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Love Noted Journal

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a journal “Love Noted” created with Rita’s Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps. The Hot Air Balloon is sold in 2 pieces; the hot air balloon and the basket. The hot air balloon measures 5 ¼ x 4 ½ and the basket measures 2 ¼ x 2. I coordinated the stamps with some oxide inks, wooden embellishments, paper straws and dyed ribbon to create the journal. It measures 7 3/4 x 5 ½.

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I began this journal cover by inking some watercolor paper with various oxide inks and water. I used oxide colors: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, lucky clover and antique linen.

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After inking the watercolor paper, I resprayed the remaining loose ink with water and inked the Hot Air Balloon Artfoamie stamps with the ink. Then I stamped onto some blank watercolor paper. I created several stampings of the hot air balloon and the basket to create several color variations for use in the project. I cut the stampings out and set them aside. I also used the remaining loose ink to coordinate ribbon with the journal.

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Next, I trimmed the inked watercolor paper down to layering size and distressed the edges. I then embossed the inked watercolor paper using a crackle stamp, Versamark and white embossing powder. The embossed watercolor paper was adhered to the front of the journal.

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Next, I adhered 1 of the hot air balloon stampings to the front of the journal. I then adhered paper straws to the back of another hot air balloon stamping and added it and the basket to the journal.

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I applied some picked raspberry ink to the wooden word and adhered it to the journal. I added dyed ribbon and additional wooden embellishments to finish the journal.

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I loved creating with the Hot Air Balloon stamps. The images were crisp, versatile and perfect for this journal project. The stamps can be found using the links throughout the tutorial and the link below:

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Thanks so much visiting today.
Karen

Karen Jiles http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/

Heart Wing Creations

Hello creative souls, Ramona here, and I am so excited to share a few ideas for your art journaling, snail mail, and gift-giving projects. If you are new to the world of Art Foamies you are in for a treat.  They are versatile stamps that give you lots of options as you create your paper craft and mixed media projects.  I am a believer in using what you buy and really getting your money’s worth out of the little investments you make for your craft stash. With that in mind, I wanted to show you 3 easy ways to utilize the Heart Wing stamp in Rita Barakat’s beautiful Art Foamie line. Once you play with your own foam stamp you will find endless ways to use them.

 started by using different mediums with the Art Foamie Heart Wing stamp.  The brown ink is a heavy duty archival ink, and I wanted it to look layered and textured, so I stamped it on an old recycled dictionary page.  The pink is a very inexpensive ink that I already had in my stash, and I stamped it down on a piece of cardstock.  When using ink pads you may need to adjust your Art Foamie across the ink pad to get a proper inking of the entire surface before you stamp it. The foam stamp is firm enough that you do not need an acrylic block to use it, making it easy to grab and move around on any surface you choose. 
Finally, the lovely grey is acrylic paint, which I thinly spread out on a piece of drip paper and gently stamped my foam stamp in. It distributes the paint in such a gorgeous way and has a lovely textured feel to it.  After using the foamie I stamped it on a wet paper towel a few times to clean any remaining paint and ink off the image.
Here are the ways I decided to use my three little-winged hearts ;
Project One: Gift Tag
With a stabilo pencil (you can use any type of distressing tool for this) I quickly outlined the image and the heart. This loose outline adds a bit of definition and gives the wings a loose feel.  I added a small greeting to the heart- you could stamp your own or add lettering here for a personal message, then I cut the wings out for a die-cut feel and slipped it on to the small wrapped gift.  How simple is that?
Project Two: Snail Mail Envelope
Nothing brightens the day of a fellow art loving soul more than some beautiful mail waiting for them in the mailbox.  This is a simple way to add whimsy and love to you envelopes – and it looks so cute!  For this project, get a nice heavy duty marker to color in the heart.  This will work well if you used a lighter color of acrylic paint, as you can see the red had no problem covering the grey paint.
On a small strip of paper stamp the sentiment you choose to share, and simply glue it in the heart, taking a moment to edge the words with a marker or pencil, adding definition and interest.  There would be so many fun ways to use this on an envelope or card, and I am not kidding when I say I can not wait to make loads of these for my stash!
Project Three: Art Journal Collage
I am an avid art journaler, as you may know from my last post, and exploring emotions through collage and mixed media is one of my favorite ways to spend my creative time.  This was such an easy way to add interest and focus to a collage, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
I had this painted background already on this page.  I often smear paint on several pages and walk away, leaving the backgrounds waiting for me later when I have time to sit and create. This background was ready for me this time around,  but you could use patterned paper or any other medium that you would like for the project.
 I cut this image out of an old magazine (ask your friends to save you theirs and donate them to your studio!) and she sat so perfectly with those wings, I knew they were a match made in heaven.  I glued them both down on my dried background, and added some lettering to express my mood today.
I hope these little projects give you ideas for all the ways you could use the gorgeous Art Foamies from the Rita Barakat line as your work to push your creative skills.  I am so pleased with the way each one of these turned out, and I look forward to many more uses for these adorable wings.
Product Featured: Heart Wing Art Foamie
XOXO
Ramona

