TRC/Faber-Castell Blog Hop!

Jun 6, 2012

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 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


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


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!


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!


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.

Here are the supplies: 


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.

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:





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 


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
Cherry Nelson
Jennifer Matott
Melissa  Forsyth
Irit Shalom
Mou Saha
Michele Ciola  <<< You are Here!
Tesa Broman
Rita Barakat
Michelle Pearson
Tiffany Johnson:
Kristine Reynolds
Karen Thede
Heidi Blankenship
END AT: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Thanks for stopping by!



Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Stunning! Lovely! LOVE IT!

Kristine Reynolds said...

So pretty! I need to get me some of those gelato colors!

Karen T said...

I so love your banner! And love how you used our new fence die as as a decorative edge. So pretty!

TesaB said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous! What a super fun and beautiful project!!!

Billie Dee said...

What fun! Now I need to investigate these new stamps. I already love the faber castell gel watercolors ;)

liberal sprinkles said...

Nice awning! What a fun way to use the stamps and die cut.

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Great banner. I like how you used the fence die.

Prairie Scrapbooking said...

i think the pistachio gellato is my favorite color. Great project iteas. thanks for a chance to win

Miriam Prantner said...

So pretty, love the colors!

ginnye said...

I absolutely love this card and the awning. This is great and i am now a follower!!

DiamondLil said...

Banners are getting so popular -- I love your twist of the scalloped edges that really make it your own!

Thanks for the inspiration,
Tracy B

Mel- said...

Oooh! Thanks for the baby wipe tip. I'd tried it before but made a mess. Now I know why... Gonna try it again :-)

katiebug92 said...

LOVE your banner!

Sheryl Pelletier said...

Pretty. My favorite would be the 3D flowersthat you used to balance the raised letters in the banner

Sue D said...

Very pretty banner and thanks for sharing the baby wipe technique.

Jacquie Southas said...

making an awning with the fence die is so clever!

Bunnyfreak said...

What a cool technique.

madisonznana said...

This is such a pretty project. Love the colors!

Carol said...

Fabulous ideas on the blog hop, thanks for the inspiration! Love The Rubber Cafe and DMC!

Carol B

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Beautiful. You hit this project out of the ballpark. TFS

Debbie Seyer said...

Awesome project, Michele. Do you need my address? ;)

Wanda said...

I love the way you muted the colors. Makes me not afraid to buy them if I have a choice as to how they can be muted. Thanks

rlovew said...

Gorgeous banner! I love the way the backgrounds turned out.

Just Laury said...

Just beautiful. I have to try the baby wipe techique with my gelatos! Thanks for the tip!

Barbara said...

How thoughtful of you to design this awesome project for a friend. Love the gelato colors and all the details in you project. What an fabulous DT!!! Hugs

Heidi Blankenship said...

Wow!! Gorgeous Banner!! I LOVE the colors--so yummy!! Love how you made the awning with the fence and your flowers are all Beautiful!! Love the sewing! So many details--Love it!! Hugs ♥

l.m.b. said...

Hmmm the baby wipe technique again, I definately want to try that one! I use this same spellbinder die and cut on Roc-Lon fabric. It's a drapery blackout fabric that is smooth as suede. The dies cut it like butter and I paint it with acrylics- Id love to try the gelatos on it!

Denny said...

Oooh! So pretty! My first set of aquarelle's is set to arrive in the mail any day now. Yee haw!

gypsy rose said...

these stamps and dies are fab! luv your projects.

Maureen Hayes said...

Oh be still my shabby chic heart! If your friend doesn't want this banner, I will gladly take it. . . LOL! It is beautiful, and I love how you used the baby wipes to mute the gelatos! I am now following your blog because I love your style. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop and for the inspiration to try something new.

Lucy said...

Very colorful and eye catching!

efj said...

This is so much fun!! Beautiful, just beautiful project. Thank you!!

Bonnie in SC said...

Omgosh, what a sweet banner. Using the baby wipes to blend the gelatos is brilliant. So is using the fence die-cut as an awning. I like how you colored the floral elements too. Good job!

Craftybee said...

Wonderful blending on your pennants! Love them! TFS

Lisa Fragassi said...

Love these projects.....would love to learn more! Thank you for sharing!

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

I've only ever made a pennant banner for a birthday so its fun to see a more everyday use. Your flowers were gorgeous

Rita Barakat said...

Michele - this is gorgeous!!!!wow!!!

Kaneka said...

Too funny, I just used a baby wipe to wipe off some gelatos tonight (before reading this post). now, I'll have to try it again deliberately, this time. LOL

silvia said...

LOVE the banner!!!

Nora Parker said...

I love your work. So fun.

A Crafty Person said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE this banner! I especially like the way you used the long fence die as a scallop edge border. Very beautiful.

Bethany Becker said...

Great banner. I love it.

OhSuz said...

Love your pretty banner & thanks for the give-away!

Larissa Heskett said...

I LOVE your Bright creation!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

marilyn said...

Beautiful banner. She will love it!

Charo said...

I love the way you used the gelatos, great cute banner! And your other projects too!

sillyp said...

Your use of the fence was sooooo creative. I would not of thought of that. Thank you.

Roberta said...

Awesome project! Very creative!

Maya said...

Very cool! Love how you used the fence die!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fantastic project!!!

Denise said...

Michele, this is another gorgeous creation. You are such a great inspiration!!

Gina Howe said...

Very nice project. Your instructions are great. Another reason I love gelatos!

sewzallsquirrels said...

The Gelatos are so versatile!
So many new products like the stamps and dies.
Thanks for your ideas.

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