Fairy Magic!

Hi there,

I’m Karen Jiles and I’m super excited to share my first post as a member of Rita’s Design Team. Working with Rita’s products was so much fun. The products are versatile and easy to coordinate with inks and other mediums. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the stamped images come to life as I used inks with them.

Today I’m sharing a card that I created using stamps from Rita’s Collection: Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy Magic.  I love these stamps together. They give you an opportunity to just simply play and create some fun artwork. I coordinated the stamps with some Tim Holtz Oxide inks, corrugated board, and jeweled adhesive paper.


I began this card with inking some plain manila tags with Tim Holtz’s Oxide inks and water. The use of inks provided a great background layer to build upon.  I used oxide colors: vintage photo, worn lipstick, wilted violet, broken china, cracked pistachio, fossilized amber and spiced marmalade.  I loved these colors together. Inking many tags, gives you additional inked bases for future use. I also used the remaining loose ink from the tags to coordinate ribbon for this project.


After my tags were dry, I stamped the Fairy Garden Background stamp and Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto separate inked manila tags using black ink. The stamped Fairy Garden Background tag was used as the base tag and I cut the Fairy out to be used on the base tag.


I then created a crackled effect on the tag and fairy by applying Versamark ink to the inked tag and the Fairy. Then I added clear embossing powder to both and heat set them. I gently bent the tag and fairy in various ways, cracking the surface. I added coordinated ribbon that I made after creating the tags. I flattened the tag out and applied adhesive.  The tag was then adhered onto an inked layering size of corrugated board.


I stamped sentiments and another Fairy from the Fairy Magic stamp set onto one of the inked tags that I created, cut them out and adhered them to the tag. I added a coordinating jeweled adhesive layer to the green card base that I chose, added some additional inked ribbon and adhered the tag onto the layered card base. All paper layers were aged with vintage photo ink.


This was a super fun project. The stamps were so easy to use and fun to play with.  I hope that you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it.

The stamp sets that I used can be found using the links below:

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Fairy Magic Stamp Set

Thanks so much visiting today.


15 videos that will motivate you!


Well hello friends! Well I have been sick for about a week and I am finally feeling better! Just in time for todays post!
Today I am sharing not one but 15 videos that will motivate you to create! These videos are still available for your creative crafty Christmas viewing pleasure! I was honored to be a part of this wonderful Christmas Periscope hop on Sat – all of these ladies had an hour to share their hearts and crafty Christmas projects – some did bible journaling, some did artsy techniques, however you craft I am sure you will be blessed! And yours truly is video number four! (The cards above are what I made on my periscope video! Happy crafting peeps!


Sweet heart card

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Hey sweet bloggers! How was your Valentines day?
Although I didn’t do a Valentines post, I did make this
sweet little card with the new Good Wood stack from DCWV.
This stack is full of paper that looks like wood! Isn’t this fun?
I paired it with foil cardstock and a wonderful red glitter ribbon.
I really like these colors paired together.

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This stack is filled with  sweet little sayings that make your card making a breeze!
I cut out the little heart so that I could fill it with the glitter tape!
So have you signed up for my newsletter yet?  I am so excited to share it with you!
If you have signed up look for it on the 1st!

I will definitely be teaching mixed media techniques – but if there is something you want
me to cover please leave me a comment about it!



5 tips for making cards!

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Hello creatives!  Just a quick post today giving 5 tips for making cards!
Have you seen the new stack Midnight Berry from DCWV?  That’s what I used on this little card.
It is filled with gorgeous shades of purple and grays! (and I love purple!)

I added a little acrylic heart (Clear Scraps) with a little metallic pen around the edges.
(The sweet little saying is from the Vintage collection mat stack. )

So here are 5 tips for making cards!

1. Layers – Cards are easy to make with with layers of complimentary papers! It adds depth to your project!

2. Scale- look at the overall project- when you are doing cards it is a smaller surface which calls for small patterns
and appropriate sized embellishments.

3.  Sentiment- your card needs a sentiment so don’t forget to add  a quote, phrase or sentiment. You can write it,
stamp it, use a sticker or cut it out from another paper.

4. Colors- If you don’t know how to put colors together try using a a paper stack that is already coordinated for you,
or try looking at the color combos on your favorite clothes or a magazine. The work has already been done for you- this also helps if you get in a rut!

5. Anything goes – Don’t get boxed into the idea that a card has to look a certain way, what matters most is that you made it and whoever is receiving it is going to  love it.  Here is a card from one of my kids that I got before I left for CHA and I took it with me.
That’s me on the right 😉

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It doesn’t matter that there is no coordinated pattern paper, or pretty stamps- what matters most is that it is from the heart!
And that is what is most important! Hope you enjoyed my 5 tips for making cards!

Have a blessed day!

Rita siggyb

Merry Christmas Cards

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Hey hey there peeps! Well Christmas is almost here and I finally made some Christmas cards!

Is it me or is time just flying by? Between Christmas programs, ballet recitals, parties and shopping

we have just been on the go, go, go! I did  manage to get get all the shopping done but these are the only

cards I’ve made – I think I will have to make a digital Christmas card for the rest! I will say that these were

super easy to make!

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I used two DCWV stacks to make these cards the Christmas Made & Christmas Memories. These stacks

make it super easy to put together beautiful cards; there are some sheets in the stacks that have postcard

size images that you can cut, decorate and re-purpose as I did here. I used lots of glitter as you can see reflected

here on of my cards.

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A few layers and a little glitter and a a card is made! Easy! Sometimes simple is best.

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More glitter!!! I love the vintage feel of these papers!

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Well I hope that your days are filled with wonderful things and you are not feeling rushed or pressured.

Now I off to wrap some Christmas presents! (And make a digi Christmas card!)

Rita Barakat

I finally figured it out!

 Good morning peeps- well it is for me you never know 
when somebody is going to read your blog posts!
I finally figured out how to do cards my way. I have been struggling
to do cards forever because I just don’t like doing them. I don’t know
why I didn’t think of this before- adding my art to them. 
Now this is a card I can be happy with!I just need to find a way to
make cards and incorporate art into them! Then it’s me. 
And that makes me happy.

 All the papers on this card DCWV.
The pattern paper and sentiment are from the Citrus 12×12 stack, DCWV. 
The burlap is from a 6×6 stack. The white textured paper fron the woven 6×6 stack.
And my girl is painted on the fabric adhesive back 6×6 stack- my favorite becasue 
I can gesso it paint whatever I want and decide later what I want to do with it!
I don’t know what I will do when I run out!
Here she is all finished! Of course I also used  
Faber-Castell Design memory Craft Gelatos,
PITT Artist Pens, and  gesso to color my girl.
I did use a Viva pearl pen for the black of her eyes.
I think I need to start giving these girls names so I know how to catalog them…
What do you think? I am so boring when it comes to words-

I  call them by the hair color, that’s not very nice

what  would you name her?
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Birthday cards!

DCWV has the coolest new stacks coming to JoAnns in Feb!
Seriously! Cork, adhesive backed fabric, corrugated, foils!!!!
I made these cards with the 6×6  Birthday Wishes stack!
Let’s take a closer look!
 I added some buttons on this one!

See the green corrugated cardboard on the background of this card?
DCWV has a brand new 6×6 corrugated stack in gorgeous vibrant colors!

I had to show you this cute little jar I got at CHA
from! The buttons on my cards all came
out of this cute jar!

Birthday card with Artic Wishes

Good morning bloggers!
Today’s card was a special request. When I received the
Artic Wishes stack from DCWV my oldest daughter (who
never gets excited about paper – I know, can you imagine)
exclaimed “Are you making my birthday card with THIS?
I love these polar bears!” Well, I wasn’t planning on it but who
am I to disappoint? To me it looks like a mama and a baby, and my
baby is turning 21 next week! It seems like yesterday she
was the only baby in the family. It totally cracks me up that in
some ways she is still very much like a little girl.

Here’s the finished card for my girl.
The snow is a product called Snow Tex
(I have been using this stuff for years –  you can water
 it down for different purposes and it dries rock hard to look like snow.)
Our little Princess.
So what are you creating these days?

Card Inspiration Week ! challenge – minis!

Hey there bloggers! This is going to be a first for me-
Pink Paislee put out a challenge to make cards this week
for World Card Making Day this Saturday. Each day is a different
challenge and since I don’t feel I am a good card maker I decided
to take that challenge! So I will be posting 5 challenges,
this one is make it mini – challenge #4!
These little minis are 3×3 and would be
perfect cards for gifts!

Supplies: Pink Paislee papers,
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos & Stampers Big Brush,
 Love My Tapes Washi Tape,
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