Sunday, March 19, 2017

Handmade Leather Traveler's Notebook with Leather Flowers

Materials used:  Sizzix Big Shot Jewelry Studio, Sizzix Carnation Stack Movers and Shapers dies; scrap leather from Michaels; crystal rivets, elastic cord, and scrap leather from Hobby Lobby

This is a Passport size Traveler's Notebook (TN).  The base of the TN was cut out with generous scraps of black leather purchased from Hobby Lobby.  All credit must be given to my dear friend and amazing crafting guru, Tammy Santana who not only figured out how to make these TNs but also was generous to supply the leather and expertise to help me make this TN.  You can find Tammy on Instagram at @diyplannergirls or @tammysmithsantana .  You can also visit her blog by clicking on her picture on the right margin of this blog.

We used the Sizzix Big Shot Jewelry Studio along with the Carnation Stack dies to cut out the flowers from scrap pink leather/suede purchased from Michaels.  The Sizzix Big Shot made this task so easy - the leather cut like butter! After figuring out where we wanted them, we placed a hole in the leather cover and then used a crystal rivet to attach each layered flower.  We then added the elastics to the inside of the TN.

So pretty!

You can make your own pretty TN if you have the right equipment!  Craft on!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Coloring" Birthday Card

Materials used:  DCWV Birthday Wishes Stack, DCWV Pretty Prints Color and Create Stack, Chameleon Color Tone Pens in Peony Pink (PK4), Mellow Yellow (YO2), Grass Green (GR3), Green  Apple (GR1), and Royal Blue (BL6); Glue Dot Permanent Tape Runner; 4.5"x 6" card base

After collecting all my materials for this card, it was time to get started.  I was inspired to make this card by the DCWV Facebook page March 2017 Stack-a-holic Challenge card sketch.  I liked that it was a simple sketch so the coloring design would be the star of the card.

I colored a design from the DCWV Pretty Prints Color and Create Stack using Chameleon Color Tone Pens.  For most areas I used the brush nib of the pen and fused the pens in order to get the color gradation you see.  It's awesome to get so many shades of the same color just from one alcohol marker because of the unique system that Chameleon has.  

After the coloring was completed, I "fussy cut" the design.  I used pop dots to adhere the design onto blue card stock from the DCWV Birthday Wishes Stack which was already adhered to the card base.  I then cut out a "border" from another piece of card stock in the same stack to use on the card.  After typing the sentiment onto it, it was adhered to the card.

 Hope you enjoyed the card!  Craft on!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sine Mandala

This is a mandala by Sine Hagestad that I downloaded and colored from the Chameleon Pens newsletter February 2017 issue of "The Changing Times".  

I colored it using only 3 Chameleon pens - Peony Pink (PK4), Fuchsia (PK5), and Green Apple (GR1).  All the color gradation you see in the individual colors is accomplished by "fusing" the pen.

 I cut out a 3D flower die cut on the Cricut Explore using the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  I colored it using the Fuchsia Chameleon pen - fusing the pen for about 5 seconds.  As you can see I was not really all that particular or careful about my coloring.  This is because once the flower is rolled up it really will not matter.  You'll see!

I finished the interior area with the Peony Pink Chameleon pen - fusing for about 3 seconds and again, not being too careful or particular.

Now use the same process to color the back since this is a 3D flower and both sides will be seen.

Start rolling the colored card stock from the outside end of the "circle".  Keep on rolling till you get to the end.  Tuck the last circle under and adhere with some Glue Dot Squares or a hot glue gun.

I added a design in those empty circles and used a black Pigma Micron PN pen to trace over the pencil.  These pens are compatible with alcohol pens.  Chameleon Pens also makes a black detail pen that is designed to use with their alcohol pens.  I finished coloring, fussy cut it out, and then added the flower to the center.

 Here it is again - all completed!  Be sure to visit , click on "Newsletter" and you too will have access to the archives of all the Chameleon Pen Newsletters which are full of art, instruction, and free downloads!
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