Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flying Unicorn & Sketchabilities #76

Flying Unicorn is sponsoring Sketchabilities and Cardabilities this month, and the Flying Unicorn CT has been invited to play along.

Here is my interpretation of Sketch #76.

One day this summer I put my three boys in childminding at our family club while I went to the gym.  Colby was crying and the wonderful childcare attendants were unable to settle him down.  At their wits' end, they finally asked Elliot, who was nearly 6, what he thought might be wrong.  He said, "I think he misses our dog.  They're best friends." LOL!  So when I saw this metal "best friends" trinket in my kit I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Everything on this layout is from the September Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month "Vintage Harmony" with the exception of the bling flourish and the shabby metal birdhouse.

Here are some closeups.  I lifted the idea to trim the banner portion off the pink ribbon in the Main Kit from my fellow DT member Denise - thanks sweetie!

And here is the wonderful sketch:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll take the chance to play along!

Mixed Media Smackdown Challenge *** Flying Unicorn ***

This month at the Flying Unicorn we have been featuring a number of Back To School tutorials teaching new techniques and different ways to use your scrappy supplies.  When I saw Monica's Mixed Media Smackdown challenge I couldn't wait to play along.  Unfortunately it took until the end of the month for me to find time to get it done (I painted the watercolor paper with gesso about 10 days ago, set it aside to dry and forgot about it!), but here is my layout for inspiration.

This is a layout of my second son, Brennan, on the swing in the backyard when he was a baby.  He was sure a darling, but this was his trademark pouty moue.

I started off by coating watercolor paper with gesso.  Once it was dry (very, very dry LOL) I applied Distress Ink in Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade, all available from the Flying Unicorn Store and smeared it while it was still wet with a baby wipe to give it some added dimension.  The stamping around the edges is a set of Dylusions stamps colored with a white poster pen.  I then applied molding paste through a Donna Downey Prima mask, also available from the store and set the whole thing aside to dry while I fussy cut my stamped "Adore" title and coated it with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.  And voila!

Here is a closeup of the molding paste.

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Color Room #129 and Flying Unicorn KOM

The Flying Unicorn is sponsoring the Color Room for September, and all this month our CT is playing along.  This week's palette features three beautiful shades of green set against crisp white, and is perfectly complemented by the September Kit of the Month from Flying Unicorn, Vintage Harmony.

Here is what I created:

Hard to believe that this little munchkin is 6 already!  I knew as soon as I saw this sentiment printed on the Kaisercraft Miss Match papers that it was one I wanted to use - who doesn't wish this for their children?

Here is this week's palette and sketch:

Hope you'll get a chance to play along!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

7 Gypsies Trousseau *** Flying Unicorn Sale ***

7 Gypsies is currently on sale for 20% off in the Flying Unicorn store through September 30th. I had a chance to work with the beautiful papers from the Trousseau collection.

My fellow CT member Kelly had done a gorgeous layout with the August kit where she had inked the edges of torn strips of patterned paper with black ink to make her background, and I took that as my starting point.  I didn't want to use any of the vintage photo images on the papers because they didn't fit with my modern photo, but I was able to cut and tear around them.  Although it may not look like it at first glance, the papers have lots of opportunities for fussy cutting, and I cut out the details I wanted, such as the words and the photo mat with banners, before I tore my background strips.  I also have a couple lovely fussy cut flower clusters in reserve for another layout.

FUL 09-2012 7 Gypsies

I placed some rectangles and some strips of paper, patterned masking tape and canvas writer's tape where I would be placing my photo and my accent clusters, then applied Crystal Gel through a brick wall mask to add some more dimension to my background. After adding my embellishments I misted everything using Tattered Angels Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist and Chalkboard Cherry Cola, Perfect Pearls in Blue Smoke and Dylusions Black Marble.  I went a bit too heavy with the black mist, so I painted over the flowers in my main cluster with Silks paint in Jasmine which I lightened with Distress Stain in Picket Fence.  Disaster averted!

Here are some closies:

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I used three sheets of patterned paper for this layout: Grace, True and Charming.  The Prima wooden buttons and wood tickets and the Petaloo Color Me Crazy orchids are also available in the store.

Take advantage of the sale to stock up on these lovely papers!

Flying Unicorn Sponsors Cardabilities and Sketchabilities

We are so pleased to announce that Flying Unicorn is sponsoring CARDABILITIES this month! A perfect sketch #59 for your hello, thank you, just because, Halloween and Even Christmas Cards! So without further delay take a look at Sketch #59

And what is more exciting is that we get to help reveal their new Design Team . Just look at some of these incredible creations!

CREATION BY: Petra Offrell

CREATION BY Meiko Sejima

CREATION BY: Karen Whitlock

There are so many more great cards from the New Design Team so click on over to Cardabilities and enjoy the eye Candy !

