Tag: Neocolors

Craft Your Stash: Neocolor box

I had a LOVELY trip to a local art store yesterday (Preston Art Center, for you local peeps) and couldn’t resist picking up more NeoColor II crayons. Have you played with these yet?? I just love them – they are so vibrant and I really like that you can color directly on your project and add water, or color on a craft mat (my usual choice) and use them more like traditional water colors.

But, back to Preston. They had a whole rainbow of colors for sale individually – it made me do a little happy dance. Literally. I knew I’d need a larger tin/box to store them in as the starter set I got a few years ago came in nifty tin….with no room for growth. I looked around the store and found some really nice pencil cases…for $15. And then I got to thinking about my stash of containers I want to “someday” alter. I decided to head home with my new little gems and see what I had that might could work…and guess what:


I found this cute little box – which I think originally housed a cord of some kind. Pretty fancy. It has a drawer with a metal pull and a hard plastic see-through window (Which is why I couldn’t throw it out and tucked it into my “someday” pile.)

imageI grabbed an old McCall pattern set and my neocolors and went to work.

imageNow, I use ModPodge for my glue of choice on most of my mixed media projects. I’ve also used gel medium – but I find it thick, stiff and really sticky – and it dries even faster than the ModPodge, giving me very little time to make any adjustments should I need to (and, let’s face it: I need to A. LOT.)  Plus, I really like the finish on the matte MP.

I added a few layers of the pattern, building up the texture. Because the sewing pattern is basically tissue paper, it does have a tendency to wrinkle a little – it will flatten out some when it dries, but it does have some wrinkles. I’m OK with that.

imageI have to admit: I liked the graphic texture and was tempted to just leave it. But, i couldn’t reaaallly stop there. I colored in the top slightly, letting some of the pattern show through. I scribbled directly on the top, using my finger with some water on it to blend most of it. I left some pretty rough, allowing it to look like a crayon:

imageI made stripes on all the way around with each crayon with a little hand written label identifying the color. Now I’ll know what it looks like on a project (a stroke of genius, really):

imageIt’s was a bit tedious, as the neocolors are, well, watercolors and are therefore water-based…so using ModPodge over the color smears. So, I took a small square brush, dipped it in the MP ran over the color, added the tag and another layer of MP, being careful to clean the brush after each swipe. I love the effect of the color smearing over the white label as I added the MP:

imageFinally, I did some doodling on top with my favorite Scarlet Lime pen (I will be sooo sad when it runs out – Christy has no more in her store!!), and added a half of a doily colored to match and some Thickers, to cover the little white graphics on the window:

imageI have lots more room in the box for more crayons – but no more space on the edge for colored stripes. I guess when I acquire more, I’ll have to add some paper to the bottom for my samples!

Hope this little project inspires you to pull something out of your “someday” pile and just create. Make it a great week!


Project life – a week of firsts

imageSo, I sat down to put together Week 17 – and realized I didn’t have a single photo. Not one! What could I have been doing all week that would have stopped me from snapping a few photos is beyond me. But there it was: an empty week.


i happen to be taking a fabulous class over at Studio Calico called Beyond Digital basics …. So I took the opportunity to create a layout using digital papers and okay with some of the techniques in class. It was a fun challenge for me.

I also used a letterpress card I made (from the first batch of letterpress I tried!) super fun plates came with my press – just my style. Added a bit of doodling and watercolor and journaling…love it!


I grabbed a few other photos of things I love and added some journal spots of current things I do, listen to, eat and places I go most frequently. Not the best project life layout I’ve ever done – but I’m actually happy with how it all came out, considering.


This 4×6 card came in a recent PL kit from studio calico. I added the white “always” I drew and cut out of the cameo with a little stitching. You can download that freebie here.imageThis little Happy Camper card I made with some StayzOn ink, my neocolors and a super cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.


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PL – Week 6

I was so excited to sit down and work on this week’s layout. My order for Close to My Heart came in early this week and I was so inspired by the new Hopscotch Alphabet…LOVE it! I’ve linked to my dear friend Amy’s wesbite if you’re as crazy about the set as I am and want to get your hands on it…

So here’s what I did with it — I used both the upper and lower case with Stayz On ink so I could use my NeoColor crayons to add a little water color effect.

week6I adored this photo of Emily playing the guitar. She really wanted to take lessons so she could play at summer camp this year. We got the small size — and it still looks to big on her. I can’t help but wonder how she will grow and someday, maybe, this instrument will seem small. Time goes by so quickly…

So I decided to enlarge this photo and focus on why it pulled so much on my heartstrings: I love how big the guitar looks, how you can see her little toes (and she does have very little toes!), how she will sing as she plays – when she doesn’t think we can hear, and that tiny little smile on her face. I mostly just love her with all my heart…true statement.

week6-deet5 week6-deet6 week6-deet8 week6-deet3 week6-deet4On the right side, I just used one photo from each day of the rest of the week. While I absolutely LOVE the 9 square page protector — it’s hard to create those cards, right? All the cards in the kits I have – both from Becky Higgins and the monthly kit from Studio Calico (I used a few of the cards from Copper Mountain and Double Scoop) are either 4×6 or 3×4. So these awesome 4×4 squares take a bit more time to prepare. Which is OK — just a little different.

So, I created 3 using the hopscotch alpha again, the staz on, neocolors and a little bit of stitching. I like how using both the upper and lower cases on the left and the right sides make the whole layout cohesive. week6-deet2 week6-deet1I know this layout focuses quite a bit on what I love…and yet: it’s NOT the week of Valentine’s! Guess I’m going to have to come up with a different strategy for next week’s layout. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this spread and get inspired to pull out some stamps, grab some paints and make some of insert cards of your own.

Have a happy week!


Digital cards – out of my box

Studio Calico had some AMAZING after-Thanksgiving day sales – which I seriously couldn’t resist. On Saturday, they offered several of their past on-line classes at a discount. Since I was in the process of making a giant stack of cards for Christmas presents, I enrolled in the You’ve Got Mail class. I knew I wouldn’t get the class stamp set, but they had the images available as digital elements.

I thought I would push myself and create the cards using the digital elements. It was a huge stretch for me, but I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

For the “Thank you” card, I loved the bold black banner printable from the class. I printed that off and cut it out (shouldda thought to use my Calico – maybe next time!) and I paired it with some hand-drawn elements. I used my Sharpie Writer (have you TRIED these pens??? Seriously. Run to the store. Run. Now. They are the bomb!) and my PrismaColor watercolor pencils to add some color. Using my water brush, I smoothed out the colors. I really love the balance with the printable and the doodle elements.

For the “You’ve Got Mail” card – I created background paper using the adorable envelope stamp. I printed it on presentation paper in black and white. I added color with a paintbrush and my Neocolor crayons (I just love the intense pop of color these little guys pack). The sentiment and the speech bubble are also printables available in the class. I just added some doodling a bit of stickles to the heart. This was my first attempt at making my own background paper with a digital element – and am really happy with it – especially once I added color

All in all – I really had fun trying my hand at the digital elements…and think I may see a whole bunch of possibilities for projects in the future.

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