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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Woman's Best Friend...

The challenge this week over at the Handmade Harbour Papercraft Party is "Family or Friends" and the digi I chose to use is this wonderful new creation by Wendy that absolutely tugs at my heartstrings, appropriately called "Dog Waiting at Window"
because although I have many human friends and family members it's my fur friend that gives me my biggest dose of unconditional love every day...and everytime we leave She waits at our front window until she sees us turning back into the driveway.
I colored this digi using my copic markers and drew in some lines to create a floor and walls... but this image didn't need any other embellishment because for me the picture says it all!
So pop on over to the Handmade Harbour blog to see what else the design team created and maybe link up one of your own projects for this Papercraft Party .... you too could be the winner of the coveted Handmade Harbour Winners Blinkie for your blog!

Bye for now....
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring: A Time of Renewal and Re-organization...

Hello PEEPS!  Today I am sharing with you some of my thoughts on Spring!!  What is it about Spring that makes us want to CLEAN Everything?!  Is it the renewal of life making us want everything bright and new again?  Or (more likely for me) is it all that lovely bright sunshine streaming through the winter-dirty windows lighting up all the dust and cobwebs in the corners of my rooms?  Whatever it is Spring is a time of year when I am filled with a huge energy and desire to clean and re-organize EVERYTHING... Which brings me to this lovely little project that I created for my next-to-last post for the Susank K. Weckesser design team, It's a book for all my small stencils which I made from two 10"x10" pieces of cardboard and two binder rings.
Here's the front cover: I mod podged a few torn pages from an old book onto the cardboard, sprayed it with my Dylusions sprays and cut and pasted from Susan K. Weckesser's Live in Color paper line and her digital stamp version of "Purpose of ART" stamp set ...Which is NOW availabe in the UK at Polka Doodles (which I just ordered!)

As always, I popped a few of the elements for interest, doodled in my title and around a few other elements as the mood struck me, and then I accented everything with stickles and liquid pearl...
Here's the back:  I used up some old chipboard shapes that I have had lying around forever.  I'ts amazing how something changes when you cover it with gesso and paint it in the colors you want it to be, I Love gesso.
I created the stems for these flowers using a bright green hemp cord from May Arts that I have been saving for something really special, I also punched holes into the top bottom of my front cover and threaded the green cord through... I just love the texture it created and I cannot stop touching it (grin).

Here are the front and back covers all layed out... I didn't really have a plan for this book, I just let it evolve and take me where it would.  I am discovering that when I take all the pressure off myself to "make it perfect" how perfectly something will evolve.  And because this was only a cardboard book for my stencils there was no pressure or need to "be perfect" at all and just look at how fantastic it is...Grin.
After the covers were completed and dry I punched in holes using my Crop-a-Dial and I used some old 8"x8" plastic page sleeves from an old scrapbook album to slide stencils into (I can fit four to a sleeve) but then I ran out of 8x8 sleeves...
So then I punched holes right into the side of the plastic ziplock bags that other of my stencils came in, putting two in each bag and "voila"... all my small stencils are now in one place (happy Grin). Note: the inside cover of my book was created by mod podging my inky paper towels (used to blot when I spray) to the inside cover... cool huh?

Another tip, collect up all the supplies you think you want to use and then just use them... don't think about it, just DO IT, you never know what will happen!

So now I feel just so organized that I think I need to make another of these books for my large stencils using 12x12 cardboard and 12x12 scrapbook page sleeves... what do you think?
Thanks for popping by today to see what I am up to, and PLEASE leave me a comment if you are liking what you see, especially if this post leads you to make one of these books too! (smile)

Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

PS:  Inspiration for this project was provided by Kelly S. and her video link that was posted to facebook in April (and who I am now following on YOU Tube - she's AWESOME!)
See Kelly's Video HERE:

Products used to create this Project:
Susan K. Weckesser's Live in Color paper line
Susan K. Weckesser "Purpose of ART" digital stamp
May Arts Fiber
Ranger's Stickles & Liquid Pearls
Plaid Mod Podge for Paper
CTMH Liquid Glass
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
Golden Gesso
Zig Black Vellum Liner

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy NEW Home Day!

This week at Handmade Harbour the challenge theme for our weekly Papercraft Party is "Home", and the timing works out perfectly in my life since we pick up the keys to our brand new home in just two days.  And even though moving is crazy and stressful and pokes at every seam of your relationships looking for weak spots - it's also exciting to be starting anew, in a new home, in a different town, with new neighbors.... BIG GIANT SMILE!
And in keeping with my theme this week I used a brand new digital stamp designed by Wendy (you can see all her new stamps HERE) and as you can see I only colored the "new house", leaving all else black and white... don't you just love the contrast, and how it really makes the new home pop!  So why not POP on over to the Handmade Harbour blog to see what else the design team created for this week's Papercraft Party and why not link up a home-themed project of your own?  You could even win the coveted "Winners Blinkie" for your blog!
Thanks for stopping by today to see what I am up to, and please send a prayer my way whenever you think of me over the next three weeks as I try to fit all of our accumulated stuff from 13 years on an acreage into our new home in town (grin).

New Townie...
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Monday, April 7, 2014

Challenge YOUrself #5 - Use Something Trendy...

This month the challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself scrapbooking blog and challenge site is:  USE SOMETHING TRENDY - " Use at least THREE trendy things" on a layout you create that contains one or more photos of yourself.  (remember this is a site that is challenging us to come out from behind that camera and to get photos of ourselves onto some of those layouts we create!)   
Some of the things that are trending right now in the scrapbook world are chalk, feathers, arrows, speech bubbles, sprays, using stencils, hand-written titles, doodling, wooden embellishments, metal embossing... etc. etc, and here is what I created...
and the "trendy" items I used are 1) a hand-written title; 2) my dylusion sprays; 3) a wooden clock embellishment; 4)a star stencil and 5)selfies!

 I used my MAC Photo Booth App to take these "authentic" photos of myself and then I played around with some of the photo effects in this app to get the photo negative film strip look... Hey! Another trending thing right now (grin).

My layout this month was inspired by a quote my friend Christy Riopel posted to facebook last week that really resonated with me: 

"Life is too short for fake butter, cheese or people." 

so I am dedicating this layout to my friend Ms. Christy Riopel... a talented artist, supportive friend and truly authentic woman - Thank you DAAARRRRLING, for all you do and all you are... (smile)

So please pop on over to the Challenge YOUrself blog to see what else the design team came up with for this challenge and maybe consider linking up one of your own layouts... there is always an awesome prize package for someone every month plus you get another layout of yourself completed for your family album.
Cheers! Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Q" is for QUEEN!

Hello Everyone!  It's time for another Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, and this Go Around it is: 

Here is MY Submission, the Queen of GREAT One Liners!  This is absolutely something I would say after a glass of red wine... and after Two glasses - Johnny Depp better beware! (grin)

I went to town on this card using four different stamps.  That lovely lady is a new Unity AngieGirl stamp called Brooke Girl; the flowers are a Frog's Whiskers stamp; the background is one of my favorite Harmonie stamps; and the sentiment is from a company called Riley & Company, their Funny Bones line of stamps (totally WORTH Checking out!)

So why not create something "Queenly" (or just use a crown or some bling in your creation) and then Join the Party! - linking up to our Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Blog using the Linky Tool, you have until April 18th and YOU TOO could be eligible to win one of these AWESOME blinkies for your blog. 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a quick comment if you like what you see!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Monday, March 31, 2014

A GOOD Morning Mirror...

Good Morning Everyone! Today, for my Susan K. Weckesser design team post, I want to share my latest re-purposed item with you... It's a colorful textured mirror to match my crackle-painted clock from my last post.  This mirror is going to grace the wall of my new creative space adding a great pop of color and reminding me that I really do:  LIVE TO CREATE.
I started with an inexpensive 8"x8" mirror from Ikea...
to which I added some texture using a stencil and modelling paste.  Because I was using the black framed mirror, after the modelling paste had dried I gave it a coat of gesso to make it all white, then I added the color.
To achieve this great background color I used two products: first my Tim Holtz distress stain dauber in Broken China, which I rubbed all over the white frame making sure to leave some white to peek through; 
then my Tattered Angels glimmer glaze in Emerald Cove and Blue Oasis, which I used as an accent color to enhance the blues and greens, this was dabbed on and rubbed in using my fingers.
Mod Podge and Susan's Live In Color paper line completed my mirror, as I happily cut and layered until I was done.  I am very happy with how this project turned out, and one of the things I love the most is that when I look into this mirror my face is framed by all those colorful flowers and that makes me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I am up to, and please do leave a comment if you like what you see!
Cheers....Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Products used on this project:
Susan K. Weckesser Live in Color cardstock
Ikea wooden frame (8x8)
The Crafter's Workshop Mini Cell Theory stencil
Golden modelling paste
Ranger Distress Stain - Broken China
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze - Blue Oasis & Emerald Cove
Plaid Mod Podge
Daler & Rowney Acrylic Gesso

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Very Special Friendship Card... (and Another Bucket-List Item Achieved!)

Oh Happpeeee Day... Today I am sharing my card for the Handmade Harbour Papercraft Party #30 -  "Sunshine, Rain or Flowers" on which I used some of Wendy's new digital, sizeable, printable-at-home, patterned paper... (How cool is That?!)

And I am also excitedly sharing the publication of this card in a magazine out of the UK,  "Digital Crafting Essentials Vol. 2" which includes a CD full of digital images, one of which is this Lovely Lady designed by Wendy of Handmade Harbour and which is currently only available through the magazine. 
This card represents the achievements of so many things for me and I have been waiting and waiting to be able to share this bit of news with all of you as my work is now being viewed in the UK (Big GIANT Smile).
Note: This magazine ships world wide with a Canadian/US shipping charge of less than $10... you can check out their site HERE.
So pop on over to the Handmade Harbour Blog to see what the design team created and since you are already there why not link up one of your own creations?

You will be eligible to win the Handmade Harbour winner's badge for your blog AND if you use one of the H.H. digital stamps in your project you will be eligible to win three more digis of your choice, so come's fun!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #4 - Puff Bunnies!!

Hello EVERYBODY!!! It's that time again... the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is hosting Challenge #4 and this week it is: "F" is for Fancy Fold ... Create something using a fancy fold or some kind of folding technique and link it up to this week's challenge to be elligible to win the awesome "Queen of Snark" or "Princess of Snark" blinky for your blog (grin).  You have until April 4th to link up for this particular challenge.
Now folding is way outside my box, but a brief search requesting "folding videos" took me to a whole SWACK of origami sites with wonderful instructions, even for beginners like me. And with  Spring in the air how could I NOT pick these super cute, not too-hard-to-make PUFF BUNNIES!

And the really fun part is that after you have made all the folds, you get to inflate your bunny like a balloon.... hence the term Puff Bunny! Here are even MORE photos!

They were so easy make, and so addictively satisfying that what started out as one Puff Bunny soon became a Couple, then a Family, then Several Families, then a Neighborhood and now I'm being OVERRUN! Help Meeeeee!!! (grin)

But these little cuties gave me a use for all those pompoms and googly eyes I bought at the dollar store last year (grin), although they are even totally cute "naked" (well you HAVE to give it a cotton-tail

The folding was pretty simple, especially with these wonderful printable instructions I found at a site called Origami Fun  (links to PDF instructions HERE).  The most difficult part was figuring out the "pockets" you need to tuck your flap into, so I have photographed it for you below. 

Fold top flaps in two steps, first stright down and then over to create the tabs (see below)


Open up the "pocket" using something like a bone folder

tuck tab into pocket - on each side

And after making many, many bunnies here are all my folding tips:
1. Start LARGE... the smaller the bunny the harder it is to fold.
2. Use perfectly square sheets of thin paper, scrapbooking paper is not ideal but the really thin paper works better than the thicker paper.  I will be looking for true Origami paper in the future.
3. Fold carefully and exactly, trimming after the first folds if the paper isn't exactly square.  The more clean and crisp your folds the more perfect your bunny will turn out.
4. Use the edge of your fingernail or a bone folder after every fold step to help to make your creases very flat. 
5. When you are folding the ears down (step 15) start at the point near the nose using your fingernail to make a small crease at the "point" then fold your paper from that place allowing the fold to follow it's natural angle away from the body... this will create lovely perfect ears.
Here is the bunny, with ears unfolded, just before you puff him up
6. When you have completed all the folding steps you need to Puff Out your bunny by holding the bottom two flaps, one in each hand and putting your DRY lips on its nose and giving a very sharp "puff" of air to inflate your bunny... you may need to do this a second time to get your bunny to fully inflate.

I am providing my paper measurements for you:
6" squares = Dad, 5" Squares = Mom, 4" squares= big sister, 3.5" squares = baby brother
Well Thanks for "Hopping" by today to see my stuff... I hope you like them enough to try to make one or two yourself. (Smile)
Scrapbook Lynne

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's "Time" for Some Mixed Media!

Hello everyone, Lynne here today for my Susan K. Weckesser Design Team post, and I am sharing my latest re-purposed item, a $3 clock I found in my local second-hand store.  I LOVE combing second-hand stores and garage sales to find those overlooked treasures that I can make new again.  As I am packing up my studio getting ready to move, several of these treasures have been revealed, like this lovely little clock that I found stashed at the back of large storage cabinet. 
Now I wish I had taken a photo of the original clock (which was all black and quite chipped) so that you can see the amazing transformation it has made, but since I didn't I will just focus on this lovely new Mixed Media Clock.  To me "mixed media" means mixing different techniques and different products to produce a new item and that is what I did today.

To start I dismantled my clock which came apart quite easily into three pieces - a case, a board with the clock elements attached and a back cover.  Next I removed all three hands of the clock, which pulled off quite easily, and put them somewhere safe.  
Then, using Susan's Live in Color paper line, I cut and pasted to create a mini, three-dimensional page on the clock face, making sure that the hands of the clock would be able to easily pass above my items on their way around the dial.  As always, a layer of Ranger's Stickles and Close to my Heart Liquid Glass finished off my new clock face background.
I then painted the case and back cover, making sure the glass face was protected with masking tape. I used a crackle medium to create the weathered wood look - something I have been wanting to try - and it was surprisingly EASY! The hardest part of the entire process was choosing what colors to use for my base coat and main coat, so I used my back cover as a test piece...which is why the front and back have two slightly different looks.  I ended up choosing a dark turquoise as my base and a lighter teal as my main coat.
To create the crackle effect, all you need to do is paint each piece three times; first with a base coat, then with the crackle medium, and lastly with your final color.  It is REALLY important the you allow each coat to dry thoroughly before painting on the next layer.  I did use my heat gun to speed up the process slightly, but I gave each coat at least 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step. 
Now to get lovely crackling here's what I have learned:  1) the third coat is easier to apply if the paint is little bit thinner, so I add a tiny bit of water to make it the consistency of milk, rather than cream.  2) that you don't need a lot of paint to get lovely cracks, and 3) try to NOT to paint over an already painted area, it just clumps up.
The cracking happens as the paint dries, so if your paint is thin it happens quickly and you get large cracks, if your paint is thick it takes longer and the cracks are more subtle.  After everything had dried I painted one more time with ModPodge to add a few more paper elements to the clock frame and to seal the clock.

Now that I have discovered how easy it is to get this look, I foresee a lot more re-purposed furniture in my future (smile).  Note:  I used a crackle medium by Plaid which I picked up at my local WalMart, a large 8oz bottle was only $9.00.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you remember this post the next time you visit your local second-hand store!
Design Team Member Lynne Mizera

Products used on this project:
Susan K. Weckesser Live in Color cardstock
Plaid Folkart Crackle Medium
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint: Titanium White; Cobalt Turquois; Teal
Zip Dry Scrapbook Glue
Ranger Stickles
CTMH Liquid Glass
Glossy ModPodge
Foam Pop Dots