Blog Hop with Xyron, Day 4 with Limor


Each day this week, we’ll post a new project on our blogs. Make sure you hop to both blogs and the Facebook page for more chances to win and more inspiration!
Leave a comment here and on the Xyron blog for a chance to win $50 in product from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! For another chance to win, leave a comment on our Facebook page and the Xyron Facebook page!
This blog hop will end at 12am EST on November 22nd. Winners will be announced on the companies’ blogs on November 23rd.

Hello Friends!

Limor Webber here with today's project! We can't ignore winter is here so I got in the groove!

Here is a little Ornament that we will be putting up on our tree or you can use it as an embellishment on a card for the holidays!


It's so simple it will completely blow your socks off!

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G is for Grateful!


What are you going to make with the Mixed Media Set - 50's Diner that's now available at Barnes & Noble? How about a home decor piece for Thanksgiving? The colors are just perfect for Fall, there's plenty of fun tools in the kit and the fabulous Texture Luxe Silver to add texture with a great collection of stencils! Here's the project I made. .

Hi fellow bloggers, Mou here with today's Mixed Media Kit inspiration!

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Pinterest Inspired project with Rita Barakat

1-RBarakat Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here! Today I am sharing a project inspired by Pinterest! I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, while I love seeing so many creative ideas I hate that you can easily lose track of time looking and pinning ideas that you may never get around to doing! I have been especially inspired lately by people who have mad skills using an Xacto knife! I am not one of those but I thought I would give it a shot of course on a much smaller and simplified scale!

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Thankful Bunting Decor with Jen


Hi Artsy Friends!  I have a fun Autumn/ Thanksgiving project for you!  I found an adorable blank bunting at the dollar spot in a big name store all ready for decorating! It is kraft and came with eight triangle pieces already threaded on a piece of long twine.  It was perfect for a mantel!   I was inspired when I found the blank banner and knew I wanted to have it decorate my mantel. So, I cut eight smaller triangles out of mixed media paper and added stamping, color and Whipped Spackle mixed with Gelatos® colors.  Here's the result on my mantel.

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An Autumn Journal and the Take the Challenge with Mou October winners

Hello bloggers, Mou here today with an autumn journal page!


We have been visiting local orchards and picking our own apples, berries and peaches. Many of these farms also have sunflower patches. We are allowed to cut our own stems for a fee. We have brought home several of those of gorgeous happy flowers, all of which are bigger than my littlest's head. These places also have pumpkin patches and we plan on visiting again to bring home some orange beauties. This would be the first time we will get to do this from real pumpkin patch. In the past, when we lived in Florida, we could only get pumpkins from tents where they stacked them in piles. So, I'm looking forward to that. But in the meantime, I had to draw and my own pumpkin in my Mini Journal Board!

These are the supplies I used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools: Mini Journal Boards, Stencils 10 count 101 collection, Whipped Spackle, Gelatos Tool Set

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® Double Scoop® Colors: Mango, Red Cherry, Margarita Mix

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT artist pens: BLACK 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pens: 3 ct RED, #170 May Green

Others: stamp


To create this page, I started by coloring the background with Mango and Red Cherry Gelatos colors. Blended the colors with a very wet brush.

Once the colors dried, I sketched a pumpkin with PITT Artist pen. Added more colors to the pumpkin and blended them dry with the Blending Chisel from the Gelatos Tool Set.

Next, I laid the dots stencil from the Stencils 10 ct 101 collection and applied Whipped Spackle with palette knife, also from the Gelatos Tool set.

After the Whipped Spackle dried, I inked up a stamp with Stamper's Big Brush Pen #118 Scarlet Red from 3 ct RED set and stamped around the page.

At this point, my page looked very orange. I wanted to add a bit of color variation. I chose Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color Margarita Mix for this.  Rubbed it near the top right part and blended it with a wet brush.


Finally, I inked up the same stamp with Stamper's Big Brush Pen #170 May Green and stamped over the greener area to finish.

Hope you enjoyed my pumpkin page! Please share your pumpkin creations in your comment links so we can all be inspired by YOU!

And now, the winners of October 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou...

1. I saw your challenge come up on my phone while I was at the grocery store... so this happened :-)

Love your nursery decor. SO cute!!!

Posted by: Nicole Maki | 10/06/2015 at 03:24 PM

2. I totally loved this challenge and dived right in here's my carried away take on the challenge!

Posted by: Milagros C Rivera | 10/13/2015 at 02:35 PM

Congrats Nicole and Milagros!  And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Winners, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [] with October 2015 Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)

Take the Challenge with Mou, October 2015

Hello Bloggers, Mou here! Are you ready for a creative challenge? I hope you are, for it's time for the October 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou!

If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.

October is the month of Halloween, at least here in the States. If  you are around children, you know that what they love most about that, is the Trick or Treat ritual. So, I thought, for October, why don't I issue you a two-part challenge? No no, don't worry it won't be too tricky and as always there will be a treat at the end! And even if you are not in the States, you can totally play along too. So, without further ado, your challenge this month is:

Part 1: Use BLACK Chalkboard Paint (as much or as little you like) on something you create. It does not have to be Halloween-related, although that would be fun too! 

Part 2: Add an owl. Sketch it, doodle it, draw it, transfer it, stamp it... you decide it.

Take a look at what I made.


I really love owls. I see them practically everywhere from mugs to pendants and I am impressed with how artists interpret this wise bird in their works. So, I decided to make a nursery décor for my baby with an owl on it.

Here's a list of supplies I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Chalkboard Paint
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tool: GRIP Triangular Sharpener
Others: wood plaque, paint brush

If you like to do something similar, here are the instructions.
Start by painting the wood plaque with BLACK Chalkboard Paint. You don't need to gesso your wood plaque. Once the first coat dries, apply another coat.


Sketch your bird with WHITE PITT Pastel Pencil. This works like chalk, only better. Keep a GRIP Triangular Sharpener handy for you'll need to sharpen your WHITE PITT Pastel Pencil in between.

Once you have the outline, fill in details and shade some parts.


Here's a close up of my nursery plaque.

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to this challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Sunday, 10/18 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

And now the TREAT part as promised... The prize for this challenge is: One pack of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS (#770182)
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 10/19 to see if YOU won! Good luck to all!

Halloween Mixed Media Card


Hi Creatives! 

Happy Autumn! Best time of year in my neck of the woods where the weather turns crisp, the trees change to beautiful colors and we can break out the warm sweaters and hot cocoa! It's the shortest season yet the one I wish would last longer!

The project that I'll be showing you this week is for a Halloween mixed media card. As a kid, my mother always instilled in us to send mail. Thank You notes, Birthday cards, Sympathy cards, Thinking of You cards. Whatever the occasion was, she would always send a card in the mail. And I think that form of communication is really starting to fade away, which totally bums me out. I love getting mail (other than bills, of course!) Who doesn't like to go to their mailbox and open it to see a nice card from somebody special? 

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Happy Halloween with Art GRIP® Aquarelles and Lisa


Hey everyone it's Lisa with you today this first day of October. (Can you believe it?!!) Now I must admit, I'm really not a fan of Halloween, but I love the colors of Autumn AND Halloween and I thought that breaking out my Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils for a sweet card would be just the thing.

Here are the steps to make this cute Halloween card:

1. Stamp images using Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black onto watercolor paper. 

2. Using select colors from Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils carefully color in images. *Tip - When coloring in images, be "loose" with color placement. Start with darker colors at bottom and top, then work lighter colors towards the center. This works best for round images.

3. With Deluxe Water Brush go over the penciled in areas to create a blended, watercolored look.  Work from bottom to center and from top to center. Dab off excess water with paper towel, if necessary. Add additional color if desired, and re-wet/blend. Be careful not to over-saturate the paper.

4. Stamp small spider with black pigment ink, heat set with clear embossing powder.

5. Die-cut all images with matching dies.

6. Stamp sentiment on to white paper with black pigment ink, heat set with clear embossing powder.

7. Attach foam squares to the backs of pumpkins and spider. Arrange and attach all pieces to pre-cut piece of 4" x 4"  patterned paper.

8. Draw curly web for spider using Essential PITT Artist Pen.

9. Adhere Sentiment.

10. Card base is standard A2 sized black card stock folded on the horizontal edge. White card stock trimmed ⅛" smaller is adhered to the black card base. A piece of purple glitter cardstock is trimmed to 2" wide and 5⅜". This piece is adhered to the lower portion of the white cardstock. The patterned paper square (with the pumpkins, ghost, and spider) is adhered on top of that.

This is a super simple, super sweet card that really packs a punch to show off those Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils

Thanks so much for joining me today on this spook-tacular October 1st. ;)

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Yellow
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Red
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Green
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Neutral
Essential PITT Artists Pens Black
Stamper's Big Brush Pen - Black
Deluxe Water Brush
GRIP Triangular Sharpener

Have an amazing week!

Lisa Sig

Fourth of July Wall Hanging Decor with Textural Accents

MargieHiguchi 600WM StarCanvasDecor

As we approach America's birthday in a few days, I wanted a little something to decorate my wall for the occasion. In my stash, I had a 4 x 6" burlap canvas that I totally messed up so why not re-purpose it to create this project.

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