Friday, September 12, 2014

Flying Unicorns Dress form and Video

Hello friends!
  We are THRILLED that the September  kit of the month was such a wild success.  And we graciously thank you for both your enthusiasm and your support.  In case you did miss the Sept. kit, you can now pre-order your kit so you never miss out.  Pre-orders start the 20th of every month.  

  Each month Alda packs a project into the main kit we lovingly call the "OTP",  or "Off the Page"  project meaning it's anything BUT a layout.   It's ranged from boxes to park benches, hangers to alter and "dress up", bird houses, wall cuckcoo clocks.  I can only imagine what's in store for future kits.  I've asked Alda to spill it - give us a little hint - but she's pretty tight lipped.  So no go on any hints for Oct.  Till then, let's enjoy and work on September's OTP because it's one of the best yet in my opinion. 

September's "OTP" is a paper mache dress form standing a proud 13 inches tall and begging to be dressed, gussied up and totally fussed over.  As kits arrive at houses all around the world and are unpacked, I can hear a collective sigh..."oh dear - how beautiful, but how am I going to tackle this and where the heck do I start?" 

 Ahhhhh, I have put together a quick video to help.   I am hoping your sigh will now be one of relief and clarity as your mind starts to assemble plans. In fact, I know you are a crafty bunch and can accomplish amazing projects.  I have seen some dress forms rolling across the Flying Unicorn Facebook page    ( seen here) as well as in the forum gallery ( seen here).  Please upload your dress form there when you are done.  We are excited to see it. 
I created a short (very short at under 5 mins!) showing you how I completed my project.  I hope this helps you start your dress form. 

 I used the Maja Design FIKA collection for my bodice and the hat.  The hat template is found in the Flying Unicorns templates from Tammy found here.  You may have to scroll down the templates page but look for HATS - and Tammy's name. 

Our main kit  can be found here for Sept so you can see what was included. 

special note - I sprayed the dress form white first.  After that, I started to decorate with the Maja Design papers from the FIKA collection, which is my favorite from Maja ( though I seem to say that every-time I use any of their collections). The bodice is  Tva Froknar.

In order to make the paper mold to the dress form, I misted the papers with water, then adhered to the dress form using Prima's Art Basics Soft Matte Gel , by Finnabair.
Once wet, the paper actually molds nicely. 

I made the hat using a template that can be found on the Flying Unicorns site -posted by Tammy Henderson.  

I added a metal Adornment from the Flying Unicorns to the bust-line.    The lace has been inked with Prima Color Blooms Tea Stain to give an aged antique appearance. 

The large purple flowers are some older Prima flowers.   The metal frame came from the Sept Kit and is a metal adornment from the Flying Unicorns exclusive stock. 

The hat is Maja Design Fika -Kladdkaka with the hat band being from the paper called  - En kopp.

The brown flowers are actually not quite as brown but have been enhanced a wee bit.  They are Prima Parchment flowers and I enhanced with Color Bloom Mists in Worn Leather.   The mist was perfect and created the richness I was hoping to capture. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Flying Unicorns Kit of the Month - Sept.  Off the Page project ( dress form Darice)
Maja Design -Fika collection - Dress Bodice is Tva Froknar
Maja Design -Fika collection -Hat - Kladdkaka
Maja Design -Fika collection  - Hat band - En kopp
Other Maja Design papers
white paint
Prima Finnabair Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel
Prima Color Bloom Mists - Worn Leather 573829
Prima Color Bloom Mists - Tea Stain 573836
Flying Unicorns Metal Adornments
String pearls
Prima Flowers - Parchment 551971
Prima Leaves -
Prima Roses Large - Purple PE390
Beacons 3 in 1 glue

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful Collection - Inner Beauty

Oh Sew Beautiful Collection - from FabScraps
FabScraps has a wonderful and most unique product idea.  When they issue a new collection, they also release coordinating chipboard pieces.  As if that is not cool enough, FabScraps also creates matching die cuts for the chipboard pieces.    In case you were wondering how I managed to get this wonderful dress form to be so perfectly covered.  

Thank heaven I did not have to fussy cut this!  FabScraps has done the fussy cutting for me.  THANK YOU! 

I have added some detailed instructions to the bottom of this post.  

This is an 8x8 canvas board that has been covered with

The dress from chipboard has an elegant feel to it so I chose to make my project lacy and elegant and very feminine: lace, string pearls, flowers, Prima pearl flourishes - the works.

I added the words very simply by printing them on card stock and adhering them to the canvas using a matte gel medium.  I find the matte gel medium holds the paper on the canvas and does not allow the edges of the paper to roll and curve.  

