Monday, 15 September 2014

WMS PJP - last card ....

....  Good afternoon!  I'm back with another card for the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!  Yes, I know I said that yesterday's card was the last one, but I got chance to play in my craft room this morning and have just one more for you:

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Ornaments, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Tis the Season
Inks: Versamark; Stampin' Up! - Strawberry Slush; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - 2010 Heirloom Ornaments (S4-283) #4, Ovals Sm (S4-112) #3
Accessories:  White Lustre Card; SU Card - Strawberry Slush, Basic Black; White Embossing Powder; Ribbon; SU Marker Pens - Real Red, Black; Signo White Gel Pen


I combined a couple of Claire's challenges - No 1 Doodle Do and No 3 Old Pajamas - this actually means doodling on a stamped image and using an older set of Waltzingmouse Christmas stamps.  I decided to use the solid image from Vintage Ornaments.  I stamped it in Strawberry Slush and cut it out with the co-ordinating Spellbinder die.  Then I added some doodles to the panels using marker pens.  I die cut a panel of white cut, stamped the oval ray pattern using the 3rd generation image and then stamped the sentiment and attached it to the ornament with dimensional tape.  I made the background panel by stamping the oval ray patten in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  I layered the background onto pink card and adhered it to the card base.  I finished the front with a simple ribbon.  On the inside I cut a panel of black card for the mat and on the white panel stamped a bold, simple sentiment in Strawberry Slush.

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Now - that really is my last card for the PJ Party!  I'm going to make a cup of coffee and sit down to check out all the submissions.   But before I go, I told you that we'd were away for the weekend in Holland, Michigan.  Below are some (of the many) photos that I took on Saturday when we were in Grand Haven and Muskegon.

Grand Haven & Muskegon 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Kathryn - she was messing around on this rock and I managed to get a photo of her.  Kathryn used to love having her photo taken, but over the last year she's become less keen!!!  So I was pleased to get this one.  Taken in Grand Haven.

Grand Haven & Muskegon 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The lighthouse in Grand Haven.  Love the bold red colour.  It was a lovely afternoon.  Jonathan and I both walked to the red house at the end of the pier.

Grand Haven & Muskegon 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

It was a bit windy at the end of the pier, so I decided to try and catch the waves crashing against the walk.  And I did!!!!  Fortunately I didn't get wet.

Grand Haven & Muskegon 4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

On our drive to Muskegon we came across a Veteran's Memorial Park in the middle of the road!  It was so beautiful that we decided to stop and look around.  I found this cross as we walked around.  It was really peaceful.

Grand Haven & Muskegon 5 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Finally a photo taken at the Farmers' Market in Grand Haven.  It was a fabulous market full of fresh produce and flowers.  Love chillies and tomatoes - I bought some to make salsa!! That's it - see you soon.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

WMS PJ Party - take three ....

... okay, I realise that you might have seen enough, but I've one more cute Halloween card, for the Waltzingmouse PJ Party,  to share with you today. 

Witch Way - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: WMS - Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo Sentiments
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Archival - Jet Black; Distress - Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood
Dies: WMS - Witch Die
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU/Sizzix EF - Cloudy Day; Copic Markers


I think this little spook witch is absolutely adorable!  Stamped onto white card, cut with the matching die and coloured with Copic markers.  I made a cloudy sky for the background by embossing white card, shading to suggest a night sky and attached it to the card base.  I stamped the sentiment on scrap card and fussy cut it out.  Both the image and sentiment were adhered using dimensional tape.  The inside is blank for my own message.

That really is all for today.  It's been a fun weekend.

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WMS PJ Party ....

.... Good evening!  I'm back with another card for the Waltzingmouse PJ Party.  This one is for No 2 - Cute Halloween.

Fangtastic - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: WMS - Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo Sentiments
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Archival - Jet Black; Distress - Evergreen Bough
Dies: WMS - Vamp Die
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Real Red; Copic Markers; Cuttlebug EF - Skeleton Skull; Gem


I adore these cute little spooks that Claire released last month - they are fun, sweet and so easy to colour.  I stamped the little vampire onto white card, cut him out with the matching die and then used Copic markers to colour him.  I added a tiny red gem.  I embossed some white card with this design, shaded the edges to highlight the skulls and adhered it to a panel of red card.  I stamped the pun sentiment in the centre.  On re-reading Claire's explanation, I realise that she might have been expecting actual sweets and candies!!!  Oh well, never mind, this is still rather sweet :))

That's all for now!

