Monday, October 31, 2011

Spooky Traditions


'What traditions do you and your family have?'

20111031_1   Last Night as we were decorating cookies to pixie, I discovered that we have a Halloween tradition. The kiddos knew about it….. but I didn't think of it as a tradition. If you are faint of heart, don't read on. We take perfectly good sugar cookies and decorate them to look like the have been injured or turned into zombies. I know… It is awful! I don't know why or when this started, but I know that we have fun doing it and then we deliver the cookies to random people. It is a night full of giggles all the time! 


We has so much fun putting the goodies into decorated bags and then pixieing them to random people! Love it! 6297048044_f1f69d594b

I made these bags using some of Rhonna Designs . Aren't they fun!

Have fun with your family this Halloween and make some of your own  traditions!

Have a SPoOKy time!


Friday, October 28, 2011

SPOOKY Halloween Scrapbooking with Rhonna Designs!

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I had some fun creating some spooky digital layouts using some of of the fun whimsical designs from Rhonna Designs . Aren't they awesome! It is so easy to use them on layouts. I used Adobe Photoshop Cs5 which allowed my to also play with my different fonts and brushes, not to mention do what I really like doing….alter my photographs!

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Theses are the awesome kits that I played with from Rhonna Farrer's store.



And Over at Canadian Scrapbooker it is Why not Win Wednesday! You have until tonight

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 Do 2 Things 1. Leave a comment at this LINK : and 2. Leave a comment on the PSA ESSENTIALS facebook page Tell them CS sent you ! You could win this FABULOSA prize package!!!
Well, I hope you have a super creative day!!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Altering Halloween Pumpkins

HAppy Halloween Pumpkin

Isn't it great how with Halloween the sky is the limit on how you can decorate? I love all the different Halloween color palettes that there is now. It is so amazing how people put all the colors together to make wonderful displays .

I love browsing COLOURlovers. It is a wonderful site to make new color palettes or to find ones. Color schemes are available to download.

I found these wonderful Halloween color palettes there.

Halloween Color Pallete


Halloween Shadows

Halloween Shadows

Halloween Night

Halloween Night

Season of the witch

Season of the Witch

I LOVE Color!!!

I also had fun altering a pumpkin. It was a plastic pumpkin that I picked up at a dollar store. I used Mod Podge and old sewing pattern & book pages to cover it. I then used Kuretake ZIG Painty Gold & Silver pen to add some shine to it. For the tag I took out my Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens to get that awesome watercolor look for the pumpkin.     tag

I was over on Kuretake's blog today….. that was fun to see the Maple flag over there! :) It is a fun Design Team to be on.

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I also have a winner for the  mymemories free software give away.


The winner is Renee!

Renee said...

Oh, Susan, these are all so beautiful! One of my faves is Moments of Everyday!! It's so very pretty!! Thanks so much for the chance to win these goodies!!


Please email me Renee at

Keep on smiling everyone!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Being Creative with PanPastels


I was lucky enough to receive some PanPastels and boy did I  have fun this past week-end playing with them. I wasn't sure at first because I am a old fashioned kind of gal when it come to my art supplies, but I have to admit I am in love with these beautiful pastels that are smartly kept in little containers. The colors are so rich and vibrant, not to mention very dimensional. Believe 1  The pastels are really neat, not like the traditional stick pastels where I am not sure about you, but I end up wearing most of the dust.  



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PanPastels worked wonderfully with any medium that I worked on and I was able to mix different solutions with them to achieve different looks.

* water----> to achieve a water color look

*acrylic medium -----> to achieve a glaze look

* acrylic medium + gesso + heat gun ------> to achieve a crackle look

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    It was super easy to work in layers with the PanPastels. In the picture below I used a acrylic medium  and mixed it with a PanPastel and then heated it with a heat gun to create a neat bubble and crack effect. Believe 6 (2)      

For more information on the PanPastels please visit their site. They have a lot of information and videos.

Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels

"PanPastel Colors are professional grade soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like) so that they can be mixed and applied like paint. They are very low dust for a cleaner working environment."




Thank-you to everyone who left  a comment for the Kuretake giveaway!!!  You are AWESOME! The random name picker picked a name and the winner is ...

Marylou said...

Oh ya! Love the zig markers/pens. Had mine for years now. Thank you for passing on their facebook page. I don't always go looking for pages of products I love. Oh and I love their glue pens... a must have in my supply drawer! Now Susan, stay healthy! You need to keep inspiring me!

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Please contact me with your address Marylou!

Don't worry everyone, you will have more chances to win some Kuretake goodies during the Christmas Love Campaign!!!

Have an AWESOME Day!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

MyMemories Suite Software Giveaway!

Thanksgiving for us in Canada is this week-end already and I really do have a lot to be thankful for! I am so grateful for my family, my friends….both online and offline, oh, and my furry friends! I am also so grateful for my faith, it helps me get through each and everyday! I am also grateful for my career. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with my kiddos, to be able to work at something that I love and to meet so many neat  and kind people!
For this Thanksgiving week-end I am having another wonderful giveaway! A few weeks ago I was shown this neat scrapbook software called My Memories - . I created a very quick layout with it. I was impressed when looking at the digital scrapbooking software because you can do more then just digital layouts. You can create cards, albums, alter pictures, you can add sound, videos. It is really cool.   Not to mention, I was so impressed by the amount of designers that they have to chose from! Here are just a few:…
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It is really is fun!  You can be sure that I am going to be creating some altered art and photos over the next few weeks.
 ~So here is how YOU can win the My Memories Software:
…* Go check out 
     *Come on back and leave a comment on my blog and tell me what your favorite digital paper pack was at My Memories. Someone will be randomly picked to win free software from My Memories! Awesome!image
               Also I have been given a code- STMMMS48037
If  you use it you  get a $10 discount on the purchase of the My Memories Suite v2 scrapbook software. (Software also comes with a $10 coupon for downloads-a total value of $20!)Funnest-500x120-BLINK
Take a look how my friend Erin Bassett from Craft Critique uses My Memories Software.
You can check out their social media for more neat ways to be creative!
Have a awesome day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Doodles Bring a Giveaway!

Harvest picture

'Harvest' ~ sketch created with ZIG Memory Writers, ZIG CLEAN COLOR Real Brush from Kuretake

So the last couple of weeks have been CRAZY!!!! Crazy good and Crazy bad. Crazy good that I was able to go to the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Calgary and teach at the Technique Taster. It was  a BLAST! Bad that I got 'Food Poisoning' and didn't make it up to Edmonton to meet everyone there and teach my class! I was really sad about that!

I am feeling better…… much better that I want to have a give away!!!!!!

Go on over to KURETAKE's Facebook page………


Tell them that SUSAN  Weckesser  or Susan the Canadian (giggle), sent you, and give them a {HUG} for me!  :)

Then come back here. LEAVE a comment for me to let me know that you went to Kuretake's Facebook page. Mack sure to tell me what is you favourite Kuretake product!!!!!! One random commenter is going to get an AWESOME goodie pack full of Kuretake products! 


This wonderful lady, Sherrie Bailey, and her husband where in my Technique Taster class in Calgary during the Great Canadian Scrapbooking Carnival. We made the tags using my paper line and KURETAKE's 2 Way glue, and ZIG Memory Writers. Sherrie then took the tag that she made and created this AWESOME layout! I LOVE it! THANKS for SHARING!!! It was an awesome class full of awesome people!

Have a WONDERFUL day and make sure to leave comments on Kuretake's Facebook page and my blog……… because I LOVE giveaways!