Monday, March 3, 2014

Ustream Tonight with Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone,

It's the first Monday of the month and that means it is time for Tonya Gibbs live on Ustream!

Tonya is going to teach some mixed media techniques. So pull out those Gelatos and Pitt Pins,  cause we are going to do a mixed media tag using products from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft  and the new March release Dies from Die-Namites Dies.
Make sure you join the crowd early to chat with Tonya
Class begins at 8:30 p.m. EST.  

We will do our best to record the class for those who can't make it live.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ustream Tonight with Tonya Gibbs

Happy Monday everyone! 

Join us tonight for our Ustream class with Tonya.  She will be making this lovely layout.

Class begins at 8:30 p.m. est  at

We will do our best to record the class for those who can't make it live.
Hope to see you there! 

Friday, January 31, 2014


Hey all, it's Luann.

I was picked to do the January Flamingo 4 Challenge and boy was it a challenge. We received buttons, twig heart, little orange bird, and a die cut wheelbarrell.  I enjoyed every minute of all the creative process.  I tried two other projects that just didn't work out like I visioned.  Then I was thinking of Mom, remembering  all the little things she made for my sister and me. The memory of Valentine's Day and the year she made us (including Dad) a heart shaped pillow to meet our personalities.  I still have mine.  Then I thought about elementary teachers. How they dress for each  holiday season. Here is the outcome of my creative process.

I cut out heart shapes out of felt using pinking shears.  There are some fantastic colors and designs on felt now.  Then I got out the embroidery thread and stitched two heart pieces together. (Don't forget to stuff with cotton balls or fiber before stitching closed.)

I attached the buttons from my challenge package with hot glue (or sew them on) as you see on the blue heart.  On the pink heart....I attached the
gesso, painted with Tim Holtz Paints, and Heidi Swapp sprayed vine heart. Glued the little orange bird at the top of the heart and attached a flower from my stash.  On the back is a large saftey pin so it can be used as a pin.

Do you remember Kewpies by Rose O'Neill?  I always wanted to find one in my yard. I found this one on Pintrest.

I call this my Kewpie pillow since it is a little large to use as a pin.  I colored the wheelbarrell with Tim Holtz pens.  Prima has this cute wood mushroom embleshment colored with Tim Holtz paint.  I stamped the Kewpie and flowers on felt.  I then used water and Tim Holtz pens to color the flowers and outline Kewpie.  The butterfly was from my stash.

Sometimes simple is just better.  Don't you think?  This would be a fantastic craft for kids. (Using glue or kid friendly needles.)

I hope you enjoyed my Flaming 4 creative process and results.  I also hope you will give it a try.  The possiblities of all the items you could use to decorate your heart are endless. Just look around or look to memories for a little inspiration.

Until next time. 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Made with my "own two hands"!

With Valentine's day just around the corner, I wanted to send my granddaughters each some love from their Grammy and Poppy. This kid's craft (<---- click here for original card) was my inspiration. Instead of a child using their hands, I traced my own, which ended up slightly larger than a child's hands!!!
Using paper from Marion Smith's Mad Tea Party collection, left over from my Alice's Memory Box.

I traced my left hand, cut it out, reversed it and traced again for the right hand, so they would match when folded up. I measured the "palm" of the hand and cut out two strips, 2" x 12", scored at 2' intervals and accordion folded each strip. Overlapping two ends to make one long strip, I inked the edges with cranberry ink from my stash. Using Scor tape, I adhered each end piece to the palm of each hand. (I had to trim off one two inch panel in order for it to open correctly)
After choosing my phrase, I adhered the chip board letters, then painted them with the dabber tip from Tim Holtz Distress paint, Picked Raspberry. A cork heart, also painted with the same paint & faux stitched, I added Maci's name to the heart in "bubble" letters. (to insure they would stay put, I also used matte gel medium) To add a little sparkle and shine, I topped each letter and the heart with Tim Holtz Rock Candy Stickles.

