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In & Out of Studio 3D
Friday, 17 April 2009
Baby Bear Hugs
Topic: New Work

I dipped into my big pile of 3D images and spent an evening clipping and stacking several of them and then took them into the studio to find matching designer papers to combine with each of them.

This is the first I finished: 

I call this 'Baby Bear Hugs' as I think it looks like he is holding his blankie. I added a layer of pink but tied two ribbons in blue so it can be used for either a girl or a boy baby. The yellow plaid background is supposed to be the baby blanket.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Sail Away
Topic: New Work

A perfect card for a guy, this stitched sailboat is from my stash of free patterns. I went with blue thread on blue textured cardstock, mounted on red and white plaid and enhanced with three star brads . The brads were too light so I colored them with Sharpie and then added stickles to them and the flag on the boat. 

The whole thing was glued on a dark red folded card base.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Imagine the Good Life
Topic: New Work

Today I started with some odd materials and made this card from them. What is is? Peel-and-stick paint samples! 

I started by cutting the folded cardstock and built directly on the front. First was the blue sky. I started with this so I would have a straight line for the horizon. Then I added the teal for the ocean by butting it right up against the sky. I cut a freehand water/sand line on the light yellow and stuck it down over the water.

For the sun I cut a circle and then cut a straight line across it. This was stuck down and from the remainder I cut stripes, adhering every other one over the water. From the sky color I cut some free-form strips and added them to the water/sun area. Then I cut some free-form strips from the water color and made them into streaky clouds in the sky.

I had another darker teal which I used to add some free-form 'waves' along the beach. Then I stamped the chair and umbrella directly on the sand/water at the left and stamped it again on the coral paint-chip, cut it out, and stuck it down over the original stamping.

I used a punch to round all the corners and added two text stickers I found in my stash that matched the colors precisely.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Home Tweet Home
Topic: New Work

Here is a card I made today with 5 stamps and some techniques I learned from Michelle Zindorf's blog.

I used these 5 stamps

These coloring agents

And these special tools

Here's my process:

Using glossy cardstock I stamped the birdhouse in grey, colored with watercolor markers, colored over it with an embossing pen and embossed with clear detail powder.

Then I stamped the bare tree as a branch using the same grey, colored with light brown, and embossed the same as before.

Finally I stamped three different parts of the flowering branch, just flowers, with the grey ink, colored and embossed.

I dropped down to the bottom of the panel and stamped the grass several times inking up first with Versamark then green dye ink. I embossed these with clear detail powder. Then with a darker green I stamped plain color - no embossing.

I used sponges to color the grassy area background with a third green, used another sponge to color in the sky with various shades of blue and some yellow.

I used walnut ink to sponge a shading all around the edge. I used Sharpie marker to color over the birds then used a blending tool and alcohol to remove a lot of the color off them.

I used dark grey to stamp the greeting (just inking up the center, without the border of the stamp). I used a pink marker to brush over the lettering to enhance it.

I punched the corners with the decorative corner punch. I cut the pink panel and rounded the corners with a punch. The artwork was mounted to the pink panel using pink flower brads and finally, glued these to the folded yellow card base.

Here's the card again for review.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 13 April 2009
Lip Smackin' Good!
Topic: In The Kitchen

11 for dinner… this was Easter at our house. We were fortunate to have a house full of family and here’s what we served:


Peanut-Apple Salad with dressing of balsamic vinaigrette and honey served on a bed of lettuce leaves with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese.

Potato Salad

Deviled Eggs

Veggie Tray of grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, baby carrots, and radish flowers.


Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with minced ham and cheddar cheese, baked


Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream


Breakfast for 4 of us was Ham and Cheese Omelets and Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.


Everything was very tasty and I thought I’d share the recipe for the Cinnamon Rolls and the Apple Crisp that I developed by combining and making changes to some others that weren’t quite what I wanted.




