Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sneek Peaks - July KOM!! Once Upon a Memory

You are going to love the July kit, Once Upon a Memory,  it is full of goodies, from the diverse selection of papers to the accompanying embellishments and the OTP project.  Oh and don't forget, we are having a blog hop, one day only, July 2, and we're going to reveal a few things from the kit, whoooo hooo, don't miss it.  AND we're giving away a VAGABOND, how cool is that?  Be sure to hop along on the blog to find out how to win the Vagabond!

Here are some sneak peeks of some things I did using the July KOM!  The kit goes on sale at 12:01 AM July 3rd, they sell out fast so be sure to get to the store ASAP!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Another Teresa Collins LO

I have loved working with all these vivid colors in the Teresa Collins Fabrications lines.  This paper is so nice because its a nice heavy weight textured cardstock - I love it!!  It is on sale at  the
 Flying Unicorn store - 30% off, now that's a deal!

I used the Fabrications Canvas line of papers for this layout and used one of the new Memory Keepers Lucky 8 punches to make a "diecut" mat.  The outer  circle was punched with a Martha Stewart corner punch.  The corset is a Dusty Attic piece.  If you knew Ruthie, you would know that the corset belongs on this layout along with the feathers!  Ruthie always has a really pretty adornment in her hair made from flowers, feathers, and/or ribbons.  I wish you could see the one she had on this day, it was really pretty.  She found the license plate she is holding in the garage of her Aunt's house where we were all visiting.  I think she said it was something her Dad made for her long ago!

  I made the flowers using the Alterations Tattered Floral die and used some brads from the collection for the flower centers on the left.

These flowers were made using McGills Floriano punch, its one of my favorite.  The centers are \McGill starburst.

The beautiful stickpin nestled among the feathers was made by Denise, one of my fellow team members. 

As always, thanks for visiting my blog, I really appreciate your visits and comments!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

More Teresa Collins at the Flying Unicorn

I know when Alda sent this paper to me, she kenw I would love it as I love bright colors, especially red showcased with black, white and creams.  I used a combination of Teresa Collins Fabrications Line and Canvas collections for this layout.

I loved the die cuts that came in the Linens collection, they were perfect embellishments to express our emotions when this photo was taken as we both had been through a divorce and were really putting alot of faith into our coming marriage.

I've used flowers from the store, Petaloo Darjeeling green blooms and Catenbury Magnolia and Berries Branch.  The two wood Kaisercraft daisies were part of the June KOM as were the large gold rhinestones and butterflies.

The journaling reads: Spring 1992, I was so delighted when this photo was given to us as it is the only one we have of us taken before we were married.  Dick’s Aunt Max took the picture when she and Uncle Bill visited us shortly after we moved to Burke, VA.  This was our family at the time, Leda (Doberman) and Tiffany(Yorkie).

This is just a fun layout with lots of color and layers,  I love the white patterened background sheet, it shows off the bright colors so well!

You can get these papers at the Flying Unicorn store, and best of all, all Teresa Collins is 30% off thru June 30th!
Thanks for visiting my blog, I really appreciate your visits and comments!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fairy Belle at the Flying Unicorn

Prima Fairy Belle collection from the Flying Unicorn store - love this paper!! I kinda went nuts on this LO with the bling, these are our dgds. I used Petaloo leafy vines behind the flowers from the store, OMG ,I love them, must have more. The small pink flowers are ZVA, the large flowers are Prima Meredith in two diff. colors, that is definitely oone of my all time fave flowers! The cream roses are Prima Love Letters Roses Peridot, all from the store.

I painted the chippy iwth anitque white paint and then used some gold perfect pearls. The chandelier is stickled with diamond stickles and it really sparkles IRL but you can't see it so well in the photo.

I used two beautiful stickpins from fellow CT member Denise, they are so pretty!!

Lots of bling, rhinestones flourishes from ZVA and SIIP from Prima.

Thanks for visiting my blog!!

Flying Unicorn Teresa Collins

We're featuring Teresa Collins papers for the rest of the month and best of all they are on sale - 30% the rest of June! 
Ok, I just love this paper, first of all it is such a nice heavy weight paper and the colors are so rich, the blues and greens I have used in this layout are really gorgeous.  I've used the Teresa Collins Fabrications Canvas collection for this layout. 

