Friday, August 23, 2013

August Flamingo Four

Hello All!
Alicia here, back again with another installment of the Flamingo Four Challenge!  Here is what we had to start with:
Here is what I came up with using the supplies!  
 The chess pieces really presented a challenge for me this month!  I started out by coating the entire inside of the box with Staz-On ink in Teal Blue and let it dry.  Then I decided to put a rub-on accent across the bottom of the lid of the box and around the sides.  I knew I wanted to adhere the Maya Road flower to the lid of the box, but I needed to figure out what to do with the chess pieces.  After a week or so, I decided to use them as "stamps" to stamp the circle images in Gesso on to the box and then after they dried, I colored them with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Cherry.
Here is a look at the back side of the box.
 Now I have a little box to house some of my sequins when I travel to crops!  To see what the other ladies came up with, go over and check out the blog at Flamingo Scraps!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Project Life - Week 19

Hello All!
I am back today with another week of Project Life, this time I used the "Beautiful Life" collection from Echo Park.  This is such a great collection of papers that work so well for so many occasions and I love that it comes with three different alphas!

Here is a look at the two-pages together:
Here is the left side.  Moving I used one of the Heidi Swapp labels to tell where the boys were in the top picture.  The title card, except for the "polaroid" around the week number, is completely made from bits that come in the "Beautiful Life" collection.  The polaroid was stamped from the Maya Road "Photo Frame Singleton" stamp set.  The first card in the middle road is made from the "B" side of one of the 3x4 card sheet in the collection and one of the Heidi Swapp Tags.  I attached the tag to the card with a piece of yellow seam binding to create a great place for some hidden journaling.  Cutting the picture of the strawberries in half allows me to use the smaller pockets to hold another 4x6 picture.  The alpha on both the strawberry picture and the boys picking strawberries are the two smaller alphas included in the collection.  The "captured" sentiment on the picture of the boys repairing Sam's car comes from the Maya Road "Snapshot Words" stamp set.
 This is the right side of the spread.  All of the cards on the top row are from the card sheet in the collection.  I covered the seam between the picture of the flowerpot my son made for me for Mother's Day with some more of the yellow seam binding, then colored some of the Studio Calico Wood Veneer Banners and Stars for accents.  On the second row, I used some more of the Studio Calico Veneers to point to the pictures the journaling on the first card applies to.  The mother's day card is another one of the 3x4 cards with some Heidi Swapp letters.  The "ticket" on the family picture is also from the accent sheet that comes with the collection.
Here is a quick list of the products I used to get this look:

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Until next time!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Flamingo Scraps Christmas in July - Tags

Hello All!
I am back today with four different tags for our Christmas in July fun!
Up first, is a fun tag that I made using the patterned paper from the Traditional Red and Green kit, a piece of transparency and a couple of punches.  I started out by cutting the patterned paper and transparency into a tag shape.  Next, I punched out 15 green triangles and one gold star from some gold vellum that I had in my scrap pile, and glued them into a tree shape onto the transparency tag.  I cut a "trunk" for my tree from a scrap of textured brown card stock, and then added a few rhinestones that I cut apart from a Prima embellishment to act as ornaments for my tree.  To finish this tagg, i just layered the transparency on top of the patterned paper and secured them together with a bit of flashy ribbon.

Next up, I cut a base of solid colored cardstock and rounded the corners.  Then I stamped a lacy design and heat embossed with holographic embossing powder to give the background a little more interest.I added this great Santa cardstock sticker mounted on red cardstock and adhered it with Pop Dots.

 For this tag/card, I decided to make it more card-like, but instead of folding it in half, I folded it a little off of half and placed a strip of the green dot paper where it could be seen when the card was closed.  I thought this gave it a little more interest.  The sentiment on the front is a great chipboard element that comes in the pack in the kit.

