Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #90 - Easel Cards

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday once again and that means a new Weekly Challenge from the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. This week the DT was asked to create an Easel Card! Here is a look at my creation... Most of the DT members were creating beautiful stamped images on their cards so I decided to do something a little different. I think Easel Cards are wonderful for Photos! They would make precious birth announcements, birthday invites, thank you's from recent grads, ...the list could go on and on. Think of it as more than a card, but as a wonderful piece of memoribilia for the recipient to have out on display for days, weeks, or even years to come!

Here is a quick look at what an Easel Card looks like from the side...these are very fun and easy to construct. I used pretty printed papers from the Abbey Road paper collection (My Minds Eye) and used an Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/Provocraft) on my card front. I lightly swiped over the embossed design with a soft yellow Chalk Ink Pad (aka cat eye/Colorbox). The "grass" is what is holding the card front in place...
Speaking of the "grass", let me introduce you to the newest addition to my scissor collection...Fringe Scissors (some call them Shredding Scissors)! They are fabulous for cutting fringe and they retail for about $10-12. You can find them at Michael's (Martha Stewart) and also at The Container Store. They are so easy to use...but I have to warn you...they do look a little scary! Four separate scissor blades all combined in one single pair of scissors...wow! I just love them!

Want to see more Easel Card creations?? Visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and you can see all of the Easel Cards created by the other DT members. SO many beautiful creations!! You are certain to be inspired! Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Miss Tracy :)

Candle Corset - Hot Metal Mama's Project

For my Hot Metal Mama's class this month, I designed a beautiful candle corset. This corset was made from assorted Art Metal (Ten Seconds Studio) and backed with painted chipboard to give the corset stability. I used the Tattered Florals die cut (Tim Holtz/Sizzix) to create the variety of metal blossoms that are placed randomly around the corset. Before adhering them, I embossed the petals with TSS decorative wheels and embossed a few of them with design molds. My background pattern is a Kabuka Design Mold (Ten Seconds Studio). I love how the grid pattern looks in all the negative space...looks great on the Bronze metal don't you think...
I attached 4 eyelets on each end of my corset and then laced a piece of black satin cord through and tied off at the top. To finish off my fabulous creation, I embellished the blossoms with a variety of jewels!
The corsets are not permanently attached to the glass so you can easily remove them to clean your glass... and just think of all the corsets you can make to change out over the seasons or for special holidays or occasions.
Want to learn more about Art Metal Embossing...visit http://www.tensecondsstudio.com/ for more great inpiration and be sure to check out their Taco Tuesday video's...they're AwESoME!!

Have a creative day!
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"You are my Sunshine"

Here is a project that I created last summer...it features a fabulous 12x24 in. frame from Fancy Pants. Instead of glass, the frame has an acrylic insert. I layered papers (Bo Bunny) and photos of my sweet grandboy Kaden and if you look closely, you'll see that I machine stitched over the papers right thru the acrylic!
I sewed on a few buttons here and there...and added some ribbon accents that I stapled on right thru the acrylic!
I layered some papers on top of the acrylic and also placed some behind it...this creates a really unique look. These frames are also great because they are very lightweight and easy to hang on the wall.
Thanks for reading and I hope you'll be inspired to put a few stitches on your next creations!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Take the Inchies Challenge - Cuttlebug Challenge #89

SummerTime Minibook
Designed by : Miss Tracy
This week's challenge is a great one...Inchies! For my challenge submission, I created this minibook cover for a Summer Book that I am working on. I am a firm believer that not all creations should take hours or days to complete and this project is a perfect example of that! In fact, I am going to start a new segment here on my blog called the "20 minute Crafter" and it will include project ideas like this one, that only take 20 minutes to create...so if this intrigues you...please be sure to follow the blog because I will begin posting them weekly.
Here are the simple steps I took to make this wonderful album cover:
1. I took an 8x8 canvas board and did nothing to it...that's right...nothing. I left it white.
2. Then, I grabbed some of my scrap cardstock and punched 11 squares out of different colors. For this cover, I used a 1 3/8in. square punch.
3. I embossed the cardstock squares in different Cuttlebug Folders and lightly inked over them with assorted Distress Ink Pads.
4. I used the same punch on the photos of my kids and adhered the embossed squares and photos to my canvas board...watch your spacing.
6. Once they were in place, I cropped my family photo and mounted it on chipboard and placed it on the cover with pop dots.
7. And the last step...I embellished my canvas with the "SummerTime" rub on (My Minds Eye).
This was such a fun and simple creation...and created in only 20 minutes! I hope you will give it a try. Stay tuned for more "20Minute Crafter" segments!
Please visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see the other Inchie Projects created by their amazing Design Team. I encourage you to participate and enter your Inchie Creation on the CBC for the chance to win an awesome prize!!
Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

My tribute to Family Game Night!

