Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dream BIG *** Flying Unicorn KOM ***

My April challenge on the Flying Unicorn Forum is to design a background around the label of a product found in your home.

Here is what I came up with:

The picture is of Elliot at the Aquarium. This beluga was fascinated with him and kept coasting by the glass checking him out.

Based on the label of my husband's Pert Plus bottle.

I created my background using one of the Prima Lifetime papers from the kit.  I overlapped circles of different sizes I made from scraps of packaging and went to town with my mists: Lindy's Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels and Shimmerz Vibez.  Once the mists were dry I dipped my brush into the bottles and painted in some darker accents.

I added some additional circles using a Crafter's Workshop mask and gesso and a Prima stamp and black Memento ink.  I finished it off with fussy cut Bo Bunny papers, Prima packaging, Prima stickers and flowers from the kit, along with a couple Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers, some corrugated cardboard and some glass beads.

A couple of closeups:

Challenge rules:

1) Can be a layout, card, tag or altered project. Up to 3 entries per person.
2) Must be based on the label of a household product - please post a picture of the label as well so we can all see where your inspiration came from.
3) Must be new as of 3.31.2013.  Challenge closes at 8pm EST on 4.30.2013.
4) Standard rules apply

Here is the beautiful RAK up for grabs for one lucky participant:

I hope you will play along!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Walking *** Flying Unicorn April KOM ***

This month's Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month, Whispers of Spring, is packed full of yummy goodies from Prima's Lifetime Collection, Bo Bunny's C'est La Vie and Studio 75's Vintage Memories, as well as mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang and some delicious cheesecloth.  I love this kit!

My first layout from the kit features a fussy cut picture of my youngest, Colby, shortly after he learned to walk.

I based the layout on the March 15th Stuck On You Sketches sketch, which I had to use after seeing Shona's amazing example.  The paper lines from this kit are so perfectly matched that I used papers from all three lines on this layout.


Kits have been selling out fast the past couple of months, so get yours before it's gone!  You don't want to miss this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

*** Flying Unicorn Whispers Of Spring Reveal ***

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.” , it was Whispers of Spring. Millard Kaufman

Soft, whimsical colorful palette is what we have put together for this month's Kit . We say good-bye to winter and rejoice in the longer sunny warmer days. Earthly and vintage-like tones from Bo Bunny's C'est La Vie Collection, Prima's Lifetime Collection and Studio 75 Vintage Memories have captured the beauty of the Whispering Spring days ahead .
Our off the page project that comes in each kit sets us apart from any other kit club. This month we share in you capturing those memories and showcasing them where they can be seen using Kaisercraft's Off the Page Photo Frame.

Join Flying Unicorn and Kelly this month when she demonstrates on how to make this incredible creation using our April Kit of the Month

On April 9th Erica will take you step by step in making this incredible layout using our KOM - Whispers of Spring

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flying Unicorn Card Challenge - Easel Cards

It's mid-month Card & Tag challenge again at Flying Unicorn, and this month I challenge you to make an easel card.  Easel cards are quick and easy, yet pack a lot of punch - people think you spent more time on the card than you actually did.  And who doesn't like a little extra credit?

I made my inspiration card using papers from the March Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month, Sweet Days.  Our March Guest Designer, Solange Marques, made a gorgeous layout where she fussy cut the Webster's Pages Park Drive diecut from the Patterened Paper Add-On, and I was so inspired I had to lift her here.

If you have never seen an easel card before, it is a card that is designed to stand up like an easel to display both the front and inside of the card, as you can see in the picture below.

Easel cards are very simple to make. Although my examples are squares, you can also use diecut shapes for your card, by folding the base before putting it through the diecutter and making sure that the folded spine is not cut; you would then cut a single-layer diecut which you would mount on the front.

For my card I started with a 5X10 piece of heavy cardstock for my card base and a 5x5 piece of cardstock for the card front.

Score the 10" side of the base a 5" (the halfway point).

Score one portion at 2.5" - this will be the portion you mount your frontpiece to.

This is how the two pieces will be assembled, however I prefer to assemble my front piece first before mounting it to the card base.

You will also decorate the inside of the card.  In many cases you will want to add buttons, flowers or other thin, dimensional objects to the inside that you can use to prop the front piece behind to display it, but that will allow the card to lay flat enough for mailing.

Here are a couple of closeups of the front of the card.

The image is a Saturated Canary digital stamp colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers.  Have you seen the new Sharpie Paint Markers in the store?  The white one is indispensable for adding in highlights, like those in Nevaeh's eyes and on her dress.

Here is a simpler easel card I made for my son's birthday a couple of years ago.

The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil.

 I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I'll Walk!

We took Colby for a long walk in the stroller not too long ago and Daddy, in his infinite wisdom, decided to let him out to walk. Do you think we could get him back in the stroller?  No way!  Look at how happy he was to be trucking along on his own power.  Unfortunately he is not a follower, so there was lots of going back to get him going in the direction we needed to go.

(Sorry the photo's a bit washed out - you would not believe the rain and dreary weather we've had recently - ugh!)

The paper is Kaisercraft Basecoat (clearly you all love it as much as we do - I notice it's almost sold out in the Flying Unicorn store).  I used the Kaisercraft Rocks stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black and again with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, Lindy's Moonshadow Mists, Scrap FX chipboard and acrylic clouds (coming soon to the store).  Both are painted with gesso.  The chippy was then painted with Mercury Glass Glimmer Glaze from the Tattered Angels Weathered Birch Paint System and I used the Boardwalk spray from the paint system on the Prima Parisian Aspen White flower.  The acrylic clouds are stamped with Pewter Liquid Pearls and the Kaisercraft Crackle stamp.

I hope you're enjoying better weather than we are, and that spring is coming early for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Altering Prima Resist Canvas Covers *** Flying Unicorn WCYDW ***

Each week at Flying Unicorn one of our Creative Team members brings you a new tutorial on a product or technique called What Can You Do Wednesday, and this week it's my turn.

Have you caught the art journaling bug?  We at Flying Unicorn certainly have; our art journal challenge that debuted in January continues to be one of the busiest on the forum.  This week I'm bringing you some altered Prima Mixed Media Resist Canvas Covers.  One of the wonderful things about the Prima covers is that because they are sold separately from the pages (you can also make your own), you can embellish the covers heavily and still be able to lay your pages out flat to work on them (since you add them to the album later).

Here is the album cover I created:

And here is the video how-to:

I hope that you will give these a try - the possibilities are endless!

Supply List:

Prima Mixed Media Book Covers
Dylusions Spray Inks: Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red
Shimmerz Coloringz: No Yoking
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Marmalade
Sweet Days Embellishment Add-On - Claudine Hellmuth Classic Teal acrylic paint
Petaloo Paper Flower Vines - Orange
Kaisercraft Crackle Stamp
Momento Dew Drop - Teal Zeal
Flying Unicorn Adornments - Birdies, In Flight and In Love
Silks Acrylic Paints: Ginger Peach & Guatemalan Green
Primary Elementes: Clear Acrylic Glaze Medium, Coral Berry & Honey Amber
Prima Wooden Buttons
Prima Typo Bulbs 2