Sunday, 19 February 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 3, 4 & 5 ....

.... Hi! Time for some more sneak peeks from Uniko's February release. I think you're going to like them. Here's the first:


I think you might recognise the style and it's bang on trend! A very useful stamp that can be used with so many of Uniko's previous releases. Works for masculine or feminine too!

Next up is one that co-ordinates with a previous release - Explosion!


I love making cards for men and boys, and I think this set is just perfect.

Finally, a peek at some new bold images:


You'll get to see them in use on 24th February!

Now a quick reminder of the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 18th and 19th February

Introductions: 20th - 24th February

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots of inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Bye for now!

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Uniko - Sponsor AAA Cards ....

.... Good morning! Uniko is sponsoring AAA Cards - AAA#84 where the challenge is to use WATERCOLOUR. At first I wasn't quite sure what to do for this challenge as I've recently used my Brusho crystals a lot. I decided to colour the wonderful mandala from Marvellous Mehndi with my Zig Watercolour brushes:

Happy Mother's Day - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Marvellous Mehndi, All Occasion Sentiments #3, Simply Said
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Certainly Celery, Smoky Slate
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Squares #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card & DP - Certainly Celery; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Color Brushes; White Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear

I die cut a square of water colour card and used my MISTI to position the mandala in the centre of the panel. I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder. Then I had lots of fun using my Zig brushes and an aqua brush to colour it. I got the inspiration for the pastel colours from the photo challenge at Inkspirational - INK#128. I'm also submitting to Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - HLSWC#02.  I finished the panel by adding a simple greeting in black ink. I layered the image on some pale green card and attached it all to a square card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale green design paper and on the white card I added a bold greeting along with a few more images from Marvellous Mehndi.

Happy Mother's Day inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

After I put the card together I decided that it needed a little sparkle. I used my clear Spectrum Noir brush to add some sparkle to the mandala - you can just about see it in the close-up photo below:

Happy Mother's Day detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit the Uniko blog to see more cards from the rest of the Design Team. And don't forget to pop back later to see a few more sneak peeks from the new Uniko release. See you soon!

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 1 & 2 and Super Free Saturday ....

... Hello again! I'm back with a couple of sneak peeks from Uniko's February release. This forms part of the celebrations for Uniko's 5th Birthday. So, without further ado, here's a glimpse of the first stamp:


This is part of a large stamp and you're going to have so much fun with it.

Next up is a set that co-ordinates with Originally Organic and the free set that came out in Simply Crafts and Papercrafts last year:


This is such a lovely set on its own, or used with other Uniko sets. I used the digital images that came free last year on this card - it'll give you an idea of what's to come!!

Now, before I go, here's a look at the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 18th and 19th February - a hint of what's to come!

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - a chance to see each set in more detail with a daily blog hop from the Design Team.

RELEASE DAY!: Saturday 25th February, 9.00am GMT. You will get to see more inspiration projects from the Design Team, as well as be able to purchase the stamps from the Uniko Shop. And, as always, there will be a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

That's not all! Today sees the return of Super FREE Saturday - a feature that Bev had on her blog some years ago. As we're celebrating Uniko's 5th Birthday, Bev has an extra freebie for you - some lovely flowers which co-ordinate perfectly with Originally Organic. Do visit Bev's blog where there is a link to download the image and sentiment.


Here's a card I made using the flowers and some sentiments from Originally Organic:

Friends - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Saturday Freebie, Originally Organic
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Peekaboo Peach; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Die-namics - Cross Stitched Ovals Stax #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Gems

I printed the flowers on white card, coloured them with Copics and the carefully cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on a die cut oval and attached the panel with dimensional tape. I adhered the flowers to the side and finished the front by adding some gems. On the inside I cut a mat layer of peach card and stamped a sentiment and flowers on the white panel. I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge - LTCCB#7 where the theme is anything goes.

Friends sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFriends inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now. See you soon.

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CCT - Technique .....

... Good morning! It's time for our new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown - CCT04. For the next couple of weeks we have a technique challenge for you to use on your Christmas cards. We want to see Sunburst backgrounds (if you're not sure what this is, check out the video at the end of this post). You can do the technique with inks, but we want to see you use design papers - a great way to use up scraps! Here's the card I made:

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Star of Light, Flurry of Wishes; Funstamps - Scribble Snowman
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - North Pole; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


Most of the sunburst techniques use triangular panels that are of equal size, but it is possible to vary the size of the triangles - it's just a bit more fiddly! I took the opportunity to use up lots of the scraps that I have in the North Pole design paper set. I covered the front of the card with Stick-It, a very thin and sticky double sided adhesive sheet. I then started to layer on the triangles. Once I'd finished with the background, I stamped my favourite snowman on some scrap white card, colour him with Copics taking card to use the colours from my background. I cut him out, edged him with a black marker and then added lots of sparkle to the snowman with a clear Spectrum Noir brush. I used a panel of design paper on which to stamp the sentiment and then attached it flat to the card. I used dimensional gel to attach the snowman. On the inside I cut a mat layer of design paper and on the white panel added a bold Christmas greeting along with a snowman peeking in from the bottom!

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

I'm submitting this card to Merry Monday - MM#235 where they want to see snow folk on our cards. Don't forget to visit Christmas Card Throwdown to see more inspiration projects from the rest of the team. You've got plenty of time to join the fun - deadline is midnight GMT Friday 3rd March. Now, here's that video about the sunburst technique:



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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TMR - Theme ....

... Morning! I can't quite believe just how fast this month is flying by! It really doesn't feel like two weeks since our last challenge, but it is. For the next couple of weeks at The Male Room - TMR#54 we want to see WHEELS on your masculine projects. What type of wheels you use is entirely up to you! I opted for wheels on a car:

Good Company - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Beautiful Ride
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Teresa Collins DP - Far & Away; Copics


I used the sketch from Reverse Confetti - RC#45 for the layout - I've taken a few liberties, but you can see the basic sketch in my card. The colours are from the current Can You Case It - CYCI#146 challenge. I stamped the car, surf board and suitcases on some scrap white card, coloured them all with Copics and then carefully cut them out. I edged all the images with a black markers to hide the white card. I cut a panel of design paper - I like the compass and maps flags as they suggest a journey - and adhered it flat to the card. I used dimensional gel to attach the car, surf board and suitcases, they only have a little dimension as it's easier to post. I finished by added the sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat of design paper and on the white panel added the car and a greeting. This one is for my stash!

Good Company inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsGood Company sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Do visit The Male Room blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the Design Team. You've got plenty of time to play along with us, deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) Tuesday 28th February (7.00pm EDT). Have fun!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Uniko - sponsor CASology ....

... Hello and good morning! Uniko is sponsoring this week's challenge at CASology - CAS#236 where the cue word is ROMANCE. I am so happy to join in this week and have made an anniversary card:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Always & Forever, Flower Power #3, Flower Power #4, Flower Power #7, A Gift for You
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate, Pretty in Pink, Real Red; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz - Scibbles & Splat
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red; Vellum; Embossing Powder - Clear & Iridescent


I used the sketch from the current Fusion Challenge - FUSION#166 for the layout, and the colours are from CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - CFC#167 to use red, pink and white. I created my own text background with my MISTI. I placed all the sentiments in a line, and alternated grey and pink to stamp the text. I was able to ensure precise stamping using the grid paper which made moving the panel so easy. I adhered the finished panel direct to the card. I die cut the scribble heart from red card and embossed it with iridescent powder - love the subtle shimmer. I created the pink tag from vellum. I lightly inked the reverse with red ink. Once completely dry, I die cut the flag and then stamped the greeting in black and heat embossed with clear powder. I finished the tag by stamped a couple of hearts at the top in red. On the inside I cut a mat layer of red card. I kept the white panel really simple with a stamped heart and greeting.

Happy Anniversary inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Anniversary qs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now!

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Let the cute begin ....

.... Morning! It's been a nice lazy time here today. Jonathan is watching the football. Sadly, Leicester are not doing well at the moment. Kat is doing homework and that means I get to play. So I've made a cute baby card:

Cute begin - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Best of Brides & Babies; Uniko - Sweet Baby
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; SU - Pacific Point
Dies: Lil Inkers - Diamond Lace Coverplate, Wonky Rectangles #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pacific Point; Copics; Clear EmbossingPowder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


The challenge over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - SSWC0902 is to make a "CUTE" card, so I knew just what image I wanted to use. I'm also submitting the card to Happy Little Stamps Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAG02 and also to their CAS challenge - HLSCAS02 where they want us to use blue. I made the card from blue card and cut a panel of white card exactly the same size. I die cut a dotty pattern using one of my new coverplate dies and adhered it to the card. I used my MISTI to stamp this image on some scrap card. I coloured it with Copics and then put it back in the MISTI and restamped using Versafine which I heat embossed with clear powder, this gives a really crisp black outline. I used a fun shaped die to cut out the sentiment and attached it with dimensional tape. On the inside I cut a panel of white card on which I stamped a bold greeting and a cute little teddy bear.

Cute begin inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsCute begin sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This card is going into my stash as I'll be needing it in May - a friend of our is expecting her first baby then and we already know that she's having a boy!

It's almost time to get some lunch for us all, but after that, it's back to play! See you soon.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Uniko - Happy 5th Birthday ....

.... Hello! Today is Uniko's 5th Birthday! We are celebrating with a Birthday Card Link Up Party! And, as it's a party, there'll be prizes too, but more of that later. Here's the card I made to celebrate Uniko's 5th birthday:

Make a Wish - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Birthday, Big & Bold Wish, Background Builders Chevrons, Explosion!
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pool Party; Clear Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Copics


I like making cards for men, so I've opted for blues on my card, although I think it would work in reds and pinks too. I've used a few challenges in the making of this card:

I used my MISTI to create the chevron panel - this tool really makes it easy to line up the stamp perfectly each time. I stamped the large word wish at the bottom of the panel in black and embossed it with clear powder. On a scrap of white card I stamped the large explosion image which I embossed with clear powder. I stamped some words in the explosion and then carefully cut it out. I added some sparkle to the edge of the cut out image and used dimensional gel to adhere it to the card.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale blue card and on the white panel added a birthday greeting and some candles.

Make a Wish inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMake a Wish sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Now, earlier I said that this is a Birthday Card Link Up Party and that there would be prizes. The link up will be open until midnight (GMT) Friday 10th March over at Uniko. The prizes are as follows:
  • Main Winner - chosen by the Design Team - will win the FULL February 2017 release stamps
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 - chosen by the Design Team - in stock £4 clear stamp set of winners choosing
Do pop over to Uniko to see more birthday cards from the rest of the design team. And join the fun helping us to celebrate Uniko's 5th Birthday. See you soon!


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Friday, 10 February 2017

Uniko - Snowflakes Galore ....

... Good morning! I'm here this morning with a quick peak of my Uniko Design Team Inspiration post. I've been playing with my Brusho crystals and have made a set of Christmas cards - full details of the process can be found over at Uniko today.

Sneak Peak - Deborah's Gems

I'm going to submit this set of cards to the challenge over at Jingle Belles - JB:17:03 - where the team want to see snow - I've got plenty here.



Stamps: Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes, Big & Bold Snow, Rustic Christmas, Peace on Earth, Simply Said Christmas
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Wonky Rectangles #4, Dual Stitched Rectangles #5, Dual Dotted Ovals #3, Dual Dotted Squares #4, Dual Dotted Circles #5, Dual Dotted Rectangles #5
Accessories: Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Gumball Green, Night of Navy, Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss; Brusho - Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Lime Green, Sea Green, Olive Green, Ost Blue, Gamboge, Rose Red, Violet; Embossing Powder - Silver, Gold and White

Thank you for stopping by today. Do drop by tomorrow for more Uniko news! See you soon.

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