Monday, February 4, 2019

Beautiful Tag Of "Reflections" Full Of Texture And Vibrant Color

Hello there creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

My latest project for the Rita Barakat Design Team
features the "Reflections" stamp from the 
Rita Barakat Collection by Technique Junkies.

For this project, I chose to use a window tag from my stash, 
as a layer to a regular tag, textured with embossing ink along with clear embossing powder to create a type of resist for the colors that I would be adding to the tag.

Looking to add vibrant color, I used Distress Oxide Inks by Tim Holtz for Ranger, as well as for the versatility of it's use. I texture embossed the window tag using an embossing folder along with my Sizzix Big Kick, and used Distress Oxide Inks on it to add color. 

After stamping  the "Reflections" image using archival ink onto watercolor paper I used my Faber-Castell Aqua pencils to color in the image. Resulting in nice soft reflective color.

I wanted the ribbon embellishment to match the colors on the tag, so I chose white seam binding ribbon, and used the Distress Oxide Inks along with water, dipping the ribbon
to add the color and set by using my heat tool.

The word embellishments I chose to use were also by 
Tim Holtz. I used the word HOME & 
OBJET TROUVE' (an object found that is considered aesthetically pleasing).

My flower embellishments I created using Rita Barakat's Magical Mysteries Embossing Powder in "Kiss of the Fairy", along with a stamped flower image using embossing ink and my heat tool to set.

I used double sided tape and double sided foam squares to put it all together in layers. 

This tag that looks as if the image is in a reflective mode, of all that surrounds her, as she peers from a window.

To purchase the "Reflections" stamp visit the Rita Barakat Designs online store at:

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Thanks so much for visiting today!

See you again soon!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time To Bloom: A practical perspective In Art Journaling

Hello my fellow creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

I wanted to share with you a link to my latest personal project, an art journal collage, inspired by the lovely 
Marta Lapkowska- a.k.a. "Maremi's Small Art".

For years I have admired her work, her artistry, her LOVE for creativity, and she has inspired many projects  that I have created.

And as I have been following her, I have learned that creativity doesn't have to be difficult. If something is not working the way you had pictured, take it a different direction and just go with it.

I am kind of a "3D" crafter of sorts, altering objects is a great love, and I have always seemed to struggle with card making, and art journaling. 

With this latest art journal entry, I am feeling more confident that this too, I can do!

So, here is the link to my YouTube channel, where you can see how this collage came together.

Products featured in this project are from:

Canvas Corp Brands/Tattered Angels

ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever

 And a host of Ranger/Tim Holtz products as well, purchased through various retailers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I hope that this post and project, INSPIRES you too!

Until next time......
Live a Creative Life!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Exciting News To Begin A New Year!

Welcome to 2019 
and to the INSPIRE blog!

Stopping in to share the exciting news....
that I have been selected to be a part of the 
Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew Alumni 2019!

Not familiar with Canvas Corp Brands?
Oh sure you are.

Canvas Corp Brands is the umbrella company for 
the AWESOME crafting products of 
Tattered Angels & 7Gypsies, just to name a couple.

Canvas Corp Brands also has a line of their own cardstock, papers, embellishments, canvas products like totes, banners  and home decor too!

If you are not familiar with Canvas Corp Brands, stop by the Canvas Corp Brands shop at:

Want to see projects created with Canvas Corp Brands?

Visit The Creative Studio, blog for CCB, at:

Visit now and learn how you could be chosen to be a 
Guest Designer for Canvas Corp Brands in 2019
by joining the January Challenge!

Explore new ways to create in 2019!

Thanks for visiting today!

See you again soon!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Rise & Shine With Rita Barakat New Years Eve Party!

The countdown has begun!
Just a few short hours until a
New Year begins!

With the New Year, there 
is so much opportunity 
for fresh starts, new plans, goals 
& even new dreams.

And with that said, there is a new beginning
for creativity, with the launch of the 
"Rise & Shine With Rita Barakat"
Facebook Group.

Join in tonight for a New Years Eve packed full of fun, challenges, and a peak at what is in store 
in 2019!

Here is a sneak peak at my project for this fun event!

Just follow this link to join the fun!

Hope to see you there!

Wishes for many blessings to you & yours 
in 2019!


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Old Fashion Inspired Christmas Gift Trio With Canvas Corp Brands

Hello Creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Just wanted to pop in and share the link 
to my final Christmas project this Holiday Season.

I created this lovely, vintage inspired Farmhouse 
Christmas Trio, using the 
Farmhouse Christmas Collection from Canvas Corp Brands.

Follow the link under the photo
to see the details!

Visit the Canvas Corp Brands shop to purchase this collection, and for many more fabulous products including Tattered Angels, 7gypsies, Brutus Monroe & more,
visit here:

Thanks for visiting today!

And Merry Christmas to you!!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Is Gonna Be A Big Year!

Hello there creative friends!
Welcome to INSPIRE.
A blog where creativity meets life.

At every years end, I spend a lot of time in prayer, meditation & contemplation.
To reset focus in my life for the upcoming year.
I also choose a "word" of focus to apply to my life.
For 2019, that word is "BE".

Seems like an insignificant word for certain. But in looking up the definition, this two letter word, has quite a punch, and when applied to every day living, can bring surprising results.


1. Exist
2. Occur
3. Remain
4. Continue
6. Persist
7. Prevail

So in essence, all I need to do is just "BE". To "BE" present in my life instead of hiding away. To persist towards goals I have set, and "BE" all that I can.  To "BE" successful in my pursuits and my dreams.

No more baby steps. It's time to walk tall and to walk strong.

And to kick of the new year right, I am doing just that. Beginning with re-launching my YouTube channel.

And I want to invite you along on this new journey. I hope you will join me, and step out of comfort zones, try new things in creativity, and let your creative spirit soar!

Here is a quick preview for what is to come.
Stay tuned for an official date, coming soon!

Thanks so much for visiting today.
I want to wish you and yours a 
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year too!

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......

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!
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!