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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: "V" Is For Vegan (Animals)

Hello and Happy Day everyone!  Life for me has been CRAZY these past few months and I am imagining that THIS is how a Christmas elf probably feels working in Santa's workshop right about now!! (Grin)  So I have  been MIA from the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the past few challenges and my posting for the Sisterhood may be a wee bit sporadic for the next few months, but Worry NOT - I am still here!! For this challenge Edna says 

which means make something featuring an animal, a LIVE animal because I think using a dead one just wouldn't be playing fair, (she says with a BIG GIANT SMILE.)  And Here is my creation:
Using a set of digital stamps from Bugaboo Stamps (a 100% Canadian Company!) I colored the images with my Copic markers and mounted them on this embossed background covered with a layer of spiced marmalade distress ink.

So check out Bugaboo Stamps, their collection of digital stamps is pretty awesome, and don't forget to pop on over to The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers to see what the rest of the team have created... and why not consider joining us?  You have until Friday, December 22nd at midnight to link up your LIVE animal creation and we always choose a Queen of Snark and her Princesses! 
Lynne Mizera
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mixed Up Mag - Rubber Dance Stamp post

Hello everyone, I am here today for Mixed Up Magazine to share this wooden panel which I created to showcase  a stamp from Rubber Dance called Blossoming Rose

It was the quote by Anais Nin included with this image that spoke right to my heart and caused me to want to create something truly special to showcase these powerful words...
I began with a wooden panel which I had painted with some tinted crackle paint, a new-to-me product from Deco Art that I am absolutely in love with!!

And then I decided to take a chance and see if I could stamp and heat emboss on wood like I do on paper... (using Versafine black ink and CTMH detail clear embossing powder), and it worked beautifully.

Look how crisp and clear this image stamped and how the clear embossing powder created raised and glossy lines which are now cells I can fill with color. 
For this next step I decided to use my Silks, an acrylic glaze from ColourArte that is both brilliantly coloured and full of metallic shimmer.

I let the color fill the cells and allowed it to pool and blend all on its own.  Another wonderful quality of these Silks is that the colours layer on top of each other, rather than mixing together, and you can see all the different tones and shades through each layer.

And because these are glazes rather than paints, they tint rather than cover over and the crackled wood grain is still visible through the color...
And finally I added a border of my very favourite Golden fluid acrylic gold paint which, for me, not only finishes off the piece but also makes everything richer.

So I do hope you enjoyed my little photo tutorial, and if this inspires you to create something of your own, please do share it with us in the Mixed Up Mag Mixer facebook group.  And now here are all the products I used to create this tribute to Anais Nin's wonderful quote:
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creating A Gift From The Heart And A New Mixed Media Challenge Over At STAMPlorations

Hello and happy first Sunday of the month everyone!  Today begins a new mixed media challenge over at STAMPlorations and today is when I share with you my passion for mixed media with yet another project using my stencils.  
This day is fast becoming one of my favorite events of the month and I would LOVE if you wanted to share any of your own projects that my posts may have inspired.  Here is my project this month:
I am sharing this beautiful 5x7 mixed media canvas I created using stamps and stencils, paints and pastes and inks.
Beginning with a base of inky paper towels, I stamped the images onto dictionary paper and cut and pasted them to the painted canvas background.
Next, using both Peerless watercolors and Golden fluid acrylics (watercolors first - acrylics last) and waterproof ink pens, I accented, highlighted and outlined everything.
I masked my images before adding the paint and pastes to the background through stencils, and then after everything had dried, I added the sentiment using my favorite stamped tissue paper technique.  (Go HERE to see more about that technique.) 

A few final accent touches using Pebeo Cerne Relief in black, gold and copper and I am done!! 
So that's it for my challenge post this month.  I hope I inspired you to go play with your stencils, and if I did and you create something using your stencils, do consider linking up to this month's Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations, where it is always anything goes, except a card, as long as you use a stencil, ANY stencil.

Cheers and Happy Creating
Lynne Mizera
for STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

STAMPlorations' Products Used Today:
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STAMPlorations Helenium - Large
STAMPlorations Happy Sunflower

STAMPlorations Hope Blooms

ARTplorations - Dragonfly Waltz
ARTplorations - Dots All Over
ARTplorations - Overlap


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The 7th Annual STAMPlorations Stencil Hop - Featuring Sanna Lippert Stencils

Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I am happy to be participating in STAMPloration's 7th annual Stencil Blog Hop with the release of a brand new set of stencils created by designer Sanna Lippert.

These stencils are the first created by Sanna Lippert, and I am loving her designs.
For my first project I decided to create one of my altered tins, 
which I wrapped in this lovely sleeve of black tin, which I first embossed using Sanna's new Flower Stencil #1 and sanded to reveal the lovely pattern... (Go HERE to read my blog post about how to emboss metal using stencils.)
I decorated the lid using a few butterflies cut from the same black metal and sanded to reveal their pattern, and embellished with some pearls.
For my second project I created this personal art journal page using Sanna's Evolution stencil.
This page came together really quickly since I sprayed a sponge with different colored dylusions sprays and sponged the color through the stencil. 
I softened the background by spraying the page with water and blotting off the excess with a paper towel.
I used a black waterproof ink pen to add my journaling and to doodle and outline.  And these are only two of the eight new designs that are being released today, so pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the other design team members created with the rest of these new stencils.
Oh and this IS a blog hop... so don't forget to leave a comment here and on the STAMPlorations blog for a chance to win either a $20 gift certificate to the shop or 3 of the new Sanna Lippert stencils - your choice.  Commenting closes December 4th.

So that's all for today, thanks for popping in again and please do leave me a comment if you like what  you see!

Lynne Mizera
for the STAMPlorations Design Team

STAMPlorations products used today:

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Flower #1

Flutter Zen 2 layer die


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 22, STAMPlorations

Happy Day everone!! Today I am excited and honored to be participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event and also to be showcasing some of STAMPlorations new products for the 2017 holiday season.  Here are just a few of the tags I created for Day 22 of this event:   (Note - find all the tags from November 1st forward at In My Creative Opinion
My first set of tags were inspired by the new Christmas Flower stamp from STAMPlorations... which I stamped, heat embossed using a black, fine detail embossing powder and then painted using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
Cut out and mounted on a shimmery white card stock tag cut from the CUTplorations Nesting Luggage Tag dies, this image is so beautiful that the tag did not need anything else.
A gold metal eyelet and some shimmery gold cord to match the gold embossed greeting is all that was needed to finish off these simple yet elegant tags.
For my second collection of tags I used the new Christmas Tree #1 die from CUTplorations mounted with foam tape onto the largest of the luggage tag nesting dies to create some dimension.

Embellished using every kind of sparkly bling I could find, the bigger and blingy-er the embellishment the better the tag looked.  Now THAT is my kind of Christmas tag!
Creating these tags was so fun, and they came together so easily I kept thinking "What a great family project this would make because even the little ones could help with the decorating."
And there really is no limit to what you can use to decorate these wonderful Christmas tree images.  And as an added bonus, all the bling for these particular tags was purchased from my local dollar store for very little money (a definite Win, Win)!

So that's my inspirational post for this year's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, I hope it was both enjoyable and inspiring, and please do leave me a comment if you liked what you are seeing.  And, if you haven't yet, do pop on over to Tracey McNeely's blog today to see all the other wonderful tags my team mates created to inspire you.

Lynne Mizera
for the STAMPlorations Design Team

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to receive an additional 20% off your entire order, even sale items.

STAMPlorations products used:
CUTplorations Christmas Tree#1 Die
STAMPlorations Christmas Flower - Large
CUTplorations Luggage Tag Nesting Dies