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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ustream - February 4 Treat Basket

I hope you can join me and Flamingo Scraps on February 4, 2013 at 8:30 est on Ustream Live as I create this cute treat dish with Pink Paislee's Secret Crush and Maya Road's Chipboard pieces.

There are a limited number of kits available for the Feb 4th class!

Each kit contains supplies to make three treat baskets, with some leftover for Valentine cards, decor, or tags and with two full size Color Shines and a Prima Chalk Ink Edger!

To purchase a kit, contact Suzanne at Kits are $41.99 with free domestic shipping!

Kits include:
4 - 12x12 Sheets Secret Crush Paper
1 - pkg Secret Crus Ephemera
1 - pkg Shot through the Heart Chipboard
1 - Scalloped Heart Chipboard Album
1 - Heidi Swapp color Shine Tinsel
1 - Heidi Swapp Color Shine Primrose
1 - Prima Distress Chalk Ink-Old Rose
Assorted Flowers
Assorted Maya Road Trinket Pins
Seam Binding
Make sure you join the Ustream crowd -

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs
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Monday, January 28, 2013

From Scraps to Cards

Scraps are one of those things that can overwhelm a lot of people. You don't want to toss a perfectly good sheet of paper, but overtime they become unruly. Every few months I try to create projects that will help me tame these piles and reduce the clutter in my scrapbooking room.I get asked all the time to share my scrap workflow. Today I would like to try and explain it.

On my desk there is a container with a lid, a recycled nut jar. When I finish with a project, the remnant flowers, ribbon, unused embellishments, stickers and bling go into the jar. Then on my cutting station, I have a small file box, where all the scraps of paper get tucked away.   When the containers overflow - it is time to start working.

Here is my typical work flow
  • I always go to these piles first for projects.  If I need to die cut something - I look for a paper in the scrap pile before I grab a fresh sheet.  Part of my self challenge with every project I create is incorporate something old - it can come from this pile!
  • Collage work - I look at these two buckets to see if there is something that I can either use, or die cut to make my project more interesting.  
  • The day of sorting....When the pile is just unmanageable.   I sort the scrapbook paper as follows: 
    • Solids in one pile, patterns in another, then by size and colors.  
    • I start with my largest pieces first and ask "are there any large pieces that would make great cards, or could they be trimmed to 5.5 x 4.25 for card backgrounds?" I always do these large sheets first.  The scraps from these trimmings go back to the pile.
    • Sort the remaining papers by theme or color.  This gives me an idea of what matches in the pile.
    • Evaluate the patterened papers and see there are elementss that could be cut for layers.
    • Die cut shapes for future use - like tags, doilies, letters, flowers, butterflies, birds, labels etc....

Once everything has been organized, folded, punched or died (this could take the better part of an afternoon depending on the pile),  I begin organizing them.   I use Ziploc baggies (all sizes from small jewelry to quart sized bags.  I put all the same shapes into their own bags organized by color.
I have invested in a few other containers to help me manage these die cuts.

Both of these containers are made by IRIS and can be found at your local craft box stores.  I use my coupons on these as they can be pricey.  The container on the left is  "Card" organizer, and it has dividers so I use it to store my pieces that I made into cards and pieces that are trimmed for card backgrounds, also I have some of my larger dies that won't fit in the container on the right.  The container on the right is called a double photo organizer.  I have 4 of these AND LOVE THEM!   It is a box that has 12 - 4x6 smaller boxes that lock on the inside.   The smaller die shapes get placed in a compartment and then the tops are labeled. I LOVE THIS SYSTEM so much that I have one for Metal, buttons, flat back pearls, brads, etc., one for organizing small scraps of colored paper, one for dies, and one for small flat dies like MFT, PTI, and Spellbinders.
The next day I sit down and start making cards.  Because all the labor has been done the day before, my card making time is productive.   I don't put sentimenets on these cards (YET), many of them can be all occassion. I wait until I'm ready to use it unless the card theme clearly defines the purpose.
Here is a video where I share 10 cards that were created in an afternoon. 

People are always amazed that I create as often as I do and have NO scraps.   The funny thing is - I never throw anything away including packaging.  This may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me the time spent is an investment. I look at these cards as "found money".  When I'm in a hurry to go to a birthday party - the card is made and waiting to be used - I'm not at the local drugstore spending $4 on a card. 
How do you use your scraps? 
Thanks for stopping in today,
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Tattered Angels Fine Wood Kits

A few weeks ago I shared with you the New Tattered Angels Bare Metals Rusty Metal kit. This week, I created a card using the Antiqued Hickory Fine Wood and the Precious Stone Turquoise kits.  I love that the wood looks like wood veneer.

Here is a video demo of the Antiqued Hickory Fine Wood kit and a glimpse at some of the other kit systems.

There are dozens of these kits to choose from and they retail for about $19.99. Flamingo Scraps has offered to special order them, if you are interest please email Suzanne at

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Card Resources:
  • Tattered Angels Fine Wood Antique Hickory kits, and Precious Stones turquoise kit
  • Black card stock
  • Manila card stock
  • Prima Flower & Leaves
  • Spellbinders - Labels Die
  • Balsa wood
  • Inkadinkadoo - EK Success Thank You Stamp
  • Ranger: Rock Candy Crackle Paint, Walnut Distress Stain, Coffee Archival Ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Twine
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Live Ustream Tonight - Masculine Layout

Tonight we will create a masculine layout using Pink Paislee's Portfolio Collection and Heidi Swapp's Vintage Chic.  I hope you can make it.
There is not a kit for this class, however, all the supplies can be purchased at
Supplies In Stock at Flamingo Scraps:
Heidi Swapp - Vintage Chic Collection - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Just Dots
Heidi Swapp - Color Magic Collection - Notes - Resist Journaling Tags

Pink Paislee - Portfolio Collection - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Unbelievable
Pink Paislee - Portfolio Collection - Ephemera Pack
Pink Paislee - Artisan Collection - Resist Elements - Borders
Pink Paislee - Artisan Collection - Resist Chipboard Shapes - Stars

Supplies Which Can Be Special Ordered From Flamingo Scraps:Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Alterations Collection - Die Cutting Template - Tiny Tabs and Tags
Tattered Angels - Heidi Swapp Collection - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Silver Sugar Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny Staples
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