Rita Barakat and Faber Castell Blog Hop!

This blog hop is by far the most anticipated blog hop of the year for me! I adore anything Rita Barakat comes out with and have a crush on Faber Castell. Sadly, I do not have much of Faber Castell in my stash. So, when I found out we were having a hop with them I was over the moon! Faber Castell sent me four different technique based kits to play with and I played with all of them! Though today I am only sharing one — Abstract Art. Don’t worry though because I will be sharing everything over the next couple of months.

Blog Hop List

First, lets get the technicalities out of the way. There are prizes to be won on this hop! In order to qualify for a prize you must leave a comment on each blog and consider subscribing.

Abstract Art

I created three 4 by 6 panels with the Abstract Art Kit and Rita Barakat mermaids. Here is a video of the unboxing of the kit and how to use it: Abstract Art

Materials:

Now go hop onto the next!

Rita Barakat

Betz Golden

Martha Lucia Gomez

Yolie
Margie Higuchi

Michelle Renee Wells

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Mermaid Shadow Box (and a HOP!)

Anyone interested in a hop? I am super excited to be part of the collaboration hop between Rita Barakat and Style Tech Craft. After you check out my blog on how to upcycle a Dollar Tree Frame to a Summer Shadow box hop on over to Rita’s blog to see all the details on the hop.

Summer Vibes

I found a pretty bling shadowbox at the Dollar Tree and decided it would make the perfect Mermaid inspired decor piece.

The vinyl I choose are colors associated with water. I mixed in a rather plain one so the glitter is not overwhelming.

Next I used a wave ruler as a stencil.

After the waves were cut out, I laid them on the shadowbox back piece for alignment purposes.

Using a roll of transfer film, I carefully adhered the vinyl together.

Basically you lay the transfer sheet on the vinyl, remove the film protector from the piece you want to layer and lay it on top of the piece you want to cover.

Make sure to smooth it out between layers.

Once the vinyl is layered pop it back into the shadow box and cut your letters! I was so thrilled that it cut beautifully in my Scan-N-Cut! There are a few alphabet options on the machine. I cut two sets of letter in different colors. One was slightly larger than the other to create a shadow effect!

This silver is very cool! I had to use it on this project!

I just could not get over this holographic one either.

To lay out the letters I just eyeballed them and did not use transfer film. They adhered beautifully! I repeated with the silver.

Now for the stars of the show — MERMAIDS!

To achieve a lot of depth and dimension, I placed one mermaid on the backdrop with mixed media glue. I placed another using pop dots.

Once the first two mermaids were adhered, I popped the backdrop into the frame and added a mermaid to the front.

A little Stickles to finish it off.

Isn’t this a perfect piece for summer?

Now make sure to hop on over to Rita’s blog to join in the fun!

Hop List!

Rita
Betz Golden

Yolie Burke

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You are Mermazing!

Temperatures should be warming up soon and I am dreaming of summer! In anticipation of warmer months I created a sweet little Mermaid card to give away to one of you ūüôā

This card was a lot of fun to make! I used the fin background stamp from Joy Clair and embossed it with Rita Barakat Mermaid Fin Powder. I added colorburst to the fins. For the image I used a sentiment from a Pink and Main set and stamped it with this Rita Barakat stamp. Here is the video:

I want to give this card away to one of you! All you need to do is tell me in the comments what your favorite part of summer is! I will randomly pick a winner and announce on April 1st.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Rita Barakat and Emerald Creek Blog Hop!

I am so excited for the NEW release of the Rita Barakat Embossing Powder line by Emerald Creek! I got to play with two of the new colors — Dragon’s Egg and Mermaid Fin. Dragon’s Egg is a gorgeous purple and Mermaid Fin is a sparkly glitter blue. The first project I created with it is this:

 I had so much fun with making that tag that I decided to create another:

 I first gathered my material: a tag and these three paints.

 Using my fingers I applied the acrylic paint to the tag.

¬†Using the Zen Cloud Art Foamie stamp I stamped and embossed the image with Dragon’ Egg.

I applied the color shield and  I inked the edges and embossed them twice with Mermaid Fin to create a gorgeous thick border.