Thank you for stopping.    You can LIKE FabScraps on Facebook and stay in touch with the newest collctions.  

FabScraps – Oh Sew Beautiful Collection – Inner Beauty
For This Project You Will Need
  • FabScraps  –Oh Sew Beautiful Collection –Vintage Buttons  C68006  8x8 sheet
  • FabScraps  – Oh Sew Beautiful Industrial  – Mannequin Chipboard DC68013
  • FabScraps – Oh Sew Beautiful Collection – Journal Set Dies MC68001A
  • Flowers - Prima Raelynn Ravishing 574796
  • Resin Butterflies - Prima 891992
  • Wide Lace Trim – 12 inches in length
  • Pearl Flourish - Prima 529291
  • Cardboard or foam dimension tape
  • Gesso or white paint
  • Button or Flair Button/brad - Prima Flair Button -Everyday Vintage 813369
  • Glitter leaves
  • Canvas board 8x8
  • String pearls

1.     Background  Preparation:
2.     Cut FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful  Collection Vintage Buttons C68006 into 8x8 square and apply to an 8x8 canvas ( use water and glue mixture of gel medium for best results and roll with a brayer to remove all  ripples and bubbles )
3.     Using a whitewash made form gesso or thinned white acrylic paint and a sponge, cover the FabScraps C68006 paper completely with a little heavier concentration on the center – to lighten the paper.
4.     Choose piece from FabScraps  - Oh Sew Beautiful – Journal Set Dies MC68001A  that looks like rulers or measuring tapes.  Cut one of the rulers out and back it with cardboard or foam dimension tape.  Glue remaining piece to the canvas starting at the center.  Then glue the dimensional ruler to the bottom of the the page.  This adds interest to the canvas by introducing more dimension.
5.     Chipboard Preparation
6.     Cut FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful – Mannequin Chipboard DC68013 – select the larger chipboard mannequin and cover with your choice of coordinating  die cut from the FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful Journal Set MC68001A. 
7.     Drape wide lace trim around the dress form and let loosely flow down and around the canvas, securing with glue here and there.
8.     Embellishing and Finishing Touches:
9.     Add pearl flourish to the canvas, draping slightly over the dress form and the lace.
10.   I also added some string pearls to the bottom of the canvas, draped around the lace.
11.   Add resin butterflies.
12.   Complete with flowers, buttons, brads, flair buttons, and leaves as desired. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Prima and Julie Nutting - Don't be Afraid to be Yourself

Julie Nutting Doll Stamps ( on the Prima blog here)
Julie Nutting's doll stamps are indeed adorable - but I wanted them to be used for a project to help  encourage people to be themselves.  As school starts, sometimes our young people struggle with this and often blend into the crowd.  

I created a crowd on my canvas by using a variety of Julie Nutting Doll stamps. Gathering a crowd was not a problem...the real problem was choosing from the many stamps she has released.    My final choices were:  Chiara as the shinning star; Valentina,, Aidan, Kate, Shay, Megan,  and Natalie. 

I merely stamped them and added no color -no pizazz to make Chiara pop. 

Here, I created a Youtube video of the creative process: 
YouTube Tutorial

Here is  a dimensional look at the canvas and below that is a close up of the flowers and embellishments .  

The text i used is simply printed on paper and cut into pieces. 

Thanks a million for watching.  

Prima Products:
910761 Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp - Chiara
910778 Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp -Valentina
910396 Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp -Kate
Prima Julie Nutting Stamp - Shay 910433
910426 Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp- Natalie
 910389 Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp -Megan.
Prima Stamp Block 4x8 with handle - 576073
578299 Prima Flowers - Providence Oregano
577437 Prima Flowers -London Crown
577490 Prima Flowers - Melbourne Kangaroo
576257 Prima Flowers Epiphany 3D Stickers
961800 Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients - Art Sugar White
961411 Prima Finnabair Art Basics Modeling Paste Opaque
961374 Prima Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso - white
Prima Finnabair Soft Matte Gel 964128
961299 Prima Finnabair Elementals - Bubbles Stencil
980268 Prima Julie Dougherty -A4 Watercolor Paper Pad
573850 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Lime Wedge
573898 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Cobalt
573942 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Glistening Waves
573867 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Summer Sky
573904 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Peony
573805 Prima Color Bloom Mists -Gold Foil
892340 Prima Resist Chalk Edgers Set
891015 Prima Chalk Edgers - Dark Rust
891268 Prima  Chalk Edgers -Teak Wall

Other Products:
9x12 Canvas