Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sweet Sixteen .....

.... Good Morning! It's Kat's 16th birthday today. By some strange miracle Kat was up early this morning :) We wished her a Happy Birthday, she spoke to her Nanny in Leicester and she's opened her card. She loved it!!! Yea. To celebrate we're having a birthday brunch at Fox Hill Golf Club - they do a wonderful spread. Kat started her birthday weekend with dinner on Friday night with her best friend Alyx at The Cheesecake Factory in Novi (we dined there too, but at a different table). The girls spent yesterday together at The Heritage Festival in Northville and then at home - I think they spent the day chatting, laughing, listening to music and just enjoying being together. Last night I finally made Kat's card:

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

Stamps: Visible Image - Sing, Tomorrow Doesn't Exist, Rays of Light; Uniko - Simply Said Birthday; Winnie & Walter - Moonlight; Your Next Stamp - Whatnot Sentiments One; Stampin' Up! - 25 Days
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Cherry Red, Black Onyx; Distress - Black Soot
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear; Lindy's Starburst Spray - Rudolf's Nose Red; Dylusions Stencil - Cobweb Lg


I got the idea for this card from Kat, she sings all the time, she loves all things Goth and Halloween, and she's very fond of black and red. I spritzed Lindy's red spray over the cobweb stencil. Once dry, and after cleaning the stencil, I lightly sponged over the edges of the stencil with black distress ink. I rubbed over the surface with an antistatic bag and then stamped the number and singer in black and heat embossed with clear powder. I positioned the musical notes to come from the microphone, stamped and embossed that image. Then I stamped the star burst and word 'birthday' in cherry red ink. I finished the front by stamping the word 'happy' and adding just a touch of sparkle to the dress with a clear wink of stella brush. I used a sponge to define the edges of the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped some cobwebs, some pumpkins, added a greeting and finished with some stars.

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

I'm submitting this card to Inkspirational - INK#143, where they have a photo for inspiration. My take on the photo is to use a silhouette image of a singer (another of the arts), the musical notes floating in the air, and to create an overall background that suits my daughter. I'm also playing along with Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#14 where it's Anything Goes!

Before I go, I have to share few photos of my gorgeous girl:


Our Goth Girl - it's actually a handbag she's holding! Taken by Alyx.


Kat - photo taken by Alyx, her best friend.


And this one is Kat, Pluto and Alyx - taken in April when we went to Disney. They're still little girls at heart!!!

That's all for now. Have a great day.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Christmas Owl ....

.... Hi again, I'm definitely getting back into my groove, I've another card to share today. This time it's a Christmas card (you're going to see lots of those in the coming weeks) and it's really CAS:

Peace Love Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dare 2B Artzy - Owl Be Home 4 Christmas, Daddy Owl; Concord & 9th - Joy; Uniko - Background Builders Chevrons
Inks: Gina K - Red Velvet, Grass Green, Black Onyx; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I've used the sketch from Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT#17 for the layout - so pleased to be playing along. As it's a one layer card with a coloured in element I'm going to play along with Less is More - LIM#345. There's an owl on here so I'm going to enter AAA Cards - AAA#98 as they want creatures great and small.

I used my MISTI to stamp the owl, removed the card and coloured the owl. I put the card back in the MISTI and stamped it again in Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear powder. Next I stamped the zig-zag lines to match the owl's clothes. Again, using the MISTI makes this process very easy. I finished the front with a simple sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added a Christmas greeting.

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

I've really settled back into my regular routine. I've recently added an aquarobics class on Monday morning - it's so much fun, but I think I've rediscovered muscles that I'd forgotten I had!!! That's it for now. Take care.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

TMR - Technique and DT Call ...

... Hi! I'm here this morning with my card for our new challenge over at The Male Room - TMR#69. We have a fun theme for your masculine projects; for the next couple of weeks - we want use to use MASKING. I've made an autumn themed card:

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

Stamps: Stampendous - Pattern Leaves; Concord & 9th - Kindhearted
Inks: Versamark; Gina K - Sweet Mango, Tomato Soup, Kraft, Honey Mustard, Warm Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Charcoal Brown, Black Onyx
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Early Espresso; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gold Embossing Powder


Using my MISTI I stamped the large patterned leaf in the centre of the card. I coloured it with Copic markers then I ran a dust buddy over the image, put the card back in the MISTI and stamped the image again with Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder. I added a touch of sparkle to the leaf with a clear Wink of Stella brush. This method gives a really crisp image. I masked the leaf and used my MISTI to stamp the repeat sentiment in the background. This is a technique that I learnt from Jennifer McGuire. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark brown card and on the white panel I partially stamped the leaf twice and added a greeting.

