Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas from Fritz

I always make some goodies & a card for the groomer--a gal we really like.  This year I finally cut into these beautiful Echo Park papers using the sketch for SSS Flickr Challenge #8. Love this twine--a gift from my blogging friend, Nat. This is my first card using the SSS frame die & Taylored Expressions holly die. 
Sketch For SSS Flickr Challenge 8 by bdengler4 (Barb)I added tiny red gems for the R & A instead of struggling with tiny pieces of paper & added stickles to the holly berries.  A Cuttlebug embossing folder added texture to the white card. I'm also entering the Candy Cane challenge at Curtain Call & Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Words to Scrap By.  
Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog. Wishing you a lovely holiday season.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Peace on Earth

I love the Stampendous nativity stamp & wanted to use it for a nurse I worked with last year.  We both changed jobs within the company & I really miss her. The nativity & sentiment (also Stampendous) were black embossed.  Then I spritzed with several Tattered Angels mists. Instead of a shaker, I just glued some Stampendous Shaved Ice along the bottom before adding the black frame made from Lil' Inkers Stitched Rectangles.  I spritzed the frame with the Iridescent Gold TA to soften it a bit & added a gold gem to the star.  I'm entering the challenges at Stampendous & SSS Monday.  Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Noel Shaker Tag

12Nothing like waiting until the last minute--LOL! I missed Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist last year, but I'm squeaking in with a last minute entry for this year.  
Heather Campbell for Ellen Hutson
Heather's Day 10 Tag
I was inspired by Heather Campbell's Day 10 Tag--a fun pink shaker. I used Lil' Inkers Rectangle dies for the base & frame.  
I heat embossed the DeNami Manger, one of my oldest & most loved stamps.  I die cut a Tim Holtz star & attached it with temporary adhesive before spritzing with Tattered Angels Snow Angel & Creme de Rouge. I removed the star mask & stamped Noel, also by DeNami. Instead of sequins I used Stampendous Shaved Ice.  
A friend I used to work with loves pink & shares my faith, so this will be perfect for her.  I'm also entering the challenges at SSS Monday Anything Goes & SSS Wednesday Bling it On.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog at this busy time of year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Card with Non-Christmas Stamps

I really wanted to play along with the Christmas challenge at ODBD. They have gorgeous holiday stamps, but I don't yet own any of them.  I pulled out 2 retired stamps:  Sweet William-Small & Vintage Border Background.  My color inspiration came from the current Merry Monday challenge & I used red for the 4th color.  I started by white embossing the background stamp.  Two flowers were stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz & one in Silvery Shimmer.  I sponged on more ink after they were die cut with the matching Spellbinders Blossoms Three.  I've been hoarding these beautiful Sparklers & the red velvet ribbon which help make this look like a Christmas card, I think.  
The sentiment is one of the words in the flowers set & is stamped in Golden Glitz.  Needed something, so I added the tiny gold sticker dots. What do you think? OK for a Christmas card? I've never played with The Paper Players, so this will be my first entry.

Happy day in Oregon as our wonderful Marcus was awarded the Heisman trophy.  I so love when one of the "good guys" gets recognition.  
Thanks for your visit--I know everyone is super busy with the holidays upon us.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snowflakes with Sparkle

I had something a bit different in mind for the Impression Obsession challenge, but this is how it turned out after work today.  I was determined to use these beautiful little IO snowflakes (DIE100-F) which I cut out of silver sparkle & navy cardstock. The silver snowflakes were glued into the negative spaces using Stickles so the white areas are also sparkly--really pretty in real life. This is one of my favorite sentiment stamps (B3585) & I use it every year.  I'm also entering the challenges at City Crafter Challenge Blog & Colour Me. Thanks so much for taking time to check my blog. 
City Crafter Challenge Inspiration

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wonder Imagine Believe

CCCB inspiration
Hubby is about to have a BIG birthday & I wanted to make something different this year.  I have lots of wreath stamps & this MFT die & couldn't decide which one to use for City Crafter Challenge Blog.  
Finally decided to combine the MFT sketch & MFT Color Palette challenges with CCCB.  
The wreath die cut is pretty delicate, so I used the inlaid technique with the 2 shades of green. 
How does this work for hubby, you may ask. Well, green is one of the colors he likes & this year he picked out our wreath (from the high school kids I always buy from) since they came around while I was at work.  It was so fun to come home & see it hanging by the door.  
The words are from PTI Take Three Winter. Hubby has wanted to know who was his father for quite a few years as he was convinced it wasn't the man his mother divorced when he was young.  I won't go into all the details--suffice it to say thanks to DNA testing done by he found him. Turns out he died many years ago, but the knowledge of who he was means so much to hubby.  I thought these words were fitting & hopefully he'll like the card.  I used a silver metal sticker in the center of the bow--more masculine than a gem or pearl--& the brick embossing folder is Tim Holtz.
Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Almost a Disaster!

I wasn't even working on this at midnight, but I started off by stamping on the wrong side for how the card opened.  At least that was easy to fix--just cut off the card front & used it as a panel.  The butterfly from PTI Quilled Elegance was stamped in Distress Ink salty ocean. Then I used my water brush to go over the image, as shown by Alexandra.  I added a bit of festive berries touching the brush directly to the pad--also learned from Alexandra's post.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped with StazOn.  I added the little butterflies, embossed them in white & added a touch of the blue ink with my brush since CAS(E) this Sketch provided my layout inspiration. 

Next was making the glitter frame for this week's PTI MIM challenge.  I used Score tape attaching all 4 pieces without adding glitter since I wanted to use translucent gel medium with my SSS Falling Snow stencil.  Of course I should have done that first & then glittered each strip of the frame as I attached it.  I was able to fix the adhesive, but didn't think of the fact that you need to use colored glitter with Score tape.  I added Stickles & it still looked terrible. Finally cut strips of Elizabeth Craft double sided paper which I attached to white cardstock strips & then added my EC Cool Highlight glitter.  This is the neatest stuff!  It goes on fairly dull & becomes extremely sparkly & smooth as you burnish it with your finger & it won't rub off.  Wish you could see it in real life. Anyway, the card is saved & ready to mail tomorrow to a friend who loves butterflies. I'm also entering the SSS Flickr challenge to use a stencil. Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!