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.
— PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY NIGHT —


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.
and

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.
Gaylynn


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Storage Tips for the CardMaker Magazine Blog

Today, I am up on the CardMaker Magazine blog with stamp storage tips.


This is a peek at how to better organize your stamps.
Head over to the CardMaker blog for the details and more photos.

Enjoy your day.
Gaylynn


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Happy llama handmade card.

Today, I am sharing a cute framed llama all occasion handmade card.


Sentiment:  You make me smile.

For this card, I used a scored kraft color card base and a die-cut image panel to feature the framed llama image.  I think this card is great for most occasions or just because.

Link Up:  HLS September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Supplies:  Artist Tierra You Make Me Smile digital stamp, Neenah cardstock, My Creative Time dies, Copic markers, foam tape, Sizzix Big Shot machine and Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolor poppy flowers and tutorial.

Today, I am sharing a watercolor card with poppy flowers, stems and buds.


Sentiment:  Hello friend.

These pretty flower stamped images were brought to life with watercolor pencils.  I like that it is perfectly imperfect.  The sentiment was heat embossed onto a vellum panel.
I incorporated two of the newest kits from Unity.  The flowers pieces were all separate images.  I decided to make a poppy plant with them.

Here is a quick video tutorial for these poppies.


And here it is a little closer:


Link Up:



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. stamps from 9-2017 Kit of the Month Flowers, Foliage & Fall and Abundant Blessings by Lisa Arana, Ranger watercolor paper and gold embossing powder, vellum, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and brushes.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dreamy card edges and video tutorial.

For the CardMaker and Spellbinders blog hop, scroll down or click here.

A love themed floral card with dreamy accents.


Sentiment:  You make my heart sing.

This was stamped with the newest Unity releases.  I made a wreath frame from flowers and branches and then added the sentiment.  To soften the look, I added a dreamy trim with white blending.
This is great for a loved one, anniversary or Valentine's Day.

Here is a video tutorial for this floral card.


A closer look:


Link Up:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Clean and Simple

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. stamps from Happy and Happy Holidays by Jolande and Marleen; Copic markers, Colorbox ink, ink blending tool, paper punch and cardstock.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mixed media style masculine birthday card.

For the CardMaker and Spellbinders blog hop, scroll down or click here.

Because, I am forever in need of birthday cards, here is a mixed media style masculine card with a birthday twist.


Sentiment:  Happy B-day.

This was stamped with a holiday kit, but it can totally work for birthdays.  I used the stars, added a birthday die-cut sentiment and mixed media watercolor to get this masculine look.

Here is a quick video tutorial for ink smooshing on this masculine card.


And here is a closer look:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Happy Holidays by Jolande and Marleen, Ranger archival and distress ink pads, My Creative Time and Lil' Inker Designs dies.

Link Ups:


Little Red Wagon Challenge #411 ~ Distress It

Have a great day.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CardMaker Magazine Quick & Easy Floral Card

For the CardMaker and Spellbinders blog hop, scroll down or click here.

Today, I am up on the CardMaker Magazine blog with this quick and easy floral birthday card project and tutorial.


Sentiment:  Make a wish.

There is a tutorial for this and more information about this card on the CardMaker blog.

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CardMaker Magazine and Spellbinders Blog Hop

Hello, it's Gaylynn here with a project for the blog hop with CardMaker Magazine and Spellbinders.

I am featuring the lovely Spellbinders Large Die of the Month for September 2017.


Sentiment:  Happy YOU day.

For this design, I used patterned paper for the background.  I wanted a soft look, so the intricate die-cut details are in white and in turquoise.  I trimmed this beautiful die-cut to fit my A2 size card.

The hop list is below. Visit and leave a comment on each of the blogs below for a wonderful prize chance sponsored by Spellbinders.  
The full list will be available on the CardMaker blog in case anyone gets lost.


Spellbinders will be hosting a giveaway on the Spellbinders blog of a one-year kit subscription.

Here is a closer look at my card.


Supplies:  Spellbinders Large Die of the Month September 2017, Unity Stamp Co. stamp from Sometimes I Wonder, BasicGrey Lucille paper, Bazzill and Neenah cardstock.

Your comments are always welcome.
Have a great day.
Gaylynn

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quick & easy Christmas tag card.

If you want a quick and simple handmade Christmas card layout, this one is for you.


Sentiment:  Merry Christmas

With a piece of patterned paper, a background stamp and sentiment, you could have a card like this in minutes.  It is easy to mass produce this for Christmas cards.
And if you change out the theme, it would be great for any occasion.

Here is a quick video tutorial for this card.


Here is a closer look:



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Merry Little Season by Angie Blom, kraft color paper, BasicGrey paper, hemp, ink and My Creative Time tag dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Wishing that everyone in the path of the Irma storm will remain safe.

Set of handmade Christmas gift tags.

Here is a set of three cute little handmade Christmas gift tags.


Sentiments:
By golly be jolly.
I "heart" Christmas.
Have a dashing good holiday.

They are little chicks all dressed for the holidays.  This is a new release Unity red rubber stamp kit and it is so stinkin' adorable.

 I made a quick video tutorial for these gift tags.


And here they are individually:




Link Up:  Tuesday Throwdown #359 ~ Punches and/or Dies

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. By Golly Be Jolly, My Favorite Things die-namics, kraft paper, hemp, Copic markers and ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed these.  Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sea turtle tropical birthday card.

Today, I am sharing a tropical beach card featuring a baby sea turtle and seashells.


Sentiment:  May your birthday be full of sunshine.

I adore this beach scene.   Copic markers were used on the image and a blend of distress inks for the background.

Link Ups:



Supplies:  ArtistTierra Sea Turtle and Shells, Copic markers, Ranger distress ink, Pretty Pink Posh droplets and My Creative Time dies.

Wishing safety for those in the path of the Irma storm.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Planner month page art with Copic markers.

This monthly page was decorated with one of the free kits available at Unity this weekend only.


Sentiment:  Enjoy every little thing that comes your way.

This girl and inspirational sentiment were colored in with Copic markers onto cardstock and then trimmed.  The Copics will bleed through the planner page, so I like to add finished cardstock pieces.  The roses are part of the planner itself. 

Unity is offering three of these planner gal kits free with qualifying purchase, this weekend only.

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


Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal: All Little Things by Angie Blom, Copic markers, Sizzix dies, Me & My Big Ideas The Happy Planner.

Thank you for visiting.
Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

Planner accents with doilies.

Here is a planner monthly tab with added accents and stamping.


Sentiment:  Be truthful, gentle & fearless.

This background is part of the planner itself.  I added doily accents with the planner gal and an inspirational sentiment.  She is colored in with Copics and then trimmed.

I made a quick video tutorial for this.


This kit is part of the Unity promotion this weekend only, free with qualifying purchase.

Link Up:  The Daily Marker 30 Day ~ Day 3

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal: Be This by Angie Blom, Copic markers, doily, Me & My Big Ideas The Happy Planner.

Until next time.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Planner art loving life.

My new planner got a little decoration with the new Unity planner gals.


Sentiment:  Success is loving life and daring to live it.

The Planner Gal line from Unity includes a girl and a sentiment.  These fit nicely in planners, journals, bible journaling and on cards.  I dolled up September in my planner with this pretty girl.

I made a quick video tutorial on the accents.


Link Up:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal:  Loving Life by Angie Blom; Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner, Copic markers, gold thread, Sizzix dies and washi tape.

Thank you for visiting.