Tool Time Tuesday: Color Cube in Action

Color Cube

Welcome to Tool Time Tuesday. Where I share a new and sometimes old craft tool that I am currently using. Today let’s take a look at The Color Cube by Sarah Renae Clark. She is one of my favorite colorists I follow online and she has come out with this wonderful product that just gives me all the feels.

Let’s rewind and go back several years ago, when I began going on Pinterest to find color combinations for my cardmaking projects. I love anything that can help me quickly create a color pallette for my projects. I often find inspiration from product containers and patterned papers. Then Sarah came up with a digial product called The Color Catalogue and I used it on my iPad. I purchased her digital version to use on the iPad. It would have a picture of something and then pull out the colors to show you compatible color combinations and she also grouped images into categories so I could find stuff even faster.

However, as much as I love technology, I am a tactile person. So when Sarah said she was designing a physical product, my ears perked up and I pre-ordered them immediately. You can buy one or both boxes and they contain hundreds of color printed cards in a variety of themes with the color combinations pulled out on the side. One side has the image and the other side has the hex code so you can also use it for digital projects.

Ok, enough yappin’, I am here to show you how I use it. One thing that can slow me down when I color in my coloring books is committing to a color palette. So I grabbed one of my new coloring books from Christmas and opened up one of the beautiful cubes. By the way, it’s always wonderful when a crafter/artist designs their own products because the quality of the cards and the cubes are impeccable. I have them on my desk and they look like an art.

I selected two cards one for the whales and water and the other for all the other images. Then I held them up to my swatch charts for my Prismacolor pencils and found matches then pulled the pencils.

I only selected one pencil for each color because I am working with a grayscaled image but if I were going to do a lot of shading I would select light and dark compatible pencils for each of the colors.

The final page turned out pretty cool. I don’t think I woud have selected those exact colors but I am glad I used the Color Cube for this one.

I will share more with you as I continue to use them. But if you are interested in getting one, check out her video. It might be on waitlist now but well worth it in my opinion.

Color Cube

Happy crafting!

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #539

on my desk…

Hello friends! It’s that time again! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Tool time over here! I have kind of fallen behind on the craft tools out there and while shopping at Michael’s with my son looking for supplies for his science project for school, I happened across the papercrafting aisle (ok, I purposely took a walk there!) and saw this beauty. I have quite a collection of WRMemory Keepers tools. I am facinated in the genious it takes to create these affordable tools that really increase productivity and are a lot of fun once you learn their tricks. So when I saw this Pocket Punch Board, I knew I had to buy it. It has so many uses. It can be used in a card as an accent or gift card holder, it could be used on scrapbook pages to hold additional journaling and more. So I used my 40% off coupon and got if for cheap. So this morning is the first day I got to play around with it.

Some of the pockets I created today.

I have to admit, I am lousy with instructions so I found a quick tutorial on YouTube and then I was off and running. The tool comes with everything you need to create different size pockets. It has the cutting, scoring and embossing tool as well as a handy guide to tell you paper sizes to make different sized pockets.

I even made one that could hold my bookmarks I make. I like how the top peeks out so you can see the bookmark.

A cool pocket for the bookmark.

The funny thing was I spent more time picking different papers to test out this new tool on.

Had my son hold the camera for this shot.

I am going to definitely make more for the bookmarks. The cool thing is that you can embellish them or simply use patterned paper.

Look at this baby pocket. It’s so tiny.

I have to tell my friend Ashley if she doesn’t already own it because it would be great to make valentines for her daughter. My boys are past the age of valentines exchanges at school but they would be perfect for that.

This is a pocket with a flap.

It has the option to create a pocket with a flap or with a top notch. I loved both.

This is the reverse side of the pocket.

Other happening on my desk. I created a bunch of accents to use on cards with my Nuvo drops. I can just pull them off and adhere them to a card. I just love looking at them all like that. I ordered a pretty red for Christmas time that should arrive this week.

Nuvo drops ready to go.

They aren’t exactly the same as enamel dots but so close and I can make as much as I want. So I am really enjoying using them. It was so relaxing making this sheet of drops. Almost like the feeling I have when I color.

The handy chart that comes with the pocket punch.

One last thing, I thought I would share a great tip, if you do own or buy this fun tool. It’s quite easy to lose your place when you are using the guide so I came up with a great solution. I used a post-it. I place it on the line I want to focus on. The first set of numbers are the final size of the pocket, the second column has the letter and number to set the guides, the third column is the size if you want a flap and the final column is the size paper you need for a cut-out notch at the top. After I finished a pocket I would write down the info on the post-it and then stick it to the back of the pocket so I would know in case I wanted to reproduce it.

Scribble Showdown

I am so tired today. Last night we took my youngest to see an event called the Scribble Showdown where he got to see a group of his favorite graphic animators from YouTube participate in a friendly drawing competition. It was very interactive and he had a blast. My photo is rubbish but I did snap a few anyway. But we got home so late and this girl, need her beauty rest. Ha Ha. So I make no promises to visit all today but I will make visits over the course of the next few days.

Have a blessed day my friends!


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #514

Hello my creative friends! It’s been a little while since I posted my desk and snooped around yours. Hopefully I can get two in this month. Every other week seems to work better for me. Before I babble, let me explain for the newbies. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

What a clean desk you might ask. Well that is only because I went to my annual girlfriend creative weekend and took a whole bunch of stuff with me to play. It is usually between 10 – 15 of us that attend a weekend in a beautiful Inn up north. I stayed and played for 4 days! If you want to see some sights from my craft escape check it our here. So that is why my desk is exceptionally tidy.

The floral binder is my new garden journal. I couldn’t resist the beautiful color and the flowers oo la la!!  It’s smaller than I usually use but I will give it a try and see how it works. It being smaller might help me update it more regularly since it would be bulky and heavy to lug around. Front and center is my case with my Prismacolor colored pencils. To the right of it is my brand spankin’ new colored pencil sharpener. I saw a colorist on YouTube talk about it this past weekend and had to have it. I have two small sharpeners that I use but this one gets the sharpest point and it’s said prevents some of the breaking that occurs on occasion while sharpening the pencils. My hands also get tired using my other manual sharpeners. This one you only need to turn the handle 3-4 turns to get an amazing point. It has a self grip for the pencil so it’s easy to use on my desktop or I can also attach it to my desk with the supplies included. So I am going through my case and sharpening all of my pencils in preparation for my next coloring session. This could not happen with my old sharpeners because my hands would be killing me. So I am happy with this purchase.

Look how sharp the pencil is after I sharpen it. So excited. Well that is all I have today. But I will spend the next few days checking out what you ladies have been up to since I last visited!

Make it a crafty day!!



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