Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mists: Compare and Contrast

Recently, I've been looking at different brands of mist.  I love the looks that people get with mists, but I am not one of those people.  I have been known to do a cool thing or two, but often it just doesn't work out.  I love looking at layouts done by people with misting skill as well as sprayed art journaling backgrounds.  So, these past few days I have been practicing on cardstock and am getting a little better.   That's inspired me to go shopping, and pick up some more mists!  But, I've been wondering - what is the best kind to get?  They all do something different, and how are you supposed to know?  So, I did some research which I will share with you:

Perfect Pearls Mists
Perfect Pearls Mist
Perfect Pearls Mists:  These mists do not have any dye in them.  They need to be shaken before using, because they have mica powder in them (the stuff that traditional Perfect Pearls powder is made of).  They create a coloured shimmer on your page - they do not dye the page a colour.

Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels

Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels: These too are shimmer sprays.  Some will faintly dye your page a colour; others won't.  The difference between these and Perfect Pearls (in my experience) is that the colours tend to be a little brighter.  These look really beautiful on embellishments such as paper Prima flowers to give them some shine.  There is a lot of moisture in this spray, so your page will curl - but, if you heat set it, it will flatten back out.

Chalkboard Mist by Tattered Angels

Chalkboard Mist by Tattered Angels: Just as the name suggests, these have a chalky look.  They are semi-opaque, so they will dye your page that colour slightly.  They too, give a shimmery look.

Maya Mists

Maya Mist - These mists are very vibrant.  If you are not a great mister, you can use these inks simply to colour chipboard.  A quick spray and the chipboard is completed covered in colour.  These don't have any shimmer (unless you buy a metallic version), but have very bright, deep colours.  Unforgettable Memories currently has a great selection of these mists in stock!

Mr. Huey's by Studio Calico
Mr. Huey's by Studio Calico: These mists have bold, matte colours, but they are slightly translucent.  They have an Opaque White colour which is a nice option.  They dry quite quickly on your page, meaning that they don't warp your page much with extra moisture.  Most of their line of mists dry pretty true to the colour on the label.

Dylusions by Ranger

Dylusions by Ranger: These mists have bold, vibrant colours beyond any other mist.  They are reactive with water, so you can very easily blend colours together.  Unforgettable Memories will be receiving their first shipment of these mists within the next few weeks!

Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger
Adirondack Color Wash by Ranger: These inks are made to work on fabrics, which means they will not wash out if you'd like to do some misting on an apron or other clothing.  This doesn't mean you can't use them on paper crafts too though!  They make a wide variety of colours that coordinate with the Adirondack ink pads line by Ranger.  They too, are a translucent spray.

Smooch Spritz
Smooch Spritz: These sprays come in a glass tube.  They are a bit more shiny than some other sprays.  Smooch makes a great pearlized spray!

This covers most of the mists on the market.  There are a few others out there, but I do not have any experience with them.  You can, of course, use a drop of Distress Ink reinker from Ranger and a bit of water in a mister and make your own too.  This is always a fun option because you can mix your own shades of colours!

Stop by the store today and visit the stamping aisle and check out all the mists available.  Happy misting!

EDIT: I thought I should add that on occasion, your misters will clog.  I've heard some people say that they have assumed they were broken.  Don't throw them away!  Pull the mister part out of the bottle and wash it thoroughly with warm water.  If the mist stains your sink, the best thing I've found it clean it is Magic Eraser.  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cosmo Cricket chipboard

So this isn't one of the challenge blogs I listed earlier this week.  Instead it's a challenge I set for myself. 
I have so many partial sticker and chipboard sheets in my stash.  When I picked up the 'Sew Sweet' chipboard sheet I decided to challenge myself to use up the entire sheet.  This layout is the last of the sheet; with the pieces I found most challenging to find a place for. 
I started off with black cardstock. I decided it was too 'black' with the old black and white photo so I swiped some white paint on with an old credit card. I matted my photo with blue vellum which matched the blue in the chipboard pieces perfectly.
Some closeups...
I created a border along the top of the page with scissors, spools and a needle.  I wrapped twine around the spools before glueing them down.  The strip of red Cosmo Cricket wood grain emphasizes the border.
I layered the dress model, flowers, buttons and the little girl on one corner.

The measuring tape was a 12" piece that I had cut up and used on my last Cosmo Cricket layout.  I added the remaining piece to my layers of patterned paper.  The transparency was a piece I discovered when cleaning up in my scraproom this morning.

I love the title  'Sew Sweet'.And the scissors.  The colours in this line are perfect with older, black and white photos.

