Thursday, 14 December 2017

Uniko - Polka Hearts and Big & Bold Hugs ....

.... Morning! We had the first major snowstorm of this winter yesterday. Kat's school was dismissed early and Jonathan decided to pick up his laptop and work from home. It was a really good decision, visibility was really bad by 4.30pm and it just kept snowing!!!

One really brilliant thing happened yesterday. My Uniko parcel was delivered!!!! So I spent most of the afternoon and some of the evening in my craft room getting inky!! So happy to have all the new release.

It's day three of the Uniko introductions. We're introducing Scattered Polka Hearts Large Background and Big & Bold Hugs. I have two cards to share - one that I made with the actual stamps and one that I made with a digi image. Here's the first card:

Love, Hugs, Kisses - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Big & Bold Hugs, Scattered Polka Hearts Lg Background
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Vineyard; Versamark; Distress - Black Soot; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 1 #10, A2 Rectangles Set 1 #9
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Vellum; Shimer Spritz Frost


This is the card I made using the actual stamps - you can tell because I've been able to do various techniques. I used my MISTI to stamp the hearts using an ombre dye onto white card, I card in and restamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I used a die to cut the panel to size and then sponged on some ink to make the front rather grungy. I carefully wiped off excess ink and revealed the coloured hearts. I spritzed the panel with some shimmer spray for a touch of sparkle. I layered the panel on to black card and attached it to the base. I didn't want to hide this background, so I stamped the large word 'hugs' onto vellum and heat embossed with clear powder, cut it out and adhered it flat to the card. I stamped a couple of the smaller words onto white card, cut them out and lightly sponged the edges before attaching to the card with dimensional pads. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and added a simple sentiment (a sneak peek from tomorrow's stamp set) along with a couple of little hearts. I think this one is going to be for Jonathan - just because!!  I'm going to submit it to this week's CASology - CAS#279 where they want GREY and I know it's not nearly CAS enough!!

Love, Hugs, Kisses inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsLove, Hugs, Kisses sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Here's the second card:

Love You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Scattered Polka Hearts Lg Background (digi)
Inks: Versamark
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 1 #10, A2 Rectangles Set 1 #9; Winnie & Walter - Love Cutaway
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Raspberry Ripple; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush; Glossy Accents


Bev very kindly sent me the digital images so that I could play along. I import the digital image into Word and it is easy to change colours by simply picking a different palette in design, you can also add different effects, but I didn't do that here. I picked a lovely pink colour and printed it best quality onto white card. I layered the panel on a dark red die cut panel and adhered it to the card base. I die cut the word 'love' from the same red card and layered it on to three other words to create my own chipboard word. I covered the word with lots of sparkle using my shimmer brush and then added a thick layer of glossy accents and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I used a strong adhesive to glue it to the card and added the little 'you' digi below it. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark red card and added a tiny rosebud to the white panel.

Love You inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsLove You sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm submitting this one to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#17 where anything goes. I haven't added any words to the inside of this card, but I think it might be a card for my Mum.

Don't forget to check out the Uniko blog to see more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. The release schedule is:

Introductions: 12th - 15th December

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December 9.00am. The whole release will be available to purchase at the Uniko store and we will have our traditional Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway. See you tomorrow for our last introduction - you've had a couple of hints here!!

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Ornaments ...

.... We had quite a bit of snow last night, in fact, Kat was hoping for a snow day. But no! I took her to school this morning at 6.30am and the roads were mostly okay, but I did have a bit of slip near the school. Fortunately, I don't have to go out again for a while and the roads should be better later!! So I've spent the morning making more Christmas cards:

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

Stamps: Altenew - Bells and Bows, Beautiful Inside; Uniko - Simply Said II
Inks: Gina K - Powder Blue, Blue Raspberry, Blue Denim, In the Navy; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer; Versamark
Dies: Pink & Main - Small Bow
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Blue Raspberry; SU Punch - Ornament (discontinued); Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Clear; Washi Tape; Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder


I stamped these cute bows over the Thanksgiving weekend, punched them out and then left them on my desk! When I saw today's challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#253 to use a previous 2017 sketch, I knew they'd found a home! I used sketch #210 as I hadn't managed to play that week.

