Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love will break through!

Hi Susan Weckesser fans, Einat Kessler here with a fun project!
Have you ever felt like you're in a "box", creatively, physically or mentally? It happens to all of us. But there is one thing, one thing that always helps. One thing that helps, one thing that will always break through...LOVE!

I created this project for a rainy day. A fun, cheerful and uplifting message to put on my desk as a reminder of the amazing power of love!

I took an empty plastic container and created a little scene inside. I stamped my favorite house stamp, cut it and adhered it to the bottom. I added a cloud and flowers. Then I cut a little slit on the side of the container and inserted a piece of cardstock with LOVE stamped on it. I also inserted a kite through another slit. I added a title and a little bling.

Try creating an inspiring project for yourselves, a project that would lift up your spirits and put a smile on my face!

Have fun creating!

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Live, love, create" and my little helpers - by Vicky

Hello everyone!!

I have always wanted to incorporate my children's drawings into a layout!
I wanted them to remember how their creativity looked like in different stages of their childhood.

My dd Nefeli is now 5 years old and she is in the stage where she always draws houses, people, trees, flowers and of course a bright sun!!!
So when I saw Susan's house stamp, a great idea came to my mind!!! I got my children to play with it!!!

Let me just tell you that they were thrilled!!! Nefeli even played with Susan's fab stencil!!!

And this is Ioli...

Here is the final layout! Every child next to its own little house!!

Here is another stamp called "Grandma's needlepoint" and the house has been cut out from Susan's paper collection.

The sun is from Susan's paper collection too!!!

So, why don't you try that out??? I promise that your children will love the idea of playing with mama's "forbidden" goodies and the outcome will be a precious layout that captivates a precious memory!!!

p.s. Here are the "Art" quotes that I've written around the page:

1. A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
2. The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
3. Every artist was first an amateur.
4. Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
5. In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
6. In art as in love, instinct is enough.

Have a nice creative day and have fun!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Selfies" - Mother & Daughter layout & Helmar

Hello Susan Weckesser fans! JJ here today, to share a mother & daughter layout with you. Helmar Adhesives are showcasing Susan K Weckesser all this week on their blog, so I wanted to give a little shout out to them as well.  ;)

My daughter and I were having fun taking 'Selfies' (quickie self-portraits), and I knew that Susan's lively papers would be perfect.  I die-cut a few 'polaroid frames' from the papers, and paired them up with some of Susan's stamps (all the stamps on this page are from the "Insta-cute" set.)

I popped up this sentiment stamp using Helmar Zap Dots.  All the embellishments were glued down with Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  (I used Helmar Acid Free for all the photos and papers).

I added one of the phrase stamps right on the 'polaroid frame':

Want a perfectly matched embellishment for your page?  Try stamping on the patterned paper!  Cut it out and pop it up with a Zap Dot, and you're all set. (And how cute is that camera stamp?!)

Thanks for visiting!

JJ Sobey - Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member

Friday, January 18, 2013

Amazing Christmas Love Campaign 2012 Wrap-up

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It started with an idea, which turned into a sketch of a snowman, with turned into stamp and joined a fun and wonderful campaign, which grew into a lot of wonderful smiles and warm hearts all over the world.

                                       Card by Lynne Mizera

One Kind Snowman Mixed Media Canvas

I was SO thrilled to see my little Snow Dude pop up every where!!!

And…… when people purchased one of my snowman stamps, Unity Stamp Company and myself where donating part of the proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of my Dad. I am just finishing of paper work so I am not sure of the final donation, but I was SO excited the other day when I received a check for a $100.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society. How Cool is that!!! I am SO grateful for Angela & Unity Stamps Company and ALL the wonderful support that they have given me!!!


Thank-you Angela & Unity Stamp Co. You Rock!

I have also felt so blessed by all of YOU!

Thank-you for all that you do!!! For reaching out to others and sharing some love!! It makes such a difference in this world…. It REALLY does! Once again I have been touched by your amazing compassion and support to the people around you and all over the world!!! Thank-you for being creative, CRAFTING UP LOVE ……. and putting a smile on someone's face!

