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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Today, Hug Someone You Love, OK?

It is with a subdued energy that I type today's post... I received the news of someone's passing that has deflated my usually boyant and energetic personality.   It was expected, which doesn't make it any easier to bear, Sigh, and it was not expected today.  For me this news was a reminder again to BE GRATEFUL for what I have in my life (instead of moaning about what I don't have).  And to remember that Life Really Truly IS about LOVE - Who we Love, How we Love and How we allow ourselves to be LOVED back.

I created this canvas to express how I am feeling right now because sometimes there are just not enough words, and this image Phyllis Harris created with this Unity stamp (Your Wings Exist) says it so beautifully and gives me comfort when I am feeling  low today.  It is also a reminder to me that the energy that created this amazingly beautiful world we live in will always be there to hold us in the "palm of it's hand".

I am sharing this with all my friends at Unity for Friday's "Friends with Flair" ... and I am asking if you will please hug someone you love for Me today, OK?
Scrapbook Lynne

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's on YOUR Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW #295

It's WOYWW#295 over at the Stamping Ground!!! Ok, this morning I am coming CLEAN, because I just don't have time to CLEAN UP!  I know I am blessed to have this FANTASTIC space to play in ... but the down side is I also have more room to spead out into and get MESSY! Grin
So here is what My Space REALLY looks like when the creative juices are flowing, the husband is out of town for the week and I don't even have to get dressed (let alone clean up ... Big Giant GRIN!)
And here is what I was working on last night and will be working on all day today... creating a Special "You Are Loved" tin for a dear friend... 
I am stamping these Suzi Blu images onto pages of a Maya Anjelou book and painting them with Twinkling H2O's and I will then be applying them to that altered tin in the background - I think it will be SWEET!
And for those of you that popped in last week and want to know, here is what I did over top of my canvas covered in personal journaling and inky paper towels... which I created for my Life Book 2015-Lesson #4.
And here is where my birdies are right now... awaiting a quote I want to add to them...
and here is me ... still in my housecoat at 11:00 am on a winter morning in Canada!

Thanks for popping in today and yes PLEASE, do leave me a comment if like what you seeeee!  And if you haven't already... pop over to the Stamping Ground to see what people all over the world have on their work desks this Wednesday!!!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's a Snarky Anniversary Celebration!

ONE YEAR .... Whooo Hooo! It's been one year since the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers was born and one year that I have been creating cards for this awesome site!  Again WHO KNEW being on a design team could be this much fun?!?  As a group we are just as snarky, silly and sarcastic "in person" as we are on our bi-monthly posts and it has been soooo much fun hanging out with this amazing group of creative snarky sisters!  ((hugs to my PEEPS!))

For our First Anniversary we thought we would do "The Best of Edna" and make it a SNARKER'S CHOICE!  So pick your favorite from this list of all the challenges we did this year and make a card!  I picked "Z" is for Zoo.... because I must have missed that one...
This is a valentine card that I have created for my hubby this year.  I am totally safe showing you because he NEVER reads my blog... no really... NEVER!  (grin)  Inside it says "Thanks for being my living, breathing animal!"  He'll LOVE It!
Now for those that want to know, I used these awesome Stampin' Up block stamps I scored at a garage sale a few years ago and stamped them on this BoBunny Animal Print patterned paper;
I then fussy cut them out and popped them on more BoBunny cardstock.  The sentiment was typed out on a real honest-to-goodness manual typewriter which I found last summer at my local small town, second-hand store! And I didn't use any stickles or liquid glass because my hubby is so NOT that person.. Grin 
Here is a better view showing all the layers I created with my pop dots:
Now to sweeten the "prize pot" for this challenge I will be doing a draw from all the commenters on my blog for some of my artwork and few goodies from my stash... So Come On Down! and let's PLAY at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. You have until February 6th to make something, post it on your blog and link it up over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. Besides, we always choose our top three favorites to be Queen and Princesses of SNARK and you get BADGES for your blog!  GO HERE for a more detailed list of all the Challenges from the past year.

I am entering this card into the following Challenges:

Hiding In My Craft Room (HIMCR) #184 - Any Holiday (Jan 31)
Simon Says Stamp Blog: HAVE A HEART (create something for someone you love) (Jan 28)

Open  Minded Crafting Challenges #29, Movie Inspiration (Jan 30) For the movie NOAH of course!
As always, thanks for stopping in today to see what I am up to... and especially THIS POST... don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Another "Friends with Flair"

I managed to get these two special Valentines finished just in time to share with today's Unity Stamp's Friday Friends With Flair...

