Altered card

Touch of Magic Tag

Hello creative friends! Ramona here, and I am so excited to share my latest mixed media altered tag project with you. This is a beautiful craft that will look great with any little gift or treat you may be sharing with someone. Using the Fairy Magic stamp set from the Brutus Monroe collection you can take any tag and transform into a whimsical and magical scene. Rita Barakat has created the sweetest stamps that help you make any tag or card stand out.

Start by creating the background you desire on your tag.  I used a combination of ink spray and distress markers, blending them together with a water loaded brush.  I like the finished look a distressed edge gives any piece, so I decided to distress the edge of the tag by gently scraping the sides of it on my ink pad.  I used my water on a brush once again to blur some of this color in.

By having the images stamped on card stock they were ready to color and cut out while my tag dried.  It is important to let the layers dry before you start to adhere them together.  This also helps you see what the true colors of your project are and make any adjustments you need.

Next, I do a ‘stash grab’, where I quickly browse through my supplies and grab several bits and baubles that may work on my tag.  I love new products and craft supplies, but I am a real promoter for using what you have and taking advantage of the little supplies you may normally overlook.  Because my tag and images were already colored, this helped me stick to a specific color palette as I was grabbing. I do this quickly and don’t over think it!

Deciding on which embellishments to use usually easy for me once I start to play with them all together.  I quickly settled on the purple daisies (although the yellow center was not my favorite, so I ended up covering them completely with glitter!) and some wispy yarn and ribbon. I also stamped the dragonfly on the back ground and added a few more dots just to give another layer of texture and interest before gluing on the final images.

Here is another look at the finished tag after assembling all the elements together. I kept imagining how fun this would be on a cellophane wrapped treat for a friends birthday, or on a cute little gift basket for a new favorite teacher.



The details of the stamp set are just beautiful, and they imprint so well on card stock.  Take your time coloring in your fairy, and you can’t go wrong with her sweet and beautiful face. I can’t wait to see what you make with your Fairy Magic stamps- be sure to post a link in the comments or tag us on your post!

I hope this inspires you to add a little magic and beauty to your next gift <3 Please leave a comment and tell me how you will be using your tags, or post a link to share your project with us.

Fairy Magic Stamp Set 




Ramona is a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by her blog for a peek in her life, or check out her artistic journey on Instagram.

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Color color everywhere! Hey there artsy peeps I have super busy creating so many creative and colorful projects that I can’t wait to share with you! But today I can only reveal this sweet tag! You can see the full tutorial on the ColourArte blog today! There is so much more to come for the month of July so stay close peeps you wont want to miss out!

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Exciting stuff coming soon!
P.S.  dont forget to click my classes page especially if you will be in Houston or Tulsa in Aug!
*another class was added to Houston! Yay!


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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Going Steampunk with ColourArte

Hey  artsy peeps go check out this project I have on the ColourArte blog today! There is a video tutorial!!!
Don’t forget to leave me some love and let me know if you have any questions! I think this new blue “Azurite” Twinkling H2o is my new favorite color!
P.S. Dont forget to check my class page if you want to take a class this summer!
Coming soon –

Great American Scrapbook Convention June 18-20, 2015
Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, June 18-20

Gelatos® 101
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 5:30-630PM

Mixed Media De’mist’ified!
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ~ 4-5PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 ~ 4-5PM

What time is it?
Thursday June 18, 2015 ~ 1-2PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015~ 4 PM – 5PM


Whats going on?!?

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Anybody want to know whats going on?!? I am so excited to share whats been going on around here! First make sure you come back on the 30th!!! I am super excited for this blog hop- oh a there will be big prizes!!!You do not want to miss out on this! We all love fall decorating and with 10 designers I know you will find something inspiring! (Do you think someone will have some mixed media? I do!)

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I received this sweet girl stamp called “Every breath” from Unity, I love that stand alone she can easily become a work of art by using Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and a little water. Unity Stamps and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  are having a blog hop and this was my contribution! I shared the same stamp three different ways! For details and a chance to win check  it out  here :

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I shared  a video on this mixed media project over at DCWV  –
and if that wasn’t enough I made this video of just one of the many boxes I have received from DCWV – this is just the most recent box!

And I have been doing a little housekeeping…

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With a little help from Deflecto! How  about you? Whats going on?!?  I hope you are having a wonderful week!



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   Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers


ALTeReD scraps!

OK creative peeps, put the scraps down!
I know you want to do- you finished that layout or card
and you want to throw away those scraps!
But don’t do it! LOL! What you do want to do is get out your
art supplies!
I started with various scraps and started cutting,
tearing, embossing and then coloring!
I used Sizzix Die cut for the flowers, Sizzix /Tim Holtz
embossing folder for the background.
I love painting, blending colors is my favorite technique!
I was super excited to play with some new paints this week!
I used Creative Imaginations Luminarte Twinkling H20’s with my
Faber Castell Design Craft Gellatos!
I wish you could see these shimmery colors in person!
The Twinkling H20’s come in little pots, you wet them and the Mica comes to the top
and you dip a paintbrush an paint with them! (This could get addictive!)
I love these colors together!
Here are some more angles- it’s stormy here so it’s hard
to get a good picture!

I am participating in a couple of online challenges –
I haven’t done that in FOREVER and I was having a
bad day so I did this instead!
It changed my day-  you should try it!
(of course this isn’t a tag but hey, I was inspired!)

Oh I almost forgot!

The countdown to 500 posts!