Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Unity Stamp Co. Blog Hop ~ Cuddlebug Bunny

For the CardMaker technique post, click here.

Hi, it's Gaylynn with a sweet bunny birthday card for the Unity Stamp Co. blog hop.
Be sure to visit all of the blogs listed below for tons of inspiration.

Sentiment:  Hoppy birthday.

This is one of the newest releases at Unity with the cutest pun sentiments to match.  For this bunny, I used soft watercolor and then die-cut two scalloped panels.  The tiny banners were trimmed with scissors to match the floral patterned paper background.

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Here is a quick tip video for this bunny card.

And here is a closer look.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cuddlebug Bunny by Tierra Jackson, Ranger watercolor paper distress markers and archival ink, My Favorite Things die-namics and American Crafts Pebbles paper by Jen Hadfield.

Now hop along for prize chances and to see more goodness.  Then shop Unity.

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

Have a lovely day.

Monday, November 13, 2017

CardMaker Blog Technique ~ Adding Dimension and Texture

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

Today, I am up on the CardMaker blog with a technique and tutorial for adding dimension and texture to your paper craft projects.

Sentiment:  Happy birthday.

This is a technique that I use often.  It is easy and adds a 3-D look and texture.
To see the full article and tutorial, visit the CardMaker blog.

Supplies:  Altenew stamps Spring Daisy and Painted Greetings, Ink by My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp and Ranger, Mini Misti, foam adhesive,  Copic markers C1, C3, G21, YR24, YR23 and Y13.

Hope you have a fabulous day.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Adorable puppy dog birthday card and tutorial.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

This is one of my favorite birthday cards.  It features a puppy dog in watercolor.

Sentiment:  Happy [bark]day

All together now..... Awe

For this card, I watercolored the dog and then fussy cut him out.  Then I placed him onto a die-cut lacy background.  I used another cute pun sentiment for him.

You can see the process in the dog card video tutorial.

A closer look.

Cuteness overload.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cuddlebug Puppy by Tierra Jackson, Spellbinders dies, BasicGrey paper, Ranger distress markers, Archival ink and watercolor paper.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this cutie.
Thanks for stopping by.

Cuddlebug piggy card with paper layers.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

Here is another sweet card with one of the newest Unity Stamp Co. releases called Cuddlebug Pig.

Sentiment:  Squeal.  I'm so excited for you.

This cute little pig tag card is great for congratulations, baby shower, pregnancy or expecting occasions.  It was made vintage style with layered papers and watercolor.

Here is a quick video tutorial for this pig card.

Another look...

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cuddlebug Piggy by Tierra Jackson, Ranger watercolor paper and distress markers, My Creative Time dies and BasicGrey paper.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

I hope you enjoyed this rustic style card for today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cute cat birthday card and video tutorial.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

Today, I am sharing a birthday card with the adorable Unity stamp release called Cuddlebug Cat.

Sentiment:  Happy [purr]thday.

This kitty was colored in with Copic markers and then cut out.  I distressed the edges and then added him to background patterned paper cuts.  I just love the cuteness and the pun sentiment.

I made a quick tip video tutorial for this cat card.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

A little closer...

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cuddlebug Kitty by Tierra Jackson, BasicGrey paper and Copic markers.

For the Unity blog hop post, click here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Uniquely Unity ~ A Friend Like You Card

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with this project using the new Uniquely Unity membership kit for November 2017.

Sentiment:  A special friend like you is a gift.

This is perfect for a friend for lots of occasions like birthday, thank you and more.
I thought she looked perfect for a bright and cheerful floral pattern.

This card incorporates patterned paper, die-cuts, Copic coloring and a touch of glitter.

I made a quick tip video for this girl card.

I have been showing how I color in the stamps, because sometimes when I have skipped that particular step, I would get requests to see how it was done.  These are quick tip videos and so, the process shows quick techniques at a faster pace than the actual live process.
Feel free to request a particular technique or style for an upcoming video.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. A Friend Like You Uniquely Unity kit for November 2017, Copic markers, dies by My Creative Time and Simon Says Stamp, BasicGrey paper, glitter glue, foam tape and twine.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Blog Hop CardMaker with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®

Welcome to Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® + CardMaker® Magazine One Day Blog Hop and Giveaway! Do you have foil, glitter, embossing powder and microbeads in your stash? We can show you new uses for them!  “Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside” uses Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products with different mediums to create designs. Let me show you how!

I received products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own.

Sentiment:  Good tiding and cheer.

This was fun to put together, using the amazing 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kitwhich includes different shapes and also pretty foil in multiple colors.  I also used 3D Foam Squares White MixE-Z Runner® Grand Refillable Dispenser and Premium Double-Sided Tape 1/2in.

Here is a closer look.

I also incorporated a stamp by Unity, gold embossing powder, patterned paper, ink spray and a paper punch into this card design.

To view How to Use 3D Foam Hearts and Other Shapes video by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®, go here.

Visit others designers to see what they created using “Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside”:

Enter to win through the Rafflecopter App.
Winner(s) will be randomly picked.  International entries are welcome.
CLICK: Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Blog Hop CardMaker & Terial Arts ~ Fall Postcard

Hello, it's Gaylynn here with an Autumn postcard for the CardMaker and Terial Arts blog hop.

Sentiment:  And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.  Roald Dahl

This post focuses on creating a postcard with fabric and Terial Magic Fabric Stabalizer spray.  I made a photo tutorial showing the steps for this project.

I found a beautiful piece of fabric in my Fall decorations.  I wanted to isolate the leaves.  But first, I needed to prepare the fabric with the spray.

Step 1:  Placed the fabric on a cookie sheet and then spray the fabric front and back.  Squeeze the fabric together, then hang until damp dry.  (The Terial Magic spray washes out, so wash the cookie sheet afterwards, but not the fabric.)

Step 2:  Once the fabric is damp dry, iron it on low over parchment paper, to protect your ironing board.  The fabric will be more stiff, once dry.

Step 3:  Cut the leaves and accents out with scissors.  Using double-sided adhesive, arrange them around a sentiment onto the front of the postcard.

This shows the front with the leaves and also what the back looks like.  I added glitter dots around the leaves to complement the quote.  This is going to be a decoration piece of mine for Autumn.  Because of so many  pieces in this, I suggest using an envelope if mailing something this layered.

This blog hop is just for fun and is filled with inspiration.  Visit and leave a comment on each blog in the hop.   The full lineup will be on the CardMaker blog, if you get lost along the way.

Jen Shults
Nicole Coursey
Teresa Kline
Gaylynn Martling {You are here.}
Savannah O'Gwynn {Next}
Clare Prezzia
Diana Carr

I would love your comments and to read other great uses for this fabric spray.

Have a wonderful day.

Supplies:  Terial Magic Fabric Stabalizer, Unity Stamp Co. Glittering Eyes, Canson cold press watercolor paper, postcard template, double-sided adhesive and glitter glue.

Uniquely Unity Possibilities Await Camera Card

Today, I am up on the Unity blog with this camera card project for the newest Uniquely Unity stamp kit.

Sentiment:  Hope your birthday is picture perfect.

For this card, I heat embossed the background in two different colors.  And for the main camera image, I used Copic markers then cut it out.  Three kits were mixed and matched in this.

Here is a video tutorial showing the process.

And here is the card a little closer.

I am loving this vintage camera.  There is a long line of photographers in the family, past and present.  Wanna see some of their amazing work?  Take a look...

My niece Julie's site is Olly View Photography and my cousin's is Newbrough Photo.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Possibilities Await Uniquely Unity Oct 2017 by Tierra Jackson, Simply Vintage by Gina K Designs and Just a Little Clicky by Angie Blom; My Creative Time tag dies, Copic markers, embossing powder, Ranger Archival ink and Clearsnap ColorBox ink.

I hope this made you smile.
Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inspirational watercolor accents and butterflies.

Here is an inspirational card with butterflies and watercolor.

Sentiment:  When you love & laugh abundantly, you live a beautiful life.

For this card, I repeated the butterfly stamping around the sentiment.  And then, I added bright and cheerful watercolor and accents.

Here is a quick video tutorial for this butterfly card.

And a little closer:

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Love Abundantly October 2017 Layers of Life, Ranger archival ink, distress markers and water brush, Canson watercolor paper, Papertrey, Ink cardstock and Pretty Pink Posh droplets.

A little note about my cards:  I have greeting cards for sale on my website plus the ones seen here on my blog and on my facebook page.  These are one of a kind creations of mine.  If you happen to see something that you would like to purchase or to request a custom order, leave a note or message me and I will get back with you.

Have a fabulous day.

An inspirational card with Unity's Jane Girl.

Here is a vintage style inspirational card using watercolor and paper layers.

Sentiment:  Stay patient and trust your journey.

I gave this card a vintage look with distress ink and watercolor.  It is a great inspirational card for supporting friends and family.

I made a video tutorial for it.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is another look a little closer:

A little note about my cards:  I have greeting cards for sale on my website plus the ones seen here on my blog and on my facebook page.  These are one of a kind creations of mine.  If you happen to see something that you would like to purchase or to request a custom order, leave a note or message me and I will get back with you.

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Jane Girl by Angie Blom, Ranger archival ink, distress ink and distress markers, Spellbinders dies, hemp,  Canson watercolor paper and BasicGrey paper.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

My CardMaker Tip ~ Stamping Ink for Watercoloring

Today, I am up on the CardMaker Magazine blog with my tip for today.

Sentiment:  Boo-lieve in all good things.

Go check out the CardMaker blog to see my favorite stamping inks for use with watercoloring.  I made these cute ghost tags to demonstrate each way of using the inks prior to watercolor.

It is time for Halloween decorations.  I like to decorate little treat favors for the trick-or-treaters.  These tags will go on some of those goodie bags.

Thanks for visiting.
Now head on over to CardMaker to read more about this project.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Delighted to be published in CardMaker Winter 2017 issue & Web Bonuses

I finally get to share that my projects are featured in the Winter issue of CardMaker Magazine and also in their Web Bonuses section.

Here is a peek:

For CardMaker exclusive web bonuses, go to CardMaker Magazine.com and log in using your subscriber email address or newsstand code CM6454 to download bonus projects and templates.
The three snowflake cards are included in the Web Bonuses section.

For more information, check out the Winter 2017 magazine issue in print or online.  
Or, subscribe to CardMaker

I used stamps from Unity Stamp Company:  Midnight Kisses, Holiday Hugs and also Love & Joy for the Holidays.  I also used products from Lil' Inker Designs, My Favorite Things, Copic, Neenah and Ranger Industries.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quick & easy Christmas card making.

Here is one way to make your own quick and easy handmade holiday cards.

Sentiment:  May your days be merry & bright.

I used the beautiful silhouette reindeer in the October 2017 sentiment kit at Unity along with patterned paper and hemp.  I used die-cuts, but this can easily be made with a paper trimmer or punches. 

For multiple cards, trim all of the pieces in the same setting.  Then stamp on the image panels and assemble.

Here is a quick video tutorial for this deer card.

And here is a closer view of the card.

Link Up:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Christmas

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cheerful Prancing 10/2017 Sentiment Kit by Lisa Arana, DCWV cardstock, My Favorite Things die-namics and hemp.

I hope you enjoyed this early holiday project.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Unity Stamp Co. Blog Hop ~ Graciellie Design

Hi, it's Gaylynn here with a project for the Unity & Graciellie Design blog hop.

Sentiment:  You are capable of amazing things.

This encouragement sentiment is perfect for graduation, good luck or just because.
The sentiment is part of the new Graciellie Design stamp kit at Unity called Amazing Things.
These new kits include her amazing art along with fabulous sentiments like this one.

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I also used the anchor for the September 2017 Layers of Life kit Love Anchors.
This 9/2017 kit is the current LOL for September, but beginning in October, it will show up in the Past Layers of Life under the Love Anchors title in the Unity store.

I needed a masculine graduation card, so I mixed these two kits.
I used an ink smooshing technique for the anchor card using watercolor paper and distress ink pads in two colors, peacock feathers and pumice stone.

There is no video for this anchor card, but the technique used is part of another project of mine with a quick tip video showing the way I use ink smooshing.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a closer look at the anchor card:

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Amazing Things by Graciellie Design and Love Anchors Layers of Life 9/2017; Lil' Inker Designs dies, Canson cold press watercolor paper, Ranger distress ink pads and jet black archival ink.

Time to hop.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Holiday martini & video tutorial.

Here is a festive holiday card featuring a martini glass.

Sentiment:  Making spirits bright.

This card would be great for holiday invitations or as a unique Christmas greeting card.
The martini glass was colored in Copic markers.  I added popped up patterned paper and scalloped trim accents.

A quick video tutorial for this follows:
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a closer look:

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Pop It Up

Little Red Wagon Challenge #412 ~ Leaf It To Me

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Bright Spirits by Angie Blom, BasicGrey paper, Copic markers and dies by My Creative Time, Lil' Inker Designs and Spellbinders.

Until next time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

CardMaker Magazine & Quietfire Design Blog Hop ~ Card & Gift Tag

Hello, it's Gaylynn with two matching projects for the blog hop with CardMaker Magazine and Quietfire Design.

I want to extend thanks to Suzanne Cannon with Quietfire Design store for sponsoring this wonderful hop.  These beautiful red rubber cling stamps are designed and lettered by Suzanne.

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I get to make something pretty with her sentiment stamps.
And so, for the handmade card and gift tag, I made a mixed media style base in watercolor and with wet embossing using a houndstooth stencil.

Once dry, I blended two colors of distress ink onto the background.  To soften the look, I added a heat embossed vellum sentiment panel.  It was what I was going for, perfect for Christmas, yet in alternative colors.

Here are the stamp sets that I used in my projects.

Christmas Eve was a Night of Song, Set of 2 Nature is Full of Genius - Mounted

Here is a closer look at the card:

And here is the matching gift tag a little closer:

Here is the hop lineup.  Visit and comment on each of the blogs below.
Quietfire Design / Suzanne Cannon will be hosting a giveaway of $50 gift certificate to their online store.

Gaylynn Martling {You are here.}

Your comments are always welcome.
Have a great day.