Friday, December 7, 2018

Merry Christmas Ornament Made With Rita Barakat & Art Anthology

Welcome Creatives!
Thank you for visiting INSPIRE today!

Today is an extra special treat, it is the 
Rita Barakat & Art Anthology Blog Hop!

I am so excited to share this project created with BEAUTIFUL holiday die cuts from 
Rita Barakat Designs, & FABULOUS products from Art Anthology.


I have had this wooden frame in my stash since last Christmas, and with these products, it became the perfect item to create with.


To begin, I used white gesso to cover both sides of some chipboard snowflakes, and clear gesso to both sides of the wooden frame, because I wanted the color to be more of a natural looking wash, and not to absorb into the wood.


Once the gesso had dried on the snowflakes, I used 
Art Anthology Fiji Velvet medium, with a wet brush, 
to give a "icy" random wash to the flakes.
I then used a dry brush, to splatter the medium over the surface of all flakes, 
on both sides.


For the frame, I also used a slightly wet brush to give a washed appearance, when applying the Art Anthology Leaf Sorbet, which features just the right amount of shimmer. to give a little spark to the design.


After only waiting a few short moments for the Art Anthology mediums to set, I spritzed the snowflakes with the AA Ice Fairy Dust Spray.
To intensify the green shade on the frame, I used a light spritz of the 
AA Granny Smith Colorations Color Spray on both sides of the frame.

While letting everything set, I created a small embroidery floss tassel to dangle from the bottom of the frame.
I also chose 2 of the designs From Rita Barakat's new die cuts "A Merry Little Christmas Collection", used Scrapbook Adhesive Double Sided Squares to hold them together.

I used a small dab of Plaid Glitterific to make the wreaths shimmer, and then added them to the center of the frame, using a mixed media glue.

Using the same glue, I added the snowflakes, staggering them a bit, followed by adding flat back crystal elements around the frame and each snowflake.
The finishing touch was adding the hassle to the bottom of the frame.



An adorable ornament, with lots of color and sparkle, and lightweight enough to hang from any Christmas tree branch.



All made possible by the AMAZING products from 
Rita Barakat & Art Anthology. 

For the products I used in creating this project, please visit the following links.



And be sure to visit the designers listed here, to get even more creative inspiration!



Thank you so much for stopping by on your way through this incredible hop!
Please visit INSPIRE again soon!

Until next time......
Blessings!




Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Christmas Blog Hop With Beautiful Farmhouse Inspired Ornaments

Hello Creative Friends!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Today I want to share with you my recent Christmas creative project, BEAUTIFUL Farmhouse Inspired Ornaments created with products from Canvas Corp Brands, and from my own craft stash.


I want to share with you, that this is also part of a 
Christmas Blog Hop, featuring a host of FABULOUS
artists from the CCB Creative Crew!
Be sure to follow to the end of the of this post, and follow each link to find more inspiration!

My ornaments were totally inspired by the 
Farmhouse Christmas Collection Papers 
by Canvas Corp.


This collection is nostalgic of vintage farm Christmas's. Just full of delight!

I decided to use acrylic flat round ornaments I purchased at Walmart as my base.
Using the black & white variety of paper, images from from two separate designs for the inside of the ornaments.

The first,I chose a farmhouse truck. I cut out the truck design, cropped the corners slightly to give a rounded edge, and gently rolled the image to place inside the ornament.


Using tweezers, I adjusted it to fit snuggly.
I then added faux snow, and a bit of fine white glitter for shimmer.


I glued the silver cap into place after filling the ornament, and added a remnant fabric piece as a ribbon, some Christmas greenery and pearls to complete the ornament.


I followed the same steps in creating the second ornament, that featured a sentiment from another Farmhouse Collection Paper, adding a tiny red ribbon, and shimmering snow flakes and pearls to the inside of the second ornament. 



Each ornament took only moments to create, and look elegant, with a vintage farmhouse twist.

What inspiration! And so very easy to do!

And now for even more inspiration!

Click on the following names, hop to their blogs, to see more BEAUTIFUL projects created by very talented artists!

Betz Golden

Mary Cat

Karla Yungwirth

Karen Jiles

Ava Gavoski

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Please visit again soon!

Be Blessed!

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Christmas Comes Early Hop With A Christmas Card How To

Hello Creatives & Friends!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Well, the holiday season is officially upon us, and what better way to get started than with an exciting & inspiring holiday blog hop!

Today is the launch of the 
"Christmas Comes Early Hop"
hosted by Rita Barakat & the 
Rita Barakat Design Team.

This hop is jam packed, guest artists, with holiday inspiration, fun & loads of PRIZES too!!
I invite you to come along!

Be sure to visit ALL the blogs listed below, lets know you visited, and be eligible to win!!!

My creative inspiration for the hop, is a holiday card, inspired by one of the most recent die cut releases by Rita Barakat, the Fairy Tales collection.


Upon first seeing the Red Riding Hood die cut, I was inspired to create a "woodsy" themed card.
Why not make it a Christmas card?
And this is how I did it.


I first cut a 6x6 card from heavy cardstock the base.
I decided to layer the background using traditional Christmas colors, green & red. The first layer is a plaid pattern, the top layer, is patterned with little tree's,  and very light splatters of white.


I used various sizes of miniature tree cut-outs, left over from a project last Christmas, which were PERFECT for this card. Using Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares to attach each tree.

Following the same concept, I used additional squares to add the Red Riding Hood die cut, after lightly gluing a portion of baker's twine in green, to add the tag greeting.


Once all was in place, I used ScraPerfect's 
Best Glue Ever to go around the tree's & 
Red Riding Hood, followed by some white glitter to add some sparkle to my card.



