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All of the cards, layouts, handmade items and art work displayed on this website are copyright to me, Lynne Mizera. Of course I hope to inspire and encourage you and would be morethan happy for you to use any of my work to that end; however, please respect me and my work and do not directly copy any of my projects without crediting me or enter any of my work into any magazines or competitions without my express written permission. All my cards, layouts, projects and art work are not to be used by any commercial enterprise for any financial, marketing or commercial gain.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spreading "The Happy" - Creating Giftable Storeage From An Empty Tin

Happy Day Everyone! Today I am up on the Mixed Up Mag Blog with an in-depth tutorial showing you how I gave this empty Coffeemate tin a second life by altering it mixed media style and filling it with a gift of baking.

This is a fun process using lots of mixed media techniques and showcases this Elephant Stamps & Stencil set I received from Stampendous.  While the finished tin is rich in texture and color and lots of details it is created in only four-steps.
So why no pop on over to the Mixed Up Magazine BLOG to see all the details and lots more photos.
As always Thank YOU for popping by to see what I am to today and please do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!

 
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Mixed Up Magazine Design Team

List of Products Used:
Ranger: Liquid Pearls-Garden, Peacock; Stickles-Crystal;
Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise, Turquoise (Phthalo)
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starburst die ink spray - Green with Envy Green
Heidi Swapp: Color Shine ink spray - Gold
ColorArte Silks - Jasper Red, Rusty Mauve, Mango Mamba
Copic markers
Stazon ink
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Who Said You Can't Decorate The Frame?

Happy Stencil Sunday everyone!  For today's STAMPlorations inspirational project I am sharing how I used my ARTplorations Dragon Fly Waltz stencil, some bronze embossing paste, and some Golden acrylic gold paint to quickly alter this frame for a mixed media canvas I created. 

I don't know about you, but I find it hard to frame my mixed media works, traditional framing techniques just don't look right to me along side my pieces, but I really wanted to finish off this particular project with a frame.  And as I was pondering my options a tiny voice whispered into my ear "Why not make the frame a part of the mixed media project?"  "EUREKA!" I shouted, "Who says I can't decorate the frame!!"  And that is what I did...


Now I discovered that it is very hard to take a photo of just a frame... something to do with the white balance??  So anyway here is a photo of the framed project so you can see how the frame enhanced and complimented the canvas as well as the link to an earlier TUTORIAL where I share how I created it. 



Now I hope my little stencil project inspired you and if it did please consider linking up to the May Mixed Media Challenge where it is always Anything Goes Except a Card, as long as you use a stencil, Any stencil- There are prizes!


Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil to the top picks


As always, 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!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team 
 
(Remember to use discount code STAMPGIRLLYNNE over at the STAMPlorations store to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items)
 
STAMPlorations Products Used on this Project:
ARTplorations Dragon Fly Waltz
Other products used:
Stampendous Dreamweaver Bronze Metallic Embossing Paste
Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Iridescent Bronze and Gold



Sunday, May 7, 2017

It's Stencil Sunday With Some Magnificent Mail Art

It's Stencil Sunday over at the STAMPlorations Blog and, this being the first Sunday of the month, it is also the start of a brand new Mixed Media Challenge.  Today I am showing you how you can use the ARTplorations Two Feathers mask to create lovely Mail Art in less than 10 minutes.

Now isn't this going to brighten up someones day when they get their mail?  And It is THIS quick and easy:
I used my Making Memories Envelope Punch Board to create the envelope and then using the Two Feathers mask and my foam applicator, I layered Dylusions paint in three colors, starting with the Squeezed Lemon and ending with the Bubble Gum Pink. 
Ooops, and don't forget to create an opening for the address before you start applyin paint - Grin.  I used painter's tape but a removable sticky note works also.  And finally to finish it off, I added this stamped sentiment to the back from the STAMPlorations Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic set.  The entire process took less than ten minutes and I just love the effect!
So that's it for this Sunday! Now if this inspired you do consider linking up to our new Mixed Media Challenge starting today over at STAMPLorations... where anything goes except a card, as long as you use any stencil.  There are prizes... Smile.
 
Prizes:
- $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Mixed Media team
- $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
- If there are 25 or more entries: 1 random winner of any 2 standard size stencils


Thanks for popping in and do leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team 

(Remember to use discount code STAMPGIRLLYNNE over at the STAMPlortions store to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items)
 
STAMPlorations Products Used on this Project:
ARTplorations Two Feathers
Other Products Used On this Project:
Dylusions Paint: Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink
Ranger Archival Ink - Black

 










Friday, May 5, 2017

Playing "Outside The Box" In My Art Journal...

Hello and Happy Friday everyone!  I am here today with my mixed media tutorial for STAMPlorations and I am sharing with you a wonderful masking technique using a stencil and some transparent glossy gel medium.  I used this technique to create this dynamic and colorful layout in my Art Journal.
Deceptively complicated looking, this page uses only one stencil, one mask and has just five steps and all the details of my process are over on the STAMPlorations blog ... so if you are interested in this process come on over and have a peek.
Come on... You know you want to! Grin  Just CLICK HERE to find out how I created this....

As always thanks for popping in to see what I am up to and do leave me a comment if you like what our are seeing!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPlorations Design Team
  
Use my personal discount code over at STAMPLorations to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items!  CODE: stampgirllynne
 
STAMPlorations Products Used on the Project:

ARTploration Peony Number Two
ARTplorations Inspire Mask

Other product used on this project:
Finnabair Transparent Glossy Gel Medium
Rangers Dylusions Paint
Uni Posca Paint Pens - bullet and fine tip
Sakura White Gelly Roll gel pen
Sharpie Fine Black marker







Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Things With Wings - Week 4 - A 25 Day Blog Hop and Linky Party at STAMPLorations

 
Happy Day everyone!  I am here today to share my last project in STAMPlorations' 25 day Blog Hop and Linky Party "Things With Wings" ... Are you playing yet? (It's the last week you can join in! Smile).  So far for this 25-day event I have created an Arty Card, an Altered Frame and a Card and Coordinating Envelope, so for this last project I thought I would create some tags... 
These tags were so simple and quick to make because I cut the tag bases from an empty tissue box!  Have you noticed how  the designs on the tissue boxes have been getting prettier and prettier?  So why just throw them away when they are empty?  I decided to take advantage of this pretty pattern and colors to create these three tags using the CUTplorations Luggage Tag nesting dies.
 
Once the tags were cut out I glued on butterflies cut from the STAMPlortions' new spring release Flutter Zen 2 die set , then I glued them to the front of the tags and embellished like crazy with Ranger Liquid Pearl and Stickles... That's it!  Three lovely tags in less than 20 minutes... Now that's my kind of project!  Here are a whole bunch of close ups so you can see the detail...
This is the largest tag
This is the smallest tag
And this is the medium sized tag

So Are you playing yet?  This is the last week to get in on the action.  Pop over to the "Things With Wings" blog post to see all the details and to leave a comment ... there are some wonderful prizes to be won!
Prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Trendy Butterflies 2 + either Flutter Zen 1 or Flutter Zen 2 layering dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set + Dragonfly layering dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Trendy Spring Blooms dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive a $20 gift certificate to the store.
Thank you for popping in today and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPlorations Design Team
  
Use my personal discount code over at STAMPLorations to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items!  stampgirllynne
 
STAMPlorations Products Used on the Project:
CUTplorations Flutter Zen 2
Luggage Tag Nesting Dies
Other Products Used on this Project:
Ranger Stickles and Liquid Pearl
Eyelettes
Glue dots


Monday, April 24, 2017

Yes You Can! A Tutorial Sharing How YOU Can Create Your Own Stencils and Masks...

Good Morning everyone in blog land!  Today I am super excited to be sharing with all of you this wonderful technique for creating your own re-usable stencils and masks from magazine ads.  (I learned this technique at a workshop I took from another amazing mixed media artist here in Creston, BC, Canada, Win Din - you should check her out.)  And I am sharing my entire process over at the Mixed UP Magazine blog today so do pop on over to see all the steps! 
But on my own personal blog I want to share with you not only these three Art journal pages that were birthed using some of the stencils and masks I created, but also some very personal insights about artistic path I followed to get here.

The creative journey I went on that resulted in these pages was both Wonderful and Hard.  It was probably the hardest artistic work I had ever done to this point.  It caused me to look deep into my artistic soul as I allowed myself to record onto these Art Journal pages my most private of hopes for my new life as an artist and my deepest fears of inadequacy and failure.  And although I did hesitate at times on this journey (there was a moment when I almost did not share these pages with all of you - fear rearing its ugly head again!)  I did not QUIT and at the end of the journey the elation I felt from working hard, listening to my own artistic voice, facing down my fears and Not Quitting - was much like "giving birth".
But the best part of the entire process was that somewhere along this journey I discovered that whether or not these Art Journal pages appeal to you - they appeal to me!  Not only that, but they are a true reflection of what I see and how I feel and what I want to share with you from my artistic soul and which I am now bravely sharing!

So please do pop on over the Mixed UP Mag blog to find about the technique and see more photos of my process - which I hope will be a richer experience now that you have read a bit about my journey...

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Mixed UP Mag Design Team
 



 
 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Things With Wings - Week 3, A 25-Day Blog Hop and Linky Party Over at STAMPlorations

Hello Everyone!  I am here today to share my project for the third week of the STAMPlorations' 25 day Blog Hop and Linky Party "Things With Wings" .. Are you playing yet? (Smile).  Here is my project ...
A lovely card for spring which I created using the Fluttering Zen 2 layering dies, the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies and the Stitched Winter Landscape die... and then I created the matching envelope! 
This card was so easy to create using three sets of dies from STAMPlorations all mounted on a piece of patterned paper.  When I glued down the butterflies, I only added adhesive to the body of the die allowing those lacy wings to lift and flutter...
I also used a white gel pen to accent the stitched line in the CUTplorations Stitched Winter Landscape die as well as some Ranger Glossy Accents and Stickles to add some shimmer.  But I think it's the envelope that takes this project to the next level and wait until you see how easy it is to make!
You start with the stencil created by the solid butterfly shape I cut for my card... I used a heavy card stock so the stencil is quite sturdy.
I cut an envelope out using  my Making Memories Envelope Punch Board (which I LOVE by the way) and then used a sticky note to block off the space where I will write the address.  (Note: I am sure you can use this same process on a pre-made envelope.)
Then using my distress inks through the stencil I pounced on butterfly images randomly all over the envelope starting with the lightest color of ink and moving on to the darkest.
I kept my ink coverage nice and light, allowing the colors to show through from beneath and rotated the stencil so it looked like the  butterflies were arriving from every direction.
And finally I folded up the envelope and used a coordinating marker to outline the address square... now wasn't that easy?

So are you playing yet?  Have you been hopping and commenting? Or have you created something to share and linked it up yet?  Pop over to the "Things With Wings" blog post to see all the details and if nothing else do leave a comment along the way because there are some wonderful prizes to be won!
Prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Trendy Butterflies 2 + either Flutter Zen 1 or Flutter Zen 2 layering dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set + Dragonfly layering dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Trendy Spring Blooms dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive a $20 gift certificate to the store.
Thank you for popping in today and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPlorations Design Team

Use my personal discount code over at STAMPLorations to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items!  stampgirllynne
   
STAMPlorations Products Used on the Project:
CUTplorations Stitched Winter Landscape
CUTplorations Fluttering Zen 2
CUTplorations Sweet Spring Wishes
Other products used on this project:
Ranger Stickles
Ranger Mini Distress Inks
Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen