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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stencil Sunday and Some Inspirational Canvases

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today is Stencil Sunday over at the STAMPloration blog, the day where the design team endeavor to inspire you to use your stencils.

And today is also my last Stencil Sunday post until the fall.  It seems that this wonderful group takes a break over the summer. (How civilized is that?!)  But don't worry, I am staying on with the STAMPlorations mixed media design team group for another year.  Not only are the team and our leader (Shery Russ) wonderful to work and play with, but the products just keep inspiring me!
So with Fall in mind I was inspired to create these sweet little inspirational 4x6 board canvases using inky paper towels as my starting base and the leaves from the Autumn Falling Stencil as masks.

The colors of this paper towel (which I found in my save-the-pretty-paper-box) was the main inspiration for this piece and I just love how the paper towel gives so much color and texture to the finished canvas all in one step.

And even though we are taking a break from Stencil Sunday over the summer I will continue to post a photo tutorial in July and August and of course we will NOT be breaking from our monthly mixed media challenges where it's always "Anything Goes Except a Card" (and you must use a stencil, ANY stencil!)  So keep sharing your projects - we always pick our top three and 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 

So watch for my summer tutorials, I have something pretty special lined up and if I don't see you until the fall - Have a wonderful summer!

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist
for the STAMPLorations Mixed Media Design Team

STAMPlorations products used on this project:

Use the code STAMPGIRLLYNNE to get 20% your entire order at STAMPLorations, even the sale items.
ARTplorations: Autumn Falling Stencil
STAMPLorations: Trendy Birds 2

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Turning 55 Has Been A Turning Point!

Oh My Goodness, so much to share with all of you today and I will try to keep it down to a short story-sized post!  Firstly on  May 27th I turned 55 and this EXCITES me beyond belief because I believe that double-digit birthday years are powerful and life changing, especially if you pay attention and leap onto the opportunities that present themselves through the year.  Let me explain: 

At the end of my 22nd year I began planning a trip to China for three weeks; I was a single mom with two children working as a waitress (so you would think not very possible) but as I worked toward that goal everything just fell into place allowing me to take this life-changing journey.  (And it really did change my life but all that in another post!)

The year I turned 33 I met "Mr. Awesome" (my husband now) and even though I had sworn off men for the rest of my life I took one more chance with my heart and am I ever glad I did because our life together has just gotten better and better ever since.

The year I turned 44 I took a new job with a start-up oil and gas company, a decision that allowed me to retire forever from office work five years later at the age of 49!
And three weeks ago I turned 55! So now can you understand my excitement?  And guess what? The awesomeness is starting already! 
This is me on the night of 55th birthday...
Here are just a few of the things that have happened in the past few weeks: 
Just before my birthday I was selected as the only Canadian on the Mixed UP Magazine design team.  Something I have wanted to do for a long time is to be able to share my work through tutorials and articles and now I AM! 

Three days after my birthday I received my first commission cheque from the Fly In The Fibre, a local store that is now carrying a bit of my work (only 100 pieces! grin).  So I actually got a "pay cheque" for being an artist... Swoon!
SOLD - on the very first day!
A few days later I arranged to teach two mixed media canvas classes in the area, putting myself out there as a mixed media artist and instructor for the very first time.
Not only did both classes sell out, but the first class was a wonderful experience with seven happy students each leaving with a beautiful finished piece that was entirely their own.
Then last week I met another amazing mixed media and fabric artist who lives just up the road from me.  She runs a business called The Art Barn Studio and we have already played together with making our own paper out of blue jeans, and she is teaching me how to make  Junk Journal.  This past Monday we played with Pebeo paints creating these "pours", (happy dance).  It turns out she is another Soul Sister and I can't wait to hang with her more! 
And finally this mornning I discovered that I was featured in Nathalie Kalbach's June newsletter with the Elephant tin project I created using her stamps for my Mixed Up Mag blog tutorial last month!(Go HERE to see the tutorial).  And it's only been three weeks since I turned 55!
You know, 10 years ago I started saying "jokingly" that when I retired I would spend Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday working in my glass studio and Thursday, Friday, Saturday working in my paper & paint studio and Mr. Awesome would get Sundays (although I could see him losing Sundays pretty quickly, grin).  But you know, here I am 10 years later doing EXACTLY that! Working full time, every day in my studios (yes, I have TWO) with never enough time left over for my glass, and loving every minute of my life. 
Me and Leah Wilson, who taught me how to make "Oliver" my felted owl.

It really is true that if you love what you do, not only will you "never work a day in your life" but also you will wake up every day full of energy and ready to leap out of bed to get going!
And this is Oliver... the big one on the right.
I just want to say a heart felt Thank You to all my wonderful and faithful blog followers, some of whom have been here since the beginning seven years ago. And to let you know to stay tuned because I think you are going to like some of the changes I am hoping to make to my blog over the next few months!
Some of my new pieces...
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 are seeing!

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


Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #86 - "D" is for DRUNK!

Well it is hard to believe that six entire months  have gone by without me creating something for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers... it really is true that time seems to move faster as you get older! But I am finally here today to share with you my interpretation of Challenge #86 - "D" is for Drunk
I used two of my very favorite Unity stamps; Angie Blom's Brooke Girl and a Unity Itty Bitty called "Big Chocolate Bar" which I colored with my Copic markers to create this card and it pretty much says exactly how I feel, because let's face it, there are some times when even chocolate can't do it all!
So pop on over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers to see what my teammates have created and we would LOVE if you joined us in this challenge where you get to interpret it however you like and the snarkier and more sarcastic you are the better.  You have until June 23rd to link up and we always choose a Queen of Snark and her Princesses.  Who wouldn't want this Blog candy??

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

I am linking up this card to the following challenge:
Crafty Katz Challenge #374 - Anything Goes Plus GDT Call!

Lynne Mizera
For the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Products Used on this project: 
Unity stamps:
Angie Blom's Brooke Girl 
Itty Bitty called "Big Chocolate Bar"
Copic Markers
Embossing folder by Design Objectives

Monday, June 5, 2017

Creating A Hopeful Message - Mixed Media Style

Hello Everyone! I am here today with my June tutorial post for STAMPlortions and this month I am sharing with you all the steps in my creation of these two inspirational canvases featuring the new STAMPlorations stamp set NEW BEGINNING by Dee's Artsy Impressions.

Sometimes a card just isn't enough when you want to show someone you care.

So when I came across these 4x6 inch board canvases in my local dollar store in packages of three for $1, I bought them all!
And over on the STAMPlorations blog I am showing you how I altered these canvases mixed media style to send off to a friend that really needs some love and encouragement.  So if these little jewels excite you pop on over to STAMPlorations see my Tutorial blog post with all the details!

Thanks for popping in today to see what I am up to 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 STAMPlortions store to receive 20% off your entire order, even sale items)
STAMPlorations Products Used on this Project:
STAMPlorations New Beginning

ARTplorations Just Flow
Other products used on this project:
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes 
Copic Markers
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours
Ranger: Stickles, Liquid Pearl, Glossy Accents and Archival Ink
Stampendous Dreamweaver Glossy White & Metallic Silver Embossing Paste
Stampendous Opaque White Embossing Powder

Sunday, June 4, 2017

From The Recyle Bin To A Treasure Box - Altered Storage Mixed Media Style!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday I am sharing this treasure box I created mixed media style using only some pretty napkins and my ARTplorations stencils and a few different pastes.

It was fun and easy and something you can do with the young people in your life - Because doesn't everyone love to have a treasure box?

I salvaged this really cool box with a fold-over lid from the garbage and used Mod Podge to cover the entire box with these pretty napkins.

Once this had dried I used the ARTplorations Floral Flutes stencil with Finnabair's Copper Crackle Texture paste to cover the lid.  Note: the thicker you apply the paste the deeper your cracks will be!

And once this had dried, just for fun, I used the ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil with Dreamweaver glossy white and matte black embossing paste to create a row of flowers.

And Taaa Daaa... Now I have a box that I can use for a gift and it's already wrapped!  And for those of you that need to know here is everything I used on this project:

So I hope this little project inspires you to go make something using your stencils and if you do why not join in on our Monthly Mixed Media Challenge where it's always Anything Goes (except a card) as long as you use a stencil... Any stencil.  The design team picks the winner and there are prizes!  Go HERE for all the details and to link up.

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, Thank you 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 - I read every single one!

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:

Other products Used on this Project:
Mod Podge - Matte Finish
Stampendous Dreamweaver Glossy White and Matte Black Embossing pastes
Finnabair Texture Paste - Copper Crackle

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