Monday, December 31, 2012

January KOM - Carpe Diem, is now available!!

My mojo left town sometime in October and I've been searching for it frantically ever since!  Well I finally found it all wrapped up in the Flying Unicorn January KOM, Carpe Diem!  I love this kit, it is fun and playful and different from the papers I usually turn to.  It was just what I needed to get my creative thoughts flowing!  The kit features papers from the collections of BasicGrey Serenade, Pink Paislee Portfolio, and Fancy Pants Country Boutique.

The summer of 2010 my husband and I spent in Alaska which is my favorite place in the whole world!  On our way home we stopped in the tiny Alaskan town of Hyder to view bears at Fish Creek.  Hyder is completely surrounded by Canada and if you don't fly or boat in, the only way you can get there is by driving through Canada.  There the Forest Service operates the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site where one can stand on a platform overlooking the creek and observe black and brown bears fishing for salmon that are spawning.  It was just magical to be able to observe the bears in their own habitat so up close and personal!

The bear and tree silouettes and cheesecloth are from my stash as are the totem pole and Alaska stickers.  The letters are Thickers and are from a previous kit.  Everything else is from the January kit.

One of the fun things that came in this kit was a Tattered Angels mask and I just happened to have the stamp that goes with it so I have masked the flourish there under Fish Creek and then stamped and embossed inside the masking.  I used clear embossing powder which brings out the stamped image.

August 2010 – Being “up close and personal” with this Mama Bear and her cub was so thrilling! She was teaching her cub to fish but poor little guy, the fish were nearly as big as he was and they kept getting away.  She even caught one and gave it to him but he couldn’t hold on to it.  She would spot a fish in the water, give chase, and if she caught it, she’d haul it out on shore they would feast on it together.  I think the cub was feeling playful and he smacked his Mom on the snout, oooohhh, that was not smart, she really bitched him out, growling and such!  I think he got a bear spanking!


Patterned paper:  BasicGrey Serenade collection: Base-half penny, light brown pp-riding habit, chevron stripe & black polka dots-shilling, circles-bustle, black/brown stripe-riding habit
Letters:  Thickers shoebox
Chipboard:  Kaisercraft wooden flourish
Flowers:    Bo Bunny Natural Earth Daisy
Ink:  Mixed Media Inx peridot; Prima black coal
Mist:  Lindy’s Blazing Sun
Masks:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Screen bold borders,
Stamps:  Tattered Angels Screen Prints Architectural Trims
Paint:  white gesso
Other:  Stampendous clear embossing powder; cheesecloth; Darice metal accents bear and tree; Pink Paislee epherma pack; Stampendous clear embossing powder
Unknown:  Totem, salmon and I love Alaska stickers

On this next layout I did some  masking on the background using a Studio Calico hexagon mask that came in the kit.  I sprayed the background with Dylusions and sponged on some Viva Inka Gold (be sure to see my video on this product).  I added some Dusty Attic grass clusters that are colored with Lindys and gold Inka Gold.  The papers under the photo have been heavily inked with Mixed Media Inx to mimic the colors in the water.  I dabbed gesso on the Bo Bunny flowers in the corner so they would look similar to the flowers on the Prima vine.

Bo Bunny flowers painted with gesso and stickled

Prima Vine

Cardstock:      Bazzill peach glow (from my stash)
Patterned paper:  BasicGrey Serenade collection:  Green-biustle, orange-parlor, base page-peacock; Pink Paislee Portfolio ephermaa
Letters:  Crafty Secrets Alpha Buttons; Kaisercraft tiny alpha stickers
Chipboard:  DA0660 grass clusters #1(from my stash)
Flowers:    Bo Bunny Natural Earth Daisy; Prima Bretton vine Alyssa
Ink:  Mixed Media Inx- vintage, honey; Inka-gold steel blue, gold; Prima English ivy (from my stash)
Mist:  Lindy’s Gator Gumbo Olive, Ponderosa Pine Olive; Dylusions London Blue (all from my stash)
Stickles:  Crystal (from my stash)
Paint:      Ranger dabbers Lake Mist, Snowcap, white gesso (from my stash)
Masks:  Studio Calico Elongated hexagon mask; TCW paint lids (from my stash);

One of the fun things in this kit was this Fancy Pants corrugated sheet.  I painted it, misted, masked, really I just kept putting media on it until I was satisfied.  At one point I sprayed it too heavily with Dylusions at which point I kinda freaked out, LOL, but I let it dry and they painted other colors over it.  The floral leaves have been painted with Viva Inka-gold and the fish net has been embossed with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel.

Cardstock:      Fancy Pants Corrugated sheet
Patterned paper:  BasicGrey Serenade collection:  behind photo-bowler hat, zig zag-shilling, green-bustle, orange- parlor, Pink Paislee Portfolio collection: Outstanding (best day ever cutout), Epherma pack
Chipboard:  DA flourish #8, DA 0654 fish net (from my stash)
Flowers:  Prima Del Canto from Dec KOM; Petaloo Cantebury vine(from my stash) , Kaisercraft sepia paper flowers from a previous kit
Ink:  Mixed Media Inx -  Jasmine, Leather, honey, peridot, mossy (from my stash)
Mist:  Glimmer Mist olvie vine, moonlight, Dylusions London Blue (from my stash)
Paint:      Ranger dabber lake mist Jan KOM, snowcap (from my stash)
Other:  Kaisercraft lace, Studio Calico mask, Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel (from my stash), Golden crackle paste(from my stash) , 

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