Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Ornaments ...

.... We had quite a bit of snow last night, in fact, Kat was hoping for a snow day. But no! I took her to school this morning at 6.30am and the roads were mostly okay, but I did have a bit of slip near the school. Fortunately, I don't have to go out again for a while and the roads should be better later!! So I've spent the morning making more Christmas cards:

Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Altenew - Bells and Bows, Beautiful Inside; Uniko - Simply Said II
Inks: Gina K - Powder Blue, Blue Raspberry, Blue Denim, In the Navy; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer; Versamark
Dies: Pink & Main - Small Bow
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Blue Raspberry; SU Punch - Ornament (discontinued); Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Clear; Washi Tape; Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder


I stamped these cute bows over the Thanksgiving weekend, punched them out and then left them on my desk! When I saw today's challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#253 to use a previous 2017 sketch, I knew they'd found a home! I used sketch #210 as I hadn't managed to play that week.

I pressed the ornaments into Versamark ink and heat embossed them with iridescent powder - I just love all that sparkle. I die cut some tiny bows and adhered them to each ornament. I cut a strip of blue card, attached that to the base and then added a strip of silver washi tape. I attached the ornaments flat to the card as I want to be able to mail it. I finished the front with a simple greeting. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of blue card and added a greeting to the white panel.

Season's Greetings inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSeason's Greetings sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm also submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#105 where they want to see sparkle - and you can certainly see the sparkle in the photos!! That's all for now - see you again soon.

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Uniko - Spring Botanicals ....

... Hi! It's time to start the introductions for Uniko's December release. We have two sets today - Scattered Polka Dots Large Background and Spring Botanicals Snowdrop. Sadly, my parcel still hasn't arrived, so I'm going to let the rest of the team showcase the large background stamp, and I'm going to concentrate on the lovely snowdrop stamp. I made two cards, here's the first:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Spring Botanicals Snowdrop (digi), Reach for the Stars, Simply Said Blocks, Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Lemon Lime Twist; Gina K - Black Onyx
Dies: Die-namics - Cross Stitch Rectangle Stax #5, A2 Rectangles Set 2 #9
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Lemon Lime Twist; Copics; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush; Clear Embossing Powder


I printed the snowdrop image on white card, heat set it and die cut a panel with the cross stitch rectangle. I used Copics to colour the image and added lots of sparkle to the flowers with a clear glitter brush - you can see the sparkle in the photo below. I layered the panel on bright lime green card and adhered it to the centre of the card. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine on green card, heat embossed it with clear powder, cut it out and adhered it to the card with dimensional pads. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of lime green card and added a simple, but fun, birthday greeting to the white card.

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

Here's the close-up photo showing the sparkle - I had to make the image quite dark in order to show the sparkle!!


I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#105 where they want to see sparkle - hopefully!!!

My second card features the snowdrops left as an outline image, but printed in colour:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Spring Botanicals Snowdrop (digi), Simply Said Birthday, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Black Onyx, Blue Raspberry
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 1 #9, Oval Stax
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Blue Raspberry; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush; Clear Embossing Powder; US Stencil - Scattered Polka Dots; Vellum

I printed the image in colour and carefully cut it out. I used blue cardstock to make the base and on the white oval, I lightly stencilled some polka dots to create a bokeh effect. I die cut a panel of vellum on which I stamped and embossed a birthday sentiment. I ran the vellum through my Xyron and adhered it directly to the card. I used a strong adhesive to attach the snowdrops over the vellum. On the inside, I added a white panel with a simple greeting.

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

I added sparkle to the snowdrop flowers with a clear glitter brush, but you can barely see it in the photo above. It really does sparkle!!

Now that you've seen what I've made with the snowdrop, do visit Uniko to see more inspiration projects from the rest of the Design Team. A quick reminder of the release schedule:

Introductions: 12th - 15th December

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December 9.00am GMT. The whole release will be available to purchase in the Uniko shop. As always, we will have a DT Blog Hop and Giveaway - enjoy!!

See you again soon.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 2 ....

... Hello again! It's very wintery here in Northville and these sneak peeks of the new Uniko release are making me long for spring!! Here's a glimpse of what's to come:


This is an addition to our Big and Bold series - such fun!!


Hearts abound! So useful for Valentine's day or any other occasion - just because!


And flowers - lovely flowers!


This is so pretty! You're going to love it.

Before I go, here's a reminder of the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 10th & 11th December

Introductions: 12th - 15th December - you'll get to see inspiration projects from the team.

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December, 9.00am. Stamps and stencils will be available in the Uniko shop to purchase. There's also our traditional Design Team Blog Hop!

See you soon!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

More Winter Warmers ....

