Friday, 10 August 2018

Dylusions - black and white ....

.... Hi! I hope everyone is enjoying summer - here and in the UK!! When I went back to the UK in June I took a small Dylusions crafting kit with me to keep me entertained in my room in the evenings. This included several Dyalog insert booklets along with Dylusions ink brushes, canvas cards, paint pens, quotes, stickers, dycuts and washi tape. I thought I'd share the pages I created in my black Dyalog book:

This is the first page. I kept it really simple with lots of doodled borders. The image is one of Dyan's stamps and I used the white paint pen for all the doodling. I added a touch of colour to the iris.

The first spread in the book. Before I travelled to the UK, I used several of Dyan's stencils and a white gel pen to create some shapes in which I could later doodle. As you can see I used the hearts on this spread. Despite leaving the book open for a good 20 minutes after drawing the hearts, the white gel was still slightly damp and left a ghost print on the opposite page. I actually like it, as it adds another layer!! The image was cut from one of Dyan's colouring pages and adhered directly to the book. I then added the border and the words. Once again, I added a touch of colour to her eyes. It was so relaxing to doodle the hearts and border.

This page came about as I had lots of little eye images that I'd made for some ATCs and also this wonderful image (from the colouring sheets). I found the quote on the Internet and created the page.

This is the centre of the booklet. I used the large flower stencil to make the background and then spent a fun evening filling in the flowers. I actually went to Dyan's Dyalog Facebook group to see her examples and found that she had the flowers too, so I simply copied her doodling!! I added the image and words to make it more my page! This time I added a touch of red as well as the green!

This is the next spread in the book, but one of the last spreads I did while on holiday. I used a Posca fine white pen to draw the rectangles and add the doodles. I finished the spread by adhering the image and adding the border. More green on this one!

This page was prepared before I flew home - I used the arrow stencil on this one. I stamped this image before I left and added the flower sticker for her hair. You can't see it in the picture above, but the flower has lots of sparkles as I used a Nuvo sparkle brush to colour the white petals.

One afternoon was spent in the company of my UK crafting buddies - Kath and Dorothy - we had such fun. I found a gorgeous flower stencil in her stash (don't know the company) and used it to draw the flowers. I then spent that evening in the hotel doodling the inside of the flowers. The next evening I created the catgirl using bits from the little stash I had with me. I added sparkle to her wings and you can see it in the photo above!

This is the most recent spread completed in the book and I did this after our art journal meeting last month. I borrowed this stencil (Stencil Girl) from one of our new members, drew in the crosses and then spent some time adding doodles. The image is another of the colouring sheets, which I cut out and attached to the page. I finished by adding a border and words.

This is the last page of the black booklet. I kept it really simple. The image was one that I got at my very first Dylusions class with Dyan. I simply attached it to the page, added a touch of colour, the border and words.

I still have lots of blank pages in the Dyalog. I'll prep a few more pages and take the kit home with me when I visit at Christmas. So happy to have a travelling Dylusions journal! Thanks, Dyan!

I'm going to submit the last spread to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#25 where their challenge is Anything Goes. Thanks so much for stopping by - see you again soon. I should get back to my normal routine once Kat gets back to school!!


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

TMR - Our 5th Birthday ....

... Hello and good morning! Today is a very special day, it's our 5th birthday at The Male Room. The challenge was started by Jacqueline of Phoenix Inspirations in July 2013, and it's been a challenge I loved right from the start. I started off playing along and I was lucky enough to join the design team in February 2014.

So it's probably no surprise that our challenge for the next two weeks here at The Male Room - TMR#91 is BIRTHDAY. I've made a very clean, simple and sparkly card:

Stamps: My Favourite Things - Happy Birthday Candles; Stampin' Up! - Water Colour Wishes
Inks: Dylusions - Calypso Teal, Cut Grass, Pure Sunshine; Gina K - Black Onyx
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles, Birthday Candles
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Concord & 9th - Summer Glitter Pack

I wanted to keep this card really simple to focus on the bold, bright, sparkly candles. I used a stitched edge die to cut a panel of card slightly smaller than the base card and then die cut the candles from the white panel. I used the inlaid-die technique to fill the spaces with glitter candles in blue and green, along with gold flames. I stamped the birthday greeting above the candles and then adhered the panel to the front of the card using dimensional foam to give some depth. As yet, I've not done the inside of the card but will add a photo once it's completed. I'm submitting this card to Dare2BArtzy - D2BA#07 - Birthday and also to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#08.

I've finished the inside of the card!! I cut a mat layer of dark blue card and on the white panel stamped the birthday candles. I stamped them first in green and then again in blue - I used second generation impressions and went for a very grungy look. I added the flames using yellow ink. I finished the inside with a fun greeting in black.

Do visit our blog to see more inspiring projects from the rest of the team and also to see a card from our very special Guest Designer, Jacqueline. So great to have her with us for this special occasion. You have plenty of time to join in the celebration, deadline for submission is midnight BST on Tuesday 14th August (that's 7.00pm EDT). Don't forget you can make any type of papercraft project but it must have a masculine theme.

