Saturday, 28 March 2015

52CCT - Technique ....

....  Good morning!!  It's time for our last challenge of March - can you believe it's the end of the month already?  This week, at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, Gill would like us to create a Christmas card using our punches.  I have to admit that I've been a bit worried about this challenge - I'm not good at creating with punches.  Fortunately, the Internet is an amazing source of inspiration and this card owes much to Dawn's lovely angel.  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Simply Said Christmas; Waltzingmouse - You're A Doll, Opera Tags Christmas
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Die-namics - In & Out Diagonal Squares #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Winter Frost, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear, Gold; Vellum; SU Punches - Tree, Butterfly, 1" Circle, ¾" Circle


The layout is based on this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#116 and the colours are from Colour Q - cQc#284.  I used a die to cut the square - I like the way this die has the pattern on the inside and outside of the die cut.  I put a piece of design paper on the inside of the card and, as it's double-sided, I have a nice pattern on the inside too.  I used punches to cut the angel's body, face, wings and halo.  I stamped a face on the smaller circle and coloured it with Copic markers.  I added lots of sparkle to the reminder of the angel and then adhered the pieces together.  The halo was made by colouring some vellum with gold Wink of Stella and punching out a circle slightly larger then the angel's head.  I adhered the angel to the card with dimensional gel.  I finished the front with a simple sentiment and some sequins.  On the inside I cut another piece of design paper and on the white panel stamped a bold Christmas greeting.

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

I've taken a close-up photo of the angel so that you can see all the sparkle and shimmer.
 
Season's Greetings detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSeason's Greetings sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration using punch art on your Christmas cards, do check out the blog and see what the rest of the team have made for you.

I've got a very quiet, crafty day lined up as Jonathan and Kathryn will be out pretty much the whole day.  In the morning they are off to a photo shoot which Jonathan will enjoy lots!  The rest of the day they'll be at a pop concert.  Jonathan is taking Kathryn to a concert at The Crofoot in Pontiac - featuring one of her favourite bands - Set It Off, along with lots of other bands too.  Jonathan loves his daughter very much indeed :)  That's it for now - see you soon.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

USC - Anything Goes ....

....  Good morning!  We have snow in Northville - not a lot, but I can see snowflakes going past my window - hopefully it won't settle and spring will be back soon.

I'm here to remind you that there's still plenty of time to join in with our Anything Goes challenge at Uniko Studio - USC#19 - I'm rather late with my card, but here it is anyway:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Flower Flower #4, Background Builders Round in Circles, Fontiments - Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay, Costal Cabana; Encore -Gold; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Cheery Lynn - Lace Egg Five; Die-namics - In & Out Diagonal Stitched Squares #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; Kaisercraft DP - All That Glitters


I've based the layout on our sketch (it's optional, but if you do use the sketch then you'll have the chance of winning a £10 Uniko Studio gift voucher).  I love the design paper I've used - so pretty.  I cut the Easter egg using card slightly darker than the bubbles in the paper.  I've CASEd Bev's card as I think the circles work perfectly with the design paper.  I finished the front with this simple greeting.  On the inside I used the rest of the design paper and, because I didn't want to hide it, die cut a small panel of white card on which I stamped some little petals and a bold sentiment.

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

Do visit Uniko Studio to see more inspiration cards from the team and from our Guest Designer, Emily.  Don't forget you don't have to use Uniko Studio stamps for your card, but we do like it if you do.  Have fun.  I'm staying in today - the snow is getting a bit harder!!  Crazy considering it's almost the end of March.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

SNG - Life is a Carnival ....

....  Morning!  It's rather dull, grey and wet here this morning - very miserable outside, but we need the rain!  I was going through various challenges that get posted this morning and I suddenly realised that I hadn't done my post for today.  This morning's card is bold, bright and lots of fun - a complete contrast to the dull grey outside my window:

Carnival - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Euro Clown TrOuPe; The Craft's Meow - Life is a Carnival
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grey Flannel
Dies: Die-namics - In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Strawberry Slush; Cosmo Cricket - Delovely; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


Rick has a wonderful collection of Euro style images, and I absolutely love this image of Euro Clowns.  I think they look a bit startled and a bit wide eyed, but they are really fun to colour.  You can find this image, and many more, at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.  I printed the image twice as I wanted to create a little depth by layering the two smaller clowns.  I used Copic markers to colour, cut the images out with a scalpel and then adhered the two smaller guys on top!  There's only a bit of dimension, but it's enough.  I added lots of sparkle to the image with my Wink of Stella brush - and you can actually see it in the photo.  I used the layout from this week's Retro Sketches - RS#157 challenge.  I found this wonderful rainbow striped paper (reminds me of barcodes) in my stash and used it to cover the card.  I die cut a panel of white card with my new die (love the diagonal stitched effect), adhered it to the card and then added my clown troupe.  I finished the front with this fun, bold sentiment - seemed entirely appropriate.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of bright pink card and on the white panel stamped another carnival image and sentiment - lots of space for a message too.

Carnival inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCarnival sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I told you yesterday that I'd had my hair cut.  Well Jonathan got home last night - he'd not had any advance warning that this was happening - we hugged, kissed, chatted and generally caught up with how his day had gone.  I was smiling at him and just said "So?"  Jonathan's face was a picture, he says "You've had your hair cut?", and yes, it was a question.  I think I could have gone for green hair and he still wouldn't notice!!  Love him very much.  That's all for now - I think I'm going into my craft room, certainly not venturing outside today - it's absolutely pouring!!!  See you soon.

Edited to add:  If you're a fan of Rick's work I thought I'd let you know that we have a DT Call on at the moment.  We are looking for a number of enthusiastic and creative folk to promote Rick's art on Facebook.  Full details can be found here.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Christmas Sparkle ....

...  Hello, good afternoon!  It's been a really good day today - got lots of tax admin sorted out this morning, then I headed to my local craft shops in Livonia and Northville and got a few new goodies.  I've been trying to grow my hair for the last several months, but today I'd had enough and as I was passing my hairdresser I popped in to see if Jessie could cut it.  I feel so much better now and I look more like me!!!  I must NEVER try to grow my hair again.

I've got a fun Christmas card to share with you this afternoon - it is quite clean and simple, but has lots and lots of sparkle:

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

Stamps: Woodware - Christmas Bubble Tree; Waltzingmouse - Twas The Night Before Christmas
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Daffodil Delight
Dies: Die-namics - In & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; Martha Stewart Glitter - Yellow Barite, Tourmaline, Periodot; SU Glitter - Dazzling Diamonds; Copic Markers


I got the idea for a bubble Christmas tree from the graphic for One Layer Christmas Card Challenge - OLXCC#6 where the theme is anything goes, but with the optional twist of circles, this stamp is perfect!!  The colours, bold and bright, are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#116 and I'm also playing along with Merry Monday - MM#151 where the team would like to see a tree.  I embossed the diagonal stitched frame on the front as a frame for the tree (the dies are my new goodies).  I stamped the tree in the frame and then added lots of glitter to the baubles.  I added clear glitter to the tree trunk.  I finished the front with a simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pink card and on the white panel I added some very pale yellow snow, a tiny tree and a Christmas greeting.

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

Here's a close up of all that glitter.  I took this photo outside in the sunshine so that you can really see the sparkle!

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

I've been very busy making Christmas cards, and I've just realised that Easter is just round the corner, so I'd better get cracking on some Easter cards!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

Edited to add:  Lizzy has just told me about The Glory of Christmas Challenge - GCC#55 where the theme is Tannenbaum/Christmas Tree, so I'm submitting this card there too.  Thanks Lizzy!

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Cool Tag Lady ....

.... Hello, I'm back again with my Cool Tag Lady.  I think this lady is such fun - love her fruity hat!!

Cool Tag Lady - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dylusions - Background Love, Graphic Background
Inks: Dylusions Spray Inks - Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini, After Midnight; Archival - Black
Accessories: Stencils; Images cut from various magazines; Black Pen; Signo White Gel Pen; Wink of Stella - Clear, Silver, Yellow, Green, Blue


This is my cool Tag Lady.  I used  Dylusions stamps to randomly add more background texture.  I edged the image with a black marker to tie it into the background.  I added doodling around the edges of the words, and also around some of the images.  I think you all know that I love sparkle, so I used my Wink of Stella brush and added colour to the stamped flowers (see close up below). I've had lots of fun making this Tag Lady and I'm submitting it to the current Inkspirational challenge - INK#78 where the theme is She Art or to use an image of a woman.

Cool Tag Lady detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCool Tag Lady Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing my mixed media tags - I had such fun making them both.  I plan on doing more work on my art journal soon and will share them when finished.  That's all for today.  See you tomorrow!

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Warm Tag Lady ....

....  Hello!  I do hope you've all had a super weekend.  Kathryn and I spent some quality time together for most of last week as Jonathan was in Utah on business.  Saturday, after Kathryn spent a morning doing homework, we headed off to our local spa for a full body massage.  We both enjoyed it very much indeed, so much so, that we both dozed off during our session!!  After that we headed to the nail salon and had our nails done and finished the afternoon with an early dinner at Applebee's.  Kathryn spent a couple more hours working on some projects and I had planned to get into my craft room, but instead I did a lot of photo editing.  If you want to see the photos - check out the link here.

Yesterday, Kathryn finished off her school work - she's coming to the end of a quarter and just about every subject has a big project due!  Still she got it all done.  I did a bit more photo editing and I'm almost up to date with this year's photo shoots (don't ask about last year though).  Kathryn decided to have an early night and I decided to do some crafting.

At the beginning of March I attended some workshops run by Dyan Reaveley.  We spent a lot of time learning different techniques and finished up with lots of large tags prepared and ready for decoration.  The large tags we used are 10½" × 5" with lots of space to play.  I used Dylusion spray inks on the tags allowing the colours to blend together - one card is cool and the other warm.  After spraying on colour, Dyan showed us how to create some interest and texture by using a ghosting method, spraying water through stencils and then lifting the ink to leave a shadow impression.  At this stage I then created my Tag Ladies using various images from magazines, some stamped images and some altered images.  It was so much fun to let my imagination run wild and just create.

