Encouragement/Incentive Board

I’m up on the Creative Embellishments Blog today, sharing a project I created to hopefully motivate my children to do their chores! Getting them to help around the house or complete a single chore each has been nearly impossible, so I decided to create an encouragement/incentive board. Each day, they will find their tag on their dresser to remind them to get their single chore done. Once completed, they can add their tag to the their clip under the board. Then each night, I can give them a marble for completing their task and return the tag to their dressers. They can then save up their marbles for a prize that’s redeemable once they’ve collected 10 marbles. 🙂

The start out, I took an 8×10 canvas board and coated it with a spray adhesive and layered 2 different laces over it, covering it completely to create the background texture. I secured the excess material around the back. I then coated the whole surface with gesso. As that was drying, I cut a piece of cardstock for the back. Its purpose is to hold the 3 clips at the bottom of the canvas board so the tags can slip into place. I just attached the paperclips to the cardstock using 3 larger brads. Then glued the cardstock to the back of my project. It also gives the back a nice smooth finished look rather than having loose material ends showing there. 🙂

I then used 2 masks and misted the background for the main piece. To alter my chippies, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists on the Falling Star Border piece and the Star title piece, along with the butterflies. I tried to create more dimension and detail by edging the flourishes and fern pieces with Pan Pastels. Here’s how it turned out:

encourage canvas

Close up of the left cluster:

encourage close up 1

Close up of the right cluster:

encourage close up 2

I then created the 3 tags simultaneously. One for each of my 3 youngest children. I started out by lightly gessoing each tag. I then selected 3 shades of Lindy’s mist for each tag. I misted with the 2 lightest shades, then splattered with the 3rd, applying the heat gun after each layer. When splattering, to create drippies, I just hold the tag upright after sprinkling it with color and tap it on a solid, protected surface to encourage the droplets to move down my project, then use the heat gun to set it. Once dry, I then stamped each tag with a different CE background stamp. I love how fun and versatile they are! There are quite a few that are a staple in my craft room. 😀

I then selected a different panel piece for 2 of the tags and a Chicken Wire Border pieces that I pieced together for the 3rd, and snipped off the pieces I wanted to use. I love using just bits and pieces of the panels on different projects. They’re a great way to add interest and dimension and 1 piece can be used on several projects when you cut them apart on primarily use on visible areas of your project. 🙂 For Madison’s and Christian’s tags, I had left a good bit of the base showing through gaps in the panel so you could still see those details, but on Matthew’s I’d opted to cover the bulk of it with the  Retro Square Panel. So after I painted each of the panel pieces, I stamped again on top of the panel piece on Matthew’s tag, mirroring the background stamping. I selected CE chippies that go with their personalities and interests and incorporated them into their tags, keeping their favorite colors in mind. For Christian’s and Madison’s tags, I misted the pieces. For Matthew’s I used acrylic paints and PITT markers. Here’s how they turned out:

encourage all tags

Close up of Madison’s tag:

encourage madison

Close up of Christian’s tag:

encourage christian

Close up of Matthew’s tag:

encourage matthew

Here’s how it all looks assembled:

encourage assembled

I’m really hoping that them wanting to have their tag on display like this will encourage them to get their chores done early (without being reminded), rather than waiting until bedtime. 😀 Wish me luck!!!

 

CE products used:

For the canvas:

Falling Stars Border

Star Student title piece

Flourish Set 4

Flourish Set 20

Flourish Set 21

Flourish Butterfly Set 2

Flourish Butterflies Set 3

Fern Foliage 5

 

For Madison’s Tag:

Grunge Music Note Sheet Stamp

Dress Form Set of 3

 

For Christian’s Tag:

Distressed Crackle Stamp

Distressed Chicken Wire Border

Keys

Mini Pocket Watches

Mini Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

 

Matthew’s Tag:

Distressed Script Stamp

Retro Square Panel

Nautical 6 piece set

 

DD’s Birthday Party at Home – Kaisercraft November Sketch#2

Each Saturday, Kaisercraft features a sketch challenge on their blog and you have until the end of the month to enter your take on one or all of the sketches for your chance to win an awesome prize pack! 1st place wins one of Kaisercraft’s new collections (approx $50 value) and 2nd place wins a Kaisercraft scrap pack that includes new products (approx. $30 value). I decided to give it a try and went with sketch# 2 for November since it worked well with the photo I wanted to scrap of my daughter’s 4th birthday and I could also easily use the grungeboard alphas I was sent by Marie for this week’s feature on the Firefly Expressions blog. I was sent a sheet with the letter P. After considering the various options of what to do with the letters, I decided to use as many as I could by flipping them around. I turned 2 upside down to make D’s and flipped one over and turned it upside down as well to make the B. Here’s what I came up with for the sketch using the grungeboard alphas as well:

This is the fab Kaisercraft sketch I worked with:

Materials:

Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy pp
American Crafts white cardstock
Tim Holtz grungeboard alphas
Prima flowers
Pink Paislee alpha stickers
October Afternoon mini market alphas
Distress Ink
lace trim from my stash

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

Tools:

Martha Stewart Score Board
Martha Stewart circle cutter
Martha Stewart doily lace border punch
EK Success Scalloped Circle punch
Making Memories Large and Medium circle punches

TFL!

True Beauty Layout – Bo Bunny Layout Challenge

Bo Bunny has a wonderful sketch posted for their challenge this month, so I knew I just had to play along! I selected this photo of Madison that I’ve been meaning to get to. It’s so hard for me to get a good picture of her unless I catch her by surprise…even then, it’s hit or miss…when she poses for the camera, she tends to plaster an odd smile on her face (like so many children do!) or when trying not to have a fake smile, she won’t smile at all and therefore appears sullen when she’s not. My one and only daughter is also full of attitude, so it often shows in her photos. lol 😀 I happened to catch her just right in this pic, so I figured it would be perfect for the BB Sketch. The Gabrielle range was perfect w/the purple of her shirt, so here’s my take:

Materials:

Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers
BB Gabrielle chipboard stickers
BB Gabrielle layered chipboard
BB Gabrielle layered stickers
BB Gabrielle Cardstock sticker
BB Gabrielle Trinket
Distress Inks
Hero Arts crocheted trim
cream seam binding
Inkssentials white pen

Adhesives:

Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar Acid Free Glue

Tools:

2 different Fiskars border/edge punches

Based on the BB challenge sketch:

TFL! Entries are due on 7/28/11 around 4pm eastern (see the countdown clock next to the inlink button for exact deadline). If you’d like to link up your take on the sketch, CLICK HERE.

4 Sassy Lil’ Cards

A while back, I found this awesome site with some really fun card sketches. It’s called Sassy Lil’ Cards and it’s been sitting in my faves complete unused. Until now. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I’m actually starting to really enjoy making cards! I remember when I posted my first few card creations, I felt the need to preface it with…”sorry, I’m still learning”! Though I’m still not where I’d like to be, I’m no longer embarrassed to show my latest pieces. 😀 I think it helps a lot when you get to work with such wonderful sketches. They’re great for beginners beceause they give you a jumping off point and they’re great for seasoned card makers since they mix things up a bit. I love the versatility of sketches!

Sassy Lil’ Cards has such a wonderful variety of sketches and since I actually found that I had a block of time last night, I decided to go ahead and create using their four most recent sketches…the ones that are due tonight before midnight. Here’s what I came up with for their May 7th sketch:

As you can see, I rotated it for my take on the challenge for this Welcome to the Neighborhood/New Home card.

<materials:

Crate Paper Neighborhood 6×6 paper pad
CP diecuts
CP diecut stickers
CP Layered Chipboard
paper doily
Iridescent medium
American Crafts cardstock base

Adhesives:
Helmar Zapdots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

Here’s what I made for the May 14th sketch:

I’m also entering this one in the current Crate Paper color challenge due June 12, 2011

Materials:

Crate Paper Emma’s Shoppe 6×6 paper pad
Creative Elements mini roses
American Crafts card base
Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze

Adhesives:

American Crafts This to That foam dots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

Tools:

EK Success bracket and label punch

This one is from their May 21st sketch:

Materials:

Crate Paper 6×6 Portrait paper pad
CP diecut sticker
CP layered chipboard
CP Portrait trim
Bazzill cardstock base

Adhesive:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

And finally, my last card for you today was created using their May 28th sketch:

Materials:

Crate Paper 6×6 Toy Box Paper Pad
CP diecuts
CP diecut sticker
CP layered chipboard
CP Toy Box trim

Adhesives:

Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots

If you’d like to take a look at the sketches I used for these cards (this post was already photo heavy, so I didn’t post them) click the dates for the sketches and it’ll take you to the individual posts w/the sketches. TFL!