Is Family Game Night as popular at your house as it is at mine??? If so, you may want to consider creating your very own altered Game Board like the one I have created here... for me, the journal card says it all..."Just being together is enough." ...I just love this quote and it just fits perfectly with the sentiment that I feel about our Family Game Nights...Just hanging out together, laughing and playing together, it's worth more than anything...simply put, it just brings me JOY!
I altered an old Scrabble Board with fun papers from the My Family paper collection by Fancy Pants and added in some great Game Night ephemera...Dominoes, Playing Cards, Scrabble Tiles, Dice and some Game Tokens and of course some wonderful pic's of my kiddos. It was so fun and easy to create...to see my step by step process, please visit the Cuttlebug Challenge blog for a full tutorial. http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/
I just absolutley LOVE how my Game Board turned out and I will treasure it forever! It will always remind me of our Family Game Night memories!
Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Welcome Home Maddi!

So happy to have Maddi home from Gymnastics Camp! She had such a good time and I have some great pic's of her and Bella Kayroli to scrap.

Monday, June 14, 2010

It's a Wedding Affaire - This week on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

Will Wedding Bells be ringing in your future? If you answered yes...then you will not want to miss out on all the beautiful Wedding projects being featured this week on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. The Wedding Affaire event began today and will run throughout the week with unique projects being featured each day. My project will be featured on Tues. 6/15...here is a quick sneak peek...
Please visit the CBC blog at http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ and be ready to be inspired! and wait...it gets better...just by following along, you will have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes including a Cricut Cake!!! Check it out!
I will post more pic's of my project and some tutorials on how to create the lovely blossoms and rosettes tomorrow Wed. 6/16...so follow along...you won't want to miss a thing!
Joyfully Yours,
Miss Tracy :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Is there a support group out there for this?!?!

Seriously folks...I have a major addiction to Sonic!!! My drug of choice...XL Coke with XXXTra ICE!!! I just can't make it thru a day without one...or two...or three....

What's your addiction??? Please let me know I'm not alone!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Organization Fav's in the Shack...

Hello Everyone!
I have had so many requests lately on organizational ideas so I decided to post some pic's...
My creative space happens to be a 10x16 building in my backyard that my family has affectionately named the Scrap Shack. It's fully insulated, has air cond/heating, and is packed from floor to ceiling with all my favorite things!! I would like to share a couple of my organization fav's ...they have added some much needed order to the Scrap Shack.

My Punch Rack (designed by my hubby):
Punches are so bulky and I hated keeping mine stuffed in a drawer or box because for me "out of sight" means "out of mind". I am such a visual person...I like to SEE all of my stuff. So my hubby came up with this amazing idea. He went to Lowes (or maybe it was Home Depot) and bought a piece of metal, then he measured the depth of the punches agaist the wall and cleverly bent the metal into shape with the help of his handy vice. He then attached it to the wall with screws and loaded it with my punches.
I currently have 3 punch bars in the Shack and I love them. Now, all of my punches are right there within arm's reach and I find that I use them so much more now.
Added bonus -- they look beautiful and I can look at them lovingly all day long! ha!
Here is a great idea for organizing your ribbon...Let's face it...ribbon is a beast! I am a ribbon addict and I have had such a difficult time trying to figure out the best way to store it. This system works great for me! I purchased several white photo boxes just like this one...
Then, I measured the inside of the boxes and cut some pieces of chipobard that were slightly smaller than my measurement. Next, I sorted my ribbon into basic color groups. Then, I simply began wrapping my pieces of ribbon onto the chipboard and secured the ends with pearl head pins. They fit so perfectly in the boxes and now I can group them easily by color.
If you are a visual person (like me) then place the lid under the box so you can see the beautiful colors of ribbon. If you would rather keep a tidier appearance in your creative space, then simply place the lid on the box and create a label for your ribbon box with the color group listed on it.
Thanks so much for following my blog...I hope these ideas will help to give you some solutions to your organizational challenges. Have a great weekend and remember...
Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!

Joyfully Yours,
Tracy :)

New Summer Class Projects...

Here is a quick peek at one of my newest projects for SuMmeR! Come by Anthologies tomorrow to see all of the fabulous NEW SuMmEr projects. We also have a free Make & Take for you to enjoy and will be having some fun give-aways! Hope you can come by and see me...Fri. 6/11 from 10a-5p and Sat. 6/12 10a-5p.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #87 - Fun with Paint!

My challenge this week on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog was to incorporate paint in a fun way! The timing couldn't have been better because we just recently repainted my youngest daughter Maddi's room. She went from "little girl" lavender to "tweenager" teal. Her room colors are now Teal, Black, White, and Purple. She has been wanting to start a collection of M's for one specific wall in her room so I decided to create her first one through this challenge. I just love the way it turned out...
I simply altered a wood frame with paint and black art metal (Ten Seconds Studio) which I embossed with Cuttlebug Folders in different designs. After I adhered them to the frame, I pounced on the different paint colors with a foam brush...

When the paint was dry, I sanded over the embossed designs to expose the silver finish (which is the core color of the black art metal). I then applied a coat of Glossy Accents (Ranger) over the metal and the frame to give it some fab glossiness...
Next, I embellished my daughter's monogram frame with some fabric accents and some beautiful Prima flowers along with a little bling and a vintage key. It looks great in her room and she is so proud of it...and I'm proud that the first piece of her M collection was a gift from Mom! Love you Maddi!
To see some of the other awesome "PaiNt" projects created by the CBC Design Team, go to http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ ...you will be amazed at this talented group of designers! Be sure to check back next Wed. I'll have another CBC Challenge project posted then.
Joyfully Yours,
Miss Tracy :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Exciting News!...Cuddling once again!

Hello everyone-- I'm so happy to announce my return to the Cuttlebug Challenge Design Team!


I will be posting my Challenge projects here on my blog every Wednesday and will have a few spotlight tutorials for you from time to time! The blog has over 4000 followers...so if you LoVe your Cuttlebug as much as I love mine and want to do more with it...then check out the site, please visit http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ and become a follower today so that you don't miss out on all the fabulous inspiration this talented team has to offer!

Have a terrific Tuesday...do something creative today!
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Take Flight" Altered Canvas Project

The Anthologies Connection Kit this month is called "Take Flight" and it is such a lovely collection of products. Here is one of the projects I created from goodies in my kit. This is a 6x6 canvas (Canvas Corp). I embellished it with some beautiful "Queen Bee" papers (Pink Paislee) and take a look at the ruffled trim (Pink Paislee)...too cute. The butterfly on the canvas is a digital element (House of 3) that was printed on a transparency. I just cut around it, folded it to create dimension, and embellished the body with some pretty pearls (Zva). I created the paper flower using some cardstock in my kit and embellished it further with Canvas Flowers (Jillibean Soup) and I love the Cork Center (Pink Paislee). The wire mesh on the canvas is actually a folded over piece of window screening and the monogram K is from a set of Corrugated Alphas (Jillibean Soup).

I was especially fond of the yarn that was in the kit! I tied off several pieces to create a bow and tucked it under my flower. I just love the texture and dimension that it adds! I used several strands of the yarn again to hang my altered canvas. I simply glued two coke can tabs to the back of the canvas and ran my yarn through them and tied it off at the top.

It may seem unusaul that I chose a picture with none of the paper colors in it...but I just love how the color in my daughter Kristyn's shirt just made the other colors PoP!

To see a complete listing of the "Take Flight" kit contents, please visit the Anthologies website at http://www.anthologiesbyme.com/. Check out the DT gallery while you're there to see other fabulous projects created with this month's kit.

Have a creative weekend!
Miss Tracy :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

GASC Greatness!

I had so much fun at the GASC this week! It is such a thrilling experience to go and be surrounded by so much Creative Energy!! Tim even took some time away from his demo desk for a quick photo shoot with us...tee hee! Okay, okay, maybe he didn't stop but he did take time out to autograph a photo... and man oh man, was his product flying off the shelves! Mario was ringing up sale after sale after sale...etc. Rhonda, Elaine, TIM, Me (Miss Tracy),Susan...
and here is TIM autographing his picture...
We also enjoyed chatting with the always lovely, Melissa Frances.
She is truly the Queen of Shabby Chic in my book!
and we also ran into Cheryl Darrow of Ten Seconds Studio...she is the Hottest Metal Mama of them all as far as I'm concerned. I was excited to hear she is working on some new designs...can't wait to see what she comes up with?!?!?
and everywhere we turned... there were our favorite customersrunning up to say hello, wanting to know what goodies we had purchased, showing us their fabulous finds, and spreading hugs to all!
I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful world of paper-crafting!
It has brought me and so many others such JOY!
If you have some free time, you should definitely check out the Great American Scrapbook Convention. It will be held thru this Sat. at the Arlington Convention Center. Check it out, you won't be dissappointed!
I'll post some of my favorite finds as soon as I take a few pic's of them...now it's off to work on new Summer Class projects for Open House this Fri. 6/11!
Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Super Stasher Page Swap!

