Friday, April 29, 2011

Zipper Trim Flowers...gotta love them!!!

Hi Everyone--
Want to learn how to make these fabulous Zipper Flowers?!?!
Zipper Trim Flowers
Thanks to the great folks over at Maya Road, they have provided a video tutorial that I want to share with you! Take a will love how easy these flowers are to make!  I think they would be so cute as a pin or even attached on a bag or your favorite pair of flip flops! I carry this wonderful zipper trim at my Paper Arts Store, The Little Blue House (in Keller, TX)...perhaps you've heard of it!!  I have the Maya Road zipper trim in black, lt. blue, white, and chocolate.  You can view the video tutorial here!

Miss Tracy :)
P.S. on the video they use a needle and thread but you can eliminate this step by just using your hot glue to instantly hold your pieces in place....(just a quick tip from me to you)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Altered Window Workshop

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to obtain the original old windows that were removed from the Little Blue House when the original owners were renovating it.  I was so excited to "bring them home" so to!  I love old windows! They have such wonderful, vintage charm.
 I recently transformed one of the windows and it will now be a Specialty Workshop at the Little Blue House. I have kept most of the accents in neutral colors so if you want to customize the colors to match your decor, you can bring in a couple of printed papers of your own.  Here are a few close-up's of the unique details on this 32x32 in. window...

Here are the dates for the Window Workshop:
Saturday, 4/30 10a-2p
Thursday, 5/5 10a-2p and 5p-9p
Cost: $125
I have a limited number of windows available so if you are interested in joining me for this unique workshop, please don't delay, contact the LBH to reserve your window today
at (817) 431-7930.

Hope we can create together soon!
Miss Tracy :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More inspiration from the Front Porch!

Hello friends! I hope you are having a Happy Spring and enjoying all of the beautiful flowers that are in bloom.  It's such a special renewing itself! Here is a project featuring one of my all-time favorite Springtime photos that I created from my Front Porch Kit, Fresh from the Garden. 
Maddi's Boots
Designed by: Miss Tracy :)

I just adore this photo and if you have a minute, I would like to share the story behind it. This photo was taken back in the Spring of 2004 at my parent's farm, my Mom had already been diagnosed with Parkinson's at this point but was still managing the disease fairly well. My youngest daughter Maddi had gone down for a visit. Maddi loves the farm, always has, and the first thing she would do when we got there was run to the closet to get her rubber boots. She loved those silly boots and this particular Spring they had finally become too small and were getting really uncomfortable. My Mom finally convinced Maddi to "let them go" and that she had some gardening for them to do together. Of course, Maddi moped about not wearing her boots, until my Mom told her they were going to plant some flowers in them so she could enjoy them even after they were too small! Of course, this thrilled Maddi...and I think it was such an adorable idea! Maddi still has such wonderful memories of this time she spent with my Mom and soon after, her disease took a turn for the worse and this was really the last thing she and Maddi were able to do together.

When I was working with the Kit this month, it just kept reminding me of my Mom and her love of Spring. I decided to create this canvas for Maddi so she would have a wonderful keepsake of this memory that she and her GrandMommy shared. 

Here is a closer look...

I painted the canvas first with a base coat of Red paint and then applied a Crackle medium with a top coat of Black paint. I love how the crackle effect looks...very rustic! I used some of the LilyBee paper from my kit and distressed the edges with an edge distresser (Tonic). Next , I adhered the fabric swatch which had the word LIFE and definition on it with Helmar Fabric stiffener (works great as an adhesive too). Before adhering the fabric, I did remove a few strands of thread from the sides of the fabric to create a frayed edge. I added the Front Porch Kutz Leafy Vine Flourish to the canvas and applied Glossy Accents to it for dimension.  I kept the embellishments minimal on this project because I really wanted the photo of Maddi's boots to be the star of the show (so to speak). I simply added the Butterfly pin, and a little twine and the red crochet trim.  I created the little banner for my title from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Banners die.

I hope my project inspires you to preserve a Springtime memory of your own! I am going to make a companion canvas for this one featuring a photo of my Mom and Maddi (one that shows her wearing the boots) and attach the two with a couple of hinges and type up the story, print it off, and put it on the back of the canvases.

 I think Maddi will treasure this for years to come! Now that my Mom has passed, I have decided that every Mother's Day I will create a project that is tribute to her memory and give to one of my kiddos...this year it will be Maddi.

Thanks for reading...and I hope you have a blessed day!
Miss Tracy :)

P.S. If you are interested in this month's Front Porch Kit and want to see more projects created with it, please visit It's a fabulous kit and there are only a few left, so don't delay...order one today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Non-chocolate Easter Treat!!

I know...I know...Why in the world would
anyone ever want such a thing?!?!?!  
Well, even though most of us can enjoy loads of chocolate...
My grandboy Kaden is only 2 and I have been trying to think of alternatives to candy that I can put in his Easter Basket.  I was blog hopping and came across this adorable Easter Carrot!
Take a look...
I was so excited to stumble across this!!! These carrots will be perfect for him and they will be so easy to put together! I just had to share it with you in case you were looking for any simple Easter Treat ideas. If you have any other non-chocolate,
toddler-friendly ideas, please post them.
 I would love to hear your suggestions!

Hoppy Easter!
Miss Tracy :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Live from Keller,'s Friday Night!!!!

Tune in tonight on Ustream as we introduce the
NEW Front Porch Kit...Fresh from the Garden!
Here is the Ustream Link:

I hope you will join in for some good ol' fashioned crafty fun! Old McDonald is making a rare appearance...yay!...and we will show off the NEW kit & projects, share some crafty gardening techniques, and show you just how easy it is to create an adorable bird cage out of paper and a recycled ribbon spool!

Here is a peek...

Today the Kit is officially released and you can view the Full Contents, see the display board, feature projects and the Inspiration Gallery on the Front Porch website HERE!

I will be posting my creations over the next few days...Here is one of the layouts that I designed from the kit...
A Kiss & A Hug
designed by: Miss Tracy :)

These photos were taken at the LBH when the Bluebonnets were in full bloom. Let me tell you, my hat goes off to you professional photographers out there...'cause taking pictures of toddlers isn't easy! However, I did manage to capture a KISS and a HUG. I love how this layout turned out and it will be very simple for you to re-create! Here is a closer look at the details...
I inked and folded my Front Porch Kutz butterflies to create depth and dimension. Notice the leaves, they are cut from the beautiful Spring Leafy Trim made by Webster's Pages...You will recieve 24 in. of it with your Fresh from the Garden Kit!! I just love their ribbons and unique trims!

I will post more Front Porch Fresh from the Garden creations over the next few days. So stay tuned and become a follower today to ensure you don't miss out on future projects and I have a few tutorials coming soon!

Remember to post your comments here and on the LBH blog for chances to WIN! To purchase a Fresh from the Garden Kit, you can order online at or you may order by phone or in person at the LBH. (817) 431-7930 Kits are only available while supplies last. So don't delay... order today and we will happily send this kit to you from our Front Porch to yours!!

Hope to see you at Friday Night Live!!
Keep Creating!!
Miss Tracy :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Final Countdown to the NEW Front Porch Kit!!!

Woo Hoo!  I'm counting down the minutes for the Big Reveal of this month's NEW Front Porch Kit! I have one final
sneek peak for you to enjoy...
Also, if you are curious who the Celebrity Guest will be for our Friday Night Live webcast?!?!!? The suspense is over...You can find out WHO it IS!!!! Visit the LBH blog at
and read all about it!!

Don't forget I have some special Garden goodies for one lucky commenter...Keep your comments coming! Post comments on the LBH blog for a chance to win a FREE kit! Winners will be announced during our Friday Night Live webcast!
Here is the Ustream Link:

There are still a few seats left in our Friday Night Live CROP if you would like to come and join us! I have a few special goodies for all the croppers! Contact the LBH if you would like to reserve a seat!

Have a creative day!
Miss Tracy :)
p.s. pre-orders have already begun...don't miss out!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Day...Another Peek!!

Good Morning Friends! Miss Tracy here, posting another couple of sneaks for you from my NEW Front Porch Kit...

I'm just bursting at the seams....I just can't wait to show off this freshly picked kit to you! Only 2 more days til the Big Reveal!  I'm counting the minutes!!!! What about you?!?!

I hope you will make plans to join me this Friday for Friday Night Live! The webcast begins at 8:30pm CST (but tune in early for a few giggles). Here is the Ustream link:

I have loved reading your sweet comments about the LBH! You gals really know how to bring a smile to my face...Thank You for that! Keep them coming...for a chance to WIN a
special goodie from ME!
I will annouce the winner during FNL!

More later...stay tuned!
Miss Tracy :)

P.S. Did you hear about the Celebrity Guest?? He will be making an appearance on FNL...hmmmm...wonder who it could be?!?! I'll tell you tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Front Porch Sneaker!!!!

As promised, I will be posting a few sneak peeks each day this week of our NEW Front Porch KIT! 
Fresh from the Garden is now available for pre-order!

To pre-order, visit the Front Porch Kits website at if you are local to the Little Blue House in Keller, TX then you can order via phone or walk in.  I am so excited about this kit! It is jam-packed with the most fabulous array of papers, embellishments, and a few other "unexpected" treasures!

The full reveal of Fresh from the Garden will take place this Friday 4/15 and we will also air our 2nd episode of Friday Night Live. Here is the Ustream link:
Show begins at 8:30pm CST. Please join us!!

I have a special give-away for you this week!  Everyone who posts a comment on my sneak peek posts will be entered into a drawing to win a prize! I will announce the winner during our Friday Night Live webcast! Share with me why you love creating at the
Little Blue may post as many comments as you wish to up your chances of winning! Looking for more prize opportunities?!!? Visit the LBH blog at

Have a Fabulous Day and Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sneak Peek of the NEW Front Porch Kit!

Good Morning Friends and Happy Spring!
I'm so excited about this month's Front Porch Kit!  Each day this week I will be posting a new sneak peek for you to enjoy! Then on Fri. 4/15 the full kit and projects will be revealed! Here is Peek #1:

Please join me for another episode of Friday Night Live! 
 It airs this Fri. 4/15 on Ustream and the show
begins at 8:30pm CST.  Pre-orders for Fresh from the Garden will begin tomorrow Tues. 4/12. You may pre-order at
or if you're local, contact the LBH at (817) 431-7930 or
stop by and see me!

Check back tomorrow for another great peek...
Happy Monday!
Miss Tracy :)