This one for my daughter using another of My Suzi Blu Stamps

and this one for my Good Friend Erin using one of my favorite Angie Blom Stamps... because she looks exactly how I see myself in my head! (Grin)
And there seems to be quite a Valentine theme over at Unity's Blog today, so go check it out at Friends With Flair! 
I am entering these cards into the following challenges:
CAS.ology Challenge #130 - Friends (Jan 26th)

As always Thanks for stopping in today to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #294 (WOYWW)

Another week has flown by and it's another sharing day for the Stamping Ground's WOYWW#294.  Today I am sharing the beginning of my 2015 "Intention" of making Art for MEEEE... which has turned into "Just DO It" (grin)... 

and yesterday I allowed my creative instincts free reign as I created this mixed media piece with no pre-planning or pre-conceived notions except for the word SUNRISE which was bouncing around in my cranium like a pin-ball in a pinball machine the entire time I was working on this... It's not finished yet, but I am already loving where it's headed... 
And here is a sneak pre-view of the other project I am working on as part of my Week#4 Lesson for Tamara LaPorte's Lifebook 2015... it's the background for a canvas of quite "large-for-me" proportions ... the first layer being strips of very personal journaling that I did for a soul-healing group I attended this fall and which I want to keep but for my eyes only,
so I am covering them up with a second layer of these inky paper towels I have kept on hand from past spray ink projects.  They are just too lovely to throw away and I have an entire basket full of them to use as inspiration hits... I am loving the way the words and doodling peek through for added texture but you cannot read them, only I know what they those words mean to me...
Hopefully I will have two completed projects to share with you next week for WOYWW#295!

As always, thank you for taking the time to pop in to see what's on my workdesk and don't forget to pop by all the other desks this week at the Stamping Ground's WOYWW#294  ... as well as leaving me a comment if you LIKE what you are seeing!
Cheers... Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Tribute to Women (and to Rubber Dance ART Stamps!)

Today I am proudly sharing with you a small 5x7 inch canvas I created to link up with Rubber Dance Art Stamps monthly color challenge and to FEATURE some of their stamps... Now I need more stamps like I need another Child! (NOT - Grin) but this company makes some stamps that I just haven't seen before and I just had to get me someHere is my project using Rubber Dance Art Stamp's Da Vinci set ... I am Over-the-Moon Happy with the finished results:

First let me share that I have ordered stamps on-line from this little home-based Norwegian company, paid using my paypal account (easy, peasy), and my stamps arrived quicker than anything I've Every ordered from Blitzy, and in a BEAUTIFULLY wrapped package with a lovely personal note from the owner, and she threw in a Thank YOU gift to boot! Oh yeah and did I mention FREE World Wide Shipping on orders over about $75 Canadian and Flat Rate Shipping of about $8.00 Canadian on all other orders!  Now THAT's Customer Service (You can check out their store HERE).  Nope, I'm not working for them nor am I  being paid to endorse them either, Grin... but when you find a great deal you just HAVE to SHARE!
And here in pictures is a quick breakdown of how it all came together: 
Step 1. glue scraps of torn paper to a canvas using a gel medium or mod podge.  You can add sprays or inks to intensify your colors.  You can also add background stamps for interest in a waterproof ink, like Stayz-on, and use modeling paste and stencils to add texture (after you stamp).
Step 2. Choose a simple shape and create a mask, using paint or gesso paint out all around your mask... it's up to you whether or not to cover the background completely or to let some of the color show through.
Step 3. Stamp your images onto a thin white tissue paper using a waterproof ink like Archival.  Note: the thinner the paper the less you will be able to see it once it is down. Cut out and Paste your images onto the canvas with a liquid gel medium. I find Gel medium easier on tissue than Mod Podge. Use a light hand and a soft brush as the wet tissue is very fragile.
Step 4.  Using paint, gesso and sprays add and take away color until you are happy with your background, highlighting the texture and adding shadows to pop your stamped images.
Step 5. Stamp your sentiment and it is at this point when you are finished adding paint that you can add things like rub-ons and stickers.
Step 6. Embellish until you feel it is complete. 
I love the end result and I think I will frame this little canvas and hang it on wall where it can shine like the little jewel it is!

I am linking this up to:

I am also linking this to another of my favorite challenge sites: Craft Stamper January Challenge "Take a Stamp", Anything Goes but you have to use a Stamp on your project - (until January 28th)

And to a new to me site that I discovered through my arty friend Julie Short:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit-January Challenge- Anything goes mixed media or altered art only (January 31st)

So wish me luck and as always, Thank YOU for popping in to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Happy Friday!

Yup it's Friday again and for me that means another Unity Friends with Flair linkup!  Just to re-cap last year I realized that I had a HUGE hoard of brand-new, still-in-their-packages Unity stamps and I was determined to USE THEM, and Unity's Weekly "Friends With Flair" link up was just the motivation I needed to get me going and to keep me going. I have to share that I am REALLY proud of how I've managed to use and touch a bit of my Hoard (maybeeee 20%?)  So here's to another year of Unity Stamps and Friends with Flair and hopefully another 20% used - Grin.
This week I took a quick snap of the Valentines' Day ATC's I'm working on.  This is  something new for me, and I will be sending them out to people all around our Globe, who have touched my life, even if I have NEVER touched them, (thanks to Facebook and Instagram!) 
I am using one of my newest Unity Itty Bitty stamps "Be Joyful" (like I needed MORE?!?) and I really wrestled with this purchase because I don't Need any more stamps... Grin, but boy am I glad I got htis one because it's Adorable and Perfect for what I want to do! And I stamped the John Lennon quote on the back, "I get by with a little help from my Friends."
So Thanks for popping in and before you go check out what everyone else at "Friends with Flair" linked up today, please do leave me some blog lovin' in the form of a comment if you like what you see!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's A "What's On Your Workspace Wednesday (WOYWW) #293"

Can you believe that it is already Wednesday, January 14th? I feel like I have just gotten cleaned up from Christmas day, blinked and it was New Year's, blinked again and it is now only a month away from Valentines day?  Seriously I feel like I'm on the Underground train (the Metro in Montreal, the C-Train in Calgary) and the days are zipping by that fast! Whoooooosh.....Grin. But here I am again for the Stamping Ground's 293rd WOYWW.  
I have missed linking up for the past few posts and I really, REALLY missed being here... so today I cleaned up my space just enough so that you can sort of see what a crazy creative journey I have embarked upon for 2015 and snapped this photo...

What you are seeing is the beginning of my commitment to create "ART for ME in 2015" starting with my journey along side of Effy Wilde through Life Book 2015;  My brand new weekly art journal I am creating with Suzi Blue through Paint and Chronicle; the tag I created for this month's challenge over at the Dylusions Facebook Challenge page; Some Art Cards I created using Suzi Blu's "Serenity Angel" by Unity Stamps for my "Friends with Flair" Blog Post, and finally the start of my Valentines Day ATCs - something I am doing for the very first time to send out to the people who have touched my heart this past year.

In 2015 I want to focus my creative energy on my own projects and take the time to develop my talents.  Like this project below, the idea of which has been simmering in my brain for about six  months:

It is a canvas my ten year old grandson created while camping in the Rocky Mountains this summer.  He used pastels and colored the shapes and colors he was seeing.  He did this because (in his words) "I was FORCED! Mom MADE ME!" (grin) and as soon as I saw it I was hit with the wonderful idea of doing a collaboration, his colors and shapes, me pulling out the details... 
So here is the start of it, it still needs work and I hope I do not lose the wonderful energy of his first creation, but I can see where it is going and I do already love it!!  So WELCOME 2015 - the year of ART for MEEEE!

Thank you for popping in to see my Workspace today... and please DO leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!  And If you pop on over the
Stamping Ground's 293rd WOYWW you can see other spaces from all over the world!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jumping Aboard The *NBUS Wagon! (*Never Before Used Schtuff)

Today I am happy to be sharing a card I created for one reason only - well actually two, since I needed a birthday card for my BIL (Brother-In-Law).  But the MAIN reason I made this card is so I can participate in the djkardkreations NBUS Challenge #3.  

djkardkreations is a blog created and run by the lovely and effervescent Darnell who coined the term NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) when what she was bringing in was outweighing what she was using. And boy did that strike a nerve with us card makers and scrappers ALL OVER THE WORLD! Grin. But ANYWAY... her challenge is to create a card using stuff you have that you have never used before, that's it! and then link it up to her blog HERE

So ...Taaa Daaa... here is my card which I created for my BIL's Birthday and every single stamp on this card is (or was) Brand-Spanking-New! And not the kind of Brand Spanking New I-just-got-home-from-the-store new, but the kind of Brand Spanking New I-NEEDED-IT like four years ago, and I'm still waiting to use them - REALLY - four years ago!
But I really love how this card turned out...Now for those that want to know - I stamped each image on some 140lbs watercolor paper and re-discovered my Angora water color paints which I LOVE because they are so vibrant, yet water-colour-y... I then created a collage of the images around that wonderful saying of Van Gogh's "The way to know life is to love many things." Which so applies to my BIL who is a very outdoors-y woodsman type and loves all the things on this card. 
And even though it's a "BOY Card" it still got stickles and liquid pearl and liquid glass... but maybe a bit less (grin). I just love how this gentle water coloured card came together so quickly and yet is still a Manly card.  Because "Masculine Cards" can be so hard sometimes, can't they?

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #3 is on until January 22nd so why not whip something up, because not only do you get to use your schtuff, but she's giving away 10 $25 Gift Cards to Stamplorations, so it's a Win Win!

Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to today, and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, January 10, 2015

'W' is for WOW It's Cold!!!

Yup... It's COLD and it's another Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge and the last one for our FIRST  YEAR! And I cannot believe a year-long stint with a design team has gone by this fast and been this much fun... I LOVE YOU SNARKY SISTAAAAHS!

So without Further ado... here is:
'W' - WOW It's COLD!

This is a compilation of two of my House Mouse stamps... It is one of my secret guilty pleasures that I really LOVE House Mouse, grin. I am not a cutsy kind of Gal, but these wee furry creatures that tell a story with no words just make me HAPPY!

And if you have ever experienced a Canadian winter on the Prairies, you know I Do Not Lie.... Hot Baths and Sugar Baby - THAT's how you survive the winter!! Grin
So please do pop on by to see what my Sisters have created for this Challenge and why not Whip up something for "W" - WOW! it's Cold!!! you have until January 23rd to link up at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Blog... and I would LOVE to see it!

PS: I am linking up this card to the following Challenges:
House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge (Jan 17th
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog 2015-#1-Clean and Simple (Jan 17th)
Scrapbook Lynne