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If you are looking for art journaling techniques, you are in the right place!
Hi there! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am so excited to be a part of this new team! I have admired Rita Barakat’s artwork for a while now so I was excited when she announced her DT call and now I am truly honored that she has chosen me to be a part of it!
Today I am sharing my art journal layout called “Dreams in Circles”
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I had so much fun trying out Rita’s new stamps and stencils with several different art journaling techniques to see the endless possibilities! For this page I used Sweet Sisters Hearts face stencil. As a little tribute to Rita herself, I used watercolor pencils in hues of blue and purple to get the amazing hair color. I used pinks and peaches for her sweet little face and added some bright greens for her eyes.
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Next, on to the fun background of my page! I used some teal stencil paint through a bubble stencil and some sprays of pink and purple. I added the same teal paint to Rita’s Art Foamies Zen Doodle stamp and then a high impact white gel pen for highlights. For the circles, I used several acrylic paints in coordinating colors onto white cardstock with a Gelli plate and circle stencil. I then stamped them with Rita’s Whimsical Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic stamps.
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Next, I punched out circles in three different sizes and adhered them onto my pages, highlighting the outer edges with a black watercolor pencil and a water brush. I wanted to add some pops of red here and there so I used Dylusions paint pens. I also added a few white highlights to the bubbles and some wording. I enjoyed all the bright colors and watching how Rita’s creations come to life!
Here are some closer views. I just love the sweet faces you can create with Rita’s stencils and bright colors!
Here are the links to get Rita’s stamps and stencils!
 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this layout.
Jenn DuBell

Hot Air Balloon Love!


Hello Everyone!  Shilpa here. I am so happy to share my first creation as Design Team member for Rita Barakat Designs.  I have created an art journal page using Rita’s Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle. Honestly, this is the first time using an Art Foamies stamp and I love using it!

To start my journal page, I stamped the balloon image on a white piece of paper using acrylic paint. The paint gives the perfect image showing all the lovely detailed designs on it. Next, I cut the balloon out it to use as my focal point on my journal page.

On the journal page itself, I first adhered dictionary papers.  Because I was going to use acrylic paint, I applied a layer of white gesso as a primer to the whole surface. I then covered almost the whole page with yellow acrylic paint and let it dry completely. At the edges of the page, I used blue acrylic paint. Before it dried, I put a net stencil on it and removed some of the blue paint with a baby wipe. For the next layer, I stenciled hearts with pink acrylic paint.  For more texture, I used blue archival ink and a texture stamp, and randomly stamped the image on the page.  I also printed circles with a bottle cap and some paint.  Lastly, I adhered the Hot Air Balloon Zen Doodle to the journal page.

Here is the link to purchase Hot Air Balloon stamp Zen Doodle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Who wants to create a fairy on wood?

Hello friends, I am super excited to share today’s fairy on wood surface project! I did a sneak peek on my social media channels yesterday and this is the completed project for my newsletter going out later today! If you haven’t signed up make sure you do and quick! Just click on the box on the right and sign up!  I was super ecstatic to receive this Basswood Country Round from Walnut Hallow – the wood piece is gorgeous, it comes plain, smooth, perfect for all your creative designs! Of course you knew I had to add a fairy on the wood!

After drawing my fairy on wood I painted with fluid acrylics by Deco Arts and I used Gelatos for skin tone shading and depth. I used pearl medium mixed with fluid acrylics for that shimmering effect. And those  tiny swirls? Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen! Gorgeous colors right?

This fairy on wood  also has beautiful  shimmer on her lips by adding the Sakura pen over the top of fluid acrylic! Fun right? It’z not just metallic it actually sparkles! Even more so in person!

If you want to watch this project in progress and learn how to create a fairy on wood yourself make sure you sign up for my newsletter, I will be sending it out with the video link later today!  I will also be on Periscope later today as well, I hope you will join me! Have a great weekend!

Blog Hop with DCWV and Clear Scraps!

Hey there crafty peeps! 
For the next four days DCWV & Clear Scraps are
 joining together to show how fabulous their products are together.

So if you are here for the first time welcome! 

And if you are a regular, so glad you are! 

I got to work with DCWV’s Jolly Whimsy Stack and a Clear Scraps 5 piece banner. 
I took lot of pictures so you can see all the fun little details!
 I used Staz On directly on the acrylic banner then added
lots of fun accents that I cut out from the Jolly Whimsy stack.
As you can see in this picture there are lots of metallic accents in this stack as well 
as really cute images and shades pink and green.

 What I love about this stack is that you can use the whole sheets or cut
it up like I did;  Can’t you imagine these as tags for your Christmas presents?
 I actually embossed the acrylic – I wouldn’t do this with any acrylic,
 there is a little warping and you do have to move fast but it does work. 
I wish you could see this in person so you could see how cool the raised 
notes and glitter look on the acrylic! 
Those itty bitty flags are DCWV too!
I threw these pictures in  because  you cant see this in the other pictures- 
I used DCWV glitter paper to mat everything and look at how it sparkles!
Be sure to leave a comment here and on all the other designers’ blogs to be entered to win a Goodie Box from DCWV!There will be 2 winners picked and announced on the DCWV blog.
You have until Midnight Sunday November 24th to enter.
The winners of the Jolly Whimsy Stacks will be announced on Monday November 25th.
Good luck!
In case you get lost along the way~
Sara Andrews:
Thomisia Francois:

And if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday~
Saturday’s blog hop:
Rachel Kleinman:
Hilde Janbroers-stolk:

And make sure you check out the Clear Scraps Design Team on Monday and Tuesday!!
If you liked this project come to my facebook page
and become a follower – I am almost at 500 likes and when I hit it
I am going to do a big giveaway! 
(Yes! There will be DCWV and Clear Scraps in that goodie box!)
Thanks for stopping by!
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Having Hope…

 Good morning blog readers!
Or is it? Yes , yes it is. I am refusing to let anything/ anyone steal my joy today!
Last night I was so frustrated by blogger- I spent hours trying to upload picturres
and it would not let me, today no problem. Yesterday I spent hours tying to figure out
some computer/picture stuff and today I have somemone who is going to help me figure it out!
I am still struggling with my mom- she still wants “to go home” (she’s already called three times this morning) but I know that many people with Alzhiemers go through this phase and although I dont have a resolve for that I still have hope that it can be a good day!
 I have hope every time I look at my little ones and remember how far they have come.
Don’t get me wrong, they still  have struggles that other kids their age
dont have, they have special needs but they are overcomers!
And in spite of their backgrounds and disabilities they have great joy and
successes! I am amazed  by their resilience! And we all have alot of fun together.
We do not take for granted the everyday moments.
 Her is the whole layout, it is featured on the Clear Scraps blog today.
For details on how to make the the acrylic pieces please go check their blog.
I hope that you are savoring your everyday moments- there is always something
to be thankful for (even if it’s being thankful that it’s not worse! LOL!)
what are you thankful for today?
(Which reminds me I really need to do a spot on hubby- he just hates
anyone taking his picture! LOL!)
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Dont let anyone dull your SpArkLe!

Hey bloggers! Just in case you missed this on the 
Clear Scraps Blog yesterday here are some pics !
For the details you will have to check the Clear Scraps blog!
I just couldn’t not post baby girls picture – it really captures her
bold and fun loving character! She can be serious one minute and totally silly the next!

And I found this quote and knew it was perfect for her!
When we brought baby girl home, she was so sickly- failure to thrive.
She was so quiet that first year, shy, timid, scared of everything.
But look at her now, bold, outgoing- she is amazing!

  Here’s the whole layout.
Don’t forget to check back on Monday & next Thursday 
for another opportunity to win some goodies!!!

Clear albums…

Hey bloggers!
I love mixing different elements to come up with something beautiful! 
This is a top load 12×12 clear acrylic album from Clear Scraps
decorated with odds and ends from my stash!
Here you can see the full cover- 
on the far left the spine was covered with iridescent paste mixed with Gelatos™.
* If you do this, do it last as you have to set it aside to dry.
I used gel medium to adhere all the different elements onto the acrylic,
some of the elements are on top – some are underneath the cover to give depth.
On the far right I used a stencil with the iridescent paste on top of the acrylic.

The gold alphas are very old stickers from my stash.
The paper underneath is from Pink Paislee, it already has 
a resist design on it – I added color with Bubble Gum and Lemon Gelatos™.
I think this would make a great coffee table book don’t you?

Hello friend…

Lately I have been working on cards and art projects.
Have you seen the brand new Send it Clear cards from Clear Scraps?
There are 10 new styles, this is  Send It Clear Butterfly Card
The butterfly : Colored with Alcohol Inks and stamped with Staz On Ink.
The background: I covered the back acrylic with Gesso, once dried I used Gelatos™ –

coloring the surface using cotton candy and white Gelatos™

They are super soft like lipstick and on top the Gesso it was easy to

spread and blend the color with a dry sponge!

Here is the inside of the card open.
I stamped the sentiment right on top of the blended background! 
The stamp is from Stampendous.
What are you working on these days?


Hey hey bloggers Ria!!!
 OK today I am showing you three pictures of the same project 
because I want to you see it from different angles! 
Working with acrylic gives you beautiful results
but sometimes it is hard to photograph!
What looks like a mirror above is actually
the reflection of the sky on the acrylic!!!!
At a different angle you can see my door in the background.
The acrylic XL Deco acrylic piece as a base is from Clear Scraps.
I used a Prima stencil and Gelatos to get that look in the center!
If you wanted to you could add paper behind it, but I like to see some of the clear show through.
 Another look!