My hope, one day, my granddaughter, Maci, will cherish having something made with Grammy's own two hands! This was a fun and simple card to make, whether you choose to use your own hands, or those of a child's, the recipient will always have a special memento to hold on to, "hand" made! Depending on your paper (uses just one sheet of double sided paper for an adult's hands, much less for a little one's) this little card of love can be transformed to any special occasion, or just because.

Supply list
Marion Smith's Mad Tea Party collection
Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Stickles, Rock Candy
Claudine Hellmuth matte medium
Fancy Pants cork heart

From my stash
Cranberry ink
Alpha stickers
Scrappy Smiles! Donna Sullivan

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Variation on Tonya's Santa's Helper Organizer

Hello All! Donna today, my first post of the New Year, hope you are all having a great start to a great year!
During the holidays our very talented Tonya Gibbs posted a Santa's List Holiday Organizer she made using a small 6 x 9 binder. I immediately thought of my husband using a book like this year round to organize his many notes, phone numbers and such which he gathers during every day life. Using the collection from Pink Paislee, Hope Chest, possibly tucked into one of the great Warehouse Combo boxes available in the Flamingo Scraps online store. Although Hope Chest has many florals, it also has a rustic feel to it, with some masculine graphics mixed into the rust, teal and weathered white ledger papers. Along with the paper, there were journal blocks in this collection and many paper tags and stickers. And very pretty butterfly clips, which I didn't think I needed to include in the hubs book!
I took quite a few photos to show the many elements included in this organizer! I'll start with the cover. Added to the Hope Chest paper pack, I had one clear mylar sheet with black graphics that I strategically cut to add, starting with the cover. It added a bit of continuity to the book, along with the one roll of green wood grain washi tape (my first jump into the washi tape world!), and helped transform the florals a little more. The cover sheet was cut to highlight the dog in the Hope Chest papers, as my husband adores our dog, I thought it was a great piece for the cover. In my stash I had some copper alpha/numeric pieces that blended well with the color scheme, used to add 2014. Centered on the cover was also a blank space which one of the stickers from the Hope Chest collection fit into perfectly, bracketed by copper pieces from the same set. The paper is tucked behind the vinyl cover and protected from daily use. The copper numbers and brackets are adhered with matte medium on the outside of the protector

Close up of the sticker sentiment .

This is the inside cover, showing the vinyl pockets, covered by paper, adhered with double sided Scor Tape, available by special order through Suzanne, just contact her by clicking on her name!
This pocket holds his contact info, along with some blank journaling cards to add throughout the book. The inside spine is covered with paper and a piece of the mylar graphic sheet over the top, left open at the sides to add to the blank text space. There are a few kraft journal cards from my stash, added as prompts to "get his book going".

A photo can also be place under the oval in the mylar sheet, or leave the rooster as is.

One additional mylar sheet added to a page protector, which I sliced off 1/8" to allow me to slide a piece of cardstock, then fold over to make an interactive page. Just to the right of the paper clip (from the collection, minus the butterfly) I used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to hold the paper in place. He can slide a special photo into the page protector.

This is a view of the fold out page and the next pocket page, made easily by scoring a 12 x 12 paper down the center at 6", turn paper, score at 4", fold four inch fold up, then fold in half. Your pockets can be on the inside or the outside, depending on which way you decide to fold. Cutting page protectors to clip onto two rings to use as pockets (shown in another photo), I had a piece of protector let that I used to add as an additional element, adding journal blocks and prompts, this page highlighting Sunny, our dog, and a pocket to store his immunization and registration papers, and vet info.

On the reverse side is a pocket to store a to do list or receipts yet to be filed. I added a tag for interest. The Alphas used for Tim's name, Sunny and to do are from Tim Holtz Alpha elements, another item you could request from Suzanne for special order. Using the dividers made for this notebook, I covered the front and back with patterned paper, it also gave them added strength.

This page shows the cut page protector on the left to use as a pocket or add a photo. A tag made with some newly found mulberry paper tags, found when I moved, and added a little scrap of the same mylar sheet.

