Wednesday, 7 December 2016

TMR - Theme ...

.... Morning! I'm back with my card for our new challenge over at The Male Room - TMR#50. We have a very simple theme, and you won't be at all surprised to know that it's CHRISTMAS/WINTER WISHES/DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS. I had fun making another Christmas card for my stash (now 106 cards):

Noel - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Winnie & Walter - Winter Woodland, Comfort & Joy
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Kaisercraft - Deer Head; Die-namics - Cross Stitched Ovals #4; W&W Cutaway - Noel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze; Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Tidings; Wink of Stella - Clear


I think that a stag's head makes a perfect masculine Christmas card and I had fun with this one. I stamped the background with the cut tree trunk rings in light brown. I die cut a plain white oval on which I adhered the stag's head. I die cut it from some lovely plaid design paper. I made the word "noel" with three die cuts - one in dark brown and the other two in Cajun Craze. I adhered the dark brown slightly offset to create a drop shadow effect. I finished the front with a light dusting of clear Wink of Stella on the word noel. On the inside I cut mat layer of the plaid paper and on the white panel added a greeting, another stag's head and some birds.

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

I'm really pleased how this one turned out. I'm going to submit this to AAA Cards - AAA#79 where the theme is CHRISTMAS, although it might not be CAS enough for them!

For more inspiration do visit our blog to see more from the Design Team. This challenge has an extended deadline to allow for the fact that most of us are very busy this month, and also to allow you to keep any special cards hidden until after 25th December. Submission deadline is midnight (GMT) on Saturday 31st December - that's 7.00pm EST for those in the States. Have fun!!

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Clean, simple Christmas ...

.... Good afternoon! I actually feel like it's early evening as I've been up since 4.00am this morning! It's really dull and grey today, so I decided to have a play with the current challenge at Less is More - LIM#305 where they want us to use one or more of the primary colours - RED, BLUE AND YELLOW. I used all the primary colours on my card. I'm back on the Christmas card theme and here's my card:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Twinkle Trees; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & Greetings, Sentimental Winter
Inks: SU - Real Read, Ballet Blue, Yoyo Yellow, Crumb Cake; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Crumb Cake; Spectrum Noir - Sparkle Brush Clear


I must apologise for the quality of the photo - it's so dark here that even with my daylight bulb, the white looks a bit grey!!

This is a simple one layer card. I started by stamping the greeting - love the blue (shame its discontinued) to act as a ground for the tree. I stamped trunk in a neutral kraft then added lots of decorations - red tinsel, and yellow and blue lights. I also added lots of sparkle with a clear Spectrum Noir brush - I traced over the word "greetings" and over the tinsel and star. On the inside I cut a mat layer of kraft design paper and added a continuation of the greeting along with piles of "lights" in the corners of the white card.

Christmas Greetings inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsChristmas Greetings sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The cue word over at Just Us Girls - JUGS#372 is CHRISTMAS TREE so I'm submitting this card there and I'm also playing along with City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#341 where they want to see Christmas trees too.

That's all for today - I really do have to get on with some ironing - the pile is going to fall over soon!

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Marvellous Mehndhi ...

.... Morning all! I'm taking a bit of a break from Christmas cards today. December and January are full of family and friend birthdays, so I thought I'd make a few for my stash. Here's the first:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Marvellous Mehndi, Simply Said; Cas-ual Friday Stamps - Whole Shebang
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Memory Box - Contempo Circle Border
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Bazill Card - Lime Green; Vellum; Zig Real Brushes; Spectrum Noir - Sparkle Brush Clear; Clear Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card


I stamped the mandala image twice - once on the card and once on watercolour card. I embossed the image on water colour card with clear powder and then coloured it with Zig Real Brushes. I also added some sparkle with my clear Spectrum Noir brush. I fussy cut the water colour image, edged it with a black marker and adhered it to the card with the green die cut border beneath it. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card, attached it to a piece of die cut vellum and then adhered it over the flower. On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and on the white panel added a fun greeting and a paisley pattern.

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

I used the colour from this week's Colour Throwdown - CTD#421 - love these colours. The layout is based on the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#265.

I've got a busy week coming up - I've got to finish sorting out my Christmas card list, get the labels printed, cards written and then posted. It's a fairly major job. And in between all my crafting fun, I also need to make sure that the house is clean and tidy. Oh yes, must get the Christmas tree up too! That's all for now! Do drop by again soon.

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Snowflake sparkle ....

... Hello! I'm still on a Christmas card roll. I've got a really clean, simple and sparkly card to share with you this morning:

Snowflake Shimmer - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Most Wonderful, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugar Plum, Raspberry Ripple; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Waltzingmouse - Folk Art Snowflake
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Magenta Glitter Paper; SU Card - Raspberry Ripple; Stick It


I made this card using one of my favourite techniques - inlaid dies. I covered the back of the card with some Stick It adhesive - double sided, very thin and easy to die cut. I positioned the die and using my precision plate I ran it through my Big Shot several times to ensure that all the little pieces were cut through. I removed the snowflake and all the bits from the card panel. I then adhered a piece of bright magenta glitter paper to the inside of the card. Then I simple replace the snowflake die cut. I added a tiny seasonal greeting to the corner of the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark pink card and on the white panel added a greeting and some smaller snowflakes.

Snowflake Shimmer sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this card to a few challenges. The first is CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - CFC#162 where the team would like to see snowflakes and glitter. The second is Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where the theme is ANYTHING GOES. Finally, I'm playing along with Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#5 where they too have an ANYTHING GOES challenge. And also to TIME OUT Challenges - TOC#71 - where the theme is CHRISTMAS with optional sparkle!  And this card brings my stash total to 104! I'm getting there.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

52CCT - Pick a Previous 2016 Challenge ...

.... Good morning! This year is flying by and we've reached December. I hate to scare anyone, but there are only 21 days to Christmas! However, if you've played along with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown every week you should have at last 47 cards in your stash. If you don't and if you still need some inspiration to make your cards, then this week's challenge of PICK A PREVIOUS 2016 CHALLENGE - 52CCT48-16 will be a great help. When you visit our blog, click on the tabs to see all the challenges. I actually have 100 cards in my stash, but still need more, so I've made 3 cards today all with the same design, but different colours. Here's the first:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Peach Glitter Paper



I like making Christmas cards with non-traditional colours, so this one is based on the colours I picked for January - shades of orange. It's quite different to the card that I made in January, as this time I've gone for a very clean and simple look, but still with lots of sparkle! I've actually used a couple of other challenges too - the sketch from October and also to use dies which was our May stash challenge. I die cut the beautiful star from peach glitter paper that I'd previously adhered to some Stick It. I used my MISTI to stamp the trail of stars in a coral colour and then the sentiment in dark orange. I attached the star after stamping the front of the card. On the inside I cut a mat of peach card and on the white panel stamped a subtle star in the background and greeting in dark orange. I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#5 where the theme is ANYTHING GOES. This challenge is new to me, but I hope to play along again.

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

My next card is soft shades of blue:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Soft Sky, Marina Mist
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Midnight Muse; Ice Blue Glitter Paper




The process on this one is the same as above. Once again the previous challenges are the October sketch and the May stash challenges. I'm submitting this one to CAS on Sunday - CASOS#97 where they want CAS Christmas cards - check!

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

My last card goes back to non-traditional colours. I'm submitting this one to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#202 where the team want us to use any of their previous 2016 colours to make a sesaonal card. Here it is:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light
Inks: SU - Blushing Bride, Rose Red, So Saffron
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Starlight Thins
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Blushing Bride; Yellow Glitter Paper




I used the 2nd June colours - CASC&S#176 for my card. I actually played along with this challenge and made a Christmas card then - but this one is so different.

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

I had fun making this trio of cards and they bring my total Christmas card stash to 103. For more inspiration using some of our previous challenges, do visit our blog to see more from the Design Team. As this month gets very busy for everyone, we will be running the challenge for the whole of December. Submission deadline is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 28th December - so you can keep any special cards a surprise and upload them after the 25th! That's all from me for today - but do stop by again tomorrow!

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Sunrise again ...

.... Good morning! I'm back with another Christmas card. I've used the colours from the April colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches but realised that this might not be CAS enough for them. However, I will still submit to their current challenge which is to use previous colours and make them seasonal! This was fun to make.

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Handwritten Holidays 3; Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry; Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustrre Card; Stampin' Up Card - Melon Mambo; Clear Embossing Powder


I used one of my all-time favourite techniques on this card - emboss resist. I just love the way the image appears as you add inks to the card. I started by stamping this large sentiment across the centre of the card and heat embossing with clear powder. I masked off the edge of the card, stamped a few snowflakes in versamark and heat embossed them. Then I started to add distress inks starting with yellow at the bottom, moving through orange and ending up pink. I removed the masking tape and then added more snowflakes using the same colour inks. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark pink card and on the white panel I added a simple greeting along with some more snowflakes.

Believe inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBelieve sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this one to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#222 where this week it's MAKE YOUR MARK - I've certainly done that! I'm also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where it's ANYTHING GOES. I'm also going to submit this to Less is More - LIM#304 where the receipe is to use EMBOSS RESIST. I'm sure this isn't clean and simple enough, but the idea came from their challenge!! I might try to make a really CAS emboss resist card today! That's all for now.

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