Hello scrapping friends!
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 honoured, 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
Now we can't wait to see what she does with the September kit..so 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!
The Flying Unicorn is getting ready for Halloween. Steampunk Spells and Authentique's new line, Thrilling are both available in the store, check them out!
Graphic 45 has a sketch challenge running in August and I've created this layout for the challenge. I think the colors of Steampunk Spells are just delightful and I've had so much fun playing with these spooky colors!
On this layout I've used a lot of the collection's flowers, tags, banners and chipboard pieces as well as a great ScrapFx steampunk chippy.
That big bottle with the skull on it is a Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous stamp that I got from Tim at CHA and he autographed the set! Wooo hoo, thanks Tim! The Steampunk Spells title and small bottle are stamped images (Hampton Arts) that I heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.
I love the ScrapFx steampunk chippies. I embossed this one with Stampendous aged gold embossing enamel. That is my go to product for chippies these days!
I just wanted to share some of my favorite past Graphic 45 projects with you! I think I am safe in saying we all love G45!! I love the vintage look of them, and they are oh so fun to play with!
I love the intricate details G45 has on their papers. It makes for great fussy cutting and altered projects too! I know some of the lines are discountinued but I wanted to post them anyway so you could see how all G45 collections are so versatile. And trust me... I dug into the 2009 archives for one or two of these!
Let's start by sharing the mini I made using Secret Garden- A total fave of mine!
This LO I made using Once Upon a Springtime . I love the fairies in this line. They are adorable!
This mini I made using Le Romantique Collection. I made this for a friend of mine when she got married. I handmade the flowers using G45 paper too.
A couple Magic of Oz projects-
On the Boardwalk Collection- This LO was featured at G45 years ago!
Flying Unicorn has the new collections as well!
You can see all the collections HERE
I hope you are inspired to grab some of your favorite Graphic 45 collections and get creative!!
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)
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:
Angelica here to share some projects with christmas theme. I thought I should create something with the last few papers from the beautiful line Christmas Emporium, before this year´s gorgeous christmas paper lands in our shop.
As you know by now, I´m a fuzzy cutter...and this line is perfect , there are so many cute images to play with:)
First I created two cards, which you can peep into:
And then, I created a "peep into-cabinet"(don´t know the correct word in english:) I really love doll houses and collecting miniatures, and here I really enjoyed myself ! Using A shadowbox fom a previous kit, papers from Christmas Emporium and bits and bobs from my stash, I started to play, and here is the result
Graphic 45 blog: http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Graphic 45 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Graphic45?fref=ts
Hope I have inspired you to play along with us and Graphic 45!
|Porcelain Rose- Relic|
Angelica here today with my first post for the product design team.I´m so thrilled to be able to work with Graphic 45 this month! They were my first, and never ending scrappy-love.I've used paper from their wonderful and vibrant series "French Country". The rich colors and the harvest theme are perfect this time of year here in Sweden, hence August is our harvest month.The theme for this layout is love, and It's called "Love letters only". Hope you enjoy it!
The papers from Graphic 45 are so versatile, and along with each line there are a lot of extra "goodies, such as Alphabet stickers and cardstock stickers, which I have used on this layout. Since I love to fuzzy cut, these papers are a real treat! And I have done that a lot on this project. My favourite tool to use is Ingvild Bolmes Craft knife, and distressing tool. I also use Tim Holtz Distress marker in black sot, to distress the white edges where I have cut. To make the look scabby-chick, I distress a lot, using both Lindys Stamp Gang mist, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I did not use any flowers(!) on this one, because the paper itself has so many beautiful fruits and leaves to cut out
The metal sign is Tim Holtz, the bow is dyed with Distress Ink "Barn Door" and the lace is an old one from my stash. The lovely butterflies and tiny letters are from Graphic 45s line Olde Curiosity Shoppe.And as always on my layouts, I have used cheese cloth to soften it up.The fountain pen is an old one from a flea market.
I have created frames from a paper with borders( French Country, and the vintage images are from Pion Design(a Swedish brand) In the right corner is a wreath tucked under the photo, made out of stems cut from flowers( I always keep them) and fussy cut berries.
The button in the right corner is from thestickers sheet, glued to a button and covered with glossy accent.The love letter mailbox is Dusty Attic, painted with acrylic paint, and just a little Inka Gold on the edges.Cluster created from the stickers sheet
I had soo much fun creating this layout! Graphic 45 always gets my imagination going:)
Thanks for looking, hope you liked it :)
Have a really nice weekend!
Hello everyone! Have a video today showing you some ideas what you can do with this months kit, Lace and large envelope (In the video I call it a tag.. Oops!). I had fun creating this little brag book to log some of those fun summer memories! Here is the Brag book that I will be showing you..
And Here is the Video showing the information on what I did!
In the Video I bypass the inside pages size.. I really don't measure.. LOL But here is the measurements that I used!
Inside Book pages size.. Length is 11 5/8 and Width is 3 3/4.. Sorry I didn't put this in the video!
Hope you enjoy and have a great day!!