Sunday, 25 January 2015

RSD's January Showcase ...

...  Good morning!  Welcome to our first Rick St Dennis MFA Showcase of 2015.  Each month Rick gives us a theme and we create projects based on the theme.  So this month Rick has given us the theme of VALENTINE, but with a twist - NO red, pink, purple or lilac!!  We can pick any image from Rick's vast selection of digital images, available at his Esty and Zibbet shops.  Rick's images range from cute, fun, to downright scary and, as such, we have two blogs to show off his art - Sparkle and Glitter for the cute, fun and elegant images and Airless Chambers for the darker stuff.  I've created a card for both.  I'll start off with my card for Sparkle and Glitter:

Love You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Carlotta Corazon Valentine Girl; My Favourite Things - LJD All My Love; Lil Inkers - It's Today, Right?
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Die-namics - All My Love
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Dream Big; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

I was going to go with blue and orange, but changed my mind to go with greens, blues and teals - just love these colours!  I printed Carlotta onto white card, coloured her with Copic markers, added some sparkle with Wink of Stella and then fussy cut her out.  I covered the card base with some dotty design paper from Kaisercraft, adhered Carlotta to the card and finished the front with a bold turquoise heart and sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of the dotty paper and on the white panel added a cute image and sentiment.

Love You inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I think you can guess who this card will be going to!

Now, I'm going to give you fair warning, my next card, while a lot of fun, has a very scary image - not suitable for those of a delicate disposition!

This is my card for Airless Chambers, our darker sister.  Here we share with you ghoulies, ghosties, long legged beasties and the odd zombie or two!!  Once again, we're not allowed to use reds, pinks, purples or lilacs - which actually makes it a bit tough to colour a zombie and parts!!!  Here's my card:

Love You to Pieces - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Zombie Be Mine; Lil Inkers - Pieces of Me
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Smokey Slate
Dies: Lil Inkers - Puzzle Pieces; Die-namics - Heart Puzzle
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Pool Party; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

I had lots of fun picking an image for this card.  I like this zombie, he has carefully wrapped the brain and given his heart too.  As he is giving pieces to his beloved, I thought the image worked really well with the Puzzle Heart die and the puzzle pieces and sentiment.  I die cut the large heart in orange to match the one in the image and then die cut some smaller puzzle pieces.  I stamped the sentiment onto the smaller pieces and finished the greeting on the inside with the words "lots of small ones!!"  I cut a mat layer of orange card, stamped some more puzzle pieces on the white panel and hand wrote the words.  I added some sparkle to some of the puzzle pieces on the heart and brain on the front of the card and have a close up photo to show the shimmer.

To Pieces detail - photo Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsLove you to Pieces inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This one is likely to be for our daughter, Kathryn.  One of the things we have often said to her is that we "love her to pieces" and she gives us a kiss and hug, and then we add "lots of small ones!" at which point she calls us evil parents!!  It's a bonding thing :))

Do check out what the rest of the team have made for this month's Valentine Showcase - for our lighter side click on this link to Sparkle and Glitter, and if you fancy some more darker cards, then click here for Airless Chambers. 

I do hope you're all having a great weekend.  I'm having a super time. I was at a craft class yesterday making a polymer clay quilt - will share details later.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you soon.

signature

Saturday, 24 January 2015

52CCT - Technique ....

...  Hello! We're at the fourth Saturday in January and that means it's time for our Technique challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  I decided to pick a technique that is really very popular at the moment and gives the impression of lots of layers and dimension, but in fact the card is pretty flat making it easy to post.  I'd like you to use the Inlaid Die technique on your card.  If you don't know how to do this technique, check out the video by Betsy Veldman (from Papertrey Make It Monday) at the end of this post.  Here's my take on the technique:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Holiday Home; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and The Merry
Inks: Memento - London Fog; SU - Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow
Dies: Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders; SU/Sizzix - Homemade Holiday Framelits; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & Merry Cutaways
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Mossy Meadow; Copic Markers


I used the colours from this week's Colour Me! Card Challenge - CMCC#55 and the theme of houses from Merry Monday - MM#142.  I stamped the three houses onto white card, coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out with the matching dies.  Next I die cut the houses from the card base, stamped on some lights, trees and the sleigh.  I adhered a piece of white card on the inside of the card and then adhered the die cut houses into the negative spaces.  Next I die cut the hillside and sentiment in white card.  I used Copic markers to colour the die cut sentiment to match the colour of the house doors and adhered it back into the negative space.  I finished the front by added a little snowman in the foreground and stamping the word merry.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and stamped a simple sentiment.  ETA - Seems I managed to CASE Heather's card - we've both made a lovely winter scene, but I much prefer the colour of Heather's pretty houses!

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

Check out our blog to see more inspiration cards using our Inlaid Die technique and don't forget to check out Betsy's video - below:



That's all for now - have fun with the technique and enjoy your weekend!

signature

Friday, 23 January 2015

USC - Love and Friendship II ...

...  Good morning all!  Having a day off on Monday (for Martin Luther King Jr Day) has really thrown my week, not only was I late yesterday, but today too!!  Hey ho!  It's time for a reminder about our challenge at Uniko Studio - USC#17 where we have the theme of

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP

Last week I made an anniversary card, always needed in my stash, and this week I've a simple card for a friend:

Friend - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - English Country Gardens: Butterflies, All Occasion Sentiments #3
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Chocolate Chip; Memento - Rich Cocoa
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frame Borders #7
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake; Copic Markers; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear


There are lots of challenges around blogland at the moment with the theme of friend - weird how that happens, but fun as it means I can link this card up with the following challenges:
I made the card base from a sheet of crumb cake card.  I used the Memory Box dies to cut a white panel for the front and inside of the card - I love the cross stitch detail.  I used my Fiskars Stamp Press to stamp the butterfly and sentiment on the white panel.  I stamped the butterfly again onto scrap white card and vellum, and used clear embossing powder on the vellum image.  I used Copic markers to colour both images, fussy cut them out and then added sparkle to the top of the image on the card and to the underneath of the vellum image, then I adhered the layered down the length of the body.  Once dry I curled the vellum wings to give some dimension and adhered the butterfly to the card base over the stamped image.  I finished the card by stamping a little butterfly on the panel inside the card.  I also took a photo to show the dimension and sparkle on the butterfly.

Friend inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFriend sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


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

You still have plenty of time to join in with the Uniko Studio challenge - deadline is Friday 30th January, 8.00am GMT (3.00am EDT).  You don't have to use Uniko stamps to play along, but if you do and could win a £10 voucher to use in our store.  Do pop over to the Uniko Studio blog to see more inspiration from the team and our guest designers, Lucy, Lynn and Kitty.

By the way, I've a film recommendation for you.  I was out with friends last night and we went to see Wild, starring Reece Witherspoon (Oscar nominated).  It's about a woman who has lost her mum, got divorced and lost hope.  She starts to hike the Pacific Crest Trial - 1,100 miles.  It's a fantastic film based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed.  Well worth a visit.  And that's all for now.  Have fun crafting - see you soon.

signature

Thursday, 22 January 2015

SNG - Hat Lady ...

...  Good morning all!  I'm running a bit late with this post - should have been up a few hours ago, but I completely lost track of the days!  Anyhow, here's a card that I made using one of Rick St Dennis's wonderful Hat Lady images.  The ladies are so glamorous; I've made a couple of Hat Lady cards before here and here.  Here's today's card:

Hello - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - 1960 Couture Hat; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & The Happy, The Big, The Bold & Extras
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo
Dies: Spellbinders - Petit Ovals Lg (S4-138) #5, Petit Ovals Scalloped Lg (S4-139) #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Teresa Collins DP - Far and Away; SU Card - Melon Mambo; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

The one good thing about running late with today's card, is that I got inspiration for the layout from this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge - FMS#170.  It's a super sketch and can be ultra clean and simple, or a bit more dressed up like my card.  Like many of us, I have lots of design papers which I've been keeping safe in my stash.  One of this year's resolution is to USE the papers that I've got.

