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In & Out of Studio 3D
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Flowers From Michael
Topic: Supplies

I've used flowers quite a bit on projects lately and wanted to share the source. I went to the wedding section at Michaels and found this package. I mixes white and cream, fabric and paper, plain and glittered, multiple styles and sizes.

I have colored these with alcohol ink, watercolor pencils, markers and plan to try out some air-brushing on them. I have stacked them, put in rhinestone centers, attached with brads and glue dots.

Cost for 225 pieces? $4.99. REALLY! And they are so versatile that this is a super bargain.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:59 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Bows Made Easy
Topic: Supplies

Several times I've come across this product called the bow-easy. If you find it hard to tie a bow and make it even, straight and laying neatly, then this product might be for you, too.

Here is a tutorial on how to use it. http://jerrikay.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2009/05/08/woo-hoo-i-did-it/

I recently found another tutorial on how to make your own templates out of chipboard - and if I can ever find it again I will post it, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
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, 23 January 2009
I Always Thought I Wasn't a Stamper!
Topic: Supplies

Over the years I have purchased rubber stamps (and acrylic), some mounted and some unmounted. A couple of years ago I divided up the mounted ones and stored them in pizza boxes. Then I realized a few weeks ago that the unmounted ones are stored in sets that don't necessiarily fit into the same categories, so I started to catalog them. 

I started pages for various categories: flowers, scenics, trees, borders, backgrounds, text... and stamped each image on the appropriate page. Beside each group I marked the location of the stamp and whether mounted or unmounted. It took 52 pages!

Now I want to create an index so I can look up by keyword and find a specific stamp or theme without going through everything I own.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Monday, 16 July 2007
More Fun Tools to Own
Now Playing: great cornering techniques
Topic: Supplies

I really like these plastic corner templates by Paper Deckle. They are laid upon the card or othe page and traced around. Cutting along the lines creates extremely elegant corners. There are 6 templates and they are available at: http://www.franticstamper.com/tools.htm

Here is one of the 6 templates:


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Handy Tools
Now Playing: Pick up a proportional scale and give it a whirl
Topic: Supplies

Here's a handy tool to have in your craft supplies...a proportional scale. There are three ways to use it:

1-When you have a picture or pattern of a given size and need it to fit in a smaller space. Find the measurement of the original on the inner circle. Rotate this inner circle till the starting measurement lines up with the desired finished measurements on the outer circle. Now, in the little 'window' you read the percentage reduction and this is what you will set on your copier.

2-When you have a set of instructions that are larger than you want to make. Line up as above on one known measurement and you will be able to easily find the matches for each of the subsequent parts of your instructions.

3-When you have a pattern that says to enlarge 125 percent you can tell what the finished size will be. Line up the line above the 'window' with the stated percent enlargement. Now look at the original size on the inner circle and you will see the finished size directly above it on the outside ring.

You can pick up your own proportional scale at photography, craft, and art stores for just a few dollars.

Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net  

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:04 AM PDT
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
My Secret Resource
Now Playing: web links sharing
Topic: Supplies

If you are one of those people who must buy ONLY name brand products from BIG name vendors, then today's topic is NOT for you. I buy craft supplies wherever I can get a deal and some of my favorite finds come from Dollar Tree and Big Lots!

I thought I'd share an online resource with you that has some things you would never know you needed if you didn't read their zany catalog entries. American Science and Surplus (www.sciplus.com) is a kick to read and I always find something interesting to buy. Here are some examples from their catalog today:

Sheets of 8 Fairy stickers on which the wings float free - 75 cents

Glass hole-less beads, clear plus a variety of colors available - $1 per 1 oz pkg

Mini-drill - $9.95

Quartz clock movements - $2.50

Microscope slides, box of 100 - $4.95   ! ! ! ! !

Aluminum canisters with clear tops: 1 1/4" = 20 for $5.95; 1 7/8" = 12 for $5.95; 2" (colored) = 12 for $7.95 (the small set comes in an aluminum box too!)

I have also purchased from them a pencil torch, wax carving tools, dental picks, glass vials with screw tops, and a host of other things. Now doesn't this make you want to run right over and buy, buy, buy?

See you tomorrow...



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:33 PM PDT

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