Growing up in San Diego, I was able to spend many weekends at Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. The flamingos were located at the entrance of the zoo, and what a fabulous sight they were! I would feast my eyes on the multitude of gorgeous pink birds, and wonder how they were able to stand on those long, skinny legs. I learned that they get their color from the food they eat, including shrimp. They are highly social, so they move around in groups, eating and sleeping together. While they are eating, they stand on two legs, but they are famous for their one legged resting stance. I’ll leave the research on that to you.

CAS(E) this sketch #226 was the inspiration for this week’s flamingo card. I could see the body of the bird in the rectangle, and the long, skinny legs underneath.

 

 

It was easy choosing the card base color, which was Flirty Flamingo. How could I go wrong with that choice? I stamped the bird in that color also, and used watercolor pencils (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo) for coloring. I fussy cut her, and decided that a Soft Sky background with a frame of Basic Black would bring my memory into focus. There was greenery at the zoo, and lots of palm trees, so I stamped the beautiful branch that comes in the set with Garden Green ink.  After positioning and stamping her Calypso Coral legs on the Soft Sky cardstock, I ran it though the Big Shot using our new Dynamic Ruffled embossing folder. If you saw my Magical Mermaid card, you know I’m really liking this embossing folder.

 

Last, but not least, the sequins. It was such a good memory, I just had to add some sparkle. So, “thanks” CAS(E) this sketch for the inspiration, and “thanks” Stampin’ Up! for the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.