Monday, December 15, 2014

Illustrated Faith Workshops at the LBH

Bring your Faith and your Art together in the form of Faith Journaling. Shanna Noel has started an "Illustrated Faith" Movement within the Art Industry and the Faith Community!


We are so excited to announce that Shanna Noel is coming to The Little Blue House to teach us all about "Illustrated Faith" on
 January 16th and 17th. 

For years, Shanna struggled to read her bible in a meaningful way. "I always wished I was more like that, that I LOVED to read my bible, that i even wanted to, but the truth is... often times i felt like it was more of a chore than anything else," she says. One day, though, she saw an image of a Bible all marked up, highlighted and underlined, and something about that struck a chord in her. 

She went online and ordered yet another new Bible-- but this time it was a Journaling Bible. "When I started to use my Journaling Bible, a light blub went off!" she explains.
I needed to have a place in my Bible for Reflection, Creativity, and Journaling and that is exactly what this new format provided." 


Now Shanna has taken her discoveries and is presenting them in a cohesive manner.
Join her as she shares how she uses her Journaling Bible in a colorful and creative way that allows for personal growth, reflection and illustration. 



Registration for Shanna Noel's Illustrated Faith Workshops
begin Tuesday, Dec. 16th!!!  We have several times for you to choose from:

Illustrated Faith Workshops
Cost: $45
Friday, Jan. 16th
9am-12:30pm and 6pm-9:30pm
Saturday, Jan. 17th
9am- 12:30pm and 1:30pm-5pm

You will need a Journaling Bible when you come to the Workshop. You may purchase Bibles from the Little Blue House
They are $37.99 each (available now at the LBH). More info will be made available soon regarding the Workshop
and supplies being used in the class.



We hope you will make plans to join us for this unique opportunity! Let your Faith arise and your Creativity flourish at the Little Blue House in 2015!


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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santa Savings at the LBH

The Little Blue House
  
We received a letter from Santa today at the Little BlueHouse! He told us that all our customers were on the NICE list this Year!!!
We were shocked!! hahaha...just kidding!
 Santa told us that our customers deserve some special gifts before Christmas! Of course we agreed! Our customers our the nicest of them ALL!!!

LBH Santa's Savings
begins Thursday Dec. 11th 

Every day, leading up to Christmas Day,
we will have a Special SALE!!!
Valid for that specific day only.


Here is a Peek at the Upcoming
Santa Saving Days... 

Thursday Dec. 11th 
Cardstock is 40% off! 
Includes: American Crafts and Bazzil Cardstocks plus Bazzil Card Shoppe- (heavier weight) cardstock 
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Friday Dec. 12th 
All Ribbons and Trims are 50% off 
Includes: All Ribbon by the Yard, Spools of Twine and Packaged Ribbons
Saturday Dec. 13th 
All Tim Holtz Distress Products 40% off
Includes: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Re-inkers, Glitters, Stains, Paints, Markers & Mini Inks, etc.
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Watch for more Santa Specials coming next Week!!
​These Specials are "In Store" only...
Web Specials to come soon!

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Make The Little Blue House part of your Christmas Day!
Send your friends and family to the LBH for Gift Certificates, Stocking Stuffers and More! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LBH 2015 Media Team Call

LBH 2015 Media Team Call
We are very excited to announce our first ever Little Blue House Media Team! The LBH is a fabulous Paper Arts Studio and Store located in Keller, TX. We are looking for a small team of Designers who have a passion for all things Creative!!! Creating with a variety of unique products and mediums from the Little Blue House and a strong understanding of social media.


What we are looking for in our
L
BH Media Team Member:
-A joy for paper crafting and/or mixed media arts
-An original design style: Creating projects with a variety of
unique products and mediums.
-Good Photography skills for taking project photos
-A love for social media and an understanding of sharing & tagging
-Experience creating photo step-out tutorials
 (video tutorials would be a plus)
-Willing and Able to commit to creating 2-3 projects/posts per month

LBH Media Team will receive: 
-A variety of products featured at the Little Blue House which will include items such as paper collections, embellishments, lotions and potions, etc…
-Recognition as an L
BH Media Team Designer and Spotlight Promotions
-Compensation (Details to be shared with the final team)
-Media Training and Support when needed.

If this is you…. E-mail us at lbhmediateam@gmail.com with the following information:

LBH Media Team Application:  
Share a little bit about yourself:  your name, where you live, etc.

How do you define your design style? 

What types of projects do you love to create the most?
(layouts, home d├ęcor, gifts, mini books, ect.)

Please share at least 3 of your favorite projects, from within the last 6 months,
that you feel speak to your style as a Designer.

Please describe at least 2 ways that you would utilize social media
to support The Little 
Blue House brand.

Please provide links to all your accounts for the following: 
-Personal Blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram
-Twitter (if you have one)

The deadline for all applications to be received is
Sunday, December 21st  11:59pm
 
 If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail us at
 lbhmediateam@gmail.com

To learn more about the Little Blue House,
explore  our Blog and Website:


Monday, December 8, 2014

Lance Anderson's Workshops

Lance Anderson is coming to the LBH!
Lance has been in the crafting industry for several years. He has owned and operated a popular company that you may know of… Rusty Pickle and has taught over 50,000 women (and 53 guys) on 5 continents and in 21 countries and now he gets to add The Little Blue House to his creative resume. J
Here are the Details for his upcoming classes...

Monday December 22nd Lance will be teaching
  3 unique workshops in 1 day!

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Rustic Journey 10am- 1pm $45.00
 

This is a Technique savvy Class great for a Scrapper and Card maker alike and fun for both the advanced or beginner. Build a pocketed accordion album from Scratch. Then make 9 tags to tell your story. I teach some of the famous techniques such as “Smash and glue” or the “Fold glue and smash”. OK, I have made these names up but they are great techniques for making an album or a card. With the Tags you will learn new ways to use tags (tags on a tags), pockets and a slide though. We use Burlap, staples, brads, charms, sticks, chipboard, beads and ribbons, yarn and string.
Tools Needed: Sense of humor, Stapler, Hole Punch, Brown or black ink. I like to use a craft knife and: Adhesive: Red line tape or Score tape.Liquid glue or a glue stick for the chipboard

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Canvas Creations 2pm-5pm  $45.00
Make a book from Scratch.  You will learn to bind a book using chipboard, canvas and bookbinding string.  We will "Sow" the pages into the spine teaching you how to easily create a book with a spine and binding.  The outside of this book is chipboard covered with paper and Canvas over the spine.  This is REAL BOOK BINDING and YOU CAN DO IT.  Fast and easy.  We are using the newest line of paper from Echo Park.  You will be embellishing this album to customize it for your pictures.  Join me for a few hours of fun and learning.  Sure to be a class to remember (and then make another on your own).

Tools needed:
Scissors, Trimmer, Hole Punch (i.e. Crop-a-dile) and distressing Ink.  Craft knife, cutting mat, ruler are optional for covering the chipboard album.Adhesive: Red line tape or Score tape. We need this for the spine.  (Using Tape, keeps the book very clean) Wet glue or a glue stick for the chipboard POKER/Paper Piercer (we need some kind of poking device this helps to make the holes in the paper.  
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Christmas Pop Up 2014  6pm-9pm $45.00
Kinematics meets the holidays in this interactive Christmas Album using Echo Park/Carta Bellas latest Christmas Line.   As the page opens,  the Christmas tree will pop up. Using pre-cut Sizzix die cut pieces,  pop ups are made easy. Learn to bind the album with actual bookbinding techniques. Christmas albums have never been so fun - SHAZAM!

Tools needed:
Scissors,  trimmer, and a Hole Punch (i.e. Crop-a-dile). Craft knife, cutting mat and ruler are optional for covering the chipboard album and brown or black ink. Adhesive: Red line tape or Score tape.  We need this for the spine. (Using Tape, keeps the book very clean) Wet glue or a glue stick for the chipboard
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Lance Anderson Bio
I am married with four children, Audrey (12), Mason (10), Anders (6) we call him Andy and Maggie (3).  I founded the scrapbook company Rusty Pickle.  We manufactured and sold some of the coolest "scrapbook stuff" in the world. I got into teaching when a teacher couldn't teach at an event and I just filled in.  After that weekend, I fell in love with teaching and was hooked and have been teaching ever since.  We have since closed Rusty Pickle and yet I still get to teach amazing projects all over the world.  I now design with product from different companies using their great "Stuff".  During the past 10 years, I have taught over 50,000 women (and 53 guys) on 5 continents and in 21 countries.  I have taught at hundreds of local scrapbook stores, CHA, CKU and events.   I still showcase fun projects on our local TV stations a few times a year.  I love teaching and have a blast meeting people all over the world.  When meeting people I am always fascinated to hear their stories.   A few of my favorite things are my family, pickles, and my iPhone.  I am always up for fun and making more memories to scrap.  I also love a day at the lake with my family and friends.