Lastly, I made this quick tag using some basic red cardstock, another piece of the scrap gold vellum, my Martha Stewart Stars Anywhere punch, and some more of those adorable cardstock stickers that come in the kit.  
I hope these have inspired you a bit to make a few tags for those special gifts for the upcoming holiday season!!  Also, if you are interested in the Melissa Francis Floral Frog that I have used to hold the tags up for pictures, Suzanne has those available as well in the store!

Until next time!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christmas in July - Flamingo Scraps

Hello All!
Suzanne, over at Flamingo Scraps has put together some great "Christmas in July" kits, so you can get a head start on your holiday crafts!  Using some of the supplies, I have created these great paper ornaments!  I saw these in a magazine a while ago, and loved them!  They are very easy to make, with minimal supplies, but they do take a little time to put together, primarily because of the drying time for the glue I used.

To make all three of the stars above, I only used three pieces of 12x12 cardstock/patterned paper!  The first step to making these beauties is to cut your paper into squares.  Each of these require eight squares of paper to create.  For the large one, I used two pieces of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's City Sidewalks line and cut them into 6x6 squares.  The two smaller ones were made from one piece of 12x12 white cardstock that I sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Cherry on one side and Chartreuse on the other and then cut into 3x3 squares
Here are the four patterns featured on the pieces of City Sidewalk paper in the big star. .

Start off by folding your square into a triangle.

Then fold it again into a smaller triangle.

Then, on the open side of your smaller triangle, make three parallel cuts through both layers, leaving about a quarter of an inch at the end (please excuse my chipped nail polish.)

When you open up the triangles back to a square, it will look like this.  Take the inner most part, and fold the peaks to meet and glue into a tube.

Next, take the next set of peaks and fold those the opposite direction as the inner-most set and glue those sets together.  Keep alternating directions until you have them all glued together.

Here are two of them finished in each of the patterned papers.  Once everything is dry, it is time to glue them together.  Glue each of the small sides to the large side of another (see picture below).  Continue doing this until you have eight of them forming a wreath.  I held mine together at the glue points with clothes pins overnight while they dried.

Once things dry really well, I took a needle and some thread to the inner points and tied them together to ensure they they will hold the shape that I want them to have.

Here is one of the finished small ones, which measures about
  And here is the big one.
These are so pretty in person!  They take a little time to make, but are very simple and make a great impression!  My husband was amazed by them and the fact they were just made from a couple of pieces of paper!
Check out the great Traditional and Bright Christmas in July kits that Suzanne has put together in the Flamingo Scraps store and get started on your own Christmas crafts now, so you can leave the stress behind you when December rolls around!
Until next time!

Friday, June 28, 2013

June Flamingo Four

For this month's Flamingo Four, we were given:

I decided to create a frame with a bit of a "textured" look to it.  I painted the frame with a base coat of yellow paint, and let it dry.  Then I used the snowflake mask across the face of the frame and applied the pink paint to it.  After that layer dried, it was a bit too bright for me, so I watered down some apricot colored paint and did a light coat across the whole thing, then follwed that up with a watered down whitewash coat as well.  Once I had it toned down, I decided to cut the stick off of the paper flower and adhered the "Life is in Bloom" saying to the front.  I adhered that to the frame and tucked the "Beautiful" metal embellishment behind the flower to create a little cluster in the bottom corner.  Now, all I need to do is find the right picture to put in it!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Found Inspiration - Flamingo Scraps

Hi Flockinistas!
It's Alicia, here again with another layout using Heidi Swapp's Serendipity line.  :)  Sometimes, inspiration comes from the strangest places.  While flipping through a magazine, last fall, this ad really something that caught my eye, so I kept it in a binder so I could refer back to it when the time was right.

Initially, I thought that it would be the ombre effect of the blue pellets that would be my jumping off point, but when I saw the "sun rays" in the yellow Heidi Swapp Serendipity paper, it brought this ad to mind,and I had to dig it out.

I traced the lines of the "rays" with a yellow marker to define them a little better, without making them standout too much.  In place of the product in the ad, I flipped the design and placed my picture on the right side, instead of the left.  The letters that I dug out of my stash for the main part of my title play on the ombre effect, like the pellets in the ad.

Here is the side-by-side comparison... not an exact replica, but you can definitely see the inspiration that was sparked by the ad. 

Products used in this layout:

Don't forget to always be on the look out for inspiration!  
Until next time!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Week 13 - Serendipity - Flamingo Scraps

Hello All!
I am back with another Project Life spread.  This time it is for Week 13 of 2013, which was the week leading up to, and including Easter!  For this spread, I used the Serendipity line of papers from Heidi Swapp to set the color scheme for the week.
Here are the shots of both sides together, including an insert - it is a cute bunny that the boy brought home from school!)

I just love how the colors of this Serendipity line go so well with so many spring activities.  The pink banner on the close up of the Easter basket is from a scrap of the Heidi Swapp Color Pop banners that I had left over from another project.  The heart on the picture of my husband and son is one of the Pink Paislee Portfolio Ephemera.

The "fun" on the top left picture is from the Pink Paislee Artisan Words, and it is colored with Color Shine in Tropicana Teal .  I used one of the Heidi Swapp Color Magic notes as the base for the title "Dyeing Eggs" and used her Color Shine Sprays to give it an ombre look.  The little envelope on the second row is by Webster's Pages, and there are more of the Pink Paislee Portfolio Ephermera on the bottom two pictures and the pink polka dot heart is cut from another section of the leftover Color Pop banner

Just because I love it's character, here is a close up of the boy's bunny that I adhered to some of the Heidi Swapp paper to help it stay in the page protector.

Suzanne has a great sale going on the Pink Paislee Portfolio kits!  I love this line and keep coming back to it time after time.  I have included links to all of the great products I used to get this look and they are all available in the store at Flamingo Scraps!
Until Next Time!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Quick Frame - Flamingo Scraps

Hello Flock Fans!
Alicia here, and I am back with a quick frame idea.

First, I coated the whole frame with a coat of pink paint, then let it dry.  I then cut this great polka dot paper from the Heidi Swapp Serendipity line to size, inked all of the edges with Prima Chalk ink in Attic Dust, and adhered it to the wooden frame using a little Modge Podge and a foam brush.  I made sure to give it a good coating and let it dry.
I used my circle punch to create the different layers of the flower and inked those edges with Attic Dust as well and then distressed the edges and layered them, finishing the flower off with a rhinestone in the middle.  For the banners, I took two of the Heidi Swapp Color Pop Banners, and sprayed them with Heidi Swapp Color Shine and then layered them together and adhered them to the frame.  I finished it off by adding the sentiment with some random letter stickers I had in my stash.  It came together pretty quickly, I just had to do a little waiting to let things dry.
Make sure you check out the Flamingo Scraps store to pick up some of this great Heidi Swapp stuff before it is all gone!!
Until next time!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Suzanne - Flamingo Scraps

Happy Birthday Suzanne! 

Today is the birthday of the awesome lady who owns Flamingo Scraps!  For this card, I used a yellow card base, and sprayed one of the FabScraps chipboard shapes with some white Mr. Huey's and let it dry, and then sprayed with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Bronzer.  I cut some grass some random scrap paper trim that I had and sprayed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard and Tropicana Teal to give it a little shine.  I created the banner at the top out of scraps from the Heidi Swapp Serendipity line, and inked the edges around the sentiment and the entire card front with Prima Ink in "Old Road."  After piecing together the card, I decided to add the Prima Light Pink flower accents to give it more of a "garden bench" feel.  

