A New Year’s Resolution

We continue our new year theme with a resolution by Ekaterina, who has decided to learn how to bake desserts and in particular cupcakes!  Quick when is the next plane to the Ukraine I think she will need someone to test the results!!!!

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Ekaterina said “I dream long ago will learn to bake desserts. And especially there is a wish will learn to bake cupcakes. It will also be my purpose in new year.”

If you would like to learn how Ekaterina created her New Year Aim cupcake card you can download the instructions here.

So who is joining me on the plane to be her dessert testers?

New Year And More Resolutions

We continue with our New Year resolution theme with Olesya sharing her resolution inspiration today.

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By Olesya kharkova

Olesya said “I don’t plan big things ahead of time but have sometimes I wish I did.  I’d like to try and plan things in advance more this year. Such as baking more treats for my family”.

Aren’t those little ovens adorable, we just love the little fabric cloth hanging on the front too!

If you would like to recreate Olesya’s oven treat box you can download the photo step out instructions here.

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Don’t forget we have a design team call running at present so if you are interested in joining the team check out this post.

Design Team Call Blog Post

Get Them Here First!

Did you see the Kickstarter launch of our new product yesterday?

With Chameleon Pens …You already have a marker that can do MORE! And now the most innovative marker system on the market just got even better!! You can now Seamlessly blend COLOR TO COLOR with Chameleon Color Tops!

We want you our loyal readers to have the chance to get this new product before anyone else and at a special discounted price, we have a LIMITED quantity of early bird specials with a substantial savings and when they are gone… they are gone!! .  So what is this new product you ask?  Ask no more, click on the Kickstarter link below to watch the amazing video to see how our new Color Tops work it will blow your mind!

How it Works:

Simply pop a Chameleon Color Top on top of a Chameleon Pen. Rather than blending two colors on the page, blend colors at the source (nib) instead, for beautiful, smooth and seamless color blends. One color just flows into the other! Even opposite colors like and orange and green can be blended together without a seam.

It really is that simple, just do this……….And you will be able to create projects like this!!!

Now you have seen this amazing new innovation, you can support us by clicking on the Kickstarter link below.  Supporting the campaign helps us get the new innovation to market faster AND by pledging your support Not only do you get them in your hands before anyone else you get to save big! In some cases can save up to 40% off the MSRP!!!


 

Winner Wednesday

Welcome to another Winner Wednesday post, today we have two winners to announce from the Hero Arts Blog hop, one for a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of their choice and the other for the Hero Arts Seahorse Stamp and Die set.  So a drum roll please……

Winner of Hero Arts Seahorse Set

Becca Yahrling

who said “This card is simply beautiful. A perfect Christmas scene!
Beautifully colored. Thanks for the giveaway!”

Winner of 5 pack of Chameleon Pens

Danielle Dietz

who said “Such a cozy winter scene. Very beautiful. I would love to color with Chameleon markers! Thank you for the opportunity to win awesome prizes.”

Ladies please email me at blog@chameleonpens.com to claim your prize, please make sure you give us your Name and Address and Phone Number and Danielle please can you let us know which color choice of the 5 pen packs you would like.

New Year – New Resolution

Now that the new year has begun, thoughts turn to new years resolutions, what do you plan to do more of or better this year?  We asked the team to come up with some new year resolution inspiration in their crafting projects, Tanya starts us off with a mood board scrapbooking page of things she would like to achieve in 2017!

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By Tanya Batrak

We love all of Tanya’s ideas, I know the team in the office would sign up to read more and relax more, but not so sure about the travel one after all the trips planned this month for trade shows!

You can follow along with how Tanya created this New Year’s Resolution Page Layout you can follow her step by step instructions here.

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We would love to hear what your new year’s resolutions are? Are you still sticking to it or have you fallen already?  Just remember Tanya’s message “Think Positive”.

Facebook Live Floral Fabric Bag

Hi, we hope you enjoyed today’s Facebook Live post where we showed you how to color on this bag. As promised here are the full step out instructions for the Floral Fabric Bag to download and keep.

Don’t worry if you missed the live showing, you can watch it here now.

Announcing Our Design Team Call

It is that time of year when we invite you to apply to join our design team. We are looking for talented designers and artists who can use alcohol pens  or colored pencils as well as sharing knowledge on general crafting techniques.

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Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, home decor artist,  or upcycler we are looking for diverse people to join our happy team. Entries are welcome from all corners of the world, our only requirement is that you can submit your projects and written instructions and videos in English and on time.

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In return for being on the main design team  you will get a Deluxe set of pens or one of our new product lines (can’t say more until after Creativation at the end of january when the product is launched) and partake in cross company promotions, such as blog hops.  All team members will be given credit for work on the company blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and in our newsletters. We will also share a link back to your own blog and an artist biography and you will  have the opportunity of having your work shown at consumer and trade shows and on TV in the UK and USA.

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For the Main Design team we ask that you be an active team member  for 1 year commencing 1st April 2017 ending 31st March 2018. During this time we would like you to submit 2 projects per month we will advise of the theme but all projects must be accompanied by photo step out instructions in the format we advise. In addition to this you will be required to participate in any Partner Company hops that are organised (usually one a month – so 3 projects a month on average in total) and be active on our Social Media pages.  From time to time you will also be asked to submit projects for magazine publications for Chameleon Pens.  If we make any additional requests  for work beyond this you will be compensated, and if you independently have projects published in magazines that promote the pens there will be additional rewards.

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The projects submitted for the blog should include an unwatermarked photo and written instructions (we would like at least one video post a month  by one of the design team members to go on the blog but if you are not able to create videos we will still consider your application). We ask that you only use Chameleon pens in projects for our blog . Chameleon will have the right to use all artwork and projects across all advertising, mixed media and TV mediums, and you may be asked to send any projects you have created for the blog to us for further use (we will reimburse any shipping costs).

So how do you apply?

There are two submission rounds this year, in the first round we would like you to submit a project with step out photo and written instructions showcasing your colouring talents, we will be looking for skills in shading, highlighting and blending be it in pen or  pencil.  Your project can be a card, scrapbook page mixed media piece . All projects must be new and not shared anywhere else on your blogs or other social media sites. If you wish to include a video tutorial too that would be a bonus (Please remember videos should be no more than 5-7 minutes in length and edited to a final publication standard). Your projects can be coloured in any medium, e.g. pencil, watercolour or alcohol pen, they do not have to be Chameleon products for this round. We ask that you do not share these projects elsewhere until the design team call ends and we have announced the team.

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Photos of your projects should be taken against a neutral background with no dressing of the design and should be of a high quality. Please do not include a watermark.

Please provide details of your name, address and phone number and if you prefer to color in pencil or alcohol pen (or both!!!!)

List all links to your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and tell us about existing and past design teams and publications you have had.

The deadline for submission of the first round will be 5th February 2017, our chosen finalists will be contacted and invited to partake in the second round.  We will be sending out product for use in the design process for the second round project, which will need to be submitted by the 12th March 2017, we then plan to announce the new team later that month.

Send your entries to nickwatt@chameleonpens.com

Good luck!

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Thanks for All The Presents

All the parcels have been unwrapped and new homes have been found for all those wonderful gifts given over the Holiday season, now it is time to say thanks, so we asked Monica to create a card to inspire you to make your own thank you cards this year!

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By Monica Maldarella

Monica said “There is always a moment when you need to thank somebody in a very good way… and Christmas is the best time of the year to do it!”

We adore the way her speech bubble uses images and words to create the message of thanks.

If you would like to recreate Yeti Thank You Card you can download the full photo step out instructions here.

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Thanks for joining us today, don’t forget to pop back next Monday for a big announcement!

Spring Bouquet Of Thanks

As we all wish for spring Cathy has used this season to inspire her thank you card; with the thought of the flowers  that begin to bloom and color returning to gardens everywhere.  The result is this beautiful spring bouquet card to say thanks.


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By Cathy A

Each of the flowers on this card has been created using Elizabeth Craft Dies and tools and Chameleon Pens. You can see from this close up of some of the flowers how easy they are to color with just a few Chameleon pens.

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Cathy has created a video and downloadable instructions for each of the flowers so that you can re-create them.

For the Iris you will need Elizabeth Craft Designs 1193 Garden Notes Iris and Fuchsia, Peony Pink, Mellow Yellow, Spring Meadow and Grass Green Chameleon Pens along with Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan’s Garden Leaf Pad, Susan’s Garden Moulding Pad and Susan’s Garden Tool Set. You can download the instructions for this iris-flower here.

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Iris flower from Chameleonpens on Vimeo.

The Elizabeth Crafts 1089 Garden Notes Pansy was created using Deep Violet, Mellow Yellow, Olive Green and Green Apple Chameleon Pens along with Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan’s Garden Leaf PadSusan’s Garden Moulding Pad and Susan’s Garden Tool Set. You can download the instructions for this pansy-flower here.

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Pansy flower from Chameleonpens on Vimeo.

The Elizabeth Crafts 1018 Garden Notes Poppy was created using Green Apple, Dark Sage, Mellow Yellow and Bark Chameleon Pens along with Elizabeth Craft Designs Susan’s Garden Leaf PadSusan’s Garden Moulding Pad and Susan’s Garden Tool Set. You can download the instructions for this poppy-flower here.

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Poppy Flower from Chameleonpens on Vimeo.

As the card has a 3D design it needs to be boxed to prevent damage when posted so Cathy has created this simple box with an embossed design top to hold the card.

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Other materials used to create the box and card design:- Tattered Lace T Bar Slider Dies (embossed box lid) Tattered Lace Card Shapes Squares, Penny Black   Flower Tags Die (tag on card), Penny Black Thank You sentiment from Oriental clear set, SRM large Doily, Orchid Liquid Pearls and ribbon from Michaels.

We hope these flowers have brightened your new year and inspired you to create thank you cards with a splash of color.

Our Final Friend Friday Of The Year With Hero Arts

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Welcome back to the last Friend Friday of this year with our friends at Hero Arts, we have had so much fun hopping along with them over the last few weeks. Hero Arts make such a great range of stamps, dies and accessories it has been a breeze to create projects with them.

Today Cathy shows how you can use the Branch Wreath Fancy die from the Christmas release to create a thank you card that is suitable for any time of year. The shells and netting have been colored using just two Chameleon pens, we love how the gradation in color on the shells gives them more shape!

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If you would like to recreate this design you can download the full beach comber thanks photo step out instructions here.

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Did you know that our friends in the Ukraine and Russia don’t celebrate Christmas until the 7th January, as part of the Orthodox Christmas? So with this in mind we have a Christmas card from our Russian designer Olesya.

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By Olesya Kharkova

We asked Olesya what inspired her to create this design, she said “Winter Time Fun set by hero Arts is meant to create funny scenes. I wanted to create my own with these cute forest critters looking at the raccoon to trim the tree in a proper way :)”.

If you would like to see how Olesya created this trim the tree card you can download the instructions here.

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Although it is our last Friday with Hero Arts you still have the opportunity to enter our competition to try our pens too, so why not have a go and enter today, we will put your name in our Chameleon Santa Hat and draw a winner for a 5 pack of Chameleon Pens of your choice, but as it is Christmas our friends at Hero Arts have given us the Color Layering Sea Horse Bundle to give away too, so we will pick a second name out of Santa’s hat to win this prize too!  To enter leave a comment at the end of this post and sign up to join our creative community  (it’s free to join), the draw will close at midnight GMT on the 1st January 2017.  The winner will be announced on our blog when we have a Winner Wednesday post.

Now how about we get hopping with our friends at Hero Arts and our designer Olesya that couldn’t resist creating a few more projects for you!  Just click on their name below to be taken to their blog.  Thanks for joining us over these last few weeks.

Libby Hickson – HERO ARTS

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Here is a sneak peek of Olesya’s extra project on her blog so do stop by and say hi!

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