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February 2011

Sketchbook Sunday with Jill Foster

Yellow Flowers Detail 

Jill Foster here and it's time for another Sketchbook Sunday. Today I had a blast playing with my Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brush Markers and Pastel Pencils.

Yellow Flowers Entire 

I started by stamping the flowers (Hero Arts CG194 Stencil Flower) using black ink. I colored and shaded the flowers using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (DMC) Stampers Big Brush Markers. Next, I drew the "frame" using different-sized points of Faber-Castell DMC black PITT® Artist Pens. The outer border was colored with blue Faber-Castell DMC Stampers Big Brush Markers. The brown background was colored with Faber-Castell DMC Pastel Pencils. I colored heavily with brown and blue and blended them using my finger. I also added some brown Pastel Pencil to the yellow flowers. I cut a mask for the flowers and then stamped Hero Arts Friend Definition CG125 using a brown Stampers Big Brush Marker colored directly on the stamp. Finally, I added white highlights using a gel pen. HINT: when working with lots of layers of colors and mediums, when your paper seems to lose it's "tooth" and isn't taking the medium well, spray it lightly (in a well ventilated area) with matte finish spray.

Thanks for peeking in my sketchbook! Have a fabulous week!

iPod touch Giveaway Winners!

We had a great debut at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show last month in Los Angeles, California! We enjoyed meeting so many of you at the show!

As you may recall, we collected entries at the show for a drawing for an iPod Touch.

Ipod touch 
image source


I am thrilled to announce our TWO winners!! Congratulations go to ...

  • Green Tangerines --- an independent scrapbook store in Rocklin, California!
  • Judi Iperna of Instant Impression -- a rubber stamps, invitations & paper supplies store in Orland Park, IL

We hope you enjoy your new gadget! We'll be shipping these out to you shortly!

Sketchbook Sundays

Big Flower Zoom 

Hi folks! It's Jill Foster here--I wanted to share a new feature on my blog called "Sketchbook Sundays."  Each Sunday I will be sharing a page from my sketchbook/inspiration journal featuring the great products from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft line.  Here's my first page:

Big Flower Entire 

I began by stamping the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next I colored them with the Stampers Big Brush Markers. I added some shading using the PITT® Artist Pens and I also used the black PITT® Artist Pens to add sketch marks to the flowers, leaves, and the border. I used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils to color the blue background and the red around the outside of the page. Finally I used a white gel pen to add highlights to the images. Stamps by Hero Arts (CL374 Big and Small Flowers).

Thanks for looking and perhaps you will be inspired to start keeping track of your "doodles," ideas, and inspiration in a sketchbook!

An Artistic Approach to Scrapbooking

What can you do with one piece of white cardstock, one picture and a handful of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft supplies???

A layout made for my baby girl. The journal is a song from Plumb called "In my arms".
It has such beautiful lyrics I had to illustrate them on a layout...
I used Gelatos, Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, PITT® Artist Pens... 



I think I will challenge myself again to use only my art supplies and a clean piece of cardstock, this was fun. How about you? Are you up for this challenge? If so link us up I would love to see it!


5-minute Layout: Stamper's Big Brush Markers and PITT® Artist Pens


Tiff D Portrait Hello Blogosphere! It's Tiffany Johnson here to show you how to make a 5-minute Layout using the Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Markers and PITT® Artist Pens.

I love using the new Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft line because the products are easy and fun to incorporate into any paper crafting project and they're acid free!

Here's a fun video:



 Thanks for watching!


Gelatos & Art GRIP® Aquarelles with Donna Downey at CHA 2011

Did you get a chance to join in the fun at our booth at CHA? If not, you're in luck as Christine Urias from Scrap Time managed to get some great footage of a make & take with Donna Downey using our Gelatos, Art GRIP® Aquarelles and our Stamper's Big Brush pens!

Thank you, Scrap Time, for sharing your great video with us!

Stamping with Gelatos

Today I am going to show you a project that I created using my new Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos and stamps. Gelatos are so versatile; I have found many different ways to use them.  

For this card I applied the Gelatos directly on my stamp. Since they are creamy but dry, all you have to do after you apply the Gelato to the stamp is spritz the stamp surface with water and then stamp onto your paper. You'll get a fun dreamy watercolor effect.

Since I am someone who prefers some boundaries & precision, I took my images one step further. After a few minutes for dry time, I took my PITT® Artist Pen in the same color, Sanguine #188, and outlined the image to give it a bolder look. (The bird and the stamped photos corners were created in the same way.)



What do you think? Thanks for stopping by.  We've got lots more fun ideas coming your way soon.


Designer Brenda Pinnick Interviewed at the Design Memory Craft booth at CHA

Designer Brenda Pinnick taught our Mixed Media workshop for us at CHA and led our make & takes at different times throughout the show for us. At one point, When Creativity Knocks stopped by our booth for a quick interview with Brenda to find out what else is going on in Brenda's design world...

Brenda Pinnick Video Screen Shot 

Unfortunately, we weren't able to "embed" the video clip. (The above is just an image from that video.) Visit the When Creativity Knocks website HERE to view the 2 minute clip :) You can see a few of our CHA projects in the background from DT members Mou Saha & Colleen McGinty, as well as a commission piece from Sally Lynn MacDonald! 

The Story of an Apron, Mixed-Media Project

Rita Barakat Hi Everyone! Rita Barakat here ready to show you the apron I made for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft booth at CHA Winter 2011.
Apparently, this silly little apron got TONS of compliments from everyone at the show .... little did they know the "back story" on how I was able to create this project!

See the wrinkles? This was the picture of the apron before I shipped it off to Faber-Castell... Why so wrinkly?  I did this in the middle of a whole-house move. Literally!

Here's how it went down: I had movers in my house, packing up my entire family for a move taking us across several states when all of suddent I got a last minute email from Susan at Faber-Castell. She needed a few more projects for the booth at CHA!

The movers were packing up my scrapbook room, so on a break I ran down there to see what I could scrounge up! I grabbed what was left - a few odds and ends, ribbon, flowers, metal pieces, a stencil, a canvas tag, a white peice of cardstock and an apron. (You did not seriously think I let them pack up my Faber-Castell pens, pencils and Gelatos did you? Nope I had already left those out! LOL!)

First I decided where I wanted everything to go. Then I used a Prima Stencil and traced it onto the pocket of the apron with a PITT® Artist pen in Cobalt Green. You get a great color and you know it's not going to bleed when you get it wet because it's India Ink- it stays put!
Then I used  the Art GRIP® Aquarelle pencils in greens and blues and colored in between the stencil. I took a small wet paint brush to blend the colors. The great thing about these markers, pencils and Gelatos are that they are meant to go together so they blend beautifully.
Toward the bottom and the the top of the picture you can see what it looked like before I used the water to blend the colors. I used Gelatos as I got into the bigger areas of the apron. Since the colors blend, you can't event tell where I used the pencils versus where I used the Gelatos- how cool is that? 


After the apron was dry I went back with my PITT® Artist Pen in Cobalt Green to write the quote and in Deep Scarlett Red to fill in the bird. (I outlined the bird in black.) I also used the Cobalt Green PITT® Artist Pen to outline the wave on the bottom of the apron and add a few doodles (x's and o's). I used Aleenes Tacky glue to adhere the ribbon and flowers. I even used the metallic PITT® pens on the project to add even more to the project. 

This turned out to be a very quick and easy project. I loved doing it ... and I hope you'll try it! Next time, maybe I'll show you the tag & scrapbook page I threw together during that same, last-minute creating spree :)


Gelatos and Art GRIP® Aquarelle Pencils, a Beautiful Blend!

Hiya! It's Heidi Kelley again, guest blogging for you again today...

I am sharing another project that I created for Faber-Castell and Design Memory Craft. The wall hanging/layout below was such a blast to make using the amazing Gelatos and coordinating Art GRIP® Aquarelle pencils! (I am hooked, I tell you. The texture of the Gelatos really make it easy to color in, and blending with the pencils truly makes for a beautiful effect.)



I blended and blended the Gelatos, then used some glitter and some gloss to crackle and glam the whole piece. I hope you like! And I truly hope that you go grab some of these products. They will help you"artsy up" all your projects, cards, layouts, and pretty much anything.

It has been an honor to work with the Design Memory Craft products... until next time, happy creating!

xx Heidi