Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Surtex 2015 : Susan's Adventures

I have been home from New York City and the Surtex show for almost a week now and my head is going a million miles an hour. I had a super fantastic show. 

                   "Surtex is the annual trade show for trade show for the surface design industry."

The picture above is all the wonderful designers, including myself, in our booth at the show. I felt so honoured to be part of such amazing talent! 

 Being a country girl, I have to admit that New Yourk City was a wee bit over whelming! Really crazy busy! I couldn't believe all the people, taxis, and horn beeping. I did love all the color and old buildings. That was super cool. Lots to look at. Lots of neat things that I could take pictures of and draw! 
It super fun to see fun to see a life sized Mr.Gnomey go up in our booth. I'm happy to report that he had an awesome time! 

The booth looked wonderful when it was finished and ready to do. Everyone's artwork nicely complemented each other's work. Plus, it was wonderful meeting new designers, companies, and buyers. 
    It made me so happy to meet in person so many of the designers that have been so supportive of me with my recent battle with Cancer. It was wonderful to be able to thank them in person and give them a hug! 
                                              Of course I had to take a in-booth selfie! 

The National Scabook Show was going on at the same time so I had a chance to wander over and take a peek and say hi to some friends like Jayme Shepard from Hazel & Ruby, and Teresa Collins.

Having a chance to show my work this year in New York was a dream come true. I wasn't sure if I could physically do it. In January, my hubbie just looked at me and said go for it. You only live once. So...I went for it! And I am really am glad that I did. It took and lot of courage and strength, prayer, and a guardian angel or two, but it was worth it. I had to pace myself and know when I was getting tired out. I am grateful for understanding designers that I shared the booth with. I also had a fantastic roommate! 

Irene Chan was my roommate and I feel so blessed to know her. She always put a smile on my face, not to mention, she is such an extremely talented designer. 
I had so much fun preparing and showcasing my designs for this amazing show. I'll give you a glimpse of some of my designs and products that were at Surtex.
It really was an amazing week! And I know this year is going to be truly an art-packed year for me! 

It really was a lovely week, but I can say that it is always nice to get home. There is just something so charming about our open prairie skies. *smile*
                                                              Have a beautiful day. 
                                                                         Susan xoxo

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Garden Gnome

Hi everyone!
I am having so much fun making whimsical garden signs, they are so addicting and easy to make, especially when you have some fun stamps like What's Up Gnomey? to use.

First get a small piece of wood and paint it using some Deco Art Chalk paint. Chalk paint is great for easy coverage. I used a disposable brush for even easier clean-up!

After your base coat has dried then outline your sign. You don't have to do this, I just like it personally, lol

Then grab some of your Susan K. Weckesser stamps and a paint pen writer from Deco Art and embellish your sign any way you want to. There is no wrong or right, just fun!

Attach it to a stake and stick it in a pot or out in your garden! Either way, it will bring a smile to your face!

Thanks for visiting...:) 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Alice In Wonderland Tea Tag Invitations by Dana Tatar

Hi Susan K. Weckesser fans! Dana Tatar here today sharing a set of tea invitations. Instead of creating cards, I used a shipping tag for the base of these invites. Tea parties always make me think of the story Alice in Wonderland. I used a set of paper dolls, Susan K. Weckesser patterned papers and Prima paper and flowers to create this fun tag set.

I cut some colorful circles and letters from the Susan K. Weckesser Live, Love, Create paper collection and paired them with some bold floral prints to build up layers on each tag.

If you'd like to make a set of tags like these for yourself, you can find the paper doll set I used HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!
~Dana Tatar - Susan K. Weckesser Creative Contributor