I'm all done with the Cosmo Cricket 'Sew Perfect' line.  It's perfect for girly photos though I managed to get my son in one of the layouts. If you've picked it up I hope you have fun with it. I did!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Missing Sassafrass

Is anyone else out there missing Sassafrass?  I just read that the designers of Sassafrass paper have expanded to create designs for fabric among other projects.  They are still designing paper product for Studio Calico.  I have been slow to use up my Sassafrass stash because I would be sad once it is all gone.  But It just can't sit any longer.  As I have been stealing pieces here and there I began to think that Sassafrass designers are definitely ahead of their time.  All the banners, tags, and shapes they put out in the past are all the rage now!  For sure going to look more closely are Studio Calico products.  Going to see if I can spot the Sassafrass stuff!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Happy New Year

 It is very rare that I overlook a paper line from Cosmo Cricket.  I love Cosmo Cricket.  But I completely overlooked this line, Twenty Three.  But when I printed my New Years photos I just knew this was the line to use.  Works perfectly I think! 

 I purchased this paper for the above New Years pictures and had some left over.  This photo was the next one and since this paper was out I decided to run with it.  Turns out this is my new favorite layout of 2013.  Although the year is new, I love the simplicity and negative space on this layout. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

More Cosmo Cricket chipboard

That's right. I'm on my third layout using the Sew Sweet chipboard sheet. And I completed my first March challenge!

The challenge was from the 123 Challenge blog. I used black with the polka dot washi tape and my title,  I used the word 'year' in my journaling and I framed my subjects with a twine circle.

 Here are some closeups...

  I like how my circle turned out with the two colours of twine; pink and grey.  It's kind of messy but frames Grandma and Breanna perfectly.  I adhered it with glue dots.

 I made a clothesline with the doll clothes and button pieces, from the chipboard sheet, to embellish the top of my page.

 There are lots of pieces of washi tape on my page.  I layered the polka dot tape with the newsprint tape. 

I love the chipboard font I used for my title.  It is perfect for munchkin layouts. I underlined it all with bling that comes in 12" lengths.  This length is black, but it comes in other colours to.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013


These layouts are from a kit I created in 2011.  I used the paper from the Destinations line from Simple Stories.  I enjoy using Simple Stories.  They have a great selection and paper for any scrapbooking need.    

Can't wait for the new releases to start arriving at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Winter Fun

I created all these layouts using paper from the Winter Fun Carta Bella paper available at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source.  I just love this hexagon paper.  A little goes a long way!

I have been taking a lot of photos with my Iphone on Instgram.  I love the filters and the 4x4 square is easy to work into layouts.

Notice anything about the layout above and the layout below? Yup, they are created using the same sketch.  One layout is going in Hailey's book and one is going in Adalyn's so I figured it would be ok...

And a two page layout too! Did I mention I love this line?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March challenges

Here's the list of challenges i am going to work from this month...

Scrap the Girls colour challenge.
Black, white and green

123 Challenge blog
* Our colour = Black
* Our Word = Year
* Our Technique = Twine Circles

Scrap it with a song Purple Rain by Prince (colour, lyrics, title, what you think of when you hear the song...)

Show us your stuff Use the word 'excite, excited, or exciting'. Use handmade item.

The color room colour challenge with a sketch

Once Upon a sketch sketch challenge
scrapfriends sketch challenge
Kraft it Up  sketch challenge on kraft cardstock

So, there you have it.  A couple of colour challenges, a song challenge, a few sketch challenges and a couple miscellaneous.  I should find something in this list to work on.

If you have any favourite challenge blogs let us know about them.  I'm always looking for new ones to play along with.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cosmo Cricket 'Sew Perfect'

I used another third of the Cosmo Cricket 'Sew Perfect' chipboard sheet on this layout.  Lots of flowers and the vines are layered on the patterned paper. 

 I punched butterflies out of the acorn paper and then placed them back in the punched holes, curling up the edges a little so the red polka dot paper peeks through.
There are quite a few layers under the photo.  Vellum, patterned paper and chipboard, as well as paint dauber splatters and ink. 

More chipboard, and I inked the edges of my journaling strips with pink distress ink.

The days of the week Washi Tape was the perfect colour green to work with this line. I have used it on several spots.

I've been busy sorting photos; more older ones like the photo above from 1999 and also recent photos or our new puppy that I need to get developed.  I will have to look through the pet section at Unforgettable Memories for any new pattern paper lines.

I want to get lots of scrappiing done this month so I'm going to check out some challenge blogs for inspiration.  Check back here in a couple days and I will summarize the different sites and this month's challenges for anyone that want's to scrap along with me.