Little Yellow Bicycle Blog Hop
Little Yellow Bicycle Blog Hop

Little Yellow Bicycle blog hop

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Hey there crafters Rita Barakat here on day four of the
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft/Little Yellow Bicycle hop!
Here is a layout I created using the Poppy collection and various supplies.

Here is the info:


First I used a light coat of gesso ove this entire paper- I used a brayer to make it thin enough so I
could still see some of the words. Then I went over the entire paper with a water filled paint brush and Gelatos- (Cotton Candy and Green Tea).

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Alot of this banner was already cut(form the paper crafting kit) I filled in by cutting my own pieces from the Naturals burlap tags and other paper inthis collection. I used a PITT artist pen to draw the stitching. a thin twine tied it all together!

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Flowers and frames:
The frames are from the chipboard collection. I added twine and bits of white with a pencil dipped in gesso for accents. I colored the sweet canvas bird sticker with the Cotton Candy Gelato and PITT Artist pens in green olive(167) , cadium yellow(107) and dark chrime yellow(109).

The flowers already come perferated! How cool is that? I added layers, stems (twine colored with PITT Artist pen -167),  and leaves by cutting teardrop shaped canvas pieces. I colored them with
PITT Artist pen -167- blending with a watercolor paint brush filled with water, added black lines and white accents of gesso.

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After the pieces were in place it still needed something so I added polka dots with drywall tape as a stencil and a White Big Brush to fill it in, some places I used a Squid Ink Gelato. I was very happy with the result! I hope you are too!

Leave a comment here and on each blog you hop to for a chance to win $50 in product from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Little Yellow Bicycle ($100 total)!

Leave a comment on our Facebook page and the Little Yellow Bicycle facebook page for another chance to win!

This blog hop will end at 12am EST on June 14th. Winners will be announced on the companies’ blogs on June 17th.

Don’t forget to stop by the Little Yellow Bicycle’s blog too!



Rita Barakat  Rita channels her boundless energy into her family (she has 5 kids!), directing a youth choir & drama team, and her eclectic paper crafting projects. She is on the design teams for Clear Scrap and Ta Da Creative Studios. 


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Beautiful layout

Kim Undseth

beautiful page it is a work of art!

Kelly Massman

this is a STUNNING layout by Rita! I love the background and the banner!


Wow I have never used gelatos for a layout but I think I am going to bring them out next time. Thanks

Shaunna Nalinnes

Totally love the idea of using gesso & gelatos to transform paper color! This opens up tons of ideas - Thanks!


I love how the text on the paper is peeking through the gelatos ! Plus all the little embellies that you have added to the layout. How awesome !! Love the team up of LYB and Faber Castell !

Barb Wagar

This is such a sweet layout. I really love the whole feel of it and the lovely colors! Thanks for sharing!

Samantha T.

This is absolutely stunning!

Miriam Prantner

Love that photo on the are just so free when they are swinging and I love the banner with the doodled borders. What a great layout!

Marcia Scantlin

I love how you changed the look of your paper using gelatos. How cool is that.

Theresa H

Wow! Beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Tucker

Beautiful layout! I love the colors and the twine.


Awesome, always love your work Rita!

Barbara Hawkins

Sweet layout! I love the way the gelatoes have really changed the look of the background paper.


love the colors
just lovely!

Sandra Strait

Awesome use of color!

Sharon Gullikson

Rita, your layout featuring your sweet girl is so cute. I love the banner!

Amy Hale

Love the colors in today's projects! Very summery!

Laura G.Turcotte

WOW!!! beautiful....just beautiful!

Natasha Poteraj

What a happy layout. The flowers and flags give a nice depth, and the colors are really nice. It makes me smile.

Julie A. Shearer

Wow ....I love this one . The background is lovely the teardrop shaped canvas .....well the entire layout is just darling . Thanks for sharing .

Janis in ID

Love the effect on the background paper. Lots of times I have paper that I am not inclined to use because it is the wrong color. This is a perfect solution!

Lisa P

Absolutely gorgeous. The color is stunning.


Love the background of this page. Thanks for sharing the tips for coloring it. Great page.

Carla Hundley

Pretty and colorful layout.
Great use of all the products,
especially the canvas and
banners items.
Carla from Utah


This is great. Love the colors!!


I love the way you used your Pitt pen to enhance the banners in particular. The lined/stitching is a fun touch that pulls them all together! Love the background paper as well - gorgeous color!

Robin Buchholz

Stunning layout, love the colors!


Gorgeous layout! I love everything but especially how you did the background.

Sue D

Fabulous--love how you created the background.

barbara macaskill

I hear the angels singing! This layout is heavenly! LOVE the colors and the canvas elements and banner are delightful! She looks like she is having a grand old time! Yep, the angels are truly singing with joy over this layout! Thanks for sharing this heavenly project with us it made my day!

Lucy Martin del Campo

Beautiful lo!!!

Jean Bullock

Beautiful color and I love the frames you used. Gorgeous page!

Loly Borda

Fabulous LO Rita, from the background, to the pics and banners I love it!

Pam Sohan

Love the banner and the flowers ! Gorgeous !

Sandra ltb

what a fun page - love it!
Sandra ltb

Denise Bryant

Fabulous layout! LOVE the colors and textures! So many things I want to try.... Gelatos, burlap tags, PITT pen!

Teresa Godines #6857

Great layout. I love the banner. TFS

Carol B

Lovely project, thanks for sharing these creative ideas!

Carol B


Such a gorgeous layout!!

Lynette C

Lovely ideas and layout. Thanks for sharing.


Great colors and textures.

Angel Chambers

Cotton candy gelato! Yummy! Have to refrain from eating it... I like how the background was colored. Love the extra burlap pieces that were added to the banner! Thanks!

Larissa Heskett :)

Awesome layout!! iLOVE the fun banner and all of the added touches!! Thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

Terri Burnette

This is just lovely! Proof that if you own Gelattos you can do anything!

Ruth G

This is so very lovely! Your treatment of the background creates such a soft base for your LO! I love the banner and all the details with the bird and flowers! Thanks so much for sharing!!!


Wonderful layout...this blog hop has been so much fun..

Liz Ortiz

Rita your page is stunning, love the colorful mismatched banner and all the elements! beautiful colors! Thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderufl day!

Taunya Butler

So excited about the way that background was done - what a fun way to add color!!


Beautiful layout. The background color is so pretty.

Jean Marmo

Such gorgeous work! Love getting new ideas!

Barb Housner

wow amazing layers - would never believe that was the same paper you started with - beautiful and very fun

Barb Housner

Aunt Dee

What an expression of joy this layout creates with it's wonderful layers of gesso and colors and banners. It is adorable and so happy. Excellent job!

Holly Woodcock


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