Friday, January 31, 2014

Flying Unicorn KOM Reveal - Part 2

The Flying Unicorn February kit of the month is on sale now, and both the main kit and the Small Art, Big Passion kit are perfect if you are in the mood to whip up some Valentine's Day cards. I was worried I wouldn't have time to complete my Creative Team responsibilities this month as I was away for nearly 2 weeks at CHA, so I took my kit with me and worked on some cards in the evenings in my hotel room.

For my first card, I used a new Prima Bloom Girl stamp (coming soon to the Flying Unicorn Store) and paper pieced her using the Kaisercraft Key To My Heart papers from the main kit. To add shading to the image, I went in with Gelatos and a paintbrush, and finished the whole thing off with a white Sharpie Poster Pen.

Hard to believe that every part of the image aside from the coffee cup is cut from one piece of Kaisercraft paper (Adoration).

The coffee cup, wooden banner and flowers were all coloured with Gelatos.

My next card is made using supplies from the Small Art, Big Passion kit. I taped one of the oval die cut frame cards on three sides to make an envelope for a tag, and trimmed the sweet little image from the kit down to fit inside. I just love the little girl, she reminds me of the Strawberry Shortcake I grew up with.

I added a piece of the Magnolia paper from the kit to the front, and added Gelatos, stamping and stencilling. 

The Kaisercraft Dusty Pink blooms from the main kit are the perfect size for an accent flower on a card.

 Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to pick up your kit; they sell out fast.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Flying Unicorn February KOM - Part 1

My first project is inspired by Georgia Heald's Pop and Colours 2 workshop. I love Georgia's layered, grungy style, and found that it translated nicely to pink. Fortunately my boys don't mind being scrapped in pink!

Lots of yummy layers using papers, stickers, stencils and stamps from the kit.


 Be sure to grab your kit and add-ons before they're gone. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Flying Unicorn February Kit Of The Month - On Sale Now!

We are so excited to reveal to you the February Kit of the Month!

We begin with out MAIN KIT and the INCLUDED off the page project :

You get the latest and the greatest in the main kit to get your creative mojo flowing and we will always include an off the page project ( OTP) that will inspire and sometimes challenge your inspiration- but always creative fun! Our February kit is filled with Your Passion .Your Art !

Welcome to the Mixed Art! Our new add on kit will always come with a canvas and a variety mediums, mists, tools that compliment that main kit.

Our Mixed Passion add on kit if filled with flowers, ribbons, trinkets and more. Jam packed with embellishments that compliment the main kit.

Small Art. Big Passion is exactly what this new add on kit is filled with. Papers that are on a smaller scale that will compliment the main kit and embellishments that are scaled to compliment the main kit or to entice you to create cards, tags, atc's and so much more !

On February 01, 2014 we will spotlight and showcase all the amazing creations from our Guest Designer Aida Domisiewicz - but for now - enjoy the sneak peeks !
Look at the incredible inspired projects:

Our educational creativeness explodes this month with amazing creations and tutoriasl by Erica,Tammy and Mish.

Join Erica on February 4th 2014 - In our BAP forums to create a gorgeous heart.

Join Tammy on February 6th on our You Tube Channel where she show us some amazing techniques creating a layout.

Join Mish on February 7th in our BAP forums as she created some mixed media heaven using the February kit of the month

February's YOUR ART. YOUR PASSION. IS NOW AVAILABLE! Like the years past - Art should be a passion and not an obligation - so there are no sign ups for our kits and once they are gone they are gone!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Lesson Learned - January OUAS

It's been almost 2 weeks between blog posts - yikes! I've been busy making up creative time I lost while I was at CHA and Disneyland, but am stopping in today to share a project I completed before leaving but have just had time (and sun) to photograph now.

I love Nadia's sketches at Once Upon A Sketch, and couldn't resist playing along with the January one. The journaling prompt is "Lesson Learnt", and I had to search around for a photo that I thought summed up I lesson I had learned.

Here is the layout I came up with:

I had so much fun with the background on this, combining Silks and Ayeeda paints with the Prima Jodie Lee Art Journal papers featured in the Flying Unicorn January kit.

I love the way the layered bubbles turned out on the background, and think I will do a tutorial on the technique sometime soon.

Lots of gorgeous Blue Fern Studios chipboard on this layout!

I started by covering the hearts (from the Blue Fern Bits pack) with an uneven coat of gesso, then added several colours of Gelatos and stamping for lots of dimension.

The Bits of Honey (and other BFS Textures sets) are ideal for tucking in here and there. I've painted mine with some periwinkle Twinkling H2Os, then touched them up with a little bit of gesso on my finger.

I cut the hollow hearts from the Chunky Heart Panel and added them into my layers.

