Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Arctic Fox Tag

Hi folks! Katy here with today's tag project. I don't have any of Susan's lovely Christmas stamps, so I thought I'd adapt the cute fox from the Going Wild set to a winter theme! Mr Fox has his arctic outfit on today - appropriate as it's REALLY cold (about -5 degrees) in the UK today.

Here's how I made the tag:

1) Paint the background of a tag with dark blue shades of paint (I used Prussian Blue Hue and Phthalo Blue by DecoArt Media). Mix the colours as you paint.

2) With Metallic Silver paint (DecoArt), stencil a snowflake design (Stampendous) onto the tag.

3) Add some embossing paste (Dreamweaver) to the bottom of the tag, making the surface rough like snow with a palette knife.

4) While the paste dries, colour Mr Fox with some markers (Graph-It) and paint a wooden snowflake white.

5) When the paste is dry spray lightly with blue shimmer mist (ColourArte Radiant Rain) and catch the tops of the texture with a little gilding wax (Treasure Pewter).

6) Mat the tag onto silver card. Assemble the tag with some pom-pom ribbon through the hole and a die cut greeting (Sizzix).

Thanks for your visit today!
Katy x

Susan K. Weckesser product used:

Paint Chip Gift Tags

I love tags.  I love making them, looking at them, collecting them, hanging them everywhere...  To me they are little bits of art.

Half the fun is finding a base.  I love shipping tags but I also love using something different.  Today I wanted a quick and inexpensive way to make tags. So naturally I grabbed some paint chips from my favorite home improvement store....  I picked the shapes and colors I wanted.

Basic supplies needed are paint chips, Susan K. Weckesser Color Pop stamp pads, stamp sets, acrylic block, scissors, twine, a paper punch and embellishments.

I love the ombre look of paint chips.

For these tags I used the Painted Sentiments stamp set.

I was particularly fond of the shape of these chips.  They seemed perfect for the One Of A Kind Winter {Christmas Campaign} stamp set.

And they seemed perfect for a whole little street of houses using the HeartFULL Homes stamp set.

Also from the HeartFULL Homes stamp set is this sweet set of flowers....

Perfect for the season is the Very, Very Merry stamp set.

And then I played with these paint chips too...

I kept my embellishments simple: sticky back crystals, pearls, and some twine to tie them on....

You could fancy them up with whatever goodies make your heart sing.

I wanted to focus on the simplicity of the stamps and paint chips.

Any of the stamps that did not get a great impression, I just did not use for this project.

This may become my new go to for gift tags...

It was such a fast and easy project.

I think the snowmen are my favorites...

These would be perfect for an art abandonment...

I hope I inspired you to do some quick creating today.

Brooke Bock, Susan K. Weckesser Design Team

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday House Tags

Deb here with a fun holiday TAG project.  I must admit that I am absolutely smitten with Susan's houses !! Big ones, little ones, tiny ones, plain ones, decorated ones. I have used them for a bulletin board, cards, tags etc.... And today I wanted to show you how I am getting ready for the holidays with these adorable houses once again !!

For the red bag, I used the Happy Homestead stamp. The blue bag has a house from Heart-Full Homes , which is one of my very favorite stamp sets that I use often in my planner. All images were stamped with Susan's Clearsnap Colorbox Color Pop Mini inks. I stamped on both Kraft and patterned paper. The houses were highlighted using a combination of my favorite markers -- Stampin' Up, Faber Castell PITT Artist pens and Distress markers. The dots on the roof were made with a PITT Big Brush Pen in White 101 ( an absolute must-have pen ) !! The smaller house was placed on a piece of patterned paper that I cut into a tag shape. The sentiment on the tag is from the Very,Very Merry stamp set.

Attached to the bag is a house from the Little Haven stamp set. Again, I used the White PITT Big Brush pen to color in the scallops below the roof. A piece of Susan's Live in Color paper was paper-pieced for the roof itself. I added 3 sequins for some added dimension. The Le Mason stamp set was used for the house at the bottom and I again colored it a bit with a variety of markers. The tags were attached to the bags using Maya Road Twine Cording

"Do Not Open Until Dec. 25"

These tags all have space on the back to write TO and FROM. They are just the cutest for hanging from a gift bag or even taping onto a package. And I have so much fun coloring them in.An afternoon at Starbucks with my coffee and a few of these houses is absolute BLISS !! They are fun to fussy-cut too. In this age of new machines that cut out your stamped images, I am just old-school and continue to fussy-cut. I hope that you are inspired by my tags to start ( or finish ) some holiday projects. Thank you for taking the time to check out my tags. 

Debra Davison
Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Monday, November 28, 2016

Stamping on vellum card tutorial with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my last November tutorial made for Susan K Weckesser blog.
I didn't make step by step photos this time, so it's just the step that you can do to make this fancy card.
1. Make the basic card with stitched rectangle die and Susan's Live in color cardstock.(Use the back side for this card)
Add another layer die cut in smaller size using Susan's Colorburst cardstock.(Use back side again)
2. Die cut the third rectangle and die cut the honeycomb using Sizzix die. Glue the die cut layer as your third layer.
3.Make yellow cardstock matting and the diagonal cardstock layer and glue them over the first three layers.
4. Stamp the Susan's co- branded with Unity sentiment from In my garden stamp set with black pigmented ink and heat emboss with clear powder. Die cut the sentiment and make a yellow circled matting using Die Versions stitched nested dies. Glue the sentiment over the card as shown.
5. Stamp the big flowers over clear vellum from the same stamp set in the same way and hand cut them. Color the flowers with Susan's inks from Clearsnap using them as water colors (Kiss, Fresh and Snow).
Glue the flowers with clear glaze and cover them with a  glaze layer.
6. Add some rhinestones and three yellow circles around the card. Make faux stitching as shown with black pen.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A One Of A Kind Tag for A One Of A Kind Winter...

Happy, Happy Day Everyone!  Today I am sharing an oversized mixed media tag created for my second Susan Weckesser design team project for November.  Tag making is something I have not done a lot of in the past, but I am loving it because this year I realized that: a) you have a tag which can be used instead of a card; b) that a blingy tag is such a beautiful decoration, you can wrap your gift in brown paper and it still looks good and c) you can hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament and a memory.  Seriously Christmas tags may be replacing my Christmas cards next year!
I created this tag for a special, extra Large Gift for someone wonderful, featuring my very favorite "One Of A Kind Winter" snowman stamp  from Susan Weckesser/Unity Stamps.  I Stamped the snowman onto a piece of cardboard that came with a stamp set I bought, because I loved the subtle embossed dots on it, and I colored the hat and scarf using my Zig clean color brush tip markers.
For the background I applied a thin layer of white gesso and I stamped the small house from Susan's Create Your Day Unity Stamp set onto a page of thin white paper from a second-hand medical book I bought for $2.  The paper in medical books or Bibles is wonderful for this technique, tissue paper thin and brilliantly white, it is strong enough to hold up to getting wet with Mod Podge and sprays and mediums. 
Some seed pearls for door knobs, a foam pop dot for the sun and of course the final step with everything I do, a layer of Rangers Stickles and Close To My Heart Liquid Glass finishes everything off.
So that's my tag for today.... I hope it inspires you to go off and create something that will "Warm 3 Winter Months" for someone!
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Quick and Easy Decorative Tags

Hi everyone, Steph here today.   This month's theme is tags so I've created two tags using an assortment of Susan K. Weckesser products.

I've used large office supply tags as the base of my tags, but you could easily use a heavy weight cardstock if you prefer.  The tags were edged with Shimmer Color Pop Metallic Pigment Ink.

Cutting the Color Burst paper to fit the tag, I fussy cut a large flower from the Live in Color paper and added it to the tag with foam adhesives.   The cute fox from the Going Wild stamp set was stamped, colored and fussy cut then added to the left of the flower.

Bouquet paper was cut to fit the tag.  A large flower was cut from the Live in Color paper and added to the tag with foam adhesives.  I also cut apart the Live in Color tag sheet, using 3 words which were inked and added to the tag with foam adhesives.
Tags are really fun to create and are perfect for using up left over scraps.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Steph Ackerman
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Care Mixed Media Tag

Hi all

I have a mixed media tag using the Clearsnap Color Pop Mini Inks and Susan K Weckesser Unity Co Branded stamps

I started off by stamping over a white tag with In Circle Me background stamp and then i mixed the white and red inks to make a salmon pink. I painted this on to the background and left the circles blank for now.

I colored in the circles with Ice Blue and mixed Navy Blue and Red together to make purple.

I painted up the MDF mask using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Magenta and glued it to the tag before coloring in two hearts from the Grunge Hearts stamp set.

I then dribbled some of the magenta paint over the paper flowers which i inked with the colour pop inks. I miked the inks with water and painted them. I used the sentiment from the Bunny Hugs stamp set

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Warming Up Winter One Snowman At A Time...

Well here we are at the midway mark in November and just over four weeks away from Christmas!  Whooooosh... that's the sound of 2016 as it flies by at light speed! Grin  Today for my design team post here at the My Sweet Earth blog I am sharing these two lovely tags I created specifically to start a little glow in the heart of the person I am sending them to...

I am using Susan's One Of A Kind Winter stamp from Unity Stamps.  Susan created this wonderful snowman stamp a few years ago and it is still one of my very favorite stamps.  I enjoy creating something different with him every Christmas Season.

This year I stamped my image onto a piece of cardboard that came with something I bought... it had the most lovely embossed circles on it and I love the way my snowmen look after I colored them using my Zig Clean Color brush tip markers.
For the tag backgrounds I used gesso and pastes mixed media style and then added embossing powders which I melted over the tag to create texture...
But for this tag I stamped the house and sun from Susan's Create Your Day Unity Stamp set  - once on the tag and once on a dictionary page which I cut out and pasted to the background.
And of course the part I enjoyed the most was adding the embellishments and a thick layer of Rangers Stickles until those tags sparkled. These were fun to make and will be even more fun to put on a package and gift away.

Thanks for joining me today and I am sending you a warm winter hug from my Snowmen!
Lynne Mizera,
for the Susan Weckesser Design Team
Susan K. Weckesser products used on this project:
One of A Kind Winter
Create Your Day