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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "W" is for Wedding (Old, New, Borrowed, Blue)

What fun! The challenge today over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is "W" is for Weddings and we are to use Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and - you guessed it - Something Blue!  Here is my creation:
Isn't she just stunning?  This is a stamp I ordered from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps in 2012 and it is both my Something Old AND Something New because I used it for the first time today!  
My Something Borrowed is this quote from Aristotle Onassis, who was Greek and was at one time one of the wealthiest men in the world and loved his wife and daughters more than anything else in the world...
And for this reason I interpret this quote to mean the only reason for a man to make money is to allow him to give the women in his life everything they want and without these beautiful women to shower with gifts why does a man even need money?  But really... Did I HAVE to explain that? (grin)
And the something blue is well, the BLUE.  So pop on over to the Sisterhood to see how my Sisters have interpreted this challenge... I just have to say... I have some pretty twisted Sisters!  All the details for this challenge are HERE and I do hope you decide to play along... you have until Friday, September 1st!

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
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Design Team

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hope & Encouragement - This Month's Inspirational Post For Graciellie Design

Hello Everyone! And welcome to my inspirational post for Graciellie Design this month, where I am showcasing the new release for August - Magnolia Dreams.   And if you are here for the first time from Karen Seifert's Blog as you hop through the design teams inspirational posts today... WELCOME TO MY BLOG! (Smile)

Did you know that as well as symbolizing purity, perfection, youth, innocence and joy, that the magnolia also represents Endurance?  As soon as I read that little-known fact the idea for this 4x6 mixed media canvas was born. 

I wanted to create something inspirational that evoked feelings of hope and encouragement, especially for someone striving against adversity as they move toward their dream.
I think I achieved this with the contrast I created by having the soft, velvety petals of the newly opened flowers blooming against the hard and cracked brick wall.  And the addition of the dove from the Peace Collection is always a symbol of hope and of a loving spirit watching over me.
So did I get it?  I would really like to know, so please do leave me a comment to let me know how this piece made you feel.  And now I am will share a few of the steps in my process of creating this lovely little canvas in the photos below, Enjoy!

I applied a layer of crackle texture paste through my small brick wall stencil over top of a canvas already colored using various dye ink sprays in reds and oranges and yellows.
Once dry I enhanced the crackles using these antiquing solution ink sprays - spray them on, wait a minute or two and wipe them off...
I further enhanced the bricks using this gold shimmer spray by Heidi Swapp - you do not need to wipe this one off.
I printed and cut out the magnolia flowers and coated them with a layer of Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist in Buccaneer Bronze.  The 100lbs card stock I used not only absorbed the ink beautifully, but it also curled just enough as it dried to give me these lovely shapes.  You can also wrap the cutout flowers around any kind of cylindrical item to get the same effect.
I added watercolors to both the dove image and the saying I chose, and then cut out and mounted all of these elements onto the now dry canvas, using foam tape a strong liquid glue, (like Beacon 3 in 1).  I also added a bit of copper colored Pebeo Cerne Relief to the centres of the flowers to give them a little bit of extra sparkle.
So that's it for this month's inspirational post. I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. If you are hopping through all the Graciellie design team inspirational posts  today your next stop along the way is:
And please feel free to join in the blog hop - it starts HERE at Graciellie Design.

As always, thank you 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 Graciellie Design Team



GRACIELLIE Design products:
Peace Collection
Digital Stamps

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Easiest Book I Have Ever Made!