Here is the lovely sketch at OUAS this month:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 13, 2014

CHA Recap for Flying Unicorn

I'm up on the Flying Unicorn Today post with an update on the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show in Anaheim, California. The CHA Mega Show is the biggest scrapbooking tradeshow of the year (though there is much more on display than just papercrafting paraphernalia, from beads to yarn and a couple you really wouldn’t expect).

I came down to Anaheim a couple days early to attend the two day Prima Artventure, with six classes taught by Jamie Dougherty, Nathalie Kalbach, Steff Miller, Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair), Frank Garcia and Limor Webber featuring some of Prima’s brand-new 2014 releases. I was a bad girl and didn’t take any pictures, but I can tell you this – my big suitcase is overflowing with Prima goodies (literally) and my clothes are all crammed into my carry on suitcase. I do have completed projects to share once I get home, as well as a couple projects needing finishing touches.

Five Flying Unicorn CT members were in attendance at CHA this year: myself, Erica, Jen, Keren and Limor. It was great to catch up with Jen and Limor in person again and to spend two great days with Erica; I only met up with Keren briefly but she is a sweetheart and I am excited to get to know her better!

CHA itself started out with a day of classes, and Erica and I were lucky to get to do a Faber-Castell class taught by Limor.

Faber-Castell has some great new projects out, including a Glass Bead Glitter Gel that is to die for and Gelato “Double Scoops” – a larger format with more than 2 times the Gelato per tube. (To celebrate they gave away cups of real Gelato on the show floor – yummy!)

Friday night CHA hosted a block party; a great chance to enjoy the warm LA weather and to meet up with scrappy friends.

One of the great things about CHA is getting to see people’s work in real life. So much is lost when projects are presented online in 2D, and as I freely admit, I’m a toucher. I like to get up close and personal and fondle people’s projects; understand how they accomplished different effects and notice those details that are lost online.

Here are a couple projects by familiar crafters – I’m sorry if you can’t see every little bit of loveliness, but wanted to showcase these ladies’ fabulous work.

 Jen at the Maja Designs booth.

Former CT member Adrienne at Prima Marketing's booth.

Product Educator Limor at Prima Marketing's booth.

Keren at Prima Marketing's booth.

Jen and Shona at Fabscraps' booth.

Lynne at Lindy’s Stamp Gang's booth.

Some of the booths at CHA have to be seen to be believed. The Graphic 45 clock tower is a beacon for lovers of altered art.

I am ready to move into the Spellbinders booth – shabby chic amazingness!

There were some ingenious new products that caught our eye:

The Spellbinders Tool-in-One is a must-have for all of your die-cutters out there. It has 4 different heads (and space to store them all inside the handle). The black bristle brush on the end is to run over the backside of your die after you’ve used it to clear out all the little pieces that cling and take forever to push out with a paper piercer. For the occasional straggler there is a piercer, and an ingenious little flexible spatula that you run between your intricate die and the die cut paper to gently separate the two without tearing your diecut.

Erica and I each won a role of designer Duck Tape, maybe we’ll just have to whip up one of these Duck Tape dresses that was on display (along with top hats, lamp shades – as I commented to the sales rep, who would have ever thought Duck Tape would have a design team?).

My must-have list is a mile long, but I will tell you about a couple collections that caught my eye that I can’t wait to get my hands on:
Prima came out swinging this time. So many of their new releases are must haves: Stationer’s Desk (ah-mazing!!!), Cartographer (designed by former Flying Unicorn CT member Frank Garcia), Something Blue (I didn’t expect to like it but I really did), Jamie Dougherty’s Bloom collection (I was lucky enough to get my hands on 3 of the stamps already – they are so much fun to color and thanks to Jamie I discovered Faber-Castell’s Aquarelle watercolor pencils, which are not new but I need!), the new Julie Nutting stamps (there are a ton of them, but notable is that they have released some smaller stamps with sentiments perfect for your average-sized card) and the metal stand-alone frames.

Webster’s Pages has some nice new collections, including this one, Party Time.

Maja Designs papers are absolutely amazing in real life! Can’t wait to play with some.

Lindy’s has a new release of Chalkboard sprays designed by Limor.

Tim Holtz has released Mini Distress Inks and a Mini Inking Tool – how perfect is that?

And speaking of Tim Holtz, of course no trip to CHA would be complete without watching Tim Holtz demo.
Seeing one of Tim’s tags in person is amazing – he literally whips them up and the amount of depth is breathtaking.

Erica, Tim and I. Eat your hearts out, crafty ladies!

It's hard to believe that after all those months of planning, the CHA Mega Show ends today. I'm tempted to say I can cross that off my bucket list, but the truth is, once you've gone to a CHA show I think you're always going to want to continue to go. In addition to all of the inspiration, the opportunity to connect with other crafters in real life is amazing. So maybe I'll just have to pencil "2014" next to "Attend CHA Mega Show" on my bucket list, and add "Attend 2015 CHA Mega Show (and Prima Artventure)" to the bottom of the list ;)