Wednesday, 23 July 2014

TMR - Geometric ....

...  Good morning!!!  It looks like the Games theme was a popular one, we had lots of super submissions, and it's going to be hard to pick just three.  That brings me to our new challenge at The Male Room.  For the next couple of weeks we'd like to see you use a Geometric theme in your creations.  It could be a geometric shaped card, patterns - your choice, but it has to have a masculine feel.  Here's my card:

Hooray - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Trifecta; Stampin' Up! - Geometrical
Inks: SU - Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore (D/C), Lucky Limeade; Distress - Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade; SU Punch - Triangle

I've used the colours from this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS#250 - I love all shades of blue and green.  The layout is based on the sketch at FUSION - FUSION#14 - I think you can see it.  I started by stamping mini triangles in two shades of turquoise. one layer in green and two layers in shades of lime.  I added a border of turquoise card, stamped a bold, funky greeting in black and added some triangles for interest.  That was it done - then I got some finger prints on the card - so I added a few more triangles to hide for decoration!  On the inside I cut a mat layer in turquoise on a simple row of tiny triangles along the bottom of the white panel.  I'll be putting this card in the post today!!

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

For more inspiration using the Geometric theme - check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  Have fun!  See you soon.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Rainbow scales ....

.... Hi!  Do you remember the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, about a fish with beautiful rainbow coloured scales?  And do you remember the film Splash, starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks? Well my card is based, in part, on both the book and the film.  Here's the card:

Sparkle - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Sirena; Lil Inkers - Shiny Happy; Stampin' Up! - Sea Street
Inks: SU - Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Maritime; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella Brush - Clear, Silver, Blue

Over at Inkspirational - INK#61 they have a word prompt for us - SPLASH.  As soon as I saw the word I was reminded of the film Splash about a mermaid - it was such a fun film!  On Rick St Dennis's Facebook page there is a challenge to use one of his mermaid images, so I'm submitting this one.  I printed off this wonderful mermaid and set about colouring her with Copic markers.  I mentioned the book Rainbow Fish - well the colouring for her tail was inspired by that little fish and his beautiful scales.  I used a number of colours and then blended them all with a very pale aqua pen.  I added some silver scales and a touch of sparkle with my Wink of Stella brushes.  I coloured her hair to co-ordinate with her tail.  To make the card I covered the base with this lovely paper from Stampin' Up! - creating the sea.  I added some little fish and a bold sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer from the design paper and on the white panel, I stamped some more fish and an octopus.  There is no sentiment, just space for a message.

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

I took a close up photo of her tail so that you can see the shimmer and sparkle, as it doesn't show up in the photo of the whole card.

Sparkle detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm a very lucky girl!  I got a new computer delivered last week and I've been busy setting it up - you know, transferring photos, documents, etc and adding the programmes that I use.  It's almost done and later this week, I have to dismantle this PC and replace it with the new one.  It has a much bigger memory - good for all the photos - and a lot more RAM too which will make editing so much quicker.

That's all for today. See you soon.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Owl be watching you ....

... okay, I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't start with such an awful pun!  But it was a good title.  You've probably realised that my card today features an owl!  I may have mentioned that I adore owls.  Here's my card:

Fine Feathers - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Fine Feathers, Woodgrain; Amy Tangerine - Aspire
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake; Archival - Jet Black
Dies: Serendipity - Owl outline and background dies; Spellbinders - Inverted Scalloped Circle Lg (S4-194) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red, Bermuda Bay; Black Card; WMS - Twine

I've based the layout on our sketch at Waltzingmouse Fanatics - WMSFC#22, I've used the gorgeous colours from The Card Concept - CC#14 and I've added twine which is what the DT at Serendipity - SSCB#33 want us to do.  The card is in the clean and layered style.  I got this wonderful owl die last year and haven't used it nearly enough.  I made the owl by cutting out the backing layer and the outline in black card.  I adhered the outline layer to the background layer and started filling in the die cut areas with red, teal and white card - it take a while, but is so worth it.  I stamped the large wood grain image on white card, cut out the funky circle and adhered that directly to the card base.  I stamped the chevrons a few times and then cut them to size and added twine up the centre of each section.  I adhered the owl and chevrons with dimensional tape.  I finished the front of the card with a simple sentiment which goes with the owl.  This card could be a simple get well card, or be sent to a friend who is simply feeling a bit low.  On the inside I cut a mat layer in black and on the white panel I added a few feathers at the side, leaving a large space for a message.

Fine Feathers inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

We're all off out to a photo shoot today - this time featuring a Harley Davidson motor bike, a model and lace!  Should be lots of fun.  See you soon.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

It's Christmas ....

.... well, it will be in just about 5½ months!!!  Good afternoon all, isn't it great when you wake up and feel full of energy and the joy of life - well that's me today.  So much better than the last few days.  I've been playing in my craft room this morning and I've a Christmas card to share with you today:

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

Stamps: PTI - City Scene Christmas Sentiments
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Mossy Meadow
Dies: Memory Box - Sparkling Tree Tile
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Mossy Meadow, Perfect Plum; Sequins

I've used the colours from CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#83, the theme at Merry Monday - MM#117 is sequins and the layout is from our 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown July Blog Hop - 52CCT27-14. The sequins are as close as I could get to the colours. I used my new Memory Box die to cut out the Christmas Tree and adhered a panel of Mossy Meadow card behind.  I added three sequins for sparkle and finished the front with a simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut a panel of Perfect Plum and on the white card stamped a sentiment and fun image of Santa.  I love this new die and will probably use it again soon.

It's Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Bye for now!  Hope you're having a good week.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

ASM - CAS ....

....  Good afternoon!  I have to apologise to you all, I'm very late with this post; I've not been feeling 100%.  However, this afternoon I've felt well enough to get into my craft room.  This week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! is CAS; that means clean, simple, lots of white space and minimal embellishments.  Here's my take:

Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Eureka Stamps Digi - Holly Square; Stampin' Up! - Curly Cute
Inks: Archival - Jet Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Black Card; Cuttlebug EF - Holly Leaves; Copic Markers; Gold Pental Marker

I used a digi image from our sponsor Eureka Stamps who are giving the winner of this week's challenge 3 digi images!  One advantage of running late is that I've been able to check out the Wednesday challenges and this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#145 is perfect for my card.  I have adapted the sketch a bit by making it landscape and turning the circle to a square.  I printed the digi onto white card, coloured it with Copic markers, added a line of gold, cut it out and then ran a black marker round the outside to define the image.  I embossed a panel of white card with holly leaves, layered it on black card and then adhered to the card base.  I finished the front with a simple sentiment printed onto flags, edged in black and adhered to the card.  The inside is blank.

I'm off for a lie down.  Hopefully, I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  Take care.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

My other hobby ....

... Hi all!  I know that I've been a bit quiet on here between Design Team posts, but that's because I've been catching up on my other hobby.  Just to be clear - there are no cards or scrapbook pages involved here, just photos! 

I started going to photo shoots with Jonathan towards the end of last year and I was really good last year, I edited the shoots reasonably promptly.  That has not been the case this year.  Since January, we've been to fourteen shoots and I've only edited photos from three of the shoots!  I'm very, very behind.  I did put up some photos from a pool shoot under my "Non Crafty Photos" along with the links to the sets on Flickr, but I thought I'd share a couple of photos here. 

The first photos feature Jordan, a stunningly beautiful woman, with the longest legs - she's over 6'4" and in heels tops 6'8"!!!  The theme of the shoot was masks and masquerade - many of the photos are not "Facebook" safe, but this one is:

Jordan Masks 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

If you want to see more from the Masquerade shoot here are the links: Masks 1 - all family friendly, Masks 2 - part nude - and Masks 3 - nude. This one of Jordan is from the final set Masks 3 and is family friendly:

Jordan Mask 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The next few are from a shoot with Jasmine Sue and Onikaa.  They are both great fun, totally mad and fabulous models. 

Jasmine & Onikaa - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The photo shoot was organised by David Birdsong, who has a studio in Pontiac.  For the first part of the shoot we all headed to the streets and found this fantastic wall with the most amazing graffiti which was the perfect background.  We also did some photos of Jasmine and Onikaa under studio lights.  Here's one of Jasmine and then one of Onikaa:

Jasmine - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Onikaa - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here are the links to the photos from the shoot - more of Onikaa and Jasmine together, Jasmine in natural light, Onikaa in natural light and finally Onikaa under studio lights and Jasmine under studio lights.  They are all family friendly.

Yesterday, I added another set of photos to be edited.  Jonathan, Kathryn and I attended the July Pool Shoot - more fab models, a wonderful pool and lots of photographers.  I'll be editing the rest of the photos later, but here's a sneak peek - a behind the scenes view!

Onikaa & Monique - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Pool Party No2 BTS - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

In the top photo Onikaa is altering a t-shirt for Monique - Onikaa is not only a great model, but she's a talented artist and photographer too.   And the bottom photo is of us, the photographers! 

I'm off to make a card or two now and then later this afternoon, I'll be settling down to watch the Football World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.  I'm supporting Germany!!!  Bye for now.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

WMSFC - Sketch ....

....  Good morning everyone!  Tara and I were delighted to see so many gorgeous submissions to our Anything Goes challenge, we hope to see just as many to our new challenge. For the next couple of weeks at Waltzingmouse Fanatics, we'd like you to base your projects on our sketch. Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Two Step Sprig, Big Day-Today, Large Doily
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Poppy Parade, More Mustard, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo; Archival - Jet Black; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Island Indigo; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Marker

I've used the colours from Colour Q - cQc#249 - it's been a while since I joined in with this challenge and I'm glad to play along with these wonderful colours.  I stamped the solid leaves in pale aqua directly on the card base and then added the leaf veins with dark teal.  I inked the doily first with Versamark and then pale aqua, stamped onto vellum and heat embossed the image with clear powder.  Then I fussy cut it out - it's actually really easy to do.  I ran the doily through the Xyron to make it self-adhesive and adhered it to the card.  To create the flowers I inked up the solid image and stamped the second generation impression then added the shadows in the same colour with the first generation impression.  After stamping the centre of the flowers I added a little more colour with a Copic marker.  There are no matching dies to these flowers, but they are very easy to cut out.  I attached the large flowers directly to the card and attached the smaller ones with dimensional gel.  I finished the front with an elegant flourish sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark aqua and on the white panel added some leaves and finished off with a small flower.

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

For more inspiration using the sketch - do check out Tara's card - it's fabulous!  We would love to see your creations based on the sketch.  Our only rule is that you use AT LEAST ONE Waltzingmouse image, sentiment or digi.  You've got plenty of time to join in the fun - the challenge runs until Thursday 24th July, 6.00pm BST (1.00pm EDT).

I've been a bit quiet on the blog lately, I have finally started to edit photos from various photo shoots.  I hope to get a few photos on the blog next week - I think they are all perfectly safe - any that aren't you'll be able to see on Flickr.  We are all off to another photo shoot today - an afternoon in the sun at the pool - should be great fun.  See you soon.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

TMR - Games ....

... Hi!  Good morning!  It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room. It looks like the sketch was a bit of a challenge last time, so hopefully this theme will be easier - I certainly think there's lots of scope here. We'd like you to make a masculine card based on the theme GAMES. As I said, lots of scope football, rugby, cricket, baseball, basketball, golf, board games, computer games, etc, etc!!!  Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Papermania - For Love of Sport; Kanban - Sports
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Archival - Jet Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Black Card; Kanban DP - Football; Copic Markers

As many of you have realised, I like football (soccer) and have been watching the World Cup matches lately. So it is only appropriate the my first card has a football theme.  Going through my stash of papers I found some from Kanban which featured a football pitch.  I cut it out, layered it onto black card and adhered it to the front of the card.  I stamped this fab footballer onto white card and coloured him with Copics.  I guess I should have used blue as I support Chelsea, but red works so much better!  I finished the front with a simple sentiment stamped directly on the pitch.  On the inside I've cut a mat layer of black and on the white panel I added a smaller football pitch with a greeting and a couple of loose balls!

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

I rather like this theme and have made a couple more cards.  This next one features dominoes and has a very vintage feel.

Vintage Game - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Mum's the Word
Ink:  Distress - Antique Linen; Stampin' Up! - Early Espresso
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Art of Life, Pickled Pear; Black Card; Kanban - Games Toppers

I found this super vintage image of a game of dominoes in my stash. The topper started off grey and white, so to make it fit the theme, I rubbed over some Antique Linen Distress ink - I like the subtle shading. I layered the image onto some scrap patterned paper and then on some black card.  I covered the card base with more design paper - this time featuring lots of books.  I finished the card with a simple birthday sentiment.  On the inside there is a mat of design paper and a panel of cream card for my message.

Finally, I've made a card for a teenager - probably for Ben - this time I've gone for a computer games feel. I used the colours from this week's CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#81.

Game - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: PTI - Boy Basics: Game On
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush; Archival - Jet Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey

Compared to my first couple of cards, this one is small card, 5" × 3½".  However, it's just the right size to showcase the games controller and inspirational sentiment. I stamped the background using a couple of other images from the set and used the second generation impressions so that the colour was a bit muted. I cut a mat layer of basic grey card and edged the white panel with a hint of pink to pick up the pink stamps on the card. The inside is blank for my own message.

For more inspirational project using the Games theme, check out the cards by the rest of the Design Team.  That's all for now.  See you soon.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Happy Birthday ....

.... Good morning everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Today I've a bold, bright birthday card to share with you. I used a few challenges in the making of this one:

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

Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy - Lift Your Spirits; WPlus9 - Basic Banners; Stampin' Up! - Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: SU - Only Orange (discontinued); Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Dies: Dare 2B Artzy - Hot Air Balloons; WPlus9 - Basic Banner
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tangerine Tango; SU/Sizzix EF - Cloudy Day; Copic Markers

I used the layout from CAS(E) this Sketch! adapting it a bit to fit the fact that I've a big hot air balloon on the card. I stamped the image onto white card and coloured with Copic markers. I made the background by embossing white card with my SU Cloudy Day EF; which is actually in landscape format, so I had to add a bit to make it fit this card. I layered the embossed panel onto orange card and finished the front with a simple banner birthday sentiment. Both the sentiment and hot air balloon were attached with dimensional tape. On the inside I cut another mat of orange card and on the white panel stamped a trio of smaller hot air balloons, coloured them and added a birthday greeting.

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

I am safe to share this card with you today, as we were at Rachel's party yesterday. I picked orange because Rachel's family originally come from Holland and and orange is the country's national colour. Yesterday was not only Rachel's birthday, but Holland were playing in the World Cup quarter finals against Costa Rica.  It was a fantastic match, being 0-0 at full time and after 30 minutes extra time too.  So it went to penalties, which is always tough, but Holland pulled it off and beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties!  Yea!!!  It was a very happy party :)

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