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Sunday, 13 May 2012
Coloring Book
Topic: tips and tricks

I love coloring. I always have (just ask my mom). Now days I rarely use crayons, though. Instead, I use watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, distress inks with a water brush, or alcohol markers.

By far the most expensive of these options is alcohol markers, especially when you get into the 'Cadillac' of the medium, the Copic markers. I started out with a basic set of Copics (36, I think) that I got on sale. When I wanted more options I found the Bic Mark-It set of 48 filled in nicely at a very reasonable price. Then I picked up a few Prismacolor pastels on clearance. And, finally, I bought a small set of Spectrum Noir pens with flesh tones. All of these markers play nicely together. They can be blended just like they were all the same brand. The big difference for me is that they have different types of tips - some wide, some brush, some hard point, etc. You just have to make do with what you've got.

I found it was impossible to tell what a color was from the color of the cap, the dot on the end, or the color name on the label. So I separated all my pens into color groups and started scribbling little color swatches. This allowed me to place the pens in gradation order for choosing blending ranges. I then made 3 x 5 cards into color swatch cards by coloring the pens in order and labeling with the color name or number. There is a card for each color family.

When I want to color something I take out the swatch cards, select three shades of a color range and use them to color highlights, mid-tones and shading. 

Here are the cards I use:

Some of the colors appear on more than one card when they cross between ranges. A reddish-orange might appear on the brown card, a dark red might be included on the purple card, etc. There is one card just for blacks and shades of gray, also.

I got the Prismacolors last so their colors are out of order. I need to do the cards over with these moved over and intigrated into their range.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 26 November 2007
Greetings To You
Now Playing: collected from all over
Topic: tips and tricks

I know that sometimes it is hard to decide what to put into a card you have created. I have collected greetings from all over and compiled them in categories to make it easier to find the appropriate one. I share my collection here so that you can make use of them as well.


o       Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most of them live the longest.

o       It’s all right to light the candles on your birthday cake – I have alerted the fire department

o       Every birthday holds the promise of a new beginning. Hope this is your best year yet

o       Happiness on your birthday and always

o       The only way to look younger is to be born later

o       Some people make the world brighter just by being in it – some light their birthday candles

o       Wishing a special person a special birthday

o       This birthday greeting comes across the miles wrapped in a big hug

o       So many candles, so little cake.

o       Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.

o       A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!

o       Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

o       Sing a song of birthdays, full of fun and cheer, and may you keep on having them, for many happy years.

o       Hip-Hip-Hooray – It’s your birthday

o       Count your blessings not your hears

o       It’s your day to shine

o       Let’s party!



o       Just to show you how sorry I am for forgetting your birthday…  … next year I’ll forget mine!



o       Sisters are different flowers from the same garden



o       Happy heart day

o       For my soul mate and best friend

o       Will you be mine on Valentine’s Day – and forever

o       You have stolen my heart forever

o       With you every day is like candlelight and romance

o       Please ‘bee’ mine because you are my ‘honey’

o       The thought of you makes me blush

o       My romantic dreams pale with the reality of you

o       There is no remedy for love but to love more  -Henry David Thoreau



o       We’ll be friends will we’re blue in the hair.

o       A friend is someone you would like to be like

o       For a friend who means so much

o       Hug enclosed

o       Good friends are works of heart

o       Friendship is the flower that blossoms in the heart

o       In a garden of friends, happiness grows

o       Our friendship is a lifetime of magical moments

o       Happiness is having a friend like you

o       A friend is someone you can lean on

o       You’re a priceless gem, and I treasure you

o       Friends make life more beautiful

o       Life is made up of a patchwork of friends

o       Thoughts of you always bring me a smile

o       Friendship keeps hearts in touch

o       Because of you my world is a better place

o       Like ice cream, our friendship has many flavors! And someday I hope to return all the favors!

o       You warm my heart

o       You mean so much to me

o       When I count my blessings, I think of you

o       When I think of you my heart smiles

o       A hug delights and warms and charms. That must be why God gave us arms!

o       Life without friends is a garden without flowers

o       A true friend is a diamond of a thousand facets

o       I thank my God upon every remembrance of you – Philippians 1:3

o       Friends who are dear to us gather near to us

o       Chairs are always good to have so friends can sit beside you

o       Lots of little moments, one big friendship

o       A true friend warms you with her smile, trusts you with her secrets, and remembers you in her prayers

o       I’ve always thought of our friendship as one of God’s little miracles

o       Friend to me you’ll always be

o       I’m here when you need me

o       Friends like you are precious and few

o       You warm my heart

o       You mean so much to me

o       Thanks for the memories



o       I thought of you today and the world suddenly seemed a little brighter

o       Sending very special wishes you way for a bright an happy day!

