Friday, August 30, 2013

It's HERE!

Flying Unicorn's September Kit of the Month :
The end of summer is not a farewell, but an embrace of memories that will live on. That hot sun as you played in the water, and those steamy nights where you may have sipped wine in the yard, enjoying the smell of the bbq as you entertained friends and family . Lazy days by the pool and family vacation time. Sleeping in, as the yellow sun played in the skies of blue to late nights where only the shinning stars above were the light source. From the boldest blues and reds to the muted greens and purples it was 50 Shades of Summer.
Flying Unicorn proudly presents September's Kit of the Month with an ensemble from Melissa Francis Classic Elegance Collection,True Romance from Kaisercraft and 13@rts Faces of Spring.

Not only are we unique in the fact that scrapbooking should be a passion and not an obligation that we have no sign ups but it is first come first serve - Our kits have an Off the Page Project and this month is no different we have included the Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock for your creative pleasure.

Flying Unicorn Welcomes Our September Guest Designer!

Hello scrapping friends!

Flying Unicorn is so excited to announce our September Guest Designer, Heather Jacob!

Heather is such and amazing and inspirational designer! Just browsing through her blog or galleries gets me inspired to create and we were all so estatic when she agreed to join us for September! Heather has been widely published and designs for some great companies and challenge sites such as  CSI, Megs Garden, 2 Crafty Chipboard, The Color Room, Scrap 365 Magazine and Green Tara just to name a few. She also has been a designer for Imaginarium, OUAS and Scrap For Help as well as a Guest Designer for Maya Designs, 13 Arts,Inkido and more. You can see her full resume HERE.
Here is a little bit about Heather:

Hi there, my name is HEATHER JACOB.

Firstly I am totally honored, delighted and thrilled to be invited to join the team as a guest designer here at Flying Unicorn.. thanks so much Denise for asking me .
I live in Australia where I am blissfully married to my wonderful, supportive “soul mate” Baden. Our treasured family feature throughout  my work.

To me this craft is the perfect combination of art, photography, beautiful paper, and glorious words with complete freedom to express myself .
I can incorporate all the arts and crafts I love in one hobby.
My books are a reflection of my life, my history, my family and friends.
Also who I was yesterday and who I am today.
I am inspired by colour and texture. I especially love to choose some elements, cast a spell and see what happens, to create a dream and follow it through. Subtle shadows, light and color are all ingredients for casting the spell, connecting with the beauty that surrounds me.
For me it is all-consuming, inspiring and a natural expression of my inner self, which I love to weave into my works.
First and foremost I always choose the PHOTO, then the colours and papers are chosen depending on the energy, the emotion and the story behind the photo.. ..

I love to include stitching, chipboard, journaling, muslin, fabrics, metal elements, inking, masking and texture paste,  playing and getting messy !!
I see my style as “CLASSIC” with attention to detail…I tend to lean toward monochromatic themes with a little shabby chic/grunge thrown in..
I am lucky enough to be on a few design teams and my work has been widely published  

Warm hugz from Heather x

My blogs

Now we can't wait to see what she does with the September keep your eyes peeled as our kit reveals tomorrow!! But till then, let's check out some of Heather's GORGEOUS creations!!!

Are they not stunning!! We are looking so foward to her September Kit Creations so remember to check back tomorrow and don't forget that our September KOM goes on sale at midnight tonight so do not miss out!

Be sure to visit Heathers blogs and say hello! You will not be disappointed!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Something New @ Flying Unicorn!

Something new is coming to the Flying Unicorn! Are you looking for some tips on how to get started scrapbooking? Do you really enjoy clean and simple layouts and cards, does the traditional side of scrapbooking appeal to you? The Flying Unicorn is opening a new Forum, The Clean, Simple and Streamlined Side of Scrapbooking, and its debuting September 1st! Here we are going to explore the "traditional" scrapbooking. We're going to focus on our precious pictures and memorable stories. We're even going to journal (gasp!). I hope you'll join us, debuting September 1st!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hello everyone! Denise here today to share another fun WCYDW tutorial. This week I’m sharing a quick easy tute called Distress Stain & Gesso Resist. I don’t take credit for coming up with this idea but wanted to share because I’m starting to do more of it.
I’ve seen this tutorial around and have seen different ways of doing it, but I found I liked this one best. It’s great for backgrounds, art journals and cards/tags. So grab those supplies and let’s get going!

What you will need:

3 or 4 Distress Stains (coordinating colors)
Mini Mister filled with water
Stamp with a good clear image (you want a picture-no writing or script)
Heat Gun

 1. Using your paintbrush, 'paint' your stamp with your Gesso. Cover completely.

*Tip-I will tell you that images work the best. Any stamps you use with writing or script do not turn out clear. And the less detail the stamp has the better. Lots of detail in the stamp can make it hard to see the resist.
Be sure your stamp is covered. You don't want ALOT of Gesso but you don't want too thin of a layer.

2. While Gesso is wet, stamp down on your paper firmly. I like to push down on my stamp with a little pressure to be sure Gesso sticks.- Be sure to clean your stamp right away after you’re done!

3. Your image should look something like this-you will be able to see Gesso clearly.

4. Dry with your Heat Gun or let it dry naturally. But be sure it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.

5. Choose at least 3 coordinating colors of Distress Stains. I chose Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. Using your first color go over your entire stamped image and if you feel like it go over the entire sheet/page. Here I go over all the page because I'm making an art journal page, but if you want to do this on a bg for a LO I probably would only do surrounding area.

You will start to see the 'gesso resist'

6. After you finish with your 1st color, go ahead and swipe around your remaining stains. Be creative. There is no right or wrong here. After you achieve the look you want, grab your water filled Mini Mister. Distress Stains are great-they react to water and start to blend nicely. Adding some water also helps the image to 'pop' better

8. Let stains blend and dry with heat gun or naturally. Check out that resist look!

After your done with your background..go ahead and finish your page, card or tag!
This is my page I did for my journal. I loved the colors and how the blended. The colors reminded me of a beautiful Fall day.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks WCYDW!! Would love to see what you come up with if you try this technique!! Have fun and be creative!

Other supplies used:
Manor House Flowers
Black Ink
Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain
Prima Flowers


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

From Canvases, Compressed Chalk, Rubbing Plates to Paintsticks this monthly mixed media kit will get you creating with new mediums that you may have never used before. So without further adieu we introduce our Mid Month Muse, Mixed Media Inspired Kit .

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands a little messy and get creative with our Mixed Media Kit!
Here is a little inspiration form our Creative Team using the August Mid Month Muse Kit

Our kits our exclusive to the Flying Unicorn Store, and they are sold on a first come first serve basis - we have no sign ups, creativity should be a passion not an obligation but when the kits are sold out they are gone - so do not delay and get your kit today !