Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Flamingo Friends!!!!

All of us at Flamingo Scraps wish all of our Flamingo Friends a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Visit us on Black Friday for sales on everything in the store!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Happy Hanukkah!

It's Luann in the frigid south Texas!  The cold is putting everyone in the Holiday Spirit and I hope the cold (30's & 40's) stays around 'till Christmas.

Being in the Holiday Spirit myself, I thought I would share with you a couple of Holiday ornaments.  Since it is Hanukkah, I found a dreidel that I could make out of paper.  I used the Carta Bella Winter Fun and Echo Park Paper Merry Christmas.  This would be a great project to do with kids and a way to use up some scraps.

I love decorating for Christmas (I wait until after Thanksgiving, though).  I also love to make ornaments to add to my tree and give away.  I used the plastic flat ornament for these.  The first one I started out with Marion Smith's Tea Party and fussy cut the roses and clock.  Then I layered using Prima wood embellishments, bling, and flowers.  I threw in a Tim Holtz key, May Road Star Trinket and stash ribbon.

The second ornament I used a clip art picture of Santa.  I Modge Podge the picture to cardboard.  I used the Antique Matte Modge Podge to help give the aged look.  The little tree is from Fancy Pants. Isn't it the cutest? Heidi Swapp Believe Ephemera helps with the layering. Vintage (since it's been in my stash for a while) Webster' Pages Christmas charm and ribbon add just the right touch.  I sprayed the cotton lace with Heidi Swapp Color Shine to match the Fancy Pants tree.

Ohhhh.....I forgot to mention.  Don't forget to decorate the inside.  I used some netting scraps, glitter, and sequins.  FYI:  Do not use your hot glue gun on the plastic ornaments.  I learned the hard way.

Wishing you a fantastic Thanksgiving and a safe one.  Now I'm off to get some hot cocoa to warm up.

Until next time....


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Hi all Flock followers... Ramona here to share a few projects I have been working on for my Flamingo Scraps DT project. I have used the Carta Bella and Lilly Bee Design papers that we had back in July. Which now might be found in the Warehouse Boxes for sale at the store. I had so much fun creating all these projects that would be great to put in stockings or on plates for your dinner guest. The patterns that I have used are some from Treasure Box Designs and Silhouette Store and cut on my Cameo. The patterns for the Mad Hatter ornaments can be found here. I used much of the paper that I had gotten between these and the Christmas book that I made. This paper is just so awesome not to waste one inch of it. Hope you like my projects as much as I loved making them.

I used Webster’s Pages Bloomers Red Sparkle. I also used a metal technique on the small one that I learned from Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 2.

Who would not love this little mug full of Hot Chocolate on Christmas Morning?? I used a Prima Wood icon on the snowflake.

A little tea light on your Christmas Tree??

A present that contains a gift card. I used the new Platium Stickles on this and Love it.

Another Hot Chocolate Stocking Stuffer I so love this one with the snowman soup poem as in the above Coffee cup poem.

Hope you like my creations!!

Tim Holtz Distress Paints
Prima Chalk Ink Edgers — Set of 40 Original Colors
Seam Binding – Black
Seam Binding – Red

Remember Christmas is coming soon so grab you a Warehouse Box before they are gone. They have been marked down even lower then before.
Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Sale Box — Embellishment Box
Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Sale Box — Combination Box
And if there is somehting that I have used and you can not find it in the store. Do not hessitate to ask Suzanne and she can special order it for you.

