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 :)