Thursday, May 31, 2012

I have a new challenge going on at the Flying Unicorn - hope you'll join in! 

I could have named this challenge Do Over or Play it Again Sam, but in honor of all the June brides I decided to do my take on the Something old, something new, etc  phrase.
I love seeing how people's styles evolve over time.  I believe that our styles are constantly changing with the new trends in products and as we learn and apply new techniques that we have learned.  So I want to showcase these changes in my challenge.  You'll need something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!  Be sure to check it out here!

Here's my example LO
Something old - this is a redo of an old LO
Something new – 7 Dots papers, stick pins I just made, Manor House flowers
Something borrowed – technique used on the chipboard borrowed from the  very talented Shona, one of our CT members.  I mixed microbeads into white gesso and painted it on the chippy.  Then I sprinkled clear microbeads on the wet gesso here and there.  Finally I sprayed some Moonlight glimmer mist on the chippy here and there.
Something blue  - blue roses, lace seam binding bow

I gave these beautiful Manor House Fairy Floss flowers a quick spritz with  Snow Queen Glimmer Mist to add a touch of snowy sparkle.

Close up of the DA chippy, I love how the microbeads adds texture and the drops of Glimmer Mist add touches of color.

I wanted a cold snowy effect so I dabbled gesso on the metal frame and letters.

The RAK up for grabs:

OK ya'll, time to get creating, I hope you'll join us at the Flying Unicorn, for my challenge and some of the others that other CT members are hosting, there are lots of RAKS to be won!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mojo Monday sketch - Flying Unicorn

I love Mojo Monday sketches at the Flying Unicorn.  They are sure to get your creative mojo going!  This great sketch was done by Creative Team member Tammy Henderson, its a beauty isn't it?

I flipped the sketch from side to side as that seemed to work better with my photo.  The great thing about a sketch is that it gives you a jumping off point.  Here's my interpretation of the sketch.  It's the 2nd LO in my unusual telephone booth series.  This photo was taken on the Olympic Penisula in Washington state. I used G45 Botanicabella papers for this, perfect colors and theme for my photo.

This is a Manor House Creations flower that I misted with Lindy's Moonshadow emerald mist.  You
can just see a hint of the emerald color here and there.  It is more vivid IRL.  I love that Manor House flowers are so easy to mist.

We have a lot of great Mojo Monday sketches, be sure to stop in and check them out.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I sure appreciate it!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Flying Unicorn - May KOM challenge!

We have a new challenge at the Flying Unicorn beginning today, May 10th and that is to create a project using the May KOM!

I created this example layout for inspiration and used the Kaisercraft These Days collection from the May KOM. Everything except the blue flower, lace and ribbon are from the kit.The circle is Melissa Frances paper and if you look closely, you can see that I used a resist technique on the circle.  I simply painted mist on the title numbers and let them dry  before adhering.  I sort of went punch crazy on this layout, I used 5 different punches but I love the lacy effect it gives to this layout.

That is little old me at the tender age of 5 and again at sweet seventeen, just after I graduated from high school.

That's a beautiful Prima bloom surrounded by Kaisercraft blooms.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I really appreciate it!  I hope to see you over at the Flying Unicorn!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Here's to Friendship Flying Unicorn Challenge & Manor House Creations!

We always have lots of challenges going on at the Flying Unicorn and even better, we always have awesome RAKS randomly awarded to a lucky winner each month!    One of our May challenges is to create a project featuring friends.  We have friends in Colorado that we miss   so much, they really are our best friends.  When we get together, it often involves a bit of the bubbly and lots of laughter!!  If you follow Escape Kitty and Chena, this is  Chena's Uncle Willie!

We are also really excited to be teaming with Manor House Creations this month for our Flower Fantasy.  They have provided flowers for some of our RAKS.  We have special weekly challenges this month that are all about flowers.  Be sure to check those out because you could win some fabulous Manor House flowers!

I used these wonderful sunflower papers from Prima - Sun Kissed.  My flowers are a collection of handmade, Manor House (ledt top and center right) and some layered flat flowers.  I made the center left and top right using Spellbinders die Sunflower Set  # 2.  The centers are antique copper micro beads.  The bottom left flower I made using Alterations Tattered Floral die, the center is layered McGill sun punches.  The bottom right flower is a layered purchased flower with a micro bead center.

