Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunflowers Inspirational Card

Today, I am sharing sunflowers with watercolor accents.


Sentiment:  It's the best feeling in the world watching things finally fall into place.

For this card, I used two types of watercolors.  The sunflowers are with watercolor pencils and the bottom portion is watercolor using Brusho powders.  I cannot get enough of the vibrant looks which the powders offer.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown #323 ~ Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge CIC388 ~ Sweet Six Award

Supplies:  Unity stamps from 9/2016 KOM Moments Between Moments, MFT die-namics, MCT dies, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and Brusho Crystal Colours.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and 2017.
Cheers!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mermaid, Birds and Unity Hop

First up today, I am sharing this sweet watercolor mermaid card.
These projects are part of the Unity Design Team hop, going on today.


Sentiment:  Missing you.

This sweet mermaid is from Spirit of a Mermaid by Susan K. Weckesser.

She is in watercolor and layered onto the background panel.
This kit includes lots of unique sentiments for different occasions.


Next up are the cutest friendship birds from the December 2016 Kit of the Month Always Been You.
You may want to get in on the Membership(s) before January 1st to be grandfathered in at their current low price, and to be able to get past kits at a discount.

Here is my quick tip video tutorial.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Unity is having a magical discount sale ending 1-1-17.
You can get this sweet kit and so much more with huge savings.
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 —
And now go see more of what the design team has for you this week.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Thank you Whale and Boat Card

Here is a tropical themed thank you card.
It features a beautiful whale and tiny boat on the horizon.


Sentiment:  Thank you for being part of my journey.

This is a tropical scene with a sunset background and ocean waters.

I used a heartfelt thank you sentiment.
Lately, there are so many people to thank for lots of different reasons, near and far.
This is just one of many cards which I shipped to my lovely mama for her to send out to some amazing well deserved people along the way.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Make It Sparkle

Tuesday Throwdown #323 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Other Side of Fear and Monarch Journey, Tim Holtz distress ink, Copic markers, Staedtler fine liner pen, Pretty Pink Posh droplets and craft foam.

Have a lovely day.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gold Embossed Thank You Card and Tutorial

Today, I am sharing a thank you card with gold embossed accents.


Sentiment:  Thank you.  You know how to make me feel special.

I used embossing paste with a stencil to add the shiny gold dots and then layered the card panels.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial of this process.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Make It Sparkle

The Paper Girls Challenge #118 ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown #323 ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Special Wishes, Dreamweaver Stencils embossing paste, Faber-Castell spatula, My Favorite Things stencil, Lil' Inker Designs dies, Post-It tape and Copic markers.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

My grab bag prize winner.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my grab bag giveaway.

The winner is:

Tammy L. Sexton

Congratulations Tammy.
(She claimed her prize.) 

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Peace, Love and Daisies Inspirational Card

This is an inspirational card with a daisy and lovely sentiment.


Sentiment:  I want daisies in my hair, peace in my soul & love in my heart.

This one is colored on kraft paper and layered with coordinating pattern paper and gems.

I have a quick tip video tutorial for this project.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Soul Joy, BasicGrey paper, golden rhinestones, Copic markers, Inktense watercolor pencils, Sharpie and cording.

Here's wishing you daisies, peace and love.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Vintage Girl Simple Layered Card

Today, I am sharing an elegant vintage style card.


Sentiment:  You had me at hello.

I think this is great for love occasions like anniversary, Valentine's Day, I love you and more.

I made a quick tip video tutorial of this simple layered project.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Supplies:  Unity stamps from Love That Face and by Gina K. Designs Had Me At Hello, My Favorite Things Die-namics, Simon Says Stamp cardstock and foam tape.

Until next time.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sympathy Card Peace Courage Memories

Today, I am sharing a floral sympathy card with a new Unity release.


Sentiment:  Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead & memories to forever hold in your heart.

I made these beautiful flowers frame and sentiment.  Splatters were added to accent the pattern paper for a pop of color.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


Link Up:  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #260-#261 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity stamps Peace, Courage & Memories by Gina K. Designs, Ranger Dylusions spray ink, Pretty Pink Posh sequins and BasicGrey paper.

Have a lovely day.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Warm Inside & Giveaway ~ 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Today, I am participating in the 2016 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.
This project includes a quick tip video.


Sentiment:  Hold on to whatever keeps you warm inside.

For this project, I masked the frame, colored with both distress ink and Copics.  All of the panels were layered and then pretty accents added.

I love the sentiment with her, especially for a non-traditional Christmas card.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial:


Unity Stamp Co. is a generous sponsor for this blog hop.
I am also giving away some of my duplicate new condition Unity stamps.


GIVEAWAY ALERT:  Bag of 10 Unity Stamps
I have a grab bag of 10 new condition Unity single stamps to give away to one random person.
"One requirement to win" ~ Leave a comment on this post that mentions my grab bag.  

