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In & Out of Studio 3D
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Summer Sundress
Topic: New Work

I've been waiting for just the right place to use this oversized text sticker. Today is the day!

It had some flowers on the right but I added more from another clear sticker set and then created a floral spray in the lower right as well. 

This version of the dress got a bow at the waistline.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Disguised Angels
Topic: New Work

You're going to be seeing a LOT of these little dresses for a while! I cut a stack of the scalloped circles out of a variety of 'fabrics' with my Cuttlebug and cut out the dress shapes. I used a variety of embossing folders on them, too. As I made them into dresses I used a couple of different paper doilies for the lace and also adjusted the placement of the bodice to make the lace topper different. 

For this card I used the Swiss Dots folder on pink paper. 1/8" ribbon matches the background and I added a decorated text sticker. Three large flower brads in antique silver have had pink rhinestones glued in their centers.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 5 June 2009
Seashells on the Seashore
Topic: New Work

Here's another of my patterns that I have neglected too long. I used the water-print scrapbook paper again and worked with a single strand of embroidery thread as it makes for a fuller bodied stitching. 

As soon as I was done stitching I knew what paper I wanted to use as a background. I pulled the solid cardstock colors from it and the added a clear text sticker.

I enjoyed using unusual colors for the seashells on this card. I went with tropical colors even though they would not be found on the shells in real life.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Silly Sign
Topic: Field Trip

I think this comes under the category of "what were they thinking?"

The other day I was driving to an appointment. I pulled up to a T intersection and look straight ahead at a sign that reads:


Perennial Plant Sale

This Weekend Only


Hmmmmm... Somebody need a proofreader? LOL!

Made me want to show up the NEXT weekend to see if the perennial plant sale was still going on! How long SHOULD a perennial plant sale last? Forever, right?

Then I wondered if they were going to have an annual perennial plant sale. I got to laughing so hard the other drivers must have thought I lost my mind (I was in the car alone, after all). Of course, this leads to "if they just advertise an annual plant sale, can they sell any perennials?"

Oh, my.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tropical Flower Glow
Topic: New Work

 This card combines 4 stamps from the See-D's stamp set "Tropical". The background text is the first, just 3 lines of flower names which I repeated. There are two sizes of leaves and then the main flower image, which I masked to stamp the leaves.

I stamped on shimmery cardstock using Archival black ink and colored with watercolor markers in two pinks and two greens.

All three of the cardstocks are the shimmery finish so it really makes the whole card seem to glow. 

I used a clear text sticker and added rhinestones to the 4 corners of the image.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Sweetness of a Friend
Topic: New Work

This is one of the new Spellbinders dies I picked up recently. It not only cuts out the part but embosses a background pattern. In this case I Stickle'd the embossed portions and added rhinestones on the head and body.

The background paper has been enhanced with some pen tracings and the Scor-it used to make raised creases at 3/4 inches from the edges, twice. A sheer ribbon bow borders the top, all corners rounded and mounted on green cardstock.

Here is a closer picture to show the embossing and glitter.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 1 June 2009
Live In the Moment
Topic: New Work

I can't stop playing with this stamp! This is on a bubble background, cut with Nestabilities, backed with green card and Stickles grace the bee's wings. 

The ribbon was colored with the same marker as the poppy and all was added to a red card base along with the text sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Loving Friend
Topic: New Work

More of the lovely new poppy stamp I picked up. This was stamped on printed scrapbook paper and colored with watercolor markers. I used the leaf from the same set to stamp a border on the base card. 

I added Stickles to the wings of the bee and applied a clear text sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Cheater P(l)ants
Topic: Other Hobbies

I have this little voice in the back of my head that insists it is cheating to call it gardening if you buy plants half grown and just put them in the dirt. Even more so if flowers are blooming in your garden at the moment you cover the roots with soil!

Alas, I have delayed so long in planting my garden this year that I stooped to the depths and bought tomato plants to plop in the ground. I'm SO ashamed (but hopefully will have tasty tomatoes out of it).

However, the rest of the barrels (11 of them) have been planted with their little seeds in the manner of proper gardening.

I planted on Monday afternoon. Here on Thursday afternoon I have three barrels sprouting.

Here's the spinach:

The lettuce:

and the radishes:

Yeah, I know they're small - but for only three days old...

The other thing is that they look pretty much the same. Good thing I labeled the barrels:



I did all the lettering with a chisel point marker upside-down leaning over the barrel! Pretty good, huh?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 29 May 2009
Pop-Up Poppy
Topic: New Work

I created this 3D card with multiple stampings of the elements and cut them up to mount with pop-dots. This is a new Anna Griffin stamp I picked up on vacation. I couldn't wait to use it!

I colored it with watercolor markers.

