Saturday, 3 December 2016

52CCT - Pick a Previous 2016 Challenge ...

.... Good morning! This year is flying by and we've reached December. I hate to scare anyone, but there are only 21 days to Christmas! However, if you've played along with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown every week you should have at last 47 cards in your stash. If you don't and if you still need some inspiration to make your cards, then this week's challenge of PICK A PREVIOUS 2016 CHALLENGE - 52CCT48-16 will be a great help. When you visit our blog, click on the tabs to see all the challenges. I actually have 100 cards in my stash, but still need more, so I've made 3 cards today all with the same design, but different colours. Here's the first:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Peach Glitter Paper



I like making Christmas cards with non-traditional colours, so this one is based on the colours I picked for January - shades of orange. It's quite different to the card that I made in January, as this time I've gone for a very clean and simple look, but still with lots of sparkle! I've actually used a couple of other challenges too - the sketch from October and also to use dies which was our May stash challenge. I die cut the beautiful star from peach glitter paper that I'd previously adhered to some Stick It. I used my MISTI to stamp the trail of stars in a coral colour and then the sentiment in dark orange. I attached the star after stamping the front of the card. On the inside I cut a mat of peach card and on the white panel stamped a subtle star in the background and greeting in dark orange. I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#5 where the theme is ANYTHING GOES. This challenge is new to me, but I hope to play along again.

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

My next card is soft shades of blue:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Soft Sky, Marina Mist
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Midnight Muse; Ice Blue Glitter Paper




The process on this one is the same as above. Once again the previous challenges are the October sketch and the May stash challenges. I'm submitting this one to CAS on Sunday - CASOS#97 where they want CAS Christmas cards - check!

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

My last card goes back to non-traditional colours. I'm submitting this one to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#202 where the team want us to use any of their previous 2016 colours to make a sesaonal card. Here it is:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Blushing Bride, Rose Red, So Saffron
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Blushing Bride; Yellow Glitter Paper




I used the 2nd June colours - CASC&S#176 for my card. I actually played along with this challenge and made a Christmas card then - but this one is so different.

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

I had fun making this trio of cards and they bring my total Christmas card stash to 103. For more inspiration using some of our previous challenges, do visit our blog to see more from the Design Team. As this month gets very busy for everyone, we will be running the challenge for the whole of December. Submission deadline is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 28th December - so you can keep any special cards a surprise and upload them after the 25th! That's all from me for today - but do stop by again tomorrow!

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Sunrise again ...

.... Good morning! I'm back with another Christmas card. I've used the colours from the April colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches but realised that this might not be CAS enough for them. However, I will still submit to their current challenge which is to use previous colours and make them seasonal! This was fun to make.

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Handwritten Holidays 3; Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry; Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustrre Card; Stampin' Up Card - Melon Mambo; Clear Embossing Powder


I used one of my all-time favourite techniques on this card - emboss resist. I just love the way the image appears as you add inks to the card. I started by stamping this large sentiment across the centre of the card and heat embossing with clear powder. I masked off the edge of the card, stamped a few snowflakes in versamark and heat embossed them. Then I started to add distress inks starting with yellow at the bottom, moving through orange and ending up pink. I removed the masking tape and then added more snowflakes using the same colour inks. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark pink card and on the white panel I added a simple greeting along with some more snowflakes.

Believe inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBelieve sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this one to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#222 where this week it's MAKE YOUR MARK - I've certainly done that! I'm also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it's ANYTHING GOES. I'm also going to submit this to Less is More - LIM#304 where the receipe is to use EMBOSS RESIST. I'm sure this isn't clean and simple enough, but the idea came from their challenge!! I might try to make a really CAS emboss resist card today! That's all for now.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Sunrise Colours for Christmas ...

.... Good afternoon. I've been a bit quite on here this week. On Tuesday the doctor confirmed that I have a mild case of shingles and he's given me some medications to help reduce the pain and the rash. They seem to be working well. I'm just glad this is only a mild case - can't imagine how any copes with a severe case!!

Anyway, moving on to much more pleasant things. I've been messing about in my craft room making more Christmas cards today. I have a nice clean, simple and non-traditional card to share with you now:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; Gems; Spectrum Noir - Clear Sparkle



I inked up this beautiful star with yellow, orange and bright pink - all very non-traditional colours for a Christmas card.I added some sparkle to the star with a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle brush - it has a more frosty glimmer than Wink of Stella. I stamped the sentiment in bold black and finished with a few gems. I adhered the panel to a bright pink card base. On the inside I cut another white panel on which I stamped a greeting and a few more stars.

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

I'm submitting this to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#202 where this week they would like us to use any of the 2016 colour challenges to make a seasonal card. I picked the colours from April challenge #168. I'm also playing along with CAS on Sunday - CASOS#97 where they want to see Christmas cards; this challenge is new to me and I hope to play along with them more often.

December has kicked off here in Northville with a really dull, grey day. It's not very cold, but there's no sunshine and it is generally ugh! A perfect reason to stay in! Bye for now.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Fa la la la ....

... Hi! I'm still in Christmas card mode! This morning I've a fun and cute Christmas card for you. The cue word at CASology - CAS#225 this week is SOFT. I had all sorts of ideas for this, but I was going through my stamp stash yesterday and came across this cute little teddy and decided to use him on my card:

Fa La La La - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Docrafts - Forever Friends 9062900G; Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Christmas Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate; Distress - Tumbled Glass
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Melon Mambo; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Real Brushes; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Tim Holtz Stencil - Concerto THS067; Clear Embossing Powder


I started by stamping the sentiment in Versafine and heat embossing with clear powder. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position the image and stamped it directly on the card using the sentiment to ground the bear. I then lightly stencilled a music pattern around the bear - echoing the musical sentiment. I stamped the image again on water colour card, coloured him with Zig Real Brushes and some copics. I added a touch of sparkle to his hat, scarf and the gift. I edged the image with a black marker and then attached it to the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and added a simple greeting to the white panel. And the bear is peeking in at the bottom too!

Fa La La La inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFa La La La sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Finishing this card brings my Christmas card total to 97 - I'm getting there. That's all for now - I really have to make a start on some housework!! See you soon.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Snowmen ....

.... Good evening! We've almost come to the end of our long holiday weekend - it's been so nice to spend time with Jonathan and Kat. Mind, we still did our own things too! I think I've mentioned that I need quite a few Christmas cards as I send lots to family and friends in the UK. Well, I counted up the number I've made so far - 88 - and that's despite being on a Christmas card challenge!!! Go figure. Anyway I'm still about 30 short! So I spent yesterday making cards. I made a set of 8 cards featuring my all-time favourite snowman:








Stamps: Funstamps - Scribble Snowman; Clearly Besotted - All Occasion Sentiments; Penny Black - Majestic; Uniko - Most Wonderful
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Melon Mambo, Cajun Craze, Pacific Point, Green Galore, Lucky Limeade, Smoky Slate; Distress Archival - Black Soot
Dies: Die-namics - Oval Stax #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Melon Mambo, Cajun Craze, Pacific Point; Bazill Card - Lime Crush; Wink of Stella - Clear; Zig Real Brushes; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Sizzix/SU EF - Softly Falling


I had so much fun making this set of cards. I stamped the snowman on water colour card and used my Zig Real Brushes to add colour. Once dry I fussy cut them out, edged them with a black marker and added sparkle to all the snow areas with a clear Wink of Stella brush. I made cards to match the colour on the hats and scarves and then stamped the tree to match. Next I cut white card slightly smaller than the base and used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment at the bottom. I cut out an oval on each card and then embossed some snow falling. I adhered each panel directly to the card and then used dimensional gel to adhere the snowmen. On the inside of each I cut a white panel on which I stamped a Christmas greeting in the matching ink and added a little snowman peeking in at the bottom. Here's the inside of the yellow card:


I'm submitting the yellow card to this week's Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#221 where it's ANYTHING GOES. I'm submitting the blue card to Cardz 4 Guyz - C4G#147 where they want to see snowmen (and where I got the idea) and also to Inkspirational - INK#122 where the cue word is CHILL. Finally, I'm submitting the lilac one to TIME OUT Challenge - TOC#71 where they want Christmas cards with the option of glitter/sparkle - and I think you can see the sparkle best on this card.

Edited to add: I've been wandering around blogland and found a new challenge - well, new to me! It's called A Gem of a Challenge - AGOC#183  and this week's challenge is SNOWMEN/WOMEN - I'm going to add my card there too - it's a perfect fit! :)


 Here's a look at them all together - they look fab - bright and colourful!


I now have 96 cards with this set - still a few more to make. I think I'll be concentrating on some quick and easy cards. Last posting date from the States to the UK is Thursday 8th December - so I'd better get my skates on!! That's all for this evening.

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