Friday, 17 April 2015

USC - Things with Wings ....

.... Good morning!  It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio and for the next couple of weeks we'd like to see your project with our theme of:
THINGS WITH WINGS
Beverley has some wonderful stamp sets featuring things with wings and I've gone for a light, bright butterfly card:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies, English Country Garden Butterflies; Background Builders Round in Circles
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Grey Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Bermuda Bay; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Staedtler Ergo Soft Pencils; Wink of Stella - Clear



I used a couple of challenges in the making of this card.  I CASEd Michele's beautiful card at MUSE - MUSE#113 and I used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#287 - my pop of colour teal.  I was going to make this a one-layer card with the butterfly stamped directly on the card, but decided that it would be much better to have a dimensional butterfly.  I stamped the image in Versafine on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder.  I coloured the reverse of the image with Copic markers and pencils.  Once cut out, I added lots of sparkle to the top of the image - in real-life this really shimmers when the sun shines on it.  I used a selection of stamps from the Round in Circles to create the background and added a simple sentiment at the top. 
The Best first - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems
The image you see above is slightly different to the one on Uniko Studio's blog (see left).  After I loaded my image to Uniko Studio, I thought it wasn't quite finished.  I added a line of linked circles stamped in black, it seemed to balance the card better.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and stamped some decoration on the white panel, but left space for my message.

Looking at my photos - this card appears to be slightly wonky - it's actually straight!!  Must check out my photography skills :)

The Best inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsThe Best sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can't see the sparkle on the butterfly's wings, so I've taken an out-of-focus photo as this seems to show the shimmer:

The Best detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do drop by the blog and check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team and also from our Guest Designers - Michelle and Elaine.  You've got plenty of time to play along - deadline for submission is Friday 1st May, 8.00am BST (3.00am EDT).  Have fun!!!

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SNG - Billie Hat Lady ....

... Good morning!  It's my turn to post a project on Sparkle and Glitter where Rick St Dennis's EDT share work using Rick's wonderful images.  I'm also Guest Designer at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges where Rick is sponsoring this week's challenge - there's a theme too - to use Die Cuts.  Here's my card:

Billie Hat Lady - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Billie Hat Lady; Penny Black - Sprinkles and Smiles; Winnie & Walter - Scenery Party Hangover
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Dies: Spellbinders - A2 Locking Loops (S5-175) #1
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - All that Glitters; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gem


I used the colours from this week's Colour Throwdown - CTD#338.  I covered the card with design paper.  I printed the image onto white card, coloured with Copic markers and carefully cut it out a scalpel (easier to get in the small gaps).  I added sparkle to her furs, the feathers and her earring.  I die cut a pretty panel in white, adhered it to the card and then attached Billie.  I finished the front with a little flower that I made by die cutting two pieces in blue and green, gluing them together and adding a gem.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and added a sentiment and some decoration on the white panel.

Billie Hat Lady inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBillie Hat Lady sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do check out the challenge at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge (love that name - all my favourite things in one place!) and have fun.  If you like Billie Hat Lady you can find her and lots more Hat Ladies at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.  That's all for now!

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

RSD - Progressive Challenge Team B ...

.....  Good afternoon.  I'm very late with this post for the Rick St Dennis Progressive Challenge (I should have had this card up early this morning).  This month you must use the gorgeous Aloha Nui image (which you will have received if you played along with the first part of the challenge).  However, if you missed that you can buy the image at Rick's Zibbet shop.  Here's my card:

Aloha - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Aloha Nui; Waltzingmouse - My Island
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Fancy Pants DP - Beach Babe; SU Card - Pistachio Pudding; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


I used a couple of challenges in the making of this card.  I used the colours from The Paper Players - PP#240 and the layout is based on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#182.  I printed this sweet lady on white card, coloured her with Copic markers, cut her out and added some sparkle to her flowers and hair with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I found this fab piece of design paper in my stash - it wasn't quite the right colour, so I went over it with Copic markers and layered it on some pale green card.  I adhered the image with dimensional gel.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and on the white panel added a little island and a sentiment.