In bread maker pan add the following ingredients in the order listed – ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water, 2 tablespoons softened margarine, 2 ½ cups bread machine flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon bread machine yeast.

            Set bread maker to make dough only. While it is being processed by the bread maker stir together 6 tablespoons softened margarine, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup brown sugar. Spread evenly in the bottom of a buttered 9 x 9 inch square pan. Arrange 36 pecan halves in the pan. Set aside.

            When the dough is ready, turn out onto floured surface and use floured rolling pin to roll into a rectangle 13 x 17 inches. Mix together ¼ cup softened margarine, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Blend well and spread evenly on the rolled out dough. Sprinkle with ½ cup chopped pecans.

            Roll from the narrow end up the length. Dip serrated knife in flour and cut dough into 9 even sections. Place into the 9 x 9 inch pan on top of the pecan halves. Set pan in warm place until doubled in size – roughly 1 hour.

            Bake 35 to 45 minutes in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Immediately invert pan so rolls will release and the caramel drips over them.




            Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In small bowl combine 1 cup regular rolled oats, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons apple juice. Mix well and set aside.

            Into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, slice 8-10 cups of peeled apples - I use a mix of Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, or Granny Smith.

            Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and a dash of salt. Sprinkle this over the apples. Pour 1/3 cup apple juice over both. Then sprinkle the whole with the oatmeal mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Thumb Puppies
Topic: New Work

If you have one of these:

You can make a puppy card!

First lay your hand down on a card with you thumb crooked as far as you can.

Then use a waterproof pen to trace around it.

 This is what you will have when done:

Use your marker to add a floppy ear, a nose and eye. Make a few dots for whiskers.

Use a watercolor marker to color in the whole puppy.

Use a light grey marker to make a shadow under the ear and at the bottom of the chin.

Cut around all the lines that are drawn and tear the neck area.


Make some elements to use on a card


Assemble on a card base, add some embellishments, and you have a simple card with a 'thumb puppy'.

I teach kids to make these thumb puppies all the time. Everyone's puppies will look different because of the different shapes of our thumbs.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Little Bear's House
Topic: New Work

I have NEVER done any scenic stamping so I decided to give it a try. Two things I learned right off - Don't use a colored (gold) background cardstock as it effects all the colors you put on it and Don't use a texturized cardstock as you don't get crisp clear images.

So with those lessons in mind for the FUTURE, here's what I actually did: I used watercolor markers to color just the parts of the bear I wanted to print - basically the outline and features as he is really furry all over. I used a different marker on his bow. 'Huffed' on it and stamped. Stamped again on plain paper to cut out as a mask. Covered bear with mask and stamped field of flowers (one stamp 3.5 times).

I used markers to color in parts of the cottage stamp on the left and the stream image on the right. The mask was removed and I used markers to color in all areas of the card.

The panel was trimmed and backed with a card that I had trimmed on one side with a scallop scissor. Both were placed on a folded card and the rub-on text finishes it off.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 10 April 2009
Field of Flowers
Topic: New Work

Two groups I belong to had challenges this month. One was to make a card combining paper embroidery and punched flowers. The other was to make a card incorporating flourishes. So I combined the two, meeting both challenges with one card. 

I used a three panel card and did my stitching on the center panel. The design is a combination of different elements of an oval pricking template. Then I folded the panels and cut through the front two making my aperture. After opening the panels back up the punched flowers were glued tip-to-tip to make a lacy insert and then the front panels were glued together. This leaves a finished backing on the embroidered panel.

The text is rub-on.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Topic: New Work

I signed up for a swap to make 4 ATCs to be sent to a single person. I chose to use a single rubber stamp in a range of colors to create the Four Seasons. Each card was toned with a very pale color and the trees stamped in a darker, but similar color. On every one, I used a brown fine-line marker to define the trunks and branches. 

 This is the SPRING card. It uses very pale greens. I used a light green gel pen to put in some light leaves, then used two-way glue to create dots and burnished in pink ultra-fine glitter. Then I used a water-brush to apply a sheen of pink Twinkling H2O.

