Friday, July 3, 2015

Flying Unicorns July cards

Flying Unicorns July Kit of the Month

This month, the kit features LemonCraft papers.  wow - they are beautiful and delicate and so gorgeously floral.  ahhhhh what a delight.  BUT sadly folks, ya gotta cut the papers to really enjoy them.  yeah, you can love'em and stare at them sitting in your stash bin....but I am betting your stash bin is a drawer or closet.  So you can't see them anyway when they are stuck in a closet. 

 USE them, cut them ( and just buy more).  That's the attitude I'm going with.  

So to celebrate my motto, I made this card.  I cut and glued and layered and embellished.  The papers are so pretty that they are just about already done in perfect card form - you just need to add a few extras...or not.  Your choice but I like flowers so I added a few. 

Come join us at the Flying Unicorns and have some fun.  Facebook page right here

Flying Unicorn July Your Passion Your Art
Petaloo Penny Lane - Beige
LemonCraft Papers - House of Roses
Prima Debutante Wood Icons 579555

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blitsy Star Shaker Cards

Shaker Card Tutorial on Blitsy

Shaker cards are popping up all over.  They are adorable, fun and quite easy to make, once you know the technique.  Here is a patriotic shaker card I whipped up for the 4th of July.  
Mine is patriotic but these fun cards are perfect for so many occasions. 

I have a detailed tutorial on Blitsy's Blog, along with close up photos of this card.  
So I invite you to take a look at the tutorial and the Blitsy Blog.  There's always  something fun going on at Blitsy's blog. 

Flying Unicorns and Lemoncraft Papers

Flying Unicorns and LemonCraft Papers

Here is a layout I created using the July, Your Passion Your Art, and LemonCraft papers.  
 Wow, the LemonCraft papers are really a joy to use - well even just to look at and toss in your stash - the box that says "for adoring only - do not use - do not cut".   If you are a papercrafter, you most definitely have a stack with this designation.  This is where only the most gorgeous  papers go.   Unfortunately, since this came in my Design Team kit, I had to close my eyes and cut into them ( and weep whilst I cut).

This layout is the result of many tears.  No worries.  My papers did not warp from being wet.  I blotted them up immediately before the warping set in.  ha!

This page looks more complex than it really was.  In essence this was probably a 20 min page because the paper really created the layout on it's own, my embellishments were just a little extra. 

OK so what did I do?  How did I make this so fast?  Here is what I did:

OK start with the base layer of LemonCraft ( weep weep sob).  Make your peace with it that you have to use it - then move on confidently.  

Ink the layer with inks or chalk ink.  See the pink in the bottom photo?  I added that.  It's Colorbox Mixd Media Inx in Peaches.  Only after I have added pink to the page, at that point I am ready to add a stencil. 

See the stenciling below?  That is actually Prima's gate stencil.  I used the gate stencil for the top of the page then turned the stencil upside down and used it on the bottom of the page - in the photo below. 

I sprinkled some chunky embossing enamel on my page and heated it up to add some white flecks on the layout.  I did not use embossing liquid, I sprinkled the embossing enamel right on to the page.  The embossing liquid only acts to keep the embossing powder or enamel securely in place - for example if you are using a stamp with an image you need to keep secure.  This was not my case. I really didn't care where the embossing powder or enamel landed. 

Next I cut a cardboard circle for the photo mat and added it to the page.  

Last step embellishing.  I cut some butterflies, flowers from the LemonCraft paper ( sob sob weep) and added them to my page.  The fabric flowers were tucked in to give dimension. 

The "Dream " word is a wood diecut - very delicate and perfect here. 

This is what the page looks like without the photo. It's for sale in my ETSY shop..but hold will have a few companion pages so look for them as well.    I will gladly pop your photo in the layout if you provide one for me.  

You can see it here

You can find the July Your Passion Your Art right here

Flying Unicorns - July
Paper - House of Roses by LemonCraft
Flair Button - House of Roses by LemonCraft
Pink twine
Petaloo Flowers - Calla Lilies & Berries Ivory 1106001
Prima Gate Stencil (retired design)
Stampendous Chunky white embossing enamel
Prima Super Heavy Gesso
Clearsnap - Mixd Media Inx in Peaches
Petaloo Mulberry Flowers in cream

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Flying Unicorn Mixed Art Canvas

Mixed Art Canvas - with the Flying Unicorns

This canvas was created using the Mixed Art add on from the Flying Unicorns for the month of July.  You can find it right here.   The add on kit came with three small 5x5 canvases.  I decided to make them all one bigger unit and create a piece that flows.   

I used my beloved Prima flowers and resin frames to accent the watercolor pencil background.  Yep, so the background was created first with water color pencils. 
Then a little Prima Color Bloom mist.
Next, some mesh netting. 
Finally a little Prima Heavy Gesso smattered here and there over the mesh tape. 

When I showed my husband the finished piece, he looked at it and said he preferred it hanging vertically.  OK - guess that works too.  

Below are close ups of all the panels.  I took the Prima purple songbird vine and cut it apart to spread around the three panels - giving it a cohesive look.  

Come visit the Flying Unicorns.  Pick up your kit right here.  If you miss out on the kit, keep your eye on the pre-orders each month.  They are available starting the 20th of each month.  You get a sneak peek at the kit so YOU get to decide what you want to purchase.

Happy Crafting and Thanks for looking

Flying Unicorns Mixed Art Kit - July
Prima Resin Frame 892104
Prima Color Bloom Mists 573782
Colored Watercolor Pencils
Prima Waterbrush 580241
Micro Beads - Prima Butter
Prima Heavy Gesso 961374
Prima Birdsong vines 539030
Prima Engraver Alphas 563240
Prima SIIC Mineral
Prima Leaf die
Prima Finnabair Clear Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink - Black