Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Easter and a FREE Project Tutorial!

My sweet GrandBoy Kaden and I would like to wish you all a wonderful, blessed, Happy Easter!!!

I have a quick, easy, adorable project to share with you...perfect for Easter but could be used for all kinds of occasions! 

“Basket Full of Goodies”
Designed by: Tracy Pounds
These adorable Baskets are actually slip covers that slide over a clear pillow box. Fill it up with treats of items for any occasion or sentiment. For example, it could be a Birthday Basket perfect for housing a gift card, a Get Well Basket filled with Kleenex, tea packets, cough drops, or a Congrats Basket, Baby Bundle Basket, Thinking of You Basket…

The list could go on and on…      
Items Needed: (all available @ the LBH)
Rolled Corrugate, Clear Pillow Box, Ribbon, Printed Paper, Brad
Paint and Ink – colors of your choice
Hot Glue or Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Miss Tracy’s How To:
1. Cut a 10 in. piece of corrugate off your roll. Lightly paint over the raised corrugate to add some color. Allow to dry. Apply some shimmer to the top of the paint if desired by using Sorbet paints or Stickles. Once dry, trim off a ¾ in. strip off the long edge of the painted corrugate. This will become your basket handle.

2. Construct your pillow box and wrap the larger piece of corrugate around the base of it. This is just to measure about how much overlap there will be when you glue.  Remove the pillow box before you glue the overlapping ends. Next glue on the basket handle to the inside of the base of the basket. Be sure you leave enough room where the handle is not hugging the pillow box too snugly…allow it to curve some at the top…Looks more like a basket handle that way. 

3. Attach some ribbon around the base of the corrugate basket. Tie a bow using the same ribbon and glue to the handle on the front side of your basket.  Slide basket over the pillow box. The first time you place it on, it may be a bit snug and try to catch on the basket handle. Gently but firmly push the handles around the edge of the pillow box if it catches. It will go on and off much easier after the first time. 

4. Hand tear two small circular shapes from pieces of printed paper. One about the size of a half dollar and the other about the size of a quarter. Crumple the shapes in your hand and then ink the edges with chalk inks. Layer together and puncture a small hole through the centers. Attach a brad through the hole and split the back. Crumple your blossom again and then glue to the center of your bow on the basket. 

5. Fill your pillow box with goodies and share with your family, friends, co-workers, or even a stranger as a random act of kindness.

I have Project Sheets printed up and ready for you to pick up next time you pop into the Little Blue House!...and all the supplies are there too. This project is very budget friendly...pillow boxes are .79 each and we sell the rolled corrugate in a 1 yd. bundle for $1.99 (you can create 3 baskets out of 1 roll). Thanks for reading...Hope you enjoy making these cute treat holders!

Hoppy Easter Everyone!
Miss Tracy :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

It's Front Porch Friday!....and I have a WINNER!!!

Hello Friends!
Thanks for hopping over to my blog today! I have a great project to share with you that was designed from my "Say Cheese!" Front Porch Kit!
My projects are all featured in the BluePrints Guide for this fabulous if they inspire you, you will doubly pleased to know that with the purchase of your "Say Cheese!" Kit...You will receive Step by Step instructions on how to recreate these for yourself!

The one I would like to share with you today is my "Say Cheese!" double layout. This layout is xxtra special because you can actually feature 18...that's right 18 photos on it. I designed a fun flip file for both pages...take a looksie:

These fun flip files are great for events that have multiple pic's that you want to feature on 1 layout...Here is a closer look at the creative details...

I am the proud owner of 5 fabulous kiddos so my layouts generally feature a lot of photos...(rarely any singles from me)...and this is such a great way to show them off. 

Now I know some of you are wondering how these will work within your page protectors...I actually trim away (CUT) my page protector where the flip file is so that way the majority of the page is still under the protector but you can still easily flip through the photo file without having to remove the page. It's really not hard to do...Here are the steps I follow:

First, I put the LO in the page protector, then take a marker and place dots on the corners of where I need to trim away. Next remove the page and insert a piece of chipboard and carefully cut away using my metal ruler and a craft knife. Reinsert the page and you are done!!! Easy Peasy!!! You should really give it a try.

I have so many favorite goodies in this kit but I think one of my TOP FAV's was the authentic Film Reel Strip...Love to create with unique unexpected treasures like this! 

Kits are still available but only while supplies last...Visit the LBH website for more info and purchase yours today! Here are the links to my fellow Design Team sure to visit them and see their Front Porch Friday projects!!!

Tracy Pounds:

Have a Happy Friday!
Miss Tracy :)

P.S. The WINNER of my "Say Cheese!" extras goodie bag is .....Cathy Grigsby! Congrats Cathy...I'm out of town right now so I'll have your goodie bag at the LBH next week...Hope you enjoy the extras!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

ONLY 1 MORE DAY..."Say Cheese!"

Goooood Morning Friends!!!

This will be a very quick post....I'm up to my eyeballs in "things to-do" to get ready for the Big Reveal Day!

 (which happens to be Tues. 3/5)

Soon all will be revealed and you can embark on some great Creative Adventures as you dive into your "Say Cheese!" Front Porch Kit. I have designed 5+ BluePrint projects for you to enjoy with the purchase of your kit. I will have step by step "How To's" and photos so that you can easily recreate my designs!

Soon, Soon, Soon....
I will be able to SHOW & TELL all!!!
Can't wait!!!
Until then though...Here's some teasers...

Remember to visit the LBH Blog for a chance to WIN a FREE Kit!!!

Pre-orders have begun and kits are don't delay. Reserve your kit early to ensure it makes it's way from our Front Porch to your's!!!

You may order at the LBH, over the phone, or online:

The Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-7930

I hope you have a wonderful start to your week! 
Stay tuned for the Big Reveal!
Miss Tracy :)

P.S. I'm having my own a comment for a chance to win a special goodie from me! I'll announce the WINNER tomorrow :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Another day...Another Peek..."Say Cheese!"

Welcome to the Weekend!
Hope you have something creative planned...and if you don't, but would like to, stop by the LBH for some Crafty Inspiration! I'll be there tomorrow teaching my final Pickers Workshop..repurposing Cigar Boxes into fabulous designer decor!!! I can't wait...always look forward to the creative energy that emerges when my Pickers unite! Stop in and visit us if you can!

...AND NOW...

I have another great Sneaker for you today! I have had such a blast designing with my NEW Front Porch Kit...So appropriately named "Say Cheese!"---You don't have to see too many peeks to see why the name is so fitting...LoL!!! If you have ever taken a picture...ever...ever in your life...You won't be able to resist this kit!!! 
So fun...So colorful..So happy!!!

Here is a peek inside a Minibook that I have designed from this kit. It will be featured on the BluePrint Guide so you will have my complete "How To"...step by step instructions to make one for yourself if you choose!

AND...Here's another quick peek at my Design Board and a couple of Photo Booth Props that I designed for the BluePrint Guide!
I had fun testing them out...haha!!! 
I'll post pics of those later...LoL!!!

Remember to check out the other Front Porch Designers Blogs to see their Sneak Peeks and visit the LBH blog for a chance to WIN a FREE Kit!!! "Snap" to it and do a little Blog Hopping this weekend!

I'm also doing a give-away here on my blog for my followers and commenters. Simply become a follower, post a comment, and you may be a Lucky Winner of some FUN, "Say Cheese!" Extras!!! A goodie bag that will put a Big Cheesy Smile on your FaCe!!!

Have a great weekend!
Miss Tracy :)

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Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-7930

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Page Builder Layouts for March...on display!

My March Page Builder Layouts will be on display tomorrow, Sat. 3/2 at the 
Little Blue House

I have 4 fabulous new layouts to share with you this month...Stop by the LBH to see them and reserve your BluePrints Guide or purchase your kits...available only while supplies last.

The BluePrint Guide for all four layouts is $10 and if you would like to purchase the kits, they are $15 ea.

If you would like more info on what Page Builders is all about please visit the LBH
 and click the tab marked Page Builders. I would love for you to join in this Scraptastic Creative Opportunity!

Here's a looksie at my March Page Builder Layouts:

"Never out of Style" Layout
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

"Memories" Layout
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

"Remember this" Layout
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

"Your Face makes Me Smile" Layout
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

March Page Builder Layouts will be on display this Sat. 3/2 at the Little Blue House. Kits will be available to pick up then too.

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

Let the Front Porch Sneak Peeks begin!!!!

What a fun Friday today will be!!!!
Today is the first day of our Sneak Peeks from my 
NEW Front Porch Kit..."Say Cheese!"

I'm super excited to share this kit with you...and in 4 more days I'll be able to do just that! The Full Reveal will be on March 5th!
I have had so much fun pulling all the goodies together for this colorful kit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Here is a first peek at couple of my "Say Cheese!" Projects 
for you to EnJoy!!!

Be sure to visit often...I'll be posting more Sneaks each day until the full reveal! Pre-orders begin today...You can reserve your kit at the Little Blue House in person or over the phone. Visit the LBH Blog for a Sneak Peek of the Design Board and a chance to WIN a FREE Front Porch Kit!

I'm also having a special Give-Away here for my commenters! 
Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on my Sneak Peek posts and I will draw a WINNER that will receive a special "Say Cheese!" Goodie Bag!!!

Keep Creating,
Miss Tracy :)