We are very pleased to announce that we are being sponsored by Concord & 9th for this challenge and you could be the lucky winner of a $25 gift voucher for their shop - good luck! That's all for now!


Friday, 20 July 2018

Uniko Challenge - It's more friendly with two .....

.... Hi! My second post this week - I'm on something of a roll 😄 I'm here this morning with my card for the new Uniko Challenge - USC#48. We have a super fun quote from A A Milne to inspire you

"It's so much more friendly with two." - A A Milne

How you interpret the quote is up to you, and we have an optional twist to make your card suitable for a child. I skipped the option and concentrated on friends and two. Here's my card:

Coffee & Friends - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - I Love Coffee, Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Ranger - Alcohol-Lift Ink; Gina K - Black Onyx; Versamark; Ranger Alcohol Inks - Sunshine Yellow, Crimson, Limeade, Flamingo
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Yupo; Black Card; White Embossing Powder

I created a striped background on Yupo with four shades of alcohol ink. Once dry, I used the new Alcohol-Lift ink pad to randomly stamp some flowers and coffee beans over the background - you can check out the video below to see Tim's demo. I stamped the lift-off images on some scrap white card and stamped the coffee mug label over the coffee bean images, and cut them out. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on black card, embossed with white powder and adhered to the front of the card with dimensional pads. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added a simple sentiment along with one of the stamped off flower images. I'm submitting this card to House of Cards - HOC#07 as I used their colours.

Coffee & Friends inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCoffee & Friends sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Don't forget to visit the Uniko blog to see more projects from the design team and also from our guest designer, Trinia P. Have fun!!


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

TMR - Include an unexpected item ....

... Hi! I can't quite believe just how busy I've been since getting back from the UK; I've had no time to play in my craft room as we've been doing family stuff!! I'm here today with my card for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#90. We have a super fun challenge - we want you to include AN UNEXPECTED ITEM on your masculine project. The possibilities are endless. I went for something silly and fun for a boy's birthday card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Balloon Bash, Simply Said Birthday, Birthday Sentiments; MFT - Pretty Pocket
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Blueberry Bushel; Gina K - Lucky Clover; Versamark
Dies: Die-namics - Pocket
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Blueberry Bushel; White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen; Black Micron Pen

I made a clean, simple card. I made the base from dark blue card and cut a panel of white card slightly smaller. I die cut the blue card to make a pocket on which I stamped a stitched edge and a simple birthday greeting, embossing them both with white powder. On the white card, I stamped balloons and added details with white and black pens. I stamped some stars in blue and green on the panel and then used dimensional tape at the edges of the pocket to attach it to the card front. I finished the card by putting a green balloon - my unexpected item - inside the pocket. On the inside of the card, I cut another panel of white card on which I added a greeting and some more stars. I'm submitting this card to Inkspirational - INK#165 where the word prompt is birthday.

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

Here's a photo of the card next to a blown up balloon:

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

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Wei and Lise Mariann to The Male Room DT - so glad to have you on board. Don't forget to check out The Male Room blog to see more inspiring projects from the rest of the design team and also from our guest designer, Ana.  You've got plenty of time to join the fun - deadline for submission is midnight (BST) Tuesday 31st July - that's 7.00pm here in the States. See you soon.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

TMR - Theme - Fishing ....

..... Hello! I'm back from our trip to the UK - it was so much fun and so nice to catch up with family members who I've not seen in years!!! It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#89. For the next two weeks, you should make masculine projects based on the theme of FISH/FISHING. I've never quite understood the fascination for fishing, but I do know that it is very popular both here in the States and in the UK. I took a slightly warped view of fishing:

Gone Fishing - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: There She Goes - Taglines; MFT - Marble Background; Lawn Fawn - Blue Skies
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders - Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder

I have no fishing stamps in my collection, but going through my stamp directory I came across this image from There She Goes Stamps (now discontinued) and it really made me laugh, so I created my card based around the image. I stamped the card base with the marble background using a Kaleidacolor ink pad to suggest a lake. I die cut a panel for the centre of the card and stamped the image, coloured it with Copic markers, put it back in the MISTI, restamped in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder to make the image pop. I stamped a couple of clouds in the sky in pale grey and added more colour to create the sky and the lake beneath the boat. I also added some birds flying in the sky. I finished the front by adding some sparkle to the clouds and also to the beer can. I decided not to add anything further to the front of the card. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of turquoise card, and on the white panel, I stamped the message - which made me laugh!! I also stamped the boat again.

Gone Fishing inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsGone Fishing sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit The Male Room to see more inspiration from the rest of the design team. You have plenty of time to join in the fun - the deadline for submission is midnight (BST) Tuesday 17th July - that's 7.00pm EDT in the States.

Today is Independence Day in the States. All over the country, there are going to be parades and firework displays and Northville is no exception. Normally, I'm in the UK at this time, but this year, I'm taking my mum into downtown Northville to see the Independence Day parade - it should be quite a spectacle!


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Happy Birthday ....

.... Today Ben's dad is 60 years old and Ben asked me to make a special card for Kim. The only request was not to include the actual number!!! So I suggested a shedload of candles instead and Ben liked that idea. This is the card I made:

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

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Dies: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise; Clear and Iridescent Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

I had so much fun making this card and, thanks to the video that Concord & 9th produced, it is so easy to make. I started by die cutting dark aqua card to make the base of the card. Next, I die cut the balloons, put the card into my MISTI and lightly stamped the image, coloured it with Copic markers, put it back in the MISTI and restamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. I added some sparkle to a couple of the balloons. I did the same process to create the candle layer. For the front layer, I die cut the word 'celebrate', masked off the rest of the card and then covered the die cut word with Versamark and heat embossed with iridescent powder, I repeated this three times to make the word strong and sparkly!! I removed the mask and then stamped the greeting below. I followed the instruction on the video to assemble the card and I'm thrilled with the result!! On the back of the card, I die cut a panel of white card to make an area for a greeting and a place for Ben to write his message.

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

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#23 - where the theme is anything goes. I've taken a couple of extra photos to show the depth inside the card and also the sparkle on the word 'celebrate':

This post was written before I left the States for our trip to the UK. As the post goes live, we're coming to the end of our visit. Kat, my mum and I are in Doncaster today, spending time with my niece, nephews and great-nephews and niece.

That's all for now - see you again soon.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

TMR - Theme .....

..... Good morning! I'm preparing this post well ahead of schedule (yes, I know it's a surprise) because I'll be in the UK on holiday when the post goes live. So I've had to get organised!!! It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#88. We have a really fun theme for you; your masculine project must be


That gives you so much scope. I had lots of fun going through my stamps trying to decide what to make. I had so many space film titles going through my head, but then I found this wonderful lion's head image and I knew exactly what film it was - The Lion King! I remember watching this film so many times when the children were younger. Here's my very clean and simple card:

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

Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Born to be Wild
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Dylusions Mini Stencil - Holes; Clear Embossing Powder

I wanted to keep the focus on the lion's head - such a strong image. I used a mini Dylusions stencil for the background - inking with three shades of yellow to create a warm background. I stamped the image and greeting in bold black ink and embossed with clear powder. That's the front done - I like the way the image really pops against the 'wild' background. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel I stamped the lion's head again, this time using a couple of shades of yellow ink and added a birthday greeting. I'm submitting this CAS card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#23, where the theme is anything goes.

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

Don't forget to visit The Male Room blog to see more projects inspired by film titles from the rest of the design team and also from our guest designer, Carol.

Finally, I thought I'd share a clip from The Lion King - enjoy:


Friday, 15 June 2018

Back to Back Retreat ATCs ....


.... Hi! As this post goes live, Kat and I should be landing at Heathrow airport in London. We've left Jonathan to fend for himself and we're going to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. So I thought it would be a good idea to schedule a few posts for while I'm away.

I'm starting off with a quick review of the Back 2 Back 2018 Retreat organised by Michelle McCosh of Everything Scrapbook and Stamps. B2B ran from 13th - 15th April, in Delray Beach, Florida - seems so long ago now. We had classes from Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley - both wonderfully talented and inspiring teachers. It was my third time attending B2B and it is always a pleasure to mix with a group of crazy and wildly artistic women, some of whom were returning like me, and many new faces too. Our classes were so much fun - we made books - but those I'm saving for later, when I've finished them!!

One of the traditions (of a sort) is an ATC swap. In past years, I've not got my act together to make any ATCs, but this year I was determined to make up for it. I started my preparations in plenty of time to get them all made - about 60 in all.  I made the backgrounds using Dyan's inking techniques and put the cards away to decorate at leisure.

Unfortunately, time got away from me and I realised about a week before I was due to leave that I still hadn't decorated the ATCs!! So instead of a nice relaxed time, it was a crazy time. I used a mixture of Dyan and Dina's stamps, words and techniques to make the ATCs. Here they are:

Inks: Dylusions - Postbox Red, Laidback Lilac, Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, Polished Jade, Vanilla Custard, Mushy Peas, Fresh Lime, Periwinkle Blue, London Blue, After Midnight, Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Tangerine Dream, Melted Chocolate; Various Archival inks
Stamps: A mixture of Dyan and Dina sets
ATC: Ready-made Strathmore Bristol Smooth ATC card blanks

I ended up making a total of 80 ATCs so I was able to swap with everyone and still have some left to give to people who'd swapped with me in previous years.  I still have a few left - ready-made cards for my art journals.

Here's a photo of the whole group from this year taken in the Zen Garden:

Michelle is organising Back 2 Back 2019 Retreat - Delray Beach, from 29th to 31st March 2019. Once again, Dyan and Dina will be teaching us new and exclusive classes. This is one of my "me time" breaks and I'm already signed up! That's all for now.

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