Thursday, July 28, 2011

Revisiting the Flamingo Four

Remember the box and card I made with the supplies from June's Flamingo Four

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima patterned paper, Prima ribbon, Prima Say It In Studs
Other: Michaels wooden box, Folk Art paint, Mod Podge

I decided to give it to my goddaughter Kylinn to use as a jewelry box.  This meant I needed to make a second one for her sister, my goddaughter Ellia.  I wanted it to look similar but with a different color scheme.  Here's what I made:

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima Say It In Studs
Other: unknown paper, Michaels wooden box, Folk Art paint, Mod Podge, Offray ribbon

After making the second card and box, I still had a bunch more of the Prima Say it in Studs, plus the rest of the leftover papers and ribbon from the Flamingo Four.  So I made some cards.  Six, to be exact.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima patterned paper, Prima ribbon, Prima Say It In Studs
Other:Fiskars stamps, Fiskars border punch, Bazzill cardstock

I used just about every little scrap, as I didn't want any of it to go to waste.  These supplies were so fun to work with and I love my new cards. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First Birthdays

First birthdays are so magical with yummy cake all over such a delicious face. Who could resist these photo ops? Well, not I.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima Madeline Paper Collection - Rosalee, Say It in Pearls & Lace Brown.
Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Blue & Creme Brule Cream, and Gossamer Gold, Flowers (Received in a RAK not sure where they are from), Tissue Paper, paper doily.

This is a photo I took of my niece Addy at her first birthday party. I wanted to select a paper that would not take away from the photo, so I picked the B side of the Prima Madeline Rosalee paper. I loved how the subtle blues on the borders complimented the blue in the frosting on her face.

I used a paper doily as a mask and sprayed my Lindy's Stamp Gang gently onto the paper. Then I moved the doily to the upper left hand corner to reveal the unsprayed area.

My friend had sent me a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) and it had all the beautiful flowers wrapped in Turquoise tissue paper. The paper was sprayed with a Gossamer Gold and then I cut it into strips and made a bow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Flamingo Four: Webster's Pages Orange You Beautiful

Welcome to this month's.... Flamingo Four!!  Are you ready to see what we made?!

July's Flamingo Four items are:
1.  Webster's Pages Orange You Beautiful Patterned Paper
2.  American Crafts Textured Cardstock in Clay
3.  Cheep Trims Ivory Crocheted Trim
4.  Prima Mini Me Flowers

All items available at Flamingo Scraps (limited quantities on hand!). We all started with these supplies and the instructions to make something using all four items. Any other items could be added to complete the project.

Are you ready to see what we made?!

Jen's take:
I decided to use the chosen supplies to alter a little box that I have had sitting in my craft room forever. First I covered the outside bottom of the box with the solid colored cardstock and inked the edges. I lined the inside with one side of the pattern paper and used the other side to decorate the cover of the box. I put the beautiful lace trim on the inside of the box as well as the bottom edge of the lid. The butterflies were cut from a punch and one was fussy cut from the pattern paper. the inside of the lid as also lined with the pattern paper.

Extra supplies used: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. Brown brads for the flower centers.

Julie's take:
I did a lot of fussy cutting from the Webster's Pages paper and I used the cardstock as my card base.  The only thing I added was pearls, white cardstock for the inside sentiment and a SRM "Congratulations" sticker :):):):):):):):) Ohhhhhh... I also used 3D dots to raise the house, tall flower and butterfly on the front :)

Suzanne's take:
I am busted!  The Webster's Pages paper just begged "PLAY with me!!!!"  So I did, just play!  I made these embellies using all sorts of techniques and mediums -- fussy cutting, paper piecing, UTEE, glossy accents in clear and sepia, Ranger Enamel, pop tape, glubers, glitter and glaze pens, inks, and stickles!  I also used some bling and Tim Holtz and spellbinder die cuts!  I learned several things -- I do not have a very steady hand as evidenced with the enamel; I need new pens; I need to remember to revisit older techniques more often; and I need practice, practice, practice!!!

But boy, oh boy, did I have a fun day!!!

So here we are at the end of another Flamingo Four and we hope you enjoyed it! We hope that we have inspired you and we'd love to see what you make if you do, so please stop by and share it with us!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Great Friends Think Alike!!!

From the time Teresa moved to Crescent City in the fifth grade until high school graduation, we were practically inseparable!  We lived only blocks apart and did just about everything together!  As we grew older, college, family moves, marriages, children, etc. kept us from keeping in touch as we would have liked.  But through the miracles of Facebook and a class reunion last August, we reconnected and found that that bond we had forged all those years ago was still strong!!  We even found out that we were both scrapbookers!

Teresa and her hubby came through Palatka in May, a few days before my birthday for a wonderful, but all too brief visit on their way to a cruise vacay.  I had made a layout for her -- entitled Besties!
Supplies from Flamingo Scraps -- Lily Bee This and That collection paper and stickers; American Crafts Thickers; Tim Holtz Distress Ink;  Other Supplies -- vintage book pages, wooden button, embroidery floss, Sizzix die.
Inspired by a Becky Fleck Page Map sketch, the layout had pictures of us together at our High School Graduation and at Homecoming our senior year, along with a picture of us taken in the Flamingo Scraps storeroom last August!

Lo and Behold!!!  Teresa handed me a birthday gift and said, "you are not going to believe this!"  I opened it and tears came to my eyes!!!!

There we were -- the same picture from August and a picture of us when we were cheerleaders together our senior year!!!  She had even used some supplies she had gotten at Flamingo Scraps!!!!!

The This and That sticker on my layout reads "good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they're always there."  The journaling on Teresa's LO reads "a touchstone for my soul, a bridge across time, beautiful friend of my heart, I'm so grateful for you, days fly, months become years, and through them all, your friendship is with me."

I am blessed!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Shabby Chic Cigar Box

A few weeks ago I shared with you the altered cigar boxes that I've been doing for a swap on Facebook. Today I want to give you a closer look at Shabby Chic box #2.

When I think of Shabby Chic I think of pastel colors and a project that looks as though it has weathered time. A softer side of grunge. Most people think of Shabby Chic and they reach for pink, blue, and yellow, but I wanted something different. I decided to use the Hollywood Vogue collection from Webster's Pages. I love the elegance of this paper line and the colors offered that hint of the unexpected I was wanting with its peach, lavender, and green color pallet.

Top View of the Box

From Flamingo Scraps: Webster's Pages: Hollywood Vogue paper, Prima: Alabaster Roses, Rosebuds, and Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink; Ranger Glossy Accents.
Other: Kiser Krafts: Dressform, Feathers, Tim Holtz: Film Strips, picket fence crackle paint, bling flowers, floral bling sprays, Lindy's Stamp Gang Cockabells Coral.

Side View:

Inside View:

the mirror was cut from the Forever Young Cricut Cartridge, and the Chandelier is a cell phone bling sticker

I know the person who recieves this box will treasure it forever. I just love giving gifts like this.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guest DT Julie Tucker-Wolek: The Best Brother Ever

I made my latest layout for Flamingo Scraps using Emma’s Shoppe from Crate Paper! I just love love love this line!

My title reads: “The best Brother ever” and the journaling reads: “Adam made this for Brookie with her old blocks – Easter 2011.”

From Flamingo Scraps: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Collection patterned papers and chipboard accents

I had a lot of fun adding the alphas right into the ‘crossword’ paper like I was doing a real puzzle!

Want to see more of Julie's cute layouts and adorble pictures of her daughter Brookie?!  Go check out Julie's blog!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Upcycled Gift Card Holder

When I give a gift card, I like to place it in a homemade card or gift card holder.  It helps make an impersonal gift much more personal.  Here's one I made during the Fiskateers CHA-in-Spirit crop that I've been hosting this week:

From Flamingo Scraps: Fancy Pants patterned paper, Prima flower, Prima rhinestones
Other: ColorBox ink, Offray ribbon, Chevy's gift card, toilet paper roll

It was quick and easy to make.  Even better, it's been upcycled from a surprising item- an empty toilet paper roll!  This is not my original idea.  I'm not sure where I first heard of it, but if you google it you can find many variations.  Here's how I made mine:

Step 1: Use a bone folder to flatten an empty toilet paper roll.  Use a very strong adhesive to secure the bottom end of the tube closed.  I used the double-sided tape in the picture and it held for a few hours, then popped loose.  I tried a few other things and eventually used a glue gun. 

Step 2: Wrap the tube in patterned paper.  I recommend lots of adhesive for a strong hold.  Use a circle punch to create the indentations in the top. 

Step 3: Ink the edges and embellish as desired.

Step 4: Create a tag from matching patterned paper.  Add a ribbon and insert inside tube. 

Step 5: Use a Glue Dot to attach the gift card to the tag.  It's ready to give! 

Here's one more that I made.  This one is for a baby shower.

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima patterned paper and elephant accent
Other: Stampin' Up ink, Offray ribbon, Babies R Us gift card, toilet paper roll

I love how these turned out!  I can definitely see making more for future gift-giving occasions. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guest DT Jen Unger: Just Because

Sometimes I don’t have a purpose for some of the things I create other than “just because”. The Graphic 45 Once upon a Springtime paper was just begging me to make something out of it even though I don’t know what I will do with it in the future, so this mini album was just for fun. I used the die cut sheet that looks like doors or windows to make my pages by punching out the little window and pasting the frame to some chipboard, then cut the chipboard out of the window areas. I made three pages like this and three plain rectangle pages, bound it with my Cinch and decorated the pages.

From Flamingo Scraps: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper and die cuts; Prima E-line Pearls; Prima flowers and leaves; Prima Say-it-in-Pearls; Glimmer Mist (Vintage Pink, Caribbean Blue and English Ivy) - used to color the flowers
Other Supplies:  Organza Ribbon 

Jen's blog showcases her beautiful work and you can also catch up with her youtube channel!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Happy Friday!!!!!  Today, I want to share a little (literally!) something I made for my Mom!  When I was younger, especially when attending an all girls college in South Carolina, I thought hugs were a peculiarly Southern thing. But now I know there is a hug revolution sweeping the country!

Hugs are really important to my Mom -- she sends cyber hugs over the phone, and if there has been a hug card made, she has found it and sent it to me and my brothers!  I wanted to send one back, but being a self respecting paper crafter, I just couldn't buy a card, so I made this tag!

Supplies from Flamingo Scraps -- Fancy Pants' It's the Little Things collection, Lily Bee's This and That collection, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles, Pink Paislee Chipboard Alpha; other supplies -- Sizzix paper doll dies, Tim Holtz tag die.
I reached really way back in time to these Sizzix paper doll dies I have had forever and used a combination of Fancy Pants' It's the Little Things and Lily Bee's This and That paper collections!

Hugs to all of y'all and thanks for looking!

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