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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Be INSPIRED! and More PEBEO Vitrail Painting...

I am soooo excited to be participating in the Unity Stamp Company's {Be Inspired} Challenge for this Month (April 9th until May 13th) and the images and colors in this month's challenge totally inspired me to create this very first large canvas using more of the PEBEO Vitrail glass paints, Stencils and of course UNITY STAMPS
Here is the challenge photo... How did I do? Grin
I created the canvas background first using stencils, Liquid acrylic paints and spray inks.  Then I went to town using my Pebeo dimensional paint in a tube to outline everything I wanted to enhance and then I filled the butterfly wings with my Vitrail paints, these looked so good that I then allowed myself to add more Vitrail glass paint to accent and enhance colored areas and because they are translucent the images behind the paint still show through beautifully.

Then I stamped two of my favorite Suzi Blu Unity Stamp images using Archival Black Ink, Gypsy Warrior and Serenity Angel, and then I painted them using my Inktense pencils like watercolors because these ink pencils will not run after they have dried and the colors are amazing!
After I had cut out my images I mounted them using foam pop dots to the background so they actually POP right off the canvas at you...
The final touch was to add gold leaf as an accent and to help direct your eye around the canvas... this was so easy to do with Pebeo's special "glue in a tube" for gold leaf and their "mirror sheets"... I think you will be seeing a LOT more of this on my future projects!

I just LOVE the shiny and glittery texture I get with this medium and I hope you like this new direction I am taking my Unity Stamps because I SURE AM! Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Edna Says..."Q" is for Quick!

I cannot believe that two weeks have flown by and it's already time for the next Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers' Challenge! This week Edna says, "Q" is for QUICK... make a card in 10 minutes or less! 
And here is mine and YES this card took only 10 minutes, this is the outside, it says "BEE"
And THIS is the inside "HAPPY!" Be Happy - Cute Huh?! It looks really cool when you open and close it really fast over and over, but it doesn't take much to entertain me. (grin)

This really did only take 10 minutes but I had the idea in my brain and all the product assembled and within reach before I started.  If I had to go looking for anything I would have totally been over.
AND I set my sparkly egg timer .... you know the one that goes TICK TICK TICK and then rings so loud you  jump when it goes off? Grin So I KNOW I did it in exactly 10 minutes!

So pop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog to see what everyone else has created and if you want to play along you have until May 1st to link up and maybe be selected our next Queen or Princess of SNARK!

Addendum:  Donna (our Queen of SSS) has requested a mini video of me opening and closing this card.... so here is my debute as a "Vanna White"... ENJOY!! 


Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Friday, April 17, 2015

Playing with PEBEO... Swoon, and Friends with Flair!

I am Baaaack! Smile... Sorry it's been so long between posts, but I have been REALLY sick from a bug I picked up at my 8-year old grandson's hockey tournament on March 23rd...
Grandson#2 and his Hockey Medal
 and then I was on a plane winging my way to Texas for a week-long visit and week of ART, eating, talking and BEACH with a my good friend Lisa (who I met at Christy Tomlinson's She Matter's Art Retreat last April)
Christy Tomlinson's SHE MATTERS Art Retreat, April-2014
and although I arrived home this past Tuesday, it took TWO DAYS to unpack all the stuff I brought back with me!  (Note: Hobby Lobby should show a big bump in revenue this month ... GRIN.)
Me & Lisa - Apres Beach IceCream Cones...Swoon!

 So ANYWAY... One of the new-to-me products I stumbled upon and bought are these awesome glass paints and dimensional glazes from a french company PEBEO... 
and they are one of the reasons I had to go back to Hobby Lobby THREE times and why I needed to purchase a FOURTH suitcase to get home. (Ha!Ha!Ha!)  
Canvas #1 Using Stampedous and Unity Stamps
And I am sharing these two wee 5x7 canvasses I created using my stamps, Stazon ink and Pebeo's glass paint product - VITRAIL...
Canvas #2 using my Unity Donna Downey Poppies stamp
I first stamped the entire canvas with a book page stamp and Stazon black ink;
I then outlined the flower images with a dimensional paste that mimics stained glass leading;
Can you see how the glaze shimmers and shines when dry?
Then, using pipettes, I filled each space I created with the dimsional paste with these jewel-like colors. As you can see these Vitrail colors are made for glass so they are totally transparent and the stamped images are completely legible through the colored glaze.  
The backgrounds took about 12 hours to dry completely after which I stamped, painted with my InkaGold paints, cut out and mounted using pop dots, one of my favorite Suzi Blu Unity stamps "Chickadee and Me" - so OF COURSE I am linking this up to Unity Stamps' Friday's "Friends with Flair" today!

So you can count on my regular blog posts going forward, and stay tuned for some pretty awesome stuff coming your way using my new Pebeo paints and glazes!!
Scrapbook-Glass-Mixed-Media-Artist, Lynne Mizera

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Edna Says "J" is for Just KIDDING!

It's time for another Challenge from the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and Edna says, "J" is for JUST KIDDING!
In case you didn't know, Edna is the Mascott for the Sisterhood. (Can a person be a Mascott?) ANYWAY for this challenge Edna wants us to make her laugh (or at least SMILE) so pull out all the stops and create something funny!
Here is what I created .... It's a "Dudley" Card...
I had a stamp-fest creating him because Dudley is a myStamp Box stamp, the wings are from my Dyan Reaveley Dylusions stamps and the sentiment is a new on from my Unity Stamps.
So come on down to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog to see what else the Team has created and why not consider joining in for a chance to be selected as the QUEEN of Snark or a Princess of Snark and win some blog candy for you site?  You have until April 17th to come play.

As always, thanks for popping in to check out my stuff!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another Mixed Media Canvas Creation for "Altered Eclectics"

Today I am excitedly revealing this canvas to you for my April post for the Altered Eclectics Design Team, a challenge site where ANYTHING GOES all month long, as long as it is NOT a card or ATC or scrapbook page (perfect for me Right?).  And here it is, an 8x8 inch board canvas using a mixed media technique that I am LOVING!

I am IN LOVE with this mixed media technique that I am developing which uses up lots of my product in many, many layers and also allows me to use my stamps, but in a very different way (Win! Win!)

But I what I am REALLY liking is the clean look of this technique.  I was finding some mixed media processes I tried were so busy and messy looking, that everything blended together into one hot mess with no one image to focus on.
But this technique, while still using lots of layers and product, allows me pull out and focus on my main images... Swoon!
Unfortunately I was so involved in the creation of this particular canvas that I totally forgot to take photos along the way, but you can see the entire process for this type of mixed media canvas HERE on a pictorial tutorial blog post I did for Unity Stamps' Blog Hop last month where I explained each step of this AWESOME Technique!

And Please do pop on over to the Altered Eclectics Blog to see what other amazing creations my design team mates have created.  They are all so talented that I feel honoured to be included in their group! And since you are there already, why not add one of your own creations?  ANYTHING GOES and you have the entire month of April to get something linked up for a chance to be the TOP PICK by the design team with all the Bragging Rights that go along with that! Grin

As always, thanks for popping in to see what I am up to and Please do leave a comment if you like what you see... I may not respond to every comment you leave, but I promise I read every one of them! (grin)

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's Another NBUS Challenge!

Whoooo HOOO! The lovely Darnell over at DJKardKreations is doing her 4th NBUS Challenge, and just in case you don't know NBUS means "Never Before Used Schtuff" and Darnell challenges us to create something using some of our stash that is still awaiting our usage.  I Love Darnell's Blog and her amazing card-making abilities and so I am jumping on her Challenge with both feet... Just under the wire (as usual... GRIN).  
Also just under the wire I am using the color scheme for the monthly color challenge from Rubber Dance Art Stamps... 
Another Challenge/Blog/Store that I love.  And just a reminder that they offer World Wide FLAT-RATE shipping for approximately $8 CAN...Check them out!  So here it is:
Taaa Daaa  I created this cute little thank you card using a set of Basic Grey Stamps that I have had FOREVER (at least three years) and my Kaleidoscope Ink in Melon.

I fussy cut and pasted my stamped images onto a piece of card stock covered in brayered-on ink -
Then I went to town with the Ranger's stickles and liquid pearl...
So I hope you like it, I know I do, and I love how it just Screams Spring and makes me happy!  So pop on over to Visit Darnell at DJKardKreations and Rubber Dance Art Stamps to see what everyone else is doing!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
Scrapbook Lynne

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Welcome To My 1st Southern Girls Challenge Post

Welcome to my very first post as a "Southern Girl" for Southern Girl Challenges.  
This week the challenge is to use your Dies and or Punches to create something wonderful and then Link up that project to our site... Wonderful prizes are available to be won as well as badges for your blog with bragging rights if you are selected by the design team as one of the top 5 (smile).  You will have until April 1st to come play and don't forget, no more that nine other link ups to qualify for the prize draw.

Here is my creation for this challenge.  
I was planning on creating a card for this challenge but the project took on a life of it's own... and since I have been saving this photo for many years, waiting for the perfect inspiration, When Inspiration hit I Followed!
Inspiration was provided by this brand new Tattered Lace die designed by Stepanie Weightman for which I paid CRAZY money.
But when I cut out several images using my precious foil paper,  (precious because I cannot find it anywhere anymore and my hoard is getting smaller and smaller) and then reassembled the peacock on some Bazzil shimmery cardstock, and then filled the spaces with microfine glitter sealed with CTMH Liquid Glass... a card just wasn't a Big Enough project... but my Dance Photo WAS!
The paper and quotes all came from a Quick Quotes layout kit that I have been hoarding for more than five years.  I fussy cut out the flowers, layered them using foam tape and added Ranger's Liquid Pearl and Stickles to accent the flower centres.  
After waiting so long so scrapbook this photo I am Over-the-Moon pleased with how this layout turned out and I hope it will provide some inspiration for you to create something with some dies or punches and join in on our challenge over at the Southern Girls Challenge Blog.  So come and see what all my fellow design team members on Team Trace created and come PLAY! 
Thanks for popping by to see my latest creation and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!
Cheers, Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"E" is for EASTER, Challenge #30 for the Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers

Can you believe that we are already posting CHALLENGE #30 for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers?! Boy, time flies when I am in my Studio every single Daaaay - Smile. This time of year Edna says "E" is for Easter and she says "Bunny Ears ROCK!"
So Of course I had to go looking for a stamp with Bunny Ears and you know what?.... I FOUND ONE! Grin.. Now that is a stamp hoard if you can find Bunny Ears!  And today I am introducing my first completed DUDLEY Card... Taaa Daaaa
Now Dudley is a very special Sock Monkey owned by friend Linda and has many, many outfits; he has been all over the world and he even has his own book!  I have decided to create a line of cards featuring Dudley where some of his many hats and saying Wise and Awesome things... and probably some funny and snarky things too  Grin, 'cuz that's how he rolls!
This is Mr. Dudley with my Ms. Pig
Now for those of you that are interested you can find out more about Dudley and the stamp set I used on my blog post HERE.
So I hope you like My take on "E" is for Easter and remember you have April 3rd, (Good Friday) to link up to play along with us.  Just create something Easter-like, the funnier and more sarcastic the better, and link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Blog.  But please do pop on in for a visit and to see what all my creative sisters made - those girls always make me laugh!

Thanks for popping in and Don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you see!
Scrapbook Lynne

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stamps, Ink, Stickles and HEAT...

Oh for once I am ahead of the game and I created this tag for Unity Stamps' "Friends with Flair" in advance of Friday, I am usually scrambling on Friday to get something done for FRIENDS with FLAIR but not this week,  Happy Dance.  I am sharing this tag I created using another of my Unity Stamp Itty Bitty's that I have had for going on three years but has remained in a pristine, un-inked condition until now (Another one Bites the Dust - Yaaaaa Hoooo!)
and here is another pictorial tutorial showing all my steps and all my products so you can follow along... ENJOY!
 1. stamp and heat emboss the image

 2. add a background color
(close up of this step)
 3. accent some of the image with stickles and liquid pearl
 Close up of this step while still wet
 4. Now heat your accented bits with a heat gun until they bubble and froth...

just look how when it cools it crinkles and has melted into itself... Swoon!
 5. And finally, using pigment ink, add a background image in a slightly darker color than your background inks and using archival quality pens outline and add details to make your image pop
And that's it.  I love using heat on my products to see what they do and I think I need to do it more often.

As Always, thank you for popping in to see what I am up to and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you seeee!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera