Monday, June 30, 2014

Prima June PPP

I love the Prima BAP and PPP challenges, and they are some of the top of my list if I get all of my scrappy "To-Dos" done by the end of the month. This month I'm just managing to sneak in a PPP entry short of the deadline (by about 5 hours LOL).

This month's PPP was based on the colours in the Something Blue collection, and I pulled out the few pages I haven't used up yet, and one of my hoarded Bellas flowers and set to work. Though the theme of the collection is weddings, this one took a distinctly un-wedding turn - I ended up using a picture of Colby taken last year at the pumpkin patch, as the colour of the pig cutout he's got his head stuck through matched the palette so well and the vibrant red of his jacket made the photo really pop on this background. The photos aren't phenomenal - we are out of town at my in-laws' oceanfront cottage with no electric lighting, so I had to do the best I could with what nature provided!

Here are some closeups - I used some Prima Color Bloom sprays to add some colour to my background, and tucked in a Blue Fern Studios chipboard to flesh out my cluster.

And here is this month's Prima PPP:

Prima Marketing Supplies Used:
(available at the Flying Unicorn)

- Something Blue papers: Just Married, Goin' To The Chapel, Enchanted Blooms, 
Love Melodies, Say Yes
- 12x12 Stencils: Scales & Butterflies
- Color Bloom sprays: Tea Stain, Soft Teal, Gold Foil
- Flowers: Bellas, Giselle Mermaid, Divine 565268
- Something Blue 3x4 ATCs
- Lifetime Clothespins
- 6x6 Stencil: Poppies & Peonies
- Chalk Edgers: Pastel Peach, Old Road
- Finnabair stamp
- Butterfly Resins 891992

Blue Fern Studios Supplies Used:

- Blooming Foliage chippy

Flying Unicorn Shabby Boat - Off-The-Page Project

It's the reveal day for the July Your Passion Your Art kit at Flying Unicorn, and this month's Off-The-Page project is a real favourite of mine - a wooden row boat complete with oars. I knew immediately that it would make a great decoration for my in-laws' oceanside cabin.

I created the texture on the sides by applying a thick layer of Super Heavy Gesso and then dragging an art comb through it. I used one of the Tattered Angels weathered wood paint systems to achieve the weathered wood look.

Some mist-coloured cheesecloth made a nice fishing net.

A couple beachy accents in the form of Prima resins.

And a little weathered pennant to top it all off.

Stop by the Flying Unicorn to pick up your kit before they're all gone!

Thank you for stopping by today!


- Gesso and Super Heavy Gesso
- Tattered Angels Paint Systems: Weathered Birch and White Washed Pine
- Cheesecloth
- Shimmerz Spritz Truffle
- Catalyst Scraper C-23
- Stampendous Color Fragments: Taupe
- Maya Road Mini Pennant
- Prima Wire Thread Black
- Prima Color Bloom: Soft Teal
- Prima Seashore Flowers: 575052 & 574963
- Prima Resins: 891985
- Prima Chalk Edger: Turquoise Stone
- Prima Mini Sachet: Sunrise
- Prima Abbey flowers
- Glossy Accents

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Flying Unicorn July Reveal - Your Passion Your Art

Though we do not want the next months to Fly Away - we are thrilled to present and include the new 13@arts collections Fly Away as part of our July Your Passion, Your Art Kit of the Month.

Our kits are amazingly unique and every month we include an Off the Page Project . This month you will receive a wooden canoe
The Creative Team has truly out done themselves this month - Just take a look at all of the eye candy inspiration!

A perfect add on for the avid mix media artists out there to the ones that are just getting their hands, and yes sometimes face and feet inked! The colors in this kit compliment all the other kits being offered this month or it can stand alone since it will always come with a canvas so you can play as soon as you receive it !

The latest and greatest embellishments and goodies for you that compliment the main kit and all the add on kits. You can purchase this to add creativity to the stash you have on hand or to mix in with our main kit for more creative yumminess!

Our Small Art, Big Passion addon kit can stand alone or mix it in with the main kit. Perfect for card makers, altered projects, tags, atc's and so much more!
We have an incredible month of great tips, techniques step by step tutorials along with some amazing videos to teach and and get you creating! Our educators this month will be using the kit to inspire you along, though you can always create and try using your own stash too! So become a subscriber of our You Tube Channel and our forums - You do not want to miss out!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Uni's And Dolls Blog Hop Winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who hopped along with us. I am truly humbled by all your lovely comments, and hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did!

Thanks to we have a winner of my blog prize, a Julie Nutting Doll Stamp of your choice and a 6x6 paper pack of Prima Seashore or Time Traveler's Memories:

#3: Lolo Artesano (Leila)

Congratulations! You have 7 days to contact Alda Stevens at with your name, address and prize choices to claim your RAK.

Thank you again to everyone who stopped by!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flying Unicorn Unis and Dolls Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Uni & Dolls bloghop party! If you have come from Erica's blog you're on the right track. If not, head back to the Flying Unicorn blog, because you don't want to miss a thing!

We have a fantastic and inspirational line up for you today featuring Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamps from Prima, and each designer will be highlighting some of their favourite tips and techniques to create with these stamps. So grab a cup of your favourite something and hop along for your chance to win an amazing main prize as well as individual prizes on each blog.

Let's get hopping!

It's no secret I love Julie Nutting's Mixed Media Doll stamps (and the die/stamp combos). Today I wanted to showcase the versatility of these stamps by colouring the same stamp (Shay) in 4 different ways.

For my first tag I used paper piecing. This is my go-to way of colouring the stamps - I love that it allows me to use patterns for the clothing and to create dimension. I have used papers from Prima's Princess collection for the doll, as well as Princess and Something Blue ATCs for my tag background. Some fussy cutting, an Ingvild Bolme resin, pearl pen and some trims finish the tag off.

I love the way paper piecing allows you to layer - here I've added dimension to the skirt using 4 layers of paper.

I also like to paper piece my doll's hair, though it is finicky - just look at all the gorgeous detail the patterned paper gives her 'do.

Products Used

- Prima Princess papers: Charlotte and Olivia
- 4x6 Princess ATCs
- 3x4 Something Blue ATCs
- Viva Pearl Pen: Salmon

For the second tag, I used Copic markers on specialty stamping paper. The stamping paper makes this doll more lustrous than the others because of the glossy finish. Prima ATC cards are perfect for adding paper to the background without cutting into your 12x12 sheets (I hate to cut into a fresh 12x12 sheet), and you just have a little excess to trim off. I added some masking to the background with modelling paste, and a little colour with a Color Bloom spray, then added some trims, a wooden icon, misted flowers and a tag. The "Happiness" plate was painted with Distress Paint, which I then wiped off the raised areas.

Alcohol markers are a great way to add shading to your stamps. The stars in the background are modelling paste misted with the new Prima Color Bloom sprays.

I always stock up on white flowers as it is so easy to customize them using sprays - here a little bit of Shimmerz and they match my tag perfectly.

Products Used

- Copic Sketch Markers: skin: E00 & E02; hair: Y21, Y23, YR 24; 
shirt: B32 & B34; skirt: BG02 & BG 05; shoes: C9 & 100
- Prima Princess 4X6 ATCs
- Distress Paint: Broken China
- Prima Le Mia: White
- Shimmerz mists: Cotton Candy & Pop Art Pink
- Prima Color Bloom: Summer Sky
- Prima Chalk Inks: Black, Turquoise Stone, Pastel Brown, Shabby Tote, Branch Bark
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Stars & Burlap
- 13 Arts: Modeling Paste & Gesso

For the third tag, I used Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils on the flat side of watercolour paper. Watercolor pencils are another great way to add subtle shading to your stamps.

For the background, I used Distress Inks on a Prima tag, splattered it with water and heat set it, then added stamping and some lace stickers.

I added some stacked Prima Mechanicals and a Kaisercraft rub-on sentiment to complete the tag.

Products Used

- Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils: skin: 183 & 187; shirt 119 & 125; skirt 123 &
125; hair: 250, 187 & 176; shoes: 175 & 199
- Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers
- Prima Chalk Ink: Black Coal
- Kaisercraft Rub-Ons: Violet Crush
- Prima Lace Stickers

For the fourth tag, I used Prima Color Bloom sprays and a paintbrush on watercolour paper. You may not be able to see it in the picture, but this one shimmers beautifully. The Tea Stain gives her skin a tanned look, so she belonged on a beach-themed tag. The paper accents are all fussy cut from Prima Seashore ATCs.

Products Used

- Prima Color Bloom Sprays: skin: Tea Stain; hair: Gold Foil & Worn Leather;
shirt: Soft Teal & Summer Sky; skirt: Gilded; shoes: Worn Leather
- Prima Seashore: 4x3 & 4x6 ATCs, Typewriter keys
- Prima Seashore flowers: 574949 & 574963
- Prima Resins: 891985

There are so many other ways you could colour in your doll stamps - using crayons, paints, inks - and we'd love if you'd stop by the Flying Unicorn Forums and share your favourites!

Want to win a Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamp of your choice as well as a Time Traveler's Memories or Seashore 6x6 paper pack perfect for creating tags and cards? To be eligible:

- Become a follower of my blog if you aren't already

- Leave me a comment below and answer the question: What's your favourite way of 
using your stamps (doll or otherwise)

- International entries welcome

But wait, there's more…

One lucky person will win the Uni's and Dolls grand prize:

Thank you for hopping along today! Your next stop is Denise's blog. If you get lost along the way, you can always return to the Flying Unicorn blog to get back on track.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lantern Card *** Blue Fern Studios ***

Hello! I'm stopping in today to share the third project featured on the Blue Fern Studios Blog earlier this week.

I so enjoyed making the mixed media hot air balloon gift bag I showcased yesterday that I decided to make a card along the same lines, this time using one of the Eastern Lanterns, and one of my favourite colours, orange.

On the Grand Balloon chippy I achieved the texture by dabbing with my finger in the wet paint; with this one I held my heat gun close to the acrylic paint to cause it to bubble and create this gorgeous effect. I then added some modelling paste and gesso to enhance the aged effect. To create the illusion of a lit interior, I adhered white tissue paper to the back of the chipboard, and coloured it with a Copic marker.

I treated one of the Leafy Page Accents in a similar manner, though I used a copper mist instead of the orange acrylic as my base colour (I applied clear gesso to the piece first, so that the mist would sit on top instead of seeping into the porous chipboard).

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

- Blue Fern Garden: Parlour
- Ombre Dreams: Susan's Dream, Shannon's Dream
- Blue Fern Chipboard: Eastern Lanterns and Leafy Page Accents

Thank you for stopping in today!