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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's A This and That Day Today For WOYWW #377 (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday)

Hello and Good Morning Blogland Peeps... Today, for the 377th What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday  over at the Stamping Ground I am sharing a bit of "This and That" which is going on in my life right now... Firstly, here are some blurry pics of my workspaces:
Blurry because it is still dark now at 5:00 am in the morning here in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada...
Messy, because I have been cranking out work non-stop to meet my design team commitments as well as getting those five canvases ready for my first Student/Teacher Art Show (I am a student.  The poster for the event arrived this week...
And YES! That is my canvas in the centre of the poster... that was a Happy Day!  And  More Happy... this wonderful little packet arrived from Dorlene Durham - check out her blog Crafts In The Comand Center), she sent me these hollyhock seeds from her garden in California.  They arrived in this beautiful envelope she created... Thank YOU Dorlene... I will be planting them in our garden this spring!
And the other Happy Mail I want to share is this wonderful card that arrived from a lovely new team member on my Susan Weckesser Creative Team; Ms. Debra Davison (check out her blog: Meticulosity)  I love that she created this card from paint sample chips from the hardware store!
Thank you Debra and Dorlene... your kindness really made a difference in my world this month as I try and focus on the those "little things" that are really "Big Things" as I try and make sense out of an unexpected loss of someone who was a both friend and a huge influence in both my personal and art life.   The empty space she has left in my world is very large, and I am trying to come to terms with a World with out her in it.  Here is a wonderful little video created by a local TV station which showcases Christy's wonderful personality; she had a big smile, an infectious laugh, a huge heart and an even bigger talent - it was too soon!
So with a sad and heavy heart I am signing off and trying to keep my perspective by focusing on the Simple things today.
Lynne Mizera


Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #66 - "H" is for Hounds

Happy daaay Everyone... today over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers our challenge is "H" is for HOUNDS... now who doesn't love a good dog card?  But it turns out that in my collection of hundreds of stamps I do not have a good a dog stamp - REALLY?! So what does this Girl do?  Well, she searches on-line for a free Dog digi (digital stamp).
And not only do I find a FREE digi that is Exactly What I Need... but I also find a wonderful, new-to-me stamp store  called Tiddly Inks.  I downloaded ALL the Tiddly Inks free digital stamps offered and even spent a whopping $4.01 to buy a few more.  I think I may be going back... Grin... And here is  my card:
 Wait for it....
Ha!ha!ha!... This is my very favorite Groucho Marxx quote... Giggle.

I fell in love with this wee doggy digi, which I colored with my Copic markers and then added furry details with my brand new Prismacolor Pencil Crayons.  (I purchased this 60-crayon set on-line from for only $20 and the colors are beautiful and the soft leads blend as well as the expensive set - Swoon).

These pencils layed down color so beautifully that I filled in my books using only these crayons.  Of course I fussy cut out both the books and the Doggy and used foam pop dots to mount them onto a card base, and I enhanced the sparkle in his eye with Some Close To My Heart Liquid Glass.

So why not join us this week over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers?  You  have until midnight, September 2nd to link up your doggie-related project for a chance to be selected as the Queen of Snark or one of her Princesses... Blog Candy is to be had!
As always, thanks for popping by to see what I am up to, and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Art Journal Page - "And Then She Goes Home."

Hello Everyone - Today I Am sharing another of my art journal pages with you.  This month Susan Weckesser encouraged her Creative Team over on the My Sweet Earth Blog to see our world with new eyes with a focus on our own backyards and our gardens. Now this resonated with me on such a very deep level as I am spending the first year in our new home, one that we hope to be in until we are ready to move into assisted living (in about 30 years - we Hope!).  So here is the two-page spread I created:
The inspiration for this came from the quote I used which really did say it perfectly for me... 
I have been fortunate to have been able to travel to many wonderful places in our beautiful world, making Art and friends along the way, but at the end of each "journey nto the World" I Always Come Home.
And to me My Home is still the place I love the most in this World!  
Our Front Yard with Cherry Tree in Full Bloom

And the back of the house (I am standing in our vegetable garden)
So Why don't you go out into your own backyard and see what you can see With New Eyes and then come back inside and make your own Art Journal page!

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Susan K. Weckesser Products Used On This Project



Create Your Day

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

.... And The Winner IS.....

Good Morning Blog World!!! Here is a short video of ME... picking the winner for the Susan K. Weckesser "Paint Your Rainbow" contest!  Susan will be mailing off the complete set of ColorPOPmini inks by ColorBox to our winners and I will be sending off a special package of additional goodies from Me to My Winner if she happens to be a follower on my blog... So - Here We GOOOOO....
Congratulations Chris Dring!!!
Please confirm your address with me using the "Contact Me" form on this blog and I will get your package off to you right away...

And just a note to all of YOU, my wonderful followers, this was so much fun I will be doing it again!
Scrapbooking, Card Making, Mixed Media Artist, Lynne Mizera

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's Stencil Sunday and THAT Makes Me Happy!

Happy Sunday Peeps and if you have clicked in from the STAMPlorations Blog... Welcome to my Blog!

Every Sunday over at the STAMPlorations' blog the design team will provide you with some inspiration featuring "Stencil Play".  Today I am showing you two tags I created using the new CUTplorations Luggage Tag Nesting Dies, ARTplorations Stars Align stencil and the STAMPlorations Big Bloom Factory stamp:
What a lovely way to adorn a gift and make it personal at the same time.  I like to make several tags at once and have them on hand so all I need to do is add the appropriate sentiment.
On a package or a gift bag these tags look great and a personal message on the back will turn them into a card or keepsake.
These tags came together quite quickly, as I cut the tags from one sheet of purple card stock; used Dylusion inks dabbed on with a paper towel through the stencil and added just a smear of some of my white mediums to create some sparkle and texture.

While my tags were drying I stamped several flowers on solid colored card stock in coordinating colors using ColorBox purple pigment ink, which I then cut out and mounted on the tags.
I chose my sentiments from another STAMPlorations set called Birds and Blooms and I added a bit of embellishment to the flower centers with my Ranger Liquid Pearls.
So the next time you want to increase the WOW factor of a gift you are giving  think about using a tag!
Products used on this project.
Thank you for popping in today for Stencil Sunday, I hope I inspired you to go and use your stencils.  And if I did don't forget to link up to this month's mixed media challenge where ANYTHING goes (except a card!)
August Mixed Media Challenge Link

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

STAMPlorations products used on this project:
CUTplorations Luggage Tag Dies
ARTplorations Stars Align Stencil
STAMPlorations Big Bloom Factory
STAMPlorations Birds and Blooms


Friday, August 12, 2016

Creating A Magical Mixed Media Background In Four Simple Steps

Happy Day Everyone! Today is my Mixed Media Tutorial day over at the STAMPlorations Blog and I am going to share with you one of my favorite mixed media techniques using stencils and masksI will walk you through the steps to achieve a wonderful mixed media background rich with textures and patterns and colors in this simple four-step process that delivers amazing results.  Here is my completed Art Journal page:

And here is a close up to show you some of those yummy details:
Now before I get started I would like to share this personal observation with you: "This simple, four-step method requires that you trust in the process, because this project will change drastically from what it looks like at the start to what it looks like at the finish.  I encourage you to not quit before you get to the end of the process. I have discovered there is at least one point in every mixed media project where you won't like what is in front of you, but that only means you are Not Finished Yet, so just keep going (Smile)."  These are the products I will be using for this tutorial:
 And here we go!

Step 1: Apply random paper scraps in a neutral color using a fluid medium.
For this project I used scraps of pages from my cherished 1902 dictionary - an amazing $5 purchase from an antique store in Airdrie, Alberta. The paper in these older dictionaries has a beautiful color and does not dissolve when it gets wet.
Step 2: Apply paint through a stencil using a sponge applicator
I love using makeup sponges as paint applicators for my stencil projects because I get a clean, crisp image and I can make a little bit of paint go a long way. Just dab your sponge into a pool of paint and dab off the excess on a scrap of paper (or a clean art journal page) then gently dab straight up and down overtop of your stencil.
For this project I chose the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil, which I taped down so it wouldn't move (painter's masking tape is great for this because it comes off the page so easily.) Designer Tip #1: Using only one stencil but lots of different colors will give your piece great energy without being too busy.
I chose to use Tim Holtz Distress Paints because they are sheer enough that my words still show through the paint and I like how quick they dry.  Design Tip #2: Choose either a warm or a cool color pallet so that all the colors will blend beautifully when they overlap.
Next, using the same stencil, I added some white chalk paint to break up the colors a bit... 
At this point I am totally trusting in the process because this is not the page I had envisioned when I started...  Gulp!
STEP 3: Using a Mask and paint or gesso cover it all up
Now for the fun part... I chose the ARTplorations Shower of Flutters stencil
for this next bit.  This is a Mask rather than a Stencil the difference being with a mask I will see my background  whereas with a stencil I cover it up. Black gesso is my prefered medium for this step because it covers everything in one coat and it is so beautifully matte that it accepts any other medium overtop.
First I applied the black gesso, moving my mask around, turning it over and using its edges and corners until I had my general layout...
Then I cleaned the black gesso off my mask and repeated the process using my Maya Gold paint by Viva - this paint covers beautifully and has a wonderful shimmer.
Here is a close up of the details. 
When I was done I realized I had added just a little too much gold (I do love my shimmer) and here was another place where I thought ... YUCK!  But if you read my First Mixed Media Tutorial you may remember me saying: "Mixed Media is all about adding and taking away and adding back in again."
So I just covered up all that extra gold with more black gesso until it looked like THIS... LOVE IT!
I did pull out my black waterproof ink pen and re-outline my butterflies to make them really pop... Design Tip #3 Using Waterproof Ink is important in mixed media because you don't want your marks to run all over your page if you add more layers.

And now onto choosing an empowering and uplifting sentiment to add to this spread because this IS my Art Journal afterall - Smile.
I chose the ARTplorations Fearless Large Stencil and I used painter's masking tape to mask off the areas of the stencil I wasn't using.  I decided to use my Ferro Gold paste by Viva; it contains a very fine sand and works especially well on stencils with words.
And that's it - a wonderful spread, rich with color and patterns that looks NOTHING like the steps along the way!  This Shower of Flutters mask worked so beautifully for this technique that my art brain is already full of ideas for a canvas... Happy Sigh.
So to recap you can go from THIS:

In these four simple steps:

1. Apply a layer of paper in a neutral color that contain words or marks or patterns.

2. Apply a layer of colors through a stencil using colors from the warm or cool color family.

3. Lay a mask or an image overtop of your background and use a solid color paint or gesso to paint overtop of it.

4. Add a sentiment and embellish and add pen details until you are finished.   
Thank you for taking my tutorial with me today, I hope it inspires you to try out some mixed media... and if it does, please do link up to our STAMPlortions Mixed Media Challenge this month... Anything goes except a card and I would LOVE to see what you create!

Lynne Mizera
For the ARTplorations Mixed Media Design Team
STAMPlorations products used on this project:
ARTplorations RETRO CIRCLES Stencil
ARTplorations SHOWER OF FLUTTERS Stencil
ARTplorations FEARLESS-LARGE Stencil