Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Fun with Epiphany Crafts & Helmar

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It is so nice to have the sunshine out after a few weeks of rain. This week is the Epiphany Crafts week over at Helmar, so I decided it is a wonderful time to make a summer necklace to celebrate the WONDERFUL weather! I used some of my 'Live in Color' paper line with it.


You can see my whole blog post, complete with how I created this piece over on the Helmar blog tomorrow, Friday, July 29. So, come on over and say Hello!

Next week is going to be a BIG WEEK!!!!!

We are going to have a

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 over at

Susan K. Weckesser Inc.

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You're Invited ….

So please, feel free to tell everyone and come have some fun!

Have a AWESOME day!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Paper Piecing with a POP

Little Cottage

I LOVE to cut out pieces of beautiful scrapbook paper and arrange them into whimsical and fun pictures and embellishments. I often will even use the pictures that I create in my children's stories as illustrations. I really find it so relaxing to create paper piecings….PLUS, it is such an AWESOME way to use up scrap pieces of paper that you may have around your home!

-}TAKE A LOOk{-    *   It really is easy to create embellishments to fancy up a scrapbooking layout or a card.

paper daisies

On this layout, I cut out some scraps of Basic Grey paper inked the edges with ClearSnap Color Box archival dye, and then used some of Helmar 's ZAPDOTS to make it really POP!

Here are a couple more examples of my creative paper piecings.

Visiting Bee

     Sometimes I use scissors but,  I mostly rip & tear my paper to get the look that I am trying to

Thank-you to everyone who joined  the instagram BLOG HOP the other day! It was SO lovely to read your comments!!!! I really love seeing everyone's blogs, work, and WONDERFUL photos! You all ROCK!!!! The prize winner of the Blog hop is :

Sandie June 17, 2012 1:49 PM

I joined! My instagram name is sandiemcr
And I'm now following you on instagram too!


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Have a wonderful day everyone!!!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Remembering Dad…

Dad Cornfield
My Dad always had a SMILE and a friendly word for everyone & anyone… So, I'm…dad pic1
Taking a moment to remember my awesome Dad this week-end and to wish all the DADs a Happy Father's Day!dad pic2Thanks Dad for having PATIENCE.
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Thank-you for having a wonderful SENSE of HUMOR!
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Thank-you for putting up with twin boys!
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And a wonderful tomboy of a daughter!
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Thank-you for always giving good hugs and listening especially when I needed to talk, even during those hard teen-age years.
We all miss ya…. you Crazy Ukrainian!

[Edward Pyrcz
1934 - 2008 ]

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Instagram Summer Blog Hop



  Welcome to the Instagram Blog Hop!!

  I am thrilled to be a part of this blog hop - I LOVE my Instagram friends & I really enjoy looking at all of their photos! It really is cool to see how creative everyone is!

What is this blog hop all about?  As Jaime Warren said…"It's a celebration!"  If you aren't on Instagram and can join - do it!!  You will love it!  If you are on Instagram, follow one of us, or all of us....we love to chat and share.

My username is: susankweckesser .

Can't wait to see ya there!

Here are some of my latest instagram pics…




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It relaxes me so much when I take photos and then spend a couple minutes editing them. It makes my heart smile to create lovely little pieces of art in picture form….or quickly upload them to people can see what is going on in our family!

So...HERE IS THE PRIZE THAT I AM GIVING AWAY WITH THIS BLOG HOP: One of my Live in Color scrapbooking paper packs & the new summer edition of the Canadian Scrapbooker with my ,'A Material World' article in it.   Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner on June 18th!  Be sure to hop to all of the blog hop bloggers for more prizes and fun!

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Aida Haron | aidaville :

Amelia Khalik | ameliakhalik :

Cindy Lee | cindylee :

Clare Reilly | thelifeofclare :

Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf | geekgalz :

Gina Lideros | ginalideros:

Jaime Warren | jamiewarren :
Janna Werner | jannawerner :

Jessy Christopher | jcchris :

Joan | joancce :

Jordan Blaser | missblaser :
Julie Garcia-Matus | callelillycafe :

Kim Watson | kjstarre :

Kimberly Neddo | kimberlyneddo :

Laura Banasiak | laurabanasiak :

Liana Suwandi | lianasuwandi :

Lindsey Hansen | lindzeyhanzen:

Marie Ramirez | bettiescrapbook :

Melissa Mann | melissamann1981 :

Merdrey Chew | medrey :

Michelle Kehoe | michellek :

Michelle Lanning | michellelanning :

Nancy S | Kittynance :

Natalie Elphinstone | natalieelph  :

Natt Smith | tinynatt :

Nina Burgess | ladybugnina :

Sharmandeswari Nidyanandan | shamu_rueben

Susan K. Weckesser | susankweckesser :

Suryanti Halim | isur :

Talia Carbis | taliacarbis :

Wati Basri | watibasri :

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For the LOVE of Ribbon!!!

I am sure that you have noticed by now that I LOVE ribbon! There is something about it that makes me {SMILE} I love using it with my scrapbooking, my cards, my altered crafts, my mixed media, or really just about any thing around the home or my studio or my garden!bird house 2
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Because of the colors and the versatile nature of ribbon it makes it an easy medium to work with. You will find me even decorating BIRD HOUSES  with it! Prima Pin
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Ribbon can also be sealed on and decoupaged to create unique effects like the effect I created with my vintage brooch that you can see above. So easy and so much fun!
It is also fun to add a bit of ribbon to a card or a scrapbook layout for a splash or color or a bit of whimsy!
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Children & teens can also make up quick bows and fashion accessories. I LOVE to do this too!!! My girlies and I love to make up wristlets out of ribbon all the time! wristlet
Recycled crafts can look really AWESOME with a little bit of ribbon on them. Take a look at this recycled rice bag that I painted up and adorned with some ribbon. I will be teaching this online class really soon at CraftArtEdu.I also used Shimmerz paints and Kuretake on this project.
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Those canvas flowers are so cute and here is a quick way that you can decorate them with ribbon.

You need 1 ft. of ribbon, 1ft. of a different & slightly larger ribbon, a canvas flower, 1 button , good glue like Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive.
   Put a dab of glue on the back of the button and wait for a moment. Then start to stick the ribbon on the button in a circular, accordion motion. If you are using lace, you shouldn't need anymore glue.
Put a dab of glue in the center of the canvas flower and  adhere the button with ribbon on. Hold for a second.
  Flip the canvas flower over and glue a slightly larger piece of ribbon on.
Enjoy your new ribbon adorned canvas flower! You can use it on crafts, wearable art, sewing, mixed media…..anything!
There are many places where you can find some wonderful selections of ribbon, like May Arts. So find some ribbon today….and put a {SMILE} on your face!!!!!
Have a wonderfully creative day!!!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Crafting for the Queen's Jubilee


Right now the Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. Lots of neat things are going on. You can check out the official website for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee  HERE.

With all the excitement of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee  I decided to have some fun and craft up something with a little bit of the Union Jack on it. I mean, why not….. My Mom is a British Subject so even though I have never been over the pond I do feel a certain connection.


I used Kuretake Zig Writers and colored canvas flags. I then set the color with a heat gun.For the whimsical banner on the canvas I used my Unity Stamp Co.Co-Branded Stamp set… 'Create your Day'.

Picture of Create your Day



On some of the images I had fun using American Crafts ZING embossing powder. Oh, and I had to use Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint because you know I LOVE to get lots of wonderful layers and textures!!! Everything was nicely glued together with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

Take a look at this. This video was on Unity TV . The caption read:

Join Lesley Langdon as she uses Unity's Susan K. Weckesser stamp set "Create Your Day" to make an adorable piece of canvas art for the wall. It's SO easy! Lesley uses Spellbinders dies, fabrics (felt and canvas linen), Copic markers, Distress Marker, Distress Stains, etc.

What an AWESOME way to use the 'CREATE your DAY' stamps!!!

Lesley did a WONDERFUL job!!! I love it!!!!

I hope that you have a wonderful time creating your day!

….. and Happy Diamond Jubilee to the Queen and to Britain!!



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Little Nautical Love

Jessie Waterton

To get me into a summer mood I decided to have a little digital fun with some of Rhonna Farrer's wonderful Nautical Summer Designs!

Nautical Chic Bundle

You can find  her new kits HERE.

Nautical Chic Bundle

Nautical Chic Bundle

Isn't it SO much FUN!!!!!!! It made me want to pack up a picnic lunch, throw the kiddos into the car and head to the beach! I LOVE it!!!!!

Jessie Waterton

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I LOVE how Rhonna Designs always make me {SMILE} and *INSPIRE* me!

Have a wonderful day!!!