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The Final Winners of the 2012 Christmas Love Campaign

Mark Montano Book Giveaway Winner

M. Ritchie December 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I find crafting therapeutic and love giving and receiving handmade gifts. Whether it is a card to a hand knitted scarf, a hand painted picture to the quilt sewn with love, giving a homemade gift is giving your heart!


sharon g January 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I did what you asked me to do. I made a TON of cookies for neighbours, friends and family, and 27 co-workers. I love to do things for others, and they love it, too!

If one of the winners is you….PLEASE email me at

Thank-you SO much to all of our WONDERFUL sponsors this year! All of them were more the generous and I am so grateful for each and every one of them!!! I really was blown away by all the goodies and support from so many people wanting to be sponsors.  Thank-you!!!

                  You can read more about all of the sponsors and the Christmas Love campaign HERE.


Even though Christmas is over you can still Craft up Love! You never know who needs some extra LOVE today, tomorrow, or the next day, and you never know when I will feel like giving some fun prizes away too…because it really does but a smile on my face and warm up my {heart} too! It is SO MUCH FUN! So keep following & KEEP LOVING!!! Remember, on twitter follow along at #craftuplove & #susankweckesser . My twitter handle is @SusanKWeckesser.

Thanks again…… I really can’t tell you how much all of your artwork, support, friendship, and comments means too me! You really, really are AWESOME!!!  


Susan xo

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

abc washi.

Hi there artsy friends. Erin here with a casual and simple (CAS) card for you today.

I wanted to do simple. I wanted to make it pop. is what I came up with using Susan's abc washi stamp set. (Love this simple little set, big possibilities!)
I first created a white card base, rounding the bottom corner. I then inked up the big abc stamp, then took a baby wipe and wiped the black off the I, heart and you. I then colored those in with a red Tim Holtz Distress Marker and stamped it onto the card base. Next, I stamped the black and red washi strips and fussy cut those, adhering them to the card with dimensionals. Added some bling and ...there you have it. A fun little Valentine card.

Thanks for stopping by today! xoxo

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's A Small World- Projects by Erika Taylor

Hello everyone and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! Erika Taylor here today. It has been a while since I've been present in the crafting community and I'm so excited to be back. After taking a hiatus for 3 months, I am back in the saddle and here to share with you two projects I've created using the whimsical papers by Susan K Weckesser "Live In Color". These happy papers were exactly what I needed to get my creative mojo back up and running.

I used a combination of the entire line to create this layout and paired them up with two Susan K Weckesser stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company. I love the hearts in the A Little Grunge Love set. There are 2 sizes and they are super fun to work with.I also used the heart washi stamp in A Little Bit Washi paired with some tissue paper to create my own tape. Let's take a look shall we?

The flowers on the papers reminded me pf the flowers in the It's A Small World ride at Disney World, so off I went to print out a few from our trip we took at Christmas time. Perfect matches I think. Isn't that little birdie in the corner precious!!!

I used a combination of Peridot, Vintage and Denim Mix'd Media inks from Clearsnap, to create the hearts. A little Matte Clear embossing powder from Wow to give them some texture and voila!!!

Love how the layout turned out. I was scared to create again after such a long break and although I feel like a rookie again, I sure am enjoying the process.

I also created a quick card for you today as a bonus. A combination of greens and pinks on this one and a metal butterfly from Momenta. I thought the sentiment was perfect for my "return" into the industry. It's been a while, but remember when...

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and leaving your comments. We always like to hear your thoughts on things and today I could really use a thought or two shared. Until next time

Erika Taylor
Susan K Weckesser Design team member

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bits and Bobbs....

It is Jennifer here again to bring you another project using the fabulous Susan K Weckesser products! In my scraproom I have almost everything showing, in either a bowl, basket, wall hanger, tackle boxes etc. I like to "shop" my room and find items and bring them together to make things! I hold onto everything just in case some day I can use it. Here is what I pulled together, I went around and grabbed items that struck my fancy.

Here is a picture of those items.

I wanted to use the Susan K Weckesser stamp..... It is a cute little girl that stamps so crisp....and the little stamp "Bless this Nest" is so adorable.

I have been wanting to use this fabric flower for a while now, I bought it in many colours!

