Monday, 25 May 2015

Mixed media ...

....  Good afternoon.  I hope that everyone has had a good holiday weekend.  We've had a super time.  I picked up my new car on Saturday - it took a while, but was worth it.  On Sunday we all went to a photo shoot with two ballet dancers - it was such fun and I'll get the photos up soon.  And today, while Kathryn has been out with a friend, Jonathan and I went to the cinema this morning to see Mad Max and this afternoon I got to play in my craft room.

At the beginning of March I went to a craft class with the wonderful Dyan Reaveley and learnt lots of techniques using her Dylusions sprays.  I left the class with an art journal that I started and several loose sheets that had backgrounds ready for further work.  This afternoon I finished my first art journal page - was such fun:

Naughty list - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - I Love My Prezzies; Dylusions - Christmas Words; Waltzingmouse - Festive Foliage
Inks: Archival - Jet Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Dylusions Sprays; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Crafter's Companion Spray 'n' Sparkle - Iridescent; Stencils - various

I was browsing through Rick St Dennis's Zibbet shop this morning and found some super new digital images and I was fully intending to colour them in this afternoon, but I stumbled across this lovely lady already in my stash of RSD digis!  How could I have missed her? 

The background was created using three shades of Dylusions spray and several different stencils.  I decorated the edge of the page with some solid black holly leaves as well as a number of outline leaves which I coloured with Copic marker.  I printed the image on white card and coloured her with Copic markers.  I wanted her to really stand out against the background, so I picked a soft pink for her dress, which I distressed with a light grey marker.  And then I had fun colouring the parcels at her feet - bold and bright and very scary too!  Here's a close up of the main image:

Naughty List details - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Dyan has created wonderful sentiment stamps - and I found all three on her Christmas words set - I think they are absolutely perfect for this naughty girl!!!  I stamped the sentiments on white card, coloured them with Copics and then cut them out and adhered them to the page.  I finished the page by lightly distressing the edges and adding some iridescent spray - which sadly doesn't show up on the photo.

If you're wondering about the images I picked to play with they are Dance Club Witch - a fun and funky young witch (and I'll be back with something featuring her tomorrow) and Zombie Holiday Showgirl - another somewhat quirky image, but I think she's fab!  I'll have a finished piece featuring the showgirl soon.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

SNG - Sending hugs ....

.....  Good morning!  It's my turn to showcase one of Rick St Dennis's fabulous images today on Sparkle and Glitter.  I think you all know that I really like Rick's wonderful Hat Ladies, so here's another in the series:

Sending Hugs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - May Lily of the Valley; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & Friends, Sparkle
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Real Red; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 25 (S5-077) #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; SU DP - Real Red; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


The challenge at Just Us Girls - JUGS#294 is a photo inspiration and I've taken the colours of red, aqua and white from the photo.  I coloured the image with Copic markers, added some Wink of Stella sparkle to her eyeshadow and the little flowers.  I know that the flowers in this image are lily of the valley, but I decided to make them redbells!!  I used an elegant die to cut out the image.  I cut a mat layer of dark aqua card, layered on some red design paper and adhered the image flat and towards the top of the card.  I finished the front with a bold and simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut another mat layer of aqua card and added a simple greeting on the white panel.

Sending Hugs inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSending Hugs sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I do like Rick's lovely ladies - you can this image and many, many more at Rick's Zibbet shop.  That's all for now, see you soon.

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

52CCT - Stash ....

....  Good morning all!  It's been a bit quiet here - still recovering from a fabulous trip to Washington DC and my brain just hasn't got back into the groove!!!  Anyhow, it's time for our Stash challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Patricia would like us to use ribbon on our cards.  I have a huge selection of ribbon and really don't use it often enough!  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Yonder Star Background, Opera Tags Christmas, Alpine Christmas
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Real Red
Dies: Spellbinders/WMS - Opera Tags
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Cucumber Crush, Real Red; SU Ribbon - Real Red; Black/White Bakers Twine


I made a tag for my Christmas card.  I used a couple of the new in-colours from Stampin' Up! and paired them with bright red - a very festive combination.  I cut a mat layer of bright green card, and stamped a background pattern in mint green on the white card.  I stamped the tag in green, cut it out with the matching die and added a sentiment in red.  I layered the tag on red card, cut around to leave a thin red border and added a bold red ribbon.  I used dimensional tape to attach the tag to the card.  On the inside of the card I cut a mat layer of red card, stamped a Christmas greeting in green and finished with some mint green snowflakes.

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

For more inspiration using ribbon on your cards, check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  Have fun!!

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Friday, 22 May 2015

USC - Flowers ....

...  Morning!  I'm back this morning with a reminder that there's still plenty of time to join in with this month's Uniko Studio Challenge, where our theme is

FLOWERS

My card today is just one layer!  Seems ages since I've done a one layer card, but this came together so quickly:

Thanks - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms I, Paradise Hummingbird
Inks: Hero Arts Ombre - Grey to Black, Lilac to Grape Purple, Butter to Orange, Pink to Red, Mint to Green
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Crafter's Companion Sparkle 'n' Spray - Gold; Doodlebug Sprinkles - Cupcake, Lilac, Bumblebee

I love these flowers - so bold and beautiful.  I used the new Hero Art Ombre ink pads to colour the flowers - I love the rich colour and the lovely shaded look.  I stamped the large flower first, masked it off and then stamped the smaller flower either side in different colours.  I finished the card by adding the hummingbird (got my set last week) which I stamped in the black ombre ink.  I finished with a simple sentiment, some enamel dots and a touch of gold sparkle spray.  On the inside I stamped a simple flower and left lots of space for my message.

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

We have a couple of Guest Designers this month - Carol and Jane.  Do drop by their blogs to check out their cards.  Don't forget to visit the rest of the team too to see what they've made.

There are lots of prizes too - the DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studio shop and will be invited to be a Guest Designer.  The DT will also pick a top 3 and all will get a £5 gift voucher. If you do use a Uniko stamp we will do a random selected prize to win a £10 gift voucher.

That's all for now - have fun!!

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Happy Birthday Sandie ....

.... Hello again.  If you're looking for my 52 {Christmas} Card post click here

This post is to wish a special person a great day.  I think many of us know and work with Sandie (London Days) - she's busy on the admin of several challenges and Kylie thought it would be a great idea for us all to wish Sandie a Happy Birthday.  So, I hope this comes as a big surprise:

Sandie - have a wonderful day and here's the card I made for you:

HB2U Sandie - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Whole Shebang
Inks: Kaleidacolour - Caribbean Sea
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! DP - Bermuda Bay; Sequins; Crafter's Companion - Spray 'n' Sparkle Silver


Sandie is a Queen of CAS, so I made a clean, simple card for her.  I used this fabulous bold sentiment and stamped it in the cool shades of green and teal.  I stamped it first in the corner of the card and then repeated the image with second and third generation images.  I sprayed the white panel with silver for some shimmer and added a few sequins.  I layered the finished panel on some patterned paper and adhered the lot to the card base.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of the design paper and added a coordinating greeting.  I like the words on this one.

HB2U Sandie inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'll be adding this card to the link that Kylie has on her blog - if you want to join the fun and wish Sandie a wonderful birthday you can add your link too.

Sandie - I've got a bit of an apology to make to you - this card is going to be late.  Very late!!!  I made it and posted it (it was going to be a bit late), but I got the cards back yesterday as I forgot to put on a stamp!!!!  Sorry!

At the time this post goes live, Kathryn and I will be on a plane on our way to Washington DC.  Kathryn's 8th Grade school trip is a weekend in the capital.  We had to be up silly early to get the 6.00am flight.  We have three very full days ahead of us and the weather forecast is for hot, humid days - ugh!  However, it should be a fantastic trip and I hope to get lots of photos.

