Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fairy Hollow - August KOM OTP

It's the kit of the month reveal day at Flying Unicorn! Be sure to check out our August Your Passion, Your Art kit and add ons - they sell out quickly.

I love that you can take the Flying Unicorn's monthly Off-The-Page projects in so many directions creatively. With some, I know as soon as they come out of the box what I want to do with them. With others, I take them out and leave them on my desk and stare at them for awhile while the ideas percolate. With this month's metal lantern and the Prima fairy resins I knew the direction that I wanted to take as soon as it came out of the box.

I love the look of fairy gardens, but I don't have much of a green thumb, so I decided to craft my own fairy garden that doesn't need any maintenance with some figurines from my local gardening store.

I prepped the exterior of the lantern with clear gesso to ensure my paint would stick to it, then added Distress Paint and Distress Crackle Paint for a bit or a worn, woodsy feel.

Some glass pebbles for a little stream...

A crumpled paper bag coloured with Color Bloom sprays and chalk ink...

And some of the Magnolia crystals dangling from the magical little tree to finish it off.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Supplies Used

From the Kit and Add-Ons:

- Lantern Off-The-Page project
- Magnolia Crystals

From My Stash:

- Gesso: Clear and White
- Glass Pebbles
- Maja Design papers: Walking In The Forest "Autumn In The Air" and "Colours of Fall"
- Prima Color Bloom sprays: Worn Leather, Antique Gold, Gold Foil
- Prima Chalk Ink: Dark Bark
- Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Forest Moss
- Fairy Garden figurines from my local garden shop

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flying Unicorn August Your Passion Your Art Reveal

Get your Creative On! Flying Unicorn is pleased to share with you our August Your Passion, Your Art Kit of the Month. The August kit is based around the gorgeous papers from Pion Designs -My Precious Daughter. With a gorgeous color palette of purples, pinks and ivories, there is no doubt that your creative passion will be overflowing! Without further adieu we present the kit and the creations of the Creative Team.

Our main kit is never complete without an off the page project to get you motivated. This month we have a steel glass cased lantern manufactured by Darice that is already fro you to alter. Let your imagination soar and check out some of the amazing inspiration from the Creative Team.

From the beginner to the avid mixed media artist our Mixed Art add on kit will surely please you. Our Mixed Art kit will always come with a canvas and this month we have included a 12 x12 rectangle one ready for you to get your mojo going. With a splash of color blooms mists from Priam Marketing, a little more glimmer in the pearlex and lots of Flying Unicorn Adornments and Prima roses, its time to get your hands a little messy and create some art!

Our Small Art Big Passion is all about the love of making cards, tags atc's and anything in between. With the 6x6 collection of Pion paper, to a flower die manufactured by La-La Land Crafts, sweet thanks you, birthday cards , just becuase cards will be reaching friends and family doorsteps soon.

Flowers, resin, pearl-ex oh my! Our Mixed Passion is a collection of everything pretty to add to the Main kit or the add on kits. The colors and embellishments will enhance your August Kit of the month creations or it can stand alone and you can create something Magnificent . So turn the music up order that pizza for the family and lock your self away while you create some pure yumminess!

Tune in this month with the Uni team to learn and create with us! You do not need the kit to play along or to view any of our videos. There is something to learn and get inspired for everyone.
This month our educators are :

Create with Ayeeda on Friday August 8th when her video goes live on our You Tube Channel and she shows us how to create a piece of art using products from the kit and products by 13@rts.

Robbie has created a fabulous step by step Build a Page Tutorial that will be showcased on our forums on Tuesday August 5th. So make sure to come on by and create something spectacular with her!

Keren will wow us all with a spectacular You Tube video on created a layout using the kit of the month and the add on kits as well . There are so many yummy techniques and tips you will not want to miss out. Keren's You Tube video will be available on August 4th. so mark your calendars, and become a subscriber of our You Tube channel !

Sketchabilities Guest Designer - Sketch 120

The Flying Unicorn Creative Team are guest designers for Sketchabilities this month, and Karan prepared a wonderfully grungy sketch for us to play with.

I've always loved this photo of my eldest at about 3 captured playing in my in-laws' horseshoe pitch as though it were a sandbox. I mixed 3 different Prima paper collections - the background paper and large strip are Jodie Lee's Art Journaling papers from a previous Flying Unicorn kit, and the die cut pieces behind my photo are a mixture of Lifetime and Divine - a great way to use up those scraps you can't bear to throw in the recycling bin.

Rather than start with a script patterned paper, as in the sketch, I added some textural stamping to my background in the same spots with several different stamps, then added more stamping and doodling on top of my paper layers and finished everything off with some doodling around the edges and on the petals of my fussy cut flowers.

I added in some colour thanks to some Prima chalk edgers pounced lightly on the paper, and kept my embellishments to a minimum.

I love the flowers printed on the Blue Bayou sheet from the Lifetime collection, and fussy cut a couple here, adding brad centres from the Cartographer line for a bit of dimension.

