Rita Barakat

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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

Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop!

Hello Creatives! Welcome to the last minute gift ideas hop! I don’t know about you but this time of the year get crazy busy for me! However I was very excited though to take a time out and do this blog hop! There are a ton of ideas for last minute gift ideas on this hop and today I am sharing not one but 6 projects for this last minute gift ideas hop! Starting with this art journal makeover! On Monday nights at 8pm CST I do a live broadcast on facebook!
Last Monday night I started off this art journal here’s the video of the live show if you want to check it out!

You should join us! Because it’s on FB you can type your comments questions  and I can answer as I go – I can also alter my project depending on who is watching and your suggestions! Fun! So here are some other ideas that won’t take you very long for last minute gift ideas! (You may want to bookmark this site! 😉 )







Here are the other designers in the hop  – oh did I mention that form the comments on the blog someone will win a $100.00 Visa gift card? Merry Christmas! Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.

In order to win leave a comment answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?” The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will be announced on einatkessler.com on Sunday, Dec 25th.

*Bonus! Take a look at my etsy shop and let me know what you think about my stencils!
I will be picking one winner from those who mention my stencils on this post for a free set of stencils on Thursday!

Ola Khomenok
Patti Hodder
Kathy Clement
Alexandra Morein
Sandy Trefger
Gloria Stengel
Pam Bray
Einat Alagem
Keren Tamir
Terry Ricioli
Katelyn Grosart
Einat Kessler
Susan M. Brown {sbartist}
Steph Ackerman
Eileen Hull
Rita Barakat – YOU ARE HERE  😉
Mahe Zehra



Happy hopping peeps!

CHA DIA display by Rita Barakat 2016

Hey there crafty peeps! Whew so I am finally back from CHA! I hope you were able to see my periscopes while I was there – not as many as I would like because of the sketchy wifi in the convention center but I got a few in and a couple of videos. So here is a clean video (the periscopes that did work were very grainy thanks to the wifi) of my Designer Display, if you were there I hope you were able to see it in action but if not you can look at it now. The display got a great response and I was soooo happy that it worked like I thought it would. (You never know with these things!) Thank you for all my sweet peeps that wished me well! XOXO I would also like to thank Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DecoArts, Deflecto, DCWV and Beacon- all these companies provided wonderful products that went into my display and I am so honored to work with them! (Now if I could get a canvas and/or watercolor paper company to work with! )


Here are some pictures of me building my display -not the best pictures but you get the idea.
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I was so happy to see all my creative peeps and truly missed some that weren’t there. Next year it’s in AZ, should be interesting since I’ve only driven through there a couple of times.
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If you were there I hope you got one of this years button, this is the third year I have done these buttons and I am super excited people actually came to find me to get one! On the left is this years apron – you know I cannot walk around wearing a plain apron! (Did you know that you can use PITT pens on fabric?) I spent a LOT of time working in the booth but I did get a little time to walk the floor – I will post those pictures this week so stay tuned!

I am so happy to share these pictures from the Texture Techniques class I taught at CHA…
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You know I had to represent my Texas peeps by wearing my cowboy boots ya’ll! LOL
We had so much fun, everyone did a fantastic job!


Now that I am back and holidays and CHA are over it is back to business as usual – or the new usual, I will be kicking off a new DIY periscope series, adding more videos to my youtube channel and revamping my mixed media class newsletter. So if you aren’t following me please look me up.
As always the latest news will be on my FB page.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rbmusic1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rita.barakat.1

So the question of the day is what day and what time of day are you most likely to stop and watch a live video (periscope)? ((Please include your timezone!))

Happy crafting peeps!

Praising through the storms…

Hey there arsty peeps, today I am up on the Frog Dog Studio blog
 I have some tips that you may or may not know about art journaling
artsy secrets! So please go check it out and leave me some love!
I will give you some pics here, a page from my art journal!

For these pages I used Faber Castell Gel medium to adhere
the sewing pattern paper (Frog Dog Studio Kit).

And Gelatos, Aquarelle pencils and PITT Artist Pens.

The journaling is from a a song, one of my favorites from Casting Crowns.
I love songs that capture what you are feeling, this is definitely one I always go back to.
I was working on this at the beginning of one of my migraines and this song came to mind.

Maybe it will bless you too.


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Giving away lots of cool stuff!!!

                            (The Nutcracker ballet 2012 – 7 year old soldiers!)
Hey bloggers!!!! I am super excited to share not one not just one but
 3 giveaways in one today!!!! If you are followers of my blog you know that
since Oct on the 10th and 20th of the month I have been giving away a box FULL of
                     scrap booking supplies (a Big box – 11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) I no longer use
(there are more details if you click on the picture below)


 Well because it’s so close to Christmas I wanted to do something a little more special today
 so I asked  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  if they would 
chip in a little something and they sent me these

 to add to my give away !!!

 As if that wasn’t fabulous enough

is throwing in some AMAZING Westcott goodies!

Because todays giveaway is sponsored I have to do things a bit differently this time
So what do you have to do?
(you can do one or all of these- each gives you another chance to win!
please leave a comment for each entry)

 1.Go to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® facebook page– 
like their page (if you dont already) , say hello and tell them Rita Barakat sent you!  😉
Come back and leave me a comment and tell me you did it for a chance to win!

2. Make any kind of Christmas tag with any supplies you have, 
take a picture and post them to the Christmas Love Campaign facebook page and
leave me a link on here in comments for a chance to win!
3. Stop by the Westcott facebook page   and like them and tell them  
Rita Barakat from the Susan K Weckesser DT  sent you to say hi!
 Come back and leave me a comment to tell me you did it for a chance to win!
4. be a follower of my blog, if you aren’t already!
I will not announce a winner until Monday, so you have all weekend to make your tags!
Besides you will probably be wrapping presents anyways- 
why not make them pretty with homemade tags!
Have a Fabulous weekend!!!

Artsy banner on TV!

 Hey there bloggers!!!
I was super excited to find out that this banner I made for
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft was on TV!!!
(Taken from Design Memory Craft Facebook 9/12/2102)
Photo: Design Memory Craft was featured in ABC and NBC! Here's a picture of Kathy Peterson with the host, Cindy Sexton.
 Design Memory Craft was featured in ABC and NBC!
Here’s a picture of Kathy Peterson with the host, Cindy .
  You just never know where your stuff is going to end up I guess!
But this was a pretty cool surprise!
Here are some close ups!
 Some doodling using PITT ARtist pens, Art Grip Color Pencils and Aquarelles…
 Using stamps from The Rubber Cafe,
Stampers Big Brush markers and Gelatos.
More doodling  – the phrase is another stamp from The Rubber cafe.
This project was just for fun for me, I didn’t even think twice about it
– you just never know what people are going to like!
Hope you had a great weekend!