Hugs and keep Scrappin!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tripping down Memory Lane with Pink Paislee

Hiya, Flock, Genie here!
Today, I've got a layout to share with you.
I guess I was feeling a little nostalgiac.  My husband and I celebrated our thirteenth wedding anniversary this past October, and it's really hard to believe that we've been married that long (especially since I'm still only 25!)  When I received Pink Paislee's Secret Crush line in my Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Sale Combination Box, I thought that maybe...just maybe...I'd finally get some wedding photos scrapped.  Ok, here's my secret confession--I am TERRIFIED of scrapping my wedding photos.  I do have the negatives, but they are medium format and it's becoming difficult to find a lab who can scan and/or print from medium format negatives.  *sigh*  Anywho, I decided to take the plunge and and I have to say that I'm really quite happy with how it came out.
I started out by fussy cutting the heart banner from another sheet of the Love Notes paper.  I used pop dots to fix it to the paper on top of where the banner originally appeared.  Then, I started inking and layering the Paper Good, Photo Frames, and Photo Tabs from the Secret Crush collection.  I also used a small strip of the Polka Dance paper.
I finished by adding some Star Dust Stickles to the banner, a few letters and a wee little phrase from my stash, flowers from Prima, and Trinket Pins from Maya Road (all of which might be found in your very own Warehouse Sale Box!  They are available in paper, embellishments, or a combination and are chock full of amazing scrappy value!)
I wish all of our American friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for looking, and I'll see you next time!  :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

November Flamingo Four (F4)

Happy 4th Friday Flock Followers! Our Featured Flocksters, Genie, Donna, Ramona, and Cheryl, have some great ideas to share with you this month. The surprises pack this month included : 

1) A piece of heavy chipboard
2) Stackable flowers
3) Lace
4) Rose cameo

Hi Flock, Genie here! 

Christmas gifts are still on my mind, so when I pulled out my Flamingo 4 bag this month, I immediately thought of a little door sign. I started out with the heavy chipboard and began layering the stackable flowers over it, using Mod Podge to glue everything down. I finished it off with the lovely lace, both as a hanger and ruffled along the bottom, and the cameo as a topper. I added a letter and a little paint from my stash.  I have three nieces with the first initial "A", so I'm sure I'll find a good home for it. Thanks for looking!

Hope you enjoy my take on the items we were given to play with.Happy Scrapping! Donna 

My first project is a sepia laser copy of a print that I put onto the heavy chipboard, then inked the edges. The flowers were misted with water, rolled into a ball, flattened, then misted with Glimmer Mist. The lace is ruffled onto to the back of the CB and attached it to a canvas board.Once the canvas was painted, a criss-cross design stamp was used for some background effects around the edges. I distressed the board to reveal some white and dabbed the edges with distress paint. The flowers are attached with a button brad from my stash and dabbed with paint. After inking some seam binding, it was then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. Prima Say It In Crystals is the frame highlighting the section with my Grandmother and her brother. Distress markers to added the color to their clothing and hair. 
My second project is just a simple little hair clip for my Granddaughter to match a dress I just purchased for her, I touched the edges of the cameo piece with Distress paint, Pumice Stone, then glued the Webster's tutu trim silver. When dry, I adhered it to a hair clip 


For this Flamingo 4 project I did a wall hanging. Using my Crop-a-dile to punch another hole to place the lace to make a hanger.  I used the Damask Stencil from Prima Mixed with molding paste and applied directly to the surface. I also altered the cameo by using Tim Holtz Distress Paint Wild Honey and some gesso.  I cut the title out of black card stock from my Cameo, and used the ephemera to make my flowers by cutting into them and wetting them down and crinkling them up.  I so love how these flowers turned out!!  I hope you like my creation as much as I had fun making it!


Hi, Cheryl here.For this project I started with out a light blue modeling Modellier Cream and brushed a base coat on. I then used a small stencil and again using my brush I put the cream over the stencil, carefully lifted it off, and let it dry. I adhered two of the whimsies on the surface and attached the flower.
On the opposite side I used the packaging from the whimsies and used it as a paper ledger. Taking one of the whimsies I used a 1/2" punch and punched out numbers from one of the whimsies and adhered it to the packaging,, and added a few more at the bottom. The lace is attached through the hole in the top corner. Since the packaging has a plastic surface, you can write on it with a dry erase pen when you need something to make notes on. 

Don't forget to follow Tonya's Ustream tutorials. On  December 2nd, Tonya will be coming to you live with part 2 of the December Daily. She will be using the beautiful 25th - Pine from Basic Grey for this year's journal. Kits are available at Flamingo Scraps  for $29.99. If you missed the first one, or need to recap, follow any of the links below.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend from The Flock !!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

December Daily Ustream Recap

In our November 4, Ustream I told everyone that we would work on our December Daily Journals TOGETHER.   To catch everyone up to speed, we created our covers.  The back covers are plain at this point, I may get inspired to add to them as we go. Here is a photo of the front and inside covers.

I have created a play list on my YouTube channel titled December Daily 2013 that includes tutorials, and the Nov. Ustream recordings.  Hopefully, this Play list will provide an easy reference for you to follow along. 

> Click here to begin watching.

As a recap - we are using the beautiful 25th & Pine from Basic Grey for this year's journal. Kits are available at Flamingo Scraps  for $29.99.

In our December 2 Ustream, we will begin building week 1 of the journal and I will show you how to do some fun tags for your daily numbers.  Follow me each week on my blog, and the Flamingo Scraps Facebook page, for weekly updates as I create my own journal.  Hopefully it will help inspire you to create your own.

Thanks for stopping in today,


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Fish Bowl Mantle Lantern

Hello fellow Flocksters! It's me, Kathleen, with a new project idea for the holidays. I try to think of simple, quick project ideas that look very detailed, but aren't, since I'm sure that many of you, like myself, have busy lives. It's not easy to fit all those crafty  projects into everyday life while trying to juggle getting kids ready for school, work, homework, being a taxi service, and anything else life has to throw at you. This was pretty simple, once I decided what I wanted to do, and it can be changed for other holidays and events very easily. Personally I thought I was pretty creative on this one! I can't wait for my guests to see him on my mantle for the holidays !

 After I got my shop on at Flamingo Scraps, I headed to our local Dollar Tree for glass vases, a candle holder, and some battery operated tea lights. The marbles are from a previous fish tank, and the gems in the vase with the light are from my Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Grab Box - Embellishments, and I believe they are a mix from Prima and Maya Road. The red trim on the bottom is Maya Road Tu Tu Tulle in cherry red  and the cream colored satin scalloped trim is also from Maya Road. I used the green gingham fabric tape from my warehouse box to cover the side of the tea light, as well as the top of the fish bowl, just below the brass tape along the upper rim. Be sure to check out the other fab trims that will work equally as well from Maya Road and Websters Pages.

Before I put the fish in, I set up the bottom vase with white marbles and green stones, since I knew I was going to use a red fish in keeping with the Christmas colors. I decorated some Prima Christmas wood icons to fill in the front as I thought it looked a bit empty,other than the marbles. Contact Suzanne for those little bits of yumminess, as well as the latest Tim Holtz pens and paints I used to color them with.I pulled some bling from my stash to decorate the tree.  I used ATG tape, 1/4", to adhere the tulle trim, and did two layers of it for a fuller look, then the mini organza cream roses that I dyed green. The ATG allows me to remove the trim at a later date if I want to decorate Mr. Fish III's tank for another holiday. My grandson, who insists on naming my car, refuses to give our fish any other name. Maybe he'll change his name when he sees this one!

. The Cosmo Cricket mini mobile and show toppers are the greatest thing since indoor plumbing! They come in green or white with different style tops. Don't like green or white? Get white and paint it another color. It's just that darned easy. So many little goodies you can hang from them. The pearl drop decor and crystal gems on the bottom are once again from "THE BOX" so click the link!! I'm telling ya, if you haven''t gotten one of these boxes you're really missing out! The pearl and bling trim is from my ever growing stash. I'm pretty sure I'll ordering more of this satin trim. It's pretty awesome.

The adorable little trees are Fancy Pants Tiny Bottle Brush Trees-Traditional and are also available in Retro colors as well. There are six in a pack so you can get more than one project from them

This is my finished project. Mr. 3, as I am now calling him, seems quite happy with his new home. Pretty sure it beats the heck out of that tiny plastic container he was in at the store! Now, if I can just keep him out of reach and sight of the huntress, Lulu, our youngest cat.

Well that's it for now faithful flock followers. Remember...." BOX" !  Make a scrapper in your life happy for Christmas or a birthday. You can create a beautiful gift basket, or two, out of one of these. You can get a combo (embellies & paper), paper only, or just embellies. It's a win win for sure.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What's in the Match Box?


It's Luann with the answer to the question you all are just wanting to know. What is in the Match Box that I blogged about on October 2nd.  Did you see the clue?

Did you guess.....

Yep, bathroom tissue roll centers. (My husband kept asking why I was saving them!) Ever since I saw Arlene's Butterfly Kisses blog where she made a mini using them, I wanted to give it a try. BTW:  Who knew that they come in  different sizes?

I squished the rolls in half and used my bone folder to help crease the edges. I put them under a very heavy book for a few days.  I painted the outside and about a fourth of the way down on the inside using my Tim Holtz Black Soot Distressed Paint. I added a couple swipes of the Bronze and Broken China to break up the black.  Then I used a little Heidi Swapp in gold to make them sparkle. I also used Prima's Chalk Edger for added color.  Next came the grommets.  This was fun!

Then on to decorating the mini album.  Keep in mind that to fit in the match box you should use flat embellies.  Also, this is another way to use up your scraps.  I used the scraps from Theresa Collins Now & Then and Carta Bella Winter Fun for the background and journal cards.  For the embellishments I colored up Prima Wood Icons, Tim Holtz Idealology, Mod-Podge Molds, Prima Flowers, Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets (I used as the tabs for the pull out journal cards.), stash lace, binding tape, stash items, and charms. 

And here is the complete project! 

I know that my snow family is glad I got replaced the matches!

Until next time! 


Got the fun inspiration for my snow family from Bitz of Me blog (Suzanne Dean).

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fancy Pants Corrugate Paper Product Review

I recently got to play around with some of the Corrugate Paper from Fancy Pants, and compared to cardboard this won hands down!!

In the pack you receive 6 12x12 sheets in colors as seen below.
 The colors are fantastic, they cut through my cutter with ease, and look wonderful on all kinds of paper projects!!  You could use these papers as is, or use paint, mist, ink, or other mediums to dress them up.  There are just so many uses for these papers!!

 Here you can see how you can tear or cut the paper (pictured in grey), one side is torn and the other was cut using a Fiskars blade cutter.

Here I played with the ridges of the paper and Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists to see how well it would hold color.  It worked beautifully.  It retained the color with only have to spray it once.

Here I took the same misted corrugate paper and inked the tops of the ridges with dark brown to create a contrast, and it turned out very cool.  Now I can't wait to try this sheet out on a project!!  Come back soon to see what I did with it!!

You can find this product plus many more over at Flamingo Scraps.  


Friday, November 15, 2013

Adding color to a sepia photo

Hi Flock Followers! This is Donna with a project that is near and dear to my heart. My grandchildren! Last Christmas I had my three angels photographed together. Living in two states, we coordinated the shoot with outfits that would work together. Our studio of choice did not do the best job, and what I ended up with was the collage of choice, but in a sepia tone. The color version, without the vignette cut off the top of my oldest granddaughter's head when framed. So I set out to make the photo look more "Christmas-y" by adding color with the Carte Bella Winter Fun collection. Purchasing a Warehouse Combo Grab Box from Flamingo Scraps, you may receive these in your box! All the hexes and the chevrons we cut from just one double sided piece of patterned paper and the rocking horse is from the chipboard collection. The hex piece in the upper right corner was a scrap left over from my July guest designer project. This is the finished result.

As I was so focused on the process of making this project, I failed to photograph each step, I am an over thinker when I work on things, but never though about that, so I will add a step by step, listed below. The photo is an 8 x 10, so I used an 11 x 14 photo mat and started with a few hexagons cut out from the patterned paper. This was my preliminary design I started out with. I snapped a quick photo with my phone to remember the placement  as I was gluing them down.

Before I glued them down, I used a Tim Holtz stencil, Honeycomb, as it resembled the shapes of my hexagons. I inked them with Gathered Twigs and Broken China distress inks, over lapping the colors in spots to blend. Next I sprayed the mat with Red Velvet glimmer mist to add some red to the background. I then started gluing the hexagons down. I extended a few of them off the mat and directly onto the photograph, just slipping them underneath to match the half that was on the mat.

Under each individual photo, I used the Prima Wood Icons Sampler, painting them in Broken China and Aged Mahogany distress chalk paints. With a white chalkboard marker I wrote each girl's name and 2012 on the little tag in the upper right corner noting the year taken. A brad added to the tag, from that infamous Warehouse Combo Grab Box is an endless source of goodies to add just the right detail when needed!

Any items used are available from Flamingo Scraps online store, or through Special Order directly from the Flamingo's owner, Suzanne, she goes above and beyond to get exactly what you need, whenever possible, if it's not in the store. I highly recommend a Warehouse Combo Grab Box though, it really is an endless source of just the right touch when you need that little something. They are also available in paper and embellishment only. Each box is over a 50% saving of MSRP! Get yours today!

Scrappy smiles!!! Donna Sullivan 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Grown Up Tea Party - Using Marion Smith Mad Tea Party Line

As a young girl, I was never what you would call a "girly-girl". Since there were mostly boys in our neighborhood, not to mention I had two younger brothers, I hung out with them, and could pretty much outdo them in anything. Now that I'm all grown up, I enjoy getting all dressed up and being fussy about things. Sometimes!

 When my dear friend Suzanne, who just happens to be our Fearless Leader of the Flock invited me to the local woman's club tea party, I was ecstatic. Of course, the entire time I was planning what photos I would need to take for my new set of the Mad Tea Party line by Marion Smith. There are so many ways to play with this paper not to mention the Tea Party Stamp Set, now listed in the store, and the Junque & Gems now available for pre-order.

  I love this photo of Suzanne and me. The trims, pleated champagne, and lace, are Websters that came in the Flamingo Scraps Warehouse Grab Box - Embellishments , as did the rose cameo. The beautiful trim of pearls are Maya Road pearl bead chain,in the 6 mm size. There is also an  8 mm size  if you want / need a larger size. The tags of the two ladies came in the paper pack and I'm a little sad that the dress form clips on the tag didn't show up well in this photo, but if you zoom in you can see it. The tiny heart pins around the photo are Maya Road Trinket Pins, Hearts and Pearls. I'm a little sad that the dress form clips on the tag didn't show up well in this photo, but if you zoom in you can see it. The roses around the photo of my purse and gloves, are from my stash. Yes, I had gloves and the best part is that they belonged to my grandmother when she was a young girl.

The invitation for the tea party HAD to be scrapped, since I've never received a "formal" invitation to one before.  I used a paper with the roses for the matting and fussy cut the clock, highlighted the outline and numerals with gold Smooch paint. I  fussy cut the bouquets of roses to use as photo corners, as well as the doily behind the stack of tea cups to slide the journal tag behind. Yea, I  like to fussy cut. The journal tag is from the collection on the tags sheet, and I put a solid paper behind it to write on. If you like chip board elements, be sure to check out the Fab Scraps line. I used a three circle piece (found in the Warehouse Box), lined it with Maya Road small organza roses that I stained, are you ready for it? With TEA! These little beauties come in a variety of colors, and the cream and or white ones take mists very well. For larger blooms and more trims, check out the Websters Pages line for Bloomers, tutu trims and even ruffled Bloomers. The large red heart stick pin is made from items from my stash as is the tiny tea pot above the invitation, where I painted one of the heart trinket pins red. The trim on top, Warehouse box again, coffee dyed with a few dew drops from my stash for a bit of color. Letters are TH grunge.

Well, that's it for this tea party going gal. I hope it inspired you to click on our link, Flamingo Scraps and check out all the latest and greatest in crafty pleasures. Don't forget, you can pre-order the new Marion Smith Garment District line and the Junque - Gems embellies. They're going fast, so don't be left out ! Also, don't forget that Flamingo Scraps Gift Certificates make GREAT holiday gifts. They range from $10 up to $100. If you need a larger amount, just shoot Suzanne an email and she'll  help you out, or ask her about any products you'd like but don't see in the store.

If it's not in the scrap book, it didn't happen !
Until next time, take care !


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fun uses of wood - Life is Good - layout

My sweet son Morgan started off 2rd grade two weeks late and at a completely new school (as we just moved).  He started off a bit rough, but he is now loving his new school, has great friends, and never even asks about his old school or house any more. Doesn't this kid take great pictures? I know I am a bit biased as his mom. Hehe.

I used the wonderful kit Hey Kid from Pink Paislee for the stickers and patterned paper, plus some other fun little bits and bobs. I used lots of ink and mists from Prima and Heidi Swapp to create the ring marks, spots, splatters, and sprays.  It just gives your layout such great dimension by adding in some great texture. 

Don't you just love this Fancy Pants wood title - it works with so many projects!!  I even took a Prima dot stamp with some Prima ink in light brown to give it texture.  I also used other little bits of wood items (stars and arrows) from Cosmo Cricket.  Plus you can see a little of the Corrugate paper from Fancy pants in grey peaking out!

You can find most of these supplies used for this project at Flamingo Scraps!!  Plus don't forget about the awesome warehouse box sale going on, tons of goodies stuffed into shipping boxes for a great low price - make a great present!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock -American Crafts
Patterned Paper - Pink Paislee
Corrugate Paper - Fancy Pants
Stickers - Pink Pasilee
Die cuts - Pink Pasilee
Mists - Heidi Swapp
Ink - Prima
Wood - Fancy Pants and Cosmo Cricket
Twine - other
Metal/Staples - Tim Holtz
Punch - Martha Stewart
Stamps - Prima and EK


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beautiful Packaging for Gifts from the Kitchen!!!

I'm trying so hard to start Christmas preparations early this year!  I'd like to break my cycle of waiting too late and frantically finishing up gifts at 2am Christmas morning!!  I'm especially glad to show you this project as nearly all of the supplies come from Flamingo Scraps!!!

Here's what you will need --

In stock at Flamingo Scraps --
Special Orders from Flamingo Scraps --
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
From Your Stash --
  • Large Eyelet
  • Safety Pin
  • Charm
  • Small Paper Doilies
  • Baker's Twine
  • Cropadile
  • Heat Gun

First, trim the handles off of each chipboard jar.  Paint both sides of your jars with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Weathered Wood -- these will dry pretty quickly.  Ink the edges with the brush end of a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Stormy Sky.

The Basic Grey Give Credit Stamp Set is a must have -- there is a stamp for every instance from "Crafted By" to "Photo By," and they are really well made.  I used the "from the Kitchen Of" and got a really clear image every time.  I stamped each jar using Distress Embossing Ink and added the Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  A blast with my heat gun finished the label.  I then folded a paper doily  over the top of the jar, gently gathering the border.  I found it easiest to put a rubber band around the top to hold the doily in place while I tied on the seam binding.  And here's a little secret about seam binding -- the crinkly ribbon everyone loves so much -- it is seam binding that has been wadded up, slightly moistened with water, and shaken out when dry!  I like to set an eyelet at the top of the jar for the baker's twine to guard against tears and fraying.

Finish off your tag with a charm and your name!

I couldn't resist combining the mason jar tags with the Show Toppers from Cosmo Cricket for a gift that lasts after the goodies have been eaten!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  The FAB Flamingo Scraps Design Team will be posting projects everyday to inspire you to create!  And don't forget the December Daily from the Tonya LIVE!! Ustream class -- craft along with Tonya and make good on that resolution to finish your December Daily this year!!!!

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