"Optional" extra entries:
Leave a comment here for each extra entry for the following and a way to verify:
Like my Facebook page and comment on a post there.
Follow me on Instagram @NeatNook and comment there.
Subscribe to my YouTube Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq
Follow me on Google+
Follow my blog.
Share on social media.

Winner will be announced on this blog 12-17-16.  ENDED.

Link Ups:

2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Supplies:  Unity stamps Warm Inside, Copic Markers, Distress ink pad, ink blending tool, foam tape, adhesive gems and Prima flower.

Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Flowers and Quick Tip Video

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with an Inspiration Wednesday project and quick tip video.


Sentiment:  just because

This is the kind of card that can be used all year for any occasion.
It is inspired by my silk floss tree, blooming in December {here in Florida}.
It is filled with huge gorgeous flowers.



I made a quick tip video of the process:
Dimension & Watercolor Pencils.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


Link Up:  Fusion Card Challenge ~ It's Christmas! {sketch only}

Supplies:  Unity stamps from Inner Voice and I Want You To Know; Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, paint brush, Ranger archival ink, Pretty Pink Posh droplets and Ranger watercolor paper.

Have a fabulous day.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Woodland Deer Christmas Card

Here is a unique winter scene with a majestic deer.
I paired this with a holiday greeting.


Sentiment:  May the peace and joy of the season be with you throughout the new year.

I love that it is a night time scene.  And look at the little owl and bird on the antlers.

Here is a quick tip video for this card process.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Oh Christmas Tree

Supplies:  Unity stamps from You Are Strong Enough and A Joyous Season, Lil' Inker Designs dies and Copic markers.

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

You Make My Heart Happy Card

This card is perfect for almost any occasion, friendship, love, Valentine, thank you, anniversary and more.


Sentiment:  You have this incredible way of making my heart happy.

I adore the heart flower wreath that the girl is holding paired with the heartfelt sentiment.

I made a quick tip video for this one.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Link Ups:

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #136 Die-cuts or Punches

Little Red Wagon ~ Sparkle and Shine

Supplies:  Unity Valentina Girl, vellum, punch, rhinestones and Copic markers.

I hope you have a fabulous day.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Love Birds and Glitter Accents Card

Today, I am sharing this love themed card with the Unity Cyber Monday new release.
There are several new kits fitting for upcoming love occasions.


Sentiment:  Love.  And then in the middle of my chaos... there you were.

I love the sweetness of the birds paired with the beautiful sentiment.
I used vellum with patterned and glitter papers.

Here is a quick tip video for this project.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Link Up:  Little Red Wagon ~ Sparkle and Shine

Supplies:  Unity stamps from Going To Be Okay, vellum, BasicGrey paper, Lil' Inker Designs dies, glitter paper and Copic markers.

Thanks for visiting.
Have a lovely day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Layered Hearts Gift Tag

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with this project for their newest Stamp of the Week.


Sentiment:  #MYHEART

This lovely heart image was colored in with liner pens.
To add dimension, I layered two hearts and lifted the edges of the top heart.

I made a quick tip video for this.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


A side view showing the dimension.


Link Up:

HLS November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity #MYHEART stamp of the week, MFT die-namics, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens, rhinestone brads and ribbon.

Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I Care Vellum Feather Card

This beautiful feather project was done with vellum paper.
It turned out so pretty.


Sentiment:  I want you to know I care.

This can be for so many occasions like thinking of you, get well, sympathy, miss you, support and more.

I made a quick tip video for this project.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


The key to get the soft look is to color the back side of the vellum image panel.
Just add a little trimming to finish.

Link Up:

HLS November Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity Forget the Past SMAK and I Want You to Know stamps, vellum, Copic markers, Simon Says Stamp dies, eyelets and Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Watercolor with Heat Embossing Thank You Card

Here is a mixed media style thank you card.


Sentiment:  Just a little note to say thank you.

And here is a quick tip video showing the {messy} process.
My YouTube is Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq.


This was fun to do.
It sparkles so much more than the photo shows.

The tag could be used on its own, but I decided to make it part of the card instead.

Link Ups:

Tag You're It #60

Little Red Wagon Challenge #368 It's Embossible!

The Paper Girls Challenge #116 Grateful

Supplies: Unity Never and I Want You To Know stamps, Sakura Koi watercolors, Ranger watercolor paper and gold embossing powder, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, MFT die-namics, gold cording and ColorBox ink. 

I would love your feedback and comments.
Have a lovely day.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Unity Hop for Brown Thursday ~ Beautiful Season Card

Hello, it's Gaylynn here with a Unity new release project today.


This is the adorable new Unity stamp kit by Phyllis Harris called Beauty All It's Own.

