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Thursday, May 21, 2015

DRS Designs Challenge #175- Color Challenge

Good morning!
Time for another challenge at DRS!
Today starts the color challenge.


You know the out of the box cutting technique for dies right? well, this is the reverse.  Instead of having part of the image poke out of the die cut, I have part of the image poking into the opening.  I stamped the large flower and then put my die dow and traced around the area where the flower was.  I then started my scissors inside of the marked oval and cut around the flowers that would poke in, laid my die down and put the petals on TOP of the die.  Then I cut.
I made my blue folded card base and laid the flower/oval panel on top of it and put the next size die dow into the open oval, tape it to the blue and then ran it through my cutter (just the blue card base).  I then colored my image after masking my first flower and stamping some more.  When finished I foam taped it to the card base with the oval opening.  Stamping the sentiment inside was another bit of a challenge.  I placed removable tape under my white panel and LIGHTLY drew a line where my oval opening was and the petals, I then used my stamp aligner and stamped the sentiment.  Took off the removable tape and stuck it down good then erased my lines.
That's about it!  Hope you have time to join the challenge.  To see the other designers cards and to join in, click HERE.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ODBDSLC239-Inspiration Challenge

Good morning all!
His mercies are new EVERY morning!
Today starts a new challenge at ODBD.  You can get inspiration from the photo below.



I cut the frame from two sizes of the Vintage Label dies, cut the quatrefoil die and cut it down to fit inside the frame and backed it with lavender paper.
I cut a white rectangle and used an embossing folder on it then sewed around the edge.  I foam taped the frame up onto it.  I stamped, cut and colored the butterflies and flowers (fussy cut the lilac flowers) and then cut the little flowers from the birds and nest set and formed them.  I arranged all of these plus some sheer ribbon around the edge of the frame.  I mounted the front to some pattern paper then to a white folded card!

To see more inspiration please visit my design team sisters:
Robin (That's me)GracieDianaElizabethPaula, and Chris 

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC239 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 24, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Psalm 145:9
The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
Our Father God, creator of all heaven and earth and everything in the earth, above the earth and below it. Can you imagine, every herb of the field, tree, flower, every smell, every color!  He keeps every atom together gives every breath!
This same God sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. We can have the righteousness of Christ in God's eyes just by believing in His son Jesus and that He died and rose again from the dead.  Salvation is a free gift from God.
Jesus said "I am the Way the, the Truth, and the Life, No one comes to the Father except through me". John 14:6 
Thanks for visiting today.
Robin


Thursday, May 14, 2015

DRS Designs Challenge #174-Birds and Bees

Good morning!
The new challenge this week is anything bird and/or bees!
DRS Design stamps used: 1020A Bitsy Bumble Bee, 1143L Beehive, 1147B Bee Trail, 544F Bee Cause You're Special, 561C Happy Bee, 019C Honeycomb Design.
The top panel is stamped with VersaMark on white and embossed with white then sponged with Distress inks.  The bottom panel was embossed with an embossing folder in a honeycomb design. I then mounted the two panels on a dark honey color and stitched around the outside with a zig zag stitch.  The beehive and Bitsy bee (plus a reverse image of Bitsy Bee.  I stamped the Bitsy bee on the back of a clear stamp then stamped it onto the stock.  Easy!) I then die cut with a DiNamic nesting die leaving the branch out of course, "Out of the box" style. I die cut a dark honey square to mat. I stamped and cut out the Happy Bee and the sentiment (as if it is a bee trail). The wings are glittered, of course, all bug wings are glittered...right?
To see the other design team cards and to join the challenge, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by,
Robin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ODBDSLC238-Sketch Challenge

Good morning!

ODBD stamps used: Spread Your Wings
ODBD Papers used: Shabby Rose Collection
I started this card with the Flourish Star pattern die on the Shabby Rose Collection paper (blue), it gives a nice pierced edge. I then mounted to a tan piece of stock and sewed around the edge with a straight stitch.  I die cut two Layered Lacey squares (the largest one) and cut apart the second one to use inside the first.  I sponged all the edges with Tea Dye.  I cut the second size Layered Lacey Square die in blue and then embossed it with a folder.  Before attaching to my card front, I ran the 1" tan satin ribbon under the top of the card and laid it over the large lacey square.  I then attached my blue embossed panel.  I stamped and die cut the birds, nest and sentiment and die cut the little flowers that come with the bird and nest die set.  I formed the flowers a bit , sponged them with a darker pink and added them to my card with pearls and gauze.  I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and on a white piece of scrap.  I die cut the white with the Antique Labels and foam taped over the sentiment on the card.  I added some pearls. Finally I attached my card front to a white base, added a dot bow, my birds and more pearls.  That's it!
For more inspiration, please visit my design team sisters:
Robin (you are here)PaulaDianaElizabethGracieChris
and our special guest Amy!

