Welcome to The Rubber Cafe/Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop!

If you’ve just joined us today and would like to start the blog hop from the beginning, simply click on The Rubber Cafe blog to begin. If you’ve come here from Mou Saha ‘s blog, then you’re in the right place!

For this blog hop, we will be showcasing project ideas, inspiration, and tutorials featuring fabulous products you won’t want to miss!  Hop along with us as we work with products from these great companies:

The Rubber Cafe
The Rubber Cafe is a stamp manufacturer of high quality, deeply etched stamps and other fine paper crafting tools and accessories. All of our beautiful stamps are made right here in the USA in sunny San Diego, California!

Visit http://www.therubbercafe.com today to view their complete product line!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft was founded more than 240 years ago in Germany as a pencil manufacturer. 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.

Too see their complete product line, visit http://www.fabercastell.com.

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For my project, I created this cute little banner for a friend of mine to decorate her scrap area.

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When I first received the wonderful products from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, I was determined to make something shabby with it! Even though the colors are so vibrant and beautiful I just knew they would be equally as beautiful in a muted tone.

So I got to work!

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To create the pennants I used watercolor paper and four Gelatos (Pistachio, Metallic Blueberry, Metallic Melon, and Lemon) along with the baby wipe technique I learned from Moe Saha when we worked together at the Orlando Scrapbook Expo. (She showed me so many wonderful things! Thanks Moe!)

That’s right this technique uses a baby wipe! You simply apply your colors next to each other and go over each color with a baby wipe to blend. You just want to make sure you use a clean area of the wipe for each color. Then come back and blend any sections necessary into one another. That’s it!

It’s very quick and easy and blends so nicely. It leaves just the right amount of gelatos to achieve a more muted color that fits so well with my shabby chic heart!

I also started to make the adorable awning with the BRAND NEW On the Fence Bundle stamp and custom die set from The Rubber Café!

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I love how the background stamp and clear embossing really gives that awning a shabby texture. Isn’t it great?

Then I got to work on my flower embellishment for the center pennant.

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Here are the supplies:

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This time working with the Faber-Castell Aquarelles in these beautiful colors. Since Aquarelles are watercolor pencils I was able to blend beautifully the exact colors I needed to highlight the large flower in the the Asian Floral stamp set.

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After sewing around the edges of the pennant and adhering all of my sayings and embellishments, I had a really nice banner that will hopefully brighten my friend’s day.

Here are additional pictures of each panel:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today and I encourage you to try something new today.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Asian Floral The Rubber Café, Friends The Rubber Café
Paper: Watercolor paper, Pugnacious Signature Paper Crème
Ink/Pencils: Aquarelles Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Gelatos Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Memento Rich Cocoa
Dies: Spellbinders Grand CaliburS5-029 Nested Lacey PennantsDT-1 TRC Fence Custom Die Template by Spellbinders, S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
Accessories: Chipboard Letter, Water Brush, Faber-Castell Deluxe Water Brush, Jellie Dots PearlSeam Binding Really Reasonable Ribbon, Versamark Watermark Pad, Embossing Powder Clear, Scrap Happy Sheer Glue, Glue Gun

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For your next stop on the hop, you’ll be visiting Tesa Broman.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each manufacturer and designer’s blog for a chance to win great prizes such as:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate!
The Rubber Cafe will be giving away TWO $25 Gift Certificates!

The blog hop contest will be open until midnight June 10th and the winners will be announced on June 12th on the company’s blogs.

Here is a complete list of the designers participating in our blog hop:

START AT:  Rubber Café  http://blog.therubbercafe.com/
Cherry Nelson  http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Matott  http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/
Melissa  Forsyth http://stamping-queen.blogspot.com
Irit Shalom  http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha  http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Michele Ciola  http://creative-mayhem.blogspot.com/  <<< You are Here!
Tesa Broman  http://tesasscrap.blogspot.com/
Rita Barakat http://letsembellish.blogspot.com/
Michelle Pearson http://inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/
Tiffany Johnson:  http://iheartartblog.com/
Kristine Reynolds  http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/
Karen Thede  http://imbydesign.blogspot.com/
Heidi Blankenship  http://embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
END AT: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft  http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele