Thursday, 17 April 2014

Monochromatic birthday ....

... Good morning everyone!  The snow has melted away and we have brilliant sunshine this morning, but it's still a bit chilly!  This morning I've a very clean, simple birthday card to share with you:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: PTI - Wet Paint; Uniko Studio - All Occasion Sentiments #2
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: PTI - Tipped Tops
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate

The challenge at Time Out - TOC#3 is to make a birthday card with the optional twist of making in masculine in style, I did masculine!!  I also saw Lisa's card and this is a nod to her beautiful card!  I got my PTI stamps and dies the other day and I'm really enjoying playing with them.  I've used the colours from this week's CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#70 challenge - monochromatic.


I cut the mat layers from the two shades of grey, stamped the word birthday in the corner of the smaller layer and then die cut the word "Happy".  I cut another word in black and then used the inlaid die technique.  I used the same technique on the inside to create a very bold greeting.  This is a perfect guy card - mono colours and clean, simple lines.  Really pleased how this turned out.

HB inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This card should have been really quick to make, but I did a stoopid thing!  I adhered the mats to the wrong side of the card and had to cut it off and adhere it to a new card base.  Note to self - must check to make sure that the card base is the right side up!!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ASM/TMR - Happy Birthday ....

.... Hello all!  My card today has combined challenges from Addicted to Stamps and More! and The Male Room.  Our theme at Addicted to Stamps and More! is Anything Goes and I've used an image from our sponsor A Random Fan.  The image leads perfectly to our theme at The Male Room which is "Man's Best Friend".

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: A Random Fan Digi - Underwear Hero; PTI - Wet Paint
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red
Dies: PTI - Tipped Top, Sketched Stars; Spellbinders - Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red, Pacific Point; SU DP - Real Red; Copics; Sakura Micron Pens

Now when I asked my hubby what "Man's Best Friend" meant to him, he replied "I suppose a dog!", but here's the thing, my hubby doesn't like dogs much, actually his best friend is his camera.  So, while I've used a cute puppy for my TMR card, you could expand the theme to fit your guy - camera, techy stuff, tools or pets!

I absolutely adore this image, it really is very cute and reminds me of the books my son used to read as a child - Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (see below).  If you know of any boys who don't like reading - this series is a great find.  I coloured the image with Copics and cut it out with a die.  I used the largest die to cut out the image, so I pencilled round the die and handrew the frame, adding a few Zentangle patterns.  I stamped the sentiment and added some stars.  On the inside I used a piece of design paper to make the mat layer and stamped a bold sentiment.

Happy Birthday inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration cards for both the Anything Goes theme at Addicted to Stamps and More!, and Man's Best Friend at The Male Room, check out the projects from my team mates.


Before I go, I know I told you all that spring had arrived in Northville and this past weekend was gorgeous with sunshine and temperatures over 70°F (21°C).  Well, the photo below shows the view from my front door this morning!!!

Late Spring Snow - 15th April 2014 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This morning our weatherman was "delighted" to report that Detroit has had its snowiest winter ever - the total snowfall so far is 94.8"; I'm saying so far because it might snow again!!!  Fortunately the temperature is rising and we should get to a high of 39°F (4°C) today.  Bye for now!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

52CCT - Colours ....

.....  Hi!  It's time for our colour challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  I really like the soft palette and shades of blue.  You must use at least three of the colours and I managed five!  Here's my card:

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Nordic Winter, Folk Art Christmas Additions
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Smoky Slate; Versamark
Dies: WMS - Folk Art Christmas
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - River Rock, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy; Silver Embossing Powder


I made the card from River Rock (discontinued) and cut a mat layer of pale grey card.  On the white panel I stamped the Scandinavian inspired patterns in all the blues and grey.  I stamped the reindeer in Versamark, embossed with silver powder, die cut and adhered it with dimensional tape.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of the card.  On the inside I kept it really simple with a mat layer in grey and a simple Christmas greeting.

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration with these colours check out the card from our Guest Designer, Pat and also from the rest of the team.  Looking forward to seeing your cards.  Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stampin' Up! Cards ....

... Hi!  Last week I attended a Stampin' Up! class at Karin's place.  We had lots of fun making cards and chatting.  Here are the cards I made.  The first card is a super masculine style birthday card and is a CASE (copy and share everything) based on Monica Gale's card:


Stamps: SU - By the Tide, Says It All
Inks: SU - Baked Brown Sugar, Marina Mist, So Saffron; Stazon - Jet Black
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black, Whisper White; Gold Foil Sheet; Circle Punches - 1" and ¾" ; Chevron Ribbon; Linen Thread

We changed the style of the sentiment, although everything else is pretty much as Monica did it.  I can see the card working in other colourways.  The next card is a complete contrast and is totally feminine and is a CASE of Fran Sabad's beautiful card:


Stamps: SU - Simple Stems, Post Card, Four You
Inks: SU - Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Wild Wasbi
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Tasteful Trim
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Pink Pirouette Ribbon

I've not got the Post Card stamp, but it's so nice and I can see it being quite useful.  I changed the sentiment on my card to make it a more general card - will probably go to one of my friends in the UK.  Again, I can see this card working in different colours and even a masculine style using different stamps.

My next two cards feature the Starburst Sayings stamps, but they are are quite different.  The first is fun birthday card based on Heather's lovely card:


Stamps: SU - Starburst Sayings, Yippee Skippee, Remembering Your Birthday
Inks: SU - Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starburst Framelits
Accessories: SU Card - Whisper White, Primrose Petals; SU DP - Patio Party; Gems; Sm Heart Punch

I changed the background paper on my card from the cakes to the banners and I added a tiny jewelled heart too.  On the inside is a fun birthday greeting.  Again, I can see this layout working for lots of other colourways and also for masculine cards too.

The final card that we made was a little more complex being a fold-out card.  It is a CASE of LeeAnn Greff's card, LeeAnn has also provided a tutorial to follow:


Stamps: SU - Starburst Sayings, Timeless Talk, Geometrical
Inks: SU - Bermuda Bay; Stazon - Jet Black
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starburst Framelits, Circles Framelits
Accessories: SU Card - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black; SU DP - Brights, Neutrals, Kaleidoscope; Banner Punch; 1¼" Scalloped Circle Punch; White Twine

As with the other cards, I can see this one working in different colours too!  That's all for today.  I'm meeting up with a friend of mine for lunch and a long chat today - should be lots of fun!  See you soon.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

ASM - a couple more ....

.... Morning!  I've made a couple more cards based on the photo inspiration graphic at Addicted to Stamps and More! - ASM#90.   I like the chevrons and made this card:

Thank You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - All Occasion Sentiments #3
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Die-namics - Chevrons
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie; SU DP - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point; Vellum; Black Embossing Powder

I die cut the chevrons into white card and cut a selection of card and design paper in rainbow colours which I laid into the spaces.  I trimmed the panel and adhered it to the card front.  I added the sentiment by stamping onto vellum, heat embossing and adhering the sentiment to the card.  Very clean and simple and very bold!  The inside is blank.

I had lots of chevron strips left over, so I decided to stick them all together and make another card.  This time I actually got to make an Easter card:

Happy Easter - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: SU - Delightful Dozen
Inks: SU - Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky
Dies: Die-namics - Chevrons, Fishtail Flags STAX #2; Spellbinders - Nested Eggs (S264) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight; SU DP - Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight; SU/Sizzix EF - Decorative Dots

I cut a panel of light blue card which I embossed with dots.  I rubbed the Soft Sky ink pad lightly across the dots for emphasis and then adhered my chevron Easter egg.  I finished the front with a simple sentiment.  The inside is blank.

That's all for today.  Lots to do today to catch up on housework that I didn't do while I was feeling rough!  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

ASM - Photo Inspiration ....

..... Good evening everyone!  I think I can safely say that spring has arrived in Northville!  The snow has gone, the temperatures are up, the evenings are getting longer and the birds are courting!  Yes, it's spring.  This week at Addicted to Stamps and More! it is our photo inspiration challenge, and here's my take:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: A Random Fan Digi Image - Gemma on Cloud Nine; Dare 2B Artzy - Owl Birthday
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 29 (S4-366) #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Tigerlilly; Copics; Glitter



I love the photo and the bright, vibrant colours; the bold colours were the inspiration for the card, specifically the rainbow!  I have used an image from our sponsor, A Random Fan, they have some wonderful images and I think she's entirely appropriate for a spring-like birthday card.  I printed her out, die cut the image and then coloured her with Copics and added some sparkle to her wings and the clouds.   I cut a panel of design paper to cover the card, adhered the image and simply added a sentiment.  This card is going into my stash as I don't have any birthday cards for little girls.  I've left the inside blank.

Once again our Guest Designer is Bonnie, do check out her inspiration card as well as those from the rest of the team.  That's all for now, see you soon.

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Subway style ...

.... Good morning all!   It's been a few days since I posted - I went down with a bug, caught from my beloved husband!  While I didn't have the fever, I was totally wiped out this weekend and ended up missing a photo shoot and unable to craft.  However, I'm feeling much better today and I've a simple card to share with you this morning.  The challenge at Inkspirational - INK#53 this week is to CASE the work of DT member Sandie.  Sandi makes lovely clean and simple cards, so it was lots of fun to go back through her blog and pick a card to CASE; see Sandie's card below.  I found this card with the subway style sentiment and made this card:

Families - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Momenta - Families are Like
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz
Dies: Spellbinders - Rectangles Lg (S4-132) #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; Pink Ribbon; Green Cord



Sandie's card with subway style sentiment - CASE for challenge
I used the colours from CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#68.  I found this stamp in the closing down sale at Archivers and just liked the sentiment - lots of fun and so appropriate for our family!  I stamped the image in brown, cut it out with a die and then stamped "sweet" in pink (sugar candy pink) and "nuts" in green (sort of pistachio like).  I cut them out and adhered them over the words on the main image.  I layered the image onto green textured card, added some textured ribbon and adhered the panel to the card with dimensional tape.  Before attaching the panel I ran some cord round the card and tied with a simple knot.  I've let the inside blank for a message home!

That's all for now.  Do drop by later for my Addicted to Stamps and More! post - we've a fun challenge for you this week!  See you later.

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

WMSFC - Theme ...

.... Hi again!  I'm back with our new challenge for Waltzingmouse Fanatics.  This time we have a theme for you to play with.  Typography is a hot trend at the moment, and Claire's stamps contain some of the most wonderful sentiments and in lots of pretty fonts.  We would like your project to contain sentiments from AT LEAST TWO different sets of stamps.  I've made a thank you card - with lots of thanks!!

Thank you - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: WMS - Fine Feathers, Charm Squares, Funky Feathers, Teeny Trees, Big Day-Today, Asian Gardens, Victorian Frippery, Ocean Bound, Country Labels 4, Say It Loud
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Primrose Petals, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, River Rock, Basic Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - River Rock; SU Ribbon - Calypso Coral; SU DP - River Rock


I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#130 and the colours from Colour Q - cQc#235.  I cut a small panel of white card and then laid out all the thank you stamps to work out the best pattern pressed down my Fiskars stamp holder to keep them in the same position.  I did try to use my markers to colour the sentiments, but it wasn't very nice, so I stamped this in stages.  I used masking tape to cover some stamps inked up and then stamped, and repeated with all the colours.  I finished the front with a mock button and a ribbon.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and added a simple sentiment in the corner, leaving me enough space for a message.

Thank you inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration with our texty theme, don't forget to check out Tara's card.  As always you can make any project you like, but you MUST use at least TWO sentiments from different WMS sets.  The deadline for submission is Thursday 17th April, 5.00pm (Noon EDT).  Looking forward to seeing what you make!  Have a good weekend.

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52CCT - Sketch ....

... Good morning!  It's my turn to host our challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - I had such a great time picking out the challenges and I hope you enjoy them.  As it's the first Saturday of the month, it is our sketch.  Here's my take:

Mwah! - photo by Deboah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Festive Foliage, Compact Sentiments
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Dies: WMS - Mistletoe Dies
Accessories: White Lustre Card; My Mind's Eye DP - Snowed In (FOC with Cardmaking & Papercraft); Copics; Glossy Accents; Cuttlebug EF - Swiss Dots; Vellum; Baker's Twine


I had lots of fun designing the sketch and hope you like it.  I have used the theme of mistletoe from this week's Merry Monday - # MM#102 challenge as I wanted to use the WMS mistletoe stamp and die.  And, while going through my stash, I came across this pretty paper which also has mistletoe images.  I cut a piece of the paper to cover the card and embossed the stitched pattern.  I didn't want to hid the backing paper, so I cut my vertical panel from vellum, embossed a dotty texture and adhered it to the card.  I stamped the mistletoe on white card, coloured the berries with Copics and cut it out with the matching die.  I tied on some Baker's twine and adhered the mistletoe with dimensional tape.  I added some glossy accents to the berries, which you can just about see in the photo above.  For the inside I used another piece of the design paper and on the white panel stamped some more mistletoe and a Christmas greeting.

Mwah! inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Our Guest Designer this month is Pat Couder (Created by Pat) - she makes fabulous cards; she also does scrapbook pages and photography too - a very creative lady!  For more inspiration with this sketch check out Pat's card and those from the rest of the team.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make this week.  Bye for now!

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Easter card ....

... Good afternoon.  It's very grey here today, which isn't helping me much as I'm feeling really rough.  However, I've managed to make a clean, simple Easter card to share with you and to go into my stash:

Happy Easter - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies; Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments; Splat That
Inks: Brilliance - Peacock; Stampin' Up! - Marina Mist
Dies: US - Bright Butterflies
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Certainly Celery; Vellum; Gems

I've used several challenges to make this card, they are:



I love the colours in the Uniko Studio graphic, that was the start of this card, butterflies appear are in both Card Concept and the Time Out graphics and when I saw the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch - it all fell into place! I made the card base from pale green card and cut a white panel to go on top.  I stamped a spatter pattern using Brilliance inks (they have a subtle shimmer).  I stamped the sentiment, made the little banner and adhered it to the card.  I stamped the butterflies, using Brilliance ink, on to white card and again on vellum and used the matching dies to cut them out.  I attached one butterfly flat to the card and then used dimensional gel to adhere the vellum overlay.  I finished the front with a few gems.  On the inside, I cut another white panel and stamped some flowers and added a couple more vellum butterflies. 

Happy Easter inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for today - I'm going to make a nice hot cup of coffee, wrap myself in a blanket and curl up to watch a movie.  See you soon!

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