Design Teams

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!

Design Team Introductions!

Starting something new! Wow, July already and so many new things in store! I have been swamped (and this is a good thing) with creating new art for various products I just can’t wait for you to see what is coming! With all the new releases I realized I seriously need a little help not only getting the word out but also help to keep up with blog posts, and samples with the new products! I feel very blessed to have these ladies helping me out! Each one of them has a totally different style and each one is so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what they do with the new products and for you to get to know their style! Say hello to the new Design Team…

Meet the most amazing right hand I could ever have Miss Kate Morrow, my creative Design Team lead from Arlington, TX!
Kate is a floral designer, jewelry maker, mixed media guru and creative maker! She teaches classes and can handle pretty much anything you can throw at her!

She has been a tremendous help to me in this new adventure and I am so happy to have her on board!
Folllow Kate on Instagram

Meet the stunning Shilpa Nagaonkar, from Kalhapoor, India

Shilpa is a Mixed Media style Artist. She loves to make Altered Art, Art Journals, Canvas, tags, ATCs. She enjoys experimenting with old and new creative techniques and sharing creativity with others. Shilpa likes to work with various art mediums in various styles, which comes out as colorful, lively and vibrant mixed media pieces. She loves to try out new products…a lot.

Shilpa posts her art creations regularly, many times with tutorials on her blog and Youtube channel. She loves to share what she makes and what she is passionate about. She is active on many social media sites. Shilpa works with some fabulous craft supplies stores in India and abroad. She also conducts workshops to teach various mixed media arts and techniques. Follow Shilpa on Youtube:

Meet the incredible  Karen Jiles from Mount Holly NC

Karen is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to beautiful twin girls. They currently reside in North Carolina, where she is a Risk Consultant by day and Mixed Media Artist, Stamper and Scrapbooker by night. She began her love of crafting years ago as a child. She says it was just something about creating with her hands that had her intrigued and inspired to continue creating on into adulthood.

Karen has been crafting professionally for 15 years. Her love for crafting has enabled her to share her talents through the creation of mini albums, altered items, canvases, mixed media pieces and jewelry. Karen can be found in her Stampin Palace @ every evening enjoying what she truly loves and is very passionate about.

Meet the spectacular Miss Keri Sallee, from Bella Vista AR

Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music. Before shifting her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, she trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano. She loves pushing herself and trying to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun, but still affordable.

She believes that art should be an outpouring of who you are inside. For her, that means expressing her faith as a Christian is her art, whether it’s through art or bible journaling, 3-D projects or whatever happens to be on her mind.

If you ask her what her motto is in life, she would tell you she has two: (1) Picasso once said: “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Even if she feels “uninspired”, she always makes the choice to go into her studio and just play. Sometimes it works out…sometimes it doesn’t, but she feels she would never know either way unless she gets her hands dirty. (2) Genesis 1:1 starts out “In the beginning GOD CREATED….” This verse is actually her newest tattoo on her right wrist. It is her constant reminder that she can only do what she does because God FIRST created her and her gentle nudge to leave her pride at the door.
Follow Keri on her blog  

Meet the astounding Miss Jenn DuBell ST Creswell OR

Jenn is a lifelong Oregon resident who loves all things, Art! Creating beautiful things is what she does and is her motivation for nearly everything!  As you will see in her Pinterest gallery, she is a very versatile designer.

Jenn loves to try new things as well as create her own techniques to share with others! Her passion for creating is what drives her and keeps her going! Jenn has a major in Art and studied Business Marketing.

Follow Jenn on Pinterest here

Meet the extraordinary Miss  Ramona Samuels Salem, UT
Ramona is an avid art journaler, travelers notebook filler, creative practice seeker who loves to use new products and inspire other artists to just sit down and create whenever they can!!! She loves the idea of using new products and inspiring artists to try new lines in their art and journals.

Ramona collects massive amounts of inspiration on Pinterest- however, Instagram is her addiction of choice. She loves the interaction it provides with other artists and the ease with which it lets her post her projects.
Follow Ramona on Instagram @ramtalk

 I can’t wait to see what they come up with! I hope that you will welcome these ladies to the blog!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST tonight!

Design Team Call! Whaaaatt?!?

Hey there Creatives! So a little MIA  lately? Yes that is me. Life is full of crazy surprises good and bad  – there have been a lot of both this past month but let’s focus on the positive shall we?

IRL Classes – I have added a classes tab onto my site that includes IRL (in real life) classes! This summer it includes Grapevine and Houston TX. I am super excited to share that TCW has joined me as one of the sponsors for my classes so please check it out! And if you are not local, hang in there there are more opportunities coming really soon!

Mixed Media Mondays- are still going strong on Facebook! If you haven’t been to one, every Monday night at 8pm Central Time  I do something related to Mixed media live on Facebook. Sometimes it’s a demonstration on a new product, or how something works, how to do something related to mixed media or a project. I do giveaways and it’s live so you never know what is going to happen! I love that people can leave comments during and after so I can answer questions as I go or even demonstrate something on the fly if it’s related. My peeps have the best ideas! Join me Mondays at 8 pm CST on Facebook at RitaBarakat1

And now the big big big announcement…DESIGN TEAM CALL!!!!
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Whats going on! changes and new products!

It’s that time again, seasons change and time to say goodbye to another team. I love, love, love the ColourArte products but with all the teaching, demos and working on the other end (creating products- did I mention my new Fairy Stencil? See the previous post!) my schedule is really full! I hope you will visit the ColourArte blog for my last post there where I talk about Epic fails and this project.

Meanwhile today is the last day to order my stencil from my Etsy shop – I will be pulling the leftover inventory tomorrow morning and taking it with me to Tulsa CKC where I will be teaching this weekend! Hopefully you got a spot- I am told most of my classes are sold out YAY! If you are coming make sure to stop by the From Cover 2 Cover booth where I will be selling the stencils I have left!


And last but not least I am on Periscope now, I am hoping to do my first scope sometime today and several from the show if all goes as planned! Please follow me I will be lots of tips and maybe a giveaway- just saying! And sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out!

CHA and my Designers Showcase

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Hello my sweets! After getting ready, going to CHA and a battle with strep throat I am back to business! Today I am sharing some fun pics from CHA! (Craft and Hobby Association show). I am starting with a “before”shot – this picture was taken as I was still working on the base of my display for the Designers Showcase at CHA. I am using Tulip One Step Spray dye on a Roc-Lon cloth; you can see it in the video below.

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Here are my bags as I waited for my plane. Of course hand painted by me with Silks (ColourArte), I think next year I need to paint my carry on too, don’t ya’ think?

Fellow designers Beth Watson, Candice Windham and Lisa Fulmer. I love meeting people you chat with online on a regular basis in person, so fun!

DCWV peeps Britt Bass and Megan Lloyd!

Deflecto peeps!!! We had a cupcake party and make and takes!

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Here are the perfect looking cupcakes and a brand new cupcake holder from Deflecto!
And the make and take I was teaching below…

I love teaching make and takes! And everybody was loving these fabulous frames from Deflecto!

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Fabulous artist, Pam Carricker!                                        My sweet friends and fellow designer Nancy Keslin!

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Blessed to know this lady Susan Frase, owner Clear Scraps! And my girl Liza Sivik – we went to High School together, she was my maid of honor and now here we are in the same industry! How cool is that?

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Having a little fun at CHA!
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A little swag I gave away this year.

And my display for the Designers Showcase!  I will be back in a few with some cool and fun products to share!
Please feel free to share and ask any questions in the comments below!


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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


New Assignments!

Well you know good news comes in threes and today is no different. Last year when I started this blog I wanted to make a Design Team and I was so excited  when I made the team at Scrapbooking From The Inside Out. I still love the idea of scrapbooking your emotions, your thoughts and dreams. I have grown so much by being on this team and I am lucky enough to still be on it! Since then I have done several guest design spots and other teams so this year my goal was to get on a manufacturer team. Not only did I make one… but three! Clear Scraps,  Ta Da Creative Studios, and GCD Studios ! (Good news!) Woo hoo- thank you for letting me share my excitement!!!!

So, this is my first assignment for Clear Scraps.
If you are feeling generous you can go to the Clear Scraps blog and leave me some love!

Here are some close ups…
I used the Clear Scraps Scallopped Album, the papers are The Garden Gala collection from Websters, Flowers- Prima, Transperent butterfly- Hambly Screen Prints, Pearls- KaiserCarft,
RubOns- We are Memeory Keepers, Daisy Hill, Colorbok, Chatterbox, Jenni Bolin,
Twine- Creative Imaginations, Chipboard button– Jenni Bolin, Frame, Stickers & Journal Tags- Websters
ALpha- KI Memories, Vintage Metal on cover- Ranger, Tulle and bird- unknown
Technique Tools – Stickles- Ranger,Glimmer Mists- Tattered Angels, Alcohol Inks- Ranger,
Border Punch- Martha Stewart, DIstress Ink- Ranger, Pearl Ex and Perfect Medium- Ranger, Liqutex Basics- Iridescant medium.
Thanks for looking!!