Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Flying Unicorn Gives Back - November kit release blog hop!

If you have hopped here from Mish's blog, Full Moon Scrapping,, then you are on the right track!  If not, hop back to Alda's blog, Flying Unicorn, for the blog hop beginning.

Every year, during November, the Flying Unicorn sponsors "Flying Unicorn Gives Back."  This year we've chosen a nationally recognized charity, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.  For each project that is uploaded to our forum gallery, Flying Unicorn donates $1.00 to a maximum of $1,000 and we're happy to say that we've always reached our 1,000 uploads goal. With your help, this year,we will again reach our goal! Flying Unicorn also donates 5% of all sales during the month of November to the charity. Finally, do not forget to mark your calendars for our Silent Auction November 8th - November 16th .

We have also set up the Flying Unicorn page on the Best Friends site where monetary donations can be made as well to help us reach this years goal of $3000.00 in charitable donations.

Best Friends' mission is No More Homeless Pets and through that they try to place animals who are considered "unadoptable" into good homes.  They work to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.  Since it inception, the number of dogs and cats destroyed in shelters annually, has fallen to approximately 5 million a year.  There has been much progress, but there is still much more to do. 

Best Friends is very near and dear to my heart because of all the good works they have done to further the welfare of animals in our society. They made national headlines with their intensive efforts in rescuing so many animals in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.  In honor of Best Friends, and the November Kit of the Month -Heart's Twilight - I would like to share with you a special layout that I did with the Flying Unicorn November Kit of the month.

Many of you know that I have always shared my home with my furbabies who at the moment are standard poodles.  I've had big dogs, little dogs, and in between sized dogs.  They are all my "children" and I love them dearly.  Recently I lost my dear Chena to gastric torsion.  Many of you probably know Chena from her escapades with Escape Kitty.  Kitty's Mom and I have had a wonderful time writing the adventures of those two!

Chena's passing was so unexpected, she was so vibrant one moment and then gone.  It was heartbreaking as it always is when you lose a member of your family.  It's been almost two months now and slowly we are adjusting to her absence.  We have a new puppy, Tisha, that has really helped us and our sweet Nika who is our 3 year old poodle.  Chena was Nika's "Mom" and she looked to Chena for everything; consequently, she was lost without Chena and really didn't know what to do with herself.

I want to share with you a little story about Chena.  She was always a great source of  daily amusement and this is one of my favorites!  Here's the journaling:

Chena was a very smart girl and constantly amused me with her antics.  One day she was determined to spend her day napping on the couch.  Now she knew that the furniture off limits, but, despite my admonishments, she kept curling up on the couch.  Finally I threw the big dog bed on the couch., thinking that it's large size would prevent her from comfortably settling down.

Well the joke was certainly on me!  Next time I passed through the living room, there she was, very comfortably perched on the couch, in her bed, with a big smirk on her face that seemed to say "I am not really on the couch, I am in my bed, like a good doggie"!  I laughed so hard and ran for the camera, this was certainly a "Kodak moment"!

Tammy, another of Flying Unicorn's designers, recently lost her sweet furbaby, Macy.  We are teaming together to help raise money for Best Friends and so we decided that we would donate $5 (maximum of $250) for every project featuring an animal uploaded to our special Best Friends forum thread during November.  Please come post something in our thread!

 Heart's Twilight is now available with an amazing
and fun off the page creation- take a look:

Do not forget to join Alda and Shona this month with their process of making the below layouts. Alda will show you step by step on our You Tube Channel, while Shona has done a complete Build a Page for you all!

WAIT!  Before you hop on over to Jen's blog, Scrap Escape, check this out!

Want to win a Cameo-Silhouette?

Every $5.00 donated to Best Friends via our donation page will give you a chance to win!
Additional details can be found on our forums.

So hop on over to Jen's blog, Scrap Escape, for some additional eye candy fun and thank you for your support in giving back !

In order to have a chance to win the Flying Unicorn Gift Certificate:

1.  You must be a follower of everyone's blog.
2.  You must leave a comment in the  Flying Unicorn Gives Back blog hop thread telling us about your hop experience.
3.  Winner will be chosen via at 6 PM on November 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

G45 Mother Goose at the Flying Unicorn

I'm having some fun with Graphic 45 Mother Goose!  This is such a great collection for scrapping the little people in your life.  Here are my great niece and nephew, they are soooo adorable!  Lots of fussy cutting on this layout, G45 is always great for fussy cutting! 

G45 - MOther Goose collection
Stampendous aged green and aged black on the chippies
Petaloo Darjeeling flowers

The Flying Unicorn Store carries all the Graphic 45 lines, be sure to stop by!

Friday, October 25, 2013

BLOG HOP - Flying Unicorn Gives Back 10/31 - 11/2

Please join us for an exciting blog hop, we'll be telling you about our annual Flying Unicorn Gives Back fund raising events during the month of November.  I promise,  you won't want to miss this!  Every year Flying Unicorn raises money for a charity;  it's our way of giving something back to the world.  This year we've chosen Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, a place that is very near and dear to my heart.  Best Friends was a key player in the rescue of all the animals affected by Hurricane Katrina.  They also took in Michael Vick's pit bulls, rehabilitated them and found good homes for many of them.  They are a no kill animal shelter and home to 1600 - 1700 animals that were homeless.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Leaky Shed Studios chippies, now at the Flying Unicorn!

 I've got a great recipe for you today! Yep take the new Marion Smith Designs papers and mix with a hearty supply of Leaky Shed Studios chippys, both available at the Flying Unicorn store,  and you've got one yummy layout!!  Frost it all with pretty flowers and really, what more could you want?

I seriously love the vivid graphics and feminine flowers of this Marion Smith paper from the Mad Tea Party collection, black, white, red, yep that is my favorite cup of tea!

I used 3 Leaky Shed Studios chippies on this layout.  The corner and birdcage I painted with Ranger's gold paint Dabber and then added gold microbeads here and there.  Love how they look!  The Memories chippy below, I heat embossed with a new embossing powder, Ranger puffs, I love how it's  textured matte finish.
To finish off the layout, I add greenery from the floral department at Hobby Lobby, and lots of pretty flowers.  The roses are handmade using McGill's Floriano punch, roses from Flying Unicorn and a couple of Spare Parts red flowers sprayed with Shimmerz Goldie Lox for extra sparkle!


Cardstock:      Bazzill red, pink for flowers
Patterned paper:  Marions Smith Designs Mad Tea Party collection: base - Rabbit Hole, green pp - Spot of Tea, fussy cut corner - Roses R Red,

Chipboard:  Leaky ShedStudios Family Tree Words, Bird Cage, Flower Corner

Embossing powder:  Ranger Black puffs

Diecuts and punches: McGill Floriano, retro flower

 Flowers:  Spare Parts, Petaloo Color Me Crazy Fabric Trim, Flying Unicorn tiny roses,

Ink:  Ranger Distress black soot, 13 Arts Ayeeda black, scarlet
Mist:  Tattered Angels Tatter Rose, Lindy's Cosmopolitan pink, Shimmerz Goldie Lox

Masks:  TCW mini microbial TCW 359s, Prima lace doily #3 960575

Masking paste:  Shimmerz TextureZ  crushed coral, Studio 490 gold

Paint:      Ranger Adirondack gold paint dabber

Other:  Jolee's Vintage Pocket Watch, HL greenery, Recollections micro beads gold

For the next layout, I used Marion Smith Designs Nirvana collection.  These papers are just divine and perfect for the vintage styling that I love so much!  All those beautiful gears on the right are Leaky Shed Studios chippys embossed with Stampendous Aged Bronze embossing enamel, I can't get enough of that stuff!!

The photo is of my husband's father during WWII and was badly damaged, sorry for the quality.  But I really wanted to scrap this photo of his Dad because we don't have too many pictures of him as he was killed in the Korean War.  Here he is with the plane he flew during WW II and it has his Mom's name painted on the side.

In addition to those really rocking Leaky Shed gears, I also used some Flying Unicorn metal adornments that I also partially embossed with Aged Bronze Stampendous Embossing Enamel.



Patterned paper:  MarionSmith Nirvana collection:  base - Cloud 9 MS101004, green rectangle - Photo Op MS101008, narrow strip - Typograph, tags under photo - Documented,

Chipboard:  Leaky ShedStudios - Watch Parts 392

Embossing powder:  Stampendous Aged Bronze,

Flowers:    FlyingUnicorn Adornments,

Ink:  Mixd Media Inx Truffle, Black, Distress Vintage Photo

Mist:   Lindy's Grab a Guy Gold, Glory of the Seas Gold,

Masking paste:  VivaFerro Special Effect Paste Graphite
Other:  gears ribbon - Spare Parts; Burlap - Flying Unicorn; Tim Holtz Ornate Plates

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Build a Tag

There are two great kraft tags included in the kit.  So this month, instead of Build a Page, we've got Build a Tag, a BAT, now isn't that just perfect for October!

Ok, let's get busy on our BAT!


blank tag, 3 1/8" x 6 1/4"
gold pp - Adornit Bumble Ticker Tape
Black circle - Crate Paper DIY Shop Project
Don't be Afraid... tag - Kaisercraft Take Note Memo
Black Take Note tag - Kaisercraft Take Note Memories
Prima Lyric Flowers
Flying Unicorn roses
Studio Calico Mistable leaves
Glimmer Mist Black Magic
Lindy's Winter Jasmine Gold
Gold Sharpie pen
Bead trim, gold braid, and black ribbon

Add ribbon, fiber, etc. to your tag at the top and you are done!