Sign Ups begin Tuesday December 9, 2014
Payment is Required at Reservation time.
Call or come by to Sign Up for these upcoming workshops! 

(817) 431-7930


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hello December Workshops!

Hello December! 
Check out several of our Upcoming December Workshops now
are available at The Little
Blue House! 

-VerDay Pine cone Workshop- 
Come Learn all about Verday Paints while creating this beautiful Pine cone Ornament... You will never guess what the pine cone is made of... Sign Up and Find Out!
Friday Dec 5th 10am-1pm $25.00
taught by: Lynette Chiles
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Minibook Mechanics Gift Book & Box 
In this workshop you will create this Holiday Gift Box. This box opens up on all 4 sides with lots of room to add photos and journaling for all your every Christmas Memories! 
Sat. Dec 6th 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm $75.00
taught by: Cristi Maron 
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Art Journaling Christmas Special 
This month is Art Journaling we will be repurposing old Christmas cards into art journaling masterpieces plus you can participate in our Christmas Cocktail Napkin Swap. We have lots of great tips and techniques to share with you this month! 
Tues. Dec 9th 10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm  $25.00
taught by: Susan Tidwell 
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Scrapstashers: Garland Gathering 
This month in Scrapstashers we will be creating Christmas Garlands! We will post the what to Bring and all the details soon.
Tues. Dec 9th 10am-12pm or 6:30-8:30pm $5.00 
taught by: Miss Tracy 
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Wrap it Up Tags Workshop
Come create 10 unique Designer Gift Tags in this Wrap it Up Tag Workshop.You will learn lots of great techniques, play will several fun new products and go home with 10 handmade holiday tags! This workshop will also have a light lunch provided. 
Wed Dec 10th 10am-4pm or Sat Dec 13th 10am-4pm 
Cost: $45.00 Taught by: Lynette Chiles 
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   Mixed Media Masters 

                       Family Wall Hanging 
We are offering one last time... if you missed it before make sure you sign up for this upcoming class time. You will create this beautiful Family Wall Hanging while learning a whole day fun of  mixed media techniques and playing with all kinds of fun messy products you will love! This project would be a beautiful handmade gift for someone special this Holiday Season!
 
 Lunch Provided
 Wed. Dec 10th 10am-4pm Cost: $60.00
Taught by: Susan Tidwell 
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If you are interested in any of these upcoming workshops, please come by or call the LBH to reserve your seat! 

Make it a Handmade Holiday Season at the LB

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments Recap


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We want to thank you for following our LBH 12 Days of Ornaments Blog Feature! We hope you have been inspired to make it a HandMade Holiday this year!!! Just in case, you missed a day here or there, we are posting a recap of all 12 Days along with a link to each tutorial. 

Day #1: Holiday Wishes- Dome Shaker Ornament
Designed by: Susan Liles
Day #1 Tutorial

Day #2: Miniature Shutter Angels
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

Day #3: Treat Tube Ornament (vinyl)
Designed by: Susan Tidwell

Day #4: Doily Frame Ornament
Designed by: Kristyn McElroy

Day #5: Pretty Paper Frame Ornament
Designed by: Nat Sheeran
Day #5 Tutorial

Day #6: Fillable Light Bulb Ornament
Designed by: Valerie Bishop

Day #7: Mini Coffee Cup Ornament
Designed by: Cat Grigsby
Day #7 Tutorial

Day #8: Snowman Bell Ornament
Designed by: Rhonda Merry
Day #8 Tutorial


Day #9: Miniature Junk Tree Ornament
Designed by: Lynette Chiles
Day #9 Tutorial

Day #10: Merry Mason Jar Lid Ornament
Designed by: DeeDee Roe
Day #10 Tutorial

Day #11: Cupcake Liner Ornaments
Designed by: Susan Tidwell
Day #11 Tutorial


Day #12: VerDay Wonders Ornaments
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

We are so thankful for your continued love and support of our Small Business. The Little Blue House wouldn't be the same without amazing customers like YOU!!! Thank you for leaving your comments on each post....We loved reading all of them! We appreciate you taking the time to share your holiday favorites, special traditions, and memories with us. So which Ornament do you plan to create first?? 

