Friday, December 30, 2011

Where have I been??

Wow, this month has FLOWN by, I just realized that I have several things thatI haven't shared with you yet and they are some of my faves!!

I did this LO a while ago using a great sketch from Sketches: Creatively Yours.  We've been on vacation at S:CY but we'll be back the first week of January!  Here's the great sketch I used:

And here is my LO that I did using the wonderful Pion Christmas papers, I so love these papers that came from the Flying Unicorn store.  The images came from the Once Upon a Picture group at Flying Unicorn, we have lots of great vintage images that you can download there.

Here's another favorite LO that I've done lately.  This was a Winter Wonderland layout posted in Enchanting Creations magazine.  I love this picture of Nika that I took the day after Christmas, 2010, when we had an unheard of 12" of snow here in eastern NC.  Everything on the LO is a shade of "white" with the addition of some silver Glimmer Mist and platinum stickles.

Thanks for stopping by, I will be sharing the January Flying Unicorn kit on New Year's Day, you don't want to miss that!  Here's a few sneak peeks to get you interested!

You don't want to miss this great kit!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Paper Tearing Techniques - Flying Unicorn

Tammy, one of our December guest designers, is hosting a challenge this month to use paper tearing techniques on your layout.  She also posted 3 different ways of doing so.  One where she uses a paintbrush to paint water where she wants to tear, I had never tried, definitely going to give a try though!  Joyce, our other December guest designer,  is hosting a challenge to do a layout about your childhood "heart throb"  I sort of combined the two challenges and came up with this layout.  

Robert Redford and Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, great movie, sweet eye candy!!  I had alot of fun with this and maybe the reason it took me all to do this LO is 'cause I kept drooling on the photo, LOL!!  The frame is an interesting piece, it's the Dusty Attic chipboard that you usually throw away after removing the laser cut frame.  I thought it worked perfect here.  I inked it first with distress stain, then inked with Distress black soot, covered with Crackle Accents and finally, rubbed with gold rubon ink.

Be sure to stop by the challenges at the Flying Unicorn, you could win a great RAK just fo rentering your work.

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate it!

Winter Song - Flying Unicorn Santa's Workshop

The CT at the Flying Unicorn is hosting Santa's workshop this month with a new tutorial every day up to Christmas Day, be sure to come visit and check out the tutorials.

I posted a molding paste tutorial for Santa's Workshop and this is the layout that I did.  The molding paste is subtle but adds an extra layer of dimension to the layout.

I love these Creative Imaginations Winter Song papers! Photo was taken in Fairbanks, AK in March when it was -35ยบ F! Those sweet little birdies were chirping up a storm, hard to believe something so small could surive those harsh winters! The journal says:

Sweet bird! thy bow'r is ever green,
Thy sky is ever clear;
thou hast no sorrow in thy song,
No winter in thy year.
- John Logan, 1748 - 1788

Here's a closeup:

I used a Crafters Workshop template/mask for applying my molding paste, here's what it looked like before I added the photo etc.

See my tutorial at Flying Unicorn for more pictures and details.  Molding paste is fun to use, give it a try!!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

What's happening at Flying Unicorn in December?

Oh there is so much going on at the Flying Unicorn this month!!!  First let me tell you about Santa's workshop.  Alda and her CT elves have been very busy writing tutorials for you. Everyday through December 24th there will be a new tutorial for you to try, some are easy, some a little more complicated but there's surely something for everyone.  There's a great flower tute today and more flowers to come.  How about quilling?  That's on the schedule for tomorrow.  Just visit the Santa's Workshop thread to learn all about it!  Oh, and there are some great prizes that will be awarded to 9 lucky winners selected at random.  You'll get one entry for each tutorial you complete.  Sweet!!

Wow, I have so much to tell you about!!  We have not one, but two fabulous guest designers this month, Tammy Henderson and Joyce Lawrence.  Both of these gals are so very talented.  I can't wait to see what they show us this month.  Both have posted awesome challenges, keep reading to learn about those!

Tammy Henderson

Joyce Lawrence

In addition to al those great tutorials, we have 13 challenges lined up for you, all with fabulous RAKS for the randomly selected players of each challenge.

Play it Again Sam
Extreme Christmas Trims
Picture This
The Christmas Wrap
Glam it Up! 
Let Them Eat Fruitcake
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Tis the season to be Tearing (Tammy's challenge) 
First Childhood Idol Crush
Christmas Ornament(Joyce's challenge)
Challenge of challenges
Silver Bells
Artist of the Week Challenge
My challenge this month is Glam it Up!  The challenge is easy, just create a project using at leat 3 kinds of glimmer, glam and sparkle!!  Go here, to learn more about my challenge.
Here's my example - it's an 8 x8 layout with lots of glam and sparkle!

And here's the great RAK up for grabs!

Come visit us at the Flying Unicorn, its a happening kind of place!!

December Kit - Flying Unicorn

The beautiful Flying Unicorn December kit is here!!! The kit features Kaisercraft's December 25th collection along with a great Off the Page project - a paper mache Rudolph!!The kit is jam packed with goodies, be sure to check it out!

Here are some of the projects I created using the kit.

Santa I’ve been very good.

All the papers on this layout are from the beautiful December KOM . I added the two Petaloo berry picks under the beige roses and some Prima holly leaves that I painted with Olive Vine Glimmer Mist.   Everything else is from the kit.  I dyed the rocheted lace using Burnt Red Glimmer Mist.  The large rose has also been sprayed with Burnt Red GM.  I printed the title on an overhead transparency and glued to the LO using Glossy accents. 

Only his hairdresser knows for sure

 For this layout I combined a few things from my stash with the December kit.  From my stash:  olive and tan cardstock, flower centers, green poinsettias, Dusty Attic chippy, tiny gold roses, letters, Tim Holtz tissue tape, #8 craft tag, red and green smooch paint, everything else is from the kit.  I distressed the edges of all the patterned papers with my Prima Ingvild Bohme tool (available in the store and it is a great tool!!  You need to have this, trust me!!) and then wet distressed.


On this layout, I layered 3 papers, distressed the edges and inked with Distress Gathered Twig ink (from the 2011 fall release).  Everything is from the kit except that the gold trim is from Michael’s Christmas ribbon dept.  The angel and star are fussy cut from paper included in the kit, the letters are painted with paint in the kit.

Santa’s Helper

All the papers are from the KOM..  The two poinsettieas I cut using a Sizzix die and painted with Big Apple Glimmer Glam.  The other red flowers came in the kit – I painted them with Big Apple Glimmer Glam (they were beige) and layered them.  The flower centers are from my stash.  The swirly leaves under the flowers were cut with the Spellbinders (HC) Bella Rose die.  The holly leave were cut with an older Sizzix die.  All the leaves were painted with olive vine Glimmer mist and inked with Prima English Ivy (available in the store).  The letters are painted with Big Apple Glimmer Glam.  The thing that I like about Glimmer Glam is that it adds sparkle as well as a glaze to whatever you are painting.  It also really made the flowers stiff so that they will hold their shape.  The gold flower near the top is several flowers layered that were sprayed with Smooch Spritz in Candle Glow- it’s a perfect color for this kit!  The lace under the large diecut is from my stash.

Off the Page Project-

I adore this project, it was so fun watching Rudolph come to life as I decorated him.  I used, what is one of my very favorite papers of the season, Creative Imaginations Winter Song.  I just thought Rudolph needed a different look.  And you know what, he matches my bathroom perfectly and I didn't even think about that.  So he is perched on a shelf in the bath spreading Christmas cheer with his purple nose!!

Off the page project - paper mache ornament - painted with gold paint included in the kit, the jewels also came in the kit.  I add the the Tim Holtz fragments, ribbon and flowers from my stash.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Joy - Scrapcake papers from The Flying Unicorn

CT work for the Flying Unicorn.  Ohhhh I just love these Scrapcake papers that we are carrying in the store at the Flying Unicorn.  I love that they are traditional Christmas colors with a twist.  The background of this layout is a piece of white Bazzill cardstock, heavily sprayed with Timberline Glimmer Mist.    I used a MS punch to cut the snowflakes from blue cardstock that had been sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist.  I inked with the new winter collection of Distress inks.  Love those colors!!

Santa's Workshop at the Flying Uniconr!

The Creative Team, aka Alda and her elves, at the FlyingUnicorn has been hard at work behind the scenes, getting ready for the month of December.   We’re bringing you a technique loaded, fun-filled, December!! Everyday, through December 24th, there will be a new technique tutorial posted for you to try.   Some will be simple, others a little more complex, but there will be something for everyone!  Look for the Santa’s Workshop thread in the forum to find the daily tutorials.  Be sure to post a picture of your creations using any of the tutorials to be eligble for a prize drawing on December 31st.  There will be 9 different prizes awarded, one from each of Santa’s reindeer!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Please join us November 26th through November 28th for Flying Unicorn’s First Annual Silent Auction of all things scrapbook, all from the private stashes of the Flying Unicorn Creative Team. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Women in Distress. Some of us are putting together kits, some of us are destashing. There’s bound to be something you’ll want; place your bid, and it might be yours. Bids will be accepted until midnight November 28th and auction winners will be notified the next day.
As the month draws to a close, we want to thank all of you who posted your lovely work in the gallery, sent in your donations and made purchases in the store. We met our goal of 1,000 uploads to the gallery on November 16th, thereby earning a $1,000 donation from the Flying Unicorn store to Women in Distress. Remember that throughout November 5% of all sales will be donated to Women in Distress.

The Silent Auction is our last fundraiser for Women in Distress this year; we hope you’ll help us help our sisters who have suffered so much by placing a bid. You can peruse the items up for auction by visiting here, at the Flying Unicorn.  The auction items will be posted for your viewing, Wednesday, November 23rd. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Flying Unicorn - The Scrap Cake Cozy Xmas

I have lots to share with you today.  I've been working on so many Christmas LOs that it feels like christmas has come and gone!!

One of my favorite Christmas lines is from Scrap Cake - Cozy Xmas.  I just love the soft colors contrasted with the rich red.  It is just my thing!!  You can't see it so well on this picture but the leaf has a beautiful shimmer like icicles. First I stained the chipboard with Distress stain in picket fence. Then I added both crystal and icicle stickels on part of the leaves to imitate ice. IRL its really sparkly and icey looking. The DA nameplate is painted with white acryic paint and then edged wtih red Smooch.

Photographically speaking, this is  not the best picture in the world, but I still love the big smiles on my parents' faces. The photo captured them soooo well, I really cherish this picture, even with its flaws.   I kind of went crazy with the flowers!!  They all came from the Flying Unicorn store!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Exploding box - Flying Unicorn

OOOH need a fun way to wrap a small special present?  Try this, make an exploding box.  They are super fun to make and so pretty.  I made mine using G45's Christmas Emporium.  I used images from the Emporium collection and some images from the Flying Unicorn's Once Upon a Picture group where we have collected a lot of images of all themes.

There's a tutorial up at Flying Unicorn if you want to make an Exploding Box.  When you take the lid off, the inside "explodes"!!

Box "exploded"

The Flying Unicorn has some great collections of Christmas papers, I so love this one, Winter Song, from Creative Imaginations.  I love the colors that are a bit outside the ordinary for Christmas.  Add lots of bling and gold to this collection and it shines!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Do you wantto be published?

Hey everyone!

If you haven't heard,
Enchanting Creations, is becoming one of the best online scrapbooking magazine out there! Hundreds of submissions are sent in every month, and you could be in the next issue! I like to blog to remind others of this fabulous opportunity to get published.
Enchanting Creations is looking for submissions for their Winter Issue. Themes that are being accepted for the upcoming issue are:
Gift tags Galore
Whiter than Snow
Christmas Handmade
Christmas Layouts
Christmas cards

All submissions must be emailed separately to    Even if you have an older project, you can submit it!! An email will be sent to you if you're project is accepted for publication.

Get those entries in...the deadline is November 11th!

You may submit as many projects as you like, but, ONE EMAIL PER SUBMISSION PLEASE.

Title of the project
Product Use List
any other information that you would like to include
Also your name. address & telephone number

Good luck Scrappers!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flying Unicorn Gives Back

WOW, I am so grateful to everyone at Flying Unicorn and to my friends who have dropped by the gallery to post their beautiful creations.  It's only November 6th and we have already uploaded more than 400 projects to the gallery!!  That's $400 for Women in Distress!!  Thank you everyone!

While you're at Flying Unicorn, be sure to check out the challenges thread, there are 13 challenges this month and each one has a RAK for some lucky winner!!  My challenge is Heavy Metal and I'm asking you to make a project featuring a handmade metal embellishment of some sort.  I haven't yet had the opportunity to do a new project but here are a couple that I've done in the past. 

This one has a journal that I made by embossing aluminum foil and aging with alcohol ink.

I made a frame for this one by embossing metal paper.

Come join me for my challenge and you could win this great RAK.  I have instructions there for making metal embellies from aluminum foil. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flying Unicorn and Sketches: Creatively Yours

I did this LO using the beautiful Riddersholm papers made in Denmark.  They are a nice heavyweight and so very pretty!  You can get these papers at the Flying Unicorn store.   There are two Christmas lines and several other lines that are great for vintage and shabby chic projects, really good for ANY project!

I used this week's sketch from Sketches: Creatively Yours.   There are lots of great interpretations of this sketch posted at S:CY, be sure to check them out.  We'd love to see your interpretations of this sketch so give it a try and leave us a link to your LO. 

Here's my interpretation.  I made the ginormous poinsettia using a Sizzix die, kind of over powers the photo  but it was fun to make.  The picture is of NIka, Christmas 2010 when she was 8 months old.  The snowflakes are Dusty Attic covered with Stickles crystal and icicles.  The letters are Pink Paislee sugared with Diamond Dust. 

Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This month Flying Unicorn is donating up to $1,000 to Women in Distress.  You can help and here's how.  For each project uploaded to the Flying Unicorn gallery, Flying Unicorn will donate $1.  Help us get $1,000 for Women in Distress.  We need 1,000 uploads to reach our goal.  Come on everyone, load up the gallery!!

If you have never suffered abuse at the hands of your partner, count your blessings.  So many of our sisters have had to endure abuse, both physical and mental.  Some of the Flying Unicorn members have lived these nightmares but somehow found the strength to remove themselves from these situations.  They have shared  their horrific stories, not for your sympathy, but to inspire other woman and give courage and strength to those in need.  Their stories are purposeful examples meant to empower.  Women in Distress is ready and waiting to aid those women who so desperately need hel

Please help us help Women in Distress by uploading your creations to the Flying Unicorn Gallery.

November Flying Unicorn kit - Remember the Days. Now available!!

Remember the Days - Flying Unicorn's beautiful November kit filled with papers from Glitz - Dancing in the Sunshine and Riddersholm - Chantilly, Prima, Kaisercraft, and Flying Unicorn flowers, Dusty Attic, vintage fun and more.  Order your kit and see the complete list of contents here at the Flying Unicorn store.  Every month the kit includes a really fun Off the Page project.  I love this month's project, its a Melissa Frances Mini Calendar Book.

Here are soem of the creations of the CT done with the November kit.

I didn't get my kit until Monday since we were on vacation so I've had little time to do anything.  However, yesterday, I did get the cover to my mini calendar book done.  Here it is, I used the Riddersholm papers from the kit for this along with Pink Paislee letters included in the kit.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Please help Women in Distress

A very special time at Flying Unicorn   
Many of us know women who have had to live with the fear and reality of abuse.   Flying Unicorn needs your help to empower these women to find the courage to take control of their lives and leave the nightmares they are living.
You can help and here’s how.  For each purchase that you make during the month of November, Flying Unicorn will donate 5% of the sales proceeds to Women in Distress.  In addition, you can help by uploading your projects to the Flying Unicorn gallery.  A donation of $1 will go to Women in Distress for each and every project that you upload to a maximum of $1,000.
If you would like to make a cash contribution to Women in Distress, Flying Unicorn is  collecting donations on behalf of Women in Distress from November 1 through November 30, 2011. Your PAYPAL donation can be made by simply sending money to Please add WID In the note section. You can also mail a check, made payable to WOMAN IN DISTRESS, to:

Flying Unicorn
201 SE 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Please help Flying Unicorn empower these women to change their lives.  We can all help our sisters by offering our prayers and financial support.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sketches: Creatively Yours

Here's another great handdrawn sketch from Ali at Sketches:  Creatively Yours.  My good friend Jennifer aka Jrabs visited with  us recently along with some other scrappy gals and took these pictures for me.  My sweet sweet Chena and Nika, my girls, my loves!  I love both pictures but I am especially  crazy about the photo with Chena (the black poodle) because I have so few pictures of her that are good.

I used G45 Botanicabella along with a sheet of Romantique (stripes) and a sheet of Domestic Goddess (polka dots) for this layout.  Yep, older G45 papers but they are so gorgeous, I confess to hoarding them.  I so love G45 papers.  I think they were designed with me in mind 'cause I just love the blacks, reds, and ivories so often predominant in G45 pps.  I made the sunflowers using a Spellbinders diecut and Heartfelt Creations stamps.  I used Distress Stickles in Vintage photo for the centers.  The leaves are cut out stamped Heartfelt Creations stamps colored with a little glimmer mist.

Thanks for visiting!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A very special Time at Flying Unicorn

Gratitude. Pure and Simple.

It is with humbleness and honor that we dedicate the month of November to helping our “sister” our “neighbor” our “friend” and donating proceeds to WOMAN IN DISTRESS.

November 01 – November 30th 2011 all completed projects that are uploaded into our gallery; we will donate $1.00 to a maximum of $1,000.00.

Every purchase made from the store from November 01- November 30th 2011, Flying Unicorn will donate 5% to Woman in Distress.

Contributions and donations will be accepted throughout the month of November. You can PAYPAL your donation by sending money to . Please add WID In the note section. You may also send a check, made payable to WOMAN IN DISTRESS and mail it to:
Flying Unicorn
201 SE 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Tel. 954.283.8243 Toll Free 888.266.5184

Checks that are printed with a name and address will receive a tax deduction receipt from WID .
Together, we will make a difference.FLYING UNICORN GIVES BACK.

November issue Enchanting Creations from the Flying Unicorn

The Flying Unicorn is excited to bring you the November issue of Enchanting Creations.  Here's the link to the November issue don't miss it!

Friday, October 21, 2011

New sketch at Sketches: Creatively Yours

It's sketchy Friday at Sketches: Creatively Yours!  Do go over and check out this great card sketch.  We'd love to see your interpretation of this sketch so be sure to leave us a link to your creation.

Ann drew this sketch, and here's her really great card that she did using this sketch.  This is such a cute Christmas card!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Father Christmas - Pion papers from the Flying Unicorn Store

I was flipping through some photos at my parents' house one day and came upon this photo and I knew just exactly what I was going to do with it!  The Pion Waiting for Santa II papers were calling to me!  Pion papers are truely gorgeous, very soft, embracing colors and designs.  Check out the wonderful Pion collections at the Flying Unicorn store.

The photo was taken in the early 1950's in Verdun, France.  The little girl was our landlord's daughter.  You can see my supplies list and a tut on this layout in the Tutorial group at Flying Unicorn..

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekly Sketch from Sketches Creatively Yours # 18-11

Here's the great sketch #18-11 I used from Sketches Creatively Yours drawn by Ali McDonald.  It was a challenge for me to get the three photos onto this layout, probably would have been easier if the photos had been smaller!

I used the Kaisercraft Chapter One papers  and Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters.  The blues/blacks are from the Chapter One collection and are so pretty.  You can get these at the Flying Unicorn store.  Gorgeous papers!!

And here's my LO:

Hyder is a really interesting little place.  Here's my journal:

Hyder, Alaska sits at the head of the Portland Canal and although it is in Alaska, it identifies more with Canada as Stewart, BC (pop. 700) is just across the border. Hyder has no connection to the USA, you can only get to Hyder by driving through Canada, by air or sea. It is notable for being the only place in Alaska not to use the statewide 907 area code, instead using the area code of 250 allocated for British Columbia. Tourists will also find that Hyder uses Pacific Time Zone, the common currency is Canadian (with the exception of the US Post Office, which only accepts American currency), they observe Canadian holidays, send their children to Canadian schools, and when there is trouble, the famed Canadian Mounties step in. (From Wikipedia)

We traveled to Hyder for one reason and that was for bear viewing at the US Forest Service Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area. We watched a brown bear and her spring cub fish for salmon in the creek. She didn’t seem to be at all disturbed by the people on the viewing platform but she did keep a watchful eye out for other bears, particularly males, as they will kill cubs so that the females will mate with them.
There’s not much in Hyder, the streets are gravel, many of the buildings are rather derelict in appearance and many are closed.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!


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