Tuesday, 4 August 2015

ASM - Anything Goes ....

.....  Good evening!  With all our travelling during July, I haven't been able to do my DT card for Addicted to Stamps and More!  So, I'm absolutely delighted to be getting back into my routine and be able to join the team this week with my card for our Anything Goes Challenge:

Congratulations - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Garlands Galore, Sweet Baby
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue; Memento - London Fog
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bashful Blue; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


My mum wanted me to make a new baby boy card for her to send home to the UK.  I've gone for a clean, simple layout in shades of blue and with banners.  As there are banners on the card, I'm submitting it to the current Addicted to CAS challenge - ATCAS#69.  I cut a mat layer of pale blue (sadly discontinued) and on the white panel stamped some starry garlands along with a name banner.  I used the new Uniko Garlands Galore set, stamping each flag on white card and adding the letters in dark blue.  I love that you can customise the banner to say just what you want!  I finished the front with a simple sentiment and a tiny little yellow duck!  I've added a touch of sparkle to the duck and the garlands, although you can't really see it in the photo.  On the inside I cut another mat layer of blue card and added a bold sentiment in the middle of the white panel.  I added a lower case alphabet and faux stitching for a fun border.

Congratulations inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCongratulations sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Sami Stamps and the winner of the challenge will receive a $12 prize certificate to spend at their shop - they have so many fabulous images.  Do visit our blog to see inspiration pieces from the rest of the Design Team, some of whom have used digital images from Sami Stamps.  Can't wait to see what you make - have fun!!

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Art Journal ....

.... I've not managed to get much crafting done this last week - what with the car breaking down for the third time in two weeks and taking Kathryn to the other side of the state for a summer camp. 

Last Sunday (26th July) I was at Scrappy Chic Kitchen Roll Sprayers Art Journal Club.  This group was formed after a group of us attended Dyan Reavley's classes in March and we meet each month to carry on working on our journals.  We get to review techniques, share ideas and generally play.  I finished a double page spread - making some pockets in which to store secrets.

Secrets - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I used mostly Dylusion products to make the pages, adding a touch of sparkle to the flowers with Wink of Stella brushes.  This is still a work in progress - I've got some tags and such to make, but I'm please with how it's coming along!

Yesterday I was at a stamp show in Novi - I got some new bits and pieces to add to my art journal supplies - pan pastels, stencils, paints and lots of tiny pots of Inka Gold!  I'm a very happy girl!

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

52CCT - Sketch ....

.... Morning all!  I finally managed to get into my craft room yesterday afternoon to make today's card.  As it's the first Saturday of the month, that means it's our sketch challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  Our host this month is Julie and she's got a really nice sketch for us - you can flip or rotate the sketch and add any embellishments you like.  Here's my take:

Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Delightful Decorations; Winnie & Walter - Winter Wonderland
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black, Olympia Green, Crimson Red; Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Squares #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Christmas paper (FOC with Simply Cards & Papercraft); Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder; SU Punch - Christmas Ornament; Martha Stewart - Christmas Ornaments Border Punch


I used some lovely vintage style papers as the basis of my design - great colours and I think the snippet of Christmas newspaper is super.  I stamped the Christmas bauble in Versmark and embossed with Gold Tinsel powder - it has a lovely shimmer - and cut it out with the matching punch.  Sadly, both the punch and stamp set are discontinued.  On the inside of the card I cut a mat layer of design paper and added a greeting to the white panel.

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

Don't forget to visit our blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  Have fun!

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

52CCT - Technique .....

....  Good morning!  I must apologise to my Design Team mates as I'm really late with my card for this week's challenge, but it's here!!  This week's challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is a technique challenge and Tanja has picked Embossing on Vellum - you can dry emboss or use embossing powders, the choice is yours.  Here's my take:

Ugly Sweater - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Ugly Sweater, Sweater Words & Appliques
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Dies: SSS - Sweater Dies
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Kraft; Copic Markers; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Winter Wonderland; Wink of Stella - Clear; Vellum; White Embossing Powder



I've used a few challenges - the colours and layout are based on this week's Time Out Challenges - TOC#36 to CASE Alice's card, and I've included several hearts which is the theme over at Merry Monday - MM#167.  And as there's embossing on the card, I'm also submitting to CAS-ual Friday Challenge - CFC#141.   I used Kraft card to make the card base and cut a piece of vellum slightly smaller than the base.  I used a snowflake folder to dry emboss the vellum and adhered it to the card.  I stamped a sweater on white card, coloured it with Copic markers and then stamped, in Versamark, the Christmas lights heart shape which I embossed with white powder.  I added a touch of red to the lights on the sweater.  I stamped a few more little hearts on white card, coloured them red and cut them out.  I finished the front with a fun sentiment and added a touch of sparkle to the little hearts.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card on which I stamped a greeting and the heart lights stamp, I also edged the panel with red marker.

Ugly Sweater inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsUgly Sweater sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit the blog to check out more inspiration cards from the team - you've got until Friday 31st July to join in with the challenge.  Have fun!

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

TMR - Theme - Spots 'n' Stripes .....

....  Good morning all!  It's time for our new challenge over at The Male Room.  For the next couple of weeks we'd like your masculine projects to have SPOTS AND STRIPES.  Here's my take:

Cool - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas - Dr Who Plate 925
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up DP - Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Kraft; Clear Embossing Powder


I've used the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#133 and the layout is from Clean&Simple - FTL#21.  This card is completely different to the one I had planned to make.  I was checking the main blog yesterday morning and saw Louise's wonderful card with the spots and stripes ties, and realised that I'd have to come up with something different.  And yesterday evening (about 9.00pm) I suddenly had an idea.  I've mentioned that I like Dr Who, and when Matt Smith played Dr Who, bow ties were very cool!  So this is the result.  I stamped the bow tie three times, embossed them with clear powder and cut them out.  I cut a strip of striped paper adhered it to the card and added some burlap paper - love this texture.  I then used dimensional tape to attach the bow ties.  I haven't added a sentiment as yet because I'm not sure whether this will be for a birthday or just because!  And, as I was running out of time, I haven't done the inside - but will add a photo when it's completed.

Do visit our blog and check out the inspiration projects from the rest of the team and from our Guest Designer, Monika.  You've got plenty of time to join in with the fun.  Enjoy!!!

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

52CCT - Theme .....

.... Hello, good morning!  It's time for our new theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and Tanja has picked the theme of snowman.  I had so much fun with this theme, here's my card:

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

Stamps: Funstamps - Scribble Snowman; Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Dies: PTI - Wet Paint Holiday
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! - Basic Black; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Perfect Pearls - Pewter; Peel Offs


I used the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#195 for the layout and the colours are from Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#80.  I stamped snowflakes randomly over the card in Versamark and used pewter Perfect Pearls to bring them out.  I stamped the snowman three times on white card and coloured them with Copic Markers.  I cut them out, edged them with a black marker and added some sparkle to the hats and scarves with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I adhered the first snowman flat to the card, and used dimensional gel for the other two.  I die cut the word Christmas four time in black, glued them together and attached it to the card.  I finished with a peel off which I coloured black.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and stamped a Christmas greeting on the white panel, along with some more snowflakes.

Christmas Wishes inside  - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsChristmas Wishes Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's a close up of the sparkle on the hats and scarves - looks so nice when the sun shines!!

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

Don't forget to visit our blog to check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  It's so nice to be back in the States and play in my craft room.  I did miss playing along for the past few weeks!  That's all for now - have fun!

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

RSD - Progressive Challenge Team B ....

.... Morning!  I'm back in the States and it's so nice to be home, I've really missed playing in my craft room.  I'm back this morning with a card for our Rick St Dennis Progressive Challenge, and it's time for some mid-month inspiration from Team B.  This month has an "ANYTHING GOES" theme, but you must use one of Rick's images on your project.  There's a huge selection over at Rick's Zibbet shop - do check it out.

My card is a clean and layered with a fun image:


Live Laugh Love - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Emma Hemlock (I Brake for Stamps); Kaisercraft - Secret Garden
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Pistachio Pudding
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frame Borders #5 and #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Rich Razzleberry; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear, Pink, Silver and Green


I printed the image on white card, cut it out with the lovely cross stitched frame die and then coloured her with Copic markers.  I know that the image is for Halloween, but I think she's lovely.  The colour inspiration started from this week's Colour Q - cQc#299, but then slightly wandered off!  I did use some of the colours, but could get the image to work with yellow, so opted for lime green instead.  I think Emma's a fun loving girl, so I added green to her hair (wish I was brave enough to do that) and added lots of sparkle to her feathers, the ribbon, her make-up and the background too.  I layered the finished image on a piece of razzleberry card and adhered the whole panel to the card.  I finished the front with a simple, but heartfelt, sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of razzleberry card and on the white panel stamped a pretty doily in green (to match her ribbon) and added a bold sentiment.

Live Laugh Love inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our Sparkle and Glitter blog to see the inspiration projects from the rest of Team B - they're fabulous!!!  And why not play along with us this month - Mr Linky is here - find your favourite image from Rick's shop and go wild!!  That's all for now - see you soon.

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Uniko - July Release ....

......  Morning!!!!  It's arrived, today is Release Day - Uniko has three new stamps sets to add to their collection.  You've seen the Sneak Peeks, you've had the Introductions and today you can purchase all three sets at Uniko here.  Let's see the sets in full:


Don't you just love this - the possibilities are endless and you can build personalised banners!  It's fab. Garlands Galore £9.95 This set features garland / bunting building stamps and a mini alphabet. The small solid garlands measure 10.5 cm in length and the two larger garlands 14cm approx.


I adore this house and can't wait to paper piece it!!  Home Sweet Home £4.95 This set features a simple house and new home sentiments. The house measures 6.5 x 6.5 cm approx.

And last, but by no means least:


Bev draws the most beautiful flowers and here's another to add to the collection - Cosmos!  Love it.  Pure Florals:Cosmos £4.95 This is the first mini Pure Florals set as the flowers work better on a smaller scale. The double flower stamp measures 4.2 cm x 7.5 cm approx. Make a Wish sentiment measures 4.5 cm x 1.2 cm approx.

Release Day: Today you'll be able to see all the sets and you'll be able to purchase them at the Uniko shop.  As is tradition with a new release, there will be a Design Team Blog Hop with the chance for ONE lucky person to win the ENTIRE release!!!  Here's the order for the release:


Places to join in and possibly win a prize are by commenting on the way at Uniko Blog, DT and Guest Team Blogs, liking the Uniko Facebook Page, following on Twitter and Pinterest!

Sadly, I don't have any cards to share with you today.  I've been in England visiting family and friends.  Bev sent the new release to my Mum's house and I have them in my suitcase.  My Mum, Kathryn and I will be at Heathrow airport as this post goes live - our plane due to leave at 10am.  I've had the most fabulous visit to the UK with wonderful weather and super friends.  And now we're off home.  I've really missed Jonathan and it will be super to see him again.  Oh yes, I'll also be able to get back into my craft room and play - do drop by soon to see what I make with Bev's new stamps!!  Bye for now.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

TMR - Theme - Song Title ....

.... Hello!  Morning!  As this post goes live, I'm on my last week's holiday in the UK.  Kathryn and I flew over at the end of June, leaving Jonathan to have a two week vacation at home in the States.  So as you've guessed this is a scheduled post - prepared before I fly off!  It's been a busy week.  Our challenge, for the next two weeks, at The Male Room is to make a masculine theme project based on a Song Title.  Here's my card - see if you can work it out before I tell you:

Surfin' USA - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - North Shore; Verve Stamps - Learning to Sail
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Real Red; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers


Have you guessed it yet?  He's a surfer dude, and I've gone for good old, red, white and blue .  My song is Surfin' USA by the Beach Boys - just love this song, it is so, so summer!!  And my card is ultra clean and simple.  I cut a mat layer of red card.  On the white panel I stamped this fabulous surfer image in black and embossed it with clear powder.  I added just a touch of colour to the sea behind him and to the lovely hibiscus flowers.  On the inside, I kept it just as simple with another mat layer of red card and some cool red, white and blue surf boards and greeting.

Surfin' USA inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

We have a guest designer with us this month - I'm sure that many of you are familiar with her work, please welcome Monika of Creative with Monika.  The rest of the team have some fabulous inspiration for you too.

Here's a video of the Beach Boys singing Surfin' USA - enjoy!!



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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Uniko - Sneak Peek 3 ....

....  Morning, I'm here with the last Sneak Peek for the Uniko July release.


Such a pretty flower and a gorgeous font for the sentiment.  Tomorrow the DT will start introductions to the new sets - do check out their blogs to see what they've made.

This is the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: our final teasers to keep you guessing and wanting more.

Introducing: 8th - 10th July.  The Design Team will be showcasing a new set each day - sadly I won't be taking part this month - but once I get back to the States you'll see what I make with them!!!

Release Day: Saturday 11th July - you'll be able to see all the sets and you'll be able to purchase them at the Uniko shop.  As is tradition with a new release, there will be a Design Team Blog Hop with the chance for ONE lucky person to win the ENTIRE release!!! 

Now you don't want to miss out on any of the fun from 5th to 11th July as Bev will be drawing random winners for some prizes.  No hints as to the value of the prizes, you'll just have to join in!

Places to join in and possibly win a prize are by commenting on the way at Uniko Blog, DT and Guest Team Blogs, liking the Uniko Facebook Page, following on Twitter and Pinterest!

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