Tuesday, March 31, 2015



April Main Kit

Mixed Passion Kit

Mixed Art Kit

Small Art  Big Passion

These are the four kits for April 2015 from The Flying Unicorn - and they so full of awesome products - I always have such a fun time opening each kit!! I feel like a kit at Christmas when I come home and find the big box on my porch with all the above kits!

This is my first project using products from the kit - just a simple layout.  The only thing not from the kit are the mediums I used (although in one of the kits has a 13 Arts Primer included), the butterflies and chipboard sentiment (but there is chipboard in the kits).


Paper:  Maja Designs Spring Basics 3rd of April and Spring Basics 5th of April
Mediums:  Art Basics White Heavy Gesso; Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Texture Paste;
Flowers:  Prima Pearl Panache; Petaloo Mini Florals White; Petaloo Textured Elements Blue Burlap and Textured Elements Ivory Elements; Prima Coffee Break and Wishes and Dreams
Metals:  Flying Unicorn
Inks:  Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Whale Watch Blue and Claim Bake Beige; Ranger Vintage Photo; Black Staz-On
Stamp: Prima Finnabair Vintage Vantage
Adhesives: Beacon Fabric Tac and Hot Glue Gun
Misc.:  Blue Twine;  Crafters World Stencil and Tim Holtz Stencil Bubbles; Punch for lace trim

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Instead of doing an Easter card this year for some special someones - I thought I would just use this tag.  I also covered the back with some pretty paper - so that I could write on it.  I started out with some Art Basics Heavy White Gesso on the tag and then put down some paper using Art Basics Soft Matte Gel.  The paper was mostly just for some layers - because in the end you don't really see much of the paper and I dried that. Then I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Plumeria Pink (a Flat Fabio) and dried that as well. I pulled out one of my stencils from Prima titled Floral Petites and applied Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste.  I let that dry overnight - and then this morning I applied Art Extravagance White Sand Texture Paste - over different areas of the tag and let that sit for about 4 hours.  Around Noon I just heat set the tag - just in case there were any areas of dampness.  I added a bit of Inka-Gold Magenta and Inka-Gold Gold to a few areas on the tag for some shine.  I used Art Basics Clear Gesso on my chipboard heart and then mixed some pink and white acrylic paints together and painted the heart.  I also touched it with a bit of Inka-Gold Magenta.  Next to the last step - I added my flowers and some metal pieces from The Flying Unicorn and, finally, touched the flowers and metal pieces with a bit of watered down gesso to push them back a bit.  I added a little bit of pink twine - attached another metal piece from The Flying Unicorn (a teapot) to my twine.  I hope they like it!


Mediums:  Art Basics Heavy White Gesso, Art Basics Soft Matte Gel; Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste; Art Extravagance White Sand Texture Paste
Ink/Paint:  Lindy's Stamp Gang Plumeria Pink (a Flat Fabio); Pink and White Acrylic Paint mixed together; Inka-Gold Magenta; Inka-Gold Gold
Adhesives:  Beacon's Fabric Tac and hot glue gun
Chipboard:  Heart from Sa Crafters
Metal Pieces:  Leaves and Teapot from The Flying Unicorn and hook from Tim Holtz
Flowers:  Stash
Misc.:  Twine - stash

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Journal Pages

I was mostly just playing with colors and types of ink on my background and ended up liking it - but - as you can once again see - it's blues.  I admit it - I am a blue addict!  So, I didn't really do much to the pages - but added a quote from Shakespeare and a few stickers (which I distressed a bit) from an old Anna Griffin scrapbook kit that's been sitting around for a long time.  But, I liked the result anyway - as tulips are one of my favorite Spring flowers.  I added a stamp from Bo Bunny's set Wall to Wall - it is old wood or barn siding.  I didn't put anything behind the pages when I stamped it - so, it didn't look like old barn wood because the pages are lumpy - but I liked it anyway.  This must have just been a "whatever is ok" day for me.  I did go in after this picture was taken and distressed the edges of the pages.

Journal Pages:
Ink:  Ranger Distress Paints in Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers
Stamp:  Bo Bunny Wall to Wall
Mediums: Art Basics Heavy White Gesso (which I watered down a bit); Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Adhesives:  Hot Glue Gun and Beacon's Fabri Tac
Misc.:  3d stickers

Thanks for having a look at my "whatever" journal pages!

Monday, March 23, 2015


The challenge at 7 Dots is "Nature."  I used a vintage seed magazine cover, flowers, birds and a bird nest.  I put little birds in different places around the layout.

Paper:  7 Dots Studio Soulmates; Picture Mats Misc. DP Scraps
Ink:  Tim Holtz Vintage Photo; Staz-On Black; Lindy's Stamp Gang: Bouganvillea Fuchsia; Caribbean blue; Frostbitten Fuchsia; A Bit O' Bubbly and Pretty in Pink; Inka-Gold
Embellishments:  Prima Say It With Crystals; Prima Bird Nest; Prima Chipboard Moments; Petaloo Pink Botanica; Roses and Tulips from stash
Stamps:  Prima Vintage Vantage; IndigoBlu Limor Webber's Rugged Edges
Tools:  Big Shot (cut Birds on a Wire Die); Prima Bamboo Stencil; Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool
Mediums:  Prima (Finnabair)Art Basics Clear Gesso; Prima (Finnabair) Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Prima (Finnabair) White Cracked Texture Paste; Beacon's Fabri Tac and Hot Glue Gun

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I don't know if it is because I was in such a crappy mood today that my pages are so dark - or if the pages just turned out that way because of the project.  Either way, I guess it is what it is.  I found my 7 Gypsies Paper - Global - and decided to just make some taps with the old world maps.  I distressed everything because it is suppose to have a vintage feel - but it ended up all dark colors.

Anyway, I made up my mind that I would roll with what I do in the journal - because it is for experimentation.  (However, there were 2 pages I really, really, I mean really - hated).  So, those 2 pages were gessoed over as if the pages were never made.

Items Used:

Paper:  Seven Gypsies Global; Bo Bunny Week-end Market Collection
Inks:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Staz-On Black; Prismacolor Pencil Crimson Red with Gamsol
Mediums:  Art Basics Heavy White Gesso
Stamps:  Limor Webber Rugged Edges
Miscellaneous:  Prima Art Journal (altered); Hot Glue Gun; Beacon's Fabri Tac; Pop Dots; Tim Holtz Swirl Hook; Flying Unicorn Eiffel Tower charm (which is crooked in the picture - which I didn't catch until I'd already loaded them to the blog); Suede Strips for the ties on the tags

And, that about sums up the journal pages.  I need to do something to lighten up my mood and colors!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, March 15, 2015


It's Sunday and I finally finished up my challenge entry for the March 2015 Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge.  

Use the link directly under Lindy's graphic to take you to their challenge blog for all details and rules.  

Items Used for Layout:

Paper:  Prima's new release Timeless Memories; and scraps around the focal image to frame it out
Ink:  Lindy's A Bit of Bubbly; South Shore Sand, C'est la vie Cherise; Splattered and sprayed: Frostbitten Fuschia; Ranger Vintage Photo for edgings; Black Staz-On for stamping
Metal Pieces: Flying Unicorn 
Flowers:  Roses in my stash; Prima Brisol Teal Blooms; Prima Coffee Break
Stamps: Prima Finnabair Vintage Vantage; Limor Webber Rugged Edges
Miscellaneous: Prima Gems; Stencils: Tim Holtz Bubbles; Bo Bunny Stencil
Mediums: - Art Basics Clear Gesso; Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Texture Paste; Run 'N Buff Gold

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


I am really, really tired of snow and ice.  The temperature got up to 60 degrees today - which seemed quite balmy compared to last week!  I want to wear my capris, my sandals, get my pool opened and float around!  (That was my "all about me" needs and wants)!

So, back to my tag.  I was in the mood for some pink and black and some sparkle.  I think I might enter this into the Scraps of Elegance/Scraps of Darkness challenge - if I figure out how to do it - you have to enter through Facebook.  

There is a mood board for inspiration:

You can check out the blog or use the link beneath the graphic to check out the challenge information.  You need to mention what inspired you from the mood board, quote, picture, etc.

Items Used for Tag:
Mediums:  Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso; Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Texture Paste
Inks Used:  Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Plumeria Pink; Blazing Sun Glitz; Inka-Gold Magenta; 
Flowers:  Prima Coffee Break; Prima Leeza Gibbons Wishes & Dreams; Petaloo Bontanica Pink; Misc. Flowers from stash
Miscellaneous:  Prima Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Treasures Resin Frame; Cheesecloth sprayed with Plumeria Pink; Authentique black self-adhesive letters; Magnolia Vine of Pink Gems

Thanks for stopping by for a peek.


The above are my latest journal pages and I like how these have turned out.  I did 2 other pages before this set - and I really disliked the end result - but - that's what a journal is all about - learning!

I would like to enter my bird journal pages into The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for March 2015 - titled Birds of a Feather.  The graphic for the challenge just reminded me of Spring, birds making nests, getting seed set out for the birds - I am ready for Spring!

Below is the challenge graphic for March:

Just click on the link directly underneath the Mixed Media Challenge graphic and it will take you to their blog, so you can check out all the details.

Items Used:  Prima Art Journal
Paper:  Scrap DP; Birds cut out of Prima's Lifetime Collection
Inks:  Inklingz:  Purple Mountain Majesty; First Blush; Shimmerz Angel Wings: Lindy's Stamp Gang: Ocean Breeze Blue (Fat Babio); Caribbean Blue (Flat Fabio); Bouganvillea Fuchsia (Starburst); Bodacious Blush (Starburst); Ranger Vintage Photo; Staz-On Black
Mediums:  Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Art Extravagance White Stand Texture Paste; Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Flowers: Misc. in Stash
Stamp:  Prima Vintage Vantage
Miscellaneous: Prima Stencil:  Floral Petities;  Cheese Cloth; and Misc. flatback pearls

Thanks for having a peek.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


I created this page for Prima's Build A Page March challenge (link directly under sketch).  I used old photos of the English actress and singer Lily Elise (1886-1962).  In that period, she was the most photographed woman of her time.

The items I used to create this page:
Designer Paper: A 12x12 sheet from Prima's Nature's Garden  (950026); a 12x12 sheet from Prima's Lifetime collection - Grazia (845513); a 6x6 sheet from Moulin Rouge (842147); and, 2 6x6 sheets from En Francais (844332)
Flowers: Prima Stationer's Desk (575359); Prima's Coffee Break (5784666); Prima's Yellow Luminous (574666); Prima (not sure of the name) but they are glittery 577469; Brown and Tan roses (unknown - in stash)
Other Items:  Prima's Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Corners (890728); Thicker's letters
Inks/Chalks: Prima's Invgild Bolme Dark Bark chalk ink; Ranger Vintage Photo for edges
Adhesives: Hot Glue; Beacon's Fabri Tac

Thanks for stopping by - have a good week-end.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Flying Unicorn Mojo Monday Challenge

My layout features a picture of a couple from the Golden Era of Hollywood - Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  I love pictures, movies - all things from that wonderful era.  Anyway, my layout will be entered into the Mojo Monday challenge at The Flying Unicorn.  Directly below is the sketch.

I used several pieces on my layout from the March Flying Unicorn kits.  The items are listed below and unless otherwise noted - are from the awesome kits.


Designer Paper:  12x12 - Authentique Beauty - Beauty 4 and Beauty 6; 3 sheets from the Authentique Beauty 6x6 pad
Flowers:  Prima (713331) Calypso Yellow Tin of Flowers; Petaloo Botanica Yellow Flowers; Petaloo Botanica Yellow Minis; Petaloo Botanica Gray Flowers;  Prima (574666) Luminous Flowers; Prima 577469 Roses (in stash)
Other Items:  Prima (572051) Black Wire Thread; The Flying Unicorn Box of Trinkets; The Flying Unicorn Country Garden Trinkets (stash); Rub 'N Buff Gold (stash); Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Textured Paste (stash); Tim Holtz Gothic Stencil (stash); Beacon's Fabri Tac (stash); Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool (stash); Gold Twine (stash); Ranger Vintage Photo Ink/Tool (stash)

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Well, these are the first four pages in my art journal.  I don't know what the first page was - except an experiment with some paper and colors.  The second page with the gold I liked a bit better.  My third and fourth pages I like even more.  Although I don't know exactly what I am going for when I sit down.  You can see that I leaned, once again, to the blue family in my background.  I added texture to my background and, once it was dried, I added a bit of color to it.  I also added a few stampings in the BG and my titles on each page.  The chipboard frames I used I wanted sort of a grungy feel to them -so I embossed them several times with teal and brown - wanting sort of a peeled paint look.  I added some paper and a couple of pretty butterflies in the frame.  Lastly, I added a couple of grungy looking ticket stubs.  So, all-in-all, I think I am making more progress - learning a bit as I go.


DP - K&Co. Ancestry.com
Mediums:  Art Basics Clear Gesso, Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Art Basics Opaque Modeling Paste
Chipboard:  Sa Crafters
Embossing Powder:  Ranger
Stencils:  Bo Bunny(2nd page); Tim Holtz Bubbles (3rd page); Tim Holtz Shattered (4th page)
Adhesives:  Glue Gun and Beacon's Fabri Tac
Misc.:  7 Gypsies Ephemera (ticket stubs); Ranger Vintage Photo Ink for distressing; Staz-On Black for inking the Prima Vintage Vanity stamp

I will keep at it - trying to figure out what I really want!

Thanks for stopping by!