You know that our own Creative Team could not help but be inspired and enjoyed working with sketch #59. Here are a few from the Flying Unicorn Creative Team





Need to see more and have some fun with this sketch ... well click on over to our Forums and to Cardabilities where a RAK can be won!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Flying Unicorn KOM & Sketchabilities #75

The Flying Unicorn is a proud sponsor of Sketchabilities and Cardabilities for September, and the Flying Unicorn CT has been invited to play along.

I created this layout of baby Colby playing with his water table in our backyard with the September Vintage Harmony kit from Flying Unicorn.

The Little Yellow Bicycle "Cottage Dreams" paper from the Patterned Paper Add-On was nearly perfect for my boy layout, all it needed were some splashes and splatters of watered-down gesso and some distressing.

These sweet little red flowers are Bazzil Basics from the Flower Add-On, as are the white "flatties" I've used beneath them.  The hearts are VERY old Heidi Swapp; I painted them with Picket Fence Crackle Paint from the Embellishment Add On, then inked them heavily with Distress Ink in Festive Berries from the Flying Unicorn Store.

Here is Sketchabilities sketch #75.  I hope you'll get a chance to play along!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Do I Have Something On My Face? ** Flying Unicorn CT ***

Let me start off by saying, I love this kit!!!  From the moment it came out of the box it has been a kit that just keeps on giving.  I've completed 5 layouts and the OTP so far and I still have lots of product left for more.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this kit is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.  It will take you in all sorts of directions.

I have completely abandoned all gender/color rules in scrapbooking; I was tired of not using my pretty papers just because my three little boys are the subject of the lion's share of my layouts.  So here is a layout of my youngest, Colby, after his first time eating chocolate chip pancakes.  Doesn't he look plesed with himself?

Do I Have Something On My Face?

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The layout is a mixture of Carta Bella and Kaisercraft from both the Main Kit and the Patterned Paper Add On.  The letters are a mixture of Prima from the main kit and Webster's Pages from my stash.  The beautiful pink ribbon and the Kaisercraft rubons are from the main kit, and those gorgeous rosettes are from the flower add on - I love the flower kit from Little Yellow Bicycle.

I have a couple more layouts prepared for different challenges that I will share throughout the month.  Be sure to stop by the Flying Unicorn Store and pick up your kit before they are all gone!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Flying Unicorn September KOM - Vintage Harmony OTP project

When the Flying Unicorn kit of the month arrives on the CT's doorstep, the kit's contents are a complete surprise.  Alda, and each of the CT members in turn, keep their lips tightly sealed about what's inside. I'm second-to-last to receive mine, and I sit on pins and needles as I read each CT member's reaction to the kit contents.  The OTP is what causes me the most angst, as it really stretches my creativity, but when I pulled this month's OTP out of the box I was all smiles.  Now if only I could translate the vision in my head of a Cape Cod-style beach house onto the adorable papier mache house in the kit.

Midway through this project I was cursing myself for being too ambitious, and if I were doing it again there are some things I would do differently, but I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

I started by painting the main part of the house with white acrylic paint and the roof with black since I wasn't sure how much would show through once I got going.  In the end, only the small section along the edge of the roof and underneath the roofline are visible LOL.

I started with the roof, drawing bricks onto a red paper scrap from Glitz's Love Games paper using a pencil and adhering it around the chimney.  I then set to work on the roof, cutting 1/2 strips of paper from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress line.  I then cut 3/4 of the way through the strips at regular intervals to create the texture of shingles.  I laid them from the bottom upward so that they would overlap properly, and did each section of roof separately.

I chose a piece of Easy Breezy paper for the siding of my house, and coated the entire sheet with Picket Fence Distress Stain to give it a whitewashed appearance.  I then cut the sheet into 3/16" strips, and cut these into random lengths for my boards, then wiped Distress Ink in Weathered Wood across the edges of each one.  I adhered these with white glue; the glue that seeped out reacted with the Distress Ink, spreading the ink around and giving it the delightfully aged look I was going for.

Now here is where I wasted a lot of time.  Fitting tiny little strips of paper around and between the 48 window openings was long, finicky work.  Once I was done I could not find a way to do the window trims that wasn't too bulky for my design, so I ended up covering the whole thing up.  You can see in the photo below that each window had four little openings for the panes; I punched out 1 1/2" squares of white cardstock, which I edged in Weathered Wood, and 1 1/4" squares of black cardstock which I coated with Picket Fence Distress Stain to give it some texture, like reflective glass.

I wanted faux stonework for the foundation of the house, but didn't have any paper that looked like stone, so I set out to create my own.  I chose a piece of patterned paper called "Bliss" from Donna Salazar's Botanique line.  As you can see, it looks nothing like stone, but it had the colors I was after.

I used a pencil to draw in random stone shapes, the traced between them with a white poster pen to imitate mortar.  What do you think?  I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

And here it is on the house.  For the door I used another scrap of the Love Games paper, covered it with Picket Fence, and drew in the outline of boards using a warm grey Copic marker.

A beach house wouldn't be complete without sand, so I added some Fran-tage in Taupe to finish things off.

 Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Flying Unicorn Sponsors The Color Room

The Flying Unicorn is a sponsor at The Color Room this month, and our CT has been invited to play along with their lovely palettes.  I'll admit this palette gave me pause when I first laid eyes on it, especially the black and white chevron.  I knew which photos I wanted to use for a multi-photo layout, and that I wanted to use the chevrons as mountain bike tire treads, but how to get them to blend was another matter entirely.  What I settled on was printing out black and white chevrons on my home printer which I then coated with multi-medium and transferred onto my TH Kraft Resist; this is the first time I've done image transfer and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  Enough of the white showed through, yet it wasn't so bright that it didn't fit with the grungy, down-and-dirty feel I wanted for my layout.

What do you think?

I stuck pretty close to the sketch for this one, getting my pops of color from splattered and dribbled Glimmer Mists and Basic Grey papers and alphas from my stash.  I even had the perfect rub-ons for the doodles on the sketch!  They are some old Basic Grey rub-ons from a layout kit.

Don't you just love happy accidents?  I wanted to try to distress my photos, so I went over the edges with the wire brush on my Prima Distressing Tool.  How surprised was I to discover that when the top layer of ink was rubbed off, the red of the layer underneath conformed to the palette!

Here is the palette:

I hope you'll be able to play along!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Another Flying Unicorn Vintage Harmony Kit Reveal

Here is a second layout I created with this month's kit, Vintage Harmony, available from Flying Unicorn. I call this my "country shabby" layout because of the gingham paper.  I don't think I've ever used gingham patterned paper before, but it seemed to fit right in with the pattern of Colby's shirt.

I used Carta Bella Beautiful Moments "Remember" and Kaisercraft Miss Match "Junk" papers from the main kit and Kaisercraft Miss Match "Odds" and "Ends" papers from the Patterned Paper Add-On, and coated all of the papers with a thin layer of gesso. The Petaloo Color-Me-Crazy chipboard gate is painted with Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint to give it an aged feel, and I touched all of my flowers with gesso.

I used the August 27th Mojo Monday sketch from Flying Unicorn for this layout and flipped it around.  Have you checked out the Mojo Monday sketches?  There is a new fantastic layout to get you motivated every Monday.

Here are a couple of closeups:

I believe there are still a few kits and add-ons available in the store - get them while you can, 'cause once they're gone, they're gone!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Flying Unicorn Kit Of The Month Layout

This month's Kit Of The Month at the Flying Unicorn, Vintage Harmony, is amazingly versatile.  This kit is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. I've done a funky layout, a grungy layout, a country shabby layout and a paint-spattered layout, and still have plenty left over.

Here is my first layout with this kit, my grungy, all-boy layout of my oldest son doing what he did all summer, riding hard in the bike park.  It is amazing to see my boys enjoying themselves so thoroughly for hours on end doing something that is good for them.

I wanted a real beat-up look to my papers, so I started out distressing the edges, then inked then with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Inks and sprayed them with water, then crumpled them up the way I wanted them.  When the wet paper sets, it sets stiff, so I nested my lighter paper inside the darker one to make sure everything would fit before hitting it with my heat tool. I used the Kaisercraft Vintage Fence stamp included in the Embellishment kit and some Shaded Lilac Distress ink from the Spring 2012 Limited Edition release available in the store to add some visual interest to the background.

I pleated my leftover strips and inked them, then ran them through the sewing machine and added them to the mat under my photo along with some corrugated cardboard that I distressed and painted here and there with the Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint included in the main kit.

The embellishment add-on contained a tin of Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon, which I made into these funky flowers, then spritzed then with the Sheer Shimmer Spritz included in the main kit.

I cut my title using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market die, then inked the cardstock with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and topped the whole thing with the Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint Included in the embellishment add-on. Once the letters were dry I inked over them with Vintage Photo.

The photo had great movement to it, but I wanted to really frame the action.  Heidi Kelly did a layout recently showcasing how she cuts out a duplicate of her photo and mounts it above a frame to highlight it, and I couldn't wait to try this technique; the Kaisercraft Photoframes included in the main kit gave me the perfect opportunity.  I fussy cut the picture of Elliot on his bike out and mounted it above the first photo and outside the frame using foam adhesive.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I have much more to share from this beautiful kit as the month goes on.  Get yours quickly before they sell out!