"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Classes

I thought I'd share a few of the holiday class projects I created for The Little Blue House.  You can go to the blog to see the entire project lineup and sign up for classes.

First up is a reversible Christmas/Winter banner.  One side uses Fancy Pants holiday papers with small felt stockings between each pennant.  The other side has Bo Bunny winter papers and darling little white batting mittens.  Each pennant has a clear pocket for slipping in photos.

Next is the Folded Tree Canvas, back by popular demand but in different papers.  These are from the gorgeous Graphic 45 holiday line.

Here is the Holiday Wreath which is approximately 20" in diameter.  It's hard to see the detail in this photo, but the projects were already hung when pictures were taken.

This is another vintage tray hanging, similar to the Halloween-themed one I did for the fall classes.  I think I like this one even better than the other!  Love, love, love the Girls' Paperie line of papers.


The One Pretty Thing website is publishing four of the Little Blue House ornaments!  And one of them is mine - the little snowman hat!  Check it out here.  Mine is the second one, along with Kristyn's, Tracy's and Lolly's.  YEAH!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Little Somethings


Enjoy a Creative Christmas this year! Make plans to join us for the LBH Little Somethings Holiday Workshops! You will create 5+ projects and receive a very Merry Goodie Bag! Cost is $25 a person. You may want to bring your camera with you...Santa may be stopping by!Here are the dates & times: 

Fri. 12/3 10a-1p & 2p-5p 

Sat. 12/4 10a-1p & 2p-5p 

Sun. 12/5 2p-5p 

All you need to bring is one pair of scissors and your Christmas Spirit! We will provide everything else. Please contact the LBH to reserve your spot today at (817) 431-7930...they are filling up fast! 

Here's a sneak peek at one of the projects!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 12 - Final Ornament

Yesterday was the final day for the Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornament Extravaganza.  For the last day, Elaine made a three-dimensional tree topper out of Ten Seconds Studio art metal. Isn't it beautiful?

The directions on how to make this for your own tree is on our blog HERE.  While you're there, leave a comment - you might just be the lucky winner of this gorgeous ornament/topper.

It has been so much fun creating these ornaments and sharing them with our blog readers. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Check out our blog for our next grand adventure coming next weekend: The Little Blue House First Annual Little Somethings Holiday Workshops, Dec. 3, 4 and 5.  Here's the info:

"Little Somethings" Holiday  Workshops

Enjoy a Creative Christmas this year! Make plans to join us for the LBH Little Somethings Holiday Workshops! You will create 5+ Little Something projects and receive a very Merry Goodie Bag! Cost is $25 a person. You may want to bring your camera with you...Santa will be stopping by!
 Here are the dates & times:

Fri. 12/3 10a-1p & 2p-5p 

Sat. 12/4 10a-1p & 2p-5p 

Sun. 12/5 2p-5p

All you need to bring is one pair of scissors and your Christmas SpiritWe will provide everything else. Please contact the LBH to reserve your spot at (817) 431-7930...
limited seating - they are filling up fast!
Introducing our "Little Something"
Corporate Sponsors:
Bella Blvd
Pink Paislee
Maya Road
Crafty Secrets
P K Glitz
Crate Paper
The Little Blue House
Each person attending this magical event will receive a "Little Something" from our corporate sponsors!...Sure hope you've been nice this year (and not naughty) because Santa will be passing out these wonderful goodie bags to you! 
Come join us! I promise you will
 have a holly jolly good time!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 11

Next-to-last day of ornaments from The Little Blue House!  Today's ornament was created by Trisha who is our soldering teacher and soldering queen! If it doesn't move, she will try to solder it.

She used a test tube, domino, art metal and ribbon and lace to make this darling and unique ornament.  An added bonus is you can use the tube to present a tiny gift or candies.  Check out the complete tutorial on the LBH blog (see link above) and comment on the post for a chance to win this ornament.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 10 Ornament

How cute is this little mini-canvas ornament made by Rhonda?  I love the crackle paint background she used.  Her complete tutorial is on the Little Blue House blog here.  You can't see the hanger, but it's made with wire attached to two upholstery tacks on the top of the canvas frame and the curled wire ends add a whimsical touch.  Be sure to leave a comment there - you might win this little canvas!

Only two more days of ornaments!  Keep checking the blog daily so you won't miss a one.  Have you been making some of your own?  If so, you'll have a headstart on your tree decorations this year.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Days 8 and 9

I have two ornaments to share today!  Here is the lovely "paper quilted" ornament Tracy shared on The Little Blue House blog yesterday for Day 8 of the Ornament Extravaganza.  She used a circle paper mache ornament as the base and added gorgeous Graphic 45 Christmas papers.  The center is a darling paper rosette.

Below is the tag ornament I made for today, Day 9.  I started with a plain manilla shipping tag and covered the front with embossed Ten Seconds Studio Poison Ivy art metal.  The back is covered with a beautiful print from the Father Christmas line of Pink Paislee. The vintage image is also from one of the papers of that line.  The stamp sentiment is from a Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twig clear stamp set and both velvet ribbons are from Maya Road.

Check out the complete instructions on the Little Blue House blog here and leave a comment.  You just might win this lovely tag!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Haute Couture

I love reading challenge blogs and seeing the submissions, but I never seem to get around to creating a project to submit myself.  This month over at Gingersnap Creations, one of the challenges is "Haute Couture" and I immediately thought of this double-page "tip-in" spread I made for a collaborative altered book with an online group.  The theme for the book was "Paris" and I was assigned the pages for haute couture/fashion.

These pages are a combination of collage, stamping, fabric,  vintage lace, ribbons, pearls, scrapbook papers, a sewing pattern tissue flower and even a little garter hook embellishing an Internet image.  It was a fun project to create and I love the colors and mix of textures.

So, for the first time ever, I am submitting this project for the Gingersnap Creations November challenge.  Check out more information on this challenge as well as the many other challenges on the Gingersnap Creations blog HERE.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 7 - Felt, paper and fabric, oh my!

How cute is the latest Little Blue House ornament, made by Lolly!

She used the Sizzix Tim Holtz scalloped border die as well as the Sizzix ornament die.  Both can be ordered from the LBH as we are now an authorized Sizzix order center!  Check out today's post HERE for the complete tutorial to make this adorable ornament.  And be sure to comment so you will have a chance to win this cutie.

Friday, November 19, 2010

We're halfway there!

This is day 6 of The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments.  Elaine made this adorable ornament.

This is made with three scalloped circles of Girls' Paperie Tinsel and Twig paper - beautiful!  Check out the LBH blog for instructions and more photos.  There's also a version made with plain circles.  This would make a cute placeholder for your holiday table and the recipient could take home a sweet little favor.

Are you following along on the blog?  There's still six more ornaments to come.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another LBH Ornament

Look at this beautiful ornament that was made by Rhonda over at The Little Blue House.

She used another of the "naked" paper mache ornaments that we carry and covered each section with coordinating papers from the Father Christmas line of Pink Paislee.  Check out more photos and a tutorial over on the LBH blog and leave a comment to win the ornament.

We're not quite halfway through our 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Extravaganza - still seven more fabulous ornaments to come and more chances to win one of these lovelies!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 4 Ornament

Kristyn posted her adorable snowflake ornament on the Little Blue House blog today.  Isn't it precious?

You can read the complete instructions HERE.  There's also a photo of the other side where she centered a photo - a great idea for personalizing the ornament and making it double-sided at the same time!

And congratulations to Jennifer who won my ornament from yesterday. She came by the LBH today to claim it and it made me feel good to see her excitement at winning!

Stay tuned for more ornaments - we'll be posting one a day until Thanksgiving. Be sure to visit the LBH blog, leave a comment and you might win your own handmade ornament.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Ornament Extravaganza

Today is my turn for posting an ornament for the 12 Days of Ornament Extravaganza at The Little Blue House.   I made this cute little snowman hat ornament.  I used an empty ribbon spool, covered it with black felt and added some beautiful scalloped velvet ribbon, a handmade doily and a tiny paper poinsettia (all available at the LBH of course!).  It could also be made from scratch using chipboard.

Check out the full tutorial on the LBH blog and be sure to comment.  One lucky person will win one of the two ornaments I made!  Are you feeling lucky?  While you're there, be sure to look at the past two posts for two more great ornament ideas and check in daily from now til Thanksgiving for the remaining ornaments.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Day of Rest!

Whew, it's been a hectic, exhausting, creative, productive and amazing week!  The Little Blue House hosted our first Creative Christmas Open House on Friday and Saturday and it was a huge success.  Our hard work creating all the beautiful holiday projects was well-rewarded when we shared it with all our wonderful customers and they were met with such a great response.  Thank you all for visiting us this weekend and sharing our JOY!

Now on to more LBH news!  Starting today, we will be sharing 12 Days of Ornaments on our blog.  Each day one of the LBH Gals will post a holiday ornament, complete with instructions and photos so you can make one or more for yourself!  And, one lucky commenter each day will win that day's ornament!  So hop on over to the blog each day, leave us a comment, and you may receive a beautiful handmade ornament.

Today we are featuring Lolly's ornament created with the lovely Tinsel and Twig papers from The  Girls' Paperie line.  Here's a peak for you - isn't it pretty?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Cards

Want a head-start on your handmade Christmas cards this year? Over at The Little Blue House we are offering a class to make one, two or three different cards. The designing is done for you (and supplies cut and kitted) so you can mass produce these for all those special people on your list.  They come in sets of 6 - choose your design, sign up for class and we will help you make these and have them done way before Christmas!

This was a collaborative effort among Tracy, Elaine and I; we each made a card.  My card is the vintage one below - you can click over to the LBH to see all three.

And don't forget our Creative Christmas Open House this week on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 am - 5 pm both days.  We will have all our holiday classes showcased, a free make-n-take project, prize giveaways, refreshments and much more!  Come visit us!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Birthday Cards

The past few weeks I've needed several birthday cards and here are a few special ones I made for two good art friends.  They aren't hard to make, just time consuming - the kind you save for people who will really appreciate them!  Lots of measuring and cutting...

This is the blue card, closed. Sorry for the off-color photo! Not sure what happened there. The second photo of the open card is truer color.  Melissa Frances and Anna Griffin papers on this one.

The second card uses some "vintage" Anna Griffin papers - some of my most favorite ever. The labels were made with a Papertrey Ink mini-stamp set with a matching die.

Friday, November 5, 2010

My prize arrived!

The blog giveaway from Mod Podge Rocks arrived Wednesday evening and it really lifted my spirits to see all these happy "fat quarters" of cotton fabrics along with the Fabric Mod Podge, as I've been really sick this week.  Today is the first day in many that I've actually felt human and I'm hoping I will soon feel back to normal. Not sure if it's the flu, but I certainly don't want it again!  Anyway, I've got to think of some great project to make with these goodies. Any thoughts from my readers?  (Thanks again to Amy of Mod Podge Rocks for this awesome giveaway!)

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Fall Projects

Now that Halloween is over, are you ready for some new fall projects that don't incorporate witches, monsters, bats and other scary creatures?  The Little Blue House has just introduced several new projects: one fall layout and a Thanksgiving layout; a darling "So Thankful" fall mini-book and my technique cards.

Here are the samples for the card class.  As always, I like to use several different techniques and "lotions and potions" to help customers play with products before purchasing and learn how to use them.  In this class I featured the new Shimmerz Spritz, Vibez,  Blingz and Shimmerz as well as Perfect Pearls.  (Don't know what those are? Then you need to take my class!)

So, if you're a local gal, stop by the store anytime (except Sundays when we are closed) to see these in detail along with all the other fun projects.  You can also call at 817-431-7930 to reserve a spot.