Friday, March 23, 2012

Hi bloggers..Elaine here.  I hope you have all purchased your beautiful Nature's Charm Front Porch Kit.  As you can see from the gallery the projects we created were amazing.  Hope that doesn't sound to braggy but they really are all so pretty. The kit is jam packed full of great products.  For my post today I was trying to figure out what to talk about.  I am in the process of decluttering my scrap space and as I was trying to decide where to put my FPK remaining items it hit me...can I create one last project from my kit??  Yeppo and here it is..
I took an 11 x 14 canvas and painted it with an acrylic paint called linen.  Then I took some of my mists (Maya Mists Green and Blue Hydrangea) that were in the blue and green families and while the paint was a little wet spritzed it.  It was kind of cool how how the spray reacted with the paint.  I had strips of papers left so I cut the ends in dove tails and placed them on the canvas.  I inked the strips using Quick Quotes Green Tea Chalk Ink. I also had about 12 inches of the great big green rick rack that I added on.
The big giant flower was modeled after one that Miss Tracy taught on a project several years ago.  
It is fairly simple to make.  You will need six  4" circles and 12 long skinny hearts.  They are about 1 1//4" across the top and about 3" long.  You can use all the same papers for this one but I didn't have enough to do that.  For my base I used the top of a ribbon spool I was getting rid of.  First you fold the sides of the circles in like this
Then attach them like this - this is back side but it gives a better view of placement.
Next you add six of the hearts to the center of the circles.  The other six get sandwiched between the circles like this..
Then put about three  1" x 1" cardboard squares in the center... big giant pop dots.  This will support the center pieces.For the center I had a piece of the green fabric that was about 4" x 6".  I cut it into four 1" x 4" pieces.  Pulled the threads on the side to fray.  I then ran a gathering stitch along the non-frayed side and pulled tight to form a circle.  A quick stitch to tie together and this is what it looks like.  (Yep those are my great craft pants underneath flower center.  They are a work of art in and of themselves.) 

I then took my button and added some twine to the center.  Then I wrapped my yarn remnants around the button and lace that in the center of the big flower
The butterfly is just cut out of paper and then I inked with Green Tea ink and Broken China ink then I used All Purpose Ink Champagne Mist from Stampin' Up.  I love the shimmer of this product.
The Memories envelope is inked with the Green Tea Chalk Ink and some Broken China from Ranger.  I put the journal card on a piece of paper left from the flower circles.  I did have enough paper to cut a couple of extra hearts to add to the top of the journal pocket.  The buttons on this part of canvas were from my stash. They are vintage buttons my Grandma had.
The sentiment strip says,"Lucky You're in My Life" and so I added this picture of my bestest friends. I am so blessed to have them in my life.
Finally I inked around the edges of the canvas to finish it off.  This turned out to be a Win Win for me.  I now have a beautiful canvas with a picture of my friends and I don't have anything to put away.
If you want to see some of the gallery projects, stop by The Little Blue House. You can also see some of our great Spring and Rater class projects.  And of course new products are arriving everyday.  I hope you have fun creating...Thanks for stopping by..

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nature's Charm Front Porch Kit is Finally Here!!

It is finally the big Reveal Day....
Nature's Charm brought to you by The Little Blue House is finally here.   This amazing kit has so many beautiful items in it for you to create with.  The website to order your kit is LIVE!!!  Just go to Front Porch Kits to place your order now!!  Check out the Gallery with all the amazing projects that the Design Team has created to inspire you.  Remember the BluePrint Gallery projects will have instructions (printed this time) for you to use.  The other Gallery projects are there to inspire you to create your own beautiful projects.  
Here are the projects I created...I hope you enjoy.

I have to have sparkle or as Dan calls it "Happy Dust" so here it is on my Journal Cover.  
I plan to use this to just have fun and play with different techniques.

 I created these two layouts for Jonathan's Study Abroad Trip to Ireland.  
The colors were perfect.
Hippity Hoppity Easter is almost here.
 The beautiful Paisley & Check Pattern Papers Screamed Bunny to me.
 The kit has a beautiful Organic quality to it & this candle wrap demonstrates that.
 Over the next couple of weeks I will share some closeups (or if you can't wait) check out the FPK Gallery. I will also have a couple of tutorials on some of the techniques I used to create my projects.
OHHH... Congrats to Anne (my Mom) and no it was not fixed she was the closest guess...the Riddle from Saturday answer was Cotton Balls from the Bathroom were used to create Eggs (Kitchen) for the bird nest.  
She is such a Smarty Pants!!
Don't forget place your order online just click here: Nature's Charm  
Call - (817)431-7930  
In Person at the Little Blue House
Have a Marvelous Monday

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Front Porch Kit - Nature's Charm -Sneak Peak #3

 The new Front Porch Kit is available from the Little Blue House.  The products in this kit will allow you to create everything from cards to beautiful layouts to great home decor items.  You will see all of this and more on tomorrow when the design team's gallery projects are released. 
Here is another sneak peak to entice you.
   Our website is  ready to go for Pre-Orders so if you don't want to miss this great kit contact us at  Make sure you leave a comment on the LBH blog because one lucky winner will receive a kit as a PRIZE.
Have a great Sunday

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nature's Charm Front Porch Kit - Sneak Peak #2 & Riddle

 OK Bloggers here is another sneak peak at 
Little Blue House Front Porch Kit Nature's Charm.
The only thing I will say about this peak is that it is a home decor item.  Very natural and it will look great in anyone's home.  Perfect for Spring.  There are so many beautiful items available for you to create great projects.  Remember the kit will also include BluePrints (instructions) for six projects as well as the online gallery that you can use to inspire you.  Pre-Orders are open now.  Our website is just a smidge away from being ready for online orders - so don't be left can order today by calling the 
LBH (817-431-7930) or just stop by and place your order.
Remember to leave a comment because one lucky blog reader will win a Front Porch Kit.  
Here's your riddle...what item did we put in the kit that is commonly found in the bathroom but was turned into something you eat in the kitchen.  Leave me a guess and I will have a prize for the blog reader who is right. If there is no right answer the most clever will win!!! 
Happy Guessing..Elaine

Friday, March 2, 2012

Front Porch Kits are Back at The Little Blue House

We are so excited to have our Fabulous and Fun Front Porch Kits back at The Little Blue House. This month's kit is called Nature's Charm and you will be amazed at all the beautiful projects you can create.  The printed papers are so pretty and the other items in the kit have a wonderful organic feel to them.  You know me I had to add a little glitter to mine!! I can't wait for you to see the project gallery.  If you are like the design team you will gasp with amazement.  We all think it is our Best EVER.  So here's today's Sneak Peek!!

As you can see Lily is actively?? guarding the Front Porch Kit box.  More sneaks to follow in the next couple of days.  Our website is under construction so if you want to preorder your kit call the Little Blue House (817-431-7930) or just stop by.

Don't miss out on this amazing kit. BluePrints (instructions) for six projects will be included in the kit.  You will also have pictures on our gallery to create from.  Check back tomorrow for a couple more pictures.
Thanks for stopping by