I am a big advocate for making life happen and not just letting it happen to you. My childhood and especially my adolescence was rough. I would think about other places I wanted to be. Things I wanted my future to look like I would ponder. I also had a learning disability and school was tough. Between the drama at home and having to start working at the age of 12 my GPA was a 1.5. In my junior year of high school I came to the conclusion that if I did not get out of the area I would end up at rock bottom.
I started prioritizing school and quickly jumped to a 3.5 GPA. Sadly, I had screwed up so bad the first two years of high school that no college or university would admit me. Plus, I could not afford the application fee to apply to multiple colleges. In my senior year of high school my German teacher encouraged me to be an exchange student. She said she could work it out so I could go over on the high school program. The cost was $5K and I worked really hard to earn every dime of it! I boarded the plane barely 18 with less than $200 to my name and 1 suitcase to live in a foreign country for a year.
I have been asked over the years if I was scared. Not really. I had no where else to go. Anything was better than where I was and if I did happen to get worse off, it was just on me and would affect no one else. I knew sitting on my hands waiting for something to happen was just a pipe dream. I had to work my dream!
It took me a little longer to get through college, but I did get through it. First I went to a university and earned my BS and later pursued my M Ed. Though my background was tough I used it to make a better life. I worked my dream to make it a reality.
You can too! No matter where you are or what you are doing YOU have the power to change your life. Now, I can’t take all the credit. The one thing my parents did do right is made sure I was in church every week and though the church slapped a scarlet letter on me because of where I came from God did use it to draw me to Him. He protected and helped me in this time. He gave me opportunities to pursue, but I had to do some work too!
I created this piece as a reminder to always pursue the life I want. Here is a video of how I created the background with the new Mod Podge Ultra as a pouring medium:
Candy Rosenburg has created a new line that has been a decade in the making — A Vintage Girl. Today, I am participating in a wonderful blog hop featuring this line with the DCC! I got to play with three of the awesome chipboard sets to create this mixed media canvas:
Instead of going to with the traditional steampunk vibe gears and pipes lend themselves well to, I went with a whimsical approach. I used Plaid’s new Color Shift and Dragon Glaze, Rita Barakat die cut and embossing powders and Lisa Kettell pieces.
Take a stretched canvas, turn it over to create a shadow box. White gesso it and use a stencil and modeling paste to create texture.
Once the piece dries, paint with Color Shift and top it off with Dragon Glaze.
Using several different thick embossing powders, emboss and heat set the chipboard pieces. Use a clear embossing ink on each piece and cover with powder. Set it with a heat gun.
Adhere the chipboard pieces to the frame. Next, fill in the blanks with metal and button gears and clocks. Add a drop of alcohol ink to each addition and dab with a blender.
Add a few few Lisa Kettell pieces on some of the gears.
Use a little of the Color Shift and Dragon Glaze to make them blend in to the piece.
Finally, add the Rita Barakat Alice in Wonderland die cut to the center on pop dots. Highlight her with some glitter glue.
The piece ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Sometimes (almost all the time on things I create) I have one thing in mind for a project and it ends up somewhere else. That is okay and part of the creative process! This went from whimsical to dark fantasy.
Now it is time to hop through the other designers blog for even more inspiration with A Vintage Girl. Please leave a comment at each stop!
In 1987 I was in a musical at my Grandma’s church. The name was something like “Friends 4 Ever” and the music was by Micheal W Smith. This is where I built a friendship with a person who would turn out to be a “Lifer” — a life long friend. I did not know it at the time. We were in 7th grade and were more concerned with blue eye shadow, leggings with mini skirts, scrunchies and making sure we had the perfect winged hair than anything else.
Years later I would go through hard times and practically lose my faith. She would end up going through far worse times and grow in faith. Through it all we remained friends. Sure we lost contact from time to time, but we always managed to reconnect. She has been my spiritual example and I strive to have the faith she has. This card is for her — my best friend forever.
It took me several days to create this card and I have two videos that show the process. The first is on how to create the background through paint pouring using the new Mod Podge Ultra as the pour medium.
The second is how I made the card with lots of tips!
Have you tried Art Foamies? When I first got my hands on them I was a little scared of them. Stamping with foam? Are you serious? Rubber is for stamps — not foam! Boy was I wrong! They are the most versatile easy to use stamps ever. Not only can Art Foamies be stamped on paper, but on Canvas and pretty much anything else your creative heart desires.
I have about a dozen canvas bags and thought one would make a perfect bag for a little dancer to carry her shoes. I used Rita Barakat’s Ballet Art Foamie, Plaid Fabric Paint and Expo trim to make this bag:
Using the Cloud Art Foamie and Grapefruit Fabric Paint, stamp the bottom half of the doodle cloud along the top of the canvas bag.
Cover the Ballet Shoes with a coat of Fruit Punch Fabric Creation Paint. Center the Art Foamie on the bag and press.
Allow the bag to dry for several hours. Once dry to the touch press an iron on the images with a piece of parchament paper between the bag and the iron. Don’t actually iron the image — just press it. I pressed each section for about 45 seconds, lifted the iron and pressed another session and repeated the process.
Using a fabric glue (I like Beacon’s Fabric Tac), adhere the trim. Set aside to dry.
I do have this one of a kind bag listed in my shop. If you are interested in purchasing it please check it out there.