Thursday, December 27, 2012

Our White Christmas!

What an amazing day and what great memories I will have of seeing my GrandBoy and even my big Kiddos eyes light up as the snow began to fall! There is just something magical about SNoW in Texas! ...and the fact that it happened on Christmas Day makes it even more special! I can't wait to scrap some of these photos...

Winter Fun at it's best! 
Hope we get a couple more SNoW Days
 before Spring heads are way.

It's a perfect time to put up the "Bundle Up" tags on my Blocks & Base. These are now on display and available at the 
Little Blue House if you want to create a set of your own. 

This Mini Tag Set is available as a kit or you can create in any of the LBH Buffets. For more info, stop by or call us (817) 431-7930.

Let it SNoW!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FREE Embossed Tag Tutorial

One of my all time favorite things to do is to craft with my Embossing Folders! I absolutely LOVE them and can't get enough of them. Today, I thought it would be fun to share an Embossed Tag that I designed and share a FREE tutorial with you!

Wonder Tag
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

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 around $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 Embossing Folder. 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 Embossing Folder 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 Embossing Folder.

4. I  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 in your desired colors. Repeat this step on the grungeboard swirl. 

7. To add a little more texture and a 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 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!

Thanks for reading and I hope you will be inspired to do some Embossing of your own...Imagine the beautiful tags you could adorn your Christmas Gifts with! 

Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Join me for Scrapstashers!!!

Scrapstashers Anonymous is a special workshop
 aimed at helping you use your "Stash" of Supplies
in inspiring, creative ways! We will design a specific project each month and provide you with a list of "what to bring" to create the project! You will bring the items on your list from 
your own "Stash" of supplies!

There is an interesting twist with this workshop...
You won't know what we are making until you
come to class!...but hey, a little mystery in life is
good for you! You will really enjoy seeing everyone's 
finished projects in a variety of papers, 
colors, etc. and it's a great opportunity
to put your "Stash" to good use!

December Scrapstasher's Meetings:
Tuesday, 12/11
10am-noon 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: $5 per Stasher
Instructor: Miss Tracy :)

 Let's Celebrate Christmas!
I have a "sweet" project planned for us and if you are interested, please join in on our Stasher's Christmas Cookie Swap!
Bring a batch of your favorite Christmas Cookies to share and bring eighteen 3x5 or 4x6 recipe cards featuring the recipe for that cookie!

We will have a "sweet" time sampling all the cookies and creating a special project...perfect for this Holiday Season! We will also have a Stasher's Gift Exchange ($5-$10) for anyone wanting to participate...Bring a gift, Leave with a gift!

"What to Bring" List:
Batch of Cookies (optional)
Eighteen 3x5 or 4x6 Recipe Cards to swap
One Clipboard (standard size)
Three coordinating 12x12 Printed Papers
(Christmas/Holiday themed)
Three different coordinating 12x12 sheets of Cardstock
One Sheet of Washi Tape (available at LBH)
1/2 yd. Jumbo Ric Rac (available at LBH)
Coordinating Buttons 
1/2 yd. of two different ribbons
1/2 yd. of Baker's Twine (available at LBH)
Couple of Jingle Bells (available at LBH)
Craft Paint & Brush 
Tape Runner & Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Pop Dots or Dimensional Squares
Chalk Ink for edges of Papers (optional)

I will provide everything else for your project. Please let me know if you have any questions...Sure hope you will make plans to come!

Stop by or call the LBH to reserve your seat.
(817) 431-7930

Merry Crafting!
Miss Tracy :) 

*Scrapstasher Fee is non-refundable and Non-transferable.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Yee Haw!!! What a Great Weekend!!!

I had such a fabulous time these last few days at the multiple Little Somethings Workshops that were held at the Little Blue House!!!

We had so much Rootin' Tootin' Crafty FuN and I want to thank everyone who attended. Y'all are the best! I love how you some of you came dressed for the occasion and followed along with our Texas Christmas theme! We definitely had some YeeHaw Yuletide Spirit and you did a FabuLouS job on your 10 Little Something Projects! I love how so many of you were inspired to make multiples of them for your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. 

I hope you will make plans to join us again next year...for our 4th Annual Little Somethings Workshop!!! 

And for those of you who "Saddled Up" for a picture with our Lone Star Santa...Check out the LBH Facebook Page to see your photos! 

 Thank you again for joining us for this Magical Event! ...and I want to extend a HuGe Thank You to my fellow Elf Ranger Instructors...Thanks for putting 110% into making this event such a wonderful success! I love my LBH gals!!!
Thanks to you to Santa for traveling all the way from the North Pole to visit us here at the LBH!

Have a Merry Christmas Y'all and
Crafty New Year!!!
Miss Tracy :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Countdown to the LBH Little Somethings Workshop!

It's that time of year once again....
Time for the LBH Little Somethings Workshop!

Saddle up and get yourself over to the LBH to reserve your seat...We still have a few available.
 I think we all know that everything is Bigger and Better here in the Lone Star State... so this year, we're bringing you Bigger and Better Little Somethings in true Texas Style!!!

You will love creating all kinds of Holly-Jolly Projects....perfect Little Somethings to give to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc. This year you will be creating 10....that's right 10 projects while experiencing a little YeeHaw Yuletide excitement! You will also receive a Project Guide...filled with Rootin' Tootin' Tutorials for all 10 projects!

Five Sessions to choose from:
Thurs. 11/29 6pm-9pm
Fri. 11/30 10am-1pm
Sat. 12/1 9:30am-12:30pm
Sat. 12/1 2pm-5pm
Sun. 12/2 2pm-5pm
Cost: $40

What to bring and When to Come???
Just load your Scissors in your Holster and arrive 15 minutes early...with a Smile on your Face! 
Everything else is provided for you. 

Join us for this Craftastic Event and you'll receive some Very Merry Elf Ranger training! You will be creating some magical Stocking Stuffers in the LBH Creative Corral,  creating Dashing Designs with the Wrapping Wranglers, and Cookin' Up some great Goodies in the Boot Scootin' Cafe! 

Be on the lookout...Santa will be making his annual appearance ...So be on your best behavior!  
Stay on Santa's Nice List...Complete all your training...and YoU will receive a special Elf Ranger Badge! At the end of the Workshop, YoU can go Saddle Up and Take a Photo with Santa! Show him your Badge and he will give you a Goodie Bag filled with wonderful products donated by your favorite Companies!

Don't delay...Sessions are filling up fast! 
You can stop by or call the LBH to reserve your seat.
(817) 431-7930

Merry Christmas Y'all!
Miss Tracy & Santa

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Pretty Petals Ornaments

Good Morning friends! It's day #8 of the LBH 12 Days of Ornaments feature. I hope you have enjoyed all the ornament tutorials that we have featured so far and will stay tuned for the final four...they are FaBuLouS! 
 I have a couple of great handmade ornaments to share with you...Introducing my Pretty Petals Poinsettia Ornament and my Pretty Petals Snowflake Ornament!

I call them Pretty Petals because they are made from multiple petals and SO easy to create. Continue reading and I'll show you how! They are layered in a way that makes the Ornament appear to have a lovely intricate design.

You may be curious about the material that I used to make my Pretty Petal Poinsettia and my Pretty Petal Snowflake. It's the same rolled corrugate that was used on yesterday's Frosty Snowmen. 
Let's Begin with the Pretty Petal Snowflake Ornament...
Here are the  supplies you will need:

Six Strips of Corrugate - 3/4 x 6 in.
Five Strips of Corrugate - 1/4 x 6 in.
White Paint
Snow Tex & Plastic Knife
Diamond Stickles
Hot Glue
Cropadile or Hole Punch
Embellishment for center of Snowflake:
Mistables Snowflake (Studio Calico)
Glitter Ball
Baker's Twine
All of these items are available at the Little Blue House!

Let's get started! 
The corrugate is really easy to cut. You can cut it with your scissors or a guillotine style cutter. Begin, by painting the smooth side of all of your corrugate strips. 

Let it dry and then apply Diamond Stickles. I dotted some of the stickles on a strip and then pounced/spread it over the strip with my finger. Repeat this step with each strip and allow to dry.

On the currugated side of each strip we will be applying SnowTex.

I used the glistening SnowTex that sparkles. If you use regular SnowTex, you can add stickles after it's dry to add sparkle. Using a plastic knife, I spread the SnowTex over the corrugate. Don't cover completely...leave some of the corrugate showing through.

Let the SnowTex dry...You can speed the process along by drying with your heat gun. Be cautious though! Too much heat, too close up...could scorch the product giving you brown snow. 

Once dry, you can begin making your petals. This is very easy to do! Just dot a some hot glue on the end of the smooth side of your strip and attach the opposite end to create a loop. Make petals out of all five 1/4 in. strips and five of the six 3/4 in. strips.

Now take your final remaining 3/4 in. strip and coil into a circle. Use hot glue to secure on the end. 

Lay out the 3/4 in. petals and circle center as shown here...Hot glue into place. I'm working on top of my heat resistant craft mat.

To pull the petals together, simply add another drop of hot glue in between each petal and hold together with your fingers until the glue has set up. Repeat between each petal.

Our base of the ornament is now complete...time to layer! Apply a nice blob of hot glue to the center coiled circle of the base ornament and then begin positioning your 1/4 in. petals into the glue. Each petal will touch in the center. Position as shown where the top petal is layered in between the larger base petals.

It will look like this when you are finished...If your ornament is like this point it was covered in glue hairs. You can easily dissolve the glue hairs by applying a little hot air with your heat gun. It's like magic! They just dissappear!

I punched a hole in one base petal tip and looped through a piece of Baker's Twine to create my ornament hanger. I adorned my center of my Snowflake (on both sides) with a Mistables Snowflake. I added a little stickles to it to make it sparkle. Then I cut my small styrophoam glitter ball in half and mounted it to the center of the small snowflake. 

I LoVe the end result! So pretty...and I love that I could make all different sizes to adorn my tree or hang on a garland or wreath!

Now you can follow the exact same steps and create my Pretty Petals Poinsettia...This time I painted my strips with Red Paint on both sides and then painted over that with a product called Craft Twinkles. I used is like a glitter glaze and adds a lovely glittery effect. 
Onve your paint and twinkles are dry...then create your petals and circle coiled center just like the Snowflake Ornament. Here is a quick picture review of your steps...

Here is a look at my Pretty Petals Poinsettia...

I hope you will be inspired to recreate these Pretty Petal Ornaments! We have loads of the rolled corrugate material at the LBH that we are selling in 1 yd. bundles. You will love crafting with it and even's extremely budget friendly!

I hope you will stop by the HouSe this week to see these beauties on display on our LBH Christmas Tree...Pictures hardly do them justice AND if you would like a chance to WIN your choice of these two ornaments, please POST a COMMENT on the LBH blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to WIN!  

Have a Merry Day!
Miss Tracy :)