o       Remembering our special times together

o       I’m so glad there’s you

o       You are in my thoughts and prayers

o       Thinking of you with love

o       What’s cooking?

o       You warm my heart

o       We do not remember days; we remember moments

o       When this you see, think of me



o       This is a Thank You Cod! (use with a fish illustration)

o       You shouldn’t have, but I’m glad you did

o       Thanks for the memories

o       Your kindness warms my heart

o       Thanks for all you do

o       Your thoughtfulness really put sunshine in my day

o       How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it

o       Your thoughtfulness will long be remembered

o       I’m more thankful than mere words can ever tell

o       Your kindness comes as a welcome touch of warmth and caring

o       Your kindness meant so much

o       This comes with sincere appreciation

o       You always do the nicest things in just the nicest way

o       Words say so little when someone’s done so much

o       Thank you for your strength and support

o       Your kindness is a treasured keepsake

o       May all the thoughtful things you do for others be returned to you tenfold

o       I just can’t seem to thank you enough

o       A simple thank you is so inadequate for all you have done

o       You’re an angel



o       Love is like a butterfly – it goes where it pleases and pleases where it goes.

o       Our love is a lifetime of magical moments

o       When I married you it was for ‘better or worse’. When does the worse start?

o       When I think of all the special moments we’ve shared through the years, I fall in love with you all over again

o       I’m so lovingly grateful for everything you do for me

o       I hope I have made you as happy as you have made me

o       There are so many things I have been thankful for through the years, but you top the list

o       Life’s greatest happiness is knowing you are loved

o       My partner, my best friend, all my dreams come true; everything I could want, I found in loving you

o       You are my sunshine

o       Love is in the air

o       My heart is filled with love for you

o       I love the very thought of you

o       Wherever you go, my love is there.

o       You warm my heart

o       You mean so much to me

o       My heart belongs to you

o       You make my heart sing

o       One word freed us of all the pain of life. That word is Love –Sophocles

o       Like the wings of a butterfly your love lifts me up so high I feel like I can touch the sky

o       Love can make you crazy in the most beautiful way.

o       When we’re apart there’s a space in my heart

o       When you speak my heart lifts; when you smile my heart sings; when we kiss my heart melts.

o       If you love me as I love you naught can cut our love in two

o       When I think of you my heart smiles

o       Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.  –Voltaire

o       Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking in the same direction. _Antoine de Saint Exupery

o       Dear to my heart you’ll always be

o       You are so precious to me

o       Two hearts, one love

o       You are the key that unlocks the door to my happiness



o       Only God can make flowers and trees but He put me in charge of seeds and weeds.



o       Eastertide blessings on this holiest of days – as the light shines upon you give thanks and give praise.

o       Hoppy Easter

o       Everybunny loves you

o       May you rejoice in God’s blessing on this blessed Easter



o       Round the table smiling faces – turkey on display – Friends and loved ones join together – giving thanks today

o       Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home  -Wilbur D. Nesbit

o       Take time to be thankful

o       Enjoy life’s simple blessings

o       Count you blessings



o       Windows gently frosted – snowflakes from above – kinfolk, friends rejoicing – sharing in the love

o       Let Christmas steal into your heart and remain there throughout the year

o       Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

o       Warmest greeting of the season and best wishes for the coming year

o       In the true spirit of the season, wishing you peace and joy

o       Wishing a bright and happy holy-day to you and those you love

o       Joy to the world

o       Shalom

o       May this beautiful season bring joy to your home and a song to your heart

o       May love an light fill your heart and home

o       Celebrate the season

o       Peace Hope Love Joy

o       Have yourself a merry little Christmas

o       Warm winter wishes

o       May the Christmas star shine its blessings on you



o       Well done!

o       Magnifico!

o       You did it!

