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.

CardMaker
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.
Gaylynn


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.
— 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.