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Bling Flamingos!

As we are winding down our summer we have been trying to squeeze a few special days and projects in.  Last week we did glass fusing, which was a blast. I think I might be hooked. This sparked a whole interest in glass work in general; stain glass, mosaics, and fused glass. Then there was a moment when the little person was looking at Pinterest with me and we saw a blinged flamingo. Sold, done this was going to happen.

A Blingo in its natural environment

On Monday, we set out to find our flamingos. I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair at the local party store. We had some gems left over from previous projects but decided that we needed more. In the end, we actually ended up getting two boxes of acrylic gems in addition to what we already had on hand. Thus the Blingos, Rhinegos, Flaminglows, Bling Flamingos were born.

This Blingo is after the tomatoes

The boxes of gems we purchased came with more than one color so we had to sort or gems before we could glue them. I would say that it took about four sessions with dry time between to finish my flamingo. I started with E6000 but reading the back of the tube freaked me out, the warnings have gotten more serious since I had purchased a tube. We picked up some outdoor silicon and that worked like a charm. We worked outside and the silicone was nearly odor free with the breeze. I thought about grouting my flamingo but decided that might be overkill, although I always reserve the right to change my mind.

I love our Blingos, and I think that they look fantastically kitschy! These bedazzled birds were a great mother/daughter project. These were easy and you are rewarded with instant shimmer and shine.

A little adhesive and a lot of rhinestones

You have about 30 minutes working time with the adhesive so I would gloop out a bit in the area I was working then add me presorted gems. I found that if I laid out my gems flat side down and then used a Pick-Me-Up/Quickstik I could work pretty quickly.

TheBlingos should hold up to the weather, we hope, but I might bring them in before it snows.

Lots of sparkle!
End of the summer mother/daughter project

I loved this project! this was a pretty easy project, so don’t be afraid and bling up a flamboyance of flamingos yourself. (That is really what a group of flamingos is called, and it is awesome). Every time I let the dogs out these little guys bring a smile to my face.

Enjoy the end of your summer! We are gearing up for the eclipse here. They are saying we should have about 92-93% complete eclipse, we have our glasses and are very excited.

It’s a Blingo

Live Your Bliss Card

HiYa! I spent what felt like all day yesterday wrestling with my computer. I have a critical update to do on my Silhouette software and my computer doesn’t want to let me do it. I really hate loosing work time to technical issues. While I still have access to the software I will not be able to access the online store until I am able to do the update. I have an e-mail into their support team and hopefully it will be resolved. On the positive side, I was able to get a really fun card finished.

Anyone else craving chocolate?
Anyone else craving chocolate?

Oh I love damask and handmade roses. I was beginning to have a little withdrawal since I hadn’t made a rose in what seemed like forever!

This card features tiny handmade roses, gem brads, pearls and rhinestones
This card features tiny handmade roses, gem brads, pearls and rhinestones

Here you can see a close-up of the main image. I started this card with a plain sheet of cardstock and stamped the damask stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with Chestnut Zing! powder. Then I broke out my Distress Ink pad and Ink Blending tools.

Live Your Bliss Card
Live Your Bliss Card

I began shading with Antique Linen and covered most of the card. I then added Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I gave the edges a lot of ink. I then took another sheet of cardstock and inked it with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. I adhered that piece to my damask background and then trimmed it so the border was very small. Once I adhered them together I went back over the edges with the Tea Dye ink. This way I get a very close mat and defined edge. I find this much easier then trying to cut the background to size first. Next, I added dark brown cardstock,

This card includes a stamped inner pannel
This card includes a stamped inner panel

I loved the background so much that I felt like adding a small sentiment. My original plan was something much larger. I cut the ornate frame shape out of white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I colored the frame using Walnet Stain Distress Stain. The brown circle was colored with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. The sentiment layer was inked with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks and applied with Ink Blending Tools.

Close-up of handmade roses
Close-up of handmade roses

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages and was stamped using Veramark and Walnut Distress Ink.

Yummy brown damask
Yummy brown damask

I adhered a scrap of brown ribbon, I think that it is from Stampin’ Up and glued down the assembled frame. Next came the roses, I made these with the McGill Mini Petal punch and Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. In the past, I have tried to use hot glue on the roses and was not successful. I had recently picked up a new multi-temp heat gun for another project and thought I would give it another shot. Other than burning the tip of my finger with hot glue, it worked perfectly for these roses. There is no going back. I think that my old glue gun didn’t get hot enough. Once the roses were glued down I added all the other “bling.” Since I didn’t want to fiddle around with punching hole for the gem brads I cut off the arms and just hot glued them down. Live Your Bliss-9 Materials

Stamps: Damask (K91) – Great Impressions, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Nennah Solar White, Brown – Bazzil

Ink: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink – Ranger, Veramark – Tsukineko

Misc: Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain – Distress Stain,  Chestnut Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Mini Petal Punch – McGill Inc

Bling: Gem Lush Brads – My Minds Eye, Gems & Pearls Song of Spring – Recollections

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