Hi, I’m Ramona, a mother to 3 boys (well, men at this point!) who craves creative time to express herself and make pretty things. You can stop by my blog for a peek into my life, or check out my artistic journey on Instagram.

Mixed Media Ballerina on Canvas


Hello Creatives! If you follow me on social media you know I have been working on this mixed media ballerina!  I have been working on her all week and I am super excited to her with you! This work is for my baby girl, I am not sure she is finished yet, there is something more I may want to add but I am not sure yet… Either way there are so many very cool techniques in this project that I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!   Continue reading

CHA Paper Arts Blog Hop today!

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Good morning artsy peeps! I am super excited to share this sweet project I made for todays CHA Paper Arts Blog Hop! All week long several  CHA Designers will be working with different CHA Manufacturers to bring you lots of fun projects and tutorials! Oh and did I mention prizes? But I digress…
I was thrilled to find out I would be working with Bo Bunny! As soon as I saw these beautiful Juliet papers I was inspired to make this mixed media little girl. She stand almost 18 inches and is covered in the various paper designs from the Juliet Collection by BoBunny!

To make this project I drew my girl, traced it onto various patterned papers and foam core board, cut them out and glued the pieces back together! Here are some details;

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To create her skin and hair I used gesso and various Gelatos® Colors to paint her features on the polka dot paper collection from BoBunny. The sweet flower in her hair is also BoBunny! Easily attached with a little Gel Medium.

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Of course I added this little bunny in honor of the Bo Bunny name! Tip*to make pieces pop, make sure you ink the edges! Did you notice the little pocket? I added a little pearl flourish! (Also Bo Bunny).

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Did you notice her sparkly ruby red shoes? The paper is from a Juliet 6×6 paper pad – same paper as her dress just a little smaller. Then I topped it of with a little Bo Bunny glitter paste – the color is blush and although it’s pink it really shines on top of red!

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And last but not least I made her sweet little slip with a few Bo Bunny doilies cut in half! I hope you enjoyed my project today!

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So for a chance to win!!!

Follow along on the CHA Blog from May 18 – 22 to see which products the Designers used and the creations they came up with. PLUS, you’ll learn how to make the projects yourself!

Win Prizes! (HELLO $500.00!)
There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of the password each day. At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet us @Craftandhobby the correct phrase will win:

  • 1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show
  • 2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Be sure to follow the #CHAShow hashtag on social media to share in all of the Paper Arts+ Show fun!
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Don’t forget, registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the products that were donated for this Blog Hop by BoBunny.  Paper Arts+ is A CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials.  The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKUs. Members attend for FREE! For more information and to register, visit www.craftandhobby.org/paperarts.
And please sign up for my newsletter/Mixed Media class!

Blessings!
Rita

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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, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

A mixed media gilded bird cage

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Hey there bloggers today I have for you a mixed media gilded birdcage and a blog hop for Designer Crafts Connection and Decorative Trimmings! The Designer Crafts Connection  is a group of Arts and Crafts industry designers coming together to promote crafting. On the right hand side of my blog you can click on the logo to go forward and back and visit the other designers on the hop!  This hop was sponsored by Decorative Trimmings , they make the most gorgeous detailed trimmings- as soon as I saw the little flowers, pearls and tulle the sweet wedding theme came to life! I decided to make a birdcage (or three) as a decorative hanging  – for the wedding theme I left  the birds outside of the gilded cages; the birds symbolizing the couple leaving the nest and forging new lives together, with parents and other loved ones looking on. I used a chipboard kit from Maya Road for the base and a lot of paint to guild my cages! Below are close up so you can see the details…

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On this piece I wrapped the ribbon/trim around the base of the gilded bird cage and tucked it behind my little bird.

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The chipboard cage is covered with acrylic paint in gold, bronze,beige and black paint. I also used Chroma crackle medium. Gel medium keeps all the different pieces in place.

