Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Julie: CatsLife Press Bird stamps

Hi there you lovely Scattered Scarleteer you. How's things?

Which are the images shapes, styles, details and figures which you keep returning to on your projects over time? Flowers? Hearts? Crowns?

One thing a few of us here at Scattered Scarlet have in common is a love of bird imagery and luckily for us there's been a whole flock to choose from in recent years as bird designs have popped up everywhere from stamping and papercrafting to fashion and interiors.

This week on my own blog I'm going to be indulging in birdy-themed posts so, when it came to sharing something with you today, these cards, featuring bird stamps from Catslife Press were the obvious choice.
For these tiny general greetings cards I've used the 'Here's a Good Tale' and the 'Always On the Go' stamps:
On the 'Always On the Go' stamp, I managed to snip away the bird design from the actual wording to create two stamps for the price of one ... because I'm greedy like that: The cards were made from scraps of leftover card and paper in shades of kraft, beige, neutral and lilac:I then added a length of raffia, a snippet of cotton ribbon and a button:... and ran the whole thing under the sewing machine a few times: As for those extremely pretty quails' eggs ... they're 100% natural so I can't take any credit for those I'm afraid!
There are currently two further feathered friend Catslife Press designs available in the 3DJean shop namely the 'Royal Bird':
... and the 'Perfect Pair':

And seeing how most of her Design Team love birds rather a lot ... I can't imagine they'll be the last Jean gets in stock!

In fact, there are already many other bird-themed items in the shop, such as these:... so have a browse around the Catslife Press and Lost Coast Designs stamps and the Artchix sheets amongst other things, and see what leaps / flies out at you.

Julie :-)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Pretty in Pink

Well hello it's my turn to play with the delightful Sweet Pea stamps. I decided to go with a "cutie" rather than the "attitude" look that I've seen so far. These ladies have the most beautiful eyes and soulful faces. I've used my old fashioned watercolour pencils (I don't have any copics/promarkers) to add colour to the image.
With just a touch of stickles on her lace and the kitten's wings and she's gorgeous. The background was created using my favourite spritz Shimmerz Cotton Candy. I don't think my photo does it justice but believe me these sprays really add bling! Another favourite Dewdrops were added to complete a rather cute card. So as if you need any encouraging why don't you pop over to the shop and see what you can find.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Keep it Together!

Want to keep stuff together?.... This little book is a record of some of the challenges I've done.The images are already on my blog so I just selected some and printed them wallet sized.
You will need 2 chipboard covers and as many pages as you like.
My pages are 14x9cms, all different colours. I used the My Card stamp from Purple Onion ( Maybe out of stock at the moment but there's bucket loads of new stuff on the way so keep looking!)

Cover your front and back covers. Stamp the hand onto white card....dull the image with an ink pad, I used TH Antique Linen. Glue the hand to chipboard and cut out............glue this to the front WHEN YOU HAVE PUNCHED THE HOLES FOR BINDING!... 2 layers of chipboard does not go into a Bind it All!
Cut out your printed images.... with a craft knife cut around the fingers and slip in your image beneath the fingers..

I used an old text book for background paper

and added stitches around each page

Try using a selection of your own photographs.. maybe for a birthday or other special occassion!

Hope you like it

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Julie: What do you get if you cross art-journaling with scrapbooking?

Hi all.

So what do you get if you cross art-journalling with scrapbooking? Art-booking? Scrap-journalling? Well, watever you want to call it, I've been doing some of it ... and mine looks like this:

I suppose it's looser in style than regular scrapbooking and uses lots of paint and spray inks ... like a lot of art-journalling at the moment, but the inclusion of a photograph somehow keeps that scrapping element alive.

To start, I covered my page with various scraps of paper in various shades of pink, grey and brown.

Then, to tie them together I dry-brushed some areas with gesso and swept over others with Shimmerz Pearlz in 'Grey Flannel' .

'Grey Flannel' is one of my favourite colours of Shimmerz paints because, while it adds a soft, sheen to the surface it's also a very useable neutral shade which you can use over large expanses.

I love working in this style as it's so freeing and messy and my pages in this style seem to only benefit from the addition of more and more layers and additional details ... which is a lot of fun!

To draw the focus of my busy page to the photo, I framed it with lots of interesting and shiny bits and pieces [I think I must be part magpie!]. Which included Dew Drops gems in 'Hyacinth' and some lovely pink German Scrap: The same Artchix 'German Scrap' was used to frame two lovely ladies from an Artchix Image sheet which were the nearest lookalikes to me and HannahBanana I could find! And which of my projects lately could be considered complete without the addition of my current favourite stamp? Here's a touch of the very fabulous Lost Coast Designs 'Skulls' border:

[The border is currently out of stock ... sorry. And no ... I didn't buy them all up!].

Here I stamped the border again down my journaling block, then painted it out with my Shimmerz Pearlz for a more subtle effect and one which I could write over: So, that's the end of my scrap-journaling for the day. I hope I've given you an idea or two to try, whether you're an art-journaler, scrapbooker or none of the above.

I'll be sharing more of my messy / scrappy / journallesque pages on my own blog later this week, so if you're passing ... drop in and say 'hello'.

See you soon.

Julie :-)

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Paint Can

We had bought lots of little presents for Liv's cousin Lucy and I thought it would be a good idea to cover one of the paint can's I had. Not pink this time but the paper was still very girly. And to bling it up i used lots of prima blank flowers painted with SHIMMERZ. (sorry about the quality of the photo's they seem a little blurry )

More of the flowers painted with the Shimmerz on the lid with more sparkle added in the way of Kaisercraft Self Adhesive Rhinestones.

I made a card to match the tin and just had to add some more flowers.

It's great to be able to co-ordinate the colours of any papers with the Shimmerz.I also love getting messy whilst painting the flowers as well lol.
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