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Saturday, 19 November 2016
Let Your Light Shine
Topic: Paper Embroidery

I haven't joined any paper embroidery swaps or challenges for a while now so those arts were set aside while I persued other things. While on vacation recently, I took along my paper embroidery kit with some cards to work on. It makes a nice activity that allows for watching the scenery, chatting with others and/or watching lectures and concerts (when they don't lower the lights).

I finished up three stitchings which I could turn into cards when I got home.

This card was pricked out in a floral/swag on a two-toned houndstooth paper. I had included a red/pink/teal funky floral so stitched the flowers and swag to match.

After cutting the pieces to size I found the floral too bright so I layered a quote on vellum over the top and wrapped the edges to the back.

I mounted the decorated panel to a soft blue card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 18 November 2016
Denim Glitter
Topic: Nail Art

It's been a while since I posted nail art. I was waiting for my nails to grow back out after the last breakage.

A trip to the dollar store the other day netted me 10 new bottles of polish. My store carries a brand called L.A.Color. I find it to be long lasting with little chipping for up to two weeks. I always start with Revlon base coat and I add up to three color layers followed by Revlon top coat.

I rarely use one color as I like the depth I get by combining colors and textures.

I started this manicure with a pale, almost gray, purple. I did two layers of this. Then I added a clear containing two sizes of silver glitter.

The final effect makes the color look more blue and it comes off resembling a glittery denim.

No need for fancy patterns and stuff when the polish itself can present such a stunning look.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Little Flower Burst
Topic: Quilting

This is the 56th quilt I have made for the Passages program at the hospital!

I started a couple of years ago by buying the pink floral fabric at the outdoor sale at the BIG fabric store. I had nothing to go with it and thought it looked like a little girl fabric so I set it aside.

Then I came across a pattern for an expanded pinwheel and decided to purchase fabric to use with the floral.

I bought a layer cake in teal in a line called Stonehenge. It has a marble look to it and is in five grades of intensity.

The construction is simple half-square triangles.

The yellow border is color pulled from some of the flowers in the pink print.

I only quilted in the ditch around the diamonds.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Birdcage Panel
Topic: Quilting

At the Sew and Stitchery Expo in March I picked up a panel print in the big bin of 'fabric by the pound' at one of the booths.

Having cut it apart I selected the center piece plus some of the outer border to use and combined these with coordinating colored borders from my stash.

I varied the width of the borders and just kept building and building. I did increase the width of the top and bottom on one border to make the quilt longer.

As far as quilting, I followed the lines of the print in the birdcage and along the first border of red hourglasses. I traced around the roses in the next border, added loop-the-loops in the border with tiny flowers.

The gray border was covered with a pattern of roses and leaves.

Then in the wide red border I made giant roses in cream thread.

I like this more than I expected to.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Topic: Quilting

Another oversized lap quilt today.

The pattern for this was an online freebie that was designed to feature a specific line of fabric.

I had chosen the feature fabric without buying anything to go with it. I found coordinates in the stash, though.

I really didn't visualize how large this was going to be as it would have been just as well to remove one row and one column.


The quilting is simple stitch in the ditch beside the large and medium squares plus diagonals through them.

The back is yellow and the binding matches the medium blue squares.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 14 November 2016
Calico Windows
Topic: Quilting

The pattern for the quilt today is from a Fons & Porter Quick Quilts issue. I don't have a date as I tore the pages out of the magazine.

I had a number of small-print florals from donations as well as various fabrics that went with them from my stash. I made the elongated four-patch from lights and mediums and used darks for the window frames. The over-all tie-in factor is the orange dot fabric and the center cornerstone on which they turn.

This block does require some partial seaming and the block itself is huge (there are only 6 blocks in this quilt).

This is a larger lap quilt that will go to Passages.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Twisted Ribbons
Topic: Quilting

I love the patterns found on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I think the pattern I used today is called Ribbon Stars. 

I picked up three disparate purples from full bolts being de-aquisitioned from the church costume closet - I think they were probably used for the three wise men. Several of us cut off a couple of yards to use.

