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CHA Winter 2013: Pink Paislee

It’s always a pleasure at CHA shows to stop by and see Pink Paislee and its owner Rebecca Cross!

I had heard plenty of buzz at the CHA Winter 2013 show about the new Heidi Swapp product and wasn’t disappointed by what I found. The new Memory Files Album and embellishments are classic Heidi style! Just look at the layers you can create with the clear pages and varied sizes of the pages in the samples:

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CHA Winter 2012: Heidi Swap

Heidi Swapp is back in full effect!  We really liked her new line of bright colors and unusual accents.
The full line of embellishments…

Go bright or go home!

Color Magic papers.  Just add color!

Eclectic papers!

 Trimmings…

Go to the Heidi’s Blog to see more of this line, including selections from the new “Memory File” array of products.  Small files designed for saving and scrapping.  What do you think of Heidi’s new line?

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Heidi Swapp Acrylic Paint

Reported by Mary Chong

The first time I used Heidi Swapp Acrylic Paint was when I took a chipboard album class at my LSS Scrapalcious. We used the Jet Black version. Now, I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to painting on chipboard – especially in a 2-hour class situation. First, it’s messy and I likely just came from work and I’m not dressed in my civvies. Secondly, paint takes time to dry and you want to make sure that you get a nice even coat before you move onto the next stage. Now don’t get me wrong, I love paint, I just like to paint on my own terms in optimum conditions where I can put multiple coats on until it’s perfect and then leave it out to dry over night.

But I digress..

So, there I was at the class, painting away and here’s what I discovered…

The paint was nice and creamy, we squirted it out onto a paper plate but really, you could squeeze it right out of the tube and onto your brush.

The Jet Black is super black – not a wishy washy could be black but isn’t quite black – know what I mean? With the thickness of the paint came great coverage – it was opaque with no streaks or show through.

I was really impressed with the drying speed. PLUS when it dried it had a nice finish with a slight sheen to it.

Ultimately, I had no reason to worry about the painting because in 2 hours flat we created a fab 8-page album that fits in a box.

Here’s a close up of the paint on the project we made (the shiny finish looks great with the crispness of the black and white American Crafts paper)



After the class I had to buy some paint for my own stash (I’m a good customer and I’m easily persuaded). So, I picked up these colours – Betty (pink), Jet (black), bark (brown) and moss.

Next project I made with the paint was this girlie girl mini book (paper is Basic Grey Two Scoops).


I’m not really a pink kinda gal but the “Betty” (pink) colour is really nice – it isn’t baby pink – its much deeper and punchier similar to a fuchsia pink.

Now I wanted to show you what the paint looks like in a large area. So, I decided to paint a chipboard heart for a card. And, this is where I discovered something. On the other 2 projects I used a foam brush to apply the paint and in this instance I used an artist’s hair brush. Can you see the brush strokes?? Disappointing but true – so, be warned. (Now a friend did say it kinda looked like leather – which I promptly said “Yes that’s the look I was going for” but to be truthful I really wasn’t)


Now, I haven’t told you how many colours the paint comes in and the reason is that I can’t find that information!

When visiting the Heidi Swapp website, the downloaded catalog for paint states that it comes in 9 colors. But looking through various online stores, I’ve counted 11 different colors mentioned. Plus, no ONE store seems to have the all the colors in stock.

  • Bark
  • Betty
  • Butterscotch
  • Crimson
  • Cotton candy
  • Icee
  • Jet
  • Moss
  • Pumpkin
  • Sea
  • White

Pros:

  • Tube stands up straight on a table
  • Clear container so that you can see how much you have left in the tube
  • Nice sheen
  • Coordinates with the other Heidi Swapp items (if you like to be all matchie-poo like I do)
  • Creamy texture not watery
  • Great coverage
  • Black is really black
  • Cleans up with water
  • Dries fast

Cons:

  • Limited colour selection
  • For adding some paint onto a layout, this paint is the perfect consistency but I found I needed to add a little bit of water when I was painting my chipboard – the paint was too thick.
  • Due to the slight sheen to the paint when dry – it may not “suit” all tastes and moods of projects
  • Watch out for brush strokes
  • Limited stock in stores

All in all, I really like this product. I wish that it came in more colours and that I could get my hand on all of them.

I give it an 8 out of 10. It retails for $2.99 US at Scrapbook.com and $3.99 CAD at My Scrap Shoppe.com for a 2.5 oz tube.

Have you had similar experiences with this paint? Different experiences? We’d love to hear about them…leave us a comment and let us know.

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Heidi Swapp Bling

Reported by Katie Skiff

Bling is big these days. It’s especially hot in papercrafting. Being a fan of Heidi Swapp products, I am glad she has a wonderful line of bling. Heidi Swapp Bling comes in many different colors and designs.

Heidi’s sparkly embellishments include the basic single clear stones. These individual pieces come packaged in a cute lil black and white matchbox-like cover. They also include small foam dots so you can mount them and make them pop on your project. They retail for about $2.00 each.

Newer accents come in a variety of colors and price ranges. The corner accents sheet also features some little flower shapes. There are also lines, circles, squares, ovals and hearts. The shapes have many color options and average about $5.00 per package. I also spied some adorable cherry bling embellishments that have 16 blossoms in pink and red for $5.00. My favorite however, was the clear crowns that I used on my layout. This package has six different crowns with a clear and pinkish hint of color and they retail for $6.00.


There are also the bling words that are clear, and are sold in themes. Heidi has used the bling to spell out the words and they are mounted on a clear sheet of adhesive backed paper. For $5.00 you get three words per package.

Pros:
  • Self-Adhesive so you don’t have to mess with glue.
  • All of the words/pieces are one Adhesive sheet, making it easier to work with.
  • Fairly inexpensive

Cons:

  • Some are small and harder to work with. Could be easier with steady hand or tweezers.
  • Sometimes pieces have fallen off the adhesive backing.

Over all, I love the Bling and I love the creative designs that Heidi is using. They coordinate well with her other products as well.

You can buy Heidi Swapp Bling at most local retailers, and also online at 2 Peas, The Scrapbook Hideaway, and ScrapInsanity.com

Do you love Heidi Swapp’s Bling? Leave us a note and let us know why or why not!

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Alphabet Rub-Ons: Five Brands Reviewed

Reported by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Alphabet rub-ons. So many options. So little time.

The good news is that your choices are endless when it comes to brand and style of alphabet rub-ons. But, don’t be fooled by a pretty package or a rock bottom price. I tested five brands of alphabet rub-ons and here’s what I found:

BRAND: Making Memories
NAME: Mixed – brite

Sold in a clear box, which includes a popsicle stick, these rub-ons come attached together by a screw post in a swatch style book. Most letters of the alphabet have one page. At the back of the book there are some extra vowels and a full set of numbers and punctuation. To use them, simply cut off the letter you wish to use and rub away.

PROS: So easy to apply! These rub-ons go on smooth as butter, even using a popsicle stick! They will cling to photos, textured paper, metal tins, and transparencies. I love the ransom style alphabet and the fact that there are extra vowels in the pack.

CONS: If you want to use a letter that’s not at the end of the strip, you have to cut into the pack and it’s a bit awkward. I like to staple the other letters to the backing strip, which makes things much easier.

BRAND: Scrapworks
NAME: Alphabet Rub-Ons in Red and Pink

Sold in a metal tin, which includes a popsicle stick, these rub-on tins each contain two colors. Each color is in a different font. They come stacked, several letters to a sheet. There is a full set of numbers and some punctuation in each color/font included.

PROS: Very easy to apply, even with a popsicle stick. The tin is adorable (and let’s face it, I’m a girl who is a sucker for packaging). I like that the tin contains two fonts/colors. They’re a nice size too!

CONS: You have to staple the backing sheet to the letters to ensure that the letters don’t accidentally rub off or get stuck to each other. The tin can be a pain to sift through in order to find the letter you want (you have to take everything out).

BRAND: Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI)
NAME: Monograms Value Pack

Sold in a plastic bag, which includes a popsicle stick, there are 48 rub-ons for each letter of the alphabet. They represent a big value as you get a total of 1,248 letters. Each letter of the alphabet has its own sheet on which the letter alternates between a black and a white background and several different fonts.

PROS: I like the style of these letters and the way that the letters seem to drift out of each square. They are easy to apply and will cling to multiple surfaces. Great value!

CONS: I wish that there were numbers and punctuation. Like the other rub-ons, you have to staple the alphabet sheet to the backing sheet and cut into the center to get what you want.

BRAND: American Crafts
NAME: Trademarks Jane in White

Sold in a matchbook style booklet, which includes a popsicle stick, each letter of the alphabet has its own sheet. In addition to the alphabet, this booklet contains punctuation and several calligraphic scroll-like designs. To use them, simply cut off the letter of your choice and apply.

PROS: Love the matchbook style design of the packaging. It is super easy to find the letter you want and these are easy to store. My favorite part is that because each letter is the same, you simply cut one off from the edge and keep moving. No stapling! They are easy to apply and the white really covers.

CONS: Like most white rub-ons, there is some cracking. I haven’t found a single brand where this is not the case. You simply have to be a bit more vigilant when you apply them. It must be a chemical issue.

BRAND: Heidi Swapp
NAME: Apple Pie in White

Sold in a plastic bag, this pack of rub-ons does not include an applicator. There are three black backing sheets for upper and lower case versions of each letter, all of the numbers, and some punctuation. To use them, simply cut out the letter you wish to use and apply.

PROS: I love the black backing sheet! It makes it very easy to see the white letters. The font is very cute and goes together to really look like cursive writing. I found that the rub-ons applied easily with a dry embossing tool (stylus).

CONS: Because there are so many letters on each sheet, you really have to snip in to get what you want. Another set of rub-ons requiring stapling. I also had a bit of trouble distinguishing some letters (p’s, f’s, j’s, and k’s). Also, a few of the letters partially came off onto the backing sheet before I had a chance to use them.

Let me know if you have a review of some of the many other brands of alphabet rub-ons!

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