Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Altered ATC Blocks using Heart-Full Homes and Tumbleweed Houses

 Hi all

I am back with another project  using Susan's Unity Co branded stamps. I have used the ATC Blocks from Things to Alter to create this stack-able home decor.

I painted the cubes with DecoArt Crafters Acrylic  but used different colors on the same block.

I used the Tumbleweed Houses and Heart Full Homes stamp sets for the little houses which i colored with alcohol markers 

I stamped the base of the cube with  In Circle Me using the Clearsnap Color Pop Mini inks.

I sued the DecoArt Crackle paint and just painted a few random patches over the cube. I then spritzed with inks and dried it off.

I tried to make each cube different by mixing up the little houses.

Thank you for visiting 
Katie DT

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Owl's House

Hiya all - Katy here with today's make. I'm continuing the home theme with my little house that's inhabited by this charming owl! Wol is from one of Susan's new Unity releases, Going Wild- isn't she adorable?

Susan K Weckesser products used:
-Unity stamp sets: Going Wild, In My Garden, Fly Away
-Jillian Vance stamp set: Grunge Fun
-TCW Doodle Stencil
-Colorbox Color Pop Ink: Cocoa, Sky

The little house shape was pre-cut MDF and it's been sitting in my 'things to alter' box just waiting for this theme! I started by painting it with chalk paint to give an nice smooth stamping surface.

I stamped a background using the dots from Grunge Fun and yellow ink then stamped the leaves and flower heads from In My Garden. I also stamped a little branch for Owl to sit on. Owl is colored with alcohol markers then cut out and added on foam pads.

I used a Hydrangea StazOn for the flower heads and filled in the dots using the end of an embossing tool dipped into magenta paint.

The roof is made using Susan's stencil to make a scallop which I filled with Colorbox Color Pop ink in Cocoa (it went a lovely warm grey over the chalk paint). I added doodling and dots for detail. I also stencilled a little border along the bottom edge in the same color (see main pic) for balance.

Finally I stamped the cloud and sun from Fly Away. The clouds are stamped with Sky ink and textured with the Grunge Fun set. The sun is coloured with alcohol markers.

Hope you like my happy little house project.

See you soon!
Katy x

Doodle Stencil

Fly Away

Grunge Fun

In My Garden

Going Wild

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Home Sweet Crazy Cake

I was trying to come up with this second project  and whenever I would think of the theme "Home Sweet Home", I always smiled as I thought of my mother. She has been gone over 20 years but is in my heart everyday. My mother worked in a factory her whole adult life, making dresses. She also did this at home, sewing our clothes and even making us matching outfits. A lime green pleated dress comes to mind and I think that picture will stay hidden !! But at the time, I thought it was the best dress ever !! My mother also loved to bake and made many amazing desserts. My father's family was Russian and we spent many an afternoon during the holidays making Nut Roll and Kolachy from my Baba's recipes. I loved to help in the kitchen and was especially good at licking the beaters when my mom was finished mixing batters and cookie dough.  One of my favorite recipes of hers was for "Crazy Cake" and I still have the recipe that she wrote out.. That was the basis for this card.

I first used Colorbox Color Pop Archival Dye Ink in Mystery  to stamp Susan's image "Motherhood is a Verb". I think my mom had that same apron !! I applied some Colorbox Color Pop Premium Dye Ink in Kiss to an acrylic block and used a waterbrush to color in the apron.I placed several large sequins to the Left side of the stamped image and 3 Prima flowers at the bottom Right corner. For a vintage look, I applied Cocoa ink from the Colorbox Color Pop Mini collection to an acrylic block and used a blending tool to apply it to a white doily.  The recipe for Crazy Cake on the card is a copy of the original recipe that my mom wrote approximately 50 years ago. It had been folded up and placed in her recipe box that I have pictured at the bottom of this post. Sewing and button themed washi was placed on the Left side of the card and then a row of pale gold glitter washi. Three vintage buttons at the top of the card are the perfect touch.  The stamped image was popped up with dimensionals and then adhered to the doily. I used Atyou Spica Glitter pens in Black and Red for a sparkly touch on her shoes, the stripes on the apron and her hair. My Go-to adhesive for  everything from adhering the recipe to the doily was Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue.

Kiss and Cocoa ink applied to acrylic block

Doily tinted with Cocoa ink, large sequins and Prima flowers

Kaier's was the brewery in my hometown, Mahanoy City, PA

I had a lovely trip down memory lane making this card. I am so glad that I kept my mother's recipe box after all these years. I can remember how excited I would feel when she would get it down out of the cupboard at the beginning of a day of baking. Thanks so much for letting me share this memory with you.  If you would like to see the recipe for Crazy Cake and the finished product,please check it out on my blog -  Meticulosity-  here.

My mom, Jean Hannock's Recipe box

Stamp Set Used :

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Teaam

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Live to Create and Create to Live tag

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my very first post made for Susan K. Weckesser blog.
This month we, the designers, were asked to make something with houses. So this is my first post for the theme and I just decided to make a nice and creative tag.
Here is a small tutorial I made for you:

1. Make the basic Kraft cardstock tag and add the second tag, a bit smaller size, made from Susan K. Weckesser cardstock named Color Burst.
 the edges with Susan's new Clearsnap Color Pop Mini inks. On this photo I used the Ice one, but later I added the Kiss ink too.
Glue the cardstock tag over the Kraft one and make a hole on the top for the ribbons.

2. Stamp some flowers with Susan's  Unity Celebration of Simple stamp . This set includes 4 flags, but I just wanted the  flowers for this tag. I used Susan's Color Pop Mini Mystery Archival Dye ink  and I didn't try to make the nice stamping as this is just a background add- ons to the patterned cardstock.

3. Mask Tando flat house shaped chipboards with some tape (washi or painter's one, whatever you have) and stamp the lines with another  Susan's stamp from the same  Celebration of Simple stamp set. This time I used clear embossing ink and heat embossed the roof lines with black embossing powder.

4.Cut two cardstock pieces from Susan' s Color Burst  cardstock (the back side this time) and glue them over the houses front.
Paint the roof of each house with Color Pop  Mini Kiss ink, ink the edges of those houses too and heat emboss with clear embossing powders.

5. From this step and on I didn't make any step by step photos as it's clear visible.
I hand cut two sentiment strips using Susan's Live in Color Tags cardstock and inked the edges with the same Kiss  ink.
The small doors and windows chipboards were heat embossed with white embossing powder and glued over the houses.
I also added the white chipboard fence. Both houses were  adhered over the tag and I added some hand cut cardstock  banners under the sentiment.

The double ribbon was tied on the top.

And yes- in my house I live to create and create to live!

I hope you liked my small tutorial and see you in a few days with another Houses inspiration.

Product list- non Susan K. Weckesser products
Kraft cardstock- craft shop
Chipboards- Tando Creative
Embossing powder- WOW! Embossing Powders
Ribbon- May Arts
Clear embossing ink
Heat gun

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer House Project Bucket List

Hello all!  Brooke Bock here with my very first project for the Susan K Weckesser design team.  I am thrilled to be a part of it...

I recently finished a summer studio space.  I have clean counter tops which is a rarity for me.  I wanted to create a Summer Bucket list for projects I have for our house and yard and I have the perfect spot picked out on the counter top for it to keep me inspired to get all those projects done.

I started with an old Reader's Digest book that was being discarded at a local book sale.  I removed the cover for another project and then carefully folded each page in half.  This is a great way to enjoy a movie and some inside time when it is hot outside.  Once done, it is so versatile.

Next, stamp your designs using the Tumbleweed Houses set and the Mystery Stamp pad.

Next, color them in. After they are colored, punch out each house.

Here comes one of my favorite tricks. Get out all those lovely Susan K. Weckesser Color Pop Mists and all the images you just punched out.

Ink the edge of each circle.

That one simple step makes them pop.

Next, punch some circles from the Color Burst paper.

Adhere the Color Burst circles to the backs of the house images.  Write each task on a tag.

Next, place them in your book file.  As I complete each task, I turn the tag around.  Having them on the counter top  reminds me of my goals. You could easily adapt this project for any other bucket list.

Brooke Bock...Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member

Monday, July 18, 2016

"It Takes A Village" Mixed media wood blocks

Hi!  This is Joyce and I am excited to be part of the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team.  Mixed media and recycling is a passion of mine, so today I would like to share with you how to create your own village using the wonderful new mini-pop inks, stamps, and scrapbook paper that Susan has created. 

For this project, I used recycled children's wood building blocks.  I made mine reversible, and the roofs can be switched around also.  Another idea would be to make a holiday house on one side and "everyday" on the other.  You can use any size, shape, or combination of blocks, so get creative and have fun!

First, choose your blocks to make a little village.  Slice larger blocks in half on the bandsaw to make roofs.  

Next, tear up strips of old tissue patterns into sections approximately 1" x 3".  Using a foam brush and Decou-page, glue on tissue pieces to cover all sides of your houses and roofs.  Be sure to overlap edges a bit.  Let dry.
Take your mini-pop ink color and swipe it on all sides of your wood piece.  This covers quite easily and is bright and vibrant.  When dry, use Mystery for a vintage look by swiping the edges.  Continue with all colors until all blocks are colored.

Ink up the Celebration of Simple stamps with the mini-pop inks and stamp onto the Colorburst scrapbook paper for the roof fronts.  Cut out triangles to fit your blocks.  Adhere the pieces with the Decou-page.

Trace the house block shapes onto the Colorburst paper and cut to fit the blocks.  Use both sides of the paper for variety.  Glue the rectangle pieces with Decou-page onto the blocks. 
Drill holes 1/4" into roofs for chimneys (screws or springs) to fit.   


With the Doodle Stencil and a cosmetic sponge, pounce Decoart paint colors on house fronts and backs.  Use coordinating paint colors with the mini-pop ink colors.  Let dry.  Using the Mystery ink, go over edges of scrapbook paper. 
Cut out magazine words that relate to the home theme.  Distress the edges with Mystery ink.
Arrange metal scraps, keys, buttons, dominoes, and magazine words to your liking.  Photograph for reference.  Glue on all paper pieces and words.  Doodle around words and stenciled areas with a ultra-fine sharpie pen and a white gel pen.  Brush over all house surfaces with Decou-page.  Allow to dry.  With foam brush, cover all wood block surfaces with Decoart ultra-matte varnish.  Dry well.  Glue down all metal pieces, dominoes, keys, buttons with E6000 glue.  Also glue in the chimneys with E6000 glue, referring to photo. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and look forward to seeing what you've created with Susan K. Weckesser products. 
Joyce Shaulis     For the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team
Susan K. Weckesser products:
Celebration of Simple red rubber stamps
Colorburst scrapbook paper
Color Box mini-pop inks: Kiss, Cocoa, Fresh, Sky, Mystery, Ice
Other Products:
Decou-page, Decoart paints in True Red, Peacock Teal, Sour Apple, Ultra-Matte varnish