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Sunday, November 27, 2016

A One of a Kind TAG Using the "One Of A Kind Winter" Stamp from Susan K. Weckesser

Happy, Happy Day Everyone!  Today I am sharing an oversized mixed media tag created for my second Susan Weckesser design team project for November.  Tag making is something I have not done a lot of in the past, but I am loving it because this year I realized that: a) you have a tag which can be used instead of a card; b) that a blingy tag is such a beautiful decoration, you can wrap your gift in brown paper and it still looks good and c) you can hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament and a memory.  Seriously Christmas tags may be replacing my Christmas cards next year!

I created this tag for a special, extra Large Gift for someone wonderful, featuring my very favorite "One Of A Kind Winter" snowman stamp  from Susan Weckesser/Unity Stamps.  I Stamped the snowman onto a piece of cardboard that came with a stamp set I bought, because I loved the subtle embossed dots on it, and I colored the hat and scarf using my Zig clean color brush tip markers.

For the background I applied a thin layer of white gesso and I stamped the small house from Susan's Create Your Day Unity Stamp set onto a page of thin white paper from a second-hand medical book I bought for $2.  The paper in medical books or Bibles is wonderful for this technique, tissue paper thin and brilliantly white, it is strong enough to hold up to getting wet with Mod Podge and sprays and mediums. 
Some seed pearls for door knobs, a foam pop dot for the sun and of course the final step with everything I do, a layer of Rangers Stickles and Close To My Heart Liquid Glass finishes everything off.
So that's my tag for today.... I hope it inspires you to go off and create something that will "Warm 3 Winter Months" for someone!
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team

Susan K. Weckesser Products used on this project:
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Create Your Day
"One Of A Kind Winter"

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "U" is for UFO (Unfinished Object)

Hello everyone!  Today at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers we have a pretty special challenge where "U" is for UFO (UNFINISHED Object).

Two things I have noticed that we crafters all have in common is that One: we all have a stash of  "special items" that are  never to be used until that perfect project comes along (sometimes for years - grin), and Two: we all have a shelf, or box or drawer or closet FULL of unfinished projects!  If this sounds like you, THIS is the time to pull out one of those projects and "Get 'Er Done"!  Here is my Finally completed project:

The bones of this 4x6 board canvas were created back in 2014 when I was still living in Carstairs, Alberta and it looked like THIS: 
I pasted a lovely gelli print onto the canvas and stamped it with my favorite Unity Stamp by Donna Downey "Wild and Free", and then used a watered-down gesso to fade out the background. and there it sat for TWO YEARS!

I have pulled it out and looked at it so many times since then but it took this challenge to finally "Get 'Er Done!" grin.  Now for those that want to know, I used my stamping on tissue paper technique to add this wonderful Kraftin' Kimmie stamp that I have never inked before.

I applied the tissue with a watered-down matte Mod Podge and once the tissue paper had dried I went back in with my Peerless watercolors and added the color to the stamped image.  A thin layer of Twinkling H20's added the shimmer to the dragon.  Thank you EDNA for helping me get this out of it's box and onto my window sill - because I LOVE IT!

So why not use our challenge to help you finish off one of those UFOs?  You have until Midnight, Friday December 9th to link up your now finished project and you know we always pick a Queen of Snark and her princesses!

Thanks for popping in today to see what I am up to and please do leave me a comment if you like what you see!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What's On YOur Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) #390

Oooh Happy Wednesday Ms. Julia Dunnit and WOYWW Deskers and everyone else!  (Go HERE to find out what WOYWW is all about and how to get in on the action!) I am so excited to type this post  today because who knew I could get this much done in one very short week... GRIN.... but FIRST ... here is my desk... seriously no staging... Can you tell?
I have been in a HUGE creative zone all week, not only meeting deadlines, but also working on about six other pieces all at the same time, just because I am in the Zone!  I am only sleeping about six hours a night and I jump out of bed with my head full of ideas that germinated as I slept, grab my coffee and race down to the studio to create more stuff!  It's a little bit scary and I keep thinking about Picasso! Has this ever happened to you?

And what's this? You ask.. well in the middle of all of this creativity I decided to attempt my first process video... I actually had to setup a THIRD six-foot table to create a clean space to film on but Iwanted to share how I made these awesome ornaments using Magenta Nuance pigment powders (they are sort of like brusho's) because everyone go so excited about these cards...

So Go HERE to see the video post (and I have to say - I'm kinda cute, Grin).  I used a very professional and complicated set up to record me - (NOT!)  My Nokia phone on selfie stick stuck in a pot jammed full of towels so it wouldn't move.  (saw it on YouTube)

Since I couldn't see what I was filming I drew a black square on the paper-covered table top to keep me in the camera, and tried to be clear and concise and professional as I explained what I was doing...Yup...NOPE!  And that is when I discovered that I cannot be in my Creative brain and my Talking brain at the same time because I think in Pictures and under stress, the words don't match the pictures in my head!

But I think I am entertaining and definitely cute and I share waaaay too much... but that is part of the entertaining bit.  Grin .... So go check it out ... it's only 8 minutes long and totally worth a visit.  I cannot wait to do another one, but BETTER.  I spent most of today creating a color system for my powders - because the color stickers keep falling off (you can see why I NEED to do this in the video)
And, as you can see it is a very simple system: I added numbers to the pots using a sharpie marker and created a color chart, looking up colors online since they are not marked on the tubs (Really Magenta?!?)  I think this is going to work just fine.
And finally in case you haven't seen my previous post, I am doing an ART giveaway on my blog - open for comments all this week - because I am feeling grateful and becasue I want to share some of my joy and gratitude with the world...Go HERE to read my post and to leave a comment if you want a chance to have one of these. 

So that's it today...except for my now mandatory photo of something wonderful in my yard...
I captured this sunset over the mountains on the Idaho, USA border through the trees in our backyard, using the camera on my Nokia Cell Phone... I LOVE THIS PHONE!   (this photo has not been altered in any way)

Happy WOYWW from 
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
Creston, British Columbia, Canada


Monday, November 21, 2016

Being GRATEFUL... An ATC Giveaway

Happy Day Everyone!  Today I am sharing some Artist's Trading Cards (ATCs) I made created around the theme GratitudeOne card (that I have not shown) will be winging its way around the globe to a new arty friend in New Zealand, but of course I could not make just one ATC (she says smiling). 
So Gratitude was what I was feeling as I was creating these bits of art, gratitude for the life I live today in this beautiful country of Canada, and I felt the biggest desire to share these feelings.
So I have decided to Give Away all these bits of ART, which are permeated with my own loving, grateful and artistic energy - from me to YOU, my awesome followers!

And why would I like to do this?  Well one reason is because I am so very grateful for the amazing life I am living today.  Another reason is because I want to share my joy in art with everyone.
But the biggest reason is because I want to do something to help spread some joy and love and acceptance through our world.

Because it HAS to start somewhere.  Because I believe one person CAN make a difference. Because I believe that each individual act of love, no matter how small, will be added to the cosmic sand heap and will grown exponentially.
Remember I come from the country that birthed Terry Fox, so I truly believe "One Person CAN make a difference."  And if this idea resonates with you please do JOIN IN! Any way, any how... Smile.
So I hope you will leave me a comment and help me to hopefully starting a wave of artistic love that will maybe one day sweep the globe...

If you would like one of these miniature pieces of my art just leave me a comment on this post and on Tuesday, November 29th I will draw six names from all the comments left and announce the winners on Wednesday November 30th.  Winners will then send me their addresses so I can mail off these tiny little ambassadors of gratitude and love and hope for a joyful future across the globe.

Now if you are interested in our little group of ATC swappers, we are a private facebook group started up in 2016 through the Documented Life Project by the loveliest of people, Ms. Dawn Murdock.  If you would like to play with all of us go HERE and ask to join: 

So that's it today! Thanks for popping in today to see what I am up to and if you feel the desire to share this particular post with anyone I would be ever so GRATEFUL!... Smile

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
Creston, British Columbia, Canada

I am entering these ATCs into the following challenges:
We'd like to inspire you with words like gold, warm, yellow, tans, browns, vintage, black and white, background stamps, doodles, harlequin, diamond, distressed, polka dots, swirls, circles, hearts, stripes and more!

Stamps used on these ATCs:
Da Vinci by Rubber Dance Art Stamps
Tangle Turtle by Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Always SING! A Tag For STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Today is my day to share some mixed media stencil inspiration for this week's Stencil Sunday over at the STAMPlorations' Blog.  I love sharing how quickly and easily you can create some pretty amazing pieces of art using some of your stencils and mediums.
Here is the tag I created today, cut from a piece of scrap cardboard backing that came with some stickers.  Because it was pre-printed half the job was already done!
I used the CUTplorations luggage tag dies to cut my base, and added a layer of Dreamweaver's glossy black embossing paste through the ARTplorations Dots and Dashes Stencil.  I love this product because it dries so quickly with a lovely tar-like glossy finish.
Also on a scrap piece of cardboard (the cover from an empty watercolour paper pad) I used Dreamweavers metallic bronze embossing paste through some of the feathers from the ARTplorations Large Feathers and Arrows stencil.  (Yes, I cut my larger stencils in to smaller pieces - they are easier to use this way.)
Once the paste had dried ( in about 30 minutes) I stamped the word "Sing" onto one of the feathers as well as stamping a few bird images onto some craft card stock with Olive Stazon ink. I cut everything out and then it was just a matter of assembling onto the tag base using heavy duty double-sided tape and some foam pop dots.
I liked the look of the pre-printed back of tag so much I decided to leave it the way it was, and I finished everything off by adding a bronze coloured eyelet and a piece of lacey black ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and that it inspires you to create something using your stencils.  And if you do we would LOVE to see it in our November Mixed Media Challenge where Anything Goes Except a Card (as long as you use any stencil).
Happy Stencil Sunday from
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
Creston, British Columbia, Canada

Stamplorations Products used on this project:
Luggage Tag Nesting Dies

ARTplorations Dots and Dashes
ARTplorations Feathers and Arrows Large
STAMPLorations Trendy Birds
STAMPLorations Trendy Birds 2