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!