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Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Joy of Reading
Topic: Other Projects

ASSIGNMENT: Bookmark - THEME: Joy of Reading

I had a 'kit' with book circulation cards, date stamp, book pockets, etc. I used one of the circulation cards and stamped a range of dates down the left side. I hand wrote an author, title, and 'signed' funny names that had 'checked out' the book. I used old paper distress ink to shade it and a distress tool to rough up the edges. I colored a suitcase image (from the stamp catalog) and glued that to the front and mounted the whole thing to patterned cardstock.

The top corners were rounded with a punch and I used a small hole punch in the center to thread with a thin ribbon.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Goldfish Dish
Topic: Other Projects

The cruise ship has a ceramics painting station that they open for use 2-3 days for a couple of hours. You purchase the greenware and paint with glazes with your own design. They fire it and return it to you on the last day.

This time I chose to do a square dish and I painted it with goldfish. There are three tones of orange for the fish and two of blue for the water. White and black are used for accents.

Surprisingly, the dish only cost $1 more than the kit for making the cards. A much better value, I think.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Dragonfly in Amber
Topic: Other Projects

Following up on yesterday's project, I had another idea - to make faux amber with embedded bugs.

For these I applied bug stickers to butterscotch colored cardstock and attached the flat-backed marbles with clear glue. After drying I cut around the base of the marbles and used 'butterscotch' and 'caramel' alcohol inks to color the marbles, allowing it to drip down and color the backing as well. Continuing to tap the glass with the ink on a felt pad makes lines that look like 'faults' in the amber. These were then mounted on round magnets using glue dots.

Here is the full set:

And the 6 individual magnets:

I will likely decorate a tin to enclose these so they can become a gift set.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Gumballs on the Fridge
Topic: Other Projects

A little brainstorm I had to try out... I started with flat-backed marbles and applied clear glue and added a mixture of Beedz (hole-less beads - very small). Then mounted with more clear glue on white cardstock and dried. After this I cut around the marble and mounted with glue dot to little gumball machines I had drawn and cut out of metallic cardstock. More glue dots hold them to magnets so they can tack notes to the refrigerator.

Here is the whole set of 4:

These are the two gold ones:

And the two silver ones:

The group of 4 is the closest to actual size.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Sign of the Times
Topic: Other Projects

When you have hay for sale but don't live nearby a road sign seems like a good idea. This way buyers can call to make purchase arrangements.

I made this with scrap plywood and an extra sawhorse we had. I painted it with leftover house trim paint and some black glossy paint left over from painting the wrought iron stair railings. I made a stencil on the computer, printed it out, cut by hand with a craft knife and then traced it on the sign before painting.

First sale came withing 45 minutes of posting the sign!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Potted Plants
Topic: Other Projects

This was the first project I painted for the Vacation Bible School and the LAST to be set up so I could photograph it! I did these four potted plants on paper which were then mounted on styrofoam so they would stand up.

That upper left plant seems to have a couple of the leaves turned backward on the stems. Hmm - I'd better fix those!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Another Big Bird
Topic: Other Projects

Here's the other half to the 'pair' of birds I painted. This one didn't get legs since he sits on a rock!

Not much else to say about it, huh?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 28 June 2010
Tah Dah!
Topic: Other Projects

As promised - the anniversary cake...

I made a double layer round and a double layer hexagon stacked on a footed clear glass plate. Then I used clear pillars and separator plates to elevate the cake topper.

I covered it and decorated it with buttercream icing (made with sour cream instead of milk) and did all the decoration with piping.

It has been a LOT of years since I did this last but I think it turned out well (the lower left was a transportation faux pas).

And the taste was fantastic, too. The cake is Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla. Yummy!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Altered Cake Topper
Topic: Other Projects

I went looking for a cake topper for a 60th aniversary cake. No such thing! My solution was to buy a 25th cake topper and edit it so much that it is not recognizable anymore!

Here is a photo of the 'before' cake topper from the catalog (except this is the 50th version with gold trim. The one I used was the 25th version with silver trim.



Here is the 'after'.

The only things original are the clear plastic base, the ruffle, and the couple. However, I used a Krylon paint pen to change their hair from blonde and black to silver/grey.

They had a really twinky 'poof' of netting stuck in behind them so I tore it off and glued on the triptych mirror. Then I tore off the clump of clay from the front edge that said '25' and glued on white paper flowers at their feet.

All of the flowers got self-stick clear rhinestone centers since the 60th is the 'diamond' anniversary. I added flowers to the back of the mirror base as well.

I had chipboard sticker numbers but they were: 1) brown 2) western style. I stuck them to my craft sheet and cut off the pointy edges so they were no longer 'western'. Then I used the Krylon metallic paint marker to make them silver and when that was dry I covered them with 'ice' Stickles.

And tomorrow....

      ... the CAKE!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 June 2010 8:52 PM PDT
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Temple Toss
Topic: Other Projects

You never know what you're going to find here, do you? Today it's a game I made for our Vacation Bible School round-up/pre-registration day. It sat at one end of a long table and the kids had to roll golf-balls UP the table and try to get it inside the 'temple' between the pillars.

I made it from a cardgoard box and the tube from gift wrap. I covered it all with three types of metallic tissue: an Egyption print, solid gold, and a black/gold swirl. I trimmed up the temple top and the pillar bottoms with ribbon.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Friday, 25 June 2010
Who's Your Mummy?
Topic: Other Projects

Another project painted for Vacation Bible School: A 10-foot King Tutankhamen sarcophagus. This one is painted on canvas using tempera paints.

I was given an outline and then got a color photograph of the real thing to work from. I had a helper who did the face for me and helped to paint some of the gold lines in the head-piece.  I painted the rest of it and even painted the whole black background.

Here you can see a close-up of the head:

And this close-up of the body shows how the detail was done. I used a template of zig-zags to draw on the gold background with magic marker to make the black lines. Then a foam brush was pressed in between these lines. From a distance it mimics the design on the original.

Just a couple more projects to show and then on to other things.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Big Bird
Topic: Other Projects

 More painting stuff for Vacation Bible School. I designed and painted this 'buzzard' and then it was mounted on foam. The legs are made of shiny 3/4 inch ribbon and I hung the feet (brown paper mounted on cardboard) from the ribbon.

The body is about 3 feet across, for scale.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
A Horse, Of Course
Topic: Other Projects

I spent a couple of days at the church helping to paint pieces of scenery for VBS. The first day I painted a grouping of potted plants and two HUGE birds that will sit on the tops of walls over the platform.

This week I painted a 10-foot horse:

Yes, the back legs are shorter! The horse is walking down an incline in the scene. This is painted on taped-together butcher paper and will be mounted on sheets of styrofoam.

The whole platform will be covered with scenery that represents the inside of an Egyptian museum.

I'm going to be helping with crafts that week, as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Topic: Other Projects

This giant vinyl banner came with the color, the artwork and the first caption printed on it. My assignment was to put on the event particulars. I chose a font called Papyrus and worked in full size in CorelDraw. Then I moved the whole text one section at a time onto the 'page' in the program and printed it out. The printed pages had to be all taped together and them I taped it to the BACK of the banner, hung it lengthwise on the patio door and traced it all out with Magic Marker.

I made two of them and delivered them to the church for posting.



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

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