Wednesday, 4 March 2015

TMR - DT Call and sketch ....

... Good morning from a cold, grey and snowy Northville!  It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room but, before I get to that, we've had several people move on from the team, most recently Jacqueline has had to step down - I miss you ladies.  I'd like to say how much I've enjoyed working with them and to thank Jacqueline for picking me to join the team.  That does mean we're short DT members - so we're having a DT CALL.  If you're interested check out the blog for full details.

Our challenge for the next couple of weeks is to create a masculine project based on a sketch that Jacqueline drew for us - here's my card:

Nautical thanks - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Ocean Bound
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Brocade Blue, Soft Sky
Dies: Spellbinders - Squares Lg (S4-126) #3, #4, and #5; PTI - Wet Paint Cuts I
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; SU DP - Typeset; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder


I used the colours from Colour Q - cQc#282 and the theme of sailing from Cardz 4 Guys - C4G#60 along with our sketch to make this card.  I covered the card with newsprint design paper.  I die cut three squares and stamped the ship and anchor onto two with Versafine ink and embossed with clear powder.  I then inked over the images using two shades of blue.  On the centre square I stamped a life saver which I coloured with Copic markers.  I finished the front with a die cut sentiment - cut three times, adhered together to give a nice thick sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of newsprint and on the white panel added a ship's wheel. 

Nautical thanks inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Don't forget to visit the blog to see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday 17th March midnight GMT (8.00pm EDT) to play along.  Don't forget to check out the details of the DT CALL if you're interested.  Have fun!

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

ASM - CAS ....

....  Hello again and Good evening!  It's time for new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week is our ever popular Addicted to CAS challenge - lots of white space, clean, simple lines, minimal embellishments - this is what I made:

Belated Birthday Wishes - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Extra Time; Stampin' Up! - Four Feathers
Inks: SU - Brocade Blue, Soft Sky; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Feathers Framelits
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Docrafts DP - Bookprint; Enamel Dots


As you can see this is a belated birthday card (I really must remember to get cards in the post on time - it takes a while for them to get to the UK).  I've used a few challenges in the making of this card.  The colours are from this week's Colour Q - cQc#282.  I've CASEd Vicki's gorgeous card at MUSE - MUSE#107 and I've added enamel dots - the theme over at House of Cards - HOC#3Mar.  This card was really quick and easy to make.  I stamped some of the feathers on newsprint design paper and some on white card, then cut them out with the dies.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card, arranged and adhered the feathers and finished the front with some enamel dots.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of newsprint and stamped a greeting on the white panel.

Belated Birthday Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBelated Birthday Wishes Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration - check out the cards from the rest of the team.  Looking forward to seeing what you make!  Have fun.  It's been a really dull day here - wet snow, sleet and rain!!  But at least I was in the warm and dry and crafting!!

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What a weekend that was ....

...  Morning!  It's dull, cold, wet and snowy here in Northville today.  I'm nice and warm at home and have almost recovered from the weekend.  What was I doing?  I was at a craft class weekend held at one of my local craft shops - Scrappy Chic in Livonia.  I booked up my classes as soon as they were advertised.  Why?  Well, I've always wanted to attend classes with the amazing Dyan Reaveley and she came to Michigan last weekend.  It was a blast!!!

There were three classes on Saturday - Technique Tag Book, Tags of Imagery and Quirky Watercolour Book.  They were all very fast paced and so much fun.  Dyan is a great teacher - she tells us, shows us and goes through it with us.  We learnt various techniques using Dyan's Dylusions Inks - the most vibrant colours.  I've got two books started and will complete them in the next few weeks.  I've also got some fabulous image tags which I think I'll put into my new art journal.

Dyan and Chris - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Dyan and Chris - just before the start of our first class on Saturday morning.

Tag Techniques - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsTag Techniques2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Some of the technique tags from our fist class on Saturday morning - just love the bold, bright colours.

On Sunday there was an all day class - Art Journal Inky Extravaganza.  We were all given a brand new art journal with lovely clean pages and the first thing that Dyan made us do was spray ink - deliberately.  And then we played!  Oh, it was such fun.  I've got lots of backgrounds started, some are more finished than other, but this journal is going to be used.  Dyan brought in a number of her own journals - they are stunning and I took lots of photos.

Dyan - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Dyan - during the technique tag class

Technique tags 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Another of the tags from the technique class - using stencils and inks here

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

The first of the imagery tags - rough layout, still lots of work to do.

Dyan, Chris & Class - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Sunday morning - at the start of our art journal class.

I met lots of fabulous ladies over the weekend and would like to thank them for making it such a fun experience.  Special thanks go to Chris and her staff at Scrappy Chic for (a) getting Dyan over and (b) setting us a brilliantly organised and fun weekend.  Finally, thanks so much to Dyan for coming and teaching us - do come back again soon.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

It's so cold ....

....  Morning!  We've got another bitterly cold day here in Northville - it's the end of February at the temperature here at the moment is -21°C (-5°F).  This is all wrong, it's March tomorrow and we should be having warmer weather, not breaking winter cold records!!!


I am grateful for a warm roof over our heads and plenty of heat.  And today I'm off out to Scrappy Chic, a local craft shop for craft lessons with the wonderful Dyan Reaveley - a whole weekend of classes getting messy.  Must go off and get ready to head out.  Bye for now.

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52CCT - Stash ....

.....  Hello, good morning!  Can you believe it's the last day of February?  No, neither can I!  This month has flown by.  It does bring us to the last challenge of the month here at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This week we have a stash challenge - something that many of you have in at least one (if not more) forms - MARKERS!  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Woodware - Christmas Date
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copics and Promakers; Glitter

This is an ultra clean and simple card.  I've used the colours from this week's Colour Throwdown Challenge - CTD#331.  I stamped the image several times onto white card.  I coloured each section with markers (used a mixture of Copics and Promarkers), then fussy cut out the numbers, holly leaves and berries as well as the background.  I adhered the numbers and leaves to the background and then used dimensional tape to attach the finished image to the card base.  I finished by adding a touch of glitter to the snow!  I've not had time to do the inside - but I'll do that in the week and add details later.

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



For more inspiration using markers - check the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  See you soon.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

USC - Birthdays part II ....

... Hello and Good Morning!!  It's time for a quick reminder about out challenge at Uniko Studio - USC#18.  We want you to make birthday cards and continue the birthday celebration theme - you've got plenty of time to join in.  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Uniko Stuido - The Hands of Time, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Peach Parfait, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Certainly Celery; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pool Party; Sequins


I made a clean, simple and pretty birthday card.  The colours are from this week's Colour Q - cQc#281 challenge and I'm also submitting to a new challenge that I've recently found, ShowCASe Your Style - SYSC#9 where they have a birthday theme.  I stamped a number of the images from The Hands of Time set around the edge of the card, added a sentiment at the top and finished the front by adding some sequins which echo the stamped colours.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of aqua card and on the white panel stamped a greeting and some more doilies.

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

Check out the Uniko Studio blog to see some more inspiration cards from the team.  You've got until Friday 6th March to join in.  Don't forget you don't have to use Uniko Studio stamps on your card, although we do like it if you do!  There are prizes too - the DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 gift voucher for Uniko Studios plus be invited to be a Guest Designer for our next challenge.  We also pick at Top 3 and all will get a £5 gift voucher for the Uniko Studio shop. 

That's all for now - have fun!!  See you soon.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

SNG - Hello Friend ....

..... Good morning!  First post of the week!  It's been a rough week - with hubby having a cold and being off work, and me catching up with admin stuff.  But I do have a pretty card for you this morning:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - 1914 Russian Style Hat; Kaisercraft - Shine On; Stamp free with Craft Stamper Magazine
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Ovals #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Storyteller; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear and Gold


Here's another of the wonderful Hat lady images that Rick has at his Zibbet shop.  This elegant lady has a Russian feel - love that gorgeous hat and those furs (fake of course!!)  I printed her on white card, coloured her with Copic markers and cut her out with a stitched die - love the faux stitch effect.  I added some sparkle to her furs, hat and jewellery with Wink of Stella; clear over most of the image, but gold on the fur and hat trim.  I've used the layout from the current CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#111 challenge, but I have made it portrait rather than landscape.  I covered the card with some dotty peach design paper and a coordinating strip for the centre of the card.  I cut out the centre oval with the same die and then inlaid the image - I like the effect of a double stitched frame.  I finished the front with a bold sentiment stamped directly on the card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of matching design paper and added a panel of white card which I decorated with some flowers.

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

If you want to see more of my Hat Lady cards - click on this link - they are all so elegant!!  That's all for now.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

52CCT - Theme ....

...  Good morning!!!  I think you found our colour challenge last week a bit tough.  Hopefully, this week's theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - to use sequins and pearls will be easier!  I certainly had fun with it, here's my card:

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

Stamps: Woodware - Christmas Bauble Tree; Uniko Studio - Simply Said Christmas
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Raspberry Ripple; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Rectangles #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Raspberry Ripple; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Sequins and Pearls; Gold Marker pen


I've used the colours from Colour Q - cQc#280 for my card.  I die cut the white panel (love the faux stitching effect from these dies) and then stamped the bauble tree and sentiment.  I used Copic markers to colour some of the baubles and the rest were filled with sequins and pearls.  I coloured the pearls with my Copic markers so they would match.  I layered the finished panel on to some raspberry card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of raspberry card and on the white panel added a greeting and a tiny tree too!  I've included a close up of the sequin and pearl so that you can see them more clearly, also you can see the shimmer on the coloured baubles.


Happy Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Christmas Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


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

For more inspiration using our sequins and pearls theme, check out the blog to see what my team mates have made for you.  That's all for now!  Have fun and see you soon.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

USC - Birthdays ...

...  Good morning!  It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio - USC#18.  This month our theme is

BIRTHDAYS

You can make any kind of birthday card you like - fun, silly, layered, CAS, masculine, feminine - whatever takes your fancy!!  Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders Lattice, Flower Power #2
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Blackberry Bliss, Raspberry Ripple, Wisteria Wonder
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frames Borders #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Wisteria Wonder; Gem; Gold Marker Pen



I've made a pretty, feminine card - I need to build up my stash of feminine styled cards.  I decided to use some stamps that I've had for a while, but not actually used much (at all!!).  I've used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#280 which are all shades of purple.  That works out really well as the cue word at CASology - CAS#134 is monochrome.  I'm also submitting this to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#57 as this week's cue word is mask, and I've used masking on my card.

I masked off the rectangle and bottom corner of the card and then stamped this pretty lattice pattern to create a background.  I removed the masking tape and embossed the cross stitch frame - for some reason in the photo above it looks debossed, but it is in fact embossed!!  I stamped the flower in the centre of the rectangle and added a touch of bling.  I used a ruler to add a thin gold border to the background stamping and finished the front with a simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of lilac design paper and on the white panel added a single flower.


For more inspiration with our Birthdays theme, check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  Our Guest Designer this month is Tracey McNeely, do check out her card too. 

The challenge runs for the next two weeks.  You can use any stamps in our challenge, although we do love to see designs with Uniko Studio stamps!!   You can enter as many times as you want and can combine with other challenges too.  You have until Friday 6th March to play along with the challenge.  Have fun!!

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