Saturday, October 30, 2010

Weekend Whimsy: E-Line Pearls and Crystals -- Instant Classic

If I had to choose one product from the years I have been scrapping for the BEST -- hands' down, it would be Prima's E-line Pearls and Crystals.  We have lost count of the times we have ordered them!

These little beauties debuted at CHA Summer 2009 and became an instant classic and must have!  They come in 30 different color combinations, have 60 gems and pearls in graduated sizes on each card, and they are ONLY $1.49.
We love them soooooo much -- Amanda even created an altered holder just for these little goodies.

Hope Prima never stops making them -- especially since we need to reorder!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Guest Design Team Roundup: October 2010

Welcome to this month's Guest Design Team roundup!! It's been a busy month for everyone... look at all these fabulous creations!!

This month Diana made lots of use out of her scrappy supplies in addition to the three blog posts she shared with us this month!!  
From Flamingo Scraps:  Sassafrass Lass Indie Girl Collection and that cute button from her post a few days ago!

 From Flamingo Scraps: Pink Paislee Old School collection

And Diana says... For the first layout, I used the Sassafras Lass Indie Girl collection. I love how the banners come on a sticker sheet, and the variety of patterns and colors in this line. The papers just make everything seems so fresh and fun.  And for the second layout, I used the Pink Paislee Old School collection. I'm not usually a big fan of die cut pages, but I do love this die cut's shape. It helped to frame off the action images I wanted to use, showing Nate's motion running and twirling into the leaves. Great colors in this line, too. Very rich, bold and classic.

More of Diana's work can be seen here on her blog and make sure you swing by Sketchy Thursdays to play along with her fantastic weekly sketch challenge!

This month Janet made some more gorgeous layouts!
From Flamingo Scraps:  Prima Flowers, Journaling Spot
For other supplies and more info, visit here.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima (flowers; pin and crystals); Maya Road (flowers and journaling spot)
For other supplies and more info, visit here.

And here's a close-up of those fabulous flowers!!

From Flamingo Scraps: Pink Paislee (patterned paper); Maya Road (journaling spot)
For other supplies and more info, visit here.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima (PP, flowers & Pebbles)
For other supplies and more info, visit here.

More of Janet's work can be seen here on her blog!

Jill has made this beautiful layout!
From Flamingo Scraps: Prima (flowers)
Other Supplies: Shabby Green Door by Daisy Buckets (patterned paper); Doodlebug (alpha stickers)

More of Jill's work can be seen here on her blog

This month Jolaine made these three gorgeous layouts:
From Flamingo Scraps: Prima Jack & Jill collection (patterned papers, flowers and bling)

From Flamingo Scraps:  Websters Pages Seaside Retreat Collection (patterned papers); Pink Paislee (alphabet for "escape")

Jolaine also added crushed shells, sand and cheese cloth for texture! (Isn't that a great idea?!)

From Flamingo Scraps: Pink Paislee Queen Bee Collection (patterned papers, pleated ribbon and bella brads); Prima (flowers) 
Other Supplies:  Tattered Angels bingo card and crochet doily

More of Jolaine's work can be seen here on her blog!

This month Tiffany made more fabulous stuff... a card and a layout to be exact!

From Flamingo Scraps: Webster's Pages Waiting for Santa collection

From Flamingo Scraps:  Webster's Pages Hollywood Vogue collection

More of Tiffany's work can be seen here on her blog/gallery or here on her youtube channel!

And last, but of course not least... Tonya!!  In addition to the video and card last week,Tonya has been busy making more fantastic things to share!!

From Flamingo Scraps: Webster's Pages WonderFall collection (patterned papers); Prima (White cherry blossom vines; flower; say it in pearls & lace bling); Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (lemon grass -- sprayed on white Prima flower)
Other supplies:  Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch

And Tonya says... These are the people who worked round the clock to save my life last year when I laid in a 6 week coma.  I will forever be grateful for them. Thank you North Florida Regional Medical Center ICU staff.  The butterflies were punched from a Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch, then dipped in liquid UTEE.

More of Tonya's work can be seen here on her website or here on her youtube channel!

We hope you've enjoyed this month's roundup and go leave all our fabulous guest design team ladies some love!!  We'll be back on Monday with an introduction of our November Guest Design Team members..... Jolaine and Tonya!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October Guest Design Team Summary: Diana & Genie

Another month done!  We cannot believe we are already halfway through our first guest design team!  This month, we've really enjoyed Diana and Genie's blog posts!! Each month, we post a summary just in case you missed anything and to thank these talented ladies for all their fabulous work!! Up first this month is Diana:

This month Diana shared with us different ways to use Maya Road Laundry Day Chipboard, a super cute Christmas Decoration, how to combine Maya Road Chipboard buttons with stickers to make awesome custom embellishments, and for October's Flamingo Five, she made an adorable mini album!

More of Diana's work can be seen here on her blog and make sure you swing by Sketchy Thursdays to play along with her fantastic weekly sketch challenge!

This month Genie taught us all how to make our photos look more "professional" and how to use vignettes & actions in photoshop!  Genie also showed us how we can think outside the box by using one piece of an owl coaster album from Maya Road as a journaling box on a layout for October's Flamingo Five!

More of Genie's work can be seen here on her blog!

So we really hope that you enjoyed what Diana and Genie shared with us this month as much as we do!  Please go leave them some love if you haven't already!!   Tomorrow, we will have another guest design team round up with some fabulous items to inspire you.... and we will be back on Monday with our next two guest design team members, Jolaine and Tonya to inspire you!! 

Don't forget to enter this week's 2nd Anniversary giveaway... one lucky winner from this week's drawing will win a Teresa Collin's stamp making machine!!! 

And you've "liked" us on Facebook right?  Because this Sunday we will be picking one lucky winner from our Facebook followers to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!!  We love all of our friends, followers and customers!! Thank you for all your support and love!!  ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Anniversary Month Prize Blog No. 4

The winners from Prize Blog # 3 are...
tattered_rose (Stephanie Gradzski) -- Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities
sgrcookie (Serina Nelson) -- Maya Road Alterable Postal Box and Stamp Album
Kim -- Amanda's Christmas Mini Album Kit

CONGRATULATIONS ladies!!!  Please contact us with your snail mail addy at!

If you do not yet follow our blog, now would be a good time to do so!  Also, please go tell your friends or re-post this on your blog!

Today's question is:  What kind of embellishments (from flowers to lace to mediums) do you like best?   Just post your answer in the form of a comment. 

Deadline for comments is Monday, November 1, 2010 at midnight EDT

The final winners and prizes announced Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hocus Pocus for Your All Hallow's Eve!!!

All Hallow's Eve has become a night of frolic,
where children wear costumes and run amok!
Hocus Pocus

Pink Paislee's scarily cute Halloween collection, HOCUS POCUS, is available at Flamingo Scraps just in time to scrap all those adorable pics of children wearing costumes, frolicking, and running amok (especially after 19 candy bars!).  The matching embellishments are wickedly cool, but what else do we have in our bag of tricks and treats that coordinates with Hocus Pocus??

Halloween brings out the scary and pretty makeup, so why not some makeup for your layouts and paper projects -- the greens, orange, purple, black and a little granite blue in the papers are made for mists and stickles and inks and glam in shades like Haunting Shadows, Licorice Metallic, Salmon, and Paprika.

What would Halloween be without sparkle from Maya Road's Ultrafine Glitter in Iridescent and Licorice and Kaisercraft's orange bling.  Add to that Prima flowers (yes flowers for Halloween) Sugarplum Roses Chestnut, Sweet Taffy in lavender, and Clementine's in Tuxedo -- and don't forget the fabulous 7 Gypsies Rubbings! 
Come on  people grab up some of this FABULOUS Hocus Pocus and coordinating embellishments -- and while you are waiting for it to arrive -- use these images to plan your Halloween photos with Ouija Boards, skeletons, and spider webs!!  BWAAAAHHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Maya Road Glittered Mini Christmas Trees

 Christmas crafting items are starting to appear in the stores en masse, and we papercrafters know to shop early to get the best selection!!  I found these white bottle trees in sets of two (about 3 1/2" and 5") at our local dollar store.  Cute as they are -- they can always be better and I thought of the new Maya Road Ultrafine Glitter we just got in at Flamingo Scraps!

I painted glue on the ends of the branches -- I used Martha Stewart Glittering Glue
and a regular paintbrush, but any white glue should do as well.

The next step was sprinkling on the glitter --
I used a glittering/embossing tray to catch the extra glitter and
 to make it easier to return the unused glitter to the container!
Spraying the trees with a clear floral sealer will help adhere the glitter

These little trees are still fragile, as glittered objects are wont to be,
but with care they should last for years to come!
It is time to check out your local stores for Christmas crafting finds.  Don't leave the dollar store off your list of places to visit!  And don't leave Flamingo Scraps off your list of places to find just the right embellishments to dress up your finds!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekend Whimsy: Scissors -- A Sharper Image

The vast majority of paper crafters would answer "scissors" when asked what is the most basic, important tool you must have to paper craft (No, I'm not counting paper as a tool!).  I know I would -- I am a scissors collector!  I have at least one pair of scissors in most every room and closet  in my house. 

Without a doubt, there are going to be TONS of people who disagree with the techniques in this post!  However, these things work for me, so here goes!

None of my scissors are the expensive,  really nice kind that really need to be sharpened by a pro or sharpened on a stone, though I do have some for purposes other than paper that are the "ginsu" type that are not supposed to need sharpening.  So, for most of my scissors, I use do-it-yourself methods to keep them in good working order. 

Every so often, I pull out  the aluminum foil, the wax paper, and the nail polish remover and go to town on my collection.  I ususally do this while watching TV - but never a scary movie or a football game!  Making multiple cuts through the foil sharpens the scissors, cutting through the wax paper seems to help keep them from getting gummy, and nail polish remover takes off the sticky gunk when the wax paper doesn't work.  Once cleaned and sharpened, I try to keep my cutterbees in their plastic shields.

I've heard some people use sand paper instead of foil, but it seems to me that might nick your blades and once you have a nick, all the foil in the world won't get rid of it!  It is time to toss those babies, have them professionally sharpened, or use them for things other than paper crafting.  Better yet -- get yourself a pair to cut wire and any other material that might nick your paper scissors! 

Now if I could only find that favorite pair of pink cutterbees -- if I had put them back in the shield where they belong......

Friday, October 22, 2010

Why Reinvent the Wheel?

Our Guest Design Team member Tonya Gibbs received her Teresa Collins Stampmaker a few weeks ago. She immediately got busy learning all about her new toy and has written a FABULOUS tutorial and produced three YouTube Video tutorials!
 Here are the links:
Written tutorial on Tonya's sure to scroll down the page to find the article
Part I - Design and Printing
Part II - Creating the Stamp
Part III - Prepping and Using the Stamp

 And here are photos of the card Tonya made with the stamp.  And wouldn't you know it?  The other supplies used are from Flamingo Scraps!
Flamingo Scraps supplies used:  Steampunk Debutante Victorian Transformers and Steampunk Embellishment Grab Bag
Thanks so much to Tonya for doing the legwork for us!  And for sharing her gorgeous cards with us.

Flamingo Scraps will soon be carrying refills for the Teresa Collins Stampmaker!  Keep checking back!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What Goes With What? Parisian Anthology!

What goes with Pink Paislee's FABULOUS Parisian Anthology?  Well, we think the answer to this is EVERYTHING!!!  Pink Paislee and the House of 3 have really gone outside the box with the gorgeous embellishments that coordinate with this long-awaited collection -- flowers, incredible bling, and paper embellies.  But the greatest thing about this paper is that it is meant to be ALTERED to ANY COLOR you choose!!  Frankly, I was scared to death to put inks and mists to this paper with its natural resist patterns, but after watching this fantastic video on the Pink Paislee site, I jumped in and it is easy peasy!!

So, having said everything goes with Parisian Anthology -- here are the samples I altered with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Maya Mists, and Glimmer Mists -- all available at Flamingo Scraps!

Parisian Anthology altered with Tim Holtz Distress Inks -- left to right --
Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphires

Using Maya Mists to Alter Parisian Anthology -- left to right -- Raspberry Blue Metallic,
Cherry Metallic, and Charcoal.  The left half of the Charcoal sample has been misted with
Iridescent Pearl Maya Mist.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists -- Delphinium Blue, Pomegranate, Timeless Lilac
As shown in the video, I found it helpful to wipe away the excess medium that doesn't stick to the resist pattern.  It is like uncovering a treasure and gives a buffed appearance to the pattern.

Is there a color palette you would love to have but never seem to be able to find, a special picture you just can't find the right paper for?  Pink Paislee's Parisian Anthology just granted your wishes!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Anniversary Month Prize Blog No. 3

The winners from Prize Blog # 2 are...
Michele -- Michele has won a copy of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities
disneylisa -- Lisa has won a prize package from American Crafts, and
Tiffany -- Tiffany has also won a prize package from American Crafts

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!!!!   Please send us your snail mail address to or message us on Facebook!!!!!
If you do not yet follow our blog, now would be a good time to do so!  Also, please go tell your friends or re-post this on your blog!

Today's question is:  What product(s) would you like to see Flamingo Scraps carry?   Just post your answer in the form of a comment. 

Deadline for comments is Monday, October 25, 2010 at midnight EDT

Winners and prizes announced Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Guest DT Diana Fisher: Maya Road Chipboard Buttons

Hello, it’s Diana with you today.

I want to share with you how you can use your sticker sheets and raw chipboard to make well-coordinated embellishments. Just because you don’t have the chipboard pieces that match a paper set doesn’t mean you can’t make some yourself!

From Flamingo Scraps: Maya Road chipboard buttons
Other Supplies:  Sassafrass Lass stickers

I used Sassafras Lass stickers and Maya Road raw chipboard buttons to make these embellishments.

The best part about using stickers is no glue to worry about. And you are able to save all of that beautiful paper you have by not cutting tiny little corners off just to cover a 1-inch piece of chipboard.

For some added dimension, I popped the chipboard button up off of the bottom sticker with a Pop Dot.

I made 3 embellishments that I will use later when my Indie Girl papers from Sassafras Lass land on my doorstep this week—via Flamingo Scraps, of course!

I saved them on a sheet of acetate while I wait. You could always adhere them back to the original sticker sheet if you’d prefer.

And there you have it… homemade chipboard to match your paper sets using the sticker sheets.

Thanks for reading the blog today!!

More of Diana's work can be seen here on her blog and make sure you swing by Sketchy Thursdays to play along with her fantastic weekly sketch challenge!

Monday, October 18, 2010

What Goes With What? Pink Paislee Sweetness & The Sweetest Day

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston
Did you know there is actually a Sweetest Day, a day dedicated just to the sweet people in your life?  It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relation to you. They just have to be "sweet" in order to get a little recognition. It is celebrated on the third Saturday of October, this year, this past Saturday, October 16th.

The beautiful collection Sweetness by Pink Paislee was actually designed and released to celebrate the growing popularity of The Sweetest Day -- but we're sure you will find it to be an all pupose  romantic vintage inspired collection to use now, for Valentine's Day and all year round -- because everyday there is someone or something sweet in life, and everyday an opportunity to be kind. 

Prima's Pearls and 3 Flowers pink, lt. pink, brown, lt. yellow, pearls and lace brown, crystals and lace clear, vintage swirls clear, vintage shapes 1 and 2
White Cheep Trims, Maya Road brown velvet rickrack, red and rose pleated grosgrain trim, and dotted grosgrain ribbon
Tim Holtz distress paint, ink, and stickles -- mustard seed, Victorian velvet, tumbled glass, any of the clearish or white stickles, yellow, cotton candy, baby blue, cinnamon, red stickles
Maya mist cream, blue, cotton candy twin pack, cherry metallic,  Tattered Angels Glimmer mist lemonzest, chalkboard strawberry shortcake, Glam Big Apple and Hayride, Glaze - champagne
Primas including Brontes in strawberry and powder blue, Sweet Taffy in brown, Love Letter Roses in quartz and peridot, Clementine Princess
If you plan on using Sweetness to celebrate The Sweetest Day -- or if not the actual day, its intent -- check out this fantastic website for great quotations for titles and journaling!  How sweet is that!!!!
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