I’m a Fan of… Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!!

From time to time on this blog, I feature crafters, craft companies, and craft products that I am a fan of. Today, I am putting the spotlight on Crayola Twistables Slick Stix!

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I first discovered this particular product a year or two ago. Of course, I was familiar with the Crayola name since I’d had their crayons and other products as a child. However, I was very impressed that Crayola also makes products for adult art use that stands up to the competition, but for a fraction of the cost!

Crayola Twistables Slick Stix give off brilliant, pigmented color and are very creamy and gel-like. Oh… and they blend like a dream! You have a few minutes of “play time” to blend them before they set. They could be blended with a sponge, but I find that the heat of my finger blends them perfectly and gives me the best control. Plus, when you’re finished, the non-toxic formulation will wash off the skin with soap and water. I do not use them to color coloring pages; rather, I use them for other things such as shading, highlighting, and more! They are great to use for mixed media art journals, card-making, with stencils, or to color large surfaces. In fact, I used them to color the leaves on the project shown below, and they gave the leaves a very realistic, waxy look! ↓↓↓

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color leaves

I also used them to color plain white printer paper when I make my paper roses. If I don’t have a certain color of paper, no problem! I just reach for my Crayola Twistables Slick Stix and get the perfect finish. When they dry, they leave a slightly shiny, waxy finish (which can be seen in person) so they are perfect for making paper roses!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper rose

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to color paper roses (glitter added to embellish)

In card-making, they are also great to use! Last Fall, I made a pumpkin-shaped card. Instead of having a flat, orange piece of paper – I wanted to add some dimension and contour to my pumpkin. The Crayola Twistables Slick Stix were the perfect solution!!

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Crayola Twistables Slick Stix used to shade/contour pumpkin-shaped card

Of course, these nifty crayons can be used for far more than I’ve mentioned – but I simply wanted to give an idea of their capabilities. They twist up so you never have to worry about sharpening them. You can get a set of 12 for less than $8.00USD in most stores which carry Crayola products. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Remember, more fun projects can be seen on my Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see you there also… Happy crafting!

International Scrapbook Day Festivities!!

Today, May 6, 2017, is International Scrapbook Day! This is a great day to craft in celebration!! In honor of this special day, Scrapbook.com will be giving away prizes, hosting challenges, and having a huge sale!! To find out more details and join in on the fun, you may click the banner below or you may click HERE.

We are also celebrating here at Multiplicity Crafts Blog!! I have several Giveaways, Coupons, Freebies, and Challenges posted on my GIVEAWAYS & MORE page! We celebrate all year long so be sure to check back often for updated giveaways, coupon codes, tutorials, tips, and more!! Thank you for being a part of the happy Multiplicity Crafts family! If you haven’t already, please “Follow” this blog so you don’t miss out! Happy crafting! 🙂

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April Hop Giveaway//Whimsy Stamps

Hello everybody! I am designing for the Scrapbook Blessings Club April Video Hop. The sponsor is Whimsy Stamps!  You could win the grand prize drawing from our sponsor by taking part in this hop!! All you have to do is stop by each of the design team members YouTube channels, watch their Hop videos, subscribe, and leave a comment.  When you’ve finished all the hop video, you will head to the ScrapBook Blessings Club blog HERE. Leave a comment there for a chance to win the grand prize!!

The hop is open from  Saturday, April 29 – Friday, May 5, so you have PLENTY of time to watch all of our inspiring videos and join the giveaway!!!

You will find the link to my hop video below as well as a supply list of items used to make my card (pictured below). Thanks for dropping by and best wishes on winning the giveaway!

Whimsy Finished Card

Supply List:

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Cardstock     Glue Runner     Copic Markers     Cutter Bee Scissors     Blending Tool    

Color Box Pigment Ink     Memento Tuxedo Black Ink     Acrylic Block    

Whimsy Stamp Set “Bee-cause”   Xyron Sticker Maker     Bone Folder

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Link to Hop video: https://youtu.be/iYdLLK9v9as

 

Masculine DIY Card Ideas

Girly, frilly, or colorful cards seem to come natural for most card-makers since there are so many feminine embellishments on the market. Lace, gemstones, sparkly glitter… it all makes for a gorgeous card. But what about those times when you need to make a masculine card? Well, I’m glad you asked! 🙂

So, let’s begin with a few ideas…

Ideas:

~Create a card based upon his (the recipient’s) age and hobbies. Does he like fishing, golf, motorcycles, football or does he have a particular hobby? If not, what are his interests? Is he into politics? What is his favorite band? Does he have a favorite TV show? A favorite food? Is he talented in a certain area (as a musician, professor, handy-man, techie, etc.)? This might help jog your mind for some ideas and a theme.

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~If the recipient is a casual acquaintance, you may not know his hobbies or interests. In this case, you can create a card based upon a masculine color theme. Some good masculine colors to use are green, blue, gray, brown, black, white, and varying shades of these colors. Come up with a well-coordinated color palette first. This will help make the card-making process a lot easier. Choose a minimum of 3 colors – that’s usually a good rule of thumb. If going for a pattern in these colors, some “safe” masculine patterns are stripes, plaid, tweed, and checks.

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~When creating a masculine card, sometimes, less is more (depending on his personality). It is usually safe for a masculine card to go with a CAS style. CAS stands for Clean And Simple. A Clean And Simple card is just that – not a lot of embellishment or busy-ness going on. Think, straight lines, not a lot of layers, and easy on the eyes.

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Sometimes it helps if there is a holiday that you are designing the card for. Instead of worrying about a lot of decorations, focus on the text/sentiment – let that be the focal point of your card. When using a text/sentiment as the focal point, be sure it is in a large font so it will fill up the majority of the card front.

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If the card recipient is a close friend or family member, here’s an idea for a personalized card… Find your favorite photograph of them, or of a trip you went on together, or of a good memory – and make that the background of the card. Remember, photo paper comes in a variety of finishes, so it may be best to go with a matte finish for a card (but the choice is yours). Add a strip of Vellum or cardstock to the top of the card to add your sentiment.

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People always like to get something in their cards – whether it’s money, a gift card, or even concert tickets! Go with the theme of the gift inside for the cover of your card. For example, if you have concert tickets tucked inside an interior pocket of the card, make the card front cover with a music theme. Not only is this a unique way to present a gift but it will also keep their tickets in a safe place!!

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There are plenty of gentlemen that are not necessarily into sports – but for those who are, a sports-themed card would be a delight! Let’s say they are celebrating a birthday – maybe use their age as part of the card… for example, if making a basketball themed card, perhaps put a jersey on the front with the jersey number being their age. Or perhaps, a football card as shown below!

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Really – the sky’s the limit when it comes to being creative! It always stretches me outside of my comfort zone to make a masculine card – but it is healthy for us artists and creatives to always challenge ourselves so we don’t get into a rut. Plus, you may find that thinking outside the box really gets the creativity flowing!

Happy Crafting!

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Giveaway Winner Announced!

Hey all… just a quick post to let you know that the Digital Images & Backgrounds Giveaway has closed and we have a winner! I want to thank each and every one of you who entered. I host giveaways from time to time, so YOU may be the next winner!! Also, if you don’t want to wait, I have ongoing giveaways, freebies, coupons and more over at my Giveaways & More page HERE.

Using Random.org, the winner is…

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Congratulations Gilda! I have e-mailed your prizes to you. Thanks again to all who participated and stay tuned for more fun giveaways, tutorials, tips, and more!! 🙂

NEW Cricut Explore Air//TEAL Machine!

For those of you who are a fan of Cricut, you can now find their NEW Cricut Explore Air machine in a new color… TEAL!!! And what’s even better, for a limited time, it is on sale. It retails for $249.99 but is on sale now thru April 11, 2017 for only 199.99!!

To check out all of the details on the Cricut Explore Air machine in the beautiful new teal color, click HERE.

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[Edit: After this was posted, I also found that Cricut has came out with a GOLD machine also!! WOWZA!! → New Cricut Explore Air Machine in Gold]

Also, don’t forget, I have coupons, giveaways, and freebies posted all the time over at my Giveaways & More page!! Thanks for dropping by today… Happy crafting!

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Digital Images & Backgrounds GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is closed, but you can always visit my Giveaways & More page for ongoing giveaways, freebies, coupons, and more! Winner announced at the bottom of this post.

Hello one and all… It’s Maranda, here, with a Digital Image GIVEAWAY just for you!! It is my way of thanking each of you for being loyal followers and readers of my blog!

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What Does the Winner Receive??

If you win, you will be e-mailed a zip folder with 14 full-color, printable backgrounds + 10 digital image jpeg’s in black and white, ready for you to color!

That is a total of 24 digital images/backgrounds altogether!! The images and backgrounds are from a variety of online digi stores and could be yours if you are the lucky winner!

How To Enter

Entering is simple. I have a Rafflecopter widget linked below where YOU CHOOSE how you want to enter. Of course, the more tasks you complete, the more entries you’ll get for the drawing. Do as many or as few tasks as you wish.

The giveaway will run from March 31, 2017 – April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter. Open worldwide!!

Best wishes!! Enter while there’s still time!! Simply click the Rafflecopter link below… ↓↓↓

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The winner is Gilda M.!! Thanks to all who entered and congrats to our winner!!