I layered all the elements that I had pulled together gluing them onto the flower. As well I tucked tags in and the pins in the ruffles of the flower. If anyone of you live in Canada, you will recognize the Eaton's name, these are vintage tags I found that used to be used to put the prices on the items in the store.  This is what it ended up looking like.

The dangley bottom part was made by opening up the existing loop and adding the other items to it.

The little banner was just a piece of paper cut to size and stamped and folded over a pin and glued.

Once it was finished I was not sure what I wanted to do with it, first I thought that I would put a broach on the back and I could wear it, but it is a bit too delicate and big for that. Then I though I would put it in a little shadow box frame, but did not have one suitable at home. So off I went and "shopped" the room again and found this little clipboard. I inked the top and edges with stays on to make it a bit more old looking.  I added a piece of paper that was inked as well to glue it to.  It is now a cute little item that will find a home somewhere in my scraproom, tucked into a shelf so it can be admired.

Thanks again for letting me share with you my creations that are made with Susan K Weckesser products, can't wait to make something again and share. See you in a few weeks.  Enjoy your week and all the great CHA products coming out!

Hugs, Jennifer 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Designer Chat with Sue Sykes & Final Christmas Love Campaign Giveaway

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The next and last designer chat is with a friend that I met through Canadian Scrapbooker, Sue Sykes. She is a super talented photographer and scrapbooker who writes columns like Hands on Photography for the Canadian Scrapbooker. 

Her work is gorgeous and so is her heart!
So I would like to introduce you to SUE….
 Hello everyone!  My name is Sue Sykes and I'm so happy to be part of the Christmas Love campaign this year!  I've been blessed to call Susan a friend for a while now, and I've never met a sweeter person – I'm not surprised that she is behind all this love! <3
Growing up, I couldn't think about Christmas without considering love.  Being Catholic, Christmas is about spreading the joyous news and celebrating Jesus' birth.  Being Italian also meant that the holidays were filled with family and friends, with seemingly endless celebrations.  My mother would always organize our extended family and plan for a large gathering, usually in our home.  It was important for her to keep her family close, and she instilled that desire into both my sisters and I.
Since her passing on December 23, 2004, Christmas has been a bittersweet occasion.  We continue to celebrate, but honour her memory as well.  I think one of the best ways to honour her spirit and giving nature is to embrace the very essence of Christmas – Love and Charity.  Remembering those who are less fortunate.  Helping those that have lost their way.  Creating art to make tired souls sing.  Providing a smile for those who cry.
This year, our family is participating in the 26 Acts of Kindness, that was inspired by Ann Curry's tweet from Dec 16, following the Newtown, CT massacre.  But we are taking it one step forward and will be extending this throughout the year, past the Christmas season.  It may be something as small as buying coffee for a homeless person on the street, or sending cards to troops overseas, or as lavish as paying and electric bill for a family in need.
Because that's really what Christmas is all about.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, giving 2013!

Thank-you SO much Sue for sharing….It really means so much! You ROCK girl!!!! And thanks to all my special designers and crafters who have stopped by and shared for Designer Chat!
One LAST giveaway…..
Christmas Tags
A JAMMED PACKED GOODIE BOX full of wonderful stuff from wonderful Christmas Love Campaign sponsors………
These companies were SO generous this year!!!!  

Just do 2 things.
1) Go to each of these sponsors on FACEBOOK and post on their wall that your SHARED some Christmas LOVE this year with Susan K. Weckesser! Give them a Hug or Smile! :D
2) Come back here and let me know that you did this and also let me know in a couple words what was the BEST part about SHARING Christmas Love this past Holiday Season!!!
I won’t be picking a winner until after I get back from CHA and the MORE PEOPLE that I have doing this the more generous I might become…… you never know, there might be TWO giant GIFT boxes given away. SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Also, I will announce the book giveaway winner from Mark Montano when I get back from CHA too…..So you still have time to read that Designer Chat and comment on that blog post. You can find that HERE.
Mark Montano
                                     THANK-YOU SO much!!!!!!
and GOOD LUCK!!!!
Thank-you for making 2013 AWESOME!!!!!