Friday, November 30, 2012

for the journey of a lifetime **Flamingo Scraps**

For November, 4 Design Team members each received the following items for the Flamingo 4 Challenge

      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. Here is my take on the project.

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.

Hop on over to Flamingo Scraps to see the other wonderful projects!


Erin Reed

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Cards **Momenta**

I like to give out cards to family and friends during all holidays, and even thought Thanksgiving is not a big card giving holiday I still feel it is all part of giving thanks.  So I want to give a huge thank you to everyone for looking at my boards, writing me comments, and just for looking at my work.  I truly am grateful for being able to share my work and my love for crafting with everyone!


Above a just a few of the cards I passed out this year.  Thanks everyone!!

Products Used
Cardstock - Momenta - PA-2376
Patterned Paper - Momenta - PA-1991


Erin Reed

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Pumpkin Catherine **Momenta and Flamingo Scraps**

This is my cute little pumpkin Catherine.  She is 2 months old in this picture as she is nestled in the pumpkins. We were at a local pumpkin patch and I just could not resist laying her in the crate and taking a few quick pics.

I used a neutral colored background with fun music notes and writing.  This is what I call a neutral patterned paper, it will transform into whatever you want it to be for colors and style, a step up from just textured cardstock.  I then added my own flair of paints and water for the circle and splatter drips effects.  You really can't go wrong here and below are the 3 steps I took to achieve these effects.

Paint drip, circle, and flick tutorial
1) I used a cheap plastic kids paint brush and "flicked" the smooch mist onto your paper for the paint splatters (yellow spots)
2) A plastic flower pot about 2.5 inches in diameter for the rings, just put paint of the rim of the pot and press onto your paper for a coffee mark stain effect (large circles in orange) - smooch glitz works great for this because it has a fine tip applicator
3) A child's medicine dropper filled with spray mists (like Smootch spritz) and drop it onto the paper and lift the paper up vertically to let the paint run down the page (orange dripping spot)
4) Make sure you let your page dry before adding anything else to it or it will smudge and distort your lovely work!!

After the paint dried I added layers of fall colored papers, flowers, leaves, and doilies for a beautiful autumn page for my little pumpkin.

Products Used:
Momenta metal Flowers and butterfly (ST-5722, 17535, ST-5697)
Prima Flowers
Petalo Flowers
Glitz Papers
Bo Bunny Papers
Ranger and Clearsnap inks/paints/mists
Prima bling
May Arts Trim
Webster's Flower Trim

So head on over to Flamingo Scraps and try out some of these products!


Erin Reed  - 11/30 - 11/30 11/23

Thursday, November 8, 2012

happiness is Love **Momenta and FD**

A couple of weeks ago at my mothers house my oldest son Morgan decided to lay down beside Catherine on her changing pad (it was on the floor) and asked for me to take a picture.  It was just too cute that i had to grab Brandon and get him in on the act.  I took about 15 shots just hoping that one would turn out, and viola the sweetest picture came out.

I decided to use the picture as a black and white since they were all wearing completely different colors of clothes and I also wanted to picture to work well on my layout of muted colors.

I played around a bit with my Faber-Castell Gelatos and crackle distress paint and look at the wonderful results I got.  I used to it to color my artisan elements and also to create the pink border and circle of pink on the background page.  I just applied the pigment to the paper, sprayed with water, and then blended it in with my finger.  Below is a tutorial for how I distress colored my frame corners like the one pictured below.

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Distressing with Gelatos
1) Supplies - surface to distress (chipboard, sticker, resin, artisan elements, etc)  I used artisan elements
                     gelatos in your choice of color
                     distress crackle paint

2) Paint your surface with crackle paint - let air dry, if you use a heating tool it will not crackle as much and make your paint bubble.  I used tattered rose as my color.

3) Cover the surface after the paint has dried with your choice of gelato colors, 2 to 3 is good.  Rub the pigments into your surface, trying to enhance the cracks giving it an aged look.  I used guava and metallic melon.

4) Play with the colors and how much pigment you apply until you achieve your desired look.

Layout made for Frosted Designs - had on over and play along!!

Momenta Products Used:
ST-4826 - black alpha letters
ST-4788 - black numbers


Erin Reed

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cute and Bright "Thank You" Cards **Momenta and Flamingo Scraps**

I always like to keep some thank you cards on hand for and every day thank you to someone. I find it better than just buying a stacking of thank you cards from the store, it means more if it is made from the heart. 
With that in mind I do not want to spend 2 hours making one card for one person, I want to spend my time wisely and make a batch at a time, using similar products, but with the same feel. I can change out flowers, embellishments, stickers, paper, and colors but make then faster if I use a similar layout.
For these cards I used the same paper and flowers, but different metal embellishments to change it up a bit, or lack of embellishments

Products Used are from Flamingo Scraps and Momenta
Momenta Metal Flowers - ST-5723, ST-5722, ST-5725, ST-5719
Momenta Patterned paper - PA-1991
Momenta Cardstock - PA-2390
Bazzil rubons
Prima Flowers
Ranger Distress Ink
Ranger Adhesive

Erin Reed

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