Saturday, 14 January 2017

Uniko - Blog Hop and Revisit ...

..... I am very, very late with this post, the rest of the Design Team went live with their posts on 11th January. It's the Uniko Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway! We don't have a release for you this month, so we revisited an older set - Beautiful Blooms 1 and the matching Designer Dies. I had lots of fun making the bold and bright card:

Flowers in Garden - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms 1, Originally Organic, Background Builders Vines, Balloon Bash, Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Blueprint Sketch; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Copic Marker

I've used the sketch from Fusion - FUSION#64 for the layout and the colours are from a new challenge, The Flower Challenge - TFC#04. As there is all-over stamping on the main panel, I'm also going to submit this to Just Us Girls - JUGS#376.

I cut a piece of white card ½" narrower either side than the card base on which I stamped the large and small flowers in bright yellow. I added tiny little stars, flowers and dots in blue along with a few dots and flowers in yellow. I stamped the greeting at the bottom of the panel in black and heat embossed it with clear powder. I attached the panel with dimensional tape. I found a scrap of water colour card and coloured it with squeezed lemonade mixed with the sparkle brush - sadly you can't see the shimmer in the picture above. I stamped the small image in Versmark, heat embossed with clear powder and cut it out with the matching die. I then used a darker yellow Zig brush to pain over the unembossed area and define the image. On the inside I cut a panel of white card on which I stamped a tiny message and another flower. I finished the panel by edging it with a dark blue marker.

Flowers in Garden sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFlowers in Garden inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

As I said above this is a Blog Hop and also a Giveaway. We have a prize of the stamps, Beautiful Blooms 1, and matching die set (or a Gift Certificate to the same value if you already have them). In order to be in with a chance of winning, you must comment along the Design Teams blogs. You have until midnight GMT Friday 20th January to comment.

Deborah - that's me!

Before I go, here's a quick look at both sets:

I do have to apologise to my team mates, but sometimes real-life gets in the way of crafting :) Hope you all have a super weekend.


Friday, 13 January 2017

21 today ....

....  Ben, is 21 years old today. I'm sure that time goes on a faster path once you have children - it really doesn't feel like 21 years since I had Ben. My blond baby boy is a man - with black hair and a beard! I was really lucky to spend a few days with him over the new year period helping him get settled into his new flat. This is the card that I made for him:

21 Today - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Visible Image - Tomorrow Doesn't Exist, Rays of Light, Music Speaks; Uniko - Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Stampin' Up/Sizzix - Large Number Framelits
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Black Gloss Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Doodlebug Sprinkles - Black; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm not sure whether or not Ben will have received the card yet! Some of the post I send to the UK gets there quickly, other times it takes ages. I've made a really clean and simple card for Ben - he tends to like them that way. I used my favourite ombre blue inks - Blue Breeze from Kaleidacolor - to ink up the sound waves and sun ray images. I die cut the numbers from some black gloss card and also from some plain black card, layering them together to give some thickness to the number. I adhered them flat to the card front. I finished the front by adding some simple black enamel dots. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped another of the sound wave images and added a birthday greeting which was made up from stamps from Uniko and Visible Image. I heat embossed them with clear powder.

21 Today inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems21 Today sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I really like the Visible Image sets - they work so well for masculine style cards!  I'm submitting this card to several challenges:

I actually made this card before any of these challenges were posted - it's amazing that it works for them all :)

Before I go, I'm going to share a several pictures of my young man Ben, after all, it's his 21st birthday:

Ben dressed up in a knitted suit. Get a load of those specs I'm wearing!!

One of my favourite photos of Ben - pure joy on his face - he was 11 months old here.

One of my pageboys at our wedding in April 2001.

 It's super Ben - Canterbury. 

Ben and Jonathan - family trip to Pontin's in August 2006. Ben was 10 years old here.

Taken on a very cold morning at the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade in November 2014.

And this is my most recent photo of Ben taken on 1st January 2017 in Hastings railway station. We'd been shopping and Ben walked me to the station to get my train back to London. It was pouring with rain and we both got soaked! I hope that Ben has the most wonderful birthday and send him all my love and best wishes.

