Review of Chameleon Color Tones Pencils

Recently I purchased Chameleon Color Tone pencils, not knowing what to expect.  I’m a die-hard colourer with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I’ve spent upwards of 4+ hours colouring one detailed stamped image.  I was amazed at how well these pencils blend and cut down the time of blending with odorless mineral spirits.

I love these pencil crayons and here’s why:

  • They are compact.  50 colours in one box (the pencil crayon has a light and a dark tone on one pencil)
  • The ease of blending is awesome.  What used to take me 30 minutes can be achieved in half that time. Here is an example of what I blended in 15 minutes

  • I love the way the pencil crayons are displayed as I used them seen below
  • Carrying around a case without the paraphernalia of blending solutions, stumps, and a large leather case that holds 150 pencil crayons can be cumbersome.  Grab the thin packaging of these pencils is an awesome feeling.  I don’t need an extra bag to carry with me.
  • Leads come pre-sharpened and are hard
  • Blending solution is not required to blend two, or more, colours together

Here are a few samples of what I did with my Chameleon Color Tones:

This wonderful stamp is called Whimsical World from Technique Junkies.

I coloured on Kraft paper too.  Colour was directly applied.  I did not colour white over my image before colouring.  The stamps I used are by Technique Junkies and is called Flourished Floral and the sentiment is Life is Beautiful.

For 10% off your order, at Technique Junkies, feel free to use my 10% discount code.  Have fun playing!  Scroll down to the bottom for links to videos on the Chameleon Color Tones pencils.

Some more links on Chameleon Color Tone pencils:

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Posted on : Jun 06 2017
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Revisiting Inspiration from the Colour Wheel

Learning about the colour wheel can be scary for some of you, but let me reassure you that it really isn’t hard to learn and understand.  In my introduction about Learning About the Colour Wheel you learned about the colour categories: monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, split complimentary and triadic.  Today we will take a more relaxed look at the colour wheel.

Did you know that you see your favourite colour combinations every day?  Here are some examples:

  • Clothing Take a look in your closet.  Think about the outfits that you put together.  This is a good example of colour coordinating.  Imagine what you like to wear and pick out the colours on the colour wheel.  Chances are they fit within the colour categories mentioned in my introduction.
  • Paint on the Walls Chances are your walls fit within one of the colour categories.  If you are a little afraid of colour, your walls will be monochromatic.  If you love colour like me, my walls are split complimentary and triadic.    Thinking about painting?  Choose your curtains and bedding before you paint.  Pick your wall colour next, by picking one of the colours in your curtains or bedding.
  • Magazines What pages attract you?  Look at the advertising pages.  Are the ones that you are attracted to have your favourite colours?  Compare that page to the colour wheel and see what colour category it fits into.  This is a great exercise for you to think about in your leisure.
  • Gardens City parks and gardens such as Niagara Falls, is another great example of colour wheel use.  Have you ever noticed how you are atracted to these gardens?  Great colour knowledge and use really work well together.
  • Designer Paper Rubberstampers love designer paper.  Pick out a paper and you are sure to find it fits within one of the colour wheel categories.  Pick a colour and use it as your main colour in your matt and in your coloured image.  If you can create the main colour in your technique, even better. (ie,  Technique Junkie Newsletter offers a wide number of techniques in their subscriber newsletter).

Wasn’t that fun?  Colour wheel combinations are right under your nose every day, and you didn’t know it.


  • Look in your closet and pick out your favourite cloths and look at the colour wheel.  What colour combination does it fit into?
  • Pick an ad in a magazine and see what colour combination it fits into

In the next post about the colour wheel, we will look at colouring using the colour wheel as a guide.

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Posted on : May 22 2017
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Technique Junkie Newsletter 10th Birthday Anniversary Blog Hop and Embossing Oversized Cardstock

To see how I embossed the 5″ x 5″ background, scroll down for a demonstration.

Well, here we are at the 10th anniversary of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  To help celebrate, we are having a blog hop with the winning prize being a guest designer for one of the upcoming newsletter issues.  How cool is that?!  Along the way you will find work from the Design Team using techniques over the course of the 10 year newsletter.  My card uses the Stacked Nesties technique from the October 2011 issue.

Didn’t you find Jackie’s work awesome?  It’s always a delight to see what others decide to make.  You might want to start at the beginning of our blog hop by visiting the design team blog called Design Junkies.

Not a subscriber to the newsletter?  Here’s some great reasons to get a subscription:

  • Every other month a paper issue is mailed to you
  • The 8-page Newsletter is printed on high gloss paper which makes for high quality photos.  The October issue has 29 photos of cards
  • Every issue describes the step-by-step process for each technique and has an example of a card using that technique
  • Subscribers have access to an on-line website with step-by-step photos for each technique
  • Be the first to see newly developed techniques
  • Have resources right at your finger tips.  I keep all of my paper issues in a three ring binder
  • As I am a design team member, you will see my work on a monthly basis, both in the paper and on the website
  • You can join the Technique Junkie Newsletter Yahoo Group where you can share your work with the Group
  • The TJ Newsletter has generous sponsors who offer discounts to TJ members
  • Get your subscription by visiting the Technique Junkie Newsletter

The next stop on your hop is Ann Clack’s blog.  She has something pretty cool for you.

Place cardstock into embossing folder and run through embossing machine.

Place cardstock into embossing folder being careful to line up the dots appropriately.

Holding the paper backwards, in one hand, gently push out the flattened hole.  A gentle push will push out the dots.

Stamp:  Our Daily Bread Designs

Posted on : Oct 30 2012
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Coloured Paper Piecing

Hello friends.  Today I have a fun technique for you, it is coloured paper piecing.  You will notice this cute owl is wearing a dress, but did you notice I enhanced things by blending Prismacolor pencil crayons on the waste and under the collar.


Stamp with large open area

designer paper

Prismacolor pencil crayons

blending stump

odorless mineral spirits

Stamp out your image twice–once on designer paper and once on white cardstock

Cut out stamped area (I just cut the dress out)

Colour areas that you want to darken, such as above and below the belt, and under the collar.

With a blending stump and odorless mineral spirits, blend your Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Have fun!

Stamp:  Hero Arts

Designer Paper:  BasicGrey

Posted on : Aug 23 2011
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Cuttlebug Flower Link

A long-time reader sent me this link for creating Cuttlebug flowers.  The video comes from the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada scrapbooking store called Carousel Stamps. Their video can be seen here.

Thank you for sharing this link, Darla.

Posted on : Feb 21 2011
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Get Organized for the New Year

Photo used with permission by Wonderfully Complex

Happy New Year! Or is it? This is the time of year that we are well into our New Years Resolutions and are already at our breaking point having fun. Plans for an exciting new year of resolutions may have come and gone, but it’s still not too late to keep things from running amok running smooth in your stamp/scrap room.  I am keen to organize my embarrassing mess where no one is allowed to enter untidy room.

Keeping a tidy room frees up precious time that could otherwise be spent stamping and scrapbooking.

This is the year I am going to get things in order.  Are you in?

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Purge. Have you heard of the 10 second rule? I learned it at work years ago. Put something in your hand and within 10 seconds it is tossed or dealt with. You’re not even allowed to put it aside. Toss it or put it away. If you haven’t used it in three years, throw it away. I just got rid of all the designer paper I purchased and haven’t used in the past three years.

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Swap. What you think is outdated and used, may not be.  Why not get together with a girlfriend and see what you can share with each other.

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Put it away
. Period.

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Storage.  Keep items stashed in bins.  See-through bins work best.  I store all my rubber stamps, finished cards, ribbon, etc., in bins.  Having everything in drawers makes things easy.

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More Storage.  Don’t be a stranger to three-ring binders.  Store unmounted foam back rubber stamps, that use mounting cushion, onto special storage sheets. An alternative is to store your unmounted stamps in plastic ATC sheets. My Stamping Bella stamps fit into the ATC sheets so well, and I’m able to keep them all together in one three-ring binder.

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Desk top organizers. Don’t think that you have to buy expensive desk-top organizers, hit the hardware store to buy a nuts and bolts drawer. This unit takes up little space and houses items such a flowers, brads, eyelits, dies, inchies, etc.

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Label.  Purchase a label-maker and label your bins.  This not only helps you to finish things quickly, but also forces you to keep all your “like” items together.  For example, my stamps are stored by company and mounted vs unmounted.  If you have Stampn’ Up! sets, label the box and set them on their sides.

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These tips should get you started.  If you have a tip to share, please let me know. 

Posted on : Jan 16 2011
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21 Ways You Can Save Yourself Money

Have you ever read something and thought, “why didn’t I think of that?”  Well today I put a list together for you just so you can say that–LOL.  Here we go:

  • Use an old mouse pad to use as the base when you use your hole poker
  • Coffee filters are great when using glitter, flocking and embossing powder.  Remaining product can easily be poured back into the container.
  • Misplaced your hole poker?  Solid wood toothpicks can be used to punch holes for brads.   Push pens and metal pins to hold your turkey together work well
  • Gift card holders make good bone folders
  • Kitchen tin foil can be embossed as well as the tin sealing on coffee cans
  • Before throwing out an old shirt, remove the buttons for your next project
  • Use a cookie sheet with wax paper for a quick work station (we all know that we run out of usable space.  How does that happen?)
  • Sharpen scissors with sandpaper
  • Soak paint brushes in fabric softener
  • Reuse well washed meat trays and coffee lids for pallets
  • Reuse cereal boxes to be used as chipboard
  • Use free on-line colouring book pages to act as a digital design
  • 110 lb white paper from Staples is excellent cardstock.  Take it to your local print shop to have them quarter it for you
  • Buy barbie doll clothes and accessories for your cards and scrapbook layouts.  This acts as Jolee’s Boutique products
  • Check out the children’s section at the dollar store; often they have small sponge stamps that would would perfect for you
  • Hold swap meets with your friends.  One person’s junk is another person’s treasure
  • Decorate a child’s over-sized puzzle piece which will act as a cool embellishment
  • Turn paper bags into books
  • Flea Markets make excellent play dates where you can find old music sheets, ledger sheets, lace, buttons, and more
  • Hardware stores.  Did I say hardware stores?  I came home sorry I didn’t shop hardware stores first.    Many times the same product will be available at the hardware store, as at a scrapbook store.  The hardware store prices are cheaper (ie. wire at the hardware store vs. beading wire at the scrapbook/beading/rubberstamp store)
  • Check the dollar store.  Often a product available in a craft store will be packaged differently, and at a reduced cost, at the dollar store (at the time of writing this, I  purchased crystal-like large flourishes for $1 each, and small bead jewels/gems for $1

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That’s a start.  If you can think of anything else, please let me know.  I’d love to hear from you.

Tutorial Tuesday each week.  Do you have a favourite?

Posted on : Oct 14 2010
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Have you Caught the (writers-block) Bug?

Have you caught the bug?  You know, the one that takes away your enthusiasm for studio time, or even a lack of direction for inspiration?  Well, there’s help on it’s way.

Today I thought it would be fun to share a number of ways to jump start your next project.

Top 10 sources of inspiration

1.  Walk away from your studio. It sounds simple enough, but sometimes we get caught up in the “I must create” mode.  Everyone needs a break from being creative.  Take a walk, or grab a cup of coffee, then come back to where you left off.  Sometimes a small break  is all you need to get your mojo back.  Leave your project and come back to it the next morning for a fresh view.

2.  Turn off the TV and turn on the tunes.  TV can be distracting.  Turn on your favourite music, dance a little jig, and sing along while colouring and cutting.  Trust me, it’s fun.

3.  Turn to a sketch site.   Sketches are designed to jump start your mojo.  Flip the sketch, turn it around, do whatever you want with it to make it your own.  Here are five sketch sites to jump start your next project:

4.  Grab one of your favourite cards that you have laying around in your studio.  What do you like about it?  Is it the layout, the colours or even the image?  Create a new card by changing out the colours, using new designer paper or Cuttlebug template, or even a new image.

5.  Digital Stamps are the rage.  Tired of all your stamps?  Never mind that you have 100+ stamps; everyone can use a new one.  Have you thought of going digi?  Digis are inexpensive and a good way of adding a new image to your collection at a low cost.  Here are five popular digi sites for you to check out:

6.  Have you had something on your mind in the last week? Why not blog about it.   You can match up your blog post with a photo at one of the many free I stock photo sites.  Sometimes one needs to get away from the studio table, and just write about what is on your mind.
7.  Look around you for inspiration. Look at the clothes in your closet.  Notice a colour palate?  Look at magazines for colour inspiration or for layout ideas.

8.  Challenges are popular. No matter what style you like to do, there is a challenge site for you:

9.  Need colour inspiration? Here are some fantastic sites:

  • My Create Ink – Hurray, a new SU site has been opened by the original owner of the old site, and now her brother is aboard too.
  • DeGraeve is a powerful site that allows you to upload a photo and creates a colour palate
  • COLOURlovers has lots of colour palates to pick from.
  • Color Scheme Designer allows you to click on the wheel to see colour combinations.  Click on the very top of the page (to the left) to pick what colour style you are looking for.  Pretty cool.

10. 5 popular blogs

Not only do I love to share, but I loe to learn from others.  Please let me know what you liked, and what I missed.   I would love to visit the sites you send me too.  Who knows, maybe I’ll blog about it.

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Posted on : Aug 17 2010
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Blending Tip

This past week Stephanie and I spent a wonderful evening scrapbooking.  Heaven knows I need to get caught up.  Don’t you feel that way too?

When I was embellishing my layout, I complained that I didn’t have the right colour of butterfly, so Stephanie showed me a cool tip.  Here it is:  scribble the dark marker on a stamp block and then rub the light marker in the dark marker.  You will see that I started to colour my butterfly at the top, and blended my marker right down to the bottom so the colour would look well blended.  I repeated the process with my other wing.

You can see Stephanie’s gorgeous Mexico layout she did while I was there.

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Posted on : Jul 09 2010
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Colour Me Beautiful

Today on Tutorial Tuesday, I will be providing you with a tutorial I did way back in 2008, as a refresher on colour, since I have been posting about the colour wheel.  There are lots of pictures full of information and inspiration focusing on colouring with Prismacolor pencil crayons. These pencil crayons provide a professional finish when blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits, also known as Gamsol or Odorless Turpenoid. This Odorless Mineral Spirit (OMS) can be found at your local craft and hobby store.

For more information on Prismacolor pencil crayons you can read a recent post of mine entitled An Introduction to Prismacolor Pencil Crayon.  For more information on the colour wheel you can read Introduction to the Colour Wheel.

As I colour, I blend after each area is coloured. For purpose of this tutorial, I am colouring the entire image before I blend. I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Prismacolour Pencil Crayons
Odourless Mineral Spirits/Gamsol/Odorless Terponoid
Tortillions (paper sticks)
Permanent Ink Pad (such as VersaMark or Versafine)

Colour your image, leaving areas free of pencil crayon. Here you can see I added pink to the flesh tone, to give the cheek a pink tint.

The hat is coloured gold. Notice the large area left uncoloured. This allows even a lighter area of gold once it has been blended.

To add a 3-D look to an image, darker shades are used, and this is called “shadowing” or “shading.” To add a shadow, imagine where an item is blocked by the sun. In this photo, the sun hits the tip of the hat, leaving the area around the rim in the shadow. A shadow will also sit around the ears. When two lines butt up against each other I often colour that area darker, thus creating a depth as if the item is indented.

When I colour an image, I chose at least two areas that will be coloured using two different colours. Once again, this adds interest to the image. Here, I chose blue as the main colour for the pants. The blue was coloured in a random pattern, leaving uncoloured areas for reasons explained next.

One item that I often refer to is the colour wheel. I decided that I would like the pants to contain two different colours. Wondering what would be the best choice, I looked to see what complemented the colour blue. There were three colours to choose from: red, gold/brown and yellow. I chose gold.

Next, the gold is coloured in a random pattern, leaving some areas free of colour. When the pants are blended, the joining of the two colours, along with the uncoloured areas, will reveal a lovely variety of colour.

Like the pants, the boots were coloured with two colours–a light green and a dark green. The jacket was coloured, leaving areas of white so that the colour is lighter in the bottom area. Notice how the vest is left uncoloured on the bottom as well. As I go along, I add darker areas in the areas that need shadows. If you do not have a deeper shade of the colour you are using, then use brown in the shadows. When blended, it will look lovely.

Now it is time to colour the fish. I like to add as much interest to my image as I can, so once again I pulled out my colour wheel to see what colour would work well. Because the moon is yellow, I put that colour at the top of my wheel. There were three lovely colours to choose, and I picked purple because the colour was not in the image at all. Just like decorating a house, splashes of different colours is visually appealing.

Now it is time to blend my image. Here you can see the OMS I am working with. It was chosen for no particular reason. Any OMS is good. Gamsol may be just a little bit better.

These are paper tortillions made specifically for blending. A starter kit is very handy to have because it comes with several shapes and sizes of paper tips, and it also comes with a hand held pad of sand paper. The sand paper is used to sand the colour off of the colour and to sharpen the points. I have many shapes and sizes of tortillions so I do not have to sand a lot.

The larger the area to be blended, the larger the tip I use.

In small areas I use small tips. This tip was used in the vest area, including along the blue vest edge.

There is a lot of blending in this image. Notice the white area on the hat that was specifically left without a dark colour. Can’t you imagine the sun hitting that area? Under the shirt you can see how I added brown to the top of the pants because I felt it was in a shadowed area. There are no mistakes with colouring and blending. Experiment, have fun and play.

You are now ready to finish your card.

Posted on : Jul 06 2010
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