Thursday, November 21, 2013

Another Day...Another Peek :))))

Good Morning!
I have another fun peek to share with you of
"Pass the EggNog"
I always like to put a few "unexpected" treasures in the Front Porch Kits...They are just so much fun to craft with and alter up! Here's a sneak peek...Enjoy!



I can't wait to reveal the whole "Pass the EggNog" kit...won't be long now...Stay tuned for more!

Pre-orders have begun at the Little Blue House and you can also order online at www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com.

Merry Crafting!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Pass the EggNog" Sneak Peak #1

Good Morning!

I'm thrilled to announce that their is a NEW Front Porch Kit soon to be revealed at the Little Blue House!
 

"Pass the EggNog" is a fabulous collection of hand-picked items sure to warm your heart and inspire you to craft this Holiday Season. Here is Sneak Peek #1...Enjoy! Watch here and the LBH Blog for more peeks to come and the full reveal will be this Saturday :)))))))


Pre-orders begin today at the Little Blue House or you can order online at www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com.

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)


Sunday, November 17, 2013

12 Days of Ornaments begins today!!!!

Good Morning Dear Friends!
It's time once again for one of our favorite features over at the Little Blue House!


Today is Day #1 of our 12 Days of Ornaments Extravaganza!

Beginning today, Nov. 17th, each day we will feature a tutorial for a hand-made ornament. The 12th ornament will be featured on Thanksgiving Day...Just in time for the Tree to go up!

You will also enjoy a chance to WIN one of the ornaments featured by simply posting a comment each day on the LBH blog...We will draw a winner each day! So bookmark us, become a follower, and craft with us over the next 12 days! Many of the supplies used are available at the LBH and the ornaments will be displayed on our tree.

I have the great pleasure of featuring Ornament #1:

Every year I create an ornament for my tree that preserves my memories of the LBH. This year I designed a snow globe. This could easily be adapted and changed to other colors...I think I'm going to make one for our family cabin (which is green)....or it could simply be an adorable holiday house...


 LBH Snowglobe Ornament
Designed by: Tracy Pounds
Supplies Needed:
(all supplies available for purchase at the LBH)
Custom Wood House - LBH
Inka Gold - Cobalt Blue
Mini Bottle Brush Tree
White craft paint & Icicle or Diamond Stickles
Corrugated Black Paper
Scrap piece of Black Cardstock
Candy Jellies - 1 for doorknob
Clear Fillable Ornament
Faux Snow
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
Dryer Sheet

These ornaments are very simple and fun to make. Follow along and I will show you my easy "How To":
Begin by applying the blue inka gold to your wood house. Inka Gold comes in a variety of colors so you have several options of colors for your house. Apply it with your finger. It dries instantly and has a wax-like feel with a satiny-smooth finish.....gorgeous!


Cut two rectangles from Black Corrugated Paper (Fancy Pants) for the roof top.You will want 8 mountains which measures very closely to 1 1/2 x 1 inches.


Hot glue into place, wrapping around both sides.

You will overlap them and it will look like this when you have both pieces in place....

Remove the wood base from your mini bottle brush tree.
Twists off easily. 

Paint this base white...this way it will blend right into the snow.

Cut a small door from a scrap piece of black cardstock and glue into place. Attach a Candy Jellie Dot (Queen & Co.) for the doorknob.

Glue the Mini Bottle Brush Tree to the House. Slightly off set as shown here... 
 Glue the white base that was on your tree to the bottom of your house. This will give it some lift and make it easier to attach inside the ornament. 

Dab on some Stickles (Ranger) to the rooftop and the tree using your finger. Allow to dry.

Here's a great tip! To eliminate static electricity, take a recycled dryer sheet and rub inside of the ornament...\
This helps get rid of the static :)))))))

Apply some hot glue to the bottom of the white wood base and attach inside one half of the ornament. Hold for a second till it is good and dry. 

Lay the ornament down and using a spoon, pour in a few of the faux snow pellets behind the house. Be careful not to overfill. 
Attach the over half of the ornament and hold up so that the snow fills around the house and tree. 

Tie off some fun ribbon to the top and waa laa....You have an adorable LBH SnowGlobe Ornament! All ready to hang on the tree!

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and please post a comment...One lucky commenter will be chosen and announced tomorrow morning! Tell me one of your favorite memories of the first Christmas you celebrated in your home. 

Be sure to visit the LBH blog tomorrow to see Ornament #2 
designed by Rhonda Merry. 

Merry Crafting,
Miss Tracy :)



Friday, November 15, 2013

Miss T's Pickers Workshop: Shutter Angels

If you have a passion like I do for giving new life to old things...then my Pickers Workshop is just thing for you! I have a passion for Picking and Repurposing all kinds of Junque-y Treasures!

Hark the Herald: Shutter Angels
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

In my November Workshop, you will have the opportunity to create Altered Shutter Angels. I first saw a version of this created for a Garden on Pinterest. I fell in love with it and had to create one of my own. I think she will be beautiful for the holidays and other seasons too. I can simply change out whatever she is holding to fit the season. This was one of the projects we recently created on my JunkTime Picker's Retreat. We had a great time designing our angels and now you can too!
They can be any shape or size...


November Project:
Shutter Angels

Cost: $45
Sunday Nov. 24th 
2pm-5pm
** What to Bring**
1 shutter (any size)
2 cans of Spray Paint 
(1 base coat color, 1 top coat color)**I used Nutmeg for base coat and Heirloom White for top coat-
purchased at Home Depot
Sand Paper or Sanding Block
*Adornments for your Angel - decorative trims, knob, repurposed item for her arms and face, ribbons, etc.
*I'll bring up a few things too...
 but these could always be added later

Me and my Wood Guy will provide all the wood/wings and hardware for your Shutter Angels.



Please stop by or call the Little Blue House to reserve your seats today! I will need you to drop your shutter off at the LBH by Thursday, Nov.21st so we can pre-cut your specific pieces and customize to your size shutter.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Happy Picking!
Miss Tracy :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Little Somethings Workshop....Registration has begun!

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

Jingle on over to the LBH to reserve your seat...Sign up's begin this Saturday, 11/2. 

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 we will be hosting this magical event at the Keller Roundhouse (located right behind the LBH). This way we can accomodate more people and have more MerrY FuN!!! Our theme this year is

 
"Twas the Night before Christmas"

Three Sessions to choose from:
Friday, 12/6  6pm-9pm
Saturday, 12/7 9:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, 12/7 2pm-5pm
Cost: $45

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.
I am also pleased to announce that Stacy Seely
 from the Whitworth Ranch Retreat will be serving you some extra special cookies & cocoa during our event! 

Be on the lookout...Santa will be making his annual appearance ...So be on your best behavior!  
Stay on Santa's Nice List...At the end of the Workshop, YoU can go see him at the LBH, take photos and be sure to give him your Golden Ticket and he will give you a Goodie Bag filled with wonderful products donated by some of your favorite Companies!

Don't delay...Sessions will fill up fast! 
You can stop by or call the LBH to reserve your seat beginning Saturday 11/2.
(817) 431-7930

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Join me for Scraptivity!....and HOP to WIN!!!

Be sure to HOP over to the Little Blue House blog and join in this FuN Blog Hop...Amazing Prizes are being given away from several local shops, retreat destinations, and local events...
Get all the details here...HOP local and WIN!


Come join me and refresh your creative style with some...SCraPtiviTy!

This month in my SCraPtiviTy Workshop...
We will be "Playing with Pixies"!


Pixies are a so CuTe & FuN and I will show you some fun ways to incorporate them into your layouts.
We will be creating this layout PLUS a Fall layout too!
I also hear there may be cupcakes involved...yum!

When: Tuesday, October 22nd
Time: 10am-Noon or 6:30p-8:30p
Cost: $20
Everything will be provided for YoU this session!
Just bring your Basics :)


Prepare to have your SCraPtiviTy elevated while having a great time with others who share your same Scrapping Passion!

Please call the LBH to reserve your seat TODAY!
(817) 431-7930

Happy Scrapping!
Miss Tracy :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013


If you like winning FaBuLouS prizes...You better mark your calendar for this Hop Local Event! 
Prizes are being given away from some of your favorite Paper Crafting Stores, Retreat Destinations, and other Local Event Sponsors!!!

Check out this list of Give-Aways...

  The Little Blue House - Paper Arts Store & Studio:
 $60 Gift Certificate 

 2 Complimentary spots at a Mixed Group Retreat valued at $370

 Cat's CreationsScrapbooks
$60 Gift Certificate

  Craft Coach
Scraptastic Prize Basket valued at $50

Vintage Altered Train Case and a $50 Little Blue House Gift Certificate

  ScrapbookCelebrations:
 $75 Gift Certificate

 Crafty Neighbor
$50 Gift Certificate and Embellishment Grab Bag

   Very Vintage Retreat
Half Price Weekend for 5 guests valued at $250

  The Crafty Scrapper
$60 Gift Certificate

Dallas Crafter's Marathon
2 spots at a DCM event to use by 4/30/14


 2 complimentary spots when you book a minimum of 6 guests

HOW to WIN:
Beginning Oct.17th through Oct.20th, simply visit each of the above listed sites, become a follower of their blog or sign up for their newsletter. Read the post and look for a Treat (a different treat will be mentioned at each destination). As you hop from site to site, you must collect ALL the TREATS! When you are done, you will send your name and treat List to: 

Your email becomes your entry for the FaBuLouS
 All Treats No Tricks Prize Drawing!!!  

Great thing about this Hop Local Event...You never have to leave your home or office to WIN...You could hop in your jammies, on your lunch hour, or while the kiddos are napping...YoU can HoP anytime from 7am (central) on Oct. 17th through 12am (midnight) on Oct. 20th. 

ALL TREATS WINNERS will be announced on Wed. 10/23!

Good Luck to you ALL and 
THANK YOU for supporting Small Business
 and shopping (and hopping) local!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Getting "Crazy for Chevrons" in my Scraptivity Workshop...Come join in the FuN!

SCrapTiviTy...Just Scrap It!
Specialty Scrapbooking Workshop
 This Group will meet monthly and will feature fun, new twists & turns, incorporating NEW and OLD Scrappy Goodies! I will share some great Tips and Tricks on working with some of the latest and greatest products on the market and reusing some older goodies that are in need of a fresh, NEW, purpose. Come join us and refresh your creative style with some...SCraPtiviTy!

This month our Workshop will focus on 
"Designing with Chevrons"!


Chevies are a huge trend now in ScrapArt and I will show you some fun ways to incorporate them into your layouts. 

When: Tuesday, September 10
Time: 10am-Noon or 6:30p-8:30p
Cost: $15


I can't wait to show you how to make these stitched chevrons...so easy! You will love them...

Here is pic of the Layout we will be making in class using the NEW Chevron Washi Tape from We R Memory Keepers...I will provide you with the Washi Chevron tape :) so you can try it out! Lots of color choices to match your paper selections!



I will also demo for you how easy it is to create Chevron patterns using a Mask Technique and mists, distress paints, etc.

I will also be sharing with you a cool way to create chevrons of all sizes and shapes using strips of  cardstock or printed papers...too fun!

So prepare to have your SCraPtiviTy elevated while having a great time with others who share your same Scrapping Passion!

"What to Bring" List:
Please bring your basic Class Supplies and the following items...thanks!

Chevron Layout: 
Cardstock A- one 12x12 base page, one 3x4 tag

Cardstock B- one 4x12 for chevron pocket, one 3x4 tag, two 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 photo mats
Cardstock C- one 3x4 tag
Printed Paper A - one 10x10
Printed Paper C- two 3 3/4 x 5 3/4
Ribbon, Buttons, Quotes or Titles

Stitched Chevrons:
Printed Paper or Cardstock- two 2x12 strips
Ruler and Pencil

Stacked Chevrons:
Printed Papers or Cardstock- bring at least four different colors...need to be at least 4x12 inches each. Ruler and Pencil

Please call the LBH to reserve your seat TODAY!
(817) 431-7930

Happy Scrapping!
Miss Tracy :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Calling all Junkers...Miss T's Pickers Retreat!

I'm so excited about my first-ever
Junk Time Pickers Retreat!



I would love for all my fellow Pickers to join me for this unique, junk-lovers retreat! I have chosen the charming Whitworth Ranch as our Retreat destination. It is simply beautiful and Stacy Seely, will be preparing all of your meals during your stay...She is a fabulous chef! I have scheduled it for the first weekend in October which also happens to be Canton Weekend...YaY! Whitworth Ranch is just a short distance from Canton. 



You will have a three day or a four day option for my Pickers Retreat. I also have a Special Pickers Workshop day scheduled for Sat. Oct. 5th...The Workshop will include some fabulous NEW Pickers Projects...and we will have a "Wood Guy" to assist us with cutting and some other "hands on" stuff!
I'll be posting more info about those projects soon. 

Here are some of the details...

When: Oct. 3 through Oct. 6
Where: Whitworth Ranch Retreat
Rates: Thurs. - Sun. $345 or Fri. - Sun. $295
(Meals and Miss T's Workshop Day all included)

There are only 16 spots available and you can hold your spot with a deposit of $175 and the balance will be due by Sept. 12th. 

We will have a one day outing @ the Canton First Monday Trade Days, one day (Sat.) devoted to my Pickers Workshop, and the rest of your time you will have the opportunity to work on whatever projects you bring along with you...plenty of "Free Time" to relax, create, and fellowship with fellow Pickers that share our same Junking Passion! 

You can check out photos of the
 Whitworth Ranch Retreat here...
www.whitworth-ranch-retreat.com/photo-gallery/

I would also like to have a Junky Swap...
This will be optional and I will post more info about this prior to our Junk Time Retreat. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you will come join us! You can reserve your spots @ the Little Blue House. (817) 431-7930

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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blow Out Box Sale @ the LBH is this Friday!

Who is Ready for a Sale?!?!
LBBlow Out Box Sale  
We will be filling up our Studio with LOADS of 
Papers and Products at a Clearance Price...
Just for you!!!

ONE DAY ONLY...
Friday August 23rd  5pm - 9pm
 
(or while supplies last)
Cost  $20 per box (cash only)
Here's how it works:
 If you would like to participate in this Sale,
 simply show up at the LBH (5pm-9pm), meet Miss Tracy in the kitchen, she will collect $20 cash and give you a box (13x13x3 same size as our FPK boxes)...You head to the studio rooms and FILL IT UP with whatever goodies you want!

We have a TON of Scraptastic Goodies, Fabulous Papers, Embellies, Lotions & Potions, Stamps, and oh so much MORE!

Both Studio Rooms will be Full of Product to
Fill Up your Boxes!!!  (while supplies last)
We will tape up your box when you leave the studio so Make Sure you are done before you go shopping in the other rooms of the HouSe and Make Sure your box can close before you bring it to us.


There will be NO cropping during the day on Friday 8/23 because we will be setting up for the sale. The LBH will be open all day and the sale will begin at exactly 5pm.

Ready, Set, Shop!
Miss Tracy :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oh HaPpY DaY!
I am thrilled to reveal our newest release from... 

This kit is appropriately named "Game On" and you won't be "Sorry" when you peek into your box and find FabuLouS papers, One-of-a-Kind Embellies, and loads of other Scraptastic Goodies! 


It's my pleasure to reveal to you the "Game On" Design Board...It is now on display at the LBH and it features everything that is in our "Game On" kit.


This kit "deals" up a ton of creative potential and you will love "playing" with ALL the unique pieces that have been hand-picked by me especially for YOU!


I love playing games with my Family & Friends so this kit is a tribute to all those wonderful Game Night memories! Cards, Dominoes, Board Games...You name it...My family loves to play it! This kit will be perfect for preserving those memories and it's so versatile...Great colors and designs! Could be used for all kinds of Scrap-Happy Moments or Occasions!


Have you got your "Game Face" on yet?!?!
Well, maybe this will help...With the purchase of your "Game On" Front Porch Kit, you will receive a special BluePrints Guide that will feature full instructions for multiple projects! Here is a look at some of the BluePrint projects...






I would like to introduce you to our Guest Surface in the "Game On" kit...this is Chip "the Clip" Board! He can't wait to come home with you! Our Design Team has had so much fun transforming Chip into fantastic decorative and functional creations! Several of the DT projects are now on display at the LBH!

The "Game On" Gallery will be available to view on our website on Wednesday, 8/14. Our Design Team has done an outstanding job and you will be so inspired by their projects! The full content list of "Game On" and pic's of the "Game On" BluePrint projects will also be available for view on the website on 
Wednesday, 8/14. 


Ready to PLAY?!?!
Our kits are no "Trouble" at all...no contracts or long-term commitments. You like it---It's yours! Kits are available only while supplies last so...don't delay...Order your kit today! 

You can purchase your kit @ the Little Blue House or Place your order by phone (817) 431-7930 or online @ www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com.

Shuffle on over to the LBH and see all the goodies in person...They're sure to put a SmiLe on your 
Game Face!!!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)