Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hot Glue and Alcohol Ink Tutorial

This is the technique I used on the June Front Porch Kit layout -
A Place in the Sun
It is for the blue wave pattern you see going across the two pages.  You will see below you can form the hot glue into any shape you wish.  
Craft mat that will hold up to hot glue - I used the Ranger mat
Hot glue gun
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Ranger Glossy Accents
Draw your shape on the craft mat or go freestyle

Squirt hot glue over the shape - I found this works on larger patterns but is difficult to control on finer details
Let the hot glue cool - this only takes a few minutes

Stem and leaf pattern

Flower pattern

Scroll pattern
Flourishy Pattern

Side view so you can see how much glue

Now dab with alohol inks

Peel from mat
Finished Product will be attached to project with Glossy Accents
Make sure you check out the great projects at The Little Blue House and check out the gallery and projects at Front Porch Kits and the new Front Porch Kits Blog.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have fun trying different shapes and post and let me know what magical glue designs you create.  The Howell family is heading north to Michigan for a Family and Friends Fourth of July.  Stay safe and God Bless the USA and our Troops

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tags ...Tags and More Tags

I hope you are all having a great summer.  The Texas heat is definitely upon car thermometer read 107 when I left the Little Blue House yesterday.  This is a good time to be inside crafting.  At the LBH we have our wonderful Blocks and Base with Tag sets as part of our Creatuive Buffet classes (check out the website for pics).  We started the tag sets last October and have released some really cute ones with each new season.  Don't despair if you have not started yours, it is not too late and we are planning to continue them as each new season approaches.  I needed a way to store mine and since we could no longer get the Maya Road tins - I found this option instead.  The box is from the Container Store and costs about $1.99.  They come in several colors but I really liked this chocolate brown.  The box is about 8" x 4 1/2" x 9"

Of course I could not just let it be plain :( what fun is that?  So I took a piece of paper I had left from the Prima Crad kit class.  You will need three 12" strips that are about 2 1/2" wide.  Wrap them around the box making sure the front piece is centered so no seams show.  Continue around to the back of the box.  I wanted the edges to be pretty so I attached some ribbon to the top and bottom of the paper strip.
I then added a few Prima Flowers from my stash and also a beige felt rosette that I made with the Sizzix 3D Flower die (you can order from the LBG because we are a Sizzix ordering site). I then added a few leaves that I sprayed with Tattered Angels Hula Hoop mist. Stuff (very technical term) some ribbon loops behind the flowers for some added dimension. I then cut a tag - and cleverly wrote "Tags" on it and attached just behind the flowers. We are working on new tags so check the website for announcements.
Post a comment on what you think the new set will say...

Stay Cool

Thursday, June 9, 2011

BLOGOPHOBIC!! That's my problem....

Before I explain my title I wanted to share with you my layout from this month's Front Porch Kit One Sunny Day.  The kit this month is so amazing and you will have such fun creating out of it - I know I did.  The Gallery will show you all the projects that the Fronch Porch Designer Gals created but remember the bonus in our kit is that you get a CD that has detailed (and I mean detailed) instructions (measurements of papers, ink and paint colors,etc.) on how to create the featured projects.  To help clarify the featured projects - when you go to the website - click on Kit of the Month - you will see the design board with all the items that are in the kit.  Then scroll down to see the list of all the papers and great "stuff" you will receive - and...right below that is the featured projects- these are the ones on the CD.  Personally speaking if you see something on one of my projects that you have a question on - shoot me an email - or post on the blog and I will gladly answer any questions you might have.
 My featured project this month is the "Beach Baby" layout.  This is one of my favorite pictures of Kristen (even though the photography is not great) that I have of her at the beach.  When we lived in Boca Raton, Fl a group of family and friends would go to Marco Island Beach for a long weekend in July.  It was such a fun time and so many memories were created there.  On the CD I have the instructions on how to make the beach scene at the bottom of the layout - shells made from flowers, sandcatles from sanpaper, pylons from the box and finally our little crab friend from chipboard flowers and frames.

 what is BLOGOPHOBIC...well it's me. 
I have been so worried about posting the perfect blog posting that I completely psych myself out - and end up not posting at all because I want it to be perfect.  My daughter Kristen is in China and she is posting on her blog and I love it - that's what made the light go on - PERFECT it is NOT but I still enjoyed it -so...I hereby promise to post.  So now that I have told you about my phobia - post yours.  Thanks for continuing to follow and especially for your patience ...Miss Tracy :)
I hope you have a great day.