Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When I feel crummy…


“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."

― C.S. Lewis

What a BLESSING friends are. Especially friends that LOVE chocolate chip cookies! *grin*

The door bell just ran and when I opened the door there was a cute little box. I didn't remember ordering anything thing. So, I took it back to the studio to get some scissors. A little background information here. I have been super grumpy the last few days and I felt so bad about it. Plus the more I feel bad about being grumpy, then the more teary and grumpy I seem to get. It is SO silly. I keep myself busy by trying to work on deadlines, trying out new recipes for my family, doodling my heart out; you name it I am trying to do it. But, that gets me a little frustrated to because my energy level is not even close to where it was a few months ago. I feel bad even talking about it. I was brought up in a family that you just weren’t suppose to talk about your problems, but darn it, if I am going through this, I am pretty sure that someone else has gone through this before too. I mean really. I feel SO bad for all the people out there that are sick and have to to go through different tests and trials. It really is challenging. Even the medicine that I have to take in order to get better can be SO hard on a body physically and mentally! Even just watching my hair do weird things the last week or so has almost driven me crazy!

So, any way, I guess that is why I have been a little grumpy…. at times. Not all the time. Just times. I am still smiley. And goofy…yes, I am still pretty goofy. My family can vouch for that! *grin* AND I still feel SO very blessed. Like just now!


Moments when the weight of everything is heavy on your shoulders, all of a sudden the doorbell rings and Guess What!?!?!  A AWESOME friend has sent you a amazing box of cookies! I met Stacy Croninger when she was at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking & Creating Keepsakes. We instantly be came friends. She is such a wonderful person. It is like I have known her forever! Plus, she loves chocolate chip cookies just as much as I do! Awesome! When this came to the door, it put such a smile on my face just knowing that she was thinking of me. Thank-you Stacy! Your friendship means the world too me!


“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

― Linda Grayson

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)


I hope I don't sound to negative. Yes, I am grumpy at times. More then usual. BUT there is a LOT to be grateful for!


The moments I feel good, everything sparkles and looks so fresh and beautiful! We really have to SLOW DOWN and enjoy every minute of the precious time that we have on this planet. Even if sometimes it is full of aches and pains and yucky stuff, it just makes you appreciate the good even more! Heavenly Father has truly looked after me and my family. Over the last month and a half I have had a homemade card in my mailbox from  wonderful designers from all over the world each and everyday! Some of them I have known, many of them I haven’t known and a lot of them have been from Lilla Roger’s Make Art That Sells international workshop. I cant tell you how much their beautiful art and words have help support my family and I during this time! Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!


I am going to have Marcus help me and I want to string these up in the studio so I can seen them everyday. They are SO beautiful! Thank-you SO much for making me smile and for taking the time to think of me. I really can’t thank-you you enough!

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

― Helen Keller


[A little mixed media canvas I created in order to make me SMILE using some FaberCastell.]

Thanks for being AMAZING!


Susan xo

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good Luck Canvas

Hi! Dana Tatar here today sharing a festive canvas that I created for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday. I gathered some of my favorite Susan K. Weckesser products along with Canvas Corp and Prima goodies to create this home decor piece.

I used the small heart from Susan's A Little Grunge Love Stamp Set to create the shamrock focal point. I stamped six hearts onto white cardstock, cut them out, and then layered the hearts before arranging them on a gold doily. I created mini shamrocks by cutting excess petals from paper flowers to embellish the top corners of the canvas.

I cut the letters from Susan K. Weckesser patterned paper and then outlined each letter with a green marker.

Before embellishing the canvas I sprayed it with gold mist and then stamped it with a stamp from Susan's new Grunge Fun 3x4 Stamp Set, which is available from A Jillian Vance Design. To finish the canvas I spritzed it with white mist to tone down the gold shimmer a bit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Dana Tatar - Susan K. Weckesser Creative Contributor

Monday, March 2, 2015

Let's Celebrate!!!

It is March 2 today! My birthday! 
Two years ago my Mum also passed away suddenly on this very day. At the time I thought how am I going to deal with this every year come my birthday. But, you know what!? It has been such a blessing! Yes, I miss my mother more then anything, but I know, with a surety that she is happy, healthy, and is having a wonderful time with my dad. She is likely getting up to mischief right at this very moment!!! *grin* That's my parents!! 

Life is SO awesome!!
 Life is so precious!
The good moments and the not so good moments!!! 
This week I invite you to join me to CELEBRATE LIFE! 

Celebrate Life Contest 
March 2 -9, 2015
Come make Card Birthday or Celebration Cards or Tags with us all week!
 We are going to have fun 'Celebrating Life'and I will have a give away at the end of the week with a box full of my favourite art goodies and some of my stamps. A Jillian Vance Design will be giving a $20 gift card too. Upload your photos to any social media sites;Our Susan K. Weckesser Inc. FB page, Instagram, Twitter ,Google+, Vine, etc. & MAKE SURE to use the hash tag #CELEBRATE. ALSO, tag me  @SusanKWeckesser so I can be sure to enter all your awesome creations into the contest. Not to mention....I want to see all your beautiful artwork too!!!! You can also take my dandy graphic above and post it to your social media sites and invite others to join!! 
Big hugs,

Susan xoxo

Oh, and Happy Birthday all you March Birthdays!!!! *smile*

♥ Happy Birthday Susan ♥

 Dana Tatar
  Susan is a huge inspiration and positive force for me. It seems like no matter what she is going through she always manages to look on the bright side, which is a character trait that I aspire to have. She makes it look so easy! I hope you have an amazing Birthday Susan!

Design Notes: I created some "balloons" with circles cut from my favorite Color Burst patterned paper. This sweet girl and "You are Awesome" sentiment stamps are from Susan's NEW Love Ya Whole Bunches 3x4 Stamp Set available from Jillian Vance Design. I stamped both the image and sentiment with black Archival Ink and colored the girl with Faber-Castell watercolor pencils.
Larissa Pittman
Happy Birthday to a truly amazing woman. You are an encouragement to me everyday. I pray your Birthday is as fabulous as you are.

 Love Ya Whole Bunches 3x4 Stamp Set available from Jillian Vance Design

Sandee Setliff and Daniella Hayes
We wish your birthday is filled with a sunshine of joys, rainbow of smiles, and rainfalls of laughter. May your day be filled with joy, wonderful gifts and goodies too.
Happy Birthday to a wonderful person who inspires us everyday with her wit, charm and wonderful personality!

Fly Away stamp set