Here's a close-up that shows the glittery bits.

Here is the Summer card. This uses a yellow background and I used a watercolor marker to add more leaves and some grasses. Again, the Twinkling H2O were added, this time in Olive.

Here is the Summer close-up.

The Fall card has a brown sky and I used a variety of markers to add leaves on the trees as well as the ground. The two-way glue was applied and I burnished on a mixture of metal leafing.


Don't you love the way these leaves shine?

The Winter card is all done in blue tones. I love this one most. I used some white gel pen to put a little snow on the ground and on the branches and then applied Stickles for the shine.

Here is the Winter close-up.

I selected a coordinating mini-tag for each card and threaded a flower brad through the hole only. These each got text added with watercolor marker and the tags were applied with mini-glue dots.

Here is a pic of the Four Seasons all together as a set.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Asian Window Panels
Topic: Other Projects

I have been helping with decorations for our "Soul Spa" ladies event at church (recent posts for soap dishes and bath tea packets relate to same event). One of the ladies had picked up some garden trellis and painted it black. Then white paper was attached to the back.

I used gold spray webbing on the back of the white paper and then cut out some blossoming branches from black paper and attached with double-stick tape to the back. These were hung in the windows on either side of one of the entrances with the black cutouts facing outside.

You can see in these two pictures the right and the left panels from the inside of the church. The black cutouts show through as silhouettes. 

Then here is the view from outside. You don't see the black gridwork but only the gold spray webbing and the black branches.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
With a Little Help from My Friends
Topic: Other Projects

Make 175 color copies; cut 700 edges with scissors; slice 750 slits with a craft knife; make 1400 folds; cut 350 pieces of ribbon; tie 700 knots in ribbon; stir enough lavender, catnip, chamomile, and basil to make 88 cups of herb mix; spend 8 nights in front of the TV accomplishing all the above.

Then, gather together 12 friends for a couple of hours to: staple 1 ribbon end to each of 350 tabs; glue 700 seams to make envelopes; measure 1/4 cup of herb mix into 350 coffe filters; fold 350 filled filters into packets; 350 staple packets to loose end of ribbons; tuck packets into envelopes; glue 350 flaps closed.

The result is 350 Bath Tea packets to be used as table favors at an event with the theme "Soul Spa"!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 6 April 2009
3D on 3D
Topic: Web resources

I have had some funny email requests for information on "can you give me instructions or advice on how to make a 3-dimensional xxx". I even had one who wanted to know how to paint an illustration on his son's walls so it would LOOK 3-D. I always refer them back to my home page that clearly states that the reason my site is called Studio3D is because of my initials and that I have no special knowledge of 3-dimensional construction just because my initals are DDD.

On the other hand, I do appreciate and work with illustrations that have been cut and stacked to appear 3D on cards. I have been collecting links to sites that offer free cutting sheets. Here's what I have so far:
























































































I have no affiliation with any of these sites and caution you to watch for any restrictions or copyrights that the artists may have posted.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Handy List of Lists of Lists
Topic: Web resources

Of all the blogs I read regularly, the one that references the most other sites in handy groupings is Mel Stampz. She gathers a list of 100+ ways to use one tool or another or 50+ ways to use a technique and keeps updating the entries as she gathers more links. How cool is that!

