Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yee Haw! Ornament Fun!

Ornament Fun!

WOW! I wish I could take credit for this little cleaver thing but I saw something similar on someones blog... I can't remember where... if this is your design please let me know so that I can give you credit!

I had such fun making this ornament and I just had to share.

You need the Evergreen Close To My Heart Stamp set in order to create this cool thing.

Cut a piece of cardstock 6 x 6 and then stamp four trees next to one another lining up the edges.
Add a tab to the stamped trees and cut out the entire image. Score between the trees and fold to form a little pyramid box.

Cut a strip of cardstock 1/2 x 12 and scallop one edge.

Glue the scallop to the edge of your pyramid of trees.

Glue the tab and form your tree.

OH AND HOW FUN IS IT TO EMBELLISH! I punched small holes in the sides and I used some fine wire to form the handle. I used ribbon to embellish....SUCH FUN! Make some of your own and see what I mean.
Busy Creating Flamingo ~ Cathy

Box Bag!

I have been wanting a pink Christmas tree since I saw some at Big Lots at the beginning of the holiday season. I thought it would be so much fun to have to hang all my flamingo ornaments on. I still haven't found the the extra money to purchase my frivolous tree so I thought I would stamp one up today.

How much fun is this little trinket! These little solid bottom bags are great to give away. Fill it with a cute little gift or some yummy candy and you will hear the squeals of delight.

Here are the instructions for you to make many and give away to make someone fabulously happy! Enjoy!Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and score at 1 inch on all four sides. Then score the four corner squares diagonally to form two triangles. Glue to form a box. I used liquid glass to glue the box together for strength.
Cut a piece of Background and Texture paper 5 1/2 x 11 and adhere to the bottom of the box to form the sides. Cut a strip of cardstock 1 1/2 x 11 to decorate the bottom of the box bag. I used decorative scissors to scallop the long end of the strip.

I punched two holes in the top of the bag and threaded some ribbon through to close the bag. Embellish your bag with some stamping and ribbon or whatever your heart desires. Voila! A fun little bag to give away.

Busy Creating Flamingo ~ Cathy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ava and her purse!

So I just had to share the great picture I got today. My lovely Canadian niece Audrey, who loves to scrapbook and papercraft, asked for my purse gift bag pattern the other day. Woohoo! Look what she created! One fun purse for her little girl Ava. Ava will be the envy of all her friends.... she has an "Audrey Original"!

Dancing Flamingo ~ Cathy

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Flip Accordion Album

Are you getting ready for the holidays? Well here is one Amazing Holiday Album to create just in time for your Christmas pictures. Happy Creating!


  • 9 x 9 Memory Showcase Album

  • Level 2 Background and Texture Paper ( I used Aspen)

  • Assorted Aspen My Stickease

  • Bonding Memories Glue

Score two inside pages at 4 1/2 and fold like mountain peaks.

Cut: 2 pieces of cardstock 6 x 9 and glue to the left side of the mountain peak.
Cut two pieces of cardstock 3 x 9 and glue to the right side of the mountain peak.

Cut Background and Texture Paper:
  • Cut 4 pieces 9 x 9 for the front, back and inside covers.

  • Cut 2 pieces 6 x 9 for pages 1 and 3

  • Cut 2 pieces 3 x 4 1/2 for pages 1 and 3

  • Cut 4 pieces 6 x 4 1/2 for pages 2 and 4

  • Cut 2 pieces 9 x 3 for pages 2 and 4

Glue Background and Texture paper to the pages and embellish with My Stickese and Pictures. ENJOY!

Festive Flamingo ~ Cathy

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving at my house....

.... well this thanksgiving things don't really resemble the traditional family time. Keith is trucking across America to provide for the family. He may splurge and stop at a truck stop and have some turkey and fixins'. God bless you Keith... be safe!

Justin and Sam are working hard warming up the couch... Sarah is nowhere to be found and the cat is taking a suntan! Yup... just your traditional Thanksgiving.

Well in all seriousness I am truly thankful for all that I have. Justin decided to get off the couch and make an apple and pumpkin pie. Yum! Yum! Yum! Sarah is now out getting ingredients to make the all famous Green Bean casserole. The turkey and stuffing are in the oven thanks to me.

We may not be the Cleavers but we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and love in our hearts... what more can we ask for?

Happy Thanksgiving from the Flamingo Hut to yours!~ Cathy

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving.

This thanksgiving I was going to make a list of all things I am thankful for but the more I thought about it the list was endless. God knows how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life and for all the trials to keep me humble. There are, however, a few people in my life that bring stability and love that I just could not live without and I am so thankful for that.

My beloved Keith. I love him. He is my friend and my partner. He loves me in good times and bad. He is fair and level headed. A hard worker. A great father. He is a ferocious reader. He is intelligent and funny. What more can I say... I love him! Happy Birthday today darling!

