Sunday, 7 February 2016

CIC - Colours ...

.... Hello!  Welcome to the first challenge of February here at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#346.  This week we have some fabulous colours for you to use - White, Berry and Silver.  I made a birthday card for my stash - I always need birthday cards!

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

Stamps: The Paper Shelter Digi - Whimsical Dragon; Happy Little Stampers - Fun Birthday Sentiments; Stampin' Up! - Endless Birthday Wishes
Inks: Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Rectangles #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU DP - Melon Mambo; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear; Sequins; Silver Embossing Powder


Don't you just love this fabulous little dragon?  I printed him twice on white card, cutting out one image with a stitched edge die and on the other I just cut out the dragon's body.  I coloured her with Copic makers and added lots of sparkle to her body and the little stars.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with silver powder.  I finished the front with some little sequins.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of deep pink design paper and on the white panel added a little birthday cake.  I also took a close-up photo of the sparkle on the dragon - I just love the way Wink of Stella adds so much shimmer!!

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

There's lots more inspiration from the rest of the design team on our blog.


Our challenge this week is sponsored by The Paper Shelter (who kindly provided this super image). The winner will get $15 gift certificate to spend at The Paper Shelter.  That's all for now!  Have fun.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Uniko - Sneak Peak 2 ....

.... Hi again!  I'm back with a couple more sneak peeks from the upcoming Uniko release.


This is a mini-set full of lots of useful greetings and sentiments.  And, as you would expect from Bev's stamps, it will partner perfectly with all Bev's other sentiment and stamp sets.


I think you can guess what the image is!  I think it's adorable - a cute bunny for Easter, and for many other occasions too!

Here's the information about the upcoming release.  Not only is Bev releasing new stamps, she is also celebrating Uniko's 4th Birthday!!

  • Sneak Peeks - Today (6th February).  A hint of what's to come.
  • Introducing - 7th to 10th February.  Bev and the DT create projects with the soon to be released products.  As it's also Uniko's 4th Birthday, we are joined by some Uniko Alumni.
  • Release Day - 11th February - today's the day!  You'll get to see all the products and be able to purchase them from the Uniko Shop.  In keeping with tradition, there will be Uniko DT & Alumni Blog Hop with a chance for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release and more!
For more details about random winners and prizes, check out Bev's blog.  Places to join in and possibly win a prize are by commenting along the way on the Uniko blogs, DT blogs, Alumni blogs, liking the Uniko Facebook page, as well as following on TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

At the moment, I'm very sad to say, I haven't yet received the stamps.  So, while the rest of the team will be introducing the new stamp sets from tomorrow, I'll have to sit out for now.  However, once they arrive, I'll be playing and sharing!  See you soon.

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52CCT - Sketch ...

... Good morning!  So, January flew by and we're at the first Saturday in February.  It's time for our new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT05-16 and our host this month is April. She has a lovely sketch for us to play with this week.  You don't have to use a Christmas tree as the focal image, and you can flip or turn the sketch, but we must still be able to see it in your finished card. Here's my take:

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

Stamps: Dylusions - One Two Tree; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Stampin' Up! - Warmth and Wonder
Inks: Distress - Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black; Dylusions - Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass
Accessories: Watercolour Paper; Vellum; Copic Markers; Signo White Pen; Sharpie Black Pen; Dylusion Stencils - Bubbles, Blocks, Christmas Trees


I decided to stick with a tree as the focal image and had fun playing with my Dylusions stamps and inks.  I was showing Kat how to use Dylusion inks last week and had some pieces of watercolour card ready with shades of green. I cut a panel to fit the front of the card and added some background detail with various stencils and inks.  I defined some of the images with a black Sharpie and white Signo.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card and coloured in the open sentiment with a Copic marker.  I didn't want to hide the lovely background so I made the vertical strip with some snowflake embossed vellum.  I stamped the tree on a scrap of paper, cut it out and adhered it flat to the front of the card.  On the inside I cut another panel of watercolour card for the mat.  On the white panel I stamped a simple Christmas greeting and added some stencil details.

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

Do visit our blog to see the inspiration cards from the rest of the team - they're gorgeous.  You've got plenty of time to play along - submission deadline is midnight (GMT) Friday 12th February (7.00pm EDT for those of us in the States).  Have fun!  That's all for now.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Rock Your Handwriting ...

... Good afternoon - I completely lost track of time this morning - time moves so much faster as you get older!!! Hey ho. No card today, instead I'm going to share the pages I've done on the ROCK YOUR HANDWRITING challenge which is hosted by Jessica of Pretty Prints & Paper.


RYHW detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsI actually came across this challenge when I saw some links on Facebook. The challenge is actually based on Instagram (which I don't use too often) but you can link to FB. It's a month long challenge with 29 prompts - one for each day - drills, word prompts and applications. The object is to take part in as many as you can and practice your handwriting. We use computers so much nowadays, that our handwriting skills tend to atrophy! At least mine does. The challenge started on 1st February and, as is often the way, I'm coming in a bit late.