That's all for today.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

CCT - Sketch ....

.... Good morning! I do hope that you've all recovered from your holiday celebrations. It always seems to me that it takes ages to get all the preparations done and then Christmas is gone in an instance!

The purpose of our challenges at our revamped Christmas Card Throwdown is to help in your preparations. Get a head start on the season by joining us on the first and third Saturday of each month, where we will provide you a variety of challenges including colours, themes, sketches, techniques and stash to help in your creative process.

The first challenge this year is a sketch - CCT01. It's quite a simple sketch - you can flip it, turn it, keep it very CAS or go full shabby chic - the choice is yours. However, we must be able to see the sketch in your finished card. Here's my take on the sketch:

Warm Winter Wishes - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Scandi Doodle Christmas, Flurries; Stampin' Up! - Wonderland; Visible Image - Rays of Light
Inks: SU - Soft Sky, Crushed Curry; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Luste Card; Tim Holtz Watercolour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Copics

This card is not the one I had planned! I was going to create an envelope, but going through my stash of stamps I found this wonderful Christmas tree stamp and decided to use that instead. I stamped the image on watercolour card and heat embossed with clear powder. I used my Zig Clean Colour brushes and an aqua brush to colour the image. I find using watercolour paint a bit difficult, but using these pens gives a similar result and, for me, are much easier to use! I did use my clear Spectrum Noir sparkle brush to move some of the colours so the image has a lovely shimmer - sadly not visible above! Once the image was dry I fussy cut it out. I stamped some pale snowflakes all over the base of the card and added a star burst image behind the star. I ran the tree image through my Xyron to make it self-adhesive and then attached it to the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale blue card. On the white panel I stamped a few more images from the Scandi Doodle set (this set is discontinued) and coloured them with a mixture of Copics and Zig Clean Colour. I finished by adding a simple sentiment.

Warm Winter Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsWarm Winter Wishes sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a close-up photo of the tree so you can see the details and, hopefully, a bit of the shimmer:

Warm Winter Wishes detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit our blog, Christmas Card Throwdown, to see our lovely new look and to see more inspiration cards from our newly expanded design team. Don't forget to visit them and leave some comments - we all love to receive them. As we now have challenges twice a month, it means you have longer to play. Deadline for submission to this challenge is midnight Friday 20th January, that's 7.00pm EDT.

I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#06 where it's ANYTHING GOES. I like this blog as you can submit any type of crafty project - it's worth a look! That's all for now!


Friday, 6 January 2017

Christmas Angel ....

.... Good evening! It's bitterly cold here in Northville, but at least we don't have the snow that some areas do. It's the kind of day that's perfect to stay in and play in my craft room. I know that we've only just finished with Christmas, but it's never too early to make a start on my stash for this year. I've a clean and simple card to share with you:

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

Stamps: Stamp A Nation - Angel (I think the company has closed); Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Most Wonderful
Inks: Versamark; Stampin' Up - Sweet Sugar Plum; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dotted Rectangles #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Sweet Sugarplum; Silver Embossing Powder; Copics

I used the theme from Merry Monday - MM#229 and the colours are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#204. I used my MISTI to position and stamp the angel. I used a pale grey ink and then added colour with Copic markers. I made sure that the inks were completely dry, ran an antistatic bag over the card and then stamped the image again using Versamark - the joy of the MISTI is that it stamps in exactly the same place. I heat embossed the image with silver powder. I then added a clean and crisp sentiment and used a die to cut the holes around the border. I added a layer of dark pink card to the inside so the colour shows through. I also cut a mat layer of dark pink card. On the white panel I simply added a Christmas greeting.

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

This is not your usual sweet and cute angel, this is an angel with attitude! I love the patterns on the wings and gown - they are similar to Native American patterns. I got the image at a craft fair about 4 years ago and I can't find details of the company on the Internet, so I think it's discontinued.

That's all for today. Do stop by tomorrow to see my card for our first challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. See you soon.


Thursday, 5 January 2017

TMR - Theme ....

..... Good afternoon, I really am running late! I hope that everyone has recovered from their New Year celebrations. A change in my holiday plans meant that I didn't get back to the States until 2nd January and I was so jet-lagged that I couldn't stay awake, never mind make a project for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#51 where the theme is ANYTHING GOES. I did manage to pull myself together late yesterday afternoon and make a card but am only now posting it! This is not the way I meant to start the year!!! Here's the card:

You've Got This - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: My Favourite Things - Stars Above, Essential Sentiments
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Die-namics - Stars Above
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey, Smoky Slate; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#269 but I turned it to make a horizontal card. The challenge over at House of Cards - HOC01 is to add a house and/or be inspired by the colours; well I decided to play with the colours as I think they are great for a masculine style card. I'm also submitting this card to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - SSWC04/01 where they want us to see New Something - mine is new stamps!

I started by cutting two strips of card, light and dark and adhering them to the card. I used a dark burgundy Copic marker to add an extra line on the thick dark grey strip of card. I stamped the simple sentiment in burgundy ink and then stamped the stars falling towards the sentiment. I used Copic markers to colour areas of the stars and added some sparkle with a clear Spectrum Noir brush. The two largest stars were stamped again on scrap card, coloured in and cut out with the matching die. I adhered them both with dimensional tape. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale grey card. On the white panel I added a message and some more stars.

You've Got This inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsYou've Got This sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I took a close-up photo of the sparkle on the big star - the shimmer in the Spectrum Noir brushes is much more frosty/silver than the Wink of Stella brushes. So it's the perfect excuse to have both sets :)

You've Got This detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm sending this card to my son Ben - he had a rough time at the end of last year, which is why I went to visit him. He's moved house and it's tough to get going again, particularly as it's been so grey and dull. I know that he loves getting cards from us, so this one is on its way today.

Do visit The Male Room to see more inspirational projects for the men in our lives. That's all for now - but I'm feeling much more awake today so you never know, I might be back later!!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year ....

.... I hope that everyone enjoyed their New Year's Eve. Mine was spent somewhat differently than originally planned. I got to spend the evening with my son Ben. I was able to change my plans and stay in England for a few extra days and spent them with Ben. He's moved into a new flat and we had good fun kitting out his new place.

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

The only down side is that most of southern England has been under a dense cover of fog for the last few days. So my train journey down to Hastings was really dull - all I could see out of the window was grey, grey, grey. Even when I got into Hastings it wasn't any better.

I do hope that 2017 is a good year for us all!


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Tree .....

.... Good morning! I hope that you have all had an enjoyable holiday season. We had a super time with family in the UK. Jonathan and Kat are flying back to the States today, while I get to spend some extra time with my mum - always special.

Anyway, I've a Christmas card to share with you today. I made this several weeks ago when I was busy making my card as Guest Designer for the AAA Cards - AAA80 challenge where the theme was silver. I'd also been playing with the lovely emboss impressions technique that I'd seen demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire. This is one of the first cards for my 2017 stash!!

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

Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Christmas Sentiments; Penny Black - Yuletide Wishes; Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Memory Box - Winterland Tree
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; Silver Mirri Card; Silver Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear

I lightly tapped Versamark over the Christmas tree die cut, placed it on the black card and ran it through the Big Shot. I carefully removed the die and then added lots of silver embossing powder to make sure it filled all the impression lines and heat set the powder. This is such a lovely technique and gives another way to use our dies! I added lots more anti-static powder to the black card, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed that too. I finished the black panel by adding lots of sparkle to the open spaces in the tree with a clear Wink of Stella brush. I layered the panel on some silver mirri card and then adhered it all to a white card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added a simple greeting and some lovely silver snowflakes.

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

I've just logged onto the Less is More challenge and discovered that my outline card was one of the ShowCASEd cards for the one-layer challenge 306 - absolutely thrilled and delighted. That's all for now!

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