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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

Fairy Stamps!

Hello All! I’m Kathryn Morrow, the Creative Design Lead for Rita Barakat Designs. I am thrilled to start off posting for the new design team.
We have amazing artists that will be showcasing the new RB Design products, designed by the ever-talented and most delightful artist, Rita Barakat.

I had so much fun using the new fairy stamps, both the background stamp and the set of individual stamps. I created a 6×6 card, starting with stamping the background stamp in Archival black ink on a separate piece of card stock. I then stamped the fairy, sun and clouds, mushroom and that oh so cute bunny also in archival black ink.

I cut out the images and added a thin layer of matte gel on all pieces, including the background image. By using matte gel, you can color with Pitt markers, heat between layers, and achieve nice shading.

I then used several different Wink of Stella glitter markers to add that subtle glimmer. I adhered the background to a piece of blue card stock and then used 3D dots to add the individual pieces.

It was so relaxing coloring such magical images. I can almost hear the flutter of the fairy’s wings and the smell the sweet scent of the flowers. I am blessed to be able to work with Rita’s sweet fairy stamps. They are so versatile! Thank you for reading and I hope you get some inspiration from this card.

Here are the links to purchase fairy stamps:

Fairy Magic

Fairy Garden Background Stamp

Thanks again!

Kathryn Morrow
Creative Design Lead

Mixed Media Secrets revealed


Ok seriously what a week! First of all the week started off great, teaching a totally fun and fabulous mixed media class to some very nice ladies over at Sparks Studio in Arlington! We had such a great time and although I was the teacher  I learned a few things. Hence today’s post, mixed media secrets revealed!  (the rest of the week I spent sneezing like crazy – it’s been super windy here and driving my allergies nuts, but I digress…)

So let’s get started!
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If you think your art stinks, keep working at it, you may just be one step away from “meh” to “I love it!”  In my class I asked the ladies what they were going to do with their artwork when we finished. Some said frame it, some said floor cloth (it was a 20×24 canvas material from Roc Lon), some said purse and one said put it in a drawer. I asked what she thought was wrong with it, she didn’t know.  Sometimes it takes someone else taking a look – I told her to add particular stencil in a lighter color.  Once we did that she loved it! So keep at it!

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Don’t rush the process. One step at a time, don’t be in a rush to finish, enjoy the process. Take time to stop and take a little inventory at what you have going on; sometimes less is more but sometimes you just need to step back, take a break and come back to it.  There have been times when I have walked away for a week (or weeks) and come back to see exactly what a project needed to change into a masterpiece! If  you feel like it’s not quite right don’t be afraid to walk away for a bit, maybe work on something else in the meantime.

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Think out of the box, don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit. If you usually use the same colors force yourself to try others, even just one new color in the mix can make things fresh. Try adding something you have never used before- for example, add an element like sand, or beads or foil. Or try a new medium! (hello, mixed media?)
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Work with others. One of the nice things about being in a class is that you not only learn from the teacher but also from each other. I can teach the exact same class 50 times and surely someone in a class will have a totally different, new and fresh approach. It may be something they always do, but it might be new to you, we all learn from each other! People are so creative!

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Take a look around, inspiration is everywhere! It could be on a blouse, on the side of a building, in a song, perhaps something somebody said… I could go on, but I won’t benadryl has kicked in and this lady is tired! Happy creating peeps!

Art inspired pillow designs

Hey there artsy peeps! Well today is a pillow fight with the  Designer Crafts Connection! A blog hop with Fairfield World, so if you click on the Designer Crafts Connection icon on the right of my blog you can see what the other designers did with the pillow forms! Of course I had to do something artsy inspired for my pillow design! And it also had to be a “no sew” pillow!

The pillow form does not come with a case but does have a zipper case to be washed. I am not into sewing- I do not get along with my sewing machine! So I had to find out another way to cover this pillow! It just happened to fit an old standard pillow case if I folded the ends in! All I had to do was give it a splash of color! I used Tulip’s tie die fabric paint.

Here is a close up on how the colors actually turned out!

I put it in the dryer, when it was dry I put some alphas to spell the word “cherish.” I used a PITT Artist pen to make lots of doodles. The PITT pens are filled with india ink so they are lightfast and waterproof once dry. (It dries pretty quick.)

I peeled the letters off to reveal my design! So easy – no sewing involved! These pillows are super soft and comfy too!
For this blog hop you can use this  code  AMYCOUP  to recieve 20% off orders through the month of June on How awesome is that? Happy hopping & shopping!

Techniques, paint and results!

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Hey there artsy friends Rita Barakat here today! Surely by now you have tried  Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glass Bead Glass Bead Glitter Gel? Well if not head on over to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog where I left some instructions for this chipboard page! Todays post is a potpourri of techniques, paint and results!

If you happen to be near Cincinnati OH, I h the have this whole book of techniques that you can check out in person this weekend only at the Stampaway convention! I will be doing demos in the Marcos Paper booth for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Friday and Sat only!

Meanwhile as I am out of town I wanted to leave you with a quick update on last weeks DIY project! I have finished the DIY shelf I posted last week…

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I had lots of people ask what paint I used in my scrapbook room – for these shelves and my cabinets I used Behr  flat paint “”

Have a great weekend!



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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 and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Whats going on?

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Hey hey there crafty peeps! Did you see my blog post over on The Crafters Workshop blog! They have several brand new stencils and my post shares lots of fun layering techniques! If you get a chance go check it out and leave me some love! Holy cow have you been as busy as I am?? Whats going on?

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The last few weeks have been crazy busy! Starting with taking our youth to a conference! Then hubby had vacation- we did a stay-cation, doing things about town. We also had three birthdays last month!

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The last one was baby girls! Here she is with her new dolls! She is so excited!

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After conference and our stay-cation baby girl and I went out of town to meet up with friends and go to CKC in Houston!

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We had a great time Michelle Hodges and her daughter then headed into CKC where I got visit with…

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my friend Susan Frase owner of Clear Scraps and my girl Tiffany Johnson (fellow DTfor Faber-Castell! One of the things I love about this business is running into your crafty friends – even when you don’t live in the same state! How awesome!

And if that isn’t enough this weekend I am headed to OHIO!  AUG *8&9 for this Stampaway convention! So if you are close to Cincinnati come check it out and don’t forget to stop by and say hi! I will doing Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft demos for Marcos Paper. When I get back I will be doing demos in Dallas at the Michaels 2014 Partner Summit and leadership Conference! By then I will be ready for school to start!! I am tired just looking at my schedule! LOL! How about you? Whats going on?



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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 and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Capturing Canvas

Hey friends!
Today I am so excited to show you a class project I taught at The Crafty Scrapper a while back!
I love this mini – do you know how hard it is to make something and not share it on your blog?
I used all Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products and you will have to go to their blog if you want to know how I did it, but I will show you the pics! I will tell you that those Gelatos (hint!) are so versitile they really make crafting fun!

So how are you doing in your thankfulness challenge?
It’s not to late to start! And I am giving away a $30.00 gift card!
Hmm do I need to add some scrap goodies in there to get you all motivated?
I will have to think about it.
Meanwhile on the homefront Spencer
is adjusting nicely to the family. He is very easy going and is doing
great with the kids! We have alot to be thankful for, we have had alot of changes
this year and somehow everything seems to be falling into place.

Insprired! Woo hoo! Tim Holtz!

I recieved my signed copy of Tim Holtz new book today! I am so excited because this is the coolest book! And it could not have come any sooner! I have been wanting to scrap all day but just couldn’t get started… then I got this! I haven’t even read it but just skimming through the pages gave me so much inspiration that I started creating!!!

      I was wanting to make a layout for todays challenge at Couture Cardstock so I came up with this!
They are having a contest this month and challenges everyday! I saw Couture Cardstock paper at CHA and it was quality paper, I was very impressed with this company!

I used lots of metallic paint, inking, pearl ex! I love this grunge look!

I was trying to get some pics of baby girl, but sometimes she is so fast this is what I catch with my camera! In a blink of an eye, she is gone! Being that my oldest is 18 and graduating this year I know that in a blink of an eye she will be gone too. Sad, kids grow up so fast!

The scroll is grungeboard, the letters are chipboard. I embossed them, painted them with metallic paints and brushed a little pearl ex here and there. I used a white gel pen too. I used masks and stamps (stamped Versamark on the paper and brushed the pearlex powders on top.) I inked the edges of the photo and the papers.

I used rub ons for the calandar, border and the blue letters on the photo.  I also thought this would be a good place to put my picture of me and Mr. Tim Holtz at CHA!

Home…everything I need is right here

One of the bummers about wanting to get published is they dont want you to post your work online first. Well not all magazines but most. So I must admit I am holding back some work. I did manage to pull this one out, I forgot I had it. I used a sketch from Page Maps. I had so much fun with these papers – they WERE black and white! It is from GCD ‘s Paris line and some of it is even flocked! I love texture!
I changed the colors of my papers with Distress Inks and a blending tool!! Ever since I bought that little tool I want to ink everything! I used Peeled Paint and Broken China. I also used this technique on my journaing strips. 

I even changed the color of my bling- but for this I used Alcohol Inks!
On a different note you still have time to enter  the challenges at Scrapbooking From The Inside Out
Here is challenge number 2:

You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love–who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. Oprah Winfrey

Passion is the genesis of genius. Anthony Robbins

Drive: In a perfect world, we’d all get to create a life that beautifully represents our passions. Do you do a job, or do you spend your days, in a way that truly speaks to your passions? If not, why? How did you get to do what you do? Did you follow your inner voice, or did someone else tell you what you should be? What pushes you to create a career, or life, that you love? When did you start to hear that inner voice? If you don’t hear it, how do you feel about people who have that drive and pursue it?

For our next challenge, tell us about whether what you do all day (career, homemaker…) reflects your passions. If not, what’s stopping you from achieving that?

Also Don’t Forget March 6th! Important date to check for this giveway!
Each comment you make on post from February 18-March 5th gives you another chance to win.
If you post my giveaway on your blog (facebook whatever) another chance!( Leave me a link!)
And if you are a follower you double your chances!!!
Here’s what you can win..