Aloha inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsAloha sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The rest of Team B have made some fabulous projects with Aloha Nui - do drop by and leave a comment or two.  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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TMR - Theme: Letters and/or Numbers ...

....  Hello and Good Morning!  It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room, but, before we get to that, we are welcoming two new members to our Design Team - Jane and Sue T - please do drop by and say Hi to them.  You might also notice a few changes to the blog too - our new design created by the very talented Kylie Purtell.  Now, moving on to our challenge, for the next couple of weeks we'd like you to create a masculine style project with the theme of numbers and letters.  Here's my take:

Hello - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems
 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders - Round in Circles
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Cajun Craze
Dies: Lil Inkers - Double Stitched Rectangles #2 and #4; Die-namics - Happy Hellos
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Attitude


This card was really quick and easy to make as most of the work was done by the design paper.  I found this wonderful sheet of numbered paper in one of my many packs of Kaisercraft papers.  I cut the background layer using the large of the new double stitched rectangle dies from Lil Inkers and adhered it to the card.  I cut a smaller rectangle in white on to which I adhered a die cut sentiment - clean, crisp and bold.  If you look closely at the letters you can see there are little dots on it.  On the inside I used the rest of the dotty paper to make a mat layer and on the white panel I stamped a few grungy circles.  I left a space for my message.

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

For more inspiration using letters and/or numbers on your masculine projects, do check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made to share with you.  Have fun.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

ASM - Photo ....

Hello and good evening.  It's time for our new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week it's our Photo Inspiration challenge.  Your project must take inspiration from the photo - just tell us what inspired you.  We have two sponsors this week - Bugaboo Stamps and they have a prize of 7 digi stamps and Rosey Hearts who have a prize of 5 digi stamps.  Here are my cards:

5 O'Clock - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Bugaboo Digi - JJ Tequila and Shoes ;  Uniko Studio - Time, Extra Time; Penny Black - Sprinkles and Smiles
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Sahara Sand, Melon Mambo; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders - Mega Rectangles Sm (S4-144) #4, Deckled Mega Rectangles Lg (S5-015) #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; US DP - Time & Extra Time; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella; SU Punch - Decorative Label; Glossy Accents


My inspiration from the photo is the soft neutral colours with the pop of pink, along with the clocks.  I printed JJ on white card, cut her out with a long rectangle, coloured with Copic markers, added some sparkle and a touch of glossy accents to her specs and martini glass.  I layered the finished image on pink card.  I punched out the sentiment and layerd it on pink card.  I covered the card with Uniko Studio design paper which is perfect for this challenge as it has clocks on it.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pink card and stamped more clocks and cogs and a sentiment on the white panel.

5 O'Clock detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems5 O'Clock inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My second card is a little more risque, but so much fun!  When I saw the image I knew I would have to colour her.  My husband loves cherries :) :)



Cherry Pop - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rosey Heart Digi - Girl Cherry Pop;  Uniko Studio - Time, Extra Time; Penny Black - Sprinkles and Smiles
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Sahara Sand, Melon Mambo; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders - Rectangles Lg (S4-132) #5, Scalloped Rectangles Lg (S4-133) #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Melon Mambo; US DP - Time & Extra Time; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella

I printed her on white card, coloured with Copics and added lots of sparkle with my clear Wink of Stella Brush.  I layered the image on pink card and attached it to the front of the card.  I found this sentiment and thought it was perfect to go with the image.  The inside has a mat layer of pink and some decoration on the white panel.

Cherry Pop detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCherry Pop inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more projects using our Inspiration Photo - check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  Have fun!

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Uniko Studio - Revisit ...

