Monday, October 31, 2016

My Little Boxes Full Of Happy - By Lynne Mizera

Hello and Happy Halloween everyone!  Today for my second mixed media project for the Creative Team I thought I would share this little idea that has been germinating in my brain for about two years now ... I am calling these My Little Boxes of Happy!

The size of an old-fashioned match box, the outside is already delightful... but when you slide back the cover a complete three-dimensional scene is revealed that just makes you smile... hence My Little Boxes of Happy

I used the Tim Holtz Matchbox die; Sizzix BigzL #659447 and Susan Weckesser's lovely paper to create my matchboxes.  Susan's paper worked like a dream because it is so much heavier than regular card stock.

The Susan K. Weckesser/Unity Stamp sets I used are the perfect size for creating these tiny 1.75"x2.25" diorama's which, when coloured in and covered in Ranger's Stickles and Close To My Heart's Liquid Glass, look like wee jewels.  A delightful little surprise and so gift-worthy, don't you think?

So thank you for stopping by today to share in this little bit of happy and if you are interested in how these were made you can pop on over to my blog to see all the steps in my process...
Happy Halloween Everyone!

for the Susan Weckesser Creative Team

Susan K. Wecckesser/Unity Stamp Sets Used:
Going Wild
Journal Doodles With A Heart
Granma's Needlepoint
In Circle Me
Create Your Day
Other Susan K. Weckesser Products Used:
Live In Colour Paper Line
ColorBox Mini Pop Inks

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hope & Faith

I have been seeing beautiful Autumn colors everywhere these days -- fall leaves in every hue imaginable, the many colors of  Pumpkin Spice, brightly colored sweaters and my many favorite Fall mugs !! I wanted to do a Fall project but wanted to use something other than the usual leaf theme. Then I remembered a floral stamp set of Susan's and this project was born !! The words I used are from one of my favorite quotes -- "HOPE  is FAITH  holding its hand out in the dark" by George Iles.

  • I used the Sizzix HobNail Vase embossing folder on a light brown piece of cardstock. This design reminds me of my home - we had a vase and doilies just like that in the house I grew up in.  
  • The Hope & Faith words are from the Painted Sentiments stamp set. I used Clearsnap Colorbox Color Pop ink in Sky to stamp the words on a piece of Live in Color paper
  • I stamped the flowers from the In My Garden stamp set onto various Fall-colored cardstocks and paper. The images were all then fussy-cut and arranged into a bouquet for the top of the vase. I adhered the flowers to each other using Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Adhesive
  • The stamped image was placed on the Left side of the card above the doily and also adhered with Tombow. I used Tombow Foam Tabs to adhere the bouquet to the top of the vase. A few large sequins were scattered onto the stamped image. 
  • I mounted the embossed/stamped card front to a card base made of Kraft cardstock. The bouquet extends above the top of the card and looks just like a fresh bouquet of flowers in a favorite vase !! I fussy-cut several pages of these flowers so I have them to use again. I am already starting an art journal page with a few of these !! ( I find that if I sit and watch TV while I am fussy-cutting, I don't snack at all. )

I hope you have been enjoying the month of October with Susan's Creative Team. It's hard to believe that it is almost November and the holidays will be here soon. I have even heard Christmas music in a few stores already !! I will be sorry to say good-bye to Autumn and all of the lovely colors.

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mixed Media Journal

Hi folks, Katy here with my project for this month's mixed media theme. I chose to alter an inexpensive notebook with paints and stamps and a stencil by Susan.

This piece is definitely inspired by a class I took with Kate Crane where we focussed on mark making techniques. Susan's stencil is perfect for this as it contains a ton of different shapes.

How I made it:
1) Paint the cover roughly with magenta, yellow and white paints, mixing as you paint.
2) Work magenta paint through the flower part of the stencil and through some sequin waste.
3) Add zigzag stencilling with yellow paint, circles with white gesso and numbers with black gesso.
4) Add dots in blue. Stamp with lids in white and blue.
5) Stamp the dots in black and the stars also in black.
6) Create a white/blue circle and outline with black pen. Glue a metal butterfly and pen nib to the focal point.

