Friday, November 30, 2012

November's Flamingo Four

Cindy here!  I'm thrilled to be taking over as Flamingo Scraps' Flamingo Four coordinator.  Each month, three designers and myself will make projects using the same four items.  I guarantee that you'll be amazed how four different designers using the same four supplies can make four completely different projects!

For November, Design Team members Erin, Alicia, Ramona and I each received the following items:

      1. Glimmer Mist (Clam Bake)
      2. assorted wood veneers  
      3. lacy trim
      4. an empty Maya Road tin
You can find Glimmer Mist, all sorts of veneers, beautiful trims and tins full of Maya Road goodies in the Flamingo Scraps store.  After seeing the projects, you may want to make one or more of them for yourself!  Now let's hear from each of the four designers!

Erin's Take:

When I saw the box size I knew it would be perfect as a standard size photo frame. I found a fun picture of my hubby and I and glued it inside the box. I then used the died ribbon and glued it all around the edge of the box, one to hold it together and second a pretty finish to the outside of the box. I used the glimmer mist to die the ribbon and mixed the mist with various gelato colors to color the wood veneers. I used two Prima flowers of complementary colors and the wood veneers to cover up the words Maya Road in the top left corner, hence why the cluster is there, and left the phrase “for the journey of a lifetime” as it fit the picture. I then put magnets on the back and it became a magnetic photo frame to send my husband in Afghanistan.

Alicia's Take:

I decided to create a shadowbox out of my Maya Road tin. I dug through all of my stuff that I collected while we were in Hawaii, and found this awesome postcard (that I had completely forgotten that I had picked up). I loved the turquoise paisley background paper, but it was too bright to go with the colors in the postcard, so I just spritzed it with the Clam Bake Glimmer Mist and did the same with the bright white trim. The mist gave a great color to the trim, and a little shimmer to the background paper! I painted the rectangular wooden piece with a light coat of gesso and then wiped at it with a damp paper towel so I got a kind of whitewashed look, then I used some Jenni Bowlin rub-ons for "aloha". I sprayed the heart veneer with both Color Shine and the Clam Bake glimmer mist to give it a bit of dimension and used some paint, Stickles and another little spritz of glimmer mist for the flower. I decided to keep the slogan portion of the tin, so I rubbed it with a little teal Staz-On and added a little more of the patterned paper around the edge. I just glued the flower and butterfly on the edge and presto! Done!

Ramona's Take:

When I received this Maya Roads tin I right away decided what I could do with it....Mini Album!!  I first painted it with Tim Holtz Acrylic Paint Dabbers Pink Sherbet first and then a layer Elmer's Glue then Cranberry. Then I let it dry so I could start working on it. I just love how I got the wide cracks with this effect. Then I distressed it with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to give it that Old and rustic look. I also sprayed Clam Bake Mist by Tattered Angels that had an green but old worn look to it. That gave me the sheen that I was desiring to. I used Prima Romance Novel 6 X 6 paper pack, chipboard, 3 index file cards (cut down) I also made hinges to connect the book pages together. These are the items that I used to make my Mini Album inside. Then I thought a I grabbed the lace that was in my bag and thought some distressing (dirty hands with Cranberry paint and Brushed Corduroy Ink still on my hands) sprayed it with Clam Bake ruffled it up and This was my finishing tie to this tin. I had so much fun with this challenge using something that I have not ever tried before!

Cindy's Take:

I thought about what I wanted to store in the tin and let my design go from there. My son Trevor needed a place to store the flattened pennies that he's recently started collecting; the tin was just the right size.  The next step was figuring out how to cover up the brand name and slogan on the tin.  What would stick to the metal of the tin AND cover up the words without interfering with the closure of the tin?  Washi tape!  I layered torn bits of washi tape and it worked beautifully. 
Because Trevor's pennies are from our travels, I decided to back the opening with a map. I found a 10-year old map of the western US that I haven't used in years and probably will never use again. I cut out the section of California where we live and attached it to the opening. I chose the heart veneer and misted it with the Glimmer Mist. Then I cut apart the trim and misted that.  When the mist was dry, I attached the trim and then added the heart.  The tip of the heart points to where we live. 


So what do you think?!  Isn't it amazing how different the four projects are, considering that we all used the same supplies?  We'd love to see your take.  If you make something using the same four supplies our designers had, please let us know and we'll feature it here on the blog!


  1. I have always loved these posts. I love that 4 people get 4 of the same products and everyone creates something completely different. I loved everyone's take!

  2. Welcome Back Flamingo 4!!!! Ladies, this is just STUNNING!!! Amazing projects and soooo different!!!! Y'all ROCK!!!! Suzanne

  3. It's really fun how the same four things look totally different!! Great job Ramona, Erin and Cindy!

  4. Wow! I am amazed at the creativity here. You ladies did an amazing job!

  5. Love all the cool ways we used these items, awesome job everyone!

  6. Everyone did a fantastic job on their projects!! I just loved doing this. Can not wait until January!!!


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