Friday, 26 August 2016

Uniko - Theme .....

.... Hello! I'm here this morning with my card for our theme challenge at Uniko. This month we want you to create a card that has been INSPIRED BY A SONG TITLE. This card was inspired by the song Hip to be Square by Huey Lewis and The News - see clip at the end of this post:

Smile - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #6, Background Builders Squared, Time
Inks: Memento - Summer Sky, Pear Tart, Rose Bud; Stampin' Up! - Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Rich Razzleberry


I've used the colours from this week's Colour Q Challenge - cQc#356. I've made a really clean and simple card, but it took a while! I really like these squares, but it took a while to line them all up. I cut them into a panel, slightly smaller than the card base and edged it with some dark ink. I finished the front with a bold sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and added some decoration to the white panel.

Smile inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSmile sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the team. The challenge actually started last week and I knew immediately the song that I would use - Yellow Submarine - and I had just the right stamp! And, then I realised that it wasn't a Uniko stamp :)))) As I couldn't get the song out of my head, I had to pass, but this week was much easier.

And here's the song by Huey Lewis and the News:



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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Summer craft classes ....

... Morning! Kat and I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of really great craft weekends this summer. I should give you advance warning that this is a photo heavy post! Both weekends have been hosted by Chris and her fabulous team at Scrappy Chic in Livonia.

The first crafty weekend was in July when Finnabair (Anna) returned to Scrappy Chic.  Anna did a weekend last year, but I didn't go. Which was silly of me! However, I booked to attend all Anna's classes this year!

First up on Saturday 23rd July was a Mixed Media Canvas session. We had to bring a black and white photo - I took a photo of Kat - for the focal image. We spent the morning in mixed media heaven! I got thoroughly inky and messy and produced a wonderful canvas which I have on display in my craft room.

Kat - mixed media canvas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had a great time creating this canvas - it's not something I'd normally do, but I'm absolutely delighted how it turned out.

The next session was to alter a clock frame. Again, this is not the kind of thing I normally do, but it was brilliant. We antiqued an old clock frame and decorated it with all sorts of embellishments. Then we got to use some wonderful mica paints to give it a beautiful glow. I decided to go with a black and lime green look:

Clockwork Lime - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This photo is a close up of the inside of the clock frame - you can see all the elements here.

Kat wasn't with me for the first two classes (she was recovering from Warped Tour!). However, Kat joined me on Sunday 24th July for the full day class where we worked on altering an old book. This was so much fun. We put gesso on the book cover so that all the crackle glaze and paints would adhere properly. This is my book:

Book open - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can see in the photo all the lovely crackle texture and the way we made the book look old and almost rusty.  On the inside we cut a hole in which we placed some ephemera:

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

We used tea to give the aged look. The inside really does look like it's rusted. It was a fabulous class.

I took a photo of all my projects together - they are all on display in the house:

Projects - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's a photo of Kat's book and the inside:

Kat's book - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsKat's book inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Last week, Dina Wakley came to Scrappy Chic - her first (and hopefully not last) visit. I was lucky enough to attend the Back to Back Retreat with Dina and Dyan in Florida earlier this year, and when I showed Kat what we'd made, she wanted to meet Dina.

The first day was Friday 19th August and it was a long day for us all. We started off by creating a small board journal. We used the same technique I'd done in Florida, so this was lots of fun. I picked my favourite colours and made a lovely little book. It's not big, only about 5" x 3":


The next two sessions were about composition and colour - and we made some pages in our journals showing off what we'd learnt.

Saturday 20th August was a full day class where we made a bound book, putting into practise all we learnt the day before. Everyone had such fun and produced wonderful books. Here are a series of photos showing the pages in my book:








I haven't quite finished my book - the green textured page will have a tag on it and the last page will have a bit of colour on the image of the woman.

Finally, here's a photo of Kat with all her projects - you can see the size of the mini Board Book and the Bound Book here:


Kat with the book she made at the Finnabair class and the two books from Dina's classes.





Some pages from both Kat's book.

I am so pleased that Kat enjoys journalling and mixed media as much as I do. We are both booked to attend Dyan Reaveley's classes in October! So much to look forward too! That's all for now.

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

CIC - Colours ...

... Morning! I'm late getting this post written, as Kat and I have been busy at some fantastic classes with Dina Wakley at Scrappy Chic in Livonia. I managed to get my card done on time and posted to Cupcake Inspirations, but only now have the chance to write up the details!!!

This week at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#372 we have some super colours for you to play with - Honey, White and Amethyst! Our sponsor this week is Polkadoodles Crafting and the randomly chosen winner this week will receive a $10 prize. The design sweeties were lucky enough to get to play with some of their digis, and here's the card I made with "You're Weird":

You're Weird - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Polkadoodles Digi - You're Weird; Sweet Stamp Shop - Elements; Stampin' Up! - Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Crushed Curry
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Squares #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Glossy Accents


This image was made for me as I'm something of a chemistry nerd! I printed it on white card, coloured with Copic markers, cut it out with a die and then added some shimmer with a clear Wink of Stella brush and finished by adding Glossy accents to the glassware and safety specs. I die cut a couple of pieces of card for mat layers, attached them to the card and then adhered the focal image with diemensional tape. On the inside I cut a mat layer of lilac card and added some more chemistry based images for the greeting.

You're Weird inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a close up photo of the front to show the dimension of the Glossy Accents and also the lovely shimmer from the Wink of Stella:

You're Weird detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog to see more inspiration pieces from the rest of the Design Sweeties! Have fun!

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

52CCT - Theme ...

.... Morning! Miracles of miracles, I've actually managed to make my card on time for this week's 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT33-16 challenge. This week is our theme challenge and the theme is GIFTS. My card features a somewhat unfriendly pile of gifts, but I think it's kind of fun for my son!!

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Do Not Open til Creepmas; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Essentially Christmas
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Rectangles #2, Stitched Panels
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black, Real Red, Pistachio Pudding; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; White Embossing Powder


I love this pile of gifts - they're really wicked with fangs and scary eyes. And, of course, there's snakes too. This is not a traditional Christmas card, but my kids are both fans of Creepmas, and this fits the bill perfectly. I printed the image on white card, coloured it with Copics and added lots of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush. The layout is based on this week's sketch at My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Club - MFTWSC#294 and the colours are from this week's Colour Q Challenge - cQc#355. On the inside I cut a mat of red design paper and simply stamped a little gift on the white panel.

Merry Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMerry Christmas sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog to see rather more traditional Christmas cards from the rest of the team. Have fun!!

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

52CCT - Colours ....

... Hi! Yesterday, while I was messing around with shaving foam for our technique challenge at The Male Room - TMR#42, I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas card for this week's challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT32-16, where we have the colours RED, BLACK, KRAFT. I'm very late with my card for 52CCT, but I'm pleased with it:

Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - All Occasion Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Basic Black
Dies: Winnie & Walter - In a Word Joy Cutaway
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red, Basic Black; SU DP - Seasons of Delight


I put red and black ink on the shaving foam, swirled it around and printed a couple of sheets. I die cut the word "joy" from the marble-effect paper and also from some scraps of red and black card. I layered the marble word on the red and black card to give an offset shadow effect. I covered the card blank with some dotty kraft paper. I kept the front quite clean. On the inside I cut a mat layer of the design paper and on the white panel stamped a Christmas greeting. As the focal point of the front of this card is a word, I'm submitting this card to Cardz 4 Guyz - C4G#133 - where they want to see words.

Joy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsJoy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit 52 Christmas Card Throwdown to see more inspiration cards from the team. I don't want to worry anyone, but there are only 18 weeks until Christmas!! But if you join in with our challenge - we'll provide some inspiration to get you going. There's still time to play along with our colour challenge this week, deadline is midnight (BST) Friday 19th August (7.00pm EDT). Have fun!!

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A simple hello ....

... Hello and good morning and surprise! Two days in a row :) I was late with my DT card for The Male Room - TMR#42 yesterday, but I've got another for you today. I decided to use the "hello" word which I die cut from the shaving foam background I created yesterday. This card is ultra clean and simple:

Hello 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Inks: Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point
Dies: Winnie & Walter - In a Word - Hello Cutaway
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black; White Lustre Card; Enamel dots


I going to submit this to The Paper Players - PP#308 as I've used their colours - you can just about see the blue in the swirling pattern on the word.  I'm also playing along with AAA Cards - AAA#71 where they want to see blending.

I made a card blank from black card, adhered the die cut word and then added some enamel dots. Quick, easy and fun. The inside has a white panel for my message.

Hello 2 sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I've got a busy day lined up - I need to get some DT cards made for challenges this weekend. And then I really do need to get some housework done - ugh! But it's all in a good cause as Kat and I will be out at some Dina Wakley classes on Friday and Saturday - it's going to be very busy, but so much fun! That's all for now! See you soon.

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