Friday, April 18, 2014

baby card

My friend for many years is having his first baby with is wonderful wife and it is a boy!!  My husband and I  are super thrilled for both of them, even thought they have no idea what they are in for, hehe.  They have already decided on a name for the little guy Maroun, named after his father.


Knowing it is a boy I went with blue and teal colors with a hint of yellow.  Susan K. Weckesser's paper were perfect for this card.  I used two different pages, both sides of "Beautiful Daydreams" and the other I cut a  card out of the "Live in Color Tags" for the center.

I did not make this a super "baby" card except for the baby stamp and the little bear in the flower.  I did some fun things on this card, like paper piercing and sewing with twine, alternating the puncture holes with blue and yellow brads for some fun.

I can't wait to meet the little guy and give him super big hugs!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Patterned Paper - Susan K. Weckesser
Punch - Just Imagine
Brads - Other
Flower - Prima
Ink - Prima
Twine - May Arts Ribbons
Stamp - Recollections
Bear - Other


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eat, Drink, Breathe, Live in Color

 Hi! This is Valerie Reyes again, here to share a second project with you. This is another scrapbook title page.

I was inspired by one of Susan's patterned papers: Live in Color

I started by coloring in the phrase with Faber Castell Gelatos and a water brush. I fussy cut the phrase and started to build my page with layering and layout more like the style of my typical scrapbook pages than my first project for the My Sweet Earth blog. I used the b sides of Live, Love, Create and Color Burst on the page as well. I used gesso to tone down the pattern a bit to give myself a space to write, and made the ruffled pink paper using some crepe paper I had left over from a party.
I outlined the elements in black to give a little more definition to the title and the flower cut from the Live in Color paper.
I did make a bit of a mistake placing my words when I was writing.  Gesso to the rescue! A couple of layers and you can't even see the "in" above the word chaos.

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to see what you're doing with Susan K. Weckesser's beautiful products.

Valerie Reyes
Susan K. Weckesser Guest Design Team Member

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The EARTH with out ART is just EH!

Hello Creative Lovelies!

Keri here.

Earth Day here in the US is fast approaching on April 22nd and today I wanted to share with you a fun little project in the spirit of nature. 

Recently I was at my yearly creative retreat with my family and friends at a BEAUTIFUL Bed and Breakfast nestled in woods of Rogersville, MO. It was the perfect scenery to think about a project in honor of Earth Day. 

To make this project,  I stamped a little scene using Susan's "Create Your Day" Stamps from Unity Stamp Company on to a piece of kraft paper and painted it with acrylic paints (slightly watered down.) I stamped my house on Susan's Whimsical Paper to give it a little POP.  Then I had a summer camp flashback and made a stick frame, fresh from the grounds around the bed and breakfast. 

I love the quote I found online "Nature is the Art of God."

I hope you will take the time this week to find a little piece of Art in the world God has surrounded you with. 

Happy EARTH Day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Child's Garden of Verses

Hello!!  Susie here today sharing a flower-filled scrapbook layout using the bright and whimsical papers from the Live In Color collection designed by Susan K. Weckesser.
Not long ago, I  thumbed through a copy of  A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The title inspired me to scrap this spring school photo in a garden filled with flowers...and advice!  I used some of my favorite quote stamps and black Archival Ink.
The sentiments - stamped in crisp black ink - really pop off of the background created by the brightly colored  blooms.
I highlighted the black dots on this large flower with black rhinestones from Want2Scrap.
The butterflies on the layout are also from Want2Scrap.  After I adhered them to the page, I painted inside the sections of the wings.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!

Susie Bentz
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member

Susan K. Weckesser Products Used:

Want2Scrap Products:

Other products: Cardstock, Archival Ink, Misc stamps, washi tape, Distress Inks, alpha

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Spring birdie love

I love the Springtime dearly, and from my kitchen window I can see the birds investigating the bird box in the tree. They nest every year and it's a joy to watch them come and go.

My journal page is dedicated to a few friends who are going through a rough patch at the moment and need support.

I stamped the birds from the 'Sing Your Song' stamp set with Unity several times and cut each bird and branch individually along with a few extra leaves, sticking them down with glue gel to add some dimension.

I know it's a bit of a fiddle but fussy cutting can be very rewarding if you take your time.

Happy Spring.

Jaine for the Susan Weckesser Design Team.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring: A Time of Renewal and Re-organization...