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and a
Very Merry HandMade Christmas!

Much Love from the LBH Gals,
Miss Tracy, Rhonda, Kristyn, Susan T, Elaine, Lynette,
Susan L, Cat, Nat, Valerie, DeeDee

CONGRATULATIONS to the DAY #12 WINNER:

LADY BRIGHT

Please contact the LBH to claim your ornament

The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #12


Miss Tracy here to present our final Ornament Tutorial. I hope you have enjoyed all of the Ornaments we have presented to you this year and are inspired to create them for your Tree this holiday season.  

I have designed some beautiful ornaments to share with you today that feature the fabulous VerDay Paints by Ten Seconds Studio. 
VerDay Wonders
Designed by: Tracy Pounds




 All of these ornaments are simple Paper Mache that I have added texture too. Continue reading my tutorial below to find out how I created the unique look of these rustic chic ornaments.

Here are the items that you will need:
Paper Mache Ornaments
Embossed Specialty Paper  
Scotch Tacky Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Base Paint (could be craft paint or spray paint)
VerDay Paints (Ten Seconds Studio)
VerDay Activator (Ten Seconds Studio)
Sea Foam Sponges
White craft paint
Perfect Pearls Mist - Heirloom Gold
Metal Embellishments or Buttons (FabScraps)
Bling (Queen and Co)

All of the items used to create these ornaments are available at the Little Blue House.

I used two different techniques to add the texture to my paper mache ornaments. The first one is an embossed paper used primarily for wall covering. It is a new style that I fell in love with and had to have! I created a template for one side of my ornament and then traced them onto the Embossed Paper and cut out. I positioned my template in a specific place on the embossed design each time I traced. I attached to my Paper Mache Ornament using Scotch Tacky Glue. Once they were all glued in place, I painted over the entire ornament with White Paint. Allow to dry.

The second technique was kind of an experimental one...I wanted to see what it would look like if I added some dimension using hot glue. I simply "drew" on the ornament with hot glue...

Be sure to let the hot glue cool completely. Once cool, I painted a base coat on them. You could use any craft paint but to save time, I painted mine with a Spray Paint. 

Now for the fun part, adding the VerDay!!!
VerDay is a Reactive Metal Paint and when sprayed with the VerDay Activator, a reaction takes place and the result is 4 unique beautiful patinas. There are four colors-- Brass, Bronze, Copper, and Iron. For my ornaments, I used mainly Iron and Brass. If you have acrylic nails-- You will want to wear gloves for the following steps. Using  sea foam sponges, simply apply the paints in a pouncing motion all over the ornaments (stars and embossed paper ornaments). I did this to all of the ornaments featured today. It will look something like this when you are done...

Immediately, while paint is still wet, spray over the ornament with the VerDay Activator. Spray thoroughly and set aside. 
It won't take long for the reaction to begin...


It will go through several different stages of colors. The Iron (rust patina) takes the longest to transform so set them aside for a bit. Try to be patient....let the magic happen...

Once patinas have come to life and the ornaments are dry, you can begin the next design stage of these beauties! 

For the Embossed Paper Ornament, I wanted to create a Shabby Distress. I simply applied white paint with my finger over the embossed designs. I love the way this looks!!! 

Now for the stars, I chose to lightly rub over them (again with my finger) with the Brass VerDay Paint. I did not use the activator this time-- Just the paint itself. 

For final finishing touches, I sprayed them all with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist...This gives them a beautiful irredescent shimmer (hard to see on camera). Allow to dry. 


All that's needed now is a little metal and bling for the centers of the stars and some pretty ribbon for the embossed paper ornaments.
  


I really love how they turned out and I hope you will be inspired to re-create these Rustic Chic VerDay Wonders for your Tree!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post! One lucky commenter today will receive one of my VerDay Ornaments...Please share with me your favorite ornament of our 12 days feature!!! Tomorrow I will be posting a recap of ALL 12 handmade ornaments and announcing the WINNER of today's Ornament. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a
Very Merry HandMade Christmas!!!
Miss Tracy :)

CONGRATULATIONS to the DAY #11 WINNER:

Linda Hahn

Please contact the LBH to claim your ornament