A perfect, fairytale inspired Christmas card.
How cute is this!
So easy to put together, and made PERFECT 
by Rita's ADORABLE die cut!


Follow the following link to Rita Barakat's Etsy store to see the complete Fairy Tale die cut collection, and so much more!





Remember, to check out ALL the blogs listed here, be sure leave a comment on each blog to be eligible to win prizes!!!


So excited for this hop! A bunch of your favorite designers getting together to bring you Christmas early! 
The artist line up includes :
Please visit each of the blogs listed above, and leave a comment!
If that isn’t enough we have over $100. In crafty prizes including the entire line of Rita Barakat diecuts/ephemera and fabulous paints and glitters from @plaidcrafts! 

This is going to be awesome!!!
To enter to win you must visit and comment on each post! Bonus, stop by Plaid and like their FB Page! https://m.facebook.com/InspiredByPlaid
You have one week and Rita will announce the winner live on Facebook Monday, Nov 19, 8pm CST on Mixed Media Monday! @ritabarakat1 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

See ya again real soon!

Be Blessed!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Christmas Comes Early Blog Hop: A Simple Gilded Card Challenge

Hello friends!
I am back again for my second challenge for the 
Christmas Comes Early Blog Hop Party Challenge.

The inspiration for my second challenge is the lovely 
Pink Haired Angel Angel Die Cut from 
Rita Barakat's Angel Wing Die Cut Collection.



Every time I look at these angels, I literally think of a host of songs, both holiday and inspirational, but kept coming  back to the Christmas classic,
"Angels We  Have Heard On High".

I decide to go with a a basic 5x7 card, and add some gold & glitter, and of course soft feathers 
to add to the angel wings.

The gold foil paper, by Rinea, made the perfect
northern star, and some Gold Dew  Drops form the Robin's Nest, gilded stars in the "distance".





I used gold ink, and stamped miniature sheet music in the background, and added gold metallic thread.

Your challenge,
is to create a simple card, layout and design up to you, but add some glitz & sparkle, ANYTHING to give it spark.

Instructions for this challenge:
  • Use a basic card
  • Add some kind of glitz, bling or sparkle
  • If you have Rita Barakat stamps or die cuts, please feel free to use them in this challenge.
  • This is not a requirement though, any products or images are just fine. 
  • You have one week to complete all challenges and a random winner will be picked for each challenge and announced on Monday Nov 19th on Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST at Ritabarakat1 And don't miss a chance to enter our grand prize by participating in our hop starting Mon Nov 12 at 9am est.

Follow these instructions in sharing this
for your chance to win!

When you have completed your project, please share it on the GET CREATIVE WITH RITA BARAKAT Facebook Page post on the original post in the comments and tag your post with challenge name.

Be sure to visit the Christmas Comes Early Blog Hop Event Page on Facebook, and let us know you will be joining us this week for this FABULOUS event.

We will have great projects full of inspiration by the talented Rita Barakat Design Team, as well as a host of some of your favorite artists & crafter's in the crafting community.


Did I mention there will also be a chance to win a
"GRAND PRIZE"?
Full of Rita Barakat products, PLAID and additional goodies.
You don't want to miss this!



Thanks for joining the party today, and for visiting the INSPIRE blog.

If you have any questions, or would just like to leave a comment, please do so below.

Hope to see you again real soon!

Time to Party! The Christmas Comes Early Blog Pre-Launch Fun! Holiday Image Challenge!

Hello Artsy & Crafty People!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

If you have been following me on 
Facebook or Instagram,
you must have seen the announcement 
for the INCREDIBLE
Christmas Comes Early Blog Hop, 
with Rita Barakat, featuring quite a 
line up of talented designers, and guest designers,
launching TOMORROW Monday November 12th!!!



But today, do we have a treat for you!
A day full of fun projects created by the 
Rita Barakat Design Team, that is full of fun, inspiration and CHALLENGES!!!
With your chance to win great prizes!

I am sharing with you, the first of two challenges
that I am presenting today.

My example for my challenge, is a tag in which I used the fabulous 
Rita Barakat Stamp "Reflections", and turned into a Winter Holiday Beauty.





I used the stamp in a wintery theme, added a holiday hat, That I first texture embossed, followed by using Rita's Kiss The Fairies Magical Mysteries Embossing Powder.



I also added a snowflake embossed "sweater" using the same powder, and extra texture with adding cotton to the hat, foam snowflakes throughout.
An adorable tag, with lot's of texture, and a different kind of holiday feel.


For this challenge:
  • Take a stamped or digital image, an "everyday" image, and turn it into a Christmas or Winter Themed project, only using from your stash.
  • You can create ANYTHING, the only two things it must feature, are an image & holiday theme, that's it!
  • If you have Rita Barakat stamps or die cuts, please feel free to use them in this challenge.
  • This is not a requirement though, any products or images are just fine. 
  • You have one week to complete all challenges and a random winner will be picked for each challenge and announced on Monday Nov 19th on Mixed Media Monday at 8 pm CST at Ritabarakat1 And don't miss a chance to enter our grand prize by participating in our hop starting Mon Nov 12 at 9am est.
  • When you have completed your project, please share it on the GET CREATIVE WITH RITA BARAKAT Facebook Page, post on the original post in the comments and tag your post with challenge name.

That's all you have to do.


And please leave a comment here letting me know you have joined the challenge.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here as well, and I will be happy to answer them!

Oh, and be sure to stay tuned to the 
Get Creative With Rita Barakat FB page throughout the day today, to take part in more challenges presented by Rita and the amazing 
Design Team!

Good Luck! And have fun!!!!!

Be sure to tune into tomorrow, here on INSPIRE as the Christmas Comes Early Blog Hop begins,
with your chance to win this AMAZING prize package!


See You Again Soon!!!!