Friday, March 15, 2013

Say Cheese Front Porch Friday

Say Cheese ...and How Did She Get That Color??!!
I had such a great time creating from this kit. Here is a photo of the design board so you can see all the great products for you to design with. My favorites are the grunge camera, word balloon and pattern paper and I loved how the letter thickers looked smashed into the SnowTex.
Ohhh and the FABRICS!!
For the post today I thought I would share a funny story about the camera on the front of
"A Day in the Life of Me" minibook.
I am not sure what the issue is with me and FPK's and multiple layers of product...
My original inspiration was this flower from theTim Holtz blog
I thought it would be really cool to have a funky camera.  I started off with paint dabbers of various colors.  It just seemed too bright - so I added some Vintage Photo Disress ink - now it just looked dirty.  Decided to change course - I painted over the camera with some Expresso Metallic paint - too flat.  Next sanded that hoping for a varigated look - that didn't look right so I added some Distress ink .Still not the look I wanted.  Nope - hated it. I thought maybe I should just start over - but I didn't have the die at home and my project was due the next day.
Clean it all off - Ok lets try Windex.  Yep grabbed a towel and scrubbed away. There was some paint that stayed on which was fine. Boy Grunge Board can really take a beating.  I finally decided on Verday paint.  If you are not familar this a product from Ten Second Studios.  You apply the paint and then spray with an activator that starts the patina process.  Check the Little Blue House website for classes on how to use this product. Sanded it an then used some Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress ink.
I finally like it!!!
So the next time you see a project and wonder how they got that color....
you can smile knowing there might be more to the story!!

I hope you enjoyed my paint story. There a few Front Porch Kits available.  Check out the online gallery for some creative inspiration.
To purchase call the Little Blue House at 817-431-7930 or shop online
Also check out the other designers blogs.
Here is a list
Tracy Pounds
Leslie Ashe
Lynette Chiles
Rhonda Merry
I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Have fun when you are creating - remember what appears initially to be a disaster could turn out to be creative genius in the long run!!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Front Porch Kit - Say Cheese!! BIG REVEAL

After so many sneaks you finally get to see the entire Front Porch Kit. You will be smiling from ear to ear once you see the contents of this great kit and the amazing designs created by the design team.
Here's the design board that shows all of the contents -
The picture does not do it justice.  The papers are bright and colorful and if you like the Simple Stories concept you will be oh so happy.  There is a great page of word balloons that makes creating layouts and minibooks a breeze.
Today I will show you the projects I created and tomorrow I will give you a little more detail and insight into each creation.
First is my layout "Life is Good" featuring the black and white alpha stickers.  They worked great on my layout about our recent trip to Stowe, Vermont. 
Yes, there are  pictures of that great lobster grilled cheese sandwich and Godiva Liquor hot chocolate.

Next is a recipe book I created using the pocket folders.  The cover features some of the fabrics from the kit and the interior is the bright polka dots. The recipe cards were downloaded from a free sight.  I loved that the colors coordinated with the kit papers.

And finally my favorite project is a minibook entitled
"A Day in the Life of Me"
I had such a great time creating this project and there was even a non planned page about coffee and cookies.  You'll have to check in later to hear about that  It seems when it comes to the Front Porch Kit I have a story about the design process.  Let me just say this for today - Grunge board can really take a beating, scrubbing, painting, removing and repeating and still hold up incredibly well.  The papers and embellishments were perfect for this ecclectic type of minibook.  I hope it inspires you to create a book about what you enjoy doing each day.  I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love so much and also to have family and friends who make each day in my life a blessing.

To purchase you can call or come by The Little Blue House
118 West Olive
Keller, Texas 76248
Check out the gallery for the BluePrint projects and the other inspiration projects
Make sure you visit the Little Blue House blog and leave a comment.

Happy Crafting

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Front Porch Kit
Say Cheese! Sneak Peak #2
Here are a few more pctures of the kit. 
The first one shows some of the kit contents.
And this one shows a snippet of another one of my projects.
The kit is great for creating layouts, cards and home decor projects.  The palette is playful and the possibilities are endless.
Kits can be pre-ordered now and they go on sale March 5th
Call 817-431-7930
Make sure you visit the Little Blue House blog and leave a comment.
You might be the lucky winner of a kit.
Check back tomorrow for some more sneaks
Happy Crafting

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Front Porch Kit - Say Cheese!! Sneak Peaks

Sneak Peak #1 Before the BIG Reveal
It's hard to believe the big release is just around the corner. This will be my first sneak before the "Say Cheese!" Front Porch Kit is revealed Tuesday. You will be thrilled to see all the beautiful papers, ribbons and fibers, fabrics, buttons, and fun new surfaces to create and play with.    
The design team has created so many amazing projects to inspire you.  We revealed our projects to each other this morning and we all said we needed to buy another kit so we could make each other's projects.
This photo shows a portion of one of my projects.
You will have so many great items to create layouts, cards, and home decor projects.
One hint if you love word balloons you will be in heaven.
OK ....another hint...grunge paper is truly indestructable..check back for a funny story on how many layers of paint I put on and prompyly removed.
Don't  Miss Out ... It's available March 5th
To purchase
In person at The Little Blue House 817-431-7930
Make sure to leave a comment on the LBH blog for your chance to win.
 Happy Creating