Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time to say Goodbye

Hello dear friends, Einat Kessler here with a farewell post. After one and a half years in this amazing DT it's time to say goodbye! I feel so blessed to have been a part of this talented group and work with Susan Weckesser's beautiful papers and stamps. It has been an amazing journey that has taught me so much!

Here are some of my favorite creations through these months each and everyone of them close to my heart and made with so much love.

One of my highlights in this DT adventure is teaching a workshop with Susan in the CHA 2014 show. It was so important to me to learn from such an experienced and smart lady who was so generous and supportive! This was the project that I taught.

I want to thank Susan and Cheryl and all the DT members for a wonderful time, support and love. I wish you all successes, happiness and a lot of creativity. I also want to thank all of you blog readers for your comments and love. It was an inspiring, fun and creative term.

Love you all
Have fun creating!


Farewell...Thanks for all the Memories

Hello Creative Lovelies. 

It's Keri here on The Sweet Life Blog...for the last time. {single tear} 

More on that later...on to my PROJECT!!

I couldn't finish my term with Susan without a sentimental farewell...

This little piece is a jumble of my favorite Susan K Weckesser Stamps from Unity Stamp Company along with a lot of mixed media fun.

Here's a breakdown of a few steps:

My background started with Susan's "Splatter It" stamp and Distress Ink in Pickled Raspberry on a small canvas. I then took some yellow and teal Tattered Angels Baseboard to add some color. 

(I forgot to take a picture of this part.) I then laid a piece of lace over the top and lightly spritzed through it with a dark black Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and layered a few pieces of colored drywall tape on my canvas.

To add some texture and shimmer, I took the puchinello style stamp from Susan's "A Little Bit of Washi", stamped it with Tim Holtz Embossing Ink and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) in gold. 

To make my silver dots, I just used my finger tip to stamp with embossing ink and used silver UTEE. My circles were made by dipping the bottom of my Tattered Angels Glaze bottle in some Tattered Angels baseboard that I had sprayed on my non-stick mat and stamping it on my canvas. 

To Make your textured heart, follow these 4 easy steps (this is one of my FAVE techniques!)

(1) I started by painting my chipboard heart white. (It had a pattern on it.)
(2) Next, I smooshed my heart into my embossing ink and added a layer of UTEE. Heat to melt. 
(3) Let it cool and repeat. I used silver the first time and bronze the second. (Depending on how detailed your stamp is, you might want to repeat a third time.)
(4) While your final layer of UTEE is still hot and liquidy, tap your stamp into an ink color of your choice, place your stamp on top of your piece and lightly press down. I used Susan's "In Circle Me" Stamp. Don't use too much pressure or your stamp will slide. Lift it off and voila! A yummy textured embellishment. 

Here is a can see the two toned colors better: 

So there you go.

My final project for Susan.

She and I did the math and between being a guest designer and design team, she and I have been together for the last year and I have loved every minute of it.

Susan, Cheryl and the whole team are truly some of the most genuine and supportive people I have ever had the privilege of meeting in the industry.  

I will greatly miss typing these little blog posts to you all twice a month. I hope I have inspired your to create some thing new and maybe challenged you to step out of your comfort zones...even just a little bit. 

As I always say...and I will say one last time...Make your art a choice...not an after thought. 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Hello everybody!

Emmy here today with a new project to share. This week I created a card, which you can use for every occasion, because it just makes you HAPPY:

Using Susan K. Weckesser products always makes me HAPPY, so I thought this sentiment will be perfect for my card. 

I added a lot of layers to my card using Susan K. Weckesser Whimsical Papers and cardstock.

I used white base for my card, which I altered with Susan K. Weckesser & Unity Stamps "abc.123.washi" stamp set. After the ink was dry, I sprayed my background with brown and orange Glimmer Mist.

For my card I used different frames and the birdy journalling spot from the Susan K. Weckesser "Live in Color Tags" pattern paper. I stamped on my second layer, using the numbers washi from the "abc.123.washi" stamp set

I hope you enjoyed today's post!

Come back tomorrow for more inspirational posts from our design team!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This one is for YOU!!!!

Hi ladies, Jennifer here, this one is for you all! Each and every one of us are special in our own ways, and I wanted to celebrate with you by giving you a card to celebrate your specialness!  So this is for you! This is my last post for Susan Weckessar team, I have enjoyed my time creating for you and having Susan push me out of my box.  Thanks to everyone for your inspiration and support for the last few DT terms.  I am looking forward to seeing a new bunch of girls come in and provide us more inspiration. 

I was inspired by the Susan’s “Poised and Pretty” stamp set.   After a few tries, this is the card that I made with a simple but effective stamping technique called “masking”.  I like how it turned out, I must use this technique more often!

1.      Start by stamping 3 ladies on a piece of scrap paper and cut them out close to the lines.
2.      Stamp one image onto your cardstock and then place one of the cut out ladies on top.  Then stamp another image over top of it.

  3.   Continue on a stamp more images using the three ladies that have been cut out to mask over the other images that you have already stamped.
4.      Once you have covered your paper, cut to size.
5.      Stamp one more lady onto some pattern paper and cut out to fit over top of one of your stamped images, glue down.
6.      Mat the image and attach onto a card base, add a sentiment and a few embellishments.

Love Always Jennifer

Monday, April 21, 2014

mixed media spring layout

Anita here 
Wow I can't be leave this is my last post , it has been an amazing 6 months
 and the design team have been so lovely to work with..

Susan K. Weckesser Inc stamp A Little Grunge Love

I started off with white cardstock
I used a dot stencil and some impasto with a light touch of pink watercolour in the mix 
and used it randomly over my white cardstock then flicked green,pink and yellow mist

Then I used a stencil from ScrapFX with modelling paste in 2 places on my background

Then after putting embelishments on the top of my page I used the A Little Grunge Love stamp
 mini heart stamp and stamped it a few times on my background 

Here is my finished layout

products used

American crafts white cardstock
kaisercraft - tea break
Susan K. Weckesser Inc stamp A Little Grunge Love
ScrapFX - Damask Stencil
Silhouette cameo cut title
Sequins ,watercolour,mist ,impasto, modelling paste,pearls,flowers

Friday, April 18, 2014

baby card

My friend for many years is having his first baby with is wonderful wife and it is a boy!!  My husband and I  are super thrilled for both of them, even thought they have no idea what they are in for, hehe.  They have already decided on a name for the little guy Maroun, named after his father.


Knowing it is a boy I went with blue and teal colors with a hint of yellow.  Susan K. Weckesser's paper were perfect for this card.  I used two different pages, both sides of "Beautiful Daydreams" and the other I cut a  card out of the "Live in Color Tags" for the center.

I did not make this a super "baby" card except for the baby stamp and the little bear in the flower.  I did some fun things on this card, like paper piercing and sewing with twine, alternating the puncture holes with blue and yellow brads for some fun.

I can't wait to meet the little guy and give him super big hugs!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - Susan K. Weckesser
Punch - Just Imagine
Brads - Other
Flower - Prima
Ink - Prima
Twine - May Arts Ribbons
Stamp - Recollections
Bear - Other


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eat, Drink, Breathe, Live in Color

 Hi! This is Valerie Reyes again, here to share a second project with you. This is another scrapbook title page.

I was inspired by one of Susan's patterned papers: Live in Color

I started by coloring in the phrase with Faber Castell Gelatos and a water brush. I fussy cut the phrase and started to build my page with layering and layout more like the style of my typical scrapbook pages than my first project for the My Sweet Earth blog. I used the b sides of Live, Love, Create and Color Burst on the page as well. I used gesso to tone down the pattern a bit to give myself a space to write, and made the ruffled pink paper using some crepe paper I had left over from a party.
I outlined the elements in black to give a little more definition to the title and the flower cut from the Live in Color paper.
I did make a bit of a mistake placing my words when I was writing.  Gesso to the rescue! A couple of layers and you can't even see the "in" above the word chaos.

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to see what you're doing with Susan K. Weckesser's beautiful products.

Valerie Reyes
Susan K. Weckesser Guest Design Team Member