Here is the amazing sketch from Sketchabilities.  Be sure to head over to their blog and share your interpretation of this grungy sketch!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:

- Prima Jodie Lee Art Journal papers
- Prima Lifetime papers: "Love Tags" & "Blue Bayou"
- Prima Divine papers: Canzone
- Kaisercraft stamps: Crackle, Rocks
- Prima Chalk Edgers: Dark Rust, Pastel Brown, Turquoise Stone, Old Road, Rose Bud
- Bo Bunny stamp: Stained Textures
- Memento ink pad: Tuxedo Black
- Prima Finnabair Resist Canvas Border
- Prima Wooden Icons: Birds
- Prima Cartographer Brads
- Stabilo Aquarellable: Black
- Prima Lifetime Canvas Alphabet Stickers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Prima PPP

Hello Bloggers! I hope your week is going well. I'm currently sitting out on a deck by the sea enjoying the sunshine with my family, so no complaints here! I've managed to squeeze a little crafty time into our seaside vacation, and am popping in to share a card I created for the Prima Product Picks challenge this month.

I love the gorgeous red, white and blue palette this month, and paired it with one of my Bloom Girl stamps and various Prima bits and bobs from my stash to create the following card:

And here is the PPP moodboard:

I stamped the image on white Prima Textured Paper and coloured her in with Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils. I have never coloured a dark-skinned image before, and I admit I was a little nervous about getting the shading right, but I am so happy with the way she turned out!

The background papers and the fussy cut butterflies are from the Zephyr collection - I had one sheet hoarded in my stash and lo and behold it was perfect for this palette! I paired it with a Bosque vine from the Craftsman collection, which fit perfectly because of the red and blue blooms but also provided the perfect contrast. I tucked a Bloom Girl Paper Clip in with the vine (as I believe I read on Jamie Dougherty's blog that this Bloom Girl's name is Hope).

The finishing touch is a wooden dragonfly from the Stationer's Desk Wooden Icons in a Box. I primed it with gesso, then added my details with a black Aquarelle pencil before adding colour to the body and wings with a Viva Pearl Pen and Stickles. Isn't it lovely?

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you are having a wonderful summer (or winter, for friends in the southern hemisphere).

Products Used:

- Prima Textured Basics paper
- Prima Bloom Girl stamp (Hope)
- Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
- Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils (Neutral, Blue, Red and Green packs)
- Prima Zephyr collection: "Zephyr"
- Prima Bloom Girls Paper Clips
- Prima Free Spirit Say It In Crystals
- Prima Craftsman Bosque vine
- Prima Stationer's Desk Wooden Icons in a Box
- White Gesso
- Viva Pearl Pen - Blue
- Stickles - Christmas Red

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mojo Monday at The Flying Unicorn

Hello bloggers! It's my turn to provide inspiration for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge over on the Flying Unicorn Forums, and I've taken this week's beautiful sketch by Alda in a whimsical direction.

Disney's Frozen is a fan-favourite in our house, not only with the boys, but with Mummy, too (in fact, I think the boys, and poor long-suffering Evan, are all sick and tired of my renditions of the songs from the movie LOL), and one day while playing with clay with my boys I was inspired to pull out my own clay and craft myself an Olaf, despite the heat wave we're currently enjoying.

Here is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

Because I was using one main focal point instead of the two in the photo, I snapped the Prima resin frame in two (easy enough to do by placing it against the corner of a desk and pushing down) and laid the two pieces on an angle inspired by the placement of the two photos.

I created my background using supplies from the July Your Passion, Your Art kit from Flying Unicorn.

I used the 13 Arts Glass Microspheres in two different ways to add texture - both on the DIY Thickers and on the background, and misted over both to bring out the dimension.

And a couple closeups of Olaf :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by the Flying Unicorn Forums and play along for your chance to win!

The Rules: 

01. You have one week to create your project using the sketch as inspiration ( it does not have to be a layout it can be a card, a tag etc )
02. You must post your creation in this thread in order to be eligible for the 10.00 GC
03. You may use your project for any other monthly forum challenges except for the Anything goes challenge
04. Your project must be posted no later than 8:00pm on 08.4.2014
05. All other standard rules apply .

Products Used:

From the July KOM & Add-Ons:

13 Arts Paints: Matte Black & Matte White
- Prima resin frames
- Authentique Classique: Pretty "Neat"
- 13 Arts Glass Microspheres
- Authentique Classique: Pretty alphas "Petite Type"
- Eyelet Outlet Sticky Back Jewels
- 8 x 10 Canvas

From Jax' Stash:

- Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay
- Gesso: Clear and White
- Prima Wire Thread Black
- Prima Color Bloom sprays: Soft Teal, Summer Sky, Cobalt
- Prima Stitches stamp
- Prima Chalk Ink: Old Road, Metallic Purple, teal Damask, Black Coal, Turquoise Stone
- Kaisercraft Sheet Music stamp
- American Crafts Thickers DIY
- Prima Washi Tape
- Tim Holtz Tissue Tape: Symphony