Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday

Are you surprised?  It's not a Christmas Card!  In truth, I have been making loads of cards, however, I can't show them yet because they have been made for birthdays that have not yet happened..So, for now, this is one I can share.

This is, if you haven't guessed, Blue Fern Paper. The Heartland Collection.  Locally you can find these papers at Ever After in the Paradise Scrapbook Boutique booth.  You just might find this card there too.

I'm always asked where did the inspiration come from?  Actually, lots of places.  I follow other paper crafters blogs, I follow through Pinterest and most often, I am inspired by those around me.  I am also inspired by parts of a piece of decorative card stock.  For this card I was inspired by a portion of the card stock.  The two lovers.  I fussy cut around them and started pulling embellishments that I thought would look pretty with them.  I decided to make a square card 6x6.  One of the papers in the Heartland collection was the perfect background.  Next came the torn piece that allowed the graphic a place to sit, but I needed something to separate the graphic from the background....doilies are perfect to add separation.  Next I gathered flowers to make a bouquet.  I added seam binding that I'd sprayed with water to get a crinkled effect.  I needed a sentiment, and I chose Just Rite Happy Birthday and cut it from gold paper.  When I began assembling, I thought the card looked too flat and needed something more.  I added the leaves behind the bouquet.  Nice but something more needed to be added. Can you see the gold bits in front of the doily?

I'm not sure what it is called.  I bought it to add glitz to my tiny Christmas tree.  I think it's perfect for this card.  If you want to know more about it, Kim at Ever After could put you in contact with the vendor selling the product.  It doesn't look like this when you purchase it, it looks like a cord, but when you stretch it, this is what you get. I like it!

I still wanted to add something vintage to this card, so I created the cameo and placed it below the ribbon.  The frame of the cameo is from Epiphany Crafts and it started it's life silver in color.  I didn't want silver with the gold, so I colored it using Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens.  The graphic was cut from one of the pieces of Blue Fern card stock.

Well, that tells you what I did to create the front of this card.  Now for the inside.....

The photo isn't the best, but I think you get the idea.  I used parts of the same card stock.  I like giving my sentiments a place to sit.  These little envelopes are a great place to put gift cards.  

Most all supplies for this card were purchased at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.  I hope you enjoyed reading about my little creation.  I love reading other blogs about how something was created.  

I'm off......I'm sending you wishes for a most happy day.  I hope you find time to sneak away to create.  

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Let's Make it a Krafty Christmas

It's time to Sparkle....well it's Sparkles Christmas Challenge and this month Jane picked a fun theme.  A Krafty Christmas.  Your card must use kraft paper.  I'm using the kraft card stock for my base and also for layers.  On the outside I ran the kraft stock through a Christmas Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I thought it needed a bit more dimension.  The decorative papers are all from the Graphic45 St. Nicholas collection.  They all were pieces left over from making Christmas cards and decorations.  I'm using pieces from the 8x8 and 12x12 paper pads.  I've framed them with the solid green pieces and used Tim Holtz Distress inks to outline the papers.  After doing a test layout, I thought it might be nice to add a bit of sparkle.  I outlined the decorative papers using Stickles Mercury Glass.  Well, that's the outside and now for the inside.

It's pretty much a repeat of the outside.  I did add a stamped Sentiment using my favorite Christmas sentiment.  It's from Stampability.  That's it.  Pretty simple really and a great way to use up all those bits and pieces .  You will probably see many of this type of card as I have many bits and pieces to use.

Now it's your turn....Create a Christmas project using kraft somewhere on your creation and link it on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  All the rules (and there are only a few) can be found on the Sparkles site.  I'll be looking in to see what you've made!

Until next time....Happy Crafting.

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  GlitterGrammy

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Two Cards Made for 2017

I am on a roll.  Football games must bring out the best in me.....My first card was posted earlier today.  The sequins filled ornament is my most recent.  I'm always amazed that two cards can be made using the same supplies and they look different.  If you read the previous post you will know the supplies I used.  Here's what is different.  Sequins instead of a glitter ornament and I didn't frame the card with mirror silver.  If you look really close you will see one more difference.  The background on one card is embossed, on the other it is debossed.  I was surprised at the visual difference.  I was also surprised by adding the silver border made the card look smaller.

Off to organize my dies.  So.....if you don't already know, Sparkles Chistmas Challenge would love to see what you can create using the theme lots of glitter.  My sequins card won't count for the challenge, but it was fun to make and I have another card ready for Christmas of 2017.

Again, Happy New Year!  I hope to start sharing more in 2017.

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
Glitter Grammy

Happy New Year and My First Christmas Card of 2017

Happy New Year!  I know that Christmas cards are probably the last thing on the mind of most people, but not me.... For several years, I've celebrated the New Year making my first Christmas card for the upcoming season.  My husband watches football, and I pretend I'm watching as I sit at my craft table playing with paper.

Santa brought me this ornament die (Memory Box) and I couldn't wait to give it a try. This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge was the perfect place.  Pat G. picked the challenge which is:  Lots of Glitter....I die cut the ornament 3 times.  The base was cut in mirror silver.  I used red glitter paper for the Ornament and the Sentiment and of course green glitter paper for the ivy.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder to give the background paper some dimension.  Almost forgot...the sentiment die is from Echo Park, Designer Dies and yes, it cut through the glitter card stock....sometimes glitter can give me a bit of a head ache.

