Graphic 45 Blog Hop Day 3 with Jen
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Graphic 45 blog hop day 4 with Rita

Hey there creatives Rita Barakat here and I am so excited that we are hopping this week with Graphic 45! I had the pleasure of working with Gilded Lily a little chipboard box and look at those claw pedestals!  But I digress, today is day four so if you missed anything be sure to hop back starting on Mondays post to check out all the inspiration! Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts to be entered in our giveaway! Graphic 45 will also have crafts up on their blog so don't forget to stop by their sites-
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I started off my box with a little Whipped Spackle and Mixed Media Stencils. The beauty of these stencil is I was able to cut off the edge so I could fit it in the space and still lay it flat.

RitaBarakat3G45 I used the Pastel set of Gelatos® Colors, Guava, Elderberry and Aqua Dolce to match the colors in these papers. When the Whipped Spackle is dry you can draw right on top with the Gelatos® Colors and spread the color with a wet paint brush. I cut out the girls and layered them with the cards to add that feminine touch on this project!

RitaBarakat4G45 The inside was painted with a little Gesso then I took the Guava and flicked a little color right into the box! I glued the claws into place - they have little brads but I didn't want to put holes in the box. Added a little pearls and accented some of the areas with clear Texture Gems ™ ( I know it's hard to see, it dries clear and raised.) I hope you are enjoying this hop so far!

Rita Barakat
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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers


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Sue D

Beautiful colors and perfect for a princess.

Jean Marmo

I love how you used the papers! I need some Whipped Spackle!


How pretty is that! Love that altered box Rita.

kath white

Lovely box! I am in love with this whipped spackle!

Marina Kovalenko

Well done!

Beth Williams

So pretty! Love the tip about cutting the stencil-would have never thought of that. Can't wait to try some of the techniques I am learning this week.


Beautiful. So much fussy cutting.
Love that the inside of the box has been embellished also.
thanks for an amazing week.

barbara macaskill

Rita's box is gorgeous!! LOVE the texture from the whipped spackle and the Gilded Lily collection is perfect for this project!! I am having so much fun learning new techniques and seeing what the designers have created for this hop!! Can't believe that tomorrow is the last day! :-( See you then for the grand finale!!

Kate LeBlanc

I just love this box. I haven't used the whipped spackle and it will be the next thing I order! Thank you, such a wonderful project.

Linda Storey

WOW! Love it!

Carla  Hundley

Great looking box and
the legs are so neat!
Wonderful design.
Carla from Utah


Beautyfull. What a perfect combination is Faber Castell with Graphic45. Love it.
Hugs Aartje


Wonderful, a work of art .

Sue Chesley

Beautiful! I need to try that whipped spackle. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Govanetti

Soooooo pretty!!!! I love the stenciling!!!!

Ginger Jarnagin

What a super cute little box. Can't wait to get my hands on whipped spackle!!


Oh I love this charming box!! Do you need my mailing address, Rita?! : )

LaChelle Shown

Rita your little box is fantastic and your ladies add a beautiful touch!

Johanne Lacombe

Your box is very beautiful. I love it. Thanks for sharing,


What a brilliantly charming creation!!! I love how Rita created that most wonderful texture with her Whipped Spackle and cool stencil design! Then painted with those scrumptious Gelatos and addition of real metal feet, this piece takes on the look of something much more fabulous than that of mere cardboard!!! I mean, WOW!!! The victorian Gilded Lily collection is absolute perfection to coordinate with the box and makes for a stunning little work of art!!! Rita has worked her magic and super-inspiration again!! :D Thanks for never disappointing!!!

Moni Agila

Unfortunately this is not my cup of tea, because I love the steampunkt and Halloweencolors.
Still love the stencil and the feet you used.

Linda Chidster

(((W O W)))...Great design...the metal feet-UNIQUE!!! TFS!!!

Viki B

I love the designs you used on this box. It is so special.

Pam W

A very lovely box. I like the texture you created with the whipped spackle.

TracyM #6773

WOW - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, inside & out!!!


Lovely! I,m not usually a pastel fan, but in this case. I make exception as they perfectly complement the subject matter.

April Lopez

I love love love this. I love the techniques and the subject.

Donna Davis

I would keep so many trinkets in that box! Thanks for the inspiration.

snazzy jj

Love how you used the spackle and stencils. Great project.

Ruby C

So elegant. You used one of my favorite 101 stencils!

Katie B.

Oh my, I love how you cut out these ladies and added the pearls! Beautiful box. :) Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Janice Carl

I like how you used the stencil and whipped spackle on the sides.

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