Friday, May 31, 2013

Maja Design Blog Giveaway Winner - Amy Jones Amy #854 The TigersHaven

All through the month of May, I ran a contest to give away one Life By The Sea collection 12x12 each. 

Rules for the giveaway
1.  Become a follower of the Maja  Design blog and of course my blog.
2.  Leave a comment here as to your thoughts about Maja papers.  
3.  I'd love for you to share this blog give-away on your own Facebook or on your blog.  You can find the "share" buttons at the end of this blog post.   

On May 31st, I'll use to pick a winner of the an entire collection of Life BY The Sea

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Winner - Amy Jones Amy #854 The TigersHaven
and here is what she had to say about this collection:
I follow both blogs.... I think these papers are Beautiful. I really love the idea's that come to me with these. The soft colors are great too... I shared on my FB page too (Amy Jones). Thanks so much.

Amy contact me and I shall get you your wonderful prize.

Hearts and Flowers Canvas - Flying Unicorns Rays of Magic (Kit of the Month)

Here is a canvas I made with the Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month - Rays of Magic.  This is 8x10 canvas.   I saw the newest Adornments in the kit and had to feature them.  They are beyond gorgeous.  The new face of gorgeous.   The richness of the adornments is what inspired this canvas.

And they are exclusively  at the Flying Unicorns.  

I added a pearl center to mine. 

I also made this by using only the Ephemera pack tags from Pink Paislee- Hope Chest. Man are they beautiful.

Thanks a million for stopping by.   Grab your kit while they are available - they sell out fast.  Remember that the Flying Unicorns sell kits but you do not need to buy a kit to play in their  forum and to enter any challenge.  We want the forums to be a place where everyone can play and be comfortable.
Use your own stash if you want.  No worries, no pressure, no rules.

Flying Unicorns Kit of the Month - Rays of Magic
Flying Unicorns Kit of the Month - Flower Add On
Flying Unicorn Patterned Paper  Add On  Rays of Magic
Clearsnap Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx - Vintage/Butternut/Mossy
Prima Stamp -544980
Tim Holtz Inks- Walnut
Prima Flowers Encore Ivory 561369
Canvas Home Basics Fringe - CVS3311
Flying Unicorns Designer Series -Metal Adornments
Prima Firefly Stamp 560782
Prima Stamp 563042
Pink Paislee Paper PP00918 - Hope Chest  Ephemera paper pack tags

A Ray of magic - Flying Unicorn's June Kit of the Month

a beautiful day.. a captured memory a Ray of Magic . The summer months bring a carefree feeling into our souls where laughter, dancing and smiles fill our warm summer nights. Fairies dance amongst the morning dew and hope lives strong in the minds of the young and old. A Ray of Magic lives within us all

Our Kit includes collections from Prima Fairy Rhymes designed by Jodie Lee, Hope Chest by Pink Paislee with Authentique Cherish Collection and Canvas Corp Collections. Some flowers, Dusty Attic and mists of course. This kit also showcases the new adornments to the Flying Unicorn Line and so much more.
Our Kits are unique and always come with an Off the Page (OTP) project and this month a papermache suitcase to create and make your own

We have created add ons that math with the main kit giving you more paper crafting creativity

Creations by the Creative Team :

and by Kitty too of course!

Off the Page Creations by the Creative Team

Remember, we do not have sign ups, our motto on this is that scrapbooking should be a passion not an obligation- so once the kit is sold out its..gone ... Do not delay and get your kit today !

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Forever the Navy - Maja Design

Forever the Navy -Maja Design
This was created using the wonderful Life By the Sea collection by Maja Design.  I really find this collection soothing.  I finally figured out why.

The collection reminds me of my favorite things and it comforts me.  It reminds me of my favorite places by the ocean and beach and it reminds of me of my dad - a man who also loves the sea.

This is a layout of my dad as a little boy in his little Navy outfit, and then my dad just a few years later as a handsome sailor in the United States Navy.

I love that he was standing by the US Flag - must have been either Memorial Day - which we just celebrated, or July 4th celebrations.  So sweet.

Featured below is the West Coast paper that is so strong and just perfect for a Navel layout.
I also used Sailing for the chevron and Marina Hovering which has the red stars.

Here are more close ups.  I used a mask and molding paste for my stars.  Then I ran some ink lightly over the dried molding paste.

I had an old old flag from my father-in-law who was a WWII hero so I added it to the corner top.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit on your Friday.  Hope it is special.

Maja Design - Life By The Sea Collection - The West Coast ( striped background paper)
Maja Design - Life By The Sea Collection  - Sailing (used as the chevron)
Maja Design - Life By The Sea Collection  - Marina Hovering ( the red star papers)
Tim Holtz - Distressed Ink - Vintage Photo/Chipped Saphire
Grape Vine Stars/ with gesso
The Crafters Workshop - Punchinella TCW219
Petaloo Chamtilly Collection Mixed Blooms in Red 1279192
Prima - Decorative wood old letters - 556600

FabScraps - Baby Bear Collection -Teddy Bear Love

FabScraps has just started shipping  it's newest collection, Baby Bear!
This is Escape Kitty with her favorite teddy bear.  Shhhh please don't mention this to anyone, but yes, Kitty does love teddy bears. Who doesn't, right? She was agreeable to me taking a photo but she has no idea it's going on the internet.
A little about the bear - my grandmother was a crafty gal.  She made bears to give to anyone she met. This bear she gave me before my wedding.  She was very mindful of the ribbon which has oranges and greens - my favorite colors. 