This is a photo of an endangered wood stork that I captured in flight while we were in the Florida Everglades this past winter.  I love the image of the bird but you know, the surroundings are kind of dull so I thought I would bring the "swamp" to my photo by adding Dusty Attic chippy's , ferns and some great Prima and Petaloo flowers.

The chippys are stained with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive (ha ha, perfect for a photo of the Everglades!) except for the flower heads.  Those were first painted with white gesso, then Banana Pudding Glimmer Mist.  Then I sprinkled with banana colored flocking that I got at Michaels.  Using a technique I learned when I was modeling scenery for our N guage model railroad, I used Elmer's glue watered down at a ratio of 1 part glue to 10 parts water to glue the flocking to the chipboard.  When I tried using straight glue, I ended up with a clumpy mess so that's why I went to the watered down Elmers.  The little bits of fern came from a floral department somewhere.  I love how the embellies sort of meld into the photo. 

The green flowers are Petaloo Darjeeling collection and the yellow are Prima Wild Wood Saffron, both available from the Flying Unicorn Store.

Thanks for visiting with me today!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Flying Unicorn Build a Page with Kaisercraft

I’ve had this picture printed for at least a month, but I’ve been waiting for the right paper to come along. When I saw the Kaisercraft papers in the kit, I just knew I had found it.
I begin my layout process by getting papers that I think will work with my photo and then I push them around for a while until I decide on just the right papers and layers.  I also try and use scraps as much as possible. Then I go through my flowers and embellies and pick out things that might work.  Here you can see that I’ve roughed out my layout and picked out some things that might work with it.
Enchanted forest 1
Now I will prepare the Dusty Attic fairy.  The title of this layout will be Enchanted Forest and I want to achieve something of a mystical look so I want the fairy to sparkle.

Enchanted forest 2

First I painted her wings with white gesso.  I painted the rest of her with clear gesso.  Then using the iridescent water colors that came in the kit, I painted her wings white, her body the palest color in the palette, and her hair brown.  Next I dabbled some clear drying glue (I used Glossy Accents) on her
wings here and there and then sprinkled with clear micro beads.  Then, I dabbled glue on her hair and sprinkled with brown micro beads.  Now add a bit more glue to the hair area and sprinkle with a light brown or copper micro beads.  I dotted some glue on her body and again used clear micro beads.  Now she is all sparkly and has an iridescence as I would imagine a fairy!

I set her aside, and decided that my papers needed some shine so  I painted around the edges of some
with the iridescent water colors.  BTW, I’ve had these paints for at least a year and I love them.  I was really pleasantly surprised to see them in the kit.  The effect is a lot like Glimmer Mist and a great way to get a variety of colors for not much money!

I digress, back to my layout.  So here’s the first layer.  Yep there’s a chunk of paper missing but it
doesn’t matter, it will be covered with another paper.

Enchanted forest 3

I painted the edges of the next payer with the copper colored water color.  Yep there’s a chunk
of this paper missing too!  You know I have to make these kit papers stretch as far as I can!

Enchanted forest 4

The next layer is an 8” mat that I used Martha Stewart’s wild flowers cut around the page punch.
On top of that I placed a circle which I think is 7.5”.  It was something I cut last week that didn’t work out.  I hot glued the shimmery trim from the kit around the circle.  Notice I didn’t go all the way around.  That part is going to hide under the photo so why waste the embellishment?

Enchanted forest 5

Next layer is the photo mat which I also painted around the edges with the copper paint.  I really
love how the paint is giving my layout a mystical shimmer here and there.

Enchanted forest 6

Then we add the photo and title; the  basic layout is done!

Enchanted forest 8

I am placing the fairy so that the flower she is holding sort of fills up that trapped space beneath the letter E and to the right of the letter F.  Watch for trapped blank spaces in your layouts and try to avoid them.  You’ll be surprised how much better your layouts will look.

I added one of the vines from the kit, 3 pinecones that I made, a metal moose and bear from my stash, and some pine sprigs that I have touched up with Lindy’s Ponderosa Pine mist.

Enchanted forest 9

Finally I add a few flowers and a journal card that tells you this photo is from the Olympic Penisula in Washington state.