Don't forget to check out the Flamingo Scraps blog to see all of the other wonderful cards that my Design Teammates made to celebrate this special lady's special day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Heidi Swapp Savings & Coupon Code

Hey all my crafty friends!  In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, Flamingo Scraps is having several sales!  If you are looking for some great Heidi Swapp products, here's a coupon for 30% off!  Just enter aliciaheidi30 as the coupon code when you check out now until May 15th at!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Egg Hunt

Hey guys!  I know, i know... it's been a while, but I am back again to share a layout using the fabulous new

 Heidi Swapp "Serendipity" line.  I thought this line would be the perfect thing to go with some of this year's Easter pictures.  My son had FOUR egg hunts this year, so he was a champion hunter by the time Easter morning rolled around!

I love these Serendipity papers!  They are perfect for so many different looks.  I chose the muted colors in the chevron pattern for the background for this layout, and then used my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays in MustardPrimrose and Georgia Peach to make the ink drops in the top and bottom corners.  I then cut the blue patterned paper and used my sewing machine to run a zigzag border down one side, attaching the Webster's Pages Coral Chevron Trim by Alison Kreft.  I cut 1.5 inch strips of the yellow patterned paper and used an edge punch from my stash to give it a little more interest and layered my pictures on top of it all.  I decided to add a small mat of another patterned paper from the Serendipity line under the picture of me and my son to give it a little emphasis.  I used some alpha stamps from my stash and one of the the Prima Chalk Inks in Old Rose to create the Egg Hunt title on one of the Heidi Swapp File tags and the date to the bottom corner.
 Here's a quick look at the ink splatters and the different layers and textures that I was able to create with the different elements.

Lastly, here is a close up of the great layered element that I pieced together and the layers on the page - lots of different textures at play here.  The layered element is made up of some one of the Heidi Swapp Color Pop tags, which I colored the letters by spraying both Primrose and Georgia Peach color shine on simultaneously to achieve the color I wanted.  I layered it on top of a piece of yellow Serendipity paper, some more of the coral trim, and added the blue frame (which was actually had been around the "Egg Hunt" file tag on the backing sheet I pulled the tag from). The chevron pattern in this element is actually part of one of the Heidi Swapp Instaframes that I cut up to just use the patterned portion that matched the background paper.  To finish it off and give it a little more interest, I tucked a few of the Maya Road Trinket Pins in the top of the heart tag.

Head on over to the Flamingo Scraps store and grab some of this great line.  It is perfect for all of your spring projects!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Project Life - Week 10

Hi All!
For some reason, Spring Break really threw me off from keeping up with Project Life, so I am really trying to get in gear and catch up.  I wanted to share Week 10 with everyone.  This was the week before Spring Break here, and it included a trip the the local trampoline place for Munchkin Mondays, the return of Sam's Grandparents from a trip out of town, picking strawberries and a hearing test for Sam.  I used the Studio Calico "Dear Darling" 6x6 pad and some of the cards from my Studio Calico Project Life kit.

 Close up of the left side:
and the right side:

Friday, April 26, 2013

April Flamingo Four

Hi everyone!
Alicia here with my latest Flamingo Four creation!  This month, we were given Pink Paislee's "Parisian Anthology" Dimensions Corrugated Alpha, one package of Prima Raja Sequin Centers, one Maya Road Kraft Mini Calendar, and one Graphic 45 Metal Clothespin.

I was really stumped on how to bring these items together (especially that clothes pin... man is that thing solid!)  But, since the sequin centers were navy, they sort of reminded me of the hand-beaded flowers that my husband's Aunt Carol made for my wedding bouquet, so I thought I would put together a little frame with our last name, and one of the little calendars with our anniversary circled to help my husband remember the important date.  I used some inks and colored the letters and arranged them on some cardstock to fit the frame.  I then added the sequin centers as accents to the letters and nestled that calendar in.  Because of the heft of the clothes pin, I just adhered it into the corner so the frame itself could help support it, with the sentiment "Remember" facing outward.