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC238 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 17, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Well, I know I've used this verse before but with a card like this how can I not use it? Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap no gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?
Yes, our heavenly Father takes care of us.  He loves us beyond measure.  He forgives our blackness of heart, our stumbling and faltering and blindness.  He has mercy on us and in fact His word says His mercies are new every morning! He is gracious and compassionate and He has a plan for each life.  We can live in His plan if we will just trust Him and give our life to Him.  He blesses us with every blessing, what's not to trust?
Blessings to you!
Robin

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DRS Designs Challenge #173-Hot Trends-Beautiful Backgrounds

 Good morning!
Today starts a new challenge at DRS Designs,  "Beautiful Backgrounds."

Outside
Inside
I've done the Watercolor Bokeh technique for my background.  There is an excellent tutorial at SCS here
I stamped, colored and cut out my branches and birds then made a little nest from a 1/2" glue dot and fiber wound around and around.  I added three tiny turquoise beads for eggs (since it is for a Mother's Day card).  I also used an embossing folder from Darice and made my front sentiment into a banner of sorts then added a threaded button ( NO naked buttons!!!)
Except for the fussy cutting, this was a very simple card to make!
To see all the samples for this challenge or to join in the challenge, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ODBDSLC237-Color Challenge

Good morning all!
ODBD stamps used: My Lifeguard

I love these bright colors, don't you?  I've decided to use the bright colors to do a beach scene today.  My umbrella is a beach umbrella and you know how brightly they are colored. I die cut each section a different color  and mounted to a white base umbrella. I cut off the usual handle and added a 1/8" strip of white paper for the post instead, then colored it with Copics.  I stamped the lifeguard scene and colored with Copics then used the Vintage labels to die cut it.  My  burlap is suppose to be a kind of beach mat. The background is the Faithful Fish Pattern. You know that stitched layer is from the Flourished Star Pattern? Yup! I use it a lot! Love that stitching!!
This is a very simple card but it is so colorful I just love it! Hope you do too!

For more inspiration, please visit my design team sisters:
Gracie ElizabethPaulaRobin Diana
To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC237 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 10, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.”
Psalm 46:1; Ps 119:114
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
There are so many verses that talk about God being our help, our shield, our salvation, our strength, our source, our deliverer, etc. 
God made us, keeps us, has a plan for us and has our days in His hands.
Most importantly, our God loves us.
The sentiment on this card reminds me of that as well as Jesus walking on the water.  Our God is a God of miracles!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Robin

Thursday, April 30, 2015

DRS Designs Challenge #172 Put It In Neutral

Good morning!
The challenge this week is to use neutrals.

I stamped the dandelion with latte ink and then stamped the sentiment in black.  I edged the oval and sponged on the embossing and die cuts with Tea Stain Distress ink.
Added to this card is foam tape to pop up layers, black pearls and ribbon for the bow.
The dies are from Sue Wilson and the embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.
To see more creations for this challenge and to join in the challenge, click HERE.
Have a great week!
Robin


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ODBDSLC #236 Scripture Challenge

Good morning!
Today starts a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs-The Scripture challenge.

ODBD stamps used: God Verses, Elegant Oval Frames, He Watches Me
ODBD dies used: Sparrow, Ornamental Crosses, Fancy Foliage, Elegant Ovals
ODBD paper used: Shabby Rose
I went with the soft greens in the Shabby Rose paper to build my card around.  The Elegant Oval Frames stamp was done in a light sage green and then cut out with the Elegant ovals die.  I stamped the God Verses on top, lining it up with a stamp aligner.
The little flowers (there are five of them) are from the Ornamental Crosses die.  I added Flower Soft to the centers. I die cut the sparrow after stamping and coloring.  My purple thistle is on the pink side to go better with the roses on the paper. I also used Stickles on my thistle.
The Shabby Rose paper is zig zag stitched around the edges to a tan panel then black.
Also used is a light sage ribbon for the bow and foam tape to pop up some layers.

Please visit my design team sisters for more inspiration

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC236 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 3, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Matt. 6:26
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  v.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
God loves us!  We have hope in Him!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DRSDesigns Challenge #171 Bloomin' Beautiful!

Good morning!

DRS stamps used: 671L Daisy Basket, 349F Butterfly Greeting, 342P Checkerboard Background.
I used Iridescent white embossing powder to emboss the checkerboard background, just to give some texture. I used a flip/swing card die from Sizzix to make this card.  I out the sentiment on the back, which flips to the front when open. I used the Daisy basket to make the front (which flips to the back when open).  All that's added is a bow, some little decorative trim and tiny butterflies with pearl heads.  I love this kind of card!  You can actually make your own flip card. There is a tutorial at SCS here.
Hope you have a great day creating and join in the challenge.  To see all the designers samples and to join in the challenge, click HERE.
Robin

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ODBDSLC #235 Inspiration Challenge

Good morning!
Today starts a new challenge at ODBD!! The challenge is to make your card with inspiration from the photo below. Please join us!


ODBD stamps used: God Quotes
ODBD dies used: Doily, Umbrella
ODBD paper used: Shabby Rose
I wanted to make my umbrella like the one in this photo, folded up with lots of goodies hanging out so I used a scoring board and made accordion type folds in my umbrella, tied a ribbon around it and added a bit of lace to the top.  I made this card a twisted easel card. I used the doily die to make my card base and front and the inside part of the doily die with the Shabby Rose collection paper for the decoration on the circles.  On the inside, I used a rose as a stop.
I filled the umbrella with pre-made flowers and some branches from a Spellbinder die.  I made the little nest with fiber on a 1/2" glue dot and added turquoise beads as eggs.  My card front has lace around the edges.  I was thinking of using paper lace but the bottom would not have laid down on the card inside when open.

Please visit my design team sisters to see all the samples for this week's challenge.
Robin (you are here)GracieElizabethPaulaDianaChris

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC235 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 26, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Song of Solomon 2:12-14
The flowers appear on the earth; the time for singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13, The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vine with the tender grapes give a good smell.  Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away! 14, O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
I know that this is suppose to be Solomon's words to his wife but I think God has them in His word as a love song to us. He sees us as the bride of Christ, lovely and fragrant. He sings to us a love song, wooing us to Him.  He loves to hear us sing to Him, talk to Him and He loves for us to seek His face. He is my friend, my deepest love, my savior and my Lord. 
He is creator of all the earth and heavens above and He loves me! 


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spellbinders 3-D Embossing Folders Review





To see this review in full, click here. The folders I received for review were the waves and the ropes.  I found both were perfect for the nautical look and the ropes were wonderful for the western theme!
The ropes embossed really well and were easy to ink afterward.  The waves took a little more care.  The paper wanted to crack a bit even after misting.  But the results were still fantastic as you can see and they were easy to sand or ink after embossing.  You can use a Cuttlebug or other like cutter.  Use the base plate, c plate and the folder, no B plate.  The folder acts like the B plate.  It works perfectly.  You do NOT need a special machine.
I think that these folders would be wonderful with very thin metal as well.  My next project using these folders will be with metal, just have to try that!
My opinion is that most people will really like the results that they get from these folders!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DRS Challenge #170-Color Challenge

Good morning!

I started out by painting my background with sponges and acrylic paint, using the colors in the design seed. I die cut it and lined it with a silver leaf pen.  I stamped the angel on the painted background and then again on another piece of cardstock and colored her with Copic Markers then cut her out. I stamped the sentiment on silver and die cut to match image panel.  I used a new Spellbinder die I got and used a dark gray then lined it in back with a lighter gray. I set pink pearls in all the cross sections then attached a pretty, sheer, pink bow.
To see all the challenge samples or to join in the challenge, click HERE. 
Robin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ODBDSLC #234 Sketch Challenge

Good morning!
The challenge starting today is a sketch (see below).  I made mine a square.
ODBD Dies: Beautiful Borders

I stamped the Amazing Grace hymn on a piece of the Shabby Rose collection paper.  I also stamped the How Sweet The Sound sentiment on the Shabby Rose.  All the decorative papers today are from the Shabby Rose collection. 
Other embellishments are pre-made roses and leaves and some sheer ribbon.  I sewed each layer to matching card stock then foam taped it all together. 
To see more inspiration please visit my design team sisters:
ElizabethGraciePaulaDianaRobin (you are here)Chris

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC234 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 19, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.


Matthew 10:42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.  Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High...
God has our reward.  We may receive reward here on earth but His reward in heaven is much greater.  Seek His Kingdom first, give your way to Him, live your life according to His word and always go about doing good like Jesus did...you may not get any thanks or recognition here on earth but you can be sure that God sees everything and He has treasures for you in heaven.  After all, your life after this short one here on earth, is for eternity...that is the life you should be working to receive rewards in. This life is over in an instant compared to eternity...what have you decided about Jesus?  He is either who He said He is, the son of God, the Messiah, the way, the truth and the life or He is the biggest liar and nut case in history...you have to decide.
When your life ends here on earth, the only thing God will ask you is "Did you believe my Son, Jesus is the Savior and rose from the dead for all man".  Pray right now... Lord, forgive me of my sin and come live in my heart.  I believe You are the Christ and You died for my sins then rose again never to die again.  Make my heart new and help me to live for You.
If you don't have a Bible, contact me and I'll see what can be done.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

DRS Challenge #169-Birthday Blues

Good Morning!
Today starts a new challenge at DRS Designs!!
I have made this cute, different fold birthday card since the challenge is Blue Birthday.

This is called a Square Joy fold card.  The base is 6 1/2" X 4, scored at 2 1/2" to make a 4 X 4 card.
The inside/outside smaller card is 3" X 6" scored at 3" to make a 3 X 3" card.  When closed, you can add a small embellishment on the bottom left to keep your card closed (I used a double layer of foam tape to make the embellishment high enough to get the tip of the smaller inside/outside card in and out easily).  I used the new Rest of your life sentiment (385F Best of the Rest), inside the 2 1/2" flap and the 365B Hey Cupcake plus 1145B Enjoy Today on the inside of the small inside/outside card.
Now, decorating the outside of both the base and smaller card, I used the 463D cupcake with 1081A Happy Birthday for the top of the small card.  For my embellishment "hold", I used a button with floss tied in a bow on top of circle die cut cardstock.  The other decorations are my confetti of sequins and some rick rack. I added a white back to my base so that it matched the white trim on the small card top.  So my finished card size is 4 1/4" X 4 1/4".
To see the other design team samples and to join in the challenge, please click HERE.
Have a great day!  Robin

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ODBDSLC #233 Color Challenge

Good morning!
The challenge this week is color (see below).

ODBD stamps used: God Quotes, Tulip Corner

I pretty much used all the colors this week.  I used the new lacey squares and umbrella dies this week as well!! Love these new dies! I also decided to add some cut spring flowers to the mix and used the tulip corner (I cut it apart to make it look like flowers placed on the table or something like that anyway!) I love the new God Quotes and God Verses as well and used the God Quotes today! What a great anniversary set!  If you missed it, we celebrated Our Daily Bread Design's 7th anniversary in March.

To see more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my design team sisters:
PaulaRobin you are hereElizabethGracieDianaChris


To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC233 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 12, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog.

Psalms 37:4-6
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Gal. 6:9
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Robin

Thursday, April 2, 2015

DRS Challenge #168 Hot Trends-April Showers!

Good morning!
Time for a new challenge.
  Today we are starting our April Showers challenge at DRS Designs.

This card is called a Double Dutch fold.  
I started by using Resist on the raindrop background then used a Brayer to apply the ink from a rainbow ink pad.  The darker the ink gets as brayering, the better the rain shows up.  I stamped the broken fence on another piece of scrap white, colored and cut out then glue it to the rain background. 
On the bottom part of my card with the gate fold has a sentiment on the left and I used the umbrella with foam tape for my "catch".  It keeps the card closed when shut. When you open the doors you see the cute rainbow sentiment and Leonard waving hello!
I hope you have enjoyed this "different" fold card!
To join this challenge or to see the other designer samples, please click HERE.
Robin

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ODBDSLC232-Anything Goes with ODBD Stamps

Good morning!!
Today starts another challenge! This is the last challenge of the month and it is "anything goes"!
ODBD stamps used: The Cross
ODBD dies used: Doily, Ornamental Crosses, Flourished Star Pattern, Elegant Ovals, Vintage Flourish Pattern
ODBD papers used: Shabby Rose Collection
The first layer is the outer die of the Flourish Star Pattern, it has the little stitch piercings on the edges.  I then cut the Vintage Flourish Pattern and trimmed it down to fit inside of the stitches.  I embossed the largest size of the Vintage Flourish cut outs (an oval type shape) inside the solid part of the Vintage Flourish Pattern. I cut the Doily out of the Shabby Rose Collection and popped it up. The cross was cut from the same cardstock as the Vintage Flourish Pattern then backed with white.
The verse was stamped and cut out with the Elegant Ovals and popped up.
I added the pre-made leaves and flowers and made a bow from some dyed ribbon.
See more inspiration from my design team sisters!


To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC232 or to join the challenge click here. You have until April 5, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a  $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. Please do not post on Flicker as many of us do not have the ability to comment on your cards nor can we spotlight your cards on the blog. Remember you must use at least one ODBD stamp to enter.

Easter is coming up in a few days.  The cross is where He died but the grave could not keep Him.  He had victory over death and the grave.  He rose again from the dead.  He is alive and He lives and reigns with God our Father in heaven.  We can be with Him forever just by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. John 5:24 Jesus words..."Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life."
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
God gives us the choice, He does not force us to love Him or believe in Him but if we do, He give us grace, mercy and blessings in this life and He gives us life everlasting in the next. You can be clean inside, your sins forgiven, just ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sin and turn away from wrong doing.
Everyone dies and no one knows when...make your choice today. Chose life!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DRS Challenge #167- Pets

Good morning all!
This week's challenge is Pets! It could be any animal/bird etc. you call a pet!
My pet is a dog and pretty much always has been.  I love how dogs love us! We have cats too but believe me, the dog shows us love far and away more than the cats!
So, along with my plaid (sort of guy plaid this time) I've added hearts to show that love dogs and their owners feel for each other.
My dog is a black lab but black is hard to color and see any detail so the dog here is a cute little brow and tan. I've used copper metallic ribbon and leather covered buttons to make the card even more masculine. This is a fun card to give to a boy who has a new puppy or really just about any occasion.  You can write whatever you like inside.
On the plaid (separated) I used tan and brown inks, a tan sparkle pen and a brown pen. I also used copper shimmer card stock, Spellbinders nesting scallop square and square dies and Cat's Pajamas label dies.
To see all the cards for this week's challenge and/or to join the challenge, please click HERE.
Thanks for visiting!
Robin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chameleon Pens Review

Hello dear friends!  Today I'd like to introduce you to a new coloring system and to give you my views on the product.  First I will show you some of the cards I've done with them.



These are my cards so far and for this review!
I have found that the pens do have a learning curve as stated on their web site.  I watched all the company's learning videos before beginning even my first card!  I like them best when using them in medium spaces like flower petals.  My first card above may have been too difficult for my first try but as I learned just how long each "charge" would last I started picking more appropriate projects for learning.  The best image for using the pens in all their values was the Hydrangea.  I was able to color a multitude of petals with each charge from light to very dark. 
On the Tulips I learned to mix colors for more depth and realistic flower colors.  On the roses, I just pretty much stuck to the pink throughout and each petal was done from light to darker with one pen.  I did add a bit of another color to deepen the shadows and this is where I would love to have had another darker shade of pink for such times.  I would wish that as the company grows they would add a few "in-between" colors.  They have 3 greens, 3 blues, two yellows etc. I would like at least another pink (darker) and maybe another red, purple, etc. 
All in all I think that it has a very pleasant look to it and with the learning, of course, comes a more beautiful outcome.  Judging from comments I got in my gallery on Splitcoaststampers, people in general really like the look!
Don't buy them thinking they are like Copic Markers because they ARE NOT.  If you are proficient with Copics you WILL have to relearn with this system.
Don't get discouraged though.  Just like learning any new coloring system, you WILL get better at it!!
So these are my thoughts about the Chameleon Pens and I hope this has helped.
I have not refilled my pens yet so I can't really comment on the ease or difficulty of that part.
Robin
Stamp credits: Make It Crafty digi's, Power Poppy Digi, Our Daily Bread Designs, Inky Antics