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Monday, February 24, 2014

Home Grown Love on the Home Front in 3-D!

Happeeee Daaay everyone... Lynne here today, and for my second Susan K. Weckesser design team post this month I am sharing my first try at a three-dimensional diaorama/card...
Let me start off by saying that I LOVE to fussy cut - and if that's not your favorite thing, this may not be the project for you (smile) but I had a lot of fun making pieces for my diaorama and then attaching them using a variety of paper tabs and foam pop dots.
For some elements, like the house, I stamped the image on several different card stocks and created a dimensional little element that I attached to the diaorama; 
 For other elements, like the sun,  I stamped and cut out and popped off the background;

It was like assembling a very intricate puzzle where you were building up AND out AND around... and it made my creative brain VERY Happy..
Susan's extra thick paper line was perfect for this project because the 120lbs paper has more body than even card stock so it stand up well to being used for 3-D.... I started with a 12"x4" strip of cardstock that I scored and folded at the 4" mark to make an "L" shape - that was my base... and I added another 3" piece of cardstock to the bottom after I had "cut" my grass... to give it a bit more stability.
The way I used paper strips to attach the inital trees, and house help gives the entire project stability...
I used several of Susan's Unity stamp sets on this project and I stamped everything except the house right onto the Live in Full Color paper line using Archival balck ink- no coloring required!
I stamped the "home grown love on the home front" sentiment in green ink all over the back of my diaorama to add some interest, and for that finishing touch I cut out this great photo of my hubby and grandsons, and attached it so they are sitting looking at our home...

And of course it just wouldn't be mine if I didn't cover it in stickles and liquid glass for that pop of sunshiney sparkle!

So thanks for stopping by to share with me today... I hope my little project brings you joy!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member

Product used on this project:
Susan K. Weckesser Live in Full Color Paper Line
Susan K. Weckesser/Unity Stamp sets:

Rangers Stickles
Archival Ink

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Challenge #2 - Something UNUSED!

Have I told you yet how EXCITED I am about this new challenge site? - The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - not only do you get to use Whatever you want, in any way you want to interpret the challenge, but you get Two whole weeks to make it and link it up - plus you can be as snarky and irreverent as your little heart desires (smile). 

Today for Challenge #2 we are rolling out the Letter "U" in the Alphabet Soup series - Use something from your stash that is UNUSED that you have had for at least six months.  Here is MY creation:
Now, my original plan was to create a card that was totally sarcastic and snarky, but as I twirled my "Clip-it-Up" these stickers flew out at me... 

I've been saving (hoarding?) this sticker pack since 2005, I don't think the company even exists anymore.  
I have been saving these stickers use on something really special, and after watching our Olympians on Team Canada these past 10 days I think now would be the perfect time to break open the package, don't you? So here is my Thank you card to all of our Olympians... because you make me proud to be Canadian and You make my heart HAPPY!

I also used a stamp set by Basic Grey that I have had for at least three years (maybe longer?) and I remember when I  bought it, I just HAD to have it right NOW, and here it is still sparkly clean - never been opened... (grin)

But now that the packaging has been broached I think I need to make a whole bunch of wee thank you cards to send out to EVERYONE!

So, please join us - The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - for our second Challenge .... I DARE you to go through your stash and use something you too have been hoarding... I KNOW you have stuff (grin). And then link up your creation to our blog it's just soooo fun - and you might win this AWESOME "Queen of SNARK " Blinky for your blog!

Or at least pop on by and see what my Sisters have found in their stash to use.

Thanks for stopping by to share again with me today, and leave a comment if you like what you see!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chromatic Craze... I'm the Guest Designer this month!

I am super...UBER excited to be able to share this really cool new challenge site called CHROMATIC CRAZE with all of you since I am their GUEST DESIGNER for this month's challenge.  Last fall I entered one of the very first Chromatic Craze challenges and was honoured to have been chosen as their favorite entry for that month (you can see that blog post HERE) and now I get to be a guest designer for one entire month.
I love this challenge site because it involves color and ONLY color... you can make whatever you want using what ever supplies you have as long as you include the color pallette for that challenge. Plus the challenge lasts an entire month.  So I actually have time to read about it, think about it, make something and get it posted, because let's face it - Procratinators are US! (grin) so without further ado.... here Challenge #8 - Jewel Tones! 

and here is my take on it... I made a tag with another of my Prima Doll Stamps...

For this lovely lady I used my inka gold paints to paint her hair and skin, but I made her dress by stamping onto some fabric that I had adhered to a product called Phoomph (see more about it HERE) ... a double-sided fabric bonding foam that is less than an eighth of an inch thick, which I then cut out and stuck on to my lady... no need for pop dots when I use this stuff - cool huh? (grin)

My background colors were created using my gelatos on 120lbs watercolor paper... I just colored big circles all over my paper and then sprayed it with water and used a brush to blend each colored circle separately.  After it was dry I applied a thin layer of modelling paste through my Tim Holtz stencil to give it some texture.

Some prima bark butterflies that I painted with my Dylusion sprays, a stamped sentiment from one of my Dyan Reaveley stamp sets, and some jeweled bling finish it all off... I don't even need any stickles!

So here is my take on the Chromatic Craze Challenge #8... come and see what everyone else at Chromatic Craze created and maybe start thinking about what YOU would make if you wanted to join in (wink,wink) Grin Oh yeah, and did I mention that there are PRIZES!

Thanks for stopping by to share with me today....and PLEASE.... come again! Smile (and leave a comment if you like what you see)
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Supreme Scrap Tournament-Round 2- my CARD!

YES! I made it through to Round 2 of the Supreme Scrap Tournament for my Card... Canada took First, Second and Third place for the ATC we entered in our card group ... me in second place (blushing) you can see that entry HERE:

For the second round we have to create another monochromatic entry without using any black or white and without using any kind of die cutting machine or die cuts... fussy cutting only (right up my alley!) AND it has to be a 3-dimensional card! (also right up my alley!)  So here it is... just under the wire... My card for round two... Wish Me LUCK! 

and for those of you that want to know, My color was orange, I used a range of bazzil card stock, my Tim Holtz embossing folder (rays) a fantastic Bo Bunny "Barefoot and Bliss" stamp set, my Unity stamp for the word DREAM and orange, paprika and diamond stickles and of course some liquid glass! 

cheers! Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Supreme Scrap Tournament - ROUND 2!

Well I made it through to the second round in the Supreme Scrap Tournament! WhOOO HOOO... I placed 7th out of 23 entries in my layout group which was good enough to push me through to Round 2, where the rules got a LOT more challenging!  For Round 2 we need to create a two-page, monochromatic  layout on any theme in any color, but no other color than the one we pick.. not even black or white of any kind... except for the ONE black & white photo that must straddle both pages...

Here is what I came up with... a tribute to my husband's Grandmother, Rose, who lived until her 92nd year and was kind and loving and wise and beautiful both inside and out... She is Missed... The Quote that I used to create this page is:
"If I had a flower for every time I think of you, I could walk in my garden Forever."

So...Wish me LUCK and I will add my card post next...
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Birds of a Feather... A Different Kind of Valentines Card

Hello Everyone! (smile) Today I want to share with you how I celebrate Valentines Day... A long time ago when I was a stressed-out single-mom who did not feel very loved or lovable... I decided that I was going to celebrate Valentines Day by honouring my love for myself and "my people".  I would stay up late the night before to set up the most BEAUTIFUL breakfast table for me and the kiddos and there would be chocolate and maybe a small gift and always a card for each of us expressing how very, very much I loved them and why, including a card for ME - from ME.  It was a beautiful and empowering way to start the day and to celebrate Love in its most basic form... the Love of ourselves.

Today I still send Valentines all over the world to people who have touched my life and I still keep up the tradition of giving myself a card.  This year I had fun using the Susan K. Weckesser "Birds of a Feather" digital stamp for some of my cards because I LOVE this little guy!

I dragged the digital stamp into a Word document, sized it and then copied it until I had six of him on one page, I printed the page out onto 100lbs matt card stock ready to be colored however I like.  I decided to paint him using my new Silks acrylic glaze paints - the colors are so vibrant they make me happy and they don't mix together to form a muddy mess, but rather layer so you can see colors through other colors, the possibilities are endless.  

On this card I created a lovely rainbow background using a New-to-Me product, the Kaleidacolor Raised Rainbow Dye ink pad.  
This color combo is called Melon Melody and goes from green to yellow to orange; 
 the pads are raised and a button slides them all together so you can run a brayer over them or just slide the entire pad over your card stock, the button also slides the pads apart for storage so the inks do not bleed into each other. 
I used a brayer, ran it over the ink pads a few times and then right onto my cardbase and just look a the results!

I added my favorite swirly heart background stamp with red ink and some clear embossing powder, and I popped one wee guy just to give the card more interest.  A waterproof ink pen added that little bit of black for contrast and taa daaa, I'm done - not even any stickles this time... Smile.

For this second card I really went to town with lots of mixed media technique. 

I used another Kaleidacolor raised rainbow dye ink pad called Desert Heat (oranges to reds) for the background color and then I used a makeup sponge to dab on more color through the Tim Holtz Rays stencil...
and I stamped some large flowers and used another New-to-Me product, the Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel... it has fine and chunky white grains as well as gold flecks and you get a very distressed look when you use it. 
My birdie and hearts are all painted with Silks in pink and red and I added a bit of twine for contrast.

For both these cards I used my New "old" vintage typewriter (a major find in my local second-hand store!) to type out my sentiments... I think they go perfectly with these cards...

So Thanks for stopping by today to share my stuff, and maybe you will want to give Yourself a Valentine this year... Smile
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member

Products used on these projects
"Birds of a Feather" Susan K. Weckesser digital stamp

Copic black multi-liner
Kaleidacolor Raised Rainbow dye ink pad
Silks acrylic glaze 
Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel

Tim Holtz Collection Rays layering stencil
Tim Holtz Ideaology paper string

Want2Scrap jewels

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Word from my Heart to my Life-Mate...

This week the Papercraft Party Challenge at Handmade Harbour is to create something Bright and Happy and I am sharing this very personal card I made for my husband for Valentines Day along with this very personal post about how my feelings for him:

I am married to a man I have been with for 16 years now... he is more than my husband, he is my help-mate, my friend, my partner-in-life, my soul-mate. We are not 'joined-at-the- hip", but rather we are unique and separate people who live our lives as individuals, but his is the opinion that matters most to me and he is the one I always go to when I want to know the undiluted truth about anything (especially my behavior) because he NEVER lies.  He is the complete opposite of me and he completes me.  Even when he is making me CRAZY with all his conservative-ness and Male-ness and "Not-Talking-ness" I am a better person when I am with him...
This year we made the decision to sell the beautiful acreage we have created together over the past 13 years and it was and IS hard... But in the midst of all the turmoil of decision making I realized that for me HOME is where HE is ... So here is my Valentine to YOU my husband, partner, life-mate and soul-mate, with these words from my heart to yours ...
Now, for those of you who want to know I used the Handmade Harbour "Vintage Caravan" digital stamp and I painted the background of the caravan using my gelatos as paint (color them onto a craft mat and add water to make paint) and then I doodled with my gel pens to add some texture. 

I also added some pops of color with my new Silks, they look like paint but they are really an acrylic glaze and it dries to look like enameled metal.  I cut out my trailer (caravan), including cutting out the window glass, so that it created some amazing dimension when I added the foam pop dots.
The card background was created by using a brayer (mini-roller) with my new Kaleidascope inkpad, picking up the ink with the brayer and rolling it over a piece of glossy card paper... quick, bright and Beeeautiful!  The tree is one of my many, many Unity Stamps that I fussy cut after stamping it onto another piece of brayer-inked glossy paper.
That's it for now... Thanks for stopping by to see what I did today... and PLEASE, leave a comment if you like what you see (smile)
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera