Creativation product pics, video and themes!

 
Hey Creatives! I have more Creativation pics, videos and themes for you! Last weeks post was on the people at Creativation and this weeks focus is more on the products! I didn’t get a whole lot of pics but I will share what I have. There were a lot of popular themes like Disneys’ movie Frozen. ( Are you singing? My granddaughter loves that movie, at two she already has all the songs memorized.)

 
I noticed a lot of tiny lights in cards and oversized paper decorations and quilling.

 
There were a lot of fairy themes – you know I loved that! I can’t wait to have these tiny fairy kits!

  
Bible journaling and planner supplies were still making a splash!

 
Everywhere you looked there were coloring pages, coloring books and of course tons of markers,  pencils and watercolors!

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Creativaton – the people


It’s all about the peeps! Well I am back from Creativation and while there are many, many pics of new and fantastic products seen at the show I would be amiss if I didn’t also share about the people. If you didn’t see my instagram feed you may have missed the post with Mr. David Tutera! (He has designed a new line with Sizzix.) I will share that I let him know that baby girl is quite enamored with all his wedding dresses, decorations and makeovers! She is in love with all things David Tutera so imagine my surprise when I found out he was at the show! Of course I had to go over and take a pic!  I told him about baby girl and not only did we take a pic he sent a private video for baby girl! Imagine her surprise when he says her name right into the camera! She has played this video over and over and shared it with all her friends!  She was thrilled to say the least – talk about making someone’s day! Thats a star in my book! 😉


One of the best things about the show is meeting up with your friends, your peers, your tribe. These are my peeps, we may only see each other once a year, or every few years because we all live in different states- even countries but when we get together we pick right where we left off! I love my peeps! Today is all about my peeps, I will do another post about product and another  about products.
~me, Liza Sivek (we have been friends since High School!) Cheryl Boglioli (we met at CHA years ago and hit it off right away!love this girl!)
(This is probably the one place in the world where nobody looks twice just because of your hair color!LOL)


~Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Cherish Flieder, me (chatty online and finally met in person!)


~Trish Cortez, Lynda Kanase, David Tutera, me, Gail Green – instant friends! Such a pleasure to meet these ladies and of coure David Tutera!

The Designers that attended the Designer Section Meeting! No goofing around here! LOL
We had such a good time! These ladies are all amazing designers! (And many were missed too!)

~Julia Sanvoss and myself in the Therm O Web booth, this lady is gorgoeus inside and out!

~Cathy Andronicou and myself in the Chameleon booth – one of these days Cathy is going to get me to work with these stunning pens!

The very sweet Shalini Mittal, thank you  <3

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Dana Joy!  We met on periscope! How awesome is that? She is just as lovely in person!


me  &  Annette – Madsen Larsen


Me & Mettes1991


In the Art Foamies booth! Emmie (owner) is in the apron! Did you notice my pic on the wall with my new stamps!?!


Me & Betsy Burnett

It was a good show – and I didn’t take that many pics! There were so many other lovelies I saw and didn’t get pics with! Lots of drive by hugs with  Megan LLoyd, Seth Apter, Marjie Kemper and more!
My allergies were miserable in Phoenix and I wasn’t 100% when I left Texas in the first place!
We had a blast but it is good to be home! Stay tuned for part 2 of Creativation pics – Products and videos!

Blessings! Do you have friends that you can years without seeing
each other then pick up exactly where you left off?

Creativation or bust!

Hey friends well I am off today to Creativation trade show! See lots of details in my previous post; Where I’ll be if you are going, be sure to find me and say hello! I am excited to see old friends and some new ones too! I am super excited to share even more stamps with my designs from Art Foamies so be checking Instagram and FB to know when and where to watch! Anywho this girlis headed out so stay tuned friends!

Creativation show & Mixed Media Monday schedules!

Creativation Schedule! I will be at Creativation (the newly revamped CHA trade show!) in Phoenix AZ next week! This affects my Mixed Media Monday schedule – see below!

If you are coming please come find me! I will be doing Periscope and or FBLive – whichever will work! (you never know with the internet!) It will be random except during my demo times – I am going to try to see if  I can go live during my demos times!
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*Join me this
Monday on FB Live for Mixed Media Monday! 8pm CST! Ritabarakat1
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Fri Jan 20 I am hosting the Designer Roundtables! If you are a CHA Designer you should not miss this!

