spring that I decided to use them to create a book documenting it.

You even get to put your own photos and text on the front cover:


My first page was all about our day in London. This was an excellent layout to include a dozen photos. You can see where I and typed out some placeholders ("XXXX") where I needed to look up the official name of a landmark. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the end of the book layout I forgot to go back and fix those placeholders. So when I got the book, I used white dots to cover up the Xs with a number and added a label next to the photo with the name written in.


Since the facing page is blank I may add a map that shows the locale of each of the sites.

The rest of the book follows in order of the places visited. This spread includes Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry Cathedral.


Thi spread documents our walking tour of York and visiting Hadrian's Wall:


Moving up into Scotland, this spread shows 'The Angel of the North', Jedburough Castle, Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Brittania:


On the left are St Andrews and Blair Castle and on the right are MacBeth's Castle and some battlefields and memorials we visited.


This spread is all about the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands:


On the left side is the walled city of Chester and the right takes us to Ireland - Dublin, the Book of Kells, the River Shannon, the city of Limerick and a local pub. You can see another of those placeholder boo-boos:


On the left is Boyle Abbey and on the right is Mountbatten's Castle, the Beleek Pottery Factory and Donegal Castle:


Some sights around the southwest of Ireland. You can see one of the pages (right side) that does not have a text block:


Blarney Castle, Killarney and Waterford on the left. Cardiff, Windsor and Wales on the right:


Four photos from Bath, England:


And there is another opportunity to feature a photo on the back cover:


You can see by the hand in the photo above the size of the book - the pages are 8x8.

I have no association with Shutterfly - I'm just a satisfied customer. They have lots of products to choose from - larger books, mugs, postcards, greeting cards, and more - all featuring your own photos.

If I have another opportunity to use them for Books or Calendars like I already have, I will definitely do it.

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Who Is Snacking On the Trees?
Topic: Around the House

I've shared before the plethora of animals that live around our house. Some new ones of late are the chickens that belong to neighbors up the road that tag along on our walks, like little dogs. There they follow down the road behind us... cluck, cluck, cluck. Last week a rooster joined the three ladies. We're still not sure if:

1) he was there all along but didn't like to go walking

2) he is new to the flock OR

3) he belongs to another neighbor and has just now discovered the new girls

Since the lady of the house has started back to work, the four of them now have started roaming the neighborhood all day rather than just coming out of their own yard to walk along. You never know which of 4 to 5 yards you'll see them in.

They do go home to sleep and to lay their eggs, though.

 

ANOTHER new guest to these here parts has been living in the pond on the property just upstream from ours.

This neighbor has always had a small pond, but this winter we noticed we could see it more clearly than ever before. We assumed that a few trees may have come down to open up the view or maybe it was attributable to the record rains we've had.


Then, the Mister was looking through the binoculars for an odd colored duck we've been seeing out there. WHAT?!?!? look at that freshly downed tree!


That is on OUR side of the pond which is the downstream side. You can tell by the pointy top on the stump that some beaver has obviously been felling trees and building up the blockage at the outlet of the pond.

This would explain why the pond is larger AND why the creek seems to flow through our pasture instead of flowing to the culvert like it used to.

Makes a mess out of our pasture, reducing the use of it to stick-dry summer. But, the wildlife in these parts have the 'right-of-way' so there's probably nothing we can do about this (also, the pond is not on our property so the beavers are under the jurisdiction of the neighbor anyway).

Mostly, we like the wildlife. But, gnawing beavers and gross-ugly nutria are NOT welcome here.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 22 February 2016
Hummmmmm
Topic: Painting

Watercolor painting again...

I used a quarter sheet of watercolor paper from a pad and stamped a hummingbird/floral image using 'scattered straw' Distress Ink.

I have no green watercolor pains so have to mix these using my two blues and two yellows.

The bird has browns mixed from ochre and umberwith blue shadows.

I painted the flowers in washes of three reds as well as a purple that I mixed for shading.


I forgot how much the colors become muted when they dry. It is difficult to get vibrant tones in watercolor.

I need much more practice.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 21 February 2016
Watercolor For Real
Topic: Painting

I have been wanting to get back to watercolor paintig for some time now but have been limiting myself to painting card fronts and using stamp pad inks or markers for the 'paint'.

I decided to break out of this one step at a time so I started by switching back to true watercolors and standard brushes.

I started with watercolor paper that comes in a pad and cut a sheet into quarters. Rather than taking time to sketch something to paint I got out rubber stamps and stamped the image with 'scattered straw' Distress Ink.

For this one I used my hand carved stamps of roses.

I used the guidelines on the stamped image to decide where to do shading and worked with reds and yellows to create oranges with a bit of blue shadow. The greens were mixed as well as I have no green watercolor paints.


The background is NOT purple as this shows but if I dial that back the roses do not look as orange as they really are.

Although this ended up being sized properly for a card front, I'm not sure if will end up being used that way.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 20 February 2016
And Then There Were Two
Topic: Techniques

This is the last of four resist butterfly cards that I made. The link to the inspiration tutorial is back on day 1 of the series (Feb 17).

These are the steps I used:

I stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.

Then I used the ink from Distress pads to watercolor and blend inside the butterflies. When those were dry I made a watercolor wash on the background combining blue and green.

I then took the card to the ironing board and pressed with a hot iron through a plain piece of white paper. This melts the embossing powder which is then absorbed into the paper.

The last step was stamping with a scripture stamp in black ink.

On this layout the bottom butterfly got a smeared wing so I cut it off and trimmed the watercolor paper to a square. This was bordered with a black striped paper over a red patterned paper.

In keeping with the red patterned paper I gave this a red base card.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 19 February 2016
In the Pinks
Topic: Techniques

This is the third in a series of cards that use the same tutorial as inspiration. You can go back to the first one for links to that tutorial.

Here, again, are the steps I used:

I stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.

Then I used the ink from Distress pads to watercolor and blend inside the butterflies. When those were dry I made a watercolor wash on the background combining blue and green.

I then took the card to the ironing board and pressed with a hot iron through a plain piece of white paper. This melts the embossing powder which is then absorbed into the paper.

The last step was stamping with a scripture stamp in black ink, trimming and bordering in black.

The pinks were the prominent color in these butterflies so I used a bright pink for the base card.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Orange You Glad There's Butterblies
Topic: Techniques

You can see yesterday's post for the inspiration piece and tutorial for the cards in this series. Here again are the steps I used in creating them:

I stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.

Then I used the ink from Distress pads to watercolor and blend inside the butterflies. When those were dry I made a watercolor wash on the background combining blue and green.

I then took the card to the ironing board and pressed with a hot iron through a plain piece of white paper. This melts the embossing powder which is then absorbed into the paper.

The last step was stamping with a scripture stamp in black ink, trimming and bordering in black.

There was more orange in this set of butterflies so I used an orange base card.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Resisting the Arising
Topic: Techniques

On the blogs that I follow regularly I saw a tutorial by Melanie Muenchinger on making a butterfly card using a resist technique. This is the link to the tutorial: http://melaniemuenchinger.blogspot.com/2016/02/video-white-watercolor-splatter-with.html

and this is the project she created:


I used that as inspiration to create a selection of cards using my hand-carved butterfly stamp.

I stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.

Then I used the ink from Distress pads to watercolor and blend inside the butterflies. When those were dry I made a watercolor wash on the background combining blue and green.

I then took the card to the ironing board and pressed with a hot iron through a plain piece of white paper. This melts the embossing powder which is then absorbed into the paper.

The last step was stamping with a scripture stamp in black ink, trimming and bordering in black.


The card for today has more yellow tones than the others so I gave it a yellow base card.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Berry Best Wishes
Topic: Scrap Recovery

It is fun to gather these groups of strips out of the scrap bin and immediately flash on a project originally made with some of those papers. This set of papers did NOT make me feel that way. I certainly remember seeing them in the paper bins but I really don't recall how any one of them made it to the scrap bin. Obviously I used enough of them to end up with a strip but...who knows what it was.

All of the strips have a burgundy element except for the linen look one in the center.

I had several matching sheets of sticker that allowed me to come up with four of the berry clusters. These were arranged in alternating facings up the wide linen strip.

A burgundy base card was used with a border exposed.

For a sentiment I mounted a gold peel-off sticker on burgundy and tucked one end under a berry.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 15 February 2016
Thanks For a Hint of Yellow
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The inspiration for this scrap grouping was the two outer pieces featuring graphical black, white, grey and a hint of yellow. The pieces I chose to go with them are all shades of grey and focus on textures.

By putting the two lighter pieces at the ends I created a frame for the block of greys.

In decorating this background I chose a silver peel-off picture of tulips. I used alcohol marker in yellow to color only the lines forming the flowers.

The base card is also grey so it really fades into the background.


I used a silver peel-off sticker for the sentiment.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Let's Picket!
Topic: Scrap Recovery

This scrappy background is all about the relative values in the cream to brown strips. I arranged them alternating in lights and darks without any idea what would eventually decorate them.

A search through my sticker bin yielded this picket fence framing a line of golden sunflowers. And I added some golden daisies on each end.

I think the brown and blue floral paper in the center is representing the sky.


For text I created a phrase out of kraft word stickers from a Tim Holrz line.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 13 February 2016
My Love Is a Red, Red Rose
Topic: Scrap Recovery

The feature scrap strip on this piece is a golden brown with banners of white doilies. None of the other strips in the scrap bin really matched it so I just went with darker browns and told myself I was working with milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

That led me to add a rose sticker that incorporates some script and whose color blends well with the milk chocolate.

That rose brought me to color some white peel-off sticker borders with three colors of red alcohol markers to get the same range of light and dark.

Once these elements were added (chocolate, roses, lace) what else could the sentiment be but a Valentine quote? This is a combnination of two rub-ons.


I gave this a white base card to refer back to the white doily section.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 12 February 2016
Basket Case
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Oh I love all the spring-y greens that came together for this scrap background!

I placed the darker ones on the outer edges to create a frame effect. The spring ones frame out the focal piece which includes some unreadable script.

I found a rub-on basket of flowers and added a bow to the handle from the same sheet. That sheet also had some sets of golden dots and I added those in groups of four just inside the dark green bordering strips.

Word stickers from two different sets were combined on the left side.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Blissful Fall
Topic: Scrap Recovery

In the scrap bin I found two strips that featured leaves. I juxtaposed one with mixed colors in a random mix of colors and leaf types next to a two-toned rigidly arranged pattern of maple leaves.

Complementary colored strips of paper were added to each side to create a more balanced design.

I had a fabric tag sticker which I mounted to acinnamon colored cardstock and trimmed to have a thin border. I popped this up on foam tape.

A bronze-colored peel-off sticker which includes a couple of maple leaves was laid over one of the dotted strips.


The 'bliss' ticket is from one of Tim Holtz's lines.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Feeling Chipper
Topic: Scrap Recovery

This background from the scrap bin gathers together golden yellows and grayed teal. The open flowers paper and the paper with buds are from the same line so they blend perfectly. This is an odd blue so it was difficult to match to them

I looked through many of my bins of scrappy stuff searching for elements to decorate this card front. I was rewarded with this chipboard flower which I popped up on foam tape.

Then, another bin yielded a printed sentiment card which I adhered directly to the surface of the scrappy background.


I mounted the background to a golden yellow base card.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Sketchy Silver Butterflies
Topic: Scrap Recovery

A second strip of partial butterflies turned up in the scrap heap and got combined with blues and greens for a background.

A sheet of peel-off stickers yielded some sketchy outlines of butterflies that looked great over the printed ones.

A small realistic butterfly sticker covers a larger print one at the bottom of another strip on the background.


I used silver peel-off stickers to trim the edges of the card and add a sentiment.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 8 February 2016
Flight Line
Topic: Scrap Recovery

One of the scrappy background I created used a strip with only the right side of a line of butterflies on it. Man, I'm glad I didn't toss that out years ago when I first chopped a piece of scrapbook paper that left this behind.

I pulled out a sheet of silver butterfly stickers that have adhesive only on the body so the wings can be raised. Awesome, that's just how I like them!

I applied one sticker over each of the printed butterflies and placed a row of rhinestones for eadh body.

I gave this card a pink base to match the scalloped paper on the left. this reinforces the butterfly feature.

The sentiment is provided with a silver peel-off sticker to match the butterflies.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 7 February 2016
Right In Fashion
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I went on a spree of gathering up strips from the scrap bin, organizing them by color group and sticking them to base cards for use as backgrounds. I ran the base card through the Xyron to apply adhesive over the whole surface before starting to stick the strips down.

In preparing to use these for cards I remembered I had signed up for a swap on the theme 'fashion'.

I decided to use a background where one of the strips was a print of dress patterns and fitting models.

I had a sheet of gold peel-off stickers in the shape of corsets. I took a white paper embossed with a floral tree and turned it upside down so the trunk was pointing up. By placing the corset sticker over the trunk and trimming around the corset and a half-circle shape I made it into a ball gown with a patterned skirt!

I sponged distress ink over the skirt to make the pattern more visible and to help the white become more creamy like the background papers. Then I used a scallop punch for the hemline of the skirt.

I used other gold peel-off stickers to add little dots to the skirt, outline the skirt, trim the left edge of the card, add some shoes and provide a sentiment.

The dress is popped up on foam tape.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 6 February 2016
Valentine Roses
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I wanted to use a bunch of coordinated scraps to create a background and the ones I found were a combination of dots, stripes and banners. They were all in the rosy pink and grey color palette.

I used them in the sizes they were found in and adhered them to a base card before trimming them to a good size for a card front which would leave the borders of a black base card showing.

The colors were perfect for a Valentine card so I went looking through the sticker stash for some roses. Oh, I found some all right, but they were in a light purple and salmon-y yellow.

I realized that was NOT going to work with my background so I used an alcohol marker to color over the blooms and buff the color in with a cloth. I did the same with a green marker over the leaves.

After applying this large sticker on the scrappy card front, I decided the flowers needed more definition so I used a fine black marker to outline every petal and leaf.


I used a rub-on to add a sentiment to the upper left.

Ddd

 

 

 


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