Thursday, September 24, 2009

Let the Countdown begin!


Start marking the days off the calendar...
7 days! That's right, 7 more days...that's just 168 hours until Anthologies officially opens it doors!


I can truly say that I have never experienced anything more exciting and exhausting ALL at the same time! I just can't wait to tear down that brown paper off the windows and welcome you in! Grand Opening festivities will be underway ALL weekend long so please stop by and see us beginning Friday Oct. 2nd!

I'm so ready to begin teaching again! I didn't realize how much I missed it! I know it's only been a few short weeks but it feels like forever. We will have so many creative opportunities for you at Anthologies so I hope that you will plug in and come create with us very soon!

Joyfully Yours,
Tracy :)
BTW...check out the Star Telegram tomorrow! You should see a little something on the front page!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Get your Crop On...


Feel like Cropping? Yes...then come and join me at the NRHBC Crop Night this Friday night 9/25 from 5p-11p. We always have a great time! It only costs $5 and you will be provided snacks, beverages, and some fun prizes will be given away. To reserve your seats, simply email me at cre8joy@sbcglobal.net

Hope to crop with you then!

Tracy :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Message of High Creative Importance!


Hello my Scrappy Friends!!
Beginning tomorrow, Monday 9/14 at 10am, Anthologies will begin taking reservations for their upcoming October Studio Nights (aka Crop Nights). They will be held every Friday and Saturday night from 6p-Midnight. For more info regarding the sign up procedure, please visit the Anthologies Blog at http://www.anthologiesbyme.blogspot.com/. It is such and exciting time for us right now and we are so excited for you to see the store. Please make plans to attend our Grand Opening weekend which will begin on Fri. 10/2.

Have a great week!
Tracy :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Z's, Q's, V's...oh my!

Do you have lots of random letters left over in your stash of supplies?? If you answered yes, then you will love this project! I designed this project for last month's Scrapstasher's meeting. It is the perfect solution to help you use all those left over chipboard alpha's...especially the ones that you seldom use like Z's, Q's, X's, etc. Altered Alpha Frame
Designed By: Tracy Pounds

This is such a simple project to create and when finished, it really looks like the letters are actually carved out of the frame itself. Follow these simple steps and you can re-create an Altered Alpha Frame of your own.

Tracy's How To:
1. I first painted a raw wood frame and set it aside to dry.

2. Next, begin randomly placing your chipboard letters on the frame. When you have them all in the desired positions, adhere them to the frame using a liquid adhesive.

3. Now, reapply the same paint color over the entire frame. Be sure to get all of the edges of your letters. This creates a great visual effect becuase it makes the frame and letters look as if they are one piece.

4. When completely dry, lightly rub over the letters with a distress ink pad in a swift streaking motion. Do this quickly in a vertical direction and then in a horizontal direction. This creates fabulous dimension and will add a touch of color to your Altered Alpha Frame.

5. Lastly, I sealed my frame with a quick spray of Polyurethane (semi-gloss) to give it a nice professional, protective finish.

I hope you will be inspired to put those left over letters of yours to good use and will create a frame for yourself! If you have any questions or comments, please post them and I will be happy to reply back to you.

Happy Creating,
Tracy :)