Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterflies and Flower Cards

Here are life like butterflies and a pretty flower card for today.
I am up on the Unity blog today with these creations.


Sentiment:  The sun will shine again.

And here is a picture of the process.
To make the wings, stamp the image twice, color, cut out one set of wings and glue or tape to the bottom wings.
For the background, blend distress inks for an outdoor look.


For my next project, I used a pretty flower and accented it with rhinestones.


Sentiment:  Be yourself. No regrets.

For the background, blend layers of distress ink with foam to your liking.  The more you add the darker the shades.  The possibilities are endless.

Supplies:  Unity August 2016 SMAK Never Lose Sight and July 2016 Layers of Life Be Yourself.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Unity Design Team July Hop

Hi there, Gaylynn here.  Unity is hopping today.
Be sure to visit all of the blogs listed below, including the Unity blog for two prize chances.

Here are some of my recent projects.


This cute and funny unicorn card is going to my niece for her baby girl shower.  I paired two kits, Unicorns & Rainbows and Stinkin Cute Add On.


This floral one is watercolor with colored pencils and the kit Steps of Courage.


And finally, this butterfly card is watercolor with the July 2016 SMAK Heart's Reflection and the sentiment is with the July 2016 Sentiment Kit Let Your Wishes Fly.

Check out the amazing sales going on beginning today at Unity.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.
— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —

Wedding Roses Embossed Gift Tags

Here are pretty embossed gift or favor tags with a wedding theme.
For every wedding, shower or party, pretty gift tags are a must.


The following is a close-up of the thank you wedding favor tag:


And here is a wedding gift tag:


Link Up:

Altenew July Inspiration Challenge ~ Weddings

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Altenew stamps and dies from Vintage Roses and Painted Greetings and My Creative Time tag dies.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Moving On Girl Inspirational Card

Here is a great card for anyone going though hardship who needs a little encouragement.


Sentiment:  Moving on is not about looking back, it's about taking a glance at yesterday and seeing how much you've grown since then.

And a picture during the watercolor process:


Supplies include Unity Aleaha Girl, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, MFT dies and pearls.

Thanks for visiting.

Teddy Bear Inspirational Card

This is a heartfelt teddy bear card for support and encouragement.


Sentiment:  If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

Here is another picture snapped during the watercolor process.


This card could be for someone who has suffered a loss of a loved one or even for the loss of a pet.

Supplies include Unity stamps Brave Enough, MFT dies, MCT dies and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.

Enjoy your day.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bible journal page with chalk edgers

Today I am sharing a bible journal page stamped with chalk edgers.


And here is the back of the page.


You do see a slight shadow, but no more than the images that come with the book.  Still no bleed through with stamping.  This makes me a happy camper.  Hooray!!!


Please note that I am fairly new to the art part of bible journaling.   I am sharing my bible journaling art process, trials and errors along the way.
I am a card maker, and discovered quickly that what works for cards may not work on these THIN pages.  Recommendations and suggestions are welcome.

The chalks dry quickly but smudge if not dried completely.   If  watercolor is used, I recommend doing watercolor first and dry before stamping with chalk inks.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Things With Wings

The Daily Marker 30 Day

Supplies include Unity Birdie Inspiration, Prima Chalk Edgers, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, My Creative Bible.

That's all for today.  Until next time.

Peace Love Hope Christmas Tag or Bookmark

Here is a Christmas holiday tag in non-traditional colors.



Sentiment:  Peace Love Hope

I like to have tags like these ready for holiday gifts, wine bottles, baked gifts, decoration and more.
This one has a little blank tag at the top to write to and from.  I like to add these tiny tags so that the big tag can be reused by the recipient, if they choose to do so.

I used watercolor on this for a soft and imperfect look.

Link Ups:

Stampin Royalty ~ SR#339 Christmas In July

The Daily Marker 30 Day

Supplies:  Unity Aubree Girl, watercolors and watercolor paper, MFT dies.

Until next time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Christmas Cheer Car, Tree and Presents

This is a Christmas card in non-traditional holiday colors and with sepia tones.


Sentiment:  Sending you lots of Christmas cheer.

This new image is one of my favorites.  It's a VW Bug car filled with all things Christmas ~ a Christmas tree, gifts and a wreath.

I wanted a vintage look, so I went with sepia colors.  The background is a die-cut chevron pattern with an inlay.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Create A Scene

Tuesday Throwdown #303 ~ Favorite Embellishment (My favorite is using die-cut accents.)

The Daily Marker 30 Day ~ Day 15

Supplies:  Unity Love Bug Christmas, dies Lil' Inker Designs and My Creative Time and Copic markers.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dandelions Mixed Media Style Card

Another mixed media style card for most occasions.


Sentiment:  Wishing you joy.

And here is part of the process:


Supplies include:  Unity stamps from Let Your Wishes Fly and Beautiful Elements, gelatos, water, vellum, Winnie & Walter dies.

Until next time. Cheers.

Bicycle Christmas Scene

Here is a unique image with a bike carrying a Christmas tree and presents.  I just love the sweetness of it.


Sentiment:  Happy Christmas with love.


Here it is a little closer.

Link Ups:

Little Red Wagon #350 ~ You're A Star

The Daily Marker 30 Day

Supplies include Unity Classic Christmas, Copic Markers, dies by Pretty Pink Posh and My Creative Time.

Have a great day. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Winter Snow Scene and Watercolor Tutorial

Today I have a winter card that can be for any occasion including Christmas holidays.


Sentiment:  Stay warm and cozy.

And here is part of the process:


Watercolor with watercolor pencils tutorial ~ Brush to Pencil Tip:

Things you will need:  A water bowl (or water brush), paint brush, watercolor pencils, stamped image onto watercolor paper and paper towel.

For the girl, I used a narrow paint brush dipped in water and then dabbed the brush directly onto the tip of the pencil.  This lifts just enough color for smaller areas and finer detail. Paint the sections using that color.
To lighten areas while image is still wet, blot the brush onto the paper towel and then brush the image areas you want lightened to remove some color. This adds highlights.
Dry with heat gun and repaint sections where you want even darker areas of that same color. Dry again.
Move to other color sections and do the same, drying in between.
For the background, make sure the paper is dry.  Add water to the brush and brush water to the paper where  you want the background to be.  Add one color at a time to the brush (wet brush to pencil tip). Then lightly dip the brush onto the wet section of the background.  Watch it flow.  Add water to where you want that color to move.  Pick up excess water with a blotted brush or paper towel.  Dry.
Try another color layer the same way once the paper is dry.
The possibilities are endless with watercolor and color layers.

I hope this helps.  I would love your feedback and comments.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Create a Scene

The Daily Marker 30 Day

Supplies:  Unity Elsa Girl, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, paint brush, Ranger watercolor paper, water bowl, MFT dies, doily and snow glitter.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Birthday Dragonflies with Watercolor

This is a card I made for my daughter's birthday.
She is an artist and so I tried to make it artsy for her.


And this is part of the process with watercolor for the background.


Supplies:  Unity Let Your Wishes Fly and Beautiful Elements by JoJa, vellum, Gelato and watercolor paper.

Link Ups:

Just Us Girls #352 Color Week

The Daily Marker 30 Day

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Key To Today Wedding Card

Here is a new version of a wedding card I made a while back.


Sentiment:  The key to today.

This vintage key is accented by the colors of Navy blue, yellow and gray.


This is great for a wedding or anniversary.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Key To Today and My Creative Time dies.

Have a great day.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bible Journal Flower and Quote

Another bible journal page, this time with different ink.


Some of the supplies:


I stamped the images with StazOn black ink.  My ink pad was very juicy, and it did show on the back page.
I used the water soluble oil pastels to watercolor.  This time, I mixed the pastels with water and brush on a craft mat.  The color was applied in layers, drying in between.  The watercolor did not bleed through the page.  I ironed the page between two pieces of paper.

Here is the watercolor prep.


And this is the back of the page.


For my bible journal posts, I am keeping them focused on my art process along the way.  My personal journal notes are kept private for the most part.

Link Up:

The Daily Marker 30 Day ~ Day 7

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Flora and Fauna

Supplies:  Unity stamp Small Things Great Love, My Creative Time Just Because flower stamp, StazOn ink, Prima water soluble soft oily pastels, brush and water.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.  Have a great day.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Choose Joy Bible Journal

Here is another page decorated with water soluble oil pastels.


And here are some of the tools I used.:


The decorating part of bible journaling is still new to me.  I am sharing my trials and errors along the way. 

This was an experiment with another coloring option.  The water soluble oil pastels are lovely for broad color and do not show through to the back side of the page.  They also do not require page prepping and dry without a sticky feel.
Next time, I will use a lighter hand with the oil pastels, dry and then layer colors.
These water soluble oil pastels blend easily with baby wipes.
Just dry between color layers.  The paper wrinkles but can be ironed with a paper liner on each side of the page.

I stamped the Choose Joy sentiment.  The sentiment ink does show through to the back side.  I used a medium grey color.  (A light grey has worked better on other pages.) 
Still exploring better stamp ink options for use with these thin bible journal pages.

The hearts were drawn and colored with regular colored pencils.
However, I prefer watercolor pencils, as they blend easily with a brush and water.

Supplies:  My Creative Bible, Prima water soluble soft oil pastels, Unity stamp Choose Joy with a heart, colored pencils, heat gun and a baby wipe.

That's all for now.  I encourage helpful suggestions along the way.
Have a wonderful day.

Tiny Mountains Birthday Gift Tag

Here is a birthday gift tag with a little scene of tiny mountains.


Sentiment:  Breathe deep. Enjoy life. Happy Birthday.

This tag inspires me to get outside.
I used lots of different die-cuts on this one.  The mountains were colored and then trimmed to place into the little scene above.
I think this tag can be easily made for more occasions than just for birthday.


Link Ups:

The Daily Marker 30 Day ~ Day 6

Tag You're It #51 Outdoor scene with mountains instead of the flower.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp of the Week Tiny Mountains and with Party All Day, My Creative Time tag dies, MFT dies, Copic Markers and ribbon.

Enjoy the summer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Purple Flowers Thank You Card

Here is a thank you card with pretty purple flowers.



Sentiment:  Words are never enough.  Thank You.

I couldn't wait to make something with this beautiful flower.
It includes water droplets, and I added more droplets to accent.

Link Ups:

The Daily Marker 30 Day ~ Day 1 and 2

Supplies:  Unity KOM 7/2016 Glittering Eyes, MFT dies, Pretty Pink Posh small water droplets and Copic markers.

Have a great day.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bible Journaling Flowers

Today I practiced bible journal coloring.


And here is the stamp set I used, Moments In Bloom.


Sentiment:  Life is full of beauty.  Have a little faith.

The biggest challenge is finding the right coloring, ink, paint and markers that work with the thin bible paper.  I like bolder colors but do not want the image to bleed to the back side of the page.
I am still searching for the right mix and learning along the way.

For the flowers, I initially colored the solid flower stamp with Gelato with a little water spray.  It was very light, so I added color pencils and distress markers.
I will use a lighter ink for sentiments in the future.

Link Up:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #236-#237 Anything Goes

I would love helpful suggestions or tips.
Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Daisies Thinking of You Card for SMAK Saturday

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with a project for the July 2016 SMAK kit.


Sentiment:  I catch myself thinking about you all the time.

I just love these pretty flowers and the thoughtful sentiment.

Supplies:  Unity SMAK kit July 2016 Heart's Reflection, Copic Markers, Pretty Pink Posh sequins and twine.

Have yourself a sunny Saturday.