Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Spring Floral Miss You Card

Here is an embossed miss you handmade card with flowers.


Sentiment:  I miss seeing you.

This one is special to me.
I miss seeing my mama, talking to her, laughing with her, listening to her stories and her love, more every day.

The flowers and sentiment are heat embossed.  There are lots of die-cut pieces in this, made from paper punches.

I have a quick tip video tutorial for this card showing paper punch accents.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look:


Unity is having a sale this weekend.  They are giving away this flower stamp kit away free with a qualifying purchase.
Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Whispy Prairie, embossing powder, VersaMark ink, paper punches, flower brad and twine.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, April 21, 2017

My whole heart gives thanks card.

My heart is full of thanks for wonderful people who have seen my family and I though challenging times the past several months.


Sentiment:  My whole heart gives thanks.

It really does, now more than ever.
This card can be for Autumn, Thanksgiving or a genuine thank you.

For these big and beautiful leaves, I added bold Autumn colors to go with the bold artsy sentiment.


Supplies:  Unity Beautiful Change Layers of Life stamps, Copic markers, Avery Elle dies, MFT dies.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Bird and Flowers Card with Foiling Tutorial

Today, I am on the Unity blog with this project for Kit of the Month Monday.


Sentiment:  Just like flowers, some people brighten your day just by being there.

For this card, I accented with gold foil, using an adhesive pen, gold foil and a laminating machine.
I selected a few tiny areas to shine with this technique.

The foil will shine when the light is just right, and then other times it will not be as shiny.  With movement it sparkles.  Here is a picture of it out of the direct light.  The gold is there, just so difficult to photograph.


Here is a quick tip video of this foiling process:
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Be My Bird Kit of the Month, Winnie and Walter dies, Ranger archival ink, Copic markers, foam tape, Tim Holtz distress ink, Therm-o-Web Deco foil adhesive pen and gold transfer sheets and Yourstory laminating machine.

Happy Spring time.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bible Journal Art with Prima Chalk Edgers

Today, I am sharing another post with my bible journal.
This one features stamping and watercolor with chalk inks.


Sentiment:  Have faith in yourself.

This is another experiment using art in my bible journal.
I have a few posts about my search for the best ways to make my pages pretty without destroying the words on the page and preventing the inks from bleeding though to the back side of the page.
You can find more of my posts like this one, by clicking on bible journal.

On this page, I used stamps with chalk ink for the images and also watercolor with chalk ink.
I think, for bible journal art, the chalk inks are my favorite so far, with both stamping and watercolor on the thin pages.
The best part, there is no bleed through.  You do see a slight shadow of the image on the back side, but nothing like other inks which bleed all the way through the page and sometimes pages.

As watercolor, these inks blend smoothly and leave a soft look.
I have successfully done both watercolor direct to page and also watercolor onto separate journal panels with these chalk inks.
So far, I have not used gel medium in the bible.  But, I would like to try that soon.

**Some tips would be to place a protective sheet of paper or parchment between pages whenever using ink or liquid and dry between layers.  Sometimes a light iron over a protective piece of paper on a dry page will smooth out wrinkles.**

Here is the back of the art page:


Here is a quick tip video tutorial showing the stamps and inks used together for stamping and watercolor.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Link Ups:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Spring Colors

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cecelia Girl, Keep Going Anyway and You Are This; My Creative Bible, Canson watercolor paper, Prima chalk edgers ink and Lil' Inker Design dies.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Blessings Bunny Framed Card

Today, I am sharing an adorable Easter card, made with a mix of four different stamp kits used on the front and on the inside.


Sentiment:  Easter Blessings

I really love this frame of flowers, and the sweet bunny.  So, I put them together in this project.

I have a quick tip video tutorial sharing ways to mix different stamp kits as well as centering die-cuts using an edge punch tool.  The inside of the card is shown in the video as well.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


And here is a closer look at this cutie:


Link Ups:

Little Red Wagon # 389 ~ Happy Easter


The Paper Girls #125 ~ Color Challenge

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Pretty Darn Amazing, Let's Be Happy, Mama Owl and Be My Bird kit of the month; Copic markers, Winnie and Walter dies, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, craft punch and Ranger archival ink.

Have a blessed Good Friday.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Unity Hop and Sale ~ Graduation Girl

Hi, it's Gaylynn here.  Today, the Unity Stamp Co. design team is hopping and showcasing amazing projects with the newest release.


Sentiment:
Congrats.
Behind you all your memories, before you all your dreams, around you all who love you, within you all you need.

There is a grad guy and girl released, so the images can be switched to suit the recipient.
I especially love this sentiment.
My baby girl is graduating college, and this card is going to her.
She is a business and marketing major, as well as a talented artist.  Yes... I'm a proud mama. :)

I used watercolor paints on this girl.
Here is a quick tip video tutorial for this grad card.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


And here is a closer look:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Graduation Wishes and Sentiments for Graduates, Sakura Koi watercolors, Ranger arhival ink, Ranger watercolor paper and My Creative Time dies.

New releases and Spring sale going on now in the Unity shop:
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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 —


Inspiration Wednesday ~ Mixed Media Canvas

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with an Inspiration Wednesday post.
I decided to make an inspirational mixed media canvas.


Sentiment:  Today, I am choosing happiness.

I love the sentiment, and it inspires me daily.
This mixed media canvas was inspired by my fellow design team member Camille.
I love her artsy style and techniques.

I used acrylic with stamping for this 5"x7" canvas, adding texture along the way.
Here is a quick tip video tutorial.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Link Ups:

Mixed Media Mojo:  Spring

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #35 ~ What's Your Super Power "happiness"


And, I leave you with this quote:

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Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. 3/2017 SMAK Let Go and Breathe, Liquitex acrylic paint, Mod Podge, Gesso, tissue paper, Winsor & Newton stretched cotton Artists' Canvas, hot glue, brads and gems.

Have a lovely day.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spotlight Stamping with Flowers

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind.  I have so many people to thank.  Here is just one token of thanks.  Wish I could do more to show my gratitude.


Sentiment:  Thank you for thinking of me.

This is a beautiful flower bouquet, stamped in multiples and with watercolor in the center section only.  Sometimes, less is more.

I made a quick tip video of the process, using watercolor pencils.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


And here is a closer look:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Girl Truly, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, paint brushes, Ranger archival ink & watercolor paper, MFT dies, gems and foam tape.

Have a lovely week.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Embossed Bird Card and Tutorial

Today, I am sharing a project and tutorial with this pretty bird.


Sentiment:  Just you doing you makes you beautiful.

I made this card a while back, but I am just getting around to sharing it here.
It reminds me of my mama.
I just love the bird silhouette and the awesome sentiment together.

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


And here is a closer look:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. You Make You, ColorBox ink, Winnie and Walter dies, Misti, Ranger ink and embossing powder and heat tool.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Boho Embossed Card

Here is an inspirational boho style embossed card.


Sentiment:  What's meant to be will always find its way.

This card features artsy circles with ombre colors.   I like the butterflies in them.

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


And here is a closer look:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Love What's Meant To Be by Susan Weckesser, ColorBox ink, MFT die-namics and Misti.

If you would like for me to share a particular crafty technique, please mention it.
Have a great day.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gold Embossed Roses Encouragement Card

It is new release time at Unity, and this gold embossed rose card was created with one of the newest kits.


Sentiment:  You are lovely.  You are inspiring.  You are beautiful.

This is two step stamping and a quick tip video tutorial follows.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


I am very happy to see the production of florals with coordinating layers.  The possibilities are endless with these roses.

Another look:


Link Up:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Bit O' Green

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. You Are This, Winnie and Walter dies, Simon Says Stamp cardstock and embossing powder.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Teapot Flowers Inspirational Card & Tutorial

An inspirational teapot card for today.


Sentiment:  Find beauty in the simple things.

I am a tea lover.  However, I have never used a teapot as a planter or vase.  Good idea though.
The teapot is paired with an inspirational message that I love.

Watercolor with oil pastels, droplets and a simple frame finished it.
I was going for the look of green milk glass, by mixing colors.  It comes close, but not what I intended.
It does come close to the color of the year though. ~ Greenery.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial for blending water soluble oil pastels as watercolors.


And here is a closer look:


I hope this inspires you to think outside the box, get a little messy and try making new colors now and then.

Link Up:  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Green

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Pretty Darn Amazing March 2017 KOM, Prima water soluble oil pastels, MFT die-namics, Pretty Pink Posh droplets and Ranger watercolor paper.

Have a great day.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Unity Blog Hop and Release ~ Owl Graduate

Hi there, it's Gaylynn.  Today we are hopping with the Unity Stamp Co. design team and featuring lots of new release projects.


This is a special graduation invitation project.
My baby girl is graduating college.  I am a so very proud of her.
This is a sample of her party invites.

I made a video tutorial sharing ways to attach vellum.
My YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a look at part of the process:


And here is a closer look at the party invitation:


There is a lot going on at the Unity store.  Don't miss out.  I used this cute kit called Owl Graduate.

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And hop along with us for lots of inspiration.


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 —

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A fun card with flowers and a camera.

Here is a camera themed card with flowers and a FUN sentiment.


Sentiment:  Smile till your face hurts.

The background was created by using the image in multiples, then using Copic markers for color.
I though that this fun sentiment needed to be showcased.
With a little frame, flag, twine and a tiny camera charm, it all came together perfectly.
This is great for congratulations, birthday, friends, family and celebration occasions.

Here is a video tutorial for it.
My YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


And here is another look:


Link Up:  Crafting By Design ~ Anything Goes Challenge March Edition

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Smile In Your Dreams, dies by Avery Elle and My Creative Time, camera charm, twine and Copic Markers.

I hope this made you smile. :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Four Leaf Clover for St. Patrick's Day

Here is a St. Patrick's Day themed card with a four leaf clover.


Sentiment:
Four leaf clover.  One leaf for Hope.  One leaf for Faith.  Another for Love.  The last for Luck.

This is a simple and cute little 3-D clover that is paper pieced.
This sentiment goes perfectly with it.
With only a couple of layers and trim, this makes for a great card to help welcome Spring or to send St. Patrick's Day wishes.

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


And here is the card up close:


Link Up:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Lucky Ones, doily, patterned paper, twine, brad, foam tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Bring on Spring!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Spring Butterfly Card & Tutorial

This is a meaningful Spring card with flowers and a 3-D butterfly.


Sentiment:  Because of you... I laugh a little harder, cry a little less and smile a lot more.

I love what it says.  This could be a card for any time, thank you, family, friendship, love, thinking of you and more.

The butterfly is pretty on its own, but I gave it movement and dimension by lifting the wings.
I wanted it to be dancing around the flowers.

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


And here is a closer look:


Link Up:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Smile In Your Dreams and Butterfly Endearment, MFT dies, Copic markers, brads and ribbon.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mother & Child Love Handmade Card

This is perfect card to celebrate motherhood.
I think it is great for mother's day, new moms, birthday and more.


Sentiment:  Mother is another name for love.  Having a child is to have your heart walk around outside of your body.

This sure is TRUE.  I love the sentiment as much as these gorgeous flowers.
The heart is popped up and includes tulle.
This was colored with watercolor pencils.

A quick tip video tutorial follows.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look:


Link Up:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Fantastic Florals

HLS February Watercolor Challenge ~ Optional Twist, Dies

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Another Name For Love by Gina K. Designs, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, My Creative Time dies and tulle.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Faith Tree Bible Journal Page

Here is another bible journal page.  This time,  I layered panels and journal cards.


Sentiment:  Faith plants the seed, love makes it grow.,

I started by coloring in the tree scene with Copic markers.  When I use Copics in journaling, I always do so on a separate cardstock layer, to avoid the bleed through of the colors.
Journal cards and sentiment panel, trimmed and layered, were added as accents using double-sided tape.

I can tell, this layering will bulk up the bible eventually.  But, since these images are large, I kept the layering to the pages with open spaces.

For this blog, I share the art part of my bible journaling.  I tend to keep my personal journal writing private.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial for this journal page:


I have a series of bible journal articles documenting my trial and error process, exploring different ways to decorate with the thin bible pages.
This may be helpful for those wanting to try out creative bible journals, art journals or planners.

If you would like to see a particular crafty technique here or a video tutorial, mention it in the comments.

Link Ups:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #270-271 ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown ~ #330 Say It With Words

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Angie's Tree, Copic markers, cardstock, journal cards, double-sided tape, My Creative Bible.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Brave & Beautiful Encouragement Card

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with this project and the stamp of the week reminder.


Sentiment:  Twinkle twinkle little star, brave and beautiful is what you are.

This is an encouragement card with more of a breast cancer theme in pink.
The bird is duplicated and I added the tiny white dots as accents.

Here is another look:


Link Up:

Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#363 ~ Dies

HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge ~ February

Have a fabulous weekend.

Supplies:  Unity stamp of the week Twinkles & Wings, dies by Simon Says Stamp and My Creative Time, Copic markers, white Sharpie and gems.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beautiful Wishes Flower Jar 3-D & Tutorial

Today begins a new release weekend at Unity.
This is one of the lovelies featured.


Sentiment:  Hello.  Sending beautiful wishes...

I love fresh flowers, especially placed in a simple mason jar vase.
These flower have a 3-D look.  I popped up one of the clusters for the look and texture.
I mixed the sentiments so that it can be used for birthday or most any occasion.

I made a quick tip video tutorial with these flowers.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look.


Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Fantastic Florals

HLS February Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Hello New Life & Hang In There Lady, Copic markers, dies by My Creative Time and Winnie & Walter.

If you would like to see a particular crafty tutorial showcased here, mention it in the comments.
Stay tuned for more new release projects through the weekend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fused Shaker Birthday Card

Today, I am sharing a shaker style birthday card.


Sentiment:  Happy Birthday

This is bright and happy with sequins, cupcake and lantern lights.
It includes a sequin pouch, made using a fuse tool and a photo sleeve.
It is easier than it seems.

I made a video tutorial for this shaker card.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a closer look.


This was fun to make.
If you would like to see a video tutorial with a particular crafty technique here, tell me in the comments.

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Cute

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC393A 

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Kits Unexpected Places and When You Smile, sequins, Copic markers, Canson watercolor paper, photo sleeve and American Crafts We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool.

Have a wonderful day.