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

 

Fun in the Summer Sun – dt layout for SWAT

For the SWAT Drill #18, we have an awesome sketch to work with and the added twist to use wood embellishments on your page! This worked out perfectly for me since I also design for this month’s sponsor, Creative Embellishments. 😀 CE offers fun and unique laser cut chipboard pieces as well as adorable Wood Cuts! Their products are intricate, high-quality and perfect for altering or use as is.

Sorry for the blurry pics…I kept getting either too much or too little natural light. Too much and it’s washed out looking, too little and it’s crazy blurry. After many attempts, this is the best I could get:

Fun in the summer sun

A close up for the geek/chic wood glasses I used:

Fun in the Summer Sun detail 1

A close up for the lower right cluster:

Fun in the Summer Sun detail 2

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Geek/Chic glasses
CE Social Hash Tags
small frame from the CE Together Frame Set
medium frame from the You Rock Frame Set
Corner pieces from the Bubbly Photo Frame and Corner Set
Photo slide from the View Master Set of 5
American Crafts cardstock
Panpastels
Prima stencil
Acrylic ink
The Papery Bakery flair
Sassafras alpha stickers
Tim Holtz distress stain and paint
Smooch ink
Shimmerz Texturez

Here’s the fab sketch for the challenge:

Oct

TFL! Entries are due by 11:59pm eastern US on 10/28/13. If you’d like play along w/the SWAT sketch with a twist challenge, CLICK HERE!

So Sweet – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog today with a page I created using two of their fabulous flourishes, smart phone frame, hash tag title piece and one of the gorgeous bird cages. I stained and painted the flourishes, but for the birdcage, I also added some details to the birds using Pitt artist pens.

With permission from the site owner, I also combined my dt work for CE with the September challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog. Here’s what I came up with:

A close up of the birdcage:

Materials:

Creative Embellishments birdcage
CE Smart Phone
CE Flourish set 1
CE flourish set 9
CE Social Hash Tag title piece
Webster’s Pages Western Romance papers, bird resin, fabric ticket, journaling card, princess petal, pins and alpha stickers
7 gypsies hanger
ZVA flowers and other flowers from my stash
Tim Holtz stencils
Pan pastels
TCW stencils
Distress paints and stains
Pitt artist pens
Distress ink
acrylic ink
Helmar acrylic sealer
Fiskar and Martha Stewart punches

This is the 123 inspiration image for their September challenge. To play along, create a page using pink, the word “sweet” and florals. 😀

TFL!