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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Home Sweet Home...

Well HELLO you wonderful world of arty blog followers!  I am SO Excited to be sharing my first project for the Susan Weckesser design team! This month the theme is "Home Sweet Home" which is so very timely in my life right now as my hubby and I are in the process of selling our home in Alberta, Canada to move to British Columbia, Canada on the "next step" in the journey of our lives together.  So needless to say House and Home are much on my mind these days, and I have been trying to define what turns a House into a Home?  I have decided that, for me, it is Laughter and Love, and with those two thoughts resonating in my brain, here is the canvas I created...

It was the 6 x 20 inch canvas and my box of inky paper towels that inspired me to see a row of wobbly little houses running across it and I hope you enjoy the photo-heavy tutorial I have created to share my process of creation.

I started by gluing my inky paper towels to the canvas using Liquitex Matte Medium... I like to use a matte because it takes other mediums like pen and marker so well after it has dried.

Next I used my new TCW (The Crafters Workshop) stencil and a new-to-me product called Ferro by Viva Decor.  It is like a modelling paste full of very fine glittery sand, fine enough to use with my stencil and thick enough to make the words crisp and dimensional.... Swoon! 
Now for the stamping: I stamped my little houses from Susan's "Create Your Day" stamp set from Unity Stamps right onto pages in my dictionary.  I used Stayzon ink in Aqua and Red because it is fast drying and waterproof.  I picked up a dictionary in a secondhand store for $2.00 and I love using it for stamped images in my mixed media work because the paper does not dissolve when I wet it with paint and sprays and it stands up to the heat gun and dries fast.  I used my Dylusions sprays on some of my houses to color them up and I also stamped some images on tissue paper ... a technique I love because the background shows through the tissue paper when it dries. 
This sun I applied is from Susan's "Fly Away" collection from Unity Stamps.  Now I have a background for my main images... here it is in detail... you can see the texture from my inky paper towels and how the small houses have depth and texture also.

Now for the Fun stuff!  I cut out my clouds, sun, kite and stars from Susan's Paper Line and applied them over the background.  I stamped this house from the "Heartfelt Warmth" Unity Stamp set onto a piece of gesso'ed card stock and actually used my Dylusion sprays like paint... I LOVE the texture and subtlness of this technique.  This house I Popped off the canvas as well as the kite.
The final two steps were to outline and embellish my images with first some Sharpie markers (because they are waterproof and non-bleeding) and then with Ranger's Liquid Pearl and Stickles because it just needed to sparkle!!
This little canvas just makes me Happy and I think it will brighten up someones home very nicely.
Cheers from
Lynne Mizera

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stamps (SoSS) "I" is for Image

Yup, it's that time again... Challenge No. 41 is up for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and this one was a wee bit challenging for me because Edna says "I" is for IMAGE... which means NO WORDS on the front of your card - ONLY An Image. 
"WHAT!? No Words???" Have you MET ME! Giggle, but I managed (grin).  To create this card I used a graphic image that I purchased from Jessica Weible Illustrations.  I LOVE On-line shopping and download-able images so I don't have to wait!  

I printed it, cut it out and popped it overtop of an embossed piece of cardstock... A few strategically placed jewels and it was done... Seriously HOW EASY IS THAT?
And this is a second card using a different embossing folder and pearls.

Now here is the fun part... what sentiment did I use inside?? 
The SWEET one:  First we had each other. Then we had YOU. Now we have Everything.

The Slightly Sarcastic one: "I think I don't want Any More Adventures." (from my Dyan Reavely stamp set.

Or The Laugh-Out-Loud and Snort-your-Coffee one: If you think breaking a  mirror brings bad luck, try breaking a condom!
And I would LOVE If you leave me a comment to let me know which one YOU loved the best!!

Thanks for popping in today to see what I created and please do pop on over to the Sisterhood to see what THEY created for this challenge.... and if you want to play along (which we would LOVE) you have until September 4th to link up your Image-only project.
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #40 - "U" is for Ugly!

Welcome all to the 40th challenge for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "U" is for UGLY!  You have two weeks to create something that fits the theme and link up to our Blog!

Now I spent an entire hour trying to find "ugly paper" in my extremely substantial stash but could find NONE - it turns out that I can see beauty in every sheet of paper I own (big Smile). So instead I decided to use one of my Dyan Reaveley stamps that I find so funny but do not use very often because it is so inappropriate for anyone I like unless they have the same sarcastic sense of humour that I enjoy.

I LOVE it when the perfect saying matches up with the perfect image.  I used Marlow, an itty bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company - I can hear her saying this in a drawling voice, slightly sarcastic and a little bit bored, can't you?  Now who to send it too??? Grin
So pop on over to our blog at the Sisterhood and check out what kind of UGLINESS my Sisters created and why not link up something for a chance to be selected as a Queen or Princess of Snarkiness?  I would LOVE to see your stuff.
Lynne Mizera

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Now THAT'S Snarky! (A Collaboration between The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and Scrap Our Stash)

Hello Peeps!!! Today as one of the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers design team I am showing you what I created for the "Now THAT'S Snarky" challenge over at Shopping Our Stash - Yup, they asked us if we would be interested in joining them in a Crossover Challenge - 'cuz we are just SO DARNED SNARKY! Grin

I am excited to show you what I came up with ... not a card but an Altered Mini-Tote!  I found this little darling in my local dollar store and got so excited about the size and the price that I bought all 13 they had left on the hook! This is the first one I have altered but I have PLANS.

I used Archival ink to stamp one of my favorite Suzi Blu Unity stamps "LaLa Girl" images and colored her using my HUGE collection of Sharpie Markers.  Note: the Sharpies for fabric did not bleed like the other pens did and I used a Sharpie fine liner to re-draw some of my black lines.

The lettering is all my own, inspired after reading JoAnne Sharpe's best selling book "The Art Of Whimsical Lettering" A book I can absolutely endorse if you want to improve your own hand-written lettering.
And finally I embellished my mini-tote using just a bit of my HUGE inventory of bling - and I am super excited about finally finding a use for my collection of glitter tape - Grin.
You may have noticed that my bag has some shiny bits because I also applied CTMH Liquid Glass to the lettering and to bits of my Girlie I wanted to highlight.
Now I got this quote from a stamp my dear friend Lisa from Texas had.  It said:
"You can't Ground me.  I am the Princess" Kaitlin Schach, age 7 
And for some reason this TOTALLY resonated with me... Big GIANT Smile!

So why not pop on over to the SISTERHOOD to see what my sisters have created and also to the Shopping our Stash challenge blog to see what their amazing team came up with and then we would LOVE IT if you were inspired to join us!  (come on, you know you want too! Grin)
Yours in Snarkiness

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Snarky Stampers Challenge #39: "S" is for Shaker AND "S" is for SORRY!

HELLO EVERYBODY!  Firstly I am soooo sorry that I have not been around for the past few months, I spent all of June busy dealing with some big personal issues, and then on July 2nd my grandsons arrived for their annual visit for most of July ... so regular life STOPPED!  (but they are heading home on the 27th so stay tuned for more regular posts from meeee.)
But I want to send out A HUGE thank you to all of you that e-mailed,  messaged and called to check up on me. Your kind words and loving thoughts and prayers were sooo Appreciated!!  So I am sending this photo from ME to YOU...
Now I am posting today to share the latest challenge from the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers:  
Challenge #39-"S" is for SHAKER Card.
I have missed so many deadlines this quarter you would think that they would just write me off, but not MY SISTAAAHS! They just "Cyber-Hugged" me and said "Carry on Girlie!  We will see you when we SEE YOU!" So here I am sharing my creation for for this challenge... Dudley in a JAR! Giggle
a Special Birthday Wish I am sending out to a dear, dear friend - I just DARE HER not to smile!

So From the Bottom of my Heart "Thank You" for sticking by me and stay tuned for my usual regular posts!
Happy DAY
Your Friend Scrapbook Lynne

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fish And Fungus On a Jar?

Hello PEEPS! Today for my monthly Design Team post for Altered Eclectics I am excited to share some more of my exploration into the uses of PEBEO Glass Paint, and today I am actually painting on glass.  I took an empty plain jar with an attractive metal lid and did this to it.
It is a bit impossible to show the entire jar in one photo so here are several more photos showing different sides and one of the lid top...

Now creating this fun container was surprisingly easy, although time-consuming as I could only work on the jar one third at a time to allow drying time in between applications of product.  First I stamped my images right onto the outside of the jar using Stazon Ink which is made for stamping onto slick surfaces, like glass. I was able to stamp all around my jar in one go and the ink dried fairly quickly.
Then I applied the clear epoxy in a tube that creates the wee "pools" that will be filled with the glass paint.  This did dry in the 10 minutes as promised in the directions, and again I could do the entire circumference of the container fairly quickly.
Finally I filled the pools created by the epoxy with color.  I started first with a paint brush (not recommended), then with some Q-tips (also not recommended) and ended up using the pipettes that PEBEO recommends using. And which worked beautifully!
I needed to allow each side to dry until tacky, before turning the jar to next bit, so the paint did not run.  As I am NOT the patient type, you will notice one or two places where the color has run or pooled, but hey, isn't that part of the charm? Smile.  It took approximately 30-45 minutes for the paint to dry to tacky, but it took a full 24 hours before the paint was fully dry and smooth to the touch.
Now some of you may find this stamping, outlining, painting a bit at a time TEDIOUS... but I found it very therapeutic and I LOVE the effect... Next on to some custom wine glasses... What do you think?

OH Yeah, and I created this project for the May Altered Eclectics Challenge where Anything Goes All the Time as long as it is not a card or an ATC or a Scrapbook page!  So why not pop on over to see what everyone else created this month and we would LOVE to see one of your creations, you have until May 31st to link up.
PS:  Ooops, forgot to mention that these images are all from my Dyan Reaveley Dylusions collection! Grin
Lynne Mizera

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Suzi Blu... I LOVE YOU!!

I am so excited about today's post because I am covering a number of things I wanted to do all in one fell swoop!  Firstly - it's FRIDAAAY and for me that means Unity Stamps "Friends with Flair";

Secondly I want to send out a personal, heart-felt THANK YOU to Ms. Suzi Blu... An artist whom I just ADORE - and who in 2012 was the first artist whose whimsical faces and figures stole my heart and who whispered right into my heart... "You can do it and YOU are good enough!" And all through her book "Mixed Media Girls" ;
And Thirdly I am so excited to be participating in my very first "Tag it Tuesday", a monthly Tag Challenge put on by Cards and More by Sheri and this Month's Challenge is Showers, Rain, Rainbows ...
So with these three things swirling away in my brain and a phone call from a friend who lives alone and may need a surgery with a two-month recovery period... here is what I created:

And here is the back side...

And quickly, for those that want to know...I covered a tag in this rainbow duct tape..
Then I toned it down by using my ink roller to roll on some Golden white fluid acrylic paint over top. I mounted my Suzi Blu/Unity Stamp colored and cut out figure "Mademoiselle" and then embellished the tag using Art Anthology's Dimensional Crystal Paints. 
I stamped and cut out my umbrella from my Dyan Reaveley collection and I added foam pop dots to the umbrella so it really is covering her.
The final touch was to add to the back of the tag one of my favorite sayings for my dearest friends in need. 

And I KNOW you can see the influence my new book by Joanne Sharpe "The Are of Whimsical Lettering" is making!

So thanks again for popping in to see my stuff and if you leave me a comment I will try to leave you one right back!!
Lynne Mizera

WOYWW #307 (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday)

Ok! Ok! Ok! I KNOW It's Thursday, but I've missed so many WOYWW link ups this past month that I am pretending it's still Wednesday and I am getting in on this one! Now, for those of you  that are new to the Stamping Grounds WOYWW,  it stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and it's a "Linky Party" where you link up a photo(s) of what your workspace looks like on Wednesday (and no cheating- which means NO Tidying Up-grin) and then you can pop on through other people's workspaces all over the world... It's just too much fun!  

Here is a portion of my Workdesk on Wednesday... And I am showing off TWO books I have been WANTING... both of which I found when I was in Texas last week:   Joanne Sharpe's "The Art of Whimiscal Lettering" and Jane Davenport's SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE "Beautiful Faces" Swooon... which was Gifted to me by my wonderful friend and Hostess in Texas, Lisa... THANK YOU LISA!!

Now Lisa and I met Jane Davenport last April, when we both attended Christy Tomlinson's "She Matters Art Retreat".  Not only is Jane a lovely person and fantastic artist and a BEAUTIFUL soul, but she has the gift of being able to impart difficult, involved, technical information in easy-to-understand, bite-sized pieces for us artistic types.  I have taken several of her on-line classes, for which I give FIVE Stars, but this book... SWOON... it's the Pefect All-in-one package!
Now I am also going to tease you with these two little ladies, both from Unity Stamps and both are Suzi Blu creations... all done up and waiting to be applied to another project....Smile... so stay tuned!

And thanks again for popping in to visit me today and please DO leave me a comment and I will try and leave one right back!
Lynne Mizera

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