The remaining photos are variations of the above pockets/pages. In the first photo you can see where I added the washi tape on each page, adding strength to the binder holes during use.

Into one of the full sized page protectors I added a 2014 weekly planner he can grab on the go for making future appointments and avoiding conflicting dates. I used the packaging page with the grid of all the papers included in the pack to coordinate with the organizer. For photography purposes, I left the lined notebook paper out, as we all know what that looks like! It allowed me to photograph back and fronts of the dividers without the lined paper interfering. I inserted tabs into the dividers by covering strops of paper with the washi tape, pulling that theme throughout the book further. I titled the tabs House, Doctor, Bank, Family (for addresses and phone numbers he may not have in his phone) and Photos. 

Product list:
Flamingo Scraps
Warehouse combo box
Pink Paislee Hope Chest paper collection
Pink Paislee Journal Cards
Pink Paislee Label Stickers

Special orders from Suzanne
Tim Holtz Alpha Parts, Newsprint
Claudine Hellmuth matte medium adhesive
Scor tape (worked great for adhering paper to vinyl!)

Office Supply store
Avery 6" x  9" three ring binder with front/back view vinyl cover
Avery dividers & page protectors sized to match
Avery lined notebook paper to match (not photographed)

From my stash
Copper numbers and alphas (2014 and brackets)
Kraft Journal prompt cards
12 x 12 mylar sheet with black graphics
roll of green woodgrain washi tape
mulberry paper precut tags

Hope you enjoyed my version of Tonya's Organizer, be sure to check out more of her videos on her YouTube channel, she has some amazing tips and techniques, and is fun to watch. Flamingo Scraps is lucky to have her as our lead educator! Don't miss her December Daily, which had a coordinated (sold out!) kit for sale at Flamingo Scraps, and follow her week by week journey throughout November/December! She has endless energy and loves to share with all of us, special Ustream events 1st Monday of each month, link is always posted on her FB page.

Don't forget to check out the sales going on at the Flamingo Scraps store, and if you don't see what you need, Suzanne with do her best to get what you're looking for!

Scrappy Smiles!!! Donna Sullivan

Monday, January 27, 2014

Attempting a Tag

Hi this is Cheryl. Today for my post for Flamingo Scraps I decided to attempt to make my very first tag. On Saturday I went to the Rubber Stamp Show here in Plano and the last booth that I visited was the one for Ranger. I could have camped out all afternoon, but I had my very tired Grand with me and she was ready to go. So I hung around as long as I dared and watched bits and pieces of a project or two and then we left. I love Ranger products and love Wendy Vecchi's line most of all. Her products are totally earthy and feminine, but the type of projects she makes are totally foreign to me. I am a card maker first and then a scrapbooker second.  Making tags, 3D projects, and Mixed Media is totally out of my comfort zone. But, I took notes, picked up a few things, and took a shot at it. I really don't know what anyone does afterwards with these tags. Maybe use it for a book marker? Do people collect these as someone would a ATC card? Oh well, here is my tag. There were many steps to make this, but it was really a lot of fun too! It has me wishing I had a small piece of canvas to play with now. I might get to like this! Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Flamingo Scraps Blog today. We have a lot of fun here as we adventure with our inks, stamps, and papers.

Happy Stampin.........Cheryl

Friday, January 24, 2014


I used some fun pictures of myself that I took for a new head shot for postings, these were my favorite.

Sadly this is my last F4, so with that in mind I had a bit of fun with my items.  We got vintage buttons in mint, purple, and black, a chipboard wheelbarrow, a little range bird, and a wooden heart.  I used the little bird on a nest of burlap fibers, ribbons, and flowers and anchored it in the paint splatters from Ranger Distress stain applicators and the title (tutorial below) - because I am such a fox, hehe.

In my cluster next to the picture I used many of the buttons from the pack (one of each), the wooden heart, and the chipboard wheelbarrow tucked in under the flower and ribbons.


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