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Swell birthday ....

....  Good evening!  I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.  We're on a weekend break on the west coast of Michigan in a town called Holland!  Jonathan came over for a photo shoot by Lake Michigan but sadly the chill weather meant that it was cancelled.  But that's okay as there's plenty to do over here.  We'll still be taking photos!!!  Before heading over here I was busy in my craft room making some cards for the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!!!!!  Yea!  It's been a while since Claire hosted a PJ Party, so it's nice to sit back with a cuppa and check out what everyone has made.

Edited:  Oops!  I've posted a day early - hey ho!  I'll still be linking up when the PJ Party starts tomorrow!!!!

There are four categories:
  1.  Doodle Do - make a project that include some hand doodling.
  2. Too cute to Spook - make a Halloween project that includes cuteness! To quote Claire "sweet treats and dinky delectables".
  3. Old Pajamas - use an older Waltzingmouse Christmas set on your project.
  4. Bedtime Story Sketch challenge - a sketch from Claire for us to play with.
I actually made a few cards.  The first one that I'm sharing is for No 4 the Bedtime Story Sketch challenge.  I made a birthday card - I took inspiration from Lynn's beautiful card which she posted in our Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge on the theme Birthday/Anniversary (there's still time to join in).

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

Stamps: WMS - Art Deco Backgrounds, Putting on the Ritz; Rick St Dennis Digi - Shady Ladies "Tosca"
Inks: Versamark; Distress - Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Iced Spruce; Stampin' Up! - Tempting Turquoise, Coastal Cabana
Dies: Spellbinders - Floral Ovals (S4-356) #3, Fancy Framed Tags Two (S5-128)
Accessories: SU Card: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate; White Lustre Card; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella Brush - Clear & Silver; Martha Stewart punch; Clear Embossing Powder

I've had this stunning digi image, Tosca Shady Lady, for a while (I coloured her during the summer break) and I couldn't work out how to show her off to best advantage.  The image was coloured with Copic markers and I added sparkle with Wink of Stella brushes on the gems and knife.  When I saw Lynn's card with the fab Art Deco background I realised that it was the perfect background for this elegant lady.

I stamped the background with Versamark, heat embossed with clear powder, and then added colour to match the image - I used a mixture of Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Iced Spruce.  I adhered the background to a card base made from Bermuda Bay card.  I punched the horizontal border from grey card (I didn't want to hide too much of the background) and die cut an ornate oval frame for the image.  I used dimensional tape to attach the oval and image.  I stamped the birthday sentiment on white card, cut it out with one of the layer dies from the Fancy Tags set and adhered it with dimensional tape.  I added a couple of Art Deco decorations either side of the sentiment.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card, added some decoration in the corners and stamped a birthday greeting.

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

The image is called Shady Lady "Tosca" and she hold a dagger in her hand, which might not be what you'd expect on a birthday card - but she really is very beautiful and so elegant!!  I had to use her.  I'm submitting this card to the RSD Progressive Challenge Sept - Anything Goes.





I'll be back later with a couple more cards.  See you soon.

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52CCT - Colours ...

....  Hello everyone!  I'm back with our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This week is our colour challenge and Asha would like you to use:

Red OR Blue + Black AND White + Silver OR Gold

Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Deedee's Digis - Dashing Through; Reverse Confetti - Bring on the Merry
Inks: Archival - Jet Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) # 5 & 6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Silver Mirri Card; Copic Markers; Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter; White Flock Powder; Craftwork Cards Sentiment Label


Our sponsor this month is Deedee's Digis and I've used her cute Dashing Through image on my card.  I've used the theme from this week's Merry Monday - MM#125 challenge - Transportation - a sled, albeit a penguin sled!!!  I printed the image onto white card, coloured with Copic Markers and used dies to cut it out.  I like the fun shape which goes with the fun image.  I used white flock powder for the Santa hat.  I added some sparkle to the finished image with tinsel glitter.  I layered the image onto a panel of silver mirri card.  I added a bit of definition to both panels by going round the edge of the silver mirri crd with a black marker and the edge of the white panel with a red marker.  I finished the front with a sentiment label from my stash which I edged in red and adhered with dimensional gel.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of silver mirri card, cut a panel of white card which I edged in red and a bold sentiment to go with the greeting on the front. 


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

Please excuse the photos - it's very hard to photograph mirri card - you can see my reflection in the main image above!!!  The mirri card also looks a bit gold, but it is silver, which you can see in the bottom photo.

Including this challenge we have 13 challenges before Christmas - so if you've not played along yet, you still have the opportunity to get at least 13 cards made before it's time to post them out!  For more inspiration cards using these fabulous colours, do check our blog to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team.  Have a super weekend, see you soon.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Pick of the Week nominee ....

... Good morning all!   Yesterday I shared a Halloween card made with a fun, but slightly scary, Rick St Dennis image - Strange Doll.  I really I like this image, it's a bit creepy, but not so much that it'll have you running in the opposite direction.  I posted it to RSD Facebook page as well as a couple of challenges.  I was surprised and delighted to find this on the post from Rick


Then I got an email enclosing a link to this little badge - I'm thrilled to be Rick's first Pick of the Week nominee!


This is a fun idea - Rick and his team pick the nominees and then we get to vote on the winner.  Rick will be posting details of this week's nominees on Monday 15th September!

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Halloween wishes ....

....  Good afternoon from a rather grey Northville!  It's beginning to look like autumn really has arrived.  We had more storms and high winds yesterday and today, it's dull and much cooler than lately!  Still, that's a good excuse to play in my craft room and I've been busy, but can't share them just yet!!!

I had fun making a Halloween card this morning.  I found a new challenge blog last week - A Step in the Dark - ASID#10 Anything Goes.  It is a bit different from other challenges; they are appealing to our darker side - emo, punk, goth, steampunk and just plain creepy, but I rather like it!  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Strange Doll; Waltzingmouse - Hocus Pocus, Halloween Party, Ciecly at Halloween
Inks: Archival - Jet Black; Distress - Antique Linen
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; Graphic 45 DP - Steampunk Spells; EK Success - Cobweb Punch; Copic Markers; Ribbon


I love this digi by Rick St Dennis - not too creepy, but definitely not cute!!  I printed her onto white card, coloured with Copic marker and then cut her out.  It doesn't show very well in the photo, but I soften the white by shading with Antique Linen.  I used the sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping - FTL#306, but I turned the sentiment panel so that the sentiment is at the top.  I covered the card with the texty paper, cut a panel of cream card and punched a cobweb edge.  I cut a smaller piece of patterned paper to go on top.  I edged the paper before adhering it to the punched panel.  I stamped the sentiment in black and finished the panel with some black ribbon.  I attached Strange Doll with dimensional tape.  On the inside I cut another panel of design paper.  I added a touch of colour to the cream panel, stamped the verse and added a few bats!

Halloween Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

ASM - Make Your Mark ...

.... Hello all!!  It's time for one of your favourite challenges at Addicted to Stamps and More!  It's our "Make Your Mark" challenge - use pencils, paints, markers - whatever you have to colour your card.  Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps and the winner of the challenge will get 3 digis up to the value $10.00.   I've made a couple of cards using their digi images.

Thanks Berry Much - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Scrappers Delight Berry Babies - Blackberry; Waltzingmouse - Big Berries: Strawberry
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Blackberry Bliss; Copic Markers

Don't you think she's an adorable little Berry Baby?  I coloured her with Copic markers and then cut her out.  I made the base from Blackberry Bliss card (seemed appropriate).  I stamped the sentiment in matching ink and stamped again to give a subtle shadow, then I embossed the panel with some fun dots.  The inside is blank for a message. Next I made a simple hello card.

Hello - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stitchy Stamps - Bumberella; Waltzingmouse - Happy Hello Thanks
Inks: SU - Green Galore, Tangelo Twist
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella Brush - Clear; Sequins

I know that Bumberella suggests a bumble bee, but I decided to colour her green (my favourite colour).  I cut her out, added a touch of sparkle to her wings and adhered her to the card.  I added a few sequins for sparkle.  The inside is blank.  I took the photos outside in the sunshine - so you can see the colour of the sequins really well - they are actually a bit more subtle in real life!!

For more inspiration, check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

WMSFC - Theme Birthday/Anniversary ....

.... Hello again!  I'm back with my card for our challenge at Waltzingmouse Fanatics.  Our challenge is ONE YEAR OLD today!!!  Happy Birthday to us.  With it being our 1st Anniversary, we thought that we'd keep the theme simple, so we'd like to see your creations using at least one Waltzingmouse image, sentiment or digi on the theme:

BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY

I decided to make a bright and cheerful birthday card - here it is:

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

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Compact Sentiments, Dainty Doilies 2 Small, Happy Hello Thanks
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Archival - Jet Black; Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo
Dies: Waltzingmouse - Picot Panel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pumpkin Pie; SU DP - Daffodil Delight; Copic Markers; Glitter


I used a couple of other challenges in the making of this card.  I used the colours from Colour Throwdown - CTD#308 (they are just fab) and I used the layout from Freshly Mades Sketches - FMS#152.  I decided to play with the new Picot Panel die and make the sentiment the main focus of the card.  I cut the backing panel in orange and used Claire's tip to make sure that the frame stayed attached.  Then I die cut a piece of yellow design paper and stamped the sentiment in the centre.  I didn't keep any of the little orange or yellow dots, instead I filled the holes with pink glitter (which you can just about see in the photo) - it adheres to the cellotape on the back of the orange mat layer.  I made the horizontal panel using the same colours, but a different design paper.  I felt the card was a bit bare so I added the lovely lace doily above the horizontal panel and coloured it with Copic markers.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of yellow design paper and on the white panel I added sme fancy corners, coloured to match the front of the card and stamped a bold sentiment.  I used the new Happy Hello Thanks set - love the font.  I stamped the big happy once and then again slightly offset to create a shadow and then added the birthday.  Done!

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

For this challenge we are joined by our special Guest Designer - Jeanne Jachna (A Kept Life).  Like Tara and I, Jeanne is a big Waltzingmouse Stamps fan as well as being on Claire's Design Team.  Jeanne is offering a fabulous prize for the winner of this challenge - a set of Fine Feathers stamps AND the matching dies!!!  How great is that? 


Don't forget to visit Tara and Jeanne for more inspiration cards.  Just a quick reminder that your project MUST include at least one Waltzingmouse stamp, sentiment or digi image (or freebie).  You have until Thursday 18th September 10.00pm GMT (6.00pm EDT) to submit your creations.  If you know other Waltzingmouse fans - tell them about the challenge - have fun!!!  See you soon.

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52CCT - Sketch ....

...  Good morning!!  It's time for our first challenge of the month here at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, our hostess this month is Asha and she has a fun sketch for us to use in our projects.  This month we are also being sponsored by Deedee's Digis, I've used one of her images on my card:

Noel - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Deedee's Digis - Gingerbread Holidays; Waltzingmouse - Tis the Season
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Night of Navy
Dies: Spellbinders - Pinking Circles Lg (S4-170) #2 & 5, Circles Sm (S4-116) #3 & 6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Strawberry Slush, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade; SU DP - Lucky Limeade; Martha Stewart Punch - Snowflake; Copic Markers; Glitter; Ribbon


I followed our sketch to the letter.  I used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#257 challenge for a non-traditional look and because I thought they would work on a gingerbread house.  I printed the image onto plain white card, coloured it with Copic markers, added some glitter and cut it out.  I created the circles using my Spellbinder dies and adhered the gingerbread house to the large circle and the snowflake to the small one.  I cut a strip of pink card, adhered the design paper, wrapped the ribbon round and then adhered it all to the card.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to position the sentiment.  I finished front of the card with a couple of gems.  On the inside I cut a mat layer in lime, stamped the sentiment in navy and edged the white card with the pink Copic marker for a fine border.

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

For more inspiration using the sketch check our the cards from the rest of the Design Team - as always they are fabulous.  Looking forward to seeing your creations. 

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