Thursday, April 28, 2016

Flowers Make Everything Better

The doorbell rang. A delivery man handed me a brown wrapped bundle of flowers. I opened it up and was greeted by a colourful display of beautiful flowers. It was the note that grabbed my attention: ' Cheer up Hobbes'. I just smiled. Hadn't I been cheery on the phone everytime Marcus called home this week? I know that I sure tried. Even on Tuesday, after my doctors appointment when I had got a bit of not so good I information, I had told Marcus the news light heartedly even almost with a laugh in my voice. I actually feel almost detached from any personal health information that comes to me lately. I take it in and them I do what I am supposed to do. It is almost as sometimes I am looking at my body from the outside. I think that is how I cope. However, sometimes..... I don't even know how to talk about it, or it takes a few days for me to take it in and figure things out. I am thinking Marcus thinks I should be sad...but I am not; I am really not anything right now. Hmmm.....I think that is alright right now. I still laugh, smile, cry. I still create art. Make supper. Sing songs. Act silly. I am still me.
This week, I had to go in for a doctors appointment to get prescriptions and make sure everything was all right before I start a month of tests, MRI's, CAT scans, blah blah blah.....Then a topic was brought up that I had been shying away from....lumps and bumps. Ya, no one likes them, especially if you already have Cancer. So, after a bit of poking and prodding it was confirmed that I have not good lumps in my throat & my ankle. The length of my test list has now expanded and I will be going in to get a lovely tube put down my throat for biopsies. Kinda far from my bladder, but ok...I guess. I have been going in every six to twelve weeks for the last year for treatments. I think I feel bad because I know how this weighs heavy on my family. Poor Marcus is now on the road all the time as a Provicial Fire inspector; I know that he feels bad that he can't be here with me. I tell him it's fine. Mind you...some times I really do wish I had family around me. I even wish my mom & dad were around cheering me on. Mind you, I am so glad they didn't live to see would have hurt them so bad. Small blessings. I think that really gets me are the dear friends that I know around me that all of a sudden that are fighting for their lifes because of Cancer. It strikes such a cord of sadness in my heart. I truly feel for each of them and I wish I could take anyway everything that they are feeling and are going through. It really is so important to reach out to these amazing people!  Not having many people left at home can be hard some times. Loneliness can be bad if you have an active imagination! Haha! But, I am SO grateful for my job and creating ART! It keeps me sane and helps me feel alive!! I loose myself in ART and creating!!! I am grateful for my creative friends! You are amazing & I am so grateful for all of you and your wonderful support. Thank-you!
Life is such an adventure! I know that this is just a bump in the road for me. But, I am so grateful for the beautiful blessings that that I see each day! We really have to enjoy each and every moment...the good and the not so good.
Susan xo

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mixed Media: Angels are Near Layout

Hi all!, Katie here
I am up on the blog with a new mixed media layout to share. They say that if you find feathers in an unexpected place then it is your Guardian Angel trying to get your attention.I wanted to create a layout that was like a journal page so i sorted out a photo that was more suited for this style of project.

I used 

I started off the page by applying DecoArt Media White Crackle Paint over the page using the DecoArt Americana Distressed Harlequin Stencil. I dabbed Chocolate ink over the top and then inked up the In Circle Me background stamp and stamped it around the edges and corners of the page.

I added paper layers which i cut out of the Dovecraft Value Range Vintage Rose pad. I used die-cuts and punches to create the shaped edges and layered them up with 3d Foam Tape.

I used the little heart stamp from the Bunny Hugs Stamp Set to decorate the mini banner. I then used the little star and stamped that around the page.

Use alphabet stamps to create long journal style titles

I finished the layout off with white feathers and embellishments.

Thank you for visiting

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Mixed-Media Canvas And a Tribute to Ms. Susan K. Weckesser

A bit of a bitter-sweet moment here for me as today I post my last project for the Susan K. Weckesser design team 2015-2016 term. But before I reveal my last project I just want to share that Susan was one of the first people to recognize my artistic bits back in 2012 and that being selected for a guest designer spot on her very first design team gave me the boost my confidence needed to keep trying to find my artistic voice.  I went from a two-month guest designer spot in 2012 to a full-time spot on her design team in 2013-2014 for two full terms, but I just couldn't stay away and I was back again for another stint for this past term. 

My time spent on Susan's design teams has been wonderful.  The designers in this group are supportive, inspirational and oh so very talented, plus I just LOVE everything Susan K. Weckesser!  From the first time I saw one of her stamp sets by Unity Stamps called "Create Your Day" her products have inspired  me, and like any good relationship, they bring out the best in me creatively (or so I think!)... Here are a few of my favorite projects inspired by Susan K. Weckesser products:
Mixed Media Canvas (one of my first)
A Favorite Layout of Mine "What's Your Definition of True Love?"
An Altered Book Bag
A "Simple" Card Recipe


I am also fortunate to live not too far from Susan and I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting her, spending time talking with her and being a student in several of her classes.  I actually give her all the credit for my doodling expertise, something I discovered after taking her class called "Do the Doodle" in 2010; (Go HERE to see the layout I created using this technique that was published in Canadian Scrapbooker Fall, 2013.)