This is always such a fun project to do!  Head over to the Flamingo Scraps blog to see what the rest of the talented ladies on the design team came up with these same supplies!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Well Traveled on the Train

I am back with a layout using Carta Bella's Well Traveled line!  When I saw these papers and all of the trains, I knew it would be perfect for these pictures of my son on the train at Hermann Park here in Houston.  As you can probably tell by the look on his face in this picture, he LOVES the train, and has the cutest little "woo-woo" that he lets out when ever he sees one!
All of the papers in this layout come from the "Well Traveled" collection pack, which comes with both a sheet of accent stickers and one containing THREE alphas!  The "Going on a TRIP" element is available in the set of really cool chipboard elements that coordinate with this line.

Up in the corner of the main picture, I sprinkled some of the Studio Calico "Tiny Stars" wood veneers that I used some of the Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Black Velvet) and an inkpad (the maroon stars) to coordinate with the rest of the layout.

I just loved this "We are going by:" element on the sticker sheet and thought it would be perfect here.  I add some interest in this bottom corner, I used some more of the washi and created two layers of pennants and then added one made out of one of the scraps left over from the layering in the center of the layout and added one of the Studio Calico words from the "Just My Type" wood veneers and another one of the Studio Calico stars.

The striped and train print washi tapes are also part of this collection, and it looks like they are currently sold out in the store, but can be special ordered for you by Suzanne!  Just drop her an email at: if you are interested!
Head on over to Flamingo Scraps and grab up some of this awesome collection before it's gone!
Until next time!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Today is the release of the first issue of  Life.Paper.Scrapbook.  In their own words, they are

"an Australian quarterly, online publication that is dedicated to showcasing designers from all around the world to inspire each other, explore current trends and techniques and most importantly to celebrate our love of scrapbooking and paper crafts. This is a place to share our style, designs and creations with like minded crafters from around the world."

The issue is filled with tons of inspiration and lots of different looks from all over the world.  Also, on pages 88-89 is MY PROJECT LIFE SPREAD for Week Two of this year!!!  :o)  I am so excited to be a part of such a great compilation of wonderful work!

Go check out the whole issue, it really is filled with so many different awesome ideas!

Hello Spring

Hello Flockinistas!
Alicia here, back again, this time with a couple of easy cards that I have created for the spring from the great supplies you can get at Flamingo Scraps!

First up, I decided to use the Maya Road Fabric Tape to weave an egg pattern on a card made out of cardstock.  I just drew the egg shape on the card and then cut vertical strips within the borders of the egg.  I then cut strips of the fabric tape, and weaved them in and out of the strips to create this woven effect.   I decided to try my hand at the hand stitching that is showing up here and there these days and went around the outside of the woven egg with some green twine. Finally, I created a little sentiment banner with some cardstock, rub-ons, and then stamped the polka dots with one of the Prima Washi Tape stamps and Prima Chalk ink in Old Rose.

 Next up, I decided that I really wanted to use these FabScraps Pinwheels to create an adorable card for spring.  First, I used some Diamond Glaze and outlined the sections that I wanted for the pink glitter and sprinkled on the glitter.  I let it dry, then came back and repeated with the green glitter.  While that way drying, I got to work on the background of the card.  I used a watermark pen and some white embossing powder to create the cloud shapes and then ran it under my heat gun.  I then took some of the Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in Mustard and masked off the top part of the card and sprayed where I wanted the "grass" to go.  Then, I followed up by spraying Tropicana Teal all over the front of the card, rubbing over the overlapping portion to make a more green look, and wiping the "clouds" to make sure they stayed white.  Before adhering the pinwheels, I did a little more of the hand-stitching to create the stems of the pinwheels.  The sentiment was created with some scraps and the "hello" stamp from the Maya Road Snapshot Words set (this is SUCH a great set!!) stamped with another of the Prima Chalk inks, and some random letter stamps that I embossed.

I am really please how these cheery spring cards turned out and I just can't wait to send them out!  I love this time of year, and have really been enjoying the wonderful weather that we are having right now (just don't remind me about how hot it's going to be in Houston rather soon!)

Until next time!!