I used these Susan K. Weckesser products:
TCW Doodle Stencil 
Jillian Vance Grunge Fun stamp set

Hope you like my journal!
Katy x

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Believe In Yourself Art Journal

Hello all

I am back with another mixed media journal page for the Susan K Weckesser team. The theme on the blog this month is mixed media and one of my favorite themes. 

I started off by applying modeling paste around the page using a stencil and then i spritzed DecoArt Media Misters on top. I spritzed water over to dilute the colors.

Next i added more colors using acrylic paint which i painted on in blocks of color. I then used the In Circle Me stamp to add a textured layer to the background. I used a stencil with black modeling paste for the quote and writing. I let it all dry and then added another layer of stencils.

I used the A Little Grunge Love stamp set and used the Clearsnap Color Pop Mini inks to color them with. I glued them down and once dry i went over the top with a stencil to create a textured effect.

I used the A Little Bit Washi stamps and stamped them on to tissue paper. I learned this trick of Susan and this way you can position the images before gluing them down.

Thank you for visiting 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Altered Home sign with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my small tutorial post made Susan K. Weckesser stamps.
It's an easy art piece that you can make in no time and the stamps that you can can be totally different, just fill the " window" with whatever you like. I made it as a kind of " Home" sign.
Step by step instructions:
1. Cover the black craft store puzzle with a thick layer of white gesso and let it dry. You can  also recycle the old puzzle in about A4 size if you have one.  Use Rebecca Baer Mosaic Medium stencil with Texture paste over the puzzle piece and let it dry.

2. Mist the dry piece with  Tattered Angels blue mist and .... you know, let it dry!

3. Take out a few of the central pieces and make the " window" inside the puzzle.
Stamp Susan K. Weckesser " Home"  sentiment using her TUMBLEWEED HOUSES  Unity co-branded stamp set with her Clearsnap ColorBox Color Pop mini Mystery ink  and glue it inside the puzzle as shown.
Stamp 4 houses with the same stamp set in different Color Pop mini inks in Kiss, Sky,Ice and Fresh colors and  hand cut them and glue over the puzzle.
Mist the whole piece with gold mist of any company.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Colourful Giveaway!

Happy Monday! I sure hope that you are doing awesome today! Here it is a little bit cloudy and grey outside. So, let's make it colourful outside!?!!! I like creating my own rainbow! *grin* 

I was given one of these beautiful 'The Coloring Studio' Coloring book magazines from Somerset Studios to give to some one. I am thrilled to have one of my Coloring pages in it. It really is a wonderful magazine. It's more like a book because it is so big and the pages are so nice and thick! I will also give I complete set of my new Color POP Mini Clearsnap Inks to someone. I find coloring and make art makes me so relaxed and happy so I would love to share this with you too. 

How do you enter: 

1.Like the picture. 

2.Tell me why you would like to win.

3. Share, invite your friends & tag me. #coloryourownrainbow 


Contest closes October 31 at midnight. One winner will win the current 'The Coloring Studio' magazine & 1 set of my Susan K. Weckesser Inc. Color Pop Mini Clearsnap Inks.

Good luck everyone!!! xo



Mixed Media Skull

Hi everyone, Steph here today with a not so creepy skull.  It's mixed media month and Halloween is just around the corner.  I had this paper mache skull and knew it would make a fun project.

I stamped several colors of Colorbox® Color Pop Premium Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser ink on an acrylic block.  Using a paint brush, I picked up the inks along with a little water and proceeded to paint the skull.

I continued painting until the skull was completely covered.

Once painted, it was time to decorate.  Think of all the different elements you can add to make this skull personal.

Using the In Circle Me stamp, I inked it with Mystery Ink and randomly stamped it about the skull.  I purposely allowed some of the images to stamp incomplete because I was not looking for perfection.

Because of the skull's shape, no acrylic block was used.  I just push the stamps onto the skull.

