Thursday, August 18, 2016

all flamingos, all the time

some people might argue that i've been making and posting a few too many flamingo cards lately. they're wrong, of course, but i do sympathize. what can i say? i like birds, generally. i like bright colors, especially pink. i like a tropical setting. flamingos tick all of the boxes. plus they have those awesome, long, bendy legs that look like they were invented by one of the more avant garde designers at ikea. i mean, really, what's not to love? 

patterned paper: pink paislee, my mind's eye, echo park, doodlebug; flamingo stickers: sonia j design via studio calico; leaf stamps from the "tiger tiger" set by sheena douglass for crafter's companion, stamped in viridian and leaf green archival inks; watercolor circle painted with ultramarine, turquoise and pthalo green color burst pigment powders by ken oliver crafts; heart stickers: sandylion; alphabet stickers: doodlebug; kromekote cardstock: the paper kut; ink for edging: blackbird chalk ink by colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

this time, though, it's not my fault, the current theme over at curtain call inspiration challenge is "FLAMINGO" so obviously i had to play!

there's another totally AWESOME sketch over at atlantic hearts sketch challenge this week (#173), and that inspired a lot of the elements i used for this card.

i stamped the large glossy white cardstock circle with two different tropical leaf stamps using two shades of green archival ink, then outlined them kinda loosely to give them a little more visual weight. the small circle is punched from watercolor paper painted with a few different blendy shades of color burst in blue and green. the birds, pineapple and flowers are all from the same sticker sheet, which was a bit of a splurge but i was helpless to resist such epic level cuteness. i hemmed and hawed about a sentiment because technically, the only flamingos in hawaii are at the zoo*, but in the end i went with "aloha" anyway, just because i wanted to. (so there, lol!) i used two sets of cardstock alphabet stickers in the same font so that my pink letters would pop against their black shadows. 

and now i wish you a fond flamingo farewell and a very happy thursday, darlings! ♥

*there are also a few in the exotic bird habitat at hilton hawaiian village in waikiki. because even waterfowl appreciate luxurious accomodations with modern amenities at reasonable prices. 


  1. This is a fabulous card and you don't half make me smile in the morning when I read your blog. You have made great use of your purchase (see you knew I was a good buy and you thought you'd only use the caravan!) imagine the face of the person when they open the envelope and pull out this beauty. Great use of the card sketch and of course you nailed the inspiration theme.

  2. Fabulous flamingo card, awesome take on the sketch too. Love it.

  3. Oh, this is so fun! Fabulous take on the inspiration photo!

  4. Delightful take on the sketch at AHSC! What a fun card. I love the colors.

  5. Wow, talk about amazing!1 Love the bright, fun, tropical colors. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  6. Hi Lauren, really adorable the pinks and the stitching around the borders, and love the way the sentiment was added. Thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and please come back next week to enjoy another great sketch.

    As information only...when I clicked on your link it brings me to the very bottom of your blog after the comment area, and I really like to see the card and blog before commenting. Maybe you don't know that you used the link to go to the comments or maybe you do this intentionally and maybe you already know this; however, if you click on the name of your card just after the date and it will put the link to the beginning of your card and blog...and copy and paste the link.

    1. Thanks very much, Sue, for the information about the static link going to the comments form. I most definitely thought I had linked to the main post, like I usually do, I can only assume that this time I had already had comments and had unintentionally copied the link after checking those instead. I apologize for the mistake. If you would like to edit that via your Inlinkz dashboard It's fine with me or would you like me to delete and re-link my card?

  7. Wonderful card. I love the leaf stamped background. Thank you for playing along withe the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  8. Oh what a lovely card! I love your post... it ALWAYS makes me smile to read your posts! LOL The flamingos are awesome, and I love the wee pineapple and floral cluster. Your stitching makes me wanna take out my machine too! Lots of wonderful touches-- GREAT JOB! Thanks for joining us to play over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  9. I don't think there is such a thing as too many flamingo cards! Your card is super cute! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at AHSC!

  10. So bright and cheery! Great job on the watercolors too.

  11. I love this card! The colours are so bright and awesome, wonderful! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  12. Love this card, so cute!! Flamingos are hot right now but I have always loved them as I have a bird thing. Can't wait to play along next time. Super fun!

  13. what a darling card. love the colors and a layout, it's all so pretty. thanks for linking up to curtain call.


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