Saturday, 25 October 2014

52CCT - Stash ....

.....  Good morning!  Can you believe it's the last Saturday in October - only two months to go until Christmas.  Which brings me to our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, this week we have a Stash Challenge.  We want you to use Enamel Dots on your projects.  Here's my take:

Noel - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dimension Stamps - Funky Tree; Waltzingmouse - Tis the Season
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Smoky Slate
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Basic Grey and Doodlebug Sprinkles - various; SU Marker - Basic Black


I decided to let the enamel dots be the star of this card, so I stamped the funky tree and sentiment in black and then went wild with lots of enamel dots.  I drew the frame by hand.  On the inside I cut a mat layer in black.  On the white panel I stamped the tree in grey and added a bold greeting in bright red.  The card is actually brilliant white (not sort of pink as in the photo above) - I'll try to take new photos later in better light!

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

Check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made using enamel dots!  You've got until Friday 31st October, midnight (7.00pm EDT) to join in.  Have fun!

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Book worm ....

.... Good afternoon!  I've a cute little card to share with you today - made with a couple of challenges in mind:
Book Worm - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Book Work
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Wisteria Wonder; Washi Tape; Copic Markers; Glossy Accents


I think I'm just about in time for this week's Less is More challenge.  I've been going back and forward all week thinking about what "little creature" to use on the card, then I found this cute little book worm.  I made a small gift card (5" × 3½").  I used Washi Tape to make a book shelf.  I stamped the books and book worm on some scrap card, colouring both with Copic markers.  I fussy cut them both out and adhered the books flat on the card and used dimensional gel for the worm.  I added some Glossy Accents to the worm's glasses.  I finished the front with a fun sentiment - I tend to find that this one is often true!!!  On the inside I cut a mat layer of lilac card and stamped another sentiment.

Book Worm inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had a really fun day yesterday - I went to a friend's wedding.  I was invited to be a witness and after the service we went back for a small lunch and some champagne.  I took a few informal photos at the lunch. 

Lucie & Nathan 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I made card last week using some pears - this is the gift bag that I made to go with the card.  The glasses - for the champagne toast!

Lucie & Nathan 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I told you the photos were informal!!  From left to right - Nicola, Seya, Sophie, and the happy couple - Nathan and Lucie.

Lucie & Nathan 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Nathan and Lucie - a bit more formal this time!

I've got to get a good head start on my upcoming Design Team cards.  My son, Ben will be coming over for a couple of weeks in November.  I'm so excited and really looking forward to seeing him - it's been nearly a year since we last got together.  He's bringing his girlfriend, Sophie, too.  So, it's going to be a busy few weeks, and that's all for now.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thanksgiving wreath ....

... Hello all!  I hope you're all having a good week; mine's been great so far!  This morning I've a Thanksgiving card to share with you:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Wondrous Wreath, Tags 4 You, Mingle All The Way
Inks: SU - Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Wonderful Wreath Framelits; Lil Inkers - Stitched Squares #4
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; SU DP - Colour Me Autumn; SU Punch - Label Bracket; SU Candy Dots; WMS - Twine; Wink of Stella - Clear


I used the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#159 for the layout, although I turned to make a landscape card.  The colours are from Colour Throwdown - CTD#315 - they are just right for this time of year.  I used a sheet of design paper to cover the card.  I cut a square of green card and adhered it directly to the card.  I stamped the sentiment on cream card and cut it out with the matching punch.  To make the wreath I stamped first in Cajun Craze (second generation impression), next with Pear Pizzazz and finished with yellow berries.  Then I cut the wreath with the coordinating dies (it's really easy to do).  I stamped a yellow bow on cream card and punched it out.  I adhered the wreath and ribbon with dimensional tape.  Before attaching the sentiment, I looped some dark brown twine and used gel glue to adhere the tag.  I finished the front with some candy dots and some Wink of Stella on the wreath.  On the inside I cut a mat layer from the design paper and stamped another wreath on some cream card.  I finished off with the sentiment stamped in dark brown.

Happy Thanksgiving inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I know that it's definitely autumn here now, I had the water sprinkler system winterised yesterday.  This still feels strange - it's not something we have to do in the UK, but winters here are so much colder that we really do have to make sure there is no water in the pipes otherwise it would be a disaster!  Oh yes, the other really big sign of autumn, not only have the leaves changed colour, but they really feel off the trees in the wind this week!  That's all for now.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One for three - birthday ...

... Hello again!  I'm on a bit of a roll today!  House stuff done, time in craft room this morning and another quick card to share with you.

HB2U - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Offbeat Backgrounds; My Favourite Things - Document It Rock On, Gift Card Greetings; Stampin' Up! - Endless Birthday Wishes, Delightful Dozen
Inks: Versamark; SU - Night of Navy, Old Olive, Concord Crush
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Squares #4, Stitched Circles #2 & #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Old Olive, Concord Crush; SU DP - Old Olive; Vellum; Silver Embossing Powder

 I'm submitting this one to several challenges:

I've made a birthday card for my stash - I've just realised that I don't have very many actual birthday cards.  This is definitely more masculine in feel.  I stamped the chevron pattern in all three colours and then cut out a square.  I also cut a vellum square which I adhered directly on top of the stamped square - makes the pattern a little more subtle.  I inked up a bold, graphic sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder.  I finished the front with a stamp on the circle - it's a games controller!  The inside has a mat of green design paper and a fun sentiment on the white panel, along with a birthday cake!

HB2U inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for today!  Bye for now.

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Non-traditional Christmas ....

....  Hi!  Good morning!  I'm feel quite pleased with myself - I got all the ironing done yesterday - sadly I also started a new pile!!!  Never mind, I was able to play in my craft room too.  I've a VERY non-traditional Christmas card to share with you this morning:

Open on the 25th - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Do Not Open Til Creepmas; Waltzingmouse - Ornate Ornaments; Stampin' Up! - Endless Wishes
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; SU - Wisteria Wonder, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Kaisercraft DP - Kaleidoscope; Copic Markers; SU Marker - Black


Lori, over at Merry Monday - MM#131 is a traditional gal, but she's picked non-traditional colours as the theme for this week's challenge.  I hope she likes this card, not only is it non-traditional colours, but it's a VERY non-traditional style.  I've gone for a fun, silly and slightly darker card!!  I covered the card base with some design paper - a very grungy look, a bit like the corner of a room.  I printed the stack of presents on white card, coloured them with Copic markers and then cut them out.  I edged the image with black marker and then adhered it directly to the card base.  I stamped the words randomly around the parcels - I like the one that says "Open me first" - right by the big purple box with very sharp teeth :))  On the inside I cut a mat layer in black card and then stamped a Christmas sentiment in funky colours and added a few snowflakes!!

Open on the 25th inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had lots of fun with this card!  The image is fab and I think I know a teenage boy who will really appreciate this one!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

ASM - Holiday ...

.... Hello all!  You had lots of fun with our Make Your Mark challenge last week, so many super cards.  This week at Addicted to Stamps and More! we have our Holiday challenge.  Your project must have a holiday theme - any holiday - Halloween, Valentine, Easter, summer hols, whatever takes your fancy.  Our challenge this week is sponsored by Eureka Stamps and the winner will get three free digi images.  I've used one of their super images on my Christmas card:

Sleigh Presents - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Eureka Stamps - Sleigh with Presents; Waltzingmouse - Tis the Season
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Fleur de Lis Squares (S4-318) #4, Squares Sm (S4-128) #7
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gold Textured Mirri Card; Copic Markers; Glamour Dust; Wink of Stella Brushes - Clear, Orange, Gold, Pink, Blue, Green


I printed the sleigh on white card and coloured it with Copic markers.  I used lots of the tips I got from the Online Card Class about Copic Markers.  I created the background by lightly dotting very pale colours around the sleigh to suggest snow, as well as creating a ground.  I added lots of sparkle to the image, using Wink of Stella brushes on the main image and adding glitter to the ground and snow.  I kept the inside of the card really simple - a gold mat and a very bold sentiment on the white panel.

Sleigh Presents inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more holiday themed inspiration cards - check out the blog to see what my Team mates have made.  Before I go though, here's a close up of the sleigh - the photo is deliberately out of focus as I find this really shows the sparkle well.

Sleigh Presents details - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your projects.  See you soon.

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Beauty and the Beast ....

.... Good morning!  Today's card is based on the story of Beauty and the Beast - and many of use will have seen the Disney movie too!  At the heart of the story is the fact that love overcomes all.

Beauty & The Beast - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Belle et Bete; Waltzingmouse - Frosty in the Meadow, All Hallows Eve; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and The Happy
Inks: Memento - Grey Flannel; Distress - Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce, Chipped Sapphire; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


I'm submitting this card to the Progressive Challenge Part II over at Sparkle and Glitter.  It's the final part of the challenge and we have all been given this fabulous digi - Belle et Bete to use on our projects.  It's a cute image, but with a bit of edge.  I used the colours from last week's Colour Q - cQc#263 for Belle's dress and for the Beast, and I created the forest background using Waltzingmouse stamps.  I had so much fun colouring this image and I'm really pleased with the way Belle's dress came out (yellow, like in the movie).  On the inside I've put a mat layer of black card and on the white panel is a tiny cottage in the woods.  I've also put a close up photo of Belle's dress showing the sparkle!!

Beauty & The Beast detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Beauty & The Beast inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's it for now - I can't put off the ironing any longer!  I'm going to have a marathon Walking Dead session while I do the ironing and then it's on to more boring housework stuff!  See you soon.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Happy Holidays - scary ....

... Good morning!  I hope you all had a super weekend - mine was fab!!  I was able to spend lots of time in my craft room and I also managed to edit quite a lot of the outstanding photos!!  Today's card is a bit off the wall.  Rick St Dennis, who draws the most amazing images, is having a Design Team call for his Facebook group as well as for his blog DT.  You have to create two projects using his images - one cute (done yesterday) and one darker.  I think this one is much darker:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Creepmas Tree; My Favourite Things - Christmas Banner Builder; WMS - Warm Fuzzies, Frosty in the Meadow
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Broken China; Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Wisteria Wonder; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella Brushes; Clear Embossing Powder


I printed the tree on white card and coloured it with Copic markers.  I fussy cut it out and lightly added a touch of Tumbled Glass to make the tree blend with the card background.  I created the background by stamping the large snowflake in grey, and the smaller ones in Versamark and heat embossing with clear powder.  Then I blended the distress inks which revealed the snowflakes (I love this technique).  I adhered the Creepmas Tree directly to the card and finished with a simple sentiment.  The inside has a mat layer of lilac card and a white panel, left blank for my message.  I'm submitting this card to A Step in the Dark Challenge - ASID#12 - Anything Goes. 

I think this is a very particular holiday card, but I've a good idea who it will be going to!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Merry Christmas - cute ...

....  Hello again!  I've been having such a fun day - all on my own and playing in my craft room.  I've been colouring lots of digi images and have made a couple of Christmas cards (I still need lots) - they are very different cards!!  Here's the first:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Christmas Turtle
Inks: Distress - Antique Linen
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Christmas Carol; Copic Markers; Glitter

This is one of a series of turtle images from Rick (I used the Halloween one here) - I like this one, so cute!  Rick has a Design Team call on at the moment details here, to enter we have to make two projects - one cute and one darker - and you must use Rick's images.  What fun!!!!

I coloured the turtle with Copic markers and cut round it, letting the Christmas tree hang off the edge.  I layered the finished image on some green design paper.  I used glitter for the Santa hat to give some texture.  I covered the card with this fun dotty paper.  I finished the front with a sentiment from the paper pack.  On the inside I cut a mat layer from more design paper and added a greeting from the same pack.

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

For the second card  - check in tomorrow - it's much darker!!!  Bye for now.

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Twins birthday cards ....

.....  Good morning!  I hope you're all enjoying a good weekend.  Kathryn is away at her friends for a sleepover.  Her friends are twins and are celebrating their birthday this weekend.  Kathryn asked me to make special cards for them both - one likes Dr Who (doesn't everyone?) and the other likes Batman.  So I had lots of fun making them these cards.

The first is the Batman themed card.

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Perfectly Penned, Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: Distress - Black Soot; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black, Daffodil Delight; Wink of Stella - Black; Cameo - Batman Logo

When Kathryn asked for a Batman card, I had to really think about it.  I have lots of Halloween type bats, but I knew that she wanted the "proper" Batman logo.  Then I remembered that I had the logo in my selection of cut files for the Silhouette Cameo.  This is only the fourth time I've actually used my Cameo (a situation which I'm going to fix).  It was so easy to find the image, set it to the appropriate size and then send it to cut!  I cut some yellow card, adhered it to the card base and distressed the edges with black ink.  Then it was simply a case of adhering the logo and a bold birthday greetings - which I over stamped several times to give a slight offset shadow.  On the inside of the card I cut a mat of yellow and used the negative space of the cut file and stamped a greeting inside.

Batman Birthday inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The next card has a Dr Who theme - in this family we are big Dr Who fans, so this wasn't difficult at all!

Dr Who Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - Plate 925; Dare 2B Artzy - Live Life; Craft's Meow - Typically Teen; SU - Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, So Saffron; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Night of Navy; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Blue

I had so much fun colouring in the Tardis.  I used lots of the tips that I picked up while doing the Online Card Class - Copic Markers for Cardmakers.   I coloured the whole Tardis in light blue, then added some darker blue shading.  I used a grey marker on the shadow side - I love the effect that this gives.  I stamped another Tardis, coloured the windows and cut them out.  I used a white marker to add the writing around the top of the Tardis.  I added a touch of sparkle to the Tardis using a blue Wink of Stella brush.  I stamped the background to look a bit like Gallifrian symbols (see below).  I finished the front with a simple greeting.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card and adhered a big bow tie (from Matt Smith's incarnation of The Doctor) and a birthday greeting.

Dr Who Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I hope that Kathryn's friends like their very individual birthday cards!!  Below is a photo of some Gallifrian symbols from inside the Tardis (the new version).

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I have most of the day to myself - so I think I'm going to be playing in my craft room!  Jonathan is off out to a photo shoot and I'm not expecting Kathryn home for ages yet!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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