I added 2 flowers in one of the eye sockets and added additional stamps around the skull.

I used the seeds from the What's Up Gnomey stamp set with Ice ink across the top and the small cloud from the Tumbleweed Houses stamp set with Kiss Ink.  And finally, I added gems, after all who doesn't love gems in any form?
Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by today.
Steph Ackerman
Susan K. Weckesser Design team

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fun Fall Card

I am Brooke Bock from the Susan K. Weckesser Design team and I am thrilled to join you here today.  I love Susan's Stamp designs because they are so whimsical.  I especially love this little Gnome from her What's Up Gnomey? stamp set.  He seemed just the perfect little character to peek in to this fall card.

Let's gather supplies:
Card Stock Scraps
Vintage Buttons
Glue Stick
Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Acrylic Block
Let's get started...
Cut and fold card.
Cut out leaves and ink edges.
Stamp gnome on card stock.

Layer and adhere leaves, gnome and background for gnome to the card.
Use glue gun to adhere buttons.

I think he makes the perfect little fall friend.  What do you think?

Brooke Bock Susan K. Weckesser Design Team 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mermaid Kisses

Greetings!  Joyce Shaulis here to share another mixed media project with you for our October theme.  I love to go to garage sales and find hidden treasures.  On one of my excursions, I found this cute wood boat oar.  It has been packed away until now when this inspiration struck!

Here is a photo of the original oar- it was a nice piece meant for decorative painting or crafting.  It is 24" long and 5 1/2" at the widest point.

First, I began by using Susan's new co-branded stamp, "Spirit of a Mermaid" and stamped the mermaid with Mystery mini POP ink onto white cardstock.

Then I painted both sides of the oar with gesso.  When it was dry, I used Decoart acrylic Bahama Blue to paint the sky and water.  I used the color Sand to paint a shore and extended it out to cover the whole handle of the oar. 


For the mermaid, I used markers to color her in.  Then I cut her out with scissors. 

Next, I painted the lower section of blue in Calypso Blue.  Using Bubblegum Pink and Cadmium Yellow, I blended in lines of color in the sky and also a little of the water area. I then adhered the mermaid to the oar with Decou-page.  Then I used a bubble rubber stamp with Snow mini POP ink to stamp onto the water and over the mermaids lower body.  Allow ink to dry. 

With a pencil, I wrote out lettering.  With a small brush and a small stylus I painted the letters in Electric Pink acrylic paint. 

To give a dimensional effect of a sandy beach, I took rice paper and glued it down with Decou-page over the sand painted area.  I rippled it in areas  to give the effects of  sand hills.  Then I stamped Cocoa mini POP ink onto a foam tray and took a small damp paintbrush to brush the ink over the rippled areas.  I also cut out some small fish and starfish from tissue paper to adhere with Decou-page in the water and on the shoreline. 

Next, I took a charcoal pencil and edged around the fish, starfish, mermaid, shore and water line.  I gently smudged the charcoal lines with a Q-tip.

With hot glue and glue gun, I glued small seashells and sea glass in several small groupings on the beachy sand area. 

To finish up, I edged the perimeter of the oar with Mystery mini POP ink, just swiping the edges with the ink pad.  I buffed the ink a bit with a paper towel. 

To finish up, I coated the whole piece with Decou-page and sprayed the piece with matte acrylic spray. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoyed finding another way to use this adorable mermaid stamp.  The possibilities are endless!!

Joyce Shaulis     Susan K. Weckesser Creative Design Team

Susan's Products used:
Spirit of a Mermaid
Mini POP inks: Cocoa, Snow, Mystery

Other Products used:
wood oar
Decoart paint, gesso, Decou-page, matte acrylic spray.  Paint colors:  bahama blue, bubblegum pink, cadmium yellow, electric pink, calypso blue, and sand.
rice paper
seashells and sea glass
fish and starfish from tissue paper design
hot glue and glue gun
charcoal pencil
rubber stamp with bubbles