.... Hello! It's snowing again. Mind, I don't think we've got it as bad here as they have in Alabama and in the UK too!! I've got a couple more cards for the Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge - WCLC17:


Stamps: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Hero Arts - Holiday Florals Bold Prints
Inks: Kaliacolor - Carribean Sea, Desert Heat; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Die-namics - Zig Zag Stitched Oval Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Flirty Flamingo, Raspberry Ripple; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Copics; Glossy Accents


I CASEd the card I made yesterday - I think they make a fun set! I'm submitting the blue card to Fusion - FUSION#88 and CAS-ual Fridays - CFC#188, and the pink card to Fusion - FUSION#88 and Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#17. I used Kaleidacolor ink pads to stamp the front of each card to give a lovely ombre effect. The inside of each card is basically the same:

 

Here's a photo of both cards together:


Jonathan is off out shortly - he's going to a photo shoot in Pontiac. I think the roads should be okay, but I'll be happy when he calls to let me know he's arrived safely. And I'm off back to my craft room - have a fun day. Be safe and keep warm!

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Uniko - Sneak Peeks 1 ....

.... Hello, and good morning! I do hope that everyone is keeping well in this very busy month. Uniko is finishing this year with a super fun release with some lovely spring flowers and great stencils. We're going to start of with our usual sneak peeks:


I really like this spring flower, so delicate, so pretty! It's sure to be a favourite.


I think you can guess what this is - I can see such fun backgrounds!!




Three different stencil designs - I can't wait to get my hands on them! I say that because I'm still waiting for my stamps and stencils to arrive. Posting product to the States is mostly good, but it's coming up to Christmas and I guess the system is under a bit of pressure! I'm still hoping that parcel Bev sent a while ago will get here so that I can make some samples for the Introductions and Release. Here's the schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 10th & 11th December - just to tease you!

Introductions: 12th - 15th December - a first chance to see the new release in action.

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December, 9.00am.  The stamps and stencils will be available in the Uniko shop to purchase and, as usual, we will have a Design Team Blog Hop.

That's all from me today, but do stop by again tomorrow for a few more sneak peeks!

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Warm Winter Wishes ....

..... Hello! It's really wintery here today - we had our first proper snowfall this morning with about an inch falling and more expected tonight, so it's the perfect excuse to stay in and play!! I made a card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge - WCLC17:

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

Stamps: Pink & Main Christmas Mugs; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Hero Arts - Holiday Florals Bold Prints
Inks: Gina K - Sweet Mango; Stampin' Up! - Cajun Craze; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Die-namics - Zig Zag Stitched Oval Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gems; Clear Embossing Powder

I was watching a video by Jennifer McGuire recently that showed cute Christmas mugs - and this morning I stamped and coloured all of them. I made the card above using the fun orange mug - it's not at all traditional!!! 😊

I based the card layout on the sketch part of the current Fusion Challenge - FUSION#88. I stamped the mug in my MISTI, coloured it with Copics, put it back in the MISTI, restamped in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. Then I cut it out with the coordinating die. I stamped the background image in a soft peach and added a couple of strips of peach card. I coloured some scrap card with Copics to make the oval mat. I finished the front of the card by adding a simple Christmas greeting, some gems and lots of sparkle to the mug. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of peach card and added a greeting and another mug to the white panel.

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

I took a close-up photo of the mug to show all the pretty sparkle:

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

I posted all my overseas Christmas cards on Thursday but ran out of cards for my American friends, so I'm going to be busy this weekend making some more cards! I think there might be a few that feature these lovely Christmas mugs!!

That's all for now - I'm off back to my craft room to play. If you have to be out and about in all the snow (here and in the UK) be safe! See you soon.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Uniko Challenge Reminder - Christmas ....

..... Hello and good morning! According to the United States Postal Service the last posting date for Christmas first class to Europe and the UK was yesterday - 7th December!!!  Good thing I made this card a while ago and it's in the post then :) I'm here this morning with a reminder card for our current challenge at Uniko - US#44 - we want to see Christmas cards.

Rejoice - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Peace on Earth, Most Wonderful, Festive Sentiments, Reach for the Stars
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Black Onyx, Christmas Pine; Delicata -Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Die-namics - Pierced Ovals #3, Cross Stitched Oval Stax #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card -Smoky Slate; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I kept this card really simple to focus on the pretty dove. I die cut white card to create the oval frame and adhered it flat to the card base. I added lots of sparkles all over it with a clear Wink of Stella brush. I stamped the dove on white card with a pale grey ink, coloured it with Copics, put it back in the MISTI and restamped in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. I carefully cut out the dove. I stamped the leaf on the white oval and adhered the dove on top, I used some dimensional pads on the wings to give the bird some real dimension. I adhered the oval to the card with dimensional tape. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of pale grey card and added a greeting and some stars to the white panel.

Rejoice inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsRejoice sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I based the layout of this card on a sketch from Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT#21.

Don't forget to visit the Uniko blog to see more inspiration projects from the rest of the design team. That's all from me for now. Bye!

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