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On this base I weaved the ribbon/trim through the bars of the bird cage and yes the ribbon trim comes with the tulle attached! So pretty, perfect for a wedding trim.

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I used Gelatos® Colors and Twinkling H2o’s for the shimmer on the birds. A quick dot with a PITT® Artist Pen makes for easy and permanent bird eyes!

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This beautiful trim comes with the tulle and pearls intertwined! It’s delicate and makes a perfect home for these little birds. A ready made chipboard frame makes for a great base to  attach this trim/ribbon.

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A chipboard monogram covered with white glitter house on crackle painted chipboard makes for the perfect centerpiece. The lattice is a laser cut paper from DCWV.

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Ahh the lovebirds- it’s a happy day!

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I hope you enjoyed my mixed media gilded bird cage project! Let me know if you have any questions and please visit Decorative Trimmings they have tons of trimmings to choose from, even sequence! (Just sayin’!)

And if you missed my post about Namta make sure you check it out below!

Happy hopping peeps!

Blessings!
Rita

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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®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Projects, projects and more projects!

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Hey there creative peeps! I have been busy , busy, busy with projects,  projects and more projects lately!  I want to share a couple of those posts with you today as they are on other blogs!  Over on DCWV I did a post that involves a tutorial how to make these fun rockets with the kids!

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If you are looking for another fun and easy project here is another one I did for Plaid!  This was a really fun project involving screen print masks!! You have to check it out! If you do please leave me a comment over there!

 

Meanwhile this last week has been really memorable as a couple of our  youth young adults from our CO  have been here for a visit, we will be sad to see them go home tomorrow! We love these girls! Good times…

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I hope that you are having a blessed summer so far!

P.S. I do a monthly video free mixed media class every month! I just sent it out today, make sure you sign up so you don’t miss the next one!
All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter on the top right! Here is a peek from this months class…

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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 the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

DIY Friday! Frame edition!

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Hey there bloggers!!! It’s Friday! And to a lot of people it means DIY – do it yourself makeovers! I bought this 16×20 wood ornate frame at at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $14.00 because the glass was broken! That’s not a big deal to me – with 3 rough and tumble boys glass doesn’t last long in this house! I knew the first thing I was going to do was make it a cork backing . I removed the back and replace it with cork , then covered it with linen type fabric. At the time I wasn’t sure what colors I was going to use in my studio so I left it and that was OK for a while. Now that I have my colors it was time to do some makeovers! I was super lucky to receive Design Master Color Tool Spray in Turquoise and it matched my room! Perfect for DIY Friday! Frame edition! May 2014 013100 So I took my project outside  and covered my grass! It is spray paint and you need proper ventilation! May 2014 014100 Now I could have primed it- but when I get an idea I just run with it! So I didn’t but it covered quite beautifully! May 2014 015100 After a couple of coats the color was gorgeous!!!!And look at the coverage!!! (I am no expert sprayer!lol) July 2014 004 And here it is finished and hung – not the greatest lighting but you get the picture! (I don’t know why I didn’t take the picture outside! too excited and I forgot!) I love color and this makes me so much more happy than neutrals! Even if they are metallic! So there you have it DIY Friday! Frame edition! What will you create this 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 the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Exciting stuff going on!

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Hey there artsy peeps! Exciting stuff this week! First off go check out this fun & easy tutorial I did on the  Design Memory Craft blog!
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Then remember this sneek I showed you? Well tomorrow (Tuesday) you can see the full reveal, my first blog post for The Crafters Workshop!

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And if that’s not exciting enough come back here is a sneak for Wed, a blog hop and PRIZES!!! Woo hoo I told you it was going to be exciting around here!!!Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!!!

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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. In addition to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® team she designs for DCWV, The Crafters Workshop and freelances for a variety of manufacturers. 

Mixed Media Canvas! Voting and a video!

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Hello friends, I am so excited to share this project with you that I have  on the Fave Crafts   website for best  blogger craft of the year!! How exciting is that? Of course there are other fabulous projects over there and you can vote over there to vote for your favorite!
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If you click on the project on the Fave Crafts  website it will give  you instructions and a supply list. In addition to Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products I got to use many fabulous products from Plaid, Darice, Coats and Clark, Fiskars to name a few! rbarakat4100
I thought I had videotaped the making of this entire project and when I was almost done I realized it didn’t tape AT ALL! 🙁  But I did manage to get this…

You can vote for this project or others at Fave Crafts  for best  blogger craft of the year!
Have a great weekend!

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