Tuesday, 21 November 2017

25 Tags of Christmas ...

... Hi! It's day 21 of Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags and today Uniko is sponsoring the challenge. I've made some very simple, but fun Christmas tags:

Trio of Christmas Tags - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Falling Snowflakes, Festive Sentiments, Most Wonderful, Peace on Earth
Inks: Versamark; Gina K - Black Onyx; Distress - Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Lucky Clover, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet Dusty Concord
Dies: Lil Inkers - Dotted Tags
Accessories: Strathmore Smooth Bristol Card; Ribbons; Clear Embossing Powder; Grey Mirri card

For this set of tags, I used my Lil Inker dotted dies to cut the card. I stamped the snowflakes on each tag in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Then I coloured the tags with Distress inks to reveal the falling snow - I love this technique. There's a couple of tiny dies in the tag set that cut a hole in the tags and also cut out hole reinforcers - I used mirri card to create them. I finished the front of each tag with a simple greeting in black and a simple ribbon treatment. Here's a close up look at each tag:


Don't forget to visit Tracey's blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the Uniko design Team. This challenge runs throughout November and there are opportunities to win prizes. Full details of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge can be found on Tracey's blog here.

That's all from me today - see you again soon.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Getting organised ...

.... Hi! Good afternoon. No card to share with you today, but a few photos of some recent crafting organisation. I was lucky enough to visit Village Paper & Ink, Gina K's shop in Wisconsin earlier this year. My wonderful husband treated me to all the full-size ink pads in Gina's collection (I didn't get the pigment inks). I was thrilled to bits to get them all.

I got them home and, for a while, they stayed in the carrier bag. Finally, I took off all the cellophane and started to use them, but I still didn't really have anywhere to put them. Last Sunday I ordered a Slim Inkpad Holder (72 pads) from Stamp'n'Storage and it arrived yesterday. I've spent the last few days reorganising and labelling the ink pads. It's not my idea, but one I've borrowed from Jennifer McGuire. Here's a photo of my new unit full of Gina K ink pads, along with some of my other ink pads:


The unit fits nicely on the cabinet and makes it really easy to get at all the pads. The photo below is a close up of the labels.


I also have a couple of ink pads storage units for my Distress ink pads and also for the Distress Oxide pads:


This unit contains all my distress ink pads. I didn't take a photo of the oxide unit, as it's still got quite a few empty slots for when Tim releases more oxides!! That's all for now. I've still got a lot more tidying up to do. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Cheer ....

... Hi! It's a really dull, damp, grey day here in Northville. Perfect for staying indoors and playing! I've made a very clean, simple and graphic Christmas card to share with you today:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Christmas Pop, Festive Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx; Kaleidacolor - Fruitcake
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gem


This was about as easy as it gets. I used my MIST to position the outline Christmas tree stamp, left the card in the MISTI and then positioned and the sentiment tree. I cut a mask for the tree and stamped a couple more behind the main image. I finished the card with a simple, bold sentiment at the top of the card. I added a tiny gem to the middle tree. I've not done the inside yet but will add something soon.

Christmas Cheer sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this card to Cardz 4 Guyz - C4G#182 where the team want to see Christmas tree(s), and I'm also playing along with CASology - CAS#275 where the cue word is 'sharp', and these trees are very sharp!

That's all for now. See you soon.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

More Plaid ...

.... Morning! I had fun making yesterday's plaid card and plaids are very on trend at the moment, so I made a couple more cards. First up is a very simple card:

Peace - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Plaid Background; Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes, Festive Sentiments, Most Wonderful
Inks: Gina K - Kraft, Red Velvet
Dies: Die-namics - Peace
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Kraft, Black Onyx; Saved Deer


This card came together so quickly. I adhered the plaid background to the card base. I die cut the word 'peace' and used it on one of my Uniko cards yesterday, I found the leftover negative space on my desk and decided to use it on this card. I finished the front with a sparkly stag - another saved element - I got this on one of last year's Christmas cards. On the inside, I stamped a Christmas greeting and some snowflakes on the white panel. I'm submitting this card to Merry Monday - MM#264, for their red and kraft challenge. I'm also playing along with City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#287 where they want us to use the word 'love' or 'peace'.

Peace inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsPeace sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This next card features another plaid, along with a very pretty poinsettia:

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

Stamps: Magenta - Poinsettia; Uniko - Festive Sentiments, Most Wonderful; Concord & 9th - Plaid Background
Inks: Gina K - Kraft, Cherry Red; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versmark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Red Velvet; Clear and Gold Embossing Powders; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Wink of Stella - Clear, Gold; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card


I changed the plaid on this card by stamping the thin lines twice. I adhered it directly to the red card base. I stamped this fun poinsettia in Versamark on watercolour card, embossed it with gold powder and coloured it with Zig brushes. I added a touch of sparkle to the red petals. I carefully cut it out and attached it to the card with dimensional pads. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and heat embossed it with clear powder. On the inside, I stamped a Christmas greeting and the poinsettia.

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 The Card Concept - CC#81, I think this is in the clean and graphic style. I'm also submitting it to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#267 where it's Make Your Mark week.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, plaids are very on trend at the moment and the theme at Inkspirational - INK#147 is TREND. Another trend in this set of cards is that they are all for Christmas:

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


I've had so much fun making these plaid cards, that I think I'm going to make a whole lot more. They come together really quickly and if I change the colours and decorations I should be able to get a whole lot more made today! That's all for now. See you soon.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Plaid and Snowflake ....

.... It's been another really cold day here in Northville, so I decided to spend the day indoors and play in my craft room. This morning I organising my Gina K ink pads - I used Jennifer McGuire's tip of labelling each side of the pad so that I can always see the name of the ink. At the moment they are all stored in a box, but I'm going to get a new ink pad holder from Stamp 'n' Storage soon.

This afternoon I decided to make a card for this week's Merry Monday challenge - MM#264, where the team want us to use Red and Kraft on our Christmas card:

Believe - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Plaid Background; Uniko - Most Wonderful, Stunning Snowflakes, Festive Sentiments
Inks: Gina K - Kraft, Cherry Red; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Snowflake Trio
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Kraft; White Embossing Powder; Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder; Gem


I cut a piece of kraft card onto which I stamped the large plaid in kraft ink and added a thin stripe in dark red. I had a spare die cut snowflake left on my desk from my Uniko session yesterday. I covered it in Versmark and heat embossed it with white powder. I repeated this three times to give a lovely enamel type finish and then added a final coat of iridescent powder for a subtle sparkle. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and heat embossed it with white powder. I attached the snowflake with dimensional pads. I finished the front with a bold red gem in the centre of the snowflake. On the inside, I cut a mat panel of kraft card and on the white panel added a Christmas greeting and some more snowflakes.

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

That's all for today. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see my Uniko revisit and thanks for all the lovely comments, they are much appreciated. See you tomorrow!

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Uniko - Revisit and Blog Hop ...

.... Good morning from an extremely cold and frosty Northville! I'm here this morning with a few projects for the Uniko Revisit and DT Blog Hop.  As well as running Uniko on her own, Bev is the mum to two very active little boys, so generally, we have new releases every other month and, in the off month, we revisit previous releases. This month's revisit is another look at the dies and stencils that were released last month.

I'm starting off with a card that showcases the stencil - Scattered Polka Dots:

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

Stamps: Festive Sentiments, Most Wonderful, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide; Versamark; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Rectangles Set 1 #10, A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 #8
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Silver Mirri Card; SU Card - Tranquil Tide; Silver Embossing Powder; Uniko Stencil - Scattered Polka Dots


I taped the polka dot stencil to white card and sponged on the inks - I used the darker green on one side and the emerald green on the other and blended them together in the centre. I used a stitched edge die to cut out the finished panel. I used a plain die to cut a mat layer of metallic silver mirri card. I positioned the stencilled panel in the MISTI and stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder. I was watching one of Jennifer McGuire's videos earlier this week where she showed her thick embossing technique for sentiments and I used it on this sentiment. I do like the effect. I attached the finished panel to the mirri card with dimensional tape. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark green card and on the white panel added a Christmas greeting in green, along with a few silver snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#248 - I just adore the colours!!

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

Next up, I have a couple of cards made using the Designer Dies Snowflake Trio:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx; Distress Oxides - Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
Dies: Uniko - Snowflake Trio
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Vellum; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gem; Inkadinkado - Masking Paper


I cut a piece of masking paper to the size of the card base and then die cut the largest snowflake, being very careful to keep all the little pieces. I also die cut another large snowflake from some scrap card. I removed the die cut snowflake mask from the panel and attached it to the front of the card. I used blending foam to add red, yellow, and blue inks, and where they blended it created orange and green. I carefully removed all the masking paper to reveal the finished rainbow snowflake. I die cut a smaller snowflake in vellum, covered it with clear Wink of Stella, added tiny amounts of glossy accents to the small points on the inside star and adhered it on the rainbow snowflake. I finished the front with a single large, clear gem. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel stamped a simple greeting and some colourful little snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#102 where the team want to see ink blending, and also to Less is More - LIM#353&354 where they want to see Firework colours.

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

With the left-over die cut snowflake mask, I made another card:

Peace - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx; Distress Oxides - Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
Dies: Uniko - Snowflake Trio; Die-namics - Peace
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Wink of Stella - Clear; Glossy Accents


I adhered the snowflake mask to the front of the card and applied distress inks, blending to create a rainbow from red to blue. With the mask in place, I spritzed on some water to create a softly distressed look. I carefully removed the mask to reveal a clean, crisp white snowflake. I die cut the word 'peace' from black card and adhered the letters to the card. I added clear Wink of Stella to each letter and topped it with Glossy Accents - I really like the sparkly, enamelled look that this gives. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel stamped a sentiment and added rainbow snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#387 where they want to see the word 'LOVE' or 'PEACE' used. I'm also submitting this is AAA Cards - AAA#102 - there's lots of ink blending on this one!!!

Peace inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsPeace sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My last card was made using the new Flower Power #1 - #6 Dies, along with the Wonky Stripes Stencil:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Flower Power #2, Flower Power #6, Simply Said
Inks: Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean; Gina K - Lipstick, Cherry Red, Black Onyx; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Flower Power #1 - #6; Die-namics - A2 Rectangles Set 1 #3, A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Uniko Stencil - Wonky Stripes; Clear Embossing Powder


First, I have to give credit to Jane for the idea of using washi tape on the stencil to mask areas. I created the little block pattern by using the masked stencil and blended leftover yellow and blue distress inks, which resulted in this lovely soft green. I used dies to cut a tiny panel in black card and from the stencilled panel. I used the two-step rose from Flower Power #6 and cut it out with the matching die. The leaves are from Flower Power #2. I stamped them in Versamark, heat embossed and used the leaf die (which works for all the Flower Power leaves) to cut them out. I added some sparkle to the leaves. I finished the front with a tiny, simple birthday sentiment. On the inside, I simply added one of the die cut roses. I'm submitting this one to CASology - CAS#274 where the cue word is 'TINY'.

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

That's all from me today. Don't forget to visit the rest of the team and follow along with the Blog Hop. Here's the list:

Deborah (that's me!)

Make sure to comment as you go along the Blog Hop for your chance to win ALL the products being revisited. You've got until midnight (GMT), that's 7.00pm EDT in the States, on Sunday 18th November to comment. The winner will be announced on Sunday 19th November.

I do hope you like my creations - let me know which is your favourite. Have a good weekend, see you soon.

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