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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dress Form Canvas

Hi everyone! Today,  I wanted to share this little dress form canvas that I made.  I've admitted in past posts that I love dress forms and could make them every day!  Of course, I can't because I would run out of places to put them and friends who wanted them, but...  I can't resist making them occasionally!

I noticed the Prima Product Picks for March and they seemed perfect for my project idea.  So, with those colors, sparkle and texture in mind I got busy creating!

This project started out with an 8x10 canvas that I chose to use the back side of.  I wanted something that would hold the little 3 dimensional dress form that I made.   Turning your canvas over makes for a fun change-up and adds extra texture by having the wood show.

From this angle, you can see the dimension that using the back side allows.  I white washed the wood and added modeling paste using a the Prima Floral Petites stencil, doilies, Color Bloom Sprays and Chalk Inks to get the background ready to add my dress form..

I couldn't resist the little quote.  I think it's perfect for this type of project! 
I used Prima's Alphabet stickers with ink and mist added for the word style.  The smaller wording was made by printing it on transparency and cutting it out.

The skirt and bodice were made with paper that I pleated and layered to give this project more dimension.   I used Prima Color Bloom Sprays and Chalk Inks to give it a bit of shine and color.  

The body of the dress form was colored by adding tissue paper, some gesso and finally covering the entire thing with clear micro beads.  I added a bit of ink to it for a bit of contrasting color.

Instead of leaving the edge of the bodice where it meets the dress plain, I chose to use a wide strip of glue and add tiny sequins.  I love the sparkle that these tiny sequins give. 

Of course, I added lots of flowers to enhance the over all design. I used a combination of Bloom Collection Flowers and Fleurs De Prima to make my flower clusters.  There are bits and pieces of ribbons tucked in and I added a Prima Flutter Vine with it's beautiful flowers and a butterfly, too!

The last touch was adding a few more splatters of Color Bloom Mists and using soft gel to add lots of scattered tiny sequins.

Aren't these colors beautiful?  Be sure to check out the March Prima Product Picks and play along!  


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paper Straw Easter Bucket with Video Tutorial

Easter is right around the corner!  It has snuck up on me this year, but I couldn't let it slip by without doing a little Easter Project.  Just for fun, I also decided to do a little video of how to make this! If you frequent my blog and galleries, you might remember that I made a bright version of this a while back.  I had some questions about how I did it so the video will walk you through each step.

It's easy!

You might recognize that this is made with paper straws.  They are all the rage and I can't seem to pass up all the pretty colors that I see in the stores.  I hope that I'm not the only one with a whole drawer full of these!  :)


I started with a little bucket that I picked up for $1 at Target.  I used straws and flowers that matched to decorate it.  I love roses and these were awesome since they were already so perfectly coordinated.

Another thing that I seem to buy a LOT of is doilies!  I just love them!  They are such a sweet touch to so many projects and here I used them to give the look of ruffles.

This project was so fun, fast and easy!  I hope you enjoy the video and give it a try yourself!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Burlap Canvas

Each month, I can't wait to open the Flying Unicorn kits to see what is included.  Especially fun is seeing what the Off the Page item is every month.  They are never the same and they are always interesting.  I thought the bicycle this month was so pretty and fun!  Now, I do have to admit that I was a bit concerned about coming up with an idea to use it, though.  Because of the dimension, I wasn't sure how it would lay on a canvas, so I decided to use the back of the canvas instead.  Instant shadow box!

I started out by white washing the wooden frame a bit, adding cream colored acrylic paint, modeling paste and ink to 'rough' my burlap canvas up a bit.

Then, I added the bicycle.  I used some cream colored acrylic paint to make the bicycle fit with the more monochromatic look that I was going for.

Next up, start embellishing!

 I used canvas flowers and burlap leaves that I inked to make them go with the overall look of the canvas background.  The chipboard was washed with a thin coat of cream colored acrylic paint and then inked. 

The seam tape was sprayed with water, a dipped in a bit of paint and glued under the flowers and inside of the frame. 

Although it took me a bit to come up with my idea, this ended up being one of my favorite Off the Page projects ever!

Be sure to stop by Flying Unicorn to check out what the rest of the team did with this piece.  It's amazing how many different ideas that we all came up with!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flying Unicorn University Birdhouse

Hi y'all!  Hope you got a chance to tune in to my Ustream Class for Flying Unicorn!  If you didn't, I hope you will go check it out soon!  

This is the Birdhouse that we made tonight.  If you were at the show, you know that instead of yellow we made a pink one.  All the same techniques but just a bit of a different look.

Here is a link to Flying Unicorn's Ustream or you can watch the video below!

And a HUGE thank you to all of you who watched! 

Because we were moving pretty fast on the show tonight, I wanted to be sure to post some views of all the different views.  In this one, you can see the right hand side. 

The back and left side... I have to tell you, that I LOVE that Prima stencil!!  And... the flowers and ribbon... It's awesome the products that you can get from Flying Unicorn, not only in the kits, but in the store, too!

Finally, here is the top.

If you missed it, be sure to check it out!

Here is the supply list:
(I've provided links to the things you can find in the store.)
Bird House
Prima Stencil - March Kit
Prima Calypso Tin Yellow - March Kit
Prima Resist Chalk Edger Old Road
Prima Vintage Trinkets (bird)
Hug Snug Seam Binding (ribbon)
Pearl Picks
Green Cardstock

Changes for the live class:


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Flying Unicorn Layout

I think I could scrap for a week with this Flying Unicorn kit!  I really love these colors and how bright and beautiful they are!  I also love the dark grey colors that ground the yellows.  It's just perfect!  Not to mention, it's almost spring and these colors are perfect for that, too!

The Authentique papers have terrific patterns!  I think plaids are terrific and I love the one in this collection!  Since I'm craving spring, I had to add a few daisies to this page!

More bits and pieces, flowers and stickers work so well to add details.

Finally, you can't forget the adorable little diecut shapes that are included in this collection.  I think Banners are a great thing to tuck here and there under photos and papers.

Be sure to check out Flying Unicorn for all the details on ordering kits!  Don't forget to watch for pre-orders!  You don't EVER want to miss one of these kits!