I'm hosting a challenge at the Flying Unicorn this month to make a tag with a pocket.  Come join in my challenge and upload your project to our challenge thread!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kaisercraft Curiosity now available at the Flying Unicorn!

Oh this paper has my name all over it!!  I love rich reds and vintage greens with touches of black.  It is such gorgeous paper!!  I made flowers to go with the page, see my poppy tutorial here.

Lots of fussy cutting, the flowers and the bird.  I also used Prima's Finnabair Lace Doily to mask the large diecut doily.  I wanted to tone down it's bright white color.

"Happiness" is a Prima Wood Icon word, available in the store.  I think they're a great deal as you get 36 words in a box for a very reasonable price.  First I embossed it with the new Ranger Embossing Antiquities Verdigris.  That was pretty but I decided I wanted it to be black so I embossed over top of that with Ranger Embossing puffs.  Love this look, it has texture and is a dull black rather than being glossy, perfect for vintage styling!  Be sure and take a look at these in the store, there are some really pretty colors. The Antiquities are somewhat like the Stampendous aged powders but they dry with a grainy texture and a finer color. LOVE THEM!


Patterned paper:  KaisercraftCuriosity collection:  Base - Unique p1266, beige lg circle doily - Peculiar p1265, small circle - Intrique p1264, floral border - Uncanny p1272, tags  - Unusual p1271, fussy cut flowers - One of a Kind

Embossing powder:  RangerEmbossing Antiquities Verdigris, Ranger Embossing puffs black

Diecuts and punches: WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace, Martha Stewart Swirling Lace, Alterations Tattered Floral, Mini Tattered Floral, McGill starburst, sun, leaf,
Ink:  Distress black soot, rusty hinge

Mist:  Glimmer Mist Gumdrop, Lindy's Golden Lump o Coal, Tiger Lily Red Orange, California Poppy Gold

Other:  Prima Canvas Banners 921910


Friday, October 4, 2013

G45 Typography - tag tute!

I have a new scrappy passion, making tags that can do double duty and serve as a card.  I don't like to make cards, I don't know why, I just don't.  Maybe I will conquer them next year.  But for now I love making tags with little pockets and places where I can write a note, much as you would on a card.

Here's a quick tag that you can make in no time.  I am a huge fan of Graphic 45 and I just love the bold colors of their new collection, Typography, now available at The Flying Unicorn store.  It inspired me to make this tag that I will use to write a thank you note to a friend.

 First cut a tag, mine is about 8.5" long and 3.25" wide.  I have a Sizzix tag die that I used to cut the scalloped top of the tag.  This is easy to do, just run your tag part way through your diecut machine, but just far enough to get the scallop cut.  Don't run it all the way through unless you want a much shorter tag.  I chose a 4 x 6  cut apart rectangle as the centerpiece of my tag and then cut out the Thanks words.  Next cut a slightly larger (2 3/8 x 3 3/4)  coordinating patterned paper to go behind the Thanks tag.  I fussy cut the swirl and flower from the same patterned paper.  Distress and ink all the edges.

Now adhere the Thanks tag on the patterned paper, this will be our "door".  Cut two hinges.  Mine are cut from an adhesive felt that you can get very inexpensively at a hobby store.  I like using the felt because it will not tear as easily as paper.  I happen to have a hinge die but you can easily make hinges from small squares of paper.

Now adhere the hinges to the door, but be sure to leave enough of the hinge off the door so that you can adhere it to the larger card.  The fussy cut swirl has a flower near the top.  Punch a hole in the center of the flower.

Now attach the door to the 4 x 6 card with brads and then attach the 4 x 6 card to the tag.  Line up the hole in the fussy cut paper with the hole in the tag and adhere to the tag.

Add some flowers and a bow at the bottom.  Remember when snaps were the new gotta have thing?  I bet you have some around your scrappy room somewhere.  Well the snap was just the perfect size to make a door handle for my door.  I did not set the snap in the traditional way.  Instead I just glued the snap to the paper so that it stands off the paper and looks more like a door knob.

 I love that I can hide a little note behind the door!  You can easily adapt this tute to suit any of your scrapbook papers as it's really easy to make a little door.


Paper:  Graphic 45 Typography collection:  stripe - Create, Dear Friend cut apart - Imagine, black floral patterned paper - Celebrate, Thanks cut aparttag - Journey
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers:  Prima mountain lily sunflower

If you make a tag like this, be sure to leave me a link so I can see your work!


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