Saturday, 29 August 2015

Wk1 A = Anything Goes Craft challenge at The Pencil Case

Welcome to the brand new Crafting Challenge here at 

The Pencil Case!

Our lovely Design Team members are all here to show you how amazing 
Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour Pencils are and to show you some fun ways of using pencils along the way!! 


This oil based range of pencils have been around for many years and are tried and tested Artist's Quality LIGHTFAST pencils which you will love! They have always been quite difficult to get hold of here in the UK but Premium Art Brands are now the UK Distributor for this great range - and we're here to show you how lovely they are!
The Lyra Splender Blender is reknowned as being the best pencil blender available and is widely used by Artist's with other brands of pencils too...
These great pencils are really smooth and buttery in texture and consistency and offer a fantastic range of bright, vibrant colours which blend really easily and work on a fantastic array of different surfaces. 
They are German manufactured which means superior quality to many other well known brands and being Lightfast means that unlike other brands you can be assured if you colour an image with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour the image wont be all faded in 2 days from sitting on a windowsill - UBER important to us as crafters! 
The points stay much sharper than many other pencils and they have fantastic quality leads which are water resistant and don't give wax build-up to give you that 'blooming' effect many other pencils are synonymous with.  
Rembrandt Polycolour will also combine with your other oil-based pencil brands too, expanding the range of colours you might have in your collection.

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils are available from 

and other good Art & Craft stores across the UK.  
If you are a retailer and would like to stock this product please contact us HERE.

So let's get to the first challenge!

This week our challenge is


So you can enter the challenge with ANY project you like as long as you coloured it with a medium 
(pencils, markers, inks, paints, whatever you like) - our only rule is that you can only enter twice!
Prizes: You can win a $10 voucher for the Polkadoodles digi store, who are our sponsors for this week - we will choose a winner via
We also have a set of 12 Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils to give away - to win this you need to be in the UK so please add UK next to your name in your entry. Again we will choose a winner via

So let's see what the team have made!

Nikky...I am so excited to be able to show you this fab range of pencils. I've been using a couple of other brands for years and I have to say that these exceeded my expectations considering the price of them - high quality for a low price and that's a winner in my book! So it was always a bit of a given that I was going to fall in love with these, wasn't it!
If you want to see more about the Rembrandt Polycolour range you can see a little short video I made just to show and introduce you to them here

I made a different image for this challenge but then I was playing around the other day with some ice effects and I thought I'd use this instead for my first make because it really shows you what you can do with these pencils I think....I have to thank Alyce Keegan for inspiring me with the ice, I was just doodling and wanted to make a kind of ice sculpture effect so it was a little weird! When I came to make the card I decided to cut the image out and bend the flower backwards, so this card is actually an easel folded although you can't really tell. I was so pleased I cut her out because it made the whole thing really 3D, goes to show what a little cutting can do....
The image is from the Polkadoodles Octavia Frosted Winter collection HERE.
I am ashamed to say I got so carried away with my colouring that as usual I forgot to write the colours down, shame on me! I actually coloured this on our 160gsm Ultimate Graphic paper which is very smooth but not quite super smooth. It just has enough tooth for me but I am definitely playing around with different papers and board to get different effects. If you don't understand what 'Tooth' means - it's the amount of layers of fibre within the paper - the more layers you have the more pigment you can lay down...think of it like little cells that have to absorb the colour - so the more cells and layers, the more colour you can lay down. Lots of people love watercolour board but this gives you loads of texture so just play around and find what YOU like, there is no right or wrong!
What I love about these pencils is the lumosity and vibrance of colour - the ice actually looks transparent here and believe me it's not, it's just the turquoises and blues on white card...

From memory I know I used: skin - medium flesh, brown ochre, rose madder lake, van dyck brown
Hair and Coat: the 3 purple tones that are actually more red!
clothing: the aqua colours - turquoise, peacock blue etc
boots and fur: blue violet, violet and aqua/turquoise

Caroline...I used an image called Shining Spines from the Polkadoodles Octavia Frosted Winter Collection - all the backing papers are also from the same cd....
 The pencils handle like a dream, im very new to pencils so was thrilled to be part of the team and have found them easier to use than a lot of other brands on the market as they seem to blend easier.
Colours used: skin: burnt ochre, pulled in with blender pencil and tinge of light carmine
hair: raw umber and gold umber
clothes: true blue, light blue, dark carmine, light carmine, silver grey
hedgehog: van dyck brown, gold ochre

Scatty Jan For my first project I have coloured in the lovely Serenity Stardust you can find her in the Polkadoodles store here .  I am so pleased to be on the DT for The Pencil Case, we have all had lots of fun trying them all out and coming up with new colour combos. They really are wonderful pencils that blend very easily. I am so looking forward to sharing more of my projects with you....
The colours I used are: 
Skin 030/092/094/031/084
Hair 080/082/083/076
Reds 021/018
Blues 47/49/51
Moon & Stars 002/007/006/008/009/087

Susan ....I was over the moon when Nikky asked if I would Like to try these amazing Pencils and be part of a new Design Team - of course I said yes!  They really are a dream to work with and so creamy and vibrant ,they layer and blend beautifully. I have been using different brands of pencils for about 6 months now, and spent a fortune on them, just wish I had chosen these from the start ! This image is Frosted Fox from the new Frosted Winter Collection , I have coloured on Smooth Watercolour Card..... 

 Lyra Pencils Used
Skin- 32 ,31 ,76
Hair 76 ,75
Scarf -89
Dress 68,77,74
Fox - 90 ,80 ,76

Yvonne - Hello everyone! Well I cannot tell you how amazingly happy I am to be here in this Design Team sharing with you all my new love - which is of course these amazing pencils! For our first challenge I combined my new love with an old love and used the gorgeous Serenity Collection, which is available as a Digi Download or as a CD-Rom. I used 'Joyful' which you can get here as a single digi stamp.  I made a shaped card and I went die happy with some dies and added some flowers. 
I used the following pencils:
Skin: 32, 89, 92
Hair: Black, 97, 41, 43, 96, white
Top & Flowers: 29, 28, 09
Skirt: 46, 43, 41
Butterfly's: 43, 41

Cara  - Hi, its so great to be here and working with these amazing pencils! They are a joy to work with and I am super excited to share my ideas on using them with you!  Here is my first project using the super sweet Mermaid digi stamp by Polkadoodles.  I decided to try my pencils on Kraft card and I also drew bubbles with my pencils to create an underwater scene, I hope you like the results.
The pencils I used were:
Skin: White, Burnt Ochre, Venetian Red, Rose Carmine
Sea and Bubbles: White, Light Blue, Prussian Blue, Apple Green, Burnt ochre
Hair and tail: Apple Green, Sap Green, Viridian

Lou: Hi everyone, I'm also very pleased to be here too especially as I am a crafter who prefers to colour with pencils and was ecstatic to be asked to use the Lyra pencils. I was blown away with the results and how easy it was to blend with the pencils ... minimum effect which is right up my street! I have used one of the Polkadoodles Ickyink Art Images, Oddella Twig for my card ...

I have used the following pencils: -
Skin: Ochre, gold ochre, venetian red, white, light grey
Eyes: light blue and true blue
Hair: black, medium grey, dark sepia, GraphIt white shake pen
Dress: Blue violet, Light colbalt, medium grey, white.
Tights: black, medium grey
Boots: Van Dyck brown and dark sepia.

Wow!! The Design Team have certainly had some fun using their new Rembrandt Polycolours!! 

We really hope you'll join in the challenge with us and come back regularly to join in the fun - we will be here every 2 weeks so we can't wait to see what you enter - just use Thumblinky below!



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  1. Wow fabulous creations by the DT. I actually have a set of 36 on order - can't wait to see how I get on with them x I may just have to join in your first challenge x

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  3. Lovely inspiration and I am feeling very lucky at the moment as I already have the full set of pencils…bought them years ago! :-) I will have to get them out and dust them off!! I am looking forward to joining in all the fun.

    Sharon x

    1. Oohh Sharon! Lucky you! Hope to see you joining in with us then = please join us over on Facebook too, we can all learn together LOL!

  4. Fantastic creations by the DT. Good Luck with the new blog. x

  5. Great projects from the DT.♥

  6. Oops I shouldn't have entered your challenge. I see now that it is for pencil coloring only. I thought I had read more carefully. I do use colored pencils and will check out your challenges again in the future.
    Higgledy-Piggledy Crafts

    1. Sharon it says at the top you can use any medium to colour with. In brackets it says pens pencils paint etc etc. So your ok double check though as I have just found this lol Ann

  7. Hi Nikky I have done four colourings of a fairy that I recently got from you. They are all on the same sheet of 160gsm paper from you its brill. My question is as I have coloured the same fairy four times with four different mediums. I would like to enter this to your competition but will I have to make them into a card or leave them as they are. I don't normally enter things these days but I love your stuff. So can you help me please.....on the page as they are or made into a card which I can easily do. Thanks for all xxxAnnxxx

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  9. Finally managed to get Linky to work! PHEW!! Thanks fro starting this fab blog and also the challenge!! Looking forward to having lots of fun! Great DT work girls!! Your colouring is fabulous!!!

  10. Great makes from the DT's. So happy to finally find a pencil blog YAY!! I use pencils but i must admit have been meaning to get a spender pencil for quite some time now. Being in Australia I have found them hard to track down. :) So happy I found you ladies

  11. Great makes by dt. I have entered entry no27 but forgot to put uk after my name.
    Caz xx

  12. Hi Great challenge, look forward to seeing more of it in the future.
    Hugs Amanda

  13. Have actually managed to link in my card this time! Thank you for a great challenge.

  14. Lovely challenge Looking forward to playing here, Hazelx

  15. Love my Lyras :) Thanks for the new challenge :)

  16. Thanks for the challenge. However, I accidentally added a card here that was intended for the next challenge - I just scrolled too far. Please ignore #78 - I have added that card to challenge #2. Thank you.