Hello and Happy Day Everyone! I am up on the Mixed UP Magazine Blog today sharing with you how I made this sweet little book.  Currently the creative world is in love with bookmaking and I can understand why because I LOVE BOOKS. There is something about the feel of them in my hands and the smell of the paper that just makes me giddy.
But "real" book making is exacting and time consuming (although totally worth the effort) so when I remembered this simple and quick method of book making that I learnt as a child, I just had to share it with all of YOU.  Here is my process and a few tips that will make this book so easy to create that it makes a wonderful family project.
I don't know what the official name is but I call this the Accordion Fold method and I learned it about 40 years ago at sleep-away camp, so I had to dig really deep into my memory for all the steps, but it came back to me pretty easily and the finished book is positively Gift -worthy.  The most important item you need is a really good adhesive but the rest of the book can be assembled using anything that works for you; cardstock, scrapbook paper, cardboard covers or leather covers, and you can make it any size you like.  Since I like simple and obvious cutting and folding (which means no crazy measuring) I made my book 4x6 inches.
Here is what you will need to make this exact book:
2 4x6 inch board canvases
1 piece of 4x12 inch heavy cardstock scored at every inch (11 scores)
7 pieces of 4x6 inch watercolor or handmade white paper
Distress Oxide Inks
A pretty patterned border stamp (optional)
A good double sided tape (I used 3/4 inch Sook Wang tape )
A good liquid adhesive (I used Beacon 3in1)
Sprays, Stencils and Pastes for your cover (optional)
Get your paper ready... to get these wonderfully colored pages first I created puddles of colors of Distress Oxide Inks by smooshing the ink pad onto my craftmat and spraying the "smoosh" with water; next I wiped up the colors using my handmade paper pieces alternating between the different colored puddles.  Really, it was that simple, the paper soaked up the colors like water in the desert, the colors layered rather than mixing to mud, and the best part is that there was no wasted ink and my craftmat was clean when I was done!
Make The Accordion Hinge:
Cut a 4"x12" strip of fairly heavy cardstock; score at every inch (11 scores) and accordion fold.  These one-inch strips will show on your pages so I like to stamp them with a pretty pattern in colored inks and it is easiest to do that now before you assemble the hing.  To do that start with the accordion hinge folded so it opens right to left and stamp the top and every right hand side of each fold until the end of the strip.
Next turn the hinge over and apply a strip of double-sided tape to the back of each inside fold, remove the backing and stick each fold together, and you will have a hinge that looks like the one below.  This is what you will attach your pages and cover to.
Attach The Pages:
I used Sook Wang 3/4 inch double-sided tape to attach my pages to the hinge; apply a strip of tape to each panel that is NOT stamped starting with the underside of the top strip and continuing to the underside of the last strip; then all you need to do is Peel and Stick your pages.
When the pages are attached and you open the book the stamped strip will always be on the right-hand side of the page.
Attach The Cover:
The cover was created with two 4x6 inch board canvases which I decorated first and allowed to dry thoroughly before attaching. I used Dylusions spray inks and Viva Decore Ferro in Gold and Silver through a The Crafters Workshop stencil to create this look. 
But before I attach the covers I like to glue a strip of pretty ribbon over the hinge to make it look cleaner... You do not have to do this.
To attach the canvas covers to the outside of my book pages I used a heavy-duty liquid glue (like Beacon 3 in 1).  Apply glue to the entire top page of the book and press the canvas board cover onto this page, then flip the book over and do the same for the back.  I like to place a heavy book on top of everything and let it dry overnight.  
Once your book is dry it will open and close easily and is surprisingly sturdy.    
Decorate And Make It YOURS:
Now you can fill your book in whatever way you like... with photos, inspirational sayings, autographs.  I filled my book with a little inspirational story that came into my life 20 years ago and forever changed me and I used these wonderful stamps from Rubber Dance Stamps called Happy Dancing to enhance and decorate. I hope you will take a minute and read this lovely little story that I am passing along.  

Now head over to my post today up on the Mixed Up Mag Blog to find out how you can win a set of these Happy Dancing Women! 

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I am up to, I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and if you did, please do leave me a comment, I read and cherish every single one.
Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the Mixed Up Magazine Design Team

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "M" is for Mink (Animals That Have Fur)

Yup, it's Saturday and time for another challenge over at the Sisterhood for Snarky Stampers.  Today Edna says "M" is for Mink! (or use animals that have fur)!

Now I was stumped for a bit about what kind of card I could create using FUR as the theme and which didn't involve HUNTING... but as I was looking through my incredibly large stamp collection I came across these wonderful Big Cat stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps which were still brand new and waiting to be inked, and then I found this quote from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream "Although She be but little, She is Fierce." and it all came together in my brain! 
I stamped the cats using my MISTI so I could stamp the images over and over using different colored Marvey markers to get all those lovely cat fur colors and the piercing green eyes.
The little girl image (which fits this card perfectly, don't you think?) is a Unity Stamp called "Only Imagine" and one of my favorite stamps to color.  For this card I used my Copic markers to color her but she is just as lovely using watercolor paints.
The leaves are die cut using my new Stampendous Dreamweaver Die Monstera Leaf, and you  may recognize the background paper from my Never-To-Be-Touched stash (hoard?) of BoBunny Zoology papers that I finally had to break into because for this card they were absolutely perfect.

I used my circa 1930 portable typewriter to type out the quote (a wonderful $40 score from my local second hand store), layered all my elements using foam pop dots and added Ranger's Glossy Accents on all the eyes to make them catch the light and look real.
I LOVE this card, but I especially love that I used so much of existing stash to create it and so many items that have been brand new for far too long.
So pop on over the Sisterhood to see what my team mates have created and why not play along with us this week?  
 Link up your "fur-inspired" creation, the snarkier the better, for a chance to be selected "Queen of Snark" or one of her Princesses and maybe even an invitation to be a Guest Designer for one of our challenges.

You have until  Friday, August 18th at midnight to link up.

As always, thank you for popping in to see what I am up to and Please Do leave a comment if you like what you see! 
Lynne Mizera
for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers