Friday, September 2, 2011

September Flying Unicorn forum challenges!

As a guest CT member this month I am hosting a challenge, "It's all about techniques."    I hope you'll check it out and join in the fun.  For my challenge I've listed 10 different techniques and I challenge you to use them all on a single layout.  One enty point is awarded for using each technique (max of 10).  At the end of the month a winner will be chosen using and the winner will receive a fabulous RAK from the Flying Unicorn store

Here's my example layout that I did for the challenge:

The techniques I used:

I made the large flowers on my layout using a tutorial from member Lisa Gregory. Check out her blog for some fabulous flower tuts.

Heat embossing – I embossed the swirls using marcasite embossing powder

 My edges are inked and then distressed using water distressing. To do this, first distress the edges, I use my Zutter Distrezz-it-all. Then, dampen the edges of your paper a bit with your fingers and then wrinkle, fold, curl, and push the paper edges in so that the effect is 3-.D.

I used a Prima mask and distress ink in the lower left corner

On the upper left, I spread some gesso over my paper and then stamped it with that famous brick stamp!! I let that dry and then wiped over the stamped image with pumice distress ink so that the image of the brick stands out. I’ve also done this with molding paste and I think I like that effect a little better. Here’s a link to a tut on my blog for this technique.

 I used a Martha Stewart corner punch to punch around my circle. That’s a great technique that I learned from Lisa Gregory! (tut’s easy, just turn your punch over so that you can see where you are punching and punch around the circle. You can also use the technique described in this tut:

 I made my cluster from two Petaloo picks, Prima leaves and my handmade flowers.

The letters for “France” in the lower left have been stamped with a Prima stamp featuring tiny script writing.

Everyone on the Creative Team has posted a great challenge, there's sure to be a challenge or two that you'll want to try.  There  are great RAKs to be won for each challenge too.  Come visit!


  1. WOW this is so so gorgeous Maggi!! So much going it! Really brings it all together..beautiful job! Great challenge too!

  2. Hi, Maggi! Love this layout! All the techniques are great .. what a fun challenge this is going to be at Flying Unicorn's Forum. Glad to have you as our guest this month!

  3. WOW what a fabulous lay out, love all the techinques. I didnt get to play along much in August over at FU, but will be sure to mark out some time to jump in on challenges this month!

  4. Gorgeous layout! Congrats on the Guest Designer position too!


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