o       Follow your dreams

o       The sky is the limit

o       Hoping the best things in life will always be yours

o       An effort a day keeps failure away

o       So happy to hear your good news

o       This is a day to remember

o       You held onto your dreams and they came true

o       This is only the beginning of a journey to bigger and better things

o       You success is an inspiration to everyone

o       No one deserves this more than you



o       You have worked so hard and deserve many congratulations on your achievement

o       Your brilliant future has now begun

o       Go confidently in the direction of your dreams  -Henry David Thoreau



o       Three wishes I send in sincerity – for health, for peace, and prosperity

o       Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.  –Sir Walter Scott



o       Happy Trick-or-Treating

o       Best Witches

o       Love to my little pumpkin

o       Boo!

o       Happy BooDay to you

o       You are so bootiful



o       May the love you share today grow still deeper in the years ahead

o       May the joy you share today grow deeper through the years

o       You are off to a beautiful beginning

o       Wishing you happiness every day

o       The happiest marriage starts with the comfort of just being together

o       Cherish you love and each other

o       The glue that holds two people together is love and a great sense of humor

o       Hoping your special day and your future are full of happiness and joy

o       May your life together be all you dreamed it would be

o       Wishing you a lifetime of happiness

o       Wishing all your tomorrows are as happy as today

o       A day filled with happiness – a future filled with love

o       Today is the beginning of a lifetime of love

o       May each day find your hearts a little closer, your lives a little fuller and your love a little deeper

o       May your love grow stronger as the years grow longer

o       May all the dreams you are dreaming turn into dreams come true

o       May God bless your union for all time

o       May all the love you have come to know continue to grow

o       Sharing in your happiness and wishing you all the best

o       Blessings for your new life as husband and wife

o       A successful marriage requires falling in love many times – always with the same person.

o       Here’s my wish for the two of you: A lifetime of dreams that all come true

o       Together is a wonderful place to be

o       May you live ‘happily ever after’

o       Best wishes for a wonderful lifetime together



o       Wishing you every happiness as you celebrate the love you share

o       Youth may fade, but a lasting love grows more beautiful with each day

o       May love always live in the home you share

o       Wishing you all the happiness the coming years can hold

o       May your love bring you happiness to all your days

o       May this special day be filled with joy, love and laughter

o       May today be as memorable as the day you were married

o       May your anniversary be filled with treasured memories

o       All the best to you both on your anniversary and in the wonderful years to come

o       May your love continue to grow with each passing year

o       Wishing you sunny days and moonlit nights

o       May this celebration of your love continue forever

o       May you share a wonderful day and a wonderful life

o       Wishing you both continued love and happiness


o       God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces. Give it all to Him.



o       A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand

o       Dieting is the penalty for exceeding the feed limit

o       If we all get our just desserts, I sure hope mine are chocolate



o       The home that is blessed by a baby’s smile has riches beyond compare

o       Welcome little one

o       The best things come in small packages

o       Little things mean a lot

o       A baby has a special way of adding joy to every day

o       Babies are such a nice way to start people

o       Each baby is a most precious jewel in the family crown

o       Babies are God’s little miracles

o       Congratulations on your new little someone to love

o       A baby’s smile makes each day worthwhile

o       Parenthood is one of the greatest joys in life

o       Having a baby is like finding a treasure in your own backyard

o       Love to the new baby, and best wishes to all

o       Sending you warm wishes to welcome your new little angel

o       May the wonder of a new baby bring much happiness to your home



o       A son is the promise that time makes to a man



o       Daughter – She’s a little bit of sunshine, she’s a smile to light your days; she will steal your heart and keep it warm with her endearing ways. She’s your precious little daughter with sweetness from above who fills your years with laughter and your lives with lots of love.

o       Here she is all peaches and cream, your sweet baby girl, long awaited dream.



o       If all were right in this world health would be catching instead of disease

o       Wishing you a speedy recovery

o       Just a cheery note to wish you well

o       May God bless you and keep you in his loving care

o       It’s a hard way to get a mini-vacation from work

o       Smiles are the best medicine

o       Wishing you the very best of health

o       By the time this reaches you, I hope you’ll we well on the road to recovery

o       Hope you’ll be in the best of health soon

o       Hoping each new day will find you feeling better

o       May God be watching over you during your time of illness

o       Sending you peaceful thoughts and warm wishes

o       My thoughts are with you with love and caring



o       May your dreams become reality and your wishes all come true

o       Success is as easy as ABC – Ability, Breaks, Courage



o       Wishing you a long and fulfilling retirement

o       It’s time you forgot about the pleasures of business and got on with the business of pleasure

o       Let each hour be fulfilling, each day be well spent, and the long years ahead bring you peace and content

o       Don’t look at retirement as the end of something; it’s the beginning of newfound freedom

o       May retirement be the beginning of your happiest years

o       Wishing you life’s best

o       May each year bring you added happiness

o       Think of retirement as a permanent vacation, and only work when you’re in the mood



o       One day the tears will cease to flow. Another bridge will be crossed; then you’ll recall those happy times with one whom you’ve loved and lost.

o       Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts

o       May time accomplish what no words can do

o       May God be with you at this time

o       My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer

o       May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead

o       May God hold you in His arms and heal the sorrow that you feel

o       When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

o       May God hold you in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.

o       Expressing sympathy is always difficult, but all we can say is how sorry we are

o       May memories be a source of comfort at this time

o       May it help to know that friends are sharing the sorrow in your heart

o       Wishing you God’s peace

o       With sincere and heartfelt sympathy in your time of sorrow

o       May God’s love give you strength during your time of sorrow



o       All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.   –Emerson

o       Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined   -Henry David Thoreau

o       Dreams really do come true

o       A joy shared is a joy doubled

o       If the shoe fits get (I want) one in every color

o       What is now proved was once only imagined

o       May you enjoy each day more than the day before

o       Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and I am too.

o       I wouldn’t be broke if the voices in my head paid rent

o       May all your dreams come true

o       The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky and sings. –Joyce Kilmer

o       I’m the Queen! (My pantyhose even say so!)

o       When it gets dark enough, you can see the light.

o       If you don’t fall down now and again, it’s a sure sign you’re playing it safe.

o       Each life is like a unique quilt created by a patchwork of memories, stitched together by the threads of time and love.



o       Hugs and kisses and springtime wishes



o       If you practice an art be proud of it and make it proud of you   -Maxwell Anderson

o       Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.   –Leonardo da Vinci

o       A creative mess is better than idle tidiness



o       Snowflakes fall when the angels have a pillow fight.

o       Snowmen are the coolest guys

o       Warm winter wishes



o       Happy Pappy’s Day

o       The values you gave me I will treasure forever

o       Every gray hair you have, I earned!



o       Home is where the Mom is

o       How did God know I wanted you for my mommy?

o       I never gave you any gray hairs, did I?

o       We have never been closer and I am so thankful

o       A mother is a very special blessing

o       The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom  -Henry Ward Beecher



o       A dog has the soul of a philosopher. – Plato

o       There is nothing like a songbird to brighten up your day

o       There is nothing like being greeted at the door by a wagging tail



o       Bon voyage

o       Adios, amigos

o       Embrace new lands with open arms

o       Leave your cares and problems behind and have a great trip

o       May your trip be all you dreamed

o       I have wandered all my life and I have traveled. The difference between the two is this; we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.  –Hilaire Belloc


Ddd studio3d@ccwebster.net

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Monday, 4 June 2007
A few Tips
Now Playing: Here are a few little tips for you
Topic: tips and tricks

I read a couple of tips this past month (can't remember which books/magazines) and put them into practice. Handy things...

1) Keep blank 3x5 file cards with you when you're reading your scrapbooking and other craft magazines. When you see a technique you want to try, a product to buy, a website you want to visit - just jot it down - one item per card. File these by topic and use as inspiration when your muse is having an off day.

I started doing this and now have consolidated lots of little torn scraps of paper into a useful file. I also clip out photos of neat card ideas and I tape these to cards for filing as well.

I started a separate file of scrapbook layouts. Many I had saved from the internet, some copied from magazines, some are photocopied, some are hand drawn. All ended up on file cards with a notation of how many photos the spread holds. I filed them with dividers for the number of photos.

2) I read a tip that you should get one of those lucite cubes of 3x3 papers and use them to off-stamp the extra ink left on your rubber stamp after making your chosen impression. What a great idea! It leaves a shadow of the impression and you can use these decorated papers to jot a quick note to include with mailings.

I already had a holder but the paper was all gone. I dug into my fancy scraps and cut small paper pieces down to 3x3 to put in the holder. Now I'm all ready to make some decorated note papers when I am stamping on a project.

3) When preparing to prick out a pattern for paper embroidery I tape two or three papers together. I can prick it out once and stitch up to three times. Usually by the end of three I am tired of the pattern but I rarely do anything exactly the same way twice. I usually prick out a dozen or so different patterns in multiples of each, with varying papers. When I am ready to stitch I can select the paper I want to work with and after completion I rotate to a different pattern.

That's it for today!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:25 PM PDT

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