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Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is part of the global network of Faber-Castell companies operating in countries such as Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Faber-Castell is celebrating it's 250th Anniversary this year! Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, professional art supplies in the Art & Graphic line, as well as its fine writing instruments and accessories in the Design, and Graf von Faber-Castell product lines.

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Pen Doodles

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Jen Matott here to share a layout that I created using PITT® Artist Pens in black.  I love these pens more than any other!  The small tip is perfect for doodling and drawing with precise lines and then the wider tips for filling in areas.  I thought I'd share with you my doodling on a current layout!

DSC08461I started with an outline of butterflies using various stencils or die cuts. The large butterfly was divided up symmetrically into sections.  Then I added a different pattern drawn freehand into each area.This process is theraputic to me... it allows me to relax and just let my mind flow onto the page.

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I also wrote my journaling around the top of the large butterfly.  It reads: "Step into the light and let the truth shine out of the darkness".   I also outlined the other paper butterflies when I adhered them on the page to create some depth.

JenM0612True5The PITT® Artist Pens are perfect for adding original details to your pages or projects!  I love adding patterns and doodles to pages in my journals as well as layouts! 

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I don't sketch it ahead of time or use pencil first, though you could if you wanted, but rather draw directly onto the page.  If  I make a "mistake" I just create a different pattern to incorporate it into the design.  There are no right or wrong ways to doodle!  Just enjoy the process!


 

 

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Blog Hop Winner!

Congradulations Nadège!  You are the winner of the Design Memory Craft/Prima blog hop! 
Please email naoko@fabercastell.com to claim your prize.

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Blog Hop Winner!

Congradulations Nadège!  You are the winner of the Design Memory Craft/Prima blog hop! 
Please email naoko@fabercastell.com to claim your prize.

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Imagine

                                                  Hey hey bloggers! Rita Barakat here! 
Sometimes a layout speaks for itself.
No it does not have journaling but I was thinking of this
more like wall art. I used a 12 x 12 sheet of acrylic and LOTS
of artsy products! My little one is truly a girlie girl, so this is perfect for her!
Perhaps you have a girlie girl too?
I left the acrylic areas behind the stenciled hearts clear, you could put paper
behind it but because I left it clear it will match any decor.
To get that dreamy background color I used a stencil and Gesso, after it was dry I added three colors of  Gelatos (Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft) and blended with a little water paintbrush.
Here is another peek at the title, a slightly different angle
so you can see the colors- I love Gelatos!
I hope this inspires you to create something pretty today!
Supplies:
Gelatos
Gesso, ahesive
Clear Scraps 12x12 acrylic sheet-
Patter paper & flowers,
Love My Tapes Lace ribbon &Washi Tape

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All that sparkles...

Hey bloggers, Rita Barakat here! Blog pic

Today I have a little sparkly card for you!
I started with white paper (use watercolor or heavy cardstock),
stamped and embossed with The Rubber Cafe 18th century proclamation and
Fleuradidy 1 stamps. Then I went over it with Gelatos (color right over the images
and blend with a wet paint brush. The embossed images provide a resist for the Gelatos!) 

 

When I let it dry I added You're so Fine glitter with Scrap Happy Glue.
(Remember for this technique to work you spread a thin layer of glue,
let it dry completly and rub in the glitter - trust me this works!)
Fun stuff!
You should try it!
Supplies:

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Gelatos on acrylic!

Hey hey bloggers Rita Barakat here!
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 YES! You can use Gelatos® on acrylic!
Today I am showing you three pictures of the same project 
because I want to you see it from different angles! 
Working with acrylic gives you beautiful results
but sometimes it is hard to photograph! What looks like a mirror above is actually
the reflection of the sky on the acrylic!!!!
At a different angle you can see my door in the background.
To get this look I use a Prima Stencil  with Gesso directly on the acrylic.
Then I colored (scribbled) onto the dry Gesso with my Gelatos®.
I blended the colors together with a little water & paintbrush.
If you wanted to you could add paper behind it, but I like to see some of the clear show through.
 Another look!

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Gelatos on acrylic!

