Sunday, 26 April 2015

Card in a box ....

....  One of my recent craft classes was how to make a Card in a Box, run by Valerie Brincheck at Stampeddler Plus.  I've seen these cards on the Internet, but not had great success making them.  So it was great to have a class that actually made it seem easy.  I decided that I'd take the opportunity to make a few cards at the class - none of them, however, were finished when I left.  But that changed this week when I saw the challenge at Colour Throwdown - CTD#339.  The colours they picked matched one of my cards and here's the completed card in a box:

Shine on 3D - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Dies: Memory Box - Busy as a Bee
Accessories:  Kaisercraft DP - Shine Bright; Bazzill Card - Black; Stampin' Up! Card - Crushed Curry; SU Punches - Circles - ½", ¾", 1", 1¼", What's Up?


Valerie gave us all a sheet with the dimensions of where to cut and where to fold on the card base.  She showed us the best way to glue the card together - we got some really good tips.  And then we were able to go wild with our choice of design papers. I've got a large huge collection of design paper packs in my stash, so I picked three different packs to take to class with me.  I wanted to make one that would be suitable to send to my son, Ben.  I think the bold colours and graphic designs from this set are just right.

I die cut some honeycomb strips from yellow card to go on the back layer and added a sentiment to the top.  The middle layer was made by punching out a number of different sentiment and patterns and adhering them together and attaching to some clear plastic film - to look like they just in the air!  I finished the front with an arrow to point at one sentiment, a hello and a smile sentiment - all made from the design papers.    Here are some more views of the card:

Shine on 3D back - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsShine on 3D flat - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I really like that the card folds flat and will go in a standard envelope.

I was out at a photo shoot yesterday with a really fun model - Madison.  I took so, so many photos of her - over 1,000!!!  Digital photography makes it so easy to take far too many photos.  I edited a few photos this morning - most behind the scenes stuff and a few goofy ones - Madison is fond of dinosaurs.   Here's the Flickr link if you want to see them all:

Madison 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

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

Madison 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Madison 4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now.  I'm off to watch the rest of the Chelsea v Arsenal match, at the time of writing it's half-time and the score is 0 - 0, so it's all to play for - go Chelsea!!!  See you soon.

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

52CCT - Technique Take 2 ...

....  Hello and good morning!  I made a boo-boo yesterday and my post for this week's 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge went up early - silly me!!!!  So, those of you who've seen the post have a head start on the challenge.  I decided that I had to make another card - Louise has given us the challenge of using the Triple Stamping technique, and this is my Take Two card:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Warm Fuzzies, Flurries, Tis The Season
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grey Flannel
Dies: Spellbinders - Ovals Lg (S4-110) #3 and #5, Ovals Sm (S4-112) #3 and #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Lost Lagoon, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


This card is quite different from the one that went up yesterday.  I've used the colours from this week's Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#68 - totally non-traditional and the layout is based on the sketch over at Jingle Belles - JB:15:09.  I'm not sure whether this works with the Triple Stamp technique, but I had fun.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of yellow card and on the white panel stamped the larger robin and a Christmas greeting.

Happy Winter inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Winter sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Don't forget to visit our blog and check out the cards the rest of the team have made to share with you.  That's all for now - have fun!!

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Friday, 24 April 2015

USC - Things With Wings ...

.... Hi, good morning.  I'm here with a reminder that there's still plenty of time to play along with the  current Uniko Studio Challenge which has the theme of
THINGS WITH WINGS
This card is really clean and simple and features lots of pretty butterflies:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Kaleidacolour - Blue Breeze
Dies: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stickles - Crystal; Wink of Stella - Clear; Stampin' Up! Card - Tempting Turquoise


The idea for this card came from a few challenges:
I die cut several butterflies from white card.  I glued some of the die cuts together to make them thicker.  I kept one of the die cut butterflies as a single layer and stamped the image with ombre ink.  I added sparkle to the white butterflies with a clear Winko of Stella brush and adhered them to the card.  I stamped the sentiment and little flowers with ombre blue inks.  I added a touch of sparkle to the stamped butterfly and flowers with some crystal Stickles.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of turquoise card and decorated the white panel with a sentiment, more butterflies and some flowers.

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

Here's a close up of the sparkle on the plain white die cut butterflies - when the sun shines, they really shimmer.

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

Do visit the blog to check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team.

I forgot to mention in my last post about the challenge that we have prizes for playing along.  The challenge winner will get a £20 Gift Voucher for the Uniko Studio shop and also be invited to join us as Guest Designer.  The Top 3 will each get a £5 gift voucher.  And, if you've used a Uniko Studio stamp you'll go into the random draw and the winner of that gets a £10 gift voucher for the shop.  You've got until Friday 1st May 8.00am BST (3.00am EDT) to join us.  Have fun!!

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52CCT - Technique ....

....Morning!!!  We've reached the last Saturday of the month and Louise has come to the end of her term hosting the challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and she's got a fun technique challenge for us; Triple Stamping.  If you're not sure what this means, check out this video or this one.  Here's my card:

Night before Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Festive Foliage, Twas the Night before Christmas
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; SU Markers - Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake


I used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#288 for the card - I think they give a contemporary look.  I really like this technique, it always looks very impressive and it's actually very easy to do.  For this card I cut two small squares 2" × 2" and a longer rectangle 2" × 3½".  I used temporary adhesive to attach the panels to the card front.  I started with the sentiment in the sentiment and then inked up the branch and pine cone stamps with marker pens.  I finished the front by stamping a few festive berries too.  Once stamped, I took the panels off the card and layered them on black card each panel is an eighth of an inch larger than the white panel.  Then I adhered the panels to the card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and stamped a simple sentiment and another branch on the white card.

Night before Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsNight before Christmas sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The rest of the team have created some fabulous inspiration cards to share with you, so do drop by the blog and check them out.  You've got plenty of time to play along - submission deadline is Friday 1st May midnight BST (7.00pm EDT).  Have fun!

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

AC - Too Late to Negotiate? ...

.....  Good morning!  For some reason I haven't had chance to get into my craft room this week - I can't even blame housework!  And I'm running a bit late with this post too. 

Today's project is not cute and cuddly, in fact it's a bit creepy and possibly downright scary!  I've made a Creepmas Tag.  What's Creepmas?  Well, in recent years many retailers have put out Christmas products silly early.  I remember seeing Christmas cards on sale in the UK as early as August!!!!  Duh!  And here in the States, many stores had removed all their Halloween products by mid-October, way before Halloween and replaced them with Christmas stuff.  So as a friendly response to Christmas creeping into Halloween, various groups decided to put Halloween into Christmas - hence CREEPMAS!!!  The annual 13 Days of Creepmas starts on 1st December and allows those of us with a warped sense of fun to play!!!  I was playing yesterday and came up with this tag, it's somewhat early this year :) :)

Too Late - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Early Thaw; Dylusions - Christmas Words; Winnie & Walter - Winter Wonderland
Inks: Archival - Jet Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Manilla Tag; Distress Stains - various; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Ribbon

Last year I went to a really fun class with Valerie Brinchick to play with Distress products - inks, stains and paints.  We tried all types of techniques on tags and as a consequence I have quite of lot of half finished tags.   I used the colours in the tag for inspiration to colour this very scary snowman.  I printed it on white card and coloured with Copic markers and carefully cut it out with a scalpel.  As the colours are similar to those on the tag, I layered the image on black card.  I stamped some fir branches and pine cones in archival ink on the tag and then adhered the snowman with dimensional gel.  I finished the front with a fun sentiment which I stamped on vellum.  I created a tag for the back - using Distress stains and more stamps.  Finally I added a black ribbon and tied on some purple sparkly thread. 

Too Late Reverse - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsToo Late Tag - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

If, like me, you have a slightly twisted (but still fun) take on Christmas or you simply love Halloween and all the associated images, you'll find this snowman and many more Creepmas images at Rick's online stores - Zibbet and Esty.  Of course, if you don't like creepy and scary, Rick also has a fabulous selection of cute, fun and elegant images.

Looking out of my office window I can see blue skies and sunshine, a marked contrast to the snow - yes, I said SNOW - that we had yesterday.  It might look lovely, but it's absolutely freezing!  I was told when we moved here, that if you didn't like the weather to"wait five minutes and it'll change!".  They were right!  That's it for now.  Have a good day - see you soon.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

52CCT - Theme ...