My crazy son Justin. I love him. He is bright. Funny. Challenging. Even through all the trials and tribulations over the hears I cannot begin to express how much I love him and cheer for him. I can hardly wait to see his adult life blossom. My dearest Justin had to grow up so fast. It was just him and I for many years.... I am so hoping that God will bless him with a bright future.

My dearest brother Mike and my sister-in-law, Ella. I love them. They are my rocks. They are the people that listen to me laugh and cry. They are kind and fair. They have journeyed with me through many trials over the years and have never run from me. They worry about me, they rejoice with me, they love me. They are a part of me. I am so thankful that they are a part of my life.

One thankful Flamingo signing off ~ Cathy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We All Love Handbags...

If you're anything like me you love handbags! My budget just doesn't allow too many purchases, but how fun would it be to make these great handbag gift bags. Tuck some tissue paper into them and hide the perfect gift and you'll have one great Christmas gift for someone! Can you just hear the squeals of delight when you hand this to someone?

I can show you how to make these great handbags in December. Just join my mailing list and I will send you my December Workshop schedule so that you can join the fun at the Flamingo Hut.

One delighted Flamingo toting a handbag ~ Cathy

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Creative Time in the midst of beauty...

The weekend is here and partially complete. It's early Sunday morning and I just love the early morning quiet time that I have when my family is asleep. I perk up some wonderful coffee... let the dog out and enjoy the beautiful serene morning. Like most of you know I have recently moved back to Florida and what a blessing that has been. I find myself renewed and rejuvenated.... I love Florida! The weather is amazing! In the fall the sky becomes this deep deep blue that we just rarely saw while living in the Midwest. I tried to capture the beauty this morning from my backyard. I think I didn't thoroughly appreciate things until they were taken away, now that it's restored, I am doing the Flamingo Happy Dance!

So during my quiet weekend time I love to create. I was looking at my boring Rolodex and thought of it as a blank canvas. This is what I came up with. Now when I reach to call someone this little creative thing will bring a smile to my face and remind me what a blessing my creative time is.

Thankful Flamingo ~ Cathy

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Office Space...

So as I gear up for Monday morning and another work week ahead, I contemplated on how I was going to personalize my space. Since space is always limited in a cubicle, I decided I would work on a small scale. I made two tag frames with my favorite pictures... my animal children, Beau my kitty and Sam my dog and then I made another of my two favorite guys... Justin and my honey Keith. Both tags are 4"x9". I also made a fun little candy dish filled with yummy candy to sweeten up someones day.

Well, I believe my mission is accomplished by being able to share my creative side with those that will enter my little space in the working world.

Creative Flamingo ~ Cathy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Let's Get Together!

Now that the holidays are drawing near I always get a little more sentimental. I think of old family traditions, the people that have come and gone from my life and all the fun times from years gone by. When families and friends get together it's almost always around food at the dinner table or around the buffet counter.

So what better way to document these great momories than with a recipe album. So when Aunt Mary comes to your door at Christmas with her famous Angel Pie... snap a picture of her and the pie and have her jot down her recipe in your Close To My Heart Recipe Book. It's a memory and a recipe that will be cherished forever!

Sentimental Flamingo ~ Cathy

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oh My Goodness!

So just a few short months ago my dear son Justin had some long locks of hair. He has had long hair for years and it became part of his identity. He was definitely easy to spot at Graduation!

Well he got up one morning this week and went to the local barber and look what he looks like now! Can you believe he cut his long curly locks! It's kind of fun to see him with short hair.

Well just had to share this life altering event with all of you.

One surprised Flamingo ~ Cathy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Frosty Friends....

Many of you have asked if I have a favorite Winter stamp set. I have put a lot of thought into that and the answer would be "Frosty Friends"! That question got me thinking about a new project for Christmas. I love our little 3 x 3 scrapbooks too so I just had to create something with both these items in mind.

Here you go! Frosty friends, on and in a 3 x 3 album... a little prisma glitter to bring those little snowmen buddies to life and voila! A fun little album to keep or to give to someone special. What a great little album for a teacher, a mom, a boss.... or just for yourself! Come to my "Workshop at the Hut" on November 4th and I can show you how to create this fun little album. I can also show you how to order more of these great albums because they make great Christmas don't miss out!

Flamingo Smiles ~ Cathy

Saturday, October 11, 2008

More Christmas Cards...

DONE! My Christmas Card Workshop is finished! 16 Cards! I love it and I hope everyone will love it too! We have rustic in Twilight Blue and elegant in Cranberry... Evergreen stamp set and Alfresco stamp set.... two extremes and I love them both! What do you think?
Festive and tired Flamingo ~ Cathy ;)