Friday, July 31, 2009

CHA Day #3...

Another fabulous, crazy day...started about 5:30am and ran from booth to booth placing final orders. Rushed back to the hotel to meet shuttle that took us to the airport. Then proceeded to carry the 2 heaviest bags in the world and my carry on (quite a comical sight) to the baggage check in. Once thru security, stopped to grab a bite and then off to the gate. Happy to see that flight was on schedule...got in and seated only to find out that our plane was 16th in line for take off...urgh!! Arrived safe and sound at DFW and was met by my DH, Hayden & Maddie. Felt so good to be home...felt even better when I arrived at home only to be surprised by my two oldest daughters (Rachel & Kristyn) with a yummy cake that was decorated with little dragonflies on it. They had carefully written these words on the side of the cake...It's a Beautiful Day at Home! How great it felt to actually be missed...ha! They were all so sweet and just made me feel like the luckiest Mom & Wife ever! I love my family SO much!

Joyfully Yours,
Tracy :)
P.S. Three videos are now loaded on the Anthologies Blog...with more to come! Happy dragonfly counting gals! I will post some of my favorite finds later this weekend...night night!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CHA Day #2...

Extremely productive day!!! Lots of orders placed and inspiration everywhere I turned! Took lots of photos and it has become painfully obvious to me that I won't get to post any of my fav's until I get home. Been too busy posting everything for our Anthologies Video...which by the way, if you haven't seen -- you are missing out on a good giggle! More is being added today! So keep checking back for more action-packed creative fun!
Want to win some prizes from CHA?!?! Watch the video and count how many times our new friend, Mr. Dragonfly appears (like in the photo above) and the first 5 people to guess the correct number will win a little prize package of goodies from CHA! Here's a little tip from me...all the photos will be uploaded by Friday so, I would wait and start counting then! Good Luck!
Bye for now...
Tracy :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CHA Day #1

Hi Girlz--

Whew!...Day #1 was a whirlwind to say the least! Many appts. today and a WhOLe LoT of ordering goin' on!!! I'm very happy to report that there are MANY FaBuLouS new collections being released! I will be posting pic's of some of my fav's tomorrow night. Also, remember to check the Anthologies blog for pic's and video...coming soon! Bye for now...have to hit a few more catalogs tonight and finalize a few more orders...yippee!!

Luv U All!
Tracy :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

CHA...Here I come!

If you happen to take a look out your window around 7:15am on Mon. morning, feel free to wave at my plane as it soars thru the air headed to sunny Orlando! You all know I am an extreme paper addict and I just can't wait to see the new paper collections in person! I'm also excited to see what new trends, colors, techniques and project samples are being featured by the vendors this time around! I made sure to bring my camera charger and an extra memory card so that I can take pictures galore! I will be posting some of my favorite finds on my blog and Nita and I will be posting even more fun photos, info and ... even some special video...on the Anthologies Blog.
I wish so badly that I could take all of you with me!

One person in particular really wants to travel along...Look at my precious little stow-away! I just can't seem to keep him out of my suitcase. No Kaden -- You can't come to CHA with Lolli but I promise to bring you a special surprise! As you can see, he could care less about the surprise...ha! Oh how I love my grand-boy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Be Inspired Wednesday - Challenge #41


Happy Wednesday Everyone!
My challenge this week on the CCB was to create to create something using the NEW Victorian Flourish Folder by Cuttlebug(Provocraft). This folder has a beautiful, elegant look to it! My project is an altered tin by Maya Road. I embellished my tin with some Brrr Blue art metal (Ten Seconds Studio) and some of the Invisibles polka dot paper (Heidi Swapp). I used some distress inks on my paper to create the two-tone color. Added some pretty coordinating ribbons and a cute tag and now I have a great gift tin. These little tins are great for lots of uses! They would be great for gifts, treats, recipe cards, photos, and so much more! This will also be one of the projects that you will create if you sign up for Create Joy's Invisibles Workshop coming up on Aug. 6th. You will enjoy creating a few other projects as well...an altered composition book and a variety of cards. Hope you will consider joining us!

Have a creative day!
Tracy :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Looking for a great retreat destination?

I just spent an amazing weekend away with my close friends at the Stolen Moments Inn! I had the best time and I highly recommend it to any of you who are looking for a Scrapbooking Retreat! If you would like more info, please let me know or check out there website at www.stolenmomentsinn.com .











I am so lucky to have such a great circle of christian friends! We have known each other for more years than I can count and I love the time that we spend together every year on our annual Scrapbooking Retreat!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scrapstasher's...You're gonna love this!

I was so excited to see the new product releases by Bo Bunny! Of course their paper collections and embellishments are amazing--but--what I was really tickled about was that they will now be selling there clam shell packaging! They are calling them - Clear Party Favors- If you are a Stasher, you will remember us making cute little treats out of our recycled packaging. Now you will be able to purchase them and decorate them any way you want. They retail for less than a $1 and will make such cute party favors, halloween treats, stocking stuffers, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Be Inspired Wednesday- Challenge #40

It's Wednesday once again and that means another Be Inspired Challenge! This week the Cuttlebug Challenge Design Team was given the challenge of creating a card inspired by the following sketch and best of all...we were asked to create with the NEW Herringbone Embossing Folder by Provocraft! It is a gorgeous folder! Here is a look at my card creation. It is made with a lightweight clear acrylic sheet...it's the perfect weight for cardmaking! It embosses beautifully in the Cuttlebug EF's...it looks especially nice in the Herringbone Folder..wouldn't you agree?!?! I created the butterfly using the Butterfly Embossing Folders by Provocraft and black art metal by Ten Seconds Studio. I also added a little embossed detail to my envelope for a fun touch! I invite you to join us in this week's challenge. You can upload your creations on the blog at http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ and while you're there, check out all the other fabulous creations using this amazing folder.

Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!!
Tracy :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back off...that's my corn cob!

We introduced Kaden to Corn on the Cob for the first time yesterday. As you can see he really loved it! I will definitely have to do a lo with the pic's I took...Any suggestions for a cute title??

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Hoo" wants to see a new Cuttlebug Folder??

Hello everyone!
This new Cuttlebug Folder is sure to be a big hit!
It features a very popular feathered friend...the wise old owl!
Here is a notepad that I created for this week's Cuttlebug Challenge. My Owl is embossed on Chocolate art metal and I decided to use the reverse image of the folder. To do this, I simply put my metal into the folder color-side down instead of color-side up. I really love how it turned out!
To view more projects created with this fun folder, visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog.
Enter the challenge and you could win NEW EF's!

"Owl" bet you put this folder on the top of your wish list!

Sorry...couldn't help myself..tee hee!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Countdown to CHA...take a look at the Harlequin Folder!

I was so excited when I rec'd my little package from Provocraft containing all of the NEW Cuttlebug Embossing Folders! I just couldn't wait to create something with them! Here is another project...one created using the NEW Harlequin folder! Most of you know that I am absolutely CrAZy for anything Harlequin (papers, stamps, you name it...I will buy it!) --
so when I saw this EF--It was LoVe at first sight!
To view a short tutorial on my Canvas Creation and to see other Harlequin EF inspired projects, please visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog! You will not be dissappointed...it is a great place to find inspiration and valuable creative information! I hope you will join me there.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hi Everyone--

At the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog, we're having a Countdown to the Summer CHA '09 CELEBRATION!!!! Beginning June 29th - July 31st, we will featuring a FULL month of the NEW Cuttlebug folder previews being released this Summer at CHA, as well as really fun ideas & inspiration from the design team!!
Plus, there will be challenges and prizes where you could win some of the NEW folders not yet released to the public!! How COOL is that??? My God Bless America project is being featured today on the CCB..it features the NEW Stars Embossing Folder! I also show you the quick and easy process of how to emboss art metal in your Cuttlebug. Hope you will check it out!
God Bless America
Designed by: Tracy Pounds


Check out the CCB at http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ for more awesome projects using the NEW Stars Folder!
Happy 4th!
Tracy :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Anthologies...coming this Fall to Hurst, TX!

Have you heard the joyful news? Anthologies is the name of a NEW LSS coming to our area this October. Myself and the Create Joy DT are teaming up with Nita Turpin to bring you the very best of the best that a Scrapbooking Store & Studio has to offer! We will be posting our progress all along the way and you can join us as we begin this grand adventure by following our NEW blog... http://www.anthologiesbyme.blogspot.com/ ... Check it out! We are even giving away a special prize to one lucky commenter--who knows?!? It could be YOU!

Have a creative day!
Tracy :)
Come and "Create Joy" at Anthologies...