....  Good morning!  I'm running really late with this post - should have been up about 10 hours ago!  Oh well, never mind.  It's time for our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Louise has picked the theme of CHRISTMAS CATS.  I don't have many cat stamps, but I knew I had a really old set somewhere - and I found it this morning! Yea me!  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: SeeD's - Animal Christmas; Winnie & Walter - Scenery Party Hangover; Waltzingmouse - 2011 Holiday Ornaments
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Old Olive; Encore - Gold
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Rectangles #4, Dual Stitched Rectangles #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Mistletoe; Copic Markers; Stickles Clear


I had fun with this card.  I stamped the three cats on scrap card, coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out.  I die cut a piece of white card and some design paper for a mat.  I stamped the sled of presents directly on the white panel, coloured it and then used my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the cats on the card.  Then I adhered the cats and finished the front with a tiny sentiment (purrfect with the cats!!) and some party banners.  On the inside I cut a mat from more design paper and on the white panel added another cat and a simple sentiment.

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

Do pop over to the 52CCT blog and check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team - they're fabulous. 

Now that I've got this card done, I'm off to spend the day with Kathryn for some girly pampering!  See you soon.

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Friday, 17 April 2015

USC - Things with Wings ....

.... Good morning!  It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio and for the next couple of weeks we'd like to see your project with our theme of:
THINGS WITH WINGS
Beverley has some wonderful stamp sets featuring things with wings and I've gone for a light, bright butterfly card:

The Best - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies, English Country Garden Butterflies; Background Builders Round in Circles
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Grey Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Bermuda Bay; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Staedtler Ergo Soft Pencils; Wink of Stella - Clear



I used a couple of challenges in the making of this card.  I CASEd Michele's beautiful card at MUSE - MUSE#113 and I used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#287 - my pop of colour teal.  I was going to make this a one-layer card with the butterfly stamped directly on the card, but decided that it would be much better to have a dimensional butterfly.  I stamped the image in Versafine on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder.  I coloured the reverse of the image with Copic markers and pencils.  Once cut out, I added lots of sparkle to the top of the image - in real-life this really shimmers when the sun shines on it.  I used a selection of stamps from the Round in Circles to create the background and added a simple sentiment at the top. 
The Best first - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems
The image you see above is slightly different to the one on Uniko Studio's blog (see left).  After I loaded my image to Uniko Studio, I thought it wasn't quite finished.  I added a line of linked circles stamped in black, it seemed to balance the card better.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and stamped some decoration on the white panel, but left space for my message.

Looking at my photos - this card appears to be slightly wonky - it's actually straight!!  Must check out my photography skills :)

The Best inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsThe Best sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can't see the sparkle on the butterfly's wings, so I've taken an out-of-focus photo as this seems to show the shimmer:

The Best detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do drop by the blog and check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team and also from our Guest Designers - Michelle and Elaine.  You've got plenty of time to play along - deadline for submission is Friday 1st May, 8.00am BST (3.00am EDT).  Have fun!!!

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SNG - Billie Hat Lady ....

... Good morning!  It's my turn to post a project on Sparkle and Glitter where Rick St Dennis's EDT share work using Rick's wonderful images.  I'm also Guest Designer at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges where Rick is sponsoring this week's challenge - there's a theme too - to use Die Cuts.  Here's my card:

Billie Hat Lady - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Billie Hat Lady; Penny Black - Sprinkles and Smiles; Winnie & Walter - Scenery Party Hangover
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Dies: Spellbinders - A2 Locking Loops (S5-175) #1
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - All that Glitters; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gem


I used the colours from this week's Colour Throwdown - CTD#338.  I covered the card with design paper.  I printed the image onto white card, coloured with Copic markers and carefully cut it out a scalpel (easier to get in the small gaps).  I added sparkle to her furs, the feathers and her earring.  I die cut a pretty panel in white, adhered it to the card and then attached Billie.  I finished the front with a little flower that I made by die cutting two pieces in blue and green, gluing them together and adding a gem.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and added a sentiment and some decoration on the white panel.

Billie Hat Lady inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBillie Hat Lady sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do check out the challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge (love that name - all my favourite things in one place!) and have fun.  If you like Billie Hat Lady you can find her and lots more Hat Ladies at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.  That's all for now!

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