I printed the digi on white card, coloured her with Copic markers and added some sparkle to her gems with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I cut the image out with an oval die and adhered it to a pink mat layer.  I found this elegant damask style paper and thought it would be the perfect backing.  I added a simple greeting to the front.  On the inside of the card, I cut a mat layer of pink card and on the white panel added some roses.

Hello inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHello sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Rick is a fabulous artist and his digi images are a joy to colour.  If you want to see more of his Hat Lady collection check out Rick's Esty and Zibbet shops.  Before I go here are all the cards I've made - looks like I've got a theme going!!

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


Bye for now!

signature

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

ASM & TMR - Blue Hearts ....

....  Good evening everyone.  I'm here with my card for this week's Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge.  It's Team A with you this week and the theme of our challenge is HOLIDAY.  You can pick any National holiday or even just a holiday - I've gone for Valentine's Day.  This card is also my DT card for our new challenge at The Male Room where we have a colour challenge to use SHADES OF BLUE.

Love You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Deedee's Digis - Stitched with Love; Uniko Studio - Round in Circles
Inks: Kaleidacolour - Blue Breeze
Dies: Cheery Lynn - Hearts 'n' Gears; PTI - Wet Paint Cuts I and II
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up Card - Night of Navy; Copic Markers


ASM is being sponsored this week by Deedee's Digis and I've used one of her designs for my card.  The winner of this week's challenge will get a $15 coupon for use at her online store.  I printed these stitched hearts on white card and coloured them with Copic markers and fussy cut them out.  I made the card from navy card stock and cut a layer of white card lightly smaller than the base.  I die cut the gear heart and sentiment and adhered the white panel directly to the card base.  I coloured the white die cut gear heart with Copic markers to match the pair of stitched hearts.  I than adhered it back into place, along with the white bit for the words.  I then adhered the two stitched hearts over the top.  The card is actually quite flat, making it easy to post.  On the inside I cut another layer of white card and added a decorative border, but left a large space for me to write a message.  This one is for my stash of cards that I send to Ben.

Love You inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspirational using ASM's Holiday theme click this link and for TMR Shades of Blue theme click this link, my team mates have made some wonderful projects.  Do drop by and leave a comment.  Have fun!

signature

Saturday, 17 January 2015

52CCT - Theme ....

....  Hello everyone!  Can you believe we've reached the middle of January already?  Time is flying by.  However, that does mean it's time for a new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and this week I've a theme challenge for you.  You must use

BELLS

Here's my take:

Peace & Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Folk Art Christmas Additions; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and The Merry
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Pacific Point; Memento - London Fog; Versamark
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frames #3; WMS - Folk Art Christmas
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Silver Mirri Card; Silver Embossing Powder; SU Marker Pens - Real Red, Pacific Point


I've made a very clean, simple card today and used a couple of challenges.  I've used the colours from Colour Me! - CMCC#54 and I'm also submitting this to CASology - CAS#129 where the cue word is NBUS - "Never Before Used Schtuff".  If you don't know NBUS - check out Darnell's blog here

I started by stamping a couple of bells in Versamark, heat embossing with silver powder and then cutting them out with the matching die.  One cut out I added some colour to each bell using my aqua brush.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card base.  I used dimensional gel to adhere the bells to the card and finished by adding this lovely silver cross stitch frame.  I used my NBUS - my new Memory Box dies for the frames.  On the inside I cut a silver mat and on the white layer stamped another bell and added a Christmas greeting.