Thanks for walking with me through my Build a Page, hope you'll give it a try!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Steampunk Trunk Tutorial

 This is a fun, easy project that makes a great gift box or just something fun to have in your scrappy room.  I think it would be fun to make for a little girl and put doll clothes inside.  It would be a great gift with a gift card tucked inside too.

Look here for the Steampunk Trunk template, click on the file labeled steampunk trunk or print the below pages (you may have to resize the images to get the specified width and length). You can print directly on the BACKSIDE of the paper you are using to make the trunk or print, cut out and use as a pattern.

Let’s get started!   You will need 
Brads or snaps
Quick dry glue
Straight edge
Bone folder or something similar
Embellishments of your choice

1.  Begin by cutting your pieces.  You can use all the same paper or mix it up, your choice.  I like
the look of the top flap being different from the body of the trunk.  I also used felt for the corner trim.

Trunk pieces cut out
2.  Score all the trunk parts where indicated on the pattern. Use a bone folder or something similar to make good sharp creases.  If you are going to use brads on your corner trim, you need to place those on the trim pieces before adhering to the trunk body as it is a lot easier that way!
Here you can see that I have scored all the pieces, cut my corner trim from felt and added snaps to the trim.   I used 6 per felt piece on this trunk,  on the earlier one that I made I used 12 brads per corner trim and  I think I like that look better than this.
Some ideas for corner trim – you could use a border punch of some sort.  Heat embossed the trim with metallic embossing powder would look great, you could use metallic ink on paper for a nice look,  paint the trim pieces with Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold would look great!
Trunk pieces scored and folded brads
3.  Take the lid and measure the center point of the trunk top.  That is 2.5” from the sides and 1.5” from the folds.  Then center your handle on this  and mark where the handle will slip thru the top.  Use a craft knife to make slits just large enough for the handle to slip thru.  Note that it is easier to do this BEFORE you glue the top to the body of the trunk.  I oops and did it afterwards!
 Glue the two handles together except for the bottom half inch.  That part will slip thru the top
and be secured on the underside.  Secure underneath as show below.
Handle in place

4.  Set the top aside for now and glue the bottom tab of each side panel to the the bottom of the trunk.  I used Glossy Accents for my glue as it is quick drying but does allow a minute or two to get things lined up just right.
Sides glued to bottom

5.  Then glue the side tabs inside the body.
Sides glued
6.  Now glue the top to the back of the trunk.  You can either glue the tab inside or outside the trunk.  You could border cut the tab to add some interest to your trunk.
Top glued
7.   Now add the corner trims.  I used hot glue to adhere these but its kinda tricky getting the pieces perfectly in place before the hot glue drys.  I found it easier to put the hot glue on the trunk rather than the trim piece and I glue half the tab at the time.
Brads on sides

8.  That’s all there is to it, now you’re ready to embellish it to your liking.
Trunk 2

Both trunks
I made this spring trunk purse  using the same template but used a half
circle for the flap and then used a Martha Stewart corner punch to punch the
Hat and purse1

I hope you'll give this a try and if you do, please post a link, I'd love to see your project.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Come hop with us July 2, 2012! You won’t want to miss this very special blog hop and its for 24 hours only! We’ll start off the hop at the Flying Unicorn blog at 12:01 am July 2nd and then hop on around to all our creative team members with the last stop being in the Flying Unicorn forums! The hop ends sharply at midnight on the 2nd.
The creative team will be revealing close up shots of the July kit that goes on sale July 3rd during the hop and sneak peaks of their July KOM projects. Each creative team member will randomly award a RAK to someone who leaves a comment on their blog and becomes a follower if they are not already.
The Flying Unicorn is all about challenges and we have new ones every month. We’ll be showing you our challenges during the blog hop and inviting you to participate. BUT best of all, there will be a grand prize awarded and oh my, you are not going to believe this! We’re giving away a Vagabond!!! How awesome is that? All you have to do is join us for the hop, visit all our blogs, and follow the directions to be eligible to win the grand prize!!

The Flying Unicorn blog hop begins here, at the Flying Unicorn blog.  Everything you need to know in order to have a chance at the grand prize will be on all of our blogs. We hope you will join us!

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Flying Unicorn June KOM

The June kit has really been a favorite for me, I've had so much fun using the rich Prima Fairy Belle papers and the Bo Bunny Country Garden.  And of course the Kaisercraft papers have been lucious too!  This is a layout about dh's cousins' husband who passed recently.  We went to Illinois in April to attend his memorial service and celebrate his life at a gathering at his home after the service.  I was really happy to be there so that I could help Marilyn, his widow, with all the preparations.  The photo and verse that I have scrapped is something that she and their children had printed to give everyone.  Although it was a sad occasion, we were not sad, instead we celebrated what a wonderful man he was and the wonderful life that he lived.

I used papers from the Bo Bunny Country Garden collection and  a scrap of Glitz (the dotted piece) for this layout.  The braid and Dusty Attic frame are from my stash.

We've been talking about various ways of treating chipboard this month in Denise's chipboard challenge and I wanted to share this technique with you.  First I painted the DA frame with antique white acrylic paint.  Then I inked a flourish stamp that came in the May kit with Perfect Pearls Medium and stamped on the chipboard.  Next I brush on some dry Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls powder (also from the May kit).  The powder adheres to the PP medium and brings out the flourish image.  It appears to be worn off in some places and that is by design, to give it that aged look.  I then coated the frame with Ranger Glossy Accents to seal the Perfect Pearls.   Its a really easy technique andI love the look. The leafy scrolls are cut with a favorite Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations die, Bella Rose and then dabbed with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive.  That gorgeous orange bloom is Manor House Creations.


Here are some closeups:

Dave sneak

Dave sneak 3

I loved this bright side of the Country Garden collection, Dave's life was colorful, he was much loved and so this tribute to him needed to be bright and cheerful. If he were here, I know he would agree.

Here's another LO I did using the kit and a wonderful BAP tute from Tammy.  I changed it a little but the basic design is there.  I was struggling with this LO and Tammy's tute was just what I needed.  Here I've used the Prima papers from the kit and a doily and cardstock from my stash.
  Carlee 2004

The flowers are a mix of layered Kaisercraft, a Petaloo and Primas that came in the  kit.  I used the pearlescent water colors to tone down the bright pink flowers.  I also used the watercolors to transform the Petaloo flower from bright white to a softer pink color.  I fussy cut flowers from one of the Prima papers and layered underneath the blooms and vine.
Carlee 2004 closeup 2
I heat embossed the Fabscraps Victorian sign from the kit with Stampendous aged gold and for the bracket and shabby white on the sign. After I added the letters, I painted the sign with Crackle Accents to add to its old and aged appearance.
Carlee 2004 closeup

Please visit the Flying Unicorn to see more of our June KOM and while you're there, stop in to our challenges forum and join us for some fun!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

More creations from the Flying Unicorn June KOM

As I said in my previous post, its all about weddings this month!  I keep scrapping this photo of Dick and me for two reasons, 1) I like improving the LO with each rendition I do, 2) cause its really one of only two photos I have from our wedding day.  We went to Alaska to get married and so it was just us and the minister.  I took this picture in our room using a tripod just before we left to go to the chapel.

I used papers from all the collections in the kit for this, Prima Fairy Belle, Bo Bunny Country Garden, Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society and Madame Boutique.  The beads and laces behind the photo are from my stash but everything else is from the kit.  I made the 3 larger flowers using McGill's Floriano punch.

Here is another photo of Dick's parents on their wedding day.  The fellow on the right is Dick's Uncle but unfortunately, no one knows who the young lady is with him.  It is so important to label our photos, and oh I am so guilty of not doing this!!

I used Prima Fairy Belle and Bo Bunny Country Garden for this layout along with a some Creative Imaginations and a doily from my stash.  I wet distressed the frame around the picture, I love to do that as it brings focus to the photo.

The pink blooms are from my stash and are Flying Unicorn flowers available in the store.  The beautiful pale yellow bloom is Manor House Creations, also availalbe in the The Flying Unicorn store!

The center flower below is an old one from my stash, love using up oldie goldies!

Thanks for visiting.  Our June kit is now sold out, I hope you'll get a July kit!  Oooh I've already received  my July kit and it is AWESOME!!  I love it!!


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