Hey hey bloggers Rita Barakat here!
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 YES! You can use Gelatos® on acrylic!
Today I am showing you three pictures of the same project 
because I want to you see it from different angles! 
Working with acrylic gives you beautiful results
but sometimes it is hard to photograph! What looks like a mirror above is actually
the reflection of the sky on the acrylic!!!!
At a different angle you can see my door in the background.
To get this look I use a Prima Stencil  with Gesso directly on the acrylic.
Then I colored (scribbled) onto the dry Gesso with my Gelatos®.
I blended the colors together with a little water & paintbrush.
If you wanted to you could add paper behind it, but I like to see some of the clear show through.
 Another look!

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Blog Hop with Prima!

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Is there anything better than two companies combining their amazing products? Today we have a joint venture by Prima Marketing and Faber-Castell! Not only do our products work perfectly together, but they provide wonderful platforms for inspiration and creativity!

We challenged our talented design teams to create projects combining products just for YOU! Hopefully they will get your creativity going too. 

 We've also included a chance to win some of our products. Hop around to our talented design team blogs and leave a comment on each of their blogs. Once you are done, come back to our blog and let us know your favorite technique. We will pick a random winner on May 30th!

Ready for the fun to start?

Ready, set, GO!

 Colleenbanner1

Canvas Banners are sooo fun because you can experiment with a whole bunch of different techniques a different one on each banner!

Try some of these fun techniques I created on my banner!

Happy Creating, Colleen

 

DREAMS

D- Make a spray mist with your gelato color. Spray a mist of color over a stencil as a background. Add your decorative elements.

R- Adhere a color copy photo, match the background color of your photo with gelato colors, make & color 3-d paper elements to attach.

E- Cut apart scrapbook papers create a collage with depth. Highlight areas with gesso and a paintbrush, sprinkle glitter over wet gesso.

A- Transfer a color copy with gel medium by painting gel medium onto the canvas & color copy, place it face down onto the canvas, let dry, then rub the paper off  with wet fingers. Color with gelatos, decorate.

M- Tint background scrapbook papers to match a color copy for a unified look, decorate.

 

Blog Links for Prima:

Blog Links for Faber-Castell:

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Blog Hop with Prima!

Blog hop prima

Is there anything better than two companies combining their amazing products? Today we have a joint venture by Prima Marketing and Faber-Castell! Not only do our products work perfectly together, but they provide wonderful platforms for inspiration and creativity!

We challenged our talented design teams to create projects combining products just for YOU! Hopefully they will get your creativity going too. 

 We've also included a chance to win some of our products. Hop around to our talented design team blogs and leave a comment on each of their blogs. Once you are done, come back to our blog and let us know your favorite technique. We will pick a random winner on the Prima blog May 30th! Faber Castell will also have a prize so make sure you go to their blog for details on how to win! 

Ready for the fun to start?

Ready, set, GO!

 Colleenbanner1

Canvas Banners are sooo fun because you can experiment with a whole bunch of different techniques a different one on each banner!

Try some of these fun techniques I created on my banner!

Happy Creating, Colleen

 

DREAMS

D- Make a spray mist with your gelato color. Spray a mist of color over a stencil as a background. Add your decorative elements.

R- Adhere a color copy photo, match the background color of your photo with gelato colors, make & color 3-d paper elements to attach.

E- Cut apart scrapbook papers create a collage with depth. Highlight areas with gesso and a paintbrush, sprinkle glitter over wet gesso.

A- Transfer a color copy with gel medium by painting gel medium onto the canvas & color copy, place it face down onto the canvas, let dry, then rub the paper off  with wet fingers. Color with gelatos, decorate.

M- Tint background scrapbook papers to match a color copy for a unified look, decorate.

 

Blog Links for Prima:

Blog Links for Faber-Castell:

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A Day with the Kids

Hey there bloggers Rita Barakat here and todays post
(well the pictures and planning) is actually brought to you by my dear hubby Chris Barakat.
If you have elementary kids in school you have probably been hit up for money 
recently for Mothers day presents and such. Even the schools have gotten in the 
act using shopping at school for fundraisers - I understand that they need to do fundraisers 
but it frustrates me because I would much rather would have something personal 
(besides my kids don't know how to shop, I don't need a stuffed pet monkey or baseball LOL!)
 What happened to that days when we made our moms homemade gifts? So I put hubby on the job!
 They pulled out my Faber-Castell products and some papers hubby cut to size 
(he DOES know how to use my tools!! But he doesn't scrapbook.) And let the kids get to work!
Hubby even got in the act, I wonder if that's for me or his mom? 
I wonder which kid took this pic? Not bad.
The caddy is perfect for this type of project!
And  there you have it - easy made Mothers day!
Hope yours is wonderful!