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

I'm submitting this card to a few challenges: Less is More - LIM#345 - where it's one layer week with colouring in, Creative with Stamps - CWS#18 where they want leaves, and House of Cards - HOC#09 where they have colour and/or text - I've got both.

Do visit The Male Room to see more inspiration from the rest of the team. You've got plenty of time to play along.

Now the bit in the title where I said DT CALL - The Male Room is looking for some new DT members - full details can be found on the blog.

That's all for today. I'll be back again tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

12 Days of Christmas - day 5 ....

.... Morning! I made another card in the 12 Days of Christmas series - no, it's not Day 2, it's actually Day 5:

Peace Love Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas; Concord & 9th - Joy
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frame Borders #7
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Shimmer Spritz Spray - Frost; Clear Embossing Powder; Brusho - Alizarin Crimson, Rose Red


I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - HLSWC09 where the optional twist is spritz. The idea for the background comes from City Crafter Challenge Blog, but that challenge has closed. The process of making this is the same as yesterday - die cut the panel, add some brusho crystals and spritz with shimmer spray - love the result. It's always different. Once dry, I used my MISTI to stamp the image and sentiment - several times to make sure that I got good coverage of the watercolour paper. I heat embossed with clear powder, layered it on black card and adhered it to the card. The inside has yet to be done!

Peace Love Joy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I will be completing this series of cards - there are so many pretty colours of Brusho crystals!! That's all for now - see you soon.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

12 Days of Christmas .....

.... Hi! I've been having so much fun in my craft room, and that's good because I've hardly been in there for the past few months!! I'm working on building up my Christmas card stash. I need lots as I've many friends and family in the UK, along with friends here. So here's another Christmas card:

Peace Love Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas; Concord & 9th - Joy
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frame Borders - #7
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Brusho - Sea Green, Leaf Green, Lime Green; Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Frost; Clear Embossing Powder


This is the start of a series of 12 Christmas cards. I die cut a panel of water colour card using a stitched die, applied some Brusho crystals and spritzed with a frost shimmer spray - I just love the effect you get. Once dry, I used my MISTI to stamp the image in black - I repeated this step a couple of times to make sure I got reasonably good coverage, and then heat embossed with clear powder. I added a simple sentiment and layered the panel on black card. I've not done the inside of the card as yet.


I'm submitting this card to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#258, to City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#278, and to Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - HLSCAS09.

That's all for now! See you soon.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Christmas Joy 2 ...

... Hello again! I'm on a roll! I've been shopping recently and got a super layering stamp set from Hero Arts, and I've used it here to make another ultra CAS Christmas card. It's another one that would work well for mass production:

Great Tidings of Joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Hero Arts - Colour Layering Joy
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz; Gina K - Black Onyx; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder


The colours are from the new Paper Players challenge - PP#361. I'm also submitting this one to Merry Monday - MM#255 and to Happy Little Stampers Christmas - HLSXMAS09.

I used my MISTI to help make sure that my layers were accurate. I started by stamping the solid word in pale pink. Next I stamped the shadow layer in Versamark and heat embossed with silver tinsel embossing powder. I finished by stamping the thin word joy in black and adding some words above. I completed the front by adding some stylised foliage around the word in green. On the inside I simply stamped some more foliage.

Great Tidings of Joy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsGreat Tidings of Joy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Once again my card has come out slightly grey when its actually bright white! I think I need to change where I take my photos.

I think that might be all for today, but it's so nice to feel creative again. I'm sure I'll have more to share with you in the next few days. For all my friends in Florida - please be safe and take care. Bye for now.

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Christmas Joy .....

.... Morning! Before I go on, I must say a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful comments I've had about my cards for the recent Uniko release - I really appreciate them all.

I seem to be back into my crafting groove, and while I was in my craft room yesterday I realised that I'm very, very short of Christmas cards in my stash, so I've got one to share with you now:

Joy to the World - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Joy
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, Lemon Drop, Red Velvet, Grass Green
Dies: Concord & 9th - Joy
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Allton Silver Glitter Satin Sticky Paper


It's almost one layer and is ultra CAS. I used my new Concord & 9th stamps. I stamped the large solid image in pale yellow, cut a mask and then stamped the Christmas foliage. After removing the mask, I layered on the silver sticky letters, cut with the matching die. I completed the front by finishing the sentiment. On the inside I simply stamped some more foliage and berries. I'm submitting this card to Cupcake Inspiration Challenge - CIC#422 where I got the colours, also to Merry Monday - MM#255 where they want to see "joy" on the card, and finally to Happy Little Stampers Christmas - HLSXMAS09 where the option is sparkle. Done!

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

I must apologise for the photos - light is not great and my card is brilliant white - sadly doesn't look it in these photos. I really like this one and I'm going to make a whole lot more - I need to get my Christmas stash built!! See you soon.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Uniko - September Release, DT Blog Hop and Giveaway ....

.... Good morning! Today's the day! The new stamps from Uniko are available to buy today over at the Uniko shop. I've got a few cards to share with you this morning. I'm going to start with a clean, simple and bright card:

Reach for the Stars - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Stars, Reach for the Stars
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx , Red Velvet; Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Stars #1, #2 and #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copics; Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear; Vellum


I got the inspiration for this card from the graphic on the Colour Throwdown Challenge - CTD#459 - the stripes on the vase reminded me of the striped stars on the Background Blocks Stars stamps. The layout is based on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#304. As I coloured the stars with my markers, I'm submitting this one to CAS on Friday - CASOF#116. I stamped the image using my MISTI, then coloured it with Copic markers. Once coloured I stamped the image again in Versamark and heat embossed with silver tinsel embossing powder - I do think stars need to sparkle!! I layered the image on some black card and adhered it to a 4 bar card - it's a bit smaller than an A2 card, but it fits the background block size perfectly. I die cut three stars from white card and coloured two of them to match the stars on the panel and then I added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush. I layered the stars with dimensional pads. I stamped the word "stars" on white card, cut it out and then layered it onto some vellum. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added some stars down the side. There's plenty of space for a message.

Reach for the Stars inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsReach for the Stars sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My next card features lots and lots and lots of little stars:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders Seeing Stars; Beautiful Blooms I; Simply Said Blocks; Happy Succulents
Inks: Gina K - Onyx Black, Cherry Red, Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Jelly Bean Green, Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Simon Says - Moonshine Confetti


The current challenge at TIME OUT Challenge - TOC#91 is to CASE our very own Beverley Brown - and I had to play along with that challenge. Bev's card has a lovely rainbow of solid colours with the pretty lily outline flower, so I played on that. On my card I've stamped a somewhat larger rainbow of stars and my flower is solid black, as is my greeting. I stamped the flower on white card, cut it out with the matching die and then "enamelled" it using Versamark mark and clear embossing powder. It has a lovely shine. I layered the rainbow panel on black card and finished the front with some clear sequins. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and kept the white panel fairly simple with a fun greeting and lots of rainbow stars!


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

My last card today has dots and flowers:

Inspire Me - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Polka Dots, Simply Said Blocks, Beautiful Blooms II, Reach for the Stars
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, Jelly Bean Green, Sweet Mango, Cherry Red
Dies: Die-namics - Pierced Circle Frames #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Vellum; Wink of Stella - Clear


I've used the sketch from FUSION - FUSION#81 for the layout of this card, and the colours are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#239. I created the dotty panel by stamping the polka dots in all three colours, trimming the panel to size and then covered it with some shimmery vellum to soften the colours. I used the ink direct to paper to colour some card green and then die cut the circle frame. I stamped the flowers and added a touch of colour to the insides. I finished the front with a simple sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and added a greeting and some stars to the white panel.

Inspire Me inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsInspire Me sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

It's traditional when we have a new release to have a Design Team Blog Hop - so follow along and leave some comments for your chance to win! You have until midnight BST Saturday 16th September to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on Sunday 17th September. Here's the Blog Hop list:

Deborah (that's me)

Before I go - here's a look at each of the sets being released today:


Background Blocks Scattered Polka Dots


Background Builders Seeing Stars


Reach for the Stars


Background Blocks Stars


Simply Said Blocks

It's been a long post - thanks for staying with me to the end! I hope you've enjoyed my projects. I think this is one of my favourite releases - I just adore all those stars! There really is endless possibilities with these stamps.

That's all for now - see you soon.

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