So you can see that this post, my last for the design team but NOT my last using Susan's products, is a truly bitter/sweet moment... But I am truly excited to share THIS, my latest 8"x10' mixed media canvas I created featuring Susan K. Weckesser/Unity Stamps sets "Little Haven"  and "Painted Sentiments" , I hope you like it half as much as I did creating!  

Please Note:  for those of you that are interested, I have created a photo-heavy post showing my mixed media process in the creation of this canvas over on My Blog and I would Love if you popped on over to have a look! 

Yours Sincerely and Appreciatively,
For the Susank K. Weckesser Design Team

Friday, March 25, 2016

Colorful Mixed Media Tag

Hello friends. Larissa here with you today. I have these big tags laying around and I have been trying to figure out what to do with them. Since I have been making things to decorate my planner I decided to do just that. I pulled out The Garden Whatnot Collection stamps.

I took five different Distress Ink colors: Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Tumbled Glass and sponged them all over the tag. I had no plan as to what color would go where I just filled in what I thought looked good at the time. :) 
Once I was done I heat set it just to make sure I didn't smudge it with my fingers as I was holding it down to stamp.
I used Black Onyx Versamark ink to stamp the images around the tag.

Once I was done I decided to place it in my planner with a planner clip I just made.

I just love the way the colors came out and the awesome stamps look on it. I decided to leave it alone after awhile. I thought first I need to add something to it but quickly decided against it.

I guess now everytime I flip open my April calendar I will think of Susan. :) 

Hope you enjoyed my post today.
Have a wonderful day friends.

Larissa Pittman 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mixed Media Card

Hi everyone!!

Here Noe to show you my newest project using Susan´s products... As you know,  this month our theme is "Mix Media"... one of my favourites themes together Cardmaking... I LOVE them !! .. So I did a combination of both in this project:

I have also used different bases and textures ... cardboard ... paper with black velvet ...  embossing resist with watercolors and finally Canvas Pennant painted with Gelatos and stamped with Susan´s stamps, specifically with "Grunge Fun", "In my Garden" and "Love ya whole bunches".

Girl was painted with my watercolors brushes from Kuretake and I added this heart on which I glued microbeads and glitter. 

In the background in which I used embossing resist technique I stamped sentiments from "Love ya bunches whole" stamp set and then erased slightly with a help from a wet wipe for babies.
Products used:
Hope you like it!!

Happy crafting!!

Noe I.G
Susan K. Weckesser DT Member

Monday, March 21, 2016

Art Cards by Shilpa

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,
I am back with my another mixed media creation.
I would like to share with you fun Art Cards, today.

These art cards are easy to make and very satisfying when you have little time for creative work. 

Lets see the process of making:

I made two cards. For the base I cut out 3 3/4" * 4 3/4" paper from Bouquet Paper.
On one card, I adhered pink washi tape and on another Green one.
Applied gesso with palette knife, randomly on the surface.
And Created texture with stencil and modelling paste.

I stamped flowers with black archival ink. I've used Pink and Green Neon Inks from Hero Arts to bring the color on these cards. I also used gold acrylic paint for more interest.

I stamped one of the leaf branch from Susan's " What's up Gnomey" set. Fussy cut it. Colored it more with watercolors and gold acrylic paint.
To create interest, I created layers of torn issue paper, text paper, gold flowers on the background, and placed my lovely leaf on it.

Here are individual card photos.

Hope you liked all my creations with Susan's lovely stamps, stencil and design papers.
This is my last post here and I would like to say Thank you so much to Susan, Peggy and all my team mates for your support and love!
Thank you readers for your kind comments and love for my work.

Products used here:

Friday, March 18, 2016

Charter Your Own Course

 Hello! Samantha here today and it is sadly my last post here as a member of Susan's design team. 
I've had a great time. Thank You Susan for the opportunity.
You may have noticed that March has been a month of mixed media pieces. My last make was a tin and for this make I've painted and decorated a canvas. The canvas is a deep edged/box canvas and the front is 4 inch x 4 inch. I used the Sail Away stamp set which has become a firm favourite of mine!
After painting the canvas blue I stamped the boat and waves 3 times on white card and coloured using Derwent watercolour pencils. I then cut out the images and glued in place.
I added white dots and some glitter for glistening waves. (Glitter always seems so hard to photograph but I hope you get the idea!).
The sentiment was stamped on white card using an alphabet set I had lying around. 
As I mentioned earlier it is a deep edged canvas. This gives the opportunity to take your design around the sides and on top. This is why 3 sets of waves were needed. (The 'compass' stamp is by Stampotique Originals and I had wrote the N E S and W).
The Sail Away stamp shown below set can be found at Unity Stamp Co by clicking right {here}
I love the message of this. Charter your own course. Life is what you make it!
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed having me on this lovely blog and that I may have inspired you. If only a little.
Wishing you a lovely day
Susan K.Weckesser Design Team Member