Driven to Learn – Mixed Media Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Since my youngest 3 children attend cyber school, we were able to have 3 of the children in a single school photo. 😀 For this piece, I fussy cut to remove the background, then set the pic aside until the end of my project. I started out by adhering my first layer of chippies and coating everything with gesso. As that was drying, I lightly coated the other layered pieces with gesso as well. I then started with the darkest shade of blue mist used and sprayed the border of the canvas board. After adding the Steampunk Corner pieces, I misted again using the same color around the outside edges. I then added the next layer of pieces which included the Mini Hot Air Balloon, Steampunk Light Bulb, Steampunk Pipe Corner, Pocket Watch, and Music Borders and sprayed the whole project with a lighter shade of blue. After that dried, I went over splattered the project with white distress ink and black india ink. Next, I went over some of the edges with black ink to give the layers a little more contrast. I then tucked my photo under the layers and added the eagle piece that I misted with the lightest shade of blue. Last, I added the bare chipboard pieces. Sorry my pics aren’t very clear. Between the glossy photo and the shimmer from the mists, I kept getting a glare, but the pics are blurry without a flash. I’ll try to replace the photos once I can get some daylight. 🙂


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driven to learn close up 1

driven to learn close up 2

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CE products used on this project:

6×6 Mini Brick Panel

Large Clock Face 5″

Steampunk Corner Set

Steampunk Pipe Corner

Steampunk Pocket Watches

Mini Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

Steampunk Light Bulbs

Globes 6″

Music Borders

Eagles

Chalkboard Frame Set

Gear Set 2 Medium

Journey Word Set

Way To Go

Adventure Word Set

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Incentive Jars – Out of this World/Awesome

My 3 youngest children attend cyber school rather than a traditional brick and mortar school. We recently had a conference with our family coach and worked on setting some personal and academic goals for the kids. I put together these incentive jars for 2 of them (I’m still working on the third) to encourage them to work on some areas that need improvement. My daughter, Madison, is working on managing her time better, so I’ve set a goal for her for when she should be done with her school work each day. If she reaches her goal, she gets to put a marble in her jar. My son, Matthew, is working on reading for enjoyment outside of the school curriculum and also working on his writing skills, so his goal is to read non school issued books and write a report, summary, or review about what he read. His jar is a bit smaller since it involves doing additional work outside of their regular school work. Once their jars are filled, they earn predetermined reward. 😀

To create these, I upcycled pill bottles from the pharmacy (I have far too many of these floating around). I painted them with Viva Maya Gold paints, which are delightfully shimmery! I then splattered white distress paint onto Matthew’s and wrapped trim around his, but wrapped lace around Madison’s. The title pieces were altered with the same Maya Gold paints, but the wood veneers were all altered using PITT markers. Here’s how they turned out:

jar top

jar front

jar Madison 1

jar Madison 2

jar Madison 3

jar Matthew 1

jar Matthew 2

jar Matthew 3

jar Matthew 4

 

The fabulous CE goodies I used:

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Cards with pencil toppers – project for Creative Embellishments

Hi everyone, I’m up on the Creative Embellishments Blog this week with a couple of simple cards for children. Two of my kiddos are in cyber school and I’m always looking for different ways to reward and encourage them for a job well done and sometimes, just to reward their efforts. So quite a while back, I special requested these title pieces in order to use them for my own children and Nicolle was happy to oblige. She totally rocks! 😀 Did you know that if there’s something you have in mind, but do not find it in the store, a quick email to Nicolle could result in having it created for you? Yeah…she’s awesome that way. ;-D

Anyway, I’d originally intended them for tags they could display by their computers like ribbons, but at the last minute, I decided to make these interactive cards, with a reward attached. I’m all about simple these days since I’ve taken on a little more than I can chew for the moment, but I’ll adjust. lol So these cards, could be created with more layers, details, and elements, but I went with simplicity. Here they are assembled:

cards

This is with the toppers removed from the cards. As you can see, I just punched two holes to string the ribbon, or in my case tulle, through.

cards taken apart

Here’s how the topper looks attached to a pencil. Tip: If you find that it slides down your pencil, just wrap a small rubber band around the the end of the pencil as a stopper. 😀

pencil topper

TFL!

It Takes a Real Man to be a Dad – Creative Embellishments May challenge

For the Creative Embellishments May Challenge, there’s an inspiration photo to combine with a sketch created by Nicolle. Like several others, I was inspired by the flowers in the inspo image, so I incorporated flowers on what at first appears to be quite a masculine page. I also loved the visual texture of the mountains, so I selected papers that mimicked them to me (the blue papers). From the sketch I carried over the circle elements from the background and incorporated the splatters, circular rope frame and matted my photo with a panel (the steampunk gear panel). I replaced the element on the lower right with elements from the baby, baby, baby wood veneer set. For this layout, I decided to leave my pieces bare to go with the earthy feel of the background. Here’s how my example turned out:

real man to be a dad

Here’s a close up of the layering in the upper left:

detail 1

The layering on the bottom right of the photo:

detail 2

The adorable wood veneers:

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TFL!

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