Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Play In The Sunshine *** Flying Unicorn KOM Reveal *** Part 1

Another new month, and another great kit of the month from Flying Unicorn.  Have you picked yours up yet?  They always sell out fast, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis - at Flying Unicorn we believe that papercrafting should be a passion, not an obligation.

For my first project this month, I created a mixed media layout to complement a picture of my middle son, Brennan, with his face smeared with glitter paint.

As soon as I saw this piece of Fancy Pants paper in the kit I knew I wanted to use it.  I misted, and stencilled and colored with mists, then started laying down my layers.  I even tore up one of the Fancy Pants stencils included in the Main Kit as it added great texture to the layers.

Some layers of the blue and yellow corrugated papers, and the awesome viewfinder ephermera piece from the Embellishment Add-On.

I loved the viewfinder so much I cut it in half - here you can see the other piece sticking out from one of the awesome Fancy Pants envelopes.

These Scrap FX steampunk chippies flew off the shelves of the Flying Unicorn Store.  I treated mine with Shimmerz Dazzelerz in Lemon Drop, then touched them with the Colorbox chalk ink in the kit.

Here's what the layout looked like before I started adding extra media.

And after adding tons of color:

Do you photograph your layouts before you reach the point of no return with media?

Thanks for stopping by!

Pool Boys

Every month I have the best intentions of entering some of the wonderful challenges out there. Sometimes I accomplish it, sometimes not. This month has been crazy, with an anniversary trip to NYC with DH for 9 days, a charity bike ride to a resort town 120kms away and 6 days in Vegas for CHA, coupled with all the necessary catch up at work when I have been in town. But I have managed to squeak in one challenge layout, right under the wire, for the Blue Fern Studios and Shimmerz Paints July challenges (literally, they close in 42 minutes - nothing like cutting it close!).

I dug deep into my stash and pulled out some Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss papers from 2011 to make room for some new CHA goodies and paired them with two beautiful Blue Fern flourishes I picked up recently and altered everything with a healthy dollop of Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Spun Sugar and Lemon Drop.

The picture is of my middle son, Brennan, and his cousin Kailen in Grandma's kiddie pool last summer.

Here is the gorgeous sketch from Blue Fern:

I applied the Spun Sugar Dazzlerz through a Crafter's Workshop mask using a palette knife, then pounced the whole thing with a sea sponge to remove some of the paint and create texture.  To create a more watery effect I misted the wet Dazzlerz with Shimmerz Coloringz in Lime in da Coconut and Vibez in Jeni B Bleu.

The Blue Fern chippies were altered with the same Shimmerz products.

The July challenge at Shimmerz was to use a mask - any mask.  In addition to the Crafter's Workshop Cosmic Swirl mask, I used my new Prima chekered mask to tie all the layers together.

And completed the layout with gorgeous flowers from the Flying Unicorn Store.

August starts off with a week at my in-laws' summer cabin with the kids, so I am hoping for lots of scrappy time to kick off the month!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Play In The Sunshine - Flying Unicorn August Kit Reveal

Its a warm summer breeze as the ocean waves crash along the shoreline and in the back of our mind we know summer is coming to an end, but today, yes today we can still be carefree and Play in the Sunshine.
And with a fun palette from Echo Park;s collection to Fancy Pants Memorabilia we hold on to these last days of the summer sun and entice you to forget that before too long a fall crisp breeze will fill the air.
Without further adieu Flying Unicorn proudly presents our August Kit of the Month - Play In the Sunshine.

This month our Off the page project which is included in the main kit is a chest of drawers, manufactured by Kaisercraft. Store bits, baubles, notions and trinkets in style. This fabulous little chest of drawers is completely customizable, so get ready to paint, ink, chalk, paper and embellish your way to a unique piece of art.

So do not let this kit pass you by - Remember there is no sign up - its first come first serve - Paper crafting should be a passion not an obligation and once the kit is gone - its gone!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Birthdays Are Like Zombies *** Flying Unicorn Mid-Month Muse ***

My poor friend Kirsten - somehow she's become the friend who gets themey birthday cards, and the theme for the past 2 years has been zombies.  Since Kirsten's birthday coincides with the release of this month's Flying Unicorn Mid-Month Muse Kit, I have a zombie canvas for this month's project.

I distressed some Color Hills patterned paper (new to the USA and available from Flying Unicorn) and mounted it on one of the canvas sheets included in the kit.  A couple of the papers have a bit of an industrial feel to them that worked well here, and the bright colors were easy to match when I colored in my image.

The adorable little zombie digital stamp is from Saturated Canary, colored with a mixture of Spectrum Noir and Copic markers.

I used the Patina Texturez included in the kit through a Prima mask.  The orange masking was made by mixing Ceramic Stucco with Fireworks! spray from Tsukineko; I added shading with a warm grey Copic to darken them up a little.

The shabby Melissa Frances hanger included in the kit is amazing.  I took the purple flowers from the kit and hot glued them to some cut off wire I had left over from some other flowers and twined them around the hanger.  To blend them with the zombie theme I added some grey lowlights to age the flowers.

These larger purple flowers were part of my stash - I took them apart (removing their original purple centers), stacked them, added new stamens, colored the insides white with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx and touched the petals (and those of the Prima Truffle Roses) with grey to make them match the flowers from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed this project, and that you'll stop by the Flying Unicorn and pick up your kit before they're all gone!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Flying Unicorn July Mid Month Muse Kit Reveal

We are so excited to showcase our July Mid-Month Muse Kit. This kit allows you to experiment with Watercolor paints, photo transfers, gelatos and so many more goodies that your creativity can explore. We are also thrilled to include and introduce to you all our Flying Unicorn crystal butterflies, that are available for now only in this kit with some new adornments under our brand as well.

So without further adieu take a look at the amazing creations created by our creative team and Brenda (Bitsy) Howell, our Guest Designer.

From our Guest Designer :


Friday, July 12, 2013

Freeze the Picture - Flying Unicorn KOM

Just stopping in for a quick share today.  I snapped photos of this project on my camera in the rush before Evan and I left for vacation, and totally forgot about it until I uploaded our vacation pictures from the camera.  Oops!

The July Flying Unicorn kit of the month contains an adorable little stitched burlap album from Canvas Corp. I wanted to make an album to capture rugged, outdoorsy pictures of my boys this summer - at 2, 4 and almost 7 it's all about getting air at the bike park, messing around in the pool and roughhousing - and the quote on the Teresa Collins Summer Stories papers included in the kit was perfect.  I love this stage in my boys' lives.

I wanted to add some texture and depth of color to the Petaloo chippy corners included in the kit, so I started with some Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine - it's so juicy the embossing powder has no problem sticking to it, and primes your chippy at the same time so your embossing powder colors come out true. I then layered on two colors of powder from my stash.

I added a Petaloo Color Me Crazy Keyhole from my stash, which I coated with Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel in Gold to which I added Dry Rock Candy Glitter while it was still molten for a chunky look.

Thanks for stopping by!