Thursday, July 24, 2014

3 Birds Studio and Xyron!

At 3 Birds Studio, we have been hopping and sharing with Xyron all week!  What a great swap with great products!

If you haven't yet, be sure to go to the 3 Birds Blog to see how I used the Xyron Creative Station to make this little album!  I have included step by step instructions on the 3 Birds blog.

My blog post today is all about the embellishing!

As you can see there is a lot of dimension to this little album.  I honestly love adding all the details and the added dimension just adds more interest to me, which is a good thing in my book!

After finishing the cover and adding the bow, the first thing I added was a little chipboard piece that I turned into a charm to hang from the ring.  I glued a tiny punched flower to it to make it coordinate with the cover and the inside pages.

When using one ring, you can choose the way your mini album will open.  For this one, I chose to have it open vertically.

I love all the little glittery pieces that are included in the 3D sticker set and the chipboard set.  So, naturally, some of those pieces had to make it into my album.  

I added a few punched flowers and leaves to the little roses and these pages were complete.  

Ok, since I hardly ever get a picture that does the glitter justice and today I did, I had to include a close-up!!  :)  Notice that the sticker is raised?  These already have foam on the back which makes layering easy!

For these pages, I went with some more of the glittery piece, punches and another 3D embellishment.  The black circle on the top page was cut from one of the papers.  There are lots of fussy cutting options in the paper pads!

Another glitter close-up!  I was on a roll!  BUT... what I really want you to see is that little camera!  How cute, right?  There are all kinds of little shaker boxes included in the 3D embellishment collection!

The last pages combine several of the same elements that are shown on the cover and the first pages.  One last thing that I want to share with you is that I used things from both the Graceful Seasons and Midday Medley Collections.  Each collection stands alone to make beautiful projects, but also has so many coordinating elements, too!

Now...  For you...  I have some really good news!

Did you know that you can win some great products from both 3 Birds Studio and from Xyron?  
Well, you can!

Head over to the 3 Birds Blog for all the details!  

Also, don't forget to stop in at Xyron to see what their team has been up to using the 3 Birds Collection!

Finally, if you missed us on HSN yesterday, not to worry!  You can still purchase 3 Birds Products on the HSN website!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Flying Unicorn July Kit Layout

This is another layout that I made with the Flying Unicorn July Kits.  The kits are so beautiful and have so many terrific embellishments, papers and mixed media elements.  The things you can do with them are endless!

I LOVED the script mask that was included!  It made such a beautiful back ground for my layout.  I used textured stone medium with it to get the dark color.

I layered lots of Prima Resin Pieces with the photos and used some journaling cards to frame the photos.

I also used the little pearls that are included in the kit for a touch of added detail.  The smaller ones, I set on some sequins from my stash.

Be sure to drop by the Flying Unicorn Store to get details about ordering your own kits!  Also, remember with the pre-order option, you will never miss a kit!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Flying Unicorn July Off the Page

Did you know that Flying Unicorn Kits include an off the page item each and every month?  Well, they do!  This month, a wooden boat is included.  You should see what some of the girls did with them!  Be sure to check them out on our Facebook Page, in our Forums and on the teams blogs!

I chose to make a little boat for a decor piece.  This could not only be used for a nautical theme, it would make a fun centerpiece for a summer party, a 4th of July party or even a themed birthday party.

I used the Authentique Anchored Collection to decorate my boat with.  It is perfect since it's already designed to be nautical.  The best part... you can also find it in the Flying Unicorn Store!!  Check here... Authentique Anchored Collection.

The first thing I thought of was to make a sail for my boat.  That came with a bit of thought about how to make the mast to be sure it stood up.  I used a bit of floral foam, covered it with paper and then... my Sonic drink addiction payed off!  I used a Sonic straw for the mast.  Perfect!  It's already red and all I had to do was glue a bead to the top. 

Prima white wire and little flags, in addition to the sail, finished off this section.  You can find the wire in the store, too! 

Have you seen all the new adornments in the Flying Unicorn Store?  This little anchor fit perfectly with the little boat!  You can see all the new adornments in the store here.

A few more flowers and a little wheel were the last few additons.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page!  We love to hear from you and would love to see what you are doing with the kits!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Reveal at Flying Unicorn!