This is a list of her lists that I have found to be particularly handy and I go back to items in these lists again and again for techniques and inspiration:

“I’ve been bitten!!!…. (161things you can do with your Cuttlebug…)”



“Purse templates galore (154 and counting…)”



“Techniques at a glance”



“Templates for 3D projects at a glance”



“Crafty Flowers templates and tutorials”



“100+ Envelope Templates/Links”



“Over 100 Things You Can Do With Your Score-Pal”



“Wee Houses Templates and Tutorials”



“Box Templates and Tutorials”



“Alcohol Inks A to Z Links”



“Vellum Links in Volume (over 100)”



“50+ Gift Bag Templates”




Wander around in these blog entries and get some inspiration for yourself.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Source of Inspiration
Topic: Web resources

Where does all that inspiration come from? I read lots of blogs dealing with stamping, scrapping, and paper crafts. Since not all post every day I get RSS feeds in my Google Reader and only see them when there are new entries. Here's the list of my regulars:


http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com      (ABC Challenge)

http://afterhoursstamper.blogspot.com      (After Hours Stamper)

http://aliedwards.typepad.com      (Ali Edwards)

http://AndreaWalford.com      (AndreaWalford)

http://karenelaine.typepad.com/appletini_time/      (Appletini Times)

http://amazingpapergrace.com      (Amazing Paper Grace)

http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/      (Becky Higgins)

http://feelinscrappytoday.blogspot.com      (Brooke is Feelin’ Scrappy Today)

http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.com      (Card Creme)

http://ellenhutson/the_classroom_new       (CLASSroom)

http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com      (Card Positioning Systems)

http://claudinehellmuth.blogspot.com      (Claudine Hellmuth)

http://crafterskitchen.blogspot.com      (Crafters Kitchen)

http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com      (Cuttlebug Challenges)

http://thecuttlebugspot.blogspot.com      (The Cuttlebug Spot)

http://rachelgreig.typepad.com/thedarkroom/      (Darkroom Door)

http://blog.ginakdesigns.com/      (A Day in the Life (Gina K Designs))

http://debbiesdiecuts.blogspot.com      (Debbie’s Die Cuts)

http://fatcatstamper.blogspot.com      (Fat Cat Stamper)

http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com      (Fred, She Said)

http://smallstudio.typepad.com/ginnycartersmallenburg/      (Ginny’s Small Studio)

http://melaniemuenchinger.blogspot.com/      (Hands, Head and Heart)

http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/      (Hero Club Blog)

http://heartfeltgreetings.blogspot.com/      (Heartfelt Greetings)

http://inkurablestampers.blogspot.com/      (Inkurable Stampers)

http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/      (A Mark in Time)

http://jennibowlin.blogspot.com/      (Jenni Bowlin)

http://justgivemestamps.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Just Give Me Stamps)

http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/      (K Werner Design)

http://stamptv.ning.com/video      (Stamp TV Videos (Gina K))

http://joanne-mainlyflowers.blogspot.com/      (Mainly Flowers)

http://makingmemories.typepad.com/makingmemories/      (Making Memories)

http://maryjomcgraw.blogspot.com/      (MaryJo McGraw)

http://melstampz.blogspot.com/      (Mel Stampz)

http://melissafrances.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Melissa Frances)

http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/      (Michelle Zindorf Crafts)

http://onelittleword.typepad.com/olw/      (One Little Word)

http://kellrick.typepad.com/our_daily_bread_designs/      (Our Daily Bread Designs)

http://paperfections.typepad.com/paperfections/      (PaperFections)

http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/      (Papertake Weekly Challenge)

http://pattibehan.blogspot.com/      (Patti Behan)

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/      (Patty’s Stamping Spot)

http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/      (Poetic Artistry)

http://rockinrobin1973.blogspot.com/      (Robin’s Artful Musings)

http://paperplayhouse.blogspot.com/      (Paper Playhouse)

http://www.pencillines.com/      (Pencil Lines Sketches)

http://thescallopededge.typepad.com/the_scalloped_edge/      (The Scalloped Edge)

http://janellerichmond.typepad.com/sketchthis/      (SketchThis)

http://bronih.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/      (Splashes of Watercolor)

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/      (Stamps, Paper, Scissors)

http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/sassy_sweet_notes/      (Sassy and Sweet Notes)

http://studio490art.blogspot.com/      (Studio 490)

http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog/      (Sunflowers and Dragonflies)

http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/suzeblogz/      (SuzeBlogz (Suze Weinberg))

http://patstamps.blogspot.com/      (The Technique Trail)

http://technostamper.blogspot.com/       (Techno Stamper)

http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/      (Tim Holtz)

http://twisted-chick.blogspot.com/      (Twisted Chick Creations)


When I see something that inspires me it usually takes a whole different turn by the time I get to the studio and start playing. Go have a look around at my favorite blogs.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 3 April 2009
All Aboard
Topic: Field Trip

Some things you go looking for and some just find you. This theatre marquee in across the parking lot from where I work. Their current notice of advance ticket sales cracks me up every time I see it.

I mean, really! Where do they think I am NOW?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Delightful Chickens
Topic: New Work

Wow, two chicken cards in one week! This illustration is from some magazine and is an asian painting (you can faintly see the chop marks on the upper right).

The background designer paper was so striking that I wanted to highlight it just a little more. So, I cut around some of the flowers to tuck the edges of the focus pieces underneath. I backed the chicken panel with a plain coral piece and under that two black corner panels. two brads were added to each corner and a little pen-doodling to define the edges. 

I had a sheet of rub-on frames so added one of those to the front and clipped a piece of the designer paper to fill it. Then I placed two text stickers "simple delight" and added more pen doodling.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Dreamy Wedding Card
Topic: New Work

I used a pre-made element for this card - the little folder on the left. I added rhinestones inside the cutout D and backed the whole with crackle finish paper. The photo is from a magazine ad and I added a white rubon text to go with the definition on the folder.

I love these little button brads and used them to attach the corners to pink cardstock. A band of irridescent blue down the right sets it off from the cream panel. I tied a blue organdy ribbon around the bottom and rounded all the corners.

The folded cardstock base is white and covered with more of the crackle finish paper. I rounded the corners before attaching all the other elements.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Observant Owls
Topic: New Work

Two owls from my bird calendar make an appearance on this card. I cut each with a circle Nestability and then cut scalloped circled from butterscotch card to back them. I used a Cuttlebug folder, distressed stripes, to emboss the brown to make it look like wood. The black on the right has a tone on tone print of swirls that does not show in the photo. That chevron print cardstock down the center was run through a paper crimper before attaching.

I placed all of this on a crackle finish paper over white folded cardstock and added a text sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 30 March 2009
Rooster with a Strong Song
Topic: New Work

Mr Rooster was an advertising postcard - for what I have no idea anymore. I cut it with a Nestabilities die and mounted on blue and coral, each with the corners rounded. The yellow checkered piece was run through the Cuttlebug with the houndstooth folder. The red and gold piece on the left is a bit of leftover washi paper and off to the left edge is a scrap of paint chip.

I mounted the whole on white cardstock over which I glued a dark coral scrapbook paper. Two slits were cut into the spine to thread the ribbons through and each were tied in a knot. The text is a sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Soap Dishes
Topic: New Work

For an upcoming event with a theme of "Soul Spa" I decided to create soap dishes for the restrooms. I make 12 of these - 2 each for the 6 restrooms.

What I was given were 12 glossy black tiles from the home improvement store. I combined two tones of Pearl-Ex powder with clear detail embossing powder. Then I used this to emboss the bamboo leaves that I had stamped in Versamark.

I used Ranger alcohol ink in Pesto and Meadow to color the sides of the tiles.


Here you can see the surface of the tile better. I used a Sharpie marker to add detail to the stamping and a Pilot gold metallic pen to enhance the design.

Bamboo was cut and glued to the sides of the tiles and they were glued to square glass candleholders as a base. I had already used the same combination of alcohol inks to color the glass. Here you can see the base.


I got placemats at the dollar store and cut them down to 8.5 x 9 mats. They came as orange so I sprayed them to get them to match the bamboo on the tiles. The last step was to tuck in a little silk flower.

Each dish will have a green bar of soap on it.




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