I painted the title chippy with Ranger dabbers.  First I randomly dabbed on espresso but not covering the entire chippy.  Then I added some snow cap but only in random places. I semi dried that and then misted with bronze glimmer mist and the final step was to randomly dab on gold.  I inked the edges with Distress Walnut Stain.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I really appreciate your visit and your comments!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

More May KOM projects from the Flying Unicorn!

Here are some more of my creations done with the May Flying Unicorn KOM.  This first one is a photo of my parents when they were teenagers.  The perspective to the bridge in the background is quite striking.  I added the trip from my stash, otherwise everything is from the kit.  The papers are from the Kaisercraft These Days collection, perfect for vintage work!  I love the letters from Heartwarming Vintage, I coated them with Crackle Accents. I layered Prima sprite flowers that came in the kit  and added Spellbinders diecut for Heartfelt Creations stamped leaves underneath the flowers. 


The kit included a large set of clear acetate embellies that included the frame you see on this next layout.  I used several different colors of alcohol ink to splash around the frame to match the brilliant fall foliage in this photo.  the big yellow/orange bloom is from Manor House and matches the photo perfectly!  The smaller flowers are also Manor House, they were lime and I misted them to match my LO.  Everything but the letters and journal tag are from the May kit.

This next LO is one I did for a May photo alteration challenge  at the Flying Unicorn.  I applied a Lomo camera effect to the photo that I took on the Olympic Penisula in Washington state.   The papers on this LO are Bo Bunny Serenity.  All of the embellies are from my stash on this LO.  The pine cones and tree trunks are from my dear friend, jrabs, who has the most amazing collection of scrappy useful "junk"!  I added some fern foliage that I got in the floral dept to make the trees.  The journaling is Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken - I just thought this LO was a great illustration for the poem. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Flying Unicorn, NSD!!

Join us in the forums for special challenges just for National Scrapbook Day!  There will be something for everyone!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flying Unicorn - May KOM - OTP project

The Flying Unicorn kits always include an Off the Page project and this month is one of my favorite things, a paperbag album (PBA).  These are so fun to make, hope you'll try one!! 

When I make PBA's I always chose a theme, then I do a search on the net for images and quotes to go with my theme.  The theme of this PBA is Fly and it features birds, butterflies and fairies.  Here's the cover.

I find that PBA's are easier to make if I chose a paper collection and use it throughout the album.  I used the Inkido 6 x 6 papers that came in the kit.  You can use any kind of adhesive that you like.  I like to use Uhu glue sticks, its inexpensive and whatever you put down stays put!  Since  PBA's don't have page protectors you have to take care that everything is securely adhered.  Another thing that I often do (but did not on this PBA) is paint the front and back covers with Glossy or Crackle Accents to add another layer of protection.
I got some of my images from Gecko Galz and some from a gaphics program that I have. 

Where your PBA has a flap from the bottom of the bag, you can make a place to tuck in some tags.  Below on the left is a flap; you can just see the brown edge of the flap.  I sew the flap across the top and bottom before I add any paper so that the flap is secure.

On the right, instead of making a cubby to tuck in tags, I cut the flap so that it would open out. The flap is open in the first picture and closed in the second.

On the right I used an acetate from from the May KOM.  I painted around the edges with Liquid Pearls.

 I hope I've inspired you to make a PBA, they are so fun and they make great gifts for anyone that has an appreciation for handmade gifts.  My bff loves the artist Salvador Dali so I made her a PBA featuring the works of Dali, she LOVED it!

Here are a couple other projects I did using the May KOM . The first LO features Melissa Frances papers and the 2nd is Bo Bunny Serenity. I really love the pink flowers, they are from Manor House Creations.

This is me at the tender age of 6 showing off my kimono that my Dad sent when he was stationed in Korea.  We moved to Japan the next year and lived there for 2 1/2 years.  Bo Bunny Serenity papers and the large flwoer is a misted Manor House Creations.

Flying Unicorn May kit!



8 Sheets of card stock One Sheet of Each : Coconut Cream, Seaweed, Aruba, Vienna Lake, Sequoia, Sand Castle, Amazon and Reflecting Pool
All Eight Sheet for $4.00

Bo Bunny Serenity Luck and Dot
Melissa Francis C'st la Vie - Pink Lady, Blessings, Vines and Blooms, Hydrangeas, Unbillet, Dotted Kraft, Little Girls Collage, Nanna's Fabric
Kaiser These Days Collection - Ancestry and Family

FLOWER ADD ON : a medley of blooms Kaiser Craft, Sprites by Prima and Fleurs and
Manor House Creations . Sell price $19.99


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