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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!

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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

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Fourth of July Wall Hanging Decor with Textural Accents

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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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Happy Father's Day!


Hi everyone! It's Lisa here with you and I just wanted to start out today's blog post by wishing all of our gentlemen crafter's a very Happy Father's Day (whether you are a dad to kids or fur children or a pet rock...ha!) . This post is dedicated to all of you, and to those of you who support us crazy  dedicated crafters in our daily  shenanigans  struggles. :) My dad certainly knows that sentence is true about ME! 

Let me show you how I put today's Dad's Day card together:

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May Arts Blog Hop Day 5 with Rita and Lisa


We’re hopping with May Arts this week! We’re so excited to be partnering again with them and crafting with their fabulous ribbons. 

Are you ready for an inspiration filled week with giveaways? Here’s how you can enter: Stop by our blog and the May Arts blog each day this week and leave a comment. Two winners will win $50 of product from us, and 3 spools of ribbons from May Arts. 
Good luck!

Hi everyone it's Rita AND Lisa here with you today with two FABULOUS projects to show you today.

First off it's Lisa's turn to share her project!


Hi crafty friends! It's been quite an exciting week here on the blog with all of the beautiful projects featuring May Arts. Isn't my canvas fun with those little roses creating that heart? As usual, I try not to make it difficult. Let me show you how:

1. Coat the burlap canvas in Gesso. Not completely. Being sure to leave some of the burlap showing through.

2, 3. Using May Arts Rose Trim and a large die-cut heart, peel the paper backing from the trim (it's adhesive!) and apply to heart. 

4. Once complete, spritz trim with water. Then using sponge "pounce" Gold Texture Luxe into surface of Rose Trim.


5.  Once Texture Luxe has been smooshed into the rose it should be air dried.  The Texture Luxe dries quickly so this shouldn't be an issue (for you impatient crafters like me).

6. Add Gelato® colors to the background. Gold, Cotton Candy, and Bubble Gum were initially used, but I found them too bright. So I toned them down with some Metallic Melon and even some Red Cherry.

7. Rub and blend the Gelatos® in with your fingers, paintbrush, or baby wipe to blend.

8. Place stencil over background and use either sponge or palette knife with Gold Texture Luxe to create background image.

LisaAdametz-RoseHeart-39. I liked the look of the Red Cherry Gelato® so much in contrast to the May Arts Aqua ribbon (which I had wrapped around one side along with a piece of May Arts Jute) that I also added more of the Red Cherry to the heart and misted it to make it more red.

10. Sticker letters were added to spell out my quote: "To thine own self be true".  I picked this quote for Valentine's Day because I think you need to love yourself first before you can love anyone else. ♥

11. The quote was coated with Gel Medium to give it staying power.

12. Using a piece of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Adhesive Sheets, portions of "stickiness" were applied to the background and lifted off. Then Fab Foil was applied to the sticky part and rubbed with a bone folder (according to directions.) Once lifted the shimmery part is left behind. Very cool!

LisaAdametz-RoseHeart-4I hope you liked this project as much as I did. Aren't those little roses cute? And adding the Texture Luxe is so perfect to make them really shabby chic.

Here are the products that I used today:

From Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®:

Textural Accents: Gesso, Gel Medium, Gelatos® Mist Maker Set

Stencil Pack 101, Texture Luxe Gold

Gelatos®: Cotton Candy (Blue Set), Bubble Gum, Red Cherry (Red Set), Metallic Melon (Metallics Set), Gelato® Double Scoop® Gold Champagne

Stamper's Big Brush Pens: Cobalt Green #156 (3-Ct Blue Pack), Black #199

May Arts Ribbon # A487-58-17 5/8" x 5 M 100% Nylon

May Arts Ribbon #HA-78-04 7/8" x 30 Y 100% Polyester

May Arts Ribbon #SM-10 400Y/Roll 100% Jute

Other Products Used: Die-cut Heart, Wow! Fab Foil, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Adhesive Sheets, Letter Stickers.

Lisa Sig


Feb 2015 004100-001 Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here and today Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is hopping with May Arts! Today I am sharing how you can add  beautiful May Arts ribbons to your art and mixed media projects! And if you leave a comment you could win some fabulous products!

Here’s how you can enter: Stop by our blog and the May Arts blog each day this week and leave a comment. Two winners will win $50 of product from us, and 3 spools of ribbons from May Arts. The hop will close at 11PM on February 15th. The winners will be announced here the next day. 

Good luck!


Feb 2015 005100 If you are like me and are sew challenged a little scor-tape does a tremendous job keeping beautiful ribbon scrunched up and in place! Feb 2015 017100-001 I used the same tape directly on my little canvas(watercolor paper) to add these pretty little flower ribbon, then I slid it in the pouch (Deflecto). For the artwork I used various Gelatos®Colors, PITT® Artist Pens, Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Gesso, the new Texture Gems. Blessings!


