It’s Mardi Gras

Did you know that today is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras  is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting. Popular practices on Mardi Gras include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions and parades to name but a few.  Today Olesya has a Mardi Gras mask on her cat which adorns this fabulous tag.

By Olesya Kharkova

We asked Olesya what inspired her to create this tag, she said” We have some similar holiday in Russia it goes far to our roots and looks more like folk festival with pancakes and fairs than a masquerade. It was very interesting to look through the articles to read interesting details about Mardi Gras. The bright pictures of this festival inspired me to dress up my cat on a tag :)”

If you would like to see how Olesya created this Mardi Gras tag you can download the step out photo instructions here.

Thanks for joining us today and do let us know if you have celebrated Mardi Gras and if so what you did!

A Mardi Gras Invite

Get your glad rags on, we are planning a Mardi Gras party!  Yes, next week  is Mardi Gras and people will be celebrating all over the world. Now for the invites, we asked Tanya to create something magical for the occasion and she did not disappoint!

By Tanya Batrak

Did you know that the cube folds into the envelope? You can see how it pops open in this video.

Mardi Gras Card from Chameleonpens on Vimeo.

Tanya said “I was eager to make something like this long ago. This is super fun invitation that will make your guests go “wow”.  Just fold the cube flat, put it in the envelope, give it to your guest, let him or her  pull the cube out and enjoy the effect!”

You can see how Tanya created this Mardi Gras Invitation card by downloading the free photo step out instructions here.

The template for the pop up element of the design can be found here

Thanks for joining us today and we look forward to hearing about your Mardi Gras celebrations!


Facebook Live Secret Slider Card

Welcome to another Facebook live post, hopefully you were able to catch the live show and join in with your comments, but if not do not despair……

We have the video and free downloadable project sheet right here for you to watch at your leisure!

This Month we show you how to create a secret slider card using Tattered Lace dies and our amazing Chameleon Pens. Here you can see the slider card closed.

Then just pull the tab and as if by magic the flower image is colored in!

So how did we make it you ask?  Just watch this video

Or you can download our free photo step by step Secret Slider card instructions here.

Don’t forget to tune in next month for more amazing Chameleon Facebook Live.

Design Team Call Round Two

Hello Everyone, the first round entries are in and boy did we have a hard time selecting who would go through to the next round, there were SO many and the standard of entry was INCREDIBLE. So a big round of applause is due to all that entered, you made our job very difficult!  If you didn’t make it onto round two this year please remember that we have the call annually so you can still try again next year.

Here our our round two candidates (in no particular order).

Jessica Sanders

Tracy McLennon

Natalie Hoyt

Sathya Kala

Kasia Frezja

Tanya Batrak

Emma Dickinson

Chitra Nair

Ilina Crouse

Melissa Oeters

Olesya Kharkova

Kassi Hulet

Anna Sigga Eyjolfsdottlr

Sandra Kustic Uzur

Julia Wyatt

Anita Bownds

Angelika Sowul

Sue Walker

Dawn Bennett

Kaja Vezensek

Evelin Tee

Chris Gideon

Natasha Lyne

Isha Gupta

I have to say I am not looking forward to narrowing down the round two candidates…round one was hard enough!  Good luck everyone with the next round, you should have received an email with the instructions required for this round.



National Chocolate Lovers Month

Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers Month, what more excuse do you need to gorge yourselves with delicious chocolates! We of course had to celebrate this wonderful event and asked Monica to create a design to mark the occasion.

By Monica Maldarella

Monica has created this adorable tag with a chocolate hug, she said “What a better way to tell someone ’I love you’ than a chocolate warm hug?”

If you would like to recreate this Chocolate Hug Tag you can download the full step by step photo instructions here.

We think Chocolate lovers month could be our favourite month! What would yours be? What is your guilty pleasure?


National Bird Feeding Month

Did you know that February is National Bird feeding month, this celebratory month was created to educate the public on the wild bird feeding and watching hobby, so we asked our designers to come up with some bird themed projects, today Leah shares this ornithological card.

By Leah Cornellius

Leah said “Birds are one of my favorite kinds of animals, though just in the wild. Pairing Chameleon pens with a beautiful bird image really makes the bird come alive in all it’s lovely plumage.”

If you would like to recreate Leah’s What if You Fly Card you can download the photo step out instructions here.

Do you love to feed the birds in your garden, we do and often see not only birds snacking at the table but the odd squirrel too!


Valentine’s Inspiration

As Valentine’s day approaches many are busy creating cards for loved ones, to help get the creative juices flowing Ekaterina inspires us with this romantic design.

By Ekaterina Oleunik

Ekaterina said “St. Valentine’s Day for each of us is the most romantic day in a year. And of course who could do without hearts and a love card this day.”

To recreate Ekaterina’s St. Valentines Day card download the full photo step out instructions here.

What inspires your valentines cards?  Is it hearts and flowers all the way or do you go for something cute?


Valentine’s Layout

Show your loved ones how much they mean by creating a lasting memory with beautiful scrapbook page layouts, like this one created for Valentine’s Day by Tanya.

By Tanya Batrak

Tanya said for her inspiration ” Recently, I caught myself thinking that I’m starting to like the gold fever. So I decided to use the paper with the gold embossing to create my St.Valentines layout. ”

Did you know Tanya only used 3 pens to create the heart colored element on this page? You can see exactly how she created it by downloading the Valentine’s day layout here.



We would love to see your scrapbook pages, why not share them with us on Facebook?

Valentine Treat Bag

Why not give your valentine a little something more this Valentine’s day,  how about a sweet Valentine Treat Bag?


By Oleysa Kharkova

Olesya said “Valentine’s day is a day of treats and some sweet gifts, that’s why I decided to make a treat bag to put some sweets in it and make somebody smile. Chameleon pens made it even more bright and attractive.”

If you would like to create a valentines treat bag you can download the full instructions here.


Now you have the perfect gift for the love of your life!

Don’t forget there is still time to enter the Chameleon Pen Design team call, entries close on the 5th February!  You can find all the details on this blog post

Chameleon Pens Design Team Call

You Are A Rare Find Valentine

We continue our Valentine’s theme today with Monica and this cute Rare Find Valentine card.


By Monica Maldarella

Monica said “It is always hard to make a sober love card for a man, without tons of hearts and sweets. I gave this one to my husband for our wedding anniversary… and it worked :)”

We love how this card would work for anniversaries as well as valentine’s, so why not recreate one for your loved one, you can download the photo step out instructions for this valentine card here.


Now don’t clam up on your loved one this valentine and remember to enter our design team call, all the details can be found here.

Chameleon Design Team Call