Wednesday, 25 May 2016

TMR - Theme ...

... Hello, sorry I've not been around much lately - my mojo ran away! But, I think it's back now. I'm here (rather late) with my DT card for The Male Room - TMR#36 where we have a theme for you

CRITTERS AND/OR BUGS

This is a fun theme and, I think, works perfectly for guys. Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Sassy Salutions; Stamp a Mania - can't remember the names of the sets
Inks: Distress - Antique Linen; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Kaleidacolor - Vineyard
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Always Artichoke; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Enamel Dots



I used the colours from Just Us Girls - JUGS#344, the layout from Mojo Monday - MOJO#449, and the birthday theme from Casual Friday Challenge - CFC#148.

I started by stamping the geometric/tribal pattern in ivory on white card and then layered it on some green card. I cut a panel of white card to cover the bottom and stamped a funky birthday greeting using Kaleidacolor ink. I stamped the lizard - my critter - in black, coloured it with Copics, cut it out and added some sparkle all over with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I finished the front with a some enamel dots. On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and on the white panel stamped another lizard.

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

I took a close up of the lizard to show all the lovely shimmer and sparkle. We've got a perfect day here - bright sunshine and hot - great weather to photography the Wink of Stella.

Close up - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog to see inspiration projects from the rest of the team.  You can interpret the theme anyway you want on cards, ATCs, scrapbook layouts, 3D projects - just make sure it's masculine in style. You've got plenty of time to play along! That's all for now.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

CIC - Colours ....

.... Darn! This post is rather late - I got it all prepared yesterday and then forgot to set it to publish!  Silly me!!!

Morning all! It's time for our new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations - CIC#360 - we have some lovely colours to play with - BLUSH, RUBY AND GOLD. So lush, so rich and so pretty. I've made a birthday card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Flower Power #34, I Love Coffee, Simply Said Birthday; CFS - Whole Shebang
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark; Stampin' Up! - Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Mats
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry; SU DP - Blushing Bridge; Clear and Gold Embossing Powder; Vellum; Gems; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear


I thought the colours would make a lovely feminine card for a very special lady - Bev of Uniko. It was Bev's birthday yesterday and this card is on its way to her but, as you can guess from the greeting, it's going to be rather late!

I used the sketch at this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#236 for the layout. I cut panels of card in white, blush and ruby. I used Versmark to stamp the open outline flower and heat embossed them with clear powder; gives a lovely tone on tone look. Then I added some smaller flowers in blush and ruby. I die cut a panel of vellum for the sentiment. I stamped three large flowers - one solid which I embossed with gold tinsel powder, and two outline flowers on vellum. I coloured the reverse of the vellum flowers and added some sparkle to them with a clear Wink of Stella Brush. I attached them to the card with dimensional gel. I finished off with some gems for more sparkle. On the inside I cut a mat layer of blush design paper and on the white panel added a fun greeting and some more flowers.

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

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Altenew and they are very generously providing a prize of Way too Sweet stamps (see below) for the lucky winner of this week's challenge. Let them tell you about themselves:



Established in April 2014, Altenew strives to bring elegant, natural and versatile designs in paper crafting products. Altenew firmly believes in sharing happiness and comfort with our loved ones through creative expression of crafting. We know that personal, delicate touches of a hand-made card or scrapbook page can bring joy to people that are important in our lives and we are proud to create products that help inspire alluring projects/creations.


I don't have any Altenew stamps, but I think I may have to fix that!! For more inspiration using these lovely colours to visit the blog to check out more from the team.  Have fun!

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

52CCT - Colours ...

.... Morning! It's time for our new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and this week it's our colour challenge. Fabiola has picked super colours for us to play with - BLUE, GREY AND KRAFT. Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Frame It, Festive Foliage
Inks: Memento - Grey Flannel; Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Squares #3; Spellbinders - Squares Lg (S4-126) #7
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Silver Bells; SU Card - Crumb Cake; Glitter


You might be experiencing a case of deja-vu looking at this card! I CASEd my own card from April, when I made pink and grey ornament card. I cut a mat of kraft card slightly smaller then the card and layered on the design paper. I die cut a square of kraft card and a smaller square in white. I stamped on the fir tree branches and a greeting and finished by adding some baubles that I'd cut from a sheet of design paper. Before adhering this panel I added glitter to the base layer. On the inside I cut another mat of design paper and finished with a simple panel. I'm submitting this card to the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#193 where the theme is HOLIDAYS.

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

For more inspiration with these super colours, do visit our blog to see more from the rest of the Design Team. You've got plenty of time to play along - deadline for submission is midnight Friday 20th May (7.00pm EDT).

Before I go - here are both my cards side by side. I think I might make a teal one too.


And that's all for today folks - see you tomorrow!

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Just because ....

.... Good afternoon! Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by recently to read my posts and leave me comments, I don't say it often enough, but I really do appreciate all your comments - they mean a lot to me.

I've had a fun time in my craft room today making a card for three challenges - a couple of which I haven't played for ages. Here's my card:

Just Because - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - A Dozen Thoughts, Watercolour Wings
Inks: SU - Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Swirly Scribbles, Bold Butterfly
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Soft Sky; SU DP - So Saffron; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gems

I got my parcel from Stampin' Up! yesterday with goodies from the new catalogue - I ordered the new in-colours. I think they're just fabulous and I used a couple of them on this card.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:



I stamped the butterfly using my MISTI to ensure that the images were all in the right place and cut it out with the matching die. I added some frosted gems to the butterfly's body. I die cut a scribble circle from some pale yellow design paper. I cut a strip of soft blue card for the top of the card and echoed the colour in the dots at the bottom of the card. I finished the front by stamping a bold sentiment and adding a few gems. On the inside I cut a mat layer of soft blue card and on the white panel added some texture stamps, but left lots of space for a message.

Just Because inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsJust Because sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for today. I'm off to have a coffee before heading to school to pick up Kat. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Uniko - Revisit and Blog Hop ...

.... Hello again! Today it's the Uniko Revisit and Blog Hop. We're revisiting three sets this month, and they all work perfectly together. I've actually made a couple of cards. I'll start with a thank you card that I made - you can never have too many "thanks" cards.

Thanks - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #6, Natures Treasures II, Flower Power #3; Stampin' Up! - Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: SU - Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Grey Flannel; Versamark
Dies: Die-namics - Pierced Rectangle Frames #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pistachio Pudding; Vellum; White Embossing Powder; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Stadtler - Aquarell Pencils; Sequins


I'm submitting this to TIME OUT challenges - TOC#56 where we had to CASE Kay's beautiful card. The colours are from this week's Paper Players - PP#294 with such pretty pastel colours. Kay's card has a die cut, flowers, sequins and white space - and so does mine. But instead of going for two colours, I've made a light, spring-like card. I stamped the splatter and Thanks images in pale grey and then attached the die cut frame with dimensional tape. I stamped the flowers on vellum using Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I coloured on the back of each flower with Copic markers and then fussy cut them out. I used both the solid and open leaves for some variation and cut them out too. I stamped the word Thanks on watercolour paper and used Aquarell pencils to lightly colour each letter, and then I cut them out. I adhered the lilac flower flat to the card and used dimensional gel to attach the leaves and flowers. I used dimensional tape to attach the word thanks. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale green card and on the white panel added a simple greeting and the solid flower.

Thanks inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsThanks sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My second card is really CAS.

Beautiful - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #6, Natures Treasures II
Inks: SU - Pear Pizzazz; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz

I masked off a 1" border all the way round the card. Then I sponged on two shades of green ink. I stamped the leaves in a darker shades of green. Then, after removing the masking tape, I stamped the sentiment in black along the bottom of the inked panel. On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and added some more of the botanical elements from Natures Treasures to the white panel. As I've only used soft pastel shades of green, I'm submitting this card to the current challenge at Less is More - LIM#275.

Beautiful inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBeautiful sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This is a blog hop and you should have come to my blog via Bev's, however, in case you've arrived here directly, here's the Blog Hop list:
Bev (Uniko)
Deborah (that's me!)

If you leave comments as you go around the Blog Hop, you will be in with a chance to win all three of the featured sets, details on Bev's blog. You have until midnight (BST) Wednesday 18th May to leave your comments.  That's all for now!

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TMR - DT Call & Theme ...

..... Good morning! It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#35, our theme for the next couple of weeks is TRANSPORT. This is an easy challenge for the men in our lives - they all seem to like transport related stuff. Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Greatest Greetings
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black; White Lustre Card; Kanban - Transport Set; Enamel Dot


When I was unpacking recently I came across this transport theme card stock from Kanban. I've had it in my stash for a number of years, and thought it was time to use it. I made the base from black card folded into a 4¼" square. I cut a panel of gold card and added that to the side. I cut out two image panels and layered them on black card. I added another layer of gold card to the sentiment panel. I finished the front by adding a gold enamel dot. On the inside I cut a mat layer of gold card and on the white panel added a greeting along with a bit of a car.

Special Day inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog to check out more inspiration projects from the team. You'll also find details for our DT call.  That's all for now, but I'll be back again soon.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pastels ....

.... Morning! I've got a very clean, simple card to share with you this morning. I've based the layout on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! - CTS#171, although I've turned the sketch to make a landscape card. Over at Less is More - LIM#275 they have a colour challenge to use PASTELS in a CAS style. Here's my card:

Remarkable - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Remarkable You, Greatest Greetings, Timeless Textures
Inks: Distress - Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Grey Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Soft Sky; Clear Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear


I stamped the large flower in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. I created a mask to cover the flower and then smooshed a mixture of pastel colours over the create the panel - kind of like a sunset sky. Leaving the mask in place I added some textural stamps around in pale grey. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position the sentiment which I stamped in black. I added some sparkle to the flower with a clear Wink of Stella brush. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale blue card and on the white panel added some more textural stamps and a greeting.

Remarkable inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsRemarkable sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This card will be winging its way to my Mum today. I can share it here as she doesn't do technology, so it'll be a surprise when she gets it. And in only 6 weeks I'll get to see my Mum in real-life. Kat and I will be heading back to England for a couple of weeks - so looking forward to it. That's all for today - I'm having a pamper morning at the hairdresser - hair, nails and toes - such luxury! See you soon.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Silly love songs ....

... Hi, good morning! I was on a roll yesterday making cards and I've got one more card for our Shakespeare theme challenge at The Male Room - TMR#34. Once again I've got a musical theme on my card, but then Shakespeare has so many quotes about music and I've based this on "If music be the food of love, play on .." from Twelfth Night:

Silly love songs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Casual Friday Stamps - Love Notes; Stampin' Up! - Musical Manuscript
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Desert Heat; Memento - Grey Flannel; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Squares #3; Spellbinders - Squares Lg (S4-126) #7; CFS - Heart Note
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red, Basic Black; SU DP - Basic Black


As the quote is about love, I decided to make this a love card for my husband. I picked shades of red, so I'm submitting this to Cardz 4 Guys - C4G#118 where they have a monochrome theme. Jonathan is a keen music fan and he'll enjoy this card. I love the fun sentiment and die cut the musical heart note in red and black and layered them to give a little dimension. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black design paper and added a greeting on the white panel.

Silly love songs inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for today - I've got to get on with some house stuff and finish off emptying the boxes. Only two rooms to go! See you soon.

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