Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fun Summertime Wreath with Smoothfoam®

Hello everyone and welcome to another adventure of The Flamingo Chronicals. Today I am sharing a project made using the new Smoothfoam® Ruled Wreaths and lots and lots of summery crocheted flowers.
 
So, I have this amazing friend who crochets these beautiful flowers for me -  she is a so talented. Not very long ago she had a bad fall down the stairs in her house and suffered a broken neck - so please say a prayer for her as she recovers. I have been using these flowers on projects for years and I had a whole bin of odds and ends left over, so I piled them all on my table for this project. I mean who doesn't love a wreath full of flowers????

The wreath's are marked in equal measurements to make it easy for you to place the items on your wreath so your project has that professional look. These things are pretty awesome so you are going to want to check them out for sure.



I used my Surebonder Low Temp Glue Gun and a sheer sparkle ribbon to cover the wreath and then started attaching flowers. I used the divided sections to make sure I had an even coverage of flowers and colors overall on the wreath.


 I used my glue gun again to attach some plain grosgrain ribbon to the back for a hanger. When working with Smoothfoam® a low temp glue gun is the perfect adhesive - plus you won't burn your fingers :)

Here are some closeups of the flowers.




Be sure to check out all the other projects from the talented designers participating in the blog hop - see them all over on the Designer Crafts Connections blog
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Punch Storage using Deflecto Stackable Cube




Happy May! Is it really the middle of May already? How on earth did that happen? Lot's of things happening here around the homestead these days. Getting the beast ready for some sporting events. Doing some landscaping in the backyard. Getting ready for camp next month. So many things happening!

Today I want to share some new organization I have for the studio 


 I have several of these and they are SUPER handy y'all. They stack up if you want them to, plus they sit side by side too. PLUS- they clip together,, so when the beast comes by with her mammoth tail they actually stay together!!

I started by covering all four sides with paper. I added some detail to the front side, distressing some coordinating papers and inking. I punched the pennants and added letter stickers.
TIP: - Start adding your pennants in the middle of the page- them move out on each side from there to ensure even spacing. 

I used 3D Foam Squares to add some dimension under my pennant stickers.


Stamping around the edges adds some detail, plus I added some embellishments from my stash: ribbon, flower, button, and that CLOCK! Oh. My. Goodness. How many of you have been scrapbooking for, say, 10 years or more?? Do you remember when Heidi Swapp had a collection of fun chipboard stickers, that came in the cutest little box, and it was for sale on HSN (or maybe QVC)???
Yeah,,, that clock is from that collection.
Don't judge.
You know you hoard stuff too.

Anyway, I have a pretty good handful of WRMK punches corner rounders, etc and they were getting a little heavy for the drawer I was keeping them in, so this is a perfect solution! I can keep them on my table within easy reach, and it's pretty too!

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Thanks so much or stopping by today!




Saturday, April 30, 2016

Memories Mixed Media Wall Display with Smoothfoam®



SF Memories MM board 4

I have been on a mixed media spree of late and Smoothfoam® is an amazing surface to create on. Today I am using the 1x6x12" Smoothfoam Sheet as my base.



SF Memories MM board 1


I started by gluing a layer of chipboard to the Smoothfoam® and then painting the entire surface with a coat of DecoArt Gesso from their Media Line.


I am so happy to be a member of the DecoArt Blogger program! I absolutely love their products - there are so many ways to use them and they never fail to give me the results I want!

SF Memories MM board 2


Add the second layer of chipboard and coat this with gesso as well. Let everything dry well.

SF Memories MM board 8


I began layering color on by using . After that I added fluid acrylics, then let those dry. My last layer of color was the Metallic Lustre - I added bits and pieces of color all over the piece randomly.

SF Memories MM board 5


I added Crackle Glaze to a few of the pieces for some visual interest.

SF Memories MM board 6


Last up I added accents on one piece of the chipboard using Liquid Glass. When dry I accented it with Metallic Lustre.

Supplies Used:
Smoothfoam® 1x6x12 Sheet
DecoArt Media Line:
   *Media: Gesso / Crackle Glaze / Liquid Glass
   * Fluid Acrylics: Titan Buff / Diarylide Yellow / Yellow Oxide / Metallic
   *Shimmer Mists: Turquoise / Yellow
   *Metallic Lustre: Silver Spark / Lavish Green / Orange Flicker / Brilliant Turquoise
Chipboard: Technique Tuesday / Want to Scrap / Blue Fern Studios
Low Temp glue gun
  





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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mason Jar Lamp with Decorated Shade

I received the amazing Lighten Up kit from etchall® to work with this month and I was pretty excited. Who doesn't love to work with pretty things???  After doing some serious pondering, I decided to make use a Mason Jar for my lamp.


One of the easiest ways to etch is to use Class A' Peels stickers - they are great for etching. Check out the selection available on the etchall® website for some inspiration. Because I wanted to etch the negative of my design, I cut the whole sticker out and applied a small piece of etchmask Transfer Sheet to the top of the sticker. This allowed me to apply the sticker to the jar without distorting the shape! After removing the Transfer Sheet I weeded (removed) the parts I wanted to etch. Because there was so little material around the butterfly I added some masking tape to make sure I didn't etch anything by mistake.


Next up - apply the etchall® etching creme and leave for 15 minutes. Did you know that the creme is reusable? It is! When the time is up, scrape the excess creme back into the jar and use it again next time. Rinse the last of the creme away and dry. Remove the stencil and tape.



To decorate the lamp shade I removed the plastic panel from the shade, traced the shape onto patterned paper, and cut out.

I added this acetate butterfly from my stash. I colored the back with Tombow markers and let dry.


A few flowers finish off the design.












Re-Purposed Flower Bin using Joy Iron On Letters

Spring is still in the air here in North Texas and I love having fresh flowers in the house. I generally have them in every room and I am always on the lookout for new ways to display them. I picked these little metal bins up at Michael's a while back for another purpose but they didn't work out for that. I have been looking for something to use the for. BAM! I added some Joy Iron-On Letters along with some fun embellishments. Hello new flower pot!

I started with the container, a set of Eileen Hull dies, Aleen's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, and the Joy Iron-On Letters.

For this project I used one of the Baby Monogram Alphabet Sheets in white. (not shown, sorry!)


Because I couldn't iron these letters on, I simply glued them instead using Glossy Accents.


I cut a variety of flowers and leaves and layered them on the side, then added some interest with a white chalk pen.


I love the way this turned out - and the fact that I was able to use something that was taking up space in my studio!

Be sure to check out the Creating With Joy blog for lots of creative ideas using Joy Iron On Letters.


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