My sweet bear also has a bit of a crooked smile.  Well, OK - a very crooked smile.  That too, reminds me of my grandma.  Grandma had suffered a stroke many years before she passed on and lost the ability to smile.  She was left with a little crooked but charming and loving upturn of the mouth. Oh grandma!  I miss my grandma. 

On to the supplies I used:
 FabScraps Baby Bear - Story Bear 1 C57003 ( used as background)

 FabScraps Baby Bear - Bubble  Bear 2 C57006 (used as the bottom layer)

 FabScraps Baby Bear - Beary Cute Die-Cut chipboard  DC57004

 FabScraps Baby Bear - Die Cuts  - Ribbon MC57008

 FabScraps Baby Bear - Story Bear 2 C57004 ( used as accent paper strips - polka dot side)

 FabScraps Baby Bear - Rusty Bear 1 C57001 ( used as punched circle)

Below you can see the very cool Flying Unicorns metal Adornments that have been painted with Viva Inca Copper.

Here is the sweet chipboard piece that has been coated with Shimmerz Paints - Enamlez Gold Digger, a shimmery rich embossing enamel.  The bear was painted with Tim Holtz Distress paint in Vintage Photo. 

Here is a teddy bear for you to download if you want.

Please visit the FabScraps Fabulous Facebook page and Blog to see what others are doing with this amazing fun collection.

Step by Step instructions:
1.     Background  Paper Preparation:
2.     Start with FabScraps Baby Bear Collection –Story Bear 1 C57003  – punch all the edges with a decorative punch.
3.     Dampen all the edges with water.  You can use a spray mist bottle, a baby wet wipe, or a damp paper towel. 
4.     While the edges of the paper are damp, gently crinkle, roll and bend the edges of the paper. Use a heat gun to dry and set these.  The heat gun will make the paper edges a little hard and firm.
5.     Glue to a piece of FabScraps Baby Bear Collection – Bubble Bear 2 C57006 (12in x12in) .  The green Bubbles paper will be the bottom layer of the layout.
6.     Rip some long thin pieces of brown cardstock and tuck here and there under the ruffled edges of the Story Bear top layer.   Just enough to see small hints of brown paper as an accent .
7.     Cut or punch an 8in decorative circle from FabScraps  Baby Bear – Rusty Bear 1 C57001.  Glue in the middle of the page a little to the right.
8.     Dot  the circle with pearly dimensional paint/ glue or glitter glue.
9.     Photo Image Preparation:
10.   Start with two identical copies of a teddy bear image/photo.  Cut a teddy bear image from one of the photos. Glue to the punched circle – near the top left side.
11.   Cut the teddy bear from the second photo and back it with cardboard or with dimensional  tape/dimensional dots and glue over the top of your main image of child, pet, loved one. This will be a layered photo image.
12.   Rip a small piece of FabScraps Baby Bear –Story Bear 2 C57004 and glue behind the image as a backing, peeking out from the bottom as if the image is resting on a strip of the paper. 
13.   Tuck some lace under the image and glue to the circle – bottom right side.
14.   Cut border from  FabScraps Baby Bear Collection – Die Cuts – Ribbon MC570018 and glue over the ribbon.
15.   Chipboard Preparation:
16.   FabScraps Baby Bear -Beary Cute chipboard DC57004 –This chipboard piece is separated into two sections -  words and bear figure.  Coat chipboard words ONLY with embossing ink and generously pour gold embossing powder on the chipboard.  Do not shake off the excess embossing powder.  Leave it thick.  Heat set.
17.   Use brown paint or stain to cover the bear figure of the chipboard.
18.   Glue the chipboard over the top of the teddy bear at the top left side.
19.  Finishing Touches:
20.   Ink the edges of the paper as desired using a variety of ink colors with blending tools, foam blending pads or strait from the inkpad.
21.   Add flowers, floral berries, ribbons and metal adornments as desired
22.   Enjoy. 

FabScraps Baby Bears - Rusty Bear 1 C57001 ( punched circle)
FabScraps Baby Bears - Story Bear 2 C57004 ( accent strips under images)
FabScraps Baby Bears - Bubble Bear 2 C57006 ( background)
FabScraps Baby Bears - Story Bear 1 C57003
FabScraps Baby Bears - Ribbon MC57008
FabScraps Baby Bears - Beary Cute chipboard DC57004
Shimmerz Paints - Enamlez Gold Digger
Flying Unicorns Adornments
Viva Decor  Inca Gold in a copper color
Tim Holtz - Distress Paint in Vintage Photo
Clearsnap Donna Salazar Mixd Media Inx - Adobe, Vintage, Mossy

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flying Unicorns Presents Friday the Thirteenth From Poland

Flying Unicorns is proud to be the first in the United States to offer Friday the Thirteenth.   This piece features Jest Pyszniel Collection.  This paper is  Malina.

I took this photo in a field of tulips.  It was soooooo pretty.

At the bottom of the photo below, I used one of the metal Adornments from the Flying Unicorns. They are gorgeous on their own but I decided to use some embossing enamel on it. Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel.  It melted soooo nicely on the metal.

Here is my photo.
Thanks for looking.  Go check out the new paper collections at the Flying Unicorn.

Flying Unicorns Metal Adornments
Friday the Thirteenth - Jest  Pyszniel  Collection- Malina
Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst - California Poppy Gold
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst - Ramblin Rose Red
Petaloo - Trumpet Vine Spray 1825-322
Kaisercraft Stamp - Flutter CS853
Archival Ink - Black
Prima Mask 564766
Tsukineko Momento Ink - Dew Drop New Sprout
Colorbox Catseye - Rosebud

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FabScraps Milk Shake Chic- Dress Up

Fabscraps Milkshake Chic
This is a photo I took a few summers ago. Such a little camera Diva.  I thought the photo would be great for the new FabScraps Collection - MilkShake Chic.

This collection looks like summer fun.  Go have an ice cream cone and take a photo.  That's how I feel when I look at this.  Add some inking around the edges and turn it vintage.

I used some fun papers and some tiny little chippy clothing hangers.
 This sheet was used as the background of my page and is Milkshake Chic - Chocolate C58008.

I used these adorable chipboard hangers - DC58013
This piece was used under this lace and as  backing for the edges.  It is Milkshake Chic - Raspberry C58004

Milkshake Chic - Journal Packet MC58001A

I used some dress making pattern paper and modpodge on the page as well. I love slopping ModPodge on my work.  Turns me into a 10 yr old again.

 The adorable dress forms came from the Milkshake Journal Packets.  I cut them out and added some cardboard behind each of my dress forms. This makes the dress form a bit more dimensional, adds some stiffness to it and makes the hanger more adorable   

I used some lace and inked it with a black ink pad.  I simply rubbed my ink pad over the top of the lace.  easy!  Then I took the Milkshake Raspberry paper and glued the lace to the paper - trimmed around the lace and BAM. done.

Here are some easy step by step instructions to help you envision my process.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please visit the FabScraps Blog and FaceBook page and let them know what you think.

1.     Background  Paper Preparation:
2.     Using  FabScraps Milkshake Chic  - Chocolate C58008 – add some punching to the edges of the page.  A little at the top and a little to the right side.  Not all the way around the page but just enough to give the page and edges some interest.   We want the focus to be in the center of the page and not around the edges.
3.     Taking the FabScraps Milkshake Chic Collection – Raspberry paper, cut off enough of this paper and place behind the punched edges – to give them a pretty soft pink backing.
4.     Rip small pieces of dress maker pattern paper and adhere to the page.  You can glue them down.  After they are all in place, thin out some white glue with a little water and paint the glue mixture with a paintbrush or foam brush.  This helps the tissue stiffen and gives it more support. You can also use a premade paper glue.
5.      Embellishment Preparation:
6.     Cut a piece of wide lace about 6 inches long.  Wide lace would be about  2-3 inches wide.
7.     Ink the lace black by rubbing your ink pad across the top of the lace.  Let dry.
8.     Glue the lace to a piece of FabScraps Milkshake  Chic Raspberry  C58004.  Trim around the lace.
9.     Glue to page –off center and a little diagonally.
10.   Glue photo over the top of the lace.
11.   Chipboard Preparation:
12.   FabScraps Milkshake Chic  -Diecut chipboard  Hangers  DC58013 – ink two hangers black.
13.   Cut out two dress forms from FabScraps Milkshake  Collection  - Dresses 1 (MC58007) and Dresses 2(MC58008).
14.   Take some old cardboard and glue to the back of each dress.  This will add a little lift and dimension to the page and make the little hangers look nicer.
15.   Slide the dress forms through the Hangers as if they are hanging up. Glue to page. .
  1. Finishing Touches:
  2. Glue down miscellaneous buttons and pins, sewing notions to the page.
  3. Take a string of pearls about 18 inches long and set them down on the page in a carefree way. Just let them fall as they want.  This makes them appear more natural and less forced and manipulated.
  4. Glue down.
  5. Top with a few flowers here and there for accent but not the focus.
  6. Tuck some lace in as desired and add some lace to the top of the page where the punched edge is.
  7. Enjoy!

FabScraps Milkshake Chic Hangers DC58013
FabScraps Milkshake Chic Journal Packet -Dresses 1 MC58007
FabScraps Milkshake Chic Journal Packet - Dresses 2 MC58008
FabScraps Milkshake Chic Chocolate C58008 ( Background paper)
FabScraps Milkshake Chic Raspberry C58004 Pink behind the lace and on the edges
Martha Stewart Large Wild Flowers Edge Punch
Tim Holtz Trinket pins
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Black Soot
String Pearls, buttons