Sat Jan 21
Art Foamies Stop by the Art Foamies booth to find out when I am scheduled there! booth #1851
12:30-1:30 Come visit me at the Creativation Cafe – I can chat here as I am hosting! booth #843/1042

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Demos:
Sunday Jan 22
9-11 The Crafters Workshop #~ Brand New Products! booth #1651
4:30- 5:30 Make and Take in the Creativation Cafe! # Brand new products! booth #843/1042

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Mon Jan 23
11:30-12:30 Make n Take  in the Creativation Cafe # Brand New Products! booth #843/1042

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**Note – I will not be doing Mixed Media Monday on the 23rd as I will be flying back home at that time but I will do one Mixed Media Monday on TUESDAY Jan 24th instead and perhaps have some goodies to share from the show! Not to mention a giveaway! Whoo Hoo!

I am super excited as there are so many top secret new products to reveal! I love seeing all the latest creations! *Including a few of my own! Only bummer is some are not available to the public yet, but it is still a fun sneak peek!
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***If there is any collection or manufacturer you would like to see leave me a comment below and I will make sure I pop by for a live feed!

Every year at Rita Barakat LLC

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Happy New Year Creatives! I am so glad 2017 is here! Every year at Rita Barakat LLC,  do a little inventory on what worked and didn’t work, do you do that? I am doing inventory on 2016 right now, I would love your input on what you would like to see from me in 2017.  Here are some things that I feel went well and will continue or start in 2017 :

Blogging:  After years of blogging, (sometimes daily) I took a break and then I came back at once a week. For now this is working – I post every Thursday unless I am involved in a blog hop or something special.

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Mixed Media Mondays on FaceBook Live!  Every (well most) Monday night at 8pm CST I do some type of Mixed Media project or technique live on Facebook. If you have never watched sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s what’s so fun about doing it live! Sometimes the audience  throws in suggestions, sometimes they are super quiet!  The same way you post a comment on a FB post you can comment or ask questions while I am doing the live show- I can see it and answer it live. I try to keep it about a half an hour but you can catch it later if you miss it live. ANd even if you watch it later I will still see your comments because it’s FB. It’s a lot of fun, I would love to see you there!

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Instagram  & Periscope are totally fun! I will continue both but in different capacities. Instagram is mostly posting pics, looking at pics and commenting. I post reminders on Instagram when I will be posting on Periscope and Mixed Media Mondays.  Periscope is another live streaming event -only more casual. Periscope is an app for your smart phone that you can download, watch and broadcast live.  You can comment if you are on the app only when it’s live. If you don’t want to download it you can watch it live for 24 hours after it was live from your computer or laptop; but you can’t comment. This year I tried to do it three times a week at 2pm CST, then I tried the mornings but with five kids and a grand baby something always happens. Will I still do it? Yes, but unless the kids happen to be in school I can’t guarantee what time. I will always give a heads up on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter when I am going to be doing  a Periscope. My periscope topics can be anything related to art, craft, mixed media, bible journaling, art journaling, art/craft/scrapbook shows and sometimes a little worship.

Rita Barakat LLC Top Secret Mixed Media Class
Top Secret Mixed Media Class Once a month I offer a free Mixed Media class – it’s a full class project in real time! Sometimes there are bonuses like a coupon or giveaways. I share where I will be teaching or demoing as well.
I am super excited as this year as I will have a sponsored giveaway each month! The picture is from this months class, I just sent it out yesterday! Are you signed up?
Rita Barakat LLC ETSY
Etsy – I’ve not done much with Etsy although I have been on here for a couple of years. This year I got a little better grasp of it and added more items like stamps, stencils, calendars, pillows and more. I was ecstatic that my artwork was picked up in 2016 to be used for stamps and I am hoping for more products in the near future! I will continue to add products as they become available!

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I haven’t done much with Pinterest this year, I spent more time learning Periscope and FB Live and now that I have it down I am ready to go back to Pinterest! I love Pinterest, but I think I will need a timer as I can easily get distracted by all the really cool pics! Does that happen to you?  I would like to make some boards that relate to my Top Secret Mixed Media Videos, so I can offer you more options related to the topic of the current months class. I think it’s going to be an exciting time!