When the purples were next to each other they really didn't go together. Then I went to a yard sale this summer and a lady was selling yardage left over from bridesmaid dressed - a black with flowers in all three of the purples! They also had some blue so I brought in that color in sashing.

The quilting is loop-the-loops in an overall coverage.

The backing was also in the costume closet - dark burgundy with a glitter on it.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 12 November 2016
All-Natural Pinwheels
Topic: Quilting

I found the pattern for today's quilt in a Fons & Porter Love Of Quilting magazine. Unfortunately, when I cut the templates out of the pages (which I had torn out of the magazine) it cut the magazine date off.

In any case, I went through my fabrics and pulled out the least attractive (I won't call them ugly) ones that I could find that went together.

Strangely, it didn't look too bad when it was all combined.

I did some straight-line quilting in the individual triangles and then some triangle loop-the-loops treating the four outer borders as one.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 11 November 2016
Northern Lights
Topic: Quilting

I was on a deadline for the day the Chaplain from the hospital was going to come and pick up the donation quilts for Passages. I've been very haphazardly working on getting several finished that I've been working on since I cut several kits in June.

For several days the last two weeks I've been quilting every day and finally finished up SEVEN of them!

I'll space these out over the next week.

Today it is a quilt I call Northern Lights. I picked up several mill-ends at the Sew and Stitchery Expo in February from a booth that has odd cuts in big bins. When I grabbed them I thought of them as Spirograph prints but in putting them together I started calling them Planetarium.

I cut all the pieces of the pattern I had selected but when I laid them out they were all too busy together.

I dropped in a 1/4 inch red sashing and BOOM!

Totally spectacular!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:48 PM PST
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 40:31
Topic: Bible Journaling

I had wanted to do this scripture for some time and then it was the sermon topic last Sunday in our series on 'Promises'. Well, how could I NOT do it now?

I combined two photos, one for the eagle and one for the background, to create the scene. 

The text style is from a book on creative lettering.

I chose to make this a double page spread for more impact as I could make the bird so much larger that way.

Many more to come.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 AM PDT
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Down a Lazy River
Topic: Field Trip

We recently had a new experience - cruising on a river boat. We took a sternwheel steamboat down four rivers - Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland. Then we followed up with a few days with family.

Along the way we were in St. Louis, Missouri - Alton, Illinois - Grafton, Illinois - Cape Girardeau, Illinois - Dover, Missouri - Paducha, Kentucky - Clarksville, Tennessee -  Nashville, Tennessee - Lynchburg, Tennessee.

The paddlewheeler was fun and not at all like the cruise ships we are used to. VERY tiny towns we stopped in along the rivers.

Here are some of the best views...

Reflection of our hotel in the windows of the hotel next door:

St. Louis Arch:

Three of the six flags mounted on the front of the boat:

The infamous sternwheel:

The boat in Grafton:

Bridges were beautiful. This one is in Cape Girardeau:

Detail from the 'front porch' of the boat:

Early one foggy morning on the river:

Walking in Dover:

Decor on the boat:

Along the riverwalk in Clarksville:

Outside Lynchburg:

With so many days of beautiful weather it was hard to decide what photos would best represent the whole of the trip. I chose these 12 and will turn them into a calendar with the next 'free' offer I get from Shutterfly.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 12:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today I did journaling artwork in Isaiah 12:3.

For reference, I searched for photos on the internet of wells and chose two to work from. One was used for the buckets and one for the stonework in a generalized sense.

The lettering was inspired by a book on lettering styles.

I really love the fact that my pen does not bleed through the pages. I think I may have mentioned that a time or two!

So hard to get colors right in the photo but there is truly NO green in the stonework!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:11 PM PDT
Monday, 10 October 2016
Journaling Matthew 5:16
Topic: Bible Journaling

I had some time to day to take a little quiet break and work in my journaling Bible.

I've been turning every page in all ov my other Bibles to see what verses I have marked, underlines or highlighted. I compiled a list of references followed by a few key words so I can scan them and choose a verse to work on.

Today I chose Matthew 5:16.

I first illustrated a burning candle and then went over to the margin to illustrate the words.

I had some fun with the 'light' portion of the text, using little light bulbs and some glow.

And then, just for one of my grandkids, I drew an eye for the word 'see'.

I'll admit, she draws eyes much better than I do but this serves the purpose.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:21 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 10 October 2016 8:22 PM PDT
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Sea Shore Shells
Topic: Quilting


That's what I call it when I FIND a gift card for fabric from three years ago that got misplaced... I fall in LOVE with a seashell themed jellyroll of fabric when I go with my gift card... I spy the PERFECT pattern to use with the jellyroll... and find out only days later that someone special is buying a BEACH HOUSE. Just like that, all the pieces come together for a wonderful housewarming gift!

I only had to add a few bits of fabric from my stash and they worked perfectly with the colors and theme: a tan with a print that looked like sand, a tan with a stone-like print, a white for the background that has a bright white dot that makes it look like bubbles or seafoam.

I even had a donated fabric for the back that is in the same shade of blue in a watery print with a bit of glitter in it.

I'm telling you, it's serendipity.

Here is the quilt - cut down considerably from the original pattern that takes it from a queen-size to a lap quilt:

Oh, yes - the border was from my stash as well.

I wanted to keep the quilting in the same theme so I downloaded line drawings of seven seashells and enlarged them to each fit on a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. These were cut out including cutting into them so I could trace all the inner bits of shaping. 

I did that tracing with a Frixion pen ON THE BACK of the quilt so that I would not be distracted by the pattern on the front. I made sure none of the quilting crossed into the dark border since I was going to use a cream thread for all of it. I twisted and turned to fit the shells in, traced a set, moved the patterns and traced some more. I made sure that there would be no two shells the same next to each other.

I stitched in continuous lines, stitching over some areas as needed for 'traveling'. Then the Frixion pen was heated with the iron and 'poof' it vanishes.

Here are each of the shell styles that I used:

I used the backing fabric for the binding. The effect of this is one that allows the quilt to look good from the front OR the back.

Off to deliver it!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Monster Mash
Topic: In The Kitchen

Today was the day to harvest the butternut squash from the garden. There were 10 of them!

I wanted to have them already cooked when going into the freezer so I decided to go with a whole roast, scoop and mash.

This is one tray out of the three total. The squash were cut top-to-bottom and the seeds scooped out. I brushed olive oil on the cut side and then placed them cut side down on a baking pan. After adding a cup of water to the pan I baked them for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

After baking, I used a spatula to lift them out and place them cut side up on a board to cool.

When cooled, I scooped the flesh into a big bowl and used a potato masher on it. Since it will be used in a variety of recipes, I did not add anything to the mash.

I measured out one cup portions into sandwich bags and squeezed out all the air. These were then stacked into gallon freezer ziplock bags and marked with date and contents before going off to the freezer.

The final count was 19 cups of butternut squash. Yummy!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:24 PM PDT
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
WHat's For Lunch?
Topic: Sewing

As I am packing up to go to quilting twice a month I keep reminding myself that I should have an insulated lunch bag to keep my food cold instead of just tossing it into a gallon zip-lock bag.

When I was trolling the internet for something else the other day, I came upon a link to a digital pattern for just such a lunch bag and ordered the pattern for download.

I did change up a few supplies along the way but the pattern was useful and got me going in the right direction.

I already had a large piece of fabric on hand that was marked in the selvege as being Scotchguarded. Since it was the only fabric in my stash with this treatment I decided to use it for both the exterior and lining of the bag.

I also already had on hand some of the InsulBrite which is an insulating batting like one would use in making potholders and... lunch bags!

The instructions called for webbing to use as the handle and the binding. I made my own handlle from the fabric and folded it in and in again (to make four layers) and edge stitched it. I used some on-hand double-fold seam binding for the binding edges and I had sew-in velcro on hand for the closure.

Here is a front view of the bag:

This 3/4 view shows how wide the bag is on the sides:

Here is a view of the interior. You can see the velcro closure, the way the sides fold in and the lining:

The base is large enough for my freezer block to lay in the bottom as well as having enough room left for a drink bottle, and all the other lunch foods (plus snacks).

Thanks to the Scorchguard finish, I will be able to swipe out the inside from crumbs and other debris.

I'm looking forward to using it this weekend.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:08 PM PDT
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Gift Wrap Stack
Topic: Other Projects

Ya know, somethimes life don't fit in a box.

I found this to be true when trying to wrap gifts for a wedding. One thing came with a box and that was good.

Then one came in the strangest shaped packaging so I combined a short oval box with some cardboard to make it taller and then placed the lid on before wrapping.

And then there was the stack of soft items with no packaging at all. I rolled each one individually and made one big self-contained oval of them. I used extra layers of wrapping for stability.

So, look what happens when they all get stacked up on the gift table - a little wedding cake!

That explains why the lace and ribbon trims are all at the top and bottom of each package.

I just thought this was fun.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Sew Darned Cute
Topic: Sewing

I had an idea for a project for a gift and then couldn't find any pattern for what I wanted to do. You know what that means... gotta make my own pattern - cause I'm not going to let this idea go!

The Idea: Make a set of placemats that look like vintage camp trailers and have a bit of flair. My daughter-in-law is a big fan of 'glamping' (glamour camping) and I thought this would be just the ticket for her birthday.

I started with 6 pieces of paper the same size and did rough sketches of camper bodies in various outlines. Then I drew in the same tire/hub, door and propane tank for each - with variations in exact placements of them.

I then drew over each element with a Sharpie marker, refining the shapes as I went.

Every element was then traced onto the paper of Steam-a-Seam2 and rough-cut outside the lines. I had to remember to reverse the elements that were directional (a swoosh, a shaped window, etc).

Then I laid all the patterns out on the table and started pulling fabrics from my scraps. This was the MOST FUN part! I selected retro-looking, repesentational, and funky fabrics that made me think of campers actually rolling down the road. I selected window fabric, tires, hubs, doors and tanks that were the same for all for consistency.

Where the upper and lower sections were of different fabrics I stitched them together so the background would be all one piece. Then I laid the background over the pattern on the ironing board.

Each piece got the Steam-a-Seam2 pressed onto the back, trimmed up to its outline and the backing peeled off. Working from the background forward each element was placed and then pressed down.

Then began the tedious business of appliqueing every piece in place. I did this with my machine using a small blanket stitch and a taupe thread for everything. Special elements like the lines in the windows and such got a different specialty stitch.

When all the pieces were stitched down, I turned the piece face down. I trimmed out the original pattern to its outline and laid it down over the fabric. By aligning the pattern with the stitching on the tires, door bottom and propane tank I could set it right in place. I traced the outline with a marker that disappears when heated (Frixion).

The placemat was then layered... batting, backing face up, camper face down... and pinned together. The backing fabric is consistent across all 6 mats.

Leaving a gap along the base, I backtacked and then sewed the entire traced outline, backtacking again at the other end of the gap.

I trimmed the batting to 1/16 all around and the seams to 1/4 and I clipped the curves. I also cut out a wedge of batting in the gap and turned back the seam allowances and pressed them along the gap.

Then the whole mat was turned right side out, the curves worked out, and I topstitched 1/8 inch all around, using the topstitching to close the gap.

I used a straight stitch to go around the door and this is usually the only quilting (a couple of windows needed outlined where the door was way off the center).

Then they were done!

Ready to see them?

First up is an aqua glamper featuring a retro diamond print on top and a dot on the bottom. It features curtains of lace seam binding and a shaped window:

My favorite thing on this (other than the fabric) is the lap siding on the lower half. I did this by stitching tucks before sewing it to the upper part. Then it was treated just as if it were flat for the rest of construction.

Next is the 1970s glamper. Totally weird fabric for the siding! It has a nifty window where the overhead bed would be, too.

My favorite part of this one is the batik swoosh on the side. This was one of the elements that had to be reversed when cutting its pattern.

And then we have this striped cutie. So far, I think this has been everyone's favorite.

The overwhelmingly favorite element on this glamper is the window shades. They were stitched to the window fabric with a braided rickrack layered between and then the widow was cut out from that. After the blanket stitching was done around the edge I added a heavy line for the string and used my eyelet setter to install the pulls. I did have to iron on a little fabric behind the pulls so the batting would not beard out.

Next up is the purple palace:

My favorite feature on this one is the bunting hanging on the side. I guess that means this one is parked since you wouldn't want to leave that flapping while going down the road.

Then we have a semi-camoflage model. this would look good when glamping in the woods instead of in a park.

My favorite thing on this is that big roll-out awning. Just perfect for some shade to read or nap. Those stitching lines keep the awning flat while leaving it open on the lower edge.

And last is a zig-zag stripe that looks like it is on the move. The wheel on this one is WAY forward so it really has to go on stabilizers when it is parked:

You can see BOTH my favorite elements in the photo below. 1) the flowered curtains 2) the awning over one window.

One of the cutest things about all of these is the little propane tank on the front. I didn't want a towing hitch sticking out there so this was a way to define the front and have a little fun at the same time.

As I mentioned before, all the glampers have the same backing. Here you can also see how little quilting was needed to hold these together because the batting allows for 9-inch spacing.

So there you have it! I am sure my daughter-in-law is going to love these whether she takes them in their camper for use on the road or sets the home table with them when she wishes she were on the road.

Happy Glamping!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Way Beyond Cute
Topic: Sewing

I was strolling through Pinterest yesterday and ran across a link to the cutest little cosmetics bag with pleats. It is just adorable so I followed the link and came to a video tutorial here.

The tutorial audio is in German but there are English sub-titles along with measurements in both centimeters and inches, so it was easy to follow.

Today I selected some fabrics from my scraps and made TWO of them, using different colors of zippers. All the photos below are of the version with the gold zipper. The other unit has a light green zipper.

Here is the bag in whole:

In this shot I exposed the inside of the pleats so you can see the fabric there:

And here you get a look at the lining fabric:

Isn't this neat?

The bottom corners are boxed so the bag stands up on its own.

Now I want to adjust the pattern so I can make a bigger bag, add some handles, put some pockets inside...

What fun!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Friday, 23 September 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - September
Topic: Multi-Technique

Well, I must say I started out to follow along with Tim Holtz's tag directions. But he went off on a specialty product that I did not have so I took my own tangent and finished up the project in my own way.

These are the tags that Tim combined for his tag:

And this is the tag he created:

So, here are the steps I used to create my project:

- Select a base cover stock to work on. I chose two so I could experiment with the shiny side and the matte side.

- Shake three Distress Paints and apply to craft sheet

- Shake three coordinating Lumiere paints and apply to craft sheet

- Mist heavily with water

- Swipe base cardstock through paint till covered (repeat with other card)

- Mist with more water to blend

- Dry with heat tool

- Ink over entire tag with various Distress inks using blending tools

- Flick water to activate top layer

- Stand on end to let water drip

- Dry with heat tool (blot excess for contrast)

- Trim matte piece to size and ink edges with walnut Distress Ink


- Use a small leaf stamp and Archival ink to make a 'second generation' stamped border around the edge

- On glossy piece, stamp realistic leaves using Archival ink

- Cut out leaves

- Use colored pencils to add a bit more color to leaves

- Use a scoring tool to score the major veins

- Bend leaves forward on the scores

- Use bone folder to gently curl the leaf tips back

- Use foam tape to mount leaves to matte base (foam under the raised areas and glue on the center vein and tips)

- Add sticker letters to form text

- Layer vellum over a dark cardstock and trim large enough to leave a border around the matte piece

- Mount matte piece to vellum

- Add gold peel-off corners and borders

- Display

Here is the artwork I created using these steps:

So, what did I skip? the use of a 'paper' called Yupo and a 'negative stamping' technique using alcohol inks. I've done this technique with transparency (long ago) but I don't have access to Yupo and didn't want to buy any just to try this.

I also skipped a technique for creating a patina on plastic letters. This is where I used sticker letters.

I'm happy with my 'tag' though.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:03 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 23 September 2016 9:04 AM PDT

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