Wednesday, 25 February 2015

SNG - Hello Friend ....

..... Good morning!  First post of the week!  It's been a rough week - with hubby having a cold and being off work, and me catching up with admin stuff.  But I do have a pretty card for you this morning:

Hello Friend - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - 1914 Russian Style Hat; Kaisercraft - Shine On; Stamp free with Craft Stamper Magazine
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Ovals #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Storyteller; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear and Gold


Here's another of the wonderful Hat lady images that Rick has at his Zibbet shop.  This elegant lady has a Russian feel - love that gorgeous hat and those furs (fake of course!!)  I printed her on white card, coloured her with Copic markers and cut her out with a stitched die - love the faux stitch effect.  I added some sparkle to her furs, hat and jewellery with Wink of Stella; clear over most of the image, but gold on the fur and hat trim.  I've used the layout from the current CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#111 challenge, but I have made it portrait rather than landscape.  I covered the card with some dotty peach design paper and a coordinating strip for the centre of the card.  I cut out the centre oval with the same die and then inlaid the image - I like the effect of a double stitched frame.  I finished the front with a bold sentiment stamped directly on the card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of matching design paper and added a panel of white card which I decorated with some flowers.

Hello Friend inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHello Friend sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

If you want to see more of my Hat Lady cards - click on this link - they are all so elegant!!  That's all for now.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

52CCT - Theme ....

...  Good morning!!!  I think you found our colour challenge last week a bit tough.  Hopefully, this week's theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - to use sequins and pearls will be easier!  I certainly had fun with it, here's my card:

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

Stamps: Woodware - Christmas Bauble Tree; Uniko Studio - Simply Said Christmas
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Raspberry Ripple; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Rectangles #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Raspberry Ripple; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Sequins and Pearls; Gold Marker pen


I've used the colours from Colour Q - cQc#280 for my card.  I die cut the white panel (love the faux stitching effect from these dies) and then stamped the bauble tree and sentiment.  I used Copic markers to colour some of the baubles and the rest were filled with sequins and pearls.  I coloured the pearls with my Copic markers so they would match.  I layered the finished panel on to some raspberry card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of raspberry card and on the white panel added a greeting and a tiny tree too!  I've included a close up of the sequin and pearl so that you can see them more clearly, also you can see the shimmer on the coloured baubles.


Happy Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Christmas Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Happy Christmas detail -  photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration using our sequins and pearls theme, check out the blog to see what my team mates have made for you.  That's all for now!  Have fun and see you soon.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

USC - Birthdays ...

...  Good morning!  It's time for our new challenge at Uniko Studio - USC#18.  This month our theme is

BIRTHDAYS

You can make any kind of birthday card you like - fun, silly, layered, CAS, masculine, feminine - whatever takes your fancy!!  Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders Lattice, Flower Power #2
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Blackberry Bliss, Raspberry Ripple, Wisteria Wonder
Dies: Memory Box - Cross Stitched Frames Borders #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Wisteria Wonder; Gem; Gold Marker Pen



I've made a pretty, feminine card - I need to build up my stash of feminine styled cards.  I decided to use some stamps that I've had for a while, but not actually used much (at all!!).  I've used the colours from this week's Colour Q - cQc#280 which are all shades of purple.  That works out really well as the cue word at CASology - CAS#134 is monochrome.  I'm also submitting this to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#57 as this week's cue word is mask, and I've used masking on my card.

I masked off the rectangle and bottom corner of the card and then stamped this pretty lattice pattern to create a background.  I removed the masking tape and embossed the cross stitch frame - for some reason in the photo above it looks debossed, but it is in fact embossed!!  I stamped the flower in the centre of the rectangle and added a touch of bling.  I used a ruler to add a thin gold border to the background stamping and finished the front with a simple sentiment.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of lilac design paper and on the white panel added a single flower.


For more inspiration with our Birthdays theme, check out the blog to see what the rest of the team have made.  Our Guest Designer this month is Tracey McNeely, do check out her card too. 

The challenge runs for the next two weeks.  You can use any stamps in our challenge, although we do love to see designs with Uniko Studio stamps!!   You can enter as many times as you want and can combine with other challenges too.  You have until Friday 6th March to play along with the challenge.  Have fun!!

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Uniko Studio - Feb Release, Mini Hop & Farewell to Nath ...

.... Morning all!  Last week Uniko Studio launched four mini-sets of stamps - all just fabulous.  Unfortunately, a couple of the team didn't get their stamps in time to join in with the launch, but they've got them now, so we're having a mini-hop.  I've got a light, bright birthday card to share with you:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms II, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Real Red, So Saffron, Pool Party
Dies: Spellbinders - Crown Circles (S4-302) #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - So Saffron, Pool Party; SU Card - So Saffron; SU Markers - Real Red, Pool Party


I'm using the lovely bright, spring-like colours from this week's Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#59 and the layout from this week's Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#174.  I cut a panel of design paper in pale yellow, adhered a strip of white card and then attached it to the card base.  I stamped the birthday sentiment in red at the bottom of the white strip.  I stamped three of the three-step flowers onto white card and then cut them out.  I also stamped a number of leaves.  I used a die to cut an ornate circle in pale aqua to frame the flowers.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale yellow card and on the white panel added a birthday greeting and another flower.

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

Sadly, Nath is leaving the design team, so this mini-hop is also our way of saying thank you and good luck with your future endeavours. 

Deborah - that's me!

That's all for now!  See you soon.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

TMR - Create Background Paper ....

....  Good morning! It's time for our new challenge at The Male Room and for the next couple of weeks, we'd like to see your masculine style projects featuring the following technique:

MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND PAPER

Here's my project:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders Squared, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; SU DP - Chocolate Chip


I used the colours from the current Fusion - FUSION#28 challenge - the colours work really well on a masculine themed card.  The layout is based on the sketch at this week's Retro Sketches - RS#153 challenge.  I had lots of fun creating my own background paper and I had the perfect stamps for it too!  I stamped the grid of small squares in four shades of brown covering one side of the card.  I added a strip of teal card with a narrow strip of brown striped paper.  I finished the front with three geometric square patterns and a simple birthday greeting stamped on the teal panel.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of brown striped paper and on the white panel added a greeting and some more little squares at the bottom. 

Happy Birthday Inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday Square - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This is second time I've used these lovely warm, rich colours.  I think it's because I'm fed up of the cold, cold weather - these colours make me think hot!  And yes, it is still snowing here!  And still stupid cold!  That's all for now - don't forget to check out the projects from my team mates!  See you soon.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

ASM - Make Your Mark ...

...  Hello!   Good evening.  I hope that everyone is keeping well.  We're are still in the grip of an arctic blast - Monday morning we had temperatures of -25°C in the morning - it did warm up to -13°C by lunchtime, but it was so cold that the only thing to do was stay inside.  That was the perfect excuse to play in my craft room and colour this image.

It's time for the new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  And this week it's Make Your Mark - use any colouring medium to make your project.  I've used Copic markers on my card:

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

Stamps: QKR Digi - Patchwork Sun; Uniko Studio - Simply Said Birthday; Stampin' Up! - Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: SU - Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; Copic Markers


Our sponsor this week is QKR Stampede and I used their wonderfully cheerful Patchwork Sun on my card.  The winner of this week's challenge will get 3 digi images from QKR.  I've used the colours and layout from this week's Fusion - FUSION#28 challenge.  The colours are so warm and rich, a lovely contrast to all the white snow outside our house!!! 

I cut two strips of aqua card.  On one I stamped a birthday sentiment in aqua and the other was embossed.  I stamped the birthday greeting on white card, fussy cut it out and adhered it to the card with dimensional tape.  The sun was also attached with tape.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of aqua card and on the white panel added a simple greeting and a birthday cake!!

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

For more inspiration in "Making Your Mark" check out the blog to see what my team mates have made.  That's all for now - see you soon.

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

RSD - Progressive Challenge Team B ....

....  Hello!  I'm running a bit late with this post!  It's time for Team B to share the projects we've made for the Progressive Challenge.  We've used Rick's lovely digital image - String of Hearts Fairy which you will have received if you playing along with the first part of the challenge.  If you missed the first part and you want to play along you can get the image at Rick's Zibbet.  Here's my card:

Fly High - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - String of Hearts Fairy; Stampin' Up! - Butterfly Basics
Inks: SU - Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush, Pool Party
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Kaleidoscope; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; SU Punch - ¾" circle

I printed the fairy on white card and coloured her with Copic markers and added lots of sparkle to her wings and several of the hearts using my clear Wink of Stella Brush.  I then spent some time fussy cutting her out - it's worth the effort.  I found the perfect design paper in my stash - read the sentiment!  I adhered the paper to the card base and then added some stamped images to the paper.  I stamped the little postmark onto a bit of scrap, punched it out and adhered it to the card.  I attached the fairy with dimensional tape.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper, cut a panel of white card smaller and stamped a sentiment and a bit of collage.

Fly High inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's a close up of the sentiment on the design paper - it's perfect with the image.  And also a close up of the sparkle on her wings!

Fly High Detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFly High Detail 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Today is the perfect day to stay in and play - why?  Well, it's blooming cold outside.  North America is under the influence of a huge arctic blast.  The temperature here as I type is -21°C, but feels like -27°C because of the wind (that's -4°F and -14°F for my American friends - I still use Celsius).  The upside is that the sky is blue and the sun is shining.  We've got friends who live in Boston and they're digging out after another 14inches of snow!!!  I think I am officially over winter - roll on spring!!  That's all for now.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

52CCT - Colours .....

.....  Good morning - it's the weekend already!!!!  It's also time for our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - we've got some fabulous colours for you too - silver, grey and white.  Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Rustic Christmas, Simply Said Christmas, Background Builders Christmas
Inks: Memento - Grey Flannel; Versamark; Encore - Silver; Stampin' Up! - Whisper White
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey; Kanban DP - Silver/Grey Metallic; Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder


I've gone for a very contemporary look for this card.  I used the sketch from this week's CAS - Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#111, flipping it to fit my design.  I cut the checked design paper to fit the corner of the card and then cut the darker grey card to fit.  I stamped some snowflakes in white pigment ink over the dark grey card.  I stamped the Christmas tree in Versamark and embossed it with silver tinsel embossing powder.  It has a lovely shimmer!  I finished the front with a very clean, crisp sentiment in grey.  On the inside I added a mat layer of the pale grey design paper and on the white panel added a row of tiny Christmas trees in silver and a simple sentiment.

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

For more inspiration with our fabulous colours, check out the blog to see what my team mates have made for you.  You've got plenty of time to play along - deadline is Friday 20th February midnight GMT (7.00pm EST).  Have fun!!

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Fabulous Friend ....

....  Good morning everyone!  It's Friday 13th today - I'm not superstitious, so it doesn't worry me at all!!  Earlier this week, Kathryn asked me to make a card for her.  She wanted a card to give one of her best friends, something to mark a special friendship.  It also happens that they met on 14th February!!!  So I've made a really clean, simple and pretty card - I'm safe posting it here today as neither of the girls will see it.

Fabulous Friend - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Pure Florals Gerbera, Beautiful Blooms II, All Occasion Sentiments #3
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette; Memento - London Fog; Encore - Silver
Accessories: White Lustre Card


I've used a few challenges to make this card.  I've used the layout from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#110, the colours are from Colour Me Card Challenge - CMCC#58 and this week's CASology - CAS#133 has the cue word Love and I think the girls' friendship fits.

This card came together really quickly.  I stamped the outline image in grey and then stamped the solid image in pink.  These stamps are so easy to line up.  I finished by added a simple sentiment, stamping the words in different colours.  Don't you love the font on "fabulous"?  I kept the inside really simple - just a tiny flower (those gorgeous Beautiful Blooms).  There's lots of space for Kathryn to write a message.

Fabulous Friend Sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemFabulous Friend inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gem

I really must get on with some housework stuff - it's been a busy week in my craft room and my ironing pile is calling me.  It's always a good excuse to catch up with some TV programmes :)  That's all for now.  Do drop by tomorrow for our new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  See you!!

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