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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fun Tags

Good morning friends. It seems like forever since I have posted. Today I am back with a couple of tags I made with a few different Susan K Weckesser's stamp sets.
I used stamps from the following sets:


I took different stamps from each of these 2 sets to make these two tags.
I stamped each stamp using black ink and colored them in with my Copic markers.
I added a little twine to the top of each tag to finish them off.
I also added a little glitter here and there not sure if you can see it in the pictures

I think you could also use them for bookmarks as well as a gift tag.

Hope you enjoyed my post today.
Have a wonderful blessed Wednesday friends.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Susan loves to give us prompts for the month.  She always leads us on a super fun crafty path!  This month, she thought "Tags" would be wonderful!  She also gave us this quote to inspire us:

"Live in the Sunshine, Swim the Sea, Drink the Wild Air."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All I could think of was "Wild Air" and that made me think of KITES!
I made a Kite Tag!  Won't this be totally awesome on a gift bag or present?  I used Susan's beautiful papers to start, then I used her awesome stamp set "Fly Away".  The cloud was perfect in my sky, and the kite stamp fit perfectly!

Inside of the cloud stamp, I stamped 3 phrases from Susan's super duper cute "Love Ya Whole Bunches" stamp set.

I wrote the poem on the kite too.  

And finished it with paper bows on the top and on the tail, again from Susan's paper line.

Thank you soo much for visiting!  I hope my Kite Tag inspires you to think of different shaped tags for your gifts.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Love Ya Whole Bunches

Hi everyone!
I am just loving our spring time weather here, all the flowers are beginning to bloom and I just had to break out my pastel colors and the Love Ya Bunches stamp set and do a little playing today.

First thing I did was to take my Core'dinations tag and spread some Tattered Angels Glitter paint across it, and while it was wet I dragged a dry paper towel across it which gave it a pretty background. Then I stamped the girl from Love Ya Whole Bunches stamp set from Jillian Vance, colored her in with pencils and Smooch Pearalized Accent inks and a SAI waterbrush and then fussy cut her out.

I then stamped some accent phrases on the background, and by placing 2 phrases on one acrylic block I am able to keep everything perfectly spaced.

Tearing off the bottom half of the tag, and layering 2 tags together just gives it a feminine distressed look.

I adhered the girl on top letting her drape over both tags to give it a cohesive flow.  Adding the "I love you" speech bubble is the perfect accent along with the little gemstone dot I placed inside the flower.

And look at that sweet little flower, I just had to add it to the corner :) The "to and from" are handwritten on the opposite corner with my micron pen along with the faux stitching that I added to the base of the tag.

All in all I just love her whole bunches!!

Thanks for stopping by today ♥

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Place Cards with Dana

Hi! Dana Tatar here today sharing some place holders that I created for my Easter table. I don't usually decorate for holidays, but I do appreciate a pretty place setting! I found these bunny spools at the store and altered them a bit to fit my needs by removing everything from the spools except the super cute fuzzy bunny ears. I wrapped the center of each spool with Susan K. Weckesser patterned paper and scalloped ribbon and embellished the top of each spool with a colorful twine bow and a flower. I used the NEW Susan K. Weckesser Grunge Fun 3x4 Clear Stamp Set, sold by A Jillian Vance Design, to create small name tags, which I then added to stick pins.

This project was fun and easy. I'm looking forward to displaying these cute place holders!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~Dana Tatar - Susan K. Weckesser Creative Contributor