Breast Cancer Awareness Rose


Hi there crafty friends! It's Lisa here with you this Tuesday and I have a special card for you in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I know far too many women who have been affected by this horrible disease. So with my card today I wanted to show my support for all of my friends who have battled breast cancer -- no matter what stage they're in - early stages, remission, even cancer free. 

Here's how I made the card:

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Take the Challenge with Mou, October 2014

Hi everyone, Mou here and welcome to the tenth Take The Challenge of 2014!

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®.

This month, I have a theme challenge for you: Create any project about Halloween or Day of the Dead.

Here's my take. I used a journal board to make a seasonal décor. You don't always have to use a piece for its intended purpose.


Here's a list of supplies I used:

Here are the steps:


Coat a square journal board with Gesso. Let dry.


Pick the Gelatos that will work for your color scheme. I want to make mine colorful and not conventional Halloween colors, more like the fiesta of the Day of the Dead. 


Rub the Gelatos colors in a cluster like above.


Use a mister from the tool set to dilute the colors. Use a brush to help the colors flow a little.


Add more water and allow the colors to drip. Add some more colors if you wish.


Once the colors dry, lay a stencil over the board and apply a thin coat of Whipped Spackle with a palette knife from the tool kit.


Remove and clean up the stencil right away.


Color the ribbons with Gelatos and wet them for the colors to spread. It's a fun way to get ribbons in any color you want to perfectly match your project. Tie the ribbons through the holes when they dry. 


And here's a close up of my journal board. 

Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 10/17 and we will pick TWO winners randomly to win these.

The prizes for this challenge are: One set of Paper Crafter Crayons in your choice of color.

Don't forget to check back on Monday, 10/20 to see if YOU won!

Good luck to all!

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Feeling Blue Art Journal Page


I have an art journal page to share with you today!  I used lots of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft mediums and Gelatos® colors. Unfortunately, I was so into making this page, I forgot to take too many in progress photos!  

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Altering Sketchbooks with Rita!

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Hey there artsy peeps! Rita Barakat here and I don't know about you but I need lots of little notebooks/sketch pads to collect my thoughts and ideas throughout the day! This little sketchbook fits in the palm of my hand so it easily can slip into your purse, bag or back pocket! Now, it didn't come that way - surely you know I had to add my own touch to the cover!  

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Think with your hands


...where did the time go? Is it possible that these three months passed by already?
I can't believe it!!

Here I am again, Zoey , your Italian friend that you love so much (LOL). 
Today I want to show you a home decor (or altered project?) that I made using of course my so beloved Gelatos®.

I started off by covering a styrofoam hand with Gel Medium and Tissue Paper.

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Halloween mini book



This is my last work as a member of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Guest Design Team.

Today, I'd like to share the way of making the moon and the night sky.

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Gelatos® Double Scoops® storage with Rita

Aug 2014 012100 Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here! I get lots of ideas and sometimes they are crazy and don't work, but sometimes they do! I got these fun frames from Deflecto (you can find them in most stores) and I thought what am I going to do with this?  Then I looked at my messy desk and thought what if I used it for myGelatos® Double Scoops®? They are great for big projects but they are a too big to store in my craft caddy and I really didn't have a place to store them where I could keep them in reach. So I thought this would be a great solution! AUGUST 2014 025100 The frame itself already has a black border, but you know I couldn't leave it like that so I grabbed a stencil (The Crafters Workshop) and some Whipped Spackle to add some texture. Did you know it would stick to acrylic/plastic? Me either, but now we do! When it was completely dry I added color right on top with various Gelatos® Double Scoops®. (tip ~color lightly) AUGUST 2014 027100 I used small round Velcro circles to attach them to the frame (in color families of course). Aug 2014 011100 Here they are lined up and ready to be used! It makes me happy just looking at those colors! How do you store your Gelatos?

Thanks for stopping 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. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

New Guest Design Team!

Faber castell DMC


We want to begin by thanking everyone who applied to be on our Guest Design Team.  It was wonderful seeing all your blogs, and like every other time, we had a very difficult time selecting our new team.

We'd like to congratulate the following designers.  We look forward to working with you!


Olga Kovalchuk 

Mahe Zehra Husain 

Christina Young

Shipla N 

Linsey Rickett 

Mindy Baxter

Rachel Kleinman

Nicoletta Zanella 

Hee Sun Kim 

B. Born 

Deedee Catron 

Krista VanTol 

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{Colored rainbow}

Hello crafters! It's Smitha again here and today I am going to show you how I made this colorful print.


I started by printing this quote using a word document onto a white piece of cardstock. I used a really light grey color for the word "rainbow" here.

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Easy Mixed Media Decor With Lisa

Hi everyone! Lisa with you this crafty Wednesday to share a little Mixed Media piece I made.



When I was making this I wanted to just use stuff from my stash, things I hadn't used, and create in a netutral color palette. Try to keep it fairly simple, but just go where the art lead me. Y'know?

1. Starting with the scrap of MDF (medium-density fibreboard) - which was already cut to 4 x 6" - I coated it with a thin layer of Gesso. Then apply pieces of patterned tissue paper using Gel Medium to adhere the tissure to the board. And apply another coat of Gel Medium on top. Allow to dry.


2. Once dried tear the overhanging pieces of tissue off.


3. Create custom colored Glaze by cutting off a chunk of Gelato® Double Scoop® in Gold Champagne and mixing it with Glaze. Mix with palette knife from tool set.



4. Apply Custom Glaze with brayer for even coverage (or whatever YOU prefer).  Then utilize the palette knife to lightly "draw" vertical and horizontal lines into the Glaze while still wet to create texture. Allow to dry.



5.  Add melted Paper Crafter Crayons™ in Neutrals, Oranges, and a pop of Red.

6.  Pull out your stash of embellishments and add them wherever you find it pleasing to the eye. Create your quote using letter stickers (covering with Gel Medium) and add additional color from the Paper Crafter Crayons™ where needed. And that's IT! 

Easy-peasy. :)

Thanks for joing me today!

Lisa Sig


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®:

Glaze #770304, Gesso #770302, Gel Medium #770303

Gelatos® Double Scoop® - Gold Champagne #770266

Paper Crafter Crayons™ Neutral #770522 Red/Yellow #770520

Gelatos® Tool Set #770312

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MIX & MATCH from Faber-Castell makes designing with COLOR simple. Choose a color set that inspires you. Choose a medium. Mix & Match as you create. Color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors & mediums will work beautifully together.

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