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.


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