Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My NEW Clip Art Mesh Frames and a fun technique!

Good Morning!
Recently, I shared with you about my NEW Clip Art Mesh Frames. Today, I want to show you a few samples of what I have done with some of the different sizes.  They currently come in three sizes...
8x10, 12x12, and 12x24.

I call them Clip Art Frames because that's exactly what you can do with them...Clip up your Art...and change it out whenever you like. Everything you put on your Clip Art Frames can be clipped, tied, or hooked on! It's that simple...nothing is permanently attached so they can be very versatile. The Clip Art Frames are unfinished so you can paint or stain them whatever color you like. 

Here is a look at one of my 12x12 Clip Art Frame projects...

I painted out my Clip Art Frame with Navy paint and lightly painted over the wire mesh too. Then I just grabbed some paper (Let Freedom Ring by Pebbles), a few embellishments, buttons, and a cute picture of Maddi and put together pieces for my frame. I designed the pieces as if I were creating a layout but instead of adhering them to a base page of cardstock, I clipped them to my frame... 


I used hanging gator clips for my paper and photo mats and tied the flag to the frame with twine so it can easily be removed.


When I'm ready to change it out, I will just move all my pieces to a 12x12 piece of cardstock and put it right into my album! 

Here is an 8x10 Clip Art Frame that I made to feature one of my son Hayden's baseball pic's...

I painted this one out with a Glossy black paint. Then I double matted a black & white photo and clipped it on my frame with a hanging gator clip. Take a closer look at the flag banners that I tied onto my Clip Art frame...


These are Wood Flag Banners made by Adornit. I treated them with my "peeled paint" distressing technique...I love the look of this technique. I then cut out tickets from my "Game On" paper by Websters Pages and glued them into place on the banners using tacky glue. Then I simply tied them to my Clip Art frame with twine. If you would like to learn more about my paint technique...read on...
Here are the items you will need for my technique:

Two colors of paint...I used black and red, one tube of chapstick, your wood banner flag...and a few paper towels.

First, paint your wood flag black...
Allow to completely dry...use your heat gun if you're an impatient crafter like me :)
Now grab your chapstick... 
Rub your chapstick over various areas of the wood flag. Don't cover it completely...just here and there...

Then paint over the entire wood flag...chapstick and all with a second color...I chose red for mine... 


Let the paint completely dry...shouldn't take very long...
Once dry, wad up a dry paper towel and begin wiping over the dried paint...the chapstick creates a resist and will wipe away exposing the black paint underneath. 

 


 It is such a cool look...really looks like weathered, peeling paint...


This project was so simple and fun to make and you can put it together in a matter of minutes! 

I have one more Clip Art Frame to share with you...It is being offered as a class at the Little Blue House...

 "Summer Happiness" Clip Art Frame & Banner
Designed by: Miss Tracy :)

This Clip Art Frame features a wonderful layered Banner and photos! Lots of fun accents and special touches and once again are simply clipped onto the Clip Art Frame...this time I used miniature clothespins to hang the layered banner and the hanging gator clips to hang the photos. The banner is made from the Summer Fresh collection by Simple Stories...Here's a closer look...




I will be designing more Layered Banners for the 12x24 Clip Art Frame in the future for upcoming seasons and holidays... so you can change them out and feature different photos throughout the year! This project, as well as the future banners, will be available to create at the Little Blue House in any of the LBH Creative Buffets.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy my Clip Art Frames as much as I do! They are available to purchase at the LBH and very soon will be available online :)
Remember...Stay true to your passion--Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

My SEW ARTSY Winner is ~~~~~~~~~

Thank you for your comments on my Front Porch Friday post and for following my blog! 

I have selected a WINNER...

Congratulations to 

~~JANET P~~



You may come by the Little Blue House to collect your Sew Artsy Goodie Bag!

I'm working diligently on a NEW Front Porch Kit release...It's sure to make a big Creative Splash!!! Stay tuned...more info will be revealed soon!!!

If you are interested in ordering a Sew Artsy Kit...Please don't delay...there are only a handful left. It will be sold out soon.

You can order online at 
or stop by the Little Blue House and pick one up today!

Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tacky Tie Challenge: Quilted Tie Frame

Hello Everyone! 
Today I will be sharing with you the project I created for the
Little Blue House Tacky Tie Challenge. 
I call it my "Quilted Tie Frame"...


This is a picture of my Dad and Mom at his Retirement Party in 2004. When I started digging through my bag of old ties...it brought back memories of this special day. My Dad was so excited to retire and one of the things he was most excited about was not having to wear dress shirts and ties anymore...after 50+ years of wearing ties every day...He was boasting about having a bon fire with them...LoL! I decided it would be safer to just "set them free". 

After his Retirement Party, we all went back to my parent's Farm. I had my Dad wait outside while the Grand Kids and I went inside...I had each of them put on one of his work shirts and we tied several of his ties to balloons that  we had brought home from the Party. All the kids marched outside with the balloons and we let him release them into the wild blue yonder...It was so much fun! He LoVeD it and it is such a wonderful memory that my family will never forget! 


When I saw all the ties...I knew I had to do something related to that memory! My frame is really easy to make...
Here's how I did it...

You will need a frame, a mat board, glue gun, scissors, and of course....a few old ties. I used a pre-cut mat board (very inexpensive...$1.50) that fits into my 8x10 in. frame. 

Choose your ties and begin by cutting them down to wrap around your mat board. I started on each corner and used hot glue to attach like so...


I wrapped all the corners first and then attached more ties until the entire mat board was covered. When you finish it will look something like this...It has a fun quilted look...


Insert your Quilted Tie Mat into the frame...It will be snug. Attach your photo to the frame back and insert into the frame. I love the finished look and I know my Dad will too!


