Do You Craft? Do You Have ROKU?

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Disclaimer:  I have not been reimbursed by any company for any product that I use in my crafting. I craft for the sheer joy of it, and I believe in sharing.

If you are a crafter who has been lamenting the fact that HSN is the only TV Shopping Channel that sells crafts, well check out Create and Craft USA. This is a 24/7 online shopping channel (www.createandcraft.com) that airs on your Roku, and part of the day on Dish Network and Direct TV.  If you don’t have Roku, Dish Network or Direct TV, you can stream the shows on your computer. The difference with this channel is that they take their time to show the products and usually have 2-3 craft demos during each hour. The pace is much more relaxed and I watch the shows for inspiration. It’s great to have on while you are crafting.

This is the American version of the UK channel that has been airing for around 15 years. They launched in the US just over a year ago, so you may not have heard of it.  The show is broadcast from the UK, but the products are usually shipped from the US (there are a couple of exceptions).  About 80% of the products that they sell are paper crafting products, but they are slowly expanding the line of products they sell. Just recently they started selling Lion Brand Yarn. One of the best things is that they have $7.95 flat rate shipping, you can buy a sewing machine and you would only pay $7.95. How crazy is that? And that is shipping per order, not per item.

Create and Craft USA airs live programming from 11:00 am to 5: 00 pm Eastern Standard Time. I live in the Southwest and the shows air in the mornings. I watch Create and Craft by streaming through Roku, and watch the shows while I am doing housework or crafting. During the live hours, the viewing audience is encouraged to respond via email with any questions, and they also have a chance to win one of the projects demonstrated on the air during each hourly program.

If you are a Heartfelt Creations fan, you will be thrilled to know that they launch new products about once a month on this channel, and there are some products that are exclusive only to Create and Craft.  Many of the products they sell are manufactured in the UK and are not generally available in the US. Hunkydory Crafts, maker of the some of the best paper crafting products I have ever used, started selling their products a few months ago on Create and Craft USA. If you have never seen Hunkydory Products, you are in for a treat.

Check out this new channel or browse the website. Who knows, some of your favorite products are available.

http://www.createandcraft.com

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Playing with Chameleon Alcohol Pens

Chameleon alcohol pensI discovered a new toy, Chameleon Color Tone alcohol pens (www.chameleeonpens.com). These are self-blending pens that allow you to get a wide range of color tones from just one pen. I discovered these on the new craft shopping channel, Create and Craft USA (www.createandcraft.com). They had a special one day sale on the 5 pen set. There is a 20 pen set that costs about $100.00, but I didn’t want to commit that much money if I did not like the pens. I bought the primary set, which has red, yellow, blue, green and black pens. The pens have a blending chamber that you connect either the brush or the bullet end of the pen to; the blending pen nib “kisses” the color pen nib and lightens the color of the ink.  The longer you “charge” the pen, the lighter the color. Both Create and Craft and Chameleon Pens have videos on their websites showing how the process works.

Chameleon primary pensI have wanted to try using alcohol pens, I got a few Spectrum Noir pens from a class I took at a scrapbooking convention, and I played around a little, but I haven’t really developed the skill yet. I decided to play with these Chameleon pens to see what I could do. Since most of my stamps are floral, I thought that the primary set would be more practical to start with. There are other 5 pen sets, but you do save some money if you can buy the complete set. These pens work very nicely, once you figure out how long you need to let the pen tips blend. The brush tip end is really nice, and it softens up very quickly. In the demos, you see the artists use the brush tip most often. I had a little bit of a problem getting the green pen to lighten up, but after a few tries, I got it to work.

HOTP feather stampI decided to stamp a feather stamp (from Hot Off the Press) and stamped a bunch of feathers on a piece of ivory cardstock. I used a brown Memento ink pad (Memento ink pads are recommended) and heat set the images. I tried various color combinations, one of which is using the blue and green pens. You can see the shades of green that the pen can do just to the left of the image. You can get additional shades by applying one color over another. I applied a light green over a the blue shades and got a nice turquoise color.

CTMH Budding FriendshipI then tried a couple of flower stamps from Close to My Heart’s Budding Friendship stamp. I used Spectrum Noir’s smooth white cardstock for the flower stamps. I used the yellow pen on the daisy stamp and blue on the forget-me-not looking stamp. I tried to follow the implied shading in the stamp image for the darker yellow colors and used the upper left as the light source on both of the flowers.  I lightened the red pen and applied it over the yellow daisy center to get a golden color. For the forget-me-not, I used light green and light yellow for the center.

I am definitely a beginner with alcohol pens, but the blending is a lot easier with the Chameleon pens than with the Spectrum Noir pens.  The folks at Chameleon Pens say that you can use any of your alcohol pens along with the Chameleon pens, but don’t try to blend those pens, the Chameleon alcohol ink has been specially formulated to work only with the Chameleon blending solution. Regular blending solution will not give you the same effect with your other alcohol pens.

Feather Stamp: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4101149

Flower stamps:  D1602 A Budding Friendship stamp, http://www.closetomyheart.com