I pressed the ornaments into Versamark ink and heat embossed them with iridescent powder - I just love all that sparkle. I die cut some tiny bows and adhered them to each ornament. I cut a strip of blue card, attached that to the base and then added a strip of silver washi tape. I attached the ornaments flat to the card as I want to be able to mail it. I finished the front with a simple greeting. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of blue card and added a greeting to the white panel.

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

I'm also submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#105 where they want to see sparkle - and you can certainly see the sparkle in the photos!! That's all for now - see you again soon.

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Uniko - Spring Botanicals ....

... Hi! It's time to start the introductions for Uniko's December release. We have two sets today - Scattered Polka Dots Large Background and Spring Botanicals Snowdrop. Sadly, my parcel still hasn't arrived, so I'm going to let the rest of the team showcase the large background stamp, and I'm going to concentrate on the lovely snowdrop stamp. I made two cards, here's the first:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Spring Botanicals Snowdrop (digi), Reach for the Stars, Simply Said Blocks, Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Lemon Lime Twist; Gina K - Black Onyx
Dies: Die-namics - Cross Stitch Rectangle Stax #5, A2 Rectangles Set 2 #9
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Lemon Lime Twist; Copics; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush; Clear Embossing Powder


I printed the snowdrop image on white card, heat set it and die cut a panel with the cross stitch rectangle. I used Copics to colour the image and added lots of sparkle to the flowers with a clear glitter brush - you can see the sparkle in the photo below. I layered the panel on bright lime green card and adhered it to the centre of the card. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine on green card, heat embossed it with clear powder, cut it out and adhered it to the card with dimensional pads. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of lime green card and added a simple, but fun, birthday greeting to the white card.

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

Here's the close-up photo showing the sparkle - I had to make the image quite dark in order to show the sparkle!!


I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#105 where they want to see sparkle - hopefully!!!

My second card features the snowdrops left as an outline image, but printed in colour:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Spring Botanicals Snowdrop (digi), Simply Said Birthday, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Black Onyx, Blue Raspberry
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 1 #9, Oval Stax
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Blue Raspberry; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush; Clear Embossing Powder; US Stencil - Scattered Polka Dots; Vellum

I printed the image in colour and carefully cut it out. I used blue cardstock to make the base and on the white oval, I lightly stencilled some polka dots to create a bokeh effect. I die cut a panel of vellum on which I stamped and embossed a birthday sentiment. I ran the vellum through my Xyron and adhered it directly to the card. I used a strong adhesive to attach the snowdrops over the vellum. On the inside, I added a white panel with a simple greeting.

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

I added sparkle to the snowdrop flowers with a clear glitter brush, but you can barely see it in the photo above. It really does sparkle!!

Now that you've seen what I've made with the snowdrop, do visit Uniko to see more inspiration projects from the rest of the Design Team. A quick reminder of the release schedule:

Introductions: 12th - 15th December

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December 9.00am GMT. The whole release will be available to purchase in the Uniko shop. As always, we will have a DT Blog Hop and Giveaway - enjoy!!

See you again soon.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 2 ....

... Hello again! It's very wintery here in Northville and these sneak peeks of the new Uniko release are making me long for spring!! Here's a glimpse of what's to come:


This is an addition to our Big and Bold series - such fun!!


Hearts abound! So useful for Valentine's day or any other occasion - just because!


And flowers - lovely flowers!


This is so pretty! You're going to love it.

Before I go, here's a reminder of the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 10th & 11th December

Introductions: 12th - 15th December - you'll get to see inspiration projects from the team.

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December, 9.00am. Stamps and stencils will be available in the Uniko shop to purchase. There's also our traditional Design Team Blog Hop!

See you soon!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

More Winter Warmers ....

.... Hello! It's snowing again. Mind, I don't think we've got it as bad here as they have in Alabama and in the UK too!! I've got a couple more cards for the Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge - WCLC17:


Stamps: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Hero Arts - Holiday Florals Bold Prints
Inks: Kaliacolor - Carribean Sea, Desert Heat; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Die-namics - Zig Zag Stitched Oval Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point, Flirty Flamingo, Raspberry Ripple; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Copics; Glossy Accents


I CASEd the card I made yesterday - I think they make a fun set! I'm submitting the blue card to Fusion - FUSION#88 and CAS-ual Fridays - CFC#188, and the pink card to Fusion - FUSION#88 and Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#17. I used Kaleidacolor ink pads to stamp the front of each card to give a lovely ombre effect. The inside of each card is basically the same:

 

Here's a photo of both cards together:


Jonathan is off out shortly - he's going to a photo shoot in Pontiac. I think the roads should be okay, but I'll be happy when he calls to let me know he's arrived safely. And I'm off back to my craft room - have a fun day. Be safe and keep warm!

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Uniko - Sneak Peeks 1 ....

.... Hello, and good morning! I do hope that everyone is keeping well in this very busy month. Uniko is finishing this year with a super fun release with some lovely spring flowers and great stencils. We're going to start of with our usual sneak peeks:


I really like this spring flower, so delicate, so pretty! It's sure to be a favourite.


I think you can guess what this is - I can see such fun backgrounds!!




Three different stencil designs - I can't wait to get my hands on them! I say that because I'm still waiting for my stamps and stencils to arrive. Posting product to the States is mostly good, but it's coming up to Christmas and I guess the system is under a bit of pressure! I'm still hoping that parcel Bev sent a while ago will get here so that I can make some samples for the Introductions and Release. Here's the schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 10th & 11th December - just to tease you!

Introductions: 12th - 15th December - a first chance to see the new release in action.

RELEASE DAY: Saturday 16th December, 9.00am.  The stamps and stencils will be available in the Uniko shop to purchase and, as usual, we will have a Design Team Blog Hop.

That's all from me today, but do stop by again tomorrow for a few more sneak peeks!

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Warm Winter Wishes ....

..... Hello! It's really wintery here today - we had our first proper snowfall this morning with about an inch falling and more expected tonight, so it's the perfect excuse to stay in and play!! I made a card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge - WCLC17:

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

Stamps: Pink & Main Christmas Mugs; Uniko - Simply Said Christmas; Hero Arts - Holiday Florals Bold Prints
Inks: Gina K - Sweet Mango; Stampin' Up! - Cajun Craze; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Pink & Main - Christmas Mugs; Die-namics - Zig Zag Stitched Oval Stax #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Copics; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gems; Clear Embossing Powder

I was watching a video by Jennifer McGuire recently that showed cute Christmas mugs - and this morning I stamped and coloured all of them. I made the card above using the fun orange mug - it's not at all traditional!!! 😊

I based the card layout on the sketch part of the current Fusion Challenge - FUSION#88. I stamped the mug in my MISTI, coloured it with Copics, put it back in the MISTI, restamped in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. Then I cut it out with the coordinating die. I stamped the background image in a soft peach and added a couple of strips of peach card. I coloured some scrap card with Copics to make the oval mat. I finished the front of the card by adding a simple Christmas greeting, some gems and lots of sparkle to the mug. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of peach card and added a greeting and another mug to the white panel.

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

I took a close-up photo of the mug to show all the pretty sparkle:

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

I posted all my overseas Christmas cards on Thursday but ran out of cards for my American friends, so I'm going to be busy this weekend making some more cards! I think there might be a few that feature these lovely Christmas mugs!!

That's all for now - I'm off back to my craft room to play. If you have to be out and about in all the snow (here and in the UK) be safe! See you soon.

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