Thursday, 24 April 2014

A little different ....

.... Hello all!  Today's card is a bit different from what I usually make.  I've used the colours from this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS#237, and this is the card:

Lucky Enough - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dylusions - Dependable Dotty; PTI - A Little Inspiration
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Marina Mist, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Blubelle; SU DP - Marina Mist; Copics


I stamped Dotty onto white card and several sheets of design paper, did lots of cutting and adhered her to the front of this card.  I love the mixture of pretty papers in all shades of blue and orange, and I think this is a fab stamp.  It's the first time I've used it.  The sentiment goes perfectly with the image and on the inside I've cut a mat of blue and finished the sentiment:

Lucky Enough inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I've not been around much this week as I've been spending time with family.  Kathryn is on spring break this week and Jonathan and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary on Tuesday.  We had a family day out - it was lots of fun and we took lots of photos.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

ASM - Make Your Mark ...

... Evening everyone!!!  You really enjoyed our Anything Goes theme last week - so many gorgeous submissions.  This week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! is Make Your Mark.  That means your project must contain the use of markers - Copics, Promarkers, Distress - your choice!  Once again our sponsor is A Random Fan who produce some seriously cute images and the winner of this week's challenge will get a prize from them.  I've used one of my favourite images on my card:

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

Stamps: A Random Fan Digi - Dino Boy; PTI - Phrase Play #2
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Reverse Wonky Rectangle (S4-307) #5; PTI - Sketched Stars
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Suga Pop; Copics


I used the sketch from this week's Seize the Sketch - STS#18 for the layout.  I printed the image onto white card, cut it out with my Spellbinder die and then coloured with Copics.  I used the pointillism technique on the dino costume as it makes it look like scales.  I covered the card base with a couple of different papers, adding a scalloped border across the middle.  I stamped a bold and simple sentiment on the front and added a star, cut from another piece of coordinating paper.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and a panel of white card which is blank for a message.  I have to say that I love this image!

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

For more inspiration card using markers - check out the cards from the rest of the team.  Looking forward to seeing your cards!  Bye for now.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Oops, it's late ....

.... Morning all!  Today I've a birthday/spring card to share with you.  I've been rubbish at getting birthday cards sent out on time this year - this one is in the post now and should get to the UK next week!

April Showers - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: PTI - Scattered Showers, Scattered Showers Additions; Uniko Studio - Extra Time
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, Basic Grey
Dies: PTI - Scattered Showers; Lil Inkers - Stitched Rectangles
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey; SU DP - Basic Grey; SU Marker - Melon Mambo; Copic Marker


I've used the colours from Colour Throwdown - CTD#288 and the theme of using an umbrella from The Card Concept - CC#8.  I made the layers by cutting with the Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle dies - I do like the faux stitched effect.  I stamped the umbrella canopy in green on white card and coloured the flowers with a Copic marker and then fussy cut it out.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position the sentiment and umbrella handle.  I adhered the umbrella canopy flat to the card (easy for posting).  On the inside I cut a mat layer of grey design paper and on the white panel stamped a belated birthday greeting.

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

I know that I'm perfectly safe sharing this card now as my friend doesn't use the Internet and so won't see it before she receives it!!  However, I really must get my act together and post cards to the UK in plenty of time!!!  That's all for now.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Upcycled ornament ...

....  Good morning!  I've a clean, simple Christmas card to share with you this morning.  I'm submitting it to the following challenges:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Woodgrain; Dare 2B Artzy - Owl Be Home for Xmas
Inks: Stampin' Up! - White Pigment, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: SU Card - Crumb Cake; White Lustre Card; Ornament and Ribbon Upcycled


The challenge at Merry Monday is to use kraft or slate grey on your card, while at Jingle Belles the team would like us to recycle/repurpose something on our card.  I made the card base from Crumb Cake and stamped the wood grain pattern in white pigment ink; I like the soft look of weathered wood.  I saved this big ornament from one of last year's Christmas cards and it's been on my desk since then.  It it the perfect size for the card and as I also saved the ribbon, it didn't need anything else added.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card, stamped a sentiment in red (to match the robin's breast) and some snowflakes.