Whatever your plans are for the weekend - have a great time.  Sandie - have a fun day and party on!!!

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52CCT - Theme .....

.... Hello and good morning!  We've reached the third Saturday of the month and that means it's time for our theme challenge here at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownPatricia has picked a fabulous theme for us:

O little town ...

I had fun with this challenge and have two cards for you:

Old Town - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - December Wonder, Holiday Home
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Elegant Eggplant
Dies: Spellbinders - Petit Ovals Scalloped Lg (S4-139) #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Elegant Eggplant; Kanban - Christmas Mirri Card, Old Town Stacked Print


This card was so easy to make, it almost feels like a cheat!  I cut the gorgeous mirri card slightly smaller than the card and adhered it flat to the card.  I used dimensional gel to layer up the Old Town images, keeping it reasonably flat and then layered the finished piece on a die cut purple oval.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of purple card and stamped a simple greeting on the white panel.

Old Town inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


My second card is totally different - more contemporary and it's a folding card:

Tag Card - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - December Wonder, Holiday Home, Mingle All the Way
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red; Kanban -Christmas Town Tags; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella; SU Marker - Real Red

Again, this one was reasonably quick to make.  The tag images are all joined, so I simply lined the inside with plain white card on which I stamped some Christmas images and a fun greeting.  I added a faux stitched border using a red marker and this defines the inside of each panel.

Tag Card inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Tag Card flat - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Tag Card back - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

In the photos above you can see the card opened flat to show the inside as well as see the whole of the front of the card.  I made a belly band to go round the card to keep it closed.  I cut a strip of red card, stamped a sentiment and added some stars and snowflakes, along with a bit of sparkle.

Do check out our blog to see the inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  Looking forward to seeing your creations - have fun!!!

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Friday, 15 May 2015

RSD - Progressive Challenge Team B ....

...  Good morning!  I have to apologise to my team mates, once again, I'm running late with this post.  It's time for Team B to share the projects we've made for the Rick St Dennis Progressive Challenge.   The theme for this part of the challenge is ANYTHING GOES with a RICK ST DENNIS image.  Here's my card:

Just a Note - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Jocasta Jazz Valentine Girl; CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Love Notes, Big Treble
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; Kaisercraft DP - Say Aloha; Crafter's Companion - Spray 'n' Sparkle Iridescent; Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Candy Pink; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; SU Marker - Basic Black


I used a few challenges in the making of this card.  The colours are from Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#71 and the layout is based on this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#186.  The image is called Jocasta Jazz Valentine Girl and she's just wonderful.  I'm on a bit of a roll with music theme cards - I made one yesterday too.  I printed her on white card, coloured with Copic markers and then very carefully used my scalpel to cut her out.  I ran a black marker round the cut edge to define the image and added some WOS sparkle to her feather, jewellery, makeup and shoes.  I used bright pink card for the base.  I stamped the music diagonally across the card and added a simple sentiment to the side.  I cut the card along the middle diagonal to allow the pink to show through.  Before attaching Joscasta, I used iridescent spray and some Cosmic Shimmer to add some detail to the white panel.  On the inside, I covered the card with green design paper and added a simply sentiment to the white panel.

Just a Note inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsJust a Note sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The rest of Team B have some fabulous projects over at Sparkle and Glitter - do pop by and check out their work.  If you want to play along with us, you need to use a Rick St Dennis image on your project - 3D art, scrapbook page, art journal or cards - the choice is yours.  Rick has over a 1,000 images available at his Zibbet store, to suit all tastes from sweet, cute, fun, funky to downright scary too.  Have fun!!

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USC - Flowers ....

....  Good morning all!  It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio and this month we have the theme of

FLOWERS

My card is for Bev, our fabulous boss!  It was Bev's birthday yesterday so Sandie (who does a brilliant job coordinating our challenges) decided to use this challenge as our way of wishing Bev the most wonderful birthday.  Hopefully this will come as a complete surprise.  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms II, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Secret Admirer; Kaisercraft Embellishments - Secret Admirer; Crafter's Companion Spray 'n' Sparkle - Gold


I used the sketch from this week's FUSION challenge - FUSION#34.  I covered the bottom half of the card with lovely floral paper.  I adhered a matching doily to the side of the card and then stamped the birthday sentiment.  I lightly sprayed the card with some gold sparkle spray.  I stamped the outline flower in coral, added the solid inside with a pale coral and added the detail with dark pink.  I stamped the blossom three times and fussy cut them all.  I decided to adhered the flowers together to make a thicker flower which I attached to the card with dimensional gel.  On the inside I used another sheet of design paper for the mat layer and stamped a greeting and flower on the white panel.

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

I know that the team have all made some wonderful cards, so do drop by and leave some a comment or two. 

We have a couple of Guest Designers this month - Carol and Jane.  Do drop by their blogs to check out their cards.  Don't forget to visit the rest of the team too to see what they've made.

There are lots of prizes too - the DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studio shop and will be invited to be a Guest Designer.  The DT will also pick a top 3 and all will get a £5 gift voucher. If you do use a Uniko stamp we will do a random selected prize to win a £10 gift voucher.

Sadly, Bev probably won't get this card for a while - I was a bit late posting it - I still forget how long it takes letters and cards to get from the States to the UK!!!  That's all for now!

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Forget your trebles ...

.....  come on get happy, you better chase all your cares away.  You know the song and it inspired my card today:

Forget your trebles - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - I Think You're Great; CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Big Treble
Inks: SU - Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder
Dies: Spellbinders - Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) #2 and #3; Fri-Dies - Treble Clef
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Black Mirri Card; SU Markers - Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron

I've used a few challenges for inspiration - CASology - CAS#146 where the cue word is MUSIC, CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#124 - love this sketch and Happy Little Stampers - HLSMayCAS where we have to use punches or dies.

I got my Stampin' Up! parcel yesterday with the new inks and card - I love this year's new colours and I had to play with them.  I stamped the petal image three times and used the wonky rectangle die to cut them out.  I spritzed the card base with the SU markers, adhered the die cut rectangles and added a fun sentiment (remember the song) and finished the front with a glossy black treble clef.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of black mirri card and added some decoration to the white panel.

Forget your Trebles - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Remember the song I mentioned at the start of this post - Be Happy?  Here are two totally different versions of the song - one by Hugh Lawrie from House MD and the other by the brilliant Judy Garland.

Hugh Lawrie:


GET HAPPY from David EvilArts on Vimeo.

Judy Garland:

I hope you've enjoyed both versions - I think my favourite is the one by Hugh Lawrie.  That's all for now.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

TMR - Colours ....

.... Hello and good morning!   It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room.  This week we have a colour challenge for you.  Your project must use all three colours and here's my card:

Be Bold - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Bird Crazy; Dylusions - Don't Hold Back; Stampin' Up! - Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow; Copic Markers


I'm submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#63 where the cue word is BIRDS (it was our challenge last time too).  I got these crazy bird stamps at the recent Great Lake Mega Meet and I was really keen to use them this week.  I made the card from kraft card and cut a mat layer of green card.  I stamped a crazy bird directly on the white panel, added some ground and then randomly stamped colour over the panel.  I stamped the bird again on some scrap card, coloured it with Copic markers and the cut it out and adhered it with dimensional gel to give some dimension.  I stamped the fun sentiment twice, cut out the words and adhered them to the front of the card.  I cut a panel of white card for the inside and stamped another of the crazy birds.

Be Bold inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBe Bold sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

We are joined this month by Chris of Dot Dot Stamping Designs - she has a fabulous card to share with you, and don't forget to visit our blog to check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  You've got plenty of time to play along with us - deadline is Tuesday 26th May.  Have fun!!

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