Friday, June 19, 2015

Prima Design Team

In 2006, I started scrapbooking.   It wasn't long before I discovered online scrapbook communities and got hooked into the scrapbook world in a whole new way.  I discovered scrapbooking in a way that allowed me to indulge more in my creativity, as well as, preserve our memories. There were so many things and ideas that I hadn't though of and one of the things that I loved most from the very beginning was flowers.  In fact, the first time I made an online profile, I commented on my love of flowers.  That profile has changed some over the years, but it still says I'm a flower girl.   So you might guess from all this that I'm just a tiny bit over the moon today!  I have been doing the happy dance for a little while and waiting patiently (ok impatiently) to share my news!

I'm so excited to see my name on this list!!!  I am still shocked that I actually get to be on the Prima Design Team!  Dream. Team.


Be sure to check out the other ladies that are going to be on the Prima team this year.  They inspire me and I know they will inspire you, too!

Thanks for letting me share my joy and excitement!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flying Unicorn June Kits

Hi y'all!  I am sharing one last layout that I made with the Flying Unicorn June kits.  It bears repeating that there are so many different products in the kits that make so many different looks possible!  If you have seen my other projects with the kits, you will know that this one is completely different.

The title works great with this photo.  Although you can't see it well in the photo, the girls are wearing heart shaped ring pops.  They have a Valentine's girls dinner each year and have a great time!

You can see here that I used mixed media elements including the fun stencil and grain from the kits.  The doilies are stamped and cut out then attached with foam for some more dimension.    Don't forget to look for all the chipboard pieces, stickers and of course, beautiful Prima Flowers!

You don't want to miss  a kit!  For all the details, check out the Flying Unicorn Store!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mini Album for Flying Unicorn - Free Class

Hi everyone!  As promised on my show, I'm posting my mini album with all the inside pages and measurements.  If you missed the show, no problem!  You can watch the playback at Flying Unicorn.

This was a lot of fun and I want to thank everyone for watching!  

For a short re-cap, I came up with this idea as a way to use the canvases that we love to make in a different way.  I love to make them so much, but it gets hard to find a place to display them.  With a mini, they can be put almost anywhere!  They also make great gifts!

I used Prima's Butterfly Collection for the album.  You can find it in the Flying Unicorn Store along with everything else that I used that is in stock for 10% off this week!

The album was created using 2 5x7 canvases.  It is important to buy the flat canvases.


This is the spine.  Notice those gorgeous glass beads!  I am loving adding them to everything lately!

The spine is 1.5x7 inches.


For the back, I used paint instead of gel and texture sand.  It will lay nicely while still including the colors that are used on the front and spine. 

Now for the inside!

The inside is based on a 4x6" format.  I wanted most of it to sit inside the album with only a few select bits and pieces overlapping.

Everything in the album was first cut from chipboard and then paper was added.  The chipboard will keep your pages stiff to help them hold up to the handling that a mini album gets.

One of the papers included in the Butterfly Collection had all these little squares on it.  I chose to use them as added decoration for my album.  Those pieces are approximately 2x6".

As mentioned before, the inside pages are based on a 4x6 format, so the rectangular pages are 4x6"

For this page, I used a large tag and covered it with the Prima paper.  I purposely set it higher in the album so that it would be visible on the outside of the album.

Here the fairy is fussy cut, layered onto clear transparency and then attached to the tag.  Again, it's about standing up to handling without  bending.  Using a transparency sheet make it work.

This sweet butterfly girl was done the same way as the previous one.  She is also on a 4x6 background.

The shaped pieces were cut using a Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Die.  I cut this one off to make it shorter, but left it long enough to overlap the album a bit, too.

Don't forget all that gorgeous chipboard!!  You want to make sure to use it in your album!  I've also left room for photos or journaling.

It's perfectly ok to repeat some pages in your albums.  I repeated a previous page here.

For this page, I used the same die and cut off the edge to make it sit nicely in my album.  In this case, I oriented the page vertically.  Again, it overlaps a bit to show on the outside.

Finally, I finished with a journal card that was cut from one of the papers.  It's a great way to finish an album and leave a message to your albums.  

If you would like to watch the show and see how the album comes together, here is the link!

Don't forget to check out the Flying Unicorn Store to get your supplies!


Monday, June 8, 2015

June at Flying Unicorn

This layout was made with the Flying Unicorn June Kit. There are so many fun little bits and pieces to add to your pages in this month's kits. 

I chose to play up the soft pink pieces in the kit for this layout.  

I love the little heart stencil that was in the kits.  It was such a perfect fit for this sweet little photo.  I used gel medium and gave the hearts a sprinkle of pink glitter.

How fun are the little chipboard words?  There were so many to choose from, but for this photo, you sparkle was perfect!!!  I added a bit of green ink .

The butterflies were glued down, but because they are charms, I decided to echo the pink thread used in my stitching to go through the loop.

Now, who can resist these glittery pink Prima flowers?  So pretty!  I also added a few leaves and extra flowers to the clustering.

Remember the bits and pieces?  I tucked in some of the chipboard flowers and buttons, too!

