Friday, July 30, 2010

Calling all Scrapstasher's!

Hello fellow Stasher's! This month our meeting will be all about RIBBONS & FIBERS & TRIMS...oh my?!?! I have some great organizational ideas for you as well as a few fun projects for us to create! Hope you will make plans to join me this Mon. 8/2 or Tues. 8/3. Here is the list of items that you will need to bring with you to class:

"What to Bring":
Lots of Ribbons & Fibers & Trim Scraps(if you mainly have spools, then bring a variety of 6 to 8 in. pieces)
Two 8 1/2x 11 in. sheets of white cardstock
Glue dots
Tacky Tape or Sheet
Stapler
Tacky Glue (Zip Dry or Fabritac)
Small Wood Frame (I used one of those$1 chunky wood frames at Michaels)
Foam Brush & Paint
Scissors

If you would like to join me, please call Anthologies at 817-282-2622 to reserve a seat. i look forward to creating with you!

Joyfully Yours,
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Christmas in July - Embossed Metal Ornaments

Embossed Metal Ornaments:
Designed By: Tracy Pounds
Hello Everyone-- Here is another featured project for the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's Christmas in July week! My project today are these beautiful embossed metal ornaments.
Such pretty details.....
Here is a look at the items I used to create my ornaments. To see my full tutorial, please visit the CCB at http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/ . I think a set of these ornaments would be a great "early" Christmas present for someone that appreciates hand-made items...they will have a hard time believing that their actually hand-made! These ornaments are so elegant and they will look especially nice as the glow of christmas lights sparkles around them. Hope you feel inspired to create some for yourself too!



Want to see the full tutorial??....please click on the link
http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/2010/07/christmas-in-july-embossed-ornaments.html

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Christmas in July- Embossed Metal Card Tree

Every day this week, the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog will be featuring wonderful Christmas inspired projects! One project feature that I contributed was my fabulous Embossed Metal Card Tree...it's a wonderful way to display the beautiful Christmas Cards and Photo Cards that you receive during the holidays! Here is a closer look...
To learn more about the steps I took to create this one-of-a-kind display piece, please check out the CCB today. My post is scheduled to air at noon. Stay tuned...I have a couple more Christmas-ey projects posting later this week!
Joyfully Yours,
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thumb's Up for Oak Street Cottage!

I just attended the Oak Street Cottage this past weekend and had a fabulous time! The Cottage is located in Roanoke (right down the street from Babe's and Twisted Root) and it is over 100 years old. Mary and Laura have done a wonderful job making the Cottage a charming, relaxing place to create! The accomodations were great! If you are planning a retreat in the future, I highly recommend them. Please visit http://www.oakstreetcottage.com/ to learn more.

I attended this retreat with other ladies in my Sunday School class...it has become a tradition for us and we have gone every summer now for several years. I always look forward to spending time with them...
Oh ... and for all my fellow SoNiC-addicted friends...no worries...there is a Sonic right down the road from the Cottage. Trust me when I say, we gave them a good bit of business this weekend...
I'll post a few of the LO's I created at my retreat a little later this week! Thanks to my dear, sweet friends for another fabulous, memorable, Summer Scrappin' Retreat!

Getting a head start??...Christmas in July!

Cuttlebug Challenge invites you to a full week of
Christmas Delights beginning
Monday, July 19th,
culminating with a
Christmas Around the Clock Festival
beginning at Midnight “Christmas Eve” on
July 24th, with a new exciting
Christmas Challenge every hour
all through the day “Christmas Day” July 25th!

Bring your friends, your craft supplies, and be ready to create some of the most fabulous gifts, cards, decorations and home décor items you can imagine! Our designers have created some great tutorials for you! They will be featured throughout the week!

We will also have a beautiful Sketch challenge for Be Inspired Wednesday, then....On Sunday, (starting at midnight Saturday night), we will have 24 one hour challenges!
We will show you a project that will inspire you, give you all of the directions, and then have LINKZ set up, so you can create your own projects and post them.You will have until August 1st to complete as many as you can, and we will be giving Cuttlebug Prizes to those who complete and post the most challenges!!!
So what are you waiting for?!?!?!
Head over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and prepare to be inspired in a Holly Jolly way!
Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #92-Garden Wonder

My Cuttlebug Challenge this week was to feature a "garden-inspired" project. Butterflies were the first thing to come to mind. My project today is a distressed tag created with my Cuttlebug EF's and some grungeboard. I love the look of embossed grungeboard! Take a look... Miss Tracy's How To:
1. Take a tag (this is a shipping tag that you can find at any office supply store. You can get a bundle of 100 for $5...they are a great deal!) or simply cut a piece of cardstock to create a tag. Emboss each end of the tag with a different Cuttlebug EF. Be sure to leave a blank space in between the two designs. This is where you will stamp your sentiment. 2. I then rubbed over the embossed designs on the tag with Distress Ink pads (tim holtz). The top portion with Antique Linen and the bottom portion with Pealed Paint.
3. Next, I embossed a grungeboard swirl in the Swiss Dot EF and then I carefully positioned my grungeboard butterfly wings right at the edge of the Script folder and then did same thing to the bottom portion of the wings in a different EF.
4. I then painted the grungeboard with a light coat of Cream colored paint.
5. While paint is drying, stamp your sentiment in the blank space on the tag.
6. Once paint is completely dry, lightly rub over the wings of your butterfly with chalk inks (cat eyes). I used Celadon on the top portion and Yellow Cadium on the bottom. Repeat this step on the grungeboard swirl. I used Dark Moss on it.
7. To add a little more texture and distressed look, I took another Distress Ink Pad (Brushed Corduroy) and lightly pressed on top of the embossed designs on the swirl and the wings. I also ran it along the edges of the grungeboard. 8. Next I added some trim and ribbon to the middle and bottom of the tag as shown.
9. I then bent my butterfly wings into shape (great thing about grungeboard...you can mold it into shape and it actually holds the form) then adhere the wings and the swirl into place using a liquid adhesive as shown.
10. I used one of the Tim Hotz keys as the butterfly's body. I adhered it with a pop dot for added dimension.
11. Tie off tag with a ribbon and your done! I plan on using my Distressed Tag on a future lo as an embellishment. Let me know what you use yours for!

Please visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog if you haven't already...It is a great resource for inspiration, tutorials, and fun challenges (like this one). Also, lots of opportunities to win awesome prizes. I am having so much fun designing for them!

To ensure you don't miss anything...go to http://www.cuttlebugchallengeblog.blogspot.com/add them to your blog roll today!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Playing in the Rain!

Wanted to share a couple pic's of Maddi and Kayden playing in the rain last week. Kaden was having a ball! ...and Maddi had fun too! I just love Kaden's curious nature and his sense of adventure! He was completely soaked and not too happy about having to come back in the house. I look forward to scrapbookin' these on my retreat this weekend! I can't hardly wait...I will be retreating at the Oak Street Cottage with some dear friends. I'll post some pic's and let you know all about the Cottage when I return.

Have a great week!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The 20 Minute Crafter - Project #2

Welcome to the second episode of The 20 Minute Crafter!! I am a firm believer that not all creations should take hours or days to complete and today's LO is a perfect example of that! This project was actually inspired by a recent Design Challenge that I was assigned on the Cuttlebug DT...we were asked to create something inspired or incorporating doilies or lace. I decided to create a LO and use a doilie as a mask to create a wonderful, unique background page.

Believe it or not...this LO only took 20 minutes to create...no joke! I have posted my "How to" for you below. Here are the items you will need to re-create this Star-Spangled LO:

What you Need:
one Paper Doilie 12in.
(I used a paper doilie...you can find them on the baking/cake aisle. They were 12 in a pkg. and it retailed for $2. They come in a wide variety of sizes.)
one 12x12 sheet of White Cardstock (Prism)
Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) or Maya Mist (Maya Road)
Cardstock to mat your photo
Small piece of Barn Red Art Metal (Ten Seconds Studio)
Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/Provocraft)
Burnishing Block or lightweight sander
two Printed Papers and small tag(On Holiday/Girls Paperie)
Dimensions: Red w/dot 12 x 2 1/2 in. Ledger Paper 5 x 1 1/2 in.
Thickers (American Crafts)
Twine and ribbon
Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
assorted Jewels and Stars (Walmart)
Crystal Star Trinket Pin (Maya Road)

Miss Tracy's How To:
First, lay the doilie onto the White Cardstock slightly off the page. Spritz your mist all over the exposed cardstock and the open cut outs of the doilie.

When you have the coverage you want, carefully remove the doilie to reveal the masked design... To speed up the drying time, apply your heat gun to the wet paper...this will dry the paper very quickly. Set the page aside and grab your art metal. Emboss the red art metal in a Cuttlebug Folder or with a TSS design mold. Lightly sand over the metal to expose the silver core. Punch 4 circles out of the metal and cut each one in half with your scissors. Mat your photo and adhere your printed papers and photo in place on your page. Be sure to ink the edges of the papers if desired. Next adhere the half circles around the photo mat. I used a liquid adhesive to glue mine into place. Now you can embellish your doilie design with the small jewels and stars.Tie off your tag with ribbon. Adhere tag and a strip of the same ribbon to your LO. I then placed my Thickers on the LO to spell the word HAPPY. We're almost done...can you believe it?!?! Cut some Twine and wrap around your page. Secure with a bow. Place the Star Trinket pin in place next to HAPPY. Add your journalling and lightly rub over letters and the corners of your page with Diamond Stickles...and waa laa...You have a fabulous Star-Spangled LO!

So what are you waiting for...print this off and get busy re-creating one of your own! Be sure to add yourself as a follower to my blog to ensure that you don't miss out on the next episode of ...The 20 MinUte CrAftEr! Also, if you want to see the other Cuttlebug DT members Doilie inspired projects, go to http://www.cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/.

Remember...Stay true to your passion--Keep Creating!

Joyfully Yours,

Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

God Bless America!


I thought it was fitting this 4th of July weekend to post a patriotic project! This is a project that I designed last summer...it features charming papers from the Little Guy paper collection (Melissa Frances/Heart & Home) and the fabulous Barn Red Art Metal (Ten Seconds Studio). I thought the Stars Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug/Provocraft) was a perfect match for this Star-Spangled creation!
Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! and as always....
Stay true to your passion--Keep Creating!!
God Bless America!
Miss Tracy :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Calling all Scrapstasher's!

Hello fellow Stasher's! Can you believe we are already halfway through 2010...unbelievable isn't it?!?! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and I am really looking forward to creating with you once again. I have a really fun project planned for you...it will be a great way to preserve some of those Summer memories that you are making this year....and better yet, you'll have "Double the Fun" with this project because it can be used in two different ways! Here is the list of items that you will need to bring with you to our meeting:

"What to Bring":
Chipboard - six 5x7 pieces
(if you don't have chipboard, you can cut up cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)

Cardstock - seven 5x7 pieces (can be assorted colors if you like)
Printed Papers - bring a variety of Summer(they don't have to be themed papers , they could just be summer colors if you want)
Summer Photos/Embellishments/Ephemera- (optional - could be added later)
Alpha's that spell out SUMMER - you could cut these on your cricut, stamp them, use Thickers or Chipboard Alpha's, etc. It would be great if they were about 2" to 3" tall.
Large Eyelets - 12 coordinating colors
Cropdile or other eyelet setting tool
Coordinating Ribbons - 3 or 4 different ones that go well with your papers.
Ball trim - (trim with poms hanging on it; six 5 in. pieces, they can be various colors or the same...it's up to you)
Twine - 1 yd.
Coordinating Buttons - various colors and sizes
Shredding Scissors (if you have them)
Adhesive
Glue Dots
Pop Dots
Diamond glaze or Glossy Accents / foam brush
Scissors
Stapler
Cat Eyes (or small ink pads for inking edges of papers)
A couple of your favorite border punches

I will supply all the rest...We're gonna have a great time gals! Please let me know if you have any questions. If you haven't reserved your seat yet, please contact the store at (817) 282-2622 to sign up. See you next week!

Miss Tracy :)
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