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A Day with the Kids

Hey there bloggers Rita Barakat here and todays post
(well the pictures and planning) is actually brought to you by my dear hubby Chris Barakat.
If you have elementary kids in school you have probably been hit up for money 
recently for Mothers day presents and such. Even the schools have gotten in the 
act using shopping at school for fundraisers - I understand that they need to do fundraisers 
but it frustrates me because I would much rather would have something personal 
(besides my kids don't know how to shop, I don't need a stuffed pet monkey or baseball LOL!)
 What happened to that days when we made our moms homemade gifts? So I put hubby on the job!
 They pulled out my Faber-Castell products and some papers hubby cut to size 
(he DOES know how to use my tools!! But he doesn't scrapbook.) And let the kids get to work!
Hubby even got in the act, I wonder if that's for me or his mom? 
I wonder which kid took this pic? Not bad.
The caddy is perfect for this type of project!
And  there you have it - easy made Mothers day!
Hope yours is wonderful!

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The Sunfairy

 Hey there bloggers, Rita Barakat here! Blog pic

As you can tell I love MiXeD MeDia!
Today I am going to show you step by step how I get to the finished product!
This is on heavy watercolor paper, and later I did mount it onto a piece of
chipboard. (You know the ones you get when you buy a ton of paper? Or is that just me?)
I also used gesso and texture paste in the back ground.
If you click on the photo and make it bigger
take a close look at my sleeping fairy wings!
See how they pop out on the page?
First I drew the basics of my page.
 When I do this I am usually just looking for scale -
to make sure she is the right size for the piece.
I actually draw and color her first, then use PITT Artist Pens and Gelatos to color,
then cut her out. That leaves me freedom to be messy in my background with out ruining my
sleeping beauty.
To secure her wings I cut a slit in the paper above her,
tucked in the wings and glued it in with a scrap paper
sandwhiching (is that a word?lol)
 the the wings for extra support.
I used Gelatos and a wet paint brush to flick the page with color.
And a close up of the journaling...
After I adhere the stips I outline the with my PITT® Artist Pens.
(Note for a project like this, where my surface might be bumpy I use
Gel Medium to secure it to the page.)

Supplies
Design Memory Craft Gelatos, Gesso & PITT Artist Pens
Watercolor paper, Texture Paste,

 

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All that sparkles...

Hey bloggers, Rita Barakat here! Blog pic

Today I have a little sparkly card for you!
I started with white paper (use watercolor or heavy cardstock),
stamped and embossed with The Rubber Cafe 18th century proclamation and
Fleuradidy 1 stamps. Then I went over it with Gelatos (color right over the images
and blend with a wet paint brush. The embossed images provide a resist for the Gelatos!) 

 

When I let it dry I added You're so Fine glitter with Scrap Happy Glue.
(Remember for this technique to work you spread a thin layer of glue,
let it dry completly and rub in the glitter - trust me this works!)
Fun stuff!
You should try it!
Supplies:

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Happy National Scrapbook Day!

In Honor of National Scrapbook Day we are posing the question "What has Scrapbooking brought to your life?"  Of course scrapbooking is a great way to preserve treasured memories, but what else has it brought to your life?  Is it favorite hobby that brings you closer with friends?  A stressreliever?  Tell us what scrapbooking has brought to your life on our Facebook Page.  We'll pick the most liked comment and you'll get to pick your prize!  The winner will pick a Design Memory Craft prize pack valued at $50.  While you are there, be sure to take a look at the projects and layouts our fans have posted!

*Please have your comments posted by 5/11/12.

 

Jen

 

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The perfect touch...

Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here!Blog pic

 

Here is a fun tutorial you can do with ribbon!
First I drew on the ribbon with Gelatos®.
Then I misted them with water and blended the color together with a paint brush.
EASY!  I waited for it to dry and it was the perfect finishing touch on my dress!
Isn't it gorgeous!
To get the design on the body of the dress I used the floral Heart stamp,
Limeade Green and Scrap Happy Glue.
While the paper was wet I formed it to the body.
 I love the end result!

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Card Trio

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Hi, Jill here, sharing a trio of cards created by simply stamping a large background stamp and coloring with PITT® Artist Pens and Stamper's Big Brush Pens.  Next, die cut these backgrounds using Spellbinders Nestabilities and adhere to your card!  All stamps by Penny Black.

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