Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Card Using Frank Garcia/Prima French Riviera

May Your Passion Your Art - May Kit from the Flying Unicorns
It's finally here...the May kit from the Flying Unicorns.  If you missed out on the kit ( it does sell out monthly and quite quickly too!) - then consider our  "never fail" option of pre-ordering on the 20th of every month.  

The wonderful amazing jammed packed kit.  Filled with Prima products, Prima's French Riviera Collection by Frank Garcia, and a heaping big box of coordinating embellishments. I love when my favorite kit is filled with wonderful papers from Frank Garcia. 

The coordinating embellishments from the Frank Garcia's French Riviera collection are spectacular so I created this soft vintage feeling card focused around the Prima French Riviera Chipboard that came in the kit. .  No special occasion.  Maybe even framed.  

The kit contained a sheet of Prima's Paintables that coordinated with the French Riviera collection.  The paintables paper is really think and lush-perfect for watercolors. 
I colored mine with Prima's Confections -Tropical, the new watercolors in a metal pan.  You can use any fun watercolor paint you want on the paintables- it all creates a gorgeous effect on the paintables paper.   I just like the vibrant colors of the Tropicals set of Confections. They are top quality and richly pigmented.  They may me tiny in size but they are robust in color and will last so much longer than other watercolors in plastic trays. 

I didn't want the final results of the card to be too vibrant, so I rubbed it down with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to be more in line with the sweet chipboard piece I used from the French Riviera collection that came in the kit. 

The photo below shows the card in progress.  I sort of changed my mind in midstream as to how to finish embellishing the card.  You all know how that goes, right?  
I had some darling dies from Joy Craft - the sweet little scallop shell and starfish.  I cut them, and gently inked them.  

I topped the card with a gorgeous decorative Prima  French Riviera Brad.  









Time is precious.  I value the time you spent here.  Thanks so much for stopping.  I value your feedback. 
If you missed out on the kit ( it does sell out monthly and quite quickly too!) - then consider our  "never fail" option of pre-ordering on the 20th of every month.  
Products Used:

Wink of Stella - Clear Pen
Joy Crafts Dies - Under the Sea 6002-0329
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
Cheesecloth
Wink of Stella - Paint Pen

Spellbinders Die - Nestabilites Gold Labels Four Etched Dies


Monday, May 2, 2016

Watering Can and Card Gift Set - Maja design

Maja Design May Mood Board.  

The May Mood Board at Maja Design is now posted on the blog.  You can find the details all right here.  The Mood Boards are meant to  inspire in a number of ways; from the color palette , from the images provided, and from the quote and words.  
You do not need to use them all in your creation.  You can create anything you choose.

Click here to play along.  Entries due May 26th and should be emailed  here moodboard@majadesign.nu

  I took my inspiration from the image of the watering can and used the watering can I had saved on a shelf in my basement.  Not terribly original, but still tons of fun to create.  

 You can find this Watering can set  here in my ETSY shop along with other items in my ETSY shop .

I created a matching card as well.  I thought it would make a great gift set.  


This is the watering can before and after I altered it.  


These are the papers I chose from the collection: 

Time for Reflection (B side)
Flourishing  (A side)
Tags &  Journaling Cards ( A and B side)

Here are a few more close ups of the projects: 







Thanks for stopping by. You can find this set and other items in the ETSY shop.   


Time for Reflection (B side)
Flourishing  (A side)
Tags &  Journaling Cards ( A and B side)
Prima Flowers - Royal Menagerie - Maude 583361
Prima Soprano flowers - Purple 561697
Petaloo - Burlap Blossoms Ivory   pl-1650-003
gold trim
Lace
hemp twine

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Altered Seahorse with Flying Unicorn and Prima/Frank Garcia




April Your Passion Your Art - May Kit from the Flying Unicorns
It's finally here...the May kit from the Flying Unicorns.  

***********If you missed out on the kit ( it does sell out monthly and quite quickly too!) - then consider our  "never fail" option of pre-ordering on the 20th of every month.  ***************

The wonderful amazing jammed packed kit.  Filled with Prima products, Prima's French Riviera Collection by Frank Garcia, and a heaping big box of embellishments. I love when my favorite kit is filled with wonderful papers from Frank Garcia. 