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

I do hope everyone is enjoying this Easter weekend.  We were out at a Baby Shower yesterday - such fun!  And the weather was nice to us.  Today we're going out for a drive and will be taking photos - the perfect way to spend a day.  See you soon.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

WMSFC - Sketch ....

... Hello all!  It''s time for our new challenge at Waltzingmouse Fanatics.  You didn't seem to like our challenge to use lots of Waltzingmouse sentiments - but you ladies who did play along rocked the challenge.  So this time we've gone back to a favourite - we've a sketch for you to use.  You can turn it or flip it, but we must be able to see the basis of the sketch in your project.  You must also use at least one Waltzingmouse image, digi or sentiment.  Here's my card:

The best is yet - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Pinstripe Background, A Good Egg, Lil Buddies; CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Truth Is; The Wild Ones (FOC with Quick Cards Made Easy)
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Pacific Point, Bashful Blue; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Poppystamps - Bijou Film Strip; Die-namics - Fishtail Flags Layers Stax #3, Fishtail Flags STAX #3; Stampeddler - Six Blind Mice
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Marina Mist; SU DP - Bashful Blue, Pacific Point; Copics


We're are going to our first American Baby Shower this afternoon, and I've made this card for the family.  They already have a daughter and were delighted to find out that the new baby is a boy!!  So I decided to use mostly shades of blue on the card.  I stamped the pinstripe background (second generation impression) first.  To create the row of four panels I used my new film strip die.  I stamped a number of different animals onto white card, coloured them with a mixture of Copics and paper piecing.  I die cut a tiny little mouse in dark blue design paper (well it is a Waltzingmouse challenge) and adhered him with dimensional gel.  I finished the front with a flag sentiment to say that our friends have so much excitement to come and a tiny butterfly going towards it.  On the inside I cut a panel of Marina Mist for the mat layer and on the white panel stamped a sentiment and tiny blue chick!

The best inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I do hope that the weather kind to us all - it's a barbecue.  So no snow and lots of sunshine would be great.  Do check out Tara's card using our sketch.  Hopefully lots of you will join in the fun this week.  You have until Thursday 1st May, 5.00pm BST (Noon EDT) to join in the fun.  See you soon - have a great weekend.

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52CCT - Theme ....

....  Morning all!  I'm back with our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  I had lots of fun picking the challenges this month, particularly this week's!  I've gone for the theme of "The Twelve Days of Christmas", which, I think you'll agree, means you have plenty of scope with the challenge.  And I'd better apologise now, as this is a very photo heavy post.  I made a card for every day of the twelve days!  Here they are:

12DOC 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 5 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 6 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 7 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 8 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 9 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 10 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 11 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC 12 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Hampton Art Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas; Waltzingmouse - Frame It, Alpine Christmas
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Squares Lg (S4-126) #6, Squares Sm (S4-128) #7; Lil' Inkers - Stitched Squares #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Anita's DP - Classic Black Christmas, Classic Red Christmas; My Mind's Eye DP - Kiss & Tell; Embossing Powder - Clear, Black Tinsel, Red Tinsel, Green Tinsel, Gold and Silver; Various metallic/glitter card; Ribbons


I started by stamping all the frames and sentiments, embossing them with clear powder and die cutting them all.  I went through my stash for a selection of metallic/glitter card and cut the mat layers.  After die cutting the square with the stamped frame I stamped and embossed all the images - I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that the images were centred.  I decided to make three sets of four - square, portrait and landscape - changing up how I decorated the cards.  The square cards all have an extra mat layer cut using the stitched square and the inside of each features a backing mat of the matching paper and a simple sentiment.  For the portrait cards I added a ribbon beneath the square image, which was adhered with dimensional tape.  As before the inside has a mat layer of coordinating paper and a Christmas verse.  For the landscape cards I was going to make them all with a bow, but that is a bit bulky to post, so I added ribbons which had been wrapped around metallic card.  Here are the insides for each of the three sets.

12DOC inside landscape - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC inside square - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

12DOC inside portrait - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As always, you can find more inspiration by checking the cards produced by our Design Team and by our Guest Designer, Pat.

Before I go, a little bit about the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas.  It was first published in England in 1780 without music as is likely French in origin.  The melody that is now associated with the song was written by Fredric Austin.  It is a cumulative song and since 1984 the cumulative cost of all the items in the song have been used a fun economic indicator.  Here are the lyrics:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

That's all - congratulations if you've got to the end of this post!  I'm really looking forward to seeing your creations based on the song.  See you soon.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Monochromatic birthday ....

... Good morning everyone!  The snow has melted away and we have brilliant sunshine this morning, but it's still a bit chilly!  This morning I've a very clean, simple birthday card to share with you:

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

Stamps: PTI - Wet Paint; Uniko Studio - All Occasion Sentiments #2
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: PTI - Tipped Tops
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smokey Slate

The challenge at Time Out - TOC#3 is to make a birthday card with the optional twist of making in masculine in style, I did masculine!!  I also saw Lisa's card and this is a nod to her beautiful card!  I got my PTI stamps and dies the other day and I'm really enjoying playing with them.  I've used the colours from this week's CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#70 challenge - monochromatic.


I cut the mat layers from the two shades of grey, stamped the word birthday in the corner of the smaller layer and then die cut the word "Happy".  I cut another word in black and then used the inlaid die technique.  I used the same technique on the inside to create a very bold greeting.  This is a perfect guy card - mono colours and clean, simple lines.  Really pleased how this turned out.

HB inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This card should have been really quick to make, but I did a stoopid thing!  I adhered the mats to the wrong side of the card and had to cut it off and adhere it to a new card base.  Note to self - must check to make sure that the card base is the right side up!!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ASM/TMR - Happy Birthday ....

.... Hello all!  My card today has combined challenges from Addicted to Stamps and More! and The Male Room.  Our theme at Addicted to Stamps and More! is Anything Goes and I've used an image from our sponsor A Random Fan.  The image leads perfectly to our theme at The Male Room which is "Man's Best Friend".

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

Stamps: A Random Fan Digi - Underwear Hero; PTI - Wet Paint
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red
Dies: PTI - Tipped Top, Sketched Stars; Spellbinders - Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red, Pacific Point; SU DP - Real Red; Copics; Sakura Micron Pens

Now when I asked my hubby what "Man's Best Friend" meant to him, he replied "I suppose a dog!", but here's the thing, my hubby doesn't like dogs much, actually his best friend is his camera.  So, while I've used a cute puppy for my TMR card, you could expand the theme to fit your guy - camera, techy stuff, tools or pets!

I absolutely adore this image, it really is very cute and reminds me of the books my son used to read as a child - Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (see below).  If you know of any boys who don't like reading - this series is a great find.  I coloured the image with Copics and cut it out with a die.  I used the largest die to cut out the image, so I pencilled round the die and handrew the frame, adding a few Zentangle patterns.  I stamped the sentiment and added some stars.  On the inside I used a piece of design paper to make the mat layer and stamped a bold sentiment.

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

For more inspiration cards for both the Anything Goes theme at Addicted to Stamps and More!, and Man's Best Friend at The Male Room, check out the projects from my team mates.


Before I go, I know I told you all that spring had arrived in Northville and this past weekend was gorgeous with sunshine and temperatures over 70°F (21°C).  Well, the photo below shows the view from my front door this morning!!!

Late Spring Snow - 15th April 2014 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This morning our weatherman was "delighted" to report that Detroit has had its snowiest winter ever - the total snowfall so far is 94.8"; I'm saying so far because it might snow again!!!  Fortunately the temperature is rising and we should get to a high of 39°F (4°C) today.  Bye for now!

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