Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixed Media with DCWV

Hey sweet friends!  Rita Barakat here today and guess what? It's time for a giveaway!
First I want to share a little bit about some of the newest hottest stacks! If you haven't seen or used them yet let me share a bit! I used the Cork stack and Vintage Essentials stack! Everywhere you look natural colors and textures are hot hot hot! The Cork can be altered (painted) and gives you a textured look without bulk because it is a thin layer. The Vintage Essentials is lots of delicate tissue paper wit gorgeous printed patterns! These are both great for your scarpboooks and mixed  media pieces as I have here!

On a side view you can see the texture on my project! It is a piece of Vintage Essentials crumbled up into a ball then flattened back out, glued down and painted over! I love the texture and the pattern still shows through the painted color!  I made a short video for you on the assembling of the heart!

Hope you liked it! Please leave a comment, we will pick and announce in winner tomorrow!!
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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 DCWV, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Monday, September 15, 2014

Special materials projects!

Hello friends!  Monday is back again.  It sure seems that is hurries to get here each week!  

Today, we have a video for you from Karla.  She, along with a few other members of our design team, took on a "cork" video challenge.  The cork stack is currently available in Michaels

Have you had any fun adventures with this or other stacks?  Let us know!  We'd love to give away a few just because!!  Leave us a comment below—6 people will be chosen.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket challenge=Employee bonding time

Happy Friday evening everyone!  So sorry for the late post—we're glad you're here!!

To finish off your week, we wanted to share something that we did as a company this week.  Introducing the DCWV #ALSIcebucket challenge!  Who would've thought that we could bond over ice?  We didn't!  But we sure had a blast completing our challenge from our friends at @Gluedots.  

Without any further delay, here is the video: 


How did we do? 

We've got lots of fun projects planned for the blog this next week—be sure to stop by.  Until then, have a great weekend!  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Miracles Wall Art - Melon Twist Stack

"Out of difficulties grow miracles." - Jean De La Breye're

Tessa Buys here today with a special project. A lesson I keep learning, time and time again, is that when trials, traumas, challenges and conflicts arise in my life, there is always something good that comes of them. The lessons I learn, the growing I do, or the people I meet or become closer to are all miracles that grow from unhappy, hard, difficult days. Most of the time those miracles are something I never would have expected and could never have experienced were it not for the problem I had to overcome. On a day like today, when we remember a dark and difficult time, this is a message I try to focus on. I remember and honor, but I look to the miracles.

To help me look to those miracles, I made this piece of wall art. I started with a 5x7 piece of blue polka dot paper from the Melon Twist Stack. Next, I layered a piece of 4x6 corrugated paper that I had distressed. Next came a 3.5 x 4.5 piece of vellum. The next layers are 3x4 cards from the Melon Twist Stack. I love the "smile" card.

To bring out the coral-orange color of the cards, I embellished with paper roses. I added some thread and felt leaves, and splattered a bit of black ink. Lastly, I typed up the quotation at the top of this post, printed it, then trimmed it out and added it to my assemblage.

Because this wall art is 3 dimensional, I added it to my frame in front of the glass. I still have the glass safely stored in case I want to use the frame for something else one day, and my wall art is perfectly propped up from behind.

If today is a difficult day for you, have hope. If you see someone having a difficult day, be their miracle. And, perhaps, craft a little something up to help you remember that. Thanks for visiting. Tessa

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sing...a mixed media piece with DCWV's Vintage Essential Stack!

Hey there DCWV peeps! Rita Barakat here with a Mixed media project using Vintage Essentials!

If you haven't seen this stack in person it is gorgeous! Lot's of vintage prints on tissue paper!

First things first pick a sheet and scrunch it up!

Use a little Gel Medium on a piece of chipboard or cardboard.

Unwrap the paper and use a brayer to flatten it out on top of the Gel Medium. Don't worry if the paper wrinkles - that just gives it a little more character! When this is completely dry you can use it it for a backdrop for a layout , or a mixed media piece like I did! Here are some close ups!

I love the note paper - there are two different styles in this stack and it makes a perfect background for my songbird!

I did all the painting directly on the note paper except the bird - I added her after the rest was done. Here's a quick little video on how I added details on my songbird! I know you will love this stack!

Blessings! Rita
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 forDCWV, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,  The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bring on the Airmail!

In this day of electronic communication overload, you might wonder—is "snail mail" really worth the hassle?  After all, we send a few e-mails out each day and spend time responding to posts on Facebook and Instagram—all in an effort to keep up with friends and family that are around the world or in the next town over.  Do we really need to write letters to them as well?  Do we even have time for such activities in our busy day?

We should MAKE time!  Expressing ourselves through letter writing is a lost art—one that has gone from a staple mode of communication into the 1-line responses we give to silly photos, shocking videos, sad news, and more.  Do you remember the excitement that flooded your senses while reading a note from your sweetheart?  How much fun was it writing to friends and family when you moved away from home to go to college or on an internship?  Did you feel just how much your grandparents loved you while reading a note meant only for you? 

Whether these feelings are all too familiar, or ones you long to create for your family, Airmail is the perfect product for you.  Not only do the designs have a time-honored feel, but they also bring in hints of today...and there is no crafting needed!  Use them to send a note to a friend, remind your mom or dad just how much they mean to you, include in your child's lunchbox as a special treasure, or use give away or embellish special occasions.  

Here are some of the must-have items in the line of Airmail products (available at Michaels Stores): 




Here are some of the fun things design team member Kathy created:


Need one more reason to hurry to Michaels and get it today?  Here it is! 

*Compliments of Sara

Let us know which item is your favorite!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's a Spooky, Ooky Haunted House!!

Okay, maybe it's not so spooky, ooky.  Maybe it's more cute and adorable.
This is Sara with a mini haunted house that I made with my littlest. 
Recently I participated in a House Swap and instead of just buying one house, I bought three just in case there were any incidents. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that.
Anyway, Hartly quickly claimed one of those extra houses and decided that it was time to decorate it.
It seems she likes DCWV's new Halloween stacks from Joann's as much as I do since she chose to use the Eek-a-Boo Stack for her house.

 Hartly's spooky, ooky haunted house~
What's a spooky, ooky haunted house without a ghost hanging about?

I used black corrugate sheets from the Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack to give the roof a bit of texture and character.

And can we talk about DCWV now having sequins? Swoon!
The pack includes black, orange, and gold sequins, but it also has gold stars and spiders. Woo hoo!
The spiders made perfect little touches for my windows.

I kept the decorations rather simple, since I knew this house would be in the hands of a four year old.
Currently Cinderella is living in it with Prince Charming.
I think that means she likes it.
I used~
Eek-a-Boo Stack, 6x6 Eek-a-Boo Stack, Fall & Halloween Corrugate Stack, Fall & Halloween Sequins and DCWV Gems

Friday, September 5, 2014

A look back at the Michaels Leadership Conference

Last month, a few of us from the office flew down to Irving, Texas to participate in the Michaels Leadership Conference.  Can I just say, and I know I speak for the team, that we enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people?  It was fun!

As with the majority of our trade shows, there were HOURS of work put in by our amazing design team members and our talented sales team based in Dallas, Texas before the show even started.  They created everything from wreaths, altered canvas displays, party sets, and jewelry pieces to flowers,  framed art, banners, and more!  Did I mention all the flowers?? And the giveaway ornaments??  

These ladies and their projects took our booth from pretty ok to AWESOME

We are late in showing off their handiwork, so without any more delays, here we go:






These were just a handful of the fabulous and fun projects our designers created!  Thanks again ladies for all your HARD work; you rock!

While we were there, Celeste from the office was creating gifts for a few of the store managers.  Here she is, hard at work on one of her Christmas wreaths: 

The purpose for this (and 2 other wreaths) was to provide 3 store managers the opportunity to win a wreath for their store.  

We are grateful for the experiences we had while we were there.  It was a great time to learn and look at what changes and improvements we can make as well as get excited about new products! 

**We will be featuring more details about some of the items in this post soon!**