This month featured the coolest Off the Page piece I've seen is a while.  It's a large  paper mache Seahorse from Bare Naked Crafts.  

Below is the transformation from unfinished to framed.  Once I was done with it, I decided it needed more of a showcase type base,  so I bought a frame and took the glass out.  



I took the glass out of the frame and instead lined the photo mat with Prima paper from the French Riviera collection by Frank Garcia.  The paper is from the kit as well.  

I used the leftover paper pieces from the sheet and cut tiny sections of paper to use in the spine of the seahorse.  I glued each piece down with Prima's soft matte gel medium.  This gel medium is perfect for the paper mache project.  

WARNING:  It's really important to read the instructions that come with this paper mache piece.  

The instructions say not to saturate with a lot of moisture....that means limited misting, water colors, paints and spritzing.  This particular style of paper mache will indeed warp and rip with a lot of moisture.  

I stuck with products with low moisture - Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Prima's Soft Matte Gel Medium.

My finishing touches on the piece were  Prima Memory Hardware Pearls by Frank Garcia as well as Prima's Glass Beads and MicroBeads.   The larger gold and burgundy pearl beads are the Memory Hardware pearls.  I love them.

I adhered them also by using "gobs" of Prima's Soft Matte Gel Medium as glue.
OK gonna get technical here for a moment..... Do this by globbing dabs of gel medium into the seahorse using my finger ( or a paint brush if you prefer) - then dropping the pearl , glass beads or microballs into place.    Let air dry.  Works like a champ BUT you need to "gob" the gel on.  No worries because it does dry clear.



This is what it looked like before being set onto the frame. 

Time is precious.  I value the time you spent here.  Thanks so much for stopping.  I value your feedback. 

If you missed out on the kit ( it does sell out monthly and quite quickly too!) - then consider our  "never fail" option of pre-ordering on the 20th of every month.  





Products Used:
Flying Unicorns May Kit for the Month - Your Passion Your Art
Bare Naked Crafts - Paper Mache Seahorse
990787 P rima12x12 French Riviera-Journees De Rives et Aventures 990787
990381 Prima Memory Hardware - Pearls 
961428 Prima Soft Matte Gel Medium
962579 Prima Micro Beads - Copper 
963934 Art Ingredients Glass Bead Set 963934
584269 Prima Confection Watercolor Pan - Tropicals
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo


May Flying Unicorns Reveal - Your Passion Your Art


http://www.flyingunicornstore.com/category_s/1587.htm


The Flying Unicorn monthly, Your Passion Your Art kit is now bigger than ever - overflowing with all the goodies you desire with all our previous kits rolled into one GRAND collection...

ONE month, ONE kit.



The Flying Unicorn now includes papers, an "Off the Page" project, a mixed media collection, and all the coordinated embellishments in one kit, and at one crazy magical Price of 59.99!!


From layouts, cards, tags, mixed art and so much more...
Kit Includes : Prima French Riviera Papers : Juste Toi, Respirer l’air de La mar, AuBord la Mer, Journees De Reves et Aventures, Un Petitt Mot De la Mer, Cote d’Azur , Authentique Papers Explore Four, Explore Six, ExploTwinere Twelve, Explore Two. Embellishments: Explore Detail Sticker Sheet, Darling Boy Alpha Stickers, Prima Flowers-586188,prima Stencil584610, ^ journal cards from the French Riviera Collection, 6x6 chipboard, Prima Flowers 586249, Prima Stamp-990947, 1 6x6 Resist sheet from the French Riviera Collection, 6x6 Paper Pack French Riviera, Brads-583866, Prima Flowers 586201,13 Arts Grained Grit, 13 @rts mist, Color Bloom Cobalt Blue, Burlap 12” Flying Unicorn Adornments, Chipboard Pieces, Unprocessed twine,* OFF THE PAGE.PAPER MACHE SEAHORSE.


Get excited and enjoy what the creative team has done with the Flying Unicorn May 2016 Your Passion. Your Art Kit.


Layouts
“Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind.

Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exultation.

Suddenly, you know you are alive.”





Cards
“In a daily life, reach out to others with sacred act of saying ‘hello, a smile, word of encouragement….”






Tags
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”



Off the Page
“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”


Mixed Art
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Émile Zola





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