HAPPY MAIL!! Chameleon Color Tops Kickstarter Kit

Super excited to finally have my Chameleon Color Tops from the Kickstarter program a few months back.  No big unboxing .. lil man tore into this box the second we got it haha.  He likes Happy Mail as much as his momma does.

Ok..so for those who of you who don’t know what a Kickstarter program is.. a brief explanation.  Kickstarter is used by companies to raise funds to get new products into production and I guess probably gauge the public’s response to an idea to see if it is worth continuing with before committing to Big $’s  in production.

Anyone who was involved in this one will tell you… the public responded… in a big way lol.  this project was open for funding for a month.. and met it’s initial funding goal in the first 2 hours of  going live.  If you are a Chameleon Pens fan… that would come as no surprise to you at all LOL.

Various reward levels are available to suit funding partners of all budgets.  Funding commitments started at $10,  all the way up to a whopping $400+ for those people who just wanted it all. Each funding level had it’s own rewards associated with it.  Basically you select how much you want to pay in to fund the project and you get the rewards on offer for that level BEFORE they go on sale to everyone else.  Much as I would have loved to go all out for the “LOT”, I just didn’t have the funds available to do that * sigh.  But I did jump in and get my  Color Tops… and then on top of the regular rewards there were also goal rewards. As funding offers flew in .. a new goal level  reward was added in…so on top of my color tops… I also received a bunch of extra goal rewards. The detailer pen, an additional blender pen, extra tips and color cards… there was also free online classes offered which we all received  when the funding period closed.

Ok so..what did I pay? and what did I get …  a $70 pledge got me the full range of  the brand new product “Color Tops” plus the extras mentioned above.  If you know what tip to tip blending is, and already know the concept behind how Chameleon Pens work…. then this will  be easy to understand.  Instead of coloring with one color and achieving your tones with the blender tops on each pen…. you can now tip to tip blend EASILY, ACCURATELY AND ….in COLOR!!!   yup.  The exact way you blend with your current Chameleons using clear blender.. but in color.

I am not going to gab on forever about this right now… expect a new post real soon, probably with video. If I can find a quiet minute to make a basic one I will.

One Happy Crafter… thanks Chameleon Pens!!!  comes as no surprise you blew the funding goals out of the water again this time.  And for all of you who missed out on the Kickstarter again this time… The new products will be available soon 🙂  If you haven’t seen these pens before…and this is your  first time hearing the name … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN !!!!  lol

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Twas the night before Christmas…. WAKE UP MOUSE !!!!

Here’s a fun card I did featuring Not A Creature Was Stirring by Cute As A Button. Because of the way this image is cropped, it was perfect for a shaped card.  I  tweaked this in my Graphics program to create a mirror image and combined them to make a front and back, imported this to Design Space and did a print and cut on my Cricut Explore.

For those of you who don’t have time to color any extra cards for Christmas, this one also comes in a pre-colored version.  Mine is colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor with a touch of Wink of Stella  for bling bling.
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Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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Chameleon Pens 30 piece Expansion set available now

Come to Momma!!!!   I am super excited to see the new  30 piece expansion set is now available… This allows us 22 pen set people to expand our set to the full 52 …. and have that snazzy big case, without having to duplicate pens.   So if you have been waiting for the expansion kit… here it is.   Hubby has been put on alert that THIS is considered a suitable gift and show of affection lol.

That and a bunch of the refills….I love my Chameleons and I sure can tell which colors I use the most lol.  Believe it or not; despite the amount of coloring I do, I bought my set in November and STILL haven’t refilled …. but I do need to soon.

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Chameleon Pens – New Skintone 5 Pack Giveaway

chameleon_logoChameleon Pens have joined us as a End of Spotlight Series Prize Sponsor.  If you missed the whole spotlight Series  last month…. you can find all of the Spotlight Series Guests & their fun Q&A’s as well as the main post for the Spotlight Series Giveaway with all the fab prizes up for grabs HERE.

Chameleon Pens; as you know if you are a regular blog visitor are one of my top two preferred pens for cardmaking and coloring my stamps & digital stamps.  I got a set of these skintone pens to play with from the recently released new color palette…and I am “in luuuuurrrv” You will have seen these used in my recent projects..shame on you if you haven’t been following my blog *grin.

I have to say I was and still am extremely impressed with the new skintone palette, specially NU00 Nude .. LOVE  that pen….. and now you have a chance to try them too.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to score a set for free….  these pens are available for purchase at Chameleon Pens and I’d be  a happy lil clam if you considered purchasing them through the links below, or throughout the  blog.

.. I earn commission on purchase made through my affiliate  links….every lil helps…. but even if you don’t …. here’s the run down anyway.

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The new expanded range comes in a gorgeous carrying case.  I was well impressed with the packaging on my original 22 pen set… but the new one  * sigh… one day you will be mine !!

 

 

 

If you already own the 22 pen  set, you can buy the expansion… I know all you online gamers just love that word “expansion”  which includes the new colors in the awesome carrying case.. with room to add in your original set …. totally rockin idea there  Chameleon 🙂
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If you are on a tight budget … of course you can always just grab the  new palette range in 5 packs.. either individually..or in the bundle deal they have available.

and if you are REALLY REALLY strapped for cash but still would love to try these.. guess what.. you can buy these pens individually too….. so that NU00 can still be yours.

 

 

 

 

But …. in the meantime, I have a set with someone’s name on them and you don’t even have to  leave a comment…unless you want to and that would be really cool too.  It helps me and the sponsors see which of the posts/offers are popular and whether it’s worth repeating similar offers/giveaways or not in the future.

So if you want to see more offers and giveaways…. say now, or forever hold your piece!!!

Big Shout Out to Chameleon Pens, not only for a fantastic product which I love…. but for giving me a chance to share this fab product with one of you!

I know, I know..get on with the giveaway details….  It’s very simple…………..

 

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click here and enter your email address and one lucky person is gonna be getting an email from Chameleon in August congratulating them on their new Skintone 5 pack.

Contest Ends July 31st 2016.
Winner will be notified via email on Aug 1st 2016

…and it’s open Internationally..yup that’s right Internationally 🙂

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Super Quick Birthday Card – Scrapper’s Delights Draco

Sometimes you just need a super quick, but fun card. Scrapper’s Delights Draco is one of those images that you can use for a variety of fun messages. He has this expression that just lends itself to sarcastic retorts…. or maybe that is just my warped mind. What I love about this collection is the pre-shading make him a super quick color …IF you want him to be.

This one is a super quick, 4 color pencil card… and my home made alcohol blender pen. No need to be delicate with this.. so if your coloring isn’t fabulous.. or you haven’t even started yet. This is something you can easily do and get results with, it doesn’t call for perfection at all with this technique.

Color in roughly and blend it to death.. there are no lines that have to be stayed in.. you can blend right out of them if you want to… yeah fab project for kids lol.

I just added the sentiment and borders… printed him and slapped some color on…. blended …. inked edges …. foam mounted him onto a card with some Zig Photo Tape. VOILA !!!

Picking out a font probably took longer than coloring and assembling this card LOL.
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Polished Pencils….. interesting idea.

I was playing around last night with one of my KennyK practice cards “Scarlett West” and wanted to play with the pencil technique I’d been experimenting with last month using cheap CraZart pencils from Walmart. It started off like any other pencil coloring.. put pencil on… blend with a home-made alcohol blender marker, using a kids Crayola Marker kit pen filled with Tim Holtz Adironack blender solution. But then as I was going back over layers, I guess I was rubbing away excess crayon dust and noticed it was a bit shiny. So me being me.. I grabbed a soft rag that was lying around and started to polish the image, instead of using the blender.

I have to say the contrast between the alcohol blended matte background and the polished image is actually kinda cool. Because of the heavy layer of shadowing etc. and the polishing, it has an almost embossed feel to it. The shine ( see inlaid on image) is quite subtle, until you angle the card. Definitely something I will try again.

I then roughly masked off the image with scrap paper and stamped with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks and various vintage style stamps.  I kinda like this look….

Depending on the image, if you were looking for a “cleaner” style you would  just skip the blender pen part and go straight for polished.

Definitely something I will try again.
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CAS Cute gothic chick card

I got my Scrapper’s Delights “Edie” image mounted on a card…  just a clean and simple card to contrast against the image.

I layered a light green,  over dark green Recollections card stock for the card base, popped the corners with a Fiskars rounded corner on the green  and a Martha Stewart punch on the image.  I popped on a cute little green stitched ribbon and simple bow.. done.  I used my Xyron mega runner 1/4 inch ta

Suitable for a bunch of occasions, so I haven’t added a sentiment till I need one.  If you missed the previous post, this image was colored with CraZart pencils and a home made alcohol blender pen with a smidgin of Ranger Distress pen in places.scrappers_delights_Edie_wmd

CraZart meets it’s match ….

Me!!! .. lol ..yup I was having another one of my “moments”

who knew a cheap set of pencils from Walmart and some blender alcohol could do that huh. I don’t really color with pencils….yeah you can probably tell LOL  These belong to my sons craft supplies, but we share nicely 🙂  The blender pen is actually  a Crayola refillable marker from a kids set that I picked up on clearance…. for a whopping $2.50 for a pack of ten refillable pens and the inks.  It is filled with Ranger’s Adironack Alcohol Blender Solution.

I was playing around with some more ideas and images on the Canson Mix Media paper and thought I’d have a play with coloring the whole image with pencils, not just the outlying shade effect.  Well I say whole image in pencil.. that is not totally accurate, I did indeed color it all with pencils… but I also added in a  top layer of gray “Pumice Stone” distress pen from the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pen Collection…and a spit of their green “ShabbyShutters”

This is “Edie” by Scrapper’s Delights.  I was going for an old gothic looking emerald velvet effect … I kinda like my grungy “dirty gurl”

The picture colors are a bit off… but hopefully I’ll get a better picture when i get her on a project 🙂  It’s 2:30 am… so it  won’t be  tonight lol.
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Win the new Chameleon Pen Color Palette

OH YEAH ….. I am sooo entering this one… not only are my Chameleon Pens fantastic and I am dying to get my hands on the new colors.. I love doing dimensional projects, this contest is right up my alley.

Full details are available  here one the Contest Page 
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