Here you get a better view of the layers. The bottom layer is stamped directly onto the patterned paper.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Sew Pretty
Topic: New Work

 Simple as can be, this dress is made from a Nestabilities scalloped circle, run through a Cuttlebug Swirls die. The sides are trimmed away to create the shape and It was laid over a paper coaster and trimmed again. A 1/4 inch ribbon makes the waistband and 1/8 inch ribbon is used for the shoulder straps and the bow at the waist.

I cut a folded cardstock and a background paper and distressed both with Weathered Wood distressing ink. The dress was mounted using foam dots and the sticker was placed.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Peacefully Swimming
Topic: New Work

I haven't done up this one of my patterns for a long time. I pricked it out on scrapbook paper with a water pattern. It is stitched with a verigated coral thread and mounted on a matching cardstock base. 

As luck would have it, I had an appropriate text sticker in the right color, as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Sparkling Water
Topic: New Work

This is the first 'viewmaster' card I have made. It uses a yellow card front (much brighter than the photo appears).  The wheel behind the aperture rotates 4 different bouquets over the vase, which is cut from green cardstock and mounted on foam tape. This raises it above the brad that hold the wheel mechanism in place.

I glittered over the water area of the vase, added dotted ribbon, a single line to anchor the vase, and mounted it all on a black card base. This means I will have to add a panel to the inside when I am ready to add a greeting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 25 May 2009
Another Slice Of Bread
Topic: New Work

Another stitching of the slice of bread. The thread colors are all the same it is only different in the finishing. I trimmed very close to the stitching lines and used a distressing tool to rough the edges.

I mounted to chocolate brown cardstock and added gold peel off borders to the sides. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Sunny Side Up
Topic: New Work

The black on this card had an aperture cut out so I backed it with light green paper run thru the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I used a marker to touch each dot to add color. I added a strip of dotted black ribbon and mounted on a white card base.

To this I added a row of black dots around the edge. 

I made a template for the petals and cut them from yellow cardstock. Every other one is mounted on foam dots and a marker was used to stripe the center. The stems and leaves are cut from green cardstock and a green marker used to add shadows for dimension.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 23 May 2009
A Rea-lll-y Long Field Trip
Topic: Supplies

I have returned from a really long field trip (from OR to TN) and have a much heavier suitcase and a much lighter wallet! Because... in TN they have Hobby Lobby - and I have a D-I-L who knows where it is! YAY!

So the two of us ran away from home on Thursday and swept through the store like those contestants on a shopping gameshow.

There are so MANY things that one cannot buy at the local Michaels or Joann's. Sigh! So now I have more stickers, Tim Holtz's fragments and grungeboard, more folders for my Cuttlebug, more Nestabilities dies, some other Spellbinders dies, some fabulous acrylic stamps, packs o brads, the cutest craft iron on the planet, and other sundries.

If it weren't midnight following a full day flying across the country, I'd be in the studio busting it all out to play with. But my bed is calling me, so goodnight!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 22 May 2009
Friends Knock at the Back Door
Topic: Photo

We love the wildlife in our back yard... let me emphasis IN the back yard. At the back door is another story!

We have couple of raccoons that come running out of the brush when my hubby whistles for them - because they know he will toss marshmallows to them.

The other day, one of them wanted to know what the holdup was and came up the stairs to the deck to see for herself.



If you open the door she will just look at you until you tell her to 'get down' and then she will rund down to the yard, stand up, and beg.

Too cute!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Designing for Dollars
Topic: In the studio

Last spring I was contacted about becoming a paid designer for CardMaker Kit-of-the-Month Club and I readily agreed. The first assignment came up in June and I had a lot of fun putting together the samples and instructions for 8 card projects.

Since that time the designs have been incorporated into their advertising, though they have not been distributed to the kit subscribers. I first saw them on their website and then, the other day, got an advertising packet in the mail wasnting me to subscribe. Imagine the thrill I got seeing the designs right on the envelope in my own mailbox!

If you go over to their website (www.cardmakerkitclub.com/projects.php) you'll see my paper embroidery set as the first feature on the left side (blue and green).

I feel like a proud mama!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Toe-Tappin' Hymns
Topic: Music to Work By

For Mother's Day my dear daughter gifted me with a new CD. It totally rocks!

Envision a New Orleans jazz band taking on the church hymnal and you will have a glimmer of the style. Can't imagine it? Hop on over to www.bartmillard.org and listen to some snippets of his album Hymned Again.

Can't stop listening . . . can't stop singing along . . . can't stop tapping my toes!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Diamond-Back Butterfly
Topic: New Work

Another 3D butterfly/floral cutting is the feature of today's card. I found a diamond-printed scrapbook paper and used the Scor-It to enhance the lines making it look like a garden lattice. These were placed over a purple scrapbook paper with a fabric print, which I created a decorative edge upon with a Fiskars border punch.

I added Stickles to all the flower centers and purple rhinestones in the centers of the flowers in the border.

Here is a better photo of the texture lines in the 'lattice' background.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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