I colored this in with watercolor pencils.


I made a Unity Quick Tip video for it on YouTube: Gaylynn NeatThingsBTQ.
You will see a different way to watercolor.

And now go see more of what the design team has for you this week.

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 —

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Flowers in a Jar

Who doesn't love fresh flowers in a jar?
This is a bright and happy handmade card for today.


Sentiment:  You make me happy happy.

This card is in the colors of yellow, gold and turquoise shades.  I love the softness of it.
I used die-cuts, pearls and patterned paper to accent.
This could be for most any occasion; love, birthday, friendship, family, thank you, etc.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

HLS October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity Stamp of the Week Happy Happy, Copic markers, My Favorite Things die-namics, adhesive pearls, glitter paper, foam tape and gold cording.

Have a happy happy day. :)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Joy Noel Christmas Ornaments Card

This card features Christmas decorations.
The pretty ornaments hang from poinsettia and holly trimmings.


Sentiment:  Joy Noel

These are actually two images that I paired together easily, then lightly colored them in.
All that was left was to add tiny gems and paper accents.

Link Up:

The Challenge #83 Christmas Inspiration (tree and ornaments)

HIMCR #272 Any Holiday

Supplies:  Unity SOTW Ornate Joy and 10/2016 Holiday Hugs KOM; My Favorite Things die-namics, Copic markers, adhesive pearls, BasicGrey paper and foam tape.

Have a great day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A festive Santa mouse holiday card.

This little Santa mouse looks extra cute in this festive card.


Sentiment:  Happy Holidays {time to deck the halls}

He is dressed in a Santa suit. haha
I put glitter on his cap and his hands.  It shows up so sparkly in person.
The panels are die-cut, adding to the festive look.

It makes me happy to be ahead of schedule on holiday card making. :)

Link Ups:

LTSCB  Challenge #88 Anything Goes

Craft You Passion Challenge #334 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Merry, Moe & Joe stamps, dies by My Creative Time and Spellbinders, Copic markers and snow glitter.

Cheers!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cutest little holiday penguin

This is a holiday greeting card featuring a cute little penguin.
This penguin is attached to a spring.  If you touch it, the panel will wobble.


Sentiment:  'tis the season to be jolly.

With the wobble effect, it is extra adorable.
I kept this card in neutral tones.

Link Up:  HLS October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity Holiday Cutie stamps, dies from MFT, My Creative Time and Spellbinders, Copic markers and Action Wobble.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Merry & Bright Holiday Owl Cards and Tutorial

Today I have adorable owl Christmas cards and a little embossing tutorial.



Sentiment:  May your holidays be merry & bright.

This little owl is surrounded by Christmas gifts and decorations.  The image is on vellum.  The background is embossed.


I snapped a photo along the way while making this set of cards.

Embossing paste tutorial:

Tools:  Stencil, embossing paste, craft spatula, cardstock, plastic craft mat, masking tape, baby wipes, finished image panel.

On a plastic craft mat, tape the stencil over your cardstock panel using masking tape or non permanent tape.
Lift a small amount of paste with a craft spatula.
Spread onto the stencil around the edges of the cardstock panel. Emboss as much area as you prefer.  Lift off excess paste and returning it to the jar.
Carefully remove the tape and stencil from the cardstock.
Set aside the embossed panel to dry completely.
{Close the paste jar.  Clean the stencil and spatula right after every application.}
Once the panel is dry, use it as a background for your craft project.
{To save paste, I emboss only the areas that I want highlighted.}


While I had my supplies out, I made a set of these sweet holiday cards.

Link Ups:

HLS October Christmas Challenge ~ Embossing

613 Avenue Create Challenge #190 ~ Anything Goes / Optional use green and gold

Supplies:  Unity Owl I Want stamps, My Favorite Things dies and stencil, My Creative Time dies, Dreamweaver Stencils metallic gold embossing paste, eyelets, vellum, Copic markers, doily and foam tape.

I hope this inspires you today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Christmas Stocking Gift Tags

These are quick and easy Christmas holiday gift tags.



They all have teal and red colors and include a little "for you" sentiment.
These tags are die-cut with tiny stitched detail and finished with white ribbon.

I think I will make these in different colors to match my holiday wrapping papers.

Link Up:  Love To Scrap Challenge #88 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Holiday Delivery stamps, My Favorite Things die-namics, Copic markers and ribbon.

Cheers!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Joy to the World Christmas Card

These Christmas bulbs and inspirational sentiment make me want to sing.


Sentiment:  Joy to the world, the Lord has come.

This is one of many holiday cards that I have been making to get a head start on the Christmas season.

These big and beautiful ornaments stand on their own nicely.  With just a couple of colors and some adhesive gems, it is ready to go.

Link Up:  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #252-253 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity stamps from 10/2016 KOM Holiday Hugs and A Joyous Season; Copic markers, foam tape and adhesive gems.

Until next time.

Mister Fox Holiday Card

Here is Mister Fox in a winter holiday scene.


Sentiment:  Hope your holidays are full of love & joy.

This is such a sweet scene.  I kept this simple by adding a touch of color and layering the panels.

Supplies:  Unity stamps from Mister & Missus Fox and 10/2016 A Joyous Season sentiment kit; Copic markers, My Favorite Things dies and cording.

Enjoy the day.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Holiday Missus Fox Card

Here is a warm and cozy winter holiday card with Missus Fox.


Sentiment:  Stay cozy this season.

This sweet winter scene includes a girl fox, snowman, tree and pretty trim.
This is great for Christmas or holiday cards or even a winter birthday.

Link Up:  The Challenge #82 {Inspiration} ~ Top Picks Winner

Supplies:  Unity KOM 10/2016 Holiday Hugs and Mister & Missus Fox stamps;  dies from Simon Says Stamp and Avery Elle; Copic markers.

Stay cozy.

Holiday Car Hugs and Kisses Card

This is a festive car and tree Christmas or holiday card filled with hugs and kisses.


Sentiment:  Hugs and kisses for the holidays.  Merry & bright.

This is whimsical and cute.  I especially like the banner held up by tiny birds. So sweet.

Link Up:  HLS October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity 10/2016 KOM Holiday Hugs and Holiday Delivery stamps, Copic markers and My Creative Time dies.

Best wishes.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Let Your Heart Be Light Christmas Card

Today, I am up on the Unity blog for the stamp of the week reminder post.

These pretty lamp lights are decorated for Christmas holidays.


Sentiment:  Let you heart be light.

This is just one of several holiday cards that I have made recently.
I feel, for once, like I am ahead of schedule for Christmas.

Supplies:  Unity SOTW Heart be Light, Spellbinders dies, Copic markers and BasicGrey paper.

Thanks for visiting. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Holiday Vintage Cardinal Card

Today, I am sharing a vintage post card style holiday card.
It features a cardinal bird.


Sentiment:  May the peace and joy of the season be with you throughout the new year.

Each layer was distressed to complement the vintage post card look.  The SMAK kit includes the beautiful vintage bird and the plaid background, which I made into accent strips.

Supplies:  Unity stamps from 10/16 SMAK Winter Beauty and 10.16 sentiment kit A Joyous Season, My Creative time dies, Ranger distress ink, Copic markers and pearls.

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Peace Joy Christmas Moose Scene

This is a beautiful winter scene with a moose and perfect Christmas sentiments.


Sentiments: Peace. Joy.

This is winter moose bulb scene is so lovely.  I wanted to keep it light and pretty.
This was lightly colored and accented with turquoise papers.

Link Up:  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #252-#253 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity stamps from 10/16 KOM Holiday Hugs and 10/16 Layers of Life At Peace, Winnie & Walter dies and Copic markers.

Until next time.

Pure Joy Holly Christmas Card

Here is a vintage holly leaves Christmas card.


Sentiment:  Pure joy.

I really love the music notes popping up in the background and that lovely sentiment.

Link Up:  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #252-#253 Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity SMAK Winter Beauty stamps, Winnie & Walter dies, Copic markers, foam tape and adhesive pearl.

I hope this inspires you to get an early start on the holiday preparations.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Holiday Poinsettia and Mistletoe Cards

Today I am sharing two holiday greeting cards.


Sentiment:  Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

These beautiful poinsettias are colored with watercolor.  It is merry and bright.


Sentiment:  Holiday hugs & mistletoe kisses.

This is a festive and sweet holiday greeting card with mistletoe.

I don't know about you, but if I have to start early on my handmade holiday cards if I want to get any sent out.  The season is busy enough and it is nice to have some ready to send.

Link Ups:

Cute Card Thursday ~ 446 Anything Goes

HLS October Anythings Goes with Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity 10/2016 KOM Holiday Hugs stamps, Copics markers, Sakura Koi watercolors and watercolor paper.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Christmas Time Glitter Cards

It's never too early for Christmas and Holiday cards, especially when they are handmade.
I am getting a head start on the holiday cards this year.

Here are two cards which sparkle in silver glitter.


Sentiment:  May your holidays be merry and bright.

And this one:


Sentiment:  Silver bells.  It is Christmas time in the city.

I love the silver theme on these and so I kept them simple.

Link Up:

Stampin' Royalty Challenge ~ SR#348 Anything Goes (Winner)

Supplies:  Unity KOM Holiday Hugs and A Joyous Season stamps, glitter paper, foam tape and Copic markers

Have a lovely day.