Thursday, August 29, 2013

All about the feathers!

Well, at least it seems like the scrapbooking industry is, lately. There are all kinds of different feather products out there, and I decided it was time for me to jump on that feather bandwagon, as well, using the Jenni Bowlin Cardstock Feathers available in the Flamingo Scraps store! Here's what I came up with:

I really have a love of Emily Dickenson, so when I saw this quote from one of her poems, I decided it would be a perfect way to showcase the feathers and make a wall hanging for my scrap space. 

That letter treatment is something else! To get this effect, I painted the canvas with various shades of blue acrylic paint, using my brayer. Then, I used some bubble wrap and Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot, Picket Fence, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Weathered Wood, and Chipped Sapphire (all available via special order) to stamp the bubble wrap in layers. After it all dried, I cut the text out with vinyl letters on my Silhouette (though you could do this with plain old alpha stickers, as well) and painted it all over with gesso. After letting the gesso dry, I sprayed it with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Primrose and Tropicana Teal. Once that all dried, I peeled the vinyl letters off to reveal the original background. To make them stand out more, I simply outlined them with a black Sharpie marker.  The black border is also done with a chisel tip Sharpie marker. 

The feathers are just glued on with some glossy accents carefully ran along the spine and pressed down onto the canvas. I'm really pleased with how this project turned out!

What have you used feathers on, recently? I'd love to see your projects!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Beginnings

Good and bad news. This is my last post with Flamingo Scraps. I will truly miss working with Suzanne and the DT at Flamingo Scraps. Suzanne is really a very kind person! And, I really love scrapbooking. I have needed a creative release, an artsy outlet. I think that when you can do something you love you are a happier person. I have been an amateur photographer for a while and really enjoy it. But, recently I made a decision to actively pursue that as a career. Check out my new website here to see my portfolio. As excited as I am for this new beginning, I am also saddened by the fact that this new venture will take up time that I formerly devoted to my scrapbooking. For my last post with Flamingo Scraps I decided to use pictures from my first client photo session with December Boulevarde Photography. This little guy was super fun to photograph! I used a 12x12 paper from the Heidi Swapp Serendipty collection. I also the used the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection elements.  

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I used a layer method to create a page within a page because I wanted to use more than one photo. Check out the super-cute wood-grain arrow sticker and the sentiment stickers from the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection.

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I usually try to get a few classic shots in and then I get in a super creative one just for me to play around with. This one was super fun with the sun-flare edit! I think this angle makes him look tough, like a big-boy, all grown up!

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Since this was a "boy" layout I wanted to take advantage of the Beautiful Life wooden arrow sticker and I played it up even more with these Studio Calico wooden stars, a Studio Calico wooden tab...

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...and this Studio Calico wooden circle frame. I put it around the camera sticker from the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection.

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I included this sticker because this is how my photography makes me feel. I used the doily paper from the Echo Park Secret Crush collection and fussy cut this one out for this element cluster.

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More Echo Park Beautiful Life stickers.

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Again, I took advantage of the wooden elements to play up the "boy" theme of this page. I really like how the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection has three, THREE different alphas! I used the wood-grain ones for his name.

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Thank you for looking and admiring. I will miss all the Flamingo Scraps readers!

Abigail -- Scrapbookista

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Card

Three people in our family have almost the exact same birthday.  My daughter Cathrine Aug 20th, my mother Aug 22nd, and my mother-in-law Aug 19th.  I created this card for my mother-in-law (stay tuned for the other birthday cards or items).

I used some fun colors and papers from Heidi Swapp and Pink Paislee and inked them with Prima chalk edgers.  I used a wonderful burlap rose from Maya Road and some fun Swirls from Prima to finish on this card.  I wanted the feel of the card to be bright, cheery, and fun so I played on all the different designs of the paper (hearts, stripes, dots, grid, etc), but used three different colors (grey, yellow and pink).  Don't be afraid of adding some dimension to your cards, not everything has to be flat!!

Head on over to Flamingo Scraps to find all these wonderful supplies!!

Supplies Used

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Flamingo Four

It's time for August's Flamingo Four!  This month, three other designers and I worked with these four items:

                                        1) Fancy Pants rub-ons
                                        2) Maya Road Vintage Trinkets
                                        3) miscellaneous empty box
                                        4) two chess pieces

Abigail's Take

I took the red handle off of the clear plastic box and replaced it with a piece of twine. I wanted it to be more of a shadow box. I used some Pink Paislee Secret Crush paper to make backgrounds for the shadow box. I used the rub-ons to decorate the paper, added the flower and then the chess pieces.

Erin's Take

We always get the oddest items for our Flamingo 4 projects, which is so much fun.  I never know what I am going to create until I let the objects sit and marinate for awhile.  I knew I wanted to do something with the box as a hidden object inside it, then it hit me, the chess pieces are the hidden items. I played with the beaded flowers and bam - pull them apart and you got wings.  This got me thinking of the Disney movie Fantasia on the scene with all the mythological creatures, and in it were the Pegasus mom and dad with the babies.  Dad is a black winged horse and mom is a white winged horse (the babies are all different colors of blue, pink, yellow, etc).  I envision the box as their secret love nest, the hidden romance of good and evil, light and dark, or something like that.  So this is our glimpse of the mythological hidden romance.

I pulled apart one of the beaded flowers and placed 2 petals on the white chess piece as "wings" and then placed the remainder of the flower on the black chessmen for his wings. They are nestled in a "bed of grass" which is Maya Road trim.

All around the box I used the rub-ons to decorate the love nest.  I overlapped and surrounded all sides of the box with the flowers, vines, and dots from the rub-on pack.

After taking off the red handle, I used wire to secure hold the front of the box open and then used Zip-Dry glue to glue the hinges in place so the box would stay in a permanent open position so it appears that we are peaking into the box.  I then removed the wire once the glue dried.

Alicia's Take

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 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.  I decided to use them as "stamps" to stamp the circle images in Gesso on to the box. 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.

Cindy's Take

When I begin a Flamingo Four project, I try to focus on the most difficult item(s) first.  Rub-ons and flowers could go on anything... layouts, cards, tags, altered items, etc.  But an empty box and chess pieces can't, so I decided to start with those.  As I played around with them, I realized that the chess pieces fit perfectly in the box.  Hmm.. what if I filled the box with all sorts of game-related items?  

By happy coincidence, I had a deck of miniature playing cards sitting 2 feet away on my desk, so I pulled out the 4 aces and put them in the box.  The fit was perfect.  I added some poker chips, dice, and Scrabble tiles until the box was stuffed.  

On to the rub-ons.  One of them said "Play," which was perfect for my theme.  I transferred it on the box, then added a few white dots to draw attention to the word.  

Finally, the sequin flowers.  After experimenting for awhile, I took apart the flowers and put the sequins in the bottom of the box along with some additional gold sequins.  They provided a great bed for all the items to sit in and helped give the box a more finished look.  

Here's my project:

That wraps up another fun Flamingo Four! We'd love to see your take. If you make something using the same four supplies as our designers, send us a picture and we'll feature it here on the blog. To find the materials we used (and so much more!) visit the Flamingo Scraps store!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Boy Themed LO Using A Beautiful Life

I fell in love with the Echo Park A Beautiful Life line when I first saw it. I knew I could use it to make LOs of my childhood, but could I use it for a boy themed LO? That was the question, so it became my self imposed challenge. I'm big on using the "B" sides of papers, as well as the side that's the main focus for marketing. This line gave me great options and here is one that I came up with. I must say, I think it turned out pretty well! My theme was "You Make My Heart Sing" and the music sheet paper was ideal for this project, as was the paper with numbers, since it was all about Ethan's birth date. You might see a few items in this project not currently in the store. They might be found in the Big Pink Birds vault, which is now being sold in Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Box sale! Check them out because you can't go wrong and it's and AWESOME value! You have a choice of an embellies box or a paper box. Of course, you COULD get one of each and make it even more fun.


 The LO features my seven year old grandson Gabriel, and our newest addition, Ethan (his cousin, my grandson, and son of my son), Steve, and my beautiful DIL Julie.

The trim is a Flamingo Scraps oldie but goldie from my stash. The buckles are from Tim Holtz and can be special ordered by contacting Suzanne ( ). I dyed it with coffee overnight and love the results. I used lettering from the Beautiful Life collection as well as the banner over the picture, lettering on it ,and the tag for "first meeting." Since I couldn't put my hands on an extra photo of Gabriel and my son as newborns, I put Ethan's photo in the middle of the Fab Scraps three frame CB piece,and left spaces for the other two photos. I used a combination of TH paints and Prima chalk inks to color it. My favorite piece on this, other than my adorable grandsons, is the Maya Road Tart Tin Heart that I covered in tulle, trims and laces from the Flamingo Scraps vault, and the key is also from Flamingo Scraps

 I KNEW I could use the wooden "box" that the Prima wood veneers came in! Being a true scrapper, I didn't dare toss it out, proving my point that, "it ain't trash, it's stash!" I thought the Prima ruler would be ideal for posting the birth weight and length. Again the banners are from the "A Beautiful Life" collection and lettering inside the box were made with my Cricut. I used a bit of bling on the camera as the lens because, well, I could! LOL! Gotta get a little bling in there! The letters for SING are TH grunge that I painted with TH paints, then "smudged" them to make the look a bit more manly, if you will. I had to use Websters Pages Bloomers for the top of the photo matting as well as the coffee dyed  Prima Alencon Lace 2 for a little bit of girlie, for Julie. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, for girlie!

Be sure to check in for our F4 (Flamingo 4) where four of our DT gals showcase their projects using the same products with their special flair. F4 is featured the fourth Friday of each month, and don't forget Tonya Time! Our Ustream tutorial brought to you by Tonya Gibbs using great FS products every first Monday of the month.

Have A Great Day !


Echo Park A Beautiful Life
Prima Wood Icons Sampler
Prima Wood Icons in a Box - Typewriters & Clocks
Maya Road Trinket Pins - Hearts
A Beautiful Life
Websters Pages Bloomer
Prima Alencon Lace 2
Wood box from Prima wood Sampler
Tim Holtz Paints
Prima Chalk Inks

Monday, August 19, 2013

Beach Canvas using all sorts of Embelishments

For this Design Team project I made another mixed media canvas. I just kept layering more and more embellishments and kept placing the picture where I wanted it to go. I had a view master cut from the Cameo that I had previously cut out and decided to use it to show all the pictures of my nephew and great nephew at the beach. I loved seeing this little guy enjoying the waves and sand. On this canvas I used several of the embellishments from Flamingo Scaps store. Where you can find all your scapbooking and mixed media needs. Be sure to check out all the new CHA stuff that is coming in right now. AMAZING stuff!!

Here is the canvas that I ended up creating.

This part of the layout I used the stars from Studio Calico found in this Studio Calico Wood Veneers — Sampler 2, Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings Vintage Trinkets — Nuts & Bolts and a Maya Road Chipboard Say Cheese Mini Set.

Layering Maya Road Wood — Measure Once, Cut Twice Pieces, Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings Vintage Trinkets — Turns & Handles , Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets — Washers

Using the Maya Road Wood — You’ve Been Framed Pieces I placed a picture of the guys in the frame. The photo that I printed out was a 2X2 cut down.

I then layered more of the mechanical around the picture area to create another cluster. I used the Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets — Clock Works Pieces

Here I am showing how I put little photos in each one of the window's and used an Hidi Swap Mist packaging to put on the front of the photos. I used a 1 X 1 photo for this view finder. I also used a Prima Shaped Metal Paper Clips Sampler

This title I cut it out on the Cameo. I then used sand on it and colored it up using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

Other products used
Studio Calico Wood Veneers — Sampler 1
Prima Wood Icons in a Box – Typewriters & Clocks
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Cameras
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Tabs
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Tropicana Teal
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mustard
Prima Alencon Lace 2
Pink Paislee Luxe Rubons — Copper & Black Confetti
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Georgia Peach
Tim Holtz Distress Paints
Tattered Angel Tattered Leather
Tattered Angel Antique Brass
Laces from my stash
Pink Paislee wood elements from my stash

Hope you like my creation as much as I enjoyed making it. Be sure to stop by Flamingo Scraps for all your scrapbooking needs. Also Check out Marion Smiths new paper lines that are in the shop right now for pre order. Also Flamingo Scraps has a Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Sale Box full of goodie!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Use Your Stash Card Challenge

Every once in a while, I run low on cards. It's hard to believe, since I seem to make them in multiples anytime I sit down to create them. We have a bunch of weddings and birthdays this month, so I figured I would make a couple of new cards that aren't for mailing. And, as I always seem to do with my cards, I grabbed a few supplies and challenged myself to create something with them. This month, I chose:

Here's what I came up with!

These are all obviously a little more feminine, but there will be plenty of opportunity to make stuff for the men (and boys) in my life, too! So, there you have it! If there's product in the Flamingo Scraps store that you'd like to see put together on a project, leave me a comment here or on the Facebook page, and I'll see if I can put them together! 

Until next time,
Keep scrappin'! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beautiful Life Baptism Layout

My little friend got baptized and I was there to take pics, and of course, scrapbook the event! I made this page for her scrapbook. She is a little crafty herself and loves to scrapbook and paint and all kinds of things! But, her mom wanted to surprise here with a scrapbook of all her baptism pics and asked several of her crafty friends to make a page. This is the page I made. The picture I chose is right before she was dipped in the water. Her favorite color is a turquoise-y green so this Echo Park Beautiful Life was perfect!

 I used the Prima Say It In Crystals Arrowhead. They add glam and also draw the viewer's eye toward the photo. I used a few pieces from the Echo Park Beautiful Life collection for the ribbon cut banners and the pennant banner with the number for 6 for the date she got baptized.

I love feathers and these Jenni Bowlin feathers are just too cute! They have a wire center so they are bendable. I kinda curved them so the were more feminine.

I really love the drama and glam the Jenni Bowlin Feathers add to the page! The flower I made by cutting a piece of Echo Park Beautiful Life paper and then cutting a larger one and a larger one, etc until I had 5 pieces. I then crinkled them and stacked them on top of each other.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Journal Card - Pink Paislee Cottage Farms Collection

For the past year and a half, I have had a nanny to help us out with the kids while my husband was deployed, or working away from home.  Our time with our nanny has come to an end as we are moving, and will finally be living as a whole family again.  As a thank you for all her hard work and time with our family, I created this card and envelope for her.

Using the wonderful journal cards and press-ons from the Pink Paislee ,Cottage Farms collection from Flamigo Scraps I created this card.  I layered up the wonderful colors and textures of the cards and press-ons over a simple kraft cardstock base for a fun and funky feel.  I inked the edges of all the cards with Prima Chalk Ink Edgers, they are so easy to use to get into those small edges!

 I love the idea of not only the card being beautiful, but also the envelope.  So here I used two of the Pink Paislee  press-ons to jazz up the envelope too.

So head on over to Flamingo Scraps to get your supplies to start creating something wonderful!

Supplies Used
kraft card and envelope

Friday, August 9, 2013

A Peek into my "Beautiful Life"

Hello All!
Alicia here again 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!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Echo Park a Beautiful Life meets Prima Julie Nutting Doll

This  Flamingo Scraps Design Team project I decided to make another canvas with the Julie Nutting Doll stamp. I needed one more to hang on my living room wall. Red and Pink is my favorite color combination, which is why I love this paper so much!! Remember to visit Flamingo Scraps for all the newest CHA releases. First I gessoed the canvas, used Prima Hello Pastel Fiber Trim – 1yd. Then I used Multi Medium some of the paper from the collection. I also used Pink Paislee She Art — Coffee Filter Sheets Words.  I watered down my gesso to make it light so I could again white wash it. Next I used some Tattered Angel Black Cherry and Cupid's Arrow and added it to where I wanted the color,  blotting off the excess so it is not too dark.
I used a Echo Park Beautiful Life 12×12 Collection Pack.
I used the large wings because I wanted it to flow with the canvas. I love using wings on all my girls. For some reason, I feel like it gives them  more personality.
I used the Melissa Frances Mirror Mirror On The Wall with Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets — Washers inside of the frame.
I used these Prima Millicent Vine Meadow Lark flowers and sprayed some Tattered Angels Cupid's Arrow Mist on it to make them red,and some of the Prima Sherwood Rose Truffle . I added some stickles to the edges to make them pop.

Other Supplies used~
Prima Chalk Fluid Edger Vintage Pink
Maya Road Resin Flowers Green
Prima Vintage Trinkets Antique Brass
Seam Binding – Rose Petal
Prima SIIC Classic Clear Swirl
Prima Metal Paper Clips Clocks
Maya Road Chipboard Say Cheese Mini Set
Tim Holtz Distressed Paints
Prima Fluid Edgers

Hope you like my creation. And remember, anything that I used that isn't in the store, contact Suzanne and ask if she can special order it for you at Flamingo Scraps. Remember to keep your eyes open for all the newest products from CHA Summer 2013!!

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