DIY Parks and Rec inspired notebook

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Welcome to the Parks and Recreation EPIC Blog Hop! I’ve joined together with 8 other bloggers to create and share crafts inspired by the NBC show, Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. This fall the show enters it final season! We’ll miss Parks and Rec but the show will live on in “craft”!

Check out the notebook I created, inspired by Parks and Rec character Ron Swanson. I just love all of Ron’s one liners, but “Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing” is the one that sparked my desire to create.

This hilarious statement aligns perfectly with my current state of chaos and half-assing everything. Since I am trying to get organized, I decided to decorate my boring notebook with this fun quote.

I started with an ordinary notebook, opened it up, painted my background directly onto the front and back cover, then collaged my donkey painting and words onto it.

Park 1-web  Parks-web

So, take Ron’s advice and stop half-assing two things and try putting your whole self into one thing. Figure out what is most important to you and put your full potential into it.

Hope you enjoyed taking a looksie at my Parks and Rec inspired notebook, now be sure to click on the links below to enjoy some more fun and creativity.

Now, head on over to the other 8 blogs in the hop to see what Parks & Rec inspired crafts they created!

Jennifer Priest 

Lorine Mason

Katie Priest

L. Grace Lauer

Tatiana Allen

Rina Gonzalez

Jessica Wilson

Nicole Waldron

Scrappin Madge

For more Parks and Rec inspiration, follow our Pinterest board.

 parks header

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,



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IF you DO, you will BE-Ice Resin and Faber Castell bog hop

Be Brave Today-web

I am very excited to share with you this book cover I was inspired to create thanks to ICE Resin and Faber Castell. These 2 amazing companies carry some of my favorite products and I am just thrilled to be a part of this blog hop. Be sure to hop on over to todays other featured blog and see what the wonderful Rita Barakat made.

In case you’re wondering how this wonderful book cover transpired, it all began with a “Mixed Media Journal” I received from Faber Castell. I’ve never had a journal so at first I was a little perplexed by the idea of 6 double sided board pages. I gave it a little thought and decided this was a perfect place to record reminders for each day of the week.

Lately I have been struggling to keep anxiety at bay and have come to realize I am most anxious when I am NOT doing what I am “suppose” to be. After making a list of what I feel are the most important things I need to work on, I came up with a memorable acronym. IF you DO, you will BE.

I=Intention, F=Focus, D=Direction, O=Organization, B=Balance, and E=Excel. Now that the cover is complete I will dedicate a page to each one of these words. You will have to tune back in next week to see what I come up with 🙂

Be Brave super-web

Supplies used on this book cover included:

ICE Resin®
Hobnail Heart Bezel, Antique Bronze

Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique

Iced Enamels™ Turquoise Relique
Iced Enamels™ Tarnished Bronze Relique


Gesso and Gel Medium

Gelatos in Cotton Candy, Bosenberry, Grape, Spearmint, Lime, Chocolate, Lemon and Coconut.

Artist Pen in White

Misc. items included 3 hinges, wings casted with ICE Resin, compass pendant and a map.

Here is the rest of this weeks blog hop schedule:

Thursday, May 15:
ICE Resin: Jamie Dougherty
Faber Castell: Tiffany Johnson

Friday, May 16th:

ICE Resin: Jen Cushman 

ICE Resin: John Creighton Petersen 
Faber Castell: Mou Saha 

If you missed May 12 or 13, check out these wonderful posts:
ICE Resin: Kathy Cano Murillo
Faber Castell: Jill Foster


Want chances to win a Designing with Gelatos Kit or an ICE Resin Kit?

The blog hop projects will end on Friday but you have until midnight Eastern time on Sunday, May 18 to post a comment. Winners will be announced Monday, May 19.  Two winners will win a Designing with Gelatos kit OR a  prize pack from Ice Resin (a Resin Plunger, a Bezel, Medium and a Relique). 




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ICE Resin, Stampendous and Imagine Crafts blog hop


Welcome to day 1 of the Stampendous StampsICE Resin® and Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko® blog hop!

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing creative collaboration. I had so much fun working with this incredible combination of products.

The inspiration for this piece came to me as soon as I set my eyes on the Stampendous “Queen Bee” stamp set.

A while back I fell in love with a quote by Mary Kay Ash that said “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee should not be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying any way.” I envisioned a girl in a yellow and black striped dress standing at a chalk board with the quote written on it.

I am amazed by how perfectly my vision translated into this beautiful artistic reality.


I love the way this project turned out and how incredibly simple it was to make.

Here are the supplies I used:

ICE Resin®

Stampendous Stamps “Queen Bee”

Black StazOn by  Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko®

Yellow Sharpie Paint Pen

Black Sharpie Paint Pen

White Sharpie Paint Pen

Chalkboard sticker label

Scrapbook paper

white card stock


Bee Ice Resin-web

Thank you Stampendous StampsICE Resin® and Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko® for making such amazing products and including me in this blog hop.

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,


How to Hop:

Each day we’ll post the designers participating in the Blog Hop. Click on each one and check out their project. Leave a comment on their blog that lets them know you really looked at their project. We ‘ll draw three blogs at random from the four days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog. You must have a U.S. mailing address to win, but we’d love for everyone to hop and comment! You can check out the Official Rules for all our contests if you have questions.

Here are todays creative contributors:


Jennifer Dove

Rhea Weigand

ICE Resin

Misty Grosse

Tatiana Allen

Imagine Crafts

Linda Lucas

John Creighton Petersen

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Adjusting my Sails-Ice Resin and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

Welcome to our 2 day Blog Hop featuring Ice Resin and Walnut Hollow If you’re starting here be sure to hop on over to and see Sara Shirman’s awesome project. While you’re there  you can enter to win the awesome Walnut Hollow prize pack.

SSetting Sail with Ice Resin and Walnut Hollow

Life’s journey is unique to each individual. Some people have it planned out, while others, like myself go wherever the wind blows.

On my journey I have experienced calm waters and smooth sailing as well as, strong winds and high waves while riding out a storm. The difficult times have forced me to change and develop along the way, but I have allowed myself to be moved forward without a destination in mind.

I feel as though I’ve been traveling aimlessly, moved about by temporary desires or moments of crisis. These two things much like the wind have been changeable and unrestrained causing me to move in unpredictable directions.

These strong feelings of wanting have given me drive, which in turn has set me in motion and I am now at a place where my heart has established destinations for my journey.

What about YOU? Have you figured out where you want to go in this journey called life? What you want to accomplish along the way? If so, then all we have to do is adjust our goals, like the sails of a ship, in the direction we are passionate about reaching.

Take control of your journey.

Setting Sail mixed media box with Ice Resin and Walnut Hollow

Featured products used on this piece are as follows:

“Classic Box” by Walnut Hollow as a base

ICE Resin®

Art Mechanique™ Heart Silhouette

Iced Enamels™ Medium

Iced Enamels™ Garnet (available mid March 2014)

Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica

Iced Enamels™ Shattered Inclusions-Opal


Basic instructions:

1. Empty 2 entire 1 oz. ICE Resin® syringes into a cup and mix for 2 minutes.

2. Cover the sides of the Classic Box with ICE Resin® and place blue lace onto it.

3. Using a disposable brush apply ICE Resin® over the layer of lace.

4. Pour remainder of Resin on top of the box using brush to cover it entirely.

5. Sprinkle Iced Enamels™ Shattered Opal and Shattered Mica over box top and lace.

6. On a plastic bag brush ICE Resin® over a 4″ x 8″ piece of a map.

7. Place box and map on a craft mat and allow the Resin to cure for 72 hours.

8. Fold a paper boat out of a vintage looking piece of paper.

9. Using a stencil draw 2 wings onto the cured ICE Resin® covered map.

10. Brush the Heart Silhouette with Iced Enamels™ Medium.

11. Sprinkle it with the red Iced Enamels™ and fuse with a heat gun.

12. Assemble your sails and heart with wire and brads onto the disposable brush.

13. Cut a small hole into the center of the boat and insert bottom of brush stick.

14. Ink and embellish as much as your heart desires.

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,



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Guest Designer-Mixed Media-pig with wings-web
Today I would like to share with you the project I created as a Guest Designer on Susan K. Weckesser’s blog.
Years ago I came to the realization that my brain works as, what I have labeled to be, a “visual translator.” It is almost as though the words I read or hear are of a foreign language until my brain interprets them into a visual scene.
Over time I have enjoyed bringing many of these visualizations to life through my creations, the most recent of which I will share with you today.
A while back my husband suggested I pursue my dream, to which I responded with  “when pigs fly.” Well, I am currently living that dream, as owner of a gallery and gift shop called Joyful Nest in which my studio resides.
As I looked at the supplies Susan K. Weckesser gave me to play with, her pink Susiebee Studios Inc. “Bouquet” paper made me think of a pig and reminded me of the flying pig reference mentioned above. Then I saw her “Create” word stamp and thought of a quote that says “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” With that inspiration and the supplies listed below, my project was completed.
So, the next time you feel like your circumstances make it impossible to follow your heart and pursue your dreams, be sure to remember that anything is possible if you create it! Yes, even pigs can fly if you give them wings.
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Supplies I used:
Susiebee Studios Inc. “Live in Color Tags” paper
Susiebee Studios Inc. “Bouquet” paper
Susan Weckesser & unity “Create your Day” stamps
Susan Weckesser & unity “Painted Sentiments” stamps
My Minds Eye “Classic Everyday Fresh Linens” paper
Westcott 6” Precision Titanium Scissors
Wing stencil
White paint
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Bella Crafts Halloween Birthday Blog Hop

Bella Crafts-web

Today we are celebrating Bella Crafts Quarterly’s birthday with a halloween inspired blog hop.
Thanks to the following blog hop sponsors:
I was able to create the project pictured above.
Bella Crafts Quarterly™ is also celebrating with a fabulous GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to Graphic45 someone will win this wonderful gift pack.
Click here to ENTER:


Supplies I used for the project pictured at the top of this post:

Vintage camera

Bella camera-web








Westcott Precision Scissors

Westcott 12″ Personal Trimmer

Rowlux Gold sheet

Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four

Alleenes: Clear Gel Tacky Glue

Tulip Metallics Dimensional Paint: Gold & Black

My Minds Eye: Halloween paper pad

Marvy: 1″ Square Punch

Me & My Big Ideas: Skeleton Sticker

Recollections: Crow Dimensional Stickers

Tim Holtz: Distress Paint-Mowed Lawn

Idea-Ology: Ruler Binder

BE INSPIRED! Wishing you smiles and sunshine,


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Back to School

 Back to School Blog Hop sept2013

Welcome to the 2013 Susan K Weckesser Inc Design Team Back 2 School Blog Hop.  Our Design Team and Guest Designers have created a week’s worth of great projects to bring you inspiration and fun — all themed around Back 2 School. We encourage you to visit each member’s blog, leave a comment and maybe find a new blog to follow. After you have visited all participating team member’s blogs, go back to THE STARTING POST at Susan K Weckesser’s My Sweet Earth Blog and leave a comment letting us know which project either inspired you or touched your heart. Don’t worry, you have all week to take your time and go through the blogs. We’ll feature a few each day at Susan K Weckesser Inc, but will draw names from comments left on THE STARTING POST for our grand prize.

Here is the list for ALL team members, but again don’t panic, we will highlight a few each day so you can come back and visit a few at a time if you want because we know how busy you Moms – and Dads – are! You have until Saturday night 11:55 PM CST to leave a comment at Susan K Weckesser’s My Sweet Earth.

Here is the entire blog hop list:

Susan K Weckesser
Rita Barakat – Design Team Member
Lynne Mizera – Design Team Member
Jeanie Dickinson – Guest Designer
Tracy Easson – Design Team Member
Tatiana Allen  – Guest Designer
Einat Kessler – Design Team Member
Jaine Drake – Guest Designer
Julie Short – Design Team Member
JJ Sobey – Design Team Member
Allie Gower – Guest Designer
Keri Sallee – Guest Designer



I find it is very fitting that school started the day after Labor Day.  This holiday is held to honor the “worker” in appreciation for the work they do and I felt very honored to take my children back to school.

As a mother of two boys, a 4 and 6 year old, there is no greater celebration than the 1st day of school! This years experience was extra special because I got to see just how different my boys were by the outfits they picked out to wear.

On this fabulous first day of school I asked both boys what they wanted to wear. My youngest, the rambunctious one, picked out a Superman shirt and matching cape. While his meticulous older brother decided to go with a collared shirt and a suit jacket.

I captured this classic moment with my camera and decided to feature it in a scrapbook layout for this special blog hop.

Supplies used for this layout included but was not limited to:

Background page, “Beautiful Daydreams” by Susiebee Studios Inc.

Ground, 2″ cut from “School Days Alphabet Jumble” by TCP Studio.

Letters & house, cut out of “Live, Love, Create” by Susiebee Studios Inc.

House door, 2 inked “Vintage Wood Mini Rulers” by Maya Road.

Windows, cut from “Ruler Ribbon” by Tim Holtz – Idea-ology.

Crystyler Crystals on sun, applied with Crystyler 20 by Norma Rapko.

Photos were printed on photo paper and cut out.

Words were typed on an old typewriter and cut out.

Hoped you enjoyed this project and are inspired to try out some of the amazing products I used to create it!

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,


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Rowlux Illusion Film Blog Hop

Rowlux web

After having the honor of trying out Rowlux® Illusion Film I am officially in love. This product is so beautiful to create with especially if you let the light shine through it.

1. Paint a shadowbox frame with Copper paint.

2. Cut out a piece of the Gold Illusion Film to fit the center.

3. Use Tim Holtz Alterations Heart Wings die to cut a heart out of the Pink Illusion Film and wings out of Clear Illusion Film.

4.Print words out on a laser printer.

5. Glue everything together with Liquid Fusion.

6. Place a tea light in shadowbox to light it up.

I really enjoyed testing this product out and hope this project inspires you to create!

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,


Be sure to take a looksie at all the other beautiful projects that were created with the Rowlux® Illusion Film for this blog hop 🙂

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Writting a Mission Statement

Rise Balloon-web

I started this week with the simple goal of writing a mission statement for my new (yet to be announced) business venture. Soon I realized this was not going to be so easy after all. Instead, it has turned into the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to write.

Because I believe one persons struggles can become someone else’s victories I would like to share my process with you.

So what is a mission statement? A mission statement should briefly describe your companies fundamental purpose. Or if you like to work backwards like myself, describe your purpose fundamentally? Or for those of you who appreciate simplicity, what is of “central importance” to your company?

Trying to specify your purpose and fundamentals requires determination. You must be able to define your intentions and decide firmly on what you desire to achieve.

To figure out my purpose, I asked myself:
1.) What was it that originally and/or primarily sourced my motivation?
2.) What are my intentions and objectives?
3.) What do I wish to attain through this venture?

To determine what is fundamental to my business I asked myself:
1.) What are the primary and necessary components of my business?
2.) What determines my essential structure or function?
3.) How will my business generate enough income to sustain itself?

When you really break it down into it’s simplest form a Mission Statement is the why (purpose) and the how (fundamentals) of your business plan.

Hope this little peak into my mental processing center helps guide and encourage you to make a mission statement if you have or are wishing to start a business.

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,

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My Art Studio Reveal

Today I celebrate a clean and organized art studio and wanted to share this moment with you through the youtube video link posted above. This is a big milestone for me since it has been my hearts desire to reach this goal since we moved in, over 8 months ago.

So why did it take so long? Well, usually I would blame it on the 2 young children or husband who require much of my time and attention or on some other thing from my long list of excuses. Today however, I am taking sole responsibility for my choices and control of their outcomes.

Lately my anxiety level has been rising and I decided to do some soul searching to find the root of what’s causing it. My outward search turned into an inner battle and I had to confront some dark and challenging issues before I could see the light.

The realization I came to is that I live for the moment, instead of the future and make decisions based on what brings me temporary pleasure vs. long term enjoyment. While this can be a fine way to live while you’re young and time outweighs responsibility, there comes a day when you must prioritize.

To be continued…

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