Sunday, November 13, 2011

LBH 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #1

Hello Friends!
Miss Tracy here and I want to welcome you to Day #1 of our 12 Days of Ornaments event! Beginning today, we will feature a unique, hand-made ornament and a full tutorial so that you can easily re-create an ornament for yourself and others...and YOU will have a chance to WIN that day's featured ornament by simply leaving a comment. One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen each day!
It's my great privilege to present Ornament #1...

 The Little Blue House 2011Designed by: Miss Tracy :)

Here are the supplies you will need for this ornament:
Chipboard House
(custom designed for the LBH by Heart of Texas)
Printed LBH Paper
small brad
Inka Golds: Cobalt Blue, Graphite
Cut-n-Dry Foam
Black Chalk Ink (Quick Quotes/Midnight)
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue
Ribbon & Ric Rac
Black Glitter Paper
White Cardstock
Stamp & Black StazOn Ink
Vellum & Embossing Folder/Swiss Dot
Circle Punch 1in.
Paper Piercer

Miss Tracy's "How To":
To start, lay out your house and roof on a piece of scrap paper. Pop out windows and remove door.
  I am coloring my house and door using a NEW product called Inka-Gold. It is a water-based acrylic that has natural bees wax in it. You can apply it easily with a small piece of cut-n-dry foam and it drys instantly and has a beauiful sheen to it!
Remove plastic seal and apply the Cobalt Blue Inka-Gold to your chipboard house. Use a circular motion. This will give you great coverage.
Fold your house and apply the blue Inka-Gold to the corners and ink the edges too.
Apply the Helmar 450 glue to the fold out edge and fold your house into shape and adhere like so. Hold it in place for a few seconds so that the glue has time to grab hold.
 Next, use the same coloring process and apply Graphite Inka-Gold to the door.
 Ink the edges of your door with Black Chalk Ink and then place a brad in your door to create a cute little door knob.
 Set the door aside for a minute and let's work on the window coverings. Cut two pieces of vellum (large enough to cover your windows). You could punch these with a square punch if you like.
Place the pieces in the Swiss Dot embossing folder and run through your Big Shot or Cuttlebug. Here's what it will look when you've completed this step...
 Apply a bit of glue to the edges of each square and glue inside of the house like so...
Next glue some white ric rac around the bottom of the house. Start where the door will cover the ends of your ric rac. When in place, glue the door onto the house. 
To create the "Create Joy" sign, I used a stamp and some Black StazOn Ink on a scrap of white cardstock. Then I punched it out using a 1in. circle punch.  
 I created a scalloped circle out of black glitter cardstock using the Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge. You may have a punch that would work for this. I cut it slightly larger than my 1in. circle. Before you apply the circle to the scallop, lightly add color to the edges with your Inka-Gold blue foam applicator.
 Glue the circle in the center of the scalloped glitter piece and put to the side. Now it's time to cover the rooftop. I created my own custom paper on my laptop and printed it out onto white cardstock. Before we start, gently fold your roof top. 
 Cut a square out of the printed paper that is slightly larger than your rooftop. Then fold the paper in half to create a center crease. Now cut slightly to the right of your crease as shown. We are doing this so that our top edge of the roof is covered and the words will not be upside down on one side of the roof.
 Adhere the folded piece to one side of the rooftop like so...

Then adhere the other piece to the remaining side of the house. Apply Black Chalk Ink to all of the edges of the rooftop. 
 Turn the roof over and apply some ink because this part of the roof will show when placed on the house. Just lightly swipe across it.
 To create the hanger, take your paper piercer and punch a hole into the center of the rooftop.
 Cut a piece of ribbon and twist the tails together to run through the hole that you created. Pull the ribbon through until you get the size loop that you want at the top.
 Now tie a double knot in your ribbon and trim off any excess. Pull the loop up where the knot is flush to the ceiling of the rooftop.
 Next, I glued my rooftop to the top of my house. I then lightly applied some Stickles over my rooftop and around the edges too. Let that dry for a few seconds and then tie a couple of bows on the loop hanger like so...
 Now you are ready to glue on your "Create Joy" sign!
 Your Little Blue House Ornament is now complete and ready to be hung proudly on your tree!
Keep in mind, this would also be an adorable ornament created with beautiful Holiday Papers and you could feature your own Address (House #) on it or create a school ornament for one of your kiddos teachers perhaps!
Don't forget....
Do you see that I have created TWO LBH Ornaments...
 That's because one lucky commenter will be taking one of these beauties home with them! Post your comment here for a chance to WIN! The lucky commenter will be posted tomorrow on Day #2. Share with me what one of your favorite Holiday Creations is...this little ornament will be one my fav's that's for sure!!
Also, if you are interested in a KIT to create your own Little Blue House 2011 commemorative ornament. They will be available at the LBH! Stop by and pick one up for yourself this week!
Become a follower today to ensure that you don't miss out on our future Ornament Tutorials! Tomorrow, Day #2 will be a fabulous ornament designed by Kristyn!!
Keep Creating!
Miss Tracy :)
p.s. don't forget to comment!!!!!!


  1. Love it. I want one. Save me a kit. Can't wait for day 2.

  2. This is very sweet! What a great ornament! thanks for the tutorial.

  3. This is the cutest ornament ever! I love it...Portrays the warmth and joy I get when visiting the LBH. Wish I had time to be there more!!!

  4. Oh - the plans I have for a house ornament!
    Tis the cutest thing EVER!!!

  5. I absolutely positively love this Tracy! Save me a kit - I'm coming by on Tuesday!!!!

  6. What a wonderful idea for the first ornament. It is just perfect for the LBH. That Miss Tracy is so crafty. I can't wait to the rest of them.

  7. So cute!! Must have this. My favorite creations are the ones from last year made with metal. Loved them all.

  8. This is toooooo cute! Love how the dotted swiss looks like snow on the windows!

  9. I want cute Miss Tracy.. so happy the ornaments have started... Happy Holidays...

  10. I want one with a hot metal momma roof.... lol

  11. I love it too - can you save me a kit also? Do I need to call to pay for it? Thanks

  12. Love this little house ornament! My favorite Holiday creations have always been the ones that my kiddos bring home for school!

  13. I love the Little Blue House ornament.

  14. Thank you for tutorial, great ornament.

  15. I love the "Little Blue House!" I can't wait to hang it on my tree!

  16. This is just adorable. It will make you think of all the great times at the LBH every time you hang it on your tree. Truly amazing as are all of Miss Tracey's idea's.

  17. Love the LBH ornament! On of my favorite holiday creations, besides gobs of cookies, is an ornament made from a cookie cutter with a photo in it and trim around the outside. (it's one we learned a few years ago)

  18. I love it, especially since my daughter thinks I should put in a "change of address" because I love to go to the LBH. :)

  19. Wonderfully quaint ornament.....and everything is better if it's in a lovely shade of BLUE!

  20. Me gusto mucho!!!!! I'm gonna come get one Ms Tracy! My favorite creation is an ornament I made in the 6th grade :0) I still proudly display it each year!!

  21. I love them Cant wait to see the rest of them

  22. Adorable! Now Tracy it's really not fair to post something so cute when you are not open! One of my very favorites is still the cookie cutter ornaments we all made together sereral years ago.
    Bring on day 2!

  23. So cute! That will be one of those treasured ornaments for you Little Blue House Gals families for many years. I love looking at all the ornaments my boys have made me from their school years.


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