Monday, June 26, 2017

You Are Enough Beach Girl Watercolor Card

Here is an encouragement watercolor beach girl card.


Sentiment:  You are enough

This is great for encouragement.  I colored this peaceful beach scene with watercolor and added a die-cut anchor.  This girl is right where I would like to be, at the beach.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial for this card.


A closer look:


Link Ups:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Patience Girl by Angie Blom, dies by My Creative Time and Avery Elle, silver cardstock, Ranger watercolor paper, Prima water soluble oil pastels and brushes.

Have a lovely week.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beach Girl & Bear Thank You Watercolor Card

Here is a sweet watercolor beach scene with a girl and a teddy bear.


Sentiment:  Thanks for being there.

This image is in watercolor and is accented with a silver anchor and patterned paper trim.
I just love the sweetness.

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



Link Ups:



Supplies:  Unity Stamp co. Friend In Me by Phyllis Harris, Sakura Koi watercolor, dies by My Creative Time and Winnie & Walter; Ranger watercolor paper and cardstock.

Enjoy your day.

Cute Friendship Watercolor Card with Paper Crimping

This is a watercolor friendship card for almost any occasion or just because.


Sentiment:  You've got a friend in me.

This is a sweet image by Phyllis Harris.  I used watercolor and for the background, a paper crimper.  This reminds me of my little niece and nephew.

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


This is a close up:


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Meant For Adventure & Friend In Me kits by Phyllis Harris; Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, brushes, paper crimper, tag punches, MFT die-namics and cardstock.

Link Ups:


The Challenge #88 ~ Keywords (watercolour & bright)

Have a great day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Birthday Gift Card or Money Holder

Today, I am sharing a gift card or money holder with a sweet image.


Sentiment:  May your birthday be full of your favorite things.

This card doubles as a gift.  The inside has a pocket to hold a gift card or cash.

Here is the inside.


I made a quick tip video tutorial on how to make this tri-fold gift holder.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Sunny Days by Phyllis Harris & I Consider You Special kits; Copic markers, double-sided adhesive, BasicGrey paper and twine.

Link Ups:


The Challenge #88 ~ Keywords (flowers, bright, birthday, square)

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bible Journaling ~ Beach Girl with Copics

Here is a bible journal page with a tropical beach scene and an inspirational message.


Sentiment:  Sorrow looks back.  Worry looks around.  Faith looks up.

This girl and beach scene was colored in with Copic markers onto a separate cardstock panel.   I do not recommend Copics directly onto the bible pages. They tend to bleed through the pages.

If  you are interested in tips, I have a series of bible journal posts, documenting techniques used to decorate creatively on the thin bible pages.  It is a trial and error process for me.

I made a quick tip video tutorial on simple layering with bible journaling.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Faith Looks Up by Phyllis Harris, My Creative Bible, Copic markers and double-sided tape.

Until next time.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Vintage Father's Day Card

Happy Father's Day.


Sentiment:  Happy Father's Day.  When you didn't have my hand, you had my back.

This is a heartfelt Father's Day card.  This is especially fitting for fathers of adult or grown children.  I like the saying and the vintage feel of the card.

Here is a closer look:


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Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. You are a Classic, Beary Best Dad & Bonus Dad; My Creative Time dies, BasicGrey paper and Ranger distress oxide ink.

Cheers to all the dads out there and to the ones who love like dad's.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Mouse Circle

This is an adorable mouse & heart thank you card.


Sentiment:  Just a little thank you.

I made a peek-a-boo window for the mouse, colored it with Copics and used floral patterned paper for accent.

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


And here is a closer look:


This sweet mouse stamp by Unity is offered free this weekend only on orders over $50.  It is not yet available for sale.

Supplies:  Unity Mice Lil' Thank You, Copic markers, BasicGrey paper and twine.

Have a wonderful Father's Day Weekend.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June Unity Blog Hop and New Release

Hello, it's Gaylynn.  Today, the Unity Stamp Co. design team is having a blog hop with pretty inspiration along the way and prizes.


Sentiment:  Hello

This is a sweet new mini kit called Hello Little Birdie, by Tierra Jackson.  Look at that face, awe.

For this card, I added a frame of glue and glitter and then layered all of the panels.
I used distress markers and a brush to watercolor the sweet bird.

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


And here is a closer look:


Below are two more projects with the new mini kits.



This includes the girl from the new mini kit Proud of You, Girl by Angie Blom.  
(Mini kit image is smaller than the past KOTM image shown here.)
The sentiment is from Beautiful One



And this flower card includes two step stamping with the new mini kit Always By Your Side by Angie Blom and Lisa Arana.
(Mini kit image is smaller than the past KOTM image shown here.)
The sentiment is from Beautiful One.

Hop along with us and then shop the Unity sale.

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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 on the Unity blog.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Memorial Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

This one is near and dear to my heart.


Sentiment:  She was full of hope.

This is a vintage mixed media style scrapbook layout page, dedicated to my lovely mama.
She really was full of hope.  I miss her dearly.

I made this for a Unity release.  When I saw this stunning sentiment and heart, I knew just how to use them.  I had to make a tribute to her with them.

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


And here it is a littler closer:


Link Ups:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes



Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Be Fearless and Unleash Your Happy SMAK Kits, MFT dies, distress ink, Faber-Castell Gelatos, doily, lace, pearls, Prima flowers, photo by Olly View Photography and glitter paper.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a lovely day.

Golden Shimmer Watercolor Card

Here is a thinking of you card using watercolor and golden shimmer.


Sentiment:  I think of you often.

For this card, I used a mix of ink spray and gold shimmer watercolor.
The technique I used is called ink smooshing with a little bit of paint brush color mixed in.
I was going for a mixed media look, in keeping with the sketchy style of the images.
The card has a beautiful gold shimmer which looks prettier in person.

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



And here is a closer look:


Link Ups:


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Time To Enjoy Life Kit of the Month, My Creative Time dies, Gansai Tambi watercolor, Dylusions ink spray, Ranger watercolor paper, paint brushes, adhesive pearls and twine.

Until next time...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Daisy & A Lady ~ Introducing Uniquely Unity

Today is the launch of a brand new monthly membership at Unity, called Uniquely Unity.
This beautiful flower and ladybug is the June offering ~ A Daisy & A Lady.


Sentiment:  Do all things in kindness.

For this card, I duplicated the daisies.  I added a little watercolor to the centers, then added gray highlights for the white petals.

Here is a quick tip video tutorial for the daisy and lady kindness card.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here it is a littler closer:


Link Ups:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Inspired By All The Little Things #58

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Uniquely Unity A Daisy & A Lady, Copic markers, Sakura Koi watercolors, My Creative Time dies and Ranger watercolor paper.

Have a lovely day.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Misti Hop with Unity Stamp Co. & My Sweet Petunia

Hi there, Gaylynn here.  We have an inspirational prize filled blog hop for you with design teams from Unity and My Sweet Petunia.

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Today, I am sharing a watercolor mirror image stamping project and an image transfer journal page.


Sentiment:  If love was water, I'd give you the sea.

For this co-hop, we are focusing on the amazing Misti stamping tool by My Sweet Petunia.
I must say, the Misti has revolutionized the stamping industry.

Today, I have a watercolor card with kissing fish. It was made using the brand new Mirror Stamping Tool by Unity, the stamp kit Give You The Sea and the Mini Misti.
I used one fish stamp and one sentiment.  With the mirror tool along with the Misti, I created a second "mirror image" fish, so that they face each other.  In this case, kissing. Awe.
I suggest stamping on the smooth side of the watercolor paper for the best stamping impression.

I made a quick tip video tutorial for these kissing fish.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look:


One more project:


Sentiment:  Lift up your eyes on high and behold who hath created these things.  Isaiah 40:26.

For this watercolor bible journal page, I used the Original Misti, the Unity Mirror Stamping Tool and Lift Up Your Eyes by Phyllis Harris to create an image transfer to my journal page.
For more projects like this, I have a series of bible journal posts, trying out different ways to create on the thin pages.  The same techniques can be used in planners, journals, cards, tags and mixed media.

Here is a quick tip video for this bible journal page.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Everyone who leaves a comment on all of the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity Stamp Co. and the winner's choice of an Original or Mini Misti.
Please leave a comment by May 30, 2017 at noon Central time to be eligible.  Winners will be posted on both the Unity blog and the My Sweet Petunia giveaway page on May 31, 2017.

Thank you for stopping by.  I look forward to your comments.
Have a lovely day.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Guest Designer at Mixed Media Mojo ~ Wedding Roses

Hello, it's Gaylynn.  Today, I am up on the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge blog as Guest Designer with this mixed media style wedding card.  Many thanks to the sponsor Everything Mixed Media.


Sentiment:  Hooray.  Happy Wedding.

For my project, I added a distress oxide watercolor background, wet embossing with a stencil and modeling paste, dry embossed sentiment panel and roses, as well as stamped die-cut flowers and leaves.

I made a video tutorial for this project:


Here is a closer look:


Link Ups:

Mixed Media Mojo Challenge ~ Celebration with a Wedding twist

May 2017 Altenew Inspiration Challenge

Supplies:  Altenew Vintage Roses stamps and dies, Vintage Flowers, Super Script 2 and Sketched Lines Stencil; Liquitex modeling paste, Tim Holtz distress oxide ink, My Creative Time dies, VersaMark, embossing powder, heat tool, vellum, Ranger archival ink, MFT ink, foam tape and brads.

Have a lovely day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

You Matter Mixed Media Art Canvas

This is a mixed media home decor art project with an encouraging reminder.


Sentiment:  You matter.

This is filled with some of the Unity new releases.  I used a mix of techniques for this canvas, including, watercolor, distressing, embossing, 3-D flowers and tissue paper stamping.

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


Here is a closer look:


I you have any questions or would like to see a particular technique featured, please comment or message me.


Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36 ~ Put A Stamp On It

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. kits by Jolande and Marleen You Matter, Hello Beautiful and You Can Do It; Ranger archival ink, distress ink, distress markers and watercolor paper; Sakura Koi watercolors, tissue paper, Liquitex modeling paste and gel medium; Artists' Loft 8"x10" deep edge canvas, Gesso, Altenew stencil, blending tools and brushes.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Watercolor Rose Girl & Video Tutorial

Here is an encouragement watercolor card.


Sentiment:  Kindness matters.  You matter.

For this card, I used layers of watercolor, background panels and sentiments.
I made a video tutorial focusing mainly on my watercolor technique using Sakura Koi watercolors.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look:


Link Up:  Inspired by #56

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Lauren Girl and Unleash Your Happy 5/2017 SMAK, Sakura Koi watercolors, paint brushes, Ranger archival ink and watercolor paper, paper punch and foam tape.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Masculine Graduation Card and Tutorial

Here is a masculine grad card in watercolor.


Sentiment:
Congrats.  Behind you, all your memories.  Before you, all your dreams.  Around you, all who love you.  Within you, all you need.

I made a quick tip video tutorial on this watercolor card.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


I recently made a girl version of this design here.

Here is a closer look at the man grad card:


Link Up:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Going Dotty

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. You Did Good and Sentiments for Graduates; Sakura Koi watercolors, My Creative Time dies, Ranger archival ink and watercolor paper.

Have a fabulous day.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Thanks Daisy Flowers Card Layers

Today, I have a framed and layered thank you card with daisies.


Sentiment:  Thanks.  You warm my heart.

For this card, I highlighted the daisies, with minimal color, mostly shadows.
To make them stand out on a card, add shadows in shades of gray, especially on the outside of the flower petals. 

I framed the image panel and then layered the elements on this card.  A few sparkly gems were added.
I have a quick tip video tutorial showing how to make simple layers and frames as accents.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq


Here is a closer look.


Linked Up:  Inspired By All The Little Things Challenge #55

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Free Your Dreams May 2017 Kit of the Month, Copic markers, adhesive rhinestones, My Mind's Eye paper and foam tape.

Have a great week.