I need your input – what would you like to see in the next year? What types of topics, classes, techniques, products? How can I help you? Do you review your year?

Next week on Wednesday I will have a post on the Therm O Web site!  If you have never made a vision board you won’t want to miss this post!

 

 

 

A little holiday magic! 

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Hello Creatives! I don’t know about you but I can always use a little holiday magic right about now! I have so much to share!! Well first of all i have new and exciting new products in the store! Being so close to Christmas I know I probably should have waited but I was so excited to share them with you!  All of my products are based on original artwork- some that you may have seen in a periscope or Facebook live videos! Remember I only have a few items of each!!


Yesterday on the Therm O Web blog I shared some fun tips to add sparkle into your projects! If you missed it. Check it out here http://thermoweb.com/blog/add-little-sparkle-projects/#comment-443806

And what you have been waiting for??My stencil giveaway! Wendy Designs! Congrats ! Email me your addy please! If you did not win they are available in the shop ! https://www.etsy.com/listing/462311179/so-you-say-you-cant-draw-stencil-bundle?ref=shop_home_active_8#

Last but not least you can still enter to win the $ 100.00 visa gift card by entering  a comment in the previous post below! Whew that was a kit of info! And I still need a lot of holiday magic! This girl is still not ready for Christmas but no matter  what  it will be here soon and we will enjoy it! Hope you will too!

Merry Christmas peeps!!

Blessings! Rita

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! 😉 )

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http://ritabarakat.com/2015/12/07/handmade-ornaments/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/12/05/christmas-decorations-on-foam/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/11/28/christmas-countdown/

http://ritabarakat.com/2014/11/14/making-your-own-christmas-ornaments/

http://ritabarakat.com/2012/12/17/on-the-fourth-day-of-christmas/

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

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzRlMWZiYjMyNGQ0NTViMTYwNWEyZGJjNjhmMTdlOjE=/?

Happy hopping peeps!

What are the best last minute gift ideas?


So what are the best last minute gift ideas? Some of are completely ready for the holidays, but some of you…Ok some of us are so not ready!  Surely by now you are thinking, well forget it or I’ll just buy something…anything so that I have a present. But what if I can offer you another solution? Instead of going shopping why not grab a loved one and spend some time together creating something special (in addition to memories you make! hello!)! Most recently my baby girl(now 11) and I made over these covers for our  journals! You can make any type of journal, recipe book, planner into something special for someone and they would love it. Look complicated, you say? Did I mention baby girl is 11? Her’s (on the left) is a composition book and mine is a travel notebook. You can make over any type of book for that special someone and here’s a video to show you how (recorded live on periscope). An easy and fabulous last minute gift idea!

Now on the other hand if you are done with your Christmas shopping and need a little something for yourself read on friends!


I am so excited to share these  two new foam stamps! These are the first of several foam stamps I designed and are currently available at ARTFOAMIES.com!!! (Links below)
I don’t even have them yet and as soon as I do I will be making some videos and projects with them!
(More designs coming soon! )
Rita Barakat_ Cowboy Boot
Rita Barakat_ Zen Doodle Cloud

I am also super thrilled to share some new products in my shop! There  If you click on the pic it will take you right to the page! ( The steampunk pillow with the fire hair will be available next week)
There are only a few of each so if you want one you’d better grab it quick!*

I designed this calendar for a sweet friend then I thought maybe somebody else would like one too, so I ordered a few more and they are now available! *Limited quantities! So order quick!

Also if you are local and want one please contact me and I will pull it to avoid shipping charges.

*If they sell out and you really want one I would have to re-order – you would receive it in new year – please email or message me and I will put a special order on the site for it.

I wish these items came out sooner so that they could have been ready for Christmas but it’s not always my timing!
I will get it shipped right away but with weather being unpredictable in some areas there is no guarantee.
Either way I am ecstatic and feel like 2017 is going to be a very exciting year!

What are your best last minute gift ideas? I would love to hear them, please share in the comments!

15 videos that will motivate you!

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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!