Tag Lady Warm - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dylusions - Background Love, Graphic Background
Inks: Dylusions Spray Inks - Tangerine Dream, Cherry Pie, Pomegranate Seed; Archival - Plum
Accessories: Stencils; Images cut from various magazines; Black Pen; Signo White Gel Pen; Wink of Stella - Gold, Orange, Pink


Last night I completed the tags.  This is the Warm Tag Lady.  I used  Dylusions stamps to randomly add more background texture.  I edged the image with a black marker to tie it into the background.  I added doodling around the edges of the words, and also around some of the images.  I think you all know that I love sparkle, so I used my Wink of Stella brush and added colour to the stamped flowers (see close up below). I've had lots of fun making this Tag Lady and I'm submitting it to the current Inkspirational challenge - INK#78 where the theme is She Art or to use an image of a woman.

Tag Lady Warm detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsTag Lady Warm Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a photo of the pink tag at the workshop - as you can see my Tag Lady has changed somewhat from the initial thought!  I really like the idea of making her body from the body of a camera - both my hobbies in one tag!

Tag Lady 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I was expecting Jonathan home last night, but the flight from Utah was delayed by several hours and he didn't get in until 3.15am this morning!!!!  Sadly, he still has to go to work today and I had to take him as his card was at work!  I'm so pleased to having him home.  I'll share my Cool Tag Lady later.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

52CCT - Theme .....

.....  Good morning everyone!  It's time for our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Gill has a super theme for us this week.  She has picked SILENT NIGHT.  My first thought was the carol and I was going to have a musical theme on my card, but I kept coming back to the quiet hush that falls over a place when there's been a heavy snowfall - and we had a few of those this year!!  Here's my take on the theme:

Rejoice - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Chocolate Baroque - Discontinued; Uniko Studio - Peace on Earth; Stampin' Up! - More Merry Messages
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crushed Curry; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I'm submitting this card to the new Time Out Challenge - TOC#27 where the team would like us to make a CAS card with black, white and an optional splash of colour.  I'm also playing along with Jingle Belles - JB:15:06 where the ladies would like us to use embossing.  I think this image is just super (it's an old one and I can't remember the name of the set) and really suggests a "silent night".  I stamped it in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder - love the shine.  I added a touch of colour to the houses with shades of grey and the splash of colour is the yellow light shining in the windows.  I layered the image on to yellow card, using some dimensional tape for dimension.  I also added a touch of sparkle to suggest the snow (see picture below).  I finished the front with a simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of yellow card and added a Christmas greeting.

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

Here's the close-up of the houses - you can see the shimmer of the "snow" - just love that Wink of Stella clear brush!!

Rejoice detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Edited:  I've just seen that this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS#285 has a colour challenge of black, white and one other colour - how lucky am I?  I'm off to submit there too.

For more inspiration with our theme of "Silent Night" check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team - all so different.  I'm really looking forward to seeing your creations!  Have fun!  Before I go, I thought I'd share a video of Winchester Cathedral Choir singing Silent Night - so beautiful:



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Friday, 20 March 2015

USC - Anything Goes ....

.... Good morning!   It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio, we had so many fabulous submissions for our last challenge and we'd love to see the same for this challenge.  For the next couple of weeks our challenge has the theme of ANYTHING GOES, but there's a twist - we have a sketch too!  However, it's an optional sketch.  I decided to use the sketch and have an ultra clean, simple card to share with you:

Best Wishes - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Pure Florals Chrysanthemum, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Wild Wisteria, Melon Mambo; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Wild Wisteria; Wink of Stella - Clear


I love this big, bold chrysanthemum and it works perfectly on a clean, simple card.  I stamped the outline image in purple ink and the solid image in pink.  This two step stamping is really easy and the stamps line up really well.  I think I'm addicted to my Wink of Stella brush - I covered the whole flower with a layer of clear sparkle - looks gorgeous when the sun shines on it!!!  I finished the front with a simple sentiment in bold black.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of purple design paper and on the white panel stamped the small chrysanthemum with lots of space for a message.

Best Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBest Wishes sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I got the colours from this week's Fusion Challenge - FUSION#30 and I'm submitting this card to The Paper Players - PP#236 as they want us to make a clean, simple floral card.  We have a couple of Guest Designers joining us this month - Amy and Emily - do check out their inspiration cards, along with the cards from the rest of the team.  Here's a close up of all the sparkle on the flower:


We have prizes too!!  The DT will pick an overall winner who will get a £20 Gift Voucher for use at the shop, plus an invitation to join us as Guest Designer.  The DT also picks a Top 3, each of whom will get a £5 Gift Voucher.  There will also be a random draw for those who use the sketch - the winner of this draw will get a £10 Gift Voucher.  Remember you don't have to use Uniko Studio stamps to join in with the challenge, although we love it you do!  You have until Friday 3rd April 8.00am GMT (3am EDT) to play along.  Have fun!!!

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