Friday, 19 January 2018

Uniko Challenge - Something Old, Something New ....

.... Morning! It's time for our first challenge of the year over at Uniko - USC#45. Our challenge this month is SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW with the optional twist of LOVE. If you carry the verse on, it goes 'something borrowed and something blue' and is very much associated with a wedding. While I've included blue on my card, it is not a wedding card, it's a birthday card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Decorative Doilies, Today Tomorrow & Always Time
Inks: Gina K - Powder Blue, Kraft, Black Onyx; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Sahara Sand; Uniko Stencil - Lattice; Stampendous - Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder; Vellum




I interpreted the challenge to mean an old Uniko stamp set and something from the new range. I used Decorative Doilies, probably my favourite stamp set, along with Today Tomorrow and Always Time for the words, along with the new lattice stencil. I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#255, the colours are from Colour Throwdown - CTD#476, and I'm also playing along with CASology - CAS#283 where the cue word is GLIMMER.

I sponged on some pale blue ink through the stencil fading it out at the edge. I stamped the doily on kraft card in Versmark and embossed with a shimmery embossing powder, and then I fussy cut it out. I stamped the birthday greeting on vellum and adhered it to the centre of the doily. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of kraft card and on the white panel, I added a greeting, along with a clock and another doily. This card is going in my stash as I've got quite a lot of birthdays in the next few months.

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

Here's a close up of the shimmery doily - love the iridescent colours:

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

Don't forget to visit the Uniko blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and from our Guest Designer - Anita.  We have prizes too, and they are as follows:

  • Main winner chosen by the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random twist winner - £4 in stock clear stamp set of winner's choosing
  • Random Uniko stamps winner - £4 in stock clear stamp set of winners' choosing
  • Top Three chosen by the DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You have plenty of time to join in with the challenge, deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) Friday 23rd February - that's 7.00pm EDT in the States. Have fun!

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

TMR - Theme ....

.... Hi! This month is flying by, it's already time for our next challenge over at The Male Room. We have a fun theme that really works well for masculine projects - we want to see VINTAGE - TMR#77. You can make any type of papercraft project; I've made two quite different cards. Here's the first card:

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

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk
Inks: Gina K - Dark Chocolate
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set2 - #1, #8 and #9
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Garage Days; Stampin' Up! Punches - ¾" and 1" circles


This card was super easy to make. I'm sure that I'm not the only person to have a huge stash of design papers and as I was going through that stash, I found this page - it has a really vintage vibe and it makes a fabulous card. I used cream lustre card for the base card. I die cut a panel of the paper and adhered it flat to the card. I think that you can see that each of the little images has been laminated. I lightly sponged ink to the edges of the card. I used punches to create the 'vintage goods' element. I finished the front by stamping a birthday greeting, cutting it out with a die, inked the edges and adhered it with dimensional pads. On the inside, I die cut another sheet of the pad, inked the edges and attached it to the card. On the cream panel I stamped a fun sentiment, I think this card is for my father-in-law and I'm sure he'll appreciate the joke!!! I completed it by adding one of the little laminated images.

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

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#18 where the theme is Anything Goes. And here's the other card - quite different:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Feeling Sentimental, Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics
Inks: SU - Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist; Gina K - Black Onyx
Accessories: White Lustre Card


This is a clean, simple, vintage card. I know that might seem a contradiction in terms, but I think it still counts as vintage as the focal image is a penny farthing bicycle and I've gone for a more vintage style font on the sentiment. I stamped the lines first and then the bicycle. I created a mask for the bike and then added the spatter pattern. I finished with a simple greeting on the front. On the inside I simply stamped 'happy birthday', added some more spatter and the bike moving off the page.  I used the colours from The Paper Players - PP#376 - I really like the colours.

Sending Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSending Wishes sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Now, don't forget to visit The Male Room blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and from our guest designer, Magda. You have plenty of time to join in the fun - deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) Tuesday 30th January - that's 7.00pm EDT in the States.

I must apologise to all those who played along with our first challenge of the year, as I've not yet been able to comment. I've been down with the dreaded cold and am only now really feeling myself. I'll be getting around soon. That's all for now. See you soon.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Uniko - Blog Hop and Revisit ....

.... Hello!! I'm so sorry not to have been around much, but I've had a stinking cold since we got back to the States and it's taken nearly two weeks for me to start to feel like me again!!! I had big plans to play in my craft room, but I only managed to get in there yesterday afternoon to make my card for the Uniko Revisit. Bev, owner and creator at Uniko, tends to release new stamps every other month and in the "off-month" we usually revisit a previously released stamp set. However, this month, Bev has given us the choice of any of the new stamp sets and stencils released in 2017 - such fun and so many possibilities. This is the card I made:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Happy Succulents, Simply Said Blocks
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Lovely Lavender
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copics; Uniko Stencil - Lattice; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Aquashimmer Brush


I used the colours from Colour Throwdown - CTD#475 and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#319 on this card. I've just realised that I totally CASEd Bev's gorgeous ultraviolet succulents!! Thanks Bev for the inspiration 😊

I cut two panels of white card, on the smaller panel I stamped the large succulent bouquet using my MISTI. I masked off the image laid over the lattice stencil and lightly sponged on some pale lavender ink, darker in the corner and fading out to the edges. I removed the mask and coloured the image with Copic markers. I put the finished image back in the MISTI and restamped it in Versafine and embossed with clear powder to give a really crisp image. I used the blue Copic marker to add colour to the edge of the other white panel and then layered on the image panel and adhered the whole lot to the card base. I added some shimmer to the image with a clear shimmer brush. I stamped the sentiment on white card, embossed it with clear powder and cut it out. I used the lilac marker to colour some white card and then layered on the sentiment panel. On the inside, I cut a panel of white card and once again used the blue Copic marker to edge the panel. On the other white panel, I added a greeting and another succulent image.


Don't forget to visit the rest of the Design Team and comment along the Blog Hop for your chance to win a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in the online store. You have until midnight (GMT) Sunday 21st January to comment. Here's the Blog Hop list:

Deborah - that's me!

I'm sorry the pictures are so dark, but it's late here and I have to do the best I can. I hope to get a little light studio this year to help make my photos better!! That's all for now - thanks for stopping by - see you again soon.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

TMR - Theme ....

.... Hello! I hope that everyone has had a really enjoyable holiday break and a great new year. We got back from the UK on 30th December - it was a super holiday and we had a lovely time with all the family. Sadly, Jonathan and I also came back with a stinking cold!! We've had a rough few days and spent most of our time just chilling in front of the TV.  We also came back to some of the coldest weather we've had for some time!

Anyway, I'm here this morning with my card for the new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#76. I had a break from the challenge at the end of last year, and am back now with my mojo intact and full of enthusiasm for all our upcoming challenges. It's also great to be working with our new team members. We have a really fun theme for the first challenge of this year - NEW BEGINNINGS. This gives you so much scope, but for me, I think that a New Year is always a time for new beginnings. Here's my card:

Happy New Year - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - It's A Celebration
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn; Gina K - Black Onyx; Versamark
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 #9
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Shimer Spritz - Frost; Clear Embossing Powder


I stamped some of the firework burst in Versamark and heat embossed them with clear powder. I used my Zig Clean Colour brushes to lay down the colours of the rainbow and went over them with my water brush to blend. Once dry, I stamped on some more firework burst in Distress inks and finished the front with a greeting in bold black. I die cut the panel with a stitch edge die and added a touch of black to the edges and adhered it to the card. As a final touch I spritzed the card with some frost shimmer spray, sadly you can't see it in the photo!! On the inside, I cut a panel of white card, added a greeting and stamped a lot more firework bursts all over.

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

I opted for rainbow colours and fireworks as so many cities around the world see in the New Year with wonderful firework displays. I'm safe to share this card today, as I posted this card to Ben yesterday, and I don't think he's going to see this post!! I'm submitting this card to TIME OUT challenges - TOC#99, as they also wanted to see New Beginnings!

Now, don't forget to visit The Male Room blog to see more inspiration projects from the rest of the team. You've got plenty of time to join in with our challenge, deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 16th January. See you again soon.

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Homeward bound ....

... By the time this post goes live, we'll be on the plane on our way back to Michigan. I can't quite get over how fast our visits home go by! We've had a super time seeing my in-laws, my mum, aunt and uncle, and our son Ben. It was really great spending time with them all. It'll be nice to be back in our house and sleep in our bed, but it'll be a while before we get to see everyone again.

One thing I am looking forward to is getting back into my craft room - my family knows me well and I got lots of lovely crafting goodies to play with.

That's all for now. Normal service resumes next week! See you soon.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

For Kat .....

.... Hello again! We had a good trip from Leicester to Fleet, and today we get to spend time with my Mum, Aunt and Uncle. We had a lovely Indian dinner last night and a very restful evening. And we are almost at the end of our visit home - time always flies by when we're here. Today, I'm sharing the card that I made for Kat for Christmas:

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

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Magnolia Wreath; Hero Arts - Happy Holly Days
Inks: Gina K - Applemint, Powder Blue, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Black Onyx; Versamark; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Concord & 9th - Magnolia Wreath
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Applemint, Powder Blue, Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose; Silver Embossing Powder; Shimmer Spritz - Frost


This card was entirely inspired by the colours and pretty wreath photo at the current Your Next Stamps challenge - YNS#79. I had fun making the wreath. I stamped the pale green leaves, heat set the ink and then stamped next layer and embossed with silver powder. I cut out the wreath with the matching die. I stamped the layering leaves in pale blue and silver, cut them out and adhered them to the wreath. I die cut the little flowers, berries and leaves from coloured card and added them to the wreath. Before attaching the wreath to the card, I stamped some pale green fir branches directly on the white card and added a simple greeting in black. After attaching the wreath I spritzed the card with frost shimmer spray. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of pale green card and added a greeting on the white panel along with some holly and berries.

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

Well, that's Christmas over again for another year. We have one more day here in the UK and then we're heading home. It is not always the easiest time of year, but I do hope you have all had a good time. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

For Ben .....

.... Hi! Well that's Christmas over for another year! Our holiday started with our flight from Detroit being delayed by two hours, but the pilot made up some time and we landed only an hour late. The trip on the underground into London was good - it was early on Sunday morning and the tube wasn't too busy. We met up with Ben - so pleased to see him at last. Then we got on the train to Leicester to see the rest of the family. The train was a bit delayed, but not too bad. The weather has been quite mild so far - I've seen some of the photos from Michigan and they've had a really white Christmas, not here in the UK though. We're halfway through our Christmas holiday and today we're heading to Fleet, Hampshire to visit my Mum, Aunt and Uncle. More travelling, but so worth it to see family. Today, I'm sharing the card that I made for Ben. I always miss him so much, and it's been super to be able to see him and catch up with all his news. Here's the card:

Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Christmas Cheer Turnabout, Joyful Noel
Inks: Distress Oxides - Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers; Gina K - Black Onyx
Dies: Concord & 9th - Joyful Noel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist; White Signo Gel Pen; Copics; Shimmer Spritz - Frost; Nuvo Glitter Drops - Emerald City, Ruby Slippers, Dazzling Blue; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Brush - Clear; Copics


I used the last of the panels that I made with the Christmas Cheer turnabout stamps. After stamping the outline images, I added some white highlight with a gel pen and also used some of the small solid images to add more colour. I spritzed the whole panel with frost shimmer spray and adhered it to a white card base. I die cut the word 'joy' from bright lime card and covered the J and Y with Nuvo shimmer and added some glitter drops to the wreath O. On the inside I cut a mat layer of kraft card and on the white panel I stamped a Christmas light wreath which I coloured with Copics and added a simple greeting.

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

I'm submitting this one to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with a Die Challenge - HLSAG#12, and also to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#17 where it's anything goes. That's all for today. Do come back tomorrow to see the card I made for Kat. Bye for now.

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

For Jonathan ....

... Hi! I'm sharing the card I made for Jonathan today. It's a really clean, simple and fun card:

Is You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stamplorations - Yuletide Deer
Inks: Versamark; Gina K - Black Onyx; Delicata - Silver Shimmer
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frame Borders #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Washi Tape; SU Card - Emerald Envy; Silver Embossing Powder; Copics; Nuvo Shimmer Brush


I really like this stamp set - the different deer images are just lovely. I think the faceted effect on this one goes really well with the chevron design on the washi tape, and in fact, I used the colours on the tape to colour the image. I die cut the panel with a stitch edge die and added a touch of shading around the coloured image. I also added some sparkle to the stag head. I adhered the washi tape to the card and used dimensional pads to attach the die cut panel. I finished the front with a simple greeting for Jonathan. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of green card and stamped another Christmas message and a silver stag head on the white panel.

Is You inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsIs You sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges:

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


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