Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Scary Easter card at ASM with Rick St Dennis ...

.... Hello all!  I'm wearing a different hat today - our sponsor at Addicted to Stamps and More! is Rick St Dennis and I have the great good fortune to be part of Rick's Elite Design Team, so that's the hat I'm wearing!  The winner of the challenge will get three of Rick's digis - there's a huge choice ranging from cute and sweet through to dark and quite scary!! The theme for our ASM challenge is Holiday - you can pick any holiday, and I had a great time going through Rick's images at Zibbet and Esty - my image made me think of Easter.

Now a quick warning, this is not a cute or sweet image, but it is fun and, I think, suitable for those with a different sense of humour :))))  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Evil Flesh Eating Eggs; Waltzingmouse - Spring Baskets; Stampin' Up! - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grey Flannel
Dies: Spellbinders - Mega Rectangles Lg (S4-142) #4, Deckled Mega Rectangles Lg (S5-014) #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Copic Markers


I absolutely love this image and got it as soon as Rick released it, but I wasn't sure how to use it.  When Kathryn saw it - she just loved it!  So I decided that it might make a fun Easter card for a teenager.  I coloured the eggs with Copic markers, cut it out with a die and layered it onto a black mat.  The hardest part was doing a greeting for the front of the card - Jonathan came up with this one!  Normally at Easter you send the kids out on an egg hunt - well this time they're hunting you!!!  I printed the sentiment on my computer using the font Civitype FG at 28 pt; I coloured the word Easter to match the middle egg.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card.  On the white panel I added a sentiment and a few images - those evil eggs have thrown the cute eggs out of the basket!!

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

For some more inspiration projects based on our Holiday theme - check out the blog to see what my team mates have made.  Have fun!

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

52CCT - Technique ...

Good morning!  Where is this month going?  Time is flying by.  This week our challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is a technique, Jacqueline would like to see paper piercing on your project.  Here's my card:

Tis the Season - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Many Merry Stars, Bright & Beautiful
Inks: SU - Bashful Blue, Concord Crush; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Stars Framelits #3 and #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Concord Crush; SU Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack


As soon as I saw the technique I knew what stamps I'd be using!  The colours are from Colour Throwdown - CTD#317 a couple of weeks ago.  I die cut a backing star from purple card and used the paper piercing pack to put a border of holes around the edge (which you can just about see in the photo above).  I stamped the beautiful star in pale blue (like the purple, this is a discontinued colour) and cut it out.  I adhered it directly to the purple star.  I stamped some snowflakes and stars all over the card base and finished the front with a sentiment.  The die cut stars were attached with dimensional tape.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of purple card, stamped more snowflakes and stars on the white panel and finished with a bold greeting.  I took the photo in bright sunshine so that the paper piercing would show, but it has given quite harsh shadows!!

Tis the Season inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Check out the blog to see what the team made using the paper piercing technique.  Don't forget, we're still running the DT Call.  That's all for now.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

SNG - Birthday Glamour ....

.... Hello.  I'd like to share an elegant birthday card with you today.  The layout is quite clean and simple, but it's not CAS as the background is a piece of gorgeous design paper:

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

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Deborah Hat Lady; Stampin' Up! - Perfectly Penned; Uniko Studio - Round in Circles
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Petit Ovals Sm (S4-140) #6, Scalloped Petit Ovals Sm (S4-141) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red; Kaisercraft DP - Kaleidoscope; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

Rick has drawn a whole series of wonderfully elegant Hat Ladies, they can be found on his Zibbet shop, and I have several in my collection.  I had to play with this one - she's got my name (and I know she was drawn for one of Rick's friends, but it had to be).  I printed the image onto white card and coloured her with Copic markers using my favourite colour, green, for her hat and then I had to do the gems red - they are, after all, rubies!!!  I coloured the fur to suggest a silver fox (not real) collar.  I added some shimmer to the gems in her hat, the necklace and collar.  I cut the image out with a die and layered her onto some red card.  I finished the front with this fabulous paper and stamped a simple, elegant birthday greeting.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of red card, added a strip of the green design paper and finished with white card on top.  I simply added some decoration, there's lots of space for my message.

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

I had such fun colouring this image and I'll be making more elegant Hat Lady cards in the future. 

I'm busy enjoying spending time with my son, Ben, and his girlfriend, Sophie.  It's so nice having them to stay with us for a while, such a shame it's so cold!  But that's Michigan!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

ASM - Make Your Mark ....

.... Hello, good evening!  It's time for our new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week it's Make Your Mark; you need to make sure that you use markers on your entry - Copics, Promarkers, Stampin' Up!, pencils, chalks - anything that makes a mark!  Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Eureka Stamps and the winner will get three digi images.  Here's my card:

Bonjour - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Aurora Wings Digi - Catrina Doll Kitty; Avery Elle - Bonjour
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette
Dies: Spellbinders - Rectangles Lg (S4-132) #5, Scalloped Rectangles Lg (S4-133) #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Rich Razzleberry; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella Brush - Clear


Bonjour detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsI had such a good time learning to use my Copic markers that I've been colouring lots of digi images and I found a new Company - Aurora Wings - recently and got this cute kitty.  She's called Catrina and has a face decorated like the Mexican ladies do for the Day of the Dead festival (and yes, I do know, that I'm late!!).  I simply coloured her with Copic markers, added a ground, let the sun shine around her and added some sparkle and shimmer to her feathers and necklace.  I layered the finished image on some design paper.  I stamped some subtle pattern on the card base and a simple sentiment.  The inside has a mat layer of the same design paper and a plain white panel for my message.  Here's a close up of Catrina's hat showing the sparkle on her feathers!

I'm submitting this card to the Aurora Wings Challenge No 9  where the theme is Anything Goes. I love this image and there are so many other lovely digis to play with too.

Check out the blog for more inspiration cards with our Make Your Mark challenge.  See you soon.

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Snowflake Blues ...

... Good morning from a bitterly cold, but bright, Northville.  The arctic blast has really arrived in Michigan now - my friend in Kalamazoo has a snow day, sadly we don't have that here and Kathryn had to go to school!  Still the cold has put me in the mood to make another Christmas card:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - The Hands of Time; Stampin' Up! - Sassy Salutations; Waltzingmouse - Elf Made
Inks: SU - Brocade Blue; Distress - Shaded Lilac; Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Uniko Studio - Snowflakes
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Blue Glitter Paper; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder


I'm submitting this to the new Uniko Studio Challenge - USC#16, they've changed the rules a bit - you don't have to use Uniko Studio stamps anymore (although they'd love it if you do) on your project.  The theme for the new challenge is Anything Goes or Anything Goes with their sketch.  I used the sketch.  I stamped the large stamp in Versmark, heat embossed with clear powder and then inked over with lilac.  I then stamped a selection of smaller snowflakes over the card, added a greeting stamped on vellum and finished with a large blue glitter die cut snowflake.  I layered the white panel on blue glitter paper.  On the inside is a mat layer of blue glitter and on the white panel a Christmas greeting and more snowflakes.

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

I have to say that this came together really quickly!  While we have the sun shining at the moment and no snow, the forecast is for snowy squalls blowing in this afternoon.


A quick screen shot from the weather forecast earlier this morning.  I'm not really complaining, we haven't got it half as bad as many in the States - some areas have had over 3 feet of snow overnight, and we're no where near that.

I think Ben and Sophie are finding the temperatures something of a shock.  I took them out yesterday and the walk between car and shop was a shock every time we did it!  Both the kids smoke and have to go outside if they want a cigarette, I have to say that if I were them, I'd definitely be thinking of giving up!!  Not sure what our plans are for today - maybe a quick trip to Northville before the snow arrives.  That's it for now - see you soon.


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Monday, 17 November 2014

Be Merry ....

....  Morning all!  I've another Christmas card to share with you this morning.  I need to make lots of Christmas cards to post to family and friends in the UK and I'm almost there!  This is good, as the last posting date for the UK is 9th December and we have got to get all the cards written and stamped before then!  This is a really simple card:

Merry - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Seasonally Scattered
Inks: Versamark; Distress - Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Martha Stewart Punch -Snowflake; Glitter Paper; Doodlebug - Lily White Dots


I'm submitting this to the Fusion Challenge - FUSION#22 where you can take inspiration from the photo, use the sketch or both.  I've taken inspiration from the photo.  I stamped the word Merry in the centre of the card, embossed it with clear powder and then shaded with several shades of blue ink.  I love the way the word pops out.  I adhered the panel directly to the card base and added a few punched snowflakes and enamel dots.   On the inside I've a mat in turquoise and a plain white panel for my own greeting.

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

That's all for now!

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Believe ....

... Hello, good morning!  Do you believe in fairies?  I do hope so as I've a fairy card to share with you today:

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Star Fairy
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Enchanted Garden; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Kaisercraft - Enchanted Garden Embellishments

I'm submitting this card to the Left of Center Challenge - LOC#54 where they have a theme to use polka dots and also to Not Just Cards - NJC#6 where the theme is anything goes, but must use a digi image.  Isn't the fairy just gorgeous?  Rick draws fabulous images - you can get her at his Zibbet shop.  I coloured her with Copic markers and added lots of sparkle with Wink of Stella - you can really see it in the photo too!  I used my X-Acto knife to cut out the tiny spaces on the inside of the image and then used scissors for the rest, sadly I cut off the little stars that came from her shoes, but I couldn't save them.  I covered the card base with this pretty pink polka dot paper from Kaisercraft.  In the same pad I found the quote from Peter Pan and decided to have her sitting on top!  I finished the front with the sentiment from the embellishment pack.  I edged her with a copic marker to give a shadow.  On the inside I cut another piece of design paper for the mat and on the white panel added another sentiment from the pack. 

Believe inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBelieve sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I put this card together yesterday morning while waiting for Ben's plane to arrive in Detroit.    I coloured the image a while ago, so the card came together really quickly.  I found a website where we could track the progress of Ben's flight - it arrived earlier than scheduled, which was good for Ben and Sophie.  They got through Immigration and Customs quickly and we were back home by just after 2.30pm!! 

They had a very busy first day here as they took Kathryn to see Black Veil Brides in Royal Oak.  The queue around the theatre was huge and some of the kids had been there all day in temperatures just at freezing!!  While Ben, Kathryn and Sophie went to the show, Jonathan and I had a lovely evening.  We found a wonderful Indian restaurant, Moti Mahal, and had the best Indian meal since we moved to America!  We'll be going back there.  After that we went to the cinema to see Interstellar - this is a fantastic movie - we were both completely taken up with the story and totally lost track of time. 

I'm not quite sure what our plans are for today.  As I type this Jonathan and I are the only ones up!  The kids are all exhausted and still asleep.  Hopefully we'll get out later and make the most of what promises to be a lovely, if cold, day!  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.  Bye for now.

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RSD EDT - November Showcase ....

.... Hello.  Today I'm sharing a card that I've made for the Rick St Dennis November Showcase.  I'm still so excited that I was picked to join Rick's Elite Design Team.  The theme for the Showcase is Winter, and I've made a Christmas card:

Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Winter Friends; MFT - Ornament Banner Builder, Seasonal Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate
Dies: Die-namics - Rounded Banner STAX # 7 and #8
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card -Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate; Copic Markers; Glitter; Cuttlebug EF - Snowflakes

I adore this snowman peeking round the corner - don't know what he's looking at!  You can find this image and many more at Rick's online stores, either Zibbet or Esty.    I printed the image on white card, coloured with Copic markers and cut it out with a die.  I layered it on to a grey mat layer and added some glitter - got to have glitter on Christmas cards.  I finished the front by cutting a mat layer in bright pink (to echo the scarf), stamping a bold greeting and added a snowflake embossed layer.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pink and stamped another greeting on the white panel.

Season's Greetings inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSeason's Greetings detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Go check out our blog Sparkle and Glitter to see some winter themed cards from the rest of the EDT using Rick's fabulous images.  That's all for now - see you soon.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

WMSFC - Theme ....

.... Hello again.  I'm back with my post for our new Waltzingmouse Fanatics challenge - WMSFC#31.  This time we've got a theme for you to play with - the theme is flowers.  Here's my take:

Mothers - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Roses in Bloom, Pic-Nic Patterns, Crackle Background
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Crisp Cantaloupe, Always Artichoke; Versamark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Rectangles #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Always Artichoke, Crisp Cantaloupe; Copic Markers; Winks of Stella - Clear


I used the colours in our challenge graphic - I took the photo at a tulip farm in Holland, Michigan in May 2013 - for my card.  I based the layout on a recent sketch from My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Club - MFTWSC#201.  I used the large crackle background over the entire card base in pale peach.  I cut green and peach mats using a die, stamping a pattern on the green and adding a white panel with verse to the peach panel.  The rose, rose bud and leaf were stamped on white card, coloured with Copic markers and assembled to make one focal image.  I added sparkle to the rose and rose bud with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I adhered the finished roses with dimensional gel.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and on the white panel added another rosebud, leaving a large blank area for my message.  Also below is a close up of the rose showing the sparkle.

Mothers inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMothers detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration with our flower theme - check out the blog for projects from Kathy and Tara.  I'd like to remind everyone that you must use at least one Waltzingmouse image, sentiment or digi on your projects.  That's all for now - have fun!

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RSD EDT - Progressive Challenge ....

...  Hello all!  Welcome to Part I - Take II of the November Progressive Challenge.  Part I of the Progressive Challenge has an Anything Goes theme - you can make anything you like so long as you use a Rick St Dennis image.  You can get your images from either Rick's Zibbet or Esty shops - there's a huge selection ranging from cute to scary!  Here's my card:

Dia De Los Muertos - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: RSD Digi - Mexican Clown Troupe; Sweet Stamp Shop - Dia De Los Muertos
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Violet Crush; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

I was lucky enough to win this image of the Mexican Clown Troupe earlier this year and I had such fun colouring it in.  The Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on1st and 2nd November, when families gather to celebrate and remember departed family members.  Traditionally, the 1st is known as the Day of Innocents when babies and children are remembered and the 2nd is the Day of the Dead.  Although it is always very sad to lose a family member, I really like this Mexican tradition to celebrate the living memories of the loved ones that have passed on.  It is a loud, bright and fun festival.  I think it's a wonderful way of allowing children to learn that death is a natural part of life and nothing to be scared of.

I covered the base of the card with beautiful black paper which really allows the brightly coloured image to pop.  I printed the image twice on to white card and coloured them with Copic markers.  I cut out the orange and blue clowns and layered them up to give a bit of dimension.  I finished the front with a simple scroll.  On the inside I cut another piece of design paper for a mat layer and added some roses, a candle and a tiny coffin.

Dia De Los Muertos inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Check out the blog to what the rest of the design team have come up with for the Progressive Challenge.  Part II of the Challenge uses a special digi image that you will get from Rick, but  you have to link up your project for the first part here.  Have fun!

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