Saturday, 25 March 2017

CCT - Colours ....

.... Morning! I didn't get chance to make a card last for our colour challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT06, so I've done one this week. Our colours this week are CREAM, BURGUNDY AND LIME. I've made a really clean and simple card for our reminder post, in fact I CASE'd an old card of mine (see the original below):

Xmas Day - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Woodware - Xmas Day
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Distress Markers; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder; Signo White Pen


Even though this is a really CAS card, it has a lovely warm, vintage feel as I opted for a dark burgundy and very rich cream to colour the image. I stamped the image on water colour card and embossed it with clear powder. I used Distress markers for the background and numbers. On the background I put some colour around the image and then used an aqua brush to spread the ink a little. On the numbers I added some ink and then used a clear sparkle brush to move the ink. On the leaves I used a Zig Clean Colour brush in bright lime - once again I used the sparkle to move the ink. I cut the image out, edged it with a black marker and adhered it flat to the card. The inside isn't done yet. I'm submitting this to Jingle Belles - JB:17:06 where they want to see bling - it's subtle here, but it is here!

Xmas Day detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsXmas Day sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I was having such fun with this one, that I decided to make another - this time with WHITE, BRIGHT RED AND GREEN.

Xmas Day 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Woodware - Xmas Day
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder; Signo White Pen

This time I've gone for a really clean, fresh look - still lots of sparkle because I used the Spectrum Noir sparkle brush to move the inks on the leaves and numbers. I added the snowflakes with a white pigment pen. The inside isn't done on this one either.

Here's the one that I made in 2015 - I used Copics on this one, full details can be found here:


You've still got plenty of time to join in with our challenge. The colorus are a bit non-traditional, but I think they are just lovely. Deadline for submission is midnight BST on Friday 31st March, that's 7.00pm EDT. Have fun!

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Journal spread - a la Teesha ....

... Hello from a sunny Northville. I think I've finally caught up with my lack of sleep from the Back to Back Retreat and hopefully should get back to normal soon. I don't have a card to share with you this afternoon, but I do have a finished (at least I think so) double page spread from the weekend.

Wish upon a Star - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Supplies:
Dylusions Square Journal
Dylusions Paints - various
Teesha Moore Collage Sheets
Pens - many and various
Pan Pastels

We had two fantastic teachers at the retreat - Dyan Reaveley and Teesha Moore. I am very familiar with Dyan, and absolutely love her and her style. I think her paints and inks are just wonderful - and the stamps too. But it was the first time I'd come across Teesha Moore. I did have a brief look at her work online, but seeing it all in real-life was amazing.

We spent some time colouring pages in our journal using Dyan's spray inks and paints, and then adding texture with ghosting and stencils and doodling. Teesha's style is to simply paint a background page in one or maybe two colours and then add lots and lots of collage and doodle like mad! I had such fun.

The double page spread above is complete - at least I think it is. I painted several solid blocks of colour on the pages and then went over them with some white paint to lighten them a bit. Teesha gave us a selection of her collage pages and I spent some happy hours cutting out and gluing in. Here are a couple of large photos of each page:


I think the figure is either a fairy or a genie, as she is going to grant my wish. Or at least provide me with the means to fulfil my wish!!  She was built up from a number of cutout images. I went round the image with some pan pastels to blend the image into the page. I also added some doodling to her face.


On this side of the page I added the word WISH from the collage sheet, and the more I worked on the page, the more I realised I was humming the song "When You Wish Upon A Star" from Pinocchio. So I decided to write down the words on the page! I also drew in some more swirls and curls, along with another tree in the Teesha style. I'm going to submit this to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#08 where the theme is Anything Goes and they like to see all sorts of papercrafts.

I had such fun making this page. The journal that we started at the retreat is going to be used exclusively for my Dyan and Teesha style work. I'll share more, when I've finished some more pages. That's all for now.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Tea Party ....

... Hello! It's been a while since I posted. I had a fantastic weekend in Florida at the Back to Back Retreat with Dyan Reaveley and Teesha Moore, but I've been shattered since I came back. It's only today that I've even had the energy to craft! And I've got a simple and fun birthday card to share with you:


Stamps: Time for Tea - free with Simply Cards & Papercraft
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Papermania DP - Portobello Road; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I got the idea for this card from Cupcake Inspirations - CIC#399 where the theme is Tea Party. I picked up a magazine at the weekend that had this super teapot stamp free on the front. I used some very old design papers from my stash and I think they work perfectly with a tea themed card. I simply cut down a piece of paper to cover the front of the card. I stamped the teapot twice, once on cream paper and once on red paper. I embossed both with clear powder and then cut them out. I coloured the flowers with Copics and added some sparkle with a clear Spectrum Noir brush. If you look closely at the card you can see some sparkly steam coming out of the pot! I added a greeting to the teapot. The inside hasn't been done just yet. I'm also submitting this to Seize the Birthday - where the theme is anything goes.

That's all for now - see you soon.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Uniko Revisit and Blog Hop ...

.... Morning! This is a scheduled post - I'll be in Florida at the Back to Back Retreat with Dyan Reaveley and Teesha Moore when this goes live! It's time for the Uniko Revisit Blog Hop. Bev tends to release new products every other month and, on the off-month (so to speak), we revisit an older set of stamps. This month we're revisiting Some Bunny - which is appropriate as it's not long until Easter! Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Some Bunny, Background Blocks Halftone, Simply Said
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight; Distress - Squeezed Lemonade; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders - Nested Eggs (S4-264) #1, #2 and #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Garden Green, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


I had fun making this card. I used the colours from this month's House of Cards - HOC#03 challenge - I do like the clean, fresh colours. They also want us to create a scene, so I decided to have some Easter bunnies guarding their eggs!!

I started by stamping the Halftone stamp  in blue and yellow on some scrap pieces of card. Then I stamped the bunny on top and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped the bunny again twice more using Memento ink and coloured the ears and front of the body with copic markers, then I restamped with Versafine and heat embossed. Then I carefully cut out the colour areas and adhered them to the dotty bunnies. I finished the bunnies by adding a bow tie to the blue bunny and a flower necklace to the yellow bunny. I used dies to cut out a number of Easter eggs from design papers. On the card based I used the Halftone block to stamp "grass" along the bottom of the card. I attached the bunnies to the card using dimensional gel. Next I attached the eggs being careful to bring the bunnies ears to the front as they peek around the eggs. I finished the card with a simple Easter greeting and some little flowers. On the inside I cut a mat layer of yellow design paper, added a greeting to the white panel along with another Easter bunny. I'm also submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#8 where it's Anything Goes.

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


This is a Blog Hop and you should have arrived here from Bev's blog, however in case you've arrived directly, here's the list for the Hop:

Deborah (that's me!)

If you leave comments are you go along the Blog Hop, you will be in with a chance to win the Some Bunny clear stamp set and an eGift Certificate for £10 (or a eGift Certificate to the same value if the winner already owns the stamp set). You must comment along the hop by midnight on Friday 25th March.

Before I go - here's a quick look at the Some Bunny set:


That's all for now - have a great weekend. I'll be back soon with some photos from the Back to Back retreat! See you soon.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Flower Simplicity ...

..... Morning! All that bright sunshine on Saturday inspired me to make a clean, simple and very bright card:

Awesomeness - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Mon Ami
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I've combined a few challenges to make this card:

I folded a piece of water colour card in half to make a card 5½" x 4¼" in size. I used my MISTI to stamp the card - it allowed me to restamp the images a couple of times to ensure even coverage on the rough water colour card. I stamped the large flower first, embossed it with clear powder and then masked it before stamping the smaller flowers. I used my Zig Clean Colour brushes to colour the flowers, along with a clear Spectrum Noir to add sparkle. I finished the front with this fun sentiment. I kept the inside ultra simple by simple adding a couple of words to complete the greeting.

Awesomeness inside - -photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsAwesomeness sq - -photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

We all had such a fun day yesterday. It was great to see Kristan - she looks amazing with short hair. Here's one from yesterday:

Kristan Sawyer - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


That's all for today - I've got loads of housework stuff to do. See you soon.

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Christmas in the pink ....

... Morning! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful with bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine, sadly it was only about -1C (30F) at midday!! Today looks like it's going to be warmer, but a bit greyer! I had fun in my craft room yesterday making some more Christmas cards for my stash.

Wonderful Time - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Silver Bells; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


I'm submitting this card to Merry Monday Challenge - MM#237 where they want to see shimmer and sparkle. I think this works. The layout is based on our sketch at Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT05. Once again there's no stamping on the card, I just used up some of the paper scraps from the Silver Bells pad. I covered the base with two pieces of pink paper covered with shimmery silver snowflakes. I added four stripes of co-ordinating paper - one of which has a greeting. I finished the front with a rectangular greeting panel that I edged with a silver pen. I attached it with dimensional tape. On the inside I used another piece of design paper for the mat layer and on the white panel added a greeting (slightly crooked!).

Wonderful Time inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsWonderful Time sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I won't be crafting at all for the rest of the day. Instead, we are all off to a photo shoot up in Pontiac. We go to David Birdsong's studios where we will be taking photos of the lovely Kristan Sawyer. The last time I took photos of her was back in September 2015 when she was pregnant!! Here's one of the photos I took:

Kristan - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This was such a fun shoot. Kristan had a lovely little girl who is now almost 1½ years old going to show how fast time goes!!

That's all for now! See you soon.

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

CCT - Sketch ...

... Hello! Winter has come back to Northville. Just the right atmosphere for making Christmas cards! For the next couple of weeks over at Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT05 we have a fun sketch challenge for you. I think it's perfect for using up scraps of design paper (of which I've loads). Here's my card:

Peace, love, joy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Home for Christmas; Stampin' Up Punches - Circle 1" and 1¾", Scalloped Circle - 2⅜"


There is no stamping on this card at all! I used up lots of the little bits of design paper that I've saved. I covered the base with the pretty foliage paper and used three co-ordinating pieces to created the stripes. I made the sentiment panel by punching more scraps and adding a simple greeting. I used dimensional tape to adhere the sentiment panel. On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and on the white panel added a tag shaped greeting. This was so quick and easy to make. So much so, that I plan to make several more!!

Peace, love, joy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsPeace, love, joy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this card to the new challenge at Jingle Belles - JB:17:05 where the team would like to see the Holly, the Ivy and any type of Christmas foliage - done!!

Do visit Christmas Card Throwdown to see more inspirational ideas from the rest of the Design Team.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

TMR - Theme ....

... Hi! I'm running late with my post for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#55. We have a super fun theme for you to use on your masculine projects - STEAMPUNK! I've actually made a couple of cards. Here's the first:

Want to be - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Aurora Wings Digi - Steampunk Owl; Visible Image - Cheshire Cat
Inks: Distress - Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone; Stampin' Up! - Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Memory Box - Gear Assembly
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Various Mirri and Satin card; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Distress Mica Spray - Pewter; Glossy Accents


This card is almost one layer! I built up the depth in the background using stencils and stamps. I kept the colours quite light, but they match the colours I used in the owl. The owl is a digital image that I printed on white card, coloured with Copics and then carefully cut out with a scalpel. I added sparkle to some sections of the image and used glossy accents on the eyes. I die cut lots of gears in different colours and textures of card and layered them on the card. I finished the front with a simple sentiment. I've not done the inside yet. I'm submitting this card to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - where Anything Goes.


My second card is for Halloween - a season that works so well with Steampunk:

Halloween - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampendous - Steam Pumpkin; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Memory Box - Gear Assembly
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Various Mirri and Satin card; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Glossy Accents; SU Card - Tangerine Tango


I was lucky enough to win a prize at the Coffee Lovers Fall challenge and I got this fabulous stamp with it. I stamped the image twice, colouring the cogs on one and the Steam Pumpkin on the other. After adding colour I restamped in Versafine and embossed with clear powder to give clear, crisp lines. I carefully cut out the pumpkin and used dimensional gel to attach it to the background image. I covered the card with all the left over cogs from the first card. I finished off the card with a simple greeting. Once again, I've not finished the inside - yet! I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#8 where the theme is Anything Goes.


That's all for now - I'll be back later with photos of the inside!

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