 Using foam dots I adhered the mermaid to the tag.

 Finally I added some glitter glue and clear glaze to make her shine.

Make sure you hop on through to see other amazing projects from the design team and leave a comment on each blog to be entered in a chance to win a set of embossing powder! Winner will be announced on Mixed Media via Rita Barakat’s FB page September 3!





Karen

Jenn

To get your own embossing powder (and I have since ordered all the rest because I love them!) please click here
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Have Faith (Dealing with Junk)

I have been struggling emotionally lately. I am wrestling with doubt and fear wishing I could just throw it out of my life. I have been asking God for healing and even to take away feelings from my heart. I could not sleep one night and had a real desire to create something in my craft room. I was frustrated because I did not know what to do. I saw a crumpled piece of cardboard in my trash. I had thrown it away earlier that day when I noticed it was not hard anymore and had wrinkles through out. Plus it was an odd shape. Into the trash it went. After I pulled it from the trash I noticed the leftover canvas sheet that I had glimmer misted in an ombre of blues. It was also going to be disregarded if I did not do something with it. It was pretty, but truth of the matter is I have a lot of stuff and a pretty piece of canvas is easy to forget about in my craft room. I placed the piece over the cardboard and I was amazed that it was an exact match. It fit perfectly. I knew at that point that this piece I was longing to create was something the Almighty was calling me to do. So, at 11:00 pm (I am an early riser, so tend to be in bed by 10:00) I set out to create a work of art.

¬†Once I adhered the canvas to the cardboard with a heavy body gel medium I embossed the edges with the new Rita Barakat embossing powder. I started painting the mermaid tail. I first glimmer misted the tail with green, turquoises and navy. Once that dried I applied extreme glitter paint by Plaid to make it sparkle. I used the gel medium to adhere the mermaid, added glitter glue to her hair and a clear glaze to the sun and attached the Narwhal as the base. I added some little dew drops in a pretty sparkly blue. Then I just looked at it. I had to think of a title, but nothing came to me other than “Have Faith” which did not make sense to me. I mean, this is a mermaid theme ocean canvas.I could not shake it and really wanted to go to bed, so I titled it “Have Faith” and went to bed.

The next morning I had a revelation. This piece was a symbol of my struggle and hope. That cardboard was a representation of all the crap I wanted to throw away and things I have walked away from. To the world it may look like a lot of garbage, but it really is a great foundation to create a masterpiece on. The gorgeous canvas represents the small beautiful things in my life that get lost among the surrounding stuff. The small beautiful things need to be the back drop to my life so the gifts from above (represented by the Narwhal and mermaid tail by Lisa Kettell Designs and mermaid die cut from Rita Barakat) take center stage. The edges of my life are raw and jagged, but God has come through and covered me in his glory and grace (embossing powder). True, he had to light me up to do it, but isn’t the heat worth it? It felt at times like I was being burned, but really He was just framing my life. As far the title, sometimes God has to spell it out…..write it on the wall so to speak. It means just what it says — HAVE FAITH. Faith in Him and faith in myself.

 Sometimes God gives us good things and lets us decorate it. Just like I was able to paint this tail that Lisa created.

¬†Just like the ocean with it’s waves life can seem like it is knocking me around and I feel like I am going to drown. Then, in the middle of it all an anchor is thrown out that I climb on and look to the Son. Other times I am about ready to get hit by a huge wave that will knock me to the ground and drag me back in the current bumping me against the jagged rocks and corals or life. Right before that happens and often before I see the huge wave God will grab me, pull me under and force me to go back into what seems to be the ocean when in reality he was saving me from getting knocked out by a massive wave. It usually happens when I am enjoying jumping in the surf and don’t see what lies just ahead of me. That is why this is an ocean theme — to show how life is like the sea.

I am not the perfect person or a very “good” Christian. In fact, if the church were to judge me I probably would qualify as a black sheep. I am unconventional in my relationship with God and certainly don’t have it all together. God speaks to me different than He may my neighbor and that is okay. We are all created different and God used my art to comfort my heart. I wanted to share it with you and I hope it gives you encouragement in whatever life may have in store for you.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!