I started by finding a notebook to use - I have so many in my stash. I'm using is a graph ruled composition notebook with a plastic cover. The pages in these notebooks are not the best quality and inks tend to bleed, so I started by taping two pages together with a piece of washi tape along the edge. It has the added advantage of making the page edges quite tough. Here's a photo of the page edges. I have lots of washi tape in my craft room and it was really nice to be able to use so much. I was amazed to find that I had so many co-ordinating colours.

I decided that the first page of the note book should be a list of the prompts for the month.  I used my set of 20 Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, along with the neon Triplus and Gel Triplus pens.  I have a passion for all things "stationery", but I think that's common with many crafters.  Here's the index page:

RYHW - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Today I tackled the first three prompts - "My Name", "Before", and "5 Facts About Me".  I concentrated on my first name - DEBORAH.  When I was a little girl I thought it was such a big name and I preferred to be called Debby, with a y. And, as it was a really popular name the year I was born, there were always lots of Deborahs in my class.  As I got older, I found I preferred to be called by my full name - and that's what I like today.  I had fun finding out the variations of my name and also discovered that it's really not popular anymore.  Only 71 girls were named Deborah in the UK in 2013 - sad really!!

RYHW1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The next prompt was "Before".  I was a tad confused by this prompt - before what? Well, I decided that I'd write a few lines in my handwriting and find some quotes containing the word before.

RYHW2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The last page that I completed today was lots of fun.  The prompt was "5 Facts About Me" - so many possibilities. You can read the ones I picked for today - they may well be different another day.  I used my Stabilo Pen 68 set for this page.

RYHW3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm not sure whether my handwriting is going to improve while I take part in this challenge, but it is going to be fun.  When I take it slowly, my writing's not too bad, but sadly I often rush and then my writing tends to end up a right mess!  That's all for now.  Take care.

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Uniko - Sneak Peek 1 ....

.... Hello!  So glad you stopped by today as I've got a sneak peek of a couple of stamps sets soon to be released by Uniko.


Bev has some wonderful flower sets in her collection and this new one is just fabulous.  It's a multi-step set so you can create flowers with lots of depth and dimension.


This is a mini-set and will pair perfectly with I Love Coffee! Check out the floral pattern on the teacup!  You might just recognise it.

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple more sneak peeks.  In the meantime, here's the information about the upcoming release.  Not only is Bev releasing new stamps, she is also celebrating Uniko's 4th Birthday!!

  • Sneak Peeks - Today and tomorrow (5th and 6th February).  A hint of what's to come.
  • Introducing - 7th to 10th February.  Bev and the DT create projects with the soon to be released products.  As it's also Uniko's 4th Birthday, we are joined by some Uniko Alumni.
  • Release Day - 11th February - today's the day!  You'll get to see all the products and be able to purchase them from the Uniko Shop.  In keeping with tradition, there will be Uniko DT & Alumni Blog Hop with a chance for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release and more!

For more details about random winners and prizes, check out Bev's blog.  Places to join in and possibly win a prize are by commenting along the way on the Uniko blogs, DT blogs, Alumni blogs, liking the Uniko Facebook page, as well as following on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

That's all for now!

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

TMR - Theme ....

.... Good evening!  I'm very, very late with my post for the new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#28 and I must apologise to my team mates!  For the next couple of weeks we want to see your masculine styled projects with an ORIENTAL theme.  I've made a very simple birthday card:

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

Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Bold Birthday Sentiments, Fun Birthday Sentiments; Kanban - Oriental (I think)
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red
Dies: Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax #4
Accessories: SU Card - Real Red; White Lustre Card; SU/Sizzix - Double Sided Adhesive; Black Peeloffs; Gilding Flakes - Gold/Silver


I made the base from red card, as red is considered a lucky colour in China.  The cue word over at Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#80  is RED, so I'm submitting this card to the challenge.  I stamped the oriental character image in bold black - I've no clue what the characters mean.  I die cut a panel of double sided adhesive attaching one side to to white card and on the other I place a black oriental peeloff.  I added gilding flakes in gold (with a touch of silver) to the adhesive panel.  I love the effect that this gives.  I finished the front with a simple birthday sentiment.  I attached the gilded panel to the card with dimensional tape.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card and on it I stamped the same oriental characters in red and added a fun greeting.

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

I really like the cards that the rest of the team have made - from cute and fun to elegant - all with the oriental theme!  I've not been on my blog much lately - details will follow soon!  That's all for now, see you soon.

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

CIC - Theme ....

.... Morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#345, this week we have a theme for you.  We want to see BANNERS on your work.  I made a fun birthday card for a little boy:

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

Stamps: My Grafico Digi - Sail Away With Us; Stampin' Up! - Making Spirits Bright
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax #5, Wonky Stitched Square Stax #3; Fishtail Flags Layers Stax #1
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SUDP - Maritime; Sequins


I had lots of fun with the digital image in this set.  I actually coloured them in on my computer using Paint to fill the section of each image and then saving them. I die cut some design paper for the background and added a panel to represent the sea, along with a white die cut square.  I then adhered the ship, banner and little sailor.  I finished the front with a birthday greeting and some sea-green sequins.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper, and added another ship to the white panel. The layout is based on the sketch at this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Club - MFTWSC#265. It also fits with our theme of babies and little boys over at The Male Room - TMR#27.

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

For more inspiration do visit our blog to see what the rest of the team have made.


Our sponsor this week is My Grafico, the winner of this week's challenge will get 1 digi paper and 1 clip art set as a prize.  I've used some of their digi images on my card.

We've had a super day yesterday.  Last year we had a couple of feet of snow with temperatures around -20C, this year it was lovely with sunshine, no snow and a temperature of 9C!!!  I'm really enjoying this winter in Michigan :)))   Today Kat and I are going to the regular monthly meeting of the Kitchen Roll Sprayers Art Journal Club - I'm so pleased that Kat has decided to come along and get inky with me!!!  That's all for now.  See you soon.

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

52CCT - Stash ....

.... Hi!  Well, we've reached the last Saturday in the month - I can't quite believe how fast January has gone by!!  But it means that it's time for our Stash/Technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT04-16.  I've called this a Stash Challenge, but it could equally well be called a Technique Challenge.  I want to see you use FOILING/GILDING on your Christmas/Winter cards.  Here's my card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Stampin' Up! - Embellished Ornaments
Inks: Versmark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Brilliance - Galaxy Gold
Dies: SU/Sizzix - Delicate Ornaments Thinlets
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black; White Lustre Card; I Craft - DecoFoil Foam Adhesive; Gilding Flakes - Frost Leaves; Silver Embossing Powder


My card is really clean and simple.  There's a video at the bottom showing one gilding technique and there are a couple more on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog.  I used an ornament die to cut the foam adhesive into shape.  I peeled off one of the protective sheets and placed on some gilding flakes.  I like this colour - it's mostly silver, but has shades of gold, copper and green contained in it. I then used the scrubby piece to burnish the flakes into the sticky foam.  To create the frame on the card I used double sided adhesive tape.  I removed the protecting film and adhered the flakes - simple!  It can be a bit messy and you don't want a fan near you otherwise you'll be covered in flakes. I finished the front with a simple silver embossed greeting.  On the inside I cut a panel of white card, stamped some decoration in gold and finished with a Christmas greeting.

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

Here's a close up of the actual Christmas ornament - showing all the variation in colour and the shimmer too!

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

Do visit our blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  See below for the video:



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Sunday, 24 January 2016

CIC - Colours ....

.... Hello!  So glad you stopped by my blog.  We've a new challenge for you at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - CIC#344 with some really pretty colours.  I have to admit that they're not normally colours I use, so for me, it's a real challenge. However, I've come up with a really feminine birthday card:

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

Stamps: Prima - Flowers #541842; Personal Impressions - PP Wording Stamps
Inks: Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dual Stitched Circles #5, Dual Stitched Squares #3
Accessories: Cream Lustre Card; Gold Satin Mirri Card; Pan Patel - Permanent Red Tint; Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder; Stampin' Up! DP - Very Vanilla Bridesmaid (discontinued); Gems


I was going through some of my older stamps sets on Friday, when I came across this pretty flower stamp from Prima. I've had it for ages and not used it much.  But I like the elegant flower and thought it would work perfectly this this week's challenge.  The layout is based on the sketch from the current challenge at Your Next Stamp - YNS#31 and, as it's a very feminine, girly kind of card, I'm also submitting to the current challenge at Curtain Call Inspiration - CCICJan.

I used cream lustre card, stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed with gold sparkle powder.  I cut the image out with a stitched edge die.  I added colour to the flowers with pan pastel which gives a lovely soft colour.  I layered the image on gold satin mirri card.  I made the square panel from discontinued SU design paper - so elegant and pretty.  I added a simple birthday greeting and finished with some soft blush gems.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of gold satin card, and on the cream panel added the cut off portion of the circle image.

Birthday Wishes sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBirthday Wishes inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration cards, check out our blog to see what the rest of the team have made to share with you.  That's all for today.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

52CCT - Theme ....

.... Hi!  I'm here with you this morning to share my DT card for the new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT03-16.  I'm hosting this month's challenges and I had lots of fun picking them.  I chose this week's theme specifically so that I could use this set of stamps!!!  I've had this set for quite some time, and it was time to give them some ink!  The theme is CHRISTMAS CANDLES/LANTERNS, and here's my card:

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

Stamps: Docrafts - Candles; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax #5
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Crushed Curry; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear


I stamped the image (which is very large) and coloured it with Copic markers and added lots of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I added sparkle to the flourish, the stars, the flames and the dripping wax - sadly you can't see it in this photo!  This was originally going to be a one-layer card, but Copics really bleed through card, so I cut out a portion of the stamp with the stitched edge die.  I ran a Copic marker around the edge of the panel before adhering it to the card with dimensional tape. On the inside I cut a mat layer of deep yellow card and on the white panel I simply stamped a portion of the same image.  I was going to add some colour, but instead I just added a touch of sparkle to the image - which you can see in the photo below.  In order to show the shimmer, I've deliberately darkened the image.  This week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#177 is to "Make Your Mark" - and I certainly did that on this card!

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

Do visit our blog to check out the inspiration cards from the rest of the team.  Have fun with the challenge!  That's all for now!

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