Well, nothing like being out of town during the reveal and your post not going live!  Having said that, I still want you to be able to see what a fabulous group of kits that Flying Unicorn put together this month!  I was so excited to see these gorgeous kits on my doorstep!
So without further ado... take a look at this!!
Though we do not want the next months to Fly Away - we are thrilled to present and include the new 13@arts collections Fly Away as part of our July Your Passion, Your Art Kit of the Month.

Here is one of the layouts that I made with the kit.
The sweet elements included made showcasing the photo so easy!  Oh man, that frame from Prima!

 More resin pieces, flowers...AND... you can even get the leaf dies that I used in the Flying Unicorn store!

Our kits are amazingly unique and every month we include an Off the Page Project . This month you will receive a wooden canoe 

I can't wait to show you my own little boat!
A perfect add on for the avid mix media artists out there to the ones that are just getting their hands, and yes sometimes face and feet inked! The colors in this kit compliment all the other kits being offered this month or it can stand alone since it will always come with a canvas so you can play as soon as you receive it !
The latest and greatest embellishments and goodies for you that compliment the main kit and all the add on kits. You can purchase this to add creativity to the stash you have on hand or to mix in with our main kit for more creative yumminess!
Our Small Art, Big Passion addon kit can stand alone or mix it in with the main kit. Perfect for card makers, altered projects, tags, atc's and so much more!
We have an incredible month of great tips, techniques step by step tutorials along with some amazing videos to teach and and get you creating! Our educators this month will be using the kit to inspire you along, though you can always create and try using your own stash too! So become a subscriber of our You Tube Channel and our forums - You do not want to miss out!

So be sure to stop by the Flying Unicorn site to check out the kits and all the great projects that the Design Team has done with the kits!

Also, remember... You never have to miss a kit again with the new pre-order option from Flying Unicorn!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flying Unicorn and Julie Nutting Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Uni & Dolls blog hop party! 

If you have come from the Flying Unicorn Blog then you are in the right place. If not then begin from the beginning at Flying Unicorn Blog because you do not want to miss a thing!
(We have an amazing line up of creative and inspirational projects all centering on Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Stamps. Let us get this party hopping! ) 

I'm such a huge fan of Julie Nutting Dolls that it was really hard for me to choose one to use for today's blog hop!  I ended up settling on this sweet little toddler.  You can find her HERE in the Flying Unicorn Store.
I have created a little sign for today's project.  This could easily be used as a hanging piece by hanging from the ribbon or by adding a picture hanger to the back.

This was created on a piece of decorative wood that I picked up at Michaels for a couple of dollars.

To create the background, I first mixed a pink paint with pearlized medium to give it a bit of sheen.  Just use any brush you have to apply it.

After you have it painted. Mix a bit of your paint with glaze.  (I added a bit more pink to make it a hair darker.)  Glaze can be found at any hardware store.  I picked mine up at Lowe's.  
Before the glaze dries, use a paint comb in vertical lines to remove a portion of it, as shown.  Let dry.

Next, apply the glaze over the top.  This time, you will pull the paint comb horizontally.  It will look something like this.  Remember it doesn't have to be perfect.  

Before  you set it aside to dry, take the brush and give the ends a bit more color for depth.  

Finally, finish up the background by inking around the outside with brown chalk ink.  Give it a light spritzing of Antique Gold to tone it down, as I did with my piece.  I wanted to have a bit of a vintage look for my finished project.

You will see in the photo below that I even gave my finished girl a little spritz of Antique Gold.  

Tip:  You might notice that there are lots of layers used to create my dolls.  If you look closely, you will see that I play that up by not gluing everything flat.  I intentionally didn't glue down the bottom of the skirt and also only glued the center of the hair bow.

Now embellish it!  I used lots of Prima Flowers, some Zva Creative Bling and even an old Jolee's button from my stash.

NOW... for the fun part for you!!! 

Want to win the doll I used or any of the other ones, the choice will be yours along with Time Traveler or Seashore collection paper pack by Prima. To be eligible all you have to do is:
·Become a follower of my blog
·Comment below this post and tell me you became a follower and tell me about your favorite Julie Nutting products!
·This giveaway is open worldwide

But wait there is more …..
One lucky person will win the Uni’s & Dolls grand prize

Now... I KNOW you need to see what the other girls are sharing and I KNOW you don't want to miss out on a chance to win the fabulous prizes, so it's time to head over to Jen's Blog!