Don't forget to take a look at the Flying Unicorn Store to get all the details on how you can get the kits!  Also, there are so many other goodies in the store!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Off the Page with Flying Unicorn

This month's Off the Page Item included in the Flying Unicorn Kit was a little lighthouse.  It was super cute as it was, but I wanted to put it into this tray that I had picked up.   So, I cut it in half.  The tray had such a neat bottom and wood for the sides, so I thought it made a great beachy background.

I prepared the lighthouse by adding Prima Color Bloom Mist and inks.  I wanted to keep it weathered looking and this worked perfectly with the wood.

Before I added the lighthouse, I did some background work using stencils and paint.  I also used some of my favorite Prima Color Bloom mists.

To begin building the scene, I tore up some cardboard to give the look of stones and shore.  I used some Golden Course Pumice Stone Gel to add the look of sand here and there.    After it was dry, I started adding embellishments, including chipboard fencing and some metal pieces.

For the look of water, I used seam tape that was misted with more Prima Color Bloom, Glistening Waves.  Of course, I had to have a message in a bottle, so that was glued in place.  I finished the scene by adding some cattails and lots of beads to match the 'water' and 'land'.

Now, I had the bottom ready, but the top needed some deatils, too! I sponged on lots of Gel Medium to start with some subtle clouds.  When it was dry, I added some touches of Gesso to make them a bit more visible, but still keep them light and airy.  I tucked a bit of ribbon in the upper corner of the 'sky'.  The finishing touch was using some lightweight chipboard to make the birds.


To add a bit of detail to the top, I added some more ribbon, some cattails and a few Prima Seashore Flowers.  

There are so many beautiful takes on the Off the Page this month, as always!  Be sure to drop by Flying Unicorn to take a peek!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mojo Monday at Flying Unicorn

As you probably know by now, every Monday at Flying Unicorn we host Mojo Monday.  If you don't know about it, let me tell you that it is a LOT of fun!  Alda furnishes a sketch for you to use and one of the creative team makes a layout for inspiration.  In addition, it's a challenge and you have one week to participate!  Best news of all... you can win!  Prizes are always fun!!

So this Monday, it was my turn to use the sketch.  What great timing!  I had just received my GORGEOUS new Prima Garden Fable in the mail! (It's in the Flying Unicorn Store) So, this is what I came up with...

I'm loving the beautiful colors that are in this collection.  They are so fun to work with!   So many beautiful parts and pieces, too!

I layered tags, chipboard and pearl flourishes on top of some stenciling that I did with modeling paste.  With these soft beautiful colors, I couldn't resist adding a few sprinkles of glitter to the paste while it was wet.

Flowers, flowers, flowers!  There are so many beautiful ones to chose from with all the Prima collections.  I used a mixture of solids, prints and sizes to build my flower clusters.

If you look closely, you will see that I added some tiny green sequins to finish off the page.  So easy to do!  Just use a touch of glossy accents and sprinkle them on!

So, want to see the sketch and play along?  Here is your link!  Mojo Monday Challenge Hope to see you there!


Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Reveal Time at Flying Unicorn!

It's that time again!!  Time for the kit releases at Flying Unicorn!
As always, there are lots of great things to play with!  This month has stencils, stamps, gorgeous flowers, bling.... mixed media like you can't believe... and more!!
With all the different choices, there are so many ways to create with them.  Sometimes I wonder if we really all got the same kit.  :)

This is the first page that I'm going to share this month.  I chose some of the soft colors that are included and went from there.

Take a closer look at the little scalloped border pieces.  They are perfect to add some little silver touches to your design.  They also look great with the little bling buckles that are in the kit.

Layers of chipboard, watercolor pieces, and the stamps made a great way to build a background to showcase the photo and the gorgeous Prima flowers.

Tip: Instead of stamping directly onto my page, I stamped on transparency to have some more shine and to allow me to play with the placement. This can also be a great way to play with stamps if you are new to them or even a bit nervous about stamping directly onto your pages or project.

Of course, tucking in some buttons and my new glass beads is an easy way to add a bit more interest into my flower clusters.

Now... check out these kits!!
Flying Unicorn is celebrating the start of those lazy days of summer. June's "Your Passion Your Art" features a 13Arts collection that really feels like a warm relaxing summer day - hazy, warm and dreamy. Without further adieu we offer you our June - Your Passion. Your Art kit of the Month

Summer is now here. Holidays and vacations long awaited are now approaching. Perhaps a visit to the ocean is in order? Included in each Main Kit, is always a fun and unique "off the Page " item. We have the perfect "Off the Page" piece to help celebrate - a sweet wooded lighthouse. Dress it up with your shells and sand that you collected - or create the lighthouse you'd like to visit.

From the beginner to the avid mixed media artist our Mixed Art add on kit will surely please you. Our Mixed Art kit will always come with a canvas and mixed media art supplies to advance your skills as an artist.
Flowers, vines,and embellishments oh my! Our Mixed Passion is a collection of everything pretty to add to the Main kit or the add on kits. The colors and embellishments will enhance your Kit of the Month creations or it can stand alone and you can create something magical on its own! So turn up the music, make some tea and lock your self away while you create some art!
Our Small Art Big Passion is all about the love of making cards, tags atc's and anything in between. From Stamps, flowers, paper, embellishments and pretty things in between! These yummy goodies will enhance any of the kits or stand alone .