Sunday, 10 January 2016

Just for Fun and New Chameleon Pens

Hiya all!  Thought I'd make this one just for fun!  I got some NEW PENS :D  I'm always happy to have new pens!  I got some money for my birthday from my colleagues so decided to get some Chameleon pens.  These are a pretty long and chunky alcohol based marker with 2 nibs and a chamber that contains a 3rd nib filled with a blender.  You put either nib of the pen into the chamber and it transfers blender so you can then colour in a lighter shade which goes increasingly darker back to its original colour.  They're about 5 quid a pen, bit less the more you buy, are they worth it? Hmmmm.  They're not excessively priced when compared to Copic Ciao for example and they give you a good quality of colour as a solid alcohol ink pen but with the added touch of the blending chamber so yes not bad really.  There is no excessive bleed such as you get with Flexmarkers and I love the fine nib on the end.  I think this sets it apart.  The downside is they're heavy but you can pull them all apart to make them smaller and lighter whist in use.  I haven't had them long enough to judge how economical they are with the ink yet.  I tried to achieve the same results by touching the nib of a promarker onto a blender pen, it works (ish) but you don't quite get quite the same result as Chameleon which is much more consistent.

Our Molly had a play also and it actually made her colouring look really good like she had added shadows and highlights only she used just one pen to achieve it.

I used the Cool Tones set for my card - The V04 Deep Violet, BG4 Aquamarine and a touch of BV4 Blue Violet.

So how did they perform?  Pretty dandy actually!  The hair, clothes and wing are just ONE pen!  I haven't got the skin tones yet so still using promarkers for that but hey not bad at all for one pen!  The background was the aquamarine but I did help it along a little with the chisel end of a promarker blender because of the  size of the surface it was to cover.  There's a little bit of the blue violet at the bottom.

So in all, Chameleon Pens get a thumbs up from me.  They'll certainly come in handy on the boat where space is minimal and I can only bring on so much.

Onto the actual card now!  The image I totally fell in love with and its Violet Pixie by Sara Burrier available from Crafts & Me.  I found a purple paper stack I forgot I had over xmas so said I'd use that so the papers are "New Bloom" by First Edition which have all been distressed with scissors then ink.  I've added flowers and sitressed the little blue ones, glitter around the wing and mask with a glue pen and crystal glitter and curled some organza ribbon around the die cut.

I'd like to enter into

C.R.A.F.T - Recipe
Crafty Catz - Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Lookie what I got
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Noor Designs UK - Anything goes
Creaine - Bingo (Lilac/Flowers/Wings)
CraftyGals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp - Something new

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year & Anything Goes at Crafts & Me

Morning all and Happy New Year!  I trust you're all recovered from Christmas/New Year.  I've had my birthday and some surgery in the middle of them too, don't do things by halves!
I got a breadmaker for Xmas off my OH, have wanted one for years so have been playing around making various loaves and dough.  Had a go at spinning the pizza dough, I wasn't very good at it lol!

I also got some XPress It copic card and OMG it is soooo nice to work on!  So very expensive though so will be saved for best!

I'm on the move in jobs again next week having just got a weeks notice.  Staying in same place but different team, for now.  Good job I got over my fear of meeting new people lol!

Anyway to unwind over Xmas I've done a bit of colouring.  This one is called "Wandering" by Jeremiah Ketner available at Crafts & Me.  Our new challenge is an Anything Goes so please do pop over the the Crafts & Me blog to enter your own.

Right I've just had more co-codamol so I should be asleep in half an hour so catch you on the bright side :)

I'd like to enter into...

Passion for Promarkers - Let's Celebrate
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by x