Thanks so much for reading! Hope you will consider taking the Tacky Tie Challenge...You can send pictures of your Tacky Tie creations to me by next Sat. 6/23 and the Design Team and I will vote on the most creative submissions...top 3 will receive a Special Prize from the LBH! Please Email your photos to littlebluehouse.misstracy@gmail.com
I can't wait to see what you do with your recycled ties! 
Be sure to check out my fellow Design Team Members blogs to see their Tacky Tie Projects.






Have a Happy Father's Day!
Miss Tracy :)
P.S. Oh and by the way...Dad...If you are reading...I LOVE YOU very much! Thanks for being such an awesome DAD and I'm looking forward to spending Father's Day with you! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Home Sweet Home"...My Pickers Project!

Hello everyone!
I would like to invite you to my NEW Specialty Workshop that I will be teaching monthly at The Little Blue House...It's called...

Miss T's Pickers Project
Sat. 6/16 10a-2p
Instructor: Me...Miss Tracy 



One of my passions is finding OLD items and giving them NEW life! I get so much joy out of preserving beauties from the past. I have to admit...I love the hunt and "junque-ing" is one of my all time favorite things to do! So I decided to create a workshop where all of us "Pickers" can gather together and create unique projects with our precious finds!

My Pickers Project this month is called 
"Home Sweet Home" and features old door knobs and door plates. If you are a "Picker" like me, you will love this NEW workshop! 
 
Bring papers of your choice if you want a different color scheme for your project. Please bring in three door knobs and door plates that you have "picked"...Don't have time to go "picking"?? Then you are welcome to purchase some of my finds at the LBH. They are now available...
 while supplies last :)
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Remember to bring your basics and a bottle of Glue -n Seal or Mod Podge with you to class. Everything else will be provided.
Cost: $25



FYI...my July Pickers Project will be an altered Train Case...so keep your eyes open while you're out there "picking"!

Hope you will make plans to join me! 
Stop by or contact the LBH at 817-431-7930 to reserve your seat!


Happy Picking!
Miss Tracy :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Make a Framed Pin Cushion...I'll show you how!

Good Morning! 

It's Front Porch Friday and I have a wonderful project to share with you that was designed from the newest Front Porch Kit release...
"Sew" Artsy!

 One of the projects I created was this adorable 
Framed Pin Cushion...
I found a simple wood frame...this one is a 5x7 and painted it black and I used some of the fabric remnants in my kit to create this cutie. The flowers were all die cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers Die and then as a nice finishing touch, I added the dotted ribbon around the edges of the frame and colorful buttons to my flowers. Pushed in my pins...and waa laa...I have a "Sew" Artsy Framed Pin Cushion!

Here is a look at another one that I created and some pictures to help you understand how to make one of your own...
 This frame is slightly smaller (4x6) and I started by painting it red. When it was dry, I distressed it a bit with some black chalk ink.

To create your pin cushion, cut a piece of batting ( depending on the thickness of your batting, you may want to cut multiple pieces) and my fabric (on this frame I used burlap) just slightly larger than the back insert of the frame. It will look something like this when you layer it...

 Now insert all layers and frame back into the frame...It will be really snug so be sure to push it all the way in. Then close the clasps and cut away any excess fabric and batting from the frame like so...

Now your framed Pin Cushion is ready for a few embellishments. I die cut a few flowers for this one out of felt. Cut them in half and glued them in place with fabric glue. Be sure to push the cut edge slightly under the frame. I then added some twine to a few buttons and glued them to the centers of the flowers slightly overlapping the frame edge.  
Add you pins or whatever else you would like to "pin up" like reminders, photos, etc. or just fill it with pins and place in your craft space to use and enjoy! 

Thanks so much for reading today and as a special thank you, I'm offering a GIVE-AwaY today! 

Please post a comment and become a follower of my blog for a chance to WIN some "extra" Sew Artsy goodies from me! I have a fun assortment of extras that are just waiting to go to one lucky commenter! 

Please check out my fellow Front Porch Design Team Members blogs to see their Front Porch Friday posts today!
There are just a few "Sew Artsy" Front Porch Kits still available...so if you would like to order, don't delay. You can view the full content list and see wonderful projects on our website at 
Kits may be purchased online or at The Little Blue House in Keller, TX...directions are posted on the website. 

Have a Fabulous Friday!
Miss Tracy :)
P.S. Don't forget to leave your comments :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New Mini Tag Sets now available at the Little Blue House!

Hi Everyone!
I'm so excited about our newest Tag Kits that are now available to create for the Words for All Seasons Blocks & Base! If you don't live local or haven't had a chance to come by the LBH to see them...Here are some pic's for you to enjoy...

First up is Sizzle...totally SunSational! 
You will love the fun use of beach towels and beach ball flowers!



 and this is Sweet Summer Days...
I designed the Strawberries and toppers from hearts and I love the look of the denim on the tags...so sweet!


 Now, take a look at Texas Proud!
 We take pride in the Lone Star State...
Can't wait to share with you the leather-y/suede-y technique 
used on the stars!


 and last but not least...God Bless the USA! 
...adorned with patriotic papers, a pinwheel, flag, etc. 


I invite you to stop by the LBH and see them in person...AND...I'm super excited to let all of you non-local gals know that we will be offering our Blocks & Base and Tag Sets as Kits complete with BluePrints (aka step by step instructions). We are in the process of uploading them to the LBH website...should be up in just a few short days. If you would like to order before they go live on the web, please just give us a call at (817) 431-7930. 
We'll be happy to ship them to you :)

Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned...
I have a great 20 Minute Crafter Episode posting later this week! You won't want to miss it...
Here's a peek at the projects that I will be sharing with you. This episode will feature my NEW Clip Art Mesh Frames!


Make it a great week!
Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)