Friday, 28 August 2015

UC - Summer ...

....  Hello!  I'm back this morning with my card for our current challenge at Uniko.  Our challenge is "Summer - with the optional twist of being inspired by our photo".

Make a Wish - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals: Cosmos
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist; Verafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Melon Mambo; Vellum; SU/Sizzix EF - Elegant Dots; Gold Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear




I've used the sketch from this week's Less is More challenge - LIM#238 for the layout and I've taken some of the colours from our inspiration photo.  Bev introduced this set when I was on holiday in July and I wasn't able to play along, so I was really pleased to use them on this card.  I used the single flower on the base of the card, randomly stamping pink and orange flowers.  I cut a panel of white card, embossed it, cut the angle and adhered it flat to the card base.  I stamped the two flowers on vellum using Versamark, heat embossed with gold powder and then coloured the reverse of each flower.  I cut them out, attached them to the card and add some sparkle to the flowers with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I finished the front with a simple sentiment in black.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pink design paper and added a simple greeting and a flower on the white panel.

Make a Wish inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMake a Wish sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I also took a close up of the pretty flowers, you can just about see the sparkle on the blossoms.

Make a Wish detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As usual we have prizes for the winner of this challenge.  The DT picks a winner who will get a £20 eGift Certificate.  The DT also pick the Top 3 who will all get 50 Loyalty Points to be added to their customer accounts.  And there's more!  For those who use Uniko stamps on their card, there will be a random draw and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Points for their customer account.  We also do a random draw for all those who have gone with the optional twist (inspired by the photo) this winner will receive 100 Loyalty Points added to the customer account.

Now, why not visit our blog to see more inspiration from our Design Team and from our two fabulous Guest Designers - Darnell and Wiebke.  You've still got plenty of time to play along closing on Friday 4th September 8.00am BST (3.00am EDT for those of us in the States).  Have fun!!

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

SNG - School Days .....

....  Morning!  We're all up early today as Kathryn is off to Northville High School for her Orientation day.  She has to be in school by 8.00am today to complete registration and then to pick up her new schedule and books for the year.  Kathryn will have the opportunity to have a good wander around the school, which is good, as it's huge!  In many ways, Kathryn is looking forward to going back to school, but in others - particularly getting up early, she's not!!  I thought it would be nice to wish Kathryn luck, so I made this card for her:

School Days - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Night Flight; Dare 2B Artzy - Graduation, Northville Mustangs; My Favourite Things - LLD Document It - School Days
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Stampin' Up! - Pool Party
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Pumpkin Pie; SU Card - Pool Party; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear, Gold


I recently re-read the entire Harry Potter series and I've been trying to get Kathryn to read them too, but she won't!  This card is a bit of a hint - that cute little witch (Night Flight) is on her way to Hogwarts for her first day too.  I printed her on plain white card, coloured with Copic markers and then cut her out.  I edged the image with a black pen, ran her through my Xyron and than adhered her flat to the card.  I added lots of sparkle to her shoes, skirt, gloves, waistcoat and hat.  I kept the card really simple, only adding a horseshoe (for luck), the school name and a sentiment.  On the inside I cut a couple of mat layers - one orange and one pale blue, and on the white panel I added an inspirational verse and some images.  I added a few stamps to the envelope too.

School Days and env - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSchool Days inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I used the colours from this week's Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#86 - orange is the school's colour.  And as I've gone for a school theme, I'm also submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#70 where their cue word is school.

School Days sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

If you like this cute little witch you can find her at Rick's Zibbet shop, along with lots of other images.  Rick has also produced a couple of wonderful colouring books for adults.  The first one is The Day of the Dead (my copy should be here soon) and his new book is  Rhinestone, Furs and Feathers.  They can be found at the Zibbet shop or from Amazon.


That's all for now!  See you soon.

Edited:  I had a phone call from Jonathan after he dropped Kathryn off at school.  My first thought was that we'd forgotten the registration forms, but no.  Jonathan told me that the NHS Marching Band, in full uniform, was at the front of the school to greet the new Freshmen!  They were playing the kids in and the upperclassmen there were all in NHS spiritwear.  Quite a welcome to the school!!

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Stampin' Up! Get Together ...

...  Hello and good morning.  I've got several cards to share with you today.  Last Friday I attended a Stampin' Up! Get together with my upline, Karin, and several of the ladies in our group - it was such fun and the first one I've been able to attend for ages!!!  All the cards we make at our group meetings are CASEd from fellow SU demonstrators - such a talented group of people.

The first card is a thank you card - I always need to have a good supply of thanks cards in my collection:

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

Stamps: SU - Awesomely Artistic, Endless Thanks
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Crumb Cake
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; SU DP - Neutrals Collection; Gold Glimmer Paper; Wink of Stella - Gold

This is a CASE of Sarah Poulton's fabulous cards - her cards are pretty much one layer, but with some embellishment.  We layered the stamped panel onto black card and then attached it to a crumb cake card base.  I decided to skip the punched flowers and instead added sparkle to the stamped flowers with my gold Wink of Stella brush.

The next card is CASEd from a photo in the SU catalogue, page 129.  We've changed up the colours and layered the card.

Cheers - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCheers inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: SU - Watercolour Wash
Inks: SU - Wisteria Wonder
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Greetings Thinlets, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlets
Accessories: SU Card - Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Whisper White; SU DP - Neutrals; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

And another thank you card - as you can't have too many!


Stamps: SU - Wild About Flowers, One Big Meaning, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: SU - Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Circles Framelits
Accessories: SU Card - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Delightful Dijon; SU DP - Bohemian; SU Punch - Banner

This one is CASEd from Nancy Leedy's beautiful card.  I've been quite faithful to Nancy's card, but I decided that I liked the reverse of the spotty paper - love the little flourishes!

My final card is CASEd from my upline, Karin.  Love this card:

You are loved - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: SU - Remarkable You, Watercolour Wishes
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black, Marina Mist, Whisper White; SU/Sizzix EF - Brick Wall; SU Markers - Old Olive, Melon Mambo; SU Whisper White Ribbon; SU - Black Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear

This was a fun card to make.  We used a bleaching technique.  The flower was stamped in Versamark and embossed with black powder.  Then we used a Q-tip dipped in bleach to colour inside the lines of the flower and allowed the bleach to dry.  It was very interesting to see everyone's flowers - some dried with a pink tint, some had a blue tint and some were more ivory in colour.  I added some sparkle to my flower with a clear Wink of Stella brush.

I decorated the inside of all the cards made - as seen above.  And I also decorated the envelopes.  If you're interested in getting any of these Stampin' Up! sets - send me an email. That's all for today - see you soon.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Autumn Leaves ....

.... are falling!  Well, not quite yet!!  Although it does feel distinctly autumnal here in Northville today. It's only 19°C (that's 66°F for my American friends) which is considered nice and warm in the UK, but not so much here.  So as it's getting towards that time of year, here's my first Thanksgiving/Autumn themed card of the year:

Thanks - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Gently Falling, Seasonally Scattered
Inks: SU - Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Marina Mist; SU Card - Marina Mist; Martha Stewart Border Punch - Leaves; String


 I've used three challenges making this card:
I cut a panel of blue design paper and adhered it flat to the card.  I cut the white panel slightly smaller and punched the bottom edge with falling leaves.  I then stamped leaves randomly over the panel.  I used the rock and roll technique to add different colours to the edge of the leaves and also used the second and third impressions to give lighter leaves.  I wrapped some string around the panel and used dimensional tape to adhere it to the card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of blue card and stamped a bold sentiment on the white panel.

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

My desk is right by the window, which is super on a bright sunny day, but I've just looked out to see that it's finally started raining.  It's not heavy but it is dull.  However, the plus side is that I don't feel like going out, so I might just head back into my craft room and play some more.  Of course, I could do the ironing - NO!!!  That way lies madness :)

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

SNG - Awesomeness ....

.....  Hello and Good Morning!  It's been ages since I've posted in Sparkle and Glitter, fortunately my fab team mates have been holding the fort!!  I always have several of Rick's images printed and in a folder ready to be coloured.  I've used the colours from this week's Colour Throwdown - CTD#356 to colour this very elegant lady:

Awesome - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Bal Masque; CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Mon Ami, Calm & Loving
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 25 (S5-077) #5, Adorning Labels 25 (S5-210) #4; Die-namics - Fishtail Flags Layers Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; Kaisdercraft DP - Fiesta!; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Inka Gold Wax - Emerald Green, Orange; UTEE button



I've used the sketch at My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC#242 for the layout.  I always have a number of Rick's images printed out.  I picked this beautiful lady, who is obviously off to a Masked Ball, so I'm also submitting this to AAA Cards - AAA#46, where the theme is mask. I coloured her with Copic markers and added sparkle to her feathers, mask, earrings and lace with my clear Wink of Stella brush and then cut her out.  I die cut an ornate orange frame which I backed with black card to really show off the die cut pattern adhered it to the card and then added my lovely lady.  I finished the front with a sentiment stamped on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder.  The final touch is this fab button which I made at a class last year using UTEE powder.  I used Inka Gold Wax to add some colour and to bring out the flowers.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of green design paper and on the white panel added a flower and simple greeting.

Awesome inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsAwesome sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

If you like this beautiful lady - Bal Masque - you can find her at Rick's Zibbet shop, along with over 1,200 digital images from cute and funny to dark and scary!  Have fun!

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

52CCT - Technique ....

... Hello!  I've been having fun in my craft room this week - love my new tower unit, it is so much easier to find my stamps and papers now.  It's time for our technique challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Julie wants us to make "Shaped Cards" - no squares or rectangles, but you can go mad for any other shape!  Here's my card:

Noel - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Wonderous Wreath
Inks: SU - Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Circles Lg (S4-114) #7, Petit Scalloped Circles Lg (S4-115) #6; SU/Sizzix - Wonderful Wreath Framelits
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey, Poppy Parade; Sequins; Wink of Stella - Clear


The colours are from this week's Colour Q challenge - cQc#304 and I've taken inspiration from the graphic photo too - love the hose wreath!!!  I used my circle dies to cut out the circles and also to cut a circle card from one of my A2 card blanks.  I adhered the red and grey circles on the white card.  I stamped the wreath on white card.  This is a three-step wreath - I stamped the full set of leaves after stamping off once, then the next set of leaves were added using full strength colour.  I finished the wreath with some yellow berries.  I cut it out with the matching dies and adhered it flat to the card.  I cut the sentiment from red card, added some sparkle all over with a clear Wink of Stella brush and attached it to the card.  I finished the front with some sequins.  On the inside I simply stamped another wreath and added a greeting.

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

Do visit our blog to see what the rest of the team have made - have fun!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

UC - Summer .....

.... with a twist!!!  Hello, it's time for our August challenge at Uniko.  You don't have to use Uniko stamps on your card, but we'd love it if you did!  This month our theme is SUMMER and there's an optional twist of being inspired by our photo.  Here's my take:


Stamps: Uniko - Home Sweet Home, All Occasion Sentiments #1, Balloon Bash
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - All That Glitters; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear



As you can see I've been inspired by the photo!  I think that little house is just so cute.  The layout of this card is based on last week's Freshly Made Sketch - FMS#199 which I didn't manage to play along with.  I cut a strip of design paper with pretty summer roses in the corner and adhered it to the bottom of the card.  I used my MISTI to position and stamp the sentiments - I do love this tool.  The house was stamped four times twice on design paper and twice on white card.  I added some colour to the roof and walls and then adhered the pretty scalloped paper.  I colour the window and door with Copic markers, cut them out and adhered them to the main house.  I finished the front with a touch of sparkle on the curtains, front door and the little heart on the roof.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark pink design paper and added a balloon and some stars to the white panel.  There's plenty of space for my message.

New Home inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As usual we have prizes for the winner of this challenge.  The DT picks a winner who will get a £20 eGift Certificate.  The DT also pick the Top 3 who will all get 50 Loyalty Points to be added to their customer accounts.  And there's more!  For those who use Uniko stamps on their card, there will be a random draw and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Points for their customer account.  We also do a random draw for all those who have gone with the optional twist (inspired by the photo) this winner will receive 100 Loyalty Points added to the customer account.

Now, why not visit our blog to see more inspiration from our Design Team and from our two fabulous Guest Designers - Darnell and Wiebke.  You've got plenty of time to play along closing on Friday 4th September 8.00am BST (3.00am EDT for those of us in the States).  I can't wait to see what you make!

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