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 mine...at 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 gold...it 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 better...it'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 :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

LBH 12 days of Ornaments: Day #1


Good Morning Friends!
I have the great privilege of featuring the first Ornament of our 
12 Days of Ornaments feature presented by 
Over the next 12 days, myself and the other LBH gals will feature a unique hand-made ornament and a full tutorial for you. We hope that you will be inspired to craft along with us and enjoy the new techniques and tips that we will be sharing with you!

You will also have a chance to WIN the featured ornament that day by leaving comments on each LBH blog post and becoming a follower of our blog. Tomorrow, we will post the winner for Day #1's ornament and so on. 12 Winners in all!!! So be sure to visit the LBH blog at www.thelittlebluehouseblog.blogspot.com.

Introducing Ornament #1...
My Christmas Cork Tree Ornament
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

As most of you know, I'm a huge fan of repurposing "old' items and that's exactly what I did with these recycled wine corks. You can easily recreate these ornaments and we have tons of wine corks and the other supplies that you will need to craft with...
all available at the LBH.

Miss Tracy's "How To":

Supplies needed:
Wine Corks
Ribbon & Tinsel
Paint (optional)
Decorative Brads or Tacks
Glue Gun, Helmar 450 Tacky Glue
Scissors

 Begin by positioning your wine corks in a pyramid shape. 
Hot glue them together.
Trim one cork down using your scissors to create a trunk for your Cork Tree. Hot Glue to the bottom center of your tree.
Here is what it will look like once glued.
I really like the look of the natural corks, but if you would rather have a more traditional tree, you could paint the tree portion green and the trunk a brown or gold.
I wanted to add a little sparkle to my Cork Tree so I cut strips of tinsel (Tim Holtz/Ranger) and glued a small strip to each valley between the corks. I used Helmar 450 for this step.
I also cut some small nips of tinsel and applied a dot of glue in between my corks on the front and back of my cork tree. I tucked the tinsel nips into these areas.

Next, adorn your Cork Tree with decorative brads or tacks. I used my paper piercer to start the hole and then just pushed the brads and tacks right into the corks. Very easy to do!
To create the ribbon topper for your Cork Tree, cut two pieces of ribbon (one 6 in. and one 16in.) and glue the shorter piece onto the top center of your tree. 
Take the longer piece of ribbon and create a loop on one end. Glue each loop in place using hot glue or Helmar 450 Tacky Glue.
Continue gluing loops like the picture below...
Glue the tail of the ribbon to the center of the bow to create a hanger. It will look like this when you are through...
Now glue the looped bow to your tree directly on top of the small piece that you glued on previously. 
To be sure that the bow stays secure through the years, you could push a decorative tack down through the center of the loop hanger into the top cork.  Now all that's left to do is hang it on the tree. These would also be cute as standing decorations too!

I hope you were inspired by my tutorial today and will create some of these charming ornaments! Don't forget to hop on over and post your comments at the LBH blog for a chance to WIN!!!

Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas!
Miss Tracy :)
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