April 2014 132100siggyb 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 and freelances for a variety of manufacturers


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May Arts hop - Day 2

We’re hopping with May Arts this week! We’re so excited to be partnering again with them and crafting with their fabulous ribbons.

Are you ready for an inspiration filled week with giveaways? Here’s how you can enter: Stop by our blog and the May Arts blog each day this week and leave a comment. Two winners will win $50 of product from us, and 3 spools of ribbons from May Arts. The hop will close at 11PM on February 15th. The winners will be announced here the next day. 

Good luck!


Today, I have a canvas I made for the lovey-dovey day!  I wanted tons of texture because the ribbon I was sent was full of possibilities in adding texture to any project!

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This canvas emerged from many layers of materials.  I started with applying papers with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium.  Once it was dry, I added thicker materials like canvas strips, textured papers, and May Arts Burlap, May Arts Open Weave, and May Arts multi- sized pearl strands.

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I applied the Gel Medium really thick and added some glass beads in while adhering the ribbon.

Love canvas03Once the Gel Medium dries, the beads are held on firmly and the Gel is clear!  So there is a textured base now but adding more is always better!

Love canvas02So, I used one of Faber-Castell's new Texture Luxe in both Gold and Silver through the new Mixed Media Stencils.  I used a palette knife to apply them very thickly.  It took awhile for the Luxe to dry but after leaving to go workout, I came back to add more color!
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For this project, I wanted a Valentine's theme so reds, metallic pinks, and metallic browns (from the Steampunk set) were the color scheme of choice! The Gelatos® colors are vibrant and mix with water to create fun drips and puddles of color to make my project pop!

Love canvas06For this project, I used Gelatos® colors in Cherry Red, Metallic Melon, Bubble Gum, Iced Chai, and Iced Coffee.  Starting with the pinks and working to the darker colors, I watered them down on my craft mat and used a brush to drip or brush them on.

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Love canvas16Finally, I used some Luxe to color my Prima resin angel.  It dried really fast on this little gem.  I layered this over the ribbon, some gold leaves, and a feather.

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Love canvas13The heart was stamped with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen in black on a script stamp. Some Gelatos® color in Metallic Melon added a bit of sparkle and shine.

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I added a love phrase sticker (from Cosmo Cricket) and wrapped the pearls around the canvas to finish it off beautifully! 
Love canvas12This was a fun project to create! 

Now HOP on over to The May Arts Blog!

Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Texture Luxe in Gold and Silver ***coming soon***

Mixed Media Stencils *** Coming Soon***

Stamper's Big Brush Pen (black)

Textural Accents Gel Medium

Other Products Used:

May Arts 2.5 Inch Open Weave Burlap Net

May Arts 3/8" multi-size Beaded strand

May Arts 2.5 Inch Burlap/wired ribbon in Natural

Glass beads

Chipboard heart

Script Stamp

Prima Marketing resin angel

Cosmo Cricket Phrase Stickers


textured paper, dress pattern paper, and book paper.


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Video Tutorial: Valentines Cards!


Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany here with a NEW Video Tutorial hot-off-the-press! This time, I'll be revisiting some important Art GRIP®Color Pencil techniques for Valentine's Day! My video is 3-part: easy (fire hydrant), intermediate (dog), and difficult coloring (bicycle). I'll show you my 3 steps for coloring: base color & shape, contrast & depth, blending & highlighting! 

Art GRIP®Color Pencils are acid-free, lightfast, and permanent! The leads also NEVER break because the entire color shaft is glued into its wooden case. You also don't need any special blending stump or Gamsols mineral oils (which are toxic) for blending...this is a HUGE plus for me!

My favorite valentine I ever received was a handmade card from my husband! It had zero sense of balance or art, but was packed full of heart :)

Video Tutorial:




Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope the video helps you in your Art GRIP® Coloring endeavors! What's the most memorable Valentine you've ever received? 


Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Products Used:

Art GRIP® Color Pencils (Neutral, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue)

Essentials Tools Set

GRIP Triangular Sharpener


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Valentine Treat Bag + Video with Rachel Kleinman

Good morning lovely artistic and creative friends. This is Rachel here today and I'm so sad that this is my last Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® post as a Guest Designer. The past 4 months have been so inspiring, and have pushed me creatively. I wish it didn't have to end! Thank you Naoko and the team for making this an awesome experience!

With February just around the corner, it's time to get moving on those Valentine's Day projects! Today I'm sharing a sweet Valentine treat bag, perfect for filling up with candies or love notes ;)

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Minimalist Valentine Card


Hey everyone, Lisa with you today and I have a fun minimalist mixed media Valentine card to share.  Most people tend to think that with mixed media it's all about tons and tons of layers, right? Well, with this card I really wanted to try to try to keep it as simple as possible BUT also showcase some of our amazing products without making the card super thick. This card isn't hard to make at all and is FLAT! So no extra postage!! Woohoo!

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