Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Artsy Pockets for your Studio!

Hello friends! Today I thought I would share a little of my Front Porch Inspiration with you! These are what I like to call my
Artsy Pockets!
I made two of them for my Studio out of my "One Sunny Day" Front Porch Kit. Take a looksie...I love how they turned out! 



  I used wood planks (aka Hank the Plank), you may remember him from the first Front Porch Kit. If you are interested in re-creating this project, you can always find "Hank" for sale at the LBH for only $1.99...great deal huh?!!! I used two of the canvas pennant banners that were in my FP kit and opened them up to create pockets...like so...


I then covered them with some fun fabrics and trims from my FP Kit. I used Echo Park (Lemon Dot) & Crate Paper (Toy Box) papers from my kit to cover my Planks. I chose fun bright colors!



Here is what they looked like before I added the final touches... I couldn't wait...had to put my brushes and colored pencils in the pockets to see what they looked like...of course, I loved the look but didn't want to stop there...


I took my Artsy Pockets to a whole new level by adding the words, CrEaTe & CoLoRs!
I cut individual letters our of my Toy Box paper and mixed in a few alpha's (Pink Paislee) that also came in my kit. I really like to mix up foNts...something about it just makes me SmiLe!!

Added a button here and a button there...and waa laa...my Artsy Pockets were complete!! Anxiously waiting to hang on the wall and inspire me to create!!
I hope you'll consider making some for your creative space! Thanks for reading...hope you have been inspired! Be sure to follow my blog to ensure that you don't miss out on any future creative FuN!!

"One Sunny Day" Kits are still available. Check them out and be sure to take a look at the Project Gallery...It's loaded with fabulous projects created out of this kit.

Remember...Stay true to your passion--Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yummy Treat Towers!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to share some really yummy Treat Towers that we are creating over at the Little Blue House! These Treat Towers were designed by me and our custom cut for our LBH customers. I designed them so that they can be easily taken apart for storage if you don't want to leave yours our all the time. These Treat Towers would be so CUTE for your next Party filled with treats, cupcakes, etc. or if your like me, I'm always looking for creative ways to display and store my art supplies in my studio! These towers look great with jars filled with this & that...anything from Buttons to Tools...it all looks fabulous!
With any of the Home Decor projects that we create at the LBH, we always let you choose your own paint colors and papers! This way you can create something custom that matches your taste and decor. Take a look at these Towers created by
Elizabeth Bray and Linda Kratzert...


If you would like to create a Treat Tower for yourself, just give me a call at the LBH (817) 431-7930 and you can reserve a seat at any of our LBH buffets.  Have a creative weekend!!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wedding Affaire - "Lovely" Altered Dress Form!


Hello everyone -- Welcome to my blog! After visiting with several of my customers, I'm hearing more and more about upcoming Weddings! So I thought I would share a project that I designed a while back...an altered dress form! I altered this metal dress form with beautiful beaded paper to create her dress. I then adorned it with wonderful hand made flowers, ribbons, sequin trim, and a touch of bling here and there. I think she would be lovely greeting guests near the Wedding Guest Book or directing people to the Wedding Gift Table at the reception. I adorned her with some torn paper flowers using the Theresa Collins paper collection, Mr. & Mrs. I created one of the flowers specifically to leave the "lovely" word revealed...
I also wanted to add some texture and interest to my dress form so I used the new Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die cut and cut out a variety of flowers out of art metal. I used Rock Star Black and Kiss Me Pink metal from Ten Seconds Studio. I embossed my metal flowers in a variety of Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and simply layered them and shaped the petals so that the blossoms are nice and dimensional.
To add even more texture and interest, I created unique rosettes out of Pink Crepe Paper and charming white rosettes out of used dryer sheets...yep, that's right...Re-Cycled Dryer Sheets!
Here are the items you will need to create these lovely blossoms for yourself...
To create the embossed metal flowers, I simply cut a couple of pieces of art metal (Rock Star Black & Kiss Me Pink:Ten Senconds Studio) and die cut flowers using the new Tattered Florals die (Tim Holtz) and my Cuttlebug. His dies work great using the two B plates.
Next, I embossed the flowers in a variety of Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (Provocraft). Be sure to emboss your metal with the color-side up...
Next, I sanded over the embossed design to expose the silver core...
The metal is quite soft so you can form your petals and really make your blossom come to life...
Now, on to the re-cycled dryer sheet and crepe paper flowers...to create these you will cut your dryer sheet into strips and tear a piece of crepe paper off the roll...
Next, you will need a scrap piece of paper and some tacky glue. I really like using Fabri-Tac for making flowers..it's super tacky! Spread a circular glob of glue onto your scrap paper like so...
Let's start with the dryer sheet strip first. Simply twist the strip...
Now begin coiling the end of the strip (kind of like a snail's shell), place in the center of the glob of glue and begin twisting and coiling around and around and around...
When you reach the end of the strip, tuck the end up under the flower and set aside to dry...
The same process is used with the crepe paper rosettes. First, spread another glob of glue and twist the crepe paper...
Once again twist and coil the end of the strip and place in the center of the glue glob...begin twisitng and coiling around. When you reach the end, simply tuck it under your rosette and set aside to dry...
To add a little more pizzazz to your rosettes, dab with some stickles to create a lovely sparkly effect...
When the rosettes are dry, take your scissors and cut at a slight angle around the base of the flowers...
And now your blossoms are complete... They make such beautiful embellishments and are quite inexpensive to create!
I hope that my "Lovely" Dress Form and hand-made blossoms have inpired you! ... Good luck to all who are hearing those "wedding bells" in you near future!!


Stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Full Reveal - One Sunny Day and NEW FPK Blog!

Hello Everyone--

The wait is finally over and I can now show you the entire Kit n Kaboodle of what's coming to you in your
 One Sunny Day
Front Porch Kit!

FPK June Kit

It is truly "sun"sational! With this kit, you will also receive an Instructional CD which includes full pictures and step by step instructions for 6 projects and templates for our new Build-a-Flower design in 3 different sizes! To purchase your kit and to view the Front Porch Project Gallery, visit our FPK website at www.frontporchkits.com

I'm also happy to announce that our Front Porch Kits BLOG is up and running! You can check it out at
Become a follower today and get ready for some awesome projects, tutorials, and some fun challenges too!

THANK YOU to all who came to see us at GASC!
Have a Happy Monday!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

More Sneakers....

Hello Everyone!
There's only 1 more day until the BIG REVEAL of the newest Front Porch Kit release....yay!! It is so appropriately called "One Sunny Day" and it is so bright and cheerful! I can't wait for you to see all of it! But for now....how about a couple more sneak peeks!


This fabulous kit is now available for pre-orders. You may visit the FP website at www.frontporchkits.com and order TODAY! If you are local to the Little Blue House in Keller, TX you may call us and place an order by phone at (817) 431-7930. We will also be selling our Front Porch Kits at GASC which is being held at the Arlington Convention Center this Thurs. thru Sat. We will be located on the back wall in Booth #1111....come see us if you can! We have a special Make & Take that you will LOVE!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Miss Tracy :)