Have you heard???? Yes...the secret is out....this month we will be having our 2nd annual Super Stasher Page Swap! You will leave this swap with 4 unique double 12x12 lo's. That's right 8 pages!! Better yet, you will be leaving with your same papers so this way you can bring in the types or themes of paper that are best suited for you and your pictures! Please do your best to get to the store a little early so that we can start on time. This is always such a fun event! So take a few deep breaths and check out your beloved "what to bring" list:

"What to Bring":
It's very important that you have ALL of your PAPER pre-cut and ink your edges (inking is optional) prior to coming to our meeting. These pages have been designed to show you how to use multiple printed papers on 1 lo. Collections and Double-sided papers will work great because they are already coordinated for you.

Layout #1:
Cardstock A - two 12x12 in. sheets Base Pages
Cardstock B - three 2x2 in. squares
Cardstock C - three 1 1/2 in. squares
one 6x6 in. piece
Printed A - one 4x12 in. piece
one 3x12 in. piece
Printed B - one 6x8 in. piece
Printed C - one 4x6 in. piece
one 4 1/2 x 5 in. piece
Printed D - one 5x7 in. piece
one 3x12 in. piece
Printed E - one 4x5 1/2 in. piece
Printed F - one 8x12 in. piece
Printed G - one 3x12 in. piece
Various Prints - three 1in. circles (use a circle punch, can be a little larger than an inch)

Layout #2:
Cardstock A - one 12x12 sheet of cardstock (base page)
Printed A - one 12x12 sheet of cardstock (base page)
Cardstock B - two 4 1/2 x 6 in. pieces
Cardstock C - one 5x7 in. piece
Cardstock D - one 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. pieces
two tags 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (shipping tags would work great for this too)
Printed B - one 6x12 in. piece
Printed C - one 4 x 5 1/2 in. piece
Printed D - one 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. piece
Printed E - one 4 x 5 1/2 in. piece
Printed F - one 4 x 5 1/2 in. piece
two 1x6 in. strips
Printed G - two 1x6 in. pieces
Printed H - one 4x4 in. piece

Layout #3:
Cardstock A - one 12x12 sheet (Base Page)
one 6x8 in. piece
Cardstock B - one 12x12 sheet (Base Page)
one 4x4 in. piece
Cardstock C - one 4x6 in. piece
eight punched 1 3/4 in. circles (little larger or smaller is okay)
Cardstock D - one 4x4 in. piece
Cardstock E - one 1 1/2 x 12 in. piece (use a border punch down one side of this strip)
Printed A - one 6x12 in. piece
one 2x6in. piece
Printed B - one 2x12 in. piece
one 8x12 in. piece
Printed C - one 6 1/2 x 9 in. piece
one 3x6 in. piece
Printed D - one 5x7 in. piece
Printed E - one 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. piece

Layout #4:
Cardstock A - one 12x12 sheet (Base Page)
two 4x6 in. pieces
one 1x12 in. piece
Cardstock B - one 12x12 sheet (Base Page)
Cardstock C - one 5x7 in. piece
Printed A - one 6x12 in. piece
Printed B - one 8x7 in. piece
one 4x3 in. piece
Printed C - one 5x4 in. piece
one 4 x 6 1/2 in. piece
Printed D - one 4x12 in. piece
one 2x12 in. piece
Printed E - three 1 1/2 x 4 in. pieces
Printed F - one 4x12 in. piece

Other items to bring:
Pop Dots
Paper Distresser (if you have one)
Hole Punch or Cropadile (if you have one)

Please clip or bag up the cut pieces and have them seperated by LO...also, please write your name on the back of each Base Page. This will ensure that your pages get back to YOU! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at cre8joy@sbcglobal.net and I will be happy to help! If you want to attend this swap, please contact Anthologies at (817) 282-2622 to reserve your seat.

HaPpY CuTTinG!
Tracy :)