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Review: Pink Paislee Artisan Elements

Not only is this new product something unique, but they are acid free and a lot of fun to play with, too. Pink Paislee has come out with a new product called Artisan Elements, and in its debut they released three different items: sets of swirls, frames, and an alphabet.

product images above from www.pinkpaislee.com

I don’t know what the material actually is. Somehow it’s not only soft and flexible, but also acid free. So many scrapbook embellishments these days do not state they are acid free, so to see Pink Paislee come out with something so unique that is archivally safe (and fairly flat) makes this scrapbooker super happy.

The possibilities, it would seem, are bound only by the imagination. I’ve tried inking, stamping, misting, painting, glittering, gluing, using marker pens, gold leafing pen, and even debossing the material with the GCD ChipArt tool I reviewed a few weeks ago. Everything I have tried to make stick to this material works.

Above is a piece I experimented on heavily. Some mediums take a while to dry, but everything I’ve tried does indeed dry and stick to the surface.

In the example above I used Smooch inks (that have a liquid eyeliner type consistency and applicator) to paint the design. It took a few minutes, but it was fun to do – I felt like a kid with a coloring book.

While coloring in detail was fun, I find myself leaning towards just picking one color to decorate the pieces. Below I’ve used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Timeless Lilac to color the flourish. Rather than spritzing, I dipped a small paintbrush into the Glimmer Mist and let the mist soak into the cracks of the design creating deeper color in the lines, and a lighter color along the raised portion. This is both quick and simple.

While acrylic paints do work, I found that thinning them out into more of a glaze-like consistency helped me keep the intricate detail showing up better on the more detailed pieces.

Spraying or spritzing the pieces to give a more uneven look is a lot of fun too, as seen below with a frame.

The material is very soft and easy to cut if desired. Below you can see pieces from the alphabet set. The Q is spritzed, while the question mark has been drawn on with a metallic marker.

I have only two complaints about this product. First, I wish the alphabet had more than one of each letter. Second, I wish there were a lot more designs to choose from. I’d love to see more fonts, styles, and individual elements such as buttons, flowers, leaves, butterflies, and other shapes that would be both useful and fun to use. It is my hope that we’re going to see a lot more of this special material in the future from Pink Paislee.

Supplies: Pink Paislee patterned papers, Artisan Elements, and journaling paper; Making Memories small letter and number stickers; American Crafts Thickers; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists; Tim Holtz Distress Tool.

On this page, I used pieces from each of the sheets of Artisan Elements. The brackets shown above were spritzed with Strawberry Shortcake Chalkboard Mist, then lightly glazed with Mermaid Glimmer Glam by Tattered Angels.

I cut this frame in half to make more of a bracket to hold the date for my layout.

Finally, I used a paintbrush and paints taken to a glaze-like consistency to quickly decorate this large corner accent.

I feel like I’m just scratching the surface with this new material, and knowing that it’s flexible I am currently pondering the possibilities for altered arts and other off-the-page crafting.

Pink Paislee Artisan Elements are in stores now, and available through online stores such as Scrapbook.com and Two Peas In A Bucket.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Lucky

I’ll admit, we don’t do much for St. Patrick’s Day at our house, but I’ve always enjoyed the green and shamrock feeling of the holiday. In the spirit of all things green, I’ve found a few fantastic products I love that will make you feel lucky: Tattered Angels’ Glimmer Mist (in Meadow Green or Sweet Clover), the Fiskars 2010 spring punch ‘flower power’, Catslife Press’ good luck stamp, and Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Lucky Me” product line.

What are the scrappy reasons I pull out the clover, shamrocks, and green stuff in general?

  • Seasonal. First, the obvious – use them for St. Patrick’s Day festivities and photos.
  • Luck. A shamrock symbolizes luck (good luck, my lucky charm, lucky in love, lucky to have you in my life…)
  • 4-H. Embrace the green and clover to create 4H themes!
  • Versatility. Green is great with most anything.

Armed with these products – and lots of ideas – I’m ready to get creative!

I used products (paper, chipboard, buttons, sticker, rhinestones) from the “Lucky Me” collection by Little Yellow Bicycle for this page. This line is perhaps one of the best I just love the metallic accents and how useful the line is. I had so much fun with this product line I just kept on creating…

I used more of the “Lucky me” papers including pieces of the die cut paper, buttons, and rhinestones on this page, as well as canvas words and ribbons. For the background I placed punched clovers (punch by Fiskars) all around and spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I worked my Catslife Press stamp in as well. For the journaling I simply printed (Mom’s Typewriter) onto green patterned paper and cut out strips.

I love the aqua blues, with the greens and hints of Navy. It’s such a nice color combo! Since I had some ‘good luck’ chipboard stickers left and I don’t envision using them on a layout, I made a quick card:

(supply list: paper, transparency, button, ribbon, rhinestones, stamp)

If digital is more your speed, I have a few suggestions for you too!

Above is Katie Pertiet’s “Lucky Gardner” kit from Designer Digitals. I’ve used this a few times and I love the muted colors and versatility. Below is a new free kit available at Two Peas by Tricia Chapman.

In fact, I used that free kit to pull together a quick little St. Patrick’s day card I’ll e-mail to friends and family on the 17th…

I will be posting another lucky green layout on my personal blog on the 17th as well if you’d like another idea. In the meantime, happy green crafting!

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Three Things I Resolve To Use In 2010

I’ve never been one to like New Year’s resolutions. However, this year, I’m making an exception. In a recent cleaning session I found some oldies-but-goodies in my crafting supplies, and I’m resolving to bring them back into the mix. Here are three items I’m resolving to use more of in 2010:

1. Metallic pens
From gold leafing to Sakura’s fine tip pens, metallic pens once ruled my world. Over the years they dried out and I suppose I just didn’t replace them. On a recent craft store trip I stumbled across some, had myself a nice ‘remember when I used to use these?’ moment, and bought a few. They can add so much to a layout quickly, and at little expense.

2. Vellum
I used to print, stamp, and otherwise utilize vellum on nearly half my layouts. Last year? I only used it once or twice. Why did it fall out of favor with me? Why did I stop? I’m not entirely sure, but I am going to be bringing plain vellum back. Whether for titles, journaling, or for embellishing there is much that can be done with vellum and I intend to make the most of it.

3. Powders & Sprays
I have embossing powder unused, my heat gun collecting dust, and several lovely mists just waiting to add sparkle to my layout. I have no good excuse for not using these supplies in my stash, and I’m going to make every effort to get them out more. Using with stamping, masking, decorating chipboard, and altering the look of patterned paper are just a few of the ways I see making the most of these products already in my studio.

To get my year off to a good start I’ve created this layout using Glimmer Mist, vellum, and embossing powder – not to mention some random goodies from my stash. I like to lightly dab some Versamark ink and then sprinkle embossing powder for a sprinkled look (using a heat gun to set it). I also printed out a title onto vellum (very light grey) and painted it with Smooch Ink. I’m loving how that turned out and see more in my future.

Am I happy to have this year off to such a positive start? You bet! I think some crafting goals help keep me on track and make me more productive for sure.

Supplies: Webster’s Pages patterned paper, Cathy Zielske word art, Glimmer Mist in Pink, American Crafts Cardstock and Zing Embossing Powder in Copper, Pink Paislee journaling punch out, Jenni Bowlin butterfly and jewel button, Versamark watermark ink pad, Smooch Ink in Taffy and Green Apple, Maya Road floral pins, unknown cardstock, ribbon, jewels, and vellum.

Examining my stash I feel like I could add in a fourth resolution here, and that would be to utilize my stamps better. I have a healthy supply of stamps. So why don’t I stamp more? I believe the answer is that my collection of acrylic stamps grew and I don’t have them organized. They’re just in a big bucket. The task of locating a stamp to use is so daunting I usually just work something else out.

My wood mounted stamps remain used because they are out on a shelf (there are only a few) and they’re easy to grab and use. My plan is to come up with stamp organization that works for me this year so that I can have better access to my collection. Stay tuned – I’ll share the results here!

I’d love to hear what you would like to use more of in 2010 and any crafting resolutions you’ve made for yourself. Please do feel free to share.

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