How about playing along with this month's challenge.  And as always there is a prize.  So create your masterpiece, and post it on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  You might win....and better than that, everyone who visits will see your spectacular creation!

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  I used to, but then I didn't keep them so I've decided it's better for me to make goals throughout the year.  My goal is to get my dies and rubber stamps organized and cataloged.  It is honestly quiet an overwhelming project.  I started a few years back and quit before I gave it a good effort.  So......the day after Christmas I decided to begin.  I happily found that I had given it a better effort than I thought,  I had actually die cut several of the dies and now they needed to be put into a master book.....I am now caught up with the ones I'd already cut, but there are many more that need cutting.  I'm lucky because I have an area I can leave this project set up and I am determined to not put it way until I am finished.  There will be no out of sight, out of mind this year.  When I finish the die project, I will share......

I'm off......Again, I send wishes for a Most Happy New Year.  May it be filled with Love, Peace and Health.  Until Next time......

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Treat Box For Sparkles Christmas Challenge

A very quick post today.  As are most of us, I am crafting away trying to get little exchange gifts made and a bit of decorating done, Christmas cards finished, and shopping done, and on and on....The December Challenge at  Sparkles Christmas Challenge is to make anything but a card.  I was inspired by Jan B and made this little candy box from her inspiration.

I love this paper by Prima and it works perfectly to decorate the boxes inside and out.  I covered the window with a clear bag that I cut  just slightly larger than the window opening.  The opening was cut using a Spellbinder Nestabilities.

This little project is quick and very easy.  Saturday (12/3) there is a Christmas Workshop sponsored by Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and Ever After in Paradise CA.  I'll be assisting anyone wanting to make this little gem.  There are kits available to make lots of sweet projects.  Check out Paradise Scrapbook Boutique on Facebook.  I hope to see my crafty friends for a day of making fantastic holiday gifts.

Here's a close up.....

Every month, there is a gift to be won and all you need to do is enter your creation and you just might be picked....Check out the rules here.  And this is what you could win.....Caz does it again sponsoring and offering this prize.  Who doesn't need more stamps and... I could never have enough gems!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is creating......

Until Next Time.....Happy Crafting, Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

As Always, Hugs from me to you,

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #70

I can not believe how fast the year is going.  I guess when you go on vacation from the end of August through the first week in October, time slips by, in the joy of spending time with family and friends.  I was celebrating Birthday #70..... My kids wore me out, I went to 2 SF Giant/Cubs games.  I was so impressed with the Cubs fans.  They treated me so well, even though I was wearing the SF Giants Jersey my kids had given me.  My Mid-west daughter Amy and my Son Damon took great care of me.  I was so pleased to be able to spend time with both of them and their families.  My niece Paula hosted a family get-together  and it was fun seeing everyone.  My sister, Becky, kidnapped me and we were able to spend time together. That was great fun as we've not had sister time in a long time.  My California son, Dan joined us and we spent time with family, which is always great fun.  Then I went to Colorado to spend time with my friend Dee Dee and she had a week to wear out even teens.  Then home for a day and off to San Francisco to spend a week with my son Dan.  It was wonderful having 3 of my 4 kids together.  My Aussie son Aaron and family were with me in spirit and I was happy to spend some internet time with them.  It was especially nice to be able to FaceTime while my granddaughter Bridget and her horse Smarty were in a competition.  My kids are so spread out, it's wonderful having FaceTime and UpClose time with all of them.

Back to business..... this month, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, is sponsored by Sandra H.  Thanks Sandra for the fun challenge and The great gift from  Buzzcraft Clear Rubber Stamps x2....yup x2.  It's easy to play along.  Create a card using the monthly theme.  This month Holly and Ivy.  Add your creation to the Sparkles Challenge and you just might win.  Want to see what you could win?

Aren't they the sweetest stamps?  I love them.  Get some ivy and holly......

Here's what I did to make my card.  First, I must say, this card was so easy.  I was beginning to feel challenged by the theme, then I went to my new Graphic45 paper and within 5 minutes I had everything cut and ready to put on my card.  I think this was the easiest card I've ever made.  

Here's the inside:

The base of the card is craft paper, the frames are a dark brown card stock and all of the decorative paper came from the 8x8  Graphic45 card stock pad - St. Nicholas collection.  The Merry Christmas is an Impression Obsession die #DIE233-M.

That's it for me this month.  Until next post.  Happy Crafting,

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Show Me A Snowman

Snowmen are my favorite.  For this month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Caz chose the theme of Snowmen.  I am loving the white cards and Snowmen fit my recent theme of white.  I'm also loving the shaker cards and what better to guard the snow in a shaker card than a snowman!

My little snowman is a Tutti die.  My snowflakes are Memory Box dies.  I've colored portions of him with my Spectrum Noir pens, and glittered him using glitter pens.  I added sequins, embossed my background added a little stamped sentiment and this card is ready for the mail.

Please check out the Design Team creations and I hope you create a snowman card to enter this month's challenge.  Of course there is always a little blog candy that can be won.  If you want to find out what you could win, head over to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Caz is sponsoring this month's challenge.  Do you want to see what you could win?  What are you waiting for?  Get creating......

This card doesn't have a snowman, well not an assembled one, but it does have lots and lots of snowflakes.  Like I said earlier, I am loving shaker cards, so here's another one.  I call it Noel.  Wonder why?

Until next time,  enjoy Autumn and Happy Crafting.

Hugs from me to you,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy