Friday, 31 December 2010

Little Bags

Ive had these lovely lunch style bags for ages , piles of them , but I have never got round to putting them on the website. Ive now got the ones I have been using over christmas on today.

And this is what I have been making with them. I needed a little bag or something to put some little birthday presents in.So got out a bag and decorated it with one of the new Sweatpea stamps - Pinkie one of the Phunky Pharies.

I then thought a matching card would be a nice idea.

And then with the left over pieces of card I made a spare one

Monday, 20 December 2010

Last Minute

Only five sleeps left and i'm still making cards.Not one present wrapped either. But here are what I am sending as my christmas cards this year. I've used the lovely Poinsetta Fairy from the SWEETPEA stamps.

Instead of stamping in black and then colouring her in , I stamped in red and then put a little red stickles on the flowers.Then useing only red and white papers and embelishments on the cards. Just a nice change I think.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Julie: Christmas Elf stamps

Hi all.
As I mentioned in my post on Sunday the Design Team have all been getting festive with the Sweet Pea Christmas Elf set:

And today's my turn!

For my cards, I've been experimenting with several softer colour options than those on the sample sheet above, while keeping the red checked backing paper the same throughout.

Here's a soft blue and grey version [all coloured with ProMarkers]: Complete with twinkling Stickles accents and ruddy cheeks:
Another blue version, this time with extra red details:
And finally, a splash of pink and purple:
Again, the outfit wouldn't be complete without some Stickled trimming!
I've got a fourth colour option in this post over on my blog - Notes on Paper - today, where it's illustrating something Christmassy I overheard [you know how I like to keep my ears open!].

The full details of the Christmas elf sheet can be found here, and maybe I'll see you on my blog later too?

Julie :-)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Julie: Shop Updates + Sweet Pea Stamps

Hi all. How's Sunday treating you?

I've got a few bits, bobs, snippets of news and things to keep you occupied indoors while it's still below freezing out there! So you get yourself comfy and I'll make a start ...

1. Whether or not you've had the snow where you live, if the scenes from all the recent snow falls have made you feel festive already and given you a taste for all things twinkly then why not take advantage of the special 3 for 2 offer Jean has on the site throughout the month:
"Order any two SHIMMERZ products in December and receive a third one free! (just add the free product in the comments box at checkout)".

So now would be a great time to make a list of which Shimmerz products you'd like for Christmas and pass it on to your friends and loved ones ... after all you'd be saving them money now they can get 3 for 2 wouldn't you? It's like you're doing them a favour really .... ;-)
Click here to see the Shimmerz range.

2. Have you seen the latest products Jean's listed in the shop? There's:

  • the December 'Alter That' kit;
  • lots of new paper pads including ones from My Mind's Eye and Melissa Frances;
  • and a half-price offer on some Tattered Angels Glimmer chips too.

You can check out everything in the super-useful 'New Products' page on the site, but here's a few of my favourites ...

This very smart Lost Coast Design lady caught my eye: The 'Mini Text Diva with Face' possibly a bit of a favourite as her legs are just like mine today as I've got my stripy leggings on! Plus, you've got to love a stripy-legged stamp haven't you?

Then there's a re-stock of this Stained Glass Flower border stamp:

Which is the one I used on both of these tags:

At only £2.00 the border stamps always sell well, so grab yours while you can!

3. There's also some new Sweet Pea stamps available, including this adorable Christmas Elf sheet:

Which Jan and Effie have already been using here and here.

Then there's some 'Phunky Phairies' - one of which I've just used on a feature published in Papercraft Inspirations Magazine next year. I can't show you the full thing, but here's a sneaky peek of how I used the 'Jinx' design: 4. And speaking of Sweet Pea Stamps ... did you know that they have a blog which includes a customer gallery?

I've just discovered it and thought that some of you might like to see the work you've bought from Jean featured on the manufacturers blog, well, everyone likes a little bit of recognition don't they?

You can see the full range of Sweet Pea stamps stocked by Jean here, and below is just some of the uses the Scattered Scarlet design team have made with them over the last few months:Finally ... I also discovered that Sweet Pea have a challenge blog called 'In A Sweet Pea Dream' which seems to offer prizes to the challenge winners! So, get putting those Sweet Pea stamps to good use and make sure to let us know if .. or rather when ... you win!

I'll be back on Tuesday with the cards I've made using the Christmas Elf, but until then, keep those crafty fingers moving so the icicles can't form on them!

Julie :-)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Jan; Santa's little helper

At this thime of the year Santa needs all the help he can get and so do we! So this sheet of elves will be very useful for all those cards and projects you still have to do!

I have used the jack in the box  stamp on this lovely little plaque. If you were lucky enough to get those Echo Park papers before they flew of the shelves they are ideal for this project. I don't have any copics/promarkers either but I have used my trusty distress inks (which are in the shop) and a water brush to colour in the image. The Merry Christmas banner is one of my favourite stamp set from Purple Onion.
Finally a project isn't a Christmas one without a bit of bling and I have used stickles.

So why don't you pop over to the shop and see what you can find to make a Christmas project or two.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Going Skiing.......

One stamp............... Same style .......

but two different looks.............
I'm not a great 'colourer inner' ( I don't have the time, patience or the Copics) but these stamps are easy to do... just a few colours and they're all set to go...

You can find this little chap here

Hope you like him

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Julie: Purple Onion 'Antique Ledger' set.

Hi all.

I don't know about you, but I love to use office supplies in my crafty projects.

Give me a manila envelope, some graph paper and a few paperclips and I'm as happy as a pig in a stationary shop ... or something like that ... you know what I mean! And it's why I love this 'Anitque Ledger Background' stamp set by Purple Onion, which you can find in the 3DJean shop here:

While the lined background is ideal for journaling on to, it can also add a hint of office-y loveliness to plainer papers. Here, behind the photographs, I stamped its lines over a lightly patterned paper:

Included in the same set is a selection of really useful words and numbers that can be used as stand alone stamps - even without the lined ledger background.

Here I've used the 'Quantity' and individual number stamps to record how many crafting friends I went away with on a retreat recently:

And on each page I've used the 'Name' stamp to record exactly who those people were! Not that I'm likely to forget ... but it does add something to the page:

Finally I used the 'Date' and 'Description' stamps to add a few extra details to the back of my mini 'facebook': If after ogling the 'Antique Ledger' set you feel like indulging your own office-supply urges, you might also like ...

The Purple Onion 'Vintage PostMark Dates':
... or the more contemporary Purple Onion 'Date Me' set: ... and the Lost Coast Designs' 'Shopping List': All of which will come in useful for festive projects this season too!

Remember you're welcome to give us all a prod whenever you use a product you bought from 3DJean, that way we can hop over to your place and 'ooooh' and 'aaaaaahh' over your work. And we like doing that ... in fact the whole Scattered Scarlet design team spent the whole weekend doing just that with each other ... and I have my little book above to record it!

Right then, you get crafting and I'll see you very soon.


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Jan; Say Cheese

I think I've said this before but I love those Webste'rs pages. This one is from Hollywood Vogue and WonderFall collection combo pack. I'd like to know who thinks of the names for these collections they're great.

These papers are a godsend when you need a quick card as the background is done for you. Even better when you need a card for that trickiest of themes .....Men! All I've done is stamped the cameraman image and it was ready.

So if you need a quick fix pop over to the shop and check out these papers they won't be there long

Friday, 29 October 2010

As Simple as ABC

It would have been easy to use these ABC stamps as an ATC.. they're the perfect size but they make a fabulous border for this box. Make it as a baby memory box or to wrap that special Christening gift. The border would look good around the Christening cake too.
Stamp the images them in grey rather than black .. this gives a softer look.

Add Golden Berry Dewdrops to the punched flowers around the edge......the flowers hide the joins!
The large flower is made with Sizzix dies and white glitter paper
Hope you like it

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Julie: Layered Ephemera Tags.

Hi there.

Last week, those of you who read my blog, Notes on Paper, might have seen the first project I made using one of the gorgeous new range of paper roses now available at

If you didn't already see it then this was the end result:

But, if you pop over and visit my original post you can also see the slideshow step-by-step tutorial I made to demonstrate how I built up the layers.

Once I'd made the first tag, for the card above, I carried on going using the same supplies to make more layered, ephemera pieces:

The base for these was a selection of blank kraft luggage tags and index cards from a stationery shop plus the following 3DJean supplies:

Now here's how all of that, combined with ribbon from my stash and some 7Gpsies wording stickers, looked when I'd finished:

I loved mixing the snooty fat Art Chix cat image with the cigarette card of King Charles!:

And I'm really pleased with how the contrast of periwinkle blue and orange worked here:

And finally, I think one's my favourite: As I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment on the sticker:

"She knew with the right amount of junk she could create a masterpiece"!!!

How about you?

It's kind of exactly how I felt about making these tags so I hope they've made you feel like looking through your stash and throwing together some random, eclectic ephemera ... topped off with a paper rose or two.

It's a great way to use up stash and try out new, slightly eccentric, interesting combinations of both imagery and supplies.

Thanks for reading today, see you in a couple of weeks time. Until then, don't forget to look at the step-by-step here on my blog.

Julie :-)

p.s: If you're at all intrigued by the 'Flawed Work of Art' frame in the background of my photos, it's something I made for a Copy+Paste challenge last year, which you can read the full story here.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Jan:Trick or treat?

It's almost that time when all manner of ghosts and ghouls will knock on your door asking "trick or treat?" Can I ask has anyone ever said "trick" or are you just like me and reach for the sweetie bowl?
Here's my "sweetie" she's one of those delectable Sweet Pea stamps that you can find in the shop.   

Whatever your're doing this halloween enjoy.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Keep it Simple.....

I know colouring in is very popular but I just don't have the patience.......... or a huge amount of Copics or Promarkers so I've kept this very simple. take a piece of white semi gloss card, cut a tag 8x16 cm and use Distress Inks to create your background... I wiped mine on with a makeup sponge. Spray with water and dry with a heat gun .Keep to the same colour palette . Stamp your image in black, add a few pearls and some stickles.......and there you have her..

One Ice Queen! Hope you like her!

Friday, 8 October 2010


Got to be my favourite time of the year. So I just had to have a play with some of the new Cosmo Cricket Matilda Papers.

6X6 pads are great for cards just the right size , so here you go. Two of the cards I made with it.

For the orange one I used some of the Dew Drops. I dont normally use them , I know the other design girls do , but this time I thought I would have a mess around with them and liked the way I could use them round the apature. Then I finished the card off with a couple of the flowers we are now stocking.
Halloweenie (is that a word ?) but not to scary.
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