Hello Evryone! Design Team member Lynne here today to share some of my thoughts on Spring.  What is it about Spring that makes us want to CLEAN Everything?!  Is it the renewal of life making us want everything bright and new again?  Or (more likely for me) is it all that lovely bright sunshine streaming through the winter-dirty windows lighting up all the dust and cobwebs in the corners of my rooms?  Whatever it is Spring is a time of year when I am filled with a huge energy and desire to clean and re-organize EVERYTHING... Which brings me to this lovely little project that I created for my next-to-last post for the Susank K. Weckesser design team, a book for all my small stencils which I made from two 10"x10" pieces of cardboard and two binder rings.
Here's the front cover:  I mod podged a few torn pages from an old book onto the cardboard, sprayed it with my Dylusions sprays and cut and pasted from Susan K. Weckesser's Live in Color paper line and her digital stamp version of "Purpose of ART" stamp set ...Which, by the way, is now available in the UK at Polka Doodles (and which I just ordered!)

Here is a close up... as always I popped a few of the elements for interest, doodled in my title and around a few other elements as the mood struck me, and finally accented everything with Ranger's stickles and liquid pearl...
Here's the back cover:  I used up some old chipboard shapes that I have had lying around forever.  I'ts amazing how something changes when you cover it with gesso and paint it in the colors you want it to be, I Love gesso.
I created the stems for these flowers from a bright green hemp cord from May Arts that I have been saving for something really special, I also punched holes into the top bottom of my front cover and threaded it through... I just love the texture it created, it makes you want to keep stroking that cover... smile
Here are the front and back covers layed out: I didn't really have a plan for this book I just let it evolve and take me where it would.  I am discovering that when I take all the pressure off myself to "make it perfect" how perfectly something will evolve.  And because this was only a cardboard book for my stencils there was no pressure or need to be perfect at all and I love how fantastic it turned out.

Now, after the covers were completed and dry I punched in some holes using my Crop-a-Dial and I added some old 8x8 plastic page sleeves from an old scrapbook album to slide stencils into - I can fit four stencils to a sleeve - but then I ran out of 8x8 sleeves...
So then I punched holes right into the side of the plastic ziplock bags that other of my stencils came in, putting two in each bag and voila... all my small stencils are now in one place (happy Grin).
And did you notice the inside cover? That was created by mod podging my inky paper towels (the ones I used to blot when I used my sprays) to the inside... cool huh?
Another tip, collect up all the supplies you think you want to use and then just USE THEM... don't think about it, just DO IT... and look what happens!
This is so pretty and so organized that I think I need to make another of these books for my large stencils using 12x12 cardboard and 12x12 scrapbook page sleeves... what do you think? 
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope this post will inspire you to create something of your own.
Design Team Member
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

PS:  Inspiration for this project was provided by Kelly S. and her video link that was posted to facebook in April (and who I am now following on YOU Tube - she's AWESOME!)
See Kelly's Video HERE:

Products used to create this Project:
Susan K. Weckesser's Live in Color paper line
Susan K. Weckesser "Purpose of ART" digital stamp
May Arts Fiber
Ranger's Stickles & Liquid Pearls
Plaid Mod Podge for Paper
CTMH Liquid Glass
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
Golden Gesso

Zig Black Vellum Liner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Life is a beautiful thing

Hi! I'm Valerie Reyes.  I'm so excited to be here as a guest designer for April.  Susan's artwork is so lovely, it makes me smile just to look at.  It was 3 AM when I walked in my front door from a road trip to see my design team box. I did take a few minutes to get the kids in from the car and into bed before I opened my box, but not a moment longer.

It was a true act of self control not to start working before I finished my haul video (you can find it on my YouTube channel). I went to sleep dreaming about two patterned papers in particular: Live, Love, Create and Beautiful Daydreams.

I knew that charming green house belonged in the sunny afternoon, so I started there.  After cutting out the house, I popped it up on dimensional adhesive using the Beautiful Daydreams patterned paper as a background. I used Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink to add definition to some of the details in the background paper: stems of flowers, rays of the sun, edges of clouds. The next thing to go down was the stamped sentiment, "Let your heart sing." from the Sing Your Song stamp set.

Then, I wasn't quite sure what to do.  I knew that I wanted it to be either wall art or a title page for one of my scrapbooks, so I googled the phrase, "Let your heart sing."  and came up with a song by Katharine McPhee. I filled in the white space with stamps from Little Yellow Bicycle's Love Letters Collection. Here is the final page.

If you're interested you can watch this video of my whole process.

Thank you so much for stopping by and a special thank you to Susan K. Weckesser, Inc. for giving me the opportunity to guest design here.

Valerie Reyes
Susan K. Weckesser Guest Design Team Member