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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
More on Paper Embroidery
Now Playing: more free patterns
Topic: Web resources

While I am traveling, watching TV, riding in the car... I love to do paper embroidery. I started designing my own patterns soon after I started stitching, but there are SO many designers with books and selling on the internet. But, I only own ONE book of paper embroidery because I have found so many sources for FREE patterns on the internet that I will have enough to keep me busy for a very long time.

Lisa Burns is one such source - and very prolific. You will enjoy the variety of embroidery patterns she provides at http://www.freewebs.com/lisaspapecraftsdesigns/  

There are a variety of embroidery designs in the book Classic Cards: 60 projects for the discriminating crafter as well.

This book published in 2006 combines embroidery with other cardmaking techniques, something the 'paper embroidery books' rarely do.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 July 2007
More on 3D cutting
Now Playing: I am determined to inspire you!
Topic: Web resources

Did I 'sell you' on 3D cutting yesterday? Well perhaps a sample of a finished project will do the trick!

Here are a couple more favorite sites from which to print images:



Now print, clip, glue, repeat. Come on - you know you want to!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:23 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Color Your World
Now Playing: create your own paint strips!
Topic: Web resources

WOWZER! If you like to play with color... if you want inspiration for what color to combine with something in hand... if you want to see what others are doing with color... then this site is going to knock your socks off: http://kuler.adobe.com/

First you will want to poke around to see what color schemes have been posted by others, but don't wait too long before you click on "Create" and go to town! Play, Play, Play, Experiment, and Play some more.

If you want to save your color schemes, you'll need to register. Who wouldn't want to?

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Another Creative Jump-Start
Now Playing: Steal Ideas Here
Topic: Web resources

Here's a neat website for some instruction and some inspiration. www.docrafts.co.uk  has project ideas for cards, scrapbooking, and kids crafts, a gallery of artists' work, instructional videos and 'tips' categorized by papercrafts, rubber stamping, glass painting, funky foam, stickers, punching and cutting, scrapbooking, and adding color.

Other areas 'for members' are most likely to be helpful for UK residents.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:42 AM PDT
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Mindless Moments
Now Playing: Waste Time By Staying Busy
Topic: Web resources

Ever have one of those days when you don't want to do anything but veg out and waste time? Fortunately there are plenty of places on the Internet to assist you with this AND a couple of people ready and willing to help you find them!

One of our local radio stations posts daily (Monday through Friday) a 'work waster' designed to let you look busy at work while you actually waste time. Its a running gag they have, and sometimes their postings are useful, sometimes entertaining, and sometimes truly a waste of time. Check it out for yourself: http://www.1190kex.com/pages/pages/work_waster.php

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:07 AM PDT
Friday, 15 June 2007
Stamp Out Art !
Now Playing: Design and Print faux postage
Topic: Web resources

Here's a fun little website to play at: http://www.stampitout.wildjelly.com/index.html

Stamp It Out is a simple postage stamp generator (not legal postage) where you upload your own image, select a country (for the correct postal markings), and generate a custom stamp. You can right-click to save the images - of a single stamp or a 'hand-held' group of 4 - or you can print up a full page of your images.

Images come complete with postage stamp edges and are as cute as can be!

By supplying your own image you choose whether you will be making a statement, commemorating an event, sharing your kid's art, or making a custom piece to include in a collage. What you CANNOT do with it is paste it on an envelope in lieu of legally purchased postage!

Here is the handheld view I made from one of my stitching cards.

Go - Play - Have Fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:06 AM PDT
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Now Playing: Search your community for hidden stamps!
Topic: Web resources

Here's a way you can combine rubber stamping, treasure hunting, and the family vacation! What fun idea is this? It is called 'letterboxing' - a lot like geocaching but with a rubber stamp as the hidden goal.

From the website for Letterboxing North America http://www.letterboxing.org/index.php comes this explaination:

"Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a carved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions to the box (called "clues" or "the map"), which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.

"Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, his personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, he stamps the logbook in the box with his personal stamp, and stamps his personal logbook with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbooks."

The Letterboxing North America website has instructions for getting started, a glossary of terms, and a way to locate targets to search for by either text-based searching or by clicking on a US map for the area you want to search in.

I used the map method (look under the 'clues' tab) by clicking on my own state and then the city closest to me. This brought me to a complete list of the letterboxes in my area. A quick scan down the cities for my own, and off I went to read some clues. I did my searching from my armchair and, working my way through the clues, could walk right to any one of the three I read up on. One fine day this summer I plan to create a letterboxing journal, assemble a kit, and start collecting those rubber stamp impressions from my local area.

My children both live in different states than I so I can plan some letterboxing when I go on family visits as well.

Other letterboxing sites include Atlas Quest at http://www.atlasquest.com/, Letterboxing in New Zealand at http://www.psychokiwi.org/letterboxing/nzboxing.htm Many others can be found by searching 'letterboxing' in Google.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:15 AM PDT
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Interactive Color Wheel
Now Playing: Play with color before even picking up a tool
Topic: Web resources

Are you feeling a bit blue? A few clicks of the mouse will help you find a color to complement it!

There is a great interactive color wheel for you to play with at  http://www.paintquality.com/color/colorwheel.html

There is a tab called Color Combinations that lets you click on various of the primary colors as well as white and black to see what effect they have when combined with other colors.

The Color Schemes tab highlights on the color wheel the patterns for Analogous, Complementaries, Split Complementaries, Tetrads, and Triads.  Within any of these color schemes you can rotate the color wheel to see the results.

Other controls show the wheel as reference colors, with their Shades, Tones, and Tints.

Confused? Click on the Glossary tab for definitions of all the terminology used.

Explore color and get back in the pink!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:27 AM PDT
Monday, 11 June 2007
Sailing Away on the SS Reflections
Now Playing: Terrific e-zine for stampers and scrappers
Topic: Web resources

Hi all -

Let me share with you the best e-zine I have found! SSReflections is an on-line stamping and scrapbooking magazine that runs on the theme of a cruise ship sailing from port to port around the world.

Different decks and lounges feature the variety of techniques and interests in these hobbies and are exceptionally well presented by a variety of 'crew members'. They cover the gamut from traditional to digital scrapping, stamping arts to altered arts with many related topics covered in each monthly issue.

Their own website describes itself this way

SS Reflections Ezine

If you are joining us for the very first time, let me explain what S.S. Reflections is. We are a completely FREE online magazine for you with a truly unique concept. SSR is a virtual cruise ship from the Golden Era here to entertain you as we visit a new country/port each month. We have an amazing crew who create designs and share ideas with you each month from various areas of the ship. Our fly-out menu bar, to the left, can take you anywhere on the ship that you would like to be. It will guide you through each deck on this magnificent ship! If you'd like to read each and every feature, at the bottom of each page is a blue arrow and our click to link which will take you to the next page to read as though you were turning a page of a paper magazine! Each page is linked to the next. As mentioned above, we now have a Quick Links feature to help you get to where you want to go to next! We also have an into page for each deck which are listed in the Quick Links section. On these pages are ship's wheels with our crewmember's pictures inside - you can click on the wheel to read a short, fun bio for many of our designers. You can also click on the name of their room on the ship and it will take you directly to their article, or you can email each crewmember directly by clicking on their name! Please write to your favorite designer and be sure to let her know what you love about her and SSR!

They include lots of advertising, product reviews, reader challenges, contests, and more.

Sail away on SSReflections for the trip of a lifetime!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:22 PM PDT
Sunday, 10 June 2007
Source for 3D art projects
Now Playing: Canon 3D Papercraft
Topic: Web resources

Today I'm sharing another great site for printing art projects. Canon has put together Creative Park (http://cp.c-ij.com/english/index.html) with topics and projects grouped under the headings of

Greetings - cards, stationery, envelopes;

Scrapbook - paterened papers, tags, photo frames, borders, fonts;

Calendars - insert your own photos;

Photo gallery - hundreds of beautiful photos to download for use in your projects;

Photo style - teaches you to be a better photographer;

and my personal favorite 3d Paper Craft - dozens of projects to print and construct. In the animal category:

How about a 3D Black Lab 1/2 the size of the real dog, complete with red bandana? Maybe you'd prefer to make emperor penguins? These and others are completely formed 3D models. Others are available in simpler models that just fold over at the top along a 'seam line'.

Under Craftown you can download and print all the parts for a complete city with over 30 parts and pieces.

The general category of 'items' has such projects as a Chinese Dragon, Dharma dolls, Lucky cats, and a Chinese boat.

Having an Italian dinner? Go to the section on architecture and you can whip up a Leaning Tower of Pisa centerpiece! Or just on a whim you can reconstruct the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the Sphynx or dozens of other projects.

The science section features several dinosaurs as well as a globe, star chart, and sundial.

Teddy bears, airplanes, cars and games are featured in the 'toys' category. I think the wedding bears would be a nice centerpiece for a bridal shower.

The origami tab brings up scores of printed origami papers as well as papers printed for specific origami models. You can print a paper and fold as instructed to end up with a rabbit with features already in place!

The Seasons section features many 3D cards, bunches of gift boxes, party goods such as decorations and masks and ornamentations.

You can spend a lot of time at this site followed by a lot of time constructing nifty things followed by a lot of time admiring the results and sharing them with your friends and family.

Go have some 3D fun!

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:48 AM PDT
Friday, 8 June 2007
Sharing the Best of the Web
Now Playing: Here's a great site for projects to print
Topic: Web resources

I love finding resources on the Web that I can return to over and over, finding new things all the time. One such site is the Print Lab on the Epson website. At the url http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/PrintLab/pl_home.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=0 you will find projects, background papers, products, and tips for using your color printer in scrapbooking and other paper crafting.

Click on the categories at the right of the screen and the featured projects in the center change. Right now there are a lot of features on graduation, summer parties, weddings, etc. but if you scroll all the way to the bottom and click on ‘view all projects’ you will get all of the projects in all categories from the beginning. Right now they are displaying projects 1-222 – that’s a lot of projects.

Don’t forget to visit again and again as they add projects all the time.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:48 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 8 June 2007 9:53 AM PDT

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