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September 2015

An Art Journal page and winners of September Take the Challenge

Hi blog friends, Mou here with today's post and it's an art journal page!

As my oldest is getting closer to turning into a teenager, I hear about a lot of peer pressure for conformity, generic expectations and stress over acceptance vs. being true to yourself. From her choices of clothing to friends, after-school activities, choice of music and the list goes on while she weighs her options and balances authenticity with social acceptance. We have all been there and we know that at times it's hard to say 'no' to popular choices in favor of what we know to be right for us in the long run. It's the dilemma of fitting in and standing out. As she enters this realm of choices that she has to be responsible for, I try to encourage and remind her that it's important to remain true to herself and that these choices might alienate some people but not those who are truly meant to be her friends, I also try to validate that it is easier said than done and the pressure is real but it get easier as she grows older, wiser and more confident of her choices. From all those conversations with her, sprung this art journal page.

It is somewhat symbolic to me. The little triangles are like little obstacles that surround all of us. But they are not so big that we can't overcome or work around them. To translate that feeling into tangible texture, I applied Whipped Spackle through a triangle stencil. I used a heat tool to dry the texture medium and to introduce a few bubbles into it to create a bumpy texture.

From another perspective, the triangles are arrows pointing a certain way to look forward to. They are also like stepping stones guiding the way once you can rise above the small stuff and take a look at the bigger picture! The colors all around are using Gelatos colors.

Then there's the quote that says it all! I handlettered it with Stamper's Big Brush pen BLACK to make it stand out on a busy background.

Supplies used:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents and Tools:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos®: Gelatos Designer Colors - 50's Diner 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK

Others: Art journal, heat tool

And now, the winners of September 2015 Take the Challenge with Mou...

1. Paper Therapy Ponderings  said...

here is the link to my project
Barb Housner

6:36 AM

[Barb Housener posts her links and comments on my personal blog as she can't post on Typepad due to technical issues]

2. So glad that I can start joining in the fun again.  Here's my work :  Thank you for looking!

Posted by: Vanessa | 09/09/2015 at 06:10 AM

Congrats Barb and Vanessa!  And thanks everyone who joined in this month :)

Winners, please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [] with September 2015 Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)

I Love You-Sweet steampunk layout with video by Valerie Ouellet


Hi everyone!

I'm back with a sweet steampunk layout. I used the new Gelatos® Steampunk kit. I love the mix of colors of this kit.

First, I made a watercolor background with Gelatos® Snowcone, Cotton Candy, Aqua Dolce. After, I sticked some pieces of paper to create dimensions behind the photo. I added a little bit of gesso white with spatula.

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Watercolor Layout with Gelatos Double Scoop


Hello Crafters!

Zoey here, and I want to show you an easy layout I made using Gelatos® Double Scoop® !
The reason why I am obsessed with Gelatos® Double Scoop® is the fact that they are bigger than normal Gelatos®, this not only mean that they will last longer, but they also have a bigger surface that I can use as color palette..and it is perfect for me as I love to use the brush straight on the top of the Gelatos®

I started by adding Whipped Spackle through one of the new Stencils 10ct 201 Collection. I didn't want a bulk effect, so I carefully removed the excess of Whipped Spackle.
Whipped Spackle is so soft that it will be so easy to add it to your project!

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Art from Art with Ann Corbiere-Scott


Hi, Ann Corbiere-Scott here with my next Guest Design Team artsy creation!  I love the bright and rich colors of Gelatos, and am constantly inspired by them. As I was playing in my studio one afternoon, I found myself creating what started out as a art journal background. Sending snail mail/mail art is a  fun passion of mine, so I am always on the lookout for new and innovative ideas! I love that I am able to mix and match colors and mediums from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.  collection to create just what I envision in my noggin! 

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Texture Luxe Skins on a Scrapbook Page with Jen


P1030737Want a gorgeous metallic surface to cut into shapes and add as embellishments?  Well, I have a technique for you!  This was so fun (if you have a little patience and room to leave it to dry!)... Those pie wedges on the page are Texture Luxe skins!  What is a skin?  Well, acrylic mediums are plastic-based and when they dry on a non-stick surface, they can be peeled off and create a "skin" of medium to cut shapes from!

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Gelatos Twitter Chat!


Hi Everyone!  We hope you had a good time at the Michaels Paper Crafting Class last night.  If you weren't able to make it to a class- no worries!  Join us today (9/15) at 9PM EST for a Twitter chat!  

Here's a few of the bloggers that will be on the chat to answer all of your Gelatos questions: Craftaholics Anonymous, Shrimp Salad Circus, Happy Hour Projects, The Crafted Life, and Ginger Snap Crafts

...yes, we're excited.  

They'll be sharing all of their amazing tips and techniques, and answer any questions you've ever had about Gelatos.

Hope to see you on the chat at 9PM EST tonight!  


Mixed Media Canvas Using Whipped Spackle



Hello Artsy Friends! 


Jill from here to share a fun mixed media canvas with you for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. This is a colorful, whimsical home decor piece that you can hang in your home, office or give as as gift.


Can you believe that it's already back-to-school time? Summer just flew by in a blink! Soon it'll be time to get the sweaters and long sleeves back out along with all the dreaded snow removal stuff... ugh! I'm totally not ready to say goodbye to summer yet, that is for sure!


Today, I've got a fun mixed media project for you using the Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle. Talk about a fun product to work with! And mixing it with Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors makes it so cool to work with! 


Let's get started!

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Free Michaels Paper Crafting Class on 9/14


Have you ever wanted to try Gelatos but you didn't know how?  Now's your chance to try them out!

All Michaels stores will be holding a FREE Paper Crafting Class with the Designing with Gelatos kit on Monday, September 14th.  Classes will run from 6:30-8:30pm.

Sign up for the class here!


Grow in Grace Canvas by Marjolaine Walker


Hello creative friends, Marjolaine Walker here with a super easy mixed media canvas. I love using chipboard on my projects and mix and matching a few Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products makes it quick and beautiful. Couple this with  Texture Luxe™ and stenciling on the background and you have a fun piece in no time!

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