Peace & Joy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsPeace & Joy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration using our theme of "Bells", check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  I have to say that I really liked the thumbnail display last week - all those blues - looks so pretty!  That's all for now - have fun!

signature

Friday, 16 January 2015

USC - Love and Friendship ....

.... Good Morning!  It's time for a new Uniko Studio Challenge - USC#17 and this month our theme is

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

Here's my take on the theme:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Strawberry Slush; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Uniko Studio - Chrysanthemum
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Pink Pirouette; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Martha Stewart Glitter - Verdelite; Copic Marker


I decided to make an anniversary card - a celebration of enduring love.  I've used a couple of challenges in the making of my card.  The Card Concept - CC#26 is celebrating its first anniversary and the graphic photo is absolutely lovely and my card is definitely clean and simple.  I used the sketch from this week's Retro Sketch - RS#148 for the layout, although I did make it a landscape card.

I cut some pink stripped paper for the background (echoing the table cloth in the photo).  I stamped the small chrysanthemum in pink on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder.  I used the matching die to cut it out.  I then added a touch of colour with my Copic marker.  I cut a small panel of white card, added a strip of double sided tape and poured on green glitter (must have sparkle on a card).  I added a simple sentiment, edged the card with the Copic marker and adhered the panel to the card.  I ran the vellum flower through my Xyron sticker machine - it's a great way of adhering vellum - no adhesive to show!  On the inside of the card I cut a mat layer in the design paper and on the white panel stamped the small solid chrysanthemum, leaving space for me to write a message.

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

For more inspiration with our theme of Love and Friendship - check out the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created.  We have a special Guest Designer this week too - Lynn has made a fabulous card - do drop by and leave her a comment and for the team too - we all love comments!   That's all for now - have fun with the challenge and looking forward to seeing your creations!!

My bad!!  Not only do we have Lynn as Guest Designer but also Lucy and Kitty (sorry ladies) - don't forget to visit them too.

signature

Thursday, 15 January 2015

RSD - Progressive Challenge Team B ...

.... Good morning.  It's time for Team B to share our creations for the RSD Progressive Challenge.  The theme for the first part of the challenge is Anything Goes - you can use any of Rick's images to create a card, scrapbook page or a 3D project.  If you play along with this first part of the challenge, then next month you'll get an image from Rick to play along with the second part of the challenge - hence progressive!  As well as the free image, your project will be entered into a draw to win even more.  Don't forget to share you project on Rick's Facebook page too!  Here's my card:

Unsupervised - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Phonecia Phlegm; Dylusions - Say It How It Is
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie
Dies: Die-namics - Rounded Banner Stax #7, Fishtail Flags Layers Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Happy Snaps; Vellum; Copic Markers; Jolee's Boutique - Skulls; Martha Stewart Glitter


I had such fun colouring in this image - Phonecia Phlegm is available at Rick's Zibbet shop along with many more images.  I used the sketch from this week's MFT Card Challenge - MFTWSC#211 for the layout. 

I used Copic markers to colour the image and cut it out with my Die-namics Rounded Banner die.  The die is actually shorter than the image, but it is really easy to get dies to cut longer images - check this video from Chrissie Stokes.  I used a couple of sheets of design paper (to match the colours in the image) on the card and edged the image with an orange marker.  I found a fun sentiment to go with the image, stamped it in orange and lime, cut out the words and adhered them to a vellum fishtail banner - I didn't want to hide too much of the image.  I finished the front with a skull embellishment to match her skull earring.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of orange dotty paper and on the white panel adhered the rest of the sentiment.  This one is going into my stash.

Unsupervised Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsUnsupervised inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Check out the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see what the rest of Team B have made for the Anything Goes theme.  You can see Team A's projects here.  To add your finished project to the RSD Progressive Challenge Anything Goes Part I - Click Here.

We're still in the grip of an arctic blast here in North America, but at least the sun has been shining!  Wherever you are, be safe!  That's all for now.

signature
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...