... Hello again!  Today the Uniko Studio Design Team are revisiting a number of Beverley's super stamp sets:
 Now, I don't have the hummingbird set (yet), so my card features only butterflies:

Butterflies - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Bright Butterflies, English Country Garden Butterflies
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Garden Green, Gumball Green, Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding, Green Galore, Old Olive; Kaleidacolor - Fresh Greens
Dies: Memeory Box - Cross Stitched Frames #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Lucky Limeade; SU Marker - Basic Black


This card came about because I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#117 and the monochromatic colour scheme at CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#118 - that butterfly graphic is so pretty.  This post is going live too late to play along with either challenge, but as they had such an influence on the design, must give them all the credit.  I'm also playing along with House of Cards - HOCApr, where the challenge is to add a butterfly and/or use their colours, obviously I've added butterflies!!

I die cut the green frame and adhered it directly to the card.  I stamped lots of the outline butterfly in black and added colour by over stamping with the solid butterfly - they are really easy to line up.  I spent a while cutting them all out and edged each one with a black marker.  I stamped the sentiment in the centre of the card and adhered the butterflies all around it.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and added more butterflies and a sentiment to the white panel.

Butterflies inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsButterflies sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Now, why don't you hop along and visit the rest of the team to see what they have made for you.  Here's the order of the hop:

Deborah - that's me!!

That's all for now - thanks so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.  Have a great day.

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52CCT - Colours ....

..... Hello!  It's time for our colour challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownLouise's colours are inspired by her love addiction of coffee, so I used that for my somewhat non-traditional Christmas card:

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

Stamps: Reverse Confetti - Be a Barista, Tinsel 'n' Trim; Winnie & Walter - Scenery: Big Bang Confetti
Inks: Versamark; Stampin' Up! - Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; SU Card - Baked Brown Sugar; SU DP - Very Vanilla; Wink of Stella - Gold, Clear; Gold Mirri Card; Glitter; Gold Embossing Powder


I used the sketch at Reverse Confetti - SFYTT#23 to create this layered card.  I cut a panel of light brown card and stamped snowflakes in Versamark, added some sticky stuff and then glitter.  I cut a panel of cream design paper (sadly now discontinued) and attached a trim of gold mirri card.  I stamped the coffee cup on cream paper, heat embossed with gold powder and coloured a gold stripe with my Wink of Stella brush.  Once cut out, I added some sparkle to the pattern in the coffee foam - if you squint and look really, really hard - it's almost a Christmas tree!!!!  I finished the front with a horizontal strip on which I stamped the sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of brown card and added some decoration and a greeting to the white panel.

Special Delivery inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSpecial Delivery sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's a close-up of the coffee cup - it sparkles and if you look closely, you really can see that Christmas tree ☺.  

Special Delivery Detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


For more inspiration using our colours of COFFEE AND CREAM, check the blog to see what the rest of the team have made to share with you.  Have fun!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Broadway and more ....

...  Wow, this week has simply flown by.  Today is our last day in New York City.  We've had a fab time exploring the city.

The weather forecast for Wednesday was for cold, dull and rather damp, so we decided to visit the Museum of Modern Art.  It was FANTASTIC!!  We started on the top floor where they have one of my favourite Van Gogh paintings on display - The Starry Night.  It was very popular, but I did manage to take a photo:

MOMA 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had a wonderful time in the museum and took lots of photos.  After our visit to the museum we walked up to Central Park, but it was so, so cold that we went back to our room for a rest.  Later, when it warmed up a bit, we went for a walk to Bryant Park.

Yesterday we walked down Broadway from our hotel on Times Square.  We had a nice stroll down the road stopping from time to time to have a coffee and warm up a bit and also to take some photos on the way.  There really is so much to see in this city.

NYC1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

NYC1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems



The last part of our walk took us to the South Seaport where we took a trip on the Water Taxi night tour - a trip around the Hudson, stopping off to see the Statue of Liberty.  This city is really beautiful at night.

Lady Liberty - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now - not sure what our plans are for today - but we are determined to squeeze in a bit more sight seeing!  See you soon.

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