Monday, August 24, 2009

Gotta love that Mountain Air...

My Grandparents built this cabin when I was 2 years old. It remains in our family and I am SO thankful for that! I have so many wonderful memories of this place. First, as a, as a Mom watching my kids make memories of their own...and now, as Lolli (aka Grandmother) sharing all of this with my sweet grandboy. Who, by the way, started walking here while we were on our vacation. What a great milestone.for him..and it happened here in Red River...this will be such a sweet memory for all of us to treasure!
We did lots of hiking, fishing, shopping, jeep riding, and more bear watching than ever before. They were coming out even in broad daylight. One of the locals in town told us that there had been a really late freeze this past May in the high country that had affected the berry population and it has now driven all the bears down to lower elevations..yikes!
These pictures were taken right out the back door of the cabin. Notice the little red thing on the right side of the pic...that is a little cowbell tied to some wire which is attached to that old metal pot and a nearby tree. Our very own home-made Bear alarm...ha!

Our cabin is located several miles upper canyon from the little town of Red River...just an old rotary phone in the cell phone TV...just good ole fashioned family time! It was awesome and the best part about it for me was that we were ALL there together...ALL 9 and 1/2 of us!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

All Star Altered Frame...

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some inspiration with you today! This is a frame that I created featuring Core'dinations Black Magic Cardstock. It was featured today on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and I am featuring a full tutorial here on my blog for you. I hope it inspires you to create with this fabulous product by Core'dinations.

All Star Altered Frame
Designed by: Tracy Pounds
What is Black Magic?? Black magic is one of several specialty collections in the Core'diantions ColorCore Cardstock line. It has a black surface on one side and with a little sanding, tearing, or antiquing, you can uncover the vivid core colors hidden beneath the texture. This is an amazing product and it works fabulously with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders by Provocraft!

Here is a quick look at what you will need to create this altered frame project with Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock:
First, you will need to cut your Black Magic cardstock into desirted sizes to fit your wooden frame. Then, place each piece into a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (I used the new Stars Folder) and run thru the Cuttlebug. This cardstock embosses beautifully! Now, sand lightly over the embossed design with a lightwweight sanding block or a piece of sandpaper to expose the ColorCore that is hidden beneath the Black texture.

Look at how vivid the ColorCore is! I just love it...take a look at some of the colors in the Black Magic Collection...

Next, I painted my wooden frame black and then adhered all of my embossed squares using tacky tape. Then, I applied a light coat of Diamond Glaze over the surface of my frame to give it a cool semi-gloss effect.
Now, to create the background paper for my frame, I simply took a sheet of Black Magic Cardstock and crumpled it up in my hand.
Then, I smoothed it back out and sanded over all of the wrinkles and crinkles to create a great distressed look. I adhered this to my frame insert.
To complete my All Star Altered Frame, I added some great baseball pictures of my son, Hayden and embellished with a few metal buttons. I'm really happy with the way it turned out! I hope you will be inspired to create with this amazing cardstock from Core'dinations!
Remember to stay true to your passion--Keep Creating!
Tracy :)