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In & Out of Studio 3D
Monday, 25 April 2016
Down the Coast
Topic: Field Trip

Our next port of call was Santa Barbara. We arrived at dawn:

A trolley tour through the hillsides took us 'near' where some famous people 'sometimes stayed', 'used to live', or 'once built'. I would be quite happy to never hear the name Ty Warner (the creaator of beanie babies) ever again.

We drove past the famous 'most beautiful courthouse ever':

and stopped at the mission to admire even more of the Santa Barbara signature architecture:

Most welcome view? Our cruise ship at anchor:

In spite of it being touted for the history, architecture and the famous residents of the past - most of the tour got out to shop at the mall. Nothing special, just another American mall. Sigh.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 24 April 2016
We Escaped
Topic: Field Trip

Did you know that visiting Alcatraz is the #1 reason tourists come to San Francisco?

The tour boats take a limited number of people each day.

Once there, you can visit many of the original building including the cell block where you get a free audio tour with your own headset and player.

you are toured to various cells where infamous prisoner were incarcerated, view the implements and routes of attempted escapes, and hear the voices of former prisoners, wardens and guards.

You get to step into some of the cells, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 23 April 2016
I Left My Heart...
Topic: Field Trip

Our trip included only one day in San Francisco so we decided to focus on the Golden Gate Bridge, riding the cable cars and visiting Alcatraz.

We arrived by boat so our first views of the Golden Gate were before dawn, by boat in heavy fog. Fortunately, they light it well so the photography turns hour phenomenal:

After the fog started to lift there was a nice view from across the harbor

Then we took a tour over to the far side to a viewpoint wayside

We watched a street artist create amazing skylines with spray paint:

We got a nice view of Coit Tower from our ship:

We caught a cable car by the waterfront and rode it up to the end of the line and back.

View along the way:

A view from the cable car at the top of Lombard street. In the distance you can see Coit Tower and our cruise ship in the harbor:

Alcatraz deserves its own posting so wel'l tackle that tomorrow.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 22 April 2016
Art Lover's Dream
Topic: Field Trip

Before planning our trip to California, I had never heard of the Getty Center. Hubby was the one who added it to our itinerary. SO glad he did!

Many years ago I took college courses called Survey of Art 101 and 102. Through the photos in the textbook and the slide shows (in a darkened room, just after lunch - zzzzzz) I was exposed to the great artists and their works thoughout history. I have since always desired to tour the Louvre, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, or the National Gallery in London. I just wanted to see the brushstrokes for myself.

What I did not know was that the Getty Center is considered to be among the top 25 museums in the world... and I got to go there!

Not knowing the scope of the collection we did not leave ourselves nearly enough time so we only saw about 1/4 of the permanent collection and none of the special collections, sculpture gardens, or botanical gardens.

In the galleries, nothing was roped off, so you could stand with your face literally inches from the surface of a noted artist's work and see every dot of color and every brushstroke. Here are some of those I photographed (a couple I have lost the artist info).

There was one room of just illuminated manuscripts.

Sculptures included a Rodin:

...and several by Degas:

I don't have info on the scultors of these figures:

Among my favorite paintings are these by




2 by Renoir:


and my dream viewing - Van Gogh:


Standing in front of these magnificent works (and many more) was a thrill and we have promised ourselves we will be back to spend more than one day exploring this place in detail.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 21 April 2016
26 Miles Across the Sea...
Topic: Field Trip

Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina.  The island is 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its greatest width. Despite the song lyrics, the island is located about 22 miles off shore south-southwest of Los Angeles. A ferry travels several times a day from Long Beach.

Coming into the harbor at Avalon we were struck by how mountainous it was and how small the town was, despite its popularity.

Many tours will take you up into the hills for hiking, zip-lining, and other adventures. Other tours included parasailing, mini-sub, and glass-bottom-boats.

We chose to rent a golf cart and toured ourselves over the roads up in the hills overlooking the town.

Ice cream, walking the streets, and a late-afternoon ferry completed our full-day trip to Catalina.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Worse Than a Stick In the Mud
Topic: Field Trip

Not actioned packed, but educational. Our next stop was a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits. This was something I was fascinated with.

Out in front is one of the tar pits complete with bubbling gasses, oil slicks and the stinky smell of fresh asphalt.

Inside the large museum are the massive skeletons of (many extinct) animals large and small that have been excavated from the tar over the years. These include mastadons, saber-tooth cats, camels, dire wolf, horses, bison. Other smaller animals like rabbits, skunks, and various birds still live today.

As you tour the grounds you can see crates and containers of animals and materials from the excavations that have not been processed yet, more open tar pits, and go in the building where the current excavation is taking place.

In this pit they are at about 16 feet down and you can see the string grid that they use to keep track of exactly where everything was found.

Totally fascinating!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Universal Universe
Topic: Field Trip

One of our adventures while in LA was to visit Universal Studios.

We're neither one much for 'rides' so we stuck to the tour. It did include three 4D experiences that were pretty awesome, but don't lend themselves to photography.

The tour of the lot takes you through a western set, a lakefront town, a city, and different time period residential. All of them are 2-dimensional - just fronts.

This area was being used for filming of a TV series thile we drove past.

At one point they let loose water to flood a street (yes you can get wet).

Back from the tour we walked around the grounds where they have lots of shops and restaurants whose facades mimiced those seen in various Universal movies and TV productions. This Lucy look-a-like danced in the street.

There were characters and set pieces for posing, too.

We saw everything we wanted to see here.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 18 April 2016
By the Sea
Topic: Field Trip

We're off on an adventure! We didn't go far, just one state south of home but what a change it was.

Did you know that the Queen Mary had been changed into a hotel? It is moored at Long Beach, California and the nightly rate is very reasonable.



The ship has been preserved in its historic elegance so, if you're looking for all the conveniences of modern hotels, you won't find them here. Just look at these views from around the ship:

No, this isn't the wave of the future - in fact it is no longer working. But it is neat to see how the elegant and monied used to sail.

A llittle chart on the 'welvome aboard' brochure allows one to 'read' the flags.

Unlike modern cruise ships, there are no balcony cabins. But, the cabins are easily twice as large and an outside cabin sports two portholes with a view of downtown Long Beach and the marina.

We enjoyed a four day stay while we explored the Los Angeles area.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 17 April 2016
These Pants Flow
Topic: Sewing

One more pair of pants for travel.

I got a fabric that has a crinkle to it in a light taupe. I stitched these up with the same new pattern as the blue and black.

Yep - the same elastic waistband:

These got a simple hem, serged and then turned under twice and top-stitched.

All ready to fly away with a wardrobe of new pants!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Black Pants
Topic: Sewing

The next pair of slacks I made were black.

These also have the elastic waistband:

These pants got a blind hem.

Two pair down.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 15 April 2016
Blue Trousers
Topic: Sewing

I put that new serger and my new custom pants pattern to work immediately.

I bought three pieces of 100% polyester yardage to make trousers for travel.

The first pair I made was navy blue. Yes, they DO hang strangely on the hanger - but the important thing is that they hang right on my body!

The waist is elastic and there are no pockets in this pattern.

I gave this pair a one-inch cuff and pressed in a sharp crease.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 14 April 2016
New Workhorse In the Stable
Topic: Sewing

I recently had the opportunity to buy a gently used Baby Lock Imagine serger at a very good price. It had belonged to the cousin of a friend and she had only used it a few times fefore she passed away.

I took it straight to the shop for an overhaul and then set it aside hoping to learn to use it at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Unfortunately, the class I wanted was full so I just took one that gave tips for advanced use. I did buy that book/dvd on using a serger.

None of this had any effect on my being freaked out by the thought of threading a serger and knowing that sharp blade was lurking near the presser foot.

So, I took the machine with me to quilting group on my recent visit where I knew there were some serger users who could help me out.

Much to my delight, I found that my machine has air-treading of the two looper threads! With the help of Ruth and three sets of printed directions I was soon threaded up with 4 cones and serging samples.

Now it's time to take on some 'real' projects.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Polka Pants
Topic: Sewing

I decided it was time to break out the pants patterns I bought at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo last month. I chose to work with the DVD/Pattern called Master Pants from FitNice System.

I took my measurements, drew out the tissue pattern, made some alterations as recommended and then made my 'muslin' (sample) from a warm gray flannel with yellow dots.

They turned out great and though there were a few more adjustments to make for future finished trousers, these will be great for hanging out around the house.

Yes, I'm wearing my furry slippers for this viewing.

Don't judge MY shape, just the pants.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Choking Hazard
Topic: Sewing

While I was in the mode of alterations I dug out a top that has pockets on the sides near the underarms for carrying materials out of sight. I use mine for wallet, cash, etc. when traveling.

The problem was that the neckline was so high that it rested up around the throat. Not only was it uncomfortable to wear but I have no tops with necklines that high so it came off like I was wearing a high-neck white t-shirt under everything - NOT a good look.

I fixed this by putting the garment on, topping it with my lowest neckline top, and marking the opening with a Sharpie marker. Then I took it off and made a line 1/4 inch outside that marked line.

The new neckline was then enclosed in fold-over elastic which was sewn with a tripple-stitch zig-zag.

The last step was to take a tuck at the end of the V-neck.

This is the result:

The garment is body-hugging so the ripple on the neckline disappears when it is being worn.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 11 April 2016
Hemmed In
Topic: Sewing

I bought a blouse about this time last year and have only worn it occasionally. The other day I realized what it was that I was having an issue with - the elastic in the hem.

This elastic made the back of the blouse ride up to the waistline in the back but was loose enough that the hem dropped down in the front. The result was very unattractive.

I decided to remove the elastic and re-hem the blouse so it would just hang free.

This is the result:

Such a simple fix!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Special To Me
Topic: Stamping

The last couple of days I told you about a technique I found at http://stamptv.ning.com/video/embossing-over-watercolor called embossing over watercolor.


By scribbling on watercolor paper with three values of a color and of green where you want flowers and leaves then spritzing with water and using a heat gun to dry the piece, you set up for a floral background.

Versamark is used to stamp solid flower heads over the colored areas and solid leaves over the green areas then they are embossed with clear powder and a heat gun.

Sponging over the surface with dark ink lets the flowers and leaves shine through and then any extra ink is buffed off with a paper towel.

The second piece I did had better composition and more even results so I decided to use it as a whole background.

I tied twine in three strands and added a pre-stamped sentiment with a border popped up on foam tape.

Each flower got a pink rhinestone center and the whole piece was added to a green base card.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Watercolor Under Gloss
Topic: Stamping

I started yesterday telling you about a technique I found at http://stamptv.ning.com/video/embossing-over-watercolor called embossing over watercolor.


On watercolor paper you scribble three values of a color where you want flowers, then three values of green where you will stamp the leaves.

You spritz with water and use a heat gun to dry the piece.

Stamp solid flower heads with Versamark over the colored areas and  solid leaves over the green areas then emboss with clear powder a heat gun.

Sponge over the surface with dark ink and buff any extra off with a paper towel.

This is the second half of the first piece I made:

I mounted this on foam tape over a chevron paper and a text strip. Then I tied with twine and added a text tag.

The base card is burgundy cardstock.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 8 April 2016
Embossing Over Watercolor
Topic: Stamping

I was watching some video tutorials on my favorite blogs the other day and ran across a technique I had not used before. If you want to see the original, visit Gina K Designs at http://stamptv.ning.com/video/embossing-over-watercolor for a technique she calls embossing over watercolor.


Start with watercolor paper and scribble three values of a color where you want flowers, then three values of green where you will stamp the leaves.

Spritz the surface with water and let the colors bleed. When it gets where you want it to be, use a heat gun to dry the piece.

Ink a solid flower head with Versamark embossing ink and stamp over the colored areas, Ink solid leaf with Versamark ink and stamp over the green areas. Cover with clear embossing powder and set with heat gun.

Use a foam tool and dark ink to sponge over the surface. The embossing will resist the ink but you can buff any extra off with a soft cloth or paper towel.

With the first one I made, I cut the piece in two and made separate cards out of them.

The first is shown here

I used walnut ink for the dark background. I made a base card with a green floral and strips of coordinating papers.

I added twine and a little tag before popping the focal up on foam tape.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Sunset Nails
Topic: Nail Art

Here are the products I used to create nails with a sunset look:

From the left - base coat, two coats of sheer white, makeup sponge with stripes of purple, red and copper and used to sponge on the nails. This was done twice. The sheer with glitter went on over the top, followed with clear topcoat.

This is a messy process so it takes a lot of cotton swabs dipped in polish remover to get all the over-sponging off the cuticles and sides of the fingers.

I like the effect of a sunset sky.

As always, I'm a fan of layering glitter on my nails, so that adds to my satisfaction with this manicure.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
S Is For Swirls
Topic: Paper Embroidery

The paper embroidery alphabet swaps are marching right along. The current one assigned us to do Swirls for the letter S.

I flipped through a lot of borders and frames for one that I liked, thinking I would add some 3D florals to it.

But then I ran across this cupcake with swirled icing and I knew that was what I wanted to stitch.

I picked an embossed white cardstock with more swirls and pricked out the pattern on that.

I chose a bright verigated thread for stitching and then used a lighter thread for the candle plus light yellow for the flame.

I mounted the stitched panel on a bright floral over a white base card.

I used a colored flower with a rhinestone center and a silver peel-off for embellishment.


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

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