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!